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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

HAUNTING REFRAIN



HAUNTING REFRAIN

When my daughter was in college in Milledgeville, Georgia, we bought a house for her. She would rent some of the bedrooms and cover the house payments. As we were signing the papers for the sale of that house, which was at least 150 years old, the daughter of the woman selling the old house mentioned ghosts.


I was hooked, even though I didn't have time to get more than the names of the ghosts. For the two-hour drive home, the ghosts took over my imagination and the story of Haunting Refrain unfolded. I hope you enjoy it.



HAUNTING REFRAIN

When music teacher Sarah Overby finds ghosts in her attic, she hesitates to tell her best friend, William McKeown. She doesn't think he’ll understand. He has looked after her for as long as she can remember. Telling him he lived a previous life as her husband will make him think she is crazy.

William has adored Sarah forever, he just doesn’t realize this isn’t the first time he has loved her. His feelings for his best friend are changing, but he doesn’t believe in ghosts, reincarnation, or lasting romantic relationships. He is a psychologist and he believes in things he can prove.

Sarah’s guardian ghosts are facilitators who renew their relationships with their charge.

Excerpt
William awoke slowly, as though he’d been drugged. The clock read 5:45. Remnants of his dream hung on the edges of his consciousness. Sarah in boy’s clothes. Sarah, but not Sarah. He punched his pillow and tried to go back to sleep for the hour and a half ‘til his alarm would go off. Sleep would not come. The dream and its meaning haunted him. The man in his dream had wanted the woman so badly he hurt.

Rolling out of bed he made his way to his back porch. At times like this he wished he smoked. He stayed for the sunrise.

How in God’s name do we act now? How could he take the chance of ruining his friendship with Sarah by giving in to his libido? Seven years difference in their ages was too much for a romantic relationship. Besides, he’d never seen himself as a marrying man. His Sarah deserved a man who would give her a home and children, not just an affair. Some protector he was!


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12 comments:

  1. Interesting excerpt. I tweeted this post.

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  2. Hi Mary,
    Gee, I'd never heard what was behind your story! Wow. I've been on a couple of ghost tours, but never seen or heard anything.

    Congrats on the book and best wishes for tons of success.

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  3. This story sounds really good, MM. I just bought it!

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  4. I've never seen or heard ghosts either (nor do I expect to), but what a great way to get a story in your head, Mary!

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  5. Thanks, Sandy. I wish I had seen the ladies! I knew the names and they told me the rest. I loved that story too much to let it languish on my computer.

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  6. Thanks, Beth I hope you love it and the characters. William is my beta hero and I adored him.

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  7. Barbara, I have never seen a ghost, but I like to believe spirits can hang around if they feel we need them.

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  8. A very good story. The author's voice is fresh and leads you into her tale.

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  9. If you like your ghost with personality and warm southern charm, then this is the story for you. I love a good ghost story and MM tells them with the best of 'em.

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  10. Bianca, from you that is real praise. Thanks!

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  11. Scarlet, you are too good to me! Thanks. You and Bianca are excellent southern story tellers! My ghosts said so.

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