BOOK TOUR PROMO & GIVEAWAY: Hellbound by Su Halfwerk
by Su Halfwerk
A Horror Story Collection
One-way ticket to Hell.
Bart is a greedy morgue attendant with money on his mind. He gets more than what he bargains for when he chances upon a pain-letter, one he must pass on or bear the consequences of his inaction.
Stan is a chiseler, a fake medium, preying on his unsuspecting clients’ earnings through bogus channeling sessions. When he meets mysterious Joanna Stark, he believes her promises of powers beyond his comprehension, powers blessed by the Netherworld.
Jenna gives up her old life and career to settle down as Troy’s loving wife. He is a God-fearing man who will consent only to marriage. Except fate maps a different ending to their love story, a conclusion that takes them both down and never up again.
Bart, Stan, and Jenna are destined to go on a long and abominable journey that sinks them below their expectations and forces them to endure pain and anguish beyond their worst nightmares.
On the paths leading to the depths of Hell, their sins don’t matter!
A scraping sound came from behind the small bar in the corner of the office; Stan swiveled his head in that direction. From the corner of his eye, he caught Jo’s mocking smile.
With legs as heavy as lead, Stan marched to the bar, hoping his tough front would veil the shiver buried deep in his being. At the bar, he placed both hands on the wooden counter and leaned over, and into the yawning blackness of his dead aunt’s eyes. “Aunt Maude?”
She was coiled on herself and slumped behind the bar, facing him, her ancient crêpe skin stretched with the pressure of her jutting bones. Through chattering blue lips, she pleaded, “Do her bidding, Stan. Do it or she won’t let me rest.”
The begging quality of her voice squeezed the life out of his heart. His proud, confident aunt was reduced to this creature? He backed away. “This is a trick. You’re playing with my mind.” He whirled around and faced Jo, who’d shifted around until she could peer down on the old woman as well.
“It’s no trick.” His aunt’s low whisper made him turn again to her, her anguish-inundated gray eyes fixed on Jo. “This witch is a necromancer as well.” Her gaze shifted to him. “Have mercy on me, Stan. Give her what she wants.”
Wetting his lips, Stan gazed down at the woman who’d raised him like her own son. He couldn’t do this to her. Of their own accord, his hands stretched to touch her, to ease her pain and worry. All of a sudden, she vanished. Just like that; one moment she was there, and the next he was staring at the small rectangular carpet.
“Do you believe me now?” Jo asked in a calm tone.
He gritted his teeth so that the pain in his gums would distract him from lashing out. “Why are you doing this?”
“I already explained that I need your services.” When he shook his head, she continued. “I can bring your family to you, one by one. You’ll see them in different stages of decomposition, none of them as pleasant or jubilant as you remember. I will mutate and twist your memories.” She paused. “Dead spirits are never happy when raised.”
No shit, he thought to himself. He returned to his desk and plopped on his chair. “What makes you think I have what it takes to resurrect you?”
“I was a witch long enough to know the necessary ingredients for a resurrection, and a powerful warlock or witch is essential to its success.”
“Why me?” He raised a hand. “And spare me the bullshit.”
She shrugged. “It boils down to two factors. One, you’re in the spiritual business, so you will think twice before asking any type of authority for help.” She winked at him. “Which, by the way, won’t work. Two, you are buyable. Your conscience is on a very long hiatus, it doesn’t twitch even when you hustle an old woman out of her only source of income, her husband’s pension.”
Stan rolled his eyes. “I’m getting a lecture from a dead witch about the morality of my actions.”
All of a sudden, Jo was in his face, glaring down at him. “You can be as sarcastic as you wish, Stan, but you’ll also get initiated as a powerful warlock to resurrect me. Your other option is endless suffering until you throw yourself off a balcony or in front of a speeding bus. And when you die, you will be in my dominion. Think about that.”
About the Author:
Su Halfwerk writes both horror and paranormal romance. From a tender age, the written word left a strong impression on Su. Later on, terrifying, blood chilling books became the object of her interest. Somehow, in her mind, the blossoming of romance in the midst of that mix was only natural.
Her style in horror combines shuddery terror with an element of surprise; some would even call it an enigmatic twist. However, in the world of paranormal romance, she transforms the desire to scare into a quest to seduce and tantalize.
Other books by Su Halfwerk:
· Seeker ~ Book 1 in the Unsettled Series (Paranormal Romance)
· His to Possess (Finalist in 2011 EPIC Awards in the Paranormal Romance category)
· Zuphreen (Horror/Urban Fantasy)
· Intricate Entanglement (Horror/Thriller)
The books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online outlets
When not writing, Su is designing book trailers for herself and other authors.
The author is giving away an eBook copy of Hellbound to one winner and a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate to another winner. Enter in the rafflecopter for a chance to win!