Detour 2 Death Offical Guest Post and Giveaway by J.R. Turner!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Hey Guys!! Today I have a very special guest poster. Her name is J.R. Turner and she is the acquiring editor for Quake Publishing and is here to tell us about her new novel, DETOUR 2 DEATH. This YA paranormal story has all the elements to be a real page turner (see blurb below) and I can't wait to get my hands on this one. Make sure you read the post, because at the end Jenny has been kind enough to put on a little giveaway!! Thank you Jenny!!! 
Detour 2 Death back cover blurb:

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 be tested, her loyalty betrayed, and her love misplaced. No one escapes Death.
J.R. Turner Bio:

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!

Without further ado, I turn over the floor to our guest speaker, J.R. Turner.

Hi Annie, thanks so much for hosting me on my blog tour! :)

I guess the biggest thing my readers all want to know about is the love triangle between Kaylee, her childhood friend Davey, and the archangel Raphael.

At first I didn’t expect Raphael to be anywhere near a love interest for Kaylee, but as time wore on and he showed her more and more love and interest, he became exactly that—a love interest! Seriously though, it was not planned at all. Characters have a way of feeling the way they do—despite the best laid plans. They’re sort of like us in that regard.

Years ago I saw a wonderfully horrible movie called City of Angels with Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan. I won’t say why it was horrible (if you’ve seen it, you know) but I will say what was wonderful—the way Cage acted toward Meg throughout most of the movie was breathtaking. That sort of love is something we all crave. I guess as an author, I was feeling pretty guilty about putting Kaylee through so much and over time, Raphael began to exhibit much more love than anticipated.

On the other hand, I totally meant for Davey to be the hot guy who gets the girl in the end. He begins the series in a wheelchair, suffering from Transverse Myelitis (an infection in his spinal column.) He spends all of the first three books very ill. Something happened during the writing of Detour 2 Death though. Because I was channeling his subconscious as Kaylee interacted with him in the dreamscape of his coma, I realized that Davey—though a mild mannered and optimistic guy on the outside—had some serious anger issues on the inside. I mean, wouldn’t anyone have some resentment and bitterness about spending the last two years of school in a wheelchair?

Not only didn’t I expect him to be so angry, I didn’t expect him to be so violent. While in his real world he cherishes Kaylee, in his coma, his subconscious self is paranoid she’s going to leave him. This does not bode well for her when she needs to confront the reaper trying to kill him outside of his coma.

As the series continues, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen with Raphael and Davey and who she’ll end up with at the end. Right now she has them both, but for how long?

Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog, Annie! I’m looking forward to reading the comments and answering any questions anyone has. I’ll also be happy to choose a name from those who leave a comment and send them a free, handmade and beautifully beaded book thong!



Here are the links if you would like to contact Jenny or submit to Quake Publishing!

Quake: Shaking up Young Readers


Official Website of J.R. Turner:


Monica-Marie Holtkamp said...

Even though I'm seeing that this is a series...this particular book looks as if it could stand alone! That is a great feat! Thank you for taking the time to talk with Annie and giving me a chance to see new books in the YA market!!


J.R. Turner said...

Thanks so much for coming by, Monica! So glad to meet you :) Yes, I definitely do my best to make each book stand alone, though they are part of the overall character arc. But, the story in each is complete unto itself and each book begins with a little recap so the reader knows what is happening.

Thank you bunches for being a part of my blog tour!


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