The Back to School theme is drawing to a close. The last guest author to visit for the month is Sandra Cox, sharing an excerpt from her YA paranormal romance Ghost for Sale. All of the excerpts featured this month have been in school settings, and in this one, the main character is clearly on her way to school. It looks like a fun, romantic ghost story, a nice way to ease into the spookiness of October and Halloween. If you enjoy what you read, scroll on down and find the links to get yourself a copy.
Caitlin King can’t believe that her shopaholic cousin actually bought two ghosts off of eBay. But she can’t ignore the truth when she starts seeing sexy Liam O’Reilly, who’s been dead for over a hundred years. He’s a fascinating specter, and the more time Caitlin spends with him, the closer they become—sending them both spiraling into a star-crossed tailspin. No matter how desperately they long for each other, there’s just no future with a guy who’s already stopped breathing.
In order to help Liam and his twin sister, Anna, leave their earthly limbo and cross over into the light, Caitlin must find the ghost of Anna’s fiancé. But a malevolent spirit is dead set against Anna moving on. Now Caitlin will have to unravel the mystery surrounding the twins’ past lives in order to keep Liam’s spirit safe—even if it means sacrificing her heart in the process.
The August sun beat down with merciless intensity, the humidity so thick you could cut it with a knife. The family and Patrick stood grouped around Marcy’s Vette and my bug, Pinkie, both cars packed so tightly there was barely room for the drivers.
“Honey, don’t you want us to help you move in?” It was Mom’s swan song. She’d been singing it monotonously ever since I told her I wanted to move in by myself with no parental help. She dabbed at a bead of perspiration on her forehead with a tissue.
“You were there just last week and Parents’ Weekend is coming up in two weeks. I’ll see you then.” I also knew my lines by heart. Aunt Janet and Uncle Leon came over and gave me a brief hug and kiss before they moved to do the same with their daughter.
Mom sighed, tearing up, and hugged me. “Call me the minute you get there.”
"I will. Love you."
“Love you, baby.” She gave me another fierce hug, then stepped back as Dad took her place. He slipped me a slim brown package.
“You got it back already?” I’d spent six weeks writing Liam’s story. I’d locked myself in my study only coming out to eat and sleep. When it was finished, I’d given it to Dad to proof. He’d read it, put his seal of approval on it, and offered to get it printed.
My fingers slid over the hardbound book. “It feels awfully thin for three copies.”
“This one’s yours. I went ahead and sent the other two to Ms. Aileen and Ms. Ethel.”
“Thanks, Dad. And they’re the only copies you had made?”
He crossed his heart. “The only copies. I know how personal this is to you, and I respect that. If you choose to pursue it, you’ve got the makings of a damn fine reporter. And you’ve got the skill.”
“Thanks.” Pleasure flooded my system. Coming from my father, it was no small praise. He drew me to him, held me a moment, kissed my forehead, then let go. “Figure out how to be happy, Caitlin.”
He looked at me, his gaze profoundly sad. I’d always been able to fib to Mom, but Dad saw right through me.
“I’ll try,” I amended.
“Once you’re in school, you’ll be too busy to brood.”
“I don’t brood.”
He lifted his eyebrows.
“Well maybe a little.”
“I better let Patrick say good-bye.” He smiled and stepped back. Patrick had spent a lot of time with me over the summer. He and Dad had hit it off.
I straightened my shoulders. There was something I had to do, and I wasn’t looking forward to it.
Kind of want to know what the secret book Caitlin wrote was about? Find out by picking up a copy of Ghost for Sale at any of these links.
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Multi-published author Sandra Cox writes YA Fantasy, Paranormal and Historical Romance, and Metaphysical Nonfiction. She lives in sunny North Carolina with her husband, a brood of critters, and an occasional foster cat. Although shopping is high on the list, her greatest pleasure is sitting on her screened-in porch, listening to the birds, sipping coffee and enjoying a good book. She's a vegetarian and a Muay Thai enthusiast.
D. G. Driver
Author of Young Adult books Cry of the Sea and Passing Notes.