Thursday, October 31, 2013

The History of Haloween

The History of Halloween

The ancient origin of Halloween began as the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced Sow-in).

2000 years ago, the Celts (pronounced Kelts) inhabited the areas now known as Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France.
They celebrated their new year on November 1st, which ended the summer/harvest season and began the long cold winter season.
The Celts believed that on the night of Samhain the ghosts of the dead returned to earth to cause great mischief and destruction.
Celts also believed that their Druid priests were able to communicate with the dead on this particular night and with the help of the dead-predict the future.

The Druid priests were the educated class amongst the Celts and were deeply religious.
They wore many hats in their culture such as; lawmakers, judges, scientists, poets and scholars.

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« Sexiest Halloween Costumes to Wear This YearChristmas: All That Effort for One Day »The celebration of Samhain began with every home owner extinguishing their hearth fires, which symbolized the winter season/or dark half of the year. Later during the same night they were all relit from a community fire. This rekindling was symbolic of the spring season when life would return.

The Celts knew nothing of Christianity and held their own beliefs about death and the world beyond. They believed that when a person died they went to a place called Tir nan Og and became young again and happy. Some Celts believed that the dead lived with the fairies in Scotland and Ireland.

Contrary to a lot of Christian beliefs, the Celts didn’t believe in demons, nor did they sacrifice humans to any evil gods. They did however believe in gods, monsters, elves, witches, giants and spirits.

The Celts were the first to bob for apples but it wasn’t a game to them. They believed that the first one amongst them to bite into an apple would be the first to marry in the upcoming new year.

Peeling an apple also held meaning and beliefs. The longer the peel-the longer ones life was destined to be.
The Scottish placed nuts or stones in their hearths before going to bed and believed that if they somehow moved during the night that it was an omen of death.

Some believe that the Druid priests sacrificed virgins during the Samhain festivals but there is no proof of this anywhere. The Celts did execute criminals and prisoners of war but it wasn’t done as a celebration and not during their festivities of Samhain. Rather, it was done as punishment, much like today.

There is also no known proof that the Celts dressed in costumes and begged one another for food during the festivities.

During the American Depression, it is said that poor children in some areas went door to door begging “anything for the poor?” but that this was practiced on Thanksgiving day not Halloween.

During the 1800’s in the U.S. both Irish and Scottish immigrants played pranks on Halloween night and then laid the blame on the elves, fairies, goblins and witches.

The phrase “trick or treat” is an American one and became popular in the late 1930’s when the door to door begging was introduced nationwide in an attempt to stop the “tricking” practice of the holiday which had become quite violent. What had started as simply knocking over outhouses, soaping windows and removing gates from fences, soon became more destructive and dangerous to property as well as animals and humans.

Now let’s fast forward to modern day, what do you think? Is Halloween is all about costumes and candy or do you believe that the dead really walk the earth? Should we paint our faces in fear?


Monday, October 28, 2013

I want to blog, dammitt!

Hello friends, I am here begging for shameless self-promotion opportunities and fun. Can I be on your blog, pretty, pretty please? I am ready to go, I can answer interviews or I have interviews already filled out. I have blogs written and press packets. I can do whatever you would like me to do on your blog with one day’s notice (be gentle). So please tell me the time, place, and what, lol And I will gladly reciprocate. You can fill out an interview for Keira's corner, simply send a press packet or send a few lines from your latest story.

You can email me at or I can always be found on Facebook 

Thank you so much.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cover reveal for Kissing Midnight by Laura Bradley Rede

~ About the Author ~

Laura Bradley Rede is the oldest of nine kids. She grew up in a small town in Maine and now lives in Minneapolis with her partner, their three children, one elderly cat, and a small flock of city chickens. She is a winner of the Writers of the Future Award for fantasy and science fiction and author of The Darkride Chronicles (DARKRIDE and CROSSFIRE).

~ About the Book ~
Title:  Kissing Midnight
Author:  Laura Bradley Rede
Word Count:  approx. 85,000
Genre:  New Adult Paranormal Romance
Deveraux Renard is the perfect boyfriend: perfectly handsome, perfectly charming… perfectly deadly. He has to be. Dev is immortal, but with a catch: Every year he has to make a new girl fall in love with him and kiss her at midnight on New Year’s Eve. That kiss renews his life for another year – and ends hers forever.

This year, Mariana “Saintly” Santos is the lucky girl. Of course she doesn’t know it. Saintly thinks New Year’s Eve is a chance to move beyond the tragedy of her brother’s death and focus on her first year of college. She doesn’t suspect her boyfriend’s secret – and he doesn’t suspect hers: Ever since her brother died, Saintly can see ghosts.
And one ghost in particular is dying to be seen. Twenty years ago, Jesse Hayden jumped off the campus clock tower because she was convinced that she’d never find true love. Now that she has met Saintly, she’s sure that she was wrong.  She’s determined to save the only girl in the world who can see her, but can she get Saintly to trust her in time?
Trust the ghost girl and live.
Trust the immortal boy and die.
Saintly has until midnight to make her choice, and the clock is ticking.

Now time for the reveal.
Okay not yet...
No, not yet....
Okay here it is...

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  • Two signed paperbacks of Darkride (US/Canada only)
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Juniper Grove Book Solutions presents...Howling Heart

Title:  The Howling Heart
Author:  April Bostic
Published:  August 8th, 2013 by Eternal Press
Word Count:  approx. 89,500
Genre:  Adult Paranormal Romance
Content Warning:  Explicit Sexual Content
Restricted Age: 18+
Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when she's given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.

Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv--wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but she never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.

Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.

About the Author:
April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled "A Rose to the Fallen".

Her first short story, "Right Here, Right Now", released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled "Eros, My Love", and a sexy romantic comedy entitled "Love Addiction".

After five years, she released her second novel, "The Howling Heart" in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April will release her fourth and final short story in December, a historical vampire romance entitled "A Dark Scandal".

Excerpt from The Howling Heart by April Bostic:

“Have you ever made love to a human?” I asked timidly. My ears felt hot, and I looked at him through shy eyes. I hoped I wasn't overstepping the boundary of personal information.

He answered quietly. “No.”

His revelation came as a surprise, but I was still curious. “What about a wolf?” I don’t know why I asked. I knew there was no possible way this extremely attractive man was a virgin.

He hesitated this time. Seconds ticked by before he replied, “Pack law states we can only make love after we claim a mate and the leader recognizes our union.”

His indirect answer caught me off-guard, and I couldn't keep the sarcasm from my words. “You’re not one to follow the rules, so I’ll take that as a yes.”

I looked away and lifted my feet out of the water. With my legs bent, I pressed my knees against my chest and wrapped my arms around them. I thought the conversation was over, but Riley was determined to have my attention. His fingers grasped my chin to turn my head toward him.

“That’s probably the only law I haven’t broken.”

Our gazes locked, and he almost stole my breath, again. “Why? I know abstinence can’t be easy for you.”

His voice was almost a whisper. “Not anymore.”

I noticed his green irises had flecks of amber in them—the same color as his wolf eyes. That’s when I realized our heads had moved closer.

Riley’s warm breath caressed my face, and it smelled of hickory and clove. “I’m not interested in any she-wolves in the pack.”

Interview between Keira Kroft and April Bostic

Welcome to Keira’s Corner, where there is always chocolate, and lots and lots of coffee.

Keira: You have a story out through Eternal Press entitled The Howling Heart. What is that about?

The Howling Heart is an adult paranormal romance about a young woman from New York City named Paige who falls in love with a young werewolf from England named Riley. They first met as children in the forest, and are reunited years later as adults after a tragedy in Paige’s life. They both face many obstacles that prevent them from being together and it’s not only because they’re different species. Paige wants to focus on her career, but she wants to be with Riley, too. Pack law prohibits him from abandoning it, so they have to figure out how to make their relationship work.

Keira: What made you choose that title?

The beginning of book describes Riley howling for Paige, because he loves her and he’s upset that she left him. Since Riley’s a wolf and the story focuses on love, I thought The Howling Heart would be fitting. Plus, it’s short and catchy!

Keira: Where did the idea for your story come from?

 I was inspired to write The Howling Heart after watching the movie Blood and Chocolate and the television series Wolf Lake.

Keira: What is your preferred genre to write in?

Adult Romance

Keira: Please tell us about any future projects that you are planning.

My fourth short story, A Dark Scandal, will be released in e-book in December 2013. I might write a sequel to The Howling Heart depending on certain factors, mostly motivation, which is extremely difficult for me.

Keira: How many books have you written?

I’ve written two novels, three short stories with one on the way!

Keira: Do you have a special writing method?
When I write novels, I write an outline first. It consists of all the information about each character, their descriptions and relationships to one another. Then I write summaries of what I want to happen in each chapter. If there is specific dialogue that I want to remember, I will jot it down. As I write the story, I follow the outline and fill in the details and dialogue.

Keira: What advice would you give to an unpublished writer?

If you write a story, and you’re passionate about it, don’t give up on it. See it through to the end, because you’ll feel so good about yourself when you do. It’s a major accomplishment to finish a story, whether it’s a short story, novella, or novel. Don’t get discouraged by negative readers or reviews. Remember for every person who doesn’t like your work, there will be someone who does. Writing, like all forms of art, is subjective, and not everyone is going to like your work. Be brave and put yourself out there. It takes a lot of courage to be a writer or author. Don’t be afraid, because you’ll realize it’s not so scary once you do it.

Let’s get personal…

Keira: Do you judge a book by its cover?
I’m ashamed to say, but yes, I do. I think it’s because I’m a visual person.

Keira: What is your Ideal vacation spot?
A tropical island like Hawaii or The Bahamas

Keira: Scary Movies or Happy Endings?
Happy Endings

Keira: What is your favorite food?
Pizza Hut pan pizza with extra cheese & sausage.

Keira: What is your guilty Pleasure?
Playing The Sims game on my computer.

Keira: What is your favorite Smell?
 I love sweet smells, like candy, cookies, or cake.

Keira: What is your favorite color?
Pink. It’s been my favorite color since I was a child.

Keira: What is your favorite day of the week?
Saturday, because I don’t have to work and I can look forward to another day afterward that I still don’t have to work.

Keira: What is your favorite animal?
The Arctic Wolf

Thank you so much for joining us today.

Keira Kroft

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Juniper Grove book Solution Presents...Angus MacBain And The Island Of Sleeping Kings.

Title:  Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings
Author:  Angela J. Townsend
Published:  September 27th, 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count:  approx. 58,000
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Synopsis: Angus MacBain is unaware that his ancestral roots hail from an ancient sect of Scottish kings. When his dying grandfather gives him a dragon pendant, thirteen-year-old Angus learns of a legacy that will take him across an ocean to the island of Iona and thrust him into a heritage he did not know he had. He soon discovers that his mother, whom he had believed dead, is really a seal fairy, in hiding from a dangerous enemy. To save her, Angus must undergo a perilous journey of destiny and power to battle an evil Dacian knight and those who serve him. With only his family shield and the advice of a wizened vampire hunter to protect him, Angus must navigate dangerous terrain and dark enemies, in a land where the past and the present mingle, and sleeping kings wake.

About the Author:
Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a  published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing.

Angela's first novel, Amarok, was published through Spencer Hill Press in 2012. Her newest novel, Angus MacBain and The Island of Sleeping Kings, was signed for publication with Clean Teen Publishing in 2013.

Angela resides on a ranch, in rural Northwestern Montana, with her two children Levi and Grant.

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Interview between Keira Kroft and Angela Townsend

Welcome to Keira’s Corner, where there is always chocolate, and lots and lots of coffee.

Keira: You have a story out through CLEAN TEEN PUBLISHING entitled Angus MacBain And The Island Of Sleeping Kings. What is that about? An epic journey.

Keira: What made you choose that title?

The title is a nod to my Scottish Great Grandfather.

Keira: What is your preferred genre to write in?

Middle Grade & Young Adult

Keira: How many books have you written?

25 books total in fiction and non-fiction.

Keira: We have a special place for unpublished writers in our hearts, here at Keira’s Corner. So what advice would you give to an unpublished writer?

Never give up. No matter if you are self published or traditionally published your story is important. Published is published—no matter the avenue taken.

Keira: Is writing your only talent?

I also play the violin and I love it. I like to play traditional Irish tunes with my mother who taught me to play.

Keira: Where in the Hell do you find time to write?

Morning before work, lunch hour and then late into the night.

Keira: Why are you a writer?

 Because I am compelled to be.

Keira: How many hours a day do you dedicate to writing?

10 or more and usually late at night, lunch hour after then after day until 2:00 a.m. or so.

Keira: Do you use a particular writing method?

I write long hand then transfer to the computer. I think it’s healthier for me and less strain on my eyes.

Keira: Do you use one or more pen names?

I like to use my own name. I’m very proud of my father’s surname. 

Keira: What advice would you give to an unpublished writer?

Do not give up. Many great authors were rejected many times. Do not let publishing snobs make you feel that your story isn’t worthwhile.

Let’s get personal…

Keira: Are you married?
No I am single.

Keira: Do you have children?  
Yes two wonderful boys.

Keira: What’s your favorite thing to do?

Keira: Are you a reader?

Keira: Do you judge a book by its cover?
Keira: Scary Movies or Happy Endings?
Scary Movies!

Keira: What is your favorite food?
Popcorn! I love popcorn.

Keira: What is your guilty pleasure?
Cream in my coffee

Keira: What is your favorite Smell?
My Grandparent’s old house. It still smells like the pies my grandmother used to bake.   

Keira: What is your favorite color?

Keira: What is your favorite day of the week?
Friday nights.

Keira: What is your favorite animal?
All of them except…snakes. I cannot tolerate snakes.

Keira: Do you have pets?
Dog and cats.

Keira: What do you consider a household staple?


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If winner is in US:
  • GRAND PRIZE: Digital copy of the Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings, swag pack, and $25 Amazon Gift Card.
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  • GRAND PRIZE:  Digital copy of the Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings, bookmark, $25 Amazon Gift Card.
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Keira Kroft

Monday, October 14, 2013

Cover Reveal for Mystical High by Lisette Brody

About the Author:
Lisette Brodey was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After ten years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles, where she held various positions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA.

Back on the East Coast, she worked for many years as a freelance writer, specializing in PR and the entertainment industry. In 2010, she returned permanently to the Los Angeles area.

Her first-published book, CROOKED MOON (General Fiction) was published in both the trade paperback and Kindle editions in 2008. Her first-written, second-published book, SQUALOR, NEW MEXICO (Young Adult/General Fiction) was published in the Kindle and trade paperback versions in 2009.

Her third novel, MOLLY HACKER IS TOO PICKY!, a romantic comedy, was published December 1, 2011. The author blogged as her character, Molly Hacker, for over a year. All blogs can be found at

In January 2013, the author edited and published a book of her mother's poetry (written 50 years earlier) called MY WAY TO ANYWHERE by Jean Lisette Brodey.

Lisette's fourth novel, MYSTICAL HIGH, is the first book in her YA Paranormal Desert Series trilogy.

Title:  Mystical High
Author:  Lisette Brodey
Publisher:  Saberlee Books
Word Count:  approx. 72,700
Genre:  YA Paranormal
Content Warning: Mild sexual content and non-gratuitous profanity
Recommended Age:  14+
Synopsis:  In Mystekal, a small, dying town in the Southern California desert, only 75 students attend the old, sometimes creepy high school dubbed “Mystical High,” where strange things have been known to happen. Jessie Dalworth and Jinxsy Patterson are juniors and lifelong best friends. At home, Jessie deals with the pain of an absentee mother who has abandoned the family for the lure of Hollywood; Jinxsy contends with a 17th “birthday present” she never wanted or expected.

Meanwhile, at school, the unexplained activity begins to escalate when Jinxsy keeps seeing a long-haired guy in the hallway checking her out. Jessie can’t see him, but her younger brother, River, can.
Then, in English class, a stapler mysteriously flies off teacher Eve Carrow’s desk, hitting a student in the face who has just mouthed off to her. The beloved teacher is in the unenviable position of having her brute of a father as principal, so she hates sending any student to his office. As Principal Ernest Carrow begins to terrorize Eve and others more openly, something or someone unseen decides that it’s payback time.

School is getting stranger, and Jinxsy and Jessie are faced with mind-boggling changes in their home lives that complicate everything. When a string of shocking events expose explosive secrets, decades-long mysteries are finally revealed.

Now time for the reveal.
Okay not yet...
No, not yet....
Okay here it is...

Excerpt from Mystical High by Lisette Brodey:

Eve Carrow, Mystekal High’s English teacher, glanced at the giant wall clock as Jessie and Jinxsy slipped into their seats seconds before the bell.
“Welcome, you two. I wasn’t sure you were going to join us today. I like to be fashionably late at parties sometimes, but school is a different story.”
The old bell sounded loudly.
Jessie opened her notebook, grabbed To Kill A Mockingbird, the current class book, from her backpack, and sat upright in her chair. “See? We’re on time. Ready to go.”
“Yes, you are.”
Jinxsy, still fumbling through her backpack, looked at her friend, then at her teacher. “Jess had a mishap with her locker. Cut her finger.”
From the back of the room, Taylor cackled. “Yeah, it took her ten minutes for Her Vampiress to suck a few drops of blood and ten more minutes for the Jinx to calm her down.”
Jessie turned abruptly in her chair. “You are so exaggerating, Taylor. Keep out of my business.”
“Your boring business.” Taylor ran her fingers through her blond and purple hair. “No wonder you don’t have a boyfriend when the biggest part of your day is a little boo boo on your finger. Waaaaaaaah!”
Eve, though usually of the sweetest demeanor, slammed a book down on her desk. “Taylor Dennison. Stop. Now. Everyone else, face front.” As she looked around the room, her angry look softened. “Okay, who wants to begin our discussion about Boo Radley?”
Sophia Chavez raised her hand. “I will.”
“Thank you, Sophia. Please go on.”
“Well, I know the kids made up a lot of stories about him, but it’s only natural, you know? I mean, he never came out of the house. There were creepy rumors, like how he stabbed his dad in the leg with scissors. If I heard that about someone, I would be thinking the same way that Scout, Jem, and Dill did.”
Eve nodded her head in agreement. “It’s very easy to assume all kinds of things when we don’t know the truth.”
“So why is that, Ms. Carrow?”
“Well, Sophia, I think it’s because as human beings, we like answers. If an answer can be looked up or found out, most of us will choose that route. But when the answer to a question isn’t readily available, we tend to make things up, to satisfy our inquiring brains. It’s not a good thing to do, but human beings engage in this practice quite liberally. What do you think of my assessment?”
Jessie, with little animation on her face, responded to her teacher’s question. “I think you’re right.”
Taylor yelled from the back of the room. “Why? Because people talk crap about your hermit crab aunt?”
Jessie turned and glared at Taylor. She bit her lip so hard it almost bled. She knew that if she responded, the words would be ugly ones she wouldn’t want to be heard saying.
Eve was furious. “Taylor, that was positively uncalled for. And just plain cruel. I’m being extraordinarily generous by not sending you to the principal’s office. But one more outburst and I won’t hesitate.”
Silence fell over the room. The principal of Mystekal High was Eve’s father, Ernest Carrow. He had been the principal since Eve herself was a student. The only person who seemed to tolerate him at all was his secretary, and he seemed to like children as much as picnic goers like ants.
Carrow was the wealthiest man in Mystekal and owned a large percentage of the real estate, both commercial and residential. He didn’t need the salary he earned as Mystekal High’s principal, but he liked to control people, and being in charge of everyone at the school helped him to do just that.
Even though she couldn’t stand sending students to her father’s office, Eve hated making empty threats even more. She despised him, and sending a student for discipline meant that she had to deal with her father as well. She would have to endure a lecture about how she wasn’t able to control her class or how she had failed to mete out proper discipline. Eve pretended not to hear Taylor’s last remark and prayed she would not step over the line again. At least for the remainder of class.
“Would you all please take out your class assignment for this week? We’re going to share.”
Cade Swift raised his hand.
“Yes, Cade?”
“Do you mean the paper you asked us to write on who we thought Boo Radley really was? The one where you wanted us to write a description of how we saw his life inside that house?”
“The one and only.”
Cade bit his lip. “Uh, would you mind calling on me last?”
“Since when are you shy?”
“I’m not. But after what you said to Sophia I’m thinking maybe I need to rewrite my paper.”
Taylor’s boyfriend, Santino Vega, laughed. “Dude, don’t you mean write it. Period.”
Cade, the dark-haired boy known for his smiling eyes was quick to respond. “No, Vega, I mean rewrite it.”
Eve Carrow was intrigued. “Why do you want to rewrite it, Cade?”
Cade looked embarrassed and responded more softly than usual. “Um, I think maybe I was too judgmental. Just want to do it over.”
Jessie looked admiringly at Cade, then at her best friend. Jinxsy knew Jessie had a crush on him but had been denying it. Jessie’s glance confirmed that she was ready to admit it. But whether or not she was ready to seek out Cade’s affections was an entirely different story.
Eve Carrow smiled. “Actually, Cade. I’d like you to read your paper as you wrote it and then tell us how you’d like to change it.”
“Oh, man. Do I have to?”
The class giggled and Jessie’s eyes grew wide with anticipation.
“As your teacher, I would truly appreciate it.”
“Read it, dude. Then tell everyone how you’ve gone soft on Radley.”
Eve looked sternly at the class loudmouth. “Mr. Vega, I can only surmise by your comments that you would prefer to lead the class into this exercise. By all means, why don’t you go first?”
Santino looked angry. “Listen, Ms. Carrow. I think it was really a stupid assignment. I mean, Harper Lee already wrote the character. There’s no point in us rewriting the dude. Sorry, didn’t do it and I’m not gonna do it. Any questions?”
As Santino’s words fell on the shocked class and the disrespected teacher, a gust of desert wind rushed through the open window, blew a small stapler off Eve Carrow’s desk, and sent it flying through the air before it landed sharply on Santino’s mouth.
“What the —?” Santino wiped the blood from his mouth.
As the class focused on the freak accident, Eve looked out the window and noticed that it was a very still day. The sagebrush was not moving. There was not even the faintest trace of wind.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Juniper Grove Book Solutions Presents...Dead Dreams

Title:   Dead Dreams
Author:   Emma Right
Published:  September 2013
Word Count:  approx. 50,000
Genre: YA Psychological Mystery
Recommended Age:  11+
Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines,  an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreamsof going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.

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Prologue from Dead Dreams by Emma Right:
They say each dead body, a human corpse, has a scent all of its own, a sweet-sour smell. A cadaver dog picks up the scent as clearly as a mother would recognize the photo of her child. Of course, I wouldn’t know, for I am no dog. I might as well have been, the way I’d stooped to yield to my basic instincts. My mind wandered to her, what her unique smell would be when, and if, they ever were to find her.

After what happened, I decided to write out the events that led to that day and details that might help, in case I’d missed something, or might need it for defense, or in case they found me dead. My relatives might need to piece together the things that had spiraled out of control, if they wanted closure to put me to rest, to forget me altogether. That would be least painful for them. I nodded to myself as I sat in the car. I thought of my most favorite girl in the world: Lilly. At least Lilly’d have my dog, Holly, to remember me by.
My friends used to call me Brie, short for Brianna. But, I could hardly count anyone a friend any more. I’d have to resort to back-watching if I wanted to survive.

About the Author:
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after too many pets, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.

Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before having children.

Visit Emma Right at her home site and sign for her blog feed and newsletter @ and blog for tips and ideas about books, homeschooling, bible devotions, and author helps from self-publishing to book marketing. Follow Emma Right on Facebook and "like" her Facebook Fan Page for the latest events. Follow Google Plus emmarightbooks, and Twitter @emmbeliever. She'd love to hear from her readers.

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Interview between Keira Kroft and Emma Right.

Welcome to Keira’s Corner, where there is always chocolate, and lots and lots of coffee.

Keira: You have a story out entitled Dead Dreams. What is that about?

Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family on the sidelines,  an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams—of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself.
What more could a girl want? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality. 
Dead Dreams, Book 1, a young adult psychological thriller and contemporary mystery.

Keira: What made you choose that title?

The story deals with the real dreams Brie O'Mara has and the dreams she hoped to achieve for herself. Hence the "Dreams" in the title. The "Dead" comes from the fact that …well, if I told you here, it'd be a dead giveaway, let's put it that way!

Keira: Where did the idea for your story come from?

We've all been there—at least those of us who are over 21—revving to grow up, the world at our feet, the stars reachable. Wonderful ,wondrous future. But in wanting to get there, we forget to smell the roses, we trample on thorns and we get sorely poked and pricked, and alas, some of the barbs could be poisonous. Except for the Grace that watches over me, over you, (whatever you believe in, call it LUCK if you wish), all it might have taken for any of us was that wrong turn, that grabbing of something that looked too good to pass up on, and coupled with a strong desire to make it in life, we might be blinded and grab the adder's tail. That is the story of Dead Dreams; of Brie O'Mara, a good girl, someone who'd never even gotten a traffic ticket, even a Miss Goodie Two-shoes. But, let's face it we can all be tempted, just a tiny bit. And sometimes that's all it takes to have things spin out of control.

Keira: What is your preferred genre to write in?

I like the Young Adult and Middle Grade Age range. Maybe it's because I've done so many read-alouds with my kids throughout our seventeen years of homeschooling. I remember I sometimes read to them till I was hoarse. As for genre, I enjoy anything from mysteries to fantasy to thrillers to historical sagas.

Keira: Please tell us about any future projects that you are planning.

I am  currently writing Keeper of Reign Book 2, a Middle grade/YA adventure fantasy, hopefully out early 2014. Some readers have asked me to write a prequel for Keeper of Reign. I might. Time is my enemy these days. Once I am done with this I will be working on Dead Dreams 2 and hope to finish this by middle of  2014.

Keira: Do you have a special writing method?

I am more of an organic writer since I always have a story in my head, an idea I'd like to grow, and once I start with the character and the conflict the story blossoms on its own. I just keep writing until the end. Then I wait a few weeks and work on other stuff--cover design, arrange for ads or blog tours, write guest posts--while I let the story settle, sort of like waiting for wine to age,  in its barrel-- you can't rush it. After this, I go back to the piece (about six-seven weeks later) to rearrange scenes and plots so that it has the traditional structure that is recognized as the basic architecture of what a good story should bethe 1/4-1/4/1/4/-1/4 structure.

Keira: How many hours a day do you dedicate to writing?
It varies from day to day, week to week. Sometimes I only manage a couple of hours a week! Some weeks I am be able to get ten hours in. I am also a homeschooling mom, and this takes up a lot of hours, and I always have my kids around which can make it hard to write with all the interruptions.

Keira: Do you use a particular writing method?

I try to follow a plot outline but it never works. I am more of an organic writer, so I just move along and then at the end I do the cleaning up, the pruning, the re-arranging.

Keira: What time of day, do you write best?
Anytime I can grab, anywhere.

Keira: Do you use one or more pen names?
It's Emma Right! Too many names and I might end up schizophrenic!

Keira: Are you currently running any contests? What are they?
I am having several blog tours going on from October till December 3rd. And yes, some will have giveaways, so please visit my site to get more details. I have the blog tours listed under one of my blogs.

Keira: What advice would you give to an unpublished writer?

Write a million words, then, read, read, read, and write a great story that's been trying to bust out of you. Read as many books as you can on crafting great fiction that deals with all the elements of a great book. Writer's Digest has plenty and I practically spent thousands of dollars trying to educate myself and soak in as much  as I could when I had to re-revise Keeper of Reignabout 17 times.
And never give up on your dream no matter how many problems life throws at you! If a person is called to write she will know this in her bones, even if it's something she has been pushing aside due to life's commitments. Don't give up. You'll eventually get published if you keep trying.

Let’s get personal…

Keira: Are you married?

Keira: Do you have children?

Keira: What’s your favorite thing to do?
Writing, and reading.

Keira: Are you a reader?
Most of the time.

Keira: Tell us something special about you.
I love horse-back riding but can't stand the smell of horses.

Keira: Can you tell us a secret?
If I told you it wouldn't be a secret, but most of my characters have plenty of secrets which you will find out eventually…at the end.

Keira: Do you judge a book by its cover?
Not usually. I judge a book by it's back blurb.

Keira: What is your motto?
Where there's life there's hope.

Keira: What do you think you will be doing five years from now?
Still writing, hopefully.

Keira: What is your Ideal vacation spot?

Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • If US winner is selected, they will receive a print copy of Dead Dreams and a $15 Amazon gift card. If INT winner is selected, they will receive an eBook copy of Dead Dreams and a $15 Amazon gift card.

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