Calling Indie Horror/Thriller Authors! #IndieAuthors #horror #thriller

 

For the month of October, Books & Such will again be featuring Bad Moon Rising, 31 days of horror/thriller writers!   If you’re an indie author of horror/thriller books, and would like to be featured, send me your info.  This is an opportunity not only for free publicity and book sales (hopefully), but also to crawl out from under your colossal TBR piles and buy more books!  Each post will feature one of your releases, a blurb, author bio, contact links, buy links, and a short interview.  If you’d like to include a giveaway or have alternative ideas for your post, I’m open to suggestions.

This is the third year of Bad Moon Rising and spots tend to fill up fast, so if you’d like to be included, email me at tpolen6@gmail.com.

#BadMoonRising Haunted by Jacob Peyton #IndieAuthor #horror @jkylepeyton

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It’s Bonus Day for Bad Moon Rising!  Our final author is Jacob Peyton with book Haunted, a collection of ghost stories.  Another stunning cover.

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Haunted is a horror filled collection of modern ghost stories, which are sure to keep readers turning page after page. A photojournalist brings back more than he bargained for from his last assignment.

Faces appear in a teenage girl’s photos and in each one they seem to be getting closer. Some people hold on to possessions in life, and some try to hold on to them even after they’re dead. In the area around Beacon Swamp, a local legend turns out to be more than a story for local thrill seekers. A television crew sent to stage paranormal activity ends up face to face with the real thing.

And much more!

What is the first story you ever wrote?

The first story I ever wrote was one I titled “What Is Urned” and like the title it wasn’t very good. But, it was the first story that I ever started and finished. It was a “who done it” type mystery, like most writers when it comes to their first story, once I finished it I immediately went to work on something else.

Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?

Sam Ash, from the Evil Dead. Besides being constantly hunted by deadites he seems like he would be a fun guy to be around.

In the spirit of Halloween what scares you?

Large insects and anything bigger than me in the water, there is something about them that seems so alien that I think its easy for them to inspire fear. And from the way large insects and sea creatures keep reoccurring as the antagonist in some of the stories I write I think its safe to say they scare me.

Favorite hero and villain in book/movie?

I’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty, and the relationship between the two. My favorite modern adaptations of them at the moment are BBC’s Sherlock and CBS Elementary.

What would you consider the hardest part of writing?

Editing by far is one of the hardest parts of writing for me, once I finish a project I’m usually ready to move on the next. So going back through it and getting it proofread and everything is my least favorite part of the process. At the same time though I think editing is the only part of writing that actually feels like work, so that might also be the reason why.

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Right now, I’m working on a novel called Float, which is about a large Bull shark that has taken a liking to hunting in the rivers that feed into the Chesapeake Bay. Like I said earlier on my fears are large insects and anything bigger than me in the water, so it wasn’t hard for me to cast a shark as the protagonist of this novel.

 

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Jacob Peyton is science fiction and horror writer from rural Virginia. When he’s not writing he enjoys B-movies, spaghetti westerns, traveling to strange places, and playing old video games.

Where to find Jacob

Twitter: @jkylepeyton

Website: www.jacobpeyton.com

Buy Link

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HEEDAVA/

#BadMoonRising The Grimhold Wolf by Deby Fredericks #IndieAuthor #paranormal

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Welcome to Day 31 – and Happy Halloween!  Today we welcome Deby Fredericks and her book, The Grimhold Wolf.  Halloween and werewolves go hand in paw – is it a full moon tonight?

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Madeline — cursed by her former lover to live as a wild beast, yet driven to rescue their son from a legacy of evil.

Thomas — so obsessed with werewolves that he was ordered to retire, now the only hope for a desperate village.

Charlie — forced to choose between his father’s power and his mother’s love. These three must battle through a maze of lies, where demons may be the only true victors.

What’s the first story you ever wrote?

Way back in high school, I made my first efforts at fantasy writing. I wrote most of a novel with mermaids, but then discovered I had no ending. I also wrote something that had a lady knight and a benevolent blue dragon. Nowadays, fantasy is full of lady knights and benevolent dragons, but in the mid-Seventies my high-school self felt like I was stretching the boundaries of what a girl could do.

Mrs. Dunlap, my English teacher, had no idea what I was trying to do, but she encouraged me anyway. Teachers are great that way.

Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?

Probably Gandalf from Lord of the Rings. I would pick his brain about how magic works and what it means to be a wizard in Middle Earth.

In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?

There’s one really cheesy horror movie I saw as a kid, called The Blob. This black tar stuff could seep under doorways and swallow people alive. *shudder* I’m also not too fond of zombies.

Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?

If they have to be from the same show, then Parn and Ashram from Record of Lodoss War, a great D&D-flavored anime from the 1990s.

What do you consider the hardest part of writing?

Just trying to keep up with it, despite all the other things going on in my life. I write mostly by the seat of my pants, which makes keeping my butt in the chair all the more important. It’s all too easy to get distracted by my kids, who are young adults but seem to believe I should wait on them like toddlers.

What are you working on now?

My 2012 novel, The Seven Exalted Orders, was really popular, so I’m finishing up a sequel called The Eighth Order. I hope to have it done by the end of 2016.

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Deby Fredericks has been a writer all her life, but thought of it as just a fun hobby until the late 1990s. Her first sale, a children’s poem, was in 2000. Since then she’s published five fantasy novels through two small presses, plus numerous children’s poems and short stories. Her most recent book is an anthology called Wee Folk and Wise, through Sky Warrior Book Publishing.

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#BadMoonRising The Showing by Will Macmillan Jones #IndieAuthor #horror @MacmillanJones

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It’s the day before Halloween and today we welcome Will Macmillan Jones!  He has an extensive collection of work you should check out – something for everyone.

 

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‘His visit to the house has awoken that which was sleeping: how many must be taken before IT can be laid to rest?’

For Sale again is Mister Jones’ family home: a house he had known and feared since his childhood. On a nostalgic whim he decides to visit the house, with disasterous results. The house reacts to his appearance and the estate agent who is showing him around vanishes. Shortly afterwards the next agent appointed to handle the sale of the property also disappears.

Mister Jones wants nothing to do with the property. His visit has awoken old memories for him, and the memories are not pleasant. But it is clear that something else has also been awoken by his visit, and when he is begged to help find the young agent who has vanished, he can no longer avoid the responsibility of facing his legacy of evil, and dealing with the curse laid upon the house.

But what will happen when he faces IT, and who will emerge alive?

If you knew just how much of this story is true, how well would you sleep tonight?

The following books in the series of Mister Jones Mysteries are:

Portrait of a Girl

The House Next Door

The Curse of Clyffe House

What is the first story you wrote?

  • When I was eighteen and taking my English A level exams in the UK, I also took the Creative Writing option. To gain the qualification for that option, I had to write a four thousand word story. I’ve a small confession: I’ve always had a weakness for sea stories, and so I wrote a piece about a deep-sea fishing trawler going down in a storm. I still have it around somewhere, but to be honest I’m too scared to read it now, as I just know it will be awful. But it gave me a taste for writing.

Which fictional character would you most like to have a drink with?

  • Humm, that’s a toughie. You see I read a lot of fantasy and horror and the trouble with that is most of the characters either like to get into brawls in taverns (and I’m a peaceful sort of chap) or fall down holes in the floor, or take the wrong door to the toilets and find themselves in a temple to Chuthulu or something… and I would love to survive the experience to tell the tale! So maybe one of the crew from the TV series Red Dwarf, as the worst that would be likely to happen to me is waking up in a difference star system!

In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?

  • I’m not really into gore or slasher works. I’m much more likely to be drawn into a state of terror by an atmospheric or creepier sort of book. The Woman in Black, or The Haunting of Hill House are two classic examples. It’s all down to taste, isn’t it? My eldest daughter considers any film that lacks multiple body parts sliding down walls to be a bit too tame for her, whilst that does nothing for me. It’s normally all about atmosphere, the unseen thing lurking just out of vision. In my latest book, The Curse of Clyffe House, I have a scene where one character is standing in a corridor, and wet footprints suddenly appear on the wooden floor – walking away from beside her. That’s creepy, isn’t it?

Favourite Hero and villain in a book or a movie?

  • Villain first, then, for we all love a good villain, don’t we? There’s so many to choose from Villains get to wear the best clothes, look cool and stylish and get the best girls normally as well. In fact, I wouldn’t mind being a fictional villain one day, myself. I stand a better chance of that than being a film villain, anyway. One I had some trouble getting out of my head was Leland Gaunt in King’s Needful Things. The power of Evil as expressed through each individual’s small but deep desires and actions. The very opposite of Gandalf’s speech about the triumph of Good arising from the small deeds of ordinary people. And so very, very possible, wouldn’t you say? As a second choice, I’ve always enjoyed Dr Lecter.
  • A hero? Well, like many of us I’ve always had a bit of a yen to be a spellslinger. Dark Fantasy has many overlapping points with more traditional horror and I think you could trace a direct line of descent from Denis Wheatley’s Duke de Richleau and Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden. Both up against seemingly overweening evil forces, both battling desperate odds to win. But de Richleau is rather better off financially, so I’d prefer to be him, I think! Also Harry Dresden eats too much fast food, and I’m vegetarian.

 What do you consider the hardest part of writing?

  • Full stop. Creating plots and characters is no problem for me. At the time of writing, I have outlines for fourteen possible novels across a number of genres (I’m a multi genre writer you see. Not just gothic horror, but also Fantasy, humour, childrens’, YA and general fiction all either on release or working their way to that point.) and sometimes it seems that the hardest thing is finding the time to get through the ideas! But editing is dull, worthy, not just necessary but essential and the part I enjoy least. The act of getting the first draft down, the actual creation of the concept, these things I love. But editing? Sheesh.

What are you working on now?

  • I’ve just released the seventh in my collection of humour books, so the next one in that group is on a back burner for a few months. I’m over half way through a general fiction book called The Last Viking, about a man who becomes obsessed with the idea of building a replica Viking Longship, and at the same time I’m playing with the concept for extending a darkish Young Adult short story into a full length novel. Oh, and the fifth in the Mister Jones Mysteries series is slowly taking shape in my head at the same time.

Phew, is that the end of the inquisition? You didn’t need to get that glowing poker out of the fire after all, did you? Or lower that swinging pendulum towards me. So can you unlock these chains then? Please?

Author Bio

Will Macmillan Jones lives in Wales; a lovely green, verdant land with a rich cultural heritage.  He does his best to unnamed-6support this heritage by drinking the local beer and shouting loud encouragement whenever International Rugby is on the TV.  A fifty something lover of blues, rock and jazz he has just fulfilled a lifetime ambition by filling two walls of his study with bookcases and then filling the bookcases.

When not writing he is usually to be found lost on top of a nearby hillside (with the aid of a GPS/Satnav) looking for dragons. He hasn’t found one yet, but insists that it is only a matter of time.

Where to find Will

Details of all his work can be found at  www.willmacmillanjones.com

He is on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/william.macmillanjones

Twitter: @macmillanjones

Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5170305.Will_Macmillan_Jones

Blog:  www.willmacmillanjones.wordpress.com

Buy Links

Amazon UK   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Showing-Will-Macmillan-Jones-ebook/dp/B00LXBQ482

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Showing-Will-Macmillan-Jones-ebook/dp/B00LXBQ482

The Showing is presently in Amazon Select and therefore on restricted release. The later books in the series are also available on iTunes, Nook, Barnes and Noble and KOBO. Paperbacks for all the books are available by Createspace.

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#BadMoonRising A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair #IndieAuthor #thriller #paranormal @MaeClair1

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Today’s featured author is Mae Clair, with the first book in her Point Pleasant Series, A Thousand Yesteryears.  Mae and I share the same favorite villian in a movie – Loki.  He’s charming in that villianesque sort of way, somewhat loyal when it suits his purposes, and has an outstanding sense of humor – what’s not to love?

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Behind a legend lies the truth…

As a child, Eve Parrish lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in a tragic bridge collapse. Fifteen years later, she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Though much has changed about the once thriving river community, the ghost of tragedy still weighs heavily on the town, as do rumors and sightings of the Mothman, a local legend. When Eve uncovers startling information about her aunt’s death, that legend is in danger of becoming all too real…

Caden Flynn is one of the few lucky survivors of the bridge collapse, but blames himself for coercing his younger sister out that night. He’s carried that guilt for fifteen years, unaware of darker currents haunting the town. It isn’t long before Eve’s arrival unravels an old secret—one that places her and Caden in the crosshairs of a deadly killer…

What’s the first story you ever wrote?

That would go way back to grade school. I wrote a ghost story called “The Night Dog” on purple loose leaf paper when I was eight years old. I remember being extraordinary proud of that story because it was over seven pages long, which seemed like a huge accomplishment for a third grader.

Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?

Aloysius Pendergast from the Pendergast series of novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (although he’d probably insist we drink absinthe). I’d love to relax fireside in the mansion on Riverside Drive and just listen to him talk. Between the accent and his knowledge (of almost anything), I’d be a sponge.

In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?

Ghosts. My fiction utilizes folklore, myths, urban legends and the supernatural, but in the real world the idea of ghosts freak me out. I love old cemeteries, but I’m not sure you’d catch me there at night.

Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?

Favorite hero in a book: Aloysius Pendergast from the Pendergast series of novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Favorite hero in a movie: John Sullivan (portrayed by Jim Caviezel) in the movie Frequency

Favorite villain (anti-hero) in a book: Gerald Tarrant from the Coldfire Triology by C. S. Friedman

Favorite villain in a movie: Loki (as portrayed by Tom Hiddleston)

What do you consider the hardest part of writing? 

I work a full-time, so definitely finding the time. I never lack for ideas, only the hours for expanding on them.

What are you working on now?

Book 3 of the Point Pleasant series. Although each book in the series is a complete story, the thread of the Mothman carries throughout all three novels. Book 2, A COLD TOMORROW releases on December 26, 2016. The third book, A DESOLATE HOUR (my current project) will release in August of 2017.

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Mae Clair has been chasing myth, monsters and folklore through research and reading since she was a child. In 2013 and 2015, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who factors into her latest release.

Mae pens tales of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and numbers cats, history and exploring old graveyards among her passions. Look for Mae on her website at MaeClair.net

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#BadMoonRising The Traveling Man by Michael P. King #IndieAuthor #thriller @MPKing3312

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Happy Friday!  Today we welcome Michael P. King and his noir crime thriller, The Traveling Man.  With an excellent Kirkus Review, this is the first of three books in the series so far – more to read!

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“Husband and wife con artists must get back on their feet after a scheme goes spectacularly wrong in this criminally good debut by King…. Surrounding them is a cast of superbly sketched characters whose competing motives constantly trip up their plans…. With a story every bit as intricate and entertaining as the personalities who fill it, King’s uncommonly solid debut is a must-read.” —Kirkus Reviews

Deception. Betrayal. Retribution. Married con artists, using the aliases Tom and Patty Brown, arrive in the small city of Seanboro masquerading as land speculators. Their plan is to sell a contaminated tract of lakefront property to a local gangster who is involved in real estate development. But as the double-crosses pile up, they find themselves pursued by an ex-partner seeking revenge and by an old enemy plotting their murder.

The Traveling Man is a noir crime thriller that will take you for a roller coaster ride. If you like fast-paced action, unexpected plot twists, and criminal intrigue, then you’ll love the first installment of Michael P. King’s Travelers series.

What’s the first story you ever wrote?

That would have been in grade school, so I don’t remember anything about it, really. The first story I had published, Marilyn, was a surreal story about a failed marriage told as a series of dreams. Very different from the crime thrillers I write now.

Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?

Right this minute? Today? Parker from the Richard Stark novels. He is both an enigma and a classic career criminal; an anti-hero whose simple code of never cheating a partner and always getting even creates complex ripples. It would be fun to hear him talk about his exploits, if he would talk at all.

In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?

Really scares me? Being on an icy road in bad traffic immediately behind someone who appears to be texting while driving. Are they going to kill themselves, kill me and themselves, or just kill me?

Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?

Lots of favorites. Hamlet and his uncle/stepfather Claudius in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet Prince of Denmark are definitely two of them. Their conflict leads to surprising plot twists, complex misunderstandings between the characters, and an astounding amount of unintended carnage before the play reaches its climax. I always like to see a new version.

What do you consider the hardest part of writing?

The hardest part of being a writer is book promotion. Connecting with readers who enjoy crime thrillers is my number one priority. But I’m a writer, not a marketing guru. Using social media, learning about marketing, and creating ads to find those readers requires a lot of time and effort.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on the fourth Travelers novel, The Freeport Robbery, where the theft of an art object from a freeport goes terribly wrong.

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Michael P. King is the Kirkus Reviews critically acclaimed author of the Travelers noir crime thrillers, which feature a husband and wife team of con artists. The Traveling Man, The Computer Heist, and The Blackmail Photos are the first three books of the series. “Sometimes people make decisions that have unintended consequences when they’re trying to take what they think is the easy way out or a shortcut to wealth or fame. I’m fascinated by this tendency, and it’s the jumping off place for my fiction.”

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Website: http://michaelpking.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelP.King.thetravelers

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/mpking3312

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#BadMoonRising Who Killed Eddie Montgomery? by C.M. Blackwood #IndieAuthor #horror @CM_Blackwood

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Today we welcome C.M. Blackwood to Bad Moon Rising!  A decades old manor, murders, ghosts – doesn’t this just scream Halloween?

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Life’s a bowl of cherries, as they say. Until someone chops your head off.

In the year 1933, an alcoholic, cynical 32-year- old named Mary Meade inherits a manor. She’s been emotionally scarred ever since her mother died. But you probably would be, too, if your mother had a heart attack after walking in on you while you were sleeping with another woman.

Mary’s great-uncle just passed away, so his house, and all his money, goes to her. When she arrives at the house, though, she finds much more than she bargained for: including strange servants, a murder mystery, and – oh, did we forget to mention? – GHOSTS.

Despite her cold demeanor, Mary is romantically drawn to a spirit named Jessica Price, who was killed in 1879 by a madman named John Drum. Mary and Jessica fall in love, but of course, the story is much more complicated than that.

Shortly after the death of Mary’s great-uncle, a young woman named Edie Montgomery was found gutted and beheaded on his property. Now her spirit is trapped inside the manor. John Drum killed Jessica Price. But who killed Edie Montgomery?

To view Edie on Amazon, click here.

What’s the first story you ever wrote?

The first story I ever wrote was a historical novel called The Ballad of Katharine O’Brien. It’s a bit of a mess, but someone once called it (God bless ‘em) “an undiscovered masterpiece with fuzzy historical details.” The kindest way anyone could have put it, I’m sure.

Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?

Ooohhh. Good one. I would like to have a drink with . . . Regina from Once Upon a Time. I’d always be wondering if she was going to go all “Evil Queen” on me after she had a few highballs. It’d be super exciting.

In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?

The only thing that ever really creeps me out is taking out the trash after dark. My backyard is super dark, and it looks really big with the shadows at night, so I’m always wondering, is there some creepy person who’s going to jump out and murder me? Probably not – but I always wonder.

Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?

Hmmm. I’ll use the movie The Boxtrolls. For heroine I pick Winnie Portley-Rind, voiced by Elle Fanning: the coolest, funniest little chubby champion I ever saw. She loved to talk about how the Boxtrolls would drink her blood and crush her bones – and even though she was glad to be able to help save them, she was a little disappointed that the trolls didn’t actually do any blood-drinking or bone-crushing. For villain, I loved Snatcher, voiced by Ben Kingsley – the Boxtroll catcher who wanted to wear a White Hat and eat cheese, even though he was allergic to cheese and got hives when he ate it.

What do you consider the hardest part of writing?

Yikes! Probably getting all of the facts in order. Everyone knows there’s a ton of research to do when writing a novel – at least, a novel that’s not a fairy tale. (Which is why I love writing fairy tales best. It’s like imagination on crack.)

What are you working on now?

I’m working on my second mystery, Who Murdered Dr. Damien? It’s set in an old mental asylum, where someone’s running around killing doctors and patients. It’ll come out in 2017.

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I’m an indie author who writes, among other things, lesbian murder mysteries. I also write romances and fairy tales. On October 1, I’ll be publishing a middle grade fantasy novel under the pen name Athellia Lovegood.

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#BadMoonRising Tangled Moon by Olivia Stocum #IndieAuthor #paranormal @OliviaStocum

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Today we welcome Olivia Stocum and her recently released book, Tangled Moon!  Olivia’s first stories involved Slimer from Ghostbusters – something I’d love to read.  Who doesn’t like Slimer?

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Danielle Howard likes her life, as strange as it is. For her, this is as good as it gets. Who needs things like family, a home, and romance, anyway?

She spends her days as a mortal woman, and her nights as a wolf, killing vampires for a living. What could be better than that?

Well, maybe there is one thing missing…

Danielle thought one day she and her hunting partner, Lothar, would be more than friends. But some things just can’t be. Lothar is next in line for the High Council seat, and that means he is way out of her league. She’s talked herself into doing her job, with or without his love. He’s still her alpha, and that has its own appeal.

Nick Shepard knew there was more to life. He’d just never been able to find it. When the sexy Danielle comes into his life, everything changes. All he wants is to know who he is, and why he’s different.

Being unprepared for the truth, isn’t going to stop him from embracing it. Whether Danielle is a part of his future or not, he isn’t sure, but he knows one thing… He is never going back.

What’s the first story you ever wrote?

The first story I ever wrote was a series of short stories about Slimer from Ghostbusters, believe it or not. I was maybe eight years old at the time. I carried a notebook around with me everywhere and wrote in it mostly when grownups wanted me to be doing something else. 😉

Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?

This one took me a while to answer. I’d have to say Methos from Highlander. He’s 5000 years old. Imagine the things he’s seen and places he’s been!

In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?

Besides spiders? LOL. I think I’m a lot like the heroine from my upcoming book, Tangled Moon. Like Danielle, my greatest fear is being alone in a world I don’t belong to (this one). I don’t need a lot of people in my life, but if I lost the few I do have, it would crush me.

Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?

My favorite hero… Can I mention Highlander again? I will anyway. Connor MacLeod is my favorite hero. Very human, and yet immortal. Sensitive but strong. Loner and lover both. Yeah… he’s got my vote.

My favorite villain… All right, I’m going to get girly here. I’d have to say Lady Catherine de Bourgh from Pride and Prejudice. She’s got that manipulative, backstabbing thing going on. And personally, I find a woman spurned more frightening than anyone with a sword or superpowers.

What do you consider the hardest part of writing?

The hardest part of writing for me is not caring. I know that probably doesn’t make sense.

Writers put their deepest souls into their work, and then toss it out to the masses to whine about, tear to shreds, or to just plain not give a rip. I know how awful that sounds, but it’s the truth. As a writer, you have to learn to cut the umbilical cord and move on with your life, whether anyone gives a flying monkey butt or not.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on three books at the same time. Yeah, I know, I’m a glutton for punishment. I’ve got the second book in my Tangled Moon series (Intertwined) coming out next year, a fun regency romance I’ve got on the side (His Deduction) and a paranormal book about angels and demons (Highland Crosses).

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Olivia Stocum lives in New York State with her family, a cat, two dogs, and four chickens. Her favorite books are Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and Persuasion by Jane Austen. She’s also read every Sherlock Holmes story published by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. She’s seen the movie Highlander so many times she knows the dialogue by heart.

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#BadMoonRising Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Geneviene #IndieAuthor #urbanfantasy @TeaganGeneviene

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Welcome to Day 25!  Today’s featured author is Teagan Geneviene.  We’ve had so many stunning covers lately and Teagan’s is no exception.  I’m one of the many who miss Sookie Stackhouse and it sounds like Atonement, Tennessee will fill that void perfectly.
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Esmeralda Lawton is sick and tired of the big city. “Ralda” was betrayed until trust became a theoretical concept. So it’s a dream come true when she buys an old estate, complete with historic cemetery. Okay, she isn’t excited about the cemetery, but she’s strangely drawn to the estate. Atonement, Tennessee, a quaint town, seems like the perfect place for her. However, her new life isn’t quiet.

The house is full of antiques. Some have extraordinary properties — a brass bed causes strange dreams, and a mirror shows the truth of who you are.

A mysterious neighbor secretly watches over the graveyard. There’s more to him than meets the eye, but what? Then there’s Gwydion, owner of Fae’s Flowers. She stubbornly resists her feelings for him.

Ralda suspects that people are drawn to Atonement to, well — atone. She wonders what sins led her there. However, her ancestress made the mistakes.

Atonement is home to more than humans. Supernaturals go there too. Some have fallen far.

This urban fantasy, seasoned with Celtic mythology, comes with a side-order of mystery. Do you miss the “Sookie” stories? Then pay a visit to Atonement, Tennessee.

Author Note: Thanks to Teri for letting me join the fun even though Atonement, Tennessee is not a horror book. There is plenty of suspense, and a fair share of spookiness. So I think it has some cross-over appeal. I hope you’ll agree.

What’s the first story you ever wrote?

I don’t think it was the first story I ever wrote, but it’s the oldest one I remember. My seventh grade teacher gave us an assignment that truly inspired my young mind — Write a story from the point of view of the shoes of a famous person. Well, 12 year-old me watched talk shows after school, not cartoons. So I saw plenty of “famous people” and “used to be famous” ones too, on Merv Griffin’s TV show. I liked the ones who talked about their pets. So I wrote my story as a pair of red pumps belonging to Doris Day. I had so much fun that I also gave half the class verbal outlines for their stories.

Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?zeddicus-zul-zorander

There are many, but one would be from a fantasy series by Terry Goodkind (The Sword of Truth), his wizard character, Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander. Why? Just because he ranges from “totally out there” to profound. What made me like Zedd so much was the first book, “Wizard’s First Rule.” Throughout the book, various “rules” were mentioned, in no apparent order. As I read chapter after chapter, I realized that the first rule had yet to be stated. Finally Zedd disclosed it: “Wizard’s first rule — people are stupid…” (The rule went on to say “They will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they are afraid it might be true.” But the first part was fabulous.)

In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?

Vampires. I’d elaborate, but now I’m too scared! I guess that on a very core level (not that I’ve ever really figured myself out) they seem more possible than any of the other things that go bump in the night.

Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?

Not long ago I mentioned Rutger Heauer in an interview at “Smorgasbord, Variety is the Spice of Life.” (https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/smorgasbord-open-house-author-and-motivational-writer-teagan-riordain-geneviene/ ) He is certainly my favorite villain.

However, a favorite hero is harder for me to choose. Maybe that’s because I usually find supporting characters so much more interesting and endearing.

What do you consider the hardest part of writing?

The ending. Having a general idea is easy, but when the story has finally gotten there, figuring out how to top everything else is the hardest part for me.

What are you working on now?

It feels like I’ve been working on the sequel to “Atonement, Tennessee” forever. Between my “real job” and my blog (Teagan’s Books), there’s just no time. However, one day I’ll publish “Atonement in Bloom” where everything in the quaint town goes haywire, as on a winter’s day Atonement, TN comes into bloom.Guitar Mancer Cover final 05-04-2016

I’m also working on an editing process for a stand-alone novel, “The Guitar Mancer.” It’s been on the shelf for two years, because I just didn’t feel right about the story. Finally I decided to serialize it on my blog. With the comments from my regular readers, and simply from seeing the story in a different view, I’m feeling great about it. While I wouldn’t recommend it for every novel, in this case it has been a great editing tool.

Author Bio

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, a southerner by birth, was “enchanted” by the desert southwest of the USA when sheteagan-r-geneviene moved there. She had always devoured fantasy novels of every type. Then one day there was no new book readily at hand for reading — so she decided to write one. And she hasn’t stopped writing since.

Her work is colored by her experiences in both the southern states and the southwest. Teagan writes many types of fantasy, from what she likes to call “quest type” fantasy, to urban fantasy, to fantasies with a dash of mystery. Her blog “Teagan’s Books” contains serial stories written according to “things” from viewers.

Major influences include Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, and Charlaine Harris.

You can also visit me at:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
Twitter: https://twitter.com/teagangeneviene
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeagansBooks
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/teagangeneviene/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoM-z7_iH5t2_7aNpy3vG-Q
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teagangeneviene

Buy Links / Where to “Atone”

Barnes & Noble Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/atonement-tennessee-teagan-geneviene/1117790203?ean=2940148918431

Kindle and Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Atonement-Tennessee-Teagan-Geneviene-ebook/dp/B00HGSVA8A/ref=la_B00HHDXHVM_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412384486&sr=1-1

Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/Atonement-Tennessee-Teagan-Geneviene-ebook/dp/B00HGSVA8A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444333147&sr=8-1&keywords=atonement+tennessee

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Atonement-Tennessee-Teagan-Geneviene-ebook/dp/B00HGSVA8A

Amazon India: http://www.amazon.in/Atonement-Tennessee-Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/dp/1481826948

 

#BadMoonRising Day 24 The Macabre Masterpiece by Justin Bienvenue #IndieAuthor #horror @JustinBienvenue

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Today we welcome Justin Bienvenue!  I completely agree with him about having a drink with Raylan Givens and hope I’d be invited.  How about this eerie cover?
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Hell is not just a place, here it is a definition of what personifies evil. The elements of blood go way beyond any medical preference or charitable donation. Many of horror’s most-wanted and deadly creatures run wild here, waiting in anticipation of their next victims. The chills one will experience from the creepiness will turn their imaginations into nightmares. The term ”gripping the edge of your seat” could prove to be the very case here when the suspense hits you like a bolt of lightning. Feel the fear and witness the horror and madness.

 

What’s the first story you ever wrote?
I honestly don’t remember. I know when I was younger I once wrote a ten page paper on the Power Rangers though I don’t think that’s worthy to consider my first story. I imagine it was while I was in school or during high school. I have written a considerable amount of stories so I’m not really sure what my first ever story was.
 
Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?
Raylan Givens of “Riding the Rap”, “Pronto” and “Raylan” by Elmore Leonard. He’s a modern day badass cowboy/deputy who keeps cool, has wisdom beyond his years and just seems like a guy you’d want to talk and have a drink with. Not only do I enjoy him within the pages of the novels but Timothy Olyphant’s portrayal of him in the series “Justified” made him all the more real. He’s definitely a guy I’d want to hang out with a share a few drinks with.
 
In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?
Ventriloquist Dummies. There’s just something about them that gives me the creeps. Especially the older ones that were made back in the day when ventriloquists were a big thing just they way some of them look really just creeps me the hell out. Not to mention movies and tv shows that show them coming to life, ahh! No thank you I’m good. I don’t mind creepy or living dolls but dummies? Just scares me.

Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?
Vlad the Impaler, the real Dracula and from the book “Vlad: The Last Confession” by C.C Humphreys. In the book and of course real life Vlad was considered both a hero and villain. He was admired and loved by his countrymen being a hero however to his foes and those who opposed him he was a ruthless bloody-thirsty madman and killer. I’ve always enjoyed the tale of Dracula and the true origins of him represented by Vlad the Impaler but this book really gave an insight of his life and why some still to this day think of him as a hero and of course why he was the inspiration of Dracula. Any guy who can be considered both is a favorite of mine and the book itself was amazing, one of the best I’ve read and did Vlad justice and injustice.

What do you consider the hardest part of writing?
Editing and building off ideas. Editing because yes I know nobody’s perfect and I will need to hire a person to edit my work but it’s just really frustrating because no one wants to make mistakes but it’s in our nature and me personally I don’t like being told I wrote something wrong or incorrectly especially if it’s a lot of I really liked how it was written. I try not to take it personally as I know editing is a part of writing. The other hard part I find is building off ideas. Don’t get me wrong I can think of ideas out of nowhere better than anyone I know (shameless plug on myself) but after I’ve written all I can on that idea and I need to create a new one and I’m write in the middle of the story..for some reason writer’s block outweighs the thought process. I do eventually come up with something bu that first build off is hard because I want it to be just right and sometimes going with that first new idea isn’t always the best way to go.

What are you working on now?
Right now I’m currently working on promoting and marketing tactics to better myself and as for writing I’m currently writing my fifth book which is a sequel to my first, The Macabre Masterpiece: Repressed Carnage.

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Justin Bienvenue is an author and poet from Massachusetts. He is a freelance writer of poetry, short stories, has published three books and has a background in creative writing. His inspiration for topics to write comes to him from all different places whether it be outside, watching tv or laying down in deep thought. When he’s not promoting his own works he’s always looking to help out his fellow indie authors. Also when he’s not sitting at his computer desk writing and working on his latest creation he’s usually watching sports such as baseball and football or enjoying the outdoors during the warm seasons.

Contact links
http://www.facebook.com/ThePlasmaticWriter
http://www.twitter.com/JustinBienvenue
http://www.pinterest.com/JustinBienvenue
http://www.goodreads.com/JustinBienvenue

Buy links
http://smarturl.it/MacabreMasterpiece
https://www.createspace.com/4561986

Other info
The book will likely be free for KDP at some point in October for Halloween.

I am currently working on the sequel to The Macabre Masterpiece so anyone who checks this out and enjoys this can get exclusive access to the sequel by contacting me via social media