31 03, 2015

Giveaway for Heather Brewer’s THE CEMETERY BOYS

By |March 31st, 2015|contest, Young Adult|11 Comments

My middle child loves Heather Brewer’s books! Matter of fact, I’m taking him to her launch event tonight so he can get his books signed! Heather has a new book out today called THE CEMETERY BOYS. Check it out.

THE CEMETERY BOYS

Cemetery BoysWelcome to Spencer.

Population: 814.

It’s a backward town—and it’s hiding a terrible secret. When Stephen’s dad says they’re moving, Stephen knows it’s pointless to argue. They’re broke from paying Mom’s hospital bills, and now the only option left is to live with Stephen’s grandmother, a woman as bitter and stuck as the town of Spencer itself. Stephen’s summer starts looking up when he meets punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon. The twins have family problems of their own and aren’t exactly close, but Stephen is drawn to them, each for different reasons. With Cara, he feels safe and understood—and yeah, okay, she’s totally hot. In Devon and his group, he sees a chance at making real friends. Only, as the summer presses on, and harmless nights hanging out in the cemetery take a darker turn, Stephen starts to suspect that Devon is less a friend than a leader. And he might be leading them to a very sinister end.

Mixing classic horror elements with a darkly funny coming-of-age story, New York Times bestselling author Heather Brewer brings her razor-sharp edge to a story about the dangerous power of belief and the cost of blind loyalty, taking readers to the brink of madness and past the point of no return.

Don’t wanna wait?

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11 03, 2015

Cover Reveal ACROSS THE DISTANCE by Marie Mayer

By |March 11th, 2015|New Adult|0 Comments

A good friend of mine, Marie Mayer, has a new adult romance coming out in May. Check out the gorgeous cover!

Across the Distance

There’s a drawer I never open. It holds a picture I never look at. It reminds me of a day I hate to remember, but I’ll never forget.

I’d give anything to be like the other girls on campus. Going to parties, flirting with boys, planning for a future. But that’s not me. And hasn’t been since the day my parents died. The only thing that got me through was Griffin. Even though I didn’t have my family, I always had him. Only, now I’m not so sure I do.

It’s not just the eleven hundred miles separating us now that I’m at college. Or his band finally taking off, and all the gigs and girls suddenly demanding his time. It’s as if everything is different-the way we talk, the way we text . . . the way he looks at me and the way those looks make me feel.

Griffin has been the only good thing in my life since that horrific day. But I can feel our friendship slipping away-and I’m terrified of what will be left in its place . . .

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All About Marie: Marie Meyer was a Language Arts teacher for fourteen years. She spends her days in the classroom and her nights writing heartfelt new adult romances that will leave readers clamoring for more. She is a member of RWA and the St. Louis Writers Guild. Marie’s short fiction won honorable mentions from the St. Louis Writers Guild in 2010 and 2011. She is a proud mommy and enjoys helping her oldest daughter train for the Special Olympics, making up silly stories with her youngest daughter, and binging on weeks of DVR’d television shows with her husband.

9 03, 2015

Coveted Art by Kate Sherron

By |March 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

During the Kawakon convention here in St. Louis MO, I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful local St. Louis artist named Kate Sherron. It was a delight to see her work and I got so excited at the possibility of seeing what she would do with one of the Coveted characters. I had her draw Natalya Stravinsky first. I’ll be honest, I squealed with delight when I saw the picture. Just seeing Nat snuggling with her ornaments was so friggin’ cute.

 

Coveted Cast by Kate Sherron

 

The picture is overflowing with cuteness. By day two of the conference I wanted her to do Thorn Grantham and Aggie McClure. Kate did an awesome job on those too. I have more plans for goodies with Kate, so be on the lookout in the future for more cuteness overload.

I love this pictures? Do you have a favorite? Or maybe should the question be: which character should I have drawn next? Nick Fenton the white wizard? Abby the Muse? Heidi the mermaid? Grandma Lasovskaya?

 

6 03, 2015

Behind the Dark Scream – If These Walls Could Talk

By |March 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dark Screams - Volume 2Love a good scare? Dark Screams Volume 2 came out on Tuesday from Cemetery Dance and Random House Hydra!

What’s this anthology all about?

Dark Screams: Volume 2

Robert McCammon, Norman Prentiss, Shawntelle Madison, Graham Masterton, and Richard Christian Matheson scale new heights of horror, suspense, and grimmest fantasy in Dark Screams: Volume Two, from Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the renowned Cemetery Dance Publications.

THE DEEP END by Robert McCammon
Everyone thinks the drowning death of Neil Calder in the local swimming pool was a tragic accident. Only his father knows better. Now, on the last night of summer, Neil returns in search of revenge.

INTERVAL by Norman Prentiss
Flight 1137 from St. Louis by way of Nashville has gone missing. As anxious friends and family gather around the gate, a ticket clerk finds herself eyewitness to a moment of inhuman evil.

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK by Shawntelle Madison
Eleanor has come from New York City to prep an old Victorian house in Maine for America’s Mysterious Hotspots. Although she’s always thrown herself into her work, this job will take her places she’s never dreamed of going.

THE NIGHT HIDER by Graham Masterton
C. S. Lewis wrote about a portal that led to a world of magic and enchantment. But the wardrobe in Dawn’s room holds only death—until she solves its grisly mystery.

WHATEVER by Richard Christian Matheson
A 1970s rock ’n’ roll band that never was—in a world that is clearly our own . . . but perhaps isn’t, not anymore . . . or, at least, not yet—takes one hell of a trip.


My story, IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK, started out as simple idea about a production crew visiting a house. From there the idea blossomed into something much more sinister. To be honest, I wrestled with the idea of a happily ever after also. I’m much more used to writing those! Which way did I go? I won’t tell you the direction I went. I guess you’ll have to read the stories to find out…

LockwoodCrafting this story was a delight. I got to explore how television shows are produced and go behind the scenes on how shows start from a concept up to the point where production staff members scout out a location and prepare the site for filming. I hadn’t realized so much went into the many shows I see on TV. It’s hard work!

Next, I needed inspiration for the house. During my initial research period, I wanted to find the perfect house that could be potentially a great place to film, and yet, have undertones of something ominous. I found that in the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion. In my mind I saw a classic Victorian home on a rainy day and from there the Lockwood-Mathews place helped me form a setting in my head.

Once I had the setting in place, I continued my research into set preparation. Hours watching HGTV and DIY Network paid off on that front. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the handiest person in the world, but I find DIY projects quite fascinating! I’ve seen walls patched and dry wall put up, but I’ve never seen plaster done except for TV. Learning about older homes and the plaster process was really cool. I’ve seen countless movies and saw holes in the walls, but I never truly understood about the restoration process for older homes and care needed to get them back to their former glory until I wrote my story.

It’s amazing how far one can go down the rabbit hole before writing a story. I’m not different in that regard, but I learned a great deal and had fun. What more could a writer want while crafting a dark tale?

Want to read IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK? Check out the anthology from one of the links below.

Amazon · iBooks · Google Play · Books A Million

13 01, 2015

Under My Skin Release Event at Bitten By Books

By |January 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Besides the awesome fact that UNDER MY SKIN is on sale for $1.99 USD, I will be celebrating the release over at Bitten By Books with a live book event. Those who stop by have a chance to enter a contest for a giveaway for a $25.00 eBook gift card! So stop by and say hi! I will be there to answer questions and have fun!

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