Halloween Nightmare: Dead Oaks Terrors Series Book One - Read the Prologue - Giveaway

Halloween Nightmare
Dead Oaks Terrors Book 1
by Rena Marin & Skylar McKinzie
Genre:Thriller, Suspense 

Welcome to Dead Oaks.

The New Home of Fear!

Something strange is happening in the sleepy, little, town of Dead Oaks, N.C. Tales of disappearances, strange deaths, murder, and mayhem have been passed down through the town’s history and are now used as scary tales to keep local children behind locked doors at night. Still, it all continues. Whatever sinister force that has its claws into Dead Oaks is still there, and it wants nothing more than to claim the town as its own.

Six Years Ago

Hikers, campers, and even locals had been disappearing around Dead Oaks Lake. Some claimed the ghost of a local man who went missing years before was the reason. During a neighborly camping get together, Tiffany Sellers vanished in the middle of the night. Mia Evans was the only witness. What she saw that night sent her family far from Dead Oaks in hopes of escaping the evil surrounding the town.   

Present Day

Mia, and her twin sister Tia have come back to their family’s cabin by the lake. Their hopes? To finally put the past behind them and reconnect with old friends for a Halloween bash to remember. As an unexpected snow storm strands the twins and their friends, they find themselves fighting to survive not only the storm but whatever is haunting the lake. Soon they realize, in Dead Oaks, sometimes the past should just stay buried. 

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Watching the dancing flames of the campfire, Caleb Rollins found himself filled 

with anticipation. This was the first night since the annual Rollins-Evans 

camping tradition had started that his younger brother, Austin, and the Evans 

twins, Mia and Tia, were being allowed to stay up and listen to ghost stories. For 

years, his father had told stories to him and the twins’ parents. On more than one 

occasion, he had found himself too scared to sleep. He hoped tonight he would 

do the tradition honor. 

Taking a seat by his girlfriend, Tiffany Sellers, he waited for everyone to 

gather around. His brother was trying his best not to show any fear. The girls 

were not trying nearly as hard. They were huddled close together, holding hands 

near their mother. Considering the three of them were only thirteen years old, he 

could understand why. He popped a marshmallow on his stick and waited for his 

father to give him the signal to start. When he saw the wink, he leaned forward 

to begin. 

“I know you three haven’t been able to sit around and share stories with us 

here by the lake. There’s a good reason why. Everyone has heard about the 

disappearances here in Dead Oaks over the years. We’ve all tried to keep the 

three of you from hearing too much about them, but that’s basically impossible. 

Word spreads in small towns. The same for legends. Most people believe that a 

certain man is responsible for the disappearances—his ghost anyway.” 

As Caleb paused, both girls huddled closer to one another. The fear was easily 

noticeable in their bright green eyes. Austin had also decided to move closer to 

the others. He had settled himself in between Tia and his mother, his arms 

wrapped around himself protectively. 

About the Authors

Rena Marin is a fantasy/paranormal/horror author as well as reviewer. In 2017, she and her co-author S.C. Storm introduced the world to The Tempest Isle Series, with "The Guardians," which was published by Zombie Cupcake Press. At the end of 2017, she and her co-author also penned the short, "My Sister's Keeper," which was featured in the Zombie Cupcake Press Anthology, Madame Scarlet's Carnival.

A writer of fantasy/paranormal/horror, Rena finds herself a lover of the written word and hoping to branch out to multiple genres.

Rena is happily married to her soul mate, Daniel. The two of them reside in the beautiful mountain town of Newport, Tn. with their two children Cody and Amber.

Skylar McKinzie lives in the small town of Screven, Ga. When she’s not writing, she’s cooking, baking, reading, and spending time with her family. She also loves long walks and sitting by the bonfire in October, which is her favorite month of the year.

She writes horror and paranormal romance. She is working on her next novel due to be released by the end of the year.

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