Half a block stood between me and my future happiness, but it might as well have been a
mile for all the good it would do me. From the alley to the bar there was no cover, no shadows to
absorb my presence. I’d scoured the surrounding area for another entry point to no avail. Barred
windows and a padlocked backdoor thwarted me. I had one shot at getting inside before anyone
could stop me, and that meant waiting until the barkeep kicked the last of his patrons out at
closing time. While they were busy getting on their bikes, I’d make a mad dash to the front door.
I was grateful the street was deserted at this hour, but it was almost too quiet. One stupid move
on my part could mean disaster.
I calculated the distance from where I stood, hidden in the alley, to the bar’s entrance and
figured I’d probably be fast enough to make it as long as the wolves were so drunk they wouldn’t
notice me until it was too late. It was a long shot, but the only one I had. Wolves were quick,
even inebriated ones. Their metabolism burned off alcohol within minutes of downing it, which
meant my window of opportunity was about the size of a mouse hole. In my Lykoi state I was
faster than a wolf—I’d honed that particular skill long ago with all the times I’d been
chased—but I couldn’t go Lykoi. Paws didn’t lend themselves to turning doorknobs, so I’d have
to do this the hard way. Nothing new there.
I leaned against the brick wall and let the cool autumn air soothe my restless body. My
calf muscles twitched, and my stomach rumbled. It was tempting to give in to the urge to
transform and run through the woods I’d passed on the way into town. Maybe even hunt a bit of
rabbit. I let out a slow breath and resisted my primal desires.
I counted four bikes outside the bar. Mutther’s might be a neutral, no-colors
establishment, but I still had to get past the owners of those bikes. Four big-ass obstacles
between me and the portal to the Hotel Paranormal. I knew portals existed in most major
cities—definitely in Manhattan—but, of course, my only way into the hotel would be through a
wolf biker bar. My luck ranged from bad to stinking bad. I was long overdue for a bit of good
luck, but I didn’t look for that to happen tonight. My usual mode of blending into the background
to avoid attracting attention wasn’t going to work here. There were no crowds to lose myself in,
and the glaring neon sign covering three quarters of the bar’s facade was a beacon spreading a
swath of red across the sidewalk. Anyone wishing to enter the bar would be doused in light. This
had to be the hotel’s idea of a joke—or a test.
Sleepy Hollow Hunter
A Hotel Paranormal Story
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Wilda Press
Date of Publication: November 9, 2016
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0692803370
Number of pages: 163
Word Count: 40,422
Cover Artist: Kelley York, X-Potion Designs
Janda Gray’s a Lykoi—part werecat, part wolf—shunned by both sides of her lineage.
She yearns for the day when she can escape the disdainful glances and leave her home on the outskirts of Sleepy Hollow, NY. When she lands a lucrative bounty hunter contract, she thinks her life is finally turning around. All she has to do is lure her werecat target from the safety of the Hotel Paranormal.
Then she meets a werepanther. Her life will never be the same.
Alexander Holden, second-in-command of a powerful werecat clan, is accused of murdering the woman he was to marry. He must find the real killer to clear his name or spend the rest of his supernaturally long life on the run.
Complications arise after Janda falls for the man she’s supposed to be capturing.
Now she must decide if following her heart is worth risking everything, including the love they’ve found in each other’s embrace.
Love is about making sacrifices. Saving him is all that matters.
Bounty Huntress is the introduction to the Sleepy Hollow Hunter series, as well as a Hotel Paranormal story.
The Hotel Paranormal is THE place for supernatural beings looking to get away from it all. Beings like werewolves, vampires, elves, sprites, djinn and more check in from all over the world for business and for pleasure—and sometimes for both.
Sheri Queen received her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York—an area she loves to depict as a backdrop for her stories—and enjoys traveling to new places where she is constantly discovering inspirations for her writing. In particular, she loves visiting old graveyards.
Disgraced during the Demon War, Dwarf investigator Snazdaggin Kundarik (Spade to his friends) wants nothing more than a desk to sleep on, a bottle of grog to drink, and the occasional easy case for quick pay.
Then a mysterious female Elf from the posh side of town shows up and offers him exoneration for his past sins and lots of gold. All he has to do is follow her brother and report his activities. Simple, right?
He should have known better. The simple job soon spirals out of control. Spade finds himself sucked into intrigue, powerful magic, and the hunt for a weapon powerful enough to end the world. Ill-prepared, Spade forges on with the aid of his hapless sidekick and a reluctant female warrior.
Will he survive long enough to save the world and get his grog?
Paul has lived a varied life full of excitement and adventure. Not really, but it sounds good as an opening line.
Paul’s multiple careers have included: rock and roll roadie, children’s theater stage manager, television camera operator, mortgage banker, and support specialist for Microsoft Excel.
This eclectic mix prepared him to go into his true love: motion picture production. He has produced two motion pictures and two documentaries: His film Night Feeders released on DVD in 2007, and Cold Storage was released by Lionsgate in 2010
Amidst all this, Paul has worked on his writing, starting with his first short story, about Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, at age 8. Paul has written and produced numerous commercial and industrial video scripts in his tenure with his forcreative agency, Indievision. He has two published short stories (As You Sow and Double Cross) and one self-published novel (Godchild). He lives with his filmmaker/graphic artist partner and their three cats.
This time of the year is often happy, filled with cheer and the spirit of giving. For
those who enjoy something a little darker, though, there are plenty of thrills on the
If you like things that are twisted and dark, then here are the top five scary holiday
movies you can watch:
Nothing like a killer snowman named Jack Frost to get you in the mood for the
holidays, right? This 1997 thriller is a classic holiday romp you are sure to enjoy.
The movie takes place in the fictional town of Snowmonton, where a truck
carrying serial killer Jack Frost to his execution crashes into a genetics truck. The
genetic material causes Jack's body to mutate and fuse together with the snow on
the ground. As you can imagine, what happens next is pretty freaky and fun!
As cute as those little buggers are when they are soft, fuzzy Mogwai, they are
delightfully evil as Gremlins. They wreak havoc during Christmas when a boy
inadvertently breaks three important rules about getting his new pet wet. This is a
family favorite and if you’ve never seen it, now it is the season.
Silent Night, Deadly Night
A slasher flick that brings us all back to the 80s, this film is perfect for fans of
serial killer movies. It’s tehe story of an escaped maniac who returns to his
childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to
murder the sorority sisters one by one. There is lots of blood and gore, watch this
one with the lights low after the kids are in bed.
Released last year, Krampus is based on a German legend and takes the notion of
St. Nick and spins it in a whole new direction. It’s about a boy who has a bad
Christmas ends up accidentally summoning this festive demon to his family home.
Lots of jumpy moments make this a must-watch during the holidays.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Okay, this is considered a Halloween flick, too, but it certainly crosses over and
spans two of the best holidays of the year. You see, Jack Skellington, king of
Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the
concept. Can you blame him? Tim Burton is a master and this film can be enjoyed
by young and old anytime during the season.
Excerpt One from Oubliette—A Forgotten Little Place by Vanta M.
Black – From the Prologue to Veronica’s Story
Veronica didn’t understand why they looked for the monsters in her head,
that’s obviously not where they were. Instead of listening, the doctors stuck pads
with wires to her temples and increased the dosage of an IV that dripped into her
They also told the nurses to tie her down with thick, leather belts every
The tethers didn’t matter though, because when the monsters came, she
wouldn’t be able to move anyway. The only thing Veronica could ever do was
The doctors called them “night terrors”. The pudgy lady who talked funny
–– she told Veronica it was her accent –– said they were “spirits”. Mommy used
the term “shadow people”. Veronica just called them “monsters”, and wished
they’d stop scaring her when she slept.
They wanted her. Deep inside, on a primal level, Veronica knew the
monsters –– or whatever they were –– craved her, and if given the chance, they
would do something very, very bad to her.
The little girl tried to explain this to the doctors, the nurses, the accent-
talking lady, and her mother, but none of the adults really listened. Instead they
argued and shouted at each other, and huffed in and out of the room –– but the
thing that frightened Veronica the most, is when the adults would simply shrug
their shoulders, and admit that they really didn’t have any idea what the monsters
were at all.
Oubliette: A Forgotten Little Place
Vanta M. Black
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Paranormal,
Historical Fiction, Genre-Fiction,
New Adult, Horror
Publisher: Black Chateau Publishing
Date of Publication: March 2016
Number of pages: 566
Word Count: 247,912
Cover Artist: Black Chateau Enterprises
Veronica knows the monsters aren’t “just in her head”, but no one listens to the headstrong ten-year-old as they tie her to a hospital bed every night.
Years later, after being dumped by her business-partner/boyfriend, Veronica finds herself on the verge of bankruptcy. Then a late-night call promises the perfect solution — a job opportunity decorating a castle in France.
Will Veronica risk what little she has left to chase a fairytale?
When the shadowy things that once terrorized her come back, Veronica must decide how much she’ll sacrifice for them, for her sanity, and for her life.
This epic book consists of interwoven stories with paranormal twists. A horror-filled historical fiction adventure, it spans nearly two millennia.
You’ll be transported to an ancient Pagan ritual, Roman-ruled Gaul, the bloody Inquisition of the Knights Templar, France as it’s ravaged by the Black Death, the duplicitous Reformation, the Paris Catacombs, and the gory French Revolution, while you unravel Oubliette’s cryptic layers.
Vanta M. Black, author of Oubliette—A Forgotten Little Place, enjoys uncovering the dark mysteries of our Universe.
In addition to writing, she enjoys traveling to provocative places and studying all things esoteric.
Black has degrees in English, communication and art. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two pug-mix dogs, and spends her time in support of causes that empower women and advance science and technology.