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I like to say that I was Gothic before Gothic was fashionable. I was a teenager in the 1960s and incredibly intrigued both by all things paranormal and by all things romantic. At that time the only romance novels readily available happened to fit my desires perfectly…the Gothic romances. I slurped up every one of them I could get my hands on.
So when I began writing some years later, it was pretty natural that the novels I wrote had a definitely Gothic flavor, even though Gothic romances had gone out of fashion. If you called them Romantic Suspense, that worked. Now that vampires and werewolves are all the rage, a variety of Gothic is back in fashion, though it’s more often called either paranormal romance or urban fantasy.
Not surprisingly, given my interest in Gothic stories, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love the decorations, the change in the weather, the kids in costumes, the goodies, the eerie stories… All of it. And I love writing stories with Gothic Halloween-type themes. There are just so many opportunities!
And speaking of that, I’ve just released a new one!
Guardian of the Grimoire
Librarian Jess O’Rourke already has her hands full with her father’s declining and health and the under-staffed, under-funded library she runs. A new preacher in town waging war on her books is just an annoyance at first, but an attractive mysterious stranger warns her that there’s more behind the reverend’s campaign than she can guess. The new preacher is a human possessed by a demon and he’s searching for an old grimoire that’s part of an uncatalogued collection of books stored in the library’s basement.
Gabriel Sutton has been the guardian of the book for a long time, a very long time, he claims, since that has been his penance for crimes he committed as a soldier during the Civil War. He convinces Jess that she needs to find the grimoire and use it to return the demon to where he belongs.
Their time gets short when the reverend realizes she’s searching for the book and resorts to desperate measures to either retrieve or destroy it.
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