Authors Chris Marie Green, Nancy Holder and Linda Thomas-Sundstrom Release Party and Kindle Contest

Undead for a Day: Urban Fantasy (X) 3Urban Fantasy (x) 3.

That’s our official motto here at GothicScapes, and what it means is that we are three authors who’ve banded together under one brand to bring you fun, emotionally touching, action-filled, paranormal stories three times a year, three novellas per collection!

Perhaps you know one or more of us, and if not, we’d love to meet you. There’s Chris Marie Green, AKA Christine Cody (Vampire Babylon and Bloodlands series), New York Times Bestseller Nancy Holder (Wicked and Teen Wolf series), and Linda Thomas-Sundstrom (Vampire Moons and Wolf Moons series). And we’re all set to entertain!

We started up this primarily digital venture (available on in your e-book stores, plug, plug!) because we wanted to have a great time with our writing. Plus, there were tales we wanted to tell on our own terms. Chris wanted to continue her printed Vampire Babylon books where they left off, so she “revamped”…er…rebooted her series so both loyal and new readers could join the adventures of Dawn Madison and her monster hunting team. Nancy created a new witchy world with magical spheres and twisty turns. Linda conjured a fresh world, too, bringing a gargoyle to life and setting him loose in the streets of Paris.

As we start off this venture, we’re centering our anthologies around holidays, starting with Samhain (or what you mortals refer to as Halloween!). Every story in this first collection, Undead for a Day, features… You guessed it. Undead creatures who roam the holiday night. We’ll be following this book up with another soon after—STRANGE SPIRITS, which will be released in December. That one will revolve around Christmas and the naughty and nice creatures that come with it.

But let’s get back to Undead for a Day. If you’re hungry for more details, here you go….

Samhain. All Hallow’s Eve. A night when zombie-like revenants can be raised by a magic-using, ancient family to exact revenge on the hunter who wrecked their underground kingdom… A time when a redheaded blackbelt pits herself against warmongering witch clans… A holiday that allows the Underworld to open and the creatures to pour out, their freedom governed by a gentleman’s agreement between the forces of Light and Dark.

Welcome to Undead for a Day, a collection of three novellas from a trio of reader favorite urban fantasy writers.

Raising the Darkness” by Chris Marie Green (A Dawn Madison Vampire Babylon novella) reunites you with former hunter Dawn Madison, who hasn’t been the same since she retired from the life. She’s tired and drained from injuries sustained during the team’s last stand against the dragon, but when the clock strikes twelve on Samhain, everything changes. It seems that someone has sent raised-from-the-dark creatures after her, and they’re out for blood—as well as Dawn’s life.

In “Into the Fire” by Nancy Holder (A Story of the Favored,) Bridget Flynn leaps into a bonfire and goes from Samhain year wife at the first stroke of midnight to widow on the last. Caught in the middle of a feud between rival magical Houses, Bridget raises a battle force of her own. But can she survive in the midst of hot-tempered witches intent on destroying each other?

Trapped in Stone” by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom takes us to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, where the forces of Good and Evil are playing a game of Chicken with one man’s soul, and the woman he loves is a major player in a challenge that has continued for a century.

So please check out your e-book retailers for it!

Thanks so much for reading, and we hope you have as much fun with this as we’re having.

Purchase on Amazon:

Undead for a Day: Urban Fantasy (X) 3 Print version
Undead for a Day: Urban Fantasy (X) 3 Kindle Version

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  1. Yay… here we are….. listening for comments… hoping you’ll be the lucky winner of all the goodies.
    Happy Wednesday!
    Happy haunting!
    Linda

  2. Happy GothicScapes to everyone! Here we are, ready to rock an’ yak!

    Nancy

  3. Hey, all!

    I love this time of year! I’m just starting to read my usual horror short stories and embark on a scary movie marathon for Halloween. That’s why we wanted to write our own novellas–so I could have more Halloween reading! LOL.

  4. Hey ladies! How did you come up with such awesome stories???

    • PS: Thank you for saying our stories are awesome!
      N.

    • Jeanne! So great to see you here. : )

      Thanks for the kind words. I was happy to have the opportunity to continue with Vampire Babylon, so I took up where the last story left off and brought back some “loose end” villains to challenge Dawn and the team. It worked perfectly with the “undead”/”raised from darkness” Samhain theme.

      • Hi Jeanne! Same goes for me. I really love urban fantasy – where there doesn’t necessarily have to be a happy ending, per se. It’s great to have that freedom, and still have a romance in there, if we want to. And Halloween, Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve is such a great inspiration for writing about spirits. Don’t you think?

        Cheers for now-
        Happy haunting.
        Linda

  5. Hi, Jeanne! In my case, I wanted to invent a new world. I love witches and I love Miami Beach, so I put the two together. I also think twins are nifty so I made my main character a twin. So I put all those ingredients in my cauldron and cackled.

    Happy Halloween!
    Nancy

  6. Excited to read the book! What made you want to join together to publish these stories?

    • Janet! Thank you so much for being here. ; )

      We’re fans of each other’s writing for one, and we have matching levels of ambition for another, LOL. Also, the more short horror that’s on the market, the better. For instance, I’m a *huge* lover of the Hot Blood series–that’s where I was first introduced to Nancy Holder’s writing!

    • Hello Janet! Yay, you’re here. *waving*.
      Ditto on what Chris said. I’ve known Nancy HOlder since she was in a dance class I taught at the college, years ago (won’t say how many, cuz Nancy might throttle me). Lost touch – found her again through her Buffy the Vampire Slayer series (loved that show!). Read all of Chris’s books…. no brainer when we saw each other and the lightning bolt hit about getting together.
      You have no idea – outside of all the work involved in getting a new imprint together – of the fun we have imagining these things. LOL.

      We are 3 strange ladies writing about strange things. Hebce out tag line:

      BAD GIRLS WHO WRITE GOOD BOOKS.
      Amen.
      Linda

  7. This book sounds really good.

    my first question is for each author

    What 3 words would you use to describe your main character?

  8. Question 2:
    What was your first thought when you saw the cover?

  9. Question 3:

    What was your favorite scene to write in this story?

    Thanks for answering my questions.Looking forward to reading this book.

  10. Rachel – Whenever I try to follow @ChristineCody on Twitter I get a “Oops there is no such thing”. Even tried looking for her on twitter without success.

  11. Samhain! My favorite holiday! What sparked the idea to use that?

    • You have a cool name!

      I think we’re all Halloweenites here…I know Samhain is my favorite holiday, too. It’s so mysterious and FILLED with tension. LIke me.

      • Thank you! Raonaid is Scots Gaelic for my birthname (have a paranoid hubby and mother. Been using it for ten plus years now! So it’s a facet of me!) and Luckwell is a family name on my maternal grandmother. She was always a huge supporter of me, so I wanted to honor her by using it!

    • Oh lucky one to have such a cool and dramatic name… All Hallow’s Eve is prime fodder for the paranormal, and we’re here to write about STRANGE HOLIDAYS. Can’t get much better than when the underworld opens up and the creatures pour out, Right?
      Plus, there’s candy corn.
      *wave* from another Scotslady.
      Linda

    • I love(x)1000 Halloween, more than any other holiday. : ) It was a great place to start because we’re all passionate about it and because when we had our first meeting in March, the deadline sounded good. (Always have to be practical as well as fanciful, LOL.)

  12. Paranormal holiday anthologies is such a great idea! I’ve ordered undead for a day from Amazon and can’t wait until the release of Strange Spirits. Congratulations on such a fabulous new venture, Linda, Nancy and Chris!

    Melissa

  13. I am soooo looking forward to this book! Nothing else to say, but you three rock! :)

  14. Have this one in my kindle and I can’t wait to read it!!! :)

    All three stories sound super fun!!!

    Congratulations on the release ladies!!!

    Lisa K.
    Who did RSVP… :)

  15. I have a question for Linda. How did you come up with the idea for the end of your story? I have to admit that I thought that it would end differently, happy ending but in a different way. I was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong :) By the way I love the cover.

    • Hello Sandra!!! Thanks for stopping by here today.
      Hmmm.. if I answer your question, I might be giving things away, right? LOL.
      So I’ll just say that once in a while I get to write as things flow, without a synopsis or a real idea of where the story will end up. SURPRISE TO ME! I had no idea as to who would or wouldn’t show up, only that someone might.
      Really.
      Lips have to be sealed as to the rest of what happens. Shhhhh…… I really was surprised by the ending. And it was a complete pleasure to see how things turned out.

      Love ya!
      Linda

      • I really loved the story. The place (Paris) was also something that I didn’t expect. I had an idea where the story was going and the next moment we have a turn to something new. The pace of the story was great, how we got information about both of them, the reasons why they are doing what they are doing. AMAZING!

  16. Hello all! Congrats on the release! As soon as I can stop moving and sit down for 5 minutes I’m going to read it! I know it will be awesome.

    And I swear you guys are hilarious, of course we all know who you are. Well, know of you. I’ve talked TV shows with Chris before. But it’s not like a “stalker” know you or anything crazy like that. Although that could be seen as another form of fan flattery.

    So because of the time of year, do you guys watch any type of certain movies or TV specials this time of year? (Cartoons count too!)

    • Rae, hi! You are so sweet! LOL.

      A MUST is the original version of THE HAUNTING (from the 1960′s) and I have a big list of stuff I love to watch if I have time:
      A TALE OF TWO SISTERS
      EL ORFANATO
      JU-ON (THE GRUDGE)
      THE RING
      RINGU
      the SCREAM trilogy.
      Tons of movies!!!
      And since I wrote a TEEN WOLF book…as many eps of TW as I can manage. AND of course, the BUFFY Halloween episode!

      • Okay I have to admit, I chickened out with a couple of those movies! I can watch scary, but those disturbing movies with the disturbing movements of the creatures completely freak me out! I did watch El Orfanato, because I love Guillermo del Toro. And it was so good!

        And you’re right, the Buffy Halloween episodes are a must! I love the one when they were trapped in the Haunted House. And when Xander gets turned into a soldier and then remembers all the procedures for the rest of the series. Priceless! Can you tell I’m a fan? :) Yeah, I’ve learned to own the dorkiness that comes with it.

        • Rae, I’m your fellow dork! I’ll have a new Buffy tribute book out on December 11. It’s called BUFFY: THE MAKING OF A SLAYER and it’s going to have never-before-seen stuff!

    • Rae… I just eat up paranormal TV shows! However, I’m really picky about my choices, and I rarely find anything in them that inspires my own work.

      You might kick me, but I don’t watch Vampire Diaries or Supernatural, or Fringe (after season 1), or Grim. I like the original GhostHunters show on SyFy channel, Teen Wolf on MTV, the very campy Lost Girl, the BBC’s version of the original Being Human, and the older, darker movies where angels and devils vie for a soul. (Sound familiar? = Trapped in Stone, my story in this antho). I’ve also just watched the first ARROW show on Wed nights, and liked that one. That guys has some ABS !!! Wow.

      Thanks for the question. Fun!
      Linda

    • Rae!!! I swear, I will get back to talking TV soon. I’ve been pulling double shifts lately. But I miss you guys!

      This is kind of funny–I named “Dawn” after my good friend. I’ve known her since grade school, and I tend to slip my buddies’ names into my books whenever I can, LOL. The name “Kiko” just came to me. I’m going to expose the freak I am right here, but Kiko introduced himself as a fully fleshed-out character to me. He’s someone I would definitely be friends with in life, and he feels very real to me. He pretty much told me his name.

      Neat question!

      • Oh, dang–I answered the wrong question in this space!

        But I’ll answer your movie question here. I usually have a big-time scary movie marathon in the days leading up to Halloween. Usually these are flicks that I haven’t seen before. Some of my favorite scary movies are PSYCHO (the original), DON’T LOOK NOW, and JAWS (I do consider that a horror movies because you don’t get a better sense of dread anywhere else!). I have to say that PARANORMAL ACTIVITY does get me in the scary spot. So does THE EXORCIST. And for sheer cheesy wonderful adrenaline rushes, I love the first two FRIDAY THE 13th movies! Dario Argento’s movies are also creepy and evocative, so I would add those to the favorite list.

        • Aww. We miss you too! The shows have been getting so good!

          Don’t Look Now! Wow, I haven’t seen that in forever! They never show the good movies on TV anymore. ANd yeah Paranormal Activity does still do it.

          And that must be absolutely hilarious for your friends to be reading something and all of a sudden see their names. Especially Dawn’s character. That one could have been a doozy after reading about the character!

          And okay the Kiko thing might be a little weird, but who am I to talk! I’ve got a serious of freak flags that have gotten progressively bigger over the years. Right now mine eclipses the whole neighborhood!

          • You’re not the only one flying that flag, so fly it proud! LOL.

            DON’T LOOK NOW probably has the scariest moment for me *ever.* I cannot watch the end of that movie. Just. Can’t.

            And, yeah, my friends think it’s funny that they find their names in the books. Some want their full names in there but I have to reveal the legal ramifications of that, LOL.

  17. Oh, after seeing the post on names, it got me thinking how did you guys first come up with the names for your main characters? Was it intuitive or did you search out different names?

    Thanks!

    • THanks for noticing the names! In the case of Flynn, it’s a great name. I was thinking of TRON and my hero, Zachary Levi (CHUCK), who voiced FLYNN RIDER in ENTANGLED. I know a cool Bridget. I have to write down all my names and stare at them because I have a bad habit of using the same beginning letter for characters (Juan, Jennifer, stuff like that.)

    • For me, names are really special, and I choose them with great care. They have to have a certain rhythm for me, as I’m an ex-dancer. I make them up, mostly, and then sometimes I then look those chosen names up in lists to see if the name means anything to anybody. In this story, in this anthology… I’ll admit that in the back of my mind, and since I was at one time a Celtic legends fanatic, it’s Tris and Izzy… as in Tristan and Isolde, one of the oldest and loveliest love stories from medieval times. That’s the way my brain works. Names have to soothe me in some way. Agree with me completely, and I usually start writing a book with the TITLE, then the names of the characters, and go from there.

      Yay for inspiration!
      Linda

    • I answered this in the space above–sorry! :)

  18. Congratulations, Ladies! Cannot wait to read this book!!!
    Pam

  19. December…. Just wait until you see what we do with DECEMBER !! ha ha ha. I mean ho ho ho. That anthology will be called STRANGE SPIRITS. And I have to say that I’ve gotten really quirky with my story in that one. The cover is also so very fangtastic. Can’t wait to show it off. Hint: there’s a teeny tiny picture of it on the back cover of the print version of Undead for a Day.

    I know you guys like e-books, but this print book is va-voom on sex appeal. Just FYI: *she says, smiling*
    Linda

  20. If you could go back to any time period, which would you choose?

    If you could talk to one person from another time period, who would it be?

    • Hi, Amy, interesting question! I change my mind on time periods all the time, but what remains constant is my tendency to romanticize all eras!

      I am fascinated by Tudor Era England–total anglophile here. If I could be a lady of the court during Henry VIII’s time (and if I could be lucky enough to avoid his wandering eye), I would love to go back there. : )

      And I would actually love to talk to Jack the Ripper, whoever he was. In talking to him, I would find out his identity and solve one of the biggest mysteries ever!

    • Chris, girl, dang, no wonder we’re working together! I had forgotten about DON’T LOOK NOW on my list of fave horror movies and I always say I would go back in time to meet Queen Elizabeth I. Jack the Ripper is a great one! But we’d both have to avoid HIS wandering eye, no?

    • Ach! IF I had known my partners had an affinity for Jack the Ripper, I might have reconsidered…… ha.

      Seriously, since I studied medieval stuff for so long in school, I like to romaticize about it. However, I also know the realities of those times – EEK. No medicine, no toilets, no dry-cleaners. So think I’d prefer to visit a supernatural world in the past, rather then my own. I would so love to see fairies! Nice ones, of course, not the kind that kick and bite. Or time travel to the future, and see what we’ve wrought.

      Yeah. That’s what I’d like to do.
      Linda

  21. thanks for a fun post and giveaway! Congrats on the new release!

  22. What is your favorite thing about the writing experience and why?

    • Hey, Lisa!

      Not only do I love being able to write in my pajamas, it’s pretty satisfying to come up with a new world and to see it play out as if it’s a reality. And it’s a lot of fun to have characters who react to the boundaries/opportunities that this world offers. :)

    • I love to get into the flow of words. Sometimes you just FEEL that you’re going the right way and there’s no other sensation like that in the world. I have a treadmill desk and when I’m walking on the treadmill and I hit that zone, I feel like I’m flying!

    • Lisa – Actually, I love the process. Making a story as I type. I love how the ideas speak to me at odd times and places.Folks who know me know that I usually get ideas and bits of dialogue when I’m driving, and that I always keep a notebook and pen handy to jot those ideas down. YES, okay! It’s dangerous to write while driving. I know this. Still, when the Muse sings, the muse sings, and I don’t want to miss a note.
      Linda

  23. If you could be any Disney character, who would it be?

    • Fun!

      And this is the post in which I reveal just how darn superficial I am, LOL. I would love to be Sleeping Beauty/Aurora/Briar Rose.

      1. Briar Rose is probably the coolest name ever.
      2. She has the best hair out of *any* Disney heroine.
      3. Prince Phillip is a stone cold fox.

      Other than that, she’s pretty passive. But, hey, she’s, what, 16? She’ll learn. And she will always have a good hair day, so that’s gotta count for something! ;)

    • I’d be one of those frolicking centaurs in the original FANTASIA. Or if you mean a character with a name, I’d like to be Minnie Mouse! She’s got a great boyfriend and a fantastic sense of style.

    • Cinderella! Gawd, I will never get over that. The sparkly dress, the glass slippers, the prince. *swoon*

      Did we tell you we’re celebrating our book at Disneyland?
      Linda

  24. What is one book everyone should read?

  25. Hi All,

    Book looks great can’t wait to get eyes on it.

    many small or one large goal?

  26. rewards for reaching goals?

  27. Do you have a favorite storyworld other than your own?

    How would your characters fare if dropped in it?

    • Buffy’s world! Bridget would learn a thing or three from the Slayer, that’s for sure!

    • Oh, Koren, I am obsessed with A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series. What a brutal world, but *fascinating.* I guess my “anglophilism” comes into play here since George R.R. Martin uses the Wars of the Roses as a template!

      Wow–I’m not sure how Dawn and the team would do. They don’t know how to play a GAME OF THRONES. And (MILD SPOILER? even though everyone knows this if they watched the first season…) the good people don’t do too well in Westeros. You can be as brave as you want but you’ve got to be conniving to succeed.

    • MIDDLE EARTH ! SO there. Any of my female characters from all of my books (well, maybe not goofy Barbie Bradley from Barbie and the Beast, or Veronica from Veronica and the Vampire) would fare well there. Orcs? No problem! Magic? Middle name. We love women who can hold their own in most circumstances. Women rock!
      Linda

  28. I am familiar with two of the three authors, and they rock, so I will be adding the third author to my reading list!
    All three stories sound awesome!

  29. I don’t have a lot of time tonight, just wanted to give a quick hi to all, and let you know I think the book sounds great, I bought it and can’t wait to get to it. Goodnight! :) Oh will you guys be checking back to answer more questions over the next couple of days?

  30. Congrats on the release! This sounds awesome. Cant wait to read it and see what comes next.

  31. are all three stories connected to other stories? and can you read them with out reading the other stories first? and still under stand what is going on?

  32. What is your favorite childhood book/series?

  33. Have you ever written fan fiction? For what fandom?

  34. If your mind were a house, what would it look like inside?

  35. NOW I get it!
    @Brad Carson Writing is tons easier when I can listen to music. I listen to soundtracks. I have a treadmill desk and when I’m walking on it with the music blaring, the words and ideas flow much more quickly.

  36. What to you is the best part of being a writer and what is the part you wouldnt mind giving up?

  37. What books are currently on your nightstand?

  38. do you have a dark, deep passion? If so, would you share what it is?

  39. these are all new authors to me…great to find them!

  40. Are you dressing up for Halloween? If so, as what?

  41. Are you more of a

  42. What is your favorite Halloween treat?

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