Friday, October 31, 2014

Month9Books Second Birthday Bash: Ty Drago's The Undertakers:Secret of the Corpse Eater Chapter 1 + GIVEAWAY!



Welcome to Month9Books Birthday Bash! We’re so excited you’re all stopping by!

This is going to be an awesome event with many tour stops featuring our authors! The full schedule is below and make sure to stick around for the EPIC Giveaway taking place!


Here’s a quick note from Georgia McBride, owner of Month9Books!

“Month9Books is turning 2 this year and I could not be happier. We are living proof that if you have a dream to write, create and inspire, you should follow that dream and let nothing keep you from realizing it. Thank you to all the readers, writers, agents, partners and friends who have made this possible. We write for you. 

--Georgia McBride, Publisher and Owner of Month9Books”

While all of the posts are from our authors that have books out already we also want to look forward to some of the 2015 titles we can’t wait to share with you!

Here’s a slide show of some our 2015 books!




We have a ton of sequels coming as well as new books from awesome debut authors and we’re so excited to share them all with you! We have something for everyine from every genre from Sci-Fi to Fantasy to Paranormal and Horror!

We have the pleasure of hosting Ty Drago today, author of The Undertakers: Secret of the Corpse Eater! Ty's book came out this past March, and is the third book in the popular The Undertakers series. As part of the celebration, we've got the first chapter of the book for you, and we hope that you love it as much as we do!

About the Book

Title: THE UNDERTAKERS: SECRET OF THE CORPSE EATER
Author: Ty Drago
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Pages: 383
Publisher: Month9Books
Formats: Paperback, eBook


The Corpses are up to something.

U.S. Senator Lindsay Micha has been kidnapped and replaced with a “dead” ringer, the sister to Lilith Cavanaugh, the Queen of the Dead. Now Will Ritter must go undercover in our nation’s capitol to ferret out the truth and try to stop this ambitious deader. But his mission becomes even more dangerous when he learns of a mysterious ten-legged monster that prowls the halls of the Capitol Building — a lethal monster with a taste for Corpse flesh.

The Undertakers: Secret of the Corpse Eater is book three in the wildly popular The Undertakers series from Ty Drago.


About the Author

In addition to the first two books in UNDERTAKERS series, RISE OF THE CORSPES and QUEEN
OF THE DEAD, Ty Drago is the author of PHOBOS, a Science Fiction whodunit and THE FRANKLIN AFFAIR, an historical/mystery about Benjamin Franklin. His short fiction has appeared in numerous venues, including the 2009 anthology YESTERDAY, I WILL …, and he has written articles for WRITERS DIGEST.  His first UNDERTAKERS novelette, NIGHT OF MONSTERS, is currently available for FREE on Smashwords.com and barnesandnoble.com.



Chapter 1

A Morning's Stalk

This is my life. 

I remember thinking those words as the three of us stood on that South Street rooftop, looking down into the lifeless, upturned faces of hundreds of the walking dead. Many of them were smiling. There‘s nothing worse than a smug Corpse.

They knew, as we knew, that they had us trapped.

Um … I‘d better back up a little.

It started with the poster.

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Knowledgeable Guides!
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Leaving PROMPTLY at the Top of Every Hour!
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Just $15 per Person!

I read it—memorized it, really—but not because I cared about some Philly tourist trap.

You see, when the target you‘re stalking looks your way, it‘s important to not just appear innocent, but to be innocent. Suddenly, I wasn‘t Will Ritter, Undertaker. Instead, I was just a thirteen-year-old kid in jeans, with my face buried under a hoodie and my attention glued to some random poster slapped onto the window of a closed shop.

So I read the poster. Then I read it again. And again. Until my peripheral vision told me the target had turned away. Only then did I let out the breath I‘d been holding.

If I got caught now, I was dead.

Tracking prey through city streets is hard enough at night, but it‘s way worse in the daytime.

My target moved along South Street, heading east, with me about a half block behind. It was a little before eleven a.m., not a prime stalking hour.

South Street‘s a pretty big deal in Philly. With its clubs and bars and stores, it‘s a major nighttime hot spot. In twelve hours, these sidewalks would be choked with people. There‘d be lights and music and drunken laughter.

But now, blanketed under a gray, April-morning sky, there were few enough shoppers that I‘d be noticed if my tracking got too obvious—and yet too few to use as camouflage.

My target abruptly crossed the street and continued along on the other side. Not exactly hurrying, but with definite purpose.

I crossed the street too. Tracking 101. A newbie might think it better to stay on my side of South and follow catty-corner. Mistake. People look around while they walk. It‘s safer to stay behind them, where you can react fast if they pull what Sharyn Jefferson, co-chief of the Undertakers, calls a ―Crazy Ivan. That‘s when your target pauses without warning and looks back—like mine just did.

I think it‘s a movie reference.

My target stopped. So I stopped too, ready to play innocent again. Then she knocked on the door of Quaker City Comics. I didn‘t know the place.

A few seconds later the door opened and she went in.

A few seconds after that, I peeked through the glass frontage. A sign said the place wouldn‘t open for another ten minutes, which explained why the target had knocked.

It was hard to see much inside: a cashier‘s counter, a little snack shop on the left, and shelves upon shelves of comics. A pretty cool place. I tried to remember the last time I‘d read a comic book—and couldn‘t, though my roommate back at Haven, the Undertakers‘ HQ, kept a bunch of them.
I just had no time for stuff like that anymore: X-Men, Batman, The Avengers, Green Lantern.

My old life.

I spotted my target swapping words with a twenty-something dude dressed all in black and sporting a nose ring. He smiled and pointed toward the rear of the store. She nodded and headed back there, disappearing from view.

I tugged on the door handle.

Locked.

Normally, this wouldn‘t have slowed me down much. I carry a tricked-out pocketknife, which can pretty much pick any lock. But before I could even reach for it, the nose ring guy was there. He yelled, “Not open yet!” Through the glass, his voice muffled but understandable.

I faked confusion and pointed at my ear.

With a visible sigh, he unlocked the door and cracked it about six inches. “We‘re not open yet.”

I stuck my sneaker in the gap. “I need to come in for a minute.”

“Look, kid”

I shoved the door with my shoulder. The guy wasn‘t real big, but then neither am I. If my roommate had done this, he‘d have sent the dude flying. But the best I could manage to do was force him back a step, and that was more about his surprise than my muscle.

“What do you think you‘re doing?” He demanded as I stepped into his shop. The place smelled of crisp, new paper—a musty but not unpleasant odor.

“Sorry,” I said, meaning it. “This‘ll only take a sec …” Then I sidestepped him and headed toward the back of the store.

He grabbed my forearm. “Look kid, I don‘t know what you‘re trying to pull. But get out now before I call the cops.”

I put my hand on his, found his pinky and yanked it the wrong way. He yelped and let go. I didn‘t. Instead, I forced his wrist back until he dropped to one knee, grimacing in pain. “Call whoever you want,” I told him. “Like I said, I won‘t be long.”

He nodded feverishly.

“Don‘t worry. Everything‘s cool,” I said, wondering if that was true. Well, I‘d know in about a minute.

I released his hand and went on my way. He muttered something after me, but I didn‘t catch it. Just as well.

I found a narrow hallway leading to a small mudroom that had been turned into storage. Boxes lined one wall. On the opposite wall stood shelves of graphic novels— obscure anime, according to their spines.

At the rear was a blue door with the word EXIT painted on it. And on a box right beside it sat Helene Boettcher. She clutched a sheet of paper in her hands and was reading it so intently that she didn‘t notice me right away.

Helene was also an Undertaker. In fact, it was this thin, brown-haired girl who‘d first brought me to Haven, having come to my rescue during an eighth-grade math class early last fall. That had been the day I‘d found out monsters were real.

Another story.

Helene was one of my best friends. Except she was a bit more than that, too. I knew it but, so far, hadn‘t done anything with the knowledge.

Frankly, I hadn‘t yet figured out what I should do.

Helene, however, met my eyes and, as usual, knew exactly what to do.

She got up and took a swing at me.

I ducked.

She threw another punch. I blocked it. Then she pivoted and jabbed me in the chest, near my left shoulder. It hurt, but I knew from experience that it wasn‘t half as hard as she was able to hit.

“What‘re you doing here?” She demanded. Her cheeks were red, and I noticed for the first time that there were tears in her eyes.

“Ow!” I yelped, rubbing the spot where she‘d punched me. “I … followed you from Haven.”

“You what?

“You‘ve been doing this a lot!”  I snapped. "Sneaking out on Saturday mornings. You think nobody noticed?”

Alarm flashed in her eyes. “Who else knows?”

“Well … just me.”

Her visible relief did nothing to help in the anger department. “You‘ve got no right to be … spying … on me!”

I started to say something—maybe argue, maybe apologize—but I didn‘t get the chance.

Both of us jumped as someone pounded on the comic shop‘s back door. Then the knob jiggled, loud and urgent. But of course it was locked.

Helene and I swapped looks.

A morning delivery, maybe? I glanced over my shoulder toward the front of the store, but I couldn‘t see Nose Ring Dude. Maybe he was calling the cops. Maybe he was in the bathroom running cold water over his hand. Either way, he didn‘t seem to have heard a thing.

A moment later, the pounding returned, though this time it sounded farther away. Whoever-it-was was running along the alley, trying each door in turn.

I stepped around Helene and pushed the blue door open.

At first I saw nothing but the cracked pavement of your typical alley. Then someone yanked on the other side, tearing the knob out of my hands with tremendous strength—and I found myself face-to-face with a dead man.


The Giveaway!

(1) New Kindle with touchscreen (US only) loaded with all our Month9Books titles. US Only.
(1) Paperback prize pack of 5 Month9Books Titles. US ONLY.
(2) eBook Prize Packs of 5 Month9Books titles. International



Meet the Authors and amazing host Blogs!


All posts will be live on October 31st!

Sarah Bromley will be hosted by A Book and A Latte
Steve Bryant will be hosted by Jump Into Books
Brynn Chapman will be hosted by A Backwards Story
Scott Craven will be hosted by Books and Ashes
Ty Drago will be hosted by The A P Book Club
Jennifer M. Eaton will be hosted by Book Briefs
Kit Forbes will be hosted by Book Lovers Life
Amanda Gray will be hosted by Aspiring Joy
Nicola Marsh will be hosted by ReadWriteLove28
Georgia McBride will be hosted by YA Sisterhood
Pab Sungenis will be hosted by Classy Cat Books
Rachel Tafoya will be hosted by Jessabella Reads


Month9Books 4 For Friday Blitz: Predator by Janice Gable Bashman, Into the Fire by Ashelyn Drake, Bonseeker by Brynn Chapman, The Emissary by Kristal Shaff + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome to the 4 for Friday Blitz for Predator by Janice Gable Bashman, Into the Fire by Ashelyn Drake, Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman, and The Emissary by Kristal Shaff, presented by Month9Books!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.

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“Predator is a fast-paced, creepy page-turner! Bashman had me at the opening sentence and she’s still got me. I want more!”
Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Rules 
The hunt is on! 
Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers. 
When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines. 
Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them. As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all. 
Predator gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.
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Janice Gable Bashman
Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Wanted Undead or Alive and Predator. She is managing editor of the The Big Thrill (International Thriller Writers’ ezine). Janice lives with her family in the Philadelphia area, where she at work on her next novel. Visit her at janicegablebashman.com.
Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads



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Seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman’s life is a perfectly normal one until Logan Schmidt moves to Ashlan Falls. Cara is inexplicably drawn to him, but she’s not exactly complaining. Logan’s like no boy she’s ever met, and he brings out a side of Cara that she isn’t used to. As the two get closer, everything is nearly perfect, and Cara looks forward to the future. 
But Cara isn’t a normal girl. She’s a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical phoenix bird, and her time is running out. Rebirth is nearing, which means she’ll forget her life up to this point—she’ll forget Logan and everything they mean to one another.. But that may be the least of Cara’s problems. 
A phoenix hunter is on the loose, and he’s determined to put an end to the lives of people like Cara and her family, once and for all.
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Ashelyn Drake
Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Boneseeker
Arabella Holmes was born different and raised different. After it became apparent she wouldn’t fit the role of a proper 1900′s lady, her father, Sherlock, called in some lingering favors, and landed her a position at the Mutter Museum. The museum was Arabella’s dream; she was to become a purveyor of abnormal science. What her father called a BoneSeeker. 
Henry Watson arrives at the Mutter Museum with a double assignment–to become a finder of abnormal antiquities and to watch over and keep Arabella Holmes. An easy task, if he could only get her to speak to him instead of throwing knives in his general direction. 
But this is no time for child’s play. The two teens are assigned to a most secret exploration, when the hand of a Nephilim is unearthed in upstate New York. Soon, Arabella and Henry are caught in a fight for their lives as scientific debate swirls around them. Are the bones from a Neanderthal … or are they living proof of fallen angels, who supposedly mated with humans according to ancient scrolls? 
Sent to recover the skeleton, they discover they are the second team to have been deployed and the entire first team is dead. And now they must trust their instincts and rely on one another in order to survive and uncover the truth.
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Brynn Chapman
Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.
Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads



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For hundreds of years, dark clouds covered the skies of Adamah, and an ageless king ruled. Those who emerged with one of six extraordinary Shay powers were forced into the king’s army, an unmatched force with inhuman Strength, Speed, Accuracy, Perception, Empathy, and Healing. With the army behind him, the king—a man who wields all six abilities—was invincible and unquestioned in his rule. To most, serving the king was an honor. But for others, it was a fate worse than death. 
When seventeen-year-old Nolan Trividar witnesses the transformation of his brother from kind to cruel after entering the king’s army, he vows never to follow the same path.
So when his own power—the Shay of Accuracy—comes upon him at the Tournament of Awakening, Nolan conceals his emergence instead of joining the king’s ranks. For years, he traitorously hides his power, pretending to be only a gifted scribe. But when Nolan comes face -to-face with a deserter, the man discovers his secret. 
To evade detection and a death sentence, Nolan escapes with the deserter and flees into a night filled with dark creatures who steal both powers and souls. He joins a resistance, a village hidden deep in the forest, filled with others who secretly wield a Shay. But his peace is short-lived when they discover that the dark clouds, undead creatures, their own decreasing powers, and even the king, are all connected. 
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Kristal Shaff

Kristal Shaff grew up with books (and used to drive her mom crazy when she wouldn’t leave the library); her first job was even shelving books at the library. She loves anything creative, and you can often find her exploring strange and fantastical worlds in her choices of movies and fantasy fiction. Kristal resides in Iowa with her farmer husband, numerous pets, and 3 awesome kids (plus one more on the way though the journey of adoption). When she isn’t writing, she is a professional face painter who enjoys making children smile.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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BOOK BLAST: Ennara and the Book of Shadows (Ennara #2) by Angela Myron + GIVEAWAY!



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Angela will be awarding a the winners choice of one of the following prizes (international giveaway -- All photos used from Etsy shops that she plans to purchase the gifts from. Actual gift will be sourced from winner's country and will likely look different for international winners):

1.  Dragon earcuff. A tiny dragon that wraps around your ear just like Ennara's wraps around her wrist! Ennara would not approve.

2. Potions master decal kit: Trick out your Kitchenaid with this decal kit! Ennara approved.

3. Emergency Potion Necklace: Potion/necklace dependent on winner's location. Ennara approved.

Or the winner may choose something from Ennara Swag (if they live in the US).







Title: Ennara and the Book of Shadows (Ennara #2)
Author: Angela Myron
Publication Date: October 31, 2014

Synopsis: When strange accidents start happening around thirteen year-old necromancer Ennara and her friends, she must search for the mysterious stolen artifacts causing the attacks while learning the highest form of magic--the spells that could prevent the fruition of a terrible prophecy.




Now enjoy an excerpt!


Ennara looked at the pansy. Still dead. Then at her teacher, who was staring at her, waiting. The class remained silent. Didn’t he see the plant wasn’t alive at all? His expression remained questioning. Did she want to admit she couldn’t do this, and be separated from the rest to re-learn how to do a blessing?

She took a deep breath. A sideways glance at Kithe showed him smiling at the end of the desk. He shot her a secret thumbs-up under the table. Failure was not an option. Healing spells were a major part of light magic and she had to master the path of light. Fulfilling the good part of the prophecy demanded it.

“No, I can do this.”

The greenish glow filtering through the classroom’s life tree, an ancient, knotted maple, darkened as a cloud passed over the room’s large sun-dome. Outside, the wind picked up. The life tree’s broad leaves shivered. A breeze whistled through the castle corridor on the other side of the heavy wood door.

Ennara focused on the delicate head of purple petals and yellow stamen. She lifted a delicate indigo-stained pine wand lying next to her scribbled notes on healing incantations.

“Mag koil.” Make unharmed.

Nothing happened.

Darsys and her friends at the front of the room giggled. Inunsolus folded his arms, his white beard pulling the creases in his face into several versions of a scowl.

Ennara bit her lip. How was she supposed to rely on holy magic if it didn’t work?

“Mag koil.” She glared at the plant, imagining its stiff little cells burning with potent life force. A brief indigo shimmer fell onto a limp purple petal.

Her teacher inhaled sharply and took a step away from the bench. The pansy, lifeless only moments earlier, slowly curled and relaxed a leaf. Ennara had seen that shimmer once before. Last summer, when she and Kithe traveled aboard the Cissonius to the sunken city of Ililsa. And just before a cabinet of curios, including a severed hand, came to life.

The bloom slowly straightened, its violet color deepening to black. A faint hissing sound tickled Ennara’s ear. She bent toward the little plant, squinting. Suddenly the pansy lunged, revealing a row of crystalline teeth under its bed of stamens.

“Eeep!” Ennara bashed the little flower with the thick end of her wand. Green slime sizzled the end of the stick.


About the Author


Angela Myron was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1973. She grew up in the piney forests of southern British Columbia, studying tiny blue bells, dodging hidden cacti, and creating fantasy worlds in her back yard. She loved to imagine lands of fairies and goblins, then invite friends over to introduce them.

Angela studied biology and professional writing at university, starting her degree at the University of Victoria in Canada and finishing it at San Francisco State University. She wrote grant proposals for nonprofits, technical manuals for software, and freelance journalism before writing fiction.



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The Giveaway!

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Dueling Moons (Pat Wyatt #2) by Laura Del

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Freelance writer Pat Wyatt is at it again in this darkly comedic novel about supernatural love, horrible bosses, and the occasional bloodthirsty monster.

In an attempt to escape her abusive vampire husband, Pat moves to a small Louisiana town with her werewolf lover, Mike.Any hopes at a quieter life are soon dashed as Pat must wrangle with a tyrannical new boss while trying to convince Mike to go to his pack for desperately needed financial
help—an idea that seems good in theory, until Pat is sucked into the chaotic world of werewolf drama.

Meanwhile, a mysterious monster unlike anything anyone has ever seen circles closer.

Can Pat discover the creature’s true nature before it’s too late?



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Laura Del has her bachelor’s degree in radio, television, and film from Rowan University. She currently lives in New Jersey, where she runs the blogging website www.thefictionwriters.net.

You can also find Laura on Facebook.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Dorianna by Catherine Stine - TOP TEN + GIVEAWAY!


A Picture of Dorian Gray was on of Ashley's favorite books that she had to read in high school, so we're really excited to be a part of the blog tour for Catherine Stine's Dorianna, a new take on the classic for the Internet generation! It's one of those stories that doesn't have very many retellings out there, so this is really neat. As part of the blog tour, we have Catherine's Top Ten Classic novels, which is a fantastic list.

Also be sure to stop by the rest of the stops on this tour! You can see the tour schedule by clicking on the banner above.

About the Book


Title: Dorianna
Author: Catherine Stine
Genre: YA paranormal/horror
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Date of Publication: October 24, 2014

Cover Artist: Sour Cherry Designs

Synopsis: Internet followers, beauty, power. It all sounded good.

Until it transformed into a terrifying reality Dorianna couldn’t stop

Dorianna is a dark twist for the Internet generation on A Picture of Dorian Gray.

When her father is jailed, her mother ships lonely, plain Dorianna to her aunt’s. There, Dorianna yearns to build a new identity, but the popular Lacey bullies her—mostly for getting attention from her ex, Ander.

Ander takes Dorianna to Coney Island where Wilson, a videographer, creates a stunning compilation of her. She dreams of being an online sensation, as she’s never even had a birthday party, and vows she’d give anything to go viral. Wilson claims he’s the Prince of Darkness and warns her the pledge has downsides.

Dorianna thinks he’s joking. She has no idea of how dire the consequences might be.


About the Author


Catherine Stine’s novels span the range from science fiction to paranormal to contemporary. Her futuristic thriller, Fireseed One won finalist spots in YA and Sci-Fi in the 2013 USA News International Book Awards and an Indie Reader Approved notable seal. Its companion novel, Ruby’s Fire was a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Awards. Her paranormal YA, Dorianna launches with Evernight Teen in October. She also writes new adult fiction as Kitsy Clare. Her new adult Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She loves all things spooky, exotic and edgy, including travel to unusual locations. She also loves hearing from readers.



Catherine Stine's Top Ten Classic Novels That Blew Me Away and Deepened My Worldview


Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Rich, exquisite fantasy, colorful characters and humor

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lingren
Discovering a little girl could be that brave, that colorful, that creatively mad


The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Made me empathic of, and fascinated by all things witchy


Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Martian exploration narrated in a poetic, heartfelt voice

1984 by George Orwell
His stark vision of the world was so prescient


Jesus’s Son by Denis Johnson
An incorrigible addict’s journey to sobriety told in a brash, poetic voice

The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Such a wise observer of human nature in medieval times


Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
A brilliant professor makes a deal with the devil

A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
A man longs to be young and handsome forever-clever twist on Faustus


Point Omega by Don DeLillo
“Anti-novel” modern novel about art, sight, plasticity of time



The Giveaway!



Thanks for stopping by!


--Ashley & Paul

Monday, October 27, 2014

BLOG TOUR: A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley - Top Ten + GIVEAWAY!


Today, we're really excited to have Sarah Bromley stopping by to give us her Top Ten Horror Books & Movies as part of the blog tour for A Murder of Magpies! It's Halloween week, so we'll definitely be checking out some of her favorite scary stories.

There's also a giveaway for 5 copies of A Murder of Magpies in ebook form and it's open internationally, so make sure to enter via the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post. And don't forget to visit all of the other wonderful stops on the tour! You can find the tour schedule by clicking on the banner above.


About the Book

Title: A Murder of Magpies 
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Sarah Bromley

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 Vadya 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.



About the Author



Sarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she’s not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.


Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads




Sarah Bromley’s Top Ten Horror Books/Movies


I am a horror fanatic, especially if it’s moody, spooky horror. Gore-or really doesn’t do much for me, but anything with a lot of mysterious atmosphere where the thing lurking in the shadows could jump out at any moment is what truly gives me chills. So without further adieu, here are my top ten horror books and movies.


10. BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke. This book came out in 2013, and its sequel (BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN) arrived this year. April has this gift of writing treacherous characters and making you fall in love with them. It’s terrifying and romantic, and I whipped through the pages because I couldn’t get enough of the lush writing and the story that sucked me. If you want to read a great YA Gothic novel, April’s book is the one to reach for.

9. IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters. It’s a historical YA novel set during the Spanish flu epidemic and World War I, during the spiritualism craze of the early 20th Century. Ghostly images and terrifying scenarios play out for Winters’ heroine, and Winters’ writing is simply gorgeous and draws you in.

8. MARY: THE SUMMONING by Hillary Monahan. Hillary’s book just recently came out, but I was lucky enough to read multiple drafts of it—and each one scared me more than the previous one. Bloody Mary Worth is summoned in the mirror and wreaks havoc on a group of teenage girls. Yes, please. Hillary’s details are gruesome and downright scary, and I still hate walking past mirrors at night because of this book.

7. THE BIRDS directed by Alfred Hitchcock. My mother, God rest her soul, was a Hitchcock fiend, and while there are so many wonderful Hitchcock films to choose from, I distinctly remember watching this one with her about a town where the birds mysteriously attack the residents. I was terrified of birds for a while after and would duck and run for cover anytime I saw one swooping. It’s also worth noting that it’s based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier.

6. GRAVEMINDER by Melissa Marr. This was Melissa Marr’s first adult novel, and it’s so beautifully written. Again, it has a Gothic vibe to it, and the story is one of the dread of coming back home and Southern Gothic  folklore. I couldn’t put it down once I began reading it, and I had to finish it with the lights on.

5. THE WOMAN IN BLACK by Susan Hill. What a creepy little book. The film with Daniel Radcliffe is also fantastic. Atmospheric. Dark. A malevolent ghost. All the good makings of a creepy time.

4. THE CONJURING. No matter what you think about Ed and Lorrain Warren, the demonologist husband and clairvoyant wife team who were the subjects of the film, they had experiences that will make your hair stand on end. I grew up reading books about haunted places by Ed Warren, so to see his story make it to film was a spooky delight for me.

3. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson. Folks, this is what a ghost story should be. This is where the bar is set.

2. PET SEMETARY by Stephen King. Where do I even begin? There is so much about both the book and film of this story that sent me scurrying for the bed to pull my blanket over my head. A cat named Church of all things. The creepy sister Zelda who haunted my nightmares for years. Ghosts and dead things returning from the grave. It’s all there with a hideous, scary light on it.

1. THE EXORCIST by William Peter Blatty. I really don’t know which is more terrifying—the movie or the book. The story centers on a child possessed by a demon and the priest who seeks to help her. What makes it extra creepy for me is that it’s based on a true occurrence in St. Louis, and where do I live? St. Louis. I know people who had family members and their priest involved in the original exorcism, and they all claim it happened. Which is frightening beyond measure. I was far too young the first time I ever saw this movie and reading the book traumatized me more than a little, but it’s so good. Just make sure you keep some holy water close at hand.


There are so many more that I love. My list changes all the time, but I have to give special honorable mentions to John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, and Bram Stoker’s DRACULA because these three things together explain a lot about why I write what I write.

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