Title: Spooky Sojourn
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary Erotic male-female contemporary paranormal romance
Book Length: 50,000 words
Someone’s trying to kill Deanna, but is it the ghosts she doesn’t believe in, the rich socialite who might be a murderess, or someone else with a beef against The Gilroy Hotel and Resort that Deanna has just been hired to manage?
The Gilroy’s owners want the ghosts, or whoever is causing the trouble at the hotel eliminated, and they are pressuring Deanna to do the job as quickly as possible. Harry DeVeaux, paranormal investigator comes highly recommended to do the job and against Deanna’s better judgment, she hires him.
Although Deanna thinks Harry’s crazy for believing in ghosts and Harry thinks Deanna has a closed mind to the possibilities of ghosts and they highly annoy each other, sparks fly. Deanna can’t help but fantasize about Harry and inspired by a romance convention visiting her hotel, writes her fantasies in a private blog that Harry finds, hacks, and reads. Ooh la la!
Deanna reread her fantasy, barely able to believe she’d penned it, wondering if she should delete it. Did she really want to make out with Harry, a perfect stranger, on a public beach? Did she really want her words on the Internet, even in a supposedly private blog under a make-believe name?
Well, it was confidential, right? As long as she didn’t give anybody the web address or password or tell them about it, it would remain secret.
Enough fantasizing! She had to get back to work. Dragging the files out, she familiarized herself with the ghost sightings as well as Lynette’s and Grant’s history. By the time she finished, she knew how they’d died and the theories about their suicides-slash-murders. She also knew that everybody was afraid to point fingers at the now very influential and powerful Roxanne Cambridge-Anderson. Could Roxanne be behind the haunting nonsense? Did she want the hotel shut down? But that made no sense. The rumors portrayed Roxanne as a murderess. It wouldn’t be in her best interest to keep their legend alive.
Deanna’s temples began to ache the harder she thought about everything, so she decided to go to sleep. Hopefully she’d awake if any hijinks took place in the bowling alley.
About three a.m., deafening booms awoke her. Light brightened lane fourteen and all but one pin lay scattered on the wooden floor.
Groggy, Deanna tried to gather her senses. She looked around then, to her horror, she saw an iridescent figure of a man on lane fourteen picking up a glowing ball. Collecting her presence of mind, she grabbed her webcam, pointed it at the ghostly shape and turned it on. Shaking, she tried to hold her computer steady. Not believing what she was seeing, she knew there had to be a rational explanation. Perhaps some machine was projecting the image onto the lanes. Perhaps a real person stood in front of her in glowing phosphorescent powder.
Whatever or whoever it was, picked up the ball, and knocked down the spare pin. Then the ‘apparition’ bowled three strikes in a row.
Unexpectedly, he turned and glared at her, fire shooting from his eyes. Pins flew from all the lanes at her. Her heart racing, she ducked under the score table.
Interview with Deanna Thompson, Heroine of Spooky Sojourn
Hi, Deanna! Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
Greece and Cyprus. My mother’s family is from that part of the world and I’m fascinated by it. I speak a bit of Greek and I’d like to brush up on it.
Tell us about your family.
My older brother Dan was my best friend but he died in Afghanistan four years ago. He was my only sibling and my confidante. I adored him. I followed him around when I was a kid and he was so cool, he let me. He never acted like I was a little kid or in the way. When he died, part of me died.
Our mom lives in Arizona with her new husband in a fancy retirement community. Our dad died when I was still little so I hardly remember him. I consider my first step-father, Herb, my real dad. I talk to him as much as I can. I was sorry when Mom divorced him.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
When someone—probably Roxanne Cambridge-Anderson—blew up the vintage Mustang Dan left to me and almost killed me in the process. I mean it sent me flying at least twenty feet back. If I’d been any closer, there may have been nothing of me to find.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be ruler of the Universe or at least Queen of the Earth. As you see, I settled for managing a big hotel, not much difference. At least it feels the same. I have the weight of the world on my shoulders.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I enjoy country-western music, especially the newer stuff so here’s some of my favorites:
You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift
Breathe by Faith Hill
How Do I Live by Trisha Yearwood
I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton
Everywhere by Tim McGraw
She’s In Love With The Boy by Trisha Yearwood
This Kiss by Faith Hill
Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
Flat on the Floor by Carrie Underwood
Red High Heels by Kellie Pickler
Best Days of Your Life by Kellie Pickler
Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus
Back to Tennessee by Billy Ray Cyrus
Let Him Fly by The Dixie Chicks
Let ‘Er Rip by The Dixie Chicks
What are you passionate about these days?
Running hotels. I want to be the best hotel manager possible. I wasn’t kidding about wanting to be queen of my universe. My “universe” is now The Gilroy Hotel and Resort.
Who should play you in a film?
Holly Marie Combs from Charmed.
Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, cats, and playing on the computer.
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