Are you into the swing of
yet? I hope so…it’s almost here! I haven’t yet bulked up on candy for trick-or-treaters, or seen Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin (one of my favorites), but I have been checking out the many books on Halloween and ghostly subjects – both fiction and non-fiction – written by our very own local authors, and about our area.
A week or so ago I sent out a call for local authors to send me information about their Halloween-themed stories, and I'd like to share them with you. I hope you'll take a few minutes and check them out. Who knows, you might find a new favorite author, or two! Even if you don't get to some until we're heading for the next big holiday, there's never a bad time for a spooky story, is there?
In the adult fiction market (and YA), let’s face it, paranormal is king. Our bookshelves are already full with vampires and werewolves and shape shifters…and who knows what creature will next make an appearance? While this collection has its shares of those creepy critters, it’s nice to see there are still stories about
Witch Way to Turn
Local author Karen Y. Bynum (debut novel)
Lyrical Press (July 2012)
(Strong language and some graphic content)
From the author: Can you give one guy your heart and another your soul?
18-year-old witch Breena Cross meets hunky vampire/convict Myles, AND would-be assassin Orin; dilemma ensues.
Available in paperback and eBook from amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com and other online retailers / $4.99 to $9.99
For more information: http://www.karenbynum.com
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CONNECTED: I am he who passed me by
Local author Thomas James
Historical fiction, 102 pages
Xlibris (March 2012)
From the author: Civil War historical event produces ghost who was discovered on
Available in hardcover, paperback, or eBook from amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com or your local bookstore order desk / $3.99 to $24.99.
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A Ghost I Am
Joanna Loring (former
Independently published (August 2012)
From the author: This darkly compelling ghost fantasy set in Sandbridge, Virginia, will captivate your imagination to the end.
Available in paperback and eBook from amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com and other online retailers / $3.99 to $10.06
For more information: http://joannaloring.com
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Signs of the South
Local author Narielle Living
Paranormal Mystery, 348 pages
Pulse Publishing (November 2011)
From the author: A new job, a new home, and a ghost that won't let her sleep until she solves a murder. Ella Giancetti can't stop herself from investigating the haunting in her home, despite the appearance of spiteful messages and dire warnings from the local townspeople.
Available in eBook at amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and Pulse Publishing. Available in print at amazon.com and Pulse Publishing / $2.99 to $14.95.
For more infomration: http:// www.narielleliving.com.
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Secrets by the Sea
Local author Mary Montague Sikes
Mystery/suspense/romance – 212 pages
Oak Tree Press (October 2007)
When Dana Sinclair’s grandfather is murdered, she moves into Edgewater Manor, the centuries-old home overlooking the sea that her grandfather cherished. Haunted by secrets hidden in the old house, Dana seeks to unravel the
Available in print and eBook from amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and many online retailers / $5.95 to $12.95
For more information: http://marymontaguesikes.blogspot.com/
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Local author Leah St. James
(Full disclosure, this is me, your humble blog coordinator.)
Paranormal Romantic Suspense, 153 pages (novella)
Edward Allen Publishing, LLC (April 2012)
(Strong language and graphic content)
Available in Kindle at amazon.com / $1.99
Audiobook coming soon!
FBI Agent Jackson Yates enlists the help of paranormal psychologist Rachael Sullivan to investigate the murder of former FBI recruit. Joined by forces beyond their control, beyond their understanding, together Jack and Rachael seek the killer. Together they encounter Adrienne's Ghost.
For more information: http://www.leahstjames.com
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Stories from the Chapel (anthology)
Editors: Hampton Roads resident Alfredo Torres, and Lauren Izzo
The Living Dead Festival LLC (August 2012)
Available for Kindle at amazon.com and in paperback from Lulu.com / $9.99 to $19.98
This special anthology of zombie fiction, poetry, and artwork features the Evans City (Pa.) Chapel from the classic film, Night of the Living Dead (1967). Money raised from sales of the book goes toward restoring the chapel.
In non-fiction Williamsburg author L.B. Taylor Jr. has made his name writing about our local ghost legends. His "The Ghosts of Virginia" collection is up to volume VIII, and a quick search of his name on amazon.com brings up three pages of titles. According to the bio on the jacket of one of this books, he has published over 20 books on ghosts in Virginia. If you've never checked them out, now's a perfect time!