Thursday, December 24, 2015

#Holiday #Sale for #Book lovers and #giveaway

Here in the Benedicto-Shrum household, the holidays are in full swing! We've got the Christmas music blaring, Kim is wrapping presents and Josie is sleeping in front of the fireplace (it's not on because it's so warm, but the stockings are hung nonetheless :)

Before I start making Christmas dinner, I just wanted to announce that I'm having a temporary sale of the Dying for a Living boxset. Through Saturday (12/26) you can get Dying for a Living, Dying by the Hour, and Dying for Her, for just $0.99.

So if you have a kindle to fill, a scifi loving cousin who needs a gift, or you're just looking for a deal yourself, I hope you'll take advantage of the sale.

If you are a kindle user, you can get your discounted boxset here.

If you need an .epub file (for you ibooks, nook readers) you can it here.

***
This past month as also been the month-long blog tour for Dying Light, my newest release in the series. In addition to all the awesome interviews, reviews and spotlights that've been going around, there is also a giveaway.

Click on any of this week's recap posts to play:

If you want to read the other interviews and reviews from this tour, check out my weekly recaps (Week 1, Week 2, Week 3).

There's so much good stuff, so take your time.

And of course, I'm wishing you and yours a happy holiday and a merry new year! :)


Friday, December 18, 2015

#Book #Blog: Weekly #Recap and #Giveaway #amreading #amwriting #urbanfantasy #darkfantasy

And here we are wrapping up week #3 of the Jesse Sullivan Dying Light tour. We shared some awesome content on some awesome blogs this week, including an awesome review of all four books and another interview.

And I've yet to mention the great prizes up for grabs by yours truly:
3 audiobooks (as audible codes; no audible subscription necessary
A signed boxset (Books 1-4) in paperback (International)
Books 1-4 ebook set of the Jesse Sullivan Novels
So play along if you have the time by visiting any (or all) the links below:

December 14- Series Review
December 15- Interview
December 16- Spotlight
December 18- Spotlight
More about the fourth novel in the Jesse Sullivan series:

In the wake of her handler's death, Jesse has never felt more alone. Her best friend is distracted by a new love. Her mentor Rachel is missing and her boyfriend Lane isn't returning her calls. 

Worse, a Necronite with the ability to heal any wound wants to kill Jesse and absorb her power of pyrokinesis. With little to hold her to Nashville, Jesse agrees to work as a freelance agent for Jeremiah Tate, a pharmaceutical tycoon in Chicago. Together they plot revenge against Caldwell, the mastermind responsible for the genocide of over 100,000 Necronites worldwide. When Jeremiah fails to dominate Jesse and her abilities, tensions escalate, dividing her from her allies. Then Caldwell gives Jesse an ultimatum she cannot refuse.

Fans of contemporary and urban fantasy will enjoy this series. Don't be surprised to find dark humor, lots of snark, and a murder mystery, all wrapped up in a single thrilling, action-packed ride.
Called "addictive" by New York Times Bestseller Darynda Jones, those interested in strong female leads are sure to take a shine to Jesse Sullivan, the reluctant anti-hero of this series.

Unfamiliar with Jesse and the gang? Start with book 1, Dying for a Living. It's free!




Prefer audio? We've got you covered there too. After you download the kindle ebook (free), the audiobook is just $1.99.See for yourself.

Friday, December 4, 2015

#Blog Tour and #Giveaway

Four weeks! Just like that four weeks flew by. I suppose this is the testament that the holidays and the end of the semester are now in full swing here in our household, if four whole weeks can fly by in a blink.

This post is meant to be a wrap up for week #1 of the Jesse Sullivan Dying Light tour. We shared some awesome content on some awesome blogs this week, including 5 Holiday Gifts for the Undead in Your Life and a fun interview.

And I've yet to mention the great prizes up for grabs by yours truly:
3 audiobooks (as audible codes; no audible subscription necessary
A signed boxset (Books 1-4) in paperback (International)
Books 1-4 ebook set of the Jesse Sullivan Novels
So play along if you have the time by visiting any (or all) the links below:

November 30- Jesse's sassy YouTube Playlist
December 1- Q&A Interview
December 2- Dying Light Review
December 3- Spotlight and Sample Chapter
December 4- I Smell Sheep Guest Post (Gifts for the Undead)
December 4- Spotlight and Excerpt
December 4- Spotlight and Excerpt

More about the fourth novel in the Jesse Sullivan series:

In the wake of her handler's death, Jesse has never felt more alone. Her best friend is distracted by a new love. Her mentor Rachel is missing and her boyfriend Lane isn't returning her calls. 

Worse, a Necronite with the ability to heal any wound wants to kill Jesse and absorb her power of pyrokinesis. With little to hold her to Nashville, Jesse agrees to work as a freelance agent for Jeremiah Tate, a pharmaceutical tycoon in Chicago. Together they plot revenge against Caldwell, the mastermind responsible for the genocide of over 100,000 Necronites worldwide. When Jeremiah fails to dominate Jesse and her abilities, tensions escalate, dividing her from her allies. Then Caldwell gives Jesse an ultimatum she cannot refuse.

Fans of contemporary and urban fantasy will enjoy this series. Don't be surprised to find dark humor, lots of snark, and a murder mystery, all wrapped up in a single thrilling, action-packed ride.
Called "addictive" by New York Times Bestseller Darynda Jones, those interested in strong female leads are sure to take a shine to Jesse Sullivan, the reluctant anti-hero of this series.

Unfamiliar with Jesse and the gang? Start with book 1, Dying for a Living. It's free!




Prefer audio? We've got you covered there too. After you download the kindle ebook (free), the audiobook is just $1.99. See for yourself.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

#amreading #1 in Dark Fantasy & Other #News #giveaway


For those of you who missed it the fourth novel in the Jesse Sullivan series, Dying Light, is now available on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and pretty much everywhere else.

The book had a great first week with hundreds of preorders--and I have to thank all of you for that! 

Just after the release, my other titles climbed the charts as well. Dying for a Living went all the way up to #13 on the free book charts (and #1 in Dark Fantasy, though now it's down to #3). Dying by the Hour reached #52 and Dying for Her (#168) on the fantasy charts. (And #1 in LGBT all around).

From what I’ve heard so far, most of you are thrilled with the fourth book in the series, particularly with the return of Jesse’s snarky voice. It also seems like the teaser preview I put in the back of Worth Dying For Jesse #5 (coming May 2016), was just enough to torture you.

I can’t say I’m truly sorry about that *grin* but at least I have someone to suffer the wait with me now.

For those of you holding out for the audiobook, you'll be happy to know that is should be available for sale by the end of January.

And if you want your ecopy of Dying Light (or any of the Jesse Sullivan books) signed through Authorgraph, I can do that too! :)

Lastly, this is the week of giveaways. You'll find giveaways for Dying Light on Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Booklikes this week, but I also want to run one here on the blog. So please interact with the rafflecopter below for your chance to win. 

And many thanks for your continued support.

Kory

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Monday, November 2, 2015

#New Release: Dying Light #amreading #fantasy

It's here, it's here!

The fourth novel in my Jesse Sullivan series is now available for purchase at all the major online retailers:


Amazon
Amazon Australia
Amazon Canada
Amazon DE
Amazon FR

Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble(Nook)
iBooks
Kobo

and more....

For those of you holding out for the audiobook, that should be available in January 2016. I hope you enjoy this fourth installment and look forward to hearing your thoughts on the latest developments for Jesse and the gang.

About Book #4:
Fans of contemporary and urban fantasy will enjoy this series. Don't be surprised to find dark humor, lots of snark, and a murder mystery, all wrapped up in a single thrilling, action-packed narrative.

Called "addictive" by New York Times Bestseller Darynda Jones, those interested in strong female protagonists are sure to take a shine to Jesse Sullivan, the reluctant anti-hero of the series.

Synopsis of Dying Light:
In the wake of her handler’s death, Jesse has never felt more alone. Her best friend is distracted by a new love. Her mentor Rachel is missing and her boyfriend Lane isn’t returning her calls. 


Worse, a Necronite with the ability to heal any wound wants to kill Jesse and absorb her power of pyrokinesis. 

With little to hold her to Nashville, Jesse agrees to work as a freelance agent for Jeremiah Tate, a pharmaceutical tycoon in Chicago. Together they plot revenge against Caldwell, the mastermind responsible for the genocide of over 100,000 Necronites worldwide. 

When Jeremiah fails to dominate Jesse and her pyrokinesis, tensions escalate, dividing her from her allies. 

Then Caldwell gives Jesse an ultimatum she cannot refuse.

There will be giveaways and whatnot soon and I'll post news as I receive it.

Happy reading!

Friday, October 30, 2015

#Read a #Poem #Friday #amreading

The Witches’ Spell

Act IV, Scene 1  Shakespeare's Macbeth
A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron boiling. Thunder.

Enter the three Witches.
1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.
2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d.
3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time!
1 WITCH. Round about the caldron go;
In the poison’d entrails throw.—
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
3 WITCH. Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;
Witches’ mummy; maw and gulf
Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock digg’d i the dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,—
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
For the ingrediants of our caldron.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October #Blog #FAIL

So this month, I tried to celebrate my love for October, by making an A to Z blog list of all the things I love about October. Unfortunately, I only made it to "G". FOR SHAME!

It isn't because I don't love October, of course. I'm about to provide a list of all the things I love about the month, but life simply got in in the way.

I'm teaching, writing, and publishing (Book 4- Dying Light comes out Monday!). I also am still putting the new house together. To top it off, I got ENGAGED! ;)


***LEVEL UP***

Anyway, so this is sort of my apology for my absence for the last two weeks, rolled up in a celebration.

So here are all the things I love about October:

1. Fall food: caramel corn, caramel apples, halloween candy, pumpkin treats (though NOT coffee), warm drinks, cider and hot cocoa. All the yummy things!
2. Witches and the magic in the air
3. Costumes--who doesn't like to dress up.
4. Demons and scary stuff
5. Scary movies
6. The Fall itself--it's my favorite season.
7. Cool weather and beautiful fall days
8. Ghosts
9. Ghouls and the cemeteries that wander
10. Halloween!
11. Carving Pumpkins
12. Beautiful leaves
13. The smell of hay
14. Monster Music
15. Dancing to Thriller
16. Pies (I guess this goes with number 1, but pie gets its own mention...right, Dean?)
17. Roasting marshmellows over the open fire
18. Scary stories and unsolved mysteries.
19. Trick 'r Treating
20. Vampires
21. Werewolves
22. And all the other things that go bump in the night
23. Longer, darker nights
24. The excuse to wear boots all the time
25. Zombies
26. Soft sweaters
27. Cute scarves
28. That my pug is extra cuddly this time of year
29. Hayrides
30. Haunted houses
31. warm blankets
32. Visiting the orchards here in Michigan
33. Going on long fall walks
34. That it'll come every year!

What's your favorite thing about Fall/October?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

#Book #Review Death Wish by @Angela Roquet

Let's begin with the obvious:

Death Wish is the fifth book in the Lana Harvey series and a fantastic edition to the chronicle of Eternity. If you've read books 1-4 and enjoyed them, I think you'll definitely enjoy Book 5.


Less obvious:

I have had the pleasure of seeing Angela's work grow over time and I really enjoyed this latest edition. Her earliest books (starting with the FREE Graveyard Shift) received an A+++ for originality and cleverness, if nothing else. But as I finished the fifth book, I'm beginning to see real writer fangs. That is to say, Roquet has definitely cut her teeth and is producing well-written, quality verse befitting the full-time, professional writer that she is.


The plot is interesting, pacing good, characterizations deep and when I finished I was ready for more. And the fact that Roquet seems to get better with every book, I'm sure Book 6 will be worth the wait.

You can grab your copy of Death Wish on Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and more. Or learn more about Angela Roquet on her website

Saturday, October 10, 2015

#October AtoZ #Blog challenge: G is for Ghosts

Ghosts freak me the &^$% out. I watched Sixth Sense and many people argue it's not even a great ghost story, but I couldn't sleep for days. 



But since they are an ooky spooky part of Halloween, I've included a post to honor the ghosts out there. Here are my top 5 "ghost" picks by category:



Top 5 Ghost Books
The Shining by Stephen King
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
A Woman in Black by Susan Hill
A Christmas Carol by Dickens


Top 5 Ghost Movies
Ghostbusters
Poltergeist
Thirteen Ghosts
Nightmare Before Christmas
Casper



Top 5 Haunted Places

The Stanley Hotel
West Virginia State Penitentiary
Waverly Hills Sanitorium
Alcatraz Prison
New Orleans!...

...which brings me to my very own ghost story. I haven't told many people this story, so sharing it here on the blog is sort of like "coming out" in a way. But here is my ghost story nonetheless. A few years ago, I went to New Orleans with some friends. We did the ghost tour, like many tourists do and saw the numerous haunted places around the French Quarter.

Near the end of our tour, we stopped in a bar for a bathroom break, but the tour guide warned us "be careful of the bathroom. The original owner used to live upstairs until one night he was clubbed in the head with a crowbar and died. Now he hides out in the ladies' bathroom and pinches all the pretty girls."

I wasn't impressed. But my attractiveness aside, I did go into the bathroom and I SWEAR ON MY PARTNER'S LIFE that I DID feel a pinch just before I was about to sit down and use the toilet. If I hadn't been struggling with my belt, I may not have noticed, but I was. And I felt the pinch on my right side and turned slowly, expecting to find a glory hole or something, where some partner in crime pinches people for added effect.

When I saw NO ONE, I burst from the bathroom stall, holding my pants up and shrieking, much to the confusion of my friends who were waiting in the bathroom for me.

Needless to say, I did not pee alone for the rest of the trip.



Do you have a favorite ghost story, movie or haunted place? I'd love to know it! :)

Kory

Friday, October 9, 2015

#Read a #poem #Friday

Continuing the October A to Z blog challenge, today we have F is for Fall. Fall is my favorite season. I love cool weather, wearing boots, pumpkins and the smell of hay. Apple cider, pies, and bread. All the seasonal root vegetables and the ooky spooky vibe of Halloween on the wind and longer, darker nights.

To combine Read a Poem Friday with the blog challenge, here is a list of poems about fall from some of the world's greatest poets.

Enjoy! :)


Autumn moonlight by Matsuo Basho
SONNET OF AUTUMN by Charles Baudelaire
Autumn Movement by Carl Sandburg
To Autumn by William Blake
Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson
Autumn in the Garden by Henry Van Dyke
Autumn Song by Katherine Mansfield
Autumn Perspective by Erica Jong
An Autumn Evening by Lucy Maud Montgomery
By an Autumn Fire by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Autumn by William Morris
Autumn by Thomas Hood
A Song of Autumn by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Autumnal Sonnet by William Allingham
Late Autumn by William Allingham
Autumn Song by Sarojini Naidu
The Autumn by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
An Autumn Reverie by William Topaz McGonagall
Autumn Birds by John Clare
As Summer into Autumn slips by Emily Dickinson
Autumn Love by Li Ching Chao
Elegy IX: The Autumnal by John Donne
Besides the Autumn poets sing by Emily Dickinson
No Autumn's intercepting Chill by Emily Dickinson
AUTUMN FEELINGS. by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
An Autumn Rain-Scene by Thomas Hardy
Autumn And Winter by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Autumn by Stevie Smith
Autumn: A Dirge by Percy Bysshe Shelley
To Autumn by John Keats
Ode To Autumn by John Keats
Autumn by Walter Savage Landor
Dolor of Autumn by David Herbert Lawrence
Merry Autumn by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Autumn by P. K. Page
Autumn Day by Rainer Maria Rilke
Autumn by Siegfried Sassoon
Underwater Autumn by Richard Hugo
An Autumn Sunset by Edith Wharton
I am the autumnal sun by Henry David Thoreau
Hornworm: Autumn Lamentation by Stanley Kunitz
Late Autumn In Venice by Delmore Schwartz
Frog Autumn by Sylvia Plath
Autumn Valentine by Dorothy Parker
AUTUMN by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
AUTUMN by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Autumn Within by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Autumn Daybreak by Edna St. Vincent Millay
The Death Of Autumn by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Autumnal Diorama by Raymond A. Foss
When it was autumn in Eden by Ian Emberson
Smell of Autumn by Raymond A. Foss

Thursday, October 8, 2015

#October AtoZ blog challenge: E is for Exorcism #Recipe

Piggy-backing off yesterday's post about demons, comes the inevitable exorcism. I must say, few things frighten me more than the idea of having to perform an exorcism on someone I love. Assuming possessions were possible, it would mean that someone I love was in the clutches of an evil force and if I couldn't free them, they would be lost forever. 

The word exorcism comes from the Greek ἐξορκισμός, exorkismos which means "binding by oath" and you can find beliefs regarding demons and the necessity of exorcism in all major religions, though Christian exorcisms are likely the most popular/well known, in America at least.

Famous people who have been on the receiving end (allegedly) of an exorcism include the artist Salvador Dali, Mother Teresa, and a boy named  Robbie Mannheim, who became the inspiration for the popular film The Exorcist.


And while I personally hope demon exorcisms are a thing of fiction, should I feel I might need one, I'll make this cocktail while waiting for John Constantine or the Winchesters to arrive.

Exorcist Cocktail Recipe


The measurements are per serving:

1 1/2 oz tequila
3/4 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
3/4 oz lime juice


Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.


Read more: Exorcist Cocktail recipe http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink9138.html#ixzz3noWQ3yH6

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

#October AtoZ challenge: D is for #Demons and #Dean

I love Dean Winchester.

Look at this face:


Don't you just want to squeeze his cheeks and kiss his nose? I sure do.

The fact that he hunts demons is just a bonus. 


In celebration of Dean of the Demons, here is a youtube playlist of some fun Supernatural moments.

Runner Up demonhunter:

John Constantine. Love his attitude, love his I-give-zero-f#%&s approach to the world and his style is interesting to say the least.



















Do you have a favorite demon or demonhunter? I must admit I found a serious lack of ladies who hunted demons--not to be confused with vampire slayers, etc, but purely demons. If you know of some ladies, let me know! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Happy Release Day @AngelaRoquet! #amreading

Bum ba ba ba Bum

Dah Dah da dum!

*Trumpets*

Congratulations to Angela Roquet for the release of Death Wish, the fifth book in her Lana Harvey, Reapers, Inc. Series.


If you are unfamilar with this series, for shame! You can read Book 1 for free on Amazon, Nook, Kobo, ibooks and more.


Book 1, Graveyard Shift
Book 5, Death Wish

For those of you with the program, Book 5 is available now on Amazon and coming soon to the other online retailers.

My review coming soon!

Kory

#October AtoZ challenge: C is for #Costumes

I love playing dress up. Can't you tell?


It's my understanding that we dress up every year so that the demons and whatnot that come out on Halloween Night don't realize we are human, and prey on something else. Don't quote me on this as I learned this from Trick 'R Treat.

My personal all time favorite costume is:

Sam from Trick 'R Treat




From what I can tell, all you need is an orange onesie and burlap sack and presto! You have a pumpkin-headed demon child costume.




I might also aspire to be LeeLoo Dallas one Halloween--if I can convince myself I won't freeze to death wearing ONLY white tape.



According to NBC, here are the most popular costumes by category:

Adult Costumes
1. Witch
2. Animal
3. “Batman” Character
4. Zombie
5. “Star Wars” Character
6. Pirate
7. Vampire
8. Action/Superhero 
9. Doctor/Nurse
10. Slasher Movie Character
11. (Tied) Political Figure, Vixen, or Minion

Children Costumes1. Princess
2. “Batman” Character
3. Action/Superhero
4. Animal
5. Disney’s “Frozen” Character
6. “Star Wars” Character
7. Zombie
8. Witch
9. Pumpkin
10. Minion

Pets
1. Pumpkin
2. Hot Dog
3. “Batman” Character
4. Devil
5. Bumble Bee
6. Dog
7. Cat
8. “Star Wars” Character
9. Bowtie/Bandanas/Fancy Collar
10. Shark
11. Princess
12. Minion

What do you plan to dress up (yourself, your child or pet) this year?