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Sinister Ties

Curse of the Demon Series – Book 1

by Shirley S. Simon

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Genre(s): Fiction, Horror, Occult, Dark Fantasy

Description: “A cold stormy night conjures up a terrifying nightmare for Bodhi. Is it just a dream or a premonition of something terrible coming his way?

Max Devon is a living a happy peaceful life with his wife and daughter. One day his past comes knocking on his door and his whole world is threatened by this harbinger of death. Will he be able to protect his family in time? Will he be able to escape his cursed past?”

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Author Shirley S. Simon

“I am a fiction writer, an amateur photographer, an avid book reader and reviewer and a novice artist.

I live in Delhi, India with my family. I love reading mysteries and crime and thrillers. My favorite authors being Agatha Christie, Tami Hoag, Sir A. C. Doyle, L.J. Smith and I have recently fallen in love with the works of Stephen King. I am also partial towards the paranormal, the supernatural, fantasy and everything magical. I enjoy watching movies. I surf the net seeking brain food… something that stimulates the mind and makes you appreciate that god chose to give you life and a place on this planet. My faith keeps me grounded and practical for most part of it.”

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Genre(s): Paranormal Fantasy

Description: “Danny arrives in Ankleton to get away from his past life and start anew. But there’s no peace for him here. He is haunted by apparitions, nightmares and strange noises in the basement of his house. And what’s with the smell of oranges? Would be ever be able to solve this mystery?

There is someone locked in a dark room. The walls and floor are spattered with blood. The torture continues. Will the cry for help be heard by anyone? Will there be a way out of this hell?”

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About the Author


Author Shirley S. Simon

Shirley S. Simon is an aspiring fiction writer, amateur photographer, avid book reader and reviewer, and novice artist.

She lives in Delhi, India with her family, loves reading mysteries and crime and thrillers. Her favorite authors are Agatha Christie, Tami Hoag, Sir A. C. Doyle, L.J. Smith and she’s recently fallen in love with the works of Stephen King. She’s also partial towards the paranormal, the supernatural, fantasy and everything magical. She enjoys watching movies and surfing the net in search of brain food–something that stimulates the mind and makes one appreciate that God chose to give us life and a place on this planet. Her faith keeps her grounded and practical for most part of it.

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The Next Big THING Blog Hop

Welcome to my very first Blog Hop! 😀

First of all, I offer my sincerest thanks to S.B. Robinson for inviting me to join this event. I first met Ms. Robinson, aka Meka, via Twitter – she’s very kind and thoughtful, so I encourage you all to get to know her.

S.B. Robinson is the author of the Popular Life Series (My Popular Life, My Formerly Popular Life, & My Not So Popular Life)

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In this blog hop event, the participants must answer 10 questions about their work. So, without further ado…

(1) What is the working title of your book?

The Sire

(2) Where did the idea for this book come from?

I went through a rather obsessive phase for the work of Hayao Miyazaki. His animated film adaptation of Howl’s Moving Castle inspired The Sire.

(3) What genre does your book come under?

It’s a historical urban fantasy geared towards tween/teen readers, but I’m sure young adults will enjoy it as well.

(4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This one is tough, mostly because I’m not on the up-and-up when it comes to teen actors these days. I had to do some research…

As Claire, I went with Elle Fanning (Dakota Fanning’s little sister) though I picture Claire’s hair a bit darker:

Finding someone to fit Walter wasn’t easy either. I’m just plain out of touch. But I went with Callan McAuliffe, soon to appear in The Great Gatsby in 2013:

(5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

“He who finds The Sire will either end the war… or the world itself.”

(6) Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

All of my books, so far, are self-published ebooks on

(7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I actually wrote it a number of years ago, so I don’t remember exactly. If I had to guess, maybe a couple of months.

(8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I have to stick with Diana Wynn Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle, more to do with the fact that her characters live in a world where magic knowingly exists – it’s a part of everyday life, influencing both minor and major events.

(9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I actually started writing The Sire with my niece in mind, who was about 12 or 13 at the time. I let her read the first draft, which she finished in one night.

(10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I tried to touch on some serious issues within the story. First and foremost is discrimination. Claire was raised to believe that all Mages only use their magick to hurt others, so she immediately sees Walter as mischievous and unworthy of her trust. Even her king and countrymen view Mages as the scum of the world, with no just cause. And even though we’ve come a long way in our own world, discrimination is still prevalent – personally, politically, and globally. That was one of the reasons I chose to set The Sire in Europe in the late 1930s. It was a time when discrimination ultimately caused World War that spread hate throughout every country and led to the deaths of millions of innocent people. We, as humans, still have a lot to learn.

* Due to the holidays, I was unable to find authors who had the time to participate. Below is a list I’ve started for a total of 5 authors to join us. If you’d like to toss your hat into the ring, by all means comment below and I will email you the details. The following authors will post on Wednesday, January 2nd:

1.) Shirley S. Simon





Thank you all for joining me today! And don’t forget to revisit the authors I’ve tagged on January 2nd 2013 for the next hop!

One Love

Thanks so much to Ben Trube for passing the One Lovely Blog Award off to me.

Let the obscure questions begin…

1.) What is your favorite color? – Green, because every redhead should love green.

2.) What is your favorite animal? – I’m a dog person, so long as they’re bigger than the average cat.

3.) What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? – Vitamin Water XXX. I’m addicted.

4.) Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? – I do not Tweet.

5.) What is your favorite pattern? – Plaid. I don’t know if it’s because of where I grew up, but plaid makes me comfortable.

6.) Do you prefer giving or getting presents? – I would love giving gifts more if I was good at it. I never know what people want.

7.) What is your favorite number? – 13. It gets a bad rap, but it’s never let me down.

8.) What is your favorite flower? – Daisies. They’re pretty and they’re free ’cause they grow everywhere.

9.) What is your favorite day of the week? – Sunday. It’s the only full day I have with my family.

10.) What’s your passion? – My family and my writing.

I now pass the loveliness (and obscure questions) off to others:

(I’m not sure how many I’m supposed to do, but Ben did three so that’s what I’m doing…)

Heidi at Inside the Mind of a Fantasy Writer

Shirley at Superphoenix

Teri at bflyzone

Stay cool out there, kiddies. It’s gonna be a hot one. 😉