21 Day Countdown to Halloween! Ten Scary Books for Halloween

I read a post the other day about the top best Horror books of the 21st century. And it got me thinking of the scariest books I’ve ever read. I don’t read horror anymore, but I used to read it when I was in high school and college, so I get that some of these might be oldies, but it doesn’t make them any less horrifying! So here are my top picks for scary books to read for Halloween.

It by Stephen King
It took me 3 tries to get through that book. It seriously scared the crap out of me. Now the ending wasn’t as I’d hoped it would be but the book is never the less a scary one. Of course Stephen King is the master of horror so what do you expect?

The Stand by Stephen King
Now, I know today this wouldn’t seem as scary. With all we know about biological weapons, they seem pretty much common place. From mutagens, to dirty bombs, they are everywhere. But back in 1992 when I read this book, the idea that a super virus could spread by just someone sneezing on you, let’s just say I was paranoid for MONTHS!!!! I loved this book. It is one of my two Stephen King favorites, but it scared the crap out of me back then.

Dracula by Bram Stoker
This book is not for kids! My daughter asked me if she could read it and so I read it and I was freaked out. It was dark, it was scary and it was awesome! I loved it! If you want a great scary classic, read this one. It’s worth it.

Grimm’s Fairytales
Have you ever read those things? They are seriously messed up! Originally the princesses weren’t all happy and light and their stories didn’t come with happy endings. Some are really dark and gory. Some are sad and tragic. But most of them are pretty scary actually when you think about them. And if you want to get even darker read the origin stories that the Grimm stories came from!

Anything Edgar Allen Poe

Literally anything. You could pick up any of his stories and be scared. Fall of the House of Ushers, The Pit and the Pendulum, Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Tell Tale Heart. All of them are enough to give you chills. Poe is one of my all time favorites and he’s scary as hell.

Anyone of these books is enough to get your blood chilling and have you looking over your shoulder when you climb the stairs at night! So tell me, what are your favorite scary books? Which do you love the most? And if you want to see an article about the best scary books in the last 200 years, go here:

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Best Halloween Werewolf Movies

So a few years ago I started trying to figure out what my favorite Werewolf movie was and was sad and shocked to find, that there are very few werewolf movies I have actually liked!

Underworld, is my most favorite movie with werewolves, but other than that, as I went through the werewolf movies I have seen, there were very, very few that I would say I actually really liked.

A werewolf movie came out in 2014 called Wolves. I watched it for one reason and one reason alone. Jason Momoa. Lucas Till is in it and he is one of my least favorite actors but I said, for Jason, I will give this a shot. Don’t. It’s not worth it. Unless, you are going in just to see Jason Momoa as eye candy. Then it’s worth it. He is so evil it’s awesome. But the story sucked and the graphics made them look like giant fuzzy kittens.

In 2007 I was so anxious for the movie Blood & Chocolate to come out in theaters. I had seen the previews and was squealing with delight at finally having a great werewolf movie. It had Hugh Dancy and Olivier Martinez, both of whom I liked. Yet sadly, I was depressed with the outcome. The movie was a let down. Not a total letdown, but a moderately big one. So again, I will rank this on the list of werewolf movies out there, but don’t expect to come away feeling like you got an awesome werewolf movie.

In 2011 I waited with baited breath for Red Riding Hood to be released! Again! I was ecstatic for the movie to come out and couldn’t wait to see it. The visuals looked stunning, the story interesting. It had Gary Oldman for Pete’s sake!! And I like Amanda Seyfried. But again, I was let down. The holes in the story were enough to turn me off. Even though I wished so hard for the movie to be awesome. Some of the twists were good. Gary Oldman was totally evil. The love story was sweet and there was action, but it didn’t live up to the hype for me.

Sigh…

So when I went to find an awesome werewolf movie, there was only one that I could think of, that met my expectations. No, it is not the New Wolfman from 2010. As much as Anthony Hopkins has been one of my favorite actors since Silence of the Lambs, I refuse to even review that movie because it would hurt my soul to say something bad about him.

The one movie that I loved. The one movie that I thought was a great performance of werewolves in today’s society was, Wolf. Yes, the 1994 Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfieffer, James Spader movie. How could one ever forget Jack Nicholson marking his territory in the bathroom? Plus the special effects were very well done and quite believable. Though I do not write my werewolves to still be in human form when they wolf out. I think the movie did an awesome job of it. I don’t think they could have put together a better cast with a better script.

Another shout out I’m going to give is not a werewolf movie but a shifter movie. LadyHawke. Michelle Pfieffer and Rutger Hauer. It a beautiful love story set in a fantasy world about two cursed lovers. It is not horror nor is it really even a werewolf movie, but it is a shifter movie and a great one at that. Plus is has a young Matthew Brodrick in it.

So if you’re going to watch a Werewolf movie, I recommend Wolf or Underworld. There is nothing sexier than an Alph Male protecting his mate. And there’s nothing better than a werewolf movie with a real plot!

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Best Halloween Treats

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I love fall and the fall season. I love the smells and the colors and the foods. I love it all. Unfortunately, I live in Southern California now so I only get two seasons. Hot and not as hot. But I grew up in Virginia and Idaho so I know what seasons are supposed to look like! 

One of my favorite things in the world is food. Food and treats! For six months, fall through early spring you can bet I’ll be at Panera Bread company once a week having a bowl of Autumn Squash Soup. It is my favorite! Now I will be the first to admit I like pumpkin, but I don’t love everything pumpkin. So I thought I’d put together a list of five awesome Halloween treats to try out!

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5. Halloween Bark – Fun Halloween Food

Halloween bark is fun and colorful. I made some Christmas bark last year and my kids almost died of happiness! This one is super easy to make and a little bit goes a long way. 

  • 1 lb white chocolate melts
  • Variety of Halloween food sprinkles
  • 1 cup Pretzels
  • 12 Oreos, orange and black
  • 1 1/2 cups Candy corn
  • Candy eyeballs

First, you put a wax sheet in your pan. Then lay down a thin layer of white bark. Next put in your broken up Oreos and pretzels. Cover them with more white chocolate. You don’t want to spread it around because you’ll get the Oreo dust everywhere and it looks terrible. So be sure to pour it. Then sprinkle on the candy corn, and sprinkles. Lastly place the eyeballs all around so when you break it up there are one or two in every piece. 

You can also do this with chex mix or popcorn balls!

 

4. Gooey Monster Cookies!

  •  1 White Cake Mix Box
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 8 oz. Cream Cheese Bar softened
  • 1 egg
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Food Coloring ( NEON food coloring makes them more vibrant)
  • Candy Eyeballs
Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy. Then mix in cake mix. Divide into bowls for different colors and add food coloring. Chill for about 30 minutes then roll into balls (I like to to use my melon baller) and dip into powdered sugar before baking. Smoosh them down a little on the baking sheet. Do NOT add the eyeballs yet or they will burn. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, then add the eyeballs while the cookies are still warm and gooey 🙂

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3. Caramel Apple Dippers

Now, if you are like me, you like to do as little prep work as possible. So this is totally for us! Get caramel and sprinkles and candy corn and marshmallows and crushed cookies and anything else your kids and you like, and put them in paper bowls. Slice up Granny Smith Apples and grab some skewers and you are good to go for apple dippin’ fun!

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2. Mummy Dogs!

My kids love these! You can do them with hot dogs of any kind, small Vienna sausages, giant bratwurst, you name it! 

1 (11 oz) can refrigerated breadstick dough
2 slices cheddar cheese, quartered 
8 hot dogs
black mustard seeds (or poppy seeds)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place one cheddar cheese slice on your hot dog. Then wrap each dog to look like a mummy, leaving an area for the eyes. Cut two tiny slits and push in two black mustard seeds for eyes. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes.

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1. Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now I will tell you! I am NOT a spider person! When I first saw these I thought – No way! I think they are so cool, but seriously I do not know if I could do them. I think they would be fun to do as a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie though.

  • 1 cup of butter or margarine softened
  • ¾ cup of white sugar
  • ¾ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • ½ tsp of water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2¼ cup of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of chocolate chips for decorating

Preheat oven to 375F. Mix everything together. Drop a rounded teaspoon onto a greased or lined baking sheet. ( I like to use a melon baller)  Make sure there are a few chocolate chips on the top of each cookie to make your spiders. Then bake for 10-12 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool and while they are cooling melt some chocolate chips on the stove or in the microwave until they are smooth. Place the melted chocolate in a piping bag or a squeeze bottle or a small plastic bag with a tiny tip cut out of it. Then pipe the legs onto the chips along with a head. If you want to get completely creative you can pipe webbing too, but I’m not that good 🙂

So what are your favorite halloween treats? Tell me, show me, let me know so I can try them for myself! You can follow me on Pinterest for more of my Halloween ideas!

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21 Day Countdown to Halloween! Best Vampire Movies!

Welcome to the 21 Day Countdown to Halloween!!! As most of you know Halloween is my favorite Holiday Ever!!! I love nothing more than being able to decorate my house the way I wish I could on a daily basis. Dress the way I want to without being stared at and watch fun creepy movies with my kids. So the last couple of years I have done 13 day countdown and 7 day countdown, I’m working my way up to 31 day countdown! This year I’m up to 21 days! Wahoo! The next 21 days will be filled with Recipes, Reviews, Top picks and Flash Fiction! So come back every day for some Halloween Fun!

So for the first day of the countdown, let’s do one of my favorite paranormal creatures. Vampires!

How many have there been now? A million? Possibly. But there are a few awesome ones worth mentioning.

First, there is the Blade trilogy. I really liked this one, and not necessarily because I like Wesley Snipes. But I like a lot of the other actors and characters. Kris Kristofferson did a kick a$$ job as Whistler! He was a ton of crotchety fun! Stephen Dorff, yeah okay, I’ll go with it, he was pretty good. But I am finding one of my most favoritest actors in Blade was Donal Logue. He plays such a great bad guy. In Blade II, though I pretty much hated the plot, I loved Ron Pearlman, Norman Reedus, and Luke Goss. In Blade III: Trinity, I found Ryan Reynolds and Parker Posey hilarious! And Jessica Biel as Whistler’s daughter, was awesome. I loved the opening scene with her in the subway and the fake baby. I also really liked their weapons! With each movie they went a bit farther and made them even cooler.

I thought Interview with a Vampire was a great movie, despite Tom Cruise being in it. Brad Pitt is sexy and who didn’t want to just take Kirsten Dunst home and give her a hug? Antonio Banderas was also totally sexy and let’s be honest, Ann Rice can just plain write a great story! I found the movie to be a great portrayal of vampires living through the ages and what it would be like to live in their shoes day in and day out.

The next one I liked, is Dracula 2000. Okay, don’t look at me like that, and don’t roll your eyes either! Was the script good? Not really. Was the acting great? No. Was Gerard Butler as Dracula, totally sexy? Minimally. I liked Johnny Lee Miller, waaaaaaay better! But, what I did like about this movie, was the mythos behind it. Where Dracula came from, how he came to be. That, in my humble opinion, was truly ingenious! And that was the reason I liked the movie. And no other reason. End of story, moving on now.

Dracula Untold was another vampire movie I found myself liking a lot more than I thought I would. Luke Evans made one hot Dracula! The story even stood up well surprisingly. I find most Dracula type movies to be trash, but this one was well done. I loved Charles Dance as the Master Vampire. He is so incredibly creepy. He made the perfect master. I found myself sad when the movie was over and wishing that they would make a sequel. I only had one problem with the movie, but we won’t go into that. As a new retelling of Dracula, I loved it.

So what is left? Well, I’ll tell ya! What is left, are IMO the three BEST vampire movies of all time! These I cannot put a favorite on because they all tie. I can’t decide which is the best. So here they are:

Lost Boys! Yup! The 1980 vampire movie with hot teens, blood and a scary Dad vampire! Seriously, that dude creeps me out! But who can not love Keifer Southerland and Jason Patric? Those guys were tough! And they did NOT sparkle. (Okay yes I did read those books and I did like them, but the movies sucked, no pun intended!) Keifer was a blood sucking, mind altering, psycho and he was hot. Corey Haim and Corey Feldman were a great fun addition and I will always dream to own a dog as awesome as Nanook. Lost Boys is and will always be the best pop culture vampire movie of all time. I was excited to hear they are now making a graphic novel series to go with it. I sure hope they do a good job!

Underworld. This movie is gritty, sexy, and ushered in a new era of paranormal movies that crossed both the werewolf and the vampire borders. Now, I will not say that the third more or the prequel were awesome. The third movie was awful and the prequel was just okay. But movie one and then movie two were both great, though the first will always be my favorite. There is no better, scarier or tougher female vampire than Selene. Kate Beckinsale owns that movie. And Michael Sheen is the best werewolf out there, hands down. Lucian rocks. I loved the gritty cinematography. I loved the CGI. I loved everything about this movie, except for Craven, he sucked. My favorite part of the movie though was Bill Nighy. He is one of my favorite actors and he will always be the quintessential Vampire Lord for me. This was an awesome, graphic, gritty, well done vampire/werewolf hybrid movie. Watch it.

Lastly, is the one story that started it all. Bram Stokers Dracula. Let me just say, when I saw that movie, I wanted Gary Oldman to bite me right there! I was ready to stomp Keanu Reeves to the ground to get at Gary Oldman! There was no comparison. Wolf form, mist form, old form, sexy steampunk form, it didn’t matter to me! Okay, the old Dracula form is a stretch, but sexy steampunk form for sure! That was a great movie done in an amazing way, and Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing-Genius! I’ve mentioned I’m a fan of his. I’m also very fond of Francis Ford Coppola. I’ve read Dracula, and the movie is pretty darn close. If I had one wish for the movie, it would have been that Dracula didn’t die. I mean, come on, who really wants him to die at the end? No one!!

So in wrap up, there are scores of vampire movies, but in all of the onslaught, the best ones are the older ones. I would love for a new amazing one to come out, alas, I haven’t seen a great one in the past ten years, besides Dracula Untold. So I think the oldies but goodies prevail here. But man! We need some new ones too!

 

 

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Griffin has tried to move on since his separation from his mate Dakota– but that’s easier said than done when your inner wolf refuses to let go of his soul bonded mate. Now in pre-med school and dating a human doctor he’s ready to put his past behind him and look toward the future. Or so he keeps telling himself.

Dakota has been living in hell since she made a horrible mistaken when Griffin was overseas. Thrown to the curb the moment he got home she’s spent the last year getting clean and sober and trying to pick up the pieces of her disastrous life. But what she really wants is the man she’s never gotten over.

When a fateful accident puts Dakota in trouble the only person she can turn to is Griffin. Forced to allow her back into the home they shared as man and wife, Griffin finds himself torn between the memories of her betrayal and his desire to get her back in his bed. But Dakota’s secrets do deeper than Griffin can imagine; and when the fog clears on their steamy reunion one of them will find that the betrayal that tore them apart, was really their own.


Thank you for this opportunity to talk about my new release ‘Reclaiming His Mate’ and help my readers get to know me better.)
Tell us about your title featured in this set:
The book is the first of five books in the series and I love for my titles to match. I thought about what the book was about, a werewolf trying to deal with past hurt and betrayal in his marriage and realizing he still loved his mate and wanted her back. So the title seemed to flow naturally from that theme.

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I live in Los Angeles, CA. My husband is a Television and Movie Producer and two of my four children are actors in Hollywood. If you’ve ever seen the Subaru commercial with the little blond boy driving the car and getting a parking ticket and dropping his groceries, that’s my baby boy. I am a huge geek at heart. I love everything Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Star Trek and Fantasy. I cosplay with my family at over 5 Comic Cons a year where I speak. I’ve gotten pretty good at foam armour this year and next year I’m going to tackle even more elaborate cosplays. We’e gone as Star Wars, Steampunk Alice in Wonderland, X-Men, and this year we are DC Villians and Heroes.

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My process is different. Something will strike me out of nowhere and I’ll think, that was be fun to write. A cowboy in space. (My current WIP) Then I jot down a small summary, maybe one page. From there I think about the characters I need and then I write a 20 chapter outline. Some chapters are no more than one sentence. Finally, I start writing. I don’t plot out too much, I let the writing flow where it wants to go. It takes me about a month to write a book, but then 3-6 months up to a year to edit.

What is your favourite genre to read?
Paranormal Romance and Fantasy Romance. Though I do love YA and sci-fi as well.

What would you say is the one thing are you most passionate about?
My family. I love my 4 amazing kids and my husband and my 2 dogs, 2 tortoises and bearded dragon. They are everything to me.

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After a fateful accident throws estranged mates Dakota and Griffin back together, they must decide whether to forgive each other and give in to the passion that still burns between them, or walk away and lose the love of their lives forever.

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Dakota washed her body, wrung out her hair and stepped out of the shower. Wrapping the towel around herself, she realized she’d gone in without any clothing. She opened the door to find Griffin standing at the dresser. He turned and his eyes widened slightly.

 “I’m sorry. I didn’t realize you were in here.” She started to close the door.

“No, it’s fine. I just wanted to grab a sweatshirt.”

She opened the door again and stepped out. His gaze raked up and down her barely covered form. She swallowed hard and wrapped her arms around herself.

“My… uh… underwear is in the top drawer.”

“Huh? Oh, yeah.” He opened the drawer and pulled out a white lacy thong with the tags still attached. “I uh… I mean… these are uhm… nice.”

Her cheeks heated as he crossed the room and held them out. Her fingers slid over his while taking them from him. He ran his thumb over her knuckles and tingles shot up her arm. Warmth spread inside her and he took a step forward. She backed up and hit the wall.

His fingers still cradled hers and she swallowed hard. He stopped inches from her; his body radiating so much heat, she wondered why he needed a sweatshirt.

His hand ran up her bare arm raising goosebumps on her skin. She stared at his hard chest, unable to move. Fear trickled down her spine. It’d been a long time since she’d let anyone touch her. Sure she let friends hug her, but that was all. Alarm bells rung out in her head and she fought a sudden wave of nausea. This was Griffin. Her Griffin. Images flashed into her mind but she locked them away.

He leaned in and smelled her hair. A rumble escaped his chest that made her knees go weak.

“Dakota.” His soft, gentle voice caressed her entire body like warm lotion.

He pushed her chin up, making her look at him. Her heart pounded like a drum circle beat at the yearly Pow Wow. She was okay. She was in charge. She could stop any time she wanted to.

A tear leaked from the corner of her eye and he brushed it away with his knuckles. He loomed closer, his lips mere inches away. The fragrance of his skin, so familiar it was like it was a piece of her. She wanted to feel his lips on hers. To feel his weight on top of her.

No. They couldn’t. If they went there again, she would lose all control and everything she’d fought to become over the past year.

“Griffin. We shouldn’t.”

His lips danced softly over hers. Tingles lit up her spine and her wolf howled and then roared to life. A dominant scent rolled off Griffin and she pressed her lips to his, sucking in his warm breath. His taste sent a ripple of need coursing through her. Sensual memories flooded her. The feel of their bodies joined. Making love under the stars the first time before he’d gone to boot camp.

Griffin ran his hand up her leg to her hip and grabbed onto her. His lips parted and he coaxed her tongue with his.

She shouldn’t do this. She shouldn’t.

But her resolve broke and she leaned into him. Every line of his body so familiar it was like going home.

He cupped her face with both hands and she dropped her panties then wrapped her arms around his waist. He kissed her with long languid kisses, just the way she liked them. He placed kisses over her cheek and down her neck, stopping just below her earlobe. She sucked in a sharp breath and grabbed his firm rear. He leaned against her harder, and even through his clothes, she could feel he wanted her.

“Dakota. I’ve missed you so much.”

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Rebekah is an Award Winning Bestselling Author and Screenwriter. Her debut novel Dead Awakenings, hit the bestseller list on release day. Her Fairelle Series, released in 2014 and has won several awards including the Golden Palm and a finalist for Rone Award as well as Best Fantasy Series of 2014 from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Her trilogyThe Society was released by Kensington and her new series Shifter Rising is released in 2016. Rebekah is a prolific author releasing upwards of five books a year and is currently working on six different series.

Rebekah is the President Elect of the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter of RWA as well as a member of several local and online chapters. In her spare time when she isn’t writing you can find her teaching on SavvyAuthors.com or at RWA. Rebekah is also known for her elaborate cosplays with her family and has been a guest speaker and panelist at San Diego Comic Con, Wondercon, Salt Lake Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Con, Comikaze and several other Comic Cons on the west coast as well as LTUE, Romantic Times Convention, RWA, InD’Scribe, Genre LA and Authors After Dark.

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Cursed by the Moon is the second in the New Adult novella series – Shifter Rising

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Cursed by the Moon is Releasing July 11, 2016

Blurb

If they can open up to love, they could save each other from their pasts.

Shifter Rising, Book 2

Noah was bitten by a werewolf in Afghanistan. Now back stateside he finds himself not only with new afflictions and nightmares, but a completely new creature. Noah wants nothing more than to end his pain, when the Night Shift steps in and relocates him to Malibu California to build a new life. The problem is, Noah’s beautiful new roommate Cara and her friends are what he hates most in the world. Werewolves.

Between being attacked six months prior, and her mother’s death, Cara struggles to keep herself together. But when wounded and broken Noah comes into her life she finds safety in his arms and opens herself up for the first time in years to the possibility of healing and moving on.

As Noah and Cara draw closer to finding the love that could heal both their souls, secrets from their pasts threaten to tear them apart. And when those secrets come to light it will take a bond beyond love to keep them together.

Beware: Contains a Hunky Alpha Marine with lots of baggage and a sweet hometown girl hoping to win his heart.

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Noah froze at the feel of her body pressed against his yet again. She looked up, smiled and his heart boomed like artillery fire at her nearness. She licked her bottom lip, moistening it. Her grip tightened on his hips, and her nails pressed into his sides, making his arousal spike.

Her arms slipped around his waist and he pressed into her. Without notice, she raised to her toes and pushed her lips to his. A million thoughts raced through his mind. She’d turned him down at the beach, but now…

She licked his lower lip and sucked it into her mouth. Every nerve in his body sparked, as if jumper cables had attached to his spine. He set the water and tea on the counter and wrapped her in his arms. He let all doubt drift away.

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Noah’s hand fisted in her curls and he drew her to him. His lips clamped down on hers and she plunged her tongue deep into his mouth as she ran her hands around his back to his butt, pulling his hips into hers.

He groaned deep in his chest and broke away to kiss down her neck to her shoulder. Her bare skin flushed with every sucking kiss placed upon it. He ran his hand down the front of her t-shirt and she moaned as his thumb rubbed over her sensitive nubs. Desire thrummed through her core, pulsing, and begging to be sated.

No. She couldn’t do this. She had to tell him the truth. It wasn’t right.

“Noah,” she choked out. “Noah. I have to tell you something.”

He lifted his head back to her lips. “I don’t care.”

“No. Noah it’s important. Something you don’t know about me. About my past.”

He kissed her hard, his mouth tasting like the butterscotch lollipop he’d consumed after dinner.

“I don’t care,” he panted and lifted off her shirt. “I don’t care what you did. I only care about who you are now.”

He kissed her again and her brain grew fuzzy with desire. His rough, calloused hand squeezed and kneaded her flesh into submission until she was barely able to keep her feet. She stripped his tank top off and ran her fingers over the curved planes of his abs. Starting at his pecks, she kissed a trail over his skin. Scars marked the beauty of his flesh but they only added to her desire. She kissed each one as she lowered herself down and swirled her tongue in the dips between his muscles. He slammed his hands on the counter behind her, making it shake.

“We better get out of the kitchen,” he growled.

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New Covers for Fairelle

I’ve been contemplating changing the Fairelle covers for some time but the fear of the unknown has kept me from doing it. Until now. In an effort to preserve the original ideas and feel while still making them more dynamic, I came up with these new covers for the series. I am happy with how they came out and feel they give the books a much needed facelift that belies the fantasy and yet romantic nature of the books.

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The Books are Fantasy Romance – Fairytale Retellings. You can learn more about them on their individual pages and they are for sale on all major online retailers. I hope you enjoy them and their new covers as much as I do.

Yanti’s Choice – Free Fairelle Short Story

Hello Everyone! For those of you who have read my Fairelle series you may not know it but there is a new short story available for free on Amazon called Yanti’s Choice. It is a short story about Yanti from the Red the Were Hunter book.

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Yanti’s Choice – A Fairelle Short Story
Since she turned eighteen Yanti has been the highest sought after mate for every eligible male in Wolvenglen. But in their society it’s not the male who chooses the mate.

Yanti has always wanted Roal; the one wolf that hasn’t shown any interest in her as anything more than a friend. Disappointed Yanti refuses to give up on him. But dashing handsome Lash has her in his sights and won’t give up until he has her.

Roal knows that Yanti is more than special and deserves only the best male in Wolvenglen. But Roal feels more comfortable with his books than actually telling her of his feeling.

And when it looks like Yanti has chosen another male as her mate, Roal makes a decision that could cost both of them a happily ever after.

This is a short story in the Fairelle World. It also contains the first chapter of Red the Were Hunter and Snow The Vampire Slayer. Books One and Two of the Fairelle Series.

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Waiting out the Wall – Writers Wednesday

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Waiting Out the Wall

Many of you know that I am a prolific writer. I write daily, sometimes up to 10,000 words a day. I love writing and it loves me. Until, it doesn’t.

I’ve been writing for about six years. I wrote my first book Dead Awakenings at 150,000 words in 30 days. The next month I wrote another book, also at 150,000 words. The third month I wrote Reign of the Vampires at right around 120,000 words. It was amazing. Splendid. And I was on top of the world! I didn’t write any more books until two and a half years ago. In two and a half years I’ve written a dozen books and published ten of them so far. I was told volume was the name of the game. If I wanted to get my name out there I need to write and write and write some more. So I did.

Along the way I had a writer’s block. Nothing big, small ones. Cute little writer’s blocks that I want to name and put on my shelf. I’d take a week off and then be fine. I’d read a few tips here and there and bam! I was back in the game.

Until a month ago.

A month ago I had a major meltdown. A meltdown like none I’ve had in over eighteen years. It was bad. Really bad. And I finally asked myself. What the hell are you doing? Why are you doing all this? What is the goal? And that’s where it started. My first REAL Writer’s Block ever. A hairy ten foot spider of a writer’s block that I didn’t want to touch let alone put on a shelf and care for.

It was like being stranded in the middle of the ocean of words that wouldn’t come together and form beautiful prose anymore.

 

At first I remembered how comfortable I’d been just days before. Sailing on a cruise ship in this gigantic ocean of words. Partying with all my writer friends and chatting about my WIP, and characters, and putting beautiful words on pages. Only to wake up abandoned on a life raft with limited rations, not a soul in sight and words not only no longer in my mind, but no longer in the ocean that surrounded me either. Nothing. There was just… dark ominous water threatening to swallow me down.

So what did I do? I lay in the bottom of my boat till I hit shore and then I started reading articles about writer’s block and how to get rid of it. Try “What If” Questions. Try writing a character sheet. Move on to a different project. Write through it because the first draft will be crap anyway. But every single thing I read had a common theme: Keep Working.

Now I had friends. My wonderful writer friends whom I love and cherish and they said, “When I get blocked it’s because I deviate too much from my plot.” Well, that’s true, for them, but I’m not a heavy plotter. I can’t be. My characters freak out when I tell them what to do and then they throw a tantrum and stop talking to me. So, what’s a Plotzer type of girl to do when all the advice she’s being given makes her brain throb and the hamster on the wheel in her head pass out?

You stop. That’s right. You stop. Not an hour stop. Or a day stop. Or even a week stop. You take a full stop. A month. Two months. However long you and your body need. You don’t even try. Don’t open your word document and stare at it. Don’t read your Facebook feed full of what all your writer friends are working on. You don’t read books in your genre and analyze them. Don’t promote or market anything! You just stop. You pretend you aren’t an author. You do all those things that never get done because you write so much.

You do the laundry and cook real meals. You go to sleep early and sleep through the night. You go to the store or the mall and walk around and enjoy just being there. You take your kids to violin and parkour and fencing and dance and you don’t take your computer so you can write while you wait. You binge watch every show you haven’t seen in over a year. You talk to friends that aren’t writers and go to lunch with them to hear about normal people. You clean your house and organize the spare bedroom and take the time to be a regular person again.

Yes, it’s true that for the first few days your writer’s brain will fight this change. Tell you that you need to write. You have crap to get done. Ignore it. Drown it out with doing those other things that help you remember who you are. Within a week or so you’ll find that everything inside quiets down and you’ll start to breathe again. You might get an idea or two in this time. Jot them down but nothing more. Don’t write. Don’t plot. Just make a note so you have it for later.

Then, when you’re in those quiet moments, you think about what the heck started it all. Were you pressuring yourself to get it done? Were you pressuring yourself that it wasn’t good enough? Were you too focused on selling more than your friends? Were you upset that someone didn’t invite you to a party or that you got a 2 star review? Most likely you will find that what started it all was pressure. Stress will shut down your creativity faster than being run over by a truck. You can at least get some good sensory descriptions and plot ideas from being run over by a truck. But with stress, not so much.

Then when you’re ready, think about your characters a bit. Not a lot. Just a little. Think about where you left them and what they’re doing. Maybe pull out something you need to edit and edit it. Slow. No pressure to be amazing, just reliving it and making it better here and there. Pick up a book in genres you DO NOT write in. (That is key!!) For me it’s non-fiction. Read them. Learn from them. Have fun with them. Maybe write a blog post. Or an article for a newsletter. Try your had at a short story. Very short. Two thousand words or less. Again, the name of the game is No Pressure. Something light and fun just to see where it goes. Do a daily writing prompt and turn it into a thousand word flash fiction for your blog. No commitment. You are a free agent here!

And then when you think you’re ready to start writing again, to dive back into that monster of a novel you’re writing, Don’t. Don’t do it. You aren’t ready.

Take a few more days. Do more things. Go to a play or your son’s soccer game. Make cookies for your neighbors. And just take time to remember who you were before you started calling yourself an author. Let yourself be.

I know you’re asking, okay, so when do I start writing again? The answer is, when holding back will kill you. When that feeling that if you don’t get the screaming characters in your head to shut up that you might put an icepick through your temple. That’s when you write. When the need is so overwhelming that you can no longer hold back that sea of words that has finally come back to you and is ready to help you back onto your cruise ship. That’s when you begin again.

But what if you can’t wait it out? What if you’re on a deadline? Then what do you do? You take as much time as you can and then you start slowly. Do the small things above. Think of your characters in your book. Do character sheets and maybe go on Pinterest and look for inspiration. Make a board for your characters. Do a small writing prompt and pop your characters into it. It doesn’t have to be a scene you will use in your book, but it can be a scene you could use as promo or a freebie in your newsletter. Ultimately, if you are on a deadline you can’t wait forever and sometimes what you’ll need to do most after taking your break is forcing yourself to sit down and write again. After you’ve taken sufficient time out, you need to recommit and dedicate yourself to your writing again. Go back and read the last book in the series. Re-read the chapters you’ve already written. Remind yourself why you loved these characters so much.

But first, give yourself time to heal and to be. And when you are ready, go into it for the love of writing. The love of wanting to just write and create and have fun. For you. Not to get a contract or an agent. Not to fulfill a contract in place or to submit to an anthology. Not to make a million dollars.

Write because if you don’t, your characters will murder you in your sleep.

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