Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Ghost Witching by Ally Shields

Please welcome Ally Shields author of Ghost Witching.

Ally Shields will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Ghost Witching (Maggie York Paranormal Mystery #2)

by Ally Shields

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GENRE: paranormal/mystery/romance

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INTERVIEW:

How did you come up with ideas for your books?
What expertise did you bring to your writing?

 

My characters always come first, and the plots evolve from them. Maggie York popped into my head, and I thought about what would be the hardest thing for a hard-nosed homicide cop to handle. What if she suddenly saw ghosts? I actually chuckled over the trouble I saw in her future, but I knew Maggie was strong enough to deal with it…especially if she had Josh by her side.

I have zero expertise with ghosts—although I’ve been to a séance—but I do have a background in law and law enforcement that I draw from frequently in the Maggie York Ghost series, from the tense interrogations to the unfailing loyalty of one good cop for another.

 

As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

 

I intend to keep writing as long as my readers keep reading and my publisher continues to publish. The first chapter of the next Maggie York, Ghost Haunting, is already drafted, waiting further attention, and I’m launching a follow-up series to the Guardian Witch novels. I doubt if my fertile imagination will ever run out of ideas.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

 

I can’t remember a time I didn’t want to write, but twenty years ago a community ed creative writing instructor encouraged me to try publishing. At the time I put it in the back of my mind. My work in the Juvenile Justice System was all consuming. In late 2008 I began writing full time, knowing I wanted to publish, if I could convince an agent or publisher. In 2012 the first Guardian Witch book was published by Etopia Press, followed by eleven more urban fantasy/paranormals and one short story. Two more books are expected in 2017.

 

What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

 

Worst: Don’t self edit as you go. Yes, I put this under worst. I know that turning off your inner editor is the theory of NaNoWriMo (which I do every November), but if I don’t fix things as I go, I have so many little holes and inconsistencies that they’re almost impossible to find later. This is the voice of experience speaking. I understand it isn’t the same for others.

 

Best: The best way to market is by writing the next book. This is so incredibly true, and for me it was book three that really got my first series to rolling. Even after eleven published books, it took Ghost Witching to push sales for Ghost Walking (Maggie York #1). I guess other readers are like I am, they fall in love with series characters and want to make sure they’ll be around before getting involved. 🙂
Do you outline your books or just start writing?

 

I have my characters, my genre, my main setting and usually the first chapter or two in mind, then I just start writing. I keep a chapter outline as I go, so I can remember where I’ve been. When the ending becomes clear to me, usually half to three-quarters through, I jot notes of scenes that must be included to reach the final outcome but nothing as formal as an outline.
Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

 

Any experience I’ve had in my life is fair game for my books, and they can spring up at the most surprising time. My former careers, my love of travel, target shooting, horseback riding—they’re all in the novels somewhere. And often a character’s quirk or something in their background is drawn from people I’ve known. Never recognizable, because no character comes entirely or even mostly from a real person in my past, but familiar enough that I remember when it pops up on my screen.
Do you have an all time favorite book?

 

I have many. Tolkien’s Trilogy, Georgette Heyer’s regency romances, Guilty Pleasure by Laurell K. Hamilton, Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci, Memorial Day by Vince Flynn. Oh, you wanted me to stop? 🙂
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

 

The next book to be released is Embers of Fire (Guardian Witch Legacy #1), the sequel to the urban fantasy Guardian Witch series.

My current book under draft is Ghost Haunting, the third Maggie York paranormal mystery. Maggie will be challenged by a couple of strangers to New Orleans who drag her deeply into the world of the supernatural, and one of them will offer a tempting future she may find impossible to resist.
What is your favorite reality show?

 

For the most part, I don’t enjoy reality shows, but I’m hooked on The Voice. I pick my favorites via Facebook, and if you follow me on twitter @ShieldsAlly), you’ll discover I even vote on the instant saves.
Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

 

Like anything it has it’s pros and cons. On the plus side, your world and setting are created, so are your characters. And you already feel they have something more to say or you would have left the first book as a standalone. You’ve also begun to develop a readership.

 

But there are serious drawbacks. Maintaining consistency was, and is, a hurdle for me, remembering or finding those little details that seemed relatively unimportant the first time—so trivial you don’t remember the cat’s name or the street something was on. You can waste a lot of time looking back. Character development over the lengthy of a series is a different challenge. I don’t enjoy series where time and characters never change, so I don’t write them. The trick is not making changes too rapidly or taking your original characters down paths they would never go. It’s a fine line to walk but tremendously rewarding when your readers think you got it right.

 

BLURB:

 

Too many ghosts is never a good thing…

Detectives Maggie York and Josh Brandt’s latest murder case comes at the wrong moment. She just moved out on him and wants to “cool it.” But complications throw them together more than usual. Even for New Orleans, the case is unique—with way too many suspects and creepy things—ghosts, snakes, curses, not to mention the witches.

Maggie and Josh try to make sense of it all and resist finding consolation in each other’s arms. Then Josh’s ex-fiancee, a curvy blonde, arrives from Boston, making a touchy situation impossible.

But this killer won’t wait for them to sort out their personal lives, and the situation spins out of control…

 

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EXCERPT:

 

The old woman had been particularly insistent on attendance tonight, piquing Maggie’s curiosity. And a little apprehension. Had Selena had another of her visions, possibly foretelling trouble in the near future? When asked, her cousin had given a typically cryptic answer. “Good and evil are always in motion.”

 

Which told her nothing new. Maggie sighed, darting a glance at the focused women around her. No matter. The future wouldn’t be changed by worrying. Besides, she had no real objection to being here and supporting the coven’s hopes of healing one member’s gravely ill four-year-old niece, for a laid-off worker to find a new job, and a universal plea for greater wisdom. They could all use a dose of that.

 

While calling upon the Goddess to bless and protect them, Selena made a three-sixty turn, her gown billowing as she included every participant. Maggie suddenly stiffened and peered behind her cousin. Had something dark and wispy swooped past? No, of course not. The lifting dawn mist had fired her overactive imagination.

 

Yet her heart beat a bit faster, and she joined in the final lines of the closing chant with more gravity than usual.

 

“In calm or stormy days to come, light our pathways safely home.

Gracious Goddess, grant our plea. So mote it be.”

 

Maggie was tempted to add an “Amen” for good measure.

 

As they blew out their candles, her cell phone buzzed. She checked the screen. Police dispatch. Her real world snapped back into place. While they’d been surrounded by the hope inherent in these pre-dawn gatherings, someone else had committed the most grievous assault upon society…the murder of one of its citizens.

 

 

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Ally Shields grew up in the Midwest along the Mississippi River, still considers herself “a river rat,” and currently resides near Des Moines. After a career in law and juvenile justice, she turned to full-time fiction writing in 2009. Her first urban fantasy, Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch #1) was published in 2012, and she currently has twelve published novels. She loves to travel in the US and abroad and incorporates many of those settings into her books. Ms. Shields welcomes reader contact through her website and can frequently be found on Twitter.

 

Web links:

Website: http://allyshields.com

Blog:     http://allyshields.com/blog.html

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShieldsAlly

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6527209.Ally_Shields

Amazon Author Page:   http://www.amazon.com/Ally-Shields/e/B009AKNDZU

Google+:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/100652807699295011703/posts

Newsletter: http://paper.li/ShieldsAlly/1353941420

 

Ghost Witching Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/cxgb07Wzn7w

 

Amazon buy link to all Ally Shields books: https://www.amazon.com/Ally-Shields/e/B009AKNDZU

 

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Ally Shields will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f2073

 

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18 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Ghost Witching by Ally Shields

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Lisa Brown
    January 9, 2017

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

    • Ally Shields
      January 9, 2017

      TY for entering. What part of these tours do you like best – seeing the covers, the blurbs, excerpts, trailers?

  3. achristay
    January 9, 2017

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. Ally Shields
    January 9, 2017

    Thanks so much for featuring my book! I wonder how many readers have visited New Orleans. What did you think of it? Didn’t you just love the place?

  5. Edgar Gerik
    January 9, 2017

    Enjoy the interview and nice cover

    • Ally Shields
      January 9, 2017

      I can’t take credit for choosing the cover, but I have great cover artists. Thanks!

  6. bernie wallace
    January 9, 2017

    What books are you looking forward to reading this year? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.

    • Ally Shields
      January 9, 2017

      Gosh, Bernie, I don’t know. I rarely remember when knew books are coming out. I just periodically browse for new arrivals. I currently reading the most recent Mitch Rapp thriller. Good luck with your entry.

  7. Victoria
    January 9, 2017

    I love paranormal romances so I’m looking forward to checking this one out!

    • Ally Shields
      January 9, 2017

      While my books include romances, they aren’t steamy. I leave the hot parts to your imagination! 🙂

  8. Ally Swanson
    January 14, 2017

    Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

    • Ally Shields
      January 15, 2017

      Thx, Ally. I’m happy to see you follow the tour!

  9. Nikolina84
    January 18, 2017

    Judging by the excerpt, book sounds very intriguing, looking forward to reading it!

  10. Susan Biddle
    January 20, 2017

    Is this Maggie a confused Pagan or.. why was she tempted to add an Amen?

    • Ally Shields
      January 22, 2017

      Because she wasn’t raised pagan, and she still resists believing in any type of witchcraft.

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