Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Guest Blog and Giveaway with Chrissy Munder

Good morning, Roxanne and the Fang-tastic Book Fans! Thank you for letting me be a part of your month-long, Michigan Authors Celebration. I'm Chrissy Munder, a GLBT author currently writing m/m romance and living in this great state.

“Pure Michigan” is the new advertising slogan for the state’s tourism industry, and it’s a good one. There’s something unique and purely Michigan; something compelling and timeless, and once it gets a hold of you doesn’t let go.

I’m a good example of this. Born and raised in Southeastern Michigan, I left the state early on in search of adventure. Work had me traveling across the United States for years after that. At last count I’ve called seventeen states as home.

But here I am, back in Michigan.

While barely scratching the surface of story and plot line possibilities, Michigan’s bright sunny beaches and Great Lakes have become the background for many of my stories. Including the building of the Mackinac Bridge, and the awesomeness of the Michigan pastie in the short story, Bridge of Dreams. Asparagus farms on the west side of the state were highlighted in the novella, Start From the Beginning, and the Bayview Mackinac Boat Race held annually on Lake Huron was used in the novella, Fair Winds.

But there’s another side to this amazing state, a darker side. Just visit this website, The Shadowlands, for an alphabetized listing of Michigan happenings both chilling and supernatural. Take a look at the city where you live – you may be surprised at what’s going on in your backyard.

Michigan’s lighthouses have always been a romantic source of speculation and mystery. To discover more about them you can visit The Michigan Lighthouse Alliance, and get lost in learning about the more than 115 lighthouses that dot the Michigan coastline. I couldn’t resist using the idea as a backdrop for my paranormal story, After the Storm where, angry and frustrated with his chronic illness, Vincent Poulsen moves into an old lighthouse to live out the few days he has left. After a dangerous collapse, he meets the ghostly Captain Cason, who shares stories of his distant past. In the process, Vincent stumbles over the tragedy that binds the captain to the lighthouse and his haunted memories. Then fate offers them in death a chance to make right what they couldn't in life....

A childhood trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, miles of isolated forest and the eerie sight of a burned-down motel, isolated and surrounded by mist served as the inspiration for my June paranormal release, The Scenic Route, where it’s the first time Ed Baldwin has ever taken his boyfriend Joe Sutton home to meet his parents, and nervous, he keeps trying to pick a fight with Joe to relieve his stress while they drive. When Joe’s had enough, they pull over in a very small town where the choice in motels only adds to Ed’s anxiety. A series of strange happenings puts them back on the road sooner than expected, and it’s at an all-night diner that they find out why the Easy Rest Motel didn’t live up to its name. That’s what Ed gets for letting Joe take the scenic route.

Luckily for me, the possibilities of what to write next are never-ending, and Purely Michigan.

So how about you? Would you like to read more about the dark side of Michigan, or do you prefer the light?
How many of you have left the state only to return?

Leave a comment and let me know. Be sure to put your email in your comment as everyone who replies before 11:00pm EST (Michigan time!) will be entered in a random drawing for a free pdf copy of my novella, After the Storm.

To learn more about me you can visit my website, my blog, friend me at Facebook, or stop by my page at the GLBT bookshelf for even more links on where you can find and follow me across the web.
*Whew* that's a lot. But wait - There's more! (Yes, there’s nothing like late night television commercials.)

You can view my backlist and purchase my work here at Dreamspinner Press. But you can also find me at, Fictionwise, All Romance eBooks, Rainbow eBooks, and other fine booksellers across the web. Hopefully, at one of your favorites.


Chris said...

Hi Chrissy! I really, really enjoyed The Scenic Route!

Will there be a follow-up of some sort to Fair Winds?

I'd love to have the chance to win After the Storm!

Jason said...

Hi Chrissy! I have The Scenic Route and I am saving it to read in October. I am going to read all my scary books then. :)I would love a chance to win After the Storm.


debbie said...

I would love to have more on the dark side of michigan. This book sounds really good, I would love to read it.

Clare London said...

Hey, don't include me in the draw, I already have all your books LOL. I loved this peek into Michigan, and your affection for it is obvious. You give all your books a wonderful and evocative setting. Keep up the great work! :)

Bethie said...

Please count me in. I would love to win. I am a follower.
I would love to read about the Dark Side of Michigan.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

booklover0226 said...

Hello, All!

I would like to read more about Michigan's dark side where all kinds of things can happen!

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Chrissy Munder said...

Ever have one of those days spent waiting for a phone call that never comes? Oooh, another story idea. LOL. A big thank you to everyone for stopping by and entering.

Hi Chris - So very glad to hear you enjoyed the Scenic Route. Those two were a blast to work with. I hesitate to answer your second question because I'm not sure on timing - but yes, a sequel for Fair Winds is planned (have the title and all, LOL). Good luck with your entry.

Hi Jase - Great to see you! Now there's an idea - Fall will make all the spooky stories more fun. You have strong willpower to be able to make yourself wait! Good luck to you as well.

Hi Debbie - My to-be-written pile keeps on growing. I guess that's better than the alternative dry spell. I point the blaming finger o'doom at Michigan. LOL. Good luck.

Hi Clare - Thank you not only for coming by and commenting but for saying such nice things as well. :)

Hi Bethie - The dark side is what pulls us in, isn't it? The whole bad boy thng? Good luck.

Hi Tracey - yet another dark side lover. As much as the sunny beaches appeal, the dark, misty woods have an allure all their own. Good luck to you as well.

AmandaRose said...

Hey, I'm doing a book giveaway on my blog and thought you might be interested!

Great Blog!

Chrissy Munder said...

Good morning! The winner of yesterday's random drawing was Bethie (lizzi0915 at aol dot com). I've already hit send on the email of the eBook so hopefully, it will be there with your morning coffee.

My appreciation once again to Roxanne and Fang-tastic Books for the opportunity to share my love of Michigan, and with everyone who helped me feel welcome.

Sherry said...

I think it would be great to read more about the dark side because it can't be light and cheery all of the time.

Meredith said...

I'd love to read more of the dark side of Michigan! I've only been there a few times in my childhood for short visits. I'd love to go for a while to really check it out!

meredithfl at gmail dot com