Fiction Writing and Other Oddities

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Make Me Buy Your Book: Ghost Stories

Make Me Buy Your Book!

This is an opportunity for me to find the kinds of e-books that I love to read, but which can be hard to find sometimes. And it’s an opportunity for published authors to share information about their books and find new readers. Win-Win.

On the 20th of each month, I’m going to post a blog detailing the specifics of a genre or type of book I’d love to know about (and hopefully buy).

This month, I’m looking for Ghost stories! Some might call these horror or perhaps mysteries with a paranormal element. Either of those descriptions works. But I’m looking for the atmospheric, delicate horror of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Barbara Michaels’s Ammie Come Home. Or Stephen King’s Dumas Key (which is excellent, by the way). I want stories where ghosts are something to be feared, not the object of love and desire.

Creepy. Understated. Moody. Gothic. If any of those adjectives describes your book, let me know about it! I also have a morbid and fairly wicked sense of humor, so black humor or even just sarcastic wit is also very much appreciated. Actually, I'm pretty much a sucker for any kind of humor.

I’m not interested in gore-fests, sexually explicit, or erotica material. I’m sorry, but them’s the rules.

How it Works

Here’s how this works—you can post a comment, up to 250 words long, containing a blurb about your book.

Please be sure to include a link to your website or other location that has additional information and buy links.

And again, please make the blurb something suitable for general audiences.

Now go forth and make me…buy your book!


Marilyn Gardiner said...

FLIGHT OF ANGELS: Who is she? Whose child is she carrying? From the moment Beth Kincaid rubs the brass of long dead Olivia Avenlyng, while she and her husband tour England, two worlds collide. Olivia freely inhabits Beth's body, and Beth is pulled back in time by Olivia's ghost to relive the terror of her life, torn between love and duty.

Marilyn Gardiner said...

DANCING LADIES: What if you were a young, single mother, desperate for a place of security, who moved with her young son back to her childhood home, to find it inhabited by the malevolent ghost of her dead twin sister? Kate is terrified as it appears her twin, Leah,is bent on revenge for a long ago accident.

Amy said...

Ohhh, they both sound fascinating! Thank you so much for telling us about them!

Frank Zubek said...

Detective Nick Crowell, after getting shot in a cemetery, interacts with ghosts and people with strange problems in this collection of nine paranormal stories
Details and links on my blog

Jerry Hanel said...

Brodie Wade, a psychic detective, has to wrestle with apparitions that only he can see in my Paranormal Mystery/Thriller,
Death Has a name.

Amy said...

oooh! I love the combination of detective/mystery and ghost story--thank you very much!

Terry Spear said...

A GHOST OF A CHANCE AT LOVE--what happens when a woman finds herself struggling to fight ghostly apparitions in the middle of the night who want her dead when she trips into the past? But when she discovers she's really living in the 19th Century now, everyone thinks she has died, and the woman who looked so much like her who is dead, wants to live again--through her.

Beth Trissel said...

What a kewl idea for a post. In addition to the real story of the poltergeist in our old farm house that I blogged about at:

I wrote murder mystery/ghost story romance novel, SOMEWHERE MY LOVE.

Blurb: Star-crossed lovers have a rare chance to reclaim the love cruelly denied them in the past, but can they grasp this brief window in time before it is too late? Newly arrived at Foxleigh, the gracious old Wentworth home in Virginia, British born Julia Morrow is excited at the prospect of a summer working as a guide in the stately house and herb garden. She quickly discovers the historic plantation holds far more. She becomes obsessed with the portrait of handsome Cole Wentworth, killed in a quarrel over the lovely English lady, Julia Maury, two hundred years ago. Then she meets his double, William, the only remaining Wentworth heir. Somehow, Julia must persuade Will that their fates are entwined with those of Cole Wentworth and Julia Maury, and that the man who killed his ancestor has returned to enact the deadly cycle again, or she will lose him twice. The blade is about to fall.

Rhonda Lee Carver said...

Ghost hunter hero meets skeptic journalist heroine. When they spend a few nights in a suspected haunted house, will they find ghosts? Or, something much more? There is a draw between them that erupts. What neither of them know is, the hero has a family link to the house. The heroine begins to have real that she is taken back in time when a man loved a woman so deeply that he died for her. Will love conquer? Will the spirits send their message so that they can RIP ?

Amy said...

I love all these entries and I hope to see more.
And Beth, I'm checking out your page for your real-life experience! What a spooky story.

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks, and yes, please do. :)

Rachel Howzell Hall said...

The View from Here: Nicole Baxter's life changes on the afternoon she receives a phone call from the harbor. During a scuba dive, her husband disappears. No one can find him. Is he still alive? Or is grief making her believe the impossible?

Thanks, Amy!

Vianka Van Bokkem said...

17 year old Ruby Kennedy from Mammoth Lakes, California is killed by a vampire named Lucas on her way to see her two best friends Laura and Alain. Ruby does not crossover and takes a GHOST form. She soon meets a handsome vampire named Ulysses Anderson who is trying to save a young boy’s life from Lucas.

Genre: Paranormal/YA

Thanks, Amy :-)

Amy said...

Don't thank me--thank you!
These are all great books and I look forward to reading all of them!

I just love ghost stories!

Amy said...

For those interested in Marilyn's story's, she mentioned to me that her website link went missing (sorry!).
So here it is!