Monday, October 29, 2018

Trick or Treat Blog Tour

Welcome to the First Annual “Trick or Treat” Blog Tour hosted by Moonlit Reads!
This tour is the first to come of many. It takes place during the last 13 days of October leading up to Halloween Day. Trick or treat along the tour finding giveaways, interviews, blurbs, and more! You can find the start of the tour and its schedule here!
Now, let the spooky begin!

I am so excited to be a part of this tour! I love Halloween, and am so excited to be slowly getting back into the book world. It's been way too long!

Today, I was lucky enough to get to interview Shannon M. Parker who wrote The Rattled Bones. PLUS, I even scored an interview with Rilla from the story! This stop is definitely a TREAT on the tour and if you're lucky there may even be a giveaway... BOO!

Hi Rilla! I am so excited to have you here today! So, it's Halloween, what do you dress up as? Have any parties planned?

So…I’m being haunted by a ghost who scratches messages into my windowsill and sings to me from the sea. Every day is scary so I’ll pass on Halloween or parties. 

You live in Maine, what is your favorite spot to go to? What do you do there? I absolutely love Acadia State Park!

My favorite place to be is on my lobster boat, hauling traps from the Gulf of Maine. It’s the work my family’s done for generations, though I’m the first girl to take the helm.  

It seems like you have a love for the ocean, what draws you to the sea? Personally, the beach is my happy place.

The ocean is another world. With its own temperament. I was taught to respect the sea and her changing will, all while drawing up food from the depths, feeding my family. But nothing beats watching the length of a fin whale rise alongside my boat, or racing a pod of dolphins through the open channel. 

--> Thank you so much for stopping by! I won't keep you from your boat any longer!

Rilla seems like such an awesome woman, and now lets talk to the author who brought her to life... Shannon!

Hi Shannon! I'm so happy to have you here today. Your book The Rattled Bones has an eerie premise to it. Do you enjoy anything horror? Why did you decide to go that route?

I’m a big fan of being scared by stories—either written or told around a campfire. Gruesome horror isn’t for me, but I’ll curl up with any book that makes my skin shiver when shadows dart across the room! In The Rattled Bones, my contemporary protagonist is forced to deal with unsettling issues from the past—and her family’s suspected role in the horrors—so I needed a way to bridge today with a hundred years ago. Insert the haunting :) 

In your bio, it says you've traveled to over three dozen countries. Which one was your favorite and why? Pictures to make me jealous is always welcome, too. :)

Australia! No contest. It’s where I held a koala and kissed a crocodile (a baby one, but still)

HELD A KOALA?? Yep, you're winning for sure! ...In the book The Rattle Bones it seems to have a focus on the ocean and an island, do you have a love for the sea as your character Rilla does?

I do! The ocean is my home. I live on the coast of the bold Atlantic and my favorite thing to do is kayak to an island populated only by trees and seabirds. Or dive into a crashing wave. 

*sigh* Me too, I love the ocean and hope to move closer to it one day. Alright, fun question! If you could dress up as ANYTHING for Halloween, no cost, no limitations, what would you be?

Six-year-old me. Just to remember what it was like to believe that anything (and everything) was possible. And magical.

- Dress up or pass out candy? Dress up, eat candy
- Haunted house or haunted hay ride? HAUNTED HOUSE ON A HAUNTED HAY WAGON!
- Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers? Freddy
- Werewolf or vampire? She-wolf
- Pumpkin spice anything or candy corn? Candy corn. Candy anything.

Well, I thought that last was fun... but you just made me feel all the feels! I agree, going back to believing in all the magic of the world would be perfect. Thank you SO much for stopping by, Shannon. It's been such a pleasure!

Shannon Parker lives on the Atlantic coast in a house full of boys. She’s traveled to over three dozen countries and has a few dozen more to go. She works in education and can usually be found rescuing dogs, chickens, old houses and wooden boats. Shannon has a weakness for chocolate chip cookies and ridiculous laughter—ideally, at the same time. Find her at

Unearthing years of buried secrets, Rilla Brae is haunted by ghostly visions tied to the tainted history of a mysterious island in this haunting novel from the author of The Girl Who Fell.

Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is no stranger to the deep. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Familiar and distant.

Then Rilla meets Sam, a University of Southern Maine archeology student tasked with excavating the very island where the ghostly girl has appeared. Sam sifts the earth looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly a hundred years ago. Sam tells Rilla the island has a history no locals talk about—if they know about it at all—due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been there—an eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now Sam’s work and the ghostly girl’s song lure Rilla to the island’s shores.

As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the island’s many secrets, Rilla’s visions grow—until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And it’s a tragedy that has everything to do with Rilla’s past.

One winner will win a HC or PPBK of The Rattle Bones and a $10 Amazon gift card! 

- US Only
- One winner
- Giveaway will run until 11/5 at 12am.
- Entrant must be willing to give their address and email to claim their prize.
- Winner must respond within 48 hours.

Oct 19-Moonlit Reads (intro/excerpt)
Oct 20- Auburn Reads (interview)
Oct 21- The Book Bratz Scary books!
Oct 22- Shirley (Blurb)
Oct 23- The Bibliophile (artist feature)
Oct 24- Aimee, Always (Listy)
Oct 25- Little Miss Bookworm (excerpt)
Oct 26- Writing Follies (interview)
Oct 27- Between the Folded Pages (artist feature)
Oct 28- Perks of Being Noura -Villians!
Oct 29- Shorty Says - You're here!
Oct 30- Browsing for Books (excerpt)
Oct 31- Ohana Reads (interview)


  1. I am interested very. I wish I was as imaginative and creative.



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