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The Haunted Season

The Haunted Season

‘Tis the season for blustery days & drizzly nights, chimney smoke & warm cider, & best of all, for everything spooky & mysterious. Back when the kids were in public school, I got hooked on those true haunting shows. You know the ones—clips of real people telling about their spooky encounters intercut with recreations of…

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Nora “Fox” Sinclair is only back in Hawthorne, her famously haunted hometown, for a few weeks. At least, that’s what she tells herself and anyone who will listen. But when she stumbles across the body of her unpleasant next-door neighbor, it seems that her stay might be lengthened indefinitely. 

When rumors begin to fly that Miss Tillie was murdered by a ghost, Fox finds that small town life is not as dull and predictable as she remembered, especially when she comes face to face with Liam O’Connell, the handsome Irishman who broke her heart once and just might be willing to do it again. 

Will Fox unmask a murderer, or will she become Hawthorne’s newest haunt?

Ghosted: A Fox Sinclair Mystery by Amanda Riley

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The Haunted Season

The Haunted Season

‘Tis the season for blustery days & drizzly nights, chimney smoke & warm cider, & best of all, for everything spooky & mysterious. Back when the kids were in public school, I got hooked on those true haunting shows. You know the ones—clips of real people telling about their spooky encounters intercut with recreations of…

What I’m Reading: They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

What I’m Reading: They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

I’m a sucker for a locked-room mystery. Or an isolated-island mystery, in this case. It’s day 114 of quarantine here, and while nobody has been killed off yet, I’ll admit I’m starting to have a lot more sympathy for all those characters trapped in country houses, abandoned islands, and snowbound trains. I’ve been looking forward…

What I’m Reading: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

What I’m Reading: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Quarantine got you feeling like you’re trapped in the movie Groundhog Day? Then today’s book is just what you need. Or maybe not… I don’t know about you, but since our quarantine went into effect (15 weeks ago, but who’s counting?), my days have started to run together. Our Mother’s Day cards were late because…

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My Favorite Scrivener Tip for NaNoWriMo

My Favorite Scrivener Tip for NaNoWriMo

November is right around the corner, and with it comes National Novel Writing Month. Stock up on coffee, tea, & chocolate, and let’s get writing! What is National Novel Writing Month? NaNoWriMo, as it is affectionately known by the thousands of writers who look forward to it each year, is a month-long writing free-for-all. The…

13 Southern Superstitions

13 Southern Superstitions

Superstition is so ingrained in our culture—in most cultures, in fact—that we may not even notice that it’s there. But those of us who live in the South know that superstition is alive and well, and we aren’t ashamed to admit it. In fact, surveys have shown the South to be the most superstitious region of the United States, with well over 40% of the population admitting to belief in some superstitions.

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