Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pages of Fear Blog Hop


Welcome to the first ever Pages of Fear blog hop. It’s a pre-Halloween event celebrating authors who like to fright and delight with their writing. As you progress through the twenty-eight blogs/websites you’ll learn about authors you may already know and be introduced to some new ones.
Everyone loves the opportunity to get something free. All of the authors have gathered together to give ONE lucky winner signed copies of their books (one per author). You may even find other types of giveaways on their sites so, keep your eyes open. While you’re looking you want to locate the secret word on each site. Make a list of the words in the proper order. When you reach the final destination (Authorsfbenson.com), you’ll find an email address. Send your list to it. The winner will be selected courtesy of random.org.
I'm so glad you REMEMBERED to return to my party for some spooky fun and entertainment!

The story begins on Lily Luchesi's blog, but I've added here for your convenience...
Once there was a very special _______ doll. She had been well-______ for ________. Kept on a _______ when there weren’t any young girls to play with her. And brought out and cherished when young ________ were in the __________.
Eventually, the toy was forgotten and relegated to a _______ in the attic. The house was eventually ________ and all of its belongings were either sold, given away, or ________ into a ________ at the curb.
But the doll… she __________.
Shortly before the ________ collectors arrived, a young couple comes upon the _________. Immediately, the doll’s _______ face and _________ clothes catches the woman’s _________.
“Rebecca, you can’t be serious. That’s a piece of ________,” the man points out.
She reaches into the jumbled ______ and pulls the ______ out. “This is an _______. I can _______ she’ll go for top dollar. She just needs a little love and care.”
The young ______ just shakes his head and continues walking down the _________. His wife was good for finding trash and turning it into a ___________.
Rebecca took the hem of her ________ and wiped some of the dirt off the doll’s face. “You have a _______ now.”
She _________ the _______ in the doll’s eye.

Ready?
Get on your marks.
Get set.

GO!
To continue the Pages of Fear Blog Hop go to Kristy Tate's blog!! She's waiting for you...


Friday, October 13, 2017

A FUN BLOGHOP GIVEAWAY!!!


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Join me and 26 other authors for a paranormal 3-Day Blog Hop on October 19!
Meet writers of paranormal and horror fiction and enter for a chance to win a SIGNED PAPERBACK from all of us!


TO ENTER:
Start the hop with Lily Luchesi’s website: lilyluchesibooks.wix.com/lilyluchesi

Look for the Secret Word on the blog post for the hop. Each author has been given a word and it’s in BOLD on their site. Make note of each Secret Word. Each one fills in the blanks for a flash fiction story. You’ll turn in your entry to Author SF Benson. ONE winner will be chosen via Random.org and will receive SIGNED paperbacks from all participating authors. (Contest is restricted to winners in the U.S. and Canada.).

Return on October 19th to begin the Hop!!!



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Prah, Constantine, Baryeh Reviews: The Afterlife Coach by Susan E. Paul #magicalrealism






Imagine waking up to find Napoleon Bonaparte, Janis Joplin and Count Dracula in your kitchen eating Froot Loops. 
For Claire Anderson, this crosses the line.

To make matters worse, they’re on the lam and can’t be returned to sender until In Between, the afterlife way station, can arrange transportation to pick them up. In the meantime, Claire tries to contain this motley crew, hoping to stave off an international incident. How do they manage to walk among us? Will Claire succeed in repatriating them? And at what cost?
The Afterlife Coach is a humorous tale of second chances, self-awareness and, for those among us who make bad choices, demonstrates just how hard it is to die happily ever after. 


Cathrina's Review:

At the beginning, I didn't know what was happening, but then I quickly fell into step with this very unique story of what happens after you die. 

It's zany, verbose, and wildly filled with humor. Claire Anderson is having a life battle after losing her husband and trying to keep it together while raising her teenage children, then add these three deceased infamous people into the mix and all hell breaks loose. 

It's one debacle after another which kind of made my head spin. This made me chuckle: Claire says to Count Dracula, "So you're saying that because of you and your hickies, scarves were invented?"

Dracula: "I prefer the less vulgar term of love bites. But yes, I do believe that this is the case. Although, at the time, they were referred to as 'cervical collars.'"

Claire: "Somewhere out there is a straitjacket with my name on it."

I wonder what it would be like to be able to redeem yourself after you die?

Now head on over to Nana Prah and Empi Baryeh to read their reviews.












Wednesday, October 4, 2017

#IWSG


Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Alex's awesome co-hosts are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!

Question for October 4th:
Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?


I definitely slipped information and a few facts about myself in my latest novel, Incense and Peppermints. I'd written that story quite a while ago and put it on the back burner, mainly due to the family and social issues. After reflecting on the problems of that time period in 1969, and after considerable editing, I felt the book was right on. 

Also, in my novel, Wickedly They Come, which is a Christian Supernatural Thriller, I sprinkled not only beliefs of the church, but mine as well.  

In all of my books, I've put some of myself in them. And for fun, I use names and addresses of friends for small part characters. They get a big kick out of it. 


I can't see how a writer can't slip some of themselves into their writing. 
Like a little bit of blood, sweat, and tears!






Here is my insecurity Picture. 
This is how I feel when I reread my stories.







Friday, September 29, 2017

#CTST

Celebrate the Small Things

If you're looking for a sweet Blog Hop that doesn't have to take a lot of your time, and can post about any little tidbit, then join in #CTST! Go to Lexa Cain's and sign up. 
Lexa's wonderful co-hosts are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

I'm celebrating my wedding anniversary which just happens to be today!

If rain stays out of the forecast, tomorrow the family is going to Mumford. It's a wonderful little town set in colonial times. I haven't been there since the kids were small, and it's always interesting. 

Last weekend we went to my son's for my grand baby's christening. Here's a picture of my son and Charlotte wearing a slip from the gown that her great-great grandmother made. It's 100 years old and traditionally every baby has been baptized in it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.