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The Bone Carver is watching you … waiting … tormenting your every waking moment. He makes himself known through targeting family and friends, effectively isolating you from your support system. The violence escalates significantly, faster than you anticipated it ever could. Soon, you feel like you’re going insane. Why is he doing this to...
The Bone Carver is watching you … waiting … tormenting your every waking moment. He makes himself known through targeting family and friends, effectively isolating you from your support system. The violence escalates significantly, faster than you anticipated it ever could. Soon, you feel like you’re going insane. Why is he doing this to you? Who is he? No … What is he?
We live in a world where women are often seen as prey—pretty gazelles to hunt down and own. Easy targets. We are nothing more than trophies, playthings, amusements. The predators breaking us down, harassing us, making us feel like we’re subhumans come in all shapes and sizes, and their methods differ. Some are subtle in the way they go about their so-called hunt, while others are far easier to spot.
Every woman has been there in some way or another. Every woman has been made to feel uncomfortable … or worse. But we tell ourselves it doesn’t matter. He’s just joking. Right? Our stories don’t feel as important as the next woman’s, so we stay quiet, silently seething at the injustices our gender has to deal with on a daily basis.
You’d think in 2020 things would’ve changed by now for women across the world, but even with the #MeToo movement and the constant calling out of predators online, we’re all still sitting ducks. We’re just waiting for that next “Hey baby” to slide into your DMs, anticipating the next catcall in the street, wondering whether this dress is too short or that top too low-cut. Those little thoughts, the tiny fears we simply brush off, are constant reminders that we are not safe.
In THE BONE CARVER, a legendary Fae who exhibits pattern predatory behavior is unleashed on the small town of Shadow Grove, and he has his sights set on Rachel Cleary. Why her and why now? What did she do to catch this terrifying creature’s attention? And what’s the deal with him hurting—or in some cases killing—other people to get to her?
With Orion Nebulius in the Fae Realm and Mrs. Crenshaw out of commission, things are quickly getting out of hand in Shadow Grove. Luckily, Rachel’s found a friend in Mercia Holstein—a teenage witch from a prominent family—to help her through these dire times.
The question is: Can Rachel, along with her small group of allies, save her and those they love before The Bone Carver completes his sinister mission or will she simply become another victim?
Get ready for a horrifying new adventure in the Harrowsgate series, releasing October 20, 2020!
As the leaves change color and the weather grows colder, a foul presence is making itself known by leaving peculiar gifts for the students of Ridge Crest High. At first, the presents seem harmless—and a rash of accidents seem coincidental—but when seniors Rachel Cleary and her Scottish cousin, Dougal Mackay, find a boneless body in the boiler room, things take an ominous turn.
Something vicious is on the loose in Shadow Grove, but with Orion Nebulius gone, Rachel has little hope of anyone getting out alive.
COMING OCTOBER 20, 2020
A legend becomes reality in this much anticipated sequel to the Bram Stoker Award nominated novel, THE NIGHT WEAVER, as Monique Snyman brings you face to face with a terrifying creature with a deadly agenda in THE BONE CARVER.
It’s been so long since I last did a Friday Favorites post, I thought to get back into things by sharing my favorite Stephen King flicks! At this point, I suppose, Stephen King is a genre in itself. There are so many films to choose from, after all. My choices, however, may not be...
It’s been so long since I last did a Friday Favorites post, I thought to get back into things by sharing my favorite Stephen King flicks! At this point, I suppose, Stephen King is a genre in itself. There are so many films to choose from, after all. My choices, however, may not be what is often considered “the best” by mainstream audiences, but the heart wants what the heart wants. Also, in this case the terms “TV shows”, “miniseries”, and “films” are kind of used interchangeably. Sorry about that.
Oh, and I may also have mentioned some of these in the past, but they’re worth mentioning again. 🙂
So, in no particular order, here are my favorite …
Okay, so technically The Langoliers is classified as a TV miniseries, but it’s pretty long and it simply doesn’t get enough love, in my opinion. I like the premise of time being chewed up by weird time-eating creatures. I watched it during my formative years *coughs* and something about it just stuck. If it wasn’t for the hilarious Windows 95 CGI and the lackluster ending, it would’ve probably gotten a much better reception by critics, but you know what? I still like The Langoliers and watch it more often than I probably should.
Rose Red is another TV miniseries that wasn’t exactly one of Stephen King’s most renowned adaptations. I don’t know why, though. It’s a solid piece, with mystery and horror found in abundance. This one is kind of special to me for another reason, too, because my Husband introduced me to Rose Red in 2004, when we just started dating.
So, this one may get some tongues wagging, but I actually prefer The Shining‘s TV miniseries to Stanley Kubrick’s version. The reason is, mainly, due to the horrific sets. It’s so cliche 1970s, it really just didn’t age well aesthetically, which is weird because I find A Clockwork Orange to be a visual masterpiece. Let’s rather not get into how my brain works (we’ll be here for months).
A controversial entry, I’m sure, but there’s something about Thinner that’s just awesome. Maybe it’s because, as a woman who sometimes wouldn’t mind a quick fix for getting rid of some extra weight, this speaks to me on a personal level? I don’t know. Perhaps it’s the extreme way the curse works that just tickle my fancy. *shrugs* At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. Thinner is just a cool popcorn flick that would never have seen the light of day had it been written recently.
While most of the world was first introduced to Drew Barrymore in E.T., I first got to see her in this little gem … Years after it was first made, I should add (I’m not that old). Firestarter remains one of those Stephen King films I can re-watch, no matter what mood I’m in. Barrymore stole the show (of course), and I think—because I was so young when I first watched this movie—I just found the idea of having such a destructive super power awesome.
So, I think it’s already been established I was allowed to watch horror movies from a very young age (with supervision). I thank my mother for that leniency every single day, because noooooo it didn’t mess me up. If anything, the horror genre taught me valuable life skills. That being said, Pet Sematary gave me nightmares for weeks, which is weird because the only other movie that’s ever given me nightmares is The Exorcist (and I only watched that in my teens). On the upside, until today I look both ways before crossing the street (see? life skill right there).
Let it be known, I have not watched the remake yet. I’ll get to it once I forget about all the bad reviews I’ve seen.
Okay, so Dreamcatcher isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I get it. But I’ve always kind of enjoyed Dreamcatcher. There’s a stellar cast, the cinematography and CGI doesn’t suck, and the ending is surprisingly good in comparison to some other Stephen King flicks. I don’t know why it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Maybe it’s the idea of explosive diarrhea could be a sign of you being infected by aliens that puts people off? No idea. All I know is I enjoy Dreamcatcher immensely.
Ah, there’s nothing quite like channeling my inner-Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) when the patriarchy gets on my nerves. I mean, I won’t actually hobble anyone, but sometimes I really relate to Annie. So, yes, Misery totally has a special place on my list of favorite Stephen King flicks.
As I said earlier, there are so many Stephen King flicks to choose from! I honestly couldn’t mention all of them. It should be noted, however, that I feel each Stephen King adaptation has its merits. Some are better than others, too. It’s cool, we can have our own favorites … our own opinions. Nobody’s hating on you here, don’t worry.
My honorable mentions includes: 1408, The Mist, It (both versions), The Green Mile, Children of the Corn, Apt Pupil, and Cat’s Eye. My husband would probably have also added Silver Bullet, Stand by Me, and The Lawnmower Man to the list if he was in control of this post. He’s not, but hey, I know what he likes. And like I said, it’s cool.
Love ’em or hate ’em, one thing you can’t deny is that Stephen King wears the crown for a reason.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this week’s Friday Favorite list and have gotten some ideas of what to watch this weekend. 🙂
See you again soon with a brand new themed list with all my favorite films!
It’s time for this week’s What’s New Wednesday! Whoohoo! Are you ready for some fun new recommendations? Want to see all my new obsessions? Well, keep on reading, because boy oh boy, do I have a line-up planned for this week! What’s New Wednesday! Okay, so there’s no specific theme this week on What’s...
It’s time for this week’s What’s New Wednesday! Whoohoo! Are you ready for some fun new recommendations? Want to see all my new obsessions? Well, keep on reading, because boy oh boy, do I have a line-up planned for this week!
Okay, so there’s no specific theme this week on What’s New Wednesday. I just thought I’d give ya’ll a little sneak peek of what my week will look like, in between all the writing and editing. Fair warning: I DO NOT have a very exciting life at the moment. The highlight of my month is when I went to get my nails done, so … yeah. At least, thanks to me being a writer and a bit of an introvert, I know how to keep myself entertained. That’s the one thing that’s kept me sane in 2020. Hopefully, if you’re still isolating, this post will help you find something to do.
I’m currently only reading one book at the moment, or rather rereading it: Fever by Deon Meyer. I seem to have gotten into a bit of a post-apocalyptic/dystopian theme with my current reads, so it only makes sense to add a bit of South African flavor into the mix. Now, for everyone who doesn’t know Deon Meyer, you’re in for a treat. Yes, it’s a translated book (Fever is translated from the Afrikaans Koors) and revolves around a father and son who’re trying to survive after a virus wiped out the majority of the world’s population. It’s an exceptional book and quite relevant. If you haven’t picked it up yet, now’s the time.
First up is Meg Myers’ Take me to the Disco, which is just everything I want in an album. So much emotion, so much truth. Let me tell you, I can’t get enough of her music! And yes, I listen to some of her older albums, too. On loop. I still don’t regret it. 🙂
Then, Bishop Briggs’ new-ish album, Champion, is also playing on loop. While I seem to prefer listening to her older stuff on speaker, it seems this album is one of my go-to’s when I’m wearing headphones. Perhaps, it’s because the music feels too personal. I’m not sure. Either way, I’m loving her new sound!
Anywho, so we’ve recently watched The Hunt, which I thought was freaking hilarious at times and quite thought-provocative as far as horror is concerned. Yes, there’s a lot of violence, but the film’s really good in my opinion. Well, for me it was a popcorn flick. Also, the movie is loosely based on a short story called “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, which is also hella good if you’re into classics.
8 recently got released on Netflix, and though some folks have been giving it bad reviews, I thought it was an excellent film with great acting and a gripping plot. Yes, it’s a South African horror films, and yes, I was actually scared. Why? Well, in South Africa we kind of believe in that stuff, whether we’re forthcoming about it or not. And while the rest of the world may think us superstitious … Ha! Keep thinking that. We don’t mind what you think, we ain’t dabbling either way. LOL! Open your mind and give it a watch, if you dare. 😉
Next on our watch list is another horror flick called, The Wretched, which I know nothing about. Husband picked it out for us. From the poster, the movie looks witchy and dark and totally like something I’m going to enjoy, so there’s that. I promised him I wouldn’t watch the trailer for some reason. We amuse easily, it seems. Anyway, so that’s what we’re watching tonight. I’m holding both thumbs for it to be a great flick.
That’s all I have for you for this week’s What’s New Wednesday. Just a taste, I know, but hey, at least I checked in.
In case you haven’t guessed my mood by now, it’s … *drum roll* … confused. I’m in the mood for this and that and the world doesn’t make sense, and it’s just all topsy-turvy, you know? I bet you do. That said, I think you can see my mood is mainly leaning toward the horror genre. 🙂
Hopefully, by next week, things will be a bit more decisive and themed. LOL!
Have a great week,
Miss Me? Did you miss me? I mean, yeah, I know it’s not like I’ve been gone for years or anything, but I admit I’ve been a little on the quiet side lately. There are reasons, of course, and some of them are even good reasons. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have...
Did you miss me? I mean, yeah, I know it’s not like I’ve been gone for years or anything, but I admit I’ve been a little on the quiet side lately. There are reasons, of course, and some of them are even good reasons. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me explain that I am currently working on 3 books right now, and all of them need to be done by the end of 2020. That’s the main reason. The other reason is: Not much has really happened that warranted a blog post from me.
I tried to do interesting and exciting stuff while we were in a hard lockdown, but honestly, we mostly just binged The Exorcist TV series and played PS4.
Now that we’re on Level 3 Alert, however, my life seems to be slowly going back to normal. So, I sincerely hope you didn’t miss me too much. But if you did miss me … well, thank you very much, and I missed you too!
Let’s get on with this week’s What’s New Wednesday!
My current obsession is James Herbert’s The Rats trilogy, which I absolutely love! I’ve finished the first book and have moved on to the second one, but I’m really digging the evolution of the story. What’s more, the writing is superb. Definitely worth delving into if you’re in the mood for murderous rat tales.
The other book I’m working through is Armageddon House by Michael Griffin. It’s a novella with an interesting premise that’s weirdly very relevant to what we’re all experiencing this year with the global lockdown stuff. This one looks super promising, folks.
White House Farm is a limited miniseries that’s based on a true crime that happened in the 1980s in England. In the beginning, I got some Amityville vibes, but eventually it turns into a police procedural. The casting is excellent, the acting is brilliant, and the show is really well-paced. So, if you’re looking for something along those lines, give White House Farm a try.
I also recently binged Killing Eve, which is out of this world AMAZING! There’s a balance between seriousness and hilarity that simply can’t be beat. Of course, I have to point out that I just love Villanelle. She is such a memorable (and weirdly lovable) character … Everyone will enjoy this one, so check it out.
Snowpiercer was released on Netflix a few weeks ago, and so far I’m super intrigued. I remember watching the movie when it came out, but I can’t really recall if I enjoyed it. Maybe it’s time for a rewatch. Anyhow, the show is really top notch and delves into a dystopian future with class issues on a dystopian train. Give it a go if you’re not too depressed about our current situation. It’s good!
I don’t really have the time to play games and I’m not always keen on console gaming (I’m more of a PC gamer), but Husband showed me a trailer for A Plague Tale: Innocence, and I fell in love. I think it’s got something to do with the rats. LOL! Nevertheless, the game-play is smooth and the graphics aren’t too shabby either. So, if you’re looking for something for PS4, try your hand at this one.
Last month, I found out that The Night Weaver won a Silver IPPY award in the Horror category, but for some strange reason the news still hasn’t sunk in. I guess it’s because the global issues we’re all dealing with is just so overwhelming. I mean, it’s weird to celebrate anything at the moment, right? I dunno. What I do know is my book looks GORGEOUS is with its brand spanking new medal … *happy sigh*
In other news, recently Crystal Lake Publishing released a new Crystal Classic, and guess who was fortunate enough to help make it shine? That’s right. 🙂 Yours truly got to write the foreword for Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu—a great little vampire classic that, I don’t know, just inspired an entire sub-genre of horror!
So, earlier in the post I mentioned that I’ve been working hard on 3 projects that I would really like to have done by the end of 2020. Remember? Yeah, so I can’t say much about them just yet, but …
Apart from the above-mentioned books, I have The Bone Carver (Harrowsgate #2) being released in October, and a re-release of another book coming in 2021 (with two more books to be written to complete that particular trilogy). In other words, a lot of things are happening, even though I’m quiet. 🙂
This isn’t even taking into account all the editing I’ve been doing … Phew. Maybe I should stop sleeping altogether, come to think of it. LOL!
On that note, I think it’s time for me to stop babbling and get back to work before I fall too far behind on my daily target. I’ll try to check in again soon, but I can’t make any promises. (I may have psyched myself out writing about all my work. Whoops.)
Hope everyone is safe and healthy!
2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards Yesterday, the results for the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards were revealed, and I am pleased to announce that The Night Weaver has won a Silver in the Horror category! There are still so many emotions coursing through me … I’m so honored to receive an IPPY, and I’m...
There are still so many emotions coursing through me … I’m so honored to receive an IPPY, and I’m filled with so much gratitude to be named alongside so many talented authors. When I first wrote The Night Weaver, I never could have imagined it being so well-received. Thank you so very much to my readers, the judges of the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards, my agent, my publisher, and my family. This is just so surreal and incredible!
Secondly, I’m just plain ecstatic. I mean, last night I made several international calls to notify friends abroad about my IPPY, all while happy dancing in my PJs, and I’m pretty sure all I did was squeal. 😂 Sorry if I burst your eardrums, guys!
GOLD: The Meadows, by London Clarke (Carfax Abbey Publishing)
SILVER: The Night Weaver, by Monique Snyman (Vesuvian Books) ⬅️ Lookee! 💃
BRONZE (tie): The Experiments, by Bill Thompson (Ascendente Books)
The Armageddon Chord, by Jeremy Wagner (Riverdale Avenue Books)
Wait, wait. Let me show off the pretty medal!
Now, the real medal (and my certificate) will probably only reach me after the borders open again, but I’ll be sure to take plenty of pictures once I receive it. I can’t wait to hold it. EEEEP!
I’d like to also take the time to say CONGRATULATIONS to all the other winners on their wonderful achievement! I hope your IPPY Award motivates you to write even more wonderful books. It certainly has been a great motivator for me. 🙂
If you want to see all the winners of this year’s awards, and maybe to find your next favorite book, then head on over to Independent Publisher. I promise, there’s something for everyone.
It’s Saturday, which means it’s time for a new Wrong Answer Only Interview! This week, I got my manicured claws into award-winning author, Alexandrea Weis. Seeing as she has a brand new book coming out soon, titled The Secret Brokers, I thought it was the perfect time to give her the ole Snyman torture treatment....
It’s Saturday, which means it’s time for a new Wrong Answer Only Interview! This week, I got my manicured claws into award-winning author, Alexandrea Weis. Seeing as she has a brand new book coming out soon, titled The Secret Brokers, I thought it was the perfect time to give her the ole Snyman torture treatment. Muhahaha!
Now, for those who aren’t familiar with how the Wrong Answers Only interviews work: I ask some run-of-the-mill questions to authors, and my subject simply has to lie. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, let me tell you, sometimes I have to pull out all my tricks. If a question I’ve asked is answered in a way that seems even remotely true, I make the author suffer in some of the most heinous ways possible. I mean, we’re talking playing Nickelback on loop torture tactics. 🙂
This week’s Wrong Answers Only torture included: dragging my nails against a chalkboard, clicking a pen repeatedly until Alexandrea Weis almost lost her cool, and then—because she is a tough cookie to break—I resorted to singing The P-p-platypus Song.
It was an incredibly difficult journey, but eventually, she cooperated. So, without further delay, I give to you this magnificent piece of hogwash from the one and only, Alexandrea Weis. You’re welcome. 🙂
My cat Fred. An avid reader, he had run out of books and wanted more stories, so I began putting my crazy ideas to paper. He encouraged me to publish my novels. He was very creative and even designed a few covers for me.
A snake wrangler. Can you imagine spending your days with something cold and slithery in your hands—what a dream job.
I drink. Large amounts of vodka do the trick. Also, all night marathons of monopoly, usually with myself acting as all four players. Monopoly and vodka. Works every time.
Sometimes I use an Ouija board for characters and plot. Calling the spirits of the dead can be very inspirational. Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams are frequent visitors. They have fantastic insights into crafting a tight story. Although, when they come through together, they often start bickering about who is the better writer. Then I call on Charles Dickens to settle the dispute since he is the senior writer. Aristotle stopped by once, but I couldn’t understand a thing he said. It was Greek to me.
That I sleep write. I have found whole chapters finished when I wake in the morning. I don’t remember writing it, but it must be me. It’s on my computer. Either that or Fred has been at my computer again.
Dust bunnies. Their intriguing shapes, the way they lurk in corners, and how they float across the floors inspires all sorts of stories. I have plans to develop a series about the dust bunny creatures living in my home. Sort of a Dynasty meets Dust Bunnies. I’m just waiting for them to increase their population so I can have lots of characters to draw from.
Walt Whitman and his epic novel, Leaves of Grass. That book set off so many hours of uninterrupted sleep in my high school days. I will be forever grateful to the author for expanding my dreams and allowing me to nod off without a problem. I really should reread it soon.
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Reading about a man turning into a cockroach was inspiring. There are so many people I wish would experience such a transformation. It is enough to make you want to go out and stock up on Raid bug killer.
Not having enough bullets in the gun to shoot would be interrupters. Who can write when they are constantly interrupted by husbands who can’t find certain items in the pantry? Bullet holes in the sheetrock can be repaired, but your time is precious.
After I feed Fred and my llama, Earl, I have to make sure I spend the time I want to write walking on the treadmill so I can generate enough electricity to run my computer. So about twenty minutes. But I type really fast.
THE DARKER THE SECRET,
THE HIGHER THE PRICE.
Dallas August runs a dangerous business—an organization of elite spies for hire.
The secrets trade.
Nothing is off limits, and no price is too high.
When asked to uncover what recluse Gwen Marsh knows about a Mafia kingpin’s death, Dallas poses as a bodyguard to get close to his target, but the stubborn Asian beauty wants nothing to do with him. As the FBI and the Mafia close in, danger drives them together, but can he protect Gwen, or will
Dallas be the one risking everything to discover what she is really hiding?
Dallas August is about to find out how dangerous life can be as one of the Secret Brokers.
Once you are in, there is no turning back.
Alexandrea Weis, RN CS, PhD, is a multi award winning author, screenwriter, advanced practice registered nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans She has taught at major universities and worked in nursing for thirty years.
Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable.
A member of both the International Thriller Writers Association and the Horror Writers Association, Weis writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance and has sold approximately one million books. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.
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