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Sunday, October 31, 2010


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I've talked about my guest blogger's special "trick or treat" for you all week long and it's finally here! There are giveaways for comments and the prizes are:

Kelly Abell will be giving away an e-copy of Haunted Destiny
Marissa Farrar will be giving away an e-copy of Alone.
Rie McGaha will be giving away a Closure writing tablet.
A $10 Barnes and Noble Gift Card is up for grabs.
A pink/flower book cover (this is intended to protect paperback books).

(Unfortunately, due to the cost of postage, if you're outside the United States, please be aware that when you enter the contest you are only entering to win one of the e-books.)

Here's what the guest bloggers wrote for you:

The harvest moon shimmered bright behind thick billowing clouds. Shadows hung within shadows along the roadway. The hair on Beth's arms stood up, her feet snapping quickly against pavement, berating herself for not checking the gas gauge. A twig snapped.

Beth spun around fear grabbing her heart in a vise. She could sense him rather than see him. She reached out with her mind to find what might be out among the shadows. His thoughts were far from violent but they are intense. He was hunting, but not for food.

His desire was a potent scent and it pulled her in. What was wrong with her? She should be terrified in her situation, in the dead of night, but here she was enthralled by a stranger. When he stepped out of the shadows, highlighted by the glow of the moon, she knew her fate was sealed.

Blood coated the front of his jacket, smeared his sleeves. But this was not the first thing she noticed. Instead it was the strange yellow pupils that watched her so intently, and, as he opened his mouth to speak, she saw a set of teeth that should not belong in the head of any man – even one as striking as this.

"You shouldn't be here." Her teeth chattered together like mariachis as he took a step forward with muddy bare feet showing at the hem of his torn jeans. Her heart pounded wildly against her ribs threatening to explode from her chest. "I…my car…gas." His brow raised as humor pulled at the corner of his lips.

Beth stepped away, her back hitting the cold wall. No escape. He moved closer, his potent scent sending her sex drive into overload. She bit her bottom lip and lifted her chin to meet his gaze. His bloodstained tongue swept across his fangs. A low growl rumbled from his chest.

She shouldn't feel this way, she knew. She should scream. Or run. Fight back. But she didn't. Couldn't. His mouth was only a breath away and her tongue snaked out, moistening her lips. Then his lips met hers. Warm and wet. Her heart pounded in her ears as she felt her body melting, glad for the wall behind her and his body before her.

Beth didn’t think about the blood, ignored the metallic scent and concentrated on his hard, muscled chest. Any moment now she’d be his next victim. Pulse pounding, a tingling sensation began in her nose and she pulled away seconds before the sneeze overtook her. Desperate to recapture the embrace, she turned her head only to see the familiar faces of the guests at the Halloween party. Her heart prickled with disappointment that the intense longing had been fantasy, yet… Her gaze met that of a yellow-eyed wolfman across the room. As he approached her with determined steps, a wash of heat coursed through her, tingling in all the right places. Time to make a little Halloween magic of her own. Who said fantasies had to stay in daydreams?

I hope you enjoyed their combined story! Each paragraph was written by a different guest blogger. Now, just for fun, it's your job to tell me who you "think" wrote each paragraph. On November 1st, I'll draw winners and announce which authors wrote which paragraphs so you can see how close you were to getting it right! Winners will be drawn at random and NOT because of correctness of guessing which authors wrote which paragraphs.

The contributing bloggers are as follows:

Gracen Miller (me, of course)
Stacey Espino
Kelly Abell
Marissa Farrar
Sandra Sookoo
H.C. Brown
Rie McGaha
Cherie De Sues

halloween Pictures, Images and Photos

6 Moonbeams (comments):

Penny said...

Great combined story! Let's see....I'm going to guess:
1st paragraph - H.C.
2nd paragraph - Stacey
3rd paragraph - Cherie
4th paragraph - Marissa
5th paragraph - Gracen
6th paragraph - Kelly
7th paragraph - Sandra
8th paragraph - Rie

How'd I do? :-) Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck to all who enter!

Amara Devonte said...

A combined story... great idea! Love it. As far as who wrote what... no clue. But, I'll take a stab at a guess anyway. How about...

1st paragraph- Marissa
2 Stacey
3 Gracen
4 Rie
5 Kelly
6 H.C.
7 Sandra
8 Cherie

lol, totally making that up. Color me clueless. :)

Happy Halloween. :))

Margay Leah Justice said...

Wishing everyone a happy Halloween!

Gracen Miller said...

The contest is officially closed! Since only 2 participated, BOTH will win something! I'll announce winners shortly! Best of luck to the both of you!


Gracen Miller said...

The order of the story snippet is as follows:

GRACEN MILLER (I started it and loved seeing how each person added their own unique flavor to the story!)

Thanks to ALL my guest bloggers for participating in the story snippet! It turned out fabulous and each of you brought something special to it!



Gracen Miller said...

Now, to what Penny and Amora won...

For each item, I plugged in both of your names into and allowed it to pick the winners. So here's how it fell out...

Penny you're the winner of the following items:
1. KELLY ABELL'S e-book Haunted Destiny
2. Book Cover
3. $10 Barnes and Noble Gift Card

PENNY, if you'll e-mail me at, and give me your mailing address, I'd appreciate it! Once I receive your e-mail address, I'll send it to Kelly Abell to forward you a copy of her e-book.

Amora, you're the winner of the other items, which are:
1. MARISSA FARRAR's e-book Alone
2. RIE McGaha's "Closure" writing tablet.

Amora, I think I have your e-mail address, so I'll send your information to Marissa. I'll double check if I still have your mailing address, and if so, I'll pass that information on to Rie.

Any questions from either of you, don't hesitate to contact me at!

Thanks for participating and Congratulations!!