13 Spooktuclar Reads for Halloween

13 Spooktuclar Reads for Halloween

Firstly, I am sorry for not updating more regular but I have been busy behind the scenes, and I do have a big announcement to come in the middle of December. So look out for that but for today post I thought I would pay it forward and promote some fellow hard working authors.

The following books are some that have caught eye and I hope that you look the list…

1)

Title of book: Sentinel Rising

Author: Andrea Drew

Genre: Urban Fantasy

The first line of your book: He hadn’t meant to kill the  love of his life.

Link to book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sentinel-Rising-Reardon-Files-Medium-ebook/dp/B01LA9AY0A.amazon.com/dp/B01L49YA7O

2)

Title of book: The Vampire’s Raven

Author: C. Gold

Genre: Paranormal

The first line of your book: Moisture hung in the chill evening air in that halfway place between fog and rain.

Link to book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Vampires-Raven-Paranormal-Novelette-ebook/dp/B076XW4SQ6/

3)

Title of book: Calamity Rising (Deathwalkwer Book 1)

Author:  Z.V. Hunter

Genre: Urban fantasy

The first line of your book:

HALF PAST MIDNIGHT on a Friday, and instead of relaxing at an izakaya, that’s a pub for everyone who doesn’t live in Neo-Tokyo, I was climbing the stairs of a [crappy] old apartment building and minutes away from coming face-to-face with a p*ssed off ghost.

https://www.amazon.com/Calamity-Rising-Deathwalker-Book-1-ebook/dp/B06XHGD8YP

4)

Title of book: Once Lost Lords Royal Scales Book 1

Author:  Stephan Morse

Genre: Urban fantasy

The first line of your book: Elves have strange habits.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0199Q1ZZ4

5)

Title of book: WITCHY WICKEDNESS

Author:  Sherry Soule

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

The first line of your book: For as long as I could remember, I’d seen things in the shadows–sinister, twisting shapes that chilled my blood.

https://www.amazon.com/Witchy-Wickedness-Updated-Charmed-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B0058DE8YI

6)

Title of book: Insidious  (The Marked Mage Chronicles, Book 1)

Author:  Victoria Evers

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance

The first line of your book: The headlights barely penetrated through the blanketing fog as the school bus continued down the winding bends of the forested streets.

https://www.amazon.com/Insidious-Fantasy-Romance-Marked-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B01N4H9MNN

7)

Title of book: Shadow Demons (The Shadow Demons Saga Book 4)

Author:  Sarra Cannon

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

The first line of your book: Windows stared out at us like dead eyes.

https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Demons-Saga-Book-ebook/dp/B005A74DT2

8)

Title of book: The Vampire Gift 1: Wards of Night

Author:  E.M. Knight

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

The first line of your book: I wake up with a jolt

https://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Gift-Wards-Night-ebook/dp/B01ELNN9KY

9)

Title of book: Lost Wolf (Curse of the Moon Book 1)

Author:  Stacy Claflin

Genre:  Fantasy

The first line of your book: Beads of sweat broke out along my hairline.

https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Wolf-Curse-Moon-Book-ebook/dp/B01IO7FNV6

10)

Title of book: Nolander (Emanations,  Book 1)

Author:  Becca Mills

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

The first line of your book: The great beast slid through tall, dead grass.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R6PPZA

11)

Title of book: A Shade of Vampire (New & Lengthened 2015 Edition)

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy

The first line of your book: I always feared the nights my father got called of town.

https://www.amazon.com/Shade-Vampire-New-Lengthened-2015-ebook/dp/B00AOHDMFE

12)

Title of book: Shade

Author: Marilyn Peake

Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy

The first line of your book: My name is Shade.

https://www.amazon.com/Shade-Marilyn-Peake-ebook/dp/B00JC15NSC

13)

Title of book: The Truth Spell (Werewolf High Book 1)

Author: Anita Oh

Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy

The first line of your book: As soon as I stepped onto the grounds of Amaris High, I realized I’d made a huge mistake.

https://www.amazon.com/Truth-Spell-Werewolf-High-Book-ebook/dp/B018CLWMF4

And as a bonus book and I know it is a little cheeky of me but here is mine and it will be going up in price soon, so get it while it is still 99p/99c

Title of book:  (In The Shadows Book 1)

Author: Catherine Gardiner

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

First line: Katrina placed the textbook she was studying back on the library shelf and glanced down at her wristwatch.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Forgotten-In-The-Shadows-Book-ebook/dp/B0089PFDLY

Happy reading this halloween!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cover Reveals, Strange Fate & Other News

I know that I haven’t been updating this blog regularly and I apologize for that, but things have been happening behind the scenes that have kept me from blogging.

One of the things is that Forgotten has been updated with over two thousands words added to the story. I will be contacting Amazon soon and hopefully they will make it possible for everyone that has already purchased a copy to be able to get the updated version. I will let everyone know when the update is available and how to get it.

Another new thing is that the book also has a new gorgeous cover (which you can see below). As much as I loved the original cover, I decided that something was missing so I hope that everyone adores the new cover as much as I do.

Forgotten

Speaking of new covers, here is a sneak peek at the cover of a Novelette that I will be releasing within the next six months (hopefully sooner). I will release more details regarding this project nearer to the time, although what I will say is that this Novelette is set in the same “world” as the In The Shadows series but is part of a separate series.

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As you can see the series title is omitted from the cover. I will reveal that later along with other details (as I stated above).

Strange Fate News

I see in my stats that I get a lot of people searching for Strange Fate and the only news I have at the moment is that the paperback/hardback will be released in the UK, Canada, Germany & France on 31st December 2013. I searched for the availability in the US and the only date I got was 1st February 2014.

Anyway, this got me thinking; Would anyone be interested in a giveaway of Strange Fate in paperback along with some some other prize(s) early next year?

More details to come. 🙂

Other News

Last year I promised I would blog behind the scene posts and the next one up would have been about my werewolves. I apologize for this post never being posted but, due to unforeseen circumstances, I lost most of my notes regarding my werewolves family tree which is making it hard for me to do the post I originally wanted. At the moment, I am going back through the notes I have to recreate all the lost information. I am truly sorry if anyone was looking forward to that particular post but it will be posted as soon as I am able to, although I can’t give an expected date at this moment in time.

The moral to all this is always back up important information because it will save you hours of trying to look for it on your computer as well as a few sleepless nights.

Happy Reading!

Catherine

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Welcome to Canada & Brazil

Christmas is coming and Amazon gave Kindle authors a present by opening two brand new stores in Brazil & Canada. This brings the total up to nine Kindle stores now.

*Blatant promo ahead*

ForgottenForgotten is a YA paranormal that revolves around two sisters. It has action, mystery, drama, vampires, werewolves, & even a cute fluffy bunny. What more could you ask for?

If you liked Fear Street, Nightworld or Point Horror you’ll love this!

*End of blatant promo*

You can buy Forgotten from the following places:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon Germany
Amazon Italy
Amazon Spain
Amazon France
Amazon Japan
Amazon Canada
Amazon Brazil

I also have to tell you all that, sadly, my paperback won’t be released before Christmas. Something that I thought would be in place fell through but, rest assured, when the paperback is released next year I will announce it here on this blog along with on my twitter, Facebook & website. I have also been asked again when Masquerade, aka book two, will be released. As I mentioned in my first edition of Ask Cat (which you can find here) there are no firm dates as of yet, although I can say it won’t be ready before February 2013. In the meantime, I do have something that I will make an announcement on soon which I hope will be a pleasant surprise for those who are waiting patiently for the next book in the In The Shadows series.

I have noticed that I get a lot visitors looking for the release date for, Strange Fate, book ten in the Nightworld series by L.J. Smith. So, I thought I would give another update on the status because if other fans are like me then you’ll be eager to know how the series is going to end. Below are the dates I found on a couple of the Amazon websites. I hope that this helps anybody who is interested. 🙂

Amazon US

Paperback – No date given
Hardback – 31st December 2030 (yes, that does say 2030, it isn’t a typo)
Kindle – 31st December 2030
Audio – 1st April 2013

Amazon UK

Paperback – 31st December 2013
Hardback – February 2014
Audio – April 2013

Amazon Germany

Paperback – 31st December 2013
Hardback – 31st December 2030
Audio – April 2013
Kindle – 31st December 2030

Lastly, for those of you who are waiting for the Behind The Scenes peek at my werewolves, your wait is nearly over as the post will be up within the next couple of weeks. Just when I think I have finished, my werewolves want to reveal more of themselves; they will do anything to out do my vampires!

Anyway, as always, thank you for your patience & your continued support. It is always appreciated.

Take Care,

Catherine

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Author Interview: Barbara Winkes

Autumn Leaves coverTitle: Autumn Leaves
Author: Barbara Winkes
Publisher: Eternal Press (November 7, 2012)
Paperback: 216 pages
ISBN-10: 1615727973
ISBN-13: 978-1615727971

Books And Bites: Congratulations on the publication of “Autumn Leaves”! Tell me a little about it—what’s your pitch?

Barbara Winkes: It’s the story about women with a very different background who become friends and eventually develop feelings for each other that go far beyond that. Rebecca is a married mother of two, Callie an out lesbian writer who came to town to finish her latest work. Their curiosity and discoveries lead to changes not only for them, but in the social dynamics of the small town Autumn Leaves. Not everyone is accepting of these changes, and while help comes from unexpected sources, they have to question whom they can trust.

BAB: No two authors seem to take the same route to publication, but almost every author has an interesting story about their journey. Care to share yours?

Barbara Winkes: It was always a dream of mine to get there eventually, but I got more serious about it when I started writing in English and sharing stories online. The internet made a big difference, too, enabling me to connect with other writers all over the world, hear about their experiences. I had established a writing routine before I even started thinking about submitting. When I was ready, I was lucky to hear that Eternal Press was actively looking for lesbian-themed books, and I thought “Autumn Leaves” would qualify. I’m glad it was accepted.

BAB: How did you get the idea for your novel?

Barbara Winkes: I wanted to explore the world of someone who has adopted stereotypes without meaning to, and their reaction to being confronted with a different reality. For some, it can cause unease and even fear, and it depends on many factors how they handle those emotions. Rebecca doesn’t just have to correct some preconceived notions, she has to re-evaluate everything she thought was for certain in her life. It’s a turning point where people either move forward or stagnate, laying the blame on someone else.

BAB: Do you have another book in the works?

Barbara Winkes: Yes. While Autumn Leaves works fine as a standalone novel for the reader, the concept is for a series, and I’m on to book three at the moment. For the upcoming year, there’s also a mystery on the schedule, taking place in a fictional town in the province of Québec.

BAB: How did you get the inspiration for your characters?

Barbara Winkes: Rebecca and Callie in particular evolved from following the discussion about marriage equality in various parts of the world. Why would anybody be against it, or uncomfortable with it? How would stereotypes influence a person and hinder them in living their lives authentically? I’m looking for answers as a psychologist, but also as someone who was able to get legally married in my wife’s country of origin, and I like to explore them with my characters. What’s important for me to show is that individual stories differ as much as they do with straight people, and they can have happy endings.

BAB: Who is your favorite character? Why?

Barbara Winkes: I’d say Rebecca, because she has to go through so many changes and comes out stronger on the other side.

BAB: When did you know you wanted to become a writer?

Barbara Winkes: I’ve always been writing–poems, short stories, longer ones. I got serious about attempting to get published in the past few years. There were some big changes in my private life: I got married, and moved to another country, circumstances that allowed me to concentrate on this goal more. Instead of squeezing in some writing time after work and on the weekends, I can do it fulltime.

BAB: In writing “Autumn Leaves” what was your most surprising discovery?

Barbara Winkes: I was taking part in NaNoWriMo for the first time back then, in 2010, working two jobs. It was a great experience to have that I could actually do it, no excuses, and there were some unexpected turns in the story. It’s always fun when the characters seem to take it out of your hands and tell you what happens. Your only job is to type fast enough.

BAB: What’s your writing routine? Do you write in the mornings, nights, daily, or when the mood strikes you?

Barbara Winkes: I try to do an average of 2,000 words a day, with a little leeway on the weekends (when it’s not NaNoWriMo time). Ideally, I start at about 8 a.m. When I get to 2,000 depends on where I am in the story–at the beginning, it’s faster. I keep a notebook around for when the mood strikes.

BAB: What experience did you have with your publisher? Good? Bad?

Barbara Winkes: Very good! Since this was my first time getting published, I had no idea what to expect. It’s been exciting to learn about the process of a manuscript becoming an actual book, and great to work with people who care about the outcome as much as you do. It mattered to me to have a publisher who has a GLBT section and would bring out a print copy along with the e-book. I’m old-fashioned that way, and it was always the dream to actually have a book of my own to hold.

BAB: If you had to pick one author as your favorite, who would it be?

Barbara Winkes: Do I really have to pick just one? J.M.Redmann, Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson, Stieg Larsson, Karin Slaughter and Ken Follett have all created incredible female characters. That is what I go for as a reader and admire most as a writer, when you care so much about characters that you almost forget they are not real. It’s the ultimate goal.

BAB: Finally, thank you for taking part in this interview. Before you go, what message would you like to send to your fans?

Barbara Winkes: Thank you! I’m grateful for this opportunity to live my dream and everyone who shares the world of Callie and Rebecca with me, and you’re welcome to come by to chat on my blog any time! www.barbarawinkes.blogspot.ca

Autumn Leaves is available at Amazon in Kindle & Paperback and at Amazon UK in Kindle & Paperback.

A video trailer for Autumn Leaves can be found on Barbara’s Amazon author page.

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