Monday, September 12, 2011

Guest Blog & Giveaway with Erin Kellison

The Gate

First of all, thank you to Anna for hosting me here today. And thank you to everyone for stopping by. I’m giving away a set of my Shadow books—Shadow Bound, Shadow Fall, and Shadowman—to one lucky reader. Just comment below to be entered.

Bad guys abound in my September release, Shadowman, but none is worse than the Gate. Why? Because the Gate takes on the humor of the place to which it leads—Hell.  It’s all bad. Mean bad. It knows your deepest hopes and fears and knows just what you need to hear in order for you to do what it wants. And it wants only one thing: For someone to throw it wide.

Shadowman, my hero, doesn’t care about good and bad. He forges the Gate out of the memories of the woman he loves, Kathleen, who he believes is suffering in Hell. Each strike of his hammer is powered by the love he has for her, and so makes the Gate near indestructible. The fact that a gate to Hell poses serious risks to humanity doesn’t sway him at all; there is no greater good if she, of all people, has been sent there.


The Gate rattles on its posts, whispering in the minds of all who draw near. Even the angels, who eventually take it into their custody, aren’t immune. It wants to be opened.

The trouble with using an inanimate object as my chief villain is that it’s more an abstraction than it is an active, layered character with a personal history and complex motivations. So The Gate had to be opened, just a crack, to let out a single devil, who does have a history, desires, and hopes all her own. In my series, a devil is the opposite of an angel—a devil is a really, really bad person. In this case, Rose Anne Petty. She does The Gate’s dirty work with a gleeful pleasure. (Actually, Rose was one of my all time favorite characters to write.)

Here’s a little excerpt of the Gate and Rose getting to know each other:

She used her nails to scratch and scrape at the black line under her cuticles. Evidence was such a trial. One hand was a little worse for wear. At first she thought the knuckles were just swollen from the fight, but the bones seemed different, too. Longer. The muscles were corded and sinewy, the fingernails coarser.  Didn’t look right. That hand, her bad hand, she’d have to keep carefully hidden, or else people would stare.

Reasonably clean, she drew on another of her new shirts, a lovely pale yellow, like her sunny nature.

When she emerged, a coffee was waiting for her at the pick-up counter. As she walked out the door a customer yelled behind her, “Hey that’s mine!” but Rose paid him no mind. She made a point not to respond to uncouth behavior like shouting. His mother should have taught him better. If he persisted, Rose would.

She got back in her car feeling much refreshed, and looked down the street for signs of a freeway entrance. Somewhere along the way she’d have to dump the body in her truck before it started to smell. Unclean things, bodies. Maybe it’d be quicker to leave the car instead and find herself another, something roomier that didn’t smell like cigarettes. She didn’t want to keep Mickey waiting. Twelve years was enough, sweet man. A green sign directed her to I-95 heading south.

But the kat in Rose’s head said, That way! West. Go that way!

And then she knew what the sound was. She should have recognized it at once. The rattle had to be the gate. No matter how far she ran, she’d never be free of Hell.

kat-a-kat: That way!

No. She accelerated to exit the intersection. Before morning she could be in Mickey’s arms.
kat-a-kat: Obey me. Turn. Now.

It really wasn’t fair. All she wanted to do was get back to her sweetheart—12 years!—before she was caught and sent back to the bad place. And here the bad place was coming after her before she could do a really good deed. A big one. Mickey would know just the thing.

kat-a-kat: Kill a woman, and you’ll never have to fear that place again.

Rose eased her foot off the gas. “Any woman?” That was easy. Women were everywhere.

by Erin Kellison
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Out Now!

They haunt the halls of the Segue Institute, terrifying the living, refusing to cross over. But one soul is driven by a very different force.
It survives even death. And Kathleen O'Brien swore she would return to those she was forced to leave too soon.
He broke every rule to have her in life; now he will defy the angels to find her in death.
The Gate
Forging it is his single hope of being reunited with his beloved, but through it an abomination enters the world. Leaving a trail of blood and violence, the devil hunts her too. Pursued through realms of bright fantasy and dark reality, Kathleen is about to be taken... 

Where to Buy:  

Yes, you read that right Erin is giveaway a set (Shadow Bound, Shadow Fall & Shadowman) of her books to one lucky winner.  To enter leave a comment along with your email address. This giveaway is open to everyone, that includes International residents as well.  The winner will be announced on September 17th. Good Luck!


  1. Best wishes on the new release. That excerpt sounds pretty creepy. I'd love to find out what happens next.
    Jen at delux dot com

  2. Sounds like a dark story! I love dark stories! Thanks for offering the set! Very generous!


  3. I would love to try this series!

    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  4. OMG! You know I am entering this one! I love this series and the author is amazing!!
    djsfoxylady @

  5. I would LOVE to win this!!!
    Best wishes to you with your new book!

  6. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    GFC- audreyclair

  7. Congrats on the new release.

    sgiden at

  8. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    This series immediately caught my attention and I'd so love to read it!!! Sounds deliciously creepy :D

    Kudos to future success & thank you so much for such a sweet giveaway ~

    GFC follower Mary DeBorde

  9. Shadowman sounds good. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  10. I enjoy your writing. Congrats on the new release.

    littl lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  11. Congratulations on the new release! I actually just started reading my copy of Shadow Bound that I picked up over the summer before a big move. I'm completely sucked in. :) Almost done with it in one day. ;)

    gamergirlconfessions at gmail dot com

    Also now following the blog. My man is a high school English teacher, and we love sharing young adult literature with each other. Thank you for the awesome resource!

  12. Would love to read this series, thanks for the giveaway!


  13. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  14. Congratulations on the release of Shadowman. It sounds intriguing! Thanks for having such an awesome giveaway! :)


  15. Thank you for this giveaway... I have seen people talking about these books and would love to win them. Adding to my list either way!!!

    Thank you again for a chance to win.
    Kelly M

  16. I just read The Gate excerpt and I was hooked. I have to read it! As JenM said, it sounded pretty creepy. I would love to win this giveaway!

  17. I have been haunting this series and it is definitely on my wishlist. Thank you for sharing with us today and for the wonderfully generous giveaway opportunity, I really want to read these books.


  18. I would love to read this series, thanks for the great giveaway!!!

    myra0502 at yahoo dot com

  19. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I'd love to read this!

    wade2121( at ) gmail (dot) com

  20. Looks like a fantastic series. Thanks for the giveaway!

    stephanie AT stephaniemloree DOT com

  21. I would like to read it, it sounds really good.

  22. I'm always looking for new series to read!

  23. Sounds like an interesting series!

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  24. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  25. I have really been wanting to start these. Thanks for the chance!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  26. I would love to read these books.Thanks for the giveaway

  27. I would love to read this series. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  28. Shadowman is really dark! I have not finished it yet, but I am on purpose taking my time! Don't want it to end too soon! Conrats on the release!

  29. Good luck Erin! You know I love these books!

  30. great giveaway!! thanks!!!

    americangirlie1991 at yahoo dot com

  31. Thank you very much for the generous giveaway. I would love to read this series.

    onebookshy at yahoo dot com

  32. Congrats on the release of Shadowman, it sounds great.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  33. Sounds good.

  34. Loved the first 2 books in the series and cannot wait to read the newest installment! joychck5 at

  35. Thanks so much for the chance, I want to read these so bad!!

  36. Sounds like a great series! I would love to read it :)

    franalokas (at) yahoo (dot) com

  37. I loved this excerpt! Thanks for the shot!

  38. I would love to try this series


  39. The books sound wonderful. I would love to read them. Please enter me. Thanks!


  40. This series sounds right up my alley! And I love the fact that you're giving away all three because it's hard to stop a good series once you are hooked!

    Thanks so much for a generous giveaway!

    GFC Darlene
    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  41. I haven't had a chance to check these out yet, but they look amazing and the covers are wonderful.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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  43. Take a look at this review! I LOVE it!
    Her review really pick my interest for this series. So.. I'm definitely enter :)

  44. I would love to win this series. thanks

  45. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! The winner is going to be a very lucky person! Of course I hope it is me :)

    ssosborn at gmail dotcom

  46. I am looking forward to reading this!! I think it will be really good!!




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