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Halloween Blitz – Full Recap

Did you miss any of the Halloween Blitz posts?

Below is a full list, with links, to all the Halloween Blitz event posts so you can go back through and revisit something you loved or catch up on what you missed before its over!

Tomorrow I will be posting the last post for Halloween Blitz, in which the winner of the Black Kindle Fire 7 will be announced! Be sure to check back for that announcement.

I hope you enjoyed this event as much as I did putting it on. If you loved it too, share the event posts with your friends/followers and come back next October for more horror/Halloween fun!

~Rebecca Besser

Day 1: Halloween Blitz  & Halloween Blitz – Last Halloween by Jay Wilburn

Day 2: Halloween Blitz – Keyport Cthulhu 2

Day 3: Halloween Blitz – The One That Got Away by Dale Elster

Day 4: Halloween Blitz – The Night Weaver by Monique Snyman

Day 5: Halloween Blitz – Re-Civilize: Liam by Rebecca Besser

Day 6: Halloween Blitz – Stiff Breeze by Brian J. Smith

Day 7: Halloween Blitz – Deadsville by Dale Elster & T.D. Trask

Day 8: Halloween Blitz – Twisted Pathways by Rebecca Besser

Day 9: Halloween Blitz – Cold Fingers by Suzi Albracht

Day 10: Halloween Blitz – Which Witch? by Rebecca Besser

Day 11: Halloween Blitz – Conversation with the Living by Courtney Rene

Day 12: Halloween Blitz – Fading Hope: Humanity Unbound

Day 13: Halloween Blitz – Cast a Shadow by Rebecca Besser

Day 14: Halloween Blitz – Feast or Famine: A Banquet of Tales for the Zombie Prepper

Day 15: Halloween Blitz – Middletown 3: Metal Apocalypse

Day 16: Halloween Blitz – Middletown 4: Unrestival

Day 17: Halloween Blitz – Hunger Pangs: Dark Confessions: Tales for Your Dining Pleasure

Day 18: Halloween Blitz – The Carnival 13: Thirteen Authors, One Story

Day 19: Halloween Blitz – Zombies Inside by Rebecca Besser & Courtney Rene

Day 20: Halloween Blitz – Anything But Zombies!

Day 21: Halloween Blitz – Tales of Terror and Mayhem

Day 22: Halloween Blitz – Undead Drive-Thru Kindle Sale

Day 23: Halloween Blitz – Undead Regengeration Kindle Sale

Day 24: Halloween Blitz – Every Foul Spirit by William Gorman

Day 25: Halloween Blitz – Autumn Shades: An Ode To The Season by John Grover

Day 26: Halloween Blitz – Crystal Lake 2020 Fundraiser

Day 27: Halloween Blitz – Kindle Fire 7 Giveaway

Day 28: Halloween Blitz – Crystal Lake Publishing Halloween Sale

Day 29: Halloween Blitz – Nurse Blood by Rebecca Besser

Day 30:  Halloween Blitz – Full Recap

Day 31: Halloween Blitz – Kindle Fire 7 Winner

Halloween Blitz – Zombies Inside by Rebecca Besser & Courtney Rene

Zombies Inside by Rebecca Besser and Courtney Rene will be free to download on Kindle from Oct. 19th-21st!

Click on cover to visit title on Amazon!

Zombies Inside

by

Rebecca Besser

with guest author Courtney Rene

 

If zombies are what you crave, open the pages of this book for a wild ride!

The 12 zombie short stories within (equaling over 64,000 words) will make you cringe, delight your imagination, and possibly even warm your heart . . . so the undead can feast upon it!

Be brave and see if you can survive the Zombies Inside!

 

Author Rebecca Besser

Rebecca Besser is the author of “Undead Drive-Thru, Undead Regeneration, Cursed Bounty, Twisted Pathways of Murder & Death, Hall of Twelve,” and “Nurse Blood (Limitless Publishing).” She’s also a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. Her work has appeared in the Coshocton Tribune, Irish Story Playhouse, Spaceports & Spidersilk, joyful!, Soft Whispers, Illuminata, Common Threads, Golden Visions Magazine, Stories That Lift, Super Teacher Worksheets, Living Dead Press Presents Magazine (Iss. 1 & 2), FrightFest eMagazine, An Xmas Charity Ebook, The Stray Branch, and The Undead That Saved Christmas (Vol. 1 & 2) and the Signals From The Void charity anthologies. She has multiple stories in anthologies by Living Dead Press, Wicked East Press, Pill Hill Press, Hidden Thoughts Press, Knight Watch Press, Coscom Entertainment, Crowded Quarantine Publications, and Collaboration of the Dead (projects), and one (each) in an anthology by Post Mortem Press, NorGus Press, Evil Jester Press, Horrified Press, Atria Books (S&S Digital), and Nocturnal Press Publications. She also has a poem in an anthology by Naked Snake Press and a children’s poem in Oxford Ink Literature Reader 4 from Oxford University Press (India).

Her nonfiction children’s article about skydiving, written for her writing course with the Institute of Children’s Literature, was published by McGraw Hill for NY Assessments.

She’s also an editor and has edited: Dark Dreams: Tales of Terror, Dead Worlds 7: Undead Stories, and Book of Cannibals 2: The Hunger from Living Dead Press; Earth’s End from Wicked East Press; End of Days: An Apocalyptic Anthology (Vol. 4 & 5/co-edited) from Living Dead Press; and she co-edited Feast or Famine (a zombie anthology).

 

Author Courtney Rene

Courtney Rene lives in the State of Ohio.  She is a graduate and member of the Institute of Children’s Literature.  Her writings include magazine articles, short fiction stories, several anthologies, as well as her young adult novels which include, the A Howl in the Night series, the Shadow Dancer series, Feathers, and her new release, COLD, published through Rogue Phoenix Press.  For a complete listing, visit www.ctnyrene.blogspot.com or feel free to contact her at ctnyrene@aol.com.

Halloween Blitz – Conversation with the Living By Courtney Rene

Conversation with the Living

By

Courtney Rene

 

Will you stop?  Hello!  You’ve been playing with that stupid board for over an hour now.  You’re driving me crazy.  In fact, the only reason I’m responding at all is to get you to shut up and stop all that chanting and mumbo jumbo stuff you’re doing.  Geez.

What does a person have to do to get some quiet around here?  Oh, and just FYI, Ouija boards don’t really work.  We just sometimes get bored and like to aggravate the living.

For Heaven’s sake, why are you cringing?  You have been calling for me, right?  Well, here I am.

Look, I can’t do anything to you.  I’m just an empty shell.  Fog like.  Here, I’ll show you.  See?

So, you got me here, what is it you want?

Excuse me?  Allow me to let you in on a little secret, just because you’re researching the house and found that I died here, doesn’t mean I owe you anything.

Wrong.  Regardless of what you think, this is still and will always be, my house.  I was, after all, here first.  In fact, it’s been like over a hundred years ago, now.

Oh, all right, fine.  Go ahead.  Ask your silly questions.

What’s it like to be dead?  Why you want to know is beyond me, but okay.  It’s a little hard to explain.  It’s kinda boring, actually.  Once your body dies, you have no need for sleep anymore, so you have loads of time to just wander around.  I found out early that people, living people, really don’t like to hold conversations with me now that I’m dead.

Then you have all the other dead people, and all they want to talk about is how they died, when they died, and how awful it is to be dead.  You can only take so much of that before you go loopy.

Being dead, it’s not so bad actually.  Just boring.

What’s that?  Oh.  Well, there really isn’t anything to feel.  Since we don’t eat, we don’t feel hunger.  Since we don’t have a living body anymore, we don’t get tired.  We don’t get cold or hot or sweaty anymore either.

Why don’t I talk funny?  What do you mean?

Oh, I see.  I have spent most of my time listening and learning.  In fact, I love watching television.  Reality TV, oh yeah.

The story of my death?  That’s kind of a sad story, actually.  You sure you want to hear about that?

Well, I was just about to turn seventeen.  My boyfriend, John, intended to ask for my hand.

Hey, it was a long time ago, girls got married early back then.  We didn’t have many options.  I was lucky I knew how to read.  A lot of the girls my age didn’t.  It was thought to be a waste of time to teach us lowly women to read.  That’s another story though.

Anyway, as I was saying, I was just about to turn seventeen.  We were having a huge winter snowstorm.  There was snow and ice, and wind.  I didn’t care about the snow though.  John was coming over to take me for a sleigh ride, and I was going, no matter what.  I didn’t care what anyone said.  John, he was so wonderful.  He had put little silver bells on the harnesses of the horses.  The jingling echoed sweetly through the night as we made our way over the snow-covered roads.  I remember that night like it was just today.  That was the last time I left the house.

By the time we came back home, I was frozen with cold, but so happy and so in love.  I knew I’d made the right choice with John.  He was a good man.  We would get married, have children, and live happily ever after.

I got a fever the next day.  After two nights of the raging fever, I went to sleep and never woke up again.

John was broken up over my death.  I saw him at my funeral.  Yes, I actually attended my own funeral.  I wanted to see who would come, and also who wouldn’t.  You’d be surprised at all the people you think are your friends, who aren’t.  People that were supposed to have been my friends said terrible things about me at my own funeral.  Like, how I was stubborn and stupid for going out in the cold.  How it served me right to be dead.  How high and mighty I always seemed, the conniving wretches.  That’s all right, I got them back.  I took a crash course on haunting, just for them.  That was fun.  Revenge, it can be fun.

Well, of course I still have feelings.  What you see before you is a soul.  Where do you think your feelings come from?

John came to my grave to see me every day for a month.  He felt my death was his fault.  After that first month, he started coming less and less.  Then, one day he just stopped coming.

I went to his house to see how he was doing.  Okay, I wanted to see why he wasn’t coming to see me anymore, and I admit that I missed him.

I may have been dead, but I learned to hate that night.  I slipped into John’s house, and there he was, with my one of my best friends.  I never went back.  I heard they got married.  I heard they had children.  They lived happily ever after.  They had my life, the one I was supposed to be living.  Yes, I learned all about hate.

Sadness is a terrible thing.  It can eat away at you whether you’re alive or dead.  I hid from the world for many years after that.  I wanted to forget. I didn’t.

How did I hide?  I went into the darkness, into the shadows, and wrapped myself up in them and just stayed in their cocooned arms until I was ready to leave.  Shadows have life in them.

You didn’t know that?  Well, they do.  They sing.  You can hear them if you listen.  You don’t have to be dead either.  In the dark of the night, you should try it.  It’s beautiful.

Well, I suppose it’s just like with me.  If you believe, you can see us, if you believe in the shadows, you can hear them.

I finally came out of the shadows when your family moved into the house.  This house had been empty for many years. It was quiet and peaceful and empty.  Then you moved in and with you, came the noise and the chaos.  It was wonderful.  I hadn’t realized how much life is in the young.  How much I missed it.

Now, why are you sitting here in the night, talking to cardboard?

Don’t be stupid.  I can’t tell you the future.  I can’t tell you if some boy likes you or not.  I’m dead, not a fortune teller.  Geez.  You have to figure that out for yourself.  You have to make the future yourself.  If I have learned anything in my life and in my death, it’s the world turns with or without you.  It’s not fair or just.  It just is.  You have to make your own future and live your life to the fullest for as long as you’re allowed.

Now quit screwing around in here in the dark and get out there and enjoy it while you can.

 

Author Courtney Rene

 

Courtney Rene lives in the State of Ohio.  She is a graduate and member of the Institute of Children’s Literature.  Her writings include magazine articles, short fiction stories, several anthologies, as well as her young adult novels which include, the A Howl in the Night series, the Shadow Dancer series, Feathers, and her new release, COLD, published through Rogue Phoenix Press.  For a complete listing, visit www.ctnyrene.blogspot.com or feel free to contact her at ctnyrene@aol.com.

 

Copyright © Courtney Rene 2019

Halloween Blitz – Win A Signed Copy of Zombies Inside!

Would you like to win a signed copy of Zombies Inside by Rebecca Besser, with a story from Guest Author Courtney Rene?

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About Zombies Inside:

Click on cover to visit title on Amazon.

Zombies Inside

by Rebecca Besser

with Guest Author Courtney Rene

 

If zombies are what you crave, open the pages of this book for a wild ride!

The 12 zombie short stories within (equaling over 64,000 words) will make you cringe, delight your imagination, and possibly even warm your heart . . . so the undead can feast upon it!

Be brave and see if you can survive the Zombies Inside!

 

Author Rebecca Besser

 

Author Courtney Rene

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser & Courtney Rene 2019

Halloween Blitz – Zombies Inside

The Zombies Inside ebook by Rebecca Besser (and guest author Courtney Rene) is free for Kindle from October 28th-29th!

Click on cover at to visit title on Amazon!

 

Zombies Inside by Rebecca Besser (and guest author Courtney Rene)

With a short story by guest author Courtney Rene

If zombies are what you crave, open the pages of this book for a wild ride!

The 12 zombie short stories within (equaling over 64,000 words) will make you cringe, delight your imagination, and possibly even warm your heart . . . so the undead can feast upon it!

Be brave and see if you can survive the Zombies Inside!

 

Author Rebecca Besser:

Author Rebecca Besser is the author of “Undead Drive-Thru, Undead Regeneration, Cursed Bounty, Twisted Pathways of Murder & Death, Hall of Twelve, the Zpoc Exception Series: Re-Civilize,” and “Nurse Blood (Limitless Publishing).” She’s also a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. Her work has appeared in the Coshocton Tribune, Irish Story Playhouse, Spaceports & Spidersilk, joyful!, Soft Whispers, Illuminata, Common Threads, Golden Visions Magazine, Stories That Lift, Super Teacher Worksheets, Living Dead Press Presents Magazine (Iss. 1 & 2), FrightFest eMagazine, An Xmas Charity Ebook, The Stray Branch, and The Undead That Saved Christmas (Vol. 1 & 2) and the Signals From The Void charity anthologies. She has multiple stories in anthologies by Living Dead Press, Wicked East Press, Pill Hill Press, Hidden Thoughts Press, Knight Watch Press, Coscom Entertainment, Crowded Quarantine Publications, and Collaboration of the Dead (projects), and one (each) in an anthology by Post Mortem Press, NorGus Press, Evil Jester Press, Horrified Press, Atria Books (S&S Digital), and Nocturnal Press Publications. She also has a poem in an anthology by Naked Snake Press and a children’s poem in Oxford Ink Literature Reader 4 from Oxford University Press (India).

Her nonfiction children’s article about skydiving, written for her writing course with the Institute of Children’s Literature, was published by McGraw Hill for NY Assessments.

She’s also an editor and have edited: Dark Dreams: Tales of Terror, Dead Worlds 7: Undead Stories, and Book of Cannibals 2: The Hunger from Living Dead Press; Earth’s End from Wicked East Press; End of Days: An Apocalyptic Anthology (Vol. 4 & 5/co-edited) from Living Dead Press; and I’ve co-editing Feast or Famine (a zombie anthology).

When she’s not busy writing and/or editing, she’s formatting book covers, building/maintaining websites, and writing book reviews.

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!

Event – Schedule Change – Country Crossroads Education of Yesterday

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Author Courtney Rene and I will be
signing/selling books at this event!

Plans have changed and we will

ONLY BE THERE ON SATURDAY, OCT. 15!

Country Crossroads Education of Yesterday
(Farm Equipment/Machinery/Tractor Show)

3685 Cass Irish Ridge Rd.
Dresden, Ohio 43821

Oct. 15-16, 2016

9AM-5PM (SATURDAY ONLY).

Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/749828578493717/
Facebook Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/EducationofYesterday/