15 October 2010

Haunted Halloween: Jennifer DeLucy + A Giveaway!

When I was a little girl, I was terrified to be alone at night. In fact, the old house where I lived was so frightening to me that I refused to sleep alone. I’m not sure what it was that disturbed me so. Perhaps it was the creaky old stairs, the musty smell or the many decades old objects that my grandmother collected, or maybe it was more than these. In fact, I’d swear that it was.

There were instances, and plenty of them, that gave me the shivers, but there are two that most stand out in my mind. I can recall lying in bed one night, alone and tense in a state of half-sleep, and waking fully to the sound of those wooden stairs, creaking loudly, one by one, as someone ascended. Now, it was the middle of the night, mind you, and my mother and grandmother should have been long in bed, so, in a determined state to prove that one of them had, indeed, been awake to make the racket, I quickly left my room and headed down the dark, cluttered hallway to inspect.

Both of them were sound asleep.

Assuming I’d somehow imagined or mistaken the blatant sound, I pushed it aside for the moment and returned to bed. I wish I could say this was the end of all things suspicious, but it wasn’t. After a few years, another instance occurred that still shakes me up to this day. I remember, for two nights in a row, I woke to an old woman, with long, straggled hair, and glowing, blood-shot eyes, grinning senselessly from the foot of my bed. Now, I couldn’t even see all of her—she was only visible from the shoulders up—but my reaction must have scared my family, because my mother, upon learning what I’d seen, put her devout Catholicism to good use, and ran into the room with holy water, proceeding to sprinkle the spot where I’d claimed she stood. I’m not sure whether this made things better or worse in my young mind, but I never forgot it—and neither did she.

As I grew older, I ignored the night, the dark, and learned to dampen my fear of the house until I’d long moved out of there and on with my life. It wasn’t until recent years that my suspicions were reaffirmed.

After a while, the house was too much to keep up and my family left, moving to a smaller home just down the street. My brother liked to return to the old house, though, and use it as a kind of solitary hang out. He thought nothing of the practice, apparently sneaking in a back door to watch the black and white television that remained in the dusty living room. He’d done this numerous times with no event, until one day, when he thought he heard someone calling his name. The sound seemed to come from the area of the upstairs, so he shut off the TV and headed for the bottom of the steps, listening intently. Sure enough, the girl called again, this time telling him to come up to his room.

As any reasonable person would do, my brother decided that the best plan of action was to run like his butt was on fire, exiting through the back door and jumping off the deck to the yard. Later, he told me that, if the door had jammed, he surely would have broken a window to escape. There was no question in his mind what had happened. The house was haunted, plain and simple. And I believe him.

These, along with many other such experiences, have contributed to my belief in the unexplainable, the supernatural. You just never know what that bump in the night might be—unless , of course, it makes itself known to you.

Title: Seers of Light (Light, #2)

Synopsis: Lillian Hunt has never truly lived. Always sensing more to the world than is easily perceived, she fears that her instincts are stubborn flights of fancy, or worse, mental instability. But some things—disappearing strangers, tangible dreams, and visits from malevolent creatures—cannot be ignored. Before it's too late, Lillian is ripped from the only existence she’s ever known and thrust into a reality that she always suspected, but could scarcely believe. She must learn the truth about who she is, the powerful beings that wish to destroy her, and the two men who would die to protect her.

Available Now from Omnific Publishing

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Title: Whisper of Light (Light, #2)

Synopsis: The saying goes that all men are created equal... but Nicole Abbot knows better. Lacking the supernatural gifts of the Sentients she has known all her life, Nicole has lived with her nose pressed to the glass, withering beneath the guilt of her own inadequacies and the disapproving glare of her father. It's easy to believe that the universe has forgotten all about her, but things are not always as they seem. With the arrival of Christian Wright, a handsome but complex Combatant with a troubled history, Nicole is forced to question everything she has ever believed about herself, proving that sometimes, our most flawed perceptions are those reflected in a mirror.

Available from Omnific Publishing October 26th, 2010
Preorder Online here:
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ONE winner will receive a SIGNED copy of Seers of Light and a promised SIGNED copy of
Whisper of Light!!
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 INTERNATIONAL!!!
Contest ends: Oct. 29th, 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.

Without Jennifer's amazing donation, this giveaway couldn't be possible! Thank you so much
for your time, story and donation!

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  1. Loved your story, thanks for sharing it was definitely creeptastic. ^_^

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

  2. I entered! I love the sound and covers of these two books.
    Hafsah @ IceyBooks

  3. Ooh love the covers on your books! Very nice!


  4. Fun post! Entered the contest because I really wanna read this one :)


  5. Thanks for another awesome giveaway! This book sounds great!


  6. OK that story really gave me the creeps. Yikes!

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo dot com

  7. I like the story. The end is so true. Thanks for another contest.

  8. I am a scaredy cat myself! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. The books sound intresting!

  10. Creepy! I don't know what I'd do if I awoke by myself to see a spectral figure standing over my bed. Probably die of fright!


  11. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Don't forget to check out my giveaway.


    Ashley's Bookshelf

  12. oh my gosh that story just creeped me out! goosebumps, wahhh! I'd probably run like hell was after me too. I'm a scaredy cat as well.

    amaterasureads AT gmail DOT com

  13. Entered! Thank you so much! I want read this book :D


  14. I lived in an apartment that I believed was haunted, and not by anything nice. I know it can be scary.

  15. I have really been wanting to read this one! Great post!!


  16. Wow that story was seriously creepy! If I woke up to see that old woman...I don't know what I would've done. Your childhood house seems really scary! I would have done anything to not live there! Thanks for the giveaway too! :)

    sophiayunjin @ gmail .com

  17. Thank you for posting and for making this awesome giveaway international! :D

    Giada M.

  18. These covers are absolutely amazing. I've been scouring the internet trying to find these books.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  19. This is one seriously scary story, made only scarier by the fact that it really happened to you. I wish I could say that I wholeheartedly did not believe in ghosts and the supernatural/unexplainable, but having lived in a house that I believe (as well as my entire family) is haunted, makes it impossible.


  20. Okay....I think I've officially decided that I MUST, simply MUST, STOP READING THESE POSTS RIGHT BEFORE BED!!!!


    Seriously, love them. I LOVE scary, thriller movies and books so these stories are fantastic. BUT they scare me silly! Especially thinking of the dark and ohhhhhh my the dead Indian Chief under the bed in one of the rooms of the creepy old hotel we live behind....that's a WHOLE other story, but for the longest time my sister had me convinced that he was under MY bed (this was when I was younger, let me remind you, lol)!! And if you listen hard enough, you can hear the constant boom, Boom, BOOM oh his ever beating heartbeat!! Bahahaha!! Ooooooo, chills....

    Okay gotta try to catch some Z's *wink*

  21. Super creepy story...


  22. I would have been scared to death living in your childhood house. How spooky for both you and your brother.

    Love the book covers!!

    nalynboni AT gmail DOT com

  23. Love the sound of these books.


  24. Great post, I'm sure your brother probably never snuk into another house after that..
    Love the covers of the books too.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  25. Spooky house.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  26. Omigosh

    your book cover for seers of light is breathtakingly beautiful!




  27. I think it was pretty funny that your brother high-tailed right out of there.

  28. I've been dying to read this book! Thanks. :)


  29. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


  30. I loved your story, sooo creepy! The books sound sooo good!

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

  31. Great story! I would have run just as fast if I heard a little girl's voice calling me to in an empty house. *shivers*


  32. I would run too!!!

    This series sounds interesting.

    truthbetold004 at gmail dot com


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