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Halloween Week 2014 Special: Shutter sneak peek & Samsung Nook giveaway

Today, as part of our Halloween Week 2014 celebrations, we are happy to host a special sneak peek and giveaway for Courtney Alameda’s upcoming novel Horror novel Shutter! Please give it up for Courtney!


Happy Halloween! To celebrate this most horror-able time of the year, I teamed up with your friendly neighborhood Book Smugglers to bring you an exclusive look at the first two chapters of Shutter, plus a giveaway full of Halloween treats!

About the Book:


Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

Sneak Peek:

You can read the first two chapters of Shutter on Wattpad NOW!

Also, I’m thrilled to announce that Shutter is a Fierce Reads title, and that I’ll be going on tour June of 2015 with some truly amazing authors!

MANY thanks to Ana and Thea for being so kind as to host this sneak peek! And now for the giveaway!

Giveaway details:

Three different prizes including a new Samsung Nook, Shutter galleys and gift cards!

First Prize: Samsung Nook + Shutter eGalley, a $50 B&N Gift Card, & Halloween Cake Bites from the Sweet Tooth Fairy

Second Prize: Signed ARC of Shutter, a $25 B&N Gift Card, & Halloween Cake Bites from the Sweet Tooth Fairy

Third Prize: Signed ARC of Shutter, a $10 B&N Gift Card, & Halloween Cake Bites from the Sweet Tooth Fairy

To enter use the form bellow. The contest is open to EVERYBODY, ANYWHERE and runs till 11/06 at 11:59 EST. Enter away and share with friends and fiends!

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Semper Vigilans and happy reading, everyone!


  • Anonymous
    October 30, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Giving out candy, putting my baby in a giraffe costume and watching Cabin in the Woods.

  • Grace
    October 30, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I will be going trick-or-treating in the neighbourhood.

  • Ray Garraty
    October 30, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I’ll give it a try.

  • Lys
    October 30, 2014 at 7:42 am

    The excerpt of Shutter was great! I’m going to be stuck inside working on job applications on Halloween, I’m afraid. But I’ve promised myself “Ancillary Sword” if I finish them all.

  • Hebe
    October 30, 2014 at 8:02 am

    This is such a cool concept. Loved the excerpt 🙂

  • Mawa Mahima
    October 30, 2014 at 8:30 am

    The cover for Shutter is awesome! (and incredibly haunting, my bookshelf is right in front of my bed, so imagine the sight that will greet me when I turn to the side?) I especially loved the friendship between Helsing and Oliver Stoker – that was fantastic. Bram Stoker, historian? Yeah, I buy that. On Halloween, I’ll probably be getting a lot of Dracula done, it’s my first time reading Dracula, and it is brilliant.

  • Nathan (@reviewbarn)
    October 30, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Halloween now belongs to the kiddo. trick or treating it is.

  • Katharine
    October 30, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Love a good speculative horror novel! I finally read Dracula for the first time this year, so I’m looking forward to exploring the genre more. Thanks for featuring such a great-looking book!

  • jillheather
    October 30, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I will be watching The Nightmare before Christmas again. Everybody scream.

  • Kara
    October 30, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Shutter looks like a great read – I really enjoyed the preview. On Halloween, I am going to the Boulder NaNoWriMo kick-off party.

  • Gabrielle
    October 30, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I rarely ever do anything for Halloween because I’m too old to go trick or treating but I’m too young to have kids who I would bring trick or treating. I am probably going to watch Halloween movies with my boyfriend.

  • Carl
    October 30, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I’m going to stay home and hand out candy to the kids. That’s the part I enjoy the most.

  • Danielle D
    October 30, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Love the sneak peek of the book! May plans for Halloween is to stay inside and watch horror movies

  • Kate
    October 30, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Love the book preview! I’m off to a Halloween party, dressed as Sylvia Plath. Anybody know a good Ted Hughes?

  • M. Andrew Patterson
    October 30, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Oh this looks like a fun book! Loving the sneak peak on Wattpad!

    As for Halloween? I’ll be doing trick or treating with my 8yo. And if I manage to stay up till midnight, I’ll start on my NaNo writing.

  • Gerd D.
    October 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I’m doing the usual, start my re-read of “Something wicked this way comes” by Ray Bradbury, and pop in the old Carpenter movie.

  • Sarah
    October 30, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Eeee! I was super privileged to meet Courtney (and read a partial draft of Shutter) at a writer’s conference many moons ago. I can’t wait to read it in its published glory!!!

  • steve weber
    October 30, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    We do trick or treat and boo at the zoo!

  • Kate K.F.
    October 30, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I’m not sure yet of my Halloween plans, not a lot goes on where I’m at. Probably do some face make up, wear my musketeers’ hat and go read somewhere.

  • KV
    October 30, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I’m watching movies.

  • Matthew
    October 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Looks really interesting!

    I’ll be at a Halloween party with coworkers, hiding in the corner with the quiet ones. 😉

  • Maliha
    October 30, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I am dressing up my baby girl, going for a spooky lantern lit walk around the lake, followed by hot chocolate and ghost stories around a bonfire 🙂

  • Katie
    October 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I’m going out to my local bar for their Halloween party.

  • Mayra Barrera
    October 30, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    The cover is cool. This Halloween I am dressing a pizza costume :):)

  • Lan
    October 30, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    We’re going to have a horror movie fest!

  • Ilana
    October 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Trick or treating!

  • Mary K
    October 30, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Omg, that is one scary cover! I like it, but I’m also a little afraid to look at it for very long.

    For Halloween, the bookstore where I work holds a costume competition, so I’ll be dressing up as Merida from Brave. Should be good times!

  • Sierra
    October 30, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    I have to work Halloween night, so I’ll be dressing as Ariel the mermaid and handing out candy to the kids that come in my store!

  • Lexi
    October 31, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Handing out candy and watching a non-scary Halloween Movie.

  • Kay
    October 31, 2014 at 5:55 am

    For Halloween I’ll be dressing up as Hawkeye as Hawkeye (Kate Bishop’s MASH costume was brilliant) while on door duty. I’ll try not to eat all the candy before the kids come, I suppose 😉

  • Bonnie
    October 31, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Taking the kids trick or treating!

  • Courtney Whisenant
    October 31, 2014 at 11:20 am

    For Halloween, we are hanging at a friends house and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows while the kids trick or treat 😉

  • Sabrina
    October 31, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for this giveaway! The preview is awesome, I’m totally going to read this.

    For Halloween, my friend and I are going to a showing of the silent Phantom of the Opera movie – with a live organist providing the soundtrack!

  • Alyssa L.
    October 31, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I love the analog camera vs. ghosts aspect of the book–it reminds me of one of my favorite video games from high school, Fatal Frame! Looking forward to checking this one out. 🙂

  • Rhapsody
    November 1, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Quiet halloween watching horror movies with friends. Wish I could still go trick or treating haha.

  • Ann P
    November 1, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Sounds like shivery goodness!

  • Amanda Lee
    November 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I watched my favorite spooky movies with some hot cocoa and my kitty. Perfect evening!

  • Laura
    November 2, 2014 at 12:12 am

    I watched a movie with the hubby and gave out candy to trick-or-treaters

  • Ashfa Anwer
    November 2, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Love the sound of this one ans the cover is super creepy too!

  • Suz_Glo
    November 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I really enjoyed the excerpt and I think the concept for this story is great.

  • Alison C
    November 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    this book sounds really good!

  • Emily
    November 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Wow! I read the sampler and can’t wait for the book to be released!

  • Shae/Shelver @ Shae Has Left The Room
    November 3, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Well, holy comma that’s creepy. I mean, the cover is scary as all-get-out, and the excerpt wasn’t much nicer! 😀

  • Amandine
    November 3, 2014 at 6:37 am

    The excerpt sounds great! Creepy, just like that awesome cover! =D I also really like the concept and the explanations given for the whole ghost seeing thing! Will add to my tbr-list ^^

  • Stephanie
    November 4, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Even the cover is scary! Would love to read this.

  • Grace Radford/Anna Pett
    November 4, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I’m super excited to read this book, it sounds SO GREAT!!! Thanks so much for the giveaway!!!

  • SueSueper
    November 6, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I gave out candies for the little ghosts and goblins.

  • Kayla
    November 6, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Shutter sounds so creative and amazing! For Halloween, I watched old disney halloween movies with my sis

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