Give Yourself the Gift of a Haunting Halloween

Have you been feeling a little … spookier than usual lately? It may just be that time of year to pull up a chair, munch a pumpkin spice scone, and crack open the cover of a brand-new haunting read. Readers of all shapes and sizes and ages and tastes love getting a thrill this time of year, reading mysteries and suspenseful novels as bare branches blow in the wind and strange noises make the mind soar with what could be lurking in the shadows. Are you one of them?

You’re in luck! From Fiction to Non-Fiction to Memoir to Children’s books, the Outskirts Press Bookstore is packed with great selections, both holiday-themed and haunt-free alike, that will enrich those long golden Fall afternoons and luxurious nights.

This October, we’d like to recommend a few of our favorite Halloween picks!

The Ghosts of Paw Paw Lake, written by Mark Simone & illustrated by Dan Simone

Something is afoot near Paw Paw lake. Over the decades, residents near the lake have noticed that some things don’t make complete sense: Sometimes, things are seen that should not be there. Rational minds encounter impossible specters as the sun drains from the day. And while everyone seems to have a story of a ghostly encounter that should not be possible, they struggle to share these stories with each other and the world. That’s where Mark Simone’s haunting book comes in; in this collection of short stories, his belief that occasionally ghosts share the same spaces we occupy breaks through in a series of thrilling, mysterious, and profound tales sure to delight readers of both holiday fiction and short story collections.

Maggie: Trick or Treat by L.S. Davis

No Halloween would be complete without a great picture book for young readers, and L.S. Davis delivers in his whimsical and delightful Maggie: Trick or Treat. This makes for Maggie’s third appearance—Maggie and MAGGIE are both available through the Outskirts Press bookstore but are not holiday-themed—and she just gets more and more interesting with each book! After all, who can’t relate to a little girl with a big appetite for food and for life? That’s right, nobody! Especially during the holiday season, what with all those pumpkin spice lattes and pies and whatnot!

Dutch River by Charles Ayer

When NYPD Detective Lieutenant Walter Hudson’s wife, Sarah, unexpectedly inherits a family farm in the tiny upstate village of Dutch River, New York, their first thought is to sell it as soon as possible. But they are immediately charmed by the village and its residents, and Sarah’s great-uncle, Armin Jaeger, leaves them a letter too puzzling to ignore. They are soon stunned to find that Sarah has been left more than a simple farmhouse in a quaint village; and matters turn even more intriguing when Walter discovers a mysterious connection between Dutch River and the murder of a prominent Boston philanthropist, Charles Martin Sewall. And matters take an even more deadly turn when Walter’s family is threatened. Walter will need all his skills and all the help he can get from his good friend, Leviticus Welles, as he desperately races against time not just to solve a hideous crime but to save his family as well. It’s a race he can’t afford to lose.

Priscilla Willa, Party Planner: Night at the Haunted Motel by Michelle McCormick

Juvenile Fiction readers should check out Night at the Haunted Hotel. Ten year-old Priscilla Willa is at it again! This time she and her partners are in charge of a murder mystery party at the old River Rock Inn. They’ve got their hands full with menus, costumes, and silly guests. But what are they supposed to do when a grumpy ghost shows up? Join the fun as Priscilla and her friends plan their most spooktacular party yet!

 

Ghosts of Mayflower & Ghosts of Mayflower II: Pennhurst by Tamera Lawrence

Do you believe in ghosts? In the 1980s, the Pennhurst State School and Mental Hospital was shut down due to resident abuse. Fast forward twenty-five years, and the Mayflower building hosts a number of resident ghosts. Author Tamera Lawrence, an orderly working on the grounds, documents many of these hauntings—ones that she has experienced personally as well as those experienced by others—and traces the history of what is now known as Pennhurst Asylum. This book holds a lot of cross-genre appeal and is sure to be a hit with lovers of both memoir and the paranormal. Lawrence leads her readers on a thrilling journey of discovery, documentation, and brushes with forces that defy human understanding—and her books, Ghosts of Mayflower and Ghosts of Mayflower II: Pennhurst make the perfect platform to launch your Halloween reads in October!

 

There’s always something exciting happening in the Outskirts Press Bookstore, where you can find all of the titles we’ve mentioned here today, and more, for sale online. While we’ve provided you with a few suggestions, the Outskirts Press bookstore is filled with books of all genres, certain to satisfy your craving for mystery and thrills. So, now it’s time to find your favorite afghan, heat up your mug of tea, and nestle into your new favorite book! And if you haven’t yet published a book yourself, there’s never a better time than now to inquire. Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com where you can chat with a Publishing Consultant or call us at 1-888-672-6657.

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Tales of Charm. Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere in Between by Thomas Noel Smith

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and cheaper than ever!

Author Thomas Noel Smith is taking his latest book Tales of Charm, Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere In Between, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. Thomas will be able to take his book to the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Thomas’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Thomas was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a glimpse into the mind of the creator of Tales of Charm, Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere In Between.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Tales of Charm, Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere In Between. What is it about?

Thomas: My book is a collection of short stories ranging from the very serious to the very ridiculous…all of the stories are very entertaining.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Thomas: There were stories deep within me that needed to be told.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Thomas: I submitted my manuscript to Outskirts Press. I have published four other books with Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Thomas: I think everyone who enjoys fiction will be interested in my book.

OP: What is special about your book?

Thomas: It is unique. The tales offer a different view of life and the world in general.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Thomas: No other book has such a wide variety of stories — ranging from the very short and direct, to the longer stories that approach the essence of life and love.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Thomas: I have published four books of poetry with Outskirts Press: “Dust” and Other Poems, Pirouettes in the Moonlight, Words of the Times, as well as Impressions and Memories.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Thomas: Yes, I plan to publish more.

OP: Thanks for your time, Thomas! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Thomas Noel Smith, in addition to being a writer, is also a poet. He is currently a film actor in Florida. He has also worked as a professional circus clown and a magician.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/flactortom

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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Your Most Valuable Selling Tool Could Be the Easiest

Everyone wants to know the secret to successful holiday selling. Is it an energetic social media blitz? High-impact advertising? Book-signing events during peak shopping hours?

All of these are smart promotional strategies and all of these have a common trait: They require readiness. The simple step of recognizing and acting upon a selling opportunity is the single most important step toward a season of selling. You can be ready for anything just be stocking up!

As an Outskirts Press self-published author, right now is your sweet spot for Christmas readiness. It’s the perfect time to order the author copies you’ll need for holiday promotions and sales, so you can be prepared for everything else. There are so many ways to make hardcopies work for you before, during and after Christmas day:

  1. Direct selling to other shoppers. Strike up a conversation and don’t be afraid to ask for the sale.
  2. Signing and selling at book events. Arrange book-signings for peak shopping hours; make sure you’re set up to accept cash, check and credit card payments.
  3. Sending to media contacts for radio, television and newspaper publicity. Order now and you’ll be in good shape for a pre-Black-Friday publicity push.
  4. Book giveaways to promote on social media. Ask friends and followers to like and share your posts for chances to win a signed copy. They’ll get excited, and the winner may generate positive word-of-mouth that stimulates future sales.
  5. Gifts to family, friends and influencers. A complimentary copy in the right hands could more than pay for itself. Get the good vibes — and the good buzz — going with strategic gifting.

Time will fly between now and the holidays, so order now to get ahead on your promotional push. Login to your Author Center to place your order for author copies. Remember to take advantage of bulk order discounts to get the most bang for your buck!

 

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

Here’s this week’s Featured Book-of-the-Week available now on Amazon.com!


Master of Mayhem: (No one is safe)

by R. M. Kidwell

Price: $18.95

R. M. Kidwell’s “Master of Mayhem: (No one is safe).” Isaac Lenin Stinch is worse than the Antichrist. Isaac is on a divine mission to destroy mankind for their evil deeds and will stop at nothing. Hundreds of thousands are dying in Los Angeles and New York will be next. Absolutely no one is safe. Can this mass murderer be stopped? Who can stop him?

 

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As a self-publishing author, you work hard to produce a manuscript that’s compelling, engaging, polished and professional. That hard work doesn’t end when the final flourish hits the last page. In fact, the real journey begins when your book hits the shelves.

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