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Friday, May 3, 2013

Blog Tour for The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto: Interview and Giveaway!

Back in January, I had author Michelle Muto on the Nook. She shared an excerpt from the book and gave away a copy. Well, now she's touring with Xpresso Book Tours and I jumped at the chance to participate. There's an interview, a look at her playlist, and at the end is another giveaway so if you didn't win in January, now's your chance. :)

About the author ~

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 changes of season, dogs, and all things geeky. 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.

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. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, dogs, chocolate, old cemeteries, and changes of season. Michelle even loves photography.

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.

Currently, she’s hard at work on her next book.
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How did you come up with the idea for your book?
During a trip to Savannah, I visited the Sorrel-Weed house, which is reported to be Savannah’s most haunted house.

What is different about this book compared to others you’ve written?
For starters, The Haunting Season is New Adult. Secondly, the main characters are not supernatural beings.

Most unique or unusual research you’ve ever done for The Haunting Season?
Besides visiting the Sorrel-Weed house? Asking a former mortician about embalming methods in the early to mid 1900’s and how embalming and burial procedures have changed and why. It’s both fascinating and a bit gruesome.

What is the hardest part about writing?
Keeping my butt in the chair for as many hours as I need to per day. Resisting the urge to jump on the internet when I’m having difficulty with a scene.

If you could meet any author who is no longer living, who would it be?
Tough call. Edgar Allan Poe, probably. But I’d also like to meet Rod Serling and Alfred Hitchcock.

Can you tell us a little about your next project?
It’s a adult dark fantasy novel with action, castles, and gargoyles.  It’ll be out early this summer.

If you could do one thing over again in regards to writing, what would it be?
Write faster.

Vanilla or chocolate?

Food you like the most? The least?
I tend to like Italian food the most. I can’t stand brussel sprouts or peas.

Favorite television show?

What weapon would you choose in the zombie apocalypse?
Harry Potter’s wand or maybe Dean Winchester. He’d be a formidable weapon against zombies, right? <grin>

What scares you?
Humanity. The way people treat others, animals, or the environment.


Check out the music Michelle listened to while writing "The Haunting Season". What do you think, is it inspirational for writing a horror story?

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Blurb from the author ~

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 rate…when 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.

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

Contains sexual content, language, and some graphic violence. Discretion advised for readers under 17.



Michelle is offering one (1) ebook copy of "The Haunting Season". It's open internationally. The prize will be sent out the week of May 27th. You do not need to be a follower to enter. Please read my Giveaway Policy.

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  1. I'm hugely scared of storms since I seen a tornado as a kid. I'm perfectly good with the dark and ghosts LOL

  2. Sharks. o.o It is why I avoid the beach like the plague. This is a little difficult since I live in Florida and am surrounded by beaches. xD

  3. I have always been afraid of thunderstorms since I was younger. I use to run and hide. They still bother me to this day. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. If my laptop ever died permanently...I'd be lost and completely heart broken. We're attached at the hip. *shakes head* Oh I know its an odd one. But at least I can squish a spider...

  5. Unexplained noises in the night scare me.

  6. Anything squiggly freaks me the heck out!

  7. Spiders. I can't stand them and I get the heebie jeebies whenever I see them.

  8. Wasps. I freeze when I see one.

  9. i hate the dark and spiders...!! *shudder*


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