Two questions with… Halloween Edition Blog Tour Recap

During the month of October, I took part in the Two questions with… Halloween Edition blog tour! This week, we’re doing a recap of all those spooky shenanigans. So, if you missed a week, take a look at these harrowing delights… otherwise known as my answers.

Two Questions Halloween edition

 

Q: How do you define Horror?

A quick internet search will bring up definitions like, “painful and intense fear, dread, or dismay”, “aversion or repugnance”, and “an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting”.

 

I confess, I’ve never been a horror fan. Mostly because I define horror as something that’s often excessively filled with lots of gore—think the Saw movies. I know it’s a huge industry, probably one of the biggest even, but I’ve never understood the willingness to read/watch something purposely designed to repulse you. I’m assuming it has something to do with an adrenaline rush, but sadly, it’s not my thing. Also, I have a highly active imagination, so I tend to be more fearful of what my own brain will conjure up post-horror movie. And I daren’t ever try to read a horror book because I’d likely never sleep again—thank you, imagination.

 

That said, I love dark and twisty things, and I have enjoyed a few horror movies over the years, but they’re generally more of a psychological horror which I’d probably class as more of a thriller… which leads to question number 2…

 

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

I truly believe there is a major difference between Horror and Thriller. I dislike Horror, but I LOVE Thriller!

 

Again, a quick internet search provides definitions like, “a high degree of intrigue, adventure, or suspense”, “an exciting and frightening story”, and “surprise, anticipation and anxiety”.

 

So, while Horror is designed to repulse, Thrillers are meant to, well, thrill. They’re exciting and make you think. They take you on a suspenseful journey through twists and turns, and if done well, they’ll surprise you with something at the end. Sure, there are overlaps, but I think in general there can be a clear distinction between the two genres.

 

Q: Monsters: Do you prefer: External – something that we have to overcome, something that isn’t “Us.” (Giant Sharks, alien invasion, Rabid Trees, etc) or Internal – Something that shows us that “We” could be the monsters (Carrie, Psycho, Vampires, etc)?

I LOVE internal monsters! This is definitely my catnip.

 

I’m a sucker for fantastical creatures, but that’s not at all limited to evil monsters. Give me an intricate villain (or even a hero harbouring a dark side), a mere mortal or a creature of sorts, that’s a monster on the inside, and I’m thrilled.

 

It presents a whole host of questions. How did they get to be so evil? Were they always evil or did something happen—nature VS nurture? Do they have redeemable qualities, something that keeps them from stepping over that sadistic line, or are they already way beyond that?

 

I’ve been known to explore this theme, and will probably continue to explore it in future. I’m fascinated by the endless possibilities…

 

Q: Which Horror Trope would you love to see die, and never return from the grave?

Evil dolls—particularly those meant for kids—that come to life!

 

Seriously. When I was about eight, my older cousin had her thirteenth birthday party, and since our families were (and still are) really close, I joined the fun even though I was much younger. Bad idea. Why, you ask?

 

Turned out that a viewing of Chucky was on the menu. I’m not going to delve too deep into those memories, but I’ve never quite recovered. Largely because I’d been given a porcelain doll by my dear grandmother… which I genuinely loathed and despised—good thing she’ll never see this. When I got home after the party, I asked my mom to remove said porcelain doll from my room. FAR from my room.

 

I’ve never been able to look at a doll the same way again. In fact, I still get the creeps when my niece plays with her dolls. So, this is a trope I would truly love to see die and never, EVER, return. Please, and thank you!

 

Q: What is your favorite part of the Season?

So, I’m actually South African, and we don’t really celebrate Halloween here. At least not to the extent of countries like America. Each year seems to bring more emphasis on the creepy holiday, but that’s only been in the last few years anyway.

 

We don’t trick or treat.

We don’t carve pumpkins to make Jack-o-lanterns.

 

The commercial world does like to grab onto the Halloween theme. TV networks run Horror movie marathons. Shops do a scary-inspired sale. And you’ll find a good deal of Halloween-themed chocolate. But mostly—at least in the last handful of years—people have Halloween parties, enjoying the excuse to dress-up. Again, it’s on a much smaller scale, but it’s growing steadily.

 

If we did go all-out on the celebrations, I think my favourite part would be the costumes and party decor. I’m kind of known for going overboard with themed parties, so Halloween is the perfect excuse to go wild and have fun. A couple years ago, I threw my sister a Rocky Horror Picture Show themed 30th birthday party. Actually, we called it her “Thirty Horror Birthday Show”. Fake blood and spider webs everywhere. Crazy outfits I shall not even mention. A corset cake I made from scratch. It was a blast. And could very easily double up as a Halloween party.

 

Q: Favorite October Food?

Since October means springtime with a hint of summer in South Africa, this is totally different from the American version of pumpkin-spiced lattes that I see mentioned on Twitter.

 

I don’t think I have a particular food that I crave in October. I AM a coffeeholic all year round, but that doesn’t change come October. With the warmer weather, I’ll probably go for ice cream more often since that’s my other weakness! Also, new fruits start to show themselves—like nectarines and papaya (or paw paw as we call it here). Finally, I’m a huge fan of citrus, so October means saying goodbye to those last few stragglers still hanging around. Time to get your fill before they all disappear until next winter.

 

That’s not a very exciting list, is it? Coffee, ice cream, and fruit. I’m a simple creature.

 

Q: What was the first book (who was the first Author) to frighten you in a story?

So, I’ve never read a really scary book. I know, gasp!

 

However, the first author I read that had the most creep-tastic creatures was Kelly Creagh with her YA novel Nevermore—inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. I think it’s classed as a YA fantasy/paranormal with hints of horror and romance. I loved the Goth elements and the subtle creep factor that grows and develops as the tale unfolds.

 

The crowning glory—for me—are the Nocs. They are humanoid type creatures, with feathers for hair, sharp fang-like teeth… and best of all, they’re made from something akin to porcelain. When they get injured, as they do, they shatter, leaving gaping, jagged holes in their torsos or faces. Or their hands and legs smash off, and they have to replace them with former Noc parts.

 

They are amazingly disturbing and perfectly fitted for Creagh’s eerie, Goth atmosphere.

 

Q: How do you handle frightening elements in your writing?

I don’t have many frightening elements in my writing. It’s usually more of an internal terror—tragic pasts that leave characters damaged. For example, in one of my romantic suspenses, my FMC witnesses the brutal murder of her mother as a child. This obviously has a ripple effect and causes a lot of issues for her later in life and sets off the main plot. In my current romantic suspense WIP, I’m giving both my MCs very tragic background / childhoods that will come back to haunt them in the present timeline.

 

Sensing a theme? I like working in past traumas that filter through over the years. It creates layers of damage that can really develop as the MC ages. I use these as a way to build suspense, though. Not exactly frightening, but its close enough.

 

Q: What is your go-to scary/Halloween movie?

So, as I said in week one of our tour, I’m not a Horror fan, however, there are some scary movies I enjoy.

 

One I’d probably class as more Thriller than Horror is The Others. I remember when it came out years ago, my sister thought it was the creepiest thing. For me, this movie falls into psychological thriller rather than a gore-fest horror, which is probably why I like it. On a lighter note, I enjoy the quirkier Halloween movies. I love A nightmare before Christmas. As a kid, Hocus Pocus both thrilled and terrified me in equal measures, and who doesn’t love Practical Magic?

 

But, for me, the ultimate Halloween movie is the 1994 cult favourite, The Crow. My CP bestie and today’s tour host, Janet and I have discussed our mutual love of this movie. It’s obviously not scary, but it does center around Devil’s Night, the night before Halloween, so I’m claiming this as my top pick!

 

Q: Funny (Now) scary anecdote to share?

I’ve had back luck with the (few) scary movies I’ve watched over the years. First, at age eight, there was Chucky—hard pass. Then, at age eleven, my best friend was a boy obsessed with snakes, so of course for his birthday he wanted to go see Anaconda. My other best friend and I spent the entire movie clutching each other in our seats, and burying our faces in each other’s hair. Again, hard pass.

 

As if I hadn’t yet learnt my lesson, a later best friend talked me into going to watch House of Wax when it released back in 2005. As a teen girl, I was swayed by the promise of cute boys, so the two of us went to see it alone one night.

 

Somehow, the theatre was mostly empty, so we sat near the middle, pretty close to the back. The movie was about halfway through, right in the midst of scary wax-covered humans with their skin peeling off (yeah, no thanks)…

 

This strange croaky breathing came from behind our seats. It rasped in and out, growing deeper.

 

I turned to my friend with a WTF expression.

 

Her eyes were huge, just as freaked as I was…

 

We turned—slowly—to glance over our shoulders… and found an old woman sitting in the row behind us… fast asleep, and on the verge of snoring.

 

She continued for the rest of the movie, which added to the low-budget scary vibes because she always seemed to time those croaking snores at just the right, scariest moments. BF and I laughed so hard when we left the theatre, but at the time it was the freakiest thing EVER!

 

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

 

~Raven

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Two questions with… Halloween Edition Blog Tour – Janet Walden-West

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.

Halloween is almost here, and I’m extra excited to host my CP bestie, the spellbinding Janet Walden-West… While Janet entertains you with her answers, I’m digging into those treats she brought!

 

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I’m thrilled to be back, this time talking all things dark and disturbing. I also brought coffee, pumpkin spice creamer optional. Ooh, and Halloween cheesecake. Because our pact forbids any discussion that doesn’t include coffee and cheesecake.

 

 

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

I love flipping the script.

At the top of my horror trope wish list? Stories from the Bad Thing’s perspective. Especially when the MC stays a Bad Thing, but the writer can make you root for them anyway. If you can make me love any unapologetically monstrous MC, I’m yours. Bonus points if you can slant the narrative enough to turn them into a true anti-hero(ine) and get me to stop, think, and side-eye the supposed hero’s motives along the way.

 

  1. Favorite October Food?

Twice Baked Sweet PotatoPretty sure Anne snuck this question onto the list just for me. Somehow, food always pops up in my stories, no matter how dark and twisty the subject matter or inhuman the characters.

Let me just say, I have nothing against pumpkin spice, although I prefer it in an actual pie or pumpkin bread.

However, fair warning—we’re all hillbilly/all the time up in here, including a preference for Southern delicacies. The sweet, savory smokiness of slow-roasted sweet potatoes, and the tang of ripe wild muscadines, are my thing. Both are only readily available starting in late September, so they mean Fall to me. Bonus, muscadines are also often turned into a lovely dessert wine.

 

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Janet Walden-West lives in the southeast with a pack of show dogs, a couple of kids, and a husband who didn’t read the fine print.  She has an unseemly obsession with dusty artifacts, great cars, and bad coffee. A founding member of the East Tennessee Creative Writers Alliance and The Million Words craft blog, she is also a member of Romance Writers of America member. She pens Urban Fantasy that escapes the neat confines of the city limits in favor of map-dot hillbilly towns, and inclusive Romantic Suspense and Contemporary Romance. A #PitchWars alum, her first short story, Road Trip, is included in the Chasing the Light anthology.

 

Find Me At:

Website: http://www.janetwaldenwest.weebly.com

Twitter: @JanetWaldenWest

Instagram: janetwaldenwest

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

 

~Raven

Two questions with… Halloween Edition Blog Tour – K Bird Lincoln

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 ghostly K Bird Lincoln … Take it away, Kirsten!

 

Funny (Now) scary anecdote to share?

Real story here, or at least as real as my swiss cheese memory recalls. First, I have never seen a ghost or experienced something otherworldly. I am not psychic. I have never seen anyone else truly prove they are psychic. However…I also know there are things beyond my ken that can not (yet) be explained. I also believe, because of this one friend, let’s call her Rose, in high school that some people experience the world differently than I.

 

Okay, disclaimer done. I was a socially-challenged nerd as a freshman in high school. My major social outlet was the band. I sat clarinet second chair to this lovely girl, let’s call her Jane. Jane was not a loser. She wasn’t a popular mean girl, just one of those people who quietly, without fanfare, managed to talk to everyone in a genuine, engaging way.

 

One night, she was on a sleep over with other band friends. One of them, Rose, liked to play with an Ouija board. Rose often claimed she felt spirits or saw auras. I never really believed her. But who was I to claim she couldn’t? The story goes that at the sleep over, Rose brought out her Ouija board and they began to ask a spirit who showed up what each girl would be when they grew up, with Rose the medium through which the spirit spoke. One by one, Rose named each girl’s profession; ambassador, teacher, doctor. However, when she got to Jane, the little Ouija plank refused to move.

 

Rose turned pale and refused to speak. The other girls gathered around and wouldn’t let up teasing until Rose explained what the spirit showed her for Jane’s future.

 

“Nothing,” she said finally. “Just a great empty darkness.”

 

They laughed it off in band the next day, and everyone forgot about it until sophomore year. I walked into band one day and the band teacher told me to take first chair. Jane was home ill and wouldn’t be at school that day. The day turned into a week. The week turned into three weeks. Jane was in a mysterious coma. The doctors thought it was a virus. There was no explanation.

 

And then Jane died.

 

To this day, I am still not aware of any diagnosis. Rose still refuses to talk about that sleepover night. I still don’t believe in ghosts or spirits, but Rose’s reaction to a sleepover game can’t be explained away by electromagnetic impulses.

 

 

Which Horror Trope would you love to see die, and never return from the grave?

Unless you are exploiting stupidity for laughs, like that Geico Insurance commercial where the fleeing teens decide to hide in a garage full of chainsaws instead of the running car, I hate the trope where the young, nubile female is too-stupid-to-be-true in her choice of hiding places. Seriously. In this day and age, not even the most naïve high school student would run down the basement stairs of the abandoned house when spooked. We all know nothing good happens in basements. Now it throws me out of the story. Instead of ratcheting up tension, it’s so unbelievable I have to yell or throw snacks at the TV screen.

 

Make your character smart—and the monster smarter. Think how terrifying it would be if the heroine ran out of the cursed, abandoned house into the street and the monster got her anyway. That would make my skin crawl. Or, let’s have a muscled young guy run down the basement steps and get slaughtered instead of the girl. That would also work for me.

 

Thanks to Anne for hosting me! I’m K. Bird Lincoln, an author of Historical and Urban Fantasy who may or may not be too obsessed with Japan, chocolate, and coffee.

 

Bird Lincoln is an ESL professional and writer living on the windswept Minnesota Prairie with family and a huge addiction to frou-frou coffee. Also dark chocolate– without which, the world is a howling void. Originally from Cleveland, she has spent more years living on the edges of the Pacific Ocean than in the Midwest. Her speculative short stories are published in various online & paper publications such as Strange Horizons. Her medieval Japanese fantasy series, Tiger Lily, is available from Amazon. In 2017 World Weaver Press released Dream Eater, the first novel in an exciting, multi-cultural Urban Fantasy trilogy set in Portland and Japan. It happens to be on sale for 99 cents the month of October 2018 to celebrate the release of the sequel, Black Pearl Dreaming.

She also writes tasty speculative fiction reviews on Amazonand Goodreads. Check her out on Facebook, join her newsletterfor chocolate and free stories, or stalk her online at kblincoln.wordpress.com.

 

Dream Eater Front

Koi Pierce dreams other peoples’ dreams.

Her whole life she’s avoided other people. Any skin-to-skin contact—a hug from her sister, the hand of a barista at Stumptown coffee—transfers flashes of that person’s most intense dreams. It’s enough to make anyone a hermit.

But Koi’s getting her act together. No matter what, this time she’s going to finish her degree at Portland Community College and get a real life. Of course it’s not going to be that easy. Her father, increasingly disturbed from Alzheimer’s disease, a dream fragment of a dead girl from the casual brush of a creepy PCC professor’s hand, and a mysterious stranger who speaks the same rare Northern Japanese dialect as Koi’s father will force Koi to learn to trust in the help of others, as well as face the truth about herself.

“Lincoln successfully mixes Japanese, Native American, and Middle Eastern mythologies in her modern setting, and Koi’s wry voice gives a new perspective on the problems of paranormal gifts.”
–Publishers Weekly

“DREAM EATER brings much-needed freshness to the urban fantasy genre with its inspired use of Japanese culture and mythology and its fully-realized setting of Portland, Oregon. I’m eager to follow Koi on more adventures!”
—Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger and Breath of Earth

 

Find it Online:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Books-a-Million
Goodreads
Independent Bookstores
iTunes/Apple iBooks
Kobo

 

 

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 – 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

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