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Saturday, June 4, 2011

A GHOST OF A CHANCE - CONTESTS, BLOG TOUR & PARTY!


TODAY - JUNE 23rd:
Join me to take a look at photos of what I think my characters look like. Do you agree? Also, an excerpt from A Ghost of a Chance where Keenan suddenly finds his arms filled with warm, healthy girl... 
 
YESTERDAY - JUNE 22ST:
Goddess Fish Video
Come join Goddess Fish to review a new Ghost of a Chance video. Leave a comment for a chance to win. 
Goddess Fish Ghost of a Chance Party!
Come play with me today over at my Goddess Fish Party!
Romance Junkies
Living With Ghosts - Have you seen a ghost? What role did real ghosts play in writing A Ghost of a Chance. Leave comment for chance to win. 
Fresh Fiction
Are you psychic? Today's article over at Fresh Fiction explores that question. 
Night Owl Romance Blog
Do you believe in ghosts? Article about how real life ghostly encounters made me a believer. 

JUNE 19TH TO JULY 20TH
Come join me in celebrating the release of A GHOST OF A CHANCE, a paranormal romantic comedy coming out on June 19, 2011!

Ghost stories, riding in cars with cops, paranormal trivia, psychic powers, loads of excerpts, and even a little romantic kink or two (hot-cha-cha).

I will have drawings for some spectacular prizes and all you have to do is visit each blog, read it, and then leave a comment. The more blogs you comment on, the better your chances! You could win Amazon Gift Certificates worth $25 (gotta watch for these - they will be given away during surprise contests throughout the event), a $100 GC from Amazon, 2 totes full of wonderful Portland memorabilia, wine, candy, and so much more, jewelry, books, and, for the grand prize, 2 (count them 2) Kindles loaded with books!

So don't miss the fun and invite your friends... the more the merrier. This is the first of three extravaganzas I'm having this year so make sure you check out Minnette's World or my Facebook  every day to see where I'll be next. Again, the more blogs you read and comment on the better your chances of winning prizes at the end of the tour. Have fun and good luck!
P.S. BELOW THE CALENDAR IS A FUN VIDEO, A BLURB ABOUT THE BOOK, AND A LINK TO EXCERPTS!

June 19     Julian & Grace's Book Club Page
                 Night Owl Romance Interview - Note: Can't leave
                   comments, but if you write me one on Facebook
                    @MinnetteMeador, I'll count this for the contest
June 20     Behind the Book
                 The Romance Review  
June 21      Whipped Cream Review
                 Fresh Fiction
                 Night Owl Romance Blog
June 23     Books Read 'N' Makeup Done
June 25     Dawn Prochilo Blog
                 The Romance Book Club
                 Prizes from me for $50 GC @ Amazon AND a chance 
                 to win a Nook reader from TRS! These are in addition
                 to my regular contest.
June 27     Book of Secrets
June 28     Lyn Armstrong
                 Love Romance Novels
June 29     Paty Jager 
                 Bitten By Books Release Party! - Extra Prizes - I'm 
                   giving away a third Kindle filled with any five 
                   Kindle paranormal books (winner's choice) AND
                   a Portland Oregon Tote filled with great Oregon and
                   Portland made items (wine, coffee, chocolate, goodies)
                   There might even be some surprises!
June 30      Book Junkie
July 1         Night Owl Romance - An additional chance to win 
                    a book
                  Desiree Holt Tells All
July 4         Travel the Ages
July 5         The Blue Rose Blog
July 6         Fantasy Unbound
July 7         Sugarbeat's Books
July 8         Rosalie Lario
July 10        Rogue Angels
July 11        Beyond Romance
July 12        Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
July 13        Alisha Paige
July 14        Immortality and Beyond
July 15        Worlds of Possibilities
July 18        Off the Keyboard
July 20        Parajunkee's View


A GHOST OF A CHANCE - Excerpt
a paranormal romantic comedy
by Minnette Meador
RELEASE DATE: JUNE 22, 2011
Resplendence Publishing

Keenan Swanson is your typical, everyday graphic designer. Well, except for the hundreds of pesky, prank-loving poltergeists that make his life interesting (in a Chinese curse sort of way). He finds his situation precarious yet manageable—until witty, smoking-hot coworker Isabella enters the scene and Keenan decides he wants her all for himself. With a horny succubus who has other ideas, a burly city cop determined to lock Keenan away, and an evil entity who’s hell-bent on using Keenan’s seed to create a living demon, the reluctant psychic realizes he just might not come out of this alive—or with heart intact.

“Hysterical and very original!”
2-Time Rita Winner Wendy Warren


Minnette Meador
World Weaver...
mmeador@minnettemeador.com 
http://minnettemeador.blogspot.com 
http://www.minnettemeador.com




A Ghost of a Chance - Excerpt #1

A GHOST OF A CHANCE
a paranormal romantic comedy by
Minnette Meador
http://minnettemeador.blogspot.com


CHAPTER THREE – INBIBING SPIRITS

It dawned on Keenan as he followed Reggie out to the living room that the familiar disembodied noise was back. Arguments, low conversations, whispers, and even a little song flitted in and out of the air around him. It was reassuring.

The group of visible ghosts was light: three screamers Keenan couldn’t see very clearly, a Hindi named Nihar who was standing on his head amongst fake flowers on the windowsill, and a crowd of loggers dancing on the kitchen table. Three of them were swilling pale mugs of beer. The stringent smell of faded incense and warm beer made Keenan’s eyes water.

Keenan searched the room. “Constance?”

Reggie spun around and gave him a ghostly wink. “Sorry, old chap. Not here tonight. Besides…” He floated over to the door and made a grand gesture with his arm. “…for this, you’ll need a gentleman’s perspective, I think.”

“What do you…”

“I’ll explain all of it after you’ve had a drink or two. Off we go.”

Keenan’s head throbbed enough to make him not care where he was going. He lifted one numb leg after the other. When the front door slammed behind him, it sent a cartoon sound wave that should have caved in his skull. It must have been very cold outside…he could see his breath come out in solid clouds…but he was warm. Thank God for small favors.

He stumbled after Reggie who was whistling a happy tune just to torture him.

The haze around Keenan’s brain didn’t get any better the further down the block Reggie led him. He wondered what time it was; would the bar be open this late?
When they rounded the corner, the neon blue and red Taps blinked in and out, boring into the headache under Keenan’s right eyebrow. The white OPEN sign underneath looked misty in the late night fog. The heat that blasted his face when he opened the door smelled of cigarettes and humanity. It was one of his favorite sensations; nothing better in his mind than local color mixed with cold micro-brew. The flashing Terminator Stout signs always reminded him of happier days.

Once inside, Patrick eyeballed him briefly without comment and went back to chatting with the drunk at the end of the bar. Patrick had been here when Keenan moved in years before, but Keenan still didn’t know if he was owner or just the bartender. They were on a casual head-bobbing basis.

 Keenan didn’t feel like lively conversation, so he just pointed to the tap. Patrick nodded once, yanked a glass from the stack behind him, and filled it. Keenan disregarded the twenty or so incorporeal customers that Patrick didn’t see. The chatter from the group was smoky, bouncing dully from the dark oak rafters.
It was only then that Keenan realized he was naked under the long coat.

No pants.

No shorts.

No wallet.

He froze and sweat followed the jolt of realization down his armpits.

Can anyone say flasher?

Cramming his hand into his coat pocket without hope, he touched the soft crumpled surface of a bill and several coins. When he pulled the ten out, the sight sent momentary relief through the tight muscles in his neck, followed by a chill that rippled just under his skin. He slid it over the bar and took his beer, hoping to God that the two men staring at him didn’t notice his bare legs. Neither said a thing when Patrick passed the change to him and went back to cleaning glasses behind the high bar.

The dead patrons laughed their asses off.