Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Shed Blog Tour (+$25 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: The Shed
Author: Dianne Hartsock
Series: N/A
Pages: 223
Date Published: June 10th 2014
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Format: ebook
Genre: Mystery
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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As a Certified Mental Health Therapist, Scott Reid has his share of interesting experiences, though nothing compares with the time he spends with the psychic, Alex Elson. Plagued by terrifying images and dreams, Alex turns to Doctor Reid in the hopes of learning to control his visions. Instead, Scott is pulled into Alex’s world, where dreams and reality mix and nightmares are real.

Two young men, brothers, have been abducted from the lake outside of Oakton without a trace of who took them. That is, until Alex receives a silver pocket watch in the mail belonging to the elder brother, a taunt from the kidnapper for Alex to come find them. Alex’s visions turn at once into nightmares. Images flash in his mind of an abandoned well and a terrified, lonely boy slowly dying at the bottom. The shed looms close by, holding a horrifying secret, a dark place Alex’s frightened mind refuses to go.

With the help of Scott Reid, Alex endeavors to control his visions and find the brutalized victims before death claims them. But the watch is ticking away and time’s running out.
~Meet Alex!~
Hi, I'm Alex from Dianne's new novel THE SHED. She wanted me to tell you a little about myself and my part in trying to track down Christopher and his brother's kidnapper. Also about the horrible things that I see happening in the shed. But we'll get to that. Come join me out here on the patio. The sun's shining and there are still a few late blooms on Jane's flowers. Autumn color is still clinging to the trees.

Don't worry to be out here with me!  I know its been rumored that I'm psychic, but I don't read minds or anything like that. I mostly see impressions given off from extreme emotion, feeling and seeing what that person is experiencing.

This is how I was able to help the police track down a serial killer last summer. I'm also hoping to help them with this new crime, God willing. At the moment I have no control over these visions or how I react to them. But my counselor Dr. Reid is helping me to tell when a vision is coming and then control how I act on it. Right now I'm more like a puppet going wherever the images take me. But I have hope of one day living a normal life.

I'm sorry, would you like some coffee or tea? I tend to babble when I'm nervous. I've been a little worried I might get a vision while you're here. Hopefully, Jane will finish her painting in the studio soon and will join us, you know, to keep an eye on me. But again, don't worry. I won't turn violent or anything like that. I might just say things you won't understand, usually to the people in my vision. Or I might just get up and walk away. All perfectly harmless.

My visions lately have been terrible. I see a boy trapped down a well, unable to climb out, and I don't know where he is. There's also another boy missing in the forest. And there's this shed close to the well. I haven't seen inside it yet, but the image of it terrifies me. Something terrible is in there, I just know it. Scott Reid is working with me to help me focus my thoughts, try to see more in my next vision that might help us find the boys before it's too late for them.

That is my ultimate goal, to control my visions and help those I can. Scott Reid is an excellent psychologist and I have some dear friends to stand by me. Wish me success! And thank you so much for stopping in. See! Nothing to be afraid of. I'm perfectly harmless…
~Try an Excerpt!~
“Hey Alex…” Justin’s voice trailed off, and he put the coffee pot on the warmer and went over to him when the man didn’t respond. Scott joined them, leaving his computer on the table as he passed. Alex’s eyes were wide, unfocused as he stared out the window. His breath came quickly and sweat beaded his forehead.

“What do you see?” Scott asked, voice mild, placid.

“It’s hot here. Grass is dry.” Alex’s whispered words sent a shiver through Scott. He sounded…detached. “The forest is dark across the way. Crows circle above the trees.”

“Alex, where are you right now?” Scott made the question a demand.

A shudder ran Alex’s lean frame. “I’m in your office, Dr. Reid. I see the garden through the window. But I’m also here, in this empty field. Talk to me! I want to come away from here.”

Scott touched his hand. “Come home, Alex.”

“It’s hard. Something’s drawing me to the forest. God! I don’t want to go in there.”

“Jane would want you to come home,” Scott said firmly, using the ace up his sleeve. For a second he didn’t think even the deep love Alex had for his wife could draw
him back, but then he blinked his eyes into focus, and gave Scott a slight smile.

“Thank you. That’s a terrible place.”

“Is it a real place, do you think?”

Alex’s expression turned bleak. “Yes,” he whispered.
~Meet Dianne!~ 
Dianne grew up in one of the older houses in the middle of Los Angeles, a place of hardwood floors and secret closets and back staircases. It’s where her love of the mysterious and wonderful came from. Dianne now lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play.

She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house while it pours rain outside, a fire crackles on the hearth inside, and a cup of hot coffee warms her hands which kindles her imagination.

Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.

Dianne will be awarding a A $25 Gift Card from Amazon plus an e-copy of ALEX, the first book in the series to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Liked the excerpt, and thank you for the chance to win :)

    1. Hi Lisa! Glad you liked it. I really enjoyed the interaction between these two throughout the book. :)

  2. Thanks so much for having me over Andra! Hugs. :)

  3. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

    1. Glad you liked it, Rita! I like these two together. :)

  4. I love character interviews, thanks for sharing

    1. Happy you stopped by, Shannon! I think character interviews are some of my favorite to write! A chance to revisit my guys. :)

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    1. Thanks Heather! It's from one of my favorite scenes!

  6. Great excerpt! I really pulled me in.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Glenda! Thanks for coming by. :)

  7. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the chance to win it! :)

    1. Glad you made it by, Heidi! Happy you liked the excerpt. :)

  8. Your summary of the book sounds good!