10 Days of Halloween – Horror Inspired Cocktails

One of the best parts of Halloween is the candy, right? What better pairing for your bowl of sugary treats than a horror inspired, dark and delicious cocktail?

I have come across a few good ones lately, but this one takes the cake. I have added it to the official cocktail menu for the Virtual Halloween Party that will be in full motion tomorrow night to welcome a new book into the world! This cocktail idea was so kindly donated by The Haunted Walk.

Do check out their cool page. And do share your horror inspired cocktails here. There is always room for more on the menu…

10 Days of Halloween – PARTY Time!

Halloween Edition

Halloween Party Book Launch!

Join your hostess for the evening, Demon Julie, for a creepy cocktail to welcome an 80s nostalgic serial killer novella into the world!

Owen’s Terrarium is essentially Psycho meets The House that Jack Built. It follows the path of Owen, hiding in the Elm Film House, inspecting reel after reel of classic horror flicks in the basement. As he fights his sickness, and the tendencies that it spawns, his world is turned upside down when a milk chocolate haired woman enters his world.

Will Owen be destined for happiness? Or will it end in t blood bath?

Don’t miss out on your chance to join the fun! There will be prizes. There will be costumes and creepy makeup. There will be horror inspired cocktails. Join the one hour live stream followed by a mingle in Demon Julie’s zoom room…if you dare.

SPOOKY Free Books!

It’s Halloween month! That means it’s time to start packing in the Halloween fun. It’s a time for dressing up, putting on makeup, eating candy, watching scary movies, and reading spine chilling books!

Just for you, little demons, a bunch of FREE spine chilling reads.

Happy reading.

BOOK SALE for CRIME LOVERS!

You know I love a good book sale. The only thing I love more that a good book sale is SHARING a good book sale!

Today I bring to you a killer sale on crime books. This is a great collection for you crime lovers.

The cherry on top is…oh, this is too exciting…IF you have not grabbed your copy of Final Track (the first book in the 80s Metal Murder series), it is on for $0.99 during this sale!

Get your copies now! This sale is only on till the end the week.

Happy reading!

Killer Writing Tip #2: Effectively Digesting Feedback

When I decided to write my first novel, I didn’t know how to do it. I didn’t know if I could do it. It was a massive, incomprehensible project looming over me. I wanted to know, needed to know, if I could do it.

Before anything else, I find the most useful thing to do is to admit that I don’t know everything. I completely, 100 % admitted to myself and anyone who asked that I didn’t know how to write the novel that I so desperately wanted to write. I had no idea where to start. The first ‘chunk’ or set of scenes was the hardest.

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This was fiction. This was ‘make belief’ laced with a high level of realism since I wanted my potential readers (if there were any out there) to get pulled into the fictional homicide investigation I was creating and become invested in the outcome.

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Mental Damnation – An Amazing Dark Fantasy Series

Hello my little demons!

Today I am here to share with you a fantastic Dark Fantasy series that you MUST add to your book shelf.

I am NOT usually a series reader, nor a reader of dark fantasy. Yet, this series absolutely grabbed me and pulled me into it’s dark, tantalizing vortex. I blasted through these books with ease as I was drawn to the characters, their stories, and their struggles.

Why couldn’t I put this series down?

WORLD BUILDING – The author, Konn, has an incredible talent for building imaginative worlds and describing them vividly on the page. I felt like I was there, in these amazing places, navigating along with the characters.

CHARACTERS – I was drawn to the characters, their struggles, their stories, and their emotions. I cared deeply about the main character, Krista, and wanted so much for the lovely reptilian mutation to find her way.

ART – This series is more than a set of books. Each book is a masterpiece of fiction, poetry, and hand drawn art work woven together beautifully. Konn shares his unique talents that he has poured his passion into.

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Killer Writing Tip #1

When I started writing fiction, I wanted the words on the page to be good. I wanted readers to connect with the characters and get pulled into the story. It took time and effort for me to learn how to translate the snippets in my brain to well written sentences on the page. One thing I have going for me on my new found path as an author is that I love to learn. Along the way, on my journey one word at a time, I’ve built a tool box. One of my most favorite tools is the thesaurus collection written by the dynamite duo Angela and Becca. This is my personal collection

I’m here to share with you today some exciting news! The release of the newest thesaurus is just around the corner. More information here.

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I blasted through my advanced reader copy in no time and am thrilled to have discovered yet another way of looking at and developing both my characters and my storylines. Yes, just when you think there’s nothing left to learn, these two put a new spin on things. I understand if you are wary of writing tools. Trust me, I stick to what I feel in my gut and I dig into whatever natural talent I have. But, sometimes it helps to learn a new technique, try a new way of thinking about things, and get the brain tingling with ideas.

The reason I love the thesaurus collection so much is that they are easy to digest, well organized and can be used as references to go back to when you are stuck or need to elevate something.

To put the cherry on top, I’ve found these books helpful for any type of story or character, no matter how dark and twisted. After all, I do write about killers and demons.

Give any them of a whirl. I doubt you will be disappointed.

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Stay tuned for tip #2!

Corpse in a Cave

The third body

Hiding in a dark, wet cave

Crouched in a corner

Staring with a single, glassy eye

Peering through a wild tiger’s mane, voluminous and orange

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Legs pressing against tight pleather

Threatening to rip right through

Face thick with layers of cream

Like a papier mache doll

 

The third body, vacant, waiting, in the back of the dark, wet cave

 

For Detective Mahoney to discover the clues

Figure out their bizarre meanings

And piece them together

Creating a trail to a sick monster

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