#BadMoonRising: Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind #childrensbooks #ghosts

Today’s author brings a book (a whole series!) for the younger crowd.  I think her spirit animal describes her perfectly, and these questions may have sparked ideas for two more books.  Welcome Darlene Foster!

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

Although Thriller is a great song, I prefer dancing to Monster Mash. It’s from my youth and makes me think of high school dances and all the fun we had. Whenever I hear it, especially around Halloween, I always bop around the house, much to hubby’s embarrassment. I love the line, “Tell them Boris sent you.”

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

Aliens for sure. They wouldn’t be quite as scary, at least I don’t think so. I imagine they would be friendly and not want to do me harm. They would probably just want to get to know me and how I functioned. I love making new friends from other parts of the world, or in this case, the universe.

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

Now that’s a hard question. I guess I would rather be part of the Ghostbuster’s team as they would be fun. Any team that includes Bill Murray would be a great team to be part of.

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?

What a great question. After thinking long and hard, I have decided I would pick Australia. Amanda would love it there and I would so enjoy doing research in that fascinating country. I might also take a trip over to New Zealand since I’m already in that part of the world. Gosh, then I would have material for two books! I’m so excited just thinking about it.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I would chose the hummingbird as it symbolizes enjoyment of life and lightness of being. Things I have learned about the hummingbird as a spirit animal fit with me. Things like, adaptability and resiliency while keeping a playful and optimistic outlook, independence, resiliency and being able to travel great distances tirelessly. A hummingbird is small in size but capable of amazing feats. A hummingbird is a perfect spirit animal for me.

What are you working on now?

I just released Amanda in Holland – Missing in Action, book seven of the series. In the delightful country of Holland, Amanda searches for a missing gardener, rare tulip bulbs, a home for an abandoned puppy, and clues as to why her great-uncle didn’t return from the Second World War. Is she capable of finding these missing things without putting herself in danger?

I also have just completed the first draft of Amanda in Malta – The Sleeping Lady. Leah is in trouble so Amanda flies to Malta with Caleb and his family to help her. The island country is steeped in ancient history, unique buildings and even a fascinating movie set. Amanda is determined to find out who is shooting protected birds and to solve the mystery of the sleeping lady. Next project is to edit this book.

Amanda might be off to France next, but that’s a secret.

Thank you so much for having me participate in Bad Moon Rising once again. It is always so much fun. Happy Halloween everybody! I guess I better get out my Ghostbusters costume and bogey to the Monster Mash as I prepare for my trip down under.

Amanda Ross is on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico with several fellow creative students. She shares a room with Cleo, an anxious classmate who insists she sees ghosts. Determined to prove there is no such thing, Amanda can’t seem to shake the feeling that something or someone is watching her.

Join Amanda, Cleo and their funny friend, Caleb, as they visit a rugged and beautiful landscape where a traditional hacienda, an ancient pueblo, and a haunted and spooky hotel all hold secrets to a wild and violent past.

Does Cleo really see ghosts? Can Amanda escape the eerie wind that follows her everywhere she goes?

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Darlene Foster, a long-time dreamer and tale spinner, created the exciting Amanda Travels series featuring spunky Amanda Ross, a twelve-year-old Canadian girl who loves to travel. All ages enjoy following Amanda as she encounters the unknown and unravels one mystery after another in unique destinations. Darlene, an avid traveller herself, divides her time between Canada’s west coast and the Spanish Costa Blanca with her husband and entertaining dog, Dot. She believes that dreams do come true.

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Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/DarleneFoster/e/B003XGQPHA/

#BadMoonRising: The Shadow Keepers by Marisa Noelle #YA #horror #paranormal

If you read about a string of mysterious disappearances or grisly deaths at a beach or in Canada – but on only one night a month – this author could be the cause.  Welcome YA horror writer Marisa Noelle!

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

Wow – this is a tough one. I always thought I’d go vampire, that live forever stuff etc etc. But when I really sat down to think about it, I think I’d go werewolf. Although the “change” is reported to be painful and you spend one night a month as a victim to the moon and tearing through flesh, at least it’s only one night a month. With a vampire, you have to be that every day. Never go outside during the day, never go the beach – and I love the beach and the ocean. So I’m going werewolf, where for the other 29/30 days of the month I’d be able to live a relatively normal life. I hope!

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

An equally tough question as I’m such a Stephen King fan. But I think I’d go a night in The Overlook Hotel. It’s always been one of my favorite horror movies. And while it might not be the safest choice, I’d love to get a look at the Overlook up close, meet those spooky twins and maybe have the guts to peer into room 217. Although I think being chased around a maze by a mad man with an axe might not be so fun! And hey,  I think the chances are better than being locked in a room with a murderous telekinetic!

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

Aliens. Definitely aliens. If you’re abducted by a serial killer you know what they’re going to do. I’d hope, as I was whizzed away in whatever spaceship, that the aliens might be friendly or only want to take a sample of my blood, or something. I can hold on to that hope, right?

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?

There are two landscapes that I adore. I’d either want to be on the beach or cliff top overlooking the beach and ocean. I don’t want a road or boardwalk between me and the house. Beach, beach, beach. With one of those terracotta pots by the front porch filled with water to dip your sandy feet into before entering the house. And a master bedroom with a balcony and wide French Doors and flimsy white curtains that whisper in the breeze. Yup – that’s me.

Or, and this comes in a close second. A log cabin in a pine forest on a lake. Think Canadian landscape, but I’m not sure I could take the cold winters.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

Dolphin. I adore the ocean and it’s power and it follows that my favorite animal would be a dolphin. I love how friendly they are, how smart they are and that they intervene in shark attacks. They’re used in mental health recovery and for those with physical disabilities. They are brave and fearless and fun-loving – all the things I want to be!

What are you working on now?

I am working on a YA horror about 4 girls who win a vacation to a remote tropical island after they finish school. It’s a multi POV and each of them have a secret to hide. When a storm hits the island and they are unable to evacuate, they are faced with terrifying monsters that crawl out of the ocean who want to claim one of them as their new queen. The storm will not abate until they have what they want so the girls must figure out how to fight, or who will be sacrificed.

Sixteen-year-old Georgia Boone has seen the shadow creatures in mirrors and other reflective surfaces since she was six-years-old. But no one–not even her brother, the person she’s closest to in the entire world–believes her. She is all alone in the hellish world where crow-like creatures hunting her everywhere she goes.
When an afternoon of shopping ends in violence and blood, Georgia is sent to the UK’s most prestigious mental health hospitals: Brookwood Hospital. There, she’s forced to face her fears and answer the question: Are the shadows real, or is this all in her head?

At Brookwood, the shadow creatures are more present than ever and are getting stronger every day. Only with the help of a mysterious boy who lives inside the mirror world might she be able to prove that she’s not hallucinating and stop the shadows from destroying the human world.

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Amazon USA: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=the+shadow+keepers+marisa+noelle&i=stripbooks-intl-ship&refresh=1&ref=glow_cls

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-shadow-keepers/marisa-noelle/9781733103701

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-shadow-keepers-marisa-noelle/1131780200

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Shadow-Keepers-Marisa-Noelle/9781733103701?ref=grid-view&qid=1561380197691&sr=1-2


Marisa Noelle is the writer of middle grade & young adult novels in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy & mental health. The Shadow Keepers is her first novel. The Unadjusteds is due out in November 2019 & The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep in Spring 2020. When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words. Despite being an avid bookworm from the time she could hold a book, being an author came as a bit of a surprise to her as she was a bit of a science geek at school. She lives in Woking, UK with her husband and three children.

Social Media

Twitter & Insta: @MarisaNoelle77

Website: www.MarisaNoelle.com

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marisa-noelle-blagden-807b31a4/

#BadMoonRising: Saving Hascal’s Horrors by Laura Smith #ghosts #supernatural #middlegrade

Hanging out in a haunted graveyard or spending the night in a haunted house?  This author has no problem with either – she’s done both.  And if the Ghostbusters need a new recruit?  She’s ready – already has the proton pack.  Welcome Laura Smith!

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

I’ve actually walked through a haunted graveyard at midnight, and it didn’t really phase me. Cemeteries are pretty peaceful places at any time of day, and as long as your intentions are innocent, nothing should bother you.

I’ve also spent the night in old, eerie houses and even once slept over in a church as a kid which was pretty creepy, but as a horror fan, it’s also exciting. It’s everyday life that scares me, and having other people around me who are afraid of the paranormal always makes me feel braver not only to face a potentially scary situation but also to come out of my shell in response to that adrenaline rush that you get from being scared.

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

While I’d love to experience the isolation of staying in a hotel during a blizzard, I’d be more in my element around Carrie. I feel like she would leave me alone, and I’d either be able to stop her from getting drenched in pig’s blood or at least get out of there before she freaks out. Also, Carrie is my favorite Stephen King book so that alone gets my vote.

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

Definitely the Ghostbusters. I watched both movies religiously as a kid, and my brother, sisters, and I had toy proton packs that we would use to play Ghostbusters while the cartoon played in the background. So, I feel like I’m really practiced in the art of busting ghosts. I’ve also never seen an episode of the X-Files. So, it was an easy choice.

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

Saving Hascal’s Horrors is easily my favorite cover. I drew the image myself and chose the font. It’s not perfect, but it’s personal, and each silhouette perfectly represents each of the main characters in the story.

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

I love to read, watch movies, draw, exercise, garden, watch YouTube videos, shop, and spend time with my family. I’m never bored. There are always projects or activities in progress in or around my house, and this year, I’ve taken on so many writing gigs, including starting my own blog, that there’s always writing to do. If I could freeze time or add more waking hours to my day, I would, but I always finish what I start.

What are you working on now?

In terms of novels, I’m working on a trilogy about a little girl who gets super powers after losing her eyesight in one eye in a freak accident. The series has a strong anti-bullying message. Each character is bullied for a different reason, and it’s populated with my most diverse cast yet. Two books in the series are finished. The first is in the process of being submitted to agents and publishers, the second is in the editing process, and the third is still being written. I’m determined to get this series traditionally published, even if it’s just by a small, independent press, but I’m still proud to be called an indie author.

Ten-year-old Mike Hascal loves horror movies. His family owns a horror-themed shop that his sister, Julie, inherited from their dad who died when Mike was only two. Before his death, the shop held a contest to see who could find and photograph a real live ghost. Two teenage boys went into some nearby woods looking to win this contest. One of the boys, Shawn Mackey, never made it out of the woods. Shawn’s father, a teacher at Mike’s school, then forced the Hascal family to close their shop to the public.

When Mike finds out about this, he and his friends, along with his new friend and horror movie lover, Freddy Nickerman, spend the summer planning a search for Shawn’s body in the now forbidden woods. Will Mike and his friends make it out and save the shop, or will the ghost of Shawn Mackey keep them from leaving too?

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Laura Smith is an author, blogger, and freelance writer from Pittsburgh, PA. She has self-published three middle grade books, writes book reviews for LitPick, reviews movies for HorrorScreams VideoVault, and blogs for HubPages and her own personal blog. She is a life long horror fan, and her love of the genre led her to write her second novel, Saving Hascal’s Horrors, which is an homage to both the kid-friendly and adult horror books and movies that she devoured growing up. When she’s not writing, she’s usually watching movies, drawing, gardening, shopping, and spending time with her family.

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#BadMoonRising: Binge Killer by Chris Bauer #thriller #darkhumor

Today’s author discusses Lon Chaney, Jr., Animal from The Muppets (a personal fav), Keith Moon, and how he’s unsure if he scarred his daughter for life more by letting her watch an alien abduction movie or sending her to school with a new haircut by a untrained stylist (himself).  Welcome Chris Bauer!

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

Always liked Lon Chaney Jr., the first film werewolf I can remember (The Wolf Man, then he reprised this role in two succeeding movies). He, and werewolves in general, suit me more because they are chaos personified, and I find them more sympathetic as characters. I suppose I’ve missed the boat about liking vampires, probably because there’s more romance and sexual tension with them that uses up story space that IMO could be better utilized with raw animal power, and their mayhem is more controlled than a werewolf’s. I suppose I prefer brute force to finesse in my writing as well as my reading. Think of Animal, Jim Henson’s wild Muppet rock drummer: absolute chaos, barely controlled. When my bad guy and gal antiheroes go bad (Randall Burton of BINGE KILLER; Larinda “Church Hammer” Jordan of JANE’S BABY, others) I want them to go berserk, and they do. I’ll throw in another drummer reference: the (very) late rocker Keith Moon of The Who, dead at 32 in 1978. He would have made a great werewolf based on his drumming style—a whirlwind of mayhem—and could well have been Jim Henson’s model for Animal. Just listen to Moon’s performance on “My Generation,” a 60s hit with an incredibly bombastic drum solo as a climax for the song. He was the personification of the raw animal energy that oozed from his arms, hands, and fingertips, shredding his drums just like a werewolf shredding a victim in the forest. (I dunno where this drummer shit came from either, but that’s my story and I’m sticking with it.)

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

Serial Killer. Those aliens and their prober thingees scare me more than serial killers. Assuming I would get the choice of what kind of serial killer, as in someone who is not into torture, a serial killer will simply kill you and move on to his/her next victim. The act of killing, it seems to me, is what drives them, not torture, in real life and in my fiction, with them wanting to see the life drain from their victims before their very eyes. But aliens… let me tell you a true story about aliens (yeah, I know that sounds kind of off). Fire in the Sky, a 1993 movie about the “true” 1975 alien abduction of Travis Walton, an Arizona logger, was a movie I really wanted to see. PG13 rating. I made the mistake of letting my daughter, age 11, watch the at-home movie rental with me. There’s a (spoiler alert) very intense alien probing scenes at the end. Cringe-worthy, don’t-stick-that-thing-in-there kind of stuff. When she asked me if this had really happened, I went with the answer “Well, I don’t know, the person who was abducted thought it happened to him…” Wrong answer, oh misguided father. TO THIS DAY she says seeing that movie scarred her. Such a parenting fail. Another fail: Cutting my 3-year-old daughter’s hair with a pair of craft scissors just before taking her to nursery school. That, too, was a sad, sad day…

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

Loved Ghostbusters, but I’m not-not afraid of no ghosts, and I do so want to know “what’s out there” even at the risk of getting probed, so the X-Files team is a better choice. I mean, c’mon, people, in all those billion-trillion-gazillion years of time before us, in all those solar systems, to think that nothing biological ever lived, like, anywhere, at any time during that time, do you think that’s reasonable? That’s not working for me. Let’s go find ’em and let’s probe ’em, ’cause they been doing the same to us for eons and eons, or so said Travis Walton, right? Frankly, the single most devastating, and liberating, news story of all time would be the discovery of life, past or present, on another planet. It would obsolete so much of the ongoing discourse about country, culture, crime, religion, politics, military, etc., that make our headlines daily. Besides, I think naming a character “Fox” was a bold statement when you created that team, you hear me, producer Chris Carter?

“Fox.” I might try to get that scarred-for-life daughter of mine to name our newest grandchild after him, due date October 31.

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

Complementing the four published novels and a fifth due for publication 2020, I have two completed novels that are unpublished. One is the first novel I wrote, with no training wheels, no short stories under my belt, no experience, all guts, no skills, and ultimately no sale. THE RABBIT, STILLED will probably never see the light of day because it needs a massive rewrite. It’s a contemporary novel dealing with the home and work family dynamics of a hostile corporate takeover, and the potential of a coast-to-coast relocation. I have trouble fitting it into a genre; maybe contemporary suspense? The suspense comes from the questions will they or won’t they, and how do powerless employees manage to retain some control over their lives when they clearly have very little control over their shorter-term futures. Maybe one day I’ll take another look at it; it’s been twenty years since I competed it. The second is a horror novel titled HOP, SKIP, JUMP that I will shop again at some point. It’s a horrific yet touching, redemptive tale of reincarnation, channeling, and what might happen if a person returned to a place and time where she was needed the most. I love the novel because it was cathartic for me to write it, modeling one character after my wife, who never knew her mother because she died in an auto accident when my wife was an infant. It is a classic supernatural horror novel, but it did this body good to take these characters through this heartache while the horror unfolds.

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

All of it is difficult. As a male author I need to pretend that I know how female characters, either as protagonists or acquaintances, think, act, love, hate, fight, emote, react, and even do basic things like eat, drink, and toilet. So how do I handle this? I use what I’ve learned from living with six females over the years (wife, two daughters, four female doggies), which means I’m pretty much only slightly less clueless than a guy who’s been single his whole life. So after I frequently embarrass myself on the page, I do have beta readers and peers tell me where I did hit the mark versus where I shit the bed. Trust me, I need to change the sheets a lot. As if that’s not enough punishment, to ratchet up the challenge I’m also transcending all barriers by trying to capture what it is like to be a transsexual character in the novel I will be looking to place next year. In AMERICA IS A GUN I have a prominent character who is female but identifies as male and starts the physical transition, which is interrupted when he’s convicted of multiple murders by a DA with political ambitions in a trumped-up case, which sends him to a women’s prison. After many years of incarceration that include large chunks of solitary confinement the guilty verdict is overturned, he’s freed, and he wants revenge against the people who put him there, so he goes about the business of acquiring guns toward that end. In this case it will be absolutely necessary for me to utilize sensitivity readers, considering I plan, and need, to show this character in a sympathetic yet compromised light, such that there won’t be any piling on against this already marginalized group of people.

What are you working on now?

Two WIP novels. HER TWELVE LETTER ALPHABET (a work in progress title, strong possibility it will change) is due for submission 2/1/20 to Severn River Publishing and will be published mid-to-late 2020. It’s the second Philo Trout thriller in my Blessid Trauma crime scene cleaners series following HIDING AMONG THE DEAD, released May 2019. The title refers to the twelve-letter native Hawai‘ian language alphabet, and it takes place, where else, on the Hawai‘ian Islands. Organ trafficking, bare knuckles boxing, crime scenes with gore: all will make it into the new novel similar to what was in the first in the series, plus visits to an island that is stuck in the nineteenth century, for better or worse, because of its private citizen ownership since 1864. Its present day setting is based on the real life Hawai‘ian island of Ni‘ihau, which, while not widely known, played a prominent and amazing yet infamous role in WWII.

The second WIP novel, AMERICA IS A GUN, another crime thriller, follows behind JANE’S BABY, my political crime thriller about a present day assault on the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision, released June 2018, the audiobook released August 2019. My protagonists from JANE’S BABY are back to deal with the sensitive topic of gun control and gun rights organizations. I might need to go to an overseas publisher for this one, considering how sensitive this topic is in the US, but it’s a novel I really want to get out there. So far one Australian publisher with a US reach said they’d give it a read when it’s complete in late 2020, no guarantee of publication, of course. (I wish more US publishers would take more chances. Large pubbers or Indies, if you have an interest, let me know.) As you might know, Australia has a very robust gun control policy. Readers should know that the novel does have a bias, but it is not against gun ownership or the Second Amendment, it’s a push for more reasonable gun ownership laws, and my gun-owner protagonists have a unique way of addressing the issue.

Okay, that does it for me. Thanks, everybody. Enjoy your Halloween.

A female bounty hunter tracks a maniacal killer to a town in rural Pennsylvania.

A town with its own dark secret…


Counsel Fungo is a unique woman. An experienced bounty hunter, she’s very good at her job. You don’t have to ask. She’ll tell you. Officially, her two canine companions are her therapy dogs. Unofficially, she considers them to be her partners. Counsel has suffered intense loss and was once the victim of a horrible crime. But now these experiences drive her unquenchable thirst for justice. And she’ll do anything to stop criminals from preying on the vulnerable.

Randall Burton is a serial killer and a rapist. Diagnosed with a terminal disease, he has jumped bail and intends to go out in a blaze of glory. He heads to sleepy Rancor, Pennsylvania, named one of the “Safest Towns in America,” for one last, depraved, hurrah. A quiet town tucked away in the Poconos, its citizens are mostly widowers, bowlers, and bingo players. Mostly.

There’s a reason no one in Rancor has reported a major crime in the past 50 years. And neither Counsel nor the killer are quite ready for what this town has in store…

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BINGE KILLER: https://tinyurl.com/BINGE-KILLER
HIDING AMONG THE DEAD, a Blessid Trauma Thriller: https://amzn.to/2IQ15JE
JANE’S BABY: http://amzn.to/2FUKT5j
SCARS ON THE FACE OF GOD: https://tinyurl.com/SOTFOG


“The thing I write will be the thing I write.”

Chris is a brute force novelist (BINGE KILLER, HIDING AMONG THE DEAD, JANE’S BABY, SCARS ON THE FACE OF GOD) who wouldn’t trade his northeast Philly upbringing of street sports played on blacktop and concrete, fistfights, brick and stone row houses, and twelve years of well-intentioned Catholic school discipline for a Philadelphia minute (think New York minute but more fickle and less forgiving). Chris has had some lengthy stops as an adult in Michigan and Connecticut, now lives in Doylestown, PA, and he thinks Pittsburgh is a great city even though some of his fictional characters do not. He still does most of his own stunts, and he once passed for Chip Douglas of My Three Sons TV fame on a Wildwood, NJ boardwalk. He’s a member of International Thriller Writers, and his work has been recognized by the National Writers Association, the Writers Room of Bucks County (PA), and the Maryland Writers Association. Oh, and he likes the pie more than the turkey.

Social Media

Website: chrisbauerauthor.com/
Twitter: @cgbauer

#BadMoonRising: The Resurrectionists (The Salem Hawley Series #1) by Michael Patrick Hicks #horror #occult

I’ve read several books by today’s author, and he can take you to some dark, uncomfortable places.  And that’s just one of the reasons I enjoy his books so much.  Somehow I missed his newest release – not sure how with such a stunning cover – but it’s going in my TBR.  Welcome Michael Patrick Hicks!

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

I’m not much of a believer in the supernatural, so walking through a (supposedly) haunted graveyard doesn’t seem like too big of a chore to me! If I had to spend the night in an abandoned house, I’d be more worried about my lack of a wi-fi or cell phone signal. I figure if I just have to talk a quick walk, that’s not much of a biggie, and I can go home and sleep in my own bed.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

Vampire! I’m not a fan of shopping for new clothes and don’t want to risk ruining my favorite outfits. Plus, I’m not a big fan of losing control and being amnesiac (or worse, remembering what I did as a werewolf). Vamping out seems relatively easy, right? I get to sleep all day. Cool cool.

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

X-Files! I love Ghostbusters, don’t get me wrong, but I’d love nothing more than to team up with Mulder and Scully. I’d probably side with her more often than not, but I would absolutely relish each and every crazy theory and conspiracy Mulder comes up with.

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?

Alaska! My wife and I took an Alaskan cruise for our anniversary some time ago, and I’ve been itching to get back there. It’s such a beautiful region, and I’m a big fan of arctic terror, so this one’s a no-brainer for me. Put me in view of the mountains and glaciers, let me go wild with an Alaskan-set creature feature, and I’m in heaven!

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

My favorite is easily the cover Kealan Patrick Burke put together for The Resurrectionists. I love the tone it sets and the imagery is absolutely fantastic. I didn’t have much of a conception for what the cover should be, but as soon as Kealan sent me his first swing at the artwork, I was completely blown away. I don’t have any art prints of my covers, but this is one that I absolutely need to get printed and framed.

What are you working on now?

A few things, actually! I’m working on a short story for submission to an upcoming anthology, getting the drafts for books two and three in the Salem Hawley series ready for editing, as well as writing a new full-length novel that’s occupied my thoughts for a few years now. After committing a violent crime, a small group of robbers find themselves lost in the haunted woods of Northern Michigan. They’re pursued by not just the police but the ghosts of the past. It’s got a bit of police procedural elements to it, along with some occultism and, hopefully, some good scares! Like The Resurrectionists, it’s actually based on some real-life incidents that occurred in Michigan and a few local urban legends. At the time of this writing, I’m about 20,000 words into it, and I feel like I’ve got a long ways to go before I hit the head. There’s a lot of ground to cover in this one.

Having won his emancipation after fighting on the side of the colonies during the American Revolution, Salem Hawley is a free man. Only a handful of years after the end of British rule, Hawley finds himself drawn into a new war unlike anything he has ever seen.

New York City is on the cusp of a new revolution as the science of medicine advances, but procuring bodies for study is still illegal. Bands of resurrectionists are stealing corpses from New York cemeteries, and women of the night are disappearing from the streets, only to meet grisly ends elsewhere.

After a friend’s family is robbed from their graves, Hawley is compelled to fight back against the wave of exhumations plaguing the Black cemetery. Little does he know, the theft of bodies is key to far darker arts being performed by the resurrectionists. If successful, the work of these occultists could spell the end of the fledgling American Experiment… and the world itself.

The Resurrectionists, the first book in the Salem Hawley series, is a novella of historical cosmic horror from the author of Broken Shells and Mass Hysteria.

The Resurrectionists is a stunning achievement ─ an effective historical novel AND a brutal horror story. Salem Hawley is a fantastic protagonist I look forward to following in future stories.” – John Hornor Jacobs, author of The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky: A Novella of Cosmic Horror

“Gritty, grand and grotesque, The Resurrectionists is a mind-bending, Lovecraftian myth set in the murky underbelly of post-Revolutionary War Manhattan. It played out in my imagination in a palette of reds and browns like a lush Hammer horror film. Salem Hawley is a riveting avenger, and I’m eager to follow him on further macabre adventures.” – Chris Sorensen, author of The Nightmare Room

“As terrifying and action-packed as a slasher flick, but also saturated with literary merit at its core, exploring social issues like racism, classism, and the ramifications of medical experimentation. It was such a fun, provocative read. I can’t wait to see what direction he steers the plot in the second book.” – Jeremy Hepler, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of The Boulevard Monster 

Purchase Link 

Buy The Resurrectionists or read in Kindle Unlimited at https://www.amazon.com/Resurrectionists-Salem-Hawley-Book-ebook/dp/B07S3RWLKN

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MICHAEL PATRICK HICKS is the author of Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella, Mass Hysteria, an Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards Horror Finalist, and Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalist. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.

In addition to his own works of original fiction, he has written for the online publications Audiobook Reviewer and Graphic Novel Reporter, and has previously worked as a freelance journalist and news photographer in Metro Detroit.

Michael lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story..

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#BadMoonRising: Hood Academy by Shelley Wilson #YA #horror #paranormal

What’s Halloween without a few werewolf sightings, am I right?  I had an ARC of this book a couple months ago, and it had been several years since I’d read werewolves.  This author put a fresh spin on it, using a scientific perspective I’d never come across in other books.  She’s disappointed at having to choose between a haunted graveyard or a haunted house, and also mentions one of my favorite movies, Lost Boys.  Welcome Shelley Wilson!

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

I’m going to sulk that I’m not allowed to say both. Trooping through a haunted graveyard to get to the abandoned house would be my idea of a fun night out if I’m honest. My family and friends think I’m a bit weird when it comes to this stuff, but the supernatural world fascinates me. Okay, if you’re going to make me choose I’ll go with the haunted graveyard. There’s something incredibly peaceful about cemeteries (whether they’re haunted or not!) and I spend a lot of time visiting various churchyards here in the UK. I’ve always wanted to see a ghost, so I’d be delighted if my graveyard of choice was teeming with spectres. A hotel I used to work at in Warwickshire, England was allegedly haunted. The duty manager woke up to find a ghostly nun sitting on the end of her bed, and when I showed guests around some of them would sense the spirits. I, unfortunately, never got to meet any of the resident ghosts but can you imagine the stories they could tell us.

Would you rather be a vampire of a werewolf?

My answer may seem odd given that my latest book is a werewolf novel, but I would have to go with a vampire for this question. I’ve been obsessed with vampires since I watched the Lost Boys as a kid in the 80s. It’s still my absolute favourite film of all time – and what about that soundtrack! Buffy the Vampire Slayer got me through a turbulent time in my life, and so she (and Angel, obvs) also hold a special place in my heart. There’s something mysterious, cold, and sensual about vampires and I find that interesting. I’ve always said I wouldn’t write a vampire book because I didn’t want to get it wrong, which is how I was drawn to write Hood Academy featuring werewolves. However, I’ve had a rather compelling character dancing around in my peripheral vision for a while, and I know she’s a vamp – so watch this space.

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

X-Files all the way! I adored that show and loved Mulder and Scully’s relationship. There’s no way we can be alone in the universe, and to be on the team that uncovered alien life would be awesome. Although, I recently saw a meme that made me chuckle – ‘The proof that we are not alone in the universe is the fact that the aliens have stayed away from us.’ Yep, if they’ve got any sense they’ll keep themselves safe in their spaceships and avoid this crazy planet.

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?

I love visiting the places I use as settings for my books as it brings everything to life for me. Hood Academy is set in Nottingham, England, which is a place I’ve always loved because of my fascination with Robin Hood. I’ve just finished a YA book based in Northumberland in 866AD (Vikings) and took a weekend trip to the area so I could stand and look out across the North Sea in the shoes of my main character.

If I were to move anywhere in the world and base a book on that area it would have to be New Orleans. This is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit, and more importantly, somewhere I WILL be visiting next year when I head to Mardi Gras in February. I’ll be doing plenty of exploring – who knows; I might find that book idea while I’m over there. I’m sure you’ll have guessed by now that the theme would be vampires, voodoo, and the supernatural.

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

I’m incredibly fortunate that my design team are phenomenal when it comes to book covers. I’ve squealed at every single one they’ve sent me over the years. However, the wrap cover for Hood Academy made me cry – happy tears! Initially, this book was two separate novels (Oath Breaker and Oath Keeper), and each had a beautiful cover. We decided to combine the two under one title and re-release in hardback, paperback, and eBook which meant we also had a new cover concept. The haunting image on the front perfectly represents the story, but on the wrap cover you get to see an image of Mia (the main character), and she is exactly as I pictured her in my head as I was writing. Readers who have read the first part of this book told me the new cover was exactly as they imagined Hood Academy to be. Yes, Hood Academy is my favourite cover – so far.

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

This is an interesting question, as I’ve seen so many posts in writing groups recently with examples of people getting it wrong. Predominantly they were of men trying to write about women – with hilarious consequences in some instances. Now, before you all jump onto the comments and tell me off for such a controversial statement, I must stress that these were extreme examples. Men will never understand women, just like women will never understand men – there’s an entire self-help shelf in Waterstones on this exact topic!

For my part, I’ve been a single mum for fifteen years without a partner. I literally can’t remember what it feels like to have a man around, so I’ve got no point of reference, and this is where I struggle. That old adage ‘write about what you know’ is fine if you can follow your partner around with a notebook! My young adult novels are aimed at 13+ girls (something I have experience of being and having), so my books always centre on a female protagonist. Fortunately, I have three kids – two boys and a daughter. They are all between 17 and 21, so I can use them as a guide for how young adults act and how they speak. Without looking like a weird stalker mum I’ve observed my sons’ friends when they’ve been over to see how they interact with each other and, more importantly, how they talk. This has helped me understand the opposite sex from the perspective of my novels.

Where I struggle the most is writing about romantic relationships. As I write for a young audience my books contain PG snogging at most, and I even had to check with my editor that I was getting that right! I’m reasonably sure I’ll be single forever, so any chance of researching the opposite sex is out of the question, but if I steer away from writing romance, then I should be okay. Besides, I much prefer writing about werewolves ripping out throats, Viking armies decimating their enemies, or demon attacks!

Nestled deep within the forest lies a mysterious school dedicated to wiping out the werewolf population. But where exactly do werewolves come from? And why are children not bitten by a werewolf turning?

Mia is about to discover the answers to these questions and more. When fifteen-year-old Mia’s father is murdered, it’s her estranged uncle that comes to the rescue—but what he offers her in return for his help could be worse than the life she’s leaving behind. Taken to Hood Academy, a unique school deep in the forest, she discovers friendships, love, the courage to stand on her own…and werewolves.

Is Mia destined to become one of the pack or will she be the hunter chosen to destroy them? This unique twist on the origins of werewolves and werewolf hunters will grab readers by the throat as they are drawn alongside Mia into a dark and mysterious world as she quests to discover her true identify. 

Purchase Links

Amazon US
Amazon UK


Shelley is an English author of motivational self-help titles and young adult fantasy fiction. Her practical side writes non-fiction books to inspire you to survive and thrive, and her playful side writes young adult fiction to remind you to nurture that inner teen. She’s a writing mentor helping professional women to write their book so they can position themselves as an expert in their industry. Shelley also provides blogging support and accountability coaching. You’ll find her sharing book reviews, author interviews, and chatting about writing on her author blog and talking about personal development on her motivational blog. She’s a single mum of three and lives in the West Midlands, England. She loves vampires, history and self-help, plus solo trips to the cinema, and travelling.

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#BadMoonRising: If Darkness Takes Us by Brenda Marie Smith #postapocalyptic #thriller

When’s the last time you read a post-apocalyptic thriller featuring a 70+ year-old plucky grandma as the protagonist?  I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of this book, and today’s author definitely put a fresh spin on it.  A confirmed night owl, you might find her binge-watching Ancient Aliens while editing her next project.  Welcome Brenda Marie Smith!

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

I’m showing my age here, but I’d have to go with Monster Mash. I’m one of the only people I know who remembers how to dance the Mashed Potato. And the Monster Mash is just the Mashed Potato with scary monster hands. So, I’d have to play to my strengths, lol.

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

Until a few weeks ago, I would have said I’d prefer the woods so that I’d have more chances of escape and more places to hide. But then I read Marisa Noelle’s The Shadow Keepers, a great YA thriller about troubled teen girls trapped in a haunted asylum. If I could be trapped with those plucky girls, I’d feel a lot safer and I’d know they would have my back. And maybe I could also get some mental health treatment at the same time.

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

Being a Ghostbuster with a crew of comedians would be a lot of fun. But I’d have to go with X-Files, especially if I could work with the younger Fox Mulder. I need to know what truths are out there, and working on finding them as a full-time job would be very emotionally satisfying to me. It would be worth the danger and the ridicule.

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

I am an extreme night owl, and I like to stay up until 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. reading, editing, posting on social media, playing computer games, and watching TV, usually doing several of these things at once. My fave things to watch are Rachel Maddow, true-crime shows, and Ancient Aliens (yes, I’m weird, haha). My son and I have binge-watched every apocalypse and dystopia we can get our hands on. And I often go to bed at the same time my husband is getting up for work, the poor guy.

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

I think men are much more sensitive than women often realize. They have such different ways of showing their worries and fears than we do. It’s harder to capture men’s emotions in the subtext because it’s subtle. And it’s difficult to make their dialogue sound like a man. It’s very rewarding when I get it right, though it usually takes me tons of rewriting to get there.

What are you working on now?

I’m polishing up the sequel to If Darkness Takes Us. It’s called If the Light Should Come (though that title could change a bit), and it’s from grandson Keno’s point of view. Who knew I had an eighteen-year-old young man living inside me? I can’t believe how fast that kid’s voice spewed out of my head. I couldn’t type fast enough to keep up with him. I’m hoping that I sell enough copies of If Darkness that my publisher will pick up If the Light. Fingers crossed!

I’m also working on a project set in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas in the 1970’s, but I have to keep the plot hush-hush for now. Let’s just say that hippies are involved.


IN SUBURBAN AUSTIN, TEXAS, BEA CRENSHAW SECRETLY PREPARES FOR THE APOCALYPSE. But when a solar pulse destroys modern life, she’s left alone with four grandkids whose parents do not return home. She must teach these kids to survive without power, cars, phones, running water, or doctors in a world fraught with increasing danger.

If Darkness Takes Us is realistic post-apocalyptic fiction with a focus on a family in peril, led by a no-nonsense grandmother who is at once funny, controlling, and heroic in her struggle to hold her family together with civility and heart.

Purchase Links



https://www.facebook.com/events/1117598618442240/ (For my book launch event at BookPeople in Austin, November 16th, 5 p.m.)


Brenda Marie Smith studied fiction in the UCLA Writers Program. Born and raisedin Oklahoma City, she was part of the back-to-the-land movement, living off the grid in the Ozark Mountains, and then joining the Farm—an off-grid, vegan hippie community, based in Tennessee—where her sons were delivered by midwives.


In Austin, Texas, Brenda managed student housing co-ops near the University of Texas for fifteen years. If Darkness Takes Us is her second novel. Her first, Something Radiates, is a paranormal thriller. Brenda and her husband own and reside in a grid-connected, solar-powered home in South Austin. They have five grown sons, one daughter-in-law, two grandkids, and a self-assured kitty cat.

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Website: www.brendamariesmith.com
Blog: https://brendamariesmith.tumblr.com/ (where I’m running a series, What NOT to Stock for An Apocalypse, followed by What TO Stock…)
Twitter: @bsmithnovelist
Facebook: Books by Brenda Marie Smith