Thursday, June 23, 2011

Guest Blogger - Gracen Miller

*last minute touch-ups on hair as the producer counts down with his fingers…three…two…one…is cued to begin with a red light on the camera*

AMBER:  *sitting straight with legs crossed at the ankles*  Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.  Today’s guest is a very interesting individual.  Madison Wescott comes from a small town in Alabama and is the heroine of Pandora’s Box.  *turns to Madison* I’m glad you could join us, Madison. 

MADISON:  *resisting the urge to blink in the glare of bright lights* Thanks for having me, Amber. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be here.

AMBER:  I understand you *finger quote* helped *end finger quote* my assistant with a delicate situation?


AMBER:  He sings your praises nonstop.  Could you tell the good American folks, what it was you did to help him.

MADISON:  Well…*squints at the camera* He had a Plague Demon toying with him and his family. 

AMBER:  Mmmhmm…I admit I’m skeptical about the paranormal world, Madison.  But since receiving your aid, my assistant has begun to research for what he says is the coming Armageddon.  I figured anyone that inspired that type of radical reaction from such a laid-back man, should take the spotlight here and explain to us what is going on. 

MADISON:  I once felt the same way as you, Amber, skeptical and disbelieving of God and monsters.  Unfortunately, I learned how incorrect I was.

AMBER:  How did you discover this alternate world?

MADISON:  My son, Amos, went homicidal at the age of five. He started by killing the family pets before moving on to the neighborhood animals. Amos even came after me a couple of times, tried to kill me with a knife.  I needed answers and help.  Oh, I got answers, but the resolution will be a little slower coming.  That monster you had in your closet as a child—

AMBER: How do you know about that?
MADISON:  Amos is a psychic.  He wanted to validate our genuineness so you would believe.  That monster in your closet was very real, it has a name…but that’s not important.  Your Momma never scared it away with her lullabies and hymns.  You pretended it did to make your Momma feel better, but it didn’t stop tormenting you until you moved from the home.

*several long seconds of silence and the producer goes crazy waving his arms from behind the cameraman*

AMBER:  *glances about nervously* Where is your son today?

MADISON:  With a friend.

AMBER:  *relaxes* Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

MADISON:  Hell. 

AMBER:  *blinks* Did I hear you right? Did you say Hell?

MADISON:  *nods* The why is so I can kill the demon at the root of all our problems.

AMBER:  Has someone been instrumental in inspiring your career?

MADISON:  I guess you could say Amos inspired my career.  The only options we had were to face our problems head-on or death. Without Nix’s support, I would’ve never survived the lonely life on the road chasing demons.

AMBER:  How do you educate your son traveling as much as you do?

MADISON:  He’s home-schooled.

AMBER:  *sips on a glass of water and clears her throat* Has someone helped or mentored you in your career?
MADISON:  Yes.  Zen.  He’s taught me many things.  He’s immortal, comes from a time unknown to modern man, and not someone you want as an enemy.  

AMBER:  Is he the one with you today?

AMBER:  He’s kind of cute.  Enigmatic and unsettling too, but I can’t explain why.

MADISON:  He has that effect on people.

AMBER:  Do your demon hunts require research?

MADISON:  *laughs* Textbooks on demon hunting aren’t exactly on the bestseller list.  Research is called life experience.  Nothing is as golden as experience.

AMBER:  What does your family think of your…ah…unique career?

MADISON:  Other than my son, the rest of my family is dead...or complicated.

AMBER:  I’m sorry to hear that. 

MADISON:  *shrugs*  They weren’t good parents.

*awkward silence*

AMBER:  What was the scariest moment of your life?

MADISON:  When my son started acting out.  It didn’t help that the doctors had no clue what was wrong with him, but when we discovered a demon was to blame…*shakes head* Words cannot describe the terror and helplessness I felt. 

AMBER:  Being a mother, I can sympathize.

AMBER:  What artists are most played on your Ipod?
MADISON:  Anything heavy metal. Those lyrics touch a chord deep inside me. Other things you’ll find on my Ipod are various Gregorian exorcisms.

AMBER:  What’s a Gregorian exorcism?

MADISON:  Kind of like the words to a Catholic exorcism, but much more effective at exorcising a demon from a human host.

AMBER:  Surely, you realize all this sounds like something straight out of a horror movie, right? A little hard to believe?

MADISON: *shrugs* No one really believes in the supernatural until it’s thrust into their face.  My one wish would be that no one ever learns the truth of demons.  But the reality is, anyone could be possessed with a demon.  Your spouse, your lover, your best friend…anyone.

AMBER:  *glances at her producer and makeup crew * 

AMBER:  *whispers to self* That’s not scary at all. 

MADISON:  Scary, yes, but I’ve not even scratched the surface of how much scarier it all can get.

AMBER:  Ahem…What do you do to unwind and relax?

MADISON:  Kill demons.

*tense silence*

AMBER:  Do you have any suggestions for new…ah…what do you call them? Demon killers? *nervous laugh*

MADISON:  Doesn’t matter what they’re called because they’ll be called “dead” soon.  My best suggestion, pick a new career.

AMBER:  What would we find under your pillow?

MADISON:  I wish I could say sheets and a bed, but I keep a blade there for whenever a demon gets brave enough to come after us.

AMBER:  I wouldn’t want to startle you awake. 

MADISON:  I would caution against it. 

*producer makes a wrap-up motion with his hand and displays three fingers*

AMBER:  Well, that’s all the time we have.  I hope you enjoyed this segment.  Madison, do you have anything specific you want to say to anyone watching today? A warning or piece of advice, maybe?

MADISON:  There are scarier things than the boogeyman.  To the demons…Hell hath no fury like a mother protecting her child.  *smiles at Amber*  Thanks so much for having me with you.  If you or anyone ever needs my assistance, please contact me through my Facebook or Twitter I.D., MamaHellhound.

Find out more about Madison, Phoenix and Amos, and everything that really happened in Pandora’s Box, Book One of the Road to Hell series.  Pandora’s Box will be released soon, a definite must read!  Until then, here’s where you can find author Gracen Miller, and all her other projects:

Join me on my blogs: 

Madison’s Life Lessons: (Read the Prequel to Pandora’s Box)

Moonlight, Lace & Mayhem:


Where does the road to Hell begin?

What happens when your son turns homicidal overnight, killing the family cat before gutting the family dog? Do you cower in fear or fight for your life? Madison Wescott fights against the odds. Distrustful of a God she doesn't believe in, she finds herself face-to-face with a demonic world she didn't know existed and discovers her own soul is darkened with demonic connections.

With good intentions?

Madison had it all…or thought she did. A husband she adored and a son that brought joy to her life. Then one morning her husband kissed her goodbye, headed off to work and disappeared. Life turned upside down, Madison grows desperate and despondent to help her bloodthirsty son after numerous attempts have failed. Only one man dares to challenge the supernatural forces manipulating them.

Or by demonic design?

Phoenix Birmingham breaches her life in a whirlwind of sarcasm and sexual appeal. A hero for the masses—and for her jaded heart—but few will ever know the sacrifices he has made or the sacrifices to come. Discovering her entire life has been influenced by multifaceted paranormal beings, Madison is determined to defeat the apocalyptic blueprint fate has decreed. Even with Phoenix's aid, can destiny be denied? Or will demonic design prevail and they pay the crucial price with their souls?

In a small, sleepy Alabama town the battle for mankind’s liberty has begun…


She nodded and watched as he doused gauze with antiseptic. "Dr. Nix at your service," he said with a grin, two adorable dimples charming her where words failed.

Madison rolled her eyes, and tipped her head to the side to give him better access. He brushed her hair off her neck, back behind her shoulder. Such a simple gesture, yet it felt terribly personal. The air grew thick and sticky with her awareness of him, which made her uncomfortable enough to shift in her seat and cross her legs.

Madison stared into his eyes. Green, she thought, his eyes were green, gorgeous and intense, with ridiculously long eyelashes women would fantasize about. If they didn't, they should. A flicker of compassion, concern, and something else she couldn't identify flashed in his eyes.

"Ready?" he asked.

The husky tenor of his voice forced her gaze to shift to his mouth. Nice, sexy lips, designed for kissing. She gave a mental shake, but couldn't resist wondering how his mouth would feel on hers.

"Madison?" Humor deepened his voice, a touch of a smile tilted the edges of the lips she'd been fantasizing about, and she realized she still stared at them. "You ready?" he asked again, and her eyes widened in embarrassment over her foolish stupor.

She swallowed hard. "Yeah," she whispered past the lump in her throat and forced her vision to lock on the wall over his shoulder. Good God, what was wrong with her? Her pulse throbbed like crazy, and she felt woozy.

Loss of blood! Must be why she reacted that way. No other explanation made sense.

Even though the antiseptic stung like hell, the gentle touch coming from such a gruff man surprised her.

"It's not bad," he said, dabbing the blood away. "Just a nick."

Well, she could nix the blood loss theory. Exhaustion and stress were the only other excuses she could come up with.


Leave me a comment and I'll pick a few folks to win some Pandora's Box swag!


  1. Very witty interview. I really enjoyed it and the excerpt. Great job ladies!

  2. Wow, Madison, I'm so glad I don't live in your world. Way scary. But your books sound totally cool. Awesome interview, Gracen and Amber. Nice to meet you.

  3. Thanks ladies! Although these weren't quite the interview questions Amber sent me, I had a blast taking them in a different direction.


  4. Love, love, love the interview! Quite hilarious and makes me drool for the book! Sign me up for the swag package please?!?!? *bats eyes*

  5. Amazing interview! Madison is such a badass! I can't wait for Pandora's Box! The prequel is fantastic, so I know they book is going to be wonderful! Nix sounds HAWT! ;) PB swag? How awesome!

  6. Terrific interview of Madison, Gracen! Gotta get me some swagilicious goodies! Dying to read the book!!!


  7. Fun and frightening interview! Sounds like a great read :)

  8. Amber...WHAT A GREAT INTERVIEW! I was riveted for real! Madison is def someone I can't wait to get to know more of.

    I am a hissing hellhound by the way. I psssssst as my calling, Gracen will understand, right Gracen?

    "Hell hath no fury like a mother protecting her child". I am no demon hunter but this is oh so true! As a mom, I totally agree!!

    Cant wait to get my hands on this book!!!!! Thanks for the great interview and the chance to win ROCKING swag!!!

  9. Ok I have to say this...

    when i was posting my code word was

    AWFULL...i laughed so hard!!

  10. I absolutely loved this interview, the author sounds hysterical and someone I would love to get a book from :) Thank you so much! edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson
    *I, too, am convinced there are monsters under my bed and in my closet

  11. *waving* Hi Gracen & Amber! Loved the interview! Just another teaser to make me crazy waiting for Pandora's Box to be released!

  12. Hi! Loving this interview! The more I learn about Pandora's Box the more I grow anxious!

  13. Loved that interview, thanks so much! Sounds like my kind of book.

  14. Great interview :)
    Iv been wanting to check it out for awhile, the story i mean..

  15. I really enjoyed the interview, thanks for letting me know :D
    The world of Pandora's Box seems really attractive, a little bit scary but attractive, hahaha.



  16. can't wait to get this one!!!

  17. Oh, I loved how well written that was!!! I will definitely have to see about getting this series :)


  18. What a great interview! Im still chuckling. You two know how to keep a crowd entertained! :) Your book sounds really good. Im looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway!

  19. Hello! Great interview. :) I got quite a laugh out of it. Gracen, your book sounds awesome and blurb is quite a tease. ;) I cant wait to read it. Thank you!

  20. :) I loved the interview. :) It made me chuckle! :D Your books sounds great! :D I would love to read it! :D Thank You!!! :D

  21. Gracen is like one of my favorite people in the whole wide world. I'm a huge fan! What a great spot!!

  22. Too cool I love it and it was good to read so good questions and answers, I am excited to read all your book really I have to start soon here they just look sooooo good!! :))))))

  23. Fun interview, Gracen! Ah, those pesky demons. ;) Good luck with your books.

  24. The interview was very cool! (: I hope I get a chance to read Gracen's books in the future!

  25. Would love to win some cool swag! Love Gracen she is one of the sweetest people I know!
    Dawn Hagan

  26. Nicole! *tackles with the * For those of you that don't know Nicole, she has her first book releasing tomorrow! A paranormal romance that is sooooo good!! It's called Snow's Heat and she'll be at my blog (Madison's Life Lessons on the Road to Hell) promoting it. =D

    Kristina, Nix IS hawt. Can't write non-hawt heroes, right? The more they smolder the pages, the better! lol

    Deena, I'm dying for the book to be released! =D

    Kellie, thanks so much for showing up! I hope I have the right mixture of horror and romance in Pandora's Box. It's sure to keep you guessing...I hope. lol

    LOL @ Mindy plugging in "awfull" to post her comment. And you're righty-o, you're my hissing Hellhound! lol My Hellhounds crack me many of them have their own unique sound they make and I LOVE it!! I've got the greatest group of folks on my FB friends list and at my FB Road to Hell series fan page.

    Krystal, I am soooooo NOT hilarious! Pandora's Box is dark and riddled with danger. I like to have a good time and laugh, but I wouldn't call myself a "funny" girl. Nope, not at all.

    Elena, are you ready for another Life Lesson? *giggles at that teaser* ;-) Elena is always asking me for updates on Madison's Life Lessons and has dubbed herself my #1 Fan. =D

    Tich, I'm anxious to get it released too!! lol Thanks for turning out to support me and Madison today.

    Nat, thanks so much for coming out today.

    LorettaLynn, I'll be sure to let you know when Pandora's Box is released.

    Alexandra, Madison's world is scary, but writing their life has been a fun ride too. I'm obessesed with them and their lives. Some days they feel like family I can't kick out of my head! lol

    Me either Hales!!

    Shadowestr, I'll let you know when it's available. =D

    Tonya, thanks so much! Hmm...that's twice someone has mentioned laughing at the interview. lol I didn't realize I did humor at all, but I'm glad y'all saw the humor. =D

    Thanks, Shadow...I'll definitely keep ya updated.

    Thanks, Kohler for showing up!

    Leanore! ~hugs~ I'm pretty dang fond of you too. =D

    Thanks, Bella! I hope you enjoyed Elfin Blood...which she won from my blog hop last week. =D

    Thanks, Dana! Those demons may be pesky, but they're fun to write! =D baby Hellhound. Thanks for showing up and supporting me today. ~huggles~

    Aww...Dawn...*blushes* Thanks gal, you're pretty awesome yourself. But don't tell folks I'm too sweet or they'll be confused why a Mamma Hellhound is sweet and you'll ruin my image. ;-) LOL

    Thanks you to ALL of you for coming out today!! I'll announce the winner tomorrow to give my international friends a chance to enter as well.


  27. I love interviews like this, they're so engaging! Excellent job with the write up of the character, Madison in the interview, for someone who hasn't read the series yet, I found that the character seemed both real and interesting. Hope there will be more interviews like this in the future!

  28. Thanks, Devon, for coming out to join us today. The series isn't released yet, so you're not behind on reading it. =D I plan on there being more interviews like this in the future!


  29. I can't wait to read it!. I'd love to win some swag!!! Pick me, Pick Thanks for the contest and interview!

  30. What a great interview. So funny :)

  31. Great interview! Pandora's Box sounds great. I love the excerpt of the book.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Thanks so much to ALL of you for coming out to read Madison's interview and for leaving comments! picked the winner and it chose...


    I'll contact you by email, Kohler, and thank you sooooo much for leaving your email address!


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