#BadMoonRising: Keyport Cthulhu 2 by Armand Rosamilia #horror #occult

I think today’s author has been a part of Bad Moon Rising from the beginning.  He takes a very practical approach to the vampire/werewolf question, and already has his unusual (though again, practical) supply list ready whenever a secluded writing cabin opportunity pops up.  Welcome Armand Rosamilia!

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

Vampire would be hard because I’m not a night person. Even if I were a vampire I’d probably fall asleep before midnight and miss all the good blood-drinking time. Not to mention the hot women in bodices I could rip and then bite on the neck. Sadly, because I’m rather hairy to begin with (my kids used to call me Sasquatch when I took off my shirt) I think werewolf wouldn’t be that much of a stretch for me. Ripping through my clothes might be awful, though. I’d hate to have to keep buying new black t-shirts after every full moon.

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

Definitely aliens. I’ve seen enough science fiction movies and read enough books to know the aliens are really friendly and want to help mankind, but then we go and do something stupid like try to shoot at their mother ship or infect it with a virus or have Jeff Goldblum involved. My goal would be an ambassador of peace, and hope they have insane crazy good chocolate on their planet.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Strangely, I’ve never watched a full episode of X-Files. Not sure why not. Maybe someday. I have watched the original Ghostbusters movie, and I think I’d fit in with them. They seemed like they didn’t take it too seriously, and bumbled through saving the city and the world. Of course, I’d never be a part of the remake with those annoying chicks. Awful. Um… anyway, I’d ghostbust as long as the song wasn’t being played constantly.

 If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

Norway. I’ve always wanted to go there and see it. Live in the remote areas and get snowed in. Be trapped in a cabin with only a few items: my laptop, internet connection, 37 lbs. of M&M’s, 400 lbs. of coffee, creamer, sugar, 41 boxes of Oreos and Chips Ahoy, author Chuck Buda, various candy bars, my podcast subscriptions and some adult entertainment: a stripper pole so I can practice my moves.

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

Keyport Cthulhu 2 comes to mind. It was done by Jeffrey Kosh, and I love it. He’d done the original Keyport Cthulhu cover as well as the serialized versions of the stories with great artwork. I asked him to give me something that would work for the cover, and he came up with such a great one I actually wrote a bonus short story with the cover in mind. It’s also one of my favorite books I’ve written since it’s my take on the Cthulhu mythos, and I got to co-write it with author Chuck Buda as well as write a follow-up short story with my daughter, Katelynn.

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

I am a huge baseball fan. My wife and I (sorry, ladies, I’m taken) are season ticket holders to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Double-A team for the Miami Marlins. I’m even the booster club president. We help the players by packing snacks for road trips and we have three players who live with us during the season. We really get to know the players and love seeing them move up to the major leagues.

Thanks for the great questions! Feel free to find me on all social media!

For the survivors of the horrific night when The Esoteric Order of Dagon attempted to unleash their dark god from the bay, the nightmare seems to be only beginning.

What new cosmic horror does Keyport have for those who look too closely under the veil of this small fishing village, seeing what cannot be unseen? 

Another journey into madness awaits readers in this thrilling sequel!

With a Foreword by cosmic horror author Mary SanGiovanni 

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Bio and Social Media

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
Twitter: @ArmandAuthor
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#BadMoonRising: The Mind’s Plague by Morgan K. Tanner #horror #occult #shortstories

Today’s author offers a compelling reason why he’d choose to be abducted by aliens over a serial killer – totally makes sense to me.  On the cover of his featured book, The Mind’s Plague, is his own terror-stricken face.  How cool is that?  Welcome Morgan K. Tanner!

Would you rather spend a night in The Overlook Hotel with Jack Torrance or be in the high school gym during prom with Carrie?

The Shining is one of my favourite films of all time and it still never fails to unnerve me with its creepy vibe and claustrophobic atmosphere. That being said, I’m pretty sure I could survive one night in there with crazy Jack, especially if he’s only limping after me with his axe. Plus I know that the cupboard in the kitchen’s a good place to hide (if I’d fit, though), and I could copy Danny’s excellent tactic of disguising his footprints in the snow. And when I’d finally outrun him I could enjoy some quality time riding on those 70s carpets on my little pedal bike.

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

I’m of the belief that if aliens really wanted to harm us they’d have either done it already or would simply spread a plague-like disease that would wipe us out in no time at all. So being abducted wouldn’t frighten me that much (he says!). I suppose it would be interesting to see life from another planet, and their spaceship would be awesome, I’d imagine. It certainly beats a serial killer because I’ve read enough books and watched enough movies to know how that would ultimately end. They usually aren’t very nice people.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Ghostbusters all the way! Not that the characters would be a laugh-a-minute, and would probably spend long nights talking about science and other ‘intellectual’ stuff. I think Mulder would get a bit heavy after a while; he’s not exactly brimming with charisma. Although hanging out with Scully may have its benefits. Plus, if I was a Ghostbuster I’d get to wear a proton pack and slide down that sweet fireman’s pole whenever I wanted. The young me would be ever so jealous.

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

My debut novella, An Army of Skin, has such an awesome cover that really encapsulates the tone of the book, I think. M.R. Tapia was responsible for it; I’d submitted my manuscript to him originally and he emailed me back with three covers he’d ‘doodled’. When I saw what eventually became the cover, I was blown away. So much so I now have the design tattooed on my arm.

I must mention the cover of my short story collection, The Mind’s Plague and Other Bites of Brutality, if only for the fact that the strange, terror-stricken face in the TV screen is none other than my beautifully handsome face. There was absolutely no Photoshop involved, either.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I haven’t really been at the writing game long enough to have lots of unfinished books; I try to keep going to the end. There are a few short stories that still haven’t seen the light of day, although they probably never will as they are, well, not up to scratch. I do have an 80000 word novel that I am planning to re-edit and do with something with, either self-publish again or submit it somewhere. I haven’t looked at it in about 3 years – intentionally – so we’ll see how it holds up when I eventually do.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m writing a short story about a burglar who is tied up and tortured by the man who’s house he breaks into, but by the time this is posted I hope to have finished this one. I’m also writing what was a short story but now seems to developing into a novella (at least) about a haunted house. But instead of the house being old and derelict, it’s a new build property, so hopefully it’s a different take on the genre. There’s not a bricked up hole or creaky floorboard in sight. We’ll see how things pan out, though.

Three friends search for an infamous internet video of an urban legend with devastating consequences; a passionate drummer joins the band of his dreams, or perhaps his nightmares; a man tries to find fame in a world where the mundane call the shots; and a grieving father loses his grip on reality.

These ten stories delve into a world of darkness and suffering, where the terrors are more vivid than they may first appear. Blood is spilt, minds are destroyed, as madness ultimately reigns victorious.

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Bio

Morgan K Tanner is a writer, drummer, and golfist currently residing in the English countryside. The idyllic surroundings make it an ideal place to write, drum, and hide the bodies. The busy sound of the typewriter is perfect to drown out the hum of the antiquated torture equipment.

 

When not writing or inflicting pain and suffering on his numerous victims, he indulges himself in all things horror and metal.

 He is the author of An Army of Skin, and The Mind’s Plague and Other Bites of Brutality.

 You can praise or indeed abuse him by visiting http://www.morganktanner.com or find him on Twitter @morgantanner666.

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#BadMoonRising: A Halloween Tale by Austin Crawley #YA #supernatural

As a kid, who wasn’t dared (or even double or triple-dog-dared) to do something?  Like, say, go into the neighborhood haunted house?  Today’s author reveals what happens when a group of teens accept that dare with his new release, A Halloween Tale.  Welcome Austin Crawley!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

I’d choose the haunted house. Graveyards are pretty wide open and the best you might get is a wandering spirit. Haunted houses can get really intense!

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

Monster Mash, definitely. It has a beat anyone can dance to while Thriller is more a professional dancer production thing.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Funny enough, I would choose X-Files. I never saw the Ghostbusters team as sustainable and investigative work appeals to me.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

Loch Ness. I’ve traveled in small villages in England and Scotland and would love to stay in one for a year, but Loch Ness has the lake monster mythology to contribute to creativity.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Half-finished, two. One is a Halloween story and the other is an expansion of my short story, The Locked Door [online at https://www.inkitt.com/stories/mystery/15277%5D. One other I’ve got partially done is the first of a projected four book supernatural Dystopian series. I have another unrelated series in notes so there’s plenty of new books to come from me in the next few years.

What are you working on now?

My most immediate project is the Halloween story which I hope to release in October. It’s called A Halloween Tale.

Other than that, I’m sort of bouncing between the other two part-finished projects but mostly on The Locked Door, which might have a different title when it comes out. Or maybe not. I haven’t decided yet. I get bursts of inspiration for the supernatural Dystopian series and sometimes just have to sit and write some of it.

Five teenagers, goaded on by a 10-year-old little brother, enter the neighborhood haunted house looking for spooky adventures for Halloween. What they find is more than they bargained for, but now they can’t get out!

Purchase Link:

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Bio

Austin Crawley writes Horror and Dystopian fiction with a supernatural twist. His lifelong love of ghost stories and interest in comparative religions has led him to seek the darker corners of human existence and to exploit them in prose, touching on our deepest fears. He has been known to spend his vacations visiting places that are reported to be haunted.

Crawley is the author of A Christmas Tale, a story about three young women who perform a séance to raise the fictional ghosts of Dickens’ A Christmas carol with surprising results, and of Letters to the Damned, about a post box in a small English village that reportedly transmits written requests for favours to the dead and damned. His most recent release is A Halloween Tale, to be released October 2019, a haunted house tale filled with horrific, inter-dimensional terror.

Social Media

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https://austincrawleyblog.wordpress.com/
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http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14211612.Austin_Crawley
Twitter: @AustinOCrawley

 

#BadMoonRising: Brother Love – A Crossroad by Teagan Riordain Geneviene #YA #paranormal

Happy Friday!  And I’m about to make your day even better.  The creativity of today’s author never fails to astound me.  From her three ingredients stories (objects chosen by readers) to her collaborations with other authors, the tales are wildly entertaining and inventive.  If you’re not familiar with her work, here’s your opportunity to change that.  Welcome Teagan Riordain Geneviene!

Hi, everyone. I’m Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene. Firstly, Teri, thanks for letting me be a part of Bad Moon Rising, 2019! I know you sort of stretch the limits of the theme to let me participate, but this year I have a “Twilight Zone-ish” novella to share.

Promotional image by Teagan R. Geneviene
Promotional image by Teagan R. Geneviene

Teri asked some fabulous, whimsical questions, and here they are!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

Both sound like my warped idea of fun. There’s a dark and mysterious figure in Brother Love – a Crossroad. He sits on tombstones, playing blues songs on his guitar. So, I’ll choose the graveyard, maybe he’ll let me sing along. As he says, “Ain’t nobody here gonna complain about the noise.”

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

Ha! I’m not coordinated enough for Thriller, not to mention the fact that my back would probably get stuck in some very awkward position. Play the Monster Mash for me, Teri.

Besides, even though the featured novella was inspired by a Neil Diamond song from a later time, there’s some fun 50s music in Brother Love — a Crossroad. I had fun with the old song “Love Potion No. Nine” naming streets and even a character for the streets and people mentioned in that song.

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Jinx on rotary phone next to “Brother Love – a Crossroad” on my Kindle.

Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?

You mean the door isn’t locked? And there’s no serial killer lurking in the alley where the trash cans are? Hmmm…

If that seems like a strange answer, then click here and you might understand.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

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Sunset from my back yard

I’m actually very close to that right now. I relocated from Washington, DC to a very small city in the “high desert” Southwest (USA) this spring. Years ago, I started (barely) a story that I meant to be a three or four volume series. The setting for the story is here – or rather fictional area in the state of New Mexico. Sigh… there are so many stories I want to tell. I need to live to be 120 years old.

What is your favorite cover of all your books? Why?

Ugh! I can’t seem to choose. “The Skull of the Alchemist” is probably my favorite. (Book awaiting rewrite.) However, I was very happy with this one for Brother Love, because I was able to combine so many elements of the story without it seeming “busy.” Thanks to fellow blogger, Dan Antion for letting me use his photo of a hymnal page as the background. Dan also provided photo illustrations for the story when it was a blog serial.

I make all my own covers and promotional images, and love the work. (If anyone is interested, I’m exploring the prospect of doing that for others.)

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Promo image by Teagan R. Geneviene

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

As I’ve already alluded to this, I guess I should choose this question. Let’s see… Notes and plans for the third book in the Atonement series. It will explore backstories for characters, including Teri’s favorite, Lilith the calico cat. I mentioned The Skull of the Alchemist, that’s book-2 for my fictionalized Cornelis Drebbel. In the where-would-you-live question, I meant the series (started, if barely) that begins with Tatterdemallian the Electric Zucchini, an urban fantasy/steampunk mashup. There’s also The Guitar Mancer, an urban fantasy. And… I’ll finish this answer by taking the liberty of using an extra question ― next.

What are you working on now?

I recently did a double cover reveal for two books I hope to launch soon. Click here. This includes the third of my 1920s mystery books about Pip and her friends, A Ghost in the Kitchen. Also my first non-fiction book – a dictionary of Roaring Twenties slang, Speak Flapper.

A Ghost in the Kitchen by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene
A Ghost in the Kitchen by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Oh, I’m also in the middle of a #Steampunk serial on my blog, Teagan’s Books. It’s called The Delta Pearl. This is actually a rewrite of yet another novel that was waiting on the shelf for publication. It’s a Victorian looking mystery set on a magical riverboat.

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The Delta Pearl book cover created by Teagan R. Geneviene

Teri, thank you again for letting me participate in Bad Moon Rising. I realize you put a ton of work into this event. I look forward to it every year. So many exciting books! Enjoy the rest of October.

Author Bio and Universal Purchase Links

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Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene’s work is colored by her experiences from living in the southern states and the southwest (of the USA). Teagan most often writes in the fantasy genre, but she also writes cozy mysteries and steampunk. Whether it’s a 1920s mystery, a steampunk adventure, or an urban fantasy, her stories have a strong element of whimsy. There are no *extremes* in violence, sex, or profanity.

Brother Love – a Crossroad

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#BadMoonRising Unclear Purposes (Driscoll Lake #3) by Joan Hall #thriller #suspense #giveaway

Today’s author has no problem spending time in cemeteries – in fact, she enjoys exploring them and taking ghost walks.  She’s also generously offering one of her e-books (your choice) as a GIVEAWAY to a random commenter.  The winner will be announced here next Thursday, October 24th.  Welcome Joan Hall!

The WINNER of an e-book is MICHELE JONES!  Joan will be in touch with you about your choice.  Congrats Michele!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

I love to explore old cemeteries. The older, the better. I like to envision how the people lived. So, I would choose the haunted graveyard. Maybe I’d ask one of those ghosts a few questions.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

A vampire. I’d been rather fond of them since the days of Dark Shadows and Barnabas Collins. I’ve seen some pretty good-looking male vampires here and there. Oh wait, maybe I should clarify I’ve only seen them in the movies or on TV.

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

Monster Mash because it sounds like so much fun. And they had a fabulous list of guests at the party—Zombies, Wolfman, Dracula, and his son.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

Keeping it close to home, but I would probably choose New Mexico. I plan to set at least one book of my next series in the Land of Enchantment and it would be nice to learn firsthand more about the culture.

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

I enjoy reading (wish I had more time). I’ve already mentioned I like to explore cemeteries, but I also like to take ghost walks. I love to hear the legends and folklore behind the stories. We (husband and I) have been on ghost walks in nearby Jefferson, Texas, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Vicksburg, Mississippi. However, I’ve yet to encounter a ghost.

What are you working on now?

A group of short stories that I plan to publish in the next few months. Most are in the mystery/suspense genre, but a couple are romance, and at least two involve characters who served in the military.

Some people take secrets to the grave…

Three years after her husband’s murder, Christine Lawrence still struggles for balance. She has a rewarding career and a close circle of friends but feels oddly unfulfilled. Worse, the close relationship she once had with her teenage daughter has grown increasingly strained.

Former FBI agent, Vince Green, is battling demons of his own—painful secrets that drove him from Driscoll Lake. Newly resettled in the small town, he makes his living as a private investigator.

When Vince and Christine cross paths, stumbling over the body of a murder victim, he’s forced to confront memories he thought long buried. The circumstances surrounding the killing are eerily similar to a victim from his past.

As the body count continues to rise, Christine finds herself drawn to Vince. With a murderer stalking the streets of Driscoll Lake, neither is aware the killer has targeted her as the next victim—or that Vince’s past is key to unmasking a disturbed and deadly killer.

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Author Bio:

Joan Hall likes to create character-driven fiction with strong, determined female leads and enigmatic male characters. She has always enjoyed reading a good mystery or suspense story, so it’s only natural that’s her favorite writing genre. When she’s not writing, Joan likes to take nature walks, observe the night skies, and explore old cemeteries. She also likes ghost walks and learning local folklore. Joan and her husband live in Texas with their three cats.

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#BadMoonRising: More Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts #shortstories #paranormal #horror

I had the pleasure of reading today’s featured book last spring, and with horror, comedy, science fiction, mystery, and paranormal short stories, it offers something for everyone.  I like this author’s plan of dealing with a killer loose in the woods, and I fully intend on following up to see how he’s time-traveled.  Welcome Hugh W. Roberts!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

Given that the option of walking through the haunted graveyard is only at midnight, I’d go for that option as it seems the quickest of the two.

However, I’d have to wear a mask that had tiny peepholes for eyes. Why? Well, shortly after my 21st birthday, it suddenly dawned on me that it didn’t matter which graveyard I went into, the first grave I looked at always had the date of death of the occupant as my birthdate. I’m not talking about the year, just the month and the date.

At first, I thought it was a coincidence, but now I’ve stopped reading the tombstones of graves because seeing my birthdate engraved on one gives me the shivers.

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

Aliens. Who knows, they could be friendly and take me on another trip through space and time (something I want to do more of). Keep this to yourself, Teri, but as I’ve already time-travelled several times, I’d like to check out if time-travel is possible on another planet.

Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?

I’d rather be lost in the woods with a killer on the loose.

Unlike many of the movies I have watched where somebody is lost in the woods with a killer on the loose, I’d climb the first biggest tree and take in the view. That way, I could see if the killer is anywhere in sight. If he/she is, I would do my impressions of an owl and hope that the killer would walk on by.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

London. Even though I lived and worked in London for 27 years, I have an unfinished book based on my time living and working there. It’s currently in the deepest archives of the hard drive of my computer.

I’m confident that by going back to live in London, I would get the book finished and have started the second book of the series. I would serialise the first book either on my blog or on Wattpad to see whether or not it had any chance of becoming a success.

My inspiration for doing this comes from the ‘Tales of the City’ books by Armistead Maupin, although he serialised the first book in a newspaper before it actually became a book.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?

I hope you don’t mind me doing this, but I’ve turned this question around. For me, as a gay man, it’s writing from the point-of-view of a heterosexual man that I can sometimes find difficult. Does that make sense?

I’ve written a short story about two men in a relationship, and I’ve written a story about an elderly widow who goes on a strange, eerie journey so she can be reunited with her dead husband, but I had never been able to write a proper story about a man and woman in a heterosexual relationship.

However, after telling my editor I’d never write a rom-com, she challenged me to write one. Well, it took me a long time to come up with something and, after telling her the two main characters would be a man and a woman, both she and I were amused and shocked by the results. I’m not sure how much she really liked the story, but I saw it as a challenge I had completed and included the story, ‘Double Eighteen’, in my latest collection of short stories.

What are you working on now?

Having recently returned from a six-week blogging break, I’m currently spending all my writing time on writing new articles for my blog.

For some reason, I don’t feel now is the right time to be writing more short stories for my next short story collection. I have a lot more subjects to write about on my blog, and my readers seem to be enjoying the blog posts I am publishing.

I always enjoy giving my readers food-for-thought. Thus, the majority of my blog posts are attracting large amounts of comments which I enjoy reading and answering.

Do you believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden? Or know the real truth about what lurks inside every mobile phone? Would you steal items from a blind person, or send your neighbours on a time travelling adventure fraught with danger and menace in order to save the human race from a bug? How about staying in a sleepy village where many murders have taken place, or coming to the aid of royalty while out shopping? These are just some of the subjects covered in the second collection of short stories and flash fiction from author and writer, Hugh W. Roberts.

‘More Glimpses’ gives the reader an opportunity to take a peek into the lives of normal, everyday people whose lives are all on a path full of twists, turns and unexpected endings. However, it’s not only about the humans; nothing escapes the extraordinary journeys Hugh has planned for you.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘Black Mirror’ or ‘The Twilight Zone’ then you’re in for another exciting trip in this second collection from Hugh. Come and meet the characters who had no idea their lives were about to be turned upside-down.

Enjoy the ride!

Purchase Link

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Bio

Hugh W. Roberts lives in Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.

Hugh gets his inspiration for writing from various avenues including writing prompts, photos, eavesdropping and while out walking his dogs, Toby and Austin. Although he was born in Wales, he has lived around various parts of the United Kingdom, including London where he lived and worked for 27 years.

Hugh suffers from a mild form of dyslexia but, after discovering blogging, decided not to allow the condition to stop his passion for writing. Since creating his blog ‘Hugh’s Views & News’ in February 2014, he has built up a strong following and now writes every day. Always keen to promote other bloggers, authors and writers, Hugh enjoys the interaction blogging brings and has built up a group of online friends he considers as an ‘everyday essential’.

His short stories have become well known for the unexpected twists they contain in taking the reader up a completely different path to one they think they are on. One of the best compliments a reader can give Hugh is “I never saw that ending coming.”

Having published his first book of short stories, Glimpses, in December 2016, his second collection of short stories, More Glimpses, was released in March 2019.

A keen photographer, he also enjoys cycling, walking, reading, watching television, and enjoys relaxing with a glass of red wine and sweet popcorn.

Hugh shares his life with John, his civil-partner, and Toby and Austin, their Cardigan Welsh Corgis.

Social Media

Blog: Hugh’s Views and News
Twitter: @HughRoberts05
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Amazon Author Page
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#BadMoonRising: Through the Nethergate by Roberta Eaton Cheadle #YA #horror #supernatural

Many of you know today’s author from her children’s books (I dream of living in Chocolate Land), poetry, the book she co-authored with her mother, and extraordinary baking creations.  But did you also know she’s the author of a new young adult horror book?  Welcome Roberta (Robbie) Cheadle!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

I would prefer to walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight. That is the witching hour and there is no telling what interesting ghosts you might meet during your stroll. Graveyards frequently contain the bodies of people from many different eras and, as many people don’t die badly, these spirits would be peaceable and have no reason to scare or haunt anyone. In the UK, many graveyards are up to three people deep – just think of the fascinating history these ghosts could share on a moonlight stroll through their tombstones.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

I would never chose to be a werewolf as I do not like a lot of body hair. I also don’t think that werewolves are glamorous, beautiful or subtle in any way. They kill in the most basic and savage way.

Vampires, on the other hand, are described as being very beautiful in both Dracula by Bram Stoker and Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. If you have to be one of the undead, why not be a beautiful one? They also have an air of sophistication, age and history about them which are all things I like.

Would you rather spend a night in The Overlook Hotel with Jack Torrance or be in the high school gym during prom with Carrie?

Definitely I would prefer to take my chances with Jack Torrance at the Overlook. My reasons for this are simple. Very few of the students at the prom attended by Carrie survived while, Danny, Wendy and Halloran all survived their experience with Jack as a murderer. In addition, in the sequel to The Shining, Jack’s ghost helps Danny to overcome at frightening and horrific situation. He had some good lurking inside him. Carrie completely cracked when she was humiliated in public and showed no mercy.

What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers?

My readers may [or may not] be surprised to know how obsessive I am. Throughout my life I have had obsessions that have ranked above nearly everything else except for my direct family. These have been reading, exercise, studying to become a chartered accountant, teaching Sunday school, writing my publications about investing in Africa, baking, fondant art and now writing. One day my interest may change and I may never set pen to paper again. Blogging is also an obsession of mine as I spend approximately 3 hours a day doing it.

People often ask how I get as much done as I do and I think the reason is that I am obsessive about most things I enjoy including my job and, currently my writing and blogging, and that results in my focusing completely and with great determination on those particular things. I find time for these things above most other occupations, except my boys who always get my time and attention when they need it.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Currently, I have four books in various stages of completion. The first is the second book in the Silly Willy series called Silly Willy goes to London. This one is fairly complete but I have been quite distracted with my new passion for writing for adults and young adults. I am a creature of obsessions and my ghost stories and supernatural writings are the latest in a series.

I have started book 2 in my mother’s story about growing up during and after WW2 in Bungay, Suffolk. I have a lot of her notes and need to settle down to some serious writing on this one. It will be called After the Bombs Fell.

I am nearly finished a novella about the Anglo Boer War from the perspective of the Afrikaaners. This story takes the form of a supernatural tale and is called A Ghost and His Gold. I am toying with the idea of writing a second supernatural novella to include with this first one about the ghost of an 1820s female settler from the UK.

I am also 40 000 words into my dystopian novel about a future world that is suffering the effects of global warming and the fourth industrial revolution. I put this one aside in order to finish A Ghost and His Gold. My plan is to send the novella for editing and then carry on with Russian roulette, anyone?

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

When I am not writing, I like to work [especially when I am busy with an interesting transaction with lots of complications], bake and do fondant art. I entertain my family for tea every second Sunday and I usually bake all the goodies for these teas. I also entertain my family [up to 21 adults and children] on all high days and holidays like Christmas, Easter and my Mom’s birthday.

Can one girl banish evil?

Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own.

In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise.

With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended, Margaret sets out to defeat Hugh Bigod, only to discover he wants to use her for his own ends – to take over Hell itself.

A clever melding of fiction and historical facts.

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It is available from Lulu.com here: Lulu.com
It is also available from TSL Publications as a soft copy book here: TSL Publications
It will be available on Amazon in a few weeks’ time.

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Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with six published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications.

Robbie has recently branched into young adult and adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie’s first supernatural, young adult book, Through the Nethergate, published as Roberta Eaton Cheadle has recently become available

Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre, and three short stories in the short story murder mystery collection, Death Among Us, edited by Stephen Bentley. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.

Robbie has also recently published a poetry collection, Open a new door, together with fellow South African poet, Kim Blades.

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#BadMoonRising: Viral Blues (The Hat #2) by C.S. Boyack #paranormal #superheroes

I’ve got a surprise for you today.  Bad Moon Rising authors always have the option to do the usual interview or an alternate format of their choice.  And that’s what today’s author has done.  If you’re familiar with author C.S. Boyack, you know Lisa Burton does a lot of promotion for him – and Lisa’s in the house today!  She’s the coolest robot girl you’ll ever meet.  Now, I’ll turn things over to her.

Hi, Teri. This is Lisa Burton. Craig asked me to drop by for his version of Bad Moon Rising. You said you were open to alternate versions of the process, and you should never tell Craig that.

We’re both touring around with his newest book, “Viral Blues.” This one is a team up story involving some of his previous characters. I am honored to be one of them.

The story began as a sequel to “The Hat.” This is his best selling and highest reviewed title. It’s going to become a series, but it’s one of those that features the same characters in new tales, and not the kind where you have to read the previous books to enjoy the story.

He told me you’d be excited to know Clovis is in this story, too.

Dr. Greybill sends Lizzie and The Hat a cryptic invitation to a secret meeting at her creepy old mansion. Someone is tampering with the nation’s vaccine supply. Turns out our little group are not alone in this world. I may be the only robot girl, but there are others who have skills beyond regular humans, and that feels kind of nice.

We have to chase down the criminals behind all this, while dodging the Federal Authorities who might not appreciate the help.

Viral Blues is dark humor, and we all get a moment or two in the spotlight. I’m sharing a small excerpt where we’re fighting one of two different kinds of zombies that appear in the book:

Clovis blocked the female as she stepped from the opposite direction. His hand shot to her throat while she clacked her jaws. He threw her to his left, but the rotten corpse failed. The spine came loose, and left the neck bones and head snapping at Clovis’s wrist.

Lizzie stuck her pistol against the zombie’s temple and pulled the trigger. Brains splattered the nearby leaves, and oozed down Clovis’s arm.

He dropped the mess and pulled both his .45s.

“Stand tough, everyone,” the hat said. “There could be dozens of them.” He rotated the face to the rear to watch Lizzie’s back.

They waited an eternity, but no more zombies approached. The hat holstered his revolver. “We’re done here. They would have come to the light and the noise.”

Clovis flicked his wrist to get the gore off, finally wiping his hands on some leafy branches.

Lisa held out a small plastic bottle. “Purell?”

***

Hand sanitizer is important when dealing with deadly viruses that could wipe everyone out. I also brought along a promotional poster for you to share with your readers.

 

I look like a total badass in this one, and I hope your readers will enjoy it, too. It makes a great Halloween background for your phones, and it makes for a great Pinterest pin, too. (Craig made me say that last part.)

Viral Blues makes for fun Halloween reading, and I hope your readers will give it a chance. I’ll also drop a link for “The Hat,” just in case anyone wants to check it out.

Viral Blues: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B07XVTSYYV
The Hat: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B078YYCNSF

Someone knows about the hat. The creature from another dimension that helps Lizzie fight against the creatures of darkness.

They are summoned to a cryptic meeting with a secret society, where they meet other people with enhanced skills. It turns out someone, or something, has been tampering with the world’s vaccine supply. The goal doesn’t appear to be political or financial, but biblical pestilence.

Can this group of loners come together in time to make a difference when even the proper authorities are obstacles?

Check out Viral Blues, for your dose of paranormal adventure, with a strong sample of dark humor. And in recent superhero style, don’t miss the secret last chapter after the back material.

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#BadMoonRising: Demon’s Life by Shari Sakurai #horror #LGBT #paranormal

During Bad Moon Rising, we’ve had a lot of discussion about being vampires and werewolves – pros, cons, hair, no hair, sparkling, etc.  In the featured book (scheduled for release November 4th) by today’s author, vampires are an endangered species.  Wonder why?  Welcome Shari Sakurai!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

I’d say definitely a haunted graveyard. Abandoned houses tend to be home to massive spiders and I’m way more scared of them than ghosts!

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

Vampire! Of all the supernatural species, they are the ones that hold most fascination for me so I would be interested in experiencing for myself what it would be like to actually become one.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

I grew up watching X-Files so I’d love to be a part of the team!

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

Nagasaki, Japan. The prequel to my novel Demon’s Blood is set in Nagasaki so it would be amazing to be able to write it whilst living in the city!

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

It’s so difficult to choose, but I would say Demon’s Blood. When I had all the covers for my novels re-designed I was especially pleased with how that one turned out. It just really illustrates the plot of the novel so well.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Too many! Mostly unfinished ones though. They are all stored in folders and I hope to be able to finish them all one day, in particular my fantasy novel which has been sitting in drafts for over ten years!

Out of respect for the relationship we once had I will spare your life. However, if you try to obstruct me again then I will kill you.

Vampires are now an endangered species. Possessed by the demon Kurai, Kokawa Taku has sworn to eradicate all those whom he deems inferior.

Determined to free Taku from the demon’s corruption Thane seeks help from Taku’s sire, Takata Koji. Thane’s search for answers takes him to Hong Kong where he learns the devastating truth. That in order to save Taku, Thane may have to kill him.

Refusing to accept this, Thane makes a decision that places the fate of all vampires in the balance. However Thane is unaware of the betrayal around him and that his actions will either save Taku or destroy him.

Pre-Order Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XQ7BZ4P

Bio

Shari Sakurai is a British author of paranormal, horror, science fiction and fantasy novels that almost always feature a LGBT protagonist and/or antagonist. She has always loved to write and it is her escape from the sometimes stressful modern life!

Aside from writing, Shari enjoys reading, watching movies, listening to (loud!) music, going to rock concerts and learning more about other societies and cultures. Japanese culture is of particular interest to her and she often incorporates Japanese themes and influences into her work.

Shari loves a challenge and has taken part and won the National Novel Writing Month challenge ten times!

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#BadMoonRising: The Gellboar by Deby Fredericks #darkfantasy

If you see a woman hanging around a graveyard wearing good running shoes or awkwardly dancing to Thriller while hiding behind the crowd, it might be today’s author.  Welcome Deby Fredericks!

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or the Ghostbusters?

I think X-Files, because I have a lot of secretarial skills and I could help them research what’s going on.

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

I’m not a very good dancer, so that would put Thriller out. On the other hand, who can resist the sinisterly-sexy voice of Vincent Price? I would dance to Thriller, way in the back where I wouldn’t wreck the show.

Would you rather  walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

This is kind of cheesy, but I’d only have to walk through the graveyard once, right? Whereas I’d have to be in the house all night, so — Graveyard, with good running shoes on, just in case.

As a writer, what would you chose as your mascot, avatar or spirit animal?

I have always had a thing for owls. Their faces are so striking with the big yellow eyes. They are reputed to be smart, connected with the goddess Athena. Yet they also are kind of stealthy and just watch without saying much. But I definitely want an avatar that can fly.

What is your favorite cover of all your books?

The cover for The Seven Exalted Orders shows a mage dressed in stony gray, with his staff catching fire. It really captures the mood of that character who had to shed expectations and embrace his true desires.

What are you working on now?

I’m about 3/4 through the third novella in my series The Minstrels of Skaythe. A group of good mages are trying to fly under the radar of an evil regime. In this novella, the main character adopts a volatile, traumatized boy and tries to teach him a more peaceful way. But she herself is a trauma survivor and finds herself facing the one person who hurt her most.

The Holy Mothers have decreed that only women can be trusted with the awesome powers of sorcery. But Dan can no more live without magic than he could go without breathing. Disguised as a woman, he struggles to provide for his sickly daughter through illicit magic. But his life of lies has drawn a darker eye than that of the Holy Mothers…

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Bio

Deby Fredericks has been a writer all her life, but thought of it as just a fun hobby until the late 1990s. She made her first sale, a children’s poem, in 2000.

Fredericks has six fantasy novels out through two small presses. She also self-publishes her fantasy novellas and novelettes, bringing her to 11 books in all. Her latest is The Tower in the Mist. Her short work has been published in Andromeda Spaceways and selected anthologies.

In addition, she writes for children as Lucy D. Ford. Her children’s stories and poems have appeared in magazines such as Boys’ Life, Babybug, Ladybug, and a few anthologies. In the past, she served as Regional Advisor for the Inland Northwest Region of the Society of  Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, International  (SCBWI).

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