Two questions with… Halloween Edition Blog Tour – Ken Schrader

Our blog tour is back, and this time we’re doing it Halloween style!

Two Questions Halloween edition

It’s October, which means many creative minds are starting to turn toward the spooky, fanged, clawed, and winged. To celebrate, a small coven of writers has emerged from the darkness to share their harrowing delights with you. Each week, we will tour each other’s blogs and answer questions about our favorite spooky shenanigans.

 

This week, I’m thrilled to host the blood-thirsty (okay, not really) Ken Schrader… Take it away, Ken!

 

Thank you, Anne, for letting me Haunt *Kaff, Kaff* Post…yes, Guest Post on your blog today as part of our “Two questions with… ” The Halloween Edition.

For those of you that don’t know, my name is Ken Schrader. I write Science Fiction, Fantasy, Weird Westerns (though, not necessarily in that order).

 

So you’re here for answers, and answers you shall have.

Come, pull up a chair, and listen. Don’t mind the Trap-door there in the floor. The Moon is full, and the wind is in the trees…

Let us talk of monsters…

 

Question 1. Is there any difference between Horror and Thriller? If so, what is it?

I think that there is a difference between a Horror Story and a Thriller. For me, I think this ties in to how Horror is defined. If nobody is safe, that’s Horror. If you know the protagonist makes it out alive, regardless of what they go through, even if you can’t see how they could possibly make it, yet you know that they are going to indeed make it out, that’s a Thriller.

Alien was horror

Aliens was a thriller.

 

Question 2. What is your go-to scary/Halloween movie

Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. Easily one of the best movies in the Franchise, this movie was dark. Darker than usual. Out of all of the Elm Street movies, this one was crafted in such a way to make each death matter. It wasn’t random, Freddy was picking these kids off one at a time and they KNEW IT. They struggled together and fought together. By far my favorite.

 

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I am a science fiction and fantasy writer, a shameless Geek, a fan of the Oxford comma, and I make housing decisions based upon the space available for bookshelves. I collect books, movies, and music.

I sing out loud when I think there’s no one around, and I try to get a blog post up once a week – one of which I have managed to do consistently for the past few years.

I love music of all kinds, books, the big sky off my front porch, Star Wars, Firefly, Blind Guardian (to which, I write almost exclusively), Rugby, star gazing, jasmine tea, and the smell of rain on the air.

My favorite flavor of ice cream is chocolate. My favorite food is a grilled steak, and I can suspend disbelief embarrassingly quickly.

I live in Michigan, am co-owned by several dogs (especially the Border Collie), and I am one of the rare breed of folk that enjoys mowing the lawn.

My short story “Haven” appears in the “Weird Wild West” anthology.
My short story “The Price of Power” appears in the “Trials” anthology.
My short story “The Intern” appears in the “Chasing the Light” anthology.

 

Website: www.ken-schrader.com

You can send me email here

Or follow me on Twitter @kenschrader4882

Or follow me on Facebook

I am represented by Dorian Maffei
(Dorian@kimberleycameron.com)
Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Chasing the light

 

Look for more harrowing fun at:

Pat Esden’s Mythmaker Blog

R J Theodore’s website

Ken Schrader’s It’s All In My Head

K Bird Lincoln’s What I Should Have Said

Janet Walden-West’s Blog

 

I’m so excited to be hosting the following authors on these dates:

October 1: Pat Esden

October 8: R J Theodore

October 15: Ken Schrader

October 22: K Bird Lincoln

October 29: Janet Walden-West

 

Stayed tuned for all the interviews!

 

~Raven

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Two questions with… Halloween Edition Blog Tour – R J Theodore

Our blog tour is back, and this time we’re doing it Halloween style!

Two Questions Halloween edition

It’s October, which means many creative minds are starting to turn toward the spooky, fanged, clawed, and winged. To celebrate, a small coven of writers has emerged from the darkness to share their harrowing delights with you. Each week, we will tour each other’s blogs and answer questions about our favorite spooky shenanigans.

 

This week, I’m thrilled to host the wicked R J Theodore… Take it away, R J!

 

Is there any difference between Horror and Thriller? If so, what is it?

 

While I think horror and thriller genres belong under the same umbrella, I do see them as attacking the reader in different ways. Many thrillers are spy novels, where the death and peril is dished out in a battle of competency. Who will win? The well-trained assassin or the many whose job it is to stop him? Who will win? The talented FBI agent or the serial killer she’s tasked with finding? Generally the protagonist prevails because they draw on some skill or life experience that answers the need of their particular situation.

In horror, often the antagonist is a supernatural force – whether a mind made unstoppable by a need for vengeance or an eldritch entity crawling out of the sea. Generally there is an expectation that the things that would kill a normal person won’t harm them, or at least wouldn’t stop them for long. The main character is attempting to survive, tripping and stumbling in their flight, until the fear is so overwhelming that it’s burned away, leaving nothing but an inner resolve to just live one more day.

In the thriller, the particular situation is generally settled and the protagonist achieves some advancement as the result of overcoming it. In horror, often the antagonist survives, or is reborn, either to hunt our protagonist for the rest of their life, or to choose a new victim.

 

Favorite October Food?

 

Once upon a time the answer to this would easily have been an apple cake recipe that we clipped out of a newspaper long ago. It’s a thin crumbly cake with slices of apple baked into the top and it was delicious!

 

Now, I’ve been sugar-and-grain free for three years, so I just enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee on the porch in the cool autumn mornings. Not that I don’t drink coffee all summer, but as the days grow shorter and cooler, I always enjoy it more.

 

RJT-crop-smR J Theodore is a graphic designer, illustrator, and author. Her first series of novels, the Peridot Shift series, launched in March 2018 with the publication of FLOTSAM through Parvus Press. A Science Fiction and Fantasy enthusiast of any format, she draws from a lifetime of SFF influences to craft stories with irreverent physics, irresponsible gods, and unforgettable characters. She writes both long-form novels and shorter works, including the ongoing self-published Phantom Traveler novella series which began with THE BANTAM and continues, one episode at a time, for her supporters on Patreon.

Mx. Theodore first began inventing worlds before she could spell the words it took to describe them. Her earliest stories were rendered in pipe cleaners, shoe boxes, and modified plastic milk jugs. There is, somewhere on a floppy disk in a landfill, a partially written Star Trek fanfic that the Parvus Press team would pay a bounty to retrieve. Of Mx. Theodore’s more recent story crafting, SFF author Jennifer Foehner Wells says, “R J Theodore is a fresh voice who will soon be on your must-read list!”

Mx. Theodore is fueled by coffee and churrasco.

 

WEBSITE: https://www.rjtheodore.com

TWITTER: https://www.twitter.com/bittybittyzap

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/bittybittyzap

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rjtheodore

PATREON: https://patreon.com/rjtheodore

 

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THE BANTAM (A Phantom Traveler Novella): http://amzn.to/2mfNqxX

Ehli never expected much from her life. She’s an Iscillian, designed in a lab to serve as custodian for a Xendari merchant crew, with no future beyond the warranty of their starship. When she reads two previously overlooked lines in the ship’s operations manual that cast doubt on everything she thought she knew about her existence, the satisfaction she once found in her simple life dissolves into an unsettling obsession with learning the truth.

She is expected to report for duty, complete her assignments, and rest until her next shift. To put the needs of the ship and crew before her own. She knows better than to expect the oh-so-vertebrate Xendari to help her find the answers she craves, but every step she takes investigating her origins – and that of all Iscillian serving as bioaccessories across the galaxy – takes her further from the life she knew, and deeper into danger.

But she can’t ignore what she’s learned. She must know what secrets have been kept from her, and she’s willing to risk everything to uncover them.

 

Look for more harrowing fun at:

Pat Esden’s Mythmaker Blog

R J Theodore’s website

Ken Schrader’s It’s All In My Head

K Bird Lincoln’s What I Should Have Said

Janet Walden-West’s Blog

 

I’m so excited to be hosting the following authors on these dates:

October 1: Pat Esden

October 8: R J Theodore

October 15: Ken Schrader

October 22: K Bird Lincoln

October 29: Janet Walden-West

 

Stayed tuned for all the interviews!

 

~Raven

 

Two questions with… Halloween Edition Blog Tour

Our blog tour is back, and this time we’re doing it Halloween style!

Two Questions Halloween edition

It’s October, which means many creative minds are starting to turn toward the spooky, fanged, clawed, and winged. To celebrate, a small coven of writers has emerged from the darkness to share their harrowing delights with you. Each week, we will tour each other’s blogs and answer questions about our favorite spooky shenanigans.

 

This week, I’m thrilled to host the bewitching Pat Esden… Take it away, Pat!

 

Hi Anne, thank you for inviting me to be a guest on your blog today. Happy October! The countdown to Halloween has officially begun.

 

  1. Which Horror Tropes do you love or would love to see twisted?

 

I love it when the tables are flipped and the scary person or creature in a book or movie turns out to be good—and the sweet, innocent one is revealed to harbor true evil. I’m even happier if the reveal is a twist that I didn’t see coming, but in retrospect is obvious.

 

It’s more a subgenre of horror than a twist, but I also like when the scary creature or element turns out to be a delusion. I especially enjoy it when the deluded person falls deeper into the insanity and becomes the evil themselves.

 

 

  1. Favorite October Food?

I can’t just pick one. October brings so many of my favorite foods. I absolutely love fresh cider, apples, concord grapes . . . pretty much all autumn fruits. On the other side of the equation is candy. I openly admit to loving it. And, yes, that includes candy corn. What’s not to love about candy that can double as fake fangs.

 

BIO:

Pat Esden would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts.

She is the author of the contemporary paranormal Dark Heart series from Kensington Books, and the upcoming Northern Circle Coven series. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle, George Scither’s Cat Tales Anthology, and the Fragments of Darkness anthology.

Website: http://patesden.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PatEsden

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PatEsdenAuthor/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/pat-esden

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/patesden

 

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BLURB:

HIS DARK MAGIC (Northern Circle Coven series book 1)

Coming December 11th

Its power is legendary. It can fulfill every impossible magical desire. But for one young witch seeking redemption, the Northern Circle coven will challenge her skills—and her heart—beyond measure.

One tragic impulsive mistake made Chloe Winslow an outcast to her influential magic family. As a medical student, she wants to combine science with sorcery to heal those she hurt and right her wrongs. But brilliant, charismatic Devlin Marsh re-routes her plans with a once-in-eternity offer: membership in the exclusive Northern Circle, a mysterious Vermont coven known for pushing the limits.

Enthralled by Devlin and their mesmerizing mutual attraction, Chloe makes a dangerous sacrifice to help the Circle’s high priestess awaken Merlin himself—and learn his timeless cures. But a foreshadowing soon causes Chloe to doubt the Circle’s real motives, as well as Devlin’s . . .

Now Merlin’s demonic shade is loose in the human world, while Chloe and Devlin’s uneasy alliance will pit them against ancient enemies, malevolent illusions, and shattering betrayal. And with the fate of two realms in the balance, Chloe must risk her untried power against a force she can’t defeat—and a passion that could destroy her.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KACQeT

Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2OjNwB3

iTunes: https://apple.co/2vOVIRW

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2vsYbCa

Google Play: http://bit.ly/2OPIflC

 

Look for more harrowing fun at:

Pat Esden’s Mythmaker Blog

R J Theodore’s website

Ken Schrader’s It’s All In My Head

K Bird Lincoln’s What I Should Have Said

Janet Walden-West’s Blog

 

Stayed tuned for all the interviews!

 

~Raven

 

Two questions with… Halloween Edition Blog Tour

Our blog tour is back, and this time we’re doing it Halloween style!

 

It’s October, which means many creative minds are starting to turn toward the spooky, fanged, clawed, and winged. To celebrate, a small coven of writers has emerged from the darkness to share their harrowing delights with you. Each week, we will tour each other’s blogs and answer questions about our favorite spooky shenanigans.

 

I’m so excited to be hosting the following authors on these dates:

October 1: Pat Esden

October 8: R J Theodore

October 15: Ken Schrader

October 22: K Bird Lincoln

October 29: Janet Walden-West

 

Look for more harrowing fun at:

Pat Esden’s Mythmaker Blog

R J Theodore’s website

Ken Schrader’s It’s All In My Head

K Bird Lincoln’s What I Should Have Said

Janet Walden-West’s Blog

 

So, stayed tuned, and keep an eye on the tour for all the interviews!

 

~Raven

 

Pointe Noire Cover Reveal…

Today, I’m so pleased to be hosting the cover reveal for Lacie Thorne’s first novel, POINTE NOIRE, book one in THE NOIRE HOUSE series, set in New Orleans—which if you’ve been paying attention, is one of my all-time favourite cities. Coffee? Beignets? Yes, please!

 

And now without further delay, I bring you the POINTE NOIRE cover and blurb…

 

1 Pointe Noire

Not all girls dream of being rescued by Prince Charming. Some girls dream of the capture.

Ballerina Emily Charles always knew she was kinky, but it takes a special invitation to The Noire House—a private club where all manners of sensuality are explored—for her to realize the depths of her fantasies. During the brief dates held in total darkness, she meets the mesmerizing Sam Roche.

Sam is just the kind of seductive dominant Emily went to The Noire House in search of. He leads her down a path of sexual discovery, each intimate encounter taking her closer to the life she always wanted but couldn’t find. They form an intense connection, and before they know it, they’re falling for each other.

But Sam isn’t the total stranger Emily believed him to be. When the truth is revealed and threatens Emily’s hard-won career and reputation, neither of them is sure their Kinkily-Ever-After may be possible.

 

Release date: 25 September 2018 on Amazon.

 

IMG_2766 edit 2Lacie Thorne is a faithful reader and writer of romance, with a splash of BDSM and darker themes. A lifelong night owl, you can often find her awake well into the early hours of the morning, either immersed in a book by a favored author, or exploring her own shiny new characters.

Follow Lacie on Twitter for all the latest information and teasers! And click here to check out her website.

 

~Raven