Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Q+A with E.S. Moore (To Walk The Night)

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author E.S. Moore!  E.S. is the author of To Walk the Night.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

ES:
  I've written ever since I was little, but near the end of high school into college, I completely abandoned it. Outside of family and maybe a teacher or two, there was no support for me. It wasn't until 2006 that I decided to give this writing thing a try again. It's what I've always wanted to do.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

ES: 
I've always been a fan of paranormal in general, but it wasn't until I saw The Dresden Files television show that I got interested in paranormal outside of horror. Up until then, it was all Stephen King, Brian Lumley, and Konntz with a lot of fantasy thrown in. I got into the show, decided to pick up the Butcher books, and I never looked back.

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

ES:
  I think I'd have to go with being able to see and talk to ghosts. There's just something about the idea that appeals to me. It's not even the ability to talk to friends and family that have passed that is the most interesting to me, but rather, hearing the tales of those long gone that draws me to the idea.

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

ES:
  I hope readers will love it because while it is urban fantasy, I brought a little of my horror background into it. It creeps in from book one and the farther into the series you go, the more it will appear. I hope that readers will find the familiar in the books, as well as something just different enough to hold their interest.

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

ES:
  This is actually a hard one because I don't watch a ton of TV or movies these days, so my knowledge of actors and actresses is limited! But I'll give it a try anyway...
Ethan is probably the easiest because I saw this guy in my head when writing the character. Fran Kranz seems like the perfect actor to play him. His character on Dollhouse has a few similarities to Ethan.
As for Jonathan and Kat, I really have no idea. It would be easy to go and choose people straight out of movies like Underworld, but I won't do that. I'd want someone entirely different, someone who might never have played a vampire or werewolf before.
So, I suppose those two roles would have to be a gut feeling after seeing someone try the characters on? Perhaps the readers will be able to come up with a good actor and actress to handle the parts because I sure can't!























To Walk The Night by E.S. Moore

Even a vampire has to face her inner demons…

Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death—and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power.

Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface—and costs her whatever is left of her humanity…



Thank you E.S. for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about E.S. Moore and his books, please visit his website.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Eyes to See Giveaway Winner






















Congratulations Kate Lang winner of our Eyes to See Giveaway at From the Shadows!  Kate will receive a print copy of Eyes to See by Joseph Nassise.

Thank you to all who entered!

**All giveaway winners selected using Random.org**

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Q+A with Juliet Dark (The Demon Lover)

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Juliet Dark!  Juliet is the author of The Demon Lover.

EJ:  When did you begin writing? 

Juliet: 
When I was nine years old.  I wrote a 90 page, crayon illustrated epic entitled "The Adventures of the Magical Herd."

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

Juliet: 
I've liked the paranormal since watching Dark Shadows in my childhood.  In my "realistic" books there are often references to fairy tales and myths.  It seemed natural that the next step was to write about a world in which the fairy tales and myths are real.

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

Juliet: 
A witch.  I would choose the ability to heal.

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

Juliet: 
Well, I certainly enjoyed writing it!  When I started THE DEMON LOVER I'd been looking for paranormal books that were intelligent, sexy, and written for adults.  I found a few (the Sookie Stackhouse books, the Dresden files) but not as many as I would have liked, so I thought there might be room for another.  I hope that THE DEMON LOVER appeals to an adult audience who like well written, bookish, sexy, magical books.

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

Juliet: 
Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica on True Blood) would be amazing as Callie McFay. My stepdaughter (and Demon Lovah advisor) suggests Peter Mooney from Camelot  for Liam and Sean Bean for Frank.  And I was thinking Archie Panjabi for Soheila.























The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles #1) by Juliet Dark

Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of writing her bestselling book, The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. After all, Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she finds herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.

But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover—an incubus—and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: He’s not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the incubus, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this demon lover from her heart.



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

To learn more about Juliet Dark and her books, please visit her website.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Spirit Storm Giveaway Winner






















Congrats KtTurner winner of our Spirit Storm Book Birthday Giveaway at From the Shadows!  KtTurner will receive her choice of ebook or print copy of Spirit Storm by E.J. Stevens.

Thank you to all who entered!

**All giveaway winners selected using Random.org**

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the 13th Urban Fantasy Freebie

January is Urban Fantasy Month here at From the Shadows and we're celebrating with author interviews, giveaways, and now a free Kindle book on Amazon.

The Heretic by Joseph Nassise, an internationally bestselling urban fantasy thriller, is FREE this weekend on Amazon.  Happy Friday the 13th!























The Heretic (Templar Chronicles, #1) by Joseph Nassise

A former SWAT officer turns modern Templar Knight in this exciting new urban fantasy series for fans of Jim Butcher, Rob Thurman, and Patricia Briggs!

A chance encounter with one of the Hellspawn left Cade Williams with certain unique traits, including the ability to walk between the lands of the living and those of the dead. Now, as commander of the Echo Team, the special operations unit within the Templar hierarchy, he has devoted his life to using his "gifts" to protect mankind from the things that lurk in the darkness.

When a Templar commandery is invaded and its occupants mercilessly slaughtered, Knight Commander Williams is called in to hunt down those responsible.  His investigation quickly leads him to a cabal of necromancers known as the Council of Nine.

There's only one problem.

The necromancers are allied with the same supernatural creature that left Cade for dead five years before.  A creature so powerful that the Templars know it only as the Adversary.

In order to stop the killing, Cade will be forced to face his own personal demons.  Not just those deep inside his heart, but also the one that left him scarred, body and soul.

The same demon that has already beaten him once before...


Check out E.J.'s interview with Joseph Nassise and our Eyes to See giveaway here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Q+A with Amanda Bonilla (Shaedes of Gray)

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Amanda Bonilla!  Amanda is the author of Shaedes of Gray.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

Amanda: 
I started writing when I was around 18. I'd write on an off, but I didn't start seriously writing with a goal of publication until three years ago.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

Amanda: 
I have a really over-active imagination. The paranormal and urban fantasy genres were a natural direction for me. I grew up watching sci-fi and fantasy movies, cartoons, television shows. My mom is a huge fantasy reader. I remember watching re-runs of Dark Shadows with her when I was tiny. Fantasy has always been a part of my life.

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

Amanda:
  Oooh. What a great question! I think if I could be any paranormal being I I'd like to be some sort of faerie creature. I'd like my magic to be connected to nature and there's something so ethereal about the Fae. It would be great to live in the forest, unseen.

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

Amanda: 
Shaedes of Gray will appeal to urban fantasy and paranormal romance fans alike. There's plenty of action and mystery splashed with a healthy dose of romance. If you like snarky alpha females with raging potty mouths and fight scenes with plenty of sword play, you'll like this book.

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

Amanda:
  My husband weighs in on this daily! LOL! He'd like to see Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica from True Blood) as Darian. I always picture someone with features like Scarlett Johanssen. For Xander, I'd totally cast Charlie Hunnam (Jax from Sons of Anarchy). He's just gorgeous, and he sort of reminds me of Xander. Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, X-Men Origins) is definitely my choice for Tyler. *Swoon* He looks exactly how I picture Ty. And for Raif, Henry Cavill might make a decent Raif, though we'd have to lighten his hair a bit. For Azriel, I'd cast Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes). He looks exactly how I picture him as well. (Wow, talk about a heavy on the testosterone cast! Hehe.)

Now, if I could just get a movie in the works, I'd be set!
























Shaedes of Gray (Shaede Assassin #1) by Amanda Bonilla.

In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind-an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

When Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she's taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished... 



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

To learn more about Amanda Bonilla and her books, please visit her website.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Q+A with Joseph Nassise + Eyes to See Giveaway

Please welcome today's paranormal author Joseph Nassise!  Joseph is the author of the Templar Chronicles (Heretic, A Scream of Angels, A Tear in the Sky), Riverwatch, American Horror, More Than Life Itself, Shades of Reality, and Eyes to See.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

Joseph:
  I started writing my junior year in college.  I wrote my first book, Riverwatch, long hand on legal pads just to prove to myself I could do it and then let it sit in a shoebox for eleven years before my wife convinced me to do something with it.  When Pocket Books bought the mass market paperback rights shortly thereafter, I decided to give writing a more concerted effort and I’ve been.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

Joseph: 
I’ve always been a genre reader, mainly science fiction, fantasy and horror, so when it came time to try my hand at writing I simply gravitated toward what I knew.  I was reading a lot of horror at the time and so my first novel happened to be a horror novel.  The success of that book, including nominations for both the International Horror Guild Award and the Bram Stoker Award, made me realize that I have some affinity for works involving the supernatural and paranormal.

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

Joseph: 
This was a tough one, but in the end I think I’d like to be a human dowsing rod, able to find whatever was missing simply by following some innate sense that tells me where to look.  It’s the kind of thing that’s unlikely to dominate your life and it wouldn’t prevent you from having normal relationships with the people that surround you, the way other powers like seeing the future or being able to sense thoughts would.

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

Joseph:
  EYES TO SEE is the story of Jeremiah Hunt, a man who has given up everything, including his sight, in order to discover what has happened to his daughter, Elizabeth, who disappeared from their home five years before.  Jeremiah is a difficult character, but an interesting one and his ability to see the spectral world around him, and communicate with the ghosts that inhabit it, make him very different from the usual urban fantasy fare.

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

Joseph:
  Jeremiah Hunt –  Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Clearwater – Blake Lively, Dmitri Karpov – Oleg Taktarov, The Fetch – Andy Serkis, The Preacher – Lance Henriksen.






















Eyes to See (Jeremiah Hunt #1)

In an urban fantasy that charts daring new territory in the field, Jeremiah Hunt has been broken by a malevolent force that has taken his young daughter and everything else of value in his life: his marriage, his career, his reputation. Desperate to reclaim what he has lost, Hunt finally turns to the supernatural for justice.

Abandoning all hope for a normal life, he enters the world of ghosts and even more dangerous entities from beyond the grave. Sacrificing his normal sight so that he can see the souls of the dead and the powers that stalk his worst nightmares, Hunt embarks upon a strange new career—a pariah among the living; a scourge among the dead; doomed to walk between the light of day and the deepest darkness beyond night.

His love for his departed daughter sustains him when all is most hopeless, but Hunt is cursed by something more evil than he can possibly imagine. As he descends into the maelstrom of his terrifying quest, he discovers that even his deepest fears are but prelude to yet darker deeds by a powerful entity from beyond the grave…that will not let him go until it has used him for its own nefarious purposes. 



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

To learn more about Joseph Nassise and his books, please visit his website.






















**Eyes to See Giveaway**

We are giving away a copy of Eyes to See by Joseph Nassise to one lucky winner!

To enter, please leave a comment on this post and include your email address so we may contact you if you win.  You do not have to be a follower to enter (though I always appreciate a follow!).  This giveaway is to US mailing addresses only.  Giveaway ends January 19th midnight EST.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Ivy Granger Psychic Detective Agency

Happy 2012 everyone! It is Urban Fantasy Month at From the Shadows and I have something to reveal from my upcoming urban fantasy series.

I've been dying to share this new graphic logo for 'Private Eye' the psychic detective agency featured in my new Ivy Granger series.



*squeee!* Isn't it cool?  Look for 'Private Eye' stickers and other fun Ivy Granger series swag later this year!

Shadow Sight, the first book in the Ivy Granger series, to release in 2012.






















Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger #1) by E.J. Stevens

Some things are best left unseen...

Ivy Granger's second sight is finally giving her life purpose. Ivy and her best friend Jinx may not be raking in the dough, but their psychic detective agency pays the bills--most of the time. Their only worry is the boredom of a slow day and the occasional crazy client--until a demon walks through their door.

Demons are never a good sign...

A demon attorney representing the water fey? Stranger things have happened. And things are about to get very, very strange as a bloodthirsty nightmare hunts the city of Harborsmouth.

There's blood in the water...

Kelpies have a reputation for eating humans. Unfortunately, Kelpies are the clients. When an Unseelie Fey this evil stalks the waterways of your city, you have to make hard choices.

The lesser of two evils...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Spirit Storm Book Birthday Giveaway

Wow, Spirit Storm released one year ago.  Apparently, time flies when you're in your writing cave!  To celebrate the anniversary of Spirit Storm's release, we are having a giveaway.






















**Spirit Storm Giveaway**

We are giving away winner's choice of ebook or print copy of Spirit Storm by E.J. Stevens to one lucky winner!

To enter, leave a comment on this post (please include your email address so we may contact you if you win).  You do not have to follow or subscribe to From the Shadows to win.  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.  Giveaway ends January 15th midnight EST.

Happy Birthday Spirit Storm!