Happy Halloween!

Good morning and Happy Halloween everyone!

Today is the last day of the special Halloween promo where fans of the fb page can receive a free book and have the chance to have their first names used in Book 3 of the Monstrum Chronicles. Although I have to say I think I was a bit too… hopeful with my first predictions, haha. Though I’m nowhere near to having 125 fans let alone 200, I have had a few more people join the page as well as some increased activity overall. That makes me pretty happy.

I’ve added an extra twist to the game by including this: the first 5 people to post something they liked about the book on the page would have their names included in book 3. This helps me out allot because I’m desperately in need of some endorsements to use for my book when the third printing happens as well as to include on my website. And secretly, I’m in need of some character names, too. ūüôā

Because it is Halloween today, one of my absolute favorite holidays, I’m going to share a couple top ten lists with you. My top ten scary movie monsters.

MOVIES

10.)¬†The Village: ‘Those We Do Not Speak Of’ have got to be some of the creepiest creatures ever. While this film was not exactly a horror movie, there were definitely some scary parts, notably the village invasion and Ivy’s encounter with the “monster” in the woods. If you enjoy something with a bit of romance, something a bit scary, and a good twist ending, be sure to catch this movie!

9.) Pan’s Labyrinth: A masterpiece from Guillermo Del Toro, this movie was extremely dark with a story that held you fast and swept you along. The scariest part of this film was the Pale Man, a creature with eyes in his hands, who ate children. I remember seeing this in theaters and not being able to sleep that night. A historical piece with some fantasy woven through out it, this movie is a definite must-see.

8.) The Ring:¬†I remember not wanting to watch this movie because I’d heard that it was extremely scary. I already have a massive phobia¬†slight aversion to scary children so when one pops out of a television screen, soaking wet and starts crawling at you… yeah, that really freaks me out. The movie was downright spooky and to this day, I still worry when I see static on the television screen…

7.) Saw:¬†The puppet… the freaking puppet, people. Puppets are scary and they shouldn’t be trusted. No, it’s not exactly a movie monster. But it still scares me every time I see it.

6.) Silent Hill: Technically there are two in this movie that unnerve me when I watch it. The first is Red Pyramid (sometimes known as Pyramid Head). A muscular bloody guy with a giant pyramid for a head who drags around a huge sword. And the nurses. The only way to keep them from hacking you up is to keep a light on them. Creepy. (And yes, I know Silent Hill was a video game before it was a movie.)

5.) Tremors: The movie was pretty funny but you’ve got to admit, the Graboids were freaky. Just knowing that there is something burrowing in the ground underneath you, something that could break through the earth and swallow you whole? It’s like an earth worm from hell.

4.) Signs: I saw this movie in theaters with a friend. I remembered laughing at the 50’s old time horror beginning. Then there were crop circles, dogs trying to kill children, creepy alien fingers, and Mel Gibson walking through corn fields at night alone. Needless to say, I slept on my living room couch that night because I was too scared to sleep in my bedroom.

3.) The X-Files: Fight the Future: There were many, many scary monsters from this iconic television series. Though the aliens with their creepy black oil, in my opinion, take the cake. I remember watching the beginning of the film¬†and seeing that kid in who got stuck in the hole with the black eyes… again, might just be a part of my evil child phobia but I’m willing to bet that others thought it was freaky, too.

2.) Jaws: One of my absolute favorite scary film adaptions from a book. Anyone who is anyone has seen this classic and has been scared to go into the water after watching it. Though you don’t see the shark until half way through the movie, it’s still one of the most gripping and terrifying films out there.

1.) Zombieland: For those of you who already know about my intense fear of clowns, this should be no surprise. Yes, the zombie clown at the end of the film scared the living daylights out of me. Clowns are scary on their own without being flesh-eating murderous freaks of nature.

So whether you’re in the mood for something amusing and spooky, something that will make the hairs on your arms stand, or something that will just make you scream your head off, take a look at one of these films today.

If you feel like it, share your favorite movie monster! I’d love to hear about it!

Once again, Happy Halloween and enjoy the holiday!

~KSilva

This is Halloween! Facebook Promo Details!

Good morning everyone,

I’m happy to announce that I have (finally) finished writing the content for Book 2. As of yesterday the book is 28 chapters long at 310 pages. The epilogue ends exactly the way that I’d imagined it would and I’m very satisfied with how it reads. Now onto the tricky part: editing and revising the sucker, ha ha. I’m going to take the next two months to really put a shine and polish on this before I begin the whole self-publishing process. That includes making sure that the overall story is consistent, most (if not all) questions are answered, and everything makes sense.¬†This all came at a perfect time as well because it’s almost Halloween!

This year I plan to run a special promotional, starting October ¬†28th and ending on Halloween at midnight. It’s quite simple:

PROMOTIONAL INFORMATION

1.) Go to Katherine Silva РAuthor on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/katherinesilva.author

2.) Become a Fan by clicking the “Like” button on the top of the page (You need a Facebook account to do this)

3.) If you are already a fan of the page, suggest the page to your friends!

4.) The 125, 150th, 175th and (dare I hope) 200th fan will receive free copies of “Vox: Book 1 of the Monstrum Chronicles”. The person that suggested you to the page (if applicable) will receive a free book (if they don’t have one already) and have their name used in “Memento Mori: Book 3 of the Monstrum Chronicles.”

5.) This is a weekend promotional starting at midnight on Friday October 28th. It will end at midnight on Monday October 31st.

6.) At the end of the promotional, I will message you asking for the name of the person who suggested the page to you as well as to get your address to ship a book to you.

7.) All I ask is for you to be fair, ie: don’t unlike and re-like the page, etc.

8.) Good luck!

Be sure to tune in to the fan page and the blog later this week for more news and for more Halloween-y things!

Until then, good morning and happy writing!

~KSilva

The End is Nigh!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted so I figured it was time to give you all an update. Yes, the sequel is almost finished. I have just one and a half chapters and an epilogue left to write for content purposes. Then begins the arduous sometimes painful process of editing the thing, ha ha.

I admit that I am relieved that the writing part of the project is coming to a close. I started writing this at the beginning of 2010. So far the book has gone through four rough drafts, all of which have been drastically different from one another. In that time span, I’ve started five other stories, three of them short, and two of them novels. I desperately would like some time to commit to those once I’ve finished the editing on ‘Aequitas’.

I love writing this series. I love the characters and the way the story is twisting in my brain. So much is happening in it that I had not at first expected. Torrent’s and Reid’s personalities have flourished and its now so easy to write as them that I can do it without much trouble at all. In the next three books, there are so many other fascinating characters to be introduced that I can hardly wait to get to them! But until I am able to do that, I will concentrate on finishing up ‘Aequitas’.¬†If all goes according to plan, I should expect to start the self-publishing process with Maine Authors Publishing as early as January of 2012.

In other news, next week I’ll be running a week long Halloween special promotional and give-away that I’m very excited about. For more about that, please be on the watch next Sunday for my facebook author page as I will post details of it then. Then in another couple weeks, I’ll be involved in a reading at Slainte Wine Bar and Louge in Portland, Maine. I’ll be reading selections from “Vox” as well as a few from my upcoming sequel, “Aequitas”. I’ll have up to 15 minutes of reading time (which I have to admit, I’m a bit nervous about). Thankfully, some of my fellow authors from MAP gave me some helpful advice today. Thank you, Carol and Jeff!

News about other projects: I started a short story last week that tells the back story of a character named Cardea whom is introduced in ‘Aequitas’. It’s content that couldn’t be included in the book but is interesting as background character information. I’m planning to write two more pieces based on other important events in the sequel and publish these three stories in a companion book to go along side ‘Aequitas’ in the near future. Heh, that is if I ever find the time. (Ha ha…)

That’s all the news I have for today! Stay tuned for the blissful announcement of me being done with ‘Aequitas’ and other exciting things in the coming days!

Until then, good afternoon and happy writing!

~K Silva