ABOUT THE GHOSTS OF RUE DUMAINE: Ready to get her life back on track after ending a painful marriage, Danica Giles returns to the Creole cottage where she grew up in the New Orleans French Quarter. Danica is anxious to rekindle her friendship with a former resident from her old neighborhood, the seductive Gaston Deslonde. But Gaston isn’t exactly a normal guy. The charming man has been dead for over a hundred and fifty years, and the childish crush Danica once had on her ghostly playmate quickly turns into something much deeper. When a handsome new man enters Danica’s life, Gaston vows to do whatever he can to hold on to her. Danica soon discovers that the most forbidden of all desires cannot be satisfied without paying a grave price. Love can blur the lines between life and death when you are living among The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine.
The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine is a ghostly love story about a woman healing from a broken marriage and returning to the childhood home where she was happy. But the home is haunted by a ghost, someone she befriended as a child, and now that she has grown into a woman, their friendship turns romantic. But Gaston is a ghost of a plantation owner who died in the yellow fever epidemic of 1853, and being together is impossible for them…or is it? There is voodoo, intrigue, lust and a whole lot of New Orleans ambience set into this novel. A great Halloween read.
I think when you kill off a character, that is pretty tough, especially one you have grown to love almost as much as the character. For me that was in my first novel, To My Senses. I got teary eyes at the end of that book when I wrote it, and many who read it say the same thing.
Phillipa Gregory, The White Queen.
EB White, The Trumpeter Swan
Ian Fleming, Ernest Hemingway, Alexandre Dumas, Elizabeth George, Mary Renault.
A lot of them in high school that I will only get in trouble if I name. Thank God for Cliff’s Notes.
50 Shades of Grey
I always read the blurb first and never went by the cover.
The first one I wrote, To My Senses. It changed everything for me and opened a door to a new world.
The Mary Renault Series on Alexander the Great: Fire From Heaven, The Persian Boy, Funeral Games.
That Santa Claus was not real. I was devastated!
Chicago Manual of Style (the bible for writers)
The next book is called Cover to Covers and is coming out on Feb. 1. It is a contemporary romance tale about a romance writer who pens novels with the heroes based on the one man she loved and left behind. Many years after the failed affair, that man walks back into her life, and she begins living the romance she has always written about. Soon, her writing changes because of him, and so does her life. They have problems to conquer, failed marriages to put behind them, but what they initially felt for each other long ago is still there. It is a tale of rediscovery and second chances. Find out what happens when a romance book moves out from behind the cover, and comes to life between the sheets.
Thanks, Alexandrea! Hm…Would you enter into a love affair with a ghost? (Remember, our favorite pirate Jean Lafitte is technically a ghost…although in a very real body!) Leave a comment to be entered for your choice of a digital copy of The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine, or a sampler box from my TBR mountain range.