Monday, September 29, 2014

Paranormal Road Trip: Destination Jacksonville with Rinda Elliott

Come on boys and ghouls!  It's time to hop on Route 666 for a spooktacular Paranormal Road Trip.  This week's stop is Jacksonville and our special guide is Rinda Elliott author of the Sisters of Fate series and the Beri O'Dell series.

The Beri O'Dell series is set in Jacksonville, Florida so it seems fitting that our guide for this week's Paranormal Road Trip be the amazing Rinda Elliott.  Let's see what terrifying places Rinda has planned for our tour.

Jacksonville's Top Five Spooky Places

Jacksonville is the main setting of my Beri O’Dell books, though she travels a lot in each story. This is where Nikolos set his home over a labyrinth of mysterious underground caves and where Beri and her new family end up between and even during adventures. There are way more than five haunted places, but here are a few of the most interesting ones.

1. St. Luke’s Hospital.
Ghostly patients and nurses have been seen wandering the halls. This building has quite a history. For more information, along with some great inside photos, check it out here.

2. Thomson Tabby House Ruins.
Picture and info here. I’d love to set a story here!

3. Annie Lytle School.  
This one intrigued me so much, I’ve decided to set a scene here in a future Beri O’Dell book. There are stories about a killer janitor, a cannibal principle-EW!-and even an explosion that killed many. There’s some cool video footage of the abandoned school here.

4. Theatre Jacksonville.
This one was on a paranormal investigation show. Here’s a fun video of them catching an apparition on film.

5. The Vanishing Hitchhiker of Girvin Road.
A girl with glasses will stop your car, then disappear if you look away. More info here.

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

To learn more about Rinda Elliott and her books, please visit her website and don't miss our Q+A with Rinda Elliott here at From the Shadows!  You can add her Beri O'Dell series here on Goodreads.

Readers, was this your first visit to Jacksonville, Florida?  Have you experienced anything supernatural in and around Jacksonville?

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

Last week on Paranormal Road Trip we visited San Diego with Eileen Wilks.  Next week we'll be traveling back to San Diego with S.J. Harper.

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

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hunting in Bruges News Article

I was featured this week in the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, discussing my upcoming release HUNTING IN BRUGES.

If you are curious, you can read some of the original article Horrorschrijvers in de ban van Brugge online.  You can view a photo of the newspaper article here. 

Hunting in Bruges is the first novel in the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Q+A with Relina Skye (In-Between Work and Play)

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Relina Skye!  Relina is the author of IN-BETWEEN WORK AND PLAY.

Q+A with Relina Skye

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

  Becoming a writer has been a long journey for me.  I've always had a creative imagination, but putting my thoughts on paper was a challenge.  History was always my best subject in school, so making sure that my grammar was up to par was secondary at best.  Officially, I started to write fan fiction in 2004, but I stopped when I entered the workforce.  My first attempt at writing a novel wasn't until 2012.   

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

  The unknown has always sparked a sense of wonder in my imagination.  Coming up with theories and building upon them tended to be fun topics to talk about with my family.  I enjoy the paranormal genre became you can do so much with it while making it believable to your audience.

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

If I had to pick a paranormal it would be an Ancient as described in Stargate.  They have a range of abilities that would make life a whole lot more interesting.  As far as a supernatural talent goes, this is a tough one because I'm split between being able to have super healing powers, being able to teleport or having telekinetic abilities.  I think having Wolverine like healing powers would help me to get over a lot of my fears.  At the same time I would want to be able to heal others, specifically my family members, because I hate to see them in pain and want them to stay with me as long as possible. The ability to teleport would be awesome because you can go anywhere whenever you want to; you just have to make sure you don't teleport into anyone or anything.  Lastly, having telekinetic abilities haunt my dreams.  I often find myself being able to move objects with my mind, but at the same time it doesn’t come easy.  So, it feels real and it is totally believable up until the point when I wake up.

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

“In-Between Work and Play” is enjoyable because it breaks several fairly established ‘chick lit’ molds.  The protagonist, Jocelyn Frost, is a demigoddess therapist who just wants to keep her job and her clients happy.  Even though she witnesses a murder, she doesn't throw herself into trying to solve it.  No, despite the threat of danger to her person, she attempts to focus on her primary goal.  Jocelyn’s character is both flawed and believable.  Throw in a good amount of romance, and you get a fairly well rounded novel.

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

  This is a tough one to answer.  There are so many great actresses in Hollywood, and even more that we don't know about.  I think I would like an unknown actress to play the role of Jocelyn Frost, mainly because every actress that pops into my mind I already associate with a particular role.  For example, Jaimie Alexander, plays the Norse goddess Sif in Thor; Lucy Griffiths, plays a vampire in True Blood; Kate Mara, will be playing Sue Storm in the Fantastic Four; and Erica Durance plays the Egyptian goddess Isis and Lois Lane in Smallville.

As for the role of Declan Rivers, the main actor that comes to my mind is David Giuntoli from Grimm.  Why?  Because when I was creating Dex’s character, I was picturing him already playing the part.  Granted I have a huge crush on him, hence why he was my muse.  But if there is an unknown male actor who fits the part, I would be good with him doing it.  Or if Henry Cavill wanted the part then I'm cool with that too.

In-Between Work and Play (Jocelyn Frost #1) by Relina Skye.

Jocelyn Frost, Therapist to demigoddesses, is about to lose her job. In an effort to keep her job Jocelyn takes on the task of trying to find the one thing all of the highly fertile demigoddess want most, a contraceptive method that actually works.

But that is only one of her troubles. The people in her life are getting hurt and for no reason that Jocelyn can discern, she is at the center of it all.

With only a couple of days to find a solution,she will need to battle more than just the dark forces that are trying to sabotage her efforts. Jocelyn will have to come to terms with her own self doubt and rely on new friends to help keep her safe.

Release Date:  August 21, 2014
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
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Thank you Relina for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about Relina Skye's books, please visit her website.