01 October 2010

Haunted Halloween: Jennifer Archer + A Giveaway!

It was a dark and stormy night…

Not really; the morning was actually bright and clear. I was in the kitchen making blueberry muffins for my oldest son who, home for a brief visit from college over spring break, was sleeping in. I was thrilled to have him nearby. The university he attended was 1100 miles away, so he didn’t come home often. Flights from Montana to Texas were expensive and difficult to arrange, especially on short notice. Because of that fact, he’d missed his grandfather’s funeral a couple of months earlier, and I knew that had bothered him greatly.

My husband and I had not told our son that we’d stored his grandfather’s ashes on the top shelf of his bedroom closet. In fact, we hadn’t told anyone where we put them. Some people are easily freaked out, and we didn’t want to make anybody feel uncomfortable when they visited. We especially didn’t want our son to be uneasy while sleeping in his childhood bedroom, so we kept the location of the ashes to ourselves. But not for long.

On that cheery spring morning, he wandered into the kitchen, yawning, and muttered, “I just had the weirdest dream.”

Sliding the muffin tin into the oven, I said, “Tell me about it.” I was eager to hear what he had to say. Ever since my son was little, his dreams have been vivid and play out like movies.

“I dreamed I heard a noise, and I sat up in bed,” he said. “My closet door opened, and Granddad walked out.”

The hair on the back of my neck prickled as I closed the oven and faced him. “I have something to tell you,” I said. “You remember that Granddad was cremated, don’t you . . . ?”

~ Jennifer Archer

Title: Through Her Eyes

Synopsis: Every ghost has a story to tell ...

The last place Tansy Piper wants to be is stuck in Cedar Canyon, Texas, in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of small-town kids. But when her mother decides to move to the desolate West Texas town, Tansy has no choice but to go along. Once there, Tansy is immediately drawn to the turret of their rickety old house, a place she soon learns has a disturbing history. But its the strange artifacts she finds in the cellar--a pocket watch, a journal of poetry, and a tiny crystal--that have the most chilling impact on her.

Tansy soon finds that through the lens of her camera, she can become part of a surreal black-and-white world where her life is intertwined with that of mysterious, troubled Henry, who lived in the same house and died decades earlier. It seems their lives are linked by fate and the artifacts she found, but as Tansy begins spending more and more time in the past, her present world starts to fade away. Tansy must untangle herself from Henry's dangerous reality-- before she loses touch with her own life forever.

Available from HarperTeen April 2011

Where to find Jennifer online:

Website | Blog | Twitter

CONTEST! Yes, it's a contest!! Jennifer was amazing in writing up her true story, but also in donating an
ARC of Through Her Eyes!

Here are the rules and how to enter:

You MUST complete the form to enter. No entries in comments please they won't count. Comments are welcome, so share your love with Jennifer!
You must be at least 13 years old to enter.
This contest is open to to US residents only. Sorry!
Contest ends: Oct. 15th, 2010


Good luck to everyone who enters. If you have any questions, please see my policy page or feel free to email me with any questions. Also, a HUGE thank you to Jennifer for her time, story and donation.

Check out Jessica's Haunted Halloween post with Andrea Cremer.
She's giving away a copy of Nightshade!

REMINDER: *If you are interested in the COMMENT CONTEST, remember to include your email address with your comment for an extra entry!
Please ready full entry rules HERE.

*I am not compensated at all for any of the links within this page.

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  1. I'm so happy you and Jessica are hosting this event! It's so much fun! That was such a creepy story! If I ever have a relative that gets cremated...well, let's just say I'll be checking my closet for ashes before I go to bed now!


  2. I love the cover of Through Her Eyes. It fits the Halloween theme just perfect. Thanks for the contest.

  3. This contest is so cool! Thanks you guys for hosting the giveaways :) This book sounds really gooddd~


  4. Her book sounds perfect for Halloween. Spooky and all.

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo dot com

  5. Sounds like a good win!!!

    camisadomind (at) yahoo (dot) com

  6. Love the cover very cool,great giveaway thank you so much!

  7. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    And that is why I hate closets LOL
    No, seriously - that would've certainly been creepy to hear your son say that!

    PS - love the cover of this book! Cannot wait to read :D

  8. My little boy has said things that had me bracing myself on the wall for a split second, or minute or two :-)

    Beautiful cover on the book.


  9. I've never heard of that book. It sounds creepy but I love that premise. I'd probably be too scared to pick that camera up again.

    nalynboni AT gmail DOT com

  10. I loved the story. Things like that have happened to me before, so I can understand how creepy it can be. Thanks for sharing Jennifer! And thanks for the giveaway :D


  11. I love ghost stories! I can't wait to read Through Her Eyes! Jennifer's true story was nice to read. :) I totally understand about being freaked out knowing someone's ashes are in the same room with you at night. Whenever I stay at my aunts house and sleep in the room where she has her dog and cats' ashes I get freaked.


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  13. I really like the sound of this book...it fits in so well with Halloween!

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

  14. Scary! I love this time of year, but suffer from nightmares. Looks like I'm not going to escape them any time soon...

  15. Lisa and Jessica--this is a FANTASTIC blog event! Thanks for including me. And thanks to everyone for your comments about THROUGH HER EYES and for reading my true "ghost" story. It was actually more cool than scary when it happened, although it took my breath away! I hope you'll enter the contest. I can't wait to send a copy of THROUGH HER EYES to the winner!

  16. Interesting short story, very descriptive.
    Through Her Eyes sounds like a really good book. Thanks for the contest. ^_^

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

  17. Cree-peee! My mom told me once that I had said the exact same thing when I was 3 and my grandpa died. I kept telling her there was a man in my room (I wasn't old enough to recognize him) so she took me in to sleep with her. xD


  18. It sounds like an interesting ghost story. I'd love to read it!


  19. I'm loving the Haunted Halloween Comment Contest! Awesome posts, awesome prizes, and awesome blog hosts!

    Crazy Cat Lady

  20. Ooh that one sounds interesting. There just aren't enough good "ghost" books these days!

  21. I haven't read any good ghost books in a while, sounds like a great one to pick up! Love the contests so far!


  22. This sounds like a good one! Thanks for hosting!

  23. But what happened. Did he talk to him? Disappear? Was he freaked out to find out the ashes were in the closet?

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  24. I wonder if it was a dream or he woke up in the middle of the night...


  25. This book looks great!!! I entered it!!!


  26. I can't remember if I have already entered this giveaway. Please forgive me if I entered twice.

    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway!


    Ashley's Bookshelf

  27. Great giveaway! I hope your son wasn't too freaked out.

  28. Jennifer's story reminded me of this:

    I was about 7 years old and home sick from school on the day my grandmother, who lived with us, passed away. She had gone to her room to take a nap, after entertaining me all morning, and simply never woke up again.

    I remember laying in my bed after she left, feverish and miserable, and her coming back into my bedroom, leaning over to kiss me on the forehead, and then walking back out, without ever saying a word...

    To this day, I am not sure if that was really her or her ghost!

    Crazy Cat Lady

  29. Wow that is really creepy! I got chills! Thanks for the giveaway!


  30. Ooooooo goosebumps!!! LOL! These are so creepy : )


  31. Wow the contest sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    sophiayunjin @ gmail.com

  32. Her book looks great for Halloween, and I have to say, I'm not at all sure I could keep someone's ashes anywhere in my house. It would be too weird for me, though I was tempted when my cat passed away...

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  33. Love the cover of this book! Makes it seem very intriguing.


  34. Whoa, that is the coolest story ever! (The one the author wrote.) Very creepy indeed.

    Really want to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!


  35. Ooh that's kind of a creepy story! I wonder how he reacted when he found out...

    Thanks for this giveaway! I had never heard of the book but it sounds great.


  36. I'll have to add this to my wish list

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com


  37. Haha, awh I'd be just as creeped out as Jennifer too :)

    beautiful_molly at hotmail dot com

  38. HEY! Thank you so much, to the both of you, for hosting this amazing event.

    My internet froze, so I might have entered the "Through Her Eyes" giveaway twice. If I did, I apologize. Silly internet :P

    Again, thanks. This is so much fun!

  39. Love the cover! It goes so well with Halloween!

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

  40. Oh wow. I want to know how this story ends. Sounds creepy and interesting.

    truthbetold004 at gmail dot com

  41. Wow. And that is such a pretty and creepy cover!


  42. That's weird, but kinda sweet actually, like he's still around. I had to miss my grandpa's funeral because of school too, and I've always regretted not being able to say goodbye with the rest of my family. Great post!



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