Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: 15 Dec 2015
Number of pages: 450
Word Count: 117k
Cover Artist: Omnific with art by Robin Lynne Schwind
Being a ParaScience freshman is a nightmare come true
Hailey’s dreams have always been, well...vivid. As in monsters from her nightmares follow her into her waking life vivid. When her big sister goes missing, eighteen-year-old Hailey finds the only thing keeping her safe from a murderous 3,000-year old beast is an equally terrifying creature who’s fallen “madly” in love with her.
Competing to win her affection, the Dream Creature, Asher, lures her to the one place that offers safety—a ParaScience university in Alaska he calls home. There, she studies the science of the supernatural and must learn to live with a roommate from Hell, survive a tunneling earworm, extract a carnivorous splinter, evade the campus poltergeists, and hope the only creature who can save her from an evil immortal doesn’t decide to kill her himself.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/YPx4FELVxH4
Nowhere to Hide
“Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hailey plunked her head on the desk and groaned. Why, why…why couldn’t she just tell Asher that she wanted out, that she was afraid—afraid of the others, afraid of dying, and even afraid of…of him. After all, he was planning to kill her. Only temporarily, but still.
She couldn’t believe she was even considering it, but she had no choice. If Asher didn’t kill her, one of the others would.
And Asher protected her. He cared about her. He loved her, right? Asher—an emotionless creature. Hailey wasn’t sure if he was even capable of love.
Oh, this made absolutely no sense. Kill her to save her? Was that love?
Freshman year at her dream college was turning into nightmare, and as she rolled her forehead on the desk, the library’s impossibly large ceiling clock echoed a thump with her heart. She simply had to pull on her big girl pants and tell Asher she was done.
She squeezed her eyes shut as a swarm of butterflies took flight in her stomach.
Lately, she felt an awful lot like Jekyll and Hyde: logical, rational ParaScience student by day—emotional monstrosity at night. Come to think of it, this was more like The Phantom of the Opera, and she was the naïve student who didn’t realize the secret and strange angel she’d come to know was actually a homicidal maniac…
“I’m not a maniac.”
Hailey jumped up. She didn’t mean to say that out loud.
Asher slid behind her, putting his lips next to her ear. “But I suppose I am homicidal,” he whispered, his breath on her skin sending goose bumps down her arms and legs.
She leaned into him and sighed.
So much for steadfast resolve.
Wrapping his arms around her waist, he pulled her closer.
“How did you know I was here?” she whispered.
“You were dreaming, Hailey,” he murmured. “I’ll always find you when you’re dreaming.”
First, tell me a little about your book ….
Thank you so much for spotlighting my novel-baby! EERIE is about an 18-year-old girl from Pittsburgh, who travels to the world’s premier ParaScience university, looking for a way to save herself from a half-rotted gentleman dream creature, who wishes to kill her.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
I grew up in a family that loves to read and tell stories. So from a young age, I was interested in writing stories. It wasn’t until I retired from the Air Force that I had the time and energy to sit down and really dig in to writing as a profession.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
I was inspired to write EERIE by some childhood fears I had of the dark and by the stories I used to tell myself at bedtime about creatures that lived in the shadows—creatures that could be good or bad.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Everything I write has roots in some experience that I’ve had somewhere along the winding road of life.
How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
It’s a funny thing, but I let the characters duke things out in my head. It’s never a conscious decision to have one character die or live. But I think my fantasy writing is a lot like the X-Files, where nobody ever really dies.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’m very excited about four new authors:
- Sarah Adair – She’s a writer living near Belfast, she’s pre-published, and I absolutely love her writing.
- CL Gaber – She’s an indie author with a YA fantasy called Ascenders, which I cannot wait to read.
- Marissa Campbell whose debut novel, Avelynn (a Historical Fiction) is phenomenal.
- LS Hawker – Her debut thriller, The Drowning Game, is a book that’ll keep you up all night.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
No, EERIE is absolutely perfect…lol!! Actually, I lost a couple scenes and dialogue snippets through the editing process that I’d love to put back in. But I think to get the word-count down to a level that would entice more readers, those cuts were necessary
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
This is going to sound so boring, but I can’t think of one darn thing right now.
What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
I’m reading Doctor Faustus, which I read every year. After that, I’ll be digging in to CL Gaber’s Ascenders.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
The publisher, Omnific, designed the cover, which features original art by the SUPER-talented Robin Lynn Schwind.
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
Omg, I learned a ton. There were so many things I didn’t know that I didn’t know, like typical word counts for genres and the fact that nobody uses two spaces between sentences anymore. I wrote a blog post about all the things I learned. It’s called A Journey to Publication, and it’s over at www.cmmccoy.com/blog
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
I’d be Hailey. I just want to live her crazy adventure.
Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
I can’t get LC Moon’s A BEDTIME STORY out of my mind. I read it months ago, and I still can’t get that story out of my head. I found it heart-rending. Fair warning: it’s definitely R-rated. Maybe even X.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I do have something to say to readers, and that is THANK YOU! I hope you’ll share with me what you thought of EERIE.
About the Author:
C.M. McCoy is an Irish dancer and former military officer living in the Great White North. Though B.S.'d in chemical engineering and German, she's far happier writing stories involving Alaska and a body bag (with an awkward kiss in the mix.) While working 911 dispatch for Alaska State Troopers, she learned to speak in 10-codes, which she still does...but only to annoy her family. In the writerly world, she's the PR Manager at Inklings Literary Agency. Her debut novel, EERIE, is a paranormal adventure with romance and released 15 Dec 2015 through Omnific Publishing/Simon and Schuster.
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