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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Author Interview: S. A. Hunter

scarymarycoverTitle: Scary Mary
Author: S. A. Hunter
Publisher: Lulu
Hardcover: 144 pages
ISBN-10: 184728924X
ISBN-13: 978-1847289247

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

S. A. Hunter: Scary Mary is a novel for teens about a high school girl who hears ghosts. Mary begins her junior year of high school without high expectations. As the resident school freak, she’d just like to be left alone, but Cy Asher, a new student, befriends her. The budding friendship, though, dies when Mary discovers Cy’s house is haunted and not by Casper, The Friendly Ghost. Cy refuses to believe Mary when she tells him about the ghost. She must work without his help to exorcise the spirit, but luckily, she does get help from her best friend extrodinaire Rachel, her fortune-telling grandmother, and a dead Scottish Terrier named Chowder.

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?

S. A. Hunter: Well, I tried to go the traditional route, but couldn’t seem to get anywhere. I queried publishing houses and agents to no avail. I probably didn’t query enough, but the waiting and rejection really wears a soul down. I just wanted to get the story out there.

I finally decided to go the cyber route and give my writing away on the internet. I first got the idea when I looked at participating in Nanowrimo a few years ago. They had, I think, teamed with Blogger to get authors to post their works online as they worked on them. Blogger had articles about putting your book online, and I liked the idea. I wasn’t getting anywhere with print, and I wanted to get the story out there. Once the story was online and getting a steady stream of hits, I thought a print edition was in order. It seemed fair to think that once people read the book, they might want to purchase a hard copy. I used Lulu to offer the print edition.

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

S. A. Hunter: I can’t remember now. I came up with it when I was about Mary’s age, and well, I’m a bit older than Mary now. I think it just sort of occurred to me and then I wrote at least six different drafts, and things changed with each draft. The basic story and Mary never changed, but the published story and the first draft are very different from each other.

BAB: Do you have another book in the works?

S. A. Hunter: Yes! I have a sequel that I’m currently posting online in serial fashion. It’s called Stalking Shadows. It is only available online at this time. The address is http://stalkingshadows.sahunter.net and is free to read.

I also have another story online called Unicorn Bait. I hope to offer a print edition in the next year maybe, either through Lulu or a small press.

BAB: Your current novel, Scary Mary, is marketed as a young adult novel. Did you originally set out to write a YA novel?

S. A. Hunter: Yes, I knew that it would be a YA novel. With the main character being a high school student, I knew that it would interest those in a similar age group or younger. I’m a huge fan of the genre. I still read YA novels. I think Maxim Gorky had it absolutely right, “You must write for children the same way you write for adults, only better.” I don’t know if I’m writing better, but I aspire to.

BAB: How did you get the inspiration for Mary, Cy, Vicky, Rachel, Chowder, and Ricky/etc?

S. A. Hunter: Each character sort of just comes to me. The main character comes first. I have a strong sense of who he or she is from the beginning, but then the plot dictates the other characters, and as I figure out the plot and write the story, the characters develop alongside. I do often model characters after people I know or have people I know in mind when writing a story. In early drafts of Scary Mary, some of the characters actually shared names with the people I modeled them after. Little known fact, almost every character in the story has been renamed at least once, some multiple times, except Mary and Ricky.

Mary was modeled after me a little, but I injected her with traits I admired like a strong sense of self and the courage to stand up for herself. Cy was originally planned as be the ideal type boyfriend, but that couldn’t work precisely with the plot. I had to struggle to give him an actual personality. I must admit that I thought of Cordelia Chase of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame when developing Vicky, though that archetype of the mean popular girl is prevalent everywhere. I had to deal with my share of Vickys and Cordelias in high school. Rachel is the best friend everyone wants. She’s sassy, loyal, and completely supportive. Chowder was originally planned to be a way to inject another supernatural element into the story and then he became integral and a part of the family. He’s a very persistent little dog.

BAB: Who is your favorite character? Why?

S. A. Hunter: Mary is my favorite. She’s the heart of the story. If I don’t love her and want to write about her, then the story is dead in the water.

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

S. A. Hunter: I discovered writing when I was in fifth grade when my teacher had us start writing stories in class. We would write stories, and she would look them over and correct grammar and spelling. I loved it. It was about this time that I discovered reading too. We read The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and I couldn’t get enough. Reading that story and realizing I could write one like it was a light bulb moment for me.

BAB: In writing, Scary Mary, what was your most surprising discovery?

S. A. Hunter: I’m not sure. I’ve worked on Scary Mary for so long that it became a very real part of my life. I learned a lot about storytelling, plotting, and characterization. It was the first long story I’d ever written.

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

S. A. Hunter: I’ve found that posting my writing online really pushes me to produce. When readers are expecting a chapter every week, it really helps me get to work. Before, I would let myself not write for months. Now, I don’t have that luxury, and I’m glad I don’t.

I don’t have a set routine. Right now, I try to dedicate time on the days that I’m off work to writing the next installment. I set a goal of about five pages and work to produce those. If I get five pages, I’m done. I need that goal in sight to write.

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

S. A. Hunter: I am my own publisher. I went through Lulu, which has a pretty severe learning curve, but I had basic control of everything. Years ago, I’d purchased a global distribution package for Scary Mary and only recently used it, but seeing my book listed on Amazon and Barnes and Noble is pretty cool.

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

S. A. Hunter: I’ve always loved Tanith Lee. I especially love her science fiction. I wish she wrote more of it. She writes about people in the future. Not ‘the future’. The best way I can describe it would be like comparing Firefly to Star Trek. Star Trek is very much about ‘the future’ and showing the advancements. I like Star Trek, but Firefly was much more about how people live in the future.

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

S. A. Hunter: Thank you for your support. It means a great deal to me. I wouldn’t be half the writer I am today without you. Your comments and questions give me so much food for thought. Writing in a vacuum is not nearly as much fun or as challenging as writing for an audience. Thanks.

Available from Amazon & Kindle.

You can also check out the book here.

Published in: on March 20, 2009 at 2:45 pm  Comments (6)  
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Author Interview: J.R.Turner

dff coverTitle: DFF: Dead Friends Forever (Extreme Haunting #1)
Author: J.R.Turner
Publisher: Quake
Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1590806255
ISBN-13: 978-1590806258

Books And Bites: Congratulations on the publication of “DFF: Dead Friends Forever (Extreme Haunting #1)”! Tell me a little about it—what’s your pitch?

J.R.Turner: Thanks so much! The ghost of a murdered girl is forced to relive her death over and over for a century. When she discovers skater girl Kaylee Hensler can see her, the ghost stalks her everywhere she goes. In order to free them both, Kaylee will draw on dormant powers to defeat the evil intent on imprisoning her as well.

I think what really makes this an interesting read besides all the spooky scary stuff that happens, is that Kaylee’s father is a shrink. Trying to retain an aura of “normality” while being haunted by a ghost no one else can see is pretty much impossible. All the strange events that happen leave her father seriously worried about her mental health.

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?

J.R.Turner: Stark Knight was the first book I had published. I originally wrote it for Silhouette’s Bombshell line. They rejected it because there was too much romance. Then I sent it into Harlequin’s Intrigue line, which rejected it for having not enough romance. I then chose to send it to Echelon because category length novels are tough to sell outside of category publishers and the story was too good (I believe) to change.

Of course I went through the full gamut of emotions waiting to hear back. I was concerned that this book would never find a home and I so totally loved my Lara Croft-ish heroine, Sara Stark. Finally, I got “the call” and Stark Knight launched two more books—Silent Knight and Good Knight. Echelon also took two of my romantic suspense novels, Bulletproof Bride and My Biker Bodyguard.

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

J.R.Turner: My normal genre is action adventure, across a few different genres. When I thought about writing a young adult book, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to reach that same level of action that I love to write. Obviously I couldn’t give my teen characters Universal Machine Pistols (unless I wanted to do a post-earth type story where teens survived and banded together in armies—which was a route I considered for a while.)

My favorite television show is Supernatural. One Thursday after watching an episode, we wanted to watch something else scary and played The Grudge. As usual, I had a notebook in my lap and I was brainstorming ideas for this young adult series I was trying to put together. It clicked then that I could reach the same level of action I loved by “arming” my characters with supernatural powers.

BAB: Do you have another book in the works?

J.R.Turner: Yes! Tons of them! Which is unusual for me. I normally work on one book at a time, but it seems writing my first supernatural/horror novel opened up Pandora’s box and the ideas are coming fast and furious. Mainly though, I am working on the next five books in the Extreme Hauntings series. The second one is about a haunted boarding school. Kaylee is sent there as part of a court order (she’s convicted of vandalizing a cemetery on Halloween.) Because Kaylee’s dormant powers have been awakened, fate is working to send her where she is most needed. As sort of “spiritual first response” agent for heaven.

BAB: Your current novel, DFF: Dead Friends Forever (Extreme Haunting #1), is marketed as a young adult novel. Did you originally set out to write a YA novel?

J.R.Turner: Yes. My kids have been bugging me for years to write books they “want to read” so when my publisher began urging me to a write a Young Adult series, I figured it was time to bite the bullet and see what happened. As I stated earlier, I was fearful that I wouldn’t find an angle I could get excited about.

I shouldn’t have worried so much though, because my belief has always been that I can make any subject exciting to me if I adopt it to my own passions. I’ve always thought there was a shortage of really, really, really great ghost stories out there. Of course there are many, but compared to vampires? So when I chose the supernatural, I thought I should put my money where my mouth was and develop my own ghost stories.

BAB: How did you get the inspiration for Kaylee/Davey/etc?

J.R.Turner: My characters generally come to me in a flash—fully developed, three dimensional, with whole histories and backgrounds—just as if someone introduced me to a stranger and in the act of shaking their hand I was able to grasp the entirety of their lives and experiences. Kaylee came to me much in the same way.

She’s a small town tomboy just trying to fit in and get along. As an only child, her best friend, Davey is really very important to her. He’s the only one in her life that understands her perspective because he’s grown up beside her all this time. When he got really ill and nearly died (which is why he’s in a wheelchair) it drew them even closer together.

BAB: Who is your favorite character? Why?

J.R.Turner: Well of course Kaylee, then Davey are my favorites! But as far as secondary characters go, I love Madam Maggie. She’s a conglomeration of all the really great women I’ve known in my life. She has an awesome sense of humor, isn’t afraid to be exactly who she is and finds enjoyment in helping others. Writing her dialogue was just a blast!

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

J.R.Turner: In 1999 we moved from Milwaukee to Stevens Point . I had a choice: I could rebuild my clientèle and continue working as a contract artist, or I could pursue my first love, writing. I talked it over with my husband and he supported my decision to pursue writing as a career. From there, it was a matter of purchasing a computer and educating myself. Five years later, I was published.

BAB: In writing, DFF: Dead Friends Forever (Extreme Haunting #1) , what was your most surprising discovery?

J.R.Turner: I hadn’t intended for Kaylee to have her own supernatural powers. She was going to use the tools/tricks that Madam Maggie offered throughout the series to combat the supernatural forces opposing her. However, in the middle of writing one scene, Kaylee described the awakening of a psychic power. I totally loved it and from there, it’s evolved into a whole subplot that runs through the series and isn’t fully revealed until later on.

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

J.R.Turner: I’m a dawn writer—and I don’t know why! When I was an artist, I would stay up all night, enjoying a world where I was the only one awake. I can’t get the same sort of focus in the evenings though, when I try to write, so I started getting up earlier and earlier until I found my ideal time: 5:30 A.M. Ugh!

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

J.R.Turner: Wonderful!! I am forever bragging about how well I’m treated and the amount of perks that Echelon has for its authors. Between their hard work to promote us (almost unheard of with independent houses) and the quality of the books themselves, it’s truly been a dream come true for me.

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

J.R.Turner: Ohhhhh….this is like asking me which of my children I love most! I don’t know how I can answer with just one, but maybe… I guess if there was one author that really challenges me as a reader, an author I could read again and again, it would probably be Dean Koontz. His vocabulary and language skills are amazing and his stories are so very imaginative and interesting. It’s a rare combination that I think is at the root of his success.

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

J.R.Turner: You’ve got to keep following what happens to Kaylee and Davey! Each book has a unique “haunting” and location, but the relationship between these two grows exceptionally interesting. Kaylee’s got a wild ride ahead of her and I don’t think you’ll want to miss it!

Available from Amazon & Kindle.

You can also check out a book trailer for DDF here.

Published in: on March 6, 2009 at 11:14 am  Comments (4)  
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