Thursday, October 31, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: The Devil's Tree by Susan McCauley

Title: The Devil's Tree
Author: Susan McCauley
Publisher: Celtic Tree Publishing
Publication Date: October 15th 2019
Genre: Young Adult Horror
Kaitlyn didn’t believe in ghosts—not until one killed her boyfriend and her best friend. Now she must stop the spirit haunting the Devil’s Tree, or she could be next.

Seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn wants to escape her drunk mama and her trailer park home life to enjoy a Saturday night off work. Instead, her boyfriend, Hunter, convinces her to go with him and their best friends, Dylan and Keisha, to photograph a desolate tree with an evil past. A terrifying presence chases them from the tree, killing Hunter and Keisha. Left alive with Dylan, Kaitlyn must struggle with her unexpected romantic feelings for him, come to terms with her loss, and face being trapped in a dead-end town. Kaitlyn is desperate to put the past to rest, but when their friends’ spirits begin haunting them, she and Dylan have no choice but to seek help from a Catholic priest and attempt to set the trapped spirits free.

Hunter was crumpled against the broken windshield. I reached forward and tried to touch him. Something dark and wet and sticky covered his skin. Blood. I started crying again. I scrabbled for my seat-belt buckle, but couldn’t find it. My hands kept groping.

“Dylan? Keisha?”

Dylan moaned, but didn’t answer.

“We gotta get out of the car.” Away from the fumes. Away from whatever was chasing us.

There. My shaky fingers brushed the buckle and I pushed. The seat belt released me and I fell onto the smashed windshield next to Hunter. I let my hand graze his cheek. Still warm. Ragged breathing. Thank God.

I reached for my door. Pushed. Being upside down, it was jammed shut. I aimed my heel-less shoed feet toward the passenger-side window and kicked. The glass cracked, but stayed intact. I kicked again and cleared a space, then I twisted around to face the busted-out window and looked into the backseat. “We’ve gotta get out of here.”

“Keisha.” Dylan shook her bloody shoulder. “Keisha!” He shook her harder. “She’s not breathing. Kaitlyn, help me!” Panic laced his voice. The smell of gas grew stronger, mingled with the metallic scent of blood.

“We’ll go around to the other side of the truck to get them out.” I slithered over broken glass, sharp against my skin.

Dylan stopped, eyes wide. Wild. “What—what if it’s out there?”

Fear congealed in my veins, and I tried to clear my head. “We don’t have a choice,” I said, sounding way braver than I felt. “We have to get out. Now.” I pulled myself forward, a few shards of metal slicing my palms and shredding my knees.

Dylan climbed out after me. Blood smeared his pale face; his normally pristine shirt was torn and dirty.

I crawled around the mangled wreck to Hunter’s door, but Dylan pushed past me and grabbed Keisha.

Whoosh. A strange sucking wind whipped my hair into my mouth. Salt and blood and smoke.

I grabbed Dylan under his arms and yanked him backwards. Hard. We both fell, the pain of the concrete exploding up my tailbone and into my spine.


“Hunter!” I screamed and lurched forward, the heat searing my face. My gut twisting in agony. I crawled toward the twisted, burning heap that had been Hunter’s pride and joy. Tears burned a cut on my face. My legs ached as I dragged them across the ground.

Then Dylan’s arms were around me. Solid. Real. Alive.

Sirens blared in the distance. Someone must’ve seen. Must’ve called. They were coming. But they were too late. We were all too late.
Susan McCauley delivers a poignant and frightening tale of love and redemption against a backdrop of evil, both supernatural and not. It’s a fast and exciting read filled with demons, ghosts, and stolen kisses, and it does an excellent job of reminding us that both revenge and love can be eternal desires. This is one teens and adults will both enjoy.” ⎯JG Faherty, multiaward- nominated author of Hellrider, The Cure, and Cemetery Club

Evil is not always the only enemy you should fear . . . Fast-paced and deftly written, with emotional depth from the darkest of characters, this is a ghost story to savor.” ⎯Peter Adam Salomon, Bram Stoker Award® nominated novelist, author of All Those Broken Angels and Eight Minutes, Thirty-Two Seconds
Susan McCauley was born and raised on the gulf coast of Texas, not far from Houston. She spent several years in Los Angeles, California acting, writing, and teaching college English. In 2002, she moved to London to further explore professional theater. While in London, her stage adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's "The Nose" was performed at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's George Bernard Shaw Theatre; and, scenes from her play The Prisoner: Princess Elizabeth were performed at HMS Tower of London. She returned to the U.S. in 2005. In 2007, she was the line producer of the Emmy Award nominated Civil War short film Now & Forever Yours: Letters to an Old Soldier. She has had short stories published in several anthologies, and her short story, "The Cask," was made into an award winning short film.

Q. What is something unique/quirky about you?
A. Well, I’m very tall (for a woman). I’m just over 5’ 10’’ tall, and I’m naturally quite pale. I’m also a very compassionate and friendly person who loves to write dark/horror stories, which confounds my mother, family, and friends!

Q. Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!
A. While living in London, I made a trip to Tenerife, Spain. While visiting a zoo there, my ex-boyfriend and I went into an enclosure where we were allowed to feed (and even pet) the animals. There were iguanas, tamarin monkeys, and a variety of other critters. Well, leave it to me, to get bitten by a tamarin and then peed on by the same one!

Q. Where were you born/grew up?
A. I was born in Webster, Texas and grew up in the Houston area. I lived in Nassau Bay, Texas from birth to age 18. Across the street from my old neighborhood is the Johnson Space Center, which houses Mission Control. So, my childhood was an interesting mix of boating, spaceships, and theater. Something quite cool from when I was a pre-teen: when former Head of NASA, Charles Bolden was an astronaut, he took a poem I wrote up to space with him on a mission he piloted.

Q. What inspired you to write this book?
A. I love going on ghost tours and researching haunted and historic places. I often listen to these stories and legends in an attempt to spark my imagination for a short story or book. When I heard the story of the Devil’s Tree in New Jersey, my imagination was ignited. However, I wanted to give the story a southern feel and address certain themes, which is why I set my novel in Texas.

Q. What can we expect from you in the future?
A. I except I’ll have another novel or novella out in the next year, and the first book in a YA ghost story series following that. I’m also a professional screenwriter. One of my short films (“The Cask”) is available now on YouTube, and another of them is currently at festivals. There are two feature films I’ve written that are in development. So, hopefully, in the next few years you’ll see some feature films I’ve written either in the theaters or on Netflix (or both)!

Q. Do you read yourself, and, if so, what is your favorite genre?
A. I read every night before bed—for at least an hour, but more if I can. My favorite genres are MG and YA horror and dark fantasy. Some of my favorite books are Took by Mary Downing Hahn, The Lockwood & Co series by Johnathan Stroud, and The Spook’s Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney.
There are two giveaways. The top giveaway is to win a $20 Amazon gift card. The bottom giveaway is for a chance to win a hardcover copy of The Devil's Tree by Susan McCauley. Good luck!
Enter to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card Here!
Enter to win a Hardcover Copy Here!
Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!


  1. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

  2. scary book cover and the book sounds interesting.

  3. Thanks. I think the cover designer did a good job matching the cover with the story.

  4. I like the noose on the cover. It looks creepy.

  5. I find the cover to be terrifyingly perfect! Love a good horror story, and I know that my teenage Granddaughter would enjoy reading The Devil's Tree, too!

  6. Sounds like a really good book. I'm looking forward to reading as soon as possible!

  7. Love the cover- gives me a cold chill just looking at it.

  8. WOW! talk about a chill'n cover to a book, Love it!! and so looking forward to reading this.