Thursday, October 31, 2013

5 Weird & Wacky Phobias ~ Guest Post with Author Traci Douglass

It's that magical day of the year, October 31, when witches rule and adorable little goblins dress up to trick or treat us in masks meant to scare. In the spirit of this spooky 24 hours, it's my pleasure to host Traci Douglass, author of the Seven Seals series of paranormal romances, who has an unusual list to share with us.

5 Weird & Wacky Phobias

by Traci Douglass

Happy Halloween!

I'm so happy to celebrate this time of the macabre, the strange, the wack-a-doodle with all of you.

Since Quinn, the heroine in my new book, Seal of Awakening, suffers from claustrophobia, I thought it might be a good day to take a look at the wacky world of phobias. Here is a countdown of the top five strangest phobias I've found (and yes, apparently I have way too much time on my hands and far too much access to Google Search):

#5 Pogonophobia - Fear of Beards

‘Nuf said.

#4 Oenophobia - Fear of Wines

Wine? Really? What’s not to love?

#3 Mertophobia - Fear or Hatred of Poetry

Poetry is a beautiful thing. Except when it’s bad. Then it’s just awful.

#2 Geniophobia - Fear of Chins

Yeah, ‘cause that’s not creepy at all…

#1 Bogyphobia - Fear of Bogies or the Bogeyman

Hey, it’s Halloween. There had to be one Bogeyman in the bunch right?
Happy Halloween Everyone!!! Stay safe!

Fun post, Traci! Who doesn't love this holiday? Except maybe sufferers of Samhainophobia, who have a fear of, you guessed it, Halloween? –AH


Be Sure to Check out Traci's Newest Novel

Title: Seal Of Awakening
Series: Seven Seals Series: Book Three
Author: Traci Douglass
Publisher: SpinTale Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 70,000 words/261 pages
Cover Artist: Kim Killion

Embrace the geek, save the world…

Socially awkward geneticist Quinn Strickland has willingly forgone the pleasures in life to reach her career objectives. Alone and approaching thirty, she uses her independence to mitigate any risk of a broken heart. Her strategy works until the day a handsome stranger bursts into her lab and her orderly plans shoot straight to Hades. He claims to be her personal divine protector, a powerful, ancient warrior sent to defend a prophetic time bomb existing within her own genetic code.

The Scion’s alpha-geek Wyck is offered the opportunity of his immortal lifetime as head of his own covert operation. He arrives at a Colorado lab expecting starched white coats and sterile surroundings—not a redheaded spitfire in charge of both his project and his libido. His skills have carried him from the battlefields of ancient England to the pits of Hell and he has no plans to be felled by one woman, regardless of her shag-worthy charms. Divine duty requires him to protect the apocalyptic Seal encrypted within Quinn’s DNA, but his heart has other ideas. When his personal feelings interfere with his age-old vendetta, he’s forced to decide between desire and retribution.

Buy Seal of Awakening Now

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About Traci Douglass

Traci is the author of paranormal romance/urban fantasy and contemporary romances featuring a sly, urban edge, including her current Seven Seals series. Her stories feature sizzling alpha-male heroes full of dark humor, quick wits and major attitudes; smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get; and scrumptiously evil villains who are—more often than not—bent on world destruction. She enjoys weaving ancient curses and mythology, modern science and old religion, and great dialogue together to build red-hot, sizzling chemistry between her main characters.

She is an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA) and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Writers (FF&P) and is pursing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction through Seton Hill University. Her stories have made the final rounds in several RWA chapter contests, including the 2012 Duel on the Delta, the 2012 Molly Awards, and the 2012 Catherine Awards. An earlier draft of the first book in the Seven Seals Series, Seal of Destiny, won the paranormal category of the 2012 Marlene Awards sponsored by the Washington Romance Writers.

Other current projects include upcoming books in the Seven Seals series, a new contemporary novella series due out in early 2014, and a new futuristic suspense series with hints of the paranormal and plenty of romance.


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  1. Thanks so much for having me on today, Aileen! Happy Halloween! :)

  2. My pleasure, Traci! Perfect post for Halloween! :-D

  3. Fun post! I happen to suffer from arachnophobia...hate those leggy, scampering things!

  4. Leggy scampering almost sounds cute. How about jumping, black biting things?


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