#BadMoonRising A Ghost and His Gold by Roberta Eaton Cheadle #supernatural #paranormal #ghosts

Poetry, children’s books, young adult, cookbooks, adult – today’s author writes in all of these genres. She also works in a demanding profession, is raising a family, and maintains several blogs. Makes you wonder if she ever sleeps. She learned about tarot cards from a fellow blogger (bet I know who) and incorporated them into her featured novel. Welcome Robbie Cheadle!

Have you ever had a tarot card reading?

I have never had a tarot card reading. I don’t know where you would go to get one here in South Africa. I learned about tarot cards through a series of posts by a fellow blogger and found them fascinating. They interested me so much that I researched the meanings of all the different tarot cards and wove them into my book, A Ghost and His Gold.

My main character, Michelle’s, best friend reads tarot cards and I have a few scenes with readings. I also closed out the tarot card readings as part of the conclusion of the story.

Here is a short extract:

“Alice turns over the card on the left. It’s the Moon. Paling slightly, she draws in a deep breath.

“The Moon in the past position, as it relates to romance, could mean that you have an inaccurate perception of your partner. It is possible that your partner has not been completely honest with you and has hidden secrets.”

Michelle grimaces, “That is rather concerning, especially considering the poltergeist, or whatever she is, said he was a lying cheat and that I was a traitor to my sex for marrying him. What can it all mean?”

“I’m not sure, Michelle, but it may not mean what you think it does. Let’s consider the next card and what it tells us about your relationship?”

Alice flips over the middle card and reveals the Ten of Swords.

Starting visibly, Michelle sucks in air through gritted teeth. “That’s not a good card in the context of a relationship,” she hisses.”

Would you rather dunk for apples or carve a Jack o’ lantern?

I have never dunked for apples but have read about it. I have actually assisted my dad with carving a Jack o’ lantern. Halloween is not celebrated much here in South Africa although in the past 10 years, a few people have parties on 31 October. I have always enjoyed the idea of Halloween and loved horror stories from a young age.

A few years ago, our local grocery store got carving pumpkins and we bought few to make Jack o’ Lanterns. They came out well, but sadly, I forgot to take a picture.

As you can see from this picture, our local pumpkins aren’t suitable for carving due to their thin skins and flat shape. When I was a girl, I used to wonder how on earth anyone managed to carve a pumpkin, I didn’t know there were different types of pumpkins.

Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

I have seen figures in my peripheral vision, but sadly they are not ever ghosts or spirits, but usually my cat who likes to slink up behind me.

My character, Michelle, on the other hand, does see otherworldly shadows in her peripheral vision. This is evidenced in the following short extract:

“She inspected the board and, after removing the plastic covering, the planchette. There were no instructions on how it should be used. “I must look up how it works,” she murmured to herself.

A shadow shifted on the far wall of her office and an unexpected cold draft made her shiver. Glimpsing a subtle movement out of the corner of her eye, she swung around quickly, but saw nothing at all. There was no shadow on the wall.

Michelle picked up the Ouija board and planchette and placed them next to her laptop. As soon as I finish my work, I’ll do some research on these and how they work.”

Would you and your main character get along?

My main character, Michelle, shares similar characteristics to me in many ways. She is a chartered accountant [just like me] who has elected to leave full time employment and run her own small accounting business so that she can develop her career as a writer [I haven’t done exactly this but I do work reduced hours – in theory anyway]. Michelle’s husband is a chartered accountant [just like mine], but unlike my husband, Tom is the personification of everything I dislike in select individuals in the profession who participate in excessive drinking and extra marital affairs and who become the target of office gossip and speculation.

I think that Michelle is probably nicer and softer than I am. I don’t know if I would be able to forgive my partner misleading me and telling outright lies. I think, when I created Michelle, I made her a better version of me.

If you decided to write a spinoff of a side character, who would you choose?

Hmmmm! For me this question should be could you write a spinoff of a side character. I am not sure I could for the simple reason that, for me, when a book is finished and I sign off for the publisher to go ahead, all the characters disappear out of my head. So far, none of them have returned to tickle my writing fancy again. I only have three novels though so there is still time for it to happen. Somehow, I don’t think it will though. I am not a person who ever looks back or who is good at staying in contact with colleagues and acquaintances from the past. It is always about the future and something new and exciting for me. I’m even like this with baking, never creating the exact same cake or dish twice.

What are you working on now?

That is an interesting question, Teri. I seem to be having a bit of trouble settling on one idea at the moment, so I am working on five books at the same time. I like to write sections in my books from the perspective of different characters and so I am finishing a piece by a character or a chapter, as relevant, and then moving to another WIP.

The one I am currently progressing is called The Soldier and the Radium Girl and is a historical paranormal book about the First World War. I am writing from the American perspective which is quite interesting for me. I have to make sure I don’t slip into language like bloody which is not a term an American would use. I have an American Beta reader who is checking this for me. I am currently at 15,000 words with this story.

I am also working on the first book in a series about climate change and the fourth industrial revolution. This is a sci fi book, but it is heavily entrenched in reality and real future predictions for mankind. I am doing a lot of research for this book too, as I need to get the details of genetic engineering, climate change, pollution, and the future of the pandemic correct and then extrapolate these predictions forward. The writing and research for this book are quite intense which is why I need to take breaks from it. This book is approximately 45,000 words to date.

I am working on the sequel to While the Bombs Fell, a historical novel for teenagers about my mother’s life growing up in a small British town during WWII. I have progressed this document to about 15,000 words.

I am also writing a biography of my own childhood growing up in South Africa in the 80’s. It is stilled along the lines of My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards and is called The Girl Who Loved Dolls. This one is approximately 10,000 words to date.

Finally, I am working on a new Sir Chocolate book called Chocolate Fudge saves the sugar dog story and cookbook which is due out before Christmas. All the artwork is finished and I am just finalizing the recipes before it goes to my publisher.

After Tom and Michelle Cleveland move into their recently built, modern townhouse, their housewarming party is disrupted when a drunken game with an Ouija board goes wrong and summonses a sinister poltergeist, Estelle, who died in 1904.

Estelle makes her presence known in a series of terrifying events, culminating in her attacking Tom in his sleep with a knife. But, Estelle isn’t alone. Who are the shadows lurking in the background – one in an old-fashioned slouch hat and the other, a soldier, carrying a rifle? 

After discovering their house has been built on the site of one of the original farms in Irene, Michelle becomes convinced that the answer to her horrifying visions lies in the past. She must unravel the stories of the three phantoms’ lives, and the circumstances surrounding their untimely deaths during the Second Anglo Boer War, in order to understand how they are tied together and why they are trapped in the world of ghosts between life and death. As the reasons behind Estelle’s malevolent behaviour towards Tom unfold, Michelle’s marriage comes under severe pressure and both their lives are threatened.

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Roberta Eaton Cheadle author biography

Roberta Eaton Cheadle is a South African writer and poet specialising in historical, paranormal, and horror novels and short stories. She is an avid reader in these genres and her writing has been influenced by famous authors including Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, Amor Towles, Stephen Crane, Enrich Maria Remarque, George Orwell, Stephen King, and Colleen McCullough.

 Roberta has short stories and poems in several anthologies and has 2 published novels, Through the Nethergate, a historical supernatural fantasy, and A Ghost and His Gold, a historical paranormal novel set in South Africa.

Roberta has 9 children’s books published under the name Robbie Cheadle.

Roberta was educated at the University of South Africa where she achieved a Bachelor of Accounting Science in 1996 and a Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science in 1997. She was admitted as a member of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2000. Roberta has worked in corporate finance from 2001 until the present date and has written 7 publications relating to investing in Africa. She has won several awards over her 20-year career in the category of Transactional Support Services.

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#BadMoonRising The Things in Heaven and Earth by Michael Scott Hopkins #paranormal #supernatural #horror

Ghosts, demons, possession – all of these words excite me when any are mentioned in a book description, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when all three popped up in the blurb of today’s featured novel. It’s his first time at BMR, so let’s give a big welcome to Michael Scott Hopkins!

Have you ever had a tarot card reading?

Lots of times. When I was a kid, my parents had friends who claimed to be psychics. I had lots of readings, not one of which has come true yet. But it was fascinating at the time.

Would you rather dunk for apples or carve a Jack o’ lantern?

Carve a Jack o’ lantern. I completely lack the artistic skills to make one that looks good, but I hate pumpkin so much there’s a certain satisfaction that comes with plunging a knife into one. There is considerably less chance of drowning as well.

Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

When I was a kid, I did. Quite often. This was when I had a paper route (tells you how old I am), and the paper deliveries had to be made at four or five a.m. It was still dark outside, and the streets were deserted. I was literally the only soul around. But I would see movement out of the corner of my eye, look fast to try to catch whatever it was, scared as heck, and then there was nothing there. But I had a sense that something was always there and following me. That’s why I seldom managed to actually hit the porches when I threw the papers.

Would you and your main character get along?

We would unless he was on one of his murder rampages, since he kills people he likes.

What do you do to get inside your characters’ heads?

I run. It’s a great way to clear your mind of the usual distractions and work out who your characters are, their backstories and motivation. I mean, aside from sweating, what else are you going to do?

How would you describe your book’s ideal reader?

Hopefully, everyone. However, the novel is meant for readers who want to be challenged a bit, to engage with uncertainty of what is happening to the main character along his journey and his emotional growth.

“…plenty of the unpredictable chills and excitement horror thriller fans appreciate.” -Kirkus Reviews

Nash Baxter is a liar.

He’s the famous skeptic who rides his motorcycle across the country debunking hauntings everywhere he goes. Yet he knows ghosts are real – suffering remnants of the departed, held fast to this world and tormented by demons. Hell, it seems, exists all across the land, side-by-side with the living world. Nash has the power to see into that hell and destroy the demons by a force of will.

But sometimes demons fight back…

When they do, they possess Nash and force him to commit murder. Not that Nash minds. He does not feel emotions. Not fear. Not horror. That is until a mysterious woman comes into his life and convinces him nothing was ever as it seemed. He has one purpose in life – to save the world from the truest evil, an evil that lives and breathes inside of Nash Baxter himself. 

Purchase Link

Amazon

Author Bio and Social Media

Michael Scott Hopkins grew up on San Leandro, California. He joined the United States Air Force out of high school and served for eight years, working as an avionics technician on F-4 Phantom aircraft. After being honorably discharged, he worked as a mechanic for the U.S. Postal Service. While working for the Postal Service, he earned a BA in English and went on to graduate studies, earning his master’s degree from Governors State University.

After earning his MA, Hopkins started a career in public relations and as a speechwriter. He also taught English literature as an adjunct professor for his alma mater, GSU. While working in public relations, Hopkins started law school, graduating cum laude from The John Marshall Law School, where he was a member of The John Marshall Law Review.

He lives in Joliet, Illinois, with his wife of more than 30 thirty years, Carla, his golden retriever, Charlie, and two black cats named Lolli and Pop.

He and Carla have three grown sons, Tyler, Kyle, and Eric.

Hopsfiction.com

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#BadMoonRising Dancer in the Grove of Ghosts (Minstrels of Skaythe #2) by Deby Fredericks #fantasy #paranormal

It’s hump day here at Bad Moon Rising, so I’m hoping today’s interview will give you that extra boost you need to make it through the week. Most of these authors have had strong opinions on candy apples or candy corn, but not this one. Don’t make her choose. Welcome, Deby Fredericks!

Have you ever had a tarot reading?

 Yes, at one time I did them myself. I found that the cards “told” me things I didn’t want to hear, so I trusted them. These days, I’m not as worried about my future, so I haven’t read for a while.

Candy apple or candy corn?           

Yes please. Oh, I was supposed to choose one? Then with the candy apples I could kid myself that I was eating something nutritious along with the delicious-but-sticky caramel.

Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

Sort of. There’s a window where I sit to read, and a fence post just outside. I often think there’s a person standing there, but when I look, it’s just the fence post. So I know it’s an optical illusion caused by the window screen.

If you decided to write a spin-off of a side character, who would you choose?           

In my Minstrels of Skaythe series, there is a group of mages who each feature in their own volume, so in a way, the whole thing is a spin-off. However, if I had to do a completely separate side project, it would probably feature Cylass and some of his adventures before he had to be rescued by Tisha.

How do you celebrate when you finish writing a book?

My routine is that I have to get some writing done before I can play video games, so when I’ve finished a project, I get more time to play video games! This lasts maybe two days, and then it’s back to revision, submitting, social media, etc.

What are you working on now?

I have an ongoing novella series, Minstrels of Skaythe. Dancer in the Grove of Ghosts is part of it. There’s one more volume to go, so that’s what I’m focused on.

“He’s dead. He just doesn’t know it yet.”

Mortally wounded, Cylass is abandoned on the battlefield by comrades who would just as soon have him out of the way. But as he waits for death, a strange savior appears. The dancer, Tisha, heals him with her forbidden magic, but also draws the wrath of his cruel former lord.

Soon guardsman and renegade mage are on the run. Will Cylass help Tisha, as she helped him? Or will he do the smart thing, and turn her over to the vicious Count Ar-Dayne?

Purchase Links

ISBNs

Epub    978-0-9977807-9-6

D2D:  https://draft2digital.com/book/496360

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZXLHC62

Mobi   978-1-7339227-2-2

About the Author

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

Fredericks has six fantasy novels out through two small presses. More recently, she self-publishes her fantasy novellas and novelettes, bringing her to 14 books in all. Her latest is The Minstrels of Skaythe. Her short work has been published in Andromeda Spaceways and selected anthologies.

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

Social Media

Blog:                           https://wyrmflight.wordpress.com

Facebook:                   https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDebyFredericks

Twitter:                       https://twitter.com/DebyFredericks

Sarah is FREE Today Only! #TuesdayBookBlog #freebook #YA #horror #paranormal

I hate to post twice on the same day, but my publisher let me know a few weeks ago the Sarah ebook would be free today only across all makets on Amazon – just in time for Halloween! It’s not a slasher/gore type of story, it’s more about the bonds of family and friendship – and a vengeful ghost just happens to be hanging around the house. But it also contains a good amount of humor and a really awesome black cat named Eby (inspired by my cat, Shadow, who gave me the idea for this book). I hope you’ll download Sarah today HERE!

I’m also over at Robbie Cheadle’s blog today answering some of my own Bad Moon Rising questions. Click HERE to visit. She’s currently on tour with her most recent release, A Ghost and His Gold, so make sure to check it out!

Seventeen-year-old horror fan Cain Shannon thought helping a ghost find her killers would be the supernatural adventure of a lifetime. Now, he just hopes to survive long enough to protect his family and friends from her.

A bet between friends goes horribly wrong, resulting in Sarah’s death. When she returns to seek justice against those responsible, Cain agrees to help her. But when he discovers Sarah has been hijacking his body, he realizes she wants retribution instead of justice.

Terrified of what could have happened when he wasn’t in control, Cain commands Sarah to leave his house – but exorcising her isn’t that easy. She retaliates against her murderers in bloody, horrific ways, each death making her stronger, then sets her sights on Cain. With the help of friends, Cain fights to save himself and his loved ones and searches for a way to stop Sarah before she kills again.

#BadMoonRising Eternal Road: The Final Stop by John W. Howell #paranormal #supernatural #thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

If today’s author’s name isn’t familiar to you, I’ll bet you know his lovable furry friends Twiggy and Lucy from the pics of them on his blog (they totally steal the spotlight). Discussion has been made on previous BMR posts about the hazards of dunking for apples in the time of COVID, but I think this author has come up with a viable alternative. You just may not be sober once you finally latch onto that apple. Welcome John W. Howell!

Would you rather dunk for apples or carve a Jack o’ lantern?

I would rather carve a Jack o’ lantern. Before I get into why I like to carve Jack o’ lanterns, let me point out in the time of COVID how creepy it is to dunk for apples. Someone is coughing up a storm and then placing an unmasked head into a vat of apples floating in the water. They come up with one, and the excess water runs out of both sides of the mouth back into the vat. Can you say Sleeping Beauty or Snow White side effects? Good gravy, folks. Let’s not even think about dunking for apples unless they are floating in 200 proof moonshine. Now to the Jack o’ lantern part of the question. I have been carving them for at least 70 years. I love to make pictures and words and funny faces. I also backlight my creations with a candle and parchment paper over the openings so the candle flame doesn’t show and ruin the effect.

If you watch horror movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, covers your eyes, or falls asleep?

When watching horror movies, I’m the one up in the grill of each stupid character. You know the ones. They back into a dark corner of a cellar or run for the car. Come on, people. How many movies do you have to see to catch on? Also, you don’t say something stupid like, “Well, I guess Jason is dead.” You have to know you are just jinxing yourself. And to that one who absolutely must take a shower right in the middle of all the mayhem. I have no sympathy for you at all. I do enjoy seeing you streak through the woods, trying to cover up with a towel and screaming your head off. Was the shower worthwhile?

Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

Whoa, this question just scared the pants off me. I can’t imagine that seeing figures in your peripheral vision was a thing. I thought it was just me and some weird brain abnormality. I have been seeing figures in my peripheral vision for years. Those little black suckers dart in and out of my field of vision. I have pretty much come to the point of ignoring them. Why not? They pretty much ignore me. I have tried to make contact, but nooo. They jump behind me and then dare me to make a fool of myself by twirling around to see if I can catch them. It becomes a problem in the line at Starbucks. Just when I get my grande and before I put in cream, I see ‘em and twirl around only to lay a coffee-colored swath across some poor civilian’s white outfit. Okay, maybe I exaggerate a little, but it could happen.

How do you celebrate when you finish writing a book?

Finishing a book seems to be a challenging point in time to pinpoint. There’s the first draft which I guess could count as finishing a book. But it is usually a mess, so I wouldn’t want that to be my celebration point. Next, there is the final draft. Sure, I guess that could be the finish, except then there is the professional edit. So not yet time to celebrate because after the edit comes the formatting. Holy Crap, when is this dog ever going to be finished? After formatting comes publish. All right now, we’re talking—time to celebrate. Yeah, but my stomach is still rolling from the tension, so I doubt anything will stay with me. Well, let’s just say when my books are complete, I have a giant slug of Keopectate and a bourbon.

What do you do to get inside your characters’ heads?

The more accurate question as it applies to me is what do my characters do to get inside my head. I’m usually minding my own business working on the book when all of a sudden, I get this call from the blue. There is no ringing like a telephone, but there is a connection. Before I know it, I’m having a conversation with a being that is a figment of my imagination. Under these circumstances, I am definitely at a disadvantage because I maintain an arrogant view that I understand my creation. Nothing is further from the truth. These things have a mind of their own, and I’m just glad they can’t use the keyboard. If they did, there is no telling what kind of story could get written. I’m the only thing standing between them and what I could describe is an outrageous collection of narcissistic rambling with my name on it.

What are you working on now?

I am working on the sequel to Eternal Road – The last stop. It doesn’t have a title yet but is a story of the two main characters from Eternal Road who can help rescue another soul lost on the Eternal Road. The soul is a combat pilot who stayed with his fighter in Afghanistan rather than bailing out, knowing the plane would crash into a school. His name is Ryan Sanders, and he is being escorted on the Eternal Road by none other than Eddie Rickenbacker. It seems Eddie and Ryan have come up missing, and there is speculation that Lucifer has had a hand in their disappearance. They were last seen in aerial combat over France in 1918. Sam and James must find the pair and help Ryan chose his Eternal Home.

James Wainwright picks up a hitchhiker and discovers two things

1. The woman he picks up is his childhood sweetheart, only Seventeen years older.

2. He is no longer of this world.

James began a road trip alone in his 1956 Oldsmobile. He stops for a hitchhiker only to discover she is his childhood sweetheart, Sam, who disappeared seventeen years before. James learns from Sam falling asleep miles back caused him to perish in a one-car accident. He also comes to understand that Sam was taken and murdered all those years ago, and now she has come back to help him find his eternal home.

The pair visit a number of times and places and are witness to a number of historical events. The rules dictate that they do no harm to the time continuum. Trying to be careful, they inadvertently come to the attention of Lucifer who would love to have their souls as his subjects. They also find a threat to human survival and desperately need to put in place the fix necessary to save mankind.

The question becomes, will James find his eternal home in grace or lose the battle with Satan for his immortal soul and the future of human life with it? If you like time-travel, adventure, mystery, justice, and the supernatural, this story is for you.

Purchase Link

Kindle Universal link  mybook.to/EternalRoad

Author Bio and Social Media

John is an award-winning author who, after an extensive business career, began writing full time in 2012. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. He has written five other books that are on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. The paperback versions are also available in the Indie Lector store

John lives in Lakeway, Texas, with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

Contact John

Blog Fiction Favorites, http://johnwhowell.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/john.howell.98229241

Twitter –https://www.twitter.com/HowellWave

Goodreads –https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7751796.John_W_Howell

Amazon Author’s page –https://www.amazon.com/author/johnwhowell

BookBub  https://www.bookbub.com/profile/john-w-howell

#BadMoonRising The Grimy and the Greedy by Meaghan Curley #paranormal #comedy #thriller

It’s time to change gears a bit. Today’s book is a paranormal thriller, but with a dash of comedy added. The author admits to hearing voices in her head – read on to see who’s behind them. Welcome Meaghan Curley!

Which urban legend scares you the most?

Trickle down economics. 

Have you ever had a tarot card reading?

Yeah but I kept lying to the fortune teller to see if they were legit so my reading didn’t go well at all. LOL 

Was there a horror movie you refused to watch because the previews were too scary?

The 2019 Lion King remake. 

Would you and your main character get along?

We’re both brash, crass and full of sass so hell yeah. 

If you decided to write a spinoff of a side character, who would you choose?

PJ Clements the monster for sure. 

What do you do to get inside your characters’ heads?

I’m that writer who “hears” characters’ voices before I “see” their physical traits so it’s easy for me to get inside their heads because I hear their tones, accents, diction, the cascade of their voices long before I even know who they are structurally. (I forgot who said it but someone said writing is the socially acceptable form of schizophrenia and I firmly agree with that because I’m convinced if I wasn’t a writer I would’ve been locked up years ago).

The odious Jeanette Sobriquet is dead and her granddaughter, Fizzy, is too relieved to grieve. Unfortunately for her, when Fizzy announces her refusal to attend the abusive woman’s funeral, her life becomes a living nightmare. Now, she has demons, ghosts, and the threat of homelessness hunting her down, all demanding she caves into the dead woman’s iron will.

Bar owner, Affidious Dixon, is forced to carry out Fizzy’s dead grandmother’s last requests; otherwise, the ghost of the Bosnian war criminal that is following him around will murder his mother.

The Grimy & the Greedy is a comedic paranormal thriller about one woman’s fight to save herself from tyrannical death customs and one man’s journey to save his mother from pure evil. 

Purchase Links

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Author Bio

Meaghan Curley is a writer from New York with two novels, “Girl: Repurposed” and “the Grimy and the Greedy” and a chapbook out titled “Vulgar Wisdoms”. 

Social Media

Twitter link https://mobile.twitter.com/UncleMeag

#BadMoonRising Inheritance Revealed (Vampire Hunter #1) by Cheryl A. Hunt #paranormal #vampires

Any vampire fans out there? If so, today’s featured author will make your vamp-loving heart happy with the first book in a series. She’s a talented pumpkin carver and loves it so much it’s not just for Halloween anymore. Welcome Cheryl A. Hunt!

Which urban legend scares you most?

The hook man legend scares me. I remember when I was a teenager, it was a favorite to tell around a campfire, and I was always scared.

Would you rather dunk for apples or carve a Jack o’ lantern?

Carve a Jack o’ lantern. I have always purchased several pumpkins each year to carve on Halloween. I love owls and usually carve at least one of my pumpkins with an owl design. Recently I started growing pumpkins in my garden, and I am carving for Thanksgiving as well.

If you watch horror movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, covers your eyes, or falls asleep?

I am definitely the person who covers her eyes. I remember sitting on the couch watching Dracula with my daughter when she was 12 or 13. She sat eating popcorn, and I had my arms over my head and my eyes closed.

Would you and your main character get along?

Yes, we would get along because we have some similar interests. When I wrote the main character, I made her interested in Mythology because it is a something I enjoy.

If you decided to write a spinoff of a side character, who would you choose?

I would write Marcus’ story. He turned into such an interesting character. I have hinted that he is very old and a soldier, so his story would be interesting to write.

What are you working on now?

I have a few novels in the works, and I am writing short stories that expand on my vampire hunter series. I usually work on a couple of stories until one takes hold and then I focus on it.

Arianna Sabini is twenty-five years old and a first-year professor finishing her PhD. dissertation and teaching at Weymouth University in upstate New York. She meets James Merden, a handsome and intriguing man who is at the university under the guise of writing a novel, but who is really there to get to know Arianna. Their relationship develops, and it seems like everything in her ordered and planned life is falling into place when she is viciously attacked. Arianna awakens and must accept the reality of how her life is changed, forever. She discovers she is a vampire hunter, James is a vampire, and the mythology she teaches is not entirely fiction. With help from Giovanni, a rough and cranky old vampire hunter, Arianna discovers her inner talents, and she begins to unravel the mysterious family secret in her past.

Purchase Link

Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/Inheritance-Revealed-Vampire-Hunter-Novel-ebook/dp/B094RHPZWX Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Inheritance-Revealed-Vampire-Hunter-Novel/dp/1684336848

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Cheryl A. Hunter is an author and artist. Her books span multiple genres including contemporary fiction, paranormal fantasy, and nonfiction. Cheryl is also an artist who works in glass, ink and watercolor, and photography. When she is not writing, taking pictures, or creating glass art, she loves to travel. Her interest in Ancient Greek and Roman cultures has taken her to many Archeological sites and museums in several countries.

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#BadMoonRising The Hat by C.S. Boyack #paranormal #supernatural #fantasy #TuesdayBookBlog

This is what readers have to say about today’s featured book – “fun banter”, “vividly imagined”, “hilarious paranormal suspense”, “enchanting characters”. Having read the first three books in this series, I couldn’t agree more. Being a fan of snarky characters, Lizzie and the hat are among my favorites. As a special treat from the author, no tricks (I feel you cringing, but I couldn’t resist), The Hat is FREE today, so make sure to click the link below! Welcome C.S. Boyack!

Thanks for inviting me back, Teri. I love Bad Moon and look forward to it every year. I have a bit of promo to do, but want to attempt a brief participation according to the rules. Let’s get to some of that first.

Would you rather dunk for apples or carve a Jack o’ Lantern?

Huh! Neither of these particularly bother me. I skipped the candy apple question with my beard. I’ve carved many a pumpkin in my day, and enjoy figuring out all the cool 100% vegetable ways of dressing them up. Did you know a red bell pepper makes an awesome tongue, that an eggplant can be a fun nose, or that corn silk makes for awesome eyebrows?

If you watch horror movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, covers your eyes, or falls asleep?

I’m the guy who yells at the characters. Why can’t they seem to figure out shooting first is a viable option? Getting out of the scary environment is another viable option? Sheesh.

How would you describe your book’s ideal reader?

I have a lot of books, but I’m going to focus on the series being promoted here today. This series is all about having fun. I have readers across a broad swath, but I think all of them are looking to poke a little fun at standard tropes, have a laugh or two, and still get to wipe a little blood off their hands.

What are you working on now?

That’s a loaded question for me. I’m writing this in August, and I typically have two projects going at once. At the time of this writing, I have the final volume of The Lanternfish Trilogy in the editing phase, and the next book in The Hat Series in the same status. I’m also working on a nameless space opera that I think will be fun.

About that promo… I’m touring The Hat Series around this October, and this is the first stop. To kick things off, I have the first volume, The Hat, free for a few days. While you can always read my books for free with Kindle Unlimited, now you can get your very own copy for free.

The Hat is the origin story for the whole series. It shows Lizzie and the hat coming together for the first time to deal with a group of baby snatchers. There’s no reason humans can’t be evil, and it’s a little simpler to walk our new monster hunter into the role without dealing with supernatural beasts. It’s highly thought of and the reviews are positive.

I’ve included a universal series link instead of the solo book this time. http://mybook.to/The-Hat-Series I also wrote a series blurb for this promo.

Blurb: The Hat Series is my opportunity to have a little fun, and readers seem to be enjoying themselves, too. The series fits into a variety of pigeonholes as all stories do. If you’re looking for supernatural, paranormal, or urban fantasy, with a dose of dark humor, this might be the series you’re looking for.

Lizzie St. Laurent is a hard working twenty-something. She’s struggling with the issues of being a young adult, but also dealing with the supernatural world. After her grandmother died, she tried to get a memento from the estate. Her greedy uncle refused to share, so in desperation, she stole a box from the moving van.

Her treasure turned out to be an old hat that belonged to her grandfather. Not exactly the knickknack she was hoping for. This isn’t any ordinary hat. He’s actually a being from another dimension who was brought here by witchcraft. He has a few magical skills, but also some more ordinary ones. He can transport her to a cabin, deep in the forest, among other things. A bit more ordinary is his ability to play the upright bass, but only if he has a human host to manipulate. He’s also a shapeshifter, but limited to always being a hat of some kind.

The hat has been in Lizzie’s family for centuries, and all of his partners have been monster hunters. Their symbiotic relationship also created an additional income stream for Lizzie. They formed a small cover band, which tends gets them out at night when monster hunting is more productive.

I put all kinds of strange things into these stories to make them fun. My section breaks have all been replaced with a series of bass clefs. I also include silly graphics in various locations to enhance the tales. You’ll find tons of snark mixed in with your blood and adventure.

These are short novels, designed for a single afternoon. While it is a series, they can be read as stand-alone tales. If one of the other volumes is your entry-point, I don’t think you’ll feel lost.

If this sounds like something to make your October complete, I’d appreciate you checking it out.

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#BadMoonRising Harbinger (Wake-Robin Ridge #3) by Marcia Meara #supernatural #paranormal

Today’s author unfortunately doesn’t share my love of zombies (since she’s a friend, I can overlook that), but she’s put a spin on an urban legend and incorporated it into her featured book (part of a series I highly recommend – Rabbit!). Welcome Marcia Meara!

Would you rather dunk for apples or carve a Jack-O’-Lantern?

Oh, put me down for carving that pumpkin any day. First of all, autumn is my favorite time of year and I dearly LOVE Halloween. Secondly, coming up with fun faces to carve on the pumpkin is a delight, and I’ve been known to keep my carved pumpkins outside the door until the heat causes them to collapse in on themselves like deflated balloons. (Sadly, in Florida, this usually happens in a matter of 3 or 4 days.)

Was there a horror movie you refused to watch because the previews were too scary?

Any and ALL apocalyptic zombie movies, but not so much because they are too scary. It’s more that apocalyptic themes creep me out, especially in today’s world, and also because I find zombies utterly disgusting. Mostly that last one. (Way too much rot going on.)😊

Which urban legend scares you most?

I love many urban legends, though I don’t know that any of them really scare me, except for a shivery feeling or two, of course. One that I have always been drawn to, however, is the legend of the Black Dog as a harbinger of death. The legend is an ancient Celtic one, and has been the subject of many a tale. It has been said that the Hound of the Baskervilles was based on it, and stories of the Black Dog were brought to the New World by the Europeans. Those legends are alive and well in the Appalachian Mountains to this day.

There are some variations on the theme, but the most common one still seems to be that the Black Dog, called Ol’ Shuck by the mountain folk, is a harbinger of death. In other words, if you see him, you (or someone you know) is going to die. Typically, he stands at a distance, silently staring at the person who’s been unlucky enough to have the beast come to call. That concept has always given me chills, and is the inspiration for my third Wake-Robin Ridge novel, Harbinger, wherein a man’s past deeds might mean it’s only a matter of time before Ol’ Shuck drags him off to face the consequences.

Would you and your main character get along?

All of my books are set in towns like the ones where I grew up, and the characters are just like the folks I went to school with and have known all my life. I would get along with every single one of them because I know them well, and like them a great deal. (Except for the bad guys, of course.) I often imagine myself sharing a cup of tea with Willow or being out on the river with Maggie and Gunn. I’m pretty sure they are my kind of folks.😊

If you decided to write a spinoff of a side character, who would you choose?

Funny you should ask. I actually did exactly that with my Emissary Trilogy of novellas. In Finding Hunter, a minor character was featured as a trucker who gave Hunter Painter a ride back to his love, Willow. I was asked about him so many times, I knew I had to tell his story, too, so I did, and now Jake Daughtry (alias Gabe Angelino) is the main character in three novellas. (Excluding that ginormous archangel, Azrael, of course, who doesn’t like taking second place to anybody!)

And next, I’m going to return to Wake-Robin Ridge for a series of novellas that will include a brand-new partner joining MacKenzie Cole and Rabbit. He was introduced in The Light, and so many people enjoyed the interplay between him and Rabbit, I decided he had to be a full character in his own right. So, look for a new series of novellas to debut in a few months when I hope Book 1, Cole, Cole, & Dupree, will be ready for Prime Time.  

If you could spend the day with another popular author, who would you choose?

Oh, so many to choose from! Authors I chat with online all the time (and would love to meet in person), authors I’ve read over and over through the years, and even my favorite author of all time, Daphne du Maurier. I’d love to have been able to meet the late Rachel Caine, too, whose beautiful books I’ve devoured right to her very last. But—even though horror doesn’t really scare me (technically, anyway)—I’ve always loved spooky, creepy tales, and shivery camp side stories. With that in mind, I think I’d choose to go back in time and spend a day with Edgar Allan Poe. I devoured everything he ever wrote the year I turned twelve, and still enjoy re-reading my favorites. And I can quote great, long passages of The Raven to this day, much to the groans of annoyance from those around me. Yep. I can’t imagine anything more fun than meeting him, so Poe it is!

BLURB FOR HARBINGER

The wine-red trillium that carpets the forests of the North Carolina Mountains is considered a welcome harbinger of spring—but not all such omens are happy ones. An Appalachian legend claims the Black Dog, or Ol’ Shuck, as he’s often called, is a harbinger of death. If you see him, you or someone you know is going to die.

But what happens when Ol’ Shuck starts coming for you in your dreams? Nightmares of epic proportions haunt the deacon of the Light of Grace Baptist Church, and bring terror into the lives of everyone around him. Even MacKenzie Cole and his adopted son, Rabbit, find themselves pulled into danger.

When Sheriff Raleigh Wardell asks Mac and Rabbit to help him solve a twenty-year-old cold case, Rabbit’s visions of a little girl lost set them on a path that soon collides with that of a desperate man being slowly driven mad by guilt.

As Rabbit’s gift of the Sight grows ever more powerful, his commitment to those who seek justice grows as well, even when their pleas come from beyond the grave.

EXCERPT FROM HARBINGER

3:00 A.M. Sunday, March 2, 2014

Morganton, North Carolina

EYELASHES FROZEN, EACH gasping breath a snowy plume in the frigid night air, the boy ran for his life. Heart pounding, he scrambled up the wooded slope, terror driving him faster and faster.

There! Just ahead, a warm light glowed in a small window. Home. Safety. Only a few yards more.

He lurched forward, sure he was going to make it, now. His heart sang with joy, even as his foot slid on an icy patch of old snow, and he went down hard, knocking the wind right out of himself. The metallic taste of blood from his bitten tongue flooded his mouth, and for a moment, he couldn’t move. He was simply too tired to keep going.

No, no, no…get up. You got to get up. You’re almost there.

Desperation gave him a last burst of energy, and panting, he struggled to his knees. The woods loomed dark and silent around him, and he dared to hope he had outrun his pursuer. Then he heard it. A soft rumble at first, the sound built into a full-throated growl, coming from the last stretch of trees between him and his daddy’s tiny cabin. Somehow, it had gotten in front of him. He was cut off!

As he stared in horror, two glowing pinpoints of red appeared not ten feet away, growing steadily larger, as the beast stepped out of the bushes and into the moonlight. The dog was huge, and black as coal. And those fiery eyes stared unblinking, directly into his.

Whimpering, he felt a rush of warmth as he wet himself. He’d seen the Black Dog, and that meant it had come for him. He was going to die.

Somewhere in the dim recesses of his mind, he heard his aunt calling his name, but it was already too late. When Ol’ Shuck shows up to get you, it’s always too late. Still, she called, her voice coming from far away.

“Cadey? Cadey … ?”

He tried to answer, but could make no sound, and stood helpless, watching. Just before it leapt, the Black Dog’s lips peeled back, revealing long, gleaming teeth. Hot, foul breath washed over his face, as Ol’ Shuck opened its mouth impossibly wide, and Cadey tumbled forward into its reeking maw.

At last, he screamed.

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

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

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

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

Wake-Robin Ridge

A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2

Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3

The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel

Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2

That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3

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

The Emissary 3: Love Hurts

The Emissary Trilogy

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

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The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley #bookreview #YA #fantasy

As an African tightrope dancer in Victorian London, Iris is used to being strange. She is certainly a strange sight for leering British audiences always eager for the spectacle of colonial curiosity. But Iris also has a secret that even “strange” doesn’t capture…​

She cannot die.

Haunted by her unnatural power and with no memories of her past, Iris is obsessed with discovering who she is. But that mission gets more complicated when she meets the dark and alluring Adam Temple, a member of a mysterious order called the Enlightenment Committee. Adam seems to know much more about her than he lets on, and he shares with her a terrifying revelation: the world is ending, and the Committee will decide who lives…and who doesn’t.

To help them choose a leader for the upcoming apocalypse, the Committee is holding the Tournament of Freaks, a macabre competition made up of vicious fighters with fantastical abilities. Adam wants Iris to be his champion, and in return he promises her the one thing she wants most: the truth about who she really is.

If Iris wants to learn about her shadowy past, she has no choice but to fight. But the further she gets in the grisly tournament, the more she begins to remember—and the more she wonders if the truth is something best left forgotten. 

I always enjoy a Victorian London setting, and the description of the Tournament of Freaks sounded like a mashup of The Hunger Games and X-Men. There’s no way I could resist requesting this book from NetGalley.

After the macabre opening scene of this book, I was all in. Adam comes across as a cunning assassin with plenty of closely held secrets. I wanted to know exactly what they were and what his connection to Iris was. While I understood Iris’s need to discover her identity and origin, her character didn’t appeal to me as much – but three of the male characters are completely enamored of her. The love triangle – square? – pops up early in the story, but the competition between her suitors grows tiresome pretty quickly. I’ve never been a fan of that trope, but that’s just me.

I was anxious to get to the Tournament, but it doesn’t make an appearance until around the halfway mark and isn’t as much of a plot element as I’d expected. The clues send the teams on life-endangering searches all over London, and the rules state the winner will be the player still alive within the team left standing. Love the high stakes. And there’s no shortage of creepy characters on these teams. I liked the fact that Iris and her team had plenty of stiff competition, but the disadvantage of that was the sheer number of characters to keep straight. Many times I came across someone I couldn’t remember.

While the world-building and plot are unique and well thought out, the story features a strong female MC, and there are several plot threads to follow, I struggled with the pacing (nearly 500 pages) and skimmed through some sections. Reviews are split on this, and many readers enjoyed the longer length of the novel – it just comes down to personal perference.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.