Anything You Can Do ... Guest Post

Hey gang! Today I've got a wonderful guest-post, with LOADS of awesome giveaway stuff. (Details at the bottom of the post.)
The guests are Gwen Gardner, author of Givin' Up The Ghost:

Running, writing and reading are my favorite things.

I am also a dreamer.

Have you ever told yourself that "someday" I'm going to travel or write or whatever it is that you are passionate about but can't do right now for whatever reason? You can go for years and years and keep telling yourself that "someday" you'll do it. Too often "someday" never comes. But mine did. I am a former Administrative Manager and Vice President of a successful swimming pool plastering company - until I woke up one day and realized that my "someday" had arrived. I quit my job, moved to the mountains and began to write. Crazy, I know. But even crazier? Is when you get to the end of your life and realize that your "someday" is too late. Life is much too short for that! So the adventure has begun.

And Angela Brown, author of Neverlove:

Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home. She's a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness. Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary - mostly young adult - fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: "You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

I'm certain you've seen both ladies (and books) around the blog-world of late, so you know they're a class act (and just dang fun). The post is in the form of a character interview--very funny stuff, btw. So please welcome Gwen and Angela, as well as the ladies of Neverlove and Givin' Up The Ghost!

E.J.: Today at The Open Vein, I’m hosting the casts of both Neverlove and Givin’ Up The Ghost, so I thought we’d have a bit of fun. You know, a bit of friendly competition. Just to see what the women of these two novels can do, you understand.


Stage left, the cast of Givin’ Up The Ghost

Indigo Eady - Long black braid, blue eyes, wearing jeans and sweatshirt. Psychic, ghost whisperer, psychometry reader.

Franny - Black hair in an up-do, voluminous scarlet skirts, tiny waist, and overflowing bosom. Ghost, former 19th century madam, speaks to the living.

Stage right, the cast of Neverlove

Abby Bishop – Dark brown hair, hazel eyes in white chocolate mocha skin, full lips, wearing a red hooded cloak. Cleanser and agent of heaven, soul rescuer.

Pam - Blonde hair, blue eyes, skin tight black leather from head to toe. Harvestor and agent of hell, consumes soul energy.

*Theme song plays in the background*
Anything you can do, I can do better,
I can do anything better than you.”

*Audience applause*

E.J.: *Shuffles index cards* First up is Indigo versus Pam. Indigo, what can you do better than Pam?

*Indigo and Pam meet center stage*

Indigo:  Well EJ, I thought I’d show you a bit of psychometry. If Pam will just give me her hand...

Pam:  You’d better make this good, psycho-girl...

Indigo: Psychometry! I read energy. There’s no need to be mean, Pam.

Pam: Whatever.

*Pam reluctantly holds out her right hand, and Indigo takes it.*

Indigo: *A film rolls through her head and is projected onto a theater-sized overhead screen*

Pam’s lips are locked onto a man’s as a woman stands shocked nearby. Pam releases the man and he falls, soulless, to the ground.

*The audience boos and hisses*

*Indigo tries to pull her hand back to break the connection, but Pam holds tight and grins. Indigo’s face begins to distort*

Franny: *whooshes to enter stage*
Oh no you DON’T devil-girl!

*a power surge erupts from Franny’s fingertips, sending Pam sprawling backwards.*

You’ll not suck the soul out of my girl.

Pam: No? Well how about you, Miss Madam. Seems to me you sold your soul to the devil a long time ago.

Abby: *Runs to center stage. Extensions shoot from her arms, silver pistols protruding from each hand*

All right, Pam. That’s enough. This was supposed to be a demonstration, not an opportunity for you to suck souls.

Pam: *a sly glance* Well, I couldn’t let her show my secrets to the world, could I? And put those pistols away. Like you said, it’s just a demonstration. I’m sorry you didn’t like it.

E.J.: *laughs* Ladies, ladies. I’m sure the Pretty Pamela meant no harm...

Pam: No indeed, E.J. *sidles up next to him and brings her lips close to his*

E.J.: *turns pale* Well this has been a very interesting demonstration, yes indeed. Let’s call it a success and bring this show to a close. *dashes backstage muttering, Never Again.*

Now where do you suppose EJ ran off to?


Purchase Gwen Gardner’s Givin’ Up The Ghost at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

And there are two giveaways! Visit 
Partners in ParanormYA for the Big Swag Giveaway and for Week Three Giveaway.


  1. Replies
    1. lol No doubt! Luckily, I wasn't hit with a chair by a redneck, baby-daddy. :-)

    2. Hey, those girls resemble that remark lol!!

  2. Thanks so much, EJ. This whole blogtown tour has been a load of fun. So glad to have you as a part of it.

    Now...I can't help wondering if dear, soul-sucking Pam may have gone a bit too far in trying to steal your soul. I should have warned you. She LOVES stealing souls from men.

    1. No worries, AB. If I had a dollar for every time a woman had tried to steal my soul ... ;-D

    2. Don't tell me you'd be rich lol!!

  3. EJ, I hope you're feeling better now. Pam can be a bit overwhelming at times. AND thank you so much for hosting us today. If you ever have us back, Angela and I will be close by to make our naughty characters behave!

    1. You know, Gwen, every time we let Pam out to play, something is bound to happen lol!!!

  4. Very cute, you guys!

    Hugs and chocolate,

    1. Many hugs and chocolate to you and tasty treats to Sir Poops and Hairball :-)

  5. Oh wow. Loved this. So much creativity. Angela and Gwen are fantastic writers. ...will see you ladies on my blog Thursday. :)

  6. Fun. And two women of action not waiting for their someday!

    1. Thanks, L.G. Yeah, we thought about the Someday bus but after checking the schedule, I wasn't too fond of it's vagueness lol!!

  7. What more can we ask of a Monday morning than a bit of soul sucking?!

    1. Add in a little laughter and that's a silly - or fun - start to a week.

  8. EJ is a very wise man to run!! Great way to showcase the characters!! :)

    1. Thanks Jemi. I fear he'll never be the same. *shakes head*

  9. Replies
    1. Elise, I know. I think EJ needs a few days off after this:)

  10. LOL. That was brilliant. Brought a much needed smile to my face.

    Gwen - I've thought a lot about giving up my job and writing. It's a scarey move, and one I don't feel confident about at the moment. But I take inspiration from the fact it has worked for you. I must think on it more.

  11. What? I was cheering for Pam.
    *points* He went that way. Get him! LOL

  12. A very clever post with great guests. Excellent idea, E.J., even though you had to make a fast getaway.

    1. I'd love to take credit, Pat, but this was all the creative genius of Angela and Gwen! I was only a pawn, which suits their characters just fine I'd imagine. :-)

  13. That was one of the most entertaining interviews I've ever read. :)

  14. I'm delighted seeing these ladies and their characters again. Fun interview.

  15. You ladies are always so entertaining! Loved this.


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