Maggie Mitchell

Do Superheroes Dress Up for Halloween? Special guest Kitty Bucholtz

Do Superheroes Dress Up for Halloween?

PrintI love a little bit of fun and a little bit of mysterious in a story. Even better when there’s a little bit of love. My favorite books for the last several years have been the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. He manages to get more than a little of all of those elements into his stories about a wizard living in Chicago.

When I started my Adventures of Lewis and Clarke series about a newlywed superhero couple and their friends, I hoped I’d have all of those things, too. The first book starts with Tori Lewis finding out that she has a super power. She’s just returned from her honeymoon and is freaking out about how she will explain this to her new husband, Joe Clarke. But she doesn’t know that Joe has secrets of his own.

This week I’m releasing a short story called “Superhero in Disguise” that is set on Halloween, the night Tori and Joe meet. I had so much fun writing it! It reminded me of growing up in Michigan (in the northern part of the United States) where autumn means fresh apple cider and hot cinnamon doughnuts and colorful leaves covering everything. And Halloween.

Even though I’ve lived all over the U.S., it wasn’t until I got a note from my editor asking me what Devil’s Night is that I began to understand how different all the regions in the States really are. After some research, I was astonished to find that Michigan is the only state with Devil’s Night. (What kind of people are we to think that annual petty vandalism is funny?!)

When I was back in Michigan this summer doing book signings for Unexpected Superhero (book one in the series), I drove around looking at everything I love and miss about that area. A single maple tree near my grandpa’s house was already turning red. A farmer’s market sold me some of my all-time favorite apples (Macintosh). And I stopped at a cider mill and bought fresh apple pie, hot cinnamon doughnuts, and cold hard cider (alcoholic version of apple cider). I love research!

I thought it would be fun to give away “Superhero in Disguise” to give people a taste of the Adventures of Lewis and Clarke series, so I set it as free on Smashwords where you can get it today. Over the next few days, you should also be able to download it for free from Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo, and others. On Amazon, it’s 99 cents for now, but I expect them to price-match it soon. (Meanwhile, you can download a free Kindle version on Smashwords.)

If you ask me, the best way to enjoy a Halloween-set book is to curl up in a comfy chair, wrapped in a fluffy blanket, drinking apple cider or hot chocolate. And it wouldn’t hurt if you had a bowl of miniature candy bars nearby—you know, to be ready for the little kids on Halloween night.

Kitty Bucholtz Author PhotoKitty Bucholtz grew up forty miles east of Traverse City, Michigan, the setting of most of her books. There she met and married the love of her life, John, and they struck out for parts unknown. Their adventures included going back to school, changing careers, and traveling Down Under. They spent a few years in Sydney where Kitty earned her Master of Arts in Creative Writing degree from University of Technology, Sydney, while John made a penguin named Mumble dance.

Check out Kitty’s other books, in print and ebook format, at your favorite online retailers. You can connect with Kitty by email, on Facebook, on Twitter, and at her web site.

LINKS:

The story on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/366811

My email: kitty@kittybucholtz.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kittybucholtzauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KittyBucholtz

Web site: http://kittybucholtz.com/

It’s OUT! And the Chasing Terpsichore Blog Tour is also live!

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Available NOW from Total-E-Bound Publishing http://ow.ly/q0zDG and from Amazon athttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G6PAT9A and it’s only 99 cents!

BLOG TOUR Dates and details

October 28: Twinsie Talk Book Reviews – http://twinsietalk.blogspot.ca/

October 29: Pick a Genre Already – http://pickagenrealready.blogspot.ca

October 30: Jo-Anna Walker – http://joannawlkr.blogspot.ca/

November 4: C.A. Szarek – www.caszarekwriter.blogspot.com

November 5: Ariesgrl Book Reviews – http://ariesgrlreview.com

                        UP ALL NIGHT REVIEWS – http://www.upallnightreviews.blogspot.com

                        Ashe Barker – http://ashebarker.com/

November 6: Paranormal Tendencies – www.paranormaltendencies.com

                        Crystal’s Many Reviews – http://www.crystalsmanyreviews.blogspot.com

                        Beyond Romance – http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com

November 7: Dawn’s Reading Nook – http://dawnsreadingnook.blogspot.com

 

Guest post: HAPPY RELEASE DAY! Starstruck in Seattle (plus bumper giveaway)

Juliet Madison is celebrating the release of her third book with Escape Publishing, STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE, a contemporary romance novella with a touch of magic (romagic).

SIScoverAspiring actress Anna Hilford might only have a small role in a leading television drama, but she longs to be dreamboat Karl Drake’s leading lady. Sick of being loveless and overlooked, Anna seeks the help of intuitive love coach, Lulu, from LuluTheLoveAngel.com to give her the courage and determination to follow her destiny. But fate has different ideas, Lulu has undisclosed power, and Anna is about to realise that life happens while you’re busy making plans… 

Juliet tells us a little about how this book came to be…

“I got the idea for this story when Sleepless in Seattle was on TV. I thought, instead of a call-in-radio show where people ask for advice, what if there was a website that specialised in helping people anonymously with their love dilemmas? So I thought up the idea for a Love Coach, but as I like to do in many of my stories, I decided to give it a slight magical twist, and gave the character of Lulu some other-worldly powers that help her to give destiny a shove in the right direction. But, as Lulu discovers, doing destiny’s work can be a pain in the wings, and may be more challenging than she thought. ”

BUY NOW: STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE is available worldwide and you can buy it from all ebook retailers, including:

Amazon / Amazon UK / iTunes iBookstore / B&N Nook / Kobo / Booktopia / JB Hi-Fi / Google Play / ebooks.com / All Romance ebooks

You can also add it to Goodreads here, and visit Juliet online at her website, blog, facebook, and twitter.

GIVEAWAY: Juliet is giving away four prize packs of ebooks from Escape Publishing until 10th October (20 ebooks in total)

Here’s what you could win. Enter one or all of them!

#1 Fun, Fast, & Fabulous novella pack:
Christmas Wishes, New year’s Kisses, and Valentine’s Dates by Rhian Cahill; I Dream of Johnny by Juliet Madison; The Virginity Mission by Cate Ellink; and Bonjour Cherie by Robin Thomas.
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#2 Escape from Reality pack: Fast Forward by Juliet Madison; Red Moon by M.A. Grant; Fish Out of Water by Ros Baxter; King Hall by Scarlett Dawn. Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

#3 Out and About pack:
Matilda’s Freedom by Téa Cooper; Getting Wild by Sarah Barrie; Swift Runs The Heart by Mary Brock Jones; Riding on Air by Maggie Gilbert; Dark Oil by Nora James.
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#4 Emotional Rollercoaster pack: Forget Me Not by Nina Blake; Bound By Her Ring by Nicole Flockton; Her Man from Shilo by Robyn Richards; Finding Home by Lauren McKellar; Under The Hood by Juanita Kees. Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck, and happy reading!

Don’t forget to leave a message telling us what you think of Juliet’s new release! Don’t you just love that cover!

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