Clarissa Johal: Welcome to the: "Is it Summer Yet? Blog Hop!" #bloghop #paranormal #gothichorror

Monday, May 26, 2014

Welcome to the: "Is it Summer Yet? Blog Hop!" #bloghop #paranormal #gothichorror

This blog hop is hosted by Julie's Book Review and runs from May 26-June 1st

Please visit the author blogs at the end of my post for a chance to win more books and prizes!

"What is your summer favorite book or series?"

Is it a mystery? A romance? Something *cue in spooky laughter* a bit scary? I'm hoping you answered scary, because I write paranormal and gothic horror. Not the bloody slasher kind of horror, but the kind that will make you look over your shoulder and question, "What if?"

Let's talk about summer reads! I'm a paranormal and horror addict. Fiction, non-fiction; if things go bump in the night, I'm running towards them and not away. Personally, I love Simone St. James and will read anything by her. Her gothic ghost stories are very atmospheric--the perfect thing to send chills down your spine on a hot, summer day. If you like contemporary fantasy on the steamy side, The Legacy of Buchanan's Crossing by Rhea Rhodan is a good read. If you like paranormal mysteries, give The Graveyard Queen series by Amanda Stevens a try.

When I'm not reading the scary stuff, I'm writing it. And there's nothing that makes me happier than getting email from readers. I love hearing that someone couldn't put my book down until the end. Even better if the subject matter kept them awake long afterwards. That's my diabolical plan.


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(Consider the bonus a gift from Seth, one of my characters from STRUCK who loves to cook.)


STRUCK
The shadows hadn't been waiting.
The shadows had been invited.

After a painful breakup, Gwynneth Reese moves in with her best friend and takes a job at a retirement home. She grows especially close to one resident, who dies alone the night of a terrific storm. On the way home from paying her last respects, Gwynneth is caught in another storm and is struck by lightning. She wakes in the hospital with a vague memory of being rescued by a mysterious stranger. Following her release from the hospital, the stranger visits her at will and offers Gwynneth a gift--one that will stay the hands of death. Gwynneth is uncertain whether Julian is a savior or something more sinister... for as he shares more and more of this gift, his price becomes more and more deadly.

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Blog Hop Participants

1.
Julies Book Review
2.
The Wiccan Haus
3.
Sara Daniel Romance Author
4.
June Kramin
5.
Mindy Hardwick, Author
6.
Zara Stoneley
7.
Sharon Kleve Romantic Ramblings
8.
Kaitlin Bevis
9.
Dark Mist
10.
The Dark Writing of Carole Gill
11.
How to Be Human by Florida Frenz Activities
12.
Louisa Bacio -- Love Knows No Bounds
13.
Laci's Place
14.
Caffeinated Book Ladies
15.
Clarissa Johal: Writing with Scissors
16.
Unfiltered Speech in a Politically Correct World
17.
HL Carpenter, Author
18.
Kelly Ann Jacobson, Author
19.
Kimberly K. Comeau Sci Fi
20.
Natasha Blackthorne
21.
Suzzana C Ryan Romance Author
22.
Andrea Bellmont Erotic Author
23.
Dominique Eastwick
24.
Iyana's Rainbow
25.
Sharon Bidwell
26.
Stories about Love
27.
Fun books. Great writing.
28.
Romance Through the Mist of Time
29.
Jackie Marilla
30.
Ellyn Oaksmith Books
31.
Kinky Vanilla Romance
33.

14 comments:

Heather Holden said...

I'm a huge fan of scary reads, too, whether or not it's summer! ;)

Rhea Rhodan said...

Loved Seth! Kept wishing I was Gwyneth--well, except for the whole Julian thing.

P.S. Thanks for the mention!

Lori Parker BookwormPOV said...

Every summer for the last ten or so years, I have anxiously awaited the release of each book by Laurell K. Hamilton. Most often, these have been in her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series, but, occasionally, like this year, her readership receives a bonus book in her Merry Gentry fae dark urban fantasy series. I am a huge fan of flawed main characters, and LKH creates worlds in which everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Oh- and my summer bonus books this year are Jim Butcher's Skin Game (Dresden Files) and Gini Koch's Alien Collective (Katherine "Kitty" Katt). -----> Currently, Amazon Top Reviewer #4,725. bookwormpov (at) gmail (dot) com

Clarissa Johal said...

They keep you shivering, don't they Heather? lol Thank you, Rhea! *sigh* Poor Julian, so misunderstood ;) Sounds like you have quite the reading list, Lori! My husband likes Jim Butcher too. :) Thank you for stopping by--good luck in the contest/hop!

Helen and Lorri said...

Hello. Not too close to xmas, we hope. :)

You have the scary reads thing down, Clarissa! Love your posts, and your books. And THAT COVER!

Clarissa Johal said...

Ha! Thanks, Helen/Lorri :)

Sharon.M.Bidwell said...

I have such eclectic tastes some of summer reading (all-year reading) definitely includes some scary. I've read one of your books and have another in my TBR Mountain, but not this one.

Clarissa Johal said...

TBR mountain, lol I know exactly what you mean, Sharon! Thanks for stopping by :)

June Kramin said...

Great to see you here! Best wishes with the hop!
<3
June

Clarissa Johal said...

Thank you very much, June! Happy hopping :)

Mindy Hardwick said...

I love ghothic stories and always find myself drifting toward them in the fall!

Clarissa Johal said...

heehee That's definitely the season, Mindy! Thanks for stopping by :)

Casey said...

I read a lot of true crime. Talk about scary . . . . Although, Shane Stephen's By Reason of Insanity had me checking all the doors and windows to make certain they were locked. He's an amazing fiction writer. I'm coming across so many more books I want to read, thanks to this hop.

Clarissa Johal said...

Glad you stopped by, Casey! Yes, true crime is the genre that would send me screaming. Enjoy the hop :)