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Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Contests, Guest Post | 18 comments

Guest post and giveaway from author Faith Bicknell-Brown

Werewolves for the New Year?
Written by Amber Redd a.k.a. F.L. Bicknell

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.

Giveaway:
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!

Bio:
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.

Find F.L. online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | MySpace

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!

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18 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me here today on your beautiful blog!

  2. Your stories are always great. I love treading them and would I poke my head outside to see the werewolf. Yep, sure would!! Would love to meet some vampires and werewolves as long as I’m not a snack in the bad sense. :)
    Hugs my friend.
    Trinity

  3. Thank you so much, Trin!

    And LMAO @ the snack comment!

  4. Hi Christopher! It’s so cool to find you here, too. Thank you so much for visiting!

  5. I enjoyed Chasing the Mailman. I didn’t realize that a follow up book had been released. Will be adding it to my TB list.

  6. I agree with you 100% I can’t tell you how many times I was so glad I live alone becuse of my yelling at the characters on tv or a movie I’m watching in some cases I turn off what ever it is grab a book and some music and life become a good place once more :)

  7. Julie, I’m not sure what it is about werewolves, but I have been fascinated by the legends for years. I love a good werewolf movie, too! As for dark humor, I’ve always had it in my repertoire. My mother says I was born with it. If it’s not dark humor then it’s warped, LOL!

    Hello Yolanda! Nice to see you here! Yes, Chasing the Mailman has a bk2 and I’m currently working on bk3.

    I’ve been known to turn movies or shows off, too, Helene. And even worse is when a movie or show starts out so great then halfway through it things turn stupid and get worse. I used to love Warehouse 13 and Eureka and stopped watching both because they’re charm wore thin and “duh” syndrom set in after a coupla seasons.

  8. Sounds fantastic! Congrats to Faith on the new release!

  9. Sounds like an awesome read! I will have to add this to my wishlist!
    -Amber

  10. It’s why I can’t watch most horror movies (besides being a wuss, that is.) I’m too analytical and logical. You can bet I’ll let everyone know why it’s stupid. For instance, in high school, a large group of us went to see Friday the 13th part 29 (or so it seemed.) At some point in the movie, one of the stupid people was running up and down the basement stairs screaming. In her hand was a machete. At the foot of the stairs is her boyfriend being stabbed by Jason with a–get this–an ice pick. Oooo… Scary! So, she has a machete and he has an ice pick. Which will do more damage. After about the fifth lap, I said aloud in a theater full of people, “Why don’t you just go down there and decapitate him?”

    You can imagine the looks I got. (G)

    Well, seriously, machete vs an ice pick? Okay.

    And then there are the ones with haunted houses where people (usually stupid teenagers) go into them because “they aren’t afraid.” My thought on that: Then you are an idiot and deserve to die. It’s called Darwin.

    What can I say? I don’t do well with stupid people. (G)

    Marci

  11. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I would love to read thsi book. Tore923@aol.com

  12. Anthology authors, I know what you mean. Give me a machete and I’ll do more than hack at through the jungle, lol, especially if there’s a paranormal killer on the loose!

    Hello to Tore, VampedChick and Erin! Thanks for commenting!

  13. The one that always gets me is when the scared witless character is tiptoeing through the house saying “Hello? Is anybody there?”

    What do they expect the killer to respond with? “Yeah, I’m in the bathroom taking a dump. Give me a minute, then I’ll come out and hack you to pieces!”

    I like that you wrote consequences into this story. I agree with you completely that characters can’t get away with idiotic acts without some sort of repercussion – even one as light as a stern warning.

    Carpe Noctem,
    Des

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  14. ROFLMAO! That’s hilarious about the killer taking a dump!

  15. I not only shout at the television , but at characters in books too. My family just let me be. Someone has to make these characters listen.

  16. LOL, that’s right, Mary. They have to listen to us!