Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Halloween Treat... "Taste of Blood."

I had intended to write a free scary/romantic short story around the theme of Halloween for you all, but got seriously sidelined by an unexpected illness right at the end of the month.

Instead, I'm offering my thriller "Taste of Blood: A Reese Mackenzie Novel" for free, as a one-day promotion Halloween only.

"Taste of Blood" was a story that I developed with a producer/director, who was looking for a vampire-themed story he could film in Romania. By a stroke of luck I had a vampire story ("My Immortal") but he wanted to get away from the more traditional Gothic love story that contained. Instead, he wanted a grittier, contemporary, urban take on the myth that could basically be summed up in the pitch: "Interview with a Vampire" meets "Se7en."

What he did like from "My Immortal" was my heroine, who had a tenuous grasp on her sanity. This is largely due to the fact she used to be a vampire in a past life. So I developed the protagonist of TOB, Reese Mackenzie, to face similar paranormal challenges. Instead of being a reincarnated vampire like "My Immortal's" heroine, Adele, Reese has psychic visions concerning murder victims just 'cuz she was born that way. These start as premonitions prior to any contact, but once she heads over to good ol' Transylvania, her gift kicks into overdrive. She makes the frightening discovery that merely coming into physical contact with someone can give her the foresight of their death.

Reese already knows what can happen if she makes the mistake of telling people they're going to die before they do, so she hides from this gift as long as she can. Each clue hits closer and closer to home until she is propelled into action. Ultimately she becomes her own detective to piece together the clues left behind by this serial killer, who is bound and determined for the world to think he's a vampire.

Whether he is or not... eh, you'll have to read the book to know for sure. ;)

If you're a fan of my romances, this is not a romance novel - although there is a romantic element. This was written as a thriller/horror story, and it gets scary even for me. I get to flex a little different muscle with "Taste of Blood." And Reese is a lot of fun to write, and I can definitely see taking her into other mystical adventures in the future. Book One is mostly based on the screenplay I developed with aforementioned producer/director, that was sadly shelved after financing fell through. (Ah, Hollywood.)

The Kindle version is free for Halloween only, and I'll be giving away paperbacks through a Goodreads contest starting November 1.

So enjoy this spooky read as a Halloween treat from me to you. And if you do get to read the book for free, consider giving it a rating/review - especially if you really enjoy it and want to see another book in the series.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

#FavouriteMovieQuotes - Name some of mine and win free books!

#FavouriteMovieQuotes was trending on Twitter today, which made me smile. I love movie quotes and can often pop off with one for no particular reason at all. (Some movies I can quote verbatim, much to the annoyance of my DH, or darling hubby.) Rather than spam the Twitter feeds of all my followers, I thought I'd do a blog.

And since I'm doing a blog, I might as well do a contest.

Let's have some fun with this. I'll post some movie quotes and you guys can play along. Get as many of them as you can and you'll be entered in a drawing to win autographed copies of my popular GROUPIE saga, both books 1 and 2, (a $28 value,) or really any two books of mine you'd like to own autographed copies of. I'm flexible.

Here are the quotes. Send your answers in an email to:

Play all the way to the end of the month. I'll announce the winner on November 1.

1.) "When I lived in Porpoise Spit, I used to sit in my room for hours and listen to ABBA songs. But since I've met you and moved to Sydney, I haven't listened to one Abba song. That's because my life is as good as an Abba song. It's as good as Dancing Queen."

2.) "I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request."

3.) "Not threatening enough? Listen, you take your hands off me or I'll knee your balls right through the roof of your mouth! Is that enough of a threat?"

4.) "Lose it? I didn't lose it. It's not like, "Whoops! Where'd my job go?" I QUIT. Someone pass the asparagus, please."

5.) "You give us good salaries, paid vacations, insurance. You take away our problems and act like you've done us a favor. Well, you haven't, and some day there'll be an uprising, and the masses will regain the misery they're entitled to!"

6.) "Well forget it! I'm not doing it! This episode was badly written!"

7.) "Tell Victor that Ramon - -the fella he met about a week ago? - -tell him that Ramon went to the clinic today, and I found out that I have, um, herpes simplex 10, and I think Victor should go check himself out with his physician to make sure everything is fine before things start falling off on the man."

8.) "Do you think I'd speak for you? I don't even know your language."

9.) "That ain't Lake Minnetonka."

10.) "Well, you can't never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo."

11.) "That's good. A little anger. It's a bit late, but it's nice to see."

12.) "I feel like you're driving me to court martial. This is crazy. What did I do? I feel like you're gonna pull over and snuff me. What, you're not allowed to talk? Hey, Forrest!"

13.) "Is this a kissing book?"

14.) "Oh it don't make no kind of sense. Big ol' ox like Grady won't sit next to a colored child. But he eats eggs- shoot right outta chicken's ass!"

15.) "I was jealous. I was so jealous of you I couldn't see straight! You did everything you said you were going to do, everything! And your talent, this incredible talent! I can't even yodel!"

16.) "Dear Lord, we ask that you bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies. And we ask forgiveness, Lord, for the fornication that Mr. Sprock and me committed this morning on this very table."

17.) "I was hiding under your porch because I love you."

18.) "This is the Puppet Hospital and Burn Center. It's relatively new."

19.) "Lost my muchness, have I?"

20.) "Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me."

Good luck! :)