Friday, August 22, 2014

E.J.'s Birthday Bash Giveaway

It's my birthday and I'm celebrating with a giveaway!  I am giving away tons of fabulous swag. 


Birthday Bash Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive swag (some of it signed) from both my Spirit Guide young adult paranormal romance series and the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series.  I am digging into my secret stash for postcards, bookmarks, stickers, trading cards, magnets, and more!

To enter, leave a message on this post and include your email address so we may contact you if you win.  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.  Giveaway ends September 5, 2014 midnight EST.

A very merry unbirthday to YOU.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Q+A with Madeline Freeman + Crystal Magic Book Giveaway

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author, Madeline Freeman!  Madeline is the author of CRYSTAL MAGIC.

Keep reading for a chance to win a signed copy of Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman!

Q+A with Madeline Freeman

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

Madeline:
  I wrote my first story for pleasure when I was in the fifth grade—maybe ten or eleven years old. After that, it was like I opened a floodgate. All through middle school, I wrote stories in notebooks, passing them around to my friends. When I was in the eighth and ninth grade, I wrote the first draft of what eventually became Crystal Magic. There are few similarities between the original and the published version, though.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

Madeline:
  The real world is boring. Who doesn’t want to teleport or read minds? I always find myself drawn to movies and shows with a fantastic element. I love living inside magical worlds.

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?

Madeline: 
OMG, I would be the master of time and space—like Hiro Nakamura in the show Heroes. I’d be able to freeze time and teleport at will. Why? Because it would be awesome! Hm, looks like it’ll be rainy this weekend, but I had my heart set on going to the beach. BOOM! Hawaii, here I am! Or even just day-to-day stuff. I’m at work and I realize I left something at home? BOOM! Back home, nab the thing, back to work! As for freezing time, who couldn’t use more sleep or more time to relax?

EJ:  Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.

Madeline:
  People will enjoy Crystal Magic because it has elements of mystery and love. It’s a story of a girl claiming her place in the world. Also, magic.

EJ:  If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?

Madeline:
  Kristyl Barnette would be played by someone like Georgina Haig. I loved her in Fringe and am excited to see her in season four of Once Upon a Time as Elsa. She can play innocent and badass. I think Kristyl needs something like that.

When I imagine Bridget Burke, she looks a lot like Francia Raisa, from The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Some of the other characters are harder, because, in my mind, they tend to be younger versions of actors I grew up with. Owen Marsh, for example, looks like an actor named Jonathan Brandis, who I had the biggest crush on back in middle- and high school (you know, forever ago). (If you’ve got Netflix, I highly recommend searching for the show seaQuest. It’s from the early 1990s and super cheesy, but I love it.) And Fox Holloway is a young David Duchovny (because, well, Fox).

But if I had to choose actors who are, you know, currently kind of young, my cast list might look more like this:

Owen Marsh: Connor Jessup—I like how he can be both sweet and tortured.

Crystal Jamison: Shelley Hennig—I liked her in The Secret Circle. She can play a leader.

For Lexie Taylor and Fox Holloway, I might go with Holland Roden and Tyler Posey (both from Teen Wolf), although, to be honest, I’ve never seen either of them act. They just have the right vibe for the characters.

Have a question for Madeline? Let us know in the comments.



Crystal Magic (Clearwater Witches #1) by Madeline Freeman.

Nothing is safe around Kristyl Barnette. Windows break. Books rocket across the room. Lights flicker. Strange occurrences follow the sixteen-year-old everywhere.

When tragedy forces her to move to the small town of Clearwater, Michigan, with her estranged aunt Jodi, Kristyl tries to leave her past behind. But Clearwater has secrets of its own—a mystical history that intersects with Kristyl’s life and might shed light on the inexplicable events that plague her.

When a mysterious illness threatens her aunt’s life, Kristyl will do anything to cure her. Enlisting the help of witches could save Jodi, but is dealing in magic worth the consequences?

Release Date:  March 30, 2014
Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Crystal Magic Book Giveaway

The author is giving away a signed copy of Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman to one lucky winner!

To enter, please use the easy peasy Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is open to US and Canada.  This is a tour giveaway and the winner will be randomly selected by the author or publisher.  Giveaway ends August 26, 2014.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Solus Series Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Stephanie the winner of our Solus Series Ebook Giveaway here at From the Shadows!  Stephanie will an ebook copy of any one book in the Solus series by Devri Walls.


Thank you to all who entered!

**Giveaway winner selected using Random.org**