Saturday, October 31, 2015

Crossroads Blog Tour Day 6: Judith Graves


Bio: Award-winning writer and screenwriter Judith Graves loves tragic romance, werewolves, vampires, magic and all things a bit creepy. A firm believer that teen fiction can be action-packed, snarky and yet hit all the right emotional notes, Judith writes stories with attitude. She lives in northern Alberta and when she’s not writing, or playing bass in a cover band, she works in a school library.



You’re trapped in an  elevator with your favorite (actor/character/ author) and outside there is a horde of zombies, some weird animal is pounding on the top of the elevator...what happens next and who are you with?
I’m  with  screenwriter/director,  Joss  Weaton,  and  we’re  both  trying  to  “use  our words” to write our way out this mess. It doesn’t work. Oh, look, we’re dead.

What’s your favorite horror film or book?
One I can watch again and again, and still learn from is the film, The Shining. That it’s celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year is a real bonus. It’s on TV just about every night. ;)

Book: Fright Before Christmas: 13 Tales of Holiday Horrors

It’s the most wonderful time of year...or is it?

Christmas Eve is a night of mystery and magic, but not always in ways we expect. Things lurk in the shadows and they’re not the least bit jolly or merry. Let’s just say some presents are better left unopened.

‘Tis the season to be screaming along with our thirteen tales of holiday horrors. Ghosts. Monsters. Demons. And more!

This Christmas, be careful what you wish for...

Edited by Shannon Delany and Kelly Hashway with stories by: Richard Ankers, Jessica Bayliss, Ty Drago, Judith Graves, Jackie Horsfall, Patrick Hueller, Ally Mathews, Laura Pauling, Boyd Reynolds, Medeia Sharif, Andrea Stanet, Lea Storry, and Dax Varley


Buy Links: AmazonB&NiTunes


Website: http://judithgraves.com/


Twitter - https://twitter.com/judithgraves


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Crossroads Blog Tour Day 6: Sarah Bromley

Bio
Sarah Bromley drinks too much coffee, likes her music loud and off-key, and has loved spooky things since she first saw “An American Werewolf in London” when she was five years old. She currently lives in the St. Louis area with her high-school-sweetheart-turned-heroic-husband, three children, and her dogs.
Website





You’re trapped in an  elevator with your favorite (actor/character/ author) and outside there is a horde of zombies, some weird animal is pounding on the top of the elevator...what happens next and who are you with? 
Helena Bonham Carter and I play rock, paper, scissors to see who checks out the top of the elevator. 

What’s your favorite horror film or book?
I love ROSEMARY’S BABY, the book, but made the poor choice of reading it while pregnant with my son, whose name we’d decided was Adrian 

Book blurb:
Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it's not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.

Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That's all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can't explain the hold she has on him--inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn't know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vayda and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn't so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.


"Richly written, A MURDER OF MAGPIES isn't a book to be read, but one to be devoured by the light of a dying fire. Sarah Bromley will pull readers in and have them glancing constantly over their shoulder, where the ghosts of the past await them."
- New York Times bestselling author Heather Brewer


"A MURDER O MAGPIES is one of those books I couldn't put down... a little bit mystery, a little bit horror, a little bit love story--there's something for everyone on these pages. Rich, well-written, and different in a genre desperate for something a little bit different..." -- Hillary Monahan, author of MARY: THE SUMMONING 

Links: 
Amazon  | Barnes & Noble |  Indigo | Powell's | Indiebound 


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Crossroads Blog Tour Day 6: Kelly Hashway

Bio: Kelly Hashway fully admits to being one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, but that didn’t stop her from jumping out of an airplane at ten thousand feet one Halloween. Maybe it was growing up reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books that instilled a love of all things scary and a desire to live in a world filled with supernatural creatures, but she spends her days writing speculative fiction for young adults, middle graders, and young children. Kelly’s also a sucker for first love, which is why she writes YA and NA romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she’s not writing, Kelly works as an editor and also as Mom, which she believes is a job title that deserves to be capitalized. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
 

You’re trapped in an  elevator with your favorite (actor/character/ author) and outside there is a horde of zombies, some weird animal is pounding on the top of the elevator...what happens next and who are you with? 
Well,  I  hate  elevators  because  I’m  claustrophobic, so  I’m  in  Rick  Riordan’s  arms begging him to get me out of there. 

What’s your favorite horror film or book?  
Pet Sematary has always been one of my favs, but I also love Halloween. Michael Myers is awesome.


Links:

Instagram: instagram.com/khashway 



The Monster Within Blurb: The moment seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson crawls out of her grave, her second chance at life begins. She died of cancer with her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, by her side—a completely unfair shot at life. But Ethan found a way to bring her back, like he promised he would. Only Sam came back wrong. She's now a monster that drains others' lives to survive. And after she kills, she’s tortured by visions—glimpses into her victims would-have-been futures had she not killed them. Barely able to live with herself and trying to make things right, Sam ends up a pawn in a vicious game of payback within the local coven of witches. But when the game reveals what Ethan had to do to save Sam, she must make a choice that will change all their lives forever.

Buy Links: Amazon | BN



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Crossroads Blog Tour Day 6: Janet Fox



Bio: Janet Fox's published works include the non-fiction middle grade self-help book GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT (Free Spirit Publishing) and three young adult historical novels: FAITHFUL, FORGIVEN, and SIRENS (all Speak/Penguin). Her debut middle grade novel THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE is due out March 15, 2016 from Viking. Janet is a 2010 MFA graduate from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she's represented by Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. She lives in Bozeman, Montana, where she and her husband are ruled by an energetic Lab, but you can also find her at www.janetsfox.com, connect with her on Twitter at @janetsfox, and follow her on Facebook at AuthorJanetFox

You’re trapped in an  elevator with your favorite (actor/character/ author) and outside there is a horde of zombies, some weird animal is pounding on the top of the elevator...what happens next and who are you with? 
I'm in the elevator with Hermione Granger, and she's got her wand, so she heats up the roof of the elevator (burning the tootsies of whatever that animal is) and then turns  us  both  into  bats  as  she simultaneously  opens  the  door.  We  fly  past  the zombies and head for the hills. (The reason we're bats? Because they scare me, so I'd rather be than see one. See below.) 

What’s your favorite horror film or book? 
My  favorite  horror  film  (because  there's  horror-scary  and  then  there's  horror-smart) is Hitchcock's The Birds. I was once in a movie theatre infested with bats,watching The Birds, and I can tell you it was a terrifying experience, 3-d before there was such a thing.






Blurb: 
THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE is a middle-grade novel set in a spooky Scottish castle during WWII. The lady of the manor has set it up as a temporary boarding school for children escaping the Blitz. But something is not right with that castle or that lady, and the children begin disappearing one by one. There are clues that a spy is in the house; there are undeniable signs of a sinister magic. Ghostly hauntings, enigma machines, creepy noises, and peculiar teachers all hint at a complicated mystery. It’s a race against the clock for one girl, her two younger siblings, and her new best friend to get to the bottom of things. 


THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE ISBN: 978-0451476333 
Buy links:  Country Bookshelf, my local indie | Barnes & Noble | Amazon  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, October 30, 2015

Crossroads Blog Tour Day 5: Christine Fonseca

Critically acclaimed and award winning YA and nonfiction author. Lover of books, lattes, and family. Passionate about humanity. Believer in dreams. 

Social Media Links for Christine Fonseca, Author: 
Website  | Twitter  | Facebook  | Google+ | Goodreads | Amazon 



You’re trapped in an elevator with your favorite (actor/character/ author) and outside there is a horde of zombies, some weird animal is pounding on the top of the elevator...what happens next and who are you with?
 Damon growls, his teeth exposed. “I’ve got this,” he says, as he punches through the top of the elevator. Screams. Howls. Silence. 

What’s your favorite horror film or book?  
I have some many favs - #TheRing, #NightmareonElmStreet, #AmityvilleHorror, #POTO, #Dracula, anything #DeanKoontz to name a few. #scarymoviesandbooksrock



Blurb for COLLIDE:
***FINALIST IN 2015 KINDLE BOOK AWARDS*** 
The most dangerous secrets are the ones that kill. When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her so-called boring life isn’t so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers there’s more to paranormal activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. Now she must uncover the truth before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life. 

BUY Links for COLLIDE: 
Amazon | BN  | Kobo

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Crossroads Blog Tour Day 4: Patrice Lyle


Bio: Patrice Lyle has never met a ghost story she didn’t like. She’s been fascinated with the paranormal since childhood. She attributes this fascination to having heard old family stories of ghostly wreaths, ESP, and money hidden in the lining of antique purses. She grew up on the Oregon Coast and has a Master’s Degree in Writing Popular Fiction. Now she lives with her husband and three cats near Orlando, where she’s working on the next Poison Ivy novel and trolling the area for ghostly happenings.


You’re trapped in an elevator with your favorite (actor/character/ author) and outside there is a horde of zombies, some weird animal is pounding on the top of the elevator…what happens next and who are you with?
I’m trapped with Brad Pitt from his Troy days. He’d bust open the top of the elevator and rush me to safety.

What’s your favorite horror film or book? 
‘The Shining’ movie. It’s seriously so scary! Plus my husband and I visited the Stanley Inn in Estes Park. That place was creepy!



Buy link for PI 2

Social media links: https://www.facebook.com/patricebooks
@patricebooks

Author of the Health Nut Mysteries, the Poison Ivy Charm School Tween Mysteries, Lethally Blonde, and Glistenwww.patricebooks.com

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Crossroads Blog Tour Day 4: Jessica Bayliss


You’re trapped in an elevator with your favorite (actor/character/ author) and outside there is a horde of zombies, some weird animal is pounding on the top of the elevator...what happens next and who are you with? 
Hermione apparates us the heck out of there to the Three Broomsticks, and I finally get to try real butterbeer! 

What’s your favorite horror film or book?  
“IT” for book. My favorite stories are those that blend humor & scares. I just watched “Housebound.” It was so good! Funny, scary, & gross. 

Amazon | FB | Website | Twitter @JBayliss



Beware the Little White Rabbit: 
Thirteen powerful voices in young adult fiction invite you to journey into startling new Wonderlands in this nod to the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s timeless character, ALICE.  

Mystery. Madness. Mayhem. Each story in this collection will intrigue, bewitch, and enchant. Through rich historicals, castles and keeps, wormholes, secret workshops, deadly plagues, and gritty urban explorations, we present new tales of Alice and her white rabbit.  

Whether an intrepid reporter, a would-be car thief, or the last human in a world ruled by machines, at the heart of each story Alice is a girl discovering who she really is in worlds that never fail to surprise.  

What wonders await, oh curious reader? Leap down the rabbit hole and discover the truth... 


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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Crossroads Blog Tour Day 3: Dorothy Dreyer

Bio:
Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. Born in Angeles City, Philippines, to a Filipino mother and American Father, Dorothy grew up a military brat, living in Massachusetts, South Dakota, Guam, New Jersey, and New York. She now lives in Frankfurt, Germany, with her husband, two teens, and two Siberian huskies. Dorothy not only writes books with some element of magic in them, but has a fondness for reading those kinds of books as well. She also enjoys movies, chocolate, take-out, and spending time with family and friends.

Website Amazon | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Blog


You’re trapped in an elevator with your favorite (actor/character/ author) and outside there is a horde of zombies, some weird animal is pounding on the top of the elevator…what happens next and who are you with?
I’m with Harry Potter. He has his invisibility cloak. We let the animal in and open the elevator door. The animal takes out the zombies or the other way around, while we make our escape. 


What’s your favorite horror film or book? 
It’s funny, I’m not huge on horror films, but I’d have to say Scream. I take my scary movies with a sprinkle of humor. 


Book Blurb:
MY FRAYED ETERNITY (Reaper's Rite Book Three) - YA Dark Paranormal
Just when Zadie thought life was returning to normal, one of the most important people in her life turns up missing. When Zadie finds out this disappearance has something to do with Reapers, her worst fears are realized.Not only have the Reapers returned, but a plan to up the stakes and bring the Reaper’s Rite to the next level is discovered. Using their Vila powers, Zadie and her sister Mara must set out to rescue their friend and do what they can to put an end to the pact between witches, faeries, and Reapers, before all is lost for eternity. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Crossroads Blog Tour Day 3: Tina Ferraro

BIO:  
Tina Ferraro is the author of several young adult novels and novellas, as well as upwards of a hundred romantic short stories for teens and adults.

A two-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA award and the National Reader's Choice award for her young adult novels, her interests include Facebook Scrabble, the color orange, and chasing coyotes out of her neighborhood.

SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS:
Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Website


You’re trapped in an elevator with your favorite (actor/character/ author) and outside there is a horde of zombies, some weird animal is pounding on the top of the elevator…what happens next and who are you with?
I’d want Stephen King in the elevator with me because if anyone can triumph over evil, he’s the guy!


What’s your favorite horror film or book?
My favorite horror book is Pet Sematary by Stephen King. 
 




BLURB:  
High school sophomore Trisha Traynor and friends have played the Halloween mirror game for years, the one that’s supposed to show a glimpse of the guy they’ll marry. But no one’s ever seen anything. 

Until tonight—when Trisha is gob smacked by the candlelit arrival of her long-deceased twin sister, instead of her crush, Kirk Maxwell. 

In a voice and vision that only Trisha can hear and see, Chessie claims to be back on a compassionate journey. Trisha fears she's gone nuthouse crazy. But she nonetheless follows the instructions Chessie outlines in their nightly conversations, until she finds herself stepping across some ethical lines, and probably ending all chances with Kirk. 


When a sisterly showdown ensues, resulting in the shattering of the mirror, Chessie’s gone again, and a heartsick Trisha sets about righting her recent wrongs. That is, until she stumbles upon the real reason Chessie had come back and the most important glimpse yet that the mirror could never predict.

TAG LINES:  Half a life is not worth living.  
Probably not a good idea to take advice from your dead twin sister.

BUY LINKS:  
http://www.amazon.com/Half-Life-Tina-Ferraro-ebook/dp/B00U329CWW/ref=la_B001H6WFAO_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1441571907&sr=1-4
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/523144
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/half-life-tina-ferraro/1121331648?ean=2940046605457





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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Crossroads Blog Tour Day 2: Jennifer Murgia

Bio:
Jennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE, THE BLISS), to contemporary gut-punchers (BETWEEN THESE LINES). Her latest, FOREST OF WHISPERS, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner (Bronze Medal for YA Horror/Mystery). The sequel, CASTLE OF SIGHS, releases October 27, 2015 from Spencer Hill Press. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.

You’re trapped in an elevator with your favorite (actor/character/ author) and outside there is a horde of zombies, some weird animal is pounding on the top of the elevator…what happens next and who are you with?
Ha! I would be with YA bestie Cyn Balog, huddled in the corner eating chocolate to soothe ourselves. So yeah, we’d wind up dead, I’m sure.

What’s your favorite horror film or book? 
THE OTHERS starring Nicole Kidman (movie). THE SHINING – Stephen King.

Social Links:
Website: www.jennifermurgia.com 
Email: jennifermurgia8@gmail.com  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.murgia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenniferMurgia
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jennifermurgia/ 
Instagram: Jennifer_Murgia
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23550903-castle-of-sighs


CASTLE OF SIGHS (Sequel to FOREST OF WHISPERS)
Digital Release Date: October 27, 2015
Young Adult Fiction - Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Book Summary:
Some secrets cannot be kept--in life or in death.

Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another. After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon, and something darker seems to have been awakened, as well.

Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs--shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping she will find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.

And the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.


ADVANCED PRAISE FOR CASTLE OF SIGHS:
"A creepy, atmospheric ghost tale to be read with the lights on. Jennifer Murgia has done it again!"
       ~ Cyn Balog, author of FAIRY TALE and SLEEPLESS.
 

A castle filled with the ghosts of witches . . .
A Book of Secrets that holds the key to a terrible past . . .
A being made of Magick . . .
            In Castle of Sighs, the magnificent sequel to Forest of Whispers, author Jennifer Murgia leads us through a spooky, tangled web of mystery, mayhem, and magic both light and dark as we follow seventeenth century witch Rune in her exploration of the ancient Castle Pyrmont, the ancestral home that has shaped the extraordinary lives of the women in her family. Be prepared to sit up all night looking over your shoulder and jumping at every sound while this book, like its predecessor, casts its spell over you. Definitely a Must Read.
         ~ Molly Cochran, author of Legacy, Poison, and Seduction



Buy Links:
Amazon: 
http://www.amazon.com/Castle-Sighs-Hedge-Jennifer-Murgia-ebook/dp/B013LJQZKA/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Barnes & Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/castle-of-sighs-jennifer-murgia/1121584404?ean=9781633920255





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Crossroads Blog Tour Day 2: Elizabeth Holloway

Author Bio: 
Elizabeth Holloway is an author of young adult fiction living in Southern Pennsylvania with her two teen children and their growing number of pets. In addition to writing, she is a registered nurse, an avid reader, an out-of-practice artist, a karaoke singer, and a music lover. She is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Her first novel, CALL ME GRIM, is available NOW. The sequel, DEATH BECOMES ME, will release in Fall 2015. She is represented by Lindsay Ribar of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. 
Website | Twitter | Facebook |  Blog | Goodreads


You’re trapped in an elevator with your favorite (actor/character/ author) and outside there is a horde of zombies, some weird animal is pounding on the top of the elevator…what happens next and who are you with?
Chris Pratt takes me in his arms and lays a great big kiss on me, and then I wake up.


What’s your favorite horror film or book? 
The Shining by Stephen King. Seriously spooky.



CALL ME GRIM 
Amazon | B&N | Audible | Goodreads 
DEATH BECOMES ME 
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Crossroads Blog Tour Day 1: Heather Reid


Bio:Heather L. Reid writes character driven YA urban fantasy, paranormal, and speculative fiction and is the author of the Pretty Dark series (Month9Books) She is both American and British and has called six different cities in three different countries, home. Her strong sense of wanderlust and craving for a new adventure mean you might find her wandering the moors of her beloved Scotland, exploring haunted castles, or hiking through a magical forest in search of fairies and sprites. When she’s not venturing into the unknown in her real life, she loves getting lost in the worlds of video games or curling up by the fire with good story. For now, this native Texan is back in the Lone Star State, settling down with her Scottish husband and writing whatever new tales of fantasy her imagination dreams up.





You’re trapped in an elevator with your favorite (actor/character/ author) and outside there is a horde of zombies, some weird animal is pounding on the top of the elevator...what happens next and who are you with? 
I’m  trapped  with  Bishop  from  the  X-Men.  He  manipulates  the  technology  in  the elevator to catapult us upward and away from the zombies. Then he blasts through the roof with his cybernetic arm, incinerating the animal and flying us to safety.  

What’s your favorite horror film or book? 
I love the movie Session 9! 



PRETTY DARK SACRIFICE (Pretty Dark #2) 
Blurb:It’s been five weeks, two days, and eight hours since Aaron vanished without a trace. Everyone wants her to move on, but Quinn can’t, not after his spirit—or something—appears to her at his memorial, convincing her he’s still alive. When a mysterious box materializes on the very spot where Aaron disappeared, Quinn finds herself at the center of an ancient prophecy of betrayal, revenge, and sacrifice that takes her to the depths of the underworld to face Lilith—Adam’s first wife. If Quinn can stop Lilith from unleashing the demon horde Eve trapped inside the box during the Battle of Eden millennia ago, she will save the human realm and free Aaron from an eternity in torment. All it will cost her is her own blood. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Spotligt & Giveaway: The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey


Book Info:
Title: The Sister Pact
Author: Stacie Ramey
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publishers: Sourcebooks Fire

Summary:

Who holds your secrets?

Allie is devastated when her older sister commits suicide- and it’s not just because she missed her. Allie feels betrayed. The two made a pact that they’d always be together, in life and in death, but Leah broke her promise and Allie needs to know why.

Her parents hover. Her friends try to support her. And Nick, sweet Nick, keeps calling and flirting. Their sympathy only intensifies her grief.


But the more she clings to Leah, the more secrets surface. Allie’s not sur which is more distressing: discovering the truth behind her sister’s death or facing her new reality without her.
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Excerpt from The Sister Pact:
Liquid inspiration from the Nyquil bottle makes me feel like I should paint something for Leah. Let her know I get it now. Maybe I didn’t always when she was alive. Maybe I didn’t listen when she tried to tell me things.

I open the door and look out into the hallway. Lights off, TV on downstairs. Mom’s check-out gives me the clear shot I need. In the garage I find the white paint from the trim in my room and the tools and brushes. Everything seems really clear right now. And brilliant. I feel sort of brilliant. Like every part of my brain is working.

Back in my room I shake the can of paint and open it with a screwdriver and hammer, trying hard not to spill it on my hardwood floors. Too late.

My curtains are in the way, so I rip them off the rod. I have to stand on my window bench to reach as high as I need. I start to paint, not knowing what I’m doing until the image forms on the wall, like magic. By the time I’ve painted the point of convergence on my window where the pink diamond goes, I recognize it. I painted it like it was burned into my brain. But I guess I knew all the time even as it materialized. I’ve made Leah’s ring.

I sit back and admire my work. I hope wherever she is, she sees this and knows I’m sorry. A shooting pain goes through my head and my eyes try to adjust to the blinding light the sun throws as it sets. Spiky rays of light come from the sunburst that flashes through my painting, making it seem like it’s alive.

I blink away the brightness and try to let my eyes settle. When I open them again I’m confused. Because I see Leah standing there. Really standing there. I steady my gaze and look again. I’m not imagining it. She’s there, surrounded by light, kind of outlined in it. Like one of my rendering sketches.


I want to reach for her, ask her if she’s really here, but when I blink again, her image disappears and I know it’s just my guilt and my need that’s bringing her to me. Even if she can’t stay.

I close up the paint cans and take them and the medicine bottle downstairs. The paint and tools go back into the garage and the brush gets washed in the sink and left to dry on a bottom shelf of the garage. I turn the water on in the sink and run my hand over its stainless steel surface, careful to wash all the remnants of my painting party down the drain. Finally I wrap the medicine bottle in newspaper and push it to the bottom of the trashcan, making certain that it’s completely covered. One thing Leah taught me was how to hide your party.

When I’m done, I walk back up to my bathroom, and brush my teeth, trying not to look in the mirror too long. As if my crazy would show somehow. I crawl into bed, setting my alarm for the morning. First day of school. I put my hands together in the prayer position and put them under my cheek.
I think about what I just did and try not to worry about what it means. It’s too much allows the headache to creep back in, crouching and ready to spring. I’ll close my eyes and go to sleep, and hope that tomorrow will be okay. I know it’s not what I should be doing. I know I’m copping out, but I can’t help it.

I’m living my life in tiny squares. Checker board moves. I go forward. I go backward. I jump. Each play means something. Each turn matters. The most important thing is to keep moving. To not get jumped. Sometimes a little Nyquil helps that. They don’t call it medicine for nothing.


About the Author: Stacie Ramey learned to read at a very early age to escape the endless tormenting from her older siblings. She attended the University of Florida where she majored in communication sciences and Penn State where she received a Master of Science in Speech Pathology. When she’s not writing, she engages in Netflix wars with her children or beats her husband in Scrabble. She lives in Florida with her husband, three children, and two rescue dogs Social Networking Links:
Website | Twitter

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Promo & Giveaway: Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2) by Jennifer Estep




Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2)
by Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: October 27th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Magic, Supernatural


Synopsis:
Something Wicked This Way Comes...

As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there's no escaping the spotlight—or the danger.

Even though he's my competition, Devon Sinclair thinks I have the best shot at winning what's supposed to be a friendly contest. But when the competitors start having mysterious "accidents," it looks like someone will do anything to win—no matter who they hurt.

As if I didn't have enough to worry about, mobster Victor Draconi is plotting against Devon and the rest of my friends, and someone's going around Cloudburst Falls murdering monsters. One thing's for sure. Sometimes, humans can be more monstrous than anything else...




Working for the mob isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.
Oh, sure. It always looks all glitzy and glamorous on TV and in the movies. Folks wearing slick suits, eating in fancy restaurants, and talking about how to best deal with their enemies over coffee and cannolis. And maybe I’d actually done some of those things, during the few weeks that I’d been working for the Sinclair Family. But most of the time, taking care of Family business was a boring, tedious job, just like any other—
“Watch out, Lila!” Devon Sinclair shouted.
I ducked just in time to keep from getting pelted in the face by a blood persimmon. The ripe, apple-size fruit sailed over my head and splattered against the ground. The skin exploded on impact, painting red pulp and seeds all over the gray cobblestones, and filling the summer air with a sweet, sticky scent.
Sadly, the cobblestones weren’t the only things covered in fruit—so was I. Red pulp had soaked into my blue T-shirt and gray cargo pants from where I’d already been hit, while seeds and bits of skin clung to the laces of my gray sneakers.
An angry, high-pitched cheep-cheep-cheep sounded, the noise somewhere between a crow’s cawing and a chipmunk’s chirping. I glared up at the tree where the persimmon had come from. A creature with ash-gray fur and emerald-green eyes jumped up and down on its hind legs on a branch about ten feet above my head. The creature’s jumps were so hard and powerful that more ripe blood persimmons dropped from their branches and hit the ground, bursting open and adding to the oozing mess that already coated the cobblestones. Oh, yeah. The tree troll was definitely upset that it had missed me with its latest fruit bomb.
Tree trolls were among the many monsters that made their home in and around Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia, along with mortals and magicks, like me. I’d always thought of the trolls as sort of a cross between an oversize squirrel and the flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz. Oh, tree trolls couldn’t actually fly, but the black webbing under their arms helped them catch wind currents as they hopped from one branch and tree to the next, while their long, bushy tails let them dangle upside down. The trolls were only about a foot tall, so they weren’t nearly as dangerous as copper crushers and many of the other monsters that inhabited the town. Most of the time, they were pretty harmless, unless you got them riled up. And this one was certainly riled, since it kept jumping up and down and cheep-cheep-cheeping at us all the while.

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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her Elemental Assassin series follows the life and times of Gin “the Spider” Blanco, a barbecue restaurant owner who also happens to be an assassin with magical control over the elements of Ice and Stone.

The Mythos Academy series focuses on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. She studies at Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors.

Her Bigtime paranormal romance books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love.

Estep’s new Black Blade series is about 17-year-old thief Lila Merriweather, who has a Talent for sight, along with the ability to take magic others used against her to boost her own powers. She tries not to get involved with the Families who control much of the town, but ends up in the middle of a potential turf war.



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