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Spooky Legends: Karen Duvall

Click to see the Spooky Legends Master List with links to all the previous posts and giveaways

Today’s Spooky Legends guest is Karen Duvall, author of the new Knight’s Curse urban fantasy series from Harlequin/Luna Books.  The first book in the series is KNIGHT’S CURSE, followed by DARKEST KNIGHT.  Our retelling is written in the voice of Chalice (heroine of Knight’s Curse), and features the What’s it Like in Heaven urban legend.

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Hey, people. Chalice here. I’m half angel, half human, and possess super human senses that let me observe things in ways no normal human can. Karen Duvall writes all about me in her new urban fantasy novel, KNIGHT’S CURSE.

Karen asked me to come talk to you about an urban legend I’m very familiar with. It’s about a ghost. Well, two ghosts actually, if you do the math. Point is, my supernatural senses give me the ability to see ghosts as easily as you see living people. They’re just more misty, and extremely needy. To be honest, I don’t care for them much.

But even though I don’t like ghosts, I do sympathize with their situation. They’re dead. Who wants to be dead? I’ll tell you who: people who don’t know any better. Especially if they’re little kids.

This is a sad story so keep a box of tissues handy.

A young family moved into an old house and their daughter, Debbie, started playing with an imaginary friend she called Jack. As you can imagine, her folks were worried about their child’s mental health and went into town to have her checked out by a psychiatrist. He diagnosed her as perfectly normal for her age, saying the girl had only invented a new friend to keep her company. Or so he thought.

After their visit to the doctor, the family arrived home to find toys scattered all over the place and the TV switched on to a children’s station. The house had been empty when they left. So if no one was home, who had created the mess? Debbie told them it must have been Jack.

Understandably worried, Debbie’s parents set up a baby monitor in her bedroom. If she was talking to herself, they wanted to hear the conversation. But they heard two voices instead of one.

Debbie: “What’s it like in heaven, Jack?” Jack: “I don’t want to tell you. Let’s play instead.” Debbie: “No, tell me. I wanna know.” Jack: “Okay, but I can’t tell you. I have to show you”

A loud creaking noise echoed through the monitor’s speaker.

Debbie: “Wow, I can see Gramma’s house from up here!”

Jack: “Cool, huh? Now you have to jump. Go on, I’ll help you. That’s what my Daddy did, he helped me find heaven. Do you wanna see it, too?”

Hearing this, her parents were scared out of their minds. Mom ran upstairs to the girl’s room while the dad ran outside to check the window. But both of them were too late. Little Debbie fell, screaming, from the window. Her father spotted the misty figure of a grinning boy staring down at the girl’s broken body on the ground.

Of course I had to see this ghost for myself, so I went to the old house where the family used to live. Upstairs I found the ghosts of both Debbie and Jack holding hands while solemnly staring out the window at the ground below.

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About Karen:

Karen Duvall is a native Californian who grew up in Hawaii, lived in Colorado most of her adult life, and now lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and four incredibly spoiled pets. She has three grown children and five grandchildren.

Karen has been telling stories since the age of three, when she wasn’t yet able to write but could tell her tales to her mother, who wrote them down for her. Illustrating the stories with crayons was one of her favorite parts of writing those early books.

She still draws pictures, but put her crayons away in favor of computer graphics. Karen is a professional graphic designer with a passion for portraying her characters and scenes by painting pictures with words.

You can visit Karen around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Karen Duvall?

Knight's Curse Darkest Knight

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This giveaway is provided by Harlequin/Luna

One winner will receive a copy of Knight’s Curse by Karen Duvall

Available on August 23, 2011 from Harlequin/Luna

About the Book:

A skilled knife fighter since the age of nine, Chalice knows what it’s like to live life on the edge—precariously balanced between the dark and the light. But the time has come to choose. The evil sorcerer who kidnapped her over a decade ago requires her superhuman senses to steal a precious magical artifact…or she must suffer the consequences.

Desperate to break the curse that enslaves her, Chalice agrees. But it is only with the help of Aydin— her noble warrior-protector—that she will risk venturing beyond the veil to discover the origins of her power. Only for him will she dare to fully embrace her awesome talents. For a deadly duel is at hand, and Chalice alone will have to decide between freedom…and the love of her life.

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**Don’t forget to visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Spooky Legends guest blog with Trent Jamieson and a chance to win a copy of THE BUSINESS OF DEATH**

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19 Responses to “Spooky Legends: Karen Duvall

  1. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    This sounds really good and I love Karen Duvall! Thanks for the giveaway. ten.labolgcbsnull@31146kcirtapb

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  2. erin fNo Gravatar
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    This was a sad story :(
    I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while! It’s top of my wishlist.

    Thanks for the post!

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  3. AmyNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the post! The ending was very bittersweet.

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  4. Mickie TNo Gravatar
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    Sniff. That’s a very sad story. On the other hand, the book sounds great! I’ve read a lot of good books from the Luna imprint.

    mdturett at juno dot com

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  5. Teresa WarnerNo Gravatar
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    This would be a new author for me, sounds good! moc.loanull@914renraWt

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  6. Maureen FNo Gravatar
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    Short and sad story but the book sounds interesting! enter me please. moc.oohaynull@99omner

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  7. Stephanie EcksteinNo Gravatar
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    Okay that was spooky. It is always scarier when little kids are involved for some reason.

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  8. Mary Ellen ThompsonNo Gravatar
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    The legend is pretty spooky! It’s always a lot worse when children are the subjects of a legend!
    Thank you for the chance to win!
    ten.knilthraenull@mohtem

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  9. Kerry-Ann McDadeNo Gravatar
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    This book sounds amazing.

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  10. Kelsey dNo Gravatar
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    Aw, definitely a sad story! I would love to read this book.

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    the summary and the cover look really cool

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  12. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    A new author for me and a very sad tale indeed.

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  13. Michelle BledsoeNo Gravatar
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    This books sounds really interesting. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  14. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    Aw… sad. I think I like the scary ones better. I don’t like to cry!

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  15. latisha depoortereNo Gravatar
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    Thank you for the great giveaway this sounds like a great book! I love to read UF and paranormal my favorite!

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    That was so sad!!

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    I dont like them there scary and I cant sleep at night when i hear them

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    How sad…and very scary. That’s why I don’t like ghosts.

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  19. Amy LynnNo Gravatar
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    Oh no. Why did he do that, I’ll throttle that little boy if he wasn’t already dead. That was sad and now she’s stuck with the little punk.

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