Author: parayournormal

October Tarotscopes!

The Death card reminds us that all good things must come to an end, and October is the last month of Tarotscopes on this blog! But don’t worry, the Tarotscopes aren’t going away, just moving to my author blog (managing two blogs got too complicated). I’m drawing one card for each sign from the Tarot’s Major Arcana and the second from its elemental suit. E.g. since Libra is an air sign, one card is drawn from the Major Arcana and one from the Tarot’s air suit, swords, for Libra. (Standard disclaimer: Tarotscopes are for entertainment purposes only). And in honor of the season, our gif theme is Hocus Pocus. Libra, September 23 – October 22: Page of Swords and The Chariot. Your brain is in overdrive, but think (or feel) carefully. Are you being driven by conscious or subconscious desires? Neither is inherently good or bad, but it’s important to figure out where these thoughts are coming from. The best outcome places your higher self in the driver’s seat. Scorpio, October 23 – November 21: …

THE BAD ROOM: Residential haunts in Malden and Somerville

We welcome Sam Baltrusis, author of Haunted Boston Harbor to the blog. He’s very kindly written about residential haunts in Malden and Somerville. But before we get to his guest post, read a little bit about his book, below.   Haunted Boston Harbor Haunted America Sam Baltrusis Genre: Ghosts and hauntings, Local/Regional History Publisher: History Press/Arcadia Date of Publication: August 22, 2016 ISBN: 9781626199569 Number of pages: 144 pgs Word Count: 35,000 Cover Artist: Cover photo by Frank C. Grace Book Description: Ghosts lurk in the waters near Boston’s historic seaport, haunting the secluded islands scattered throughout the harbor. Boston Harbor brims with the restless spirits of pirates, prisoners and victims of disease and injustice. Uncover the truth behind the Lady in Black on Georges Island. Learn about the former asylums on Long Island that inspired the movie Shutter Island, and dig up the skeletal secrets left behind by the Woman in Scarlet Robes. From items flying off the shelves at a North End cigar shop to the postmortem cries of tragedy at the centuries-old …

Flash Fiction! Tea Leaf Tales

We have a two-for-one here — a guest post and flash fiction by Marsha A. Moore, author of the paranormal romance, Witch’s Cursed Cabin! But first, take a peek at the book itself! Witch’s Cursed Cabin Coon Hollow Coven Tales Book Two Marsha A. Moore Genre: Paranormal romance Date of Publication: 4-27-16 Number of pages: 380 Word Count: 111,000 Cover Artist: Marsha A. Moore Book Description: Eager to be on her own away from home, twenty-year-old Aggie Anders accepts a relative’s invitation to live in Coon Hollow Coven. Although she’s a witch from a different coven, what locals say about the Hollow confuses her. How can witchcraft there live and breathe through souls of the dead? Aggie’s new residence in this strange southern Indiana world is a deserted homestead cabin. The property’s carriage house serves as the coven’s haunted Halloween fundraiser. It’s a great opportunity for her to make new friends, especially with the coven’s sexy new High Priest Logan. But living in the homestead also brings Aggie enemies. Outsiders aren’t welcome. A cantankerous, old …

Creature Feature: Halja’s Demons and Beasts

    Creature Feature: Halja’s Demons and Beasts One of the fun things about writing a dark fantasy series is that I get to create different creatures, beasts, and demons for each book. Many of the characters in my novels are true monsters. But others are harbingers, mentors, tricksters, and lovers. In honor of Halloween, our darkest holiday, here’s a sampling of demons and beasts from the NOON ONYX SERIES. SERAFINA FROM DARK LIGHT OF DAY In my first book, I stuck with the familiar – literally. One of my favorite bit characters from that book is Serafina, a demon familiar. Noon should have been more careful… Pandora’s box isn’t the only thing that shouldn’t have been opened. A familiar? My hand shook slightly as I held the ball up by its chain to peer at it more closely.There was a demon in there. No matter how small, the thought should have been mildly terrifying. But instead I felt wonderfully intoxicated and numb around the edges, like I’d drank too much wine at a party. …

Flash Fiction! The Bucket List

Welcome to Constance Burris, author of Black Beauty! She’s written original flash fiction for the Halloween Spooktacular (below). But first, here’s a bit about her urban fantasy novel. Black Beauty Everleaf Series Book Zero Constance Burris Genre: Urban Fantasy/Horror Publisher: BE Publications Date of Publication: September 2015 ISBN: 1515275892 ASIN: B015VEGE0Y Number of pages: 140 Word Count:  30,000 Cover Artist: Pixel Studio Book Description: At Vista Apartment Complex, life drastically changes for four of its residents when they decide to do business with Crazy Jade—the supposed voodoo witch that can grant your wish for a price. Shemeya wants the confidence to stand up against the girls bullying her at school, but she soon has to choose between keeping her dreadlocs or living a normal life. After catching her boyfriend cheating, Latreece just wants to have the same curves as all the other girls. Ashley will do whatever she can to have “White Girl Flow”, but takes her pursuit too far when she steals from Crazy Jade. Everyone who comes into contact with Crazy Jade soon learns …

Flash Fiction! Dream Killer

We welcome Jamie K. Schmidt, of The Graveyard Shift! She’s created some original Halloween flash fiction for our Halloween Spooktacular (below). But first, here’s a bit about the paranormal romance anthology, The Graveyard Shift, including an excerpt. The Graveyard Shift A Paranormal Romance Anthology Jamie K. Schmidt Genre: paranormal romance Date of Publication: 6/26/16 ISBN: 1534805680 ASIN: B0177E5Z8S Number of pages: 173 Word Count: 54,000 Cover Artist: Jamie K. Schmidt Book Description: Erotic, Sexy and Sweet tales of vampires, ghosts, mages, shifters and dreamers of dreams. In this anthology, you will enter an adult bookstore run by two vampires and partake in the bloodletting and sex, see a witch accidentally summon a vampire who gains power through love making, and then go clubbing with an urban vampire. But vampires aren’t the only supernatural beings in this compelling collection of stories. Ghosts jam with their favorite rock bands. A Grail Maiden helps protect Arthur’s cup, and a paralyzed cyber mercenary finds love inside virtual reality. Amazon  Excerpt: DEIRDRE WAS A EUROPEAN PRINCESS whose lineage, no one dared question …