ICYMI: Story Inspiration for Restless Spirits

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BY JEAN MARIE BAUHAUS, AUTHOR OF RESTLESS SPIRITS

Restless Spirits is one of the few books or stories of mine that I can pinpoint the exact moment of inspiration.

It was Halloween night, 2004, and my friends and I went to see The Grudge (this was exactly two nights after I had met the man who would become my husband on a semi-blind date, which might be why it stands out so well in my memory). Afterwards, I was pondering the mechanics of the curse, and I had questions.

Questions like, if someone dies a violent death and becomes a vengeful, murderous spirit, then what happens to their victims, who are also violently murdered? Do they also become cursed vengeful spirits? What if the original spirit kills enough people that those spirits decide to turn around and gang up on the original spirit who killed them?

And thus the main plot of Restless Spirits was born.

So by the time I actually started writing Restless Spirits for Nanowrimo in 2008, it had evolved a bit. It’s funny how your subconscious keeps working on a story and shaping it into what it’s supposed to be even when you think it’s the last thing on your mind. I can’t even tell you where my protagonist, Ron, came from (although I’ll try to make a few guesses in my next post, when I talk about character inspiration). I just know that the moment I started writing in her voice, she just sort of took over and told me the story. That was the first and, so far, only time I’ve ever successfully pantsed a novel, as well as the first time I’d won Nanowrimo, mainly because Ron simply wouldn’t stop talking to me until her story was told.

It actually took a few more years–four, to be exact–before I started writing the book. In the mean time I was working on my first post-fanfiction novel, the Cyperpunk Faeries in Hollywood tale I

was calling Hero Factor,which has since become lost before I could make it fit for public consumption, and it’s probably just as well. I was also falling in love with that aforementioned blind date, planning a wedding and settling into married life, among other things.

I wish all of my narrators could be so chatty. It certainly makes my job easier.

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that you can find our books on IndieBound.org? This is an easy way for you to find our books at your favorite, independent bookstore, usually ones that are close to your house!

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We’ll be adding links to our website to make it easier for you to find our books directly. In the meantime, you can head on over there to find a bookstore close to you, see the indie bestsellers, and check out the Indie Next List which are recommendations from independent booksellers.

We’ve worked with a lot of independent bookstores over the years, and we’re happy to have built a relationship with them, many of which have continued to buy our books for the past ten plus years! That’s why we’re going to make it easy for you to go right to IndieBound from our website.

 

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If you’ve been following us on Instagram (@vinspirepublishing), you’ll know that we’ve been doing monthly giveaways. What does that have to do with our blog? We’re starting the giveaways here as well. Different prizes and different ways to win, but you have to be following to be included in the drawings!

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ICYMI: Did You See the 5-Star Review for Forlorn!

3D ForlornForlorn, the young adult fantasy series, has a wonderful five-star review! In case you missed it, here is what the reviewer had to say about the start to this young adult fantasy series!  We’re so proud of this book!

If you’re into Angels and Demons this is the book for you. This story is about Grace Fortune and Jared Lorn. Grace goes through something tragic when she was very young and if not for her Guardian Angel she would have been dead. As a result of her interaction with her Guardian she is able to hear the Angel’s Song. This comes in handy when the school is attacked at lunch time, because of this she gets to know Jared Lorn who turns out to be more than just the hot mysterious guy at school. Together with some friends they battle for more than just each other, they battle for humanity. Can’t wait to read the next installment.

Where You Lead Wins 2nd Place Award

Where You Lead, the inspiring young adult novel by Leslea Wahl, won second place in the Colorado Independent Publishers Association Contest! Have you read Eve’s search for a boy she knows she’s never seen and God’s will?

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Additions to Playing by Heart Cover

Because of its many award wins and achievements, we’ve updated the cover of Carmela Martino’s young adult novel, Playing by Heart.  So future orders will have all six seals on the back cover!

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Additions to Healer Cover

We’ve added the awards to the already beautiful cover of Healer by Susan Miura to celebrate the book’s accomplishments!  The sequel to Healer, Shards of Light, releases on August 31st!

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