YA Indie Carnival: Friday the 13th

Today’s YA Indie Carnival post is about none other than…Friday the 13th. Of course it is. It’s like crack to us sometime horror writers. However despite juicy movies and uses in fiction, what is the real basis for Friday the 13th superstitions?

No one really knows. It did not show up much in references prior to the 19th century. One speculation was that since twelve was a number indicated as complete: twelve tribes of Israel, twelve months of year, twelve hours etc, that one more may be viewed as excess and unbalanced, like having three people on a date.

Friday has often been cited as an unlucky day for travel. I do not know why. Though, I’m sure the people who are mauled in increasing numbers on Black Friday sales would probably agree that Friday, despite being the most awesome day of the workweek is not such a great day when people act like psychos. Though this misfortune can be attributed to humans who have no common sense or ethical values rather than divine influence. My husband has an aunt who was actually mugged by a woman for the mini-television she had unassumingly picked up to buy. And this was in a tiny town in upper Michigan.

For Jews and Muslims, Friday is anything but unlucky. For Jews, Friday evening is the start of the Sabbath, since our days weirdly start in the evening. And for Muslims, Friday is also the Sabbath, though I think theirs is during the day on Friday. Anyone who is a working mom will say that a day of rest is never a bad thing.

By itself, Friday was named after Frigga or Freya from the Norse pantheon. Freya was from the Vanir, a class of Norse deity with different origins than the Aesir, though what those differences were was never clear to me. She was attributed as being a love goddess. This doesn’t sound so unlucky, unless of course you’ve just been dumped. She is also attributed as being a goddess of fertility, beauty, and war. She received half of all the souls killed on the battlefield at her hall Folkvangr. This association with violence and death, could lend itself to the perception of ill fortune, especially since Nordic warriors’ goals seemed to be Valhalla, Odin’s hall, instead. I suppose if you die and the afterlife bus takes you to New Jersey instead of Hollywood, it might be cause for discontent.

I suppose that like any superstition, it depends on whose point of view you have.

See what else Freaky Friday reveals in our fellow authors’ blogs!

1. Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series 2. Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3. Heather Self 4. T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5. Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga 6. Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy
7. Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog 8. K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed
9. Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series 10. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
11. Dani Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews 12. Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
13. M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 14. Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind
15. Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls 16. Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler
17. Gwenn Wright, author of Filter 18. TG Ayer
19. Melissa Pearl, Author of The Time Spirit Trilogy 20. Heather M. White, author of The Destiny Saga
21. Roots in Myth, PJ Hoover 22. Courtney Cole Writes

And here’s What’s New! There are some exciting new releases, so get your Kindle and your bowl of popcorn ready!

New Podcast! My radio interview about Pazuzu’s Girl on Journal Jabber: Demons Got Your Tongue?




Soul Bound by Courtney Cole

The gods are playing games again and this time it’s going to get ugly. 

Empusa is the daughter of the goddess of witchcraft and the moon.  As a child of the moon, she has all of the ethereal lunar powers that come with it.  She is beautiful, vulnerable and strong.  But since she is cursed by her father to drink souls and mortal blood, her powers will come back to haunt her…

Brennan is the son of Apollo, the god of the sun.  As a child of the sun, he is handsome, golden, brave and strong.  He’s just learning to harness his own immortal powers, only there isn’t much time…

There’s an ugly, twisted storm brewing on Olympus and Brennan and Em are in the center of it.  Their powers are conflicting, polar opposites.  If they can’t learn to handle their abilities without killing each other, they will kill everyone in the mortal world, as well.  Time is ticking and the gods are watching.  Who will rise, who will fall and who will be left standing?


She escaped, but she’ll never be free. 


December and Lilly have got their work cut out for them. Not only are they desperately trying to figure out the identity of the Lost Soul, and track him down, they’ve also got to investigate why Powell River’s newest resident has got all of their men falling at her feet.
But when they learn that the Nephilim might be involved, it becomes clear that they’re all in extreme danger…


Rhoe and Ashley would never be friends.
Even if they lived on the same planet.
But, they’ll become so much more.
They’ll transfer.


A magical game of Hide n Seek begins.
Find the missing player and win.
The game resets; everyone forgets and starts to play again.

Seventeen-year-old Fresco Conte is an ordinary All-American kid from an upper middle-class family. He plays football. His girlfriend is a cheerleader. Life is good. Until unexplained things, scary things, start to take him over. Like surviving an accident that should have killed him. Or hearing the thoughts of the people around him whether he wants to or not. When the men in the dark blue coveralls come for him, Fresco is forced into addiction to the blue joy known as Wasteland and set free on the street, with no answers and only his hunger to keep him company.   


Last Stand is no more and Fresco is left to pick up the pieces. With his damaged brother Daniel stashed for safe keeping, Fresco and the old scientist Medley gather the remaining survivors and do their best to protect them. But the Garbagemen have other ideas, their leader’s goal to capture Fresco and make him one of their own.


DEAD RADIANCE – Book 1 in the Valkyrie NovelsFor as long as she can recall Bryn Halbrook has seen a golden aura around certain people, and it is only when her new best friend Joshua dies that she understands the glow means death. Bryn struggles to adapt to a new town and a new foster home while trying to deal with the guilt of being unable to save her friend. Until mysterious biker-boy, Aidan Lee arrives.
When Aidan unexpectedly takes off he leaves behind a shattered heart, a tonne of unanswered questions and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn is a Valkyrie. Bryn is faced with questions about Aidan’s real identity, the real reason he came to Craven, and that Odin, Freya and Valhalla just might be real.
As if accepting her new wings, new life and new home in Asgard isn’t difficult enough, Bryn is forced to find and return the precious necklace of the Goddess Freya. The only problem is – if she fails, Aidan will die.
The mystery of a Mythology is easy to enjoy. The reality is much harder to accept.

A child born of sun and moon will impart a human gift to bring forth the fall of the house of Gammen. – Hayes Prophecies
So you read the prophecy. It’s all mystical, but pretty vague. Am I right? Those three, short lines are absolutely frustrating. Lucky me, I’m the one who’s supposed to figure it out. I’m the child born of sun and moon.
Join Keira Ryan as she chases her destiny in this exciting third installment in the Midnight Guardian Series. While Keira searches, her enemies draw closer. A history of trust is tested. A promise of passion turns deadly. A surviving evil creates doubt and there’s only one way to stop it…Find the Gift.Just what do you get the spoiled gremlin queen that has everything?

Ready for a new kind of teen paranormal romance?
Also look for:
Of Sun & Moon, Book 1
Whispering Evil, Book 2
Book 4, Shadows Rising, coming Fall 2012

Love is irresistible.  Gravity is undeniable.


Heather Self’s debut novel!

The next in the series from Fisher Amelie!


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