Ghost of a Chance Update

I’m writing the copy for the back cover of Ghost of a Chance (the book blurb). I’d love to know what you think!

Kate doesn’t believe in things that go bump in the night.

Pete is a true believer.

Focused and practical, Kate Murphy spends her days pouring over endless streams of spreadsheets. She thinks putting career over everything will heal her broken heart, but soon realizes there is more to life than working 24/7. When Kate’s best friend asks for help to turn around a floundering occult bookstore in Salem, Massachusetts, she says yes to the challenge and a chance to start a new life.

An assistant professor of Irish history, Pete O’Brien is an academic who is open to the unknown. When he’s not researching Celtic gods and goddesses in his bid for tenure, Pete wanders around old buildings, in the dark, talking to ghosts.

A chance encounter in Salem’s oldest cemetery leaves Pete thinking he’s seen the embodiment of a Celtic goddess, while Kate thinks she’s being followed by the town’s handsome stalker. When a matchmaking apparition named Abigale arrives, she changes Kate’s perceptions, not only about the paranormal but also about love.

From Salem to the shores of Ireland, Abigale works to bring Kate and Pete together. But even with paranormal help, does romance stand a ghost of a chance?

Roll out on the novel is moving along nicely. Cover illustration is in the works and I’m now in the process of choosing my author photo. Watch this space for publishing date!

The Next Big Idea

Hello friends!

As a writer, I’m always looking for ideas for my next book. Typically they hit me right before I go to sleep or when I wake up in the middle of the night. I love creating characters and stories, and there is always a little bit of me in them–maybe it’s my love of a specific location, or maybe it’s about a skill that interests me. And that is what’s happening in my next novel…which I haven’t started yet because I’m in grad school and some of those pesky reading lists get in the way of my creative flow! But it is percolating away in the back of my brain and it is bubbling to get out and on the page.

So, I’m going to sketch out for you what I’m thinking for my next story idea. As my “About” page states, I’ve worn a lot of hats in my life–actor and singer being the most fulfilling (along with writing). Actors and musicians have tight knit communities and when you start the rehearsal process for just about any show, you form bonds with your fellow actors, crew, and administrative staff. It becomes one big family–sometimes a bit dysfunctional–but that is to be expected with creatives! Of course, there is also the possibility of romance, and since that is my wheelhouse I’ve decided to write a backstage romance.

Location will be New York City, of course! An actress gets her first big break in a musical on Broadway. She is enamored with her famous leading man who just might be a manipulating, egomaniacal, philandered. Of course, she is blinded by his smarmy charm and all of his trappings of wealth and fame. Will our heroine succumb to the leading man’s wicked ways, or will she find happiness and love in the arms of another? Stay tuned for more!

Curtain up for romance!