Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Interview and Giveaway-Tour Blitz: Haunt My Heart by Lisa Medley

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I write under my own name. I’ve always enjoyed reading about monsters in love and now I write about them.

I adore beasties of all sorts, fictional as well as real, and I have a farm full of them in my Southwest Missouri home including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees, and a guinea pig. 

I may or may not keep a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in my trunk at all times, including a machete. Just. In. Case.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Haunt My Heart is a ghost romance. The hero is a Civil War officer who was a member of a secret organization called the Brothers of Peril. After he’s hexed and trapped in a ring, he’s doomed to an eternity of darkness until a reluctant ghost hunter finds the ring 150 years later and takes home much more than a souvenir.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

This story idea germinated from the first real-life ghost hunt I participated in a couple of years ago. My husband was reluctant about the idea of me going ghost hunting. He worried, “What if something follows you home?” Of course, that only made me start asking, “What if it did?!” I went on the ghost hunt and came home with a story.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. I heart those books hard. I love the dark heroes. Monsters need love too.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Kylen, a reaper possessed by a demon for more than a hundred years, is the hero of Reap & Redeem, book two of my Reaping series. Shhhh…he’s my favorite :D

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

Haunt My Heart is a stand-alone paranormal romance. I don’t foresee any more books coming out of this story, however, the idea of the Brothers of Peril picking back up is intriguing…and possible.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

I’ve been plotstorming for the fourth book in my Reaping series. I’ve started a bit already because the characters couldn’t wait for me to make a plan. They just started talking! I’ll write my synopsis then jump into Reap & Reckon with both feet in January. I plan to finish that novel before July 4th.

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading an ARC of Not Quite Darcy by Terri Meeker. It’s a hoot!

What is in your to read pile?

Gah, EVERYTHING! The thing about actively writing is that I only have one brain. I’m quite a good multi-tasker but I still haven’t managed to figure out how to READ and WRITE at the same time, ha! On my nightstand now are Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I’m also really looking forward to Cara Bristol’s next sci-fi/fantasy romance The Goddess’s Curse. Don’t even get me started about my Kindle reads.

Haunt My Heart
Lisa Medley

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Big Cedar

Date of Publication: January 5, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-9908856-03

Word Count: 68K

Cover Artist: Sweet ‘n Spicy Designs

Book Description:

A Civil War soldier dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF, and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex—a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

Excerpt: Chapter One
“Hurry up, Sarah. We’re going to miss the ghost!”
Sarah Knight rolled her eyes in the cold December darkness, but trotted after Ellie’s bouncing flashlight beam. Sarah’s heels crunched through the frozen topsoil as she crossed the lawn, and she worried about the damage being done to her only pair of sensible work shoes. Ellie had failed to mention this would be on an outdoor excursion.
Ellie had been dragging her out on girls’ nights against her better judgment since they graduated from college. Last month, they’d gone to a mixed martial arts fight, complete with blood, screaming and more than one missing tooth. And that had been the spectators.
It was only in the car on the way over that Sarah had learned tonight’s adventure would be a ghost hunt. Ellie had a strange idea of fun.
Sarah and Ellie caught up to the tour group as the leader, a tall dark-haired man in his mid-forties, wrapped up his ghost-hunting protocol explanation. She’d missed the rules. Ellie wouldn’t care about missing that part. She hated following the rules, but Sarah was a little miffed. If she was going ghost hunting, she wanted to know exactly what the boundaries were.
“Great,” Sarah whispered. “We missed the rules.”
“At least we didn’t miss the ghost,” Ellie pointed out. “And they haven’t doled out the equipment yet.” Ellie’s mouth split into a mischievous smile, and she angled up closer to the group leader.
“Again, my name is Allen, if you have any questions during the tour. Since we have such a large group tonight, we’ll split into two teams. Carla will take this half.” Allen sliced an imaginary line through the group of twenty or so ghost-hunters. “And the rest of you will go with me.”
Relieved she and Ellie were on the same side of the line, Sarah snuggled up closer to her friend and surveyed the rest of their team. A middle-aged couple, a grandmotherly woman, and a group of ten sorority girls—exactly the type of girls she’d avoided in college—made up Team Allen. The girls sported matching Greek-lettered sweatshirts, scarves and mittens and tittered incessantly. Sarah was fairly sure their chance of seeing a ghost with this group was nil. Fine with her. Ellie was the one who went for the paranormal stuff.
“We’ll walk the path where the Lady in White has typically been spotted. Carla’s team will cover the grounds around the house,” Allen said. He nodded to Carla, and she gave him a little salute, then led her team around to the side of the building. Allen’s group stayed put in the doorway.
“First, I’ll need a couple of volunteers,” Allen announced.
Ellie’s hand shot up before Sarah could register what was happening. “We’ll do it.”
Classic Ellie, leaping before she looked. She didn’t even know what she was volunteering for. It could be anything. If Allen wanted virgins to sacrifice, however, he was out of luck.
Allen pulled two little handheld meter devices out of his messenger bag. His brows lowered a bit as he studied Ellie, cast his eyes around the group, then settled back to her. Ellie’s enthusiasm won out and Allen handed one device to her and the other to Sarah.
“This is the Anomaly Detector,” Allen said with all the reverence of presenting the sword Excalibur. “It measures EMP and temperature. If these lights change, it’s your job to let us know. I’ll be taking photos and interacting with the ghost, trying to draw her out. I can’t keep my eyes on all of the devices at once. Can you manage this?”
“Absolutely,” Ellie squealed.
Sarah resisted rolling her eyes again. She accepted the detector and did her best to reduce her scowl.
“It’s okay to be skeptical,” Allen said. “It makes it all the more exciting when we convert you to a believer.” His smile warmed and Sarah realized he was actually handsome. Old, but handsome. What an otherwise normal and attractive man—who was way old enough to know better—was doing leading a bunch of ghost hunters, she had no idea. People were strange. She supposed she’d have to include herself in that judgment, considering she now held a ghost detector.

About the Author:

Lisa has always enjoyed reading about monsters, and now she writes about them, because monsters need love too.

She adores beasties of all sorts, fictional as well as real, and has a farm full of them in her southwest Missouri home, including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees and a guinea pig.

She may or may not keep a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times, including a machete. Just. In. Case.

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