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Halloween Special 2013

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Tonight we have a special treat – four authors converge to read their favorite dark tales.  Sit back, turn down your lights and prepare to be spooked.  The authors reading are Bracken MacLeod, Angella Jacob, Sarah Butland and your hostess, Angela Yuriko Smith.  See links to their work in the comments section below.

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Guest post: Sarah Butland, author of Arm Farm

Arm FarmAre you haunted by the past?

We’re always told not to focus on or live in the past and yet our history has created us and shapes what our future may hold. Natalie, the main character of Arm Farm, is haunted by the image of her murdered parents and uses that mystery to propel her in her forensic science studies.

Some say they don’t believe in ghosts but no matter what form they take for you the apparitions of our ancestors are existent. Sciences cannot explain away our feelings; that shiver we get when a grandparents name or favourite meal is mentioned or the sudden drop in temperature right before we fall the same way a deceased friend did.

Ghosts may wear sheets or clothes because that’s what we want them disguised as. Seeing an ancestor naked after their death is not so possible if we don’t know what they looked like naked in life. Deep down a lot of us want to believe but are nervous to admit it. Instead we read about haunted castles, fictional mysteries and try to talk ourselves out of that weird deja vu feeling when we say something.

Our pasts are disguised in some way or another. Whether you believe it’s in an out of body experience or an animal, spirits of what once was still surround us and it’s up to us to accept that.

I’m not saying stop reading the mystery stories, there are great ones which provide comfort like Natalie’s story of achievement based on tragedy and they all give us something to learn from.

So go now and get that book you were nervous about buying and look around you, you’ll see a ghost of someone you new.

Happy Halloween and reading!

Sarah Butland

author of Arm Farm

Thursday’s Threesome

fluff thursdays threesomeIt’s time for another ménage à trois of literary love and these authors are paying back with free books!  Join me in toasting the people who put themselves out there, exposing it all on the page, for your enjoyment. Please visit them, grab their books for free, and leave them a like. Tonight’s Threesome are…

Sarah Butland

threesome 1Get her book, Arm Farm, free right now!

From Amazon: I am the author of three books thus far and have challenged myself to get one out for reach age group, children, young adult and adult.

My newest work is an adult novel by the name of Arm Farm although my most recently released work is a poetry collection titled Through the Eyes of a Teenager.

Currently residing in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada with my husband, son, dog named Corona and cat named Russ I work full time as a writer but with full time pay.

On any given day you can catch me reading books by Erica Spindler, Kelly Moran, Luanne Rice, Lesley Choyce, Stephen King and Dan Brown. I’m also open to reading new authors and have fallen in love with quite a few lately.

I’m part of a Monday night writing group with marvelous people who are putting forth lots of brilliant pieces in order to be discovered. They are inspiring me to continue entering contests and have done so more frequently these past few months than I have in years.

I enjoy reading first drafts of people’s work and love that people are reading my books.

Visit her at SarahButland.com!  Like her on Facebook!

R.A. Giggie

threesome 2Get her book, Stella’s Plea, free right now!

From Amazon: “Trust me,” she heard a voice say to her. When her deaf daughter, 3-year-old Alexis, goes missing, Stella Brigg faces an incredible struggle. Alone, while her husband serves in the armed forces overseas, Stella must depend on Someone greater than anyone she’s ever known. Someone who loves her even more than Don ever did. Only that kind of love can carry her through in her search for Alexis.

 Visit her blog!  Like her on Facebook!

 

Cheryl Kaye Tardif

threesome 3From Amazon: I’m an international bestselling Canadian author who loves to say, “I kill people off for a living!” You can imagine the looks I get from people. Sometimes I’ll tell them, “Fictitiously, of course. I’m an author.” Sometimes I won’t say anything; I’ll let them wonder…

Submerged, my latest novel, is a psychological suspense thriller with a hint of supernatural, and it promises to leave you breathless. But I am probably best known for Children of the Fog, a supernatural suspense thriller that has sold over 60,000 copies and made Amazon’s Top 100 bestsellers list (#4 in overall list) multiple times out of nearly 2 million ebooks; and Whale Song, a much-loved, inspiring family tale with a hint of mystery, which is now available in its third edition–plus a school edition with a discussion guide.

Whale Song, an emotional mystery that explores controversial issues like assisted suicide, school bullies and racism, has captured the attention of numerous film companies. A screenplay, which I wrote with co-writer Alison Neuman, was completed in 2006, along with a movie treatment. I’m pursuing possible film deals for many of my books. And sometimes when I think of a movie deal, I smell buttered popcorn.

Booklist calls me “a big hit in Canada…a name to reckon with south of the border.”

In September 2005, my gripping action-packed techno-thriller The River was released. This well-researched novel explores the mysterious Nahanni River area, nanotechnology and man’s obsession with longevity. The River has been compared to works by Michael Crichton, James Patterson, Dean Koontz and Dan Brown.

I’m also the author of the 2004 “sizzling psychic suspense” Divine Intervention, a ‘psi-fi’ suspense thriller (or paranormal romance) that has been compared to works by authors such as Iris Johansen, Kay Hooper and Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb’s ‘In Death’ series. Divine Justice, the second in the Divine mystery series, was also released in 2011.

In 2009, I branched off into romance with my debut romantic suspense Lancelot’s Lady. Since romance is a different genre from my usual suspense/thrillers and YA, I wrote Lancelot’s Lady under the pen name of Cherish D’Angelo. Lancelot’s Lady was a semi-finalist in the Dorchester Publishing Next Best Celler contest hosted by Textnovel. It also won an Editor’s Choice award from Textnovel in 2010.

A novelette of suspense titled Remote Control was released in ebook edition in July 2010; and a collection of stories titled Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories in August 2010.

In 2006, I participated in a hilarious new TV series ‘A Total Write-Off’, hosted by comedian Barbara North. In 2004, I was nominated for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award. In 2003, I wrote a public service announcement for a racial harmony campaign. My PSA script, One Voice ~ One World, placed third and was produced and aired on cable channels in Alberta.

I have not only held hundreds of book signings, I have also organized multi-author signings, held virtual book tours and other online events, and I’ve taught others how to promote their books. My book How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks is the #1 Marketing book specifically designed for Amazon’s KDP Select program.

I’ve been interviewed by numerous TV and radio stations in Canada and the US, and I’ve been featured in a variety of newspapers and magazines in both countries.

I’m also the publisher at Imajin Books, a venture that is dear to my heart. Imajin Books publishes quality international fiction at affordable prices, with a focus on ebooks.

Born in Vancouver, BC, I was a “military brat” and a “military wife” who has lived all across Canada and in Bermuda. I now reside in Edmonton, AB, with my husband Marc and our Pomeranian Princess, Chai.

Visit her blog!  Like her on Facebook!

Author opportunities

The Writer SuicideSquad58p16I’ve recently joined a fantastic group of authors started by my new friend Sarah Butland. The purpose of the group is to share ideas, recognizing that we each see this whole puzzle of publishing differently.  Together we might get a whole picture.

It reminds me of the old story about the blind men and the elephant.  Each described the whole elephant as being just like the one small part they could actually feel.  That is us as authors.  I gravitate towards Facebook but ignore Twitter.  I blog religiously but don’t do many public signings.  Joining this group and discussing what works for each of us has been invigorating.   I feel like I’m seeing more of ‘the elephant’ than I was ever able to before.

Two of my most exciting new finds has been Page 99 Test and the Iron Writer’s Challenge.

From the Page 99 Test website:

For decades, readers have used the Page 99 Test to judge the writing of a book before buying it. That’s the idea here… but with a twist.

Here, published and unpublished writers share their page 99s with readers like you. And you get to rate their writing (without knowing if it’s published or who the author is). It’s fast. Fun. Addictive.  Here’s my own test page ready to be read and reviewed!

The other new author thing I found so exciting is The Iron Writer Challenge, introduced to me by Michael D. Pitman.  The idea is simple:

The Iron Writer Challenge is a flash fiction or poetry writing contest open to anyone. You do not have to be a ‘writer’ to participate. Currently there are no prizes for the weekly challenges. However, every three months, an Iron Writer Tournament takes place. The four quarterly winners will compete for the annual championship. The current prize is a free eBook Cover from Book Cover Art.

You KNOW I signed up as fast as I could – that sounds like too much fun!  I’m scheduled for the challenge running from September 12-15.  Check my schedule if you forget the dates!

Here’s two good ways for writers to play.  Have you found any interesting tools or games? Link them and leave them in the comments section!

Share the love!

Every Thursday I introduce worthy authors and artists in all genre… please go explore and show them some support.  It isn’t easy being creative – click on the hearts to go to their Facebook pages.

Tonight I’m sharing the love with…

Journal Jabber ButtonLast Tuesday’s guest on blogtalkradio show Journal Jabber, Rhonda Jackson Joseph, author of The Act.  Listen to the show!

Facebook LoveFrank W. Smith, author of Wolf Song.

Facebook LoveCindy Springsteen, author of Waffle and Pancakes.

Facebook LoveSarah Butland, author of Arm Farm.

Facebook LoveA.F. Stewart, author of Ruined City.

Facebook LoveCat Miller, author of the Unforgiven, Forbidden Bond series.

Facebook LoveAmber Garza, author of Unveil, Prowl Trilogy.

Facebook LoveTraci Hohenstein, author of Cut & Run, Rachel Scott series.

Facebook LoveDarlene Kuncytes, author of A Vampire’s Saving Embrace.

See who else has shared the love…!