The Coffin Hop is back again! :
Originally posted on Bustling along bookshelves . . .:
Starting on the 29th and ending on the 30th, there will be a Giveaway of ghost novella, Ungentle Sleep – set in 1930, a house party has gathered, in part to celebrate the recent engagement of the daughter of the house. But there is. apparently, an uninvited guest .. inadvertently let out, to wreak mild havoc and insanity on the Maydews and their guests. That nasty incident involving Eleanor, followed by unpleasantness over Penny’s dress, and what is it Aubrey can hear, on the outer edge of his dreams?
Hysteria, missed cocktails, and something nasty in the attic.
Snrrip, snrrip. Snip, snap.
Even the rats run away.
This will be followed by another Giveaway straight after, starting on the 30th and ending on the 1st November: a free copy is to be won of Cass McMain’sWatch, an alternative take on vampirism (great review here on Alibi) –
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The Greenwood Tree Online Mystery Tour is into its second week : a 9-episode tale combining murder mystery with a treasure hunt and prizes to boot !
“Enjoy solving puzzles, mysteries and treasure hunts ?
Want to win some classic reading material along the way?
Grey Cells Press has put together a light-hearted vintage murder mystery tour, featuring detective novelist Julia Warren, as she tries to track down some very elusive treasure, and to prevent any more murders being committed as well!
Follow the Tale of the Mad Gorgon, from the High Seas in the days of 18th century piracy to a not so innocent countryside manor house in the 1920s , in a mad hunt for buried treasure – but can Julia find the treasure before any more murders are committed? Can you ?”
There are 9 episodes in all, spread across September; if you’ve missed the earlier ones, you can catch up on them here: The Tale of the Mad Gorgon
More information on the tour and prizes here: Greenwood Tree Mystery Tour
Episode Four will be out 12.00 tomorrow at AuthorsAnon (Greenwood Tree Mystery Tour Part Four)
Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human, and to top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul no matter what. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper, or let Mara die … this time for good.
Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. She loves reading, writing, movies, chocolate, and spending time with her family and friends. Half-American and half-Filipino, Dorothy lives in Germany with her husband and two teens.
DarkSpire Reaches, The Absent Woman, The Guardians of Evion, Healer’s Touch, Strange Tales from the Scriptorian Vaults and Greenwood Tree – all spread out on a carpet for you to pick from ….
Dark, Dangerous, Devious and Delectable Stories Available Now..
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Celabrating The Green Man.
via Celabrating The Green Man.
Another lovely post from the excellent crime novelist Lynn Clayton …with some brilliant photos !
Here it is in all its glory, the cover to Greenwood Tree, available to pre-order from Amazon, Foyles, Waterstones and of course the publishers themselves (links below).
The background story :
‘Well, what do all mysteries have?’ said Aunt Isobel. ‘Money, mistresses, and murder.’
1783 – and Lichfield society is enthralled by the arrival of dashing ex-officer Orville; he charms his way into the salons, grand houses and even a great inheritance from extrovert Sir Morton.
1927 – and detective writer Julia Warren returns to her home in Lichfield to work on her next novel. Initially she hopes to find plot material from the past and set it in the present. Aunt Isobel, while making preparations for the annual midsummer ball, has managed to root out an old journal from 1783 which might prove a source of inspiration. Once Julia starts reading her ancestor’s journal she becomes absorbed in solving the mystery surrounding officer Orville. Detective fever takes over, and she moves from reality to legend as events from the past seem set to re-enact themselves in the present, and she finds herself unravelling more than just the one mystery. Who was Orville? Who was the agent, Oddman, set to spy on him? And who is helpful Mr Grenall ?
Pagan gods don’t walk away just because you stop looking at them. The Gronny Patch sleeps. Perhaps it dreams. Or perhaps not …
A complex, multi-layered story unlike any other, full of whimsy, horror, and mystery, shifting between the centuries and from source to source, until all the threads are finally drawn together by the imperturbable Miss Warren.
Mrs Glass: More tea, Mrs Rawnsley?
Author links :
On Twitter: @AuthorsAnon
English: Bram Stoker (1847-1912), novelist born in Ireland, author of “Dracula” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
M. R. James, scholar and ghost-story writer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A 3-day blog hop in celebration of Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, M.R. James and all the other crafters of scary stories; let’s make it as colourful/eery/ghostly as possible !
Sheridan Le Fanu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The atmospheric, the suggestive, the creepy… the qualities that drew you to read your first ghost story (ghost, mind,not horror!) – can you recreate that same sense of the otherworldly, the inexplicable, the delightfully chilling ?
Grab a button, spread the word, add your link via the InLinkz tool and post up a story (fiction or non), an illustration, a video trailer any time between 1-3 February – mention any giveaways you have going ; full details here : Spooky BlogHop
Happy Spooking !
(running in conjunction with Kindle giveaway of Ungentle Sleep by B.Lloyd)