Friday, November 16, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway: Shadow Eyes by Dusty Crabtree

How I Came Up With Shadow Eyes by Dusty Crabtree:

The idea for my young adult urban fantasy, Shadow Eyes, actually originally came to me as a screenplay idea for a Christian horror movie. Okay, I know that sounds absurd, and you’re probably saying there is no such genre. You’re probably right. But there could be. Here was the premise: Several characters with somehow interwoven lives go about their day-to-day drama and strife, getting into trouble with heavy topics like drugs, adultery, divorce, etc. The kicker – the audience would see the demonic shadows hovering around them and influencing them, but the characters would be oblivious. Ultimate dramatic irony and pretty creepy too!

When my friend suggested I write a book and I finally took her seriously, I tweaked that idea until I came up with Iris, a 17-year-old girl who can see these shadows, as well as light figures, but nobody else can…or so she thinks. In case you were wondering, the book is not overtly Christian but it does have some moral themes throughout. Here's the blurb:

Iris Kohl lives in a world populated by murky shadows that surround, harass, and entice unsuspecting individuals toward evil. But she is the only one who can see them. She’s had this ability to see the shadows, as well as brilliantly glowing light figures, ever since an obscure, tragic incident on her fourteenth birthday three years earlier.

Although she’s learned to cope, the view of her world begins to shift upon the arrival of three mysterious characters. First, a handsome new teacher whose presence scares away shadows; second, a new friend with an awe-inspiring aura; and third, a mysterious and alluring new student whom Iris has a hard time resisting despite already having a boyfriend.

As the shadows invade and terrorize her own life and family, she must ultimately revisit the most horrific event of her life in order to learn her true identity and become the hero she was meant to be.

Excerpt from Shadow Eyes:

I meandered slowly to my locker. Even though I didn’t need anything, I rummaged through it as if I were searching for a tool on a job that paid by the hour. The longer I waited, the less people and, therefore, shadows would be waiting for me when I stepped into the parking lot. 
I hated crowds and tried to avoid them as much as possible. Three years of dealing with the visions had taught me how to cope in various ways, but I’d never gotten used to walking among herds of people that were ignorant of the truth I was forced to see. It was like being the only one wearing ultraviolet glasses that unveiled every germ and bacteria around me and having to constantly witness unsuspecting people touching things and getting into things that are disgusting and potentially dangerous. Some people would feel lucky to have such insight. Me? I felt trapped, helpless, and exposed. 
Luckily, since it was Friday, everyone wanted to get away from school as quickly as possible. By the time I stepped outside, the parking lot was basically empty. Only a few cars belonging to football players remained. 
I began to trek the long distance to my car, which was at the end of the lot due to my near tardiness every day for the same reason I always left late. However, even though the lot was void of people, a couple of dark figures loomed over and around a yellow Camaro to my right. I recognized it as Marcus Beaman’s new car. He was a well-known football player and had been bragging about the birthday present for three months since he got it in June. 
Why were these shadows out in the parking lot without any humans around? The bizarreness of it made me pause, and my mind began fabricating all possible explanations—none of which I could do anything about. Lost in my thoughts, I must have peered at them with critical eyes just a tad longer than was safe. One of them stopped, inclined its head to glare at me, and flashed an evil grin. I shuddered, closing my eyes tightly in an attempt to erase the image and pretend the scene away as I cowered toward my car like a timid little girl. 
I threw open the driver’s side door, jumped in, tossing my backpack on the passenger seat, buckled my seatbelt, and locked the doors. As if that would help.


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About the Author:

Dusty Crabtree has been a high school English teacher since 2006, a challenge she thoroughly enjoys. She is also a youth sponsor at Cherokee Hills Christian Church in Oklahoma City and feels very blessed with the amazing opportunities she has to develop meaningful relationships with teens on a daily basis. She resides with her husband, Clayton, in Yukon, Oklahoma, where they often serve their community as foster parents. Apart from the obvious reading and writing, she also enjoys serving on the praise team and drama team at church and watching movies. Shadow Eyes is Dusty’s first novel, but there will definitely be more to come!


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  1. Depends on what the ability would be. But more than likely i would tell my mother. Im not much on keeping things from her.

  2. I think I could handle it as long as it did not burst out when I was around those closest to me uncontrollably LOL Thank you for sharing with us. Shadow Eyes looks yummy!

  3. Depends on what it was but more than likely yeah as long as I could keep it "under" wraps...

  4. It would depend on what that ability was. If it was something I could keep controlled, if it was too dangerous or if it was safe. A lot of things factor into it really.

    Thanks for the chance!!

  5. I think I could handle it if it was something I could control and it wasn't visably noticable. Not like disappearing without warning or going into a trance, etc. I would love to have a secret ability!
    Bonnie Hilligoss/

  6. I went in manually and 'liked' Dusty on FB. The entry on the rafflecopter was not working for me.
    Bonnie Hilligoss/

  7. Thanks everyone for entering so far and best of luck! Keep the comments coming! I guess I can go ahead and answer the question - I would totally crack and tell someone. I am horrible at keeping huge things hidden from those I love. My favorite super power to have, though, would be to teleport. I would love to travel all over the world!

  8. I would keep it a secret only from those I couldn't 150% trust. I think we all need a side kick that we can rely on:D



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