Halloween Countdown-YA Ghost Reads

Vala-Ghost_Writer_300dpiIs there any­thing bet­ter than a ghost story for Hal­loween? Yes—two ghost sto­ries. One is mine, but first, let me tell you about Vala Kaye’s Ghost Writer.

Tech-savvy teen Malden Mont­gomery leaves New York City antic­i­pat­ing noth­ing but bore­dom when her artist-mother brings her along on a two-week vaca­tion to a fam­ily inn in rural Virginia.

What Malden doesn’t expect is the owner’s 17-year-old son, Jack­son, who is totally to-die-for cute. But does she dare believe him when he tells her that her room at the inn may be haunted by a young woman named Emily, who died there more than 150 years ago?

Then Emily begins to com­mu­ni­cate with Malden and she and Jack­son real­ize they have to find a way to help Emily’s ghost come back home or risk a spirit’s wrath if they choose to leave her lost in the dark­ness forever.

Read an excerpt here.

Vala Kaye — ABOUT THE AUTHORVala Kaye

Vala Kaye grew up in Texas as an avid reader of sci­ence fic­tion, romance and his­tory. Her favorite writ­ers ran the gamut from Robert Hein­lein to Mar­garet Mitchell, and included side jour­neys with Louisa May Alcott’s “Lit­tle Women” and The Hardy Boys mysteries.

After grad­u­at­ing from col­lege with a dou­ble major in Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and His­tory, Vala now lives and writes in warm and sunny south­ern Cal­i­for­nia. She is addicted to movies, live the­ater, word games and salsa dancing.

In her first pub­lished YA novella, Ghost Writer, Vala explores what hap­pens when the human ‘spirit’ meets com­puter tech­nol­ogy. Vala’s newest title is Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence, book #1 of “The Super­hero Next Door” series.

GIVEAWAY:

Halloween’s almost here!

Do you believe in ghosts? Please leave us a com­ment before this Thurs­day Octo­ber 30th at mid­night and tell us why you do…or why you think there’s no such thing as ghosts.

Vala will choose one com­menter at ran­dom on Hal­loween Day and send a gift of an e-book copy of Ghost Writer either through Amazon.com (for Kin­dle) or B&N.com (for Nook). Be sure to let us know which gift for­mat you’d like to receive in your comment.

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Get in the mood for Hal­loween with this fast, fun YA para­nor­mal novella! “Ghost Writer” is now avail­able in print or as an e-book. Check it out at these online retail­ers: Ama­zon | B&N.com | KoboiBooks

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The sec­ond YA ghost read is mine, Cher­ish (A YA Ghost Mys­tery). You can read all about it here: The e-book is free for five days from Octo­ber 28 through Novem­ber 1 at Ama­zon. But, before you do any­thing, com­ment below. Maybe you will win Ghost Writer.

An Historic Blog Visit

I love to visit Suzanne Adair’s blog, Rel­e­vant His­tory. There’s always some­thing new to learn about his­tory. Her guest blog­gers tell some of the unknown sto­ries, that hap­pen to be true, about var­i­ous times in the past. All that his­toric lore is really a by-product of research an author has done for his or her book. Some­times, the his­tory is more recent, and includes mem­o­ries never before writ­ten. And some­times, the com­ments by read­ers of the blog add to the history.

Suzanne’s own spe­cialty is the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion, espe­cially in our south­ern states. But she wel­comes any area and time as her guest blog­gers. Right now I’m a guest, which com­pletely thrills me. My newly pub­lished book is a ghost story, with a ghost from 1946. Since I’m old enough to remem­ber that year (I was 16), much of my post is mem­ory. But, when one is writ­ing a book, one can’t depend on mem­ory, so, of course, I did research too.

Come visit my guest post, Civil­ians and Internees in World War II. Suzanne will choose one who com­ment to win a copy of my book, Cher­ish (A Ghost Mys­tery), just in time for Halloween.

Shadows Over Paradise

Emmons-CoverAnne K. Edwards writes mys­tery (and I love mys­tery). Her book, Shad­ows Over Par­adise is the story of com­pli­cated char­ac­ters intent on achiev­ing their own ends, some heed­less of the cost to oth­ers. Action and ten­sion blended with a brood­ing house set on a vol­canic island with soar­ing cliffs and few mod­ern ameni­ties, along with tur­bu­lent emo­tions offer a per­fect cat­a­lyst for the storm that is about to break over the Man­tuan Islands.

I’d like to quote from a four-star review on Amazon.

Julia’s been invited to her friend’s wed­ding on an exotic island but noth­ing seems to go right in Anne K. Edwards’ Shad­ows over Par­adise. Even the boat­man on the way to this island par­adise says Julia shouldn’t be there. Still, the location’s great, the peo­ple are full of char­ac­ter, and, being a writer, Julia’s sure she’ll build a won­der­ful mys­tery novel from the expe­ri­ence. Mean­while she’s liv­ing a mys­tery of her own.”

There’s quite a bit more to this review, but this is the way it ends — “An excit­ing end­ing is filled with fear and adven­ture plus the sav­ing hands of good tim­ing and true love. While I guessed some of what was going on, I cer­tainly didn’t guess it all, but I might avoid island par­adises after this tale.”

Oh, that does sound like a sure-fire read! Love that kind.

Here’s all the nec­es­sary infor­ma­tion: Avail­able in paper­back and e-book formats

Order this book via check or credit card, aStore
~ or visit ~ Ama­zon; Barnes & Noble; Bamm.com; Indy bookstores.

Anne’s Ama­zon author page

Ghosts Writing Notes

I’m trad­ing blog posts with Donna G. Dri­ver. I’ve writ­ten a YA with a ghost and her YA with a ghost has just been accepted for pub­li­ca­tion. She told me what inspired her plot. So, here’s her fas­ci­nat­ing story…

Ghosts Writ­ing Notes, by D. G. Driver

If a ghost from the past wanted to com­mu­ni­cate through a series of hand­writ­ten notes, would a teenager today be able to read them? This was the orig­i­nal premise of my soon-to-be-released YA novella Pass­ing Notes.

A cou­ple years ago my 17-year-old daugh­ter was in a rela­tion­ship where I swear the only way she and her boyfriend com­mu­ni­cated was through texts – end­less amounts of non­sen­si­cal (and in my opin­ion, not very roman­tic) texts. I’m pretty sure they never actu­ally talked to each other. At the same time, my younger daugh­ter, who was nine, was learn­ing to write cur­sive. She was in the rare 3rd grade class­room that still taught cur­sive writ­ing, as most ele­men­tary schools have pulled that cur­ricu­lum, edu­ca­tors claim­ing it to be unnec­es­sary. Between the two expe­ri­ences of my chil­dren, I came up with a story idea: a boy is try­ing to win the love of a girl but is fail­ing because he keeps send­ing awk­ward and stu­pid texts or emails. Sud­denly, he begins get­ting a series of hand­writ­ten notes giv­ing him advice about how to write love let­ters and win the affec­tions of this girl. He first has to learn how to decode these mys­te­ri­ous notes, and then he tries to fig­ure out who is send­ing them and why.

I orig­i­nally wrote Pass­ing Notes as a short story, but ear­lier this year I felt inspired to take another look at it and stretch it out to a novella. Revi­sion is my mantra, and I am a big pro­po­nent of never throw­ing away a story idea, because you never know when the muse will visit with the per­fect solu­tion to “fix” what might be going wrong. In this case, my muse told me the story just needed more to it. I wanted to really explore who Mark’s girl Bethany was. Why would actual love let­ters appeal to her more than the ordi­nary texts and emails that every­one else gets? I intro­duced the rival boy at school, and added a cou­ple of Bethany’s girl­friends who aren’t par­tic­u­larly on Mark’s side either. Most impor­tantly, I wanted to build the rela­tion­ship between Mark and the ghost. How are the two of them related, and why does it mat­ter to the ghost so much that Mark win Bethany’s affec­tions?  And then, of course, if he fol­lows the ghost’s advice, will it work?

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I was thrilled that Fire and Ice, the pub­lish­ers of my mer­maid novel Cry of the Sea, agreed to pub­lish Pass­ing Notes. It will be released on Jan­u­ary 24th, 2015. In the mean­time, do check out my cur­rent novel about a girl who dis­cov­ers real mer­maids washed up on the beach dur­ing an oil spill. You can sam­ple the first two chap­ters at the publisher’s web site: www.fireandiceya.com/authors/dgdriver/crysea.html Fol­low me on FB or Twit­ter to keep up to date on the release news for Pass­ing Notes, and read some of my other sto­ries for free on Wattpad.

www.dgdriver.com

www.facebook.com/donnagdriver

Twit­ter: @DGDriverAuthor

www.d-g-driver.tumblr.com

http://www.wattpad.com/user/DGDriver

www.pinterest.com/dgdriver

www.instagram.com/d_g_driver#

 

Buy Links for Cry of the Sea:

http://www.parnassusbooks.net/book/9781612357867

(It is my under­stand that if you buy from this indie book store in Nashville, you can request an auto­graphed copy. They will email me, and I just have to drop by the store to sign a copy before they mail it)

http://www.lulu.com/shop/view-cart.ep

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IM0JF06

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cry-of-the-sea-d-g-driver/1118708060?ean=9781612357867

http://www.bookdepository.com/Cry-Sea-Driver/9781612357867

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Cry-Sea/D-G-Driver/9781612357867?id=6119232814287

Goodreads Giveaway

Cherish-FrontI’m run­ning a Goodreads give­away through Octo­ber 7, 2014. Cher­ish (A Ghost Mys­tery) takes place in cur­rent time, and in 1946. (Things like that hap­pen with ghosts, you know.)

Sign up for the give­away here.

Read the first two chap­ters here.

It’s the sopho­more Local His­tory ceme­tery visit. Sure, it’s almost Hal­loween, but Kayla has seen that teen-age ghost for years. Why won’t she leave? When the dreamy senior asks Kayla for a date, she decides to prove to her­self that she’s mature and in charge. She’ll tell that ghost to go away. But Kayla shouldn’t have touched the ghost’s cold hand, because that’s when every­thing changed.

Sud­denly, it’s 1946, or is Kayla dream­ing? Is she crazy? Why is her name Cher­ish? Why is her mother at home bak­ing cook­ies when she should be at work? And, she has a father? Didn’t he die years ago? Why is her best friend Trudy instead of Dani? And the thing in her pocket is not a com­pact with a bad mir­ror. DON’T TRY TO OPEN IT!

Text mes­sages do travel across the years, judg­ing from those on her cell phone. But why is Dani mad at her? She isn’t there, is she? It can’t be, but it must. Some­one is tak­ing Kayla’s place in the twenty-first cen­tury. Who?

Fact: Cher­ish is ruin­ing her life in two cen­turies. If Kayla doesn’t find her way home to her own time and her own body, she will die in 1946 with Cherish.

Writes of Passage

Writes of Passage

Writes of Passage

There’s a new book com­ing out from Hen­ery Press on Sep­tem­ber 9. It’s a col­lec­tion of essays from Sis­ters in Crime mem­bers, all designed to por­tray per­sonal sto­ries of authors from multi-published best­selling to wannabes. The sto­ries span most any expe­ri­ence of a writ­ing jour­ney.  Any writer will find pas­sages of sup­port, laugh­ter, and under­stand­ing. Here’s the Ama­zon page for Writes of Pas­sage. (Should I men­tion I’m one of the 59 contributors?)

Cherish on Pre-Order

Cherish12-1-2013-Front-400Ama­zon has a new pro­gram, pre-orders on e-books for self-published authors. I couldn’t miss that with my new book. So Cher­ish is listed here. The e-book will be avail­able on Sep­tem­ber 10. The paper­back page will appear (and be on sale) Sep­tem­ber 1, 2014.

Here’s the blurb: It’s the sopho­more Local His­tory ceme­tery visit. Sure, it’s almost Hal­loween, but Kayla has seen that ghost for years. She wants to make the ghost go away, but she shouldn’t have touched her hand, because, That’s When Every­thing Changed.

Kayla finds her­self in 1946 as some­one else, some­one whose name is on an elab­o­rate tomb­stone. Is she Cher­ish, or is Cher­ish her? Is Cher­ish tak­ing her place?

Fact: Cher­ish is ruin­ing her life in two cen­turies. If Kayla doesn’t find her way home to her own time and her own body, she will die with Cher­ish in a few days.
Ques­tion: Do cell phone texts span the cen­turies? And, if they do, will Kayla’s friends believe her?

 

Revealing Cherish Cover Today

Today is the big day — the big REVEAL! Cher­ish, a ghost mys­tery for young teens is show­ing its face. (Okay, just the eyes.)Cherish12-1-2013-Front-400

This is really Kayla’s story. She’s the 15-year-old Sopho­more who is tired of see­ing things oth­ers don’t see. But when she faces the teenage ghost, it’s Kayla who disappears.

Where did she go? What’s with the year 1946? And why don’t her twenty-first cen­tury friends miss her? Who is tak­ing her place? 

Cher­ish (A YA Ghost Mys­tery) will be pub­lished Sep­tem­ber 1, 2014. If you can’t wait until then, read the first two chap­ters here.

Be pre­pared for a spooky read. Remem­ber — Hal­loween is coming!

Cover Reveal — Coming

In Sep­tem­ber my YA ghost mys­tery, Cher­ish, will be pub­lished (before allCherish-Pre-reveal cover my grand­kids get too old to be inter­ested in Hal­loween sto­ries). I’m doing a cover reveal pro­gram on my Goodreads site. I’ll encour­ag­ing per­spec­tive read­ers (of all ages) to list Cher­ish as “want to read” by giv­ing away a two-chapter PDF.

Here’s the back-cover blurb.

“Cher­ish can’t be my name. It doesn’t sound right. But who am I? I should have lis­tened bet­ter in that mini-psych class in mid­dle school. I’ve heard of bi-polar and mul­ti­ple per­son­al­i­ties. I think. Is this the way peo­ple go crazy?”

Kayla shouldn’t have taken that strange girl’s hand, because that’s when Every­thing Changed.

“And, wasn’t it the twenty-first cen­tury? What’s with the date, Octo­ber 1946? That can’t be right.”

But, if SHE is Cher­ish, how about the date on that tomb­stone? If she doesn’t find a way back to her own body, and her own time.., Kayla will DIE in a few days.

Not on the cover, the ele­va­tor pitch for this mys­tery: How can Kayla return to own cen­tury after she finds her­self in 1946 with only her cell phone and a cou­ple of Twinkies?

Ghosts and Hal­loween — sound like a mys­tery you’d like to read?

I’ve heard of mother-daughter reads. This is a grandmother-granddaughter read. I know, as a grand­mother, I con­tinue to be amazed by every­thing peo­ple do with their cell phones. (And, believe me, I had a lot of younger gen­er­a­tion help while writ­ing about text-messaging — a big part of the mys­tery in this book.) Teens will be just as amazed by last century’s antique social media — the hard-wired tele­phone that isn’t going any­where, or doing much of anything.