25 October 2010

Haunted Halloween: Beth Fantaskey + A Giveaway!

Although I write paranormal books, I was always skeptical about the supernatural – until I moved into the second floor of an old Victorian house in my little town of Lewisburg, Pa.

I had lived in old places before and never noticed anything eerie, but from the first day in this apartment, I felt someone watching me. I would be down on my knees cleaning the hardwood floors, glimpse a shadow out of the corner of my eye and look up, certain that somebody was there. But I was always alone.

Yet... I don’t think I really was alone.

For example, one day soon after I moved in, I placed a tall drinking glass on its side in the kitchen sink and went to work in another room. A few minutes later, I heard a loud “clink” and went back to find that somebody had righted the glass. There was no way it could have happened on its own. I guess she was a tidy ghost.

And a strong one, because another time I came home to find my heavy bookcase pulled out from the wall toward the center of the living room. I called my landlord to ask if he’d needed to move it for some reason, but it was clear that he had no idea what I was talking about.

After about a year of things like that happening, I stopped in at the hair salon that occupied the building’s first floor and sheepishly asked if anything weird ever happened there. Not only did all of the stylists have stories, but they admitted to holding séances to communicate with the spirit. They all spoke of her with affection, like we were all friends.

I never understood why a ghost would bother to move a bookcase or right a glass, and yet I can’t explain those types of instances, either, or the pervasive feeling that I was never alone. I truly believe she exists.

I actually live in an even older house now, and... nothing. And the weirdest part of the story is, I kind of miss the ghost.

Title: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

Synopsis: The undead can really screw up your senior year...

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

Available now from Harcourt

Check out the "Mini Sequel" that bridges the first book and the sequel! The continuing story of Jessica and Lucius!

THEN - Coming soon:

Jessica's Guide to Ruling on the Dark Side - Fall 2011

Title: Jekel Loves Hyde

Synopsis: Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules – especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she's tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To better her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything – even Tristen’s love – just for the thrill of being… bad.

Available now from Harcourt

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Guide to Dating on the Dark Side!!

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You MUST complete the form to enter. No entries in comments please they won't count. Comments are welcome, so share your love with Beth!
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Contest ends: Nov. 8th, 2010


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  1. I'd probably miss the ghost just because it's a presence that I'd probably get used to over time.

    Cool story.


  2. A tidy ghost?! That's pretty strange, but cool!


  3. Thanks so much for yet another brilliant giveaway!!

  4. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like an interesting house. I wonder why that ghost was still hanging around.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  5. Ooh that's creepy. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)


  6. I guess they have to be clean too! Great post! Thanks for the giveaway!


  7. Wow, too creepy! Thanks for the giveaway.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  8. That was an awesome scary story.
    This Halloween is great so far.

  9. Some ghosts/spirits/whatever you want to call them just seem nicer than others. There's definitely something in my house, but we haven't had any experiences in a while with him and I kinda miss him, so I can understand where you're coming from. Thanks for sharing Beth :D


  10. Spooky! Cool book, I've been wanting to read it for a while :)


  11. I don't know how she misses the ghost. I would never want to hace one around.

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo dot com

  12. Thanks for both the giveaway and the little story :) The book looks really good!

    sophiayunjin @ gmail . com

  13. Thanks for the great story and giveaway!

    linaramz at yahoo dot com

  14. Thanks for hosting - great giveaway - bevsharp@desch.org

  15. I loved Jessica's Guide.. and need to pick up her other book.


  16. At least she was a friendly ghost, I can kind of understand why you would miss her.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  17. Wish I had a tidy ghost to clean my room. Thanks for the giveaway (both books sounds really good). ^_^

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

  18. Thanks for the giveaway - I saw vampire and knew that it's a def read :)

  19. Tidy, strong ghost sounds nice in theory. In regards to the bookcase, maybe she thought the floor behind it needed cleaning. :P

    nalynboni AT gmail DOT com

  20. Aww...she misses the ghost. And he/she seemed sort of nice, might even have learned how to vacuum eventually. :)


  21. Great giveaway thank you very much for the chance!


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