Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Date Published: 04-03-2020
Publisher: Wicked Whale
When Lark Cavanaugh’s life in New York City falls apart, she’s
left reeling from a staggering betrayal. She escapes to Cape Cod, where a
distant relative has left her an old house with a tragic past. Rumors of a
haunting presence plague the abandoned home, but Lark doesn’t believe
in ghosts…until she has no choice.
After completing his military duty, veterinarian Jesse Holt returns to his
small hometown to take over his father’s practice. He soon finds
himself drawn to the alluring redhead now living next door, but she has made
her intentions clear—she’s moving back to the city as soon as
possible. When frightening events threaten her safety, though, he
can’t deny his protective instincts.
Unable to fight their feelings, they give in to desire…but another
battle looms. Lark’s arrival has awakened a decades-old mystery, and
the truth of what happened at Holloway House will only be revealed when it
claims yet another life.
Read an Excerpt of Ghost Moon
She bolted upright in bed, the series of thumps that had awakened her still ringing in her ears. Fumbling for the light, she pulled the covers against her chest, as though that could offer some protection against whatever had made the noises. What the hell was it? She scanned the room, her pulse skittering in jagged bursts. Why was this happening to her? Hadn’t she been through enough?
Nothing in the bedroom appeared to be the source of the disturbance, but her instincts told her the sounds had originated from somewhere else in the house. And it definitely wasn’t the cat this time—he was still at the vet’s.
Reaching for her phone, she sucked in a breath as she noticed the time…1:06 a.m. Exactly the same time she’d been awoken last night. She glanced back up to the hallway door as she jabbed at the screen, pulling up the keypad just in case she needed to call 911. In addition to occurring at the same time, though, whatever she’d just heard sounded similar to last night’s mysterious disturbance, and that hadn’t been an intruder. Not a living one, anyway.
As if on cue, a haunting moan shivered through the air. Her lungs froze as a fresh spike of fear pierced her chest. Oh, God. There really was something wrong with this house. Fighting the urge to dive back under the covers and hide, she slowly climbed out of bed, unsure what exactly she was going to do. Check the house, for starters, she decided. Her mind was still begging for a more reasonable, less terrifying scenario. A quirky appliance, maybe?
With each tentative step, she paused, waiting for something else to happen. As she made her way into the hall, a chill enveloped her, and she crossed her arms, rubbing the goosebumps rising on her skin. Below her, the stairway unfurled into shadows cast by the upper hall light.
A loud crash rang out behind her, and she jumped, a scream tearing from her lips.
Guest Post by Author Kathryn Knight
Hi, and thank you for featuring me and my novel Ghost Moon! I’m Kathryn Knight, and I write primarily romance mixed with ghost mysteries, perfect for spooky season reading! Not surprisingly, I also love to read books with those features, but I read across genres…here are five of my favorite novels!
Madeleine’s Ghost by Robert Girardi. One of my all-time favorites. The ultimate combination (for me) of ghost story, love story, mystery, and history, this novel moves between the gritty streets of a run-down neighborhood in Brooklyn and the steamy bayous of New Orleans. A captivating mix of romance, history, and the paranormal, this book has it all: intrigue, mystery, secrets, star-crossed lovers, and a haunting. This book served as inspiration for my own writing.
Blue Bayou by JoAnn Ross. Bad boy Jack returns to his hometown to find his teenage love, Danielle, has also decided to make a life for herself back in Blue Bayou after the death of her husband. The young lovers were torn apart once by tragedy, and past and present collide as secrets are revealed and connections are discovered, and this romantic suspense/contemporary romance is an entertaining beach read with a hot alpha hero who whispers Cajun terms of endearment. I’m a big fan of reunion romances, a common element in many of my own novels, and this is one of my favorites.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. The first book in the series that inspired the television show, this is one of my absolute favorites, with a mix of romance, history, and paranormal elements. Time travel sweeps the heroine Claire Randall from 1945 to the Scottish Highlands of 1743, where she encounters Jamie Fraser, a young, fierce warrior with a sweet and innocent side. When fate throws the Highlander into a more permanent relationships with Claire, a strong and competent combat nurse from the future, he nicknames her “Sassenach” – Outlander in his Celtic tongue. I love everything about Jamie – his speech, his insight, his courage, and his protectiveness. Claire is already married…but in another time and place. The couple must face this conflict and many more in the dangerous and uncertain times of warring clans, political upheaval, and the Jacobite rebellions.
Katherine by Anya Seton. Originally published in 1954, this is the historical account of the unlikely and forbidden love affair between Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster, in 14th century England. Their romance persisted through wars and uprisings, arranged marriages, and deadly plagues, despite not only these obstacles but also their vastly different stations in society. An excellent account of a true story that impacted the royal lines of England forever.
The Drowning People by Richard Mason. I read this years ago, and never forgot it. It was one of the few books that I could absolutely not put down. The spooky, atmospheric narrative mixed with psychological suspense and the history of an angst-ridden love affair keep me turning pages and ignoring my responsibilities until I was finished.
About the Author
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Kathryn Knight writes books filled with steamy
romance, dangerous secrets, and haunting mysteries. Her novels are
award-winning #1 Amazon Bestsellers and RomCon Reader-Rated picks. When
she’s not reading or writing, Kathryn spends her time exploring abandoned
places and searching for ghosts. She lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her
husband, their two sons, and a number of rescued pets.