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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Damnation Books, LLC (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615722750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615722754
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.9 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,362,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

R. J. Sullivan's novel Haunting Blue is an edgy paranormal thriller and the first book of the adventures of punk girl Fiona "Blue" Shaefer and her boyfriend Chip Farren. Seventh Star Press released Haunting Obsession, a Rebecca Burton Novella, in 2012 and Virtual Blue, the second book in Fiona's tale, in 2013.

R. J.'s short stories have been featured in such acclaimed collections as Dark Faith Invocations by Apex Books and Vampires Don't Sparkle. His newest project is the Red Lotus series of science fiction novelettes for readers of all ages.

R.J. resides with his family in Heartland Crossing, Indiana.He drinks from a Little Mermaid coffee mug and is man enough to admit it. Check in to www.rjsullivanfiction.com regularly to learn the latest about R. J. Sullivan.

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Together, they propel the reader to a deeply satisfying conclusion.
Bob Chenoweth
Solid storytelling, clear and evocative prose, and compelling characters make this a memorable read, one I very much enjoyed.
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If you're looking for a good read, pick up a copy for yourself or a loved one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Wedlund on December 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Haunting Blue is a wonderfully captivating story about a spunky misfit girl made to resettle in a small town. It parallels a mystery that haunts the town, delivering a double punch of plot and interest. Always lively and entertaining, I recommend it, particularly for the young adult audience. Of course, I'm not young adult; I just enjoy good stories that are well executed. Nicely done.
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By Amazon Customer on November 8, 2011
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Fiona ("Blue")--against her wishes--moves with her mother to a small Indiana town. At first, it seems that all Blue has to look forward to is the day she'll become a legal adult and can move back out, but then she is drawn into an exploration of a dark incident in the town's past--and attracts the attention of a restless spirit with unfinished business.

RJ Sullivan takes the time to develop his characters, investing them with depth, secrets, and real emotion. Third-person scenes within the overall first-person narrative develop the driving incident from the past, and what seems to be a straightforward path toward the intersection of the two takes several surprising twists into dark and dangerous territory. Solid storytelling, clear and evocative prose, and compelling characters make this a memorable read, one I very much enjoyed.
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By Michele Lee on June 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Ghosts are one of the overlooked monsters of the paranormal out there these days, mostly likely because it's hard to make a ghost sexy (I mean, without totally ripping off Ghost.) Luckily RJ Sullivan doesn't even try. Haunting Blue is classic, fun little horror novel about a blue-haired punk girl forced to move to small town Indiana who immediately gets tied up in the town's big urban legend. It has a classic ghost story/urban legend feel, that one would expect to be cliché at this point, but is still very tantalizing. And it's got the only climax at a theme park that I've enjoyed other than Zombieland.

Sullivan makes good use of his teen lead's heavy mix of feelings and sense of worthlessness without making this an issue book. Also the involvement of a geek hero and a D&D table top "date" scene (even if it was wrong, number-wise) humored me to no end. Haunting Blue is a solid read, it moves well, sweeping readers up in Fiona's conflicts, be they mundane or ghostly. Recommended for sure, especially for readers looking for a good ghost story in a vampire and zombie world.
Contains: violence, language, sex
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By Mattyjam on March 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend Haunting Blue!

The novel follows the story of Fiona (nickname 'Blue') who moves to a small town with her mother - reluctantly - and uncovers some sinister folklore and history of the town in which she lives. Legends of ghost sightings, criminals and creepy neighbours all combine beautifully to make this a fascinating, dark and creepy read.

I fell in love with this book instantly - RJ Sullivan's words flow effortlessly across the page, his story both captivating and sinister.

I was very impressed with the character of Blue. RJ Sullivan manages to slip inside the mind of this young, teenage girl with such authenticity it amazed me.

There are some frightening moments in store, and some tearful moments. I admit to feeling emotional at certain scenes - but I won't spoil anything for you here!

The author has done a great job - and I will probably enjoy reading this again in the future.

Whether you're young or old, I think there is something each of us can take from this novel.
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What do you get when you mix teen angst, rebellion, young love, murder, a ghost in an amusement park, and personal redemption? In the hands of a less skilled storyteller, you could end up with a mess. But in the deft hands of debut novelist R.J. Sullivan, you get Haunting Blue, a cohesive page-turner that will have you rooting for its deeply flawed heroine, Blue Shaefer, even after the final page.

While Blue isn't quite as deeply scarred as Libeth Salander in Larsson's "Girl Who..." trilogy, she is similarly engaging and resourceful. Sullivan enters the psyche of this teen girl seamlessly and plants us firmly in her first-person world. Sullivan also makes an interesting choice by giving us intermittent third-person chapters detailing the crime that Blue and her newfound techy geek lover Chip Farren must solve. Sullivan expertly handles this juxtaposition of first- and third-person POVs. Each storyline (which, of course, ultimately converge) is compelling in its own right. Together, they propel the reader to a deeply satisfying conclusion.

Like it's heroine, though, Haunting Blue is not perfect. Trademark attributions throughout seem overly cautious. Also, shifts to present tense appear often in Blue's narrative; to be fair, I read this on the Kindle edition, so it's possible that italics could be present in the paperback version to indicate the deliberate intrusion of these present tense thoughts. But these are minor quibbles indeed. Ultimately, Haunting Blue is a fine debut that should launch additional "Blue" books and earn Sullivan a sizeable following and respect as a story crafter. Buy this book. You'll enjoy the ride.
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