October, Mystery House, and Giveaway

Happy October! I love this time of year. The air is crisp. The trees are experiencing an explosion of colors. It’s getting darker earlier and soon the holiday season will be upon us. And October also has a delightful creepy feel to it. I find myself reading more horror and Gothic novels this time of year. Speaking of horror, does anyone recognize the house in the photo below? It belonged to an American author who used it as part of her trilogy about witches. I’ll give you a hint: you can find the house in the Garden District in New Orleans.


Not only is today the first of October, one of my favorite month’s, but it’s the kickoff day for this month’s giveaway.

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I’m so excited about the books this month.

Oct Covers

It’s such an honor to host these authors on my blog. Here’s the deal, all you need to do is visit the Rafflecopter page and enter. It’s as simple as that. At the end of the month one winner will be randomly selected to win an e-book copy of all five books.

And now for the fabulous books!

close-to-destiny-front-coverv10jpgClose to Destiny by Adria J. Cimino


Most disturbing is an encounter with a mysterious woman who introduces Kat to Will. And this lovely messenger has information she desperately wants to share with Kat: an incident from more than a century ago that could transform Kat’s future. But will Kat listen?

A story of the role of destiny in life… and of righting the wrongs of the past.



entanglement-coverEntanglement by Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Awkward, 21-year-old Greta Donovan, the fiercely intelligent daughter of a philandering physics professor, doesn’t relate to people nearly as well as she relates to facts and figures. While Greta gets quarks and string theory, she hasn’t a clue where men are concerned.

Which is exactly why she doesn’t see it coming when someone tries to kill her.

Newly transplanted in L.A. after being kicked out of her father’s house, Greta moves in with her best friend Daphne Saito, a troubled girl with an abusive past. The charismatic Daphne teaches Greta how to wear stilettos, apply lip gloss, and navigate 1990s Hollywood nightlife. Daphne is determined to succeed, and she drags an unwilling Greta into the limelight with her.

When Greta walks out on her, Daphne tries to win her back. But Daphne’s desperate tactics just push Greta further away. Reeling, Daphne betrays her friend. Can Greta survive? Can she forgive?


confessions-of-a-paris-potty-trainer-coverConfessions of a Paris Potty Trainer by Vicki Lesage

If you think motherhood in America is a challenge, try navigating the City of Light with a stroller in one hand and a croissant in the other. In this riotous memoir, author Vicki Lesage shares the highs and lows of raising her family in Paris.

A former party girl, Vicki has now traded wine bottles for baby bottles. If she’s awake at 2 a.m. it’s because of a crying baby, not a wild night out on the town. Follow her journey through pregnancy to raising two kids with her ever-patient French husband, all while trying to enjoy life in Paris.


MBScoverMinutes Before Sunset, book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy by Shannon A. Thompson

Two destinies. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful―too powerful―and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him―even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

Minutes Before Sunset is the first book in The Timely Death Trilogy.


Once upon a Nightmare ebook coverOnce upon a Nightmare: A Collection by Cherie Reich

A monster hunts us. After hibernating for a decade, it’s ravenous. We long to stop this nightmare, but the end of the road is far. There is no waking up once a legend sets its sights on you.

Disappearances every ten or so years make little impact on the small town of New Haven, Virginia. Hikers get lost. Hunters lose the trail. Even when a body is discovered, the inhabitants’ memories last about as long as the newspaper articles.

No one connects the cases. No one notices the disappearances go back beyond Civil War times. No one believes a legendary monster roams the forests in Southwestern Virginia.

I don’t either until the truck breaks down on an old mountain trail. Cell phones won’t work in this neck of the woods. It’s amazing how much a person can see by starlight alone. So what if we can’t feel our fingers or toes as we hike toward the main road. How many more miles left to go?


Hear that noise?

Let me know in the comment section if you know the owner of the mystery house. And don’t forget to enter this month’s giveaway.



About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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16 Responses to October, Mystery House, and Giveaway

  1. Ooh, ooh, ooh, I think I know this one. It’s Anne Rice’s house isn’t it? Spooky stories are among my favourites, and when the weather gets colder and you are snuggled up on the couch under a blanket, it’s the best time for spookiness :).

  2. patgarcia says:

    I love gothic and I loved visiting New Orleans but I am not a horror fan. It gives me nightmares. 🙂

  3. Pat Hatt says:

    I don’t mind reading horror when done well, but doesn’t matter the time of year for me haha

  4. cheriereich says:

    When I think of New Orleans and horror, Anne Rice pops into mind, but I’m not sure that’s the answer to your question, though. What a great giveaway! I haven’t heard of these books before, except for my own, of course. 🙂

  5. Chrys Fey says:

    I love this time of the year too. I love everything about it!

    The books in this giveaway are all awesome. The only one I have is Cherie’s and I plan on reading it this month. 🙂

  6. New Orleans..author…one author comes to mind: Ann Rice!


  7. Ooh, what an awesome giveaway! I love October, too. It’s definitely a great time to catch up on all things horror! 🙂

  8. These all look like great reads. I believe that’s Anne Rice’s house. It reminds me of The Witching Hour paperback cover from long ago.

  9. pattisj says:

    Hi, TBM! I love the Live Oak trees in the south, and that’s a grand antebellum home surrounded with them.

  10. What an awesome bunch of books!
    I’ve read Cherie’s collection – it’s wonderful!

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  12. kindlemom1 says:

    I love this time of year because of books like these! I need to read so many this month my TBR pile is huge!

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