The Rose’s Read for All Hallow’s Eve this week for only 99 cents/KU reads free, is The Caretaker of Showman’s Hill. If you like vampires, this book is for you. It’s a novel inspired by a true story of a circus train wreck that happened near Hammond, Indiana, back in 1918.
A circus train was pulled over at 4 am, trying to fix something that overheated. Behind them, an engineer of a freight train fell asleep, plowing into the back of the circus train. The sleeper cars were near the back, and over 50 performers were killed. The cars were made of wood and the gas lighting caught fire, making things even worse.
The deceased performers were buried at Showman’s Rest in the Woodlawn Cemetery that is close to where I live in Illinois. I’ve been to the cemetery and seen the grave markers of the fat man, clowns, trapeze artists, and more, with stone elephant markers atop them. Rumors say the area is haunted and you can hear the elephants wailing at night, even though no animals were killed in the crash and none are buried there. (See my booktrailer video that follows. I’ve incorporated my own characters into an actual graveyard scene. Spooky, right? What else would you expect for Halloween?)
Basil Wensilton III is a vampire, hundreds of years old. He’s one of the victims of a circus train wreck – one of the unlucky performers that didn’t die, but turned into a vampire instead. He is the Caretaker of Showman’s Hill Cemetery, watching over a secret potion, as well as a lair of other vampires from the circus train.
Cassie Briggs is a reporter who comes snooping around the cemetery on a mission, looking for her missing sister. Instead, she finds an old bordello made into a bar, and run by a very mysterious, yet handsome man who only seems to show up at night. Danger and attraction run strong between a two-hundred-year-old vampire and an innocent young woman in The Caretaker of Showman’s Hill. Pick up your copy today for only 99 cents/KU reads free!
(In the booktrailer video, the house you see is an actual abandoned house in Michigan that I turned into Basil’s lair!)
The book is available only through amazon at this time.
Now, to tell you why this post is late: I just returned from the InD’Scribe conference. Although, I didn’t win the coveted RONE award, I had a few good friends who did. We had a great time at the costume ball as well. Here are a few photos I’d like to share with you. I was Lady Elizabeth for a night! You’ll see authors Alexa Aston, Meara Platt, myself, and Victoria Vane in the photo. There was also a huge book signing where I met a lot of wonderful readers!
Just in time for Halloween, newly released is the audiobook of Lady and the Wolf – (Red Riding Hood) – Book 1 of my Tangled Tales Series. The books in this series are twisted, tangled, romantic retellings of some of the classic fairy tales. If you buy the ebook of Lady and the Wolf for only 99 cents, you will get a discount on the audiobook as well. Watch for the final three books of the series coming this winter. To hear a sample of the audiobook, click on the photo which will take you to my amazon page.
One last thing I am excited to tell you about is the Highland Harvest Giveaway that runs from now through Halloween. Eleven Scottish Historical authors have joined together to give away copies of their ebooks, and a kindle fire. Stop by the on-going party to enter the contest. Authors will be dropping in sporadically for flash giveaways and to chat as well. Click on the photo which will take you to the party site. Thanks everyone! Next week’s Rose’s Reads is one of my favorites, so be sure to watch your email next Monday!