Friday, October 31, 2014

Five Free Horror Reads

For those turning off the porch light early tonight, we have a special Halloween edition of FREE ebooks. These are all top FREE horror.


The Warning
Sarah Roberts has spent the last four years helping people stay alive through the messages she receives from the dead. She receives a daunting communication from the Other Side regarding her sister's murderer, and where she can find him, but the message is not clear enough to confirm the man's identity. Then she receives The Warning, a message that tells her to stand down - let it go. She refuses and enters a complex where the odds are stacked heavily against her. The tables turn, and Sarah becomes the hunted rather than the hunter. How many people have to die to catch one murderer? How far will Sarah go? Sarah must face the absolute horror and reality that has become her life as an Automatic Writer. The Warning begins as a flame, ignites to a fire and explodes in an inferno of violence over a girl who receives messages from the dead to help the living.

Get it at Amazon



Left Alive
Adults only due to graphic violence and sexual situations.

Book 1 of 3

The world is dead. Plants gone. Animals gone. The air is thick with dust and ash. Water has turned to murky cesspools of death and decay. Life and Earth as we know it are gone—at least all the good parts.
It’s been almost a year since the first signs that we killed our planet began to arise. Order and humanity are gone now, replaced by vigilante justice and survival at all costs. Nine months have passed since the quarantines were put in place. Six months since we realized it was too late, and just after that the governments of the world fell.
That was nearly seven billion people ago, and now Charles has decided it is time to pack up and leave in search of the one thing still worth living for—his daughters.
With rumors of roving bands of cannibals, and even zombies, he knows making the journey is a long shot, but he has to try. He promised their dying mother that he would keep them safe and has every intention of doing just that, come hell or hungry zombies.
In a soulless world filled with nothing but pain and death, will his determination be enough to see him through to the end?

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Desecration
Death isn't always the end. LONDON. When the body of a young heiress is found within the Royal College of Surgeons, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke is assigned to the case. An antique ivory figurine found beside the body is the only lead and she enlists Blake Daniel, a reluctant clairvoyant, to help her discover the message it holds. When personal tragedy strikes, Jamie finds her own life entwining with the morbid fascinations of the anatomists, and she must race against time to stop them claiming another victim. As Jamie and Blake delve into a macabre world of grave robbery, body modification, and the genetic engineering of monsters, they must fight to keep their sanity, and their lives.

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Fractured Legacy
Kaylyn Anderson's fascination with abandoned places and dark creatures kindled her work as a paranormal investigator. But when dreams begin to distort reality, she questions what is real and pulls away from everyone she trusts. The opportunity to investigate the Teague Hotel--a long-abandoned landmark that has always piqued her curiosity--provides a chance to redeem herself. Unraveling the hotel's secrets won't be easy, but Kaylyn soon finds herself the target of a dark entity that has been trapped in the building for decades.

If Kaylyn stands any chance of defeating the spirit, she'll have to accept that her fears are real and convince fellow investigators that she hasn't lost her mind.

Get it at Amazon and B&N


Donners of the dead
Jake McGraw was unlike anyone I’d ever known. He was brash, rude, unapologetic and arrogant; chauvinistic, close-minded, and terribly stubborn. He was built like a tree, tall with a hard chest and wide shoulders and hands that looked like they could wrestle a bear. He was a cigar-chomping, scruffy-faced, beast of a man. I was pretty sure I hated him. And I know he hated me. But among the flesh-eating monsters in these snow-capped mountains, he was the only thing keeping me alive

The year is 1851 and pioneers in search of California gold are still afraid to travel on the same route as the tragic Donner party did years before. When the last wagon train to go into the Sierra Nevada mountains fails to arrive at their destination, Eve Smith, an 18-year old half-native girl with immense tracking skills is brought along with the search party, headed by an enigmatic former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw.

What they find deep in the dangerous snow-covered terrain is a terrifying consequence of cannibalism, giving new meaning to the term “monster.” While the search party is slowly picked off, one by one, Eve must learn to trust Jake, who harbors more than a few secrets of his own, in order to survive and prevent the monstrosities from reaching civilization.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Marketing Resources for Horror Writers

by Donna Huber

Some genres are easy to find promotional outlets to market books, while other genres are more difficult. Romance writers can find hundreds of thousands of blogs that cater to the genre. The horror genre is the opposite, at least in my experience. While there may not be as many blogs that focus on horror there are other resources available to horror writers. I will share 3 resources I ran across when I was organizing the blog tour for Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus.

1. Blogs

Many general book bloggers include horror among the genres they review, yet horror is only represented in a small portion of their reviews. They may do a feature in October highlighting books from the genre. I did run across a few blogs that were horror bloggers.

Ginger Nuts of Horror
Wag the Fox: Gef Fox's Den for Dark Fiction
The Geekdon of Gore

2. eZines

While searching for horror bloggers, I ran across several ezines devoted to the horror genre and many of them seemed quite active. Perhaps for dedicated horror readers, ezines is a more popular medium. If you are trying to reach your target audience, it wouldn't hurt to look into them. This site lists a number of ezines.

3. Groups

Again, maybe horror readers are not really into blogging like romance or fantasy readers. I found a couple of active groups; it is were I found the blogs that I pitched Night Chill to as well as some of the ezines. Goodreads has an active group - Horror Aficionados . BookBlog.ning also has an active group - Horror/Occult Reads. Please remember that groups are rarely about pure self-promotion. They are for building a relationship between readers and authors. Use the group more in the way that a reader would use it - talk about your favorite horror authors, make recommendations of great horror novels, etc. By doing this you will build your network and after being part of the community for a while (about 2 - 3 months) then you may be able to reach out to individuals who you have built a relationship with to ask about promotion assistance.


I hope you find these resources helpful. In the past few months, Girl Who Reads has featured more books in the genre since it is one of Claire's favorite genres. Visit her Facebook page for recommendations and possible review of your book.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

15 Horror Novels for Your Halloween Entertainment

by Claire Rees

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I have a few top lists. They are not in any order. These are just the books I love to re-read at Halloween. you

Top 5 Zombie Novels


Zombie Fallout

Buy Zombie Fallout at Amazon
I recommend the entire Zombie Fallout series by Mark Tufo

Dead Hunger
Buy The Dead Hunger box set at Amazon
Read my review here.


Gameland

Buy The Gameland omnibus (1-8) at Amazon


Benton

Buy Benton at Amazon
Read my review here.


I Dream of Zombies

Buy I Dream of Zombies at Amazon
Read my review here.


Top 5 Horror/Ghost Novels


Waiting for Harvey

Buy Waiting for Harvey at Amazon
Read my review here.


The Dead Game

Buy The Dead Game at Amazon


The Ghost Files

Buy The Ghost Files at Amazon


The Ghosts of the Sleath

Buy The Ghosts of the Sleath at Amazon


Night Chill

Buy Night Chill at Amazon
Read my review here.


TOP 5 YA Horror/Paranormal Novels



Haunted

Buy Haunted at Amazon


The Shadow

Buy The Shadow at Amazon
Read my review here.


Twisted Dreams

Buy Twisted Dreams at Amazon
Read my review here.


Peter and the Vampires

Buy Peter and the Vampires at Amazon


Bigfoot's box of zombies, werewolves and vampires

Buy Bigfoot's Box of Zombies, Werewolves and Vampires at Amazon


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: Waiting for Harvey by Lydia North

by Claire Rees

Waiting for Harvey
Waiting for Harvey by Lydia North is about a big time writer who comes down with writer's block and decides to go visit his brother's cabin in the woods of Maine to get back to nature for some peace and quiet. His brother John stays with him the first night and they reminisce on the old times back at the cabin when they were kids. As kids they used a Ouija board  and convinced themselves that they had spoke to and seen a ghost. Now as adults John believes it was all just their imagination and kids being kids.

However when John leaves to go back to work he promises to be back to pick up Erik in three weeks but things start happening to Erik that he cannot explain.

Things get more terrifying and the Ouija board starts making appearances on the kitchen table and starts to talk to him, then he starts hearing voices telling him not to leave.

He tries to escape but because of the bad weather he gets lost on the back roads and ends up going back to cabin. Things get even scarier when the ghost starts to make appearances and it leads to the ghost attacking Erik and leaves him badly hurt.

This is a chilling story guaranteed to make you feel scared. I got really into this book. It kept me wondering what would happen next and asking would he stay at the cabin forever. The ending was really good and a little twist I didn't see coming.

I recommend this to all who love ghost stories.

Buy Waiting for Harvey at Amazon



Book info
Available formats: ebook and print (270 pages)
Published: May 2014
ISBN13: 9781311555540
Genres: Horror
Audience: Adult




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Monday, October 27, 2014

5 thrillers to give you chills

by Donna Huber
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Halloween is fast approaching and if you are looking for a frightful read, check out this list.

The First Victim
The First Victim by JB Lynn. While Lynn is making a name for herself in the cozy mystery genre with an impressive 7 books in the Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman series and two books in The Matchmaker series, I first discovered her when I read her thriller The First Victim. To me it bordered on horror, but it was so good. You can read my review here.

Buy The First Victim at Amazon






The Never List
Another great dark and twisted story that I just happened upon is The Never List by Koethi Zan. Zan plunges the reader into a horrifying tale of girls abducted and systematically torture. Read my review here.

Buy The Never List at Amazon





Still Missing
You can never go wrong with a Chevy Stevens novel, but Still Missing gave me chills. I saw recently in the news that a realtor had been killed while do a house showing. I immediately thought of this book. Read my review here.

Buy Still Missing at Amazon










Before I Go To Sleep
If you like Chevy Stevens or Nancy Price, then I recommend checking out Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson. How scary would it be if you awoke each morning not knowing where you are or anything about the last 10 years? Main character Christine was in an accident that left her unable to remember a large portion of her past and incapable of retaining new memories. Read my full review here.


Buy Before I Go To Sleep at Amazon




Three
One more great psychological thriller is Thr3e by Ted Dekker. It was a bit different than some of the other books that I have read by him, but still a great story that was hard to put down. It was also made into a movie.

Buy Thr3e at Amazon





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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Series Saturday: The PSS Chronicles by Ripley Patton


Ghost Heart banner

The third book of Ripley Patton's The PSS Chronicles is touring this week and I have reviews of the first three books in the series in case you haven't started it.

ghost hand
Ghost Hand (Book 1)

We follow Olivia a teenage girl who suffers from "psyche sans soma" or "pss", a rare birth defect which in Olivia's care makes her one hand ghost like. Apart from this she leads a normal teenage life, going to school, doing home work and hanging out with her best friend Emma. This is until her calculus lesson where her hand starts to act of its own accord and pulls something out of her classmate causing them to pass out, the only other person to see this is new guy Marcus who doesn’t seem at all shocked or surprised and even covers for her with the teacher. After school she goes to visit her father’s grave and is attacked by two men with strange devices, once again Marcus is there to save her, he tries to explain what is happening but she is too scared and runs away from home to the safety of her home, or so she thinks.

From here Olivia's life gets turned upside down when she discovers that people from her town were not who she thought they were and wish her harm and suddenly her life becomes much more dangerous and nowhere she knows is safe anymore. Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton has a lot of danger and action with a sprinkling of romance which makes it an amazing read. I do recommend this to anyone who loves a really good story with wonderful characters and a good "on the edge of your seat" read. 

Get Ghost Hand FREE at Amazon

Book info
Available formats: ebook and print (372 pages)
Published: November 2012
ISBN13: 9780988491007
Genres: Paranormal thriller
Audience: Young Adult
Source: author
Read: September 2014

ghost holdGhost Hold (Book 2)

Ghost Hold follows on from Ghost Hand, Olivia and a friend have joined Marcus and his gang on the run to try to help the next person on the list and get them away from the campfers before they can snatch her. This time it's Olivia who goes undercover at a school with a friend to try to make friends with this new person and does succeed but not in the way she thinks it will go. She discovers once again that she has been lied to and that Marcus already knew the next person on the list personally when he was younger. In order to help this new girl Olivia joins in a special gathering for people with ‘PSS’ and their followers to go and have a party. Along with her new and old friends Olivia has to again fight to survive a massive attack by the campfers and this time they brought guns.  Ghost Hold gets slightly darker and there is more loss of life and more heart wrenching scenes and a lot of secrets get unveiled. 

Again this book is really well written and will keep you addicted page after page as you follow these super brave teenagers trying to do what they think is right to help others. 

Buy Ghost Hold at Amazon

Book Info
Available formats: ebook and print (374 pages)
Published: September 2013
ISBN13: 9780988491038
Genres: Paranormal thriller
Audience: Young Adult
Source: author
Read: September 2014

Ghost Heart coverGhost Heart (Book 3)

At the start of Ghost Heart we see Passion and Jason, separated from the rest of the group, are on the run hiding in the woods from the campfers. Trying to get back to where the cars were parked the night before they soon run into men from the "hold" and end up being taken back to the leader of the hold, Samantha's father, where they are reunited with Marcus. But not all is as it seems, in the fight with the campfers Marcus was seriously injured and needs time to recover.

Passion soon starts to plan a rescue party for their lost friend Olivia who has been captured by the campfers and taken to a secret campfer place and gets everyone on board.

At the same time Olivia is just trying to survive her prison and plan an escape, hoping all the time that her friends are on their way to save her from this torture and finds help from an unusual source.

Ghost Heart, unlike the first two, is written from the viewpoint of several main characters and is flawlessly done. Despite jumping from person to person the story flows nicely and is easy to follow. 

I very much enjoyed this read and was thrilled to find out there will be another book. If you like a good action and adventure book with lots of lies, secrets, back stabbing and betrayal, then these are the books for you.

Buy Ghost Heart at Amazon

Book info:
Available formats: ebook and print (354 pages)
Published: October 2014
ISBN13: 9780988491052
Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Audience: Young Adult
Source: author
Read: September 2014
Ripley Patton

About the Author:

Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series.
Ripley doesn't smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as her characters. Her only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television.

Website  *  Facebook  *  Twitter  *  Goodreads  *  Google +

There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Ghost Heart. These are the prizes you can win:
- a set of signed cover posters (US only)
- a $10 Amazon gift card (international)

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to keep the buzz going after a blog tour

by Donna Huber

It has been a little while since I wrote a tips most that was mostly for authors, but as I'm wrapping up Amanda Romine Lynch's blog tour for Anabel Divided I thought I might discuss what to do after the tour. I discuss posttour follow-up in my marketing ebook Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour, but in this post I'm going outline more what you can do to keep the buzz going.

One of the things I most see authors failing to do after a tour is continuing to promote the tour stops. You've spent a great deal of time creating the content for these stops, you really want to get as much mileage out of them as you can.

First, let's look at reason why you want to continuing to promote the tour stops.


  1. Your followers are not on social media 24 hours a day so they may have missed the tweet or Facebook post on the actual tour dates. If these followers are just followers and have not yet become readers of your book(s), then you want to keep enticing them with tidbits about your book(s).
  2. You get new followers. I get several new followers every day on Twitter and a few new likes each week on Facebook. They might not have seen the mentions about the various posts you wrote for the tour.
  3. It keeps getting your book and name out there without being a strictly "buy my book" message. I know when I see an author promoting a guest post they did on Girl Who Reads, I'm more likely to promote it again as well. So the post is not only being seen by your new followers, but mine as well.
Second, you want to be smart about how you are promoting these posts so they continue to create buzz without becoming spam themselves.

    Secrets to  a Successful Blog Tour
  1. Think about timing of your promotion. Because Twitter moves so fast you could tweet 2 - 3 stops each day for 30 days following the end of the tour. You will want to space them out and vary the time each day that you post and the days each week that a particular stop is promoted. Scheduling tweets through Tweetdeck or HootSuite makes this pretty easy. Facebook doesn't move very fast so you may only want to promote 1 or 2 stops a week. Continue this pattern the following 30 days but only share 1 - 2 stops each day. Then the following 30 days may just promote a stop every other day, then 30 days more of 1 - 2 a week, etc. As long as the content on the posts are evergreen you should be able to get a good year out of those posts.
  2. Change the titles or pull out excerpts. When you tweet or post to Facebook you will want to change the wording of the message. You may catch a different audience's eye. If possible ask a question.
  3. Be sure to tag the blogger. If they have a Twitter handle be sure to add it to the tweets or tag them (many bloggers have a fan page) in the Facebook post. I'm usually quick to retweet these promotions.
  4. Tie the posts into your own blog posts. Did your main character give an interview during the tour? After the tour, you may be writing a blog post on your own blog about your main character and you can link to the tour interview.
One of the big benefits of a blog tour over a city tour is that you have content to share long-term and can reach audiences that may have missed it the first go around. If you have every tried to put together your own tour, you know it is a lot of work. I hope these tips help you get more from your tour than just the 2 or 3 weeks it runs.

Need help planning your own blog tour? 
Pick up Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour for just 99 cents at Amazon and other retailers.


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