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Haunted Halloween with Brenda Pandos and a giveaway!

Scary Movie
Brenda Pandos

When it comes to scary stuff, I’m a total wimp. My over-active imagination never gives me a break, probably why I’m perfect to be a paranormal romance writer—a good place to put my imaginary friends to work.

The first scary movie (and last) I saw, technically against my will, was When the Stranger Calls (1979). I was at a slumber party in 7th grade and the birthday girl’s parents thought the movie would be good entertainment—NOT! I mean look at the cover! I kept telling my friends I didn’t want to see it (since I knew myself and was still deathly afraid of Jaws to where I couldn’t swim in our pool alone anymore). Anyway… where does the lowly scardy-cat go when the parents leave for the evening, and the girls turn out the lights and start the movie? I tried to stay occupied in the same room away from the TV, but could hear the music and my curiosity got the better of me.

Once the idiotic girl got the phone call traced and the cop told her “we’ve traced the calls… they are coming from inside the house,” I think I screamed solid for a minute. I didn’t sleep that night, or the next and ended up sleeping between my parents for a week.

Sad thing was babysitting became a terrifying event after that. It also ruined my dream of having my own phone line in my room that I was going to finally get for my 12th birthday. Once it was finally installed a year later, if I happened to be home alone, or babysitting my younger siblings, I’d disable the phone so no one could call from it.

Of course, ironically I write about vampires. But alas, I know where my vampires are at all times, so … they don’t scare me. Needless to say, when someone says, “have you checked the children,” it means a totally different thing to me.

Everblue by Brenda Pandos
Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing (July 29th, 2011)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Paperback: 304 pages
Series: Mer Tales #1
Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them.

Ashlyn is about to discover what she’d thought to be true her whole life, wasn’t, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever.


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