She’s Gone by David Bell #bookreview #YA #thriller

When a girl disappears, who do you suspect?

When 17-year-old Hunter Gifford wakes in the hospital on the night of homecoming, he’s shocked to learn he and his girlfriend, Chloe Summers, have been in a terrible car accident. Hunter has no memory of the crash, and his shock turns to horror when he is told Chloe’s blood has been found in the car―but she has disappeared.

Back at school, his fellow students taunt him, and his former best friend starts making a true-crime documentary about the case―one that points the finger directly at Hunter. And just when things can’t get any worse, Chloe’s mother stands in front of the entire town at a candlelight vigil and accuses Hunter of murder.

Under mounting pressure from the police, Hunter takes matters into his own hands by questioning anyone who might know the truth and posting videos to prove his innocence. When Hunter learns he and Chloe were seen arguing loudly outside the dance, he faces a sickening possibility. Was he angry enough to kill the person he loved?

I’ve read several of Bell’s adult novels and was anxious to read his young adult debut. I’m hoping this won’t be his last novel in this genre.

My heart immediately went out to Hunter. After learning he and his girlfriend were in a horrible car accident, she’s now missing, most of the night is a blank, and there’s no shortage of people who blame him for her disappearance. I was so frustrated when the detective repeatedly told him to confess, tell the truth, and they’d go easier on him. Besides handling the grief and devastation over Chloe’s disappearance, he’s taunted at school by fellow students, and then called out by Chloe’s mother at a candlelight vigil. Fortunately, he has the support of a few friends, his father, and his powerhouse of a sister, Livvy. She’s willing to take on anyone who says a negative word about her brother – and even punches a lacrosse player in the face in defense of Hunter. Hunter makes some questionable decisions during the story, but rational thought goes out the window in his desperation to find his girlfriend.

I felt pretty confident I knew who was behind Chloe’s disappearance, and I was partly correct. But then there’s an added twist that caught me by surprise. The plot moves along at a brisk pace, and the short chapters made it easy for me to say “just one more” – and then a couple hours had passed.

If you’re a fan of thrillers, mystery, suspense, or true crime, She’s Gone will keep you turning the pages long after you should have been sleeping.

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

Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young #bookreview #magic #mystery #TuesdayBookBlog

A deeply atmospheric story about ancestral magic, an unsolved murder, and a second chance at true love.

Emery Blackwood’s life changed forever the night her best friend was found dead and the love of her life, August Salt, was accused of murdering her. Years later, she is doing what her teenage self swore she never would: living a quiet existence on the misty, remote shores of Saoirse Island and running the family’s business, Blackwood’s Tea Shoppe Herbal Tonics & Tea Leaf Readings.

But when the island, rooted in folklore and magic, begins to show signs of strange happenings, Emery knows that something is coming. The morning she wakes to find that every single tree on Saoirse has turned color in a single night, August returns for the first time in fourteen years and unearths the past that the town has tried desperately to forget.

August knows he is not welcome on Saiorse, not after the night everything changed. As a fire raged on at the Salt family orchard, Lily Morgan was found dead in the dark woods, shaking the bedrock of their tight-knit community and branding August a murderer. When he returns to bury his mother’s ashes, he must confront the people who turned their backs on him and face the one wound from his past that has never healed—Emery.

The town has more than one reason to want August gone, and the emergence of deep betrayals and hidden promises spanning generations threaten to reveal the truth behind Lily’s mysterious death once and for all. 

I’ve read Young’s young adult Fable series, and those books were among my favorite reads that year. I was excited to see if her adult novel would captivate me just as much. Spoiler alert – it absolutely did.

What a perfect atmospheric setting for a mystery. An island with residents that include families who’ve lived there for generations, a tight knit community where everyone knows your business (sometimes before you do), magic, and secrets upon secrets. Tourists are reluctantly greeted during the season for financial reasons, but islanders are glad to see them go when it’s over. Outsiders aren’t welcome on a permanent basis. When August Salt is blamed for the murder of a teenage girl who was his friend, he and his mother pack up and leave in the middle of the night. Their family roots may extend back for generations, but they’re now considered outsiders.

August’s disappearance devastated Emery, his childhood friend and longtime girlfriend. When he returns to the island fourteen years later to scatter his mother’s ashes and sell their house, she’s unsure of how to handle things – she’s never gotten over him. The residents immediately make it clear August isn’t welcome, and he’s expected to leave the second his business is wrapped up. During his week on the island, a tidal wave of long buried secrets come to light. Long a proponent of his innocence, Embry soon questions her loyalty. Did he really murder Lily? If he didn’t, who did? And why? This mystery enthralled me, and I formed several different theories, all of which were shot down as I turned the pages.

August and Emery are well-crafted protagonists, and the supporting cast are just as strong. The dual POVs (for most of the book) between the two of them keep the pace moving, while a few chapters from some of the residents sprinkle clues here and there about what happened that night.

Plenty of twists, spells and potions, and a little romance make this magical realism mystery a thrilling read. I’m now a confirmed fan of Young’s YA and adult titles.

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

#BadMoonRising The Doors of Chamberlain by Steve L. Clark #horror #thriller

It’s another BMR debut today! No haunted dolls for him, either – apparently there are a lot of homeless haunted dolls out there. But this author had a hair-raising experience with another haunted item. Welcome Steve L. Clark!

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

I split the line on this one depending on which monsters are in question. As much as I’d like to believe in Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, I think they are both unlikely. That said, I believe the oceans are home to ‘monsters’ beyond what we imagine. I also absolutely believe in aliens and life on other planets. The truth is out there!

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

This is an easy one. Dawn of the Dead. George Romero’s 1978 classic is my favorite movie of all time. I got into horror at a young age, and I was completely enthralled by the fight for survival against zombie hordes in a shopping mall.

Would you buy a doll that you knew was haunted?

Absolutely not. I do believe in ghosts and hauntings, and I had a personal experience with a haunted item. My father built several grandfather clocks for the family when I was young. One of those clocks went to my aunt. After she passed away, I was given that clock to keep in the family, as well as having something built my dad, who unfortunately had also passed away. My aunt was never particularly fond of me, and within days of having her clock in my house, both my wife and I noticed odd occurrences. There was a strange energy in the house that we had never experienced. Then, my wife saw a shadow walk through the kitchen from our bedroom. I connected the dots and moved the clock out to the garage. I told my mom what happened, and she agreed to trade me that clock for another one she had at her house. The incidents stopped immediately once the clock was gone. I believe my aunt did not want me to have it, and I obliged. So, yeah, I’ll pass on haunted items.

What books did you grow up reading?

I’ve always loved to read. I was in 4th grade when Goosebumps first came out, and I ordered them from the Scholastic book fair order forms we got each month at school. I devoured those, getting each new book as soon as it came out. As I got older, I moved on from Goosebumps to Fear Street, and then read my first Stephen King novel in my early teens. The rest of my teenage years were spent mostly on what I considered the big three, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Dean Koontz. I didn’t discover the independent horror scene until much later, so I still have a lot of catching up to do.

What is your kryptonite as a writer?

Consistency. I rarely have issues with writer’s block. When I sit down to write, things flow at a good rate. My problem has always been and continues to be maintaining any kind of routine. I do not do a good job of making time to write. I’m getting better, but I’m still not where I would like to be. It’s a work in progress. Always, looking to improve.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on my next novel/novella. It is a supernatural horror story set in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. I am on track for a December 2022 release.

When Janie’s boyfriend Mark goes missing while filming a ghost hunting documentary, she spirals into a deep depression. Three months pass with no leads or answers.

With all hope fading and facing the reality of a future without him, Janie receives a package in the mail with no return address. It contains a flash drive and a simple note…

Mark is not dead. I need your help. Watch the videos.

The truth is more sinister than she imagined. She shares the videos with Mark’s sister Leslie, and together they are pulled into a mystery that changes everything.

Sometimes the missing should not be found.

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The Doors of Chamberlain: Clark, Steve L: 9798528507927: Books

The Collapse of Ordinary: Clark, Steve L: 9798529126295: Books

Author Bio and Social Media

Steve L Clark is an author of horror and dark fiction from Southwest Ohio where he lives with his beautiful wife and three wonderful children. He is the author of the cosmic horror novella The Doors of Chamberlain, the short story collection The Collapse of Ordinary, and a contributing author to the anthology Dark Words: Stories of Urban Legends and Folk Lore edited by Matt Wildasin, all of which are available on Amazon.

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#BadMoonRising Johnny Lycan and the Vegas Berserker (The Werewolf PI #2) by Wayne Turmel #thriller #paranormal #werewolves

This author made his BMR debut two years ago with the first book in his Johnny Lycan series, and he returns today with book two that releases in December. Saying Bloody Mary three times in front of a mirror? Only at a snooty brunch. But he and The Candyman are acquaintances. Welcome Wayne Turmel!

Have you ever said Bloody Mary three times in front of a mirror?

I know what you mean, but the only time I ever said Bloody Mary three times in front of a mirror was at a snooty brunch in West Hollywood, and the waiter ignored me every time. Candyman, on the other hand, and I are on speaking terms.

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

I’d much rather visit a graveyard. They are so much more atmospheric than haunted houses, there’s the smell of newmown grass, and there’s a lot more room for running, dodging and hiding when #%$#^ gets real.

Which Stephen King novel unsettled you the most?

The Dead Zone freaked me out when I read it the first time, and it still does today, maybe more so. It takes the old “what if you had a chance to kill Hitler?” question and brings it home. There are too many similarities to what’s going on now in the world. I’d rather take my chances with rabid Saint Bernards.

What books did you grow up reading?

I was—and am—bibliographically promiscuous. (I’m a book slut, I’ll read anything.) I grew up with a lot of classic “boy books,” Kim, Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers, and started reading adult books early. My mom let me read Jaws, because she was fine with me reading the blood and guts. She didn’t know there was a sex scene that left a mark.

Do you regret leaving out something in the final draft of any of your books?

My daughter has too much influence on my writing. When I wrote Acre’s Bastard, it was supposed to be a one-off, standalone book. I had a lovely epilogue saying what happened to Lucca after the Crusades. She told me if I left that in there and didn’t continue the series she wouldn’t look after me in my old age and would put me in a home when I got old. That wasn’t so bad, since I consider the sequel, Acre’s Orphans, some of my very best work.

I nearly ended the second Johnny Lycan book with a tantalizing sexy scenario, and her considered literary opinion was, “ewwwww.”

So, no threesome for Johnny. The world’s loss.

What are you working on now?

I am at about the third-way mark of the third Johnny Lycan adventure.  Fun creepiness and hijinks will ensue as he deals with a 400 year old witch finderand a haunted book. Oh and a buttload of rats.

The world’s favorite werewolf P.I. is off to Las Vegas. What could go wrong?

Life’s good for Johnny Lupul. He has a steady gig and a growing reputation as a guy who gets things done. He’s even learning to keep his Lycan side under control—mostly.

But when he’s sent to Sin City on a simple retrieval job, things go sideways. He bumps up against a coven of badass witches, a psychic pawn broker, and a mysterious enemy with a secret darker and more violent than his own.

“Like Jack Reacher with bite. Even more fun than the first installment.”

“Turmel has created a series that’s part detective noir, part urban fantasy, with plenty of snarky humor.”

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Wayne Turmel lives and writes in Las Vegas. He’s the author of 10 nonfiction books, but writes fiction to save what’s left of his sanity. He’s a former standup comic, car salesman and still a consultant since he needs to pay the rent. He lives with his wife, The Duchess, and Mad Max, Defender of the Realm, Scourge of Lizards, and Most Manly of Poodles. You can find him at, on Twitter @Wturmel, and his Facebook author page

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#BadMoonRising House of Sorrow by Joan Hall #thriller #shortstory #suspense

I share this author’s disappointment in ghost tours – we’ve yet to see a ghost. Seems like its something that should be guaranteed on that kind of tour, right? The Legends and Lore posts on her blog feature jaw-dropping and uncanny mysteries/legends – I highly recommend you check them out. Furry friends have been stealing the spotlight this month, and she brings a couple of cuties with her today. Welcome Joan Hall!

Which unsolved murder fascinates you the most?

Can I cheat a bit by mentioning another type of unsolved mystery? The story of D. B. Cooper has always intrigued me. He hijacked a commercial airliner in 1971, demanded 200K in ransom money, then parachuted out of the plane somewhere over the Pacific Northwest. A portion of the ransom money was found years later, but there’s been no sign of the man (living or dead).

Specific to a murder, it would have to be the story of Lizzie Borden. Did she really give her mother forty whacks, then gave her father forty-one?

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

A black cat, of course. Matter of fact, I have a black cat. Little Bit found us and he’s often my writing “helper.”

Would you rather go to a real haunted house or watch a horror movie marathon?

A real haunted house, of course. I’ve been on Ghost Walks in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Jefferson, Texas. Jefferson is a small town about an hour from where I live. Still haven’t seen a ghost. “Sigh…”

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

Does going to a coffee shop count? Seriously, I haven’t traveled to a specific location, but when I’m out and about—even locally—I’m always looking for ideas, observing people, etc. I’ve had short stories inspired by some of my observations of people.

Have pets ever gotten in the way of your writing? 

As I said, my cat Little Bit is my “helper.” My other cat, Tucker, is never far away from me when I’m on the sofa with my laptop. Both have served as the inspiration for pets in a couple of my stories, so yes, you could say they do help – even if they sometimes want to crawl on my lap during my writing time.

What books did you grow up reading?

I read a variety of books, but one of my favorites from childhood was Charlotte’s Web. I’m terrified of spiders, but I loved Charlotte and Wilber—even Templeton. After reading my first Agatha Christie book as a teenager, I was hooked on mystery and suspense.

Dream home or damned home?

Ruth Hazelton is over the moon when her husband Lee agrees with the nineteenth-century Victorian in Madeira, New Mexico, is the perfect home for them. While he starts his new job as police chief, she sets about unpacking and decorating.

But it’s not long before Ruth needs more. She becomes a fixture in the community, making time for everyone, volunteering, hosting events—she’s every bit the social butterfly her husband is not. Through her friendships, she learns several former residents of her home met with untimely deaths. If she were superstitious, she might fear a curse, but such nonsense doesn’t faze her.

Until the unthinkable happens.

Now, as the end of Ruth’s life draws near, she must find a way to convey her message and stop the cycle to prevent anyone else from suffering in the house of sorrow.

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

Today’s author says a lot with just a few words, and I guarantee laughter over her answers. You may be surprised about the King book that freaked her out – it’s not what you’d expect. Welcome Meaghan Curley!

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

Graveyard. I want to learn how to Monster Mash (I hear it’s a graveyard smash!)

Have you ever said Bloody Mary three times in the mirror?

Yeah once, but then I sobered up and found out I wasn’t placing an order with the bartender.

Would you rather visit a real haunted house or watch a horror movie marathon?

Haunted house. If I die in a haunted house, at least my ghost will be a homeowner.

What’s your kryptonite as a writer?

When people ask me “when’s your next book coming out”. Just put a snake in my soup while you’re at it.

Which Stephen King novel unsettled you the most?

On Writing. Finding out he reads 100+ books a year on top of pooping out a tome every 3 to 5 business days gave me existential nightmares for weeks.

What are you working on now?

Myself. That’s going to be my longest project I can already tell.

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.

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Meaghan Curley was born on an ancient, abandoned meth lab and has been writing ever since.

twitter– @Unclemeag

#BadMoonRising A Killer Strikes (A Shade Darker #1) by Georgia Rose #thriller #suspense

Are you a thriller lover? Today’s author is featuring the first book in her new domestic thriller series – look for the preorder link below. She’d never bring a haunted doll into her home – but doesn’t mind buying one for someone else. Consider yourself warned if you receive a gift from her! Welcome Georgia Rose!

Which Stephen King novel unsettled you the most?

Oh, definitely Misery. The setting, the intensity of possible discovery and in the film that terrible scene with the ankles that makes me hide behind my hands every time. Although as I type this I’m now thinking, The Shining… and both involve writers… interesting.

Would you buy a doll that you knew was haunted?

Nope, unless I was buying it for someone else. Because that’s the sort of person I am – haha! Otherwise, I keep haunted articles well away from my home. If I experienced any type of haunting, I suspect it would freak me out.

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

So, I found this one:

Sometimes the very short ghost stories are the best, and this tale, from Reddit via Buzzfeed, tells the story of a father putting his young son to bed:

“I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy, check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy, there’s somebody on my bed.””

This sums up what creeps me out. Somebody who shouldn’t be there already in my house, and possibly in place of a member of my family! Shudder.

How do you use social media as an author? 

Extremely badly is the honest truth. I’m very good at sharing the blog posts of others on social media, usually Twitter, but never get round to putting out stuff on my own books. But I’m aiming to improve with the new series on the horizon. I’m trying to get better at making images and adding quotes and snippets of reviews to jazz things up a bit. Plus, I am trying to keep to a schedule to post regularly now in the buildup, and thanks to Terry Tyler I’m even scheduling some tweets. Yay!

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

Yes, I went to Edinburgh and gathered the research I thought I needed but, as yet, I’ve not finished that book. I was trying to work out if I could squeeze it into the new series but I’m not sure I can.

Do you regret leaving out something in the final draft of any of your books?

Yes, actually. I do use bad language in my books but only when it’s necessary. However, there is an assault in Parallel Lies and in real life the attacker would have used a really, really bad word and I held back from doing so. I’ve regretted the lack of authenticity ever since.

What are you working on now?

Well, I have the first two books of my new A Shade Darker series already on pre-order – A Killer Strikes (to be published 1 January 2023) and Shape of Revenge (to be published 1 February 2023) and I’m keen to get the third book up on the 1 March 2023. I am way behind on it at the moment though.

The perfect family… The perfect murders…

A family massacred. A village in mourning. Can anyone sleep safely while a killer is on the loose?

Laura Percival, owner of The Stables, notices something wrong at her friend’s house when out on her morning ride. Further investigation reveals scenes she’ll never forget.

While the police are quick to accuse, Laura is less so, defending those around her as she struggles to make sense of the deaths. And all the time she wonders if she really knew her friends at all.

A chance encounter opens up a line of investigation that uncovers a secret life. One that Laura is much closer to than she ever realised.

A Killer Strikes is a gripping domestic thriller. If you like character-driven action, suspenseful storytelling and dark revelations then you’ll love this exciting novel.

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Genres: Psychological thriller, domestic suspense

Formats: eBook (available to pre-order now), paperback and hardback to be available by 1 January 2023.

Author Bio and Social Media

Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. Following completion of the trilogy she was asked for more and so wrote a short story, The Joker, which is based on a favourite character from the series and the eBook is available to download for free at the retailer of your choice.

Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre and its sequel, Loving Vengeance, has now completed The Ross Duology.

She is now embarking on her third series – A Shade Darker.

Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her passion for people watching and her overactive imagination.


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#BadMoonRising Blood Ending (A Vampire Novel) by Michael McGovern #horror #thriller

It’s a double debut for today’s author – his first published novel and BMR debut. You guys know how I feel about black cats, and he states black cats are his spirit animal. Obviously, he’s good people. Welcome Michael McGovern!

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

I would choose Peter Cushing as Van Helsing in HORROR OF DRACULA. Can’t get much cooler than that!

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

Black cat definitely.  Black cats are my spirit animals.

Would you rather go to a real haunted house or watch a horror movie marathon?

A horror movie marathon. Horror to me is an art form. Facing a real horror would be far too upsetting!

What books did you grow up reading?

As a kid I read a lot of Greek and Roman mythology. Biographies through school book clubs were another favorite. Once I was in high school, science fiction was of interest (especially DOC SAVAGE), as well as classics like FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA etc. And Shakespeare! Also read a lot of Agatha Christie novels. Another absolute favorite was THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson.

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

Stephen King. ‘Nuff said.

What are you working on now?

WITHIN THESE TAINTED WALLS is about a curse and subsequent haunting that starts off wrong and goes awry. Horror takes on many forms as madness, innocent deaths, and a terrifying decay takes root inside the walls of Weatherly House. She made mistakes! She made mistakes!

With elements of Gothic horror, alchemy, sex magic, and science, BLOOD ENDING chronicles the rise of master vampire Severin, his Trinity of female vampires, and the obsessed love-sick alchemist Praetorious Biederbeck.  As one century ends and a new one heads towards devastating war they find that the “old ways” are no longer viable–the lure of sex and blood now competes with the lure of science.  Assisted by the doomed vampire bride Justine, Biederbeck chases after Severin and the Trinity through the decades.  And what a chase it is!

            From an ancient school of black magic to the slave auction block in Syria; from the decadent vampire society of old Vienna to Berlin’s 1920s cabaret scene, a fetish club in London, the fires of Dresden, and ending in the streets of New York, these preternatural beings are affected not only by their own whims and foibles, but also by a world that is changing itself, and the state of magic, at a frenzied pace.  If  you’re seeking a pulse-pounding, blood drenched vampire saga quench your thirst with BLOOD ENDING.

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#BadMoonRising Broken World (Perfect World #3) by Shari Sakurai #thriller #LGBTQ

Today’s author is here with her newest release, the third in her Perfect World series. She’s also written a vampire series (I’ve read one of the books and it’s fabulous) if that’s your beverage of choice (I’m not implying blood). She’s no stranger to shadow people, but just wishes they’d give her more notice before showing up. Welcome Shari Sakurai!

Which unsolved murder fascinates you the most?

I would say it is the death of Rey Rivera, which was featured on Unsolved Mysteries. The police said it was suicide, but I honestly don’t know how they came to that conclusion as there were so many strange things about that case and to me all of them pointed to murder! I really hope that one day the truth comes out to give his poor family the closure they need.

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

Definitely! I have seen shadow people before. None of my encounters have been frightening but they always make me jump as they appear when I am least expecting them too!

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

I have a black (and white) cat so I kind of already do have a spooky pet! I’ve had a black rat before too!

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

When I went to Japan in 2015 part of this was research for Demon’s Life. I went to a castle in Kyoto and learned a lot for reference when writing. I am also using this knowledge for my current WIP Demon’s Past too.

Have pets ever gotten in the way of your writing? 

Tash doesn’t really get in the way, but she loves to be close to me when I am writing. She will often sleep on top of my laptop case, so it is permanently covered in cat hair!

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on Demon’s Past, which is the next installment in my Demon’s Blood universe. Demon’s Past is set in the 1800s and explores how Taku and Thane met as well as Thane’s path to becoming a vampire.

Eric Rawlins has made the people of England a promise. That he will stand for them against Ivan Williams and the L.S.A, but with politics and agendas threatening to dictate his every move, Eric struggles to find allies that he can trust.

When a daring mission to rescue Adam’s staff goes awry, Eric finds that he is starting to question himself in ways that shake him to the very core. Whilst grappling with his inner turmoil, Eric can also see that Adam is struggling against his own demons.

As the pressure begins to build, Eric takes the fight to Williams. However, Adam’s dangerous obsession with revenge threatens to not only put the entire operation in jeopardy, but his relationship with Eric too.

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Shari Sakurai is a British author of paranormal, horror, science fiction and fantasy novels that almost always feature a LGBTQ protagonist and/or antagonist. She has always loved to write and it is her escape from the sometimes stressful modern life!

Aside from writing, Shari enjoys reading, watching movies, listening to (loud!) music, going to rock concerts and learning more about other societies and cultures. Japanese culture is of particular interest to her and she often incorporates Japanese themes and influences into her work.

Shari loves a challenge and has taken part and won the National Novel Writing Month challenge thirteen times!

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#BadMoonRising In a Corner Darkly by Sue Rovens #thriller #shortstories

Today’s author names one of my favorite King novels as the one that unsettled her most (I still have the movie images of the floating kid outside the bedroom window and the guy in the creaking rocking chair in a dark bedroom imprinted on my brain). She also brings physical evidence of things (very cute ones) that have prevented her from writing. Welcome Sue Rovens!

Which Stephen King novel unsettled you the most?

I’d have to say ‘Salem’s Lot. I read it when I was 15/16, and it became the impetus for me to write horror (which has turned into suspense/thriller). I found the characters and story so compelling, I wanted to be able to create a world like that. Plus, at the time, I thought it was terrifying. I hadn’t ever read anything like that before, so it made quite an impression on me.

Which unsolved murder fascinates you the most?

It isn’t murder, per se, but the story of The Titanic, the Dyatlov Pass Incident (an event in which nine Soviet trekkers died in the northern Ural Mountains in 1959), and The Donner Party will always have my attention. I think the intensity and unsettling nature of ALL of these are what pull me in.

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

Oh, there’s so many adorable ones! I would say a kitty (which I already do! Noodle!) and/or an owl, because they’re awesome.

How do you use social media as an author? 

Probably not well enough. I have my own blog ( which is where I have the majority of my “author presence”, but I am on FB (my personal page), and I do have a tiny footprint on Twitter. I guess I’m on Instagram too, but I don’t do much there. Honestly, I sell best in person, and I just don’t have the time/desire to spend most of my day on social media. That might result in fewer sales, but probably not by much.

Have pets ever gotten in the way of your writing? 

Constantly. Noodle (left), being chill. He’s the 18 pounder. Monkey (right), the diva, with a couple of friends.


What are you working on now?

My fifth novel! Sanctum. It follows Ed Thackery, recent retiree who got into the real estate game to get out from under his wife’s feet. He manages to sign his first clients, but then realizes that something’s wrong with their house. It’s not only haunted…it’s… (spoilers which will not be discussed – you’ll have to read it for yourself). 😊

I’m working on draft #3 now, meaning it should be ready for public consumption next year sometime. My best guess is summer of ’23.

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Author Bio and Social Media

Sue Rovens is an indie suspense/horror author who hails from Normal, Illinois. She has written four suspense novels and two books of short horror stories. She is currently working on a fifth novel, Sanctum, which should be out sometime in 2023.

Track 9, her second novel, snagged a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly (May 2018), her short story, “Coming Over”, from her book, In a Corner, Darkly (Volume 1) was turned into a screenplay and short student indie film by the theater department of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and another short story, “When the Earth Bled”, won 2nd place in the Support Indie Authors short story contest in 2021. Her two most recent books (Buried and Rage) are under Plump Toad Press.

Sue owns a blog ( which includes interviews with authors, musicians, podcasters, and artists. She is also an Executive Producer for an indie (short) horror film which is currently in pre-production called “Let’s Do Things that Make Us Happy”.

Sue is a member of The Chicago Writers Association and the Alliance for Independent Authors (ALLi). 

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