4 New Book Releases – September & October

It just so happens that I’m involved with 4 new books being released in September and October (2017)!

Crazy right?

But…Halloween is Horror Christmas, so it kinda makes sense.

Here are the books you should be looking forward to:

Zpoc Exception Series: Re-Civilize:

Book 3 – Liam

by Rebecca Besser

Middletown 3: Metal Apocalypse

Treasured Chests

A Zombie Anthology (for charity)

Available for pre-order! Click on cover to visit title on Amazon.

Murder They Wrote

 

The first book is the continuation of my Zpoc Exception Series: Re-Civilize, and all the other books are anthologies with one of my stories included.

More information will be forthcoming as each title is released, or gets closer to its release date, so stay tuned!

 

©Rebecca Besser, 2017. All rights reserved.

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Judgement – There’s No Escape

Everyone at some point in their life will be wrongly judged by someone. It might be a random thought in a stranger’s head when they glanced at you in passing that you never knew about. It might be from people that knew you once upon a time and can’t see that you’re different now because of the passage of time and experience. It might be from people who know you merely in passing, but think they know who you are even though they’ve never had a real conversation with you. It might be because you won’t bend to someone else’s will and stand up for yourself, your life, and your priorities. Or it might be from random people because of your job, your skin tone, or some other stupid superficial crap.

None of those judgements have anything to do with you. They’re all about other people being their asshole selves because they suffer from deep insecurities or fears.

I’m the recipient of a lot of judgements, unfortunately.

Why?

I’m odd, silly, and strange. I love to spend time alone. I’m a horror author. Add to that I’m a woman who goes against the grain of most social norms (Aquarius & INTJ = me). You could say it’s in my nature to stand out…and be proud of the fact I’m different.

Most of the people I really like, love those things about me. And I love the interesting quirks that make them, them. Honestly, I get along with most people because I like diversity. I find people different than myself insanely interesting.

I’ve found that about 98% of the people who don’t like me are women I stand up to. They’re women who have tried to manipulate or control me mentally or emotionally and I simply wouldn’t allow it. Not doing what other people want and not being the person other people think you should be is wrong, I guess, because it has always made me the bitch. I could literally compile a list of about a hundred or more people I’ve come across in some aspect of my life that could fit into the category of “manipulative controller” that lash out when they don’t get their way.

I’ve never regretted standing up to those people. If standing up for myself makes me a bitch, then a bitch I am.

Then, add in the judgements I receive because I’m a horror author… I’m an author of dark fiction, zombie fiction, thrillers, and suspense. I write stuff that haunts people’s nightmares.

Because of this, some people think I’m a bad or twisted person.

I’ve had people introduce me as the person who writes weird or strange stuff. I’ve been told I can’t come to certain community events as a vendor because the content of my books is too dark. I could go on and on about the prejudice against what I write and me because I write it.

Usually, overall, judgements don’t bother me. I really don’t care what people think of me. But, I’m human, so sometimes it annoys me or hurts.

Darkness is part of life, and you can’t have light without darkness. Everyone has darkness and light inside them. Most people deny the dark part of themselves because they believe it makes them bad. I embrace mine and use it in a creative manner for entertainment. Writing is my therapy.

I give my light to my family and I give my darkness to my creativity.

I’m balanced.

I’m happy.

And I’m okay with who I am no matter what other people think.

I hope you are too! But if you’re not, I hope this post makes you feel less alone when you stand against the judgement of others.

When and if you do find yourself at the receiving end of judgement, remember…people who judge you are assholes suffering from deep insecurities or fears. Don’t let them bring you down.

 

©Rebecca Besser, 2017. All rights reserved.

What is Horror? by Rebecca Besser

What is Horror?

By Rebecca Besser

 

If you do some research on what horror is, you’ll discover horror is the revulsion one feels when something terrible happens. That it follows terror, which is the anxiety and anticipation of something bad about to happen.

“The difference between Terror and Horror is the difference between awful apprehension and sickening realization: between the smell of death and stumbling against a corpse.” – Devendra Varma in The Gothic Flame (1966).

There are many vehicles in which horror is found: film, literature, art, etc. All of which use a mixture of terror and horror elements.

When people hear the word horror, they generally think about creatures such as vampires, zombies, demons, and other monsters. They also think about blood, pain, misery, and torture – psychological horror. The common denominator in all horror is death.

Death is the most terrifying thing that anyone can face – either their own demise or of someone they care about. Often, even a stranger’s death, seen up close, can impact someone in ways they never dreamed possible; it forces them to face the fact that they will die someday and there is nothing they can do about it.

Death, and what leads to death, scares everyone in some way whether they realize it or not. That’s the base root of all horror. Terror is what we feel leading up to the death we know is coming and horror is what we face when we are toe to toe with death.

What form of death scares you the most? Chances are that’s the kind of horror you like to experience the most, because it gives you that thrill of terror and most satisfying horror moments as it all pans out.

©Rebecca Besser, 2015 & 2017. All rights reserved.

Horror Writing – Housing Demons

We all have darkness inside us. We all have demons spawned from scars on our souls. While most people run from the evidence of brokenness, damage, and pain, horror writers face it. We’ll sit and talk to our demons, daring our minds to push against that barrier inside – that once breached – would lead to our own personal insanity.

But, you have to keep in mind, to have darkness you also have to have light. There are no shadows to hide in if there is not first that light to cast them in their grotesque glory.

Follow my mind and thoughts for a moment… Light casts shadows using objects. The shadows sometimes show the shape of the innocent object, but other times, the shadows are twisted and warped to the point of not being recognizable. That’s where our demons – the ones inside we talk to – want to live. We have to make them a home so we can stay sane for a while longer.

A horror writer is the light, searching for just the right angle to produce the warped and twisted shadows to make you think and wonder. The objects can be anything from people we encounter on a day to day basis or just random thoughts or things we run across.

A horror writer’s job is to face the demons inside and look for the shadows they want to live in. We give them a life outside ourselves in stories – the shadows we create. We give them somewhere to live and breathe so they’ll leave us alone for a time.

That’s what we do…we create the horror and unleash the demons.

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©Rebecca Besser, 2013 & 2017. All rights reserved.

Labor Day Weekend Freebie – Re-Civilize: Elaine

The second book in my Zpoc Exception Series: Re-Civilize is free for a limited time!

This Labor Day weekend, you can download Re-Civilize: Elaine to your Kindle for free (Sept. 1st-4th, 2017)!

(Book one in the series, Re-Civilize: Chad, is available for $0.99 on Kindle.)

Zpoc Exception Series
Re-Civilize
Book 2 – Elaine

Elaine is an average teen girl. All she wants is to be noticed by the boy she likes and for her parents to relax enough to let her go on a date with him. She’s tired of her boring life where the most excitement she has is her parents fighting, which she hates.

When the zombie apocalypse wipes out the world as she knows it, she makes her way home, where she has always been overprotected and safe.

This time, home is not the fort of comfort she has always known. Instead it’s a den of danger where she’s bitten by her zombie mother.

Wounded and scared, she manages to hide. Her father comes to her rescue and attempts to get them to a safe zone he heard about on the radio. They run out of gas and end up having to find shelter. They end up in Chad’s house.

Chad tells them how he’s immune to the zombie virus, and that he believes Elaine is too, because she hasn’t turned into a zombie from her bite.

They make plans to travel together to the safe zone once Elaine is strong enough. When Chad goes to find them a new vehicle and supplies, he finds a small boy named Tad.

At the safe zone, Elaine has to deal with being separated from her father and Tad, while being forced to make a decision that will change who she has always been…and her relationship with Chad.

 

©Rebecca Besser, 2017. All rights reserved.

Book Signing – Harlem Days

PLANS HAVE CHANGED BECAUSE OF EXPECTED RAIN! I will be at this event SUNDAY with Author Courtney Rene! My free book to five Facebook friends will now be on SUNDAY until all five are fulfilled (while I’m there, obviously).

This weekend, on Aug. 19th Author Courtney Rene and I will be at Harlem Days selling/signing books!

Address of event:

3883 S. St. Rt. 605

Galena, OH 43021

(Located in Center Village)

 

As a bonus this year, since I would LOVE to meet some of my Facebook friends… I will be giving away free books!

The first five of my Facebook friends who show up at the Harlem Days event and stop at our table between 9AM-Noon will get a free signed book of their choice from the Rebecca Besser titles on hand for the event. So…come see us!

 

And, while you’re at Harlem Days you get to enjoy all this too!
Note: Admission and most activities are free!

 

Harlem Days – Day 1 (Aug. 19th) Schedule:

All Day:

– Gary Davis (Whittler)

– Ralph Arms (Native American reenactor)

– Mark Twain Wanderer

– Fire Department equipment display & kids hose spray

– Craft and food vendors, and local exhibitors

 

Times:

9:00 am – Flower show judging, Community Room

10:00-10:45 am – Opening Parade

10:00 am-12:00 pm – Del Co Sheriff Mounted Deputy

11:00 am-6:00 pm – Tractor Tug Pull, south of the firehouse

10:45-11:45 am – Senior social hour in the Big Tent

11:30 am-1:30 pm – Larry Wilson & God’s Country Band in the Big Tent

12:00-2:00 pm – Living Statue wandering park

12:00-5:00 pm – Flower Show open in Community Room

12:00-4:00 pm – Petting Zoo

12:00-4:00 pm – Pony Rides

1:00-5:00 pm – Mechanical Spider and Gyro rides, small bounce house

2:30-3:30 pm – Steve Ball in the Big Tent

4:00-4:30 pm – New Albany High School Band in the Big Tent

5:00 pm – Art and Collectibles Auction, Firehouse Bays

7:00 – 9:00 pm – Whiskey River Band in the Big Tent

9:15 pm – Fireworks

 

If you decide to come on Sunday (I won’t be there, but Author Courtney Rene will) you’ll get to enjoy…

 

Harlem Days – Day 2 (Aug. 20th) Schedule:

All Day:

– Ralph Arms (Native American reenactor)

– Doc Hollen, old time medicine man

– Steve Ball (Civil War music presentation)

– Gary Davis (Whittler)

– Ralph Arms

– Doc Hollen – medicine man

– Fire Department equipment display & kids hose spray

– Craft and food vendors, and local exhibitors

– Historic and Educational Displays

 

Times:

8:00 am-10:00 am – Pancake Breakfast

9:00 am-12:00 pm – Car Show Registration

10:00-11:00 am – Church Service in the Big Tent

11:30 am-1:30 pm – Fox Valley Harvest Band in the Big Tent

12:00-3:00 pm – Flower Show open in Community Room

12:00-3:00 pm – Car Show Judging

12:00-4:00 pm – McFarland’s Llamas

12:00-4:00 – Carousel and Climbing Wall

12:00-3:00 pm – Del Co Sheriff K-9 Lacey

12:30 pm – Kid’s Pedal Pull, registration

1:00 pm – Kid’s Pedal Pull

2:00-3:00 pm – Steve Ball in the in the Big Tent

3:00 pm – Car Show and other awards in the Big Tent

5:00 pm – See you next year!

 

We hope to see you this weekend at Harlem Days!

Carolyn Arnold – Brandon Fisher FBI Series

Title: The Brandon Fisher FBI Series

Author: Carolyn Arnold

Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

Genre: Thriller, Police Procedural

Profilers. Serial killers. The hunt is on.

Do serial killers and the FBI fascinate you? Do you like getting inside the minds of killers, love being creeped out, sleeping with your eyes open, and feeling like you’re involved in murder investigations? Then join FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team with the Behavioral Analysis Unit in their hunt for serial killers.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Criminal Minds, NCIS, Silence of the Lambs, Seven, Dexter, Luther, and True Crime.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: Eleven, Silent Graves, The Defenseless, Blue Baby, Violated, Remnants.

Grab your copy of the first book, Eleven, for FREE on Kindle and Nook!

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Meet today’s guest, Carolyn Arnold.

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

Today, she answers a few questions for us and gives us insight into her life as a mystery author.

When you first begin writing a new book, is your main focus on the characters or the plot?

I’d have to say it’s really a blend of both. I approach writing a book without an outline and with merely an idea of the storyline. Oftentimes, I don’t even know the identity of the killer until my characters work through the investigation. Both the characters and the plot are strengthened through the editing process.

Why do you write within your chosen genre?

I love the logical progression and intrigue that goes with the mystery genre. The fact that I love to read mysteries and watch crime dramas has also made writing in the genre only a matter of time.

How much research goes into your fiction writing? What is your approach?

As an author of police and FBI procedurals, a lot of research goes into each of my books. I need to know how real life police or FBI would handle situations, have an understanding of forensics and weapons, as well as a grasp of the human aspect—the interaction between departments of law enforcement and within a department.

I’m grateful to have contacts from law enforcement who are generous in sharing their wisdom and experience with me.

Is there a time of day or night when you’re most creative?

It used to always be the morning, but that’s not always the case anymore.

Describe your writing environment. (Do you prefer noise or silence? Is your work area messy or neat? What do you see when you look around you?)

Oh, I love working in my office for the most part, but sometimes during the summer, I’ll take my laptop outside and write on my patio.

I prefer just above tomb silent and my work area is somewhat messy with papers everywhere… (bows head in embarrassment).

Connect with CAROLYN ARNOLD Online:
Website | Twitter | Facebook

 And don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter for up-to-date information on release and special offers at http://carolynarnold.net/newsletters.

 

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