July 18, 2011

Ghosts and Angels and Demons, Oh, My!

Today it's my pleasure to host author, Minnette Meador. Minnette is in the middle of a blog tour promoting her new book, A Ghost of a Chance. Welcome, Minnette.

Minnette will be giving away a Kindle at the end of her promotions campaign and anyone who comments on her tour, or on her blog, will be entered into that drawing. One randomly drawn commenter from the tour itself will-- in addition-- win a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

Reggie shrugged and rubbed his nose with a long forefinger. “The succubus is drawn to powerful men…psychics.”

“That’s horseshit, Reggie. I’m no psychic.”

Reggie nailed him with a cold gaze and chuckled under his ghostly breath. “Let’s see…you see dead people. Not only do you see them, but you talk to them as well. As a matter of fact, some of your best friends are dead. Sounds rather psychic to me. But what do I know?”

Keenan licked his lips. “Oh.” - A GHOST OF A CHANCE (Resplendence Publishing - June 2011)

Writing about ghosts, angels, and demons was not what I originally set out to do, but then sometimes books take on life (or death) of their own. Keenan arrived fully-grown one fateful evening when I was trying to sleep and I just had to get him down. His problem: He sees ghosts… lots and lots of ghosts…

They were costing him a fortune. The TV, the radio, and even his computer were always on. Lights went off and on constantly. The heat would soar to eighty degrees in the middle of the summer and then plunge to fifty when the winter freeze set in. He couldn’t keep any pets; the instant they came into the house they hissed or yelped in terror and ran away. The neighborhood was full of cats that had once belonged to Keenan.

He couldn’t keep girlfriends either. The closer they got, the more convinced they were that he was on drugs, a serial killer, or terminally cracked. He hadn’t had a girl at his house in years; for some reason they got all heebie-jeebie on him when things started flying around or cold blasts of air unexpectedly lifted their skirts. One girl even had her panties removed, but not by Keenan. He was in the kitchen at the time.

Friends? Forget it. They had a tendency to search for the exit when he told them he saw dead people…and not in the good way. Moviemakers had it all wrong. These weren’t people who wanted release; they were freeloaders who wanted nothing more than to torture the living, especially those who could see them. Keenan had lost count of how many pranks he had endured over the years. Somewhere in the thousands, he was sure.

But this book became a culmination of things I love: ghost stories, Catholic mysticism, psychic abilities, and even history. Add steaming sex scenes, reluctant heroes, a kick ass heroine, and a very special HEA, mix well and you’ve got a modern story of ghosts meet boy, boy meets girl, boy loses girl and ghosts, boy dies, boy gets girl and ghosts back, boy and girl save the world.

I hope you will take a look. I think you might laugh a bit and maybe even cry. Thanks so much to Sarah for sharing her amazing blog site. I’m honored to be here.

A Ghost of a Chance
by Minnette Meanor


Keenan Swanson is your typical, everyday graphic designer. Well, except for the hundreds of pesky, prank-loving poltergeists that make his life interesting (in a Chinese curse sort of way). He finds his situation precarious yet manageable—until witty, smoking-hot coworker Isabella enters the scene and Keenan decides he wants her all for himself. With a horny succubus who has other ideas, a burly city cop determined to lock Keenan away, and an evil entity who’s hell-bent on using Keenan’s seed to create a living demon, the reluctant psychic realizes he just might not come out of this alive—or with heart intact.

Keenan headed down Thirty-second Street, turned left onto Hawthorn, and ran like an antelope with a lion biting his tail.

When he hit the crowd outside Taps at full speed, he came to a crashing halt and sailed to the ground, taking down two brawny beer drinkers, their respective girlfriends, and an innocent table that was sitting there minding its own business. Four obviously filled pints of stout flew through the air and the contents rained down on the struggling quintet in a dark brown shower, soaking all of them. Two of the empty pints hit Keenan squarely on the back of the head, one after the other.

The tangled pile of human beings and beer began to disentangle itself, but Keenan’s head was spinning wildly. So wildly, in fact, that he didn’t feel himself roughly yanked to his feet and then off of them, or see the swollen fist appear out of thin air until it was too late. All he heard was a distant son of a bitch and the sound of meaty flesh striking cheekbone.

The sparklers that gleamed in front of his eyes reminded him of the Fourth of July on the coast. He found himself down on the ground again.

“…you stupid prick!” The words soaked into his stupor and he squinted up to see six-foot-six of angry male mountain, a pleading red head attached to the man’s arm.

Not that it would have stopped another blow, but Keenan forced his hands into the submissive position and tried to find his voice. “Oh, man…” he said to the mountain. “I’m really sorry. Are you all right?”


Karen C said...

This sounds like great fun!! Can't wait to read.

kacbooks at hotmail dot com

Sarah Grimm said...

So happy to be hosting one of your tour stops, Minnette! Your book sounds wonderful. I've added it to my TBR list.

Off to work soon so I may only 'see' you all once I'm back home tonight. Have a fantastic day!

Unknown said...

It's true your book has it all!!!

If there was one piece of swag(anything) that you would give out to represent your book what would it be and what would it look like?

Minnette Meador said...

Hi, Karen - Glad you could stop by this morning!

You are more than welcome, Arah. Thanks for inviting me to your wonderful blog! I'm off to work soon myself, so we'll chat later.

Good question, Leanne - If I could give away anything, it would be a trip to a haunted place with one of the Ghost Hunter teams. Wouldn't THAT be sweet? :o)

JeanMP said...

Good Morning,

Ooo that would be a neat giveaway. Always fun watching the ghost hunters, interesting what they encounter and turn up.
Have a good day!

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Chele Blades said...

still laughing at Keenan...i can imagine people thinking he is on drugs...still not read the whole story yet...but poor guy he he

thanks for sharing more on keenan


tammy ramey said...

good morning Minnette,
hope you had a good weekend. i love the excerpts from your book and i am looking forward to reading it. has been a lot of fun following your blog tour.


Chelsea Rafferty said...

Morning, I like the beginning of this one.. where he's like "I'm not psychic" LOL! hmm you attract well all ghosts and you aren't psychic, RIGHT mate. :P

Ohhh Leanne good question and really good response Minnette, I don't think I"d "try" for a gift like that lol :P

ohh i have a good question :D If you could only pick "one" form of advertising, which form would you pick?? (facebook, myspace, email, blogging, twitter, etc...etc...??)??


Shadow said...

Hi! Another great post! :) Awesome question Leanne. I love your answer Minnette! :) Are there any haunted places that you havent been to, but want to go to?

Christiana said...

Good Morning Minnette, I have to say that I love that excerpt. Keenan doesn't see himself as psychic, and that reminds me that most people don't see in themselves what others see in them.

Sarah, awesome blog, I'm going to have to visit more often.

Hope everyone had an awesome weekend! I shall return!


Na said...

Hi Minnette,

Re-reading the part where Keenan can't keep any pets because they all run away in terror reminded me that if I ever purchase my own home if I don't already have a pet I'm going to have one "sniff" the place out for me. Animals, especially dogs and cats are definitely more attuned to ghosts and another reason why I believe in their existence.

Has Pierre ever sensed any ghosts in your presence as far as you are aware?

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Sarah Grimm said...

@Christiana Thanks, Christiana. I hope you do come back and visit!

Minnette Meador said...

Hi, Jean! Thanks for joining us. Wouldn't that be fun?

You are more than welcome, Chele - I really hope you get to read the whole thing. Lots fun and even a tear or two. :o)

Thanks, Tammy - It's been a pleasure having you ride with us!

Hi, Chelsea R - Hmmm, good question. Probably Facebook, at least for now. I seem to be able to reach more people who are actually interested in what I write there.

Hi, Shadow - Oh, lots of them. I've only been to a few... My wish would be to go on New Orleans mid-night ghost tour. That would be awesome!

Thanks, Christiana - You comment reminds me to remind you guys that if you visit and like the blog, you should subscribe to it. You may be missing out on some amazing interviews if you don't know about the (not to mention prizes ~whisper~)

Hi, Na - Animal really have wonderful instincts and we should all trust them. Pierre is kind of a sissy dog (4 lbs of vicious toy poodle) and would the one running out the door welping, I'm afraid. LOL He's stared up at the ceiling a couple of times, but I think that was just cus he can't hear very well and thought something was coming from there.

Chelsea B. said...

This sounds like an amazing book that I can't wait to read!


Vonnie Alto said...

It's humorous to think about all the cats in the neighborhood that belonged to Keenan. That would make for an interesting plot of its own.

Shadow said...

o that would be awesome! my mema is moving down to new orleans in a few months and she said i could come down and we'd do the ghost tour. i cant wait! new orleans has so many haunted houses and whatnot and i cant wait to explore it all!! :) i hope you get to go soon and you have tons of fun and a few spooks and scares! :P

Kanya said...

Hi Minnette!
I love the excerpt! I also think that Sarah's blog is very interesting. How did you find all the blogs for your tour? And how did you choose?


Minnette Meador said...

Hi, Chelsea B - Glad you could come over!

I think you're right, Vonnie - I've always like that image; these strange spooked cats meowing around looking for another home...LOL

I'm so jealous, Shadow! Make sure to take lots of pictures and share please... :o)

Hi, Kanya - I worked with a wonderful group called Goddess Fish who coordinate blog tours, finds blogs to post on and does all the setup work. It's been wonderful. Of course, several of these are from my good writing and non-writing friends, whom I am forever in their debt. Everyone of them has been exceptional, don't you think? Yeah, blogs! :o)

Shanon Grey said...

With so much going on, how do you keep it organized? I love the energy! In the book as well. lol

Kym said...

Minnette, I love the idea of giving away a trip to a haunted place..but you would have to go with the winner :D

If you could be married to one of your Hero's , which one would you choose and why ?

( Please let hubby know I know he is your hero...hypathetically asking for one you wrote )

Bookwyrm369 said...

I love paranormal stories and this sounds like a good one!

smaccall AT comcast.net

Minnette Meador said...

I juggle cats to keep my chops up, Sharon! LOL Thanks! M:o)

Great question, Kym! But that's hard. The sexy hot Roman Centurion, the kind sexy hot gladiator, the sweet hot sexy psychic, or my new one, the sexy, cocky, funny, hot Egyptian pirate. Can I marry all of them? Who would you pick? :o)

Thanks, Bookwyrm!

Carol L. said...

This has been an entertaining tour. I feel like I know Keenan so well and yet I can't wait to sit back and read all about him and his adventures. lol
Carol L
LUCKY4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Minnette Meador said...

Thanks, Carol - I hope you get an opportunity to! :o)

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

If it were possible...
I would love a trip to a haunted place with one of the Ghost Hunter teams. Yep, you are right, that would be sweet. :)

My friends and I celebrate our birthdays with tea, lunch and ghost tour.

Your book sounds really good. It has all the paranormal mixes I love rolled into one fantastic read. :)

I wish you the best success!

Minnette Meador said...

What a great way to spend a birthday, Karen! Where do I sign up? LOL

wade2121 said...

Sounds so funny. Can't wait to read it.


mj said...

Really interesting blog! Thanks for sharing it.
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