Hey, there, and welcome to this stop of the blog tour for Stephanie Ayers’ newest release: “The 13: Tales of Macabre”.


For this stop, Travis was able to interview the main character of one of the tales contained within this book.


As he walked through the hospital, Travis kept a lookout for his newest interviewee. Her name was Kay, and from what he’d heard, she was going through something…distressing, to say the least. He hoped that wouldn’t impact her ability to do an interview, but he could understand if it did.


It took some asking around, and having the right direction pointed out to him a handful of times (not to mention explaining that no, he was not on his way to or from a convention, and that he was, in fact, an actual monkey-human hybrid), but he eventually reached the room. A guy he figured was her boyfriend had been injured, and he assumed it was her visiting him right now.


“Hey…’scuse me. Are you Kay, by any chance?” he asked. “I’m wondering if you’d be up for an interview.”


“Why would you want to interview me? I guess it would be okay. I need something to take my mind off things, anyway.”  


She straightened in her chair and smoothed her shirt into her lap.


“Okay, thanks. Now first off, let’s go for the big one. Get that out of the way. I heard you’ve been seeing clowns everywhere…what brought this on, would you say?”


“I wouldn’t say I’m seeing them everywhere. Maybe they were always there, and I’m just noticing them more because of the song the music box plays—Send in the Clowns.”


She shrugged, but she couldn’t hide the bags under her eyes.


He nodded. “I see…and how long has this been going on?”


“Since we bought the music box from the old lady at the thrift store. She said it was broken, but it would work when we got home. She was right. Now I can’t get the song out of my head. It’s playing everywhere like a calling card for clowns!”


Her eyes widened and hysteria drew lines across her forehead.

Travis winced in response, just imagining how that’d affect someone.


“Okay, okay, so I’m pretty sure you’d want to talk about something that’s not clown-related…what was life like before…well, this?”


“Mike and I have been together for a long time. We met in high school, survived the separation of college, and relocated to the same town together. Up until yesterday, our relationship was pretty solid. We are supposed to be getting married next year. Even if he survives this, I don’t if that will still happen after the fight we had earlier today.”


She flicked away the tears falling from her eyes.


He wrote down her answer, his monkey tail flicking lightly. In all actuality, though he kept up the calm and friendly facade, he couldn’t help but feel awful for her. “Alrighty, and what about regrets…what do you regret most?”


“It’s all pretty bizarre. I mean I have plenty of regrets from my life, but the past day, ever since that music box, has just been… weird. We’ve never argued like that before over something so unimportant. I’ve never rejected his advances before either. Overall, today has just been a totally crappy day. I wish we could get a do-over.”


He nodded, hoping to change the subject for a moment. And he was worrying a bit more now.


”Alrighty, so what about your happiest memory? Like, overall?”


She gazed wistfully at her ring finger. She dangled her ring out a little so the stone caught in the light,


“The day he proposed. It was totally unexpected. I mean, I knew it would happen some day, but I was totally content with our relationship as it was. Still am. It was very simple. He picked me up for our regular weekly thrift store hunting trip. He waited til we stopped for lunch. It was new place… like a mom and pop joint. When I put the menu down, there was a jewelry box on the table… I guess things like that didn’t happen much there because the owner paid for our meal.”


“Okay, so, I hate to harp about the clowns…but do you know any way to drive them away? Well…alright, so that’s probably a dumb question, since you’d probably have tried it already if you knew. So let me rephrase… what have you tried to get rid of them so far?”


“Why would I drive them away? I mean, they are real, right? It’s like getting a new car and suddenly noticing how many others own the same car. You only notice how many there are because you’re alert to it. Even the nurse at the check in desk told me there were clowns around today.”


He continued to listen and write down her responses. “If you were to find out that a writer out there was the reason behind your issues, how would you react?”


She turned and looked him fully in the face.


“If this is all a writer’s doing, I would hope it would be much more interesting than a music box song causing a fight between two people. I mean, I’d expect someone to go insane or something.”


“Okay, last one…do you think you’ll be okay, and would you like a hug?”


She eyed Travis and sunk back into her chair slightly. Who was this monkey person offering her a hug?


“Um… I’ll be okay. I can handle it. Thanks, though.”


She pulled her feet into the chair and hugged her knees to her chest.


Travis pocketed his notepad, his tail drooping somewhat as he did so. It was times like this that he wished he’d gotten that degree in psychology, so he could be of some help.


“Thanks for agreeing to talk with me, Kay, and here’s hoping for the best for you and your guy.”


The half-monkey left the hospital room, hoping that Kay and Mike would be okay, and that she wasn’t viewing him as a clown the whole time. But primarily that they’d be okay.

The 13 Macabre Clowns


The 13 Duo Desk


Tag Line: Can you survive all 12?

Back cover blurb:  Killer watermelons, murderous jewelry boxes, centenarian sea whisperers, creatures of myth/legend, and more…

This supernatural story collection will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew. At night you’ll hover under your covers while looking over your shoulder in the day. Down, down in the depths they fell; bodies in the dark of a liquid hell. Can you survive all 12?

This is the second collection in The 13 series. Will you survive all 13?


Available October 26th!

You can preorder on Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo…Pretty much anywhere fine ebooks are sold.


Book Launch Tour October 4 through November 10

Book release October 26, 2018

Facebook party October 12-15 event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1758542137591928/


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A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is a coffee guzzling, word whispering, world building creative ninja and unicorn living in Ohio disguised as a human. She mothers her children, loves her husband, attends church, and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found stretching her creative wings designing book covers, promotional graphics, logos and more.





Facebook Author Page

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ayersstreetteam (Not sure why it wouldn’t let me format this the same way as all of the others, but whatever).





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A Few of My Favorite Things (Fast Five)

Favorite Books: The Stand, Divergent, Through the Looking Glass, The Forgotten Garden, and Inkheart.

Favorite Songs: Anyway by Martina McBride, Chasing Cars by Soul Patrol, Dream On by Aerosmith, Cotton Eyed Joe by Rednex, Cake by the Ocean by DNCE

Favorite Movies: Hope Floats, Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood, The Messengers, The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins

Favorite Foods: pizza, pasta, ice cream, chips, second breakfasts

Favorite TV Shows: Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Law & Order SVU, The Voice, This Is Us

Prefilled Interview: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tlGt3siLARfymzFXSg-9tyZXBK62FA8QLa59kt9sfd0/edit?usp=sharing


  1. sayers22 says:

    This was a fun interview!! Thank you so much, K!


  2. Loved the take on having Travis do the interview. Was waiting for Kay to wig out and start accusing him of being a clown.

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