Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Hey everyone! You wanna win a free copy of my new romance? Of course you do. You’re a very cheap person! Don’t be ashamed. That’s why I like you!

Where was I? Oh, yeah… Free copy. Head on over to Harlequin Junkie and enter the contest today! Remember, my book is called Waking Up to Love, and it’s bundled together with some other awesome titles.

Good luck! I hope you win!

Monday, May 26, 2014


Well, everyone! The day is finally here! My new romance novel Waking Up to Love is FINALLY available on Amazon as well as through Crimson Romance. This is my first ever romance story, and I’m pretty proud of it. I wanted to use all the usual romance tropes (comas, twins, mistaken identities, friends-to-lovers) in one big, soapy blend.

I won’t tell you any more of the details, except to say that there are also near-drownings, heated arguments, and a lot of romantic tension. Pick up your copy today!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Welcome to Amazon

I have an Amazon author page. Probably should’ve mentioned that earlier. You can see all my latest information there. Well, not ALL my information. It doesn’t have my social security number or my shoe size, but it does have a lot of my publication information.

It also has a couple photos of me that I random selected from my desktop because they were either A) not embarrassing, or B) embarrassing, but in an endearing way.

Monday, May 19, 2014


Hello, internet. I try to keep this blog as up-to-date as possible. That can be a little difficult because
1) I live in Gansu Province, where internet connections go to die.
2) The Chinese government blocks Blogspot, so I have to work my non-existent internet magic.
And 3) I don’t have a third item. I just think that lists should come in threes.

The point is, I try to keep this blog updated, but I usually get bogged down by outside factors (i.e. bad internet connections… or sleep). But there is one website where I check at least once a day: Facebook. If you aren’t my Facebook friend yet, drop me a message. I don’t bite.

Unless provoked. Or unless you put your hand too close to my face before I’m able to properly smell you.


My Facebook name is Evan.Purcell1, not to be confused by the OTHER Evan Purcell on Facebook. Apparently, he’s a pretty well-respected bluegrass musician. We have never met.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Far Worlds

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be included in a pretty awesome sci-fi anthology called Far Worlds. The book collected stories with a bunch of different tones, and when I read it cover-to-cover, I realized that mine was the only overtly comedic of the bunch.

My story “Golden Planet” is a sci-fi spoof of the Emmy-winning sitcom Golden Girls. It takes place on a retirement planet, stuffed with aliens, pet squids, and a little bit of unexpected death. My protagonist Roze falls in love with a handsome stranger, and things spiral out of control. I won’t give anything away, except that I’m very proud of the very last sentence. It’s a nice, dark way to end the story.

I wrote the first draft during a single weekend, when I was also working on a horror story about a possessed jump rope that murdered people. Needless to say, both stories had pretty goofy premises, but “Golden Planet” didn’t take things seriously while “Double Dutch” did. (I called the other story “Double Dutch” because it’s about twins, one of whom is murdered by the jump rope. It’s Shakespearean, really.)

My point is… it was fun to bounce back and forth between the different styles. I usually don’t write two stories at the same time, but in this case, it kind of worked. There weren’t any pet squids in my horror story, and there were no possessed toys in my sci-fi story, but the two of them really fed into each other as I wrote them.

Once I finished both stories, though, things diverged. “Golden Planet” was quickly accepted by Far Worlds, and the version in print is very similar to my first draft. “Double Dutch,” however, was almost completely changed in the rewrite process. It’s coming out around Halloween (the details will be announced later), but the title is different, the characters are different, and… well, the jump rope is now a rubber snake. That’s what happens during the re-write process. Jump ropes turn into snakes and stories either stay the same or they morph into something completely new.

But back to “Golden Planet”… If you wanna check out the exploits of Roze, Dorox, and the gang, pick up a copy of Far Worlds. Also, visit the Far Worlds Facebook page for updates and information.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Enter Cthulhu!

H. P. Lovecraft was the man. I mean, he was kind of a hermit, and he wasn’t the best husband, and he was ridiculously racist… but his stories were creepy as hell. I’ve been a part of a couple Lovecraftian anthologies, mostly because I love writing about people who are caught up in circumstances they can’t quite understand, let alone control. The Cthulhu Mythos is a nasty, nasty world, and it’s so much fun to write for it.

One of my stories is in the brand new Stygian Abyss anthology through Miskatonic Press. My story is called “Letters from Camp.” I grew up on Goosebumps books, ( and R. L. Stine had a knack for churning out creepy little stories about summer camps gone wrong.

Camp Nightmare (the one with the aliens training for an invasion of Earth).
Curse of Camp Cold Lake (the one with the kick-ass cover).
Horror at Camp Jellyjam (the one with the giant jam creature controlling everyone).
And a few more (mostly ghost related)

Anyway, I think I channeled a little R.L. when I wrote this story. I hope you like it.

And if you wanna check out the Facebook page for MiskatonicPress, please do so. They’re a brand new publisher, and they have big plans ahead.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Mythos Grimmly

What’s spookier than fairy tales? How about fairy tales mashed-up with Lovecraft. A Mythos Grimmly is an anthology that re-imagines classic fairy tales within the Cthulhu Mythos.

I wrote a particularly gnarly story for this book. I won’t tell you any of the details yet. You’ll have to wait until it gets released. But trust me, you won’t want to read this to your children before you kiss them goodnight.