21 October 2010

Haunted Halloween: Rebecca Maizel + A Giveaway!

I have to say, this isn’t very scary but it’s very true and the feeling I had driving through this place was mortifying.

        My friend Carey needed a ride home from the DMV. His license had been revoked so I was in charge of driving.
        “Hey, we’re close to the L. Center,” Carey said pointing ahead at an old sign clinging to a silver pole.
        “What’s the L. Center?” I asked.
        “You’ll see,” he said. “It’s cool.”
        So we turned down an access road which at one time must have been made of asphalt. What we bumped and rolled over a decomposing road, a left behind road that was filled with pot holes and rot.
        “Take a right here, a right,” he pointed and pushed his glasses up the bridge of his nose.
        “There’s only one road in,” I said.
        “It’s just up ahead,” Carey said casually. Tree branches reached into the road, as though extending their arms.
        “Hey, hey, slow down,” he said and rolled down his window.
        On our right was an old stone building. The grey rocks were weathered and some fell out of their structure into a messy pile on the ground. All of the building’s windows were open, and some jagged shards make odd angles in the windows.
        “People went crazy in there,” he said pointing at the abandoned building.
        “Is that the L. Center?” I asked.
        He shook his head and pushed his glasses up again.
        “This is only one of the buildings. The main building is ahead.”
        “I feel really, really weird right now, I said. A shiver rolled over me.
        We turned the corner. In the middle of all of these green trees and quiet was an circular orange building. The windows were smashed, the grass uncared for. The paint on the building was stripped away, so some of the orange looked broken and peeled.
        “What the hell was this place?”
        “An old insane asylum.”
        “Why did they close it down?”
        “The state closed it down because they treated people so badly. Chained them up, abused them.”
        This round, huge orange building, broken and falling apart was where people lost their minds. If they weren’t crazy when they first came, they were locked away in that orange monstrosity and tortured until they went insane.
        So, like I said, maybe this story isn’t that scary but I will tell you, in my life, I’ve never had an emotional reaction to a place I didn’t already have preconceived notions about. The moment we drove into the L. Center grounds, I felt horrible. I knew without being told that bad things happened there. I was sure of it. I don’t know why but they won’t tear it down. The building stands there, a circus orange colored, round building in the middle of nowhere. This monster of a building just lurks, waiting to be found without all of its horrible history. And that history is seeped into the air. You can feel it immediately when you cross on L Center’s grounds. You feel…bad like something horrible is coming, like something is truly wrong with you or the world.
        What really freaks me out is imagining that building standing in the middle of the night. I imagine all those discarded souls wandering the abandoned buildings and deserted road late into the night, moving branches, groaning as all ghosts do.
        Wandering, wandering, asking, where did my life go?

Title: Infinite Days (The Vampire Queen, #1)

Synopsis:  Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have -- to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.

Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her newfound life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm?

Available now from St. Martin's Griffin.

Title: Stolen Nights (The Vampire Queen, #2)

LOVE the cover!! Loved Infinite Days, can't WAIT to read Stolen Nights.

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Enter to win a Infinite Days Prize Pack! Winner will receive a signed finished copy of Infinite Days, a bookplate and a little pouch filled with lavender.

Here are the rules and how to enter:

You MUST complete the form to enter. No entries in comments please they won't count. Comments are welcome, so share your love with Rebecca!
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Contest ends: Nov. 4th, 2010


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  1. That is kinda creepy! Reminds me of House on Haunted Hill!

    I love the cover for the second book. Haven't read ID yet, but I plan to soon!

    Great giveaway :)

  2. I'm not entering this contest because I own this book- and I really enjoyed it.

    I just wanted to comment on the cover of the upcoming book in the series. It's so intriguing- makes you wonder what the connection between it and the story is (if any.)


  3. Brilliant giveaway, and thanks for the chance! I love the new book's cover so much :)

  4. That is really creepy and it's sad how those people were treated.

    Thank you for the giveaway.


  5. Great post!!! Creepy. I really want to read this series, It looks really good! thanks for the chance!


  6. That's a whole other kind of horrifying. That's the kind that sinks deep into your being because it's really truly real that some people, "humans" can be such monsters and treat other people that way, especially unstable people. That's just horrid.


  7. Spooky story! Thanks for the chance to win Infinite Days!


  8. That was a weird story! Thanks for telling us. I adored Infinite Days, and the end was just wow.I can't wait for Stolen Nights.
    Awesome giveaway. I already have a copy. So good luck to everyone else!

  9. Wow the asylum sounds like a horrible place! It must've been really scary just driving past it...Thanks for the giveaway!

    sophiayunjin @ gmail .com

  10. This L Center sounds like a place I never want to come across. Thanks for sharing. If I ever notice an orange monstrosity I'll steer away from it.


  11. Thanks for giveaway!

  12. Ohh, old insane asylums are creepy.

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo dot com

  13. Ooh, a creepy abandoned asylum with a nasty reputation, very interesting. Sounds like an awesome series. ^_^

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

  14. Love the cover too! I have to read the first book! It's in my TBR pile :)

  15. Loved the creeepy post!


  16. I can't wait for the second book. The cover is even better than the first!


  17. It looks so creepy but so good at the same time! Thank you for the giveaway!!


  18. Now that's exactly why I don't think I could ever visit any of those old creepy asylums. I'm getting chills just reading your post.

    nalynboni AT gmail DOT com

  19. I love this book. The vampire aspects are done really well. I even bought a necklace just like the one featured in the book. It's beautiful.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  20. I never trust it when someone tries to get me to go somewhere without telling me where we are going.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  21. I loved ID! This is one book I would love to own so thanks for the contest. (and thank you to the library)

    Looking forward to stolen nights.

  22. Asylum's always creep me out. Thanks for the chance to win Infinite Days.


  23. Would love to win this book. It will be going to my "to-be-read" list either way! :D

    e-mail- cmurphy213@yahoo.com

  24. Great story and contest! Thanks.


    Ashley's Bookshelf

  25. Ooh, another vampire series! Can't wait! Thanks!

    booksoverboys at hotmail dot com

  26. Very creepy. I do believe that places wheres bad things happened can maintain a sort of memory and be forever scarred.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  27. That's so creepy...an orange insane asylum. It would make a great setting for a horror film. :)


  28. those are really pretty covers !


  29. That story is a reminder that sometimes the true evil in the world is far worse than any imagined evil.

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  30. That's creepy! I like the covers for the books!

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com


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