Monday, March 28, 2016

Cover Reveal: Treachery (Avalon) by E.A. Weston

I am excited to reveal the cover for TREACHERY the second novel in the Avalon paranormal romance series by E.A. Weston.

Cover Reveal: Treachery

Treachery (Avalon 2) by E.A. Weston

Treachery (Avalon #2) by E.A. Weston

Feelings of unrest and distrust swarm the Tenebrosi training camp, leaving Prince Killian lost as he tries to bring his fairies together.

Staging a battle against an unknown enemy is proving harder than he first thought. With the majority of the fairies of Avalon, in hiding, he must risk the lives of a few to protect the lives of many. Sending scouting parties out of the safety of Tenebrosi is dangerous and deadly, for not all return.

With Avery at his side, tension brews as lives are lost and torn apart, leaving the Prince of Avalon raw with emotion.

Now that Reagan is gone, Killian refuses to give up.
Give up hope.
Give up fighting.
Give up on love.

Vowing to take back his Kingdom, Killian, Avery, and the fairies of Tenebrosi set the wheels in motion for a battle that they may very well lose.

With secrets about to be revealed that no one saw coming…

This is the highly anticipated second book in the Avalon series. A new adult fantasy romance with highs and lows of a new love, while taking place in the fairy world of Avalon and the Human realm.

Release Date: May 3, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal Romance

What do you think of the cover?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Daylight Giveaway Winners

Congratulations Nrlymrtl, Nancy, and Ashley the winners of the Daylight Ebook Giveaway here at From the Shadows!  Winners will receive ebook copies of Daylight by Cheree Alsop.

daylight by cheree alsop

Thank you to all who entered!

**Winners randomly selected using**

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Paranormal Road Trip: Destination Savannah with Elaine Calloway

Paranormal Road Trip: Washington D.C. with R.S. Belcher

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

This week's stop is Savannah, Georgia and our special guide is Elaine Calloway author of the Elemental Clans series, the Southern Ghosts series, and NO GRITS NO GLORY.

Savannah's Top 5 Spooky Places

Many people know Savannah, Georgia, as the locale for the famous book and movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. However, what you may not know is that haunted tales are threaded through this port city, enough to make a supernatural tapestry with all its haunts! Savannah without ghosts is like a sandwich with no insides!

So many places abound in the city of lush squares and haunts, but here are my favorite top five Savannah Haunts...

The Pirate’s House

The building was erected around 1753 and is home to the famous Shanghai stories in Savannah. Seamen and crews came into the port, thirsty for their favorite drink. And when they imbibed too much, they’d wake up the next morning to find themselves trapped on a pirate ship setting sail to new lands.

The Pirate’s House is now a restaurant that serves local seafood, but visitors can still take a peek at the Shanghai tunnel entrances that transported goods and supplies. When dining there, people have reported seeing ghosts of sailors who were shanghaied floating from table to table. Some hear moans and voices from the tunnels. Others see the ghost of Captain Flint, who died there many years ago.

The place offers a ghostly tour of the building, complete with someone dressed as a pirate who tells visitors about the haunted history.

The Marshall House

Located in the downtown shopping district, the Marshall House (built in 1851) is now a bed-and-breakfast inn with an eerie history. At the beginning of the Civil War, the building was a hotel but was taken over by Union General William Sherman’s men in 1864 and became a hospital for Union troops.
In the winter of 1864, the ground was frozen and the physicians were forced to bury amputated body parts under the floorboards. In the twentieth century during a remodel, owners found the remains and were forced to close down, thinking it was a crime scene.

Eventually the place reopened and is now a wonderful place to stay, just a few blocks from the excitement of River Street. Guests report hearing and seeing apparitions of soldiers roaming the hallways at night.

The Kehoe House

Built in 1892, The Kehoe House was a funeral home until the early 1990s. Now a luxurious bed-and-breakfast inn Victorian building, the place sits proud on Columbia Square in the historic district of Savannah.

Apparitions of the former owners, William and Annie Kehoe, along with their three sons, have been seen and heard—particularly on the second and third floor rooms of the house. Visitors have reported hearing groups of children laughing and playing. Some have seen ghosts of small children inviting them to play.
Others have seen Annie Kehoe’s ghost sitting at a desk in Room 203. One of the hotel rooms now used was once the place where bodies were embalmed. If you want a haunted (not to mention luxurious) stay in Savannah, the Kehoe House is a great choice.

The Olde Pink House

The Olde Pink House, which sits on Reynolds Square, was built to be a private residence for James Habersham but is now one of the best places for fine dining in Savannah. The food is exquisitely delicious, but this place also has a haunted history. Women visitors have seen ghostly apparitions flash across the mirror in the women’s restrooms. Others have reported lamp fringes moving suddenly, when there was no wind or gust of air to create the motion.

Some say the ghost of James Habersham still haunts the place, that he loves having lit candles on the tables. Everyone on the staff has come in contact with his ghost, including a surprised waiter who’d blown out all the candles. When he turned back around to grab something, every candle was lit once more.

Be sure to check out the downstairs piano bar and enjoy the haunts in the Olde Pink House.

The Moon River Brewing Company

The brewery was originally built in 1821 as a hotel for high society folks, but when General Sherman captured the city in 1864, the place became a hospital just like the Marshall House did. Hundreds of people were stricken with yellow fever and died in the rooms of the building. Today, poltergeists roam the place dressed in period attire.

The Moon River Brewing Company is known as one of Savannah’s most haunted locations and has been visited by Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures television shows.

Thank you Elaine for giving us such a haunting tour of Savannah! 

Learn more about Elaine Calloway and her books by visiting her website.  You can add No Grits No Glory here on Goodreads.

No Grits No Glory by Elaine Calloway

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

On our last Paranormal Road Trip we visited York, Maine with J.E. Taylor.  Next time we will be visiting Baltimore with Rachel Rawlings.

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

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Urban Fantasy Freebie: Shadow Sight, Ivy Granger

Exciting news!  SHADOW SIGHT, the first novel in the bestselling, award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series, is FREE NOW on Amazon's Kindle and Apple's iBooks.

FREE BOOK Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective 1) by E.J. Stevens
Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective #1) by E.J. Stevens.

Winner of the PRG Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy Novel and finalist for Best Urban Fantasy Series.

Welcome to Harborsmouth, where monsters walk the streets unseen by humans...except those with second sight, like Ivy Granger.

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 fae? 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 faerie this evil stalks the waterways of your city, you have to make hard choices.

The lesser of two evils...

Shadow Sight is the first novel in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens. The world of Ivy Granger, including the Ivy Granger Psychic Detective series and the Hunters' Guild series, is filled with action, paranormal mystery, magic, dark humor, quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, flirtatious demons, sarcastic gargoyles, sexy shifters, temperamental witches, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.

Genre: Paranormal Mystery, Urban Fantasy
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Grab your Free Kindle copy of Shadow Sight and enter the award-winning urban fantasy world of Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Q+A with Sascha Illyvich + Slow Burn Giveaway

Please welcome today's guest author Sascha Illyvich!  Sascha is the author of the paranormal romance spy thriller SLOW BURN.

Keep reading for a chance to win Slow Burn by Sascha Illyvich.

Q+A with Sascha Illyvich

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

I've been writing since the 2nd grade, but professionally, since I was 21 years old.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

  My love of the spooky, the decadence often associated with the genre, werewolves...did I say werewolves?

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

I think the ability to fly would be a tremendous time saver...

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

  Good question.  I don't know much about Hollywood to be honest, yet I can tell you that Sonja would have to be played by a ravishing, full figured beauty with dark hair, and if I had to guess, Derrick would be played by maybe someone with a little more build and muscle than Bruce Campbell?  Even though Derrick is younger than the talented actor, I'm sure Campbell could rock it.  Chuck Finley is forever.

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

win Slow Burn by Sascha Illyvich spy thriller paranormal romance

Slow Burn by Sascha Illyvich

Tempting secrets of an angel. Seductive mysteries of the beast.

Derrick, a former spy, has been asked to protect the sultry Sonja, a death metal singer whose magical voice grabs him and won’t let go.

Release Date: September 2015
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance, Spy Thriller
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Slow Burn Giveaway

We are giving away one ebook copy of Slow Burn by Sascha Illyvich.

To enter, leave a comment below and include your email address so we may contact you if you win.  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.  Giveaway ends March 23, 2016 midnight EST.

To learn more about Sascha Illyvich and his books, please visit his website.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Best of Portland 2016: Best Maine Author

It's time to nominate your Portland and Maine favorites in the Best of Portland 2016. 

Follow the above link to vote.  If you'd like to vote for Best Maine Author, scroll down to Maine Author.  Write in your nomination (example: E.J. Stevens *wink*), and click vote. 

You will need to provide your email address, zip code, and a temporary password.  You will be sent an email confirmation.  Click the link in the email and you're done.  You can return to the form to vote in as many or as few categories as you wish.

Best of luck to all of the talented artists, writers, and performers!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Book Giveaway: Daylight (Girl from the Stars) by Cheree Alsop

Today we have a special book giveaway for our readers.  We are giving away three copies of DAYLIGHT the second book in the Girl from the Stars science fiction series by Cheree Alsop!

Daylight by Cheree Alsop

Daylight (Girl from the Stars #2) by Cheree Alsop

Liora Day’s fate entwined with the crew the day she joined the SS Kratos. Fleeing the Coalition in their attempt to destroy the Omne Occasus before it falls into the wrong hands, the captain and crew band together to save not only their ship, but the fate of the Macrocosm against those who would use the machine for harm. Liora’s heart is caught by Tariq, the damaged, brooding medical officer, but his past is entwined with hers in a way that makes a relationship nearly impossible.

Despite their acceptance, Liora’s presence endangers the ship, the crew, and everyone she meets. She must confront both the demons of her youth and the dangers of running from the Coalition in her fight to save not only the galaxy, but also what is left of her heart.

Release Date: December 31, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction
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Daylight Ebook Giveaway

Win one of three ebook copies of Daylight by Cheree Alsop.

To enter, please leave a comment on this post and include your email address so we may contact you if you win.  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.  Giveaway ends March 16, 2016 midnight EST.

Good luck!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Grudging Book Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Haley S. winner of the Grudging Book Giveaway here at From the Shadows!  Haley will receive a signed copy of GRUDGING by Michelle Hauck.

Grudging birth of saints by Michelle Hauck

Thank you to all who entered!

**Winners randomly selected using**

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Win VIP Reader Tickets to TNEE Atlanta

TNEE the novel experience event 2016 Atlanta
I have 2 VIP tickets to TNEE Atlanta to give away! 

Event: TNEE (The Novel Experience Event)
Where: Sheraton Atlanta
When: April 6-9, 2016
Cost: Basic Reader Ticket FREE
VIP Reader Ticket $100 (see how to win below!)

This event is FREE to readers.  At TNEE there will be parties, panels, book awards, a multi author book signing, and a fun filled week of authors and readers hanging out together in one of my favorite convention hotels.  There is so much to love about this event!

VIP reader tickets normally cost $100 each and include a special VIP welcome bag with goodies and books, a special VIP mixer with authors, VIP access to the event (VIP only line and Extra 30 minutes in the signing!), and special seating in panels and readings.

**In order to win, you must get a room at the convention hotel, the Sheraton Atlanta, for a 4 night stay.  This is non-negotiable.  Details regarding con rate will be provided by the convention when you receive your tickets**

To enter, leave a comment on this post letting me know that you would like to win!  Giveaway ends March 6, 2016.  Good luck. 

Paranormal Road Trip: Destination York with J.E. Taylor

Paranormal Road Trip: Washington D.C. with R.S. Belcher

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

This week's stop is York, Maine and our special guide is J.E. Taylor author of The Ryan Chronicles series, including new release ANGEL FURY.

York's Top 5 Spooky Places

Most of my books have, at a minimum, cameo appearances in York, Maine.  For the past seventeen years, my family spends our summer weekends and vacations in York. With such a rich history of ghosts, shipwrecks, even cannibalism and death, my characters just seemed to migrate towards the town we love so dearly.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few haunted places and some of the more... odd places in York, Maine.

1. Museums of Old York

If you take a tour of the Museums of Old York and you may run into the friendly “White Witch”, who is said to be the spirit of a woman hung for witchcraft.  Along with sightings of the white lady, there has been other supernatural activity reported around these museums, including chilly breezes, things moving on their own and doors opening of their own accord.  It’s rumored that even the children at the daycare across the street from the museum have said a nice lady in white has played with them during recess.  How creepy is that?

2. Old York Cemetery

Near the Museums of Old York stands Old York Cemetery which contains the grave of Mary Nasson, another witch who was executed and buried there in 1774.  Her gravestone has an image of her carved onto the crown, and a stone slab lies over the grave. If you’re thinking of tempting fate and removing that stone slab, legend states it was put there to keep Mary from rising from the grave.

3. Boon Island

There hasn’t been any reports of ghost sightings on Boon Island, but the history surrounding this landmark make it noteworthy to add here.  Boon Island houses New England’s tallest light house six miles off the shore of York, Maine. However, before the light house was built, ships routinely crashed into the desolate outcrop of rock.  The most notorious of shipwrecks was the British merchant vessel, Nottingham Galley which crashed on the island in December of 1710.  Ten of the fourteen crew members survived the crash and stayed alive for twenty-four days without shelter or fire.  The only food source was the dead crew members. After the ten remaining crew members were rescued, their cannibalistic survival story made the island infamous.

4.  Wiggly Bridge

While the Wiggly Bridge isn’t haunted or particularly spooky, the winding path through Steedman Woods can be, especially at twilight, and this is where I envisioned the opening scene in Saving Face – the sixth book in The Steve Williams Series.   The Wiggly Bridge is advertized the world’s smallest suspension bridge and its name is appropriate because it does sway and wiggle as you walk across it.

5.  Pleasure Ground

And just because it is such an oddity and actually makes me smile, I’m including Pleasure Ground – Tiny Figures in Hartley Mason Park.  This is a four by eight foot rock with bronze figures on top of it.  Yes, I realize this isn’t spooky at all, however, it does spark some weird story lines in the mind of a horror writer, like what if these figures were once real people who had a spell cast on them and were now forever encased in bronze?

There are a couple of other noteworthy places in nearby locations, like Kittery and Ogunquit that boast ghost sightings.  At the Ogunquit Playhouse you might see ghosts of Revolutionary War soldiers, and in  Kittery, if you visit Golden Girl Point on Appledore Island, you might see the ghost of Blackbeard’s mistress.

Thank you J.E. for giving us such a haunting tour of York! 

Learn more about J.E. Taylor and her books by visiting her website.  You can add The Ryan Chronicles here on Goodreads.

Angel Fury the ryan chronicles J.E. Taylor

What did you think of J.E.'s picks for spooky places?

On our last Paranormal Road Trip we visited Dark World with Toni Sweeney.  Next time we will be visiting Savannah with Elaine Calloway.

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