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December 8, 2014

Suped Feature: No Grits No Glory by Elaine Calloway + Giveaway

No Grits No Glory
Southern Ghosts 1
Elaine Calloway
The Writer's Canvas
Paranormal
October 1, 2014
Brianna fled to Savannah to escape the voices of the dead. Just when she thought she’d left all paranormal things behind, she discovers her house is haunted. Not just haunted, but haunted by Southern ghosts. These persistent beings not only hide her white shoes after Labor Day, but they leave grits-caked dishes in the sink, and swear to wreak havoc on her life – - unless she helps them.

Steven put Savannah in his rearview mirror years ago to follow his passion for music. When his band splits up and he can’t reach his little sister for weeks, he races home—only to learn his whole family died in a mysterious house fire. The house Brianna now lives in.

Together, Brianna and Steven learn who murdered Steven’s family and become caught in a web of intrigue that will risk their careers, their homes–but especially their lives.




5 Facts You Need to Know About Elaine Calloway’s No Grits No Glory



1. No Gits No Glory is...

Ever have one of those days? The kind where you wake up and try to find your white shoes for work, but the Southern ghosts in your house have hidden them because people aren’t supposed to wear white after Labor Day?

Yeah, that was only the start to my adventure in the South.

Admittedly, the ghosts are nice. Nice as they can be to a Yankee from Boston, I suppose. But they insist I bring their murderer to justice, which gets complicated in oh so many ways. I might lose my job, my home, even my life if I don’t play things just right.

Enter the distraction: the ghosts’ oldest son, a rebellious musician, who is still alive and wondering what I’m doing living in his family’s home. What am I supposed to do? It’s not like I can tell him I see and talk to dead people. Based on experience, that’s not the best way to get dates.

If I can only help these ghosts and not lose everything in the process, I might have a chance at the life I want…



2. My name is...

Hi, I’m Brianna. You met me in Question #1. To say I had a strange childhood would be an understatement. My parents ran a mortuary, so my days were surrounded by dead bodies while most children were surrounded by dolls and video games. I tried to move past my strange upbringing when I moved to Savannah. Never thought I’d run right into the ghosts and voices I’d been trying to avoid.

Being a longer, I work as a cosmetologist in a funeral home. Strange, I know. But you should’ve seen the woman who worked on my big brother. The caring, the empathy she had—not only for him, but for our family—well, let’s just say she was my ideal.

Most of the time, I keep my “gift” of being able to see and talk to the dead tucked away. People can’t seem to handle it. But I might need to tell Steven, since his dead family are the ghosts in my house, and I could help him move past his grief.

If he doesn’t turn me away for being crazy…

Hey everyone. I’m Steven. I bolted out of the South as soon as I could, joined up with a rock band in California and for years I lived the life of a king. Parties, clubs, you name it…but all good things come to an end. So when I did meander back home to check on my family, imagine my surprise to find a stranger—quite a beautiful one, actually—living in my family’s home.

I’m not going to let my family’s death be in vain. I will find out who killed them and why, and bring the person responsible to justice—even if it’s the last thing I do.



3. You know I'm bad

My name’s Sam Begley, and I own this town. Oh, it may not be official yet, but trust me, my name’s going to appear on every document come Hell or high water. Even if I have to inflict both on people who get in my way.

It’s just good business, and I won’t let a great city like Savannah be without the best leadership and ownership that it deserves.



4. Conflict

Brianna and Steven are forced to come together and work towards a common goal: bringing the villain to justice and finding peace for Steven’s family. In the process, they go up against a web of intrigue that could cost them their jobs, their homes, and their lives.



5. See yah!

No Grits No Glory has some humor, suspense and intrigue, with some seasonings of romance. The ghosts in this tale are benign, not fierce, though one would argue that some of the annoyances the ghosts create could rival any horror movie.

Expect to enjoy the setting of Savannah, be caught up in the intrigue with Steven and Brianna, and cheer them on through the dark times.

Don’t expect this to be a story where a human and a ghost have a love relationship. Some books are based on that; this is not one of them. The ghosts in this book are related to and have interest in the main two characters, which adds a unique twist to the story.









Elaine Calloway is the Amazon.com bestselling author of paranormal and fantasy novels with elements of romance and desire. Her “tales of the living, the dead and the eerie in between” include the Elemental Clans Series, the Southern Ghosts Series and several short stories. A New Orleans native, Elaine grew up with a love of all things supernatural and enjoys visiting the “Crescent City.” She currently lives in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.

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29 comments:

  1. I am a sucker for a good ghost story and this sounds like something I would love, plus, I really like that cover! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! The cover was tricky! This was a combo of about 5 stock photos which my graphic designer blended so well :) Thanks for the kind words!

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  2. I love a book with humor, suspense and a twist! Thanks for introducing me to this book.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Grace! I appreciate it and hope you enjoy the story! This is book #1 in my Southern Ghosts Series. Book 2 will release probably May 2015.

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  3. I love a good ghost story. As far as if I believe in ghosts, yes, after my father in law passed for two months the lights kept turning on in my house.

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    1. Then you will surely like this ghost story! Thanks for commenting Heidi and I hope you enjoy!

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  4. Oh this sounds good! I didn't bag enough ghost stories earlier this fall and there's a mystery to make it perfect.

    I haven't encountered any ghosts personally, but I've had two people share their experiences where ghosts are a strong explanation for what occurred. Hey, why not.

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    1. Thanks for commenting Sophia :)
      Yep, I've had a few strange occurrences where I believe ghosts or spirits were involved. Ironically, both instances were in Savannah, GA, where this book is set :)
      Elaine

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  5. Thanks, Ms. Calloway for helping me moderate the comments, much appreciated!

    Supies, my friends, thanks for stopping by, I hope you check the book out!

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    1. You're welcome Braine! I always try to check in and respond to any comments or questions!
      Several of your readers liked my Facebook page - I really appreciate it!
      Elaine

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  6. I don't believe in ghosts so I haven't had any real life experiences. But I do enjoy reading about them :) thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Erin,
      Thanks for commenting! I think you would still enjoy the book even if you don't believe in ghosts. There's enough mystery/romance/intrigue in there too!
      Elaine

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  7. I need to read more ghost type books :D Thanks Braine!

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    1. Loved your response! Yep, there's definitely some of both! I hope you enjoy!

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  9. Nice post. This book looks good! I put on my wishlist.

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    1. Thanks Christy! And I'm planning on releasing Book #2 in this series sometime around May 2015. Go to my website (www.elainecalloway.com) and sign up for my newsletter if you want updates!
      Thx!

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  10. This book is intriguing. I had an email for it but I was so busy that I forgot to answer. Thanks for the post, it was interesting!

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  11. I do believe because my mother has seen a ghost.

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    1. I believe too, Mary. I've felt and experienced them but never seen them. Still, the setting of Savannah is soooo perfect for a ghost story that I hoped readers would enjoy the book whether or not they believe.
      Thanks for commenting and I hope you enjoy!

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  12. Great post! I want to read this one - I like a ghost story and Savannah is a great setting for a ghost story! :)

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    1. Thanks Bookworm Brandee! Yes, I completely agree. Love Savannah and it's such a great setting for anything ghost-oriented. Hope you enjoy!

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  13. I don't believe in ghost, but somehow I'm still scared to read about them or watch any horror movies with ghosts

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    1. Well, for what it's worth, the book has intrigue and mystery, but not horror. The ghosts are more friendly yet earnest in what they want. I don't like the horror stuff either!
      Thanks for commenting!

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    2. I can't believe it but I actually won the giveaway, I can't wait to read it now, thank you so much.

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  14. I don't believe but I do love a good ghost story.

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    1. Readers seem to like this one so I hope you pick it up and enjoy!

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