Thanks For The #BadMoonRising Support!

Although it’s a lot of work, I love hosting Bad Moon Rising every year, but I couldn’t do it alone.  Thanks to everyone who supported and helped promote Bad Moon by commenting, sharing, and participating – hope to see you here next year for the five year anniversary!

P.S. – I’m waaaay behind on your blog posts, but I’m catching up slowly, but surely.

#BadMoonRising: Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery by Steve Stred #horror #occult #giveaway

The winner of an ebook of Frostbitten is Hugh Roberts!  Congrats to Hugh and thanks to all who commented to enter.

Happy Halloween, and welcome to the last day of Bad Moon Rising!  As a treat (I promise it’s not a trick), today’s author will give away an e-book copy of his book to a random commenter determined by random.org.  We end this fourth year of Bad Moon with yet another testimony about evil Ouija boards.  If any of you kids (or adults) are thinking about picking one up, just read these interviews, and I promise you’ll rethink that decision.  Welcome Steve Stred!

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 am both the final person but also the comic relief. I am a pretty sarcastic person and I spend a lot of time making little comments and quips.  Just ask my family.  I find them hilarious at least!  I would also do whatever it took to live.  So last man standing.  I can always entertain myself.

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

100% I would not want to meet werewolves. Other than fog, nothing scares me more in the world than werewolves.  If a werewolf was stalking me through a foggy alley, even worse.  I mean vampires are scary and sure ghosts and zombies suck in general but werewolves are freaking werewolves.  Giant wolf-men/women who want to rip you apart and can run really fast, jump really far and are really strong.  And your only defense is hoping you have silver or silver bullets around?  Not a chance.

Have you ever played with a Ouija board?

I actually have. I won’t get into too many details as I don’t want anyone identified who was there and who wouldn’t want this experience shared, but a group of us played with a Ouija board.  I was laying on my stomach, on the couch, half playing around, half admiring someone, when something happened in the room.  I was pinned to the couch by a really strong force and began to cry uncontrollably.  Incredibly unsettling and weird experience that I can’t explain.  I was in my early teens when it happened.

How do you develop your plots and characters?

I develop my plot/characters through my draft process. I typically have a fully thought out short story/novella/novel which I then point form on a word doc.  A lot of my stuff I write my first draft using the old trusty pen and paper approach.  Then I transfer to the computer and evolve as I go.  Ultimately I usually have thought about it so many times that it is just regurgitating what is in my brain to the paper.  I will normally have the title worked out when I start writing and I very rarely change the title once I get going.  I will get some feedback from my beta readers and street team and adapt as needed.

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

I love spending time with my wife, my son and our dog. My son recently turned 2 so it’s a very exciting time filled with many tests of patience and frustrations ha-ha!  So it’s amazing watching him grow and develop.  I also spend a lot of time reading both with my son but also on my kindle.  I was a staunch advocate of physical books for many years, but since our son arrived the only way I can read is on my kindle so I have softened my beliefs.  It fills me with so much joy that he loves books so much, so I hope one day (even if he doesn’t like what I write) he is proud that I have books released.

What are you working on now?

I am always working on a bajillion things! Currently working on my second full length novel The Stranger, as well as a third novel, untitled as of now.  I am also working on my third collection of short stories, tentatively called The Night Crept In.  I have a neat compilation/novella on the go with two other writers, which I hope will see the light of day, two more of my own novellas, and another novella with another writer.  And to top it all off, I write kids-action adventure on the side for my nieces and nephews, so will be releasing some more of those things.  I haven’t officially announced it yet, but those will now be released under a pen name to reduce any confusion for readers.

Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery repackages Author Steve Stred’s first two releases, here for you, in one easy to digest offering.  Taking his first short story (For Balder Walks) and his first short story anthology (The Fence: and Other Sordid Tales), and combining them, Steve has delivered a devastating mix of styles to truly work its way into your psyche.

12 Hymns of Misery is built in a similar manner to your favourite music album.

From the intricate, haunting openers of For Balder Walks and Jim, to the bridge section of creepy, action filled stories such as The Fence and Time Out Noose, coming-of-age tales like Edge of the Woods and Virtues of the Beast, culminating with the crescendo of the tortured closers; Old Man and the Alley, the reader will find themselves transported to a dozen nightmare filled landscapes, all sure to haunt the reader for years to come.

“Edge of the Woods is a dark little coming-of-age tale, bringing me right back to my childhood days on the playground.  Just the right amount of creepy, this one will leave you wanting more!”

Justin M. Woodward, Author of TAMER ANIMALS & Candy

“Time Out Noose is DAMN good!”

J.Z. Foster, Author of The Wicked Ones & Mind Wreck

Buy Link

https://www.amazon.com/Frostbitten-Hymns-Misery-Steve-Stred-ebook/dp/B07GLBGWPT/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1536870670&sr=8-6&keywords=steve+stred

Author Bio

Steve Stred is an up-an-coming Dark Horror author.  Steve is the author of the novel Invisible, the novellas Wagon Buddy, Yuri and Jane: the 816 Chronicles and two collections of short stories; Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery and Left Hand Path: 13 More Tales of Black Magick.

Steve also has a number of works on the go and enjoys all this horror, occult, supernatural and paranormal.

Steve Stred is based in Edmonton, AB, Canada and lives with his wife, his son and their dog Oj.

Social Media

Website: stevestredauthor.wordpress.com
Facebook: facebook.com/stevestredauthor
Instagram: /stevestred
Twitter: twitter.com/stevestred

#BadMoonRising: The Rigel Affair by L.M. Hedrick #thriller

Werewolves?  No, thanks.  Intruder in the house?  This author takes a more practical approach.  Welcome L.M. Hedrick!

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

Werewolves – I don’t mind being scared, but being eaten and turned into a rabid creature is not my idea of a good dinner.

Have you ever played with a Ouija board?

Yes, and like to believe they work J

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

Grab my Walther PPK and confront.

How do you develop your plots and characters? 

Put myself in the scene and into the minds of the character… become the character and see the world through their eyes.

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

A Top quality desk and chair, great computer, pleasant surroundings – so that you can transport yourself into the story without local interference.

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

I am an expressionist Artist – so painting and being with my wonderful husband Bud.

What are you working on now? 

The sequel to The Rigel Affair.

Abandoned by his part-Cherokee Ma, Charlie Kincaid escapes servitude with his uncle. He jumps a boxcar, accompanied by his schoolmate Roxy, who is escaping troubles of her own. Charlie becomes a US Navy Diver.

Mattie Blanc is from a genteel New Zealand family. But when her brother’s friend persuades her to take a ride, it all goes horribly wrong. Desperate, she flees her family’s stifling expectations for a new life in Auckland.

After the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Charlie sets sail for Auckland aboard the USS Rigel. And there she is, the girl of his dreams. Mattie is everything that Roxy isn’t—sophisticated, tender, and patient. But the war intervenes… Rigel embarks for the Pacific war zones.

Charlie’s letters are sporadic. Mattie is tormented by doubts; did he truly love her, or was it only a dream?

The Rigel Affair produces a rip-roaring wartime romance and chilling danger unknown to most.

Pre-order Link

The Rigel Affair is available for Pre-Order at a 15% Discount prior to Dec 27,2018, using Promo Code PREORDER2018 only at:  http://www.blackrosewriting.com/historical-fiction/therigelaffair

It is also available for Pre-Order at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and GoodReads, but no coupons apply.

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-rigel-affair-l-m-hedrick/1129687245

https://www.amazon.com/Rigel-Affair-L-M-Hedrick/dp/1684331625/ref=sr_1_1

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42079571-the-rigel-affair

Author Bio

Lynette grew up listening to her mother Mattie’s stories about her WW2 love for US Navy Diver Charlie. She used Mattie’s 30 letters from Charlie, and together with her insightful editor/advisor husband, Bud, they completed extensive research to give reality to The Rigel Affair. Lynette has published multiple short stories for NZ magazines. Both Lynette and Bud have completed numerous Creative Writing courses at Auckland University. Lynette is an accomplished expressionist Artist, with works sold internationally.

Social Media

Website:  https://lmhedrick.com/
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#BadMoonRising: End It By The Gun by Kenechukwu Obi #thriller

Today’s author has a unique weapon of choice when faced with the zombie apocalypse.  Welcome Kenechukwu Obi!

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

The feeling that the dead were about to descend on my head.

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

I will take a walk around to try to figure out where they could be coming from.

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

I will put on zombie costumes, hit the streets, blend with the zombies, act like blood-tasty zombies too.

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

There are many of them. I would say Harlan Coben, Sandra Brown, J. K. Rowling, Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka and William Shakespeare to mention just a few. These authors and many more like them have inspired me to push the boundaries, do away with conventions in unapologetic manner, and to be very ambitious and not to be ever afraid of inventing my own writing styles that may not be popular.

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

Sometimes I relax by hanging out, playing some music, seeing a movie or a play, reading fun magazines and books by other writers.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on having my next novel published. I have also completed the first draft of another novel.

Strong ambition drives Beck Blades, an aspiring writer from rural Nebraska, to become obsessed with having big Hollywood studios make movies based on his fiction stories. Taking a heavy toll on his marriage, Beck’s writing ambition soon proves hard to achieve. However, he is not a man to give up, even as rejections trail his efforts. He continues to write one fiction story after another with no breakthrough, until he writes his eleventh one, the unusual one, which grabs headlines through an unexpected route. Success begins for Beck, but little does he know his female literary agent has an extra plan way beyond representation.

Buy Link

Amazon

Author Bio

Kenechukwu Obi (Ken Obi) is a Canadian writer. On the literary side of things, in which there is more in him to come, he loves to put ideas and imagination to work, creating novels, short stories, articles, plays, poetry, and song lyrics. He is a business administration student of the University of Regina in Canada.

Social Media

https://www.facebook.com/enditbythegun/
https://www.facebook.com/kenechukwu.obi.7
https://twitter.com/raskenko

#BadMoonRising: Dark Touch (Glass Star Trilogy #1) by Elle Lewis #paranormal

Unlike other authors featured in the Bad Moon series, today’s author wouldn’t mind meeting a monster in a dark alley – but she prefers one in particular.  Welcome Elle Lewis!

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 would be the final person. I hope! I would like to think I’m the girl that can creatively use her environment, put together some makeshift weapons, and take out the killer. All while making snarky comments.

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

I have to put a little spin on this question and change it to – which monster would I want to meet in a dark alley?

I secretly hope to cross paths with a werewolf and get bit or scratched. I would love to be a werewolf. And I wouldn’t be the person that whines about losing their humanity. Not human anymore? Hell yes!!

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

Sawed off shot gun. And don’t forget rule #2— double tap.

How do you develop your plots and characters?

I do what I call a “shell”. It’s essentially the framework of the book from beginning to end. I outline my theme, plot, and characters. I conduct any research needed and include that as well. Once my frame work for the book is in place, I start writing. Since the shell of the book is already done with all the technical aspects already worked out, my imagination can really take off. It works well for me. Characterization is probably my favorite part of building a story. I love building characters and developing their story arch.

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

Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. I read their books at a young impressionable age and man—their words reached in and took hold. I immediately fell in love with Science Fiction/Fantasy. Those books started me on a journey that led to so many other incredible worlds. Tolkien and Lewis got into by blood, integrating Fantasy into my soul. Without them…who knows?

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

I like to run. I love spending days on the beach. And I adore nights relaxing on the couch, with my husband, our cat cuddled next to us. Low key is my speed.

What are you working on now?

Currently I am attempting a genre cross-over into Horror. The setting is the OR of a hospital. As a procedure nurse, I have spent a lot of time in the OR. I think people in general do not like being in the hospital, and they are very nervous about being put under for surgery. I want to play with this fear and twist it into something truly horrifying. Beware. It’s going to be scary!

Sloan left home a year ago, hoping to escape her past.

One night, a chance encounter will change her life forever. Sloan crosses paths with a dangerous being. He is ancient. Evil. And she has caught his attention.

Sloan attempts to continue with day to day life but soon realizes that she has become his obsession. Not only does he stalk her by day, but he can enter her dreams, tormenting her while she sleeps.

Desperate, Sloan searches for answers. What is he? And more importantly, what does he want with her?

Sloan is running out of time. Help arrives but they are equally as terrifying as the evil being that is after her. Can Sloan trust them? She may have no choice. The dark stranger will find her soon, and when he does, he will drag her into a dark oblivion so absolute there will be no hope of resurfacing.

Preorder Link

Amazon

Author Bio

Elle Lewis lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband, son, and a phenomenal orange cat named Cheddar. She is a nurse by profession, but her heart belongs to monsters, fictional worlds, and all things conjured up by the imagination. She dreams of one day moving to the mountains and living in a small town that resembles The Shire.

 

 

Social Media

Twitter: Elle_Lewis2
Facebook page: Elle Lewis@glass.star.trilogy
Instagram: Ellelewis5
Blog: authorellelewis.blogspot.com

#BadMoonRising: Defined (Price MacCann Assassin Series #1) by Mary Ellen Quire #thriller

It’s the weekend!  And mine is fantastic, because we have family here for the next few days – and Halloween is just around the corner.  Today’s featured author knows the part she’d play in a horror movie – and has even written a mini scene about it.  Welcome Mary Ellen Quire!

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 think it would be a tie between skeptic and the first to die.  My character would be like “Oh, come on!  There is nothing hiding in the closet.  It’s just your imagination.”  Character opens closet door to reveal an axe murderer.  One swing.  Yep, first to die.

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

I’d have to say zombies.  In fact, out of all monsters of lore they are my least favorite.  There’s just something about a mobile rotting corpse that sends chills up my spine.

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

Of course but I wouldn’t want to do it alone.  Someone needs to be there to dial 911.

What is the hardest part of writing?

Straight up for me is just doing it.  When I first started writing, it was easy as pie to stay focused.  As the years have gone by though, there are more and more distractions pulling me away from the computer screen.  The struggle is real folks.

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

If I were to be honest, I’d have to say Stephen King.  I love the way he uses his character’s thoughts to develop them and give them life.  When I first started reading his work I found this style annoying, thinking it was more like mental word vomit, but reading on through many of his books I came to love it.  The style helped me get to know more about the character and even though I couldn’t always relate to him/her it created a bond and made the tale even more entertaining.

With that in mind, I have been putting more and more of this creative style into my own work.  Character development is truly one of my favorite things about writing.

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

Well, reading of course.  I also am a documentary junkie; astrology and history are my favorites.

Price MacCann grew up in a family of vigilantes. Trained as an assassin, her kill rate was matched only by the Reaper himself until she witnesses a death which hits too close to home. After a year of trying to put it all behind her and live a nine to five life, she soon finds it may be more difficult than she realized. With her family pushing her to return to the fold, a tall, dark and handsome stranger coming to town and a series of mysterious notes demanding her expertise, Price is faced with the decision to define normal for herself.

Buy links:

Defined Print Version:  https://www.amazon.com/Defined-Price-MacCann-Assassin-1/dp/1948374013/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Defined Kindle Version:  https://www.amazon.com/Defined-Price-MacCann-Assassin-Book-ebook/dp/B0794CJX3B/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Author Bio

Born and raised in Kentucky, Mary Ellen Quire has been dabbling in the craft for nearly three decades. As a child, she found a love for reading and a fascination for anyone with the ability to tell a good story. Wanting to be just like the grownups who would sit around the kitchen table to swap all kinds of tales, she began creating her own to read in front of family and friends just for fun. When she took Mrs. Wallace’s creative writing class at Henry County High School, the childhood interest kindled a tiny spark. However, it would be another four years after graduating from Kentucky State University with a degree in psychology that this slight fancy could morph into a passion.

After Mary’s fourth and last daughter was born, she started writing short stories and bits of poetry which she kept to herself until the secret hobby was discovered by a family member who urged her to pursue it further. In 2005 her first novel, Link Detonator, was published under the name Mary E. Rose, with the sequel Detonator Time’s Up following a year later. Her vampire novel, Dark Deliverance, was released under the name Mary Ellen Quire in 2010 and in 2014 Sheldon’s Diary was published with tales of two knighted felines that are members of a secret animal society known as The Paws for the Imminent Cause. If you’re interested in sneaking peeks at these crazy animal adventures, you can find them on her blog page http://www.facebook.com/pawsfortheimminentcause. Back Home Magazine printed her article Choosing Your Veterinarian in their July/August 2014 issue and in January of 2018, the first book in the Assassin Series, Defined, was released by Enigma House Press.

At the present time, she resides in the quiet town of Crestwood with various animal squatters who have somehow managed to hitch a ride to the Quire abode.

Social Media

Author Website: http://www.maryellenquire.net
Facebook Author Page:  https://www.facebook.com/authormaryellenquire
Goodreads Author Page:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5267103.Mary_Ellen_Quire

#BadMoonRising: Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind by Darlene Foster #childrensbooks #supernatural

Today’s guest is the author of a wonderful series of children’s books.  Readers call them ‘delightful armchair travel’ and a ‘fantastic adventure’.  As a bonus – they’re educational!  Amanda in New Mexico touches on the supernatural, and that’s the book Darlene Foster shares with us today.  She also tells a Ouija board story that will send tingles down your spine.  Welcome Darlene!

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 would be the comic relief. I’m usually the first one to crack a joke when things are tense. This can be annoying to some people who think it is no laughing matter.

Have you ever played with a Ouija board?

My aunt and I played with one when we were children. I didn’t think anything of it at the time. I do recall that my grandfather thought it was interesting and asked if he could have ago. He asked the board how old he would be when he died. It spelled out 78. He seemed content with that. He died at age 78 many years later. I have always assumed it was a coincident but now I wonder.

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

I don’t think so. I get spooked quite easy. It would have to be a lot of money and I would have to be able to bring my hubby along and maybe my dog. Mind you, the money would come in handy. I may be able to collect material for another book. Ummm, I may have to think about this.

How do you develop your plots and characters?

I start with a location, usually a place that I have visited and found intriguing. Once I have the setting, I decide on an issue that a young person may encounter and work from there. I am a panster so the story develops as I write. Amanda is the main character and her personality develops with each book. She stays pretty well the same age but matures a bit as she travels and learns more about the world and herself. In Amanda in New Mexico-Ghosts in the Wind, she finds her disbelief in the supernatural challenged. I visited New Mexico and loved it, but there was certainly an air of something other worldly about. In particular when we stopped in at The St. James Hotel in Cimarron which is well known to be haunted. I said to my travel companion, “I have to include this in an Amanda story.”

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

When I’m not writing I like to read, bake, walk on the beach, drive in the country, take my dog for walks, go for coffee with hubby and chat with friends. Of course I am always collecting ideas while doing these “non-writing” things.

What are you working on now?

The seventh novel in the Amanda Travels series, Amanda in Holland-Missing in Action, is completed, has been beta read and edited a number of times. It is now at the publishers and will be released in 2019 after a few more edits. While waiting for its release, I am, as we speak, working on Amanda in Malta, which is turning out to be a great adventure for my main character. Amanda has many more places to explore yet.

Amanda Ross is on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico with several of her fellow creative students. Join Amanda, Cleo and their funny friend, Caleb, as they visit an ancient and beautiful landscape where a traditional hacienda, an ancient pueblo, and a haunted and spooky hotel all hold secrets to a wild and violent past. Does Cleo really see ghosts? Can Amanda escape the eerie wind that follows her everywhere? Perhaps the Day of the Dead will reveal the mysteries of Taos in this latest adventure of Amanda’s travels.

Excerpt

She opened her mouth to scream. Her throat seized up and nothing came out. Amanda walked through the swinging doors into the restaurant. No one was there either. She went out a back door to the outside eating area and surveyed the empty tables and chairs. She stopped to listen. It felt like something was beside her. As she slowly turned to look, a huge bear leaned out a window holding a pie.
She opened her mouth to scream. Her throat seized up and nothing came out.
“What’s wrong with you, Amanda?” Cleo appeared from around a corner. “You look like you just had a run in with a ghost. Oh, that’s right, you don’t believe they exist.”
Amanda gave her head a shake. The window with the bear holding the pie was just a mural painted on the wall.
She laughed nervously. “For a minute I actually thought that bear was real. That’s a good painting.”
Cleo shrugged her shoulders up to her ears. “You thought the bear was real, but you don’t believe me when I tell you I see ghosts?”
“Where is everyone, anyway?” asked Amanda.
“They’re in the gambling room, listening to stories about the guys that have been shot here in this hotel. The boys think it’s cool but I think it’s depressing.”
“Did they talk about T. J. Wright, the cowboy from Room 18?”
“Oh, yes. Apparently, he harasses guests here all the time. But the ghost of Mary Lambert, who is called the protector, often chases him away. She doesn’t like her guests being upset. He sometimes goes into the room next to his and bothers whoever is in there. Room 19, I think it is. It used to be the room of Mary Lambert’s daughter.”
“Really?” Amanda paled. She remembered the rose scent in Room 19 and wondered if Mary Lambert had chased T.J. Wright away. That is if it was him, or rather his ghost, in the room with her.
Amanda flapped her hand. “No way! I don’t think so. It’s probably just a publicity stunt to increase business for the hotel.”
“Whatever,” mumbled Cleo.
The courtyard filled up with the other students.
“There’ve been some cool shootouts here.” Caleb walked over to the girls. “Have you two been ghost hunting? This would be the perfect place.”

Buy links

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk
Kobo

Author Bio

Darlene Foster has dreamt of writing books, travelling the world and meeting interesting people for as long as she can remember. It’s no surprise that she’s now an award-winning author of the exciting Amanda Travels series featuring spunky Amanda Ross, a twelve-year-old Canadian girl who loves to travel. Readers of all ages enjoy following Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another in unique destinations. An avid traveler herself, Darlene divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Spanish Costa Blanca with her husband and entertaining dog, Dot. She believes it is never too late to make your dreams come true.

Social Media

Website www.darlenefoster.ca 
Blog https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/
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