Coming Soon!

I’ve always wanted to write a horror novel. I can go back thirty years to when I was predominantly reading Dean Koontz and Robert McCammon (and Piers Anthony, but that’s another story). I used to make lists of different ways to kill people for when I would write my first novel. Gruesome, I know, but I was always a quirky kid.

In my quest for a new book idea, guess what I decided on? A horror novel! It has fantasy elements, too, but it’s first and foremost a horror novel. It pays homage to a number of books and shows that I love, like IT by Stephen King, Supernatural, and Longmire. Here is the blurb to get you up to speed:

While he slept, author Mark Tyler Watts accidentally unleashed a creature from his stories into the world. The cannibalistic Atahsaia attacked and horrifically killed two women in town. By the time Watts realized it was from his own writings, more creatures had been let loose, all seeking flesh and chaos. 

Partnering with spiritualist Victor “Vic” Marzio, Watts seeks out the creatures to destroy them and put them back where they belong: on the page. Yet after they destroy his written works, the creatures continue to make their presence known. Soon his best friend is attacked, and Watts begins to wonder if they can fix the catastrophe he’s released upon the world. 

As the hands of time continue to move forward, can they complete their mission before another person dies?

From Shanna C. Robillard, the author of the Beyond the Shadows trilogy, comes a new novel steeped in myths, fables, and horror. Read her newest book, Folklore: The Beginning, coming soon!

The Seven Lives of May Levesque: Meet the Cast of Characters

The Seven Lives of May Levesque is a holiday romance for today’s reader. If you love Hallmark or Lifetime Christmas movies, especially ones with some fantasy or sci-fi thrown in, you’ll love this book.

There are a number of interesting characters in The Seven Lives of May Levesque. You already know May from the cover. What about the other people in her life? Here’s where you can learn more about them!

Starting at the top left and going clockwise: Jess, Eva, Imogene Wadsworth, Lydia Jacobs, Luke Golding, Welleria the Swamp Witch, Uncle Bobby Bayou, and Gaven St. John.

Jess is a free spirit, a painter and artist. She’s vibrant and fun-loving. Her wife, Eva, is more down-to-earth, an introvert, and less interested in chatting with complete strangers than Jess is. They balance each other quiet well.

Imogene Wadsworth was a spitfire of an elderly woman hailing from England. She was deeply in love with her husband, even all the years later after he passed away.

Lydia Jacobs is opinionated and also a bit lonely. Her husband had passed away years ago, but she loves people and owns a small shop in Brattleboro. She appreciates antiques and all the little things that people collect over the years that make up their personalities.

Luke Golding is a sculptor and artist as well as a former flame of May Levesque. They were in love for a time, and he was deeply romantic towards May, but some things just aren’t meant to be.

Welleria the Swamp Witch is literally a crazy woman who may or may not be dozens of years old. She has a fondness for Uncle Bobby Bayou that cannot be held in check.

Uncle Bobby Bayou, aka Robert Jacoby is a beautiful man who holds a lot of love in his heart for his wife and child who passed away years earlier. He keeps to himself, partly out of fear of becoming close to another person like he was with his wife.

Gaven St. John is the new man in May’s life. He’s rough on the exterior but chivalrous and has a great sense of humor. He’s also hiding a secret that could be the end of his relationship with May.

The Seven Lives of May Levesque: A Holiday Playlist

I love listening to music while writing. On that note, I love listening to music – period! I have digital music, CDs, and even a record player with new and old records from days gone by. I appreciate the crisp quality of digital and CD, but also love the crackle and static sounds that emanate from a record.

Right now, the big hot ticket item in my house is Christmas music.

Below is the playlist to accompany The Seven Lives of May Levesque, a Christmas romance and faerie tale:

  1. Carol of the Bells/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Joshua Messick
  2. Greensleeves – James Galway
  3. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas – The Boston Pops Orchestra
  4. A Christmas Festival – Leonard Slatkin
  5. The Bells of Christmas – Loreena McKennitt
  6. Comfort and Joy – Michael Convertino
  7. I Saw Three Ships – Blackmore’s Night
  8. The Bells of Dublin/Christmas Eve – The Chieftains
  9. Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
  10. Carol of the Bells – Nox Arcana
  11. Good King Wenceslas – Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  12. Caroling, Caroling – Nat King Cole
  13. Lord of the Dance/Simple Gifts – Blackmore’s Night
  14. The Wren in the Furze – Kevin Conneff and The Chieftains
  15. Magic and Moonlight – Nox Arcana
  16. Main Title from Home Alone – John Williams
  17. We Wish you the Merriest – Frank Sinatra
  18. Happy Holidays – Bing Crosby
  19. I Saw Three Ships a Sailing – The Chieftains

You can hear a lot of these songs by listening to the Celtic Christmas Radio station or the Traditional Christmas Radio station – both on Pandora.

What are your favorite holiday tunes? Post a comment below!

Side note: Do I celebrate Christmas? Yes! But I also believe it should be called Yule (Winter Solstice) due to its pagan roots. I love learning about other traditions around this time of year. Whether it be Kwanza, Chanukah, Rohatsu (Bodhi Day), Posadas Navidenas, or any other celebration of a special event around the shortest day of the year, I’m appreciative of it and what it brings to cultures around the world.

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