Am I Crazy? Absolutely! Let Me Tell You About My Ghost Tour!

I’m crazy, and that’s okay. Being normal is boring. Last year I went to Florida and convinced my cousins to help me search for alligators. Two lived in the marsh right in the house development we were staying in! Now, I convinced my co-worker Leigh to take a ghost tour with me. We believe in ghosts, so it was absolutely, positively fun yet  terrifying.

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During our Sharpsburg Civil War Ghost Tour, Mark P. Brugh was our tour guide. He’s a local historian. He gave us much insight on the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam. That day the town of Sharpsburg only saw red, only saw blood, only saw death.

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This looks like a perfect normal alley, but it’s haunted by three children and a waving man. The tour started at 8pm and ended around 9:30pm. I held it together when there was light…

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…but the dark totally played with my head. By then, we had heard about three ghost stories. I’m such a scaredy cat; it doesn’t take much to scare me hee hee.

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Mark told us that this corner of the brick building has the most paranormal activity. He encouraged us to take turns taking pictures to see if we could get a glimpse of a ghost or orb!

The Children’s Alley ghost tour was so spooky that Leigh and I plan to go back to Sharpsburg to attend Mark’s The Confederate Soldiers’ Passageway Tour soon. I’m shaking in my boots.

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That night I couldn’t shake the feeling that we were being watched…a battered gray cat with a limp followed us throughout the night. First, it crept across a creepy yard. Then, the cat ended up walking in the alley behind us. When we reached the end, it sat there and watched us cross the street. I swear minutes later, I turned my head to find that weird looking cat hovering up the sidewalk, not even ten feet from us!

Why do you think it was following the crowd? Do you believe in ghosts?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

And the Winners Are…!!!

The International Authors’ Day Blog Hop 2016 just ended. We were asked to do a giveaway to help celebrate books. Mine consisted of asking readers to reveal the craziest thing an ex did to try and convince you not to break up with him or her.

The lucky winners of my suspense ebook, Twisted Obsession, are:

CATHY BROCKMAN and PURBA CHAKRABORTY!!!!!!!

Crazy is an understatement when it comes to Miki. You’ll see when you read the book.

Please email me at author.yawatta.hosby(AT)gmail(DOT)com or leave me a comment on this blog post with the desired format (PDF or kindle gift from Amazon). If you leave a comment on this blog post, please make sure to also leave your email address.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Now Available in E-Book: A LITTLE ELFY IN BIG TROUBLE

If you like stories that can make you laugh, and if dark elves interest you, please check out Barb Caffrey’s new release “A Little Elfy in Big Trouble.”

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Folks, I’m very happy to be able to finally report that my second novel — and the second novel in the Elfy duology — A LITTLE ELFY IN BIG TROUBLE has been released. It’s available right now at Amazon and OmniLit…the latter will be most useful if you need an e-pub version of the file.

Edited to add: Barnes and Noble link is now live as well. Now returning you to your regularly scheduled post…

ALittleElfyinBigTrouble_medIf you have never seen anything at all about the Elfyverse — or read book one in the Elfy duology, AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE — this little blurb may help you what’s going on:

Young Bruno the Elfy and Sarah, his mostly-human teenage girlfriend, are in deep trouble. Bruno’s Elfy mentor Roberto the Wise is about to be sacrificed by a Dark Elf, and Sarah’s parents have decided to help the Elf rather…

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International Authors’ Day Blog Hop 2016

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I’m excited to announce that I’ve joined this awesome blog hop that celebrates authors and readers. Debdatta is hosting this International Author’s Day Blog Hop. She’s a blogger, reviewer, publicist, and virtual assistant. Please check out her blog–b00k r3vi3ws.

The goal is to share our favorite books, thanking the authors and/or describing our reading habits. I choose the latter. Ever since I was a little girl, I could be found curled up in a comfy chair reading a book. This was long before elementary school with rewards of free Pizza Hut after so many books listed from your reading list.

Nowadays, I binge read since I have a kindle and can download affordable ebooks. Occasionally, I still buy paperbacks from Books-A-Million. I love scaring myself, so horror is a must. Plus, I love solving puzzles, which is why I love mysteries. I’m not going to lie–if I’m reading a paperback, I’ll read the last pages first to see who the killer is. It makes the book more enjoyable, knowing this spoiler.:)

I love fiction novels, but I also dabble in non-fiction, especially about local ghost legends. In fact, I just went on a ghost tour in Sharpsburg (I’ll blog about my frightful experience later…)

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Do I look scared hee hee? My favorite type of books are the ones that make me scared to go to sleep at night. The ones that give me chills and stay on my mind long after I read ‘the end.’ The ones that make me think.

I hope you guys like to read, and I hope you like free stuff. With this blog hop, I’m including a giveaway:

3 LUCKY WINNERS WILL WIN AN EBOOK COPY OF TWISTED OBSESSION!!!

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I can give the winners a PDF or a gifted copy from Amazon. The giveaway runs July 14th through July 18th, so please make sure to check back in on my blog to see if you were one of the lucky winners.

Here’s the rules:

In the comment section of this blog post or on my author Facebook page, tell me the craziest thing your ex ever did to try and convince you  not to break up with him or her. The 3 most whackiest, craziest answer (I’ll be the judge. You know how the saying goes “reality is stranger than fiction”) will win Twisted Obsession, my latest suspense novella.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!

 

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Interview With Gina Moray, Author of Cemetery at Devil’s Bend

I’d like to welcome my special guest author Gina Moray who writes horror and thrillers. Please enjoy her insightful interview.

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1. Do you have any advice for other writers trying to get published?

Don’t be ashamed to write what you love or to self-publish it. Always put your best foot forward and whatever you do publish, make sure that it’s the best you can do. Take your time and take advantage of people who are willing to beta read and critique for you.

2. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope that my stories frighten you and make you a bit uncomfortable, but that you love them enough to come back for more.

3. What genres do you write for? Your favorite aspect? Your least favorite aspect?

I write horror and thrillers mostly. My favorite aspect of both genres is frightening the readers, hopefully to the point that it sticks with them long after they read my book. I want to write a scene like the shower scene in Psycho. Thirty years later and I still peek out of the shower curtain. My least favorite aspect is that sometimes I have to write darker than I feel comfortable with and it leaves a lasting effect on me.

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4. What are your current/next projects?

I am currently writing a horror novel called The Candy Man. The best way to explain would be to say that if Sinister and Children of the Corn had a love child, it would be The Candy Man. I am also working on the first book of my thriller series and a few short stories.

5. Do you prefer to work alone or with critique partners/beta-readers?

Initially I work alone,  but I do value the opinion of critiques and beta readers after I have a completed draft.

6. How do you find time to write?

I work full time, so I usually write during lunch, while waiting for meetings or appointments, during the evenings, and on the weekends. I have perfected the art of writing in the living room with my family, so I can interact with them, and still get words down on the page.

7. Did you always want to become an author?

I always wanted to be a writer, but until recently, I didn’t have the courage or confidence to see a story through to the end. Once I did that, there was no turning back.

8. Is there any writing rituals you complete before creating your manuscripts/drafts?

Since I grab writing time whenever I can, I can’t afford to have much of a ritual. I’m always creating new stories and I’m a pantser, so there are no outlines for me.

9. Do you write the beginning/opening first or do you tend to write our of order (with whatever scenes interest you the most)?

I always start with the opening chapter, but after that, I will write sequentially for as long as I can, until I hit a brick wall. Then I skip to the next part of the book that I can clearly see and go on from there, then fill in the holes later.

10. Have you ever hated something you wrote?

Some of my early short stories make me happy that no one ever saw them. They were atrocious, but I am rewriting some and bringing new life to them.

11. Which  is the easiest for you–novel, novella, or short story? Why?

At first, all I could write was flash fiction and short stories. After I completed my first novel, I found it easier to write them because I have more space to develop the story and get creative. Short stories are always a challenge due to the length restrictions, but I still enjoy writing them.

12. While you were writing, did you ever feel like you were one of your characters?

Actually, no. I’m telling the stories of characters in my head and to be honest, I wouldn’t want to be in the same room with some of them. I can relate to some aspects of their personalities, but I try to distance myself from them to a degree because my stories frighten me.

13. How did you come up with the title?

You know, I’m not sure really. For some books, I just start writing and it comes to me. Others, the title comes while I’m writing notes on a new book.

14. What inspired you to write your latest book? What is the book about?

I came up with the idea when I was half listening to something on TV and I thought I heard someone say “nightmare candy.” As soon as I heard that, my mind spit out a story synopsis. It works like that sometimes. I had to end up creating the creature in the story and a legend to go with it, in order to make the story work. It’s about a creature that comes to town and preys on the children, through the use of candy, to steal their souls.

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15. Any blogs, websites, social media you’d like to share?

Thanks again, Gina. That shower scene still gives me the creeps too, which reminds me of what just happened on A&E’s Bates Motel. Norma, no!!!!

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

The #1 Tip For Getting Started As a Fiction Writer

As a freelancer, I’ve been given the wonderful opportunity to contribute to The Millionaire’s Digest. My first article posted today.:)

Here’s a snippet:

The #1 Tip For Getting Started As a Fiction Writer

Life is about creating memories. Do you agree?

Authors have the gift of capturing moments on the page. A great book has the reader forget that they’re reading. They get lost in the pages and follow the character’s journey as though they are in a fictional world.

How do authors capture these special moments on the page?

If this sounds interesting and you want to finish the article, then please click here.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

Why Hello Different Countries!

Being an INTJ, I’m obsessed with facts and figures. It’s so fun reading the different stats for my blog. It’s all about research to improve your situation. Enough on my nerdy rant hahaha…

I’d like to thank all the wonderful readers who read my blog. According to WordPress, people from these countries visited my blog today:

  • United States
  • Thailand
  • South Africa
  • India
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Austria
  • Philippines
  • Australia
  • Saudi Arabia

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby