A Christmas Ghost and a #Giveaway by Barbara Monajem

A couple of days ago, I had a guest on the blog — Jo-Ann Carson with her ghost stories. Today I have a ghost story of my own. My novella, The Right to Remain Single, is in the anthology, Christmas Kisses: A Collection of Historical Romances, which was released last week.

Why a ghost story? It’s because I’m chicken. Let me explain. Where I went to school in Vancouver, eons ago, we studied the Greeks and Romans in 7th Grade. But when I should have been in 7th Grade, I was in Oxford, England for a year, so I missed all that stuff.

 

(However, my first introduction to archaeology was there, where my friend from down the street took me to a dig in some medieval ruins. Why an Oxford University student allowed us there, I have no idea, but it sure was fun digging in the ruins, hoping to turn up some bones! Alas, all we got were pottery shards.)

 

Fast forward many years, and I began to make up for my lack of knowledge about the Ancient World, mostly by reading fiction set there. Fabulous stuff, but there are too many gaps for me to set a story there. (This is where I’m chicken, or maybe too lazy to do the research required to tell stories that take place there.) I’m fascinated by Roman Britain in particular, and the pic of me walking along Hadrian’s Wall brings back fond memories, and a longing to visit there again.

Archeological dig at Vindolanda near Hadrian’s Wall

 

 

 

 

Anyway, in order to satisfy my fascination, I sprinkle references to Roman Britain in some of my Regencies. In The Right to Remain Single, there’s a ghost of a Roman soldier who patrolled Hadrian’s Wall long, long ago. He’s a fierce, honorable ghost with a mission in life. Um, death.

And of course there are a living hero and heroine as well, and it’s a Christmas story, too. Here’s the blurb:

Thomasina Warren has sworn never to marry, but all that stands between her and the latest stodgy suitor of her father’s choice is a very protective ghost. When James Blakely offers to get rid of the ghost, he thinks he’ll be doing a good deed. Instead, he is faced with the hostile Thomasina, her cowardly suitor, pigheaded father, lecherous cousin, an exorcist monk, and a ghost who warns of danger and deadly peril—and a few short days in which to convince Thomasina that with the right man, she might just want to marry after all. (Just FYI, this story is related to the three stories in my Scandalous Kisses series — Thomasina is another member of the scandalous Warren family.:))

There are 9 other stories too, by 9 other authors – so it’s a great 99 cent deal.

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As for the giveaway: I love giving books away, so I’ll give one commenter the choice of one of my books, Kindle or paperback (if available). Just tell me something about ghosts, or tell me what period of history most fascinates you, or what doesn’t.

 

 

 

 

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Barbara Monajem started writing at eight years old. She has wandered from children’s fantasy through mystery to paranormal and historical romance. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.

12 Responses

  1. Lisa Brown

    I find the medieval times interesting; I do believe in ghosts, lucky to never have seen one 🙂 Thanks for the chance!
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Lisa. Actually, I would sort of like to meet a ghost. But I’ve never seen one, so maybe I would change my mind if I did!

  2. Mary Preston

    My mother has seen a ghost and this is NOT a woman given to flights of fancy.

    She awoke one night sensing someone near. It was not one of her young children as she had first thought, but it was a child. A young girl of about 7 or 8 years old. She wore a long nightgown and flowing hair. My mother said she was not afraid at all and then in the blink of an eye the child was gone.

    We were living in an old house at the time, but research indicated that no girls matching her description had ever lived there. Who was she?

    • Barbara Monajem

      Wow, Mary. So spooky! Maybe she was a relative or friend staying there temporarily?? I’m sure there’s a story to account for it, if only we knew what it was…

  3. Eulalia Aldridge

    My favorite period is Regency or Victorian, an I love time travel books in those times or Ghost stories from those era’s.. In those eras people believed I. Ghost or witches and vampires.. Those types I feel books are Great Reads.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Eulalia. I love paranormal stories too–both reading and writing them. I’ve written ghosts and vampires, and would like to try time travel, too. I never admit to believing or not believing in paranormal beings. I guess I still hope to encounter a ghost someday. 😉

  4. dholcomb1

    I love to read Regency, Victorian, and Georgian. I believe sometimes there can be some paranormal activity and that may mean a ghosts or haints.

    denise

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Denise. There are so many reports of ghosts that I think there must be some truth to it… But I feel sort of sorry for them, because they almost always seem to be lost or unhappy.

  5. Geraldine Pierson

    I am not sure if I believe in ghosts or not but I am not taking any chances. We have a cabin on the Tippecanoe River in Indiana that my husband’s grandfather built in 1952 but passed away before he could finish it inside. Seventeen years ago we bought the house next door so we could go there in the winter if the weather was good. This gave us a little over 2 acres of land. A woman was visiting our neighbor next door last year and she told my husband that there was an entity in the cabin that was not happy right now. He asked her to go inside of the cabin with him to see if she could tell who it was but she refused. She said there was nothing on earth to get her to go inside of the cabin as long as the entity was inside. We have been inside the cabin during the day many times and do not feel anything there but I refuse to go inside the cabin at night. About 3 to 4 years ago the cabin was flooded and everything inside was ruined. So we have been talking about tearing it down last year since we had to throw everything out from the flood and we cannot afford to fix it up again. We thought to use the wood to build a gazebo. My husband thinks the entity is his grandfather or father and they are not happy we are thinking of tearing down the cabin. So right now it is sitting there not being used. I know I am going to enjoy the box set of books.and I cannot wait to read them. Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Geraldine. Wow, that’s a spooky story. I wonder why ghosts only come out at night? It would be so much easier if someone could go talk to the entity in the *daytime* and make it feel better!

  6. Barbara Monajem

    And the winner is…. Eulalia! I will contact you via email about how to claim your price. Thanks for the great ghostly comments, everyone. 🙂

  7. Cathy Newberry

    I love the regency and medieval periods. Love castles ghosts and especially Scotland England and Ireland. Love all their fascinating history. It’s truly my fave thing it’s a time period I’d wish to live in.