A Monday for Anything: Guest Post with Dana Leipold #BlogTour #BurntEdges

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Today on the FlipSide, I have the pleasure of presenting a guest post from Dana Leipold, author of Burnt Edges. If you haven’t been acquainted with Dana yet, let’s take a moment to get to know her…

Dana-LeipoldDana Leipold is a freelance writer, author, and member of the Association of Independent Authors and Creativity Coaching Association. She has self-published two books: a collection of limericks in Dr. Seuss-style for adults entitled, Stupid Poetry: The Ultimate Collection of Sublime and Ridiculous Poems, and a non-fiction book entitled, The Power of Writing Well: Write Well. Change the World, to help writers get their message heard, create stories that connect, and leverage the power of writing well. In addition, she coaches other writers on story structure, messaging, and writing skills so they can achieve their dreams to become published authors. Leipold lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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After hearing the book was based on true life experiences, there was a part of me that wanted to know what aspects of the story were actually true. This is what Dana shared with me…

Actually, the whole novel is based on real events. An important person in my life went through some of these terrible experiences and incredibly, came out a stronger person.

There are a couple of scenes in the book where the main character, Laurel, is molested by her father. I tried to write these as they actually happened, without getting too explicit. The thing that was interesting was how her father would react after the abuse…his guilt and shame would overcome him and he’d turn around and do something nice for his daughter. He would never acknowledge what happened however.

Of course, the father suffered abuse himself. Again his character is based on someone real and this man saw terrible violence in his home and when he went into the army. His only way to deal with all that violence was to drink and then abuse his own children.

What I really wanted to show in this story was the pattern of abuse that gets carried on within families without much thought. It just becomes the way life is lived but what happens when someone becomes aware of that pattern? That’s what the novel is all about.

Thank you Dana! Now let’s take a closer look at Burnt Edges.

Burnt-EdgesAbuse or an uncertain future. This is Laurel Lee Page’s choice when she is faced with an unplanned pregnancy at 18. Born into a broken family, all she has ever known is guilt and shame. No matter what she does or who she meets, Laurel appears to be living a condemned life but she is determined to find independence and freedom in spite of her family’s legacy of hatred and self-contempt. Can Laurel see that she is in a powerful position, poised to break the cycle of abuse? Set in Southern California during the tumultuous 1960s era, Burnt Edges is based on true events and proves that strength can be found even in the most horrific situations.

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There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

5 Lucky Winners will each receive a $10 Amazon gift card.

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A Monday for Anything: Guest Post with Belinda Frisch #BlogTour #TheMissingYear

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Today on the FlipSide, I have the pleasure of presenting a guest post from the fabulous Belinda Frisch. For those of you unacquainted with Belinda, let’s take a moment to get to know her a little better…

Belinda-FrischAfter fifteen years of working in healthcare, Belinda Frisch’s stories can’t help being medicine influenced. A writer of dark tales in the horror, mystery, and thriller genres, Belinda tells the stories she’d like to read. Her fiction has appeared in Shroud Magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of the Zombie War. She is the author of Cure, Afterbirth, Fatal Reaction, Better Left Buried, and The Missing Year. She resides in upstate New York with her husband and a small menagerie of beloved animals.

*Runner-up Halloween Book Festival 2012 and optioned for film, Cure

*Honorable Mention New York Book Festival 2014, Better Left Buried

*Amazon Top 100 Medical Thriller, Fatal Reaction

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And without further ado, I’ll turn it over to Belinda…

The Similarities between the Genres

What happens when you let a horror writer dabble in the romance genre? The Missing Year, which isn’t as far away from home as you’d think for this would-be death dealer. I’ve been asked to write a little bit about the similar elements in the horror and romance genres.

Stakes: Whether the joining of a couple in a traditional romance, or someone risking their life to save another’s, both scenarios come with some kind of threat of failure. There has to be something at stake in order for there to be conflict.

Obstacles: What’s keeping the couple apart? What’s keeping the couple alive? Obstacles are universal. In romance versus horror, it’s the end result that makes the difference.

Resolution: Motivations revealed, obstacles overcome, there has to be some kind of resolution. In romance, it’s more often happy.

Love and romance are often at the heart of good horror story. Crazy, right? Romance humanizes characters, drives them to do things they wouldn’t normally do, and sometimes makes them act rashly. It also gives meaning to their deaths. Horror should still make the reader feel something.

In my Strandville novels, Zach Keller, my Nixon Center guard, has allied himself with Dr. Howard Nixon, the devil incarnate, in exchange for medical treatment meant to save his wife’s life. Scott faces certain death for Miranda, despite their tenuous relationship. In Better Left Buried the love between Adam and Harmony is what gives value to her otherwise troubled life. His feelings for her increase the stakes for the reader. Someone will notice if this girl doesn’t survive.

In The Missing Year, horror dresses as misfortune—as death come too early and the inescapable fate of terminal illness—as loss explored as one’s single greatest fear. While there is no gore, there is finality and an inescapable tragic consequence. There’s nothing more terrible than that.

Thank you Belinda! Now let’s take a look at The Missing Year… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you Amazon!

The-Missing-YearThirty-four-year-old Blake Wheeler was everything Lila had ever wanted. A rising-star surgeon with his whole life ahead of him, Blake gave Lila ten perfect years of marriage before plunging her into the hardest year of their lives.

When a late night shooting leaves Blake in a coma, Lila is faced with a difficult decision: continue life support or let him go.

One year later, Lila remains unwilling to speak, in a private mental health facility where she refuses to move on.

Dr. Ross Reeves knows firsthand about loss, having spent the better part of five years burying himself in his work. Tasked with the challenge of breaking Lila’s silence, Ross investigates Lila’s past and her husband’s death, finding more to Blake’s murder than meets the eye. A series of mysterious coincidences has Ross wondering if Lila is acting out of grief … or guilt.

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There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • 10 Kindle copies of Fatal Reaction or The Missing Year (winner’s choice)
  • 10 ACX audiobook codes for Fatal Reaction or Cure (winner’s choice)
  • A $25.00 Amazon gift card

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A Monday for Anything: Review of Linda LaForge’s ‘Ashes’

To give you a little bit of background, I met Linda at FanExpo 2014 when we ended up side by side, sharing a table edge. We were both there to sell our books and talk about great Indie fiction with the masses of soon-to-be adoring fans.

I will admit the tagline of her book caught my attention and I gladly shelled out my hard earned dollars to buy a copy. That tagline is:

A Girl.

A Baby.

A Mass Extermination.

Who wouldn’t get drawn in by such intrigue? The imagery alone that ran through by brain at that moment is hard to quantify and yet, I knew that was I was thinking was likely to match what the plot line actually entailed. It’s a book with themes of dystopia, science fiction, fantasy, and horror all melding together seamlessly. It’s an interesting premise and LaForge’s take on what souls and their origins is something I have not encountered, making it wholly unique.

When I cracked open the spine a few days after Fan Expo was over, I was immediately drawn into the tale. Told in the first person, it draws you in and you begin to feel like you know Emily. You feel her pain at what she’s gone through and there’s a part of you that genuinely wants to help her find answers.

All of the characters are believable and while it may be a book told from the first person perspective, it’s not missing the character development that you normally see in a book told from the third person POV. If I had to pick a favourite, it’s a toss up between Emily and Dr. Norell who is painted in such a way that you truly felt his social awkwardness.

If you’re looking for something different that melds a few genres together, I wholehearted recommend Ashes. It’s got an interesting and eclectic set of characters that ring true to life and a plot that will leave you wanting more once the book is finished—I sincerely hope LaForge is working on a sequel!

4.5 stars out of 5 (rounded to 5 stars on all sites)

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Ashes-cover-1200ABOUT THE BOOK – Emily 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.

LindaABOUT THE AUTHOR – When I was in grade 2 and 3 I wrote short stories, illustrated them and created little books to give to my Mom. In one way or another, I’ve been doing the same ever since. I’ve been told that I write from a uniquely entertaining point of view. My fictional writing is usually filled with dark subject matter, twists and turns delivered with casual humour. I like the classic but unpredictable mystery with a little mysticism. All of my stories come from dreams I’ve had. They usually also end up being a tool to deal with some life issue I’m working through. I’m a writer and visual artist living in Ontario Canada.

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A MONDAY FOR ANYTHING: Guest Post by John O’Brien – #WinterofZombie2014

Today on the FlipSide I have the pleasure of presenting a guest post by John O’Brien. If you haven’t been acquainted with John yet, let’s take a moment to introduce him…

IMG_00301John O’Brien is a former Air Force fighter instructor pilot who transitioned to Special Operations for the latter part of his career gathering his campaign ribbon for Desert Storm. Immediately following his military service, John became a firefighter/EMT with a local department. Along with becoming a firefighter, he fell into the Information Technology industry in corporate management. Currently, John is writing full-time on the series, A New World.

As a former marathon runner, John lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and can now be found kayaking out in the waters of Puget Sound, mountain biking in the Capital Forest, hiking in the Olympic Peninsula, or pedaling his road bike along the many scenic roads.

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So without further ado…

Zombies You Say

John O’Brien

Hello there. I’m John O’Brien and I write the series, A New World. I just released a companion book to the series titled, A New World: Storm.
I’ve been asked more than a few times why I write about zombies or in this genre. Okay, I guess I should mention first off that the creatures in the series aren’t technically zombies, so I just close my eyes and nod. The post-apocalyptic world creates the ultimate survival situation. Or not, depending on your point of view. It’s in this world that I would spend most of my time daydreaming. The various situations, things that would arise, items I would need, how to gather supplies, and set up for long-term survival. In the midst of these wanderings, a story was born. It wasn’t until I was introduced to the zombie genre that I began to incorporate them into my ‘stories’. They threw an extra element of survival and danger into the mix. So, I pondered the slow-moving zombie hordes. Then, the idea of fast moving creatures entered and the story was born, itching to get out. Several of the situations I envisioned merged into one larger story. The more I delved along this line, the more it wanted to be told until I just had to sit down and begin.

Storm cover large5It is not about someone with super hero powers, but just a normal person having to deal with the sudden demise of the civilized world as we know it. Facing the situation with what he has at hand, and having to learn about everything that happened as he goes along. I wrote it in the first person so the reader could track along with his thoughts, the reasoning behind his actions, what he saw and reacted to, both in the physical world and inside of his head. The reader could trek along with him as he journeys through a post-apocalyptic world. And thus, Jack Walker was created. The thoughts that I have running in my head fused with Jack, but he also became his own person who surprised me at times. Okay, maybe not that much, but the other characters sure did. I like them and they all live within me. Jack, Lynn, Robert, Bri, Gonzalez, McCafferty, Bannerman, Frank, the lot of them. I still think about them often.

I generally try to stay away from reading within the genre as I don’t want to subconsciously take anyone else’s ideas. However, with that said, you can’t go wrong with stories written by Mark Tufo, Shawn Chesser, Armand Rosamilia, James Cook, Joe McKinney, Heath Stallcup, and a host of others.

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The stench of frozen rotted meat is in the air! Welcome to the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 10 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of November.

Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #WinterZombie2014

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AND so you don’t miss any of the posts in November, here’s the complete list, updated daily:

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

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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.

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A MONDAY FOR ANYTHING: And They Lived Happily Ever After Blog Tour with Crystal Connor

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Today I welcome author Crystal Connor to the FlipSide to offer her perspective on something I’ve often asked myself as well as a wide range of authors and readers: Do happy endings belong in horror? But before we get to her thoughts, let’s take a moment to get to know her a little better…

Crystal-ConnorWashington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Along with inducing insomnia within her readership Crystal also reviews indie horror and sci-fi movies for HorrorAddicts.net

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So without further ado, here’s Crystal…

Hi Julianne! Thanks so much for hosting me today. Wow, should happy endings belong in horror? That is such a good question.  Because I love and prefer movies with endings like Alexandre Bustillo’s 2008 Inside and Miguel Angel Vivas’ 2011 Kidnapped, I want to say no!

But because I loved and cried at the end of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, and left the theater stunned and speechless after seeing Mama this question isn’t as easy to answer as I thought it would be.

I really like stories that don’t put everything in a neat little box at the end. I like it messy, with unanswered questions, a story that stays with me long after the credits roll and I close the book. Sometimes I think it could work even if it’s not the happy ending your hoping for. My goal for every story I write is to write an unpredictable ending and two stories from And They All Lived Happily Ever After! The Lazarus Antidote and Amber’s New Friend are the ones I get the most feedback for because readers were hoping for a different ending.  Let me see if I can explain without giving too much away.

It takes a minute for the ending of The Lazarus Antidote to reveal itself as being happy, I think the reason people are shocked at the way that story ended was because they’re so close to the main character and her struggle, that the bigger picture is lost, and I think that’s why people are so pissed off when they write me to vent over that story. Now I’m not complaining I love all of my fan mail, and even though I don’t answer everyone who writes me I do read all the my mail. But with The Lazarus Antidote there is really no way for respond.

For Amber’s New Friend, there is a happy ending but it’s not for who you think it’s for.  The response to Amber’s New Friend both in print and audio has been incredible and is by far a fan favorite and again I think it’s because of the ending that no one saw coming.

So I guess the answer to your question should happy endings belong in horror, I guess it depends on the story.  With everything that was going on in the movies Inside and Kidnapped there was no way in the world for those stories to end any other way than they did, and if the directors had somehow wrote happy endings to make viewers happy, I would have lost my damn mind, just like Annie Wilkes, demanding a rewrite… lol

And on the flip side of that coin, I would have been perfectly ok if Mama had a either a happier ending or a more tragic one.  But my personal choice the horror stories I love the most are the ones that don’t have happy endings.

Thanks again for hanging out with me today, this was a really good question.

Thank you Crystal – you’ve definitely brought up a number of good points!

Now let’s take a look at Crystal’s And They All Lived Happily Ever After

And-They-All-Lived-Happily-Ever-AfterOnce upon a time, in a dark & scary place, in a frightening land way too close to home…

Crystal Connor’s …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! is a collection of short fables not meant for children; but for those who enjoy the madness of nightmares.

In the ‘Queen’s Pawn’ you’ll visit a magical kingdom full of wonder and splendor only to come to the sickening realization that when the Queen had a message…she sends her pawns.

The perils of eating forbidden fruit have been cautioned against since the Book of Genesis, but will our urban princess in ‘The Apple’ heed those warnings?

Embark on a mystical and treacherous quest to reach ‘The Ruins’, located in place so sacred that is should never be visited by mortal man.

These are just a few of the adventures you’ll have as you explore the dark imagination of Crystal Connor. Fourteen short stories of horror, science fiction, and fantasy; 65,306 words of terror by a single author who clearly intends to one day be known as a Master in the genre.

Monsters, Women, and Villains (oh my)!

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1 Lucky winner will get a print copy of And They All Lived Happily Ever After! And the giveaway is International too!!

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A Monday for Anything: Killers and Demons II: They Return Blog Tour with A. F. Stewart

Today on the FlipSide, I’m hosting A. F. Stewart as she tours the internet in support of her new collection, Killers and Demons II: They Return. She’s written a very engaging guest post, but before we get to that, let’s get to know A. F. a little better…

AnitaA. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, and still calls it home. The youngest in a family of seven children, she has always had an overly creative mind and an active imagination. She is fond of good books (especially science fiction/fantasy), action movies, sword collecting, and oil painting as a hobby.

Ms. Stewart is an indie author with several published novellas and story collections in the dark fantasy or horror genres, with a few side trips into poetry and non-fiction. She has a great interest in history and mythology, often working those themes into her books and stories.

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And without further ado…

Historic Settings for Horror

I love history, and I often use different historic eras as settings for my books or stories. So what do I see in the past that makes it such an effective medium for horror?

First, it’s fairly easy to establish a sense of drama and tension in certain historical settings. London in the Victorian Era for example, invokes an iconic image of gas lamps, fog shrouded streets and Jack the Ripper type terrors lurking in the alleyways, while medieval settings lend themselves well to a more supernatural dread, demons, witches and the like. History brings with it a built-in atmosphere and mood, which can be adapted nicely to fit into the horror genre.

The trappings of an era can establish a tone for the story, too. A reader expects a certain kind of behaviour from a top-hatted, finely dressed Victorian villain, actions far different from a rampaging, scantily clad, sword-welding barbarian, or an evil-minded alchemist in a black hooded robe. Clothes, especially period specific clothes, often make the character.

In my new book, Killers and Demons II: They Return, several of the stories have historic settings, and use the built-in ambience and characteristics to full advantage. I traipse to my favourite era for horror—the aforementioned Victorian era—in two of the stories, One Night in London, and Runner. The pair is a contrast in subject matter, with One Night in London having a straightforward historical background, and Runner bringing in a supernatural element, but both use the dark and surreal London streets and a less than savoury Victorian underworld to create a quality of menace in the story. However, my story How Do You Take Your Tea? does a bit of the opposite. It uses a Regency England setting as a contradiction to the villainy of its characters and plot. I mean, what could be more frightening and disquieting than evil in the world of Jane Austen? Be careful sipping your afternoon tea, poison may be lurking in that cup.

My last two historical stories, Suffer a Witch, and Up From The Ground, play with medieval locales and superstition. Suffer a Witch combines the unjust accusations of witchcraft with a bit of undead resurrection and revenge, leaning heavily on history to form its basis. Up From The Ground does much the same thing, using religion and a slice of medieval life as backdrop for a chilling paranormal horror story of possession. There is something decidedly perfect in the pairing of a medieval setting and a demonic invasion.

So that’s my take on history and horror. An ideal match made in heaven…or maybe in Hell.

Thank you A. F.! Now let’s take a look at Killers and Demons II: They Return… Don’t forget to click on the cover to be taken straight to Amazon!

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.

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A Monday for Anything: Hunter’s Trap by Anne Michaud

Anne Michaud’s Hunter’s Trap was recently released on the world…

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“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.

Available on Amazon!

There’s also a giveaway on Goodreads to win 1 of 3 print copies! Click on the Goodreads logo for more details…

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ABOUT ANNE MICHAUD – She who likes dark things never grew up. She never stopped listening to gothic, industrial and alternative bands like when she was fifteen. She always loved to read horror and dystopia and fantasy, where doom and gloom drip from the pages.

She, who was supposed to make films, decided to write short stories, novelettes and novels instead. She, who’s had her films listed on festival programs, has been printed in a dozen anthologies and magazines since. She, who always dreamed of making a feature film, is having her novels published.

She who likes dark things prefers night to day, rain to sun, and reading to anything else.

If you’d like to learn more about Anne, you can find her on Twitter, her website, Facebook, or her Amazon Author Page.

A Monday for Anything: Guest Post by Celia Bonaduce

Today on The Flipside, I’m featuring a guest post from author Celia Bonaduce. If you’re not acquainted with Celia yet, here’s a little information about her…

Celia-BonaduceCelia Bonaduce is an award-winning producer whose credits cover a lot of ground – everything from field-producing ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to writing for many of Nickelodeon’s animated series, including Hey, Arnold and Chalkzone. If Celia Bonaduce’s last name is any indication, she is proof that TV talent runs in the family.

An avid reader, entering the world of books has always been a lifelong ambition. The Merchant of Venice Beach is book one of her three-book deal with eKensington, a digital imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp. The follow up novel, A Comedy of Erinn, has also been released, and book three, Much Ado About Mother, will be coming out on May 29th, 2014.

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So what did Celia choose to tell us about? Well, her guest post talks about one success and one challenge she’s faced in writing her book. So without further ado, here’s Celia!

When I was writing the first book of THE VENICE BEACH ROMANCES (The Merchant of Venice Beach), I decided I had to stay focused on the business at hand – writing the book(s).  I was very focused – my job was to write the books and get an agent. It was my agent’s job to find a publisher.  So I never let my mind wander into daydreams about finally getting my books out there.  I would do MY job and let my (somewhere in the future) agent do his/hers.  So, I would have to say my greatest success was the day that Sharon Bowers of the Miller, Bowers, Griffin Agency said she would represent me.  She called on my cell phone while I was at the library with my mother.  I stepped outside to take the call and came back in to tell my mother, but since we were in the library, I had to talk in a hushed voice.  Add to that the fact that I was crying like a crazy person and my mom couldn’t understand anything I was whispering.  I kept trying to tell her it was GOOD news, but we had to go back outside, so I could share the news.  I was crying really hard and my mother said she didn’t have any idea how important getting an agent was to me and to tell the truth, until that very moments, I didn’t know it myself.

Staying on task remains a constant challenge especially since that time-suck FACEBOOK came into my life.  Now that I have three books to publicize, I’m looking at Facebook and Twitter and Instagram several times a day – with the excuse that I’m “using” social media to get the word out there!  I’ve made a deal with myself:  I click a stopwatch when I start lurking social media and when I stop the clock, I see how much time I have wasted, and make myself write for that amount of time.  Sad, but true.

Thank you Celia! Now let’s take a look at Much Ado About Mother

Much-Ado-About-MotherLook out, Venice Beach–the Wolf women are all together again. But when 70-year-old Virginia arrives with her teacup Chihuahua and unshakeable confidence, she senses trouble. Erinn is keeping secrets–like being broke and out of work–and Suzanna is paying too much attention to the wrong man–a Latino dance instructor who nearly broke her heart once before. Virginia’s ready for the third act of her life, and she intends to make it rousing and romantic. Now she just has to convince her daughters to throw out their old scripts. If life has taught Virginia anything, it’s this: there’s more than one way to a “happily ever after”…

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A Monday for Anything: Guest Post with Harry James Krebs

Today I’m featuring a second guest post, this one from Harry James Krebs, author of Vengeance is Mine. But before we begin, let’s learn a little bit about Harry…

Harry-James-KrebsHarry James Krebs was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. After receiving his BA in applied physics from Aurora University in Illinois, Harry spent thirty-seven years with United States Department of Energy Contractors as a senior mechanical engineer. He designed, built, maintained, and operated large experimental detectors for high-energy physics experiments at national laboratories such as the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the Superconducting Super Collider, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University. Krebs always wanted to write mystery novels, but his engineering career left him little time to write until now. The author and his wife currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina with their Chihuahua, Lucille.

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So without further ado, I’m going to turn it over to Harry…

I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but spent most of my childhood and adolescence in the western suburbs of Chicago. After receiving my BA in Applied Physics from Aurora University in Illinois, I spent forty years working for United States Department of Energy contractors as a senior mechanical engineer. As part of a major scientific collaboration, I helped design, build, maintain, and operate large experimental detectors for high energy physics experiments at national laboratories including the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory just outside of Chicago, the Superconducting Super Collider in Texas, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University in California.

Over the years, I developed a number of storylines that I felt would make an interesting mystery series. But my engineering career left me little time to write. I needed an incentive. That incentive came when, on a business trip in 1996, I read a newly released novel titled Guilt by Association by Susan R. Sloane. The ending of that book blew me away. I still didn’t have time to write, but I thought about that book every day after. Finally, in 2010, I had a lull in my work, so I started my first novel, Fractured Persona. I finished it in thirteen months.

I tried the literary agent route, and got nowhere. So I self-published, and entered Fractured Persona in a few competitions. The book won silver medals in the 2012 Next Generation Independent Publishers Book Awards for “First Novel Over 80,000 Words” and “Best Mystery”. The ebook also won a bronze medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY Awards) for “Best Adult Fiction Ebook.”

Those awards, along with the manuscript for Vengeance is Mine, my first installment in the Benjamin Tucker mystery series, caught the eye of Shiloh Burnam with Peak City Publishing in Apex, North Carolina. We entered into an agreement and hopefully there will be many Benjamin Tucker novels coming out of the pipeline.

My interests include dogs, classic and sporty automobiles, landscape gardening, guns, and playing golf. I also enjoy classic movies. I like to make my own version of Chicago deep dish pizza from scratch, which makes a huge mess in the kitchen and drives my OCD wife nuts.

My wife and I currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina with our pistol of a Chihuahua, Lucille.

Thank you Harry! Now let’s take a look at Vengeance is Mine…

Vengeance-is-MineDriven by a traumatic, violent event in his teenage years, Benjamin Tucker, bestselling true crime author, is obsessed with helping authorities solve savage crimes near his home turf of Holly Springs, North Carolina. When a series of decapitated female victims is found in neighboring communities, he is helplessly drawn in to the investigation to help bring the killer to justice. But in a bizarre twist of events, the psychopathic murderer becomes fascinated with Tucker and stalks him, presenting him with unimaginable, grotesque gifts. The hunt for the killer turns personal and Tucker is not sure if he’s become the killer’s idol or his next victim. Vengeance is Mine, a gripping thriller with a healthy dose of droll humor, is a tale of sadistic revenge guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

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1 Print copy of Vengeance is Mine

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