Archive for October, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #6

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly event, hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Here are the rules: Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. (You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your teaser from, that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!) Remember not to post anything that could spoil the plot of the post.

My teaser this week comes from A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks.

“On the train, Veals sat with a briefcase on his lap and watched the Sunday tourists with their wheeled luggage and their rucksacks. They chattered as they pored over guidebooks, glanced up at the Tube map overhead, trying to reconcile the two. What false picture of a city did these people have? Veals wondered.”  – pg. 38

Happy Teaser Tuesday!
Feel free to leave a comment with the link to your own teaser! :) xxx  

Happy Halloween!

I took a break from blogging and decided to join in the Halloween fun! I was talking to a couple of bloggers the other day and they were shocked to death when I said us Hungarian folks don’t celebrate Halloween. Yup, that’s right – no trick or treating, no costumes, no pumpkin carving, nothing. Which is a shame since Halloween and Christmas are my favourite parts of the year. So each year I usually celebrate with my friends – and even though we don’t go trick or treating, pumpkin carving is an annual tradition! :) 

Me and my cat (and my pumpkin, haha) would like to wish you all a happy Halloween, have a spooktacular evening and have fun!!! And most importantly, feel free to leave a comment (you know I love them!) and tell me what you’re up to tonight or show me your Halloween costumes. :-)

Love to everybody,

Musing Mondays (31 Oct)

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Each week MizB asks a book related question and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic.

This week’s question:

Would you say that you read about the same amount now as when you were younger? More? Less? Why?

I definitely read more now than I did when I was younger. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved reading. Especially as a teenager – I read much more than my friends and my classmates, but it was still a small amount compared to how much I read now. A couple of years ago I started to buy books that were written in English and that’s when I became a full time bookworm. English is not my first language so it was a great way to practice my language skills as well and it was such a nice feeling that I actually understood what I read. :) So English books started to grow on me and there came a time when I stopped reading Hungarian books altogether. At the same time, I started to read a lot. I’m sure it has something to do with the fact that I read in a foreigh language which makes it even more fun. :)

Anyway, I read a lot now – I like to pick up a book whenever I’m not on my computer and since I’m a night owl, I usually curl up in bed with a hot cuppa and stay up late, reading a good book. Now that I joined Goodreads and I have a blog, I never run out of books, and even if I don’t have much time to read due to other commitments, I still tend to finish a book each week.

How about you? Feel free to leave a comment with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

BBT Howl-O-Ween 2011 – closing post

Welcome back :) Today is a special day because we have another guest author! Yes, that’s right. :-) I hope you’ll enjoy this post just as much as you enjoyed the previous ones – so please welcome

Kris Sedersten

Hello everyone! It is so nice to be here today. I am the author of the Mojo series; a paranormal mystery thriller/ horror saga. The second installment, Lost Mojo, is now available on www.buybooksontheweb.com and will soon follow on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com.

About Lost Mojo:

For six small-town teenagers, the haunting begins with a ghost hunting project and the sudden disappearance of two of their own. Their research into urban legends in their hometown leads them to a deserted farmhouse—haunted by its dark secrets, the discovery of unmarked graves, and paranormal activity that portends something diabolically evil.

For the Clay County Sheriff, Tony Morgan, and the mysterious Ranier brothers, the haunting began decades earlier when a violent murder and a similar missing persons case first tainted the idyllic countryside. They soon discover the evil still lives…hidden…waiting to strike again. This time the six teenagers are the target.

Their fates entwine in a Halloween clash of good versus evil as the dark energy returns, bringing demonic forces to life through a bloody, ritualistic sacrifice.


I have not yet received any book reviews for Lost Mojo although a few are pending. Watch http://www.blacklagoonreviews during Halloween week for the first of what I hope will be many reviews. Lost Mojo is the prequel to the book Mojo and tells the story of Scottie Brown’s first experiences with the paranormal. Here is what others have said about Mojo:

“Overall, I would recommend Mojo to everyone who likes to read books that give you the creeps, keeps you on the edge of your seat and out of breath the whole time. But be warned, you might want to sleep with your lights on afterward.” (For complete review, go to http://www.readingonthedarksideblogspot.com)

“Readers who love a great ghost story will love every ghost and ghoul in Mojo—an action packed tale of the spiritual world that will make your hair stand on end. The media today is full of movies and books that regale stories of the paranormal and many are difficult to believe, but Sedersten combines reality with the afterlife in a way that’s totally believable. That’s what makes it so scary… (For complete review, go to http://wwwezinearticles.com–article written by Lauren S. Smith. Smith is editor for the Virtual Book Review Network—reviews books by well known bestselling authors and books by soon to be recognized names.)

“Spooky, suspenseful, and highly entertaining, Mojo, by Kris Sedersten was a fast paced ghost story that kept me reading until late into the night and left me wanting more. Tautly written and highly developed this novel had me enthralled from the first word to the last…Definitely a new author I will be keeping an eye on.” (For complete review, go to http://www.blacklagoonreviews.com)

About me:

I am a Nursing Home Administrator and RN Consultant in my hometown of Harvard NE. I love small town living and enjoy being outside as much as possible. My children are grown and I enjoy spending time with them and my eight amazing grandchildren. My hobbies include creative writing, producing a paranormal radio program, Exploring Unexplained Phenomena in Lincoln, NE. with host, Scott Colborn, and paranormal investigating.

Earlier this year I founded Synergy Paranormal Investigations, Harvard NE. We are a very active team and spend most weekends out in historical sites, businesses, or family homes where we have been called on to investigate claims of paranormal activity. We take our investigations seriously but we have a lot of fun in the process! We had the opportunity to help lead ghost hunting classes in Kearney, NE. this summer in conjunction with Midwest Paranormal Investigators at the Trails and Rails Museum as part of an ongoing fundraiser for the Buffalo County Historical Society. It was an amazing learning experience for us.

I am currently working on the third installment of the Mojo Series and a Non Fiction book that documents my paranormal experiences from SPI case files and personal experiences. See my website www.krissedersten.com, leave a comment or share a ghost story or two. I love to hear from readers who have an opinion about my work. Hope to see you there!

BBT Howl-O-Ween 2011 – last day

 
Welcome to the last day of my Halloween event! I’m gutted that Howl-O-Ween is coming to an end but I hope you all enjoyed the guest posts throughout the week! Don’t forget to enter the two giveaways I listed on my sidebar :) So, for the last time – please give a warm welcome to our last guest, Jeffrey Mariotte.
Embrace the Darkness

By Jeffrey J. Mariotte

It’s a still-sunny October early evening here at the ranch in southeastern Arizona, temperature in the high 70s. I’ve just been outside lighting the coals to barbecue some hamburgers—a summer activity in some places, but summer lingers here. The charcoal I’m using is called El Diablo Brand—the Devil—and there’s a picture on the bag of a smiling devil’s head. I’m looking at that, and I’m thinking about you…

You’re hurrying toward a dark street corner, your heels clicking on the sidewalk, when you hear another click, around the corner, that might be a switchblade knife opening…

You’re sitting on your bed, quivering, pillow scrunched in your lap, knowing with absolute certainty that if you dare to swing your legs over the side, the thing hiding in the darkness beneath the bed will grab you and pull you under…


You’re passing through a doorway in a dank old mansion, brushing aside thick cobwebs with your arm (but not all of it, some trails behind, drawing a damp line across your cheek, with the familiarity of a lover’s caress). Inside the room, you reach a place where the temperature seems to drop sixty degrees all at once. You start to shiver, and not just because you can feel someone’s gaze fixed on you in the empty room…

You’re huddled with three others in an empty suburban house in an empty suburban neighborhood. Outside, the living dead test the doors, the windows, because they can sense human flesh inside. And one of the people you’re locked in with starts to moan, and she’s been looking awfully pale…

Of course, you wouldn’t want to be in any of these situations, in real life.

But you don’t mind reading about them.

If you’re like some of us, you love reading about them, and watching movies and TV shows about them.

And others of us are glad you do, because we love writing about them. I’m one of those.

I’ve written a lot of books. Forty-six novels. Somewhere north of 130 comic books and graphic novels. I’ve written or contributed to six or seven nonfiction books, and I’ve written probably a couple of dozen short stories. These are the published works I’m counting, not the ones sitting in a drawer (or, more likely, a folder on the trusty MacBook).

Of those published works, not all of them are horror. But the vast majority of them are, or at least have horrific elements. Some of the books focusing on crime and mystery are scary not because of their supernatural aspects, but because they’re about the terrible things that human beings do to each other—and if you delve very deeply into that topic, you’ll see that those things are often far more terrifying than anything a zombie or a vampire or a ghost can do.

I’ve never been sure why I write the scary stuff. I can make some guesses, though. In the introduction to a collection of my short horror fiction called Nine Frights, I wrote this:

The way I see it, we have two options in life. We can ignore the terrors that surround us, although that ignoring can turn to internalizing—so that if that adaptive ignorance ever fails, if the terrors are forced into our faces, they’ll take us down that much faster.

Or we can look into the abyss. We can consider the terrors of life in other ways—through fiction, for instance—and maybe come out of it better able to cope with the real-life ones when we meet them down the road.

We still adapt. We accept. But not without occasionally reminding ourselves of some of the things that can go wrong. Not without remembering that we just don’t know what’s behind that next door.

Maybe that approaches an answer. Then again, maybe not. For the last 30+ years I’ve worked as a writer, a bookseller, and a publisher. I’m a co-owner of a bookstore called Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego and Redondo Beach, CA, or http://mystgalaxy.com) that specializes in mystery and suspense, science fiction and fantasy, and horror and urban fantasy. Yes, the scary stuff. I’ve been the editor-in-chief of IDW Publishing, a company often credited for bringing horror back into comic book prominence with such titles as 30 Days of Night. Heck, I’ve written four 30 Days of Night novels, three of them with Steve Niles, the original writer on the comics, and the fourth one solo. A few weeks ago I was a guest of honor at a horror convention called KillerCon. I count among my best friends and acquaintances many of the people who write horror fiction.

I’m somewhat immersed in the stuff, you could say.

And yet, I don’t really know why I write it. Or why any of us reads it. I can make guesses—see above. But that’s all they are.

All I know is that at Halloween, more people than ever are glued to horror movies, flipping the pages of horror books, eating jack-o-lantern cookies, and handing out candy to ghosts and vampires (and this year, no doubt, record numbers of zombies).

Those things will eat your brains—but on this one day, they’ll settle for a Snickers bar.

It’s not surprising that at this time of year, we’re more accepting of the supernatural. The ancient Celts who celebrated Samhain believed that on that day, the veil between the dead and the living blurred and ghosts could return to Earth. Christianity co-opted the holiday and commercialism further sanitized it; but its origins are all about magic and spirits and things we modern folk find spooky and strange.

For some of us, it’s the high point of the year.

If you’re curious about my work, let me suggest a few options. For teen readers (and the many adults who love teen fiction), my newest release is Dark Vengeance, Volume 1, which contains the full-length novels Summer and Fall. Volume 2, out in May 2012, contains the follow-up novels Winter and Spring. It’s the 4-part story of Kerry Profitt, who finds herself caught up in a centuries-old war between witches.

The Slab is a horror novel for adults, originally published in a heavily illustrated trade paperback edition, but now also available (sans illustrations, and much cheaper) in various e-book formats. The most recent review compares it to one of “those books that had a roller-coaster fun heart, with a

huge cast of characters, that kept you turning each page under the covers long after your parents told you to go to sleep.”

Nine Frights is the short horror fiction collection mentioned above. Currently, it’s available only as an e-book, in various formats. Some of the stories in it have been published previously, and some are original to this collection. The most recent review of it says “…each and every one of the stories in Nine Frights, as upsetting and as dark as most of them are, leave the reader with a positive perception of human nature, a glimmer of hope, or at least an understanding of why choices were made.” All of my work is listed at my website, http://jeffmariotte.com. And you can find me on Facebook, too.

But regardless of whether you read one of my books, or somebody else’s, I hope you enjoy something spooky. Just leave a light on. And lock the door.

You never know what’s waiting out there in the dark…

Jeff, thank you for joining us today! :-) 

BBT Howl-O-Ween 2011 – Day 7

 
Welcome to the seventh day of Howl-O-Ween! I hope everyone had an amazing week and you’re enjoying the weekend!  I have another guest author for today so please welcome 
Cindy Simon
Cindy is a nationally certified counselor, Reiki Master and community educator. Her first novel, Wanting June (a thriller) was published by Black Rose Writing on March 31rd in 2011. She lives in Maine and she is currently working on her second novel, a medical mystery.

I began journaling and writing rather dark poetry as a teenager in order to relieve angst and vent my woes and worries. In my twenties I wrote stories, one involved a job I had had at a long term mental hospital (material for my second novel)!

I am fascinated by what drives people to make decisions. Why do some seek revenge? Others are able to forgive? Some people use their power to give generously while others seem to have no issue with taking all that they want! How does addiction grab hold of some and other’s can overcome?

I began writing the ideas for my first novel “Wanting June” in my thirties (about 15 years ago). It was a cathartic experience! The story began with Penny and Brian’s romance, beginning with the grocery store scene. However, at that time in my life I was desperate to make sense of my mother’s sudden and tragic death—she died when I was 16 years old. I was still struggling to accept life without a mother.

In my novel, Penny’s mother, June is a haunting presence. Penny has so many questions, beginning with, is she dead or alive? Penny craves the truth about what happened to her mother, June. But there is a price to pay, she learns. First, she must agree to a weird and crazy marriage proposal. Next she is kidnapped and drugged. She escapes and then is kidnapped again!

Kenneth, Penny’s father knows a great deal about what happened to June. So why doesn’t he tell anyone? June’s various lovers want revenge and Penny, along with her father Kenneth, become targets.

I explore addiction ~ to power, substances and within relationships ~ questions born out of my experiences, perhaps seeking answers to my own questions through my character’s dilemmas? When is it safe to trust? Is it better to know the truth ~ or to accept that I may never understand another person’s motivation or choices? Are there valid reasons to keep secrets?

Penny goes on a quest to find her mother, so did I with the writing of this book, only I didn’t really have a plan. I did become a published author! And, I did discover my mother has not disappeared, she is my muse!

Find about more on the author’s website, www.cindysimon.net
You may purchase “Wanting June” on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many local New England bookstores.

Cindy, thank you for joining us today!

In My Mailbox #6


 
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren .  It’s our opportunity to get a peek into what books everyone is receiving for review, borrowing from libraries, buying in bookshops and download onto eReaders. Let’s see what’s in my mailbox this week. :-)

Click on the book covers to read the Goodreads synopsis :-)

1. Confessions of a Call Center Gal by Lisa Lim (won from Kero’s Book Blog )
2. Double Clutch by Liz Reinhardt (as part of a blog tour, for review)
3. Down a Lost Road by J. Leigh Bralick (downloaded to Kindle for PC)
4. In Leah’s Wake by Terri Giuliano Long (as part of a blog tour, for review)
5. Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello (ARC -netgalley)
6. Invisible by Lorena McCourtney (downloaded to Kindle for PC)
That’s it for this week. :-) What do you have in your mailbox? Feel free to leave a comment below (you know I love them, haha!) xxx