Frightful Treats For Everyone

me_vamp_avatarIt’s probably no surprise that I love this time of year. And that means – you get to reap the rewards!

First off, I hope you’re getting into the Halloween spirit. I know I am! Check out this makeover I had!

Want your own? head over to funnypho.to to choose from zombies, aliens and other freaky faces you can put on for Halloween (or any time of year, actually!).

That isn’t all the fun to be had though. I’m also planning some cool giveaways in the next few weeks – ebooks for everyone! Here are a few ways you can get some spooky goodies during the most frightful time of year:

  • I’ll be taking part in Creepy Freebies! Put together by Milo James Fowler, myself and other authors will be offering up free reads, downloads & raffles
  • I’m also hard at work on a new story that will be available FREE exclusively for All Hallows Read!
  • Don’t forget about the Coffin Hop! With hundreds of authors taking part from Oct. 24-31, you can hop from site to site collecting freebies, entering contests and generally celebrating the Halloween season

More details will be posted to the blog on event days, so be sure to come back (or watch my Twitter or Facebook pages for the deets).

So go on! Have some fun, slip into a freaky costume and eat some candy! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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Backstage Pass Contest Winner(s)

vip_stickerHere it is the news you’ve been waiting for…the winner for my Who Wants To Win A Backstage Pass contest!

Since there were only 2 entries…YOU ARE BOTH WINNERS!

That’s right…Zack? YOU win a Backstage Pass! Tom? You ALSO win a Backstage Pass! That means both of you will be getting Spirited Tales, Altered Words, Breeding Ground posts, and not to mention…the monthly eBook, plus some extra spooky goodies for taking part in the giveaway. Sound good? I think it does!

Check your inboxes for the details…and beware…you should start receiving creepy tales any day now!

Thanks again for entering, guys. I know you’re going to love what I’ve got cooked up for you! Mwa-ha-ha!

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New Contest: Who Wants To Win A Backstage Pass

Although I’m a firm believer that scary stories should be enjoyed all year-round, there’s no better time for creepy tales that fright & delight than Halloween!

Which is why I’ve decide to hold a new contest called…Who Wants To Win a Backstage Pass!

whowantstowinTHE DEETS
The winning entrant will win 1 month of PATREON goodies! That’s right! The monthly ebook (in your choice of digital format), all the extra stories, the behind-the-scenes scoopage that my patrons currently receive…all of it is yours for the entire month of October!

You’ll get the ROCK STAR treatment that my highest level of Patreon supporters receive (which is currently the ROADIE level) for the entire month – I may even throw a few extra special treats your way.

How sweet does that sound?!

HOW TO GET THE GOODS
All it takes is a comment! No jumping through hoops, nothing to sign up for or no skill-testing questions to sweat over. All you have to do is say you wanna win, and you’ll be entered into the contest.

WHAT MY PATRONS ARE SAYING
Not sure it’s quite your thing? Check out what my current patrons have to say about the goods they’ve received:

“Mary Rajotte’s Patreon offers all sorts of goodies, from twisted stories (which are awesome) to her ‘Altered Words’ segments. She also isn’t shy about pulling back the curtain and revealing the inspiration behind these dark creations. If you’re a horror fan, I recommend putting down a couple of bucks and supporting Mary’s work.”
- Todd K

WHO WANTS TO WIN?
So, you wanna win a month of skin-crawlingly good fiction and a sneak peek into the methods of my madness? Just enter your comment below (as well a your email address so I can contact you if you win), and you’re entered!

The contest runs until midnight on October 5, with goodies being sent to you throughout October.

Winners will be chosen at random & content delivered directly to your inbox, so again, don’t forget to include a working email address so I can sully your inbox with my nightmarish tales.

So…WHO WANTS TO WIN A BACKSTAGE PASS?!
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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?!

RULES

  • 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

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

EXTRAS
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.

GET YOUR COPY
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!!!

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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 RULES
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.

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THE PRIZE
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!

WHERE DO I SHARE?
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!

GRAB YOUR STICKER HERE

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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.

 

SAVE STICKER

 

 

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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.

BUY YOUR COPY

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.

ENOUGH ALREADY! HOW CAN I WIN?

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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

WIN MORE
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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