Monday, June 7, 2010

Guest Author: Sam Hilliard

Please welcome today's guest author Sam Hilliard.  Sam Hilliard is the author of The Last Track, an action packed paranormal suspense thriller.

Here is Sam's quite humorous guest blog:

I have often wondered what it is to be “Jersey”. Originally from the Midwest, I’m still an outlander in the Garden State, for certain. I guess I can live with that, but to say I’m not Jersey after fifteen years, means that membership takes more than just living here, even on a full-time basis. Watching the Jersey Shore only qualifies one in part, as most of its viewers (and all but one of the actors) reside elsewhere.

Perhaps being Jersey can be earned. I did sell cigarettes to Kevin Smith one night in Red Bank. It was during my short stint as a convenience store clerk (a very Jersey thing). Then again, he moved to Hollywood Hills, so that might not count. Then there is the proximity factor; I’ve dated a number of Jersey Girls. Also, my ex-father in law almost had Bruce Springsteen arrested for flying a remote control airplane—but then changed his mind when he realized the trespasser was The Boss.

This matter is personal, because my current girlfriend (Jersey for life) single-handedly changed the word Jersey from a noun to a modifier, as in “don’t make me go Jersey on you.” That’s how her mentor introduced her at a graduation ceremony—held in New Hampshire.

I suppose most people would just let it go. Everyone comes from somewhere, be it Senegal or Mendham. I’m no exception. Yes I’m from the epicenter of the United States but I still know where to get Taylor ham or a gyro at three in the morning. Answer: a diner. Which diner has the best disco fries? Answer: all of them.

But I think I found something that earns my place, right next to Kirsten Dunst (from Point Pleasant, New Jersey). Tonight Bon Jovi (from Sayreville, New Jersey) opens the new Meadowlands Arena with its first rock concert. And I will be there.

And watching Jon still standing tall in his backyard and mine? That makes me Jersey. At least a little, at least for tonight.

Thank you Sam for joining us here at From the Shadows!

** Swag Giveaway **
Please leave a comment for our guest author Sam Hilliard to enter.  Include your email address in your comment so I may notify you if you win.  One winner will receive a Last Track bookmark and postcard!

Visit From the Shadows on June 14th for my review of The Last Track by Sam Hilliard.  

I loved this book and think you will too!


  1. Hahahaha! Nice guest blog. I'll have to check out The Last Track.

  2. Awesome! Nice to meet you Sam, I so love Paranormal Authors and I collect them along with other Genres! LOL
    See my site where E.J. and a lot of us are listed. I extend an offer to spot you in FULL color!

  3. Hi MissLeanore:

    Thank you very much for the kind offer! I'll contact you through your site. Sorry about the delay in my response.