Sunday, June 09, 2019

No Exorcism Requested

I fell in love with Gothic Romances when I was about thirteen. I read every one I could get my hands on as fast as I could finish them. I adored the dark secrets hidden within the walls of the towering mansions and behind the eyes of their brooding masters, much like the naĂŻve young heroines in the books. 

Years later, I was thrilled when my friend and writing buddy, Carrie Dalby, told me she wanted to read some Gothic books for research. I loaned her a few of mine and soon discovered that my friend had been possessed by the demons of Gothic fiction. And what an epic possession it has turned out to be! Book 2 of her 8-book Gothic series releases on Tuesday. Read on to find out more about it, and how to enter the GIVEAWAY! 

The Possession Chronicles Book 2

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During the spring of 1906, Magdalene Jones is hired to be a companion to Ruth Melling at Seacliff Cottage, the Mellings' second home on Mobile Bay. Magdalene's simple country upbringing is no match for high society banter and a manor hour infested with demonic activity. Alexander, the Mellings' bachelor son, and Magdalene find themselves oppressed by demons playing upon their lusts. Claudio De Fiore—a young Italian deacon training to become a priest--and newly arrived from Scotland, Douglas Campbell, seek to protect Magdalene from the evil within the walls but they themselves might be part of the trouble.

Carrie Dalby, a California native, has lived in Mobile, Alabama, since 1996. She’s published several non-fiction articles in national and international magazines, served two terms as president of Mobile Writers Guild, worked as the Mobile area Local Liaison for SCBWI from 2012-2017, and volunteers with Metro Mobile Literacy Council’s annual Young Author events whenever possible. When Carrie’s not reading, writing, browsing bookstores/libraries, or homeschooling, she can often be found knitting or attending concerts.

Carrie’s two young adult novels are Fortitude (historical) and Corroded (contemporary). Fortitude is listed as a “Best History Book for kids” with Grateful American Foundation for its historical accuracy and being an engaging read for fifth through tenth graders.

Her current project is a historical Gothic family saga for adults, The Possession Chronicles. The first book in the series, Perilous Confessions, released in January 2019 from Bienvenue Press and the second book, Murmurs of Evil releases June 11, 2019.

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Monday, April 08, 2019

YASH Winners!

The Spring 2019 YA Scavenger Hunt is in the books, and it was FABULOUS

Congratulations to all the winners, especially the RED TEAM winner—Jeremy Cook! A copy of my novel After Me will be on its way to you this week.

And now—drumroll please—the winners of my personal giveaway!

Amber Curtis is the winner of my True Blue Trilogy!

And Carol Coutts-Seipka is the winner of the $25 Amazon gift card!

Thanks so much to EVERYONE who entered and followed me on Facebook, Twitter and Bookbub!

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Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Spring 2019 YA Scavenger Hunt!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize—one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am part of the RED TEAM—but there is also a blue team, a gold team, a green team, and a purple team. You can enter for each team to win different books, plus there's also a bonus entry for a $50 Amazon gift card!

Yeah, I know my fans are probably shocked that I'm not on the blue team. I didn't get to pick my team, but I'm so excited to be part of this fabulous contest that I don't even care! (Not too much, anyway. 😉)

And don't miss my personal BONUS GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post for a chance to win my TRUE BLUE TRILOGY or a $25 Amazon gift card!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, want to see links to all the authors participating, and want to see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Somewhere below, you'll find my favorite number in bold red. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the RED TEAM, and then add them up. (Don't worry, you can use a calculator!) 

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Contest is open internationally. Anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, April 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today I'm hosting author Courtney Brandt on my blog for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Courtney is proud to present her complete young adult marching band series, The Line, and two additional stand-alone novels, Confessions of A Teenage Band Geek and her final YA marching novel, Major Pain. Courtney looks forward to turning back to her YA roots as she completes a new steampunk series set in Victorian England. The Queen of England: Coronation, The Queen of England: Grand Tour and The Queen of England: Ascension are a planned trilogy, with the first and second books in the series now available.

Find out more information by checking out Courtney's Amazon Author Page, where you can buy all her books!



A thrilling overseas journey like no other. 

Queen Juliette returns in the second novel of this exciting steampunk trilogy and takes her fight to the Continent. Aided by handsome Captain Jonathan Cranleigh and the legendary sword Excalibur, Juliette strikes out in search of the New World Order—and to perhaps find an appropriate fiancĂ© during the expedition as well. The young Queen of England departs familiar shores with an unusual coterie aboard the HMAS Little Majesty. With unplanned stops, multiple airship battles, and other unexpected challenges, this overseas trip is anything but uncomplicated for the young monarch. An exciting conclusion in London and other revelations bring significant changes to Juliette's reign in this sequel to The Queen of England: Coronation.

And here's an EXCLUSIVE SUPPORTING SCENE from The Queen of England: Grand Tour, just for YA Scavenger Hunt players. No spoilers, I promise!
His callused hands paused on their exploration of the crown. To be sure, it was a strange piece of metal -- dark, crafted of iron ore, unpolished. Points of it were almost too sharp to the touch. But the craftsmanship revealed the work of a master. Marcellus could not find any fault in the strange circlet and wondered how long it had been hidden in the depths of the armory. 
Why wasn't it with the rest of the crown jewels? Why had it been tucked away, down among the weapons and ceremonial items? The royal armorer ran his fingers over the rough metal, lost in thought. It was a stark crown, unlike most of the others he'd seen previously in the collection. It lacked bright jewels and ornamentation of any kind, but, as Marcellus saw, it was strong, unbreakable like so many of the other smaller tiaras and coronets. He smiled to himself, knowing Askew would probably scold him for sending a piece along with the requested weapons for the queen's upcoming trip. Still, there was something about this particular crown that suited her majesty. Certainly, Queen Juliette was a bit rough around the edges, but she would stand tall and proud with this piece upon her brow. 
Her height, the shortened hair—even with the scar across her cheek, Marcellus could picture Juliette wearing this crown on the upcoming stops on her European Grand Tour. She would not cower among the older aristocracy, nor would she let them intimidate her. Juliette was exactly what their broken Britain needed, and this crown was every bit the piece to match her tumultuous reign. 
Packing up the piece in its box, Marcellus wondered who had worn this previously. He could find no records of which dynasty it had come from. Given its nearly ancient etching, it seemed older than the other maiden queen, Elizabeth, and that it might predate the Tudors.   
Everything old is new again, he mused to himself, then returned to his remaining work.
Doesn't that sound great and make you want to read this book? I know I want to! 

Thanks for visiting today, and don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Courtney Brandt, Eric Lindstrom and many more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 77. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the RED TEAM and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author—Eric Lindstrom!


How would you like a chance to win autographed copies of my TRUE BLUE TRILOGY—True Blue, Royal Blue and True Blue Foreveror a $25 Amazon gift card? Just like my Facebook Author Page or follow me on Twitter or Bookbub between now and April 7th. Your name will go into the drawing once for each like or follow. Two lucky winners—one for the trilogy and one for the gift card—will be drawn at random. Winners will be announced here and on my Facebook Author Page on April 8th. Good luck!  

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Monday, January 07, 2019

Some Obsessions Are Good Things

Between the ages of 13 and 15, I was obsessed with Gothic Romances like the one pictured above. I read every one I could get my hands on as fast as I could finish them. I adored the dark secrets hidden within the walls of the towering mansions and behind the eyes of their brooding masters, much like the naĂŻve young heroines in the books.

I eventually moved on to other genres, but I never forgot those countless hours spent reading the books of Phyllis A. Whitney, Dorothy Eden, and Victoria Holt. So I was thrilled when my friend and writing buddy, Carrie Dalby, told me she wanted to read some Gothic books for research. I loaned her some of mine, including The Winter People. Before long, I realized that my obsession hadn't gone away, it had merely been dormant for about 40 years. And not only was it back with a vengeance, it was apparently contagious because Carrie had it even worse than I did! Perilous Confessions, the first of her 8-book Gothic series, releases tomorrow.

Read on to hear from Carrie herself about her induction into the Gothic cult—er, I mean club.

Take it away, Carrie!

*Hands Carrie the sparkly blue microphone.*

Thanks for hosting me today, Joyce. To start off, let’s rewind to fall 2015. I was finishing up editorial rounds for my second young adult novel with my editor, Sean. After working on two projects with me—a historical and a contemporary—he left several comments in the document encouraging me to try something new. His first notation of Great line. You ever want to try your hand at horror, I think you’ll do well was laughable. His second one, Serious horror chops here, was more difficult to ignore. Then his response to my reply in the next cover letter—that original Gothic horror did have Christian overtones to it—made me curious and start to ask myself some questions.

Do I even read horror? Would I have any idea what to do? I can’t do slasher, what else is there?

So I did what any writer does when faced with the unknown: research and ponder. In my studies, I found the subgenres of horror as well as the roots of the genre itself—Gothic. Me writing Gothic? I rarely even wear black! But I found that beyond the Gothic subculture of vampires/paranormal, there is a vast literary history that pre-dates most romances, mysteries and what we now call horror novels, and it’s GOTHIC.

Also, while pondering my reading habits, I found that I had unknowingly been drawn to Gothic literature since childhood. All those Betty Ren Wright ghost stories I checked out from the elementary school library and the Christopher Pike teen horror novels I read in middle school were Gothic in nature. I latched onto Nathaniel Hawthorne in high school—also Gothic. And even my first published novel, Fortitude, could be labeled Southern Gothic. I may wear more earth tones than black, but my literature tastes are dark.

I realized that while horror by itself might be too much for me to attempt, I knew I could tackle Gothic. I wanted to read a few more things in the genre to help confirm my understanding as I began drafting my first manuscript, so I asked my critique group friends for recommendations. Joyce brought me a stack of Victoria Holt and Phyllis A. Whitney Gothic romance novels. Whitney’s The Winter People (see above) and Holt’s Curse of the Kings were two of the first I read. From there, I branched out and found mid-century favorites Dorothy Eden and Frances Parkinson Keyes. With those two authors, I discovered Gothic family sagas after I unknowingly began to write one. And I also acquired an obsession for collecting Gothic novels. Here’s a sampling of only six of the Gothic authors I’ve amassed.

So the result of my reading history and newer discoveries is The Possession Chronicles—an 8-book historical Southern Gothic family saga series with romance and horror elements. Perilous Confessions is the first book in the series and releases in digital and print formats on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 through Bienvenue Press. If you enjoy Gothic reads, I hope you’ll give it a try. To find out more about me and my books, please visit my Website.

Buy Perilous Confessions here.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Carrie!

You can also find Carrie all over the Web (She's everywhere! She's everywhere!)


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