Friday, 26 September 2014

Gwen Gardner's Second Death

When people ask me what my writer's group Untethered Realms means to me, I say they're my writing family - a constant source of support, advice, and motivation. Plus, a healthy dose of butt kicking and humour when needed. Gwen Gardner is a member of that writing family, and author of the fantastic Indigo Eady series. I'm thrilled to be sharing her latest release with you today.

Over to you, Gwen.

The Cemetery…At Night

Thanks so much for hosting me today, Ellie!

I know Ellie likes the strange and macabre, so today I’m going to talk about orbs, which feature prominently in Second Death, the first novella in my Afterlife series. 

Ever been to a cemetery at night? Strange things happen. Okay, I’ve never been to the cemetery at night. But my characters have and it was an interesting experience. I don’t think they’ve completely forgiven me for it. 

What do you know about orbs? You’ve probably seen them in some of your photographs. They’re quite adept at photo-bombing. Check out the cover of Second Death, where you’ll get a good look at them. And yeah, they do show up a lot in cemeteries, just not exclusively. Orbs are balls of energy left over from the human spirit after death. They appear as little swirling balls of light anywhere that there’s spirit activity. After death, these balls of energy stay on because they're bound to their previous lives. The premise is that they travel as an orb to conserve energy in their natural forms. They're not as fully developed as ghosts. 

So what would you think if you were walking through the cemetery at night (it could happen, just ask my characters!) and all of a sudden these little balls of light show up and start swirling around you? 

What if they were hypnotic? 

What if....they were really ghost lights, not orbs at all?!

What are ghost lights? They’re like sirens that lure ships into crashing against rocks, with loss of life and limb their evil goal. They get off on the screams of agony and terror. If you’re not careful, they’ll lure you in with their hypnotic beauty, and then…

…well, check out this excerpt to find out what happened to Indigo Eady and the gang…

Up ahead, a swarm of tiny orbs hovered and swirled.
“Look at that! They’re especially colorful here in the dark, aren’t they?” said Simon.
It was true. Without the village lights, the orbs were especially bright and beautiful. They had a certain magnetism here in the cemetery. I walked toward the multi-colored glowing balls, the boys behind me.
Franny was the first to reach them. “Why, they’re pretty little things, aren’t they?”
Completely delighted, she held her fingers out and touched a pink one. She smiled when it perched on her open palm. 
“Oh they are lovely!” exclaimed Miss Cornerstone, reaching out to touch a blue orb.
Even Drew Pettigrew seemed entranced, smiling indulgently at the ladies. 
The orbs darted in and out among us like fireflies in summer. 
Simon held one in his palm and blew it off like a dandelion, sending it swirling above his head. He laughed and made a grab for it. Badger focused on a little violet orb that kept just out of reach every time he tried to touch it. 
I laughed at the sight of them all so spellbound. I didn’t know what I was so worried about earlier. Gertrude’s Garden was a lovely place to spend a Saturday evening. 
Miss Cornerstone giggled and snatched at the blue orb as it left her palm. 
Out of habit or instinct, I’m not sure which, something niggled at the base of my neck and made me look closely at my surroundings. It was enough to break the hypnotic spell we were under, but too late. While I was able to shake it off, my friends traipsed after ‘the pretty lights’ on an orb-induced, trance-like high. 
And they were getting farther and farther away from me. “Hey! Wait! Simon, stop!”

Ever been to the cemetery…at night?

Second Death:

The Sabrina Shores spirit community is in crisis. 
Ghosties are mysteriously disappearing at an alarming rate. 
They’re simply…gone. A second death. 

The clues are limited, but it’s clear that the one common factor is Gertrude’s Garden, the nightclub social center of the spirit community which just happens to adjoin the Sabrina Shores cemetery: the one place Indigo makes a point of not going. Ever. She has her reasons. 

Indigo Eady:

Much to her chagrin, Indigo Eady is a celebrity among spirits. She’s the girl who can see and speak with them. She has a proven track record in helping spirits find their murderers, so it’s no surprise when she’s drafted onto the Missing Paranormal Committee. Who better to help them than the experienced teenage ghost whisperer- investigator and her friends? 

Buy Links: 

Order Second Death on Amazon
Order Second Death on iTunes


Gwen Gardner is a native Californian living in sunny San Diego, where her love of reading and writing led to a BA in English literature. Life is now complete with her husband, two dogs and a daily call from her daughter.

Since ghosts feature prominently in her young adult Indigo Eady Paranormal “Cozy” Mystery series, she has a secret desire to meet one face to face - but will run screaming for the hills if she ever does. Gwen adores travel and experiencing the cultures and foods of different countries. She is always up for an adventure and anything involving chocolate - not necessarily in that order. 

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Congratulations, Gwen. I love your Indigo Eady series, so I know this will be an awesome read. 

I'll be back on Monday. Have a great weekend, my friends.


  1. Gwen, I think I would high-tail it out of there if those orbs appeared!

    1. Alex, haha! I think I might run screaming, too!

  2. I have driven through a cemetery at night and did not see anything unusual. However, if there were an orb of light, I hate to say it, but I would want to explore its origins.

    1. Susan, I think I would, too. With a friend. Preferably big and male. As a matter of fact, I did make my hubs accompany me across a haunted bridge...alas, we didn't see any ghosts. But it was good, scary fun ;)

  3. Thanks so much for hosting me, Ellie!

  4. I would like to see those lights, but never

    Sounds intriguing and I am sure I would try to investigate something like that if I came across any lights floating about in a cemetery. On second thoughts perhaps not, I don't want to become a potential victim.

    1. I'd probably react the same way, Snafu. We can just read the books instead.

  5. That sounds like a lot of fun. I would have to follow the pretty lights if I saw them!

    1. You're braver than me, Simon. I'll stick to living my adventures through Gwen's amazing imagination.


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