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The Saturday Showcase with Guest Author Debra J. Edwards

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Marvin's Curse


Debra J. Edwards

Book Genre: YA Paranormal

Book Blurb:

How would you handle the dead? After losing his dad, 17 year old Marvin finds he can see and talk to the dead, an inherited 'gift'. Bonus, you might think, but Marvin hates it. It makes him different and he just wants to be 'normal'. He meets Stella in the graveyard that backs onto the house he's just moved into. 

'My name is Stella, Stella McCartney. It says so inside my trousers.' (!?!) 

A mysterious business card reveals that Stella has lost her memories and all signs point to Moghador, a gateway to hell where a pawnbroker holds the answers. And Stella is DEAD! She just doesn't know it... yet!

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Author Bio:

Debra J Edwards is a full time writer living in Surrey, UK. She lives in a rambling Victorian house with husband and pyscho staffy, Buster.

Debra currently has four books published. A trilogy about stroppy teenage tooth fairies; Aggie Lichen; Pilp Collector, the sequel, Aggie Lichen; Pilp Collector - Arty's Revenge with Hero Required, the third book in the series.

Marvin’s Curse is her fourth novel although the first for YA readers. For this latest book, Marvin’s Curse, she worked under cover as a ghost whisperer in order to bring that something extra to her central character. Debra feels this has paid off well and is now training to be a dragon slayer for her next novel…
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                     Publish date: July 2013                       
Publisher: PurpleRay Publishing

Book Excerpt:

He’d never had a teenage ghost come to him before, let alone a girl. He felt his face flush as a wave of excitement rose through him. But she was still a ghost. She would still want something. Didn’t they always? No, she had to go.
‘What do you really want?’ he said. ‘Only I’m rather busy, as you can see.’
‘And rather rude!’ said the girl, retreating to the back of the bench. She wore a black jumper with a glittery skull motif on the sleeve that sparkled in the fading light.
‘Just tell me what you want then I’ll send you on your way,’ said Marvin.
‘And rather patronising too!’ The girl made her way round to the front of the bench and sat down, crossing one leg over the other.
‘Look, this always goes a certain way,’ said Marvin, trying not to stare at her. ‘You want me to do something. I refuse to do it and then send you away.’
‘What if I don’t want anything?’
‘What if I don’t want anything from you?’
‘Well, that would be a first! First time in a year that any sp…’ He stopped suddenly. No unfinished business? They always have unfinished business! Oh god! She doesn’t know. She doesn’t know she’s dead. A slight panic came over him. How the hell was he going deal with this? Within seconds he had his answer.
‘Do you see a light?’ he asked, pushing his hands towards the sky. ‘Do you see a very bright light?’
‘At this time of day?’ said the girl. ‘Don’t be stupid!’
No, she definitely doesn’t know.
‘And you’re sure that there’s nothing that you want. Nothing you need to find out. Nothing you need to have finished…’
She stared at him, widening her eyes. ‘Just this conversation!’ She turned to leave, but Marvin was quick to jump in front of her.
‘Hey!’ he said as she stopped walking. ‘Sorry, I’m just not good with sp… er, people.’
‘Understatement! You are rubbish with people!’
Marvin led the way back to the bench where she sat and he leant against a tree.
After a short awkward silence the girl spoke, ‘So what are you doing here – in my graveyard?’ She pulled at the hem of her jumper. ‘I’m Stella by the way.’
‘Marvin,’ said Marvin. ‘So how is it your graveyard?’ He waited, hoping she’d find a way of answering, a way of acknowledging her deadness, but nothing. He continued, slipping in the odd comment where possible. ‘Surely you share it with other people.
‘Well, it’s not exactly mine,’ said Stella, ‘but I like to hang out here. It’s always so – peaceful.’
Marvin grunted in agreement and edged his way onto the bench ensuring there was a good distance between them.
‘Have you always lived here? I don’t remember seeing you before,’ said Stella pulling her knees up under her chin. ‘And why are you here?’
‘You ask a lot of questions,’ said Marvin. The last thing he wanted to do was to talk about his family to a complete stranger, a completely dead stranger. He decided to go for the simple explanation. ‘Just moved in,’ he said then added. ‘And I’ve come here to draw.’
Stella threw back her head and laughed. ‘What rubbish! No one really comes to a graveyard to draw! People come here to escape life.’ She paused. ‘Is that what you’re doing – escaping?’
Marvin tapped his fingers on the bench handrail. ‘So what are you escaping from then, huh?’
‘Nothing! I just like it here.’ She jumped up and ran towards a tree, hugging it. ‘I love the trees, I love the grass. I even love the gravestones.’


Debra has very kindly offered my readers the chance to get a FREE copy of YA Novel Marvin's Curse.  

For your chance to get your hands on one of the 5 e-books available, in either mobi or PDF format.

All you have to do is answer a quick question:

Which of the following would you pick and why? 

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I'm back again tomorrow with Debra on

The Sunday Spotlight

Where we'll continue the Give-Away Competition and on to Part II of my Weekend Author Showcase.

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