Category Archives: Paranormal

Review of Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator

Spookygirl: Paranormal InvestigatorSpookygirl: Paranormal Investigator by Jill Baguchinsky

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had the privilege of reading an advance copy of Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator and loved it! It was smart, funny, and had it’s scary moments. Though I don’t know much about paranormal investigations and all of the equipment involved, I have read and seen my fair share of books and shows about them, and it seems as though Ms. Baguchinsky has done her research. Violet is an awesome MC – I loved her immediately – and the secondary characters were fleshed out enough to make them likable and interesting enough to make me want to know more. The story was structured and paced well, and the main mystery was very compelling – I wanted to find the answers almost as much as Violet did.

I would definitely recommend Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator. Anyone who loves ghost stories and mysteries will enjoy this book. I am rating it at 4.5 stars (though that’s not technically possible on here) because I more than “really liked it” but reserve “it was amazing” for only a select few reads.

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Entered Pitch. Won Request!

Hello all!

So… I stumbled across a 35-word pitch contest here and won a request for a full of Terra Incognita from an editor at Entangled Publishing!  Very excited and nervous!  It will probably be a while before I know if they want it, though.  In the meantime, I will continue querying agents… I’ve gotta spark some interest somewhere, right?  Hm….  And I will continue to write, as well, though I have slacked off this past week or so.

Also, other cool news… I won an ARC of Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator (the winner of the 2011 ABNA in the YA category).  The copy is in the mail, and the book is due in stores on August 16th.  If you want to check out the author’s blog, you can find it here.  I’m looking forward to reading her book!

To-Read List…

Since this is (mostly) a writing blog, I thought it only fitting to include a post about the books I’m looking forward to purchasing and reading in the not-too-distant future.  So, here we go:

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness, realeased 10 July 2012 (if you haven’t read the first book A Discovery of Witches, and you like that sort of thing, check it out)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, released 1o July 2012 (she was born in Kentucky, so that’s exciting to me, since I went to college and lived there for a while — and where I live in southern Ohio might as well be Kentucky anyway… I’m just sayin’)

Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz, released 31 July 2012 (whether or not you like Dean Koontz, you may want to try out the Odd Thomas series — paranormal mystery/thriller — they are a lot of fun, so start with the first one… Also they’ve made it into a movie coming out next year, starring Anton Yelchin — I’m totally going to see it!)

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle, released 25 September 2012 (this is definitely an interesting concept — sounds fantastic!)

There are a ton more, I’m sure… and a lot I still haven’t read that’ve been out for a while already (like book 2 in the Chemical Garden trilogy, Fever by Lauren DeStefano — if you haven’t, you should definitely check out her website, facebook, and twitter… very entertaining and helpful for readers and writers alike — I love her!)  And because it’s coming out next year:

Sever (Chemical Garden Trilogy #3) released 12 February 2013

If I think of more, I’ll add them!


Just Wanted to Share…

Hey there…  I promised a little while back to share my most recent work.  Tentatively entitled 3 Wishes, it’s a YA story involving fairy tales, a curse, a genie, and true love.  You can find a description here.

Here is the curse:

Your power achieved:
For an eternity you will see
True Love weaved
For all but thee;
Cursed with the power
Of wishes three,
Until the hour
Your flame recedes.
But this outcome,
One may forestall;
When they succumb
The One for the All.
With the Tools they possess
(the Keys, a Book, and One Wish)
All things will coalesce,
As this Curse they abolish.
True Love you will have found,
Perhaps too late, you will see.
By Love, you will be unbound,
By her, you will be set free.
So to expound:
If you have doubt,
You have until your candle burns down
And your flame goes out.

There you have it!  Of course, now I’ve gotten back into writing Creeping Slowly & Evaporating…  and I’m kind of on a roll with it right now.

So, I’ve done it…

I have officially edited Terra Incognita and made it a Young Adult fantasy.  I know, I know… can we say “sell out!”?  😉  Heh, not really…  It turned out it didn’t change as much as I thought it would… I changed her age from twenty-three to seventeen (almost eighteen) and since it already had the feel of a YA book, I didn’t need to change how she talked or the way I told the story.  (I did keep a copy of the original file, just in case.)  And I have decided that I like it (and it’s chances) better as a Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy…  so yeah.  It’s my genre/category of choice anyway (most of my other stories are YA), so it makes sense.  The character remains unchanged (which was my main concern) and the story still reads the same way, with only some minor age-appropriate changes (not for the reader but for the character).  Below is my rewritten pitch… hopefully it’s better than the others anyway… 🙂


Seventeen-year old Haylee Wells thought her mother pressuring her to choose a college was her only problem.  But between her aunt’s death and a wraithlike creature attacking, she suddenly has much more to handle.  When she finds herself in a post-apocalyptic future where these creatures reign and can kill with a single touch, she takes refuge with a group of humans who have their own special abilities.  She needs to find her way home.  But the connection she shares with Derik – the duty-bound protector of the group – and her own developing abilities complicate things further.  If she fails to realize the power within herself, she risks becoming a slave to the “Pale Ones” and never returning home.  

Eh, not too bad… but we’ll see.

As always, thanks for reading…  Until next time….

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Being a hopeless romantic, I can’t help enjoying this holiday… even if nothing’s happening for me on this day.  I’m not saying I don’t have a significant other… just that today was like most days… 😉   Anyway, I hope every one of you are enjoying your Valentine’s Days…

In celebration of this day of love, I thought I would share a tiny snippet from my book Terra Incognita.

Here is Haylee and Derik’s first kiss:

“There are no mates for… people like me.  But I am what I am, and we’re too different.” He held my eyes there, trying to drill the point into my head.  “It’s crazy and… even if it was possible, I’m just too dangerous for you to be with.”

There was that word again.  Dangerous.  What did they mean?

“Glenna says you have a past, something you’ve never even discussed with her.  Tell me.  Let me decide whether or not you’re too dangerous.  Because right now I don’t see it.  I can’t see it.  Don’t you think I deserve the chance to decide for myself?”  Somehow we had been drawn closer together as we spoke, and our faces were inches apart.  My eyes trailed down to his lips and back to his eyes.

“Haylee,” he whispered.  “It can never be… I don’t understand how it could…” And our lips met.

I threw my arms around his neck, and he pressed into the cot, both of us trying to get as close as possible.  He placed his hands behind my neck, pulling me toward him, keeping my head in place, and deepened the kiss.  Just when I thought I’d suffocate, he pulled back, breaking contact.  I tried to follow him, but he held me back.  We were both panting.  He leaned his forehead against mine.  “This is crazy.”

“I agree.  Let’s keep going,” I gasped, trying to move closer again.


I hope you enjoyed!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Halloween!

Autumn is my favorite season, and Halloween is (in my opinion, anyway) the most fun holiday! Both are great inspirations for my writing.

And now that Halloween is here, National Novel Writing Month is one day away. I’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year… for the first time… and my story will involve vampires… That’s right. Vampires. I love just about anything to do with vampires… maybe they’re my guilty pleasure… However, I just don’t find them all that scary… I think we need some more super scary vamps out there right now… though I’m not sure that is possible and doubt mine will be. Then again, I’m not so sure I care about that… vampires are so much fun.

Which leads to my pondering… If I could write about any “monster,” it would be vampires… However, when I really want a scare, I go with zombies all the way. Yep, zombies are the thing that get my heart pumping… When I’m outside, late at night, walking my dog… waiting for her to do her “thing”… zombies are what I imagine lurking in every dark corner of my backyard… pulling themselves up over my fence… pushing their way through the closed gate… crawling out from beneath the decking around my pool. Every time my dog stands alert, I freeze and peer intently into those shadowy spaces. I try to keep my back to the house… silly, I know… Then, I imagine… what if… What if a zombie did make it’s way over the fence? My dog would protect me… right? Would she go at ’em, hackles raised and snarling? Or would she whimper and run away? Leaving me to take care of myself… I figure, if it’s the first, I’d have a very good chance of getting to the back door, locking it… maybe I’d make it. If she cowers, my chances of survival dwindle.

Of course, I know zombies aren’t real… but, of all the fictional characters out there, the idea of them scares me the most. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I LOVE zombies, whether in literature or film. We all love to be scared (well, the popularity of horror films is proof of that).

So, my question for you is… what is YOUR choice of monster this lovely Halloween?