Monday, June 25, 2012

The SHP Summer Blog Run--Kelly Hashway

I’m very lucky (and so are you) to have Kelly Hashway visit during the second week of the Spencer Hill Press Summer Blog Run.  

*Trumpets blares and funny clowns climb out of a tiny car*

Kelly’s debut YA, TOUCH OF DEATH, will be released Jan. 15, 2013, and the second book in the series, STALKED BY DEATH, will be released July 23, 2013.  As a matter-of-fact, Kelly has several releases coming out.  You should just go check it all out here.
Why don’t you just go check out Kelly on twitter, Goodreads, facebook, and her blog

There’s all the links. Since I provided them, you should really go check them out.   Easy, peasy.

Okay, so let’s meet Kelly….

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.  I’m very happy to have you.
Thank you for having me!

First, share with us your very favorite book from different points of your life and tell us why.
1)     Younger than ten? Any of the Nancy Drew mysteries. My friends and I pretended to be Nancy and her friends on the playground at school.
2)     Jr. High School? Anything by R.L. Stine. I loved the Fear Street books in particular.
3)     High School? The Great Gatsby—My sophomore English teacher loved this book, and his enthusiasm spilled over to me. I own three copies.
4)     Now? Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Titan’s Curse—You can’t beat a book whose first line is about his mom packing his bag full of deadly weapons and sending him to school. That’s just awesome!

If you were stuck on an island, what is the one book you’d have to have with you?  
 Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse

What man would you have reading that book to you?  
 LOL. I hope my husband doesn’t read this because since he refuses to read, it wouldn’t be him! I’ll go with Jensen Ackles

Share with us one book that you love, but you think hasn’t received the credit it deserves.   
Knee Deep by Jolene Perry. It has such a powerful message. Every teen girl needs to read it.

Your favorite hobby.  And you can’t say reading or writing here.   
LOL!! Playing with my daughter.

If you had only one chance to visit any place in the world, where would it be and why? 
The princess’s castle in St. Croix. I’ve been to St. Croix and seen it from afar, but I want to go inside!

First thing to pop into your head….
Ice cream or pie? Ice cream
Cheeseburgers or fish? Cheeseburgers
Strawberries or bananas? Strawberries
Flipflops or heels? Flipflops
Beer or shots of tequila? Tequila!
Most embarrassing moment in your life? I’ve accidentally used the men’s bathroom more times than I can count. I don’t know how that keeps happening to me.

You write children’s, MG, and YA books, which is your preference to write?   
Ooh, that’s tough to answer. I’d have to say YA because I mostly read YA books, and I had such great teen years. Writing for that age group is like getting to relive them.

If you could name one person that inspired you most to write, who would that be? 
My daughter, Ayla. She’s the inspiration for all I do.

I love this cover!!

Would you mind sharing the blurb for TOUCH OF DEATH?

Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know. 

After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendents of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins. 

Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts the people she loves. As if that isn’t difficult enough, Jodi discovers she’s the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing at the hands of Hades. If she can’t figure out how to control her power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct.

And since it is coming out six months after, what about STALKED BY DEATH?

The blurb for Stalked by Death hasn’t been released yet, so I’ll just say that things get a whole lot worse for Jodi in this book. The stakes are so much higher, and she stands to lose everything.

Time for the Tantalizing Teaser Temptation: 
          In my mind, I heard shrieks and screams. I saw the soul soaring through the air and into the ground where it came to rest in its body. The soul fought against my blood, not wanting to be back, but the power of my blood was too strong. With the soul in place, flesh began to reform over the bones. My cheeks felt wet and warm against the slight breeze in the air. Tears were the only outward sign of the agony I felt inside. I was torturing this soul. It was angry and in pain. The body moved slightly, and then its fists started pounding on the coffin. I didn’t want to see anymore. I couldn’t take it.

            “No!” I dropped to my knees and started to claw at the ground, ripping handfuls of grass and dirt.

            “Jodi!” Alex wrapped his arms around my waist and lifted me up. He stepped back, away from the grave. “Stop! Calm down. Tell me what’s wrong.”

            I doubled over, hysterical. “I saw everything. That poor soul was ripped out of the afterlife. It was crying out in pain, and it was terrified when it realized it was back in its body. Back in its grave.” I squeezed his arms for comfort. “Oh, God, Alex, it’s punching its way through the casket. I can see it all.”

For all the lucky people who stopped by, Kelly is kind enough to give away… 
Touch of Death bookmarks, stickers, a compact mirror with the symbol of the 13th sign of the zodiac, and a CD with the Touch of Death play list (which hasn’t even been revealed yet!).


Just two things to enter:
1)      You have to follow my blog.  Need directions---scroll back up closer to the top, right hand side and click follow 
2)      You have to add Touch of Death to your Goodreads To-Read list. (Just click the Goodreads tab.)
Oh, of course, one more thing.  You have to finish the sentence below (Please no longer than 50 words.)

One day while in the bathroom, I ripped back the shower curtain only to reveal (place end of sentence here)

Winners will be announced Saturday, June 30th.
Don’t forget, everyone who enters is automatically entered to win the grand prize at the end of whole summer run. 

Thank you all for stopping by.  Please leave Kelly a comment thanking her for her time and for the ultra-cool prizes.  


  1. GREAT interview!!

    Also - I feel a little like a rockstar for being mentioned - I'm SO stoked for Kelly's book to come out - it still seems forever away, but I'm sure it'll be here in no time.

    1. Your book deserves mentioning, Jolene. :D

  2. Thanks for hosting me, Judy. :) It was such a fun interview.

    1. Thanks so much for letting me host you. Great times!!!

  3. This was such a fun interview!

  4. Great interview. And Tequila over beer, I knew there was a reason I was such a fan of Kelly! I can't wait to read Touch of Death.

  5. Great interview! Can't wait to read Touch Of Death. And you are right about Jolene Perry's Knee Deep, Kelly. :)

  6. Great job J.L. and Kelly. Haah I already had Touch of Death of my Goodreads tbr list :) woo. Now, to finish the sentence.
    "One day while in the bathroom, I ripped back the shower curtain only to reveal an otter using the heimlich maneuver on my mom."

    1. LOL. I love that line, Elizabeth!

    2. Teehee. And for some strange reason it came out wayyy to easily. What is up w. my head? lol

  7. YAY! You're highlighting Kelly! I can't wait to get my hands on her book. ;D

  8. What a fun interview, Kelly. Can't wait to read Touch of Death! Goodluck with it.

  9. I've been looking forward to TOUCH OF DEATH since I first heard about it. It's been in my TBR on Goodreads since December 30, 2011. No, I'm not a stalker. Oh, and I've got the cool countdown widget on my blog.

    Now I'm curious about the playlist. Interesting that you don't tell us what's on it. But, a playlist for a story about a modern Medusa family tree? Sounds intriguing!

    Here's my entry:
    One day while in the bathroom, I ripped back the shower curtain only to reveal a mermaid secretly bathing, reading OF POSEIDON, and munching sushi.

    Looking forward to reading Touch of Death! Thank you, Kelly.

    1. Yes, the playlist is staying a secret until closer to the release date, but the lucky winner will get the sneak peek!

      I love your entry! Good luck!

  10. Yay, great interview! And I LOVE the playlist...very cool!

  11. Well--I'm not going to enter, since that wouldn't be fair, being a fellow Spencer Hill author--but woot, ladies--great interview!

  12. I'm not entering since I'll purchase the book in support of Kelly, but I gotta say I can't wait to read it.

    1. That's so sweet, LM! But the giveaway is for the SWAG so you can feel free to enter. :)

  13. Very nice interview. I learned some neat things about you, Kelly. Congratulations on the book. It's on my TBE list.

  14. Well, I'm going to buy the book too to support Kelly, but who can resist these fabulous prizes?!?!

    One day while in the bathroom, I ripped back the shower curtain only to reveal ... my toddler, covered in green bathtub crayon, crouched on all fours and croaking like a frog. (True story. Basically. I was there when she colored herself, thinking falsely that it would come off, and not realizing she'd still be green-tinted for her birthday party the next day.)

    1. LOL. My daughter had those crayons too.

  15. Awesome Kelly! I read Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, too. And a major 'yes' to Jensen Ackles. I haven't read the book by Riordan. Your comments make me really want to, but I'm still waiting for a delivery from Amazon shipped in March. *sigh*

    1. March? Oh wow! I hope it arrives soon! Yes, on the Jensen Ackes thing! :D

  16. Another great post! And, Kelly, I am a huge Supernatural fan, too! It was fun learning more about you! Can't wait for Touch of Death.

    1. Thanks, Darby! I love Supernatural, but with Jensen and Jared, what's not to love? ;)

  17. I always enjoy Kelly's blog, so it was nice to come and read the interview here! I loved Nancy Drew as a child and am curious to read Knee Deep. It was great to learn more about Kelly.

    I am a new follower here and look forward to reading your posts.

    Finished sentence: Only to reveal a dancing leprechaun who instantly started doing a jig.


    1. Leprechauns in the bathtub! That's never good. ;)

  18. Great interview!

    One day while in the bathroom, I ripped back the shower curtain only to reveal a huge spider using my brand new loofah.

    1. Ooh, spider using your loofah! Well, I guess he has to keep all those legs clean. :)

  19. Hey Judy and Kelly!! I'm so looking forward to both of your books. :) And I would definitely have to sit in on that reading with Jensen Ackles. Yum!

    1. He is nice to look at and he can read to me anytime. ;)

  20. What a fun interview! And yes, I'd be happy to be stuck on an island with Jensen Ackles, and I don't have to feel guilty either because my husband doesn't like to read either.

    One day while in the bathroom, I ripped back the shower curtain only to reveal I'd been transported to that deserted island and Jensen had a pina colada waiting for me. :)

    1. Cherie, I'm coming to your bathroom! Hello, Jensen!

  21. Wonderful interview! Congratulations Kelly, two books and counting for 2013, that is fabulous news! Loved the blurb, and the swag looks awesome too.

  22. One day while in the bathroom, I ripped back the shower curtain only to reveal a bunch of slimy gross toads my three year old decided could live in my tub.

  23. One day while in the bathroom, I ripped back the shower curtain only to reveal the sexy guy who stars in my dreams every night! ;)

    Love the teaser!

    Thanks, following GFC and already added to GR


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