17 October 2010

Haunted Halloween: Christine Johnson + A Giveaway!

The scariest thing that ever happened to me occurred in broad daylight on the Kennedy expressway between Chicago and the north ‘burbs.


I was driving along, and came to a brief snarl in traffic. Not shocking. Of COURSE there’d be traffic in the middle of nowhere at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday. Any road that connects to Chicago is prone to that. So I stopped. I was listening to some story on NPR and noticing how gorgeous it was. It was late spring - one of those first warm and sunny blue sky days that makes it seem like it just might be possible that winter’s finally really and truly over. I was in the right lane, and I had my elbow up on the door, leaning on my hand, waiting for the cars to start moving again.

And then I almost rear ended the car in front of me.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a man stand up from the concrete road divider and walk quickly and purposefully up to my window. He had on a plaid shirt and a tan, 80’s style jacket, unzipped. I jumped about a mile and whirled around, automatically reaching for the lock on the door. My foot slipped off the brake and I jammed it back into place, stopping just before I bumped the car ahead of me.

Then I spun back around to see what the heck this guy was doing, coming right up to the window like that.

Instead of coming face-to-face with the button placket on a red plaid shirt, though, there was nothing in the window except the unbroken concrete line of the highway, and the ragged green of trees beyond.

The man wasn’t there. He wasn’t ANYWHERE.

He’d disappeared in the literal two seconds it had taken me to slam on the brakes and look back over at the window. There was no way he could have made it to any other vehicle or back to the concrete dividers in the time it took me to glance at the SUV in front of me and back. He was just GONE.

I turned to look at the car behind me, sure that the driver must have seen what I’d seen. But they were staring down at a cell phone. No one else in the cars around me looked particularly freaked out, and just then, traffic started to move again.

I was shaken. I have no idea what or who the man was. I don’t know if anyone else saw him. I’d think he had been a trick of the light - a figment of my imagination, but it was too real and too detailed and too sudden. I have flights of fancy all the time. I know what those look like. Optical illusions don’t have on a particular pattern of plaid or identifiable jackets.

Whoever he was, I hope he’s found his way off that stretch of the Kennedy. No one - ghost, angel or phantasm - deserves to be stuck there for all of eternity.

Title: Claire de Lune (Claire de Lune, #1)

Synopsis: Torn between two destinies?

Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she's the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she's a werewolf.

As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire's new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever?

Available now from Simon Pulse!

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Claire de Lune Swag!! 3 winners!
Each winner will get a signed bookplate and bookmark!

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 Christine!
You must be at least 13 years old to enter.
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Contest ends: Oct. 31th, 2010


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A HUGE Thank You goes to Christine for her time, the post and such an donation that made this giveaway possible.

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  1. Oh my GAWD!
    This sounds so intense and awesome!
    Thanks for this giveaway!


  2. OOh I've been wanting to read this book. Been on my wishlist for awhile now!

    Weird ghostly encounter too. Still waiting to experience my own!


  3. This was a great story. The ending was left as a mystery and I love that.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I've been curious about Claire de Lune for awhile.

  4. Mary DeBorde
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Whoa... seriously, people report these type of apparitions/interventions too frequently for them to simply be hallucinations. I wonder if this guy appeared to prevent her from hitting the car ahead of her, as who knows what type of *chain reaction* that could have set off?

    The world is such a strange, fascinating place lol

  5. Great interview.

    I have really been wanting to read this one!


  6. Ahhh that is scary! I would be so paranoid lol.


  7. Wow spooky story!! Seeing that man in broad daylight, and then him disappearing into nowhere! Thanks for the giveaway too :)

    sophiayunjin @ gmail . com

  8. This book looks really interesting! This story really got to me. I could totally picture myself in this scenario. Creepy.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  9. When stuff like that happens in the middle of the day, it's almost creepier! Maybe it's because we tend to think we're "safe" in the daylight?


  10. This was a fantastic book. Thanks for the interview.


  11. Great giveaway and post!


  12. This book is awesome! Great giveaway!

  13. I love weird unexplainable stories like that (it was both creepy and interesting), thanks for sharing. ^_^

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

  14. Great giveaway and story! Thanks :D


    Ashley's Bookshelf

  15. I have been stuck on that highway numerous times. And all I can say is I am glad I never saw that.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  16. Oh my God!! SCARY!! I sometimes have a hard time getting to sleep because I'm afraid there's a man waiting under my bed with a knife and he's going to stab me

    : /

    So seeing a man...that's scary! LOL!

  17. I'd love to win this book. What a great cover.


  18. That would seriously suck if you were stuck at a particular spot in the road forever. Hopefully that's not the case and he was crossing the street or something.


  19. Poor guy was a lost wandering soul haunting the highway. I'm pretty sure I'd actually cause an accident if that had happened to me.

    nalynboni AT gmail DOT com

  20. Awh, I've been wanting to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    beautiful_molly at hotmail dot com

  21. That has to be extra creepy when something like that happens in broad daylight. In the dark you could blame it on something like a trick of the light.

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo dot com

  22. Wow...I love this giveaway..thanks!!

    amanda_myranda at gmail dot com

  23. love the last line about no one deserving to be stuck there.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  24. Thanks so much for a brilliant giveaway!!

  25. I loved Claire de Lune and I've been waiting for the second book!

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

  26. That would have been even freakier if he'd been real...and crazy. If he really was a ghost, maybe he died on that expressway. Poor guy.


  27. I've been really enjoying this event. All of the author stories are fabulous, even if I don't comment on all of the ones I read. I appreciate the effort and work that it takes to host an event like this, and the authors have been wonderful to take the time to participate as well. Kudos!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  28. I would so almost rear end a car if some random dude was walking up to my window. CREEPY!

    thanks for the giveaway :)

    truthbetold004 at gmail dot com


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