#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.

Purchase Links

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

Bio

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarisaNoelle77

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18305427.Marisa_Noelle

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

#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
https://www.bhcpress.com/Books_Wilson_Hood_Academy.html

Bio

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.

Social Media

Website: https://www.shelleywilsonauthor.com
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/ShelleyWilson72
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FantasyAuthorSLWilson
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#BadMoonRising: Reaper: A Horror Novella by Jonathan Pongratz #horror #paranormal

Today’s author is perfectly suited to write in the horror genre.  He’s ready to break out the Ouija board and head for the graveyard.  Haunted house?  Been there, done that.  Move on to the next supernatural adventure.  His horror novella is waiting in my TBR, and it sounds perfect for a creepy Halloween read.  Welcome Jonathan Pongratz!

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

I’ve stayed in a haunted house before, although it wasn’t abandoned, so let’s go with the graveyard. Give me a Ouija board and I’m ready for some ghostly conversations!

I’ve never been in a graveyard at night, much less a haunted one, so I’d be curious to see if I could rouse some spirits in the spirit of Halloween. The occult has always held a sort of fascination for me.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

Vampire, hands down. Ever since reading Anne Rice in high school I’ve been obsessed. I mean, who would give up the chance to walk the night forever in exchange for a little bit of blood? Not this guy!

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

Being in the woods with a killer would maybe be a bit too real for me, so let’s go with haunted insane asylum. I’ve seen some footage from those ghost hunting shows, and I think whether or not you make contact, just being stuck in a haunted insane asylum would be extremely terrifying in a psychological way. And that’s before the haunting starts. How exhilarating!

 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 would love to write a book set in a small town in New England. I’ve been itching to write a werewolf detective mystery of sorts for a couple years now, and I absolutely love the fall in that area. It’s truly mesmerizing, and the perfect backdrop for some supernatural goings on.

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

Too many to count if I’m being honest. My most promising ones are an urban fantasy series centered around demons hunting humans with supernatural abilities (first book’s revised manuscript complete, just not published), an LGBT horror centered in South America, and the werewolf mystery I mentioned earlier.

And that’s just the beginning! I like to have at least ten years’ worth of work at any given point in time. It definitely keeps things interesting if I want to switch to another project at the drop of a hat.

What are you working on now?

The sequel to my debut novella Reaper: A Horror Novella. I’m currently writing the second act (I divided the plot into three acts like a play) and am hoping to self-publish sometime around the end of the year if possible.

It’s about twice as long as my first novella, and I’m super excited to finish Gregory’s story. Definitely keep your eyes peeled!

Gregory and his little sister Imogen love spending Halloween with their parents. But this year is different. If he proves he can take care of Imogen all by himself, he’ll finally have the allowance he’s dreamed of.

That was before the basement door opened on its own. Before the strange door appeared in the basement and Imogen was taken from him by the monster.

Now everyone in town is blaming him for her disappearance, but no one is listening to his story. Where did the door come from? What was that creature? And most of all, can he find his sister before it’s too late, or will he bury his memories of her along with his parents?

Purchase Link

Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Bio

Jonathan Pongratz is a writer and author of captivating horror, urban fantasy, and paranormal 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.

Social Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are you working on now?

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

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

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

Purchase Link:

Amazon

Bio

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

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

Social Media

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunset from my back yard

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

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

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

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

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Promo image by Teagan R. Geneviene

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

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

What are you working on now?

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

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

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

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The Delta Pearl book cover created by Teagan R. Geneviene

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

Author Bio and Universal Purchase Links

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

Brother Love – a Crossroad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are you working on now?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the ride!

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Bio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

***

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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