One week old

Hunter’s Trap is only one week old and already reviews have poured in. Is it love? Well it certainly makes their hearts pitter-patter, which is always what I try to do. Bringing chills, a little fright, a good creep… I aim to spook♥

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And a quick reminder that the GOODREADS giveaway ends on October 10th, so if you feel luck is on your side, go right ahead – with 3 chances to win a paperback, odds ain’t that bad.

Tiley, the ghost dog

Tilly, the ghost dog

 

On the day of the launch, instead of staring at Amazon’s ranks while bitting my nails, I went out with Hunter’s Trap…

 

 

I might be vegetarian, but my book isn't.

Meat-cutes happen all the time at the grocery store

 

 

We got lost in the way, and Hunter got hungry. Now, the lady standing next to me is not featured in the picture, which is quite a shame. Her horrified face was priceless.

 

 

What is that you say? I'm not allowed to put ANY book Under the obsessed section?

What is that you say? I’m not allowed to put ANY book under the #getobsessed section?

 

What an honor, what a dream… what a trickery. No, this picture is NOT photoshoped, but it doesn’t reflects reality, either. Oh well, one can always hope.

 

 

 

 

 


J.A. Campbell’s Sabaska’s Quest

My friend Julie Campbell and I shared a book birthday this past Tuesday! New-ish author at Untold Press, her other titles are also available there:) So here’s my review of Sabaska’s Quest

sq_coverWhenever I read J.A. Campbell’s books, her characters always remind me the importance of friendship and how living an adventure alone is not really worth it. In Sabaska’s Quest, sequel to Sabaska’s Tale, Anna must overcome more than one battle, and with the help of her best friend, a friendly ghost and her (not big spoiler, here) crush, they travel through dimensions to succeed against the Vanir.

I love strength in Campbell’s worlds, never giving into the easy and keeping our interest by going to and fro this dimension among others. As Anna says, “History is written by the victors,” and not only did this line resound profoundly in our reality, but in others as well.

Another force of this writer: how her characters always feel real, not only by speech but by action, too. Anna is a teen, she acts and sounds like one. Her parents and her classmates also feel realistic — almost too much at times — which isn’t always the case in Fantasy.

Highly recommended for readers of all ages who enjoy a thrill ride… and horses!!

ps I WANT A TRAVELER TO CALL MY OWN!!!

pps For those of you who haven’t yet, grab a copy of Senior Year Bites, Campbell’s take on a vampire girl going through high school and my fav of hers:)

Campbell_authorpic1Julie has been many things over the last few years, from college student, to bookstore clerk and an over the road trucker. She’s worked as a 911 dispatcher and in computer tech support, but through it all she’s been a writer and when she’s not out riding horses, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, her vampire-hunting dog, Kira, her Arabian mare, Triska, and her Irish Sailor. She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories, the young adult fantasy series, Tales of the Travelers, and the young adult urban fantasy series The Clanless. She is also the editor of Steampunk Trails, an old west steampunk fiction magazine and a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dog Writers of America Association.


Happy bday, Hunter’s Trap♥

Pumpkin Spice Latte with a Bday Cakepop... and a mermaid.

Pumpkin Spice Latte with a Bday Cakepop… and a mermaid.

Well, it has arrived: my book. MY. BOOK. I’m so pleased, proud, scared, excited, a little noxious and so much in love. It looks like I wanted, it reads like I wanted, and I’m so happy to let it go on its own, in this scary, scary world beyond my computer.

Go, fly little one, and if you’re to come back, only with specters of black feathers…

Stay spooked,

a♥

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GOODREADS GIVEAWAY


Hunter’s Trap Giveaway and Some Important News…

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It’s almost time for Hunter’s Trap’s launch (September 9th, don’t forget) and I wanted to share the excitement, so here’s the link to a Goodreads giveaway with 3 chances to win a paperback of my latest YA horror story. The contest ends on October 10th and is opened to participants living in Canada, the United States and the UK.

Other news worthy of your calendar:  the first of my novella series Girls & Ghosts is to be released in November, date TBA. What a thrill not only because I explore creepy, ghostly worlds again, but these stories feature strong heroines with a purpose other than romance.

And so far, Killer Girls should hit the virtual shelves mid-February…

Stay spooked, folks♥

 


Hunter’s Trap, Cover Reveal

Hunter's trap-FINAL FRONTIsn’t it perfect, folks? I can’t believe how lucky I am to have found not only an über talented cover artist, but someone who caught the vibe of the book. GINA CASEY, you rock♥

My YA horror HUNTER’S TRAP comes out September 9th, but keep your eyes opened on this site and Goodreads, because a couple of contests to win softcovers will stretch from now on to early October.

Happy haunting, everyone…

Seventeen-year-old Dayton Mulligan is stuck looking after his little brother Jeremy when their father goes off on his annual hunting trip. But when Dad’s last phone call ends in a shotgun blast, it’s enough to send both boys out into a blizzard to search for him.

Caught in the killer weather, Dayton and Jeremy take refuge in an abandoned hunting cabin, which isn’t as empty as it first seems. A ghost inhabits its walls and promises to reveal the truth behind their father’s disappearance, but the brothers doubt their host’s sincerity as the spirit demonstrates its hatred for anyone who trespasses on its land.

Far from the safety of civilization, Dayton must swallow his fears, fight for himself and for his family before it’s too late and Hunter’s Trap claims them all, forever.

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Sad Ghost Press

I wrote Hunter’s Trap two years and a half ago, for some new print press opening their doors to unagented authors; it got to the final round but ended up rejected, for reasons unknown. In between the ten queried agents, seven asked for the full manuscript to read; bold, daring and creepy as hell were mentioned attributes, but none of them bit the bait. So I let the book rest, thinking it could always be suggested as a second project in case an agent decided to represent me and asked to read something else that was ready.

And then, things happened, things that made me realize that maybe I don’t always play well with others, maybe I do have a tendency to want things my way, and maybe I want more creative control over my books. And why shouldn’t I want it all? Ten years of working hard, getting cramps from twisted fingers for luck, sacrificing a virgin every full moon spells for someone else to change my writer’s life… until I got fed up and decided to take charge.

It’s not easy letting go of my traditionally published dream: seeing my name printed on a hardcover, going on an in-store book tour, having a team backing me up if I fall, that kind of thing. It also comes with having no say over your cover design, editing to other people’s directions, and once again, being told what to do. I’m a rebel, it’s anchored within me to always question authority, to always wonder if I could have done it better by myself, with my own means, with nobody else controlling me.

ghostSo I founded Sad Ghost Press – an adequate imagery reflecting the main theme throughout my books. I’m scared, I’m a tad melancholy and a lot excited, because on September 9th, 2014, HUNTER’S TRAP will hit the virtual shelves and be available for people to read. My way, the way I want it. There will be a blog tour, giveaways, Skellies and Ghosties and paperbacks to win, and I can promise you this: this book, my first self-published novel, will be all me ♥

 


Chatting with… Yangsze Choo♥

GhostBrideI fell in love with the cover and then I read the first lines… “One evening, my father asked me whether I would like to become a ghost bride. Asked is perhaps not the right word.” That was it – the voice, the premise, the lingering meaning behind those words… And then I finished the book and was so jealous of its writer: Choo is one talented lady, so what else could I do but beg her to answer some of my questions?

1) The story is so rich in folklore, how much comes from your own heritage and did research bring unknown elements to light?
I had heard a lot of these tales as a child from friends and relatives and also as an avid reader. I think many people in Malaysia have some idea of this tradition, although the practice varies tremendously. Later on, when I started writing the book in earnest I found the National Archives in Singapore to be invaluable, as well as Harvard’s Widener library which had lots of out-of-print books written by British colonials. Going down to the stacks to do research was always a bit nerve-wracking, because Widener has these automated book shelves that can move around at the push of a button. There’s always the possibility of getting stuck down there!
2) You make quite a compelling ghost story, but do you believe in ghosts? And if so, how much of the ghost bride tradition do you think is true?
As much as I enjoy reading spooky stories, I’m really quite a chicken. That’s why I prefer books to horror movies, because I can always flip past pages or cover the scary parts with the judicious use of a peanut butter sandwich. I’d prefer not to believe in ghosts if possible (though I do believe in Heaven!) but they add a great deal of literary richness. The older I get, the more I can’t help but wonder what happens to us after death. It puts a lot of things into sober perspective.
3) If you could be anyone’s ghost bride – beside your hubby, obv – whose would you be?
Yipe! I think that I’d rather not be anyone’s ghost bride! The character of Lim Tian Ching in the book is in some ways every woman’s nightmare. When I was a little girl, I heard stories about how pre-WW2 Chinese society thought nothing of arranged marriages, often at heartbreakingly young ages for the girls. Some were taken into families as young as 6 or 7, ostensibly to be groomed as future daughters-in-law, but in reality used as child servants. This happened to one of my mother’s relatives. She was sent from China as a bride and her husband and his family treated her very badly. I was always secretly terrified that such a thing might happen to me, and when I was writing the book, I bundled together a lot of these ideas into Lim Tian Ching – with the added bonus that he’s already dead, so there’s no escape from the relationship even after death.
DSC027474) What are you currently working on? What’s coming out next? Where do you want to be in 5 years?
I’m currently working on my second novel, a mystery also set in colonial Malaya, but this time during the 1930s. Hopefully, there’ll also be a graphic novel adaptation of THE GHOST BRIDE with Eisner-nominated comic book artist Sonny Liew. Sonny is Singaporean and I’m excited to see what he comes up with in terms of character design and setting. As for five years time… I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to write, and if in 5 years I’ve written books that people enjoy, I’d be really happy about that! In the meantime, if you like books and eating, please come visit me at my blog http://yschoo.com/ 
 

Chatting with… Krista Walsh♥

My writer friend Krista Walsh wrote a fresh and unique book about a writer caught in his books world, and it’s fantastic!! I couldn’t wait to ask her questions to share her answers with the world…

Evensong The baroquian theme is very well explored, how did you come up with the writer waking up in his books’ world and seeing the consequences of his plot twists?

Evensong began as a flash fiction piece with the prompt: an author is trapped within his or her own story. It became the premise of an entire novel, and one I couldn’t be more proud of. From the basic idea, I started imagining what it would be like. As an author, we can’t write every minute of every day for every character. We only focus on the highlights, the main or secondary characters. No matter the genre, every story has full worlds with millions of plots going on at any given time. We can only tell a few.

Writers also start the story just as the relevant actions start happening, but what happens before? What happens after? If we considered all of these elements when writing, no one would ever finish anything, so it was a lot of fun to explore those “what ifs.”

Is it a true fear/paranoia that you have to miss out on your characters’ true aspirations and motivations, since you are the God to their world?

I don’t know that I ever really considered this question before I started writing Evensong. I always had to consider my characters’ needs and desires in order to give a story purpose and consistency, but that’s just it — what if I missed the mark? But my writing style differs greatly from that of my main character, Jeff Powell. He sticks with strict outlines. From first scene to last, he knows at the outset what is going to happen. Myself, I’m a “pantser”. I start a story knowing the first scene, the last scene, and a few in the middle (what I refer to as the “connect the dots” method), and I’m happy to let my characters guide me to each point.

As a result, when writing the sequel to Evensong, Eventide, there were some HUGE surprises for me about some of my main characters. Backstory that I didn’t know about until I wrote it out. Hopefully that means, if ever I did end up like poor Jeff, caught between the real world and the world of my own creation, my characters wouldn’t have quite as much hostility against me as his do for him!

Beside Evensong, which of your other story would you want to wake up into?

Oh I like this question! I can safely say there are a few I would not like to end up in, but I won’t write it out in case I jinx myself. But if it were to happen, I wouldn’t mind waking up in my Daughter of Time series. It follows the story of a sorceress who was accidentally turned immortal in the 12th century, and follows her story throughout history with a collection of fun and bizarre characters. I would love to meet them in person, find out how accurate my descriptions were.

Fantasy seems to be everywhere nowadays: were you influenced by something you’ve seen on TV or read in a book to develop Evensong, and if so, what was it and which part did it affect?

Fantasy IS everywhere, and I’m so glad it’s finally getting a foothold!

I would have to say my two greatest influences, or perhaps I should say sources of research material, were Alice and Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. Both of those stories handled the world jumping so well, so taking them as models helped cover any aspects I might otherwise have missed: the slow acceptance of the characters, the adjustment to different cultures and beasts.

What’s next for you, beside the sequel Eventide? Will you try a new genre for your next project?

The conclusion Evenlight! But aside from the Meratis trilogy completely, I have a few more ideas bouncing around. The first is theDaughter of Time series I mentioned in an earlier question. The other is a genre jump, a murder mystery set in the 1940s in a burlesque night club. I’m especially excited to start this one as the idea is inspired by people I know and admire. The hope is to start that one the later end of this year!

Thank you so much for hosting me, Anne! It’s always a pleasure to chat with you.

EVENSONG

Author Jeff Powell wakes up to find the impossible has happened. He is within his own novel—summoned into the fictional world of Feldall’s Keep by a spell he didn’t write. One the House enchantress hasn’t figured out how to reverse.

When the villain he’s been struggling to write reveals himself, unleashing waves of terror and chaos, Jeff must use more than his imagination to save the characters he created—and the woman he loves.

Trapped within a world of his own creation, he must step outside the bounds of his narrative to help his characters defeat an evil no one anticipated, even if he must sacrifice his greatest gift. In the end, he has to ask: are novels really fiction, or windows into other worlds?

MeAbout the Author

Known for witty, vivid characters, Krista Walsh never has more fun than getting them into trouble and taking her time getting them out. After publishing a few short stories and novellas in various anthologies, she has now released her own anthology, the serial collection Greylands.

When not writing, or working at her day job, she can be found reading, gaming, or watching a film – anything to get lost in a good story.

She currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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