Monday, October 24, 2011

Coffin Hop: A Supernatural Quiz

Over at A. F. Stewart's Blog the official Coffin Hop Web Tour post has landed, but over here I'm doing a side hop for the event as well.  As regular readers of this blog know, I'm a big fan of the TV show Supernatural, so in honour of Coffin Hop and for Halloween, I've put together a small quiz about the show, Supernatural.
Anyone who can answer every question correctly will win a three ebook prize pack (via free Smashwords download coupons) of Once Upon a Dark and Eerie..., Killers and Demons, and Ruined City.  In the event no one answers all the questions correctly, I'll pick a winner at random.  Also, a second prize of one ebook (winner's choice) will be awarded to a random commenter (so it pays to give the quiz a try, even if you get it wrong).

Supernatural Quiz:

1. What did the Winchester boys call the demon that killed Mary Winchester?

2. What is the year and make of the Winchesters' car?

3. Who created the show?

4. What was the name of the ghost hunting group that made a memorable appearance on the show (and had a subsequent web series)?

5. Name two ways that Sam and Dean have each died (and yes you can use the episode where Dean died repeatedly at the hands of the Trickster)?

6. What is the Trickster’s real identity?

7. What is the name of the demon that once possessed Sam?

8. What did the Winchesters do to themselves to prevent further demonic possession?

9. Name the two weapons that the Winchesters used to kill demons.

10. What was the name of Sam and Dean’s half-brother?

11.  How did Sam and Dean’s half-brother originally die?

12.  How do Jo and Ellen die?

13. How did Dean kill Eve?

To continue back to the main Coffin Hop, please scroll down to the end of this blog to find the Linky List and click on the link of your choice.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Book Spotlight: Amador Lockdown

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Amador Lockdown by Coral Russell

Something has moved into the Amador Hotel.
Hector, Marcos, Bev, and Tony of the Paranormal Posse are called in to either debunk the haunting or get rid of whatever is causing the problems. With the surprise arrival of Hector's son, he tries to keep his professional and personal lives separate, but whatever is haunting the Amador Hotel has other plans.

You can find it more about the book here and join the Amador Lockdown mailing list to find out about new releases and updates.

Author Bio:

Coral Russell won the 2003 McCaleb Peace Initiative which produced the non-fiction articles Peace on the Peninsula about South Korean's view on reunification. You can also find various articles written by her on Technorati and BlogCritics. After winning a fiction writing contest (a fluke), she caught the fiction bug. An encounter with something paranormal on a local ghost tour inspired her to start writing the ghost hunter series.

Her titles include Peace on the Peninsula, Twelve Worlds, Playing with Fire, The DIY Guide to Social Media Marketing and eBook Publishing, and Amador Lockdown.

Ms. Russell runs the blog alchemyofscrawl and you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+

Monday, October 17, 2011

Book Spotlight: Twin-Bred

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Twin-Bred by Karen A. Wyle:

Can inter-species diplomacy begin in the womb?  

After seventy years on Tofarn, the human colonists and the native Tofa still know very little about each other.  Misunderstanding breeds conflict, and the conflicts are escalating.  Scientist Mara Cadell’s radical proposal: that host mothers of either species carry fraternal twins, human and Tofa, in the hope that the bond between twins can bridge the gap between species.  Mara lost her own twin, Levi, in utero, but she has secretly kept him alive in her mind as companion and collaborator.

Mara succeeds in obtaining governmental backing for her project – but both the human and Tofa establishments have their own agendas.  Mara must shepherd the Twin-Bred through dangers she anticipated and others that even the canny Levi could not foresee.  Will the Twin-Bred bring peace, war, or something else entirely?

You can find Twin-Bred at:

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An Introduction to the Excerpt- The human colony on Tofarn and the indigenous Tofa have great difficulty communicating with and basically comprehending each other.  Scientist Mara Cadell is running a project where host mothers carry twins, one human and one Tofa, in the hope that the bond between twins can bridge the gap between species.  Alan Kimball, a member of the governing human Council, is hostile to the Tofa and has inserted agents into the project.

 Excerpt from Twin-Bred:

Tilda looked at her twins, cuddled close together in the crib. Mat-set had all four arms wrapped around Suzie. They seemed to cuddle any chance they got. Maybe they were glad to be free of separate amniotic sacs.
She looked down at Mat-set and remembered the rumors of Tofa with five arms instead of four. She had even seen pictures, but who knew whether they were authentic. Certainly none of the Tofa Twin-Bred babies had been born with extra limbs.
Tilda glanced over at the big dormitory clock and then back down at the babies. She gasped and staggered a step back. Mat-set was still holding Suzie with four arms. So how was he scratching his head with another one?
Tilda looked around wildly for a chair, found one blessedly nearby, and sank down on it. She pinched herself. Nothing changed. Well, who said you couldn’t pinch yourself in a dream and keep on dreaming?
She got up and walked, a bit unsteadily, to the intercom and buzzed for a nurse. Then she went back to the crib. Of course. Four arms, only four, and what was she going to do now?
She decided to be brave and sensible. If she had really seen it, the staff had to know. And if she hadn’t, and she didn’t wake up, then she was ill, and she should get the help she needed.

The chief nurse tucked Tilda in and watched her drift off to sleep, sedative patch in place. Then she went back to her station and called up the monitor footage on Tilda’s twins.
Well, well.


LEVI Status Report, 12-15-71
Executive Summary

Anatomical Developments

Observation of the Tofa infants has shed some light on the longstanding question of whether the number of Tofa upper appendages is variable among the Tofa population. The thickest of the four armlike appendages is apparently capable of dividing when an additional upper appendage is desired. . . .

Councilman Kimball bookmarked the spot in his agent's report and opened his mail program. He owed an apology to the young man who had claimed his poor showing against a Tofa undesirable was due to the sudden appearance of an extra appendage. Apparently the man had been neither dishonest nor drunk.
After discharging that obligation, Kimball made a note to seek further details as to the divided arms' placement, reach, and muscular potential. His people needed adequate information to prepare them for future confrontations. After all, forewarned — he laughed out loud at the thought — was forearmed.

Author Bio: 
Karen A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but eventually settled in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University.  She now considers herself a Hoosier. Wyle's childhood ambition was to be the youngest ever published novelist.  While writing her first novel at age 10, she was mortified to learn that some British upstart had beaten her to the goal at age 9. 

Wyle is an appellate attorney, photographer, political junkie, and mother of two daughters. Her voice is the product of almost five decades of reading both literary and genre fiction.  It is no doubt also influenced, although she hopes not fatally tainted, by her years of law practice.  Her personal history has led her to focus on often-intertwined themes of family, communication, the impossibility of controlling events, and the persistence of unfinished business.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Book Spotlight: Basement Blues and Other Stories

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Basement Blues and Other Stories by J. H. Sked:
Basement Blues and Other Stories is a spooky short story collection. The title story introduces the Blue Moon Detective Agency series.

Basement Blues:

Billy's client has a couple of problems.
She's dead, for starters.
She smells bad.
And her laundry equipment is trying to kill her all over again.
Saving the (undead) girl shouldn't be this hard..


An unsettling look at what lurks in the shadows and a man with a very justified fear of the dark.

Pushing Janey:

Phan is being haunted on the London underground. But is he hunted - or is he hunting?
Book Links:
Excerpt from Basement Blues:

The woman sitting in my office chair was stunning. White blonde hair carefully slicked into a chignon, Dolce & Gabanna bag, smartly tailored blue pants suit. She was also dead, which I was having a bit of an issue with.

Not that I'm prejudiced - my own partners are what you might call life challenged, and I have a little condition of my own - but the smell was getting to me. She'd sprayed some very expensive perfume over herself, and the average human wouldn't have noticed it through the  scent. 
I am not average. I'm also not human, and the scent of decomp was growing stronger by the minute.

Eventually I lunged for the window, pushing the sill up and leaning out for great gulps of fresh night air. It was either that or throw up on our latest client, and I was fairly sure that suit was designer. I couldn't afford the bill.

 "I'm sorry," Susan Armstrong said from behind me. Her vocal cords were starting to rot, giving her a husky, slightly grating voice.
"It isn't your fault," I said, still leaning as far out of the window as I could. I didn't have to turn around to know that she was crying. I could smell it.

Sunset had been nearly twenty minutes ago. Astrid was late and Ruth was in the field. I needed at least one of them here. I never know what to do with a crying woman. How to handle a crying zombie was so far out of my league I might as well be on Pluto.

Author Bio:

J. H. Sked lives in London, England, with several hundred books and a long-suffering flatmate.
When not writing, she reads, paints, works at a day job and is completing a university degree.
Every now and then she finds time to sleep.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Book Spotlight: Haunted

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Haunted by Chris Eboch:

John doesn’t believe in ghosts. Not even if his mother does, and married a man who researches ghost sightings for his own TV show. Not even when they travel with the show, and visit “haunted” places.

But his younger sister Tania claims she can see the ghosts. Deciding to believe her is just the first challenge. Softhearted Tania wants to help the ghosts. First the siblings have to find out what happened to keep each ghost trapped in this world. Then they have to help the ghosts move on—sometimes by letting them take over Tania’s body. All this while dealing with their overprotective mother, a stepfather who’d want to exploit Tania’s gift, and a production assistant who’s totally hot but impossible to impress.

Life gets interesting when your sister sees ghosts. And the TV show’s shooting season is just beginning....

Chris Eboch's Haunted series, for ages 8-12, includes three books. The Ghost on the Stairs is set at a Colorado hotel haunted by a ghost bride from the 1880s who is waiting for her missing husband to return. The Riverboat Phantom features a steamboat pilot still trying to prevent a long-ago disaster. In The Knight in the Shadows, a Renaissance French squire protects a sword on display in the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.

Read the first chapters:

See the Haunted book trailer at

Author Bio:

Chris Eboch’s novels for children include The Eyes of Pharaoh, a mystery in ancient Egypt; The Well of Sacrifice, a Mayan adventure; and the Haunted series. Her book Advanced Plotting helps writers fine-tune their plots. Learn more at her Amazon page or check out her writing tips at

Chris also writes for adults under the name Kris Bock. Rattled launches her new action/suspense series featuring treasure hunting adventures in the New Mexico wilderness. Read the first three chapters at

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