Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Giving Away Halloween

Do you have your scary stories all loaded and ready for the holiday? If not, you're in luck. Here are a couple to get you in the spirit.

First, from me...


Read the rest HERE.

 
And now how about some giveaway action?

Last week Stephen Tremp shared with us SALEM'S DAUGHTERS, along with two truths and a lie. Those who guessed the lie correctly were entered into a random drawing for the chance to win a $25 gift card to Amazon!

Stephen's Game:

1.    Stephen once met Los Angeles Laker basketball player Kobe Bryant.
2.    He does not like meatloaf.
3.    He still likes to color with crayons.

THE LIE: #1. Stephen wishes. ;)

Way to guess everyone! And the winner is:

...DRUM ROLL...

Chrys Fey!!!

Congrats, Chrys! 

And now how about our giveaway for the day?


Faerie mischief starts the fun with ghosts, vampires, and zombies bringing in the scare. If you love Halloween, being scared or delighted, there’s a story for you in this flash fiction collection.

Get your copy HERE.

Or you might like this one if you're not so much in a Halloween mood...

Missie, an American flutist, is thrust through a portal into a medieval world where her music is the key to empowering The Treasures of Carmelidrium to defeat the evil tyrant, Renwyk, Lord of the Symberveen. Immediately, her life is in danger. The Symberveen hunt her, an assassin attempts to kill her, Renwyk's men plot to kidnap her. Will she survive to accomplish the prophecy regarding her or will Renwyk take over Gil-Lael and then America too?

Buy it HERE.

Ready to meet the author?

N. R. Williams is an American grandmother who decided never to grown up. What better way to celebrate than to write epic fantasy's, children's stories and flash fiction alive with faeries, vampires, zombies and ghost, along with a few other super natural creatures? She is delighted to share these stories with readers and hopes that everyone will find something to love. 

She adores Swiss cheese because of the holes and might be discovered eating it with turkey lunch meat and crackers. 

N.R. gave me two LIEs and ONE truth to test your "lie detector" skills. Those who figure out the lie will go into my magic hat for the chance to win an eBook of your choice

You have until Tuesday, October 27 at 1 p.m. EDT to guess. Be sure to come back for the answers on October 28.
TRUTH OR LIE

1. I have almost died eight times from childhood illness, a difficult pregnancy and delivery and more recently two illnesses. I'm planning to continue living and will ignore references to cat's having nine lives.
2. I was born in Canada.
3. I love coffee. I drink it while balancing on my head and use a special straw.

So sleuths, which are the lies, and which is the truth? What are you reading for Halloween? Are you a bigger fan of faeries, vampires or zombies? Have you ever read/written flash fiction?

92 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Chrys!
    Nancy, I'm going to have to say number three. If that's true, then we need to get you on a talent show.

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    1. Well Alex, we shall see. No telling now. Thanks for coming by and making a guess.
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  2. Crystal
    I love your story. I have one posted on my blog as well if anyone wants to come by.
    Nancy
    //http://nrwilliams.blogspot.com/

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  3. Fantastic story! And my guess for the lie is #2. I have a bunch of scary stories on my Kindle. I just finished some non-fiction, though. Not scary at all!

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    1. No. 2...Hmmm we shall see, bahhhhh.
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  4. I don't have any story written. Thanks for sharing yours.

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  5. Lol! Your story was so much fun! I loved his childish exuberance. ^_^

    Never grow up!! ^_^
    Well, I know I can balance on my head and drink coffee...

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  6. I've never written a scary story or flash fiction. Maybe I should write a scary flash fiction ;)

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  7. Oh, nice and timely. And Nancy cracks me up... going with #3 there... I've got a witch idea a-brewing... There is an anthology deadline end of November for witch stories so that is what I am shooting for.

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  8. Great array of spooktacular fiction! I just saw Crimson Peaks last night, and wow, that was creepy for sure.

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  9. I have to go with vampires - love them. And I think I will choose #2 as N.R.'s lie.

    Heading off to read your story now. :)

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    1. I wonder? Mysterious origins. Looking forward to see more.
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  10. Actually, Halloween isn't really a thing in South Africa, so I read a bit of everything. (Although I don't really read Horror.)

    I wrote a 13 word horror when someone on Wattpad challenged me, though. I think that it (other than my usual attempts at short writings) came out pretty good. Oh and... I think I challenged you too. ;-)

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  11. Woot! I guessed right because I don't like meatloaf and love to color with crayons.

    Thank you!! :D

    I'm going to read your story, Crystal. :)

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  12. I am soooo ready for Halloween. Was lucky to grab a copy of Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark from the library. Time to make some new Halloween memories. :)

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  13. Great story - this is why I turn the lights out and hide on Halloween!

    I guess the lie is #3, and if it isn't, I want to see a video :-)

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  14. What a fun Halloween story! I loved it especially the candy-drunken slaughter (I'm morbid, I know). I think #3 is a lie because #1 is too crazy to make up. xoxo

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    1. Oh, but I have an imagination like no other, Shalaroh.
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  15. Great story, Crystal! It was fun. :)

    I say the lie is #1! It sounds like it could be true.

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    1. The ninth death awaits and I'll meet a candy lovin' grim reaper.
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  16. I am easily scared, so horror is not a genre that I read. But my son has fallen in love with all things halloween, so I guess I will just have to deal with it, whether I like it or not. :P

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  17. Loving the Halloween stories:) This is definitely my favorite time of year!

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  18. Duh, I love vampires. And zombies, and werewolves and all those kinds of creatures.

    I'm going to guess number 2 is the lie.

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    1. I wonder what flag is on my porch? Hmmm, we shall see.
      Nancy

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  19. Yay for all the spooky stories! I'll guess #3 is the lie for NR :)

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    1. You doubt my coffee prowess. Oh no.
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  20. I always think I want to write holiday short stories. I tried once, it turned into a full blown novel that began and ended with Christmases but wasn't actually a holiday story. Um, lie is number three.

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    1. To slurp or not to slurp. Perhaps you're right.
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  21. It's nice to meet N.R.! As for growing up, I think maybe she's on to something. :) Thanks Crystal, for the intro. Have a great rest of the week!

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  22. I really enjoyed your story, Crystal!

    I'm hoping #1 is the lie. Congrats, N.R.!

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  23. Great job on your flash fiction! I haven't bought our Halloween candy yet, but you can be SURE I'm not gonna get any tootsie rolls. :)

    Okay, I'll guess this week's lie is number three.

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  24. Congratulations to Chrys! I love vampires. I think #3 is definitely the lie.

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    1. Me thinks my coffee tale is in doubt.
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  25. Great flash fiction! Other than writing it with the kids in school, I don't do any on my own... not sure why! :)
    Let's go with lie = #3

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    1. Another coffee vote. I'm on a roll.
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  26. Congrats to Chrys! If NR gave you 2 lies and 1 truth, shouldn't people be trying to pick the true one? (On the other hand, the chances sure are improved if people have to pick 1 of the 2 lies.) I'm pretty sure 3 is a lie - but it's a funny one!

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    1. You would think guessing the truth might be fair but lies can be fun.
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  27. I just came over from your flash fiction. Well done.

    As for me - I'm a big fan of The Walking Dead and Fear TWD so I guess that makes me a fan of zombies.

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  28. Zombies sure win out for me in the end. Vampires, unless maybe Buffy, aren't all that high on my list.

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  29. I love scary stories! I don't have time to work on anything Halloween-themed this year, but it's great to see everyone getting into the spirit of things!

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  30. I like faeries. Vampires and zombies not so much. No Halloween stories are in my TBR stack, which I'm way behind in reading. Flash fiction is fun to read, but I've never tried writing it.

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  31. #3:)

    Thanks for providing us with a delicious Halloween story, Ms. Crystal.

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    1. 3 again. My balancing act is in peril.
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  32. #3 is the lie. :)
    Excellent story start - I'll have to follow that link. :)

    Congrats to N.R.!

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  33. #3 is completely the lie! and I LOVE your story, Crystal. Now I want melty caramel :)

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  34. Yikes. The lie should be #2 as the other two are so specific. But I'll go with #3 as the lie today.

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    1. Perhaps I should have just said I love my coffee over rocks.
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  35. Lots of great stories shared here! I'm going with #3 as the lie :)

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    1. "Coffee," she yelled, but they were out.
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  36. #3 strikes me as intriguing but rather impossible, so that's my choice. Great reading for the scary season. Have downloaded Nancy's book previously and I read/reviewed Treasure of Carmelidrium when it first came out. It has shades of Romeo + Juliet. Loved it! Great writing. I hope some of your commenters download it. They won't be sorry.

    Thanks Crystal for the goodies today. And thank you for hosting Stephen and Nancy.

    Denise :-)

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    1. Thank you for the endorsement Denise, I'll share my coffee with you.
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  37. Woohoo! Congrats, Chrys! That's exciting. :)

    Death Goes Trick or Treating reminds me of the movie, The Hogfather. Have you seen it? If not, you've GOT to see it. You'll love it. Promise! <3

    Aw, man, #3 can't be a lie. No. It canNOT! I am sorry for your neardeath experiences, though. ((hugs))

    ♥.•*¨Elizabeth¨*•.♥

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  38. I'll go with #3, though I'm tempted to go with something else just because almost everyone said 3. Congrats to Chris! Funny story about Death, Crystal.

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  39. Well it's got to be # 3, since the other two seem much more likely to be true. (I'm from Canada too - west coast) I like the story with Death liking caramels, who knew he had a sweet tooth? Good luck to all those in the draw for the books, and hope your Halloween is spooky but nice. . .

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  40. Death trick or treating, eh? Right up my street, that. Well, actually, I hope he isn't!

    I think number 3 is the lie and if it isn't then I need to meet this eccentric lady!

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  41. I will say number 2 is true... but number 3 sounds really interesting if you can do that... lol :)

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  42. I love zombies. I just do. :)

    I love flash fiction. It's so fun. Thanks for sharing yours.

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  43. Caramel corn . . . lol
    I love zombies! But I also like vampires and werewolves and and and all those creatures ;)

    I'm guessing # 3 not sure why lol

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  44. I am not ready for Halloween yet. I am guessing that number 3 is the lie.

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  45. There's spookiness all around at the moment!

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  46. I guess No 3 is the lie. I'm never ready for Halloween!

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  47. Oh lots of fantastic horror to check out:) Halloween is coming too quickly this year... Hmm I'm going to say number 3 is the truth.

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  48. Man, Death went a little overboard! I love this short story. It reminds me, in a more funny way, of this comic I saw (http://funnyjunk.com/Halloween+is+the+time/funny-pictures/5321473) haha

    Obviously, the lie is being born in Canada. Nobody is born there. :P

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  49. 'Tis the season for scary stories!

    Have a great weekend!

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  50. I think I'm a little weird about this - I love Halloween and all that goes with it, but scary stories and the like really don't do anything for me. I'm too busy analyzing what makes them work to actually find them scary. >_<

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  51. I liked your trick or treat story ;)

    And I think NR's lie is #3.

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  52. Fun death story for Halloween! I guess that IS coming up soon, isn't it!? Enjoy yours!!!

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  53. So much fun found here.
    I like your title "Giving Away Halloween" - I teach that morning and I'm debating with myself about costuming . . . hmmm . . . .

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  54. What a great Halloween/death story. FF and Halloween always make for great reading, don't they? I love Nancy's writing. I say #3 has to be the lie. Congrats to Chrys.

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  55. Stephen doesn't like meatloaf. That's the truth. And I enjoyed Death's Caramel Corn moment.

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  56. What a fantastic story. Tootsie rolls always set me off the deep end too.

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  57. I want to believe number one is a lie. I really do.

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  58. Love a good spooky story. Thanks for sharing yours with us! Congrats to Chrys. I love the cover of Nancy's book. Thinking 3 is the lie.
    ~Jess

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  59. I think 3 is the lie. Congrats to Chrys. I liked your spooky tale.

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  60. Congrats to Chrys! I think #2 is the lie.

    Haven't decided what I'm reading for Halloween yet...probably The Turn of the Screw. Still haven't read it, and it's supposed to be a great ghost story.

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  61. I'll watch out for those extra tall kids at my door on Halloween!

    Congrats to Chrys. Number #3 is the lie, I'm guessing!

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  62. Two of my leading ladies in one post! Excellent.

    BTW for anyone reading, Nancy's books are really fun, check them out!

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  63. I'm guessing the lie is #3.

    I prefer Vampyres, the real type, not the modern-day, friendly, sparkly variety. I know it's probably pretentious how I use the original spelling and even capitalize it.

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Hit me with your cheese!