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Book Launch Facebook Party for Dark Fiction Authors Hunter Shea and Jonathan Janz

We’ll be hosting a BOOK LAUNCH PARTY tomorrow on April 2, 2013, with Hunter Shea and Jonathan Janz, both published by Samhain Horror (www.samhainhorror.com).  We are celebrating the drop of Hunter’s Sinister Entity and Jonathan’s The Darkest Lullaby

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The party will be from 9 to 11 p.m., with attendees able to ask Hunter and Jonathan any questions they want and receive immediate responses. These two authors are so personable and fun (promise, they won’t bite too bad…) so you won’t want to miss the action.

You can also order books or enter the giveaway. We’re giving away five free ebooks of each title mentioned (THANK YOU to SAMHAIN PUBLISHING), plus a few bonus items from the authors! All that comment have a chance to win! Those who ask questions get extra entry points!

Get Hunter’s prequel short story for FREE! See details and read review by clicking on the cover:the-graveyard-speaks

If you want to pre-ask questions, you can email me to hookofabook@hotmail.com (subject: Hunter or Jonathan question) and maybe they’ll have time to prepare an answer. The night of the event, please also email me your question to that address for me to post during the party, or inbox message Erin Al-Mehairi at Hook of a Book Facebook page (below) or www.facebook.com/almehairierin.

You can RSVP or see more about the event here:

https://www.facebook.com/HookofaBook?ref=hl#!/events/129262197258956/.

You also have to “like” the Hook of a Book page here: www.facebook.com/HookofaBook (more on that below).

Hook of Book Facebook Page~

3040_booksWe’ve finally launched a Facebook Page to go along with our site. I couldn’t be more excited!! We’ll post reviews and interviews from this site there, but it will also give us the opportunity to talk books with you more, feature upcoming covers and releases, post free or discounted books, and showcase books we have on list to review. We’ll talk about the book, publishing and writing industry. With degrees in Journalism, English, and History, we’ll probably also talk grammar tips and ask lots of questions, as well as post interesting historical articles, art, photos, and other things we find intriguing.

I hope you ‘ll join us. I am passionate books and writing, and I get lonely at night, so please stop over and talk shop!

www.facebook.com/HookofaBook

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Forest of Shadows by Hunter Shea Made My Skin Crawl in Fright! Preparing for Upcoming Spring Releases

Do shadows lurk around the corner of your home? Press against your window, claw at your door? Does evil claim your territory for their own devices? No, well….you’re not having any fun then.  I suggest you get your fix like I did by reading Forest of Shadows by Hunter Shea. 

Until you pick up your own copy, or possibly win the giveaway mentioned below, maybe this blog post will entertain you.  Lurking shadows of the night won’t envelope you just from reading this post, BUT if you don’t read it you’ll miss the review of one of the best scary stories I’ve read in years.  Published by Samhain Publishing’s horror line, Shea is one of the best writers currently out there and I don’t say that lightly.

Here’s the synopsis~

forest of shadowsThe dead still hate!

John Backman specializes in inexplicable phenomena. The weirder the better. So when he gets a letter from a terrified man describing an old log home with odd whisperings, shadows that come alive, and rooms that disappear, he can’t resist the call. But the violence only escalates as soon as John arrives in the remote Alaskan village of Shida. Something dreadful happened there. Something monstrous. The shadows are closing in…and they’re out for blood.

AHHHHHHH……right?

Reading Evil Eternal by Shea first, I was not sure what to expect from Forest of Shadows since Evil Eternal is a rip-roaring bloody demonic action adventure.  I know Shea is a big fan of ghost adventures and the paranormal, so I was hoping this was some kind of ghost story I could really settle down and get goosebumps from. I wasn’t disappointed!

Primarily taking place in an extremely remote town in Alaska that is more like a makeshift modern Native American village that belongs to the dump, Shea takes time to develop his characters and the town’s visual details.  But not in any way that makes the story seem slow or going nowhere…in fact, he builds his characters and his suspense like a master professional with just enough alluding paragraphs, chapter endings, and out of nowhere sentences that made me jump out of my seat or my spine tingle.

His verbiage is supreme goodness, his prose so smooth like ghostly vapors, and his foreboding and mystery perfectly ominous and flawless. I was SUCKED right in and couldn’t stop turning the pages. I refused to want to stop reading to do normal tasks such as shower or eat. 

His protagonist, paranormal hobbyist John, and his young daughter, Jessica, hail from New York and take up residence in this unlikely outpost based on a ghost hunting tip from a resident intelligent Indian delinquent who has a fancy for the local librarian and unexpectedly encounters a strange phenomena in John’s soon to be home. But this town doesn’t like white folk, or outsiders, and furthermore, doesn’t like its secrets told or history uncovered.

I really enjoyed how Shea was able to write a clean novel, without a lot of crass sex or bloody gore. When he did write some in during the bursting at the seams finale, he did so in a way that shocking and fast-paced.  He was toying so much with my emotions that I barely saw the blood I knew must be there as I was focusing on feeling for the characters.  I won’t give the ending away, but he had me guessing till the last.  It was redemptive and sad all the same, with a message of good vs. evil you won’t want to miss.

He was able to scare the living daylights out of me–had me listening to the creak of my house stairs with more than passing notice and out my back window at night, even walking and looking over my shoulder–by utilizing straight-forward story telling at its finest. If you are a fan of authors who write augur ghost stories, then Shea is a must read and I recommend him highly.

Forest of Shadows has a sequel coming out this Spring from Samhain called Sinister Entity. Shea also has written a novella called The Graveyard Speaks, which is a prequel to the sequel. (Yes, you can laugh at that). To make it more confusing, it’s a sequel to Forest of Shadows, but also a stand-alone and the start of a new series.  The Graveyard Speaks takes place some 13 years after Forest of Shadows ends and one month prior to Sinister Entity.  Shea utilizes one of his most endearing main characters from Forest of Shadows for Sinister Entity.

We’ve got a lot of cool things coming up from Shea, including an interview this month where he divulges more to me than he ever has during an interview. It’s one you’ll want to be on the watch for. We’ve also got reviews and news of these new Spring releases coming up with giveaways on tap!

The Graveyard Speaks Novella (Short Story)~

the-graveyard-speaksThe dark, moaning apparition that rises from the same grave night after night has chased away even the most skeptical cemetery caretakers. Only one ghost hunter has the will to face the unknown, but at what price?

The Graveyard Speaks is your introduction into the mysterious and at times dangerous life of the paranormal’s most powerful spirit explorer. Read it with the lights on, and if you’re brave enough, follow the trail to Sinister Entity. This isn’t ghost hunting you see on TV!

Get The Graveyard Speaks by Hunter Shea FREE on Samhain’s site (www.samhainpublishing.com) this April (or pre-order now), you’ll need to register with the site for free and put in cart for free, but you’ll pay zero…well, because it’s free. 🙂

http://store.samhainpublishing.com/graveyard-speaks-p-7337.html?osCsid=c73c83f40f523c3f9ceb87b1517a0d6d

Sinister Entity~

sinisterentityHow can you escape the ghost of yourself?

The Leigh family is terrified. They’ve been haunted by the ghostly image of their young daughter, Selena. But how can that be, when Selena is alive and well, and as frightened as her parents? With nowhere else to turn, the Leighs place their hopes in Jessica Backman, who has dedicated her life to investigating paranormal activity. Accompanied by a new partner who claims to be able to speak to the dead, Jessica will soon encounter an entity that scares even her. And a terror far worse than she imagined.

Pre-order now, it releases in April from Samhain Publishing (www.samhainpublishing.com):

http://store.samhainpublishing.com/sinister-entity-p-7234.html

Also, pick up or order either at your other favorite retailers nationwide!!

MY BLOG GIVEAWAY~

forest of shadowsHunter Shea is giving away one (1) ebook copy of Forest of Shadows to any reader that comments with email below, comments to my (www.facebook.com/almehairierin) Facebook page, or emails me directly at hookofabook(at)hotmail.com just in time to get it prior to the new books releasing!

You have until 11:59 p.m. EST on March 15, 2013 to enter to win! 

For extra entry, follow my blog and let me know. For +2 extra entry, follow Shea’s Facebook page and let me know.

THIS WEEKEND ONLY~MARCH 1-3, 2013~HUNTER SHEA’S FACEBOOK FAN PAGE BLITZ:

From now until Sunday, he’ll send a free copy of his story, The Dig, to any new fans of his Facebook page. If they drop a note there that they were referred by an existing fan, he’ll send that fan a copy as well! Make sure you say Oh, for the Hook of a Book! sent you! Here is the link to his fan page–

https://www.facebook.com/#!/huntershea1?fref=ts

About The Dig~

While digging in the Mongoloian heat, Felicia Tang enters an archaeological mystery. What looks like a normal burial mound is actually the entrance to a centuries old chamber housing countless urns within rough hewn niches. Who built the vast chamber and why? What remains lie within the urns? Most of all, what is still very much alive in the dark?

Hunter Shea, Biography~

hunter-headshotI’m the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. I don’t just write about the paranormal. I actively seek out the things that scare the hell out of people and experience them for myself.

My novels, Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal , Swamp Monster Massacre and Sinister Entity are published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. I live with my family and untrainable cat close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

I’m also proud to be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with my partner in crime, Jack Campisi. Our show is a light-hearted approach to dark subjects. We explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun.

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

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A Chat with Laura K. Cowan, Author of The Little Seer, on Supernatural Spiritual Fiction

Hi Laura! Welcome to Oh, for the Hook of a Book! We are so pleased to have the pleasure of speaking with you about your break-out novel, The Little Seer.

Thank you so much! It’s really my privilege.

Let’s get started….

img_0072_2_2Q:  What is The Little Seer, your speculative supernatural novel, about?

A:   The Little Seer is about a young girl who discovers, through prophetic nightmares of the destruction of her church, that God is not who everyone told her he is, and neither is she. It is a waking dream–a novel of symbolic dreamscapes, teleportation, and angels and demons fighting over a girl’s destiny–but it’s also a story about discovering the importance of your life, and learning how to love through great pain.

Q:   How did you come to write The Little Seer?

A:   I have always had vivid dreams, but when I was about eight years old, I had a dream that I was in a classroom, and there was a conversation going on in front of me. Sometime later, I was in my classroom, and that exact conversation began to play out. It happened more than once, even into high school, and it rocked my ideas about what was possible in the world. I grew up with a resulting feeling that the way I experienced the world didn’t fit with other people’s experience, and I dealt with quite a bit of rejection and bullying, which left me terrified that God was secretly angry with me too.

But when I was a teenager I was literally flattened to the floor with a vision at the Toronto Blessing Revival in Canada, in which God revealed to me that the rejection and unforgiveness I had been carrying around my whole life was like a boulder on my back. He revealed Himself to me as extravagantly loving, and as I forgave one person at a time who had wronged me, the weight began to lift. I had to be carried out of the building, it was such a profound experience for me, and I was never the same again.

I also went through a church split on top of my wedding that split my new family down the middle and cost me most of my mentors. As autobiographical as it sounds, The Little Seer is not what happened to me at all, but I wanted to write a book that acknowledges the pain that people go through from spiritual abuse, and explore how someone could learn that they were loved after experiencing rejection.

seer-final-front-v2Q:   The publishing of The Little Seer is unique, yet following in line with a new type of publishing I’ve been seeing…launching part by part, each with a different name. Can you tell us about that, why you chose it, and finally how you think it has worked?

A:   Well for this project that was an easy decision, because the novel naturally divides into three parts, each with its own story arc, but each fitting into the larger story. I knew that as an indie author my only real chance to get my work out there would be to give people a way to experience it at very low risk, so I made the first novella, Exodus, free for five days after launch, and before I knew it, thousands of people were reading my story, and it was climbing the bestseller lists for free titles on Amazon.

Q:  What accolades has The Little Seer already accomplished that you are excited about?

A:   Most awards and even reviews are closed to me as an indie author, though I can see that changing in just a few years with the way publishing is evolving. So my focus is on what readers think, and how many people are finding and reading The Little Seer.

Because of my launch promotion, The Little Seer shot to #2 on the Amazon Kindle Bestseller list for free Christian Suspense titles, and #5 in Occult/Supernatural. And despite its controversial content, readers began to give the book mostly 4- and 5-star reviews, saying it was riveting from beginning to end, and that if you don’t know you are loved, read this book. I can’t think of any better accolades than that. Even a blogger reviewing the book on this blog tour told me the book touched her on a very personal level. I’m so grateful right now, just that people are giving me a chance.

Q: Where do you hope the novel goes from here?

A:   Because it’s an indie title and I’m just starting my career, word of mouth is really going to have to drive this thing. I hope people enjoy the story in its own right, but it does have the potential to mean something to someone who needs to know the value of their life, so if the story speaks to people, I’m hoping they will join The Aria Project, which is something I set up on laurakcowan.com to give people ideas on how they can help me spread the word.

Q:  What do you hope readers take away with them from you book after they complete reading it?

A:   Life is more than meets the eye, and so are you.

Q:  What kinds of readers do you feel will enjoy your book?

A:   Spiritual seekers of any kind will love this book, but I think it also appeals to the child in all of us that loved adventure stories and imaginative tales of things that sparkled in the darkness and spoke of destiny.

Q: How do the words supernatural and speculative fit into religion? I’m guessing some would think those words don’t….

A:  Yes, it’s very controversial. The Bible is a supernatural book, filled with teleportation and miracles, symbolic visions of the apocalypse and talking animals, but there’s something about Western culture that has stripped Christianity, and some other religions as well, of their awareness of the mystical nature of life and faith.

Speculative novels just ask the question “What if?” What if the world doesn’t work quite the way we think it does? And in that way, speculative supernatural novels are more religious than some modern expressions of religion. It’s a blind spot of Western culture, in my opinion, possibly caused by the need to filter everything through rational and empirical processes in order to accept it as part of life. Too bad life doesn’t fit in our boxes, and neither does religion.

Q:  Is this book only for the religious? Those of Christian faith? Why or why not?

A:   I hope not. I think this book has a lot more to say about relationship and love than anything else. I kept hesitating to publish the book, because I wanted to make sure I had rooted out as much preachiness as I could, and just left enthusiasm for loving people back to wholeness. I’m sure it’s not perfect, but the early reviews are really encouraging me that I succeeded on some level in getting the real message of compassion across, and that transcends religions.

Q:  What kinds of novels do you like? What writers inspire you?

A:   Oh wow, what a topic to get me started on! I love anything that sparkles with life, really, especially that twinkle you only catch out of the corner of your eye when the angel doesn’t think you’re looking at him.

Nature writing such as Ralph Waldo Emerson or the poetry of Juan Ramon Jimenez blows me away, because of its passion for the universe and the harmony of all things, and I grew up adoring spiritual fantasy writer Madeleine L’Engle as well as intellectual mystery writers like Agatha Christie or writers with a witty edge like Mark Twain. Hemingway is a huge favorite because of his vivid descriptions that are so face-slappingly efficient.

But of course supernatural novels are my first love, especially literary ones like Thornton Wilder’s. I read Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness as a kid and knew I would always be looking for more books with angels and demons, and with the veil to the spiritual pulled back to give the reader a peek beyond the everyday.

cropped-seer-final-v-2013-frontQ: Have you written any other novels? What are you working on for the future?

A:   I’m excited about my second novel Music of Sacred Lakes, which is about a young man in crisis whose redemption comes through the haunting of a girl he accidentally kills and through the voice of Lake Michigan speaking to him about his connection to the land that birthed him. It’s a weird and wonderful story about reconnecting with your life and the source of your joy, and I can’t wait to offer it to the world.

I’m also working on a speculative short story collection called The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of the Unseen, which takes 30 different “What if?” questions about how the physical and spiritual worlds interact and spins them in all different directions. It’s me letting my hair down and really having fun with some fascinating stories–everything from portals to time juxtapositions to fairy tales.

Q: What is your writing process like? How do you find the time to fit it in?

A:   Oh, goodness. I’m a mother of a preschooler, a wife, a (very) part-time journalist, and I’m launching this career as a novelist. My experience as an editor helps me keep everything organized, so for instance I have a notebook recording checklists of edits for each project I’m working on. If I can break things down like that into a series of tasks, I can do anything I need to even in the midst of a busy life. But my writing process really amounts to doing my best to relax and give myself space to dream. As Madeleine L’Engle used to say (maybe I’m paraphrasing?), you had it all in the beginning. You have only forgotten how to walk on water.

Q:  What has been your biggest challenge on your book journey?

A:   Balance. I don’t know if any mom ever gets it right, if there is any such thing anymore, but for me, a person who has struggled with workaholism and perfectionisms and all the -isms you can think of that tie a person up in anxiety, the key is believing that there will be enough time and energy for me to take care of myself and everyone else, and still do the work. It’s a struggle, every day.

Q: What is the thing you’ve been celebrating about the most?

A:   I have the great privilege of seeing my work reach people before I made any money at it because of the free book launch promotion, and it was that night that 3,000 people downloaded my book that I realized I already had what I wanted, and the money didn’t matter so much. Not everyone has the opportunity to sort out their motives so clearly and prove to themselves that their heart is in the work itself. That’s really a gift.

Q: Are you self-published or have a publisher? Explain the process to that, either way.

A:   Technically Amazon is my publisher, but I’m the modern indie author for the moment, using tools to put out books largely on my own. I had the cover designed for The Little Seer, but everything else is me, from beginning to end. But these days that’s not so hard. It helps that I have editorial experience and writer friends who can give me great feedback on my books, but the technology for getting a book into the world has never been more accessible. I may not always be an indie author, but right now I’m playing it by ear. It has never been a better way to start.

Q: You seem to be taking the marketing tactic of building a community, much like Ted Dekker (one of my favorite authors). Are you modeling this concept? Why or why not, or if similar, why unique?

A:   All I really want to do with my books beyond entertain people is to connect with them, and encourage them to engage with their spirituality. I think that happens powerfully in a community. I don’t care if it centers on me or my work or just the ideas that draw people together. It’s the community that counts.

Q: Where can readers contact and/or interact with you?

A:   I post all news to my website laurakcowan.com, and people can always email me directly at laurakcowan [at] gmail.com. I love to hear people’s stories, so please feel free to say hello.

Thanks, Laura! I wish you much more successful momentum on your book and your thoughts. I hope to talk to you again further in the future!

I hope so, too. Thank you for having me!

The Little Seer, Synopsis~

seer-final-front-v2A young girl wakes from a dream that a tornado destroyed her church and her pastor ordered crows to peck out her eyes, only to discover deep cuts on her arms where she was attacked. Soon her dreams begin unfolding in her waking reality, her church and family begin to fall apart, and the only anchor of her sanity is a strange man who keeps appearing in her ever stranger dreams. What is happening to Aria? How is it that her dreams can tell the future? And why is her identity key in a spiritual battle raging over her church and town that could decide not only her fate and that of her friends, but that of the whole country or even the world? A story for the dreamers and the truth tellers, The Little Seer never averts its gaze from the tragedies and possibilities of modern American Christian spirituality, and provides a vision for the hope of another great spiritual awakening that could be just around the corner–if we have eyes to see.

Success and Reviews~

The Little Seer shot to #4 on the Kindle Bestsellers List for free Christian Suspense titles within 24 hours of publication during its launch promotion, and hit #2 in Christian Suspense for free Kindle titles and #5 for Occult/Supernatural within the first week.

People are calling The Little Seer “riveting from the beginning to the end,” and saying, “If you feel that you are not loved, read this book.”

And from a book reviewer on The Little Seer blog tour:

The Little Seer by Laura Cowan is a high-intensity, no holds barred, we-are-coming-to-get-you thriller that will open your eyes to more than you can ever imagine. It will make you think twice about what you think you see, and it will not easily let you go….The love and compassion that flows from the pages of this book will revitalize even the coldest and hardest of hearts…. This story touched me deeply on a very personal level…. It broke my heart that someone gathered bits and pieces of such a haunting, hurtful, and yet valuable part of my life and then artfully weaved them into such a thought-provoking journey that I felt so ashamedly naked but also overwhelmingly loved.”

Formats Available

The Little Seer paperback

The Little Seer Kindle e-book

The Little Seer Kindle e-book novella trilogy: Exodus, Desert, & Midnight

GIVEAWAY on LAURA’S WEBSITE!

Follow this link to the book giveaway on Laura’s site, and read the instructions at the bottom of the blog post to enter for your chance to win a signed copy of The Little Seer for yourself or a friend! Thanks, Laura!

The Little Seer book giveaway

Laura K. Cowan, Biography~

laura-k-cowan-headshotLaura K. Cowan writes richly imaginative supernatural novels exploring an enduring love of spirituality, nature and dreams. Join her as she delves into the issues raised in her books, such as the relationship between music and the land we come from, the nature of the spiritual world, and the power of a human life lived truly.

Laura wrote her first story, about a mouse’s theft of an automated grocery cart, at the age of eight, about the same age she saw her first glimpses of the future: simple clips of classroom life that played themselves out verbatim in experiences that rocked her ideas about time, prophecy, and the possibilities of the world. She was a sensitive child, knowing early on her mystical experiences of the world didn’t match those of the people around her, and she became increasingly isolated, trying to earn approval through achievements and perfectionism. Bullies plagued her from childhood, when a journal entry she had written about wanting people to love her for who she was was held up in front of the entire seventh grade and ridiculed. She stopped being able to write.

Laura was paralyzed with fear that God was secretly angry with her, too. But she met God in a vision at the Toronto Blessing Revival in the 90s in her early teens, in which he revealed himself to be extravagantly loving, dramatically shifting her experience of spirituality and beginning her healing, as well as further revealing the world of angels and demons to her. Even this experience didn’t quite reach the depth of her pain, and Laura still suffered another decade with an anxiety disorder and increasingly severe migraines.

She was married at age 20 to her childhood sweetheart in the midst of a church split that divided her new family and cost her most of her mentors. Laura had seen the split coming, through prophetic symbolic dreams, but even she could not have foreseen that, through a process of drawing her out of her situation and to himself, God was preparing her to go back and help others. Laura found her healing in stages. After a long process of learning to evaluate alternative remedies for her migraines and learning an enormous amount about healing, spirituality and mysticism that was missing from modern Western culture, she was healed of migraines through the hands-on prayer of new church friends. Then, through another series of encounters, she learned to set boundaries and deal with the bullies in her life, and she had finally found her bravery. She came back to her first love, writing, and discovered that a great deal of her pain had come when she cut herself off from the people who hurt her early in life. Asking God what he could do to heal this early decision to be self-sufficient, Laura heard the words, “I will raise this one myself.” And so he had.

A lifelong dreamer and modern Christian mystic, Laura draws from subconscious depths to bring the things we believe are impossible, spiritually and physically, into the world in a literal way, to bring her experiences of the supernatural into the natural and help others come to see their infinite worth and the exquisite possibilities that exist in a world in which the supernatural is part of the natural order of things. Her mission is healing, truth, and love for a world gone mad for lack of them. Laura’s stories quite simply open the door to let heaven through, often in unexpected ways, to bless people to come into the fullness of their own lives.

Laura has worked for years as an accomplished writer and editor in genres such as green tech, green parenting, and automotive media, and has been called one of the best copy editors in the business by multiple colleagues, including late mentor David E. Davis, Jr., whom TIME Magazine called “the Dean of Automotive Journalism.” She is the founder of popular green parenting blog 29 Diapers, author of Ecofrugal Baby: How To Save 70% Off Baby’s First Year, and Road Test Editor for Inhabitat, the web’s largest green design blog. Laura’s work has appeared in Automobile Quarterly as well as on numerous parenting sites including BabyCenter, EcoMom, and Inhabitots. She has nearly 1,000 articles and blog posts to her credit, but is now happy to be able to pursue her dream of writing fiction full-time. She lives in Michigan with her husband and her 3-year-old daughter, who is already dictating her first stories to her to be published on construction paper. You can find her on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/LauraKCowan and LinkedIn, or connect with her at laurakcowan[at]gmail.com or on her website LauraKCowan.com.

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The Midwife’s Tale an Outstanding Historical Mystery Debut by Sam Thomas!

The Midwife's Tale

The Midwife’s Tale was an exciting new mystery by first time novelist and historian, Sam Thomas.  The book, set during the mid-17th century during the time of unrest known as the English Civil Wars, takes us on a rousing adventure of a midwife turned detective.  Stephen Cooper, a man with political enemies, is killed and his wife is found guilty without a proper trial.  It’s up to her friend to save her or she’ll burn at the stake.

A woman with admirable girth, protagonist Bridget Hodgson is a midwife and widow of respectable status which allows her to move around the city and speak to men as most women of time are not. It also allows her to be privy to a wide range of gossip of news.  With her newly acquired maidservant, Martha, who has her own story to tell, Bridget sets out meeting around town and begins to make enemies of her own.

Based on a true midwife from the era who lived in York, Thomas does a remarkable job of spinning a tale utilizing her profession as a foundation for a fiction novel.  He is outstanding at casting suspicion on all the book’s supporting characters so we can’t quite figure out who might have poisoned Cooper or if his wife is innocent.  The only delay that Hodgson can bring to the wife’s death sentence is to point out that she is pregnant.  But is she really? Who is telling the truth and who is spinning lies?  How far would someone go to protect their secrets?

With all the political intrigue in the novel, rebels fighting against the King and everyone playing both sides to be in favor with whomever wins, it certainly is any man’s murder. But I bet you’ll be surprised who actually commits the crime.

Filled with life that’s brimming with horrible class distinction in the various area of York, Thomas’ historical knowledge of this time period adds to set all the scenes with great detail and visual. I could totally see this as a BBC show with a midwife detective. And might I add, that this man knows a lot about birthing a baby. The scenes portraying Bridget’s work as midwife–even through to the emotional upheaval that the career brought with it–were phenomenal. Though I love history, I honestly say I do not want to time travel back to this era and proceed in becoming pregnant. Life was hard for women of any class, but especially for servants and in the poorer of any city’s areas.

I can’t wait to read more mysteries from Thomas and hope he writes more!! I enjoyed my time reading it in no time flat.  If you’re a fan of history, sleuthing, and strong female protagonists, The Midwife’s Tale is certainly a must-have read.  The style of writing reminded me of C.W. Gortner’s The Tudor Secret; however, Thomas winds a tale to us from the deepest part of the society up giving us a glimpse into a character that can move about between both poor, common, and aristocrat with same level of humanity and accountability for all.

GIVEAWAY~

Thomas is giving away one regular book copy to a winner in US or Canada!! You don’t want to miss leaving a comment to enter this giveaway either on the blog or on my FB link of this post. In the comment, please leave an email (or email it to me at hookofabook@hotmail.com) so I can contact you if you win regarding your mailing address. No PO boxes please. 

Extra entry will be earned by following my blog: Oh, for the Hook of a Book! Please let me know you did so for the extra entry.

Giveway will run until February 6, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

About the Book~

Publication Date: January 8, 2013 | Minotaur Books | 320p

In the tradition of Arianna Franklin and C. J. Sansom comes Samuel Thomas’s remarkable debut, The Midwife’s Tale.

It is 1644, and Parliament’s armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city of York. Even as the city suffers at the rebels’ hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion. One of Bridget’s friends, Esther Cooper, has been convicted of murdering her husband and sentenced to be burnt alive. Convinced that her friend is innocent, Bridget sets out to find the real killer.

Bridget joins forces with Martha Hawkins, a servant who’s far more skilled with a knife than any respectable woman ought to be. To save Esther from the stake, they must dodge rebel artillery, confront a murderous figure from Martha’s past, and capture a brutal killer who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks. The investigation takes Bridget and Martha from the homes of the city’s most powerful families to the alleyways of its poorest neighborhoods. As they delve into the life of Esther’s murdered husband, they discover that his ostentatious Puritanism hid a deeply sinister secret life, and that far too often tyranny and treason go hand in hand.

Sam Thomas, Biography~

Sam ThomasSam Thomas is an assistant professor of history at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Newberry Library, and the British Academy. He has published articles on topics ranging from early modern Britain to colonial Africa. Thomas just recently moved to Ohio from Alabama.  He has a wife and two children.

 

Find out more on Sam Thomas, as well as the real life Bridget Hodgson and midwives of this era at:  http://samthomasbooks.com/

 

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Book signings/Readings/Events~

For those of us who live in Ohio, so does the newly relocated Thomas, and we have an opportunity to see him at the following locations and times:

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Fireside Bookshop, 29 N. Franklin St., Chagrin Falls.

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When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, part of the “Dead of Winter, A Celebration of Mystery Writing” event.

Where: Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland.

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When: 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Where: Bertram Woods Library, 20600 Fayette Road, Shaker Heights.

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Check out the Tour Schedule where you’ll find more reviews, interviews, giveaways, and guest posts at: http://www.hfvirtualbooktours.com/2012/11/sam-thomas-on-tour-for-midwifes-tale.html

Twitter Hashtag: #MidwifesTaleVirtualTour

The Midwife's Tale Tour Banner FINAL

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Terror Lurks in the German Woods: Guest Post by the Amazing Horror Author Brian Moreland

Hi, Erin, thanks so much for having me back as a guest on your blog. Today, I’m sharing some background of my novel, Shadows in the Mist, a historical horror thriller that explores the dark side of World War II and the Nazis’ fascination with the Occult.

The main characters are U.S. infantry soldiers: Lt. Jack Chambers and his ragtag platoon known as “the Lucky Seven.” During the first weeks of October 1944, Lt. Chambers and his platoon have been fighting the German army tooth-and-nail in the bloody Hürtgen Forest that borders Belgium and Germany. All Lt. Chambers wants to do is get his few surviving men out of the war in one piece and return to London to find the English Red Cross nurse he fell in love with. But Fate has a different agenda for the Lucky Seven, and especially Jack Chambers who has ties to a top-secret war he didn’t even know was taking place.

The Lucky Seven are chosen to lead a rogue commando team behind German lines. The mission: infiltrate a Nazi weapons camp. As Lt. Chambers and his men venture into the thick and foggy woods, they discover something evil is hunting them and it won’t rest until every soldier is dead.

To make this novel as compelling and authentic as I could, I interviewed WWII veteran soldiers, both American and German, who fought in the famous Battle of the Hürtgen Forest. I traveled across Germany with historians and personally walked the battlefields, graveyards, and toured a private museum. You can see the photos here.

273_Shadows_Master_Front_cover_for_Samhain300Shadows in the Mist weaves together war-time adventure, horror, and historical facts based on my research of the Nazis and the Occult. The Indiana Jones movies Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade depicted the Nazis on quests for the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail. There is plenty of evidence the Nazis went on such quests in search of mystical ways to gain more world power. In fact, they formed an entire division called the Ahnenerbe-SS. While the supernatural mystery I have created is a work of fiction, the inspiration behind it is terrifyingly real. Had the Nazis used their research to pull this off, we might have had a different outcome to the war.

I hope you enjoy reading Shadows in the Mist as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it. You can read a sample of the book at www.BrianMoreland.wordpress.com 

All the best,

Brian Moreland

GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Because Brian is the nicest horror writer I’ve even met (though most are pretty nice and normal people), he’s doing a giveaway that you DON’T WANT TO MISS!!

He’s giving away a free e-book copy of SHADOWS IN THE MIST and also a FREE SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY OF SHADOWS IN THE MIST!!

What an amazing deal. Try to win it for yourself or have him sign it to whom you’d like and you can give it as a Holiday gift!

Details:

*Signed paperback mailed to U.S. only.
*Must leave a comment after the post with email or
email me to hookofabook@hotmail.com with entries completed.
*Must enter to win by 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 12th.
*One entry for comment/leaving email.
*Email used for communication with winner.
*Will be randomly drawn on Dec. 13 and notified.

EXTRA ENTRIES:

+1 additional entry each (you can any you wish, one or all) for; just email which ones you did to me for credit.:

Follow my blog

Following @ErinAlMehairi on Twitter

Following @BrianMoreland on Twitter

Following Brian on Facebook (see below)

Liking Brian’s books on Amazon.

Author Bio, Brian Moreland~

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Brian Moreland writes novels and short stories of horror and supernatural suspense. His first two novels, Dead of Winter and Shadows in the Mist, are now available. His upcoming novella, The Witching House, will release August 2013, and novel The Devil’s Woods will release December 2013. He loves hiking, kayaking, watching sports, dancing, and eating cookies. Brian lives in Dallas, Texas where he is diligently writing his next horror novel. You can communicate with him online at http://www.brianmoreland.com/

 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HorrorAuthorBrianMoreland

Twitter: @BrianMoreland

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1150022.Brian_Moreland

Brian’s Horror Fiction blog: http://www.brianmoreland.blogspot.com

Coaching for Writers blog:  http://www.coachingforwriters.blogspot.com

You can purchase Shadows in the Mist at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Mist-Brian-Moreland/dp/1619210665/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354766751&sr=8-2&keywords=brian+moreland, Samhain Publishing: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/shadows-mist-p-6933.html, and many other places nationwide.

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My Reading Update and Book Giveaways on Tim’s Blog!

Hi all! I am so sorry I am behind on my reviewing and blogging! With summer winding down, my kid’s are restless and vying for mommy time. In a couple weeks they all will be in school and our another phase of our life will change as my last child will head to Kindergarten.

I have upcoming (very soon) a review of Four Sisters, All Queens by Sherry Jones, which I loved, as well as her prequel White Heart. Then, Sherry will join me for an interview. I also have Guardians of Fate by L.J. Kentowski, Submerged by Dani Pettrey, Evil Eternal by Hunter Shea, and Bloodline by James Rollins. I will have interviews with almost all these wonderful authors.

While I am working on the review for Four Sisters, All Queens, check out Tim’s giveaways for the week of reviews he is doing this week. He is hosting some amazing authors for giveaways, you don’t want to miss out! Why not take a chance? No strings attached, just the love of reading.

Thrilled about Reading? Want to win some free books?!?!
by Tim Busbey at www.timbusbey.wordpress.com

Of course you do! Who doesn’t want to win free books? OK, maybe some people out there are not big book fans. But we will excuse them. Not everyone can be as smart as we are and realize how awesome books are :)

This week, I will be reviewing books by Robert Lipparulo (The 13th Tribe), Davis Bunn (Rare Earth), Ben Coes (The Last Refuge) and Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl). I will be giving away copies of The 13th Tribe, Rare Earth and The Last Refuge. A big thank you to the authors for letting me give away copies of their books.

What do you have to do to win? It’s so easy. To be entered to win, all you have to do is comment on the review of the book you want to win. That’s all. Just leave a comment on my review and you will be entered to win. Want even more chances to win? If you follow my blog, I’ll enter your name a second time. If you follow me on Twitter (@tbusbey), I will give you another entry in the drawing. So that’s how easy it is.

Just watch my blog next week to see if the book you want to win is reviewed that day, and then enter to win. I will announce the winners of each book on Monday, August 13th. I will contact the winners that day.

I hope to see you all at my blog next week. Be sure to comment for a chance to win.

Good luck!

Go here! http://timbusbey.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/want-to-win-some-free-books/

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Interview with Shadow of Night Author Deborah Harkness~And This Week’s Giveaway!

I think the entire world is waiting *not very patiently* for the release of a certain book this week!! It’s all over the media. Without me even needing to type it I know YOU know it as Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness, author of bestselling A Discovery of Witches (which is one of my fave books of all time!!).

I myself have been waiting *not very patiently* to review it as I read it a couple months ago, but was advised to hold my blog review until publishing date, which is tomorrow (Tues., July 10). My review will come later this week and I’ll have a copy of the BOOK to GIVEAWAY as well as a cool Ashmole 782 tattoo AND six awesome pins (buttons) with art from the book (see photos below).

AND, for anyone in Ohio wishing to see her in person, she’ll be at the Cuyahoga County Public Library/Berea Branch (http://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/EventDetail.aspx?EventInstanceID=70185) for a talk, Q &A, and book signing!! I believe this is her only Ohio stop, so be sure to mark your calendars. Bring your book for her to sign, I know I’m going to try! She has lots of other stops nationwide as well and she posts her events calendar every week on her Facebook page.

Book Jacket Promo~

The thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches…

Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.

AND……………….

While you’re waiting on my review, which is FAVORABLE since it held so much historical content from the Elizabethan Age (YES, I enjoyed the wealth of info in the book as well as the story line!!), here is the info on Shadow of Night and an interview with Deborah, put together by her publisher.

A CONVERSATION WITH DEBORAH HARKNESS

Q: A Discovery of Witches debuted at # 2 on the New York Times bestseller list with publications following in 37 countries.  What has been your reaction to the outpouring of love for A Discovery of Witches? Was it surprising how taken fans were with Diana and Matthew’s story?

 

A. It has been amazing—and a bit overwhelming. I was surprised by how quickly readers embraced two central characters who challenge our typical notion of what a heroine or hero should be. And I continue to be amazed whenever a new reader pops up, whether one in the US or somewhere like Finland or Japan—to tell me how much they enjoyed being caught up in Diana’s world.

 

Q:  Last summer, Warner Brothers acquired screen rights to the trilogy, and David Auburn, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer of Proof, has been tapped to pen the screenplay. Are you looking forward to your novels being portrayed on the big screen?  What are your favorite casting ideas that you’ve heard from friends and readers?

 

A. I was thrilled when Warner Brothers wanted to translate the All Souls trilogy from book to screen. At first I was reluctant about the whole idea of a movie, and it actually took me nearly two years to agree to let someone try. The team at Warner Brothers impressed me with their seriousness about the project and their commitment to the characters and story I was trying to tell. Their decision to go with David Auburn confirmed that my faith in them was not misplaced. As for the casting, I deliberately don’t say anything about that! I would hate for any actor or actress to be cast in one of these roles and feel that they didn’t have my total support. I will say, however, that many of my readers’ ideas involve actors who have already played a vampire and I would be very surprised if one of them were asked to be Matthew!

 

Q: SHADOW OF NIGHT opens on a scene in 1590s Elizabethan England featuring the famous School of Night, a group of historical figures believed to be friends, including Sir Walter Raleigh and playwright Christopher Marlowe.  Why did you choose to feature these individuals, and can we expect Diana and Matthew to meet other famous figures from the past?  

 

A. I wrote my master’s thesis on the imagery surrounding Elizabeth I during the last two decades of her reign. One of my main sources was the poem The Shadow of Night by George Chapman—a member of this circle of fascinating men—and that work is dedicated to a mysterious poet named Matthew Roydon about whom we know very little. When I was first thinking about how vampires moved in the world (and this was way back in the autumn of 2008 when I was just beginning A Discovery of Witches) I remembered Roydon and thought “that is the kind of identity a vampire would have, surrounded by interesting people but not the center of the action.” From that moment on I knew the second part of Diana and Matthew’s story would take place among theSchool ofNight. And from a character standpoint, Walter Raleigh, Christopher Marlowe, George Chapman, and the other men associated with the group are irresistible. They were such significant, colorful presences in Elizabethan England.

 

Q: In SHADOW OF NIGHT, we learn more about the alchemical bonds between Diana and Matthew.   In your day job, you are a professor of history and science at the University of Southern California and have focused on alchemy in your research.  What aspects of this intersection between science and magic do you hope readers will pick up on while reading SHADOW OF NIGHT?

 

A. Whereas A Discovery of Witches focused on the literature and symbolism of alchemy, in Shadow of Night I’m able to explore some of the hands-on aspects of this ancient tradition. There is still plenty of symbolism for Diana to think about, but in this volume we go from abstractions and ideals to real transformation and change—which was always my intention with the series. Just as we get to know more about how Elizabethan men and women undertook alchemical experiments, we also get to see Matthew and Diana’s relationship undergo the metamorphosis from new love to something more.

 

Q: SHADOW OF NIGHT spans the globe, with London, France, and Prague as some of the locales. Did you travel to these destinations for your research? 

 

A. I did. My historical research has been based in London for some time now, so I’ve spent long stretches of time living in the City of London—the oldest part of the metropolis—but I had never been to the Auvergne or Prague. I visited both places while writing the book, and in both cases it was a bit like traveling in time to walk village lanes, old pilgrim roads, and twisting city streets while imagining Diana and Matthew at my side.

 

Q: Did you have an idea or an outline for SHADOW OF NIGHT when you were writing A Discovery of Witches?  Did the direction change once you sat down to write it?

 

A. I didn’t outline either book in the traditional sense. In both cases I knew what some of the high points were and how the plot moved towards the conclusion, but there were some significant changes during the revision process. This was especially true for SHADOW OF NIGHT, although most of those changes involved moving specific pieces of the plot forward or back to improve the momentum and flow.

 

Q: A Discovery of Witches begins with Diana Bishop stumbling across a lost, enchanted manuscript called Ashmole 782 in Oxford’s Bodleian Library, whose secrets Diana and Matthew are still trying to uncover in SHADOW OF NIGHT. You had a similar experience while you were completing your dissertation.  What was the story behind your discovery?  And how did it inspire the creation of these novels?

 

A. I did discover a manuscript—not an enchanted one, alas—in the Bodleian Library. It was a manuscript owned by Queen Elizabeth’s astrologer, the mathematician and alchemist John Dee. In the 1570s and 1580s he became interested in using a crystal ball to talk to angels. The angels gave him all kinds of instructions on how to manage his life at home, his work—they even told him to pack up his family and belongings and go to far-away Poland and Prague. In the conversations,Deeasked the angels about a mysterious book in his library called “the Book of Soyga” or “Aldaraia.” No one had ever been able to find it, even though many ofDee’s other books survive in libraries throughout the world. In the summer of 1994 I was spending time inOxfordbetween finishing my doctorate and starting my first job. It was a wonderfully creative time, since I had no deadlines to worry about and my dissertation onDee’s angel conversations was complete. As with most discoveries, this discovery of a “lost” manuscript was entirely accidental. I was looking for something else in the Bodleian’s catalogue and in the upper corner of the page was a reference to a book called “Aldaraia.” I knew it couldn’t beDee’s book, but I called it up anyway. And it turned out it WAS the book (or at least a copy of it). With the help of the Bodleian’s Keeper of Rare Books, I located another copy in the British Library.

 

Q: Are there other lost books like this in the world?

 

A. Absolutely! Entire books have been written about famous lost volumes—including works by Plato, Aristotle, and Shakespeare to name just a few. Libraries are full of such treasures, some of them unrecognized and others simply misfiled or mislabeled. And we find lost books outside of libraries, too. In January 2006, a completely unknown manuscript belonging to one of the 17th century’s most prominent scientists, Robert Hooke, was discovered when someone was having the contents of their house valued for auction. The manuscript included minutes of early Royal Society meetings that we presumed were lost forever.

 

Q: Unlike Twilight’s Bella and Edward—hormonal teenagers who meet in the halls of a high school—your leading characters Matthew and Diana are established academics who meet in the library of one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world.  This is a world where vampires and witches drink wine together, practice yoga and discuss philosophy.   Are these characters based on something you found missing in the fantasy genre?

 

A. There are a lot of adults reading young adult books, and for good reason. Authors who specialize in the young adult market are writing original, compelling stories that can make even the most cynical grownups believe in magic. In writing A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, I wanted to give adult readers a world no less magical, no less surprising and delightful, but one that included grown-up concerns and activities. These are not your children’s vampires and witches.

Thank you Deborah for your writing and being so personable with your fans.

Readers:  STOP BACK BY MY BLOG THIS WEEK FOR THE REVIEW AND CHANCE TO WIN THE BOOK AND LOOT!!  You really don’t want to miss out on this one!!

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5 Star Mystery: Trial Junkies by Robert Gregory Browne. Enter to win!

Looking for a crime mystery drama to fuel your e-reader for the summer? I have just the book for you full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing: Trial Junkies, by Robert Gregory Browne.  Keep reading for a chance to WIN IT!! All you have to do is leave a comment to enter to win with your e-mail or way to contact you.

A few days ago my fiance Tim (www.timbusbey.wordpress.com) wrote a FIVE STAR review for Robert Gregory Browne’s newest thriller Trial Junkies.  You can read on to see his review and learn about Trial Junkies right here, then leave me a short comment to be ENTERED TO WIN a FREE E-COPY of Trial Junkies by Robert Browne!

Book Review – Trial Junkies by Robert Gregory Browne

 

by Tim Busbey, www.timbusbey.wordpress.com 

Penname Press/Braun Haus Media

Available now

The quote on the cover of Robert Browne’s new book Trial Junkies says, “A mystery I dare you to solve.” Well, I always love a challenge, especially when it comes to solving a mystery.

Whenever I watch shows like “Monk” or “Psych,” I always try to solve the mystery before the grand reveal at the end of the show. I’ve watched enough of these shows by this point in my life that I often have figured out the culprit halfway through the show. So with that in mind, I eagerly started Browne’s new self-published book.

With my busy schedule working a full-time job, commuting three hours a day and coaching both of my daughters’ softball teams, I don’t have as much time for reading as I would like. However, Trial Junkies was so fast-paced and so well-written that once I had started, I couldn’t stop turning the pages and I had finished the book in no time. Did I solve the mystery before the end? I’ll get to that in a minute.

Ethan “Hutch” Hutchinson is a washed-up actor who returns to his Chicago roots when his former college sweetheart who he hasn’t seen in years is found murdered. Hutch reluctantly reunites with the rest of their group of friends at her funeral. When another member of the group is arrested for the murder, Hutch and his friends band together to find the real killer before their friend is convicted. The case takes multitudes of twists and turns as the police and Hutch follow the breadcrumb trail of clues until Hutch at last discovers the horrible secret hiding in plain sight. To say any more about the story would ruin the surprises for you.

Did I solve the mystery before the big reveal? Not entirely. But I loved trying! Throughout the twist and turns, I was able to partially figure out what was going on, but not 100%. In spite of that, I was left feeling very satisfied by the ending. Sometimes, a surprise ending in a mystery feels like it came from out of left field, or, at the other extreme, it is too completely telegraphed to actually be a surprise. This falls perfectly in the middle, with just enough clues to give you a taste of what is coming without completely letting the whole murderous cat out of the bag.

Trial Junkies is a pulse-pounding thriller that is populated by real characters. Browne’s snappy dialogue and masterful storytelling makes the characters come alive. You will quickly feel as if you know Hutch and his friends and will want to fight along with them to discover the truth.

Browne has said this is the first book in a series and I can’t wait for the next one. I am eager to see what twist and turns Browne has in store for us in book two.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give Trial Junkies a 5.

Book available for purchase at:  Amazon

***********************************************************************************************************And Don’t forget to COMMENT to win!! You get ONE entry for that. If you’d like a second entry, just follow my blog and let me know in the comments. Thank you Robert for the giveaway!!

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Giveaway FINALE: Three Awesome Women Writers, Simple to Win! #SpringHorrorRAT

Blog includes!

*My update:

*Challenges Housekeeping~

*Challenge 6~A limited number of people (even though hits to posts each day are high) are taking the challenges. Since you still have Sunday at 11:59 p.m. EST to complete any of the Challenges (2,3,4,5,or 6), I’d love for you to complete some of those. To win the finale prize pack, you can just comment to enter to win (SEE INFO BELOW). As an incentive, I’ll make the deadline Sunday at 11:59 p.m. YOUR TIME instead of EST.

My Update~

Today I spent time with the family working in some reading around soccer, a 2nd grade history project, a viewing of Iron Lady, a yummy homemade meal of Turkey Meatloaf and baked potatoes, and watching the SCARY Apollo 18 (it was horror in alien horror sort of way). Today, I started reading Shadows of Night by Deborah Harkness and during the 9 EST reading challenge we posted on Twitter, I ended up getting bragging rights since I read 59.2 pages! My daughter is 75% of way through her The Girl in the Glass ghost YA fiction book.

Challenge Housekeeping~

PLEASE NOTE, JUST IN: WE WILL BE ABLE TO MAIL TO CANADA!! ALL AUTHORS WITH PAPERBACKS ARE HAPPY TO DO SO! JOIN IN FRIENDS IN CANADA!

PLEASE try to fit in some challenges and win some awesome books. I am so thankful for all the wonderful author friends who gave of their books for these challenges. And I had fun coordinating them for you. I hope to see you all at each one.

You can see the authors who donated books HERE.

You can take Challenge 2 to win The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz/List Your Stephen King books HERE.

You can take Challenge 3 to win either Immortal Obsession by Denise Rago or Forest of Shadows by Hunter Shea /Horror Survey HERE.

You can take Challenge 4 to win Dead of Winter by Brian Moreland/10 Things You’d Take to Survive the Wilderness HERE.

You can take Challenge 5 to win The Cursed Man by Keith Rommel/Finish this Sentence HERE.

CHALLENGE 6~FINALE

For Challenge 6, I decided that since you all worked so hard on your reading, and your busy doing the other challenges, you can just comment to go into a random raffle for three prizes!!!!!! Yep, you can win three (3) wonderful books from three amazing women authors that I adore. You can do the usual below for extra entries.

PRIZE PACK:

Your entries you earn will be put in (duplicated) for each book individually at the same amount. If you can’t have paperback mailed to you due to location or you can’t read e-books, please let me know to not put your entries in for that book(s).

Prize 1:  One (1) signed copy of Immortal Obsession by Denise K. Rago. One of my favorite historical vampire romances. There is a sequel in the works. I am not kidding, you’ll love this book. You can read the review I did of this book HERE and the interview with author HERE.

Prize 2:  One (1) e-book version of Guardian of Fate by L.J. Kentowski. I just had received this book to read and review and I think it sounds awesome. It’s a urban fantasy and you can read Chapter 1 here and get more info:  http://www.ljkentowski.com/

Prize 3:  One (1) e-book version of steamy werewolf romance Dark Wolf Protector by Rhiannon Ellis.  I read and reviewed this book somewhile back and enjoyed it.  You can see it HERE.

Extra Entries~

You can get +1 if you haven’t followed me on Twitter yet. @ErinAlMehairi

You can get +2 for following my blog on networked blogs or by e-mail (go to homepage and enter e-mail).

You can get +2 for following @DeniseKRago on Twitter.

You can get +2 for following Denise on GoodReads at: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4410029.Denise_K_Rago

You can get +2 for following L.J. Kentowski at @laurajeanwrites on Twitter.

You can get +2 for following L.J. on GoodReads at: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5382939.L_J_Kentowski

You can get +2 for following Rhiannon Ellis at @rhiannon_ellis on Twitter.

You can get +6 for Tweeting this FINALE challenge!!!!

You can get +5 for COMPLETING challenge 5. And +5 for tweeting about challenge 5.

You can get +5 for COMPLETING challenge 4. And +4 for tweeting about challenge 4.

You can get +5 for COMPLETING challenge 3.  And +3 for tweeting about challenge 3.

You can get +5 for COMPLETING challenge 2.  And +2 for tweeting about challenge 2.

Rules: Paperbacks can only be mailed to the U.S. unless you contact for arrangements. All challenges should be complete by Sunday, at 11:59 p.m. YOUR TIME.

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend. Winners will be notified next week when I can sort it out!  See you at the blog posts!!

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Can U Finish This Sentence to Win, The Cursed Man, during #SpringHorrorRAT?

Blog includes~

*My update

*Challenge Housekeeping

*CHALLENGE 5~Co-Hosted by amazing Horror writer, Keith Rommel. He’s helping to host this challenge and we’ll use both our blogs so pay close attention to the directions. It’s a “finish this sentence” challenge for a chance for 1 (one) signed hard copy of his book and for 1 (one) e-book!! Due Date: SUNDAY at 11:59 p.m.

My Update~

I finished the supernatural horror book that I was reading for an author in the editing stages. All I can say is that this book is one you won’t want to miss when it comes out. I’ll be sure to tell you all when it does. So sorry for not being able to tell you now. But I really needed to get it finished as well. So I’ve got two books finished so far. And I’ve busted my butt blogging and arranging challenges and promoting like crazy. I’ve got the most hits on my blog EVER……

Challenge Housekeeping~

…….Which leads me to ask, why aren’t more of you taking these challenges? They aren’t hard. Some questions mostly, some typing. Come and join in the fun, these are great books we are giving away!

Don’t forget you can enter Challenge 2, 3, 4 and 5 anytime up until SUNDAY at 11:59 p.m. EST. This gives you time to do them this weekend. You don’t want to miss out on these books!

Challenge 2~Click HERE!

Challenge 3~Click HERE!

Challenge 4~Click HERE!

Challenge 5~Keep Reading…..

This challenge will show your creative side! Take the beginning of sentence given to you by going to Keith Rommel’s site at http://keithrommel.weebly.com where you need to click at top on the word BLOG. There will be a post with the sentence and some content from Keith. You’ll need to finish his sentence in 250 words or less, so write as much as you want to up to that limit, or as little as you want.

You’ll need to POST your writing in the COMMENTS of KEITH’S blog you went to at the link or post the link to where you wrote it (blog, etc.)! Don’t forget to come back to mine to leave regular comments and for extra entries.

Keith will be judging these and the winner will win a signed copy of his first book The Cursed Man. AND the winner will win a guest post on my blog where you get to feature your writing and a blog or anything else you want to promote. Plus free promo by me, a professional PR person! 

All the rest of you that participate will be put in for the drawing for an e-book copy of The Cursed Man.

The Cursed Man, by Keith Rommel, is the first in his Thanatology series. I loved this book when I read it. It’s got that old fashioned horror feel, as in a  short story by Edgar Allen Poe. It’ss totally psychological in nature. You can read my review of it HERE

Extra Entries~

For extra entries for the e-book you can follow me on Twitter @ErinAl-Mehairi for +1.

You can tweet this challenge for +5. Tweet Challenge 4 for +4. Tweet Challenge 3 for +3. Tweet Challenge 2 for +2.

You can follow @keithrommel on Twitter for +2.

You can click “like” on the Amazon page for The Cursed Man at http://www.amazon.com/The-Cursed-Man-Keith-Rommel/dp/1934597031/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1335582085&sr=1-1-catcorr for +5 extra points!!!!!

Follow Keith on GoodReads here http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10798544-the-cursed-man for +2.

Rules: You need to be in the U.S. to win the paperback due to shipping unless you want to contact me for other arrrangments. Anyone is eligible for the e-book!  This challenge 5 is due on Sunday by 11:59 p.m. EST, but the sooner the better!! Winners will be notified next week.Happy reading AND writing!! I really can’t wait to see what you come up with!! 🙂

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