Friday, March 13, 2015

MERCEDES M. YARDLEY - WOMAN IN HORROR!









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Mercedes M. Yardley is my Woman In Horror today! Mercedes writes fantastic tales regardless of whether she tells them in a sarcastic manner or uses hard-ass whimsey. And, another thing I like about her styling is that sometimes her demons are good, and other times they are evil buggers.

Her stories are dark fantasy and she goes inside the heads of both the protagonists and antagonists, showing that many of them have a softer side. This is far better than just knowing someone or some entity is merely evil and leaving it at that.

Like me, she likes writing horror because it is pure and honest. Too many people look for the sugar coating. Not Mercedes.

I could go on and on about the literary musings of Mercedes, but a far better way would be for you to go to  http://abrokenlaptop.com/interviews/ and read a ton of interviews. I was absolutely amazed when I saw all the great ones she has done there.

              
Amazon bio:
 
Hi. I'm Mercedes. I have two broken laptops, three kids, a husband and no time to write, although I try my very best. I like to write stories. I like to write poems. I like to write essays and sometimes they're funny, sometimes they aren't.
I know how to throw a tomahawk and I wear red corduroys because they make me happy. That's also why I write: I like being happy. 
 
Here are a few of Mercedes' great books:
 
 
Pretty Little Dead Girls
 

Book Description

September 27, 2014
5/5 STARS "...a study in contrasts—light against dark, subtle against loud, hope against disbelief, hunger against satiation. Pretty Little Dead Girls is all of those things that make us human, picked apart and thrust in the open for us to internalize in our own unique ways."
—Sarah Chorn, Bookworm Blues

"Quite possibly the best book I've read all year."
—Maja, The Nocturnal Library

"RUN, STAR GIRL." Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered, but fortunately Fate has terrible marksmanship. In order to survive, she must run as far and as fast as she can. After arriving in Seattle, Bryony befriends a tortured musician, a market fish-thrower, and a starry-eyed hero who is secretly a serial killer bent on fulfilling Bryony’s dark destiny.

Mercedes M. Yardley’s Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy is a dark, lovely fairy tale with lyrical language and a high body count, and features a cover by Hugo award-winner Galen Dara.
 
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A very special book. What sets this book apart is the it is sooooo Mercedes Yardley. Only she could have told this story in this way. The language is out of a fairy tale, with a serial killer and a flower girl taking the place of the wicked witch and the princess. I spent the whole story mourning for this poor girl who's destined to be murdered, who knows it and everyone she meets knows it. And maybe she lives happily ever after, maybe not. While the subject matter is dark, there is bitter sweet humor throughout, in the way things are described or the way the narrator address the reader. Not a standard serial killer thriller, it takes place in a subtly magical setting, where the desert and the flowers are charterers in their own right. One of the favorite things I ever read.
  
5.0 out of 5 stars exceptional read! September 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Bryony Should have been murdered in second grade, she Knew It, her Father Knew It, the whole town Knew It, even the soon to be President Knew It, Fate wanted it; Happened but a mistake.

Through school, university, suicidal boyfriends, we watch as she cheats death and tries to choose where to live That does not Involve serial killers or places That Could be in horror movies. Eventually the ethereal Star Girl settles in Seattle where she meets a variety of wonderful friends, all are drawn to Also Become her protectors.

As the bodies start to mount up around her I Could almost feel the weight of her sorrow pulling at my own heart. In a sort of cat and mouse Told MY way of all the potential murderers after Bryony and left me on tenterhooks wondering who would be successful and get Their prize? She made it sound like it would be delicious to witness, Which was rather worrying!

The surrounding characters are well fleshed out and have a wonderful sense of reality to them, even now I miss them. The devotion from her friends is breath taking the obvious love from her Father and Mrs W Nearly broke my heart. I adored the little comments acerca's would-be, could-be's and may-be's.

The Saucepan of Vengeance will stay with me for a while as it really made me chortle.

The language is Certainly whimsical But Also so amazingly clever, it is after all quite a gore laden book with talk of serial killers, murder and death but I loved the conversational way That MY pulled me into the story, Involving me in Bryony's fate, she was very clever in mind evoking scenes Which Had No business make me smile, but did anyway.

The ending is spectacular and I can not wait to read more from this author; I finally got to read a book with the word discombobulated in it! 
 
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Here we have a great book written by a talented author and reviewers in love with her story. Lyrical certainly fits how Mercedes writes. Always the right word, the right flow. 
 
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Beautiful Sorrows

Book Description

October 16, 2012
There is a place where sorrows pile up like snow and rest in your hair like cherry blossoms. Boys have wings, monsters fall in love, women fade into nothingness, and the bones of small children snap like twigs. Darkness will surely devour you—but it will be exquisitely lovely while doing so.

Mercedes M. Yardley’s Beautiful Sorrows is an ephemeral collection encompassing twenty-seven short tales full of devastation, death, longing, and the shining ribbon of hope that binds them all together.

Editorial Reviews

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"Beautiful Sorrows... delicate prose with devastating impact. Mercedes Yardley is a female Joe Hill, and I fear her 'Broken' will haunt me to my grave." --F. Paul Wilson, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Keep and The Tomb

"Mercedes M. Yardley has the Right Stuff. She demonstrates that in her wonderful collection of short stories: Beautiful Sorrows. Each story is a different kind of gem, the bagful priceless." --Gene O'Neill, Bram Stoker Award-winning Author of The Taste of Tenderloin and Double Jack"

Mercedes Yardley's debut collection, Beautiful Sorrows, holds its hands out, palms up, no tricks, no irony, no clever retreats from honest emotions. Life's travails inhabit these pages, and she renders them beautifully." --Christopher Barzak, author of One for Sorrow and The Love We Share Without Knowing

About the Author

MERCEDES M. YARDLEY wears red stilettos and writes whimsical horror. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including John Skipp's Bram Stoker Award™-winning Demons: Encounters with the Devil and His Minions, Fallen Angels, and the Possessed, and A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs. Mercedes lives in Sin City. 
 
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful collection October 20, 2012
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This is a delightful collection of short fiction, varying in length from flash-sized pieces, to those more traditional in length. Some of these stories are like pretty roses you bend down to pick up, only to find your fingers cut and bleeding from an underlying thorn. There is a real talent for the author to not overwrite, which I appreciate. That's not to say there's no authorial voice: there certainly is. It's just well balanced, in that regard. Mercedes's a writer I just can't wait to read more from over the coming years. Great, great stuff.
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring tissues and a flashlight October 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I heard the author read from this collection, and the first story she shared absolutely floored me with just two sentences. She then took the room on a roller-coaster emotional ride, leaving us all weeping and cheering.

There are 25 other stories in this fantastic collection, and all of them will leave you begging for more.

Buy two copies today, one to hide from your friends, and one to give to them
 
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This is a masterful collection of tales, all woven together with the magical touch that only belongs to Mercedes. If anyone can bring beauty to death, it is she.
 
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Nameless: The Darkness Comes (The Bone Angel Trilogy Book 1)
 
 

Book Description

January 14, 2014
"5/5 stars. If you love books with biting wit, snarky characters, and a heroine you can really root for, then you have to read this book. I love Mercedes Yardley's writing style. She makes the characters breathe and that is a beautiful and terrifying thing indeed."
—Dana Wright, Zombie Girl Shambling

"Yardley's brand of storytelling and writing style is tremendously addictive and her characters are a treat, I'd looked forward to reading more of her work ever since I got my first taste."
—Mogsy, The Bibliosanctum

LUNA MASTERSON SEES DEMONS. She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day. Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’ After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together...even until the end.

ABOUT THE BOOK
NAMELESS: The Darkness Comes reached as high as #3 in Amazon's "Hot New Releases" in Dark Fantasy during its January 2014 debut, and it has been amassing lots of four and five-star reviews ever since. It is volume one in "The Bone Angel Trilogy" by Mercedes M. Yardley, author of the award-winning novella, APOCALYPTIC MONTESSA AND NUCLEAR LULU: A Tale of Atomic Love and of Shock Totem's BEAUTIFUL SORROWS. Mercedes is working away on volume two of this trilogy, and it is slated for a January 2015 release.

5.0 out of 5 stars Tiptoe into the Shadows. January 30, 2014
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I won't recap the plot because you owe it to yourself to discover it on your own. All you need to know going into this is that the story walks a fine line between light and shadow, heartache and triumph. Are there demons? Oh yes. Some of them are amusing; others are terrifying--and caught in the middle is Luna Masterson, the smartass, hard-edged, and entirely likeable protagonist.

What I enjoyed most about novel is its pacing and the author's style. The book is plotted well enough that you'll find difficulty in putting it down. Seriously. I finished the latter 50% of this book in a single sitting.

Although Yardley's style has been described as "whimsical," I personally think "disarming" is a better way to describe it. The prose is light, quick, snappy--and catches you off guard when the darkness seeps up from the cracks, bringing with it all sorts of nasty, vile things filled with hate and malice. Yardley utilizes this to great effect, structuring the plot around a series of escalating events that put Luna through the motions until you're left wondering if she can hold it together.

Can she?

I'm not telling--but what I will tell you is that Mercedes Yardley's debut novel does not disappoint. Why not step into the shadows and find out for yourself? 
 
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Stabby's fabulous debut!! January 16, 2014
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With her debut novel, Mercedes Yardley proves she can sustain a longer narrative. Her "Beautiful Sorrows" is a favorite, but short stories and novels are so different that just because someone can do one, doesn't mean that they can do the other. Well, Mercedes can do both. The story of humans vs. demons is as old as religion and while enjoyable, for me the enjoyment comes more from how the narrator Luna describes the events of the story. She's sarcastic and I love her and in the depths of horrific events, she comes up with a turn of phrase or a way of describing events that you want to crack up. Then the next paragraph you're getting ready to cry, because unlike a lot of horror writer's Yardley's characters are more than meat puppets waiting to be snuffed for entertainment purposes. The ending is an example of how Mrs. Yardley can make you dread what's coming, break your heart, and make you love it
 
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The reviewers love Mercedes' wit, sarcasm, and eloquence, all while she spins a majestic tale of horror. This great book is a must read!
 
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This is merely the tip of the iceberg. Mercedes writes many different tales and is quite eclectic in her genre blending.

Today, Friday the 13th, is her birthday. Happy Birthday, Mercedes!

Mercedes M. Yardley is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob
 
 
 
 
 

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Lost and Found in Las Vegas by David Armstrong, Mason Ian Bundschuh, Heidi Kyser and Joseph Langdon (Sep 26, 2014)

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The Gate: 13 Dark & Odd Tales by Robert J. Duperre, Mercedes M. Yardley, Daniel Pyle and David Dalglish (Nov 16, 2010)

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Winter Wonders by Heather McCorkle, Anne Riley, T.S. Tate and Judith Graves (Dec 1, 2012)

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52 Stitches, Vol. 2 by Cate Gardner, Kurt Newton, Mercedes M. Yardley and Alan Baxter (Dec 2, 2010)

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