Character Interview w/ Chelsea Bishop

Happy Monday everyone! I have been struggling to keep up with my blog the last few weeks. Sorry if this inconvenienced any of my followers let alone authors that signed up for features. Just been having a hard time with writers block and my work schedule. Without further a due I have below a fun character interview featuring Rena Marin’s character Chelsea Bishop. Hope you enjoy getting to know her. I know I sure did. Happy reading everyone. 🙂


Character Interview

Chelsea Bishop
From the Dead Oaks Terrors Series

Who are you and what makes you great?
My name is Chelsea Bishop. I grew up in this crazy town called Dead Oaks. Last Halloween I came home from college to see some friends who moved away. It turned into a gruesome night where only a few of us survived. I suppose that’s what makes me great, I’m a survivor.

What is your soul purpose in life?
I want to uncover the dark truths about our hometown. Something isn’t right here. Whatever is taking place in Dead Oaks seems to focus its attention on the children most of all. I want to stop it and keep our town safe!

What kind of adventures have you had that stay with you till this day?
The events that took place on that Halloween still haunt me. Since then, I witnessed the terror brought forth by a Ouija board, a poor snake the evil in our town twisted, and recently faced Scary Joe, a scarecrow possessed by the spirit of a local murderer. I think of the losses the town has suffered everyday. It also makes me fight harder to uncover the truth and put an end to the terror.

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I don’t know if you’d call him a love interest, but there is Caleb Rollins. He’s a deputy and long time friend. We were both involved in the massacre on Halloween and have since become close while we fight against the evil in Dead Oaks. I can’t deny that he’s a cutie and fun to be around. Just don’t tell him that. He gets a big head about things like that. He doesn’t need anything else to make him full of himself.

Tell us about your journey you are on and how it has helped you grow as a person.
In the beginning, when I came home, my plan was to visit and leave. That all changed when I realized so many were in danger. I’m not a superhero or anything, but I am smart. I’m good at figuring things out. Helping those in Dead Oaks who needs me fills me with a sense of purpose. I stay close to them and want to see the best for them. I guess that’s how I’ve grown. Instead of cutting ties and running away to safety, I’m becoming one of the protectors.

What kind of creatures do you see on a daily basis?
Ghosts. This town is full of them. I even think my shop, Wicked Treasures is haunted. The freakiest thing though had to be the scarecrow, Scary Joe, the Night Stalker. Seeing that monstrosity walking around was freakier than I ever imagined!

Who do you look up too? Why?
Again, don’t tell him, but Caleb. He’s fearless, even when he’s scared to death. If someone is in danger, he throws caution to the wind and only wants to save them. I guess in a way you could say he’s our hero.

If you had one thing about yourself that you would want to change what would it be?
I suppose it would be my need to know everything. According to Caleb, I’m just nosy as hell. I call it eager to learn.

Who is your ultimate enemy? Why?
A person? I don’t have one. The only true enemy I have is the evil gripping this town.

What should we expect from you in your coming book?
Night Stalker, which just released tells the story of Scary Joe, the Night Stalker of Dead Oaks. My part in the story? I’m right in the thick of things helping Caleb try to stop the monster loose in our town and save the teenagers he has his sights set on.


The Book

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Tiffany Reynolds has heard enough about the creepy scarecrow her brother and his friends made to enter in the local craft fair. The more she sees it, the stranger it seems. Sometimes it’s in different places, like it moves on its own. Its eyes seem to follow her around the room. Its face is becoming more terrifying. Something isn’t right with her brother’s new obsession but with her friends being stalked by something sinister lurking in the shadows, Tiffany has other things to worry about. Who is the night stalker of Dead Oaks and who will be the next to meet their end?

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About the Author

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Rena Marin was born in a small town in East Tennessee where she, her husband Daniel, and two children–Cody and Amber–still reside today.
Growing up, reading and writing her own stories was Rena’s favorite pastime. Her once-unreachable dream of becoming a published writer came true when she was in high school and found herself with many writing awards and accolades, including a short story in Reader’s Digest.
After starting her own business, Rena continued writing shorts online before moving on to freelance work. Taking a chance, she and a friend submitted a novel to their first publishing company and were delighted to be accepted.
As a member of Crazy Ink Publishing, Rena now has several co-written series underway, including the Best Selling Dead Oak Terrors Series. Halloween Nightmare, the first book in that series, recently won the Reality Bites Best Horror Book of 2018. The Dead Oaks series also includes Book Two, Ouija and the newly released Night Stalker, Book Three in the series. The spin-off novella, Slither, A Dead Oaks Twisted Tail is also available. Other co-written series featuring Erin Lee, include Petunia, The Dollhouse Series, and Coming Out Monster. Rena also has her own solo series called The Dark Hollow Ridge Sage which features The Witches of Dark Hollow Ridge and The Hunter’s Guild of Dark Hollow Ridge with the final book in the series, The Midnight Sisters of Dark Hollow Ridge to release in October of 2020. Piano Man, Devoured, an Escape from Reality Novella, and the soon to be released Backroad are all solo projects of Rena’s currently available to purchase or pre-order. She looks forward to bringing readers with her into a world of magic and adventure.
Keeping close to her short story roots, Rena is part of several anthologies with many more in the works.
A lover of all forms of entertainment, Rena enjoys horror and fantasy movies new and old. When she isn’t writing or working, she often finds herself cuddled on the couch with her family–including their five fur babies–and lost in a fantasy world or hoping to be scared.

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Author Interview w/ E.L. DuBois

Happy Sunday everyone. Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Today I am sitting down with multi-genre author E.L. DuBois. She is an awesome author and hope you enjoy learning about her. Happy reading everyone. 🙂


Author Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you so much for asking. I was born and raised in Texas, where I still live. I was born in a small town, but my family moved to the Houston area when I was seven, so I grew up a city girl. About five years ago we all migrated back to the small town where I was born. I’m a mom & wife, family is very important to me. I come from a small family so I’m really close with my parents & brother (who is also a writer). My husband is my writing partner so that makes for an interesting dynamic. We are all creative so it is good to have a close knit group to bounce ideas off of. I love to travel, but I do not get to do it nearly enough. I’m a full-time writer so my days are full of coffee, chucks(I have a collection, and the color I am wearing usually represents my mood), and the menagerie of characters & stories that live in my mind. Lol

What genre do you write in? Why?
Romance, Paranormal/Horror/Thriller. I really love both genres and those are the stories/characters that come to me. My debut novel was my memoir told as a dark fairy-tale. It will always be the hardest, and most important story I tell. I had to write an extremely personal, emotional story to realize my dreams, and heal. The process helped me to let go, it was my way of giving the girl I had been some semblance of justice. When I wrote it, I pulled no punches. It is raw, gritty, and honest. When I finished, I told myself, “If this helps, or give’s even one person hope, or changes their perception of domestic violence, then I have done something” and it has. The first review I received, I cried, because I had done just that. So, now, I get to write fun, romantic, action-packed stories that are unapologetically southern, laugh out-loud funny, and unique.

What inspired you to become an author?
I think I have always wanted to be a writer. I just didn’t realize it until I was in my early 20’s and got the idea for Ransom, TX. I told my little brother, we bounced ideas off of each other. He is a script writer as well as an author so I suggested he should write the script, he suggested I should write the book. So I did, lol, then life happened and I had to abandon the dream. Once I wrote my debut novel “The Glass Mask: Monsters Lurk Beneath” a door was opened for me to finally release Ransom, and the rest is history.

Tell us about your latest release?
Crossroads is about life changes, and how we sometimes find exactly what we need, when we need it, and that we usually never see it coming. It is a story of a normal girl trying to navigate her own grief, and a famous/jaded lead singer of a southern rock band and his road to recovery through a series of people he meets at a remote resort. He has lost his way and is on a destructive spiral of grief, drugs, and denial. Through sobriety, love, and some crazy interactions he finds something he didn’t realize he was missing, or even needed. It is told in two parts, part one is everything before sobriety, part two is everything after. So it was almost like writing the same character with two very different personalities. My WIP is the second book in the series, it is called No Strings and centers around the guitarist in the band. It is more lighthearted so I am having fun with it. I like to joke that I am a method writer, I live and breath my characters emotions, so to be stuck in the mind of two grief stricken lost souls for Crossroads was emotionally taxing. I kept telling myself, just get through the sad and you will get to tell the happy. I was probably insufferable to be around but my family understands. My husband gets it lol, he wrote the outline/base for Crossroads and then handed the characters/story over to me and he is so amazing he let me put my own spin on it, bleed angst and emotions all over his perfectly normal characters. The fact that he let me have the characters/story and do that says a lot about how wonderful he is.

How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. I will wake up with my characters knocking on my mental walls telling me to get up and write. I am also plagued with waking up with random songs in my head. I love music, but I often feel like the songs are a representation of what I’m feeling or the characters are feeling for that day of writing. If it is a random song I haven’t heard in a while I immediately add it to my playlist and play it on repeat while I write. This is one of the main reasons I include a playlist for the readers. I want them to be able to flip to it and know exactly what moment in the book it inspired. I have so many stories I want to write, characters that have formed that I have notebooks full of stories. I will be writing a story, a character will form within that story and suddenly I know exactly how they look, sound, their backstory, and future story.

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?
Tyler “Twitch” Matthews in Crossroads is that good looking talented guy who has no concept of real life. He has been famous for so long that every day tasks are not something he thinks about. He is an artist so immersed in his grief and addiction that everything else kind of takes a backseat to it. Until he meets Gia, she is a catalyst to the first steps of recovery. He doesn’t do it for her, or because of her. She just helps guide him in the right direction, lays down the law, gives him the structure he has been lacking. Grounds him and brings him back to reality, Twitch in turn reminds Gia of her dreams, and that she shouldn’t give up on them. Their love story is not conventional at all. I knew it wouldn’t be a typical happily ever-after. They take it day by day.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?
I am a huge romance fan. I love most genres. I would have to say that my list is endless. I love well developed characters, stories, etc. Characters that give me all the feels… lol… If I had to name a few I would say, Emma Chase, LJ Shen, Emma Hart, L.A. Cotton. They are all amazing authors. I think that anyone brave enough to tell their stories and put them out there for the world should be read, appreciated, and applauded.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?
My family! And my fans! I love my readers, and I love hearing from them. Bookstagrammers and bloggers are a true gift. I love them. They have been so supportive. I’d like to give a special shoutout to @Tweezyread (Twee has been truly amazing), @themommabookclub, @cantquitbooks, @musingsofthemb, @kinkygirlsbookobsession, and K.M Jenkins of course! 🙂 My narrator Sarah Sampino, and the cover model for What Would It Take Brandon English have been wonderful as well. I cannot put into words how much I appreciate everything!

What should we expect from you in the coming months?
No Strings is my next release and I cannot wait for the world to meet my characters. Gahhh, I am so excited to tell their story, it’s definitely a doozy lol. All the feels!

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?
THANK YOU! Those two words will never be enough! Y’all are all the things! Everything! Much love and appreciation from the bottom of my heart. XO ~EL~


About the Author

20190924_104406EL DuBois is a best-selling & award winning author.
She was born and raised in Texas where she still lives today surrounded by her amazing family, and menagerie of fur babies. She loves to travel, has seen many beautiful places, and can not wait to see more. Erica is an avid artist, music lover, and reader. She is a Southern Belle at heart with a passion for red soled shoes, a good romance novel, chucks, and LV bags. When Erica is not writing she can be found enjoying a beautiful life with her loved ones.

Erica’s personal experiences with domestic violence have made her an advocate, and supporter of great causes facing victims of any harassment or abuse. It is her greatest wish that no one ever has to suffer the traumas she endured, and that justice be brought for all those who have. These experiences have made her appreciate life, laughter, and love. She is a believer in positive attitude, positive actions, and paying it forward. Her motto is “do good things with no expectations, and life has a way of bringing goodness back to you”.

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The Book

41IUNg6X7SLWords & Music…they need each other…
I am broken
I am lost
The damage cannot be undone…

Tyler “Twitch” Matthews is “the words”, but when tragedy strikes, he loses “the music”
To the world he is just the sexy “blue-eyed” bad boy
Notorious for embracing all the perks of being a rock star…
Money, women, drugs, partying, and fame…
But, none of it will bring back his music…
Behind the facade this “rock star” is quickly unraveling…
Plagued by the songs of his youth, and on the brink of insanity,
Twitch finds himself standing at a crossroads…and in dire need for a return to his roots

Gia Gibson is a dark-haired beauty barely holding together the pieces of her ordinary life.
After a devastating loss dramatically changes her future….she finds herself at a crossroads
Her every waking moment devoted to keeping the family business afloat.
One upside to being so busy…no room for anything else…
Until “he” walks into her life and his words ignite her melody…
Love…guilt…grief…broken souls…passion…and a crossroads…

Sounds like the beginnings of an unforgettable journey…or an epic love song

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The 13: Surreal Tales

Happy Sunday everyone. Today I am featuring a New Release Announcement for a good friend of mine in the author community. International Bestselling Author Stephanie Ayers is releasing her third book in her The 13 series today. Check out the excerpt provided by her below and make sure to go grab a copy. If you haven’t read any of the three The 13 books yet you will find links to the other two provided below. They are on sale for 99 pennies so make sure to grab these awesome books before the sale ends.


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From The Haunting of McLean Manor

Darkness blotted out the sun and cast shadows over the swing. Becca thought nothing of it because there had been plenty of clouds in the sky when they’d decided to have a picnic in the secret garden. Lily had climbed into her treehouse and serenaded the trees when the darkness broke through.

“You are my lovely, you are my happy place, you are my always,” Lily sang. It was the same song Becca had sung to her as a baby. It was really the only song she sang. “You are my every…”

Lily’s voice dropped off abruptly. She stomped out onto the ledge of her treehouse. “Hey, mom,” she called. “You think I could fly?” She dipped a toe off the edge of the platform as if testing the temperature of water before a swim.

“What? No, not without wings. Now step away from the edge, please, Lily dear.” Becca’s heart lurched into her throat.

Lily did as she was told. She laid down on the platform and stuck her head out. “What if I had wings? How high do you think I could fly?”

Becca shook her head. Lily had such an imagination. “With wings, you could fly all the way to the moon.”

Lily laughed. “To the moon and back!”

The sun burst through the canopy once more, leaving a halo on Lily’s head. Becca clapped her palm against her forehead and looked at Lily. “Higher than the moon, my love. You could fly straight to the sun and back.”

The sun disappeared again, and the shadows settled in. A chill ran up Becca’s spine. Lily had gotten too quiet. “Lily?”

No answer.

“Lily?”

One heart beat. Two heart beats. Three.

“Lily?” Panic edged her voice.

“Look, Mom! I have wings!” Becca looked up just in time to see a dark shape lurking behind her daughter, who had indeed made herself a set of wings. “Becca! Step away from the edge, now!” Panic rose like bile in her chest.

“Do you think I could fly now?” Lily remained where she was and spread her arms wide. She lifted her face to the sky and flapped her wings. Becca panted, her ever vigilant eyes watching the darkness behind her beloved child.

“Lily! Do as I say! Come down from there, now!”

Lily put her arms down and looked at her mother. “Fine,” she said, letting her body fall forward.Street Players Surreal - Copy


The Book

The 13 Surreal - CopyHaunted spaces and creepy places, music from beyond the grave, otherworldly encounters, a deadly basketball game, and more…

This collection of surreal tales ventures into the paranormal as you’ve never read them before and will turn your dreams into nightmares that haunt your every thought. Down, down, in the depths they fell, bodies in the dark of a liquid hell.

What keeps you up at night?

This is the third book in the 13 series.

Can you survive all 13?

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The Author

StephStephanie Ayers is an international bestselling author who writes speculative fiction, where horror and fantasy collide. A self-proclaimed word whisperer, she is a unicorn disguised as a human living in southwestern Ohio and a member of the Ohio Writers Association. She mothers her children and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found browsing thrift stores and flea markets with her husband, attending football games with her son, or binging on TV shows.
Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Absolution, Flash Fiction Addiction, and the upcoming Bending Time. She currently has two serials to her name, the stand-alone horror volumes of The 13 series and her new high fantasy, the Destiny Defined series, which debuted March 7, 2019.

Her favorite quote is: “The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayer

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Check Out the First Two Books in The 13 Series

The-13 Illusory Evil underwater pixies, Vampires, Norse gods, lycans, puppeteers, ghosts, psychopathic neighbors, and more…

These 13 enchanted tales will haunt you long after you’ve finished reading them. You’ll second guess everything, check your closets before sleeping, and peek over your shoulders by day. Down down in the depths they fell, bodies in the dark of a liquid hell.

Enter if you dare…

This is the 1st book in the 13 series.

Can you survive all 13?

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Killer watermelons, murderous jewelry boxes, centenarian sea whisperers, creatures of myth/legend, and more…

This supernatural story collection will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew. At night you’ll hover under your covers while looking over your shoulder in the day. Down, down in the depths they fell; bodies in the dark of a liquid hell.

This is the second collection in The 13 series.
Will you survive all 13?

With foreward by JM Ames and poetry by Stacy Overby.

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Interview with Rena Marin

Welcome to another hump day everyone. Today I am sitting down with multi-genre author Rena Marin. Please sit back and relax and enjoy the read.

Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m from a little town in Tennessee. I suppose you could call me a typical country girl. I love the mountains, warm summer days, and of course, spending time with my family. I’m married to a great guy and we have two kids together. I’m a huge fan of movies and TV. I’m also a huge horror buff. Whether it’s shows, movies, or books if it’s scary I’m interested lol.

What genre do you write in? Why?
I’ve tried my hand at several genres. Most of the time I like to call myself a multi-genre writer. Lately, however, I have been bouncing back and forth between horror, fantasy, and rom-com.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be and why?
My job. It’s great for paying the bills and all that but it takes a lot of time away from the family and writing. I would prefer a normal 9 to 5 gig, but living in a small town like this doesn’t offer a lot of options for that.

Tell us about your latest release?
My latest release is set for October 2, 2019. It is called The Hunter’s Guild of Dark Hollow Ridge. This book is the sequel to my The Witches of Dark Hollow Ridge which was released in October of 2018. In this follow up, my witches learn a lot more about the new world they find themselves part of and have quite a few big decisions to make in the process.

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?
Sadie Love James is your typical 18 year old girl. She finds herself in a situation where she’s lost all the adults she depended on is left with the responsibility of taking care of those around her. It scares her, but she’s not one for giving up easily. When it comes to being a witch though, Sadie loves it. She wishes she’d been told all the dark secrets her coven has been hiding but now she’s to the point where nothing surprises her. She is ready to stand on her own if need be but luckily for her, she still has a few allies around to help her out.

What is your writing process like?
I’m an early morning writer. I like to wake up before daybreak, grab some coffee, and get some words down before I start my day.

How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?
Each one is different, but I can definitely pinpoint where my Dark Hollow Ridge saga came from. It was a dream. I dreamed my 14 year old daughter and her friends were a coven of witches. When I woke up that morning, I jotted down what I remembered and the rest came from there.

Who are your top three favorite authors?
Stephen King, Erin Lee, and Joe Hill

What are you reading right now?
The Diary of a Serial Killer series by Erin Lee. I love it!

What should we expect from you in the coming months?
In October alone I have three releases. The Hunter’s Guild of Dark Hollow Ridge is on the 2nd. Devoured, a horror novella releases on the 15th. On the 30th, Erin Lee and I have a quirky, monster satire releasing called Coming Out Monster. Then in November, the same thing. I have two more horror titles releasing that month along with a couple of anthologies, so busy busy lol.


About the Author

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Rena Marin was born in a small town in East Tennessee where she, her husband Daniel, and two children–Cody and Amber–still reside today.
Growing up, reading and writing her own stories was Rena’s favorite pastime. Her once-unreachable dream of becoming a published writer came true when she was in high school and found herself with many writing awards and accolades, including a short story in Reader’s Digest.
After starting her own business, Rena continued writing shorts online before moving on to freelance work. Taking a chance, she and a friend submitted a novel to their first publishing company and were delighted to be accepted.
As a member of Crazy Ink Publishing, Rena now has several co-written series underway, including the Best Selling Dead Oak Terrors Series. Halloween Nightmare, the first book in that series, recently won the Reality Bites Best Horror Book of 2018. Rena also has her own solo series called The Witches of Dark Hollow Ridge. She looks forward to bringing readers with her into a world of magic and adventure.
Keeping close to her short story roots, Rena is part of several anthologies with many more in the works.
A lover of all forms of entertainment, Rena enjoys horror and fantasy movies new and old. When she isn’t writing or working, she often finds herself cuddled on the couch with her family–including their five fur babies–and lost in a fantasy world or hoping to be scared.

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The Book

51SSzjDgEHL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_On the run from the strongest witch alive, Sadie has tightened the reigns on her coven and declared Love Manor their refuge. But that is only the beginning. Soon, Sadie joins the hunters, and their young leader Ryder on a mission to face creatures she thought only existed in nightmares. Can Sadie and her new allies stop the vampires before they take over Dark Hollow Ridge, or will the powerful Ebony succeed in bending them all to her will?

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Book Review: Till Death Do Us Part

It’s another Friday and you know what that means… Means it is almost the weekend. If you are wondering what to do this weekend, how about snuggling up with a book. And what a book I got for you. This book is titled, “Till Death do Us Part”. It is by Speculative Fiction author Stephanie Ayers. This novella is a horror story that tells a journey of love and death. You definitely will enjoy this book, I did.


The Review

Speculative Fiction author Stephanie Ayer twists a story and scatters threads throughout this horror filled book. She takes you on a journey how a man rejected by a woman throws away the engagement ring. But, the ring passes through hands to find its way home to the rightful wearer. The only problem is everyone dies and disaster strikes throughout the entire city. The end is so twisted and screwed up it left me with my mouth hanging open in surprise. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to read a book that has twists, turns, death, and love all mixed into one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Book

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When Ian buys Elizabeth a Tiffany’s engagement ring, he unwittingly sets off a series of deadly events as the ring goes full circle — passing through the hands of a hopeful co-worker, a young delivery boy, a beloved daughter and her father, a drug addicted twin brother, a drug dealer, and a pawn shop — to be reunited with its intended.

Price: $0.99

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About the Author

39442888_10217371387577520_8150884940305661952_nStephanie Ayers is an international bestselling author who writes speculative fiction, where horror and fantasy collide. A self-proclaimed word whisperer, she is a unicorn disguised as a human living in southwestern Ohio and a member of the Ohio Writers Association. She mothers her children and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found browsing thrift stores and flea markets with her husband, attending football games with her son, or binging on TV shows.

Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Absolution, Flash Fiction Addiction, and Bending Time. She currently has two serials to her name, the stand-alone horror volumes of The 13 series and her new high fantasy, the Destiny Defined series, which debuted March 7, 2019.

Her favorite quote is: “The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayers

Connect with the Author

Email: theauthorSAM@gmail.com

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The 13: Tales of Macabre Book Review

Stephanie Ayers doesn’t disappoint with book two in her, The 13 series. The 13: Tales of Macabre opens with an epic story of love and betrayal pulling you in. As with Tales of Illusory you will find a story to spark your inner horror fancies around this most wonderful time of year. No I’m not talking about the horrid Christmas season, I’m talking about the best holiday ever! Halloween.

If you don’t know me or the fact that I am the proud mother of two twin 1 year-old boys then you will understand how epic this book is to me. I started my morning sitting down to just read one story, before the monsters woke up for breakfast. The Tales of Macabre had me so captivated I sat down between screaming fits and read to the end within a two hour period.

Her beautifully crafted stories and technique with creating such a master piece has inspired the writer in me. I now am planning to do my own horror story collection for next year and here’s hoping Stephanie is too. Looking forward to book 3 Stephanie so keep them coming.


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Can you survive all 12?

Killer watermelons, murderous jewelry boxes, centenarian sea whisperers, creatures of myth/legend, and more…

This supernatural story collection will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew. At night you’ll hover under your covers while looking over your shoulder in the day. Down, down in the depths they fell; bodies in the dark of a liquid hell. Can you survive all 12?

This is the second collection in The 13 series. Will you survive all 13?

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STEPHANIE AYERS

StephA published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is a coffee guzzling, word whispering, world building creative ninja and unicorn living in Ohio disguised as a human. She mothers her children, loves her husband, attends church, and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found stretching her creative wings designing book covers, promotional graphics, logos and more.

Stephanie has been a regular contributor and leader for Bloggy Moms and Just Be Enough, and currently writes content for Blogmutt. She is a strong supporter of the indie author community.

Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published by Bannerwing Books in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Precipice 2, Flash Fiction: 1x50x100, and Endless Darkness. Her poetry has been featured in Ambrosia: A Poetry Anthology, and the first volume in her serial short horror story collection released in October 2017. Her fantasy debuted with “Wings,” a free short story from the Destiny Defined series, which will begin late 2018, early 2019.

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“The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayers

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The 13: Tales of Illusory Book Review

Several decades have passed since the last time I sat down to read a horror genre book. I am an avid fantasy lover with a mixed love for vampires, werewolves and so much more. Stephanie Ayers’ The 13: Tales of Illusory was a refreshing read. It sparked my love for horror all over again. Each story leaves its own impression and keeps you turning the page making you wonder “what’s next?”

I would have to say my top two favorite stories were “Tears of a Sinner” and “What the Sign Saw”. “Tears of a Sinner” gave me the wonder of a vampire tale filled with romance and death. When I finished this story, I wished it was a full-length book instead, it left me screaming for more. But, the wonder didn’t end there for I found another story that was longer and fulfilled the hunger I needed fed.

“What the Sign Saw” kept me captivated till the end making me want to turn the page. This story has turns and twists keeping you on your toes. The ending is brutal but I won’t spoil it for you. This story had me so captivated my poor fiancé tried to ask me something during this story and I bit his head off. Told him “don’t interrupt me I’m getting to the good part!” Definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves suspense, horror and a mix of death with romance.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to any avid horror loving readers. If you are looking for something fun, creepy, suspenseful and steamy then buy this book. Stephanie did such an awesome job with this story collection I already pre-order book 2 The 13: Tales of Macabre, scheduled for release this Friday, October 26, 2018. Keep your eyes peeled for book 2’s review coming Friday. And, Stephanie loved your book and look forward to reading all your other creepy fantastical reads.


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Can You Survive all 13?

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STEPHANIE AYERS

StephA published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is a coffee guzzling, word whispering, world building creative ninja and unicorn living in Ohio disguised as a human. She mothers her children, loves her husband, attends church, and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found stretching her creative wings designing book covers, promotional graphics, logos and more.

Stephanie has been a regular contributor and leader for Bloggy Moms and Just Be Enough, and currently writes content for Blogmutt. She is a strong supporter of the indie author community.

Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published by Bannerwing Books in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Precipice 2, Flash Fiction: 1x50x100, and Endless Darkness. Her poetry has been featured in Ambrosia: A Poetry Anthology, and the first volume in her serial short horror story collection released in October 2017. Her fantasy debuted with “Wings,” a free short story from the Destiny Defined series, which will begin late 2018, early 2019.

FAVORITE QOUTE:

“The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayers

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW w/ Stephanie Ayers

It’s another Friday here on my blog and as always I have a special author spotlight for your enjoyment. This one is a bit different, since it will be part of Speculative Fiction author Stephanie Ayers’ blog tour for her new release, The 13: Tales of Macabre. Today I will be featuring Stephanie in an in-depth interview and including some awesome images to give you an inside look into this collection of horror stories along with her WIP Elven Games. Let’s have some fun and get this party started. 🙂

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Above you can see the line-up for this blog tour. In a bit I will get to the interview, but thought I would share a few spooky excerpts from The 13: Tales of Macabre.

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THE INTERVIEW!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you decided to become a writer?
I bleed ink. I know you’ve heard that before, but it’s true. If I’m not writing, I’m helping someone else who is writing. I love the author community, all of it, traditionally published or indie. I didn’t decide to become a writer until 2010 when I wrote the first word to my new blog, The Scoop on Poop. It was a humorous look at my daily living, which then belonged to 4 children, 2 of whom I inherited by marriage and were raised to hate me. Blogging introduced me to some writing circles, and that got me writing fiction regularly again. You see, when I was in 3rd or 4th grade, I discovered my love of writing (and my knack for it) with my first assignment based on a dancing peanut. I entertained ideas as a child about being the next Stephen King, but I also wanted to be an actress, a singer… anything that made me famous. My love of writing never quit though, and now I call myself a full time author. I also do content writing on the side to help pad the empty pockets us authors always seem to have.

What genres do you write?
While most of my published writing has taken a turn towards horror, I consider myself a speculative fiction author. I just made my debut into the world of fantasy with my short story titled Wings, a stand alone from the upcoming Destiny Defined series.

Where are you from? Does your area have a good writing community? Tell us about it.
I was born and raised in Virginia, outside of DC. The area I lived in had a growing writing community with some workshops and writing groups gathering at the local library branches, and the libraries offering author spotlights and book signings. The first local book fair happened two years ago. When I moved to Ohio this year, I noticed a huge difference. While I haven’t sought out writing groups, I have already joined in a local book fair with 3 more scheduled for this year. There’s a popular book store in Columbus that will sell my books and is known for regular author appearances. There seems to be much more for an author here in Ohio than there is in Virginia.

What do you do besides being a writer? Do you have a day job? Tell us a bit about this or hobbies you enjoy.
When I’m not writing, I’m promoting other authors, playing around in Photoshop, watching my son play football (go Titans!), or binge watching a beloved TV show. On the weekends, my husband and I can usually be found haunting flea markets and antique stores.

How often do you write? Do you have a page/word count? Do you set goals for yourself? Tell us a bit about your writing and how you keep things going.
After two years of focusing on the author community and other authors, I have to find my mojo again. I haven’t set word count goals. I’ve set “must get this book ready” deadlines instead and then stress myself out meeting them. Apparently I work best under pressure. I always thought that silence was the best way for me to focus and write, especially as an almost deaf writer, but recently discovered that the right soundtrack makes for really good writing and big word counts too.

How long does it take you to write a novel?
Well… Elven Games began in 2012. It still needs an ending. I have only completed one novel during NaNoWriMo. Destiny United sits at 54k words and is in need of serious revision. On the other hand, because I spent a lot of time answering writing prompts, I have folders full of short stories. Putting together a story collection can be done in 2 weeks to 30 days. Not sure that really answers the question. I’m cursed by procrastination and easily distracted.

What are your goals as an author? Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years? I don’t think that far ahead. Its a daily process for me, just getting to the next month with whatever plans I have going on. Right now, I have two live events in October, this book blog tour for the release of one book, while celebrating the first book birthday of another. November is nice and quiet, but December has high hopes for the release of Elven Games and another book fair. Next year, I already have 4 events lined up, and plans to publish at least 2 more books.

What is the biggest obstacle you face as an author and what do you do to overcome it?
Procrastination is my biggest obstacle, closely followed by marketing. The first one I don’t have a solution to yet, but the second one I’m working on. No time like the present to try marketing tips.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received? Who was it from?
The best advice I ever received was to set myself up with the beginning to the next scene before I walk away from the story. This makes it so much easier for me to begin the next day. I don’t remember who told me that, but it stuck with me.

What is the worst writing advice you’ve ever received?
You have to grow lizard skin. No you don’t. Criticism can be given in a manner that is doesn’t have to sting so bad you need lizard skin to receive it. Everyone needs negative criticism to grow. It’s just all in the delivery.

What are you working on now? Do you have any upcoming releases we should watch for?
My newest release is October 26, the second collection of horror stories focused on the supernatural and paranormal. I’m working on Elven Games and having it released in December or January, and slowly inking away at that huge unfinished pile I have. I have started planning the 3rd collection for Halloween 2019 as well.

What are your current WIPs about?
They are fantasy. Tribba runs a B&B for her dwarven village. Her customers are going to the fancier elven castle next door instead. She challenges them to the Elven Games, in hopes to get rid of them once and for all.

Catching Dragons is the conclusion of Edgar’s story, the human who champions Tribba for her first two games. He must defeat the dragon queen Soren and save his kingdom.

The Destiny Defined trilogy follows River’s journey to collect five magical relics, connect them with their matching gemstones, then destroy them before Rtharo gains all his strength and takes them. It;s an epic fantasy series that happens in the world of Savania across several generations.

What do you have going on in the next 6 months? Can provide awesome author events, book releases, etc.
October 21 I’ll be doing an author meet and greet and signing at The Book Loft of German Village in Columbus.

In December, I have a local book fair where I’ll be signing books. I also hope to release Elven Games in late December or early January.

In late March, I’ll be in Lexington, KY for the Lexington Legendary Book Bash, and in April I’ll be at the Dayton Book Fair in Ohio. That’s all I have lined up for the next 6 months currently but that could change as I am always looking for new places to show my face.

Do you have any advice for other authors?
I do. I always like to share the whole start the next scene bit, but also, don’t be intimated by the blank page. It only takes one letter, one word to defeat it.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to say to your readers?
Without my readers, my stories wouldn’t be alive. Thank you for breathing life into my stories and making them real.

This interview is done and we have so much more to enjoy with this feature. In a few you will get a special sneak peek into Stephanie’s WIP Elven Games. This sneak peek will be unedited since it hasn’t begun its editing journey just yet. But, here is another fun excerpt for you from Stephanie’s up coming release, The 13: Tales of Macabre.

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WIP SNEAK PEEK: ELVEN GAMES

“What are you doing?” Edgar asked.
“Strange things have been afoot, so I’m making you a protection elixir.” Tribba said, the words rolling off her tongue distractedly.
“You do all this yet you need me to champion you?” Edgar said. His voice held a twinge of accusation. Perhaps he had strange dreams, too.
“Yes. See this book?” Tribba picked it up and waved it in front of him. It was the same book they used to banish the werewolves.
Edgar nodded.
“If I didn’t have this book, I wouldn’t…no, I couldn’t…be doing this now. I am not a magical dwarf. Every spell I’ve tried to concoct from imagination has backfired drastically. Hence I married a greeter dwarf and became a greeter myself.”
Edgar’s eyes widened at Tribba’s revelation. Suddenly, it became clear how Tribba understood him so well. She, too, had felt an embarrassment to her people. He walked around the kitchen and gathered both of her hands in his. When she turned to him, he looked straight into her eyes.
“Until this moment, I haven’t understood why you chose me and why you had so much faith in me. Thank you for sharing that with me. I won’t dwell on the past anymore and will embrace this challenge with all of my being. If you can believe in me, so can I.” His chest puffed out as he finished. “I am your champion and I will win.”
Tribba smiled in response to Edgar’s words. She had waited weeks to hear confidence in his voice. The timing was perfect as the games were scheduled to begin in a fortnight. She thought back briefly over the boy who had wandered to her front door and considered the man he had become almost overnight. Whether he won or lost no longer mattered. She knew she had played an important role in the future, whatever that may be. She had strengthened a man she knew would matter someday. She had instilled self worth in someone who would save the world someday. If that was her legacy to this life, she would die a complete, happy woman.
“Take your tunic off and turn around, Edgar. You mustn’t see what I am doing.
Edgar did as instructed, turning his back to her. She dipped her hands into the cauldron and let the liquid within cover her hands. She waved them in the air, faster than the eye could see. When she stepped away, the liquid soaked through Edgar’s tunic and dripped onto his boots.
Edgar turned around, a look of curiosity and apprehension on his face. “What did you do, Tribba? I suddenly feel…” He chewed his lower lip as he searched for the words, “…infallible, undefeatable, and incredibly brave. I feel as if I could slay a dozen dragons with my bare hands!”
Tribba merely smiled in response. “It’s time for breakfast. Let’s eat,” she said, skirting around his question with ease.

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STEPHANIE AYERS

StephA published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is a coffee guzzling, word whispering, world building creative ninja and unicorn living in Ohio disguised as a human. She mothers her children, loves her husband, attends church, and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found stretching her creative wings designing book covers, promotional graphics, logos and more.

Stephanie has been a regular contributor and leader for Bloggy Moms and Just Be Enough, and currently writes content for Blogmutt. She is a strong supporter of the indie author community.

Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published by Bannerwing Books in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Precipice 2, Flash Fiction: 1x50x100, and Endless Darkness. Her poetry has been featured in Ambrosia: A Poetry Anthology, and the first volume in her serial short horror story collection released in October 2017. Her fantasy debuted with “Wings,” a free short story from the Destiny Defined series, which will begin late 2018, early 2019.

FAVORITE QOUTE:

“The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayers

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Can You Survive all 13?

13 enchanted horrors, 13 spine-chilling tales. Down, down in the depths they fell, bodies in the dark of a liquid hell. Can you survive all 13?

This is the first collection of The 13 series. Will you survive all 13?

PURCHASE YOUR COPY: AMAZON

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