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Thriller Book Spotlight: All Tucked Inn by Mindy M. Shelton @MindysBooks

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Elizabeth “Lizzie” Burke is a normal college freshman. She goes to football games, participates in a criminal justice study group, and for the first time in her life, has two guys fighting over her.

Life is very full, albeit a tad crazy, as Lizzie helps with the family bed-and-breakfast business “All Tucked Inn”, watches over her little brother, and makes new college friends. Everything is perfect…until her best friend disappears and the two guys fighting for her affections start acting very strange.

Brad insists on providing the most cryptic of conversations and Tyler is showing a bit of a controlling side, possibly even a tendency for violence. Lizzie’s not sure what is going on in her life all of a sudden, as a second female student vanishes.

But apparently, someone wants her to find out and Lizzie soon discovers just how precious life really is.

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As he laid her body in the freshly dug grave he leaned over and gave her one last kiss goodbye.  She had grown cold and slightly stiff in death, but it didn’t deter his excitement.  He laughed and told her, “Sex with your dead body was even better than when you were alive.”

He dropped her body with finality, stood up and grabbed the shovel.  “Goodnight, Sweetheart.  Well, it’s time to go” he said in a singsong voice as he began to cover her body with dirt.  “You should have been a good girl and you would still be alive.” He laughed harshly at his non-rhyming tune and continued to shovel the dirt.  When he had her completely covered, he returned his tools to the worn green duffel bag and covered her burial site with the grass he had excavated to form her grave.

The drive home gave him plenty of time to contemplate his next move.  Every stage of planning took meticulous and disciplined measures.  This time, he assured himself, I’m going to get one more willing, more subservient.  The thought of the entire process filled him with an exhilarated rush.  The planning, the stalking, the fantasizing, the kidnapping, the sex, every phase was as important as the one before.  And as each one occurred, his excitement increased.  The ultimate goal was not to kill, but to find that perfect woman to be his wife and provide him with a family.  If he had to rid himself of the ones that didn’t work out, well…so be it.  Each one was bringing him closer to his dream.

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Hi Everyone!

Thank you for visiting my little corner of the Amazon. All Tucked Inn is the first publication of my Elizabeth Burke Thriller series, with installment two scheduled for a November 2015 release.

I am a lover of the alphabet and constantly amazed at the products 26 letters can produce. With over a million books on Amazon, I personally thank you for taking the time to contemplate and/or read my version of those 26 letters.

Lizzie is a firecracker redhead who gains strength and humor as the series develops. I hope you bond with Lizzie, her family, and her friends. They need a new place for Thanksgiving :)

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Psychological Horror Book Spotlight: 12:07 The Sleeping by L. Sydney Abel @lsydneyabel

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Psychological Horror Paranormal Suspense

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THE SLEEPING have always come for The Unwanted… James would fight for his life many times – always winning and yet always fearing that anytime soon, it might be his last.

THE SLEEPING are guardians of the underworld who feed from the tormented souls sent there. In our world, they haunt those whom they believe belong in Hell.

THE SLEEPING enter our realm to claim their victim, until the wrongly-given soul is taken.

When The Custodian of ‘The Room of Truth’ is asked to perform a ritual of worship, loyalty to God and The Messenger are in conflict. The lives of The Unwanted, The Protector, The Messenger and 2 Pretty Things are assembled by divine invitation.

You know when they’re here… you can feel them. Remember; stay awake, because when they come for you and take you, there is no going back. If you give up fighting, then you might as well give up living…


The Unwanted – A person not created from want.

The Protector – The shield made from love.

The Custodian – The keeper of sins inside ‘The Room of Truth’.

The Messenger/The Key – Is someone who is at the bidding of The Sleeping. A soul for a soul.

The Pretty Things – Beauties of either gender.

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The Sleeping came into the room like the Schutz-Staffel – this was no protection party. It was Nazi S.S. looking their decaying worst, whose all-black uniform was designed by Death itself. Masked white faces, carrying soulless searching eye-sockets, advanced towards The Unwanted.

If God moved in mysterious ways, then this was one of his worst performances, as the lights suddenly went out. The Sleeping were now darkness within the darkness – home from home, and groping with expertise.

It was from no intervention on God’s behalf that the lights went out. It was down to human manipulation with the light’s timer, or the use of the panic button. Darkness was deemed a defence, but not in this case. The blinking, red light flashed upon the floor like the reflection of an exploding bonfire night cracker, putting stars into the eyes of the living.

Some of The Sleeping took the time to explore the entranced Stephanie – she was unknowingly emitting a rainbow aura as a shield. They hissed to her in secret whispers. It was then, in their understanding vibrations of her lack of concern in such matters, that they made the slither nearer towards The Unwanted. Not once did any of them approach Sylvie – she had a more celestial protection.

The Sleeping gathered around Lance; they buried him within their own darkness. Some punctured his veins and travelled in some drug rush to his brain. Others mixed with the air he breathed and became his need to live. He was their junkie, and he was going on a bad trip. Simplicity would be if they could physically kill, but such as they were, that was impossible. Their need or trick was human terror; they would feed from the heavenly soul and eat away at its goodness until the living gave up life, freely. The wrong things done in Lance’s life were traits of others that had sucked upon his soul. Wickedness moves in shadowy ways.

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L. Sydney Abel is the pen name of Lawrence Abel. He was born and raised in Kingston upon Hull, England. He is married and has two grown-up children. He has written and illustrated several books for children and young adults, including Timothy Other: the boy who climbed Marzipan Mountain.
L. Sydney Abel has recently ventured into the world of adult fiction, where experiences of the supernatural kind have stimulated his imagination. His latest novel 12:07 The Sleeping, is based on personal experience of Sleep Paralysis or Old Hag Syndrome. This book reveals a creature with human shape, draped in death’s black, shrouding a white skull face; its eyes are hollow depths to hell. Lawrence calls this creature The Sleeping, as it comes for him whilst he sleeps, yet he feels wide-awake.

What readers are saying about 12:07 The Sleeping:
‘Definitely a horror book akin to Stephen King of old.’ THE Book Club reviewer
‘At times it is terrifyingly compelling, paralysingly scary and very creepy.’ By A. Rose
‘Recommended to anyone who likes Stephen King and James Herbert books.’ THE Book Club reviewer
‘This book is extremely unique and different from anything I have read to date. It is a complete new twist on the good and evil.’ By Ramona

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Suspense Feature: In the Graveyard Antemortem by Stephen Stromp @StephenStromp

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SCREAM Magazine calls In the Graveyard Antemortem “an engaging, creepy mystery.” Winner of Amazon’s reader-powered Kindle Scout program. Seventeen-year-old Lisa Jacobs is determined to solve her father’s gruesome murder. But before she can investigate in her own small town, she is forced to spend the summer with her Uncle Clayton, the owner of Grand Hallow–a massive funeral and mortuary operation the size of a small city. Her move to Grand Hallow only deepens the mystery as she begins to suspect the strange and chilling occurrences there are linked to her father’s death. With the help of her acid-tongued best friend and deadbeat brother, Lisa must unravel the secrets of Grand Hallow–before it’s too late. In the Graveyard Antemortem is a mystery/suspense novel with a healthy dash of horror.

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Without warning, I felt a hand grasp my shoulder. “It’s the morgue,” said a deep voice directly behind me. Startled, I spun around to see a man who looked remarkably like my dad. The resemblance took my breath away. He smiled cautiously. It was my dad’s smile, the one that formed into a mischievous smirk no matter if any mischief was in fact intended. He had his same soft facial features, his salt-and-pepper hair, and his hazel eyes. It was uncanny. It was as if I were looking at my father all spruced up for a graduation or wedding, wearing a suit and clean-shaven. Only it wasn’t him. Just some pieces of his DNA. He held out his hand. And as I shook it, life came back to my stunned lungs. “Hello, Lisa. I’m Clayton.” He cleared his throat apprehensively. “Your Uncle Clayton.”

“Hello,” I replied meekly. “Thank you for all of this. I mean, taking care of my dad’s funeral.”

“It’s the least I could do,” he said while wringing his hands.

“You’re telling me,” snapped Tina. “A room next to the morgue?”

“I do apologize about that. If you and your friend would be more comfortable—”

“It’s fine,” I assured him. He adjusted his collar and looked down the hall behind him as if someone were watching from the shadows. He was pleasant, yet seemed preoccupied, his eyes shifting every which way. It could’ve just been his nerves. I imagined he was just as nervous meeting me as I was meeting him. Yet it also could’ve been because he was simply incredibly busy with the responsibilities that came with running such an enormous and complex place.

“So.” Tina couldn’t help herself. “Why did you want Lisa here so bad? She was just fine in Ruthsford, ya know.”

“Tina!” I protested, secretly wanting to hear his answer.

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My stories tend to have a dark twist. And I like to mix different genres depending on where the story takes me. My first book, a short novel titled ‘Cracking Grace,’ is a dark fantasy that explores relationships, loss and spirituality. ‘In the Graveyard Antemortem’ is my first full-length novel. It is a mix of mystery, suspense and horror. Join my email list at to keep up to date on my new releases.

From Author Dan O’Brien: Two Chilling Horror Books To Read This Halloween @AuthorDanOBrien

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With the leaves falling, the nights lasting longer,  and the temperatures dropping, it’s the perfect time of year for horror fans to curl up with a chilling read. See these two books from Dan O’Brien to get your horror fix, but be warned. You might want to leave a light on if you read these at night!




“Bitten is an extremely well-balanced and engaging novel. It contains mystery, suspense, horror, romance, and best of all – a creative, genre-bending twist on werewolf mythology. The story is quick-paced and dark without being too heavy or overdramatic. The protagonist is a strong and courageous FBI agent who is able to assert herself without casting aside her femininity. She reminds me of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum…If a sequel follows, I will definitely read it.”

“Author Dan O’Brien Left His Mark With BITTEN. For some there will always be a fascination with discovering answers…I’ve now read three books by O’Brien but BITTEN is by far my favorite. It not only showcases his literary skills but leaves the reader wanting more. What else could an avid reader ask for?”

A predator stalks a cold northern Minnesotan town. There is talk of wolves walking on two legs and attacking people in the deep woods. Lauren Westlake, resourceful and determined F.B.I Agent, has found a connection between the strange murders in the north and a case file almost a hundred years old. Traveling to the cold north, she begins an investigation that spirals deep into the darkness of mythology and nightmares. Filled with creatures of the night and an ancient romance, the revelation of who hunts beneath the moon is more grisly than anyone could have imagined.

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A frightening new case.
A mysterious journal.
The beginning of the end.

Lauren Westlake has left behind the horrors of northern Minnesota to investigate a strange package with a cryptic return address. Crossing the country to the city by the bay, Lauren discovers that Locke was only the beginning. Crossing paths with a stoic SFPD detective and a surprise from her past, she must figure out what hunts the foggy streets of San Francisco in this new novella.

Is it vampires?

Is it something more?

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How about gory horror stories, women sleuths, and occult assassins? The Prime Lending Library allows you to grab this book at no cost if you are enrolled in Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited.

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Dan O’Brien has written over 20 books, including the bestselling Bitten, which was featured on Conversations Book Club’s Top 100 novels of 2012. Before starting Amalgam, he was the senior editor and marketing director for an international magazine. In addition, he has spent over a decade in the publishing industry as a freelance editor. You can learn more about his literary and publishing consulting business by visiting his website at: Contact him today to order copies of the book or have them stocked at your local bookstore. He can be reached by email at

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Halloween Books for Adults: Mysteries and Thrillers

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Finding an awesome Halloween book for adults can sometimes be a daunting task. But here you will find some great Halloween mysteries and thrillers filled with enough suspense, thrills, and chills to keep you intrigued until the last page.

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18160126How far would you go to save your family?

Midsummer used to be a day of feasts and bonfires. A day when cares were set aside for the joy of grass between our toes, warm hands in our palms, laughter in our hearts. Our celebrations dimmed with the light. Something upset the balance of our woods. Something so deep that even our bonfires can’t lure the sun back. And he has something to do with it. Of that we’re sure, which is why I’m being given to him.

DARKLING is K.M. Rice’s suspenseful debut novel about a young woman’s sacrifice to save her village and the unexpected strength that comes from first love.

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punkedbythepumpkinSweet Home has become inundated with unholy sightings and turned over tombstones in the old cemetery. And if that wasn’t enough, Essie and Hildie aren’t talking to anyone, even Lily. All the seniors seem out of sorts, but of course that’s normal for Toe and Harvey.
Find out what happens when Lily, her best friend Jules, and her gorgeous boyfriend Eli take matters into their own hands when the town starts spinning out of control.

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20563682“After her death the kids used to say her ghost haunted the plantation.”
The bayou holds many secrets. One of them is what really happened to Lisette, a beautiful Creole teenager who died on the last day of school. Everybody in Fanchon’s reclusive bayou parish knows Lisette died in a boating accident, but when the police take a closer look, they unearth the dead girl and find a surprise in her grave.

This Saints adventure takes Fanchon from New York to New Orleans for Halloween and to one of Louisiana’s most beautiful plantations, Oak Alley.

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19864379“Elias Sullivan had it all: looks, power, and money. But, he was arrogant and cruel. He thought it would just be another day at the bank, but an unusual encounter with a little old woman would turn his world upside down. Turn your back on humanity, cross the wrong person, and this too could be your fate.

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23350216Named one of Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2014, “Walking After Midnight: Tales for Halloween” is a collection of six short horror stories guaranteed to send chills up your spine. Read them by a bonfire on a chilly autumn night, or under a blanket by candle light.

Whatever you do, don’t look behind you.


The Schultz family’s outing to an apple orchard goes terribly awry on the hayride from Hell.

Hat Man

Graduate student Bernice is plagued by night terrors. As they begin to invade her waking hours as well, she fights for her sanity…and her safety.

A Good Samaritan

Newlyweds Jake and Rita Wechsler take a journey down winding country roads in the Hudson River Valley, where danger lurks at every turn.

Into the Abyss

Four friends play with a Ouija board and discover that it might be more than just a board game.

Walking After Midnight

When childhood friends Teddy and Joseph decide to revisit one of their old childhood haunts, the pair must rely on each other to survive.

Trick & Treat

Halloween enthusiast Shelley decorates and buys candy for the big night, hoping for lots of Trick-or-Treaters, but quickly learns the meaning of the phrase “Be careful what you wish for.”

If you miss the days when Halloween was scary, vampires didn’t sparkle, and shadows came to life at night, this collection of stories is for you.

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25184550Silas wakes with a start in the middle of the night, feeling a suffocating sense of unease — as if he’s being watched. His wife is asleep. He scans the bedroom of their rented holiday cottage, a spooky and unfamiliar place.

He makes out something in the dark. On the chair in the corner of the room. What the…? He’s mistaken, surely. It’s his over-active imagination. It’s a trick of the moonlight.

No. Something’s there. A figure, hunched forward – an old man. The same old man he’s seen in a framed photograph on the bedroom wall. Sitting there, watching them sleep. With a terrifying grin on his face…

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236981Haunted-house parties and ghostly galas…grinning pumpkins, mayhem and murder. It’s going to be one heck of a Halloween for Lucy Stone and Tinker’s Cove…

It’s October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker’s Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters’ Halloween costumes, helping her son with his pre-teen rebellion, and breast-feeding her brand-new baby, an arsonist is loose in Tinker’s Cove. When the latest fire claims the life of the owner of the town’s oldest house, arson turns into murder…

While the townsfolk work to transform a dilapidated mansion into a haunted house for the All-Ghouls festival, the hunt for the culprit heats up. Trick-or-treat turns deadly as a little digging in all the wrong places puts Lucy too close to a shocking discovery that could send all her best-laid plans up in smoke…

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10550137Seventeen year-old Logan Wright has always turned to the make-believe world of her written words to escape the pain of her real life. Through her writing, she lives vicariously, creating gorgeous but dangerous male characters who hunt down, and fight for, their chosen mates. For a vice, it’s a safe one. Normally.
However, this is October.
The moon is full, the cemetery is filled with mists, and the misspoken words of an ages-old spell have released an ancient force. It is shapeless – nameless. Until it happens upon the words of a beautiful young bard and takes the wickedly handsome form of one of her creations.
Now Logan finds herself the object of desire for a boy who appears to be everything she ever dreamed of. Sam Hain is tall, strong, and gorgeous. He wants her; there’s no denying that. So, what’s the problem?
Sam’s kisses come with sharp teeth – and a dark promise.
Logan, her friends, and her long-time crush must band together in order to save her from the force they unwittingly awakened. They have one month. And it’s going to be a long one.

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23480366An isolated Scottish village above a fog-bound loch. A dark local legend, and a missing teenage girl. A sister determined to discover the truth…and deliver justice.

Last Halloween, Kat’s sister vanished. Everyone believes Louise was simply a teenage runaway. But Kat knows something has happened to her sister, and she’s convinced that Louise’s disappearance is connected with a small Scottish village called Carnag.

Now Halloween is approaching again, the locals of Carnag want nothing to do with Kat, and the man she loves might be lying to her. Can she discover the truth before she suffers the same fate as her sister?

22819106Welcome to Blackhaven, October 31st, 1984..

A small, sleepy town cut off from the hardships and the horrors of the modern world – Blackhaven has enjoyed a fruitful, peaceful history in it’s 300 years.

That’s all about to change…

Something is coming. Something unspeakable. Something evil.

300 years ago to the day, the founders of Blackhaven made a deal with an outside force in order to secure their comfort and safety. A deal that now, centuries later, requires payment. A deal that will see the quiet streets run red, and the fires rise. The people of Blackhaven are about to learn the true cost of sacrifice, for Hell is coming to claim what’s owed.

And the Devil will have his day….

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23001666In the seventh Kate Lawrence Mystery, the amateur sleuth and her realtor partners, Margo and Strutter, investigate the sometimes frightening consequences of thwarted creative egos.
When Margo’s aunt, mystery writer Maybelle Farnsworth, moves to town a few weeks before Halloween, she soon becomes the target of a neighborhood prankster, or so Kate and her partners believe at first. When the dirty tricks escalate from annoying to terrifying, May’s secret sideline as the publisher of a line of sexy romance novels comes into play. A horrified husband learns the true nature of his novelist wife’s work, and a rejected author plots revenge.

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When a Halloween Party turns deadly, it falls to Hercule Poirots to unmask a murderer in Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, Hallowe’en Party.

At a Halloween party, Joyce—a hostile thirteen-year-old—boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.
That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the `evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

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A retired detective thinks that all he will have to do on Halloween is hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. Everything goes well until all the children in costume come and go, and then the phone calls begin. One of them comes from his former Chief of Police, whom he and his former partner have promised that they will come out of retirement whenever there is a murder in their small town. Not only do they have to go out on a dark night in the pouring down rain, but they have to head out to a remote part of the county, where almost no one lives, to a place where someone has texted and reported that someone has been murdered. All they have to go on is the location of the cell phone. Before he solves the case, he is confronted with several suspects, none of whom seem to have motives or alibis. This is another whodunit in the Dekker Cozy Mystery series, full of twists and turns and lots of humor.

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Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.
Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now…private investigator. Sort of.
When Lark Bramble, an old frenemy, shows up in Nocturne Falls, Jayne finds herself reliving the painful past and trying to make responsible decisions that won’t mess up her future. But being an adult proves harder than she thought.
Finally at peace with where things stand between her and Lark, Jayne thinks everything’s cool until a chilling event at the Black and Orange Ball shatters that peace and puts Jayne at odds with the powers that be. She knows she’s on thin ice, but she’s determined to crack the caper.
Can Jayne find a way to right the wrongs she might have caused or will she forever bear the guilt of allowing herself to be snowed again?

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Get three Amazon witch cozy best-sellers for the price of one!

This multi-book set features the first three volumes in the Witches of Hemlock Cove series by Amazon Kindle All-Star author, Kennedy Chase.

If you like your witch cozy mysteries to have great characters, interesting clues, smart animals, a dash of witchcraft and romance, this is the series for you. Each story is a standalone mystery but the character grow over the course of the series. Join Grace, Hope, and Joy — the Angelo sisters — as they seek to keep their business afloat and solve the mysteries in the small New England town of Hemlock Cove.

Grab your copy now for a cozy Halloween mystery read that’ll keep you laughing and guessing until the end.

This boxset includes these best-selling stories:

Book 1: A Mystic Murder
Book 2: A Cryptic Case
Book 3: A Paranormal Puzzle

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Falling for a sexy priest may be the least of her troubles…

Teacher Morgan Peers has gone from living a tough life to becoming an heiress nearly overnight. When she inherits Woodmere Manor in the Hudson Valley in New York from her estranged father, she makes big plans for the future, but the past still holds sway over the fog shrouded mansion. Morgan begins to question her sanity when she sees a ghost and learns about the tortured history of the house… and its five tower rooms.

To complicate matters, two men make it difficult to listen to her own heart. Owen Long, the estate caretaker, offers friendship and understanding while Noel Crimson, a local priest with a tragic past of his own, haunts her thoughts. And time is running out because someone or something wants Morgan dead. Morgan must figure out if man or spirit haunts Woodmere Manor if she is going to save her life and find love.

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Jolene Claiborne, owner of Dixieland Salon loves Halloween, but this year her fondness of the holiday is marred when bestselling author Vanessa Van Allen disappears. Vanessa, called the Queen of the Vampires, has a few secrets she wants to share, but some secrets are better left buried.

When Detective Sam Bradford, Jolene’s former beau, asks for her help in getting rid of a spirit that seems to be clinging to his aura, Jolene is shocked. Not only is there a ghost riding on Sam’s broad shoulder, it seems to be Vanessa, and she refuses to leave until her murderer is found.

Is the woman truly dead or is there magic as well as mischief afoot? With help from Heaven’s sassy bounty hunter, Scarlett, Jolene and Sam set out to find the truth of what has truly happened to the Queen of the Vampires, but sometimes the truth can get you killed.

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