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Watching Holiday Horror by Kate Hill

Delicious meals, decorations, music, family gatherings. Most people have holiday traditions they look forward to. For me, December is the time to indulge in Christmas horror movies. I am a huge fan of horror, and I anticipate watching winter-themed holiday movies every year. When I think of December, I imagine dark nights of snuggling by the warmth of the wood stove while strange, scary, and sometimes funny holiday movies flash across my TV screen.

I definitely have favorites that have become my staple holiday movies, but every year I also look forward to watching a few new ones.

For me, it wouldn’t be the holidays without seeing A Christmas Horror Story, Stalled, and Christmas with Cookie. A more recent favorite I’ve added to my holiday watch list is Slay Belles. I also don’t let the holiday season go by without watching the Tales from the Crypt episode And All Through the House.

As you can see, I especially enjoy indie movies and horror comedy.

If you’re also a fan of holiday horror, or if you’d like to try some holiday horror movies, I’d recommend the following ones. They’ve brought me many scares or laughs, and sometimes both.

A Cadaver Christmas – A janitor and a group of oddballs battle zombies (cadavers!) on Christmas Eve.

A Christmas Horror Story – This horror anthology includes individual scary stories that focus on citizens of the same town. Ultimately, their stories relate.

Sint (AKA Saint) – This unsettling holiday horror movie focuses on a terrifying Christmas legend.

Stalled – In this horror comedy, a janitor trapped in a woman’s rest room and an office worker struggle to survive a zombie attack during a Christmas party.

Are you also a fan of holiday horror? If so, I’d love to hear about some of your favorites so I can add them to my watch list.


Stalker – I’m a rogue wolf. No club. No gang. No pack. I’m free, and that’s how I like it. Roaming the streets in a Santa suit to antagonize demons into a fight, I meet her—the Wild witch who changes my life. I want Sam the moment I see her, but can a lone wolf fall in love at first sight?

Sam – I’m a Wild. That means I have warrior witch blood in my veins. I messed up, though, and someone I care about got hurt. To fix the situation, I’m in what’s left of Boston looking for demons so I can test a new spell. I’m not expecting a gorgeous silver wolf to protect me, and I’m not trying to fall in love, but one look at Stalker, and I know we were born for each other.

Note: Sam’s Silver Wolf is a very short age gap paranormal insta-love story with a little plot, a lot of heat, and a HEA.


Kate Hill is a vegetarian New Englander who loves writing romantic fantasies. When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, watching horror movies, and researching vampires and Viking history. She runs the Compelling Beasts Blog that is dedicated to antagonists, antiheroes, and paranormal creatures. Kate also writes as Saloni Quinby.

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What happens when a warrior priest from a strict religion meets a free-spirited priestess from a new age commune?

Jade and Selena are as different as two people can be, but to facilitate an alliance between their worlds, they engage in a cultural exchange. With their galaxy in danger from a planet that wants to conquer or destroy all others, they realize the importance of their assignment, but it is difficult for a warrior priest and a nonviolent priestess to understand each other.

Selena is both attracted and appalled by his old school masculinity, and Jade is tempted to break his vow of celibacy until marriage due to his powerful desire for her. Will this unlikely pair not only find common ground, but unconditional love?


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If I’d Never Heard of Me Would I Read My Book? by Kate Hill – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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If I’d never heard of me would I read my book?

This is a great question! I don’t think I’ve ever been asked this, but to me it’s the most important question for a writer. There are so many different people in the world. You will never please everyone. What one person hates, another will love. I might be wrong, but I think if you’re writing for profit (not a bad thing!), you want to try to please as many people as possible. I’m interested in profit, don’t get me wrong, but I have a day job. There was a time when I wrote full-time, turning out as many books as possible and following particular guidelines. Even then I basically wrote what I loved, but I made certain compromises that I wasn’t always happy with. On the other hand, I also learned a lot, not only about the craft of writing, but about what I really want in my writing life. While I still follow guidelines when working with publishers, I also do some indie publishing now. No matter how I intend to publish a book, whether it’s following the guidelines of a publisher or self-publishing, I always write a book I’d want to read.

When I write, it’s because it’s a story I’m looking for and haven’t found anywhere else. To me, life is too short to write entire stories that are solely for profit–a profit that isn’t even guaranteed. I write what interests me and somewhere out there are readers who also connect with that. I’m a huge fan of indie books, movies, and comic books. Many of my favorites aren’t well-known with a high budget.

If I can’t connect with my story on some level, I don’t feel it’s right to ask others to connect with it. Everyone is different, but I feel that if I write what I love, then my stories are sincere, and others who enjoy similar characters or themes will hopefully find pleasure in my work as well.

A blazing trail only he can see leads demon hunting biker Starr Johanson to his destined mate. A blessing placed on her family’s ancestral land summons Mysti Wild to the cabin where she’ll meet the man fated to share her life.

Each fears the other will be frightened by magic they don’t understand, but they quickly learn to trust each other, because no one can resist the person they were born to love.

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Starr slipped and tumbled down a rocky, leaf-strewn decline. For several seconds he could only grunt and try to roll with the fall. He landed on his stomach, the wind momentarily knocked out of him. He tasted blood and spat a mouthful while pushing himself to his hands and knees. From what he could tell, he had cuts and bruises, but no breaks.

Blinded by rain and wind, he glanced around, dazed. He started climbing up the slippery incline, but fell again. Maybe it was an optical illusion, but he thought a path led off to his left. Starr tried to calm his mind and listen for guidance. Instinct told him to try the path, illusion or not, and he had long ago learned to listen to his instincts.

He took a step and his ankle nearly buckled.


He pushed forward as quickly and carefully as he could with a sprained ankle.

Something too warm for rain trickled down the back of his neck. He swiped it and looked at his bloodstained hand. Rain pelted it, diluting the blood. Dragging his hand along his denim-clad thigh, he limped on.

Squinting through the storm, he noticed a clearing in the distance, surrounding a lake or bay.


That wasn’t a spirit voice, but human.

“Hey, you! Dude!”

Starr turned and saw a woman approaching. She wore a yellow fisherman-style raincoat and hat that left half her face in shadow.

She approached and Starr hobbled toward her.

“Hi,” he said. When she tilted her amber gaze to his, Starr’s heart skipped a beat.

He smiled faintly.

So she’s why I’m here.

About the Author: Kate Hill is a vegetarian New Englander who started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Since 1996, she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas, and novels.

She prefers to blend genres, and she loves horror and a happily ever after, so her books can be a bit unusual. If you’re looking for romance with witches, aliens, vampires, angels, demons, shapeshifters and more, there’s a good chance you’ll find something to your taste in her backlist.

When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, and watching horror movies. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby.

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Demons Grotto by Kate Hill – Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway

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Ben wants Laura to reconsider staying overnight at Demon’s Grotto, and he has information about the club’s history that should convince her. He tells her three creepy love stories, hoping she will change her mind.

Rise of the Creature: When a mad doctor brings a dead man back to life, only his beautiful assistant can make that life worth living.

The Demon Within: A man on the run stops to rest at a rooming house, not knowing that it’s the hunting ground of a gorgeous succubus bent on devouring handsome guests.

Don’t Cry, Wolf: An ad for a maintenance man at a bed and breakfast is answered by a former soldier who’s harboring a hairy secret. The business’s lovely co-owner becomes involved with this sullen hunk who’s more than she imagined possible.

After hearing these stories of love and murder, will Laura decide to spend the night at Demon’s Grotto?

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Around eleven o’clock, Holly’s mom realized she had forgotten her camera, so Holly volunteered to get it from her car. She pulled a winter jacket over her red party dress, hurried downstairs, and stepped outside.

She was almost to the sidewalk when a deep voice stopped her.


She spun quickly, her heart racing. The last time someone had done that do her, she’d nearly been attacked.

Declan was leaning against the wall, wearing nothing but jeans, boots, and a snug black sweater. No coat despite the cold night. He held a cigarette between his long fingers. She had made it clear on the night she’d hired him that there was no smoking inside the building. He had always obeyed that rule and gone outside, but she couldn’t help being concerned whenever she saw him smoke.

“What’s going on?” he continued. “Are you running away from your own party?”

“Just getting my mom’s camera from her car.”

He straightened and approached, taking a drag from the cigarette. “I’ll go with you.”

“She’s parked just down the street. I don’t need a chaperone.”

“Humor me, okay? What if Sasquatch is still hanging out around here? Your legs in that dress and heels are enough to drive a sane man crazy,” he said, and then his expression froze. “Shit. That’s not appropriate from maintenance guy to boss. I’m not coming on to you or anything like that.”

Now Holly’s pulse was really pounding. Trying to look nonchalant, she shrugged and said, “I’m not offended.”


“The car is this way.” She started walking, and he fell into step beside her.

Walking beside him like this, with her in delicate heels and a party dress, and him so uncommonly masculine, made her tingle all over. Again she wished they were more than employer and employee.

“You know you shouldn’t smoke,” she remarked. “It’s bad for your health.”

“Why do you care?”

“Why do you care if I walk out here alone at night?”

He raised his eyes to heaven. “Okay. You got me. You’re the one who said I’m not only an employee, I’m a friend.”

“Then that’s why I care.”

She paused at her mother’s car, unlocked it, and removed the camera from the glove compartment. On their way back to the building, she noticed that he still had the cigarette.

“I still don’t understand how a man who runs miles every morning before breakfast smokes cigarettes. But, if you don’t care about your health, there are other reasons you shouldn’t smoke,” she continued.

He narrowed his dark, slanted eyes at her. “Like?”

“Like how do you expect a woman to kiss you if you taste and smell like an ashtray?”

He laughed, shocking the hell out of her. In the entire two weeks he’d been working for her, she had never heard him laugh.

“It’s true,” she said.

“All right. You probably have a point.” He finally dropped the cigarette and crushed it under his boot.

“You’re littering now?”

“Oh, Holly, more than your legs can drive a man crazy.”

About the Author: Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.

When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, spending time with her family and pets and running the Compelling Beasts Blog, dedicated to antagonists, antiheroes and paranormal creatures. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby.

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Mood Music

Though it’s not always noticeable, music often has a great impact on day to day life. What you listen to on your way to work in the morning helps to put you in a positive state of mind to make interactions with coworkers and clients pleasant. When you’re sad music can help you release your emotions. Music is the final touch that helps make a romantic evening memorable. At the movies, underscores and soundtracks emphasize the emotions in certain scenes. Songs stir memories and feelings, both happy and sad.

When I’m writing I enjoy listening to music. It helps me settle into certain time periods and creates a barrier between fantasy and the real world. I clearly recall the first time I realized how important it is to listen to the right kind of music for each story. My brother and I were in our teens and while I locked myself in my room writing a medieval fantasy story, he was across the hall playing hard rock music on his guitar. It didn’t take long for me to realize that my magic-wielding knight couldn’t live up to his potential with electric guitar screaming in the background.

Hard rock is perfect accompaniment for some of my vampire books in a modern setting, but it nearly killed the medieval fantasy I was working on at that time.

It’s many years later, but playing the right mood music when I’m writing is just as important now as it was then. Certain songs and styles of music fit certain characters and stories. When I’m working on the first draft of a book, I almost always listen to music. However when I’m polishing a story or working on edits I prefer quiet.

How do you feel about music, not only if you’re writing a story, but throughout the day? Does it inspire you or influence your moods? What do you enjoy listening to?