#BadMoonRising Unclear Purposes (Driscoll Lake #3) by Joan Hall #thriller #suspense #giveaway

Today’s author has no problem spending time in cemeteries – in fact, she enjoys exploring them and taking ghost walks.  She’s also generously offering one of her e-books (your choice) as a GIVEAWAY to a random commenter.  The winner will be announced here next Thursday, October 24th.  Welcome Joan Hall!

The WINNER of an e-book is MICHELE JONES!  Joan will be in touch with you about your choice.  Congrats Michele!

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

I love to explore old cemeteries. The older, the better. I like to envision how the people lived. So, I would choose the haunted graveyard. Maybe I’d ask one of those ghosts a few questions.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

A vampire. I’d been rather fond of them since the days of Dark Shadows and Barnabas Collins. I’ve seen some pretty good-looking male vampires here and there. Oh wait, maybe I should clarify I’ve only seen them in the movies or on TV.

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

Monster Mash because it sounds like so much fun. And they had a fabulous list of guests at the party—Zombies, Wolfman, Dracula, and his son.

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

Keeping it close to home, but I would probably choose New Mexico. I plan to set at least one book of my next series in the Land of Enchantment and it would be nice to learn firsthand more about the culture.

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

I enjoy reading (wish I had more time). I’ve already mentioned I like to explore cemeteries, but I also like to take ghost walks. I love to hear the legends and folklore behind the stories. We (husband and I) have been on ghost walks in nearby Jefferson, Texas, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Vicksburg, Mississippi. However, I’ve yet to encounter a ghost.

What are you working on now?

A group of short stories that I plan to publish in the next few months. Most are in the mystery/suspense genre, but a couple are romance, and at least two involve characters who served in the military.

Some people take secrets to the grave…

Three years after her husband’s murder, Christine Lawrence still struggles for balance. She has a rewarding career and a close circle of friends but feels oddly unfulfilled. Worse, the close relationship she once had with her teenage daughter has grown increasingly strained.

Former FBI agent, Vince Green, is battling demons of his own—painful secrets that drove him from Driscoll Lake. Newly resettled in the small town, he makes his living as a private investigator.

When Vince and Christine cross paths, stumbling over the body of a murder victim, he’s forced to confront memories he thought long buried. The circumstances surrounding the killing are eerily similar to a victim from his past.

As the body count continues to rise, Christine finds herself drawn to Vince. With a murderer stalking the streets of Driscoll Lake, neither is aware the killer has targeted her as the next victim—or that Vince’s past is key to unmasking a disturbed and deadly killer.

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Joan Hall likes to create character-driven fiction with strong, determined female leads and enigmatic male characters. She has always enjoyed reading a good mystery or suspense story, so it’s only natural that’s her favorite writing genre. When she’s not writing, Joan likes to take nature walks, observe the night skies, and explore old cemeteries. She also likes ghost walks and learning local folklore. Joan and her husband live in Texas with their three cats.

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#BadMoonRising: Circumstances of Childhood by John W. Howell #supernatural #suspense

You might know today’s author from his John Cannon thriller trilogy – but did you know he also writes in other genres?  I’ve read Circumstances of Childhood, and it overflows with themes of family, love, forgiveness, and justice – with some supernatural twists.  Read below to learn how the movie Ghostbusters might have taken a different path if he’d been in the cast.  Welcome John W. Howell!

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

I think I would rather be a Vampire. When I think of werewolves, the first thing that comes to mind is hair. I mean, hair everywhere. I can almost feel the itch now. When I think of Vampires, an individual savoir-faire image pops into my head. “Ah yes, my darling. You have such a beautiful neck.” None of that scrabbling down the street like a cur dog. No. First a classic martini and then a sensual bite. That’s more, my style.

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

I have to say that the prospect of spending time with Jack Torrance and Shelly Duvall in the Overlook Hotel is very compelling. Just think of having the opportunity of wandering around with no tourists and being able to trade writer notes with Jack. I imagine kicking back in front of the fireplace with a delicious bourbon and Shelly Duvall would just about be a perfect evening. Of course, Jack is a little intense, but that is half his charm. Let me tell you that boy can write. He does a self-literary portrait to die for. Yes, speaking of dying I think having a lock for the door would be helpful as well.

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

Hands down, Ghostbusters. The opportunity to get to hang out with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Harold Ramis would be too good to pass up. I can imagine cracking jokes with Bill Murray and talking over old times on the Caddyshack set. Don’t even get me started on how much I would enjoy just looking at Sigourney Weaver. If she asks me, “Are you a God?” I would say, “Hell, yes. Want to have dinner?” I would also take the opportunity to pitch Dan Aykroyd on a possible Blue Brothers does My GRL movie.

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

I only have one unpublished manuscript. It is about 120,000 words and is about an agent of the worldwide consortium who goes rogue. He is doing his best to disrupt economic and political circumstances and is being tracked by the consortium’s best bounty hunter. I had the chance to print it off for editing, and after reading fifty pages, I decided it was one of the worst things I had read. It is quite hefty and now is in the garage ready to be used as a doorstop if needed. I have one partly finished manuscript about Ned Tranes, the Port Aransas police chief. (He was a character in the John Cannon Trilogy.) It seems a group of terrorists had encoded some destruction plans on photos that were stored on a smartphone. One of the terrorists was at the beach, and unknown to him, the phone fell into the sand. A couple of tourists turned the phone in to Ned Tranes, and now the terrorists want it back. Ned’s wife had been nabbed, and he is expecting a call for a trade. That’s where I left it.

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

The most challenging thing is to accurately reflect feelings about individual actions in the various scenes. For example, a male character would shrug his shoulders in certain situations where a female would want to take action. It is tough to put oneself into the shoes of the opposite sex. The ‘write what you know’ situation is entirely out the window. Emotions and reactions have to be realistic, and the writer can’t pull from previous experience to develop those character traits. It takes a ton of research to know how an individual of the opposite sex would react to several situations. It is also difficult to write love scenes from the POV of the opposite sex. Sure, you could write what you have observed during your own love scenes, but will that be an accurate reflection of the general population? The best way to find out is input from members of the opposite sex.

What are you working on now?

I am finishing my sixth novel about a couple named Samantha and James who have died. James in a car accident as an adult and Samantha by a kidnapper in the first grade. The two used to be good friends in school until Sam disappeared. Sam has been appointed by God to help James find his eternal home. James reunites with Sam after his accident and is not aware that he has crossed over. It is now up to Sam to help him understand his new dimension and to find a place where he would like to spend eternity. The two visit several sites in many periods until they come across Lucifer. He is very anxious to have James join his team and makes a proposition that has as an incentive, the continuation of the human race. The question is, will James take the deal or try to figure out a solution to the possibility of human extension without jeopardizing his immortal soul.

When a former pro football star and broadcaster, now a Wall Street maven is accused of insider trading, will he be able to prove his innocence and expose those who are guilty?

Greg and his boyhood pal dreamed of big success in professional football and then later in business. Greg was the only one to live the dream. Now the founder of an investment fund Greg is faced with a routine audit finding by the SEC. The audit points to irregularities and all the tracks lead to Greg. The justice department hits him with an indictment of 23 counts of fraud, money laundering, and insider trading. His firm goes bust, and Greg is on his own.

His best friend knows he is innocent but has been ordered under penalty of eternal damnation not to help.

If you enjoy stories of riches to rags, redemption, brotherly love, and a little of the paranormal, Circumstance of Childhood will keep you riveted.

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John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories.  His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. The fourth, Circumstances of Childhood a family life story published October 1st, 2017. The fifth book, The Contract is written with Gwen Plano and made available in June of 2018. All books are on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. The paperback versions are available in the Indie Lector store

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

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#BadMoonRising: End of Day (Hodes Hill #2) by Mae Clair #supernatural #suspense

Happy Hump Day!  My book club is reading the featured novel by today’s author, and we’re meeting this Friday night to discuss it.  It’s a creepy, eerie, raise-the-hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck read – perfect for this time of year – and although part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone.  And that cover!  It perfectly captures the tone of the story.  Welcome Mae Clair!

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

Both of these freak me out, but if I had to choose, I’d go with the graveyard. The house would offer more places to hide, but the graveyard would offer more room to run. Plus, there’s a chance someone would hear me screaming, because I’d be shrieking my head off!

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

Werewolf. Vampires have that sun-sensitivity problem. I love soaking up rays poolside and being a vampire would put a huge damper on that. I don’t think they make a SPF strong enough. Plus, as a werewolf I’d only have to deal with my, er…problem…every 29.5 days.  

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

X-Files, hands down. I’m a complete wuss when it comes to ghosts and anything of that nature (despite having written books featuring spirits and ghouls). On the flip side, I’m jazzed by the thought of trying to determine if intelligent life exists on other planets. Investigate UFO sightings? Where do I sign up?

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

At first I was tempted to respond with a place I’ve always wanted to visit, like Scotland or Australia. But the more I think, it comes down to a toss up between a cottage in New England or a small tropical island.

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

Another toss-up. I love Cusp of Night because of the mood it evokes. The cover artist nailed the suggestion I submitted, capturing the streetlamp-lit corner and the alleyway. ­­­­­­I’m also super partial to A Cold Tomorrow. The green cloud on the cover relates to a UFO I saw when I was six. I fictionalized the event and used it in the story.

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

A cat. They do things on their own timetable, enjoy curling up in a patch of sunlight, have great night vision, rarely get stressed, and see things we can’t. They also make great companions for writers. I’ve been enchanted with them since I was a kid. My current feline, Raven, is an all-black rescue kitty. She fits right in with all of October’s mysterious fun!

Thanks so much for having me as your guest today, Teri. I look forward to Bad Moon Rising every year!

The past is never truly buried…  

Generations of Jillian Cley’s family have been tasked with a strange duty—tending the burial plot of Gabriel Vane, whose body was the first to be interred in the Hode’s Hill cemetery. Jillian faithfully continues the long-standing tradition—until one October night, Vane’s body is stolen from its resting place. Is it a Halloween prank? Or something more sinister?  

As the descendants of those buried in the church yard begin to experience bizarre “accidents,” Jillian tries to uncover the cause. Deeply empathic, she does not make friends easily, or lightly. But to fend off the terror taking over her town, she must join forces with artist Dante DeLuca, whose sensitivity to the spirit world has been both a blessing and a curse. The two soon realize Jillian’s murky family history is entwined with a tragic legacy tracing back to the founding of Hode’s Hill. To set matters right, an ancient wrong must be avenged…or Jillian, Dante, and everyone in town will forever be at the mercy of a vengeful spirit. 

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#BadMoonRising: At Daddy’s Hands by Jacob Paul Patchen #thriller #suspense

If this is your first day dropping by Bad Moon Rising, you’ve missed some entertaining conversations over the past few days along with new books and authors.  And here’s another.  Today we welcome Jacob Paul Patchen with At Daddy’s Hands, which was a #1 Amazon New Release just a month ago!

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

Aliens.  So that I finally know the truth… and make a few suggestions on who they should take next.

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

Woods with a killer on the loose. Mostly because that’s my playground, and they should fear my magic sticks and rocky mud pies.

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

X-Files. I think it would be more interesting investigating a bunch of weird phenomenon than dealing with apparitions that can walk through walls.

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

When I enrolled at Muskingum University, it wasn’t to get a degree, it was to play football. Matter of fact, playing football again was my biggest goal after returning from my deployment to Iraq in 2005. But after total reconstructive knee surgery my freshman year, they made me pick a major. Luckily, I chose English.

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

Even in my 30’s I still try to pretend that I’m an athlete. I work out, run, stay active, play sports, and complain about all of it. I watch a lot of movies, think of excuses NOT to go to work, and daydream about what life would be like if I was a little bit taller.

Also, I nap. A lot.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently in the “pre-planning” stages of my next book. Basically, that means that I’ve done a lot of thinking about it, but no actual work.

But I do hope to start it before the end of the year. It will be a book about PTSD, love, and catastrophe. It doesn’t have a title yet, but I can see a few characters shuffling around aimlessly in my head waiting for me to give them the go-ahead and be.

In public, Jim Handler is a well-respected, small-town hero, and homicide detective who solved the case of the Will’s Creek Massacre. But at home, in the shadows, Jim’s childhood demons come alive to feast upon his family in the form of sexual, physical, and mental abuse.

But his three teenage children have had enough. They have devised a plan for redemption.

Empowered by the legal system’s lack of accountability, a judge who offers a quiet and meager plea deal to save face, Jim feels enabled to do whatever he wants to his family. With no one to keep Jim in check, this cycle of sexual and physical abuse is rampant. It is up to Nikki, Tyler, and Ally to end the evil that is devouring the Handler family.

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Jacob Graham, writing as Jacob Paul Patchen, is an Ohio writer who earns his inspiration through experience. He uses a unique voice of wit and grit to write about social issues, such as family, love, humor, learning, and war. Jacob is a 5-star author of several books in various genres, an award winning poet, and a combat veteran.

 

 

 

 

#BadMoonRising: Buried by Sue Rovens #thriller #suspense

If you’ve been here for Bad Moon Rising the past few years, Sue Rovens is a familiar name.  She’s here today with her newest release, Buried, where strange things are afoot in the cemetery.  Sue is also looking for authors to feature on her blog for Meet and Greet – her contact info is below.

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

Honestly, I’d prefer neither. BUT, if forced to make a decision, I would probably rather walk through a graveyard instead of spending the night in a haunted house. The walk would be faster (although I’d probably run). Plus, I tend to think of graveyards as more sad places than scary. Having said that, there have been some movies which have pushed that boundary for sure!

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

Well, since I don’t believe in aliens (and DO believe in serial killers), I would have to go with being abducted by aliens since that is the least likely to actually happen. J

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

Again, neither! But, I suppose locked in an insane asylum. Being lost in the woods with a killer after would most certainly not end well as I’m not very comfortable in the woods. Plus…woods = spiders.

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

That instead of having horror/gory/creepy things around my office at work (and my house), I have pictures of animals and cute things. I kind of live in a dichotomy – having written horror yet preferring to be surrounded by adorable photos of elephant shrews and baby ducks.

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

I actually find writing female characters more difficult. I don’t see myself as the “average female” (whatever that means anymore – society had fairly specific definitions and expectations when I was growing up).

I don’t have kids. I don’t wear make-up. I’ve spent a great deal of years involved in once was thought of as “mostly guy activities” (martial arts, ROTC, weight lifting, etc). I understand that things have/are evolving now so gender divisions are more fluid.

Having said that, I still feel like I might sway a little bit toward stereotyping a few of my female characters. I don’t mean to and I try to make a conscious effort to have all manner of personalities included in my books, but it can be difficult when something has been so ingrained in one’s thinking over so many years.

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

Naps are good.

I also run a few times a week, lift weights, watch movies, hang out with Charlie (my better half), listen to music, fuss around our new house, try to get our old house sold (anyone want to buy a tri-level in Normal, Illinois?), look for venues to sell my books, and play with our two kitties. (other than working full-time at ISU)

I would also like to add, if I may, that I have a section of my blog dedicated to authors of ALL genres and would welcome anyone to get in touch with me through email if they would like a spot in my Meet & Greet (author interview) Section.

Priscilla Wyatt is a single, middle-aged nursing assistant who lives behind Sommerville Funeral Home. When her dachshund, Weenie, returns home with a ghastly find, Pris’s life starts to spiral out of control, plummeting her headfirst into the macabre.

Gerald Zenith, proprietor of Sommerville, couldn’t care less about the dead. Between running scams and keeping a necrophiliac subordinate in check, Gerald’s hands are full. He hasn’t the time nor the interest to be concerned with what is happening in the cemetery during the wee hours of the mornings…until all hell breaks loose.

Some secrets are too big to stay buried.

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Fresh from a Publisher’s Weekly starred review of her second novel, Track 9, which follows a newlywed couple trapped in a haunted train station in Germany, Sue was already in the midst of fine-tuning her third book, Buried. Fans are already discovering the suspenseful secrets behind this latest tome which came out earlier this year from Plump Toad Press.

Sue also has two collections of short stories, one of which made a splash of its own. Her story “Coming Over” from In a Corner, Darkly: Volume One, was taken and adapted by the Southern Illinois University theater department and turned into a short film.

Last year, Sue branched out and created Tales of Terror: Live!—a multi-media event held at Nightshop in Bloomington, Illinois. The three-hour spectacular featured speakers, podcasters, a music DJ, authors, and ghost hunters – entertaining a full-capacity crowd for the Halloween season. Tales of Terror: Live #2! is coming in 2020.

Sue, who is a current member of The Chicago Writers Association and The Alliance for Independent Authors (ALLi), has written for (the now defunct) e-zines, Machinations into Madness and The Grim Seer Society. She has also been a contributing author on Golden Linings II: More Tiny Tales about Pets, for Pets, which came out last month (July 2019), and wrote the article “Planning for a Successful Book Fair” for ALLi.

Aside from working full time at Illinois State University, Sue has had the opportunity to showcase her books throughout the Midwest.

Sue hosts a blog where you can purchase all her books, read interviews from over 115 authors representing several different genres, and discover some other artists in the entertainment field.

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Slay by Brittney Morris #bookreview #YA #suspense #TuesdayBookBlog

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process? 

I can’t say I’m the target audience for this book, but that didn’t keep me from wanting to dive in and play Slay.

I was immediately intrigued by a high school girl developing such a popular game and keeping it a secret from everyone she knows.  And the game!  A safe place where players don’t have to hide and can enjoy the freedom to be who they truly are.  Such creative imagery – the characters in the game, the dueling cards, the world within Slay – I can see how this would transfer easily to the big screen.

Something else I enjoyed are the relationships between Kiera, her sister, Steph and their parents, and Kiera’s friendship with Cicada – all loving, humorous, and very relatable.  Her relationship with Harper is a tad strained at times, even though they’ve been friends since they were children.  Having read The Hate U Give, there are parallels between Starr and Kiera in the way they felt they could never truly be themselves around their white friends.

When the troll infiltrated the game, I was so ready for him to get what he deserved.  The buildup is tense, infuriating, and completely offensive – and then there’s a twist and the situation is dealt with in just a few pages.  I felt a little cheated, like the payoff wasn’t big enough.

Even if you’re not a gamer, Slayer is an exciting, suspenseful read with some powerful and timely messages.

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

Heartwood Box by Ann Aguirre #bookreview #YA #mystery #TuesdayBookBlog

A dark, romantic YA suspense novel with an SF edge and plenty of drama, layering the secrets we keep and how appearances can deceive, from the New York Times bestselling author.

In this tiny, terrifying town, the lost are never found. When Araceli Flores Harper is sent to live with her great-aunt Ottilie in her ramshackle Victorian home, the plan is simple. She’ll buckle down and get ready for college. Life won’t be exciting, but she’ll cope, right?

Wrong. From the start, things are very, very wrong. Her great-aunt still leaves food for the husband who went missing twenty years ago, and local businesses are plastered with MISSING posters. There are unexplained lights in the woods and a mysterious lab just beyond the city limits that the locals don’t talk about. Ever. When she starts receiving mysterious letters that seem to be coming from the past, she suspects someone of pranking her or trying to drive her out of her mind. To solve these riddles and bring the lost home again, Araceli must delve into a truly diabolical conspiracy, but some secrets fight to stay buried… 

I’ve never read this author before, but when the book description mentioned a small town with secrets, and suspense with a sci-fi edge, I knew it was time to become acquainted with her work.

This book grabbed me right away.  Araceli feels a presence in the attic, and actually sees the string attached to a light bulb turn on by itself – I was all in.  Mysterious lights in the forest, loads of people missing, a box that transports letters to a recipient decades earlier – it just got better.  A lot goes on in this novel, and that’s something I enjoyed about it.  It’s also an usual blend of contemporary, romance, suspense, and sci-fi, something that should attract readers of several genres.

Traveling with her journalist parents for most of her life, Araceli has experienced things most teens can’t imagine, so it’s understandable that she dives into these mysteries head first.  While I admire her bravery and determination, she also comes across as selfish and headstrong, since she doesn’t always consider the consequences of her actions – especially when they involve the lives of other people.  Then again, these are the actions of a teenager.

I don’t generally read YA contemporary, but with sci-fi, suspense, and time travel tossed into the mix, I plowed through this book in a couple of days.

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