Happy Halloween, y'all! Everyone is getting dressed up, watching scary movies, and binging on candy. It's a scary day for me and hubby, too. We both have doctor's appointments today. #EEK!
It's also the 5th Annual Trick-or-Treat Reads event. (It's a good thing last year I noted how many years I've done this because I could not remember...I also almost forgot to write this post. Thankfully Jemina Pett had tweeted about it and I was like, "Oh yeah!")
This year, I'm offering up my usual goodies. Influence of Love is free on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble. Michael is also free at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.
For something new I have yet to offer, you can grab Abducted Life at Smashwords for free in any format. Use code HL95A at checkout to get 100% off. (Valid until Nov 18th.)
Lastly, before you take off to the other participants, to celebrate Tempting Friendship and Mistakes of the Past's new covers, I put both on sale for 99cents.
Happy Halloween! May it be filled with good books.
The dream I had that inspired Abducted Life was about a vampire trying to escape aliens. He had the cliché vampire traits like fangs, but for Abducted Life I wanted Savannah and Evan's looks to reflect the fact that aliens messed with their genetics to make them less human––especially in Evan's case. Not so much for Savannah. I had some ideas in mind and there were a couple real life creatures that really inspired me. (There's going to be talk of some animal anatomy, so I guess I should warn of mature content.)
One thing readers may notice when they read Abducted Life is the geek references with Savannah. She wears a Firefly shirt, has Futurama PJs, watches Doctor Who, and there's a reference to Rocky Horror Picture Show. I juxtaposition all that with her being a cheerleader and a popular girl in her high school.
Writers seem to like to insert little homages (boy, did I just have one heck of a time trying to spell that word) to things in their real life. I did it in Being Human with names of people in my life. Abducted Life was no different. Here are five real life inspirations that helped me add a little personality to the story.
* Marie Landry
* Rainy Kaye
* Story Dam
* A to Z Challenge
* Alex J. Cavanaugh
* Larry Kollar
* C. Lee McKenzie
* A Book Lover's Playlist
* Cherie Reich
* M. Pax
* MJ FiField
* Melissa Barker-Simpson
* Christine Rains
* Heather M. Gardner
* George McNeese
* Lexa Cain
* L.G Keltner
* Sarah Foster
* Chrys Fey
* Liana K (Youtube)
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