Book 9 – The Ghost and the Mystery Writer

I’ve a T-Shirt that says something like, “Pay no attention to my browsing history, I am a writer not a serial killer.” That’s a standard joke among authors—especially mystery writers. My husband’s always saying the FBI is going to come knocking on my door if they ever come across some of my Facebook conversations involving methods of murder. Rather macabre, but it is part of the business.

That’s why I had so much fun writing The Ghost and The Mystery Writer, because it is her writing that gets her in trouble.

A killer strikes under Frederickport Pier.

Before dawn the next morning, Marlow House’s celebrity guest, mystery author Hillary Hemingway, is busy writing about the crime for her upcoming novel—including details that only the real killer would know.

Coincidence? If so, it isn’t the first time.

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Come see me at the Shopping Extravaganza!


If you’re in Lake Havasu City this weekend (and many people will be in town for the annual Relics and Rods car show) stop by the Aquatic Center on Saturday, October 21, where I’ll have a booth at the WNEA Shopping Extravaganza.

I’ll have a variety of my paperback books at the booth—plus the CD audiobook of Books 1 through 3 of the Haunting Danielle series.

Hope to see you there!

Book 8 – The Ghost from the Sea

One of my favorite Haunting Danielle books to write was The Ghost from the Sea. It was fun stepping back in time and giving the readers a greater insight into Walt’s life. The book was a departure from the Earthbound Spirit storyline.

When a shipwreck washes up on a beach across from Marlow House, Frederickport residents wonder what happened to the ship’s crew.

Danielle soon discovers the ship brought a stowaway—a spirit with ties to Frederickport that go back to the 1920s—when Walt was still alive.

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I’ll be selling paperback books and giving away a free eBook!


I will be hauling these boxes of books down to the Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, where I’ll have a booth. I’ll have some regular and large print books from the Haunting Danielle series, some print books from the Coulson Family Saga series, and I will also have copies of Sugar Rush (a Havasu Romance), Motherhood (a book of Poetry), and Havasu Palms, a Hostile Takeover (local history.)

I will also be giving away free eBooks, and recipe card to the famous Green Thing, alias the Road’s End cooler.

So stop by Lake Havasu City’s Aquatic Center on Saturday, October 21, and say hi!

Book 7 – The Ghost of Valentine Past

Holiday is the theme for books 5, 6, and 7 of Haunting Danielle. We already went through Books 5 and 6, touching on Halloween and Christmas, in this 14 Ghost Stories to Read Before Halloween blog series. Now we come to book 7, The Ghost of Valentine Past.

In this ghost story we bring together love and murder—and more ghosts.

A romantic weekend at Marlow House Bed and Breakfast turns deadly when Earthbound Spirits founder, Peter Morris, is murdered. Plenty of people had a reason to want the man dead—especially Danielle’s current guests.

But it isn’t Morris’ ghost distracting Danielle on this deadly Valentine’s Day weekend, it’s her late husband Lucas. She has her hands full with suitors coming from all directions—both living and dead—while she tries to figure out if there’s a killer in Marlow House.

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Where will you be next Saturday?

Who is hiding behind that giant book cover? It’s me, getting ready for the Shopping Extravaganza, supported by Women’s Network Exchange of Arizona (WNEA).

WNEA is an Arizona women’s business support group that raises money for local scholarships. This year I’m the Vice President of the organization, and next Saturday we are hosting our annual Shopping Extravaganza.

I won’t be the only author with a booth at the event—several other Havasu authors will be there. Plus, other vendor booths. That weekend the community is hosting its annual Relics and Rods car show, so there will be lots of people in town.

If you are in Lake Havasu City next week, stop by on Saturday at the Aquatic Center and say hi! I will be doing book signings at my booth.

To find me, just look for the gigantic book cover! Hope to see you there!

Book 6 – The Ghost Who Came for Christmas

 

As of this writing, over on Amazon The Ghost Who Came for Christmas has no 1 or 2-star reviews. 82% of the readers who reviewed the book on Amazon gave it 5-stars, and 17% gave it 4-stars. Just 1% of the Amazon readers who reviewed it gave it 3-stars, and that reviewer called it a “Good Read.”

When surveying subscribers of the Haunting Danielle newsletter (over 1,200), asking which book in the series is their favorite, The Ghost Who Came for Christmas comes in second, after The Ghost of Marlow House.

Unlike the last book—which had a darker Halloween spin—this book brings the reader Christmas magic and according to a number of readers, tears.

This is also the book where Chris is introduced to the series.

Personally, I love a good Christmas story, and I believe this is one that can be read and enjoyed for the holidays without reading any of the previous books in the series.

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Happy Birthday Lynnie!

I’ve just one sibling, my sister Lynn. She’s four years older than me. While the age difference seems insignificant now, when we were younger it meant she was the older sister I looked up to and idolized. She was a good big sister, in spite of the fact she once made me eat wadded up toilet paper, and another time she tried to drown me.

When I was in junior high people thought we were twins, which I found cool at the time. My sister, not so much. What teenager wants to be confused with her baby sister? Of course, Lynn got her revenge when we became adults and people would ask, which of you is older? Funny how perception changes when years go by.

Lynn and I were roommates during my first year in college. When she married I was her maid of honor, and when I married, she was my matron of honor.

Lynn is one of my best friends. And today is her birthday. I love you Lynnie; have a wonderful day!

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Book 5 – The Book of Halloween Past

If I haven’t mentioned it before, I suggest reading the Haunting Danielle books in order. It’s easy to figure out the order to read, as each book is numbered. While you can read the books out of order—each is a standalone story—the stories are told in chronological order, and you’ll miss some of the backstory if you jump over previous books.

For those looking for a ghost story that actually takes place during Halloween, I suggest you hurry up and read Books 1 through 4, because Book 5—The Ghost of Halloween Past—is the ghost story you are looking for.

I confess, this one is a bit darker and creeper than the other books in the series. I couldn’t help myself. After all, it is Halloween.

In this book, we meet two new characters who will stick around.

It also has a bit of a twist. As one reviewer wrote:

Whoa, I don’t think I’ve ever stopped in the middle of a story and gone back to reread the first several chapters so many times before.  No, it’s not a convoluted mess of a story. That’s not why I had to go reread earlier passages. I just needed to constantly adjust my perspective. The author did some amazing things here.”

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Let’s talk about Joe Morelli…

I know I’ve addressed this topic before, but I think it’s time I revisit the subject. It’s a question I occasionally get asked by readers.

The question?

Why did you name one of your characters after Janet Evanovich’s Joe Morelli from her popular Stephanie Plum series?

Umm…well the truth…while I had heard of Stephanie Plum, I had never read any of the books. Therefore, I was unaware of Evanovich’s “Joe Morelli.”

It wasn’t until about the third book of the Haunting Danielle series, when a reader pointed it out, that I became aware of the problem. Since Joe Morelli is such a well known character with Evanovich’s fans, I would have loved to have been able to change my character’s name. Unfortunately, by that time, it was too late.

Considering the number of books out there, I can’t even imagine trying to keep track of all the characters of other authors—even if I was to narrow it down to a specific genre. I’ve seen readers accuse authors of “stealing” another writer’s character, even when the only similarity was the first name. But the fact is, like book titles, it is impossible to have unique character names.

Sometimes a character name will just come to me. It’s as if I can’t imagine the character having any other name. Other times, I will search popular baby names of the character’s birth year.  With Joe, I gave him my son-in-law’s first name.

When it comes to surnames, I often pull names off my family tree. Glandon, Boatman and Johnson are all from my family tree. However, with my Joe character, I wanted him to be Italian, so I knew I couldn’t use a name from my family tree, so I borrowed the surname of a friend.

I still haven’t read Stephany Plumb, but I’ve since talked to friends who have read the series, and they tell me Evanovich’s Joe Morelli is a colorful rascal. My Joe is a bit of a—as the cliché goes—stick in the mud.

In my most recent Haunting Danielle book, The Ghost and the Bride, I finally addressed Evanovich’s Joe Morelli, when Lily’s sister points out Joe shares the same name with the fictional character. Of course, my Joe is a fictional character too, but he just doesn’t know it.

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