Monday, July 25, 2016

Battle of the Tattoos?

Image: W_Minshull, Thunder 2

Good Monday Morning, All! I can afford to be chipper. The AC and the ice machine are back in business and, drumroll puh-lease . . . it is raining! And thunder! I hope it rains for a week. It was starting to look like a desert around here. I didn't want to have to dig out the dead lawn and replace it with decorative stones.

Today I am over at Book Lover with Donna discussing The Day of the Dead and Halloween along with a gallery of fancy tattoos as a promotion for Heart Stopper and Other Stories.

Here are some other bloggers who have generously scheduled stops for me on this book tour:

August 1: Kathleen Valentine with a profile of Chloe Langley from the short story Detour

August 8: Lori Maclauglin at Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams with a yet-to-be determined guest post

August 17: M. Pax at Dimensions In Fiction with Sinkholes: The Big, The Bad, and The Beautiful

August 29: Misha Gericke at The Five Year Project with I'm Looking Down! Acrophobia and Desensitization Therapy

September 12: T. Drecker at Kidbits with Things You Had No Idea That Contain Petroleum

September 26: T.F. Walsh, Fantasy Author with From Strep Throat to Heart Surgery, A Terrifying Scenario

October 21: Chrys Fey at Write With Fey with Halloween Vs. The Day of the Dead, An Author's Guide


If you are in the mood for more spookiness, check out Cherie Reich's Once Upon A Nightmare, a spine-tingling collection of three interwoven tales. If anything will keep you from traveling down unpaved roads through the woods at night, this is it.

When I moved to Asheville in the late 80's, there was a hill/small mountain across the street from our new home. We'd go hiking there on old logging roads though, technically, we were trespassing on Biltmore Estate property. From the top of this hill, you could just make out the castle-like mansion in the distance. I loved being out there, away from civilization, but it could be a little spooky as well. It wasn't unusual to find the odd deer skull or two.

In Reich's first tale, a group of four gets stranded on just such a road in the woods at night. I won't spoil the surprise, but let's just say they don't all make it home. The second tale deals with the main character's return to these haunted woods years later, and the third offers a disturbing look at the origins of the terror that infects the woods.

I highly recommend this collection, and better yet, the Ebook version is only 99 cents this week! So click on over to this page, scroll down a bit, and grab it while you can. (It will become one of the best-looking Ebooks in your collection. The design details throughout the text are awesome.)


Do you like spooky stories? If so, what's the scariest thing you remember reading?


  1. Already visited Donna's site this morning!

  2. I love spooky! I"m off to get this 99 cent bargain!

  3. We're so hot here, I bet we have thunderstorms all week.

  4. One notable spooky read: Stephen King and Peter Straub's The Talisman gave me nightmares.

    1. I love that one! I wish someone could make a movie of it (without screwing it up).

  5. It's raining here a bit too. So needed. Glad you liked Cherie's book. It sounds really spooky.

  6. I can't wait to have you on my blog. Your post is going to be so fascinating. I just know it. :D

    I read Cherie's collection. Some very neat, spooky stories.

  7. I enjoy spooky stories, but they have to be books. Otherwise, I get too scared. LOL

  8. I love that cover!

    I wish you a wonderful Wednesday!

  9. For anyone who has not yet read Cherie Reich's spooky collection - it's a must read! I loved it. Super writing, super scary stories, a super read!!

    Glad the AC is working again, Tamara. I do love a good thunder storm :) Mind you, the last one we had (only last week) ended up sending a torrent of water through our village stream and flooded some of our neighbours houses. Not nice at all. But, the community gathered round and helped.
    Have a great week.

  10. I'm looking forward to having you on my blog, Tamara.

  11. You are everywhere. I'll check out your most recent stop! I LOVE Halloween.

    We've been having a lot of afternoon storms here. I know when I'm at the Y and they close the pool, I'd better get home soon because a storm's coming!


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