Friday, 13 April 2012

Dead Rules Blog Tour

Dead Rules
by Randy Russell

Summary: When Jana Webster dies in a tragic accident, she finds herself transferred to 'Dead School' in the afterlife, where students fall into distinct cliques. Risers (good kids who died innocently), Sliders (bad kids, who have one foot tied to earth) and Virgins (there are fewer than Jana would expect).

Jana's boyfriend and love of her life - Michael - is still in the land of the living. Michael is Romeo to Jana's Juliet and as the story goes... even death can't keep them apart. Tired of waiting for him to kill himself over his grief of losing her, Jana decides she needs to do it for him.

To kill Michael she'll need the help of a dangerous and sexy Slider - Mars Dreamcoate. But Mars has a goal of his own: he wants to save a life to atone for having taken one in a drunk-driving accident. And to complicate matters, he was trying to save Jana when she died and saw what was really going on when her 'accident' happened. Jana decides to do whatever it takes to get Michael back, and nothing - not even Mars' warm touch or the devastating secret he holds about her death - will stop her.
So I read Dead Rules a while ago and really liked it, you can read my review here. I really recommend it if you're looking for something quirky and fun to read.

Anyway, seeing as it's Friday the 13th and given the subject matter of the book, Randy Russel has written up a Friday the 13th themed guest post for us as part of the Dead Rules blog tour. :)

Are You Kissing Anyone on Friday the 13th?

Friday the 13th is a lucky day for ghosts because more people are apt to become ghosts. According to research published in the British Medical Journal, significantly more people are admitted to hospital from car accidents than on other Fridays. This, even though it is likely less people choose to drive their cars on a Friday the 13th.

Citing the scientifically approved article, “Friday the 13th is unlucky for some. The risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52-percent. Staying at home is recommended.”

As a ghost researcher and author, I find the number 13 to be a lucky one. But when it comes on a Friday, I think the 13th would best be recognized as a holiday for one and all. I am surprised that none of our established greeting card companies offer cards to commemorate the noted day of superstition and danger. What are they afraid of?

There are times during the year when the world of the afterlife comes closer to our own and ghosts tend to appear and make themselves known. Graveyards virtually bloom with spectres at midnight on the eve of All Saints Day. Cattle bow down on their legs (and sometimes speak) at midnight on the eve of Old Christmas, while people born on this date are often clairvoyant and many possess the touch of magic.

Friday the 13th, however, may appear on the calendar at any season. There are three such Fridays this year alone. Yet ghost activity and bad luck do prevail on a Friday the 13th. My best guess is that people on this date are, in fact, more open to noticing ghosts (which I do believe are rather constant visitors among us) and perhaps just anxious enough to cause their own accidents.

If you want to see a ghost, today might truly be better than most. It is as likely a perfect day for a ghost to see you. Dress smart.

For those of us who wish to avoid bad luck on an unlucky day, this is accomplished by wearing an item of apparel either backwards or inside-out. Bad luck may also be thwarted by wearing a ring on the opposite hand than is your habit. The idea is to confuse bad luck, or an evil entity, long enough for the 14th to roll around.

It is also advised that when you sit, you keep both feet on the floor. Lifting your feet while seated on the 13th invites havoc. Crossing your eyes in a mirror on this date doubles your chances of ill fortune by midnight. Others suggest that kissing someone with your lips parted on Friday the 13th will result in a transfer between lovers of the evil bits buried in the human heart.


You can read an extract here or check out more stuff on Randy's blog, and here is the Goodreads page for the book. :)


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