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The Montauk Monster Bringing Summer Thrills Everywhere + Publicity Tour

montauk monsterI am so thrilled this #ThrillerThursday (and well, every day since I heard the news from my friend, author Hunter Shea, that Kensington Pinnacle was going to publish a novel by him) to talk about The Montauk Monster, a mass paperback book released everywhere this month that is flying off the shelves! Publisher’s Weekly called it the summer read of 2014!! You’ll find it not only bookstores, large and small, but in Wal-Mart and other drugstore racks nationwide. It’s already sold enough to be in its second printing!!

If you know Hunter, you know he loves the bizarro, the creepy monsters that might be real, the cryptid, the unusual. So, when he asked me to be the first reader for this new book last summer, I didn’t know what I was getting into, but since I trust him, love his writing, and was honored he chose me to give him insight, I couldn’t say no. In fact, I jumped at the chance!

I almost read it in one sitting because I stayed up on night on the adrenaline train ride it had put me on!! It was a book out of my element and primarily for men I thought and I said so, but I couldn’t be happier that I read it. It was amazing!! Pure entertainment, but with a cool historical New York story and mystery, thrilling text, emotion and dialogue that propelled me and made me CARE, and most of all….I love CAN MAN. I can’t help it. You’ll want to know CAN MAN too. The book, to put it simply, rocks and if you are heading to the beach and don’t like sappy romance, then get this book.

Here is the book at the Barnes and Noble stand and inside, my wonderful acknowledgement. He’s so kind!

MM acknowledge

Working as a publicist for Hunter Shea comes from my belief that he has something to publicize. He’s a wonderful writer with a fun voice that will entertain you. Who needs drugs or hard liquor when they can get a book rush? LOL He’s my friend, but it’s for a reason. He’s an awesome guy.

The Montauk Monster Tour

Final Montauk Tour GraphicSo we put together this #MontaukMonster virtual party where he is traveling around cyberspace making guest appearances (he’s written soooo many guest articles it will put anyone to shame offering tips, background info, stories…and he’s funny), been doing interviews, and checking out reviews.

You can see the premiere launch of the 2.0 tour here on his page HERE, but you can come back to Oh, for the Hook of a Book! and see a static page on my home screen for The Montauk Monster Tour. This tour is run by me under my branching business of Hook of a Book Media and Publicity. This should be a great place for you to view all the stops that author Hunter Shea will make along the Monster Madness Train. Check out the articles, interviews, appearances, and reviews all surrounding The Montauk Monster and writing horror!

Join the Fun

If you would like to join in the fun by posting a review, guest post, or spotlight, or even interview Hunter Shea, just email me (Erin) at hookofabook@hotmail.com! We’ll take a post anytime, there isn’t any stopping point to a virtual tour! At least not this one!

Hashtag Promotion

If you join in the tour, or want to help promote, use the hashtag #MontaukMonster on Twitter. If you get the book, take a pic and post to Twitter or Instagram also tagging #MontaukMonster. We’ll track photos for a special promo!

The Montauk Monster Virtual Publicity Party:

Here’s a few past ones from 1.0....

June 12:

Guest Appearance at Author and Screenwriter Keith Rommel

June 16:

Guest Appearance at Author Brian Moreland

June 18:

Guest Appearance at Author Jonathan Janz

Kicking-off 2.0…….!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 19:

Interview with Author Glenn Rolfe

June 20:

Guest Appearance with Aniko Carmen

June 22:

Guest Appearance with Jack on Back in Jack, his co-conspirator on Monster Men Podcast
Talks about his live signing event and party in New York!

June 27:

Guest Appearance with Gef at Wag the Fox
www.waggingthefox.blogspot.com

June 28:

Guest Appearance with Rich at The Horror Bookshelf
www.thehorrorbookshelf.com

July 2:

Interview with Author Kristopher Rufty
www.lastkristontheleft.blogspot.com

Guest Appearance with Jenna at Girl With Book Lungs
www.girlwithbooklungs.com

July 7:

Guest Appearance with Author Mary San Giovanni
www.marysangi.wordpress.com

July 9:

Spotlight and Excerpt with Michelle at Castle Macabre
www.castlemacabre.blogspot.com

July 14:

Review from Christina at Creating Serenity
www.creating-serenity.com

July 15:

Review by Jennifer in Ohio’s The Entertainer Magazine
www.entertainerohio.com

July 17:

Guest Appearance at Author Matt Manochio
www.mattmanochio.wordpress.com

July 18:

Review by Rich at The Horror Bookshelf
www.thehorrorbookshelf.com

July 21:

Review and Guest Appearance at Author David Bernstein
www.davidbernsteinauthor.blogspot.com

July 22:

Review by Des and Guest Appearance at Bookie Monsters
www.bookie-monster.com

July 23:

Review by Author Glenn Rolfe
www.glennrolfescribbles.wordpress.com

July 24:

Guest Appearance at Author W. D. Gagliani
www.wdgagliani.com

July 25:

Review at Editor/Writer Tim Busbey
www.timbusbey.wordpress.com

July 28:

Review and Guest Appearance at Paul Dail
www.pauldail.com

July 29:

Review and Interview with Ira at The Rage Circus vs. The Soulless Void
www.ragecircus.blogspot.com

July 30:

Review from Joe Hempl, Top of the Heap Reviews
(Guest Reviewing at Oh, for the Hook of a Book)
www.hookofabook.wordpress.com

July 31:

Review by Melissa at Little Miss Zombie
www.littlemisszombie.blogspot.com

Also coming:

Date TBA, review on HellNotes

If you’re late for the date, we’ll hold the monsters at bay. To join the tour, email Erin at hookofabook@hotmail.com or drop me a line so we can fit you in! The more the merrier!

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Publisher’s Weekly named the upcoming thriller, THE MONTAUK MONSTER, one of the best summer books of 2014! Not only that, they gave it an awesome review. Here’s a snippet:

The urban mythologies of the Montauk Monster and the government labs on Plum Island unite to cause staggering levels of mayhem when mutant animals with toxic blood descend on a Long Island town. This wholly enthralling hulk of a summer beach read is redolent of sunscreen and nostalgia, recalling mass market horror tales of yore by John Saul, Dean Koontz, and Peter Benchley. — PW

The Montauk Monster, Synopsis and Advanced Praise:

“Shea combines ancient evil, old school horror, and modern style.” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author

It Kills. . .

On a hot summer night in Montauk, the bodies of two local bar patrons are discovered in the dunes, torn to shreds, their identities unrecognizable. . .

It Breeds. . .

In another part of town, a woman’s backyard is invaded by four terrifying creatures that defy any kind of description. What’s clear is that they’re hostile–and they’re ravenous. . .

It Spreads. . .

With every sunset the terror rises again, infecting residents with a virus no one can cure. The CDC can’t help them;FEMA can’t save them. But each savage attack brings Suffolk County Police Officer Gray Dalton one step closer to the shocking source of these unholy creations. Hidden on nearby Plum Island, a U.S. research facility has been running top-secret experiments. What they created was never meant to see the light of day. Now, a vacation paradise is going straight to hell.

“Hunter Shea is the real deal.. . .intense.” –Gord Rollo, author of Valley of the Scarecrow and Crimson

“Shea delves deep into the unknown. A thrill-ride of a read!” –Alexandra Holzer, author of Growing Up Haunted

Raves for Hunter Shea:

Forest of Shadows

“A frightening, gripping story that left me too frightened to sleep with the lights off. This novel scared the hell out of me and it is definitely a creepy ghost story I won’t soon forget.” —Night Owl Reviews

Sinister Entity

“This is the real deal. The fear is palpable. Horror novels don’t get much better than this.” —Literal Remains

“. . .Culminates in a climactic showdown between human and spirit that keeps you glued to the pages!” —Horror Novel Reviews

Evil Eternal

“Hunter Shea has crafted another knockout. At turns epic and intimate, both savage and elegant. . .a harrowing, blood-soaked nightmare.” –Jonathan Janz, author of The Sorrows

Swamp Monster Massacre

“If you’re craving an old-school creature-feature that has excessive gore. . .B-horror movie fans rejoice, Hunter Shea is here to bring you the ultimate tale of terror!” —Horror Novel Reviews

Hunter Shea, Biography:

montauk monster headshotHunter Shea is the author of paranormal and horror novels Forest of Shadows, Swamp Monster Massacre, Evil Eternal, Sinister Entity, which are all published by Samhain Horror. The June 3, 2014 release of his horrifying thriller Montauk Monster is published by Kensington/Pinnacle.

He has also written a short story to be read prior to Sinister Entity, called The Graveyard Speaks (it’s free, go download!), and a book of stories called Asylum Scrawls. His next book from Samhain Horror, titled HellHole, is set to come out in August 2014 and is his first western horror.

His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales, and the upcoming anthology, Shocklines : Fresh Voices in Terror. His obsession with all things horrific has led him to real life exploration of the paranormal, interviews with exorcists, and other things that would keep most people awake with the lights on.

He is also half of the two men show, Monster Men, which is a video podcast that takes a fun look at the world of horror. You can read about his latest travails and communicate with him at http://www.huntershea.com, on Twitter @HunterShea1, Facebook fan page at Hunter Shea or the Monster Men 13 channel on YouTube.

Montauk Monster Truth or Fiction:

Is the Montauk Monster made up for the book or an urban myth? Is there some truth that propels the story? You can find out more about the real Montauk Monster story here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montauk_Monster

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Grip and Hold Tight for Hunter Shea’s Online Publicity Tour for The Waiting

The publicity tour for Hunter Shea’s THE WAITING, coordinated by my business Hook of a Book Media & Publicity, has begun!! It all started Friday evening with an announcement by Shea of the schedule, then yesterday with a notice and a giveaway at Renae Rude’s The Paranormalist blog (she’s having a separate giveaway on her blog for a signed print copy of Sinister Entity and 2 e-copies of The Waiting–3 winners total).  Her giveaway is in addition to the tour-wide giveaway, to be clear, but you can enter both.

Stay tuned for the schedule below and main giveaway option. Watch for this graphic around the web! It’s going to be a scary good time, so hold on to your hats, or grip the arm of your chair…..

The Waiting Shea Tour

My thoughts/review~

Shea always impresses me with his excellent writing and fast-moving interesting books. I was scared to death to read this “based on true events” ghost novella, The Waiting. However, was glad I did….I mean….glad I read in the the-waitingDAYLIGHT. From the background stories he told me, I was petrified. I will never vacuum again without looking over my shoulder, want to be alone, or want to be ill. I’m learning more things about ghosts and spirits than I ever wanted to know. Am I curious? Yes, probably too much so. It holds my interest to learn of the unknown. Am I scared still? Yes. And I will forever be haunted by this novella. I read The Waiting in one morning session after I woke up one day, because I couldn’t put it down. I HAD to know what was happening as the story progressed. I didn’t eat breakfast that day and didn’t want to go downstairs until Tim and the kids got home.

This book will be either, depending on your mindset, fun for you to read and be a good, cheap investment for a thrill of a read, OR it will scare you to death and make you incense every corner of your house. I loved the characters in Shea’s novel, particularly for some reason, the old woman next door.

There is a ton of back story to this novel so I would be sure to follow this tour if you are interested. He’ll probably divulge some of it in his interviews and several of his guest articles. It was a blast putting this tour together for Shea and talking about this “inspired by true events” novella. I would really love to see this turned into a movie.

Tour and Giveaway~

I hope you enjoy the publicity tour and let us know what you think. Be sure to enter to win!! Giveaways include one (1) signed paperback of Sinister Entity (this is a full-length print novel of Shea’s that includes paranormal and dopplegangers) plus he’s giving away 5 e-books, one of each of his works: Forest of Shadows, Sinister Entity, Evil Eternal, Swamp Monster Massacre, The Waiting. So there will be six (6) winners in all from the tour-wide giveaway. You must do the Rafflecopter provided to enter. It’s already begun and ends on April 28 at midnight and winners will be notified. Look for the Rafflecopter below the schedule!!

Hunter Shea’s The Waiting Online Publicity Tour

Week One

April 11: Tour Kick-off Announcement at Author Hunter Shea—www.huntershea.com
Tour-wide Rafflecopter Giveaway Starts!

April 12: Inclusion in The Paranormalist’s NetNet Round-up, Plus Giveaway—                                                                              www.theparanormalist.wordpress.com

April 13:
Tour announcement/review at Hook of a Book—
www.hookofabook.wordpress.com

Review at Dreadful Tales—www.dreadfultales.com

April 14: Review at Creating Serenity—
http://www.creating-serenity.com/book-review-the-waiting-by-hunter-shea/

April 15: Review/Interview at Top of the Heap Reviews—www.topoftheheapreviews.com

April 16: Review at Wag the Fox—www.waggingthefox.blogspot.com

April 17: Review at Girl with Book Lungs—www.girlwithbooklungs.com

April 18: Review and guest article at Bookie Monster—
www.bookie-monster.com

April 19: The Paranormalist Giveaway Drawing— www.theparanormalist.wordpress.com

April 20 Easter

Week Two

April 21: Review at Tim Busbey—www.timbusbey.wordpress.com

April 22: Interview (and review re-post) with Jennifer Matlock

The Entertainer Magazine, Print in Lima, Ohio
Online at www.etjenmatlock.tumblr.com

April 23: Guest article at Promote Horror.com

April 25: Interview at Author Russell James–www.russellrjames.com

April 26: Interview at The Paranormalist—www.theparanormalist.wordpress.com

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RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY LINK–
CLICK TO GO TO ENTRY  FORM

Click here to enter———————->a Rafflecopter giveaway

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The Waiting, Synopsis~

the-waitingBASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS…

Clinging to life…haunted by the dead.

Newlywed Cassandra Pagano lies in a state between life and death, her body fed and preserved by the machines at her side. While she struggles, unaware of the world around her, someone waits—a boy. A phantom that appears solid, real, alive. Cassandra’s husband, Brian, sees him in the house, by her bedside, running down darkened hallways. The boy walks without sound, whispers words that can’t be deciphered.

Terror and tension are driving Brian to the breaking point. Why is the boy there, and what does he want with Cassandra…and her fading soul?

Early Reviews~

“It has all the makings for a classic ghost story. If you enjoy being spooked by ghastly little children with sinister intentions, this novella is definitely for you.” — Tim Meyer, Horror Novel Reviews

Available April, 2014! Published by Samhain Horror Publishing

Order your e-book at AmazonSamhain Publishing and B&N

Hunter Shea, Biography~

hunter-headshotHunter Shea is the product of a childhood weaned on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. But he doesn’t just write about the paranormal. He actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experience them, then he puts those stories to the page.

His novels and novellas Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal, Swamp Monster Massacre, Sinister Entity, and The Waitingare published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. He’ll have The Montauk Monster out soon from Pinnacle/Kensington and Hell Hole from Samhain this summer.

He lives with his family and untrainable cat close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

He’s also proud to be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. Their show is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. They explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun.

Feel free to contact him any time at huntershea1@gmail.com. Writing is lonely work.

 

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