Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Childhood Monsters Blogfest

The paranormal romance novella, Fearless by Christine Rains has been let loose on the world. Here's the blurb to tell you more:
Abby White was seven years old when she killed the monster under her bed. Now she slays creatures spawned by the fertile imaginations of children, and the number of these nightmares are on the rise. Neither she nor her guide - a stuffed hippo named Tawa - know why.
When she rescues Demetrius from an iron prison, he pledges his life to protect hers until he can return the favor. She doesn't want the help. And how can she concentrate on her job when the gorgeous wild fae throws himself in front of her during every fight? No matter how tempting, she can't take the time to lose herself to him.
To save the children and all she loves, Abby must be truly Fearless.

You can grab a copy at Smashwords, where it's free in all eBook formats. Or, if you'd prefer a print copy, then you can get it at Createspace.

Now Christine is also hosting a blogfest asking one question: What Was Your Childhood Monster?
From now until the 9th, those participating will let the blogverse know.

So what was my childhood monster?
E.T. 
Yes, the little alien who wanted to 'phone home'. Seems silly now, but back then I was terrified of him.
It's actually quite a simple story. When I was around three years old, my parents, for whatever reason seemed to believe it was an okay idea to have a poster of him above my bed. That was fine, until they turned the lights off at night and I had mega-freaking-huge eyeballs staring at me.
The poster, you see ... it glowed.

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  1. Glowing ET eyes would be scary at that age!

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    1. I spent many nights cringing under the blankets. I couldn't even watch the movie for years after.

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  2. Holy crow! I can imagine how that would be scary. Might even be a bit unnerving as an adult.

    Thanks for sharing your monster with us and for helping to promote my novella. :)

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    1. I'm just glad they didn't put it back up when we mad the temp move to my grandparents.

      You're welcome. ^_^

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  3. LOL, and ET was already a fairly ugly critter - glow in the dark eyes must've made sleeping tricky for ya! :-)
    Some Dark Romantic

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    1. Sleep? Ah, that happened to other people.
      Or when I was WAY under my covers where he couldn't see me.

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  4. Oh... The ignorance of parents. How sad that an otherwise lovable character got turned into a nightmare for you via some misguided designer that decided to use glow-in-the-dark ink. But a *great* story :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. My grandparents did the same thing with a T-rex poster years later (dinosaur mad, see?) the outline didn't bother me quite as much.
      Well, once I'd picked off all the ink that wasn't outline.

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  5. ET scared the pants off my little one- I had to turn it off after the first ten minutes of the movie. Then I had to do some serious damage control after that. She is still afraid of aliens, even if they are portrayed as "cute" or "harmless", she remains NOT convinced.

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    1. I've never seen the entire E.T. film, just bits as I check in on my daughter during 'movie time'. Which probably stopped it becoming an alien fear as I'm quite the opposite.

      My daughter (three or four at the time) was the same with the first Ironman film. She screamed when the robot he makes from the missiles steps out from the room after blowing up the first two men.
      It was the first we knew that she'd been standing in the hall watching it, made me clear the seat. Of course, now he's one of her favourite heroes and loves the movie, but it took a heck of a lot of convincing and many talks that it's not real. She once caught the ending of Val Helsing (just after him and Dracula fight) and said: she's not really dead, she just pretending.

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  6. I just downloaded Christine's book - can't wait to dig in.

    E.T., huh? Yeah, I wouldn't like glowing eyes in my bedroom, even now, LOL!

    I don't remember childhood monsters, except the vague one's under the bed and in the closet.

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    1. No glowing eyes. Nothing at all that glows, except my clock. I don't even like mirrors in my bedroom, but that's a more recent thing.

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  7. I would've asked them to remove it... or at 3, I more than likely would've colored on it. LOL My parents told me I liked to color on everything. :/

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    1. I can't recall if such a request was ever granted or if it just never went back up after we moved. I've very few memories from back then ...
      Either way, I wouldn't have dared to colour on anything I wasn't meant to.

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  8. Her book is great, I am reading it now. You poor thing that had E.T. as your childhood monster. I loved E.T. and had the doll for the longest time. Wonder where it is now. Really, you should have taken that poster down!

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    1. Unfortunately, I could just reach the bottom when standing on my bed.

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  9. OMGosh you poor thing!
    It's funny in an awful kind of way that your parents thought you'd like it and it creeped you out!

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    1. Yeah. But's it also made me more aware to ensure my daughter's happy with whatever I put in her room.

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  10. haha oh dear! The things you learn about what not to do when you are a parent. I watched E.T. when I was in the hospital with appendicitis, and now I can't stand that movie. Not sure if it is the association, or if it just creeped me out anyway.

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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    1. Strangely enough, I've never been a fan either. >_>

      To top it off, my grandmother's initials were E.T. My family used to crack the 'phone home' joke all the time.

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  11. The things parents do that are well intended. ET wasn't very cute.

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    1. No, he isn't. And I'm a person that thinks the little squishy daleks are adorable.

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  12. That movie scared me. E.T. Screaming. . . Oy

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  13. Well that would do anyone in!!

    My monster: http://thewarriormuse.blogspot.com/2012/08/childhood-monster-blog-fest.html

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    1. And here I thought I was just weird.

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