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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More Swag

I was rooting around in my desk and found another item I meant to add to my Holiday Hop Giveaway!

This Bee Queen notecard came in one of the goodie boxes I received in a swap years ago. Like the true paper-hoarder that I am, I squirreled it away – but now it can be yours!

The print is by artist Rachel Baum. I don’t see these prints in her Etsy shop anymore, but she does have some awesome abstract art.

Anyway, this will be added to the Like Flies to Honey Prize Pack. There are still 4 days left to enter the contest, so GET ON IT!

I’ll also throw in some of my new Bloody Bookish mini bookmarks to sweeten the deal :)


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Another Giveaway and the Holiday Hop

The holidays are the perfect time to get into the giving spirit. And a host of authors are getting together for the Holiday Hop!

Similar to the Coffin Hop, which I took part in during October, and the 12 Days of Creepfest which I am taking part in now (go enter! You could win!), I am also throwing my hat into the ring for the Holiday Hop!

The cool thing about these hops is discovering new authors who are passionate about their craft and want to share their stories with you. Plus – you can get free stuff. Win-win!

From December 15 to 25, visit the blogs of over 60(!!!) authors who are holding contests for items including gift cards, jewelry, trinkets, candles and ONE SWEET GRAND PRIZE!


Yeah, you heard me! Every blog you visit will have at least one winner, and many sites are even offering a winner each day!  Once the hop has ended, our Holiday Hop Hostess Cheryl Bradshaw, will take all the names of the winners from each of the blog sites and draw a name for the fantastic grand prize, the Kindle Fire.

I’ve put together a sweet little prize pack for the winner of my Holiday Hop!

The winner will receive the following Like Flies To Honey Prize Pack:

Some pretty sweet swag, if I do say so myself!

It’s pretty easy! Each of the following tasks will get you one ballot in the giveaway. That’s 5 chances to win!

Hey! If you already follow me on Twitter or Facebook, just leave a comment or click “I did it!” in the Rafflecopter form so your entries will be tallied!

Use the Rafflecopter Form below for a quick & easy way to get all your entries counted! Questions? Just email me!

Good luck! And thanks for entering!
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12 Days of Creepfest

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins aren’t just for Halloween anymore.

For those of you who like a little darkness in your holiday celebration, get ready for the 12 Days of Creepfest!

From December 13 to 24, you can visit a community of author blogs who pen tales that tempt and terrify!

Whether you have a penchant for horror, dark fantasy, dark YA or a creepy combination of the above, you will discover how awesome all the different facets of the dark lit genre can be!


Each blog host is offering a different prize. From free books, ebooks, trinkets and other tokens, you can get yourself some sweet swag just in time for the holidays.


I’ve decided to offer up a starring role in one of my short stories!

The winner of my Creepfest Contest will win the chance to completely customize a character who will appear in an upcoming story I write.

I will send you a full questionnaire (believe me, I’ve got lots!) for you to fill out with all the characteristics, quirks and craziness you desire!

I love a challenge, and I think this is a fun way for me to stretch my writing muscles, while also immortalizing your very own creation in one of my dark & creepy tales.



So, do you want to be a literary superstar (and possibly be offed in some dreadfully delightful way)? Sign up below to take part in my Creepfest Contest! Or post in the comments section that you want to be entered!

You can earn bonus entries by following me on Twitter, on Facebook and tweeting about my contest (don’t forget to put @maryrajotte in your tweet!). Use the Rafflecopter form below or comment and let me know which tasks you completed.

If you already follow me on these sites, just click the “I did this!” button in the Rafflecopter form or comment below for your free entries.

PLUS! I am hosting another contest over on to win a set of 3 chapbooks by one of my favorite authors, Ian Rogers. Go, enter THAT contest (but hurry! That contest ends Dec. 19. Come on – who wouldn’t want to win these amazing chapbooks!), then come back here and let me know you did so for another entry into my contest.

That’s 5 ways to enter, plus a chance to win Temporary Monsters, The Ash Angels and Black Eyed Kids chapbooks from Ian Rogers, donated by Burning Effigy.

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Winner of the Coffin Hop Swag Bag

The votes have been tallied and through the wonders of modern technology, the winner has been chosen…

Congratulations to Michael Montoure!

You are the proud owner of some sweet treats, dark literary gems, and other goodies shown here!

Thanks again to everyone who participated! You kept me busy with your interviews, fellow Coffin Hoppers, but it was great to be able to spotlight your writing on Bloody Bookish.

To everyone who visited the blog, I thank you for visiting and hope you’ll stick around. No, seriously…I better not get a bunch of “unfollows” tomorrow. Grr…

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Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody…

Everyday is Halloween when you indulge in dark fiction!

I recently launched my horror interview/review/news site Bloody Bookish and so far, the response has been enthusiastic!

This website has been an idea 3 years in the making. I secured the domain back then with the purpose of focusing the spotlight squarely on the horror/dark fiction world – and now my idea has come to fruition.

I’ll be sharing all the news I can find when it comes to dark fiction, and I encourage everyone to take part! There are a bunch of ways you can get involved:

Take a look around the site, comment on posts and don’t forget to spread the word! GET BLOODY!

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