Print Cover Reveal for Haunt My Heart

Haunt My Heart’s release day is counting down. See… over there on the right, just above the cover pic? Sooooo close!

Want to know the best part? You’re going to be able to buy it in ebook AND print. Check out this print cover:

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00061]

Jaycee over at Sweet & Spicy Designs has been doing a fantastic job for me. What do you think?

Want to read? You can read a sneak peek here: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

HauntMyHeartFinal (533x800) - Copy

A Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

Pinterest book board here http://www.pinterest.com/medley3/haunt-my-heart-novel/

Don’t miss a thing! Sign up for blog updates and a ridiculously sporadic newsletter in the box at the top right of this page.

Fallen and fettered in Haunt My Heart

925-sterling-silver-men-s-german-eagle-black-onyx-ring-711b2

http://www.ioffer.com/i/925-sterling-silver-men-s-german-eagle-black-onyx-ring-96713637

The hero of Haunt My Heart is a ghost trapped in a fetter by a pissy witch. Tanner was a Civil War soldier and a supernatural liaison for the Brothers of Peril, a secret sect of the Freemasons. When he gets on the wrong side of one of his charges, he finds himself faced with an impossible choice.

As a result, he’s hexed to an object that’s precious to him and condemned to a life of limbo unless he can find true love and break the hex.

For more information on how to identify a fetter and more importantly, how to exorcise one, I asked Alexandra Chauran, a second-generation fortune teller and professional psychic intuitive from the Seattle area for some advice.

Thanks for joining us today, Alex! Have you ever encountered a fetter? What was the object?

            A fetter is a prison or a home for a spirit, and can be thought of as a haunted object. Cursed objects don’t have to be haunted fetters, but they can be. Cursed objects can also contain energy, elementals, tulpas or egregores. That’s fancy witch speak for “things that go bump in the night.” I’ve encountered fetters and cursed objects. Most often, I encounter fetters that are actually positive in nature. For example, a watch or a locket associated with the energy of the spirit of a loved one who had passed. Less commonly, I’ll find objects that have become repositories for negative energy or that have been used to entrap entities that do not want to be trapped, such as a crystal used to cage an earth elemental, or a jawbone that was used to contain a ghost.

How did your client know there was a spiritual problem with the object?

            People usually know because either they are the people who created the problem with the object by messing around with various magic, or because they received the object from a magical practitioner who outright told them it was cursed. For example, one person received a necklace from a pissy witch who later told her that the necklace was cursed after the woman’s daughter noticed her hair was falling out!

Under what circumstances can/do spirits become trapped in objects?

            Spirits can voluntarily move into an object if invited. This is sometimes how a person might feel close to a beloved deceased grandma when wearing her heirloom ring. However, trapping a spirit in an object is pretty heavy duty magical business. It involves an experienced and competent magical practitioner doing ritual procedures to command powerful energy with just the right equipment at just the perfect point in time. Talk about the complicated recipe from hell.

What steps did you take to free the spirit?

            Destroying the object is usually the best course of action, and happily in most of my experiences people are happy to be rid of them. Some people choose to try to save the object, especially if it’s a valuable piece of jewelry, by verbally releasing the spirit and cleansing the object through methods such as sage smudging, temporary burial, passing the object through fire, packing the object in salt, or washing it. These processes are sometimes called exorcisms.

How did you know it was gone for good?

            The relief that happens afterwards for everybody involved is palpable! Trapped spirits are not happy spirits. Have you ever walked into a home where two people were fighting and felt the tense energy that made you just want to disappear? Imagine the relief you’d feel if those people stopped fighting and were loving and all the energy of the home was loving and calm again. In some cases, the spirit will stick around and be thankful. In other cases, the spirit will make a hasty retreat and some sensitive people can sense its departure as a chill in the air or even by seeing the ghost. I typically perform divination such as a pendulum dowsing or crystal ball reading to confirm everything is good, but that’s because I’m addicted to fortune telling.

Any other advice for dealing with a fetter?

Don’t just throw away the object and possibly scare the garbage man or give it away to somebody unsuspecting by tossing it into a donation bin.  Even if you’re trying to convince yourself that it’s all in your head, that’s not a nice thing to do to somebody else if you happen to be right about the object being cursed or haunted. There are plenty of witches and psychics out there, myself included, who are happy to receive cursed objects by mail if you simply ask nicely. Also, don’t let anybody tell you that it costs a lot of money to remove a curse. From what I’ve explained to you, you can see that it’s pretty easy to take care of the problem yourself for free. Yes, it’s hard to trap spirits against their will effectively using magic, but it’s much easier to set them free. Everything is trying to return to its rightful place. The universe seeks its balance.

Need psychic advice? You can find Alex at Earthshod.comTwitter and Facebook.

Find Alex’s book, Have You Been Hexed? Recognizing and Breaking Curses here: Amazon Nook 

Want to read Haunt My Heart and see her advice in action? Look for it January 5, 2015 in ebook and print. Read a sneak peek here: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

HauntMyHeartFinal (533x800) - Copy

A Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

Pinterest book board here http://www.pinterest.com/medley3/haunt-my-heart-novel/

Don’t miss a thing! Sign up for blog updates and a ridiculously sporadic newsletter in the box at the top right of this page.

A ghost at Chatham Manor? The Lady in White and Haunt My Heart

Chatham_Entrance_Statue

When I knew I wanted to write a ghost story about a Civil War hero, it didn’t take much Googling before I came to a post about the haunting of Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Chatham Manor was the Union headquarters and makeshift hospital during the early stages of the Civil War. That alone would be enough to stir up a whole hoard of ghosts but Chatham was haunted well before the war.

The most often sought after spirit is the Lady in White of Chatham Manor. The spirit known as The Lady in White is commonly found in cultures all over the world.

Lady in White

Intrepid ghost hunters often search for and try to make contact with Chatham’s Lady  on the anniversary of her death. Read about The Lady here:

A ghost at Chatham?  Lady in White legend attracts more than 100 to Chatham grounds on Thursday

Want to read Haunt My Heart? Look for it January 5, 2015 in ebook and print. Read a sneak peek here: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

HauntMyHeartFinal (533x800) - Copy

A Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

Pinterest book board here http://www.pinterest.com/medley3/haunt-my-heart-novel/

Don’t miss a thing! Sign up for blog updates and a ridiculously sporadic newsletter in the box at the top right of this page.

 

#8Sunday from Haunt My Heart

This week’s selection is from Haunt My Heart, which releases on January 5, 2015. Haunt My Heart is the story of a hexed Civil War soldier who gets a second chance at life and love after he’s freed from a fetter in modern day Fredericksburg, Virginia.

This is the first eight of the story:

HauntMyHeartFinal (533x800) - Copy“Hurry up, Sarah. We’re going to miss the ghost!”

Sarah Knight rolled her eyes in the cold December darkness, but trotted after Ellie’s bouncing flashlight beam. Sarah’s heels crunched through the frozen topsoil as she crossed the lawn, and she worried about the damage being done to her only pair of sensible work shoes. Ellie had failed to mention this would be on an outdoor excursion.

Ellie had been dragging her out on girls’ nights against her better judgment since they graduated from college. Last month, they’d gone to a mixed martial arts fight, complete with blood, screaming and more than one missing tooth. And that had been the spectators.

That’s all until next week, folks. Thanks for visiting.

Click on the WeWriWa link to check out the other participating authors. So many tasty samplings!

 

Want to read? Haunt My Heart is coming January 5, 2015 in ebook and print. Read a sneak peek here: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

Haunt Street Team header

A Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

Pinterest book board here http://www.pinterest.com/medley3/haunt-my-heart-novel/

Don’t miss a thing! Sign up for blog updates and a ridiculously sporadic newsletter in the box at the top right of this page.

How a ghost hunt became a book

Spark an idea. Write a book.

Writers are great collectors and hoarders of snippets, conversations, ideas and experiences. You just never know what tiny spark could conflagrate into a raging fire of words. That’s the hope anyway. I keep a physical folder filled with such writerly tinder. I also have ginormous Evernote file filed with news of the weird where I collate stories and potential characters that catch my eye online.

Facebook and Twitter are virtual breeding grounds of stories ideas.

I’m also a big fan of taking advantage of opportunities when they arise because you never know what small or large life experience might one day lead to something amazing, like a 70K novel. That bucket list of yours? Heck, you could write a story about every ONE of those adventures. Of course, I would have to work a monster into it at some point because…well…monsters.

When I got a chance to go on an actual ghost hunt with The Ozarks Paranormal Society (T.O.P.S.)  a couple of years ago. I knew it would be a fantastic opportunity to study the participants and the hunters for potential characters. But it was my husband’s warning that really got my wheels turning.

“What if something follows you home?” he said.

Hmm…what IF!

I’m sure he was worried about a much more malevolent spirit than Tanner, the hero of Haunt My Heart. Still…what if someone found a haunted object, took it home and then accidentally freed the spirit trapped inside?

And that became the premise for Haunt My Heart.

A spark and then lots of “What if…” questions later, I had a book.

Not that it was all rainbows and unicorns writing it. There were and always will be roadblocks, but Newton’s third law of motion applies to books as well: a book, once in motion, it will remain in motion until you finish or give up.

Never. Give. Up.

And if you find a shiny object on a ghost hunt…you might think twice before bringing it home. You might come home with something more than a souvenir.

Want to read? Haunt My Heart is coming January 5, 2015 in ebook and print. Read a sneak peek here: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

HauntMyHeartFinal (533x800) - Copy

A Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

Pinterest book board here http://www.pinterest.com/medley3/haunt-my-heart-novel/

Don’t miss a thing! Sign up for blog updates and a ridiculously sporadic newsletter in the box at the top right of this page.

 

A Civil War ghost hero for Veteran’s Day

manIn honor of Veteran’s Day and the upcoming release of Haunt My Heart, I’d like to introduce James “Tanner” Dawson, the hero of my ghost romance.

Writing a romance with a ghost for a hero was a challenge. As you can imagine, there were logistical and communication issues from the start. Thankfully, Tanner and I were equally persistent and determined to make things work. We were equally motivated. I needed to finish a novel and Tanner needed to become and stay corporeal after spending 150 years cursed to his Brother’s of Peril ring.

Tanner was a fictional Union lieutenant in the Civil War. The trouble began for him when he was stationed at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1862 just as the U.S. Civil War was gearing up.

Tanner is fictional, but if you’d like to read about some real Civil War heroes, check out the Battle of Fredericksburg or the Fredericksburg Battlefield pages.

cushing photoHere’s a cool story of a real-life Civil War hero recently awarded the Medal of Honor 150 years after his valiant death in battle. Thanks to the persistent doggedness of one 92-year-old fan, 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing, who died during the Battle of Gettysburg, was recognized last week by President Obama.

Read his story here:

A Civil War soldier is getting the Medal of Honor. This 94-year-old woman is responsible.

 

Want to read Haunt My Heart? Look for it January 5, 2015 in ebook and print. Read a sneak peek here: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

HauntMyHeartFinal (533x800) - Copy

A Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

Pinterest book board here http://www.pinterest.com/medley3/haunt-my-heart-novel/

Don’t miss a thing! Sign up for blog updates and a ridiculously sporadic newsletter in the box at the top right of this page.

 

 

Haunt My Heart Release Date is set! January 5, 2015

Haunt Street Team header

Guess what I have, my pretties. A PLAN!

Haunt My Heart will release Monday, January 5, 2015 in ebook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and in PRINT on Amazon.

Edits are almost finished and I can hardly wait to share it with you.

Can’t wait?

You can get a sneak peek here and read the first chapter: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

If you sign up for my blog updates, surprisingly sporadic newsletter and more in the box at the top right of this page, I’ll send the first THREE chapters to your inbox :D

Here’s the official cover and blurb:

HauntMyHeartFinal (533x800) - CopyA Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

Pinterest book board here http://www.pinterest.com/medley3/haunt-my-heart-novel/

 

First Chapter Friday: Read the first chapters of my books for FREE here!

I have a shiny new page up and I’ve loaded it with the first chapters of the four books I’ve written so far. Take a look!

http://lisa-medley.com/first-chapters/

Let me know if you have a problem or find any glitches. I have the attention span of a squirrel. There’s sure to be trouble, ha!

Reap on!

 

Paranormal Romance Howloween Blog Hop

Sometimes Blog Hop Button.4the only thing worse than having nothing to live for…is having everything to live for.

Even the darkest heroes can be redeemed. Welcome to the Paranormal Romance Howloween Blog Hop. Don’t forget to visit the other authors on the list to increase your chances to win some great prizes including the grand prize, a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Check out other authors here: www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com

What’s scarier on Halloween than the Grim Reaper? Most people–normal people–fear death. In the Reaper Series, you don’t have to fear the reaper…but you can lust after him.

Comment on this post and tell me what your favorite paranormal beastie is for your chance to win an ecopy of either Reap & Repent or Reap & Redeem!

The Reaper Series

A small group of reapers and supernatural beings in Meridian, Arkansas are all that stands between humanity and the apocalypse when a fallen angel stages a demonic invasion. In their battle to save the world, each will meet his or her match, discovering the power of love…and the importance of risking everything to protect it.

The only thing worse than having nothing to live for…is having everything to live for.

Reap & Repent: The Reapers Book One – Available Now!

Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)Reap & Repent blurb

They see death. Can they share a life?

Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

AMAZON | NOOK  | KOBO 

Reap & Redeem: The Reapers Book Two – Available now!

???????????????????????Reap & Redeem blurb

He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

AMAZON | NOOK | KOBO 

Pinterest book board here http://pinterest.com/medley3/reap-redeem-book-two/

Reap & Reveal: The Reapers Book Three – Available 2015

Nate is an EMT, a witch and a newly inducted member of the Reaper Authority Force. What’s he’s not is a reaper. When his partner, Maeve, is possessed by a fallen angel, he’ll do whatever it takes to save her, revealing more than he ever imagined in the process.

Pinterest book board http://pinterest.com/medley3/reap-reveal-book-three/

Reap & Reckon: The Angels Book Four– work in progress.

Enter to win some scaretastic prizes below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Visit these scaretastic authors:

Read ‘Em & Reap Blog Hop! Join your favorite grim writers for a week of #reaper goodness.

ReaperHopBannerDraftBVampires and shifters get all of the love. What about reapers? They need love, too. In honor of Halloween, please join us for the Read ‘Em & Reap Blog Hop Oct. 26-31.

What better way to celebrate than a week of reaper goodness?

Participate below in the Rafflecopter by sharing/liking/following and visiting each of the reaper writers below for your chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Every time you participate you earn another chance to win!

I’ll go first!

Welcome to Meridian and the reapers of the Reaper Series. 

What first piqued your interest in writing about reapers?

Honestly, I first started writing about vampires, because…well…vampires! After a girlfriend read my first effort she said, “This is good but what makes it different?” Erm…nothing. I knew I needed a different beastie. Of course there is nothing sexy about a skeletal, cloaked grim reaper but what if there wasn’t just one reaper? What if there were many, many reapers and what if they were dead sexy? Yeah, I could do that. So I did and Deacon, Kylen and many more were born.

What makes your reapers different?

My reapers are responsible for a territory and collect then carry human souls to Purgatory. Each type of beastie has a corresponding reaper. So far in the Reaper Series, we’ve only encountered a glimpse of any other breeds of reapers, but that may soon change :D

Are your reapers Heroes or Villains?

My reapers are heroes. Only one so far has been a villain and really after being possessed by a demon for a century, can you blame him? Gah, give him a break. That would be Kylen, by the way…shhhh…he’s my favorite :D

Want to know more? Check out the blurbs and links below.

The Reaper Series Synopsis: 

A small group of reapers and supernatural beings in Meridian, Arkansas are all that stands between humanity and the apocalypse when a fallen angel stages a demonic invasion. In their battle to save the world, each will meet his or her match, discovering the power of love…and the importance of risking everything to protect it.

The only thing worse than having nothing to live for…is having everything to live for.

Reap & Repent: The Reapers Book One – Available Now!

Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)Reap & Repent blurb

They see death. Can they share a life?

Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

AMAZON | NOOK  | KOBO 

Reap & Redeem: The Reapers Book Two – Available Now!

???????????????????????Reap & Redeem blurb

He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

AMAZON | NOOK | KOBO 

Pinterest book board here http://pinterest.com/medley3/reap-redeem-book-two/

Reap & Reveal: The Reapers Book Three – Available 2015.

Nate is an EMT, a witch and a newly inducted member of the Reaper Authority Force. What’s he’s not is a reaper. When his partner, Maeve, is possessed by a fallen angel, he’ll do whatever it takes to save her, revealing more than he ever imagined in the process.

Pinterest book board http://pinterest.com/medley3/reap-reveal-book-three/

 Loading InLinkz ...

a Rafflecopter giveaway