Saturday, October 27, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Paranormal Wastelands

You can choose to believe this or not but this IS a true story:

     I was about 10-12 years old living in Minot, North Dakota and had been staying at a friend's house overnight.  We were just being regular young girls having a sleepover when we started some story telling.  About part way through the night a lightning storm blew in.  There was no rain just lightning and thunder.
     We were in her parents living room.  They were upstairs asleep.  The stair way that led to them was behind us.  The front door was on my left.  It was an average white door with a small glass window on the top. A few couches sat in front of us and in front of them were 2 glass windows with light curtains hanging from them.  On our right was a sliding glass door that led to the side yard which also was covered by a thin material so as to keep people from looking in.
     We were laughing and having a fun time when a flash of lightning caught our eye from the door.  It looked as if there was someone standing there about to knock.  All we could see was a shadow.  Thinking someone was there we stopped laughing and started watching intently.
     Another flash of lightning lit up a brief shadow of a person with a hat standing just outside their door.  The hat was completely even as if the person was looking in the etched glass.  We froze in place.  The next flash showed no one there.  We sighed in relief. 
    Just as we were about to continue on when a roll of thunder caught our attention causing us to look up again.  This time the shadowed head and hat was boxed in one of the windows in front of us.  Once again the rim of the hat was flat the head even with the window.
    Another flash of lightning showed the shadow on the next window.  The rim of the hat slightly bent as if watching the ground as the hatted man walked.  By this time we were clenching onto each other in utter freight.
   The storm quieted down for a moment as if it held its breath just as we were holding our own.  Moments passed like an eternity.  Each second dragging on to the next as we waited to for the shadow.
    A loud boom echoed across the room with the brightest flash of light I have ever seen lit the entire house.  The shadow was now at the sliding glass door.  The silhouette was that of an average sized man.  We gasped and held onto each other harder.  We tried to scream but fear took our voices from us. 
    Thunder rolled again as the lightning flashed.  The man's head was turned directly to us a knife in his right hand as if he was ready to strike. 
    Darkness surrounded us.  We had no redeeming source of light.  Even the storm gave us no light as it left us.  Time froze as we waited for the man with the hat to enter.  Nothing.  No one.  Silence.
    We couldn't wait any longer.  We didn't want fate to take us whenever she decided it was time.  Together we walked to the door and brushed the coverings aside.  There was no one around.  We looked as far as we could see down the street and to the side of her house without opening the door, but the only thing that greeted us was the dim glow of the street light next to the entrance of a school a little ways down the road that began to relight as the power turned back on.
   We both looked at each other.  We hadn't been crazy, we both saw the man.  Then we both saw the man disappear.  To this day neither one of us have brushed aside the things we saw that night nor will we. 

Hope you enjoyed my scary story and thank you for reading.  Please feel free to enter the rafflecopter giveaway below!
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Scarecrow Vampire Teeth Pt. 2

The giveaway for the Scarecrow fangs has officially ended. The winner Teri Rivera was chosen by Congradulations Teri!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Ramblings of a Toddler's Mom: Review & Giveaway: Tormented by J. Ann

She gave Tormented 4 stars!  Check out her blog below for a chance to win an e-book copy of Tormented and to read the full review!  Ends mid-November!

The Ramblings of a Toddler's Mom: Review & Giveaway: Tormented by J. Ann:

..."The characters are absolutely fabulous! You have Angy - with her Grey eyes. She's unlike the other Ultorums not only because of her eyes but she also seems a tad faster/stronger than everyone else too. She's "special" but no one can quite explain why or how until much later in the story.

"Then there's Michael - her best friend/potential boyfriend, second highest ranking Ultorum (right below Angy's father - the Chief) in their area. He's such a good guy. I LOVE his character. Then of course there's Ethan! Can you say... YUMMY! He's the first attractive vampire that Angy has seen and oh boy is he one attractive fella. The other supporting characters are really great. Samantha, the Chief, the other Ultorum...

"I can't say enough about how creative this story is - it's completely different from any vampire book I've ever read - and trust me when I say I've read A LOT of vampire novels in my 26 years. The story has action, fighting, killing, romance, tension, suspense, compassion, mystery... It really has all the makings of a great series!

The ending of this story really left me hanging. I NEED to know what happens because book 1 definitely leaves you hanging. There's so many questions that haven't been answered yet that I really want answers too."...

The Stuff Of Success: Tormented Review

Please check out her website for the full review!

The Stuff Of Success: Book Review: Tormented by J Ann:

"Tormented was an excellent story and very well written. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Angelina is quite a complex character. Not only do others not understand or truly know her – she is about to learn more about herself than she ever imagined. The romance piece (minimal) is initially similar to a good versus bad type of situation but that isn’t necessarily the case. Since I tend to like the underdogs I love Ethan’s character. There is a great deal left hanging at the end so I am sure J Ann plans to develop a sequel. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this story and each adventure was developed fully. It is easy to feel like you are part of this story and to develop feelings for each character and their roles in society."


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tormented in Print Update

I am really excited to be able to put the natural cover of Tormented on for when it goes to print.  I looked over lulu but found nothing.  I could have missed it on there but since I spent so much time yesterday downloading the cover I created I am just going to stick with

Hopefully we will see Tormented out in print by the end of this year! :)

Friday, October 12, 2012

One Month Anniversary!

Yay! It has been one month today since Tormented was published. Today also marked one week left for the teeth giveaway!
Ways to be entered to win:

If you like my facebook page that is one entry, for every person you send that likes my page and tells me you sent them is another, each blog you follow adds another, and if you comment on either blog that is also an entry.

So lots of ways to enter you name a ton of times. Good luck!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Reviews Needed

If anyone is interested in reviewing Tormented please, please, please let me know.  I am grateful to those who have already done so.  Thank you.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Interview with Aleja founder of Stay Strong and Stand

I called Aleja and asked her for an interview that I could post here on  my blog for you all.  She is the author of  "All I Can Do Is Stand" and founder of  'Stay Strong and Stand'.   Her bravery is inspiring and this is her story.

Me:         How old were you when the abuse began?

Aleja:     I was 6 months old.  My mother left my siblings and I alone in an apartment and didn't return.  When the police found us they took us to the New York Foundling in Manhattan.  I had pneumonia. 
                When they found my mother she gave up all rights to me and my siblings.  They separated us,  having different families adopt us.  At 40 years old I still don't know who they are.
                Then at 2 I was adopted by a deacon and deaconess and that was when the nightmare began.

Me:         What did they do?

Aleja:     They would physically abuse me and mentally as well.  They would dress me nice, but only feed me when the felt like it. They would call me names like retard, idiot, and liar. 

Me:         So they basically only cared about what people saw?

Aleja:     Yes. 

Me:         How did you get through what your adoptive parents were doing?

Aleja:     I realized I was blessed with a voice.  Singing made all the trauma and abuse bearable.  When I would sing I would cry, which was a relief.  I also became active in church.  I joined the choir, attended bible study, excreta.  I even started writing.
                I also learned to sleep with one eye open.  As I got older I wasn't as scared.  I would stay with friends.  Though they weren't very good friends.  My boyfriends were crack heads, drug addicts, and abusers as well.
                I also would drink.  A lot.  I eventually got up to drinking about a half-gallon of liquor a day.  I did try to drink a lot of water to compensate because I was still trying to be conscious about my health.

Me:         What caused you to stop drinking?

Aleja:     I went to the doctor and he gave me clean bill of health even after all of my drinking.  It made me realize that God had been taking care of me.  There was no other excuse.  It made me realize that there was something important I had to do in my life.

Me:         You mentioned you started to write.  At what age did you first write?  What was it?

Aleja:     I started writing in High School.  It took me 4 years to write my book and when I graduated I got my writings in a book.  It was amazing to have that.  Then one day I went to go take a bath and when I got done my book had disappeared.  I didn't write again until I was 25.

Me:         What did you write then?

Aleja:     I wrote "Being Alive".  It was my first poem I had written after my book had been stolen.  In 2006 I wrote "Only The Strong Can Survive" it was published by America Published.  They also published other book of my poetry, "Beautiful Poetic Strategy and Recovery" in 2008. 
                They didn't get it out very well so I decided to become a self-published author.  Since then I have published 8 more books on my own.

Me:         Can you tell me a little bit about your family?

Aleja:     My daughter is going to college in Wisconsin.  I unfortunately went through a hard time and my grandmother had to take care of her when she was younger but I still tried to be there for her. 
                One day she broke her foot while at school.  I gave everything I had including my rent money to be there for her.  She is my daughter, I was just being a good mother.  My grandmother thought I was an idiot for doing that.
                The rest of my family was around when they found out I published my first book, but when they realized that I didn't make a lot of money off of it they all disappeared again.

Me:         Is there anything you wish you could say to those reading this or those going through something similar?

Aleja:     Yes.  Find out what your purpose is.  Find out why the enemy wants to destroy you.  When it comes down to it be the winner.  Don't let the destroyer, destroy you.

Me:         Thank you so much for doing this interview.

Aleja:     Thank you for calling me.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Stay Strong and Stand My Story

I met Author Aleja Bennett through Book Blogs.  She is an abuse survior to check out her story please log on to!/StayStrongandStand/info as for me this is mine and I will be the first to admit it isn't as bad as others but it's bad enough that I should have taken a stand.
I was in the 4th grade, my brothers in 5th, they both shared the same teacher.  He was an old, overweight, disgusting pig of a man.  He was very aggressive to his students or at least to my brothers by grabbing so tightly to their arms he would leave bruise marks, yank them by their ears,  and literally throw them out of class.  Now, I don't know how many other students he treated that way.  Anyway, one day I went to go meet up with my brothers and he waved me to come into the class room.  He placed his hands down my back pocket of my jeans.  It freaked me out but I didn't say anything.  Shortly thereafter, I left the school with my brothers.

The next day was the best day for my brothers.  He didn't say or do anything mean to them all day.  After a while things got back to the way they had been before and once again I stopped by to pick up my brothers thinking it had been a onetime occurrence.  While waiting for my brother to get their bags from the hallway he again told me to come to him and again put his hand down my pocket.

I didn't know what else to do.  I was afraid to tell anyone, afraid they  would be angry at me for being stupid and I didn't want him to treat my brothers the way that he did so I continued to go back. Over and over again the process would play and the days after that I was there he would treat my brothers better.  So to make my brothers lives a little better I started to frequent there often.

Slowly he progressed forward to place a hand in my front pocket, then later he slipped a finger down the waist of my jeans in the back.  Luckily school got out before things got worse.  I prayed every day that summer that I wouldn't get him as a teacher and the Lord heard my prayers.  From that day forward I was able to avoid him and that room until I left the school after my 6th grade.

I heard when I was in 9th grade that he lost his job and (rumor had it) they had locked up his worthless butt because someone had finally spoke up.  I hadn't been the only girl he had done that to. Nor do I fear I was the worst.  There had been at least 2 others before someone had spoken up. 

Looking back at it and knowing what I know now, I do everything in my power to let younger girls know, that it's not okay.  When people do that it's not okay.  That if they are ever placed in a situation like that to tell an adult.  I was afraid of my parents when I was going through it but I could have gone to another person of authority like the principle.

When I finally told my parents they were horrified that I hadn't told them.  Both of my parents were angry at him and hurt that I didn't trust them enough to tell them back then.  My dad was ready to drive all the way back there and inform them (probably not in a good way he was that angry that someone had done this to his daughter and his sons) of what had happened, but I told him that he had already been taken care of.  As I said before I know what I went through wasn't as bad as some others.  I can't imagine what others have gone through in their lives, but what I went through it's bad enough.

If you are ever in that position or have ever been in that position don't be afraid to speak up.  Even a little evil, is still evil.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Scarecrow Vampire Teeth Giveaway!

So I've been trying to think of a giveaway for Halloween, because what other day can you have so much fun with? :) Finally, I decided on giving away a pair of Scarecrow fangs!
I myself have a pair of these and love them!
They come with a kit so you can custom fit them to your teeth!
I will be doing a drawing on the 19th for the winner.
To be entered is easy.
If you like my facebook page that is one entry, for every person you send that likes my page and tells me you sent them is another, each blog you follow is adds another, and if you comment on either blog that is also an entry.
So lots of ways to enter you name a ton of times. Good luck!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


I just want to thank everyone who like J Ann Novels on Facebook.  It now has 100 likes and 2 lucky winners!  They were Bebe Balocca and Pamela Reddy!  Let's keep it going!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Poll Games!

For the month of October there is a poll for who you hope Angelina ends up with.  I am curious for everyones answers.