Friday, October 25, 2013


Halloween is creeping up again. All Hallows Eve. The night when spirits, ’tis said, can cross freely from their world into ours. Rattling chains, or their bones. Shivering our timbers. Chilling our spines. Spooking us out. Or at least giving us the chance to dress up as skeletons, zombies, ghosts and ghouls, and make light of the dark side.

With its damp, musty castle, spiders, bats and generous dollop of scare, The Flame in the Mist could have been written especially for this time of year. It wasn’t, but still, I thought what a perfect time it would be to celebrate both. A match made in heaven! (Yes, heaven. Not that other place of fire and brimstone. Because even though the book has a high spook factor, there is light at the end of its darkest hour.)

So I decided to do a mini blog tour. Six lovely participants jumped in, and I’ll be stopping by with them over the next days, up through the 31st. The tour kicks off today* – full schedule below – and the first post has just gone live!

(*No kicking off by zombies, please. Feet flying loose might hurt someone.)

I hope you have as much fun reading the posts as I had putting them together with each host. AND - there's a giveaway! You could win a signed hard cover copy of The Flame in the Mist (U.S. / Canada) or an e-book (international.) You'll find the Rafflecopter entry at all the stops (except for The Lucky 13s).

Enjoy! Any comments VERY welcome!

With much gratitude to my blog hosts. You all rock.


Friday, October 25th,: Green Bean Queen Teen: Top 13 Creepy Things at Agromond Castle.

Monday, October 28th: IceyBooks: Interview with main character Jemma. Who, by the way, doesn't know what Halloween is. Why would she? She lived it... (P.S. Noodle and Pie put in an appearance too).

Tuesday, October 29th: On Emily’s Bookshelf: Review of The Flame in the Mist.
As I'm updating the links every day, I can add here that Emily hasn't just posted one review, but two! Her 9-year-old sister loved the book...And both of them gave it 5/5 stars. Guess who's doing an interrobang-worthy happy dance?!

Wednesday, October 30th: Literary Rambles: Guest post – Marketing a debut kidlit novel: Tips for Nervous Newbies. Some hints on overcoming newbie jitters, as well as a run-down of what kind of events an author can arrange.


Thursday, October 31st: From The Mixed Up Files**: Guest post – Why spooky books might just save mankind. Our lizard brains could be our best ally...

Thursday, October 31st: The Lucky 13s: Interview with Laura Golden*** – How the Agromonds would Celebrate Halloween. Or...would they? Laura rocked the interview questions - and the Agromonds jumped in with their own answers.

**Amie Borst, who hosted me on The Mixed Up Files, has a brand new book releasing on the 26th, written with her daugher Bethanie. Titled Cinderskella, it’s suitably creepy-sounding! Read Amie’s post about it here.
***Laura is the author of one of my favorite new reads of 2013, a middle grade historical novel called Every Day After. Do check her and her book out too!