Horror Hop Day #7: Have an Inside Look at What It’s Like to Be a Witch!

WW 1Hello, my Fantasy Fiends!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the sneak previews of S.M. Blooding’s urban fantasy and paranormal thriller works! I know I definitely have!

(And don’t forget to enter the sexy giveaway, where you have a chance to win a $25 gift card from Amazon!)

giveaway!As this week’s features come to a close, I’ve asked S.M. Blooding to share a very special guest post with us. As you can see, she lives my dream life (dating vampires, werewolves, and assassins? Oh, MY!), but she also practices witchcraft herself as a Wicca.

She gives you a first-hand look at what it’s like to be a witch, and she also debunks some pervasive myths about the craft as well. Keep reading to get an inside look at The Inner Workings of the craft; you’ll see it’s as much about performing magic on the inside as much as it is about magic on the outside.  🙂

The Inner Workings of Living Witchcraft, by S.M. Blooding

What Wicca Is… and Isn’t

Witchcraft, at least most of it that I do, is just everyday, benign stuff. I keep the scents in my home “grounding” scents like sandlewood, Jupiter, jasmine, etc. I hang brooms over my doors. I set wards around my home. I read tarot . . . when I wiccasymbolremember, or when the cards are screaming at me. I make mojo bags. I do keep voodoo dolls and name them.

But *shrug* I don’t have my tarot deck memorized. When I cast, wind doesn’t whip around the apartment. I can’t call a flame onto the candle wick. I can’t boil water with my thoughts.

Wicca and witchcraft, for me, is more about finding the balance in life. When I cast, it has less to do with the herbs and the elements and the colors and the materials, and a lot more to do with what’s in my heart and what my mind’s mouth is saying.

wiccanaltarThe materials you gather are to assist you in gathering your intent, cementing it into place so that when you do cast your spell, there’s not flip-flopping around. Your will is strong, it’s focused with clear intent, and, even if you’re not being one hundred percent nice, you’re at the very least being honest.

Wicca, The All Mother, and Dark Times

allmothermoongoddessI have a direct connection to what I call the All Mother. She’s not always nice. A lot of people ask me why I would choose a deity who isn’t nice. It’s because I don’t need her to be nice to me. When I seek her out, it’s because I need to grow, I need to learn. The All Mother doesn’t pull any punches.

Like the time I turned my oldest daughter’s sperm donor into a toad. The idea was to show the world and all womankind what a toad he was. I proclaimed I was helping the world. I was saving women’s hearts all over. And that’s what I told the All Mother when I cast the spell.

Selene-Greek-GoddessmoonShe saw right through me. She heard the tears, felt the anger, and knew I was casting the spell out of revenge.

Instead of being nice and letting the spell go, she slapped me in the face, pulled my head out of my butt, and sent the spell back on me threefold.

It was a really rough year, and I discovered I wasn’t nearly as awesome as I’d thought. I had some growing up to do myself.

The All Mother knows me intimately as well. She knows all my darkest secrets. She also knows that the good I do is from the heart.

Most of the time, though, She just doesn’t care. She’s got a lot of things going on, and the only thing she needs me to do is to remain responsible for my own life. She’ll help if I ask. If I lie to her about my intent, she’ll give me what I need, not what I want.

Making Life Magickal

beautiful-lifeMy best spells don’t have a chant. They’re an open conversation with the All Mother. We have an open dialogue and She helps me guide my will where it’s needed, and where I can best apply it.

Most “magick” is done by the sweat of hard work. A spell mostly sets the will so you are empowered to make yourself conquer whatever task. Those are the best spells, anyway.

So, the inner workings of Wicca and witchcraft? That’s it for me. I love it.

Don’t forget to check out “Whiskey Witches”, on Amazon NOW!

More About S.M. Blooding

S.M.BloodingS.M. Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and her two birds, Jack and Moose. She’s currently up to her to ears in yarn and crochet projects as she’s just discovered one in seventy-five stitches that she didn’t know. Oh, the horror.

Her real name is Stephanie Marie (aka SM), but only family and coworkers call her that, usually when they’re screaming at her. Friends call her Frankie.

Frankie challenges the world around her. She served in the military as one of the first female tactical air traffic controllers, worked at a coal mine, and shot herself through school to become a CAD (computer aided drafter) operator. She’s worked as a stenographer, a lab technician for a scientist attached with NOAA, and traveled with the Renaissance Festival. She’s survived hurricanes in a tent, and ditches in winter. She’s sometimes crass, often crude, and almost always blunt.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She loves to take the real world, find a singular line of truth, and wrap a complex fiction of reality around it. She’s incredibly excited to share her world with you, and there’s a wide selection to choose from.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

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Horror Hop, Day #5: “Blood Moon Magick” by S.M. Blooding!

Welcome to Day #5 of our October Horror Hop, where for this week, we’ll check out SM Blooding’s “Whiskey Witches” series!

First up, Episode #5: Blood Moon Magick. Check it out and enter the giveaway for the chance to win a $25.00 gift card, too!

Blood Moon Magick: Episode #5 of Whiskey Witches

5.4 Blood Moon MagickGoing back to Denver should have been easy. Old life. Old routine. Ten kinds of “all good.”

However, with her gifts open, the paranormal world isn’t going to let her have that easy life. It turns out her partner of the last five years is a vampire and has been for several decades. He’s also the regional paranormal protector.

So when a few shapeshifters go missing, he gets the case.

But there’s also a demon killing those shapeshifters, a demon she can’t hunt because she’s still an open target for possession.

Not to complicate matters, Dexx isn’t about to let Paige out of his sights. Bringing a demon hunter to a shapeshifter party only makes things that much more interesting. But when he gets bitten, the entire game changes.

Buy “Blood Moon Magick” NOW on Amazon!

amazonbuyGenre: Dark Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Whistling Book Press
Date of Publication: October 16, 2015
Cover Artist: Frankie’s Mind Design
Available From: Amazon

Checkout the AWESOME GIVEAWAY and get some FREE CASH FOR AMAZON!
giveaway!

Click HERE to enter and
WIN a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


More about S.M. Blooding

S.M.BloodingS.M. Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and her two birds, Jack and Moose. She’s currently up to her to ears in yarn and crochet projects as she’s just discovered one in seventy-five stitches that she didn’t know. Oh, the horror.

Her real name is Stephanie Marie (aka SM), but only family and coworkers call her that, usually when they’re screaming at her. Friends call her Frankie.

Frankie challenges the world around her. She served in the military as one of the first female tactical air traffic controllers, worked at a coal mine, and shot herself through school to become a CAD (computer aided drafter) operator. She’s worked as a stenographer, a lab technician for a scientist attached with NOAA, and traveled with the Renaissance Festival. She’s survived hurricanes in a tent, and ditches in winter. She’s sometimes crass, often crude, and almost always blunt.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She loves to take the real world, find a singular line of truth, and wrap a complex fiction of reality around it. She’s incredibly excited to share her world with you, and there’s a wide selection to choose from.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

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Horror Hop, Day #4: “Gates of Hell” by S.M. Blooding!

Welcome to Day #4 of our October Horror Hop, where for this week, we’ll check out SM Blooding’s “Whiskey Witches” series!

First up, Episode #4: Gates of Hell. Check it out and enter the giveaway for the chance to win a $25.00 gift card, too!

Gates of Hell: Episode #4 of Whiskey Witches

4-Gates-of-HellThe mission is simple. Grab the key. Close the gate. Get the hell out of St. Francisville, Louisiana.

What could be so frelling hard about that?

Everything.

The clock is tick-tick-ticking and the team of demon fighters are running out of time. First, they have to find the key, then get through the demon army protecting it, and then fight the one who master-minded it all.

No problem. Easy as pie.

Right.

Buy “Gates of Hell” NOW on Amazon!

amazonbuyGenre: Dark Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Whistling Book Press
Date of Publication: December 12, 2014
Cover Artist: Frankie’s Mind Design
Available From: Amazon

Checkout the AWESOME GIVEAWAY and get some FREE CASH FOR AMAZON!
giveaway!

Click HERE to enter and
WIN a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


More about S.M. Blooding

S.M.BloodingS.M. Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and her two birds, Jack and Moose. She’s currently up to her to ears in yarn and crochet projects as she’s just discovered one in seventy-five stitches that she didn’t know. Oh, the horror.

Her real name is Stephanie Marie (aka SM), but only family and coworkers call her that, usually when they’re screaming at her. Friends call her Frankie.

Frankie challenges the world around her. She served in the military as one of the first female tactical air traffic controllers, worked at a coal mine, and shot herself through school to become a CAD (computer aided drafter) operator. She’s worked as a stenographer, a lab technician for a scientist attached with NOAA, and traveled with the Renaissance Festival. She’s survived hurricanes in a tent, and ditches in winter. She’s sometimes crass, often crude, and almost always blunt.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She loves to take the real world, find a singular line of truth, and wrap a complex fiction of reality around it. She’s incredibly excited to share her world with you, and there’s a wide selection to choose from.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

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Horror Hop, Day #3: “Love Bodies” by S.M. Blooding!

Welcome to Day #3 of our October Horror Hop, where for this week, we’ll check out SM Blooding’s “Whiskey Witches” series!

First up, Episode #3: Love Bodies. Check it out and enter the giveaway for the chance to win a $25.00 gift card, too!

Love Bodies: Episode #3 of Whiskey Witches

3-Love-in-Bodies2Possession’s a messy business on a good day. When demon hunter Dexx Colt realizes sees Paige possessed and the mark the killer engraved on her skin to do it, he knows they’re screwed. No protection sigil in his arsenal can protect her from being possessed. Not now.

A demon summoner who can’t summon or send demons back.

The killer still has a plan for her, though, and what that could be is anyone’s guess. Dead bodies continue to pile up at an alarming rate, and the race is on to discover how to keep the gates closed.

Buy “Love Bodies” NOW on Amazon!

amazonbuyGenre: Dark Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Whistling Book Press
Date of Publication: November 28, 2014
Cover Artist: Frankie’s Mind Design
Available From: Amazon

Checkout the AWESOME GIVEAWAY and get some FREE CASH FOR AMAZON!
giveaway!

Click HERE to enter and
WIN a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


More about S.M. Blooding

S.M.BloodingS.M. Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and her two birds, Jack and Moose. She’s currently up to her to ears in yarn and crochet projects as she’s just discovered one in seventy-five stitches that she didn’t know. Oh, the horror.

Her real name is Stephanie Marie (aka SM), but only family and coworkers call her that, usually when they’re screaming at her. Friends call her Frankie.

Frankie challenges the world around her. She served in the military as one of the first female tactical air traffic controllers, worked at a coal mine, and shot herself through school to become a CAD (computer aided drafter) operator. She’s worked as a stenographer, a lab technician for a scientist attached with NOAA, and traveled with the Renaissance Festival. She’s survived hurricanes in a tent, and ditches in winter. She’s sometimes crass, often crude, and almost always blunt.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She loves to take the real world, find a singular line of truth, and wrap a complex fiction of reality around it. She’s incredibly excited to share her world with you, and there’s a wide selection to choose from.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

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Horror Hop, Day #2: “Possession” by S.M. Blooding!

Welcome to Day #2 of our October Horror Hop, where for this week, we’ll check out SM Blooding’s “Whiskey Witches” series!

First up, Episode #2: Possession. Check it out and enter the giveaway for the chance to win a $25.00 gift card, too!

Possession: Episode #2 of Whiskey Witches

2-Possession-Breaks3There’s only so much you can do when there are no new clues. Wait. That’s never been Detective Paige Whiskey’s strong-suit, though. With her memories and her gifts back, she’s faced with a whole new ball game. She now has a better understanding of who the killer might be and what he wants.

But when she’s attacked by a ghost—of all the dumb things—on a paranormal investigation of the Metley plantation, she realizes the situation’s worse than she thought. If that’s possible at all.

The gate has already been opened.

So why in the seven blazing pits of Hell does the killer still need her?

Buy “Possession” NOW on Amazon!

amazonbuyGenre: Dark Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Whistling Book Press
Date of Publication: November 14, 2014
Cover Artist: Frankie’s Mind Design
Available From: Amazon

Checkout the AWESOME GIVEAWAY and get some FREE CASH FOR AMAZON!
giveaway!

Click HERE to enter and
WIN a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


More about S.M. Blooding

S.M.BloodingS.M. Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and her two birds, Jack and Moose. She’s currently up to her to ears in yarn and crochet projects as she’s just discovered one in seventy-five stitches that she didn’t know. Oh, the horror.

Her real name is Stephanie Marie (aka SM), but only family and coworkers call her that, usually when they’re screaming at her. Friends call her Frankie.

Frankie challenges the world around her. She served in the military as one of the first female tactical air traffic controllers, worked at a coal mine, and shot herself through school to become a CAD (computer aided drafter) operator. She’s worked as a stenographer, a lab technician for a scientist attached with NOAA, and traveled with the Renaissance Festival. She’s survived hurricanes in a tent, and ditches in winter. She’s sometimes crass, often crude, and almost always blunt.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She loves to take the real world, find a singular line of truth, and wrap a complex fiction of reality around it. She’s incredibly excited to share her world with you, and there’s a wide selection to choose from.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

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Horror Hop, Day #1: “Demon Show” by S.M. Blooding!

Welcome to Day #1 of our October Horror Hop, where for this week, we’ll check out SM Blooding’s “Whiskey Witches” series!

First up, Episode #1: Demon Show. Check it out and enter the giveaway for the chance to win a $25.00 gift card, too!

Demon Show: Episode #1 of Whiskey Witches

1-Demon-Show2Detective Paige Whiskey comes from a long line of witches. They may not all be the most powerful, but they are outspoken and supportive of their community. She alone has no gifts. She can’t summon fire, can’t read minds. She knows the arcane. She’s studied it. That, along with her connection to the Whiskey Witches, lands her some pretty strange cases.

Like the sacrificial murders of St. Francisville, Louisiana. There’s a killer on the loose, choosing people in a vain attempt to raise a demon. Once she gets there, she realizes the murders were nothing more than an elaborate invitation, tempting her into the claws of the killer.

She does have a gift, a very powerful and terrifying one.

The killer is after her.

Buy “Demon Show” NOW on Amazon!

amazonbuyGenre: Dark Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Whistling Book Press
Date of Publication: October 31, 2014
Cover Artist: Frankie’s Mind Design
Available From: Amazon

Checkout the AWESOME GIVEAWAY and get some FREE CASH FOR AMAZON!
giveaway!

Click HERE to enter and
WIN a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


 

More about S.M. Blooding

S.M.BloodingS.M. Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and her two birds, Jack and Moose. She’s currently up to her to ears in yarn and crochet projects as she’s just discovered one in seventy-five stitches that she didn’t know. Oh, the horror.

Her real name is Stephanie Marie (aka SM), but only family and coworkers call her that, usually when they’re screaming at her. Friends call her Frankie.

Frankie challenges the world around her. She served in the military as one of the first female tactical air traffic controllers, worked at a coal mine, and shot herself through school to become a CAD (computer aided drafter) operator. She’s worked as a stenographer, a lab technician for a scientist attached with NOAA, and traveled with the Renaissance Festival. She’s survived hurricanes in a tent, and ditches in winter. She’s sometimes crass, often crude, and almost always blunt.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She loves to take the real world, find a singular line of truth, and wrap a complex fiction of reality around it. She’s incredibly excited to share her world with you, and there’s a wide selection to choose from.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

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Horror Hop Blog Tour Kick Off! First Up? S.M. Blooding, Witchcraft, and Whiskey!

autumnHappy October, everyone!

God, I LOVE autumn. Not only does it signal the final stretch of the year, but it’s really my favorite time of the year.

The crisp weather, the vibrant earthy colors of the changing leaves, the turns of the seasons, nature’s heralding the beginning of the holidays… LOVE IT!

But the best part?

OCTOBER marks the beginning of Colby’s Cove yearly HORROR HOP! Woot! This entire month, I’ll be featuring authors writing in the horror and paranormal fiction genres.

WW 1And kicking off our month of horror is the awesome and kick-ass SM Blooding, with her Whiskey Witches series!

I’ll give you an overview of the entire series, but then each day, I’ll feature a SWEET feature for each individual episode!

Witches, serial killers, demon summoning, and a magickless, underdog witch detective tasked with saving the world from certain doom.

I just CAN’T even wait!

Both courtesy of myself and Book About Blog Tours, for the entire week (Monday, October 5 – Friday October 9) I’ll be shining some sweet spotlights on Bloodings work, her thoughts on the practice of witchcraft, and rocking her AWESOME giveaway!! Check out her kick ass titles here, and stay tuned for even MORE!

Whiskey Witches, Complete Season 1

4.1-Episodes-1-4bDetective Paige Whiskey comes from a long line of witches. They may not all be the most powerful, but they are outspoken and supportive of their community. She alone has no gifts. She can’t summon fire, can’t read minds. She knows the arcane. She’s studied it.

That, along with her connection to the Whiskey Witches, lands her some pretty strange cases.

Like the sacrificial murders of St. Francisville, Louisiana. There’s a killer on the loose, choosing people in a vain attempt to raise a demon. Not just any demon, though. A man born long ago, made a demon in order to protect the Gate to Hell.

Together with demon hunter, Dexx Colt, her kitchen-witch grandmother, and her paranormal investigator brother-in-law, they unravel a conspiracy far bigger than a few simple murders, and re-discover Paige’s gift.

She’s a demon summoner and she’s key to the killer’s plan.

Buy Whiskey Witches NOW on Amazon! Click on any of the images below!

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Total # of Episodes: 1-5
Genre: Dark Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Whistling Book Press
Date of Publication: December 19, 2014
Cover Artist: Frankie’s Mind Design

Buy the “Whiskey Witches” Full First Season!

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Buy Whiskey Witches, Season 1, Individual Episodes 1-4!

Checkout the AWESOME GIVEAWAY and get some FREE CASH FOR AMAZON!

giveaway!

Click HERE to enter and
WIN a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

More about S.M. Blooding

S.M.BloodingS.M. Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and her two birds, Jack and Moose. She’s currently up to her to ears in yarn and crochet projects as she’s just discovered one in seventy-five stitches that she didn’t know. Oh, the horror.

Her real name is Stephanie Marie (aka SM), but only family and coworkers call her that, usually when they’re screaming at her. Friends call her Frankie.

Frankie challenges the world around her. She served in the military as one of the first female tactical air traffic controllers, worked at a coal mine, and shot herself through school to become a CAD (computer aided drafter) operator. She’s worked as a stenographer, a lab technician for a scientist attached with NOAA, and traveled with the Renaissance Festival. She’s survived hurricanes in a tent, and ditches in winter. She’s sometimes crass, often crude, and almost always blunt.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She loves to take the real world, find a singular line of truth, and wrap a complex fiction of reality around it. She’s incredibly excited to share her world with you, and there’s a wide selection to choose from.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

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“Ghosts of Koa” Featured on The Writership Podcast!!

Great news, all! The lovely Alyssa and Leslie at The Writership Podcast have decided to feature and give an editorial review on GHOSTS OF KOA at The Writership Podcast!

If you’re wondering, The Writership Podcast is an online radio show focused on helping indie authors master self-editing writership_podcastskills. Each week they feature a different author, read through the first 5-10 pages of that author’s manuscript, and provide editorial feedback on the work.

They give some AWESOME insights and professional editing advice, so make sure to subscribe to their podcast when you get a chance!

Check out their review of GHOSTS OF KOA!

GOKwritershipIn any case, check out Leslie and Alyssa’s reactions and editorial review of my novel, GHOSTS OF KOA.

GOK got some super positive feedback, but apparently, they needed to “take refreshment” before diving in. 😉

As an important side note: I really encourage you to not only listen to the episode, but to also read the editorial feedback they provide below the episode itself.

They’ve embedded a Word document copy of the Prologue of “Ghosts of Koa” with their questions, comments, and ideas on how to make the manuscript better than it already is. It’s a great lesson in writing, and I highly recommend you tune into their show to make your own self-editing skills better!

Thanks in advance for checking it out! 🙂

Write on, and rock on (and keep it indie),
<3 Colby

Ask the Author GoodReads Event + New Hot Giveaway!

ask-the-authorHey creatives! Today is the kick-off of our FIRST “Ask-the-Author” Event at The Fantasy Portal GoodReads Book Club!

And the first author up to bat? ME!

Join our book club and participate to ask me anything and EVERYTHING you want to know about my writing process, creative inspirations, current projects, future plans, or even some personal stuff, to your leisure!

I’ll be fielding questions all the week long, from Monday, Sept 15 until Sunday, Sept 21!

ALSO, as a warm welcome to both our Book Club and to the Ask-the-Author Event, I’m launching a very special, limited time giveaway!

Check it out below!


September’s Limited Time Giveaway!

Participate in The Fantasy Portal Book Club’s Back-to-School Bash, and Enter to win some AWESOME prizes!

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Giveaway ONLY lasts from Monday, September 15 to Monday, September 22 (until 11:59 PM), so ENTER NOW!

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PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY of The Fantasy Portal!

fantasyportal3DfinalcoverAnother awesome giveaway, guys! And this one’s a real treat. 🙂

Recently, three authors and I have released a four book fantasy bundle called “The Fantasy Portal”, and now, we’re offering you a FREE copy of the Fantasy Portal Bundle in PAPERBACK!

Hold over 1,000 pages of urban, epic, and paranormal fantasy in your hands today!

That’s four weighty, kick-ass tomes for you to add to your physical book shelves.

The giveaway is running from August 15 – November 12, 2014.

There are only FIVE paperback bundles available, so enter as soon as you can!

Keep it indie,
<3 Colby