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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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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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Halloween Read-A-Thon

https://i0.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_m9ILMoAGwQ8/TKDWlcYnnQI/AAAAAAAAASg/_3Hd2jMm_Cg/s1600/readathon1.jpg It’s Read-A-Thon time again! But this time it’s a special Halloween edition sponsored by Young Adult Books Reviewed! I am really excited about this one for a few reasons. It’s Halloween themed so I get to read some great new and old spooky stuff just in time for the Halloween season. It’s also a whole weekend so I can stretch it out for maximum reading & sleeping time! And it’s nice for those of us who have “little monsters” because it’s not on Halloween night when we have other festivities to attend to.

So what is my first book of Halloween Read-A-Thon? Well I thought I would start https://i2.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_GzwY99JOSYQ/TJfBEecUrtI/AAAAAAAAAxw/Y2-G28J_eak/s1600/100.jpgwith Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin. I have few others planned for this Read-A-Thon as well but would love some suggestions. I want a nice mix of new releases and old classics. Also you know I love to read for all age groups!  What is your favorite Halloween/Scary book?

Read-A-Thon Reads

  • Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
  • The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  • The Radleys by Matt Haig
  • Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Read-A-Thon Mini-Challenge: My Spookiest Read

http://shereadsnovels.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/the-monk.jpgI don’t really have a book that has truly frightened me. That was why I asked for some good suggestions for this reading challenge. If I had to pick a favorite “scary” book however it would be The Monk by Matthew Lewis. I am a big classical literature fan and also a lover of gothic. This book is a classic for all gothic lovers and often overlooked.

“Ambrosio, the worthy superior of the Capuchins of Madrid, falls to the temptations of Matilda, a fiend-inspired wanton who, disguised as a boy, has entered his monastery as a novice. Ambrosio then falls in love with one of his penitents and finally kills her in order to escape detection. However, he is discovered, tortured by the Inquisition and sentenced to death. Although extravagant in its mixture of the supernatural, the terrible, and the indecent, the book contains scenes of great effect. The novel is a prime example of 18th century Gothic, written partly in response to “Walpole” and “Radcliffe” and enjoyed a considerable contemporary vogue.”




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Stiletto Storytime: Guest Post at Jenn’s Bookshelves

Today I am honored to guest post at Jenn’s Bookshelves where she is having a wonderful event this October called Fright Fest! I was happy to share some of my favorite Halloween picks for kids that fall right in between spooky but not too scary…one of my favorites of course for the chapter book readers is Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah and James Howe. It’s always been a favorite of mine since childhood and a favorite pick for kid’s book club in October. So head over to Jenn’s for more info on Bunnicula as well as recommendations for all ages this Halloween season.
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Picture Book Parade

https://i0.wp.com/www.juniorlibraryguild.com/files/BookViews/hallowilloween_view.jpg Hallowilloween: Nefarious Silliness by Calef Brown

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, September 6, 2010

The leaves will soon be changing and a chill will enter the air and then Halloween will be upon us with all its fun and fair. As this creepy day approaches teachers and parents alike will be searching for the perfect book that will find balance between scary and not too scary for their children to enjoy. Often poetry can be the answer and this season’s newest offering is a collection of poetry that is perfect to inspire not only a spooky atmosphere but lots of giggles as well.  What better way to celebrate than with Calef Brown’s new collection of “nefariously silly” poems about all things Halloween or shall we say Hallowilloween?

The collection is filled with characters that have just enough scary with a silly twist to make them perfect for kids of elementary age. Younger children will delight in the rhyme and bold acrylic illustrations while older children will be excited to get the subtle references and humor hidden within the poems.

Characters such as the vampire umpire or “Vumpire” will be a hit with all audiences and children will want to hear their favorite poems again and again. Adults will also enjoy the witty connections to be found within the poetry such as allusions to classical literature and historical figures. Humor abounds and laughs are sure to follow. This collection is perfect for sharing at home on a spooky fall night or with friends in the classroom or library on a special occasion. Hallowilloween is a great book for any holiday collection sure to be treasured when Halloween rolls around each year.

Other Great New  Picture Books from Chronicle Books


Chicken Big by Keith Graves


A Long Piece of String by William Wondriska


Day & Night by Teddy Newton

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