Thursday, May 09, 2013

How'd you like to see your name in one of my books?

In case you haven't heard, I have a brand new series coming out next year and I'm offering you the chance to have your name appear in that first book, House of the Rising Sun! Plus you get to help a very worthy cause at the same time.

How, you ask? Good question! It's easy - just bid!

Click here to bid on this auction item at the fabulous Brenda Novak Diabetes Research Auction.

If seeing your name in print isn't your bag, maybe an actual handbag is? Then you're in luck because I have a second item up for bid too. It's a delish Coach tote that includes a signed book from me and two of my best author buddies, Lily Everett and Roxanne St. Claire. Check it out here. (And yes, that's it in the pic. Did I lie? Craveable!)

People, this is a WIN-WIN! So hurry up before someone else beats you to it!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

News and a giveaway!

Hey y'all! I know it's been a lifetime since I put a post up - what can I say? I've been busy busy busy! Doing what, you ask? I'm so glad you did.

One brand new thing is I'm starting a newsletter! And see those pretty earrings over there? I'm giving them away to one lucky subscriber. You can sign up for that newsletter right down below.

You know what else is going to be in that first newsletter? SECRETS! Like what I'm currently working on. Trust me, you're gonna want to know. ;o) And some BRAND new cover related stuff. Shhh! I'm not even supposed to reveal that much yet!

So get yourself hooked up with my newsletter and find out before anyone else does! The first issue should be out in the next week or two, so don't wait. Feel free to tell your friends. Or retweet this.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Audio Giveaway Awesomeness!

Just a heads up that Tantor Audio is running another awesome giveaway for three copies of the audio book version of Flesh and Blood! Get in on the giveaway here.

This time, the giveaway is on Goodreads, so even if you're not on Facebook, you can enter!

Don't miss this chance to listen in on the adventures of Mal and Chrysabelle. I'm kind of looking forward to hearing it myself. Is that weird?

Friday, November 02, 2012

Hey gang! My audio publisher, Tantor Audio (Tantor as in Tarzan's elephant - how cool is that?) is giving away a few copies of the Blood Rights audio book!!

Entering is super easy. Check it out here.

You can also listen to a sample of Blood Rights here.

Just think, if you win, you could listen to vampires killing each other while you're on the treadmill! Hey, we have to find a way to make exercise enjoyable somehow, right?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I'm giving away a $50 gift card!

To celebrate the release of the fourth book in the House of Comarre series, Out For Blood, I'm getting my release day party on over at Bitten By Books!

Stop by and leave a comment to be entered to win the $50 gift card for either Amazon or Barnes and Noble -winners choice!

Feel free to ask me questions about the series, too. I'll be checking in all day.

What are you waiting for? Let's party!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

What Scares Us Blog Tour

What Scares Us blog tour
Clay and Susan Griffith

Today we are thrilled to be visiting Kristen Painter, whose October release, Out For Blood, is already getting reviewers excited. And in celebration of her creepy, visual fiction, we’re talking about:

Scariest Movies


            Back in the 1970s, I was an unsuspecting, precocious child of seven or eight, and my mother looked for all intents and purpose like a normal housewife who loved going to church and worshipped naught but family values. Little did I know that she was also an avid fan of horror movies.
            So when my mother said I couldn’t watch television with her one day, I was stunned, and yes, a tad angry. It only made me more determined to be with her and find out what she was doing in the TV room. I masterminded a plan to sneak in under the ping pong table and then slip through the space between the couch and the end table, gaining a full view of what she was watching.
            And what I saw on the screen terrified me. I was frozen in shock and horror! On the screen was a beast of terrible proportions! A living brain with a spinal cord for a tail, which had wrapped itself around its victim and was choking him to death. I think it even had a small mouth with sharp teeth and was biting the poor soul.
            I stayed far longer than I should have and saw more than a small child could withstand. Sneaking out of the room, I fled to cower in my bedroom, seeing in every shadow a brain like shape that would leap out and devour me! My mother, of course, had no idea what I had done and found my refusal to go to bed that night annoying. I never watched another horror movie until I met my husband Clay. Now I watch them all the time, the classic ones at any rate. It was through Clay that I discovered the name of that particular movie which had haunted me for years. Fiend without A Face. I suppose then it was inevitable that horror seeped into my soul.
            Thanks Mom for the introduction!


I am a horror movie guy and have been since I was a kid watching late night creature features. I love monsters and aliens like the Mummy, the Creature, Godzilla, the Thing From Another World…but they don’t scare me. The movies that scare me have been ghost stories, and two in particular. The Innocents (1961) and The Haunting (1963). These two movies were “Holy Crap, could we turn some lights on in this house” scary to me when I first saw them. They are both black and white, and better for it.
The Innocents is the film version of Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw, a psychological parable about insanity and reality. On screen, it becomes more of a straightforward “child in jeopardy” ghost story, but it’s still amazing. The Innocents has the single creepiest image I’ve ever seen in a movie. A ghostly woman dressed in black stands amidst cattails on the edge of a pond. That’s it. No screaming. No blood. No chainsaws. It’s an eerie image that I’ve never seen equaled.
However, no movie ever scared me like The Haunting did the first time I saw it. It’s based on Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House about a group of investigators who stay in a haunted house. It has numerous sequences that are makers of sleepless nights. Julie Harris and Claire Bloom huddling together in bed while something bangs on the walls and the door. Near the end there’s a jarring appearance by the lead investigator’s skeptic wife after she unwisely demands to spend the night in the nursery. The shadows. The whispering.
As jaded as I am from a lifetime of horror now, I don’t think I would watch either of these pictures late at night at home alone.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Because I Love My Readers

Whenever I get asked why I write, my answer usually boils down to one word - readers. I adore my readers, love interacting with them on my Facebook page, cherish the emails they send me and feel blessed by the support they've given the House of Comarre series. I've even been lucky enough to meet some of them face to face!

And because I have such awesome readers, I've decided to do something a little crazy as my way of saying thanks. For those readers who've posted a reviewed a House of Comarre novel, I want to thank you for your support by sending you a signed copy of Out For Blood, the fourth book in the series that comes out in October.

Send me a link to your review at kristenpainterbooksATyahooDOTcom and I'll get back to you. Supplies are limited, but I'm going to try to get as many books out as I can.

Thanks again and keep reading!