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Now that Darkness with a Chance for Whimsy by @RJSullivanAuthr

The always lovely Rj Sullivan has a new release which is a short story collection. Rj is featuring a seven series excerpt sampler for readers. This can be found on his blog with the first in the series out at available at RjSullivanfiction.com

Also can I just say I love the cover. That smiley face in the rain drop totally kills me.

 

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Dark clouds overhead may stir up whimsical twists. Collected for the first time since their initial publications, Darkness with a Chance of Whimsy presents ten tales from the imagination of R.J. Sullivan. Thrills and chills await you, but you may also get blindsided by the absurd. This volume includes a pair of stories featuring Rebecca Burton, the mysterious investigator of R.J.’s acclaimed paranormal thriller series. Among the ten stories, you’ll find: “The Assurance Salesman” shows five strangers more about themselves than they ever guessed. You don’t want to venture into Daddy’s basement in “Fade.” Rebecca Burton tries to talk someone out of a bad idea in “Backstage Pass.” A bullied police detective finally defeats his rival in “Able-Bodied.” A desperate father finds the “Inner Strength” to save his young daughter, “Becky” Burton. A child seeds his aquarium with a most unusual “Starter Kit.” A brilliant robotics engineer creates a “Robot Vampire.”

 

Rj SullivanAbout rjsullivanfiction

R. J. Sullivan’s novel Haunting Blue is an edgy paranormal thriller and the first book of the adventures of punk girl Fiona “Blue” Shaefer and her boyfriend Chip Farren. Seventh Star Press released Haunting Obsession, a Rebecca Burton Novella, in 2012 and Virtual Blue, the second book in Fiona’s tale, in 2013, and a revised edition of Haunting Blue in 2014. R. J.’s short stories have been featured in such acclaimed collections as Dark Faith Invocations by Apex Books and Vampires Don’t Sparkle. His newest project is the Red Lotus series of science fiction novelettes in the tradition of Andre Norton and Gene Roddenberry. R.J. resides with his family in Heartland Crossing, Indiana. He drinks regularly from a Little Mermaid coffee mug and is man enough to admit it. Check in to learn the latest about the projects of R. J. Sullivan.

Book Tour – Haunting Blue by RJ Sullivan @rjsullivanauthr

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It is with great pleasure I share todays interview with author RJ Sullivan. His newest release is a reprint with his new publisher Seventh Star Press of book one in the Blue Shafer series. Book two is available and I am sure he is hard at work on more for readers. The new rerelease has the lovely art work that anyone familiar with Seventh Star comes to know and expect. I’ve got a couple of these to share and they look great as always. The cover art and internal pics are done by artist Bonnie Wasson

I’ve interviewed RJ previously and had to pick his brain again. I thank RJ and Seventh Star Press for letting me be part of the tour.

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Haunting Blue Book Synopsis:

Punk, blue-haired “Blue” Shaefer, is at odds with her workaholic single mother. Raised as a city girl in a suburb of Indianapolis, Blue must abandon the life she knows when her unfeeling mother moves them to a dreadful small town. Blue befriends the only student willing to talk to her: computer nerd “Chip” Farren. Chip knows the connection between the rickety pirate boat ride at the local amusement park and the missing money from an infamous bank heist the townspeople still talk about. When Blue helps him recover the treasure, they awaken a vengeful ghost who’ll stop at nothing–not even murder–to prevent them from exposing the truth behind his evil deeds. Haunting Blue is Book One of the Adventures of Blue Shaefer

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My interview with RJ below, the previous interview from back in 2012 should also be checked out

You’re very much an 80’s man, what about this decade has so much more
impact on you than others?

Well, that’s obvious. In 1981 MTV came out they put music on TV. TV makes everything better. J

Actually, I don’t think this is all that different from anyone else. Most music lovers fell in love with music in their early teens first, and their love and knowledge grows from that starting point.

I know several friends a few years older than that that swear by disco (I swear by disco, too, but that’s slightly different) and a few years older than that who swear by the 60s as the greatest era of pop music (they may have an actual case).

I love a wide array of pop and rock music, from the 50s through today. Also some eclectic jazz and genre soundtracks. I do think I was lucky to grow up with 80s music but it’s by no means the only music I listen to (even my Cyndi Lauper fascination is as focused on her under-appreciated 90s material as it is on her 80s hits). Among my favorites today are Pink, Paramore, Adele, Taylor Swift, and I have an on and off love affair, musically speaking, with Katy Perry.

Please tell us about your fan girl crush on Cyndi Lauper.

You mean, why of all the music from the 80s, do I fixate on her? I could go on and on, (and I did here with the Cabin Goddess ) I will point to a few things that to me make her different than many others. First, her fearless individuality resonated with my 10th grade self, at a time when kids are all under a great deal of pressure to conform, she was doing her thing in 1985 and taking a lot of crap for it by the industry, but she soldiered on anyway. Not that I was some crazy rebel, but I needed to see that. I will share this video from 1985 that absolutely floored me.

1994 was a very interesting time. Cyndi’s pop career in terms of her relevance had died, even I had thought much about her music for awhile. She was no longer a concern for her record company; she had more creative freedom than ever before. She recorded the first of two under-appreciated albums, Hat Full of Stars and Sisters of Avalon, respectively, her most interesting music, contemplative, artistic, but also not particularly radio friendly. At the same time, social media was blowing out–email morphed into Yahoogroups sorted by topic. Fans of Cyndi’s current projects found each other online, and looking back, it was like being in a secret society. I found another fan local to the area as well as a handful of others I connected with, people who over the years became close friends and concert buddies, some going on 20 years.

Connected with that, getting backstage and meeting Cyndi became much easier then than it would have been in the 80s. I had my first “meet n Greet” in 1997. They say never meet your idol, but I can honestly say, that warning didn’t apply here. We’ve met several times since that first time. It would be an exaggeration to say we’re friends, but she knows me, knows the group I travel with, and is generous with her time. She helped out with a friend who had cancer. Now when she comes to our side of town she knows she’ll hear from us and she does her best to make time for us, though she is busy again, and that’s a good thing. So yeah, it’s a pretty cool thing.

A couple years ago I channeled these experiences into a short story, with seeds of truth and LOTS of fiction, called Backstage Pass. The story includes an appearance by Rebecca Burton and is still available as an e-book from Seventh Star.

Who would play Blue if it was made into a movie?

Great question, I wish I had a great answer. My kids enjoyed Victorious and now enjoy Sam & Kat, so I have seen a lot of Ariana Grande, who is quite the comedian on that show, and I suspect she has the acting chops to switch over to drama/horror. Of course, she just won a Grammy for her music and I’m sure her career is about to take off in a big way.

How has your writing changed from when you started to now?

I’m assuming you mean other than that I wrote on an electric typewriter and that for the first ten years a paper manuscript backup was a given because even in the first few years of MS Word, a hard drive backup was too unreliable.

Like any other writer, I went through the process of being bad before I became less bad. I made all the beginner’s mistakes…passive tense, no immersive point of view. I stuck with it, learned, and broke those bad habits. But even more so, I’ve learned to not worry about what I’m going to do with the next project. It’s a great relief to “score” those first few sales, because it means almost everything I write is either pre-sold for an impending release or I have a good chance to find something to do with it. I wrote recently on my own blog about revisiting Haunting Blue, how I shoved everything into the story I could think of, because this was my “one shot” and my thinking was that I may never get another one, so I made it count by cramming it with plot and themes.

Now, in a place where I’ve sold a few things and can reasonably be assured I will sell more, each story can just breathe. Haunting Obsession is just about obsessive fandom. Virtual Blue is just about Blue’s coming of age. Red Lotus is the best space opera I can make it. I’m more relaxed and focused, and I think the stories are better. That’s not to say I think Haunting Blue is bad, but I think it is typical of a first novel by a newcomer eager to make their mark. And that’s okay.

Is there a genre you would like to try writing that you’ve yet to do so?

Maybe some sort of urban fantasy, but besides paranormal thrillers I have been trying my hand at some old school space opera, complete with a spaceship and a very cool Captain, if I do say so myself. The first two Red Lotus ebook stories are already out and if you only know my paranormal thrillers, these are very different, but very much in line with a genre I love.

What is the most satisfying part of writing?

Lately, it’s been building a readership, because unlike most of the time I’ve been writing, I know I have an audience waiting to read what I am working on, and that I will get some sort of feedback on it. That relatively fast turnaround is very nice indeed.

Some people poo-poo the idea of commercial success. Whatever, to me, without an audience, art is mental masturb…er…exercise.J I write stories that I want to be read and enjoyed by others, and I say that without apology. I wrote without an audience for years. This is much better. I wouldn’t go back for anything.

Do you enjoy interacting with readers at cons and other events or do you
prefer social media contact?

I love the interaction and camaraderie of conventions and book signings, but social media has the advantage of being a form of book promotion with no overhead. If I could be “beamed” to the event and back to my own bed every night, it would be a perfect situation. Since that’s not possible, I still do signings and conventions because I love the fan interaction, and that’s the only way to put an autographed book into someone’s hand–and readers dig that. Though truthfully, I may dig it just as much. Or more.

The last time I interviewed you your reading list was quite long. What
are you reading or trying to find time to at the moment?

Yes, I doubt I’ll ever catch up. I just finished Eric Garrison’s work in progress to give him feedback, and am now reading his SSP release Sinking Down. By then the third book might be out. I’ve not read the original versions of his Road Ghosts trilogy; I’m taking the rewrites at face value and enjoying them immensely.

Before that I was reading Sands of the Solar Empire–a fairly epic space opera by Ren Garcia which I am enjoying, and part one of a series, for that matter. So I’ll return to that.

Recently I’ve been hitting the library, catching up on the missed comic book stories of the last several years through collected editions, seeing what my buddy Spider-man has been up to (nothing good, I’m afraid), and the New 52, seeing how the botched Wonder Woman this time, and enjoying Batwoman quite a bit.

Bonus Question:

Have you ever put someone you know in real life into a book?

Yes I have, but usually as a cameo, not a major character, and always with the person’s knowledge and permission. For instance, my ebook Backstage Pass is a total fabrication inspired by my real-life travels with a group of pop star fans who attend the same area shows together. Those others are mentioned because I needed a group anyway,  so why not, if they were cool with it?

Beyond that, major characters are highly fictionalized. I want to emphasize that as the guy who wrote Haunting Obsession, a clear homage to Marilyn Monroe. Maxine Marie is still a fictional character in a make-believe world. Had I been trying to write Ms. Monroe into a story…well, I wouldn’t, but if I did, it would have played very differently. Because Maxine is a fiction, I can, for instance,  have her be as despicable as the plot requires.

 

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Rj Sullivan About RJ Sullivan:
Haunting Blue is the first book of the adventures of punk girl Fiona “Blue” Shaefer. This is the 2014 revised edition by Seventh Star Press. Seventh Star also released Haunting Obsession, a Rebecca Burton Novella, and Virtual Blue, the second book in Fiona’s tale. R.J.’s short stories have been featured in such acclaimed collections as Dark Faith: Invocations by Apex Books and Vampires Don’t Sparkle. His newest project is the Red Lotus series of science fiction novelettes. R.J. resides in Heartland Crossing, Indiana. He drinks coffee from a Little Mermaid mug and is man enough to admit it. www.rjsullivanfiction.com

Haunting Blue can be purchased in Print and Ebook

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 The sequel to Haunting Blue – Virtual Blue, available now.

Tour Schedule and Activities
7/14 Jess Resides Here Interview
7/14 Beauty in Ruins Guest Post
7/14 fuonlyknew ~ Laura’s ramblins and reviews Top Tens List
7/15 Deal Sharing Aunt Top Ten’s List
7/15 John F. Allen Writer Character Post
7/15 Armand Rosamilia, Horror Author Guest Post
7/16 The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void Review
7/16 SpecMusicMuse Interview
7/16 Workaday Reads Post on Artwork of Haunting Blue
7/16 I Smell Sheep Character Post
7/17 Bee’s Knees Review Review
7/17 Library Girl Reads & Reviews Guest Post
7/17 Come Selahway With Me Guest Post
7/18 A Haunted Head Author Interview
7/19 Nerd With A View Top Tens Post
7/19 Coffintree Hill Guest Post
7/20 Willow’s Author Love Review

Author Rj Sullivan original #shortstory guest post

 rj's angelsI’m pleased to share an original piece of flash fiction by author Rj Sullivan who is a mega awesome guy. This was meant to be featured on The Cabin Goddesses blog but she is taking a well deserved break, I’m sure Rj will be hanging out in the cabin at some point in the future. Stay tuned! I’ve read a couple of Rj’s books and must say I particularly love how his focus is on strong female characters. Rj is very in touch with his feminine side and I say the Little Mermaid Mug is to thank for that. So read and enjoy. Also leave some feedback. I’m sure Rj would love it.

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A funny thing happened while killing time in Broad Ripple…

Those that don’t live in Indy won’t care about the details, but suffice it to say, several of my long-time friends live north and east of Indianapolis. I am the only one of that clan to live south and west of downtown. One of my friends still lives in Broad Ripple, a place I used to visit frequently in my teens and twenties and now visit only a couple times a year.

Yes, that Broad Ripple. Fiona “Blue” Shaefer’s hangout prior to moving to the scary small town of Perionne, as referenced in Haunting Blue. Though an older, well-established suburb with many historical buildings, the presence of Butler University injects the area constantly with liberal youth often at odds with its long-term residents.

I took a trip north to meet up with my friends, and in a rare instance, we decided to group up in Broad Ripple. In a not-so-rare instance, being self-employed, I arrived in town a couple hours prior to my friends who all have to punch a clock. I thought I’d take advantage of the atmosphere to bring along the laptop (I really needed to replace that thing with some sort of pad–someday soon, I hope), find a coffee shop or restaurant, take in the local atmosphere, and see how it affects my muse.

Not many people know that the coffee shop Café Expresso as mentioned in Haunting Blue and Haunting Obsession really existed–past tense. It was a favorite hangout during my college years, a place for the more artistic type to meet during the day and, looking back, feel a bit insufferable about ourselves. Unfortunately, the little shop closed down around 1990 and so its legacy continued only in the pages of my stories, my little homage to a very cool place.

Or so I thought.

I barely had the presence of mind not to drive up onto the sidewalk when I saw the awning over a historical building in downtown Broad Ripple that declared itself to be the Café Expresso. I managed to pull over before embarrassing myself, and sat there for many seconds staring at the little shop and its ironic name. Dare I say…I felt like I’d seen a ghost.

Sometimes all you have is the cliché.

But that was nothing compared to how stunned I felt when I stumbled through the door to stare at the coffee bar….literally, a bar made up of several varieties of coffee beans behind see-through glass display containers, like a candy shop. The one element I recalled from the original place, and had put into my story. The booths and tables that gave my version a pub-like atmosphere… not so much….except….this new place had my revised layout.

Something really weird was going on, and I wondered if this was some sort of elaborate joke.

I heard a husky woman’s voice from across the room and froze. “Getting the usual tonight, Rebecca?” Literally, in mid-step, I simply stopped moving.

My brain wouldn’t accept what I was seeing. A woman in a black leather jacket proceeded to pull a fedora from her head and shake out waves of long, striking red hair. “Yes, please,” she answered, her eyes still hidden behind a pair of reflective sunglasses.

This has to be some sort of trick. Someone must have known I would be driving through and set this up. The only other explanation was that I had walked into a coffee shop of my imagination and now looked upon one of the major characters in my book series. And I knew Rebecca Burton didn’t exist. I’d made her up, along with everything else I was now looking at.

As cosplayers went, she was terrific. Mid 30s, stoic demeanor, and the perfect blend of Nell William’s and Bonnie Wasson’s interpretatoins.

As if on cue (and maybe it was) she looked up, did a double-take, and slowly removed her glasses. Her green eyes squinted at me, and her jaw slowly dropped. “What…are you…” Then words seemed to fail her.

I shook my head and approached. “Very good, Rebecca, or whatever your name really is. You must have practiced this moment for hours.

As I approached, she seemed to have regained her composure and motioned to the seat across from her. “Join me, R.J. Sullivan. I assure you I’m every bit as surprised as you are.”

Wow, she is good. “Okay, seriously, the act’s over. Who put you up to this? Stephen? John? Eric? Maybe Selah. This strikes me as the sort of thing she would concoct.”

“I assure you, this is no act, Mr. Sullivan.”

I looked around, half expecting to see the crew of What Would You Do step out any moment. “Come on, seriously. I hope I can use you for a book signing for cosplay.”

Rebecca’s eyes rolled. “I don’t cosplay, Mr. Sullivan. You, if anyone, should know that.”

“Okay, okay,” I laughed, then grew uneasy. “Still, the coffee shop, the awning, this is awfully elaborate for a practical joke.”

“I suggest you follow that train of thought, Mr. Sullivan. It’s amazing a person so dense is responsible for my existence.”

Okay, that comment stung a bit. “Hey, that’s not very friendly.”

“Sorry, it’s not very often one sees one’s creator walk through the front door. I’m not sure how I’m supposed to act.”

I considered, and then figured it would be better to go along and let them tell me in their own time. Clearly, whoever was responsible went through a lot of effort. “So you know who I am?”

“Of course, though I doubt the waitress does, or anyone else in this coffee shop. You gave me extraordinary perception, and I’ve been quite aware that I exist in two realities. There’s the one where I live and exist, where my actions impact the world I live in and those that reside in it.” She tapped her own chest, then motioned to me. “And then there’s your reality. The one where my reality is part of your imagination and put down in a series of paranormal thriller books.”

I laughed. “That’s terrific. Quite melodramatic. I could have written it myself.”

She released a sigh, the weariness in her demeanor showing through. “We can’t continue this way, Mr. Sullivan.” She extended her hand, palm up. “Take it.”

“Sorry, I’m a married…” Then her meaning became clear. “Wait…you mean, really… take your hand? Like…”

“Can you think of any other way to convince you?”

I felt the smirk come to my face. I couldn’t help it. This was too good. “Trying to hold my hand, Rebecca. You sly dog.”

She returned a humorless stare. She didn’t get it. Well, of course she wouldn’t.

“Okay, fine, here. I’ll take your—” As I placed my hand in hers, she gripped my fingers tightly, and the room suddenly spun out of focus.

“Listen to me, Mr. Sullivan. I’m really Rebecca Burton, I really have the power to influence your emotions. Since I know you’ve always wondered what this might feel like, I hope you enjoy the moment. But know that I’m not influencing you except to get you to accept this truth. I am Rebecca Burton.”

And, indeed, the room gently slipped out of focus and returned. My head swum, like fighting a bad cold, and a moment later, it cleared, and the reality of the situation sunk in. Of course she’s Rebecca. How could I have thought otherwise?

Then a second, competing thought. I’ve been manipulated by my own fictional character.

I released a sound, some sort of giggle. Or maybe a guffaw. Yes, let’s go with guffaw, because guys don’t giggle.

She released my hand, and the room returned to normal. “Wow…so….wow.” I released a breath, and tension left my body with it. “So…you’re really you. But…how?”

“An excellent question, Mr. Sullivan.” Her brows furrowed.

I waited. Come on, Rebecca, you’re the expert. You must have the answer.

And she did. “I suppose one could postulate a dynamic between the dimensions of our realities. Perhaps the point where your imaginative constructs would exist in your real world may sometimes create doorways that would allow you to travel to it.”

I considered. “Broad Ripple is a real place, but the café is not. But since I came here, and this is where the Café would exist, if it did, a doorway opened up, allowing me to enter.”

“Essentially, yes.”

“Or maybe it’s just a contrivance for a publicity blog,” I offered.

Rebecca ignored me. “In any case, I doubt you can remain here for long, and I have many questions.” She hesitated. “It’s not often one gets to ask questions of their creator.”

Her tone sobered me up. “I suppose that’s true.” I nodded. “Ask away.”

“Have you made up your mind about my story?”

The question caught me off guard. “The fact that you know I’ve been pondering several options means you have access into my insight already.”

“True.” She sipped her coffee and met my eyes. “Does that surprise you?”

I laughed. “Of course not. You’re good. I made sure of that.”

“And yet,” Rebecca said, “I’m much more than I need to be. For instance, all Rebecca Burton had to be in Haunting Obsession was a paranormal investigator, but you’ve given me many extraordinary powers. Quite useful, but hardly necessary.”

“Those powers came in handy during Virtual Blue.”

She nodded. “True. But you have a good imagination. You could have written in a workaround.”

“I could have, but I have big plans for you.”

“I know.” Then, after a short pause, “And that terrifies me.”

“You should like the next story. You and Blue have quite the fun adventure.” I was referring to Blue Shaefer, the protagonist of Haunting Blue and Virtual Blue. In Virtual Blue, my two main characters meet and interact for the first time.

Rebeccan pressed. “I know, you’re going to tell the story about last Christmas. But you have planned several stories and then canceled many of them. I’m not sure if I should be concerned.”

It was true. “I thought I’d write a few smaller books along the line of Haunting Obsession. I’m working up to a more epic story I thought of a few years ago. Back then, I didn’t think my skill level matched the challenge of the tale.”

Rebecca gulped, even though the coffee still set on the table at her side. “And now?”

“Now, I’m going to go for it. I think I’m ready now. And I think you are, too.” I reached out and patted her hand. “It’s going to be a grand adventure.”

Words erupted from her. “Not all the possibilities you’ve pondered go well for me.”

I’d never imagined Rebecca Burton with fear in her eyes, and the look unnerved me. “Yours is the most important story in what my readers jokingly call the ‘RJ-Verse.’ I don’t know how it ends, but it needs to be told.”

“Sometimes…I get very angry about that.”

I gripped her hands tighter, trying with all my might to imbue comfort, courage, contentment, into her the way she does with so many others. “It’s going to be okay, Rebecca. I write most of my tales in deep third person. I won’t put you through anything we both can’t handle.”

“Can you…tell me anything more than that?”

“Spoilers? Of course not. Who knows who’s listening in right now?” I patted her hand one last time before withdrawing mine. “I’m very proud of how you’ve turned out. You were sort of a seat-of-the-pants creation I added to over a long time, and because of you, a lot of people want to know your story and read my books. They want to know your tale almost as much as I do.”

“I’d like to know it even more.”

“Well,” I reached down and grabbed my laptop. “I suppose I should get on my way and start to write it, then.”

I stood and extended my hand. “Tell Blue hello for me.”

Rebecca took it. No tingles, no attempt to manipulate. “You probably shouldn’t try to find this place again.”

“I figured as much, but I’m glad I found it today. I guess there’s no way to get you to one of my book signings, is there?”

“I suspect these portals are exceedingly rare.”

I shook my head and headed toward the door. “Too bad. You’d look terrific handing out bookmarks.”

“Thank you, but I think you have bigger plans for me than that, Mr. Sullivan. Goodbye.”

I offered one last wave. “Goodbye, Rebecca Burton. I’ll see you again soon.” I exited.

I drove a few blocks down the road. I didn’t even bother to look in my rearview mirror as I drove away to see the building was no longer there, because that would be cliché. I pulled into a McDs, entered, ordered a giant Styrofoam Cup O Diet Coke, opened a new file on my laptop, and started typing.

Blue Christmas
A Blue Shaefer and Rebecca Burton Holiday Tale
By RJ Sullivan

Rj SullivanBiography: R. J. Sullivan’s novel Haunting Blue is an edgy paranormal thriller and the first book of the adventures of punk girl Fiona “Blue” Shaefer and her boyfriend Chip Farren. Seventh Star Press released Haunting Obsession, a Rebecca Burton Novella, in 2012 and Virtual Blue, the second book in Fiona’s tale, in 2013. Seventh Star will release a new edition of Haunting Blue in spring 2014. R. J.’s short stories have been featured in such acclaimed collections as Dark Faith Invocations by Apex Books and Vampires Don’t Sparkle. His newest project is the Red Lotus series of science fiction e-novelettes.

R.J. resides with his family in Heartland Crossing, Indiana. He drinks regularly from a Little Mermaid coffee mug and is man enough to admit it. Check in to www.rjsullivanfiction.com to learn the latest.

R.J. can also be found on Facebook, his publisher Seventh Star Press and his books can be purchased on Amazon in print and ebook

The Rebecca Burton Series So Far (in character chronological order):

Inner Strength (short story)
Haunting Obsession
Backstage Pass (a Seventh Star Single)
Virtual Blue

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Did you ever wish you could escape to a virtual world? What if you could…but then couldn’t get out?
Two years after her deadly clash with a vengeful ghost, Fiona “Blue” Shaefer still can’t shake off the trauma of that night. Moving to New York with her father didn’t help. Neither did absorbing herself in her college classes. Not even her poetry provided the solace it once did. She convinces herself that ending her relationship with Eugene “Chip” Farren, her long-distance boyfriend and final tie to the horrors of that night, might bring the closure she needs. Blue travels to Bloomington to break the news to Chip in person, but her timing couldn’t be any worse.
The Sisters of Baalina, vengeful cultists who practice a new form of “techno-magic,” have targeted Chip’s multi-player videogame as the perfect environment to cast a dangerous spell to free a demoness from the very pits of hell. In the process, their plan may trap Blue in a prison of the mind with no locks, no bars, and no escape.
Book Two in the Adventures of Blue Shaefer.

Virtual Blue by Rj Sullivan Book Tour and mega #giveaway !

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It is with great pleasure that I kick of the Rj Sullivan book tour. Great new book from Rj, Virtual Blue. Check out the amazing cover and be sure to enter for the fantastic giveaway. There are many stops on the tour with reviews, character interviews and guest posts by Rj.

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Did you ever wish you could escape to a virtual world? What if you could…but then couldn’t get out?

Two years after her deadly clash with a vengeful ghost, Fiona “Blue” Shaefer still can’t shake off the trauma of that night. Moving to New York with her father didn’t help. Neither did absorbing herself in her college classes. Not even her poetry provided the solace it once did. She convinces herself that ending her relationship with Eugene “Chip” Farren, her long-distance boyfriend and final tie to the horrors of that night, might bring the closure she needs. Blue travels to Bloomington to break the news to Chip in person, but her timing couldn’t be any worse.

The Sisters of Baalina, vengeful cultists who practice a new form of “techno-magic,” have targeted Chip’s multi-player videogame as the perfect environment to cast a dangerous spell to free a demoness from the very pits of hell. In the process, their plan may trap Blue in a prison of the mind with no locks, no bars, and no escape.

Buy Links for Virtual Blue

Print Version / Kindle Version / Nook / Kobo / iBookstore

Tour stops for Virtual Blue

October 28     Jess Resides Here                               Contest

October 28     Jorie Loves a Story                            Review

October 28     Come Selahway With Me                 Guest Post

October 29     Sheila Deeth Blog                              Character Interview w/ Blue

October 30     Armand Rosamilia                             Guest Post

October 30     A Haunted Head                                Special Post Tba

October 30     Deal Sharing Aunt                             Review

October 30     Word to Dreams                                Promo Spotlight

October 31     John F. Allen                                       Ivory Blaque Interview of RJ!

October 31     Spellbindings                                     Character Post with Rebecca Burton

October 31     Library Girl Reads and Reviews        Character Interview of Rebecca Burton

November 1   Bee’s Knees Reviews                          Review

November 1   Beauty in Ruins                                  Guest Post

November 2   Azure Dwarf                                       Guest Post

November 3   Angela Meadon                                 Review

 

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About the Author:  R. J. Sullivan’s novel Haunting Blue is an edgy paranormal thriller and the first book of the adventures of punk girl Fiona “Blue” Shaefer and her boyfriend Chip Farren. Seventh Star Press released Haunting Obsession, a Rebecca Burton Novella in 2012 and Virtual Blue, the second book in Fiona’s tale, in 2013. Seventh Star will release a new edition of Haunting Blue in early 2014. R. J.’s short stories have been featured in such acclaimed collections as Dark Faith Invocations by Apex Books and Vampires Don’t Sparkle. His newest project is the Red Lotus series of science fiction novelettes for readers of all ages.

R.J. resides with his family in Heartland Crossing, Indiana. Check in regularly to learn the latest about the projects of R. J. Sullivan.

 

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Haunting Obsession by Rj Sullivan review

Rj is super awesome, he has a fantastic sense of humor which I love. It’s about time I share a review for one of his books and perfect time to as his publisher Seventh Star Press has a giant sale on which goes till Tuesday. You can find Rj’s book as well as many other great ones on sale right now so take advantage and add some great books to your book shelf.

 

A short story about a guy called Daryl who has no clue how good he has it with his girlfriend. He does something so stupid she’d have been smart to smack him upside the head and then walk away never to look back. A different story that would have been for sure.

Rj spins quite the tale about Daryl’s obsession with a long dead star when she begins to haunts him it’s quite the oops I shouldn’t have done that except for the sexy time Daryl has with her. Oh my!

My favorite part of the story was when Rebecca Burton came in to the picture as she seamed the only one with some sense in her head. Rj does a great job of making you shake your head at the actions of many of his characters. These silly actions by these entertaing characters lead to the big show down at the end which I enjoyed it was a satisfying end to a fun little story. I look forward to future Rebecca Burton stories