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The Day the Sun Stopped Shining Blog Tour ~ The Twilight Zone Legacy + Blog Contest

The Twilight Zone

I can't remember the day I saw my first Twilight Zone episode. I do know that ever since then, I haven't been able to pass by a marathon or an episode without giving it a peek. Anyone who has chatted with me about my favorite genre shows knows I'm a huge T-Zone fan.

Ever year I tune into the annual Twilight Zone New Year's marathon (and this year there was a special treat of having a classic Outer Limits marathon on Christmas Day woo hoo!) with my sparkling cider and kick up my feet to watch some of my fave episodes. This year we also have the TDtSSS Blog Tour so what better way to chat genre fiction than to write about my favorite series and episodes?

Creator Rod Serling changed the face of television and inspired me greatly with his anthology that touched on the entire spectrum of humanity. While exploring everything from innocent lost and gain to nostalgia, fear and never-ending love, greed and absence, he enterained us, frightened us and enlighten…

The Day the Sun Stopped Shining Blog Tour ~ Author Marie Harbon

Day 4 brings us our last special treat of the day! Marie Harbon, author of the recent YA spec fic novel, drops by to share a bit of how she would handle The Day the Sun Stopped Shining. 
You wake up one morning and there is no daylight – it is pitch dark outside, not even electricity… Something happened to turn out all the light and there are strange noises outside…
Nothing had changed since yesterday; I was still isolated from my comrades, the door was still firmly closed and it was still pitch black. It surprised me that despite the lack of electricity, the door hadn’t released so I surmised that there must be a back up source of power somewhere feeding the controller of my new prison cell. It was disorientating being shut off from society, enclosed in a sensory deprivation environment… maybe it was being done deliberately. When the power had inexplicably died several hours ago, my comrades had been on the other side. Then an alarm had sounded and the door had swung shut, the electron…

The Day the Sun Stopped Shining Blog Tour ~ Author Ju Ephraime

Day 4 of the tour also brings us another special treat in the form of author Ju Ephraime. Ju's mystery entitled The Man in the Black Top Hat is available now! Here's a snapshot of our second author of the day as well as a look into her new book!

Ju Ephraime
Brief Bio: Ju Ephraime has been reading and writing from her teenage years. However, over the years, the heavy load of academic reading and writing, in pursuit of her educational goals, forced her to step away from reading and writing, just for the fun of it. A year ago she revisited her first love, writing for fun and enjoyment, and has not stopped since. She has written several children's books, including four romance novels, and her first paranormal. Professionally, she is the  administrator of a career school in Connecticut and the President of a non-profit organization, Professional Wardrobe, Inc., which dresses individuals for job interviews. Ms. Antoine is very active in…

The Day the Sun Stopped Shining Blog Tour ~ Author P.R. Mason

AWD is excited to present today's first guest for Day 4 of the tour! Author P.R. Mason's wonderful guest post on villains and her recent release, Entanglements!

A Villain Who Thinks He's a Hero: Playing with History

P.R. Mason
Like many people no doubt, my life has been touched by a moment in time I would give anything to change. For me an ordinary day could have continued in its infinite ordinariness if not for the convergence of some relatively innocuous happenings that conspired to create a tragedy. As a result I've been fascinated by the idea of alternate worlds or universes and alternate history. What might have been if but one thread in the tapestry of time had been different. A yellow rather than blue. A coffee break not taken. A stop sign repaired rather than fallen.
ENTANGLEMENTS, my recent release, is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy about a teen who enters a dangerous alternate dimension to rescue her stepsister. In plotting the story, I knew the villain wo…

The Day the Sun Stopped Shining Blog Tour ~ Stories of Duality

House Like Stars and Escape From Manor House Stories of Duality

I wrote these stories about a year ago for a challenge about POVs. Authors were supposed to take a story idea and write it from two different opposing viewpoints. This offered up a ton of different ideas and possibilities. So much that I may try it again in the future while exploring themes in various shades of good and evil.
In these two stories, I explore the opposite side of a robbery in an old, magical house. The intruder discovers sinister forces at work...or are they really trying to escape something themselves?
I hope you guys enjoy both House Like Stars and Escape From Manor House. :-)

Read both stories after the jump

The Day the Sun Stopped Shining Blog Tour ~ Author Michelle Franklin

AWD would like to welcome author Michelle Franklin as our guest for today's tour!

Michelle has a wonderful prologue to share from her book The Commander and the Den Asaan Rautu, the first book in the Haanta series. Learn more about the series at Michelle's site.

Blurb: In a desperate attempt to save her homeland, one commander makes an alliance that will change her life and her kingdom forever.

When Frewyn's last line of defense falls, Boudicca MacDaede, leader of the Frewyn armed forces, enlists the assistance of Den Asaan Rautu, one of the Haanta giants from the islands to the far north. After winning a war, spending a year fighting by her side, Rautu is called back to his people but finds it impossible to leave without the woman he has come to love. Now he must find a way to make her his mate while fending off an impending attack against his people that threatens to break them apart forever.

From the prologue:

Original cover lineart by TwiskAt the far end of the …

The Day the Sun Stopped Shining Blog Tour ~ The Girl in the Basement

The Girl in the Basement was a short horror story I wrote way early in my writing venture. It was one of the first short stories I sold as a teen (this one sold to Dark Moon Rising) and later on I updated it to be a more smoother read. I thought it would be perfect for The Day the Sun Stopped Shining Blog Tour since for one character, the sun no longer shines. Two guesses as to why. ;-)

The girl here was a character I had written about in three other stories that were never published. One day, depending on the workability of the stories, I may release them.

Hope you enjoy the story!

 Click to read after the jump!

The Day the Sun Stopped Shining Blog Tour ~ Dec 26-31st

Welcome to the The Day the Sun Stopped Shining Blog Tour!

We have a den of authors who have been planning for weeks to bring a great blog tour full of giveaways, prizes and book related treats for all the fantasy, paranormal, horror and sci-fi fans out there.
All featuring the awesome web fiction The Day the Sun Stopped Shining by the talented Matthew C. Wood.

So slide a chair right on up, grab a cup of tea, cocoa, coffee or whatever your poison and enjoy the tour!

Don't forget to drop by here so you can enter a special book giveaway by yours truly!

2) THIS TOUR STARTS: Monday, December 26, 2011 at Midnight (PST)     THIS TOUR ENDS: Saturday, December 31, 2011 at Midnight (PST)
    Winners will be drawn and posted after December 31, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Living Violet: The Cambion Chronicles#1 by Jaime Reed

Living Violet: The Cambion Chronicles#1 by Jaime Reed

Publication Date: December 27, 2011

From Amazon: Book 1 of The Cambion Chronicles

He's persuasive, charming, and way too mysterious. And for Samara Marshall, her co-worker is everything she wants most--and everything she most fears. . .

Samara Marshall is determined to make the summer before her senior year the best ever. Her plan: enjoy downtime with friends and work to save up cash for her dream car. Summer romance is not on her to-do list, but uncovering the truth about her flirtatious co-worker, Caleb Baker, is. From the peculiar glow to his eyes to the unfortunate events that befall the girls who pine after him, Samara is the only one to sense danger behind his smile.

But Caleb's secrets are drawing Samara into a world where the laws of attraction are a means of survival. And as a sinister power closes in on those she loves, Samara must take a risk that will change her life forever. . .or consume it.

"Jaime Reed breat…

Teaser Tuesdays!

What a fun book meme!

I discovered this over at Mixed Book Blog and thought I would join in the fun.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current readOpen to a random pageShare two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that pageBE 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.
My teaser is from Geek Love by Mechele Armstrong:

"Like the Tardis from Dr. Who, it's bigger on the inside." She laughed at her own joke. page 20.

6 Days and Counting Until the Day the Sun Stopped Shining!

6 days until the blog tour of The Day the Sun Stopped Shining Blog Tour 2011!

We've got tons of wonderful authors offering up some great books, gifts and prizes as giveaways. We also have some nice events coming up including character interviews, guest blog posts and freebie shorts.

Here at A Writer's Dream, I'm beefing up the event here with a nice schedule of author visits, round up links and free never before seen short stories here on the blog.

Also look out for special discounts on  my books from now until the end of the year. You can also give my books as gifts to the reader buds on your list and also lend out my books via Kindle and BookLending. If you want to check out a book not on the list, let me know and I'll try to make it available for ya!

Happy reading!

Books for Readers & Readers for Authors ~ It's all about the blog hops and giveaways!

It's the season for gift-giving but also the season for buying books. Lots and lots of books.

If' you're like me and still collect books despite the piles that have taken over your house and the folders that have eaten up most of your hard drive, then you will like this post.

I've been checking out my events at Goodreads and hopping around checking out new authors blogs as well seeing what sequels of my favorite books are coming out. I will be a part of the The Day the Sun Stopped Shining Blog Tour 2011 starting the 26th to the 31st.

I figured I'd gather all the current giveaways for the moment and post them here in case any readers are looking to sign up for some goodies and books.

For folks new to blog hops, hops are linked blogs that all host book giveaways and sometimes more to fit in with the theme of the hop. On the starting day of the event, you can visit the links below to start at one blog and hop around to enter tons and tons of book giveaways. Some may r…

Diversity in YA Books (List of Books included)

Time for a do over on book challenges - 2012 here I come!

2011 was a rough year. I went through a lot of personal things that threw a wrench into my writing and is still derailing me a bit. Sadly my reading schedule also suffered so I got behind on a lot of my challenges.

I'm resetting my clocks early and will be joining more challenges for next year. This time I'm going to be realistic so I can balance reading with writing. Sometimes I lean more toward one than the other but reading really helps me to relax and stay grounded. I think that's why I got a bit overwhelmed throughout this year.

For the past few days I've been loading up my Nook Color with books, including excerpts, so it's time for me to get cracking on some serious reading!

I stumbled upon this book challenge for more YA Multicultural books and I am simply ecstatic! YA definitely needs more diversity and I try to scour the titles for anyone who feels the same way. Two awesome titles that fit are Jacly…

Author Kaye Manro's Geek Girls Tell All

I love being a geek girl!

Growing up, I had alternating moments of being a girlie girl and tomboy which soon meshed into a hybrid of the two. Through it all, one thing stayed the same. My love for sci-fi and fantasy (and some elements of horror) grew as I discovered the art of storytelling.

Thanks to author Kaye Manro, I had a chance to join with my fellow geek gals and put our brains together to define what it really means to be a geek girl. Hop on over to check out the post and our responses!
Sam Johnson of Geek Girl comics even linked to it! Checking out his website, I think I may have some new comic titles to add to my reading list. :-)

In honor of this momentous occasion, I would love to give a shout out to one of my fave sexy nerds of all time. Mr. Nigel Bailey of the awesome adventure show from way back when, Relic Hunter.