#BadMoonRising Aceldama by John Hazen #horror #historicalthriller #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’d like to introduce you to another author making his debut with Bad Moon Rising! His featured book is a fascinating blend of historical fiction with a two millenia old curse tossed into the mix. As an adult, he attempted a rewatch of the movie that kept him up at night as a child – read on to find out what happened. Welcome John Hazen!

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

If it’s an open coffin, I’d take that. They look rather comfy. But if it’s a closed one, I couldn’t take the claustrophobia and I’d opt for the haunted house. The house I grew up in wasn’t haunted (as far as I know anyway) but it was built in the 1850s so there was a fair amount of creaking and drafts. I wouldn’t imagine a haunted house would be too much different, except for the haunting, of course.

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

The first movie I remember doing this was The Blob, the 1958 version with Steve McQueen. I couldn’t have been more than ten years old at the time. I would watch it for a little while but then get so frightened I’d have to run out of the room. Then I’d come back for a few more minutes and then run out again. It must have been very annoying to my brother and sister. I then remember having trouble sleeping and waking up with nightmares. I was flipping through channels not long ago and came upon The Blob. I could only watch for a short amount of time because it was so bad, but it sure enthralled me when I was a kid.

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

I’m most definitely in the ‘he who turns and runs away lives to fight another day’ camp, so I’d definitely want a car that doesn’t break down. In addition, I’ve seen too many horror and sci-fi flics where bullets are useless. The assailant comes out of nowhere and the person is caught off-guard. He or she is either not able to get a shot off or shoots wildly. Either that or the attacker is immune to bullets. So, give me that reliable car. Oh, I’d like a full tank of gas, too.

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

I think it was the scene in which Anna, the wife who is trying to save her husband, Tim, from being lost forever. Tim is on life support and is fading away but the doctors cannot figure out why. She is at her wit’s end and thinks she is going mad because she becomes convinced he is afflicted by a curse. She figures the only way to get answers is to enter into Tim’s dream world to talk with him directly. If she doesn’t act, she fears not only that he will die but that his soul will be forever lost to the netherworld she is about to enter. It was a hard scene to construct because I wanted to present this as a dream sequence that had characters in it from across the centuries but at the same time I wanted to make her real, believable and sympathetic.

Which comes first for you – plot or characters?

My books always start with an overall idea but that’s about it. In the case of Aceldama, the idea was of a two millennia old curse that is in a pitched battle with the intense love that a wife has for her husband. With this idea planted in my mind, I just start writing. Both the plot and the characters develop and evolve at the same time. One of my favorite things in writing is when I introduce a character for a specific reason in the plot but then the character grows into a major character as I write the book. It’s like they tell me they have more to say. Sister Catherine is a prime example in Aceldama. She was a wealthy French aristocrat in the late 18th Century who renounced her wealth to become a nun dedicated to helping the poor and downtrodden in Paris. I wrote about her originally solely as a person who had come under the influence of the same curse that Tim was now battling. However, she was such a fascinating character that she speaks across the centuries to help solve the mystery.

What are you working on now?

I’ve got a new book, Beyond Revelation, coming out on December 30 and I’m gearing up to promote this book (my least favorite part of this business). This is the third in my Vega Investigative Thriller series. In this book, NYC Reporter Francine Vega must battle a secretive, unscrupulous cult to avert a national calamity. I’m also working on writing a new book (my favorite part of this business), The Correction, set to come out next June. This novel is about members of a family who have the ability to allow people to go back and correct one mistake they made at some point in their lives. An ill-advised comment that a man makes that results in him speaking to his father for decades or a decision to head out to a party on an icy day that results in a horrendous accident, these are the types of mistakes people are allowed to go back in time and correct. What could go wrong?

A coin. A curse. A murder. The apocalypse.

Modern medicine can find neither cause nor cure for an affliction that is slowly sapping life away from Tim Harrington. As clues fall into place, Tim’s wife, Anna, begins to believe that an ancient curse is killing her husband. Anna’s quest to uncover the truth and save his life pits her against formidable foes:  logic, history and even the Catholic Church.  As Anna follows her instincts and her heart to find the answers in time, she risks unwittingly unleashing an awesome, terrible power from which the world will never recover.

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About the Author

John Hazen came to writing novels relatively late in life, but once he started he hasn’t looked back. Inspired by Lynn, his wife of forty years, he pursued the dream of becoming an established author and has written six suspense thrillers:  Dear Dad (2012), Fava (2014), Journey of an American Son (2015), Aceldama (2016), Zyklon (2018) and Beyond Revelation (2020). John and Lynn live in Florida. They love to travel, and the experiences of those travels, and things he learned from degrees from Rutgers, The New School and NYU buttressed by a lifelong passion for learning and a love of history, find their way into his writing. John’s reading tastes are eclectic, ranging from histories to classic novels to an occasional piece of modern trash. His absolute “must reads” are Stephen King’s The Shining, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time.

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#BadMoonRising The Emissary #3: Love Hurts by Marcia Meara #paranormal #angels

This is my first time welcoming today’s author to Bad Moon Rising, but I’m betting most of you know her. If you don’t, this is a perfect opportunity to meet her and become acquainted with her wonderful novels. She has a distinct talent for creating characters that stick with you long after finishing the book (Rabbit stole my heart!). She also has the best answer I’ve seen regarding having a loaded gun versus a car that wouldn’t break down in a horror movie. Welcome Marcia Meara!

Thanks so much for having me here, Teri. This is my first time participating in Bad Moon Rising, but I hope it won’t be my last. Today, I’ll be sharing The Emissary 3: Love Hurts, my recently released wrap up of an angelic trilogy. While decidedly paranormal, it’s not quite so scary as many others have shared, but that’s okay. It’s still full of things you aren’t likely to run into on a daily basis, unless you have a personal relationship with Azrael—that ginormous, glowy-eyed archangel with those huge, snowy white wings.

Next time, maybe I’ll bring along a truly disturbing small-town serial killer, or the vengeful ghost of the hateful Lloyd Carter, or maybe the Appalachian version of the harbinger of death, Ol’ Shuck. But for now, while Azrael isn’t as horrifying as any of those, trust me. You definitely do not want to cross him. He has a short temper and powerful connections.

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

Since I’m hugely claustrophobic, I’d have to go with the haunted house and hope for the best, like a friendly, generous spirit with insider advice on the stock market.

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

I’d take my chances with furry. Furry can be good. Slimy is almost always disgusting at the very least!

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

As the star of the film (of course), I would demand a car that wouldn’t break down, a loaded gun, a couple of huge, brave bodyguards, an official Ghostbusters blaster, and at least one Chuck Norris flamethrower.

Which comes first for you – plot or characters?

I write character-driven books, because generally speaking, they are my favorites to read, too. No matter how wonderful or clever the plot is, if I don’t care about the characters enough to invest in them, I’m not likely to finish reading the book. This doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a good plot, too. Books are definitely better when they combine both elements well.

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

The scene where Dodger has to decide what he’s going to do about his entanglement with Juliet. Lots of emotions at play, and so many ways it could have gone. I pondered it for days and days.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on combining all three Emissary eBooks into one so I can offer a print version for my readers who don’t do Kindle. And then I’ll be ready to return to the sleepy little Florida town of Riverbend, where nothing paranormal ever happens because the folks who live there are weird enough already!

The archangel Azrael created his emissaries to help mortals avoid choices that would doom them for eternity. He hadn’t planned on the youngest member of the team falling in love with one. In Marcia Meara’s final installment of her Emissary Trilogy, a Riverbend spinoff series of novellas, we find our heroes facing a new problem, and it’s all because Dodger died before having a chance to learn what love was all about. His request that Azrael help him correct that situation causes a multitude of problems no one could have foreseen. Except the angel, himself.

Azrael’s emissary program was growing daily, but it still met with stubborn opposition from many on the Council of Angels. Dodger’s request to be allowed to experience what falling in love was all about didn’t help matters, but Azrael thought the boy was onto something. He agreed emissaries who’d shared a loving relationship during their mortal lives would have a deeper understanding of human emotions and motivations, thus enhancing the skills needed to do their jobs.

With that in mind, Azrael gave Dodger one chance to search for true love. He then laid down a daunting set of stringent rules and guidelines that could not be broken under any circumstances lest dire happenings occur. But while the angel sincerely hoped Dodger would find a way to make this endeavor work, he feared an avalanche of unintended consequences could be in store for his youngest emissary.

Sometimes even angels hate to be right.

Will Azrael ever tire of popping up behind Jake just to see his first emissary fall out of his chair in shock? Will sharp-eyed motel owners ever notice a big red-and-white semi mysteriously appearing and disappearing from their parking lots overnight? And will Dodger be able to track down the mystery girl who caught his eye two weeks earlier to see if she’s really The One?

To find the answers to these and other angelic or emissarial questions, come along on one last adventure with Jake, Dodger, and that ginormous, glowy-eyed archangel, Azrael. They’re waiting for you!

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Author Bio

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and one small dachshund.

When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. She enjoys nature. Really, really enjoys it. All of it! Well, almost all of it, anyway. From birds, to furry critters, to her very favorites, snakes. The exception would be spiders, which she truly loathes, convinced that anything with eight hairy legs is surely up to no good. She does not, however, kill spiders anymore, since she knows they have their place in the world. Besides, her husband now handles her Arachnid Catch and Release Program, and she’s good with that.

Spiders aside, the one thing Marcia would like to tell each of her readers is that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. If, at the age of 69, she could write and publish a book (and thus fulfill 64 years of longing to do that very thing), you can make your own dreams a reality, too. Go for it! What have you got to lose

Marcia has published seven novels, two novellas, and one book of poetry to date, all of which are available on Amazon:

Wake-Robin Ridge

A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2

Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3

The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel

Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2

That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff NovellaThe Emissary 2: To Love Somebody

The Emissary 3: Love Hurts

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

Marcia’s Amazon Author Page

You can reach Marcia via email at marciameara16@gmail.com or on the following social media sites:

The Write Stuff


Twitter: @marciameara

Marcia is also a contributing author on the award-winning blog: Story Empire

#BadMoonRising Through the Nethergate by Roberta Eaton Cheadle #YA #horror #paranormal

Happy Friday! Today’s author has written, read, and reviewed so many books I honestly believe she’s triplets – or maybe she just never sleeps. And she works another job. And also whips up stunning baking creations. Almost forgot – and because of the pandemic, she’s overseeing her sons’ virtual schooling. And now you’re thinking my theories aren’t so far-fetched, right? See which Stephen King books kept her up at night. Welcome Roberta Eaton Cheadle (Robbie)!

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

I could not bear to be closed up inside a coffin even for one minute, so I’ll have to risk the haunted house. Ghosts and spirits seem to avoid me as I’ve never seen or heard one, even though I have visited many castles and mansions which are reputed to be haunted. I live in a house that is supposed to be haunted by the spirits of some bandits who were shot and killed in the kitchen during a shoot-out with the authorities in 1939. None of my family have ever seen any sight or sound of these men.

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

I read Salem’s Lot by Stephen King when I was ten years old. It scared me so much I had to stop reading it by 6 P.M. every evening otherwise I couldn’t sleep at night. I still think that this book, and The Shining by Stephen King, are the scariest books I’ve ever read. I distinctly remember the description of the first murder of the small boy, Ralphie Glick. It was one of the creepiest and most upsetting scenes I can remember out of all the hundreds of books I’ve read.

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

Ouija boards and séances are not common here in South Africa. I have only read about both methods of communicating with spirits through books I’ve read by American authors. I would choose to use an Ouija board as I researched how to use them and how they work for my forthcoming novel, A Ghost and His Gold. I feel I would be more informed and knowledgeable about using an Ouija board as a result.

Do you write to music?

No, I find music to be a distraction when I write or work. I don’t need complete silence as I am used to a lot of background noise, but I can’t help listening to music and I loose my focus.

Describe your writing space.

Haha, I don’t have a designated writing space. For years now I’ve worked on the run, carrying my laptop and cell phone around with me wherever I go and connecting to the internet via a SIM card or free Wifi. I have worked on planes, trains and in cars as well as in hotels, airports and on the tube. I have also worked while my children attend tennis, karate and music lessons and while having tea or drinks with friends. My job never ends and so I make use of modern technology to stay on top of it. When I started writing in 2016, I applied these same methods to my writing. I wrote several sections of Through the Nethergate on return aeroplane journeys to the UK and Finland in 2018. I also wrote some sections while I was on holiday at a game farm near the Pilanesberg Game Reserve in South Africa. When I write at home, I often write at the dining room table, but I also write at the table in the kitchen and sitting in my lounge. The boys and Terence have their own lounge with their own TV and gaming paraphernalia. I don’t have a TV, preferring to be surrounded by my doll and African art collections.

What are you working on now?

I have recently finished A Ghost and His Gold, a 118 000 word book about a haunting involving three ghosts all of whom died during and just after the Second Anglo Boer War in South Africa between 1899 to 1902. The ghosts are an Afrikaner farmer, a British soldier, and the teenage daughter of the Afrikaner farmer. The book tells their backstories and how their souls came to be trapped on earth rather than ascending to heaven. This book is told in sections alternating between the haunted couple, Michelle and Tom Cleveland, and the three ghosts. I have experimented with some different writing techniques and styles in this book including a section that is the war-time diary of Robert, the British soldier. I have also moved between present tense and pass tense writing.

I also have short stories included in two anthologies which are being released this month. I have two short horror stories in Spellbound, a horror anthology with a twisted fairy tales theme compiled by Dan Alatorre. I also have two short stories in Spirits of the West, a paranormal anthology with a frontier tales theme, compiled and edited by Kaye Lynne Booth.

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.

Purchase Roberta Eaton Cheadle’s Books from:

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Author Bio

Hello, my name is Robbie, short for Roberta. I am an author with seven published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with my son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about my 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 my mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of my children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications.

I have recently branched into adult and young adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential my children’s books from my adult writing, I plan to publish these books under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. My first supernatural book published in that name, Through the Nethergate, is now available.

I have participated in a number of anthologies:

Two short stories in #1 Amazon bestselling anthology, Dark Visions, a collection of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre;
Three short stories in Death Among Us, an anthology of murder mystery stories, edited by Stephen Bentley;
Three short stories in #1 Amazon bestselling anthology, Nightmareland, a collection of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre;
Two short stories in Whispers of the Past, an anthology of paranormal stories, edited by Kaye Lynne Booth.; and
Two short stories in Spellbound, an anthology of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre.

I also have a book of poetry called Open a new door, with fellow South African poet, Kim Blades.

Follow Roberta Cheadle Eaton at:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobertaEaton17

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robertawrites/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Blog: https://wordpress.com/view/robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19631306.Roberta_Eaton_Cheadle

Website: https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za/

#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?


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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https://www.amazon.com/Sue-Rovens/e/B009PCPQUS/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1 https://www.amazon.com/Buried-Sue-Rovens/dp/173391630X

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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Author Bio

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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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

Or, get them 30% off from the publisher, NineStar Press: https://ninestarpress.com/product-category/series/the-cassie-tam-files/

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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Beyond Castle Frankenstein is a FREE short story on Amazon and Smashwords for a limited time.

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.

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#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!)

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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.


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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