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Feature & Giveaway: Ghost Town by Jason Hawes & Grant Wilson

  “WELCOME TO EXETER, THE “MOST HAUNTED TOWN IN AMERICA,” thanks to a deadly flood that unleashed an army of ghosts decades ago. And when ghost trackers Amber, Drew, and Trevor attend a conference during Exeter’s spookiest week of the year, the ghouls grow restless. First, an innocent bookstore worker is mysteriously killed, setting off a string of strange deaths that point to a shadowy spirit known as the Dark Lady.

With a paranormal revolution ensuing, the team must stop the twisted bloodbath. But a past horror involving the death of a former teammate has them spinning faster than a specter in a storm, especially when they learn that it’s his ghost who awakened the Dark Lady. Now, with their lives on the line and the entire town at stake, the three must decide whether to trust the spirit of their old friend or to finally put a stake through his heart.”

Just in time for some great Halloween related reading comes the release of Ghost Town, the second book from Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson who head up TAPS, The Atlantic Paranormal Society—built on Jason and Grant’s interest in getting to the bottom of everyday, paranormal occurrences.  TAPS has developed an impressive reputation for helping people with “unusual domestic problems.”  It has been more than a decade since Jason and Grant first met, and since then TAPS has grown in size and scope to become one of the most respected paranormal-investigation groups in America.  It now has branches across the United States and affiliates in 12 other countries. You may know them best from their hit TV show on SyFy Ghost Hunters.

As many of you know I am always on the look out for books that can strike a little fear especially during the festive Halloween season. However in the past the list of books that have been able to actually scare me to any degree have been few and far between. When approached to be a part of the Ghost Town promotion I was very much excited, not only to have a new book to give a try for that special fear factor but to also very excited be working with the creators of TAPS since I am a big fan of the show. I was especially interested to read the book knowing of the team’s approach to the paranormal in that they are very reserved and take a scientific approach until they simply have no other explanation for what could be paranormal phenomenon. I wondered how that would affect the crafting of a book that is primarily paranormal in nature and most undoubtedly designed to strike fear in the heart of it’s readers?

Ghost Town is definitely a little different from what I would have expected but it did not disappoint in it’s creep factor. The book really is a never-ending ride into all aspects of the paranormal and the things that go creep in the night. While at times I found the books to be a little unbelievable and therefore not really frightening…there were other times where the spook factor was undeniable. I’m not gonna lie. There was a point when I quit reading the book late into the night with the pitch dark surrounding me and only my tiny book light creating a small glow with the surrounding shadows beyond. The crafting of the story is definitely eerie and will leave you a little uneasy as you slip off into sleep at night. It’s perfect for this Halloween season and for any reader wanting a little scare…including those who might be skeptical and thinking a true fright from literature might be impossible. Unafraid? Skeptical? Non-Believer? Give it a try. I dare you.

Ultimate Paranormal Book Pack Giveaway

Now just in time for Halloween  you too can stock up on some great spooky reading to get you in the mood for the upcoming season. Thanks to the generous folks at Gallery Books I am pleased to be able to giveaway two great titles to two very lucky readers here at Stiletto Storytime. Not only will readers receive a copy of Ghost Town by it’s release date on October 9, 2012 but they will also receive a copy of Jason and Grant’s first book Ghost Trackers as well. But you have to act quick!

Giveaway ends at noon EST on  October 4, 2012. US address only please. The winners will be chosen by random number generator and contacted by e-mail. To enter just comment below. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!

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Winners

Wow…thanks for all the great response to this very short giveaway! I know everyone is very excited to get a hold of Jason & Grant’s newest book so in the interest of getting it to you as soon as possible- let’s announce our winners! Congrats to Paxton Walker and Margay! You’ve both won a copy of both “Ghost Trackers” and “Ghost Town”. Enjoy and as always enjoy “Ghost Hunters” as well especially now during the festive Halloween season!

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Snippets on a Sunday

Sunday has arrived and with it lots of little things I have been meaning to blog about but somehow never got the chance. ABC Family has finally given us a glimpse of our cast and start date for The Pretty Little Liars series. It will premiere on June 8th.  I can’t say that having read them from the very beginning I would have picked this series for TV but it should be interesting to see what they do and how faithful they are to the series written by Sara Shepard. She absolutely has enough twists and turns to keep things moving for quite awhile. Don’t forget the next in the series, Wanted will  be out June 8th as well. The original publication date was June 29th but it seems they have moved it up to correspond with the debut of the TV series.  The poster for the show is quite intriguing especially if you know the series….I will watch and see if it’s worth it..will you?I have been disappointed in the past with book to TV but I always hope for the best!

Also coming up soon is BLOGMANIA in which I will be participating. I am very excited about the opportunity to visit so many new blogs and also to have new visitors here at Stiletto Storytime and of course how can you forget all the goodies up for grabs! I hope you will swing by Stiletto Storytime for a chance to win a few goodies.  Also here are you Early Bird Reminders for BLOGMANIA to get you all set to go! I will have a post up on the 30th with instructions for my giveaway as well as a review of the book I am giving away! Drum Roll Please….

STILETTO STORYTIME  PRIZE

Stiletto Storytime will be giving away a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith, a custom book plate for your new tome and  a cool set of magnetic book marks. Also if I can get it done in time, they will also receive a one of a kind Stiletto Storytime bookmark. That’s right…stand back I am getting a little crafty around here! So make sure you visit on April 30th and follow the instructions on how to enter in the contest for the BLOGMANIA giveaway here at Stiletto Storytime!

And last but not least I would like to thank Cate Masters for my very first blog award. She has gifted me with the Happy 101 Award! Cate is a wonderful writer of fantasy/dark fantasy, historical, contemporary and speculative fiction. You should check her and her work out! She’s also got a pretty cool blog as well. I am so very honored to receive this award from her. Tradition holds that I list ten of my favorite things and pass the award on to ten bloggers. So here goes…

Ten Favorite Things

1.) Freshly Mowed Grass Smell

2.) Clean Sheets

3.) Granny Smith Apples and Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese

4.) Lavender

5.) My worn old copy of Jane Eyre

6.) White roses and White Lilies

7.) My Family

8.) Cupcakes

9.) Bubble Baths

10.) My Great Grandmother’s copy of Pride and Prejudice in which she wrote her name and the year she read it

And now I get to pass this wonderful award onto 10 of my favorite bloggers! This is so hard to choose but here goes! I have chosen blogs from a little bit of everything. Blogs I read daily, one holds spectacular contests, one is international, another is a great friend and they are all blogs that I watch and enjoy but each different and unique in their own way! So now I hope that you will check them out too.

1.) Joelle Anthony’s Blog (Author)

2.) Parajunkee’s View

3.) Austenesque Reviews

4.) There’s A Book

5.) Austenprose

6.) Me, My Book and the Couch

7.) Stainless Steel Droppings

8.) The Neverending Shelf

9.) Bronte Blog

10.) Sasha and The Silverfish

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