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Release Day! The Ghost Host: Episode 2 #kindle #kindleunlimited #paranormal

The next installment of The Ghost Host is here just in time for the holidays!

The Ghost Host

Episode 2

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It’s bad enough that Echo already has ghosts haunting her 24/7, now her past mistakes want to join the fun and come back to haunt her, too?

Moving to Georgia was supposed to be a fresh start. So far, it’s turned out to be a fresh start at more chaos. After battling Devourers for the soul of her childhood friend, Echo learns the depth of what her abilities might cost her. She’s always been pretty good at failure, which is concerning when the fate of the spiritual world is suddenly in your hands.

If that isn’t enough pressure already, Echo’s personal life is a mess. She and Malachi are both freaked out by her ability to control him and have no idea whether their relationship was ever based on more than their bond as Medium and Keeper. Kyran is keeping his distance from both of them to keep from doing something stupid, things are still tense with her parents, college is proving more than she bargained for, Agent Morton is doubting her stability and brings in his son Griffin to help keep her grounded-which only causes more problems between her and pretty much everyone, and Echo gets pulled into her first case: a young boy whose mysterious injuries and claims of monsters in his dreams has everyone baffled and terrified of what it might mean if he isn’t lying.

Oh yeah, and a past mistake Echo thought had already been dealt with is back to settle a score. It can’t get much worse than that, right? Except, for Echo, things can always get worse.

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New Adult: The Unsellable Genre?

While researching agents I want to query Life & Being out to, I’ve found that New Adult isn’t listed on many agents’ websites. Not as something they take or don’t take. It’s like it doesn’t exist. There are a handful I found it listed specifically, one way or the other, but most don’t mention it at all.

Life and Being PreAgentThat left me wondering, are they classifying NA as adult? Bumping it down to YA? Ignoring it completely?

So, when I have questions like this, I post them on Facebook to see what other writer friends know or have experienced. I was surprised by the responses.

Most every comment I got said agents and publishers consider NA unsellable and don’t want to bother with it. This was from writers who tried to query NA and a few agents or people who worked for literary agencies.

Honestly, I was a little stumped by this. Why? Because readers are certainly buying NA. Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster were both NA, and both HUGE successes. NYT Bestselling successes. Let’s also consider Jennifer L. Armentrout (Wait for You), Cora Carmack (Losing It), and Colleen Hoover (Slammed), all of which have been wonderfully successful writing NA.

So, if readers are buying, why aren’t agents and publishers?

I’m sure if NA is looked at as a fad that will pass sooner rather than later, or if the high number of successful self-published authors in the genre make agents and publishers want to pass on competing, or what the exact reason is. If anyone has thoughts, please feel free to share them in the comments! I’d love to hear them.

I’m still going to query a few agents I think would be a good fit and see what happens, but it’s looking more and more likely I’ll keep Life & Being indie, which is a great option as well. I guess I’ll just have to see what happens!

 

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Echo’s Guide to Dealing With Ghosts

Echo’s Guide to Dealing with Ghosts

On the whole, ghosts suck. In specific cases, they’re quite entertaining.
So what’s the best way to deal with the sucky ones and fun
ones?

Host a webshow, of course!

The Do’s and Don’ts of interviewing ghosts live on the
internet:
DO make sure you’re
protected.
Circle of salt (more than one if you can), thermal scanner (for
those who can’t see the ghostly guests), motion activated cameras (so it’s not
just you saying something happened!), EVP and EMF sensors (again, more proof
you aren’t crazy). Holden and Zara handle most of the electronics, but the salt
circles have saved me more than once!
DON’T make promises.
There’s always the chance the message your ghostly stalker
wants you to deliver isn’t a heartfelt proclamation of love to those they left
behind. Some are out for vengeance. If you promise a ghost you’ll do something,
they’ll hold you to that promise. By force, if necessary. Trust me, you don’t
want the kind of pain and nightmares ghosts can inflict on you.
DO set boundaries.
You’ve all heard the saying, if you give them and inch they’ll
take a mile, right? Ghost will takes ten miles! They won’t stop taking. My
rules are one ghost per show. Three questions from me have to be answered
before the ghost gets a turn. Only positive messages can be shared, unless you’ve
got the proof to back up any accusations. Oh yeah! NO secrets that will get me
in trouble with the FBI, please?
DON’T believe what
everyone else says about you.
Maybe this doesn’t have so much to do with ghost as it does
about surviving an ability almost no one else understands. Maybe it’s a gift.
Maybe it’s a curse. Maybe it’s an X-Men style mutation. It doesn’t matter. It’s
part of you. Accept. Deal. Move on.

Now, do you want to know a little more about The Ghost Host Show,
me (Echo Simmons), my life savers Holden and Zara, and how I got mixed up with
Malachi, his dead great grandmother, Nazi secrets, and the FBI?

Somehow I knew you would 😉 So here’s an excerpt from The Ghost Host.

My dad frowns, his fingers tightening where they’re gripping the door frame. “Any idea why the FBI would be at our house?”
“What?”
Shaking his head, he says, “Turn the game off and come to the living room, please.”
“Sure, of course. I’ll be right there.”
He turns and walks away, leaving me to shut everything down. It takes me a minute to process what he said and start to panic. I shut down the game and stand. Suddenly, my hands feel cold. Breathing is difficult. My thoughts seem jumbled. I’m not even sure how I manage to put one foot in front of the other, but I end up in the living room doorway a minute later. As soon as I appear, two suit-clad people stand. One is a woman with long, straight hair. The other is an older man with silver at his temples.
“Echo, please take a seat,” the woman says.
The fact that they know me by sight really freaks me out. The numbing cold spreads from my

fingertips up my arms. I sit down in an armchair next to the loveseat my parents are parked on. I look over at them, not heartened by the fearful expressions on their faces. My stomach turns as I force myself to face the FBI agents.

“What’s this about?” I ask quietly.
The older guy looks at me. His expression isn’t kind or unkind. It’s firm, but not in an intimidating way. “One of our agents saw your webshow this week, and we had a few questions. I’m Agent Morton and this is Agent Ellington. We were assigned your case.”
“My case?” I feel sick. I can’t be an FBI case. Surely no college will ever take me if I’m on some kind of FBI watch list, right?
“It’s more of an inquiry,” Agent Ellington says. “Just a few questions.”
“About what?” my dad asks. I nod, echoing his question.
The two agents look at each other and it’s Ellington who takes the lead. “We just need to ask you about the stolen secrets.”
“The what?” my dad demands. He looks over to me, like I have all the answers. My mom is staring at me, too. I can see it on both their faces, the panic that this last good year is about to fall apart. It kills me to see the panic in their eyes as they wonder if I’m going to slip back into what I used to be, to the nightmares and failing grades and constant fear. I have to look away from them to escape it all.
Facing the FBI agents, I say the only thing I can. “I don’t really know anything about it. I know you guys probably think my show is just a big joke, but…it’s not.”
I hear my dad groan, barely audible, but it cuts me to the core. Tears pool in my eyes, but I refuse to let them fall. I don’t blame them for not believing me, but it doesn’t stop me from wishing it was different.
“Are you claiming that Madeline Crew actually contacted you in some way, that she gave you the information you wrote on the board during your show?” Agent Ellington asks. I nod slowly and she frowns. “It wasn’t information you found online somewhere?”
Shaking my head, I try really hard to hold onto my composure. “No. I mean, I tried to look it up later, to see if I could validate anything, but I couldn’t find anything about the Nazi secrets. That sort of thing shouldn’t be on the web, right?”
“That’s exactly the problem,” Morton says.
My heads starts shaking back and forth. I certainly wasn’t trying to cause any trouble when I asked Madeline that question. It’s the same question I ask most of my ghost guests. She just happened to have a better answer than most. “She shared it with me,” I say quietly, knowing they don’t believe a word of what I’m saying.
“You’ve been in contact with Madeline’s great grandson, correct?” Ellington asks. “Malachi Fields?”
The room goes absolutely silent. I can practically feel my dad’s breathing pick up in anger even though he’s a few feet away. I don’t have to ask to know he remembers Malachi’s name from the text he saw the other night. He’s going to kill me. And ground me. I’m so dead.
“Echo?” Agent Morton asks.
“Yes,” I whisper. “He emailed my friend Holden after the show. He saw the show and heard his great grandma’s name mentioned.”
“Then Malachi didn’t tell you about his great grandmother’s service during the war?” Ellington asks.
Suddenly angry at them, I fold my arms across my chest and glare at the both of them. “If you know I’ve been talking to Malachi, then surely you know I’d never even met him before the show.”
“Then how do you explain the information about the Nazi secrets?” Agent Morton asks.
“I already told you!” I shout. My parents both look mortified, and really freaked out, but I don’t care.
“You don’t believe me? Fine. You said yourself that there’s no way I could have known that stuff without access to whatever secret files you guys have. Even if I did, why would I steal information like that and blab about it on the internet?”
Agent Ellington is keeping her cool better than I might expect, but she obviously thinks I’m lying, or just plain crazy. “You honestly expect us to believe the ghost of Madeline Crew told you she stole Nazi secrets.”
“You can believe whatever you want. I don’t have any other answers for you. Make me take a polygraph if you want. I don’t even know why this matters! It was decades ago.”
“It matters because you have information you shouldn’t,” Agent Morton says calmly.
Scared, angry, and ready to bolt, it takes everything I have not to run away. “Well, in the future, I’ll make sure to politely ask the ghosts who follow me around all day not to share any state secrets with me, okay?”

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April Fools or Serious Ghost Issues?

Have you ever had someone tell you something that was simply too difficult to believe without proof? The last thing Echo Simmons wants to do is willingly interact with ghosts, but this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. If she wants help, she’ll have to prove the ghosts are real.

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Unedited Excerpt From

THE GHOST HOST

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“Echo, I’m Dr. Rosemond. I’ll be assisting Agent Morton with your testing. I have some paperwork to go over with you before we begin.”
As Dr. Rosemond explains the risks of each test—which are minimal—and goes over some stuff about confidential information and all that. She seems to honestly enjoy what she does. Clearly, she’s never had to deal with ghosts face to face or she’d have different feelings on the matter. Finally, I sign my name three or four times.
There’s open space around me with about a dozen different devices positioned in a ring around me. One of the interns, or whoever they are, sticks a bunch of monitor wires all over me, and then we seem to be set. “So, what exactly do you want me to do?” I ask Agent Morton.
“Basically, we’ll run you through a few exercises to see how accurate you are in locating spirits.”
I scrunch my face at him because that seems like a stupid thing to ask me to do since I can see them, but I realize they have to “prove” I can see them.
“Are there any spirits present now?” Agent Morton asks. Dr. Rosemond’s eyes are as bright and alert as a dog waiting to have the ball thrown.
I don’t really need to look, but I do a quick scan to see how many are hanging about. I’m only vaguely surprised to see five ghosts present—some of my regulars—are hanging back behind the monitoring equipment. I can’t help wondering if they know what this is all about.
“There are five here right now, but they’re all standing outside the range of the equipment,” I explain.
“Can you encourage them to come closer,” Dr. Rosemond asks.
Grimacing, I want to tell her that’s the last thing I want to do, but this will all be for nothing if I don’t. Lifting one of my hands, I point to one of the ghosts that has been with me the longest. She used to stand over my crib when I was little and make me laugh. I motion for her to come forward. She hesitates, and I wonder if any of this stuff hurts ghosts. I can’t imagine how it would, so I say, “Liza, it’s okay. They just want to run a few tests.”
I trust Liza not to do something crazy, and apparently she trusts me enough not to try and hurt her. She steps into the circle and approaches me slowly. No alarm bells go off to indicate there’s a ghost inside the circle, but from the corner of my eye I see several members of the team getting excited.
“Echo, can you give us the exact location of Liza?” Agent Morton asks.
“She’s standing to my left, by my knee, about a foot away,” I tell him. He writes something down and nods.
That’s pretty much how the rest of the morning goes. Hours later, I’m about to ask if we’re almost done when the one ghost I didn’t want to see today steps into view.
“No, no, no, no, no,” I start whispering frantically. I don’t say it out loud, but in my head I’m begging him to go away, to just disappear for a while. As if he knows exactly what I’m asking for, he cocks his head to the side and ignores me.
Heads pop up as one of the cameras fritzes out with a pop and puff of smoke. Something starts beeping as he crosses into the circle. Thanks to the monitors stuck all over me, I’m sure they can all see my pulse skyrocketing.
“Echo, what’s going on?” Agent Morton asks.
I want to answer him, but I press myself into the back of my chair when Archer keeps coming toward me. “Go away, please,” I beg him, which seems to be the exact wrong thing to say.
A blast of cold hits me. Frost begins to forms beneath his insubstantial feet. One blurry arm reaches forward. I want to scream, but I keep my mouth shut as tightly as I can. He doesn’t touch me, but he touches one of the wires connected to me and I yelp as it shorts out and zaps me.
Almost as though he’s startled, he pulls back and drops the wire. “That hurt,” I snap as I glare at him. He cocks his head to the side again. I’m not sure if he’s confused, or just staring at me. When his hand reaches out again, I really start to panic. “Don’t touch me. Please don’t touch me again.”
I’m begging, but I don’t care. My eyes squeeze shut as his hand moves closer. Don’t scream. Don’t scream. I hold my body rigid, waiting for the assault, but all I feel is ice against my cheek. My eyes snap open when it vanishes, hoping he’s left, but instead, I see him standing in front of me, a frozen tear balanced on his finger. My hand presses to my cheek to find a few more frozen and quickly melting tears.
Archer bows his head, and then he’s gone. I look around, startled and afraid he isn’t really gone, but he’s nowhere to be seen. I start yanking wires off my body as I struggle to breathe normally. Malachi is there in a flash, ripping off sticky tabs and pulling me into his arms. “Are you all right?”
“I’m fine. I’m fine,” I say in a rush. I close my eyes, wanting to block out everything but Malachi. Agent Morton’s voice pulls me out of his protective embrace.
“Echo, what just happened? The readings we got were nothing like earlier.” Dr. Rosemond looks flat out excited, but Agent Morton is clearly concerned.

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Meet My Character Blog Hop: Leila Sparro

It’s a double dose of Blog Hops today! Mainly that’s because I scheduled my earlier hop post on the wrong date, but that’s okay… I think :/ 

Anyhow, the fabulously talented Karin Rita Gastreich tagged me for the Meet My Character Blog Hop and I’m excited to participate. 

For any of you who don’t know Karin, her fantasy novels are absolutely amazing. I’m very picky about fantasy, and I don’t try new authors very often, but you can’t go wrong with the Eolyn Chronicles. You won’t regret grabbing a copy of her books. 

Stop by Karin’s blog to find out more about her books!

Now it’s my turn. Let’s find out more about Leila Sparro from Date Shark!

1. What is the name of my main character? Is he/she fictional or historical?

Leila Sparro is fictional, but she adores old film stars like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. Her frequently pessimistic attitude about life in general might make you think she wouldn’t like movies like Holiday Inn or My Fair Lady, but she’ll watch the classics over anything modern any day of the week. 

2. When and where is the story set?

Date Shark is set in modern day Chicago. Leila is fairly new to the area and still trying to navigate her way around the city. Luckily, she makes a few friends who are determined to help her explore a little more. 

3. What should we know about her?

Leila is smart and creative, but she has a hard time seeing her full potential. She knows she has a few talents, but stepping outside of what she knows she can do well isn’t something she’s comfortable with. Soon, she won’t have a much of a choice, though. 

4. What is the personal goal of the character?

When Leila calls in Date Shark, Eli Walsh, her goal is to figure out what she’s doing wrong when it comes to dating, but soon she realizes her goals are much deeper than that. Discovering what it means to truly love someone, to take a leap of faith and risk being hurt, becomes the real question. 

5. What is the main source of conflict, what messes up her life?

Hiring a dating coach is one thing, finding herself falling for him is something else entirely. Especially when Leila begins dating Luke, thanks to Eli’s great coaching. Luke is wonderful and pushes her to explore life and not be afraid, but Eli could be everything she’s always wanted. If she makes the wrong choice, it could mean losing them both forever. 

6. Is there a working title of this story and can we read more about it?

The final title is Date Shark, and it’s the first book in this series. Book 2 is still untitled, but you can find out more about the series on my blog page

7. When can we expect the book to be published?

Date Shark will actually be available in paperback and ebook May 13th, 2014 from Limitless Publishing. I’m excited and super nervous for this release. It’s my first book for grown ups!

Now, what fabulous authors should you check out next? 

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Sucker Literary Magazine Blog Hop

I’m up on the Sucker Literary Blog hop!

I was tagged by the wonderfully talented Jesi Lea Ryan. I won a copy of Jesi’s YA paranormal novel, Arcadia’s Gift a while back and we became fast friends! I can’t recommend her work enough, so here’s where you can find it… 

Check out Jesi Lea’s blog hop post!

So, here are my answers to the Blog Hop questions about one of my many WIPs

1) What am I working on?

Let me pick from the list of various books I’m currently working on… How about Date Shark #2? Maybe that’s a bad choice since it doesn’t have a title yet, but oh well. Book 1 in the series will be released later this month on Ma 13th, but I’m already busy planning out the second book, in which readers will step away from Eli and Leila’s story and get a look at the world of Guy Saint Laurent. BTW, his name is pronounced “Gee.” It’s French and he gets really annoyed when people don’t get it right. 

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

New Adult is a fast growing genre, but there seems to be a few misconceptions about the definition of the genre. NA does not mean explicit content in and of itself. Many NA books do have adult content, making them 18+, but not all of them. Mine included. As many of my YA fans know, it don’t write about sex and my characters rarely use bad language. My Date Shark characters do fall int he NA range, but the focus is on their personal struggles, not what goes on in their bedrooms. 

3) Why do I write what I do?

I’ll admit that I’m nervous to switch genres and start writing for adults. That doesn’t mean I’m abandoning my YA readers, of course, but I wanted to make the switch because I think good clean romances have a place in the market. Personally, I don’t like that hitting a certain age as a reader means you have to trade sweet romance for ones filled with explicit content. I think that’s why so many adults still read YA, because they don’t want all of that. My teenage nieces read a lot of my books. Eventually they won’t be teens anymore, but I still want to be able to give them books I feel comfortable having them read. 

4) How does my writing process work?

My writing process has changed drastically over the last few years. I used to be a pantser through and through, but I don’t have time anymore to rewrite huge sections after writing myself into a hole, or change my mind about a story aspect in book 3 and go back and redo sections to accommodate that. I still don’t love outlining, but it’s become necessary for me to at get a basic outline down on paper before I start writing so I don’t waste time. I’m still happy to let my character take the lead and make changes when necessary, but it helps to know their end goal before I let them take the reins. 


So, who’s next? Check out these awesome authors next!