I have been busy writing and stiring new story ideas in my cauldron to great effect.
I am so proud to be a part of these two fantastic anthologies that are jam packed with scary stories by so many talented authors.

First up is:51eRlHYLzJL
A collection of spooky stories compiled by Dan Alatore.
Links: http://amzn.eu/d4qiSIP

Next is:ghostly writes 2017

Published by Plaisted Publishing and available from this link: http://amzn.eu/6ct7Lxr

I am proud of our work and over the moon to have my two stories picked for these publications.

Dip into the darker side this year and enjoy these collections.

Plaisted Publishing Presents Ghostly Writes Anthology 2017

Join us in a spooktacular collection of macarbe, ghostly goings on in Plaisted Publishing’s Ghostly Writes Anthology 2017.

I’m proud to be one of the contributing writers to this edition, just in time for you all to be scared in the best Halloween tradition.

Stories to read over and over and not just by candlelight or under the covers.

Find your favourites at http://amzn.eu/fnTQZzB

Today I’m excited. Why? Because I’m hosting Emerian Rich and her latest novel in her Vampire Saga.

This was due to air on 23rd October but technical faults, i.e. my email was sulking, meant that it goes out today.

I love vampires, always have, always will.

Emerian’s vampires are a completely different walk down the avenue. The vampire genre, in my opinion, will never run dry of ideas.

Without further ado, I present to you, Emerian Rich.

 
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When Adele mentioned her readers like vampires, I felt an excited sort of kinship bubble up in my chest. I love vampires too! You might think, “Duh. You write a vampire series, of course you do.” But no… I mean I REALLY like vampires. I’m a fan who thought she could bring more to the genre, but I am a fan to the core. It’s not some passing fancy, like some of those writers who go, “Hey, I think I’ll try my hand at vampire fiction because it’s selling well right now.” In fact, when I wrote my first vampire book, vampires weren’t selling well. No one wanted our favorite monsters. I remember the rejection notices…

 

 

“We aren’t looking for vampire fiction right now.”

“Vampires are so 80’s.”

 

 

And my favorite…

 

 

“Anne Rice has already done it, there’s nowhere to go from there.”

 

 

But I didn’t let down. I pushed on and waited and finally they came back in style, much to our vampire hearts joy. Even if their popularity was fueled by the romantic-y YA Twilight, we’ve run the gambit over the last few years and we’re still going.

 

 

So why should you read my vampire fiction when you have so many to choose from? Well, because my new vampire novel Dusk’s Warriors has four types of vampires in it. And they aren’t clans like in Vampire: The Masquerade or newbies vs. The Originals like in The Vampire Diaries. The vampires in my first book, Night’s Knights thirst for blood. At the end of the novel they go into another realm where they find out about their creation. Now, in the new book, they discover they are not alone. There are three other kinds of vampires that thirst for other things. I have given an excerpt here of just one other type of vampire to wet your appetite. Happy biting!

 

 

Excerpt of Dusk’s Warriors:

Reidar woke to the sound of kisses. At first, he thought he still slept, but as the sun streamed in on him from the partially opened curtains, he realized he was in the waking world.

Stretching, he moved his limbs to cover the entire bed. The kissing sound got louder and he opened his eyes. He heard the gentle snoring of the mortal chained to the end of the bed. Squinting as he peeped out into the bright morning sun, he found nothing on the balcony making the noise. He turned to the sleeping mortal whose eyelashes fluttered.

What did the mortal dream about? The sucking sound got louder and Reidar’s right index finger itched. Inspecting it, Reidar found a blister or a…sucker? An oval patch on his finger seemed to poke out as if a blister had popped. More accurately, it looked like a suction cup on an octopus tentacle.

Approaching the mortal, Reidar became increasingly interested in his dreams. As he neared, the suction cup on his right index finger grew to the size of a nickel. He reached out, the sucker having a mind of its own.

A bluish white spark appeared at the mortal’s temple. It spider webbed out and snapped back like a rubber band pulled too tight. The suction cup reached out further, elongating into the shape of a funnel. Reidar could hear the mortal’s dream.

“Come over here,” a little boy said. “Quick, before he sees you.”

It wasn’t hard for Reidar to understand what he should do. Obviously, if he wanted to stop the increasingly uncomfortable feeling in his gut and the itching at his fingertip, he needed to put his finger to the boy’s temple.

As soon as he connected, energy vibrated through Reidar. An iridescent white light encircled him as he transported into the dream.

 

 

The boy crouched down under a stairway. His legs, arms, and face were covered in blood and dirt. Under closer inspection, Reidar could see nails embedded in his skin in no sort of pattern. A giant man, with nothing but shadow for a face, came down the stairs. His large frame and heavy boots made the wood below him creak and moan.

“Boy?” The man’s voice like sandpaper, dragged across Reidar’s spine as if eating away at his soul. “Where’s my boy?”

The boy shook, a look of pure terror on his face. As the monster rounded the stairs, Reidar couldn’t help himself calling out.

“Stop!” Reidar stepped out of the shadows.

“Who-er you?” The man stood tall, puffing out his chest.

“It’s not your concern.” Reidar stepped forward, reaching for a shovel hanging on a peg board near him.

 

 

A sudden rush of air and a kind of zap sound found Reidar back in the hotel room, his hand numb, and his finger suction cup free.

“Wh-what are you? Who…” The boy’s startled expression snapped Reidar out of his paralysis. He found himself on the floor next to the boy, barely able to control a jittery feeling coursing through his limbs.

“Sta-stay away from me.” Nails, although still tied up, scooted as far away from Reidar as he could.

Reidar walked over to the window, inspecting his fingertip in the light.

“Wha-what did you do to me?” Nails asked from the bedside.

“I’m not quite sure.”

 

 

 

Dusk’s Warriors by Emerian Rich

 

 

Heaven has opened up and welcomed the vampires of Night’s Knights into a new reality. As they struggle to find their place in their new world, trouble brews on Earth.

 

 

Demon servant, Ridge, is causing havoc by gathering up all the souls on Earth that have been touched by immortality. When he injures one of the Night’s Knights crew, he launches a war between the vampires of Heaven, the Big Bad in Hell, and a mortal street gang of vigilante misfits.

 

 

Will Julien, Markham, and Reidar be able to defeat the evil that’s returned, or will they once again need Jespa’s help?

 

 

Praise for Dusk’s Warriors:

“All hail, the queen of Night’s Knights has returned! Emerian Rich’s unique take on vampires delights my black little heart.” ~Dan Shuarette, Lilith’s Love

 

 

“A world of horror with realistic characters in a fast paced thriller you won’t be able to put down.”

~David Watson, The All Night Library

 

 

Praise for Night’s Knights:

“Fresh, original, and thoroughly entertaining.” ~Mark Eller, Traitor

 

 

“Emerian brought the Vampire Novel back from the dead.” ~C. E. Dorsett, Shine Like Thunder

 

 

Available now at Amazon.com in print and eBook

 

 

 

 

Emerian Rich is an artist, horror host, and author of the vampire series, Night’s Knights. She is the hostess of the internationally acclaimed podcast, HorrorAddicts.net. Under the name Emmy Z. Madrigal, she writes the musical romance series, Sweet Dreams and she’s the Editorial Director for the Bay Area magazine, SEARCH. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

 

 

 

Finished

The Next Great Horror Writer Contest has finished.

It’s been a rollercoaster ride but I can exit the roller coaster armed with new knowledge and techniques to further my craft.

Some of the challenges were alien to me, scripts for instance. The last challenge script saw me reading the instructions wrongly and writing a video script instead of a radio script. lol Dyspraxia raise your hand.

I enjoyed it so much and pushed myself beyond my comfort zones. Poetry, me? Oh, yes.

So thank you to the judges, the people who helped, the friends I made along the way and to my beautiful wife, Becca, who moped up tears, read unfinished ideas and made me endless cups of coffee. You are a one in a million my darling and I love you so much.

The following video is for you, baby. I always sing this around the house and you loved it and now, we sing it together. Love you forever, m’hare.

 

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The Box Under The Bed

I am proud to present The Box Under The Bed.

An anthology of frightening, horrific, paranormal and downright spooky tales by a selection of authors brought together by best selling author Dan Alatorre.

I am extremely proud to be one of the authors included in this spine shivering collection.

Warning: Check the doors and windows are locked before reading.

Here are the links to pre-order. This link should take you to your countries Amazon page.

If you pre-order you will receive a bonus edition with an extra story by Dan Alatorre.

http://geni.us/EQNrj

I will leave you with “Spellbound” by Siouxsie who is, in my world anyway, The Living Goddess of everything.

 

Marjorie Mallon – Curse of Time 1 The Bloodstone

Today I am sharing Marjorie Mallon’s new book – Curse of Time 1 The Bloodstone.

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Synopsis:

On Amelina Scott’s thirteenth birthday, her father disappears under mysterious circumstances. Saddened by this traumatic event, she pieces together details of a curse that has stricken the heart and soul of her family.

Amelina longs for someone to confide in. Her once carefree mother has become angry and despondent. One day a strange black cat and a young girl, named Esme appear. Immediately, Esme becomes the sister Amelina never had. The only catch is that Esme must remain a prisoner, living within the mirrors of Amelina’s house.

Dreams and a puzzling invitation convince Amelina the answer to her family’s troubles lies within the walls of the elusive Crystal Cottage. Undaunted by her mother’s warnings, Amelina searches for the cottage on an isolated Cambridgeshire pathway where she encounters a charismatic young man, named Ryder. At the right moment, he steps out of the shadows, rescuing her from the unwanted attention of two male troublemakers.

With the help of an enchanted paint set, Amelina meets the eccentric owner of the cottage, Leanne, who instructs her in the art of crystal magic. In time, she earns the right to use three wizard stones. The first awakens her spirit to discover a time of legends, and later, leads her to the Bloodstone, the supreme cleansing crystal which has the power to restore the balance of time. Will Amelina find the power to set her family free?

A YA/middle grade fantasy set in Cambridge, England exploring various themes/aspects: Light, darkness, time, shadows, a curse, magic, deception, crystals, art, poetry, friendships, teen relationships, eating disorders, self-harm, anxiety, depression, family, puzzles, mystery, a black cat, music, a mix of sadness, counterbalanced by a touch of humour.

Marjorie tells us about her character Esme, who self-harms. As someone who has done this since I was a teenager, I am proud of Marjorie for championing this dreadful part of mental illness and for bringing it to the attention of others. Thank you, Marjorie.

Thank you so much, Adele, for inviting me to guest post on your blog today.

I’d like to focus on one particular character in my YA novel The Curse of Time–Book 1–Bloodstone, Esme, the mirror girl.

To begin with, Esme troubled me; she was such a sketchy character. I knew she was stuck in a mirror in a time she didn’t belong in but apart from that, I couldn’t get a sense of who she really was. In time she developed, I believe the dialogue I created between her and the main protagonist Amelina shaped her character. It was as if she needed to speak for me to hear her voice and to understand who she truly was.

Mirrors fascinate me as do reflections. When we look in a mirror, we see different versions of ourselves. What we perceive can vary depending on so many factors. Lighting can influence how we look. If we’re tired, we might see shadows under our eyes. If we’re dressed to impress with immaculate makeup and perfect hair, we smile as we acknowledge the best version of ourselves. With these thoughts in mind, Esme’s character evolved. She became a split personality, a girl with variable emotions, and a manic depressive with a tendency to self-harm.

At the time I didn’t know anyone personally who self-harmed, but I’d heard second-hand accounts. I was shocked to discover how many young people self-harm. This growing problem is considered to be more common amongst girls. https://www.selfharm.co.uk/get/facts/self-harm_statistics. I wondered if self-harm could be triggered by a need to be a perfect version of oneself, a girl with no outward flaws, who tried so hard to excel at everything.

So Perfect Esme was born. A beautiful, intelligent, girl who didn’t want for anything, who believed everyone envied and hated her because she had more than her fair share of brains, looks, and athletic prowess.

No one appreciates someone who can do it all. But everyone has at least one flaw. In Esme’s case, this imperfection is hidden. Her one failing is her emotional and mental vulnerability. But, people can’t see that because they are all so focused on what they see on the surface rather than what lies within her heart.

When Esme self-harms this action releases her pain, albeit temporarily, and whilst she continues to be a prisoner she can’t escape the walls that enclose her.

Without a doubt writing about a character with mental health issues isn’t easy. One has to consider many things. There is a duty to be as realistic as possible. How could I hope to achieve this within the framework of a fantasy novel? I had to research, consider, reflect and try to tap into the mind of my character. A difficult goal and I hope I created an authentic character that youngsters might identify with.

To represent most of my characters I’m intending to use photographic portraits but Esme is an exception. I have asked artist Carolina Russo to create a portrait of Esme for me which I will share on social media.

I’d like to say how important it is to encourage openness, discussion and tolerance regarding mental health issues. If I can do this in some small way by creating characters such as Esme then that can only be a good outcome.

© Marjorie Mallon 2017

Links:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/self-harm/

https://www.selfharm.co.uk/

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/self-harm/

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/self-harm/

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/cutting-and-self-harm.htm

 

Get to know Marjorie:

I am a debut author who has been blogging for three years: https://mjmallon.com. My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA, middle-grade fiction and micro poetry – haiku and tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 reviews: https://mjmallon.com/2015/09/28/a-z-of-my-book-reviews/

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheroes! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac, sign a lucky rabbit,) second child and only daughter to my proud parents Paula and Ronald. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong with my elder brother Donald. My parents dragged me away from my exotic childhood and my much-loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. In bonnie Edinburgh, I mastered Scottish country dancing and a whole new Och Aye lingo.

As a teenager, I travelled to many far-flung destinations to visit my abacus wielding wayfarer dad. It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six-foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters. After such an upbringing my author’s mind has taken total leave of its senses! When I’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me I snorkel with mermaids or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.

Marjorie’s Links:

Links:

My Amazon Author Page

My blog – for information about new releases, photos of main characters/character interviews, book reviews and inspiration: https://mjmallon.com

My New Facebook Group #ABRSC: Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebook:

Instagram:

Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and Twitter: @curseof_time

Facebook: Facebook: m j mallon author

Tumblr: Tumblr: mjmallonauthor

I have devoted the past few years to writing over 100 reviews on My Goodreads Review Account, and on my blog to help support traditional and indie writers.

Thank you so much, Marjorie, for being my blog guest today.  

I want to take this opportunity to promote Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebook: It is a wonderful group of people from all areas of writing who post fantastic articles and help each other. Truly a fantastic group. Thanks again, Marjorie.

 

Character Interview – Wisp

Character Interview – Wisp.

 

Me-          Hello, Wisp.

Wisp-      Hello, Adele.

Me-          You are a Law Enforcer in the city of Edra. Can you tell us about a typical day.

Wisp-      There is no such thing as a typical day. -laughs- On a good day I do my rounds then stop off for a pie at the market. Report back to the Senior then go home.

Me-          And on a bad day?

Wisp-      A drug death. Fish a body out of the river. Missing children and heartache.

Me-          It surprises me that they are drug problems in Edra.

Wisp-      There are many problems in Edra that would surprise a lot of people. I see the underbelly, the parts of Edra where no one wants to go willingly.  The circle is like a portal and all things come through. People are poor, they try to make an honest living but there is always someone on the corner tempting them to make a quick silver or to give then a taste of hope. They when they are hooked……

Me-          The noose around their neck tightens.

Wisp-      Exactly.

Me-          If you had one wish what would it be?

Wisp-      Impossible. I would spend a century trying to decide. -laughs-

Me-          You seem to have a fascination with boots.

Wisp-      Yes. New boots in fantastic colors or designs are an obsession or one of them anyway.

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Me-        The other obsessions?

Wisp-    Finn gave too much away in his interview. Let the readers find out about my-clears throat- other obsessions.

Me-        Well said, Wisp. Before we sign off is there anything you would like to share with the readers?

Wisp-      Blessings for a happy day and a song to remember me by.

Me-          Thank you, Wisp.