Welcome to the Virtual Book Tour for BETWEEN! Includes Excerpt and Giveaway #paranormal #books

Welcome to the Virtual Book Tour for BETWEEN! Includes Excerpt and Giveaway #paranormal #books

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Second Place – Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012 

Clarissa Johal’s novel BETWEEN is a “haunting” paranormal novel that will have you on the edge of your seat!




How far would you go to redeem yourself?





As a young girl, Lucinda was able to see spirits, a gift that didn’t come without its problems. Now, a dedicated young veterinarian, she is committed to the idea that every life can be saved.


After a devastating accident, Lucinda tries to escape her past by moving to a small town. There, she meets a newcomer and feels an immediate connection with him. But there is another mysterious stranger to the small town, one that stirs within her a mixture of unease and desire.


As Lucinda is drawn into a bitter tug-a-war from the forces around her, she is likewise pulled into a dangerous twist of past and present events. Forced to make difficult choices, she finds that the two men are locked in not only a battle for her life…but a battle for their salvation.



Book Details:



Author: Clarissa Johal

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: Musa Publishing 

ISBN: 978-1-61937-459-1

Cover Artist: David Efaw

Number of Pages: 300


Purchase Links:



Barnes and Noble

Musa Publishing


About the Author:

Clarissa Johal

Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.


Find Clarissa Online:


Author Website



Twitter @ClarissaJohal



Amazon Author Central


*Member of the Author’s Guild

Coming May 19, 2015 from Permuted Press

VOICES, a paranormal psychological horror



(2014) Musa Publishing

*Indie Book of the Day Award

*Nominated for the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2014



(2012) Musa Publishing

*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012

*Paranormal Reads gives BETWEEN 4 out of 5 Bats



(2010) CreateSpace

*Second round finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award Contest 2012


Short stories:


Susurrus Literary Journal


Susurrus Literary Journal



The Sacramento Bee newspaper


Praise for BETWEEN:

Paranormal Reads gives BETWEEN 4 out of 5 Bats

Escape Into a Book “I loved how original the idea was for this book, I haven’t read a book like this one…fast paced and kept my interest till the very end.”

MommaSez “Creepy, scary, haunting–just up my alley…gothic romance that makes the hair stand up on my neck!”

Musings from an Addicted Reader “It was haunting, unpredictable, and intriguing. All the characters were unique and draw you in from the first chapter. Excellent read.”

Shut Up & Read “I love a good ghost story, and this one did not disappoint…I’ve heard the saying painting a picture with words, and that is exactly what the author does here. Each sentence is vivid and alive.”

Happy Tails and Tales “I would recommend it to my fellow ghost lovers, Gothic lovers, and historical paranormal lovers alike. There are some interesting paranormal characters…I wasn’t expecting them…a really well done plot twist. ”

Demons Do it Better “Between kept me guessing. I had no clue where the story was going to end but I made a couple of guesses along the way and I was wrong.”


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


How did you come up with the idea for BETWEEN?


Three years ago, I was working on a sequel to a fantasy novel when I had this weird “calling.” Two characters came to me in a rush; Lucas and Cronan from BETWEEN. They weren’t fantasy characters nor they didn’t fit into what I was writing but they wouldn’t go away. I kept setting them aside but they’d come back, stronger than ever. I put the fantasy sequel on hold, wrote non-stop for a month, and finished the first draft. That never happens! It usually takes me months to finish a first draft. A year later, my edits were finished, and two months later, BETWEEN was picked up by Musa Publishing. I’ve got my feet firmly planted in the Otherworld now, the ideas come faster than I can write them down.


What first inspired you to become a writer? And what compels you to continue your career as an author?


I wrote my first short story in grade six. I was asked by the teacher to read it aloud to the class, which terrified me. After I was finished, I realized that I actually had everyone’s attention! I was shy and we moved every year, so I was always the new kid. When you’re in that situation, it’s kind of like being invisible. Finding my voice through story-telling made me realize how powerful writing could be. As far as continuing—truthfully? I think I’d go nuts if I didn’t write.


What made you choose the genre of paranormal gothic horror?


I started out writing fantasy fiction. I was working on the second installment to my PRADEE series when there were two characters that kept showing up on the page, over and over. They didn’t belong in fantasy novel, nor did they belong in my story! But their backstory came to me so vividly, that I set aside my series and wrote my first paranormal novel, BETWEEN. I’ve been pulled into the Otherworld permanently now. The ideas come faster than I can write them down.



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Lucinda went to answer, thinking it was Lucas. As she opened the door, her heart skipped a beat.

Cronan stood on the porch. Swathed in a black overcoat this time, his hands were behind his back. Icy, gray eyes reflected the light from within. “Did I surprise you?”

“Um, I was expecting somebody else,” she responded without thinking. Her eyes flickered past him into the darkness.

“I never had the chance to thank you for your hospitality the other night.”

“That’s quite all right Mr. Cronan. Were you able to find a place to stay?” Her heart pounded in her chest.

“I am still working on it. And please, just Cronan. No Mister.”

There was an expectant pause before he continued. “I brought you something.” He pulled a wine bottle out from behind his back. “A small token of my appreciation.”

Lucinda felt her cheeks warm. “How nice of you. I don’t really drink.”

“Ever?” He ran his hand along the door frame, keeping his eyes upon her.

“Well, um, sometimes.” Her gaze followed his hand. “You really didn’t need to do that. But thank you.”

“And you,” he continued, “did not need to offer to let me sleep here the other night.” Cronan took a slight step forward. “But you did.”

Lucinda nervously took the bottle from him. She read the label. “Nineteen thirty-seven? Wow, that’s old.”

“Not so old.”

“Huh. Um, I really need to turn in for the night.” She heard Darwin’s insistent barking from the backyard and turned at the sound. When she turned back, she jumped. Cronan stood over her. Her breath quickened. “Good luck finding a place.”

“Yes.” He looked down at her, appraising her with an icy stare. “Could you recommend a dwelling around here?”

“I’m sure there are plenty of ‘dwellings’ around here. Or the next town over if the beach rentals are full. Maybe you should talk to a real estate agent?”

Disappointment crossed his features. Cronan made no move to leave but continued to stand over her, eyes locked with hers.

Lucinda found herself studying his face without thinking. His light skin was unmarred, broken only by the faint, dark shadow of stubble along his jaw line. His lips quirked upward, slightly mocking. She felt his cool breath brush her cheek, and her thoughts tumbled over themselves. The scent of summer rain hitting stones seemed to emanate from his skin. “I need to go.”

“Yes, you do.” Cronan paused. He bowed his head and took a step back from the threshold. Lucinda fumbled with the door.

“Thank you, again, for the wine. Really.” Tautness settled across his lips. She closed the door and locked the sticky deadbolt with some difficulty. Rushing to the back, she let Darwin in. He frantically sniffed around her feet and ran to the front door, growling.

“Okay, Darwin. Everything’s fine. Calm down.” She set the bottle on the counter and stared at it like it was a venomous snake. “I’ll get your dinner.” Her heart still pounded, making her lightheaded. Setting Darwin’s dish on the floor, she steadied herself on the kitchen chair. She picked up the phone and considered giving Lucas a call but realized she didn’t have his phone number. She set the phone down again. Maybe Marny. No, she’d probably be out.

Okay, Lucinda, get a grip, she told herself. Nothing happened. He gave you a bottle of wine, for heaven’s sake.

She gazed at the bottle on her counter. “It must have cost a fortune, though.” She picked it up again. “Nineteen thirty-seven Château Gilette Crème de Tête,” she whispered.

She normally didn’t drink alcohol. The last time she had a glass of wine was when Marny had come over a year ago to introduce herself. Lucinda had become quite drunk and had fallen asleep after a half a glass. No tolerance. She ran the tips of her fingers across the smooth unmarred label, lingering at the edges. Setting the bottle back on the counter, she headed to bed.

Shedding her clothes, Lucinda stood and hugged herself, scanning her room for the light blue T-shirt she slept in. A whisper of a cold breeze crept up her back, brushing a tendril of her hair aside. She whipped around nervously to see where it had come from. When she turned back, she spied her T-shirt on her bed, wound tightly in the sheets.

“Really, Lucinda. You are quite the terrible housekeeper.” She pulled the T-shirt over her head and went to wash her face. Bending over her small sink, she started at what felt like a sudden exhale on the back of her neck.

She straightened, frantically looking around the tiny bathroom and into the bedroom. Darwin lay at the foot of her bed, one ear cocked up in the air, the other flipped back from his light-blue eye. Lucinda finished washing her face, keeping an eye on the mirror to see behind her.

As she slipped into the cold bed and pulled her blanket up to her chin, Lucinda tried to dismiss feelings of unease. She tried equally as unsuccessfully not to think about Cronan. His words and movements played in her head, over and over. She lay staring at the ceiling for the next hour before she finally turned her light off to go to sleep.

The wind picked up outside. A presence slipped through the house and around the corners before it finally settled beside Lucinda’s sleeping form with a restless exhale.

Lucinda woke to find herself standing in the living room, hand on the front door knob. Moonlight streamed through the window, bathing the room in its ghostly glow. The scent of ozone was thick in the air. She stood there, confused for a moment, before she turned and wandered back into the bedroom and collapsed into unconsciousness.

The shadow made its way up her bed. It tried to settle across her sleeping form but could not maintain its darkness.



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Helen Treharne

I’m Helen Treharne, fiction author an creator of The Sophie Morgan Vampire Series. I live in South Wales with my husband, young son and rescue cat.
My books are available at all major digital retailers with soft back copies also available from Amazon, Createspace and other stores.
When I’m not writing fiction, I blog at www.WelshMumWriting.com, sharing my experiences of being a busy parent jugging working, writing, and more. Follow me there for my personal insights.

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