Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 15, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Samhain Secrets

On the fifteenth night of Halloween…

Samhain Secrets by Jennifer David Hesse

It’s that haunted time of year, when skeletons come out to play. But Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni discovers it isn’t just restless spirits who walk the night . . .

After her recent promotion to junior partner, Keli is putting in overtime to juggle her professional career and private Wiccan spiritual practice. With Halloween fast approaching, her duties include appearing as a witch at a “haunted” barn and hand-holding a client who’s convinced her new house is really haunted. But it’s the disappearance of Josephine O’Malley that has Keli spooked.

The missing person is Keli’s aunt, an environmental activist and free spirit who always seemed to embody peace, love, and independence. When Josephine is found dead in the woods, Keli wonders if her aunt’s activities were as friendly as they seemed. As Keli comes to terms with her loss—while adjusting to having a live-in boyfriend and new demands at work—she must wield her one-of-a-kind magic to banish negative energy if she’s going to catch a killer this Samhain season. Because Keli isn’t ready to give up the ghost . . .

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Meet the Author…

Jennifer David Hesse is the author of the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries, a cozy mystery series published by Kensington Books. Born and raised in Central Illinois, Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree as an English major from Eastern Illinois University and her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After an eight-year stint in New York, she now makes her home in Chicago with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing, Jennifer enjoys yoga, hiking, and movie night with her family.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 14, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Haunted Hayride with Murder

On the fourteenth night of Halloween…

Haunted Hayride with Murder by Auralee Wallace

Trick-or-treating just got a whole lot deadlier…

Erica Bloom is loving everything about autumn this year in Otter Lake, New Hampshire: changing leaves, apple cider, cozy sweaters… and the warm and fuzzy relationship that’s heating up between her and Sheriff Grady Forrester. But when some local teens out to find some Halloween thrills come across a boot with a dead man’s foot bones still inside it, a chilling new reality comes into play. Everyone in Otter Lake knows about the age-old witch who haunts the apple orchard bordering the White Mountains. So when the bones turn out to belong to a long-gone local with a scandalous connection to the orchard, stories of the spooky figure roaming the forests at night once again rise up from the past. Now it’s up to Erica and the rest of the Otter Lake Security team to expose the identity of the killer. Will they be able to lay this ghost to rest…or will this witch hunt be their last?


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Meet the Author…

Auralee Wallace has played many roles in her life, including college professor, balloon seller, and collections agent. When this semi-natural blond mother of three children (and psychiatric nurse to one rescue cats) isn’t writing humorous novels about quirky characters, she can often be found watching soap operas with lurid fascination and warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard. She can also be found on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 13, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Witch Inheritance

On the thirteenth night of Halloween…

Witch Inheritance by Sonia Parin

The Coven has caught up with Lexie. There’s no walking away from it now…

Alexandra Elizabeth Mackenzie. Stop ignoring us. Speak the words. Make this right so we can be… Bright.

Lexie’s birthday has caught up with her, as have her cousins, Mirabelle Louisa Mackenzie – High Chair of the British Isles and all Circumferential Domains Pertaining to the Mackenzie Coven – and Catherine Marianna Mackenzie, her down under cousin (If she has a title, she’s not telling her). They’ve been sent to remind Lexie of her family obligations and also to give her a birthday gift. The type she can’t return, refuse or exchange. It’s her heritage and it comes with a job she didn’t even apply for. It’s actually more a way of life than a career and it comes with a snazzy new outfit only her cousins can see. Thank goodness for that…

Not surprisingly, Mirabelle and Catherine Mackenzie are short on details and time to explain. In fact, Lexie has less than two days to brush up on her skills and fly to England… at the blink of an eye. The Mackenzie Coven has been enlisted to assist with a rising concern at House St James. It comes in the shape of an inky black fog Lexie calls the menace. It might not be in corporeal form, but it’s somehow managed to murder one St James family member. Now it’s Lexie’s job to make sure it doesn’t strike again, but she’s fallen under a spell. Suddenly she’s tearing off her beloved denim jeans and Rock Hard t-shirt and donning bespoke designer dresses and sipping ‘delish’ champagne. Even her accent has changed and her cousins can’t do anything about it because a covenant prohibits all three Mackenzie Coven witches from gathering in the house together. They must somehow circumvent the seal and guide Lexie through her first official task as a Mackenzie Coven witch and find the murderer before all the heirs meet their end…

Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.

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Meet the Author…

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Sonia Parin writes humorous cozy mysteries with quirky characters and entertaining dialogue. Her characters are described as realistic with a sense of fun, which is great because her aim is to provide lighthearted entertainment and pure escapism.


** A little bit about the Mackenzie Coven Mystery series:

My witch in training, Lexie, had a ten year sabbatical from her coven duties and has now been thrust right into the thick of it by her two cousins who organize her into solving supernatural mysteries. Lexie has a chatty feline companion named Luna who appears at the end of book one and makes her real debut in book 2. In my latest Mackenzie book, Witch in Exile, Lexie was ‘gifted’ a blueberry munching fairy. In hindsight, I think I introduced this new character because Luna needed someone to keep her in line. The stories are lighthearted and aimed at providing pure escapism.

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 12, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Cookies, Corpses and the Deadly Haunt

On the twelfth night of Halloween…

Cookies, Corpses and the Deadly Haunt by Rachael Stapleton

Cookies, Corpses and the Deadly Haunt is the second book in the Bohemian Lake Series, and it’s the first of the series dedicated to Juniper, Jack & their ghostly guests.

House flippers Jack & Juniper agree to lend and help prep their latest purchase—The Doctors House—an old Victorian mansion to act as the eerie setting for the town’s Halloween bash, they’re expecting to find missing floor boards, and pesky bats, not the ghostly specter of the murdered Doctors Wife.

But when the head of the council is found stuffed in a trunk in the attic, it appears history is repeating.

As June and the team, carry on with party preparations, they unravel a century of family secrets, whispers of lunacy—and the number one suspect goes on the run. But the victim’s family insists that the ball must go on, even with a killer on the loose. With Halloween fast approaching, June sees the woman in white and wonders if keeping the killer out was ever really a possibility. Now she’s desperate to unmask the killer before the Annual Halloween Bash turns into even more of a deadly haunt…

*For those of you who are new to my books, the Bohemian Lake series is a world comprised of three sets. Each set focuses on a different Bohemian resident(s), although all of the books intersect. *You will note characters cross books all the time. *

Reading Order:
Penning Trouble: Murder, She Floats,
Haunted House Flippers: Cookies, Corpses and the Deadly Haunt
Penning Trouble: Murder, She Slopes,
Haunted House Flippers: Candy Canes, Corpses and the Gothic Haunt
Bohemian Murder Manor: Gypsies, Traps & Missing Thieves
Bohemian Murder Manor: Make-Believes & Lost Memories
Haunted House Flippers: Crumb Cake, Corpses and the Run-of-the-Mill
Penning Trouble: Murder, Ye Bones

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Meet the Author…

Rachael Stapleton is a paranormal cozy mystery novelist who writes about spooky and unusual homes in a small town community—she also happens to live in one. And while her own Gothic Victorian home inspires the haunting behavior, she’s happy to say she’s actually ghost-free.

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 11, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – His Halloween Promise

On the eleventh night of Halloween…

His Halloween Promise by Cheryl Barton

Dylan Kennedy and Savannah Eaton-Kennedy may be divorced, but that doesn’t stop them from indulging in some pretty hot and sexy encounters.

With a look here, a glance there and desire everywhere, a divorce decree may mean that their life together is over for now, but Dylan made a promise to his son and sought his help in a plan to make their family whole again.

Savannah tried to move on, but the love she still held began winning out over the reasons of why she divorced Dylan in the first place. She has no idea that he’s on a mission with a promise to keep that could bring her back where she belongs – into his life permanently on Halloween, a night filled with more sweetness than candy.


Meet the Author…

Cheryl Barton lives in Maryland and in her spare time, she loves to read espionage, crime and romance novels, cook, watch Sci-fi movies, spend time with family and friends and enjoy Maryland steamed crabs. Cheryl is celebrating 30 years as a government employee and loves writing romance novels when she’s not working. Cheryl is the author of 31 romance novels, 3 inspirational novels and is proud of 4 book compilation projects with several other incredible women called, One Sister Away: Encouraging Words from One Sister to Another – a series of books meant to encourage, empower and inspire other women. People often ask Cheryl which book is her favorite of all of those she’s written and while she finds it hard to select one favorite, she still looks to her first novel, Bachelor Not for Sale, because it was her first novel and the one that inspired her to continue writing.

Cheryl is a member of the Romance Writers of America – National Chapter and the Maryland Romance Writers, the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland and the International Women Writers Guild.

Cheryl owns an independent book publishing company, Cheryl Barton Publishing, LLC, where she assists other writers with their dreams of getting their writings in the hands of readers. You can read more about her book publishing company at

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 10, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Hazelnuts and Halloween

On the tenth night of Halloween…

Hazelnuts and Halloween by Leena Clover

Halloween Celebrations End With a Washed Up Corpse…

Pelican Cove is celebrating Halloween in style. The annual Halloween party at the Boardwalk Cafe brings out the witches and superheroes in full strength. Old timers share Pelican Cove’s legends of haunted houses and ghost ships. The unidentified body washed up on the beach, however, dampens the mood the very next morning.

The town hires Jenny to solve the murder. With a town full of people dressed in costumes, Jenny finds it hard to narrow down a suspect.

If you like clean cozy mysteries and books in the Pelican Cove Cozy Mystery Series, you will love this cozy short story that celebrates the spirit of Halloween.

This story is set between Book 6 and Book 7 of the series.

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Meet the Author…

Leena Clover is the best selling author of the popular Pelican Cove cozy mystery series.

An avid reader herself, Leena grew up reading mystery books. Some of her favorite authors are Agatha Christie, M C Beaton and Donna Andrews. Now she is trying her hand at writing whodunnits, making them as nail biting as possible while keeping them cozy.

Her love for food is evident in all her books. Readers can find yummy treats in the pages of her books, along with friends that last a lifetime.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 9, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Sacrificial Lambs and Others

On the ninth night of Halloween…

Sacrificial Lambs and Others by Sheri White

Sacrificial Lambs and Others is Sheri White’s first collection. From quiet horror to bloody violence, these flash fiction pieces and short stories are chilling and emotionally visceral. You will find people teetering on the brink of sanity, dark farms, creepy carnivals, weird kids, and Armageddon. These stories will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book.
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Meet the Author…

Sheri White has lived in Maryland all her life and has the crab-picking skills and the big can of Old Bay in her pantry to show for it.

Her stories have been published in many anthologies, including Be Very Afraid (edited by Edo Van Belkom), Decadence 2 (edited by Monica J. O’Rourke), Once Upon an Apocalypse (edited by Scott Goudsward and Rachel Kenley), and Fresh Blood, Old Bones (edited by Kasey Lansdale). Magazine appearances include Lamplight, The Sirens Call, Devolution Z, and Beware the Dark.

She is also the editor of the UK magazine Morpheus Tales.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 8, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Halloween is Murder

On the eighth night of Halloween…

Halloween is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

Beware of all that goes bump in the night…

Sean and Sara McKinley are excited about the haunted house they’ve set up as a Halloween charity fund-raiser, but things take a ghoulish turn when the reporter covering their story is found dead. With the media keeping mum about how she died, Sara’s curiosity is piqued, and she convinces Sean to take on the investigation through their PI firm.

But this case is not without its challenges. The police are actively investigating it, as well, and it’s not even clear that the woman was murdered. It will take a little cloak-and-dagger, dress-up, and finesse for the McKinleys to get to the bottom of it, but they aren’t the kind to give up.

As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects, but they’ll need to carve out the whole truth if they’re going to find her killer. If they do so fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating.

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Meet the Author…

Carolyn Arnold is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 7, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Halloween Street Collection

On the seventh night of Halloween…

Halloween Street Collection by L.M. Pfalz

There are tricks and treats on Halloween Street. For the first time, get all thirty-one Halloween Street stories in one collection! These 31 stories feature the residents and otherworldly visitors of Halloween Street, a neighborhood filled with horror, magic, and strange happenings. Within these stories you will find ghosts, monsters, witches, cursed dolls, savage killers, and other twisted souls. Nothing is as it seems on Halloween Street.
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Meet the Author…

L.M. Pfalz started writing novels at the age of 13, as a way of channeling her vivid imaginings after packing away her childish playthings. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but has spent most of her life in Florida. She currently resides in the Tampa Bay area with her cat Cheshire.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 6, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – A Whisker in Time

On the sixth night of Halloween…

A Whisker in Time by Kathi Daley

It is Halloween on Madrona Island and the entire gang is knee deep in the annual festivities. When a body is found in the storage room of the bar Danny and Aiden recently purchased, Danny is considered a prime suspect in the woman’s death. When it looks as if Danny had both motive and opportunity, things go from Halloween eerie to down right terrifying.

Meanwhile, Cody and Cait get serious about wedding planning, Michael and Maggie come to town for an extended visit, and a new cat named Mystic comes to the island, proving once and for all the magic has returned.

This book has a bonus short story – The Cat of New Orleans.

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Meet the Author…

USA Today bestselling author, Kathi Daley, lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken. When she isn’t writing, she likes spend time hiking the miles of desolate trails surrounding her home. She has authored more than eighty five books in ten series including: Zoe Donovan Cozy Mysteries, Whales and Tails Island Mysteries, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Series, Writer’s Retreat Southern Seashore Mysteries, Rescue Alaska Paranormal Mysteries, Tess and Tilly Cozy Mysteries, Inn at Holiday Bay Cozy Mysteries, Haunting by the Sea Paranormal Mysteries, and Seacliff High Teen Mysteries. Find out more about her books at


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