Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Jules' Fav Ghost Stories!

I'm so happy to have Julie Flanders here today sharing her favorite ghost stories - because you know how much I love my ghosties.
So, heeeere's Julie!
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Favorite Ghost Stories

I’ve been having a great time sharing ghost stories for the past few months as I counted down the days until the release of my novel The Ghosts of Aquinnah, so I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite ghost stories (either movies or books) here at Gwen’s today. Thank you for hosting me, Gwen!

I have to include a quick note that Gwen’s Givin’ Up the Ghost definitely has a spot on this list. I loved it and look forward to reading her sequel soon!

Here are five other favorites:

Ghost Story by Peter Straub
I haven’t read this in years but it terrified me way back when!

Had me at John Cusack :D

A Christmas Carol
Probably nothing I can say about this that hasn’t already been said a million times

The Sixth Sense
I saw this back when it first came out and no, I didn’t see the twist coming at all.

The Shining
To this day, I am scared to death of The Overlook Hotel.

Are you a fan of ghost stories? If so, what are your favorites?

Thank you again, Gwen!


A brilliant flash of light transcends through time.

Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon to a pinprick.

By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.

Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heartbeat. Images of her deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her mind.

She shakes her head.

For weeks this eerie woman dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she stared into my soul.

Why? ...

Who is she? ...

Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah drives to the coast and boards a ferry.

What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman suspended in time?

Hannah finds out.

But, it’s not at all what she expects...

Hannah unravels a century old murder.

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Author Bio:

Julie Flanders is a novelist and freelance writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a life-long love affair with the ocean and has spent more summer vacations than she can count on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. When not writing, Julie can be found playing with her pets, reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and watching too much television. The Ghosts of Aquinnah is Julie’s second novel. Her debut novel Polar Night was released in February, 2013 by Ink Smith Publishing.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Stand Back - Launching Now! Diamonds & Dust

It's Launch Day!

Diamonds and Dust

by River Fairchild
Book 1 of the Jewels of Chandra series

Magic is real. So is betrayal.

Two heirs. A Kingdom of dust on a troubled world. One might resurrect it. One might destroy it all.

Archaeologist David Alexander investigates the cave where his father disappeared and hurtles into another world, one filled with magic and bizarre creatures. The mad ravings in his father's journals of icemen and dragons may not be fantasies after all.

Convinced his father may still be alive, David begins a treacherous journey to find him and discover a way home. Along the way, he encounters a few unlikely friends. A Dreean warrior, a beautiful thief and a satyr join him as he searches.

David's arrival into this new world sets off an explosive chain reaction of events. Faced with powerful adversaries and few clues, he may not get the chance to rescue his father before disaster strikes, condemning both of them to death. Or worse.

Buy it here:

About the author:
River Fairchild is somewhat odd, brandishes a dry sense of humor, owned by several cats. Lives in a fantasy world. A fabricator of magic. Makes stuff up and spins tales about it. Believes in Faerie crossings and never staying in one place for very long. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you can find your way down the rabbit hole.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

IWSG: Decisions, Decisions

It's the first Wednesday of the month so it's Insecure Writers Support Group day. This is where writers get together and share their insecurities about writing/publishing/editing. Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for hosting this monthly event.

I know that so many of us are working full time, raising families, and still trying to squeeze in time to write. I've been thinking about how to better use my time so that I can still write. I've spent a lot of time blogging over the last couple of years and I love it. I love all my writerly friends and being part of your journeys. However, writing posts, answering comments, then returning visits takes an enormous amount of time. Since I'm also working a full time job, I have very little time for writing. And I'm on the verge of burnout.

So how can I participate in what's going on in the writing community and mingle with my writing friends and still get some writing done when I work a full time job?

  1. I'm going to take a blogging break, beginning in January, probably through March. 
  2. I'll can still rub elbows with all my writer friends on Facebook and Twitter.
  3. I can still help promote friends books through both of those social medias.
  4. And I should be able to finish my novella series during my time off.
That is really the only solution I have at this time.
How do you cope with the lack of time?