Saturday, November 01, 2014
The Spooktacular Blog Hop Continues through tomorrow and I have a fresh excerpt for your reading pleasure as I will tomorrow. You also have another chance to enter my contest so be sure to enter. As always, please visit my fellow authors and read their awesome excerpts.
Title: Spooky Sojourn
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary Erotic male-female contemporary paranormal romance
Book Length: 50,000 words
Someone’s trying to kill Deanna, but is it the ghosts she doesn’t believe in, the rich socialite who might be a murderess, or someone else with a beef against The Gilroy Hotel and Resort that Deanna has just been hired to manage? The Gilroy’s owners want the ghosts, or whoever is causing the trouble at the hotel eliminated, and they are pressuring Deanna to do the job as quickly as possible. Harry DeVeaux, paranormal investigator comes highly recommended to do the job and against Deanna’s better judgment, she hires him.
Although Deanna thinks Harry’s crazy for believing in ghosts and Harry thinks Deanna has a closed mind to the possibilities of ghosts and they highly annoy each other, sparks fly. Deanna can’t help but fantasize about Harry and inspired by a romance convention visiting her hotel, writes her fantasies in a private blog that Harry finds, hacks, and reads. Ooh la la!
Breathlessly, Tabitha said[FB1] , “There’s freaky activity in the bowling alley again. Pins started falling in front of the guests. Worse, they flew out and started flying straight at them, like they were going to attack them.”
Damn. Like they’d done with me. “Is anybody hurt? The pins didn’t strike anyone, did they?”
“I don’t think so but the guests are hysterical. They ran out of the bowling alley screaming bloody murder. Other guests rushed in to see what the commotion was about and witnessed it too. Our workers George and Joel refuse to go [FB2] anywhere near the lanes. They’re threatening to quit. Several guests are checking out and demanding their money back for their stay. Should I comp them a night’s stay, or what?”
Hating to comp rooms, she didn’t see any way around it. If inanimate objects started chasing her, threatening to bash in her skull, scaring the living daylights out of her, she’d demand her money back too. “Comp them a night’s stay and apologize profusely.”
“Yes, boss. Will do.” Tabitha sounded less than sure despite her words.
“Tell the lane [FB3] attendants I’ll be right there and for them not to leave.” Groaning, Deanna tugged the bow on her kitty cat pajama bottoms loose, preparing to kick them off. She signed off, undressed, jumped into her uniform and tied her hair up in a high pony tail. Almost ready to go, she slipped on her shoes before calling Harry.
“I need you.” She’d meant to say, ‘I need your help’, but the Freudian slip had gotten the better of her. “Can you join me at the bowling alley right away? Pins are flying around, following people again. At least they were until they scared everybody out.”
“I’m on my way.” Glee and excitement tinged Harry’s voice.
Those weren’t exactly the emotions overcoming her at the moment. Apprehension, worry and even some anger that somebody would dare endanger her guests and her staff, strafed her. “Did you set up your surveillance cams like you were planning?”
“Of course. We should have some good footage to view. I almost forgot to tell you that we captured some video of knives flying about the kitchen last night too.”
Annoyed, pushing her hair errant behind her ear, she asked, “When were you planning to tell me?”
Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.
She's been told she has a wicked sense of humor and often incorporates humor and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.
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