HOWLOWEEN Blog Hop: New Beginnings

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Oct 30-Nov 1, 2014

When I set out to write my first Vampire Diaries novella for Amazon’s Kindle Worlds (thank you, Gossip Girl guru Carolyn Hughey for the inspiration), I had to decide which characters in the series I wanted to focus on. I noticed in reading other Kindle Worlds stories that Damon featured quite heavily in most of them, and admittedly, he is my favorite Vampire Diaries character as well (Who doesn’t love a bad boy, right?).

But I decided to go in a different direction. At the time I was brainstorming, Season 4 of the TV show was winding down to its finale, and it was clear Damon and Elena were finally going to get together. That left Stefan alone, and in my eyes, desperately in need of a new love interest. {Light bulb moment!}

A New Beginning

If anyone was in need of a new beginning it was Stefan Salvatore. Not only could the poor guy do with some good lovin’, but I would give him someone completely new to fall for–someone I crafted specifically for my novella PURSUED BY EVIL (and its sequel EVIL AFTER MIDNIGHT).

Creating this new character was definitely one of the most enjoyable parts of the whole project. And I chose to come up with a brand new type of supernatural that hadn’t featured on the show before. (Stefan didn’t need to be falling for another human now, did he?)

I thought it would be fun to give Stefan someone with her own set of secrets that he would need to unravel, and a set of supernatural abilities to rival his own. Elena Gilbert she was not.

Writing these novellas was also a new beginning for me as an author. I’d never tried to write paranormal romance before (with supernatural creatures, that is–time travel could be considered paranormal, but my Soul Mate series centers around humans.), and I’d never tried to write a novella either. In fact, I was convinced I wasn’t able to write “short.” Boy, was I wrong! 🙂

Not only did I prove to myself I could do write a paranormal romance (and keep it short!), but I also opened up a whole new world of  possibilities for my writing–culminating in the release of a new novella in my Soul Mates series last month, LOST WITHOUT YOU.

So, you never know what you can do until you try, and new beginnings can happen at any point in your life–whether you’re a fictional vampire or a writer.

About the Books

Pursued by Evil, a Vampire Diaries novella by Catherine Chant book cover She isn’t human. She isn’t a vampire. She’s got Stefan’s attention. While Stefan tries to heal his broken heart with a mysterious horse trainer of unknown origins, Damon and Elena stumble upon an ancient evil intent of bringing its vengeance to Mystic Falls.
The Vampire Diaries: Evil After Midnight by Catherine Chant A journey of hope. A promise to keep. Stefan has his hands full looking after spirited Meleda, the daughter of the woman he lost in Pursued By Evil, but when that evil comes after Meleda, Stefan makes one final stand for those he loves.

Now Let’s Talk About Prizes

All the authors in this Blog Hop are giving away prizes and there’s a grand prize giveaway ($50 Amazon Gift Card) you can enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

Enter to Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card from Romance Blog Hops

In honor of The Vampire Diaries and Halloween, I’m giving away a 21-inch skull necklace (handmade by me) to one lucky winner. The 1.25″ pendant is a gorgeous, shiny hematite; the cord is black leather, and it closes with a lobster clasp.

Hematite Skull Pendant on Black Leather Cord

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To enter, simply sign up for my newsletter by 11:59PM (EST) Nov. 1, 2014. If you’re already a subscriber and want to enter, simply leave a comment below about your favorite Halloween memory. One name will be randomly selected from the list of new subscribers (and blog commenters) on Nov 2. Winners will be notified by email and announced on this blog by Monday, November 3.

Visit Other Authors for More Posts and Giveaways

Over 50 paranormal romance authors are participating in this blog hop, so be sure to hop on over to the other sites for more chances to win some great prizes and read about some great paranormal stories.

Good luck and Happy Howloween!


  • Favorite Halloween memory, first time got to get dressed up an go trick or treating in town. Living on the farm, we didn’t always get to go out, so this was a big deal.
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    • I can imagine that must have been very exciting. We live in a rural-ish area, too, and there can be a lot of walking between houses. It taught my son not to pick bulky costumes like the over-sized King Kong suit that is hard to walk in. 😀


  • My favorite Halloween memory is taking my sister out to trick or treat. We came back with lots of candy.


  • trick or treating with friends
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    • Trick or treating are some of my best memories too. A whole bunch of us from the neighborhood would go and the challenge was always to see if we could farther through the neighboring development than last year, before we got too tired to walk any more. Nobody drove kids in cars back then. 😀


  • My favorite Halloween memory is my family ( the kids) going to the movies to watch a movie. As we walked back to our house, someone played a trick on us, acting like the killer character from the movie. Needless to say we ran home , never looking back.


  • Thanks for the chance to win something 🙂 Can’t wait to try your book!!


  • Congratulations to Kyra T.! After running the random number generator, you are the winner of the skull necklace. I’ll be in contact via email to get your mailing address.

    A big “Thank you!” to everyone who hopped along with us on this Howloween Blog Hop. I hope you all had a fun-filled Halloween!