Special Guest – Victoria Laurie – Author of The Ghoul Next Door (Giveaway too!)

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There are just not enough Wednesdays in the month for all these great cozies
so they are overflowing to Friday this week.

I am happy to welcome Victoria Laurie to Escape With Dollycas for the very first time.

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Good Books Are Like Bad Boyfriends
by Victoria Laurie

For me, the very best books are like the very worst boyfriends. You know the kind I’m talking about—those books/boys that you love and hate at the very same time?

The kind of good books/bad boys I’m talking about will constantly occupy your thoughts, distracting you in all the worst ways from work, cooking, laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, spending time with friends and family. You’ll find it hard to focus on anything but that good book /bad boyfriend and you’ll long to know where this is going, but you’ll be afraid to guess too far ahead.

Good books/bad boys will keep you up at night, tossing and turning those pages as you say to yourself, “I can quit this good book/bad boy any time I want!” But you can’t. You’re addicted.

ghoul next doorGood books/bad boys will toy with your emotions. Your heart will race, you palms will sweat, and you may even feel a little light-headed. Good books / bad boys will send a thrill up your spine one minute only to crush you with an honest truth the next. And they’ll do this over and over. You will be loyal, however, even though you’ll alternate between crying jags and laughing fits because, you’ll think the spin of your emotions makes you feel more alive than you have in ages and you won’t want the crazy swirl to end.

Good books/bad boys don’t care where you want the story to go—they’ve got a mind of their own. And don’t even think about trying to outsmart them; this ain’t their first rodeo and you ain’t their first cowgirl.

Good books/bad boys will fill you with a false sense of security. They’ll start off all sweet, and fun, and fill you with delight. You’ll laugh, smile, and think they’re oh, so charming. And then, they’ll start misbehaving. Things will happen that will make you question your choice in reading material / boyfriends. But still you won’t quit. Nope. You’ll keep turning those pages / seeing that boy, because again, you’re addicted, and you want to see the story through to the end—whatever that may be.

But after a time, you’ll know the end is near. You won’t want it to end, though. You’ll turn those pages / send those texts, hoping that there’s more. But soon enough, there won’t be. One day you’ll be on the very last page / send the very last text, and you’ll know…it’s the end.

And you’ll cry.

And remember the good times.

And revisit those moments in your head when that good book /bad boy filled you with a little thrill. When they made you feel alive and a part of something that was separate from your world and part of another that was more vivid and colorful and beautiful than anything you could imagine on your own.

And forever you’ll think of them fondly, and you’ll think that you’ll never feel that way again.

Until of course, the next good book / bad boyfriend comes along…

Of course, if you’re currently not in the market for a bad boyfriend, might I recommend a good book? My latest novel in the Ghost Hunter Mysteries, The Ghoul Next Door was released January 7th, 2014. I promise to toy with your emotions, make your pulse race, palms sweat, send you into fits of laughter and perhaps even cause a crying jag, and always treat you as well as that very bad boy. 😉


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The Ghoul Next Door:
A Ghost Hunter Mystery

Cozy Mystery
8th in the Series
An Obsidian Mystery (January 7, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451240606
E-Book File Size: 1919 KB


On a well-deserved hiatus from the ghoulish grind of their TV show, Ghoul Getters, psychic medium M. J. Holliday, her boyfriend, Heath, and her best friend, Gilley, are back home in Boston. But there’s no rest for the weary ghost busters. M. J.’s ex comes to her for help—his fiancée’s brother Luke seems haunted by a sinister spirit.

The crew sets up surveillance cameras to watch for the possessive poltergeist while Luke is sleeping. But when he goes outside in the middle of the night and returns hours later covered in blood, they are all very concerned—especially when the news reports the murder of a young woman in the neighborhood.

Now M. J., Heath, and Gilley must remain self-possessed as they try to stop a wicked ghost whose behavior is anything but neighborly.

About Victoria Laurie

Victoria Laurie is the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty books. With two series in full swing, Victoria divides her time between The Psychic Eye Mysteries and The Ghost Hunter Mysteries. As a professional psychic herself, Victoria knows all too well the tricky world of the paranormal in which her protagonists psychic Abby Cooper, and spiritual medium M. J. Holliday tackle murder, mayhem, and the occasional demon with plenty of plucky humor and determination. You may find Victoria on the web at victorialaurie.com and on Facebook.

Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 2 copies to give away!

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29 thoughts on “Special Guest – Victoria Laurie – Author of The Ghoul Next Door (Giveaway too!)

  1. I love this series – can’t wait to catch up on MJ’s latest ghost adventure. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  2. I love reading the series and would love a chance to win your latest. Thanks for the giveaway,

  3. I love this series and own a number of them in my personal library. The characters have me laughing out loud to the point that my partner grabs the book to see why I’m laughing. Then SHE reads the book. LOL

  4. I have not read this series…yet, but then again I’ve just started getting into the paranormal cozies, they are such fun. Adding these to my tbr list. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. I love the psychic medium TV shows so your books should hit the spot! Adding to my wish list.

  6. Victoria, I love both of your series – they’re suspenseful and well-written and each has the right proportion of humor (different but right for the series and characters.) I discovered them a few years ago and plowed through all the titles my library had. Since then, I’ve been slowly collecting and catching up on the ones I haven’t read. So thank you very much for the chance to win this one!

  7. I can’t wait to read this series, I don’t know how I missed it. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  8. How have I missed these? These are now on my TBR list. They’ll go right on the top of the pile!

  9. I enjoy stories that have a supernatural twist to them. I look forward to checking this out.

  10. Haven’t read any of these. On Paranormal Witness there was an episode where a psychic was trying to find a murderer and she got together with her psychic group to combine their powers. She was then able to psychically catch the murderer. When they caught him he said that he was attacked by a woman who looked like the psychic. Of course, she wasn’t there in person, only in spirit.

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