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Promo Post: Come Alive (Experiment in Terror, #7) by Karina Halle

I am a huge Karina Halle fan and super excited to be a part of the Come Alive tour! The Experiment in Terror series is one of my favourites EVER! I wish I had had the time to read the book before this post, but I know I’ll be savouring it as soon as I can. Be sure to check out this WHOLE post, as there is a (U.S. only) giveaway at the end!

Come Alive

Title: Come Alive
Author: Karina Halle
Release date: June 23, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Horror
Age Group: General adult 17 +
Event organized by: The Book Asylum & Reading Books Like a Boss

Book Description:

It’s one thing to bring the woman you love back into your life. It’s another to try and keep her there. For Dex Foray, con­vinc­ing Perry Palomino to open her­self to their bur­geon­ing rela­tion­ship has been more chal­leng­ing than hunt­ing ghosts, bat­tling demons and stalk­ing Sasquatch com­bined. Add in the fact that the only way they can keep their Exper­i­ment in Ter­ror show run­ning is to take on a third part­ner in the form of the mys­te­ri­ous Max­imus Jacobs — all while inves­ti­gat­ing a sin­is­ter voodoo sect in New Orleans — and you’ve got the per­fect South­ern storm and a recipe for dis­as­ter. Luck­ily, Dex has never been one to back down, even when his life –and heart — are on the line.

Come Alive is told from Dex’s POV.


“What are you thinking about?” she asked after she drank a healthy swig of her beer.

“About the first time we met.”

“In Oregon?”

“In the lighthouse. You ran into me. Remember?”

“That’s something you can never forget.”

“So what was it like for you?”

She put down her beer and stared out the window. Fat raindrops began to fall, hitting the glass with the gusts of wind that were whipping up. Looked like a stormy night, much like the one that brought us together.

“I thought you were…”


She let out a laugh. “Well that was a given, considering you were in an abandoned lighthouse, alone, and trying to capture a ghost on film. Seriously, if that’s not nuts, I don’t know what is.”

I finished my beer and wiped my mouth, leaning back in my seat. “Oh, I don’t know, Miss Pot calling the Sexy Kettle Black, how about a girl who decided to go off by herself in the darkness to explore said lighthouse, just for, what was it again? Kicks?”

“I don’t do anything for kicks.”

“Well you kicked in the window with your weird ninja moves.”

“At least I wasn’t trespassing,” she shot back, as if it all happened just yesterday.

“Trespassing gets you everywhere. If I hadn’t broken in and explored that lighthouse, I wouldn’t be exploring you right now.”

She rolled her eyes. If she hadn’t seemed so nervy I would have joked about the futility of a Keep Out sign on her vagina.

“So that’s it,” I pressed. “You thought I was nuts? Nothing else?”

“Obviously I thought you were cute.”

“Just cute?”

“Hey you think I’m cute.”

I shook my head. “I think you’re cute and sexy and gorgeous and outstandingly fuckable. You meet all the requirements for one infuriatingly hot piece of ass, an ass that I’d love to shoot hot-“

She shot me a warning look. The mother of a family of four across from us was giving me the stinkeye. Whoops.

“I’m sorry,” I apologized to the mother. “It’s our first date.”

“And will probably be your last,” she muttered to herself and turned back to her kids. One was still staring at me with a frightened expression. I forgot I had that effect on them.

karina halleAbout the Author

The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse.

Karina is represented by Scott Waxman of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.

Reading Books Like a Boss & The Book Asylum are giving away signed books.  US ONLY!  This is NOT an international giveaway.

  • (1) And With Madness Comes the Light – 1 winner
  • (1) Into the Hollow – 1 winner
  • (2) Darkhouse – 2 winners
  • The entire Experiment in Terror series in e-book format

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Check out Karina’s books on GoodReads and read my reviews:

Experiment in Terror series: 
Darkhouse (#1)

Red Fox (#2)
The Benson (#2.5)
Dead Sky Morning (#3)
Lying Season (#4)
On Demon Wings (#5)
Old Blood (#5.5)
The Dex Files (#5.7)
Into the Hollow (#6)
And With Madness Comes the Light (#6.5)

Devils series: 
The Devil’s Metal (#1)

The Artists Trilogy: 
Sins & Needles (#1)

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GUEST POST: Music in Sins & Needles, by Karina Halle


I am so excited to have the amazing author Karina Halle on the blog today! She is releasing a new book this month, the first book in her new Artists Trilogy series. I am a huge fan of Karina’s and I am unbelievably excited to read this newest book — I hope you are, too!

sins and needlesSins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy, #1)
Release Date: January 29, 2013

Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents’ latest scam. Now she’s much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for – Camden McQueen. Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie’s counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she’s not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie’s plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn’t dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it’s one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road.

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Karina stopped by in the past for a Q&A and she is here today to share the playlist for her new Sins & Needles book.

Music in Sins & Needles
by Karina Halle

With my music journalist background and devoted fangirling over a wide variety of bands (most leaning toward hard rock), it’s no wonder music plays such an important part of my writing. I write to music, with giant playlists full of artists that seem custom-made for the book I’m writing. It helps me develop atmosphere and – when I’m on a real writing high – becomes the soundtrack for the movie I am seeing in my head as I write.

Sins & Needles is no different than any of the books in the Experiment in Terror series in that regard (or The Devil’s Metal, of course that book is, as one reviewer pointed out, my love letter to music). I had a very specific playlist with very specific artists and songs that helped paint Ellie Watt and Camden McQueen’s high contrast world. The music I chose has a very cinematic feel, conjuring up the harshness of the high desert and the brutality of the book. Most of the music is – to quote Camden – “Rough, and sweet and sad.” And some songs are very, very important.

Now, here are all the music that has been featured/mentioned in Sins & Needles:

Calexico – When I listen to Calexico’s haunting melodies, I immediately conjure up images of open road and desert. Someone in an old muscle car, cruising along. Maybe they’ve just robbed a bank or ditched their lover. This band was the perfect muse for Sins & Needles.

Featured:  The album Feast of Wire, the song “Gypsy Curse” (from The Black Light)

The Cramps – The Cramps make such a fan cover band and there’s something about the music – maybe it’s the campiness, or the surf-inspired sounds – that makes it such a good fit for the book. It’s dark, wild and out there, pushing buttons. I can’t think of a greater band for Camden to play in.

Featured:  Camden’s band Kettle Black plays “Fever” and “Human Fly” in the book

The Doors – If Sins & Needles were a movie, it would end up with a crane shot of California’s Highway 62, with “Roadhouse Blues” blasting from a 70’s Pontiac GTO. All of Morrison Hotel is great desert music. “Queen of the Highway” is also a goodie.

Featured:  “Roadhouse Blues” from Morrison Hotel.

Bohren & Der Club of Gore – Ellie listens to the album Sunset Mission before she pulls a con. The horror jazz band is smooth instrumental, perfect for sipping Scotch by a fire and planning illegal activities. Need a song to sample? Might I suggest “On Demon Wings” or “Street Tattoo”…

The Dead Weather – Allison Mosshart could be the singing equivalent of Ellie Watt, and Jack White, Camden McQueen. When these two singers face off, singing about deceit and love, watch out! “I Cut like a Buffalo” and “So Far From Your Weapon” are great examples from the very desolate/westerny/angsty Horehound.

Featured: “Treat Me Like Your Mother” from Horehound

Guano Padano – Camden first wins over Ellie by playing the track “Epiphany” from the band’s self-titled album. GUYS! Seriously go buy this record. This is a tiny Italian band fronted by one talented (and cute!) Italian called Alessandro Asso. He’s awesome and he makes awesome music (think spaghetti western rock). Go download their self-titled album or Guano Padano 2. Go buy it now. I’ll wait.

Featured: “Epiphany” from Guano Padano

Nine Inch Nails – Somehow, all my male leads can always relate to Trent Reznor. He is ever present on every playlist for every book. I put every single NIN album on shuffle and GO.

Featured: “Wish” from the album Broken. After all, it’s tattooed on Javier’s wrist!

Dire Straits – to quote Ellie, “It was time to face the music. It sounded a lot like Dire Straits.” I’m fortunate enough to have seen Mark Knopfler twice and growing up, his music was such a big influence on me. I’m glad it’s finally made its way into my writing. There are so many Dire Straits songs that have meaning but, obviously, “On Every Street” is a huge factor in Sins & Needles.

Featured: “On Every Street” from On Every Street – their final album, which makes the song extra sad.

Music that I wrote to but didn’t get mentioned in the book: Continue reading “GUEST POST: Music in Sins & Needles, by Karina Halle”

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GUEST POST: Rouge: The Soundrack, by Leigh Talbert Moore (Blog Tour)

I’m very excited to be a part of the Rouge blog tour, hosted by YA Bound! Today, Leigh Talbert Moore is here to do a guest post on her new book. To visit other blogs participating in the tour, visit HERE.

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Rouge: The Soundtrack

By Leigh Talbert Moore

I had the hardest time getting started writing my new book Rouge back in the fall of 2010.

I worked so hard to create writing blocks of time for it and then during those times, I chatted with bleeps (blog peeps). I researched New Orleans in the Gilded Age, I read about the aftermath of the Civil War, I read about French surnames and histories, I downloaded photographs of clothes worn at the time…

I’m happy to say all that procrastinating was not wasted time—I used quite a bit of that research. But one thing I did helped me the most: I made a soundtrack.

The truth is, I’m a musical mush-pot. Want me to remember something? Set it to music. Seriously, it’s freakish the way I remember songs. So it wasn’t a hard thing for me. It was actually kind of fun.

Originally, I’d wanted to write a story set in a circus. Why? I don’t know. But as I got to writing, I decided a cabaret in New Orleans would be more interesting. And possibly easier because of the whole “close to home” thing.

So I mined all the musicals and showy, dramatic songs I could think of and assembled tunes that to me represented certain characters. Wanna hear it? Continue reading “GUEST POST: Rouge: The Soundrack, by Leigh Talbert Moore (Blog Tour)”