Christmas Blog Hop 2012

2012 Christmas Blog Hop

Hi Everyone! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!!
I hope you love the hop! Make sure you visit all the participating blogs and enter their giveaways as well as mine. Have fun and remember to leave comments ūüôā I will pick a comment at the end of the tour for an EXTRA giveaway.
Here are the other participating blogs my Rafflecopter is also below!!!
18. Casey Crow

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Haunted – The Sultan’s house – The Gardette/La Prete House/Burgundy St., NOLA

1240 Burgundy Street, New Orleans, LA

The house was constructed in 1836 by a wealthy creole named Jean Baptiste La Prete.  After some of the wealthy creole families began to lose their fortunes later in the century, La Prete was forced to rent out his beautiful home.

His notorious tenant was a Turk who claimed to be a sultan.¬† The Turk spent his riches redecorating the home, and it soon became his own eastern oasis.¬† He chained the iron gates and moved in a harem of girls and young boys.¬† The house was shrouded in secrecy as the sultan apparently didn’t want the people of New Orleans to know what was truly occurring inside it’s walls.¬† Of course, all the security–blacked out windows and¬†arab guards–caused the place to become the talk of the neighborhood in no time.

The mysterious Turk¬†kept his doings well under wraps until one morning when passersby¬†noticed blood oozing from beneath the gates.¬† When the authorities didn’t respond quick enough, the neighbors forced their way onto the property.¬† It was immediately obvious that something horrific had occurred inside the Turk’s¬†fortress.¬† As the neighbors searched the house, the were greeted by the sight of human limbs scattered about and corpses with no heads.¬† The Turk himself was found mutilated and burned in the garden out back.

No one knows for sure who committed these atrocities, but residents and visitors alike have seen dark figures in oriental clothing and heard the sounds of torturous screams in the houses halls.  To this day, the vicious crime is still discussed as everyone wonders exactly who put an end to the Turk and the enigmatic way in which he lived.

Hope you enjoyed!  Sleep tight!

Cheers,

Monique O’Connor James

Author of The Keepers, The Watchers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu, The Mulligan Man, Becoming Jolie & Magia Rising

Coming soon:  Musical Scares and Black Water Bayou

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NANOWRIMO…The Making of a Novel

If you’re an author or up coming writer who has never participated in NANOWRIMO, you may be asking yourself–what’s the point? I wanted to share with you my experience and get you excited about this opportunity to come up with a new plot and push yourself to write, write, write.

Admittedly, I didn’t participate in 2011, however, I jumped in feet first in 2010.¬†¬†On Halloween day, and i¬†still had no idea what¬†I was going to write about.¬† Earlier in the day, I had skimmed over the news and seen something about a kidnapping that sparked my interest.¬† I generally write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, so I knew I’d have to give a kidnapping story a spin that would blow readers away in order to make the thirty days work for me.

I did some quick research and found information about a playground in Alabama.¬† Several children had been abducted and subsequently, their bodies were all found in this playground.¬† Morbid–I know! However, it gave me the idea for a novel that was eventually¬†released in September 2012 called Becoming Jolie.¬† I’m not a plotter by any stretch of the imagination, so¬†I made a few quick notes and decided¬†I had nothing to lose by giving it a shot.

Before you start making excuses, hear me out.¬†¬†I was¬†working a full-time job, taking care of my children and husband, dealing with constant migraines and doing¬†all of the things that we all do just to keep things going.¬† The only thing¬†I required of myself is that I would write at least thirty minutes a day, even if that meant staying up until everyone else was in bed.¬† This wasn’t difficult for me, because that’s pretty much the best time for me to write anyway.

Here is the great part–I almost psyched myself out in the beginning.¬†¬†I kept thinking there was no way¬†I could write 50,000 in 30 days, especially¬†with all the balls¬†I had in the air.¬† I had to¬†keep reminding myself that nothing horrible would happen if I didn’t make it.¬† A wonderful thing happened though, the more¬†I wrote, the¬†more the words flowed.¬† I finished Becoming¬†Jolie¬†and met my Nanowrimo goal in 18 days!

That book has turned out to be a fan favorite.¬† Of course, it went through changes and edits.¬† In fact, the finished product after Nanowrimo had some major point of view issues, as I was quite green when I set out to finish it.¬† My point is, you never know what will happen if you challenge yourself to participate.¬† Have fun with it and relax–no one will beat you if you don’t finish!

So I know you’re going to ask…am I going to do it this year?¬†I am currently¬†working on a novel and a short story.¬† What better way to push myself to get them completed?

Ready! Set! Go!¬† Here is the link to the site –Go ahead–Sign up – http://www.nanowrimo.org/

Interested in the novel created during Nanowrimo 2010?¬† Here’s a link, blurb¬†and the cover just for you:

   Blurb:

Jolie Bourque is trying to finish her thesis on mass hysteria and get on with her life. Enter Follette, Louisiana. The small town has been plagued by ghost sightings and a rash of missing children. She is convinced everyone in town is crazy ‚ÄĒ except Hutch Landry and his brother Tucker.

The brothers seem to be the only people willing to help when she starts asking questions. Just when
she thinks things can’t get any crazier, she begins to have dreams and visions of her own. Uncovering the town’s ties to her own life throws Jolie into a tailspin.

Can she survive the madness that is Follette, Louisiana? Who is preying on the town’s children? Can Jolie afford to fall in love while drowning in madness? If she does ‚ÄĒ how on earth will she choose between brothers?

It’s all just part of the journey to Becoming Jolie.

http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Jolie-ebook/dp/B009DHBW26/ref=pd_rhf_se_p_t_3

Comment and let me know if you plan to participate and are reaching your goals!

Cheers,

Monique O’Connor James

Author of  The Keepers, The Watchers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu, The Mulligan Man, Magia Rising & Becoming Jolie

Coming soon:  Muscial Scares & Black Water Bayou

 

Becoming Jolie Huge Giveaway!

Becoming Jolie is going to be FREE for download on Amazon from October 8-10.  We have set up giveaway so that you can win lots of free stuff by helping us spread the word!  Just click on the rafflecopter link below and follow directions.  Hope you enjoy!!!!

Prizes РOriginal cover Рsigned copy of Becoming Jolie Р(The one with the swing set on it), PDFS of Magia Rising, Becoming Jolie and The Watchers and a $10 Amazon Gift card are all up for grabs!

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Huge Giveaway – Magia Rising Launch!!!!

Come help me celebrate the debut of Magia Rising by clicking on the giveaway link below!!! You have a chance to win A $25 Amazon Gift Card, Mardi Gras Beads, and PDF Copies of Magia Rising!!!!

Have fun!!!!

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Free Read: The Awakening – Chapters 17, 18 & 19!!!!

Chapter 17, 18 & 19

Yes, I’ve been super slow.¬† I have had major writers block and migraines for days….but I love you guys, so here is the next few chapters!

Cheers!

Monique O’Connor James

Check out my other books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  The Keepers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu, The Mulligan Man.

Coming in July:  Becoming Jolie and The Watchers

Coming in October:  Magia Rising

 

 

The Book Demolition Derby!!! Scavenger Hunt! May 5-May 20th 2012

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 A fabulous group of authors has gotten together to offer readers the chance to win lots of signed books and PDFs for their collection!  This is amazing!  We hope you enjoy!

Here’s the scoop!¬† Below is a list of web addresses for each author and a question from their website.¬† Most of the questions come from the first page.¬†(If a question comes from another page we will tell you where to look).

We made the questions as simple as possible.  The idea is just to visit each website.  Once you have answered all the questions email your list of answers to nique313@yahoo.com.  On May 20th, we will do a random drawing from the correct answers and you can win signed books or pdfs from these authors.  (See prizes below.)

Questions and websites:

1. http://www.moniqueoconnorjames.com/ РIn what state does Monique live?

2.¬† http://www.kristinecheney.com/¬†– click on bio-¬†what¬†is the name of Kristine’s labra-doodle?

3. http://www.ginikoch.com/ РMaking the world safer one _______ at a time.

4.¬† http://sellery.weebly.com/– What is the name of the anthology Miller’s Daughter was published in?

5. http://jfjenkinswrites.wordpress.com РClick graveyard Рwhat does Jillian keep track of here?

6.  www.elainecantrell.com РHope. Dreams.

7.  www.frederickjarceneaux.webs.com РWhere is the setting of Mirrored?

8. http://eawest.mcphitty.com РWhat are her unusual pets?

9. http://www.lisakumar.com/ – Escape into fantasy and _______.

10. http://www.breaessex.com/ – Shadows and ________.

11. http://www.briclarkthebelleofboise.blogspot.com/oise.blogspot.com – _____ from the life of an author and speaker.

12. http://www.thesupernovasaga.com/– Who is the publisher of Supernova?

13. http://murdersandmysteries.wordpress.com/ – What kind of dog is that on Lindsay’s blog? (hint – Lassie)

14. http://www.iris-b.blogspot.com/ – Dare to live your _______.

15. http://feliciarogersauthor.webs.com/ Click on about me. For what is love without _______.

16. http://www.lisaorchard.com/ click on bio – Where did Lisa grow up?

17. http://www.nancygideon.com/ Romance by any other _____.

18. http://www.loraleelillibridge.com/ – Ordinary People….Extra-ordinary ______.

19. http://www.sherrygloag.com/ – The ______ of romance.

20. http://joselynvaughn.wordpress.com/books-sucker2.htm – The things that give me joy (and _______).

21. http://www.patriciakiyono.com/ – Escape into a great ______ _______.

PRIZES:

FIRST PLACE: 7 Signed Print Books & 3 PDFS

SECOND PLACE: 5 Signed Print Books & 3 PDFS

THIRD PLACE: 2 Signed Print Books & 3 PDFS

FOURTH PLACE: 10 PDFS

FIFTH PLACE: 7 PDFS

SIXTH PLACE: 3 PDFS

Cheers and Enjoy The giveaway!

*** PS:¬†¬† I did everything I could to get the covers of the books to pull into this post and for some reason the preview button wasn’t working in wordpress!¬† So here is a list of the books that are being offered just in case it doesn’t work!

Print:  The Keepers, Jamais Vu, Spartan Heart, Secret Santa, Alien in the Family, Her Kind of Man, A New Dream, Mirrored, Sucker for a Hot Rod, Foreshadow, Eternal Witch, Supernova, Seeker of Shadows and All that Matters

PDFS:  His Chosen Bride, Aegean Intrigue, The Legacy, The Keepers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu, The Mulligan Man, Spartan Heart Part One, Spartan Heart Part Two, Spartan Surrender,  Secret Santa, Unfiltered, Legend of The Oceina Dragon, Legend of the Inero Dragon, Vala Agenda, Vala Heritage, Battlefield, The Sentence, Imperfect Beauty, Through the Rabbit Hole, Foreshadow, Eternal Witch, A Body In the Attic, Emily Dahill CID, A Dog Gone Christmas, Journey to Her Dreams, Painted Lady, Love Octagon,The Super Spies РCat & Lady Killer.

Monique O’Connor James

Author of The Keepers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu, The Mulligan Man

& Coming Soon:  Becoming Jolie and The Watchers!!!

Free Read!!! The Awakening – Chapters 11 and 12

Took me long enough but here are the next chapters!¬† I’ll try to do a couple more this weekend.

Chapter 11 and 12

Cheers,

Monique O’Connor James

Author of The Keepers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu, and The Mulligan Man

Coming Soon:  Becoming Jolie

Free Read – The Awakening Chapters 7 & 8

So Happy Birthday to me!¬† I’m sending you all a couple of new chapters to read!

Enjoy!!

Chapters 7 & 8

Cheers,

Monique O’Connor James

Author of The Keepers – http://www.amazon.com/The-Keepers-ebook/dp/B0054LO9E8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1331129226&sr=8-6

Jamais Vu – http://www.amazon.com/Jamais-Vu-ebook/dp/B005SG02FE/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

Deja Vu – http://www.amazon.com/Deja-Vu-ebook/dp/B006X3133G/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

The Mulligan Man – http://www.amazon.com/The-Mulligan-Man-ebook/dp/B005ES06M0/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

Coming May 2012 – Becoming Jolie from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.

Ghost Stories #7 – The Beauregard-Keyes House/New Orleans

 

This house is located on Chartres Street, in The French Quarter.  Both Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant, who ordered the first shot at Ft. Sumter, and Frances Parkinson Keyes, a noted author, resided in this home after its construction in 1826.

Now days, during the day, tourists wander through its rooms where Keyes’ extensive doll collection and many confederate artifacts are kept.¬† At night however, folks claim to have seen ghostly visitors from eras past.

People clasay that after the tourists leave, the house becomes filled with a supernatural gore-fest that depicts the reenactment of the Battle of Shiloh.¬† Although, no battles were ever fought on this site, the General did write detailed reports of the horrors he’d witnessed while he lived here.

Apparitions of men with mangled limbs, and injured horses and mules have plagued the house for years, along with the pungent aroma of death. The house also claims a ghost dog and ghost cat who are often seen by the caretakers.  They believe these animals were owned by Keyes during her time in the home.

An Italian family once made the place their residence. They were run out in the middle of the night in a hail of gun fire by unknown assailants.  Since that time, the sounds of parties and moving furniture can be heard throughout the night.

Is it possible that the prior residents have left their imprint on the place?¬† Why is it that some buildings¬†seem to soak in the stories of their owners while others don’t?

The Beauregard-Keyes house has such a rich history that it is definitely worth a visit the next time you are in New Orleans!

Cheers!

Monique O’Connor James

Author of The Keepers – http://www.amazon.com/The-Keepers-ebook/dp/B0054LO9E8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1331129226&sr=8-6

Jamais Vu – http://www.amazon.com/Jamais-Vu-ebook/dp/B005SG02FE/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

Deja Vu – http://www.amazon.com/Deja-Vu-ebook/dp/B006X3133G/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

The Mulligan Man – http://www.amazon.com/The-Mulligan-Man-ebook/dp/B005ES06M0/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

Coming May 2012 – Becoming Jolie from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.