Spotlight & Author Interview: Haunted Ends 3: Disco Inferno + Giveaway

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Haunted Ends 3: Disco Inferno
by Elizabeth Price
Genre: Paranormal Mystery

The team of the hit cable television show “Haunted Ends” joins up again to investigate the Galaxy Disco. While shooting their show at the disco, the investigation takes a turn for the worse when the investigating team is transported back in time to the 1970’s. The team, along with Sam, their ghostly teammate, must figure out how to return to their own time by solving the mystery of who killed thirty people.


Excerpt:

The bronze statue of Juan Bautista de Anza greeted them as Rocky parked the car in the roundish parking lot. Rocky glanced at the statue, finding it rather odd to see a Spanish conquistador riding through the park, perched on a beautiful stone horse.

Man on a horse? he thought. Surely not. The statue wasn’t there the last time he visited… though it had been a long time.

As he turned to the statue, the statue’s head turned to him, winked then returned to normal. Rocky felt the expression fall from his face.

“You see that?” he gulped. “Dude…” he waved his hand towards the backseat to gain Sam’s attention even though he wasn’t looking at Sam. His hand sliced directly through Sam’s stomach, causing his image to waver slightly.

“What?” Sam muttered.

Rocky jumped out of his car, pointing to the statue. “That! That statue winked at me!” he proclaimed in front of a large group of school children on a field trip. The children all giggled at the madman as their teachers hurried them away from the area.

Sam floated from the car and over to the statue. “Oh, him? Yeah. He’s our eyewitness. Come on, let me introduce you—”


Author Interview:

1. What inspired you to write this book?
This story was inspired by an ice tea and a cupcake. Before 2020, I would spend a lot of time writing in coffee shops… as many writers do. I was writing in a coffee shop in downtown Riverside, not far from the Mission Inn. I used the Mission Inn as the inspiration for the hotel where the crew stayed at the end of the story. The pub they visited during their visit actually belongs to a friend of mine as well. As for the Galaxy Disco, I believe I started a rumor about an old disco being haunted back in the first book. I thought it was about time the crew investigated the old disco.

2. What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?
That there is a ghost that resides at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA.

3. What surprised you the most in writing it?
How well the characters all seemed to get along, even when they had a lot of other distractions in their lives.

4. What does the title mean?
The title, in this case, is based on one of the cases the crew investigates — a disco that burned and killed many people. The old song title seemed a perfect match.

5. Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?
The character of Melody was inspired by a real ghost of a prostitute that haunts a hotel in Ventura, CA, that I modeled the Juniper after. Silvia’s character is based on a lady that I grew up with and always admired. The character of Wally is based on a crazy old coot that I used to chat with at a local coffee shop. Sam’s character is loosely based on an interview I read about Peter Dinklage and Rocky was modeled after some surfer I saw once at Huntington Beach, CA.

6. Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?
I’m sure they all do… mostly to live life to the fullest because you never know when it will all come to an end.

7. What is your favorite part of the book?
When Rocky convinces Sam to go surfing for the first time. I’ll say no more.

8. Which character was most challenging to create? Why?
Rocky is my most complex character. He has a colorful background that often plays into his emotions and his choices. He has a good heart but can be a jerk now and again. I’ve attempted to tone down his character a little over the series, but his “first book” personality does sneak in once in a while.

9. What are your immediate future plans?
Haunted Ends 4 is currently in the works and might be out later this year. I’m in the process of writing Haunted Ends 5 and possibly Haunted Ends 6 if Rocky agrees to renew his contract. There are so many possibilities with this series, it’s hard to say for certain.


About the Author:

authorpicPriceElizabeth grew up in Redlands, California as an only child. The lack of siblings, cousins, or even kids in her neighborhood to play with sparked her imagination to life. She spent most days entertaining herself with elaborate stories, even doing so when her attention should have been elsewhere—like on her schoolwork.

As a teen, Elizabeth dove headfirst into the geeky culture of Star Trek and other science fiction and fantasy novels. She became so consumed that she spent all her free time and allowance on new books—eagerly anticipating their arrival. When she felt hindered by her limited allowance and the inevitable waiting period between new releases, it dawned on Elizabeth to revisit the creation of her own stories. This is where she was truly born as an author, pouring her imagination into multiple genres.

In 2009, Elizabeth graduated from California State University Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, emphasizing Entertainment Studies. She has taken numerous writing classes to hone her craft—everything from script writing to copywriting, story writing and more.

Elizabeth has been happily married to her supportive husband since 2001. He greatly encourages her in her writing endeavors and accompanies her on trips to haunted locations—her favorite pastime. She currently lives with her husband in Corona, California.

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Spotlight, Excerpt, & Author Interview: Facets of the Past + Giveaway

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Facets of the Past: No Dark Deed Goes Unpunished
by Monique Gliozzi
Genre: Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural / Psychological

When Hank Gild is given the opportunity to take up his dream job, he accepts the offer with excitement. As a tour guide at the historical imperial castle on Lake Starnberg, Hank delights his guests with stories of the late Bavarian emperor-his antics, his precious artifacts and the mystery shrouding his death in 1886. But it seems that not all the castle’s visitors are of pure heart. Before long, Hank is forced down a path of greed, deception and danger with no way out. A once happy and simple life unexpectedly becomes a treacherous nightmare. Who can he trust? Can Hank save himself before learning the ultimate lesson?

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Excerpt:

Munich is a fashionable city of historical wealth dating back to 1158, founded by Henry the Lion (Duke of Saxony). The city is not only beautiful for its Gothic architecture, but also for its natural surroundings, with the Alps, vast green hills and forests all making up the spectrum of such an indescribable paradise. A pleasant drive along winding country roads led me to the quaint lakeside Bavarian village of Starnberg, no more than twenty miles south west of the city.

The chill of the early spring morning was visible as I looked out over the lake from the comfort of the room I had rented at a local guest house. A thick layer of white mist hovered over the lake’s surface, concealing what lay in the dark water beneath. As a fan of ghost movies, I half expected to hear the cries of a wolf in the neighbouring forest, or spy a mysterious translucent figure slowly walking along the lake’s embankment.

The castle I was to visit that morning was not visible from where I stood, however with a bit of imagination I thought I could just make out the silhouette of its pointed roof. In the distance, the sun was beginning to rear its face, dimming the nocturnal light from the galaxy above. A creaking sound of old floorboards somewhere in the house interrupted my thoughts. The stillness of the chilly air in the room, accentuated by the cold floor beneath my bare feet, promptly propelled me to take refuge back under the warm bed covers, where I rested a while longer. The excitement of a new beginning couldn’t have prepared me for what would soon follow.


Author Interview:

1. Tell us a little about how this story first came to be.
This narrative evolved out of short story that I wrote to share with my writer’s group during the early stages of the 2020 Pandemic. I’ve always had a keen interest in history, and one afternoon going through old photos, I came across a picture of my sister and I standing at the entrance of the Starnberg Castle, which is where this story takes place. As memories of visiting that castle and mystery surrounding the late King of Bavaria (Ludwig II) flooded my consciousness, I felt compelled to write a contemporary and suspenseful story with historical facts as a springboard for the plot.

2. What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?
I believe that to evolve as an author one must try new things to avoid creating a formulaic trend of art. In this case, I chose to write the main character in the first person and of a different gender to myself. This was not as easy as I’d thought, especially when considering the mindset & evolving behaviors required to generate a believable protagonist.

3. What surprised you the most in writing it?
The most surprising aspect of writing Facets of the Past, was how the storyline evolved, establishing itself in my mind before I even began drafting the plot/characters. It seemed that my curiosity as a child when learning about the life & mysterious death of this particular Royal, turned out to be fuel for an untamed imagination.

4. What does the title mean?
The title itself is multifaceted – pardon the pun! Like gems, the protagonists have facets to their character adding a depth/dimension to the story, enhancing the suspense. Should you choose to read this fast – paced novella you’ll see what I mean by this statement.

5. Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?
The characters weren’t inspired by real people, keeping them fictitious allowed me to have more fun in weaving them through the veins of plot.

6. Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?
The morale is that “no dark deed goes unpunished”, for The Universe has a way of making things right. It’s like karma coming back to haunt us for misdeeds.

7. What is your favorite part of the book?
That is a difficult question, for I think I’d be a touch biased. However, I’m happy with the way I’ve been able to create a story which seems predictable but quite the contrary keeps the reader interested and in a perpetual state of suspense (or so I’m told by those who have reviewed it).

8. Which character was most challenging to create? Why?
As mentioned in one of the earlier questions, writing the main protagonist in the first person, and having to immerse myself into that role, was most challenging, especially since his personality is quite different to mine.

9. What are your immediate future plans?
Well, up until very recently I’ve not had any ideas for another book, but thankfully the cloud called writer’s block has lifted a little enabling some threads for another action-packed tale to be created. I’ve had some luck with radio interviews & featured articles in The New York Times, which have opened up some doors to other avenues which I look forward to exploring in the near future.

I hope you had fun reading about my journey in developing Facets of the Past out of the kernel of a short story.


Author Info:

Born in Dublin, Dr Monique Gliozzi, a graduate from the University of Western Australia medical school, has a keen interest in forensic sciences and psychiatry. She works as a psychiatrist in Perth, with ties to the UWA School of Psychiatry, where she has had a role as a senior clinical lecturer. Her love for teaching granted her a nomination for an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016.

Monique also holds an interest in aviation. She trained at the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, where she obtained a commercial pilot licence. Following this, Monique completed her instructor rating and is now working on a casual basis as a senior flight instructor.

Monique rekindled her passion for writing starting with the fictional thriller Foresight, followed by Hunted and ghostly encounters in Vestige. Her latest book, Diversity, is a compilation of entertaining short stories of different genres.

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