It’s the most wonderful time of year…or is it?

Christmas Eve is a night of mystery and magic, but not always in ways we expect. Things lurk in the shadows and they’re not the least bit jolly or merry. Let’s just say some presents are better left unopened.

‘Tis the season to be screaming along with our thirteentales of holiday horrors. Ghosts. Monsters. Demons. And more!

This Christmas, be careful what you wish for…

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Laura Pauling writes about spies, murder, and mystery. She’s the author of the young adult Circle of Spies Series, the Prom Impossible Series, and the Holly Hart Cozy Mysteries for adults. She writes to entertain…and work in her jammies and slippers.

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Fright Before Christmas by Shannon Delany


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Name the book that gave you the creeps the most.

 The Shining by Stephen King. This might be an unpopular opinion, but the movie does not do that book justice.

Favourite Halloween memory?

 I won a costume contest when I was about 8 or 9. I was the Wicked Witch of the West. I had a hairy mole and everything. It was fabulous!

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Elizabeth Holloway is an author of young adult fiction living in Southern Pennsylvania with her two teen children and their growing number of pets.

In addition to writing, she is a registered nurse, an avid reader, an out-of-practice artist, a karaoke singer, and a music lover. She is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up.

Her first novel, CALL ME GRIM, is available NOW. The sequel, DEATH BECOMES ME, will release in Fall 2015. She is represented by Lindsay Ribar of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.













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Name the book that gave you the creeps the most.

THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray really played with my head. Such a good book!

2. Favourite Halloween memory?

Elementary school Halloween Parade through downtown Bethlehem, PA. It felt like we’d walked for miles and crossing guards would stop traffic for us! So cute!

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Jennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE, THE BLISS), to contemporary gut-punchers (BETWEEN THESE LINES). Her latest, FOREST OF WHISPERS, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner (Bronze Medal for YA Horror/Mystery). The sequel, CASTLE OF SIGHS, releases October 27, 2015 from Spencer Hill Press. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.


Digital Release Date: October 27, 2015

Young Adult Fiction – Historical Fantasy

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

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Some secrets cannot be kept–in life or in death.

Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another. After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon, and something darker seems to have been awakened, as well.

Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs–shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping she will find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.

And the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.


“A creepy, atmospheric ghost tale to be read with the lights on. Jennifer Murgia has done it again!”

       ~ Cyn Balog, author of FAIRY TALE and SLEEPLESS.

A castle filled with the ghosts of witches . . .

A Book of Secrets that holds the key to a terrible past . . .

A being made of Magick . . .

            In Castle of Sighs, the magnificent sequel to Forest of Whispers, author Jennifer Murgia leads us through a spooky, tangled web of mystery, mayhem, and magic both light and dark as we follow seventeenth century witch Rune in her exploration of the ancient Castle Pyrmont, the ancestral home that has shaped the extraordinary lives of the women in her family. Be prepared to sit up all night looking over your shoulder and jumping at every sound while this book, like its predecessor, casts its spell over you. Definitely a Must Read.

         ~ Molly Cochran, author of Legacy, Poison, and Seduction

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 Name the book that gave you the creeps the most. 

My favorite horror book is Pet Sematary by Stephen King

  Favourite Halloween memory?

My dad was a record producer when I was growing up, and instead of Halloween candy, we gave away singles/45s. 

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High school sophomore Trisha Traynor and friends have played the Halloween mirror game for years, the one that’s supposed to show a glimpse of the guy they’ll marry. But no one’s ever seen anything.

Until tonight—when Trisha is gob smacked by the candlelit arrival of her long-deceased twin sister, instead of her crush, Kirk Maxwell.

In a voice and vision that only Trisha can hear and see, Chessie claims to be back on a compassionate journey. Trisha fears she’s gone nuthouse crazy. But she nonetheless follows the instructions Chessie outlines in their nightly conversations, until she finds herself stepping across some ethical lines, and probably ending all chances with Kirk.

When a sisterly showdown ensues, resulting in the shattering of the mirror, Chessie’s gone again, and a heartsick Trisha sets about righting her recent wrongs. That is, until she stumbles upon the real reason Chessie had come back and the most important glimpse yet that the mirror could never predict.



Tina Ferraro is the author of several young adult novels and novellas, as well as upwards of a hundred romantic short stories for teens and adults.

A two-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award and the National Reader’s Choice award for her young adult novels, her interests include Facebook Scrabble, the color orange, and chasing coyotes out of her neighborhood.



Name the book that gave you the creeps the most. 

Believe it or not, I haven’t read that many horror books. But I did read “It” by Stephen King, and that was pretty creepy.

Favourite Halloween memory?

When I was a kid, I went trick-or-treating and this family turned their whole house into a haunted maze complete with fog machine. It was really cool!


Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. Born in Angeles City, Philippines, to a Filipino mother and American Father, Dorothy grew up a military brat, living in Massachusetts, South Dakota, Guam, New Jersey, and New York. She now lives in Frankfurt, Germany, with her husband, two teens, and two Siberian huskies. Dorothy not only writes books with some element of magic in them, but has a fondness for reading those kinds of books as well. She also enjoys movies, chocolate, take-out, and spending time with family and friends.





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MY FRAYED ETERNITY (Reaper’s Rite Book Three) – YA Dark Paranormal

Just when Zadie thought life was returning to normal, one of the most important people in her life turns up missing. When Zadie finds out this disappearance has something to do with Reapers, her worst fears are realized.

Not only have the Reapers returned, but a plan to up the stakes and bring the Reaper’s Rite to the next level is discovered. Using their Vila powers, Zadie and her sister Mara must set out to rescue their friend and do what they can to put an end to the pact between witches, faeries, and Reapers, before all is lost for eternity.

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Name the book that gave you the creeps the most.

Winter Moon by Dean Koontz was one of my favorite creepy reads as a teen.

Favourite Halloween memory?

Every year my friends and I would throw a Halloween party. We would put up creepy decorations, plan a haunted house, and stay up all night watching horror movies and eating junk food.









It’s been five weeks, two days, and eight hours since Aaron vanished without a trace. Everyone wants her to move on, but Quinn can’t, not after his spirit—or something—appears to her at his memorial, convincing her he’s still alive. When a mysterious box materializes on the very spot where Aaron disappeared, Quinn finds herself at the center of an ancient prophecy of betrayal, revenge, and sacrifice that takes her to the depths of the underworld to face Lilith—Adam’s first wife. If Quinn can stop Lilith from unleashing the demon horde Eve trapped inside the box during the Battle of Eden millennia ago, she will save the human realm and free Aaron from an eternity in torment. All it will cost her is her own blood.

Heather L. Reid writes character driven YA urban fantasy, paranormal, and speculative fiction and is the author of the Pretty Dark series (Month9Books) She is both American and British and has called six different cities in three different countries, home. Her strong sense of wanderlust and craving for a new adventure mean you might find her wandering the moors of her beloved Scotland, exploring haunted castles, or hiking through a magical forest in search of fairies and sprites. When she’s not venturing into the unknown in her real life, she loves getting lost in the worlds of video games or curling up by the fire with good story. For now, this native Texan is back in the Lone Star State, settling down with her Scottish husband and writing whatever new tales of fantasy her imagination dreams up.

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CROSSROADS BLOG TOUR DAY 4 – Sarah Bromley and Judith Graves – AND A GIVEAWAY!


Name the book that gave you the creeps the most. 

PET SEMETARY by Stephen King was one of the first adult horror novels I ever read, and it still scares me.

2. Favourite Halloween memory?

Probably the year my daughter was born. She was 12 days old, and in a Baby’s First Halloween outfit with a black cat hat.



Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.

Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vayda and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.

“Richly written, A MURDER OF MAGPIES isn’t a book to be read, but one to be devoured by the light of a dying fire. Sarah Bromley will pull readers in and have them glancing constantly over their shoulder, where the ghosts of the past await them.”
– New York Times bestselling author Heather Brewer

“A MURDER O MAGPIES is one of those books I couldn’t put down… a little bit mystery, a little bit horror, a little bit love story–there’s something for everyone on these pages. Rich, well-written, and different in a genre desperate for something a little bit different…” — Hillary Monahan, author of MARY: THE SUMMONING


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Sarah Bromley drinks too much coffee, likes her music loud and off-key, and has loved spooky things since she first saw “An American Werewolf in London” when she was five years old. She currently lives in the St. Louis area with her high-school-sweetheart-turned-heroic-husband, three children, and her dogs.


Name the book that gave you the creeps the most. 

It’s a picture book. Probably the greatest, scariest picture book there is: The Tailypo: A Ghost Story by Joanna and Paul Galdone. Here’s the Goodreads link:

Favourite Halloween Memory?

The year a bunch of friends and I decided to dress up and go to a movie on Halloween rather than go trick or treating.


Fright Before Christmas: 13 Tales of Holiday Horrors

It’s the most wonderful time of year…or is it?

Christmas Eve is a night of mystery and magic, but not always in ways we expect. Things lurk in the shadows and they’re not the least bit jolly or merry. Let’s just say some presents are better left unopened.
‘Tis the season to be screaming along with our thirteen tales of holiday horrors. Ghosts. Monsters. Demons. And more!
This Christmas, be careful what you wish for…

Edited by Shannon Delany and Kelly Hashway with stories by: Richard Ankers, Jessica Bayliss, Ty Drago, Judith Graves, Jackie Horsfall, Patrick Hueller, Ally Mathews, Laura Pauling, Boyd Reynolds, Medeia Sharif, Andrea Stanet, Lea Storry, and Dax Varley

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Award-winning writer and screenwriter Judith Graves loves tragic romance, werewolves, vampires, magic and all things a bit creepy. A firm believer that teen fiction can be action-packed, snarky and yet hit all the right emotional notes, Judith writes stories with attitude. She lives in northern Alberta and when she’s not writing, or playing bass in a cover band, she works in a school library.

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CROSSROADS BLOG TOUR DAY 3! With Janet Fox and Kelly Hashway – AND A GIVEAWAY!


1. Name the book that gave you the creeps the most. 

The original Mary Shelley Frankenstein, without a doubt. I remember reading it one winter, at night. Big mistake. I sat by the fire in a high, wingback chair. I couldn’t get out of the chair – I was afraid to look behind me!

2. Favourite Halloween memory?

Once while trick-or-treating we came up to a house to be greeted by one of the scariest-looking witches ever. The house was bathed in green light, and a fiery cauldron sat behind the door. I ran. Later I learned that it was a very nice lady who’d decided to play it up. The cauldron was filled with candy. I still wonder just how much candy she gave away.

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THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE is a middle-grade novel set in a spooky Scottish castle during WWII. The lady of the manor has set it up as a temporary boarding school for children escaping the Blitz. But something is not right with that castle or that lady, and the children begin disappearing one by one. There are clues that a spy is in the house; there are undeniable signs of a sinister magic. Ghostly hauntings, enigma machines, creepy noises, and peculiar teachers all hint at a complicated mystery. It’s a race against the clock for one girl, her two younger siblings, and her new best friend to get to the bottom of things.

Janet Fox’s published works include the non-fiction middle grade self-help book GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT (Free Spirit Publishing) and three young adult historical novels: FAITHFUL, FORGIVEN, and SIRENS (all Speak/Penguin). Her debut middle grade novel THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE is due out March 15, 2016 from Viking. Janet is a 2010 MFA graduate from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she’s represented by Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. She lives in Bozeman, Montana, where she and her husband are ruled by an energetic Lab, but you can also find her at, connect with her on Twitter at @janetsfox, and follow her on Facebook at AuthorJanetFox



1. Name the book that gave you the creeps the most.

I couldn’t read In Cold Blood. That’s crazy scary.

2. Favourite Halloween memory?

In middle school, my best friend and I were trying to scare each other late at night and a bunch of bats starting following us home.

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The moment seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson crawls out of her grave, her second chance at life begins. She died of cancer with her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, by her side—a completely unfair shot at life. But Ethan found a way to bring her back, like he promised he would. Only Sam came back wrong.
She’s now a monster that drains others’ lives to survive. And after she kills, she’s tortured by visions—glimpses into her victims would-have-been futures had she not killed them. Barely able to live with herself and trying to make things right, Sam ends up a pawn in a vicious game of payback within the local coven of witches.
But when the game reveals what Ethan had to do to save Sam, she must make a choice that will change all their lives forever.

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Kelly Hashway fully admits to being one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, but that didn’t stop her from jumping out of an airplane at ten thousand feet one Halloween. Maybe it was growing up reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books that instilled a love of all things scary and a desire to live in a world filled with supernatural creatures, but she spends her days writing speculative fiction for young adults, middle graders, and young children. Kelly’s also a sucker for first love, which is why she writes YA and NA romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she’s not writing, Kelly works as an editor and also as Mom, which she believes is a job title that deserves to be capitalized. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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CROSSROADS BLOG TOUR DAY TWO! Featuring Christine Fonseca and a GIVEAWAY!

Christine Fonseca, author of Emotional Intensity and 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids


1. Name the book that gave you the creeps the most.

Books that scare me – Almost anything by Dean Koonz! POSSESS by @GretchenMcNeil

2. Favourite Halloween memory?

Most of my fav Halloween memories involve trick-or-treating with the kids when they were younger.

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The most dangerous secrets are the ones that kill.

When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her so-called boring life isn’t so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers there’s more to paranormal activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. Now she must uncover the truth before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life.

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CROSSROADS BLOG TOUR DAY ONE! Featuring Jessica Byliss & Patrice Lyle!!

Welcome again to the Crossroads Blog Tour! this is my third year being involved with the tour and i couldn’t be happier about it! Each day, i’ll feature an author or two answering their “Tricky Two” Halloween questions, and YOU have a chance to win some awesome prizes! Today’s guests are Jessica Byliss and Patrice Lyle!


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Question #1: When I was a kid, I was terrified by horror movies but fascinated by them all the same. (I was obsessed with VHS box covers. And, now I just gave away my age.) What was your scariest horror movie as a kid?

“Poltergeist” came out when I was six. I was in bed while the grown-ups watched it, & just listening was enough to keep me up all night.

Question #2: Do you have any ghost stories passed down through your family? Or maybe one of your own …?

My grandma tells about a ghostly figure that rose from a lake in coal-country, PA when she was a kid. It scared the bejesus out of her.


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1. Name the book that gave you the creeps the most. 

“Kiss the Girls” by James Patterson. The psycho’s mask was super creepy!

2. Favourite Halloween memory?

Being Princess Leia the year Star Wars came out. I thought she was super cool!

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Patrice Lyle has never met a ghost story she didn’t like. She’s been fascinated with the paranormal since childhood. She attributes this fascination to having heard old family stories of ghostly wreaths

,ESP, and money hidden in the lining of antique purses. She grew up on the Oregon Coast and has aMaster’s Degree in Writing Popular Fiction. Now she lives with her husband and three cats near Orlando, where she’s working on the next Poison Ivy novel and trolling the area for ghostly happenings.


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unnamedIt’s the most wonderful time of year…or is it?

Christmas Eve is a night of mystery and magic, but not always in ways we expect. Things lurk in the shadows and they’re not the least bit jolly or merry. Let’s just say some presents are better left unopened.

‘Tis the season to be screaming alongwith our thirteen talesof holiday horrors. Ghosts. Monsters. Demons.And more!

This Christmas, be careful what you wish for…

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Jackie Horsfall

Boyd Reynolds

Lea Storry

Ally Mathews

Laura Pauling

Ty Drago

Jessica Bayliss

Judith Graves

Andrea Stanet

Patrick Hueller

Dax Varley

Medeia Sharif

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