Monday, April 27, 2015

Paranormal Road Trip: Destination Krymzyn with B.C. Powell + $100 Amazon Giveaway

Paranormal Road Trip: Destination Krymzyn with B.C. Powell

Come on boys and ghouls!  It's time to hop on Route 666 for a spooktacular Paranormal Road Trip.

This week's stop is Krymzyn and our special guide is B.C. Powell author of THE INFINITE EXPANSE, the second novel in The Journals of Krymzyn fantasy series.

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B.C.'s Top 5 Spooky Places in Krymzyn

Krymzyn is a mystical world filled with breathtaking scenery, vibrant colors, and fascinating creatures. Every substance and being exists in perfect balance. But as Chase learns, balance doesn’t imply an absence of danger. Many horrors lurk behind the alluring beauty of the world where time began.

1. The Infinite Expanse. What are your worst fears? What are your hidden secrets, the terrors you keep buried deep in your subconscious, and what makes the bumps you hear in the night? If you find yourself in The Infinite Expanse of Krymzyn, all of those questions will be answered for you. Because in The Infinite Expanse, the darkest fears from a person’s mind take shape and come to life. If you can’t control your mind in the presence of everything that frightens you most, your own fears can kill you . . . although there may be fates much worse than death.

2. The Eternal Canyon. The symphonic music from the bottomless abyss will lure you to the edge of the mile wide Canyon. As you gaze at the beauty of the flowering vines that cascade down the Canyon walls, you’re in the Schorachnia’s domain. If you don’t have the sign to be there, a horrific fate awaits you. Paralyzed by a stinger from the end of one of the Schorachnia’s two tails and woven into a cocoon by the other, the giant scorpion-like creatures will keep you alive just so they can to slowly feed upon your blood. Weeks of mental anguish and physical torture await you if you unknowingly enter their realm.

3. The Barrens of Krymzyn. Billions of square miles of dreary, desolate wasteland surround the fertile Delta of Krymzyn. Spread out in tones of black and gray, the crystalline dirt hills, ravines, and caverns present many hiding places for the Murkovin. The muscular creatures with blood-red eyes and black veins bulging from their pale white skin have an insatiable craving for one thing—the pure energy of tree sap, the only form of sustenance in Krymzyn. If they can’t take it from the sparse, gangly trees of the Barrens, they’ll slash your throat and drain your blood for the sap you have pulsing inside you.

4. Ovin’s Tree. The sustaining trees of Krymzyn violently spring to life when Darkness falls. If you’re in reach of the branches, you may be brutally injured as the lashing branches attempt to defend the precious sap flowing in their trunks. But one tree, known as Ovin’s tree, spends eternity enraged that its roots have been bound underneath the soil. The tree was once able to lift it roots from the ground and run free across the Delta of Krymzyn. Now, its savage branches will take revenge by killing any person in their reach.

5. The Springs. Glistening, terraced pools descend the side of a giant hill, interconnected by small waterfalls and spillways. Luminescent water lilies flourish around the edges of the pools. Even more intriguing than the scenery is the timeless beauty of Serquatine who dwell there, seven women, each with a different color glowing from the tips of their long, blond waves. But if their melodic voices serenade you into a trance and you dive into their peaceful waters, death will await you. Although the Serquatine live on nectar from the lilies, they consider sustaining tree sap a great delicacy. Once your mind is under their control, they’ll rip your flesh apart to consume the sap you have in your blood.

Thank you B.C. for giving us such a haunting tour of Krymzyn!  

To learn more about B.C. Powell and his books, please visit his website, and don't miss this guest post with B.C. Powell here at From the Shadows.  You can add his Journals of Krymzyn series here on Goodreads.

The infinite expanse journals of krymzyn fantasy by bc powell

Journals of Krymzyn Giveaway

The author is giving away $100 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner!

To enter, please use this Rafflecopter form.  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.  This is a book tour giveaway, so the winner will be randomly selected by the author or publisher.  Giveaway ends May 14, 2015.

What did you think of B.C.'s picks for spooky places?

Last week on Paranormal Road Trip we visited Chicago with Megan Morgan.  Next week we'll be traveling to Annwyn with Shona Husk.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Q+A with Carole Cummings + Wolf's-Own Giveaway

Q+A with Carole Cummings

Please welcome today's guest author, Carole Cummings!  Carole is the author of the Wolf's-Own series, including GHOST.

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Q+A with Carole Cummings

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

As soon as I able to hold a pencil and make it make the shapes I wanted.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

  I like the strange, the unexplained, the magic, the inexplicable. I’m like Mulder—I want to believe.

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

  I would like to know when someone is lying. Not what they’re thinking—just if they’re lying or not. I’m horrible at seeing deception and I trust too easily.

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

  It’s old school epic fantasy, with lots of plot, lots of twists and in-depth characterizations. It’s not a beach read, you have to pay attention and think along with the characters, but if you look for immersive when you read, Wolf’s-own can give you that.

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

  Physically speaking, Hyun Bin (South Korean actor) has the closest I’ve found to the right look for Fen, though the fit isn’t quite perfect. And Travis Fimmel, back when he was all about the hair and the pretty, works quite well for Malick. (Mal’s a bit of an egotist.)

Thank you Carole for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about author Carole Cummings and her books, please visit her website.

Ghost Wolfs Own paranormal fantasy by Carole Cummings

Ghost (Wolfs-Own #1) by Carole Cummings.

Dwelling in the land of Ada and defending magic users called the Jin, Fen Jacin-rei is a trained assassin and an Untouchable, one whose mind hosts the Voices of the Ancestors, spirits of long-dead magicians. His fate should be one of madness and solitude, yet Fen Jacin-rei desperately clings to his sanity and ferociously protects the family he loves. But how does Fen do it? Kamen Malick has every intention of finding out.

When Malick and his own small band of assassins ambush Fen in an alley, Malick offers Fen one choice: join us or die. Determined to decode the intrigue that surrounds Fen—and to have the Untouchable for himself—Malick sets to unraveling Fen’s past while Fen delves into the mysteries surrounding Malick.

As Fen’s secrets slowly unfold, Malick is drawn into a crusade that isn’t his, one surprisingly similar to his own quest for vengeance. Yet irony is a bitter reward when Malick discovers the one he wants is already hopelessly entangled with the one he hunts.

Release Date:  November 4, 2014
Genre:  Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal
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Wolf's-Own Giveaway

The author is giving away a Kindle Fire, signed copies of Wolf’s-Own: Ghost, and a full set of the four books in the Wolf's Own series.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below.  This is a book tour giveaway, so the winners will be randomly selected by the author or publisher.  Giveaway ends April 30, 2015.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Paranormal Road Trip: Destination Chicago with Megan Morgan

Paranormal Road Trip: Destination Chicago with Megan Morgan

Come on boys and ghouls!  It's time to hop on Route 666 for a spooktacular Paranormal Road Trip.

This week's stop is Chicago and our special guide is Megan Morgan author of THE WICKED CITY, the first novel in the Siren Song urban fantasy series.

Megan's Top 5 Spooky Places in Chicago

Chicago is one of the oldest and most storied cities in the United States, and it has seen its fair share of disasters, turmoil, crime, and hardship—the perfect ingredients for making ghosts. Chicago is one of my favorite cities and I visit it often. I hope to live there someday, but when I do, here’s a list of places I certainly won’t be moving into:

H.H. Holmes’ Murder Castle

By far, the spookiest thing to ever haunt Chicago was a real life monster, one of the first documented serial killers, H.H. Holmes. Prior to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, he designed, built, and opened a hotel specifically to lure in victims, give him a place to discreetly torture and murder them, and stash their bodies before ‘stripping’ them and selling their skeletons to medical schools. Located on the South Side in Englewood, this ghastly structure eventually burnt down—many think via arson—and a post office was later erected on the site. However, a mysterious tunnel remains below the building, believed to once be part of the Murder Castle. Employees and customers have reported seeing and hearing strange things, and experiencing chills and a random sense of terror. People walking their dogs past the building have reported them acting strangely, either barking wildly at the building or cowering away from it.

Excalibur Club

Chicago’s Excalibur Nightclub (afterwards called Castle Chicago and now closed) on North Dearborn in downtown Chicago was once the site of the Chicago Historical Society, which was ravaged in the Great Chicago Fire—with many hapless victims trapped inside. Now, the building is said to house their tortured spirits. Employees have many stories of strange happenings in the building, from things being moved to being locked in bathroom stalls, and seeing shadows and hearing voices.

The Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel was founded in 1920 and stands near the John Hancock Center on Michigan Avenue. The most famous of its ghost stories is ‘The Woman in Red,’ supposedly a guest who jumped from a tenth story window after catching her husband cheating on New Year’s Eve shortly after the hotel opened. Several documented murders have also taken place in the hotel. Guests and employees claim to be spooked by these lingering souls, forever haunted by the victims who can’t seem to find peace in the afterlife.

Eastland River Disaster

In July of 1915, the SS Eastland capsized on the Chicago River between Clark and LaSalle Streets, with over 2,500 passengers on board. Of those, 844 died, and were taken to various makeshift morgues set up in buildings around the area. Since that time, their wandering spirits are said to haunt the buildings where they were kept and the area around the disaster. People have claimed to see apparitions, heard sobbing, screaming, and whispering, and seen ghostly children playing along the riverbank; also strange currents in the river itself, as though people were struggling beneath the surface.

Chicago Water Tower

The historic Chicago Water Tower on Michigan Avenue in Streeterville was one of many old buildings touched by the Great Chicago Fire. According to legend, a worker manning the pumps during the fire and subsequently trapped inside hung himself rather than burn to death. Today, people passing by sometimes see his ghost hanging in an upstairs window, so vividly the police have been called to the site several times.

Thank you Megan for giving us such a haunting tour of Chicago!  

To learn more about Megan Morgan and her books, please visit her website.  You can add her Siren Song series here on Goodreads.

The Wicked City urban fantasy by Megan Morgan

Have you visited Chicago?  Ever experience anything of the supernatural kind in and around Chicago?

What did you think of Megan's picks for spooky places?

Last week on Paranormal Road Trip we visited Spokane, Washington with Danielle Annett.  Next week we'll be traveling to Krymzyn with B.C. Powell.

Join us for another spine-tingling Paranormal Road Trip...
if you dare!