Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Guest Blog and Giveaway with LJ Hadaway

Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?

I have worked  in the chemical addiction field for many years, I’ve encountered so many family members that asked how they can help their son, or daughter, mom or dad.
When I thought about writing Dark Side Of Purgatory, it began with a thought of how to illustrate addiction- or addict thinking- to the family. How to put family members into the “thinking mind- of an addict.  At the same time, I wanted to give the readers the feel of the family members and what they may experience. Besides all that, I had to have a story and character that people would like-/ relate to.

What is it about the paranormal, in particular ghosts and ghouls that fascinates you so much? 

I like the idea of my own rules for the “ghost world.” There are general things that everyone “expects” in a ghost story, but so many things you can dream up. What does Purgatory look like? Certainly not green trees, and butterflies, bluebirds singing.

Please tell us about your latest release.

Dark Side Of Purgatory

Let me tell you a bit about Jaxon Slater. He’s the bad boy you had a crush on in high school- maybe a little later. He’s got that crazy, crooked grin that makes your heart skip a beat- when it’s directed at you- and a wink that causes you to blush- even when you don’t want to. He’s the guy you’d like to date- or spend the night with- but he’s certainly not marriage material!

He’s got a great sense of humor and you like him fine sober. Trouble is, he doesn’t seem to like himself much that way. Figures he’s better off after he takes a drink---or two..or more.
He’s the guy, that when you hear sirens from far away, your first thought is, “Hope it’s not Slater.”

Come on, go with Jaxon Slater somewhere you’ve never been before…Purgatory. Maybe you can help him stay on the right path- help him redeem himself.  You won’t regret it.

 Do you have a formula for developing characters? Like do you create a character sketch or list of attributes before you start writing or do you just let the character develop as you write

I’ll start out with a picture in mind- or one I’ve gotten off the net or out of a magazine. Then I write out several things ( I have a form) What does my charter like? What are his fears- his dreams. And sometimes during a story, the character may surprise me and ends up doing something that I had not expected. They kind of take on a life of their own.

Do you write in different genres?

Oh yes! I have written a suspense, One Step Ahead Of Danger, a contemporary- Life Choices, and will have another contemporary out in May, (Don’t Mess With ) Clear Lake Women, (GLBT content)

Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres? 

NO! I love it!

Other than writing, what are some of your interests, hobbies or passions in life? 

I love to read- ( duh!) also enjoy sewing and quilting has become a passion lately. Like to camp. Walk on beach, and…I love Las Vegas!

Where can readers find you on the web   e mail

What can readers expect next from you? 

I’m working on a squeal for Dark Side.

Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?

“So, you’re here too?”

“Uh?” Jaxon responded, unsure if he heard him right. He smiled back. “I’m having this crazy dream. It’s funny you being here, I haven’t thought about you in....” He stopped. Jaxon’s eyes squinted a bit, trying to pull up an old memory. It came to him. “I thought you were....” His voice trailed off.

“Dead?” Shorts answered.

Jaxon nodded.

Shorts looked passed Jaxon, staring at what seemed like nothing, and paused. His voice was low and heavy, as if coming from a deep well. “One hellav’a pile up on my bike.”

Jaxon remembered hearing about it now. Shorts going too fast around a corner on his Harley, grazing a telephone pole. Tipping sideways, the only thing in his way was the damn guide wire, bolted into the ground.

His forehead furrowed deep calling up the memory...taking his head clean off. Jaxon glanced at Shorts’ neck, but the turtleneck he wore hid any...scars. He shuddered again. A feeling of anxiety began to stir in his stomach.

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By L.J. Hadaway

Jaxon Slater was the life-of-the-party- guy until one day he woke up in Purgatory. He runs into a mean bunch of unlikely guide and... possible redemption. His quest is finding a certain young woman and steering her away from the path of Destruction that killed him. He will need to face the wreckage of his past. Old temptations linger. Dark forces shadow his path.

Book Trailer

Long blurb

Everyone knows Jaxon Slater. He’s the life-of-the-party guy. He’s the fun guy we want to invite to our out door barbeques but not marry our daughters. He is our nephew, the next-door neighbor who drinks too much, a friend of a friend that overdosed on heroin. He’s the class clown in high school that was always in trouble from drinking and driving.

Jaxon Slater has ‘pushed the envelope’ and tried to scam his way through most of his life. He’s charismatic and good-looking. Many things come easy to Jaxon. Sobriety isn’t one of them. He’s tried staying clean numerous times but always falls back into relapse, using one more time. His long time sponsor had warned him plenty... His last use of heroin landed him dead-in Purgatory.

Jaxon believes he is having a terrible nightmare until he finds an old friend and recalls how he died. Reality sets in and Jaxon begins to learn the rules of the strange land. He runs into a mean bunch of guys, an unlikely guide and... possible redemption. His quest is to find a certain young woman and steer her away from the path of Destruction that killed him. In doing so, he will need to face the wreckage of his past. Old temptations linger and Dark forces shadow his path. Jaxon has no idea his journey will take him to an abyss of his deepest fears.

About the Author:

I live in a small town in Washington State near the Cascade Mountains. I have worked in the Human Services field for thirty years, mainly in chemical addition. My writing genre has taken me to different arenas: suspense- One Step Ahead Of Danger, contemporary-Life Choices and now, with Dark Side Of Purgatory, the paranormal.

Writing has always been a great passion of mine and seeing my books published in the last few years, has certainly made my dreams come true.

I hope that you, the reader, will share your thoughts about this book with me. Please drop me a line at:

I make my own book trailers, which you can view at:

Thank you for reading…..If you have a “Jaxon Slater” in your life, please remember him in your prayers. There’s always hope.

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♥Katrina @ Kindred Dreamheart♥ said...

Great guest post. The “thinking mind- of an addict." is an interesting angle. I look forward to reading this book.

AprilAlvey said...

Great guest post. I Look foward to reading this book.

Imagination Station said...

Enter me in!!!

Tore said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I would love to read this book.

Jen said...

This is really awesome! :) I love the title and i love love loved the teaser :) This will be going on my to-reads list:)

bn100 said...

Great interview. The book sounds very good.