Tuesday, August 13, 2013

HAUNTING: THE DUSY CHRONICLES Cover Reveal, Review & Givewaway

Welcome to the NEW cover reveal for 

The Dusty Chronicles
Book 1

by BJ Sheldon

I had the pleasure of meeting the fabulous BJ Sheldon at UtopYA Con 2013 in Nashville. Introduced to me by the amazing Carol "Mama" Kunz. Upon introduction, Carol suggested that BJ give her book to me to read, review and "pimp out," as it were. BJ gladly obliged, and even signed her book for me! YAY!

To be honest, I didn't know if I was going to like the book. Although the barn looked haunting and I was curious to know it's significance in the story, the original cover (below)

 didn't quite have me this excited to read it...

More like...

But the summary caught my attention, 
and I ended up reading it not long after leaving Nashville. 

Now that I've got you all warmed up
(especially with a picture of Jensen)

Here's some info on the book:

BLURB: "How far would you go to protect the man in your dreams?"

After a family tragedy,15-year-old Dusty Vermeer has to start her sophomore year in a new town and a new school. Rural Iowa introduces her to Mark, a charming football player. Dusty can hardly believe her heart. Then, to her surprise Dusty meets another guy.

The chemistry between Dusty and Jack could spark a prairie fire on a rainy day. The only problem? Jack's dead. The handsome soldier comes to Dusty in her dreams and introduces her to the horrors of a foreign battlefield and the enchantments of first love.

While Dusty tries to balance her feelings for the two new guys in her life, Jack steps out of Dusty's dreams and into her reality. And he wants something. Jack has no memory of how he died more than half a century ago. Dusty vows to uncover the mystery, but her quest for justice puts her in the path of evil, a force that won't stop until she's silenced.

My review:
I'm not one for posting spoilers in my reviews. I try to keep them informative, yet vague. I don't want to give away any of the good parts! 

The story wasn't action packed from beginning to end, but that's okay. The way BJ wrote the dream sequences were intriguing. They made me want to know more. Who is this person? Where is he from? What's his story? Why is Dusty dreaming of him? The story went right along, not lingering too long on certain scenes, but giving you enough detail when needed. You discover the answers to all the questions I asked above. And then, you'll have even more questions. I have to tell you. You think that you might know, and you'll probably be right. But you have no idea, how crazy it will get at the end. I definitely didn't expect it. And, I have to admit...I cried a little. 
I love a book that can make me care about the characters, their back story, what happens to them, and what will become of them. This story definitely did that for me. I can't wait to see where Dusty's and Jack's story goes next.

About the Author:
B.J. Sheldon's love of writing has developed into a passion for creating exciting characters and storylines that she hopes will enthrall and inspire young readers to pick up a book and use their imaginations. Her novel, "Haunting: The Dusty Chronicles - Book One", is based in her hometown of Hull, Iowa and focuses on a teenage girl adjusting to a new town as well as the ghost that has begun haunting her home...and her dreams.

Born in Sioux City, Iowa in 1972 and adopted thirteen days later, B.J. grew up on a farm just outside of Hull, Iowa.  Later, she moved with her parents to Phoenix, Arizona where her father did various odd jobs before retiring as a freight hauler, and her mother started her own business, professionally cleaning homes. B.J. graduated from a private high school in 1990.  Throughout her junior high and high school career, she could be found writing poems, short stories and novelettes on a daily basis.

B.J. was married at the age of 20 and moved with her husband to Glendale, Arizona. Together they had two beautiful daughters, at which time she put her writing aspirations aside to become a full-time purchasing assistant, wife and mother. In 1999, she decided to add full-time student to her already busy schedule and graduated with a degree in project management from theUniversity of Phoenix. Divorcing in 2001, BJ. moved back to Phoenix and got a job as a program manager.

Then, in 2003, she married Steven Sheldon, her muse, and together they welcomed their daughter in 2004.

In 2009, B.J. lost her job and remained unemployed for nine months. During that time, she once again discovered her love for writing and wrote her first, full-length novel for her daughter's fifteenth birthday called, “Schuyler and the Saga of the Sages”. Unable to find an agent, B.J. started looking for an idea for her next novel. One night, after a conversation with her husband about the paranormal, an idea was born and the rest was history. Over the course of the next eighteen months, B.J. developed the plot and wrote “Haunting”, a story about a teenage girl who discovers that the ghost who is haunting both her farm and her dreams has a mysterious past.

In 2011, B.J. was awarded a silver medal in the Reader’s Favorite Award Contest in the Young Adult/Fantasy category and was the only book in that genre to win an award without being a previously published work. "Haunting" was published on April 29, 2013 by Wandering in the Words Press. Her dream is to one day attend a book signing in her home town in Iowa where she first developed her love of words.

She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, Steven, who is now a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, along with her three daughters, dog and three cats.  Some of her favorite authors include Richard Russo, Nicholas Sparks, Isaac Marion, Suzanne Collins, JK Rowling and Guy De’Maupassant. The sequel to "Haunting: The Dusty Chronicles - Book One" is tentatively set to be released in March 2014.

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Without further ado...


Isn't it just AMAZING!

Now it makes me...

I absolutely love this new cover. It's something I would see on Amazon and be like..."Oooh! That looks good, I think I'll check it out!" And it goes absolutely perfect with the story!

We got to give props to the AMAZING cover designer

Thanks for sticking with this post to end! 

Be sure to check out and Like BJ Sheldon on Amazon HERE and pick up a copy of HAUNTING: THE DUSTY CHRONICLES BOOK 1 on Amazon HERE!

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