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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! What Happens at Midnight, Stays at Midnight

We welcome Krista Carlson, author of Gryphon’s Passing. She’s written some original flash fiction for the Halloween Spooktacular (see below), but first, here’s a little bit about her book, Gryphon’s Passing. And be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post! Gryphon’s Passing        Krista M. Carlson Genre: Supernatural fiction Date of Publication: March 23, 2015 ISBN-10: 1505848148; ISBN-13: 978-1505848144 Number of pages: 270 Word Count: 79,553 Cover Artist: Krista M. Carlson Book Description: When her older half-brother unexpectedly commits suicide, Crystal is devastated. The only thing she thinks will take away the pain is understanding why he did it. What she doesn’t know is the danger her search will create for her family when she dabbles in magick and calls something forth from the grave that wasn’t what she intended. If she can learn how to control and subdue the supernatural, she may find the answers she seeks. If not, the thing that led her brother to commit suicide is going to continue picking off her family members one by one. …

A Bangkok Halloween

We welcome JC Andrijeski, who’s guest posting for us about a Bangkok Halloween (below). But first, a bit about her paranormal mystery/romance, Black and Blue. And be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post! Black And Blue Quentin Black Mystery Book Five JC Andrijeski Genre: Paranormal Mystery / Romance/ UF Publisher: White Sun Press Date of Publication: 7/27/16 ISBN: 9781370573745 ASIN: B01J4AXZ8U Number of pages: 336 Word Count: 101,005 Cover Artist: Jennifer Munswami at J.M. Rising Horse Creations Book Description: “He’d be fresh meat here. And he didn’t have his sight…” Black takes a new consulting gig with the LAPD, helping them find a contract killer who left a dead body behind the Los Angeles Theater. Despite Miri’s lingering fears after what happened to him during the last murder case he worked, he assures her it’s routine, that he won’t be doing fieldwork, that nothing could possibly go wrong. Then, during his first night on the job at the Port of Los Angeles, all hell breaks loose and all bets …

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 …

Do You Know Your Fairies?

Guest post by Rayna Noire Share this on Facebook>>> Most of us when we think of Faeries think of Orlando Bloom as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings movies. J.R.R. Tolkien, the author, described his elves as fair, tall, and enigmatic. The term faeries and elves is interchangeable in earlier folk tales. Even creatures such as gnomes, leprechauns, banshees, brownies, pixies, even water spirits fell under the heading of faeries. Tinkerbell or the Blue Fairy should not be your end all when it comes to faeries. Just as there are many types of faeries, there are also varying beliefs about them too. There are several origin stories about faeries, but the most accepted is The Fair Folk were the children of the Celtic Goddess Danu. In prehistory, the faeries walked the Earth openly and lived in harmony with nature. Their major home was Ireland, although sightings and stories about the Fair Folk occur all over. Faeries welcomed people and taught them agriculture. The early people and faeries intermarried and had children. The skills faeries …

Writing Paranormal Sci-Fi: No One Puts Cherry in the Corner

Guest post by Casey Wyatt Hi, everyone. Thank you ParaYourNormal for hosting me today. If you’re a geek girl, ahem, women like me, then you know we are living in a Golden Age. At long last, popular culture has embraced things that are different, strange, and outside of the norm in television and movies. Super heroes, time travelers, space ships, magicians, and all manner of paranormal and mystical beasts can be found. Those of us who are readers have a leg up since the paranormal, sci-fi and fantasy genres have been around for a lot longer. Think Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells and Bram Stoker. Yeah, things that go bump in the night have been fashionable for a long time now. One of the great things about so much openness to all things mystical and otherwise is that there is no shortage of ways to twist tropes and bend genres. My first published paranormal romance novel, Mystic Ink, takes gods and goddesses from myth and legend and deposits them in present day Mystic, CT (a real place). …