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Friday, 27 May 2016

Blog Tour Spotlight & Giveaway - A Campfire Nightmare by Jeffrey Stagg

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A Campfire Nightmare
(Book One Nightmare Series)

Author: Jeffrey Stagg
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Stagg Literature, LLC
Date of Publication:  March 1, 2016
ISBN: 978-1517744441
ASIN: B01CRQKFZO
Number of pages: 344
Word Count: 117,824

Book Description:
IN AGES PAST, the Flathead Native Americans fought a war against a monstrous force that stalks the woods surrounding Flathead Lake. So says William Rox, legendary musician and director of the prestigious Colman’s Amateur Music Program, known as CAMP.

Jimmy Downs is thrilled to be attending CAMP—or he would be, if he weren’t being bullied by campers who seem to think wealth can buy talent. Jimmy doesn’t have money, but he can drum like no one else. As for the bullies, at least his best friend, Michael Munday, is with him. The two have had each other’s backs all of their lives.

But bullies are about to become the least of Jimmy’s worries. Dark, hulking figures begin surrounding the woods around camp…figures that bear more than a passing resemblance to Rox’s campfire stories.

Jimmy and Michael are about to become players in a very old war—assuming they survive. 

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Excerpt

PROLOGUE

The black-cloaked figure knelt by the lake, examining the muddy soil. A great northern storm had rolled through hours ago, but the air was still frigid. Waves crashed against the stony shore, waterdrops splashing up against his waterproof black covering.

His fingers traced along the print clearly pressed into the mud. It was a large paw print, something like the shape of a wolf’s but the size of a bear’s. He examined the mark on the ground and then moved to where he should have found the creature’s front paws, but not surprisingly, he instead found what appeared to be humanlike handprints, with long, triangular fingernails jutting out from the tip of each finger. The cloaked man placed his own right hand within the print, knowing that the muddy outline was easily twice the size of his own pale hand.

His left hand tightened around the shaft of his bow as he stood up.

Even though it was nearing one in the morning, his eyes clearly made out the many prints that had been made throughout this particular clearing.

He had warned the other guardian that something was going on.

“Why so many?” the man asked aloud as he pulled down the hood of his cloak. “There shouldn’t be this many here anymore.”

“What’s that?” a British man’s voice called from the darkness.

A flashlight’s beam bobbed through the trees, weaving back and forth until it fell upon the pale man’s form. The man lifted one of his hands to block his sensitive eyes from the somewhat dim beam. He indicated the soil in front of him that marked the passing of their quarries.

“A pack,” the pale man told his companion, moving the tip of his weapon to indicate how many individual creatures had passed through there. “You should keep the camp closed this year.”

“No,” the huge British man answered, snapping his response a little more testily than he had wanted. “It needs to be open. You know just as well as I do that we need to stay open.”

“Even at the risk of the lives of hundreds of people?”

His companion stepped forward and jammed a double-edged longsword into the ground as he examined the pathway. The flashlight was a head lamp, mounted with a pair of bands that wrapped around his head. As his head shifted from one set of prints to another, a feeling of anger began flooding into his soul.

“I need you to thin out this pack. You can shoot the sods from afar, and with that horse of yours, you’ll be able to stay ahead of them.”

“I can do that,” the pale man agreed, pulling his hood back up, still watching the back of the big man.

“There’s something going on this year that we don’t understand quite yet,” the British man told his friend, standing up and pulling the sword from the moistened ground. “Something feels different. It feels wrong…and right at the same time.”

“Maybe the legends are true, and the natives’ stories are coming to pass,” the archer suggested, beginning to stroll into a particularly dark portion of the forest, his fingers tightening on the dark wood of his bow as he disappeared into the night.

Finding himself alone, the swordsman stood and peered up into the sky at the bright round moon hanging in the air, twinkling stars engulfing the night. This was Big Sky Country, and it was true to its name. His eyes searched the heavens, hoping that an answer would reveal itself.

He let out a huff of hot breath, and the air clouded before his flashlight dimming the light slightly.

Shaking his head and turning to stare at the spot where his companion had disappeared, he whispered to himself, “I hope not. We’re not ready for them yet.”

As his words disappeared into the night like his breath, a clear rumbling sound thundered through the night on his left. Reaching down slowly, he drew his sword once more, its silver blade sparkling with the light of the moon.

“God above, keep me safe that I might be able to open the camp.”

The rocky growl turned into a mix of a scream and a roar as the furry eight-foot monstrosity leaped at the man, humanlike hands reaching out with razor claws. Swinging the sword out wide, the man pivoted to meet the demon in the darkness.


About the Author
Jeffrey was born in Ogden, Utah in 1989.

Born to a podiatrist from Utah and a rancher's daughter from Montana. Stagg was able travel throughout his childhood finding solace and inspiration in the wild.
His interest in nature has made Stagg realize that the melding of natural world with magic was where he could excel. To keep ideas alive, Stagg is an avid nature photographer, imagining book scenes wherever he travels.

While attending Weber State University, Stagg was able to work as an artisan cheese maker for the award winning Beehive Cheese Co. in Ogden, Utah. It was there that the details of A Campfire Nightmare came together. During the 5 years he was employed at Beehive, Stagg has created story lines for many series he is in the process of writing.

Now, Stagg works as an educator and works with students in reading and writing. Encouraging those around him to spend more time in books.

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38 comments:

  1. The book description and excerpt sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

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    1. Thank you! I hope it's intriguing enough that you'll read it and let me know what you think. Personally, I think the prologue really is just a taste.

      Take care Solange

      Jeffrey Stagg

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  2. I'm intrigued by what the hulky figures are in the woods

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    1. I hope you find out what they are! They're fun and interesting... and absolutely terrifying.

      Take care!

      Jeffrey Stagg

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  3. Thanks for the excerpt! Sounds like a great read!

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    1. Thanks Carmen, I hope you find the rest of the book great too. I think this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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  4. Loved the description and excerpt. Will be reading "The Campfire Nightmare" but I'll only read at home with the doors locked. Thanks for bringing your book to our attention.

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    1. Thanks Sharon!
      I actually just had a couple of readers tell me they refused to read it before bedtime. I enjoy hearing that! I especially enjoyed one lady reading an intense scene and her wiener dog howling just at it's high point. I guess it scared her to death.

      Take care!

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  5. It sounds awesome! I can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. sounds like a interesting story curious why the camp is so important in the synopsis.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you read it and let me know what you think. The camp is a very fun place.

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  7. Sounds great,thanks for sharing!

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  8. This sounds like a great start to an awesome series, I can't wait to read it! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you Victoria!
      I hope so. I have put a lot of time and thought into this series. I want to make something new, never before seen. Let's call A Campfire Nightmare my prologue to the series.

      Take care!

      Jeffrey Stagg

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    2. That's amazing! As an avid reader, I truly appreciate your hard work :)

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  9. Hello Everyone! Thank you for the comments!
    My name is Jeffrey Stagg, and I'm the author of A Campfire Nightmare. First, I'd like to thank CBYBookclub for this spotlight! Thank you!

    If you guys have any questions, I'm open to questions or discussions. Take care!

    Jeffrey Stagg

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  10. Thanks so much for both the excerpt and giveaway

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  11. I really had fun with this story and will be watching for more from these characters!

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  12. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Lysa,
      This really is just a sneak peak. It's just a prologue and I think the rest of the book has more to discover.

      Hope all is well.

      Jeffrey Stagg

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them or you can check out more on my website.

      Take care Beyond Comps

      Jeffrey Stagg

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  14. I like the element of bullying

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    1. It's a key component. I find that bullying is one of the most awful things in the world. I hated writing about my bullies, it's that weird. haha
      Thanks for the comment wigget!

      Take care
      Jeffrey Stagg

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  15. thanks for this generous giveaway! :-)

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  16. Sounds like an incredible book!

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    1. Thank you Lori!
      I hope you read it and tell me what you think. I enjoy talking to people about it.

      Take care!

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  17. Thank you for sharing the excerpt! I would definitely like to read this!

    Deborah

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    1. I hope so Deborah! I'd like to hear what you think!

      Hope all is well!

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  18. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. Good luck to all :)

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  19. Think I'll enjoy reading this.

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    1. Oh, I sure hope so! Let me know what you think! I read every comment and every review.
      Want to tell me what caught your eye?

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  20. This sounds like a fantastic read! Thank you for sharing.

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  21. Question to the author: What does your writing process look like?

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    1. Hello Mai!
      Thank you for the question, especially since every author has a different process.

      My process is different from a lot of other authors. Usually you write out a story line and then start making notes of individual chapters. I actually did the same thing with A Campfire Nightmare, but I found that I strayed way too far from my outline.
      Now, as I plan a new book, I write down certain scenes that I want in my books, but I don't create a whole chapter outline since I have no idea how long each chapter will be. Sometimes I can arrange them to look like some sort of story line, but that usually doesn't happen until after I am done with the book.

      When I am actually writing, I work on the book from start to finish. I know there are authors who like to go and write scenes and chapters ahead of time, but I can't do that. I always have to start with my prologue and move on. When I am all done, I might go back to add more chapters or more content, but I force myself not to jump ahead.

      I hope that made sense and answered your question!
      If you have any more, or want a little more detail, go ahead and ask away!

      Take care

      Jeffrey Stagg

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