Sunday, March 21, 2010

Guest Blogger: Erin Kellison

The winner of Erin's book is: MarZel. Congrats, MarZel! Send me your contact info and I'll pass it along to Erin. Thanks to everyone who participated.

When I was a kid, my bedroom had a wide closet with accordion doors. And inside that closet was a little white door that led to the unfinished, dusty, spidery attic space under the roof, a place I never dared to venture. One blustery night I watched as that little white door slowly eased open, then slammed shut. Then eased open again, only to slam shut even harder. Over and over again. I was so frightened that I breathed as shallowly as possible. I could not call for my mom. I could not get out of my bed and run for the door. I sat on my bed in stone cold terror waiting for a horror to emerge and “get me.”

After a little while, it occurred to me that (oh!) the wind was doing it, and my fear abated and the clammy sweat dried on me. I was left feeling disappointed. A spooky attic was way more fun than an empty one. I guessed I had better go to sleep. But of course I didn’t. Nope, instead my brain started working, turning over that most delicious and wonderful of questions: What if?

What if the attic was haunted? What kind of creature existed in the pitched shadows beyond my bedroom? What would that creature want on this side of the door? It didn’t take too long before I’d worked myself back into a spooked thrill. My poor mom.

In my upcoming debut, Shadow Bound, the question, What if? takes the form of the deep, threatening shadows of a between place I call Twilight.

Shadow is the stuff of imagination, nightmare, and seduction. Enter at your peril.

Excerpt from Shadow Bound:

Talia heard Adam’s intake of breath as she wrapped the veil around them, the day falling from sunny blue to a dreamy murk. They stood in layered fog, the veils of shadow sensuously lapping at their bodies. The trees, the meadow beyond, the hulk of Segue Institute were all there, yet somehow appeared transient. As if one good gust of wind might carry it all away.

Adam’s hand warmed in hers. He filled her with his wonder, which was better than all the rest. Made her realize how beautiful shadow was, too.

“A little more,” he said.

Talia reached and the day darkened to dusk, the orb of the sun shifting from blazing yellow to deep violet. The world turned to myriad purples and shades of blue and black. Sounds stretched so that the birds’ twitters and crickets’ chirps became high, eerie notes warped by darkness.

Shadow settled on her shoulders and slid deliciously against her skin in welcome.

Adam’s wonder turned to awe and building excitement.

Talia glanced at him to see how much of what he felt could be read on his face.

He looked down at her, about to say something, but instead he stopped and stared. That sensation was back, a trickle in the sense of his discovery, then a flood blotting it out. Desire.

Erin Kellison writes paranormal romance with a strong emphasis on dark fantasy/urban fantasy. She attempted her first book in sixth grade, also a dark fantasy adventure, and still has those first, hand-written chapters. An avid reader, stories have always been a central part of her life. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English Language and Literature, with a concentration in mythology and folklore. She went on for a masters in Cultural Anthropology, focusing on oral story-telling and Native American mythology. When she had children, nothing scared her anymore, so her focus shifted to writing fiction. She sold her manuscript, Shadow Bound, to Dorchester Publishing via The 2009 Dawn Thompson Memorial Haunted Hearts Contest. She lives in Arizona with her two beautiful daughters and husband, and she will have a dog (breed undetermined) when her youngest turns five.

A commenter will be chosen at random on Tuesday night to receive a copy of Shadow Bound. Check back to see if you have won!


Blogger Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Hello Ms. Erin! Your book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win!

Waves to Ms. Lynda! Hope all is well!!!!

6:48 PM  
Blogger mariska said...

Haunted you say ? wow...count me in. i love to read this book.

uniquas at ymail dot com

7:00 PM  
Anonymous electric_life said...

this is enchanting and amazing! exactly what the book world wants to see & will read!!! can't wait to read more!

7:55 PM  
Blogger Coach Z said...

WOW...I just found your blog today!! Lucky me. I look forward to looking around. Thank you.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

Oh wow, that is something that would've scared me witless. It's kinda sad how easily I scare, but I don't watch scary ghost shows like A Haunting. I can watch Ghost hunters every now and then. But other than that I avoid horror.

Your book sounds pretty cool!

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Mo said...

Shadow Bound sounds like a cool story. Can't wait to read it this summer!

11:09 PM  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

That sounds scary as heck and fun. Call me crazy but being scared is kinda fun, probably why I love reading books that scare me. This books sounds great btw.

1:30 AM  
Blogger Tes Hilaire said...

You don't have to put me in your drawing (you know I'm buying the book!) but wanted to say I loved the closet story (the excerpt too, but I love all your writing) awesome to get some insight into that dark mind of yours!

5:51 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Shadow Bound sounds good. Love the cover!


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8:03 AM  
Anonymous Erin Kellison said...

Thanks everyone! Shadow Bound was fun to write. And to this day I still get butterflies when I see that little white door in the closet of my old bedroom at my parents' house. Seriously creepy. :)

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Julie Ellis said...

I can relate to that fear. My grandma had a dark spidery basement that she used to take me down in when a storm blew in. She was afraid of tornados, yet I think I was even more terrified of her cellar. I can't wait to read Shadow Bound.

10:44 AM  
Blogger tetewa said...

I'm always looking for new authors to read, sounds good!

11:13 AM  
Blogger Rosie said...

This sounds so good. There's nothing like a spooky story to get the old heart racing. Thanks for the chance to win!

rosie0512 @ hotmail . com

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Erin Kellison said...

Thanks you guys! Julie, your basement sounds positively chilling! I wonder if it's the crawling things (hate those) or the still empty spaces that scare the most.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Linda Andrews said...

Your books sounds like a spine tingling adventure. When I was younger we lived in a house with a attic and door just like you described.

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Kelsey Browning said...

Erin -

This sounds great. Love the name "Segue Institute." Conjures up all types of possibilities!


PS - also had attic entry from my closet as a kid. The AC was in the attic as well and had dripped water onto my ceiling in the shape of an ax. I was convinced someone was living up there, and that was an outline of the weapon he was going to use to kill me - LOL.

10:36 PM  
Anonymous Nora said...

Lovers of Paranormal Romance, I'm here to tell ya, Erin Kellison is your next favorite author!

10:38 PM  
Blogger Victoria Roder said...

Shadow Bound sounds great! I love anything that goes bump in the night.

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Erin Kellison said...

Wow! Sounds like quite a few of you had creepy attic doors. Come to think of it, reminds me a little of Coraline, except she had the guts to go through it. I guess Neil Gaiman had a little attic door, too. Kelsey, the ax on the ceiling (super cool) would have kept me up all night. And the Segue Institute, dedicated to studying the transition between this world and the next, is located in a renovated haunted hotel. Lots of hidden doors there. :)

10:40 AM  
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