Saturday, July 14, 2018

Today: Lake Geneva AuthorFest #Horror Reading at the Lake!

Off to Lake Geneva, Wisc. today to sit out by the lake, enjoying the sun, and lots of books!

Stop by around the Lake Geneva Library on Main Street and say hello!

3rd year! Always a nice event!
​Come enjoy books at the beach!

* Beachside Authorfest! Sat., July 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lake Geneva Public Library
918 W. Main St., Lake Geneva, WI

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday #Horror Movie Trailer

Ok this one made me jump. ha! Looks like it could be good. I like a good scare without lots of icky bugs like the preview trailer for Slenderman. Ugh, no. What did you see or want to see? 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

New #Ghost Story Coming! #Horror

Finally! YAY!

Happy to report I have a new short story, "Jake's Nightmare" coming out in an anthology that'll be published by The Horror Zine. It's based on an old mine incident that I read about. I loved this story and I got some good suggestions from editor Jeani Rector. Excited to be in this! Some great sounding titles and authors. I'm really looking forward to reading this!

(all original works):
by Lisa Morton
by Sebastian Crow
by Amber Fallon
by Kevin Holton
by Elizabeth Massie
by E. A. Black
by Nicholas Pascall
by Joe R. Lansdale
by J. T. Siems
by Christian A. Larsen
by Jeff Parsons
by Kathryn Staublin
by Bruce Memblatt
by Dan Allen
By C.A. Verstraete

by S. J. Budd
by Claire Fitzpatrick
by Shawn P. Madison
by Tim Waggoner
by Justin Boote
by Dean H. Wild
by Neal Privett
by William R. Eakin
by Rachel Coles
by Kristen Houghton

Monday, July 9, 2018

July #Zombie #Horror #Mystery Reading List

Happy July! Fill up that Kindle with some great books! I'm featuring a horde of zombie books this time for you z-fans! Lots of GREAT books to keep you busy!!!


Apocalyptic - Fantasy

 Storyland Chronicles, Dawn Napier Fairy tale creatures and mythical monsters have crept out of the dark corners of humanity’s imagination, and mankind is now an endangered species. New double book with added chapters!


This is cool! A listing of over 100 of Stephen King's short stories online. 


Abandon - 13 Tales of Impulse, Betrayal, Surrender and Withdrawal  -  Thirteen stories that run the gamut of emotions... Abandon hope all ye who enter. Stories by A.F. Stewart, Chantel Boudreau and others; edited by Julianne Snow. 

Deep Silence: A Joe Ledger Novel (#12), Jonathan Maberry - (Pre-Order, releases Oct. 30) You don't get more excitement than this! Terrorists-for-hire have created a weapon that can induce earthquakes and cause dormant volcanoes to erupt with vibrations that drive  ordinary people to suicide and violence. A wave of madness sweeps the country beginning with a mass shooting in Congress with an end-game that involves igniting Yellowstone's caldera, the super-volcano that could destroy America. Joe Ledger and his team go on a wild hunt to stop the terrorists and uncover the global super-power secretly funding them. 

Lilith - Blood Ink, Dana Fredsti - (Pre-order, releases Nov. 6)  Having killed her last producer, stuntwoman Lee Striga's next film shoot takes her to the voodoo-soaked bayous and haunted back alleys of New Orleans, where sinister supernatural figures stalk the streets. In a dark corner of the French Quarter, an arcane tattoo artist is using his clients in rituals that will open an inter-dimensional gateway for a demon god from beyond the stars.

Vampires of Rome, Peter Joseph Swanson - In 16th century Rome, Giotto remembers how he became a vampire and how his life became entangled with the life of two kings in history. 



In The Dead of Winter, (Book 1, Piper Blackwell Mysteries, new covers and editions!), Jean Rabe - Piper Blackwell faces his first grisly murder, 58 minutes into her first day on the job as the new sheriff in sleepy Spencer County, Ind. She needs her chief deputy's help to solve the murder - a chief deputy who thought the job should've been his - and track down a killer before everything, including her own department, fall apart.

In The Dead of Night (Book 2), Sheriff Piper Blackwell rushes to a clandestine meeting with an aging, paranoid veteran who believes spies are trailing his every move, she is caught in a fierce thunderstorm. Putting a name to the skeleton on the bluff, and searching for the thief who robbed the old veteran of his life’s earnings, sends Piper delving into the sleepy towns that dot her rural county. Now she’s digging into pasts perhaps best left alone.

Stop A Murder - How (Mystery Puzzle Book 1, Puzzles 1-12), J.A. Konrath - Something different. Solve mystery puzzles via clues and answer questions on the killer's website to stop a murder. (Stand-alone, but it's a continuing five-book series. Works best with Kindle Fire or the Kindle App. Uncover more clues in each book.) 

Zombies! Zombies & More Zombies!


Apocalyptic Beginnings, Reanimated Writers Box Set  - (Pre-0rder, releases July 16) - Limited edition from 13 zombie apocalypse authors! Zombies galore! Includes:  
- THEM by M.D. Massey  - Mutation Z 1&2 By Marilyn Peake
- Taking on the Dead by Annie Walls  - Broken World by Kate L. Mary
- Shattered Lives Book 1: Broken Dreams by Rissa Blakeley
- Mom’s Against Zombies By Alathia Paris Morgan  - Since the Sirens by EE Isherwood
- Only the Dead Don't Die By A.D. Popovich  - 100 Days in Deadland By Rachel Aukes
- Highway Z - Genesis By Ana Nix   - Afflicted: Patient Zero By Derek Shupert
- Rising Ash By R.G. Westerman   
- Empty Bodies By Zach 

Generation Z: The Queen of War (Book 3 of series), Peter Meredith - (Pre-order, releases July 20) The war spirals out of control. Now Jillybean's secret is out - she started the war. Her arrest brings with it the first order: Jenn must become queen and execute the woman she once loved.

Infected and Other Stories, Janine R. Pestel -  Ghosts, horror and zombies! Three short stories sure to require the light on! (Love this cover!)

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, C.A. Verstraete - What if Lizzie Borden killed her father and stepmother, because they'd become... zombies?!

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall, C.A. Verstraete - She'd thought life was getting back to some semblance of normal, then they returned. Whether she wants to or not, Lizzie is swinging her axe again...


Only the Dead Don't Die 2: The Hunger's Howl, A.D. Popovich - Just when Scarlett thought they could ride out the Super Summer flu’s un-deadly aftermath . . . their safehouse is shattered. On the run from Ravers, hordes, and a mysterious presence that always seems to find them, Scarlett vows to protect Twila. At all costs!  And, as the pandemic’s survivors flee for the hope of a new life in Last State—so do the hordes.

The Queuing Dead: A Very British Zombie Anthology - How would Londoners react to walkers? Fifteen zombie stories set in the UK by Ian Woodhead and others. 

Zombie Uprising, 4 book series, Mike Robbins From Book 1: A deadly secret lies hidden beneath the arctic tundra, but now the ground is thawing…and the dead are rising...   Jen Reed joins her retired archaeologist father in remote Alaska, hoping to re-establish a long-missing relationship. But when the thawing permafrost outside a village reveals the burial ground of a 19th-century whaling crew, Jen and her father fail to heed the warning of village elders and begin removing bodies for study. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

#HorrorAddicts Podcast! #Zombies #cursed

This is so cool!!

I signed up for this quite a few months back so have been looking forward to hearing what they do!

Check out my interview on the site and Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter excerpt ad music, etc.  on the podcast, #156, 7/7 edition - today!  

** Listen HERE: Music, Monsters & Lizzie Borden - Cursed!! **   
--- Listen to book excerpt from the 43:38 mark - wow, even sound effects. It's really great!!!

The theme is CURSED! (And who was more cursed than Lizzie Borden?) I'll be listening to it for the first time, also!  Here's their Twitter page as well! Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Cursed Angels Book Tour & Giveaway! #YA #Vampires #Fantasy #Paranormal

The Cursed Angels Series Book 1 by Anna Santos

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy Romance 

Gargoyles, Angels and Vampires. Deadly enemies. An Angel Prince seeking his 
fated mate to break his curse. A Vampire King with a heart of stone. 

Aria loses her humanity after being saved by a monster she believed only to exist in horror stories. But everything isn’t what it seems when her savior becomes a handsome angel prince who awakened her ancient and deadly powers. Powers that can destroy the world, or save it.

Only true love can break the prince’s curse and stop him from turning into stone for all eternity. Despite the overwhelming chemistry between Aria and the prince, they only have thirty days to fall in love before their bond is put to the test. What would you give up for true love?  

The Cursed Angels Series is a Young Adult Paranormal Angel and Vampire Romance. It’s a coming of age novel intended for younger audiences. If you loved the Iron Fey and the Twilight Saga, you’ll love this story and fall in love with the characters. 

"As ripping as it is suspenseful, intriguing, dark and mysterious!” 
★★★★★ Amazon Review

Cursed Angels Series Book 2

Aria's powers as a Red Angel are something that’s not been seen for a  long time. Prince Cedric couldn’t be happier about her transformation. Yet, Aria feels the angel inside her wants to take over her personality and transform her into a ruthless warrior. 

Aria can't deny the attraction to her former mate, the Vampire King, but she wants to stay true to Cedric and the love that had blossomed between them. Vicious creatures will do anything to start a war in the supernatural community and prevent Cedric from surviving the trial.

The Cursed Angels Series Book 3

War is coming and innocent lives are at stake.

Aria fights her angel while Cedric declares war to the ones who have
kidnapped his mate. What would you sacrifice for the one you love?

The Cursed Angels Series Book 4

A curse to break, a mate to save. 

Camille’s dreams are shattered when she’s rejected by the ruthless and abusive Alpha of the Shadow Pack. Her only chance a survival is to arrive in Paris and pray that what her brother told her about the angels is true.

Find out how Camille and Jacob met in this sweet fantasy angel romance 
that can be read as a standalone. 

Anna Santos is a Bestselling Author in Paranormal Romance who likes to write steamy and happily ever after romances with magical and complex characters. She also enjoys writing poetry, watching a good movie, and spending time with her husband and family. Visit her at 
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Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and a giveaway!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Last Couple Days! Sampler #horror #zombie

Ends tomorrow! Try out some new or new-to-you authors - stories, samples, books, previews and more! All kinds of good stuff to read - free! Ends July 4.

Includes a sampler to whet your appetite of all the Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter books in the series - book 1, 2: Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall and the related novella, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen. Enjoy! See link below!


Free books, stories & more. Includes previews of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter series! June 10-July 4. Get it now!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Monthly May-June Wrap-Up

I've been working on some other things so blogging was quiet this week.

It's the end of the month, so thought I'd share the month's highlights. I wanted to do this sooner but you know how intentions go.... 

* I'm going to include April and May's highlights here as well:

* June 1: Anniversary, death of Lizzie Borden

* June 5: Anniversary of start of Lizzie Borden trial

* June 8: June Reading List  (See all the lists with some great suggestions on the top tab)

* June 12: 5 Questions with Horror Author Loren Rhoads

* June 23: Cool mention and story at; link at blog 

* May 7: Release Week! Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter  and Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall

* May 8: May Reading List

* May 16: 1 Line Wednesday (and it's a good one!)

* May 31: Important Lizzie Borden dates in June

* April 1: April A to Z Blog Challenge schedule  - lots of good books and topics from writing to TV tropes and more  all month. See schedule.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter Could Be True....

Great new story on Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter @ Dead Entertainment  says "Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter Probably Not a True Story, But Could Be." 

(Though yes, the parts in the book on the trial and some of the other events are based on actual, real-life events.) The book also contains excerpts from actual records and newspapers. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lizzie Borden Found Not Guilty! Or Was She?

Today in History:

June 20, 1893 

Lizzie Borden declared not guilty!

See The Taunton, MA Gazette.

But.... what if she was guilty? What if she committed the crime because her father and stepmother had become... zombies?

See more info at my website. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Vote for Summer #Horror!

I figure it doesn't hurt to ask.

NPR has a summer reading poll up - for horror! 

Please nominate Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter by C.A. Verstraete  (click yes to series) to the poll on the NPR site below.  You can copy and paste info. Thanks, I appreciate it! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

5 Questions with #Horror Author Loren Rhoads

Recently, I answered 5 Questions at author Loren Rhoads' blog. So now it's her turn.

Loren Rhoads is the author of the space opera trilogy In the Wake of the Templars. She is co-author (with Brian Thomas) of Lost Angels, the first in a series about a succubus and her angel. Loren is also the author of the nonfiction travel guides 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel.

Her latest and second collection of stories features Alondra DeCourval, a young witch with a passion to make things right.  In Alondra’s Investigations,,  Alondra discovers a book that claims to have destroyed Atlantis, faces the things that ghosts fear, and makes the hardest sacrifice in New Orleans. (See book 1, Alondra's Experiments, for more stories including magical creatures and the limit she'll go for love.

The Alondra stories have appeared in the books Best New Horror #27, Strange CaliforniaFright Mare: Women Write HorrorSins of the Sirens: Fourteen Stories of Dark DesireThe Haunted Mansion Project: Year OneThe Ghostbreakers: New Horrors, and nEvermore: Tales of Murder, Mystery, and the Macabre, as well as in upcoming issues of Occult Detective Quarterly and Weirdbook.

Five Questions: 

Did something in the real world inspire Alondra’s Investigations?

Yes, all three of the stories in the chapbook came from things that really happened to me.  “Last-Born” grew out of visiting New Orleans.  The tropical storms that come every afternoon to flood the streets in late summer inspired me to pit Alondra against the weather. Elijah Rousseau is a tribute to a man I met at the Voodoo Museum, before my friend Wendy, who lived in New Orleans, warned me away from the place.

“A Curiosity of Shadows” was born during the first Haunted Mansion Writers Retreat, where several of my fellow writers were menaced by a dense black shadow.  The shadow was even caught on video!  I wanted to explore the Mansion’s ghosts and pay tribute to the séances I went to in high school.

What is your favorite scene in the book — and why?

That’s a touch choice, but I think the scene where the creatures of Air come to parlay in “The Fatal Book.”  I struggled to describe elementals without visible bodies until one day I saw the wind playing with a newspaper.  San Francisco is a very windy city, particularly in the afternoon when the tide changes.  The wind rolls Styrofoam cups down the sidewalks or chases fallen leaves in spirals or dances with papers into the air. I thought: what if that’s not the wind?

What was your writing process like as you wrote Alondra’s Investigations?

“Last-Born” took a long time to write, because I got stalled after the first couple of scenes.  Brian Thomas, with whom I wrote the succubus novel Lost Angels, suggested some dialogue for Simon LeBranche, Alondra’s cursed boyfriend, and the story took off from there.  I wrote the last couple of scenes sitting in Golden Gate Park, scribbling into a notebook when I was supposed to be exercising.  “The Fatal Book” was written in a torrent after I got invited to do a reading with the writing group I grew up in.  The best part of researching that story was asking Alan Beatts from Borderlands Bookstore how books used to be printed and bound. I’m really fascinated by books bound in human skin.  “A Curiosity of Shadows” was written for the first Haunted Mansion Project anthology and came together in a rush in order to make a very short deadline.

What was the best thing that happened during your promotion of the book?

T. Thorn Coyle, who I’ve admired for years, gave me the best blurb.  

What do you have planned next?

 I’m almost done with the third of these chapbooks, Alondra’s Adventures.  One of the stories made the long list for the British Science Fiction Association Award. Another made Ellen Datlow’s Honorable Mentions in The Year’s Best Horror #9. The third was published in Best New Horror #27.  That collection should be out before the end of June. The War Between Fire & Air, a new Alondra novella, will be released for Kindle in August.  Get the latest news at her website. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter 2 Sale! #Horror #Sci Fi #Fantasy Deals!

All Kinds of Monday Deals!! 

What happened to accused, but acquitted, axe murderess Lizzie Borden after the trial??

In real life, Lizzie lived a mostly quiet life, moving into a fancier home in the exclusive part of town, and hosting parties for a famous actress and friends. Living it up on ill-gotten gains? Maybe, maybe not.

In fiction... ahh.... what if her life had turned out differently? What if she had to fight the undead--again? Could she? Would she? And, could she or did she ever fall in love????

Some of those questions are answered in the Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter sequel - Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter: The Axe Will Fall.

SALE!!! Get both quick while they're on SALE!!!

Lizzie Borden Zombie Hunter is on sale 99 cents.

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter: The Axe Will Fall. is on sale 99 cents and $1.99 June 11 to June 18. 

** Get the set before the price axe falls!!!

** Want more deals? Visit the Art of the Arcane Page to June 14! 

* Bonus! Samples, previews and more! June 10-July 4

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Looking for New Creepy Reads? #Zombie #Horror #thriller

Starts today! 
Try out some new or new-to-you authors - freebie stories, samples, books, previews and more!

I included a sampler to whet your appetite of all the Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter books in the series - book 1, 2: Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall and the related novella, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen. Enjoy! See link below!


Free books, stories & more. Includes previews of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter series! June 10-July 4. Get it now!

Friday, June 8, 2018

June Reading List! #Zombie #Horror #Steampunk #Paranormal

It's June. Already??? 
What have you read? What're you gonna read?? Here are some GREAT suggestions!


Free books, stories & more. Includes previews of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter series! June 10-July 4. Get it now!


'50sVille, Paul Ibbetson - Welcome to ‘50sVille: The town you will absolutely love, or else…
Imagine a town where the people perpetually live in the 1950s, a place where time has all but stopped and where everyone loves his family, job, and life. In this strange place, only a select few people ever leave the city limits and even then, they leave reluctantly. Benjamin Granault , 15 1/2, finds himself living in a town where he can never talk about modern technology or current events, a place where being an outsider can cost a person his life and being part of the community may very well cost more.

The Outsider, Stephen King - An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens, Little League Coach/Husband/Teacher/Father, Terry Maitland, le League coach, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? 

Horror Anthologies

Little Killers A to Z: An Alphabet of Horror, Howard Odentz
- 26 tales about the youngest predators among us...

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream, Christopher Golden - (Pre-order, releases Oct.23) Eighteen stories of Christmas horror from bestselling, acclaimed authors including Scott Smith, Seanan McGuire, Josh Malerman, Jonathan Maberry, Michael Koryta, Sarah Pinborough, and others.

Best Horror of the Year (Series 8), Ellen Datlow - 21 stories
of horror from Neil Gaiman, Kelley Armstrong and others.


Magic Deals: Mysteries, Paranormal and More! to June 10; Speculative fiction, June 9-15; Paperwhite giveaway, too!

The Devil You Know (Book 1, Hellfire Series), Jena Grigoire - (Pre-Order, Releases June 5) SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE. Following a drunken night together, the vampire Michael “Vegas” Tremayne takes off with no explanation, leaving Deziree Davanzati to wonder if they’d made a terrible mistake. With the Sentinel Stone missing, they’re down to the wire and don’t know who to trust. Will Dez and Vegas stop the demon in time? Or will Hell itself be unleashed upon the world?


Alphas and Airships: A Steampunk Fairy Tale (Steampunk Red Riding Hood Book 2), Melanie Karsak - With Lionheart as the new alpha, the streets of London are quiet. But above the realm, mischief is brewing.

While airship pirates are a common plague upon the kingdom, the airship Fenrir proves particularly troublesome--especially on a full moon.Clemeny must take to the skies before these shape-shifting Vikings kick off a new Ragnarok. Easier said than done now that she's down one good eye, a partner, and not to mention the fact that she gets motion sick.

Vampires - New Adult

Hotline to Hell, Emily Cyr (Pre-order. Releases June 14) - THERE’S NO HANGING UP NOW. Kayel Cleary is a phone sex operator. All she wants to do is get through law school, and if that means late-night phone calls with men who think she’s something she’s not, then so be it. That is, until one of her long-time clients is murdered – and she hears it all.


LIZZIE BORDEN, ZOMBIE HUNTER (2nd edition), C.A. Verstraete - still on sale - 99 cents! (for now!)  What if Lizzie did it... because she had no other choice? 

LIZZIE BORDEN, ZOMBIE HUNTER 2 , C.A. Verstraete  Lizzie and the citizens of Fall River must battle a new surge of flesh-eaters, this time with a heartbreaking twist: the infected creatures are friends and family, hidden away by their grief-stricken caregivers. 

When her sister Emma becomes a pawn in the growing war against the undead, Lizzie has no choice but to pick up her axe again. With the help of her charming self-defense instructor, Pierre, she vows to end the horrific zombie menace, once and for all. But can she overcome her personal demons and the rampaging monsters, no matter the cost?  NOTE: The book does contain spoilers if you have not read the first book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter.

The Apocalypse Crusade, War of the Undead One: A Zombie Tale , Peter Meredith - Once an apocalyse occurs, not even death is certain. Sometimes death is only the beginning.

Zombie - Children's  - Fantasy

Undead Ifs, (The Ifs Book 3), Pembroke Sinclair - Landon and Broden have been successful in defeating Gage twice. With him safely trapped in the hourglass and locked away, they can go on with their lives without a care in the world.The boys discover more than good times hanging out with the Ifs, however. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that something sinister is buried just beneath the surface of celebration and fun. Something is in the trees, hiding in the shadows, something that may or may not be undead.