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NEW RELEASE: Skin Deep

You heard me right…it’s new ebook release day!

SKIN DEEP is now available!

After months (yes, months) of toiling away on this story, I finally shaped it into the tale I originally imagined.

It’s actually an offshoot of my novel and although it doesn’t specifically include any of the same characters, it hints at a greater more complex society contained within that universe.

You won’t feel cheated though. This is a standalone story that gives unique insight into the world I’ve built.skindeep_cover3D

ABOUT SKIN DEEP
For Sammy Molina, leaving his gang means escaping across the border, but to get away, he has to camouflage his past crimes.

When the ties that bind Sammy to his crew seem unbreakable, he puts his trust in the one person he knows has his back, but he soon finds out that blood isn’t always thicker than water.

GRAB YOUR COPY
Head over to the Skin Deep page to grab your digital copy in either EPUB or MOBI. PDF version coming soon.

Then kick back and enjoy…but prepared for your skin to crawl…just a little.

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
After you’ve read Skin Deep, I hope you’ll share your thoughts! You can leave a review in a number of places, such as Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, or Goodreads. More links will be provided on the Skin Deep page as the book goes live in all online shops.

Enjoy the read and let me know what you think after reading it!

THANKS

I want to send a big thank you to my patrons Todd, Eric, Zach and Thomas for providing me with feedback and helping me choose the final cover design!

If you want to take part and help me choose the cover for my next ebook, as well as grab some free stories, audio tales and other swag, consider becoming a patron on PATREON! Donations start at just $1/month.

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And So It Goes

It’s November now, which means the rest of the year is going to fly by. I’m a week into NaNoWriMo and we’re already being bombarded by Christmas commercials, so I thought it was the perfect time to do a little pre-planning of all the projects I want to tackle in the New Year.Participant-2014-Square-Button

I have so many manuscripts in various stages of completion that the only way to finish them is to work on 2 at once. Write one while I’m editing the other. This sounds great in theory, but I’ve never really been able to master that skill.

When I’m writing a new book, my entire brain becomes fully immersed in the story. When I’m doing the dishes or watching a show or trying to fall asleep, I’m still thinking about the story.

But I want to get back to my old routine. Morning and afternoon sessions. One for writing, one for editing. Maybe if I space them out – like doing that every other day – I won’t burn myself out (which is what usually happens after a few weeks).

I just want these stories off my hard drive and in book form so people can read them!

I got such a rush giving away ebooks during this year’s Coffin Hop. Seeing people excited to check out my work; getting feedback and reviews – such an amazing feeling. But I want my longer works to get some attention. They deserve it!

For now, though, I have to focus on the task at hand, which is writing a new book. This one started out as a short story but once I started brainstorming and researching, it transformed into something completely different.

It’s sort of a mish-mash of horror, suspense and thriller, taking place in the modern world but with ties to Ancient Egypt. MY OBSESSION, as you’ve probably figured out by now. Everyone has their signature thing – zombies, fairies, creeping monsters or epic Steampunk adventures. I think Ancient Egypt is quickly becoming mine.

If you want to get a little insight into what the book will be about (sorry, no spoilers!), you can check out the Pinterest board I’ve started to save little interesting tidbits and inspiration.

Follow Mary’s board NaNo 2014 Inspiration on Pinterest.

And keep your eyes on this space. I’ll be sharing news on these new projects with info on how you can get involved!

Coffin Hop Winners

coffin-hop-advert-evil-jackThe entries have been tallied and the winners have been chosen!

Congrats go out to Nina, Georgina, Julianne, Julia and Johanna!

Talk about the ladies representin’! How cool is that?! I hope you all enjoy the books – emails have been sent so let me know if you have not yet received it.

And to everyone who stopped by and to all of you who tweeted and shared my writing, the Coffin Hop and all things horror – THANK YOU for making this a killer Coffin Hop!

What’s Your Number?

numbercollageI was going through my bookshelf the other day and found an old hardcover that I bought at a used bookstore years ago called History of the Occult by T. Wynne Griffon.

It includes topics such as witchcraft, ghosts and the spirit world, astrology, divination and parapsychology but the chapter on numerology is what caught my eye.

Based on the belief that numbers influence not only a person’s life but also his or her personality, numerology is practiced in a number of ancient cultures.

Once considered a form of divination, it has also been used as more of a tool to analyze personalities and potential.

HOW DOES NUMEROLOGY WORK
The basis of all numerological systems relies upon the primary numbers from 1 to 9. By taking any number, and adding those numbers together until the figures are reduced to a single digit, one can use this method to analyze one’s birth number or name.

People have also been known to use numerology to predict which dates are more favorable for undertaking certain tasks by analyzing their birth number, name number and date number.

THE NUMBERS

Every person can have multiple numbers:

  • Birth Number: arrived at by adding the numbers in one’s full date of birth; indicates one’s natural traits; also known as Number of Personality
  • Name Number: using a grid to assign one of the 9 primary numbers to each letter of the alphabet; also known as Number of Development
  • Number of attainment: if one changes their name, their name number would change

CALCULATING YOUR BIRTH NUMBER
To calculate your birth number, you simply add together the single digits that make up your birthday

Example: January 14, 1973

1+1+4+1+9+7+3=26 2+6=8

Your birth number: 8

 

CALCULATING YOUR NAME NUMBER
Use the following chart to find your Name Number:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

 

Stephen King’s Name Number would be: 1+2+5+7+8+5+5+2+9+5+7=56 5+6=11 1+1=2

MY NAME NUMBER
What’s good for the goose, right? Here’s my name number and what it means:

MARY RAJOTTE= 4+9+1+7+9+1+1+6+2+2+5=47=4+7=11=1+1=2

THE NUMBER 2 as as BIRTH NUMBER

The number 2 represents a search for balance.  People with two as their birth number have the ability to see both sides of the situation.  This sense of fair play can work against them, as their desire for balance can cause them to waver indecisively.  The sense of judgment that allows them to give good advice to their friends can prevent them from making up their own minds regarding their own affairs.

Those with two as their birth number should learn to two of situations as they are rather than try to change them to suit their own desires.  They should avoid situations that are marked by extremes or that call for decisions.

These people are gentle, kind and tactful.  Number twos are artistic, but as they are given more to thought than to action, they often lack the force they need to carry out their plans.  Although they are charming and intuitive, two’s sometimes suffer from a lack of self-confidence.  Their greatest fault is over generosity, and they should give the same consideration to themselves as they do to others.

 

WHO WANTS A NUMEROLOGY READING?
So, for this year’s Coffin Hop I want to give you a numerology reading!

Want to know what your name number is and what it means? What about your birth number? Do you have a specific important date or event coming up that you want to know how it will go?

Use the form below to submit your info and I’ll give you a reading!

Note: all fields are optional (i.e. if you do not have a particular date you would like a reading for, no worries. Just leave it out)

  • Your full name (for Name Number readings)
  • Your email (if you would like your results sent to you)
  • Your maiden/married name (if different than your full name – for Married/Maiden Name Reading)
  • Your birthday (dd-mm-yyyy)
  • An upcoming day/event you want to know about (dd-mm-yyyy)
  • Which reading(s) you want (Birth Number, Name Number, Married/Maiden Name Number, Date Number)

If you would rather email your info to me, feel free to do so (maryrajotte[at]gmail[dot]com). I’ll send the info back to you in an email :)

I will only be using your information for entertainment purposes and will never share your info with anyone else

Any questions? Feel free to ask!

Now…who wants a reading?!

Coffin Hop Numerology Reading

Fields marked with a * are required.

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CONTESTS & FREEBIES

In case you missed it, be sure to enter my COFFIN HOP contest to win an Ebook Prize Pack and while you’re at it, grab a free copy of Creepy Crawleys!

ENTER THE CONTEST ENTER THE CONTEST GET YOUR FREE EBOOK

 

Spirited Tales – What’s Your Poison?

Just in time for Halloween, I have a new Spirited Tale ready for you to enjoy.

WHAT ARE SPIRITED TALES?

Spirited Tales are drabbles or micro fiction set to atmospheric music & effects and available as a video for you to indulge in – perfect for Halloween, but equally as creepy any time of the year.
My latest tale, What’s Your Poison?, is the story of a guy looking for a new high – but in his quest to replace one addiction with another, he gets more than he bargained for.

 

YOUR THOUGHTS

coffin-hop-advert-scarecrowcreepycrawleys_coversmallDid you like What’s Your Poison? How far would you go to feed your addiction? Share your thoughts in the comments!

CONTESTS & FREEBIES

In case you missed it, be sure to enter my COFFIN HOP contest to win an Ebook Prize Pack and while you’re at it, grab a free copy of Creepy Crawleys!

ENTER THE CONTEST ENTER THE CONTEST GET YOUR FREE EBOOK

 

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Creepy Freebies Are Here

The time has come, the day is here! Creepy Freebies are now available for one and all!

Today only, you can grab a copy of any (or all!) of my current eBooks for FREE!

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Flowers For The Dead
In a multicolored display of pomp and pageantry, the Flores Family gathers for their annual Day of the Dead ceremony.

But when jealousy arises, and the tradition hundreds of years old threatens to divide the family for good, Trina discovers that she is engaged to a man with secrets she isn’t sure she can live with.

Like Flies To Honey
On the day of the annual Honey Ball, newcomer Robert Blythe spends his day rubbing elbows with the cream of the crop. But that does not necessarily safeguard him from being judged by the company he keeps.

The Lockwood Collection
After struggling artist Regan Lockwood receives a mysterious gift from her father, her work begins to take on a horrifying tone. Terrified of this darker side and her unraveling sanity, Regan is forced to confront her father and unearths a decades-old secret from her family’s past.


 

To get your own copy, add the book(s) you want to your cart and use coupon code CREEPY at checkout!

Creepy-Freebies---NarrowBut that’s not all! I’m not the only author offering up these frightful reads!

Host Milo James Fowler is giving away some of his own books, not to mention my fellow authors:

Be sure to visit their websites and fill up your trick or treat bag with these CREEPY FREEBIES!

And don’t forget to share the news about #CreepyFreebies on Twitter  (and all your social media hangouts).

This might help (just copy & paste it to Twitter!):

Want some #CreepyFreebies? Grab these spooky books FREE from @MaryRajotte http://bit.ly/1xPJu5t

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GET MORE FREEBIES

While you’re at it, you can get a free copy of my flash fiction ebook, Creepy Crawleys, which was also my first publishing credit!

Pick up a freebie for All Hallows Read

creepycrawleys_coversmallHalloween is one of my favourite times of the year and when I celebrate, you get to reap the rewards – that’s just how I roll!

In honour of Halloween, and as part of All Hallows Read, I’m giving away free copies of my very first published tale – CREEPY CRAWLEYS!

WAIT…WHAT’S ALL HALLOWS READ?!
Awesome Author Extraordinaire Neil Gaiman started the All Hallows Read movement in 2010 as a way to promote reading and encourage people to give someone a scary book for Halloween.

It’s that simple!

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ABOUT CREEPY CRAWLEYS
This was my first accepted story, published in 2010 by Shroud Publishing in Northern Haunts: 100 Terrifying New England Tales.

The story is based on a strange old superstition I read about putting bugs in pats of butter to ward off infection. I know, right? Strange, creepy and a little gross, but I used that as my inspiration and wrote a little tale about the couple who move next door to people who have adopted this superstition into their lives.

EXTRA GOODIES
When the story first came out, I made a mini book trailer for it, and just last year, I did a Booktrack for it, which adds music & sound effects to the story and allows you to read along.

GRAB YOUR COPY
So, want a free copy of Creepy Crawleys? Head over to the story page and download your own copy today!

And don’t forget to give someone you love a scary book for Halloween!