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Paranormal Book Feature and Interview: The History Major: A Novella by Michael Phillip Cash @michaelpcash


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“Cash intermingles beauty and violence …It’s smartly ambiguous and open to interpretation, and some may delight in a second (or third) read.” – Kirkus Reviews

After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can’t quite put her finger on it. She’s sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she’s registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her. Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?

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She perused the vaguely familiar room, her mouth so dry it was actually painful.

Getting clumsily to her knees, she pulled herself onto the bed, closing her eyes against the bright glare from the drapeless window.

“You’ll be late,” an irritatingly cheerful voice warned. “Come on, lazybones. Time to get up.”

Amanda put a flattened pillow over her head shutting out the voice. Someone was pulling it.

“Manda,” she sang. “You don’t want to miss the first day!”

Amanda rolled over, snatching the pillow to hold it protectively over her abdomen. She heard the familiar melody of a nursery rhyme, one of her least favorite, The Muffin Man.

“Stop!” she snapped. She looked up groggily. Two faces swam before her, they wavered, then settled into a single image. Amanda studied the unfamiliar girl. “Do I know you?” Her voice was a rusty scrape.

The girl kept singing the irritating nursery rhyme. Her nasal contralto drifted into every nook and cranny of Amanda’s abused head, until her teeth drummed in time to the ditty. Amanda squeezed her eyes shut, holding her hands over her ears, the music growing louder, until it sounded as though it filled her brain.

She jumped up, bile rising from her stomach to bath the back of her throat. She swayed, her eyes searching to find something solid to latch onto to stop the movement. A wastebasket appeared under her face, the booze from the night before made a horrifying return appearance. Kind hands held her long auburn hair from the mess, while Amanda puked, and puked, then puked some more.

Why did she drink so much, she thought bitterly. What was she trying to prove? Patrick’s disappointed face swam before her eyes. She blinked hard, erasing his hurt hazel eyes and thinned lips. It wasn’t her fault, it wasn’t her fault at all. He started the whole thing, forcing her to chose her friends over him. It didn’t have to end up the way it did. She cursed softly.

A cold wet rag efficiently made it’s way across her face, the kind thoughts that niggled their way towards her bitter mouth evaporated when Mary Sunshine piped, “Feeling better?”

Amanda took the washcloth from the capable hands, snarling, “Enough.”


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About the Author:

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Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. His novels are best-sellers on Amazon under their genres – Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense, Ghost, Action Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror.

Michael writes full-time and lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wonderful wife and screaming children. You can follow him @michaelpcash.

Connect with Michael on:
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Web: www.michaelphillipcash.com
Blog: www.michaelphillipcash-officialblog.com/
Email: michaelphillipcash@gmail.com


Interview:

Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? I STARTED WRITING SCREENPLAYS WHEN I WAS 15 YEARS OLD, AND CONTINUED WRITING THEM FOR MANY YEARS. I WAS SUBMITTING MANY OF THEM TO DIFFERENT PRODUCTION COMPANIES AND HAD MEETINGS WITH SOME BIG PRODUCERS OVER THE YEARS. THEN I STARTED TURNING MY SCRIPTS TO NOVELS AND BEGAN SELF-PUBLISHING. 14 BEST-SELLERS LATER, I NOW HAVE AN AWESOME LITERARY AGENT AND ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY WHO ARE TRYING TO GET MY BOOK MONSTERLAND INTO A NATIONAL PUBLISHER. THEY HAVE AN AGENCY IN LA WAITING IN THE WINGS TO SELL THE FILM RIGHTS. WHAT A RIDE IT’S BEEN!

How many books do you currently have published? 14, BUT I HAVE ABOUT 5 MORE FINISHED, WAITING TO GET PICKED UP.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? IT’S LIKE CHOOSING CHILDREN, BUT IF I HAD TO PICK ONE, IT WAS MONSTERLAND. GOONIES AND JURASSIC PARK MEETS WEREWOLVES, VAMPIRES & ZOMBIES. WHAT WAS NOT TO LOVE. I REALLY ENJOYED BUILDING THE ENTIRE MONSTERLAND UNIVERSE.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I AM KNEE DEEP IN MONSTERLAND 2. I HAVE MONSTERLAND 3 AND 4 ALREADY BEAT OUT. I HAVE A COMPLETED BOOK CALLED DRAGGED DOWN DEEP – WHICH WILL PROBABLY BE MY NEXT RELEASE. THINK INDIANA JONES MEETS CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON.

What do you enjoy most about writing? THE FREEDOM TO SCULPT THE WORLD MY CHARACTERS LIVE IN. MY FAVORITE ASPECT OF WRITING ALL MY BOOKS IS ALWAYS BUILDING THEIR UNIVERSE. I TOOK A HUGE PAGE FROM THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? ALWAYS. WHEN I BEAT OUT MY STORIES I AM PRETTY CERTAIN I KNOW WHERE THE CHARACTER IS GOING. BUT SOMETIMES, WHILE WRITING THE SCRIPT AND FIGURING OUT WHAT MY CHARACTERS WANT, IT ALMOST ALWAYS TAKE A TURN THAT I NEVER THOUGHT WOULD BE THERE.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? I LOVED WRITING ALASTAIR IN WITCHES PROTECTION PROGRAM. HE WAS ALWAYS COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED AND TRIED TO HAVE TREMENDOUS PATIENCE FOR HIS NEW RECRUIT WES ROCKVILLE. EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER I WRITE IS AN ACTOR – AND ALASTAIR HAPPENED TO BE CHRISTOPH WALTZ. MY LEAST? THAT’S A TOUGH ONE BECAUSE I LOVE ALL MY CHARACTERS. I REALLY DON’T HAVE ONE I DIDN’T LIKE WRITING ABOUT. I DON’T LIKE ROMANTIC VAMPIRES, SO I TRIED TO MAKE THE VAMPIRES IN MY BOOK MONSTERLAND TOTAL ROCK STARS – WITH A HINT OF ROMANTIC INTENTIONS.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? MY FAVORITE SCENE IS THE BRIDGE SCENE IN WITCHES PROTECTION PROGRAM, HANDS DOWN. OH, AND PAUL FINDING ALLISON IN STILLWELL. AH! TOO MANY TO EVEN THINK OF.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? DON’T WRITE WHAT YOU THINK HOLLYWOOD WANTS. WRITE WHAT IS IN YOUR HEART. I WAS CHASING BIG BUDGET IDEAS THAT DIDN’T REALLY AMOUNT TO MUCH. GO AGAINST THE GRAIN AND DO WHAT YOU FEEL IS RIGHT.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? IF THEY WANT A MALE ROM-COM – POKERGEIST. IF THEY ARE A HISTORY BUFF – THE HISTORY MAJOR. IF THEY WANT A DELICIOUS POPCORN TREAT – WITCHES PROTECTION PROGRAM. IF THEY WANT YOUNG ADULT – MONSTERLAND.

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character? I HAVE A BOOK READY TO GO CALLED DRAGGED DOWN DEEP. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED BY CRYPTOZOOLOGY. ONE NIGHT I WAS WATCHING CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON – AND THE IDEA OF A MODERN-DAY INDIANA JONES WITH A TATTOO SLEEVE CHASING A CREATURE THAT IS KILLING PEOPLE IN THE HAMPTONS.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorites to read? I ACTUALLY LOVE TO READ SPIRITUAL AND SELF-HELP BOOKS. NOTHING GETS ME MORE MOTIVATED TO LEARN ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF OTHERS. I LOVE READING BIOGRAPHIES AND SCREENPLAYS. TONS AND TONS OF SCREENPLAYS. I LOVE TO LEARN DIFFERENT WAYS HOW TO STRUCTURE A GOOD STORY AND THE ONLY WAY TO LEARN IS FROM THE MASTERS LIKE QUENTIN TARANTINO, CHARLIE KAUFMANN, BRIAN KOPPELMAN, ETC…

What about television shows? Movies? I DON’T WATCH ANY TV, EXCEPT FOR AN INDULGENCE EVERY NOW AND THEN LIKE DINERS, DRIVE-INS, AND DIVES. I AM A HUGE MOVIE BUFF. I TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN MY MOVIE COLLECTION. TOP FIVE FAVORITE MOVIES: 1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD. 2. ROUNDERS. 3. EMPIRE STRIKES BACK & LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY (TIED) 4. SCARFACE 5. THE REVENANT & MAD MAX FURY ROAD (TIED; NEWLY ADDED)

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? GOOGLE, WIKIPEDIA, AND THE INTERNET – MY ABSOLUTELY AMAZING BEST FRIENDS.


Christian Fiction Feature: Hidden Thrones by Russ Scalzo @RussScalzo


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Christian Fiction/Paranormal


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A new award winning series from author Russ Scalzo. A supernatural thriller. A titanic clash between good and evil.

Jack Bennett has an unusual gift. His coveted ability means he is the FBI’s newest hire, serving as a consultant for their new Paranormal Division.
The government is convinced we are not alone in this world. With invisible forces all around, agencies are seeking how to harness that power for their own uses. The mystery swirling around the unseen and unknown has caused much speculation. Some suppose lost souls are wandering the earth, others believe deceased loved ones never truly moved on, and still there are those who are convinced that aliens have infiltrated our world.

Jack Bennett knows better. He knows who and what these powers are. The ancient scriptures talk about a great evil that was conceived in the depths of eternity. There, a great war occurred in a place called Heaven. Lucifer, the ancient serpent, the evil dragon of folklore, was cast out and bound to the earth and confined to its surrounding atmosphere.

Could it be that the evil we see is inspired by a dark kingdom, a demonic spiritual force at war with the human race? Could these princes and rulers of darkness be influencing our world today? Jack Bennett knows this is the truth. He knows because he encounters them every day.

Follow Jack Bennett in the first of a five part series as he battles the realm of Hidden Thrones.

Praise for Hidden Thrones:
“Spirit-filled fiction in a political thriller, what a treat!” David Bergsland of Reality Calling.
“This book was great! Action and intrigue right from the beginning and with a bit of romance thrown in.”
“I loved this book! It was exciting and thought-provoking.”
“What a suspenseful Christian novel this is. It is very much in the category of Frank Peretti’s “This Present Darkness” novel.”

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The front room was dark except for the moonlight streaming through the broken glass of the windows. It was difficult to see much of anything except shadows of old furniture and pictures that still hung over the fireplace, just as the Oslow’s had left it thirty years ago. Louise laid the blanket on the floor and began to take her shirt off. Tom followed. It was clear that they planned on going for it right in the old house, defying every story they had been told. Arrogance was their forte. The two fell to the floor and embraced feverishly and passionately. Suddenly, Tom thought he heard the sound of footsteps coming down the stairs from the second floor and turned his head to see what it was. Looking puzzled, Louise said, “Come on, babe. What’s wrong?”

Then she heard it too. They both jumped to their feet. Tom looked up and saw a tall, dark figure coming down the steps. Louise stepped back and let out a blood-curdling scream. Tom looked for something to use as a weapon and, grabbing the fireplace poker, he stepped in front of Louise as they both began to move slowly backwards toward the door.

The figure stopped at the lower landing and spoke. “Well, look who we have here. I know you two very well,” it said in a voice so low and imposing that it shook Tom and Louise to the very core.

“You don’t know us!” Louise shouted nervously, her voice beginning to shake. Not knowing where the voice even came from, she held on tighter to Tom.

“Oh, but I do, Tom Stockshire and Louise Crowder. I’ve been watching you for some time. You’re in _my_ house now.”

Though scared out of his mind, Tom still had enough arrogance to shout, “Oh yeah? Then come and get us, jackass!”

The figure moved at Tom without touching the ground. In less than a second, it was in Tom’s face. Tom swung the iron fire poker at the figure, but it passed right through it. Tom’s eyes widened and sweat emptied from every pore of his body.

Louise screamed again and ran to the door, shouting at Tom, “What are you doing? Run!”At that moment, Tom felt himself lifting off the ground, still flailing away at the dark figure in vain. Stunned, Louise bolted out the door and began to run for the car. The creature let out a roar like a lion and flung Tom head first into the brick wall above the fireplace. His body fell lifelessly to the floor. The creature moved to the door, looked out toward Louise, and let out a sound so awful that it even shook the surrounding trees. Louise got to the car, opened the door, and began frantically locking every door by hand. Searching for the keys, she stopped and realized in a moment of disbelief and despair that Tom had them in his pocket.


About the Author:

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RUSS SCALZO: A full-time author and frequent lecturer in Biblical Prophecy, Russ brings a lifetime of technical expertise to a story he believes may very well be the substance of tomorrow’s headlines. “On the Edge of Time” began in 1994 as a 50-page short story named for the newspaper the protagonist writes for, “Chronicles of the End Times.” After a few years, Russ resumed writing with STEVE MAMCHAK and ultimately split the completed novel “On the Edge of Time” into two captivating parts that they feel is both Biblically accurate as well as dramatically powerful, hitting at the essence of our lives now, and during the time that may soon be upon us.

Russ’s new series HIDDEN THRONES features Jack Bennett a consultant for the FBI’s new paranormal division. Jack has an unusual gift that pits him against powerful dark forces that threaten to take over planet earth. In this series the author reveals the truth about paranormal activity.

In the 1960’s and 70’s, Russ Scalzo was the front man for The Hallmarks, a band popular along the Jersey Shore, and scored a record contract with Mercury Records. After a life changing decision, he went from performing in bars to ministering in churches and touring the country with his band, Saved By Grace. He has written too many songs to count, including music for several original musicals. He is the co-founder and president of a non-profit Christian theater company based in New Jersey, Lighthouse Stage Productions.

Russ currently resides on the Jersey Shore with his wife of 40+ years. He has three beautiful daughters and is a grandfather of three.

STEVE MAMCHAK: Long-time educator and author of a number of books on teaching methodology, Steve holds ministerial credentials and heads a drama ministry aimed at presenting Biblical truth in a timely and powerful manner.

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Historical Fantasy Feature and Interview: Order of the Blood: The Unofficial Chronicles of John Grissom by Page Zaplendam @pagezaplendam


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Historical Fantasy – Paranormal – Speculative Fiction


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If Regency England had an XFiles, this would be it! In this rollicking historical vampire adventure, set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic war, an unlikely trio decodes letters, survives vampire-proof dungeons, and attends masked balls in order to save the country they love.

Bacteriologist John Grissom isn’t your ordinary vampire. Saddled with inexplicable deficiencies and struggling to maintain his humanity in the face of incredible temptations, he is intent on finding a cure. But when he stumbles upon a vast conspiracy lead by peer of the realm and vampire lord, the Earl of Waite, as a true son of England he can’t just leave well enough alone.

He acquires surprising allies in his lovely assistant, Henrietta Isherwood, and Prussian vampire hunter, Gerhardt Van Helsing. Together the three of them take on the challenge of saving England from Waite’s mad schemes. But Lord Waite and his small army of vampires don’t suffer any of the defects of John’s turning. If the members of Bow Street’s newly created Odd Crimes Division can’t prevail, Waite’s greater strength and speed could place England at the mercy of Napoleon and give victory to the Order of the Blood.

“Reads like an episode of Penny Dreadful.” – William, Goodreads giveaway winner

“I was sorry to see the story end I can’t wait for sequels.” Leslie Sholly, blogger, lifeineverylimb.com

“I’m going to have to read [the sequel] to see what is in store for this intriguing character Zapledam has created.” Laura Pearl, author of Erin’s Ring

“I admire the way the author used a vampire story (without being repulsive) to tell an exciting tale with real substance, one that makes readers ponder moral truths and, in particular, to consider what really makes a monster.” Therese Heckencamp, author of Frozen Footprints

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The door opened and the butler stepped in before John could make his reply. He nodded to Waite before the earl turned away to greet his new guests.

“Mr. Francis Isherwood and Miss Isherwood.”

John was surprised to see the same elderly doctor who had attended the meeting at Mr. Palmer’s the night previous. A flicker of recognition passed over his features as the introductions were made. Miss Isherwood, too, recognized him as a faint blush and increased pulse indicated. All three men turned toward her in concern, but John noticed the earl’s nostrils flaring, a feral look taking over his features.

“Miss Isherwood. A pleasure to meet you. Are you quite well?” John asked, determined to remind the earl that the young woman was a guest in his home with her father present. He didn’t know enough about Waite to say whether the man would attack her, but he wouldn’t put it past him to do so.

Her eyes connected with his. A hidden message – recognition of his efforts? – lay in their dark depths. Her gaze fell to his hand which still held hers and he became aware of those yet watching.

“Yes, of course. I am just over-heated,” she said. She snapped open her fan and began fluttering it in the direction of her face as if to support the assertion.

“I am overjoyed you were able to bring your daughter, Mr. Isherwood. She will bring a welcome note of gentility and civilized rapport to the table tonight.” John watched both Waite and Miss Isherwood as the smooth compliment came from the earl’s mouth.

Mr. Isherwood, impatient with the talk of his daughter’s supposed merits, nodded and pulled away from the earl.

“Starting early, today, aren’t we, milord?” Isherwood asked with a wave to the cigar in Waite’s hand.

“My apologies, my dear Miss Isherwood,” Lord Waite said before stubbing out the cigar in a glass tray. “I would never had taken the liberty had I realized you were –“

“Oh no,” she interrupted him with a laugh. “Father is just being cantankerous. In fact, I am fairly sure if you don’t offer him one of your cigars, he may expire from desire any moment now.”

Mr. Isherwood raised his gaze from his intent study of the cigars to rest it on his daughter.

“T’would be a blessing, I tell you, if I could expire.”

“Father, I beg you will preserve my sensibilities. A happy discussion of your death is quite more than I could bear at the moment. And am I correct in imagining his lordship wouldn’t appreciate a fainting damsel on his carpet?”

Lord Waite nodded from his position by the fire.

John kept silence throughout the exchange. He was amazed at Waite’s pretense at politeness, and Miss Isherwood’s seeming indifference to the danger she was in. She could not possibly be relying on her father’s ability to defend her in the face of such a menace. But perhaps she was relying on his being a peer of the realm and expecting guests in a matter of moments? Or perhaps she was not fully aware of the danger Waite posed.


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About the Author:

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Page Zaplendam is an author of post-apocalyptic fiction and historical fantasy. She enjoys writing historically influenced fiction with a modern bent. Other interests include survival skills, hand lettering, and entrepreneurship. She doesn’t believe vampires exist or that the world will end tomorrow, but has been known to be wrong before. Interested parties can find her on twitter, FB, or on her website: www.pagezaplendam.com. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter on the website for the latest news on releases, exclusive fiction for fans, and other goodies.

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Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? My next release, due for Spring of 2017, is a novella that stands as a spacer between book 1 and 2 in The Unofficial Chronicles of John Grissom series. Its working title is The Egyptian Elixir, but we’ll see if that sticks. Anyone who is a fan of mad scientist v vampire fiction should get a kick out of it.

What do you enjoy most about writing? For me the challenge of writing, and what makes it enjoyable, is being able to convey a story that was in my head, that I am enjoying and getting others to enjoy it as well. That’s why it just thrills me to the core to hear that people have read and loved my book.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? I think most any writer would say that their personal favorite is the hero, because if he isn’t, that will bleed through in the writing (and maybe readers will be thinking, hey this side character is way cooler, the book should’ve been about him!) So, to be honest, I’m a little eensy-weensy bit in love with my hero. I love a good time-travel and he’s like what it would like if a modern man grew up with Regency era morals and was turned into a vampire. Hard to imagine, I know, which is why I think millennials especially will enjoy Order of the Blood.

My least favorite is the villain, Lord Waite. He’s just not a nice person. He has his reasons for doing what he does, and they are autocratic, arrogant, just bleh. He’s definitely not someone I’d ever want to have to sit down to dinner with. At certain times I really feel for John Grissom because it takes a lot of courage to stand against someone who is that intimidating, who knows exactly how dangerous he is and is willing to use that for nefarious ends.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? I’m a romantic at heart, so my favorite scene had to be the dungeon scene just because it was such a challenge to get inside their heads and express what the intensity of what they were feeling and to do so in such a way that it was true to the historical mores of the time. Intimacy on any level was reserved for married couples, so to even have them in the same room the way they are… her reputation would likely have been ruined if word of it was ever publicized. It made for a really thrilling writing experience. And my readers seem to gravitate toward that part as a favorite as well, so I think I might have hit on something there.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Write something you would enjoy reading. Write often and hone your craft. One can’t write a well-written novel without having put in the time and effort. It just doesn’t happen.

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release,  a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character? I can tell all my fans that I am currently working on becoming a hybrid author with a different, post-apocalyptic new dark age series. Between that and working on The Hellhound of Derbyshire (Book 2 in The Unofficial Chronicles) and marketing for Order of the Blood, it’s been some busy evenings. But I’m very excited at the prospect of possibly going hybrid.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?
I am actually a big fan of Ryk Brown’s Frontier’s Saga and Lindsey Buroker’s Emperor’s Edge Series and her Rust and Relics series. Both of them are indie authors that are incredibly popular, and extremely prolific in their writing. I am green with envy at the amount of really entertaining writing they are able to get out in front of the public.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? I had to think about this one. There are sooo many good books out there that I just love, especially among the classics. But I think I have to hand it to Little House on the Prairie (don’t laugh!) – among a few others (Hatchet, My Side of the Mountain) – for my love of going back to the land, homesteading, doing it/making it yourself, being independent, and learning survival skills. Those are books that I read when I was very young, but I think it’s because of that that they had such a big impact.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? I plan on attending a few events in 2017, possibly some book readings locally. I will let fans know in my newsletter, FB page, and website.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? Waiting for my 50s to be able to be prolific. :) (Right now, my only writing time is in the evening so I’m never writing as much as I’d like.)

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? I have a monthly newsletter that I’ll start to publish once I hit 20 subscribers. If you subscribe, you’ll receive all the latest info on giveaways, new releases, and exclusive fiction set in the Unofficial Chronicles world, right to your inbox – no need to seek me out.


Young Adult Horror Feature, Guest Post, and Interview: Revenge, Lust and Voodoo by Dina Rae @haloofthedamned


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Paranormal, Young Adult, Horror


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Release Date: 9/29/16

Lucien Nazaire is an old Haitian priest with a checkered past. He longs to find the perfect apprentice to carry on his life’s work of black magick. He hires Jake, a neighbor boy, to help him with odd household jobs and then takes him under his wing.
Sixteen year old Jake LaRue lives with his abusive uncle. Voodoo becomes the perfect solution to get him out of a helpless situation.
Henry Novak, an autistic teen and Jake’s only friend from school, becomes obsessed with Haiti and the dark arts. He wants to be included in Jake’s Voodoo lessons.
The newly learned magick gives both boys the power to manipulate those they hate and lust. But their dreams soon unravel once the Voodoo spells wear off.

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“You’re a God-damned slut!  Whore!  How could you?  He was touching your…All over!” Pete bellowed.
“How dare you!  You’re the one who told me to get up on the stage and make some real money!” Leah screamed back.  T.J. tried playing mediator, but his slurred words were ignored.
“But then a lap dance?  You waste no time, you little cunt!  Kinda like you’ve been stripping since you started working there and lying about it!”
“If you weren’t such as lazy drunken slob then maybe I wouldn’t have to work!  Someone has to pay for things around here.  You sure ain’t…”
Oh no!  Smackdown time! thought Jake, too afraid to move.  He hated it when his uncle got like this.  These violent moods were usually alcohol induced.  The familiar sounds of slaps, thuds, cracks, and painful moans were on the other side of his bedroom door.  He heard Rhianna’s crying in the background.
“Rhi, go back to bed.  Mommy’s alright!” yelled T.J. who was trying to calm Pete down.
Jake rolled out of bed and army crawled to the doorway.  Looking through the opening that separated the door from the carpeting, he saw Leah’s head bloodied.  She lay limp on the floor.  Pete stopped hitting her.  His whole demeanor changed.  With a wolfish expression, he began to unbuckle his belt.


About the Author:

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Dina Rae brings an academic element to her novels by weaving research and history throughout the stories. Big Pharma, Big Agri, Big Conspiracy is Dina’s first nonfiction work.
Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and dog outside of Dallas. She is a Christian, avid tennis player, movie buff, teacher, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times in e-zines, websites, blogs, newspapers, and syndicated radio programs. When she is not writing she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Stephen King, Brad Thor, and George R.R. Martin. She also enjoys reading about religion, UFOs, New World Order, government conspiracies, political intrigue, and other cultures. Revenge, Lust and Voodoo is her newest paranormal, YA novel.

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Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?  I started writing seven years ago.  After I finished my first book, I couldn’t stop.  Five novels and one nonfiction later, writing has become a big part of my life.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?

I’m very proud of all of them.  I like to put a lot of research and history into them.  It’s always fun to learn new things and hope my readers take away something that they didn’t know before reading the books.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?  Yes.  I am writing The Sequel, a sequel for my novel The Best Seller.  It’s a sci-fi alien/Nazi/time traveler novel that will come out this spring.

What do you enjoy most about writing?  It provides an escape from everyday life, which is exactly how I feel about reading.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?  Yes, all the time.  I loosely plan my stories and then just let it fly.  Sometimes the characters as well as the plot go to places I hadn’t seen before.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?  In Revenge, Lust and Voodoo I particularly like Jake.  He is a poor foster kid who gets jacked around all of the time-a target for Voodoo and other dark cult-like religions. I also love Lucien, the Voodoo priest.  He’s a selfish son-of-a-b but has a good side to him as well.  He’s complicated.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?  I loved writing one of the revenge scenes that involved Jake’s abusive uncle.  Not to give the story away, but he gets what he deserves.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?  Don’t expect to get rich.  So few writers do.  Write for the craft of it, the fun of it, and the escape of it.  If it’s something you truly love, you can officially call yourself a writer.  My biggest tip is this-just because you wrote a book doesn’t mean you’re done.  Promotion is just has much work, but I love doing radio.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?  I love Jim Marrs, Dan Brown, George R.R. Martin, Brad Thor, George Orwell, and Stephen King.

What about television shows? Movies?  I love Homeland and Game of Thrones.  American Horror Story is also pretty awesome.  My favorite movies are The Matrix, I, Robot, The Omen, Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, Devil’s Advocate, The Perfect Murder, and The Notebook.  There are so many more.  A good movie is just a good movie.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?  There are so many fantastic books out there.  The Stand (King), Brave New World (Huxley), and 1984 (Orwell) are probably the most thought-provoking books that I’ve read.  I also was moved by the Left Behind Series (LaHaye and Jenkins).  Politics and religion fascinate me.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? Escape, imagination, creativity, therapy, obsession, compulsion, dream, ambition, accomplishment, and insanity!

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Enjoy Revenge, Lust and Voodoo!


Guest Post by Dina Rae:

With the so-called zombie apocalypse approaching, one must be educated about the different kinds of zombies before prepping for defense. First, there is the most common and believable-the human that turns into a zombie because of mental collapse, disease, infection, and/or radiation. They stagger around dazed and confused and cause panic to others. Then there is the man-made monster kind or the kind Hollywood and horror authors like me tend to capitalize on.

Zombie interest continues to fascinate the world. Jeffrey Dahmer drilled holes then poured acid down his victim’s heads in hopes of creating his own zombie. His madness didn’t work. Can man make his own zombie? Are these monsters real?

According to Wade Davis, author of The Serpent of the Rainbow, zombies are real. They are a product of the Voodoo religion. He was originally hired by a pharmaceutical company to find out about the drugs Voduists used in their death rituals. He believed that datura also known as zombie’s cucumber was a plant that could medically make one who ingested it appear to be dead for a certain length of time. Sounds like the stuff Juliet Capulet used to fake her death. Could Shakespeare have known about the magical zombie-making plant?

Datura or sometimes Cimora, a close relative of Datura’s, eventually wears off but leaves the victim in a state of confusion, highly susceptible to the art of persuasion. Presto! A zombie slave is at the captor’s disposal. Mr. Davis didn’t just find his datura flower, but witnessed zombie phenomena as he immersed himself within the Haitian culture.

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Revenge, Lust and Voodoo is a unique blend of paranormal, romance, and fantasy. Besides The Serpent and the Rainbow, I read volumes of other Voodoo material and watched hours of TV specials. Some of the terms I learned can be found below:

Bokor: A wizard who practices black magic, a zombie maker.
Loa: deity/spirit
Ghede Family: A family of loas known as the spirits of the dead. Three barons rule the family. Baron Samedi is the loa of resurrection. Baron Kriminel is the most feared loa associated with cannibalism and souls. He’s honored on The Day of the Dead. Baron LaCroix is the loa of the dead and sexuality.
Poppet: Voodoo doll
Ti-bon-ange: “little good angel” The part of the soul that represents a person’s individuality.
Gros-bon-ange: “great good angel” Part of the soul that is collected into a reservoir of the Cosmos or spirit world.
Baka: Voodoo spirits in animal form.
Loup Garou: werewolf
Djab: a devil
Dessounin: Death ritual that separates the gros-bon-ange from the body.
Bizango Society: Secret society of Vodouists. They have Freemason-like qualities such as aprons, secret handshakes, oaths, hierarchy, and symbols. Legend states they change into animals at will. They are known for stealing black cats and boiling them to death for Voodoo services. They drink each other’s blood from a human skull chalice.

Revenge, Lust and Voodoo is available for 3.99 on Amazon.

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Paranormal Mystery Feature: XIMORA by Patty G. Henderson @PattyGHenderson


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Brenda Strange Paranormal Mystery Series Book 4

An ancient evil once again walks the Earth, its thirst for vengeance leaving butchered bodies drained of blood. Can psychic investigator Brenda Strange solve the bloody secret of the curse before those she loves most become the next victims? Or will Brenda finally face an evil more horrifying than even she can handle?

In the fourth Brenda Strange book, in a chilly Halloween night, the ancient past collides with the present in a terrifying battle against the the power of primal gods and a blood-thirsty Amazon warrior. When the life of an innocent child becomes the final sacrifice, Brenda Strange and Detective Lisa Chambliss must put even their own lives on the line to save him.

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Excerpt:

Chapter 17

Brenda sat outside with Cubbie on the spacious front porch of Malfour House, something she hadn’t done since moving in. Cubbie, evidently a Halloween freak, had gone out and bought fake, battery-operated pumpkins that lit up inside and laughed each time anyone made a sound, a huge skeleton door hanging and bags of miniature Snickers and Milky Way candies.

It was a cool night, and Brenda, dressed in a turtleneck sweater and wool pants, held a hot mug of coffee in her hands.

“I must admit, it’s nice being out here. I wish I’d done it more often before. Tina and I never found the time.” Brenda breathed in the chilly air and forced back the tinge of sadness that threatened to creep in and spoil the night. She looked over at Cubbie, who sat under a colorful blanket in the other Adirondack chair. “I’m not so sure about this Halloween stuff, though.” She looked at the decorations. “Not a single kid ever came knocking at our door. I told you we never got kids.”

Cubbie let out a deep sigh. “Well, I can’t believe it. In my neighborhood, the place always crawls with kids. I always buy two bags of candy and there is little left over,” she grumbled and burrowed deeper under the blanket.

“I’m not eating all that candy.” Brenda liked to tease her. “It’s all yours.” She looked up at the bright, full moon. It was a perfect night for goblins and little witches. She checked her watch and saw it was barely after 8 pm. “Say Cubbie, why don’t you go back to your neighborhood, take the candy and pass it out there?” Brenda thought it an excellent idea. She got up, stretched and nudged Cubbie on the arm. “I’m going for more coffee. Can I get you anything?”

Cubbie shook her head, and just as Brenda moved toward the door, her vision went black and the sounds around her became deadly quiet. What she saw in a foggy haze was a dark street surrounded by large trees. On the street was a dark red sports car, low and sleek. Though the windows were tinted too dark to see through, Brenda saw. Amanda Thurman sat in the passenger seat and the woman with the angry face and burning eyes was driving. In the backseat, Lisa’s son Nick lay motionless, a deep gash across his face. Brenda saw that he had a pirate hat and costume. The costume was slashed in places. He suddenly opened his mouth and began to scream. He screamed louder. Brenda covered her ears.


About the Author:

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Patty G. Henderson is an Award winning author, publisher and artist. An independent author, she launched her own publishing imprint, Blanca Rosa Publishing, formerly Black Car Publishing. She has penned four Brenda Strange Paranormal Mysteries, THE BURNING OF HER SIN, TANGLED AND DARK, THE MISSING PAGE and XIMORA. Patty has also written four lesbian Gothic Historical Romances, THE SECRET OF LIGHTHOUSE POINTE, CASTLE OF DARK SHADOWS, Multiple Award Winner PASSION FOR VENGEANCE, and her latest Gothic Historical Romance, SHADOWS OF THE HEART. Her first book was a vampire tale, SO DEAD, MY LOVE. She has also done several anthologies, including the ” all for animal charities” anthos, DARK THINGS and DARK THINGS II: Cat Crimes. Comfortable wearing several creative hats, Patty is an accomplished artist as well as author. She’s done popular book cover artwork for many mainstream mystery and horror authors as well as artwork for niche authors via her graphic arts business, Boulevard Photografica. You can reach Patty via her author web site: http://www.pattyghenderson.com or check out her graphics and book cover professional web site: www.boulevardphotografica.yolasite.com