New Releases: July 2014

by Amy Loosemore, Harlequin Digital

Make your summer a supernatural one with these new paranormal and fantasy releases from Harlequin!

Shaman Rises by C.E. Murphy (Part of the Walker Papers series, Harlequin MIRA)

Joanne Walker has two choices:

Defeat the enemy…or lose her soul trying

For over a year, Joanne has been fighting the Master—the world’s most abiding evil entity. She’s sacrificed family, friendships, even watched potential futures fade away…and now the Master is bringing the final battle to Joanne’s beloved Seattle.

Lives will be lost as the repercussions of all Joanne’s final transformation into her full Shamanic abilities come to her doorstep. Before the end, she’ll mourn, rejoice—and surrender everything for the hope of the world’s survival. She’ll be a warrior and a healer. Because she is finally a Shaman Rising.

“The twists and turns will have readers shaking their heads while devouring the next page.” —USA TODAY on Raven Calls

The Vampire’s Wolf by Jenna Kernan (Harlequin Nocturne)

As a werewolf and a marine, he’s duty-bound to protect his enemy

Brianna Vittori is running from vampires. After receiving a mysterious warning, Bri has no choice but to seek refuge with an enemy she never thought she’d run to: werewolves. They’re the only ones who can save her…if they don’t kill her first.

As a werewolf, marine captain Travis MacConnelly should be immune to the deadly attraction of female vampires. But Bri ignites his most primal desires. When Mac realizes that his beautiful prisoner doesn’t even know what she is, it’s up to him to provide her with answers as well as protection. As the bond between them grows, so does the danger they’re in….

The Resurrectionist by Sierra Woods (Harlequin Nocturne)

Even the toughest resurrectionist needs protection sometimes…

And make no mistake: Dani is tough…so tough even the grave couldn’t keep her down. Ever since mysterious beings brought her back from her tragic murder, she’s been using her newfound powers to restore justice to the world of humans. It’s hard, dangerous work, and sometimes a little backup doesn’t hurt—especially when it comes from a hunky cop like Sam Lopez.

There’s only one catch: Dani’s past has taught her that she can’t trust another man. Besides, Sam has demons of his own to battle. They’ll just have to ignore the heat that’s building between them. Until a great evil begins to rise, and then Dani and Sam need to get closer than they’ve ever been.

Awaken to Pleasure by Lauren Hawkeye (Harlequin Nocturne Cravings)

He’ll grant her one wish…. What if she wishes for him?

When Moira Connor stumbles across a jewel-encrusted silver trinket in the desert, she plans to trade it for food. Then the brush of her fingers unleashes a surprise….

Freed from the lamp, Boone is bound to the woman who called him with her touch. She has one day to make a wish before he disappears forever. But Moira lives in the ruins of a world destroyed by witches. She hates magic—even when it comes in the shape of a dazzlingly gorgeous djinn. Will the exquisite pleasure of Boone’s caresses be enough to earn Moira’s trust? And will Moira be able to save Boone from the malevolent creature who would possess him?

Valkyrie’s Conquest by Sharon Ashwood (Harlequin Nocturne Cravings)

Can a fire-breathing shape-shifter melt a Norse battle maiden’s heart?

As a Valkyrie, Tyra was created for one purpose: to reap souls for Odin’s army. After centuries of walking among mortal warriors, she finally discovers what it is to want a man during a chance encounter with a dragon in human form.

Bron has no part in the war between the demons and the gods’ chosen people—nor does he want one. Finally free from the oppressive rule of the dragon queen, he desires nothing more than his independence. But, when Tyra is betrayed, he finds he has no choice but to take a side in the struggle between good and evil.

Once he joins the battle, Bron is subject to the Fates, whom Tyra serves. Will she defy the will of the gods to spare the dragon she loves?
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Giveaway: Win THE CURSED by Heather Graham

What would you do if a spirit appeared and asked for your help? If you were a character in one of Heather Graham‘s books, you’d be able to call the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI’s paranormal investigation unit! The Krewe of Hunter’s latest case takes them to Key Largo in Heather Graham’s new novel, The Cursed. Click here to read more about the setting from Heather herself — and keep reading below for a chance to win a copy!

A haunted house in Key West 

Hannah O’Brien, who grew up in the house and now runs it as a B and B, has always had a special ability to see a pair of resident ghosts. But when a man is murdered in the alley behind her place, she’s dismayed when his spirit appears, too, asking for help.

FBI agent Dallas Samson has a passionate interest in the murder, since the victim’s a colleague whose death is connected to the smuggling ring known as Los Lobos—the wolves. Now Dallas is even more committed to chasing them down….

Unaware that Dallas has certain abilities of his own, Hannah calls her cousin Kelsey O’Brien, a member of the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters, an elite unit of paranormal investigators. The present-day case is linked to a historical mystery involving salvagers, a curse and a sunken ship. Danger and desire bring Hannah and Dallas together, but to survive, they have to solve the mysteries of the past—and stay alive long enough to solve the crimes of the present!

Giveaway: To enter to win a copy of The Cursed, just leave a comment below answering this question: Do you believe in ghosts?

Open to residents of the US and Canada (excluding PQ). Contest closes June 26 at 11:59pm. One winner will be randomly drawn from all eligible comments and announced on June 27. For full contest rules, click here.

UPDATE: the contest is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, sherry gladden!

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Little Planes, Big Fun

by Naomi Bellina, author of Her Wild Protector

It’s great to live in fantasy-land when writing a book. Some of the research I do allows me to explore all kinds of situations I would never normally look at. Tara and Marshall, my hero and heroine from Her Wild Protector, fly in a Cessna airplane from a small airport in Florida to the Bahamas.

Given my intense dislike for the whole security process one has to endure when flying commercial flights these days, I checked prices for a few charter companies to see if I too could utilize this method to travel. Yeah, I won’t be doing that anytime soon. It’s very expensive! For Marshall, cost is not a problem, since he’s working for a top-secret government organization and they have plenty of money to burn.

Okay, maybe I’ll just visit the Aircraft Marketplace or the Aircraft Shopper Online (yes, these are real places, here http://www.acmp.com/ and here http://bit.ly/1hjdFOB) and see about purchasing my own plane. Checked the prices, not going to happen. I was, however, able to locate at least one charter company that has a nine seat plane and tells me their fees could be less expensive than commercial airlines to take me and my crew from Florida to the Bahamas. Parking is free, they have complimentary drinks, no check-in lines or “security shake down”, and my pet can ride with me in the cabin. I don’t think Lola the cat would be too wild about a trip on a plane, but still.

small yellow plane

Should I call them? Nah, I don’t want to tease myself like that. One day, a trip to the Bahamas will be on the agenda. This summer, my honey and I are going to enjoy his new/used motorcycle and take a few long weekends and day trips exploring our neighborhood.

How about you? Have you ever flown in a smaller plane? Do you want to? Thank you so much for reading, and have a fabulous summer, whatever you plan to do for fun.

 

About Her Wild Protector:

herwildprotectorSince waking up on the floor of her apartment after an electrical shock, Tara has felt…different. Colors a little off. Shadows where they shouldn’t be. But hot guys glowing blue light and a cheetah drinking a cup of coffee? That’s not something you see every day. And why doesn’t anyone else seem to notice?

The pillar of blue light is Marshall, a Metamorph—a human who can change at will into an animal or energy form. His human form is damn fine-looking, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t crazy, with his stories about belonging to a secret government agency and rogue Metamorphs trying to kill her. Plus he wears sunglasses indoors—who still does that? But when there’s a panther scratching at her door, she has no choice but to trust Marshall, even if it means her life will never be the same.

Provocative tales of love, lust, passion and magic

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What’s in a cover?

by Bonnie Vanak, author of Demon Wolf

On the cover of my newest Nocturne, Demon Wolf, Lt. Commander Dale “Curt” Curtis is caught in a rainstorm with Keira, the heroine. Dale is a strong alpha male Navy SEAL. He is confident and assured when it comes to his duties as a SEAL leader of the Phoenix Force, a top secret unit of SEALs with paranormal powers.

He is less confident about his body, because he is covered with nasty scars. The scars are a result of torture by a demon wolf when he surrendered himself to save a child in the last book, The Phantom Wolf.

On the cover of Demon Wolf, Dale and Keira are pictured in the scene where Keira has run away from him. Dale does not realize Keira is the demon wolf who tortured him. He only knows he is beginning to fall in love with her, and he needs her special abilities to cleanse away the dark energy inside him that attracts demons.

When I saw the cover of Demon Wolf, it was as if Harlequin’s art department saw the scene exactly as I had. Keira clutches a crystal in her hand, the instruments she uses to coax forth healing white light to chase away the darkness that haunts Dale. Dale is strong and determined. The cover is sultry and evocative. It evokes an aura of mystery. Why is this couple standing out in the rain? What happened to them?

Dale is strong and stoic, yet torn. He is deeply attracted to Keira, but fears an emotional connection and showing his badly injured body to a woman. His former girlfriend ran from his hospital room when she saw Dale. He’s been hurt by betrayal before, yet he connects with Keira and instinctively knows she is the only one who can save him. Likewise, Keira knows only Dale is strong enough to defeat the demons who have enslaved her and forced her to torture brave, good men ever since she was a child.

Covers are very important. They should give a sense of what lies between the pages.  In the case of Demon Wolf, what lies between the pages is exactly what is on the cover, a strong, but vulnerable man, a frightened but brave woman and the sometimes painful, but essential journey they must take together in order to heal each other.

About Demon Wolf:

demonwolfCan love save a cursed woman from the demons who’ve enslaved her?

When navy SEAL commander Dale Curtis encounters the mysterious Keira Solomon, he doesn’t remember her—but his body does. Her presence brings up half-hidden memories of torture at the hands of demons. But her scent calls up desires that can only be described as magickal. Neither Dale’s abilities as a Primary Elemental Mage, nor his access to military intel, can help him to untangle the dark secret of Keira’s identity.

Beautiful, innocent shape-shifter Keira knows that Dale is the one man strong enough to conquer the demons that have enslaved her. But he can only help her if her powers are great enough to heal the scars that haunt him. Together, they can combat the dark forces that threaten humans and paranormals alike—if Dale can learn to trust Keira…and his heart.

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All in the Family Coven

by Neely Powell, author of Witch’s Awakening

Family ties can bless us, bind us and break us—often all at once. Just ask Brenna Burns, heroine of Witch’s Awakening, Book 1 of the The Connelly Witches.

Even if this group was human, the sheer number of strong females would stir a cauldron of trouble. Besides a powerful grandmother/leader, there are aunts and elder aunts, cousins and babies, and a younger sister for Brenna to worry about. They have the DNA of ancient Irish witches, and lightning and thunder ensues when they argue.

For even more drama, there’s also a family curse. Centuries ago, the Connelly ancestors arrived in the North Georgia Mountains and made a bad deal with a vengeful spirit. Every generation since has paid for their peace with the life of one young witch. The time for tribute is upon them again.

So why have so many talented witches been unable to thwart their evil foe? Brenna is determined to find out and break the curse. Along the way, family tensions soar, black magic brings violence and death and—oh yeah—Brenna falls for a shape-shifting lawman who has some bad family memories of his own.

The big, bickering Connelly clan was inspired by our own families. There are no witches (at least admitted) in our genealogies, but we come from Southern families who fight each other hard, defend each other harder, and put out banquets of food to fuel the battles.

Enjoy Witch’s Awakening and get to know the Connellys. They’ll return in Witch’s Haunting,  coming soon from Harlequin E. Ask yourself, if your family was supernatural, would they be witches, were, faeries, vampires, wizards, shifters, demons, spirits or something entirely unique? We’d love to hear your ideas for family dysfunction—paranormal style.

About Witch’s Awakening:

witchsawakeningWelcome to New Mourne, where old-world creatures come to make a new life.

For generations a cruel enchantress has forced the Connelly witches to make a terrible sacrifice. In exchange, New Mourne can remain a peaceful refuge for humans and magical creatures of all kinds. Now Brenna, her sister and cousins are next in line to die—unless Brenna can find a way to confront the evil Woman in White.

Lawman and shape-shifter Jake Tyler steps in to combat the mysterious spirit terrorizing the town. He’s drawn to the beautiful, auburn-haired Brenna, but pursuing her would mean risking his emotional control—the only thing keeping his shifting instincts at bay.

Jake has Brenna almost forgetting that she is a marked woman whose only allegiance is to her family. But when evil portents appear in unlikely places, the powers of the Connelly clan may not be enough to defeat the dark magic that has taken hold of New Mourne.

Book One of The Connelly Witches

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Possessed by a Road Trip

by Sharon Ashwood, author of Possessed by an Immortal

Writers are a bit like mad scientists. We never saw a peculiar situation we didn’t like, especially if it has lots of potential for conflict. So it was that I got the idea of taking my paranormal hero and putting him in a universal domestic situation and seeing how long it took him to start frothing at the mouth. After all, is there anything that drives Dad crazy like a long car trip with kids?

Let me set the stage: Our hero, Mark Winspear, is one of the Four Horsemen—a team of paranormal black ops types (three vampires and a werewolf) who are tasked with protecting a royal couple in the months leading up to their wedding. The union will end a long civil war, but there forces who oppose the match.

Of the Horsemen, Mark is the most reserved. An assassin since the Renaissance, he has a horrific history that only began to get better when he was able to become a doctor and begin healing instead of killing. He’s brilliant, dedicated, and donates a lot of time to international disaster relief, but he’s hardly the warm and cuddly type. However, when Brianna Meadows shows up at his cabin in the woods with her sick child—obviously on the run and trusting no one—he’s intrigued. The appeal is both both professional and personal. He realizes the child needs specialized medical help, and he’s one of the few who can give it. More to the point, his protective instincts are aroused as he once again—and somewhat reluctantly—becomes involved with a family threatened with death.

Much of the action of the story takes place in planes and cars as they leave Mark’s cabin in the Pacific Northwest (I picture it on the Gulf Islands near where I live) and travel south to Los Angeles. He’s a very different vampire when the journey ends. The transformation of Mark from a loner to a mate and father is one of the most satisfying that I have ever written.

And in what settings does that journey happen? In cafes and convenience stores, a country fair and motels, a pancake house and in the back of a float plane. It’s fun to write stories in fairyland or glittering mansions most of us will never live in, but it’s not necessary—magic happens everywhere. For Mark, who needs a reason to be in the here and now, the everyday world—with a boy and a dog and a woman who wants him—is what heals his soul.

Sure, there is plenty of paranormal action and a mystery to solve, but there is plenty of proof that the greatest spells are the ones we create ourselves, with care and kindness.

About Possessed by an Immortal:

immortalsmallCan a mother in jeopardy melt the heart of a jaded vampire?

After witnessing a murder, Bree Meadows is on the run with her young son. But the bad guys are in hot pursuit. Dropped in the middle of nowhere amid a torrential thunderstorm, things look pretty grim. To make matters worse, her son is in desperate need of medical attention.

Mark Winspear has been alone for too long. When the vampire senses a gorgeous female nearby, he discovers that her swift, selfless courage pulls at his instincts.The doctor has history with the same men who are after Bree—and he’s ready for revenge. Working together now, they discover an attraction that might save them both—if they’re lucky.

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Grave Discoveries from The Reapers series

by Lisa Medley, author of Reap & Repent

Cemeteries are integral to the characters of Reap & Repent who spend a lot of time traveling to, from, and through them. All of the cemeteries in The Reapers were inspired by real-life cemeteries near my own hometown. Here are a few fictionalized places you’ll be visiting in The Reapers. Click on the links to travel to the real places and explore at your peril!

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Good Springs Cemetery- outside Huntsbury – rural cemetery two miles from Ruth’s home.

from Reap & Repent:

He lingered longer than necessary in the window and for a second, she thought he was going to kiss her again. After a moment’s hesitation, he turned and walked through the Good Springs archway. He didn’t even look back as he grabbed hold of the first headstone he came to and swirled and shimmered in a mini tornado until poof, he was gone. Just like that.

Ruth rolled up her window and locked the doors. All of them. She was not ashamed to admit that she was more than a little scared. As far as she could tell at the moment, there wasn’t anything to actually be scared of in her immediate vicinity.

It’s the things you can’t see.

She backed her big-ass car out of the cemetery and headed into town with the radio blasting so that she couldn’t think too much.

Panther Valley Cemetery – where Ruth’s parents are buried.

from Reap & Repent:

Panther Valley Cemetery is an old and rural cemetery in Steele County, Arkansas. Hundreds of similar cemeteries dotted the state. Since it was a week before Memorial Day, the grounds were neat and clipped. The headstones had been trimmed by the volunteer caretaker. The grounds were empty as they pulled up and through the gate. The entire area was bucolic with the rolling green hills, waist deep with the first growth of fescue of the year. A lush green line of trees demarked Panther Creek as it trickled through the bottom land.

East Lawn Cemetery, Meridian: - outskirts of Meridian

from Reap & Repent:

reapandrepentEast Lawn Cemetery was another one of the larger cemeteries in town but at least it was off the main streets. The cemetery covered more than eight acres. The street lights were far enough away that the numerous trees made it almost impossible to navigate until their eyes adjusted. One by one, the white headstones appeared out of the darkness like blooming moon flowers.

Maple Park Cemetery, Meridian - near downtown.

from Reap & Repent:

They landed in Maple Park Cemetery next, which was tiny in comparison but much darker. With no visible street traffic, they had about zero chance of being spotted as they made their way through the grounds, which was a relief. The entire cemetery covered a couple of wooded acres. It didn’t take long to find the next candidate: Evelyn Opal Carson, aged eighty-seven.  

If you enjoy finding where the bodies are buried, you can read more about my travels through cemeteries at GRAVE DISCOVERIES, where I post each Monday.

Have you ever visited a location mentioned in a book so that you could relive the experience?

About Reap & Repent:

Dean recognizes Ruth for what she is: a fellow soul reaper. Their chance meeting sparks an undeniable attraction—and it draws the attention of an ancient evil that would destroy them both.

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What’s Your Fantasy?

by Patti O’Shea, author of Games of Desire (Harlequin Nocturne Cravings, June 2014)

Chloe’s always been the responsible one, the sensible one, the one thinks things through before taking action—the one who rescues her younger sister from whatever trouble she’s gotten into this time. But Chloe has a fantasy. She wants to do something crazy. Just once.

And she knows just who she wants to be impulsive with—he’s six foot three, has dark hair, and dimples. Marax also happens to be a demon. A smart wizard would stay far, far away from him.

Of course, we all know that Chloe isn’t going to listen to her common sense—there wouldn’t be a story if she did—but Games of Desire ended up being about a little bit more than a demon and a wizard hooking up in a nightclub.

Part of the story is about family. About love, and loyalty, and when is helping someone actually a hindrance? Chloe has never considered that racing to bail her sister out of her scrapes might be hurting her, but over the course of the story, she begins to see that she’s enabling behavior that might one day get her sister exiled from their group of wizards.

There’s also a thread about Chloe learning to be true to who she is and not try to live her life to fit others’ expectations of who she should be. It starts in the club when she decides to be impulsive, but continues through the story. I didn’t expect this element, but then my characters always veer off in unexpected directions.

But Games of Desire is also about secret fantasies—so secret, even the person herself has no idea they exist. Chloe starts out believing her fantasy is to be impulsive. Then she believes it’s about letting go of her control. It turns out what she really wants is to be bad.

It takes her time to realize this and then she has to trust Marax in order to share what she wants with him, but once she does, he’s more than willing to give her anything she needs. Even if that something isn’t his particular kink.

My fantasy isn’t as um…intense as Chloe’s and it’s certainly not a secret, but I’ve always dreamed of being able to do nothing except write stories all day. What’s your fantasy?

About the Book:

The union between a wizard and a demon is impossible. It’s also undeniable.

Chloe has always been there to clean up after her little sister—a wizard who doesn’t use her powers responsibly. But when she must search for her wayward sister after another prank gone terribly awry, Chloe finds a demon instead—a demon with taut muscles, irresistible dimples and eyes burning with desire. Ever the good girl, Chloe tries to ignore him, but the mere sight of this demon undoes her.

Marax is searching for Chloe’s sister, too. Just like Chloe, he’s driven by duty. And, just like Chloe, he can’t resist the fiery attraction that burns between them.

When Chloe and Marax give in to one night of passion, they find themselves bound in ways they never could have imagined—and battling a demon more powerful than anything they imagined….

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New Paranormal Releases: June 2014

by Amy Loosemore, Harlequin Digital

June is an exciting month for paranormal romance and urban fantasy from Harlequin, with four titles from Harlequin E now available individually plus new books from Harlequin Nocturne, Harlequin TEEN and more. Keep reading to learn more….

The Cursed by Heather Graham (Part of the Krewe of Hunters series, Harlequin MIRA)

A haunted house in Key West

Hannah O’Brien, who grew up in the house and now runs it as a B and B, has always had a special ability to see a pair of resident ghosts. But when a man is murdered in the alley behind her place, she’s dismayed when his spirit appears, too, asking for help.

FBI agent Dallas Samson has a passionate interest in the murder, since the victim’s a colleague whose death is connected to the smuggling ring known as Los Lobos—the wolves. Now Dallas is even more committed to chasing them down….

Unaware that Dallas has certain abilities of his own, Hannah calls her cousin Kelsey O’Brien, a member of the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters, an elite unit of paranormal investigators. The present-day case is linked to a historical mystery involving salvagers, a curse and a sunken ship. Danger and desire bring Hannah and Dallas together, but to survive, they have to solve the mysteries of the past—and stay alive long enough to solve the crimes of the present!

The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst (Harlequin MIRA)

Award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst has been praised for her captivating novels that merge the darkly imagined with very real themes of self-discovery and destiny. In The Lost, we’ll discover just what it means to lose one’s way….

It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she’s going to have to figure out just what she’s missing—and what she’s running from—before she can leave. So now Lauren’s on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll be found….

Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman’s impossible journey…and her quest to find her fate.

Demon Wolf by Bonnie Vanak (Part of the Phoenix Force series, Harlequin Nocturne)

Can love save a cursed woman from the demons who’ve enslaved her?

When navy SEAL commander Dale Curtis encounters the mysterious Keira Solomon, he doesn’t remember her—but his body does. Her presence brings up half-hidden memories of torture at the hands of demons. But her scent calls up desires that can only be described as magickal. Neither Dale’s abilities as a Primary Elemental Mage, nor his access to military intel, can help him to untangle the dark secret of Keira’s identity.

Beautiful, innocent shape-shifter Keira knows that Dale is the one man strong enough to conquer the demons that have enslaved her. But he can only help her if her powers are great enough to heal the scars that haunt him. Together, they can combat the dark forces that threaten humans and paranormals alike—if Dale can learn to trust Keira…and his heart.

Possessed by an Immortal by Sharon Ashwood (Harlequin Nocturne)

Can a mother in jeopardy melt the heart of a jaded vampire?

After witnessing a murder, Bree Meadows is on the run with her young son. But the bad guys are in hot pursuit. Dropped in the middle of nowhere amid a torrential thunderstorm, things look pretty grim. To make matters worse, her son is in desperate need of medical attention.

Mark Winspear has been alone for too long. When the vampire senses a gorgeous female nearby, he discovers that her swift, selfless courage pulls at his instincts.The doctor has history with the same men who are after Bree—and he’s ready for revenge. Working together now, they discover an attraction that might save them both—if they’re lucky.
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A haunted house in Key West: Heather Graham on The Cursed

By Heather Graham, author of The Cursed (part of the Krewe of Hunters series, Harlequin MIRA)

The Cursed takes place in Key West. Florida, and for me, any book set in that locale is special. From the time I was an infant, the Keys were an escape for my family. And for many of us, they’re still an escape. You leave the mainland and take US1 to Key Largo, and you’re in a new world, where the air is different, where the water is everywhere and life takes on a new beat.

All the Keys are different. First you get the ones easily accessible from Miami, where mainlanders can run for a day, then the rustic islands where nature prevails—and then, Key West! Once the richest town, per capita in the United States, Key West offers quirky history (sometimes tragic, sometimes amusing). It’s a history that’s as special and intriguing as the people who’ve made it home for several hundred years.

Some interesting facts about the history of Key West:

  • Pirates ruled for a while, from the 17th century through to the early 1800s.
  • Ft. Zachary Taylor was held by the Union throughout the Civil War.
  • Salvage—or its less-than-legal cousin, wrecking–was king for years (a very rich era!).
  • Cuban cigar-makers started coming to Key West in the late 1800s. So did sponge divers.
  • At the cemetery you’ll find a monument to the men of the Maine—and a tomb with the words, “I told you I was sick!”

Check out my YouTube link about that tombstone, and about Robert the creepy doll: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-hLjmRgm0A

The Cursed brings us to the Key West of today—vital, busy, modern—but still quirky and fun. For a few years it was the Conch Republic, and it remains so in spirit. Naturally, it’s filled with ghosts, and when a mortally wounded FBI agent passes through the yard of Hannah O’Brien’s historic bed-and-breakfast, the chase is on for a killer. I hope I’ve written a story  you’ll find suspenseful…and one that brings the wonders of this island paradise alive!

About The Cursed:

A haunted house in Key West 

Hannah O’Brien, who grew up in the house and now runs it as a B and B, has always had a special ability to see a pair of resident ghosts. But when a man is murdered in the alley behind her place, she’s dismayed when his spirit appears, too, asking for help.

FBI agent Dallas Samson has a passionate interest in the murder, since the victim’s a colleague whose death is connected to the smuggling ring known as Los Lobos—the wolves. Now Dallas is even more committed to chasing them down….

Unaware that Dallas has certain abilities of his own, Hannah calls her cousin Kelsey O’Brien, a member of the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters, an elite unit of paranormal investigators. The present-day case is linked to a historical mystery involving salvagers, a curse and a sunken ship. Danger and desire bring Hannah and Dallas together, but to survive, they have to solve the mysteries of the past—and stay alive long enough to solve the crimes of the present!

 

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