The Coffin Hop Is Here!

Welcome to the Coffin Hop, where great authors meet great readers!  It’s that time of year, where ghosts and ghouls roam the earth, zombies come alive, and fear is in the air.  Oh yeah, and kids try to fill their bags with candy.  Before we get to the Coffin Hop, let me share a little Halloween story about a carved…


You thought I was going to say pumpkin, right?  Here’s what happened.  In college, my best friend and I were enjoying the Halloween night, sharing Chinese food and a few brews (okay, maybe more than a few), and watching the classic Hunchback of Notre Dame (with Lon Chaney).

Suddenly, we realized that there was no jack-o-lantern out on the front porch (why that suddenly became important, I have no idea why).  Where would we get a pumpkin at such a late hour?  What to do?  I still lived at home, and so we ransacked the refrigerator.  Alas, no pumpkin.  But…there was a cantaloupe.  And we had a knife.

Don’t Drink And Carve

We soon had a lovely carved cantaloupe, complete with a lopsided smile and triangle eyes.  We scrounged up a small candle and inserted it into the hollowed-out cantaloupe.  Lighting that stupid candle was no small feat in that tiny cantaloupe, but we managed.  Then we placed that jack-o-lantern out on the front porch.  And we quickly forgot about it.

Along Comes My Younger Brother

Later our scary movie watching was interrupted by my brother and his friends, laughing uproariously as they came into the house, down the hall and into the kitchen.  We had no idea what was so funny, until my brother came around the corner, holding our jack-o-lantern.  He thought it was so amusing he took pictures of it.  If I could find them, I’d post one here.  Instead, you’ll have to take my word that my best friend and I invented what I shall call the cant-o-lantern.  Great as that invention was, I doubt you’ll see one this Halloween.

Now, To The Coffin Hop!

Here’s how it works.  Each of the participating blog hosts is having a contest, so the more sites you visit, the more chances you have to win cool stuff.  There are some absolutely fantastic and talented authors on this tour, and you’ll want to check out their blogs and see what they are up to.

The tour is running now!

The tour ends Monday, October 31, 2011 at Midnight (PST)

Winners will be drawn and posted on November 1, 2011

Participation in all blogs is not required, but recommended.  The more sites you visit, the more chances to win prizes.

How can you beat that!  There are free books, characters named after you, autographed copies of books, and I think I might have seen a Nook and a Kindle or two up for grabs (you’ll have to visit the blogs to find out where).

My Prizes

Everyone who visits my site and participates in my contest will be eligible for the following prizes:

Nephilim Genesis of Evil, This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies, and Take Five, all ebooks

a SIGNED paperback copy of The Sallie House: Exposing the Beast Within

your name as a character in the Nephilim sequel

a few other trinkets that I gather up this Halloween :)

My Contest

These are the official rules.  In order to qualify for those great prizes, you need to follow this blog (if you haven’t already) and comment on any of the posts in my blog (no extra points if you already follow the blog, only my eternal thanks).  You’ll need to leave me your email so I can contact you if you are the winner.  Also, put in your post that you are part of the Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour.  That’s it!

As a BONUS, anyone who visits during the specified blog tour times and joins my email list by visiting my author website will be entered two more times!  I promise I don’t send out many emails, and I don’t ever sell them – it’s just a way to keep you informed about exciting information about my books.

Thanks so much for supporting indie authors!  Remember, the more sites you visit and the more contests you enter, you have more chances for prizes.

To get back to the Coffin Hop Click Here.

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58 Responses to The Coffin Hop Is Here!

  1. Hi Renee!
    Awesome story about your cant-o-lantern!! Reminds me of my own long ago college days when I was chunkin punkins over Table Rock Dam. (Never mind, also a long story!)
    Your work on the Nephilim intrigues me so I’m looking forward to getting to know you better!

    • Thanks! I still laugh at how goofy we were. And chunkin punkins must have been funny to see too. I hope you check out Nephilim, people really enjoy it (which is so flattering). Thanks for the comment and you are entered for the prizes.

  2. Rob Smales says:

    Hey Renee, you’re my 1st stop on the Coffin Hop! Stop on my site and maybe I can say Hi, I’m running a “Talk to the Author” chat sometimes while I’m there. I’ll probably post it on the CH Facebook page when I do.
    I love your blog. Hope to see you around!


  3. Great post Renee! I followed all of the requirements for the Coffin Hop, but I sure wish I could’ve seen that cant-a-lantern!

  4. zencherry says:

    I love it! :D I may even try it! Fantastic idea Renee, you never cease to amaze me with your creativity in writing and now this!

  5. Julie Jansen says:

    Hello Renee! We’ll have to try a cant-o-lantern. I imagine you could use the innerds for some creepy zombie effect :) Nice to meet you during the Coffin Hop and I hope to read some of your work!


  6. Nicky says:

    Hurray free stuff AND Knowledge! Nicky

  7. KCarey says:

    Hi. ^^ Stopping by to say… HI!!!

    • Ah, you! I’ve seen your pic on Facebook, now I have a face for the name I’ve been chatting with lol. Thanks for saying hi, and you are entered in the contest :) What is your blog so I make sure I don’t miss it.

  8. Cant-o-lantern. =] How about a Watermel-o-lantern next year?

  9. Maureen, that’s too funny and I’m honored. That was a true, literal laugh out loud for me.

  10. Hi, Renee. Just hopping through. I think I’ve signed up for everything. I’d love to be included in your giveaway. Thanks for posting. I’m coffin hopper #47.


  11. Rebecca says:

    aww! If you can find the picture of the cantalantern, I’d love to see it someday! This is #42 Rebecca on the Coffin Hop tour. Happy Halloween!

    • I will definitely post it…I know I’ve seen it somewhere recently, that’s what so funny. Thanks for commenting and you are entered into the contest. Will be hopping by yours too!

  12. Jason Darrick says:

    Wonderful story, Renee! I’d be interested to see what you could do with a watermelon (I saw a picture recently that blew my mind). I’m #36 on the Coffin Hop linky list, and no doubt one of your favourite blog/Twitter followers, right? Happy Coffin Hop and Halloween!

    • Thanks, but I’ll bet whoever did the watermelon did a better job than we did with the cant-o-lantern :) Just posted on your site. Thanks for stopping by and you are entered in my contest!

  13. Hi, Renee!

    I am stopping by for the Halloween Hop! My favorite scary movie is Pumpkinhead, my favorite scary book is The Haunting of Hill House and my favorite “pumpkin” carving story is your tale about the cant-o-lantern! Oh, and for my costume I’ll be cleverly disguised as a horror writer posing as a software developer.

    Hope to see you over at my blog!


  14. Hi! The scariest book I’ve ever read was “IT”. It reached deep into my subconsciousness and scared the heck out of me! For Halloween I’ll be dragging out my Elmo snuggy for my couch potato costume.


  15. Halloween Hop

    I want to thank Jeremy Bates for the chance to participate in this blog hop.

    My Favorite monster movie – Hellraiser
    My Costume – Dragon (well the wings of a dragon and the rest is my sexy self)
    And I am now following this Blog (yay)

    I have read quite a few of the posts on this blog and I do believe I shall
    be reading more as I have found them interesting to say the least. I hope that my participation brings this blog more visitors and that those turn into more readers for this blog’s future. Thanks for being a participant and for those visiting this blog for the first time. Please comment, that is what we bloggers live for. :)

    ****Promoting my own Blog****

    Free Book Reviews is a blog that reviews indie books, interviews indie authors and generally talks about whatever amuses them in the literary world. If you are an author please feel free to submit your book for review and/or an author interview. If you are a reader feel free to check out any book listed on our blog. In any case please share this blog with as many people as you can!

  16. Sangu says:

    Hi Renee! This sounds like so much fun!

  17. Jennifer Smith says:

    Hi, I’m part of the Coffin Hop, I am now following you here and I joined your email list!
    Thanks for the chance to win (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Anne Michaud says:

    Ouh, I want my name in your book!!! That’s such a cool prize:)

    I’m now following, commenting and hopping along the #coffinhop:) I’m on there, but cannot find how the heck people know their numbers:(

    Happy Halloween!

  19. Hi Renee! I’m visiting from Jeremy Bates’ Halloween Hop and plan to stalk you everywhere—well, at least here and maybe Twitter and Networked Blogs. Hope you’ll be one of my stalkers. ;)

    Love the cantaloupe story…and your cool contest.

    I’m also running a contest on my blog, so be sure to check it out:

    Oh, my favorite monster movie is Alien, and I’m dressing as a galactic princess this Halloween—at least that’s what the tag on the costume said….

    Happy Halloween,

    Twitter –
    FB –

    P.S. – If you’d like to do an author interview on my blog, email me at heidirubymiller AT gmail!

  20. Renee – I love it! Cantaloupes, costumes – the best Halloweens come from last-minute ideas ;)

  21. RJ Palmer says:

    Halloween Hop

    I would like to thank every blogger who has participated in this hop.

    I have looked around at the posts on this blog and I can tell you now that I will be back to read more. Hopefully we can get some more followers to this blog.

    To any new readers go ahead and comment as us bloggers really live for the interaction.

    My Favorite Monster movie – The Fly
    My Costume – The Invisible Woman
    And I am now a follower (woogie)

    ****Promoting Me****

    RJ Palmer is the author of “Birthright” which can
    be found almost everywhere online because of my
    husband. You can come to my blog at Confessions of a Wingnut and Science Fiction Junkie to find the links to everywhere “Birthright” is sold.

  22. Stant Litore says:

    Hi Renee! The cant-o-lantern made me laugh. :) Your work definitely intrigued me — much of the work my indie, Dante’s Heart, has been publishing (Zombie Bible & Lilith) has to do with retellings of biblical lore, so _Nephilim_ definitely caught my attention. I’m excited to read more, and the blog is lovely.

    Kudos by the way for sharing a story of Halloween fun, not just Halloween scariness!

    - Stant

    Coffin Hoppin’ right along!

    • Stant, thanks for stopping by. I do think our works have the same general theme of using biblical lore – it’s such an intriguing topic and so ripe with possibilities. I will definitely let you know when I read/finish your book. And I’m glad you liked the Halloween story, it was fun to write and reminisce about that. You are entered into the contest – good luck!

  23. J.C. Martin says:

    A cant-o-lantern! Now that’s resourcefulness! I’ll probably prefer that to the traditional jack-o-lantern…I don’t like pumpkin, but I like melon! :)

    Coffin Hopper

    Read my Coffin Hop post HERE

  24. Denise Z says:

    I am so glad I cam across one of your posts to twitter today. I have hopped over to enjoy the fun and have signed up to follow. I am looking forward to your newsletter and updates from you on your journey. I think the cant-o-lantern is an awesome idea and can only imagine how good it smelled (while fresh of course LOL) Thank you for the fun Coffin Hop and the lovely giveaway opportunity.

    • Thank you for the nice comments. I try to keep a nice mix (as I build up this blog lol) of interest for readers, but also for authors. I hope the Twitter info helps. I am amazed at how many authors need a bit of advice (myself included) on the marketing end of things. But it’s something we have to do. Hope to see you around. Renee

  25. I’ve carved many a pumpkin, but never a cantaloupe.

  26. ashkrafton says:

    I LOVED the cantalope story…feeling a little bad myself that I didn’t carve anything this year so maybe I’ll look in my own fridge. I think I saw a spaghetti squash in there–good for a puking lantern!

    Following you here and there now…always glad to support another author. Good luck with your writing!


    Kraftmatic Adjustable Blog
    #8 on the Coffin Hop

  27. Stopping by from the Halloween Hop to say hi.

  28. I’m here visiting from Jeremy Bate’s blog hop, and I love your blog!

    My favorite scary book is IT, movie that horrified me most was Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween, and I did not dress up this year, because I’m lame. I hope to cure this next year.

    Happy Halloween!

  29. Bates, too. Long day and too much sugar.

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