Thursday, 27 November 2014

My Top Ten List of Alien Invasion Books - guest post by @SusanCArscott #YA #scifi


Before I share my top ten list with you, I need to explain that I write and love YA (young adult) and MG (middle grade) fiction. Now you may be wondering why I’m taking up your precious time with this slightly odd non sequitur when all you’re interested in is checking out my list of the best alien invasion books ever in the history of alien invasion books. I hear you, still you need to understand that my list is skewed a little in the direction of MG and YA, meaning some of my choices are different from the standard fare, so be warned. And don’t worry, for all you purists, the classics are here too. Here goes in no particular order.
Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (1986) Not my favorite alien invasion, but who can resist aliens that look like baby elephants. Not me. This book is really out there, with a lot of crazy strange ideas; the cover alone is bizarre to the max. Yes, you got it right at first glance, it is a baby elephant holding a gun. This book is on my list because it’s just plain weird and the writing is fine.





War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (1898) The cool thing about this book is that unlike any of other alien invasion books—before airplanes, Sputnik, the moon landing, satellites, and all the rest—Wells imagined this crazy story. His writing is lovely and the story is incredibly inventive.

The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham (1973)
You know the bizarre commercial for Kraken Rum that shows black tentacles gripping the bottle. Well, if you read this book, you’ll understand, not about rum, but about the Kraken, a slim sea creature reminiscent of a giant octopus. I like this book for a couple of reasons, including his effective use of first person, something I use and like.





The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (2013) This started out great, the problem is that Yancey, although a gifted writer, doesn’t seem to want the story to, so he goes on and on and on and on. It is YA and one of the few books I actually took the time to review on Goodreads and because I am shamelessly lazy, you can go to it and check it out. A sequel is due out soon. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16101128-the-5th-wave

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (2010) Also YA, this is An-Alien-Among-Us genre, which is always cool, and is a fun read. Fast and exciting, the action pulls you in and keeps up a fast pace.

The True Meaning of  Smekday by Adam Rex (2007) This is a wonderful middle grade alien invasion of the humorous kind as only MG writers can come up with. My Teacher is An Alien by Bruce Coville is another great example. Adam Rex is a master and this book is fun, fun, fun. It’s geared for 8-12 years old, but older readers, including ancient ones such as I, can enjoy Rex’s version of aliens.
Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences by Brian Yansky (2010) On the surface, this YA invasion novel appears to be a fun romp among the invaders and those taken, but it’s really much more thought provoking. Yansky handles serious topics including slavery, religion, and ecology deftly. No preaching here, just a good read.
Adaptation by Malindo Lo (2012) Actually, now as I think about this YA book, I realize I don’t like it all that much. It’s too filled with endless and annoying teenage angst, something I don’t think you’d spend much time on in an alien invasion. There is also a token lesbian romance that isn’t all that romantic. So, consider Adaptation as one to read only if you like the idea of a clichéd and predictable plot. Why did I originally add it to this list? Oh yeah, there’s a conspiracy and I’m a sucker for conspiracies.

First Day on Earth by Cecil Castellucci (2010) Now this is a YA book I think you’ll love. It’s told in first person and not from the viewpoint of the best looking, most incredible student as most Sci-Fi protagonists. Instead, it’s the story of Mal, a misfit who had me at You think you know what I am, the kid slumped in his chair in the back row, with greasy hair, wearing all black. You’re kind of scared of me. At last, a Sci-Fi book not about a near perfect teen. It’s for readers 12 and up. My only complaint is that it’s not long enough. Good things may come in small packages, but this one’s too good to be so small.
Enders Game by Orson Scott Card (2010) An MG to YA book about a boy genius. Yes I realize I just whined about how weary I am of them, but that’s kind of the point of Enders. Government agencies breed genius’ to fight against aliens. It’s a good book, lots of interesting plot twists and the characters, despite their brilliance, are nicely human and far from perfect.






Okay, so there you have it, nine alien invasion books that I hope you read and one that’s listed because, well, I’m not sure why, oh yeah it has a conspiracy. I also want to mention that my own YA invasion book, End of Normal, is being released today. Check it out on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/End-Normal-S-C-Arscott-ebook/dp/B00N46WY38?tag=literescap-20
And for all you happy Sci-Fi readers out there, visit me at my website, http://susanarscott.com
And drop me a line about your favorite aliens. Happy Reading!


I worked as a high school teacher until I thought my head would explode from all the ideas and questions my students asked. Thinking it would be easier, I foolishly switched from teaching to the ridiculous job of professional fundraiser. After spending more years than I want to admit begging strangers for money, I gathered what pride I had left and enrolled in Spalding University’s MFA program where I became blissfully happy working with other writers and improving my writing. I currently live and write in Seabrook, Texas with my husband Mike, our two children, Vlad the cat, and Bob the stray.

My first YA novel, End of Normal, published by Burst Publishing, can be purchased through any online bookstore of through a link on my website: www.susanarscott.com





Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Tuesday Teaser - The Star Princess by @jsubject #scifiromance #BeyondFairytales #DecadentPub #NA


THE STAR PRINCESS
A Beyond Fairytales story
By Jessica E. Subject
New Adult Erotic Sci-Fi Romance
ISBN: 978-1-61333-765-3

In one week, Princess Ro’sa will board a spaceship, leaving her home on Minjet to be with her betrothed on Earth. The only problem is, she detests the prince’s selfish and arrogant ways, preferring to spend time with his personal aide, a man who stirs her desires in ways she never imagined possible with his radiant blue eyes and smouldering lips. And oh, the way he touches her.
Earth’s post-apocalyptic landscape offers little but the alliance offers much and a princess must do her duty, no matter the danger to her person and to her heart.

Available from
Amazon US | UK | Australia | Canada | Germany

Excerpt:
With a groan, Deion rolled onto his side. After puking all the contents of his stomach, he’d slept for who knew how long. His stomach rumbled, longing for food, but he didn’t know what on this planet he could handle eating. They likely didn’t have bananas and crackers lying around for such an occasion.
Tossing his blankets off, he sat on the edge of the bed and waited until his head stopped spinning before attempting to stand. Though his fever had broken and his stomach halted its convulsions, he was nowhere near stable enough to meet the royal family. Not yet, anyway. Maybe if he located something to eat.
He glanced around the guest quarters, hoping one of the castle guards could round up some bland food, but not one person remained behind with him. They must have gone to the ceremony with Cyrus. Why? As guards to the prince, at least one should have stayed with him. What if he’d choked or fallen and banged his head?
Another growl rumbled through his stomach. With one arm extended to steady himself, he rose from the bed and shuffled past the room divider to the main living space.
Still no one, yet, a plate of brown-crusted bread that had lost all signs of freshness lay on a table. Probably hard as a rock. A note lay with it.
Eat this. I’m told it will clear you of any of the virus still lingering and refuel your energy. Not sure how fresh it is, but you’re going to need it as my aide.
Get well,
Prince Deion
Heat flared in Deion’s cheeks and ears. What had Cyrus done? He recognized his friend’s handwriting, but why would he pretend to be the prince? Deion had only asked him to take his place at the ceremony, not to actually be him.



Bio:
Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to sexy. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.
When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.
Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.




Monday, 24 November 2014

#Music #Monday, #LinkinPark and serendipity

Every Monday I like to post a piece of music that's either inspired a story, that I could see as part of the soundtrack to one, or what I'm listening to at the time. Today is a little bit different. Tonight I'm off to see Linkin Park live for the first time. Woo hoo! Not only is that something that's been on my wishlist for a while, but on Friday I released a book very much inspired by a Linkin Park album - Living Things - a coincidence I hadn't even tried to engineer. Clearly it must be fate. :P

So today I give you not just one song, but the playlist that acted as inspiration and soundtrack to my superhero romance When Dark Falls. And hopefully I may hear a couple of those tracks live tonight. Enjoy!



And when you've finished that, maybe the music might tempt you to check out the book. I wonder if you'll be able to spot any themes from the songs in the story? :)

EXCERPT | GOODREADS
Available at... Breathless Press

All Romance eBooks | Bookstrand
Amazon US | Amazon UK

Friday, 21 November 2014

#Release Day - When Dark Falls #superhero #romance #UF #SFR

EXCERPT | GOODREADS
Available at... Breathless Press

All Romance eBooks | Bookstrand
Amazon US | Amazon UK

It's release day for When Dark Falls. Woo hoo! Get to meet my superheroes - fiery rogue Nocturnelle and her sidekick Shadow, the ever so creepy Doctor Adair, crotchety Ice, and larger than life Big B - fighting for freedom in the Art Deco city of Nephopolis. Right now it's live on most digital retailers, with more to come.

But if you're a bit stuck for cash in the run up to Christmas, I'll let you into a little secret. *whispers* Come closer. If you hop over to Romancing the Book HERE, you can enter the rafflecopter to win a digital format of When Dark Falls (and right now, your chances of winning are pretty good). Not sure if you want to read it? Then check out the review also at Romancing the Book HERE, where the reviewer called it exceptional and says, "The author has created a world unlike anything I could imagine." 

Blurb:


In a city where Dark Technologies Inc. now runs the show, Kadie Williams has more immediate concerns than the fall of Blaze, their guardian superhero. Almost every morning for the last few months she's woken up with cuts and bruises on her body and no idea how she got them. There are no nightmares. No evidence that she sleepwalks or any sign of a break in. And nothing to tell her who's been cleaning up after her. As just one of thousands of civilians conscripted to slave away in the labs of Professor Dark, she knew there'd be trouble ahead. But she never expected it to be so bad, or so personal.
Desperate for answers, Kadie looks to the new defender of the night, the only person who can hinder the total domination of Professor Dark—Nocturnelle. The mysterious vigilante superhero came from nowhere with her cybernetic sidekick Shadow, set on putting an end to the brutality of Dark's regime. But as his laboratories work on a new secret super-weapon, Nocturnelle and Shadow may not be enough to save Nephopolis...or to save Kadie either.

Tour Schedule:

November
15th Lindsay and Jane's View and Reviews (spotlight)
18th Erzabet's Enchantments (interview)
18th Katie Babbles (Music as inspiration)
18th Love Romance Passion (humorous bio)
18th Nanee McGee - spotlight
18th Romance Reviews Today (Q & A)
18th Sizzling Hot Books (interview)
19th You Gotta Read (interview)
20th Book Hostage (spotlight)
21st - Release Day!
22nd Multiuniverses of Liza O - Book interview
December
3rd Vanessa Finaughty - spotlight
5th Reading, Writing and Me
6th Everyday Fangirl
8th Scotian Realm
10th Upon the Wings of Greater Things - excerpt
10th My Creative Desk 
14th Ian Smith
16th Misa Buckley
18th Lyndi Alexander

Monday, 17 November 2014

#Newsletter Goodies


I'll be sending out my monthly newsletter on the 21st November - release day for When Dark Falls, woot! - but this month I'm doing something a little extra. With Christmas coming up, I decided to give out pressies! I'm going to be picking THREE newsletter subscribers at random to each win one of my four short stories (scifi, paranormal and cyberpunk, romance and non to choose from). So if you haven't subscribed yet and you want to be in with a chance of winning, here's the link - http://pippajay.blogspot.co.uk/p/newsletter-signup.html


Oh, plus this month's newsletter has a special preview of the covers for my upcoming print editions for Restless In Peaceville and Tethered, AND free samples of both When Dark Falls and No Angel (an urban fantasy short that doesn't release until 19th December!). And rest assured, your email will never be used for ANYTHING other than the newsletter, which I generally send out once a month, depending on release dates and whether a very special offer or event comes up. Plus I'll only send you details of my latest news, plus giveaways, special deals, and freebies. Who knows what I might send out next? ;)

Saturday, 15 November 2014

When Dark Falls - #superheroes on tour


Today's the day! The tour begins for my decopunk superhero romance - When Dark Falls - and continues until the 18th December. Follow along for a chance to find out more about the story, the characters, and to grab your chance to win the book.

November
15th Lindsay and Jane's View and Reviews - spotlight
18th Nanee McGee - spotlight
20th Book Hostage - spotlight
21st - Release Day!
22nd Multiuniverses of Liza O - Book interview
December
3rd Vanessa Finaughty - spotlight
5th Reading, Writing and Me
6th Everyday Fangirl
8th Scotian Realm
10th Upon the Wings of Greater Things - excerpt
10th My Creative Desk 
14th Ian Smith
16th Misa Buckley
18th Lyndi Alexander





Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Tuesday Teaser - Destiny by @CeliaBreslin #excerpt #vampire #UF


EXCERPT:

My day moved from ordinary to interesting when the deliveryman handed me a box that smelled of blood.
The scent made my mouth water. Pungent iron mixed with, of all things, lavender. My thoughts flew straight to Tessa, my surrogate vampire mother. When she pulled out one of her specialty powers, the one I fondly referred to as vampire valium, this relaxing, floral herb scented the air and reduced friend or foe to a boneless, helpless puddle.
I shut the front door on the retreating back of the deliveryman and wiggled the box. Nothing rattled inside. Not particularly heavy, less than ten pounds.
A peace offering, perhaps? Tessa certainly owed me one.
She’d commanded her minion, my boyfriend Alexander, to star in a two-month classical music tour of Italy, performing nightly for vampire dignitaries and their lucky minions. While I, the good little predestined, vampire apocalypse averting, Chosen One in training, remained behind in San Francisco to learn how to kick naughty vampire ass with my latent and rather unwieldy fire power.
“Hey boys,” I called up to the second floor where my friend Adrian and his lover, my mentor Jonas, took their sweet time descending for breakfast. “Bloody prezzie just arrived. And I do mean that literally.”
Silence answered my shout, followed by the whoosh of water in the master bathroom shower and a husky laugh from Adrian. Given that sexy sound, I could expect a delay. Jonas tended to make their showers last forever.
A jolt of jealousy stabbed my stomach. Wish I could enjoy some fun and sexy time with my guy. I shrugged off the sensation and strode into the kitchen. “Fine. More for me.”
I parked my ass in a chair and slid the box onto the table to study it. No return address or package info. Not that surprising. Vampires tended to aim for stealth and subtlety, to fly under the radar of the general human populace. One of Tessa’s minions probably compelled the delivery dude, or he belonged to the circle of humans already in-the-know.
I ripped off the tape in one pull and peeked inside. No packing peanuts, but rather a nest of lavender branches speckled with droplets of blood, as if the branches themselves bled. Beautiful, aromatic, and so very vampire.
A wine box large enough for two bottles rested in the nest. Cold to the touch, indicating recent refrigeration. I lifted it out, trailing my fingers over the gold latch, the dark, glossy wood, the Celtic knots carved into each end, and finally over the initials on top. My initials, C A T. Short for Carina Agostina Tranquilli.
What a well-crafted and thoughtful gift. I bet the wine inside would be equally well-made.
I flipped the latch and opened the lid. My brows collided. Not wine.
Nine vials of blood about the size of my ring finger rested side by side in black velvet bedding. A stopper sealed with red wax and stamped with my initials secured the blood inside each vessel.
I pulled one from its nest and held it up in the light streaming through the kitchen’s bay window. The liquid glowed a rich, ruby red like a shard in a stained glass window.
“Beautiful.” And odd.
Sure, I was a half vampire and could appreciate a fine bit of blood, but I was still a human female and for me, nothing says, I’m sorry for disrupting your entire life like high-end jewelry or better yet an all-expenses paid trip with my boyfriend somewhere secluded, luxurious, and far away from vampire politics. Hell, I’d settle for the return of my boyfriend to San Francisco.
***

Title:  Destiny
Series:
Tranquilli Bloodline Series
Number: Book 2
Author: Celia Breslin

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Champagne Books
Date of Publication: November 3, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-77155-164-9
ASIN: B00O6A77FG
Number of pages: 234
Word Count: 74K
Cover Artist: Ellie Smith

Book Description:

In HAVEN, San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli survives a vicious attack by her vampire family’s longtime archenemies. Several weeks later, as she struggles with PTSD and survivor’s guilt, supervillain Dixon resurfaces and kidnaps two of her best friends. To save them, Carina must comply with the evil bastard’s unusual demands. The kicker? She must tell no one what she is up to.
Meanwhile, she has a new dance club to open for the preternatural community, a fated soul mate acting secretive and distant, and a sexy, new, undead friend who’d love to take Alexander’s place in her heart and bed.
Blackmailed, betrayed, tempted…sometimes destiny has a wicked sense of humor.

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About the Author:

Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires, werewolves, and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.

Friday, 7 November 2014

A Night Time Jaunt... - The SFRB Showcase #2 #scifi #superhero #romance


Welcome to the second SFRB Showcase, and this time I'm sharing our first meeting with two of the central characters from my superhero romance story--When Dark Falls--which releases on the 21st of November from Breathless Press

Nocturnelle perched on the carved griffin statue decorating the tower's cornerstone, with hundreds of feet of empty space between her and the ground below. Her second skin felt tight. It was a familiar sensation and yet always the first thing she noticed on waking, as if her body needed to remind her of the fact. She stretched and her outer skin crackled like leather. She flexed her fingers, the delicate oh-so-white digits a stark contrast to her black arms. Silver lines marked her left forearm, and she frowned at them. She was meant to be impervious to blades and bullets, and yet somehow, not too long ago, she must have injured herself.

As she rose, her skin creaked. She stretched again, and then tugged her hands through her hair, pulling the thick swathe of black silk from her face and knotting it at the back. Darkest Night forbid it should get in her way. The second skin pressed tight against her forehead, running around her eyes and mouth, cradling her chin. She ran her fingers around the edges, tracing the outline. Perfect. Her body tingled as though electricity danced in her veins, and she smiled. Breathed in the evening air. This was her time.

Viscous and reeking, the night sky hung over the city of Art Deco towers and buildings like an oil-slick. Behind her, the metallic chinking of the cloudburner cooling after a day spent scorching the sky ticked away the seconds like a clock.

"Nelle?"

The deep male voice sent a shiver down her back, and she turned. "Ah, my faithful Shadow. Ready for another night-time jaunt?"

A figure stepped out of the shadows to join her. He matched her for height; his whipcord frame clad in a charcoal-colored armor vest, black combats, and a hip-length military jacket. When the rooftop lights hit his face, the chiseled jawline showed; his skin a dark tan. He wore a mask over his eyes, but his teeth gleamed white when he smiled. And when he smiled, something inside Nelle set her heart racing.

"Ready and set, Nelle."

"Excellent." She nodded to him. As one they yanked grapple hooks with lines from their belts and tossed them toward the spire of girders that surmounted every tower run by Dark. The auto-clamps engaged on contact, grasping the metal post tight in unrelenting jaws. Nelle jumped from the rooftop first, and gravity snatched the air from her chest.

Floor after floor of lit apartment windows rushed by her, as dizzying as the wind whipping through her hair. The jolt as she hit the cable's end made her laugh. She let loose an exultant cry as she swung in a graceful arc around the edges of the tower and the rotund shape of one of Dark's airships cruised toward her.

She angled her body, feet braced ahead of her, as she flew at and then over the curved plane of its left wing. As she skimmed across the surface, she reached the fullest extent of her swing, and she slowed. Gravity began to pull her back. She hit the release and landed in a perfectly balanced crouch, grasping the wing ridge to keep her steady. An instant later, Shadow was by her side.

She grinned at him. "Great way to start the night!" she yelled over the rotating blades of the steering propellers.


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Thursday, 6 November 2014

#Cover #Reveal - Grace Falls (Amazing Grace series #4) by @MisaBuckley #scifi #romance


Blurb: 

"Having learned that Global Solutions has a space rocket facility, Grace McKenna and Benedict Thomas race to stop the launch in the belief there's a bomb. But the launch goes ahead without issue, making Grace wonder what she's missed.
 
When fellow "abnormal" Charity points out the rocket launched is an attempt to control the rain cycle, Benedict surmises that there's something being added to the water. Going against his wishes, Grace heads to Hammel, determined to get the answers.
 
However, the main one, of who is behind the scheme, is waiting for her... and his plans are darker than Grace could ever imagine."

Grace Falls is the fourth story in the Amazing Grace series, and is released 1st December 2014 through Champagne Books.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Tuesday Teaser - Enscrolled by Connie L Smith #YA #fantasy #paranormal


Excerpt:
McKenna watched him leave before refocusing on Johnny, confused at the expression her boyfriend wore. “What are you smirking at?”
 He shrugged. “I’m just not sure how this could be such a bad memory. My girl glued to my side.” Wiggling his eyebrows, he continued. “Playing nurse…”
 “Well, you are poisoned,” she deadpanned. “That puts a damper on these types of situations for most people.”
 “Oh, you’re serious again.” His smirk broadened. “Are you gonna yell at me like you did when my leg was broken? That was attractive…”
 Though she fought against it, her smile emerged, spreading over her lips as she shook her head. “You’re impossible. You know that?”
 “Nah. I just learned along the way how to make my girl smile.”
 Her grin lingered until her attention descended to his leg, the spot of the poison’s initial contact. Then she frowned, her eyes filling with tears and her hands beginning to tremble. Just ten days, she thought.
 “Hey.” Johnny cupped her face, gentling bringing her gaze to lock with his. “We’re not gonna think about that because that’s gonna get taken care of.” Tobias again entered the medical room, moving directly to the corner reserved for the cure’s research to recommence his work. “See?” Johnny nodded his head toward the angel. “Look how dedicated he is to finding this. Think of all the soldiers around us who are perfectly capable of getting whatever weird ingredients he comes up with. If you do, ten days will seem like a lifetime, because it’s plenty of time.”
 And then she was the one smirking. “That’s quite optimistic.”
 He laughed, shrugging. “I told you that you’re rubbing off on me.”
 “And you’re trusting others. Like you finally flipped a switch.”
 “It isn’t like flipping a switch.” He smiled, revisiting the lecture she’d given him while stranded on a cliff. “It’s like deciding not to be in the darkness anymore. You take steps, and the light comes a little at a time until the darkness is gone.”
 She quirked an eyebrow, chuckling. “That seems vaguely familiar.”
 “Someone really smart once told me that.” Pulling her closer, he tapped the tip of her nose with his finger. “She was really hot, too.”

Blurb:
In the aftermath of the latest battle, the stakes are higher than ever before, time hardly an ally to Nicholai’s army of paranormal soldiers. The Tomes remain hidden, and the clock is ticking for the Essenced tainted with the demon’s incurable toxin. And beyond those worries, reason exists to suspect that magic might be vanishing, a twist that could insurmountably cripple the army’s capabilities prior to the war’s conclusion.

Never has the conflict felt quite as desperate, danger escalating and hope lessening with the slow drain of each issue’s hourglass.

Will the answers to these dilemmas surface in time, or will the efforts of the band of warriors fail to prevent the ruin of the world?


Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Enscrolled-Division-Chronicles-Book-Three-ebook/dp/B00O5J3EVY

Giveaway Link: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/111090-essenced



Author bio: Connie L. Smith spends far too much time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and might forever be sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. Her music of choice is severely outdated, and as an adult she’s kind of obsessed with Power Rangers. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either), and is currently working on her MA.


Links:
Main Site/Blog: http://clsmithbooks.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clsmithbooks
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7257320.Connie_L_Smith
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Enscrolled-Division-Chronicles-Book-Three-ebook/dp/B00O5J3EVY/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/conniel0194/
Readwave: http://www.readwave.com/connie.l.smith/

Thursday, 30 October 2014

My Five Greatest Fears - The Haunting Halloween Blog Hop


When I saw the topic for the hop, I laughed (in classic villain bwahahaa!). Something I'm scared of? Gee, where do I start?!
I've had terrible nightmares all my life, even as an adult. Lots of things scare me, and of course they become ten times worse in the over active imagination of my subconscious. So I'm going to give you my top five fears that get me, mostly at night, but sometimes by day.




1. The dark. Yes, I'm scared of the dark. Even now I can't even walk from one room to another at night without switching on every light along the way. And if hubs is coming home late, all the lights stay on until he gets home and switches them off. This is why one of my villains is a big, bad cloud of darkness.

2. Zombies. This is kind of ironic since I fell in love with Warm Bodies just over a year ago, have now read four zombie stories AND written two of my own, the first having been published this summer. But when I dream about them? *shudders*

3. Dinosaurs. Yeah, a bit of an odd one. A frequent nightmare is to be chased by a dinosaur, often ending with me being eaten alive. As unlikely as zombies but hey, we've all seen Jurassic Park, right?

4. Spiders. Now, I had arachnophobia most of my life, and finally had to have hypnotherapy for it. In the daytime, and providing I spot it at a safe distance, I'm capable of catching these eight legged monstrosities (even the big ones) in a glass and evicting them from my home. I don't believe in killing them (or anything if not necessary.). But in my nightmares I'm often trapped in the middle of a room where the floor, ceiling and walls are literally alive with giant grey spiders I can't escape or capture.


5. Losing my kids. This is any parent's worst nightmare by day or night. In my nightmares, the very real sense of loss, pain, and grief wakes me in tears and often haunts me for days after. I don't think there's anything that scares me more in this world awake or asleep.

Is that all I have nightmares about? No. But those are the recurrent ones. And while I hate having nightmares - the whole trauma of them and waking in a sweat with heart pounding - at least they are just bad dreams. And often great inspirations for my writing.