Welcome Gwen!!!

12:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 21 Comments

Mom move update...over fifty years worth of living in one house clutter and treasures have been cleared out and the house is just about ready to turn over to a realtor. Mom's pooch is vet checked and ready to fly. All of this with just a few melt downs and snaps. ;)

Just kidding. It's gone pretty smoothly, but I am still way behind...and my own home is looking like an episode of hoarders, so I have invited the fabulous and sweet Gwen Gardener to entertain you this week!

Thanks Gwen! You're one awesome chick :)

Thanks for hosting me today, Elizabeth!

I know that Elizabeth enjoys a bit of romance, and nothing’s hotter than danger to get it all going. Somehow danger always seems to go hand in hand with romance. Ever notice how the population increases every time there’s a war? Soldiers figure life is short, so embrace it while you can.

It works the same way in books. Heightened danger gets the hormones going. Well, there’s definitely no baby-making in my Afterlife series. My characters are way too young for that. And they’re mostly too darn busy investigating spirit deaths and disappearances to put much effort into romance. And besides, a girl who talks to ghosts and a guy with a murdered father? Let’s just say they have some heavy trunk-sized baggage.

But sometimes Cupid shoots that arrow in the darndest places, as you’ll see in the following excerpt…

Wiping my palms on my jeans, I took a deep breath. We began to climb, all in a row, like ants on a mission. Franny had disappeared, presumably to join us in the tower. The first two flights weren’t much of a problem. But that was before I decided to look down to see how far we’d gone. First my right foot slipped, my left following traitorously after like cows going home. I bicycled in the air, scrambling for purchase. A strong arm grabbed me around the waist, holding me until both my feet found the rung. I clung with both hands to another rung and squeezed my eyes shut tight.
“Just breathe, Indigo. Slowly, in and out.” Badger’s voice was low, whispering close to my ear. With his arm around my waist and chest tucked tightly against my back, it could have been a stolen moment between lovers—if we weren’t twenty feet in the air. “Now, open your eyes.”
I obeyed, slowly, reluctantly, preferring to stay in the intimacy of his embrace.
His warm breath tickled my ear. I nodded.
“Good girl. Now let’s just climb slowly. I’m right here. I won’t let you go, okay?”
“Okay,” I croaked.
I caught my breath when he kissed my neck, right in that sensitive spot below my ear. I nearly leaned back into him right there in midair and asked for more. We had kissed before, but it was always during some kind of emotion-heightened moment—like this. But darn, he was so good at that comfort thing.


Ghostly Gallows:

The case of missing paranormals is far from solved.
Hundreds of Sabrina Shores’ spirits are still missing.

In Second Death, Indigo and her friends escape an eternity underground in evil clutches. Back aboveground with a few missing ghosties happily in tow, one truth is painfully clear: the size of their problem is bigger than the village cemetery itself.

Now in Ghostly Gallows, new information leads Indigo and her fellow investigators to the ruins of Gallowsgate Prison, long abandoned by everyone and everything except malevolent spirits. It’s not called Gallowsgate for nothing when the noose swings a little too close to home.

Indigo Eady:

Much to her chagrin, Indigo Eady is a celebrity among spirits. She’s the girl who can see and speak with them. She has a proven track record in helping spirits find their murderers, so it’s no surprise when she’s drafted onto the Missing Paranormal Committee. Who better to help them than the experienced teenage ghost whisperer- investigator and her friends?

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About Gwen:

Gwen Gardner is a native Californian living in sunny San Diego, where her love of reading and writing led to a BA in English literature. Life is now complete with her husband, two dogs and a daily call from her daughter.

Since ghosts feature prominently in her young adult Indigo Eady Paranormal “Cozy” Mystery series, she has a secret desire to meet one face to face - but will run screaming for the hills if she ever does. Gwen adores travel and experiencing the cultures and foods of different countries. She is always up for an adventure and anything involving chocolate - not necessarily in that order.


  1. I'm glad your mum's move is going well, Elizabeth! (I LOVE moving house... all that sorting out. Wonderful!!)
    Gwen, what a gorgeous book cover! And that excerpt is wonderful.
    :) x

    1. Thanks, Suzy - I luurve my covers by Corona Zschusscen!

  2. That is very true indeed, the more danger the more certain things take seed haha

  3. I hate moving so I don't envy you Liz, especially as it's not you but your mom.

    Love the book cover and the story has an interesting premise.

    1. Thanks, Jo. I had fun writing it and getting motivated by the cover.

  4. Moving is never fun.
    Indigo, it's going to happen no matter how long you resist.

  5. Moving is such hard work, good luck Liz! and Gwen, your book sounds fantastic. I love the excerpt.

  6. I loved this scene in the book, Gwen. Great excerpt.

    Best of luck with the rest of the move, Elizabeth. Take care!

  7. Elizabeth, moving is crazy-making. Sounds like you are all handling it pretty darn good.

    Gwen, it is awesome of you to help out Elizabeth in her time of need. Thank you for sharing a bit of your story with us!!!!

  8. Thanks for letting me hang out with your lovely followers, Elizabeth!

  9. Great excerpt!

    Hope you retain what little sanity you may have, Elizabeth!

  10. Ah, Indigo and Badger...what an awesome pair!
    Congrats Gwen!
    Good luck with the move, Elizabeth. I echo Loni's sentiment!

  11. Enjoyed the excerpt. Congrats Gwen!
    And good luck with the move. The nice thing about stuff like that- it does come to an end. Hang in there!


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