Monday, October 27, 2014

Get Wicked With Entangled Blog Hop

I love horror movies, but unfortunately it's a genre with a lot more misses than hits. The people who make scary movies have a difficult job, that's for sure. But when you do find one of the "hits"--a movie that genuinely frightens you--it's a bit of magic.

So for this blog hop (and in honor of everyone's favorite naughty Cajun, Jean-Luc, and his horror movie obsession), I've compiled a list of my top five horror movies. I'm not going to name the movies everyone knows and loves. The Shining, The Exorcist, Poltergeist. Those are a given. Instead I'm going to name the movies that have stuck with me, either because they really frightened me or they did something unexpected.

Tonya's Top 5 Scary Movies

1.) The Mist - People either love or hate this movie. I'm firmly on the "love" side. The acting is a bit hokey (except for Marcia Gay Harden as Mrs. Carmody--she knocks it out of the park!) and some of the effects are eye roll worthy, but the ending? Wow. That took balls and I totally didn't see it coming. (And I always see them coming!) This movie is definitely my  #1 favorite.

2.) Stir of Echoes - This one has always ranked toward the top of my favorites. A lot of creepiness with a slow build up. Plus, Kevin Bacon does madness well.

3.) Saw - The first was the best. Even though I figured out that Jigsaw *spoiler* was the "dead" body on the floor *end spoiler* about ten minutes into the movie, it's still a favorite. (I like to pretend the rest of the franchise doesn't exist. Talk about beating a concept to death. Sheesh.)

4.) Cabin in the Woods - The ending was lame, but you have to give this movie props for originality.

5.) Tucker & Dale vs. Evil - Okay, so this isn't a true horror movie. More like a horror/comedy mash-up. It takes the trope of teens running from hillbillies in the woods and turns it on its head and it's full of awesome.

Honorable mentions go to:

1.) Red Dragon - Everyone loves Silence of the Lambs and it is a great movie, but to be honest this was my favorite in the Hannibal Lector franchise.

2.) 28 Days Later - my favorite zombie movie.

What's your favorite horror movie and why? Leave a comment for your chance to win a tote bag full of books and swag (US & Canada, only) or a $25 Amazon gift card (international). If you like (or have liked) my author page on Facebook, you get a double entry! You also get a double entry for adding my upcoming paranormal romantic suspense, Vision of Darkness, to your To Read shelf on Goodreads.

A beacon of light...

Undercover DEA agent Alex Brennan doesn’t believe in the paranormal, despite the exhausting nightmares that reveal things he shouldn’t know. When sleep deprivation causes him to make a horrible mistake on the job, he is driven to find answers. Dreams guide him to a lighthouse in Three Churches, Maine, where he finds an inexplicable and comforting familiarity in the arms of the lighthouse’s beautiful keeper, Pru Maddox.

A whisper of memory…

Deadly misfortune has long plagued Pru’s family, the result of a curse “The Green Lady” placed on the lighthouse. Skeptical, Alex searches for less ghostly explanations, though he can’t deny that the town has had more than its fair share of disappearances, suicides, and accidents. As their passion simmers, Alex digs deeper, and his dreams turn violent, frightening, and very real. 

A vision of darkness...

To keep Pru safe, Alex must embrace his abilities and unravel the lighthouse’s mystery. Except someone—or something—wants the past to stay buried...and will do anything to keep it that way.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weekly Dose of Cute: October 21, 2014

Cover Reveal: Vision of Darkness

Because I'm horrible at keeping secrets, here's the cover of my upcoming book, Vision of Darkness! This is Alex Brennan's story, the first in a new series about a team of psychically enhanced super soldiers. (If you'd like to learn more about the guys of D.I.E. Squadron, click here.)

Now for the cover. Isn't Alex gorgeous?

DEA agent Alex Brennan absolutely refuses to believe in the paranormal, despite his military buddies' claims he is a latent psychic. All he wants is to do his job well and not worry about his crazy, unnerving dreams. But when an undercover mission goes wrong and Alex is put on administrative leave, he’s inexplicably drawn to the mysterious lighthouse in Three Churches, Maine and to its pretty keeper, Pru Maddox. Suddenly, his dreams are no longer just crazy. They become violent, frightening, and very real. 

A string of deadly misfortune has long plagued Pru’s family and while Alex doubts her belief that a ghost called The Green Lady cursed her lighthouse, he can’t deny something is wrong in the small coastal town. There have been disappearances, suicides, accidents, and possibly murder—all centered on the lighthouse, its sexy owner, and its resident spook. 

And someone—or something—wants the town’s secrets to stay buried. 

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