New website: Ever Eerie!

New website: Ever Eerie!

I’m proud and super excited to be part of a group of authors who write ghostly, eerie books!! EVER EERIE AUTHORS Darcy Coates Abigail Boyd Jenny Adams Perinovic Sarah Dalton J.A.Templeton Apryl Baker C.J.Archer Anya Allyn   Right now, we’re running a competition for the launch of the website. It ends on Halloween night, October 31, 2015. Join in here for great book pack prizes!  ...
Creep Yourself Out! Photomanipulations

Creep Yourself Out! Photomanipulations

At long last – here they are! The CREEP YOURSELF OUT photomanipulations! In January, I did a draw to pick three unsuspecting victims readers and put their photos in scenes from The Dark Carousel series. The scenes are loose representations rather than strict representations drawn directly from descriptions in the books. I’m not an expert in photo manipulations, but they were fun to do, and I have to thank the three people below for taking part in this: Paula, Karen and Samantha. Photo Manipulation 1: Paula Paula sent me this lovely photo of herself in her wedding dress. I have never coloured in a black and white image before, but I gave it a go. If you’ve read as far as Book 3 of The Dark Carousel series (Marionette) you’ll know the creepy wedding scene at the chapel on the grounds of the French castle. Who is Paula in this scene? One of the brides of that eerie night ….   Photo Manipulation 2: Karen I met Karen once in real life many years ago. We belonged to the same parenting website. I was surprised to discover last year that she’s a reader of my books! I remember she had the most gorgeous flowing hair (and still does – it’s in a shorter style in this photo) and I tried to recreate that in this photomanip. Oh, and this is a scene from a balcony of the French castle. Who is it? One of the castle’s colourful residents of course Photo Manipulation 3: Samantha We started off with Samantha in jeans and a jacket in the snow (a scene from the...
Inspiring Blogger Award – 7 things about me

Inspiring Blogger Award – 7 things about me

I’ve been nominated by the wonderful author of the upcoming exciting YA book, THORNJACK (a re-telling of a Scottish ballad), Katherine Harbour for an Inspiring Blogger Award. See 7 cool things about Katherine here. I love it that she once saw a ghost! Eek! I write about them but have never seen one!   So, now I have to list 7 things about myself. Here goes:   1. I like dipping hot French Fries in ice-cream sundaes (ice-cream makes me sick so I rarely have it though!) 2. The last book I read was Gone Girl. I took it with me on my kindle when my partner surprised me with 3 days away at Darling Harbour (Sydney) this month. It was a very dark and twisted read. I sat reading and looking over the beautiful harbour – bliss! I kept wondering why it was taking me so long to read it though, as I’m a quick reader, then afterwards discovered it was almost 600 pages long. 600 pages people! :O 3. When I was a kid, I used to sneak out after I was put to bed and watch the old-style horror/vampire movies on TV that used to always be screening. Then I’d have terrifying nightmares. But I still kept watching ’em! 4. I sometimes wear my clothing inside out. More often than I’d like to admit. 5. I like reading science sites and read the articles every week. I used to want to be a scientist when I was growing up (or an author…) 6. As a kid, I’d make up plays complete with characters and do all the voices,...
MUSIC BOX release!

MUSIC BOX release!

MUSIC BOX (Book #4 of The Dark Carousel series) has just been released! Amazon   Apple   Nook   Kobo If you’re about to read this last book in the series, I hope you enjoy!! I’m so excited to be releasing this final book in the Dollhouse saga. A dark journey of the soul. A march toward the end of everything. A ride on the endless carousel. Cassie endures her darkest days under the rule of Balthazar. She finds a passage into the high tower, and comes face to face with the shadowy being whose presence has haunted her since her first day the French castle.  Music Box Release promotions: Enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card in the creepy They’re All Waiting to Play with You competition    Creep Yourself Out! Like to see yourself in a Dark Carousel scene? Either reply here or on Facebook. I’ll randomly choose 3 people, and then place you in a random scene from the books, and send you the image. It will also be posted here on the blog and on my Facebook author page (Post by Anya Allyn.) and possibly on deviantart.com. ANY AGE over eighteen welcome. Will you look creepy? Well, maybe a little but to be honest you’ll look more glamorous than creepy. There are no monstrous-looking humans or ghosts in the books after all, save for Balthazar! (You must send a clear photograph and be any age over eighteen. Your reply & sending your photograph gives your permission for me to place your photograph in the scene and post it publicly.)  ...
COMPETITION: They’re all waiting to play with you …. (CLOSED)

COMPETITION: They’re all waiting to play with you …. (CLOSED)

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED *See the competition winner at the end of this post and results of the draw. THE DARK CAROUSEL is a series of four books. Dollhouse, Paper Dolls, Marionette and Music Box. They are Gothic adventures with a strong touch of horror. Surreal and thrilling. For ages 14-adult. TO ENTER THE COMPETITION TO WIN A $20 AMAZON GIFTCARD, JUST  ‘LIKE’ MY FACEBOOK PROMOTION POST HERE & leave a comment on the same post with any item you found in the attached picture (example; ‘teddy bear’) Any item at all is fine however obscure (or person) and double-up replies are fine. Winning is not conditional on the content of your answer. (Comp will run until midnight January 14, 2015. *See terms and conditions below) THIRTEEN is a short story prequel with a free sample of the following book, DOLLHOUSE. Pick it up for FREE at Amazon, iTunes, Nook and Kobo. DOLLHOUSE is a story of three friends who follow after a runaway friend who disappeared in the woods. They discover a macabre, life-size dollhouse beneath an old decaying mansion in the middle of the forest–and too late do they discover there is no way out.   Amazon  iTunes Nook    CAN YOU FIND?: A bird A jack-in-the-box 5 carousel horses (Not necessary to enter the competition)   Terms & Conditions of competition entry Must ‘like’ the Facebook promotion post Must comment on related Facebook post with any item you find in the picture. (Example: teddy bear) Winning is not conditional on the content of your reply. Competition will end January 14, 2015 Prize is a $20 Amazon giftcard. You must be over 18 and...
A Fast-Five interview with Lauren Oliver about Dollhouse!

A Fast-Five interview with Lauren Oliver about Dollhouse!

A Fast-Five interview with the primary editor and publisher of my book, DOLLHOUSE — author Lauren Oliver. Editing Dollhouse with Lauren was tough but rewarding. I think the goal of most writers is to continually improve. Writing is a craft, and writing well is a matter of continually sharpening the tools of the craft. Editing Dollhouse together with Lauren and the team of editors at Paper Lantern Lit has definitely changed my writing. Lauren, together with editor and author Lexa Hillyer, is a co-founder of PLL. One of the biggest issues I have is in seeing a scene play as a movie in my head and then in the writing of the scene, capturing the atmosphere of the scene  but forgetting to be specific enough with the details. And when you have complex concepts such as parallel universes and invented beings, you need to take care with the details and ensure the reader is coming along with you for the ride! Onto the interview with Lauren!   1. Paper Lantern Lit’s ‘The Studio’ first reached out to me in June 2013, about my book, DOLLHOUSE. What was it about Dollhouse that attracted The Studio’s eye? First of all, the concept is incredibly cool and creepy–and extremely original. We were haunted by the subterranean world Cassie discovers with Ethan. It’s the kind of book that stays in your mind long after you put it down. And also, simply put, the execution was excellent: the characters felt real and round, and your use of language was extremely evocative. After that, The Studio is really self-selecting: we look for people who WANT to...
Paper Dolls release!

Paper Dolls release!

It’s been a long road to, well, getting the Dollhouse books back on the road. I loved the original versions, but I’m so proud of the new versions of both Dollhouse and Paper Dolls. The series is now re-named as The Dark Carousel. I think this sums up the experience of the books so well, especially the overarching theme. At its essence, the theme is a circle and cycles – all the things I ponder on when I think about life and our place in the universe. The image of a carousel is important to the theme – so watch out for carousel imagery on books 3 and 4 (soon to come!) A release day giveaway happening here at A Literary Perusal If you’re about to read Paper Dolls, I hope you enjoy! Amazon iBooks Kobo Nook (B&N): to follow After the dark despair of the Dollhouse, Cassie believes she has found the way back to her former life. But once you’ve ventured into the underground, the spirits will never release you. She makes the terrifying discovery of just how deep and far-reaching their hold on her is. In a dual storyline set in 1920, a clairvoyant tells 14-year-old circus performer, Jessamine, that she is soon to die an unnatural death. With her grandfather spending the last of his circus fortunes on dark magic and with Mr. Baldcott chasing her for an agreement to a marriage proposal, Jessamine doesn’t know who to turn to. Then a circus train derailment changes everything… Paper Dolls is a re-release of the original Paper Dolls, pre-May 2014. It follows on from the new...
Lake Ephemeral is out now!

Lake Ephemeral is out now!

My new serial, Lake Ephemeral, has just been released Link: Amazon As a whole, the series is a little bit chilling, a little bit romantic and quite a bit sci fi. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Thanks SO much to my beta readers: Katie, Liz, Brenda, Linda, Amber and Kira for their help with this story!! The beautiful cover is designed by the talented Wesley Souza. From my newsletter: Orphan, Seraphin Ferron, arrives at the valley of Lake Ephemeral as a child. At first the valley seems like a place of wonder and freedom, but she soon discovers its dark underbelly. Lake Ephemeral is being released in 5 short episodes (each approx. 50 pages) It will initially be released on Kindle (Amazon) ONLY (the first 3 months).Watch out for a release blitz and giveaway of 5 volumes of episode 1 on Saturday 23rd August at A Literary Perusal Follow A Literary Perusal on Facebook for loads of giveaways, cover reveals and more on romance and new adult books!I’ve loved writing this story! It’s deliciously eerie. It’s very different to the Dollhouse books (but readers of that series will notice some similar themes). The focus of the story is on the mystery and sci fi aspects, but being that Seraphin grows to age 18 in the story, later volumes will include some romantic/sexual situations and the story as a whole is suitable for readers 16+The story:Seven manors surround Lake Ephemeral, and their residents are hiding terrifying secrets.Eighteen-year-old Seraphin Ferron first arrived at Lake Ephemeral as an eleven-year-old orphan, to meet a mother she’d never known she had.At first,...
To serialise or not serialise

To serialise or not serialise

I’m considering serialising my next story and I’d really like to know what you think of serialised fiction. My story is an eerie romance/mystery with light sci fi/horror elements, named Lake Ephemeral. I think it would translate well to a serial format, but I’m hesitant to release it this way because I have no idea how readers will feel about it. I LOVE the thought of the old serial novels of yesteryear. And in the internet age, I’m thinking it would be great to experiment and receive reader feedback along the way. Although the story has a definite plot and ending – it would be amazing to weave some reader feedback into the writing! (Also, this format would allow me some free time to work on other projects, such as a prequel for my Dollhouse series and the editing of books 2, 3 and 4 of that series.) I’d like to know your thoughts on releasing Lake Ephemeral as a serialised story (and I’ll ask again at the end of this post, so that you don’t have to scroll back up): A. Go for it – love the idea! B. It’s not for me. I’d never buy in serialised format. C. This story itself doesn’t appeal to me. D. Other   So, what’s the story? This is the (unedited) first chapter, which gives a very good view of the story as a whole. Yes, it’s a short one (This is not the actual cover. Just a lovely pic to help illustrate the mood.)   LAKE EPHEMERAL ~*~ Chapter 1 Seven manors on overgrown estates stood watch around Lake Ephemeral. A leaning iron...