#Coffinhop2014: Favourite Halloween Memory

On the last day of the Coffin Hop, it felt only fitting to ask a question about Halloween… So here are some of our favourite memories growing up! Hope you’ve enjoyed the interviews and make sure you enter the giveaway!!

I’d like to thank all of the authors who took the time to answer my strange questions—you’ve made #CoffinHop2014 a wonderful success on The FlipSide this year!

Julianne Snow

It was a MuchMusic Dance Party in Grade 11 and I went as an M&M—a red one. I ended up winning an awesome prize pack that included about 100 CDs and a trip to the MuchMusic Studios. At the time, it was awesome!

Brent Abell

Wow, I guess most of my memories about Halloween are happy ones. Dressing up and running down the block getting candy with my brother and sister was always the highlight.  We used it as bonding time when we dumped the bags out and traded candy.  I look back at those times and I’m glad I had them.  If I don’t see my siblings very often, I know we’ll always have the Great Candy Swaps from our childhood to remember.

Linda LaForge

I made myself a robot costume using boxes. I big paper machéd a balloon for my helmet. It was silver with painted controls all over it. This little old lady (little, even by my standards) asked us in to her home, where we had to walk around her coffee table to pick candy from pretty little bowls. I am not so sure her living room was the same after I left. I know I heard the sound of glass tinkling and smashing in the room. Every time I turned to see what I did it seemed to get worse. She didn’t kick me out and I left with lots of loot!

James Garcia Jr.

I’m a bit of a disappointment here, I’m afraid. We weren’t really raised with Halloween. My mother isn’t a fan. There was some dressing up and certainly our share of candy, but that was about all. The only thing I really recall is working nights, but having a boss that allowed me to take a long lunch in order to take my two boys out for trick or treating.

Alexander Ward

When I was a child, my eldest sister dressed up like a witch for Halloween. She had these long, gnarled rubber hands, a red gown of some kind, and a horrible witch mask with this wild, black hair. I was only 3 or 4 years old at the time but I have a very clear memory of waking in the night to see that witch standing in my bathroom. (My red bathroom in my red bedroom with red doors and red trim, which is plenty unsettling on its own.) It was established that my sister was not to blame. I’m sure it was just my imagination. Right? Anyway, I was utterly terrified at bedtime for years afterward. Good times!

A.F. Stewart

I have a lot of them, but my favourite would probably be the year I dressed up as Darth Vader (the year the first movie came out, so this was before working toy lightsabers, and cool ready-made Star Wars costumes). My sister helped me put together a black outfit and cape (cold-weather proof) with a operational belt that lit up, a homemade helmet (the mask was store bought), and a functioning lightsaber made from a flashlight and flexible plastic sheeting. It was so cool.

Anne Michaud

I was really young, maybe 5 or 6, and one of our neighbors went all out and transformed their whole home into a haunted house: each room was filled with spooks and they gave out handfuls of candy at the end of the visit. My mom and sister remained behind on the first floor when I got lost on the second floor and entered a bedroom. A shadow stood by the bed, dark on darker, and fear grew so intensely at the pit of my stomach, I screamed and ran out of the room. To this day, I’m not sure if it was someone in a costume or if it was something else…

Doug Rinaldi

This is probably gonna be PG-13, but in high school we used to fill up condoms with white soft soap and throw them at people’s doors and front porches.  We were horrible children.

Richard Shiver

As a kid growing up right outside DC. It was the mid sixties, and relatively safe for a bunch of us to get together and trick or treat in the neighborhood without our parents tagging along.

Don’t forget to catch up with the other Coffin Hoppers at CoffinHop.com!

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Now let’s talk about this giveaway!

There are 9 authors featured during the Coffin Hop and they’ve agreed to provide digital copies of their works to random winners as determined by Rafflecopter!

So what could you win?

  • 9 winners will receive 1 of the titles featured in a digital format by random draw (each winner will receive a different title – some authors may throw in other titles as well if they’re feeling generous!) NOTE: Authors are responsible for sending out the prizes and will be given your email address.
  • 1 winner will receive a Print version of Glimpses of the Undead by Julianne Snow

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#CoffinHop2014: The Three Book Inspiration

So tell us: what are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

Julianne Snow

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Alvin Schwartz

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

Coma – Robin Cook

Brent Abell

Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot

H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness

Brian Keene’s Ghoul

Linda LaForge

Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Contact with Jodie Foster (still haven’t read the book!)

On Writing by Stephen King

James Garcia Jr.

The Amityville Horror caught my attention as a teen. Try reading that at night when you are the only one awake! I then met Michael Slade and his tour de force Headhunter showed me how good dark fiction could be. I then was coerced into reading Beach Music by the great Pat Conroy – which is far from being horror fiction. It just happens to be brilliant and near-perfect writing. That book taught me what a masterful writer could do to spin a tale. If I could write half as well as he does, I will go to my grave a happy man.

Alexander Ward

Great Untold Stories of Fantasy and Horror edited by Norton & Moskowitz. Tales of Mystery & Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe. Skeleton Crew by Stephen King.

A.F. Stewart

It’s more like two books and a short story for me. These three pieces of fiction, Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay (the two books) and All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury (the short story), showed me the emotional depths writing can achieve and what a powerful effect that can have on a reader. I think that lesson more than anything inspired me and shaped my writing.

Anne Michaud

L’Écume des jours, Boris Vian; Edgar Allan Poe’s complete poems collection; Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice.

Doug Rinaldi

Dean Koontz’s Phantoms, Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend, The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft

Richard Shiver

That’s a tough one, I believe everything I’ve read has in one way or another inspired me to write. There was no one, two, or three books that pushed me to take up the pen. It was a gradual process that developed over time.

Don’t forget to catch up with the other Coffin Hoppers at CoffinHop.com!

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Now let’s talk about this giveaway!

There are 9 authors featured during the Coffin Hop and they’ve agreed to provide digital copies of their works to random winners as determined by Rafflecopter!

So what could you win?

  • 9 winners will receive 1 of the titles featured in a digital format by random draw (each winner will receive a different title – some authors may throw in other titles as well if they’re feeling generous!) NOTE: Authors are responsible for sending out the prizes and will be given your email address.
  • 1 winner will receive a Print version of Glimpses of the Undead by Julianne Snow

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#CoffinHop2014: Reflective Advice

Now it’s time for a hard one… One of the introspective and retrospective type questions!

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?

Julianne Snow

Develop a rhythm for writing—get into the habit of writing every day and stick with it.

Brent Abell

Get paid.  That simple, get paid for your work.

Linda LaForge

Choose people in your life who accept you as you are and who want your happiness as much as you want theirs. For starters, like and accept yourself. (That took me a while!)

James Garcia Jr.

I would tell my younger self that regret is a terrible thing. Maybe I will never sell a million copies of my books, but not trying to do so is something that will be difficult to live with when one is staring out of a convalescent bedroom window through old and tired eyes. I didn’t write for nearly two decades while I was raising a family and we were starting careers, etc. It wasn’t until nearly two decades later that I began to realize the regret I was going to have in the distant future if I didn’t dust off that first novel and see it completed. Regret is a terrible thing, and I ask everyone I meet what it is they are waiting for.

Alexander Ward

Having things professionally edited can teach you so much. Get this done whenever possible.

A.F. Stewart

I’d tell my younger self not to be so hesitant. Get out there and try harder to get published and get experience traversing the publishing world.

Anne Michaud

Self-publish right away, don’t waste your time with querying agents and publishing houses because at some point, realize you’ll tire of jumping through hoops.

Doug Rinaldi

Put in the work!  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  No one’s gonna do it for ya.  You need to kick your own ass if you want any return on investment.  And don’t listen to the voices… voices bad.

Richard Shiver

Perseverance does pay off.

Don’t forget to catch up with the other Coffin Hoppers at CoffinHop.com!

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Now let’s talk about this giveaway!

There are 9 authors featured during the Coffin Hop and they’ve agreed to provide digital copies of their works to random winners as determined by Rafflecopter!

So what could you win?

  • 9 winners will receive 1 of the titles featured in a digital format by random draw (each winner will receive a different title – some authors may throw in other titles as well if they’re feeling generous!) NOTE: Authors are responsible for sending out the prizes and will be given your email address.
  • 1 winner will receive a Print version of Glimpses of the Undead by Julianne Snow

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#CoffinHop2014: The Horror Industry

Horror is here to stay—whether or not you like it! But then if you’re here, you probably like it. But I had to ask: if you could change one thing about the horror industry, what would it be?

Julianne Snow

I think I’d change the perception of it in the mainstream aspects of the entertainment industry. Let’s stop being on the fringes, and revel in the fact that many people like to be scared, despite the fact they don’t want to admit it.

Brent Abell

I would change the idea that horror films have to be driven by ‘jump-scares’ to make an audinece scared.  Make the kids in the seats scared by building mood, setting, and the characters believable.  In most movies the only scary parts are when a cat jumps out from behind a door and the characters are so transparent that you know who lives and who dies within the first five minutes of the film.

Linda LaForge

I like a story that has surprises in it. Too much of what’s out there is too predictable. Gratuitous gore that doesn’t help the theme or the scene of the film or book is annoying.

James Garcia Jr.

I realize there’s a market for everything under the sun; however, I think the splatter-porn folks really do a disservice to the serious horror writers and film-makers; the folks who want to take you on a memorable roller-coaster of a ride that gets you really thinking when it’s over. I’d truthfully like to remove all of the low budget dross that clutters the horror landscape.

Alexander Ward

In-fighting and sniping between content creators bothers me. We’re already working within a genre that is marginalized in some ways. It seems counterproductive. I say build people up rather than tear them down. (Editor’s Note: WORD!)

A.F. Stewart

I think I would change the perception that horror is somehow a “lesser” genre, and it’s all gore and blood spatter.

Anne Michaud

I don’t know if I’d change anything, I quite like how underground and secretive the industry feels. Almost like the world horror authors write about: something hidden that only a few truly know about.

Doug Rinaldi

The horror industry, especially in publishing is really starting to go the way of Hollywood with their money hungry shenanigans.  As I said, horror is a lifestyle choice, but when you try to make it popular all for the sake of the dollar, it loses its charm and honesty and all you get is water downed, cookie-cutter product.  I understand trends, but there is so much quality stuff out there that people need to be exposed to if they’d just get off the band wagon.

Richard Shiver

Honestly I don’t pay too much attention to the industry to offer any advice, I’m too busy writing and working.

Don’t forget to catch up with the other Coffin Hoppers at CoffinHop.com!

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Now let’s talk about this giveaway!

There are 9 authors featured during the Coffin Hop and they’ve agreed to provide digital copies of their works to random winners as determined by Rafflecopter!

So what could you win?

  • 9 winners will receive 1 of the titles featured in a digital format by random draw (each winner will receive a different title – some authors may throw in other titles as well if they’re feeling generous!) NOTE: Authors are responsible for sending out the prizes and will be given your email address.
  • 1 winner will receive a Print version of Glimpses of the Undead by Julianne Snow

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#CoffinHop2014: The Definition of Horror

This one will either prove that horror is similar, or that we all have something different that speaks to us about the genre.

What does the word ‘horror’ mean to you?

Julianne Snow

It’s a darkness that lives in the world using its power to scare, and to titillate.

Brent Abell

Horror to me is the darkness that resides in the things we do and see each day of our lives.  The old man who gave you the crooked smile on the train?  He killed his wife last night by placing a pillow over her sleeping face.  The broken chair you glimpsed in the dumpster of your apartment complex?  It was used to beat a man to death in a drug deal gone wrong.  We never know when something bad will strike and never knowing when that something is going to happen is what horror is about to me.  I want to make the usual seem dark and foreboding.  I want to take the common person and make the world around them take an evil twist.  Once the world goes wrong around them, we watch how regular people react in horrible situations.  From this, we see our own fears and how we would face them.

Linda LaForge

Fun. Often funny. I tend to like the surreal horror, rather than the very realistic scenarios. My favourites are still the old classics, like Hitchcock.

James Garcia Jr.

Great question. I can do without the gratuitous gore and shock for shock’s sake. What I love are the dark and disturbing moments. The Silence of the Lambs is a great horror film. The Amityville Horror is a great horror book – whether true or a hoax. The Exorcist stays with me for two days after I watch it. Films like The Omen, Sinister, The Woman in Black. John Carpenter’s The Thing has some gore in it, but it’s necessary. I’m not interested in madmen armed with chainsaws or low budget shockers. Horror should attack all of your senses and pull you along; not just lazily shock your eyes.

Alexander Ward

For me, horror as a genre is about reflecting the darker parts of our world, our humanity. Exploring it in the safe environment of make-believe and doing it in such a way that it’s fun and thrilling, sometimes even challenging. As an emotion, I think of horror as a deep feeling of dread and solemn ache in the face of some terrible act or occurrence.

A.F. Stewart

To me, horror means hiding under the covers, hoping I don’t get nightmares. Seriously, though, it’s a visceral adrenaline rush and vicarious thrills delivered through an exploration of the darker side of human nature.

Anne Michaud

To me, horror means a situation, a person, a place or a story that truly terrifies someone, because of the feelings and emotions it explore – and mostly what scares someone might not be the same for everyone.

Doug Rinaldi

Why does even the word horror get a bad rap outside of the genre and its fans?  It’s a shame really.  To me, horror is a lifestyle, a choice, a label for anything that makes people uncomfortable, yet excitable.  Horror doesn’t necessarily mean gross-outs and jump-scares.  Those things are just some of the by-products of horror.  Horror, real horror, is meant to titillate and illicit a genuine response to one’s surroundings.  When done right, horror wants you to feel terror and fear, experience uncertainty mixed with a childlike curiosity.  It makes the things that stand out on the fringes of what’s acceptable grab you and challenge you to question the darker side of human nature and your cherished beliefs.  That’s what horror means to me.

Richard Shiver

The anticipation of the act, the not knowing what is going to happen as the scene slowly unfolds and the suspense builds.

Don’t forget to catch up with the other Coffin Hoppers at CoffinHop.com!

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Now let’s talk about this giveaway!

There are 9 authors featured during the Coffin Hop and they’ve agreed to provide digital copies of their works to random winners as determined by Rafflecopter!

So what could you win?

  • 9 winners will receive 1 of the titles featured in a digital format by random draw (each winner will receive a different title – some authors may throw in other titles as well if they’re feeling generous!) NOTE: Authors are responsible for sending out the prizes and will be given your email address.
  • 1 winner will receive a Print version of Glimpses of the Undead by Julianne Snow

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#CoffinHop2014: The Books!

The Books!

Yes it’s time for you to finally learn the actual titles of the books you could win by entering!

Glimpses of the Undead by Julianne Snow

Glimpses_FrontCoverFrom the mind of Julianne Snow comes an undead collection of stories that feature the gamut of emotions and situations. Presented in flash fiction and short stories, the tales are sure to leave you wanting more and checking over your shoulder.

How would a group of children handle an uprising of the undead? What would you do to save a loved one only to find out that you’re facing a different threat altogether? How would a country react to a timely warning at the end of a war? What happens when a vampiric Romeo hits on an unsuspecting human? In a world where the undead are common place and protected, what happens when speed dating produces a love match?

Wicked Tales for Wicked People by Brent Abell

WTWP_FrontCover_FinalThe moon hangs full and bright in the night sky above. Below, the people scurry in their own worlds ignoring the shadows around them. Something lurks in those shadows, a wickedness hiding in each person’s heart. What are their stories? How deep does the wickedness go in those walking around in the day and the night? Collected here are 18 wicked tales that examine how wicked people truly are and how when confronted by our darkest fears, we find our greatest hope.

This volume brings Brent Abell’s dark fiction together for the first time into one tome. What will you find when you look into your heart? Beware and lock your doors, the wicked ones are coming for you…

Ashes by Linda LaForge

Ashes-cover-1200Emily Baker wakes in the hospital after miraculously surviving a bizarre car accident to discover she’s lost everything, including the love of her life. She meets Dr. Norrell, an odd scientist with personal hygiene issues and severe social impairment, who shows a strange interest in her. While facing the stresses of recuperation and financial burden, she discovers she’s pregnant and the sinister being is growing way too quickly. The only thing she is certain of – the doctor is connected. His story calls into question her spiritual and religious beliefs while her strangely vivid dreams all warn her of the dangerous and untouchable Dr. Norrell.

Seeing Ghosts by James Garcia Jr.

Seeing Ghosts, FINAL, RGB, Front Cover, 6 x 9Paul Herrera finds himself bequeathed a mysterious old house near the California central coast by a deceased aunt he never knew. The woman who shows it to him is the spitting image of his wife, taken from him three years before in a senseless car accident which also took his unborn son. While he deals with the ghosts of a past he cannot let go, there are new ghosts Paul must deal with – alone for the week in the expansive two-story house that he will soon discover holds many secrets. Eventually, he will see that he is surrounded by ghosts as he struggles to hold onto the only thing that he has left in this world – his sanity.

Killers and Demons II: They Return by A.F. Stewart

K&DII MedEvil is back, with a greater appetite for death.

Killers.

Demons.

They lurk forever in the shadows, smile at you in the morning, and haunt your dreams at night. You can’t hide, you can’t run, and there’s no escape. You can only scream when they come for you.

Killers and Demons II: They Return is a collection of thirteen tales, blending short stories and flash fiction, tales where the blood lingers on your tongue or spurts quickly from the swift cut.

The Villainous Roster:

Wade, every parent’s nightmare

Hannah and Mr. Greeley. Who is the victim and who is the villain?

Simon and Zoe, a married couple who are dying to be single again.

Norman and his “cookie” of a wife, Mabel.

Millicent and Jane, a delightful duo you shouldn’t invite to your Regency tea party

Amanda, who literally has a skeleton in her closet

Balthazar, the demon bounty hunter on the hunt once more.

Sarah, a young woman going through some changes and craving new tastes

Emmeline, burned as a witch, now back from the dead for revenge

Gabrielle, a woman haunted by shadows

The Dollmaker, she showers death, and an umbrella won’t help

Nightmare Demons, bent on driving a town insane

And then there’s Alice, a little girl locked in the basement by her Daddy…

Together they form a spine-chilling cadre of predators.

Hunter’s Trap by Anne Michaud

Hunter's trap-FINAL FRONT“Ghosts don’t believe in you, either.”

Seventeen-year-old Dayton Mulligan is stuck looking after his little brother Jeremy when their father goes off on his annual hunting trip. But when Dad’s last phone call ends in a shotgun blast, it’s enough to send both boys out into a blizzard to search for him.

Caught in the killer weather, Dayton and Jeremy take refuge in an abandoned hunting cabin, which isn’t as empty as it first seems. A ghost inhabits its walls and promises to reveal the truth behind their father’s disappearance, but the brothers doubt their host’s sincerity as the spirit demonstrates its hatred for anyone who trespasses on its land.

Far from the safety of civilization, Dayton must swallow his fears, fight for himself and for his family before it’s too late and Hunter’s Trap claims them all, forever.

Purgatory Behind These Eyes by Doug Rinaldi

Front Cover 55x85 - Proof EditInspired by the perversity of human nature and the darkness that dwells within us all, this collection of work by horror author Doug Rinaldi is a reminder that not everything is as it seems. Purgatory Behind These Eyes’ imaginative diversity will pull you tightly into the depths of hopelessness while challenging your vision of reality, making the improbable and impossible become truth.

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Parasite: Shadows of the Past – Book 2 by Richard Shiver

parasitecvr7fLife is persistent.

It can survive in the most hostile of environments, emerging in the most unlikely places, upsetting that delicate balance between predator and prey. Yet there is only room for one at the top of the food chain.

Mankind stands upon the brink of disaster as an ancient life form emerges from the shadows of the past. Sam Hardin is familiar with this threat, for what should have died in the fire at his cabin didn’t, and after losing his wife and daughter to its vengeance; he shoulders the role of executioner as he sets out to eradicate this menace once and for all.

Shadows Over Main Street edited by Alexander Ward (and Doug Murano)

The book’s technically not available yet, but it will be soon! Check out details here—www.mainstreetshadows.com/!!

Don’t forget to catch up with the other Coffin Hoppers at CoffinHop.com!

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Now let’s talk about this giveaway!

There are 9 authors featured during the Coffin Hop and they’ve agreed to provide digital copies of their works to random winners as determined by Rafflecopter!

So what could you win?

  • 9 winners will receive 1 of the titles featured in a digital format by random draw (each winner will receive a different title – some authors may throw in other titles as well if they’re feeling generous!) NOTE: Authors are responsible for sending out the prizes and will be given your email address.
  • 1 winner will receive a Print version of Glimpses of the Undead by Julianne Snow

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#CoffinHop2014: The 10 Word Challenge…

So this next challenge was a little more difficult. I only gave each of the authors 10 words to tell you about the title they’re featuring… Tomorrow, I’m actually going to introduce them to you in a little more detail!

Julianne Snow

Undead tidbits purely for your enjoyment!

Brent Abell

It’s a nice collection to chill your bones this Halloween.

Linda LaForge

Ashes is a dystopian novella about faith and love.

James Garcia Jr.

Paul is haunted by ghosts from the present and past.

Alexander Ward

Co-edited Lovecraftian anthology with Doug Murano. Small-towns vs. cosmic horror.

A. F. Stewart

Evil is back, in a collection of thirteen chilling tales.

Anne Michaud

Two brothers trust a ghost to find their missing father.

Doug Rinaldi

A bunch of kooky stories that freak out my mom.

Richard Shiver

An extinction event unfolds as the past threatens the present.

Don’t forget to catch up with the other Coffin Hoppers at CoffinHop.com!

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Now let’s talk about this giveaway!

There are 9 authors featured during the Coffin Hop and they’ve agreed to provide digital copies of their works to random winners as determined by Rafflecopter!

So what could you win?

  • 9 winners will receive 1 of the titles featured in a digital format by random draw (each winner will receive a different title – some authors may throw in other titles as well if they’re feeling generous!) NOTE: Authors are responsible for sending out the prizes and will be given your email address.
  • 1 winner will receive a Print version of Glimpses of the Undead by Julianne Snow

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#CoffinHop2014: Introductions…

Welcome to the Coffin Hop on The FlipSide! Over the next 8 days, I’ll be featuring the same 8 authors, plus myself as I ask one question per day. It’s something a little different, but I like being able to showcase how different we all really are. The first question was a challenge – literally. I asked the 8 of them to introduce themselves in 25 words or less. And I added a caveat to that – if they went over 25 words, I would cut them off (it’s the Coffin Hop after all…). You’ll just have to read to see if anyone couldn’t meet the challenge! Oh and there’s a great giveaway to be sure to read to the end!

Julianne Snow

Julianne SnowAuthor. Editor. Lover of Horror and Zombies. Publicist and Co-Founder of Sirens Call Publications. Founder of Zombieholics Anonymous.

@CdnZmbiRytr

Julianne Snow

Days with the Undead

Brent Abell

IMG_4057I live in Southern Indiana with my wife, sons, and pug who really writes the books.  I’m also partial to rum, cigars, and horror films.

http://brentabell.wordpress.com

@BrentTAbell

Our Darkest Fears: The Fiction of Brent Abell

Linda LaForge

LindaI am creative. I draw, paint and write. I don’t know when I haven’t been creating something and I don’t know how not to.

lindalaforge.com

@LindaLaforgeArt

Linda LaForge

James Garcia Jr.

DSC_0047I’m a husband and father of two that discovered horror novels in his teens, and has been writing his own dark stories ever since.

@danceauthor

James Garcia Jr Fan Page

http://jamesgarciajr.blogspot.com/

Alexander Ward

DAlexWardI read and write dark fiction, particularly horror. Like many, I just enjoy great stories. But the darker, the better, for me personally.

Alexander Ward

@dalexward

http://www.wyrdtales.net

A.F. Stewart

GooglePhotoI’m a Canadian from Nova Scotia, I’m a writer of speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, horror) and a proud sci-fi/fantasy geek.

@scribe77

A. F. Stewart

http://afstewartblog.blogspot.ca/

Anne Michaud

HS-anne.michaudAnne lives in Canada with monsters playing in her head and ghosts dancing in her dungeon. Oh, and books all over the place.

http://annecmichaud.com/

Anne Michaud

@annecmichaud

Doug Rinaldi

DougRinaldiI live to write.  Love horror and music.  I can’t dance but can make a mean egg-sandwich.  Cats, cats, and more cats.  Holla!

Doug Rinaldi

Deviated Truths, The Dark Fiction of Doug Rinaldi

http://deviatedtruths.wordpress.com/

Richard Shiver

M3367S-4504My whole life I’ve been a reader, but it wasn’t until later in life that I allowed that writer within to escape.

http://rschiver.blogspot.com

Richard Schiver

@RichardSchiver

Don’t forget to catch up with the other Coffin Hoppers at CoffinHop.com!

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Now let’s talk about this giveaway!

There are 9 authors featured during the Coffin Hop and they’ve agreed to provide digital copies of their works to random winners as determined by Rafflecopter!

So what could you win?

  • 9 winners will receive 1 of the titles featured in a digital format by random draw (each winner will receive a different title – some authors may throw in other titles as well if they’re feeling generous!) NOTE: Authors are responsible for sending out the prizes and will be given your email address.
  • 1 winner will receive a Print version of Glimpses of the Undead by Julianne Snow

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#COFFINHOP2014: Just Around the Corner…

As Coffin Hop 2014 approaches, I’m madly dashing around trying to get ready for it! This year, I’ll be featuring interviews with 8 authors (plus myself), but I’ll be presenting them in a little bit of a different way…

Oh and there’s a fantastic giveaway too!

There are 9 authors featured during the Coffin Hop and they’ve agreed to provide digital copies of their works to random winners as determined by Rafflecopter!

So what could you win?

  • 9 winners will receive 1 of the titles featured in a digital format by random draw (each winner will receive a different title – some authors may throw in other titles as well if they’re feeling generous!) NOTE: Authors are responsible for sending out the prizes and will be given your email address.
  • 1 winner will receive a Print version of Glimpses of the Undead by Julianne Snow

Don’t forget that you can check out all the other Hoppers starting October 24th to the 31st by going to CoffinHop.com!

A MONDAY FOR ANYTHING: Protecting Caroline Blog Tour with Susan Stoker

Protecting-Caroline-Banner

Today on the FlipSide, I have the pleasure of featuring a guest post by Susan Stoker, author of Protecting Caroline as she tours the internet in support of its release. But before we get to that, let’s take a moment and introduce her…

Susan-StokerSusan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She is quite the romantic and even met the love of her life on “Hotmail classified” before online dating and sites like match.com even existed!

Susan has been reading romance novels since middle school and once crossed out the names of the main characters in a book and changed them to her own and to the name of her crush. She’s been writing scenes for years, developing her unique writing style.

Susan loves writing but her true passion is adopting dogs from rescue groups and shelters. Susan and her husband have had a total of nine “rescued” dogs since 2000 including a variety of basset hounds and bloodhounds. She has recently branched out and adopted a basset/terrier mix who acts more like a terrier than a basset (i.e. digging, eating a couch and being hyper).

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So without further ado, I give you Susan and…

The Importance of Happy Endings In Romance

I am a FIRM believer in happy endings in romance novels. I do not like the new trend of cliff hangers that make a reader buy three, four, five, ten…books before they get that HEA. I think most of know that life is NOT like a romance novel. We have to work, we get sick, we have to clean up vomit by our kids and we have to dust and vacuum…you get the picture.  Reading romances is a way for us to “escape” our reality for a bit.

We can read about heroines that are just like us in size, or the way we want to be. We can put ourselves in their world for a few hours. I laugh when I read reviews of my books that say, “This wasn’t realistic.” Um. Yeah. That’s the point. When people read paranormal books do they think to themselves, “this is crap, it’s totally not real”? I digress, but my point is that authors write what WE like as well. We write over-the-top heroines and heroes because it’s fun. Because it’s nice to escape reality now and then.

With that said, closing the loop in the story leaves the reader with a happy feeling. They are left happy in the knowledge that the people they’ve been reading about for the last few hours managed to get over all the hurdles us mean authors put in their way (ex’s, family, kidnappers, sickness, criminals, etc etc etc). I mean, if two people don’t end up together, is it really a romance novel?

Thank you Susan! Now let’s take a quick look at Protecting Caroline… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will whisk you away to Amazon!

Protecting-Caroline**Protecting Caroline is a stand-alone love story. It is Book 1 in the SEAL of Protection Series**

Matthew “Wolf” Steel hated flying commercial. Luckily his job as a Navy SEAL meant he didn’t have to do it very often. He’d been unlucky enough to be assigned a middle seat on the cramped jet, but fortunately for him, the woman next to him was willing to switch seats with him. Hoping for a relaxing flight, Wolf was pleasantly surprised at the good conversation and sense of humor the woman had as they flew 36,000 feet over the countryside.

When Caroline boarded the plane to Virginia to move across the country for her new job she never expected to be seated next to the hottest guy she’d ever seen. She also never expected he’d be so easy to talk to. She knew he’d never be interested in talking to her if he hadn’t been trapped in the seat next to her, but it was a nice way to spend a long plane ride.

Neither Wolf nor Caroline were prepared for a terrorist hijacking of their plane, but if Caroline thought that would be the last time she’d see, or need, Wolf, she’d be sorely mistaken.

Start the SEAL of Protection Series with Caroline and Wolf’s story.

And there’s a giveaway too!!

You could win either an eBook copy of Protecting Caroline (INT) or a print copy of Protecting Caroline (US).

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