October 12, 2015

October #InkRipples #Giveaway – Things That Go Bump in the Night

I remember reading Amityville Horror. I think I was about 12 years old and I was home alone a lot. I’d get so wrapped up in the book I wouldn’t notice the sun had set until I look up and found myself completely surrounded by black picture windows. I was terrified that the red pig eyes would appear, so I’d close my eyes and feel my way around the room to draw all the curtains closed – not opening my eyes until I was sure I wouldn’t see any black window surfaces.

It’s hard to scare me like that anymore. I think life experiences jade us enough that we are less prone to fears fueled by imagination, but I still get butterflies if I have to go out into the dark garage alone at night, or if I hear an unexplained noise scratch up against the house. *Shiver*

What scares you? Makes your heart pound so that it’s hard to hear? Freezes you in place?

To celebrate Halloween, I’m giving away two books again this month. YAY! First the winner will receive a copy of Ghost Touch by the super awesome author, LA Dragoni. (Okay, she might be me.) The winner will have his or her choice of an electronic copy - any version - or a dowload code good for one audiobook copy from Audible.

Ghost Touch by LA Dragoni
For fifteen minutes each night a portal opens in Tamar’s barn and a horde of ghosts spills into her yard. She and Dex work together to find a way to help Cal and the thousands of spirits stuck in the void to cross over. When she learns she has the ghost touch—the ability to touch the ghosts as if they were corporeal—and she accidentally helps a little boy cross, she believes it might be possible. But not all the spirits play nice and when they learn they can sip energy from her ghost touch, they become greedy putting her life at risk.

Each time Cal has to pull her from the mass of ghosts, her touch restores him more and more until he is at danger of being stuck on earth—forever, which is very enticing to Tamara the better she knows him. Will she and Dex figure out how to help the spirits cross and if they do, will she be able to let Cal go?

Available from Amazon

And because I like to support other books and authors, the winner will also receive a Kindle copy of one of the following books that I’ve read and enjoyed and find creepy enough for the season:

A mysterious island.
 
An abandoned orphanage.
 
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
 
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
  
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead--keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.
  
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Mackie Doyle is The Replacement - left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. He has been raised among us. But he is not one of us. Now, he must face the dark creatures of the slag heaps from which he came and find his rightful place - in our world or theirs.


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21 comments:

  1. I wish I still didn't get as afraid of bumps in the night as I did as kid. I'm better at hiding that I'm scared and rationalizing the fear, but I still get just as scared in the moment.

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    1. Ha ha. I must be jaded. Or oblivious. Which somehow sounds much more innocent. :)

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  2. A lot of things scare me - I'm a self-proclaimed chicken. :)

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    1. Lol. As long as it's you calling yourself names, I guess that's okay ;)

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  3. Ghosts freak me out. I mean, no they don't. They're not real. Yeah. Except I totally think they are.

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    1. They totally are! But they aren't all bad.

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  4. I don't not believe in ghosts. Lots of negatives there. Just not sure.

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    1. Ha ha. The double negative made me laugh. I hope you never find out they're real. I think life's nicer that way ;)

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  5. I've had too many supernatural/freaky things happen around me to NOT believe in ghosts. Plus, I've seen a few. As to what scares me - the dark. I hate the dark. I mean, think about it...we can't see what's out there. Then, there are all these NOISES. What ARE those noises, exactly? Hmmm.....you don't know either, do you?? Shouldn't you be scared, too?

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    1. The noises are what scare me. Not the dark. Well...I guess the dark makes the noises scary. But without noise, the dark is fine. Add noise and that's a whole 'nother issue!

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  6. I sort of believe that ghosts exist. I don't like to watch scary movies or the dark. I leave lights on in my house at night. Not in the bedroom, but in other rooms, just lamps.

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    1. I love scary movies. Scary books are better though. Your imagination is always way better than what you see on the screen.

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  7. I think there are ghosts out there but I have yet to see one.

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    1. I believe we had a harmless ghost in the house I grew up in. I don't mind the harmless ones. ;)

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  8. Ghost Touch sounds fabulous! LOVE. I've read the others except for The Replacement.

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    1. Thanks, Crystal! The Replacement has a great creepy feel to it.

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  9. I remember reading Amityville Horror. I looked up and saw to red things glowing outside the window. Jodie pig eyes!! I screamed my head off. It was only tail lights. My mother almost banned me from finishing the book.

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    1. Lol. That's hysterical. Those dang eyes! They were scary!!!!

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  10. We used to do a very simple haunted house for Halloween. We took black plastic table cloth and closed in the carport, draped some across the front cut into shreds for the entrance, hooked up a black light and fog machine, and my sons would sit near the back in dark costumes to hand out candy. It was so fun to see the trepidation of even teenagers to go in to get the candy! Little ones were terrified. Adults were sometimes unsure too. Occasionally we had other things--one year we had a ghost on a rope that flew back and forth when noise was made. Another year the boys found a mask where the eyes had red lights. It was great fun for a few hours on Halloween night. It was amazing how easy it was to make it fun for all. (except for the little ones who I kept lollipops in my pocket outside for).

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    1. How fun! Though I'd probably be one of those hesitant adults. I like scary, but not really the jumpy kind of scary. More the psychological terror.

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