Sunday, October 28, 2012

Get Your Spook On!

Welcome to Get your Spook On, where you'll find over a dozen spine-chilling stories of the supernatural to put you in the Halloween mood. Hop through all ten blogs to read the spooky questions our authors have answered. Answer the questions yourself to be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Amazon and one of four chapter critiques offered by a few of our amazing authors. Each question you answer will be worth one entry, so you can earn a total of ten chances by answering every question. To get additional entries, tweet the following or paste it to your Facebook status (and comment below to let us know you've done so):

Get your spook on! Ten authors share their scary stories and give out #Halloween treats.

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Now for my creep-a-riffic question:

Question: What is the scariest thing that happened to you while writing your book?

Lisa Nowak: Hmmm. I started writing Dead Heat in the winter of ’10/’11 and I can’t remember my most traumatic moments that far back. While doing the rewrite, nothing particularly awful happened, but I did have a really bad experience back in March while I was working on Driven. My cat Keelan suddenly collapsed and had to be rushed to the hospital. They did surgery overnight, and as I was trying to sleep, I kept waiting for the phone to ring with bad news. He had pancreatic cancer and wound up being really sick for several weeks, but since then he’s been doing much better. You wouldn’t even know he was sick. They gave him 3-6 months to live, and it’s already been seven. Go, Wee Cat!

Heather McCorkle: I was sitting in coach, flying over the Pacific Ocean, writing a tense scene in which my character is being followed down a dark street. It was a red eye flight so the cabin was dark and quiet. I was so engrossed in my writing that I could hear the breathing of the person following my character. All of a sudden the plane lurched down and my notebook went flying. It was just rough turbulence but I was rattled for the rest of the flight. It made for good writing though. 

Lisa Ard: It was a dark and stormy night when I ran out of printer ink…, honestly, life as a writer is very safe, sane and ordinary – until you book an author talk and lose your voice the day of; get lost on the way to a school visit; or run into a Twitter stalker while promoting your book. Okay, one of those is a lie – I’ll let the readers wonder which one.

Marla Bowie LePley: Both my flash drive and my laptop malfunctioned. And I hadn’t quite backed everything up. SCARY!

Magan Vernon: I awoke to a bright light coming in from my living room that was whiter than the snow falling outside my window.  I sat up and saw the silhouette of a man standing in my door way, his skin and clothes were so white that they faded into the background and the only thing visible was a black tuft of hair.  "Tim?"  I questioned, hoping it was just my husband who had woke up in the middle of the night.  "What?"  He murmured beside me.

And that's when I woke up and realized that I was just in a dream-like state and that silhouette of a man was just the light reflecting off of a lamp in my living room.

The fear, though, was very real.  It was so real that it felt like the air had risen for my lungs but was caught in my throat and couldn't escape.  This was one of the biggest inspirations I've ever had to my writing, when you actually have a feeling that you are trying to write and then you know exactly how that feels and how to write it.

Stacey Wallace Benefiel: I definitely freak myself out when I’m writing late at night. My desk is right by a big window and in the summer I can see glowing raccoon and possum eyes in the backyard. Ick! Totally creepy. I’m not a fan of critters.

Laura Elliot: During the writing of Shadow Slayer, I lost my best friend.

Ali Cross: Sometimes it scares me when I LIVE in that deep dark place of my world . . . it’s not a place that’s good for the soul. Thankfully, book three has kind of cured me of the ick. J

Laura Marshall: The thought that I would never finish it.

Cindy Hogan: My dog, a Great Pyrenees, grabbed my thumb drive out of my tower and took off. I died several times in the five seconds it took me to get it back. Thank you jerky treat!

 And now, here are our spooktacular books!

AFTER by Marla Bowie LePley (YA dystopian) Ger, Laney, and Jenny, three teens who have never met, live a terrifying existence after all the adults suddenly die. Rioting, starvation and fear become a way of life. When psychotic teenager, Roc, takes over a secluded mountain town, they must come together and find a way to end his reign of terror.

Created (book 3 of the Watched series) by Cindy Hogan (YA suspense)
Ari and her friends find themselves in an independent spy school in Belgium, Bresen Academy. Test scores reveal her true abilities and the director wants to send her onto to more advanced training school immediately. She is given a two week reprieve to explore the school's training program and hopefully make amends with both Reese and Marybeth. Despite her lack of advanced training, the director convinces Ari she would be the best fit for a mission that surfaces in Prague with a group calling themselves Division 57. Uncertain, but wanting to please, she agrees. She quickly discovers there is nothing easy about being a spy and finds her very life on the line.

Amazon      ( Get book 1 here)

Dead Heat by Lisa Nowak (YA paranormal/urban fantasy) Alex is a machine whisperer. He can tell what's wrong with a broken-down car with a touch. But his gift can't save him from the brutality of his meth-addict father. For two years, Alex experienced kindness through Cole, his mentor. Now Cole's dead, and the violence in Alex's life is escalating. When Cole reappears as a ghost, Alex clings to the tenuous link. Then he learns Cole might've sacrificed his chance to cross over. Jade, the first girl to look beyond Alex's past, assures him Cole can reach the Other Side-if Alex escapes from his dad. But a previous terrifying attempt has convinced Alex it's impossible. Unless he can find the courage to try, his friend may be earthbound forever.

Inky the Icky Black Spider by Laura Marshall (Children's short story) Inky, the icky black spider is on a mission this Halloween night. His mission: to gain entrance to the impenetrable Victorian Manson to procure the mouthwatering candy that is stashed away inside. He'll use all his spider skills to obtain access to the candy holding facility. But will all his training be enough? This Flash Fiction Halloween treat for the senses is sure to delight children of all ages.

Saving Halloween by Lisa Ard (middle grade/ tween paranormal) When book-smart Anne Parson meets Halloween Spavento, she sees exactly what she wants to see -- a friend. Halloween waves away trouble, magically silences school bullies and offers Anne unfailing friendship. But, when the Spavento family's enchanting exploits are exposed, will Anne face her fears and save Halloween? A spellbinding tale of outcasts who find acceptance, a girl who discovers the true meaning of family, and characters who are not always what they seem. 2012 Kay Snow Award Winner.

Shadow Slayer (book 2 of the Shadow series) by Laura Elliott (middle grade/ tween paranormal) Shadows will do anything to become human. You see their influence everyday. You say things you don't mean or do things that aren't like you. You look, different. Friends you've known forever suddenly never call. As a freshman, Roxie just wants to fit in which is impossible because she barely runs into her friends at her huge high school. Adrianne's disappearance and Hayden's attention rock Roxie's world. But nothing rocks it like the most gorgeous guy at school, Drew. And nothing is more important to Roxie than astral projecting back to Planet Popular to solve the mystery of the map. But that changes when Drew invites Roxie to homecoming. Hayden warns her that something's wrong. Why would a guy like Drew like Roxie anyway? Drew must want something. Hayden's right. Drew is...different. Planet Popular was just the beginning. Part of a bigger world, the Shadow World. There's a war brewing between the world of humans and the world of shadows. When the shadow invasion begins at Roxie's high school, she'll not only fight for her life but the lives of her family and friends, when she discovers she's the Shadow Slayer, the one human who can save Earth from the shadow onslaught. But, Roxie can't even kill a spider. Oh yeah, there's an evil English teacher, an enchanted play, a sword of Sandonian steel, a homecoming of horrors, and seven magic words too.

Day of Sacrifice Omnibus by Stacey Wallace Benefiel (New Adult/Adult Urban Fantasy) Born to die, a group of Sacrifices and their Guardian Angels band together to kill the Gods and free the world. The Day of Sacrifice Omnibus is intended for adults due to language and sexual situations. All six Day of Sacrifice stories together in one volume!

Desolate (book 2 of the Desolation series) by Ali Cross (YA paranormal romance) Where darkness lives, all will become desolate. It's been two months since sixteen-year-old Desolation Black chose Earth over Hell and her friend Miri over her eternal love, Michael. Desi goes through the motions of life: school, training, remaining vigilant against the forces of darkness, but her dreams are full of the choices she wishes she could change. When she's injured by a strange demon, old temptations arise, and the lines between good and evil blur. Desi discovers those choices aren't so final after all. And this time, the power of love-for a friend, for a lover-may not be enough to save her from the darkness that lurks within.

Amazon      Barnes and Noble      (Get book 1 here)

How to Date an Alien by Magan Vernon (YA science fiction) High school senior Alex Bianchi's estranged father gets her an internship at Circe Operations Center to pad her college applications. But Circe isn't your typical military base. It's an alien-run operation center and not all of the aliens are friendly, especially the one that tries to kill Alex on her first day. When Ace, a dark-eyed Caltian, enters and saves the day, she can't help but be drawn to him. Can these star-crossed lovers survive when they're on the brink of intergalactic war?


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