Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Blog Tour + Giveaway - Paranormal Keepers by Jen Naumann



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Paranormal Keepers by Jen Naumann
Publication date: March 11th 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Everyone thinks Harper Young killed her boyfriend. No one will say it to her face, but the signs are everywhere.

It’s almost been a year since Gavin was torn from Harper’s arms and brutally murdered. The police wrote it off as a freak accident, deciding Harper’s strange testimony was given under duress. But she knows something unnatural was involved and refuses to stop looking until she finds his killer, even if it means her reputation as a senior is ruined. Even if it means there really are monsters living among us.

With the discovery of the mothmen, witches, vampires and all the creatures she always suspected were out there, Harper finds herself amidst a complex bundle of unseen heroes who call themselves “Keepers”, sworn to keep the secret of the paranormal creatures that walk this earth. As she tries to understand what’s so special about her that she’s able to break an old Keeper law, Harper has a baffling vision of kissing a mysterious guy before a blade is brought down on him. Before she can get a handle on her future, she becomes central to a battle between the questionable “heroes” and the evil she’s been training to fight, leaving her to wonder if there’s any way to change the fate that has been foretold before it’s too late.





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THE NEXT MORNING AS I LAY IN BED, contemplating getting up or throwing the covers back over my head, I felt the temperature of the room plummet. A dark shape drifted across my room, followed by what sounded like urgent whispers. It lingered directly above me for a terrifying moment before disappearing. I couldn’t make myself move until my mom came in for my morning wakeup call.
The thing is, it wasn’t just that one time. A few days later, I was passing the park near our house when I swore I saw something covered in hair and walking on two feet coming at me. Just as I decided to take off in a dead run, it walked right through the playground equipment and was gone. Strange things I couldn’t explain began to happen on a daily basis—human-shaped shadows moving around me, dark figures lurking outside my bedroom window, strange noises in the middle of the night.
Sleep was lost to my paranoia when I started to believe I was catching glimpses of ghosts or monsters before they disappeared. I started to wonder what exactly happened the night we messed with Jessica’s Ouija board, and called her the next weekend to see if strange things were happening to her too.
“Are you saying you actually think there was something to it?” she asked with a stiff laugh. “I thought you said it was a kid’s game.” Her voice was bitter enough that I knew she would make a big deal out of it to our friends if I told her the truth, so I did my best to laugh it off and change the subject. Jessica thrived on drama, and I wasn’t about to fall into her trap.
After a football game that Friday in which Gavin scored two touchdowns, his triumphant smile disappeared when he found me waiting for him by the fence. “God, Harper, you look exhausted. Should I be worried?”
I felt like a lost little girl when he wrapped his big strong arms around me. I wanted to tell him of the whispers in my sleep, of things moving in the dark. It was beginning to feel like I was losing myself. But I didn’t know how much of it was my overactive imagination, and I definitely didn’t need him laughing at me. “Gav, do you think ghosts are real?”
“We’re back to that?” he asked with a light laugh. “You know Jessica somehow rigged that thing. If you’re so freaked out, why don’t you research that stuff online? I’ll bet you can find all sorts of proof that ghosts don’t exist. On that show where they hunt ghosts they’re always proving people are just letting their imaginations get the best of them. Maybe it would help if we watched it together sometime.”
I did as he suggested, finding more research that proved ghosts and other creatures do exist. And, to make things worse, more than one website indicated a gateway had been opened with the Ouija board. Whenever Gavin was gone at practice or work I’d read up on supernatural beings. Countless hours were spent in chat rooms with people who claimed to have a paranormal experience. I even communicated daily outside of the chatroom with someone who used the handle “Vhunter”.
I started to truly believe that I was catching shimmers of monsters, even though I couldn’t prove they were real, like how you know when someone is staring at you from behind, or how you know one of your favorite movies is missing from your collection, only you don't know exactly which one. Just like that creepy kid with a sixth sense, I was seeing dead people. And more.
I tracked anything and everything that sounded as if inhuman intervention could be involved. I kept each newspaper article that had a questionable resolution, and saved a zip drive of news broadcasts showing footage of crime scenes where something wasn’t right, from the uneasy look on the witnesses’ faces to the exasperated tick of the journalist’s lips. I felt empowered by every bit of oddity I could get my hands on, like the teen guy who completely vanished from his bedroom without a trace, or the mass break-ins to blood banks across the country.
At first Gavin thought my sudden interest in all things supernatural was some kind of cute stage. He’d play harmless jokes, like jumping out from behind couches and scraping his fingernails against my window after dark. It was fine when it was between the two of us, but it didn’t take long for his buddies to catch on. Word spread around school like wildfire. At the time, everyone laughed it off like it was some kind of quirky hobby. Now more than ever, I wish it had just been a hobby, and there wasn’t anything more to it.






AUTHOR BIO

Jen Naumann grew up in southern Minnesota as an addict of such flicks as Indiana Jones and The Goonies until she discovered John Hughes, and spent her high school days locked away writing love stories with a sci-fi twist. Married to a farmer in southern Minnesota, she tries to follow the madness of her four active children while balancing an imagination that never shuts down. As the author of CHEATING DEATH, SHYMERS, AND PARANORMAL KEEPERS, she writes stories with strong female leads who have a good sense of humor and tend to fall in love despite their better judgment. For more on Jen visit her website www.JenNaumann.net.

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