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Bernita Harris – Guest Blog & Giveaway

Hi All,

Today I have Paranormal Romance author Bernita Harris here guest blogging to celebrate the upcoming release of her debut e-book, Dark & Disorderly! Be sure to read through to the end for the giveaway deets. I’ll pass the reigns over…

Sidhes and Such
When one has written a paranormal suspense novel which includes a bean sidhe in the cast of characters, what better place to introduce her than a site by the name of Sidhe Vicious Reviews?
I’m really happy to be here today and thank you so much for inviting me!
Popular culture has trained us to think of the bean sidhe (banshee) in her aspect of The Weeper, the fae creature who attaches herself to various ancient families of Irish descent and keens a shrieking lament at their deaths.
However, I learned from research that Bean Sidhes–like most paranormal entitieshave multiple roles in myth and legend. She is also the Washer Woman, the Woman-of-the Fords, who launders the clothing of those who are about to die. It seemed appropriate then in Dark and Disorderly, that–instead of beating at blood-stained clothing in the cold water at the edge of some shallow river ford–my modern banshee frequent the local laundromat.
At their first encounter there, Lillie describes her thus:
A small woman in a forest green tracksuit and a stone-gray windbreaker sleeve-tied around her shoulders like a cloak stood filling the washer next to mine. Ornate, carved combs swept back her hair, brick-red, from a delicate, ageless face. Her ears, contrary to popular description, were not pointed. She had no aura as such, she was pure shimmer.
 She smiled and looked me up and down, green eyes crinkling, and turned back to her mixed wash. Sheets and men’s clothes, mostly, brightly stained, in a wicker basket by her feet. Cold water wash for blood…
I took my hand away from the useless bag of salt hidden in the kangeroo pocket of my sweatshirt. Rowan and red alder alone would serve for such as she.
The banshee proceeds to make enigmatic comments about Lillie’s parentage, warns her of the corpse pale on her doorstep– and advises her not to subject her good bras to the excessive heat of the commercial dryer.
Of course, the banshee is not the only paranormal creature to appear in Dark and Disorderly. Also out of legend comes a Mauthe Doog, a Black Dog named Dumbarton, who, when he is not off chasing spectral squirrels and ghostly groundhogs, presents himself as Lillie’s watchdog.
And, of course, there are the ghosts…
Writing is an isolating occupation, so writers crave and yearn for readers’ reactions, comments and questions. Please comment! Please ask! And you can always reach me at bernita dot harris at gmail dot com.I would love to hear from you!
Bernita Harris
The Adventures of Lillie St. Claire
DARK AND DISORDERLY –  Carina Press, June 28
An Innocent A-Blog
Thanks Bernita! 🙂

Giveaway Details:

Bernita Harris has been gracious enough to supply a e-book copy of Dark & Disorderly to giveaway to one of my readers! Contest is open to Everyone.

Ask Bernita a question about the book, about writing, about the paranormal elements she discusses in her guest post! 

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry)

 For extra entries:  

  • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)
  • If you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you’re an old follower. (+2 entries)
  • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)
  • Follow me on Twitter, Add me as a friend on FaceBook, GoodReads, MySpace, Chapters Community or LibraryThing. (add 1 entry each for however many places you followed/friended me)
  • Contest is open to Everyone  and will run through July 3rd until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on July 4th. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

(I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. :D )


June 23, 2010 - Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases, Upcoming Releases | , , , ,


  1. Much enjoyed Bernita’s thoughts. I wonder, how do I get a Banshee to do my typing for me? I’d like to just be an idea man when it comes to writing and have the hard work left to an “assitant” of some kind.

    Comment by Charles Gramlich | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  2. another bit of bernita revealed here! 🙂

    i need a bean sidhe to do MY laundry; how do i contact one, and what does she charge? 😉 lol

    enrolled for your email, now will plug this in fb

    my site:

    always happy to promote fellow canuckistanians 😀

    Comment by laughingwolf | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  3. ADORE the idea of putting legendary paranormal creatures in a modern setting, and finding that they’re just as chilling. And Bernita does it so very well! 🙂

    Comment by Raine | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  4. Bernita your book sounds very interesting. I like reading all types of books. I enjoy reading very much and have even thought about writing even though I have no experience. What made you decide to be a writer? What type of training do you have? Did you know you would be a good writer.

    Comment by Victoria Zumbrum | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  5. ok… this url also now on my site 😀

    Comment by laughingwolf | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  6. Charles, it might help if you had Irish ancestors…

    Oh no, LW, she only washes the laundry of those about to die, and we don’t want that!

    Thank you, Raine!

    Thank you, Victoria! You already have half of the necessary training–you like to read and you read a lot. The other half is writing. Writing a lot–one learns by doing.
    I’m not sure there was a point when I “decided” I wanted to “be” a writer. I’ve always liked to write. Perhaps when I decided I had a story I wanted to share?
    Writers don’t truly know they are good, instead they hope. Readers decide whether a writer is a good writer. Readers are the final judge.

    Comment by Bernita | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  7. What’s your favourite moment in the book? (Or would that be a spoiler?)

    You can reach me at

    Comment by fairyhedgehog | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  8. I love the thought that you wrote about a banshee. This was something totally different. How many books will be in this series?

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    Comment by Julie SWaney | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  9. I’ve been waiting for release date on this book. I read the first chapter excerpt and can’t wait to read the rest. Best wishes on the release.

    How did you decide which creatures of legend to use in your books?

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    Comment by JenM | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  10. Fairy, I have several. One occurs after Lillie exorcizes several harmless ghosts from a derelict family cemetery and questions the ethics of her job.

    I’m glad you like a banshee character, Jellybelly. I’m rather fond of this one.
    There will be a sequel at least.

    Jen, thank you so much! Monday is release day.
    Sometimes, it’s really hard to choose–there are so many fascinating myths and legends. A Lillie St. Claire short story features trolls from Scandanavia. For D&D I wanted to include legends that the average reader would probably be familiar with, in name, at least. I may have been influenced toward Celtic legends because one of my great-great grandmothers came from Kinsale in southern Ireland; and my husband’s family has a personal “Black Dog” haunting.

    Comment by Bernita | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  11. The book sounds really good. How long did it take to research the banshee myths and legends? Where does one even start with that?

    Comment by Scott Romanski | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  12. Scott,thank you. I began with the internet and I have a fairly extensive library. As for time, I have no idea–it’s so easy to lose track of time when researching a fascinating subject!

    Comment by Bernita | June 25, 2010 | Reply

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  14. the banshee at the laundromat? just picturing that cracked me up! oh, i’ve got to read this book! and she’s right, never put your bras in the dryer…..:)

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    Comment by kisah | June 27, 2010 | Reply

  15. Wonderful guest blog. This book sounds fabulous!

    Mauthe Doog immediately caught my eye. 😉


    p.s. Please don’t enter me in the giveaway (I can’t read e-books).

    Comment by E.J. Stevens | June 28, 2010 | Reply

  16. Looks interesting. I will have to take a look. I haven’t read any of her books yet. Thanks I am alway on the lookout for a new author

    Comment by Caroline | June 28, 2010 | Reply

  17. Kisah, there’s also a “Black Coach” guy who has upgraded to a black SUV…

    Thank you, E.J.

    Hope you will like it, Caroline!

    Comment by Bernita | June 29, 2010 | Reply

  18. Your book sounds great. Who are some of your favorite authors. And will this be a series and how many book do you plan on.
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    Comment by Pamk | July 3, 2010 | Reply

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