Dirty Dozen Character Interview – Steve Barras – Ghosts/Here Be Ghosts/

Welcome to Steve Barras

  • Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m dead. I occupy living human bodies.

  • Tell us why you’re embarking on this adventure?

I didn’t choose it. It was thrust upon me. But I don’t want anyone else to go through this, either.

  • Do you have a moral code? If so what might it be?

…I did, once. I helped people. I was good at it. But then I died, and now I have to kill to survive.

  • Would you kill for those you love?

…I killed those I loved. I stopped myself and only kill strangers now.

  • Would you die for those you love?

There’s no point. I’m already dead.

  • Who is your greatest enemy?

I am my own worst enemy. But I will stop the Other in any way I can.

  • What is your greatest weakness (we won’t tell)?

I can’t just die for real. Instinct forces me out to hunt when by all rights I should die with the body.

  • How would you describe yourself?

Look in the mirror. You won’t see me there, because I’m already wearing your body.

  • How do you think others see you?

They don’t because they would only see someone they already know.

  • Do you believe you will be successful in your quest?

I have to be. The Other is killing for the thrill of it. I have to stop him, show him he doesn’t have to live this way. He doesn’t have to burn this fast and I can show him how to live a little longer.

  • What is your greatest fear?

That I will spend eternity burning out bodies until there are no more left.

  • What do you think of your author/creator?

Another body to occupy until it burns out. *shrug* Not my preferred choice in bodies, but if needs must, then I will take it.

 

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For the author

Books in which this character appears:

A Burning Rainbow Man, a short story

Available from Smashwords

Links, short author bio…

You can find my work here:

Ann Stratton – author bio

https://draft2digital.com/book/

and of course, here on Bundle Rabbit.

Ann Stratton started writing at thirteen, with the typical results. She’s gotten a little better since then, she hopes, having taken a much more serious approach in later years. She lives in Southeastern Arizona, trying to juggle too many interests at once.

 

 

 

New Release – Here Be Ghosts Bundle

 

Here Be Ghosts Bundle

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https://bundlerabbit.com/b/here-be-ghosts

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/here-be-ghosts

Amazon https://amzn.to/2NP1nCN

I books https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1436455347

Nook http://bit.ly/2NoYzwA

https://books2read.com/HereBeGhostsBundle

Myth, Monsters and Mayhem Volume 6

Who are they? What are they? The souls of the long departed, or wicked manifestations of sin?

Tales of ghosts and spectres have enthralled us since time began. From ghostly servants, spectral possession, a space-going ghostbuster, to Halloween horrors, wicked toads and missing children these tales bring chills and thrills.

Ancient horrors, long-dead rockers, family secrets and helpful murder victims join them in providing the shivers and the quivers.

Dare you venture with the dead-walking?

13 tales of spooks, lost souls, and weird adventures.

Communication Breakdown – Dayle A. Dermatis

Alfred Lets Loose – Linda Jordan

Seventh – Debbie Mumford

Crossing the Naiad – J.M. Ney-Grimm

Full Circle – Kate MacLeod

Roadside Ghosts: A Collection of Horror and Dark Fantasy – Steve Vernon

The Palace – Leah Cutter

A Burning Rainbow Man – Ann Straton

The Whole World for Each – Kate MacLeod

The Queen of Toads – Joe Bonadonna

Ghosts and Ghoulies – Deb Logan

The Secret of Blossom Rise: A Ghost Story

The Popcorn Thief – Leach Cutter

 

Blog Tour and Character Interview – Campbell Ryan Quinto/Mary Ramsey Paranormal/Ghosts

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Name:  Cam

Which book/world do you live in? Dakota Son

Tell us about yourself: (Name, race/species, etc.) Hi, my name is Campbell Ryan Quinto and I’m a ghost.

How do you see your world? For the first few years after my death, I saw the world like a movie; watching the worst of reality happen in front of my eyes with no way of helping the people I care about. But now, after meeting Sean (my sister’s new boyfriend, her new saviour,) I’m able to leave the hospital and follow him as his guardian angel. Although there is still a limit to the people I can actually communicate with, my world has been opened significantly.

What part do you play in this tale? When I was 18 I chose to end my life, rather than keep fighting the ongoing war with cancer. I left behind my parents and my little sister. My mother blamed my father for my choice and my sister Jen rebelled as she grew into a teenager. I was stuck watching it all play out; my own personal hell. When Jen was 14 she was beaten and raped by her now ex-boyfriend, for defending the disabled kid. Not that Sean is disabled. Cystic Fibrosis is legally considered a disability, but one look at the guy you would never guess the tall, high school athlete was anything other than a normal teen.

Dakota Son, is his story. You’ll have to read it to find out more of his side of the narrative. All I know is: I’m now his guardian angel, attached to him so I can use his physical form as a means of interacting with the world of the living.

Do you consider yourself a good person/creature? I try to be.

Do you follow any religion? I lived and died a Catholic. I believe in God, and hopefully one day he will allow me to cross over.

What is your favourite colour/food/music (pick one)? Blue; the colour of the sky, the ocean, the world of the living.

 Links to book etc

Dakota Son Amazon

Dakota Son – Amazon UK

Barnes and Noble

Google Play

Kobo

Find out more about the author at :

https://dourdan.wordpress.com

https://twitter.com/pisforpearl

https://www.deviantart.com/dourdan

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 Make sure to follow the whole tour—the more posts you visit throughout, the more chances you’ll get to enter the giveaway. The tour dates are here: http://writermarketing.co.uk/prpromotion/blog-tours/currently-on-tour/mary-ramsey/

 Use the Rafflecopter to enter for your chance to win one of two Amazon or iTunes gift cards.

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The Secret of Blossom Rise – A Ghost Story

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The Secret of Blossom Rise: A Ghost Story:

 When a young nurse accepts a job at a former military hospital she unearths a family secret and finds the spectral occupants a little too familiar.

A short ghost story.

This will be appearing soon in Here Be Ghosts Bundle.

 

Universal Link

Amazon UK

https://amzn.to/2MUEeim

Amazon.com

https://amzn.to/2wPsVOt

 

#Book Spotlight – Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island – Michael P Cash #Paranormal

Title: Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island
Author: Michael Phillip Cash
 
Synopsis:
Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife’s spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife’s soul free.
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Chelshire, Inc.
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Boo! Fore! Horror Anthology #Halloween

I’m pleased to share Boo! Fore! Amazon link

A mixed bag of tricks and treats, this Halloween anthology is sure to have something for everyone.

Moving On – Leland Dirks
Beneath a Bloated Yellow Moon – Nicole Storey
Floating – Laurie Boris
Miss Clemency Fisher – Mark Morris
Letter From the Road – Erin McGowan
Masquerade – LB Clark
Dead Broke – Jen Daniele
A Tricky Treat – Ann Cathey
Full Moon Rising – Nancy DeCilio Gauthier
Ghost Ship – Kristina Jackson
Hiding – Joshua Lay
Sensitive Skin – JD Mader
The Watcher – AL Butcher
Blood Brothers – Erin McGowan
Robin Hood – Laurie Boris
Smoke on the Wind – Ann Cathey
Hitchhiker- Leland Dirks
Untitled – Rich Meyer
Cautionary Tale – LB Clark
Clown Harvest – Jen Daniele

Personally I’ll be avoiding the clown one as I don’t want nightmares but the others are a great mix.

All the profits go to a veterans’ charity to help soldiers and ex soldiers deal with mental health issues such as PTSD.

Boot Campaign’s reboot: http://www.bootcampaign.org/reboot/

Over the next week or so I’ll be interviewing the various authors involved.

#Horror #Halloween #Indieauthors

Character Interview Number Thirty-Three – Nanette Louise Burton – Paranormal

Name (s) Nanette Louise Burton (Max Murdoch, my pesky ghost may show up, too)

Age 27

Please tell us a little about yourself.

Nan: I was born and raised in Irvine, California, and worked as an IT programmer until my job with a local bank ended in 2008. Fortunately, I inherited a cottage on the sand in Laguna Beach. Just in time, too, since I had nowhere else to live. Along with the house, I inherited a dog and an annoying, self-important, arrogant, demanding ghost.

Max: I resent your characterization. I am a well-known and established author of women’s literature.

Nan: Romance, you mean. And you wrote as Maxine DuBois. Very few people, and certainly no one under the age of a hundred, would have a clue as to who Max Murdoch is.

Max: Harrumph.

Describe your appearance in 10 words or less.

Nan: Dirty blonde, curly hair, tall, lean, ordinary.

Max: I would hardly say ordinary. After all, you resemble your great-great-aunt Nanette, and she could have passed for a movie star.

Nan: Max, the request was for ten words or less. Please let me do this on my own.

Max: How can one adequately express oneself with such restrictions?

Do you have a moral code? If so what is it?

Nan: Care for others, and no matter how dire the circumstance, there still is hope. I moved into my cottage at a time when I had no job and no prospects. Then I met Max, and he forced me to complete his old manuscript.

Max: Just a moment. Our collaboration resulted in a new career. Your association with me opened whole new vistas for you.

Nan: Exactly. Just when everything looked bleak, Max came into my life, and I discovered so much more than I ever dreamed possible.

Max: Thank you, my dear.

What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?

Nan: Through the past year, I’ve discovered how resourceful I am. As an only child, I guess I depended on my parents as a safety net. When they weren’t around, I had to figure out some things for myself.

Max: Harrumph.

Nan: With Max’s help, of course.

Do you have any relationships you prize above others? Why

Nan: I love my parents. For many years, I was closer to them than to anyone else. While working on Max’s book, I met Helen, his former secretary. I grew to love her like the grandmother I never had. Oh, and then there’s Steve. His father and grandfather were Max’s publishers. Now Steve is mine. Well, he’s a lot more than my publisher. In the past, I made some poor choices of boyfriends. Steve taught me how a guy should treat a girl he likes. Yeah, now that Helen’s gone, Steve is definitely my best friend.

Do you like animals? Do you have any pets/animal companions?

Nan: Along with the cottage, I inherited Mitzi, my great-great-aunt Netta’s spoiled shih tsu. I certainly didn’t want a dog at first, but now I don’t know what I’d do without her.

Can you remember something from your childhood which influences your behaviour? How do you think it influences you?

Nan: Swimming in the ocean. I nearly died when I was a little kid. If it hadn’t been for a lifeguard, I’d have drowned. From my window, I can see the ocean. I jog on the beach, and I love to watch the surfers, but I’m not going out in it.

Tell Us About Your World

Please give us a little information about the world in which you live.

Nan: Laguna Beach is a small town on the coast of Southern California. Lots of artists live there because it’s so beautiful. In fact, I have a really nice painting on my wall.

Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where?

Nan: No. Without a car I was pretty well stuck in Laguna. Fortunately Steve came down and took me around the area.

What is the technology would you not be able to live without?

Nan: When I moved into my house, I discovered it had no TV or microwave. At least I had my laptop with me so I could work on Max’s novel, but I really needed the microwave. I ordered one online, and it took forever to arrive.

Max: When it did, you nearly burned the house down.

Nan: Max, stuff a sock in it and stay out of this. It’s my interview.

What made you choose computer programming as a profession, and how did you end up completing Max’s novel?

Nan: I took programming in college because we were told there would always be a need for programmers. What I hadn’t counted on was the collapse of the banking industry. There were few jobs, and none requiring my specific experience.

When I moved into the house, Max refused to let me sleep unless I typed up his stupid manuscript and finished it. I couldn’t even decipher his scribbling, much less make sense of the story.

Max: Now see here, young woman. My final effort would have been a masterpiece if you had not tinkered with it.

Nan: Max, it’s only a good story because I fixed it.

Max: It did not need fixing by you or anyone else.

Nan: The publisher thought it did.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

Nan: Write what you know, but don’t be afraid of what you don’t know. You are then forced to do research until you do know.

Max: I believe I said that to you.

Nan: Yeah, Max, you did. I learned a lot from you.

Author notes:

Book(s) in which this character appears plus links

Ghost Writer http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Writer-Lorna-Collins/dp/1610092023/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437591979&sr=8-1&keywords=ghost+writer+collins

Blurb for Ghost Writer:

When unemployed computer programmer Nan Burton inherits a California beach cottage from her great-aunt, she’s delighted. But she’s in for a huge surprise: The house is haunted by the ghost of famous romance writer Max Murdoch (pen name Maxine DuBois) who insists Nan complete his last novel, threatening to keep her from sleeping until she agrees. The ensuing clash pits youth against the long-dead but still egotistical author with humorous and moving results.

Author name: Lorna Collins

Website/Blog/Author pages etc.

You can find out more about me at our website: http://www.lornalarry.com

Follow my blog at: http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/

Social Media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorna.l.collins

Twitter: @LornaCollins

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lkcollins75/

LinkedIn: Lorna Collins http://tinyurl.com/nunt9no

Tales from Darker Places – Horror and Dark Fantasy Anthology – Indie Collaboration

 

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I am delighted to announce the publication of Tales from Darker Places – the second horror and dark fantasy anthology by the Indie Collaboration.

The book is a mix of work from authors familiar and new and will be, as are all the Indie Collaboration works, free. At least when Amazon catches up!  The mission of the Indie Collaboration is to share the work of up and coming authors in bite sized chunks, gaining recognition for the authors and sharing a taste of their work with readers.

Usually my work is fantasy, but for this anthology I have included a story about Jack the Ripper, the infamous Victorian serial killer. It is half based on fact – the death of the victim, the time and the situation are real but the killer’s identity is conjecture.  It was not easy to write, nor is it easy to read. The Autumn of Terror was a truly terrifying time for the citizens of London in 1888, especially the poor.  There is also a poem which is a companion piece to the story.   Both are dark. So Many Nights, So Many Sins is vampire tale of darkness and defiance.

The entire volume is not for the faint of heart or the squeamish but the tales and poems are varied and there is something to suit lovers of the dark and deadly.

Authors included in this volume:

Donny Swords:

Dark Places

The Cleansing Bar

Sandra

A Chance Meeting?

Chris Raven

The Worm’s Head Manuscript 

The Sham

A.L Butcher

Jack is My Name

A Blade in the Night

So Many Nights, So Many Sins

Moonlight

Alan Hardy

Double

Adam Bigden

Where?

Dani J Caile

A Day in the Life of a Zombie

Payback

 

Amazon Link http://www.amazon.com/Indie-Collaboration-Presents-Chilling-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00ODS3HQY

Paperback link http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Darker-Places-Collaboration-Presents/dp/150272913X

Curl up with this shivery Halloween anthology.

 

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Book Review – The Lore of the Land

The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England’s Legends, from Spring-heeled Jack to the Witches of Warboys  by Westwood and Simpson

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Lore-Land-Englands-Spring-heeled/dp/0141021039/

This is a fascinating book covering every county in England. Tales of ghosts, giants, heroes, villains, monsters, place-names, kings, witches and so much more. England has a very rich history of folklore – some of it very strange indeed! The accounts are about a paragraph or so each, interspersed with longer two-page spreads, images and at 900 or so pages is a hefty read. This is a must for any fan of English history, folk-lore, fairy tales, ghost stories, and the general oddness of folk.

Many of the counties had similar beliefs, some now seeming strange to us and some of the accounts are sad, some funny, and some just plain weird. Most are from the fairly recent or more distant past – when science was in its infancy and religion accounted for most people’s knowledge of the world. Yet it wasn’t clear cut as belief in god went hand in hand with belief in fairies, giants and dragons.  You’d be surprised how many churches were moved; how often the Devil tried to drown/bury or otherwise play havoc with a town; how many dragons and giants stride the land and how many ghosts, headless horses and boggarts haunt us.  This is a book which shows us the mythic past of England.

The book is long but a great resource, and a great book to dip into.