Thursday, October 23, 2014

Leap Books Interview - Kelly Hashway - Halloween Edition

Thank you so much Kelly for taking time to answer my questions.  
1. What makes a good paranormal read?
For me the creepier the better. Paranormal should give you chills and make you look over your shoulder when you're reading. You should feel like you are there in the moment with the MC in this world of paranormal beings. I want my heart to race.

2. What are some of your Favorite creepy titles?
For me the creepiest things are ghosts and dolls. Ghosts scare me because I believe in them. Please don't tell them that, though. I like to believe if I keep that to myself they won't appear to me. And dolls are terrifying. I had a doll when I was growing up and I swore she was possessed by a ghost and was going to kill me in my sleep. So instead of naming my favorite creepy titles, there's what makes a book creepy to me.

3. What is your favorite thing about Halloween?
Ghost stories! The scarier the better.

4. Idea for the best halloween costume?
This is totally stupid, which is why I love it, but I saw a TV show with my daughter the other day and one of the characters was wearing a shirt that said "Go Ceiling!" and he was holding up a foam finger. He was a ceiling "fan." That made me laugh. ;)

5. Real life places near you that are particularly spooky or haunted?
I live ten minutes from the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. Supposedly, a woman was murdered in a room near the lobby and her ghost has been seen both walking past the lobby and in the women's restroom. Also, I attended East Stroudsburg University and lived in Hemlock Hall, a dorm where a room on the second floor was haunted by the ghost a girl who died there. I was friends with the girls who lived in that room my senior year, but they never saw the ghost. The dorm is no longer there, having been torn down to make room for new buildings.
6. Plans for halloween? Trick or Treating or Handing out candy?
Both! I always take my daughter trick or treating, and when she gets tired (usually after an hour) we head home and hand out candy for the rest of the night.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Release -Hometown Girls: Beginnings by Tressa Messenger

Hometown Girls: Beginnings 
by Tressa Messenger

Life for Marissa Lou was great. She was a popular senior in high school with great friends and an even greater boyfriend. She was on top of the world. That was until she made the greatest sacrifice of her life.
Daniel and Katie both loved Marissa Lou but neither of them could deny the intensity of their growing affection for one another, no matter how hard they tried to fight it.
Being the selfless person she was, Marissa Lou gave Katie and Daniel her permission to date. Little did she know it would be the first day of a hellish nightmare. One where, in her depression, she falls from grace and gets mixed up in a life she never would have expected.
With a growing addiction she fights to right everything that went so wrong, but will it be too late?


“Senior year girls!”  Becca said holding up her red plastic cup full of cold, frothy beer.
“Senior year!”  Marissa Lou, Katie and Jess said in unison holding up their plastic cups as well to meet Becca’s before all four girls tipped their cups back and swallowed the liquid inside.
“This is going to be the best year ever,” Becca said smiling mischievously.  “We are going to rule the school.”
“As if we don’t already,” Marissa Lou said, raising a perfectly shaped eyebrow at her.
“True, true, but this year is different.  This is our last year of high school.  No more waking up early, no more homework, and no more school!”
“You do know that there is a thing called college right?  And guess what, it starts up right after high school ends,” Katie asked.  “Not only that, but there is also something called a job.  A place where, most of the time, you have to wake up early and slave all day.  I hear it’s a lot like school but at least you get paid for it.  Oh, but then, most people have to start paying their own bills so you’d basically be working to live.”  Katie and Marissa Lou smirked at the look on Becca’s face.
“The horror,” Marissa Lou said with a shiver.
“Whatever!  You know what I mean.”
“I do,” Jess said sympathetically.
“Thank you Jess, at least one of you has a brain.”
The girls had a good laugh for a few minutes before the night grew quiet, which wasn’t usual when the boisterous girls were all together.  Each stared into the bonfire, ignoring the rest of the party goers around them, thinking about the school year to come.  They all knew Becca was right.  This would be their last year of high school together.  Kids usually hated school because of all the work it took, but most kids thrived on it and the social interaction it gave them.  This group of girls were no different.  Next year everything would change.  Some in the group may even go in a different direction, to college and what-not, like Katie who always talked about leaving the small confines of their hometown for a bigger life.  Everyone was rooting for her, but they all knew how hard it would be when that day actually came.  Katie and Jess had been best friends since birth, long before Marissa Lou came into the picture when they started middle school, and later Becca made her grand entrance when they started high school.  The foursome had been inseparable since.  The thought of not having their everyday interaction was daunting.
“To senior year,” Marissa Lou said sadly, while the other girls continued to stare into the fire.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Leap Books Interview - Shannon Delaney - Halloween Edition

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions Shannon.
1. What makes a good paranormal read?

The element of surprise does it for me. I want to be stunned and have that growing sense of dread in a world that is only a half step away from our own.

2. What are some of your favorite creepy titles?

I love Leap's Spirited anthology! What a great mix haunting tales--something for everyone. Oh! I'd also suggest Killer's Instinct by Dawn Dalton and Judith Graves (a Silver Falchion nominee this year). We also have some other cool paranormal titles including Lethally Blonde, Freaksville, Under My Skin, and Second Skin, as well as the creepy Deep in the Meadows. Outside of Leap? Forest of Whispers by Jen Murgia has gotten some great buzz I just haven't had time to read it personally.

3. What is your favorite thing about Halloween?

It's Autumn, it's full of otherworldly tales, there's candy, and eerie lighting--what's not to like?

4. Idea for the best Halloween costume?

I think the best ones are the clever ones--the ones that surprise and aren't overt with gore.

5. Real life places near you that are particularly spooky or haunted?

There are a number that are spooky and supposedly haunted--we have rich history out here--one place is just down the road from us and is where a traveling musician was supposedly killed back in the 1800s.

6. Plans for Halloween? Trick or Treating or handing out candy?

I always take my son to do the Trick or Treating at the college, mall, and on Main Street. We live far back in the mountains so Trick or Treaters don't really come back our way--we have to go where the action is. 

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