Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Joya Fields on her Release Day! #Hereafter

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Welcome Guest Author
Joya Fields
on her Release Day!
See below for her giveaway!
My good friend and critique partner is celebrating the release of her first paranormal romance, a ghost story called Hereafter. So please join me in welcoming Joya Fields as she celebrates her release day by talking to us about the book's setting, Baltimore, Maryland! Take it away, Joya...

Thanks, Laura, for inviting me to visit your wonderful blog again! I always have so much fun chatting with you and your guests. I’m excited to share my newest release—a contemporary romance with a ghostly twist from Decadent Publishing. Hereafter released today and is the book first in a trilogy about a haunted apartment building and some interesting characters who live there. It’s set in Baltimore, MD and I’m so excited!!

Since I’ve spent my entire life within a short drive of downtown Baltimore, it’s a city that holds a special spot in my heart. As a child, going downtown with my mom, aunt, and sisters meant a fun day trip to Hutzler’s and its tea room, elaborate Christmas window displays in the department store fronts, and lunch at the famous Lexington Market. Most of the department stores are gone now, and many attractions have been shifted to the waterfront.

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor experienced a major facelift in the late 1970s. By 1980, Harborplace opened.  Its two-story pavilions, paved brick walkways and spectacular view of the waterfront brought tourists and locals alike to watch local street performers, enjoy an ice cream by the water, or sit on a bench and enjoy the maritime history. Visitors can even rent a paddle boat and glide past historic attractions like the USS Constellation. It’s a great place for a cheap date or a family excursion.

Baltimore is a city rich in history, tradition and quirkiness.  Edgar Allan Poe’s grave, Fort McHenry and Fells Point bring flocks of people to the Inner Harbor every day. Perfect for visits…and perfect for encountering ghosts. I hope you’ll think it’s the perfect setting for ghosts, too, as you get to know Rob and Angie, the hero and heroine from Hereafter, the first book in Hauntings at Inner Harbor series.

Excerpt:

Angel’s body tingled. Her skin rippled with electricity, and she recognized the signs that she’d be transported soon.
Yes. Finally. She closed her eyes, wishing she could rush the transition from her world to his. Cool air prickled her skin and she stood in the man’s dark apartment. With moonlight shining through the sheers, she could make out his form on the sofa.
He jumped up and faced her.
She wanted to speak, but she couldn’t.
“The electricity went off again,” he said.
She frowned.
He stepped closer. “Ghosts don’t exist.”
No. He couldn’t banish her again. She needed something in this world. The lights flickered, sizzled, and then went off again.
Please don’t tell me to go away; it makes me go away. She might not have a voice in this world, but she could at least think it. She would not go, not when potential answers waited in this place.
The man stepped closer. “What are you doing? Angie, why do you keep coming here?”
Don’t tell me to leave…don’t tell me to leave. Pictures flew into her mind. People smiling and laughing. A tree in the corner with white lights and boxes under it….
He’d called her Angie.
“You know me?” Her words came out a whisper, but at least they finally came out. Tears tracked down her cheeks. The electricity flickered on, and then, stayed off. The air stopped sizzling. She blinked to adjust her eyes to the darkness again.
“Christ, this can’t be happening.” He moved his fingers over something in his hand and then pocketed it.
She closed the distance between them and grasped his upper arms, pleading him with her eyes because her voice had left her again.
“Yes, I know you.” He glanced away and looked out the window, let out a huff of breath, and then gazed at her. “Your name is Angie Barsotti and you used to live here.”
No wonder the place felt so familiar. Her spirits lifted. He could help her find out who she was, help her find out what was going on.
“And,” he dragged a hand through his hair. “You died and I don’t believe in ghosts.”
Cold air, cold as ice tore through her, ripping her from the apartment.

Joya Fields has had over 100 stories and articles published in local and national magazines. Her debut novel, BENEATH THE SURFACE, is a NJRW GOLDEN LEAF WINNER FOR BEST FIRST BOOK OF 2012 and is nominated for RT Book Reviews 2012 Indie Press/Self-Published Contemporary Romance award.

Over the years, Joya has taught arts and crafts, worked in public relations, owned a daycare center, helped her children raise prize-winning 4-H livestock, competed in three marathons, and even spent a year as a Baltimore Colts cheerleader. Joya loves spending time with her high school sweetheart/husband of over twenty years, two very supportive children, and a pug who follows her everywhere.

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Giveaway!
 Baltimore is fondly nicknamed Charm City and what better way to celebrate that distinction than to give away a Charm City charm bracelet to a random commenter from this blog today? Must leave your email address! Open to international. Contest ends midnight EST on Friday 12/14! Good luck!
Okay, everyone, leave Joya some new release love and enter her awesome giveaway! And thanks for reading!

Laura

35 comments:

miki said...

Congrats on new your nerelease,
it's the first time i discover you ^^;;

thank you a lot for the international giveaway
isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

Joya said...

Hi Miki,
Yay! Glad you stopped by today. It's my absolute pleasure making the prize international. Good luck and thanks for the congrats! :)

Tobi said...

This sounds amazing Joya! I can't wait! Thanks for the giveaway!
<3 Tobi
tobihelton at gmail dot com

Beckey said...

Thanks for sharing excerpt, seems like it'll be a great read
Congrats on the release :)

BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

Joya said...

@Tobi-So great to hear from you!! Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment.:)

@Beckey-Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt and I appreciate your congrats! :)

Mackenzie Crowne said...

Happy release day, Joya.

God, you're such a tease! Hereafter sounds like another winner. Looks like my kindle is going to stretch yet again.

Congrats and many sales.

Mac
maccrowne@gmail.com

Joya said...

Hi Mac!!! LOL, sorry to be such a tease. Thanks so much for your congrats and wishes. So glad your Kindle is going to stretch again! xo :)

Tamara Hoffa said...

I received an ARC fr review of Hereafter and just so you all know, It was amazing! Love you Joya, Happy Release Day!
sugerlady@aol.com

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the great comments for Joya, everyone!

Joya said...

@Tammie-You rock, lady! Thanks for reading HEREAFTER so quickly and for thinking it was amazing! <3

Victoria said...

Congratulations! This sound good.
vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Rashda Khan said...

Woot! Two of my favorite ladies in one place :)

Congrats, Joya! Your new release sounds awesome! Wishing you many fans :)

Rashda/Mina
minakhan[at]wcc[dot]net

Carin said...

Joya, Congratulations on the release of Hereafter! I love to read stories set in my new home. Guess I found myself a pre-Christmas present to me.
HUGS Carin

Carin said...

my email is mawmom at gmail dot com

Chrisbails said...

This sounds like a great read. Loved the excerpt. Now want to read more. You are a new author for me. Thanks for the great giveaway.
christinebails at yahoo dot com

Tessa said...

Joya, very nice to "meet" you and leaarn about your new book. It sounds great.
tessa dot bamberg at kolumbus dot fi

Joya said...

@Victoria-Thanks so very much! And thanks for stopping by today. :)

@Rashda-Hey!! You're one of my favorite people, too. Thanks for the good wishes and for popping in to say hi today. :)

@Carin-Hi ya, friend! So glad you like reading books set in your home town. This is the first in a series...so there are two more coming!! And I know how good you are at driving in downtown Baltimore now, too!! Thanks for stopping by, my friend. :)

@Christine- Yay! So glad the excerpt made you want to read more. Thanks very much for stopping by to comment. :)

@Tessa-Very nice to *meet* you, too! Thanks so much for your wonderful comment. :)

Diana said...

Happy release day, Joya. The story is so beautiful, thank you for the giveaway!

artgiote at gmail dot com

Taryn Kincaid said...

Congrats, Joya, and best wishes!

Joya said...

@Diana- Thanks so very much! Glad you like the story and the giveaway. Great to connect with you today! :)

@Taryn-Thank you! I really appreciate the congrats and good wishes! :)

Jennifer Probst said...

Hi Joya! I am so thrilled for your new release and can't wait to read it - congrats!!

Joya said...

Jenn! Aren't you sweet to stop by. Thanks so very much for the congrats and for all of your support. xx

Beautiful Disaster said...

I don't read a lot of books with ghosts in them. Definitely sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the excerpt. I will be adding this book to my Christmas list. I promised my children I wouldn't buy any other books on my list until after Christmas :)
Congrats on your release and Happy Holidays,
Lori

LaVerne Clark said...

Hi Joya!

I'm so excited about this release! I'm going to download it onto my kindle tonight when the kids are in bed - woohoo!!

Wow, suspense, contemporary and now paranormal!! Is there anything you can't do? No - I didn't think so ;)

Congratulations my friend and happy sales to you!!

Joya said...

@Lori-So glad it sounds like an interesting read even though you don't usually read stories with ghosts! That's great that it's on your Christmas list!! Thanks so very much. :)

@LaVerne-You rock!Good idea to wait until the kids are in bed to start reading it. It has some fun bedroom...or is it *sofa* scenes. :) Thanks so very much for all of your support!! :)

Joya said...

Thank you so very much for hosting me on your blog today, Laura! I always have SUCH a wonderful time when I visit and get to know your readers and friends. What a fun blog this is!
Lucky me to be a part of it. xxoo

Fingers crossed for the Charm City charm bracelet winner!

Jessica Subject said...

Wow, such an intriguing excerpt! I love how this city you've visited so often inspired this story.

Congrats on your new release, Joya!

Joya said...

Hiya, Jess! Thanks so much for stopping by. Yes, Baltimore is a fun place. If you ever get this way, be sure to check out the Inner Harbor. Cool stuff to do during the day and at night. Thanks very much for the congrats. :)

Sherry Johnson said...

Congrats on your new release.This is my first time finding you.
Have a Happy Holidays.Thanks for the
chance to win.

dragonkeep62@gmail.com

Judy-Ree said...

Congrats on the new release! It sounds like a great book. It sounds like the city of Baltimore should be listed as a secondary character in your book. I love when an author writes about cities that they are intimately familiar with. It helps them come to life so much better.

Merry Christmas and thanks for the giveaway.

Bookworm (dot) judy (at) gmail (dot) com

Sebrina said...

Thank you Laura, for the introduction to Joya Fields. The book sounds very interesting.
Thank you also for the chance at the giveaway,
Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot com

Joya said...

@ Sherry-LOL! So glad we found each other! Thanks for stopping by. :)

@Judy-Ree: Hahaha about the city of Baltimore being a secondary character in the book. So true! I agree that it's fun to read books where authors know the area well. Thanks so much! :)

@Sebrina-So great to *meet* you! Glad you think the book sounds interesting. Thanks very much for stopping by and commenting. :)

Caitlin said...

Sounds great! Happy holidays!
gokarter418 (at) aol (dot) com

Laura Kaye said...

And the winner is...Diana artgiote at gmail dot com!

CONGRATULATIONS!

And thanks to everyone for hanging out with me and Joya!

Gaby Pendragon said...

Congrats in your release!! It looks great! and thanks for having the giveaway!
gaby_sama@hotmail.com