YA Scavenger Hunt – Gift Card Winner!

The YA Scavenger Hunt has come to a close. I hope you had fun hunting! I can’t think of anything better than a hunt for YA books. 🙂

Congratulations to Shannon F. for winning the $10 Amazon Gift Card from my additional hunt giveaway!

Official Hunt winners will be announced on the YA Scavenger Hunt website on October 11th, so check there to see if you won on Wednesday!

Good luck! And thanks for hunting!

 

Fall into the Before Forever series!

 

If Jenna wants to make it to L.A. to extend her fifteen minutes of reality-show fame, she’ll need to win her high school’s talent competition. Standing in her way is Miles Cleveland, the music nerd with a stick up his butt and a bone to pick with Jenna herself. Miles has his own reasons for needing to win, but he can’t start to question his plan…no matter how deep Jenna buries into his heart.

 

 

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Blood Divine – Audio Review Tour Stop

I’m so excited to host a stop on the audio review tour for Greg Howard’s Blood Divine!

 

Click HERE to watch the book trailer!

 

Author: Greg Howard

Narrator: Gary Furlong

Length: 9 hours 6 minutes

Publisher: Anakim Press

Released: Aug. 1, 2017

Genre: Paranormal

Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield, the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him, and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.

 

 

Review of Book:

Blood Divine is a fantastically creepy ghost story that kept me up all night and peeking around every corner! The author takes such care to set the reader firmly in the story with lush descriptions of this old Southern town and rich characterization of these lovable and sometimes kooky characters. While I rooted for Cooper, Randy, and Betsy, I squirmed and giggled over characters like the eccentric Eunice and Eudora. I’d love to read a whole book on just them!

Howard took me on a thrill ride, creeping me out and scaring the daylights out of me while making me sigh over the love story between Cooper and Randy. The action never stopped, and the pace kept me turning the page. Can’t wait to read more from this author. Five Stars!

 

Review of Narration:

I read Blood Divine first, so for me, this audio version was a way to hear these characters I’d grown to love burst alive. There were a lot of unique accents in this book, and I thought the narrator took great care with them. If you’re an audiobook freak like I am, you have your cringes and ticks that set you off while listening. My biggest pet peeve is a male narrator raising his voice to sound like a female *shivers up spine*, so I’m very pleased to report that this narrator took no part in that. His narration of Betsy, a strong Anakim (a vampire-like creature), was spot on, and he took care to not overdo the Southern accents on any of these ancient characters. As a Southerner myself, this is particularly appreciated! My favorite was the accent of a character, who as written, had a mishmash of dialect. Hats off to Gary Furlong for nailing that!

Just in time for Halloween, this audiobook will creep you out in the best possible way! Five Stars!

 

I wish I had this fabulous Phipps Family Tree when I was reading and listening!

 

 

Greg Howard grew up near the coast of South Carolina, or as he fondly refers to it, “the armpit of the American South.” His hometown of Georgetown, South Carolina is known as the “Ghost Capital of the South,” (seriously…there’s a sign), and was always a great source of material for his overactive imagination.

Raised in a staunchly religious home, Greg escaped into the arts: singing, playing piano, acting, writing songs, and making up stories. After running away to the bright lights and big city of Nashville, Tennessee with stars in his eyes and dreams of being the Dianne Warren of Music City, he took a job peddling CDs and has been a cog in the music business machine ever since.

Now an adult with a brain, Greg finds the South Carolina coast to be a perfectly magical place where he vacations yearly. Currently, Greg resides in Nashville, TN with his husband, Steve, and their three rescued fur babies. Molly, Toby, and Riley.

Greg’s debut adult paranormal novel, BLOOD DIVINE, was released by Wilde City Press in September 2016. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers acquired Greg’s debut young adult novel, SOCIAL INTERCOURSE, which will be released in Summer 2018.

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Narrator Bio

Gary Furlong grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Throughout his life he has worn many a hat: He has worked as a teacher in Niigata, Japan; a puppeteer in Prague; an improv artist in Memphis, Tennessee; and as a singer and actor all over Ireland. He started narrating audiobooks in late 2015 and hasn’t looked back.

Gary made his acting debut in the musical Godspell as a student. Since then he has pursued acting both on the amateur and professional circuits. Notable roles include Tom Collins in Bare Cheek’s production of Rent in 2010.

Over the course of his five years in Japan, he was an actor, director, and audio producer. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in audiobooks and voice-over.

He now works full-time as an audiobook narrator and voice actor from his home in Ireland.

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Dab of Darkness Book Reviews

Working Mommy Journal

Sep. 18th:

Notes from ‘Round the Bend

Sep. 19th:

Melissa Chambers, Crushworthy Contemporary Romance

Sep. 20th:

Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm

The Literary Apothecary

Sep. 21st:

Turning Another Page

Sep. 22nd:

My Creatively Random Life

2 Girls & A Book

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The Book Addict’s Reviews

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Release Day Appreciation!

It’s finally here! Today, Falling for Forever is launched out into the world! *sniff sniff*

So many thank yous for so many folks!

Stacy Abrams and Heather Howland, Editors Extraordinaire! Thank you both for all your hard work on this book! You are helping me grow as a writer one book at a time!

The rest of the Entangled team, you are professional and among some of the hardest working people in the book biz! Thank you for all you do, especially the stuff I don’t even know you do!

Bloggers, you have been so kind to me! You read the books (so many books!) and you write the reviews and you get nothing in return but your love of novels! Bless you all for your work and for your beautiful sites!

Readers! You read when you could be watching television or scrolling through your social media. You get wrapped up in stories and characters and you let authors transport you to their own little worlds for a spell. You are appreciated more than you know.

Friends, you keep me sane, especially you, the Wonder Women!

Writer friends, we do this together, and I can’t imagine it any other way! Thank you for the advice you give, your willingness to share your work, and the inspiration you provide. You are all beyond precious to me.

Family, you give me time to write, and you never complain…ever. You are supportive and wonderful, and my absolute everything.

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Cover Reveal – FALLING FOR FOREVER

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY!

 

FALLING FOR FOREVER

Before Forever Series: Book Two (Entangled Teen)

RELEASING JULY 3rd 2017


 Some boys get under your skin in the worst way. Others…in the best way.

 

The sun, the kiss, the swoon. *Le sigh*

The second Jenna Quigley turns eighteen, she’s headed to L.A. to extend the timer on her fifteen minutes of fame. Too bad her dad made her promise to graduate high school first. Silver lining? Her new school has a serious talent competition with a $25,000 cash prize, which would go a long way in L.A. Jenna’s got plenty of talent—she didn’t almost win America’s Newest Sensation for nothing. But it’ll take everything she’s got to bring down the music nerd with a stick up his butt…no matter how cute he is in those glasses.

Miles Cleveland needs to win that talent contest. When some hot girl stole his audition spot on America’s Newest Sensation, his chance to study music flounced off to New York with her. Now, not only can he win enough money to pay for his education, he can get revenge on that very same girl. He can’t start to question his plan, though…no matter how deep Jenna buries into his heart.

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Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She’s a member of RWA and serves as the president elect for the Music City Romance Writers. She is the author of The Summer Before Forever and Falling for Forever (Entangled Teen).

 

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Halloween Playlist!

Yesterday, I sent out my October/Halloween newsletter. If you aren’t signed up, do that now here!

img_2076I already did a little Halloween partying Saturday night, but the great thing about Halloween falling on a weekday, is you get double parties! So I’m headed out again tonight, and I hope you are, too!

Whether you are hosting ghosts and goblins this evening or just getting into the Halloween spirit, you need a great playlist. Here’s one with some classic favorites as well as some fresh new tunes to keep your Halloween spirit afloat.

Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie
Lil’ Devil by The Cult
Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo
Howl by Beware of Darkness
Spooky by Classics IV
Psycho Killer by The Talking Heads
Nightmares by Band of Skulls
People are Strange by The Doors
The Killing Moon by Echo & the Bunnymen
Ghost in My Head by Andrew Wyatt
The Witch by The Cult
Nightlight by Silversun Pickups
Cold Feet Killer by My Goodness
I Am a Nightmare by Brand New
Disko Killers by Lowline
Season of the Witch by Donovan
Devil on My Shoulder by Modoc
Spellbound by Siouxsie and the Banshees
Dragula by Rob Zombie
Murder by Numbers by The Police

Click here to access this playlist on Spotify.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

And the winner is…

Last week I sent out my first newsletter! As a reward to my subscribers, I entered all of them into a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card.

I used random.com to select my winner.

And the winner is…

Sue from South Africa!

Thank you to Sue, and to everyone who is subscribed to my newsletter! If you aren’t subscribed yet, what are you waiting for! Subscribe here!

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Author Interview with Greg Howard

With Halloween just around the corner, who doesn’t want spook themselves out a little with a creepy ghost story? Greg Howard has the perfect one for readers who like action-packed paranormal stories, and who don’t mind a little blood and gore.

Check out the book trailer here!

Welcome, Greg Howard!

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Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield—the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.

 

 

 

 

Blood Divine takes place in Georgetown, SC. How much research did you need to do to put the reader properly in the setting?

Honestly, not a whole lot, only because Georgetown is my hometown. It’s where I was born and where most of my family still lives. So I had a deep connection to the setting ingrained in me, and the real-life places I used like The Rice Museum, The Strand Theater, The Ice House, etc. I did do some research on Mansfield Plantation which was the inspiration for Warfield Plantation in the book. We lived just a short bike ride down the road from Mansfield when I was young. Back then it was deserted and widely believed to be haunted. For some reason, whenever we wanted to “run away from home” that’s where we went. Not very smart. The prologue of the book is an account of something that really happened to us at Mansfield when we were kids. Well…up to a certain point.

Cooper and Randy are too cute together! What was your inspiration for their characters?

My first real-life boy crush (meaning not a fictional TV character or an action figure) was my older brother’s best friend. When I was around eight years old, I thought he was about the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. Then when I ran into him years later, as an adult, he’d grown into this gorgeous law enforcement professional and traditional family man. I thought it was so interesting that I still felt like a swoony eight year-old around him. I mean, I couldn’t hardly look him in the eye! It was pathetic. He didn’t have a clue he had that effect on me, thank God.

This story seems to thread together good and evil in a unique way. There are some biblical references to your Anakim creatures. Are you a Bible buff, or did you fictionalize those parts?

While I wouldn’t call myself a Bible buff, I do find Biblical mythology fascinating. When I first conceived, BLOOD DIVINE, I was simply trying to put a fresh spin on vampires and witches. That got me to thinking about Lucifer and the fallen angels of Heaven and pondering—what if they were the origin of vampires on Earth. That’s when the Biblical research started—first with the Nephilim, the children of the fallen angels who mated with humans, and then the Anakim, the children of the Nephilim. And, of course, the Biblical passages I used about them in the book are real. The Anakim were described as giants who ruthlessly slaughtered innocent people, so I made them the first vampires. The Divinum (witches), I fictionalized their origin and history. Since I grew up in the church, it was a fun way to tell the story.

Eunice and Eudora were my favorite characters, and there were plenty of quirky characters to choose from! Who would play these two in the motion picture of Blood Divine?

Eunice and Eudora are fan favorites, for sure! Ever since I saw Mireille Enos play twins in the TV show, BIG LOVE, that’s who I’ve always seen in my head when writing Eunice and Eudora.

Georgetown, where this story is based, is known as the Ghost Capital of the South. Any truth to that?

There was a sign when you entered Georgetown that proclaimed it proudly! So, truth that they claim it, yes! Truth that there are ghosts and spirits there, well there are just too many stories and legends not to at least wonder. Several books have been written about the ghosts of Georgetown. Like I said, we had our own haunted experiences at Mansfield Plantation when I was a kid, and now that it’s been restored into a beautiful bed & breakfast, I’m told by the staff of Mansfield that things still go bump in the night there. Without a doubt the most famous Georgetown ghost is the Gray Man.

What are you reading now?
I just started GLORY OVER EVERYTHING by Kathleen Grissom. I loved, loved loved her last book, THE KITCHEN HOUSE, and can’t wait to get swallowed up in that world again. And the writing is just too beautiful.

If you like __________, then you may love Blood Divine.
The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.

Name three things about yourself that your readers would never be able to guess. 
I sing in a 140-voice community choir.

I’m a TV junkie.

My age. (wink, wink)

What can we look forward to reading from you next?

I just finished edits on my first YA book that will be published by Simon & Schuster in Spring, 2018. It’s a male/male rom-com (heavy on the comedy), and couldn’t be more different from BLOOD DIVINE. Now that it’s finished, I think I am going to jump back into the sequel for BLOOD DIVINE.

Blood Divine is available now on Amazon!

Follow Greg on Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads.

15640212Greg Howard grew up near the coast of South Carolina, or as he fondly refers to it, “the armpit of the American South.” By the time he could afford professional therapy and medication, the damage had already been done. His hometown of Georgetown, South Carolina is known as the “Ghost Capital of the South,” (seriously…there’s a sign), and was always a great source of material for his overactive imagination.

Raised in a staunchly religious home, Greg escaped into the arts: singing, playing piano, acting, writing songs, and making up stories. After running away to the bright lights and big city of Nashville, Tennessee with stars in his eyes and dreams of being the Dianne Warren of Music City, he took a job peddling CDs and has been a cog in the music business machine ever since.

Now an adult with a brain, Greg finds the South Carolina coast to be a perfectly magical place where he vacations yearly and dreams of the day when he can return to write full time in the most tastefully decorated beach house on Pawleys Island.

BLOOD DIVINE (Wilde City Press) is Greg’s first adult paranormal novel.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers acquired Greg’s debut young adult novel, SOCIAL INTERCOURSE, which will be released in Spring 2018.

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I can’t believe it’s the last day of summer! It’s been such a fantastic one! I took my kiddo to Disney World for the first time, spent a weekend in homey downtown Gatlinburg, and released my first YA Contemporary novel, The Summer Before Forever!

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Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.

Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s…inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity.

But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something—something he knows will change how she feels about him—and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again…

 

With the release of the book, the past month has been a fantastical whirlwind of awesome! I’ve got so much fun news to share, so I’ve decided to put together my first newsletter! In order to build my list, I’m hosting a giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card for anyone who subscribes to my newsletter. If you are already subscribed, no worries, you will still be entered into the giveaway. I’ll choose and announce a winner on Friday, September 30th.

So what are you waiting for! Subscribe now here!

 

Blood Divine by Greg Howard

Doing cartwheels today as I celebrate the release of Greg Howard’s Blood Divine, a ghost story set in Georgetown, SC, the Ghost Capital of the South.

I’ll have Greg on the blog for an interview soon, but for now, check it out!

 

 

Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield—the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.

 

 

Available now on Amazon!

Add it to your “want to read” list on GoodReads.

Follow Greg on Twitter or Facebook.

Greg Howard grew up near the coast of South Carolina, or as he fondly refers to it, “the armpit of the American South.” By the time he could afford professional therapy and medication, the damage had already been done. His hometown of Georgetown, South Carolina is known as the “Ghost Capital of the South,” (seriously…there’s a sign), and was always a great source of material for his overactive imagination.

Raised in a staunchly religious home, Greg escaped into the arts: singing, playing piano, acting, writing songs, and making up stories. After running away to the bright lights and big city of Nashville, Tennessee with stars in his eyes and dreams of being the Dianne Warren of Music City, he took a job peddling CDs and has been a cog in the music business machine ever since.

Now an adult with a brain, Greg finds the South Carolina coast to be a perfectly magical place where he vacations yearly and dreams of the day when he can return to write full time in the most tastefully decorated beach house on Pawleys Island.

Greg has a soft spot for Spaniels and any rescue animal. People…not so much.

 

 

My Night as a 13-year-old Girl

Have you ever seen the movie Thirteen Going on Thirty? That’s me. I’m a thirteen-year-old girl stuck in the body of an adult (snoozefest).

But luckily, I have Shasta (this is the nickname her mother and I made for her). Shasta is the daughter of a good friend of mine, and I ADORE this child. She is my connection to the teen world, and I run LOTS of stuff by her when I’m writing YA.

So you can imagine my delight when Shasta invited me to her thirteenth birthday

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Shrimp, avocado, and mango. Three of my favorites!

party! This was my chance to hang out with three thirteen-year-old girls (along with Shasta’s mom), do crafts, watch If I Stay, eat sushi, and dress up like a monkey. Yes, you heard me right.

So the night started with Shasta, who aspires to be a make-up artist, doing everyone’s makeup…except we ran out of time being silly, and she only had time to do her own. 🙂 Then we headed to a sushi bar and to T.J. Maxx afterward for a little bit of browsing.

We IMG_1696got back to Shasta’s house and got into our animal costumes. Shasta had handpicked them for us, and we all had to wear them for the rest of the night. I was a monkey. The costume was surprisingly comfy and cozy, except that my tail kept knocking into stuff all night. 🙂

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Shasta’s fancy nails

Next we opened Shasta’s presents. Shasta is a sucker for a sad story, so I had to get her a few of my favorite sad YA books for her birthday. You’ll note Simon Versus the Homo Sapiens Agenda is in that pile. Not sad, but I loved it so much I had to get her a copy. *Side note: My good friend Greg Howard had lunch with the author and came back with a SIGNED COPY for Shasta, totally outshining my unsigned copy. But I couldn’t have been happier for her!

Next we put in If I Stay and hit our craft project – decorating clipboards! This was my contribution, and since Shasta, her mother, and I had been planning this night for months, I was able to save a bunch of magazines for us to cut up with our favorite quotes, pictures, and slogans and affix them to our boards using clear contact paper. All the girls’ boards looked fantastic, and we all had them to take home with us to commemorate the special night!

We finally hit the hay a little after midnight, and I slept like a baby monkey after our exciting night. I giggled nonstop and had an absolute blast during my night as a thirteen-year-old girl, and Shasta and her mom assured me we could do it again sometime soon. Yes!!!!!