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*Sticky - The Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour ~ Welcome! Giveaways Galore!

Welcome to my corner of the Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour!

Grab some cocoa and pull up a chair because I'm offering some fun free reads, a book giveaway and some fun discussion. :-D

Click to read more and enter the giveaway after the jump!

A Tale of Two TV Fables - Grimm & Once Upon A Time

Fairytales and mythology seem to be taking over the entertainment media by droves. I noticed the trend rising in Young Adult Fiction where fairytale & mythological retellings have been selling like hotcakes. Movies soon caught on as producers yanked up these books to adapt into large screen presentations. Red Riding Hood premiered a few months ago and we have two Snow White movies, a Jack and the Beanstalk and a Sleeping Beauty to look forward to. Sometimes they worked (Percy Jackson) and sometimes they didn't (Beastly). It was only a matter of time before television caught on with their own versions of fairytales in modern times.

I, for one, was jazzed to see this return. I was a huge fan of Special Unit 2, Blood Ties, The Dresden Files, The Chronicle and Friday the 13th the series which took modern day characters and settings and placed them against supernatural baddies. Supernatural & Warehouse 13 also play with these themes as well but I haven't had a chance to ch…

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Darkspell

by Elizabeth Mueller
Publication Date: October 31st

Blurb: Winter Sky believes she is everything ordinary . . .until she is kissed by Alex Stormhold.

As seer of Stormhold Coven, Alex is sworn to be Winter’s protector against the darkness that hunts her. Violently thrust into a magical realm she always thought impossible, she stumbles upon a disturbing secret of her own.

Will love prove thicker than magic?

I've been waiting for this ever since I 'met' Elizabeth on Facebook. It sounds like a nice YA romance and I can't wait to grab my copy.

Check out Elizabeth's links below including a release party for Darkspell just in time for next week's premiere!

Darkspell Launch Spookfesta
Elizabeth Mueller's Facebook
Darkspell Teaser

The Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour (October 24-31, 2011)

You may have noticed a new event on the sidebar during the past few days. If you haven't take a gander to see something fun coming up in the next few days.


It's The Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour (October 24-31, 2011)! 

Woo hoo! I'll be visiting the hop myself to check out other the authors' works. At the same time, I'll be offering up some goodies right here on the blog!

In the goodie bag are paperback versions of:

Plus some extra yum yums to be announced!
3) THIS TOUR STARTS: Monday, October 24, 2011 at Midnight (PST) THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, October 31, 2011 at Midnight (PST) Winners will be drawn and posted November 1, 2011

October is the month for Vampires...

At the Broad Universe, that is!

This month, we're featuring vampires in two editions of the BU podcast.

First up is the Broad Pod!

Join hostess, Trish Wooldridge of A Novel Friend Writing & Editing, as she and the Broads celebrate what many genre writers--not even just horror!--feel is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

The episode opens with E.F. Watkins sharing her story of a violent act that is not quite what it seems. Then, Rae Lori's excerpt involves a power struggle for the role of Regent in a nightwalker clan. Gail Z. Martin brings us into an epic battle with the undead. Finally, Jaleta Clegg finishes the episode with musings on vampire survival related to problematic food supply.

The Broad Pod is brought to you by Broad Universe, an international non-profit dedicated to promoting, celebrating, and honoring women writers of science fiction, fantasy, horror--and everything in between. To find out more about Broad Universe, or how to join the ranks of Broads, vis…

Now Available! The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Novels: Volume 1

The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Novels: Volume 1 is now available from Dragon Moon Press! I'm proud to be among some awesome writers in compiling this great guide for authors and aspiring authors. My goal is to help writers via my blog, articles, classes and workshops as others have helped me so I'm very proud to be apart of this effort

From the blurb:

Friendly. Useful. Current. 

Written by a collection of well-known authors for new authors, The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Novels: Volume 1 covers a wide range of topics necessary for building your first paranormal novel. Paranormal novels are found in all sections of the fiction bookstore. One of the most prevalent forms of fantasy masquerading as romances, mysteries, general fiction and urban fantasy, this guide has tips and topics specific to writing a
variety of paranormal novels.

With chapters on:

Angels & Benevolent Spirits -
Shannah Bodine

Yes, Virginia, There Are Ghosts –
Linda Madl

Fae, Fey, Faery,…

Wild and Crazy Works Coming up the Pipeline!

Hey blog readers! Your friendly blog host here.

Wow, it's been a nutty year and only 2 months left after this one! Gah! Personally, I've been through some rough things recently and getting back to really trailblazing my writing forward has been helping me to get back to doing what I love. First off, I want to apologize for the delay with 'Inheritance of Ashes'. I had planned to release the book later this month to conclude the series but as I'm still adding to the book, I'll have to move the release up a bit. I won't give a date this time. I want to wait until I'm really close to the finalization process so you guys won't be frustrated with the constant moving dates but I will tell you it's not too far away. ;-) Apologies for the delay, nonetheless! As you all know I'm a perfectionist in bringing my books out in the best condition I can (no rush jobs here ;-D) and this last book in the series is definitely no exception.

I've also moved s…

Six Sentence Sunday - Inheritance of Ashes

A big mondo update is coming up from some works I have in progress. One of which is Inheritance of Ashes, third book in the Ashen Twilight House. More on in the next post but for now, enjoy this snippet of the book to celebrate Six Sentence Sunday!

In the third book, Alexandru Drago takes up the reins to bring down the Ashen Twilight House on his own. In A Kiss of Ashen Twilight we were introduced to the origins of the House of Blood, the Nightwalkers centering around the Archane home. In Within the Shadows of Mortalswe got to know the Hammond Clan and the origins of the House of Lycan. Now, Inheritance of Ashes will reveal the history of the mysterious House of Shifter Elves, their origins and their enigmatic leader.

This is a conversation between Alexandru and a main character whose true identity is unmasked in this installment.

“You do realize once you exit that door, you will be declaring war on me. Not only will I come after every one of the members of the Ashen Twilight House—and…

An Open Letter to TV Networks: Contrary to Popular Belief, Sci-Fi is Not a Bad Word

Dear Television Networks,

Now I know we haven't been the best of buds and I'm still one of those strange beings with whom you try to reach out to without looking as if you are reaching out to me: the elusive sci-fi fan. I enjoy the comforting way you talk to me, the sweet risky way you sometimes go out on a ledge to make me happy. But I'm sorry to say we are in an abusive relationship. I am Charlie Brown to your Lucy and I keep falling for your football trick every time. I swooned when you gave me Firefly. I looked twice when you flashed your sexy Legend of the Seeker. And I nearly tripped over myself when you gave me Forever Knight but crushed my heart when you ended it the way you did. I even came back begging for more when you gave me Blood Ties and almost fell for your nice words when you dangled Jeremiah and Jericho in front of me.

But then you left me high and dry...only to come back later and try to entice me back with your shiny new Invasion, Surface and Threshold …