In lieu of my weekly Elvis post, I am welcoming Lisa Medley, a new author friend, to share her latest release. Check back next Friday when my weekly Elvis posts will resume. In the meantime, here’s Lisa….
Where did you get the idea for Haunt my Heart?
This story idea germinated from the first real-life ghost hunt I participated in a couple of years ago. My husband was reluctant about the idea of me going ghost hunting. He worried, “What if something follows you home?” Of course, that only made me start asking, “What if it did?!” I went on the ghost hunt and came home with a story.
What book have you read that you wish you would have written?
R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Those guys! Erm…vampires! I love them so much. Ward really gets into the deep end with her characters and I enjoy the multiple POVs in her work. It’s rubbed off because I use multiple POVs as well, just not as many. Her world is BIG.
Do you have another occupation, other than writer? If so, what is it and how do you like it?
I work full-time as a Donor Recruiter for a local blood center. Yep, I’m a vampire, but I’m a talker, not a sticker. I’ve been there fifteen years. I guess I like it just fine. I have a lot of freedom and windshield time covering my five counties, which I use daydreaming about my characters and plotting my next story. My car dash is filled with sticky notes for my next book.
What do you love that most people don’t like and wouldn’t understand why you do?
Zombies. I’m a little obsessed.
What’s the main thing that you could get rid of in your life that would give you more writing time?
My day job, ha! Of course that’s the only reason I can really afford to write at all.
What do you want readers to come away with after they read Haunt my Heart?
I want readers to be entertained and come away thinking, “Wow! That was a great book! When’s the next one?”
What is your favorite quote?
From the movie Ghost Rider: “Lady, before you got here, we were riding the gravy train on biscuit wheels.”
What celebrity would you most like to be stranded on an island with?
Gah! My heart says Jensen Ackles (for obvious reasons). My brain says Stephen King. That man will never run out of stories and I’d love to pick his brain. In a non-creepy sort of way, of course.
Tell us your favorite…
Movie – Anything Marvel
Music –The Black Keys, Coldplay, Kings of Leon
Place you’ve visited—NYC and Seattle
Place you’d like to visit—Italy
TV show from childhood—MASH
TV show from adulthood—Supernatural
Sports team Nebraska Huskers
Which do you prefer: Board games/card games or television? – Television. I watch waaaaay too much television 😀
Thank you, Lisa, for the fun interview answers. I am SO with you. I also watch way too much television, but I love it!
Lisa would like to ask readers…
Have you ever had a ghostly or paranormal encounter?
Check out her brand new release:
Haunt My Heart by Lisa Medley
Paranormal Romance: Ghost, Witchcraft, Hex and Sex.
Words 68K (272 pages)
A Civil War soldier dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?
Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF, and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor, she brings home more than a souvenir
Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex—a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.
Excerpt from Chapter One:
“Hurry up, Sarah. We’re going to miss the ghost!”
Sarah Knight rolled her eyes in the cold December darkness, but trotted after Ellie’s bouncing flashlight beam. Sarah’s heels crunched through the frozen topsoil as she crossed the lawn, and she worried about the damage being done to her only pair of sensible work shoes. Ellie had failed to mention this would be on an outdoor excursion.
Ellie had been dragging her out on girls’ nights against her better judgment since they graduated from college. Last month, they’d gone to a mixed martial arts fight, complete with blood, screaming and more than one missing tooth. And that had been the spectators.
Ellie had a strange idea of fun. It was only in the car on the way over that Sarah had learned tonight’s adventure would be a ghost hunt.
Sarah and Ellie caught up to the tour group as the leader, a tall dark-haired man in his mid-forties, wrapped up his ghost-hunting protocol explanation. She’d missed the rules. Ellie wouldn’t care about missing that part. She hated following the rules, but Sarah was a little miffed. If she was going ghost hunting, she wanted to know exactly what the boundaries were.
“Great,” Sarah whispered. “We missed the rules.”
“At least we didn’t miss the ghost,” Ellie pointed out. “And they haven’t doled out the equipment yet.” Ellie’s mouth split into a mischievous smile, and she angled up closer to the group leader.
“Again, my name is Allen if you have any questions during the tour. Since we have such a large group tonight, we’ll split into two teams. Carla will take this half.” Allen sliced an imaginary line through the group of twenty or so ghost-hunters. “And the rest of you will go with me.”
Relieved she and Ellie were on the same side of the line, Sarah snuggled up closer to her friend and surveyed the rest of their team. A middle-aged couple, a grandmotherly woman, and a group of ten sorority girls—exactly the type of girls she’d avoided in college—made up Team Allen. The girls sported matching Greek-lettered sweatshirts, scarves and mittens and tittered incessantly. Sarah was fairly sure their chance of seeing a ghost with this group was nil. Fine with her. Ellie was the one who went for the paranormal stuff.
“We’ll walk the path where the Lady in White has typically been spotted. Carla’s team will cover the grounds around the house,” Allen said. He nodded to Carla, and she gave him a little salute, then led her team around to the side of the building. Allen’s group stayed put in the doorway.
“First, I’ll need a couple of volunteers,” Allen announced.
Ellie’s hand shot up before Sarah could register what was happening. “We’ll do it.”
Classic Ellie, leaping before she looked. She didn’t even know what she was volunteering for. It could be anything. If Allen wanted virgins to sacrifice, however, he was out of luck.
Allen pulled two little handheld meter devices out of his messenger bag. His brows lowered a bit as he studied Ellie, cast his eyes around the group, then settled back to her. Ellie’s enthusiasm won out and Allen handed one device to her and the other to Sarah.
“This is the Anomaly Detector,” Allen said with all the reverence of presenting the sword Excalibur. “It measures EMP and temperature. If these lights change, it’s your job to let us know. I’ll be taking photos and interacting with the ghost, trying to draw her out. I can’t keep my eyes on all of the devices at once. Can you manage this?”
“Absolutely,” Ellie squealed.
Sarah resisted rolling her eyes again. She accepted the detector and did her best to reduce her scowl.
“It’s okay to be skeptical,” Allen said. “It makes it all the more exciting when we convert you to a believer.” His smile warmed and Sarah realized he was actually handsome. Old, but handsome. What an otherwise normal and attractive man—who was way old enough to know better—was doing leading a bunch of ghost hunters, she had no idea. People were strange. She supposed she’d have to include herself in that judgment, considering she now held a ghost detector.
Lisa Medley writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance about monsters in love, because monsters need love too. Look for Reap & Repent (Bk 1) and Reap & Redeem (Bk 2) of The Reaping Series, available now. A lover of beasties of all sorts, she has a farm full of them in her SW MO home including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees and a guinea pig. Not so in love with the guinea pig. She can do ten pushups IN A ROW and may or may not have a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times. Just. In. Case.
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13 responses to “Lisa Medley with Haunt my Heart: Ghosts, Civil War, and an Awesome Interview!”
Thanks so much for hosting me!
My pleasure, Lisa!
Great interview, ladies. Best wishes on your book, Lisa.
Thanks so much!
Lisa- I was going to say that we were kindred souls when you said your favorite show was Supernatural…but then I say you were a Huskers fan. Missouri Tiger born and bred. And Jensen or Stephen King? Are you kidding? I love Stephen King, but he wouldn’t even be part of the occasion. Jensen all the way!!! Ahem. Sorry. Did I get carried away? Anyway, your sense of humor shines through in your excerpt and this sounds like a fabulous book. Best wishes and thank you for sharing it with us!
Well, we can still be friends since the Huskers and Mizzou aren’t in the same conference anymore. I live in MO so it’s a given to follow Mizzou but I married a Husker. At this point, I’ve been a Husker-in-law longer than a Mizzou fan. And you had me at Jensen.
I, too, write paranormal with a civil War background. My home state, Virginia, offers much fodder for the fertile writing brain. Good luck!
That’s really cool, Susan. I’ll check out your books!
Hi, Lisa – so sorry for the late visit! Love the back story to your book! I’ve always wanted to go ghost-hunting, and since I live in Virginia (supposedly a hotbed for lots of sightings), it should be relatively easy! (Need to add to my bucket list.) The book sounds fantastic. One of my favorite characters in True Blood, at least the early years, was Bill Compton. I loved the way the character was written.acted with those courtly mannerisms and speech.
Me too, Leah! Loved Bill in the first season. If you loved Bill, I think you’ll enjoy Haunt 😀 Thanks for stopping by!
Lovely, lovely. Best wishes!
Thanks so much! 😀 Happy hanuting.
A fascinating story premise, good luck!