Monday, December 30, 2013

Lindsey R. Loucks, The Princess Bride, a Haunted Apartment Building, and a #Giveaway!

Today we have Lindsey R. Loucks talking about the inspiration for Haunted Chemistry, her latest paranormal romance release. I loved The Princess Bride but I never saw the movie until I was in my twenties and had a fun roommate who practically lived and breathed the movie. My kids now think it's a fun afternoon adventure as well. Stay tuned until the end to see what comments you need to leave to win an e-copy of Haunted Chemistry!



The Princess Bride, a Haunted Apartment Building, and a #Giveaway!

Okay, show of hands, who here has seen The Princess Bride? …five…eight…twenty. Awesome! Now, who here has seen it at least fifty-two times? Surely I’m not the only one.
            I’ve actually lost count of the number of times I’ve seen that movie because when I was little, my older brother and I would watch it every weekend. We would travel downstairs where it was cool with our Diet Pepsis and quote the entire movie while we watched. We made it our shared little sister-big brother bonding ritual, and I loved every second of our time together and the movie.
            So, like the spooky things lurking in my garage (I’ll share that story for another day), it seemed only natural that The Princess Bride and my brother would work their way into my writing. Ian Reese, the love interest in my novella, Haunted Chemistry, is very loosely based on my brother. Notice how I said “very loosely” because otherwise I’d be Ian’s drug-addicted younger sister, and I promise I’m not! But in the story, Ian mentions that he and his sister watched The Princess Bride every weekend. Sound familiar? I thought that detail would make him a more lovable person, just like it made my brother one of my favorite people.
            So how about you? How many times have you seen The Princess Bride? Did you have a shared ritual with a sibling as a child? Tell me about it in the comments for a chance to win an e-copy of Haunted Chemistry. I’ll choose a winner on January 3rd through

But first, here’s the blurb, links, and an excerpt:
Blurb for Haunted Chemistry:

When bookish college co-ed Alexis heads to the laundry room in her new apartment, she runs into Ian Reese, the chem lab partner she crushed on all last semester. And the guy who stood her up on their first date. But she’s down for an awkward reunion, and no better place than her creepy laundry room.
Ian has every intention of making amends, but just when Alexis begins to trust him again, a new threat calls more than their future together into question. A ghost from the apartment’s past is hellbent on revenge, and if he wants to get his girl, he’ll have to get the ghost first.

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Excerpt from Haunted Chemistry:
“Uh, Alexis?”
My name on his tongue sounds amazing, but I try not to notice. I turn, the bulk of my laundry bag holding the door open for me. “What?”
He swallows and glances at his black boots. “It’s great to see you again.”
I nod. It’s great to see him, too, but I’m not the one who didn’t show up for our date at the end of last semester and who vanished for an entire summer with no explanation. Maybe he forgot about our non-date, because he sure isn’t trying to explain himself. But why didn’t he call to tell me he wouldn’t be coming instead of making me wait for him?
My bag bites its weight into my shoulder. When I shift it to the other one, the door creaks closed in Ian’s face. I wince. I didn’t mean for that to happen.
“Well.” He frowns through the broken squares in the window. “See you.”
“Yeah.” With a sigh, I watch him walk away. I’ve missed our group study sessions where we’d always sit next to each other and accidentally nudge each other’s knee or foot. I’ve missed how easy it is to be with him. I’ve missed him. He doesn’t seem like the type who wouldn’t call to say he couldn’t make it. But he didn’t.

About the Author:
Lindsey R. Loucks works as a school librarian in rural Kansas. When she's not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she's dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she'll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.
            She's been with her significant other for almost two decades.

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Don't forget the giveaway! 
        How many times have you seen The Princess Bride? Did you have a shared ritual with a sibling as a child? Tell me about it in the comments for a chance to win an e-copy of Haunted Chemistry. Leave your email address as well. I’ll choose a winner on January 3rd through

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Cheryl M said...

I don't know if this counts as a sibling ritual,but we liked to make my youngest brother watch "The Wizard of Oz" every year, knowing it would freak him out when the witch's face filled the large crystal ball. Ah, payback for all the nasty stuff he did that we got blamed for [he was Mom's favorite child no matter what he did]. I have watched The Princess Bride a number of times with my step daughter-in-law. She loves the movie and I'm a big fan of Mandy Patinkin. "Haunted Chemistry" sounds interesting. I love anything with a mystery woven in.

claire smith said...

I never saw princess bride till I bought it in my later teens. Now I would say I watch it at least a month. I just adore the movie and have fun making my guy friends realize it isn't a girly movie like the title suggests.

Heather Hand said...

I already have a copy of Haunted Chemistry & enjoyed it very much! I reviewed it when it came out & my review is on GR & Amazon under my name (on my phone so I can't do links).

I just had to chime in because I ADORE The Princess Bride! I have the movie on VHS, DVD & blu-ray as well as a copy of the book and an autographed picture from Carey Elwes! I am not sure who or how it came into my life but I am a better person for it. <3

Congrats & much successto you Lindsey

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