Let’s get social #MFRWauthor #blogchallenge #amwriting

Welcome back to the MFRW 52 week blog challenge. Sorry  I missed out last week. I had been sick and in bed most of the previous week with migraines. This week our topic is Social Media hangouts.

I am not that tech savvy and am trying to cut my distraction and give myself more time. Doing the social media thing sort of consumes me LOL. My main hang out is—drum roll please– you guessed

it–Facebook. and Twitter

You can also find me  at google+  Goodreads and Pinterest

Where do you hang out?

Rising from the ashes~#MFRWauthors #blog challenge

Hi, Y’all! Welcome back to the MFRW weekly blog challenge. This is week 12. I know I missed week 11, but I was down and out last week. I guess you could say that’s one of my strengths. I may get down a lot with all my illnesses, but I force myself to get up and keep going if its only 30 minutes a day.  That way eventually I get back on my feet. I have a tendency to rise from the ashes. though I am much slower at it than I use to. There are times i wonder if I wont pull myself up this time , but i look at all there is to do and enjoy, all the craft stuff I have, my family, and the stories in my head and I get up one more time.

Picture courtesy of Pixaby.com

In writing I think my greatest strength is my characters,  I love building characters and my friends that I tell about them, fall in love and tell me how I should totally  get that written.  I could sit and develop characters all day. I do a character sketch when I first start a story then as I write the story I add to the character as he/she grows.  I keep a folder for each character and place in a notebook for each story.  It would be great if all I had to do were develop characters.

What is your greatest strength?

This is a blog hop, so let’s see with the other hoppers strengths are!

It’s never too late to join the hop, just follow the link.

Malevolent Mind By Misty Harvey #horror #newrelease #giveaway

 

MISTY: Thank you so much for taking the time to share in Malevolent Mind’s release day and thank you to Cat for being willing to host me here. This book has been a lot of fun for me to write and I hope in turn that readers will enjoy it as much as I. You can join me also over on my website for more release weekend fun.

The idea for this novel came from a lot of different places. One being that as a child my nephew and I, whom I was extremely close to would write these horror stories. We’d take our younger siblings down into the creepy basement of my house and we’d read them bits of it. As the story hit its scariest peak we’d run out of the room, flipping off lights as we went and leaving them screaming down there. More often than not our parents would be waiting for us at the top of the stairs and we’d be punished afterward. Still, it did little to deter them from joining us to hear the next installment of ‘Red Eyed Guy’ (We were so creative over the title, don’t you think? Lol).

There are bits of me in the father figure as well as Kade. I’ve always loved to write horror stories to be able to create such a physical and chemical reaction in a person with words is the

most incredible thing to me.

CAT: I asked Misty what her top five scariest things are.

MISTY Top 5 scariest books I’ve ever read (Wow, only 5. Yeesh, here are a few)

  • It by Stephen King

It was actually the first horror novel I ever read and to this day, I still can’t walk around sewer grates, because you know ‘We all float down here’. *shivers*

  • The Dollkeeper by Jack Scaparro
  • Intensity by Dean Koontz

While not technically a horror the psychological thriller factor was so on point that it  actually gave me nightmares about how far real people could lose it.

  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

 

Top 5 Scariest Movies I’ve ever watched (That was a lot harder than I expected)

  • Thir13en Ghosts
  • Shutter
  • The Grudge
  • Lights Out
  • The Others

 

Top 5 Foods that make my stomach churn

  • Calamari
  • Octopus
  • Anything that still has a head and eyes attached
  • Beef tongue
  • Monkey brain

 

Top 5 things you’re the most scared of (Not necessarily in this order)

  • Spiders (which is kind of a more normal one)
  • The things that lurk in the dark haha
  • Children in horror (It’s a love-hate thing with them. It terrifies me to have something so innocent used in such a corrupt way and yet I love it.)
  • Something happening to my family and never knowing about it
  • Losing my mind in a dark and horrific way

 

Top 5 scariest nightmares I’ve ever had

  • Zilla from Malevolent Mind. She literally came to me as a nightmare before she ever made it into the novel.
  • I had a nightmare once that a little girl stood beside the bed of her parents. When her mother woke up, her daughter told her that she wanted to skin her alive and wear it like a coat. She then produced a knife and tried to do such. The father woke up then and tried to help fend off the attack to save the mother. Suddenly, the daughter’s eyes rolled into the back of her head and she sank to the floor and was convulsing with foam coming out of her mouth. When the father jumped down to try to help his daughter the girl stopped and then stabbed him. It was rather horrifying that night.

CAT: Pulls her throw over her head!

  • The creation of the soulless children of the damned from my Creatures of the Damned novel were a product of both my nightmares and my son’s.

 

Hm…nightmares come and go with me. I’m having a hard time thinking up any particular ones beyond those. I have nightmares in waves. Sometimes I will go through bouts of them coming for weeks at a time and other times I won’t for months at a time.

CAT *peering warily out from under her throw*: That was lots of fun Misty! Thanks for sharing. Now let’s go take a look at your new release!

 

 

Malevolent Mind

Misty Harvey

Published by Misty Harvey

Release day March 16th

Pages: 265

Genre: Horror, Dark Fantasy

 

 

 

A story so dark, twisted, and unfinished has a way of driving the sanest to the brink of insanity.

 

Between the constant state of bullying from Heath and his friends, and the unrest of not knowing what happened to her twin, Raven seeks revenge. Years later, she becomes the nanny for Heath’s young son, Kade. She helps him start a horror story with the plan to bring the horrible creature Kade created into the real world to torment Heath and his friends. It was perfect, until everything began unraveling. When Kade’s creation no longer wishes to do Raven’s bidding, it becomes a fight for life or death. The only way to survive is to figure out how to finish off the creature before she finds her freedom. Will Kade find a way to stop the creation of his malevolent mind? Or will Raven’s revenge consume them all?

 

 

 

Kade sat there in the middle of the room. He pulled his legs up against his chest, wrapping his arms around them. There was nothing to see now that his head cowered there in the darkness of his own lap. If tonight was the night that he’d die, he wasn’t so sure he’d want to see either of the girls coming for him.

His ears perked up. Behind him came the sound of wet clothes slapping together. He lifted his head, unable to keep it down. It was just his imagination. That was all.

The feel of icy breath slid over the back of his neck. Each tiny hair stood at attention as the stench of decay washed over him. Was it the girl from the river or was it Zilla? Kade flipped onto his knees, the beam of the flashlight straight forward.

There, inches from his face, was Zilla. She stared at him. Her mouth was open at an angle as her tongue flicked out against the air. It was too late to run anywhere.

Death stared him right in the face. Part of him felt relief that it was only her. Of course, that was if the other one wasn’t waiting for him as well. He didn’t dare move the flashlight beam to find out. Zilla had appeared out of nowhere so who knew what would happen once the light wasn’t on her?

Kade watched as her blue-tinged hand reached up for him. She held her hand for him to take. Something told him that doing so would be the end of him. Panic gripped his insides and he knew he had moments to make the first move. If he didn’t react soon, she’d overpower him.

He swung out with the flashlight, catching her on the side of the head. Her body rolled across the floor with a sickening thud. Kade was sure that the magnum flashlight had cracked her skull. It had nearly broken his foot when he’d dropped it one time. He jumped across his bed, darting into the hallway. His gaze moved around the hall as he tried to make out anything.

The sound of her rapidly skittering toward him had him running down the hallway. He stopped at Raven’s door, trying her handle, but the door wouldn’t budge. Instead, the old wood rattled in the frame.

In a flash of lightning, he watched Zilla skitter into the hall on her hands and feet, her body parallel to the floor as she let out a sickening hiss. Half of her head remained dented in from where he’d clocked her with the flashlight. It was a terrifying image to behold. The fact that she continued to chase him regardless turned his stomach.

Kade looked back only briefly before he ran. She was close on his heels. In the distance, he could just make out his father’s door. His bare feet padded against the wood flooring.

Goosebumps raced up his spine as her icy fingers wrapped around his ankle. The weight of his body hit the floor with a loud thud. His head bounced against the hard surface blurring his vision. Tears filled his eyes making it even harder to see. At least now, he wouldn’t have to worry about seeing his death coming.

The cold sensation crept up his leg, over his knee and toward his waist. He could feel the weight of her above him as she crawled up his body. Time slowed so that each second felt like eons. The stench of her undead body burned at his nostrils. Kade gagged on the smell that was so strong he could almost taste it.

He didn’t want to die. Life was too short for him. There was still so much that he wanted to do. Besides, he wasn’t sure who would take care of his father if he wasn’t there any longer. That thought rolled inside of him. He wasn’t going to go out like this, a cowering lump of fear on the floor. If she wanted to kill him, she’d have to fight a lot harder for it.

Kade grabbed her arms, rolling them over as he kicked out with both his legs. Her body smashed into the wall across from them, freeing him to run. He scrambled onto his feet, darting for his father’s room.

The bright light blinded him as he ran for it. That was it. He’d found his end and now he was headed into the light. Just as he’d read in another book. It was his time to cross over.

 

If you’d love the chance to read more about Kade, Heath, Raven and Zilla you can purchase the ebook here. Or if you’re more of a physical book type of person as myself, that can be purchased here.

 

Misty Harvey loves writing spine-tingling horror novels sure to thrill readers. The psychology behind such tales has always been a fascination for her since she was younger. Even to the point that she once contemplated taking up psychology as a profession. Still, her love resides in the art of storytelling. An art she wishes to continue to share with readers for the rest of her days.

After climbing out of her writing cave and searching the house for the sound of the latest creak or pop, Misty can be found doing one of many things. Often times she spends the remained of her day with her amazingly supportive husband and youngest daughter. While she has two older children that are out there spreading their wings around the world, including giving her a few grandchildren.

Her favorite things to do when not writing are crafts, wrestling with her dog, avoiding her cat’s bite or generally making her husband and daughter crazy. Often times she can be found creating vivid tales with her daughter about whatever mundane thing happened in their day and turning it into a crazy story. She is also an avid gamer, crochet goddess (we shall pretend there), domestic queen, and animal tamer (it’s a work in progress).

 

 

Website: Mistyharvey.com

Facebook: Author Misty Harvey

Twitter: AuthorMDHarvey

Goodreads: Author Misty Harvey

MISTY: So, out of fun and to celebrate the release of Malevolent Mind tell us your fondest memory of scaring someone or even make up a brief story if you wish. The winner of a Malevolent Mind ebook will be chosen by our special blog host, Cat! So do your best! I’ll be watching you. Ooohh (scary voice lol)

CAT I will pick the winner Monday using Random thing picker.

Be sure to leave a contact address so we can reach you if you win. Feel free to invite friends to stop by and check out the post and enter too. The more the less scared I’ll be!

 

 

 

Seven Guilty Pleasures #MFRWauthor

This week our challenge is seven guilty pleasures. This was tougher than I thought it would be.

 

#1 is easy. Fried chicken.

#2. Who doesn’t like a good juicy, burger and fries once in a while. Sometimes it’s hard to decide between regular fries or sweet potato fries.

#3. Pie. I’m a southern girl and I love anything peach, strawberry or pecan, but pecan pie is to die for and a splurge.

#4. This one probably should’ve been number 1. I have to have my chocolate.  I keep a jar of kisses or dove by the bed and allow myself one to two pieces a night. Yes, I can eat just one.

#5. Still on the food theme, I love to veg out and watch the cooking channel. My problem is I turn it on and I am stuck all day long. I have to make sure I don’t have something I have to do before  turn it on.

#6. another guilty pleasure is reading. I admit it. I love to read. I am addicted to books. I take so many free books a day, I buy so many bargain books a month and of course, I have my favorite authors on alert at Amazon and Bam! It’s one click on new releases. I bet I have over 300 on my kindle. I will never get them all read. I get arcs from lots of authors and a M/M publisher so it makes it hard to get to any I buy or download myself. Now I have another way to feed this addiction monster. Audio books. This makes doing dull chores much more enjoyable.

#7. What kind of Mother would I be not to say my family? I love spending time with my kids and grandkids. I love playing with my furbabies. After a morning on the computer, an afternoon of cleaning and or crafting, cooking dinner it is always nice to sit with the hubby and watch a tv program or movie together before I delve into my book stash.

Let’s go see what the other author’s guilty pleasures are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to join the blog hop challenge it’s not too late. Go here and sign up.

Yuck that’s not romantic…it ‘s gross! #MFRWauthor #ickywords

It’s week 9 of the Marketing for Romance Writers weekly blog challenge. This week’s theme is Words that make me go ick.  I am an avid reader and average at least 4 books a week. I read a lot of M/M romance and this is where I find most of my squicky words. The one highest on my list is calling a person’s hole a rosebud. Really? Rosebud? Comparing a butt to a pretty flower that smells sweet? *gags* It gets worse if they have it quivering or winking Yeah winking. If a hole winks at me when things should be all sexy, I’m getting up and running! Another one I don’t like in reading romance is describing the female’s body parts with Sex. Her sex this or that. Come on there is no part called a sex. The word leaves me cold. The same for the word heat. Heat is not a body part. Moist is another one. Moist is better left in making a good cake or maybe even chicken or pork chops. Let’s keep it out of the bedroom. I could go on and on with dirty words (especially when it comes to M/M erotic romance) but I won’t. These are the ones in reading romance that freak me the most. I am anxious to see what the other others say on this topic, especially those that do write the spicy stuff.

Now on to other icky words. Slug. Slime. To me, they are both the same and say one and I nearly throw up. Yeah, show me a spider I will probably get a container to catch it and put it out or leave it alone depending on what it is. Yet let a slug get in my path and I run screaming to the bathroom to toss my cookies. One gets in the house I am salting every baseboard in the house. A salt circle to keep those demons out! And I still probably won’t sleep that night! I hate those toys that are rubbery and you throw and they stick to the wall. The texture is just gross. The word slime is enough to make me queasy.

At least this post was good diet control. I was getting hungry but suddenly lost my appetite.

What words make you go ick?

Come see what the other authors find yucky!

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It’s never too late to join us. This is such a fun challenge. I have made new friends and learned a lot.  If you want to join go here to sign up, then follow the directions each Tuesday. Voila! It’s that easy!

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