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  • Lost & Found: A souvenir turns out to be much more in 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.

    It all starts when Sarah finds a ring on the grounds of Chatham Manor after a night of ghost-hunting. She takes home much more than a souvenir.

    Excerpt from Haunt My Heart:

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    Ellie opened the driver’s side door, and Sarah waited for her to crawl across the seat of the old Mustang and pop the passenger-side lock. The broken power locks were one of many deficiencies in the classic car. Sarah retrieved her betraying phone from her pocket and powered it up as Ellie shuffled about inside the car.

    As she checked her phone display, a glint of light on the ground to her right caught her eye. Aiming her screen at the ground like a flashlight, she bent low and searched for the source of the flash. Just as she began investigating, though, she heard the lock pop, and Ellie pushed the door open. The door hit Sarah in the head, knocking her to the cold, hard ground.

    “Sorry,” Ellie said, scrambling to catch the door before it slammed closed again.

    Sarah mumbled a few choice obscenities and rubbed her head. She reached down and ran her finger over something half-buried in the ground.

    “What is that?” Ellie was hanging out the car, her body stretched across the seats.

    “I don’t know.” Sarah turned the flashlight of her phone up to full beam and picked at the object in the frozen turf. “Do you have a pen or something?”

    Ellie scuffled around inside the dark, rolling landfill that was her car—the interior lights long burned out—and produced a screwdriver instead. “Will this work?”

    Sarah took the offered screwdriver and dug at the buried treasure. After breaking it free from its cold grave, she examined it by the light of her cell phone. “It’s a ring.”

    “Let me see.”

    Ellie scrambled back into the driver’s seat. Sarah joined her in the car, then shut the door against the cold.

    “Hold the light,” Sarah said, digging a Kleenex from her coat pocket to clear as much of the mud from the ring as possible.

    The ring remained caked with mud, which filled the engraved edges, but the stone cleaned off easily enough. The set, a square cut black onyx, glinted. The cold metal of the band warmed in her hand.

    “You know what that is, right?” Ellie asked.

    “A ring?” Sarah couldn’t keep the sarcasm from her voice, not after the night she’d had.

    “An artifact.”

    “No. Someone just lost a class ring. Like one of the sorority girls.”

    “Does that look like a woman’s ring? No. No is the answer. That is a man’s ring. An officer’s ring or something. That could be a real-life, true-blue Civil War artifact.”

    “I doubt it. And if it is, we’ll return it. This is a national park. There are rules.”

    “I say finders keepers. Let me see it better.”

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    Want to read? Haunt My Heart is available on AMAZON now in e-book and print.

    HauntMyHeartFinal (533x800) - CopyBook Description:

    A Civil War soldier 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, 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.

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  • Haunt My Heart is up on Goodreads

    Do you want to read Haunt My Heart? Good news! It’s now up on Goodreads and you can add it to your WANT TO READ list!

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23600981-haunt-my-heart

    It still doesn’t publish until January 5, but you can read a sneak peek here: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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 is available on AMAZON now in e-book and print.

    HauntMyHeartFinal (533x800) - CopyBook Description:

    A Civil War soldier 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, 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.

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  • 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? You can get Haunt My Heart here: Amazon Kindle     

    HauntMyHeartFinal (533x800) - CopyBook Description:

    A Civil War soldier 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, 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.

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  • Cover Reveal for Haunt My Heart

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    It’s here! Thanks to Sweet ‘n Spicy Designs for my awesome cover for Haunt My Heart.

    Beta readers are sending their note in now and editing will begin soon. Look for a January 2015 publishing date to be announced soon!

    I can’t wait to share Sarah and Tanner’s story with you. Here’s a sneak peek:

    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.

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  • Haunt My Heart Is On Its Way

    The first and second draft of Haunt My Heart is complete and out to beta readers. Haunt My Heart is my fourth book and a standalone paranormal ghost romance, which I’ll be self-publishing…soon.

    I’m excited about self-publishing and this book seemed like the perfect opportunity to dive in.

    Want to know more? Here’s the blurb:

    Haunt My Heart -paranormal ghost romance – Available soon!

    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, right up until the day he was hexed. Awakening 150 years later, he has to find true love if he wants to be corporeal again, a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

    Finally, if you’d like to see my inspiration for Haunt My Heart and sneak behind the scenes, click on over to my Pinterest book board.

    Stay tuned. I’ll have a few snippets and excerpts posting soon.