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  • A souvenir turns out to be much more in Haunt My Heart

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    Since Haunt My Heart is FREE now through Halloween, I thought I would share some excerpts this week to get you into a haunting mood. Don’t worry, my ghost hero is good.

    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.”

     

    Want to read? Haunt My Heart is FREE on AMAZON now through Halloween

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    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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  • TRICK or TREAT! Haunt My Heart is FREE for the first time ever!

    TRICK or TREAT!

    FREE on Amazon Kindle for the first time ever!

    HAUNT MY HEART
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    Free now through midnight Oct. 31.


    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.

    HAPPY HAUNTING!

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  • EVENT: USE YOUR WORDS Friday, January 16

    Join me to tomorrow night in downtown Springfield with three local authors for a ridiculously fun night of romance books and improv. Improv actors will be using selections from Haunt My Heart among others to perform skits. It will be mortifyingly hilarious.

    Don’t miss it!

    Join the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE!

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    You can get your very own copy of Haunt My Heart here: Amazon Kindle     


    3D Haunt my HeartBook 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 LIVE on Amazon!

    Haunt My Heart is LIVE on Amazon! In my excitement, I jumped the gun, ha! It’s available in e-book and print starting…NOW. If you buy the print version, you can download the e-book version for FREE with Kindle Matchbook as an added bonus! Comment here if you need help with that part!

    Kindle: http://amzn.to/1Bx3fzQ
    Print version: http://amzn.to/1Bwurio

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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.

    Thank you!!!


  • Virginia is for Lovers: Haunt My Heart heats up Fredericksburg

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    Haunt My Heart is set in modern day Fredericksburg, Virginia.

    Why Fredericksburg? I knew I wanted to write a ghost story, and that the hero would be the ghost. I had no idea what was going to happen after that. I started Googling ghost stories and came upon the Lady in White ghost story at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA.

    After that, it all snowballed into a five page synopsis and then a 68k 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.

    The businesses and locations in Haunt My Heart are fictionalized but based on my Google Maps streetview wanderings through the city’s downtown. I was even able to drive out of town, across the Rappahannock River and all the way out to Chatham Manor from the comfort of my writing cave. I stood on the virtual grounds of the national battlefield and looked back at Fredericksburg much as Tanner, the hero, would have.

    If you’d like to visit some of the places which inspired Haunt My Heart, please visit my Facebook list here : Haunt My Heart FB

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

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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.

    Add it to your Goodreads WANT TO READ list here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23600981-haunt-my-heart

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  • Haunt My Heart Book Launch Party Monday, January 5, 2015

    Book Launch PartyMonday, Jan. 5 6-9 2 (1)SAVE THE DATE! Join me on Facebook or in person at Hebrews Coffee on Monday, January 5 from 6 – 9 p.m. for the book launch of Haunt My Heart. Have some treats and chat as I host the online event. There will be prizes…and books!

    Please feel free to SHARE and INVITE your friends both near and far who love paranormal romance. Let’s LAUNCH this puppy!

    Join the FACEBOOK EVENT HERE for updates and more: https://www.facebook.com/events/664168843697374/

     

    Want to read? 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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  • Haunted Objects and Horrifying Hexes Haunt My Heart

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    The story of Haunt My Heart is based on the idea that a Civil War soldier is hexed and his spirit is trapped in a fetter (a haunted object).

    It’s not a new idea. In fact, stories of haunted objects have enchanted and terrified both believers and nonbelievers for centuries.

    Here are a few of the most interesting stories:

    10 Most Haunted Objects Of All Time

    Top Ten Haunted Items and Possessed Possesions in the World

    And if you’d like to purchase a haunted object of your very own, apparently you can on Ebay.

    EBAY HAUNTED OBJECTS

    This little old lady in Austin has a haunted sword for sale. Gotta love that. https://austin.craigslist.org/atq/4786268922.html

    Buyer beware!

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

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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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    Add it to your Goodreads WANT TO READ list here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23600981-haunt-my-heart

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  • Supernatural weapons and magical battles: Behind the scenes of war in Haunt My Heart

    What if the Powers-That-Be used supernatural weapons and magic in battle to achieve their objectives? Think what an advantage a power such as foresight would be. Generals could know ahead of time what the result of their course of action might me and adjust accordingly.

    In Haunt My Heart, just such a system is in place.  And it’s not new. Presidents have employed such tactics since Washington’s reign. President Lincoln resurrected the practice in the mid 1800s to help the Union win the Civil War by forming and empowering a secret Masonic sect called the Brothers of Peril.

    The BOP’s mission was to consort with proven witches and other supernatural entities to affect the outcome of the Union General’s campaigns against the Confederates to their advantage. One liaison who worked on behalf of the Union and communicated directly with one witch in particular was James ‘Tanner’ Dawson, the hero of Haunt My Heart.

    When things go awry between Tanner and Sylvia, the witch, Tanner is hexed and his spirit is trapped in a fetter (a haunted object). Doomed to an eternity in Purgatory, Tanner’s only hope is to find true love to break the hex.

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

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    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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  • #8Sunday from Haunt My Heart: Bad boyfriends and true-blue BFFs

    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.

    Please forgive as this week’s selection is slightly more than eight sentences BUT they are a short, punchy eight+!  Here’s a bit from Ellie, our heroine’s BFF. Ellie’s been trying for years to convince Sarah she can do better than her long-term boyfriend. As is her way, Ellie lays it all out.

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    Ellie snorted. “He’s an asshole. Nothing complicated about that. He’s a smarmy real estate agent with his face on twelve billboards in Fredericksburg. Like everyone in town doesn’t already know him. He’s in a bar every night. He’s a drunk, Sarah. A mean one and you can’t fix him. He’s unfixable. You can’t fix asshole.”

     

     

     

     

    Have you ever suffered through a bad relationship? How long did it last? What was the final straw? Comment below 😀

    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

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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.

    Add it to your Goodreads WANT TO READ list here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23600981-haunt-my-heart

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

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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.

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

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