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Guest post by Dana Michelle Burnett

Published 06/02/2012 by supernaturalreadingaddict
After reading her wonderful book Spiritus I asked author Dana Michelle Burnett if she wanted to do a guest  post on my blog. And I’m Happy to tell you that she said yes!! So here is her post about the normal place she chose for her book Spiritus. Enjoy Reading!!

The Normal in Paranormal
                I get asked all the time about why I chose Corydon as the setting for my novel Spiritus.  It’s like I broke some rule because I didn’t use a fictitious town or some place that wasn’t so ordinary (Forks, WA anyone?).  I think it’s the normal, everyday quality that made Corydon the perfect choice.  It’s so normal, it could be anywhere!
                Part of the lure of paranormal romances in my opinion is that anything is possible.  In paranormal romance, vampires can sparkle (Twilight) or wear pink (My Blood Approves) and a werewolf can imprint on a newborn (Breaking Dawn) or go on blind dates (An Alpha’s Path).  These are amazing novels and the setting is just as much a part of the story as the characters themselves.
I wanted my own novel to have a location that was an intricate part of the story, not just the place where things happen.  To drive that idea home (literary), I wanted to use a town that is like so many other towns across the country.  I felt like it helped the reader believe that the story was possible because although it might be some town she never heard of, Corydon wasn’t so different from any other small town in America.  I wanted to put the paranormal in the readers own backyard.
                My goal was to find the unusual in the normal.  Everyone wants to believe that there is a mystique to their surroundings and the truth is, if you dig deep enough, there usually is.  If you’re a writer, you use this to make your “world” seem as real as possible.  It’s pretty easy since it is actually based in reality.  I love being able to make the ordinary world seem like a mysterious place where ghosts can walk the earth and the paranormal is possible.
I’m definitely not the first writer to use this tactic.  Anne Rice has make vampires and New Orleans synonymous, Stephen King has made Maine the mecca for all things creepy, and then there’s little old me turning Corydon into ghost territory.
So what skeletons are lurking in your hometown?  Are there ghosts there with a story to tell?

Thank you Michelle for your great guest post! If you want to know more about the author or her books you can visit her website http://www.danamichelleburnett.com/

Review: Spiritus by Dana Michelle Burnett

Published 03/02/2012 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:              Spiritus
Author:          Dana Michelle Burnett 
Pages:           194 ( on my e-reader )
Catagory:      young adult, ghosts

The story:

A love that refuses to die… 

“As I watched him vanish into a soft mist that faded away, I knew that he was no ordinary spirit…I knew that he was a dangerous entity that could be in some corner of another realm planning his revenge, but I also knew that I was hopelessly in love with him.” 

When Becca moves into her ancestral home in Corydon, Indiana, her life takes a puzzling and thrilling turn when she meets the ghost haunting the halls. As the seductive spirit lures her closer and closer, she learns about her own past and starts to understand that some mistakes are meant to last. 

Becca McAllister has always been different from other girls her age. Never part of the “in crowd”, Becca never really fit in anywhere. When her mother dies and her father moves them to the small town of Corydon, Indiana, Becca didn’t expect things to change. 

But things do change when Becca accidentally makes contact with a one hundred and sixty year old ghost, Alastor Sinclair, that haunts the halls of her new home. 

To Becca, Alastor is a seductive spirit that seems to see straight into her soul. To Alastor, Becca is what he was waited a century for–A second chance. 

But the closer they get, the more Becca realizes that this isn’t the first time she and Alastor have known each other. Worse still, is she the one responsible for his death so long ago? And if so, did he come back for love or revenge?

The view of a book addict:

When I got the request to read this book, I really wanted to read it but I never imagined that it would be this good! The story just sucked me in and as I read the last line of the book I wanted to cry out that it couldn’t end like this.

I love the writing style and although I sometimes hated the main character because of the way she acted it never made me hate the book. The story is just really amazing and as I said before it just sucks you in.

The verdict of a book addict:

An amazing book and I just can’t wait for the next book to come out!

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