Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Here Be Magic Authors Talk Halloween Books + Giveaway

Posted by: Veronica Scott
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As we cross from October into November, we pass through Halloween, the Day of the Dead, and Samhain. Such an otherworldly season lends itself to a certain kind of book ... and the authors at Here Be Magic have banded together to talk about a few such stories. Plus, in the spirit of all treats and no tricks, we have an amazing giveaway you can enter at the bottom of this post!

Winners name will be listed on the November 6th Here Be News post.

Can a skeptical detective save a psychic after a serial killer targets her?
SOMETHING WICKED has it all for the Halloween season — ghosts, psychics, and a serial killer who calls himself The Grim Reaper. I also set it in Charleston, South Carolina, which is purported to be one of the most haunted cities in America. Anyone who has ever visited Charleston will appreciate what great atmosphere it lends to a spooky story, especially when the story is set in fall. As the second book in my psychic detectives series, SOMETHING WICKED can also easily be read as a standalone, so if you're looking for something that's a little spooky and a little funny, too, give it a try this Halloween! Homicide detective Dylan Collins is tracking a serial killer, and when the woman Dylan spent the night with turns up and offers her services as a psychic consultant on the case, his ardor quickly cools. Last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a con artist. It doesn't take long for Dylan to realize Alexandra King is the real deal – and the killer's next target. 
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A pixie, a dragon, and some sex magic in the woods on Halloween...

This short novella, originally published in a Halloween anthology, is still one of my favorites. Tywla and Bram are sweet, kick-ass, and funny together as well as scorchingly sexy, and the magic of Samhain/Halloween infuses their story.

Dani Harper, FIRST BITE:
A reluctant hero. An unwilling heroine. And a new pack of Changelings in a darker paranormal tale that brushes the edges of horror...
Out of all my books, this one is my “Most Halloween-y”. Because Halloween is not all candy and fun—there’s a chilling thread of fear at its heart, a primal memory that great evil resides in the world as well as good. The story also qualifies for Halloween reading due to the strange way it came about. First Bite wasn’t even a faint idea in the back of my mind. The characters, Travis and Neva, simply started talking in my head one day, and never let up until the book was finished. It was like taking notes while being haunted!

Available on Amazon in Kindle ebook, paperback, and audiobook at https://www.amazon.com/First-Bite-Dark-Wolf-Book-ebook/dp/B00BI4W7G2

Jenny Schwartz, STORM ROAD 
When a woman with secrets saves a man hunted by a ghoul, the choice is stark: salvation or damnation.

I was thinking of Barbara Michaels' gothic romantic suspense novels when I wrote STORM ROAD. I wanted the eeriness she evokes as ordinary people face a horrifying supernatural threat. So, here is a Civil War era ghoul for you this Halloween. Beware! 

Jody Wallace, TANGIBLE:
Dreams don’t come true, but nightmares do.

Halloween appropriateness: TANGIBLE is set in a world where certain humans' dreams create monsters--nightmare monsters. And the dreamwalkers exist to save the rest of the world from their own dreams. Halloween is all about vampires and other critters of the night, and in TANGIBLE readers get that with a side of pop culture and sexual tension between Zeke, a cynical dreamwalker, and Maggie, the new dreamer he's been assigned to mentor.

Because even zombies deserve a happily ever after.

A billionaire cursed to turn into a zombie--and a curvy kitchen witch who might be able to save him. Plus delicious FOOD - inspired by my favorite restaurant, Mythos, in Joplin, MO.  This story has all the fun of a category romance - with paranormal elements just in time for Halloween!


With the cold weather quickly setting in, Lark is trying to ensure she has what she needs to make it through another bone-chilling winter in the cabin in the woods, but something has decided to pay her a visit. The question is, who? Or better yet, what?

There is a human invading his sanctuary, and he is determined to get rid of her. Humans in the past have left of their own accord, but not without a threat from him. However, this one is proving difficult. But she’ll go. One way or another, he will make her.
The thing is demanding that Lark leave, but she has nowhere to go. No one who cares.  So she's determined to stand her ground.

After all, what does she have to lose, besides her life?

When Sourcebooks came up with the idea of a Halloween story, I knew just what to write--a masquerade party gone sideways! Sadie, like me, loves Halloween. And paired up with a scary-on-the-outside motorcycle mechanic/reality star, Sadie and Gear fill the story with enough sexy tricks to make Maureen L Bonatcvhup for one happily-ever-after of a treat. If you love Halloween and romance as much as I do, you'll love ALL I WANT FOR HALLOWEEN.

Dressed up and anonymous, Sadie Liberato feels powerful, sexy and free. Where better to lose herself than a masked party?

Gear Blackstone’s cheating ex and scheming best friend have managed to spin his life into a serious downward spiral. At least with a mask on he can cut loose for one night. And cut loose he does—with the sexiest, snarkiest chick he’s ever met.

After a scorching-hot encounter, Sadie and Gear are desperate to find each other in real life. But can the heat last when the masks come off?
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Maureen L. Bonatch, GRANDMA MUST DIE
She's a witch hunting a spell. He's hunting witches and falling for her.
Grandma Must Die is easily the most appropriate book I’ve written to read for Halloween. This book is bursting with witches, spells, and magic bounty hunters— not to mention sexy heroines with sass and stilettoes.

This book was such fun to write. Escape your ordinary everyday with this delicious book-candy treat without any pesky calories. Grandma Must Die takes you into a world where magic is known but forbidden. So curl up with your cauldron of candy and get ready to challenge the rules. Because who hasn’t wished to be able to hop on a broom and fly away?
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Living forever is hard. Loving forever? Impossible.

I have several books that are set at least partially on Halloween (including the first book in this series, In the Dark). But I chose this one because it’s got a great Halloween party scene.  I love the idea of vampires celebrating Halloween—even though some of my older vampires think it's tacky. In a way, it reminds me of the first Halloween episode from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Lost: One locket filled with memories. Will finding it lead Rachel to peace and happiness?

Ghosts Take Over Havenport! The Witching Hour will soon be upon us--anyone think Havencroft Manor's most famous dearly departed will stop by for a visit? Such a haunting tale of love and betrayal makes the town gossip columnist stand up and take notice. Just read the story and we'll take a stroll down memory lane to find out all the juicy details.
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Steampunk Victorian detective novel with werewolves

What makes it an ideal book for Halloween: It has werewolves, creepy automatons, and a Ripper-like killer stalking the dark streets of Victorian London.  What’s not to love?

Singer of Death is a Beauty and the Beast story (with a female beast) set around Halloween. Unlike the other Annwyn books this one takes place mostly in our world, the hero and heroine are both changelings who use their magic for good and bad. They, like the humans they live among, are trying to deal with the fallout from the plagues that killed hundreds of thousands. I don’t usually write holiday stories, but Halloween worked for this one as it is a time that fairies can reveal their true selves and people don’t flee terrified. At Halloween people expect to see monsters…

Veronica Scott, GHOST OF THE NILE
Can he solve his own murder 200 years after the fact?
While ancient Egypt didn’t have the concept of Halloween, they definitely had myths and strong beliefs about ghosts, which made it a fascinating idea for me, to make the hero a ghost.

Betrayed, murdered, and buried without proper ceremony, Egyptian warrior Periseneb is doomed to roam the gray deserts of the dead as a ghost for all eternity. But then the goddess of truth offers him a bargain: return to the world of the living as her champion for 30 days. If he completes his mission, he’ll be guaranteed entry into Paradise. Periseneb agrees to the bargain but, when he returns to the living world, two hundred years have passed and nothing is quite as he expected.

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Gift certificate provided by authors Janni Nell, Veronica Scott, Jenny Schwartz, Maureen L. Bonatch, Dani Harper, Cindy Spencer Pape, Jody Wallace, Linda Mooney, Ruth A. Casie, Angela Campbell, Shawna Reppert, PG Forte

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  1. Will have to pick up these wonderful Halloween treats! Thanks for the list!!

  2. Thanks for having the giveaway.
    Nancy Burgess

  3. Thank you so much for the amazing chance!!! I am now following white a few new authors and am excited to learn about them.

  4. I love finding new authors to visit and follow! Thank you Dani Harper for pointing this out!

  5. Another great competition with fabulous authors and their books..... I need to win the lottery so I can become a full time reader! Thanks Dani for the link x love Hev x


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