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  • A roundup of Haunt My Heart posts you may have missed

    Whether you’ve already read the book or are interested in how it came to be, here’s a roundup of Haunt My Heart posts you may have missed.

    Happy reading!

    How a ghost hunt became a book

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

    Fallen and fettered in Haunt My Heart

    Could magic win a war? Witchcraft and grimoires used in battle in Haunt My Heart

    Secret codes and magic texts in Haunt My Heart

    Ghostly encounters and spooky spectrums: A Civil War ghost gets a second chance in Haunt My Heart

    Ghost scripts in Haunt My Heart: Love letters from the other side

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

    Virginia is for lovers. Haunt My Heart heats up Fredericksburg

    Haunted Objects and Horrifying Hexes Haunt My Heart

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

    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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  • Bewitching Blog Tour for Haunt My Heart

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    Haunt My Heart

    Lisa Medley

    Genre: Paranormal Romance

    Publisher: Big Cedar

    Date of Publication: January 5, 2015

    ISBN: 978-0-9908856-03

    Word Count: 68K

    Cover Artist: Sweet ‘n Spicy Designs

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    Book 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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    About the Author:

    Lisa has always enjoyed reading about monsters, and now she writes about them, because monsters need love too.

    She adores beasties of all sorts, fictional as well as real, and has a farm full of them in her southwest Missouri home, including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees and a guinea pig.

    She may or may not keep a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times, including a machete. Just. In. Case.

    Website https://lisa-medley.com

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    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7824406.Lisa_Medley


  • 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!!!


  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ghostly encounters and spooky spectrums: A Civil War ghost gets a second chance in Haunt My Heart

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    I’ve never had a paranormal encounter of any sort. I’m open to the possibilities however. I think if we believe in God, a higher being, the hereafter or whatever flavor your religion comes in, we have to be open to the possibilities of something more than ourselves.

    Haunt My Heart is a ghost story.

    Tanner is a benevolent ghost trying to break a hex for a second chance at life. He’s trapped in a fetterer (a haunted object) until he’s unexpectedly freed but not corporeal.

    Do you believe in ghosts? Here are a few real life encounters from some of my friends:

    I worked with a girl who lived in a haunted farm house. They would walk out of the house and the door would lock behind them and the windows would open and close on their own. They learned to take a key with them whenever they left the house. When they moved they thought that things stayed at the farm house, however, one night the horn on their car started honking waking everyone up in the neighborhood (this was before remote controls and emergency buttons) – my friends dad woke to find that her mom had died (from a brain aneurysm) – neighbors were there to take care of the kids while they went to the hospital. After her mom died they never again had any ‘run-ins’ with their ghostly friends. – Connie

    Not a story that I share with people. Actually only 4 people know it. I had two occasions, years apart, where I know that I saw a ghost. I was driving to Buffalo, MO from Bolivar and both times it was a foggy morning. Crossing the Burns Bridge at AA & 32 I saw a ghostly white 60 year old man pushing a wheelbarrow across the road. Both times I came to a complete stop on the bridge and watched him walk the rest of the way across Hwy 32, and then disappear in the fog. – John

    On the list of things I don’t admit much, I have seen a little, thin blonde girl in the house, once in the hall and once in the girl’s room (next to A’s bed). After 9 both nights. She has what seemed like a long, really old style coat, gone after just a minute. I looked through the house both times and nothing out of the ordinary other than a couple battery toys going off in the living room while everyone was asleep and an occasional weird feeling someone is watching us while in the garage.– Quill

    I lived in a house that I believe was haunted by an old woman who had lived there for years and died there. The odd thing was, I was never scared by her shenanigans; I just always felt she was mischievous and didn’t intend any harm. Heavy things would fall off of shelves for no reason, and from time to time something would roll down the stairs from the attic. And then of course, I had moments when I just swore I wasn’t alone. I had never had that feeling in any other place I lived, nor have I since. – Tracy

    There is always something happening here in my old house. I live just below an old cemetery. Lots of civil war soldiers, families from small pox, and several infant children. I think I brought several home with me as a child, as there are times when my chair rocks, and a voice wakes me up in the night chanting. Anyway, I think I took one with me when I went to college, then stayed with me through my first marriage, and of all things, they love green bean cans. To this day my green bean cans fall out of the cabinet…and I swear, the doors are shut. – Willy

    I was in the Navy, station on a ship some years back. Late one night, around 1 am, I was taking some readings on a gauge. In order to take these readings I needed a very large pipe wrench. After using this pipe wrench I set it on a nearby table behind me. While taking the readings the pipe wrench fell to the metal floor. I whipped around knowing that I put that wrench in the middle of the table. Out of the corner of my eye I see a man walking toward the door. I ran after the man thinking someone was playing tricks on me, and I was going to ream them a new one. When he got to the door he looked back at me with a really sad smile and turned to leave. By the time I got to the door he was gone. Something bothered me for a while, then I knew it was a ghost .Because that man had a full beard. In the military, that wasn’t allowed at the time I was in or even now. – Leila

    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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  • Witchcraft and grimoires used in battle in Haunt My Heart: Could magic win a war?

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    A grimoire is a magical instruction manual. While researching for Haunt My Heart, I came across one tiny reference in Wikipedia on their Grimoire entry which propelled my story.

    The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses were amongst the works that later spread to the countries of Scandinavia, where, in Danish and Swedish, grimoires were know as black books and were commonly found amongst members or the army.” – Wikipedia

    This is where those “What if?” questions come into play.

    What if the soldiers were using those grimoires to affect the outcome of their military encounters?

    What if their leaders were using magic against their enemy?

    What if the highest levels of government condoned, encouraged and practiced the use of magic in military strategy…and it worked?

    Thus was born the fictional Brothers of Peril. Of course they had to a part of the most maligned and  conspiratorial fraternal organization of modern times – the Freemasons. From there everything fell into place.

    Tanner, the hero of Haunt My Heart, was a supernatural liaison working with witches who were utilized as weapons for the Union in the Civil War. When things went wrong, Tanner was hexed and had an impossible choice to make.

    Excerpt from Haunt My Heart:

    As time went on and tensions ramped up, more and more members were recruited. Their active grimoire was penned from a collaboration of texts through the years, including The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses and The Philosophical Merlin. It had remained a handwritten guidebook, finally transcribed and encoded by Tanner’s own hand and the key trusted only to the Major General…and Tanner’s memory. All remaining copies of the book had been destroyed under Lincoln’s orders once the transcription was complete to retain the secrets of the Brothers of Peril and their influence. It both pleased and terrified him the book remained intact and was available for public consumption—a fact that would have to be remedied at his first opportunity. The tome’s value and power was staggering to consider, even though he currently saw no evidence of war here in Fredericksburg. The book and its influences, however, had been and were still capable of not only winning a war, but of starting one.

     

    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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