Monday, October 15, 2018

Halloween Romance Book Fair! Lots of #prizes #MFRWAuthor #bookblast


It doesn't matter what flavor of romance "candy" you'd like this Halloween, our book fair has something for everyone, contemporary, paranormal, historical, suspense, fantasy, and science fiction. All books 2.99 or less, with several free!

U Could Win 1 of These Prizes!
Kindle Fire 7
Godiva 5-Pack Gourmet Chocolate
$20 worth of ebooks
$15 worth of ebooks from Amazon,
Ghiradelli Fall Chocolate Assortment
$10 Amazon gift card

Season, Unforgettable is featured in the Book Fair! It's on sale right now for #99cents.

Check out Season, Unforgettable, Keta's #NewAdult mystery/thriller. On sale now for .99! Read the 5 star reviews on Amazon AVAILABLE AT THESE VENUES

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You can also enter the contest here: BOOKWRAPT PROMOTIONS

Look at all the wonderful books featured in the Halloween Romance Giveaway!
Thanks so much for participating in the contest! Happy Reading

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Halloween Recipes: Treats and Dessert #recipe #Halloween #ASMSG #IAN1 #MFRWAuthor

I can't tell  you how thrilled I am you stopped by for my blog hop for my new release COMES A SPECTER. This is day 14, the last day of the tour. I'm pooped; how about you? And Halloween isn't even here yet. I hope you enjoyed learning a little about Halloween customs, ghosts, scarecrows, costumes and more!

You have my sincere thanks for dropping in and entering my contest. Good Luck and May The GHOST Be With You! 

Today features two delicious Halloween recipes, one kids are sure to love, and the other everyone will gobble up before you can blink.

Halloween Pretzel Treat

INGREDIENTS
Small square-shaped pretzels
Hershey's Hugs or chocolate-covered caramels
Candy corn
Candy sprinkles (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment or aluminum foil.

2. Arrange the pretzels on the cookie sheet in an even layer, then top with a Hershey’s Hug or chocolate-covered caramel. Keep the chocolate in the center of the pretzel.

3. Place the cookie sheet in the oven for as long as it takes the chocolate to become soft, but not melt. Keep an eye on it! I usually need around 3 ot 5 minutes.

4. Carefully remove the cookie sheet from the oven and gently press a candy corn onto the softened chocolate candy. Shake candy sprinkles over everything if using, then set the cookie sheet aside to cool for about 30 minutes.

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Browned Butter Pumpkin Frosted Bars (YUM!)

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) salted butter, melted
3 eggs
3/4 cup chopped sweetened dried cranberries (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
Heat oven to 350ºF.

In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and ginger. Stir in pumpkin, butter, and eggs; mix well. Stir in cranberries (if using).

Spread batter into ungreased 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

FROSTING INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 to 1/3 cup milk

INSTRUCTIONS
In a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat,  melt butter, stirring constantly and watching closely, until butter just starts to turn golden brown (3 to 5 minutes). Immediately remove from heat. Pour into a bowl and cool for 5 minutes. Add sugar and vanilla to cooled browned butter and mix well. Stir in enough milk for desired frosting consistency.

Spread frosting over cooled bars. Cut into bars.


We're also celebrating the release of my new book COMES A SPECTER, Book 2, Ghostland Series This book is very appropriate for Halloween because like many of my books, it features a  ghost!
Keep Reading To Enter My Contest Below

About Comes A Specter

Six months ago, Anya Fleming's ten- year-old son, Willie-boy, found his father hanging in the barn. Traumatized over his father's suicide, the boy hasn't spoken a word since. Now, Willie-boy has come down with a grave, unknown illness and there's only one man who can save him, Sutter Sky, a learned Blackfoot shaman known as Yellow Smoke—a shaman who was once deeply in love with Anya.

But Fate had other plans for Anya and Sutter—she was forced to marry Lewis Fleming, a cruel man who berated her night and day, and brokenhearted Sutter immersed himself in the mystical customs and beliefs of his People and became a shaman
.
As if Anya didn't have enough to deal with after her husband's death and son's illness, an evil, sinister ghost is terrorizing their ranch. Anya is convinced the spirit is Lewis, who apparently isn't done making her life miserable.
When she turns to Yellow Smoke for help, will he put side his bitterness and save Willie-boy? And can the renowned shaman dispel the powerful ghost from their lives and send him back to Hades?


(Don't forget to check out Comes An Outlaw, Book1, Ghostland Series when you're on AMAZON
Also features a ghost!)

Sign up for my NEWSLETTER HERE and leave your email address below to enter the contest! 

You can also enter at any of these blogs (mark your calendar for future dates of the blog tour) for even more chances to win!


Tome Tender Blog - October 1
Bookaholic Blog - October 2
Inspired To Read - October 3
Written Love Reviews - October 5
Bab's Book Bistro - October 6
Celtic Lady's Reviews -  October 7
Sapphyria's Blog - October 9
Books R Fab  -October 10
Bab's Book Bistro- October 11
Author Beverly BatemanOctober 13
Book Junkiez - October 14
Hasanthi's Book World - October 14

Teaser Addicts Book Blog  - October 14th







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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Season, Unforgettable Read An #Excerpt - #Contemporary #New Adult #MFRWAuthor

Season, Unforgettable is featured on BOOK GORILLA today so I thought it a great time to feature the book on Keta's Keep. 

I loved writing this book. Most authors will tell you some books come easy, some come hard. Season, Unforgettable was a very pleasant, easy book to write. That's not to say I didn't struggle at times with the plot and character depth (took me quite a while to get to know them), but thoughts on where to go next played out like a movie streaming in my head. I have no idea why some books flow like that and with others, your fingers almost bleed while trying to pull the books out of thin air.


What reviewers are saying about
SEASON, UNFORGETTABLE 

"This is a great story with many different levels to it and much mystery." 

"This book will give you a happy ever after and a chance for more stories to be told of the people you will come to love, should this wonderful author ever decide to write more."

"This book holds lots of surprises from start to finish. I loved this book!"




About the Book
*Finalist* Independent Author Network Book Awards
Romance Category

Season Scrimshaw isn't selling the land her parents left to her in their Wills, not even to the gorgeous Rann Brogan who saved her life in the forest. Not after she finds out he was in the woods to survey her property for a potential condominium project.  

Rann works for his mother's land development company. She wants this parcel of land and she wants it bad. He never dreamed she'd go to extreme lengths to get it.

Lives spiral out of control; lies and betrayal play center stage. Caught in the middle—between his rich and powerful mother and the woman he loves—Rann discovers love can blossom between enemies… and sometimes it's lethal.

I hope you'll check out all the reviews on Amazon and give Season, Unforgettable a try. If you read the book and enjoy it, please leave a review on your favorite venue (inluding Goodreads).

Available on these venues

KOBO



    





A History Trick-Or-Treating - #ASMSG #IAN1 #MFRWAuthor

Did you know...the tradition of dressing in costumes and trick-or-treating may go back to the practice of "mumming" and "guising," in which people would disguise themselves and go door-to-door, asking for food. Early costumes were usually disguises, often woven out of straw, he said, and sometimes people wore costumes to perform in plays or skits.

The practice may also be related to the medieval custom of "souling" in Britain and Ireland, when poor people would knock on doors on Hallowmas (Nov. 1), asking for food in exchange for prayers for the dead.

Trick-or-treating didn't start in the United States until World War II, but American kids were known to go out on Thanksgiving and ask for food — a practice known as Thanksgiving begging, Santino said.

Mass solicitation rituals are pretty common, and are usually associated with winter holidays. While one tradition didn't necessarily cause the others, they were  similar and parallel..

Apples were also part of another form of marriage prophecy. According to legend, on Halloween (sometimes at the stroke of midnight), young women would peel an apple into one continuous strip and throw it over her shoulder. The apple skin would supposedly land in the shape of the first letter of her future husband's name. If you're looking for a future husband - give it a try and let us know what letter formed.

Another Halloween ritual involved looking in a mirror at midnight by candlelight, for a future husband's face was said to appear. (A scary variation of this later became the "Bloody Mary" ritual familiar to many schoolgirls.) Like many such childhood games, it was likely done in fun, though history proves, at least some people took it seriously.


We're also celebrating the release of my new book COMES A SPECTER, Book 2, Ghostland Series This book is very appropriate for Halloween because like many of my books, it features a  ghost!
Keep Reading To Enter My Contest Below

About Comes A Specter

Six months ago, Anya Fleming's ten- year-old son, Willie-boy, found his father hanging in the barn. Traumatized over his father's suicide, the boy hasn't spoken a word since. Now, Willie-boy has come down with a grave, unknown illness and there's only one man who can save him, Sutter Sky, a learned Blackfoot shaman known as Yellow Smoke—a shaman who was once deeply in love with Anya.

But Fate had other plans for Anya and Sutter—she was forced to marry Lewis Fleming, a cruel man who berated her night and day, and brokenhearted Sutter immersed himself in the mystical customs and beliefs of his People and became a shaman
.
As if Anya didn't have enough to deal with after her husband's death and son's illness, an evil, sinister ghost is terrorizing their ranch. Anya is convinced the spirit is Lewis, who apparently isn't done making her life miserable.
When she turns to Yellow Smoke for help, will he put side his bitterness and save Willie-boy? And can the renowned shaman dispel the powerful ghost from their lives and send him back to Hades?


(Don't forget to check out Comes An Outlaw, Book1, Ghostland Series when you're on AMAZON
Also features a ghost!)

Sign up for my NEWSLETTER HERE and leave your email address below to enter the contest! 

You can also enter at any of these blogs (mark your calendar for future dates of the blog tour) for even more chances to win!


Tome Tender Blog - October 1
Bookaholic Blog - October 2
Inspired To Read - October 3
Written Love Reviews - October 5
Bab's Book Bistro - October 6
Celtic Lady's Reviews -  October 7
Sapphyria's Blog - October 9
Books R Fab  -October 10
Bab's Book Bistro- October 11
Author Beverly BatemanOctober 13
Book Junkiez - October 14
Hasanthi's Book World - October 14

Teaser Addicts Book Blog  - October 14th







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Friday, October 12, 2018

Blogging With #Author Delilah Devlin - #Halloween #Ghosts

I'm blogging with Delilah Devlin today about my most recent release, COMES A SPECTER, Book 2, Ghostland Series. I'm also giving away luxurious, specialty bars of bath soap (from Keta's favorite soap vendors)

If you'd like "IN" on the contest, go to DELILAH'S BLOG and follow the simple, easy-peasy instructions (sign up for my NEWSLETTER and leave a comment on Delilah's blog).              

Here's the identical post that appears on Delilah's Blog:
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First, thank you so much, Delilah, for hosting me on your blog. Much appreciated.

Since it's Halloween month, I want to talk to you about ghosts and the five haunted cities you should put on your Bucket List ("Things To Do Before I Leave This Earth").

Not long ago, I was browsing through my back list of books and came to a surprising realization—many of my books have ghosts between the pages. The translucent spirit is usually a secondary character (at least so far – lol). I had to ask myself two questions: 1) Why do I gravitate toward writing about dead people… er, I mean those who have crossed over and, 2) Does it have anything to do with seeing them as a child? Yes, you read that right—I started seeing ghosts about the time I turned three years old.

My wonderful Mom, now 91 years young, will vouch for me. She remembers those days with excellent recall. Every night, I insisted there were little people sitting on the coving near the ceiling of our very old home. I remember being frustrated that she couldn't see them like I could.

I still don't know if that's why I write about them but it's an interesting theory, isn’t it?

Anyway, back to the haunted cities. If there's any way you can get to these ghost-sighting places, you should really check them out. You won't be disappointed.

1) Savannah, Georgia
It’s believed that Savannah was built on American Indian burial grounds, which goes hand-in-hand with hauntings. It was also the site of Revolutionary and Civil War battles and yellow fever outbreaks. Best-selling novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil boosted the city's spookier side, putting such locales such as Bonaventure Cemetery on the national radar.

Or go the DIY route and take your pick of haunted restaurants, like The Pirate’s House or The Olde Pink House. If you’re brave enough, spend the night at a haunted hotel: Room 204 at the 1790 Inn & Restaurant is reportedly visited by a ghost named Anne. She can be heard crying after turning off the lights. The Marshall House was once used as a hospital during the Civil War and yellow fever outbreaks, and tales abound, from ghost children who bite to soldiers carrying severed limbs. Other majorly haunted sites include Moon River Brewing Company, which was the city’s first hotel in 1821, and featured in an episode of Ghost Adventures.

2) Washington, D.C.
The White House, The National Theatre and Hay-Adams Hotel are among the city’s haunted hot spots. Get the lowdown on its seedy past with Washington DC Ghost Tours, Scary DC or Washington Walks. However, The U.S. Capitol Building, which was built in the mid-1800s, is filled with specters, from construction workers to politicians (John Quincy Adams actually died there). In fact, there’s even a “demon cat” that appears right before national tragedies.
Historical hauntings also happen at The Octagon House. Dolley Madison, wife of president James Madison, lived there for a spell, and loved throwing parties; she’s sometimes seen in her party frock. Less happy occurrences in the mansion’s past include rumored murders and unexplained deaths. If you take a self-guided tour of the now museum, don’t be alarmed to feel cold spots on the staircase or hear knocking inside the walls.

3) Chicago
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 lasted two days and killed at least 300 people. However, even worse was the 1903 fire at the much-touted fireproof Iroquois Theater, which killed more than 600 people at an afternoon performance. In fact, the alley behind it has been nicknamed “Death Alley,” after those who jumped to their death to escape the fire. It’s also where recovered bodies were temporarily placed. The Oriental Theater (pictured) now resides on the spot, and people have seen ghosts in period dress, heard screams and smelled smoke.
Try your luck by booking a room at the Congress Plaza Hotel, said to be overflowing with ghosts. Room 441 is believed to be among the most haunted, with a woman that shakes the bed, shadowy figures and projectile objects. Even scarier, there’s a sealed shut room with no doorknob on the 12th floor. You probably wouldn’t want to spend the night there anyway. Weird Chicago Tours and Chicago Hauntings cover more haunted spots around the city.

4) San Francisco, CA
The lawless gold rush period and the 1906 earthquake, which triggered a fire that killed at least 3,000 people, likely contributed to San Francisco’s haunted present. However, Alcatraz Island is also notoriously haunted. Tales of death, murder and insanity surround the prison that once held mobster Al Capone. You can visit at night for the chance to experience cold spots, whispering in empty cells and sounds of slamming doors. Learn about other haunted sites, from the USS Hornet to Chinatown, with San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour, Haunted Haight Walking Tour or SF Chinatown Ghost Tours.

Although about an hour from the city, it’s worth detouring to visit the Winchester Mystery House, whose history is just as fascinating as its hauntings. Long story short, a medium advised Mrs. Winchester to never stop building a house in order to prevent ghosts from haunting her. Mr. Winchester took this to heart, and after 38 years of endless construction, the result was 160 rooms with baffling architecture, from doors that open into walls to staircases that don’t lead anywhere. Ironically, despite her efforts, Winchester is most certainly haunted; take a candlelight tour in October and watch out for lights turning on or Mrs. Winchester herself calling your name.

5) Portland, Oregon
At one point, Portland was considered one of the most dangerous port cities in the world thanks to prostitution, gangs, opium dens and gambling rings. One of the most persistent stories from this era is about the Shanghai Tunnels, which are underground tunnels that connected hotel and bar basements to the docks. Originally intended to transport goods from the waterfront, they're rumored to be where hired hands in the 19th century would kidnap, or “shanghai” men to work as slaves on ships bound for Asia. Victims would be dropped into the tunnel via trapdoors found in bars and imprisoned in cells until their ship set sail. Some ghost tours such as Beyond Bizarre Ghost Tour, Haunted Pub Tour, Hawthorne Ghost Tour and Shanghai Tunnels/Portland Underground Tours start at Hobo’s Restaurant, where there’s a basement entrance to the tunnels. Besides hearing screaming and crying, people report seeing Nina, a prostitute who met an untimely end at the bottom of an elevator shaft of what’s now Old Town Pizza.

Happy Ghost Hunting!

I'd like to share an excerpt from my most recent book Comes A Specter, Book 2, Ghostland Series. Several reviewers said the ghost scared the bejeebers out of them (although they loved the book).

Setup: Sutter (known as the shaman Yellow Smoke) confronts the ghost, Ten Wounds.

Excerpt:
A haze of gray mist swirled around the spirit's form, his human form. If the situation weren't so serious, Sutter could have shouted with joy. He took in the ghost's visage. A quiver hung from his shoulder, stocked with sharp, pointed arrows—a sign he'd transformed into the fierce warrior who once walked the earth. Steeped in blood (no doubt from his recent kills), his clothing hung in tatters around his massive frame—a vest made of animal hides, a breechcloth and fringed leggings. Sutter's gaze traveled to his painted, pock-marked face. Yellow and white stripes marked his forehead and chin, and black circles blended into his dark eyes. For a brief second, Sutter's insides quivered and ropes of tension knotted every cord and fiber of his body.
 Bleary, unearthly eyes speared Sutter when the wraith raised a hand of claw-like fingers and pointed at his enemy’s chest. The wind, much like the sound of a thousand women wailing, keened into the deafening silence. Fire exploded from the ghost's eyes—flames the fires of Hell couldn't compete with.
Sutter shouted over the infernal noise and flames. "You are not welcome here! Hear my words, you are dead!"
Like a misty cloud of energy, Ten Wounds lurched forward, a staccato rhythm of hisses and howls spewing from his foam-drooling mouth. Sutter had never imagined such a demonic apparition.


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 To qualify to win a luxurious, specialty bar of soap (from Keta's favorite vendors) sign up for my Newsletter HERE and leave your email address in the comment section below. Two winners will be selected and the soaps mailed out several days after this post.

Thanks so much for visiting Delilah's blog and reading about Comes A Specter, Book 2, in my Ghostland Series (Comes an Outlaw, Book 1 available HERE.)


Thursday, October 11, 2018

What is Phasmophobia? Do U Have it? #blogHop, #IAN1 #ASMSG #MFRWAuthor, #ghosts

PHASMOPHOBIA is the fear of ghosts. You'd be surprised how many people suffer from it!

Thanks again for dropping by my blog for today's post about GHOSTS. While you're here, don't forget to scroll down to enter my contest. I'm giving away prizes to ten lucky winners - 5 ebooks and 5 deliciously-scented, specialty bath soaps.



Ghosts have haunted people and places on all the continents of the world, since the beginning of time. For the doubters among us, there is ample documentation and proof to show that ghosts do indeed exist. Many of the links below will take you to other sites where ample documentation and eye witnesses accounts lend proof positive to the existence of ghosts.

A ghost is a person who has died, and is stuck in between this world and the next. This in between place is often called the "Netherlands" or "Nether World". There are a number of reasons why a person gets caught between worlds. The most common of these are a curse placed upon them, or unfinished business in this world. Whatever the reason, they may remain caught between worlds anywhere from a few hours to hundreds of years.

As you know, a ghost can be good or bad. We see and hear little of the good ghosts. They mostly go about their business, looking to finish something they were supposed to do before prematurely leaving earth. We mostly experience the mischievous and bad ghosts who enjoy making their presence known.

Helpful Tip: When you suspect a ghost is nearby, light a candle. If the flame turns blue, you have definitely have company.



We're also celebrating the release of my new book COMES A SPECTER, Book 2, Ghostland Series This book is very appropriate for Halloween because like many of my books, it features a  ghost!
Keep Reading To Enter My Contest Below

About Comes A Specter

Six months ago, Anya Fleming's ten- year-old son, Willie-boy, found his father hanging in the barn. Traumatized over his father's suicide, the boy hasn't spoken a word since. Now, Willie-boy has come down with a grave, unknown illness and there's only one man who can save him, Sutter Sky, a learned Blackfoot shaman known as Yellow Smoke—a shaman who was once deeply in love with Anya.

But Fate had other plans for Anya and Sutter—she was forced to marry Lewis Fleming, a cruel man who berated her night and day, and brokenhearted Sutter immersed himself in the mystical customs and beliefs of his People and became a shaman
.
As if Anya didn't have enough to deal with after her husband's death and son's illness, an evil, sinister ghost is terrorizing their ranch. Anya is convinced the spirit is Lewis, who apparently isn't done making her life miserable.
When she turns to Yellow Smoke for help, will he put side his bitterness and save Willie-boy? And can the renowned shaman dispel the powerful ghost from their lives and send him back to Hades?


(Don't forget to check out Comes An Outlaw, Book1, Ghostland Series when you're on AMAZON
Also features a ghost!)

Sign up for my NEWSLETTER HERE and leave your email address below to enter the contest! 

You can also enter at any of these blogs (mark your calendar for future dates of the blog tour) for even more chances to win!


Tome Tender Blog - October 1
Bookaholic Blog - October 2
Inspired To Read - October 3
Written Love Reviews - October 5
Bab's Book Bistro - October 6
Celtic Lady's Reviews -  October 7
Sapphyria's Blog - October 9
Books R Fab  -October 10
Bab's Book Bistro- October 11
Author Beverly BatemanOctober 13
Book Junkiez - October 14
Hasanthi's Book World - October 14

Teaser Addicts Book Blog  - October 14th







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