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Author E.H. James on The Fifth Floor

Today I welcome author E.H. James to my blog! She’s talking about her new paranormal short, The Fifth Floor. Who doesn’t like a scary thrill from time to time? Enjoy.

~ S.G. Rogers

When I write short stories they always tend to be about something paranormal or horror, and they can range from the unusual to quite gory, if I feel the story requires it. I’m not sure why I keep going there when I think short story, although I did write one about time travel. My first love of writing is horror/paranormal, an influence of Stephen King. So this short story is about something paranormal.

In The Fifth Floor, you have Jeremy Brogan, a man in his early twenties newly hired to be night watchman at St. Michael’s Hospital. His job is to patrol the empty upper floors every hour of his shift. He assumes this will be easy money, even boring after a while. But a die-hard skeptic of anything paranormal, is something he will not be by the time the night is through. You see, he knows St. Michaels reputation for being the most haunted hospital in the country, but he never gave any of that a serious thought. Maybe he’ll think twice next time someone tells him to watch his back…that is if he makes it through this night.  ~ E.H. James

Blurb:

Jeremy Brogan thought being a night watchman at a hospital would be easy, wandering long, dark, empty halls late at night. It might even get kind of boring after a while…except Jeremy is working at St. Michael’s, the most haunted hospital in the country.

It’s a good thing Jeremy doesn’t believe in ghosts. Everything he sees and hears must have some kind of an explanation, right?

That he had to patrol the fifth floor was bad enough, but never in his wildest dreams did Jeremy think he would wind up in the basement. Now all he wants is out…only the hospital and its inhabitants may have other plans.

Excerpt:

“Is this your first night?” the old man asked, standing up from the desk.  Where he had been sitting, his head just barely could see—or be seen—over a counter that the desk sat behind.  He walked round the counter toward Jeremy.

“Yes, it is.” Jeremy fidgeted with the buttons on his jacket. “I suppose it’s obvious. Isn’t it?” He tried to smile, pressing his lips into a grin. “Actually, I’ve never done anything like this before. I guess I’m a little nervous.”

The old man watched Jeremy for a moment, and then patted him on the shoulder. “You’ll be just fine.” The old man walked back behind the counter to retrieve his metal lunch pail from the desk.

“By the way, my name is Jeremy Brogan.” Jeremy reached over the counter offering his hand.

“Jake.” The old man grasped hold of Jeremy’s hand and gave it a firm shake. “Jake Edwards.”

“Say, do you mind me asking how long you’ve been working here?”

“It’ll be…forty-two years next month.”

Jeremy’s brows moved up on his forehead. “Forty-two years?”

“Yep.” Jake nodded, his gaze wandering. “And not once did I miss a day of work.”

Jeremy leaned his back against the counter. “That’s incredible.”

“Yeah, I guess it is.” Jake shrugged. “Never really thought about it.” He slid his hand over the smooth worn surface of the counter, as he walked back around to the front. “I can honestly say I’m going to miss it.”

“Miss it?”

“I’m retiring next week.” He paused as though thinking on what he just said. “I’ll tell ya, I’ve been looking forward to this day my whole life. Waiting and dreaming about what I’d do when that day came. But now that it’s here…it’s going to feel strange not coming in here every night.”

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15782825-the-fifth-floor

The Fifth FloorBuy Links:

Musa Publishing: http://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=355

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/The-Fifth-Floor-ebook/dp/B008VO1V32/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344625235&sr=1-4&keywords=the+fifth+floor

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Fifth-Floor-ebook/dp/B008VO1V32/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344635427&sr=8-1

Amazon Italy:  http://www.amazon.it/The-Fifth-Floor-ebook/dp/B008VO1V32/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1344636852&sr=8-3-fkmr2

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/213497

Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/the-fifth-floor

Omni Lit: https://www.omnilit.com/product-thefifthfloor-907760-241.html

Author Bio:

E. H. James is an author writing novels and short stories in the science fiction, horror, thriller and fantasy genres. Laura, The Visitor’s Room, and The Fifth Floor are paranormal short stories released through Musa, with The Visitor’s Room winning book of the month, for April, in the Mystery category, at Long and Short Reviews.

Contact Links for E. H. James

Blog: http://ehjames.blogspot.com/

Web Page: http://ehjames1.wix.com/ehjames#!

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/EHJames1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorEHJames?ref=ts

Interview With a Demon

Demon Jem (Apocrypha) was interviewed over at Musa Publishing last December. (She’s too cool!).  By popular demand, here is the interview in all its glory:

Thank you for coming to chat with us today, Jem. Why do you think S.G. Rogers chose you to represent her?

She’s got the wrong idea about me, just like that old geezer artist—excuse me—gentleman, Greer Richmond. Even though I’m the most awesome demon that ever was, they both seem to think I’ve got a kernel of good inside. Ha! I’ll bet they bite into Tootsie Pops, too.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’ve got five hundred twelve Earth years under my 22” belt, which is pretty young for a demon.  I suppose that’s why I have so much energy for evil.  I won the award last century for Innovation in Inequity, which cheesed Loqi off (hehe), and I’ve been the reigning Miss Demon Xtreme champion ever since I turned eighteen.

Where do you live? What is it about that area that drew you there?

I have cribs all over the world (and underworld) on account of I don’t trust anyone (my co-workers especially).  I’ve stashed cash, clothes and weapons in airports and train stations across the globe.  But when I take a vacation, it’s Vegas baby, all the way.

What do you wish people would know about you?

Truly magnificent malfeasance takes talent and skill beyond the abilities of most ordinary demons.  I am the DaVinci of Disaster and the Shakespeare of Sin…and I look smoking hot working it.

What music do you listen to?

When I’m in the midst of a caper, AC/DC blasting through a pair of headphones or on the car radio works well.  But I’ve got a softer side too (shh).  I dig classical music, show tunes…and, er, ’80’s pop music.

Will we be seeing more of you or are you stepping out of the lime light?

S.G. Rogers seems to think “Apocrypha” would make a great full-length novel.  She says readers will want to find out if Greer’s grandson Dare and I ever get together.  Dare’s younger brother Rory thinks I’m hot too, so there might be some sibling rivalry happening.  Of course my co-workers are going to want to gum it all up, so things could get interesting.

Is there anything you wish S.G. Rogers had kept her mouth shut about?

Yeah.  No demon likes to feel like they’ve got a soft spot, you know?  If my co-workers ever found out I kind of cared about a human like Greer, I’d have to kick a lot of demon butt trying to live it down. We demons aren’t supposed to play with our food.

Tell us about Dare Richmond and what drew you to him?

(Turns to S.G. Rogers at this point…”Do I have to answer that?”  S.G. Rogers nods).  (Sigh) Okay…first of all, Dare is Greer’s grandson and he’s got his eyes.  And there’s something about Dare’s voice that feels better than a Swedish massage.  He’s just so damned…masculine.  If I had a heart, it would stop beating every time he looked at me.  Don’t repeat this to anyone, but I think I’m a goner.

What really pushes your buttons?

A lot of demons have been sacrificing true skill for the cheap and easy score lately.  That burns my tail.  I think they’ve been influenced by Hollywood movies, where there’s an explosion every fifteen seconds.  Demons need to go back to the basic seven deadly sins, in my humble opinion.  Sin can be original in more ways than one, and the best demons leave no fingerprints.

Do you believe in ghosts?

What, are you kidding me?  I’ve turned more humans into ghosts than I can count.  Those were the lucky ones, though.  Most of my victims wind up in the Heat Hotel, as they say, working for the Boss.

Why should readers be interested in your story?

The question is, are Greer and S.G. Rogers right about my gooey inner core? If you’re into the Good versus Evil thing, or you enjoy watching demons and angels duking it out, you’ll get a kick out of “Apocrypha.” Plus, romance fans will probably *squee* when I melt into emotional fondue over hunky Dare Richmond. Whichever way it goes, readers will have something to root for.

~ S.G. Rogers

Posing with Sword: © Jose Antonio Sánchez Reyes | Dreamstime.com

Apocrypha is Available Now

Apocrypha by S.G. Rogers…because sometimes even for a demon, love is in the cards.

Being dedicated to the diabolical doesn’t seem to satisfy Jem anymore.  When the gorgeous demon poses for elderly artist Greer Richmond, the two form a connection.  Greer senses good in her, but Jem rebels against the idea by going on a Vegas bender.  After Jem gets word Greer is about to die, she inexplicably wants to make sure he gets to heaven—but her boss has other plans.

As penance for her interference, Jem is assigned to take one of Greer’s descendants instead.  Unfortunately handsome Dare Richmond awakens feelings in Jem a demon isn’t supposed to have.  Will Jem be able to complete her task, or has fate dealt the demon an impossible hand?

As part of the twelve days of Christmas, Musa Publishing will make Apocrypha available as a FREE READ on Wednesday, December 7th.  Go HERE to download your copy.

– S.G. Rogers

Posing with Sword: © Jose Antonio Sánchez Reyes | Dreamstime.com

Handsome: © Piotr Tomicki | Dreamstime.com

Clash of Wills Cover Art

I just received my cover art for Clash of Wills, a romantic fantasy coming soon from The Wild Rose Press.

When an unconventional princess meets a footloose prince, a battle of wits begins…

Princess Samantha’s magical compass will help her locate her long-lost brother, but only if she manages to escape her royal parents for a few weeks. When an unwelcome suitor comes to call, Samantha seizes her chance. She beguiles the prince into taking her north, intending to abandon him at her earliest opportunity. Unfortunately, his captivating good looks and charming manner present an unforeseen complication—especially when she is forced to accept help from the very man she has deceived.

To maintain his bachelorhood, handsome Prince Wills is not above deception. Although reluctantly entangled in Samantha’s scheme, he vows to protect her…until a lie threatens to destroy their alliance.  Can his powerful attraction to Samantha overcome his mistrust?  And can they survive a dangerous quest to the wild and magical Uncharted Region?

Release Date: February 29, 2012

– S.G. Rogers

Short Story Acceptance – Residential Aliens

UPDATE:  It’s up and running as of 6/2/11

My short story fantasy entitled Romeo’s Spectral Charisma has been accepted by the e-zine Residential Aliens.  It should appear within the next six months.  I’ll post a link to the story when it’s published.

Romeo’s Spectral Charisma is a paranormal fantasy about a superstitious, modern day actor in Manhattan.  Brynn Ludden goes looking for a good luck charm, but instead becomes saddled with a specter claiming to be James Dean’s Charisma.  The pairing is not what Brynn had imagined, and he must find a way to rid himself of his spectral Charisma before it drives him nuts.

– S.G. Rogers