Please join us in welcoming author Yolanda Sfetsos here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The first book in Yolanda’s Sierra Fox urban fantasy series, A Patch of Darkness, will be released on May 15, 2012. You can read an excerpt from the book here.
Wife. Mother. Writer. Bibliophile. Dreamer. Animal lover. Intrigued by the supernatural. Horror freak. Zombie enthusiast. Movie & music fan. Slave to her muse.
I’m an Aussie who loves to write tales of the otherworldly.
My muse doesn’t like restrictions, so I write in a variety of genres. I’m always happy to toe the dark edge of storytelling.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with my family. I also enjoy going for walks, reading, cruising the Internet, watching movies, anime, and TV shows (mainly The Walking Dead, Castle, American Horror Story, Dexter, Burn Notice, True Blood, The Big Bang Theory, Grimm and Supernatural).
Oh, yeah, and I love collecting books!
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Fascinated by Ghosts
by Yolanda Sfetsos
My name is Yolanda Sfetsos, and I’ve got an urban fantasy book coming out next month from Samhain Publishing. A Patch of Darkness is the first book in my Sierra Fox series. The main character in this series is a spook catcher. Sierra lives in a world where ghosts are an accepted part of society. Even though only a select few can actually see them, spooks can still disrupt anyone’s life. And that’s where Sierra and her apprentice come in. She removes any pesky spirits who are causing havoc in a household or business, and delivers them for sentencing to the Spook Catcher Council.
So, why ghosts? I mean, there are other supernatural creatures mentioned in this series, but ghosts are the only ones accepted in society. Every other creature and their hunters are still very much in the dark, and the world doesn’t know just how many other scary things live around them.
But anyway, back to ghosts. I’ve always been fascinated by ghosts, and continue to wonder about whether or not they exist. I love reading a good ghost story, or watching a good ghost movie, but also get carried away with the notion that they might actually exist. It’s a topic that’s guaranteed to get my attention.
Not to mention that I’m pretty sure I lived in a haunted house when I was a kid. My family used to move around a lot, but we lived in one particular creepy house I’ll never forget. I would hear the strangest noises in the middle of the night, every night. And one freaky evening, while I was in the living room watching TV alone, the open venetian blinds suddenly shut by themselves. Just like that. I ran out of the room, and told my family about it but no one believed me. Still, I know what I saw. Those blinds somehow closed by themselves.
That was a very freaky house, and I had a lot of trouble sleeping at night. Though the blinds incident was the only thing I actually saw, something felt wrong about that house and the noises in the middle of the night never stopped.
Another strange incident actually happened a few years ago, where I’m still living now. We switch off the computer every night, yet one morning hubby and I woke up and it was on. I didn’t switch it on, and neither did he. So who did? What about when the cat seems to be looking up at nothing, but appears to be watching a moving object? Oh, and I won’t even go into the few times I’ve been listening to music on the computer and someone calls out, “Hello? Hello?” through the speakers. Very freaky stuff.
I’m sure skeptics can probably find a scientific explanation for everything I’ve mentioned, but just imagine for a moment that the only explanation is a lost spirit living inside your home without you knowing. Or one who is trying to get your attention for some reason. It might even be the ghost of someone you know, trying to make contact.
Well, if you can let go and imagine all of that, then you might get a feel for what it’s like to live in Sierra’s world…
I’m still fascinated by ghosts, and this series gives me a chance to delve into that fascination.
So, what about you? Are you open to the idea and existence of ghosts, or do you think there’s a scientific explanation? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for reading,
Available on May 15, 2012 from Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
About the Book:
All it takes is one weak seam for everything to fall apart.
Sierra Fox, Book 1
In a perfect world, Sierra Fox would have stayed away from the Council she left years ago. But in this world—where spirits have the right to walk among the living—it’s her job to round up troublesome spooks and bring them before that very same Council.
Though her desk is piled high with open cases, she can’t resist an anonymous summons to a mysterious late-night meeting with a bunch of other hunters, each of whom seems to have a unique specialty. The news is dire: something is tearing at the fabric of the universe. If the hunters can’t find who or why in time, something’s going to give in a very messy way.
As current cases, family secrets, new clues and her tangled love life slowly wind themselves into an impossible knot, Sierra finds herself the target of a power-sucking duo intent on stealing her mojo. And realizing she holds the key to the last hope of sealing the widening rift.
Product Warnings: Spook catching: may contain traces of ectoplasm and otherworldly nasties. Not recommended for those with allergies to ghosts, demons, and with boyfriends who think your power is theirs. While reading, avoid dark patches and stay to the light.
Click HERE to read an excerpt
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