Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sharon Donovan's Oliver in Kiss of Death @WildRose @KMNbooks #flashfictionbash #Halloween #giveaway

Karen: Sharon Donovan loved Halloween and and though she is no longer with us, she will always be close to our hearts. Her family gave me permission to post Oliver Presents Sharon Donovan. Many thanks to Hywela Lyn for all her help in making this post possible.

Sharon's tale the Kiss of Death placed third in the Preditors and Editors Poll last year. This story was dear to her and features her beloved character Oliver!

***Giveaway courtesy of The Wild Rose Press: Win a copy of KISS OF DEATH by leaving a comment and entering the Rafflecopter.

Re-posted from Sharon Donovan's Blogspot, Friday, October 14, 2011. Enjoy!

Oliver Presents Sharon Donovan

From the cemetery looming high above the haunted mansion, Bloody Mary’s screams echo through the parlor. Organ music plays louder and louder as the image of Bloody Mary appears in the mirror. Sharon and Count Oliver sit on the blood-red settee, casually sipping on Bloody Mary cocktails.  The candles flicker, the raven screeches thirteen times and Count Oliver makes the introduction.

Good Evening! The lovely Sharon Donovan has a chilling tale on this most enchanted night. My dear, let us begin with a toast.

The glasses clink.

Who was Bloody Mary?

According to legend, some say Mary Worth was a woman who was horribly disfigured in a car crash. Others believe she was a witch that was burned at the stake and has risen from the grave to seek revenge. Still others say she is the devil incarnate coming to claim your soul.

Over the years, Bloody Mary’s spirit remains a mystery. The legend claims that the evil woman can be summoned by standing in front of a mirror in a dark room lit by one candle and chanting her name thirteen times. When her spirit appears in the mirror, beware! She may claw your eyes out, draw you

into the mirror never to be seen again or kill you.

Loosely based on the legend of Bloody Mary, the 1992 horror film Candyman was released. By
reciting his name in the mirror five times, his spirit would appear and kill you with his hooked hand.

I remember playing with myths and legends as a child. A few weeks before Halloween, my brother, sister and I were at a friend’s house playing games in her basement. We decided to conduct a séance. Quite honestly, I don’t recall who we tried to bring back. But I’ll never forget what happened. The four of us were sitting around a candle-lit card table in the dark holding hands beneath a window. After chanting the deceased’s name several times, there was a loud knocking on the window. We all screamed loud enough to wake the dead. Our friend leaned down and hurriedly blew out the candle. To our horror, she caught her hair on fire!  Fortunately, no one was hurt but we never called upon the spirits again.

Sharon Donovan
October 2011

About the Book:
When handsome Detective Oliver Sharone turns up at her New Orleans family home, he is searching for answers. The evidence against her seems damning. An image captured on the victim's camera resembles Camille, and the red feather mask worn by the murderer came from her shop.

The instant chemistry between Camille and Oliver is an added complication, which grows deeper as they work together to discover the truth. It becomes a race against time to find the real murderer before he not only loses his heart completely, but the killer strikes again. And this time the victim could be Camille herself.

Rating: Spicy
Page Count: 149
Word Count: 36695
978-1-61217-682-6 Digital

Purchase A COPY AT: The Wild Rose Press

The link below is a moving tribute by her sister, brother and niece, posted by her editor, Lori Graham.
Tribute link:


Hywela Lyn said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for featuring Sharon and her last book, Karen.

Sharon was a dear friend and great writer. She loved Halloween and would always ask me to decorate her blog for her since she had lost her sight - this did not stop her writing using adaptive software on her computer, and she amazed me with all the things she managed to do and her indomitahble spirit. She is sorely missed but lives on in her books and through her best loved character 'Oliver'.
Kiss of Death is a wonderful edge of the seat read and would make a great Christmas - or even Halloween - gift.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Hywela Lyn
Thank you so much for helping making this possible!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I didn't know Sharon but it sounds like she was an awesome writer with many wonderful friends. I love the sound of Kiss of Death and am off to check look it up now on Amazon!

Jean MP said... Best Blogger Tips

Kiss of Death sounds like a great book, off to check it out.

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like Sharon was a talented lady. Enjoyed the post and the books sounds great!

Mary Ricksen said... Best Blogger Tips

Sharon was an artist as well as an author. Her legacy is her books and her creative talents brought the ever popular Oliver to life. Thanks so much for doing this for Sharon!
Her candle still glows...

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

Although i did not know Sharon, I really enjoy Halloween reads, too.
Thank you for the introduction, karen.

Mackenzie Crowne said... Best Blogger Tips


I hate when the hairs on my arms stand on end! LOL I'm such a weenie. Kiss of Death is on my kindle, but I'm scared to read it. Then again, Oliver will protect me, I'm sure. :-)

AJ Nuest said... Best Blogger Tips

LOL, Mac! You're like me. I'm scared to go trick or treating. I figure I've got a hard enough time with reality, to walk around while everyone is dressed in scary costumes sorta pushes me over the edge. Will you share Oliver with me? LOL I love the cover of this book! And I love everything set in New Orleans. Sounds like a fabulous read. Karen, you are so cool to honor Sharon this way, but I knew that about you already. :-) XO

Erm...does it seem bizarre to anyone else that the "code" I'm supposed to type below in order to get my comment to post is 666? I'm officially freaked out!!!

Clover Autrey said... Best Blogger Tips

Sweet post Karen. Halloween is my favorite holiday as well. Love it even more than Christmas!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jean MPJean,

She was a talented lady. Please do check out her books. You won't be disappointed. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


So glad you enjoyed the post. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Mary Ricksen I'm glad to do this for Sharon. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sarah J. McNealYou are very welcome. Check out her other books, too. You won't be disappointed. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Mackenzie Crowne Spooky is right. I scared myself this morning. I was up before the sun so I could make sure the post was ready to go before I headed out to my day job. I was sitting in the living room. The only light was from my Laptop. I freaked myself out when I looked from the bright screen to the dark room and thought I saw someone standing there in front of me. lol Needless to say, all the lights were turned on then. Nothing was going to lurk in the shadows to scare me. lol

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@AJ Nuest 666-- Yikes! Now I'm freaked all over again!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Clover AutreyThanks, Clover. I love Halloween more than Christmas, too. :)

Mindy said... Best Blogger Tips

What an awesome tribute to such a great writer Karen,
I'm a morning AFTER Halloween baby & have always been a Halloween person (LOVE the scary stuff ). Well back to decorating the "haunted porch/house" for Halloween.

Mindy :)

Mindy said... Best Blogger Tips

HELP! I think Bloody Mary got ahold of the Rafflecopter link!
(broken link?)

Mindy :)

Celtic Chick said... Best Blogger Tips

I didn't know Sharon, but she sounds like an awesome lady and writer. This is a nice tribute to her.

I remember the legend of Bloody Mary. Supernatural did a scary episode on this in the 1st season.


bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

That's an interesting legend

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@MindyOh no. Looks okay right now, but just in case, here's the direct link to enter: Rafflecopter.

Kathryn Knight said... Best Blogger Tips

So great of you to feature Sharon and her book, Karen. I didn't get a chance to know her, but it shows the true spirit of support Roses have for one another. Tweeted the link. Happy Halloween!

Calisa Rhose said... Best Blogger Tips

Great post by Sharon. Spooky. I miss her sweet, caring ways. I only met her briefly and got to chat once or twice with her via email. Her kind spirit came through in everything she said. I'll be getting a copy since I dislike Rafflecopter. :) Thank you Lyn and Karen.

Melissa Snark said... Best Blogger Tips

@Hywela LynLyn,
Shared and tweeted. That's a lovely cover. I'm sorry I never met Sharon.


katsrus said... Best Blogger Tips

I miss Sharon so much. Only knew her online but; she was such a fun person. Love her books. She always pulls you right into the story.
Sue B

Rosemary Gemmell said... Best Blogger Tips

How lovely to feature Sharon's book - this sounds like a scary read!

Mindy said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Karen :)
I tweeted too :)
Looking forward to MORE Halloween Flash Fiction Bash 8D

Mindy :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks everyone for stopping by and tweeting the post. Much appreciated!

Don't forget to stop by and visit the other flashers. You are sure to enjoy the tales!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@katsrusShe was a sweet woman. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Fantastic! So glad it worked!

Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

I didn't know Sharon, but it sounds like she was a wonderful woman. I'll have to check out her books.

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

I think it's great that you're featuring Sharon's book, she seems like she was such a nice person, and a great writer.