Monday, October 8, 2012 | By: Mindy Hoppe

What Hides Within Blog Tour & Giveaway

Author: Jason Parent
Genre: Horror/ Suspence/ Dark Humor
Pages: 308
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing

Book Synopsis:

In all of us, there is darkness. In Clive, it’s tangible, and it’s aching to get out.
What Hides Within tells the story of a man held captive by an unknown evil. Clive Menard is a spineless slacker leading an ordinary existence. But when Chester enters his life, it becomes far from ordinary.
A disheveled Clive stands alone in a hospital waiting room. A series of incidences have led him to undergo unnecessary neurosurgery. A voice inside Clive’s head nags him to kill the doctor.
Weeks prior, a murder investigation and an unrelated kayaking excursion set the story’s interlocking events in motion. When a remorseful killer, a bomb-happy psychopath and a mysterious widow spider converge upon Clive, they bring with them destruction and death. Clive must discover who or what is steering his very existence before he, too, is consumed by the carnage around him.
With a driven detective following his every step and a vicious killer hiding within his circle of friends, Clive must walk a narrow and dangerous path, teetering between salvation and damnation. He must confront Chester and his own demons. But is he powerless to overcome them?"

Author Guest Post:

Top Moment No. 3

After a few moments of perusing absolutely nothing, Dr. Allen returned his attention to Clive. “Let’s have a look in that mouth, shall we?”
Here we go with this “we” thing again. But Clive had bigger problems to tackle than Dr. Allen’s grammar. He put it out of his mind.
“My problem is with my ear.”
“Mr. Menard, may I remind you that I’m the doctor here.”
Dr. Allen removed a pencil from his upper coat pocket. The end of it appeared chewed, and the eraser had somehow mutated from pink to black.
“Now, open wide.”
Clive cringed as he accepted the pencil into his mouth. When Dr. Allen elevated to peek down his throat, Clive noticed the Popsicle stick that resided snug beside the pencil’s former resting place. He realized too late that the doctor had grabbed the wrong instrument.
Fucking nasty! Clive shrugged it off as best he could. Well, I’m sure this guy must have a reason for checking my mouth. He wouldn’t do it just to save face because I called him out on forgetting which body part I came in here for, would he?
After a cursory look, Dr. Allen was done. “Looks good,” he said, withdrawing the pencil. “Now, which ear was that again?”
Asshole. “My right ear.”
“And what kind of problem have you been having?”
Asshole. “It’s been clogged for almost a week. I thought it was water at first, but now I’m not so sure.”
“It could be a pebble.”
“Do you think that’s what it is?”
“Well, no sense in speculating. Let’s see what’s in there.”
Dr. Allen withdrew an otoscope from what appeared to have been the front of his pants but what Clive hoped had been one of his pockets. He flipped a switch on its handle, activating a small light, and plunged its cold, cone-shaped nozzle into Clive’s right ear.
“Ewww. That’s disgusting.”
“What?” Clive’s heart went from zero to sixty faster than a Lamborghini. “What is it?”
“Wait a minute.”
Dr. Allen removed the otoscope from Clive’s ear. Clive watched as he examined the earpiece. A large amount of white lint covered its tip, speckled with black crud. One of the speckles had legs, six of them, none of which were moving. It appeared to be a gnat.
“Sorry. I forgot to clean it first.”

I’m the type of guy that only goes to a doctor if one of my limbs is severed and I can’t fix it with Super Glue or duct tape. It’s not that I’m overly macho or immune to sickness. I just find the whole experience as disturbing as finding out your girlfriend was once named John.

More often than not (in my experience), doctors seem to lack people skills entirely, probably due to years of study trumping social interaction. In the scene above, Dr. Allen could be a doctor from my life (although any similarities are merely coincidental – it says so right in the front of my book). Poor Clive has been through a lot of frustration trying to fix his ear, and Dr. Allen unintentionally adds to it, hopefully in a humorous way.

I had fun creating this scene, and I hope it shows. Its dark humor is the type of tongue-in-cheek stuff readers can expect to find within What Hides Within.

Blog Tour Schedule:

10/01 – I Smell Sheep
10/02 Becca Hamilton Books
10/03 SLK Book Reviews
10/04 Bookhi
10/05 Young Adult Fiction & Whiskey Sours
10/06 Fictional Candy
10/07 Urban Fantasy Land
10/08 My Hidden Bookshelf
10/09 Pure Textuality
10/10 A Thousand Lives Book Blog


There is another EBook up for grabs!  This one is also available in epub, pdf, or mobi format.  It is also open internationally.  With that said… This contest does follow all other policies from My Hidden Bookshelf.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Burning Blog Tour & Giveaway

Book Synopsis:
Lucas was a typical playboy - lots of alcohol and a different girl every night. 
One woman brought his emotional walls and the beliefs he used to build them crumbling to the ground. 
Now, an unexpected visitor is going to change both their worlds forever.

Author Guest Post:
There are two forms of storytelling I have always loved – books and film.  Aside from being a hard core bibliophile, I am also a total movie buff with a serious jones for all things paranormal.  I was never a big one for slasher-horror flicks (i.e. Nightmare on Elm Street or Halloween) but if it involves ghosts, demons, possessions, hauntings or anything of the like, I am so there!

It all started with The Exorcist.  To this day, this is still one of my favorite films of all time.  The idea of spiritual warfare being real has always scared the pants off of me and for some reason, I love that feeling.  The feeling of being completely creeped out by the unknown.  From the first time I saw The Exorcist, I fell in love with the genre.  I’ve seen some great ones like the Poltergeist series, Stigmata, Thirteen Ghosts, The Ring, Paranormal Activity, Devil and The Rite.  I have also seen some HORRIBLE ones such as the epic failure of Drag Me To Hell. 

I have tried to find books that give me that same feeling and it just hasn’t happened.  I think the closest I ever came to a book really giving me that creeped out feeling was probably The Omen and even that was a bit of a letdown.  When I started penning the Demon Legacy series, I knew I wanted to write what I love.  I wanted to write urban fantasy but I wanted it to be dark.  I wanted to write about demons.
To me, demons are probably the scariest of the paranormal creatures.  Creatures with no humanity.  Nothing but pure evil driving them.  I also didn’t want to “Twilight” them in my book.  By “Twilighting”, I mean taking these creatures with no redeeming qualities and making them…..well….sparkle.  Demons should be scary.  The moment I started writing my demon character, I knew exactly what I wanted him to be.  Cold, calculated, ruthless and unfeeling.  I didn’t want there to be even a shred of a chance that my readers would develop Stockholm Syndrome and start having warm fuzzies for him.  This guy is bad news and I wanted my audience to really feel that when they read my series.  I want the audience to be afraid for my characters going up against this guy because there’s a very good chance that, in the end, the black hats could win.

My Review:

Recently, Jena, has been contacting me for several Blog Tours.  So when she contacted me for her own tour, I was overjoyed!  So I would like to say, “Thanks Jena!” for selecting me for your very special tour!

I just finished reading Burning: A Demon Legacy Short Story, and I must say that this is a remarkable set up for the rest of the series and I can’t wait to read the first book!

This quick read left me hungry for more as it was wickedly ominous, sadistically sinister, and humbly heartwarming!  I was severely disappointed that it was over so quickly and I think most readers are going to be pining for more along with me!

Jena really seized her characters and found ways that made it easy for readers to comprehend as well as empathize.  She drew you in with a vamp that had troubled soul, added bookworm witch, and then topped it off with a malicious demon. Then brewed it altogether for the beginning of a tasty tale!

The story starts with Lucas and he seems to be the typical impulsive bad boy, but you get to see a soft side that I don’t think you will see much more of.  Natalia was one of my favorites as she is compassionate, earthy, and bookish.  Then there is the unnamed Demon guy and he was coldhearted, ruthless, vicious, and merciless.

This really was a brutal and heartbreaking read that will be an excellent foundation for the rest of the series.  I would highly recommend checking this one out and getting a taste of what is to come!

Blog Tour Schedule:
Check out the other stops for this scorching tour and enter all the giveaways!

10/2 Night Owl Reviews
10/2 Demon Lovers Books & More
10/2 Fresh Fantasy Fiction
10/3 Once Upon a Time
10/3 My Hidden Bookshelf
10/4 Promiscuous Diva
10/4 Bookhi
10/5 Andrea’s Amazing Reviews
10/5 Becca Hamilton Books
10/6 Debra’s Book CafĂ©
10/6 The Brunette Librarian
10/7 Fictional Candy
10/7 Punya Reviews
10/8 The Secret Sanctuary of Books

For more information regarding J.M. Gregoire and the Demon Legacy series, go to

Jena is going to giveaway one copy of Burning in ebook form and available in epub, pdf, or mobi format.  This contest is open internationally and follows all My Hidden Bookshelf policies!

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