Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Jolly Guest Post, Interview and Giveaway: The Demon’s Grave by E.M. MacCallum

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Title:  The Demon’s Grave
Series:  The Demon’s Grave #1
Author:  E.M. MacCallum
Published:  June 2015
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Recommended Age:  16+

When strange shadows and messages plague Nora’s daily life she fears for her sanity. To escape questions from her family, Nora joins her friends on a weekend getaway. Despite not liking Aidan Birket, Nora finds his remote, Victorian house charming. Until they discover the marble doorway on the third floor and, against Nora’s better judgment, they open it.
Trespassing into an unfamiliar world called the Demon’s Grave, the group face a charismatic demon and six nightmarish Challenges as punishment. Those that make it to the end can go home, but those that don’t will be his forever. Friendships are tested, secrets revealed and sacrifices will be made.
Nora battles zombies, doppelgängers, eyeless bikers, and the demon—whose interests are more than just a game of cat and mouse. If it’s all in her head, then it should be easy. But, if not, it means the demon knows about her sticky past, and the death of her twin sister.

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Excerpt from The Demon’s Grave by E.M. MacCallum:
“Aidan,” I insisted in a whisper.
A few car lengths north of the Chevy a stereo crackled to life. An echoing voice sang followed by a choir of voices that doo de doo’ed in the background. The slow song sounded like something from the 1950's.
Read and I exchanged a curious glance as the echoing main voice mentioned a game. Read pulled his hand from mine and we both wiped our slick palms on our jeans.
“What is it?” I asked Aidan. “What should we be looking for?”
He didn’t answer, his eyes kept wandering to the cars then down the street and to the motorbikes.
Read’s shoulders sagged, exasperated. He looked ready to say something when the roar of an engine smothered the music as well as my yelp. It stopped Read cold.
Aidan jumped and grabbed my arm as if I were the one to save him.
Craning my neck to see if there was a single vehicle taking up the roadway, I saw none. It had been so loud I couldn’t pinpoint the direction it came from.
The music began to take over the street once more, a new song erupting from the crackling speakers.
Between shallow breaths, Aidan said, “come on.”
Before Read or I could question him, Aidan stood up and started in long, purposeful strides, the kind that was harder to stop.
Read nudged me to move, or rather shoved me. Panicked, we hurried to Aidan. Looking to him, our pace quickened to keep up. Aidan stared straight ahead. His lean figure was rigid, but he hadn’t slowed.
Keeping close to the buildings, we passed the occupied car playing music. I could see three teenage boys inside. The muffled vintage music carried through the window.
I felt the scream choke in my throat as we passed. The passengers didn’t have eyes.
Their shapeless pale faces lacked not only the eyes but also mouths. The skin where lips should be had stretched horizontally, sealing any opening. The only portion of their faces that was noticeable was the lump of their nose—without nostrils. Even their hair was all the same color, styled the same, with a part in the middle, and they wore the same collared shirt and slacks.
I thought to myself, it’s just a few of the faceless, nameless people of this city, like any other...right? Maybe the demon had a sense of sick, very sick, humor.
I could hear, the eerie chorus of voices within the car, making it all the more surreal.
The three boys in the car watched us pass, as is if they could see. They turned their heads as we hurried along and I found myself staring back for as long as I could.

The Jolly Wordsmith's Interview with E.M. MacCallum:
What were the easiest and hardest things about writing The Demon's Grave?
I'd originally wrote it when I was in my teens and most of my work at that time was organic. I started a chapter and saw where the book and the characters wanted to go. The hardest part was ripping the original idea to shreds and really challenging these characters that I'd grown to adore.

What can the reader expect in The Demon's Grave?
They can expect uncertainty, self-doubt, action, horror and a touch of romance. I wanted this book to be unlike anything that was out there without straying so far that it was unrecognizable as something cohesive.

Did you enjoy the research for this book?
Because the research was varying from "cool cars" to Greek deities, there was a lot of fun with it. I love researching the books that I'm writing but I always end up straying from the main focus. With this book I could just go with it.

Will The Demon's Grave be a stand-alone, a series or will there be any other stories set in this world?
It is a trilogy. Book 2 & 3 are available now!
Midnight Ruling
The Haunting

How many books have you written so far and which is your favourite?
I've written over thirty, and published four. My favorite is set in ancient Egypt and follows a woman seeking immortality to exact vengeance. My favorite that's been published is "The Haunting", I got to explore so many of my favorite haunted stories and twist them up.

I hear that you're interested in the supernatural, what is your favourite supernatural mystery or phenomenon?
I'm a huge ghost hunter fan or anything paranormal. I mean, if I say "Did you hear that?" in a British accent any ghost-hunting-fan knows you're talking about Yvette from "Most Haunted". I think that was her only line outside the open and closing monologues.

I also hear that you are a fan of Disney. What is your favourite Disney character and why?
Because I'm a ginger, everyone seems to think I like Ariel, but my favorite is probably Mr. Basil of Baker Street in "The Great Mouse Detective". He was intelligent, quirky and capable of solving any mystery. He also had a soft spot for kids and helped Olivia find her father. *sniff* I watched this movie so many times as a kid I think I wore out the VHS. I know I totally just dated myself.

And the most important question of all, do you like tea? If so, what is your favourite type?
I love tea! You're right that this is an important question. I'd take tea over coffee any day of the week. I generally lean toward green, but also anything sweet with vanilla or cinnamon.

About the author:

E.M. loves long walks through bookstores, Disney, horror movies/books, anything supernatural, and researching random facts. She lives by a lake out in the Canadian wilderness with internet access, her husband and rag-tag band of pets.

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Giveaway Details:

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • GRAND PRIZE is a $25 Amazon gift card and an ecopy of The Demon’s Grave.
  • Giveaway is International.

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