Monday, October 7, 2013

Romancing the Million $$$ Ghost by Heidi Aw Kaminski, Pam Ryan and Dorothy Thompson: Interview


Tell us about your current release.


Hi everyone and thank you, Laurie, for having me here today and kicking off our 5 month virtual book tour for Romancing the Million $$$ Ghost!  I say “our” because I am one of three writers who made this happen—Heide AW Kaminski and Pam Ryan are the other two authors.  Romancing the Million $$$ Ghost is a paranormal love story.  An eccentric millionaire can’t get over the death of his wife that happened twenty years earlier, so he puts out a call to anyone who can bring her spirit to him and if they succeed, he will award them a million bucks.  No one has been able to do that successfully until the Spirit Speekers set foot in the Hawthorne mansion deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains to see if they have the right stuff.


Who are your books published with?


We have an interesting back story, pull out a chair.  In 2004, a small press publisher picked up our book and about two months down the road, they went bankrupt taking everyone’s royalties with them.  After all the work we went into the book, we never saw one penny of royalties.  A few years down the road, we decided to bring the book back to life—consulted a lawyer to make sure we had our rights back, changed the cover, got a terrific editor and self-published.  It’s been a learning experience, I’ll tell you that. 

How do you describe your writing style?


I have a theory.  I believe that a lot of authors write what they like to read.  I love paranormals but hate gory slash-em up poltergeisting type of stories that put ghosts in a bad light.  I grew up with Caspar, the Friendly Ghost—anyone remember that cute little dude?  He helped me get over my fear of ghosties and that’s really what we want to do with Romancing the Million $$$ Ghost.  Not that there aren’t some rather interesting scary parts.


Plotter or Pantser? Why?


Hm…normally, I’m a pantser, but we pretty well had to plot a lot of this book to make it believable.  While it’s fiction, it’s based on factual theories from people knowledgeable in the paranormal field.

What book are you reading now?


Right now I’m reading Demons Are A Ghoul’s Best Friend by Victoria Laurie.  I love it that they’re ghostbusters!

What are you passionate about these days?


Animal rights.
What is it that you like to do when you’re not reading/writing?


I love biking and hiking—take me anywhere there’s an open trail and that’s the perfect vacation for me.

How do you react to a bad review of your book?

Suck it up.

New York or LA? Why?


LA.  I grew up in Burbank.


Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?


If you want to come to the end of the spiritual debate—do ghosts exist?—pick up a copy. ;o)

Eccentric tobacco tycoon Rodger Hawthorne III can have anything his heart desires except his dead wife, Sarah.  Feeling responsible for the car crash that killed her twenty years earlier, he offers one million dollars to anyone who can find her spirit and bring it to him within one week or the money is forfeited.  Six spiritually-challenged—but highly intuitive—women find his ad over the Internet and accept his challenge only to embark on a journey they didn’t quite expect that covers astral traveling, past life regressions and spiritual encounters of the unworldly kind.  While this book is lightly based on a true story of a real man who is offering one million dollars to anyone who can prove that spirits exist, this story is purely fictional.  Or is it?

Coming October 2013!





HEIDE AW KAMINSKI is the mom of three very successful children, and she lives in southeast Michigan with her partner, her son and her stepson. She teaches English in a high school for juvenile delinquent boys, as well as co-directs the Sunday school program for an Interfaith Center. She is also the editor-in-chief for the Interfaith Center’s monthly 16-page newsletter.  She is currently the author of five books, ADHD and ME , Get Smart Through Art, The Ability Gang (a novel for upper elementary readers), Von Riesiggross bis Klitzeklein (a German children's book), and South of Eden (a not so serious novel about life in Heaven). She has also published stories in 15 anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Divorced Soul.

Kaminski was born and raised in Germany, and after spending a year as an exchange student in the USA, she ended up marrying an American and has been a permanent resident in the U.S. since 1984, as well as a citizen of the U.S. since 2007. After dedicating many years to being there for her children first, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in English communications at the ripe age of 50 and her English teaching certificate two years later.


Pam Ryan is a writer and professional psychic from Northwestern Ohio. She is the mother of two and has been a widow for the last five years. Her writing career began back in high school where she wrote a column for the Sylvania Sentinel Newspaper in Sylvania, Ohio. Pam was also the first page editor of the high school newspaper as well as doing the public relations for the high school musicals At the University of Toledo she helped to create the Public Relations Department for the Department of Theatre and Speech, worked as a reporter for the college paper, The Collegian, and was assistant to the Public Relation Director of a local Toledo, Ohio, theatre group, Lynro Productions. After college Pam went to work for the United States Government and part of her duties were to write, and publisher a newspaper for the Migrant Opportunity Program in Phoenix, Arizona. Back in Ohio she lent her talents to the local Muscular Dystrophy Association, Make A Wish of Northwestern Ohio, worked on newsletters for Grace Lutheran Church and Christ the King Church, both in Toledo, and did public relations for the Parent Organization of Lake Elementary School. Pamela Ryan, as she is known professionally, began her professional psychic career in 1990. She presently does private readings and parties, and is also available at Lite the Way,Lambertville, Michigan, and The Healing Oasis in Clay Center, Ohio. Pam has recently completed classes and become a Certified Hypnotherapist and has completed the Master’s level for hypnotherapists. Publication is tentatively set for 2013, for her book, “My Dearest Children”, channeled by Mary Magdalene, and is presently working on a biography of world renowned journalist, Ruth Montgomery and a series of books about a fictional psychic medium. The first one is called, "The Macrame Cross".


Dorothy Thompson is the owner/founder of Pump Up Your Book, an innovative public relations firm specializing in online book promotion and social media marketing for authors.  Pump Up Your Book was voted #1 in the Preditor's and Editor's Readers Poll in 2012.  She is also the co-author/compiler of Romancing the Soul, an anthology which proves soul mates exist and has appeared in USA Today, Chicago Times and other publications.  Dorothy loves the paranormal and is spatial clairsentient.  She lives on the beautiful island of Chincoteague, Virginia.


Together, they make the writing team of  Romancing the Million $$$ Ghost.  Visit the official book blog at or like them on Facebook at




Heide, Pam & Dorothy are giving away these fabulous prizes!

One Kindle Fire HD or $200 Paypal Cash
Romancing the Million $$$ Ghost ebook gifted from Amazon Kindle Store
America’s Most Haunted Places DVD
TY Ghost Beanie Baby
Romancing the Million $$$ Ghost Mousepad
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  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive either a Kindle Fire HD, an eBook copy of Romancing the Million $$$ Ghost gifted via Amazon only, and one TY Ghost Beanie Baby!
  • This giveaway begins October 7 and ends March 28.
  • Winners will be contacted via email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EST March 28 2013.
  • Winner has 24 hours to reply.
  • Each blogger who participates in this promotion is eligible to win.
  • Visit each “stop” daily for more entries


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1 comment:

Dorothy Thompson said...

Thanks for hosting us today, Laurie!