Monday, October 22, 2012

Something Wicked Comes Halloween Hop With Author J.A. Templeton!!

I am super excited to be a part of this tour hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and Babbling About Books!

This is a month long giveaway all about spooky author guest posts, wonderful books and of course fabulous giveaways so be sure to check out all the stops each day!!

Today I have the very special honor of having J.A. Templeton author of The MacKinnon Curse trilogy on my blog. She so graciously not only agreed to do an interview with me but to also offer up her series (wrapped up in a fabulous bundle) as a prize today!! 

Synopsis for The Deepest Cut, book one in the trilogy:
Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother’s life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she’s somehow responsible for her mom’s death, Riley is desperate to see her mother’s elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.

When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn’t get worse––that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley’s falling hard for Ian.

Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she’s not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, the spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she’ll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace.

Author Interview:

MGO: "Your trilogy The Mackinnon Curse is all about the paranormal, specifically ghosts. What made you decide to write about them?"

J.A.: "The setting came to me first.  In 2002 I visited Braemar, Scotland, a little town that had a wonderfully creepy vibe about it.  While I was there, I stayed in an inn and I felt the presence of a ghost with me.  I didn't get a scary feel from it...but I knew I wasn't alone.  That town and experience stayed with me long after I returned home, and so The MacKinnon Curse was born."

MGO: "Have you ever had a ghostly encounter before?"

J.A.: "Oops, I kind of answered that one above.  Yes, I have.  I'm also a psychic medium, so I'm able to communicate with spirits––those that are stuck between our world and the next, and those who have crossed over."

MGO: "Growing up (or as an adult if you still dress up!) what was your favorite Halloween costume that you wore for the holiday?"

J.A.: "My mom made me a scarecrow costume one year.  I think I always loved it because she made it herself, and she wasn't necessarily the crafty type. It was super cute though!"

MGO: "Who do you think would win in a battle. vampire, werewolf, fae or a ghost?"

J.A.: "Ghost, for sure :). "

MGO: "Are you currently working on anything else now that your trilogy is complete?"

J.A.: "Yes, 2013 will be a busy new release year for me. I'm starting work on THIN WHITE LINE, a young adult contemporary romance, and then I'll be releasing a new adult fantasy romance series called THE IMMORTALS OF PARTHAS."   
MGO: "Thank you so much J.A. for being here today and for offering up a bundle package of you amazing and yes, creepy, trilogy, The MacKinnon Curse!! I am so excited to be able to share this great series with others!!"


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  1. Hi Ali and JA! Thanks so much for putting together such a fun post for Something Wicked! I will get this link up on my FAcebook page. I love hearing how books are born and a stay in a creepy village in a haunted inn definitely is interesting. I love that Ms. Templeton can communicate with ghosts! I really would love to read her books! Great giveaway!

  2. Thank you, Heidi! I'm glad you enjoyed the story behind The MacKinnon Curse. I appreciate you sharing the link on your FB page.
    Have a great week!
    Julia/J.A. :D

  3. Thanks for the giveaway!
    In India Halloween isn't celebrated but if it were then I would have liked to dress up as a mermaid or maybe a witch!

  4. thanks for a fabulous post and giveaway! I was Raggity Ann when I was little girl but it was funny cuz I was a little asian RA :)

  5. Sshah605, great choices! I used to be terrified by the witch in The Wizard of Oz, so I usually strayed away from witch costumes. :) A mermaid is a lovely choice.

    Lisa, awww...Eeyore. I always loved that character.

    Erin, yes, Raggedy Ann is a great costume. I bet you were adorable. :)

  6. I loved my Princess Jasmine costume - but at the end of the day the pants ended up being a bit uncomfortable. They looked so cool in the movie though!

  7. I always loved dressing up as a punk rocker.

  8. In my country we don't usually dress up. It's just not as big of a holiday here. I for one don't think I've ever dressed up for Halloween.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. i like the book CUT and i think ya'll might like it 2