Blogiversary | Cemetery Tours by Jacqueline Smith – Excerpt

EXCERPT | CEMETERY TOURS

Cemetery Tours Front EVALUATION COPY01TITLE: Cemetery Tours

PUBLISHER: Wind Trail Publishing

PUBLICATION DATE: September 17, 2013

GENRE: Paranormal Thriller

He’d seen them for as long as he could remember.

They’d never scared him, really.  When he was younger, he hadn’t known that there was anything different about them.  By the time he was old enough to figure out that no one else could see them, he was also old enough to realize that being dead didn’t turn people into monsters.  It just meant that most of them were lonely.

            This guy scared him.

He was tall, almost as tall as Michael, who towered above most people at 6’2, and muscular, something that Michael couldn’t boast.  His dark hair was buzzed short, like an army crew cut, and he wore dark navy jeans, a gray T-shirt, and an old black jacket.  As intimidating has his physical appearance seemed, however, nothing compared to the fury and repulsion with which he stared at Gavin Avery.

“Michael?” Kate’s voice snapped Michael out of his stupor.  “Are you alright?”

“Yeah, fine.”  He wasn’t fine though.  His voice had gone hoarse, the same way it always did whenever he tried to choke out a lie.  He cleared his throat and assisted Kate and Gavin setting the mattress against the wall.  No matter how he tried to convince himself otherwise, he could feel the stranger’s eyes boring into the back of his neck.  Although he didn’t think the ghost had noticed him staring, he didn’t want to draw any sort of attention to himself.

This was the reason he never complained about the strange noises or feelings of discontent that plagued the other residents of Building 17.  He’d always been a terrible liar, and anyone observing him too carefully would realize that when he said he had no explanation for the weird things that happened, he wasn’t telling the truth.

Once ghosts figured out he could see them, they followed him home.  Over the years, he’d gotten better at ignoring them, tuning them out, but there was always the occasional slip-up.  He’d respond to an otherwise unheard voice, or accidentally make eye contact with someone who’d grown accustomed to being invisible.  That was when the trouble started.

Michael had learned the hard way that nothing good came from interfering in the affairs of the afterlife.  He’d always been careful not to let anyone know what he could see, but everyone, from his classmates to his own mother knew there was something wrong with him.  Their suspicions were somewhat confirmed after he was arrested as a suspect in a murder investigation at the beginning of his senior year of high school.  The charges were quickly dropped, but still, the damage had been done.

Now, whenever spirits followed him home, he ignored them.  This was frustrating for all parties involved, but especially for the ghosts.  They knew he could see them, but when he didn’t acknowledge them again, they grew agitated.  Some of them went crazy, throwing pots and pans around or heaving books off of shelves, in desperate attempts to get his attention.  They usually gave up and moved out after a week or so of being ignored.  But some of them, the more annoying ones, tended to linger.  Some acted out of spite, some out of boredom.  Some flat out refused to move on for reasons that Michael could never figure out.  Maybe they were waiting for someone, or maybe they were scared of crossing over.  Michael could accept that.  Still, he would have preferred they not make his apartment building their halfway house.

Thinking back to everything Kate had told him about Gavin, his mysterious ailment, even the break-in, Michael knew he should have realized that those were the products of a haunting.  He’d experienced the same symptoms of dizziness and exhaustion on multiple occasions.  Spirits thrived on energy.  It was how they moved heavy objects, or manifested themselves to those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to see them.  They took this energy from any source they could find; electricity, radio waves, even the living.  Especially the living.  Michael had always been particularly susceptible to their attacks.  He had a theory that since his mind was already so open to the spirits, it made it easier for them to drain his energy.

He wasn’t sure if that was what was happening or if all the physical exertion was finally catching up with him, but all of a sudden, he felt dizzy and lightheaded.  He broke into a cold sweat and without warning, the ground begin to tilt.

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Jacqueline E. Smith was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Performance in 2010. Two years later, she earned her Master’s Degree in Humanities.

Along with writing and publishing, Jacqueline loves photography, traveling, and nature.  (Photo Credit: Kaylynn Krieg)

 

JACQUELINE SMITH GIVEAWAY

Jacqueline has generously provided (3) e-book copies of Cemetery Tours and (3) e-book copies of it’s sequel, Between Worlds.  There will be (3) Winners who will receive one copy of each book.  This giveaway will run until March 7th.

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STORIES UNFOLDED BLOGIVERSARY GIVEAWAY

Don’t forget to enter the Stories Unfolded Blogiversary Giveaway that’s running from March 1st – March 31st.

(1) Grand Prize Winner

  • $25 Amazon Kindle Gift Card
  • (1) Signed physical copy of The End of Feeling by Cindy C Bennett
  • (1) Audiobook of The End of Feeling by Cindy C Bennett
  • (1) Signed physical copy of Family Inheritance by Terri Ann Leidich
  • (1) Signed physical copy of From a Grieving Mother’s Heart by Terri Ann Leidich
  • (1) Signed physical copy of For a Grieving Heart by Terri Ann Leidich
  • (1) Physical copy of Finding Zoe by Brandi Rarus and Gail Harris
  • (1) E-Book copy of the Off The Map Series by Lia Riley (Upside Down, Sideswiped, & Inside Out)
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  • $10 Amazon Kindle Gift Card
  • (1) E-Book copy of any Ginger Scott book
  • (1) E-Pub copy of Family Inheritance by Terri Ann Leidich
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  • (1) E-Pub copy of For a Grieving Heart by Terri Ann Leidich

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  • $5 Amazon Kindle Gift Card

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Jacqueline Smith week continues tomorrow with an excerpt from Between Worlds, the sequel of Cemetery Tours.

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One thought on “Blogiversary | Cemetery Tours by Jacqueline Smith – Excerpt

  1. JackieSmithAuthor March 3, 2015 at 3:18 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on A Platform of Sorts and commented:
    An excerpt from Cemetery Tours as well as Giveaway information! Check it out!

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