is Women In Horror Month.
To celebrate, I'm participating in the
Women In Horror Month Blog Talks.
Today, I'm hosting two lovely authors who discuss
their favorite women of horror.
I'll have two other posts this week
in honor of women who write about the darker side,
so I hope you'll stop back.
Today's discussion topic: Favorite Women in Horror.
My first guest today is author Dina Rae.
Dina Rae has penned 6 books with a 7th on the way. Her themes revolve around conspiracy NWO paranormal, and aliens. The Best Seller is her latest release.
There are so many amazing women of horror. Anne Rice is the first woman to come to mind. Her novels are dizzying, over-detailed, and at times hard to follow, but the stories are so rich with history, intrigue, and imagination. My favorite actress of horror is Jamie Lee Curtiss-no one holds a candle to her in Halloween. I also love Jessica Lange in American Horror Story. Where was she last season? I miss her enough to stop watching the show. One of my favorite characters in a horror movie has to be Charlize Theron's character in Devil's Advocate. She plays the wife-gone-crazy as husband transforms. I also loved Emmanuelle Seigner in The Ninth Gate. She played the perfect Lucifer.
DRAWING: Leave a comment and you’re entered to win 1 signed copy of Love, Lust, and Voodoo or 1 signed copy of The Best Seller. Shipping to U.S. address only.
My second guest is author Audrey Brice.
Audrey Brice writes paranormal thrillers, mysteries, and horror stories where spirits, demons, and occult practitioners are both heroes and villains.
Dana Reed (author) - She was the first female occult-horror author I ever read and her stories inspired me to be myself and to not be afraid to write the weird, twisted, and crazy things I write. Her book Sister Satan was the reason I didn't eat hamburgers for ten years. Her books are among the few I will re-read, and whenever I lend them, I always have to replace them. She is amazing. My favorite Dana Reed title is Margo.
GIVEAWAY: Everyone who signs up for my newsletter on my website in February will be entered in a drawing to win a Thirteen Covens ebook, or a copy of the audiobook A Rising Damp.
Thank you Dina and Audrey for stopping by, discussing your favorite women in horror and your giveaway.
A big thank you to Wendy Howard for organizing this wonderful Women In Horror Month Event!
#WineWednesday is one of my favorite blog posts.
My husband and I review a bottle of wine, that we've bought, solely on the uniqueness, strangeness or coolness of the label - and nothing else.
This month's bottle may help you celebrate St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
I have to give my husband full credit for this bottle. He found it in a liquor store in Saratoga, NY and it's by far our best bottle yet. It's from Coppola Family Wines - yes that Coppola Family - and we've been lucky enough to visit their beautiful vineyard in California. One of the best parts is when you walk into the main house there is a long, sweeping, Gone With The Wind type, staircase and at the top is the actual car, bullet holes and all, that Sonny Carleone was shot in, in the Godfather movie. This was a few years ago, and I hear it has since been auctioned off. But it was very cool to see.
But I digress. Without further ado... VENDETTA
The bottle is wrapped in paper and is actually ripped, on the front and back, from the bullet hole. When you visit the website, it gets even more fun. You have to knock three times, like an old Speak Easy and then they send you the password to enter.
From the website: The story of Vendetta begins with a secret. A whisper. A knock on a hidden door. You’ll have to find out where it ends yourself. Vendetta isn’t an ordinary wine, but this ain’t your regular juice joint. A full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, Vendetta was forged in the back rooms and secret alleyways of a bygone era. Don’t talk about it. (drink it.) Concentrated yet elegant, it's a wine you can't refuse.
We had this wine with homemade Chicken Parmagina, salad and garlic bread. It's a deep, dark red and a tad dry, but it went down smooth. I thought it had a bit of a spicy after taste which I loved. My husband is a Cab and Malbec fan so we both enjoyed this wine and will definitely buy it again. It was one of our more expensive wines at $24.99 -our usually budget is $10-$12 or our beloved box of wine that sits in the refrigerator - but since we've had Coppola wines before and always found them very, very good, we'll have no trouble spending it for special occasions.
If at any time Vendetta ends up on your dinner table, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!! SALUTE!
Thanks for clicking over to my blog from the Blood Valentine Horror Facebook Page Event.
My contribution on this day of Love Gone Bad is a flash fiction story I call...
by Debbie Christiana
He rested one hand on Lucy’s shoulder, heavy and warm. His other hand guided the zipper of her dress down her spine, exposing her bare back. He whispered in her ear and nibbled at her neck. Lucy tensed. Where butterflies used to flutter at his kisses, revulsion now resided. She stepped away from him, her husband, a man she thought she knew.
The phone call changed everything.
The headlines of the past two years flashed before her eyes. Ten murders. Ten mangled bodies. There wasn’t a preferred target. Men, women, young and old, all shared a level playing field.
His arms snaked around her waist. “Baby, what’s wrong?”
“How could you do such a horrible thing?” Her hand slid toward a knife on the cutting board.
She spun around, knife slashing. Blood sprayed from his sliced face. His mouth dropped open and his eyes widened. He made no sound. Without remorse, Lucy drove the knife into his heart.
He staggered backwards, blood seeping through his J. Crew shirt. His back hit the refrigerator and he collapsed to the floor.
Always incapacitate the victim with the element of surprise. It never failed.
“Why?” He whispered.
“Because you turned me in.”
“No, he didn’t.” The cold nose of a gun pressed into the base of her neck. “I did.”
Click here to head back over to The Bloody Valentine Horror event for more stories, flash fictions, pictures and excerpts from some awesome horror authors.
Happy (Bloody) Valentine's Day!!
Yay! Jami Gray is here today. Jami is a friend, awesome author and lover of Labradors.
It's been awhile since she last visited,
but she comes with a great post and Book III in the PSY-IV Team series,
MARKED BY OBSESSION.
MIND vs. HEART
Much thanks to Debbie for letting me bring MARKED BY OBSESSION over for a visit. Especially since you know me so well and the chaos that tends to follow in my wake. (leaning over and wincing) Should I apologize now for the mess the Fur Minxes will do to your garden? (looking around) I love what you’ve done to your place, by the way! Oh look! (pointing excitedly) Nana and Zrinka were here! (waves enthusiastically) Hi, guys! (brushing hands off and getting into author role)
Hello, oh beautiful followers of Debbie’s wisdom, I’m so happy to get a chance to visit with you. I’ve brought along my latest paranormal romantic suspense release: MARKED BY OBSESSION. It’s the third book in my PSY-IV Teams series which centers around a select group of ex-military psychics who’ve come together to protect others from global criminals using their own misfit psychics.
My first love is Urban Fantasy, which blends the magic into the modern world, so playing in the psychic world wasn’t new for me. Explanations of where psychic abilities originate runs the gamut from theory to myth, but when it comes to storytelling, I tend to lean toward the belief that those extra abilities stem from the magical world. For example, in my first series, The Kyn Kronicles, there is a covert government group that works with the Kyn (a race made up of every known myth) which is composed of human psychics. The Kyn agree to work with them because they see psychics as the multi-generational offspring of Kyn and human matings.
When I created the PSY-IV Teams, I didn’t focus on the why behind my characters’ abilities, just that they existed, despite being completely human. Some of the team were born with abilities, others discovered them later on, normally thanks to some traumatic trigger. In my world, psychic abilities don’t come without costs. It takes a toll on the body as much as the mind and spirit, which meant each character needed to have a core of mental strength and discipline. Which then made using ex-military personnel as my psychic warriors a natural twist.
Warriors of any kind have to main traits: a protective streak and a high level of discipline. Discipline when paired with a protective urge, can be pushed the wrong way, say to the point that the one trying to do the protecting will sacrifice themselves. Think of Spock with Capt. Kirk when he willingly goes in to save the crew at the expense of his life. Yeah, just like that.
The biggest challenge I faced with this series was ensuring that my apparently “super-human” warriors weren’t, well, super-human at all. They couldn’t be all knowing, stronger than those around them, or invincible. They are, after all, human, complete with all our nifty little neurosis and self-doubts, and cobweb draped corners of hidden darkness. So while their abilities come in handy, they can also be the reason my characters fail in the first place. Think what it would mean to you if you could read the minds of those around you, or if you knew what the future held. How long before expediency left you twisting the minds of those around you to get the outcome you wanted, because it was just easier than arguing about it, or you began manipulating situations to avoid certain futures because you know doing it this way hurt less people?
Now I had heroes/heroines with personal stumbling blocks trying to outwit a profit-driven clandestine organization with their own darker versions of the good guys (that would be the paranormal and suspense parts), but it wasn’t enough. I decided to pair my heroes/heroines with partners guaranteed to set their world on its ear, then flip it to its back, kick it in the stomach, then tickled it until they couldn’t breathe. (Yep, that would be the romance part of the story.) For MARKED, our studly hero is Wolf, the team’s telepath and all around alpha protector (growly teddy-bear with fangs). His match? The slightly obsessive, introverted, girl next door, Meli, who’s mind was locked tighter than Fort Knox. Now Wolf has to actually rely on his male instinct to figure out how to get surprisingly independent Meli to trust him enough to keep both her body and heart safe from the mysterious psycho stalker she’s managed to pick up. And to keep it fun—she thinks his colorful vocabulary is a bit much, and he’s determine to enhance hers.
Despite the unusual talents of my characters, in the end it comes down to discovering our own inherent strengths. Not all of us were meant to kick righteous ass and take down evil with wicked right hooks, some of us are those who face down evil armed with courage, conviction, and a selfless-heart. No matter the weapons, both are warriors to be respected.
Some betrayals hide behind love, others obsession...
The loss of her beloved brother and a series of unexplained events plunges Meli Dwyer into a dangerously unfamiliar reality. Alone and floundering, she turns to the sexy and unsettling Wolf Kincaid, PSY-IV Team’s skilled telepath, for help even as her battered heart whispers to steer clear of a man more dangerous than what hunts her.
Will Meli find the answers to her personal nightmare before one man’s obsession costs her the heart of another?
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Jami Gray is the award winning, multi-published author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, and the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams. She can be soothed with coffee and chocolate. Surrounded by Star Wars obsessed males and two female labs moonlighting as the Fur Minxes, she escapes by playing with the voices in her head.
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