It’s that time of year again, where the leaves rustle and pumpkins guard doorways. It also means one thing… HAUNTED IS HERE. Err, at least the cover.

Haunted is the sequel to our Harrowed, our love letter to scary movies. Harrowed was released last year and it’s been so much fun seeing it grow and seeing people love it.

Thank you to everyone who has even looked at it.

Today, we’re celebrating the cover for book two. And honestly, I think I might love it even more than book one, which really, I didn’t believe was possible.

Are you ready?


Are you?

Are you sure?

Because it’s really sexy.

I mean like, really, really sexy.


Keep going.

You’re almost there.

Haunted FOR WEB

HAUNTED (The Woodsview Murders, #2)

Last October, corpses piled up in Woodsview, Massachusetts faster than autumn leaves in the dead of fall. The small town changed forever when Jeremy Kane, known as the Harvester, slaughtered Avery Blair’s classmates, her friends, and Jason, the love of her life. Avery was supposed to die too, but she narrowly escaped, killing the Harvester in the process.

Avery and her best friend are trying to move on and leave their horrible past behind. They’ve enrolled in college, and taken on new challenges. Avery has a campus radio show, and Quinn has found a release—and a new relationship—on the roller derby track.

The Harvester nightmare was laid to rest, along with the bodies of her friends and the remains of the killer. But what’s dead doesn’t always stay buried. With the anniversary of the slayings, comes a suspicious death on campus. When two of their dorm mates disappear, Avery suspects that the Harvester is back to finish what he started.

Avery Blair is haunted by the ghosts of her past—memories of the slayings that torment her days and curse her sleepless nights. She can dismiss the visions of Jason she sees everywhere, but she can’t ignore the signs that scream the Harvester is back…for blood.

One thing is certain—people are dying, and the killer is determined to add Avery and Quinn to the carnage. Can Avery separate fiction from reality and find the killer, or will the ghosts of the past finally consume her? Jeremy Kane is dead. He can’t possibly be back from the grave, can he?




Forget what Harrowed looked like? Don’t worry.

I have you covered.



As a special fall gift, Brian and I have the first half of HARROWED (book #1 in the series) for free on Wattpad. Read it there or if you dare,  buy the entire thing on Amazon for only 99 cents! We’ve set it for that price all fall! But beware, when December comes around, it’s going back to it’s normal price!





Join the book buzz using hashtag #WoodsviewMurders



I’m the first person to confess that I’m obsessed with fall.

I live for the autumnal equinox and mark it (see: pretty colors) on my agenda planner with hearts and pumpkins and fall leaves.

My house isn’t big enough to have a party like I want, plus I’ll be working all day, but I’d love to throw an autumnal magic equinox party one day. I have a Pinterest board ready and everything. See?

Autumn Equinox Party Collage


[Note: These aren't my photos, just photos I found on Pinterest. If you want to know their origin, visit my Pinterest link above where I found them.]

In order to celebrate, Brian and I want to give you a special gift. A fall gift. A gift that will keep giving all autumn long. Our book!

read Harrowed for freeeeeeee!

We put the ENTIRE FIRST HALF of our first book HARROWED on Wattpad for you to read for free! Technically, it’s over half (by eight pages). If you love it let us know! If you want to read the rest, Brian and I put it on sale for the rest of autumn for only 99 cents!! <3 Cheers to my favorite season!

Harrowed is such a love letter to the fall for me, as you can tell by the cover. It’s set in the fall. Our villain is called the Harvester. There’s kissing and murder and a female sleuth (because I love my female sleuths).

Read Harrowed for free on Wattpad!



About Harrowed

Journalism Rule #1: Always report the story. Never become the story.

Avery Blair has accepted the fact that nothing exciting ever happens in her small town of Woodsview, Massachusetts. As the editor of the high school blog, she prays for something—anything—to come along that would make for a great headline.

When Beatrice Thompson’s body is found in the girls’ bathroom, Avery has her biggest story ever. The rumors circulating the school say that Beatrice took her own life, but Avery doesn’t believe it for a second. Her instincts prove true when the next day brings another body bag. The tiny community of Woodsview has become the hunting ground for a killer known as the Harvester. The killer targets Avery and her classmates, stalking their every move and terrorizing them with morbid messages.

With the help of her boyfriend Jason, her best friend Quinn, and an aging detective who can’t keep her off the case, Avery dives head-first into her own investigation. She discovers that the secret of the Woodsview Harvester is buried in the town’s history and its annual Harvest Festival celebration. With every clue she uncovers, Avery grows closer to unmasking the killer—and becoming the next victim.

Avery Blair has finally found a story to die for…if she can stay alive long enough to write it.

Click here to read HARROWED for FREE on Wattpad!



P.s. Brian and I finalized the cover for our sequel Haunted recently. I promise we’ll share that soon with you. Spoiler: It’s flippin’ gorgeous.


Much love and crunchy leaves,



The Haunted Hotel Writer & Illustrator Showcase is almost here and I couldn’t be more excited! We have some amazing writers and incredible artists who have signed up to partake in the spooky fun.

Several of you have asked about participants and wanting to follow them on Twitter SO here’s the list of participants so you can mingle and haunt hotels together! Just click the participant’s name to link to their social media account.

If you signed up, I’ve already sent you a key so that you know what room (or not room MUAHAHA) you have access to. I’m also listing keys here so we all know who we’re staying with.





Haunted Hotel Writers & Illustrators



Thornewood Hotel 42

Stevan Knapp

Thornewood Hotel Honeymoon Suite



Thornewood Hotel 444


Victoria Nations

Thornewood Hotel Staff Only


Rosa Taylor

Thornewood Hotel 149

Jessi Shakarian

Thornewood Hotel Concierge


Ashly Nagrant

Thornewood Hotel 237


Julie Hutchings

Thornewood Hotel master key


Andy Grieser

Thornewood Hotel 23



Thornewood Hotel 666


Kathy Palm

Thornewood Hotel 317


 K Dot Ross

Thornewood Hotel 07



Erica Secor

Thornewood Hotel 128


Brian LeTendre

Thornewood Hotel 665


S. P. McConnell

Thornewood Hotel master key


Jenna Lehne

Thornewood Hotel 77


Nate Crowder

Thornewood Hotel 314


Kristin Rivers

Thornewood Hotel 04



Kim Plasket

Thornewood Hotel 30


J Elizabeth Hill

Thornewood Hotel 214


Suzy G.

Thornewood Hotel Service Elevator


C.L. McCollum

Thornewood Hotel 13


Jamie Adams

Thornewood Hotel 668


Jamie Smith

Thornewood Hotel 37


Debbie Oliveira

Thornewood Hotel 595


Sarah Blair

Thornewood Hotel 217


Michelle Y. Llamas

Thornewood Hotel 616


Kira Butler

We found this  old key, unlike the others…Some say it belonged to the old caretaker.






Best of luck to anyone who stays at the Thornewood…and makes it out alive. Please enjoy your stay and direct any questions you may have to the spirits that haunt the place. If you have any questions, check out the info page or Tweet me.

Stories will start on October 2nd, 2016, right here on my blog! Don’t forget to check out the hashtag #HauntedHotel.





Have you ever had to postpone a trip at the last minute? You had already bought the plane tickets, planned your itinerary and took the time off from work, but for whatever reason, something came up, and plans needed to change?


Well folks, I’m sad to say that we have had to postpone our trip to Orchard Pointe.

Yeah, we’re bummed too.

You might have figured that out already, as we were shooting for an August 16th release date and that came and went. The only reason we didn’t make an announcement at that time is that we were hoping to have the book ready to go before the end of August.


See, Orchard Pointe was supposed to be our summer book. We have the Woodsview series as our Fall/Halloween series, and Orchard Pointe was going to be our spring/summer series, as it’s less Friday the 13th meets Scream (if that’s your cup of tea check out our book HARROWED), and more Something Wicked This Way Comes meets Lost Boys (which BTW did you see that the Lost Boys is going to be a TV show?! I’m so pumped).



And the book is very close. Like, really close. Like, we could put it out now and it would probably be fine close. But it’s not exactly where we want it yet. The last coat of polish isn’t dry.

And so, rather than rush the book out and have it crowd the upcoming release of Haunted, we’ve decided to push Orchard Pointe into next year. This will give Haunted the spotlight it deserves this Fall, and give Orchard Pointe plenty of room to breathe. We still want the Orchard Pointe series to be our spring/summer series, and this delay will allow that to happen.



This is the right thing to do for our book, even though it hurts a little. One of the things that dulls the pain a bit is that between now and the release of the Orchard Pointe novel, readers will get at least two and possibly three Orchard Pointe stories that will begin to introduce that world and its characters. The first will come when my new short story collection Intrusive Thoughts (Volume One) is released digitally later this month. The second story will be in the A Pizza My Heart anthology (or Pizzathology, as it were) that releases in November, and we should have another short story out very early next year.


We’re sorry we couldn’t bring you the debut of Orchard Pointe this summer, and that you’ll have to wait a while longer. But a lot of love when into creating the world and characters of Orchard Pointe, and we want to make sure that shows in the story you will be reading. We appreciate your patience, and we will keep you posted on all things Orchard Pointe as we move forward.


Add it to your Goodreads today to get notified when you can devour it! Woot!


Much love and dancing skeletons,

Brian and Jolene

It’s release day for Bound by Faerie (Stolen Magic, #1) by WB McKay!

Sophie Morrigan inherited many magical gifts from her death goddess mother. Most of them inflict torture, except the most beautiful. That one kills.

As an agent for the Faerie Affairs Bureau, Sophie loves retrieving dangerous magical objects. The job lets her indulge her covetous nature, and most importantly, it pays the bills. But when a routine job goes south, she finds herself struggling to keep her deadly magic in check while fleeing the wrath of an enraged dragon.

In a desperate search for answers, Sophie stumbles across Owen, a fae nightclub owner who’s as sexy as he is irritating, but just happens to hold the key to her problems.

Sophie wants nothing more than to get her magic under control and return to her normal life, but first she’ll have to face off with all the dangers Faerie can throw at her. Can she fight her way back home? Or will both she and Owen fall prey to a crazed death cult?

Bound by Faerie features a gutsy, kick butt heroine, a broody and dangerous hero, and a ton of magical mayhem.


On sale this weekend only!

Get your copy on Amazon US or Amazon UK.


WB McKay is the pen name of married authors Robert and Faith McKay. Their love of stories brought them together, and they’ve been writing by each other’s side ever since. WB McKay marks the beginning of their true collaboration. They sat down and asked themselves what they couldn’t get enough of. The answer was simple. They loved urban fantasy set in a massive universe with room for every creature they could imagine. Throw in a gutsy female lead, a dash of humor, a pinch of romance, and they would eat it up and ask for thirds.

With that recipe in mind, they created a universe based around the vibrant and enchantingly dark lives of the fae. They invite you to explore their world in Bound by Faerie, the first of their magical adventures. Learn more about them, and their books, at

If you know me at all, you know that I love fall and I love Halloween.

My friend Jessi and I got to talking and we are excited to announce our news! We are teaming up to bring you a new  paid anthology in the fall of 2017 and we’re looking for submissions!









ANNOUNCING Red Leaf Hollow

bring us the weird, the wicked, and the strange in the town of red leaf hollow!

It’s fall in the small New England town known as Red Leaf Hollow. It’s not on any map but it’s been around as long as the sun and the moon. The first snow is coming, but for now, the town is getting ready for All Hallow’s Eve and preparing for the harvest festival – a huge celebration before winter’s grip. Red Leaf Hollow is known for its strange happenings, its odd occupants, and the things that slither and haunt and howl in the night.

The sleepy town of Red Leaf Hollow is divided into two sides by the large and bustling (and sometimes blood red) Crescent Moon Creek.

Crescent Moon Creek, named after the river that separates it from the other half, is the only place where one may view the moon clearly through the thick trees and forest. It holds the town Commons where the harvest festival occurs, large Victorian houses, and tiny witch shacks that line the cobblestone streets.

Shadow Crest is on the other side of the river, where trees and plants always die, along with its residents. It is also home to the Hollow’s cemetery, Morningside, where inhabitants know better than to linger, especially after dusk. Shadow Crest is also home to Harvest Hill, a dead lump of land that once held the lumber to build the Founders’ homes…and coffins.

Red Leaf Hollow is home to the annual Werewolves convention, where people who have died return from the grave, and where many of the Salem witches fled to escape persecution. This is where witches drive black cats in the sidecar of their motorcycles and zombies are usually holding another 5K Moanfest. You’re the odd one out if you DON’T have a ghost in your house. Pumpkins line the streets and the houses and even some of the inhabitants’ heads.

Bring us your creepy, ghostly, and ghoul-y from the past or present. Bring us the things only you can see. Show us things that hide just below the surface of reality or under the stairs. Bring us colorful leaves swirling at your feet and brisk autumn days and nights under bright glowing stars and dark looming trees. We want creepy graveyards, legends, secret gardens, severed heads, monsters, dancing skeletons, burial grounds, secrets, witches, magic, curses, hauntings, macabre romances, and unexplainable events.

Here’s a picture that inspired me. It is not mine and I’m not sure who took it but isn’t it gorgeous?!



I am so so excited!





1. Anyone is welcome to submit a story. All people, all countries, all ages, etc.

2. All genres welcome! This is open to adult stories, new adult stories, young adult, and middle grade stories in ALL genres and in any time period. After all, a town is made up of many different ages and people and has a rich history. We love diversity!

3. This will be an ebook release with the potential to be a physical book depending on the performance of the ebook. It will be published by Hocus Pocus & Co., Jolene’s small press.

4. Word count of your story should fall between 1,000 to 4,000 words (as a guideline). A little under or over is okay.

5. Submitting a story or a drawing does not guarantee you will be selected. There will only be 10-12 stories selected.

7. THIS IS A PAID ANTHOLOGY. If selected, you will receive $5 US dollars via Paypal. Stories should be new (previously unpublished elsewhere).

8. This is to be released October 3rd, 2017.

9. All edits will be done through Google docs.

10. You have all harvest to write! Deadline for submissions is December 4th, 2016.




1. Write your story following the guidelines above, using the shared locations Red Leaf Hollow and its creeptastic surroundings. Make sure the vibe and mood of your story fits.

2. Email it to redleafhollow at gmail dot com. Your subject should be: Red Leaf Hollow Submission. Please include your name, a little bit about you, your Twitter handle (if any), and any pertinent information.

3. Jessi and Jolene will review all submissions and get back to you. Please note that if your story is not accepted, it’s no reflection of you or your writing style.




About Jolene

She loves pizza, YA, and all things weird and strange.

Jolene is the author of YA horror novel Harrowed (The Woodsview Murders #1) and Orchard Pointe. She has edited horror anthologies such as The Dark Carnival (which has been an Amazon best-seller) and Halloween Night: Trick or Treat.

She’s worked for several publishing houses and now runs her own quirky small press Hocus Pocus & Co. Say hello on Twitter – @JoleneHaley.

About Jessi

Jessi is a vet tech student, Halloween fanatic, and author living in Vermont.

She has a YA horror short story published on YARN, the upcoming A Pizza My Heart anthology, and co-edited the Dark Carnival Anthology.

You can find her on Twitter – @listentomuses.


What questions do you have? Will you be writing something? I’d love to know in the comments below!

We are so excited for our vision and we can’t wait to read what you amazing authors write!



Q & A

My lovely friend Victoria on Twitter asked this great question. “Any insight into tone? Halloweentown vs. Nightmare Before Christmas vs. Camp Crystal Lake?”

My answer: Though this is a town with many different perspectives and happenings, I personally see this as a more Nightmare Before Christmas vibe with touches of Halloweentown and Camp Crystal Lake. Vibe and feel is creepy, unexplained, haunting, with a bit of whimsy.

If I receive any more good questions that I feel might benefit all of you I’ll add them in here.




Much love and writing,


infinity cover reveal

Let us know what you think of the cover for Infinity (The Infinity Division, #1) by Jus Accardo!

Infinity releases on November 1, 2016

This cover reveal & giveaway is brought to you by Entangled TEEN and YA Interrobang!

A Note from the Author:

So… The cover of Infinity

I have 9+ books with Entangled Publishing, and they’ve always blown me away when it comes to their covers. But this bad boy? I love it so hard—for so many reasons.

Infinity is a story of possibilities. Of hope. To me, Hope is something so simple—yet incredibly potent. When I first saw the cover, I thought, this is perfection. Simple, yet powerful. To me, it was meaningful.

Almost exactly a month before Infinity sold, my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Treatment was rough, and very, very long, but she is currently cancer free and doing well. I remember one of her nurses had a tattoo. An intricate infinity symbol done almost like the staff of Asclepius. Underneath, it said, “Infinite hope.” It became our thing. Infinite hope. We’d joke about finding the infinity symbol in everyday objects.

Like Kori, the main character in the book, just seeing that symbol lifted our spirits. It gave us hope. I like to think that this was the Universe’s round about way of telling us to keep on fighting. I’m so excited to share this book with you guys!

And Now Without Further Ado…


About Infinity:

Jump dimensions. Save the world. Don’t fall in love.

Nobody said being the daughter of an army general was easy. But when her dad sends a teenage subordinate to babysit her while he’s away? That&#39;s taking it a step too far.

Cade, as beautiful as he is deadly, watches Kori with more than just interest. He looks at her like he knows her very soul. And when he saves her from a seemingly random attack, well, that’s when things get weird.

Turns out, Kori’s dad isn’t just an army general—he’s the head of a secret government project that has invented a way to travel between parallel dimensions. Dimensions where there are infinite Koris, infinite Cades…and apparently, on every other Earth, they’re madly in love.

Falling for a soldier is the last thing on Kori’s mind. Especially when she finds herself in a deadly crossfire, and someone from another Earth is hell-bent on revenge…

Want to Read More? Pre-order Infinity (The Infinity Division, #1) Today!




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About the Author:

jus-accardoJus Accardo spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

Find Jus Accardo Online:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Tumblr | Goodreads’ Author Page | Entangled Publishing Page

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Today is a special day for me because not only do I get to reveal my cover but I get to share it with friends…all of you!


This book is special to me, because as you know, I love all things weird and strange. I grew up watching the X-Files and Tales From The Crypt and reading things like Ray Bradbury’s Dark Carnival, Goosebumps, Lois Duncan, and The Bailey School Kids books where weird was the norm. I liked it that way. I still do. And I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to find my horror soul mate… but one day I did…my writing partner Brian.

This cover reveal is also SO special to me because it’s the beginning of another awesome series with my writing partner, Brian LeTendre. He is the worlds most patient man to put up with me but he does and I’m so grateful. He’s supportive, kind, thoughtful, and crazy talented and I’m beyond grateful to get to work with such a classy guy.

Are you ready to see my cover?




Are you sure?



Welcome to Orchard Pointe!



Every town has its secrets. This town is made of them.

It’s been ten years since Hudson James stepped foot in the small beach town of Orchard Pointe. His parents are battling through a nasty divorce and he’s forced to spend the summer in Maine with extended family. But Hudson makes the most of it. He finds kindred spirits in his cousin Marley and her oddball friend Kit, and lands a security job at the amusement park he loved as a kid.

Oceanside Amusement Park was once the centerpiece of the beachfront tourist experience. But with attendance down and the park in need of an update, Orchard Pointe’s tricentennial celebration might be the last chance to turn things around. The town brings in a performance group all the way from their sister city of Monrive, France—Madame Chambers’ Coterie of Curiosities. From sideshow to burlesque acts, Madame Chambers and her eccentric group of performers mesmerize locals and tourists alike from the moment they arrive.

When a girl disappears from the park during Hudson’s very first shift, he feels responsible. When she turns up dead, Hudson can’t forgive himself. He vows to discover the truth about what happened and the more he digs, the more he’s certain that Madame Chambers and her Coterie aren’t what they seem.

Can Hudson stop the wave of darkness that has crashed down on Orchard Pointe, or will the undertow of secrets claim another victim?


Out 8/16/2016

I’m so excited for you all to meet Orchard Pointe, a place that’s just as alive as the people that live there. This is just the beginning of the weird, strange, and unusual. AND you get to meet Kit, one of my favorite characters I’ve ever written!

Alsoooo Brian made a super rad book trailer and here it is below!




Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us with the reveal and to everyone who has supported me over the years. I am so grateful for you.


I love good books and I love good authors, which naturally is why I’m celebrating this new book, LIFE AFTER JULIET. Shannon may sound familiar because she’s also the author of Love and Other Unknown Variables. I remember oogling the cover when it came out and one of my good friends posted a long glowing review on Goodreads about it, but my favorite part was this, “It is beautifully written and well paced, with intriguing characters, complex relationships, and plenty of raw emotion. I highly recommend this book!”

It came out this week and it looks so good. Have you heard of it? Check it out below!


Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people…

Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.

As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world…and happy endings aren’t always guaranteed.

The companion novel to Love and Other Unknown Variables is an exploration of loss and regret, of kissing and love, and most importantly, a celebration of hope and discovering a life worth living again.



Have you read it? Let me know!


Today, I’m beyond delighted to introduce the cover of the A PIZZA MY HEART anthology to you.

For those of you who are curious about the cover, fabulous cover artist Haley Crosby wrote a spectacular overview of the process and what it was like. You can read that here.

I’m so happy with this cover because I wanted it to feel fun, eye-catching, and pizza-y, when viewed up close or even when viewing a thumbnail. I asked and Haley knocked it out of the park.

This cover is all of those things and more. I think it perfectly represents the feel of this anthology but also the creativity and slices of life that our authors are showcasing.

Please, feast your eyes below and DON’T FORGET to add it to your Goodreads To-Read list!











Gooey cheese and warm pepperoni, with a side of kissing and murder.

A Pizza My Heart is a quirky and fun anthology that crosses all genres. Fifteen extraordinary

authors have united to tell stories of mystery, mayhem, romance, danger, deceit…and pizza.

Sometimes spicy, sometimes cheesy, but always delicious, A Pizza My Heart invites you to

explore life, happiness, and the pursuit of pizza.

Stories Include:

A Slice of Adventure by Maria Carvalho

Between Slices by Andy Grieser

Fresh, Hot, and Deadly by Rena Olsen

KissingDancingPizzaMURDER by Darci Cole

Kneadful Things by Jenna Lehne

Love Pizza No. 9 by Vanessa Rodriguez

Madame Miraval’s Pizza Place by Kelly deVos

Password Is… by Jolene Haley

Pizza by Emily Simon

Pizza Buddy by Brian LeTendre

Pizzamergency by Brett Jonas

Survival Pizza by Rebecca Waddell

The Last Stop at the End of the World by Jamie Adams

The Pizza Guy by Jessi Shakarian

Where There’s Pizza by Jasmine Brown



About the Publisher

Established in 2014, Hocus Pocus & Co. loves to bring unique voices and stories to fruition.




Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m in love!

I’m so excited to share this and that our book baby has a cover! These authors are amazing and Haley has been a dream to work with. I can’t wait for you to read it!

Join the book buzz using hashtag #Pizzathology