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Merry Creepfest, Hoppers!

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Thanks to everyone who stopped by on The 12 Days of Creepfest blog hop. I enjoyed the chance to visit so many great blogs and had a ton of fun doing it.



Winners will be announced Monday.



Watch out for Krampus...ho, ho, ho...

Let's go Anti-Caroling Together!

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BONUS CONTEST!


Hit me up with your scariest Christmas carol parody. It has to be singable—so you better pay attention to the meter. I want to use your song to wow the crowds of shoppers at my retail day job. (Keep it relatively clean, too, kids—I don't have a Mature rating on this blog. :D )


We'll pick another winner after I try out each of the entries at work. Winner will be chosen by my co-workers. Easiest ten bucks a writer can make. Give me the song you're REALLY singing when you hear those carols. Be sure to tell me which song you're ruining, too, so I have a reference.


I need a minimum of FIVE entries here, folks, so go nag your friends into entering. Srsly. Ten dollar gift cards don't come cheap.


Unless you just grab a pile from the store and stuff them in your pocket. But these are activated, man. They are activated.


Winner will be announced at the end of the hop. You've got time to work on your gems. Polish them up and make sure they gleam…with a creepy green light.


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Remember to enter the Kraftmatic Creepfest Giveaway and go here to return to the Creepfest list.


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Today I'm creeping by author Kim Koning's blog to do a little muse wrestling of my own. You can sing along to my Christmas anti-carol and be sure to enter Kim's flash contest before you leave. Remember: there are prizes at stake!


I'll be giving away a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card to a reader on Kim's blog…so what are you waiting for? (Other than to finish reading this post, I mean.)


Kim's also running a blog hop-long flash contest with all her guests so be sure to stop back there before the end to vote for your favorite guest entry. Mine literally rocks (or it would with a little Trans Siberian Orchestra in the background) so don't miss out on some great reads.


We're half-way through the blog hop…who knows what tremors tomorrow will bring?


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Remember to enter the Kraftmatic Creepfest Giveaway and go here to return to the Creepfest list.


Welcome to the Creepfest Blog Hop!

bleeding hearts, urban fantasy
I know Christmas is right around the corner but I can't even think about that right now.

Yes, I have a tree to decorate and lights to string and cookies to make and presents to wrap. But Christmas, even with its shiny splendor, dulls in comparison with my shiny ARC.

I'm in the middle of proofing right now. I even took it to the Twelve-Twenty Four concert this weekend. It goes everywhere with me.

And soon it'll be released into the wild so that everyone else can carry it around. March 2012 is closer than you think.

That's why I'm going to transport all ya'll over to the page I set up for my book. Click here to go to the BLEEDING HEARTS page where you can enter some fabulous prizes. You'll find all the info you need to get your entries in.

And stop back on the weekend--I'll be doing a guest spot or two and you can get another chance to win ANOTHER prize! Why not? I've got Santa's pack right here so I may as well share the wealth.

What, officer? No, I haven't seen him since he left his pack with me. Don't worry about that noise coming from the basement. It's just the dog. That's right. The dog. Move along...

Welcome to the Creepfest Blog Hop!

bleeding hearts, urban fantasy
I know Christmas is right around the corner but I can't even think about that right now.

Yes, I have a tree to decorate and lights to string and cookies to make and presents to wrap. But Christmas, even with its shiny splendor, dulls in comparison with my shiny ARC.

I'm in the middle of proofing right now. I even took it to the Twelve-Twenty Four concert this weekend. It goes everywhere with me.

And soon it'll be released into the wild so that everyone else can carry it around. March 2012 is closer than you think.

That's why I'm going to transport all ya'll over to the page I set up for my book. Click here to go to the BLEEDING HEARTS page where you can enter some fabulous prizes. You'll find all the info you need to get your entries in.

And stop back on the weekend--I'll be doing a guest spot or two and you can get another chance to win ANOTHER prize! Why not? I've got Santa's pack right here so I may as well share the wealth.

What, officer? No, I haven't seen him since he left his pack with me. Don't worry about that noise coming from the basement. It's just the dog. That's right. The dog. Move along...

'Twas The Night Before Creepfest...

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The CREEPFEST BLOG HOP begins tomorrow. Hope you will join me and the three dozen other writers who are going to deck the halls with boughs of horror...

I'll have some prizes to give away and I'll even be hopping blogs myself--I've got some chimneys of my own to slide down for a guest appearance or two.

Just remember: the more blogs you visit, the more presents Santa Claws will bring you.

Now, try to get some sleep, children. Don't worry what Santa's elves are doing.

Tomorrow, it begins...

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Twelve Days of Creepfest BLOG HOP!

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It's that time again.

No, Beastie Boys fans, it's not time to get ill. It's BLOG HOP TIME. (Although I now have an overwhelming urge to dig out a certain CD. NO! SLEEP! TILL BROOKLYN!




I'll be participating in this year's Twelve Days of Creepfest Blog Hop. My Coffin Hop buddies and I had so much fun, we decided to keep it rolling.




Once more, I've developed a serious crush on the promo art. It seemed only fair to dedicate a post to my favorite banners. Livejournal seems to be a widget-hater and I can't really dress up my digs here. Thank goodness I can swipe some awesome graphics now and then.




Watch for the official posts to begin soon-- I'll have nifty gifties for my winningest peeps, so you'll want to come back for a chance to win them.

Want to be a participant? Visit the Twelve Days of Creepfest Blog Hop to sign up. The more, the scarier!

The ARC will soon sail...

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...but here's the first picture.



Aren't they pretty?

Special thanks to my editor, Rose Mambert of Pink Narcissus Press, for this beautiful picture. Salut!

If anyone needs me, I'll be at my desk compiling a list of urban fantasy and paranormal book reviewers. I'm suddenly inspired to get some work done. :D

National Novel Writing Month

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November is Get That Demon Out Of Your Head Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. It's also a motivational project that inspires writers to get their books written. NaNoWriMo is free to sign up and offers a spot on the web for writers to connect to writing buddies, making this solitary endeavor a little less solitary. It's pretty much a book marathon--get 50,000 words out by the end of the month and you win. Yay!

This is my first year doing the NaNo thing. I'm username AshKrafton if anyone wants to buddy up.



I'm using NaNo as an opportunity to organize my WIP "Words That Bind," a paranormal romance involving a licensed clinical social worker and a genie who is searching for his talisman (and a way to deal with his overbearing mother. Wackiness ensues.) I've entered the opening pages and synopsis into several contests and got great feedback--as well as a prize or three--so I know it's a project worth completing. I've just lacked the proper motivation.

Until now.

Since I work dayjob every other day, I will augment my daily writing with an equal word count of text already written. So, the more new stuff I get down, the more old stuff I can slip in on my non-writing days. That's how I'm going to get this book done.

I've been planning the book for months--researching proper form of romance novel structure, making a story board, arranging climactic scenes, creating conflicts and character dimension--but I haven't written anything to bring it all together.

Then I sat down yesterday, stack of looseleaf and a purple pen, and I wrote 1500 shiny new words. I broke my frozen standstill. I moved forward. I got back to writing this book.

Thanks, NaNoWriMo. I am a winner already.

BLEEDING HEARTS: Book One of the Demimonde

When shy advice columnist Sophie meets dark and alluring Marek, she learns life-changing secrets about them both—he’s a demivampire struggling to avoid evolution and she’s an empathic oracle destined to save him. Sophie possesses the rare ability to reduce the spiritual damage that causes a demivamp to Fall, making her the only thing to stand between a DV and his evolution into vampire. However, as Marek's dangerous past propels him toward his desperate fate, his enemies make darker plans for him: once vampire, Marek would be second only to the Master himself. The vamps want to cause Marek's Fall and they intend to use Sophie to do it.

Available March 2012 from
Pink Narcissus Press


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