Ilana Waters: Guest Post + Giveaway

Hi guys! I’m super siked to have Ilana Waters, the author of The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandia, on my blog! Today, she’s going to talk about some good, creepy reads.

“Read, or I veel EET YOU!!”

Here are some creepy books for teens and adults. And one at the end for little kids. :-)

My Teen Read Week 2012 books


Dracula, by Bram Stoker. The Original Vampire Book. Of course, there were vampire stories before Dracula, but Stoker really is ”the man who started it all.” Give it to your reading teen so they can say they experienced it.

Actually, um, I remember reading this (on my own) in high school . . . and not liking it much. Fair warning: read with a 20th/21st century mind, it’s misogynistic, xenophobic, and repetitive. So yeah, you’ve got sexism, racism, and probably a few other “isms” I’ve forgotten.

Still, points to Stoker for turning the vampire from a dirty, mindless drone into a moneyed, romantic figure . . . most of the time ;-)  And I do remember thinking the book was worth reading for Van Helsing alone. Gotta love that fiery, red-headed Dutchman!

The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of ... of Sherlock Holmes (The Heirloom Collection)

The Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Tell your reading teen that coming to the end of Holmes’ stories is like a death in the family. The only antidote for this grief is to immediately re-read and begin the adventure all over again.

The Encyclopedia of Hell

The Encyclopedia of Hell, by Miriam van Scott. Good inspiration for your darker works (if you’re a writer) or your darker moods (if you’re a reader). You know what struck me most? How everyone’s version of hell is different. Mine involves illiteracy and underfunded libraries. *shudders*

And one “creepy” story for teeny-boppers (I estimate 6-9 year-olds):


Fing, by Papa G. What do you do if you’re a rich orphan boy named Ulrich with no knees, and your aunt wants to murder you for your money? Turn to your monster, Fing, of course! A delightful and deliciously creepy book–very reminiscent of Roald Dahl.

My only complaint is that I wish it were longer. More backstory on Fing, more adventures with Ulrich. Perhaps the author will grace us with additional books about this loveable (and highly unusual) pair. And a terrific find for only 99 cents!

What about you, dear readers? What are your picks for this year’s Teen Read Week?

(Top image by Enokson)

BOOK: The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandia


Ten-year-old Stanley Delacourt loves his quiet life in the peaceful village of Meadowwood. At least, he does until his best friend is killed. Then the town library—where Stanley lives and works—is burned to the ground. The individuals responsible for both tragedies are a nasty group of soldiers. They work for the kingdom’s new leader: Christopher Siren.

No one understands the rules Siren’s creating. They don’t know why breaking them means death, or why the leader is so keen to destroy books. And no one can figure out where the former queen and king disappeared to—or if they’ll ever return.

With the grown-ups too fearful to take action, Stanley vows to confront Siren. He plans to get answers and demand justice. Little does he know that his journey will involve sword-wielding knights, kidnapper fairies, and dark magic.

Stanley has only two allies back home. One is an intimidated witch named Meredith. The other is a young apothecary called Sophie—who may have enchantment problems of her own. Can they help him discover the reason behind Siren’s crimes and end this terrible reign? Or is Stanley set to become the next victim in the tyrant’s evil plot?

If you enjoy the fantasy works of Rick Riordan, Lemony Snicket, or Philip Pullman, then explore the world of Stanley Delacourt today!

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple | Kobo | Smashwords

Author Bio:

Ilana Waters is a freelance writer who lives in New Jersey. When not creating content for websites, she can be found working on novels and short stories—as well as nibbling string cheese. She once pet-sat an electric eel, and enjoys walking in circles around the park for no particular reason.

Her first book—The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandiais a middle-grade fantasy. Ilana is currently writing Book II of the Hartlandia trilogy, due out in 2013.


PRIZE: An ebook copy of The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandia to five (5) winners!


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