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Guest Post by Amber Foxx

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It’s time now for a guest post from Amber Foxx and a competition.

 

Halloween Guest Post

I’ve petted a tarantula, cuddled a snake, and stood blissfully among swarming bats at twilight. These creatures that many people find frightening are beautiful to me. Clowns don’t bother me, either. None of the usual fears apply. Public speaking? I love it. Heights? I like to look down at the view. What does scare me is the feeling of evil—the sense of a presence, of supernatural danger. The most terrifying part of a horror novel for me is not the monster or the alien or the gory mess, but the moment when the characters realize that reality has taken a turn for the worse, but they don’t know in what way yet.

Stories about monsters or sorcery have been part of human culture for centuries. One of my Apache friends has told me some chilling anecdotes about shape-shifting witches that he claims are true. Talking about them scares him as well as his listeners, and yet people ask him for more. These tales aren’t violent; they’re subtle, and to me that makes them more frightening.

The curious pleasure of being terrified or at least creeped out is puzzling at first, but it’s not entirely different from the enjoyment of movies that make us cry or thrillers that keep us turning the pages to see if the characters survive.

I read horror, but never thought I’d be writing it. My other books are mysteries without murder, and they have a paranormal element—a psychic protagonist. Suspenseful, yes. Scary—no. My venture into horror fiction began when I shared some publishing industry sales data with one of my Goodreads groups, and a horror writer commented that he would have to switch to writing romance because that was where the money was. I replied, “Horror-romance?” We were joking, but a few other writers began to play with the idea and one suggested we should create an anthology of horror-romance short stories, each based on one of the seven deadly sins. My choice: sloth. I enjoyed the challenge of making laziness frightening.

The first thing that came to mind was the Apache concept of bear sickness, a supernatural illness manifesting as lethargy and weight gain, triggered by contact with a bear. While I was researching it I came across other myths about bears, including one about the origin of the Pleiades that struck me as a true horror story. The fluidity between human and animal form in Native myths includes one of the most bone-chilling concepts I’ve come across: the skin-walker. I pulled these mythical elements together in my horror romance, setting it in present-day New Mexico.

It turned out more than three times as long as the other contributions to the anthology, far exceeding the word count limit, so I withdrew from the project. But I couldn’t forget about the story. It’s just come out in time for Halloween. I hope it makes you shiver.

Bearing

A tale of paranormal horror based on Native American myths.

Mikayla, young Apache woman attending a powwow with her family, becomes entranced by an outsider, a Cree man who shows up without his Apache girlfriend. As her fascination consumes her, Mikayla changes in ways both pleasurable and frightening, powerless to overcome his dark magic until it may be too late.

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Competition

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Amber Foxx is kindly given 10 x eBook copies of her book, ‘Bearing’, a short story.  To enter just leave a comment telling me what you thought of her guest post.

 

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open worldwide.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 14th November 2015.

The winners will be chosen randomly and notified within 7 days of the closing date.  Their email addresses will be passed on to Amber Foxx.

Mystical Mystery Bundle – 21st to 30th April 2015

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Mystical Mystery Series Book Bundle

Three Award-winning Authors – Book Giveaway and Sale

Discover a touch of the mystical and an innovative take on mystery from an international trio of authors.  Australian Virginia King, American Amber Foxx and British Marion Eaton – all B.R.A.G. Medallion winners – have teamed up for a giveaway and over a week of discounts from April 21 – 30.

 

Win a Paperback of Each Book

Enter the drawing below to win a paperback copy of the first book in each author’s series.

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Buy each e-book during the sale for only US $1.99 (adjusted for other currencies)

 

The First Lie – Virginia King

Selkie Moon Mystery Series, Book One

Selkie Moon is a woman on the run.  In a mad dash for freedom she’s escaped her life in Sydney to start over again in Hawaii.  But her refuge begins to unravel and she’s running from something else entirely.  A voice in a dream says that someone is trying to kill her.  Not that she’s psychic, no way. But the messages and threats escalate until she’s locked in a game of cat and mouse with a mysterious stalker.  Entangled in Celtic and Hawaiian mythologies, the events become so bizarre and terrifying that her instinct is to keep running.  But is she running from her past?  Or her future?

Website: http://www.selkiemoon.com/

Buy the ebook for US $1.99:

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The Calling – Amber Foxx 

The first Mae Martin Psychic Mystery

Obeying her mother’s warning, Mae Martin-Ridley has spent years hiding her gift of “the sight.” When concern for a missing hunter compels her to use it again, her peaceful life in a small Southern town begins to fall apart. New friends push her to explore her unusual talents, but as she does, she discovers the shadow side of her visions – access to secrets she could regret uncovering.

Gift or curse? When an extraordinary ability intrudes on an ordinary life, nothing can be the same again.

The Mae Martin Series

No murder, just mystery. Every life hides a secret, and love is the deepest mystery of all.

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When the Clocks Stopped – Marion Eaton

The Mysterious Marsh Series, Book One

When lawyer Hazel Dawkins decides to write some wills while she waits for the birth of her first child, she unwittingly triggers dramatic consequences. Mysteriously, she encounters Annie, a woman whose tempestuous life took place more than two centuries earlier when Romney Marsh was a violent place, dominated by smugglers.  Soon that past collides with the present, and Hazel finds herself pitted against an evil that has stalked the marsh for centuries.  As her destiny intertwines with Annie’s in the shifting time-scape, Hazel confronts a terrifying challenge that parallels history – and could even change it. If she survives.

Website: http://www.marioneaton.com/

Buy the ebook for US $1.99: amzn.to/17THZ83

 

The raffle is open to all countries.  It starts from April 21 – April 26, with the extra days after the winner is announced to give readers the chance to buy the ebooks at a discount.

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