Eva McRayne wanted a steady paycheck, not a television show. But when Elliot Lancaster hands her the opportunity to discredit his paranormal findings on camera, she finds it impossible to turn him down. Her life changes in more ways than one after she goes to New York to learn more about the theories she will be shooting down on television. Eva McRayne encounters a Sibyl desperate to be free of the shackles which bind her to Apollo.
Shackles she binds onto Eva – a disbeliever who learns the hard way just how real the paranormal can be.
Targeted Age Group:: 15+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
In the past few years, I’ve become a bit obsessed with ancient Greek culture and their mythology; particularly the Oracles and the Underworld. After writing a short story about a ghost hunting television show, I knew immediately that I wanted to turn it into a novel length work.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I have often found that once you have the story ideas, the characters come on their own. I daydream a lot, and this is where I get my best dialogues/scenes/character interactions which – of course – is how characters are developed.
I don’t know what I was expecting, but I wasn’t expecting this. I didn’t know whether to laugh or leave as my best friend detailed the proposition he had kept from me over the phone. He promised it was good. He promised I would soon have an end to the unemployment crisis I’d found myself in since I’d graduated from the University of Georgia a few months earlier. What he wouldn’t tell me over the phone was what this great job offer would require me to do.
“I’m sorry.” I waved my hand in an attempt to get him to slow down. “I think you’ve lost me.”
“Where?” Elliot Lancaster gave me his million dollar smile as he tore a drink napkin into pieces. “I can’t give you all the details until we see the contracts, but you’ll learn most of what you need to know from Connor.”
“Who’s Connor again?” I picked up the pieces he had scattered all over the table and piled them between us. “Is he important?”
“Yes, he’s important. Connor Garrison. He’s the executive producer who’s agreed to take on this project.” Elliot grabbed my hand across the table. “By god, Eva, have you not heard a single word I’ve said?”
“No, I’ve been listening.” I squeezed his hand. “You got a gig on television. I think that’s fantastic. But I can’t do this with you. It’s not like studying for an exam or pretending to be your sick sister when you’re stuck on a bad date.”
“Why?” He dropped my hand and folded his arms across his chest. “Give me one good reason as to why you can’t be on the show.”
“I have no experience being on television. That’s plenty reason enough.”
“You don’t need experience. You’re not going to be an actress. You’ll be a presenter. The only experience you need is to know how to talk.”
“Fine.” I snorted as I mirrored his defensive stance. “I fall on my face every time I try to walk across the room. And I stutter when I’m nervous. So what makes you think I won’t do the same thing during filming?”
“We’ll get you at angles where you won’t have to worry about walking.” Elliot smirked. “And I have never heard you stutter before. When’d you start doing that?”
He decided to change tactics on me as he reached for his beer. Elliot didn’t take a drink of it though. He began gesturing with it instead. “This isn’t just any gig on television, Eva. Think about it. This could be our chance to travel the world. Maybe even make a difference.”
“So let me get this straight.” I snatched the bottle out of his hand and took a swig. “You want to go around to dusty old houses just to talk about the scary ghosts who live there? That’s not what I call traveling, Eli. Besides, I’m going to need you to explain to me just how you think you’re going to make a difference doing this.”
“Give me that.” He took his nasty beer back. “If we can prove the existence of the paranormal, it would be monumental. We could prove that life doesn’t end at death.”
“Just like every other ghost hunter. Just like every religious fanatic.” I shook my head. “Eli, I love you. And don’t take this the wrong way. But what do you have that the others don’t?”
“I got you.”
About the Author:
Cynthia D. Witherspoon is an award winning writer of Southern Gothic, Paranormal Romance, and Urban Fantasy. She currently resides in South Carolina, but spent three years in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Always an avid reader, she began writing short stories in college. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Converse College, and earned a Masters in Forensic Science at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.
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