Ghostly Gallows is launched and now I'm just "hanging" around.
Hehe, just a bit of "gallows" humor.
Alrighty then. Moving on.
I luurve the Ghostly Gallows cover. Corona Zschusschen illustrates all my covers. The problem we had with this one is that the subject matter sounds darker than it really is. Although this series is darker than my other Indigo Eady series, it's still upper MG to YA. My original idea was to have a gallows from which three ghosts would be hanging. Corona pointed out that she'd have a difficult time illustrating what I wanted and still make it appropriate for the age group.
Such a good point!
Hannah, the ghostly seventeenth century serving-wench-turned-investigator, turned out to be an excellent alternative. In this scene on the cover, she is prowling through the archives of the old city hall records room. She's just floated through the wall and what do you see? A gallows poster for a witch hanging. A Tryal of Witches is how the poster reads. And that's how Corona cleverly tied the title of the novella to what was on the cover and still make it appropriate for the age group.
Check it out...
(Book II - Afterlife Series)
|Cover by Corona Zschusschen|
Here's an excerpt from the cover scene. To set it up, the ghostly records clerk, George Fielding, agrees to lead them to the documents they're looking for...
“Do pardon me,” he said, clearing his throat. “It has been a very long time since I have had dealings with the living.” He shivered, as if it had been a bad experience. He glanced up and down the aisle, as if getting his bearings. “This way.”
We wound through passage after passage. I knew I was hopelessly lost and a miracle would have to occur in order to find our way out again. The one bright spot was that the clerk, the living one, knew we were down there. He’d find us or send someone after us. Wouldn’t he? In any case, I found myself sticking close to the boys. Together, we were strong.
Finally, when I was sure we were about to reach a dead end, the clerk stopped. “The seventeenth century witch trial journals are here,” he said.
“Thank you, George!” said Hannah. “My friends and I, we appreciate it ever so much.” It was touching the way Hannah made sure he knew we were all friends, but I was feeling far from sentimental at the moment. I did not have a warm fuzzy feeling in my gut.
George nodded. “I must go now, Miss Hannah. There is much to do, erm, with filing and such, and, um…”
I frowned. Why did it seem as if George Fielding were prevaricating? Stuttering and lack of eye contact could only mean—
“George?” I said. Finally the ghostie looked at me and I knew he was lying about something. What’s more, he saw that I knew.
“Must go! Ta!” And just like that, he disappeared.
“Drat!” I shook my head, the thought at the back of my head that if I could only figure out how to contain ghosts, I’d finally get some answers.
“What is it, Indigo?” Badger was already looking for the journal, shining his torch as he walked along.
“The rotten little spook was hiding something,” said Simon. “He couldn’t wait to abandon us down here.”
Tweets from this scene if you feel like sharing:
The case of missing paranormals is far from solved.
Hundreds of Sabrina Shores’ spirits are still missing.
In Second Death, Indigo and her friends escape an eternity underground in evil clutches. Back aboveground with a few missing ghosties happily in tow, one truth is painfully clear: the size of their problem is bigger than the village cemetery itself.
Now in Ghostly Gallows, new information leads Indigo and her fellow investigators to the ruins of Gallowsgate Prison, long abandoned by everyone and everything except malevolent spirits. It’s not called Gallowsgate for nothing when the noose swings a little too close to home.
Much to her chagrin, Indigo Eady is a celebrity among spirits. She’s the girl who can see and speak with them. She has a proven track record in helping spirits find their murderers, so it’s no surprise when she’s drafted onto the Missing Paranormal Committee. Who better to help them than the experienced teenage ghost whisperer- investigator and her friends?
Blog Tour Schedule:
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- Everyone who comments here or at any of the stops during my Afterlife Blog Tour will be put into a drawing for FREE ebooks of Second Death, Ghostly Gallows and Secret Keepers. Five copies will be given away during the two week release period of each book.
- Everyone who leaves a review of any book in the Afterlife series by October 31, 2014 will be put in a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card.
- Everyone who purchases the complete ebook set or boxed ebook collection set by the end of the Afterlife blog tour (by October 31, 2014) will be put in a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card (boxed ebook set available October).
- A print book giveaway of the series will also be up for grabs - stay tuned for more details!
Send your purchase links with the heading "AFTERLIFE" in the subject line to GwenMGardner@cox.net to be entered into the drawings.