Good day and happy Monday! Halloween might be over but it's always a good time to read some creepy and scary stories. We bring to you today an anthology of paranormal romance short stories, Spooktacular Seductions, published by Roane Publishing. Reader Girls asked the authors what their favorite scary movie is. Their answers are below. Read on to find out what each individual story is about and enter the tour-wide giveaway. Have a great day!
Paranormal romance anthology
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: October 31, 2014
Bewitching Gypsy by Linda Carroll Bradd
Fiona Mikolas is an outcast, branded by her fiery red hair and a purple birth mark—both signs of the devil. Two years earlier, she survived an influenza outbreak that claimed her peddler husband, Gregos, and her baby son, Tito. Now she lives a solitary life, traveling a circuit of southern states in America and selling healing potions. Until the night of All Hallow’s Eve, when her lonely life is changed by the arrival of two strangers in her camp.
Beaten and robbed, rancher Hagan Fletcher stumbles toward the light of a campfire in south Texas, intent on finding a way to retrieve his stolen stallion. When he awakens, he’s forgotten his name and how he came to be in the company of an exotic beauty. Fiona’s ways are a mystery but when her quick-thinking saves his life again, he looks deeper beneath the surface to who she really is.
Garden of Souls by Michelle Ziegler
Something, or someone, pulled Miranda to purchase the old carriage house. It was a great deal, most likely because of the cemetery or the unexpected resident, Thomas. The ghost she finds within the sanctuary of her new home should have scared her. Instead she finds herself falling in love with him.
Now, a few days from Halloween, Thomas continues to push her to live her life. He wants one night though; the one night of magic for the dead. Torn by her love for Thomas and her need for reality and human contact, Miranda takes a chance with Sean. Someone who’s alive. The guilt is eating away at her. Sean’s nice and he hasn’t run off yet, pushed away by her craziness. Miranda knows she can’t split her herself.
Choosing her heart’s desire doesn’t seem possible, but living and loving another seems like a life riddled with pain.
If This Be Madness by Echo Shea
Don’t let me go…
Those are words that break her. When the person you love most is gone, how do you let go?
And, more importantly, who will you be once you do?
Ghost of a Chance by Lily Carlyle
After years of having her college boyfriend Sean as an ex with benefits, Julie believes he is finally, irrevocably out of her life. Forever. And it breaks her heart.
Until one night he shows up at the neighborhood hangout—with a mysterious job, luxurious car, and fabulous digs. Not to mention a new determination to woo Julie.
Even as her mind says no, her heart—and other parts of her body—is saying yes, yes, yes!
Do You Believe in Ghosts by Anne Higa
Jeff Austin-LeGrange has been fleeing from the remnants of his dark and haunted childhood his entire life. The past always catches up to us, and his is no exception.
Alice Hopkins, Jeff's high school sweetheart, has tried to forget him and tried to move on. You never forget your first love.
When Jeff's mother dies and Alice's father falls ill, the two are forced to confront their mutual history and their deepest desires. One thing is sure: neither of their lives will ever be the same again. Perhaps, the past can be overcome. Perhaps, it is not too late to believe in miracles. Perhaps, more than one couple will be reunited this Fall.
Who can say? With a little magic, anything is possible.
Encantado by Havva Murat
Spending Friday night in an abandoned amusement park sounded like an awesome idea to motherless, teenage track star, Remy Bordeaux—empty rides with no queues, and time alone with his best friend’s alluring sister, Rafaela, was sure to make for a memorable night.
But Friday night at Six Flags became memorable for all the wrong reasons when the park turned out to not be so abandoned after all. Rafaela goes missing after getting cozy with Remy, and everyone thinks that Remy is responsible, even his best friend.
It will take another trespassing trip to Six Flags for the truth of Rafaela’s disappearance to be revealed and for the riddle of Remy’s birth to be unraveled.
Where Angels Tread by Christy Thomas
Loralei takes extreme measures to prove her cheating husband has forsaken their bows by seeking confirmation from a fortune-teller. The truth revealed is that she’s been unfaithful in a six hundred year old spiritual marriage.
Samael, the Angel of Death must assist a young girl’s soul in ascending to heaven. An unexpected encounter with his estranged wife distracts him and the precious soul is lost.
Working together to save the endangered soul, they find the price to reach her is higher than they both anticipate.
Spooky Hollow Café by Lisa A. Adams
Aggie Pierce owns a quaint little spot, the Spooky Hollow Cafe'. Tourist come from all over the nation to her confections diner for the entertainment. Real live interacting ghosts make appearances once a day, you just don't know when.
But, when a ghost's crush becomes an obsession, just how far will a hero have to go to save Aggie's life?
Favorite 'spooky' book and movie
I read The Exorcist (only in the daylight hours) and saw the movie afterwards and was deliciously scared both times. I have to admit my younger self was braver. Once I had a child, I couldn’t watch that genre of movies because I kept thinking, what if that happened to my son?
The ‘spookiest’ book (not my favorite) was Stephen King’s ‘It’. I was cursed by so many nightmares when I read that story, I admit I couldn’t finish it. I don’t recall ever failing to finish a book other than this one.
The spookiest movie was an episode of Twilight Zone called ‘Living Doll’. The idea of an inanimate object having an evil consciousness and the ability to move and do things were absolutely horrifying.
Two books instantly come to mind from my teen years that I devoured and re-read many times: The Immortal by Christopher Pike because it fuses the world of ancient Greece with the world of two girls on vacation in Greece in the 90’s and I’m a sucker for mythology, and The Sleepwalker by R.L. Stine because the cover is imprinted on my brain and I was slightly terrified by the idea of waking up outside in a nightdress. Loved teen thrillers from the 90’s all around. As for movies, I was terrified by both ‘Vacancy’ (2007) and ‘The Strangers’ (2008) and really loved the premise on ‘The Village’ (2004).
Goodness this is tough. Does Hocus Pocus count as a spooky movie? If not, let’s go with Maybe This Time by Jennifer Cruise for book and The Others for movie. I love Maybe this Time because it can creep you out and make you laugh, and it has a great romance. It’s right up my alley on ghosts. The Others is creepy because of its twist. I won’t give you a spoiler, but you feel for the characters. Mostly you feel worried they are being haunted.
Paranorman. I loved the graphics, the voice acting, but overall the twist it made to the genre with good humor and fast-paced plot. I still get a bit teary-eyed toward the end. Even though it is creepy, it is also encouraging and hopeful overall.
I've always loved R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps" series, but my favorite and most scary, was "A Night in Terror Tower". I remember reading this book in bed, the room darkened except for my book light. The reason this book stood out with me is because unlike most of his books **Spoiler Alert** the children never got out.
Lisa A. Adams
My absolute favorite “spooky” movie is Jeepers Creepers. We watch it ever Halloween. And truthfully, it took me about four years to even make it through the entire movie. Now, of course I love it. And still get creeped out by it!
My favorite spooky movie is Night of the Living Dead, because it’s campy more than really scary or gory. Plus, it was filmed in Evans City, Pennsylvania, not far from where I grew up, so it’s a hometown favorite. Psycho is a close second.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is my favorite “spooky” book, even if it really is a romance. Bronte conjures such an atmospheric setting.
There is a tour-wide giveaway of one $10 Amazon Gift Card & paperback copy of Spooktacular Seductions