Book Tour~ Five by Christie L. Rich ~ Guest Post

17 October 2012

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
By Christie Rich

I love fall and especially Halloween. Growing up, my older brother always chose the creepiest costume he could find, while I was set on wearing the sparkly kind. Even when I was a witch, I wanted to be the Good Witch of the East. I love the idea of make believe, obviously, I write fiction, but I’m not a horror fan.
I tend to shy away from anything that makes me jump. I’m a bit jittery if I am being honest. Ask anyone who has ever gone to the movies with me. I literally jump at the stupidest things. So my scariest moments will probably be laughable to most of you, and that’s okay with me.
Even now as I write this I can’t sleep because I have a stupid Halloween grim reaper in the other room, and my husband’s gone off to work (It’s three a.m.). Isn’t that ridiculous? The trouble is, I can’t seem to get my brain to understand the notion that inanimate objects can’t hurt me.
I know people who love to be scared—will do anything to jolt their hearts into their throats. And sometimes I wish I wasn’t such a wimp, especially since my little girl happens to love the grim reaper I mentioned. Just last night, I came out of the bedroom and she was hobbling up to the thing like a zombie, arms twisted and moaning. For whatever reason, she seems to have gotten my dad’s fascination with the macabre. Even though I happen to hate horror, my dad loved it, so throughout my years in his home, I was subject to the terrifying, even if it was me cowering in my room trying not to listen while he blared the TV so loud the speakers ended up frying way before their time. The funny thing is after a while I actually started watching some of the shows because I learned my imagination was way worse than what was on the screen. That being said, be prepared to be amused by my list.
1. Harry Potter: I know they are kids books, but holy cow, there were some scary parts, both in the books and in the movies from the get go. One of the worst for me was when Harry opened the book in the restricted section of the library and the ugly face popped out at him. Or when the wraithlike Voldemort faced Harry after draining the unicorn dry (That silvery liquid was worse to see than any old red blood). Or when Ron and Harry nearly became dinner to Aragog’s children (Those spiders were creepy!). Or when Harry and Dudly meet their first Dementor…obviously I could go on and on. I think my mom passed the wimp gene down to me because she couldn’t watch past the third film. *grins*
2. What Lies Beneath: I still can’t get into a bathtub without thinking about this movie. After considering this for a while, the conclusion I made was this movie was so scary to me because the idea that Claire Spencer might have been going out of her mind was even more plausible than a ghost trying to warn her. The movie was just so eerie. I shiver to think about it even now. Sometimes when I’m driving at night I can still visualize the decayed face of Norman Spencer’s young lover. Yuck!
3. Jaws: I hate this show more than any I’ve ever watched. That music made me have nightmares for years. I was pretty young when this show came out, but my dad got the video and would replay the thing every few months. I’d sit in my room, shoving a pillow over my head, trying not to hear the screams of the girl getting EATEN. Can you tell I was traumatized? That being said, I still can’t stand to go very far out into the ocean. In fact, my husband and I went on a deep sea fishing excursion when we were in Hawaii. After a long few hours, and much puking on my part, he reeled in a whopper of a fish. My husband is six foot five and after we had docked, the captain of the ship took a picture of my husband holding the fish out to the side, and no lie, it skimmed the tops of his shoes. The thing looked more like an eel only it had several rows of razor sharp teeth that stood agape after its death. We were told it was a wahoo, pronounced ono, fish and was a delicacy. Well, I didn’t know about that after my father in law ended up poaching the steaks instead of smoking them. Quite a difference in flavor, I’m told. Anyway, that was a little fish in the big ocean, and it was as tall as me! Point made.
4. The Sixth Sense: If you haven’t already seen this movie, you should. It was brilliant, but extremely creepy. When little Cole sees the girl ghost for the first time, I nearly shot out of my seat, and all that puking, ugh. There were several jump worthy moments throughout this show, but for me, that was the worst. The idea of seeing a ghost and how they died is just freaky.
5. Alien(s): Again, this is one of those traumatic childhood moments when my dad played and replayed Alien a gazillion times. Even though I’d tried to not watch the thing, over the years, I ended up seeing the whole show. The grossest part by far in the first film was when the Alien burst (was born) out of the crewman’s chest. Just so gross. Then in the sequel, when the Alien rose out of the water behind Newt…I watched through my fingers, but I still watched. The amazing part was, I actually liked that one, but I wouldn’t want to watch it again.
So there you have it. My top five. I don’t go for slasher films or books because the ideas are just too traumatic for me. So how about you? Are you one of those people who love to get scared, or are you a scaredy cat like me?

Five Book CoverBlurb:

Rayla Tate’s life is about to turn vertical…again. As if it wasn’t bad enough her mother disappeared under questionable circumstances leaving Rayla to be raised by her aunt in a horrendously small town. Her overprotective guardian is determined to ruin Rayla’s life. She refuses to let Rayla out of her sight or out of the state. Provincial living might be what her aunt demands of her purposely sheltered niece; but, Rayla has other ideas. In a desperate attempt to follow her dreams she flees the safety of her home and runs away to college with her best friend toward a bright future in the art world.


However, excitement over her newfound freedom turns into terror when she is chased by a mysterious stranger on her way to school. When his motorcycle suddenly morphs into a fire-breathing pegasus, Rayla questions her sanity. Worse, the man riding next to her stirs a burning desire in her soul she has never known or could have ever imagined. Using all the will she owns, she manages to resist the compulsion she feels; yet, as he disappears into the night, she is certain he hasn't gone far.


Rayla quickly dismisses the encounter to her overactive imagination. She is determined to settle into her new life, yet the images and feelings of that night still haunt her. To make matters worse, her aunt seems to be in on the act, insisting that Rayla will soon be hunted by a pack of fae lords for a power over the elements she never knew she possessed—a power that could change the world. Quicker than she ever thought possible, she finds herself surrounded by stunning men that all seem determined to win her heart. Why does she feel drawn to each one of them? More importantly, what dark power do they hold over her? Rayla must quickly learn to fend off these beautiful and seductive pursuers using whatever means necessary or find herself lost to the fae world forever.


Christie L. Rich author photoMy Bio:


I grew up daydreaming about fairytales, and my love for discovering new worlds has never died. I am not one of those writers who always knew I would write. I thought that was what other people did until one day a few years ago, I took a challenge from a friend and typed my first words. My journey has been wonderful, and I cannot imagine a day where I would ever give up writing now. My love for reading is what fueled my imagination in the first place and still does. When I am not writing or reading, I am enjoying family time with my husband and two children. We live in a quiet community under the Wellsville mountains in Utah, and I am so thankful for the rich life I have been blessed with.


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  1. Christie Rich said...:

    Hi Melissa! Thanks so much for hosting me today!

    I wanted to also remind everyone that Five is available for free on Amazon US, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. So I hope you will all enjoy a read on me. And don't forget to enter the giveaways throughout the tour for books 2 and 3!

  1. Christie Rich is one of my favorite authors and I loved, loved, LOVED Five!!! Christy - if you're reading this - What Lies Beneath was scare to me for the same reason!! LOL!

  1. Christie Rich said...:

    Hey, Nancy! Good to see you here :)

    IKR? Just too creepy! lol

    And thanks so much for the shout out!

  1. Awesome scary movie list, Christie. Jaws terrified me, as well!

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