A Disgruntled Ghost and A Vampire’s Apology!

Hey, everyone. I hope you had a good Halloween. Normally around Halloween I get to hang out with my local author friends at The Book House in Maplewood. This year because of COVID, our Candle Game event took place online last Friday evening. As with many online events we started with some technical difficulties but those were overcome and in the end oodles of spooky tales were shared.

In case you missed it, here is the link to the Facebook Live video. My two stories, A Spirited Request (about a recently deceased bored ghost dude) and Vlad (about a vampire who took the wrong job) are early on in the recording. Take a listen.

Like what you listened to? Both stories are part of my collection ANOTHER CUP OF TEA that was published earlier this year.

You can pick up a copy in ebook, audio book or paperback!

A Conversation with A.F. Stewart

Today on Paws 4 Thought another of our occasional author interviews. A.F. Stewart recently released the first of a new series, Ghosts of the Sea Moon.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Well, I’m Anita and I write fantasy and horror under the name A. F. Stewart. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada, I’m a huge fantasy and sci-fi geek, and I love reading and movies. I’m a minor history buff and adore mythology and folklore.

 When did you first start writing?

I started writing as a child. I’d scribble poems, stories; I even tried songwriting. All the strange things in my head conjured by my imagination needed to come out. And still do, I suppose.

 Who are your favorite authors?

An easy one. Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman and Guy Gavriel Kay. They all have a lyrical quality to their writing that captures my interest.

What inspires you to write?

I honestly cannot define it to one thing. It’s a bit like inscribing bits of my mind and soul onto paper whenever some thought hits me. For instance, recently I was staring out a window at a grey sky and boom:  an idea popped into my head.  I guess maybe it’s all about emotional being for me.

Tell us a little bit about Ghosts of the Sea Moon.

Ghosts of the Sea Moon is a sea-faring, epic fantasy novel that I expanded from a flash fiction story I wrote. It was inspired by tales of ghost ships and Greek myth, and follows the adventures of Captain Rafe Morrow and the crew of the otherworldly ship Celestial Jewel as they defend the Outer Islands. They are up against a mad Goddess, sea monsters, and a mysterious dark enemy who is pulling strings. The book has roguish sailors, dysfunctional gods and goddesses, magic battles, some murder, a brief appearance by a Kraken, and yes, ghosts.

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Who is your favorite character you have written?

My newest main character, Captain Rafe Morrow, a charming seafarer who is far more than he seems, is definitely one of my favourites, as is my sociopathic demon, Balthazar, who hunts souls escaped from Hell. However, I think my number one favourite would be Nimue, my immortal witch from the Camelot Immortals short stories and upcoming series.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on final revisions for the second book in my Saga of the Outer Islands series, Souls of the Dark Sea. After that, I’ll be working on book three in the series, Renegades of the Lost Sea, and a series history reference to keep all the backstory and my dysfunctional gods straight. I’m also trying to sneak in some writing on the first book of my Camelot Immortals series, Past Legends.

What do you like to do to relax?

I haven’t had too much of that lately, but I like to read, watch TV, or do art projects. And play the Word Cookie game on my tablet.

If you could have any superpower what would choose?

I’d definitely want to be able to fly. There’s a certain appealing freedom, I think, to that particular superpower.

How can readers connect with you?

The best way is through my website, as I have most all my social media set up there: https://afallonblog.wordpress.com/

You can also find me most frequently on

Twitter: https://twitter.com/scribe77

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afstewartauthor/

Or in my Facebook fan group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/348788975590362/

Ghosts of the Sea Moon is on sale for just 99 cents on Kindle.

Come set sail with ghosts, gods and sea monsters.

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Want to read a sample? Sure you do:

Captain Rafe Morrow paced the quarterdeck of his ship, Celestial Jewel, the signs of an oncoming squall setting him on edge. Blustering wind rattled the sails and the crew’s nerves, their usual jaunty hubbub reduced to grumbling and snipes. Trouble travelled on that wind. Rafe could smell it woven in the air, and his blood prickled with a sense of worry. The ship trembled as if with warning. He glared at the sky and its darkening clouds painted amber and crimson from the setting sun. A storm sky coming ahead of a full moon meant dark magic and sea monsters would prowl the waves this night.

The Moon Goddess will hold sway tonight.

A trickle of blue energy raced across the back of his hand at the thought.

Damn her…and her beasts.

On the breath of a sigh, he whirled to face his crew. “Storm’s coming, boys. Doesn’t bode well, not with the moonrise tonight.”

“How long, Captain? Will we be in the thick of the weather or just what comes after?” A rough-edged sailor, Pinky Jasper, spoke up, but all ears of the deck crew listened for an answer.

“It’s coming within an hour or two, out from Raven Rock, by my reckoning. After nightfall by certain. We’re heading in, boys, but we’ll likely hit the edge of it.” He heaved a breath, exhaling. “It’ll be a bad one even for this crew so expect trouble.”

A shiver of tension settled over the deck. Some of the crew cast worried glances at the sea and each other. Others shivered, and a few more whispered prayers. Storms brought bad memories and nervous anticipation to the sailors of this ship.

“Which port then, Captain?” The mariner at the ship’s wheel chimed in. “Might make Abersythe if we head north.”

“We might, Anders. But we head east. We’ll race the edge of the tempest, but it’s closer and the ship will find better shelter anchored at Crickwell Island.”

“Aye, sir. Laying in course to Crickwell Island.” One-Eyed Anders turned the wheel and the ship’s bones groaned. Others of the crew adjusted the sails, and the Celestial Jewel leaned into her new bearing headed east.

 

Instafreebie preview (download the first four chapters free): https://www.instafreebie.com/free/cu9nx 

Or pick up your copy today – did I mention it was 99 cents?

Books2Read link (all non-Amazon retailers): https://www.books2read.com/u/ml5GvM

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078MS397S

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37648721-ghosts-of-the-sea-moon

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-Moon-Saga-Outer-Islands/dp/1981802223/

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Friday Fiction – A Drabble

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted some Friday fiction – so here’s a drabble:

Dead Set

By Debbie Manber Kupfer

I woke up feeling dead today … like I do every day, and I’ve done every day for the last 20 years and it’s boring. I’m sick of haunting this place. The living residents aren’t even scared anymore when I jump out from the TV, they just say “Hi Reggie” and “can you move away from the screen, I’m missing a good bit.”

Bloody mortals, what do they know? I saw all the good bits when I was alive. Now it’s just reruns. Maybe I should put in for a transfer. Surely the Grim Reaper will understand – or maybe, not.

Sins of the Past – Meet Chasity Nicole

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Today on Paws4Thought we welcome fantasy author Chasity Nicole. Chasity is not just a contributor to Sins of the Past, but also the publisher and cover designer. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Chasity.

I’ve been writing since high school, but never had the desire to publish anything. But I enjoy writing and try to write as much as I can, though time doesn’t always permit me to. I also draw, paint, read, and do a lot of graphic work. If I’m not doing one of those things I’m spending time with my little brother.

Who are your favorite authors?

I bounce around between authors, and it really depends on what genre of books I’ve been reading at the moment. Lately, it seems I’ve been reading quite a bit of manga. But my favorite authors seem to be Gena Showalter, Kathy Reichs, and Tolkien.

Tell us a bit about your story, A Ghostly Haunting?

A Ghostly Haunting is actually based on real life events in more than one way. All of the stories in Sins of the Past hold to something the happened in the past, but each author gave them a little twist. Most of my story actually happened. My family lived in a house several years back that was actually haunted. I really would wake up in the morning and walk into the kitchen and greet a slave spirit that was trapped in the house. I always called him George, and never found out if that was his real name or not. Other events that happened in the story literally happened to my family while we lived there, it was a very creepy house.

If you could travel back in time to any place and period in the past where and when would you go?

I’d want to go back to medieval times. There has always been something that has piqued my interest around this time.

Tell us a bit about your novel, Wickedly Misunderstood?

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Wickedly Misunderstood is about eleven teens who have superhuman abilities. They are all outcasted by the people in the areas where they live. They are taken to an island where they are to learn about who and what they are. Though something more sinister is the actual reason they are brought to the island. You follow along with Ember and the group to see if Ember can put it all together before it’s too late for her and her friends.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Quarantine by Lex Thomas. It’s quite a good book.

Are you planning to write a story for Sins of the Future? Any hints about your story?

I am planning to write a story for Sins of the Future. So far my story takes place in a school on graduation day. Though it’s not a happy graduation day for a lot of the students that get caught up in something horrible. I’ll leave it at that.

What do you like to do to relax?

Relaxation isn’t a term my body knows. But I typically paint or read when I want to wind down, it usually relaxes me. But since I’m currently planning a wedding, there isn’t much time for relaxation in my life.

 What are you currently working on?

Right now I’m currently working on The Wicked Rescue Mission this is book two in my Valhaven Island Trilogy. I’m also working on a few short stories in some other anthology projects that should be releasing later this year: Forever Red, Agabe, Sins of the Future, and Carolina Horror Stories. I seem to work on short stories more than I do my own novels lately.

How can readers connect with you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChasityNicole

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChasityNicole90

WordPress: https://chasitynicole720.wordpress.com/

Website: http://chasitynicolebooks.weebly.com/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Chasity-Nicole/e/B00IK00OPS/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Would you like to read a snippet of A Ghostly Haunting? Sure you do!

My life is far from ordinary, but who would expect a person that sees ghosts to have a normal life. I spend my days talking to people that do not physically exist—well they did at one time, but now they are dead. Usually these people have some form of unfinished business. They’re too scared to move on, or they simply don’t want to move on. Those who don’t want to move on, spend their entire afterlife haunting the living. They claim it is the only thing that makes them feel whole again—whatever that’s supposed to mean.

I was able to see the dead at a very young age, and it freaked my family out. Ever since I first realized that I could speak with the deceased, I have had a strong bond with both the spirit realm and the world we live in. I was the only one that understood my ability to see ghosts and communicate with them; everyone else pinned me off as nuts—until they needed my help because they were being haunted. Everyone calls the psychic chick when they need help, but, aside from that, I’m just your average seventeen-year-old nutcase that lives down the street.

Read the rest of the story in Sins of the Past.

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