Friday, November 25, 2016

#BlackFriday #CyberMonday Hunting in Bruges #UrbanFantasy 99 Cent Book Deal

#BlackFriday #CyberMonday Hunting in Bruges #UrbanFantasy 99 Cent Book Deal

ON SALE TODAY.  Hunting in Bruges, the first novel in the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series, is only 99 cents for a limited time.

Hunting in Bruges by E.J. Stevens urban fantasy paranormal vampire hunter

Hunting in Bruges (Hunters' Guild #1, Ivy Granger #3.5)

The only thing worse than being a Hunter in the fae-ridden city of Harborsmouth, is hunting vampires in Bruges.

Being shipped off to Belgium sucks. The medieval city of Bruges is quaint, but the local Hunters' Guild is understaffed, the canals are choked with dead bodies, and there's no shortage of supernatural predators as likely suspects.

On second thought, maybe Bruges isn't so bad after all.

With a desire to prove herself, protect the innocent, and advance within the ranks of the Hunters' Guild, Jenna Lehane hits the cobbled streets of Bruges with blades at the ready. Someone, or something, is murdering tourists and dumping their bodies in the city's scenic canals. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Jenna begins to piece together clues that are dotted throughout the city like blood spatter.

Determined to stop the killings, Jenna delves into a bloody local history that only raises more questions—but some secrets are best left buried. Jenna must put her combat training to the test as she struggles to unearth the truth about an ancient enemy.

Hunting in Bruges is the first novel in the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series set in the award-winning world of Ivy Granger.

Buy Now for 99 Cents

Returns to full price November 30th!

BOOK NEWS:  Hunting in Bruges Dutch translations to release worldwide April 2017.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Bite Before Christmas Giveaway

Bite Before Christmas Giveaway at From the Shadows

It's time for our annual Bite Before Christmas Giveaway at From the Shadows.  Thank you so much for following my blog!

This year, I have some amazing prizes for you.  Keep reading for your chance to win!

Bite Before Christmas Giveaway

Win a $20 Amazon Gift Card and an Ivy Granger World Prize Pack filled with signed swag, including postcards, posters, stickers, and buttons.

To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.  Giveaway ends December 8, 2016 midnight EST. 

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Happy Holidays!

Want to enter more giveaways here at From the Shadows?  You're in luck!

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Holiday Giveaways at From the Shadows

  • Comic Book Extravaganza, Ends 11/30
  • Dark Faery Prize Pack, 11/30-12/14
  • One Smoking Hot Fairy Tale Prize Pack, 12/6-12/16

I've also contributed to the Urban Fantasy Unveiled Giveaway ending 11/30.  Don't miss your chance to win one of these prizes: Black Kindle Fire, Blue Kindle Fire, Orange Kindle Fire, Magenta Kindle Fire, $10 Amazon Gift Card (5 Winners), 3-Month Kindle Unlimited Subscription (or $30 Amazon Gift Card; 3 Winners).
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All Urban Fantasy Unveiled Giveaway entrants also receive a FREE Urban Fantasy sampler.

What is your favorite thing about the holidays?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Comic Book Geek Extravaganza #Giveaway

Comic Book Geek Extravaganza #Giveaway Prizes

We have a special Comic Book Geek Extravaganza Giveaway with fab geekalicious prizes sponsored by Jeremy Flagg.  Flagg is author of the Children of Nostradamus series, including NIGHTHAWKS.

Comic Book Geek Giveaway

We are giving away this amazing prize pack, including
  • Justice League of America (1-4), 2004
  • The Secret Defenders (1-4), 1993
  • Civil War Funko Pop Vinyls
  • Avengers Tattoos
  • Marvel Mystery Mini Bag
  • DC Mystery Mighty Mini

To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.  Giveaway ends November 30, 2016 at 7PM EST.

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Good luck!

You can learn more about Jeremy Flagg by visiting his website.  More about his novel NIGHTHAWKS below.

Nighthawks Children of Nostradamus Jeremy Flagg

Nighthawks (Children of Nostradamus #1) by Jeremy Flagg.

Twenty-six-year-old painter Conthan Cowan takes art to a shocking frontier…

His debut exhibit features the transformation of his high school friend, Sarah, as she went from a shy, soft-spoken girl to a Child of Nostradamus—an individual gifted with extraordinary abilities. Living in a society where the Children of Nostradamus are captured by the government, Conthan’s exhibit draws attention from officials and protesters alike.

A government psychic may be dead, but that doesn’t stop her from manipulating the future…

The deceased White House aide is only remembered for her failed assassination attempt on the president decades before Conthan was born. Foreseeing her own death, she scribed letters to bring together specific Children of Nostradamus on a mission that will change the world.

On the night of the gallery exhibition, Conthan receives one of those letters…

Whispers from the past direct him to visit Sarah, the subject of his paintings, who like many Children of Nostradamus, is being detained in a government research facility. It’s there he finds himself aligned with a rogue group of Children on a mission to prevent a dark future.

As a dark future unfolds, there's only one hope to stop the destruction of the world...The Children of Nostradamus.

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Thank you Jeremy Flagg for the chance to win fabulous prizes!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Paranormal Road Trip: Destination Spokane Washington with Cathy Clamp

Paranormal Road Trip: Destination Spokane Washington with Cathy Clamp

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

This week's stop is Spokane, Washington and our special guide is Cathy Clamp author of the Tales of the Sazi series and the spin-off Luna Lake series, including new release ILLICIT.

Spokane's Top 5 Spooky Places

The Sazi of Luna Lake novels are set in rural northeastern Washington in Ferry County. Just to the west of Ferry County, and where the residents go to shop and interact with regular humans is Spokane, which has a rich history of hauntings, owing to the gold mines that made the fortunes, or were the deaths of many fortune seekers.

Clark Mansion.  One such fortune seeker was Patrick (known to his friends as “Patsy”) Clark. At the young age of 18, Patsy made his way to the United States from Ireland and quickly mastered the art of mining. He made his way up through the ranks of some of the most well known mines in western America, including the Comstock lode in Nevada, and the Alice Mine in Montana, until he was ready to be owner of his own mines: The Poor Man mine in Spokane and The Republic mine in Ferry County. Patsy and his bride, Mary, lived in the Clark Mansion until their deaths in 1915 and 1923, when it was sold to investors. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the hauntings began and nobody really knows why they started, as the house was never reported to have been the subject of any tragedies. But former employees of the restaurant that it eventually became report strange happenings. Wine bottles are tossed about, voices of at least three entities can be heard in the basement and cold spots and chilled breezes from nowhere are reported.

Mirabeau Park Hotel.  Set among 76 surrounding lakes and multiple golf courses, this luxury resort in Spokane has several permanent (and transparent) residents. A reported suicide of a guest in a room near the front desk has resulted in a spirit who asks night bellman and maids for extra towels but disappears before they can get a room number. The ghosts of a woman and her two children have also been seen by guests and staff alike, and while most of the sightings have been mundane or simply mysterious, some have been frightening. There are also some rooms that more sensitive employees refuse to enter for reasons they can’t explain.

Greenwood Cemetery.  While a haunted cemetery might seem almost like the norm in any major city, Greenwood Cemetery goes a step above. A thousand steps, actually. The staircase at Greenwood Cemetery was supposedly the site of satanic rituals in the past and visitors report that they are unable to make it to the top of the stairs because the disembodied faces of the men, women and children sacrificed appear to prevent them from going further as they climb. Those who have made it to the top report shrieks and cries of the dead greet them and rain pelts their skin, although they never get wet. Don’t try to visit this one, though. The thousand step staircase is on private property and access renovations to the cemetery have made the staircase obsolete.

The Davenport Hotel.  Louis Davenport loved the hotel he built in 1914. In fact, he lived there, in Suite 1105, until his death in 1951. He was reported to have said “I never want to leave here,” before he died. And according to staff, he never did. He died in his beloved room, as did his wife Verus, in 1967. Suite 1105 still houses their spirits. During renovations, wiring blew back and forth in the breeze while workers watched. Except there was no breeze. The windows were sealed and the electricity was off to do the work. Party noisemakers are often reported heard near the room. That sort of makes sense, since the first event in the hotel was a New Years Eve party.  There’s also a spirit haunting the mezzanine in 1920's vintage party wear, walking back and forth through a door. Ellen MacNamara supposedly fell to her death through the lobby skylight by walking through the same door. Employees report that Louis Davenport always seems to appear when guests need attending to. One bellman believes that a ‘legacy of supreme hospitality’ isn’t such a bad spirit for a hotel to have.

Monaghan Hall.  No trip down the paranormal highway in Spokane would be complete without Monaghan Hall on the Gonzaga University campus. James Monaghan was another Irishman who made the rags to riches journey because of the mines. Except he wasn’t a miner.  He was a trader and shipper who contracted with the U.S. mail and Army to haul freight, and with steamboat and ferry companies to bring goods to the bustling mine area. By 1909 he was a millionaire. He became a county commissioner and justice of the peace and by the time of his death in 1916 of natural causes, “Spokane Jim” had a funeral procession that was one of the largest in the city’s history. Jim was among the first graduating class of Gonzaga College and was later donated heavily to the Jesuit-run learning institution. There are any number of rumors about how Monaghan Hall came to be haunted.

One of the most widely believed is that a young seminary student hanged himself in the attic and it’s his spirit that roams the halls. But organ music can often be heard as well, and reportedly, it’s the same music heard at Spokane Jim’s funeral. Another tie to Monaghan is that a photograph of the donor, lying in state, was supposedly found by an historical society in a hole in a dirt wall in the basement of the Hall that shows the crucifixes around his coffin upside down. A housekeeper reported that attempts to burn the photograph failed and it was buried there instead. A former director of music, responding to the reports of hauntings, began to sleep on his office couch and was frequently awakened by the sound of phantom flautists and organists and also by doors opening and shutting with nobody there.  There are varying reports of “rituals” being done in the 1970s (although the university does not admit to any sort of exorcism being done) to remove the entities that witnesses reported would cause feelings of tingling skin, paralysis and a strangling sensation.

Thank you Cathy for giving us such a haunting tour of Spokane! 

Learn more about Cathy Clamp and her books by visiting her website.  You can add ILLICIT here on Goodreads.

Illicit by Cathy Clamp Luna Lake Sazi

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

On our last Paranormal Road Trip we visited Houma, Louisianna with Madison Granger.

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

Forbidden Cathy Clamp Luna Lake Sazi

And don't miss our Q+A with Cathy Clamp from our From the Shadows blog archives.  We talk about casting for the first Luna Lake novel FORBIDDEN, favorite supernatural talents, and more!