Altered Words Challenge

alteredwords_titleSo, I’ve been having fun with my Altered Words series of posts – but why should I be the only one?

I’m extending a challenge to one and all – to take my stories…and tear ‘em up!

That’s right! Consider this an invitation to experiment! Anyone who wants to get in on the fun will receive a 50% Discount code for an ebook of their choice with which to experiment. Already own a copy? Well, what are you waiting for?!


  • Open up your copy of Flowers for the Dead, The Lockwood Collection or Like Flies To Honey
  • Print out a copy or load it into your favourite photo editing program and black out the words you don’t want
  • Send the poem/prose to me or post it on my Facebook Page

I’ll choose my favorite poem (or poems!) and that person will win a mini prize pack! Bookmarks, stickers, pencils and other goodies!

Why not write a quick review while you’re at it? Something short & sweet will do the trick and posting it on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

If you don’t already own a copy of either of the 3 ebooks, just head over to my website, choose either Like Flies to Honey, Flowers for the Dead or The Lockwood Collection ebook and use the following Discount Code to get 50% off:

Use Discount Code: 50OFF
Then, mark it up in your photo editor of choice, or just write the poem out & send it to me so I can share it with other readers! Or feel free to post it to my Facebook page. Easy as pie!

Now…get out there and find your poem!

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#SpookySelfie Week 1 Winners

It’s been a great thrill seeing the first entries for the #SpookySelfie contest and I’m happy to announce the winners for Week 1…EVERYONE!

Tony Rapino…you get an ebook!

Linda Kollau…you get an ebook, too!

And last but certainly not least…Matt Butterweck…you win an ebook!!!






That’s right…everyone who sends in a #spookyselfie gets a copy of The Lockwood Collection (or they can choose from my other 2 ebooks if they like).

But that’s not all! The contest is open-ended, which means anyone can use The Skeleton Man sticker found in this blog post at any time to create their own photo, upload it to my Facebook page or tag me on Google+ or Twitter and they will also win a free copy of the ebook.

Winners, email me at maryrajotte[at]gmail[dot[com] with the title of your choice (The Lockwood Collection, Flowers for the Dead or Like Flies to Honey) and your file format of choice (EPUB, MOBI or PDF) and I’ll send your prize out asap.

Don’t forget…it’s never too late to send in your own #spookyselfie…because The Skeleton Man is always lurking…

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Announcing the Spooky Selfie Contest

spookyselfieIf you’re a lover of scary stories and you also happen to be a bit of a shutterbug, well this contest is for you!

The Spooky Selfie Contest is open to submissions!

The cover “model” for The Lockwood Collection isn’t much of a looker, so I thought the best way to cheer him up was to get all of you to take a selfie with him.

I will provide a virtual “sticker” of what Regan Lockwood (the main character in The Lockwood Collection) has dubbed “The Skeleton Man” to anyone who’s willing to pose with him.

All you have to do is take a selfie (or use one you already have and add The Skeleton Man into the photo) and share it!

Here’s an example of my sister and I at Christmas. Check out The Skeleton Man sneaking into our pic for his 15 minutes of fame.



Winning entrants will receive a free copy of The Lockwood Collection eBook (or another eBook of your choosing, if you’d prefer).

A little birdie told me there may actually be prizes for everyone who enters!

You can share you spooky selfies on my Facebook page, on Google+, on Instagram or on Twitter.

Don’t forget to tag your posts with #MaryRajotte, #spookyselfie (or +MaryRajotte on G+) so I won’t miss them – or post the link to the wall of my Facebook author page.

Feel free to share this contest badge with your friends so they can get in on the fun!

Good luck! Now…go strike a spooky pose!



NOTE: To download the Skeleton Man sticker, click the button below to save the image to your harddrive. The background is transparent, so you should be able to paste it into or over any existing photo image you have.

Alternatively, if you are having trouble, or you don’t have access to a graphic editing program, send me your selfie, I’ll add the Skeleton Man to your image, post it to my wall and enter you into the contest.

Feel free to resize the sticker as needed.





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New Release – The Lockwood Collection eBook

lockwood_ebookThe Lockwood Collection is a short story first published in The Scroll Of Anubis Anthology from Library of Horror Press.

This story was one of my favorites to write because I am an Ancient Egyptian enthusiast. Like…full-on obsessed! Like…I am in the process of exploring the themes, symbols, myths and legends in other stories…but more on that later.

About 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.

This time, I had an exact idea of how I wanted the cover to look. My graphic design skills are all self-taught, and I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to translate my idea into a killer cover.

I searched around online for a few tutorials and using various images, filters, effects (not to mention a bunch of failed attempts and a number of days debating whether I should even attempt it at all, I came up with a cover that looks pretty cool and gives a great hint at the story inside.


Head over to the book page for The Lockwood Collection to find out where you can buy a copy or to purchase one directly from me.

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In The Know

So, after a winter spent typing my fingers to the bone on novella edits (which are still ongoing, btw), I’m ready to release new work into the world. But as anyone who knows me – I like to do things a little differently. So why stop now?

Starting this Spring, I’m going to be amping things up with new fiction, flash fiction, video teasers and exclusive content!

Wondering how you can get your greedy little mitts on all this creepy goodness? It’s simple…

Shadowed Newsings

shadowednewsingsOkay, so I’ll be the first to admit I never really got my newsletter off the ground, but all that is about to change!

I love sharing good news with readers and my fellow writers, but people can only read your updates so long before their eyes start to gloss over. So yeah, I’ll still be sharing any publishing news with you but that’s not all. Newsletter subscribers will soon start receiving the following:

  • New fiction every month!
  • tips & tricks for aspiring authors
  • access to contests & free swag
  • bonus chapters & sneak previews of upcoming releases

And it’s all free!

And coming soon…Patreon!

So, if you haven’t heard of Patreon yet, let me break it down for you. patreon_logoIt’s sort of like Kickstarter, where you donate for access to various reward levels. but with Patreon, it’s all about supporting your favorite creators with monthly donations.

But don’t feel like this might break the bank. Donations for my content will be starting at just $1 and you can set a monthly max donation so you stay within budget (although since my content will only be released once amonth, that souldn’t be a problem) – and let me tell you…I’m cooking up come pretty cool content for patrons.

I’ll also be adding Stretch Goals, which basically amount to bonus content. The more people who donate, the more cool stories, videos, and other experimental fiction will be coming your way.

There are a few special projects I’ve been wanting to tackle for years now and with your help, I can make them a reality.

So what do you say? Want more scary stories in your life? For now you can sign up for Shadowed Newsings to start receiving new fiction and other freebies.

That is also the best place to stay updated on all my latest news & shenanigans, and where I’ll be announcing the start of my Patreon campaign in the next few weeks.

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It’s Giveaway Time!

shroudAnother Friday means another day to celebrate – and another great ‘TisMoreBlessed Giveaway!

Actually, there are 22 giveaways to enter today with books and stories from a whole gaggle of authors, including yours truly!

I’m giving away a copy of Shroud 8 with my story Like Flies to Honey.

Want to know what the story’s about?

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.

Want to read an excerpt? Check out the page HERE. You can also read about how both The X-Files and Shirley Jackson inspired the idea.


Comment on this post to win! Or tweet it out!

But if you wanna get a little more creative…Did you notice that a lot of people “Halloweenized” their Twitter usernames leading up to the 31st? I did it – changing mine to Scary Batfraught (it rhymes, yo!). But…could you have done better? Post your ideas in the comments section – come up with a better pseudonym for me! But…play nice…TODD! TONY! ;)

You’ll win the copy of Shroud, as well as some other little bits & bobs – aka swag!

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There are 21 other giveaways going on today from:Tis More Blessed

There is nothing better for the holidays than free books! GET SOME!

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Who Wants to Win Some Books?

The always awesome Milo James Fowler has put together a stellar giveaway for the holidays – and you can win!

Tis More Blessed

A number of kick-ass authors will be raffling off their books every Friday during December in the #TisMoreBlessed Giveaway – including a copy of Shroud 8 which includes a story by none other than…Me!

My giveaway with take place on Friday, December 13th (how fitting!), along with a bunch of other authors including Christine Rains, L. Diane Wolf, Julie Flanders, Simon Kewin and Helena Soister, to name but a few.

I’ll be posting the entire schedule here later, but for now why not head over to Milo’s blog to see who else is slated to take part.

If you have a book/eBook/short story/collection you’d like to give away or raffle off on Friday December 6th, Friday the 13th, Friday the 20th, or Friday the 27th, you can sign up right on Milo’s site.

Stay tuned for more info and to win some awesome loot for Christmas!

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Coffin Hop 2012

Okay, so I have nothing against Rudolph, and I love me some Easter chocolate. But Halloween is my favourite time of year, and to celebrate, I’m taking part in the Coffin Hop again!

Over 100 authors have teamed up to bring you their best ghost stories, zombie tales, and helping you celebrate the creepiest season of all.

Did I also mention that every author is also offering up some pretty sweet prizes, too? All you have to do is follow the links to each individual author site and see what goodies they’re offering!

But I bet you want to know what goodies I’m giving away this year, right?



This year, I am offering up a snazzy prize pack, including:

  • a copy of Shroud 8, which includes my story, Like Flies To Honey
  • some Halloween sweets for sustenance to get you through to the harrowing end of the tale
  • an e-copy of the Coffin Hop 2013: Death By Drive-In anthology sampler

Thanks to the organizers of the Coffin Hop, the lucky winner will  receive a sampler of the anthology (due September 2013 and featuring 22 authors). It contains 4 stories by CW LaSart, Red Tash, Jess McHugh and Amy K Marshall, as well as art by Nic Caesar and a cliffhanger Robot Lincoln & Zombie Jackson comic by Craig Garrett and Jeff Wilson.

Note: The antho will be emailed out at the end of the Coffin Hop.

To win the prize pack, use the widget below to do each of the following tasks. Just click the “DO IT” link under each task to complete it – easy peasy! Every one you complete will earn you an entry into my giveaway:

  1. Follow me on Twitter
  2. Like my author page, Shadowed Musings, on Facebook
  3. Follow my review site, Bloody Bookish on Twitter
  4. Like Bloody Bookish on Facebook
  5. Tweet about the Coffin Hop (once per day. The message is already pre-filled for you. Just click!)
  6. Tell me what your favorite part of Halloween is!

Not bad, huh? If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Otherwise, I wish you all luck! Please be sure to include your email address in at least 1 of your entries so I can get in touch with you if you win.

NOTE: If the widget does not work or if you decide to enter the contest by manually following the above Twitter accounts, tweeting and following me on Facebook, be sure to let me know in the comments, in case I miss your entries!

And if you already follow me and want to be entered into the contest, just click the DO IT button and your entry will be tallied!
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Ready to enter over 100 contests hosted by the other participants? GET HOPPING!

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My 2012

This….is the result of my overambitious plan to amp up my writing game in 2012.

Each card represents either a short story or novel/novella that I want to work on. But know what?

There’s a 2nd corkboard.

The other one has a few ideas I am interested in tackling but not sure what I am going to do with them yet. Plus some super-sneaky plans that I so want to do but just need to figure out the logistics of. (So exciting!)

I’ve loosely scheduled which stories I will be working on when. Somehow, I need to finish my NaNo project, edit it, and decide what I am doing with my 2 other unfinished NaNo-vels, while at the same time trying to write and sub the 23-odd stories I selected from my Idea File.

Like I said….loosely scheduled. Who knows how the words will flow. Or how my creativity will show itself. Or whether inspiration will strike when I need it to. But with this schedule, at least I know what I should be doing when I’m sitting at my writing desk.

Note that these plans do not take into account all the books I want to read & review, all the interviews I want to do, and all the articles I should write.

I know there will be some push & pull (probably daily) as I try to make it all fit in somewhere. But even though this looks maddeningly overwhelming, I am really looking forward to starting a new writing year.

Uh…that’s next week, right?

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Contest Winners!

Well, I thought myself a little crazy hosting 4 giveaways between my blog and Bloody Bookish at one of the busiest times of the year.

But it was fantastic meeting so many new people and seeing so many new visitors on my sites!

I hope you’ll all stick around to follow my adventures in 2012, when I am going to try to break my personal best and write up a storm.

But for now, enjoy the rest of your holiday…And check to see if you are one of the winners of my giveaways!

FIRST – the winner of the coveted Like Flies to Honey prize pack in my Holiday Hop contest!



You’ve won the issue of Shroud 8, various and sundry bee-themed paper goodies and mini bookmarks. I’ll be in touch in the coming days to get your contact information. Your name will also go into the hat to win a Kindle Fire from the main Holiday Hop site. GOOD LUCK!

SECOND – the winner of the 12 Days of Creepfest Contest



You have won the opportunity to completely customize a character who will appear in one of my upcoming stories!

In the coming weeks (probably after Jan. 1), I will send you a character profile to fill out, and then I will take your creation and write him or her into one of my stories. I’m probably as excited about this giveaway as you are!

If you didn’t win, why not head over to Bloody Bookish to see if you won in the other 12 Days of Creepfest contest.

Otherwise, thanks for entering, for all your comments, and for taking an interest in me (or at least in my swag!).

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