Saturday, October 17, 2015

Spooky Reads from LEAP: Tina Ferraro

Welcome to the third week of Spooky Reads from Leap! This week we asked Tina Ferraro, author of Half-Life, about her Top 5 Spooky Destinations!
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Thanks to Tina for joining us today! Here are her top Five SPOOOOOOOOKY Destinations she has and wants to visit! Click the destination link for more information about ghosts and other "happenings" at those places!

1.      Visited 1986: The White House, Washington, DC.

2.      Visited 2011:  The Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, California.
3.      Visited 1998:    The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California.

4.      Might visit 2015: Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, NH.
5.      Might visit 2017: The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO.  (The hotel where they filmed "The Shining.")  
Tina Ferraro been writing since she learned to hold a pencil, and sold upwards of a hundred short stories to national magazines before turning to novels. She is the author of three Random House novels, The ABC’s of Kissing Boys, How to Hook a Hottie and Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, which have received distinctions such as the ABA Book Sense Award and two RITA nominations. Her fourth YA, The Starter Boyfriend, has spent time on Amazon’s Top 100 Lists. She lives in Los Angeles with her rocket scientist husband, two cats and whichever of their three young adult children is in town. When not writing, she enjoys playing Facebook Scrabble, swimming, and chasing coyotes out of her neighborhood. 

Tina’s latest title with Shine….HALF-LIFE follows Trisha in the days before her 15th birthday, as her long deceased identical twin makes appearances in mirrors to help prevent her similarly early demise. Follow Tina on Twitter, Facebook, and her website

LEAP Books October Spooky Reads titles, each only $1.99 all October long!

Killer's Instinct: Amazon | B&N
Beware the Little White Rabbit Anthology: Amazon | iTunes | B&N | Smashwords | Goodreads
Half-Life: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iTunes
Fright Before Christmas AnthologyAmazon B&N | iTunes Smashwords
The Case of the Invisible Witch
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Spirited Anthology: Amazon | B&N

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Spooky Reads From LEAP: Patrice Lyle

LEAP Books October Spooky Reads titles, each only $1.99 all October long!
Killer's Instinct: Amazon | B&N

Beware the Little White Rabbit Anthology: Amazon | iTunes | B&N | Smashwords | Goodreads
Half-Life: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iTunes
Fright Before Christmas Anthology: Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Smashwords
The Case of the Invisible WitchAmazon |  Smashwords | Goodreads 
Spirited Anthology: Amazon | B&N 

Welcome to the first week of Spooky Reads from Leap! This week we are featuring Patrice Lyle and her spooky books, including her newest release in the Poison Ivy Charm School series, The Case of the Washed-Up Warlock & an excerpt!
When thirteen-year-old Tulip Bonnaire’s super-cute crush, Dexter, is threatened with expulsion from Poison Ivy Charm School, she can’t help but take the case. Someone has put a spell on Garrett’s Levitation skills and all the evidence, including the testimony of a sea hag stone, points to Dex. Tulip can’t imagine Poison Ivy without him, so she’s intent on proving his innocence. But that means delving into an old secret to find out who turned Garrett into a washed-up warlock.
Book Two in the Poison Ivy Charm School Series,
releasing  October 5, 2015

Pre-Order Links: Amazon |  Smashwords | Goodreads 
Excerpt from The Case of the Washed-Up Warlock:              

               “Any news yet?” He sat down on his bed and wedged himself against a mountain of pillows.
                I was about to answer when a glint of gray caught my eye. A stone the size of a cookie, with an uneven hole in the middle of it, sat on his bedside table. “Is that your enchanted sea hag stone?” The one that had started all the trouble?
                “Yeah. Glad she finally woke up and told me ’bout Dexter busting into my closet.”
                I ignored him and approached the troublemaking pebble. Its smooth exterior was cool against my skin when I rolled it between my fingers. Not a sign of life existed until I dropped it – kinda accidentally – onto his table. Thud.
                Dark, creepy eyes appeared, lined with spiky, green eyelashes. A tiny mouth with slimy black lips emerged around the hole. And a long, carrot-shaped nose covered in warts jutted out. “Hey, you. Don’t drop me like a bag of dirt.” Her voice screeched like a spider monkey on a rampage.
                I laughed. “You talking about Garrett’s Lev performance?”
                Garrett cleared his throat. “That’s not my fault. It’s a spell.”
                “Don’t you drop me again, you idiotic hooligan.” The sea hag had a ’tude stronger than Alexandria’s.
                I wanted to fling the stupid stone out the window, but that wasn’t the best way to get information. If the dumb hag had seen Dexter, maybe she’d seen something else that could help me solve the case.
                “Sorry,” I said. “I didn’t mean to.”
                “Yeah, right. I know a rock dropper when I see one.”
                I stifled a smirk and a smart comment about a rolling stone. “You see anything else suspicious in Garrett’s room?”
                She batted her needle-like eyelashes. “Nothing but that nerd ’lock who slipped in here like some moron ghost who hasn’t mastered being dead yet. He fumbled with the door forever before crashing in like a nitwit.”
                Anger shot through my veins like an ink pen explosion. First Garrett had insulted Dex. And now some stone with a hideous, old hag face? Who do they think they are? I grabbed the dumb rock with both hands and pinched the sea hag’s ugly warty nose, intent on breaking it off.
                But she bit me!
                Her moldy teeth chomped down on my fingers, drawing blood.
                “Ouch! You stupid sea hag!” I tried to hurl her against the wall, but her grip was like a pit bull’s.
                If pit bulls had carrot-shaped noses, spider monkey voices, and moldy teeth.
                “Get this thing off me,” I yelled at Garrett. “Or I’ll drop your case.”
Patrice Lyle has never met a ghost story she didn’t like. She’s been fascinated with the paranormal since childhood. She attributes this fascination to having heard old family stories of ghostly wreaths, ESP, and money hidden in the lining of antique purses. She grew up on the Oregon Coast and has a Master’s Degree in Writing Popular Fiction. Now she lives with her husband and three cats near Orlando, where she’s working on the next Poison Ivy novel and trolling the area for ghostly happenings.
Friend Patrice on Facebook or visit her website. She is also on AuthorsNow! and Twitter: @Patrice_Lyle