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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Boo Bash Giveaway & Interview with Edie Ramer

I'm pretty excited to share some of Edie Ramer's work. I think very highly of her and love her books. I've gotten the chance to get to know Edie as a person and think she's a really great person. I'm excited to have gotten the chance to get Cassie to interview Joe. Hey! I've heard he can be pretty cranky, I'll leave it to the pro to handle him!

About the Book
When Cassie Taylor talks, ghosts listen. She wants to heal their souls so they can leave earth. Brooding songwriter Luke Rivers wants to give his recently found daughter a normal home, but he discovers his new house in small town Wisconsin is haunted by a ghost with an attitude. His ghost whisperer has an attitude too—even before someone tries to kill her.
He wants conventional; she wants acceptance. No wonder she thinks men are hard and dead people are easy.

Sitting at a wooden table in Luke Rivers’ library, Cassie thinks if anyone could see them, they wouldn’t have a clue that the stud in a bomber jacket sitting kitty corner from her wasn’t flesh and blood. She hadn’t seen Joe for a while, and he looks different... Troubled, despite his crooked smile.

She frowns. There aren’t many people she loves, and he’s one of the few. Dead or alive.

Taking a deep breath, she puts on the smile. Aimee is waiting. Time for the interview.

Cassie: Thanks for sitting down with me. You never talk about yourself much. You’re so... good looking. I bet when you were alive you had a ton of women after you. (gives him a warning look) But don’t get a big head about it.

J: (shakes his head) You compliment me and knock me down at the same time. You got a problem, girl.

C. Woman not girl.

J: (leers at Cassie’s breasts then tilts his head to look at her hips) I’ve always known you were a woman.

C: (almost punching him on the arm, but drawing back before touching him) You’re trying to make me hit you, aren’t you?

J: (grinning) All the girls want to touch me.

C: Sure, all the girls love a man-sized popsicle. Don’t think you’re going to sidetrack me. Tell me about yourself.

J:  (the spark leaves his eyes and he leans back in the chair) I hate these questions. I was a cop. A husband. Mary died of leukemia. I survived. People do. I don’t know why I didn’t go to Heaven, or whatever the hell it is, but here I am.

C: You’ve been a ghost for about sixty years. All of the other ghosts I’ve met were here because they didn’t know they could leave. Or they had unfinished business. None of that fits you. And you told me you hadn’t even tried to go to Heaven—

J: Maybe I didn’t tell you the whole truth.

C: (eyebrows slashing together) What do you mean, maybe?  Either you did or you didn’t.

J: I sent a few messages to God. Nothing happened. I think they went to his spam box. (laughs but with no humor)

C: (shivers, her voice a whisper) How does it feel? 

J: Like God’s forgotten about me.

C: (rubs her goosebumpy arms) Aw, Joe—

J: No pity. It’s not a big deal. I think he’s teaching me a lesson.

C: Sixty years is a loooong lesson. What did you do to make him—or her—so mad?

J: (he grins, fake as hell) Who knows? I wasn’t the best husband. I never cheated on Mary. (his brows lower, his expression fierce) I’d never do that. But I went out with the guys after work. Left her alone too long. And when she was sick... (turns his head, his mouth a line)

C: (leans forward and sees his eyes glisten—but that’s impossible; ghosts don’t cry) You okay, Joe?

J: (turns back with his usual life-is-good-for-dead-people grin) I’m always okay. Let’s talk about something else. We’re here to entertain readers, not bring them down.

C: Subject changed but we’ll talk later. You’re not getting off that easy. (glances at a sheet of paper on the table) On with the interview. You’re getting your own book now. I heard Edie say so. What do you think she’ll do to you?

J: No clue. I hope she doesn’t put me through hell like she did to you.

C: She’s got a vicious streak. But it all turned out well at the end. Happily ever after.

J: Not ever after. Some day you’re going to die.

C: Am I? You didn’t die. Just your body. The real you...you’re still there. And I’m the one that helps dead people go to Heaven. I can help you. Why don’t you let me?

J: No, I think maybe...I need to stay to learn things.

C: What have you learned already?

J: To never take anyone for granted.

C: You’re talking about Mary again, aren’t you? It all leads back to Mary. You think she’ll be in the next book?

J: (his expression tortured, he shrugs, trying to look nonchalant and failing) When she was dying, she promised that she’d come back to me. But it’s been sixty years. (looks at the ceiling) Mary... (voice breaks and he pauses before continuing in a hushed tone) I can’t wait much longer.

C: (stands, arms out) Oh Joe, I didn’t know you felt this way. I—

J: Interview is over. (gets up from the chair and turns from the table, from Cassie)

C: Joe! You’re scaring me. Come back!

J: (strides toward the bookcase) Sorry. I got a story to tell, and it’s sixty years overdue. I might not even wait for Edie to get off her butt and start typing.

C: (drops arms) Good luck, Joe. (her voice wistful) Love you.

She waits until Joe disappears, then heads back to the hall and her happy-but-still-not-perfect life. Smiling, because she’s sure she’ll see Joe again. But her eyes are grave and a bit sad, because it won’t be an easy road for him. It never is for fictional characters. She wants to blame it on the author, but part of the blame goes to readers. They love to see characters reach the end of their rope...and then the rope starts to fray.

She decides to ask Luke to write a song. He can call it The Mean Reader Blues.

Be sure to visit Edie's sites!

Website   |   Twitter   |   FaceBook

The Giveaway!!

There are two ecopies to win! To Enter, leave a comment below with your email address and tell us who your favorite ghost is! Contest ends Nov 5th at Midnight.


Mardel said...

I read the excerpt to Dead People - pretty interesting, with a bit of humor. I like that. :)

Favorite ghost....oh man, I don't know. I can say that I think we were visited with the ghost of our favorite cat for a while after he died. He was the sweetest cat ever, named Charlie. After he died we kept seeing a paler version of him sitting in his favorite places...we'd do the whole double take thing and then he wouldn't be there. Lasted about a month. I guess that would be my favorite ghost.

Bwyatt said...

My favorite ghost is Logan Keeley from Jeri Smith-Ready's Shade series. He's a rock star... and so sweet!

Victoria Zumbrum said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Julie said...

Awesome interview! I really want to read this book! Of course, I love anything that Edie writes! My favorite ghost is Michael from The Morganville Vampires! Hot, hot, hot!!

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Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

Casper of course!!

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Denise Z said...

Well I recently listed to my first book CD. The book was Second Grave on the Left. The story has a ton of awesome characters that are ghosts and it can be quite funny at times, as well as a serious, I don't know if it would qualify as a UF or mystery - but it is a hoot of a series. One of the ghosts is named I believe Mr. Wong, he just stands in the corner of Charlie's apartment and never responds. I think his character adds a lot to the story.
I have already purchased Dead People, but wanted to join in the fun even though I am not entering the giveaway :) Thank you for sharing.

sheri said...

This sounds like a great Book and I am looking forward to reading it. There are so many great UF books out there and great authors i just cant get enough of them, so thank you all! I dont yet have a favorite Ghost and am looking for one, maybe I will find it here?!
sheri from creston

Kelly said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

My fave ghost is Michael from The Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine (***SPOILER*** although technically he's no longer a ghost)


Pamk said...

Elizabeth from Jeannine Frost's last book. She rocks.
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Yto said...

my favourite ghost would be casper XD
thanks for the giveaway ^^

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