Saturday, December 14, 2019

Ghosts of #Christmas Past #Paranormal Book Fair! #Books #ghosts #shifter #vampire #amreading

I actually took this pic the other night...I was
at an author event and I went outside to get
something from my car and saw this
gorgeous full moon...last one of 2019
Love Paranormal reads?  Visit the Ghost (Werewolves, Vampires, Witches...) of Christmas Book Fair and check out 37 titles, many free, on sale, or part of Kindle Unlimited!

Two of my ghost mystery/romantic suspense novels are in the fair.  Silver Lake, my debut novel and an #1 Amazon Bestseller, is the story of a group of high school friends who became estranged when their friend Brandy disappeared senior year.  Five years later, her mother's dying wish is for the group to reunite at Silver Lake, where they spent so many summers, and try one last time to solve the mystery.  If they can move beyond the pain of the past, Rain and Jason may get a second chance at first love...but Brandy has a message to share, and she won't rest until the secret comes out.

In addition to my very first book, my latest book is also featured...and The Haunting of Hillwood Farm just won its 4th prestigious award this past week when it was named A Top 3 Best Books of 2019 at Read!  

A dangerous ghost brings them together...but will they survive long
enough to find happiness?

Visit the Fair and load up your Kindle for the holiday season...pre-holiday stress-relief, post-holiday relaxation, entertainment for holiday travels...we've got you covered!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Gifts for #Book Lovers! A List of Award-Winning Reads for #Holiday Shopping! #amreading

Need gift ideas?  If you have readers on your list, shop these titles from authors who write for my publisher…all RONE Award Winners and Finalists!  The RONE Award stands for Reward of Novel Excellence, and it’s a very prestigious annual contest at InD’Tale Magazine with three rigorous rounds of judging to get to the winners.  Check out the gift buying guide below, and don’t forget to treat yourself to some new reads as well—the holidays can be a chaotic time, and reading is a proven stress-reducer!

These titles are all available as paperbacks or as e-books…sending an e-book is often less than the price of a card, with no shipping costs or packaging to deal with and instantaneous (or scheduled) delivery.  All that’s needed is a click of the “Buy for Others” button on the right side of Amazon’s page and an email address (There are “Buy as Gift” options on other retailer sites as well!).  Each book title contains retailer links for easy clicking!

On to the list of InD’Tale Magazine’s 2019 RONE AWARD Winners and Finalists ~ Happy Reading!

WINNER: Paranormal – Short

For readers who enjoy heart-pounding Romantic Suspense mixed with Spooky Ghost Mysteries…A dangerous ghost brings them together…but will they survive long enough to find happiness?

After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted—the ability to communicate with ghosts. But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm. She quickly realizes she’s dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she’s ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear—the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner’s handsome grandson, thinks she’s a scam artist. While she’d prefer to just ignore him, her heart beats a little faster every time he’s nearby.

Luke Turner doesn’t believe in spirits. He’s moved back to restore the family farm, but living on the property serves a dual purpose—he can watch out for his grandmother. He’s not happy about the sudden appearance of a self-described psychic, or his inexplicable attraction to her. His initial suspicions crumble as evidence points to an actual haunting, but he’s still determined not to fall for Callie—the past has taught him it’s best to avoid relationships.

As Callie is drawn deeper into the mystery, she becomes the target of a vengeful spirit, and Luke can no longer fight his feelings for her. Unable to resist their desire, passion ignites…even as the paranormal activity escalates to a final deadly confrontation.

Also named BEST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE OF 2018 at N.N. Light's Book Heaven Reviews, a Top 40 Paranormal Romance of all time at Reedsy Discovery, and a Top 3 Best Books of 2019 and Best Paranormal 2019 at Read

WINNER:  Paranormal — Long
Debriefing the Dead by Kerry Blaisdell

For fans of television shows like Supernatural or Constantine…Hyacinth has got one foot in the grave, the other kicking ass...

The only thing Hyacinth wants is her life back. Literally. She and her sister were murdered by Demons, leaving her young nephew, Geordi, to his father’s family in the brutal Sicilian Mob. Then Archangel Michael offers her a deal: recapture a powerful rock the Demons stole, and she can live long enough to find Geordi a safe home. Refuse, and she’ll continue up (or down) to the Afterlife.

So, slightly more alive than dead, she heads for Turkey and the Demons, taking Geordi, her mysterious neighbor Jason, and a sexy dead guy only she can see with her. But the hardest part won’t be battling Demons, meeting Satan, or dodging Middle Eastern customs—it will be later, when Geordi is settled, and Michael rips her away again. How can she abandon her nephew? Or can she outwit the Angel of Death himself, and stay with Geordi forever?

FINALIST:  Contemporary Romance — Sweet
Six Months by Mona Sedrak

For readers ready to share an emotional and heartwarming journey…When you've lost everything, it takes courage to forgive, rebuild, and learn to love again…

For twenty years, Mikala Jacobson had it all: loyal friends, a precious little girl, and a man who adores her. Then double tragedy strikes and her perfect world shatters.

Good friends, Rena and Jake are instantly by her side, protecting her from her husband David's sordid secret life and his final drunken confession.

With their help, Mikala finds strength to rebuild and redefine her life. As her spirit and heart heal, she not only finds closure, but the beauty of a new love built upon an old friendship.

FINALIST:  Contemporary Romance — Steamy
Sworn to Forget by Maria Imbalzano

For readers who enjoy steamy romance with a strong heroine who has an eclectic group of girlfriends and a hero who just won't give up...

By all appearances, Nicki Reading is a star. PR director at a major music label, Nicki is sharp, successful, independent, and confidently calls the shots. She dates whom she wants, when she wants, with no strings attached. But beneath that shine, loneliness flickers. Events from her past prove love leads only to pain. Commitment is not an option.

Until Dex Hanover, a classy, principled, and prosperous CPA, enters the picture. Undeterred by his unhappy childhood, he has an amazing capacity to be both caring and generous, giving his free time as a mentor for a child from the projects. Dex wears his paternal yearnings on his sleeve, and he is at a point in his life where commitment is the only option.

Despite their opposing views, Nicki and Dex ignite each other. But will events from their pasts ruin their challenging relationship and prevent them from experiencing everlasting love?

FINALIST:  Fantasy Romance
Trial of a Warrior by Mary Morgan

For fans of forbidden love among warring races, treachery, and deceit...

A warrior sentenced to die.

On trial for breaking a supreme Fae law, Fenian Warrior, Liam MacGregor has no regrets. He is prepared to accept his sentence—even if it means his death. However, freedom comes in an unexpected manner, and brings with it certain dangers as he travels through the Veil of Ages.

A princess honor-bound to remain hidden.

Princess Abela might be a priestess and the daughter of royalty, but that doesn't prevent her from doing the unimaginable. She sacrifices duty and honor to set free the man who captured her heart so many years ago. No matter the severity of his crimes, she cannot let Liam die.

A rescue that will bring about a war and divide a kingdom!

In their quest to secure a treaty to forestall Liam's death sentence, they must fight their desires for one another, as well as the Fenian Warriors sent to capture them.

FINALIST:  Young Adult
The Stone Awakened by Judith Sterling

For readers who love Ireland and the paranormal, with a Christmastime setting perfect for the season…

Since moving to Ireland, Ashling Donoghue has tackled one challenge after another. Now the mystery of her parents' disappearance seems unsolvable. Are they dead or only missing? No one—not even the godlike Breasals—has a clue. Hope and fear war inside her, but she's determined to find answers and stay strong for her siblings. Even as she hones newfound powers, her banshee-in-training sister Deirdre needs her support.

Ashling could use a little help herself. She's struggling to navigate her first romance, and while Aengus Breasal stirs her body, mind, and soul, his nemesis Lorcan does too. Both men harbor secrets about her past life as Caer. One has ties to Aoife, the scheming wind demon whose influence is on the rise.

As the Stone of Destiny awakens, so does the conflict within.

FINALIST:  Historical: Victorian – 20th Centry
Out of Splinters and Ashes by Colleen L. Donnelly

For readers who love "did she or didn't she" plots…

Cate is a runner. She prefers to help her fiancĂ© run his New York senate race, but she finds herself running instead to fix what’s broken between her grandparents before he finds out—her grandmother has moved out of the family home, and her grandfather is accused of a pre-WWII relationship with a woman in Germany.

Dietrich is a German journalist with a spotless reputation. He prefers facts, but he finds himself lost in a world of fiction instead to prove his novelist grandmother couldn’t possibly have been the lover of a US runner in Berlin’s 1936 Olympics—especially when that runner’s granddaughter is Cate, a stubborn obstacle he should but can’t ignore.

Cate runs hard to cover up what Dietrich uncovers, until he shows her how it could have been—and how it could be again—that one can indeed love an enemy.

FINALIST:  Thriller/Suspense
Thirty-Three Days by Stephen B. King

For readers who like romance set against a race against time to save the future of the world…

Jenny is a lonely university lecturer who's consciousness has traveled back in time to her younger body to try to save the future of the world. A young microbiologist is going to release a genetically modified wheat that will mutate and ultimately destroy all plant life, leaving nothing but barren windswept dust bowls.

In the past, Jenny finds a love that has been missing from her life; the kind that comes just once in a lifetime. But Jenny can only stay in that time period for thirty-three days.

Meanwhile, in the future, fearful Jenny will fail, plans are made to send another back in time--an assassin. How can she choose between saving the man she loves or saving the future?

FINALIST:  Paranormal — Short
Eye of the Eagle by Sharon Buchbinder

For fans of Supernatural and Children of A Lesser God…

Anomaly Defense and shapeshifter Bert Blackfeather doesn't need a boss with no experience. So what if she's beautiful or gives him a jolt when she shakes his hand? He never plans to get seriously involved with another woman—not in this lifetime.

Phoebe Wagner, an empath with psychometric abilities and an advocate for the deaf, gets more than she bargained for with Bert. One touch and she relives his IED injuries. So what if he's handsome and hot? She doesn't need to add his secrets to her own. Phoebe's are bad enough.

When his niece goes missing, from Hotel LaBelle, Bert goes to Montana to help, and Phoebe decides to go with him. Can these two hard-headed people share their darkest secrets in order to work together? It may be the only way to save an endangered child—and their own hearts when Bert's past rears its ugly head.

FINALIST: Audiobook: Paranormal/Mystery
Magic of the Loch by Karen Michelle Nutt

For readers who enjoy stories filled with curses, mystery, and romance with a dash of nostalgic hope for a future—this twist on the Loch Ness Monster legend is the perfect tale to spark the imagination…

Michaela Grant travels to Scotland for a holiday, knowing this vacation is her last. A medical condition threatens her life and any chance of a future--until she meets Alan MacLachlin, a man forced to exist between two worlds.

Alan is the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Once every fifty years he returns to human form in search of his soul mate, the one woman who can break his curse. He believes he has found forever with Michaela, but to claim it he must figure out how to save her life.

Michaela and Alan vow to take what time has to offer, but another threat looms. A sinister shape shifter with a vendetta against Alan is making Loch Ness his personal hunting ground. Now he's threatening Michaela. Alan must discover who the shifter is and stop him before it's too late.

The purchase links are in each book's title...thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

I'm a Featured Favorite Author on A #Soccer Mom's #Book Blog! #soccermom #reviews

Excited my pub made a few small changes
to the original cover, including adding
my new USA TODAY Bestseller status!
When my first novel, Silver Lake, came out in August of 2012, I didn't sleep for a week.  What would my friends and family think of my debut novel?  Would anyone else want to read it, beyond people I knew?  Would any book bloggers or review sites select it for review, and if they did, what would they say?  After spending 3 and 1/2 years writing, revising, and submitting to publishers, it was nerve-wracking to put something I'd worked so hard on out into the world...but I wrote it to hopefully entertain readers--and that's still why I write--so I knew I just had to cross my fingers and let my publisher offer it up for review.

Silver Lake has gone on to hit the #1 Bestseller spot on Amazon on
several occasions! 

So when I actually received an email from a reviewer currently reading the book, saying how much she was enjoying it, I was overjoyed.  Some of my favorite quotes from her 5-star review of Silver Lake are below  :) 

"Every character in Silver Lake is perfectly developed.  The ghost of Brandy gave me chills many times.  By the end of the story, I felt like I had been at the lake house with them all.  I could not put this book down.  Romance, drama, renewal of friendships, and ghosts…something for everyone.  I cannot wait to see what Kathryn Knight writes next." 

Since 2012, I've written 5 more novels, and I've always submitted them for review to this reviewer's site, A Soccer Mom's Book Blog.  I'm so honored that this month, she decided to feature me and my novels as part of her Holiday posts dedicated to her favorite books, favorite authors, and books she can't forget about!  These are her recommended reads for gift purchases, and I'm so excited to be on the list.  

Visit her post here, and if you enjoy Romantic Suspense, Ghost Mysteries, and Paranormal Romance, I hope you'll check out some of my books!  Sending an e-book is often less than a card, with no shipping or packaging required.  Plus, reading is a proven stress-reducer, so treating yourself to a new read is a good way to deal with the hectic holiday season.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!


Friday, November 29, 2019

Black Magic #Book Fair! Download #Paranormal + #Fantasy Reads for #BlackFriday

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is featured
in the fair...
and it's on sale from $3.99 to just 99c!
This title is also available as an audiobook
Like paranormal, magical, or spooky reads?  Our Black Magic Book Fair features 38 titles, all with magical or supernatural elements, at low and sale prices to stock up your e-reader for the holiday season!  Reading is a proven method of lowering stress, and we all need that during this time of year.  Plus, e-books make great gifts...easy to send for less than the price of a card, no packaging waste, and hours of entertainment for the recipient!

You'll find paranormal romance, fantasy, horror, cozy mystery, and supernatural suspense in the Fair...I have two titles featured, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm (this RONE Award-winning ghost mystery/romantic suspense is on sale for 99c right now!) and Haunted Souls, a steamy second-chance romance with a haunting mystery (a Top 3 Read at Read

So check out the Black Magic Friday Book Sale, and grab some new reads for yourself and the readers in your life!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Love #Gothic reads? Visit La Belle Gothique #Book Fair! #amreading #paranormal #romance #horror #suspense

You know the aesthetic: a cold wind, a moonless night, crumbling ruins, a house with secrets...maybe even a ghost.  There's beauty in the dark and frightening, passion and mystery in the romance.  A multi-genre book fair--suspense, horror, romance, and paranormal--features 24 titles with Gothic elements...including two of my ghost mystery + romantic suspense novels, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm and Gull Harbor.

Fill up your e-reader with Dark and Lovely Reads for the Twilight of the Year...

on sale for 99c for a few more days!  Hurry!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Vote for the 50 Best #Indie #Books of 2019! #amreading #amwriting #writerslife

A dangerous ghost brings them together...
but will they survive long enough
to find happiness?
Each year, Read Freely accepts nominations for their 50 Best Small Press and Indie Books competition, and from all the initial nominations, the list is whittled down to a short list of finalists.  I’m thrilled to announce The Haunting of Hillwood Farm made the list in the Paranormal category!  This is a romantic suspense/ghost mystery set on Cape Cod (and on sale for 99c at the moment!)  I’m hoping voters will consider voting for my book in the Paranormal category along with their other choices—you get 2 votes per category—and help small and indie authors gain more visibility for their books!  Voting is easy, and while an email address is required to keep people from voting multiple times, it is a very safe site (I've been a member for years...I like to find out about new books too!)

Please take a minute to check out the short list titles (and maybe find some new reads!) and vote for your choices, and thank you for coming by :)

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm can be found in the Paranormal Category  

Monday, November 18, 2019

Love #Paranormal #Romance? Visit the Occult Day #Book Fair for #Free + #99c Reads! #occultday

Did you know November 18th is "Occult Day"?  The word "occult" tends to have scary or evil connotations, but it actually means "hidden" or "secret"...and Occult Day is intended for the celebration and recognition of the mystical, mysterious, and magical elements in our world.  As an author of ghost mysteries and paranormal romance, I can get behind this idea...and The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is a featured book in the Art of the Arcane's Occult Romance Bargain Sale...on sale for 99c!  In fact, all the titles in the fair are free or 99c until 11/22, so hurry and fill your e-reader with some atmospheric, romantic reads spiked with spooky suspense!

A dangerous ghost brings them together...but will they survive long enough
to find happiness?  On sale from $3.99 to just 99c right now!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

#Romance Audiobook Review Event! #Free #Review Codes for #Audible #Books

A Top 3 Read of 2016 at Read
Now available on Audible!
Love romance and audiobooks?  Haunted Souls, my steamy romance + ghost mystery, is featured in Story Origin's Listen To Review event, along with 18 other titles!  Visit our landing page below, via the link or the banner, and check out what's available!  You can request FREE review codes to use on Audible...then just leave a review when you've finished listening!

Review copies of Haunted Souls are up for grabs...but they're going fast!  A damaged soldier, a secret baby, and a haunting mystery collide in this steamy and spooky romantic suspense.

Four years ago, Emily Shea and Staff Sergeant Brett Leeds agreed to part with no strings attached. Sparks flew during their brief affair, but fate intervened, sending Brett overseas. When an unexpected pregnancy derailed Emily’s own plans, her attempts to locate Brett were soon overwhelmed by the challenges of single motherhood. Now, Brett has returned home, and Emily is forced to share her secret.

Despite feeling betrayed, Brett is determined to forge a relationship with their son, Tyler. As the former lovers battle both their inner demons and their mutual desire, another presence enters their lives—Tyler’s imaginary friend.

Soon, however, the chilling evidence points to a different conclusion: a ghost has formed a dangerous connection with their son. Emily’s attempts to help both a lost soul and a friend in need spiral toward a deadly confrontation, and Brett must race to save Emily before he loses her again—forever.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

#Books for Fans of #Twilight ~ #YA #Paranormal #Romance #Angels #amreading #Fantasy

Like millions of fans, I loved the Twilight series.  I was hooked from the beginning of book one, and I had to pace myself from then on in order to stretch the story out rather than finishing the series in a few days.  Some of my friends and I joked about needing a support group when we did finish--it was that addictive!  

As a paranormal romance author myself, I thought a lot about what elements of the story arc made the series so compelling to so many readers.  And a few years later, when an idea for a Young Adult Paranormal Romance wound its way into my imagination and wouldn't let go, I decided to write it, even though YA is not my usual genre.  The end result was a story of forbidden love and supernatural secrets involving revenge, romance, and a rogue fallen angel...Divine Fall.  

"This delicious YA novel was filled with in history, suspense, and
enough twists to keep the reader turning the pages" ~ BTS Book Reviews

When initial editorial reviews came in comparing the story to Twilight and The Mortal Instruments, I was overjoyed!  This title won the Reader's Choice Award in the YA category at The Romance Reviews, and earned Finalist Positions for both The Reader's Crown Award and the Red Carpet Book Awards.  It even got a shout-out from the prestigious BookBub site, naming Divine Fall as one of "14 Books to Get You in the Mood for Fall".

"Reminded me of Twilight...reads quickly with action and romance"
~ Read for Your Future

This title is currently 99c, and part of a "Books for Fans of Twilight" Book Fair, along with eleven other titles to appeal to readers of YA Paranormal Romance and Fantasy.  Check out the link below and grab some new reads...many available for less than a buck or for free!

Friday, November 8, 2019

My First Trophy! RONE Award Winner Best #paranormal #romance #amwriting

Guess what arrived?  I was over the moon to learn that The Haunting of Hillwood Farm won InD'Tale Magazine's 2019 RONE Award for Best Paranormal - Short...and now it's even more "real", with a beautiful glass trophy that makes me smile every time I see it!

Opening the box made me realize this might be the first physical trophy I've ever received.  The only sports teams I was ever on in my younger years were poms in junior high and cheerleading in high school, and neither one of our squads was anywhere near good enough to compete.  For various achievements over the years, I've received a few plaques, some ribbons and medals, electronic badges and banners - all which were thrilling to earn and an honor to wear, share, or hang on the wall.  But I've never had a trophy to display on a shelf!  First time for everything right?  And for it to be for one of my books--the labor of love I spend so much time and effort on--is all the more rewarding.

The judging for the RONE Award is rigorous, with three rounds to get through.  First, a book only gets nominated if it earns a 4.5 star or higher review from InD'Tale.  Over twenty titles were nominated into my category: Paranormal - Short (meaning novella length).  The next round involved reader voting, and I asked readers, fans, and friends to help get me there...which you did, so THANK YOU again!  Becoming one of the six Finalists was such an honor, and I had no expectations beyond that.  The last round, to choose the winner, involved judges reading each of the titles and rating them.

On the weekend of the awards ceremony, I was absolutely shocked to open my phone and see a message from an author friend congratulating me on the RONE Award!  I did a double-take, read the message twice, asked for confirmation, and then pulled up Youtube to watch the ceremony myself.  It was true!

A beautiful solid glass book,
with my name and the book title engraved

I'm honored to have been among so many great books in the contest, and I appreciate everyone who voted during the Finals round!  

If you haven't read The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, it's going to be on sale for 99c on Kindle starting mid-November ~ if you'd like a reminder, and more news on my books and upcoming sales and giveaways, sign up for my newletter here.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Lunch with the #Authors of #TWRP! Cape Cod #writerslife #amwriting #NaNoWriMo

Authors and President of The Wild Rose Press in Hyannis
Another wildly busy month is over...somehow October always flies by, which is a shame since as a fan of all things spooky, it's my favorite month!  Our weekends were filled with events--all fun ones, thankfully.  We had Parents' Weekend at UNH for our college kid, a 30-year-reunion at the Coast Guard Academy for my husband's class of 1989, a long girls' weekend away to Seattle with my BFFs (we all turned 50 this year and went to visit the one friend who ended up on the West Coast, since she always comes to us), a visit to a historic lighthouse and home now owned by the Coast Guard (a property that once included a small-pox hospital--book idea?), my first time seeing Sweeney Todd at a local theater, a book signing event, and Senior Night soccer game for my high school kid.

The view from our VRBO in Seattle...overlooking the harbor and Pike Place

It now seems like a long time ago, but in the middle of the month, I also had the pleasure of having lunch with the president of one of my publishers (The Wild Rose Press) and some local authors who also write for TWRP.

Last time the president of the company was here on Cape Cod was 2015, when she spoke at the Cape Cod Writer's Conference, and we had quite a group of authors together for lunch.

It's such fun to get together and talk shop with other writers, especially since writing can be such a solitary endeavor.  This month is National Novel Writing Month, which involves trying to write 50K words--nearly an entire novel--in 30 days, so I'll be quite a bit less social in November, as I work to finish the first draft of Ghost Moon, my 7th novel.

We had a wonderful meal at The Black Cat, right on the Hyannis waterfront, and I was able to catch up with a long-time author friend and meet a new one.  This event was much smaller than the last publisher lunch, seeing as how it was fall on Cape Cod as opposed to summer (and a Nor'Easter dumped wind and rain on the Cape all weekend as well).  But we had an intimate lunch filled with both work and personal topics, and lots of laughs.

Now, back to my NaNoWriMo daily word goal...wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Origins of #Halloween #Halloween19 #HappyHalloween #Paranormal

The month of October conjures up images of turning leaves, hayrides, pumpkins, scarecrows, black cats, and of course Halloween decorations.  I love learning about the origin of the holidays we celebrate, so I did a bit of (admittedly rudimentary) research to discover some of the reasons we dress up and try to scare each other on October 31st.

Originally known as All Hallows’ Eve, Halloween is linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain.  This last day of autumn was considered the time of year when the barrier between the paranormal and physical worlds grew thin. 

The Christian holiday of All Saints’ Day (All Hallows) also influenced Halloween.  It was said that the souls awaiting release on November 1st had one last night to extract revenge on their enemies before leaving the earth.  Cautious Christians would disguise themselves with masks to avoid recognition.

The custom of carving pumpkins originated from a Samhain practice of remembering souls with turnip lanterns.  Trick-or-treating can be traced back to “souling”, a medieval practice which involved the poor and hungry travelling door-to-door and offering to pray for the dead in return for food.

My favorite Halloween tradition is visiting haunted houses (well, staged haunted houses for entertainment...I do visit actual haunted houses as much as possible at any time during the year).  Last year, I dragged my best friend to an incredible haunted house and haunted basement at Paxton Manor in Virginia, when we were there visiting earlier in the month.  We screamed the entire time, but we laughed just as much, and we made it out alive (see below).  I love being scared like that, when you know in the back of your mind that it really is just an attraction (or movie, tv show, or book).

Emerging from the Haunted Basement victorious!

The medium in GULL HARBOR, however, spends her summer in a truly haunted house.  Claire Linden arrives in Gull Harbor ready to take on an aggressive ghost—now that she’s embraced her psychic gift, she’s confident she’ll be able to rid her temporary home of the restless spirit that drove the owners to hire her.  However, she doesn’t expect to encounter Max Baron, the man who promised to love her forever, then abandoned her without an explanation five years ago.  As Claire unravels the truth behind the haunting, Max must share his secret in order to stay close enough to help protect the woman he still loves from a danger that extends beyond the paranormal…

To celebrate the spooky season, Gull Harbor is just 99c on Kindle, Nook, and iTunes on Halloween day ~ Ends soon, hurry and grab your copy!

My latest ghost mystery, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, also involves a medium...and a very scary ghost.  This title just won the coveted RONE Award for Best Paranormal from InD'Tale Magazine!

A haunting, an old flame, and secrets from the past...

My very first novel, SILVER LAKE is another suspenseful ghost story/mystery with plenty of romance.  Will Rain and Jason get another chance at first love before a desperate spirit tears them apart again...forever?

Another of my ghost mysteries also has plenty of steamy romance to counteract any chilling scenes, and HAUNTED SOULS was inspired by a trip to the Old Jail, a historic building on Cape Cod which is considered actively haunted.  And the title has a double meaning, as Brett and Emily each have their own torturous choices and memories to overcome if they have a chance for a future together.

A picture I took of the Old Jail...seriously, what's up in
the top right window?  And in this pic, there's a red flash
in the lower window that isn't in any of my other shots.

Happy Halloween and Happy Haunted Reading!