Sunday, 6 March 2011

"Detour 2 Death" Blog Tour: Guest Post by J.R Turner + Giveaway

This morning, I'm an official stop on the "Detour 2 Death" blog tour. If you like supernatural/paranormal, or are looking for a great new series to enjoy, then read on!

There are worse things than death, but not at Marsden Memorial hospital.

Kaylee Hensler knows her best friend Davey is on the brink of death. She knows this because she’s a psychic. When she flees the girl’s reformatory to get to him, she has no idea the special sort of hell waiting for her.

Reapers are collectors and they come in many forms. In Feverland, the world created by Davey’s sickness, the red reaper goes by the name of Molok, an ancient evil with deep roots. In Shadowland, the dark side of the hospital, a black reaper promises torture and torment to lost souls. The white reaper is the most fearsome, giving Kaylee three days before he collects both her and Davey’s souls.

Kaylee has one secret weapon, one she doesn’t fully understand. Her abilities will betested, her loyalty betrayed, and her love misplaced. No one escapes Death.

I recently reviewed "DFF: Dead Friends Forever", the first book in the wonderful "Extreme Hauntings" series. Today, to celebrate the release of the third book, "Detour 2 Death", I have the lovely author of the series, J.R. Turner doing a guest post for us. I hope everyone will make her feel welcome!


Liz, thank you so much for being a part of my blog tour!

When I first got the idea for Detour 2 Death, it was 2008 or thereabouts and I was in the middle of a major move. We bought our first home, an exciting time, but also a highly stressful time. I hadn’t yet written DFF: Dead Friends Forever, the first book in the Extreme Hauntings series. Little did I know how much Kaylee would take over my writing world.

I’ve written a series before, without a plot or any idea where the books were going, and that turned out to be a nightmare. I don’t recommend this. When I began the Extreme Hauntings series, I didn’t want to write one word until I had the whole thing planned out. So I sat down and plotted all six books in the Extreme Hauntings series. But, as life happens, things change.

Before I even began work on the second book, School’s Out 4-Ever, I became bombarded by imagery for Detour 2 Death. I saw Feverland, an epic desert of red sand and tortured trees. I saw the black side of the hospital, an alternate reality called Shadowland. Much of this came from a series of health events that fell upon my family. For two solid years I was engrossed in adding these tidbits and ideas, images, characters, all those little epiphanies I kept having, to this third book in the series.

By the time I sat down to write this book, I had sixteen pages of single-spaced notes and thoughts. This book, more than any other, really flew off my fingertips and onto the page. And still, there were so many surprise twists as Kaylee and Davey worked through each obstacle, that I felt like they were taking me along for the journey, rather than the other way around. I hope readers will feel the same sense of being transported when they read the book.

Thank you so much for having me here today. To show my appreciation, I’d very much love to give away a free ebook version of DFF: Dead Friends Forever. Please draw a name from the comments to find the winner!



Thank you Jenny! For those who want to enter the competition to win an ebook copy of "DFF: Dead Friends Forever", please leave your name/alias and email address in the comments. The contest will end March 20th. Anyone can enter!

Award-winning author J.R. Turner lives in Central Wisconsin with her husband and three children. She began writing in high school, and after a decade working as a commercial artist, started her first novel in 1999. Aside from crafts, camping and cooking, she loves holidays. A favorite is Halloween, a combination of spooky supernatural fun and chocolate. Visit her at to learn more!


  1. This is an idea that has great potential, and I will be glad to see your take on it. Not to mention that it's the latest in the Extreme Hauntings series, one of my personal favorites.

    I just finished watching the entire Dead Like Me series (plus movie), about people who works as reapers of souls. Talk about serendipity!

  2. Loved Dead Like Me! Thanks bunches for stopping by and leaving a comment :) I've always found reapers to be interesting entities. A Pale Horse by Piers Anthony is one of my favorites as well. So glad too, you're enjoying the Extreme Hauntings series! Coming from the guy who wrote Unbinding the Stone, that means a ton to me! :)


  3. This sounds great, I haven't read any of Ms. Turner's books, but I would like to. Thanks for a giveaway:)

  4. I haven't heard of these books before. They sound really good ... but I'm a wimpy and I'm wondering if they're too scary for me lol. I think I missed your review so I'm going to head back now to read it.

  5. Look! I remembered to stop by! Lol.

    I've watched a few episodes of Dead Like Me, and from what I saw, I definitely would like to continue the series eventually.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  6. Hey everyone! :) Thanks for making my blog tour great!

    As to the scary factor--they could be a little creepy, I imagine, as there are ghosts and stuff. It's definitely not chick lit. I tried to stay very true to Kaylee as a character and what might really happen to her--like getting busted for grave robbing and arson. I didn't want this to be one of those series where the young adults get to break all sorts of laws and they magically face no consequences.

    Anyway, I hope everyone does enjoy the books. I think they're some of my finest writing ;)

    Thanks again!! ;) And if you have any questions, I'd love to read them :)


  7. Fantastic! Sounds great.

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  8. This sounds interesting, although I have to admit that I haven't read any of Ms. Turner's books... but I will!! Thanks for the post!

    Amy Stetzl

  9. I really like an idea of book. Sounds scary and mysterious, but I´m cool with it, I luv books like that :). If I read this, maybe I will have bad dreams, but WHATEVER! :DDD I like to be scared :))


  10. Thanks for having this :)

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