you will not want to miss this year’s!!!! The proprietor of the notorious Monster Ball has cultivated a reputation for hosting the most over-the-top Halloween party for supernaturals. Each year’s ball is a complete surprise, new location and theme, and better than the last. It’s the one place that supernaturals of all kinds can come together for a fun, or frolic, or a flaming frothy libation, with the only rule being; murder is not allowed.
Bam Shepherd and her gaggle of “Monster” author aficionados have created a crazy and unique anthology with The Monster Ball. A carefully orchestrated “playbook” gives each author the basic requirements for their tale: specific details about the venue, the bouncers and bartenders, etc. The authors then craft a short story around the ball and include interactions with other story characters in the anthology. The result is a Spooktacular treat for the reader!
The Monster Ball Year 1, especially the interaction of the different characters from different stories, was great! Year 2 is even better!! The authors really ran with this idea and made their crossovers more involved, with some even using these other protagonists in small, supporting rolls in their story.
I enjoy anthologies. It’s a lot like going to a specialty restaurant and getting their sample platter. You can get a wide variety of tastes all in one sitting. The Monster Ball is no exception. Each author brings a different voice and personality to the compilation. Some of the characters even get spin-offs from their introductions at the Ball.
The Monster Ball is so much more than a book. Bam Shepherd has a great Monster Ball FB page with interactive posts throughout the year. Each promo and release is done with the anthology’s authors being initially unidentified. Readers are encouraged to participate in a fun competition to see who can match the most authors with their respective story when it releases. After you really get hooked, if you aren’t already from Year 1, plan on attending an actual monster ball, sponsored by The Monster Ball, next summer at Once Upon A Book author signing in Frakenmuth, MI. For more details go to www.onceuponabookauthorsigning.com.
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