Mankind VS Zombies (Tournament of Monsters)

Who would win in a no-holds-barred battle to the death? Mankind or Mankind Undead? In honour of the inaugural Blogger Book Fair (All’s Fair in Blogs and More!), they go head-to-head in the TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS!

ROUND 1

Mankind: There is no monster more frightening than mankind. Our vices can drive us to depravity. We can be purely evil. We can be mad. Sitting atop the food chain with intellect that has made us masters of our world, we have limitless power to destroy. Evil lurks within us all. Defended by Brandon R. Luffman, author of Out After Dark and Best Served Hot

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Zombies: Sure, mankind is scary with its greed and self-destructive tendencies. But do you know what eats mankind? That’s right. Zombies! The walking dead are the ultimate monsters. They groan. They eat brains. They dance to Thriller. And what’s worst than being chewed to death by the corpses of your former friends and family? Defended by Wynne Channing, author of What Kills Me Continue reading

Imhotep the Mummy VS Vampires (Tournament of Monsters)

Who would win in a no-holds-barred battle to the death? Imhotep the Mummy or a vampire? In honour of the inaugural Blogger Book Fair (All’s Fair in Blogs and More!), they go head-to-head in the TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS!

ROUND 1

Vampires: When Imhotep is done with you, you’ll either be brainless undead or just dead. If you’re unlucky enough to survive a Vampire’s attack you’ll be completely aware of every atrocity you commit against mankind, your family, or any monster with guts enough to face you. Knowing your damnation is the scariest thing of all. Defended by Christie Rich, author of Five and Dark Matter

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Imhotep (The Mummy and The Mummy Returns): Vampires need blood to survive, right? Well, check this out; Imhotep the mummy can turn water into blood. How about that? Not only can he use the Plagues of Egypt to terrorize the earth, he can control sand as well. Who wants to die by suffocating on sand? Not me. Defended by Kayla Curry, author of Obsidian

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Koh the Face Stealer VS Pennywise the Clown (Tournament of Monsters)

Who would win in a no-holds-barred battle to the death? Koh the Face Stealer or Pennywise the Clown? In honour of the inaugural Blogger Book Fair (All’s Fair in Blogs and More!), they go head-to-head in the TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS!

ROUND 1

Koh the Face Stealer (Avatar: The Last Airbender): With his giant sinuous multi-legged carapace, changeable facial orifice and seductively smooth voice, cave-dwelling Koh is the ultimate phallic-insect nightmare. Never mind that he’s on a Nickelodeon kids’ show—that just makes him extra creepy. Deliberately provocative and unnerving, Koh has only one goal: to STEAL YOUR FACE. Defended by Vicki Essex, author of My Son’s Hero

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Pennywise (Stephen King’s It): Listen, if a monster needs to steal someone else’s face, he has some serious insecurity issues. (And there are way cooler things to steal: souls, lives, kids, etc.) Pennywise uses his painted face to lure you into sewers before he rips your arm off. Try putting that on Nickleodeon. Defended by Wynne Channing, author of What Kills Me Continue reading

Balrog of Moria VS Darth Vader (Tournament of Monsters)

Who would win in a no-holds-barred battle to the death? Balrog or Darth? In honour of the inaugural Blogger Book Fair (All’s Fair in Blogs and More!), they go head-to-head in the TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS!

ROUND 1

The Balrog of Moria (The Lord of the Rings): One word description of the Balrog of Moria: badass. This demon of the deep is fierce with his fiery whip and razor sharp claws.  Created by Morgoth to torture captives, he lies dormant in pit of hell waiting for his next victim to drag down into the inferno with him. Defended by Melissa Douthit, author of The Raie’Chaelia and The Firelight of Maalda

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Darth Vader (Star Wars): This “Chosen One” will never win Father of the Year. He choked his pregnant wife before she died of a broken heart. He sliced his son’s hand off. Worst of all, he blew up his daughter’s adopted home planet because she refused to tell him where the party was. (Plus if I can’t beat a monster that was bested by some white-haired old man, I’d never win the competition anyway.) Defended by Thomas Winship, author of Vaempires: Revolution and Vaempires: White Christmas Continue reading

Monster versus Monster: The battle begins!!!

They were created to terrorize and kill. They exist to destroy and instill fear. And beginning today, their horrible, terrifying powers will be used against each other! Welcome to the TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS! Let’s get ready to rumble!!!

In Round One, will the Balrog whip Darth? Will vampires suck the, uh, dusty, dead air and bugs out of Imhotep? Will Koh steal Pennywise’s clown face and will zombies devour mankind?

Stay tuned. All day today, the monsters will be squaring off until the final two remain on Saturday. Then YOU will decide who the ultimate monster is. Share the battle. Tweet the news #MonsterMash. Bring your splash guards. There will be blood.

Blogger Book Fair: All’s Fair in Blogs and More!

Welcome to my booth at the Blogger Book Fair! In this space, there will be blood. Monster blood that is. Tune in for the Tournament of the Monsters and much more!

Here’s a schedule of events:

Thursday: Round One of the Tournament of Monsters (eight of the ultimate creatures battle to the death)

Friday: Round Two of the Tournament of Monsters (four monsters remain)

Saturday: Round Three (only two monsters remain in the tournament so VOTE for your favourite!)

We’ll also have a special guest Saturday: S.M.Boyce, celebrated author of the top-rated series The Grimoire Trilogy, will share with us her favourite monster.

Sunday: The winner of the Tournament of Monsters will be crowned!

We end the fair with an article about Rebecca Hamilton, author of the acclaimed series, The Forever Girl. Find out about her book’s incredible journey.

Tournament of Monsters: Your Defenders!!!

Only one week left before a monster smackdown of epic proportions takes place right here! Will it be Vampires or Zombies? Imhotep the Mummy or Pennywise the Clown? On July 26, the TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS will begin and you will have the chance to vote for the final winner!

During the inaugural Blogger Book Fair (All’s Fair in Blogs and More!), a great group of authors have agreed to choose one monster to defend. They’ve sharpened their claws, I mean pens, and are ready to attack their opponent! Here are your defenders and the matches for ROUND ONE:

The Balrog of Moria, defended by Melissa Douthit, author of The Raie’Chaelia and The Firelight of Maalda

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 Darth Vader, defended by Thomas Winship, author of Vaempires: Revolution and Vaempires: White Christmas

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Mankind, defended by Brandon R. Luffman, author of Out After Dark and Best Served Hot

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Zombies, defended by Wynne Channing, author of What Kills Me Continue reading

Who is the ultimate monster? Find out with the Tournament of Monsters July 26-29!

Who would win in a no-holds-barred battle to the death? Vampires or Zombies? Imhotep the Mummy or Pennywise the Clown? In two weeks, this space will become a cage match for the most horrible monsters. In honour of the inaugural Blogger Book Fair (All’s Fair in Blogs and More!), I’m hosting a TOURNAMENT OF MONSTERS!

I’ve asked some amazing authors to choose their favorite “monster” to go head-to-head in a vicious battle royal! Who will win? Darth and his glorified flashlight? Or Balrog of Moria and his fancy whip? Tune in here July 26 to 29 for the smack down. On July 28, only two contenders will be left standing and YOU will vote for the ultimate monster!

Cheer for your choice. Make their headshots your profile pic on Facebook. Tweet with the hashtag #MonsterMash.  Tell us who should win. Trash the losers. Don’t see your favorite monster on this list? Let us know who you would throw into the ring!

Tune in next week when I announce the list of fantastic authors who will be defending these monsters and which creatures will be facing off in the first round!

Monster art by Renato Pastor.

Passage from What Kills Me: Noisy humans

A curly-haired man at the counter removed his glasses as we walked inside. He was wearing a light blue shirt with stains under the arms; his spicy body odor and his woody aftershave stung my nose. I examined the valleys in his forehead, the pits that were the pores dotting his cheeks, and the bluish, puffy skin under his eyes. Tiny pools of oil had formed on his bulbous nose. I was amazed at the detail I was seeing. The man raised his bushy, triangular-shaped eyebrows, and when he smiled, more lines ran across his face. His skin seemed to shift over his skull like bunching panty hose. Continue reading