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Cover Reveal: Malevolent Mind

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Malevolent Mind

A Horror Novel by Misty Harvey

 

A story so dark, twisted and unfinished has a way of driving the sanest to the brink of insanity.

Between the constant state of bullying from Heath and his friends, and the unrest of not knowing what happened to her twin, Raven seeks revenge. Years later, she becomes the nanny for Heath’s young son, Kade. She helps him start a horror story with the plan to bring the horrible creature Kade created into the real world to torment Heath and his friends. It was perfect, until everything began unraveling. When Kade’s creation no longer wishes to do Raven’s bidding, it becomes a fight for life or death. The only way to survive is to figure out how to finish off the creature before she finds her freedom. Will Kade find a way to stop the creation of his malevolent mind? Or will Raven’s revenge consume them all?

Excerpt from Malevolent Mind: 

Kade sat there in the middle of the room. He pulled his legs up against his chest, wrapping his arms around them. There was nothing to see now that his head cowered there in the darkness of his own lap. If tonight was the night that he’d die, he wasn’t so sure he’d want to see either of the girls coming for him.

His ears perked up. Behind him came the sound of wet clothes slapping together. He lifted his head, unable to keep it down. It was just his imagination. That was all.

The feel of icy breath slid over the back of his neck. Each tiny hair stood at attention as the stench of decay washed over him. Was it the girl from the river or was it Zilla? Kade flipped onto his knees, the beam of the flashlight straight forward.

There, inches from his face, was Zilla. She stared at him. Her mouth was open at an angle as her tongue flicked out against the air. It was too late to run anywhere.

Death stared him right in the face. Part of him felt relief that it was only her. Of course, that was if the other one wasn’t waiting for him as well. He didn’t dare move the flashlight beam to find out. Zilla had appeared out of nowhere so who knew what would happen once the light wasn’t on her?

Kade watched as her blue-tinged hand reached up for him. She held her hand for him to take. Something told him that doing so would be the end of him. Panic gripped his insides and he knew he had moments to make the first move. If he didn’t react soon, she’d overpower him.

He swung out with the flashlight, catching her on the side of the head. Her body rolled across the floor with a sickening thud. Kade was sure that the magnum flashlight had cracked her skull. It had nearly broken his foot when he’d dropped it one time. He jumped across his bed, darting into the hallway. His gaze moved around the hall as he tried to make out anything.

The sound of her rapidly skittering toward him had him running down the hallway. He stopped at Raven’s door, trying her handle, but the door wouldn’t budge. Instead, the old wood rattled in the frame.

In a flash of lightning, he watched Zilla skitter into the hall on her hands and feet, her body parallel to the floor as she let out a sickening hiss. Half of her head remained dented in from where he’d clocked her with the flashlight. It was a terrifying image to behold. The fact that she continued to chase him regardless turned his stomach.

Kade looked back only briefly before he ran. She was close on his heels. In the distance, he could just make out his father’s door. His bare feet padded against the wood flooring.

Goosebumps raced up his spine as her icy fingers wrapped around his ankle. The weight of his body hit the floor with a loud thud. His head bounced against the hard surface blurring his vision. Tears filled his eyes making it even harder to see. At least now, he wouldn’t have to worry about seeing his death coming.

The cold sensation crept up his leg, over his knee and toward his waist. He could feel the weight of her above him as she crawled up his body. Time slowed so that each second felt like eons. The stench of her undead body burned at his nostrils. Kade gagged on the smell that was so strong he could almost taste it.

He didn’t want to die. Life was too short for him. There was still so much that he wanted to do. Besides, he wasn’t sure who would take care of his father if he wasn’t there any longer. That thought rolled inside of him. He wasn’t going to go out like this, a cowering lump of fear on the floor. If she wanted to kill him, she’d have to fight a lot harder for it.

Kade grabbed her arms, rolling them over as he kicked out with both his legs. Her body smashed into the wall across from them, freeing him to run. He scrambled onto his feet, darting for his father’s room.

The bright light blinded him as he ran for it. That was it. He’d found his end and now he was headed into the light. Just as he’d read in another book. It was his time to cross over.

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Misty Harvey loves writing spine-tingling horror novels sure to thrill readers. The psychology behind such tales has always been a fascination for her since she was younger. Even to the point that she once contemplated taking up psychology as a profession. Still, her love resides in the art of storytelling. An art she wishes to continue to share with readers for the rest of her days.

After climbing out of her writing cave and searching the house for the sound of the latest creak or pop, Misty can be found doing one of many things. Often times she spends the remained of her day with her amazingly supportive husband and youngest daughter. While she has two older children that are out there spreading their wings around the world, including giving her a few grandchildren.

Her favorite things to do when not writing are crafts, wrestling with her dog, avoiding her cat’s bite or generally making her husband and daughter crazy. Often times she can be found creating vivid tales with her daughter about whatever mundane thing happened in their day and turning it into a crazy story. She is also an avid gamer, crochet goddess (we shall pretend there), domestic queen, and animal tamer (it’s a work in progress).

Stalker Links:

Website: Mistyharvey.com

Facebook: Author Misty Harvey

Twitter: AuthorMDHarvey

Goodreads: Author Misty Harvey

 

 

 

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Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter

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Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter expands the original text of Charles Dicken’s classic with all-new scenes of malicious ghosts, soul devouring wraiths, deadly doppelgangers and other terrors from the netherworld. Our story opens seven years after Marley’s violent death. Ebenezer Scrooge has given up ghost hunting and embraced an inevitable slow death by alcohol poisoning. When the spectre of his deceased partner appears to him on Christmas Eve, Scrooge learns that he must face three Ghosts – one who will try to help him, one who will try to harm him and one that cannot be killed.

In a story that spans a lifetime of torment, Scrooge must face the demons of his past and his failures in the present in order to prevent the horror that is his future. The stakes for Scrooge’s soul have never been higher than in this wicked retelling of the classic, A Christmas Carol.

Interview with Jaqueline Kyle

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m an adventure addict. I love to travel and push out of my comfort zone. I’ve bungee jumped, ran a marathon, and started a business. I’m always looking for challenges so I can overcome them. Particularly if they scare me. Writing fiction, soliciting reviews, opening myself up to criticism? That’s the current challenge!

When did you begin writing?

I’ve always written. I won a writing award in first grade when I could hardly hold a pencil. It was a gruesome little story for a six year old. It followed a litter of kittens escaping being drowned by a farmer and striking out to find their new homes. I illustrated it with crayons. Thankfully I no longer illustrate my own books!

Can you tell us about your most recent release?

It’s called Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter and it’s a retelling of A Christmas Carol. The story is still about redemption, but Scrooge has different motivations and social hang ups. Plus there’s scary supernatural stuff. It was a delightful project because there are so many ghosts and creepy things in the original text! I think most readers will have trouble picking out where Dickens’ prose ends and mine begins.

How did you get the idea for the book?

I was wandering around a Dickens Fair (like a Renaissance Fair but set in the streets of London circa 1850). They were performing scenes from A Christmas Carol out in the crowd. When the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come appeared, a woman was blocking the path for the performer, so he stood silent as death behind her. When someone finally nudged her, she turned and screamed bloody murder. It was fantastic. I went home thinking that A Christmas Carol was still very relevant today.

Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?

The Ghost of Christmas Present is particularly sinister. He was the most challenging to write because in the original, he’s jovial and almost carefree. Re-reading the book now, he’s definitely become my favorite.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?

Retelling a beloved classic has peculiar challenges. How do you respect the characters and original author, but bring something new to the table? It’s rather presumptive to re-write Dickens – he’s amazing. I overcame the issue by sticking with the original style of tone and prose. That way the new content surprises and delights the reader and respects the legacy.

What is your primary goal as an author?

To write a good story. Writing makes me ridiculously happy. If I can tell a good story that other people enjoy, it just completes this circle of happiness.

What projects are you currently working on?

I started a community for aspiring writers and indie authors called Wordingly. I’ve spent the majority of my time lately creating how-to manuals and video tutorials for everything from ebook layout to marketing techniques. There’s such a learning curve when you’re trying to get your first book out. Wordingly is a collection of courses, best practices and community to help tear down that barrier.

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?

Write the best story that you can. Most aspiring writers get scared of what people will think. They panic and stop writing. They self-sabotage the publishing process.  Embrace the fear and do it anyway!

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Author Bio

Jaqueline Kyle once stood on top of an active nuclear reactor. It glowed. She dove the Great Barrier Reef and the fish swarmed to check HER out. On her 16th birthday she flew a plane solo – just to enjoy the view. She once ran a marathon – because it was faster than walking. When she bungee jumps, she always goes first, so her friends can jump off the bridge after her. Jaqueline Kyle is not the most interesting man in the world – because she’s a woman.

Connect with Jaqueline Kyle

Video Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBYf_bmpQN4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScroogeGH

Twitter (Scrooge): https://twitter.com/ScroogeGH

Twitter (me): https://twitter.com/YesSumClever

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25726880-ebenezer-scrooge

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZGFLWT2

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ebenezer-scrooge-ghost-hunter/id1007810463?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/Ebenezer-Scrooge-Ghost-Hunter

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1122175945

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Interview with Joleene Naylor

Today I’m meeting with one of my favorite authors. Joleene Naylor is the author of the Amaranthine series. She’s also a contributor to the Strange Portals anthology, as well as the organizer who put it all together. I’m very grateful to her for all her hard work on the book cover, formatting, and organizing the whole collection. If you’d like to read Strange Portals, you can find it FREE on Smashwords, Nook, and Kindle.

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Welcome, Joleene! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Right now I am sitting in my living room, wearing fluffy fox house shoes and eating Pringles salt and vinegar chips, a cat above my head and a dog near my feet. Oh, you meant something deeper? In that case, it was a snowy night long, long ago, at the end of the seventies when…Too far back? Let’s just say I like to write, I like to draw, and I like to take photos. And that dog I mentioned just climbed on the couch. He’s not supposed to be on it, but he’s cute, so I’ll let him stay. (I’m also a sucker).

When did you begin writing?

When I was a kid, my brother and I used to write and illustrate “books” for fun. I graduated to “novel length” in sixth grade. Funnily enough, I didn’t write short stories for my own entertainment until late high school. The real question is, was any of this writing good? And the answer is “probably not”. Ah well, we have to dig through a lot of crud to get to the gold.

Can you tell us about your stories in the anthology, Strange Portals? What inspired you to write it?

I have two, Verchiel and Predator. Verchiel is a character from my paranormal series Amaranthine, and one of the most popular (and one of my favorites, but don’t tell him I said that). I’m working on a collection of short stories, each one about one of the Executioners (vampire police) from Amaranthine, and that is his. I had a hard time choosing a story for him because there are so many things that would have been interesting, but in the end, an origin story is always good.

Predator is a story a friend of mine challenged me to write during my MySpace days. (Anyone remember MySpace?) It’s a takeoff of one called Imagination that was a rework from those high school days I mentioned. Imagination has a similar theme but a very different ending.

Please tell us about your other published work.

This is where I copy and paste, right? Ha ha! Seriously, though, the Amaranthine series are vampire books for those of us who don’t like our heroes to glitter. Heck, even if you do like glittery heroes you might like it. Katelina is an average human woman who gets pulled into the vampires world thanks to a “friend”. One minute she is mourning his death and the next she’s running from vampires who are trying to capture her. Luckily the dark, heroic, and smexy Jorick is there to save her. Then she discovers he’s a vampire too and things really pick up.

People often ask me what genre they fit in. Are they paranormal romance? Sure, there’s romance. (Did you see where I called Jorick smexy?) but if I had to pick a category I’d choose paranormal fantasy because the pacing, plots, etc are far more fantasy novel than romance novel.

I love your Amaranthine series! What projects are you currently working on?

Clash of Legends, book 7 in the Amaranthine series, will be released March 31. I’m also working on the Tales from the Executioners short story collection, and I’d like to do an Amaranthine Encyclopedia. Someday I might also rework the Patrick prequel. If I do I’m more likely to give it away on my website, though, as only about 30% of the readers will like it.

Do you have a book recommendation to share with us?

How many do I get? I’ll limit myself to three series, but that’s hard to do.

DM Yates’ fantasy novels, starting with Always, are awesome. They have a reincarnation premise, so each book has the same “characters” but they get to be different people – it’s brilliant! The first is more contemporary but the second and third are dragons and warriors.

CG Coppola’s Arizel Wars series is also awesome. It’s a fantasy/sci-fi series about a girl who is taken to an alien planet and gets mixed up with a hottie and an interplanetary war.

Spellbringers by our very own Tricia Drammeh is amazing – it’s YA fantasy and centers on a pair of girls – one magical and one human – and the Spellbringers, a magical race that lives side by side with our own.

Thank you for the shout out to the Spellbringers. I totally agree with you about DM Yates’ books. Always is amazing! What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?

Don’t expect to make big bucks. There was a time you could sell books just by showing up. Not now. There are millions of ebooks and only so many digital readers. Sure, new people are buying eReaders every day, but the growth rate is a LOT slower than it was. Add to that traditional publishers have started giving away freebies and selling for low prices, and our competition just doubled. If you’re planning to write novels because you want money: don’t. If you’re writing because you want to write, then go for it.

That’s excellent advice, and so true. Thank you for being here today, Joleene. And congratulations on the upcoming release of Clash of Legends

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Author Bio:

Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine series, a world where vampires aren’t for children. As a compliment to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels collection, and has plans for an Amaranthine Encyclopedia.

In what little time is left she watches anime and updates her blogs, all from a crooked Victorian house in Villisca, Iowa. Between her husband and her pets, she is never lonely, and should she ever disappear one might look for her on a beach in Tahiti, sipping a tropical drink and wearing a disguise.

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Connect with Joleene Naylor at the following links:

Facebook Page  |  Twitter  |  Website  |  Goodreads  |  FB Profile  |  Pinterest  |  Google+

You can find Joleene’s books on these sites:

Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  B&N  |  Kobo

You can also get them on iTunes, and in paperback on Amazon

 

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Interview with Rami Ungar

Today’s guest is Rami Ungar. Rami is the author of two of the short stories featured in Strange Portals, a fantasy horror anthology that is currently free on Smashwords, Nook and Kindle.

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Welcome, Rami. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a senior at Ohio State University double majoring in History and English and graduating this spring (woo-hoo!). I specialize in horror, but I also dabble in science fiction and thriller. I’ve had this thing for scaring people since I was young. Someone scared me pretty bad, so now I’ve got the bug for it! Unfortunately, scaring people at any time of day is considered bad manners, so except for special occasions I usually save the scaring for my stories. I like to think I’m good at it, but you’ll have to ask my critics.

When did you begin writing?

I think I was five or six. I’ve always enjoyed books, but reading Harry Potter made me want to write stories like it. And I did, I tried to write my own Harry Potter Up until I was ten I wrote on and off, jumping between wanting to be a rock star, a mad scientist, a superhero, etc. I finally figured out that I wanted to write and be a novelist. A couple years later I decided to specialize in horror and it’s stayed that way since.

Can you tell us about your story (or stories) in the anthology, Strange Portals? What inspired you to write it?

I’m lucky to have two stories in the anthology, one or two more than I expected! One is Buried Alive, which is about a girl who is thrown into a coffin with her mother and the strange things that happen to her once she’s inside. The other is called Travelers of the Loneliest Roads, which is about a hitchhiker who gets picked up by a mysterious limo in the middle of the desert and what happens afterward.

I don’t remember what inspired them exactly, but I’ve had them written for over a year. I tried getting them published in other places, but other places didn’t want them. Before I sent them to Joleene, I decided to look them over and see what could be done to make them better. I guess it worked, because Joleene said she enjoyed them and I’m really grateful that they’re both in the anthology.

Please tell us about your other published work.

I’ve got three books out right now. Reborn City is a science-fiction novel, about a street gang in a dystopian city-state, and a Muslim girl named Zahara who is forced to join them despite some gang members’ hatred of Muslims, a shadowy government conspiracy, and her own reservations. It’s a story about overcoming adversity when no one expects you to.

Snake is a thriller, about a man who becomes a serial killer and starts hunting down members of the mafia in order to save the love of his life. It’s pretty dark, but that’s the way I like it. And there’s The Quiet Game, a collection of short stories that have gotten some good feedback. I’m really proud of all of them, and I hope that more people decide to read all three books in the future.

What projects are you currently working on?

Well, I’m working on a novel that doubles as my senior thesis. It’s called Rose, and it’s a traditional horror novel. I’m close to finishing the first draft, so I hope to get that out by the end of the year. I’m also editing the sequel to Reborn City, and I plan to rewrite another thriller I’ve written called Laura Horn. And if I can get enough short stories written, I might put out another collection. Just hope I find the time!

Do you have a book recommendation to share with us?

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s my favorite novel. The language is beautiful and flowing, and nearly every character receives some character development. Plus the plot will keep you guessing right up until the end. I loved it, and if anyone has ever had any problems with the Hunger Games books, they might enjoy this novel immensely.

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?

Have a good group of supportive people around you. Obviously reading and writing are very important, and every writer who is serious about writing should do that, but having a circle of people around you who can help you is very important. At least half of what I’ve been able to do has been accomplished because of the people around me, most of them writers but quite a few people who aren’t writers, have been there to help me, point out what needs to be fixed, and brought me this far. If you’ve got your own circle of friends to help you, you’ll go farther than you ever could on your own.

Author Bio:

CIMG2864Rami Ungar is a student at Ohio Sate University who is studying History and English. For Rami, scaring people and writing are two of his greatest talents, so merging them is like a marriage of two great loves. His influences include Stephen King, Anne Rice, and James Patterson. When not writing, Rami enjoys reading, watching TV, and sneaking up on people when they least expect it.

In addition to blogging and writing and publishing horror fiction, Rami is also a writer and administrator for the blog Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors and works at Ohio State University’s Student Financial Aid office. His bucket list includes getting a bed made from a coffin, a hearse converted into his personal Scare-mobile, and running down the street in an actual Dalek suit yelling “Exterminate! Exterminate!”

But before he can get to any of that, he has to do his homework.

Connect with Rami: 

Blog: https://ramiungarthewriter.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RamiUngarWriter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ramiungarwriter

Buying links:

Reborn City: Amazon or Smashwords

Snake: Amazon or Smashwords

The Quiet Game: Amazon or Smashwords

 

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Interview with Adan Ramie

Today, I’m featuring Adan Ramie, an author whose work has appeared in several publications including the horror/fantasy anthology Strange Portals.

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Welcome, Adan! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a parent, a writer, and a student, and am lucky to have a really wonderful better half who supports me in all those facets of my ultra-busy life. I live in a small town in Texas near where I was born.

When did you begin writing?

When I was a small child, I spent a lot of time alone (not that much has changed…), so I resorted to telling myself stories. I started writing as soon as I was old enough to put a sentence on paper. I stopped a few times in my life, sometimes for years at a time, but I always came back to it. It’s what I love. It’s like a drug, or a disease, or a wonderful gift that keeps on giving – and taking.

Can you tell us about your story (or stories) in the anthology, Strange Portals? What inspired you to write it?

I actually have two stories in Strange Portals, “Against the Evil Eye” and “Paparazzi.” The first was born as I struggled through the horrors of post-partum depression; I read a lot, researched the phenomenon, and did everything I could to keep my head above water. It’s about a woman, her abusive husband, and her otherworldly children. The second was in response to a writing prompt, and is about a fan who would pay the ultimate price to be just like her favorite star.

Please tell us about your other published work.

I have stories in several different publications, like This Dark Matter, Skin to Skin, and the Beyond the Nightlight anthology. Most of my stories are dark; some are horror, others are thriller, and still others defy genre. Then, I also have some that are light-hearted, funny, or even sweet. You can see a delightfully diverse sample of my work on my blog, because I post a lot of flash and short fiction there.

What projects are you currently working on?

Right now, I’m working on a thriller about two girls in love and on the run from a psychopath. I’m hoping to have it ready for publication this year. Also in the works are a novel about a teenage girl searching for her mother’s killer, and a novella about what happens when you take two chefs-in-training and put them on a tour bus with a rock star. (All three are LGBT stories, but I like to think that isn’t always the focal point of the plot.)

Do you have a book recommendation to share with us?

Recently I really enjoyed Champion Standing by Mark Gardner, Otherworlders by Angela Cavanaugh, and Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig. (Coincidentally, I also reviewed each of them on my blog.)

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?

Just write. When people tell you to stop, write harder. When you hit a brick wall, throw words at it. When you get a demoralizing critique from your writer’s group, use it as the mortar to help re-brick your story. And when those stories are finished, submit them. Also, coffee is your friend. (Unless it’s not, then I don’t know what to tell you.)

Where can my readers go to buy your books?

My free eBook of short stories, Darkness Undone: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/461614

I have a story featured in:

Beyond the Nightlight: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QNHZJDM?btkr=1

Strange Portals: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/499789

Author Bio:

adanAdan Ramie is the author of several short stories published in magazines like Skin to Skin and Paper Tape Magazine, and anthologies such as Beyond the Nightlight and Strange Portals. She is also the author of an eBook of short stories called Darkness Undone. Currently, she is hard at work polishing a manuscript that is slated for release in 2015. In her spare time, you can catch her gorging on true crime TV, reading anything she can get her hands on, or spending time with her amazingly supportive partner and rambunctious children.

Connect with Adan Ramie:

Blog: http://adanramieblog.wordpress.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AdanRamie

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AdanRamie

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Adan-Ramie/e/B00QX7ERJ4

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8422359.Adan_Ramie

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Interview with Roger Lawrence

I’m thrilled to introduce Roger Lawrence, author of two stories in the fantasy/horror anthology, Strange Portals. Roger is the author of several published novels. To sample his work, please read his short stories by downloading a free copy of Strange Portals on Smashwords, Nook, or Kindle. You can also sample Roger’s writing on his excellent blog.

Welcome, Roger! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

After leaving school I joined the Royal Marines where I was taught how to shoot things, blow stuff up and generally had a good time flying in helicopters all over the place. After that I was, variously, a Bingo hall manager, truck driver, boat driver and finally chauffeur/bodyguard which I only stopped about three years ago. What attracted me to the chauffeuring part was the chance to write and get paid for it since most of my life was spent waiting. I produced another five novels sitting in the front of various cars in dark alleys all over the world.

Can you tell us about the stories you’ve published in Strange Portals?

57a04-strange2bportalsMy two stories in Strange Portals were just idle moments of fun. The Dogs Bodies, were a couple of friends of mine. After years of unemployment they used to get up to some pretty grim stuff. Not anything as bad as in the story but enough to give me an idea. They both loved it until they discovered the identity of the two characters. The second, about the monster, began life a comedy. I quickly realised that nobody could like such obnoxious individuals, so I changed it and killed them off at the end. Sometime later, I wondered if I could draw it out and that was where Kongomato 1, 2, and soon 3 began.

Please tell us about your other published work.kong

I don’t really have a preference in what I read or write. So my first two books were about three teenage boys who save this and other planets from destruction but are always careful to get home in time for school on Monday morning. They are comedies and offered me a perfect opportunity to play with my rather juvenile humour, according to my wife.

Two horror books followed and then two of four more SF novels about three very bored old men living in New Los Angeles. After finding a time machine they borrow it and accidentally destroy the Earth. I love paradoxes so the old Geezers series allow me to indulge myself and since nobody can really disprove my theories, I had a really good time.

What is your newest release?

bookofpain6My newest novel is called The book of Pain, and is the story of a man sentenced to spend eternity alive and in hideous agony. After three hundred years without sleep or food, and after suffering more than any human should, he discovers a way of releasing himself from this hell but the chance does not come for another hundred years. Has his humanity warped sufficiently for him to commit the act required to rid himself of the curse? This is my longest ever novel and I’m proud of it. Only sales will show if it’s really any good.

 

What projects are you currently working on?geezers

I’m now writing Kongomato 3, Old geezers 3, and have just begun a new horror novel I’m quite excited about.

Do you have a book recommendation to share with us?

I’ve just read the full length version of Stephen King’s The Stand. When he originally wrote it the technology was not good enough to bind it all into one paperback, so he shortened it. Like most of his earlier work, it is terrific.

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?

Just write. Whether you’re one of those who knows the entire plot before you begin, or like me, just start and see what happens, just keep writing. Don’t let anybody stop you. Then when it’s done, take a week off and don’t stop editing until it’s ready. And even then, edit it one more time. The reading public never forget or forgive a book full of punctuation errors.

Where can my readers go to connect with you or learn more about your work?

My twitter name is@publish_or_die

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Best Served Bloody: Book Review

Best Served Bloody
By Sinead MacDughlas
Published January 2013
Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Available on Amazon

When thirty-eight year old Jess Green tries to start a new life in a tiny Ontario village, far away from the mad world, she learns that madness will always find her. Eleven spirits, most of them victims of one insidious murderer, inhabit the old house she bought. Until they have retribution for their deaths, they’re trapped between the mortal plane and the afterlife. Jess is their only hope.

Murder is unforgivable, guilt is inflexible, escape is impossible — and revenge is a dish Best Served Bloody.

Note: 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book are donated directly to Turning Point Domestic Violence Shelter, McHenry County, Illinois. To donate directly please find them online at: http://www.mchenrycountyturningpoint.org/

My Review: Jess moves to an isolated house in hopes of having total privacy free from gossip. She didn’t count on her house being haunted. And, she sure didn’t count on having to deal with the likes of Jimmy Harrison, a rogue cop who likes to abuse his power. When ghosts come out of the woodwork with accusations that Jimmy killed them, Jess realizes she has bigger problems than she ever imagined. Can she help the stranded spirits, or will they lead to her ultimate doom?

This book starts off as a typical moving-objects and things-that-go-bump-in-the-night ghost story, but quickly evolves into a chilling tale. The author gave me goose bumps more than once while I read this! It’s a short tale, but oh so worth reading, especially if you enjoy the subtleties of a psychological thriller. There’s so much more than meets the eye to this book and the end left me breathless. I always appreciate a book that makes me think long after finishing, and this is one of those books.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Interview with Mandy White

Today, I’m thrilled to present Mandy White, author of several novels including The Feeder. I had the pleasure of reading The Feeder and posted my review yesterday. (If you missed it, click HERE.) Before we begin the interview, let’s have a look at the blurb for The Feeder.

The Feeder gives brutality a new meaning… Victims horribly mutilated, with parts missing and inserted in their mouths… An aspiring actress-turned-prostitute falls victim to the killer, leaving behind a grieving twin obsessed with revenge. Warning: Graphic violence and scenes of mutilation. Some readers may find the content of this book offensive. Read at your own discretion.

Tricia: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Mandy: I’m a Canadian, born in British Columbia and raised on a farm in a small town. I currently live on Vancouver Island. I’m the outdoorsy type, and prefer the wildlife in the forest to any wildlife I’d encounter in a city.

Tricia: When did you begin writing?

Mandy: I’ve been writing stories ever since I was old enough to know how to write. It’s the only thing I’ve ever truly wanted to do my entire life.

Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent release?

Mandy: The Feeder is a murder mystery/thriller novel about a pair of twins, one of whom finds herself in trouble in Los Angeles. The main character, Sammie, flies to Los Angeles to rescue Camille and bring her home but instead finds her dead and ends up being thrust into the role of serial killer in order to avenge her murder. The bloodbath that follows is violent, graphic and brutal – not for the squeamish.

Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?

Mandy: Like my first novel, Avenging Annabelle, The Feeder started out as a flash-in-the-pan short story about 2000 words in length. It was more of a scene than a complete story, depicting a serial killer dressing up as a prostitute before hitting the streets to hunt for victims. It seemed to have potential to be more, so I used the short as a jumping-off point and went from there.

Tricia: If you could recommend just one of your books to my readers, which book would you choose?

Mandy: I would have to go with The Feeder, provided they are prepared for some blood and gore.

Tricia: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?

Mandy: Sammie is my favorite. This character is so complex and unusual – there’s an ongoing inner struggle between a soft, sensitive side that yearns for acceptance and a coldhearted, cynical side that gains satisfaction from punishing those who (in Sammie’s opinion) deserve it.

Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?

Mandy: The most challenging aspect of writing this book was keeping certain details about Sammie hidden from the reader until about halfway through the story. For the same reason, it’s difficult to discuss Sammie in much detail with someone who hasn’t read the book yet.

Tricia: I understand. It made it challenging to write a review as well, but you did a splendid job keeping up the suspense in this novel. What is your primary goal as an author?

Mandy: My primary goal as an author is to write the type of books I’d enjoy reading. I aspire to entertain readers like myself, who like edgy stories and unexpected twists. If I can do that while earning a comfortable income from my work, then I consider myself to be a successful author.

Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?

Mandy: I am currently working on a sequel to The Feeder, so we haven’t seen the last of Sammie yet. The sequel, tentatively entitled Fed Up, takes place in the main character’s home city of Vancouver, BC. Sammie’s murderous past resurfaces along with a threat of blackmail that sets off a new adventure. It promises to be every bit as brutal as the first book, with some changes in the instruments of murder. There is also romance on the horizon for Sammie – there’s an ideal mate for everyone, even serial killers.

I’m also working with a very talented group of writers known as Writers, Poets and Deviants (WPaD for short). We publish anthologies in various genres, donating half of royalties to Multiple Sclerosis-related charities in support of members of the group who live with MS. We have done four to date, the most recent being a fantasy collection entitled Dragons and Dreams. Next in line is a holiday-themed collection to be released in November, followed by a post-apocalyptic one and a second volume to Creepies, our popular horror collection.

Tricia: I’m glad to hear there’s going to be a sequel to The Feeder. What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?

Mandy: Don’t let anyone discourage you if writing is what you want to do. If you want to self-publish your work, then go ahead and do so, but be wise and research the process ahead of time. Hire an editor and a cover artist to ensure you are putting out your very best. If you feel that the only way to be a “real” author is to find a publisher to do everything for you, go into it well informed to avoid getting scammed. The publishing industry is rife with predators waiting to prey upon star-struck authors who will sign anything without reading the fine print.

Have realistic expectations right from the start – understand that publishing is not a get-rich-quick scheme, regardless of whether you are an indie or have a publisher. You may be a good writer, even a great one, but so are plenty of others. That alone will not necessarily sell books.

Earning a living with your writing is a very attainable goal, even if you don’t become famous. Be prepared to learn. Seek out the people who are succeeding at what you want to do – that is, authors who are earning a living with their writing. LISTEN to what these people have to say and learn from them. You will learn things you didn’t even know you needed to learn.

And finally, read as many books as you can. The more you read, the better you will write. But – the first book you should read is Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran. That book is like the Bible of self-publishing and I recommend it to every aspiring author I meet because it answers all of the questions they have.

To learn more about Mandy White and her novel, please visit the following links:
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Hollywood Hunk Feeder’s Latest Victim
(An Excerpt)


The headline screamed up at me from the morning edition of the LA Times. I scanned the front page article then tossed the paper aside in disgust. “Victim” was what they called him. They made no mention of all the women he had victimized. Some were little more than children – starstruck teenagers enthralled at being in the presence of what they mistook for greatness. Being one of Hollywood’s hottest leading men apparently gave the scumbag license to abuse women without fear of consequences.

I had researched my victim while making preparations to take him and what I had learned was revolting. Dirk Davis was not a nice person at all. I already knew this from what I’d read in Cammie’s journal but one didn’t need to look far to learn more about the sick son-of-a-bitch.

It seemed Dirk had some nasty fetishes that he indulged with any woman unlucky enough to find herself in his company on a one-on-one basis. His sick little sex games resulted in permanent scars for his victims, both of a mental and of a physical nature. A handful of Dirk’s victims came forward and tried to press charges against him, with shocking tales of the sadistic things the Tinseltown bad boy had done to them.

Roofie rapes were his standard M.O. but he hadn’t been satisfied with just having sex with them. The ones who remembered their ordeals and had the courage to talk told tales of horror. They experienced rape with foreign objects, cigar burns and mutilations to the most sensitive parts of the body, the genitalia in particular…

Victims with the courage to testify were torn apart in court by Dirk’s lawyers. A celebrity with his kind of cash and status had no trouble assembling a ‘dream team’ of legal defense that made OJ’s team look like a pack of baboons. After discrediting and reducing to tears one victim after another, Dirk walked away a free man every time. He didn’t pay a dime of settlement to any of his accusers. His victims’ lives were ruined after having endured what they did at Dirk’s hands and then getting mentally raped again by his dicksnot lawyers.

Toward the end, Dirk had felt all of their pain. I had made damn sure of that. He deserved what he’d gotten and I felt no remorse for what I’d done. I had enjoyed every second of it.

So now, I was apparently the serial killer known to the Los Angeles media as “The Feeder”. Nobody had the faintest idea that I was a mere copycat of the real killer.

An eerie nickname it was; bringing up mental pictures of one who feeds upon his or her victims’ remains. I was reminded of the ritual performed by ancient Native American hunters following a successful kill. They gutted the animal, typically a bison, and passed the fresh liver around. Each hunter took a bite in celebration of the kill. I’d tried it once before, after killing a moose. I found it a little weird but not the worst thing I’d ever tasted. I could see it being palatable once a person acquired a taste for it.

I admit I had been curious, but resisted the urge to taste my human victims. We were such a repulsive species – riddled with drugs, toxins and social diseases. Thinking about it made me feel ashamed to be human but then, I was no stranger to shame.

I had sliced a couple of small pieces off of Dirk and kept them, not as souvenirs or late-night snacks or anything – that would be sick. I kept them as insurance, for when I located Camille’s killer. The real Feeder would be made accountable for the things both he and I had done.

Another player in my sister’s miserable life was dead. I should have been satisfied but there was still one more out there. A ruthless murderer (besides me) was still walking around free, thinking he’d gotten away with killing my sister, some guy at the White Surf motel and lord only knew how many others.

I stared into the bathroom mirror, analyzing the solemn face that gazed back at me. Camille looked tired and sad… so sad. I had failed her. I was exhausted, mentally as well as physically. I had nothing left inside. Part of me just wanted to turn and walk away from this pointless vendetta and go home. I could be on a plane within hours, back to Canada where I could resume my normal life and put the killing behind me.

No, I couldn’t.

I couldn’t bring myself to leave while Camille’s killer still lived, unpunished and free to kill again. As long as he was free, I never would be. I had to find that nipple-slicing psycho and finish him before I could allow myself to return home. If I didn’t stop him, more would die – of that I was certain. More women who were beloved sisters and daughters… more innocent bystanders who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I felt a responsibility not only to the ones who were dead by his hand due to my interference but also to the ones whose lives might be saved if I intervened just once more.

The problem was, I had run out of clues. The rest of the names in Cammie’s journal all seemed to be dead ends.

The only thing left to do was draw on my own personal experience and utilize what skills I had.

I was an excellent hunter. Regardless of whether I was after ducks, deer, moose or bear, I seldom returned home from a hunt empty-handed.

I knew that when a trail went cold the hunter needed to go to where the prey was most likely to be found and possibly lure it with bait. The most logical hunting ground in Los Angeles would be the area where Cammie was staying before she was killed.

I would go trolling for the fucker, using the best bait ever: Camille.

As I pulled on my fishnet stockings and clipped the garter belt around my slender hips, I daydreamed back to a time not so long ago when I wasn’t a killer; back to a time when I still had a twin sister. The stubborn ache in my chest refused to fade, following me every day as I pined for Camille and seethed with outrage at her murder.



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Book Review: The Feeder

The Feeder
by Mandy White
Published March 2013 by WPaD Productions
Available on Amazon

Blurb:

The Feeder gives brutality a new meaning…

Victims horribly mutilated, with parts missing and inserted in their mouths…

An aspiring actress-turned-prostitute falls victim to the killer, leaving behind a grieving twin obsessed with revenge.

Warning: Graphic violence and scenes of mutilation. Some readers may find the content of this book offensive. Read at your own discretion.

My Review: When Sammie receives a frantic call from twin sister, Cammie, there’s no choice but to fly to LA to try to save her. The journey takes Sammie places unexpected and just when you think you’ve figured out who Cammie’s killer is, guess again. Graphic, violent, gory, and incredible, The Feeder explores the mind of a serial killer. The story is unpredictable and disturbing in many ways.

Out of all the book reviews I’ve written, I’m finding this book the most difficult to review. I keep finding myself erasing entire sentences because I don’t want to spoil the story. I can say the author is masterful at getting into the psyche of characters most writers shy away from. Through first person POV and journals written by a victim, we experience the hopes and shattered dreams of an actress-turned-prostitute, the pain of addiction, the seedy side of Hollywood, the twisted thoughts of a sociopathic killer, and the rationalization of a reluctant serial killer. In many places, the story is dark as we travel through the unbelly of a major city and meet the bottom feeders of society. Murder isn’t the only way to destroy a life, as we discover in this novel.

Pure heart-wrenching horror kept me turning the pages even though I was often repelled by the sick deeds of a twisted killer. Sammie’s kick-ass courage in the face of sheer terror kept me enthralled. If you’re a horror lover looking for a thrilling read, this is the book for you.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Misty Harvey Talks About Soul Reaper

Today, it’s an honor to welcome Misty Harvey. She’s here to talk to us about her newest novel, Soul Reaper. Sit back, grab a bowl of popcorn, and prepare to read about what lies inside the mind of a horror author. And, if you dare, read the bone-chilling excerpt at the bottom of the interview.

Tricia: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Misty: Sure, I’m your typical mother by day. You know the type, I wear the hat of many things from maid to chef. After all my duties are done, and I clock out from my babysitting job, then I can focus on my writing. I love spinning tales of every variety, but lately my favorite lies in the horror genre.

Tricia: When did you begin writing?

Misty: I started writing when I very young. I used to simply write for the sheer joy of scaring my younger sister and nephew. It would be a joint project with myself and my other nephew. We’d always conduct these horror readings in the basement of our house. Just when we’re hit the climax of the story we’d flip out all the lights to race up the stairs, leaving our siblings in the dark screaming. That is when I realized how much I love instilling fear in others. Of course, as I grew older I dabbled in other genres, but my ultimate favorite will always remain the same.

Tricia: Can you tell us about Soul Reaper?

Misty: Eva is your typical teenage girl. At least she believes she is until her mother is killed in an accident, and her father moves her to a new town. She is quickly thrown into dangerous situations that threaten not only her entire world, but her sanity, and her soul. The few people she meets try to help her understand the situation she’s just walked into, but Eva is stubborn and believes she is just going crazy. She is left questioning who is on her side, if there is anyone who actual is, and who the real enemy is. Constantly thrown into her nightmarish reality, Eva has to tap into something inside of her – something so dark it makes her question rather she can control it, or if it will control her. It is the only way for her to defeat the Soul Reaper.

My Hubby asked me one time if there was a hidden meaning held within the book. Of course there is. I wrote it with such an intention. Eva is faced with her greatest fears, and she has the options to empower herself to conquer it or let it win. Each of us make that very same choice every day. The real question is do you choose to let the fear win, or do you fight?

Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?

Misty: This is a bit trickier of a question to answer. Honestly, it all started with something I thought up when I was showering. I ended up getting shampoo in my eyes. I reached out of the shower to clear my eyes with the towel. My brain being the nasty thing it is thought, what if when you reach for the towel there is something grotesque and dead right there staring at you when you can see again.

After I scared the poop out of myself with that, including images playing in my head the story began to develop on many levels. Snippets of the book coming to me when I least expected it, and quickly it formed the Soul Reaper you read today.

Tricia: Why did you choose horror as a genre?

Misty: Ah, the wicked things that whirl around in my head. Horror gives me a chance to quiet the demonic voices that tell me stories. It would be really neat if it worked that way, huh? Actually, I’ve always had the fascination with horror. My mother wrote horror as well, nobody could spin a creepier tale than she could.

Well I started writing horror with my nephew, Josh. We thrived on being able to scare the dickens out of everyone. I guess it just became something I could never let go. Not only does it exist as a favorite past time, but I carried it well into my adulthood. I write horror simply because it is the genre I feel most comfortable in. I dabble in romance, and thriller as a break from the darkness, yet I find those whispers from the dark pull me back more often than not.

Tricia: What comes first: the characters or the plot?

Misty: Both. I’ve written books both ways. Sometimes a character appeals to me so much I can’t help but write the story. Other times the plot plagues me until I place characters with it, and get it down.

I don’t think there is one solid way I write. Currently I’m working on a short story where the plot came to me long before the characters ever did. Soul Reaper wasn’t necessarily plot nor characters that came first. It was images of torment my brain put me through that I transformed into a plot, and eventually characters.

Tricia: Do you ever frighten yourself?

Misty: Ah the stories I could tell on this one. I aim to scare myself. If I do not terrify myself then I throw the book idea out. I run on the whole theory if I can scare myself then I stand a good chance on creating fear in my readers.

Many nights I stay up all night writing when I’m in the horror zone just to avoid going to sleep in the dark. Sounds stupid, but when I write it isn’t words on paper. It plays in my head like movies, and thus creating fear of what goes bump in the night.

I strive continuously to bring those images to my readers in hopes they will see it like a movie also.

Tricia: What is the most challenging aspect of writing?

Misty: Going to sleep once I close down the computer. Okay, probably not.

I find often times the most challenging aspect of writing is definitely keeping the flow of the book going. If you break the smooth flow then often times you risk jolting your reader out of the world.

Over the years I’ve constantly learned new things that improve my writing. I have to remind myself to shut down the editor while I write the first draft or I spend a lot of time correcting the flow from paragraph to paragraph.

Then you add in all the word usage, what improves a sentence, what damages one. It can be hard to keep track of everything, so I tend to push all of that to the back burner until editing.

I guess there isn’t one aspect I find more challenging then the next, but rather a large amount of them I’m still learning to improve at my craft.

Tricia: What has been your proudest moment as an author?

Misty: The first time I held a paperback copy of Creatures of the Damned with my name on the cover had to be one of the proudest moments. I had achieved my goal. I’d finished a novel, and had it in my hot little hands as a real novel.

I thought nothing would ever match that, but then Soul Reaper came in paperback and there was that same feeling. I doubt it will ever go away. It’ll be there every time I reach a new goal.

Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?

Misty: I am currently in a short story horror competition for a publishing agency. It’ll gain me a spot in their anthology, and some bragging rights. It is a three step competition with each step lasting a month. Let me tell you, waiting to hear if I’ve made it to the second step has been pure torture.

Still, I’ve found comfort from another friend of mine, Dominique Goodall. She is currently in the competition with me. A little friendly competition never hurt, right? We support each other, and it’s been great having that someone to lean on.

Not only am I also plotting out my next NaNoWriMo project, but I have another book bouncing around in my head. I owe NaNo a lot. Soul Reaper just happened to be last year’s NaNo project, so I’m eager to see what I can bring to the table this year. Something that is bigger and better than Soul Reaper.

It’s a personal challenge I set for myself.

Tricia: What advice would you offer to a new or aspiring authors?

Misty: Shut the part of your brain off that fills you with the ‘I can’t, this is too hard, I don’t have time’. Just sit down and write every day. It doesn’t have to be anything more than a couple hundred words a day. Just do it. Before you know it you’ll be typing The End, and the pride at such an accomplishment will make it all worth it.

An excerpt from Soul Reaper:

She leaned over one of the porcelain sinks, trying to gather up her courage. Eva’s fear of needles, mixed with the events that led her to the hospital had her on edge. The mirror image showed a terrified teenage girl.

Her face was splotched red from all the crying she’d done. She turned the water on cool, and splashed her face trying to clear some of it up. If she ran into anyone from school, she didn’t want them to see her like that. Besides the fact, her own fear made her father angrier.

Eva leaned in closer to the mirror, using her damp fingertips to clear off some of the streaked eyeliner. The last thing she needed right now was to make her father more furious with her. A slight rustling noise came from behind her.

Every muscle in her body instantly tightening. She turned around, afraid of what she’d find. A click echoed in the room, and one of the stall doors swung open.

Eva sucked in air. Her hands gripping the bathroom sink behind her. Even the squeak of the abused hinges on the door reminded her of a horror movie. She tensed farther, until the door opened far enough a little old woman could shimmy out of the space with her large carpenter bag.

“Some of those doors are tricky. Mind yourself, Sweetheart, that you don’t get stuck in one,” the old woman’s voice cracked. She made quick work of washing and drying her hands before leaving.

“Stop being so jumpy, Eva,” she chided herself. Eva turned back to the mirror. The shattered glass distorting the view of herself. She stared at her reflection for a moment, the image of the room behind her grabbed her attention.

Black mold clung to the deteriorated walls. The paint lost under it all. Pieces of exposed cinderblocks showed. The bathroom stalls clung to the walls on one hinge. Metal doors lay on the floor or, skewed on the frame.

Eva stared at the ruin of the bathroom in the fractured mirror. Her eyes scanning over the details. An ashen face looked under one of the doors. The eyes were completely white. Long tresses of wet black hair covered parts of the face. The lips pulled back over yellow jagged teeth. Dirt clung to the skin, almost hiding the broken fingernails.

“Eva.” The voice slurped like it came from a drowned victim. Each breath sounded like water rattling in a chest.

It took Eva a moment to recognize herself in the girl peering under the door. The long arm reached for Eva’s ankle. Each finger was chilled, and she felt it all through her jeans. Bones squeezed her leg, no meat really left to the girl. She whirled around to fight the girl, and get out of there, but came face to face with the original bathroom.

Eva stared at the bathroom stall that had contained the girl. The auto flush on the toilet going off, making her jump farther. She darted out of the room hitting a hard male body.

 Soul Reaper is available on Amazon. Grab a copy now!
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