Today I welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author Julie Howard, whose contemporary paranormal SPIRITED QUEST released Wednesday, Feb. 13. (SEE NOTE AT BOTTOM)
The title is part of TWRP's Deerbourne Inn Series, which includes brooks from a variety of authors. Each author selects her own topic, although all books are set around the Inn.
I’d like to say this Lady of the Deerbourne “haunted” me into writing about her. Silly, right? But from the start, I pictured a beautiful ghost gently moving through the Deerbourne Inn and recalling the wonderful times she’d spent there during her life. I love the way the story turned out and am now eager to write another paranormal mystery.
Thanks, Julie. Now tell us all about SPIRITED QUEST.
She’s chasing a ghost, but who is chasing her?
Paige Norman believes in a tangible, explainable world. When her ghost-hunting niece comes for a visit, she tries not to scoff. But someone, or something, is stirring up trouble at the Deerbourne Inn and her niece, Jillian, is at the center of the mystery.
Paige is certain the handsome Aussie photographer is behind the unexplained disturbances, and she warns her niece to stay clear. Meanwhile, Jillian gets to know the otherworldly Lady of the Deerbourne, who foretells an encounter with "two men." Then the pranks turn dangerous. Has her niece attracted a stalker or has she conjured an evil presence? Can the culprit be the man who has captured her heart?
He nodded a friendly greeting to her, his gaze grazing past to include others on the porch. “G’day, ma’am. G’day all.”
An Australian. Her heart skipped a beat. Oh, to be twenty-five, even thirty-five, again. His gaze settled on her niece, and as always happened to men where this girl was concerned, his jaw slackened, then tightened.
Next to her, Jillian grew still, lifting wide blue eyes to the newcomer. The moment passed. He was through the front door and into the lobby, and the door closed behind him.
“You’re in for some nice company this week,” Paige commented with a smile.
A frown flickered across her niece’s face. “I’ve seen him before.”
“Not exactly. He appeared to me in a dream.” Jillian’s blue eyes were troubled as she gazed at the Inn’s front door. She lifted one hand and rubbed the back of her head, then gave a shiver. “There was blood and I was afraid.”
Julie Howard is the author of “Crime and Paradise” and “Crime Times Two.” She is a former journalist and editor who has covered topics ranging from crime to cowboy poetry. Learn more at juliemhoward.com.
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spirited-quest-julie-howard/1130412180?ean=2940161285923
The Wild Rose Press: https://bit.ly/2FM4nLA
NOTE: This is Barb and I had to share a story about posting Julie's blog here. I tried three times to import the information, to no avail. All that would appear were the blurb and bio with links. Finally I opted to write directly on the post page, as I have done for years. When I began to write, the letters appeared in red. I checked the text color, made sure it was black, and began again. Still appeared in red. So, I thought, I'll finish, then go back and change all to black at the same time. But as I typed, the paragraphs kept changing colors. Red, green, blue, then black. When I considered the genre of her story, I just gave up. I certainly wasn't adjusting the colors, they just adjusted themselves. So...I left them the way the blog wanted them to be. 😊