Something Wicked Comes to the Noracast!

Something Wicked Comes to the Noracast!

Something Wicked Comes….bringing Zombies, Werewolves, Vampires, Ghosts, Witches and more.  Oh My!  What is this wicked thing?  Why a month long blogging event celebrating all books paranormal, supernatural, or Halloween related.  Every day during the month of October there will be several stops.  Each blogger will be featuring a favorite paranormal book and offering it for a giveaway.  Think of it as a month long Blog Trick or Treating Event…

 

Will Spook For Books!

Thanks to Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings and Babbling About Books, October will be a month filled with Halloween magic, amazing books, and prizes galore. Check out the entire schedule for the Something Wicked Comes Giveaway/Hop! Entering is easy. Simply leave a comment with your email info. Feel free to suggest one of your favorite books to others, offer up a Halloween party tip, or just say,”Hello!” Random.org will be used to choose a winner from the total number of comments received. This giveaway begins 10/10/2012 and ends 10/18/2012.

To get you in the mood for a bit of creepiness and all things Halloween, enjoy…

Archaic Mystique
By Nora Weston

eyes full of cerulean blue
sparkling with a hypnotic gleam,
lures innocence to skim a darkened fate
where every chilled breath is stolen

no matter, she cannot resist
his pale white flesh sculpted from below
corrupted beauty dangerous and cursed
contagious…contemptible, yet craved

maybe it was the spiced autumn air,
or possibly the glazed red moon
maybe it was modern day witches
or ghosts bought from Dollar Zone

no treating, just tricking of a mystical kind
a kind with a bite sure to please
forever the master of illusion
on All Hallows’ Eve

                                                                            

Now for the goodies! Up for grabs at the Noracast is my supernatural thriller The Twelfth Paladin, and a box filled with Halloween decorations and party items, plus a $15.00 Amazon Gift Code. (US/Canada entries) The Twelfth Paladin is available in print, e-book, or Kindle versions. This twisted tale takes Jake Cottrell for the ride of his life as he falls into hellish chaos by way of a dangerous email that invites Jake to play with wickedness. Let’s keep this an International Event! If someone outside of the US/Canada is the winner, he/she will receive The Twelfth Paladin (print, e-book, or Kindle versions) and a $20.00 Gift Code from the Book Depository.

The Twelfth Paladin

Good against evil battles as an angel, demons, and a temptress extraordinaire, named Rachel Darnell, vie for the soul of Jake Cottrell. Jake foolishly dares Hell to burn him. Hell agrees.

Scarred with angelfire by a rebellious angel, named Micah, Jake Cottrell is sanctioned to become the twelfth paladin in Micah’s supernatural unit of slayers. However, regret abounds as Micah is banished and ordered to protect what he now despises…a human he believes is unworthy of such an honor. Never fear, Jake is a seeker of mischief who soars on a blistering blacktop to escape the wrath of Hell while he transforms into the twelfth paladin.

The Twelfth Paladin is for you if…

  •  you adore mischievous, strong-willed heroes who learn things the hard way, but have a heart of gold. Did I mention Jake is super-hot, absolutely a mouthwatering specimen?
  • villains, like Rachel Darnell…a gorgeous temptress extraordinaire from Hell, intrigue you because of her unsurpassed beauty and supernatural power, plus her insatiable need to possess Jake just might damn him forever.
  • a thrill comes your way while reading about battles between good and evil, especially if a mighty angel is involved who manages to get himself banished from heaven.
  • you like to laugh! Yes, winning a supernatural battle—saving one’s soul is super serious business, but The Twelfth Paladin has feisty characters all willing and able to bring a smile to your face.
  • lust, murder, and revenge are a trio you can’t do without. (I mean in books!)
  • an uncontrollable desire for someone you should not crave sounds exciting, despite what all logic says, then The Twelfth Paladin is a novel for you! Check out The Twelfth Paladin on Amazon for reviews HERE.

 

More FUN for you because you also WIN…

Happy Ghouls/2, Photo Cut-out Decorations (snake, spider, pumpkin, cat, rat, skull), Party cups/14ct, Paper Plates/20ct, Napkins/20ct, Stickers/200ct, Foam Shapes/8ct, Halloween Door Cover/1ct, Happy Halloween Garland/60in, Spider Web/1bag, Happy Halloween Bag/1, Plastic Skull Glasses/2ct

Let’s get this party started, enter! Please remember your email info.

Thanks for visiting the Noracast, and Happy Halloween.

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Twice is Nice in November

November. This is the month I must fight like the chickens, um…dickens, (although chickens can really fight) to keep a good sense of humor while trying to locate any sanity still left in my numb brain as I prepare for the holidays. Even though I simply cannot get warm enough November through March, I must still acknowledge the holiday season should always be filled with goodhearted activities that bring friends and families closer. Being thankful is easier to remember to do in November because of the Thanksgiving holiday, which brings to mind our freedom, and loved ones, yet the simple things in life…like hanging out with your kids or helping a neighbor are also highly valued. Below, you’ll see what I’m thankful for today, but I really could write a book about the blessings I’ve received throughout my life.

Family and Friends: I have six kids, a hubby who is one of the funniest people I’ve ever known, and two unbelievably mischievous dogs (Mushu and Tashi) who keep my life running at a marathon pace. My parents, siblings, and friends are kind plus entertaining, and thank heavens…tolerable of chaos, which comes with a clan like mine!

Electricity: Oh, I know, this may seem like a crazy one since electricity is nothing new, but without electricity, I’d have migrated to the south, because my electric blanket would be useless. Sad to say, my bedroom (in every house we’ve lived in) seems haunted, or…as I’ve said before, I’m actually a vampire! My bedroom is always the coldest room in the house no matter what the thermostat says.

Hot Tea: I will never disclose how much hot tea I drink in a day, but it is a lot. I’m not saying I’d kill for a good cup of tea, but…well, maybe I would. It does not matter to me if it is spring, summer, autumn, or winter—I must have it, and I’m so thankful there is something as simple as hot tea to help kill a bit of the cold.

Books! Well, of course, I’m thankful for books. “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas is my favorite. It has adventure, lust, murder…revenge, just everything that makes a great book. I almost always read paranormal romance, science fiction, horror, or fantasy, although history books are something I can get lost in quite easily too.

Now, on to the fun! The Twice is Nice in November contest (November 8-30) has begun. Leave a comment about something you are thankful for. It can be serious or humorous because I’m sure all comments will bring a smile to someone’s face. The winner of this contest (US/Canada) will win a print copy of “The Twelfth Paladin,” PLUS that same winner will also WIN a print copy for a friend because it’s time to get ready for the holiday season.

If you’re an International visitor, feel free to enter! The International winner will receive the e-book, as will that winner’s friend. I’d love to have both a US/Canada winner and an International winner. Questions? noraweston.nw@gmail.com

If you enjoy books about good versus evil, angels and demons, and all things supernatural…please enter!

The Twelfth Paladin 

Good against evil battles as angels, demons, and a temptress extraordinaire, named Rachel Darnell, vie for the soul of Jake Cottrell. Jake foolishly dares Hell to burn him. Hell agrees.

Scarred with angelfire by a rebellious angel, named Micah, Jake Cottrell is sanctioned to become the twelfth paladin in Micah’s supernatural unit of slayers. However, regret abounds as Micah is banished and ordered to protect what he now despises…a human he believes is unworthy of such an honor. Never fear, Jake is a seeker of mischief who soars on a blistering blacktop to escape the wrath of Hell while he transforms into the twelfth paladin.

Check out the book trailer! The Twelfth Paladin

Thank you for visiting the Noracast.

Bloodletter by Angel Haze: Giveaway!

Halloween is fast approaching, bringing with it the choice to give a trick…or treat. Interested in a frightening treat that’s been dipped into murderous mischief? “Bloodletter,” by Angel Haze, quickly grabs your attention and takes you for a wild ride with the Grim Reaper. Read my review here, and then scroll on down into Haze’s realm of nightmares…

“Bloodletter” by Angel Haze

Thou shalt not kill.

A contradictory message written in blood at the scene of a young woman’s murder. Within days, another body surfaces with a similar calling card and, to Detective Ramon Faust and Criminalist Kelly Garret, it’s clear a deadly game is underfoot.

As the rash of horrific crimes continue, a phone call unearths a shocking revelation: Nakeita isn’t the first city the elusive killer has left his mark. The Bloodletter, as dubbed by the media, has played his deadly game before.

Delving deep into the most terrifying case of Kelly’s career, threatening phone calls and flashbacks of a forgotten near-death experience challenge her sanity and the lives of everyone she loves.

Author Bio: 

Angel is a Canadian author who is an avid reader of fantasy, thriller, and mystery novels. She’s a writer of thriller and YA fantasy novels, a fitness enthusiast, and a chocolate fiend. Her free time is devoted to books, dancing, fitness training with P90x, movies and Game of Thrones. Legacies of Talimura: War of the Witch is co-authored by her husband, Slade Sewell. Slade is a man who believes himself to have been born in the wrong century. A thousand years ago, he sees himself not as a conqueror, but a strategist. He is a gamer, a husband, a die-hard Leafs fan, and a brilliant storyboarder.

Bloodletter is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

Connect with Angel:

Twitter
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Goodreads
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Websites:
http://www.angelhaze.com
http://www.angel-haze.blogspot.com

GIVEAWAY/October 2, 2011 -October 10, 2011

Leave a comment to enter this exciting giveaway, which is for one e-book. Good luck!

Musical Encounters of This Kind

Album Cover Physical Graffiti

Jake Cottrell, the reluctant hero of The Twelfth Paladin, listens to the vintage stuff…Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Who, and Blue Oyster Cult. Thunderous beats pounding within musical madness is what he craves when it comes to music. Who could forget Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song or Black Dog? Kill a few minutes and drift away as Robert Plant’s haunting voice takes you back in time. In The Twelfth Paladin, a beautiful, but deadly, temptress extraordinaire named Rachel Darnell seduces the hell out of Jake while Kashmir…my favorite Led Zeppelin song, saturates the air with a frightening overload of melodic genius. Kashmir is one of those few songs able to escape the parameters of time. It still mesmerizes people young, old…and in-between.

Album Cover Social Distortion

Winners and Losers by Social Distortion…an amazing American punk rock band from Fullerton, CA and formed in 1978, easily fits into Jake’s musical collection. Try Bad Luck and I was Wrong to see if Mike Ness impresses you with his raspy voice and powerful delivery. After three decades of performing, I’m not sure if punk rock totally encompasses Social Distortion’s sound. It’s punk mixed with the blues, plus a bit of a hard-hitting country slant is there too.

Angie Helms, another character in The Twelfth Paladin, and the one who steals Jake’s heart and soul…is into her music as well. She can’t resist the trendy stuff. City by Hollywood Undead is more up her alley, and she tries to get Jake interested in new music. Angie goes for music that has a thumping beat, powerful lyrics about survival and love lost…then found. She is a true romantic, but due to her entanglement with Davis Travers, a nasty fellow without a soul, Angie must fight to stay sane, and she does that with the help of her music. One of Angie’s favorite songs is Can’t Be Saved by Senses Fail. When a good day has been trashed, Snow Patrol can bring a smile to her face with Called Out In the Dark. This is a super funny video and a terrific song! Had a bad day? Give it a try. Also check out The Kill by 30 Seconds to Mars, Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie, and Skillet’s Hero to get a feel for what Angie Helms loves to hear. Skillet has quite a few memorable songs, like Monster, Awake and Alive and The Older I Get.

Album Cover Sense Fail

Not ready for your chill pill session to end? Get ready for Davis Travers’ top pick. Davis messes with everything evil in The Twelfth Paladin…indulges in sin to the point he goes mad. His music contorts reality and twists it until dissonance is spun into spine tingling pieces of musical chaos. He’s more inclined to listen to dark, moody songs echoing with danger. That’s exactly what Davis wants to hear while he admires his beautifully wicked façade. Nox Arcana most exemplifies Davis’ taste in music. Here’s a piece that once heard…is difficult to forget. Nevermore.

Ah, yes…music makes the world go round and round. I hope you’ve enjoyed your trip into the musical realm somewhat inspired from The Twelfth Paladin. Feel free to comment and suggest some more songs from the past or current songs you feel are the best of the best. Thanks for visiting the Noracast!

*No intent to infringe album cover copyrights…used simply to highlight the bands’ music.

Beautifully Bad Boys

When evil gets obliterated by a rebellious guy with a mind-blowing physique that harbors enough rage to ensure justice will be done…it’s all good. Bad boys bring it on with style making us ache to jump into their world, if only for a day. Yes! The adrenaline infused actions of these guys are overloaded with a zest for life, an appetite for destruction, and this all makes for great entertainment. Truth? In reality, these guys would be hotter than Hell to handle, probably too much for most of us mere humans, but they live in a fictional world where “happily ever after” is possible.

So what is the allure of the bad boy who is also heroic? It’s seeing that hope resides deep within these guys even when the odds are unquestionably against them. They will risk it all to accomplish their mission…even die with no regret if that is required. For example, in Chronicles of Riddick, was it not amazing what Riddick went through to save Kyra? Haven’t seen this fantastic movie? No way! Check out The Chronicles of Riddick.

Although my kids will argue I am crazy to consider myself lucky to have seen just about every episode of the original Star Trek series, I must say I loved it! Seeing Chris Pine as a young James Kirk…troublemaker and all, was thrilling. He was bold, defiant, and quite funny at times, plus Pine played the role with a touch of sarcasm, but always the audience knew he’d do the right thing. James Kirk in this 2009 movie version was a combination of recklessness and righteousness that provided many opportunities for laughter as well as magnificent special effects.

Wolverine. Oh, yes…he has the animal magnetism thing going on, doesn’t he? A tortured soul, this tough guy is not afraid to use deadly force as he tries to regain his humanity. He seeks revenge on those who caused him misery…but if you read this background on him, you’ll see why Wolverine was a very bad boy who had to fight for his sanity.

Some of my other favorites are (Batman) Christian Bale/Dark Knight version, Dean Winchester from Supernatural, Leon: The Professional…which makes me think of  Cha Tae-sik from The Man from Nowhere, Luke Jackson from Cool Hand Luke, and of course so many characters played by Clint Eastwood. Hold on…I can’t leave out Jake Cottrell. He’s a seeker of mischief in my latest release, The Twelfth Paladin. Jake is his own worst enemy as he battles evil while becoming a supernatural slayer.

Do you prefer bad boys striving to do good as heroes, or do good guys through and through…like Captain America, entice you to read and watch them? Feel free to share your thoughts!

Thanks for visiting the Noracast.

Playing with Fire

Evil is knowing better, but willingly doing worse. Philip Zimbardo 

Temptations. Who doesn’t have them? Some people feel an uncontrollable urge to devour a dozen Oreos at two o’clock in the morning, and in my home…mint, chocolate-chip ice cream vanishes all by itself, plus the desire for McDonald’s crispy, perfectly salted French fries can blow any diet into a dark abyss if the craving is not controlled. But, face it—none of these temptations, even if succumbed to, will result in anything too atrocious, other than tighter fitting jeans, which is bad enough.

Consider yourself quite fortunate if your temptations are simply a bit of overkill in the donut department, (guilty!) or your love of cars meant you spent too much on custom floor mats, because for Jake Cottrell, protagonist in The Twelfth Paladin, playing with fire…temptations of the wicked kind, may cost him his soul. Jake easily falls into a decadent realm filled with lust, murder, and revenge.

Check out the book trailer!  The Twelfth Paladin at YouTube

Also, heat up your summer with a little mischief of your own…enter the Goodreads Book Giveaway!  June 27-July 27 (2011)

The Twelfth Paladin from Melange Books

In The Twelfth Paladin, good against evil battles as angels, demons, and a temptress extraordinaire, named Rachel Darnell, vie for the soul of Jake Cottrell. Jake foolishly dares Hell to burn him. Hell agrees.

Scarred with angelfire by a rebellious angel, named Micah, Jake Cottrell is sanctioned to become the twelfth paladin in Micah’s supernatural unit of slayers. However, regret abounds as Micah is banished and ordered to protect what he now despises…a human he believes is unworthy of such an honor. Never fear, Jake is a seeker of mischief who soars on a blistering blacktop to escape the wrath of Hell while he transforms into the twelfth paladin. 

Excerpt from Chapter Two

Setup: Jake Cottrell and an old, high school buddy, Davis Travis, have gone to a local carnival in Clearview Oregon. Davis knows Jasmine well and asks her to do a reading for Jake…

Jasmine’s dark green eyes intensified making me feel vulnerable, like my skin was nothing more than clear, plastic wrap. Her crystal ball glowed bluer as pure white light shot out from the top of it. The warm light split up into thousands of hair-like strands, which proceeded to wrap themselves around my stinging flesh. A satisfying, but overwhelming aroma gobbled up the carnival smell once present.

I couldn’t speak, felt immobile in every physical aspect, yet my mind burned. Things about my ridiculous childhood appeared throughout my mind much like a movie. Tender moments shared with Tony were especially heartfelt to see, like the day he showed us our new home. After that, I remembered when my mother left us, and our life mirrored the underworld. Sadness just about asphyxiated me. Out of nowhere, the sorrow left as I relived the surreal accident at the Motocross Track. For a second, I was dead and descending into Hell.

At last, relief came to me as Jasmine released her hands from mine. As fast as a lightning bolt, the white light retracted back into her crystal ball. “My, my, Jake Cottrell,” she said while patting her lovely chest.

“What did you see? Am I going to win a lottery or something?” Standing up to leave, I acted like nothing had happened.

Jasmine came to me and then placed her delicate hand on my right shoulder. A half-smile disappeared when she leaned in to whisper, “Surely you will fall into darkness, before you willingly bathe in the glory of the light. All in due time, Jake Cottrell.”

Faster than Tony could empty a bottle of whiskey, goose bumps consumed my skin. “Stop it. How did you know I dreamed that?”

Inches from my face, Jasmine ran her black nails along my jaw. “You’ve been scarred with angelfire. Your right shoulder I believe? A war is going on, but you won’t accept you’re the twelfth one, will you?” She laughed, dancing about the tent looking more like a medieval witch than a modern-day carnival gypsy. “I hope you’re ready for the ride of your life…because it’s coming.” Jasmine spun around faster as the candles flared and her cackle grew more intense.

“Angelfire, ride of my life, and the twelfth what? Oh, forget it. You’re nuts. Come on, Davis!”

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A seeker of mischief, Jake ends up on a blistering blacktop headed straight for Hell where he must fight for everyone he loves and for his soul. Can he beat the odds and win? Find out in The Twelfth Paladin. Pick up your copy at Melange Books, and soon at Amazon, Borders, and Barnes&Noble, plus other outlets too.

Consider your temptations. What tactics have you’ve taken to keep them at bay? Mostly everyone who knows me…understands perfectly well if any kind of pastry is nearby, I’m going to confiscate it. I cannot resist baked goods, so I try (almost always) to avoid that section of a supermarket. Share your thoughts, ask a question, or leave your favorite strategy for beating temptations.

Thanks for visiting the Noracast!