Saturday, January 23, 2016

Nothing is what it seems...

Roxanne's Ghost Saga is set against the backdrop of modern day South Africa. It is a complex ghost story of identical twin sisters’ love for the same man. There will ultimately be three books in the series.

And the theme? Nothing is what it seems. 

Here, we move into the realms of the mists of time that could either reveal or conceal.

Book 1, Goodbye, My Love, sets the scene. It introduces country vet, Ben, his four-year-old autistic daughter and would-be nanny, Jessica James. Jess’ interview with Ben for the nanny position takes place on Friday the 13th. An attraction between the two is immediate, which by all accounts isn't entirely normal.
Ben's three oddball sisters-in-law descend on him for the anniversary of his wife Roxanne's death. They try to convince Ben that Roxanne isn't dead, more than likely to put an end to whatever might develop between Ben and Jessica. But Ben knows that no one could ever have survived that car crash.

His daughter is supposed to be autistic, but only sometimes does she display the symptoms that led to her diagnosis. As Ben said: Autism is not a disease, it's a condition. Symptoms can't be turned on and off at will. So…what is it with the child?

Ben's wife's twin sister, Millicent, brings a psychic with her to Ben's home in order to help them find Roxanne. Only, Daemon wears dresses and a half-moon shaped earring. Who would take him seriously? 

Of course, his wife’s twin isn't happy to find Jess already in Ben's house—trouble is imminent. But only as far as Ethel, Ben's ancient housekeeper, will allow. What does the housekeeper know that will keep Millicent's ruffled feathers under control?

More importantly…

Where is Roxanne?

Goodbye, My Love will be available later this year.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Guest Author, Kenneth Weene

My good friend, Ken Weene, has left us a short story, meant to entertain, but also to make us think. It always amaze me in how few words a tale can be told, and Ken is a master at it. Read it for your self and I would be very interested in knowing what you think.

Stargate Love

by Kenneth Weene 

     What did we know of him? He had been an officer in His Majesty military—navy, marines, or army, the story did not say. We also don’t know what he thought of his sovereign’s madness, the regency, or the great affairs of state that took place across the Atlantic. Indeed, we know only his first name, Reginald, his rank Lieutenant, and his manner of death, hanging.  
     At a personal level, we know he smoked a pipe; the smell wafted through our house. From my knowledge of tobacco, it was an English blend. Well, that made sense.  
But what of the things that mattered? Did he have a wife or a sweetheart waiting for him back in England? Did she receive word of his capture and execution?  
     He couldn’t have been a personage of great significance; this young man set ashore on Long Island to spy on American defenses. Scions of important families were finding glory waging war in Europe and dreaming of becoming the next Nelson as their ships of the line encircled France.  
     Still, he was well bred, mannered. He would open the door for my wife when she came home, arms laden with packages, from shopping. And he seemed to enjoy children; joining in the games I played with them in my consulting rooms.  
     “I need a six,” a boy would say, and out would come the dice: 1 and 5. “I need eleven:” 6 and 5. Over and over until there could be no question of luck or chance.  
     Our dogs knew Reginald was there. Could they hear what we could not? Suddenly, they would run to a spot and stand; their posture the same as when we would call them for a treat. Perhaps he offered ghostly Milk Bones; at least there were no crumbs.  
     It had been almost two hundred years. What had kept the poor soul tied to our house? Didn’t he have a better place—not to live, surely I couldn’t think of him living there. Yet, it seemed he did. He inhabiting our space and we his; overlapping yet not. Parallel worlds one might say. 
     We got into the habit of speaking to him. “Good morning, Reginald.” “Have a good night.” Of course, “Thank you,” and “How are you today?”  
     I took sick, a nasty cold. I worried about giving it to my wife and our son. Then it occurred to me to worry about Reginald as well. Do ghosts get sick? 
     Homesick? Love sick? Assuredly, our guest must have felt alone. I conjured a young woman for his companion knowing full well that she did not exist.  
     “Her name is Emily,” I explained to the empty room. “She’s from Bristol. Quite the looker although I fear she did suffer the pox and has some scars. Not enough to mar her beauty, just to make her…” I searched for the word. “Real” didn’t seem quite right, not in that context.  
     “Interesting.” Yes, that was a good choice.  
     “She’s an orphan,” I went on. “In service to a Duchess, but not happy. Far too lonely. Hoping to find somebody to care for her.” That was enough. Let her tell him the rest.  
     Can a ghost fall in love with a fictional character? Why not? Once our desire is piqued, once the need is aroused, falling in love is easy.  
     That evening, when I left my office, I closed the door. Usually, I left it open, believing as I do that the circulation of air is a good thing, healthier than allowing a room to go stale. But that night I wanted to give them privacy.  
     Our resident ghost, Reginald, the British spy, and Emily, the girl of my imagining: two souls deserving of happiness.  If anything can cross the stargate between two worlds assuredly that passage will be fueled by love.  

About the Author

Sometimes Ken Weene writes to exorcise demons. Sometimes he writes because the characters in his head demand to be heard. Sometimes he writes because he thinks what he have to say might amuse or even on occasion inform. Mostly, however, he writes because it is a cheaper addiction than drugs, an easier exercise than going to the gym, and a more sociable outlet than sitting at McDonald's drinking coffee with other old farts: in brief because it keeps him just a bit younger and more alive.
Ken�s stories and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. He has published five full length books and three shorter e-books. More about Ken can be found at his website and his books, which are based on his quirky view of the human experience, can be purchased on Amazon throughout the world.

Probing the human heart
Where madness ends does freedom begin?

Crime and conspiracy in the heart of New York

Friday, January 1, 2016

It started with a themed wedding ...

It started with a Gothic themed wedding - Eloise and Dane's wedding.

Eloise and Dane didn't know each other well. They met and married within two month, for goodness sake. But Eloise managed her time well and arranged a wonderful Gothic wedding in a lodge way off the beaten track. Her older sister Piper was the maid of honor and Marcus Dane's best man.

Traditionally the maid of honor and the best man are supposed to go off together and be the next to get married. The only problem in this scenario was that Piper didn't like Marcus and she didn't trust him one little bit. Growing up living right next door to each other, Marcus had constantly tormented
Piper with pranks.
All the same, her distrust of Marcus aside, as a teenager she had secretly harbored sexual fantasies about him.
Now, seeing him again after five years, Piper naturally expected to become Marcus' victim again. Was she right to suspect him, or did Marcus have a totally different plan for her?

At the stroke of midnight Eloise and Dane left their wedding reception to start their honeymoon. But whoever had said that it was moonlight and roses as soon as the vows were spoken, had been telling fibs. That's when the learning begins.
Eloise had a problem she thought insurmountable, but it was nothing compared to what was waiting for her after they arrived on their paradise island in the Maldives when Dane's secret raised it's ugly head. There just wasn't an easy solution to this one.
Would this mean the end of their fledgling marriage?

Rubi, Piper's best friend and the mother of Eloise's little flower girl, at first thought her life had ended when the man she'd believed to be her husband of many years married somebody else. But before she could sink too deeply into depression, Nathan, the very handsome man she'd danced with at the wedding, abducted her. He said he wanted to have sex with her, but as far as Rubi knew, Nathan was gay.
Or was he?
What did he really want from her?

All three these couples spent a night in room 13 on the third floor of the lodge where the wedding had been celebrated. Piper saw shadows on the walls that didn't correspond to anything in the room. Eloise saw strange men arguing. While Dane slept, he levitated towards an open window that had been closed a moment before. Rubi and Nathan both had conversations with people who shouldn't have been in the room with them.
The consensus between the friends was that something had to be done to lay the ghosts at the lodge. Paul, the minister who had married Eloise and Dane, volunteered to go to the lodge to look into the situation.

Lisa, Nathan's sister and Marcus' employee, invited herself along. But she didn't take the ghosts seriously and was more into playing games to scare Paul and making plays for him. He wasn't interested in having a fling, he wanted a wife and Lisa wasn't the right woman.
Anyway, they reported their findings to the rest of the group and it was decided that they all had to go back to the lodge together. They had all been at Eloise and Dane's wedding, when it all started. Only when they were together, could the story of the ghosts be settled in book 5.

The paranormal element, namely the haunting, is a progressive one. In book 1 there is only a tasting of the ghosts in Room 13, in book 2 the paranormal activity is more pronounced and in book 3 it is clear that something terribly tragic happened in Room 13. In book 4 there is an investigation and an attempt to lay the ghosts, but it is only in book 5, the final episode of the series, that the full story of the ghosts come to light.
The series is currently under review and will relaunch soon.