Monday, February 7, 2011

Guest Blog & Contest: J.R. Turner

Hello, Everyone!

I am really excited to be part of J.R. Turner's blog tour and I have a guest post written by her to share with you today. J.R. Turner is the author of DFF: Dead Friends Forever, School's Out 4-Ever, and Detour 2 Death, all part of the Extreme Hauntings series.

Guest Post:

Hey y’all! Thank you, Megan for hosting me, today. I’m thrilled to share with your readers a bit about the Extreme Hauntings series.

Years ago, my publisher asked me to write a YA series for their Quake imprint. I agreed, but tentatively. As with any book I choose to write, I need to be passionate about the story and the characters. Up until this point, all my novels were high on action and gun play, so I worried how I might handle this with a younger heroine.

For many months, I explored one idea after another and nothing seemed to really take. One of my favorite television shows is Supernatural and as I was watching it one evening, it occurred to me I didn’t have to arm my heroine with a gun—I could arm her with a supernatural ability. This got me thinking about what I miss as a reader. Great ghost stories are far and few between. Finally, I found my passion and DFF: Dead Friends Forever, became the first book in the Extreme Hauntings series.

DFF introduces Kaylee, a jock girl who loves to skateboard and wants to live a normal life. Once she enters a haunted house, her life drastically changes. By the second book, she’s been convicted of grave robbing and arson and sent to Barclay Hall, a reformatory for girls. In School’s Out 4-Ever, we learn a lot more about her powers, the way her feelings for her neighbor and best friend Davey are changing, and her relationship with the archangel Raphael.

In Detour 2 Death, Kaylee has run away to see Davey, who has fallen into a coma in the hospital. For the first two books, he’s been confined to a wheelchair. Now that she knows one of her gifts is the ability to heal, she wants to get to him before he dies. I loved the way this story came together. I’ve been looking forward to writing this book since I first created the outline for the series. Kaylee gets to visit the dark side of the hospital and enter Davey’s coma, giving me a chance to play with paranormal settings.

After my editor read this book, she told me she was firmly on Team Raphael. Others may end up on Team Davey. I’m looking forward to building on this love triangle as the series continues. Kaylee is in for a great many surprises as we move forward!

Thank you again for hosting me, Megan! I’m excited to picking three winners from the comments today. One will win a copy of DFF: Dead Friends Forever and a book thong. Two others will win a book thong in their favorite color!

About the Author:
J.R. Turner is a huge fan of all things fun and thrilling. She gets a kick out of surprising her kids and loves to tell goofy jokes—that aren’t always funny. She lives in Wisconsin, a state known for cheese, bratwurst, and beer—and 1001 recipes for Cheesy Bratwurst Beer Soup. Between writing books, enjoying the outdoors, cooking exotic recipes like Kitty Litter Cake, and trying her hand at all types of arts and crafts, her life is one adventure after another. Visit http://www.jennifer-turner.com to learn more!

Contest:
If you would like to win a copy of J.R. Turner's book DFF: Dead Friends Forever or a book thong, please leave a comment and I will pick the winners on Saturday, February 12!

11 comments:

Julie said...

Oh, can't wait to read the next one. The first DFF was excellent.

Thanks for sharing.

Julie

J.R. Turner said...

Thanks so much for hosting me, Megan! :) So glad to be here and I'm looking forward to reading and responding to all those who comment.

Julie--Awesome to see you!! Thanks for the lovely compliment about DFF!

Warmly,
Jenny:)

Jen Wylie said...

I really need to read those first two... Detour to Death is super awesome!
Most definitely Team Raphael!

mariska said...

Hi J.R :)

it's good to see you again. i'm soo looking forward to read another book from you !! love your works.

uniquas at ymail dot com

Sue said...

Sounds excellent, Jenny! You're right, ghost stories seem to have been a little overlooked in the YA paranormal market, so you picked a great niche! I'm looking forward to reading the whole series!

Sue

J.R. Turner said...

Jen! Awesome to see you here :) At Love is Murder I mentioned you were on Team Raphael and I got a good laugh from the group! So much fun!

Mariska--Gosh, it's been so long since we hung out together! Very cool to see you drop by. I'm thrilled you left me a note! Great to reconnect!! :)

Sue--I so agree about the ghost thing. I love a great ghost story and there really do seem to be so few of them. Thanks bunches for leaving a comment!! ;)

Warmly,
Jenny:)

Lisa Potts said...

Oh, wow. I don't know how I've managed to miss this series. Ghosts are kind of a thing with me.

Thanks for giving me a heads up.

lisapottswriter(at)gmail(dot)com

Aleetha said...

I have never seen those book above.
Sounds interesting
Please count me in it open internationally.

J.R. Turner said...

Hello Lisa and Aleetha! Thanks bunches for leaving a comment :) I hope you really enjoy the series. I'm having a blast writing them.

I'll be back later today to draw a winner!

Warmly,
Jenny:)

J.R. Turner said...

Hi everyone!!

I'm happy to announce the winner of the contest!

Lisa Potts!

YAY! Congrats :) :)

Please contact me at jturner4@charter.net to claim your copy of DFF: Dead Friends Forever and your book thong ;) Let me know you're favorite color as well:)

I look forward to hearing from you! Thank you so much Megan, for hosting me on my tour!!

Warmly,
Jenny:)

J.R. Turner said...

Just realized there was supposed to be a book thong awarded as well! So I picked a name and it's Aleetha!

Yay! :)

Email me at jturner4@charter.net with your favorite color and I'll get it right out to you!

Thanks so much!

Warmly,
Jenny:)