Thursday, August 4, 2011

Night Journey Featured New Book by Goldie Browning with Interview & Giveaway

A ROMANTIC WEEKEND GONE WRONG                                          
Two nights at America’s most haunted hotel, a spooky ghost tour with a visit to a former morgue, and a family wedding—all the ingredients for a fun-filled weekend. Emma and Zan Fuller have never been to the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas—at least not in this lifetime. But the ghosts that haunt the former cancer hospital remember Emma, and they won’t rest until she’s joined them once again. When a bizarre accident almost claims her life, her soul is catapulted backward in time to 1938. Things get even worse while she lies comatose, however, because she is now a target for an organ transplant scheme.

STAR CROSSED LOVERS
It’s Depression Era 1938 when Ivy Turner meets Harry Fuller. Love happens quickly, but they’ll never live happily ever after if her parents have their way. Despite their objections, the couple elopes. Wedded bliss soon turns to despair, however, when Harry is arrested and Ivy is sent to the Baker Cancer Hospital. But Ivy doesn’t have cancer. She’s pregnant with Harry’s child—the child who will someday become Zan Fuller’s father.

JOURNEY ACROSS TIME
Emma wakes up, but not the way she’d expected. Her soul has entered the cancer-riddled body of a woman who had died only moments before. And to make matters worse, she’s trapped in time—it’s 1938. She’s back at the Crescent Hotel, which is now the Baker Cancer Hospital. The people who had once been simply characters in a ghost story are now living, breathing human beings. But Emma’s biggest worry is Zan’s grandmother, Ivy. If anything happens to her or her baby, Zan will never exist. Can Emma, imprisoned in a sick and dying body, rescue Ivy and Harry? Can Zan, in 2011, prevent the hospital from ending her life support and harvesting her heart?


GIVEAWAY

Fill out the simple form at the bottom of this post for a chance to win.  Goldie will be giving away one digital copy (Intl)  and one PRINT copy of Night Journey (US only). There will be two lucky winners.  If eligible, you may sign up for both prizes, however, only one prize may be won by the same individual. This giveaway will end on August 13th 11:59PM CST.  The winners will be notified the following day.

 EXCERPT
 Two-fifteen. 
The red numbers on the digital clock seemed to waver as Emma blinked to focus her eyes in the darkness.  A blustering wind wailed mournfully outside and rain pelted the windowpanes.  She sat up in bed and scanned the dark and misty chamber.  Instantly alert, her heart shifted gears.  Something was in the room—something evil.  She wrinkled her nose at the smell; the cloying odor of camphor and alcohol permeated the air.     
She gasped when she saw the shadowy wraith hovering just inside the bathroom door.  Intermittent flashes of lightning illuminated the sky like a strobe light and sifted through the shuttered window just enough to reveal the outline of the apparition.  Emma clutched the blanket to her chin and stared, too horrified to move or speak.  She felt icy cold, yet sweat beaded on her forehead.  She turned toward Zan lying beside her.  He snored peacefully, oblivious to the terror lurking so near.
Emma heard the creak of footsteps moving across the floor.  Whoever—or whatever—was in the room passed from the bathroom and headed toward the door, leaving a bitter chill in its wake.  She watched in horror at the murky ectoplasm’s metamorphosis.  Even in the darkness Emma could make out the shadowy form of a woman wearing a mid-calf length dress and a handkerchief-shaped cap.
 The rasp as the deadbolt disengaged and the groan of ancient hinges fractured the silence; the door began to open.  Light flowed in from the hallway, casting uneven shadows on the parlor walls.  The apparition became more distinct.  Emma trembled at the intense hatred that emanated from the mad, cold stare of the spectral woman. 
Emma summoned all her strength just to move her hand enough to touch her sleeping husband.  The warmth of his skin reassured her and she shook him harder, but he didn’t wake up.  She tried to call his name, but her vocal cords refused to respond.  Terror gripped her heart like a vise and squeezed until she thought she might faint.
She closed her eyes and prayed to wake up from this hideous nightmare.  It had to be a dream—a terrible, horrible hallucination.  She opened her eyes and looked toward the door.  The phantom was still there.  It watched Emma for several more seconds, and then passed through the open door and into the hallway.  The door hung halfway open as if to remind her she wasn’t imagining things.
An overpowering compulsion swept over Emma.  She climbed out of bed, slipped a nightgown over her head and crept toward the door.  The coldness of the doorknob surprised her.  She glanced back toward the bed.  The back of Zan’s head was all she could see with his body beneath the mound of covers.  She pulled the door all the way open and stepped into the hallway.
The ghost was clearly visible now.  Emma stared in horrified fascination at the figure standing near the stairwell.  Could it be one of the phantom nurses Cheryl had talked about on the tour?  Or was it the pursuer in her reoccurring nightmare?  Perhaps they were one and the same?
The woman was dressed in an old-fashioned nurse’s uniform, with starched cap and apron.  Her dishwater blond hair was pulled back in a severe knot at the nape of her neck.  She looked young, no more than thirty.  But the expression of madness in her eyes, combined with the grotesquely scarred cheek, lips, and forehead made Emma flinch with revulsion.
As if she were hypnotized, Emma followed the woman down the stairs.  The black cat on the bench arched its back and hissed as the specter passed it on the stairwell landing.  Emma stumbled, almost tripping on the hem of her long nightgown.  When she looked up, the ghost had vanished.

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My Review


INTERVIEW

Tell us about your current release.

My current release is called Night Journey.  I refer to it as a romantic ghost story/time travel/Neo-Gothic novel. I was inspired to write it when my husband and I took a motorcycle trip a few years ago to the Ozarks.  We ended up staying in a beautiful place, purportedly haunted, called the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  I immediately fell under its spell. We stayed in Theodora’s Room, named for the gentle old woman’s ghost who haunts this particular room.

They even have a ghost tour that relates the history and legends of the hotel, which at one time was actually a cancer hospital.  The tour tells you about reported ghost sightings, and then takes you to its lowest regions, where supposedly the former owner, Dr. Norman Baker, had his morgue—and reportedly conducted terrible experiments on innocent victims. Well what was I to do after hearing all that?  Write a book, of course!

Several hotel stays with uncanny experiences and many hours of research later, Night Journey was born.  I wanted to incorporate the present with the past and the dead with the living, so I wrote the book in three parts, with two separate narrative strands.  One with Emma in 2011; the other with Ivy in 1938.  Then I melded the two together to create a satisfying ending.  It was a joy to write, but difficult to sell because it was so unusual and hard to describe in a query.


Who are your books published with?

Night Journey is published with GenerationNext Publications, a small new publishing company in its infancy.  I have collected my share of rejections from both publishers and agents since writing it, but I had never tried to publish with any of the smaller presses, not having been totally convinced on the concept of e-publishing or the difficulties smaller presses bring to distribution.  But GenerationNext came along at just the right time for me, offering a great contract, as well as putting Night Journey into print and electronic.  I couldn’t be happier.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

That moment came in the spring of 2008 when I began to feel so bad I started shopping online for caskets.  I had over-exerted myself the day before and became short of breath and fatigued.  When I saw a cardiologist, he sent me straight to the hospital for six days.  I had cardiomyopathy (congestive heart failure) with a weakened, enlarged heart that had an “ejection fraction” (the fraction of blood pumped out with each beat) of about 20 percent.  Normal is anywhere from 50-75 percent. 

Long story short, I had a defibrillator implanted and was sent for transplant testing.  Yikes!  One aspect of the plot of Night Journey deals with heart transplants, but I’d already finished my book the year before.  But a happy ending was in store for me.  The transplant cardiologist formulated an aggressive cocktail of heart meds that caused my heart to remodel itself and within about a month, my e.f. was up to 50.  Three years later, I’m doing great!


Does travel play in the writing of your books?

Most definitely.  Night Journey developed from a trip to a haunted hotel more than 400 miles from my home.  I’m proud to say that the hotel itself is currently selling Night Journey in its gift shop and I’m hoping for a surge of sales in October.  My current WIP (tentatively titled Red-Light) is set in New Orleans.  It will originate at another famously haunted hotel, the Hotel Monteleone.  I haven’t packed my bags yet, but I’ve bought my tickets and registered for Heather Graham’s Sixth Annual Writers for New Orleans Conference to be held over Labor Day weekend.  This will be my first airplane trip since receiving my defibrillator.  Can’t go through the metal detectors.  Guess I’ll get a pat down!


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Oh, yes.  I would have never gotten through Night Journey without my critique partners and readers.  I thanked each and every one on my Acknowledgements Page and the list was long.  Over time, I’ve been a member of several groups that read and critique.  Their teaching is invaluable.  I can’t imagine writing a book without input from other people. 

Tell us about the absolute best fan letter you have ever received.

I’ll tell you about two, both from the same person.  She is the sister of my best friend through school and she is a librarian at a small library.  We became Facebook friends and I sent her my book to read.  A month later, she e-mailed me with a request to buy two of my “wonderful books” for her library.  The second was about a week later.  She e-mailed me to tell me one had been checked out.  That made me happy.


Do you have a website or blog?

I do have a website.  It is www.Goldiebrowning.com.  I haven’t started a blog yet.  My publisher’s website is www.Generationnextpublications.com.  He’s getting up a newsletter and would love for people to sign up.

Night Journey is available at www.Amazon.com in print for $16.95 and e-book for only $2.99.  It’s also on www.Smashwords.com and I’m hoping on Barnes and Noble soon.  You can also buy it directly from my website with Paypal for $15.00 plus $2.00 shipping.

I am very proud of this review from Coffee Times Romance.  Check it out!



GIVEAWAY

Fill out the simple form at the bottom of this post for a chance to win.   Goldie will be giving away one digital copy (Intl)  and one PRINT copy of Night Journey (US only). There will be two lucky winners.  If eligible, you may sign up for both prizes, however, only one prize may be won by the same individual. This giveaway will end on August 13th 11:59PM CST.  The winners will be notified the following day.





14 comments:

Karen C said...

Enjoyed the interview. Have a vacation planned in Arkansas in the fall; will have to plan a side trip to Eureka Springs to see the hotel & take the tour. What fun!
Thanks.
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loves to dive said...

Great interview. Sounds like a scary visit to me, but how clever to turn it into a book. Can't wait to read the book and one about New Orleans sounds great too, love that town. Good luck. (hey Laurie)

goldiebeth said...

Thanks for the comment, Karen. I hope you make it to the Crescent. It's a grand old hotel and the ghosts are everywhere! I also hope you read and enjoy Night Journey.

Laurie said...

Hi Karen, So good of you to stop in and comment. You will love the area! My first hubby and I used to live fairly close to Eureka Springs (we lived in northeastern Okla) and we spent several fun weekends there though we never stayed at the Crescent. I hope now to someday get the opportunity to return their as I would like to take the ghost tour. One of the reasons I picked this book initially was because of where its set....but the ghost story and fantastic writing is what made this book so memorable to me....

Hi, Loves to Dive!! ****waves madly*** thanks for dropping by :). I've missed seeing you since I've been so absent from the Amazon thread. I LOVE reading your reviews for PRG and follow pretty closely. Great work!!

Good morning, Goldie! I am so happy to have you as a guest! Thanks so much!!!

rhonda1111 said...

i like ghost stories but would not spend night in haunted place.
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Karen C said...

My family said they would take me to the Crescent Hotel and drop me off - no way do they do ghosts! No sense of adventure...:O)

Laurie said...

Hi Rhonda, I agree with you. I wouldn't want to spend the night there.

Hi Karen, Too funny!! They're perfectly willing to drop you off there, huh?? I do think the tour would be cool, though.

goldiebeth said...

Well, it does take a sense of adventure to stay in a haunted hotel, but it's so much fun! It's actually safer (and more comfortable - bed, air conditioning, bathrooms) than camping in the woods where you could be eaten by a bear! Speaking of wildlife, (off topic) I left some cat food out last night on my front porch. We looked out and there was a skunk eating, with a raccoon waiting patiently for his turn. It's always an adventure living in the woods!

Carol N Wong said...

Would love to read this book on a dark and rainy night. Haven't ever been to that town but sounds like it would be an interesting trip. I really like that this is set during the Depression.

Erin O'Riordan said...

What a great concept for a novel! It's a little bit like Audrey Niffenegger's 'Her Fearful Symmetry,' but only a little. The cancer ward aspect is intriguing.

Nora B. Peevy said...

Hey Laurie,

It's Nora from the Weekend Blog Hop again. This books sounds really good. I have been reading a lot of gothic tales lately like this, even modern gothic settings. I actually stayed in a very haunted hotel myself in Savannah, Georgia, which I am going to blog about. I already shared photos of it in my blog, though a few months ago. It is a great experience for anyone who hasn't gone to one and is into history and ghost stories. I had my own experiences too, though I know not everyone is a believer. I am. If Christ could make one fish many and rise from the dead, then there can be ghosts too. I'm not Christian, but I always argue that point, since I used to be.

Happy hopping. It's Sunday, so it's almost done.

-Nora
http://norabpeevy.blogspot.com/

Krystal said...

Thank you for the great giveaway, this looks great!

ruby95660 said...

Great interview!

goldiebeth said...

Thanks to everybody who has commented. I hope you'll all read Night Journey. It is so great to finally see it in print and to read the wonderful reviews, like Laurie's.