Guest post and giveaway from author Faith Bicknell-Brown
Many people make New Year’s resolutions that range from cussing less, losing weight, kicking the cigarette habit. If you’re a writer, it’s usually some sort of writing goal such as finish x amount of manuscripts or maybe scoring a set number of contracts for the year.
But what if your New Year’s resolution is forced upon you? And what if that “resolution” is of the paranormal quality?
I often watch horror or paranormal movies and shout out the characters for their dumb decisions. Oh, so a ravenous monster has been hanging around outside your house? Well, stick your head out the door and see if it’s still out there! There’s a vicious vampire in your attic? What are you waiting for? Climb up there and see if he’ll have tea and cookies with you while discussing the hike in taxes.
Yeah, I do yell at the TV screen a lot, lol. The hubby just looks at me and laughs, shaking his head. Movies that have characters making stupid decisions irk me to no end.
I write exclusively for Dreamspinner Press under the pseudonym Amber Redd, creating a whole world based in a fictional town in the Blue Ridge Mts. In When I’m Gone (book 2 of the Stone Trail Series m/m romantic fiction), Richie Tatten is forced to go to Stone Trail to handle his deceased sister’s belongings at the institution where she lived. In doing so, he’s thrust into a world he never imagined possible. He meets up with two of the characters from book one, Chasing the Mailman, Jarreth and Usher. They warn him about the big wolf population in the area, but Richie blows it off and puts himself in a precarious situation. It takes the unexpected help of a spirit along with Jarreth’s and Usher’s intervention to save Richie’s ass.
Richie is chastised for not listening. To me, it’s the logical thing to do to someone who ignores your warning. I just wish more movies would have at least a brief “I told you so!” between characters, lol.
In both Stone Trail books, the characters face a new year. In Chasing the Mailman, Usher finds himself snowed in at his horse ranch, so the first couple months of his New Year are stressful. However, when something sinister begins stalking him, Usher is propelled into a fight for his life.
I tend to use dark humor in my paranormal romances, whether het or m/m. Also, I love heavy snowfall and the atmosphere it provides, so I guess that’s why both books are set during the New Year with lots of snow. I have the basis of book 3’s plot, but whether or not it will be set during the snowy months remains to be seen.
So, would you open that door and poke your head out if you think there’s a werewolf outside? Would you heed someone’s warning if they told you there was something dark and sinister beyond that doorway?
Go ahead. Open the door and poke your head out there. I dare ya!
Both book 1 and 2 available from Dreamspinner Press and various book distributors.
Publisher LINK for When I’m Gone.
Publisher LINK for Chasing the Mailman.
I find myself with several guest appearances this month so my giveaway is going to be a little different. I’ll have a small giveaway at each appearance, but at my last one for January, there will be a grand finale prize. At each of my guest blogs, leave a meaningful comment and be entered to win an e-book from my Molly Diamond (retired pen name www.MollyDiamond.com) backlist. Comment at every stop and you’ll have more chances to win the grand prize on January 30th—a nice coffee mug with goodies stuffed inside it AND an ebook! Visit my author page at www.facebook.com/F.L.Bicknell to find out where my appearances are scheduled this month!
F.L. Bicknell’s work has appeared in a wide range of genres and publications such as: Would That It Were, Touch, GC, and Ohio Writer Magazine as well as publications in Canada and Turkey. Under her now-retired pseudonym, Molly Diamond, she was a regular contributor to Gent and Ruthie’s Club and has had fiction published in Hustler’s Busty Beauties, Penthouse Variations, and Twenty 1 Lashes. Ms. Bicknell is the author of several e-book and print titles, also writing as Azura Ice, Amber Redd, Cutter Phoenix, and Kiyara Benoiti. She has served as co-editor and managing editor for three different publishing houses. She is represented by TriadaUS Literary Agency.
In case you missed it, F.L. is giving away winner’s choice of an e-book from her Molly Diamond pen name. The winner will be announced on January 19th. Read our giveaway policy before entering. Good luck!