Eerie by C.M. McCoy Book Tour

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Title:  Eerie
Author:   C.M. McCoy
Published:  December 15th, 2015
Publisher:  Omnific/Simon & Schuster
Genre:  YAm paranormal adventure with romance
Recommended Age:  16+

Hailey’s dreams have always been, well…vivid. As in monsters from her nightmares follow her into her waking life vivid.
When her big sister goes missing, eighteen-year-old Hailey finds the only thing keeping her safe from a murderous 3,000-year-old beast is an equally terrifying creature who has fallen “madly” in love with her. Competing to win her affection, the Dream Creature, Asher, lures her to the one place that offers safety–a ParaScience university in Alaska he calls home. There, she studies the science of the supernatural and must learn to live with a roommate from Hell, survive her ParaScience classes, and hope the only creature who can save her from an evil immortal doesn’t decide to kill her himself.

Author Interview

What was the inspiration for your story?

First of all, thank you so very much for spotlighting EERIE on The Wonderings of One Person! The premise for EERIE came from my childhood fear of the dark and the stories I used to tell myself at bedtime about creatures that lived in the shadows—creatures that could be good or bad.

The real inspiration for Eerie happened when I moved to Alaska from Florida in 2008. I was ….surprised. Culture shocked, really, and everything that I saw and heard and experienced became sort of magical. My imagination took flight, and I knew I wanted to write about paranormal creatures in The Great White North. So when I began to write a sort of love story between the creatures in the shadows and a lonely girl, I knew this ancient creature would have a home in Alaska with a mission to do something big. In a nutshell, that’s where Eerie originated.

What kept you going throughout the writing process?

It would have been easy to throw in the towel at several, several points along my journey to get Eerie published. What kept me going was I knew I had a great story that resonated with a lot of readers. I knew it would never be the perfect book for everyone, but I knew it was a story I wanted to share—from Hailey’s struggle as a bullied teenager to the strange Alaska campus at Bear Towne University and the paranormal creatures who live there—I knew I had to share this adventure!

Who is your most meaningful character and why?

I love Giselle, who is sort of Hailey’s personality opposite. Both girls have been bullied their entire lives, and each have coped in their own way, which drove their personalities and character. Where Hailey is an overly nice girl, Giselle pushes everyone away. She’s a very angry, very standoffish student.

 Everyone avoids her. Except Hailey.

Sure Giselle’s cranky and witty and supernatural, but she’s also just a lonely girl. The dynamic between the two is both hysterically funny and deeply moving. Giselle added a dimension of comic relief and surprising realism to the dark supernatural world of Eerie, which is why she’s my fav.

Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?

 I hope to have the second book in the EERIE series available by the end of the year.

What motivated you to start writing?

This is a great question, because there wasn’t a clear-cut “reason” that I started writing. I just always wrote. It started with a journal I’d made from school tablet paper I’d stapled together when I was in second grade. Then I started writing short stories somewhere around the fifth grade, and I was always—even throughout my career in the military—writing…something. My first book-length work was a memoir. My second was EERIE, which is the first to see the light of publication. Growing up, I always thought I’d be a doctor or a chemist. I ended up being a chemical engineer.


*** As featured in PEOPLE Magazine ***
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Excerpt from Eerie by C.M. McCoy:
A Guarded Girl

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”
Bertrand Russell
Hailey stared at the empty can on her tray, silently willing the caffeine to kick in. The last thing she needed was to fall asleep, dream of monsters, and have an “episode” in front of her 200 closest non-friends.
No way she’d let that happen.
Now if only her droopy eyelids would cooperate, because the hard plastic chair under her butt sure wasn’t. The dang thing was teasing her and feeling mighty comfy, like a puffy armchair, and she was sinking fast. Thankfully, though, just as her head bobbed, the bell rang, jolting her into a wide-eyed, full-body spasm.
Great. Real smooth, she thought, rubbing her face with both hands as a few gigglers shuffled past.
She groaned, rising with all the enthusiasm of a mushroom, not at all looking forward to another two hours inside the social torture chamber, or as everyone else referred to it, South Side High School.
She was so intent on avoiding the students there for the rest of her senior year that she rarely looked up from her books anymore, and those last two hours dragged. When three o’clock finally rolled around, she bolted outside, took the first open seat on the bus, rested her head against the window, and let it bounce there. She was just about to make it through another day of school very happily unnoticed, when Tage Adams smacked her on the back of the head.
“Ah!” she yelled, startled from sleep.
The bus was waiting at their stop, like normal, and Tage was waiting for her in the aisle, politely—not normal.
Tucking a wayward strand behind her ear, she hurried off the bus.
Tage followed.
“What’s up with you today?” he said nonchalantly, adjusting his pace to walk next to her.
He’d never done that before.
“Nothing,” Hailey said, surprised Tage was talking to her. They’d been catching the bus at the same stop for four years, and he’d never so much as looked at her.
“You’re usually not like that, that’s all.”
“Like what?”
“Nodding off in class, falling asleep on the bus…you know, slacking off. It’s just, you know, you usually have your nose in a book.”
He watches me?
“Oh,” she said, unsure.
“Guess you were working late last night…St. Paddy’s Day…”
“Yeah.” Of course she was working late. Her family owned the most popular Irish pub in Pittsburgh. Hailey pressed her lips together. Small talk was not her thing. Especially not with him.
Her mind went blank.
Searching the pavement for a thought, she chewed her lip as too many seconds stretched the silence. Finally, the pressure forced her good sense aside and she opened her mouth to say…anything.
“Well, see ya ‘round, Dancing Queen.”
She snapped her mouth shut and waved as he peeled off and trotted down Bridge Street. She tried to form the word, “bye,” but all that came out was “buh—”. Standing dumbfounded, she stared after him. She hadn’t realized Tage knew she existed, let alone the fact that she waitressed. And danced.
Stunned, Hailey walked, then jogged, then stopped dead to puzzle over what had just happened. Then she jogged again until she finally reached the pub.
Nobody at that school “chatted” with Hailey. Not since the fourth grade, not since the day a particularly mean girl concocted a particularly ugly rumor—that Hailey had started the fire that killed her parents. The whispers and sideways glances lasted close to a year, and in trying to defend herself, Hailey only made things worse. By the time she figured out that nobody else believed in pyromaniac-nightmare-monsters, it was too late. She’d already earned the label, “weirdo,” which, unfortunately, stuck.

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About the Author:

C.M. McCoy is an Irish dancer and former military officer living in the Great White North. Though B.S.’d in chemical engineering and German from Penn State University, she’s far happier writing stories involving monsters and Alaska (with an awkward kiss in the mix.) While working 911 dispatch for Alaska State Troopers, she learned to speak in 10-codes, which she still does…but only to annoy her family.

Giveaway Details:
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