After Dark with Roxie Clark by Brooke Lauren Davis #bookreview #mystery #ghosts

From the author of The Hollow Inside comes a twisty, thought-provoking YA thriller about grief, family, and what happens when true crime hits a little too close to home.

Roxie Clark has seen more dead bodies than your average seventeen-year-old. As a member of the supposedly-cursed Clark family, most of her ancestors have met tragic ends, including her own mother. Instead of fearing the curse, however, Roxie has combined her flair for performance and her gruesome family history into a successful ghost tour. But her tour never covers the most recent body she’s seen-her sister Skylar’s boyfriend, Colin Riley, found murdered in a cornfield.

A year after the murder, Roxie’s desperate to help Skylar find closure and start to heal. Instead, Skylar becomes fixated on finding the killer. As the sisters dig into what really happened, they discover that more than one person has been lying about that night. And the closer they get to the truth, the more Roxie starts to wonder if some scary stories might be better left untold. Brooke Lauren Davis offers another thought-provoking and eerily satisfying tale, perfect for fans of Kara Thomas and Cruel Summer.

A teen who turns her gruesome family history into a ghost tour? As someone who’s been on several, I couldn’t get my hands on this book fast enough.

With her love of all things spooky and creepy (the girl has a real talent for decorations), Roxie immediately captured my heart. The women in the Clark family seem to be cursed (it goes back for generations) and have met untimely and sometimes brutal demises. As a history lover, Roxie does her research and turns these stories into a popular ghost tour. Maybe she occasionally embellishes a tad, but it only adds to the intrigue. She has a tough outer shell, but I loved how her vulnerabilities are gradually revealed, which only makes it easier to relate to her character.

Roxie’s best friend Travis is also a bit of an outcast – his personality isn’t exactly the warm and fuzzy kind. His brother Riley was the boyfriend of Roxie’s sister, Skylar, and Riley was found brutally murdered a year ago. Roxie has tried being supportive, but she and Skylar are polar opposites and see the world in completely different ways. As a result, their relationship is all kinds of messy and can alternate between loving and combative in the blink of an eye. Skylar is withdrawn and still grieving, but an unexpected discovery inspires her to launch her own investigation into Riley’s death. And it soon reveals wave after wave of secrets and surprises. Even though most of the clues were right in front of me, the mystery kept me guessing. I even yelled at the book at one point because I didn’t want to believe a revelation, and I plowed through it in less than two days.

Charmingly campy at times, occasionally amusing, and heavily atmospheric, this was a perfect Halloween read. I’d take Roxie’s ghost tour anytime.

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

#BadMoonRising Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind by Darlene Foster #childrensbooks #ghosts #supernatural

I’m a big fan of this author’s Amanda series. I haven’t traveled to all the places Amanda has, but after reading the book I feel like I have. They’re so well-researched they could double as travel guides. I follow this author on social media and get to see adorable pics of her fur babies, but if you haven’t met them yet, today is your chance. Welcome Darlene Foster!

Would you rather visit a haunted house or a haunted graveyard?

A haunted graveyard. (Aren’t they all haunted? I mean, they are full of dead people, right?) I love graveyards and spend a lot of time in them. They are outside and easy to escape if things get tense. You can get locked inside a haunted house. Yikes!

What is the spookiest ghost story you’ve ever heard?

The story about a young couple who are making out in a car when they hear noises outside. When they check, there is an artificial hand hanging on the door handle. Later they hear on the news about a one-armed serial killer on the loose. That always creeps me out. (Maybe it’s not really a ghost story but it is scary) 

If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf, etc.), which would you choose?

A black cat. I have owned three black cats in my life and they were all great. Mind you, I was careful not to make any of them angry.

Have you ever travelled as research for any of your books? 

I travel as research for all my books! I travelled to New Mexico to research Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind. I visited the haunted hotel in Cimarron and boy did it have scary vibes. 

Have pets ever gotten in the way of your writing? 

Oh yes! My two dogs, Dot and Lia, are always pestering me for a walk just as I am at an intense part of the book.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on Amanda in Scotland: The Standing Stones. There just might be some spooky parts in it, you never know.

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

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

Does Cleo really see ghosts? Can Amanda escape the eerie wind that follows her everywhere? Perhaps The Day of the Dead will reveal the mysteries of Taos in this latest adventure of Amanda’s travels.

Purchase Links

Amazon.ca https://www.amazon.ca/Amanda-New-Mexico-Ghosts-Wind/dp/1771681209/

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Amanda-New-Mexico-Ghosts-Travels/dp/1771681209/

Amazon.co.uk https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amanda-New-Mexico-Ghosts-Travels-ebook/dp/B01MT8LXAR/

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amanda-in-new-mexico-darlene-foster/1125480361?ean=9781771681209

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/es/en/ebook/amanda-in-new-mexico 

Author Bio and Social Media

Darlene Foster grew up on a ranch in Alberta, Canada, where her love of reading inspired her to see the world and write stories. When not travelling, meeting interesting people, and collecting ideas for her travel/adventure books, Darlene enjoys spending time with her family in Canada and with her husband and entertaining rescue dogs, Dot and Lia, in Spain.

website www.darlenefoster.ca

blog https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/

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#BadMoonRising Between the Darkness and the Dawn by Paula Cappa #paranormal #mystery #shortstory

I’ve read a few of this author’s books, and if I could only use a couple words to describe them, they would be atmospheric and immersive. It’s so easy to lose yourself in her stories, and it may have something to do with her visiting the actual settings of some of her works. A name on a cemetery headstone inspired a story idea, and now she’s working on the final draft. Welcome Paula Cappa!

Would you rather visit a haunted house or a haunted graveyard?

Graveyard for sure. I prefer the ghostly quiet of cemeteries. Reading the names and dates on the headstones are inspiring for me to conjure up stories and scenes. I once read a headstone with the name Draakensky on it. The name was startling to me and actually ignited a story of a haunted estate named Draakensky. I’m now working on the final draft of my supernatural novel Draakensky.

Which Stephen King novel unsettled you the most?

The Shining. Mostly because the ghosts had such power in the story and they were unrelenting. Jack, of course, became a terrifying entity. The thing about King’s stories is they touch a vulnerable part of the human psyche and once he does that, as a reader, I can’t let go. The psychological elements are always compelling.

Which unsolved murder fascinates you the most?

I think the murders where the cause of death is mysterious and doesn’t lead directly to the killer. When a person dies and the cause is not clear or conflicting, it presents such doubt and curiosity. Something like the old-fashioned lock-door mysteries. How did the killer get in or out, accomplishing what seems impossible?

Have you ever traveled as research for any of your books? 

Yes, for my novel Greylock, a mystery story about a music phantom, I placed the setting on Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts. The mountain itself is said to be haunted, so it was perfect to explore from a ghostly perspective. I traveled to Mt. Greylock twice to walk the trails and spend time at the top, getting inspiration from the views and the trails. There’s a lot of research that can be done online and lots of images, but putting your feet on the ground where your characters are walking, is another whole adventure.  Also, I wrote a ghost short story (historical) about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Old Manse in Concord, MA. I toured the Old Manse several times to get the feel in the house when Hawthorne lived there. The short story “Between the Darkness and the Dawn,” was published at Whistling Shade Literary Journal and now it’s a Kindle Single.

Have you ever tried to write a novel in a genre you rarely or never read? 

I normally don’t read fairy tales, but a story with a king and queen kept circling in my head. When I started writing it down, I realized it was a traditional fairy tale (novelette). So, then I did have to start reading that genre and studying about how to write fairy tales. Because the story used magick (of course), I opened a whole new and exciting element to my writing. And wouldn’t you know, the novel I’m working on now has magick in it. Experimenting in new genres for reading and writing can only add more richness to your writing life and reading.

What are you working on now?

I am writing a novel about a haunted windmill and how magick lives with all of nature. The characters in the story are drawn to the magickal realms, some to witchcraft.

“Cappa’s Between Darkness and Dawn is as nuanced and atmospheric as the stories of Hawthorne himself. Mesmerizing.” –Erika Robuck, author of House of Hawthorne: A Novel.   

Come visit the Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts. Does the ghost of author Nathaniel Hawthorne stalk the front parlor? Edward Fane, ley line hunter aims to find out. Armed with his EMF meters, Edward tests the Old Manse for ghosts that might be streaming the reported ley lines on the property. What Edward finds is more than just the ghost of Mr. Hawthorne. Edward uncovers a mysterious woman from Hawthorne’s yesterdays. In this supernatural mystery, more than just shadows exist between the darkness and the dawn. This historical ghost story was based on true events in Hawthorne’s life. Between the Darkness and the Dawn was originally published by Whistling Shade Literary Journal.

Purchase Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Between-Darkness-Dawn-Short-Story-ebook/dp/B00TEKS8E2

Smashwords.com  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/591916

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/between-the-darkness-and-the-dawn-a-short-story-paula-cappa/1122774075

Apple Books https://books.apple.com/us/book/between-the-darkness-and-the-dawn-a-short-story/id1057761874

Author Bio and Social Media

Paula Cappa is a multi-award winning author of supernatural, metaphysical, and mysterious fiction. She is the recipient of the Gold Medal from Global Book Awards, the Chanticleer Book Award, and the American Book Fest Best Books Award Finalist for her novel Greylock. She also earned the prestigious Eric Hoffer Book Award, the Silver Medal at Global Book Awards, the Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite International Awards in Supernatural Suspense, and is a Gothic Readers Book Club Award Winner in Outstanding Fiction.

She is the author of Greylock, The Dazzling Darkness, and Night Sea Journey—print editions published by Crispin Books, Milwaukee WI.Cappa’s short fiction has appeared in ParABnormal Magazine, Coffin Bell Literary Journal, Unfading Daydream, Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, Whistling Shade Literary Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, Sirens Call Ezine, Every Day Fiction, Fiction365, Twilight Times Ezine, and in anthologies Journals of Horror: Found Fiction, Mystery Time, and Human Writes Literary Journal. Many of her short stories are now Kindle Singles on Amazon. Paula Cappa is a freelance copy editor and writes a short story blog, Reading Fiction Blog, at her website at paulacappa.wordpress.com. She is Co-Chair of the Pound Ridge Authors Society in Pound Ridge, NY.

Website and Reading Fiction Blog:  paulacappa.wordpress.com

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/paula.cappa.94

Goodreads URL:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6553133.Paula_Cappa

 Twitter:     https://twitter.com/PaulaCappa1 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paula_cappa/

Author page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Paula-Cappa/e/B009P2HZ7A/

#BadMoonRising The Haunting of Chatham Hollow by Mae Clair and Staci Troilo #paranormal #supernatural #horror #TuesdayBookBlog

I was over the moon when two of my favorite writers co-authored a book. When I learned it involved mediums, seances, and paranormal research teams, I felt like they’d written it just for me (I’ll pretend they had me in mind). They named different King novels that have stuck with them – but not Misery this time around. Welcome Mae Clair and Staci Troilo!

Which Stephen King novel unsettled you the most?

MAE: Easily The Shining. I read it as a teenager and there are parts of that book that still stick in my head and creep me out. I picked up a new paperback copy last year and want to read it again. As spooky as it was, it was addictive!

STACI: All his stories have left me disturbed for one reason or another, but if I have to pick one, I’ll choose The Stand. Randall Flagg is so disturbing, and the end-of-the-world plot touches a little too close to home.

Which unsolved murder fascinates you the most?

MAE: I’m not a fan of true crime or unsolved murders, but I would REALLY like to know the truth about Lizzie Borden!

STACI: I have to go with the Whitechapel murders and Jack the Ripper. I have my theories as to who he was, but I’d love definitive proof. Then again, maybe the uncertainty is part of the allure.

If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf, etc.), which would you choose?

MAE: Well, given I already have a black cat, I think she would disown me if I chose a different pet. Raven is far from spooky—people usually describe her as “sweet”­—but I wouldn’t trade her for any other pet!

STACI: I’m obsessed with wolves, but I don’t think they’d make good pets, and I’d hate to domesticate one when they’re already free and happy. I think I’ll choose the black cat. He or she could become friends with my daughter’s white cat. I bet they’d be quite a pair.

Have you ever traveled as research for any of your books? 

MAE: Absolutely! I visited Point Pleasant, West Virginia while doing research for my Point Pleasant series about the Mothman. I spent a few weekends there and got to visit the TNT—a remote area that was once a WWII munitions dump, and the reputed home of the Mothman. Lots of fun and wonderful research.

STACI: I haven’t traveled to study a locale for a book, but I have used places I’ve been as inspiration for my settings. Friends and family tell me they recognize places (even though I usually create fictional towns).

What books did you grow up reading?

MAE: I went through stages—mysteries when I was a kid, then spooky stuff and sci-fi as a teen, followed by fantasy. Now I write mysteries with spooky stuff included, so I guess I’ve gone full circle, LOL.

STACI: I started with Seuss, nursery rhymes, and fairy tales. Moved into mysteries (Trixie Belden was a favorite), then I devoured anything I could get my hands on. That’s probably why I became a multi-genre author. I never could pick just one thing.

What are you working on now?

MAE: I have two finished manuscripts I need to find a home for or publish. One is mystery/suspense, the other is ghost fiction. I’ve also got a novel in the works that is straight mystery and a short story planned that I hope will be the intro to a new series.

STACI: I have (off the top of my head) five series that have at least one book written. I keep hitting pause on whichever I’m working on to do something else (personal or professional obligations), then when I return, I end up choosing a different project to work on. I’m comfortable saying my next release will be in the mystery/suspense/thriller genre, but I really need to pick a series and finish it.  

Thank you for hosting us today, Teri. It’s always fun to be included in Bad Moon Rising, as well as discovering all the great reads featured in your annual tip-of-the-hat to Halloween. You are a rock star for putting it together!

One founding father.
One deathbed curse.
A town haunted for generations.

Ward Chatham, founder of Chatham Hollow, is infamous for two things—hidden treasure and a curse upon anyone bold enough to seek it. Since his passing in 1793, no one has discovered his riches, though his legend has only grown stronger.

In 1888, charlatan Benedict Fletcher holds a séance to determine the location of Chatham’s fortune. It’s all a hoax so he can search for the gold, but he doesn’t count on two things—Victor Rowe, a true spiritualist who sees through his ruse, and Chatham’s ghost wreaking havoc on the town.

More than a century later, the citizens of the Hollow gather for the annual Founder’s Day celebration. A paranormal research team intends to film a special at Chatham Manor, where the original séance will be reenacted. Reporter and skeptic Aiden Hale resents being assigned the story, but even he can’t deny the sudden outbreak of strange happenings. When he sets out to discover who or what is threatening the Hollow—supernatural or not— his investigation uncovers decades-old conflicts, bitter rivalries, and ruthless murders.

This time, solving the mystery isn’t about meeting his deadline. It’s about not ending up dead.

PURCHASE LINK

Author Bios and Social Media

Connect with Mae Clair at BOOKBUB and the following haunts:

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Website | Blog| Twitter| Goodreads| All Social Media

Connect with Staci Troilo at the following haunts:

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Amazon ​| BookBub ​| Goodreads

#BadMoonRising Haunted Halloween Holiday by Robbie and Michael Cheadle #childrensbooks #supernatural

Today’s book can be shared with the younger Halloween fans in your life. This author is to blame for me drooling over her baking creations and recipes from around the world featured on her blog. Her favorite King novel is The Shining (a personal fav), and she’s chosen a few chilling quotes from that story to share with us. Welcome Robbie Cheadle!

Would you rather visit a haunted house or a haunted graveyard?

Michael and my new book, Haunted Halloween Holiday, is partially set in the Haunted House that is occupied by Stinkpot, the troll, his bats, and the Sugarpop Ghosts.

Count Sugular and his family are invited to a Halloween Party at the Haunted House, and they decide to turn it into a weekend adventure.

I think this choice indicates that I find the idea of a Haunted House more interesting than a graveyard.

I also constructed a Haunted House out of gingerbread which I included in this story. That house was the fulfilment of a baking goal of mine and I was pleased with how it turned out.

Which Stephen King novel unsettled you the most?

The Shining is my number 1 favourite Stephen King novel and the one that I found the most unsettling.

The book is about a man, Jack Torrance who has succumbed to alcoholism and ruined both his working and his personal life. He takes a job as the winter caretaker of a hotel in the Colorado Mountains called The Overlook. The job entails Jack living on the premises and doing various maintenance jobs as they arise, including the important job of tending to the outmoded boiler. Jack’s wife, Wendy, agrees that she and their young son, Danny, will stay with him in the hotel. This is her last attempt to save their faltering marriage.   

The Overlook, however, is not ordinary hotel. It has a life force and an agenda of its own. Danny has an unusual physic ability which feeds the evil and brings to life the ghostly presences attached to the hotel.

I think the reason this book affected me so much is because it involved a small child with a power that the evil force in the Overlook wanted to possess.

The descriptions of Jack Torrance’s slow descent into madness and the way it was aided and abetted through manipulation of his weak character by the evil force was exceptionally creepy.

Jack goes over the edge and tries to murder his wife and son, but in his darkest hour, his humanity makes a final effort to save his son.

These two quotes illustrate my thoughts:

“He needs to be corrected, if you don’t mind me saying so. He needs a good talking-to, and perhaps a bit more. My own girls, sir, didn’t care for the Overlook at first. One of them actually stole a pack of my matches and tried to burn it down. I corrected them. I corrected them most harshly. And when my wife tried to stop me from doing my duty, I corrected her.”

“It was not just Danny the Overlook was working on. It was working on him, too. It wasn’t Danny who was the weak link, it was him. He was the vulnerable one, the one who could be bent and twisted until something snapped.”

If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf, etc.), which would you choose?

I am very dull and would choose a traditional black cat like Sourball in Haunted Halloween Holiday. I am a big lover of cats so no other animal would even be in the running.

Some of the characters in Haunted Halloween Holiday feature in other Sir Chocolate books and many of them have cats as pets. Witch Goody has a grey cat who is also her housekeeper.

Sourball has a curly tail and long, sharp teeth.

Michael and my new children’s book WIP is called Dinah in Wonderland and features a number of cats who go on a fantasy adventure in Wonderland. In case you don’t know, Dinah is the name of Alice in the famous book, Alice in Wonderland.

How do you use social media as an author? 

I have a day job and my time is limited so I focus on four primary social medias, as follows:

  • my two blogs, Robbie’s Inspiration (for children’s books, baking, cooking, and poetry) and Roberta Writes (for young adult and adult writing, some poetry, and other topics that strike my fancy);
  • Twitter;
  • Facebook; and
  • YouTube.

Blogging and Twitter are my primary social media, but I do like the writing and poetry groups on Facebook. I also use Facebook to stay in touch with people.

YouTube is my new interest, and I am enjoying making videos of some of my cooking experiments, visits of game farms and other vacation destinations, and readings of poems and extracts from books, both my own and other peoples.

I do have an Instagram account, but I don’t find it an interactive social media, so I mainly use it to post pictures through to Facebook.

What books did you grow up reading?

I was a big reader as a child, and I still read a lot. I am a fast reader, so I get through between 4 and 6 books a month, depending on length and complexity.

As a small girl of four, I read Noddy, Little Bear, and other simple books. I progressed rapidly to all of Enid Blyton’s younger reader books including The Enchanted Wood series, The Wishing Chair series, and Mr Pink Whistle series. By the time I was nine, I could read most books and had read my way through the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, Pollyanna and sequels, L.M. Montgomery series (Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon), Sue Barton, Hardy Boys books, Nancy Drew books, The Three Investigators, all the rest of Enid Blyton’s books, and the Willard Price animal adventure books. I also read all the Chose Your Own Adventure books and the Chronicles of Narnia. Oh, and I must forget Eva Ibbotson and her amazing books. I loved Which Witch?

I then progressed to adult books which, in those days I couldn’t take out of the local library. I resorted to reading my mom’s books behind the couch and that is when I read all of Stephen King’s early books as she was a fan. I remember being so scared while reading Salem’s Lot I had to stop in the early evening, or I couldn’t sleep at night. I also read a lot of Dean R. Koontz books, but I never liked him as much as I liked King. His style of writing was much more simplistic, and I liked the challenge of King’s doorstoppers.

Do you feel like you’d be a better writer if you wore sparkly socks during your writing sessions?

Ah, but I do wear fancy socks every day. They are not sparkly; they are colourful and have pictures on them. I have about 35 pairs and they depict every sort of creature from tigers to zebras, to birds. I also have pairs with colourful dots, cacti, cats in glasses, sunsets, cherries, and a whole lot more. I love my socks and I match them to my outfits and to my scarves. I’m the only person I know who wears their socks on the outside of their jeans and trousers.

Do they make me a better writer? I don’t know, but they make me feel happy.

Count Sugular is delighted when the Sugarpop Bats invite his family to a Halloween party at the Haunted House. He and his wife, Witch Honey, decide to hire a caravan and enjoy a weekend away with their family.

Includes some fun limericks to introduce the various characters.

Purchase Links

TSL Publications (paperbacks)

Lulu.com (paperbacks and ebooks)

Amazon US (paperbacks)

Amazon UK (paperbacks)

Author Bio and Social Media

Robbie Cheadle is a South African children’s author and poet with eleven children’s books and two poetry books.

The eight Sir Chocolate children’s picture books, co-authored by Robbie and Michael Cheadle, are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision.

Robbie and Michael have also written Haunted Halloween Holiday, a delightful fantasy story for children aged 5 to 9. Count Sugular and his family hire a caravan to attend a Halloween party at the Haunted House in Ghost Valley. This story is beautifully illustrated with Robbie’s fondant and cake art creations.

Robbie has also published two books for older children which incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.

Robbie has two adult novels in the paranormal historical and supernatural fantasy genres published under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. She also has short stories, in the horror and paranormal genre, and poems included in several anthologies.

Robbie Cheadle contributes two monthly posts to https://writingtoberead.com/, namely, Growing Bookworms, a series providing advice to caregivers on how to encourage children to read and write, and Treasuring Poetry, a series aimed at introducing poetry lovers to new poets and poetry books.

In addition, Roberta Eaton Cheadle contributes one monthly post to https://writingtoberead.com/ called Dark Origins: African Myths and Legends which shares information about the cultures, myths and legends of the indigenous people of southern Africa.

Website

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

Blog

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

Twitter

@bakeandwrite

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVyFo_OJLPqFa9ZhHnCfHUA

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

#BadMoonRising The Midnight Rambler by C.S. Boyack #paranormal #supernatural #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m a fan of this author’s books, and he’s created characters that stick with me long after reading the last page (the root monsters, Clovis, and Kevin the vampire to name a few). Clever banter and snark get me every time, and his Lizzie and the hat novels get big check marks in those columns. When I saw the cover of his new release, The Midnight Rambler, it immediately became my favorite of the series. Welcome C.S. Boyack!

I’m excited to be here again for Bad Moon Rising, and appreciate the invite, Teri. This is one of my favorite stops of the year. Mad respect to you for putting this together every October. On with the questions:

Would you rather visit a haunted house or a haunted graveyard?

Fun question, and I suppose I would choose the cemetery. I like the idea of open air and a slightly better chance to escape. If escape isn’t necessary, chatting under the stars with a ghost might be kind of charming.

Which unsolved murder fascinates you the most?

Hands down, the Zodiac killer. This all happened when I was a kid in Northern Nevada. My elders were terrified even though we were hundreds of miles away. Then he performed some of his acts in the Tahoe area and it drove the point home even more. The ciphers, the taunting, and everything that went with his nefarious acts makes it all the more interesting. The fact that it’s real is even better.

If you were stuck as the protagonist in any horror movie, which would you choose?

Kind of liked the Frog brothers from Lost Boys, but I’d have to choose Ash Williams. Come on, Bruce Campbell, a boom-stick, and being groovy would be perfect.

What is your kryptonite as a writer?

There are a few, stress being a big one. However, I need to be free of distractions for a few hours. I used to call it noise, but it’s more than that. Other people, demanding pets, television, etc. kills the process for me. I need to delve into my thoughts without the weight of the world, or the peripheral goings on of others. I bought a pair of noise cancelling headphones and have made good use of them by playing ambient noise. I’m wearing them as I type this with Skyrim ambience in my ears.

Have pets ever gotten in the way of your writing?

Frankie likes to read over my shoulder, but Otto is more into cuddling.

If you could be mentored by any famous author, who would it be?

Honestly, Teri, I’d take about anyone you could offer. Everyone has something we can learn from. If I got to pick, I think I’d choose Michael Crichton. The guy was so creative and painted such a great picture I’d love to have spent some time with him.

Okay, I’m cheating now, but how could I pass up, “What are you working on now?”

I try to have two manuscripts going at any time, plus notes and storyboards for future stories constantly evolving in my mind. I currently have a revenge story in a post apocalyptic setting I’m calling “Once Upon a Time in the Swamp.” It’s probably at the 3/4 mark and will be a stand alone tale.

I’m also drafting one called “Goodbye Old Paint,” as part of The Hat Series. This is the dark humor series I try to fill with stand-alone volumes. And speaking of The Hat Series, I have a brand new book on the shelves that I’m promoting here today.

Something evil is after the hat. The ageless enemies have battled many times, but this time Lizzie is wearing the hat. She’s also up against a ticking clock, in that if she can’t find the maker of her new friend’s medicine he will die.

The Rambler has kidnapped the only witch capable of making Ray’s medicine in an attempt to make the hat sloppy in his efforts. He’s also flooded the streets with deadly minions to impede any progress our heroes might make.

As if that weren’t enough, Lizzie is facing more of life’s struggles, both financially and mechanically. This all goes down in the middle of a huge flood event that she’s ill equipped to handle.

Join Lizzie and the hat as they battle the elements, the paranormal, and a being of pure evil. Lizzie might be battling some personal demons along the way as she and Ray grow closer.

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

Most of you will probably recognize today’s author and, like me, became devoted fans of his furry friends Lucy and Twiggy from their first appearances on his blog. He also puts smiles on our faces every week with his Fri-yay/Good News posts. If you’ve read Eternal Road, some exciting news waits for you below. Find out why he’d like to be cast in the movie, Halloween. Welcome John W. Howell!

Which Stephen King novel unsettled you the most?

This one is easy. Since I always wanted to be a writer, I bought the book Misery. The blurb promised an exciting read about an unusual relationship between a fan and an author. How bad could it be, I thought to myself. OMG, what a wake-up call that one was. If you haven’t read the book, I’ll try to keep the description from being a spoiler. The fan was mad at the author for killing off a character in his draft manuscript. She had him bound and then punished him in a way that made me throw the book across the room. I read many of Stephen King’s books before this but never had this kind of reaction.

Would you buy a doll that you knew was haunted?

I would never even touch a doll that I knew had a haunting history. I get creeped out by dolls when I see them in people’s homes. I think I invested too much emotion in the movie that featured Chucky. When I see a collection of dolls watching from some shelves or, heaven forbid, a bed, I want to run for the door. I don’t understand why folks collect dolls, and I’m sure they have their reasons but am grateful that no one I know has them.

If you were stuck as the protagonist in any horror movie, which would you choose?

If I was in a horror movie, I think I would like to be in Halloween. After all, it was the first of the series and did have Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, and Nancy Keyes in their 1978 best as central characters. I could see me trying to comfort and protect Jamie. I always liked Donald Pleasence’s work and would love to be standing there when he said the line, “My God, he is the boogeyman.” Also, I think it would be a kick to help various cast members from making big mistakes. I mean, “Do not go into the basement. What the heck is the matter with you?”

What is your kryptonite as a writer?

My kryptonite as a writer is that big ole hole I drop into when doing research. Whenever I start researching something, I keep going until I find myself on some obscure path that usually leads nowhere. For example, I remember one time wanting to look up the kind of pistol Wyatt Earp was carrying at the OK Corral. I found the answer pretty quickly, but then, following some strings, I found myself reading the transcripts from the trial of the Wyatt Brothers that was a result of the gunfight at the Ok Corral. Hours later, I managed to break away and lament the loss of writing productivity for that day. I wish I could say I learned a lesson on researching more quickly, but I go through the same thing almost every time.

Do you feel you’d be a better writer if you wore sparkly socks during your writing sessions?

If I wore sparkly socks during my writing sessions, I’m not sure I would be a better writer. I know that when I looked under the desk, I would get a good laugh from what I saw. I could also get the same effect by wearing a suit from the old days. I could just see myself now. Sporting a tie and maybe some high-shine oxfords would give me cause to chuckle as I passed a mirror. I think the point is nothing you could wear would improve your writing skill. The only way to do that is to keep on writing.

What are you working on now?

I am finalizing the sequel to Eternal Road, with the title of The Last Drive, for launching in January 2023. It is a story about James and Sam, the principals from Eternal Road, being called back into action to find a soul and his guide who have disappeared from the Eternal Road. Sam suspects some skullduggery by Satan and receives verification when Lucifer confronts her and James. Lucifer is up to his old trick of wanting to capture a desirable soul. Lucifer sends Sam and James on several hair-raising trips to force them to give up a soul in trade for saving others. The trips include the California gold rush, the ancient roman coliseum, Super Bowl I, The Titanic, Auschwitz, the East/West railroad build, and the Garden of Gethsemane.

Eternal Road is the story of two people finding their way through the selection process leading to the place where one will spend eternity. Yes, it is true. They both have passed away. James Wainwright just died in an auto accident. Samantha Tourneau died seventeen years before. Sam is James’s guide to help him decide where to spend eternity. This is not your usual thriller or paranormal romance. It is a piece of fiction that is a combination of inspiration, adventure, time travel, sci-fi, a touch of erotica, and a dash of spiritual. In short, it is a lot of things, but hopefully, a story that will make the reader happy to have read it. 

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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. 

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

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#BadMoonRising Ghostly Interference by Jan Sikes #ghost #supernatural

Today’s author is here with her award winning novel, the first in a series (so you can get started now!). The only reason you’d find her with a haunted doll is if she was attempting to exorcise it. What a Good Samaritan she is. Welcome Jan Sikes!

Which Stephen King novel unsettled you the most?

Hands-down, “Misery.” The thought of being trapped in an isolated, remote location with a deranged psychotic person who loves you to death is about as unsettling as it gets for me. It was such a great story premise, and the movie was equally as good as the book.

Would you buy a doll that you knew was haunted?

Not only NO but Hell No! Why invite trouble when life is hard enough! I might try to find a way to destroy the haunted doll and release the spirit, but I’d never knowingly bring one into my home.

Do you believe in any ‘mythical’ monsters like chupacabras or shadow people?

Yep. Myths and legends get started from somewhere or someone’s experience. So, I definitely believe some of these myths and legends come from actual occurrences. I haven’t seen any mythical monsters, but I have seen ghosts and UFOs.

How do you use social media as an author? 

I think my response would be what most authors would say, and that is to forge connections and gain readers. I use Twitter exclusively for all things author-related. I use Facebook for personal reasons, as well as authorly. But ultimately, all social media platforms need to serve a purpose, or I won’t use them. My favorite social media platform is my blog.

Have you ever traveled as research for any of your books? 

Yes! In May, I took a trip to a certain part of Missouri to learn about the area and to actually lay eyes on the landscape. I utilized a local library to go through reels of microfiche from the time period my story takes place. I found some pretty coincidental things such as a death notice for a person with the same last name of my character, which I adopted as my character’s father. It was also helpful to see the price of items in 1947.

What are you working on now?

This question goes hand-in-hand with the traveling for research one. The book I am currently working on is Literary Fiction or Historical Fiction set in 1947 in a tiny town in Southwestern Missouri. The title is “A Beggar’s Bargain.” And I am past the 50,000 word mark, so it is coming along. This is different from anything I’ve ever written. There are lots of challenges to staying true to the time period, but I am loving everything about this story!

Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet, comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe world. He tracks down the rider to apologize properly. Slipping into a seedy biker bar, he discovers the rider isn’t a “he”, it’s a “she,” a dark-haired beauty.

Rena Jett is a troubled soul who lives in a rough world. She wants no part of Jag’s apology, but even while she pushes him away, she is attracted to him. When he claims to see a ghost—her brother—can she trust him? And could her brother’s final gift, a magical rune stone with the symbol for “happily ever after,” have the power to heal her wounds and allow opposites to find common ground—perhaps even love?

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Jan Sikes writes compelling and creative stories from the heart.

She openly admits that she never set out in life to be an author. But she had a story to tell. Not just any story, but a true story that rivals any fiction creation. The entertaining true story comes to life through fictitious characters in an intricately woven tale that encompasses four books.

And now, this author can’t find a way to put down the pen. She continues to write fiction and has published numerous award-winning short stories. She published her debut paranormal romance novel, Ghostly Interference, Book 1 in The White Rune Series, in 2020, which won a bronze medal award from Reader’s Favorite. Jagged Feathers was released on January 31, 2022, as Book 2 of that series and garnered an Honorable Mention from Reader’s Favorite, plus won 4th place in the North Texas Book Festival Book Awards.  Saddled Hearts, Book 3,will release on October 19, 2022.

She is an active blogger, an avid fan of Texas music, and a grandmother of five. She resides in North Texas.

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Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco and Daphne by Josh Malerman #bookreview #horror #asianmyth #vampires #LGBTQ

I know I’ve been featuring more reviews than usual lately (and you’re probably getting a little tired of them), but I’ve been trying to get the September releases posted before Bad Moon Rising takes over the month of October. The fun starts tomorrow with the preview of BMR authors!

Full of court intrigue, queer romance, and terrifying monsters—this gothic epic fantasy will appeal to fans of Samantha Shannon’s The Priory of the Orange Tree and the adult animated series Castlevania.

Remy Pendergast is many things: the only son of the Duke of Valenbonne (though his father might wish otherwise), an elite bounty hunter of rogue vampires, and an outcast among his fellow Reapers. His mother was the subject of gossip even before she eloped with a vampire, giving rise to the rumors that Remy is half-vampire himself. Though the kingdom of Aluria barely tolerates him, Remy’s father has been shaping him into a weapon to fight for the kingdom at any cost.

When a terrifying new breed of vampire is sighted outside of the city, Remy prepares to investigate alone. But then he encounters the shockingly warmhearted vampire heiress Xiaodan Song and her infuriatingly arrogant fiancé, vampire lord Zidan Malekh, who may hold the key to defeating the creatures—though he knows associating with them won’t do his reputation any favors. When he’s offered a spot alongside them to find the truth about the mutating virus Rot that’s plaguing the kingdom, Remy faces a choice.

It’s one he’s certain he’ll regret.

But as the three face dangerous hardships during their journey, Remy develops fond and complicated feelings for the couple. He begins to question what he holds true about vampires, as well as the story behind his own family legacy. As the Rot continues to spread across the kingdom, Remy must decide where his loyalties lie: with his father and the kingdom he’s been trained all his life to defend or the vampires who might just be the death of him. 

I’m a fan of Chupeco’s YA books and jumped at the chance to read their first foray into the adult genre. I nearly did a happy dance when I learned the story involves vampires.

Remy’s life hasn’t been an easy one. He’s a vampire hunter but is shunned by other hunters because of rumors his mother ran away with a vampire – and Remy might be half vampire. His father, a human and former hunter, is ambitious, power-hungry, and constantly demeans Remy. He also pimps Remy out to the wives of men who hold strategic positions in society in order to gain information. Trust me, no Father of the Year trophies will ever grace this guy’s mantle. As a result of all this, Remy doesn’t think highly of himself and believes he’s not worthy of kindness from anyone. He’s definitely an easy character to root for.

When a new breed of vampire shows up, Remy finds himself teamed up with an engaged vampire couple, both of them high up in their respective courts. Having read several vampire books, I liked this different take on a mutant strain of vamps. I also enjoyed seeing a human and vampires working alongside each other, encountering plenty of obstacles along the way, in order to discover who’s behind the Rot. What Remy lacks in self-esteem he more than makes up for as a hunter and can hold his own in a fight. And there are plenty of bloody ones in this story. It’s also full of gothic atmosphere, and the polyamorous relationship that develops between the three of them is pretty amusing at times because of differing personalities. Seeing Remy begin to realize he’s worthy of love and kindness also comes with some heartfelt moments.

At over five hundred pages, this is a chunk of a novel that moves at a brisk pace. It’s not listed as a series on Goodreads, but the ending makes me believe a sequel will be coming – and I’ll absolutely be reading it. HIghly recommend to fans of supernatural mystery.

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

It’s the last summer for Kit Lamb: The last summer before college. The last summer with her high school basketball team, and with Dana, her best friend. The last summer before her life begins.

But the night before the big game, one of the players tells a ghost story about Daphne, a girl who went to their school many years ago and died under mysterious circumstances. Some say she was murdered, others that she died by her own hand. And some say that Daphne is a murderer herself. They also say that Daphne is still out there, obsessed with revenge, and will appear to kill again anytime someone thinks about her.

After Kit hears the story, her teammates vanish, one by one, and Kit begins to suspect that the stories about Daphne are real . . . and to fear that her own mind is conjuring the killer. Now it’s a race against time as Kit searches for the truth behind the legend and learns to face her own fears—before the summer of her life becomes the last summer of her life.

Mixing a nostalgic coming-of-age story and an instantly iconic female villain with an innovative new vision of classic horror, Daphne is an unforgettable thriller as only Josh Malerman could imagine it.

When you’re told not to think about a certain thing, see how well you do. It’s not easy. At all. In this novel, if you think about Daphne, she comes for you. And you won’t survive the visit.

Daphne is kind of an urban legend in this town. Seven feet tall, the owner of a muscle car, and rumored to be a murderer, she was an outcast in high school, but has been dead for many years. Or has she? When one of the basketball players tells a ghost story about Daphne to the team, the body count begins a couple days later. With her friends dying one by one in horrific ways, Kit is sure it’s only a matter of time before Daphne pays her a visit. Can she be stopped?

If you’re a fan of both basketball and horror, you’ll be thrilled with this book. Basketball isn’t one of my interests, so I skimmed over a good bit of those parts. But when Daphne is on the page? I couldn’t look away. Those scenes are creepy, bloodcurdling, and exactly what I’d hoped. For me, this had the feel of an 80s slasher movie, and it was something I really liked. As a KISS fan, I also appreciated them being mentioned, but chuckled over Kit not knowing who they were.

Daphne is a chilling blend of horror and psychological thriller that may keep you awake at night. Just try not to think about her. Good luck.

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

Bone Weaver by Aden Polydoros #bookreview #fantasy #supernatural #LGBTQ #TuesdayBookBlog

A haunting fantasy following Toma, adopted daughter of the benevolent undead, making her way across a civil war-torn continent to save her younger sister as she discovers she might possess magical powers herself.

The Kosa empire roils in tension, on the verge of being torn apart by a proletarian revolution between magic-endowed elites and the superstitious lower class, but seventeen-year-old Toma lives blissfully disconnected from the conflict in the empire with her adoptive family of benevolent undead.

When she meets Vanya, a charming commoner branded as a witch by his own neighbors, and the dethroned Tsar Mikhail himself, the unlikely trio bonds over trying to restore Mikhail’s magic and protect the empire from the revolutionary leader, Koschei, whose forces have stolen the castle. Vanya has his magic, and Mikhail has his title, but if Toma can’t dig deep and find her power in time, all of their lives will be at Koschei’s mercy. 

I think I’ve read all of this author’s books, and I can always count on incredible world-building. His previous novel, The City Beautiful, is set in Chicago during the World’s Fair and features a Jewish main character possessed by a dybbuk. The setting of Bone Weaver is very similar to Imperial Russia, and its monsters come from Slavic folklore.

Toma remembers little from her early life, other than her mother’s death after telling her to run. She does know they were running from someone, and it was extremely important that she not lose her mother’s rushnyk (an embroidered tapestry), which seems to have some magical properties. Fortunately, Toma was taken in by a family of upyri (undead, but they’re nice). When her six-year-old upyri sister (her age when she died) is captured by soldiers, Toma travels across a war-ravaged continent to find her. Along the way she teams up with Vanya, who possesses magical powers, and Mikhail, the dethroned tsar whose magic was stolen. It’s an adjustment for Toma as her home is very secluded, and she hasn’t lived among humans for many years.

Vanya is a prankster at times, but he’s also outraged at how commoners are treated. Those who possess magic are branded as witches and killed since magic should only belong to the elite. While trying to regain his throne, Mikhail has the rare opportunity to experience the reality of what’s going on in his country and vows to change things. With very different personalities, Mikhail and Vanya tend to clash at times, and I especially enjoyed their banter.

Soldiers aren’t their only threat. These three encounter dangerous creatures at nearly every turn and have to fight for their lives more than once. Learning about Slavic folklore was both enthralling and horrifying. Once a person is killed in this world, there’s a chance they may return as upyri. To prevent that, they’re dismembered, their body parts scattered, and their mouths filled with dirt and moss. Not all upyri are like Toma’s family – some are prone to feasting on flesh.

This story deals with difficult topics of war and religious and cultural persecution. But it also features strong found family vibes, friendships, and discovering where you belong. This is a quote from the book that struck a chord with me. “And wherever you go from here, always remember – all that you love will return to you.”

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