Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Meet Robert Pruneda: This Week's Treasured & Tipsy Timeslip Traveller

Travel and make-believe go hand in hand. Whether we're in the present or the past, in a haunted castle, an enchanted forest or a broken down building, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and traveling the world can bring the imagination to life.

Please join this week's guest, horror author, Robert Pruneda, as he takes us on a spooky journey into the haunted places of the United States. #Amityville #TheStanleyHotel #TheQueenMary #MuseumofDeath #ClintonRoad #Alcatraz Island #Travel #AuthorInterview #TreasuredTipsyTimeslip #RachaelStapleton #RobertPruneda #Horror 

As a horror author, it’s only natural for me to want to visit locations that are considered haunted or just downright creepy. Since I grew up in Austin and still live in Texas, I’ll stick to locations throughout the United States that I’ve never visited. So hop in the car with me while we travel across the country for a spooky adventure.

The Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, Colorado
Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, so it only makes sense to visit the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, which was the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel The Shining. He used the Stanley as his model for the Overlook Hotel after he and his wife Tabitha stayed in Room 217 (the haunted room in the novel) while they were vacationing in Colorado on October 30, 1974. How fitting, right? They were also the only overnight guests before the hotel shut down for the winter. Many people believe it is haunted, and of course, we can go on a ghost tour while we’re there. When I eventually make a visit to the Stanley Hotel, I’ll be sure to stay in Room 217.
The Queen Mary Hotel – Long Beach, California
Another hotel I would love to visit is the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. I first discovered this location while watching a special “Haunted Locations” special on the Travel Channel. I think movies like Ghost Ship (2002) and Triangle (2009) triggered this desire for me to stay on the Queen Mary without actually going on a haunted cruise. I’ve never been to Los Angeles either, so when I eventually make my way there, I plan to stay at the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach. Honestly, I would travel to California just to go on the various paranormal tours available and learn more about this fabled haunted ship.
Museum of Death – Los Angeles, California
If a horror author is going to stay on a haunted ship so close to Los Angeles, it would be a crime not to visit the Museum of Death. That place is probably one of the creepiest locations on earth, which is exactly why I want to visit it. From what I’ve read it even has a real guillotined head on display and various torture devices. Not to mention actual crime photos of the Charles Manson murders. I know it’s a bit morbid to want to visit a place like this, but hey, it might give me some inspiration for a future novel. J
Alcatraz Island – San Francisco Bay, California
While I’m visiting California, I would make a trip down the coastline to visit “The Rock” in San Francisco. Aside from the obvious historical reasons, people also visit Alcatraz Island because of strange occurrences that visitors and park rangers have reported, including the faint banjo twangs of the infamous gangster Al Capone. The National Park Service manages all tours to Alcatraz Island, so there aren’t any official ghost tours, but they do give night tours. That seems like the perfect way to explore such a historical sight, while also getting in a bit of that creepy factor. Who knows? Maybe Al Capone will even play a few tunes for me on his banjo while I’m there.
Amityville House – Amityville, New York
The house located at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York is the most haunted place in America according to many experts in the paranormal field. Made famous for Jay Anson’s The Amityville Horror: A True Story and subsequent series of movies, the Amityville house has quite a fascinating history. I recommend reading up on it if you don’t know the actual story behind the original movie. Hollywood embellished what actually happened, of course, but the The Amitvyille Horror is based on a true story. Personally, I would never live in that house, but I sure would love to visit it and chat with the current owners.
Clinton Road - West Milford, New Jersey
If I’m taking a road trip across America in search of some hair-raising destinations, then on my way back home to Texas I’ll travel down the most haunted road in America . . . Clinton Road in West Milford, New Jersey. I recently discovered this ten-mile narrow, winding stretch of highway while doing some research on the Internet. I have to admit, the information I read about this road gave me a bit of the heebie jeebies. I’ve driven down some spooky roads before, but none that had so many stories of hauntings, serial killers dumping bodies, Satanic rituals, phantom trucks, and even a ghost boy who likes to toss quarters at you. That’s just a few of the things that can potentially give you goosebumps while traveling at night. You can imagine how your mind could play tricks on you if you’ve done a bit of reading up on the folklore about Clinton Road.
Other Locations
Those were just five eerie locations out of many that I would love to visit. Others, to name a few, include the Saint Louis Cemetery in New Orleans, the Trans-Allegeny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia (and other abandoned asylums), and the St. Augustine Lighthouse in Florida.
Have you been to any of the destinations I mentioned? If so, I’d love to read about your personal experiences or other haunted locations in the comments. Also, be sure to enter my Rafflecopter contest for a chance to win a copy of my supernatural occult horror novel Devil’s Nightmare, published by Forsaken.

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Devil’s Nightmare
Devil’s Nightmare Series
Book One
Robert Pruneda

Genre: Horror

Publisher:  Forsaken Imprint
Booktrope Publishing

Date of Publication: July 15, 2015

Cover Artist:  Laura Hidalgo

Book Description:

Veteran homicide detective Aaron Sanders thought he’d seen it all, but nothing could have prepared the seasoned detective for the mutilated remains of a kid’s parents or the equally vicious deaths of three boys at another crime scene.

As Aaron works to solve the cases and protect his only witness, an orphaned child, he learns of an ancient curse that leaves him questioning all he’s ever believed. Now, to save himself and the child, Aaron must confront his own inner demons, and some he never knew existed. But if he does, will he make it out alive? 

Devil’s Nightmare is an occult suspense horror novel by Robert Pruneda, who shakes readers with his visually graphic scenes, supernatural twists, and disturbing settings in this first installment of the Devil’s Nightmare series.

About the Author:

Robert “Sharky” Pruneda is a native Texan, video game “enthusiast” [addict], and fan of all things horror. He left a career in the newspaper industry in 2011 to pursue the life of a nocturnal author, brainstorming new and creative ways to creep out his readers. He doesn’t only write horror though.

He also pens the occasional family-oriented tale just to keep from going completely nuts with all those creatures of the night whispering in his ears. When he’s not pulling ideas out of his twisted brain, you’ll likely find him on social media or fighting alongside his fellow gaming buddies where they all get shot up into Swiss cheese (or turned into little bite-sized chunks because of “Sharky’s” obsession with explosives). Medic!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Let's Talk Witches and Magic with Best-selling Author Marie Lavendar

Herb Gardens, Book of Shadows, Black Cats--is anyone else obsessed with witchy books these days. 

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One of my favourite aspects to write about when it comes to witches is the Book of Shadows. Traditionally, a Book of Shadows was a record of your tradition’s lore, copied directly from the Book of your coven elders. Containing structures of rituals, the law and lore of that tradition.
These days, it is more commonly used to document everything magical or witchy: research, spells and rituals. I bring this up because today we're interviewing Best-selling Author Marie Lavendar who has a new children's fantasy book coming out, A LITTLE MAGIK.

If you were a witch in the past--what would your home look like?

A lovely, mysterious cottage, I'm sure. But, I really like Victorian homes such as the one on Practical Magic or on the TV series, Charmed. So, maybe a witchy Victorian house. I would have loved to be a witch! Maybe I'll be one in my next life, hmm?

What is your favorite book that involves magic?

Hmm...that is hard for me to answer. There are so many. P.C. Cast's YA series, House of Night, has a lot of cool magic. Also, I do love the Harry Potter film series. The first movie was great! Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires Series has some magic as well, but that's a bit too adult for kids.

What is your favorite movie that involves witches or magic?
My favorite is Practical Magic. I love Sally's story in that movie.

Why did you choose to try your hand at children's books?

I sort of stumbled into it. A few months after Magick & Moonlight was released last year, little Rosie came to me, demanding for her story to be told as well. It was a fun, refreshing experience to write from a child's perspective, and the book did very well with beta readers!

A Little Magick
New Book Release: Children's Fantasy

Little Rosie goes to stay with her uncle. There she meets some new friends…and some enemies. She doesn’t know that her emotions will trigger something unusual. So far from home, suddenly Rosie has become a full witch like her mother. For a time, it is great fun to use her powers the way she wants, but can Rosie figure out how to use these newfound powers for good or will she be lost to the dark side forever?


She gasped when he shoved her back. He was bigger than her and he pushed her hard enough that she ended up landing on her butt in a pile of mud. It had rained the previous night so some of the ground was still wet. Stunned for a moment, she lifted her muddy hands and her backside smarted a little.

When the kids began to laugh, she felt tears sting her eyes. She lifted her chin, and then got to her feet. She wiped her dirty hands off on the front of her shorts.

“You’re nothing! Just because you’re here with your uncle, you think you’re better than anyone else.”

“No, I don’t,” she whispered. She looked over at Tina, who didn’t seem to be arguing with Taylor. She liked Tina, and she didn’t understand what the boy was saying, but she was starting to think he thought he was better and tougher than anyone.

“Rosie…what kind of name is that? That’s dumb. Your parents couldn’t think of anything else?”

“It’s short for Rosanna. It’s spelled with an A, but it sounds like ‘ah’.” She lifted her chin. Suddenly, she liked her name. It was different and that wasn’t a bad thing.

But, they all laughed. Taylor scowled. “Listen here, runt. I’m in charge of this neighborhood so don’t even think anyone will go into your treehouse anymore.”

She glanced at Tina, who was quickly easing closer to Taylor. Rosie’s chest hurt. Tina wasn’t her real friend? She realized then that the girl had only been nice because her mother had probably asked her to. She wished she was back at home. Lisa was a true friend. And her parents would never say these things. Neither would Uncle Adam.

But, she was here in Seattle. Everything was different.

“What, you can’t speak?”She looked around at the others. They were laughing along with Taylor. Tears began to roll slowly down her cheeks. She wiped them away with the back of her hand.

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Author Bio

Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 20 other books. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial's Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader's Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. She is a multi-genre author. Since 2010, Marie has published twenty-one books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series. Feel free to visit her website at http://marielavender.com/ for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

A list of her books and pen names are as follows:

Marie Lavender: Upon Your Return; Magick & Moonlight; Upon Your Honor; Second Nature; "Lovers Like Us" (from the book anthology, Poets & Writers in Action); A Little Magick

Erica Sutherhome: Hard to Get; Memories; A Hint of Scandal; Without You; Strange Heat; Terror in the Night; Haunted; Pursuit; Perfect Game; A Touch of Dawn; Ransom; Leather and Lace

Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life

Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other Ramblings; Ramblings, Musings and Other Things; Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Meet Nathaniel Danes: This Week's Treasured & Tipsy Timeslip Traveller

Travel and make-believe go hand in hand. Whether we're in the present or the past, in a haunted castle, an enchanted forest or a broken down building, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and traveling the world can bring the imagination to life.

Please welcome this week's guest, Nathaniel Danes, a self-diagnosed sci-fi junkie with an over active imagination. Mostly blind, he writes to create universes where he has no limitations. #Travel #AuthorInterview #TreasuredTipsyTimeslip #RachaelStapleton #NathanielDanes #Scifi #Blackhole #Space #NASA #HungerGames #BattleofTours #CharlestheHammer #History

There are so many places throughout time I want to visit that is was a challenge to narrow it down. While my novel is classified as military science fiction, like all things, its roots are buried in the past in more ways than one. My first stop on my epic journey would be to witness the Battle of Tours in France in 732 AD.

I pick a battle because the main character in my story draws upon the rich military history of mankind to protect it in the future. I pick the Battle of Tours because it perfectly illustrates the razors edge that all of history was built on and shows how easily it all could’ve changed if not for one man in the right place at the right time.

For those who aren’t familiar with it, the fate for all of western civilization and Christianity was decided at the Battle of Tour where Charles the Hammer led his newly constructed Frankish Army against the juggernaut Muslim invasion force. If he hadn’t rallied his nation to his banner and defeated the invaders on that October day in 732 AD, all of Europe would’ve fallen under Muslim rule. More should be aware of how close the matter really was.

As a science fiction author, it kind of goes without saying that I spend a lot of time thinking about the future. And, for my next stop, I would like to see the future at a time with humanities understanding of the universe allows it to extend its reach beyond the Sol System and see what’s really out there. Believe it or nor, but NASA has reworked the math of what it would take to build a real life warp drive and think it is in the realm of possibility in the next century or so. We are currently conducting research to lay the ground work for future generations to achieve that goal. Below is a rendition of what NASA believes our first warp drive capable ship will look like and I’d like to here for her maiden voyage.

Finally, I would want to visit the edge of the event horizon of a black hole. Black holes are the most powerful force in all of nature but there’s also a certain level of mystery and beauty to them. My novel takes place mostly in space and the effects of time dilation plays a critical role in the story line in regards to the main character’s relationship with his daughter. A black hole represents these aspects of those elements. 

The Last Hero Trilogy
Book One 

Contact with a race of pacifists convinces mankind to lay down its weapons and keep the peace. The last Medal of Honor recipient, Trent Maxwell, trades glory for the comforts of a family after the U.S. Army disbands. All that ends when an alien menace attacks the New Earth colony, which forces a crash mobilization. Trent finds himself reactivated and traveling through space to distant worlds, in order to stop this new enemy. During the century long journey of death, love, and loss, he also deals with the law of relativity that wreaks havoc with his daughter.


Trent knelt down where Anna could throw her arms around his neck. She pulled against him tight and started crying again. Tears rolled down his face as he whispered, “I love you more than you can understand. I’m sorry.”

Her cries downed out his soft words.

After a minute, Trent summoned all of his strength to break free of her hold. Standing, he shared a look with Madison. She wrapped him in a loving, warm hug.

This time she did the whispering, “Remember what I told you. Make them pay.”

He pulled away, nodding as he placed his hand on Anna’s sobbing head.

“I’ll see you both again someday. I promise.” The words bound him to a promise he wasn’t sure he could keep.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Meet Lacey Edward: This Week's Treasured & Tipsy Timeslip Traveller

Travel and make-believe go hand in hand. Whether we're in the present or the past, in a haunted castle, an enchanted forest or a broken down building, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and traveling the world can bring the imagination to life.

Please welcome this week's guest, fellow Canadian and author Lacey Edward. She writes mainly paranormal romance fiction but enjoys throwing in a little mystery and suspense for good measure and to keep things interesting. #Travel #AuthorInterview #TreasuredTipsyTimeslip #RachaelStapleton #LaceyEdward #Voodoo #NewOrleans #NewEngland #Hogwarts #HungerGames #RememberingRaven #Allegra #ParanormalRomance

Photo Credit: Garden of Shadows
Are you ready for an adventure? I’m going to take you to my all-time wish list of places to visit. They only exist in my mind (or someone else’s), but I’d still love to visit!

1. The Little Shop of Secrets

The Little Shop of Secrets is the New Orleans occult shop in my series, Remembering Raven. In the shop, you can sit and enjoy some delicious, steaming tea with fresh beignets while perusing occult books, spell casting items, potions, oils, and other items of interest. I would love to enjoy a hot mug of spiced tea or sweet lemonade and find a new spells book while waiting for my Tarot card reading from psychic, Raven LeClaire.

2. Shadow Grove
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The small New England town of Shadow Grove is the setting for my upcoming Young Adult series on the supernatural. Shadow Grove is a small, misty town surrounded by a beautiful, thick forest that is almost as large as the town itself. Populated by wolves, foxes, and various other animals and beings, the people of Shadow Grove largely stay away from the eerie forests, as they have inspired several myths and folklore over the centuries. I would love to visit the centuries-old library where a certain spell book can be found buried in a shelf where only a select few could ever find it. After a quick trip to the local occult shop for some ingredients, I would love to cap my trip off with a visit to the town’s oldest coven for some practical magic!

3. Hogwarts

As a far of the JK Rowling series, I have always imagined visiting Hogwarts and sitting in on a few classes. Since my nickname in grade school was Miss Perfect, I think I would make a “perfect” Hermione Granger. First, though, I would need to make a pit stop at Olivander’s to buy my wand (or rather, to have my wand choose me) and have some butter beer at the Leaky Cauldron. Then, off to Hogwarts for some Divination, Potions, and Defense Against the Dark Arts.

4. Forks

An obvious choice for a paranormal romance/suspense writer, however, I’d love to visit the Cullen home, see the majestic trees surrounding the property, and visit the Quileute reserve. If I meet up with a vampire or werewolf pack, all the better.

5. District 13 and the Capital

Finally, I’d love to visit the Capital as well as District 13 about a year after the last book in the Hunger Games series. Is Peeta still baking? How is Katniss doing? What kind of trouble is Gale getting into? I love imagining the future lives of characters I have enjoyed reading about. I guess that’s why I find it hard to actually end a series. I keep thinking about one more book…

Thanks for accompanying me on my journal of fictional places. One bonus stop – the set of the Divergent series at the end of book two (Insurgent). A romantic at heart, I like where the series and the characters are at the end of the second book, so I’d love to visit Abnegation and Daultless and the other factions as well as the factionless. I’d love to see if I am brave enough to jump off the train at Dauntless and jump off the building into the Dauntless headquarters.

Remembering Raven: Allegra
Remembering Raven
Book 3
Lacey Edward
Genre: Paranormal romance/suspense
Publisher: Asselin Group Online Publisher
Date of Publication: May 22, 2015
Word Count: 20,000

Book Description:

Raven LeClaire is starting to move past the two horrible murders that have targeted her Tarot reading clients. Although she has vowed to stay actively involved with solving these highly puzzling deaths, she is finally allowing herself to get closer to the handsome Viktor Thorssen. The two of them feel the centuries old connection between them and have given into everything that sort of bond brings with it.

Raven’s best friend and business partner, Allegra Canelle, has been acting like a school girl since she has met the elusive and mysterious Philippe. Because of her relationship with him, Allegra has been shirking all of her responsibilities including holding up her end of things at The Little Shop of Secrets. She agrees to sell her half of the shop to Raven so that she can be free to spend more time with Philippe.

Raven is finally beginning to be truly happy in life. She has a thriving business that she can now call her own. Viktor and she had a relationship filled with both undying love and passion. Not only that, but she has recalled much of their previous life together in the 14th century.

Not everything is happy, though. She has seen danger ahead for Allegra as well as a new Tarot client and neither of the women will listen to her. When tragedy does strike seemingly without warning, Viktor makes a decision that will change the lives of all of them. Believing that he is doing the right thing, he is not fully prepared for the reaction that he gets from Raven.

Whatever else may happen, however, Viktor is determined not to lose the love of his life – his soul mate – ever again. No matter what it takes to keep them together, he will do it.

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/evxEIxVuT3E
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“Surely, Viktor, you cannot argue that your wife is the fairest in the land,” Kol said with a flourish. “And that is why the lovely Raven will be mine.”

“Kol!” Allegra cried. “What is wrong with you?”

“Allegra, do be quiet,” he said. “Or I shall be forced to silence you.”

“Silence me?” she shouted.

Before any of them could take a breath, Kol leaped to his feet and snapped Allegra’s neck with his bare hands.

“I did tell her to be quiet,” he said as he pushed her body out of the chair.

“Raven, Raven, wake up, love,” a voice whispered urgently in her ear. “You are dreaming. Wake up, now.”

Raven drew in a quick, deep gasp of air and bolted upright in bed. She was simultaneously sweating and shivering. Viktor wrapped his arms around her and drew her to him.

“It is ok now, my love,” he said. “You were having quite a dream.”

“No,” she said.

“What do you mean?”

“I mean, it was not a dream,” she replied.

“Ah,” Viktor said. “So it was another memory?”

“Yes, and it was clearer and more frightening than any nightmare I’ve ever had.”

“Do you want to tell me about it?”

“Maybe,” Raven said. “I think I probably should. Allegra was in this one.”

“Yes, that is to be expected because she was a very close friend to you during that lifetime,” Viktor assured her.

“I know. But this was kind of awful, Viktor.”

“In what way, my love?” he asked.

“Well, she was killed,” Raven replied. “Right in front of us.”

Imperceptibly, Viktor’s body tensed. He tried to control it, but she picked up on it.

“What do you know about that?”

“I…I really do not know much,” he said. “What did you see happen?”

He listened intently as Raven recounted her dream/memory to him.

This is bad, he thought. At this rate, she will be remembering her own death without any help from me. I do not believe she is ready to handle that yet.

“Something keeps trying to break through,” she said. “I do have one question from this dream.”

“What is that, love?” he asked.

“I’m wondering about Allegra’s companion in the dream. The one who killed her,” she said. “Viktor, just who is Kol?”

About the Author: 

Lacey Edward was born and raised in Canada. She writes mainly paranormal romance fiction but enjoys throwing in a little mystery and suspense for good measure and to keep things interesting. Her first experience with vampires was the Barnabas Collins book she read in grade eight. She devoured it and never looked back – well, maybe over her shoulder once or twice.

Lacey lives in the country with her husband and two daughters. They enjoy skiing and sliding in the winter, swimming, golfing, and boating in the summer, and music all year long. Lacey also tries to keep up her mixed martial arts skills, just in case one of her unsavory characters comes to life…

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