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Ghostly Writes Anthology 2018

 
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Plaisted Publishing House and The Ghostly Writes Crew have done it again, bringing us yet another collection of haunted tales and spooky poems.

From ghostly encounters to haunted carnival rides, wicked forests and ghoulish manors, there is something inside for everyone.

So curl up beneath your blanket and get ready to experience all the spine-tingling encounters hidden inside….

The Ghostly Writes Anthology 2018

 
 

 

Your Authors for 2018 are:-

C L Williams, Karen Mossman, Adam Mitchell, Dan McAteer, M E Hembroff, Chandra Trulove Fry, Kyrena Lynch, Wendy Steele, Michael Lynes, Eve Merrick-Williams, Adele Marie Park, Jane Risdon, Mary Woldering, K M McFarland, R M Demeester, C A Keith, Cassandra Jones, M J Mallon, Claire Plaisted, Pamela Silva, J G Clay, Michelle Hughes & Mara Ritsma

The book is written in various English Grammar and Spelling from around the world!!

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My Review:

An enjoyable mix of short stories, as is usual with anthologies, I found some of them more enjoyable than others. Most were well written and I will be keeping an eye out for books by their authors. Others were a bit confusing, and one or two seemed to be a small part of a much longer story.

My favourite stories include:
The Gift by Jane Risdon
At Midnight by Chandra Trulove Fry
and
The Basement by Wendy Steele

The ebook is free at most online retailers

 

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Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.

  • Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

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But, if the appearance of her broom —as she called, it was too late. Before either of us could move, my door was blown completely off its hinges and hit Zlta with the full force of its weight

~Ghostly Writes Anthology

 

 

Christmas Countdown Blitz -Day 15

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Christmas Kisses

by Stacy Lynn Carroll, Tara C. Allred, Stephanie Connelley Worlton and Ali M. Cross

 
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Are you ready to fall in love?

Take the chill out of winter with four new multi-genre romances from best-selling and award-winning authors Tara C. Allred, Stacy Lynn Carroll, Ali M. Cross, and Stephanie Connelley Worlton.

From heart-warming traditions to heart-pounding suspense, this cozy collection of toe-tingling first kisses set in Utah’s North Pole (aka Bear Lake) will leave you feeling cheerful and bright.

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Day 15 CCB Author StephanieStephanie Worlton is an author, designer, gabber, and sugar addict! She was raised in the suburbs of Salt Lake City where she developed a passion for the creation of space, color, and design. Her love of design drove her to pursue a degree in architecture. Her love of family pulled her home to be a mom.  She enjoys hanging out with her family, reading, writing, making massive project lists, doing remodeling and building projects, playing in the dirt, and snuggling with her dogs. She collects power tools, camera equipment, shoes (though barefoot is always best!), and books.

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Day 15 CCB Author AliAli Cross, the award-winning author of the Desolation Series, has always had a flare for the dramatic. As a child she organized backyard performances of classic plays and musicals and hosted tea parties for invisible friends and pets dressed in doll clothes. Her teens were a haze of boys, drama (of the real life variety), and music. So it really didn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the girl her family called a dreamer, ended up writing drama—with angels, demons, and other supernatural creatures thrown in for fun.

After university, Ali traveled from the Great White North to the Utah desert for love and now entertains her devoted husband, almost-grown twin sons and adorable yorkies with her wacky song renditions and random movie lines. As the only female in the house she considers this her right and her duty.

Never one to conform to expectations, Ali enjoys writing in multiple genres:

Ali Cross books for young adult paranormal romance; Ali Banks Cross books for middle grade adventures; and Ali M. Cross for inspirational romance. She promises to entertain you no matter which of her books you pick up.

Ali M. Cross

 

Day 15 CCB Author TaraTara C. Allred

Award-winning Author

I had lots of imaginary friends when I was five years old, and I guess you could say some of those friends never left me. In fact along the way, I picked up some more imaginary friends who have had lots to say.

I love watching stories unfold. And some of those stories seem worth sharing with you.

So, I have written a few books. And have several more in the works.

Meanwhile, some of my books have won some awards. And even more importantly, my books have made friends with some wonderful and supportive readers. I absolutely love it when a reader connects with one of my stories.

Tara C. Allred

 

Day 15 CCB Author StacyStacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English, learned how to western swing, and watched as many of her fellow students became ‘True Aggies’.  She then finished her BA at the University of Utah where she got an emphasis in creative writing.

After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer.

Eight books and four small kids later, Stacy has truly learned the necessary skills of balance and time management. Dr. Pepper and chocolate also help. She and her husband live in Utah with their four children and three dogs. Bear Lake is her favorite place to write.

Stacy Lynn Carroll

 

Snippet from Miss Scrooge by Tara C. Allred:

         Caroline offered him a half smile. “I didn’t know that about you.”
         “What? That I love this holiday? Who doesn’t? The lights, the foods, the music, the weather, just the feeling in the air. You can’t not be happy this time of year. I love it!”
         He turned into the mall’s outdoor parking area and, after finding a spot, he raised his hand as she reached for her door. “Hold on.” He jumped out of the Explorer and ran around to the passenger door to open it for her.
         “You know,” he said, while taking her hand, “snow’s in the forecast.” As they walked through the parking lot, he released a laugh. “Wouldn’t that be awesome? Falling snow, on the first day of the Christmas season, right here while we’re watching the world around us light up?”
         “No.” Caroline paused her steps, only to see a look of concern cover Christopher’s face as he stopped next to her. Quickly, she softened her tone, “No,” she said firmly. “I mean you really love Christmas, much more than the average person.”
         “I don’t know.” He shrugged, as he started their walk again. “If you mean planning to have my own light show outside my house once I’m married with a family, of course. I mean, I’m thinking two-hundred strands of lights, all synced to Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Maybe a Frosty on the lawn, or even better yet, a light-up Rudolph that sings along with the music. Passing cars could tune in on their radio. If counting down since June 25 to Christmas is average, I’m totally your average guy for this time of year.”

 
Q&A With Tara C Allred:

1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less.

I love watching stories unfold. So, I have written a some books. My books have won some awards, and even more importantly, my books have made friends with some wonderful and supportive readers. I absolutely love it when a reader connects with one of my stories.

2. What do you love most in the world?

PEACE

3. What inspired you to become an Author?

I loved to read since I was four years old. When I was five, my mom signed her kids up for a book-making workshop at the library. At the time, all I knew was I was about to learn how books were made. I was beyond excited for the magic behind their creation to be revealed. I clearly remembering descending the library stairs, peering down to discover the truth, and being shocked to see it was people. People made books! So, I was going to make books too.

Of course, the workshop was really about binding your own books. But I took home my little bound book with its blank pages and immediately began writing my first story.

4. What is your favorite Winter / Holiday tradition?

Hanging the special ornament of the year on the tree that is tied in with one special adventure we as a family have had that year.

5. What is your trick for getting past writer’s block? And what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling to tell their story?

My books are character-driven. So, if I am stuck, it usually is because my characters aren’t fully developed. By going back and revisiting my characters and fleshing them out more, with deeper motives, goals, and conflicts (both internal and external), that helps pull me out of writer’s block.

Advice for other authors struggling to tell their story – examine your conflict. How can you make your conflict richer? What greater opposition can pull at your character to bring more emotion and a greater connection for your reader?!

6. Now that we’ve gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it’s yours. What’s your story?

So, the rest of the story about wanting to become an author…

When I was five, I learned people write books, so I wanted to write books. And from then on, each year, I would write a book.

Then in fifth grade, we all had an assignment in school to write a book, and mine ended up being the longest in the entire class, significantly. It was then I determined that I wanted to be an author and publish my books someday.

Everyone in school believed me, that I would be an author, because my book was longer than anyone else. Even the teacher wrote in my elementary yearbook “You will be a great author.” I laugh at this now, if only length was the determinant for being a respectable and great author – lol!

 

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Such Violent Delights Anthology

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Your holiday season is about to get a whole lot wickeder…

Such Violent Delights: A Holiday Paranormal Anthology

is releasing today,  November 13th!

 
Title: Such Violent Delights: A Holiday Paranormal Anthology
Genre: Paranormal romance, Fantasy
Cover Design: Jay Aheer Simply Defined Art

Eleven all new stories from twelve top paranormal romance authors. From Heaven to Hell, fae worlds, superheroes, and even through the looking glass, these holiday themed short stories bring a whole new meaning to the 12 days of Christmas.

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  • Stacey Marie Brown – Descending Into Madness (A Winterland Tale)
  • Chantal Fernando – Suck Me
  • Jessica Florence – Hero Holiday Trials
  • Amelia Hutchins – Oh, Holy Knight (Wicked Knights Series)
  • S.L. Jennings – Devil’s Darling (A Se7en Sinners Short)
  • Amo Jones – DYAVOL
  • Knox & Miers – Deck the Demons (A Halfblood Huntress Prequel)
  • Kim Loraine – On A Cold Winter’s Night
  • Anne Malcom – Buried Destiny
  • R. Scarlett – The Winter Solstice
  • Alice K. Wayne – The Nutcrackers (A Breed Christmas Short)

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All proceeds donated to charity. Donation to Project Night Night in Isabel’s name. Help us help children in need this holiday season.

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A-Z: Books I’ve Read

A-ZC is for Creepy

 

The Cat, the Crow, and the Cauldron:

A Halloween Anthology

A strange and wonderful collection of Halloween stories, ranging from paranormal romance to horror.

Joe DeRouen’s Good Fortune teaches us a valuable lesson about why you should be very careful when you hold someone’s fate in your hands. It may come back to haunt you, just as it does for Grimsley Harkness, who dares to wish for more than he deserves.

Celia Kennedy’s Nothing Scares Me takes readers on a test of endurance. Lost in the Florida Everglades, Ardith Deblois, wife, mother and intrepid adventurer, fights for her life. Enveloped within the humid swamplands is a perilous maze full of obstacles and adversaries. Which is the greater impediment, the humans that hunt her or the deadly animals and poisonous plants she hides amongst?
Can she fight through fatigue and dehydration to save herself? Nothing Scares Me. True or not?

Zeece Lugo’s Five Stories Up finds us on October 31st, 1966, and night is falling over the city. Below, the groups of little ghosts and goblins stream in and out of the front stoops and basement bodegas, running, laughing, white blankets flapping in the wind, their candy treasures tightly held in hand. But above, in the dark rooftop of Sonia’s building, something pale and evil watches her, and beckons…

Angie Martin’s “Sold” follows a paranormal team as they investigate the home of a serial killer for their live Halloween night televised show.

In Heather Osborne’s Will You Remember Me? past and present collide when ghosts from witch trials of long ago come to life. It’s up to Sierra to lay things to rest.

In Leonie Rogers’ Roast Pumpkin, Anna discovers that going trick-or-treating in her new home town is more of an out-of-this-world experience than she’d ever imagined.

CJ Rutherford’s ‘Treaters’ tells the story of Jaz. Who would believe the world would end on Halloween night? Can Jaz, a retired U.S. Marine, battle loss, grief, demons, and loneliness, to survive the end of the world?

In Jada Ryker’s Dead Eye, Alex takes Marisa to an unusual Halloween party in an isolated Kentucky community… with a murderer ready with deadly tricks, rather than treats.

In Jalpa Williby’s Beauty and the Beast, Kelsey’s entire family perishes in a fire on a dreadful Halloween night. Overcome by grief and guilt, she decides to end her pain once and for all. Will the mysterious stranger be her savior, or will he ultimately cause her tragic demise?

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The Cat, the Crow, and the Cauldron: Review

27177540A great collection of 9 spooky stories from some brilliant authors.

As with all anthologies, I enjoyed some of the stories more than others, and some were scarier than others, but they were all well-written and entertaining to read.

My favourites were Joe DeRouen’s Good Fortune, Zeece Lugo’s Five Stories, Leonie Rogers’ Roast Pumpkin, CJ Rutherford’s Treaters and Jalpa Williby’s Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast by Jalpa Williby is an imaginative story which drew me in. I loved that it ended well for Kelsey.

CJ Rutherford’s Treaters grabbed me from the start and didn’t let go. It’s a descriptive and chilling tale and the ending made me cry.

The book introduced me to some authors who were previously unknown to me, and I will be looking for some of their full-length books to read.

 

Cemetery at Devil’s Bend

Gina Moray

Something strange is happening to Pine Creek. A cemetery pops up just outside of town and it’s fueling the residents’ fears. The headstones bare the names of residents interred in town and the townsfolk are left wondering … what’s buried beneath the soil. Marty Duller, a historian with a passion for cemeteries, starts to ask questions and learns that all is not what it seems in Pine Creek. There are more than bodies buried in the town’s history and their very souls may be at risk.

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Cemetery at Devil’s Bend: Review

26105738A well-written and spooky short story that grabs hold of you at the start and drags you along to the end.

Plenty of suspense and twists to keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat, right up to the surprising conclusion.

I was, very quickly, just as curious as Marty, to find out about the creepy cemetery.

 
Gina Moray:

Gina Moray is an indie writer of dark horror and thriller, living in Tennessee, with a desire to unleash her own brand of horror on the world. She’s loved horror since a young age, with her first horror books, Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen King’s Cycle of the Werewolf, read at the tender age of 8. Her stories are not pretty. She writes across the whole spectrum of horror, from the mildly spooky all the way to extreme horror.

 

Catacombs of the Damned

P.J. Cadavori

Selling their London home and buying a decaying rural pile in the wilds of the English countryside seems to Bill and Alison Cavendish the perfect way to swap the stresses and strains of the city for a peaceful new life in the country, with the added bonus of cash in the bank. Unfortunately the manor house which captures their interest in the picturesque village of Little Daunting has problems far older, deeper and nastier than rats and dry rot. The cellars conceal a terrible, shocking secret; one which dates all the way back to the witch hunts of the 17th century and to those who would steal living bodies in the quest for eternal life. As Bill and Alison soon discover, at least one of the villagers knows far more than he is admitting about the gruesome events that have been taking place in the ancient, walled-off catacombs, which lie concealed under the neighboring churchyard. When Bill and Alison and their new gypsy allies investigate, they find themselves lifting the lid on an unimagined horror… Catacombs of the Damned, is a sexy, shocking horror story for adults from P J Cadavori.

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Catacombs of the Damned: Review

17470344I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads and am glad I had the chance to read it.

It’s a must-read for any Horror fan.

With a great mix of characters, this Haunted House story keeps you hooked from start to end.

 
P.J. Cadavori :

After an illustrious career in stockbroking and financial risk management which took him to Australia and the USA (he has a BSc from Indiana State University) as well as the London Stock Exchange, P J Cadavori retired to the Somerset countryside, where he pursues his passions for ancient history and old books. He describes his home as a ‘decaying pile’ crammed with stuffed birds, pictures of his ancestors and paintings of military scenes, alongside shelves laden with the works of Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton and the classical poets. The inspiration for his writing comes from the top ranks of today’s authors, from James Herbert and Anne Rice to Bernard Cornwell and Ray Bradbury.

 

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Consumption by Valarie Savage Kinney

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Consumption is a chilling collection chronicling the stories of six people consuming or being consumed by something unnatural.

 
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Mercy was left for dead in the toxic sewers of Detroit, and now she is consumed with the need for revenge.

 
Jagged Disintegration

Kelsey has fallen victim to a terrible virus with the power to destroy her life from the inside out.

 
The Wedding Takeover

Laura is determined to finally have her perfect wedding day, even if she must steal it from someone else.

 
To Scotland!

Eric is broken-hearted when his best online friend disappears, and he’d give anything to have her back… but not like this.

 
Creeping Moss

Celeste didn’t notice the first black spots, until they spread and took over every aspect of her life.

 
Maternal Consumption

Samaria has fought the gnawing hunger in her gut for years, until she’s finally satisfied by eating something she shouldn’t.

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Meet The Author:

Picture3Valarie Savage Kinney is a writer, fiber artist, and Renaissance festival junkie with a wicked caffeine addiction.

She resides in Michigan with her husband, four children, and two insane little dogs.

She is the author of Just Hold On, Slither, Heckled, and The Secrets of Windy Springs series, as well as short stories in various anthologies.

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Damsels of Distress

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16 authors. 1 anthology. Just $1.

Forget helpless princesses and ingenues with stars in their eyes.

CHBB Publishing and Vamptasy Publishing, the leader in small press fiction, brings you an anthology that is all about the strong women who bring the world to its knees.

Rulers, villains, heroes: women of all walks of life bringing or fighting horrors unimaginable.

Compiled and edited by award-winning and bestselling author Lily Luchesi.

Join the authors

on October 28th
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Damsels of Distress

Featuring:

Clipped Wings

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Kathy-Lynn Cross

Tainted

Tainted
Deliaria Davis

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Muddying the Water
Sara Dobie Bauer

Queen of Corpses

Queen of Corpses
A. Giacomi

Black Vials

Black Vials
Sam Gregory

Angel's Blood

Angel’s Blood
Mirren Hogan

Death at the King's Court

Death at the King’s Court
Lily Luchesi

Succubus

Succubus
Xtina Marie

Socket

Socket
P. Mattern

The Hunter's Curse

The Hunter’s Curse
S.L. Perrine

The Saint

The Saint
Tianna Scott

Nadia The Beginning

Nadia: The Beginning
T.L. Travis

War in the Woods

War in the Woods
E.M. Whittaker

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Harmony’s Rhapsody
Jay Michael Wright II

Reign of Evil

Reign of Evil
Simone Young

Invisible Sun

Invisible Sun
S.J. Davis

 

My Review:

13 short stories, 2 poems, and a novella.
I enjoyed all the stories in this book and have definitely discovered some ‘new to me’ authors, who I’ll be searching out for further reading.

From angels and demons, through shifters and vampires, to witches and zombies, and more! This anthology has them all.

There wasn’t a single tale that didn’t capture my attention and imagination. The stories were all interesting, well written and complete, though some of them left me wanting more…!

Black Vials by Sam Gregory was one of those stories. That one had a ‘To be continued…’ at the end, so I’ll be keeping my eye out for that.

I’d also like to read more about Lola from Angel’s Blood by Mirren Hogan, and I need to know what happens next with Jane from Reign of Evil by Simone Young.

All in all a great book by some great authors.

**I received an ARC of Damsels of Distress for an early review, and have since bought a copy!