Near to the Knuckle

I’m up today over at Near to the Knuckle with my revenge tale, “A Big Appetite.” This is an online fiction site from the UK that I’ve had my eye on for a while now. I just didn’t have anything twisted enough for them…until now! So check it out. And yes, it is a bit on the weird and sick side.

Noirville short story competition announcement

Fahrenheit Press has announced the results of the Noirville short story competition and my short story “A Real Scorcher” has been selected! Woo hoo!

The collection will be published both in paperback and e-version late Feb / early March. I’m so excited to be involved with Fahrenheit Press!

Here is the full list of winners:

  • A Real Scorcher by Sarah M. Chen
  • After the Elephant Ears by Scott Miles
  • Assassin’s Day Off by Marc Sorondo
  • Banger by John Schreier
  • Fido the Assistance Dog by Patsy Collins
  • Gianfranco’s List by Steve Bailey
  • Justin’s Room by Jen Delozier
  • Kyiv Heat by Alex Shaw
  • The Business Card by Jeff C. Stevenson
  • The Canary Islands Crime Boss by Glenda Young
  • The Icing On The Cake by Russell Day
  • The Lighthouse Murder by Henry Marchand
  • The Shrieking of Nothing by Joe Guglielmelli
  • Visiting Day by John Scheck
  • Walk Away by Chris Hyatt
  • Washed Up by Paul Gadsby

It’s pub day for KILLING MALMON!

I’m so excited to be part of this short story collection from Dan and Kate Malmon of Crimespree Magazine. It’s such a fantastic concept – 30 authors write a story with only one guideline: Dan Malmon must die. All proceeds go to the MS Society which makes being a part of this even better.

My short story “Masterpiece” features Camera Bob Stillman, a disgraced sports videographer who is forever chasing that elusive big break to work with ESPN when he’s really more suited for TMZ. Dan Malmon is his vengeful nemesis who’s responsible for both launching and ruining Camera Bob’s career.

Out today from Down & Out Books!

KILLING MALMON from Down & Out Books

“The Donut Dealer” is the featured story today on Great Jones Street

I’m stoked that my short story “The Donut Dealer” (originally published in All Due Respect, Issue #6) is featured on Great Jones Street – for the second time! If you haven’t checked out this awesome short story app yet, you should. It’s got killer stories by some up-and-coming writers as well as award-winning established ones (like Hilary Davidson and David Corbett).

Here’s what Great Jones Street says about “The Donut Dealer”

“The Donut Dealer” which you can also listen to is a 14-minute read and 21-minute listen. It is a story about Tea who gets in over his head with a couple of gangsters shaking him down at his Aunt’s donut shop. Chen’s story has a surprise twist which breaks down the nail-biting aspect of this thriller into something altogether more touching. I won’t ruin the surprise here. One of the things that I love is its depiction of Southern California and a sliver of the Asian American experience in Southern California in particular. Stories are rarely perfect — perfection can come off as an industrial process designed to eliminate waste — but this story has that kind of efficiency. Though it’s more like a perfectly carved bowl than perfectly polished chrome. 

Thank you, Great Jones Street! High praise indeed. Click on the link here to download the app:

http://stories.greatjonesstreet.press/TheDonutDealer_story

 

“The Donut Dealer” on Great Jones Street

My short story “The Donut Dealer” is featured on the Great Jones Street app. This is a cool new app that coins itself as the “Netflix of fiction.” This story of mine was originally published in All Due Respect, Issue #6 back in 2015 and is one of my favorites.

“Tea works in his aunt’s donut shop, with a nice side line of drug dealing. When he’s approached by a slimy consultant named Scott Axelrod, telling him to persuade his aunt to agree to the seaside lagoon development which will wipe out the handful of Chinese businesses, he is put in a tricky situation.”

And I love the cover art GJS did!

Check out the free app here: Great Jones Street

Download it now so you can get your quick fix of fiction anytime you want.

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Blood is definitely thicker than water as Tea will soon find out. Business is not easy, and keeping the scheming developers at bay is a daunting task for the eighteen year old. Luckily for young Tea, the Lagoon takes care of its own. So don’t ever mess with Guma! Check out “The Donut Dealer” by Sarah M. Chen, author 👉 http://gjs.rocks/The-Donut-Dealer

 

It’s the 1980s! Love it or hate it?

Today, I’m lucky to be a guest poster on Motive Means Opportunity. I discuss the new anthology that I’m thrilled to be a part of FAST WOMEN AND NEON LIGHTS, out now with Short Stack Books. It’s a collection of stories all inspired by the decade of decadence, the 1980s.

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I grew up in the 80s so for me, it brings back fond memories. I talk about what I remember the most and what inspired me to write “Besties & Blow,” a story about a young SoCal woman on her quest to see Oingo Boingo at the Greek Theater. There’s plenty of bitchin’ music, back-stabbing, and blow.

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Thank you to E. Michael Helms for inviting me and to MMO for having me!