Friday, October 16, 2015

Celebrate: Stephen Tremp ~ Salem's Daughters & Giveaways


Thank you Lexa for hosting me on my Salem’s Daughters Blog Tour. You live in Egypt and I thought what better place to post on ancient curses than L.X. Cain's blog. 

Curse of the Pharaohs: In Egypt, the Curse of the Pharaohs refers to an alleged curse to be cast upon any person who disturbs the mummy of an Ancient Egyptian person, especially a pharaoh. Time is not a hindrance or obstacle. This curse, which does not differentiate between thieves (past) and archaeologists (future), allegedly can cause bad luck, illness or death. 

In Salem's Daughters I needed a similar idea when time would not interfere or restrict something evil that just won’t go away. The year is 1705 and the setting is the countryside between Boston and Salem, Massachusetts. 

Thirty-nine young witches are flushed from their coven and chased by a drunken riotous mob. All but thirteen are cut down. In order to escape the blood-thirsty mob, the survivors perform an extremely difficult magical maneuver that would be deadly if they got it wrong. They closed their eyes, exhaled the air in their lungs, and left their bodies through their mouths, the only place a soul can escape. They entered six-month-old cats in the first of their nine lives while kicking out the souls of the felines. 

Fast forward to today. When Bob and Debbie Stevens open their bed and breakfast called Murcat Manor they find thirteen baby kittens who they adopt, thinking they can befriend the guests. 

Now in the sixth of nine lives, the malevolent felines have had five previous lives spanning four centuries of deviltry and murdering practice to draw on. With their vast experience, now enhanced with the use of modern technology, the witches devise cagey ways to keep killing, including leaving evidence at the scene for detectives to believe Bob and Debbie are the perpetrators. 

Bad kitties! 

Curses: An evil or misfortune to befall someone or something have been around since mankind has been able to speak words. Words have the power to bless and to curse, depending on the level of authority of the person speaking them and how receptive or vulnerable the recipient is. 

There are no shortage of books using curses. They can be spoken (Hermione Granger). They can be thought (Professor Snape). They can lie dormant for eons then come to life (Pharaoh's Curse). Fiction writers across multiple genres use curses in their books, and much of their inspiration comes from everyday life and history. 

Question: Do you believe in curses like the Pharaoh’s curse? 

Short Blurb: A four hundred year old evil is unleashed when the daughters of those killed during the Salem Witch Trials find a new generation of people to murder at a popular modern-day bed and breakfast. 

Stephen Tremp writes Speculative Fiction and embraces science and the supernatural to help explain the universe, our place in it, and write one of a kind thrillers. You can read a full synopsis and download Salem’s Daughters by Clicking Here
I Hope my Detroit Lions Aren't Cursed

Stephen Tremp posts weekly blogs at his website Breakthrough Blogs

Next Stop: Monday October 19th L. Diane Wolfe for Marketing and Promoting Outside the U.S.

Thanks, Stephen!  I had the pleasure of reading Salem's Daughters, and I think Stephen has a real future in horror writing! ~ Lexa

My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

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 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)

Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Friday Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors

Here are Foxy's suggestions for Oct 16, 2015:

Free Short Stories  – David Emanuel (one of my awesome CPs!) has two stories available online to read for free “Baby Men” and “Out From the Shadows.” Follow this link to the stories: David Emanuel blog.

Free Horror Zombie Novel – The lovely Yolanda Renee is having a great Halloween sale on her novel When Zombies Attack. The book will be FREE on Amazon from Oct 19-21! For details and the link, go to Defending the Pen blog. (From Oct 19-21 ONLY)

Free Dark Fantasy eBook - Necromancer by Graeme Ing is free if you sign up for his newsletter. This book a GREAT! I read it and gave it 5-stars.  Signing up for his newsletter is a well worth it to get such an awesome book.  For your free copy, go to Graeme Ing blog.  

The Spooktacular Blog Hop has over 180 participants -- that's 180 different blogs giving away books, cash, and gift cards between now and October 31.  Go to the hop's sponsor for the list of participating sites: I Am A Reader Blog.

Here are 2 of the Spooktacular blog hop's giveaways:

Free $20 Amazon Gift Card - Win a $20 Amazon card on the Spooktacular Blog hop via rafflecopter on the I Am A Reader blog. (ends Oct 31)

Free $20 Amazon Gift Card - Win a $20 Amazon card on the Spooktacular Blog hop via rafflecopter on My Bookish Life blog. (ends Oct 31)

For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)
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