Clarissa Johal: Welcome to the Virtual Book Tour for BETWEEN!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Welcome to the Virtual Book Tour for BETWEEN!

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BETWEEN is a “haunting” paranormal novel that will have you on the edge of your seat!
Second Place - Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012 

How far would you go to redeem yourself?


After a devastating accident, Lucinda moves to a small town in an attempt to start over. Unable to escape her grief, she is plagued by haunting nightmares. Just as she fears she’s spiraling out of control, two newcomers move into the coastal town. Lucas is protective and caring, and she feels an immediate connection. The other stranger is more of a worry. Though everything about Cronan warns her to keep her distance, Lucinda is attracted to him in a way she can’t ignore.

Drawn into a bitter tug-a-war, Lucinda is pulled into a dangerous twist of past and present events. She discovers the two men are locked in not only a battle for her life...but a battle for salvation.

Book Details:

Author: Clarissa Johal
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Musa Publishing 
ISBN: 978-1-61937-459-1
Cover Artist: David Efaw
Number of Pages: 300

About the Author:

Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

*Member of the Author's Guild

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(2014) Musa Publishing
*Indie Book of the Day Award
*Nominated for the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2014

(2012) Musa Publishing
*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012
*Paranormal Reads gives BETWEEN 4 out of 5 Bats

(2010) CreateSpace
*Second round finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award Contest 2012

Short stories:

Susurrus Literary Journal
Susurrus Literary Journal


The Sacramento Bee newspaper

Praise for BETWEEN:

Paranormal Reads gives BETWEEN 4 out of 5 Bats

Escape Into a Book "I loved how original the idea was for this book, I haven't read a book like this paced and kept my interest till the very end."

MommaSez "Creepy, scary, haunting–just up my alley...gothic romance that makes the hair stand up on my neck!"

Musings from an Addicted Reader "It was haunting, unpredictable, and intriguing. All the characters were unique and draw you in from the first chapter. Excellent read."

Shut Up & Read "I love a good ghost story, and this one did not disappoint...I've heard the saying painting a picture with words, and that is exactly what the author does here. Each sentence is vivid and alive."

Happy Tails and Tales "I would recommend it to my fellow ghost lovers, Gothic lovers, and historical paranormal lovers alike. There are some interesting paranormal characters...I wasn’t expecting them...a really well done plot twist. "

Demons Do it Better "Between kept me guessing. I had no clue where the story was going to end but I made a couple of guesses along the way and I was wrong."

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How did you come up with the idea for BETWEEN?

Three years ago, I was working on a sequel to a fantasy novel when I had this weird “calling.” Two characters came to me in a rush; Lucas and Cronan from BETWEEN. They weren’t fantasy characters nor they didn’t fit into what I was writing but they wouldn’t go away. I kept setting them aside but they’d come back, stronger than ever. I put the fantasy sequel on hold, wrote non-stop for a month, and finished the first draft. That never happens! It usually takes me months to finish a first draft. A year later, my edits were finished, and two months later, BETWEEN was picked up by Musa Publishing. I’ve got my feet firmly planted in the Otherworld now, the ideas come faster than I can write them down.

What first inspired you to become a writer? And what compels you to continue your career as an author?

I wrote my first short story in grade six. I was asked by the teacher to read it aloud to the class, which terrified me. After I was finished, I realized that I actually had everyone’s attention! I was shy and we moved every year, so I was always the new kid. When you’re in that situation, it’s kind of like being invisible. Finding my voice through story-telling made me realize how powerful writing could be. As far as continuing—truthfully? I think I’d go nuts if I didn’t write.

What made you choose the genre of paranormal gothic horror?

I started out writing fantasy fiction. I was working on the second installment to my PRADEE series when there were two characters that kept showing up on the page, over and over. They didn’t belong in fantasy novel, nor did they belong in my story! But their backstory came to me so vividly, that I set aside my series and wrote my first paranormal novel, BETWEEN. I’ve been pulled into the Otherworld permanently now. The ideas come faster than I can write them down.

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February 1  ~ Tour Kick-Off  ~ Sapphyria's Book Reviews

February 2 ~ Exclusive Excerpt ~Dreamland Teenage Fantasy

February 3 ~ Tour Schedule/Spotlight ~ Clarissa Johal

February 4 ~ Spotlight ~ Sara Daniel Romance

February 5 ~ Review ~Vanessa Kings' Books

February 6 ~ Non-Exclusive Excerpt ~ Saph's Book Blog

February 6 ~ Spotlight ~ Vanessa Kings' Books

February 6 ~ Spotlight ~ Babs Book Bistro

February 9 ~ Review ~ Author Sandra Love

February 10 ~ Spotlight ~ Saph's Book Blog

February 11~ Spotlight ~ Girl with Pen

February 12 ~ Exclusive Excerpt ~ Tea Talks

February 13 ~ Spotlight ~ Rita Monette, Tale from the Bayou

February 16 ~ Spotlight ~ Word Forward

February 17 ~ Exclusive Excerpt ~ LeAnn's Book Reviews

February 18 ~ Exclusive Excerpt ~ An Opener's Closing

February 19 ~ Exclusive Excerpt ~ Are You Afraid of the Dark?

February 22 ~ Exclusive Excerpt ~ Author Carol Browne

February 23 ~ Exclusive Excerpt ~ Babs Book Bistro

February 25 ~ Spotlight ~ The MissPhyre Library

February 26 ~ Non-Exclusive Excerpt ~ Saph's Book Blog

February 27 ~ Exclusive Author Interview ~ Kerry Alan Denney is The Reality Bender

Tour Coordinated by:

~ Amber M. ~

Promotions Specialist and Media Contact at Musa Publishing

Owner of Sapphyria’s Book Promotions


Mary Preston said...

This does sound fascinating.


Clarissa Johal, Author said...

Thank you and thanks for stopping by, Mary :) Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter