Sunday, May 21, 2017

Down and Out Said YES

Thank you to all the fine folks at Down and Out Books. Excited to announce my new book MAY will be published in January 2018!

Marietta Miles

Marietta Miles’s short stories and flash can be found in Thrills, Kills and Chaos, Flash Fiction Offensive, Yellow Mama, Hardboiled Wonderland and Revolt Daily. Her stories have been included in anthologies available through Static Movement Publishing, Out of the Gutter, and Horrified Press. She is rotating host for Noir on the Radio, Dames in the Dark. Her first book, Route 12, was released February of 2016. Born in Alabama, raised in Louisiana, she currently resides in Virginia with her husband and two children.
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Wash It All Away

"Wash it all away. She stands on the cold tiles drawing the hottest water old pipes allow. Like a breaking dam, the shame washes over her. Her shoulders curl over and she covers herself. Ease inside. The hot water startles her delicate, torn skin and she covers her mouth to stop a scream. Humidity sucks the breath from her lungs. Lightheaded, she sinks further in, closing her eyes, water covering her ears. The water turns cold, she shuts it off and takes her blue robe from the hook behind the door. She picks up her crumpled clothes from the floor, holds them under the light, turning them over. She shakes out her coat and hangs it on the hook. It smells like him, smoky and strange. Her white underclothes are now a dark, ugly red. She had been stupid and vain; smearing on her makeup, believing she was pretty, smiling at herself in the mirror. She hurries down the dark hallway and out the back door. She opens the nearest trashcan, pushes her clothes deep inside, pulls newspapers and cans over the pile, hides what she has done."

Excerpt from Route 12, Marietta Miles

If you are a survivor of sexual assault you must know it was not your fault. You deserve help. You deserve justice. You deserve hope.

Nearly one in five women in America has been a victim of rape or attempted rape.  Every eight minutes Child Protective Services substantiates a sexual crime against a child. Over half of sexual assault victims are under the age of eighteen. A rape occurs nearly every two minutes.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In conjunction with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, SAAM works to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on prevention. Sexual violence is a health and human rights tragedy.

On April 1st 2001, the United State nationally recognized Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the first time. In the years since, the organization has worked with employers to understand workplace culture’s role in preventing sexual violence, recognize the prevalence of sexual violence that occurs in the workplace and provide a safe process for those coming forward.

The organization has concentrated efforts on preventing sexual assault on university and college campuses. College campuses have seen an unprecedented increase in sexual assaults and harassment. In addition to serving the many survivors on campus with physical and mental support, the NSVRC has made strides in prevention with increased resources spent on campus safety.

In 2013, the SAAM drive focused on child sexual abuse prevention. Resources for adults, communities, schools and organizations helped with identifying risk factors, supporting healthy boundaries, and challenging negative messages.

It’s time for victims and survivors to emerge from the shadows, feel our support and experience a world where we are all free from the threat of violence.

“This month, we are once again reminded that we can change our culture for the better by standing together against the quiet tolerance of sexual assault and refusing to accept the unacceptable.”

Former President of the United States, Barrack Obama, 2015

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Monday, May 15, 2017

It’s almost time. Noir at the Bar presents the first Noir at the Bar Crawl. It begins this Friday, May 19th. Richmond, Virginia. We have the best local and national noir, crime, and mystery writers ready to give you the creeps. The immensely talented and undeniably charming Eryk Pruitt will be hosting the event. He is as funny as he is brutal. A stunning combination that will keep the evening insane.

The wordy fun doesn’t end in Richmond, however. Ed Aymar and Nik Korpon, aka The Glitter Twins, have organized a Noir at the Bar Crawl, after all. The following night, Saturday the 20th Ed Aymar will be hosting N@B in Washington D.C. Wonderland Ballroom. 7:00pm. Finally Nik Korpon and his Baltimore brood will be wrapping things up on Sunday the 21st. 7:00pm. Zella’s Pizzeria.  We hope you can make it to one of these shiver inspiring events. Visit the event pages below for further information.