Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A Peek at the 21 #Books in the LOVE UNDER FIRE Box Set! #RomanticSuspense #99c Limited Edition!

21 new Romantic Suspense Thrillers ~
Every sale helps a Vet get a Pet!
Less than 7 days away from the release of LOVE UNDER FIRE, a limited edition box set of 21 Romantic Suspense Thrillers!  I started revealing the individual cover months ago, thinking I'd have plenty of time, but as it turns out, I apparently had so many other things to blog about, I now find myself with more covers to reveal than days left to do it!  

So I'm borrowing the wonderful summation one of our box set authors, Casi McLean, already did for her newsletter.  In it, you can see each individual cover of the stories included in the set, along with the blurb.  If you pre-order the set, you get *ALL* 21 stories for less than a buck!  An amazing--and limited time--deal.  The set will only be available for a short time--then it breaks apart and each individual book will be available separately, at regular prices.  Every sale of this set helps a veteran get a pet, too...we're donating 50% of the profits to Pets for Vets!

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is my romance +
ghost mystery in the Love Under Fire Box Set

So check out all the amazing titles in the set by clicking this link, and hurry and grab your copy while the deal is available!  Then the box set will download automatically to your e-reader on 11/13, and you'll have new reads filled with mystery, romance, suspense, and danger to carry you through the hectic holiday season, when everyone needs a little downtime to themselves.  

Treat yourself!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

A Free and #99c #Book Fair Featuring #Angels, Demons, Gods, Dragons! #Free #amreading #Fantasy #Romance

Want to stock up on some free and 99 cent reads?  Art of the Arcane has an Angels, Demons, Gods, and Dragons Book Fair showcasing novels with these elements, and I'm thrilled to say my Young Adult Paranormal Romance, DIVINE FALL, is one of the selections.  

Reader's Choice Award Winner in YA Romance at The Romance Reviews
Reader's Crown Finalist in YA Romance at RomCon
BTS Book Reviews Nominee Red Carpet Book Awards
Best Kindle Books Semi-Finalist in Young Adult at The Kindle Book Review
One of BookBub's Featured Titles ~ 14 Books to Get You in the Mood for Fall

Divine Fall involves a Nephilim, the Biblical offspring of male angels and human women.  This story combines forbidden first love, dark supernatural secrets, danger, betrayal, coming-of-age, and of course, angels!  

"Everything about Divine Fall pulls you in, and trust me, you won't regret reading this.  The action is nonstop and nail-bitingly good.  I was on the edge of my seat...the twists and turns kept me constantly surprised." ~ Where Books Lead Us

"A tale of dark suspense and the healing power of love...each page uncovers more depth and continuously urges us to read on.  Fabulous writing." ~ Tome Tender Book Reviews

Deals good from Nov. 1 through Nov. 15!

Check out all the offerings at the Book Fair here.  Grab some deals, put your feet up, and get lost in a magical story!

Revenge, Romance, and a Rogue Fallen Angel collide in DIVINE FALL

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Haunted Places I've Visited ~ Virtual #Ghost Tour #Halloween #Paranormal

This is the cover of my individual story
in the Love Under Fire Box Set - you can
get it exclusively in the set on 11/13!
My 6th novel, a spooky ghost mystery mixed with romance, releases in just two weeks!  You can read more about The Haunting of Hillwood Farm in this post; it's part of a fabulous Limited Edition Box Set available for just 99 cents on Pre-order!  This is my 4th novel involving ghosts, and as a fan of all things spooky, Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love checking out haunted locations, and many of the places I've visited have inspired story ideas.  So today's post is a virtual tour of some of the locations I've visited and written about.

I took this photo of the Old
Jail House - what's in the top
window?  Building was
closed and locked!

My novel Haunted Souls was inspired by a ghost tour that ended with a stop at Barnstable Village's Old Jail House - the oldest wooden jail in the entire country, built circa 1690.  You can find more on the structure's haunted history here.

A book signing for that book led to an invitation to tour other very old and reportedly haunted buildings in Barnstable Village, and this post details that amazing private tour!

A trip to NYC last winter brought me to The Dakota, an apartment building near Central Park with a creepy history and a Gothic design so mysterious the building was used in the movie Rosemary's Baby.  More on that here.

The Dakota has quite a history, and this is
where John Lennon was killed

While in Paris, I took a tour of the Catacombs.  If you don't know that story, it's incredibly fascinating (although dark).  History and pics of the tunnels of remains inside the Catacombs here.

One small shot of all the skeletons below the city of Paris...

Tied with the Catacombs for creepiest place was my (not exactly legal) self-tour of the abandoned Glenn Dale TB Sanatorium.  I've gotten more emails about this excursion than any other blog post!  

The abandoned Glenn Dale Tuberculosis
Isolation Hospital and Santatorium in Maryland

What's the spookiest place you've ever visited?  Please comment below!

And if you like ghost stories that are eerie without being gory, with some steamy romance to counteract the chills up your spine, check out my books!  'Tis the season for haunted reading!

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm ~ Cover Reveal! #Ghosts #Books #Paranormal

Here, it is, the cover of my 6th novel, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm!  What do you think?  I am so, so happy with how it came out.  This new romance +ghost mystery is going to release in less than 3 weeks, exclusively as part of the Love Under Fire ~ Romantic Suspense Thrillers Box Set.  The set contains 21 never-before-published stories, and you can get the entire limited edition collection for just 99 cents if you Pre-order now!  Plus, every sale helps support Pets for Vets.  

After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted—the ability to communicate with ghosts.  But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm.  She quickly realizes she’s dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she’s ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear—the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner’s handsome grandson, thinks she’s a scam artist.  While she’d prefer to just ignore him, her heart beats a little faster every time he’s nearby.

Luke Turner doesn’t believe in spirits.  He’s moved back to restore the family farm, but living on the property serves a dual purpose—he can watch out for his grandmother.  He’s not happy about the sudden appearance of a self-described psychic, or his inexplicable attraction to her.  His initial suspicions crumble as evidence points to an actual haunting, but he’s still determined not to fall for Callie—the past has taught him it’s best to avoid relationships.

As Callie is drawn deeper into the mystery, she becomes the target of a vengeful spirit, and Luke can no longer fight his feelings for her.  Unable to resist their desire, passion ignites…even as the paranormal activity escalates to a final deadly confrontation. 

You can grab your copy now to download automatically on 11/13, release day!  Just 99 cents gets you The Haunting of Hillwood Farm and 20 other Romantic Suspense Thrillers by USA Today and WSJ Bestselling Authors.  Plus, we're donating half of our net proceeds to Pets for Vets, a charity pairing shelter pets with veterans seeking companion animals. Buy Links ---->

An spooky excerpt from The Haunting of Hillwood Farm:

With a sharp pop, the light went out, plunging the room into darkness. Callie stilled, her heartbeat filling her ears. Something rustled behind her, and the hairs on her bare arms prickled. Probably a noise from outside, she told herself, blinking as her eyes adjusted to the trickle of faint light from the open window.

Another rustle, too close to pass off as wind in the trees. She was rooted in place, suddenly very sure she was not alone in the room. A soft moan floated through the blackness. Panic gripped her, fierce and primal, clawing at her lungs. Did she have a weapon? Would it even work against whatever was here?
She struggled for air, a rancid odor filling her nostrils as she slowly inhaled. Death. Decay. Shadows shifted to her left, and her gaze jerked toward the movement. Behind the solid mass of her reflection in the mirror, the gauzy outline of a face peered over her shoulder. Empty eye sockets stared out from gray, filmy features, the hollow black holes somehow filled with menace.
A sob gathered in her chest, clogging her throat. Please, God. Let me wake up from this nightmare. Something cold and wet brushed against her upper back, and she screamed.

I've included a link below to view all the stories in Love Under Fire.  And if you're looking for a ghost mystery (with plenty of steamy romance to counteract the chills up your spine), try one of my romance/ghost stories currently available:

GULL HARBOR (a #1 Kindle and Nook Bestseller, also available on Audible)

SILVER LAKE (a #1 Kindle Bestseller)

HAUNTED SOULS (A Top 3 Read of 2016, also available on Audible)

Check out all the stories you get in Love Under Fire too, right here.  Happy Haunted Reading!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

My Favorite #Ghost Movies! #Halloween #Haunting #Paranormal

I have a bit of an obsession with ghosts, as anyone who has read my books knows -- three of my novels feature a haunting as well as some steamy romance -- and my latest ghost story, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, is coming out in a few short weeks!  I've made lists before of my favorite ghost stories in terms of books, but I do enjoy the movies as well...whenever my sister comes to visit, we usually have a marathon watch of creepy films.  Anything paranormal will do, but the ones with a spooky and convincing ghostly presence get top billing.  Over the years, a few have really resonated with me, and helped inspire my novels.  Keep in mind, I'm no movie critic...I just found these films to have the solid backbone of a believable ghost story, with a decent mystery behind the haunting, as well as a lack of the plot holes I find in so many others.  The suspense kept me guessing, and certain scenes gave me serious chills.  I'll try to throw a little blurb out there for each one without revealing too many spoilers, in case you'd like to give one a try!

Such a spine-chilling scene
The Changeling - 1980 - George C. Scott stars as a widower who moves into a spooky old house in Seattle in the beginning of this film.  The ghost of a young boy inhabits the house, and the tragedy that befell him will eventually expose a cruel plot.  Now, the ghost wants justice, and Scott's character, plagued by scary surprises and terrifying noises, begins to investigate the mystery.  Admittedly, it's an oldie...and at the risk of dating myself, it was one of my favorites when I was in middle school.  In fact, my best friend had an upstairs bedroom that opened upon an attic that bore a spine-tingling resemblance to the one in the movie...late at night, we'd scare ourselves silly imagining that ball bouncing down the stairs.

A Stir of Echoes - 1999 - a film starring Kevin Bacon, loosely based on a novel by Richard Matheson (also the author of Hell House and I Am Legend, among others).  Bacon's character, Tom, has a son who seems to possess the ability to speak with the dead...and there is something in their house that wants to be heard.  After being hypnotized at a party, Tom begins to experience visions as well, of a violent altercation which is tied to a neighbor's disappearance.  Clearly the desperate spirit wants its body found, but there are others with a vested interest in making sure that doesn't happen.

Such a creepy poster!

What Lies Beneath - 2000 - starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford (two of my favorites!)  Claire (Pfeiffer) and Norman (Ford) are a married couple living in Vermont; Claire is suffering from a memory lapse due to an accident.  When strange occurrences begin plaguing Claire, she investigates a possible killing in the neighborhood.  There is a ghost trying to communicate with Claire, but it's not who she first believes it is...and the spirit is not the only one hiding dangerous secrets.  (Update: a reader recently left a review of my debut novel SILVER LAKE, saying if you liked What Lies Beneath, you'd like this book.  I was thrilled with the comparison!)

The Orphanage - 2007 - a Spanish film set in...yes, a closed orphanage...along the Spanish coast in 1975.  My sister and I watched this one with subtitles, but I believe a remake is in the works.  This movie is dark, but full of creepy atmosphere and amazing cinematography.  The basic plot involves a couple and their adopted son returning to the orphanage where the mother once lived.  The family's plan is to reopen the old building as a home for disabled children, but their son soon claims to have befriended a boy named Tomas.  Terrible things happened here, and the truth will come out before the spirits can rest. (Side note - I recently signed a permission slip for my son to watch this in his high school Spanish class!  I was so jealous and of course, he, being a fan of ghost stories like his mom, loved it.)

The Others - 2001 - Nicole Kidman plays Grace, a mother residing in a remote manor with her two young children after World War II.  Both children must avoid exposure to sunlight due to a rare condition, so as you can imagine, the shadowy, secluded house presents itself as the perfect Gothic setting for the mysterious events to unfold.  There's quite a bit of psychological suspense in this one too, so I don't want to say too much about the plot for fear of spoilers. 

In most of these movies, there is a very similar theme: a desperate spirit who cannot rest because of unfinished business.  The ghost seeks revenge or justice, or wants its story told or its remains found.  Barriers to communication make this difficult, but not impossible.  These are all ideas that inspired my ghostly novels, #1 Kindle Bestsellers SILVER LAKE and GULL HARBORHAUNTED SOULS was inspired by my visit to the haunted Old Jail House in Barnstable!  I can't say too much about my upcoming The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, for fear of spoilers, but I will say you can get this brand new story *exclusively* in the Love Under Fire Box Set if you Pre-order now - the set is only 99c if as a Pre-order, and every sale benefits our charity for this project - Pets for Vets!  You can order Love Under Fire from your favorite retailer here.  

Of course, there are many other ghost movies I've enjoyed that rely more on terrifying imagery than an underlying mystery to ramp up the screams, or that veer more into what I would categorize as demons/possession tropes.  Still fun to watch, but my mind usually can't stop looking for an answer to the question, "Why is this happening?" (ie, motive - even ghosts should have one imho).  But even if the motive turns out to be shaky, or the plot leaves a few unfilled holes, I'll take a creepy thriller over gunfights and explosions any day!  So please share your favorite ghost movies below, especially any "lesser-known" ones, so I can add them to my list!  Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Huge #Giveaway! $100 #Amazon Gift Card + #Kindle Fire! #Rafflecopter #giftcard #amreading

The authors of Love Under Fire have an exciting giveaway for you!  You can enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card plus a new Fire HD 8 Tablet Hands-Free with Alexa!  All that's needed to enter is a valid email address, see the Rafflecopter below!

A gift card and a Fire from the authors of LOVE UNDER FIRE!

Have you heard about Love Under Fire yet?  This is a LIMITED EDITION Box Set with 21 new, never-before-published Romantic Suspense and Mysteries from USA Today and WSJ Bestselling authors.  The set was organized to help raise money for Pets for Vets, a non-profit that helps pair shelter pets with veterans seeking companion animals.  I am so proud to be a part of this effort, and to have my latest romance + ghost mystery, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, included in the set.  

The set is already a Bestseller on Amazon,
please grab your copy and help us meet our donation goal!
You can also gift copies to friends!

We are hoping to present Pets for Vets with a big donation, and to increase sales and exposure, we're offering a Pre-order price of just 99 cents!  Each and every sale helps, and you get 21 thrilling stories while supporting a great charity.  Win/win!

Speaking of winning, the Rafflecopter entry can be found below, as well as links to Love Under Fire.  Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to Share to help spread the word!  

LOVE UNDER FIRE releases on November 13th, and the set will download to your e-reader automatically if you pre-order now for just 99 pennies!

Danger, Romance, Mystery, and Thrills ~  Murder, Crime Rings, Spies and Stalkers...Wounded Warriors, FBI Agents, Cops and Cowboys...Ghosts and Witches...all in one collection!

Enter the Rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Reading!

Monday, October 15, 2018

#Book Signing, Vendor Fair, + Bingo in #Falmouth! #CapeCod Events

I'll have a table set up at the October Bingo and Shopping Event this Wednesday, October 17, in Falmouth, from 5:00 - 9:00, and I'll be signing books, including my latest Romantic Suspense release Dangerous Currents!  Other crafters and vendors will have tables set up as well, and it's a perfect time to start thinking about holiday shopping while supporting local businesses and this month's charity.

Signed books make great gifts!

This is always a good time! The suggested donation is $20 for 20 games (proceeds from both game cards and vendor table fees go to ALS Cliff Walk and Relay For Life teams for the American Cancer Society, wear orange or purple for a bonus card!). Complimentary light appetizers and a cash bar and buffet too.

I have quite a few romance + ghost mysteries perfect for the Halloween season!

Doors open at 5:00, Bingo games begin at 6:30! Holiday Inn Cape Cod in Falmouth, 291 Jones Road.

A list of vendors:

PartyLite ~ Christina McMenamy
LuLaRoe by Brooke ~ Brooke Wood
Nanny's Knits ~ Tariesa A. Reine
LimeLife by Alcone ~ Kerry Houde
Tupperware ~ Michelle Brown
Thirty-One ~ Diane Leal
The Pampered Chef ~ Kelly Washburn
Paparazzi Accessories ~ Angela Webb
Beachcomber Shells ~ Susan Imbergamo
Dragonfly Dreams ~ Jodi Thompson
HempWorx ~ Gayle Kough
doTERRA ~ Jennifer Glydon
Color Street ~ Adrianna Wright
Touchstone Crystal Jewelry by Swarovski ~ Becky Malas
Grandma Diane's Raggedies ~ Diane Lincoln & Carole Lucas
Daphne's Eclectic Cottage ~ Daphne Bumpus
kg coastal creations ~ Katie Ginnetty
Pure Haven ~ Megan Roller
Plunder Designs ~ Sam Santos
Scentsy ~ Shannon Malloy
Norwex ~ Andrea Bibler & Colleen Fogarty
It Works! Global ~ Nicky Fountain
Stella & Dot ~ Nicci Finne
Scout & Cellar Wine ~ Brianne Motil
Zumba with Christy L Ray ~ Christy L Ray
Hey Sweet Cupcake ~ Jen Puntonio
Kathryn Knight Books ~ Kathryn Knight
Cape Cod Bear Factory ~ Nicole Bessette
Certified Professional Dog Trainer ~ Christi McKeen
Origami Owl ~ Ellie Russo
Lana Grace Boutique ~ Brandy McDonald
Created by Me ~ Natalie Bolio