Friday, July 27, 2012

Shadow Sight by EJ Stevens: Interview, Review, Excerpt, Giveaway

Title: Shadow Sight
Series: Ivy Granger #1
Author: E.J. Stevens
Imprint: Sacred Oaks Press
On-Sale Date: 07/24/12
ISBN: 9780984247585

Tagline: Welcome to Harborsmouth, where monsters walk the streets unseen by humans…except those with second sight, like Ivy Granger.

Synopsis: Some things are best left unseen...

Ivy Granger's second sight is finally giving her life purpose. Ivy and her best friend Jinx may not be raking in the dough, but their psychic detective agency pays the bills--most of the time. Their only worry is the boredom of a slow day and the occasional crazy client--until a demon walks through their door.

Demons are never a good sign...

A demon attorney representing the water fae? Stranger things have happened. And things are about to get very, very strange as a bloodthirsty nightmare hunts the city of Harborsmouth.

There's blood in the water...

Kelpies have a reputation for eating humans. Unfortunately, Kelpies are the clients. When an Unseelie faerie this evil stalks the waterways of your city, you have to make hard choices.

The lesser of two evils...


Welcome to Harborsmouth, where monsters walk the streets unseen by humans…except those with second sight.

Whether visiting our modern business district or exploring the cobblestone lanes of the Old Port quarter, please enjoy your stay. When you return home, do tell your friends about our wonderful city—just leave out any supernatural details.
Don’t worry—most of our guests never experience anything unusual. Otherworlders, such as faeries, vampires, and ghouls, are quite adept at hiding within the shadows. Many are also skilled at erasing memories. You may wake in the night screaming, but you won’t recall why. Be glad that you don’t remember—you are one of the fortunate ones.

If you do encounter something unnatural, we recommend the services of Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective. Co-founder of Private Eye detective agency, Ivy Granger is a relatively new member of our small business community. Her offices can be found on Water Street, in the heart of the Old Port.

Miss Granger has a remarkable ability to receive visions by the act of touching an object. This skill is useful in her detective work, especially when locating lost items. Whether you are looking for a lost brooch or missing persons, no job is too small for Ivy Granger—and she could certainly use the business.

We can also provide, upon request, a list of highly skilled undertakers. If you are in need of their services, then we also kindly direct you to Harborsmouth Cemetery Realty. It’s never too early to contact them, since we have a booming “housing” market. Demand is quite high for a local plot—there are always people dying for a place to stay.

Chapter 2: Excerpt

I sniffed the air and smelled a whiff of sulfur. Oh, Mab’s bloody bones! My hand snagged a crucifix off the desk and I started muttering the Lord’s Prayer. I may not follow any particular faith, but Kaye had taught me a trick or two. Ten to one odds my client wasn’t bothered by today’s intense heat.

Color me pixed—the guy sitting on the other side of my desk was a demon. My hand, the one holding the crucifix in a white-knuckled grip, started to shake.

“You seem to have some inkling as to my lineage, however I am not here for myself,” he said.

“Hell has no interest in you…yet. I represent a client, someone very powerful who requires your special services.”

“You’re telling me that you’re some other dude’s lackey?” I asked. My hand steadied as I held the crucifix out before me.

“Attorney,” he said, shooting me a narrow eyed glare.

“Lower than a lackey then,” I said.

I was playing with fire, or brimstone. I should order the demon to leave, but there was something intriguing about his story. I couldn’t help becoming curious. Someone had made a deal with a devil, literally, to gain my services. I wasn’t sure if I should be flattered or die of fright.

At least I knew my instincts were good—this was definitely going to be a long day and this really was a client from Hell.

4 Stars 

Ivy Granger is a character I liked from the very beginning.  She is a psychic detective operating out of the port town of Harborsmouth.  Harborsmouth is teaming with a whole myriad of unusual supernatural characters.  They cloak themselves in glamour and thus exist unknown, for the most part, among the “normals”.  Ivy sees beneath the glamour to the real persona.  She also has a gift of seeing past events when she touches something. Sometimes, unexpectedly, those visions can be debilitating; striking with vivid and paralyzing ferocity.

I am not particularly well-versed on mythology and in this book many of the creepy characters are firmly ensconced in those stories and whisperings about frightening monsters passed down through the generations.  I honestly read this story more for the adventure than because of any fascination with mythology.  I loved the world-building begun in this book.  The secondary characters, as well as Ivy, are interesting and quirky, too.  The pacing is superb, and my imagination was fully engaged throughout.  E.J. has a real knack for perfectly rendered descriptions and sharp, humorous dialogues. 

Reviewed by Laurie

Hi EJ! Congrats on your new release. I am so happy that you are here today. So without further delay Let's start, shall we?

Q. Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

A. I find it difficult to write while playing music, but I do listen to music before I set out to write, to set the mood. The following music helped me to get "in the writing mood" and fits Shadow Sight perfectly.

Shadow Sight Playlist

Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Heads Will Roll
Siouxsie and the Banshees- Kiss Them For Me
The Killers- Human
Bat For Lashes- Horse And I
Bat For Lashes- Sleep Alone
Bat For Lashes- Trophy
You Say Party! We Say Die!- There Is Xxxx (Within My Heart)
Woodkid- Iron
Morcheeba- Shallow End
Florence and the Machine- What The Water Gave Me
Florence and the Machine- Shake It Out
Florence and the Machine- Seven Devils
The Editors- When Anger Shows
The Editors- Escape The Nest
Peter Murphy- I Spit Roses
Jessy Greene- Time Bomb
Patrick Wolf- Hard Times
Patrick Wolf- Oblivion
Moon Seven Times- The Pavement Shines
Emilie Autumn- Castle Down
Emilie Autumn- What If
The Smiths- Hand In Glove
The Alarm- The Stand
Mathew Good- Soldier
Matthew Good- Avalanche
Angus and Julia Stone- Lonely Hands
Angus and Julia Stone- Living On A Rainbow
Angus and Julia Stone- Soldier
Shiny Toy Guns- Stripped
Muse- Apocalypse Please
Modest Mouse- March Into The Sea
Modest Mouse- Satin In A Coffin
Modest Mouse- Ocean Breathes Salty
Lykke Li- I Follow Rivers

Q. What are you passionate about these days?

A. My loves include yoga, belly dancing, reading, vegan cooking, and corgis. I am also passionate about human and animal rights.

Q. What do you do to unwind and relax?

A. I live in a beautiful forest near the ocean and find walking along the beach, or exploring the woods with my dog, to be very relaxing. Yoga, meditation, music, and dance are also methods I use to unwind when feeling stressed or need to block out extraneous everyday details and focus my mind on writing.

Q. What would we find under your bed?

A. I sleep on a mattress on the floor, so if you managed to look under my bed you would find...the floor. Oooh, so exciting! And ghetto. LOL. All of the exciting bits and bobs are on bookshelves. I LOVE bookshelves. Along with books you'd find lucky cats, lucky elephants, dream catchers, wishing pots, random bits of art, and my gremlin collection.

Q. Who should play you in a film of your life?

A. Helena Bonham Carter. She's older, but would bring the correct level of eccentricity to the role. Perhaps actress Ksenia Solo could play the part of me in my 20's. I just started watching the series Lost Girl and love her role as Kenzi. She definitely has the spunk to play me in my wilder days.

Thank you Laurie for inviting me to return to your fabulous site!

Here are two Shadow Sight excerpts to share with your readers...

E.J. Stevens writes poetry, urban fantasy, and young adult paranormal novels. E.J. is the author of the haunting collection of dark poetry From the Shadows, the chilling collection of paranormal poetry Shadows of Myth and Legend, the young adult paranormal Spirit Guide Series, which include She Smells the Dead, Spirit Storm, and Legend of Witchtrot Road, and the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series.

When E.J. isn't at her writing desk she can be found blogging at From the Shadows, a paranormal book blog, or hanging out on Goodreads or Twitter.

E.J. is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is an active member of the Paranormal Romance Guild. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.

Social Media Links:
Author Blog-
About Me-
Official Spirit Guide Series Website-
Official Ivy Granger Series Website-

Shadow Sight Reviews
"I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sarcastic wit, supernatural beings, a good mystery
and one kick butt heroine."
-Paranormal Romance Guild

"If you’re a fan of mythology or paranormal books, you would enjoy Shadow Sight.
There is an element of romance that begins to develop towards the end (which keeps you wondering what will happen in the next book) to satisfy the paranormal romance fans. But if you’d rather read a mythology-based mystery told from the point of view of a quirky, often sarcastic, main character, then you definitely need to read this book!"
-Flashlight Reader

"I absolutely love the creepies in this book.
If you like strange creatures and quirky-oddball descriptions this is for you."
-Dizzy Izzy Book Reviews

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Giveaway ends August 18th 11:59PM Central Time.


Joanne said...

Congrats on the new release. Thanks for the great blurb and excerpt. This book sounds fantastic. Can'tr wait to read it. Love your playlist. My favorite on it is Sail by AWOLNATION.


E.J. Stevens said...

Thank you Joanne!

Amazingly, considering all of the times I listened to this playlist while preparing to write Shadow Sight, I am still in love with all of these songs. Sail is definitely one of my favorites.

Good luck with the giveaway and happy reading. :)

E.J. Stevens
Author of the Spirit Guide and Ivy Granger series

M. Thayer-Berlyn said...

Very much enjoyed! I visited the links to From the Shadows and Amazon books. Intriguing reads. Fabulous author photograph image as well.

Blessings of the Summer Days,

ronnkelly3 said...

Thank you for the was great...

E.J. Stevens said...

@Myna: Thank you for visiting my blog and looking further into my books. Happy reading!

@ronnkelly3: Thank you. So glad you enjoyed it!

E.J. Stevens
Author of the Spirit Guide and Ivy Granger series

DANIELA said...

Congrats on the new release!!!

E.J. Stevens said...

Thank you Daniela!

E.J. Stevens
Author of the Spirit Guide and Ivy Granger series

nurmawati djuhawan said...

thx u for the giveaway and for the interview..
i like walking on the beach too...especially beach in Bali :)


chikojubilee at gmail dot com

E.J. Stevens said...

@nurma: Walking on the beach in Bali sounds wonderful. A great way to start the day! :)

E.J. Stevens
Author of the Spirit Guide and Ivy Granger series

Autumn said...

The book sounds amazing! I will be putting in my TBR pile. Wow that is one playlist. I do not think I have heard of any of those songs, going to youtube right now to look them up and listen.

Thank you for the chance to win your book.