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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 …

A Murder of Vampires: Book Spotlight

A Murder of Vampires The Imperial Vampires Series Catherine Winters Genre: Urban Fantasy ,Vampires Publisher: Catherine Winters Date of Publication: August, 2016 ISBN: 9781535325509 ASIN: B01KD5DUYE Number of pages: 208 Word Count: 63,000 Cover Artist: Colin Christie Book Description: Even vampires have bogeymen. Geneviève Lacroix wasn’t really made to be a leader. Perhaps that’s why she chose to form a council instead of an empire; she wouldn’t have to bear the burden of responsibility alone. While the Council of the Undead was a success, her inability to face challenges head-on would affect vampires all over the world. When Coventry Payne informed Geneviève of her intent to betray her sire, Grant Black, Gené did nothing. When Coventry succeeded, Gené ignored her own laws and Coventry went unpunished. When Coventry showed up asking for her own House, Gené gave her New York. When Coventry began weaving myths of Grant’s excessive violence and ruthlessness to keep fledglings in line, Gené remained silent. When Geneviève feared Coventry would make a play for the Paris Council House, she gutted it …

The Multimedia Angle—The Use of Journals, Videos, and Book Quotes In Books

Welcome to author Laura Diamond, who is guest posting about modern-day epistolary form. But first, a little bit about her dystopian YA novel, Dawn of the Vie! (And be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post). Share this on Facebook>>> DAWN OF THE VIE IMMORTAL ALIENS BOOK ONE Laura Diamond Genre: Young Adult scifi/dystopian Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press Date of Publication:  October 3, 2016 Number of pages: 320 approx Word Count:  80,000 Cover Artist: Curiosity Quills Book Description: Since their Arrival less than 30 years ago, immortal Vie rule the planet like the super-predators they are. Enslaved humans are their servants…their entertainment…and their food. Anemies—humans with various types of anemia—are simply exterminated. Their nutritionally deficient blood is useless to the Vie. Or so it’s thought… Alex, an Elite Vie, is a bit of a Renaissance Alien. Part scientist, part Raid Specialist, part drug addict, he knows Anemie blood is valuable. Rather than blindly carrying out his boss’s kill order, he convinces some colleagues to spare a few Anemies, not only …

The Magician

Who was Aleister Crowley? He shrouded himself in so much myth that it’s hard to know him, particularly since he delighted in calling himself the wickedest man in the world. So I suspect Crowley was delighted by The Magician, a novel written by Somerset Maugham and based on Crowley. Share this on Facebook>>> Maugham met Crowley in Paris. In the introduction to The Magician, Maugham writes of this encounter: “I took an immediate dislike to him, but he interested and amused me… He had fine eyes and a way, whether natural or acquired I do not know, of so focusing that, when he looked at you, he seemed to look behind you. He was a fake, but not entirely a fake… He was a liar and unbecomingly boastful, but the odd thing was that he had actually done some of the things he boasted of… At the time I knew him he was dabbling in Satanism, magic and the occult. There was just then something of a vogue in Paris for that sort of thing… …