Friday, August 9, 2013

Hidden in Plain Sight



Congratulations to "Nancy (nlb)", the winner of Shanon's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Welcome to Ruthorford, where being paranormal is normal and nothing is as it seems. I’m Shanon Grey and I’ll be your guide. The typically perfect southern town, Ruthorford is located in the mountains of Georgia with easy access to Atlanta, yet far enough away that, if you aren’t looking for it, it’s not there. The founders, a mix of Scot, Muskogee, and magic, are known as the descendants. Pairs form, created by match-mating, giving rise to the GateKeepers. What are the GateKeepers, you ask? That’s what you’ll find out in my series.

My debut novel, The Shoppe of Spells brings an unwitting Morgana Briscoe to this picturesque town, hoping to unravel her past. Having inherited a half interest in The Shoppe of Spells, Morgan finds herself having to deal with the recalcitrant Dorian Drake, and their volatile partnership begins. Unable to control their growing attraction, Morgan and Dorian dance around their desires and her burgeoning abilities, until danger forces them to face their destiny.
In Meadow’s Keep, Book II in the GateKeepers series, you meet Jasmine, born a descendant but without descendant qualities, until a horrific attack shakes things loose. Her latent abilities, now keeping her safe from anyone hurting her again, have allowed her to move on. Until she meets Dorian Drake’s doppelganger, Eryk Vreeland. A misfit and an embarrassment to his upper-class/upper-crust family, Eryk is a professional magician. His shows are renowned, his contributions to charity astronomical, his illusions precise. Except—not everything is an illusion. Sometimes, there is real magic. Forced together to rescue and protect a young woman, safeguards must come down and, when that happens, their attraction strengthens—beyond their control—until they can barely tell where one person stops and the other begins.

Pennyroyal Christmas is a digital paranormal suspense novella, further exploring the descendants of Ruthorford, as Kateri Chance journeys back to the small town to learn about her past and reclaim her future, provided the past doesn't kill her first.
If you would like to learn more about Ruthorford and your tour guide, Shanon Grey, feel free to drop by her website and enjoy some of the legends of Ruthorford, like The Legend of the Snowy Owl, visit the town, and learn more about the author, http://www.shanongrey.com/.

Giveaway:
Shanon will be giving away a *signed copy of The Shoppe Of Spells and Meadow's Keep to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry.

Prologue

Jasmine Monroe hauled the suitcase out from under the bed and, using both hands, hoisted the reinforced leather case onto the mattress. With swift movements, she flipped the latches on either side of the handle. Sweat beaded and slid down the cleavage between her breasts. She twisted her shoulders and pulled the damp T-shirt away from her body, fanning it.

She threw back the lid. Inside lay a tangled mass of chains and locks, some open, some closed. She grabbed a large lock and cursed when it resisted her tug, captured by the weight of the chaos around it. Holding the closed padlock in her right hand, she narrowed her eyes, focusing on the mechanism. She heard a crackle as the current moved from her body. The shackle slipped out of the lock and twisted to the side. She upended the lock to allow the chains to fall back into the suitcase and tossed the lock on the bed.

Jasmine thrust her hand back into the mass of chains. Using the back of her left forearm, she wiped the sweat away from her upper lip. Ah, gotcha! She twisted through the chains and yanked several times. The $1,400.00 military-grade titanium padlock moved a few inches, then stopped, still attached to two heavy-duty links of metal. As before, she held the padlock and concentrated. Nothing happened. She pressed her lips together. Her obsidian eyes narrowed. As her other hand moved forward, she resisted the urge and pulled it back. No, she had to be able to do it single-handed. She felt the energy build and move into her hand. With a loud pop, the padlock’s shackle gave way. She yanked it free of the chains and, turning around, slid down the side of the bed to the floor, tears streaming down her cheeks.

Her gaze drifted down. Through the blur of tears, she could still see the scar on her wrist. Never again would some son of a bitch chain her to anything. Never again would another person have control over her body.

About The Author:
Shanon Grey weaves romance and suspense with threads of the paranormal. THE SHOPPE OF SPELLS was the first in her series, THE GATEKEEPERS, about the quaint town of Ruthorford, Georgia and its very special inhabitants. MEADOW’S KEEP, Book II of THE GATEKEEPERS, has just been released. PENNYROYAL CHRISTMAS ~A Ruthorford Holiday Story~ gives another insight to Ruthorford’s special descendants. Under contract with Crossroads Publishing House, her books are available in e-format and print at most booksellers.

Shanon spent her life on coasts, both the beautiful Atlantic and the balmy Gulf. Hurricane Katrina taught her the fragility of life and the strength of friendship, family, and starting over.
She just found out that her son salvaged notes and pages of her original novel, Capricorn’s Child, which she thought had been destroyed with everything else. (Ironically, a neighbor found her marriage certificate in a tree.) She plans to resurrect her original novel one day.
She currently lives in Coweta County, Georgia, trading the familiarity of the coast for the lush beauty and wonder of the mountains, where her husband fulfilled her lifelong dream—to live in a cottage in the woods, where inspiration abounds.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Aug. 10th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustParanormalRomance.com with a subject title of JPR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. *Print books eligible for US residents only. Outside the US a digital copy will be awarded.

41 comments:

  1. Hi Shanon! Congrats on your series. I loved The Shoppe of Spells and look forward to reading Meadow's Keep. I have been curious about Jasmine since The Shoppe of Spells. I couldn't decide if I liked her or not in that book. I am guessing I will in Meadow's Keep. :)

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    1. Hi Amy. I think you'll feel differently about Jasmine! Wait and see. ;)

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  2. Shanon is the best! I'm waiting for the third in the series. These are characters I really care about.

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    1. Hi Maggie. Thank you. I'm writing as fast as I can. Second Chances is taking a lot of research. But, I think it will be worth it. :)

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    2. Just stumbled in. Sounds like my type of read...

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  3. Hi everyone! Thanks for dropping by. I love all of Maureen's "Just" sites. I am so thrilled to be here today. Good luck in the drawing!

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  4. Happy to have you here today, Shanon. I love those covers!

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  5. I look forward to reading your books.

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    1. Can't wait to read it.

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    2. Hi Nancy and Diana. I love what I do and I do it for you. Every word.

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  6. Hi Shannon, I read your first book after the second. Loved both of them and would just absolutely love to have a signed copy of each.
    You write a great story with excellent character development and lots of clever twists and turns. Can't wait for book three.

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    1. Hi ~ I try to write my books so they can be read in any order. Nothing worse than not being able to get one when you need them in order, so I write them like I like to read them ~ any which way. Thank you.

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  7. Just so everyone knows ~ Pennyroyal Christmas is another Ruthorford suspense and can be read at any time. In case you're looking for something else while I'm busy writing away.

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  8. Hi!!! I just wanted to let you know that I love love love your descriptions of the place. I have decided you can give me the cottage....haunt free. :) What a beautiful place. I purposely did not finish the first book because I wanted to savor reading it again, and then I get to continue with the second book. Wheeeeeee!!!! I can't wait. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much. I describe what I'd love. I've had a wonderful time creating and enhancing Ruthorford. There's more to come.

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  9. Hi I just ran across your books and they a sound great!

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    1. I've gotten some wonderful compliments. I love my readers. Thanks for commenting.

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    2. Who won if you don't mind me asking?

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  10. Sounds like you've built a great, unique setting in these books!

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    1. Ruthorford is unique, I'll give you that! It's the perfect southern town ~ with a twist!

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  11. Hi I just started reading The Shoppe of Spells. I am enjoying it so far. I already bought Meadow's Keep as well. Would not mind having signed copies. :D Thank you for giving all of your reader's a nice escape from reality.

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    1. Thank you, Cricket. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I love writing them. Good luck!

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  12. Hi! I'm so glad I found you! Looks like a book right up my alley!!

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    1. Oh, my email is suerpeace@gmail.com , it said to put it in the post...

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    2. Thanks for entering. Good luck.

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  13. these books sound really good. Thank you for the chance to win.

    nlb1050@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for entering. I think they're great ~ but, I am the author. lol (They are getting terrific reviews ~ you can go with that.) Good luck!

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  14. HI! I really look forward to reading your books!

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    1. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do writing them. Good luck!

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  15. Thank you so much for the great books. It is always special to find a book whose location is your own state. Marie Lisk melisk1966@yahoo.com

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    1. You are so welcome. I adore it here, obviously. Good luck!

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  16. I want to visit Rutherford! Can you send directions?

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    1. Sure. Just follow the road to your imagination and turn left. It'll be right in front of you.

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  17. I have already been sharing The Shoppe of Spells with friends because it looks so awesome, I am glad to be a new fan!

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate it. For a new author, or even an old one, word of mouth is the best promotion. Thank you for being a fan.

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  18. Truly love this genre and I'm always open to new authors. Good luck!

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    1. Me,too. Thank you so much. New authors appreciate your openness.

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  19. Truly love this genre and I'm always open to new authors. Good luck!

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  20. Maureen ~ Thank you for having me. I've had a marvelous time. I love all of your sites, not just this one, though I'm a bit partial to the paranormal.

    To all who entered. Good luck. Thank you for your wonderful comments. Now, I'm going back to work on Book III of The GateKeepers Series, Second Chances. Stay tuned. You can find me on FB. Love hearing from you.

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