Posts Tagged ‘Vanessa Barger’

I wanted to give a huge congrats and shout out to my crit partner and agent sister Vanessa Barger, who just landed a book deal with Month9Books for her YA book A Whispered Darkness (deal brokered by our FAB agents at Literary Counsel), which is scheduled for release in Spring 2014!

Stop by and congratulate her on her FB Author page

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First of all, I want to thank all the peeps who entered for stopping by. Vanessa and I so wanted to give some stuff away (hehehee). I hope you all have a FAB Halloween and enjoy your loot.

Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for…

Our winners are:

Heather: You win the signed copy of My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator.
Penny: You win the Halloween Journal
Traci: You win the paperback copy of Anna Dressed in Blood
Jenn: You win the chocolate basket
Susan: You win the ebook copy of Slack Tide
Thanks again for stopping in and entering ((HUGS))…

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The Details:

So, you’ve dropped by to participate! YAY! I think we’ve got some pretty sweet prizes going on. Here’s what you need to know:

1. Each day you can earn up to 10 (!) entries. We’re using Rafflecopter, and all you’ll have to do is click this link to get yourself entered:

The Spooktacular Blog Contest: a Rafflecopter giveaway  

2. Somewhere on both Vanessa and Rebekah’s blogs, there’s a hidden photo. You’ll know it when you see it—(hint–it’s a tomb) and it’s pretty sweet. If you can identify what page it’s on and tell us in rafflecopter, you can earn extra entries. You can also gain entries by leaving comments on each blog, following us on twitter etc. Just follow the Rafflecopter directions for ways to earn more entries (and there are a lot of them).

3. The winner will be announced on October 16, 2012, on both blogs.

Pretty simple, right?

The Prizes:

I know this is what you really want to know. So here’s the lineup –

From Rebekah’s Blog:

Prize #1

A signed copy of My Dad’s A Paranormal Investigator

Prize #2

A copy of Anna Dressed in Blood.

From Vanessa’s Blog:

Prize #1

An Assortment of Halloween Chocolates made by Vanessa. They’re a variety of milk, dark, and white/colored chocolates. 🙂

Prize #2

An ebook copy of Slack Tide.

Prize #3

A Halloween-themed journal made by Vanessa.

Get Started!

The first way to earn an entry right now is to leave a comment here about your own personal ghost story (if you have one) or you can tell me about a favorite Halloween movie.

Personally, I think there are things in the world that (as Hamlet would say) “are in our philosophy.” Here’s my freaky story:

When I was in middle school/junior high, my family moved into this really, really old house. I remember our first night there. My sister and I shared a room at the time and it was right across the hall from the attic. At that time, the house had been gutted so there were slats in the wall where you could actually see into the attic. That night, when we tried to fall asleep, we heard footsteps coming from the attic. We totally freaked out. Then, through the slats we saw glowing red eyes peer out at us. Holy CRAP! I was so scared. We screamed for our dad.  He came upstairs, however, he said it must’ve been the taillights from a car. Um—that side of the house didn’t face the street and the attic was so long there’s no way you’d be able to see the lights that high up. To this day, I still don’t know what it was. But we used to hear footsteps in there all the time, until my parents turned it into a family room.

About a year or two later my parents had went into town to the store and left me in charge of my brother and sister. I was doing dishes in the kitchen, when I heard a knock on the side-porch door. I went to answer it, but no one was there. So I thought maybe I was hearing things. Once more, I went back to doing dishes and again, I heard a knock. Thinking someone was messing with me, I whipped open the door and checked outside, but no one was there. As I went inside, and shut the door I caught a reflection in the window of something standing behind me, but when I turned around, there was no one there.

A year after that, right before we moved my mom and I were downstairs doing some housework. My sister was upstairs playing in her room and my brother and dad had gone into town. All of a sudden, we heard my sister scream. She came racing downstairs and told us that someone had turned off her light and touched her leg. At first, my mom and I didn’t believe her. Then we heard footsteps run across the floor upstairs and the sound of a little kid laughing. FREAKIEST THING EVER!!!

What about you?

Once you’ve read through things here, make sure you stop by Vanessa’s blog for more chances to win!

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GIANT SQUEEEE….okay today is like an ALL CAPS kinda day (hehehe). I’m so happy to announce the release of my story The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex. I’ve been waiting for a LONG time to have this baby out in the world. So be very nice to her (smiles). Seriously though, it was SO much fun to write and I hope everyone enjoys it! I will be visiting some blogs and I hope you’ll stop in and say hi (links are listed below). There’s a chance to win some loot (signed bookmarks, book cover trading cards, ebooks).

Come visit me today at these lovely ladies blogs:

Traci Kenworth

Liz Botts

Vanessa Barger

You can find The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex at:

Astraea Press


Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

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I’ve had the chance to sit down with the lovely Vanessa Barger to talk about her new release Into the Ether, as well as other fun stuff! Not only is this a fab story, but Vanessa is also a great friend/crit group member!

Tell us a little something about your book and what genre it is?
Into the Ether is a YA Steampunk Romance, hopefully the first in a series, set in an alternative reality. Think Victorian London with really cool Steampowered gadgets.
I think the blurb says it pretty well, so here it is:
As a Touch-Know, Genevieve has never been required to steal more than a few paltry coins.  But when a powerful stranger requires their help, her family of street-wise thieves sends her to get the most important thing they’ve ever decided to liberate.  It was supposed to be a simple overnight job. Instead, Genevieve is required to appear attached to her mark, the curator of the British Museum.  For Genevieve it becomes more than an act, and her problems are far more significant than the possibility of her lies being

When her family betrays her, she must make an important choice – turn to the man who has destroyed everything she holds dear, or strike out on her own.

What character(s) do you like the most and why?
Hmmm… the most? Well, I like Terry, just because he’s a little bit of everything I’d like in a boy. I also really like Phillip because he’s got so many more facets to him than you may realize. I do also like Thomason. Even though he’s not really alive…

What are your favorite books? And is there any book in particular that made you want to become a writer?
I have many favorite books. But I love Jane Austen and Shakespeare and anything Bill Bryson and Katie MacAlister write. In YA, I also love Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. I don’t think there was any one book that made me want to become a writer.
I’ve always written and read anything that didn’t move.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without while writing?

Tea. Lots of it. With sugar. And cream, if its hot.

Reality or Fantasy?
Fantasy. Duh! I get enough reality at work.

Your favorite snack?
Smoked cheddar and good crusty bread.

Lastly, what’s your favorite season?
Fall. Halloween, not too hot, gorgeous leaves

Thanks so much for stopping by! It’s been awesome having you. Make sure you check out Vanessa’s book Into the Ether. It’s available from Astraea Press now.

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