“Scarecrows” is Released

ScarecrowsToday is THE Day – May 5, 2015

Today “SCARECROWS” is released by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

“Scarecrows” is now available in e-book format on Amazon (click here ) and other e-book sellers. If you do not have an e-reader, Amazon will provide a free Kindle app for your PC, Mac, smartphone, or laptop and you can add other e-books to it at any time.

Thank you to everyone who reviewed advance copies of this book. Those reviews can be found on Goodreads. (click here)

“Scarecrows” will join 3 other outstanding novellas, “Nightmare in Grease Paint”, “Winterwood”, and “The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave” in the “Childhood Fears Anthology” to be released by Samhain, October 6, 2015. That offering will be available in print as well as e-book format. I’ll keep you updated on its progress.

On a personal note: I find myself with many mixed emotions as I prepare this notice. As most of you already know, I lost my sister in February. She was my best friend and we shared everything for as long as I can remember. She fought a long hard battle with COPD and heart problems.

I told her how I wanted to write a submission for Samhain Publishing, but I didn’t really have any idea what to write. We started talking about our youth, the family, the house, and the “old” neighborhood. We reminisced all afternoon about growing up in farm country. We laughed and finished each other’s stories as we remembered the neighbors, the farms, the massive cornfields, and those ugly scarecrows. She relayed how terrifying it was at night – dark and dead silent. She was sure no one would hear her if she screamed. I wasn’t afraid back then, but I had my big sister to protect me. She, on the other hand,  felt very alone and often terrified.

Her childhood fears inspired the fictional story in “Scarecrows”. I wrote some of her terrors into my novella, but most were grossly exaggerated and spiced with “what if…” fiction. She was genuinely thrilled and happy for me when she read the story. She loved it and was ecstatic when I told her Samhain wanted to publish it.

Today I’m really excited. “Scarecrows” is officially released and I’m now a published author.  I feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment. I have to sincerely thank Samhain Publishing and my editor Don D’Auria for taking me on and giving me this chance. Samhain is an exceptional publishing house with a fantastic, friendly, and very supportive staff.  I’m so proud, and yet humbled, to be in the company of so many accomplished and successful writers.

I’m also deeply saddened and regret my sister is not here to share this very special day with me. Without her, this story wouldn’t have been written. It really is her day too. I love her and miss her.

I hope you all enjoy reading “Scarecrows” as much as I enjoyed writing the story and sharing my journey with you.



4 Responses to “Scarecrows” is Released

  1. Pingback: “Scarecrows” is Released | Christine Hayton – A Writing Adventure

  2. sharonledwith says:

    Big congrats on a dream come true, Christine! Your sister is sharing your success, she really is!

  3. Thank you Sharon. I think you’re right.

  4. jmh says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Christine. I wish your sister would have been here to celebrate with you, but I’m sure somewhere she’s smiling for you.

    Your novella sounds great, and I’m looking forward to reading it. Congrats!

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