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Get DARK SECRETS, Matthew W. Grant’s Latest Novel, FOR ONLY 99 CENTS on Oct. 30, 31 & Nov 1

That’s right, DARK SECRETS, a YA horror novel, will be available as a 99 CENT download on the Kindle during those three days. Here is a handy link and a look at the book cover:

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Matthew has joined with over 30 other authors to offer their books together for free during this promotion to give you plenty of chills and thrills reading from now until Halloween and beyond. Here’s the official word:

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More than thirty horror authors announced today that they are coming together this Halloween to offer book lovers a bewitching deal on almost fifty witch-themed ebooks on October 30, 31, and November 1, 2012. Bargain hunting readers will find that a spell has been cast, magically lowering sale prices, which will range from free to $2.99 with the majority of ebooks being sold for 99 cents.

Although their ebooks share a similar witchy theme, the cauldron-stirring group of authors has approached the subject many different ways, from frightening to fun and from historical to hysterical. Some authors crossed genres, mixing romantic comedy with their witchcraft while others stuck to traditional hard core horror featuring evil witches. Assorted demons, vampires, ghosts, and zombies appear in various books as well. Get More Witch Themed Fiction here.

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Get DARK SECRETS, Matthew W. Grant’s Latest Novel, FREE on Oct. 23, 24 & 25

That’s right, DARK SECRETS, a YA horror novel, will be available as a free download on the Kindle during those three days. Here is a handy link and a look at the book cover:

Want MORE free horror novels and horror short stories to download to your Kindle?

Matthew has joined with 23 other authors to offer their books together for free during this promotion to give you plenty of chills and thrills reading from now until Halloween and beyond. Here’s the official word:

Get More Free Horror Ebooks For The Kindle

A group of horror writers are banding together to treat readers to 24 free horror-themed ebooks just in time for Halloween. The books in the promotion literally cover the Halloween spectrum from A to Z since there are books dealing with apparitions and zombies. Vampires, witches, ghosts, and other spooky creatures of the night also await brave Kindle owners here: Get All 24 Horror Books & Short Stories FREE! Readers will discover the book covers and links to all 24 titles which will be available for free on October 23, 24, and 25, 2012.

Black, White and Shades of Gray in Children’s Literature

This guest blog post comes from author V. A. Jeffrey. In the post she mentions that her latest book, The Lady Moons, will be released in February 2012. It is now available.

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Navigating The Gray

I have a new novella out in my children’s fantasy series, Secret Doorway Tales and I’m having a lot of fun writing this series of books. The newest book in the series, due out in February is called The Lady Moons (Secret Doorway Tales) While the last three stories were what I would call straightforward adventure stories, the fourth book is slightly different in that it deals with dreams and gray areas and what these can mean and how a child might feel about them.

The other stories deal with issues of black and white, which is a good thing. That’s usually how kids see the world. Things are either Right or Wrong and I
believe that much in life falls on either one of these sides. However, in life we also encounter quite a few gray areas and we have to learn how to navigate
them and understand them, even if we don’t always feel comfortable with them. I believe that children encounter gray area issues as adults do and they must learn how to confront them.

I felt that dreams would be a great setting for exploring this issue because in dreams what we see isn’t always what we see. Things aren’t immediately clear;
some dreams we may never understand. Ever had a dream where nothing made sense? We’ve all experienced that, if we can still remember them. But some dreams do have meaning. Usually it’s a reflection of some past experience or a string of events in our life that should be dealt with. The protaganist in the story, an eight year old girl named Anne, is used to seeing things as Right or Wrong and she encounters allies and villains that neatly fit into her view of the world. And she isn’t wrong or mistaken about that but in The Lady Moons, she encounters a fairy queen who is unusually difficult for her to understand. Fairy queens are rather elusive by nature but this one especially so. This fairy queen behaves strangely to her and says things that she finds disturbing, though she doesn’t actually come off as evil. Anne doesn’t know what to do with these feelings and she isn’t sure what value this experience has for her own life. She also meets other creatures on this journey that aren’t what she immediately assumes them to be. Things are resolved but not in quite the way that you’d expect if you’ve read the previous books in the series.

That is not to say that the book is dark and scary. In fact, I think that The Winter Wolves is the darkest book of the series to date and the ending for that
book was triumphant. This book ends on a more subdued note. To be honest, I never thought I would be writing children’s middle grade fiction, it just sort of happened as a happy accident. With children’s fiction you can explore important themes without getting down into despair, deep darkness or adult themes. You can still keep things light, inject a sense of innocence, wonder and awe in the writing. Writing these books brings me back to when I was a kid,
reading some of my favorite stories, like the Narnia series and the Ramona Quimby series. With the right kind of book, a child can be transported to
another place, all the while, learning how to navigate the one he/she actually lives in.

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Matthew says:

Thanks to V.A. Jeffrey for providing a detailed blog post which really makes us think as all good literature should. I like books for children that make them think about issues as well. Ms. Jeffrey is definitely on to something with the idea that children are faced with ethical dilemmas and it is to their advantage to have previously considered the concepts of right versus wrong and shades of gray.

Also, once again, I have to complement the cover art on a novel. We have been very lucky here to be featuring work lately from talented writers as well as talented cover artists. The Lady Moons (Secret Doorway Tales) definintely fits into that category.

Child Abuse: The Childhood Destroyer

This guest blog entry was written by author Liz Grace Davis. I appreciate her sending me such a personal and heartfelt contribution to share with my readers.

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Many parents find it really difficult to trust others with their children. I’m not a mother yet but when I become one, I think I will be one of those mothers who hesitate before handing over their children so someone else can look after them. The reason for that is because I was mistreated as a child by people who had promised to take care of me, to protect me. When I was eight years old, I lived with an aunt for a year. It was the worst year of my life.

The two nannies who were responsible for taking care of us children, singled me out and made my life hell. They starved me, beat me and forced me to do farm work no eight year old should be allowed to do. I couldn’t tell anyone because I was scared of the torture I would have to endure afterwards. As a result, I learned to bottle it all up inside, to suffer silently, to hide the scars. Even after leaving that place, it took many years for the emotional scars to heal. Growing up, I was very insecure, withdrawn, and had very few friends. But I did learn to live with my past, to forgive (even if I never will forget) and to live in the present and for the future.

It’s sad that there are many children who go through this and never really heal. A bad experience in a person’s childhood can taint their future in ways we can never imagine and some of the damage can never be reversed.

Child abuse is all around us and often very well hidden. Sometimes it is hard to see the signs when one doesn’t look close enough. Often the people who hurt our children are those we know well and trust. It’s very important for parents to get to know their children at a deeper level, to be able to read them even when they don’t say a word, and to encourage them to be honest with them no matter the situation. For those parents that have children who have gone through painful experiences, the best kind of medicine to help them heal is love and patience. That’s what rescued my childhood.

Tangi’s Teardrops is a young adult fantasy (fairy tale) inspired by that painful part of my childhood. Tangi is a twelve year old disabled girl who is surrounded by people who hurt her for no given reason. All she ever wants is for others to look at her and not see her imperfections. But they do and they use them to weaken her both physically and emotionally. In a nutshell, Tangi’s Teardrops is about a little girl who dreams of becoming something bigger than herself, who craves acceptance and love. This is a story of suffering and pain, hope, love and dreams coming true.

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Thanks again to Liz Grace Davis for this entry and introducing us to her novel, Tangi’s Teardrops, with such a unique premise.