Monday, July 1, 2013
I'm handing over my blog today to James Garcia Jr. He'll talk to you about his new paranormal romance Seeing Ghosts and about the things he's reading, watching and listening to lately. James is also giving away an ebook copy of Seeing Ghosts to one lucky reader of this blog. To enter to win, leave a comment with your contact information. You can gain extra entries by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, Google+ and/or a forum. Giveaway is open worldwide and ends July 8. Good luck :)
Hello, Vanessa! Thanks so much for granting this opportunity to share with you and your audience. I was very pleased to find you among those who are hosting me this month. Our paths may not cross all that often along the world wide web, but to quote Khan from Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan, “I never forget a face.”
As you know I have a new e-book out. It is called, Seeing Ghosts. I have momentarily stepped away from the crossover vampires that I have been writing and have embraced my inner paranormal romantic. It’s not a pure romance necessarily. I call it a paranormal with a healthy dose of romance. One might find it odd that a guy who grew up listening to eighties heavy metal would be writing a book that has that much romance in it at all; however, it isn’t surprising once you understand that I am actually far more comfortable sitting on a couch, watching romantic comedies than I am watching horror. No one in my family really watches horror, anyway – although my 15 year old son has begun doing so. Can you picture me down some darkened basement, plugged into a horror film on my laptop with headphones over my ears to muffle the screams? Yeah, it’s kind of like that. Now you can see why it is that I hardly watch anything scary. *laughs*
When I came by on an advanced scouting trip, as it were, looking for the perfect guest post for this site, I noticed that you frequently updated everyone on what you were watching, reading and listening to. So it dawned on me that there was perhaps no better way to introduce myself to your audience than by doing the same.
I work an 11 hour day job for Sun Maid Growers of California where I supervise the packing of raisins and other dried fruits into various types of packaging materials. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for reading. However, of late I have managed to dust off my trusty Kindle and get some reading in. I read the new Dan Brown book, Inferno. I thought it was good and a worthy entry into the Robert Langdon series. The ending is a bit of a letdown, but all in all enjoyable for those who love those page-turning, cliff-hanging chapters of his. I then read the second book by Indie author Linda Cassidy Lewis. She’s a buddy and neighbor of mine who writes adult fiction about people and their relationships. I then read Richard J. Parker’s latest, Scare Me. I was blown out of the water by that one. If you like serial killer stuff, you have got to get your hands on that one.
I’m stuck playing a little catch up in this category. You see my teenage sons don’t need dad to get them to the movies anymore. Now I see nothing until nearly a month later, and very often not until it’s On Demand on cable. *sigh* My wife and I did just see the latest in the Celine and Jesse series that is Before Midnight. We’ve really enjoyed these films and were very excited to get this third chapter. This one is a bit hard to watch because there’s a great deal of fighting, and not the kind of movie that enables you to skip the first one or two because you’ll end up not liking it at all. However, if you’ve enjoyed the first two chapters, I think you’ll like this one, too.
My tastes vary, but lately I have been listening to a lot of Jamie Cullum and Thirty Seconds To Mars. We’ve got tickets to an upcoming Matchbox Twenty/Goo Goo Dolls show, so I’m catching up with the new Goo Goo Dolls cd. I’ve been very curious to hear the new Black Sabbath cd now that Ozzy is back, and the early reviews have been very favorable as far as I can tell.
So, that’s a little bit about me. I thank you so much for taking the time, and thank you, Vanessa, for once again giving me this opportunity. *waves*
About Seeing Ghosts
Paul Herrera finds himself bequeathed a mysterious old house near the California central coast by a deceased aunt he never knew. The woman who shows it to him is the spitting image of his wife, taken from him three years before in a senseless car accident which also took his unborn son.
While he deals with the ghosts of a past he cannot let go, there are new ghosts Paul must deal with - alone for the week in the expansive two-story house that he will soon discover holds many secrets.
Eventually, he will see that he is surrounded by ghosts as he struggles to hold onto the only thing that he has left in this world - his sanity.
Also check out James' vampire novels Dance On Fire and Flash Point.
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