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One Dark Halloween Night spotlight and #giveaway

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“The ultimate Halloween adventure.” – Professor Grimmgraves..

From a distance, the town of Autumnville never seemed quite right – the area being picturesque while at the same time haunting. It was a quiet, peaceful place to live, but there was a strange feeling that permeated the town and its people as Halloween approached. An eerie feeling that descended upon Autumnville, and no one knew why… until now.

Jason Myers, a 12-year-old boy who enjoyed all things monsters, discovers through a mysterious Halloween blog that monsters may be very real. On the blog is a video of a witch flying on a broom sighting. While showing it to his three best friends, they come to the horrible realization that it was filmed in the very town they live in.

The four friends will have to face a host of ghosts, witches, scarecrows, and other terrifying nightmares that have invaded Autumnville for a dark and sinister purpose. The boys will have many terrifying encounters and ultimately uncover the real secret behind Halloween. But Jason is not completely helpless, for he has the unwanted aid of a monstrous ally, and of course, Jason’s own incredible secret!

A suspenseful story for 12 year olds to adults.
Watch the trailer and read the blog at: OneDarkHalloweenNight.com



Links – Amazon / Goodreads / Author Site / You Tube / Facebook

Happy Halloween. I’ve got a great giveaway to share. Author John Kohlbrenner has kindly offered an ebook copy gifted on amazon to the winner. If you are able to receive a kindle gifted ebook you are welcome to enter. To enter just leave a comment with what you have planned for Halloween if anything, question for John or share what spooky read is your favourite. Giveaway ends in one week on the 6th of November.

 

The Wide Game by Michael West book tour

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Welcome to The Wide Game book tour. I’m so pleased to have Michael West on to discuss his book recently republished by Seventh Star Press. I cannot wait to read this one! Thanks Michael and Seventh Star Press.

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On the advice of his wife, Paul Rice is making plans to attend his 10th year High School reunion. Returning to his boyhood home of Harmony, Indiana, he finds that he is still haunted by memories of that time-memories of Deidra, his first love, and memories of the Wide Game. It was ten years ago that Paul and his friends watched their day of fun become a race for their lives, a fight for their very souls.

Now, as he meets the survivors of that day once more, Paul makes a chilling discovery: the incomprehensible forces that toyed with them have yet to finish playing their own game.

The Wide Game is one of the Harmony, Indiana horror novels from Michael West, which also include Cinema of Shadows and Spook House.

 

Books go out of print all the time (So do movies, but don’t get me started on that. Still waiting for Killer Party to be a decent release on DVD or Blu-ray). Sometimes they get picked up by other publishers and find new life and new audiences, and sometimes… Well, sometimes they become that treasure you find at the local used book store. You know, the one that you slide off the shelf and then think to yourself, “My God, who in the hell would have given this up?” Or, if you are the author of said book, you look to see if the spine was even cracked and then you take it as a personal slight.

Where were we again? Oh yes, books going out of print.

My first two books ever published were my short story collection, Skull Full of Kisses, and my novel, The Wide Game, which ended up becoming the first book in my Harmony, Indiana series. Both were put out by a very small press. The advantage of working with a small press is that you can have a lot of input into everything from the layout to the cover design. The disadvantage is that sometimes, those small presses go under and they take your books down with them. This is what happened with these first two works of mine. The press is no longer active, and the books went out of print.

But, thankfully, not for long.

My current publisher, Seventh Star Press, which has become the home to all my other Harmony, Indiana novels, as well as my Legacy of the Gods series, stepped in to bring these works back to life and expose them to a whole new audience. As the author, this is very exciting, because, ultimately, you want your work to be read. For my faithful readers, this is exciting, because The Wide Game has never been available as an eBook for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc., and it will allow people who started the Harmony series with Cinema of Shadows or Spook House to go back and see how it all began. And with Skull Full of Kisses, it gives these same readers a chance to explore my short fiction as well.

So, what’s The Wide Game all about you ask? (Well, at least I hope that’s what you were asking.)

On the advice of his wife, Paul Rice is making plans to attend his 10th year high school reunion. Returning to his boyhood home of Harmony, Indiana, he finds that he is still haunted by memories of that time — memories of Deidra, his first love, and memories of the Wide Game. It was ten years ago that Paul and his friends watched their day of fun become a race for their lives, a fight for their very souls. Now, as he meets the survivors of that day once more, Paul makes a chilling discovery: the incomprehensible forces that toyed with them have yet to finish playing their own game.

It is a story that has been with me for a long, long time.

I’d done a short story in college that was inspired by Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” and around the turn of the century (God, it feels so strange saying that), I was thinking of expanding it into a novel, but I really didn’t know how to go about doing it. Then, I took a road trip with a high school friend and we started talking about our upcoming class reunion, all the things we’d done in the 80s, and the things we wished we could have done differently, and suddenly…there it was. I decided to make the novel about a man who returns home for his class reunion, who returns to the site of a great tragedy, and then is forced to deal with the horrors of that night once and for all.

While The Wide Game is a novel, a single story, readers get a lot to choose from with Skull Full of Kisses…

Love and evil know no bounds! Turn the page and enter a world of shadow, as Michael West brings together his most disturbing short stories–twisted tales of forbidden desires and ghoulish deeds, where nightmares manifest in the most mundane and unlikely of places… The basement of a Japanese restaurant, where a seductive creature promises comfort to a lonely hitman, if only he will set her free… A ruined city, where survivors of a natural disaster have become prey to something unnatural… An Indiana farmhouse, where a frightened child attempts to fool the Angel of Death… And the darkest regions of space, where a man fights to protect the woman he loves from invaders only he can see… Ten reasons to lock your doors. Ten reasons to keep the lights on. Ten reasons why you may never sleep again.

I have a lot of fondness for these early stories.

In the beginning, I wrote a lot of short stories simply because that’s what sold. Then, after editors became familiar with my work, I began to get invitations to write for various anthologies and magazines. And the more I wrote, the more invitations I got. Soon, I had enough short fiction to put out a collection of my own work, and the success of that led to my book deals. Now that I’m putting out two novels a year, my time is more limited, and I’ve had to say no to several short fiction projects, but it’s hard to say no when you get to be in the same table of contents with Ramsey Campbell and Joe Lansdale, so I still put out a few shorts a year.

I hope readers will enjoy these re-issues of my early works, and I hope they will be even more excited about what I have in store for them in the very near future.

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Michael West is the critically-acclaimed author of The Wide Game, Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, Skull Full of Kisses, and the Legacy of the Gods series. A graduate of Indiana University, with a degree in Telecommunications and Film Theory, West has written a multitude of short stories, articles, and reviews for various on-line and print publications. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their bird, Rodan, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.

His children are convinced that spirits move through the woods near their home.

 

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Tour Activities and Schedule

9/30 Fallen Over Book Reviews Spotlight

9/30 Lost Inside the Covers Review

9/30 A Haunted Head Contest

9/30 SpecMusicMuse Interview

10/1 Jess Resides Here Guest Post

10/1 Come Selahway With Me Top Ten List

10/2 3 Partners in Shopping, Nanny, Spotlight

Mommy, and Sissy Too!

10/2 Armand Rosamilia, Author Guest Post

10/3 Sheila Deeth Spotlight

10/3 Deal Sharing Aunt Review

10/4 MikesFilmTalk Interview

10/4 Book Den Spotlight

10/4 L. Andrew Cooper’s Horrific Scribblings Review

10/5 Beauty in Ruins Guest Post

10/5 Pick of the Literate Review

10/6 Bee’s Knees Reviews Review

 

 

Amazon Links for The Wide Game:

Print Version / Kindle Version

Other eBook formats:

Nook / Kobo / iBookstore

Author Stephen Zimmer new releases

Author Stephen Zimmer has some great new books out, both are short story collections. Hellscapes is horror while Chronicles of Ave is a fantasy short story collection which ties in to his Fires In Eden series.

The covers are amazing as always with Seventh Star Press releases and great ways to sample his work.

Hellscapes

 

Journey into realms of darkness and explore the regions where angels fear to tread! Welcome to the Hellscapes, featuring tales of the infernal in settings where the horror never ends and the inhabitants experience the ultimate nightmare.

In “Blood Dreams” follow the tale of a woman who knew great political authority and influence in life, as she discovers the reward awaiting her in the next world.

“The Grove” welcomes a new arrival, a wealthy man who is looking forward to a weekend of indulging in lust and libation, as he has for many years in this secluded convocation for the elite. Something is different this time, though, and he soon finds that his visit will be taking a very different turn.

In “The Smallest Fish”, the story is told of a ruthless business mogul who finds himself in an abandoned, ruined version of the city he knew well, in life. This city won’t be remaining vacant for long.

“Drowning in Tears” tells the story of a young man’s unhealthy obsession for a suicidal girlfriend that leads him on a path of severe transformation.

The final tale of Volume 1, “Lords of War”, follows the story of a man who wielded military power on a worldwide scale as a Secretary of Defense, who now learns the deeper nature of war and what kinds of monstrosities it breeds.

Hellscapes, Volume 1 is the first release in an exciting new themed horror collection from Stephen Zimmer, the author of the Rising Dawn Saga and Fires in Eden Series.

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Escape into the wonders of Ave in this first collection of short stories featuring the fantastical world from the Fires in Eden Series by Stephen Zimmer.

“Into Glory Ride” tells the story of a young Trogen Warrior who is called to go up against insurmountable odds when an Elven raid strikes his homeland. The Trogens have only begun training winged steeds for combat, but time is of the essence and a momentous choice has to be made by the young warrior.

In “A Touch of Serenity” a conscript laborer working on a massive wall constructed under the orders of the Divine Emperor begins to hear ghostly voices asking for help. His response leads him on a journey that will test his courage, wisdom, and compassion.

In “Moonlight’s Grace” a young man goes to help his people when a Midragardan raid strikes Gael. He seeks to prove his worth to the chieftain whose daughter he loves with all his heart.

The novella-length “Winter’s Embrace” follows a warrior-monk into the depths of dangerous woodlands in the heart of winter. There he will find his faith tested in ways he never anticipated, when he must help a forest witch against an enigmatic, immortal being known as the Undying.

“Lion Heart” introduces the heroic Sigananda of the Amazu people, who must confront things that transcend the laws of the physical world when powerful Wizards threaten his homeland.

In “Land of Shadow” a knight who is part of a band of Avanoran mercenaries discovers how perilous the mysterious Shadowlands are when they undertake a journey to locate a site to build a fortress.

A world of wonder beckons to be explored and fantasy enthusiasts are invited along for the journey in these half-dozen stories from the world of Ave!

Also be sure to take further adventures in Ave in the Fires in Eden Series, beginning with Crown of Vengeance, Book One!

Hellscapes is available on Amazon

Chronicles of Ave is available on Amazon

Author Sèphera Girón guest post

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Welcome to a guest post by author Sèphera Girón. Her work is extensive not just writing but acting as well. She sounds like she does it all. My thanks to Sèphera for the wonderful post.

 


It was while I was going through a major writer’s block due to some personal issues that I realized that I had several stories that were hard to find or maybe were never published for various reasons. I compiled a range of work that I considered too weird for horror or too horror for mainstream or erotica stories that I never knew where to send, and these comprise Weird Tales of Terror.

Much of the work shares themes. Transformation. Gender bending, gender blending. Loss. Betrayal. Jealousy. Unexplainable events. Hallucinations and madness.

When I wrote, “Mmm…Chicken,” I worked at a dance studio and brought my son with me whether he had a dance class or not. The studio owner was a horror buff and let me write during slow times. There had been a lot of news stories around that time about opossums who hitched rides with snowbirds (northerners who go south for the winter) and ended up living in the suburbs. Although my opossum story isn’t set in Toronto or the suburbs, seeing one of those creepy creatures on TV before my first coffee was the trigger for the story.

My son was working on a story at the same time for an anthology of children horror writers spawned from horror writing parents. We finished the stories at the same time. He sent his in, was accepted for the anthology, Dark Offspring.

I had actually written my story for Unnatural Selection 2; but then the book was cancelled. I had enjoyed writing for Unnatural Selection 1 where my first Frankenstein themed story, “Cyber-Prometheus” was published. That story was on the Fangoria website for many years. Here’s a link of me reading “Cyber-Prometheus” on Youtube. http://youtu.be/KN0v_IPoR8E

Twice more I submitted “Mmm..Chicken” to anthologies and landed on the short list and the anthology never happened. It’s one of the misfit toys in Weird Tales that I wasn’t certain where it belonged.

“Release” was originally published in Bad Dreams and Asylum One from Darktales Publications. It was recommended for a Stoker back in the nineties. This story remains one of my favourites partly because it’s fun to read. Release on YouTube: http://youtu.be/klS2veaUw0c

“No One Listens” continues Kathy’s adventures. You know, the Kathy from “Release?” This is the “now what’s going to happen?” part. It was never published. You can see me read it on YouTube. It’s in two parts.

No One Listens, Part One: http://youtu.be/2C9kCvMRm1s

No One Listens, Part Two: http://youtu.be/ZdIqflZAxPg

Weird Tales of Terror also contains a couple of very erotic stories. One had been written as part of a collection for an erotic publisher back in the nineties. The other was written in the 2000s, and was to be published by a magazine that went under.

Sometimes our art surprises us with what it reveals and what it takes to share it with others. My little boy wrote, published, and got paid for a story within a year. For “Mmmm…Chicken” it has been over a decade.

Stories fall through the cracks for many reasons. Some are meant to remain buried. I have many that will never be resurrected. But then, there are these types of stories that are quirky and smaller presses are more open to quirky.

My main advice to authors is write what you want to write. Eventually it will find a home if it’s meant to be. As long as you continue to produce, no time has been wasted.

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Sèphera Girón is the award-winning author of over 15 published novels and many short stories. She received the “Marty” in Established Literary Category from the Mississauga Arts Council and a “Silver Hammer” from the Horror Writers Association.

She’s a professional tarot counsellor and writes horoscope columns. Her latest hobby is paranormal investigator!

Sèphera also dabbles in acting and appears as “Ruby” in the movie, SLIME CITY MASSACRE. You might also catch a glimpse of her as an extra in LOVE GURU and a few other movies.

One of Sephera’s day jobs is editing books for other people.

You can find Sephera on her blog and twitter

SSP cover reveal. The Wide Game by Michael West re-issue

Can I just say I don’t remember the last time I was this excited about a book release. This book is one that I know will be released in limited edition signed hardcover as Seventh Star Press does with all its books published. As soon as the buy link is posted I’m snatching one up. Yep like asap. Michael is just the sweetest; perfect for a horror author lol but his book The Wide Game was his first book and its a hard one to find. It’s now out of print with the original publisher but SSP will be re-issuing it. I have heard it’s his best work and have been dying to get my grubby little reader paws on it which I will now be able to do. Join me in the excitement and be sure to get your own copy, with a cover like this how could you say no. It has me dying for a copy.

 

In The Wide Game, Paul Rice, on the advice of his wife, is making plans to attend his 10th year High School reunion.  Returning to his boyhood home of Harmony, Indiana, he finds that he is still haunted by memories of that time–memories of Deidra, his first love, and memories of the Wide Game.  It was ten years ago that Paul and his friends watched their day of fun become a race for their lives, a fight for their very souls.

Now, as he meets the survivors of that day once more, Paul makes a chilling discovery: the incomprehensible forces that toyed with them have yet to finish playing their own game.

Originally published in trade paperback by Graveside Tales, The Wide Game was the first Harmony, Indiana novel released, but has never before been made available in hardcover and eBook formats.  Michael recently commented on the re-release, and the expanded availability in more formats.

“The Wide Game was my first novel, and it holds a special place in my heart and the hearts of all my faithful readers everywhere.  This is something they have been requesting for years!  Not a day goes by without messages and emails asking me when The Wide Game would be available as an eBook.  Still others have asked if it would ever be available in hardcover.  I am thrilled that Seventh Star Press will now be offering the work in both formats, and I hope that even more readers will now get to see how the Harmony, Indiana series all began.”

 

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Wide-Game-Author-Pic-210x300Michael is the critically-acclaimed author of Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, Skull Full of Kisses, and The Legacy of the Gods series. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their bird, Rodan, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.

He has made certain there are no cornfields near his home.