#BadMoonRising Buried by Sue Rovens #thriller #suspense

It’s a dreary Monday morning here, but meeting new authors and anything involving books always brightens my day. Inspiration can come from just about anywhere and today’s author proves it. She based a character in her book on a person she saw on the TV show Hoarders – who kept used body pads from funeral homes in her trailer. Welcome Sue Rovens!

Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night or spend the night in a haunted house?

Hmm. I think I’m going to have to go with the haunted house. I’d curl up somewhere and basically just hide until morning. There’s something unsettling about being IN a coffin – not just because of the lack of space to move around, but the sense that I don’t belong in one (at this time). It’s almost like tempting fate.

Has a movie or book scared you so much you couldn’t sleep?  Which one?

No book has ever scared me to that extent, but movies are quite different. The visual and auditory components tend to stick with me after the story is over. The Shining was one – had to sleep with the lights on for a few weeks. (I saw it when it first came out – 1980, I believe). The images of all the dead people in the hotel, the scene where Jack and the Waiter are in the bathroom, Wendy’s run through the hotel at the end and seeing bizarre flashes of weirdness – I had trouble with those images.

Would you rather use a Ouija board or participate in a séance?

Neither? LOL. I’m of a mind where I think these things are evil, but if I had to pick one, probably the séance. Even though I have researched  and written an article on the history of the Ouija board and know that it was created to be a parlor game for entertainment, there’s something in the back of my mind telling me that it can invite evil into one’s life. I know – it’s illogical, but that’s my take on it.

What was the hardest part of writing your author bio?

Trying to come up with things that I haven’t said or used before. Since I’m not famous and pretty much live a normal life, coming up with an interesting blurb can be challenging. I’ve had a fairly consistent run with producing a book every two years since 2012/2013, so those in-between years can feel a little “lacking”.

Which comes first for you – plot or characters?

Depends.

For my last book, Buried, I knew I wanted to write a story about a hoarder after seeing the television show Hoarders. The person on the show ACTUALLY kept used body pads from funeral homes in her trailer. After seeing that, I was like, here we go – this behavior needs to be included in a story.

For my current manuscript, Rage, I had envisioned a character – a pathetic, depressed, and desperate guy who is on the edge of sanity. Once I figured him out, I knew I needed to wrap a story and plotline around him.

What are you working on now?

Rage, my fourth novel. As stated above, one of the main plotlines follows Weston Cross, a guy who is at the end of his rope on a number of levels. It’s a suspense story to be sure. I don’t want to give too much away since I’ve not completed the revisions on the manuscript yet, but anyone who likes a “real story” that pushes boundaries would enjoy this one. And by “real story” – I mean that there aren’t any supernatural elements (like there was in Track 9 and Badfish). So the general feel is more like Buried, but darker.

Priscilla Wyatt is a single, middle-aged nursing assistant who lives behind Sommerville Funeral Home. When her dachshund, Weenie, returns home with a ghastly find, Pris’s life starts to spiral out of control, plummeting her headfirst into the macabre.

Gerald Zenith, proprietor of Sommerville, couldn’t care less about the dead. Between running scams and keeping a necrophilia-loving subordinate in check, Gerald’s hands are full. He hasn’t the time nor the interest to be concerned with what is happening in the cemetery during the wee hours of the mornings…until all hell breaks loose.

Some secrets are too big to stay buried.

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Author Bio

Sue is an indie suspense author who lives in Normal, Illinois. Currently, she

has three novels and two collections of short (horror) stories available through all the usual book outlets.

She runs a blog, where, among other things, she interviews authors of all genres. If you are so inclined, please send her an email at srovens@yahoo.com. She’d love to have you participate in the Meet & Greet. Authors of ALL genres and professional levels are welcome.

Sue works at Illinois State University as the Stacks Maintenance Manager and has haunted the halls of Milner Library for over 29 years. She lives with her husband, Charlie Edwards, and two very silly, adorable kitties, Monkey and Noodle. When not working or writing, she’s running, lifting weights, learning to play French horn, watching odd movies and television series, or gazing at the monarch butterflies enjoying the four-foot milkweeds in the yard.

She is working on her next suspense novel, Rage, and plans to have it available sometime in 2021.

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#BadMoonRising The Lumbermill by Laya V. Smith #thriller #noir

Sleep in a coffin for one night or spend the night in a haunted house? This author has a quick answer for that. Skip the coffin and send her the address of the haunted house. With the eerie experience she had in an abandoned hospital years ago, you’d think she wouldn’t be so eager. Guess again. Welcome Laya V. Smith!

Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night or spend the night in a haunted house?

Oh, that’s easy. Spending the night in a haunted house is a genuine goal of mine. If anybody knows of any, please send me the address. It doesn’t come out at all in my current release, but I am obsessed with ghosts, and let’s just say I have had one or two experiences that have left me cautiously optimistic about the possibilities. When I was a teenager, my then boyfriend and I broke into an abandoned hospital just to have a look around. There was graffiti all over the walls, twists of metal from broken hospital beds and wheel chairs littering the floor. A certifiably creepy place. Everywhere we went, the wide dark halls echoed and seemed to talk back. And then we came upon the third floor. The fluorescent lights in the ceiling were flickering, though there had been no electricity in any other part of the building and it had been abandoned for years. There were carpets on the floor and a clipboard on the reception desk, and yet everything else was still derelict—broken windows, rotted wooden beams. We took a few cautious steps into the room and then we heard the sound of a chain being dragged across the floor upstairs, followed by the bellow of an enormous dog. We had been the building for a few hours at that point and had heard nothing, but suddenly the sound was all around us. The lights flickered off. We turned and ran for it, and the chain rattling and dragging on the floor chased us out of the building.

I will never forget that night, the way my heart pounded in my chest and how in that moment, I was prepared to believe in anything. But still, I would want to sleep in a haunted house. Call me a gluten for punishment.

Name three items you’d take to spend the night in a haunted house.

1) a flashlight; 2) a backup flashlight, one of those pump action survivalist kinds; and 3) some flares or a lantern, anything that can make light without relying on electricity. Darkness is your enemy when you’re afraid and you need to bring along every weapon to combat it.  

Would you rather use a Ouija board or participate in a séance?

Actually, I have done both of these things, though only with friends, not with a ‘professional’. When I was a kid, we made our own Ouija board with craft paper and used an old magnifying glass for the finder. We also used to go into the graveyard near my house and hold our own little séances. It was silly and most of the time we’d just be poking each other trying to get cheap thrills out of it. Now that I’m older, I would say if I were presented with an organic opportunity to participate in a real séance, I would, just out of curiosity. Just to have the experience. Not because I would expect anything to really come of it. Though of course, not unlike spending a night in a haunted house, I would be cautiously optimistic. The truth is, nobody can know with absolute certainty what is really out there. You can have a good idea. You can be 99.9% certain that there is no such thing as ghosts, but you can never be 100%. You can never gather 100% of the information and you can’t categorically prove a negative. Do ghosts exist? I honestly don’t know.

Do you write to music?

I do. I tend to create playlists for different works, for different characters, and even for specific themes or scenes. Sometimes I listen to these while I write, but often they become a distraction so I listen to them more while I’m thinking about writing. When I’m revising and editing, I tend to do it in silence so that I can focus more on the nitty-gritty, but for first drafts creating the right emotional atmosphere is more important to me.

What was the hardest scene to write in your featured book?

There is a scene in my book where my main character, Augy Small, is captured by the bad guys and imprisoned in a small, completely black room. He is afraid of the dark after the time he spent as a prisoner of war, working in a mine in near total darkness for three years. All of his fears come bubbling to the surface, his every nightmare churning around him. At this moment, he has lost all hope and failed at every one of his goals, and all the demons that have been taunting him throughout the book rush back to take their pound of flesh. It was a really difficult scene to write because I love Augy so much. He is one of my favorite characters I have ever created, and he has such strength and resilience. To break him down to his bare bones in that scene was one the hardest things I’ve ever written in my life, not just for this book.

What are you working on now?

Right now I am focusing on completing the revision of a haunted house novel. It is set in rural France and follows the adventures of two American brothers who are forced to return to their family’s old estate to confront an ancient curse, and in the process come to terms with the death of their father and their own dark secrets. It’s a bit of The Haunting of Hill House meets Silent Hill, though without the hill. It focuses largely on family intrigue and flawed human nature, and how insecurities feed fear, anger and suffering. It is faced-paced and not for the faint of heart, much like The Lumbermill, and the main characters are snarky and very flawed, though unexpectedly noble in their own ways. I’ve been working on it for sometime and am very excited to be at a point where it is nearly ready for publication.

Los Angeles, 1954.

Sending a pair of mass murderers to the chair got his name in the papers, but veteran fighter pilot turned detective, Augy Small, couldn’t celebrate. The culprits confessed, but the cops only ever found one body. Who had the killers died to protect?

Katya Tyler, a Russian enigma with a wad of cash in one hand and a hit list in the other, claims to have the answers. First, she wants Augy’s help to bring down a massive underground network of human traffickers.

As the case unfolds, every clue is an echo of his past. The horrors he experienced in the Pacific, shadows of scars he still carries, and rumors of a place long since destroyed.

The Lumbermill is back in operation. Every day more innocents are harvested, their screams muffled in darkness. And the only way Augy can stop it is to go back into the nightmare he thought he’d escaped forever.

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Laya V Smith is the author of “The Lumbermill”, a new Noir thriller available through Black Rose Writing. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, SCBWI, AWP, and LUW. Through no fault of her own, she was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and still lives there with her husband and two children. She has a degree in history from the University of Utah and a deep passion for the subject.

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#BadMoonRising Weave a Web of Witchcraft by Jean M. Roberts #historicalfiction #witches

Any witch fans out there? I don’t mean the Hocus Pocus kind (although they’re an undeniably awesome coven). Today’s author brings us a story based on a real married couple from the mid 1600s – and one of them is accused of witchcraft. Nearly forty years before the Salem Witch Trials began! Welcome Jean M. Roberts!

Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night or spend the night in a haunted house?

I think I’m going to have to go with the coffin, unless I had to sleep with the lid closed. Did you ever see the Vincent Price movie, Pit and the Pendulum, where the girl is buried alive in a casket, hooey, scary. I’m not sure I’d survive a haunted house, depends on the ghosts. What are the odds I’d get Casper?

Has a movie or book scared you so much you couldn’t sleep?  Which one?

When I was a teenager, I watched the TV adaptation of Salem’s Lot. I swear I couldn’t look out a window after dark for a year or more. The vision of that dead boy hovering outside scarred me for life.

Would you rather use a Ouija board or participate in a séance?

Going to go with a séance here. I am into genealogy and would come prepared with a list of questions that are driving me crazy.

What was the hardest scene to write in your featured book

In Weave A Web of Witchcraft, one of my characters kills her own child and that was very difficult to both plot and write. As a mother, I could not imagine doing this to my baby so it was especially painful to put down in writing. I came up with multiple scenarios which might lead to a woman to murder and I think the one I went with is both compelling and horrifying.

Which comes first for you – plot or characters?

The characters in Weave a Web of Witchcraft are, with only a few exceptions, real people. I was handed a slate of characters who lived in the mid 17th century in a small rural puritan town, Springfield, Massachusetts. My two main characters were charged with and tried for witchcraft. I had to flesh out their lives to create the plot line. Luckily, I had depositions from a 1650 witch trial to use to drive the narrative.

My second book, Blood in the Valley, is set during the American Revolution. It is also based on real people, so again they were the impetus of the story. I knew the storyline would be their experience during the war, so they came as a package deal.

In my current WIP, to be published next year, the story slowly evolved and then the characters came to me. It was fun to see a different side to the creation of a story.

What are you working on now?

My next novel, The Heron, is a blend of historical fiction, and time travel with a paranormal element. It was a lot of fun to write and I’m looking forward to getting it published. The Heron is the story of two women, one a college professor in modern time and the other an abused wife living in the 1690s New Hampshire. Their lives intersect in an ancient house on the banks of the Oyster River. It’s a creepy, atmospheric and bit dark and it may or may not have a happy ending.

This is the haunting tale of Hugh and Mary Parsons of Springfield, Massachusetts. Using actual testimony recorded in their depositions and trials, the book recreates the story of this ill-fated couple. Happily married in 1645, their life slowly disintegrates into a nightmare of accusations, madness and death. By 1651, Hugh is accused of witchcraft by his own wife and soon the entire town turns against him. Hugh’s friends and neighbors tell outlandish tales of unnatural occurrences, ghostly lights and mysterious beasts then point the finger of blame squarely at Hugh.  In a wild turn of events Mary confesses that she too is a witch and has danced with the devil. Both Hugh and Mary are deposed and sent to Boston to stand trial for witchcraft before the General Court of Massachusetts; one is charged with murder. Their very lives hang in the balance. Exhaustively researched, this book is filled with vivid details of life on the frontier of Massachusetts, and brings to life the people who struggled for existence in the harsh world that was Puritan Massachusetts. Predating the famous Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 by almost forty years, this is the page turning story of a tragic couple whose life is overtaken by ignorance and superstition.

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Author Bio

Jeanie Roberts, a proud mixture of English Puritan Great Migration Ancestors and Irish Immigrants, makes her home outside of Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas, Houston with a BSN. Following in her father’s footsteps, Jeanie served in the United States Air Force where she met and married an Air Force pilot. After touring around the world, her family settled in Texas, where she worked as a Nurse Administrator for a non-profit. She has one son, a soldier in the U.S. Army.

Jeanie divides her time between writing, family history/genealogy and traveling. She is currently working on her third novel. When not writing novels, Jeanie reviews books on her blog, The Books Delight, researches and posts about her ancestors on her blog, The Family Connection, and investigates mythical Native American Ancestry on her blog, Indian Reservations.

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#BadMoonRising Half Light (Cassie Tam Files #5) by Matt Doyle #scifi #LGBT

I’ve been a fan of this author’s Cassie Tam series from book one and have today’s featured book waiting on my Kindle (read my most recent review of book 3 HERE). While I’m sad to say goodbye to Cassie and Bert (the coolest gargoyle familiar you’ll ever meet), I’m hoping she gets her happily ever after with girlfriend Lori. Read on to learn how this author spent time in a coffin – and it wasn’t by choice. Welcome Matt Doyle!

Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night or spend the night in a haunted house?

Haunted house, definitely. I’m not consistently claustrophobic, but I can get jittery in confined spaces. I’ve seen a fair few coffins in my time, because my Dad’s an undertaker. I’ve been in one too, though not thanks to him.

We have a haunted fort one town over from me, and they do Halloween walks every year. This was a year the performers were still allowed to touch the customers too, so we had like Cenobites grabbing people, and some killer clowns gathering around the one caulrophobic person in the room. One room had coffins and zombies. Four of them grabbed me by my arms and legs and chucked in a coffin, then held it shut. Great fun!

Anyway, yeah, I’d prefer a haunted house. I’m fascinated by paranormal stuff, and I’d love to see if I could find evidence of somewhere being haunted.

Has a movie or book scared you so much you couldn’t sleep?  Which one?

I’ve had a few like that. I saw Jaws when I was 7 or 8. We were on holiday, and staying with my Nan, and we all watched it there. Every time I fell asleep I had nightmares about falling in the water and the shark coming closer and closer. I was terrified!

The second one, I would have been about 11. I had a babysitter who lived down the road from us. He was actually only a few years older than me, but was in high school, so he was deemed old enough. I’d known him for a long time too, we bonded over video games and Sonic the Hedgehog comics. Anyway, he let me watch the original Nightmare On Elm Street. Then, when I went to bed, he intermittently stood at the bottom of the stairs and sang the nursery rhyme up to. I didn’t sleep at all.

Would you rather use a Ouija board or participate in a séance?

I’ve done both! The Ouija board didn’t work. The séance though? Okay, this is gonna sound weird. I was about 11 or 12, and a bunch of us decided we were going to do a séance on the playground at lunch time. I don’t know why we did it, but I can tell you, none of us slept that night. It was terrifying!

We all kinda saw similar things during it. A weird clown and a big, muscular guy carrying some sort of machine. It started out like the seances you see on TV, but it kinda became something else, I think. We got in a lot of trouble, as communicating with the dead was deemed as being too scary for the younger students.

Do you know what the scariest bit is though? The muscular guy told me he’d shot at my Dad. I asked him, of course, and he’d never been shot. A couple of months later, we went on holiday to Ireland though, and a farmer shot at him when he accidentally wandered onto his land. No idea if the farmer looked like the guy we saw, but it did creep me out.

Do you write to music?

Amongst other things, yes. I can’t write in silence. I get too distracted if I do; my mind starts wandering around and checking out the room and trying to start conversations with me. If I have something on in the background, it focusses on that. It’s like it needs a distraction to distract it from getting distracted!

Usually, I’ll use music. Certain songs are always inspirational, but I’ll mostly try to pick stuff that fits the feel of the scene I’m writing. If not that, I’ll put a podcast or something on.

What was the hardest scene to write in your featured book?

The penultimate one. It sees Cassie talking to some long-term characters that have kinda inhabited a grey area when it came to being allies or enemies. It was super important though, as it needed to tie up all but one of the loose ends that I’d been dangling from all the way back in book one. Getting that right and not letting Cassie get herself in trouble by just being her snarky self was tough. Knowing that there would only be one more scene after it too was an odd feeling because I’ve been working on that series for years!

What are you working on now?

I’m working a book called Ailuros. It has been signed by Fractured Mirror Publishing and is due out in September 2021. You see, this is a very different type of book for me. It’s a little bit sci-fi, a bit meta-fiction, and all experimental.

The current version is told through a mix of prose, audio transcripts and footnotes, and there are seven hidden passages to find that alter both endings of the book somewhat. Getting it set out for paperback, hardback and eBook is going to be a lot of hard work, but Fractured Mirror are really enthusiastic about the title. I’m glad about that because this was probably the hardest book I’ve written simply because I had to tie so many elements together.

As to what you can expect story-wise when it drops, it’s the tale of Josh Byrne and his genderfluid partner Alex Holden. Part of the story is a far future homage to Alien set on an abandoned microgravity holiday unit. The other part is a near-future story about the negative effects of a Governmental initiative to reduce crime. The fun comes in seeing how both stories are linked, and how they impact each other. I’ve been describing it as Alien meets Freud in the House of Leaves.

The final book in the lesfic/sci-fi/mystery series The Cassie Tame Files is here!

With Angel Tanner, the android that runs California’s criminal underworlds, pulling the strings, PI Cassie Tam finds herself thrust into a conflict with New Hopeland’s biggest and baddest. But working with the murderous AI may be the only way that Cassie can get to the bottom of her home’s greatest mystery: What is New Hopeland city?

As she struggles to balance her dealings with allies and enemies alike, Cassie is left with a difficult choice. She has always straddled the line between light and dark. Now, the time to decide which side she’s on is drawing close… if she can figure out which is which.

The complete series on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KJRBMLQ

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Author Bio

Matt Doyle is a pansexual/genderfluid author from the UK who primarily writes hybrid genre fiction with a sci-fi grounding and diverse characters. In recent years, Matt’s work has included the award-winning LGBTQ sci-fi mystery series, THE CASSIE TAM FILES, and several anthology appearances. AILUROS will be Matt’s first adventure in experimental fiction.

When not working on yet another story, Matt can usually be found juggling freelance scriptwriting with running the pop culture website ‘Matt Doyle Media’, building cosplay, and programming video games.

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#BadMoonRising Conscience by Jonathan Pongratz #scifihorror #shortstory

Today’s author made his debut at Bad Moon Rising last year with his horror novella, Reaper. If you’re not afraid of basements, his novella proves why you should steer clear of them. I was so excited to be an early reader for the sci-fi horror short story he’s featuring today. Cerebral uploading is nothing to sneeze at people – guard your brains. Welcome Jonathan Pongratz!

Has a movie or book scared you so much you couldn’t sleep?  Which one?

Yes! The Descent rocked me to my core when I first watched it, and I was terrified of those sharp-toothed, cave-dwelling monsters coming to get me. To this day it still gives me goosebumps, but at least I can get a night’s rest after watching it. 

Would you rather use a Ouija board or participate in a séance?

You know, I’ve tried a Ouija board before without results, so let’s go for the seance. I feel that a seance is a bit more intimate, and with the right medium maybe I could speak with my grandma and famous deceased authors from the past like Ursula K. Le Guin or Edgar Allen Poe.

If you were in a horror movie, would you rather have a loaded gun or a car that wouldn’t break down?

Such a tough choice! I would take the loaded gun. While a car that wouldn’t break down seems ideal, if a serial killer gets in there with you it’s game over. I’m a super fast runner thanks to my gazelle legs, so that paired with a gun would definitely ensure my safety. Plus, if you run out of bullets, it’s still a blunt object you can use. I’ve obviously had a lot of time to think of scenarios like this, haha!

Do you write to music?

Almost always. I am a huge fan of ambient music (music without words) and the soundscapes they create. I love nature sounds like forests, rainstorms, and blizzards, but it all depends on what I’m writing. Right now I’m listening more to soft scifi ambient music for my current project. 

Which comes first for you – plot or characters?

Technically plot, but characters are a part of that. I’m huge on plotting before I even get close to writing the actual story. The physical surroundings, characters, and plot points have to develop to a certain level before I’m satisfied and ready to dive in. 

What are you working on now?

The second Conscience had all its ducks in a row, I didn’t waste a moment before switching back to my Reaper sequel. This time around the horror has taken on a much more scifi-oriented theme, and I’m loving every minute of it. 

What crazy adventures lie ahead for Gregory, Trent, and his mom? Only time will tell!

Rory Bennels lives in a world ruled by a business entity known as the Corporation. For years he’s executed cerebral uploads for the recently deceased, but when the famed anarchist Epher Lore ends up in his lab, a series of events occur that shakes Rory’s world to the core.

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Author Bio

Jonathan Pongratz is a writer and author of captivating horror, fantasy, and other speculative fiction stories. When he’s not writing, he’s busy being a bookworm, video game junkie, and karaoke vocalist. A former resident of Dallas, he currently resides in Kansas City with his halloween cat Ajax. By day he works magic in finance, by night he creates dark and mesmerizing worlds.  

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#BadMoonRising Beyond Castle Frankenstein by Paula Cappa #shortstory #historicalfiction #supernatural

How many of you have read horror stories based on historical events? It’s a fascinating subgenre in which I’ve read a few books over the past year. Today’s author brings us a short story based on Mary Shelley and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. As an added bonus it’s FREE for a limited time (links below)! Take advantage of this treat – it’s no trick (see how I worked that in?). Welcome Paula Cappa!

Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night or spend the night in a haunted house?

I’d rather spend the night in a haunted house because I am curious and fond of meeting ghosts. Spirits of the dead have been an enduring magnet for me since childhood. I would have a lot of questions, one specifically, What happens in that last moment of life during the final breath when you transition out of earthly life into the afterlife?

Has a movie or book scared you so much you couldn’t sleep?  Which one?

The Exorcist. The idea of evil possession is terrifying. It’s the spiritual trap from an entity existing in the eternal that makes me shudder. The fact that Blatty based his fiction on a true case history gave me extra fear.

Would you rather use a Ouija board or participate in a séance?

Séance. Again, contacting spirits is the attraction and learning what they have to tell us. And using a skilled medium makes it feel safer. I’ve never attended a séance.

Do you write to music?

Yes. I use classical music mostly and sometimes the new age/meditative chants. Also ocean waves, nature sounds like birds and wind. The “Eternal Ohm” is another favorite to give me a steady rhythm in my writing.

Which comes first for you – plot or characters?

I get a combination of both character and plot at the same time. Chaos in a way and it all swirls around me. Then I have to take one thing that grabs me and begin there. Character then leads the way to all the action. So plot becomes the result of letting the character breathe and live on the pages.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on my fourth supernatural novel. It’s about the power of nature, good and evil, and exploring the mystery of death. Magic plays into the theme, especially river magic.

Mary Shelley is haunted. Haunted beyond cemeteries and tombstones. Love and madness rattle her every day. Scandal and drama steal her sleep. And finally it is the stab of her own impending death that drives her to conjure the dead.

Inside the ruins of Castle Frankenstein in Darmstadt, Germany, a ghost resides within the painting Casa Magni by artist Francesco Bagnara. Art collector Robert Beauclerk purchases the Casa Magni and discovers a letter hidden between the backings. This letter is hand-written by author Mary Shelley in 1850 to her dead husband, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Come into the cracking dark to experience Mary’s secret journey, a harrowing and heartbreaking attempt to find her dead husband’s ghost. Will Mary escape or succumb? Who will set her free?

Beyond Castle Frankenstein is historical fiction, a short story, originally published in Journals of Horror, Found Fiction, edited by Terry M. West, at Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Inc. Paula Cappa is a five-time award-winning author of three supernatural mystery novels and a published short story author in over ten literary magazines and journals.

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Author Bio

Paula Cappa is the recipient of a Chanticleer Book Award and American Book Fest’s Best Books Award Finalist for her novel Greylock. She also earned the prestigious Eric Hoffer Book Award, the Readers’ Favorite International Bronze Medal for Supernatural Suspense, and is a Gothic Readers Book Club Award Winner in Outstanding Fiction. She is the author of Greylock, The Dazzling Darkness, and Night Sea Journey—print editions published by Crispin Books, Milwaukee WI.Night Sea Journey was featured as an on-air reading at RiverwestRadio, Fearless Reader Radio in Wisconsin.Cappa’s short fiction has appeared in ParABnormal Magazine, Coffin Bell Literary Journal, Unfading DaydreamDark Gothic Resurrected MagazineWhistling Shade Literary Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, Sirens Call Ezine, Every Day Fiction, Fiction365, Twilight Times Ezine, and in anthologies Journals of Horror: Found FictionMystery Time, and Human Writes Literary Journal. She is a freelance copy editor and writes a short story blog, Reading Fiction, at paulacappa.wordpress.com. Paula Cappa is Co-Chair of the Pound Ridge Authors Society in Pound Ridge, NY.

Social Media Links:

Website and Reading Fiction Blog: paulacappa.wordpress.com

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Goodreads URL:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6553133.Paula_Cappa

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Amazon Author Page:    https://www.amazon.com/Paula-Cappa/e/B009P2HZ7A/

#BadMoonRising Guns of Perdition(Armageddon Showdown #1) by Jessica Bakkers #darkfantasy #TuesdayBookBlog #horror

It’s a double debut for today’s author – her first time at Bad Moon Rising with her first novel. I’ve seen some stellar reviews for her dark, gritty western, and it’s waiting on my TBR. She’s also a King fan, and prefers slimy things to furry. Welcome Jessica Bakkers!

Has a movie or book scared you so much you couldn’t sleep?  Which one?

Yes! Stephen King (naturally) did it to me twice. First, The Shining movie. A girlfriend and I watched it when we were about fourteen, then spent the whole night awake and terrified until my parents got home. The worst thing was, we had a huge doggie door (for a fat lab) that a person could easily crawl through. We stood sentinel beside the door for hours convinced someone was going to climb through.

The second time was IT (the 1980 something movie). I watched that WAY too young, and when I went to bed that night, I was convinced Pennywise was standing in the shadows. Suffice it to say, I spent a few nights on a mattress in my parent’s room after that!

If you were in a horror movie, would you rather have a loaded gun or a car that wouldn’t break down?

Oh, I am so having the gun. I will go all Ash from Evil Dead on the horror movie’s baddies! No running and hiding for me. I’m that person in the cinema, when the goodie runs and hides, who yells out, “No, don’t go upstairs! Pick up that hockey stick and whack ‘em!”

Either that, or I am the bad guy from the horror movie!

Would you rather put your hand in a box and feel something slimy or furry?

Definitely not furry. I know that’s going to sound odd, but let me explain. I’m from Australia, and most of our furry things here can kill you. Seriously. Plus, I have a massive, immense, humungous phobia of spiders, and they are usually always hairy. And gross. And just wrong. So, yeah, bring on the slime box!

What was the hardest scene to write in your featured book?

The second to last scene. Something pretty big happens near the end of the book, and I knew it was going to be an emotionally exhausting scene to write. And it was. But, I pulled no punches, the scene came out pretty much as I’d envisioned, and I’ve gotten kudos for that particular scene. So, I guess the moral of the story is, embrace those hard-to-write scenes. They may turn out to be your best scenes.

Which comes first for you – plot or characters?

Characters. I always get characters first. Sometimes they jump up and down and shout at me, and then I shout back “What do you want from me? You turn up here, in my head, with no story, no world, and what? You expect me to do all the hard work for you?”

Then they remind me I’m the writer, smirk smugly, and wander around my skull with steel-toed boots until I can find them a home.

Dang characters.

What are you working on now?

No real surprise, The Armageddon Showdown Book 2 – Sins of the Lamb. I’m three quarters finished. Then I’ll be delving into the final book of the series. I also have a novella in mind for this series that I think I’ll pop into a short story anthology brewing in my brain. Finally, when all that’s done, I can get on with my out-and-out dark fantasy series (very hush hush…no sneaky details on this one!)

Purchase Link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08B146J2G/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

–  IT TAKES GRACE TO HUNT WHEN IT’S DARKSOME

Jessie expects he’ll be forever cleaning up after the cowpokes of the Bad Hoss Saloon. That’s until the day a drifter strides through the doors, and blows away a blood-sucking demon, along with Jessie’s belief in an everyday world. Jessie is captivated by the enigmatic Grace with her pearl-handled revolvers and wolf companion. He throws in his normal life and follows her across the Wild West, as she hunts down and slays the evil creatures that roam the frontier.

Along the way, they seek the aid of a Native American warrior, cross paths with a Cajun Queen, and encounter a small-town tycoon with a deadly hunger for gold. Animosity and distrust plague Grace and Jessie, and their strange group of allies, but they must put their differences behind them if they’re to have any hope of finding and defeating the frontier’s true evil, the Darksome Gunman.

The Armageddon Showdown is a dark-fantasy, weird western series of epic proportions, focusing on the age-old battle between good and evil, though in the Wild West, it’s not always clear just who is good and who is evil.

Join the Grace Dyer and her band of miscreants as they battle demons and demi-gods, in the frontier’s deadliest conflict…the Armageddon Showdown.

WHO IS JESSICA BAKKERS?

Jessica is a creative writer with over twenty years of writing experience. Jessica is a speculative fiction writer, and has written in the genres of fantasy-romance and paranormal-romance, however her genre of choice when it comes to writing for herself is dark fantasy where she allows herself to fully explore the anti-hero characters that pepper her stories. Jessica dabbles at poetry and has written professionally for clients both locally and internationally.

Jessica’s debut novel, Guns of Perdition, The Armageddon Showdown Book 1, is a dark fantasy, weird western adventure through a twisted Wild West.

Jessica’s major love affair is with the written word, specifically creative writing. On writing, Jessica is quoted as saying, “I allow myself to indulge and rendezvous with this secret lover whenever time allows…and then we make beautiful poetry together!”

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Website – JessicaBakkers.com

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#BadMoonRising Vinnie the Vegetarian Zombie by Victoria Zigler #childrensbooks #indieauthor

The horror/supernatural/paranormal genre isn’t just for adults; kids also like to play in that sandbox. For that reason, I like to include both children’s and YA authors for the younger crowd (and readers who prefer a more kinder, gentler type of horror) in Bad Moon. As a zombie fan (anyone catch The Walking Dead last night?), I burst out in laughter when I first read the premise of this author’s book. What if you were a zombie – but vegetarian? Victoria Zigler and Vinnie are here today to brighten up your Monday!

Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night or spend the night in a haunted house?

Spend the night in a haunted house for sure.  I hate the thought of being trapped in something like a coffin even for a short time.  I’ve even made it known among my family that I want to be cremated rather than buried when I die, because I hate the thought of ending up in a coffin – dead or alive.  But a haunted house… Well, that I could deal with.

I’m a firm believer in ghosts, having had encounters in the past.  However, half the time the hauntings aren’t real anyhow.  But even if they were, I’d much rather put up with a ghost for the night – even one with anger management issues, who causes all sorts of awful things to happen during that night – than be trapped in a coffin for even a few minutes.  Yeah, that’s how much I hate the idea of being in a coffin.  Besides, I’ve slept in haunted houses before.  Perhaps not the kind you’re thinking of from horror novels, but I’ve lived in places with ghosts in the building.  So, like I said, haunted house for sure.

Has a movie or book scared you so much you couldn’t sleep?  Which one?

This is very rare.  Mostly I don’t scare easily.  You’re talking to someone who watched “Nightmare on Elm Street” as a child, and “The Exorcist” as a teenager, without any problems going straight to bed afterwards.  Like I said, I don’t scare easily.

Having said that, there have been a couple of books that actually managed to scare me.  “Dark Matter” by Michelle Paver scared me so much I had nightmares during what sleep I actually got for days afterwards.  I’ve re-read it since, and it gets me every time.  “Thin Air” by Michelle Paver came close to following in its footsteps, and Teri Polen’s “Sarah” is one of the few other books to actually scare me (though Teri didn’t scare me quite as much as Michelle did… Sorry, Teri, but you came close, and that’s quite an achievement).

Would you rather put your hand in a box and feel something slimy or furry?

Furry.  Definitely furry! There are so many gross things that “slimy” could mean, and some of them I’d rather not even think about, let alone touch.  “Furry” is much more likely to be something pleasant.  Of course, there are no guarantees, but still.  Plus, at least if the furry thing is gross, I probably won’t be covered in nasty goo from touching it, which I definitely will be if the box contains something slimy.

If you had to give up snacks or drinks during writing sessions, which would be more difficult?

Drinks.  I don’t actually snack while writing.  I sometimes use getting snacks as an excuse to get up from the computer for a bit, and the rest of the time don’t even bother with a snack break (especially if the dogs, phone, etc, have been disturbing me a lot, and I’m trying to make the most of the time before something interrupts me again).  So giving up snacks would be easy.  But I like to have something to drink nearby, so it would be a harder habit to break.

*takes sip of tea before continuing*

 Do you write to music?

No.  It doesn’t matter if someone else has it on, or if there’s TV on, or whatever though.  I’m not one of those people who needs noise – or lack of it – to write.  I’m one of those people who can generally just tune out whatever else is going on around me and write, or listen to it and still focus on my writing, depending on which I want/need to do at any given time.  I say, “Generally,” because there are times it doesn’t work, and even I have my limits as to how much I can filter out.  But mostly I can do this.  If only I had the same control over the filtering of internal noise as I do external noise, and could pick and choose when and what my mind was focused on… Ah well, nobody’s perfect, and you can’t have everything.

 What was the hardest scene to write in your featured book?

The final scene.  I wanted to show what happened to both Vinnie and Annie at the end, but had to be careful with how I did so.  Partially because it’s a children’s story officially, and you have to be more delicate with that kind of thing in a children’s story, and partially because I’d taken pains to show that Vinnie wasn’t just another zombie out for brains, and had to take that in to account as well, which added an extra reason to tread carefully with what happens and how.

I can’t explain more clearly without spoilers, but if you read the book, hopefully you’ll see what I mean.  Perhaps you’ll even think I handled it well.  I sure hope that’s what you think anyhow.  But you’ll have to buy the book so you can judge that for yourself.

When Vinnie the zombie smashes his way in to the fruit and vegetable shop where six year old Annie is waiting in hiding for her Mother to come back for her, Annie isn’t sure what to do.  But Vinnie isn’t like other zombies.  A vegetarian in life, it looks like Vinnie may also be one in death, and it may not be Annie who’s in danger after all.

Purchase Links

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Vinnie-the-Vegetarian-Zombie-Audiobook/B07CX44QY6

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/459076

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vinnie-the-vegetarian-zombie-victoria-zigler/1119982818

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/vinnie-the-vegetarian-zombie

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/vinnie-the-vegetarian-zombie/9781311948908-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/vinnie-the-vegetarian-zombie/id900774428

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/vinnie-the-vegetarian-zombie-unabridged/id1383256619

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Vinnie-Vegetarian-Zombie-Victoria-Zigler/1512324256/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/d/cka/Vinnie-Vegetarian-Zombie-Victoria-Zigler/1512324256/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/d/cka/Vinnie-Vegetarian-Zombie-Victoria-Zigler/1512324256/

The Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Vinnie-Vegetarian-Zombie-Victoria-Zigler/9781512324259

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Author Bio

Victoria Zigler is a blind vegan poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK, with her hubby, chinchilla, Westie, Cavapoo, and Hermann’s Tortoise.

Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, and describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world.  She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, and dabbles in them at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time.

To date, Tori has published nine poetry books and 46 children’s books, with more planned for the future.  She makes her books available in multiple eBook formats, as well as in both paperback and audio.  She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, which is available in eBook only.

Additionally, Tori’s Hermann’s Tortoise, Artemis, was featured in both the Magnificent Pets Coloring Book For Children and the Magnificent Pets Mandala Coloring Book For Adults, which are available via Praise My Pet.

Social Media

Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk

Blog: https://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/toriz

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCakYxH7BNyc2Lxr1g1nbP9w

Find Tori’s books on…

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/toriz

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6/

…Along with a variety of other online retailers.

#BadMoonRising: One If (Virago Fantasy #1) by Carol B. Allen #darkfantasy #indieauthor

Today’s author is also making her first appearance at Bad Moon Rising.  I had the pleasure of reading her dark fantasy a couple months ago, and her science nerd main character stole my heart.  If you’re claustrophobic, you might want to skip the first question below – I struggled to breathe.  Welcome Carol B. Allen!

Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night or spend the night in a haunted house?

Here’s what happens to me when buried in a shallow grave. Barely breathing, I attempt to move my legs and arms a mere few inches. My fingers tap the top of the make-shift coffin in a Morse code sequence. Will anyone hear? A flimsy breathing tube emits a trickle of light and air. But how long can I count on the dim glow of day before ink fills the sky? I’ve been left alive and promised release in the morning. Spindly, hairy spider legs crawl up my bare legs and arms. They don’t bite, but the sensation is unbearable.  Anxiety will kill me before anything else. Need I say I unequivocally choose the haunted house. I won’t be questioning that my feet will take me where I need to go when day breaks.

If you could time travel, where would you go and what year would it be?

I am heading to 19th century Paris. I am on a mission as I wander the boulevards blending with idle strollers. Paris is alive with the laughter of people of all ages and colors. In a trance-like state, I observe cultures blend and lines blur. Yet as a female writer, I am well aware barriers exist for me. Somehow, I arrive at the ornate Parisian home of George Sand. I need to know why was she compelled to write with a male pseudonym? My question is absurd—even females in the 21st century pound their chests to let their voices be heard. How much have things changed? I am invisible to George. I observe her write and silently whisper in her ear, “Why is it that when we choose to live by our pens, we provoke outright rejection?” Her face brightens. Her thoughts drift. She notes to her secretary, Emile Aucante, and encourages him to open a literary agency that will serve as an intermediary between writers and publishers. Have I inspired her mission?

If you were in a horror movie, would you rather have a loaded gun or a car that wouldn’t break down?

If you insist I choose, I’ll opt for the car that refuses to break down. My horror movie features ghosts, aliens, and random evil spirits. The ghosts dance on the hood of my car. Skeleton faces smirk and taunt me—their bony feet patter on my roof. The aliens use their telepathic mind to control me. I may cock the gun, and release bullets—but they don’t stop those who pursue me. The choice is clear. For me, freedom comes with the ability to keep moving. Stay alive. A car that won’t break down leads to the path of safety. I hope.

What was the hardest scene to write in your featured book?

My lead character, Parker, an introverted science nerd, has been abducted to save a dying planet from climate change. At a pivotal point in my book, she must overcome her innate shyness and build consensus with the other teens who have also been selected to foster a healthy ecosystem. As Parker’s emotions and values are revealed to the reader, only one choice remains for her.  I’ll admit I had a difficult time making that choice for Parker. And I can’t tell you what she decides, you have to read One If to find out.

What are you working on now?

Readers of One If will be relieved to learn I am wrapping up my sequel. One If closed with a thrilling cliffhanger. Readers email me daily desperate to know what happens. The good news is —by the time, Bad Moon Rising publishes this blog, my sequel, Two If will be near release.  I will be offering readers of Bad Moon Rising a special offer on the duology —two books for the price of one.

Which comes first for you—plot or characters?

For me, the story comes first—the foundation of why we write. I believe all good books have a story to tell that people want to hear. And then, strong, fully developed characters move the story forward. Neither can be weak—both must be rich in message and emotion to be successful. But without a compelling story entwined with memorable characters, a book isn’t going to hook a reader.

When Parker Kittridge, a quirky science student from New York City, is lured to her terrace by a frisky hummingbird, she slips and plunges 18 stories to the street and awakens in Spyridon, a planet destroyed by climate change and locked in civil war. Parker quickly discovers she is not alone. Two other teens have also been kidnapped and they must join forces to save the planet if they have any chance to return to Earth.

The teens’ struggle for survival is fierce: murders, deceptions, power plays, love triangles and magical fantasy elements make this a high-stakes, coming-of-age adventure pitted against a race with time.

A Note from the Author

The Virago Fantasies are meant for everyone interested in the thrill of an adventure and our planet’s sustainability. As technology evolves and career opportunities change, I hope my books enhance interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and inspire the advancement of women in STEM. A percentage of the sales of my books will be donated to organizations that benefit these interests.

Purchase Links

Author Bio

Carol B. Allen is an author and international, award-winning creative professional. She has held leadership positions in firms that believe in strengthening community across the New York Tri State Area. She plays an active role in supporting opportunities to enhance young women’s interest in the STEM fields as well as advancing causes that protect the environment.

She serves on the Advisory Committee for Advancing Women in Science and Medicine (AWSM), part of Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Additionally, she has participated in an advisory capacity for the Girl Scouts STEM program.

A University of Michigan graduate, Carol received high honors and the prestigious Student of Distinction recognition.

Carol resides in Westchester County and is an active member of the Pound Ridge Authors Society. When she isn’t writing, Carol enjoys the city life and the country life, balancing her time with her family, exploring the cultural offerings of Manhattan as well as the great outdoors of the Northeast woodlands.

Social Media

Instagram: @carol.b.allen

#BadMoonRising: Diaballein by Cage Dunn #horror #darkfantasy

Today we have an author making a first time appearance at Bad Moon Rising.  I read a wonderful review of Diaballein last week at D. Wallace Peach’s blog HERE  The list of three items to take into a haunted house totally makes sense – well thought out.  Welcome Cage Dunn!

Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night, or spend a night in a haunted house?

For prickly-skin inspiration, I’d like to walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight on my way to sleep in the abandoned haunted house, but not in a coffin.

What three items would you take to the haunted house?

  1. eReader, of course, ‘cos how else am I going to get weird reflections of the ghosts who think I can’t see anything behind me?
  2. Pump-up mattress, ‘cos even sleeping with ghosts should offer some comfort, and old haunted houses are not conducive to a good night’s sleep, are they?
  3. A notebook, so I can offer to relay the stories the ghosts want to have told.

Ghosts have many stories to tell, many woes to share, and if I can steal one idea from any of them, or show a reader what it feels like to be there, how the heart races at the tickle of cold air that touches the face like a dead lover’s caress – that’s a good moment. Fear is the anticipation of something bad happening, and I love to talk to the things that cause fear, find out why they do it, how it works.

Would you rather boogie down to Monster Mash or get your groove on to Thriller?

For musical inspiration, I’d like to boogie down with Monster Mash followed closely by Thriller.  Music is the soul of writing stories. A piece of music can inspire a story or enhance it. The rhythms of the sound transferred to the story demonstrate the subtext, the pace, and the sense of movement. Not every piece of music works for a story, but when it’s right, it’s so very, very right.

Do you write to music?

Funny you should ask that. I do, but only sometimes. I’m tone deaf, so the music can’t have voices, and if it’s the wrong music, I can’t write. So the music has to be non-vocal, and clearly defined between beats. It’s the beats I feel that need to be expressed into the pacing of the story, or the feel and atmosphere. It may not make sense, but it’s fun.

What is the hardest part of writing an author bio?

Do I have to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? I mean, I tell stories … but in the end, I told enough of the truth mixed with enough of the dreamer to satisfy both me and the muse. Maybe.

What are you working on now?

There are two series, or maybe serials, in novella formats.

The stories are based on the paths taken to achieve the highest level of magic. Not the type of magic that waves a wand, but the real magic where a person calls on their elemental nature, their strengths through familiars, and patterns of power to assist the people in the world who need it.

The second is a series about a man I’d call a negotiator, a fixer. He knows everyone on the dark side, and everyone knows him. The man youu call when you want a good thief to retrieve the family secrets, or to barter for the return. This man employs the skills of psychics and future-tellers as well as punishers and common thieves. You want something done on the quiet, he’s your man.

One man, one woman, one Diaballein — who will survive?

Kano Varre seeks a rare mineral in Outback Australia to prove his controversial and dangerous research — what he finds is a nightmare.

His body is possessed by the Diaballein, whose purpose is to open a gateway for his brethren, Kano must defeat the enemy while there’s only one, and he needs Eyza’s help to do it before the world falls into slavery, torture, death — worse than any nightmare ever imagined.

The gate is open …

Purchase Links

Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/cagedunn 

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cage-dunn

Books2Read: https://books2read.com/ap/nkG5gn/Cage-Dunn

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CageDunn

Author Bio

Cage Dunn is a dedicated Fibber, Fabricator, Teller of Tall Tales who writes Australian stories, rural and outback urban/dark fantasy, horror, and twisted tales, stories about fearful things, dreams and horrors.

Cage was born in the wide-open landscape of inland Western Australia, lived all over the startling country of Australia – now in Adelaide – and worked at everything from sewage collection to computer programming. Still learning, still writing, still scaring the pants off those willing to listen to the stories …

Social Media

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cage_dunn   @cage_dunn
Blog: https://cagedunn.wordpress.com