Friday, October 26, 2018

Scary Movie Night With Carolyn (Week #4)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Happy Halloween,  weekend #4! In case you missed the last three week's posts, throughout the whole month of October 2018, I have be en sharing some of my all time favorite FREE public domain horror movies with you--my readers! 

What does that mean, exactly? That means that you can watch the movie right here, right now on the internet! 
 
Join me for "scary movie night" this final weekend before Halloween for my all time favorite public domain horror flick! Then, throughout the weekend you can feel free to chat with me about the movie either here on the blog or on my Facebook page! 

The last movie in this marathon is the best of the best. House on Haunted Hill from 1959. It is another Vincent Price movie (he's my all time favorite horror actor) and I watch every single year. It became a tradition many years ago when I was still young. Back then, we would rent the movie on VHS tape from our local grocery store rental shop, pop some popcorn, and scare ourselves silly!

I've already mentioned my love of "Old Dark House" movies, but none is better than this. It is the perfect horror movie formula. A bunch of strangers get locked in a creepy old mansion overnight. There are bleeding walls, severed heads, secret passageways, hidden rooms, and of course . . . murder. 
 
So, without further ado, enjoy with me this weekend watching one of the spookiest and best public domain horror movies around: House on Haunted Hill!
 
 
 

Perfectly Pumpkin Killer

TRICK-OR-TREAT! Do I have a treat for you! The latest book in my Pies and Pages cozy mystery series is out now on Amazon Kindle for only 99 cents and for free on Kindle Unlimited!

Those of you who follow me on social media will know all of my recent woes about visiting the dentist. Many of you jokingly said I should include a dentist in one of my books . . . and so I have, thanks to all of your advice. And what better time to include a dentist than in a spooky Halloween mystery (at least I find visiting the dentist a little scary).

When I was at the dentist this past month, I laid there with my mouth wide open while the dentist and his assistant worked away. Meanwhile, they chatted it up about the local Haunted Houses they were going to visit and what they might dress up as for Halloween.

Well, that got me thinking about tons of story ideas, and I dressed up the dentist in my story as a vampire! Of course, as luck would have it, there is a murder with a "vampiric" touch.

How much torturous pain can you stand?

Pie shop owner Bertha Hannah loves Halloween, but not when she has a toothache. Forced to stop eating candy, pie, and all her other favorite sweets, Bert finally gives into one her her biggest fears . . . and goes to see a dentist. Too add to her already skyrocketing stress level, she has committed to making a batch of pies for the Halloween Charity Carnival being held at the local amusement park.


Bert’s excruciating holiday goes from bad to worse when she stumbles upon a body, the murder of which seems to be somehow oddly connected to her visit to the dentist and she begins to wonder what sort of fiend is running around the streets of Culver's Hood this Halloween.


Will she be able put together the clues and solve the case, or will she be next to ‘donate’ blood?


You can pick up Perfectly Pumpkin Killer for only 99 cents right now on Amazon Kindle. Please enjoy it and Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Scary Movie Night With Carolyn (Week #3)

The Screaming Skull (1958)

Happy Halloween,  weekend #3! In case you missed the last two week's posts, throughout the whole month of October 2018, I will be sharing some of my all time favorite FREE public domain horror movies with you--my readers! 

What does that mean, exactly? That means that you can watch the movie right here, right now on the internet! 
 
Join me for "scary movie night" by watching a spooky classic each weekend! Then, throughout the weekend you can feel free to chat with me about the movie either here on the blog or on my Facebook page! 
 
This week's movie is The Screaming Skull from 1958. Get ready for some real cheesy film making with this one. Sometimes, I just love to sit and watch an old movie that is, "so bad it's good," as the saying goes. The Screaming Skull falls into that category. 

The story follows a newly married couple as they move into the husband's former home where he lived with his now deceased first wife. Soon, his new wife starts to suspect that the former lover is still hanging around the house--tormenting her in the form of a skull!

Made on a shoestring budget with some of the goofiest scenes and effects you've ever witnessed, The Screaming Skull is a fun and spooky gem that is worth watching, in my opinion.

So, without further ado, enjoy with me this weekend: The Screaming Skull! 



Thursday, October 18, 2018

Halloween Waffle Murder

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I am proud to announce my latest cozy mystery novella--Halloween Waffle Murder, the tenth and final book in the Wicked Waffle Cozy Mystery series.

Yes, it's true. The waffle series is coming to an end. For those of you who have been reading the books since the first entry in Diner of the Dead, this will be a bitter sweet moment to be sure.  I know it was for me.

As I wrote the final words of this book, I couldn’t help but feel a great sense of overwhelming gratitude. This series, along with the Diner of the Dead books before it, was my first excursion into professional full-time writing. I’d worked in the publishing industry before this as a publicist and editor, but my passion had always been as a creative writer. (After all, that was what I studied so intently in college, how to make it as a career writer.)

Ultimately, this success and the ability to write thirty books staring diner owner Sonja and her boyfriend/husband Frank is thanks to you the readers. You have supported me through this long learning process.  I can’t thank you enough. Additionally, my publisher Summer Prescott has been a patient and enthusiastic teacher to this novice apprentice. Thanks, are in order for Gretchen Allen as well, who was with me during much of this writing process as a top-notch editor and publicist. 


In the end, finishing this book was bittersweet. In some ways, I’m sad to see Sonja’s adventures end. However, I feel like it is time for a change, time for Sonja and her crew to step into the shadows, and for me to take a break as well to concentrate on other projects. 


And don’t worry, you never know what future stories Frank and Sonja might surprisingly pop up in, even if it’s in different roles or capacities. Also, get ready for some bigger spooky surprises in store in the coming months. I've had a lot of exciting project ideas swimming around my notebook for nearly two years and I'm ready to jump right in. 


 You can pick up Halloween Waffle Murder for only 99 cents right now on Amazon Kindle. Please enjoy it and Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Scary Movie Night With Carolyn (Week #2)

The Bat (1959)

Happy Halloween,  weekend #2! In case you missed last week's announcement, throughout the whole month of October 2018, I will be sharing some of my all time favorite FREE public domain horror movies with you--my readers! 

What does that mean, exactly? That means that you can watch the movie right here, right now on the internet! 

Join me for "scary movie night" by watching a spooky classic each weekend! Then, throughout the weekend you can feel free to chat with me about the movie either here on the blog or on my Facebook page! 

This week's movie is The Bat from 1959. It stars two of the greatest stars of their time, Vincent Price (the ultimate master of macabre horror) and Agnes Moorehead (whom many of you may recognize from the beloved television classic Bewitched!) 

The Bat falls into one of my favorite sub-genres of horror movies: The Old Dark House theme. Basically, it's a story about a creepy old manor home filled with cobwebs, creaking doors, secret passageways, murderers, and maybe even a ghost or two. 

This movie, while still being spooky fun, has much more of a cozy mystery vibe than many other movies in this genre. Agnes Moorehead's character is a mystery writer who moves into the creepy home to get some writing done--but makes it her personal goal to solve a real mystery of The Bat, a local serial killer who uses claws as his weapon of choice. 

This movie is really great fun and fantastic for fans of cozy mysteries. 

So, without further ado, enjoy with me this weekend: The Bat.


Friday, October 5, 2018

Scary Movie Night With Carolyn (Week #1)

The Vampire Bat (1933)


Happy first weekend of the Halloween season! Those of you have read my books, in particular my Dead-End Drive-In books, you'll already know my deep love for old school horror and sci-fi movies! So, in honor of my favorite time of the year, I thought I'd share some of that love with you, my faithful readers!

Each weekend this month (October 2018) I will be sharing one of my favorite Public Domain horror movies from days gone by. That means that you can watch the movie right here, right now on the internet! 

That's right! Every Friday this month you can join me in watching a spooky classic! Then, throughout the weekend you can feel free to chat with me about the movie either here on the blog or on my Facebook page! 

So, without further ado, this week's movie of choice is The Vampire Bat from 1933!

As far as old scary movies go, my two favorite sub-genres are Old Dark House films (more on that later in the month) and Vampire movies! The Vampire Bat is one of the best, combining the original legend with mad science! What a treat!  

This movie is a great atmospheric treat and stars a few favorites including Fay Wray of King Kong fame, Lionel Atwill (who is always creepy), and Dwight Frye who played Renfield in 1931's Dracula.

So, without further ado, enjoy with me this weekend: The Vampire Bat.



Friday, September 28, 2018

A Harvest of Murder

Nothing quite says Autumn like brewing your favorite hot drink (coffee, tea, cider), cuddling up in a toasty sweater of blanket, and reading a good murder mystery. At least, I know that is how I feel.

This last week since Autumn began has been a crazy one. On the Autumnal Equinox, my husband and I went hiking in the forest near our home. It was chilly and the leaves had just begun to turn. We encountered many wonderful creatures including a frog, a toad, snails, and even . . . a snake! Eek!

Throughout this past week, I've been running errands and doing chores like crazy. I've hardly had a free moment to write! Going to the dentist twice, recovering from said dental procedure, going to the DMV twice, and more. I even got a new pet fish named Blue, who I adore. So, imagine how grateful and excited I was to end this week on a high note by having my first book of the season released! (It really has been a wonderful week, all things considered.)

Therefore, it is my pleasure and joy to announce the release of A Harvest of Murder, the fourteenth book in the Pies and Pages cozy mystery series staring Bert, my favorite character to write!

This time, Bert is volunteering for a historic autumn festival that features all sorts of wild west facts, foods, and games. Of course, as always, a body turns up to ruin the weekend and it falls on Bert's shoulders to get to the bottom of things. Add in a stolen antique saddle and a autumn rain storm and you've got quite the mystery!

You can pick up A Harvest of Murder now on Amazon Kindle for only 99 cents! Please enjoy the book and leave a review! 

-Carolyn