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Cover Reveal: HARROWED

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You have noooooooooo idea how excited I am to share with you the cover of HARROWED! THIS IS THE BOOK YOU HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR! Okay, I promise…no more exclamation points. I’ve already abused them enough here. But, as a lover of horror, I cannot wait for this baby to be out in the world.

And the cover? It was designed by Hang Le from By Hang Le and it’s AMAZING!

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Harrowed (The Woodsview Murders #1)

By Brian LeTendre and Jolene Haley

Book Name: Harrowed (The Woodsview Murders #1)

Book Genre: YA Horror

Book release date: 09/22/15 by Horror Twins Press

Harrowed on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25728924-harrowed

Harrowed blurb:

Journalism Rule #1: Always report the story. Never become the story.

Avery Blair has accepted the fact that nothing exciting ever happens in her small town of Woodsview, Massachusetts. As the editor of the high school blog, she prays for something—anything—to come along that would make for a great headline.

When Beatrice Thompson’s body is found in the girls’ bathroom, Avery has her biggest story ever. The rumors circulating the school say that Beatrice took her own life, but Avery doesn’t believe it for a second. Her instincts prove true when the next day brings another body bag.

The tiny community of Woodsview has become the hunting ground for a killer known as the Harvester. The killer targets Avery and her classmates, stalking their every move and terrorizing them with morbid messages.

With the help of her boyfriend Jason, her best friend Quinn, and an aging detective who can’t keep her off the case, Avery dives head-first into her own investigation. She discovers that the secret of the Woodsview Harvester is buried in the town’s history and its annual Harvest Festival celebration. With every clue she uncovers, Avery grows closer to unmasking the killer—and becoming the next victim.

Avery Blair has finally found a story to die for…if she can stay alive long enough to write it.

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About Brian LeTendre:

Brian LeTendre is the writer of the Parted Veil horror series, which includes Courting the King in Yellow, Lovecraft’s Curse, and Lovecraft’s Pupil.

A gaming, comics and horror lover, Brian has co-hosted and produced a podcast about geek culture called Secret Identity since 2006, producing well over 1000 hours of programming. He also hosts and produces three other podcasts about writing (See Brian Write), design and small business (Kitbash Radio) and gaming (Co-Op Critics).

In addition to podcasting, Brian has worked as a freelance games journalist, and currently writes a webcomic called Mo Stache, which can be read for free online and will be collected in print in 2016.

Brian lives and works in Massachusetts.

Brian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeeBrianWrite

Brian’s Blog: http://www.seebrianwrite.com/

Brian on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Brian-LeTendre/e/B00AGFTZFA/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Brian’s Podcasts: https://soundcloud.com/seebrianwrite

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About Jolene Haley:

Jolene Haley is the author of the Woodsview Murders series, Harrowed (out 9/22/15) and Haunted, coming fall 2016. She’s also the curator of the best-selling horror anthology The Dark Carnival through Pen & Muse Press.

She runs a YA horror blog The Midnight Society, the author resource site Pen & Muse, and Hocus Pocus & Co., a small horror press. She writes every genre under the sun, but prefers horror.

When she’s not writing she can be found cuddling her two dogs and enjoying the beach, where she lives. 

Jolene on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoleneHaley

Jolene’s Blog: http://jolenehaley.com/

Jolene on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7753660.Jolene_Haley

Jolene on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jolenelouisehaley

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Cover Reveal: THE BLEEDING HEART

This is a really exciting day for me–It’s cover reveal day! I have been mesmerized by the cover that Sarah, from Okay Creations, designed for me. So much so, that it’s already my screensaver! She totally created the feeling I wanted for the cover and found something that I never, in a million years, would have come up with. I hope you like it too!

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#TheBleedingHeart by Amy Giuffrida
Genre: #NA #PsychologicalHorror
Publishing Date: May 25, 2015
Cover Designer: Okay Creations: www.okaycreations.com

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✤SYNOPSIS✤
Brooklyn is a talented artist with an obsession for blood; one that she satiates at her uncle’s tattoo shop. It’s here at The Bleeding Heart that Brooklyn practices the art of dispensing pain onto others. Yet, nothing can dull the desire running through her veins, especially since the man she really wants to torture rots in jail for murder.

When Daniel comes into her life, Brooklyn’s obsession with tattoos and blood quickly turns into desire for him. She dreams about getting him on her tattoo table as her first official customer, marking him as her own. But Daniel has a different idea as to what they should be doing with their bodies.

As Brooklyn spirals out of control, her sanity begins to slip right along with whatever is left of her humanity. Daniel may be the only one left to save her, if she lets him in. In the end she will have to choose between exacting vengeance, staying alive, or loving Daniel.

 

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✤ ABOUT THE AUTHOR: AMY GIUFFRIDA ✤

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Amy Giuffrida teaches language arts to teens by day, while working nights as supermom and a bookseller. The teen in her is never far away, calling to her to crank the tunes and write stories about the darkness that surrounds us all.

Amy is known for taking the path less traveled, but can always be found on Twitter @kissedbyink or online at one of her haunts: amygiuffrida.com, kissedbyink.com, midnightsocietytales.com, or bookish.nu.

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/kissedbyink
WEBSITE: http://amygiuffrida.com/
KISSED BY INK: http://kissedbyink.com/
THE MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: http://midnightsocietytales.com/

✤ Tour Host: HEA Book Tours, PR & More: http://heabooktours.blogspot.com/

More News and a Review

It’s been about a week since I last posted. I know…bad blogger. I’m working on getting myself back on track. I have been reading a lot, working on revisions, and some other behind the scenes things. Back to blogging. From now on, my focus here will be on reviews, cover reveals, and author promos. I’m taking all of my author updates and writing posts to my new site: http://amygiuffrida.com. If you want to see what I’m up to, that’s where I’ll be:)

Now for some reviews.

Over the past week, I’ve read two fantastic YA novels–The Program by Suzanne Young and Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie. They may be completely different books, but I inhaled them both.

 

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In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

What did I think?

Holy moly! Suicide is an epidemic, sucking teens left and right into deep depression before taking their lives. Nobody knows where this virus has begun or why it infects only teens under the age of 18, but it does. Those who show any signs of infection are quickly carted off to The Program. After their friends all succumb to the depression, Sloane and James fight The Program.

The Program is rooted in such an original idea, that I couldn’t help but get sucked into the story. I can’t rave enough about Sloane and James. Without spilling the beans about the ending, I will only say that true love can only be the thing with enough power to find their way back to each other.

The Program is a MUST read!

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Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.

But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town’s inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah’s son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.

What did I think?

Talk about another story with a fresh plot! And scary?! Heck yes it is. I mean, can you imagine running out of gas and walking into an abandoned town? There are no phones, no gas, no humans to help you. I would have kept walking–no, running. Seeing that Dee, Luke, and Mike aren’t smart like me, they find themselves in a town that is run by an extremest.

Think about the name of this town for a minute. Purity Springs. Doesn’t that just totally jangle your nerves a little bit?! Um, yeah. You all know I love horror, but this doesn’t contain the typical horror nuances. Yes, they run out of gas. And yes, they walk into a creepy town. That’s where the similarities end. Trisha and Lindsay have created something so new and fresh that Creed is a MUST READ!!!

If you want to talk to Lindsay and Trisha, join The Midnight Society tonight, 7 pm CST on Twitter. We’re using the hashtag: #MBC

I hope to see you all there!

CREED by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

About CREED: Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.

But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town’s inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah’s son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear

Release date: November 8, 2014

Publisher: Flux 

Genre: Young Adult psychological horror

ISBN: 0738740802

Buy links: 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Creed-Trisha-Leaver/dp/0738740802/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409936460&sr=8-1&keywords=creed+currie+leaver

B & N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/creed-trisha-leaver/1118199822?ean=9780738740805

Publisher website: http://www.fluxnow.com/product.php?ean=9780738740805

Book Depository:  http://www.bookdepository.com/Creed-Trisha-Leaver/9780738740805

Indiebound:  http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780738740805

Trisha Leaver

About Trisha Leaver:  Trisha Leaver graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Social Work. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association, and the Cape Cod Children’s Writers.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tleaver

Website: www.trishaleaver.com

Instagram: @trishaleaver

 

Trisha on Writing:

What inspired you to write a horror story?

Easy answer….my brother. I was deathly afraid of the dark when I was a kid. I used to check under the bed and refused to sleep without the hall light on. My older brother used to tease me, say that it wasn’t the monsters under the bed that I should be afraid of, but the ones hiding in the closet. We were stupid, bickering kids back then, but years later, with a lifetime of experiences behind me, I finally got what he meant. None of the horror I write is paranormal based. Not because I don’t love a good fanged monster, but because I believe the darkness that surrounds us every day is scarier than any paranormal creature Hollywood could dream up.  It’s the evil that lingers within a chosen few, their dark past and tortured existences that I try to capture. What can I say, I like to explore the darker side of humanity.

I’ve read that Lindsay is a huge fan of Stephen King. How does his writing influence your own?  More than once CREED has been pitched as the CHILDREN OF THE CORN meets THE VILLAGE, so it is interesting that you ask about Stephen King.

Has he influenced my writing, but more his style than his actual plots. Stephen King plays more to the psychological aspects of horror as opposed to the slasher, girl-in-bikini-running-a-lake-being-chased-by-a-machete-weilding-psych of type of horror. Think of THE SHINING and Jack’s slow decent into insanity, the isolation, the knowledge that true evil can reside in all of us….that is the aspect of Stephen King’s writing that I am most drawn to.

Trisha, Poltergeist scared the crap out of me too! In fact, I hid all dolls in the attack after seeing the clown attack Carrie Ann. At  age___ I finally beat my fear of clowns last year. After all of this, what keeps bringing you back to horror?

Psychological based horror gives you the opportunity to explore the darkest shades of life, peel back the layer of a character’s inner psyche to discover where evil dwells. Whether I am writing solo YA contemporary or co-authoring a horror, I love raw, gritty emotion and tension and that grey area between right and wrong. In my experience, fear…true, unadulterated, oh-my-god-that-really-could-happen fear is one of the most powerful emotions one can draw out in their reader and…well, horror is the perfect genre for that.

Did you do any type of research, like visiting a haunted house?

Ahh….no, never visited a haunted house.  And before you ask, I have no intention of EVER having my dreams analyzed because as you can imagine, even I don’t want to go there 🙂 We did a fair amount of research into the organization of cults, their hierarchal structure and the use of coercion and mind games to both recruit and maintain their followings. But the town, the surrounding areas, the characters are completely a fictional product of our twisted imaginations.

Co-writing is not the norm, so how do you ladies write? Do you write alternating chapters?

It may not be the norm, and I can guarantee it doesn’t work for everybody, but co-authoring has been a seamless process for me and Lindsay thus far. We both have a hand in every chapter, every scene, often trading the same chapter back and forth multiple times a day.  Not only are we tweaking content, but since all of our books are written in singular POV, we take great pains to make sure the voice is consistent.  One of the greatest compliments we can get is when our CPs or editor say “I can’t tell who wrote what!”

I know you won’t talk too much about your next book SWEET MADNESS, but can you talk about how you came up with the idea of writing a YA historical fiction horror story?

My next book is actually a solo YA Contemporary title THE SECRETS WE KEEP.  It hits shelves winter of 2015 with FSG/ Macmillan.  But you want to know about our super-secret project SWEET MADNESS.  It is truly a YA Historical Horror based on an actual murder that occurred in the late 1800’s. Why historical…I have a fascination with history, specifically the gruesome aspects of it so it was a natural place for out writing to go.

Any advice you can give to writers?

Persistence, patience, and solid group of CP’s.  Write because it is your passion, because the stories you are telling are an extension of yourself, a voice in your head that is demanding to be given life. Trust me, that passion will come through in your writing.  Ego has no place in the world of publishing. No matter where you are in this journey, there are people behind you and people in front of you and those players are constantly in motion. Learn from them, mentor them, be kind and supportive to them.  And lastly and probably the hardest for any author to swallow is SOME BOOKS ARE MEANT TO DIE.  Don’t be afraid to shelve a book. I have….more than once, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will again.

 

Lindsay Currie

About Lindsay Currie: Lindsay Currie graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, IL with an English Literature degree. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the YA Scream Queens.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lindsayncurrie

Website: www.lindsaycurrie.com

Instagram: @lindsayncurrie

CREED on Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17720829-creed

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Lindsay on Horror and Halloween:

  • We all know kids love to dress up and see who can get the most candy when they go out Trick or Treating. As adults, we either pick out of our kid’s haul or we dip our greedy hands in the candy we “bought” to hand out to the little goblins who ring our doorbell. So tell me, what is your favorite Halloween candy?
Ooooh, I LOVE chocolate, so anything of the chocolate variety is going to make me very, very happy. I’m particularly fond of those chocolate bars with the carmel inside of them. SO good. *drools*
  • Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can tell us? Or pictures you can share?
Well, Halloween is my favorite time of year and I host a large costume party annually for my kids friends and parents. Last year I cleared 120 people and it was my first year running a haunted house adjacent to the party. It was two hours of celebrating one of my favorite holidays in the world. I suppose I like Halloween so much because it’s a night when anything seems possible, you know? You can be whoever you want to be and everyone just accepts it. Last year I was a zombie Alice in Wonderland (there was something evil down that rabbit hole, you know) and the year before I was a corpse bride. It’s a great time, that party. Something I’ll probably keep doing long after my kids think it’s lame:)
  • We can talk all day about Horror movies around here, and we all have our favorites. What is yours?
In terms of watching them for fun and my pure enjoyment of the atmosphere, I’d have to say I love the Scream movies. They’re such good old fashioned slasher fun, but without any real brain to them so you don’t have to worry about thinking. Along those lines, I also love Halloween – the original. So, so good. That’s my ringtone all season, actually LOL! 
 
However, if we’re talking about movies that actually SCARE me . . . my answer is very different. I remember the first time I saw Blair Witch Project and I was absolutely horrified. That movie is definitely along the lines of the kind of stuff that scares me. I also really enjoyed some of the Paranormal Activity movies. 
  • So many movies are being remade to be modern and to draw in a younger audience. Many times I find myself wondering just what’s wrong with watching the original. Do you like to see horror movies remade or a fan of the originals?
I will watch them, but generally I’m never as impressed. I’ve noticed that many of the remakes feel washed out to me, probably because I’m partial to the original. 
  • Can you remember the first horror book you read? Is this what drew you to writing horror? Yup! I actually recently re-read it, too! When I was in 4th grade, I read a book called The Dollhouse Murders by Betsy Ren Wright. Whoa did that book scare me. Dolls in a dollhouse that move and reenact a murder? Yipes! I was deliciously terrified by that book and I think it had a major impact on me in terms of my love of horror. That rush of adrenaline you get when you’re reading . . . it’s perfect. 
  • Fear is something everyone feels, whether it’s because we watched a scary movie or we read something terrifying in the news. Sometimes, it’s something we can overcome—like my fear of clowns and moving dolls. What scares you?  Oh geez. You’re afraid of moving dolls? Don’t read the book I mentioned above. It will scar you for life LOL. Also, maybe stay off “It’s a Small World” at Disneyworld:)  What scares me though? Not a whole lot, to be honest. I have three kids so most of my fears seem to revolve around them and their safety, but if we’re talking horror film type fears, I don’t have many. I will admit that there is a soft spot in me for exorcist related things. So, in movies where someone is possessed and they speak in different voices and have unnatural abilities . . . that stuff really scares me. I can’t remember what movie it was, but one of them had a little girl who was possessed with an evil spirit and she was standing under this emergency light repeating “you scared me, Daddy” and giggling – geez that almost gave me a heart attack. I guess it all comes down to this: as long as no one I know ends up possessed, I’m all good. 
  • As writers, we all fear rejection. It’s absolutely terrifying to share yourself via writing, but at the same time without taking that risk books don’t get published. As a writer, what has your scariest moment been?
I think my scariest moment is to come on November 8 when CREED comes out! Really, I think publishing is scary but in an abstract way when you’e querying and honestly, even when you’re on submission. But once that book deal comes through and your dreams come to fruition, it’s a different kind of scary. The kind that leaves you lying in bed awake at night wondering how people are going to react to your words. Lucky for me, I have an awesome co-author, Trisha Leaver, to go through it with. Together we’ll weather the fears on release day and beyond. 
  • How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?
Well, I’m into archery and just finished a 3D shoot this past weekend where I did very, very well. If I had enough arrows and could maintain my bow, I’d totally get up onto a roof and pick them off one at a time. Well, assuming they are the slow zombies. If they’re the fast ones, I’m in trouble!
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