Release Day: Audrey Murphy

We’re excited to announce that the newest Stonehenge Circle Writers release, Audrey Murphy by Karen Blakely, is now available!  A chiller involving a haunted house and a mystery in the past and the present, you won’t want to miss this one.

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Here’s a little more about the story:

Newcomer Andie Murray enjoyed feeling nearly invisible until three of the most popular girls challenged her to spend an entire night in the town’s haunted house.

Andie doesn’t believe in haunted houses. Which is good, because she’ll be staying in the same place where the town’s vengeful ghost died, exactly one hundred years before. To the day.

People in town still argue whether Audrey’s death was an accident or suicide – or murder.

The house has been abandoned ever since. It crouches at the end of Pierce Road like something wounded. The porch sags to one side. The shutters hang askew. Only weeds and rot grow there now.

But something is brooding inside.

Andie is supposed to stay in the house until dawn. If she can. But will she be staying there alone? Will the ghost haunt her through the empty, decaying halls — like she’s haunted Andie’s dreams? Or could the house, or someone else, have different plans? Should Andie be afraid that ghosts are real, or is someone real what she should really fear? Could she end up dead, like

Audrey Murphy

Do You Prefer Yours With Blood and Gore, Or Unrelenting Creepiness?

Post by Karen Blakely

I like many types of fiction.  SciFi, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, even Horror.

A couple members of the Stonehenge Writer’s Group write some excellent horror. That’s a genre that is incredibly difficult to pull off without being cheesy or letting down your readers at the end of the story. Kudos to those who do it well!

I believe horror can be roughly divided into two main groups. The first: Grab the reader’s attention by drowning them in blood and gore. The second: Rub the reader’s nerves raw, slowly, agonizingly, with an ever-increasing application of tension — knowing something bad is about to happen, perhaps when you turn the very next page…

Okay, reading that back I guess it’s obvious which type of horror I prefer.  Not that I mind well done blood and gore. I just prefer to have it as a climax to a great story, not the main reason for the story. That’s just my preference. I know there are many who will vehemently disagree. So for this post, let’s agree to disagree. For me, the best is incredibly creepy OMG-is-it-going-to-get-me-NOW horror.

So, what do you find horrifyingly creepy? Something realistic? Ghostly? Monsterous? Something tangible, like a phone call with no one there? Or the intangible, like the glimpse of a shadow where it doesn’t belong?

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Pre-Orders Available for Audrey Murphy

The newest Stonehenge Circle Writers release, Audrey Murphy by Karen Blakely, will be out on January 15th.  You can pre-order the Kindle edition now!

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Here’s a little more about the story:

Newcomer Andie Murray enjoyed feeling nearly invisible until three of the most popular girls challenged her to spend an entire night in the town’s haunted house.

Andie doesn’t believe in haunted houses. Which is good, because she’ll be staying in the same place where the town’s vengeful ghost died, exactly one hundred years before. To the day.

People in town still argue whether Audrey’s death was an accident or suicide – or murder.

The house has been abandoned ever since. It crouches at the end of Pierce Road like something wounded. The porch sags to one side. The shutters hang askew. Only weeds and rot grow there now.

But something is brooding inside.

Andie is supposed to stay in the house until dawn. If she can. But will she be staying there alone? Will the ghost haunt her through the empty, decaying halls — like she’s haunted Andie’s dreams? Or could the house, or someone else, have different plans? Should Andie be afraid that ghosts are real, or is someone real what she should really fear? Could she end up dead, like

Audrey Murphy

Cover Reveal: Audrey Murphy

We’re so pleased to share the cover from our next Stonehenge Circle Writers book release: Audrey Murphy by Karen Blakely will be out on January 15th, a date with special significance within the book.

First, a little about the story, with the back-of-the-book blurb:

Newcomer Andie Murray enjoyed feeling nearly invisible until three of the most popular girls challenged her to spend an entire night in the town’s haunted house.

Andie doesn’t believe in haunted houses. Which is good, because she’ll be staying in the same place where the town’s vengeful ghost died, exactly one hundred years before. To the day.

People in town still argue whether Audrey’s death was an accident or suicide – or murder.

The house has been abandoned ever since. It crouches at the end of Pierce Road like something wounded. The porch sags to one side. The shutters hang askew. Only weeds and rot grow there now.

But something is brooding inside.

Andie is supposed to stay in the house until dawn. If she can. But will she be staying there alone? Will the ghost haunt her through the empty, decaying halls — like she’s haunted Andie’s dreams? Or could the house, or someone else, have different plans? Should Andie be afraid that ghosts are real, or is someone real what she should really fear? Could she end up dead, like

Audrey Murphy

And now scroll down for a very special video cover reveal!

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Coming Soon: Audrey Murphy

We’re pleased to announce the next book release from one of our authors: Audrey Murphy by Karen Blakely will be out on January 15th, a date with special significance within the book.

A creeper involving a haunted house and a vengeful ghost, expect some chills from this one!  And come back Friday for the cover reveal and more details on the story.

Other places have their Bloody Mary.  We have Audrey Murphy…

Release Day: After the Sparkles Settled + Servants on Audio

We’re delighted to announce a double release day today!  The Servants and the Beast is now available as an audiobook, read for you by five Stonehenge Circle Writers.  Plus, get into the holiday spirit with a special Christmas epilogue, After the Sparkles Settled.

After the Sparkles Settled

Written by Karen Blakely, R.A. Gates, Kelly Haworth, Jenniffer Lee and Cheryl Mahoney

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The five authors who collaborated for The Servants and the Beast have come together again to bring you this very special Christmas tale, looking in on the characters at the castle several months after the curse was lifted. As they celebrate the holidays, you can find out what’s happened to your favorite characters. Is Hugo finally courting Isadora? Has Quillsby learned to keep a secret? Will Robert propose to Lady Jayne–or Charles to Frostine? And how are Estienne and Beau doing, now that the Beast is a Prince again? Enjoy this Christmas epilogue to The Servants and the Beast.

 

The Servants and the Beast Audiobook

Written by Karen Blakely, R.A. Gates, Kelly Haworth, Jenniffer Lee and Cheryl Mahoney

Read by Karen Blakely, R.A. Gates, Kelly Haworth, Cheryl Mahoney and Jesse Bartels

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You think you know the story – prince gets cursed, girl meets Beast, they fall in love and live happily ever after. If only it was that simple. But dating is tough even in the best of circumstances.

Ever since the fateful day when we let that horrible Good Fairy into the castle, our lives have been on hold. When she turned our bad-tempered prince into a Beast, she lumped us, his loyal servants, into the curse, too, just because she assumed his rude behavior was our fault. Theodore the butler should never have let her inside, and the rest of us should have helped bar the door.

Now, Theodore is an armchair, and we’re all trying to carry on our duties as a piano, a coat rack, a bookcase, and the like. At least we have Robert to clean up the pink sparkles piling in the corners from the Good Fairy’s curse, since he’s a mop now. We know we just need the Beast to fall in love to break the spell. We’re all doing whatever we can to help him find true love, one visitor at a time, hoping the right person finally comes along – but will the Beast ever learn to love?

Cover Reveal: After the Sparkles Settled

We’re wishing you only good luck on this Friday the Thirteenth!  And the first lucky thing is that we get to share the cover of After the Sparkles Settled, the Christmas epilogue to The Servants and the Beast.

Our five authors who collaborated for the original novella have worked together again to bring you this very special Christmas tale, looking in on the characters at the castle several months after the curse was lifted.  As they celebrate Christmas, you can find out what’s happened to your favorite characters.  Is Hugo finally courting Isadora?  Has Quillsby learned to keep a secret?  Will Robert propose to Lady Jayne–or Charles to Frostine?  And how are Estienne and Beau doing, now that the Beast is a Prince again?

Look for After the Sparkles Settled by Karen Blakely, R. A. Gates, Kelly Haworth, Jenniffer Lee and Cheryl Mahoney on December 23rd, just in time for Christmas!

Don’t forget we’re also releasing the audiobook of The Servants and the Beast the same day.

And scroll down to see the cover of After the Sparkles Settled, designed by Cheryl Mahoney…

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The Phantom of the Opera Reading and Viewing Challenge

One of our writers (who is also planning her own Phantom book release in 2020) is hosting a reading challenge for next year on her blog. All are welcome to participate!

Tales of the Marvelous

Are you intrigued by a masked man in the shadows?  Love being swept away by stirring musical tragedies?  Want to visit 1880s Paris?  Then this challenge is for you!

Join us to venture below the Opera Garnier and across the underground lake for a Phantom of the Opera Reading and Viewing Challenge.  Since Gaston Leroux’s first publication of The Phantom of theOpera in 1909, the story has been told, retold and continued dozens of times, on the screen, on the stage, and on the page.  Get a little more Phantom into your life in 2020 by participating in this challenge to go exploring through the many versions of the Phantom.  Maybe you’ll meet a new phan friend, or find a new version of the story to love.

I want this above all to be fun, so the rules (which are really more guidelines) are simple and, I hope…

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Coming Soon: The Servants Audiobook + A Christmas Epilogue

We’re excited to announce two very special releases this month!  In June, five of our authors released The Servants and the Beast, a Beauty and the Beast novella written collaboratively.

On December 23rd, we’re releasing Stonehenge Circle Press’ first audiobook, the audio version of The Servants and the Beast, read for you by four of the authors.  It will be available for purchase through Audible.

On the same day, we’re also releasing a very special Christmas bonus, a short story epilogue to the novella, as the characters celebrate Christmas after the curse ended.  Our writers have collaborated again to write this holiday story, to give you a glimpse of what’s become of your favorite characters.

Stay tuned next week for the cover release of After the Sparkles Settled: In Which the Ones Who Survived the Curse Celebrate Christmas by Karen Blakely, R. A. Gates, Kelly Haworth, Jenniffer Lee and Cheryl Mahoney.

Stonehenge Story Starts: At First Sight (Prompt)

Welcome to Stonehenge Story Starts, a biweekly writing prompt and story sharing opportunity.  Every other Sunday, we post a writing prompt: an opening line, a concept, a plot hook, maybe an image.  Two weeks later on Saturday, we’ll post again with the writing the prompt inspired.

This week’s prompt is: Write about two people seeing each other for the first time.

(Prompt courtesy of thinkwritten.com)

The deadline to submit your story is Friday, October 18, and we’ll post results on October 19th.

Our writers will be writing for the prompts, but anyone is welcome to participate!  Just come by on Sunday to see the week’s prompt, write during the week, and send any writing you’d like to share to StonehengeCircleWriters@gmail.com by the following Friday at 8 pm.  On Saturday we’ll post participants’ writing (with credit to the author, of course).

Write as much or as little as you choose: a paragraph, a flash fiction piece (less than 1,000 words) or a short story.  (Note, for long writing, we may choose to post only a selection.)  You are encouraged to be as creative as possible with the writing prompts.  Try to do something unexpected, or explore a particular genre like science fiction or historical fiction.  Take the prompt literally, or decide it’s a metaphor.  Your only limit is your own imagination.

Happy writing!