Hi everyone! Thanks to Kirsten for hosting me on ParaYourNormal today J I am so excited to be here! Today we’re discussing my second book, Witch Hearts, and how my ghost Courtney is a bit different from the typical ghost.
From what I usually read, (or see on my favorite show “Supernatural”) ghosts are spirits (angry or otherwise) that hang around after they’ve died, whether it’s fear of moving on, anger/wanting revenge, or simply not wanting to leave their loved ones even if they can’t physically be with them. They appear when they want, can move objects and other ghostly things. My ghost, however, only appears in a witch’s dreams, and memories of her last moments (as well as a few things that happened before that) only start coming back to her after she’s been dead for a while.
In Witch Hearts, a serial killer hunts down powerful witches for his own dark purposes. [Tweet this!] Ruby, our main character, must discover the truth before the killer comes for her heart. Unfortunately, he’s already gotten her best friend Courtney (who we see killed in the first chapter).
Her death was only supposed to be the catalyst for getting Ruby involved; Courtney, however, is not a character who will simply lie down and take her death. Imagine my surprise as I wrote where Ruby falls asleep and Courtney pops up in her dream! (Honest, it wasn’t planned. Courtney is just that stubborn.) Ruby even questions the dream, asking Courtney what she could remember of her murder:
“What was he doing? Do you remember seeing anything?”
“Not really. Besides, how can you be sure of anything I tell you? It’s partly your subconscious. You are dreaming, after all.” Courtney shot her a wry smile.
“So you’re saying none of this is real? I don’t think I’m imagining you giving me the okay on Cooper because my mind feels guilty.”
“You’re right. I’m here, in spirit or whatever.” Courtney shrugged. “I have a feeling I’ll be seeing you several times in the near future […]”
Courtney’s ghost appears in Ruby’s dreams a few more times throughout the story, each time becoming angrier than the last because souls are not meant to get stuck in the spirit plane [Tweet this!] – she’s still there because she was brutally murdered and cannot move on until her killer is caught.
The longer Courtney is dead, the more details she remembers, which makes her desperate for Ruby’s life. While she doesn’t appear to anyone else, she’s still able to help warn Ruby of both the killer and another event that eventually becomes another important piece of the plot. Without Courtney’s ghost, Ruby would be in more danger than she could ever realize.
I won’t give away the ending because I’d much rather you be surprised should you choose to read this witch and ghost story, but I will say that I think you’ll enjoy this twist on a witch and ghost story. Thanks again for reading and to ParaYourNormal for having me here today!
Liz Long is lucky enough to have a dream career in magazine publishing as an editor and writer, yet still have time to create adventures on the side. If you catch her staring off into space or talking to herself, don’t worry – it’s just her imagination at work.
Liz graduated from Longwood University with a BA in English, though her professors might be disappointed to hear she reads more fantasy fiction than literary novels. She also loves action and thriller genres. Her books probably won’t change your life, but she hopes they steal you away from reality for a while.
Her newest release, Witch Hearts, will be for sale on Amazon on April 30th. Her first book, Gifted, a Donovan Circus Novel, is also available for paperback and Kindle on Amazon.
To learn more about Liz, visit her website: http://lizclong.com
Twitter: (Handle: @LizCLong) https://twitter.com/#!/LizCLong
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Amazon (ebook): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CIKKEV0