Deck the Halls with #Books Tour: @CeliaBreslin’s Tranquilli Bloodline & Black Hills Wolves

Happy Holidays, My Dear Readers!

To celebrate this holiday month, I’m taking my vampires and wolves on tour.
Tranquilli Bloodline series  by Celia Breslin December 2019 tour banner Under A Mating Moon  by Celia Breslin December 2019 tour photoAll the full-length novels in the Tranquilli Bloodline are on tour for this one, so you can see all three shiny new, awesome-sauce covers! Plus have a look at Under A Mating Moon from the Black Hills Wolves series.

Visit any stop below for book excerpts, my viewing and listening recommendations for the holidays, and holiday dessert recipes. Plus, be sure to enter the multi-author giveaway, too.

Plus, come chat with me at the Deck The Halls With Books Holiday Extravaganza Facebook Party on Wednesday, December 11. I’ll be there at 10 a.m. PT/ 1 p.m. ET. Yes, there will be more prizes to win. 🙂

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TRANQUILLI BLOODLINE SERIES

12/2 Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
12/3 Books 4 Book Nerds
12/4 Horror Made
12/4 The Book Junkie Reads
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12/5 Authors’ Secrets
12/6 Roxanne’s Realm
12/9 The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
12/10 Jazzy Book Reviews
12/10 JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder
12/11 Sapphyria’s Books
12/12 Simply Kelina
12/16 Lisa’s World of Books
12/17 Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
12/18 T’s Stuff
12/18 Booklikes
12/19 Ilovebooksandstuffblog
12/19 Fang-tastic Books
12/20 Paranormalists
12/20 Urban Fantasy Investigations

UNDER A MATING MOON

12/2 Paranormalists
12/3 6 Feet Under Books
12/3 6 Feet Under Books on Facebook
12/3 Books 4 Book Nerds
12/4 The Book Junkie Reads
12/4 Ilovebooksandstuffblog
12/5 Sapphyria’s Books
12/6 JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder
12/9 Simply Kelina
12/10 Roxanne’s Realm
12/11 The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
12/12 Booklikes
12/13 Fang-tastic Books
12/16 T’s Stuff
12/17 Jazzy Book Reviews
12/18 Boundless Book Reviews
12/18 Lisa’s World of Books
12/19 I Smell Sheep
12/20 Supernatural Central

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Spotlight on #Vampire #ParanormalRomance: Seducing the Darkness by Shiela Stewart

Hello Dear Readers,
Fellow Champagne Books author Sheila Stewart returns to my blog with her vampire paranormal romance. It has a spiffy new cover and a new excerpt for you to enjoy. Check out another excerpt here. Happy reading!
xo, Celia

Seducing the Darkness by Shiela Stewart new book cover

Title: Seducing the Darkness
Series: Darkness
Author: Shiela Stewart
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: November, 2015 / (new cover, 2019)
Publisher: Champagne Book Group

Trinity was once a fragile girl. Being taken by a powerful vampire prince changed her. Discovering him in the arms of another woman changed destiny. Alone, she’s learned fast how to be tough, how to survive, and how to protect the people in her city from the evil that lurks in the dark. She was managing just fine, until Basil walked back into her life.

Basil Hawthorn has been the reigning prince of vampires since banishing his father to the Realm of Dark Mystics decades earlier. When a prophetic dream makes him realize Trinity’s life is at risk, he decides the only way to save her is to push her away. Doing so is not easy. Trinity is the only woman he has ever loved, ever will love, and he can’t seem to let her go.

When rumors arise of a plan to raise the King and blot out the sun, both Trinity and Basil know they must do everything to stop it. Even if it means working together. Despite the betrayal and the threat, they find themselves drawn to each other. Love has no boundaries, especially in the face of danger. But will they be able to stop the ritual before it’s too late?

Or will the darkness capture them both?

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Seducing the Darkness Excerpt

That damn itch she’d been having lately was back, and it was driving her nuts. Rolling her shoulders, she watched two redheads staggering from the bar’s exit and towards a dimly lit street.

Here we go again. She kept to the shadows as she followed after them. Uneventfully, they made it to their car and drove off. She hoped the cops were out tonight and those two were hauled in to sleep off their drunk.

Turning back to the club, she waited and watched for the next two hours and was glad nothing had happened. So far. But the night was still young.

“Can you smell it?”

She didn’t jump, but slowly looked over at Basil who appeared next to her. She hated when he just appeared out of thin air, but she knew he loved that entrance the best. “Your stink? Always.”

He didn’t sneer at her but slowly lifted his hand and lit the cigarette between his fingers. “The blood of a human. Does it still draw you in, make you hunger, make you want?”

“I’ve got a strong will.” Deliberately, she shifted away from him. It wasn’t only the smoke that bothered her—and always had—but his scent. It pissed her off that he could still make her ache.

She waved the smoke away annoyingly and shifted just a bit farther away. “Why are you skulking, Basil? Because if you’re following me, I am going to so kick your ass.”
“I was in the neighborhood.”

She glared at him and growled her response. “If you’re here to drink, let me warn you now that I won’t allow it.”

“Who am I supposed to drink from now that I no longer am nourished by your blood?”

She chose not to answer that. “Why does it seem that you’re always around, lurking in the dark, around places that aren’t your usual hangouts? Unless….there’s a reason?” The thought stabbed into her, and though she didn’t want to believe it, she had to ask. “Are you trying to take more females of your own? Are you the one abducting young girls?”

With one quick and easy flick, he tossed the cigarette into the darkness. The red tip glowed as it flew through the air before landing on the gravel to bounce and spit out a cloud of red sparkling fireworks. “I will not even dignify that with an answer.”

“It’s so obvious, now that I think about it. I was young when you took me, made me yours. Is that what you’re doing, Basil, making another mate?”

His icy blue eyes narrowed dangerously as he stepped closer. “I have a mate and to think you would even have such a thought sickens me.”

“You don’t have me, Basil.” Her voice grew dangerous. “If I’m so wrong, then do explain to me why you’re always out in the darkness, skulking near all these young girls?”

“The very same reason you are, my dear.” He ran a finger along her face, making her scowl.

She snorted, stepping away from him before he decided to do something stupid, like kiss her. “Please, I hardly think you’re out here looking to find the person or persons responsible for taking four innocent girls.”

Leaning against the building behind them, Basil looked off into the direction of the bar and the people waiting in line to be allowed inside. “You think so little of me and that’s a shame. But I suppose I’ve done it to myself. Yes, Trinity, I am looking to find out who took those young girls, as you are. And why you might ask?” He shifted towards her, sliding in nice and close and making her pulse speed up. He laid his fingers on her cheek, then slowly slid them along her face. “Because I have a feeling I am connected to the reason they’ve been taken.”

She had all but a moment to open her mouth to respond when he closed it with a mind numbing kiss, then pulling away, turned into a dog and scampered away.

Now what the hell did he mean by that?

About Shiela Stewart

Shiela Stewart headshotShiela Stewart is a paranormal suspense author with a writing history that stems back to her youth. Always a dreamer, wondering if her stories would ever reach an audience, she was finally published in 2006 and hasn’t stopped since. It is rare to find a stand-alone book as she prefers series stories. Her longest running series to date is her Darkness series, which is a vampire romance.

Her joy for scary suspense is evident in each of her books. She has had several accomplishments, including fighting for the top spot in the rankings with author Stephanie Myers, receiving glowing reviews as well as interviews on local television and reviews and interviews in The Romantic Times Magazine.

When not writing, Shiela spends her time with the love of her life, William, and their children and grandchildren.. Her strong affection for animals is evident in the many cats she cares for.

Her favorite time of the day is at sunset.

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Spotlight on #UrbanFantasy: Mostly Innocent by @AuthorJMJinks

Hi Everyone! Author J. M. Jinks is back with another look at her fun urban fantasy story. I was her editor for this one last year, back when I freelanced for Champagne Books. If you like snarky, kickass heroines and heroes with big hearts and a whole lot of brawn, check it out. Happy reading! xo, Celia

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Mostly Innocent Book Cover

 
Title: Mostly Innocent
Series & #: A Powers That Be Novel, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Champagne Books
Date of Publication: 10/22/2018
ISBN: 978-1-947128-63-7
Word Count: 72K

If you can’t beat them, seduce them

Meet Layla James, your typical smart and snarky chick—except for the whole succubus thing. After nearly a millennium on Earth, Layla’s settled down in a boring life in Palm Springs, until a smoking-hot hunter comes to arrest her for murder. But Layla knows the rules—she’d never kill someone and incite the wrath of The Powers That Be.

Elijah Daines is a hunter, maintaining the balance of good and evil in the mortal realm, his power stronger than any hunter she’s ever encountered. Plus, he’s a seriously sexy distraction. Too bad he’s accused her of a crime she didn’t commit.

As the killer continues a murder spree that not only frames Layla but threatens to expose the existence of supernatural creatures to humans, Layla and Elijah team up to investigate. Hopefully, they can fight off their escalating attraction for each other long enough to exonerate her and stop the murder madness.

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Mostly Innocent Excerpt

He edged nearer the counter. I, or maybe my succubus, decided on a whim I would not be intimidated by his power. I wasn’t sure where my sudden courage came from. He had to have sensed my succubus signature. We weren’t a violent race when we controlled our urges. I’m Queen of Control over here. I’m sure he knows I won’t hurt him. Right?

But why is he here? Something must be wrong.

With every step he took closer, I had a better look at him. His dark hair was in slight disarray and his crystal blue eyes scoured my face. He towered over me in every sense of the word. My stomach dipped.
He and Jolene should go back-to-back so I can get an accurate measure of his height.

I shook away my thoughts of him. Given his disapproving glare, he came here on a mission. Greek god or not, he was still a hunter, and I—

I was a product of evil, aka something he hunts.

“Succubus,” he growled. One little word filled with eons of unabashed hatred. It vibrated through me. All hopes of him wanting a new bathroom paint color vanished. No, this visit wouldn’t be pleasant, not at all.

Perhaps I could seduce him. Hell, he could do me right on the floor of aisle nine next to the light fixtures, if it kept him from killing me. I bit my lip. Hunters weren’t typically susceptible to succubi charms. A failed attempt of Aphrodisia could earn me more problems.

I released a breath. Some buried-deep, natural instinct rolled through me again, and I decided to stand my ground. I stood straighter and barked back, “Hunter.”

 

About J. M. Jinks

J.M. Jinks lives with her husband, son, two dogs, and two cats in Southern California. She is a teacher in the sunlight and a writer in the starlight.

J.M. has always had a love of reading that progressed into writing. She tried to write books even when she was very young, but she never completed a manuscript until she finished Mostly Innocent, A Powers That Be Novel, Book 1.

Since, J.M. has continued writing and immersing herself in the publishing world mostly through Twitter and the AMAZING writing community. Since publishing Mostly Innocent, J.M. has won a few writing competitions (#WriteMentor and #RevPit to name a few) and is currently seeking agent representation. Also, starting in July 2019, J.M. is the social media coordinator and an editor for Mostly Innocent’s home: Champagne Book Group.

J.M. herself loves to read fantasy, historical, new adult, paranormal, urban fantasy, romance, scifi, and dystopian novels. But any book with a great voice intrigues her. She has been inspired by JK Rowling, Sarah J. Maas, Vi Keeland, Richelle Mead, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Scarlett Dawn, Ray Bradbury, Ayn Rand, Coleen Hoover, Laura Thalassa, Erin Watt, Darynda Jones,Karina Halle, and a million more.

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Spotlight on #ParanormalRomance: Claimed Series, by @AndreaRCooper

Hello Dear Readers! Fellow Champagne Books author Andrea R. Cooper is here today with not one, but four books from “Claimed,” her paranormal romance series. Read on for info and excerpts. Enjoy! xo, Celia

Claimed by Andrea R. Cooper book cover image

 
Title: Claimed
Series & #: Claimed, book 1
Author: Andrea R. Cooper
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Champagne Books
Date of 2nd Publication (new cover): August, 2019
ASIN: B07X3VDJBX
Page Count: 313

Renee Maxwell lands her dream job as assistant to archaeologist Damon Cubins in wondrous Turkey. However, she starts seeing strange things after finding a unique crystal. For one, hot Damon now looks like the sexy demi-god and underwear model of her dreams. Her feminist ideals are challenged with each bit of banter and seductive look he gives her, but she’s not falling for his charm.



Time is of the essence for incubus, Damon Cubins, who must find a one-of-a-kind crystal or turn into a full-fledged demon. He has neither the time nor desire for love, but his new assistant tests his resolve. When he discovers she’s got the crystal he needs to save himself, he must make a decision to either romance it from her or walk away. But can he?

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Claimed Excerpt

After his nod, she breathed out a sigh. She looked as if she anticipated that he would haul her back into the water for a lesson. Her movements reminded him of abused animals. He speculated that most people, who couldn’t swim but who may have grown up around water, would try to learn unless they experienced a trauma or drowning in the past. Could that have happened to her? There was more to this situation than her usual stubbornness. Vulnerability even.

As she leaned over to finish filling her canteen, her ample bosom peeked out. His lust twisted at the thought of the sounds she would make when he kissed her nipples until they pebbled.

Suddenly, she jerked up, spilling some of the water. “Did you get a good enough view?”
He opened his mouth, but no words came out. Without waiting for his reply, she stormed away.

Damon flopped backward, letting his body float. His mind drifted to images of making love to Renee in the river. After he helped her overcome her phobia, somehow. Hmm, he could kiss her down there while she treaded water.

Nah, she’d never go for it.

This is a business trip. No time for sleeping with the staff, no matter how sexy they are when arguing with him.

 

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Title: Fallen
Series & #: Claimed, book 2
Author: Andrea R. Cooper
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Champagne Books
Date of Publication: September, 2019
ASIN: B07XDF3D3D
Page Count: 278

She has seduced men everywhere…but never fallen in love. Until now.

Succubus Adeline lost her powers. The crystal that all her kind crave has attached itself to her and rendered her powerless. Unless she finds a way to remove it, she’ll transform into a human–a fate worse than death.

Soon the tables are turned on the succubus, and the succubus finds herself the one at the mercy of desire.

Jack is running from vamps and weres. They want his hidden doppelgänger talents to locate a stone that enables weres to transform at will, but he just wants to be left alone. Now he has a bounty hunter after him.

In a race against time, vampires, and weres, Adeline and Jack travel from Boston to Greece to New Orleans to stay ahead of the hunters.

When Jack confronts a dangerous voodoo queen alone, Adeline learns that love is sacrifice. But will they both survive the lesson?

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Fallen Excerpt

She scrolled through her cell as the taxi turned at a light, and Greek swear words were exchanged between their driver and an electric scooter rider. Jack’s eyes closed, and his head rested on the back of the seat, his cheeks pale.

What would she do if the order came from the master vampire who was after him? Jack tied himself to Beth in order to save Adeline. How can I repay him? The crystal latched onto her wrist caught the light. Right, if I don’t get this thing removed soon, all of my kin nearing 5,000 years will put a bounty on me. Visiting the Oracle, on behalf of a witchdoctor, would give her the chance to get information about removing the quartz without dying.

Her gaze glided over the Oracle voodoo doll. No, she’d probably be lucky if the Oracle didn’t strangle them when she met them.

Adeline dug out a mint and shivered when she pushed aside the cuffs in her purse. Snippets of hot memory of Jack on her made her debate sending the cab driver away for a few hours and straddling Jack. She offered him a mint and took one for herself. His hand brushed hers as the taxi took a sharp turn, its tires squealing.

Focus. It’s only his borrowed powers that make you feel this way. My powers. She checked her texts. Most were from men around the world asking when she’d come see them. Delete, delete, delete. Two messages from Renee, one from Damon, and one from her employer. She cringed.

Status update pronto. Never taken you this long to tag and bag a guy.

Yeah, well she’d never been without her abilities before. Working on it. She texted a reply.

Both of Renee’s notes were short, and the last one cryptic. You okay? Any update? And Call us when you can. We have something to discuss with you.

Damon’s text was blunt: Gotten the rock off yet? Or are you being chased?

Meaning by incubi and succubus who craved the crystal to amplify their gift and avoid becoming demons, or ones who already twisted and sought more wars and violence in the world of mankind. Of course, she’d tried everything to get it off. Even offered it to Damon and her succubus cousin, Samara, but the bracelet wouldn’t let go.

 

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Title: Lyric
Series & #: Claimed, book 2.5
Author: Andrea R. Cooper
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Champagne Books
Date of Publication: April, 2017
ASIN: B06Y41CQCZ
Page Count: 139

No man can resist a siren’s song…

Cassie must convince a CEO to give her interior decorating company a chance at his offices in order to stay in the black. But even using her half-siren voice, he refuses. What can she do to change his mind?

Daniel Davis has a secret he’s paid hundreds of thousands to keep that way. Now when exotic Cassie marches into his office, he can’t stop thinking about her and makes her an offer. Be his date for a high-profile party and he’ll consider her company for his office redecorating project.

After an accident, Cassie gives Daniel her blood to heal him. Trouble is, if she can’t keep him alive, he’ll become a soulless ghoul.

Worse, someone is out to kill him. Can Cassie keep him alive…both in fighting her nature and from whoever is after him?

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Lyric Excerpt

Cassie rummaged through Daniel’s kitchen. Where did he hide the alcohol? The refrigerator was full of Styrofoam and plastic containers, a carton of milk, and… Who puts peanut butter in the fridge? She took it out and placed it on the counter. At least she could have a snack while she searched for a beer. Finding the silverware, she dug out a large spoon and dipped it in the peanut butter. They nutty flavor coated her tongue and she sighed with pleasure. Okay, so cold it tasted it good, but smearing it on bread would be nasty work.

Her mouth pasty and dry, she spotted a cabinet at the far end of the cabinets. A wet bar! She seized a bottle of whiskey and downed most of it as she walked into the living room to check on Daniel.

He lay on his back, his legs dangling over the arm of the couch. Dark circles lined his closed eyes, but his breathing was steady and deep. At least the guy didn’t snore. Was he cold? She picked up a jacket that was draped across a leather chair and, a bottle of alcohol hanging in her hand, she trailed the jacket up and over his legs.

When he grasped her arm, she murmured, “Sorry, didn’t mean to wake you.”

He blinked at her with dilated pupils, his lips full and inches from hers. “Am I dreaming?”

The huskiness of his voice sent a shiver through her.

“Then I can do this.” He stretched his other hand, grasping her behind her head and drawing her lips down to his.

He tasted soft and warm and delicious. Like chocolate and oranges. Moaning against his lips, she let the whiskey slip from her fingers and it rattled onto the wooden floor beside her. Daniel’s hands lifted her further onto the couch, until she was partially straddling him and somewhat kneeling. Hot desire shot through her and she nearly ripped off his clothes.

Her hands weaved into his dark hair. Inside, her siren side called, demanding to satisfy her sexual needs, then devour him. No, she must control this. Couldn’t she for once have love? Have a future with a man that made butterflies dance in her stomach whenever she was around him?

 

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Title: Tainted
Series & #: Claimed, book 3
Author: Andrea R. Cooper
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Champagne Books
Date of Publication: April, 2019
ASIN: B07QBJQH18
Page Count: 223

She’s marked for death. He’s an incubus possessed by her enemy…and if she’s not careful, both of them could die.

Carla is the last, true surviving Oracle. If she doesn’t defeat her enemy who stole her ancestral powers, she’ll die within days. Except the woman with Carla’s powers, a woman who is supposed to be dead, has the ability to see the future and is hunting Carla.

Ty has lost everything including his own mind. It’s only a matter of time before his fiancée’s murderer takes over him completely. His only hope is to find a way to stop her, and if that means working with Carla, he’ll do whatever it takes. He just can’t lose his heart again.

When Carla slowly falls for Ty, their secrets place them both in more danger than she ever thought possible

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About the Author
Author Andrea Cooper headshot
Andrea has always created characters and stories. But it wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.

What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).

Andrea writes paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.

She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.

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Spotlight on #YA #Dystopian #SF #UF: The Unadusteds by @MarisaNoelle77

Hello Dear Readers!
Both this week and next, I have some fun paranormal fiction spotlights for you from my fellow Champagne Books authors. First up is Marisa Noelle with her gripping Young Adult Sci-fi/Urban Fantasy/Dystopian story, The Unadjusteds. Enjoy!
xo, Celia

Title: The Unadjusteds
Author: Marisa Noelle
Genre: YA dystopian, YA urban fantasy, YA sci-fi
Release date: November 2019
ISBN 10: 1948115034
ISBN 13: 978-1948115032
# or Pages: 414

Sixteen-year-old Silver Melody lives in a world where 80% of the population has modified their DNA. Known as the altereds, those people now possess enhancements like wings, tails, and increased strength or intelligence. Although Silver’s parents created the nanite pill used to deliver these genetic modifications, Silver is proud of her unadjusted state.

However, when the president declares all unadjusteds must take a nanite, Silver has no choice but to flee the city with her father and some friends to prevent the extinction of the unadjusteds.

With Silver’s mother in prison for treason, Silver’s father is the unadjusteds’ only hope at finding a cure. But time is running out as Silver’s father is captured by the president’s almost immortal army. Vicious hellhounds are on Silver’s trail, and her only chance to recover her father involves teaming up with a new group of unlikely friends before all humanity is lost.

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Excerpt

EXCERPT – THE UNADJUSTEDS, CHAPTER 1

Chapter 1

“Get it down! Get it down!”

The crowd shrieks around me, jostling each other to reach the front.

A girl with swan wings tunnels past me, her feathers brushing my cheek as she takes off toward the school. A boy with scales stumbles and falls onto me. I regain my balance and continue fighting my way to the front of the growing crowd.

“Get it down! Get it down!” The chant grows louder.

A fairy type with wings from a morpho butterfly flutters above the crowd, smiling and clapping in rhythm with the chant. I spot a few unadjusteds among the gathering who hang back at the edges, their fearful expressions far different from the glee of the adjusteds, or as I like to call them, the altereds. They think they’re a class above, some perfect version of a human being. But really, they’re just a bunch of mutated DNA.
I push against the stab of sharp wingtips and pointed elbows, trying to find a gap, trying to catch a breath. Anxiety trembles through my limbs and I hesitate, the crowd pinging me in all directions. An agonized wail from the thickest part of the melee gives me the spur I need. With my head down, I barrel my way to the small clearing. I brace myself, already knowing what I’ll find.

“He’s foaming!” someone yells.

The fairy’s hands fly to her mouth and she screams. She kicks at the air, her ponytail bobbing about her shoulders. Two towering bulks in football jerseys laugh at her and slap each other’s backs.

More screams ripple through the gathering. Finally, I break free from the crushing crowd.
My heart drops.

A boy falls to his knees as thick, white foam pours from his mouth. His eyes bulge and his face turns beet red. His hands clutch at his neck as though he can wrestle away the pill’s effects. Just like Diana.

“Someone call an ambulance!” I bark at the immobile group. “Now!” I toss my cell phone to a girl with pixie ears and kneel so my eyes are level with the boy’s. Gripping his shoulders, I force him to look at me.

“You’re not alone,” I say, placing my hands either side of his face. “Please fight. Try. Hold on. The ambulance is coming.” Don’t be another Diana.

I shudder against the memories. The foam and the bulging veins.

It’s happening all over again.

Blood trickles from the boy’s nose, dripping onto his fresh, white T-shirt. He drops sideways, falling from my grip. His head smacks against the cement.

The pixie girl shouts into my cell phone about the blood and the foam and the gurgling and the choking. Just like I did for Diana over two years ago. But I already know it’s too late.

“What did he take?” I ask the now silent kids at the front of the group. “Which nanite pill did he take?”

“Bulk,” the fairy says quietly. She folds her wings into her back as her feet touch the ground, one foot tucked neatly behind the other.

I look toward the dying boy as his body convulses. He took the bulk nanite pill. He wanted to be a football player, big and strong and immortal with rock-hard skin. It’s a level ten nanite. The paperwork involved takes months, not to mention the expense. All for nothing. His body rejected the change. It happens sometimes.

He reaches a hand toward me, and I hold it as he chokes out one final syllable, but I can’t tell what it is through the gurgling blood.

His hand falls limp. His bloody eyes see nothing; not the lone black bird flapping in the bright blue sky nor the crowd of worried students slowly shuffling backwards toward the school.

He’s dead.

 

About Marisa Noelle

Marisa Noelle is the writer of middle grade & young adult novels in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy & mental health. The Unadjusteds was released November 2019 and The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep is due out Spring 2020. She is a mentor for the Write Mentor program that helps aspiring MG & YA authors. When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words. Despite being an avid bookworm from the time she could hold a book, being an author came as a bit of a surprise to her as she was a bit of a science geek at school. She lives in Woking, UK with her husband and three children.

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Spotlight on #LGBTQ #Romance: Girl Crazy by @RedLJameson

Hi Everyone! The second book in the multi-author Cupid Dating Agency series is out now! Details are below. I’m putting the finishing touches on my first of four books for the series, and will tell you about it soon! 🙂 Reminder: each story in the series is a unique, standalone read. Happy reading! xo, Celia…

 Girl Crazy book cover, by Red L Jameson, The CUPID Dating Agency series, book 2

 
Title: Girl Crazy
Author: Red L. Jameson
Series: The CUPID Dating Agency
Series #: #2 (standalone read)
Genre: lesbian romance, paranormal romance
Date of Publication: September 24, 2019
ISBN: 9781370721757
ASIN: B07XYGV64R
Page/Word Count: 113 pages

Join bestselling author Red L. Jameson for her first lesbian romance in this fun, funny, and free-spirited read!

Lia Hamasaki is smugly happy as a top editor at the world’s most prestigious publishing house. She’s been passing for human for more than twenty years—her angel wings carefully protected from sight. Those darn wings are her biggest secret. When she hears news that the Cupid Dating agency has found her match and she has to—by law, she has to!—meet a demon, she’s obviously disturbed. Her secret has been carefully kept for decades through a façade of sophisticated elegance and outright lies, and nothing and no one will reveal her secret.

Saphie is free—free from Lucifer’s dungeon where she’d been head writer for thousands of years, and she’s free from Lucifer’s torture. Not only that, but the ever-romantic demon has just been matched with an angel—be still her punk-rock, poetess heart. But as she meets the angel who could be the girl of her dreams, she realizes she won’t fit into the angel’s elegant world. Further, heartbreakingly, the angel doesn’t seem to want her in the first place.

But the law is the law, and the two opposites have to stay glued to each other for the next forty-eight hours where they have a snowball’s chance in hell to fall in heavenly love. But sometimes, especially when the Devil is in the details, those chances are worth the risk.

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About Red L. Jameson

Red L. Jameson lives in the wilds of Montana. While working on a military history master’s degree, she doodled a story that became her bestselling, award-winning romance, Enemy of Mine, part of the Glimpse Time Travel Series. After earning her gigantic master’s—the diploma is just huge, she couldn’t stop doodling stories, more Glimpse stories—because she can’t get enough of hunky Highlanders and buttoned-down Brits—and other stories, a paranormal romance series and contemporary series, which grew into the pen name R. L. Jameson, under which she writes cerebral and spicy erotic romance. She’s currently working on another master’s degree, so who knows what she’ll doodle next!

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About The CUPID Dating Agency

The secret is out: angels and demons walk among us. The Cupid Dating Agency, once merely responsible for aligning the fates of compatible humans, have expanded their portfolio. Operators of luxury cruises and charitable organizations are as valued as casinos and trendy bars, and it’s up to the cupids to find the angels, demons, and humans who will run these businesses. Should a heavenly attraction between the participants lead to all sorts of sinful fun, well, that’s just the icing on the cake.

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Spotlight on #UF #YA #PNR: Pictures of Dorianna by Catherine Stine

Hi Everyone! November is upon us and for me, that means Nanowrimo! I’m working on a new series I’ll share with you soon. Today, author Catherine Stine is here with her YA Urban Fantasy and a prize-packed giveaway, too. Enjoy! xo, Celia

Title: Pictures of Dorianna
Author: Catherine Stine
Genre: Urban Fantasy, YA paranormal romance
Publisher: Konjur Road Press
Release date: October 23, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-7333901-0-1
e-book: 978-1-7333901-1-8
ASIN: B07WGB5HQ6
# or Pages: 327
Word count: 90K
Cover Artist: Najla Qamber

Internet followers, beauty, power. It all sounded good. Until it transformed into a terrifying reality Dorianna couldn’t stop. New twist on Dorian Gray with the first-ever female lead!

When her father is jailed, her mother ships lonely, plain Dorianna to her aunt’s in Brooklyn, NY. There, Dorianna yearns to build a new identity, but the popular Lacey bullies her—mostly for getting attention from her ex, Ander.

Ander takes Dorianna to Coney Island where Wilson, a videographer, creates a stunning compilation of her. She dreams of being an online sensation, as she’s never even had a birthday party, and vows she’d give anything to go viral. Wilson claims he’s the Prince of Darkness and offers her the beauty and fame, even love she’s dreamed of—warning her that a pledge has its downsides. Dorianna has no idea of how dire those consequences might be.

She’s thrust into the spotlight, and an incomprehensible nightmare. Not only is she prettier, she’s gaining harmful powers of manipulation. When her dark forces grow beyond anything she can control, she’s desperate but clueless as to how to stop them.

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EXCERPT

Wilson taps impatiently on the keypad. “You want beauty and youth forever, Dorianna? I can give you that. Power over those mean girls; over a lot of people? It’s yours for a price. Just say it.” His eyes are golden and black and red all at once, like unearthly spears, piercing through me. I’m dizzy. I need fresh air now. But I want this promise more than anything. Ever.

“What’s the price?” I rasp.

Wilson’s stare burns into me. “Can’t say exactly. But there always is.” His words are ice and fire. Flutters of snowflakes pattering silently under my skin that melt into scorching sparks.
I follow an irrepressible urge to stand up, and look down on Wilson with his narrow, feral face and piercings. I need Ander to look at me with that passion. I need those hater girls put in their place. I need a friend, and for people to want to be with me all of the time, to never be bored. Only to love me.

It’s worth any price.

A powerful force in me breaks loose, as if a flu bug is racing rampant down my spine.

“Would you… give your soul?” Wilson’s whisper invades my gut, my brain.

Ander’s aching gaze from our time at the beach shimmers in front of me. Enticing. I can almost feel his kiss. Like water. Drink it in. I’ve never wanted anything as much as I want this. “I’d give anything for power, easy youth and beauty.” My voice comes from all around me, spreading, gluey on my skin. “Yes, I’d even give my… soul.”

The air spirals into a funnel, draining all oxygen from the room with a hiss.

So, so, soul.

In an instant, new air swoops in, suffused with rich, delicious minerals. I gulp it in, openmouthed, so very thirsty. “To be seen and accepted,” I murmur.

Wilson goes head to head with me. “Forget about just being accepted. How about having a following of millions, going viral?”

“Really?” I’m whirling. “Going viral.” Wilson’s promises are golden brands, anointing me, conferring an otherworldly legitimacy I’ve never, ever felt. How does he manage to do this?
Ander returns with the brownies. I luxuriate in the sexy new glint he’s giving me.

“Something feels different in here,” he notes. “It’s colder.” He puts the brownies down. Who needs sweets when he’s looking at me like this? Is this vow a real thing? Is it already working?
An unfamiliar power in me swells with precarious danger and weight as I study Ander and Wilson. Abruptly, I’m flung out of my body, inexplicably looking down on them as pitiful peons who will someday worship at my feet.

As two of the very, very many.

Then, I’m back inside myself stunned by how I was seeing them. The room seems to rush with the force of souls washing through, and I flinch when I hear them moaning. I tell myself it’s only the whir, whir of the hard drives.

 

About Catherine Stine

Catherine Stine is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fantasy, sci-fi thrillers, paranormal romance and young adult fiction. Her novels have earned Indie Notable awards and New York Public Library Best Books for Teens. She lives in Manhattan and loves spending time with her beagle, writing about witches and other fabulous creatures, gardening on her deck, and meeting readers at book fests.

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Spotlight on #postapocalyptic #darkfantasy: The Famished Trilogy by @theanniewalls

Hi Everyone! Author Annie Walls is here today with her post-apocalyptic trilogy. Perfect reading for Halloween. Read on and be sure to enter her tour giveaway, too. Happy Halloween! xo, Celia


Title: The Famished Trilogy Box Set
Author: Annie Walls
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic
Publisher: Annie Walls
Release date: October 1, 2019
# or Pages: 942
Word count: 314K
Cover Artist: Annie Walls

After surviving four years alone, Kansas Moore ventures from her refuge to uncover mankind resumes without her. Upon encountering Rudy Hawthorne, she plunges into a new world deep with secrecy, deception, and manipulation.

Kansas struggles to preserve her humanity from distorting and fading like that of society around her. Not only does she fight the undead, she battles for the resistance. Answers prove dangerous to seek as everything is not what it seems.

As Kan accepts comforts in new friendships and love, she soon realizes civilization isn’t the only thing worth fighting for.

In an exhilarating plot thick with twists and turns, The Famished Trilogy propels you through a unique journey that’s emotional as much as it is gripping. Nothing will prepare you for the ride.

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Title: Taking on the Dead
Series: The Famished Trilogy
Number: Book One
Author: Annie Walls
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic
Publisher: Annie Walls
Release date: Sept. 2012
ISBN 10: 1478276258
ISBN 13: 978-1478276258
ASIN: B009EB4YDU
# or Pages: 310
Word count: 107K
Cover Artist: Stephanie Mooney

Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed. She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It’s the only way to survive. The only way not to draw zombies. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes.

Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes the world has moved on without her. Only it’s not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread.

While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever. Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles. In a post apocalyptic romance trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is emotional as much as it is horrifyingly gripping.

*Not intended for a young audience. Mature content.*

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Title: Controlling the Dead
Series: The Famished Trilogy
Number: Book Two
Author: Annie Walls
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic
Publisher: Annie Walls
Release date: November 2014
ISBN 10: 149361472X
ISBN 13: 978-1493614721
ASIN: B00G8JB1FU
# or Pages: 280
Word count: 95K
Cover Artist: Annie Walls

With the help of her new companions, the path Kansas follows leads to more knowledge of the ever adapting famished.

The team finds help in unlikely places, meeting more survivors, and discovers the possibility of a new beginning.

When the team experiences a devastating loss, Kansas struggles to keep her humanity from fading and distorting like that of the surviving society around her. It begins with knowing who to trust and who to leave behind. First, she must trust herself – she won’t make the same mistakes twice.

As the answers to her questions are revealed, Kansas begins to understand the knowledge comes with a heavy price and great responsibility of controlling the dead.

In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is as emotional as it is horrifyingly gripping.

*For Mature Audience*

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Title: Living with the Dead
Series: The Famished Trilogy
Number: Book Three
Author: Annie Walls
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic
Publisher: Annie Walls
Release date: July 20, 2019
ISBN 10: 1085805409
ISBN 13: 978-1085805407
ASIN: B07VGZ1L76
# or Pages: 370
Word count: 112K
Cover Artist: Annie Walls

For five years, life is strenuous for Kansas Moore as she travels with her team and saves more people from the clutches of the revolutionists. On the downtime, they construct and enlist for their own cause.

When the general assigns her to search for Mago, she turns to the team and what they find overturns everything they’ve learned so far.

In this dramatic conclusion of The Famished Trilogy, things are not what they seem and comfortable living is far from reach.

*This book contains graphic violence, intense language, sexual situations, drug use, and is intended for a mature audience.*

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About Annie Walls

Annie Walls is an author of dark and urban fantasy. She resides on the Tennessee countryside with her husband, son, and bulldog. Far, far away from society. She’s a romantic and misanthropist. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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Spotlight on #ParanormalRomance #Werewolves: Lust by Lola Taylor

Hi Everyone! Say hello to author Lola Taylor. She’s here today with sexy werewolves from her Blood Moon Rising series. Enjoy an excerpt and be sure to enter the Bewitching Spooktacular giveaway, too! xo, Celia


Title: Lust
Number:Companion Novella to Book 2
Series: Blood Moon Rising
Author: Lola Taylor
Genre: Werewolf Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Indigo Dreamer Press
Release date: November 25, 2015
ISBN 10: 0983513171
ISBN 13: 978-0983513179
ASIN: B018PH0R84
# or Pages: 188
Word count: 42K
Cover Artist: Deranged Doctor Design

Takes Place During the Same Timeframe as Book 2 in the Main Series

Can love be born from hatred?

A WOLF WHO HAS SPENT HIS LIFE IN THE SHADOWS OF HIS PAST…

Beta werewolf—and ex–bounty hunter—Shadow knew when his Alpha commanded—er, “politely growled”—for him to attend the werewolf summit, that it was going to royally suck. Not only does he not want to fool around with all that royal werewolf bullshit, but he also knows he’s not exactly everybody’s favorite guy. Considering he ruined a lot of those werewolves’ lives in his old profession, he’ll be lucky if he can survive the weekend. Not to mention his mating Fever is driving him insane—and so is the feisty Alpha female he’s Marked as his mate.

A QUEEN OF WOLVES WHOSE REIGN IS THREATENED…

Spirited Breanna Whiteclaw is barely holding it together. With an ornery Alpha named Strider out to make her—and her pack —his own, and with her pack recovering from recent attacks by an unknown enemy, she has her paws full. Attending the summit means leaving her pack in their time of need, but as a royal werewolf, she knows she has no choice. Add to that the fact that her Blood Moon is approaching, and she has yet to find a mate—until the devilishly handsome Shadow Marks her as his own.

CAN LOVE BE BORN FROM HATRED?

Shadow never intended to go through with the mating ceremony—especially with the daughter of a man he killed. But his Fever has other plans. The more he’s around her, the more he craves her touch, longs to hear her voice, and aches to claim her.

From the moment Shadow’s Mark formed on her hand, Breanna knew her mate-bond was destined for failure. The bounty hunter responsible for her father’s death is the last wolf on this earth she could ever bind herself to forever. But if she wants to remain Alpha and save her pack, she might not have a choice. As Strider closes in on her, she finds herself relying on Shadow’s quiet strength—and craving those rough hands all over her curves.

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EXCERPT

Shadow felt her watching him before he saw her.

His eyes followed his senses, locking onto a tall raven-haired woman with olive skin. Her eyes were slanted and deep brown, her brows thick and black, her lips full. Her features made her look like an Indian princess. Tribal tattoos of black ink covered her biceps and wrists in bands. The simplicity of her inky dress complimented the turquoise stones dangling from her ears. She was radiant.

And pissed as hell as she stormed over to him.

He raked his brain, trying to figure out who this woman was.

“How dare you show your face here, murderer!” she screeched, getting right in his face. Anger seethed from every pore in her lovely, toned body. Not that he was looking.

Eyes upward, mate.

He didn’t flinch at the flung insult. He’d been called worse.

Drake stepped up to stand beside him. “Breanna,” he said smoothly, ever the diplomat. “I see you’ve met my new head of security, Sh—”

“I know who he is,” she spat, still glaring at him. “He’s the man who murdered my father.”

Stunned silence followed the statement. It was the first time Shadow had seen Drake struck speechless. A crowd had gathered around them as people pretended to be chatting but were secretly listening to the fight.

Freaking rubberneckers.

Drake at last shook his head and cleared his throat. “I’m sorry, you must be mistaken.”
“No,” Breanna said coldly, holding Shadow’s gaze. The burning fire in her eyes only made her more attractive. Breanna… Breanna… why couldn’t he remember who she was? “I’ll never forget the face of the man who killed Bear Whiteclaw.”

Bear White… Oh fuck.

This was his daughter? Shadow remembered seeing her at his trial, giving a passionate testimony that nearly had the jury ruling in favor of killing his ass. He hadn’t recognized her. She’d changed in the years since they’d met. She’d grown more into a woman.

A harder, colder version of the tearful pup mourning over her father, a man who deserved to rot in hell for the crimes he’d committed against mankind and paranormals alike. Killing Bear Whiteclaw had been doing the world a favor. Instead, it had earned him the scorn of a lot of people, including the fiery female in front of him.

Words of apology dried up in his mouth. How did you say you were sorry for something like that? “Miss, I—”

“What? You’re sorry? Don’t you dare lie to me, you son of a bitch.” Her dainty hands formed fists, which trembled at her sides. Blood dribbled between her fingers, dripping to the floor. Her claws must have come out. He’d bet his retirement she was itching to tear his face off. She’d probably smile while doing it.

A tall blond man who looked as if he could bench press a bus walked up to Breanna and whispered something in her ear. The tension eased out of her, but only slightly.

She stepped up to Shadow, her lips brushing his cheek and making him shiver.

“If it’s the last thing I do,” she whispered, “I’ll kill you.”

In one fluid motion, she was gone. He watched her walk away, his body too wired from the heat burning through him.

A fire that had blazed to life the second her lips had caressed his skin with the threat of death.

 

About Lola Taylor

“Lola Taylor” is a pen name created for the romances I can’t show my grandma without blushing. My favorite genre to write is romantic suspense, usually involving hot werewolves, warlocks, or any other type of paranormal creature. Keep the action hot and the romance hotter—that’s my motto! I’m a horror film junkie, I still love Halloween as an adult (seriously, I think I get more excited for it than some kids do), and what precious spare time I have is spent with my family, reading (everything from sci fi to middle grade), playing the flute, painting pretty pictures, or screwing around on Pinterest or Etsy. Hailing from the South, I currently live in the Midwest with five fur babies and my hubby.

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Spooktacular Spotlight on #ParanormalRomance: T.L. Christianson’s Shades of Red Series

Hi Everyone! It’s a spotlight on two books today from T. L. Christianson’s Shades of Red series. Enjoy an excerpt plus TL’s viewing recommendations for Halloween. Be sure to enter the giveaway, too! Enjoy! xo, Celia

Title: Scarlet – Taming the Thirst
Series: Shades of Red #2
Author: T.L. Christianson
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Thriller-Suspense
Publisher: Myth and Moon Press
Release date: 12/04/18
ASIN: B07J6SGQY1
ISBN: 978-1097339587
# or Pages: 284
Word count: 86K
Cover Artist: German Creative

Sarah’s determined to cure the vampire plague…if she can control her bloodlust.

Sarah’s determined to cure the vampire plague…if she can control her bloodlust. To keep her in line, sexy, soldier Karsten has been assigned to her. He may be just what the doctor ordered…

A rogue scientist is infecting the Moroi of the world with a deadly disease, and one woman is willing to risk it all for the cure. Dr. Sarah Shepard doesn’t let anything get in her way. She’s a renegade virologist who’s on a mission to find a cure.

However, as a new vampire, her out-of-control bloodlust has ruined her marriage, taken her kids and continues to plague her at every turn.Karsten Ingvar is an elite Danish soldier who specializes in taming new vampires. When he takes an assignment to help the prestigious Dr. Shepard, he can’t help but be fascinated and compelled by her determination and beauty.Together, they begin to track down this madman, but the more they learn, the more questions they have.When Karsten’s centuries-old past steps between him and Sarah, she’s forced to make an unthinkable choice between her love for the soldier and her old life.

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EXCERPT

I’m Dr. Sarah Shepard, and I’m a vampire.
Apparently, my “blood lust” has become an issue for my employers, and I’ve been assigned this crazy cute soldier. But, I’ve got a better use for his skills…no…not that, as tempting as it is. Don’t be so dirty minded…
No, someone out there has created a disease that’s ripping through the moroi world. With our combined skills, I’m going to find this scientist, capture him and cure this disease once and for all!
I know this can’t make up for the loss of my husband and my children, but it’s a start.

Title: Ruby – Blood is Thicker Than Water
Series: Shades of Red #3
Author: T.L. Christianson
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Thriller-Suspense
Publisher: Myth and Moon Press
Release date: 6/25/19
ASIN: B07R1M3L9S
ISBN: 978-1073899142
# or Pages: 300
Word count: 68K
Cover Artist: German Creative

Caught between a vampire clan leader and a sexy human bounty hunter, Hazel Richards, unfortunately, can’t have them both.

Finding herself kicked out of her clan, job, and Manhattan apartment, Hazel teams up with bounty hunter Alexei. Their target is the Butcher, a notorious killer of Vampires. During the investigation, sparks fly between the two. However, Hazel’s clan leader, Aurev, won’t escape her mind. She’s been close to him for almost 80 years. Surely, she’d know if Aurev wanted more…or would she?

When a cryptic thumb drive comes in Hazel’s life, it implicates her clan and could spell ruin for them all. Alexei already has a job, but he’s willing to abandon a rich reward to help solve the mystery. But he might not help her if he knows that she’s devoted to her leader. Is Aurev really unattainable or has he harbored feelings for Hazel all along? Is Alexei who she really wants or is he just a backup?

A sexy bounty hunter, a loyal clan leader, a mysterious thumb drive and a threatening letter. Someone’s accusing the New York vampire clan of treachery and Hazel has to figure it out before her world comes crashing down!

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T.L. Christianson’s Top 10 Halloween Movies

Halloween is my most favorite holiday! There are so many reasons why I love it! The air has become crisp and clean, with a scent of leaves and rain. There’s a bustle of hurry as all the fields begin their final harvest for the year, and a sense of celebration is in the air. Besides, I have a huge sweet tooth and what better way to celebrate eating some candy and the change of seasons than with a movie? Here are my top 10 films, enjoy!

10 – Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)
This is such a classic vampire movie. Buffy’s scrunchie, bunchy socks, and big bangs will take you back to the ’90s. Buffy deals with all the stereotypical “girl” problems like boys and periods, but manages to kick butt and look good while doing it. Even though it’s been eclipsed by the Buffy TV series with Sarah Michelle Gellar, this movie is still a fantastic flick and will forever feel like Halloween to me.

9 – Ghostbusters (1984)
Nothing says spooky and Halloween like this original film. Ghostbusters is such a classic that it’s been duplicated, imitated but never replicated. It’s fun and scary, and I just love the entire storyline. If you haven’t seen this movie, stream it tonight!

7 – Scooby Doo (2002)
Alright, this movie is kind of a guilty pleasure for me. It shouldn’t be good, it should be terrible, but for some reason I love it. As a Nancy Drew fan and a definite old school Scooby Doo fan, this movie just struck a sweet spot for me. For Halloween, this is a go-to film.

6 – The Village (2004)
Yas Queen…The Village. I love the entire premise of this movie. While it has some big names like Sigourney Weaver, I don’t think it’s that well known. I love The Village because the story has such a surprising reveal midway through, flipping the entire paradigm the original plot is built on. This scary story has a ring of plausibility for me, and that’s why it’s on my Halloween top 10 list.

5 – Practical Magic (1998)
This falls into the classic witch tale catagory. Two spinsters raising little girls, a curse and best of all the most fantastic house ever! This house has its own cult following. I mean part of watching this movie is to see this house…am I right? Also, with heavy hitters like Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, Practical Magic makes magic feel practically real.

4 – Zombieland (2009)
Ah man, what’s not to love? This is a super fun, modern zombie flick. There’s a nerd, a pretty girl, zombies, and Bill Murry. If you haven’t seen this little-known film, go check it out!

3 – The Craft (1996)
This movie seemed dangerous and forbidden to me as a youth, but I love this film for the sheer believability of it. If four teenagers had magic, how would they use or misuse their power and what would the consequences be? I’d think kind of like this.

3 – Lost Boys (1987)
“Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never Die. It’s fun to be a vampire.”
I think the Lost Boys were the first sexy vampires—I mean they were scary and total hoods, but this movie is funny, frightening and hot as hell.

2 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
This is the first movie of the Harry Potter series, which has been wholly capitalized on in the last 18 years it’s been out. From Diagon Alley being recreated in the swamps of Florida to actual grown adults running around with sticks between their legs to imitate Quidditch (a game on flying broom sticks to those of you living under a rock.) Nevertheless, I will always love this book and movie because of the sheer enchantment, hope, and wonder it evokes. It’s genuinely one of my all-time favorite movies, but I save it to watch during October to add to that sense of amazement and change we feel during this time of year.

1 – Goonies (1985)
This uber classic movie not only reminds me of Fall and Halloween, but of my childhood and a more innocent time. Everything about this film screams nostalgia for me and for that reason, it’s my ultra-all-time fall favorite. There are bad guys, bullies and romance all wrapped up in an HEA. Goonies never say die!

About T. L. Christianson

T.L. lives in Colorado with her husband and two children. She’s a graduate from the University of Colorado in Boulder and an avid outdoorswoman. When she’s not outside or writing, you’ll find her playing the Sims, a new Nancy Drew Mystery game or watching some Netflix.

She’s always jotted down stories and even wrote her first novel at age 16. T.L. finally decided to share her stories with the world and pursue publication after a severe injury left her in the hospital. She was given a bleak prognosis with lots of restrictions. Fighting to overcome them, T.L. has defied her doctors expectations and now lives a normal life. Although she still struggles occasionally from the fallout of her injuries, she’s a fighter and wants merely to give her readers the joy and contentment that she feels when reading a good book.

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