Free YA Paranormal Romance Ebook


Beyond the Eyes is the first book in my YA paranormal romance trilogy. It was chosen by readers as one of the best books in that genre, and the ebook is FREE.

What’s it about?

I’ll tell ya . . .

BLURB:

Paige knows evil exists in this world, but she never imagined it would want something from her.

In the small town of Astoria, Oregon, surrounded by deep forest and endless
mountains, another world thrives . . . a menacing one where dark spirits dwell in soulless humans. Seventeen-year-old Paige Reed lives in this lush, picturesque setting. She’s not your average teen, though she appears to be. She’s been receiving cryptic premonitions from a ghostly voice since the age of four. After she hears a haunting message about herself, supernatural occurrences begin to confuse her.

Nathan Caswell seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them they cannot deny. They’re connected. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige. 

When two power-hungry malevolent beings make demands on her, she realizes then the fate of mankind rest in her hands. Her world quickly turns inside out where the impossible becomes possible, and in the end she’s faced with a life changing decision that will not only alter her existence but the world as she knows it.

Can a deeply troubled teen overcome her own demons in order to fight those lurking about? With the past and present colliding, Paige must make the ultimate mortal choice. Will it be the right one? 

Here's what readers have said about Beyond the Eyes . . . 

"This book was amazing. It was so hard to put it down."
 
"Kept me on the edge of my seat! A great read for those who love the paranormal."
 
"Greatest book I have ever read. It's thrilling, entertaining, and has action. I would stay up day and night reading it. I love it!"
 
"A book worthy of all to read. Could not put it down."
 
 "I loved this book. I couldn't put it down."









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EXCERPT:
Nathan had Romulus by the throat. I gasped and clapped a hand over my mouth. Romulus’ eyes were bulging out of their sockets. Wet choking sounds came out of his open mouth, his face turning shades of red and purple.
         
Omigod! Nathan was going to kill him.
         
“Nathan!” I screamed.
           
He whipped his head around, and I winced at the murderous look on his face. He caught my reaction, blinked, and threw him over three cars. My mouth dropped at how far he flew, landing on an old pickup. He slid off, and charged at Nathan. He threw punches, but Nathan’s hands moved and blocked them with ease. I stood in awe, watching his movements blurring before my eyes. Romulus was fast too, but not nearly as fast or strong as Nathan. He threw another punch at Nathan, but Nathan ducked and did a roundhouse kick, slamming a foot into
Romulus’ face, sending him sprawling backward onto the asphalt.
         
“Paige, move away from the car,” Nathan called out, snatching him by the collar of his denim jacket, yanking his wrist behind his back, holding them in a vise grip.
         
I did what he said, and he threw him on top of the hood with a loud thud, smashing his face into it. With his other hand, Nathan gripped the back of Romulus’ neck, pinning him. He bellowed a deep, throaty laugh, his colorless eyes locking onto mine. His bloody lips turned into a sneer, and he hissed through broken teeth.
         
Icy blood flooded my veins. His white eyes totally freaked me out, and I wondered how they changed like that. I took a couple cautious steps back, intimidated by the hatred I saw in them. I mean, why would he want to hurt me? I’d never done anything bad to anybody, and I always went out of my way not to offend or hurt a soul.
         
Nathan applied added pressure. “You will stay away from her!” he said through clenched teeth, surprising me with how angry he sounded.
         
When Romulus spoke, my stomach twisted. His deep voice lashed out with harsh words that sounded similar to the Latin I’d heard when I went to an old Catholic mass with Carrie. It also reminded me of The Exorcist when the priest spoke to the entity inside the little girl.
         
Holy crap! 
         
Was there a demon inside this guy?
           
My heart and lungs froze. I stumbled backward into the car behind me, feeling myself fading into a gray, swirling cloud.
         
“Breathe, Paige,” Nathan’s rough voice ordered. My gaze shifted to Nathan. “Breathe,” he repeated. His anxious eyes and commanding voice jolted me into opening my mouth and
breathing in large quantities of air.
         
Romulus said my name and spit out something in the Latin-sounding language, laughing maniacally. 
         
I didn’t know what he said, but Nathan seemed to understand it, and the expression on his face turned lethal. He grabbed a fistful of hair, yanked back, and bent low so his lips were next to Romulus’ ear. Nathan spoke rapidly.
         
Whatever Nathan said made Romulus scream in horror. And then Nathan did something that totally flabbergasted me. He placed his palm on Romulus’ forehead, and in a strong and powerful voice, he chanted an incantation in Latin. Romulus thrashed his body about, but Nathan’s strength overwhelmed him. He wailed an agonizing screech that echoed all around us. I covered my ears. A cold gust of wind blew passed me, brushing against my cheek, lifting the hair off my shoulder. I shivered, and hugged my arms tightly around myself, unable to tear my eyes away from the body that now lay limp on the hood of my car.
         
Nathan looked up, still holding him down. “Are you okay?”
         
I moved my lips to respond, but no words came out. I wanted to say, “Um, hel-lo. I just witnessed you casting a demon out of some dude and saw how fast and strong you are. What the hell are you?” But I didn’t.
         
Nathan slung the guy over his shoulder. “Stay here. I’ll be right back.”
         
Then he disappeared. But before I could try to rationalize the events, I was in his arms, shaking. He held me and whispered soothing words into my ear. Even though I had no idea how he could do those things or what he was, I felt warm and safe in his arms.





Free Ebook In Honor Of Veteran’s Day!


Kicker (The Forgotten Front) is free on Amazon November 9, 10, and 11, to honor  veterans. Here's the link:
https://www.amazon.com/KICKER-Forgotten-Front-hardships-territory-ebook/dp/B0777TFVC4

This book sheds light on our forgotten veterans of the China-Burma-India theater in World War II.

R. Grey Hoover who is the author of Kicker, asked me if I’d help him spread the word about his free book. It’s his tribute to those veterans. Of course, I said yeah. I’ve always supported our veterans who honorably served our country, and every chance I get, I thank them for their service.

BLURB:
World War II is raging. A young father must choose between his family and duty to his country- a decision that could cost him everything.
Based on actual experiences of United States veterans and official military aviation history records from World War II, this is the thrilling story of a family’s journey into war. While his loved ones struggle with shortages and rationing at home, Sam endures relentless Japanese attacks against his unarmed aircraft over the treacherous mountains and torrid jungles of Asia. His job is to drop supplies to Merrill’s Marauders and over 750,000 allied soldiers fighting in the perilous jungles of Burma. If the enemy is not stopped, the American way of life will end.
If you like non-stop action with a touch of humor and romance and the chance to learn about the “forgotten front” of WWII, then this is the book for you.

AUTHOR BIO:
R Grey Hoover is an Air Force veteran with a family tradition of military service that dates back to the American revolution. He wrote his book “Kicker the forgotten front” to honor his father and the other veterans of World War II who fought in the China-Burma-India (CBI) theatre.  During the war, the European and Pacific theatres got most of the supplies and media attention leaving the CBI theatre with the leftovers. Even in today’s media coverage of World War II the CBI theatre is never mentioned. The author’s book is an attempt to correct this gross oversight.

R Grey Hoover’s social media links:

EXCERPT:
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      Sam and Bobby Joe were totally exhausted when they crawled into their charpoys. The harrowing events of the day had taken its toll on them physically and mentally. In spite of the heat and noise of the jungle, Sam felt the blessed relief of sleep approaching soon after his head hit the pillow. However, as he drifted off, a feeling of unease came over him. It was a feeling that something was wrong, not here in India, but at home. He didn’t know if he felt uneasy because he still hadn’t received mail from home or because of some unknown reason, but the feeling stayed with him until he finally succumbed to his exhaustion and slipped into a deep sleep.

Thankfully, his slumber was not disturbed by his recurring nightmare, and he slept soundly until the wee hours of the morning when he suddenly awoke not knowing what had disturbed him. A light rain was falling outside, and except for an occasional flash of distant lightning, the basha was in total darkness. He lay very still, listening to the sounds around him. He strained his hearing, but no sound came except for the steady breathing of the sleeping men around him. After several minutes, he relaxed, thinking his imagination was playing tricks on him. He was almost asleep again when he thought he detected a faint unfamiliar sound coming from somewhere in the basha. Once again, he listened intently, not sure he had heard anything; but then he heard the sound again—only this time it seemed closer, and he was sure it came from within the basha. He couldn’t quite place the sound, but it seemed like something soft brushing against an object. He listened closely, but all was silent. None of the other men in the basha stirred, and after an extended period of silence, he relaxed once again in anticipation of sleep.

      He was in that dreamy state just before slumber when he felt the presence of something or someone nearby. Once again, his senses came to full alert, and he made a conscious effort not to move. He listened carefully, bringing all his senses to bear. He could see or hear nothing, and yet he was sure something was there. He was startled when someone at the other end of the room moved, but then all was silent once again. He was lying on his back, so he slowly moved his head to the right and scanned the darkness.

      At first he saw nothing, but then attention was drawn to a slight movement at the foot of his bed. He couldn’t make out what it was. It appeared to be an undistinguishable shadow against the darker background of the room. As he watched, the shadow moved, and he held his breath as it silently glided along the side of his bed. There was no sound as it moved, and it slowly drew nearer and stopped near the head of his bed. He could tell that it was something large, but due to the extreme darkness, he was unable to see what it was. His instincts told him this was something dangerous and evil, and the hairs on the nape of his neck stood erect. At that moment, a distant flash of lightning faintly illuminated the scene, and in that instant of light, Sam could see the large form of a tiger standing beside him.

The animal’s head was enormous. Its eyes, momentarily reflecting light from the faraway lightning, gave the beast an evil, devil-like appearance. This was death incarnate staring directly at him.

      Sam was frozen with fear, and his heart seemed to stop. His .45-caliber pistol hung on the wall not three feet away, and he cursed himself for not keeping it inside the mosquito netting with him. He knew the tiger could see that he was awake, and he feared any movement would cause it to attack. The animal stepped closer, and Sam could see its dim outline and smell its damp fur and the fetid odor of its breath. The tiger appeared to know its victim was helpless. The great beast took its time as it sniffed the mosquito netting as if testing its strength. Slowly it raised a huge paw and placed it against the puny impediment. The tiger’s claws caught in the netting, and with a mighty swipe, it ripped the flimsy material away from the bed.


Kicker (The Forgotten Front) is free on November 9, 10, and 11. Get it before this offer expires.  



Six Tips On How To Overcome Writer's Block


I know what it’s like to have writer’s block. I've experienced it many times. 

Some people claim that writer’s block is bullshit. 

Whatever.


If they've never experienced it, good for them. However, I have and so have all the authors I know, and I’m friends with quite a few.

So how do you overcome it?

I’m going to tell you how.

We’ve all been there—at least us mortals have—where you’re cruising along in your story and BAM! It’s as if your brain suddenly clogged up.

WTH?

You sit there, staring at the computer screen for a while. 

Whom am I kidding? 

For an hour or HOURS and nothing comes to you.

Now what?

Here are six tips you can try the next time you experience the dreaded *stage whispers* writer’s blog.

1.) Walk away!

That’s right. Save what you've already written and walk away. It does you no good to sit there and stare at the screen. So do something else. Clear your head. Relax. Then go back to it later.



2.) Read.

Read a book in the same genre you’re writing in. You’ll be surprised at how well that works and the inspiration it’ll spark within you.

3.) Watch a movie or TV show.

Watch a movie or TV show similar to the type of story you’re writing. It works the same way as reading a book.

4.) Read what you've already written.

You don’t have to read everything, just the chapter you're working on or the one before it. Sometimes reevaluating scenes will make you realize there are things you need to change to make your tale much better.

5.) Be honest with yourself.

Maybe you hit a brick wall because you’re not into the story. Your passion has fizzled. Maybe you need to strip the whole tale and start over or make some major changes.

6.) Get a good night’s sleep.

Maybe you’re tired and need a break, which is fine. There’s nothing wrong with that. Set your manuscript aside, eat a good meal, have a relaxing evening, and get a good night’s sleep.

How do I combat writer’s block? 

I read a book in the same genre as the one I’m writing in. 

It works for me. 

So try it or any of the other suggestions I've mentioned. You’ll be surprised and pleased with the results. J



Top Thirteen Halloween Movies You Need To Watch

I love Halloween movies, so I decided to share some of my favorites with you.

1.) A Nightmare on Elm Street

This movie came out in 1984 and was Johnny Depp’s first movie role. I’ve seen this movie countless times and it’s still one of my all-time favorites. Hell, I even know the song the children sing in the movie.

One, two, Freddy is coming for you
Three, four, better lock your door
Five, six, grab your crucifix
Seven, eight, gonna stay up late
Nine, ten, never sleep again

2.) Friday the 13th

This film came out in 1980. Because of this movie, every time I’m around a lake, I think of Jason Voorhees and the ChChCh AhAhAh.
3.) Poltergeist

This is a 1982 movie. I’ve watched it countless times throughout my childhood. It’s an American supernatural horror film, written and produced by Steven Spielberg. This movie was a huge success and considered a classic within the horror genre. It also has a cult following.
4.) Carrie

This is another classic horror movie based off of Stephen King’s novel. I believe it came out in 1976. Sissy Spacek did a great job playing Carrie. 
5.) IT

Here’s another classic horror movie that is based off of Stephen King’s book. It came out in 1990, and I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of clowns.
6.) The Shining

This movie came out in 1980 and Jack Nicholson played the lead role. Who doesn’t love Jack? He's great. I don’t think any other person can pull off playing Jack Torrance. However, I won’t be surprised if Hollywood tries to remake this movie. I wish they’d stop remaking classic movies and popular shows and come up with new material. Hell, Ameerah would make a great movie and my whole Beyond the Eyes trilogy after that. Just sayin’.

. . . Anyway, The Shining is a great movie and once again Mr. King’s creation. The movie was based off of one of his books.
7.) The Others

This is a 2001 horror film that stars Nicole Kidman. It received a lot of awards which included best film and director. I really liked this movie and wouldn’t mind seeing it again. 
8.) Scream

This movie came out in 1996. It’s another American slasher film directed by the ever so talented Wes Craven. It’s a good movie that’ll keep you guessing.
9.) The Craft

Here’s another good movie that came out in 1996. It’s considered a supernatural horror film. It’s about four teenage girls who are outcast and pursues witchcraft for their own gain. It’s a cool movie that has gained a cult following.
10.) Hocus Pocus

Speaking of witchcraft, this movie is a favorite to a lot of people. It came out in 1993 and is considered a comedy horror fantasy movie. It didn’t do well when it first came out, but now it’s considered a cult film. It’s a cute movie and kid friendly.
11.) Casper

This is an adorable movie and kid friendly as well. It’s a 1995 movie that’s based off of Harvey Comics cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost. It’s a live-action/computer-animated fantasy comedy film. If you haven’t seen it, you need to. The house in this movie is awesome. 
12.) Beetlejuice

Hey, I have to mention Beetlejuice here. I remember when it came out in 1988. It’s a Tim Burton movie that’s considered both a comedy and fantasy film. It’s great. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out. This movie is kid friendly.
13.) Gremlins

This is a 1984 American comedy horror film that your kids can watch. I did when I was one and loved it. Steven Spielberg was the film’s executive producer, and we all know he rocks. He’s made a lot of great movies and this one is a classic IMHO.
There you have it. My top thirteen Halloween movies you need to watch.

Do you have a favorite?

If so, what is it?

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 




Have You Heard Of Black-Eyed Kids?


Have you ever heard of black-eyed kids before? Honestly, I never knew about them until a few years ago. 

If my parents knew, they never told me. 

Apparently, countless people worldwide have been having encounters with these creepy little kids

Sometimes these children are alone and other times they come in pairs and range from age 8-16. 

They’ll tap on your window or knock on your door. With their head hung low, in a monotone and demanding voice, they’ll ask to be let in. 

They promise they’re not going to hurt you and it won’t take long. 


Eventually they’ll lift their gaze onto you, and their eyes are black as coal. 

Bottomless. 

Witnesses have said their blood ran cold when those black orbs locked onto their own eyes. A feeling of dread and horror consumed every ounce of their being.

Sounds like a Stephen King novel, huh?



But is this true? 

I’ve never had an experience with these freaky kids, so I don’t know. 

And if it is true, what or who are they?

Are they aliens or inter-dimensional beings?


Eyewitnesses have also said these children are pale almost translucent, and they wear either dull old-fashion clothing or plain jeans and a hoodie. 


These juveniles seem to possess extraordinary powers like telepathy. 

Some people who have had encounters with them said these BEKs answered their questions before they even asked them. 

They know what you’re thinking.

Creepy!

So what do you think?

Are black-eyed kids for real or are people around the world telling bogus stories so they can take part in this global phenomenon? 




Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas To Inspire You


Halloween is almost 2 weeks away . . . can you believe it?

Before you know it, Christmas will be here, but let’s not think about that, right?

-Anyway, I thought I’d entertain and inspire you with a fun post showing you different pumpkin carving ideas that might get your creative juices flowing.

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Check out this cool watermelon one.




Here are some pumpkin carving kits you can get to create awesome designs that’ll be a hit with the kids . . . and adults.

Click on the picture for information. 











There you have it. Cool ass pumpkin carving ideas to inspire you.