My New Ghost Story/Vintage American Christmas Romance~
Woot! I’m excited to announce that the latest in my ‘Somewhere’ series is coming out from The Wild Rose Press on November 9th! I spent the bulk of last winter writing this Vintage American ghost story romance. You know, the usual Christmas fare. :) An intriguing story for me to write, I hope it will be equally enthralling for you to read.
SOMEWHERE THE BELLS RING opens in 1968 in the Virginia family home place (circa 1816) where my dad was born and raised and I grew up visiting, with flashbacks to 1918 and the time of WWI. I’m terribly sentimental about both eras. 1968 I remember well, as I was 12. Certainly the Vietnam War and the hippie era made deep inroads into my psyche, but the WWI era took quite a bit more research, and thought. I’ve seen wonderful old family photos from that time period, and my grandfather fought in WWI. I’ve heard tales of his heroism. The story is dedicated to this amazing man whom I never knew. He died suddenly when my father was three, a tragedy that rippled out to affect the next generation. I grew up feeling very sad about it, and aware of what a remarkable man he was in many ways. My recent release Into the Lion’s Heartis dedicated to my dear father whom I do know.
Blurb: Caught with pot in her dorm room, Bailey Randolph is exiled to a relative’s ancestral home in Virginia to straighten herself out. Banishment to Maple Hill is dismal, until a ghost appears requesting her help. Bailey is frightened but intrigued. Then her girlhood crush, Eric Burke, arrives and suddenly Maple Hill isn’t so bad.
To Eric, wounded in Vietnam, his military career shattered, this homecoming feels no less like exile. But when he finds Bailey at Maple Hill, her fairy-like beauty gives him reason to hope–until she tells him about the ghost haunting the house. Then he wonders if her one experiment with pot has made her crazy.As Bailey and Eric draw closer, he agrees to help her find a long-forgotten Christmas gift the ghost wants. But will the magic of Christmas be enough to make Eric believe–in Bailey and the ghost–before the Christmas bells ring?~