Paranormal lesson of the day: stalking pays off.

A long time ago, I wrote about stalking the author Hunter Shea. Regular readers of this blog will already know that I’ve gotten nothing but positive reinforcement for that behavior. I mean, he actually included me in a list of acknowledgements in at least one of his books. (I’m not sure what I did to earn that.) Then the man sat down and had a (virtual) beer with me … and let me record it!

Now he’s gone and given me a cameo in his new book, Island of the Forbidden!

book cover hunter shea island of the forbidden

Click the cover to visit its Amazon listing.

Here’s a screenshot of a little snippet from the first chapter. Apparently I play a real estate agent:

my cameo in Island of the Forbidden by Hunter Shea

Pretty cool, huh?

When my namesake character is first mentioned in the book, we learn her full name is “Renae Rudd.” I can only assume that Hunter thought an agent with the last name “Rude” would be too on the nose. (Though this character Renae seems quite polite.)

I’ve known this was coming for a while. During one of Hunter’s early book launches, he made a limited time offer on his Facebook page, in which he offered to name a character after anyone who bought a book within a brief time window. Of course I saw it and jumped on the opportunity.

I’m particularly pleased that this is the book he decided to put me in because it’s part of a series I love. Island of the Forbidden is the the third book featuring Jessica Backman.

Here’s the description for Island of the Forbidden:

Jessica Backman has been called to help a strange family living on a haunted island in Charleston Harbor. Ormsby Island was the site of a brutal massacre two decades ago, and now the mysterious Harper family needs someone to exorcise the ghosts that still call it home. The phantoms of over one hundred children cannot rest.

But something far more insidious is living on the island. When the living and the dead guard their true intentions, how can Jessica discover just what sort of evil lurks on Ormsby Island? And why is Jessica the only one who can plumb its dark depths?

For more information, including some glowing reviews, pop over to Hunter’s page to see his publication announcement.



One part of my excellent day: buying Hunter Shea’s book, The Montauk Monster, at B&N.

The stuff I want to write about is piling up … you’d be wise to expect frequent posting in the next week or so.

Today I had a marvelous summer weekend day. In the late morning, Ogre and I went to a picturesque town for the express purpose of buying candy. We ended up taking a historical tour on a trolley. (I have a story to share about a deeply pissed off — or straight-up evil — husband to share, but I have to do a little research first.) In the heat of the afternoon, we curled up on the sofa and watched a documentary about Metallica. In the evening, we took a twilight walk in our own picturesque town,  through a gentle, warm rain.

Even with all that goodness, the highlight of my day may have happened as we were heading out of town this morning. We swung into our Barnes and Nobel store. Look what we found:

The Montauk Monster on shelf


Hunter, it looks like there was space for four books in the slot, and I took the second to last. You’re selling books in Minnesota.

Do you see it? Second shelf down, last book on the right? That’s right, Hunter’s latest book is in general release. How awesome is that?

Of course I bought it 🙂

buying The Montauk Monster 2

I just had to commemorate the event.

I’ll bet it’s in a store near you too. Wouldn’t it be fun to go pick up a copy? If you’re on the fence, allow me to share a link that might convince you that this is a must-have summer read:

From Publishers Weekly:

“This affectionate homage to a bygone genre is redolent of sunscreen and nostalgia …”

Hunter’s most recent blog post shares a few more reviews and captures the buzz pretty well too.

And now it’s time to sleep. (Or read a new book, though my intention is to read it on the plane when I go to visit my daughter in North Carolina in about a week.)

Conversing with author Hunter Shea: on publishing horror.

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview rising-star, horror/thriller author, Hunter Shea. The event took place as part of his virtual book tour for his based-on-true ghost story, The Waiting. The segment of our conversation which focused on that story can be found in the post:

Interview with Hunter Shea: on THE WAITING and the true-life ghost-story that inspired the novella.

In our nearly two-hour long chat, however, we talked about a lot more than The Waiting. In the following five-minute portion of our conversation, we discuss:

* finishing a new novel
* Samhain Horror
* Hunter’s first book
* getting THE call
* writing & publishing pace

As both a fan and a writer of horror, I learned a great deal from the time I spent with Hunter … perhaps most importantly, I came away knowing that it’s crucial to persevere.

horror thrill author Hunter Shea tattoo

I found this pic while searching for images of Hunter Shea with which I could illustrate the video. We never discussed this tattoo, and I don’t think he even knows I have access to the photo. See what an efficient stalker I am? (*See note below.)


Hunter Shea: On Publishing Horror

*(This is the “note below.”)  Read: Am I a good social media user, or a creepy stalker?