#BadMoonRising: Fairies, Myths, and Magic: A Summer Celebration by Colleen M. Chesebro #paranormal #shortstories

Today’s author is a familiar face to many of you – maybe it’s from her poems and weekly poetry challenges, her author interviews, or her Carrot Ranch writing challenges.  If you own a rocking horse, many of you may be pushing them to the curb after reading this interview.  Welcome Colleen M. Chesebro!

Vampires, ghosts, werewolves, or zombies – which would you least want to meet in a dark alley?

I would have to say that I would be terrified to meet a zombie in a dark alley. There’s just something about the zombies that makes my skin crawl!

Think about it… zombies are reawakened corpses who become human eating machines. And once you’re a zombie all you want to do is bite someone else, so you can infect another person with the same virus that made you a zombie. It’s a terrifying proposition. A chance meeting with a zombie could end a writing career for good.

I do realize that the fear of the undead is one of our most primeval fears stretching back into antiquity. Ancient gravesites have been found containing rocks placed on skeletal remains because the living feared the ability of the undead to rise once again.

Zombie folklore from Haiti explains another explanation for the zombie phenomena. Horrible conditions for West African slaves working in the sugar cane plantations left the slaves yearning for freedom. It is thought that these conditions represented the afterlife and the predicament of slavery represented in zombie form. However, medical journals in Haiti do confirm evidence of actual zombies. (History.com-Zombies)

So, bring on the ghosts, vampires, and werewolves. I can deal with those phenomena better than reawakened corpses. LOL!

What’s the creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

Many years ago, when I was in the Air Force stationed in East Anglia in the U.K., my ex-husband and I rented an old farmhouse in the English countryside close to RAF Lakenheath.

I remember I was pregnant with my second child at the time. I only mention it because I believe that somehow made me more susceptible to the spiritual vibrations in the area. All I know is the old stone house gave me a creepy feeling every time I walked inside.

That Christmas, we purchased one of those rocking horse toys suspended on a metal frame with giant springs for our older daughter. Tabitha loved feeding the horses that grazed in the field next to the house. She and I made a daily habit of visiting the horses, and she was crazy in love with them, like most three-year-old girls are.

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English homes back then were divided into many small rooms, each with a door. I had a hard time finding a place where the rocking horse could fit. It was so large that I finally stored it in the hallway outside the kitchen beneath the stairs where I could watch Tabitha playing as I prepared our evening meal.

After a few evenings of play, Tabitha said that she didn’t want to go into the hallway to play on the toy anymore. Of course, I figured the charm of the rocking horse had worn off. So, I didn’t pursue it with her any further.

One thing I did notice was that the hallway was always freezing. We could shut the door to the lounge and the kitchen to keep the downstairs warmer which I had a habit of doing. Whenever you had to go upstairs to the loo, you had to go by way of the hallway and stairs. I don’t remember a time that hallway wasn’t freezing cold – even in summer.

As I progressed with my pregnancy, I stayed home by myself during the day, as my ex would leave for work after taking Tabitha to daycare.

One afternoon, while I sat on the couch watching a television program, I heard the springs squeaking on the rocking horse. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up at attention. I had the most unsettling feeling I’ve ever had, almost like being sick to your stomach. I knew I was completely alone in the house, out in the middle of nowhere. I glanced through the window to see if the wind was blowing but it was a normal overcast English summer day, and there was no wind.

I crept closer and peeked through the glass door that separated the lounge from the hallway. There, underneath the stairs, the rocking horse bounced with a steady rhythm as if someone was riding it. The squeaky springs creaked making me cringe in fright. After about five minutes, the rocking stopped.

That night when my ex came home, I told him what had happened. I also informed him that I wanted to move. He gave me a funny look and shared a similar experience having seen the rocking horse moving on its own one night. No wonder Tabitha didn’t want to ride the horse in the spooky hallway.

I felt that we had witnessed the ghost of a small child still attached to the house, who wanted to play with the rocking horse. The coldness never left the hallway and my paranormal radar worked overtime. I couldn’t wait to leave.

The next month, we moved from the house. Tabitha played with her rocking horse until she outgrew it with no further mishaps. I still get the shivers when I think of that house.

Are you superstitious?

I’ve always been superstitious as far back as I can remember. I suspect part of that was because my mother died when I was three and I lived with my grandparents until I was about six or seven. My grandfather came from Russia and he told me all kinds of folk stories when I was growing up. I’m sure many of these stories were the sort you shouldn’t tell young children, but nevertheless they fired my imagination!

One of these strange superstitions (well, I still believe it!) is the rule of three. The idea is that whatever positive or negative energy a person puts into the world will return to that person three times. In fact, the number 3 has figured prominently in many important dates throughout my life.

I don’t believe in coincidences either. Everything happens for a reason. Just like my participation in Bad Moon Rising.

How do you develop your plots and characters?

I have the most vivid dreams. Many times, the idea for a plot comes to me through a dream. Sometimes, an idea pops into my head from the ether. Sometimes, I get my ideas from television, movies, or even real-life events. It’s only an idea, but I do write it down. Then, I brainstorm to see if the idea can develop further into a story, poem, or even a book plot.

I base many of my characters off of real people I’ve known in the past. I worked as a bookkeeper and a legal assistant much of my past career, so I met many strange and unusual characters. A few of these people were quite scary. Some of these personalities have found their way into my writing.

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?

My writing has been most influenced by my blogging journey. I started out four years ago as a new blogger looking for a way to increase my writing opportunities. It was within that community of bloggers and authors that I found my path to becoming an author. The support I’ve received from other authors has been phenomenal.

I am an avid reader, so as soon as I read a book, I follow up with a book review on my blog. Writing about other author’s writing has helped me learn the craft. The same went for poetry. I love poetry and got my feet wet with a Haiku Challenge that eventually led to me hosting my own poetry challenge.

Poetry helps you write better stories. Last year I discovered a love for writing flash fiction by participating in a weekly flash fiction challenge. Each new writing challenge has propelled me toward another writing goal.

What are you working on now?

Remember how I said I create many of my characters from people I’ve known? Well, last year I asked seven other authors to form a group blog with me. They liked many of the same things that I did, like crystals, tarot cards, Rune Stones, angels, paganism, etc. They agreed, and we named the blog “The Sisters of the Fey.” Of course, you know my fairy nymphs guided me to these wonderful folks.

G. Kaye (Debby Gies), Adele Marie Park, Annette Rochelle Aben, Deborah Bowman, Marjorie Mallon, Tina Frisco, and Wendy Anne Darling have all joined me as co-authors on the Sisters of the Fey blog.

One thing led to another. Suddenly, I had an idea for a story, then a novella, and now possibly a book, called, “The Sisters of the Fey – Genesis.” The story is about eight Slavic Witches who are asked to form an alliance with the Rusalki Fey to protect magic from the Byzantine Monks who are spreading their new religion across the land.

I promise there will be some unusual paranormal twists and turns to keep my readers enthralled. And yes, I’ve based the characters loosely off of my author friend’s personalities. It will be fun for my readers (many who already know my friends) to see if they can figure out who is which character. I hope to release this book by January 2019.

New Release: Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration priced at $.99 for the summer season.

Title: Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration

ASIN: B07DTSBH4T

Release Date: June 17, 2018

Format: Kindle Paperback

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Blurb:

Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all.

Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the past bringing them into the future.

Author Bio

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist who loves writing about paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet.

A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Whisperer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams.

Colleen won the Little and Laugh Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community.com in November 2017 for her piece, called The Bus Stop. Her debut novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy won gold in the 2017 AuthorsDB.com cover contest.

Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar and Spice. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband and friends. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.

Feel free to get in touch with me at colleenchesebro3@gmail.com.

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#BadMoonRising: Grey Lore by Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy #YA #paranormal #giveaway #TuesdayBookBlog

I have a surprise for you – today’s authors are giving away a Kindle e-book copy of their young adult paranormal novel!  All you need to do is leave a comment below, and the winner will be chosen by random.org and announced next Tuesday.  If you’d like to know what Homer Simpson has in common with zombies, read on.  Welcome Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy!

You’re in a horror movie.  Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

Jean: Hmm, definitely the first to die. Or the comic relief. My luck, I’d probably be both.

Vampires, ghosts, werewolves, or zombies – which would you least want to meet in a dark alley?

Jacob: If I were in a dark alley, I would prefer to meet a zombie. They seem slow and stupid. In fact the whole notion of the zombie as portrayed in popular lore, is that of a slow, unthinking, ravenously hungry creature not dissimilar to Homer Simpson. However, unlike Homer Simpson, for some inexplicable reason, nothing can stop the Zombie. Even though they are a decaying, rotting and can’t reason any better than a 1-year-old child, the zombie can take over the entire world. The best strategy against the zombie? Based on my simple observation…walk away. Barring that, a baseball bat should do the trick. It’s not rocket science.

If you were paid to spend the night in a haunted house, would you do it?

Jacob: I would have to ask, how haunted is this house? Where is it (because I’m not one to take a long trip unless it’s going to be awesome)? And how much does the gig pay ?

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?

Jean: Pen, notebook, computer. Just the basics for me. The other things honestly start to feel overwhelming. I enjoy a good book on craft here and there, but really just give me a pen and piece of paper.

What’s your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Jean: Generally, I do my part-time job and other stuff in the mornings. Then in the afternoons I write. I start with one or two unsavory or tedious tasks (usually something technical or marketing). And then I get to write and edit, which is my favorite part. I try to get several hours of writing and/or editing in each day.

What are you working on now?

Jean and Jacob: We’re working on a new series that we’re really excited about. It’s a middle grade series set in the White House with a Twilight zone-esque twist. It’s sci-fi, but some smart ghosts may or may not make a few appearances.

Despite the perks of living with her rich aunt, Ella’s new life in Napper, Indiana, is pretty much tragically boring.

Until Ella starts hearing strange voices.

As rogue wolves begin to stalk the edges of town and a serial killer with a penchant for silver bullets draws closer, the city of Napper seems to wake up. 

Ella, with her new friends, Sam and Sarah, might be able to find out what the strange occurrences mean. Except that they’re all being pulled in different directions by people who love them; and some who don’t.

Before they lose their way to the whispers they hear from the past, or the call to a future they’re not sure they want to create, the friends will need to confront who they really are and figure out what’s hiding in the silence of their sleepy little town. 

Author Bios

Jean Knight Pace is the co-author of the YA novels, Grey Stone and Grey Lore, as well as the Amazon best-seller, Hugging Death: Essays on Motherhood and Saying Goodbye. She has had essays and short stories published in Puerto del Sol, The Lakeview Review, and other literary magazines. She lives in Indiana with her husband, four children, seven ducks, two chickens, and a cat. You can find more about her at jeanknightpace.com.

Jacob Kennedy is the author of the YA fantasy novels Grey Stone and Grey Lore. He lives in Indiana with his wife and kids. When he’s not dreaming up stories about wolves, ghosts, and other creatures, he’s working his day job as a doctor in the emergency room.

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#BadMoonRising: Mind-Shaft: A Paranormal Anthology by S. Burke #paranormal #horror

Today’s author shares her collection of paranormal short stories focusing on horror, romance, and suspense – something for everyone!  And she may or may not have stayed in a haunted hotel.  Welcome Suzanne Burke!

My grateful thanks to Teri Polen. I’m so delighted to be featured here today. It’s an honor to appear with the wonderfully talented authors taking part in this exciting tour.

Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

I still get a little spooked just thinking about this. My daughter and I had checked into a hotel on the outskirts of the small country town where we planned on relocating. She planned on catching up with friends in the area, and I looked forward to an early night. She’d headed off, and I enjoyed take-out Pizza and watched a vaguely entertaining comedy on T.V. I headed to bed and snuggled down for sleep. The sound of the television woke me. I figured my daughter had arrived home, and I was more relaxed and content in knowing that she was safe for the evening.

The television volume increased and I recall feeling surprised. My daughter is normally so considerate of other people. I finally gave up on sleeping and walked out to the only other room to ask her to turn down the sound. She wasn’t there. I looked at the television and grunted, a little surprised and annoyed with myself. I’m one of those people that makes certain all the power points are switched off before retiring for the night. Obviously, I’d missed one. I walked across to the tv and found it was indeed switched off from its only power source. I have no explanation that makes any sense to me at all. Suffice it to say I spent the next few hours sitting and watching the door. We checked out first thing next morning.

You’re home alone, but you hear footsteps in your house–what do you do?

Ah …good ol’ fight or flight? Well for starters I don’t call out in a shaky voice “Who is it?” Can you imagine the reaction if a voice that sounded vaguely like Darth Vader responded with an evil cackle, “I’m your immediate future.” Eeek! Seriously? Then of course, if I were a character in one of my books I’d go all Lara Croft on that intruder’s ass. In the real world, I would likely drop and roll under the bed and dial 911. Or Ghost Busters  … I do love those uniforms.

Are you superstitious?

My initial response would be, “Who me? No.” But if you ask me that question again on a Friday the 13th that happens to fall on a full moon … during a solstice … and I’m standing under a ladder stroking a black cat you’ll likely get a completely different response.

What’s your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I needed to think about this. I’ve never really looked at what schedule I keep. I’ve discovered that I don’t really have one. I’m disabled and can no longer work outside my home, and that hands me the luxury of time. Apart from regular meal breaks and the few hours of catch up time I spend with my daughter and grandson each day, I have the wonderful freedom of writing when and as the muse directs me. I can be found sitting up all night when a character grabs me and holds me hostage. I sleep very little but do tend to crash and burn when I ignore the warning signs and find myself needing to sleep for twenty-four hours straight.  Chaos anyone?

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I read voraciously. I like stretching my comfort zone and exploring genres and authors that are new to me. It’s so exciting when you read something truly memorable. I wind down by listening to music and enjoy watching a myriad of shows on Netflix.

What are you working on now?

I have just (yesterday) completed the 1st (Unedited) draft of my new book. This one is a full-length thriller  with the working title of “Whatever It Takes.” Set in Hollywood. Here’s a sneak peek at the book blurb.

James Kincaid had it all.

He’d made it the ‘A’ list in a town that prized and idolized winners above all else.

Then life began exacting a price that no man could be expected to pay as the people he cared about began dying by anything other than natural causes.

He couldn’t move on with the dream without knowing why.

Andi O’Connor was the woman he’d hired to do ‘whatever it takes’ to find him the answers.

Could this disenchanted, ex-homicide cop uncover the truth without adding to the growing list of those already sacrificed on the altar of a serial killer’s insanity?

MIND-SHAFT BLURB.

An Anthology of Paranormal short stories. Horror, Romance, and terrifying Suspense.

Sisterly Love. … Paranormal Horror. After the tragic murder/suicide of her parents, Pippa, at just Nineteen-years of age, finds herself taking on the full responsibility for raising her fifteen-year-old sister, Emma. Emma is … more than just a little different. The body count is increasing. Nothing and no one is as they seem.

Halloween Homecoming … A Halloween party is the perfect venue for serving justice on the menu. Leighton Caulfield and his Lawyer are about to get their just desserts. In a way that nobody is prepared for.

A Place So Cold … Children are missing! Time is running out. Can the stranger from Australia lead the rescuers to them in time?

Spin! …Doctor Cameron Christopher is concerned that his patient Holly Daniels is caught in a downward spiral into complex Dissociative Disorder. Using Hypnotherapy he takes her back to explore when the nightmares began. Nothing in his experience as a Psychiatrist prepared him for what lay dormant … and waiting.

The Director’s Cut … A Paranormal Romance beyond time. Award-winning Director, Christopher Manning is searching for far more than a location for his next blockbuster. The emptiness that has permeated his entire life is crying out for resolution. Join him as he seeks the answers.

Mind-Shaft … Victoria Denton served revenge swiftly and without mercy. Her future happiness seems assured. If only the past would remain where it should.

AUTHOR BIO:

Suzanne Burke resides with her daughter and grandson in a small country town located hundreds- of-miles to the west of her previous home in Sydney Australia.

Suzanne had long wanted to write, life interrupted and she didn’t begin her journey into the world of writing until she was in her early fifties.

Suzanne has written her memoirs under the author name of Stacey Danson, both her non-fiction books have ranked in the top 100 paid in kindle on Amazon. “Empty Chairs” and “Faint Echoes of Laughter” continue to earn wonderful reviews.

Suzanne writes her powerful Thrillers “Acts Beyond Redemption” and “Acts of Betrayal” and her Paranormal anthology “Mind-Shaft” as S. Burke.

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#BadMoonRising: Kind Nepenthe by Matthew V. Brockmeyer #horror #thriller

If you’re looking for an atmospheric horror story to read, I can heartily recommend this featured author’s book, Kind Nepenthe.  I also recommend following him on Instagram – he has some awesome horror memorabilia, and the pictures of his farm are outstanding.  Interested in haunted hotels?  Matthew’s your guy – it’s their family tradition to stay in them when given the chance.  Welcome, Matthew Brockmeyer!

You’re in a horror movie.  Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

Oh, I’d definitely be the comic relief. I love humor and comedy and consider myself to have quite the wit. I’d be the half-drunk skeptic, making fun of everything, including the creepy legends. Taunting and cajoling in a waggish and droll manner. But then, in a crazy plot twist, it would be revealed that I was actually the killer all along! Didn’t see that coming, did you?

If you were paid to spend the night in a haunted house, would you do it?

Of course I would! In fact, I’ve paid to sleep in haunted places. We’ve made it our family tradition to stay in haunted hotels whenever we get the chance. Some we plan our vacations around, other times, if it’s late and we’re driving through a town, we’ll just google “haunted hotels in the area.”

We’ve stayed in some pretty great ones.  One of my favorites is The Mendocino Hotel in the town of Mendocino (that’s where Angela Landsbury rides her bike in the opening to Murder She Wrote). It’s a historic hotel, right on the Pacific coast, that was built in 1878, and it features a fantastic restaurant. We’ve even stayed there a couple of times on Halloween, because they close the streets in town and have a great celebration with trapeze artists and knife throwers.

Supposedly a Victorian-dressed woman haunts the halls. She’s fond of men but dislikes women and will knock over bottles and turn the lights on and off, as well as other mischief. Many a guest have reported seeing flashes of her in the mirror.

I’ve asked waiters and the bartender about it, several recounted quite spooky nights closing up the restaurant when the lights flickered and things were not where they left them.

The most seemingly haunted of all of would probably be the National Hotel in Nevada City. Established in 1852, it is touted as the longest continuously running hotel west of the Rockies. This one’s been on tv a lot and featured in all kinds of documentaries. In fact, some claim Nevada City to be the most haunted town in California. The truth is, though, that the hotel is scary because it is literally falling apart. There are roped off sections deemed too dangerous to tread on, sagging steps, peeling wall paper, and there are water stains everywhere. Staying there can be terrifying, because of all the mold spores you’re inhaling! It’s definitely a spooky place, people report hearing the piano start playing in the wee hours and often the lobby reeks of cigar smoke, despite the strict no smoking policy.

Another great one is the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, which, despite being built in 1862, has been kept up very nicely. It’s quite charming with a fabulous restaurant. Many a famous guest has stayed there, including Mark Twain, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, James Garfield and prize fighters, “Gentleman Jim” Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons.

Others are La Rose Hotel in Santa Rosa, the Benbow Inn, the Hotel Arcata, the Eureka Inn (which has the creepiest oil paintings ever in the lobby), and the Scotia Inn. Honestly, I’ve never seen a ghost at any of them, but they’re all very old and full of character.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I live on a little homestead/small farm so I spend a lot of time tending crops, spreading manure, irrigating, pumping water, planting seeds, and that kind of stuff. I really love being in nature and working with plants in the sunshine. I spend a lot of my free time reading and watching horror movies and quirky documentaries. I feel it’s important as a writer to keep up with what’s going on. I’m a family guy, too, and really enjoy being with my wife and kids. We have a blast together.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a novel about a cult of blood-worshipping pornographers. It’s been a little slow going, but I’m over halfway done now and feel like I just got to give it that final push. It takes place in the early eighties in the punk rock scene of San Francisco. The leader of the cult is a Charlie Manson type figure. I’ve been obsessed with the Manson Family since I was a kid. I can just barely remember my parents watching that made-for-tv movie Helter Skelter when I was a child (just watched it again recently, it holds up really well. Great movie). There’s something so fascinating about these beautiful girls giving up their lives to this weird little man: the power he held over them, how he was able to manipulate their emotions and fears. They had their own language and all kinds of crazy beliefs and dogmas. The sexual nature of their cult is also captivating and disturbing. As well as the paradox of peace and love hippies being bloodthirsty killers. Fun stuff for a horror novel!

“Riveting. Matthew V. Brockmeyer’s debut is country noir at its finest. Stephen King fans may have finally found a new favorite author in this haunting novel.” –Best Thrillers

Rebecca thought she’d find a hippie paradise when she moved to the desolate back hills of Humboldt County. A place to commune with nature and teach her five-year-old daughter how to live off the land. Instead, she discovered a nightmare.

Coyote is a washed-up pot grower. Strung out on pills and dealing with dropping prices and looming legalization, he wonders if it’s even worth it anymore.

Diesel Dan abandoned his son for a life of methamphetamine and prison. Now he wants to make amends. He’s going to be a grandfather. But his son is on the same dark road of drugs and violence that once consumed him.

These characters will come together in an explosive ending that will leave you stunned and breathless. But more than just a gripping horror novel, Kind Nepenthe is a deep examination into the nature of love and greed, lost ideals, and the essence of evil in one of the last frontiers of the American West.

Author Bio

Matthew Brockmeyer lives deep in the forest in Northern California with his wife and two children. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel Kind Nepenthe: A Savage Tale of Terror Set in the Heart of California’s Marijuana Country. His short stories have been featured in numerous publications, both in print and online, including, among others, Deciduous Tales, Infernal Ink Magazine, Shotgun Honey, Timeless Tales Magazine, Pulp Metal Magazine, Not One of Us, Body Parts Magazine, Alephi, Cultured Vultures, and the anthologies The Edge: Infinite Darkness, After the Happily Ever After, and One Hundred Voices.

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#BadMoonRising: Deadly Shadow (Assassin Chronicles #1) by Kim Cresswell #thriller #paranormal

I have a treat for the paranormal thriller fans!  Kim Cresswell is here with the first in her series, The Assassin Chronicles.  Find out how she knows creative ways of killing, and why it might be a good idea to keep a priest on retainer.  Welcome, Kim!

You’re in a horror movie.  Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

Since some of my books involve serial killers, I would be the killer in a horror movie and believe me, I would find the most creative way to kill off characters. <evil grin>

Have you ever played with a Ouija board?

I did when I was a kid and into my pre-teens. Didn’t everyone? I would have a few girlfriends come over and we would have seance sleepovers. Most of the time all we did was creep ourselves out and eat a lot of junk food.

Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

The creepiest thing that’s happened to me was during what I believe was etheric traveling and a dark entity attached itself to me. I would feel someone holding a pillow over my face trying to smother me or feel hands around my neck squeezing. I would wake up the next morning with bruises on my arms. The six-month adventure was scary, and I wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to get rid of the nasty thing. The entity finally disappeared after a priest blessed me, and my home. Not something I want to experience again.

In a zombie apocalypse, what is your weapon of choice?

My weapon of choice during a zombie apocalypse would be a sword. Simple and clean. Off with their heads!

What is the hardest part of writing?

I think the hardest part of writing is finishing the first draft. The first book I published, Reflection, took six years to write. I have never been a fast writer because I’ve never learned to shut off my internal editor. Years later, I’m still slow at completing that first draft, but now I am able to write a novella in three weeks and a full-length novel usually in six months.

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?

Author Sidney Sheldon was a huge influence for me. After reading Master of the Game in the late 80s, I was determined to be an author. Decades later, I was able to finally publish my first novel and I haven’t stopped since. I do believe Mr. Sheldon was one of the master ‘story-tellers’ of all times.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on Invisible Truth, the second book in The Assassin Chronicles series and a Christmas paranormal novella. After that, I’ll be working on Redemption, the fourth Whitney Steel novel.

Blurb for Deadly Shadow (The Assassin Chronicles – Book 1)

Two recent murders. Two serial killers. A conspiracy that reaches beyond the physical world.

Consumed with grief over the tragic death of her husband, FBI agent Victory McClane is obsessed with finding Ohio’s serial killer, “The Wrapper”.

When another young woman turns up dead and the victim is linked to Derrick Lynn, son of the Secretary of Defense, Victory finds Derrick has all the right answers and is a little too helpful.

Derrick has a secret: He’s a government assassin who uses his unusual paranormal skills to eliminate targets. Determined to keep his own secrets buried, he offers to help find The Wrapper.

But can Victory trust him?

As the body count rises, Victory must cross a dangerous line—into a world of government cover-ups, murder, and betrayal—a decision that will test her limits. And everything she believes in.

 Author Bio

Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada and is the bestselling and award-winning author of the action-packed WHITNEY STEEL series. Kim recently signed a 3-book German translation deal with LUZIFER Verlag for the first three books in the series: Reflection, Retribution and Resurrect. The popular series will be published in German beginning in 2018/2019.

Her romantic thriller, Reflection, has won numerous awards: RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown Finalist (Romantic Suspense), InD’tale Magazine 2014 Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller), UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013), Silicon Valley’s Romance Writers of America (RWA) “Gotcha!” Romantic Suspense Winner (2004), Honourable Mention in Calgary’s (RWA) The Writer’s Voice Contest (2006).

The Assassin Chronicles TV series is in development with Council Tree Productions, a feature film and TV production company located in Los Angeles, California. The TV series: THE ASSASSIN CHRONICLES is based on Kim’s upcoming 4-book paranormal/supernatural suspense thriller series: Deadly Shadow (May 2018), Assassin’s Prophecy, Invisible Truth, and Vision of Fire.

Web Site: www.kimcresswell.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KimCresswellBooks

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kimcresswell

 Purchase Links

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BX36QVV
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07BX36QVV/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07BX36QVV/

Available to read for free with Kindle Unlimited

 

 

#BadMoonRising: Dying Days – Family Ties by Armand Rosamilia #zombies #horror

It’s Friday!!!!  This is Armand Rosamilia’s fourth time participating in Bad Moon Rising – he might have been the first person who signed up.  And friends – Armand has a Ouija board story guaranteed to give you goosebumps.  If that’s not enough, he also lived in a haunted house that previously served as a funeral parlor.  Don’t let me keep you – read on.

You’re in a horror movie.  Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

I really hope I’m the first person to die. Until then I’m probably the comic relief… although being the eye candy for the ladies would be cool, too.

Have you ever played with a Ouija board?

True story… as a kid my mother used to have her friends over to play with one. This was in the mid-seventies when it was ‘fun’ to mess with them. Once she started getting creepy messages she put it in the attic but it was on the kitchen table the next day, so she took it in the yard and burned it. I was about five or six and from inside I heard something scream. Still freaks me out thinking about it forty-plus years later.

Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

I lived in a haunted house, a former funeral parlor, in Keyport New Jersey. Lots of strange things happened in the house like basement lights turning on in the middle of the night, footsteps and whispering as well as faint music. A ceiling relief once crashed on my bed seconds after something told me to get up at 3 am. I also had a sixteen year old die on my couch in that house. Not sure why I stayed there as long as I did.

What is the hardest part of writing?

Getting my butt in the damn seat. Some days I get distracted by emails and podcast questions or problems. I do quite a few interviews for my two podcasts so that cuts into my writing time. We travel a lot, which also takes me away from the keyboard. Plus there are days I just don’t want to be creative. I want to watch TV or stay in bed and read. People call me and want to chat because I’m home. Anything having to do with the house I take care of so lawn maintenance, appliance malfunctions, cable problems, etc. means I’m waiting for someone to arrive to deal with.

What’s your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I developed a system that works for me. I jokingly called it The Mando Method and others have picked up on it and use it. At the top of an hour I write for 15 minutes. Nothing else. Just writing. I can average about 600 words in that time. Then the next 45 minutes I do other stuff like emails, coffee and wandering around the house, thinking about the next sprint. No matter what I’m doing, at the top of the next hour I stop and do another Mando Method sprint.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Roll up in a ball and cry. Or go to a baseball game. I read a lot. Watch way too much TV. My wife and I travel quite a bit, too. Spend time with our families and go out to dinner too much. She has a full-time career and if she’s traveling for work I get to go with her and write in the hotel room while she’s out doing her thing. After we get to go to dinner and explore the city we’re in.

A YA novella set in the Dying Days world from Armand Rosamilia!

Emalee and Mason are brother and sister, differently abled teenagers, both with Down Syndrome, trying to survive during the zombie apocalypse.

They both have unique powers that will be tested because sometimes it isn’t just the zombies that are threatening. 

Will they be able to protect one another and find safe haven from a world turned upside down?  

Dying Days: Family Ties Amazon Link

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Days-Family-Zombie-Novella-ebook/dp/B07CGRVZ5F

Print: https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Days-Family-Zombie-Novella/dp/1980872805

Author Bio

Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not sleeping. He’s happily married to a woman who helps his career and is supportive, which is all he ever wanted in life…

He’s written over 150 stories that are currently available, including horror, zombies, contemporary fiction, thrillers and more. His goal is to write a good story and not worry about genre labels.

He not only runs two successful podcasts…

Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast – interviewing fellow authors as well as filmmakers, musicians, etc.

The Mando Method Podcast with co-host Chuck Buda – talking about writing and publishing

But he owns the network they’re on, too! Project Entertainment Network

He also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool.

You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes!

and e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal:

armandrosamilia@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorArmandRosamilia/

https://twitter.com/ArmandAuthor

https://www.instagram.com/armandauthor/

https://projectentertainmentnetwork.com/

#BadMoonRising: The Showing by Will Macmillan Jones #thriller #horror #paranormal

Forgive me if I’m a little late replying to comments over the next few days – I’m at a writer’s retreat (woo hoo!) until Sunday.  Hoping to get a lot of work done.

Will Macmillan Jones is a Bad Moon alumnus, and shares the first book in his paranormal mystery series.  He enjoys competing with his dogs in howling at the moon, and, in keeping with family tradition, looks forward to haunting his son.  Welcome Will!

Vampires, ghosts, werewolves, or zombies – which would you least want to meet in a dark alley?

A zombie, of course. Look, you have to maintain a certain sense of style, especially as a horror writer. Without style, there’s no fear or fun, just a gorefest. Which is all right in its own way of course, just not my preference. If you are going to meet a potentially gruesome end at the hands of a supernatural adversary, I think the victim has a right to expect a decent level of service and some quality conversation first. Neither of which you are likely to receive from a zombie. The ghost may be a bit quiet: but considerably less messy than the zombie. The werewolf’s conversational skills may be somewhat limited but his or her standards of hygiene and hair care are likely to be substantially better than that of the zombie, and that rather matters, doesn’t it? The vampire, being an urban dweller, is likely to be the most sophisticated of the lot. And finally, zombies are so last year; and I do like to keep abreast of fashion, even if I then choose to ignore it.

Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

My bed once started moving across the room in a jerky and uneven fashion. I was alone that night. There was no sound, and the thin curtains allowed but a weak and inadequate light from the street lighting outside to enter the room. It was however quite clear that there was no one else present to account for the bed’s movement – or not at first. Then, when I was thoroughly awake and discomforted my father appeared at the end of the bed, smiling in a gentle fashion, as though to reassure me that all was well and that no harm could come to me. The bed returned to its original place against the wall, this time more smoothly. What was creepy was that my father had died peacefully in a nursing home, holding my hand, some hours earlier that day. Although he had told me once that it was a family tradition that the newly dead should visit the eldest son on that night I had temporarily forgotten that information. I should remember to tell my eldest boy sometime, in the vague hope that he might remember when I visit him.

If you were paid to spend the night in a haunted house, would you do it?

As long as the fee was right and paid in an appropriate currency and location of my choice, of course. In my other life I’m a consultant in international taxation, and I’d like to benefit from the rewards of this endeavor. As a working tax consultant I’ve been threatened by experts. Occasionally the clients, but more commonly the taxation authorities and their employees and agents. I strongly suspect that the average spook would have to head off for some serious Professional Development Training and Study in order to compete with the Revenue. I’ve never been scared of the dark, or the noises that can be heard in the silence of the night. Nor have I been frightened by the full moon, although my partner insists that my habit of standing on the patio and howling in competition with our dogs when the moon rides high and full is evidence that Her influence affects me more than I might admit. (Her in this context being the moon, not my partner, who influences me in other ways.)  Certainly the quality of my dreams change and I think that my scariest scenes have probably been written at that time of the month. Sorry, I digress. Yes, after life with my ex wife, a haunted house would hold no terrors for me. I’d be there for the right fee.

What is the hardest part of writing?

Not becoming distracted by shiny stuff, Facebook, and tea. Not coffee. Never coffee. Yuk. Writers need to try and keep focused, and particularly for those (like myself) who work at home, avoiding distractions and maintaining a level of self discipline is vital. Whatever environment you select, distractions will drive in upon you like the Greek Furies, intent of ripping you apart from your manuscript, tearing your vision apart and scattering the remains upon the floor before you. It is your task to dismiss the distractions, focus and create.

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?

An imagination. There are lots of artificial aids we can all employ, like word processors, speech to text software, spell and grammar checkers (not forgetting the indispensable aid of an editor of course), but first and last is an imagination. I write horror thrillers, and comic fantasy. Both are rooted in the real world, but without a sprinkling of imagination neither will come to life on paper. I’m also an oral storyteller, and I need to be able to close my eyes and see the scene I am weaving for my audience – imagination does that. All the other tools that are available and nice, but second rate compared to an imagination.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I do a lot of walking. Not just in the classical sense of ‘solvitur ambulando’, but getting out onto the high hills and fells of Cymru (South Wales), where I am lucky enough to live. The peaks here are by turn dramatic, beguiling, beautiful and full of myth and mystery. In a land where dragons, heroes and elves can be found around an unexpected corner, across a strange stile, or through a previously unseen gate: where the tarns and lakes are likely to hold strange and wonderous (if slightly soggy) maidens or monsters, who wouldn’t want to walk the hidden paths? Even at the risk of meeting a druid seeking his latest sacrifice… Writing is best done while sitting comfortably at a desk with a laptop or a notepad. But the inspiration for the words, ah that is to be found where the wind stirs the heather on a lonely moorside or where the high peaks glower down contemptuously on the lowly valleys.

‘His visit to the house has awoken that which was sleeping: how many must be taken before IT can be laid to rest?’
For Sale again is Mister Jones’ family home: a house he had known and feared since his childhood. On a nostalgic whim he decides to visit the house, with disasterous results. The house reacts to his appearance and the estate agent who is showing him around vanishes. Shortly afterwards the next agent appointed to handle the sale of the property also disappears.
Mister Jones wants nothing to do with the property. His visit has awoken old memories for him, and the memories are not pleasant. But it is clear that something else has also been awoken by his visit, and when he is begged to help find the young agent who has vanished, he can no longer avoid the responsibility of facing his legacy of evil, and dealing with the curse laid upon the house.
But what will happen when he faces IT, and who will emerge alive?
If you knew just how much of this story is true, how well would you sleep tonight?
The following books in the series of Mister Jones Mysteries are:
Portrait of a Girl
The House Next Door
The Curse of Clyffe House

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Author Bio

Will Macmillan Jones lives in Wales, a lovely green, verdant land with a rich cultural heritage.  He does his best to support this heritage by drinking the local beer and shouting loud encouragement whenever International Rugby is on the TV.  A just sixty lover of blues, rock and jazz he has just fulfilled a lifetime ambition by filling an entire wall of his home office with (full) bookcases.  When not writing, he is usually lost with the help of a satnav on top of a large hill in the middle of nowhere.

He writes Dark Fantasy, fantasy he fantasises is funny, and books for children. Some of his pieces have won awards but he doesn’t like to talk about that as it draws attention to the fact that other pieces haven’t.

Social Media

Websites:

www.willmacmillanjones.com

Twitter:  @macmillanjones

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5170305.Will_Macmillan_Jones