Lynne Connolly talks about Ghost Stories
I’ve invited Lynne to take over my blog today. She’s talking about ghost stories and her release Rendezvous at Midnight.
I have my dream job. I’m a writer. Now all I need is to write a runaway best-seller, and I can die happy!
Just not yet. But some of my characters are dead, because I’ve started to write ghost stories, and “Rendezvous at Midnight” is one of them.
Inspired by ghost hunting programs, I wrote a story about a haunted ocean liner, but because I’m a romance writer, I wanted it to form the background to a steamy love story. One with a happy ending. So “Rendezvous at Midnight” is the story of medium Michael Scott and presenter Lisa Perez, who work for the TV franchise “Ghosts at Home.”
This being a paranormal romance, I wanted a bit more. So Michael is the child of a vampire. In my paranormal world, not all children of vampires are vampires themselves, but they all have the gift of being able to communicate with ghosts. Michael is in contact with other Talents, as my paranormal beings are called, and they come from every walk of life. At the beginning of the story, we meet a professional golfer who is also a griffin shape-shifter. You never know, I might write a story about him next!
Michael has been tormented by watching Lisa with no-good Carlos, so when she finishes her relationship with him, Michael is determined that he will be the next man on her list. Their scheduled weekend at the old, reomantic ocean liner, “Gem of the Sea” is his chance to persuade her. He doesn’t realise that Lisa will find herself in deadly danger, and will need all his psychic skills to save her from the fate of her mother.
Lisa wants to do the job on the “Gem of the Sea” because her mother died aboard. A member of staff when the “Gem” was a seagoing vessel instead of a stationary luxury hotel, Lisa’s mother’s death has never been properly explained, and with Michael available to contact ghosts, Lisa wants to discover once and for all her mother’s fate. However, she stirs up more than ghosts, and vengeful spirits are the hardest to defeat. If Michael doesn’t succeed, they’re both dead, and their love with it.
This book flowed so well, that I’m thinking of writing more. Romantic historical locations, a touch of terror and high octane steamy sex? Who could resist? Certainly not me!
A haunted ocean liner, a woman with a family mystery to solve, and a man who can talk to ghosts—what do they have in common? A timeless love and the very real threat of murder, that’s what.
Lisa, a host for the TV program Ghost at Home, and Michael, a medium also for the program, share a past together. But it remains to be seen if they have a future….
When the program gets offered to spend a weekend of ghost-hunting on The Gem of the Sea, Lisa sees her chance to discover what really happened to her mother the day she died on the great ocean liner. But over the course of one passion-filled weekend, Lisa and Michael must fight a malevolence the likes of which neither has encountered before.
Will they win or become two more of the unquiet spirits haunting the old ship?
Rendezvous at Midnight is published by Decadent Publishing, and is available from Amazon UK, Amazon US, All Romance eBooks and all other good eBook retailers.
I was born in Leicester, England, and lived in our cobbler’s shop with my parents and sister. It was an old house and most definitely haunted, but I didn’t find out until I left that my great uncle had hung himself in the living room! But I think our ghost might have been older than that. It was built on the site of the old Roman cemetery, and the land had been constantly inhabited, being in the centre of town. Then, when the council bought the house from us to build a road, my grandfather retired and my father went and worked for the Post Office. My mother was a sample machinist; that is, she worked with designers on the prototypes (models or samples) of garments. So I was very well dressed! We bought a relatively modern house in the country, and my mother was blissfully happy. It’s all very well living in a large old house, but it’s a dreadful task to keep it clean and warm!
My mother’s side of the family are Romany gypsies, although sadly we haven’t any of the old trailers that are so astonishingly beautiful. I was taught to read the Tarot cards, and I usually use two packs; the Rider pack for simple readings and the Crowley Thoth pack for the complex stuff.
I’ve always had an interest in the paranormal and it’s been a delight to be able to put some of this into my novels.
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