Some of you may remember my terrifying encounter in a haunted house.
Like any good writer, I decided to let it inspire a novel. After all, who doesn’t love a ghost story?
The good folks at Flame Tree Press will release The Restoration on the world on October 19th.
So how can I say “Coming soon?”
In the book world, October is right around the corner and The Restoration is already available for reviewers! If you’re interested in providing an early review, please let me know in the comments. I have a Net Galley link, and can also provide a digital copy for review on Goodreads (and Amazon after release).
Here’s the blurb:
Inspired by the author’s overnight stay in a historical haunted house, The Restoration is a thrilling tale of intrigue, murder, and family secrets that refuse to stay buried.
It was the perfect opportunity…or so she thought. When Terri Foxworth is hired to spend a year restoring a crumbling manor house, she believes she’s hit the jackpot. She moves in with her young daughter and high hopes for the project’s success. As the restoration begins to go terribly wrong, she realizes dark forces won’t let her leave the house until its horrible secrets are revealed.
This job could very well be the death of her.
The Restoration features one of the most complex mysteries I’ve ever written. While staying overnight in Dalnavert House, I experienced a ghostly encounter with what I believed to be Jack Macdonald’s spirit. Jack was the son and only male heir of Hugh Macdonald, the former premier of Manitoba. Jack suffered from diabetes and passed away in the room I’d chosen to write in.
His “friendly hello” (you can read about it here), was terrifying, and there was something about the poor kid’s photograph that seemed eerie. Before long, my fictional Vandermere family, along with their troublesome son Niles, was terrifying a small town in Pennsylvania.
One of the themes I keep returning to in my work is The sins of the past come back to haunt us, but Niles has a lot more agency than most of the spirits I’ve written about. In this novel, you can’t trust anyone, especially the ghosts!
Have you ever seen (or heard) a ghost? Would you stay overnight in a haunted house, like I did? And what do you think of that cover?
If you’re interesting in a sneak peek of The Restoration in exchange for a review, please let me know. Hope everyone is having a great summer!
PS…If you like spooky stories, you’ll love this post about working the graveyard shift with a ghost.