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Fountain Dead: Cover Reveal + Giveaway

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How cool is this cover?! I’m thrilled to host this reveal today, and tell you all about Theresa Braun’s first full-length novel, Fountain Dead! Theresa is also giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card, so be sure to enter at the bottom!

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Fountain Dead

Expected Publication: Mid-November

Genre: Mature YA Horror/ Paranormal

Mark is uprooted from his home and high school in the Twin Cities and forced to move with his family into a Victorian in Nowhere-ville. Busy with the relocation and fitting in, Mark’s parents don’t see what’s unfolding around them—the way rooms and left behind objects seem alive with a haunted past.

Of course, Mark keeps his ghostly encounters to himself, all the while sinking deeper into the house’s dark, alluring, and ultimately terrifying history. As romantic entanglements intensify, the paranormal activity escalates. Past and present come together. Everything is connected—from the bricks in the walls to the hearts beating in their chests, all the secrets of Fountain Dead are finally unearthed.

Coming Soon!

Excerpt

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The vapor wafting from the stagnant pool smelled like the rancid rot from inside a carcass. Mark felt he breathed in fire. The gooey surface boiled and foamed as if a prehistoric substance. His heart stopped as something emerged. A goopy and gnarled dome became a sickly face. The eyelids still closed, the rest of the form rose, covered in green.

A tattered dress clung to the feminine curves. The cloth slipped from the shoulders, drawing his attention to her skin. The texture made him gag.

A sour taste of bile filled his mouth. His skin contracted as he contemplated her spongy flesh. Her black eyes sprang open like a demonic doll’s. Her inhuman gaze stabbed his very core, and he knew he was facing a soul-less being. The eyes burned like hot stove burners.

A decomposing hand extended toward his throat.

Mark woke, wet with perspiration. His pillowcase and sheets were damp, as if he’d taken a swim in the fountain. That idea made him unable to breathe. His heartbeat sped along at a rate close to heart attack status as he tried not to blow a gasket about the evil that lie in wait. He whipped his pillow from behind his head and squashed it to his chest. No one would grasp what he’d been feeling—or what he’d been seeing.

His lip trembled.

Something—a fiend, a spirit, the fountain—wanted to hurt him.

Mark’s chest compressed.

The devil on his shoulder advised him that his mother had to be right. All of the metal music, the cartoons, the swearing, had been an invitation for demons and darkness. Forget the fact that none of his friends had ever mentioned opening some gateway to hell. These dark forces had chosen him.

He lied back, exhaustion sinking him deeper into the mattress. After pulling the blood warm sheets up to his chin, he shunned the moonlight streaming into the room. The crooked claws of the branches squealed against the half-open windowpane. Summer’s hot breath puffed into the house. Mark didn’t have to strain to hear its griping—the sighs of the woodwork and the building’s various joints.

The door to the servants’ quarters was open again. However, that bothered him less and less. A perfume of fragrant flowers sent him to sleep.

About the Author

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Hmmm. What’s this? Looks like Ms. Braun left her computer on and her Goodreads bio open.

This should be fun.

What can we say about Theresa? I mean other than the fact that she’s weirdly obsessed with smiley faces :-). Like, seriously obsessed >:-*. It’s kinda scary :-O.

I think she thinks she’s from Renaissance England or Venice or something. I never could figure out which one it was. (She’s really bad at doing accents.)

She likes romance novels and crime TV, which are pretty much the same thing when you think about it. Ha! Am I right?

She has a hell of a singing voice. Seriously. It’s, like, seventh circle of hell bad.

She likes editing. A lot. Just wait till she get’s aload a this.

Cats. Shoes. Chips and salsa. In that order.

Yeah, that last part didn’t make sense to me either.

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*There will also be a blog tour for Theresa’s book starting Nov. 12th to Nov. 16th. If you would like to participate, please fill out the sign up form

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Re-release: The Bride of Glass .99

Hey guys! I re-released The Bride of Glass and right now it’s only .99 on Amazon! And yes, there have been changes from the original! If you like quirky, dark, and romance then check it out!

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Perrie Madeline is trapped in the clutches of Vale, a demon of the Underworld. In order to gain strength, Vale intends to send human souls to the Glass Vault, where Perrie was once trapped. After dying in the Bride of Frankenstein display, she is alive once again—and his. Can Perrie escape Vale’s hold on her, or will the Bride, her new alter, keep her from coming back?

Maisie Jaser is on a rescue mission to retrieve her cousin and best friend, Perrie. Together, she hopes to bring down Vale and rid the world of the destruction he has caused. But will she even be able to find Perrie, or will Vale prevail?

The Bride of Glass concludes the duology in this dark romance.

Playlist:

“Ice Queen” by: Within Temptation

“This is What You Came For” by: Calvin Harris featuring Rhianna

“Never Ending Circles” by: Chvrches

“Mercy” by: Shawn Mendes

“Hounds of Love” by: Kate Bush

“No More I Love You’s” by: Annie Lennox

“Run” by: Snow Patrol

“Shine” by: Years & Years

“A Sorta Fairytale” by: Tori Amos

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Author Interview: Katya De Becerra

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Summary:

What the Woods Keep is the stunning debut of Katya de Becerra, who combines mystery, science fiction, and dark fantasy in a twisty story that will keep you mesmerized right up to the final page.

On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home—on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets.

Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She’s getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it’s all catching up with her: her mother’s mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father’s outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden’s own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.

As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, her friend Del in tow, it begins: Neighbors whisper secrets about Hayden’s mother; the boy next door is now all grown-up in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her. And among them, deep in the woods, Hayden will discover something incredible—something that threatens reality itself.

Author Interview:

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Can you tell us a little about your debut novel, What the Woods Keep?

My debut is a genremashing small-town mystery about one determined girl’s quest to unearth a reality-altering secret behind her mom’s decade-long disappearance. There’s Norse mythology, ceremonial magic and a creepy forest. I don’t know about you, but these things warm my dark dark heartJ

What made you decide to be a writer?

I was a reader first. Thinking back to my earliest memories, I think I’ve pretty much always had a book in my hands! Though I’ve been writing for a while too, mostly poetry; but after I got seriously hooked on YA fantasy (thanks, Richelle Mead!), I knew I had to try my hand at writing novels. Bringing What The Woods Keep into the world was also a great way to keep my head from exploding while I was laboring over my PhD back in 2012-13 or so.

Who is your favorite character in What the Woods Keep and why?

I love my protag, Hayden. She’s really just “marching to the beat of her own drum”, you know.  And I love her bestie, Del, and I love the way they are together, and how they’re always there for one another, even though they’ve got very different personalities and quirks. Oh and I love my villains tooJ

Have you always been a fan of the horror genre?

Yes and noJ Full disclosure: What The Woods Keep definitely has elements of horror, but it’s not a full-on horror – I’m too much of a wimp to write horror! Having said that, yeah, I’ve always been drawn to horror, even though I know I won’t sleep at night for weeks (months, years?!) after watching or reading something of the kind. I mean, I’m still to this day haunted by F. Paul Wilson’s The Keep and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot – and it’s been decades since I’ve read these books!

You have another book titled, Oasis, coming out next. What’s the difference between that one and What the Woods Keep?

While my debut is more of a contemporary fantasy, Oasis is a psychological adventure – you guessed it – with horror elements. Oasis is set in Dubai as well as in my hometown of Melbourne, and features a diverse cast of teens who get into some major trouble in the desert. While it took me a while to get What The Woods Keep ready for the agent querying stage, Oasis got written relatively fast – I knew its central premise and how it was all going to end from the very beginning of plotting. My two books are massively different, but both have a dark mystery at their core and a relentless girl for a lead.

What was your inspiration for What the Woods Keep?

Norse mythology, creepy small towns, unsolved mysteries, and the symbolism of the magical forest. I got totally hooked on Norse myths as a kid, and I was also obsessed with The Nibelungenlied. It comes as no surprise to me that, many years on, I’ve written a book influenced by the Nibelungs and all those Norse myths I loved so much.

What was your inspiration for Oasis?

The Mummy horror movies. All of them.

When you write are you an outliner or just type and go?

It differs with each book. Though, I tend to start writing once I decide on a key premise, and then only outline if I’m stuck or when the plot gets super complex and I need to keep track of what I’ve been doing.

What’s your favorite book—both an old one and a new one.

Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita is my all-time fav. It’s brilliant! From the newer ones…  Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns, and Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

What’s your favorite color?

Dark blue.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t follow trends – they come and go, and likely will change by the time you’ve finished writing. Instead, write what’s close to your heart. Write what you have to write. Also keep in mind: there’s lots of rejection in publishing, and it just comes with the territory, but you’ve got to be picky about which criticisms to take close to heart and which to ignore – listen only to people you respect and trust.

 

Connect with Katya:

Website

Twitter

Instagram

Goodreads

 

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Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault: Release Day + Excerpt + Giveaway

I am so
excited that QUINSEY WOLFE’S GLASS VAULT
by Candace Robinson is available now and that I get to share the news!
 
If you
haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author
Candace Robinson, be sure to check
out all the details below.
 
This blitz
also includes a giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card courtesy of
Candace Robinson and Rockstar Book
Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the
bottom of this post.
About The Book:

Title: QUINSEY
WOLFE’S GLASS VAULT
Author: Candace
Robinson
Pub. Date: June
26, 2018
Publisher: The
Parliament House
Formats: Paperback,
eBook
Pages: 242
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD
Some see
it… Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange
museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie
Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie and her
friend August go on a pursuit for them in the mysterious museum. Could the
elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with the
disappearances?

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is the start of a thrilling duology full of magic,
danger, and romance.

 
 
 
 
Book Trailer:

 

Excerpt:
Maisie
takes Oak Street, which I have always found ironic. The street is lined on both
sides with tall trees, each one reaching toward the other as if longing for
their touch. For a town called Deer Park, I have seen more trees on a street
corner than actual deer. Not. One. Single. Deer.


Suddenly,
Maisie slams on the brakes and my chest strikes hard against the seat belt.
Then I smash back into the seat just as hard. The only thing I can think is,
are my organs still intact? Seriously, they feel like they’re bleeding
profusely.
“What the
hell?” August and I say at the exact same time. Maisie is staring across the
street to the left.
“Look!” she
exclaims.
Now I see
what Maisie is pointing at. Across from us stands an enormous stone building,
unbelievably tall, and its walls are lined with huge rocks all along the base.
Among the rocks, it appears there are absolutely no windows of any kind. The
entrance has an archway that frames one of the tallest wooden doors I have ever
seen. It’s creepily unusual.
“Impossible,”
I breathe.
“This has
never been here before.” August appears flabbergasted.
He’s right.
He’s beyond right. There’s no way this place was just magically built
overnight. Even if it were possible, it’s obviously old. It has to be over a
hundred years old.
 “Maybe we never really noticed it before.”
Maisie unbuckles herself and opens the car door, completely taken by the sight
of this building.
I throw my
hands up hysterically and wave my hands around like a lunatic. “Never noticed
it before? This giant stone mansion?”
“Perrie has
a point, Maisie.” August stares up at the building in shock.
Hesitantly,
I step out of the car and August follows. We walk around to stand beside
Maisie,
completely
speechless as we continue our staring marathon at the place. It’s really an
unusual structure to be sitting in the middle of our town. One would think
something like this would have drawn major attention from the locals.
“We should
investigate!” Maisie is moving before either of us can protest.
“Just a
quick look,” I say, falling into step beside her, fingers itching with
curiosity.
We walk to
the door at a leisurely pace, as if we have all night to see what’s going on.
As we inch closer to the arched doorway, where overgrown grass meets a block of
cement, two things pop into my line of sight. First, there’s a plaque on the
door that reads:
Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault
It’s
written in an elegant, yet outdated script.
Maisie
tilts her head to the side, skeptical of the plaque. “Not sure what a glass
vault is.”
I point at
a sign to the right of the door. Moving closer to see what it says, I read it
aloud:
The illustrious Quinsey Wolfe presents a wonder of the world, a true
sight to behold in his infamous glass museum. A forewarning to onlookers and
wonderers, beware of your imagination and curiosity. This is not for the faint
of heart.
About Candace:

 

My name is Candace Robinson. I’m just your average
hemiplegic migraine sufferer. My days are spent writing, book reviewing and
traveling through books for my blog, Literary Dust. I live just outside of
Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy
weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! I
live with my husband and awesome daughter!
 
You can also
follow me on my review blog Literary Dust
 
 
 
Giveaway Details: All International

 

1 winner will receive an Amazon Gift
Card, International.

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Sign up for Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault Release Day Blitz!

I have a super important favor to ask. Next Tuesday is the re-release of Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, and the book is greatly improved! Please help me in spreading the word by signing up for the release day blitz! I’ll one day owe you a ticket to go inside of Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault!

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Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault ARC sign-up!

If you guys want to read the new edition of my book, Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that is re-releasing with The Parliament house on June 26th then sign up here for an ARC!

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Review: The Sea Was a Fair Master

Title: The Sea Was a Fair Master

Author: Calvin Demmer

Date of Publication: June 5th, 2018

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Summary:

The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him.

The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love.

For the sea was a fair master.

My Review:

I normally am not a big fan of reading anthologies with short stories when they are by different authors because my level of liking the stories fluctuates. However, I have read several stories by Demmer and was excited to see there would be an anthology with only his written words.

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Calvin Demmer is like the king of horror short stories! Anyway, this was a cool ride through tales with dark stuff, fun stuff and all around cool stuff! Gritty and dark while also being thought provoking! His writing is able to sweep me up and suck me right in. Can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve next!

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