October 14, 2015

A Spooktacular Giveaway: Win $25!

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Happy October! It's my favorite season of the year, so I must carry on the annual tradition of joining the awesome web-wide Spooktacular giveaway for Balanced Writer followers and visitors.

This month you can win:
  • a $25 Amazon gift card (1st place)
  • a two copy autographed collection of my spooky Death Cheater series (2nd place)
  • an e-Book of your choice from my backlist (3rd place

Read on to enter!

Paranormal Problems

Win this book!

Whether it's strange things like dead butterflies fluttering to life, or the time she saved her dying grandpa just by willing him to live, Athena knows that she is different. The only person who doesn't seem to think so is Dan, the most popular boy on Omega High School's baseball team. But even Dan can't understand the reason she acts haunted, until a spirit roaming the local historic burial mounds takes an interest in people Athena cares about.

For me, my paranormal "trouble" started after I visited some prehistoric Indian burial mounds. It was a haunting experience, and the town of Henderson, Tennessee, where I based my next novel, made a perfect small town setting.

Now when it comes to all things ghostly, I am the biggest chicken. I believe in spirits, and yes, I've had my own paranormal experiences, but writing about them didn't become a journey until my vacation to the mounds where I wondered how many ancient souls once wandered through the nearby forest. I wondered what it would be like if I could see those spirits, and what would I do if there was contact? Reaching back into my memories of high school to shape a new character was quite the self-introspective adventure.

Athena is a strong, independent character who understands she doesn't have to fit in to be content with herself. She also knows that she has a gift. High school doesn't come easy though, because dealing with teen drama and her own social anxiety issues are as difficult as accepting her grandfather's death. With no parents to turn to and few friends, Athena has to dig deep within herself when a dark angel enters her life at the worst time. And he doesn't just have information about who she is, he has demands.

A low rumble echoed around me, and the tall, dark trees went still. Not even a leaf stirred. My heart hummed, and a tingle of apprehension made my palms damp. A snarl came from the shadow of a tangled thorn bush, and soft, padding footsteps shuffled in the late afternoon gloom. My breathing went ragged with fear. Maybe it was a raccoon or an angry squirrel.


Whipping around, I stared hard into the murk. A voice. It sounded gentle, but at the same time it sent chills down my arms. I glanced up through the hooded canopy of tree branches and tried to see heaven.


There was a growl, and the terror I'd been holding at bay zipped up my spine into my skull. I was sure my long hair stood on end, like when kids touched the electrostatic generator at the science museum.

Something was coming for me, and it wasn't something from the woods. It'd been following me all day. Maybe even my entire life...

Now, don't be too concerned. Athena isn't left entirely to her own devices. Her older sister has her best interests in mind, and Dan Lipinsky, Athena's secret crush, seems determined to make her one of his closest friends.

Is there really such a thing as ghosts? Are there dark angels intent on making us miserable? How
Book 2 in the Death Cheater series
many of us have abilities we haven't embraced? Death Cheater is an exploration into forces from the other side and our power to choose what is right. Meet Athena Gray today and find out more!

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Best of luck!

Stay balanced,
~Danielle Thorne 

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Your books sound amazing. I agree that the Indian mounds have a haunted feel about them. Our family property once had Indian mounds on it; we took great care to protect the mounds, but when the Tenn-Tom Waterway went through with forced property buy-outs, they quickly disappeared the mounds and now they're gone. I'm sad and disgusted every time I go home now and look over where the mounds once were...

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