Monday, August 19, 2013

Awakenings by J.E. Shannon

Title: Awakenings
Author: J. E. Shannon  
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Release Date: July 29th 2013


Evie Shepard awakens to a nightmare. She's been buried alive and has no idea how or why. As she struggles to remember what happened, she begins to notice changes -- heightened senses, as well as increased speed, agility, and strength. And her heart no longer beats. She soon makes a disturbing discovery: she wasn't buried alive; she was murdered. Somehow, she has come back...and she wants revenge.

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 Copyright J.E. Shannon 2013

Lightning strikes the ground, leaving behind a thick, black scorch mark. Within seconds, it strikes a second time, pausing briefly before giving a third earth-shattering blow. I don’t see the actual bolts — all I see is a flash of light, followed by my sister and me running, out of breath and terrified. Another flash, and we are huddled together in a rusted, abandoned car. Another burst of light, and the car door screeches open and we are being ripped away from each other by unfamiliar hands. It’s with that final memory that I open my eyes. As soon as I do, something grainy flows into them, so I shut them again. 

I can’t see, I can’t hear; but I can feel that I’m lying on cold earth. The longer I’m awake, the more I become aware of an unbelievable pressure on my chest. Slowly, I realize that it’s not just my chest — my face and body also feel as if I’m being crushed. Oily nausea roils through me, but I clench my teeth to stop myself from panicking. Where am I? I try to move my hands and find they’re pinned to my side. I try to open my eyes again and instantly get something in them. I flex my fingers, and the grittiness that slips through them makes me aware of the awful truth — I have been buried alive.

 I let out a shriek, but have to close my mouth as dirt begins to slip past my lips. Struggling frantically, I feel the earth move under my hands. I realize I can’t be buried very deep, or the pressure of the dirt would surely have suffocated me by now. I’m astounded it hasn’t already, though I have no way of knowing how long I’ve been underground. I force myself to be still, to stop and think about what I have to do. I need to be very careful getting out, making sure not to cause a cave-in and possibly crush myself. I need to remember to breathe shallowly or I will run out of oxy— And that’s when I realize that I’m not breathing. Not at all.

About the Author:

J. E. Shannon currently lives in Florida, but is a Missouri native. She spends most of her time reading, writing, and taking care of her small child and two crazy dogs. Visit her at

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J.E, stopped by so we could get to know her a little better!

  Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Is there anything you wish someone had told you? 

 I think the best advice to give someone is to not compare yourselves to others. It’s so easy to see people who write ten thousand words a day and be envious. Or to be overly impressed with those writers who plot everything out and breeze through a book. Every writer has their own process. Find what works for you and ignore the rest. 

Great Advice! How do you choose your character names? Do you ever change their names mid-process?  
 Usually it’s a name I’ve heard before and just loved. Evie, the main character in my book, got her name because of a couple movies I watched. I don’t even remember what they were, but I remember how much I loved the way it sounded.  I have changed names. Recently, I was working on a character who was Irish, when I realized the accent I heard in my head wasn’t was Scottish. So I changed his name to fit what I was hearing. Does that make me sound crazy?
·   Have you ever read a book that you expected to enjoy but didn’t or, vice versa, read a book that you didn’t expect to enjoy and fell in love with it anyway? Which book?
Huge yes. I really had no interest in reading the Harry Potter series. My mother-in-law insisted and gave me all seven books. I read them all in six weeks. I absolutely adored them, and they are by far my favorite series. 

Do you have any special talents? (Singing, dancing, juggling, gardening, etc.) 
 I love to dance. I will totally be that 60 year old woman breaking it down with the college kids at the club. :)

What is your go-to cocktail?
 I recently discovered a Raspberry Apple Beer that is soooo good. If they ever stop making it I may cry a little.


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