Last week to play FREE Secret Santa and even win gifts for yourself! #AmReading #Giveaway

How many of your friends will you win a gift for, and what will you win?
Every year, I try to do something special for my readers, but attempting to get the biggest and bestest gift doesn't always work well, since that leaves so many other readers without gifts.

So, this year, I wanted to do more. I decided to give away ONE HUNDRED gifts. And, ALL gifts will be awarded before Monday, December 22, so you and/or your friends will receive by Christmas.

Grand Prize ~ $50 Amazon Gift Card
Runner-up Prizes
Southern Romantic-Suspense Paperback Collection
Creatus Series Paperback Collection
She Belongs to Me Audio Book
And Ninety-Five eBooks!!! 

 So, here's how it works...

Absolutely NO Purchase is required. All you have to do to unlock the grand prize and the rest of the 99 gifts is to sign up for my newsletter. Many of you are already signed up, so just post your email into the entry, which automatically registers you for the grand prize or the runner-ups. 

I know many of you have already read my books, so, I decided to help you play Secret Santa. Of course, if there is one of my books you haven't read, you can ask that the gift be sent to you. Plain and simple, I made a list of my books, and all you have to do is tell me where you want me to send it. Note: even though there are two on sale this week, when your friends receive them on Christmas Morning, they will be back to their regular price of $4.99!

Not sure which of my books you'd like, simply visit my Amazon Author Page

By the way...if you want to guarantee you or a friend gets an eBook for Christmas, The Library (Where Life Checks Out) is on sale for $0.99 today. Download for yourself or gift to a friend. By the way, Amazon will allow you to send it Christmas morning!

Sorry, due to Amazon's strict gifting of eBooks, I have to restrict gifts to the US. Of course, I always have a couple free books on all sites, so you don't even have to play to win. Simply click one of my author pages below, and download your free book! If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section, and I promise you I will answer. 

If it isn’t available free in your area, use…
Smashwords

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Did you know The Depot & The Library were based on a real ghost story? #Mystery #Paranormal


In 1989, I worked at a restaurant in Rockledge, Florida called Ashley’s Cafe. Although fictional, my idea for The Depot and The Library stemmed from the ghost who haunts the 1930s tavern.

My fascination with the restaurant came about the first night I served as the restaurant’s general manager. I’d worked there for almost two years and had never heard or saw a thing, but my first night in my new position was a different story. It’s been so long, I barely remember all that happened, but one thing that I’ll never forget is one of those large oval trays—that can’t possibly balance on its side—came sliding across the floor at me. Also, a five pound bucket of water spilled across the floor when no one was near it. Maybe the ghost was just reminding me who was boss.

But the most nerve wracking occurrences throughout the years was the number of employees—including myself—who felt as though someone had pushed them down the service stairs.

My husband—who happened to be a police officer at the time—also got to hear all the stories from the other officers who’d searched the cafĂ© in the middle of the night because of alarm calls. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have any stories, but the detective’s account in The Depot is based off several officers whom my husband knew and trusted.

Since I’d always been interested in the supernatural, I looked up the woman’s death who supposedly haunts Ashley’s via microfilm from the old library in Cocoa, Florida. 

At the time of her death, it was on record as one of the most heinous murders in Florida’s history. The murderer had gone through great lengths to conceal the woman’s identity, including smashing out all her teeth, cutting off her fingers, and burning her body. According to witnesses, the woman had been dating someone from power and wealth. And to my surprise, when I looked forward past a few days, the story had all but disappeared. Weeks later, nothing! Think about that! One of the most shocking crimes in Florida’s history in the thirties, and the newspapers drop the story.

Yeahthings that make you say, “Hmmm….”

So, there you have it. While my story is fictional, there is a ghost story. I believe the ghost of Ethel Allen will haunt that restaurant until someone uncovers the truth about her murder.

If you are interested in reading The Depot and the follow-up novel, The Library., I packaged them in one collection. And the best news, I am offering it for only $0.99 today! 

Download your copy at your favorite eBook retailer:


Thank you for stopping by my place and reading my musings. Remember these are just my opinions and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section, and I promise you I will answer. I love talking about all things books, so if you want more posts on writing, marketing books, and new releases, and giveaways, please leave your email address here. I only send out a post once or twice a week at the most.

Happy reading, 

Carmen



Oh, and for you ghost hunters, if you’d like to read more about Ashley’s ghost, click here.

Ready for the holidays? If not, grab these Bargain eBooks for you and your friends!


Ebooks make great Christmas gifts. You can have Amazon email your friend or relative on Christmas morning, or you can print off the gift and stuff it in a card or stocking! Furthermore, if they've already read it, or it's not their taste, they can easily return it to Amazon at no cost and get something else.

If you need some ideas...here are some of my 'firsts' in collections or stand-alone stories.



When Mark Waters decided to be a detective, he didn't plan to investigate ghosts. 





In every myth, there’s a modicum of truth. Prepare to believe in the unbelievable.





A passionate romantic-suspense of love, betrayal, and obsession, She Belongs to Me will have you falling in love and wondering if you can trust anyone right up to the last page. 




The Creatus Series Boxed Set now includes all four installments in the Creatus Series: Creatus (They Exist), Creatus, Creatus Rogue, and Creatus Eidolon...698 pages in all!!!

Secret Santa for Book Lovers! Win 1 of 100 Gifts for you or a friend! #AmReading #Giveaway

Every year, I try to do something special for my readers, but attempting to get the biggest and bestest gift doesn't always work well, since that leaves so many other readers without gifts.

So, this year, I wanted to do more. I decided to give away ONE HUNDRED gifts. And, ALL gifts will be awarded before Monday, December 22, so you and/or your friends will receive by Christmas.

Grand Prize ~ $50 Amazon Gift Card
Runner-up Prizes
Southern Romantic-Suspense Paperback Collection
Creatus Series Paperback Collection
She Belongs to Me Audio Book
And Ninety-Five eBooks!!! 

 So, here's how it works...

Absolutely NO Purchase is required. All you have to do to unlock the grand prize and the rest of the 99 gifts is to sign up for my newsletter. Many of you are already signed up, so just post your email into the entry, which automatically registers you for the grand prize or the runner-ups. 

I know many of you have already read my books, so, I decided to help you play Secret Santa. Of course, if there is one of my books you haven't read, you can ask that the gift be sent to you. Plain and simple, I made a list of my books, and all you have to do is tell me where you want me to send it. Note: even though there are two on sale this week, when your friends receive them on Christmas Morning, they will be back to their regular price of $4.99!

Not sure which of my books you'd like, simply visit my Amazon Author Page

By the way...if you want to guarantee you or a friend gets an eBook for Christmas, Creatus (They Exist) and The Library (Where Life Checks Out) are on sale for $0.99 today. Download for yourself or gift to a friend. By the way, Amazon will allow you to send it Christmas morning!

Sorry, due to Amazon's strict gifting of eBooks, I have to restrict gifts to the US. Of course, I always have a couple free books on all sites, so you don't even have to play to win. Simply click one of my author pages below, and download your free book! If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section, and I promise you I will answer. 

If it isn’t available free in your area, use…
Smashwords

Ready, set, GIVE!