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Halloween + Coffin Hop = Girls & Monsters Giveaway♥

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It’s no secret: autumn is my favorite time of year, especially because of Mother Nature lashing out her brightest colors before killing everything for winter. And then there’s Halloween, the celebration of the Dead and the Un-Dead. So pretty the skulls and spiders adorning the neighborhood, the pumpkin grins and the skeleton dances, so inspiring for future stories to come.

And so I want to spread the dark joy of scaring people, of making people squeal in disgust and hide in fright by giving away a signed copy of my collection of dark tales for young adult, Girls & Monsters, as well as The Monsters Collection of Skellies. Of course, I won’t be celebrating alone, so please visit my fellow Coffin Hoppers blogs and websites for other scares and goodies by clicking the sexy zombies, up above.

Coffinhopgiveaway*Girls & Monsters Giveaway*

1st prize winner gets a signed copy of Girls & Monsters plus The Monsters Collection of Skellies, made by moi.

2nd prize winner gets a digital copy of Death By Drive-In, an anthology featuring short stories written by 24 horror authors/Coffin Hoppers.

To participate, click here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Beginning on Octobre 24th and ending on Halloween at Midnight (east), the contest is international, the winners will be picked by ramdom.org, and the prizes shipped the next day. Good luck♥


The Lucky Ones, a podcast

COH_006 This is a first for me, having one of my stories told by someone else’s voice. Goldeen Ogawa did a fantastic job reading Jory’s journey through the City of Hell, where the dead are the lucky ones.

Click here for The Lucky Ones podcast

Fair warning: some people found it quite disturbing and advised NOT eating while listening, so beware…


Chatting with… Michelle Birbeck ♥

Another great twitter-friend with a book!! Who is Michelle Birbeck? Let’s find out, shall we?

Me: What got you into the world of the paranormal?

MB: My first taste of anything vampire was when I was fifteen. My friends and I started reading the Nightworld Series by LJ Smith, and I was hooked. From the first book I wanted more, and when there were no more, I wanted other books. I devoured everything I cold get my hands on. From there I found Anne Rice and loved her; I still go back to her books on occasion and my favourite has to be Pandora. These days my favourites are the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, but I still have a huge soft spot for the Nightworld series, even though it has never been officially finished.

Me: In such a saturated market of vampire books, how does yours stand out??

TheLastKeeper_Cover (2)MB: Because it isn’t about vampires. The Keepers’ Chronicles aren’t your typical human girl falls in love with vampire and wants to be turned into the undead. It is nothing like that, in fact! Sure, there’s love in the books, and there are plenty of vampires, but what it’s really about, the whole series, is the Keepers.

They’re what make The Keepers’ Chronicles stand out, because they’re new. All these vampires, all these takes on the mythology, they all have one thing in common: Vampires are supernatural creatures with the strength and ability to wipe up poor humans from the face of the planet.

So why don’t they? Power corrupts, that saying is older than I know, and it stands as true now as when it was first uttered. The vampires of the Keepers’ Chronicles are no exception, and what is stopping them is the Keepers. Immortal beings with the power to influence the mind, to keep the immortal races hidden in the shadows. But they have a weakness at the start of the series: when they meet their partners, their mortal lives become theirs. Kill a Keepers’ partner and the Keeper dies.

So for those looking for a twist on the vampire genre, a new take on the myth of the undead, the Keepers’ Chronicles has just that. Love, danger, vampires, wars, and everything in between.

Me: You’ve written 3 books for that series, will you stop after those are out or will this be an ongoing saga??

MB: Two books and a short story, yes! And it is not stopping there! The initial series is four novels long: The Last Keeper, Last Chance, Exposure, and Revelations. Then after that there are a couple of other characters who speak loud enough in my head to want their own books, but instead of being sequential, they will be tie ins with the series. The short stories came about because there are some ‘missing years’ in book one, The Last Keeper, and I got a number of requests to write what happened in that time. However, given the circumstances, it wouldn’t make a very happy book, so I decided to write A Glimpse Into Darkness. This is a short story set in those missing years, 1064’s U.S.S.R, to be exact, and it follows some of Serenity’s life during that time. There will be more short stories in the coming years as the series progresses, but I don’t know what they are yet!

Me: With all those subplots demanding their own spotlights and all the books coming out, do you think you’ll ever write something else than the Keepers series?

MB: Oh, absolutely! I am in the process of looking at publishing a young adult novel called The Stars Are Falling, and I am actively publishing short horror stories. the next one out will be The Phantom Hour due on October 26th. I have a whole folder dedicated to ideas and plots, though, so I have plenty to keep me going for years to come!

Me: Famous last words?

MB: If you want to be a serial killer, try being a literary one: less mess, less jail time!

BUY THE KEEPERS!!

owlMichelle has been reading and writing her whole life. Her earliest memory of books was when she was five and decided to try and teach her fish how to read, by putting her Beatrix Potter books in the fish tank with them. Since then her love of books has grown, and now she is writing her own and looking forward to seeing them on her shelves, though they won’t be going anywhere near the fish tank.
She blogs and Tweets @michellebirbeck !!

Girls & Ghosts, an inspiration

Here’s one of my not-so-secret secrets:
I have tons of journals filled with ideas and a bunch of half-written
stories dispersed in my computer. Oh no sir, I’m not the type of
writer who leaves projects unfinished, but it happens that after
starting a plot, its complexity or direction isn’t working for me. So
I let go more than abandon, because one day, I’ll come back to it –
and I always do.

Not this time, folks. Only fresh ideas
for this new collection of ghostly stories where girls confront their
deepest fears… and I’m actually scared. Of course I’ve been
thinking about this project for a while, so ideas are slowly growing
into creepy plots, but there’s nothing already written on my plate
like my past collections of novellas, and it makes me jittery.

So what is a girl to do? I’m trying to
grasp as much information as I can, about things we don’t fully
understand with the little evidence out there. Like a junkie, I’m
watching all these ghost hunters shows where people go willingly to
haunted places to poke at spirits and gather EVPs, images of shadow
figures and responsive communication – if any. Sceptic or not, it’s
beginning to form in my mind: girls who are scared, girls who don’t
believe, girls who are trying to help, girls who see dead people, and
girls who won’t confront the truth. And very slowly, they tell me
their stories and how they deal with the fact that in the end we all
die, and that we might become ghosts ourselves.
And then some miracle happens and someone captures such inspiring pictures,
I completely lost my breath – and I’m still trying to catch it. Neil Gaiman posted this
abandoned amusement park on Tumblr

Haunted, much? Seriously, look at the
fog and the plants invading the structures – you can almost hear
the screams of glee as the roller coaster rides down the rusty rails.
But it’s only an echo, because like many other places in New Orleans,
it never got over the catastrophic disaster and it’s slowly dying
after being deserted and forgotten.
I can’t forget, though – a bit like those ghosts who can’t let go of what
they knew and who they loved and how they used to be. So that will be
my inspiration, an homage to
people who are gone, places that are falling apart, and things we
used to believe in.

Wish me luck? I need it, embarking on this Girls & Ghosts quest to give a voice to those who don’t have any. One thing for sure: dark it will be, I
promise.
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Want an autographed softcover of Girls & Monsters? Giveaway ends June 28th, don’t miss out ♥

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So now what?

keepcalmIt’s been a crazay year so far with Girls & Monsters coming out, the extensive blog tour and the begging and pleading for reviews… so now what? I’ve been working on Girls & Aliens (a soft sci-fi collection of very dark YA novellas) and I’m planning my novel Killer Girl (a creeptastic thriller for YA), but now that the book is launched, doing nothing about promotion leaves me empty…

So I’ll be doing another blog tour. *throws confetti in the air* *pops open champagne bottle* *swallows two Xanax*

Insane? Indeed. This time, reviews and/or interviews only, and an autographed softcover giveaway thrown into the mix. Keep your eyes opened for the schedule, coming out next week!

Wait, what is that you’re saying? You want to buy Girls & Monsters?? Go here. Wait, no, I misunderstood, you want to be part of the tour? Tweet me @annecmichaud and we’ll arrange a little something-something.

Keep spook ♥


Girls & Monsters Blog Tour – Week 5

LIVE CHAT WITH ME ON APRIL 30th AT 9PM (east) OVER AT DARKFUSE!!!!!!!

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Come on over and visit these wonderful blogs where you’ll discover something new about me, my book, and everything in between…

Monday, 22th of April: Victoria Griesdoorn

Tuesday, 23rd of April: Gothic Angel

Wednesday, 24th of April: Marianne Su

Thursday, 25th of April: Lisa Forget

Friday, 26th of April: Aheila

The Monster Collection SkelliesWanna win a Girls & Monsters softcover with The Monster Collection Skellies of 5 pieces, handcrafted by me? Click HERE. The winner will be announced during my DarkFuse LIVE CHAT on release day, April 30th at 9PM (east) – don’t be shy, I do love challenging questions ♥


Girls & Monsters Blog Tour – Week 2

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Come on over and visit these wonderful blogs where you’ll discover something new about me, my book, and everything in between…

Monday, 1st of April: Ren Warom

Tuesday, 2nd of April: Adam Sydney

Wednesday, 3rd of April: Rainy of the Dark

Thursday, 4th of April: Krista Walsh

Friday, 5th of April: Julie Campbell

The Monster Collection SkelliesWanna win a Girls & Monsters softcover with The Monster Collection Skellies of 5 pieces, handcrafted by me? Click here and fill up the form. The winner will be announced on release day, April the 30th at 9pm (east) during my LIVE CHAT at Darkfuse!

See you there ♥


Girls & Monsters Blog Tour – Week 1

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Come on over and visit these wonderful blogs where you’ll discover something new about me, my book, and everything in between…

Monday, 25th of March: Laura Diamond

Tuesday, 26th of March: Jay Birch

Wednesday, 27th of March: Julianne Snow

Thursday, 28th of March: Imran Siddiq

Friday, 29th of March: Angela Addams

Saturday, 30th of March: Laura Howard

The Monster Collection SkelliesWanna win a Girls & Monsters softcover with The Monster Collection Skellies of 5 pieces, handcrafted by me? Click here and fill up the form. The winner will be announced on release day, April the 30th at 9pm (east) during my LIVE CHAT at Darkfuse!

See you there ♥