Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Pair of ParanormYA Realms

When it comes to the paranormal, it's no surprise there are different realms of existence.  Think back to Ghost (if you haven't seen it, what are you waiting for?!?!?).  Patrick Swayze's character remains earthbound after a traumatic incident removes him from his physical form.  Whoopie Goldberg's character, much like our resident ghost whisperer, Indigo Eady from GIVIN' UP THE GHOST, has the ability to hear those spiritual beings who've yet to traverse over.  Unlike Whoopie, Indigo has the added privilege - or curse, depending on your perspective - to see these forms as well.  Talk about disturbing images.

But there's more to spirits than being stuck in the living world.  Some go elsewhere.  In NEVERLOVE, the place lost souls go to is called the Withers.  Let's just say it's not a place to write home to your parents about.  Some may equate the Withers to Purgatory.  But unlike the movie, the Withers is always changing.  And those battling it out are Cleansers and Harvestors, an extended "dislike" that can't be helped between heaven and hell.

Have you ever had an experience of the paranormal kind?  Maybe some earthbound spirit trying to reach out to you?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

What Are Paranormya Abilities?

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I'll bet you didn't know that one of our members actually coined a new word in the formation of Partners in ParanormYA. I know she's not one to toot her own horn, so I'll do it for her. Angela Brown thought of it, and it's called paranormya (pronounced paranormia.)

Of course, we've figured out that it goes right after 'paranormal' in the dictionary:


Sounds like [par-uh-nawr-muhl]
adjective of or pertaining to the claimed occurrence of an event or perception without scientific explanation, as psychokinesis, extrasensory perception, or other purportedly supernatural phenomena.


Sounds like [par-uh-norm-e-ah]
adjective/noun1. of or pertaining to supernatural occurrences, primarily affecting young adults between the ages of 13 – 18. The phenomena is without scientific explanation and includes happenings such as extrasensory perception, ghost whispering, and Psychometry, and
2. in a broader sense, includes those purportedly to blame for such occurrences, i.e., the master of hell (aka the Devil, Satan) and soul collectors.

Here are examples of paranormya from

Eighteen year old Basil collects souls using his journal, 'Nevermore.'  He sucks the lost souls into his pen and locks them into the pages of his journal with his blood as the ink. Here is a brief scene about Nevermore from Neverlove:

“So you suck at combat.” The corners of Drakar’s lip tilted in a lopsided grin.  He draped his arm on Basil’s shoulder.
“Right.  You’re the devil.  Comfort’s not your strong suit.”
“True.  Strategy is.  Which is why I get to know a little about my potential Harvestors before they, you know, get dead and all.  I remembered you had a penchant for writing.  I think this will be the best way for you to earn your keep.”  He handed Basil the package.
Basil resisted the urge to roll his eyes heavenward.  He barely recalled talking about his short-lived editing gig during class introductions.  A brown leather bound journal showed through after two quick rips of the flimsy wrapping.  Drakar brought his hand from behind his back.
“A pen. Just what I need.  I’ve been itching to write.”  A smile tugged at Basil’s lips.  He pursed his lips with a reminder that he was in hell, in an eternity of debt behind his careless choice of words with the wrong person.  Besides, there was no smiling in hell.  At least, not for him.
Sixteen year old Indigo Eady uses Psychometry as one her paranormya abilities. Psychometry is the reading of energy or history through touch of an object or person. Here's a scene with an example from Givin' Up The Ghost:

“Hey,” he said. “Are you all right? What happened in there?”
I sighed. How do I explain this?
“I, um, sometimes get visions through touching. It’s called Psychometry – reading the energy of objects or people through touch. When I shook hands with Nat, I had a vision of him shaking Shelly, pretty violently.”
Badger looked at me like I had a third eye in the middle of my forehead.
“The violence manifested itself by burning my hand.” I pulled my trembling hand out of my pocket, palm skyward. Tiny blisters bubbled up, bright, red and angry.
As you can see, our characters go through quite a bit of angst with paranormya occurrences. What kind of paranormya occurrences do your characters go through, if any? How about in real life?
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Monday, August 20, 2012

The Secret is OUT! Partners in ParanomYA

It's been whispered here and there, hinted at, but no real details given.


Here it is everyone.  Gwen Gardner + Angela Brown = Partners in ParanormYA
Thank you Tara for our custom ParanormYA tag!
That's right.  Two heads really ARE better than one :-)  We've joined forces to self-publish our paranormal-themed novels, both with romantic elements.  Because tastes in reading varies, so do our writing and the stories we've penned.

Gwen's GIVIN' UP THE GHOST is a wonderful YA tale of mystery and suspense.  It has a Ghost Whisperer meets Nancy Drew appeal.

Angela's NEVERLOVE explores the path where heartache and secrets abound for a pair of teens fated for forbidden love.  It has a Gothic appeal with heaven and hell agents reminiscent of Constantine.

We're planning a cover reveal and a blogtown tour.  That's where YOU come in to play.  Together, we are mighty, but we both know that without the support of you, our community mates, progress forward is difficult.  So we humbly ask that if any of our blogging buddies are willing to assist, we'd truly appreciate it :-)

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The break-out cover reveal is September 3 - September 7, 2012.

The blogtown tour is October 8 - October 31, 2012.

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