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Tue
Jun 17 2014 9:30am

First Look: Molly Harper’s Better Homes and Hauntings (June 24, 2014)

Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly HarperMolly Harper
Better Homes and Hauntings
Pocket / June 24, 2014 / $7.99 print / $7.99 digital

When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate—he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in nineteenth-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

But Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. And as the two of them work closely together to restore the mansion’s faded glory, Deacon realizes that he’s found someone who doesn’t seem to like his fortune more than himself—while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust with her bruised and battered heart.

But something on the island doesn’t believe in true love…and if Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest, their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.

In Better Homes and Hauntings, Molly Harper gives us our own grown-up episode of a Scooby Doo mystery. Deacon Whitney, billionaire and creator of the social-networking website, EyeDee, has just inherited the mansion known as The Crane’s Nest located on Whitney Island off the coast of Rhode Island. It is better known for the murder of Catherine Whitney by her husband Gerald just after it was completed a hundred years ago. They say that Catherine was having an affair with the architect and that Gerald killed her in a jealous rage.

[Quick! To the Mystery Machine!]

Fri
Jan 3 2014 4:40pm

First Look: Karen White’s Return to Tradd Street (January 7, 2014)

Return to Tradd Street by Karen WhiteKaren White
Return to Tradd Street
NAL / January 7, 2014 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

Facing her future as a single mother, psychic Realtor Melanie Middleton is determined to be strong and leave her past with writer Jack Trenholm behind her. But history has a tendency of catching up with Melanie, whether she likes it or not.…

As the hauntings on Tradd Street slowly become more violent, Melanie decides to find out what caused the baby’s untimely death, uncovering the love, loss, and betrayal that color the house’s history—and threaten her claim of ownership. But can she seek Jack’s help without risking her heart? For in revealing the secrets of the past, Melanie also awakens the malevolent presence that has tried to keep the truth hidden for decades.…

There are several elements of Return to Tradd Street, the fourth and final book in Karen White's Tradd Street series, that make the book an enjoyable read. The first thing that comes to mind is the Southern setting. White wasn’t raised in the South—her biography states she grew up in London—but she captures the best of the South’s characteristics—the strength of the women, the charm of the men, the deep devotion to family, and the almost subliminal consciousness of the past.

[There's something about the south...]

Sun
Dec 29 2013 1:00pm
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Love Your Entity: Exclusive Excerpt

Cat Devon

Love Your Entity by Cat DevonSOMETIMES LOVE IS A MATTER

Sierra Brennan can inherit her great-uncle’s historic Chicago townhouse under one condition: She must live there for thirty consecutive days. What could possibly go wrong? As a writer and a ghost whisperer, Sierra has a vast imagination and a brave spirit. But not even she is prepared for the gorgeous—and naked—vampire who greets her at the door.

OF LIFE AND UN-DEATH

Ronan McCoy has spent the past century waiting to come home…to this house. The presence of the beautiful, brazen Sierra is one complication he doesn’t expect. The other is Hal, a dangerous ghost and original member of Al Capone’s gang who’s dead-set on revenge. What is a formerly indentured vampire supposed to do to get a moment’s peace? All he knows for sure is that he must protect Sierra from Hal. But once he has her in his arms, can he ever let her go? Life—and love—is becoming stranger than fiction for Sierra…and more delicious than she and Ronan could have ever imagined... in Love Your Entity.

Get a sneak peek of Cat Devon's Love Your Entity (available December 31, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

When Sierra Brennan opened the door to her new house in Chicago, she didn’t expect to find a naked man standing inside. A very hot, sexy, well-built, and well-hung man who looked like he was hungover. He made no attempt to cover up while she made every effort to keep her eyes on his face and not his privates.

“Thank God you’re here,” a woman wearing a corset and little else said from right beside Sexy Naked Guy. Sexy Naked Trespassing Guy. “What took you so long?”

“What do you mean what took me so long?” Sierra said.

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Tue
Oct 29 2013 9:30am

Ghost Writing: Favorite Fictional Ghosts

Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy AthertonI wrote a post a couple of years ago about my favorite ghostly romances, but there are other ghosts who have delighted this reader’s heart who are either not protagonists or not characters in romance fiction. Since I’m a wimpy reader, I like my ghosts benevolent, so there are no scary ghosts on my list.

1. Aunt Dimity’s Death (1992), Nancy Atherton

Nancy Atherton published the eighteenth book in her Aunt Dimity mystery series this year, but Aunt Dimity’s Death (1992) is the first and best (and one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association). American Lori Shepherd believes Aunt Dimity is a fictional character who lives only in the stories Lori’s mother told her. Lori is shocked when she receives a substantial inheritance from Dimity Westwood, but not nearly as shocked as she is when she arrives at Dimity’s English cottage to discover Dimity herself is still very much a presence there. She communicates with Lori by writing in a diary, an appropriate mode since Lori is charged with writing the Aunt Dimity stories her mother told her. As much love story as mystery, Lori finds her own soul mate and reunites Dimity with her lost love. Lori says of the stories she wrote, “I wrote of how vital it was to believe in the love offered by an honest heart, no matter how impractical or absurd or fearful the circumstances.”

[Enter the spirit world...]

Thu
Jun 27 2013 5:35pm

First Look: Jude Deveraux’s True Love (July 2, 2013)

True Love by Jude DeverauxJude Deveraux
True Love
Random House / July 9, 2013 / $27.00 print, $12.99 digital

Just as Alix Madsen is finishing up architectural school, Adelaide Kingsley dies and wills her, for one year, the use of a charming nineteenth-century Nantucket house. The elderly woman’s relationship to the Madsen family is a mystery to the spirited Alix—fresh from a romantic breakup—but for reasons of her own Alix accepts the quirky bequest, in part because it gives her time to plan her best friend’s storybook wedding.

But unseen forces move behind the scenes, creaking Kingsley House’s ancient floorboards. It seems that Adelaide Kingsley had a rather specific task for Alix: to solve the strange disappearance of one of the Kingsley women, Valentina, more than two hundred years ago. If that wasn’t troubling enough, Alix must deal with the arrogant (and extremely good-looking) architect Jared Montgomery, who is living in the property’s guesthouse.

Unbeknown to Alix, Jared has been charged with looking after her while she lives on the island—an easy task for him, considering the undeniable chemistry between the two. But Jared harbors secrets of his own, which, if revealed, may drive a wedge between the pair.

With a glorious Nantucket wedding on the horizon, sparks fly, and the ghosts of the past begin to reveal themselves—some of them literally. Finding their lives inextricably entwined with the turbulent fortunes of their ancestors, Alix and Jared discover that only by righting the wrongs of the past can they hope to be together.

Veteran author Jude Deveraux returns with True Love, first in the Nantucket Brides Trilogy. Fans of Deveraux should note the novel contains a new generation of characters from the Montgomery-Taggert family, a staple of nearly two dozen of her books, beginning with her 1980 medieval romance The Black Lyon and continuing today.

[The Montgomery-Taggerts are back!...]