Once Upon a December Nightmare by Cherie Reich
Book Blurb: They were only going out to dinner and a movie.
But when their plans go astray, friends Cassie, Mary, Denise, and James decide to take a detour down a lonely mountain road. A felled tree blocks their passage and forces them to turn around in a clearing containing a disturbing arrangement of four deer carcasses.
Their truck breaks down, their cell phones don't work, and they must brave the cold December air, nightfall, and a long hike. Yet this is the least of their troubles. Tension runs high between the four young friends…and they are not alone. Each step brings them closer to safety, but will they make it to the main road alive?
Excerpt:“I think we should stay together,” Cassie spoke up. “The lights went out. The cell phones don’t work. We’re stuck in the middle of freaking nowhere. This has all the makings of a horror movie, and I know something about horror movies. You never split up.”
“I don’t want to stay here,” Mary squeaked. She trembled, looking cold and scared.
“What if someone comes up here after we leave? Then we’ll miss out on a ride back,” Denise said and wrapped an arm around her sister. “Mary, we’ll be fine if we stay here. It’s safe in the truck.” She didn’t think she could walk three or four miles to the main road. Despite being twenty-years-old, she was more than forty pounds overweight and always a little out of breath from smoking.
“No one will be coming up here.” Cassie laughed, although the sound held no mirth. “James said that the forestry service checks this road once a week. It could be several days before they check the road again. The road behind us is blocked, and very few people will come out here during the winter season, as well,” she argued. “I’m going with James. I won’t stay here.” She began to put on her gloves. It was already getting cold in the truck.
“Cassie has a point,” James admitted. “We don’t know when they’ll check the road, but we all don’t have to go.”
“Well, I’m staying here,” Denise said, crossing her arms. Cassie may be a few months older than she was, but it didn’t mean she had to listen to her, and there was no way she was going to walk out there in the dark. Besides, Cassie was being childish with that horror movie nonsense. “There could be wild animals out there and who knows what else.”
To purchase: Wild Child Publishing
It's also on OmniLit and BookStrand.
Once Upon a December Nightmare is also currently being promoted on Ramsey's Book Reviews. Thanks so much, Amy, for promoting my ebook! Please check out Ramsey's Book Reviews. They are promoting some great Halloween books this month and in October.
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Last week, I read and reviewed Aubrie Dionne's Seasons of Fantasy series. They were such wonderful romantic fantasy short stories, I wanted to share them here.
Seasons of Fantasy series by Aubrie Dionne
Book Blurb: Cursed by her own pride and greed, Crawna has lived a lonely life of seclusion, apart from her love. In a visit to the marketplace, she overhears a young woman about to make the same mistake. Can Crawna convince her of her folly?
To purchase: http://www.gypsyshadow.com/Aubrie.html#Autumn
To read my review: http://surroundedbybooksreviews.blogspot.com/2010/09/autumn-crone-by-aubrie-dionne-seasons.html
Book Blurb: The Snow Queen has haunted the northern lands for generations using the temptation of a fabled paradise to lure men to their deaths. Can Barrow Tiln, a local farmer’s son melt her heart and set her free, or will she freeze his body and steal his soul?
To purchase: http://www.gypsyshadow.com/Aubrie.html#Winter
To read my review: http://surroundedbybooksreviews.blogspot.com/2010/09/winter-queen-by-aubrie-dionne-seasons.html
Book Blurb: Fleeing an arranged marriage, Elana Fallwater trespasses into a ring of toadstools and is spellbound. She becomes the Spring Maiden, eternally roaming the budding woods in a trance. Warren Cutter, an expert huntsman, has been tracking her for years and has stumbled into her clearing. Will he shoot an arrow through her heart, or will she enchant him in her glade?
To purchase: http://www.gypsyshadow.com/Aubrie.html#Spring
To read my review: http://surroundedbybooksreviews.blogspot.com/2010/09/spring-maiden-by-aubrie-dionne-seasons.html
Book Blurb: As a love fairy, Kira Flutter has been pairing couples up for centuries. She meets her match when a dashing young sailor arrives at her doorstep asking for his heart's desire. Will she grant him his wish, and usher him into the arms of another? Or will she fall in love and claim him for herself.
To purchase: http://www.gypsyshadow.com/Aubrie.html#Summer
To read my review: http://surroundedbybooksreviews.blogspot.com/2010/09/summer-sprite-by-aubrie-dionne-seasons.html