Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Maid For Death - a special Halloween release

Let the pigeons - er, vampire bats loose! Maid for Death is released today! Click on the cover and buy the book!

Maid For Death – the blurb

Cassandra Kent has a problem. Two men want her. Fantasy is great, reality can kill you.
One would be lover is a pissed off ghost. Once a year Miles returns on Halloween to kill a maid as an act of vengeance. The other is a dark, sexy Scot who is hunting the ghost. Sebastian plans to make sure the ghost stays dead and buried.

Cassandra is the means to do it.Cassandra is under threat from both men. Both want to have sex with her and both could be the death of her. What's s girl to do?

Maid For Death….the excerpt…

“Miles is a ghost lass. He died in this room in 1924.”
Cassandra looked at him in a mixture of shock and relief. Not gay …excellent. Having sex with a supposed ghost…what?
“Are you out of your mind?” Could it be possible someone so sexy looking was insane?
Sebastian did not look surprised at her response.
“He’s a ghost hell bent on revenge and he plans to kill a chambermaid this evening.”
“He’s a vengeful ghost from 1924?” Cassandra looked at the man incredulously. “Okay you’re not insane, you’re drunk.” Drunks she could handle. She had been working at The Philbeach Manor Hotel, in the London suburb of Earls Court, for the past four weeks and she had seen and heard a lot doing the chambermaid gig. People having sex in every bizarre way imaginable, vast sums of money offered for her to slide on down over the cocks of desperate and delusional men and more drugs and alcohol than she thought imaginable. Nothing behind any of these doors scared or surprised Cassandra anymore. She was an Aussie working in London and she had pretty much seen and done it all. But a ghost? Come on.
“I assure you I am completely sober, Cassandra. Every year on Halloween Miles Copeland takes a chambermaid in this room and she is never seen again.”

Vengeful ghosts and sex with a Scottish Ghost hunter – what more could you ask for

We Aussies don’t do the whole Halloween thing. We’re too laid back or lazy – either one. But I did ask some of the Cerridwen Press and Ellora’s Cave authors who have appeared on my Wednesday interview a burning question - WHAT IS THE SCARIEST THING IN LIFE?

Anny Cook - The scariest thing in life is watching a loved one dying and not be able, or know how, to save them

Cindy Spencer Pape - A teenager (especially one of mine!) with a driver’s license.

Charlene Leatherman - My scariest thing is losing my soul mate

Vicky Burkholder - Anything worrisome happening to my family.

Sandra Cox - The little demons and beasties we carry around inside that play on our fears and insecurities.

Elaine Lowe - To face your true self, with every artifice and delusion ripped away.

Terri Beckett: Being left alone. Forever.

Chris Power: Being unable to read and write through disability

Molly Daniels–The scariest thing in the world would be to be caught in a situation similar to 9/11

Carol Lynne - Dying with regrets.

Rita Sable - Losing the ones I love - that scares the crapola out of me!

Rena Marks - Depends. For an erotica writer, I think it would be an unexplained pregnancy.

Solange Ayre - The scariest thing in life is to be alone on a holiday.

Anh Leod The scariest thing in life is seeing what old age and ill health does to people.

Ashlyn Chase - I’m not scared of much, but I’d probably shiver a little if I was around a pissed-off giant alien with supernatural powers that decided a little torture would make him feel better.

Bronwyn Green- CLOWNS!!!!!! They're freaking terrifying and should be shot on sight!!!!!!!!

Jean Hart Stewart-that you'll love someone deeply and who'll not love you

Kelly Kirch - I once saw a movie where a girl laying on a couch screamed and a giant tarantula fell into her mouth; that would be mine.

Katie Blu - Grown men who think baby talk is foreplay

Brynn Paulin - Children who like expresso

Jacqueline Roth A gymnasium full of 900 middle schoolers

Judith Rochelle - This may sound stupid, but driving on the highways as every nut in the world seems to have a driver’s license but not the brain to go with it.

Amarinda Jones – Wedding photos in the newspaper where the bride and groom look freakishly alike…scary stuff that.

**click on the names and check out some great reading

See? We all have different things that scare us. I used to have a friend who was scared of frogs. She used to run through the car park after work at night screaming, seriously, that the cane toads were after her. All fears are genuine and valid but we should not let them dominate us – though I will be honest I cannot look at the wedding photos in the Sunday newspaper as it freaks me out. Have a look and you will notice the bride and groom always look freakishly alike. It’s just wrong. The moral of that is if you see someone who looks a lot like you and you don’t want to be married – run. Just a handy Amarinda tip.

I am sure you are just about to click on to see what is happening on the blog serial. I am quite surprised that Anny was very good and left the whole carrot thing alone. Kelly picks the carrot back up on Thursday on She never ceases to amaze me with the machinations of her mind. Who will die? Will anyone eat the carrot? And what happened to the hamsters? Stay tuned…all will be revealed…possibly.

I wish you a spooky yet safe Halloween.

Quotes from two of my favourite schlock horror movies –

The Brain that would not die –
Let's Put Our Heads Together - Head, to Closet Creature: "I am only a head, and you are whatever you are, but together, we are strong!"

Plan 9 from outer Space –
Paula Trent: ...A flying saucer? You mean the kind from up there?
Jeff Trent: Yeah, either that or its counterpart.
Or my other favourite I use a lot –
Air Force Captain: Visits? That would indicate visitors.
Go ahead: Live with abandon. Be outrageous at any age. What are you saving your best self for?


Sandra Cox said...

Happy Halloween, Amarinda!
You are so creative!

Anny Cook said...

Happy Release Day! Sell many, many books!

Like that last quote from the Air Force Captain. I think he needs to stick the the Head thingy as obviously he doesn't have one of his own!

Happy Hallowe'en!

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Just to comfort you--my husband is 6'3", thin, and blond. I am 5'0", NOT thin, and dark. There is some hope in the world.

Molly Daniels said...

I was watching the 100 scariest moments with my mom...and the one that really gave me chills was the scene where a dentist has his victim tied to the chair, and he's drilling through the healthy tooth with no novacain! Still gives me nightmares!

Congrats on the release! Happy Halloween, and I'll cheerfully eat some Snickers for you:)