Friday, September 10, 2010

Scott Nicholson Guest Post & Giveaway: Kindle 3!

Welcome, Author and Guest Blogger, Scott Nicholson! We're thrilled to have you at Rex Robot Reviews. Scott is the brilliant writer behind The Skull Ring and is here today to talk about the False Recovered Memories!



 False Recovered Memories: The Skull Ring
By Scott Nicholson
www.hauntedcomputer.com

The Skull Ring was a novel that got me my first agent, way back in the publishing Dark Ages of 2001 or so. He liked it, but The Red Church sold through the slush pile before he finished it, and as my career moved on, somehow the novel fell in the cracks. It sat dormant and was slated to be published as a limited-edition hardcover a few years ago until the publisher  went out of business. This novel was killing so many agents and publishers that I thought I might as well stamp “666" on it and toss it in the dead-letter office.

The digital revolution inspired me to see how audiences would respond to the story of a woman who can’t trust her own memories as sinister forces from the past close in around her. A couple of people, including a professional counselor, basically said Satanism was dead, and the False Recovered Memory Syndrome that was a diagnosis du jour in the 1980's was as dated as disco and MTV. But, heck, Koontz released a novel called False Memory not that long ago, and all evidence indicates Satan is still very active in the world today. In researching the novel, I dug into the psychological case books and the diagnostic manuals, researching details of actual cases and the mumbo jumbo of the modern voodoo called "Psychology.” Really, a counselor with a wicked streak can do a lot of damage, and when you combine that with a belief that one serves a higher, darker purpose, then how can a mere mortal stand a chance?

Before the diagnosis eventually became ridiculed, a number of psychologists built reputations by "uncovering” so many childhood victims of ritual abuse that it seemed like there must be a coven on every street corner. The problem with all these claims was that not one shred of evidence and not one skeleton of a sacrificed baby was ever discovered, though law- enforcement agencies regularly receive “education” on the insidious cult influences in our schools and neighborhoods. Of course, that’s exactly what Satan would want us to believe, right? My research naturally went to the Internet, where I found the organized Church of Satan is as scrubbed-up and orderly as any Christian denomination, more intent on selling you marked-up regalia and ceremonial talismans than encouraging evil intent. The core principle is selfishness, not so different from many other organized belief systems.

And Julia Stone is a victim of this selfishness, rebuilding her life and her past after her father disappeared and she was injured during a long-ago night of chants, fire, and people in hoods. Now the past has followed her to the peaceful town of Elkwood, where a mutilated body turns up in a local river. Someone knows about her past and is leaving taunting and cruel clues around her house. Her lawyer boyfriend is turning violent and the local handyman seems all too eager to share his religious views. Then Julia discovers children’s bones under her house, the ring closes in, and the chase is on through the Appalachian wilderness, where even nature seems to be on Satan’s side.
Julia Stone will remember, even if it kills her.

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Scott Nicholson is author of The Skull Ring, Speed Dating with the Dead, Drummer Boy, and nine other novels, five story collections, four comics series, and six screenplays. A journalist and freelance editor in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, he often uses local legends in his work. This tour is sponsored by Amazon, Kindle Nation Daily, and Dellaster Design.

To be eligible for the Kindle DX, simply post a comment below with contact info. Feel free to debate and discuss the topic, but you will only be entered once per blog. Visit all the blogs on the tour and increase your odds. I’m also giving away a Kindle 3 through the tour newsletter and a Pandora’s Box of free ebooks to a follower of “hauntedcomputer” on Twitter. And, hey, buy my books and put me in the Top 100 and I’ll throw in another random Kindle 3 giveaway. Thanks for playing.  Complete details here

95 comments :

  1. Sounds good - my mother and I both love to read thrillers with a supernatural elements.

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  2. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I love reading thrillers with mystery,suspense and supernatural. Tore923@aol.com

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  3. Count me in! zita(at)dal(dot)ca

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  4. This reminds me a bit of a sci-fi anime I saw. It was set in the future and it was possible to hack into someone's brain. Interesting idea. :-)

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  5. Pretty Cool!

    michaellmartinjr[at]gmail[dot]com

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  6. I imagine it can be disheartening when you've got a book idea and find essentially Koontz or King already did it--those guys are such idea hogs. :)

    e-mail: rabidfox[at]ymail.com

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  7. Blog tours rock. Glad to meet another bibliophile. Thats not pedophile your perverts. Keep up the good work Scott. reg

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  8. False memory does not have to be a theme that is owned by one author or another. I live with false memories constantly. I'm lucky that my wife is able to correct me, as needed. It's an issue as common as lies and subterfuge in government. I think it's a great theme for controlling the events of a good thriller. I haven't read "The Skull Ring," yet, but it's definitely on my short list of upcoming reads. I love following your tour.

    byonge@lonepinetv.com

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  9. wow, great giveaway! thanks for visiting my blog and entering today! spread the good word 4 me.
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    niki

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  10. I must be having blog overload today. Can't seem to conjure up any of my normally intelligent and witty remarks -LOL, yeah right. But anyway, definitely read Scott's THE SKULL RING! Great drama and a very interesting take on the field of psychoanalysis (ha, ha). Oh, and I heard rumours it's being translated intO German.
    Cheers,
    Christa
    cpolkinhorn at msn dot com
    Why do people write their email addresses in such a funny way?

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  11. Another great blog post and I see The Red Church is on sale! Awesome.

    Randymir@gmail.com

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  12. Awesome possum!

    candace_redinger at yahoo dot com

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  13. I would highly recommend reading THE SKULL RING. I read it when it first came out and was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. And not because I was surprised Scott could write (:P), but because it was different from Scott's other works. I had read all of Scott's paperback books and was expecting another horror/paranormal book. But THE SKULL RING is different, and while there are horrific elements in it, it's definitely a thriller/suspense book. If you want a taste of Scott's great atmospheric writing, check this one out.

    -Neal

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  14. Always enjoy watching you or anyone else proving the naysayers were wrong. Interesting blog! varbonoff22 at cox dot net

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  15. Another great post Scott, especially your agent-killing book details. Gave me a laugh in the morning.

    Tom
    tztomfromcali _ at _ gmail _ com

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  16. I read the book a while back and really enjoyed it. Scott does such a good job of creating the loop of memories Julia endures and relating them to the reader, that you feel her pain. While the concept of Satanic rituals and sacrifices drummed up mass hysteria in the 1980's day-care system, in Nicholson's book it still loomed in the shadows. Scott presents the cults, characters, and paranoia in such a way that it feels like the twists and turns are all hiding below the floorboards of your house, just out of sight, waiting for the right moment to strike. Anyone could be a boogieman, or all of them. I would recommend it to anyone in the mood for a thrilling ride.

    Weston Kincade
    wakincade@gmail.com

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  17. I still have "The Skull Ring" in my TBR pile. "Speed Dating with the Dead" snuck ahead of it. :)

    bluefrog62@yahoo.com

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  18. sounds good I have The Red Church on my Kindle waiting to be read looking forward to it

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  19. Very interesting blog post. You've got me curious about these stories now.


    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

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  20. Good review. Bought it! Next in line after As I Die Lying. Such a great deal, so I got Red Church and Burial to Follow, too.

    Jeff White
    whitejw@ameritech.net

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  21. False memory is a real thing. (I'm a psychologist, I can say that with some authority :) And it can have devastating effects. So it's certainly a valid plot device! ;)

    inannajourney at gmail.com

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  22. Loved The Skull Ring - glad you were able to put it out after all those years! I find it interesting to hear you had that story for so long and that it is what acutlly landed you your first agent, and yet it only got to come out recently after several other books of yours, Scott.

    calseeor (at) gmail (dot) com

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  23. Count me in!

    chey127 at hotmail dot com

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  24. hmm my earlier post was eaten. I will reply to these comments later. In the meantime, The Red Church is at #440--tell your friends! It is 99 cents and this may be the easiest way to break 100 and let me give away an extra Kindle 3--maybe to YOU!

    Twitter and FB this link: http://amzn.to/d0Lsa6

    On Twitter the #kindle or #ebooks or #book or #writing or such tags help it be visible and if you want to tag its page or review it, that expands visibility. A brief flurry of activity, let's get it in there and be done with it (until the NEXT big idea I have brewing for you...) Thanks muchly for your help. This is a lot of fun.

    Scott

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  25. Yep, I read The Skull Ring and thought it was a good read. My dad was a social worker, and I remember him getting all up-in-arms about the false memory thing when it was all the rave. He was so glad it was later debunked!

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  26. Interesting post!
    The Skull Sing sounds like a hair rising read.

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  27. Please include me in the giveaway!

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  28. I like your blog. will have to visit again .

    sstogner1@triad.rr.com

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  29. Oh that sounds interesting!!
    Been a while since I last read horror stories..

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  30. Love this contest!

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  31. Thriller, paranormal, suspense...what a great combination.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  32. I really look forward to reading these books. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    rosie0512 @ hotmail . com

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  33. well, the skull ring doesn't sound gory...you might be getting to me. spvaughan@yahoo.com

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  34. Stopping by
    Jo Ann
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  35. could you please count me in the contest :D?
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  36. I think the scariest stories are the plausible ones. It always gives me pause at the end of the story when I think "Oh wow, that could happen..."

    Sometimes what is left unsaid (to ponder) is the most important part of a story!

    Great post!

    Stefanie647@msn.com

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  37. I'm not a horror fan, but it's in my To Read list, I thought I'd give it a try.

    Thanks again for the tour!
    lorraine_lanning[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  38. So "The Skull Ring" has an ominous history? I might pick up a few copies and send them to certain people I know.

    I love all you stuff, but the short story "The Vampire Shortstop" is still one of my favorites.

    Scott

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  39. You know, you make The Skull Ring sound several times more interesting when you have a fistful of paragraphs in which to describe it.

    The knocking off agents and publishers angel isn't bad either.

    --Greg the Undead Rat

    theundeadrat (@) gmail (.) com

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  40. Oops, I meant the angle isn't bad either.

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  41. Read this one awhile back and really enjoyed it. Scott is a thriller writer who really knows how to crank up the suspense.

    J.T. Cummins
    Cobblestones
    www.jtcummins.com

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  42. Still following around...

    web at jasonfedelem dawt com

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  43. I knew people who believed they were victims of SRA. In all cases, they went in for some routine counseling, "uncovered" these so-called memories, and ended up total basket cases. I believe MOST of these victims are true victims of other abuses - physical or emotional abuse, sexual abuse, religious abuse. It's easier for the mind to accept that these violences are the workings of an unseen devil, than to accept that some people are just really rotten.

    Should be interesting to see how it plays out in your story.

    geekgirlunveiled at gmail dot com

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  44. I subscribe and follow and boy...am I tired. Been on the blog fest today. Whew. I enjoyed your post. Kind of gave me chills.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

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  45. Another day, another blog stop!

    crljqs1@gmail.com

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  46. Oh my stars, Scott! So, you've got a "novel" about false recovered memories. Great! But have you ever looked deeper into yourself to figure where this "novel" came from? I hate to tell you this, but YOU, Scott, are filled with FALSE MEMORIES yourself...

    It's TRUE! Remember how proud you were that you got to date (however briefly) the prettiest cheerleader in high school and you took her to the prom? That NEVER happened. You spent prom night locked in men's room of the local Arco with a magazine you swiped from the attached convenience store. Friends that you think you've known for ages...they have NO IDEA who you are--and just sort of tolerate your coming up and talking to them. And that job at the paper you think you have--sorry! It's all in your mind. Have you ever noticed how, when you wander in "to work" they conveniently send you out "on assignment"?? Face it, Scott. You are the town crazy...and no one has wanted to burst your bubble (well, until NOW, I suppose...). The person i really feel bad for is the woman you insist is your wife. She is NOT married to you. In fact, she had NEVER laid eyes on you until she woke up in that pit in your basement. She only goes along and pretends to be your wife because she is scared out of her mind (and rightly so) about what you will do to her if she upsets the delicate fantasy you've built up in your head. It's really pretty creepy...

    We all know that in YOUR mind you remember dating the cheerleader, getting the newspaper job, meeting, dating and marrying your "wife"...but they are FALSE MEMORIES! Snap out of it, Scott! You are NOT a semi-famous (well, semi-semi-semi-famous) writer or a reporter...or even married. Up until about two months ago you were a lowly fast food fry cook. Today you work as a greeter at Wal*Mart (and they only let you out with the customers when you are semi-coherent and not drooling on yourself). It's in your job as greeter that you seem to encounter all of your "old friends". But really---they are all just strangers.

    You soooo need professional help... However, since you are only part time at the 'Mart, you'll just have to wait until 2012 when the health care reform kicks in. (I don't know if the people of Boone can wait that long... EEEK!).

    CHEERS!

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  47. Loved the synopsis. I can still get a little bit scared by ghosts and ghoulies but now that I am all grown up the scariest things are the stuff that comes off the news.

    waitmantwillie at hotmail dot com

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  48. Love this, this is so fun! cityguy07853(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. Sounds scary to me.
    Please count me in for the contest
    sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

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  50. I love it one a book messes with someone's memory. Count me in, please.

    eva.s.black[@]gmail[.]com

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  51. Please enter me! :)
    ~Chrizette
    baychriz[at]gmail[dot]com

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  52. Another stop in an amazing tour! Very interesting story about how The Skull Ring came to be.

    Margay1122(at)aol(dot)com

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  53. I would LOVE a Kindle DX. Thanks for the opportunity to win one! :)

    P.S. Click on my name for my contact info. ;)

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  54. Scott, a very entertaining article. It definitely makes one want to read The Skull Ring.

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  55. Uh, you are not going to be able to cut that keyboard with those scissors! An axe or hammer would work better!

    briank68{at}gmail{dot}com

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  56. The Skull Ring sounds really good! I think I may just take myself over to Amazon to grab a copy!

    mischievousmaya at gmail dot com

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  57. I am an email subscriber and follower.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail9dot)com

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  58. I love a great thriller can't wait to read it.



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  59. count me in!

    sheree
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  60. Wooot! I want to win! Sounds like a fantastic guy and great sounding novels!

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  61. Satanism is one area I don’t go as a horror author. I’ve done the devil as the bad guy (Devil’s Playground with Keith Gouveia), but not in the way you’re describing here. Being a Christian prohibits me from doing so (yeah, a fundy Christian horror author, go figure), but I know too many horror stories from real-life from people who messed around in the occult and Satanic rituals and the stuff that happened. It’s a place you don’t want to go--in this life or the life to come--and is extremely dangerous.

    Which brings me to telling those reading this that when you write, stay in your comfort zone. I’m not saying don’t stretch yourself as an author and experiment, but rather if there is an area of writing (fiction or non-) that you’re not comfortable with, don’t jump into it because of a) peer pressure, b) it’s a successful genre. Those a shallow reasons, especially when dealing with a craft that’s supposed to be from the inmost parts.

    I’ve been down that road and it just really sucks the fun out of writing, creates guilt and makes the work suffer because a reader can tell if a writer is really into what he/she is doing, or if they’re just banging the words out.

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  62. I just bought 'The Red Church', 'Flowers', Burial to Follow', And 'The First' to add to my collection!
    Gail in Florida
    cowgirl3000 at gmail dot com

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  63. I wonder about False Memories. Hmm... There is lots of talk about that. Sometimes I wonder if my memories are real or I have just heard the stories and seen the pictures too often.

    kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. Okay, I am SO ready to read the Skull Ring now!

    Speaking of false memories, it makes you wonder when you remember something one way and your parents tell you that's not how it happened. How can a memory that vivid be false? I guess sometimes we remember things the way we want to remember them.

    truebookaddictATgmailDOTcom

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  65. Mystery + Suspense + Paranormal = Excellent Thriller! Thanks for this fab post!
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  66. Count me in. I enjoyd hearing about your books. They are definitely interesting.

    andrea.infinger@gmail.com

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  67. Looking forward to hopefully winning a Kindle!

    web at jasonfedelem dawt com

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  68. Come to me, my little Kindle...

    Hank

    TWITTER: MachineTrooper

    machinetrooper at gmail dot com

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  69. Already got that book (The Skull Ring) on my Kindle. Looking forward to reading it!

    -Jesse
    conrad.jd (at) gmail (dot) com

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  70. Sounds interesting, I'll have to check it out.

    melissahelwig@hotmail.com

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  71. Genre labels never do the book or movie or music justice.

    Andrea
    bunkercomplex @ gmail . com

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  72. Looking forward to reading The Skull Ring as well as The Red Church.

    authorjcphelps(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  73. The Red Church was awesome! Burial To Follow freaked me out (in a good way!) I cannot wait to read The Skull Ring!

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  74. Catching up on the Blog Tour... The Skull Ring is on my TBR list!

    dreamer dot ima at gmail dot com

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  75. I'm excited to read The Skull Ring!
    dukesangel002 AT yahoo DOT com

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  76. Thanks for more interesting insight!

    redicoder at gmail dot com

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  77. Sorry I am getting a little behind, but thanks for all the comments--one thing I didn't want to do in the Skull Ring is make it a "horror" book, which is why Satan is completely off stage (and in the book, it doesn't matter a bit whether Satan is real or not, because it's about the people).

    One of my goals for the tour is to shake off the "horror" label a little, because that's not my main interest, and certainly gore isn't. None of my work is as gruesome as what James Patterson does, torturing women with psychopathic glee and selling millions of copies to women. You'll NEVER find that in one of my books, yet I am the one people might instantly think of as "gory." Really, besides some good old carniverous goats and occasional monsters, I am pretty mild-mannered. Right, Monster A-Go-Go?

    BTW I did ask out the head cheerleader in high school. She never answered either way. I think she was simply stunned.

    Scott

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  78. this was a great blog. Loved reading it!
    Now I am even more excited to read the Skull Ring

    holly.n.bogue@gmail.com
    http://hollyb-08.blogspot.com

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  79. Nice contest
    beejee77@comcast.net

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  80. I’ve been wanting a Kindle since Amazon came out with them! :) Thanks for the chance.
    purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

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  81. I can never pass on a suspense novel with the paranormal. I love to be on the edge of my seat.


    heatwave96(at)hotmail.com

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  82. I've never heard of Scott Nicholson, or his books before. This is a great way to get your name out there!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com
    @coriwestphal

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  83. sounds interesting...

    -Len-
    maidenveil(at)gmail(dot)com

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  84. Wonderful idea!

    ivechosendarkness[@]gmail[.]com

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  85. Jeannine D
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  86. I'd love to read this book (and the rest of the books he's written) on a new Kindle!

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  87. I'd love to read all these books and do it on a Kindle too! Awesome tour! :D
    LaQuiet

    LaQuiet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  88. The fact that this story takes place in the Appalachian setting seems to make it more scary to me. shivers.

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