Saturday, January 19, 2013

Giveaway & Excerpt: The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto

Today I have author Michelle Muto visiting. Michelle is another author from the Kelley Armstrong message board and as you know, I love to feature people from there. Michelle has always loved storytelling. When she was a child, her favorite stories were of monsters and things that lurked in the dark. Telling stories often frightened her classmates and got her into a lot of trouble with her teachers. They had no sense of humor. (If I recall correctly, Kelley tells a similar story. No wonder Michelle found herself on Kelley's board.  ~ Bea)

As an adult, Michelle traded her love of writing for the corporate life where she was an IT professional. Today, she’s doing what she loves best – writing and storytelling.

Michelle grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in NE Georgia with her husband and their two dogs, one of which is a Beezlepup. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, dogs, chocolate, old cemeteries, and changes of season. Michelle even loves photography. One day, maybe she’ll upload a better photo – one that wasn’t taken in late afternoon with Photobooth. Or, maybe not.

Michelle writes on a Mac and is a true geek at heart. She agrees with her dogs who think cheese and bacon should be in their own food group. But most of all, she believes everyone should trust their imagination, have a kind heart, and should definitely have a sense of humor.

Michelle's newest book is "The Haunting Season", a New Adult Horror book aimed at readers 17+.  Read on for an excerpt and at the end of the post, you can enter to win your own copy.

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Excerpt, from Jess's Point of View:

Why did it feel as though something was about to go wrong? Terribly, horribly wrong? And how had Allison suddenly become the calm one? 
Jess closed the door to the bathroom as she dried her hair, leaving it slightly damp to save time. She unplugged the dryer and walked back into the bedroom. Allison was sitting on the edge of her bed facing the doorway. 
“Sshhh!” she said turning her head back to Jess.
Jess crept over to Allison. Outside the door, someone paced the hallway. 
“It’s like the other night,” Allison whispered. She scooted back on the bed and wrapped her arms around herself.
The pacing continued and Allison’s fear was escalating. She buried her head in her palms and began to whimper. Which was why Jess had to go and open the door. By now, she believed there were things that wanted to hurt them in Siler House. But, realistically, it could also be Gage or Bryan, or Dr. Brandt. 
Or someone else entirely.
Each creak of the boards set Jess’s nerves on edge. 
She went across the room. They couldn’t jump at every shadow. They’d be a wreck by the time they had to do the séance. 
“Don’t!” Allison pled. “It’ll know which room we’re in.”
More footfalls sounded outside the door. 
“Whatever it is, it already knows which room we’re in.”
The doorknob turned back and forth, but no one entered. Jess held her breath, but Allison…Allison was curled up on the bed whimpering. 
Enough of this! It’s scaring the shit out of her.
 And me!
But it’s going to make Allison crack completely.
The pacing resumed. Jess took a final step forward and the pacing stopped. 
Open it. It’s right on the other side of the door. Just open it!
As Gage had put it, if they weren’t calm, they weren’t thinking. Right now, Allison wasn’t thinking. They’d need her for later. They couldn’t afford for her to make any mistakes in telling them how to guide Riley over into their realm. 
What if it’s Riley?
It’s not.
If he were free of the mirrors, he wouldn’t be walking the hallway waiting for an invitation. Her hand hesitated only once. Gathering up every ounce of courage she had, Jess grabbed the knob and flung the door open. 


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Author: Michelle Muto
Publisher: Dreamscapes, Ink
Genre: Horror, New Adult, Young Adult
Format: ebook, paperback
Length: 81,169 words
Release Date: December 24, 2012
Buying Links:  Smashwords   Amazon US   Amazon UK   Barnes & Noble
Book Blurb :
  (Contains sexual content, language, and some graphic violence. Discretion advised for readers under 17 ).
 
Be careful what you let in…
Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart ratewhen he’s not resurrecting the dead.
The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all.


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24 comments:

  1. This one sounds interesting. I love a good haunting!

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  2. Favorite horror movie is Silent Hill. Gives me the creeps. Plus the sirens make me almost pee my pants everytime because the just remind me of the tornado sirens....I don't know why I keep watching lol

    I have not reD a whole lot of horror books but this one seems uber creepy.

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  3. this sounds awesome! I cannot wait to read this and Michelle Muto's other novels!

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  4. Did I miss it somewhere? How do we know if we win?

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    1. Hi Jovon, the giveaway started today and runs through 11:59PM EST of the 26th. I'll announce the winner on the Rafflecopter widget and email the winner. So, in the afternoon of the 27th, check the widget on this post to see who won. If it's not up yet, give me a nudge in case I've forgotten about it.

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  5. The closet book I have read to horror is Laurie Faria Stolarz's Blue is for Nightmares. It is an excellent horror novel thrown in a sprinkle of magic!

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  6. This sounds really creepy. Thanks for sharing the excerpt..

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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  7. heather says: the Exorcist still scares me today just the cover of the movie scares me.
    hg temp addy at hot mail dot com

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  8. Stephen King's The Stand and It. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  9. I love anything by Richard Laymon or Stephen King. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. Pretty much everything Stephen King.

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  11. A wonderfully creepy excerpt, Michelle. Good luck with the book.

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  12. Shadow Mirror by Richie Tankersley Cusick. I'd love to read this book! sitimunirah98@yahoo.com.sg

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  13. oh, um, fav horror movie is The Fog.

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  14. Favorite horror movie I'd the ring. So scary!

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  15. Anyone with blood, I LOVE the color, really.

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  16. I don't really have a favorite but I love those that I can't predict! This looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  17. I don't have a favorite, but I watch 13 Ghosts everytime, love the ghost jumping out of nowhere

    Thanks for the giveaway

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  18. I don't know that I've read any horror books in a long time, but I love horror movies. It's hard to pick just one horror movie as a favorite. I tend to break them up into genres. I love The Orphanage and 28 Days Later as well as the Scream movies. Yup, hard to pick just one.

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  19. I honestly have never read any horror books. But I'm actually not opposed to the genre so I am surprised that I haven't. As far as movies go though I haven't really seen any that I really like they are usually very cheesy! lol

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  20. Horror is ont of my favorites in movies and books (though I read and watch just about everything) but picking an all time favorite is really very difficult to do. As for movies, I always like the cheesy campyness of A Nightmare on Elm Street (the original) but I wouldn't really think of that as scary (though the concept is). I really like all horror movies but don't think I have a favorite. Horror books I also really like and like the more typical Steven King, Ray Bradbury (the movie based on his book "Something Wicked This Way Comes" was one that scared me as a kid), etc. but will read anything written in the catagory of horror. There was one book I read years ago. It was called "Gothic Ghosts" and it was a collection of short stories by various authors. Over the years I've lost the book and not been able to find it again but that was one that scared the life out of me and I believe I was about 27 or so when I read it. The stories weren't all that scary when you read them, but they came back to haunt you days, weeks, and even years later.

    Shelly :)

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  21. I'm really not fond of horror but I love watching Celebrity Ghost Stories :) Weird but true :)

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