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.
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.
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.