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Book Three: Wicks Hollow

Sinister Shadows

An uptight lawyer.
A carefree palm-reader.
A haunted antiques shop.
And a very mortal villain…

Welcome to Wicks Hollow: a cozy town near Lake Michigan filled with quaint houses, eccentric residents, and more than its share of ghosts, murders, and sexy romance.

When Fiona Murphy inherits a small antiques shop from an old man she met only once, she’s filled with surprise, confusion and delight—and a little bit of terror at having a new responsibility in a life she prefers to be free and easy.

As she takes over ownership of the quaint shop, odd things begin to happen. Lights come on and off by themselves, even when they are unplugged…and there is a chilly breeze accompanied by the scent of roses even when the windows are closed.

H. Gideon Nath, III, is the stiff and oh-so-proper attorney who helps settle Fiona’s inheritance, and against his better judgement, he finds himself attracted to her, despite her fascination with all things New Age.

After she finds an unpleasant surprise in one of the shop’s closets, scares off an intruder in the store, and uses her skill at palmistry to read Gideon’s future—of which she seems to be a part—Fiona begins to realize that her free and easy life is about to change…whether she wants it to or not.

 

A Wicks Hollow Book is always a ghost story romance set in a small town, featuring a cozy mystery and a spicy love story. The perfect blend of romance, suspense, and ghosts.

*Previously published as The Shop of Shades and Secrets*



Behind The Story

My inspiration for this book came from an antiques shop on South Street in Philadelphia. I used to visit the shop in the early 1990s and I was utterly entranced by this store. It was filled with lamps and lights of all shapes and sizes, giving the shop a cozy, yet eerie feeling. I was certain a ghost must linger somewhere in the depths of the shop, and I decided to write a book about that very subject.

At the same time, I was fascinated by palmistry, and did a significant research about palm-reading for this book. To this day, I still notice a man’s hands and look for evidence of his character therein.


The Details

Published: March 2018

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The exciting sequel to Murder in the Lincoln White House, Murder in the Oval Library, is available now! Get your copy today!

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Sinister Sanctuary, book 4 in the Wicks Hollow series. Find more information here!

 
Appearances
Nov 29, 2018

Gathering Volumes Bookstore
195 East South Boundary
Perrysburg, OH 43551

I will be holding a book signing and discussion session at Gathering Volumes Bookstore on November 29. The event starts at 7:00 pm. I hope to see you there!

Dec 20, 2018

The Howell Opera House
123 W Grand River Ave
Howell, MI 48843

I will be participating in the Jon King’s Local Author Showcase with six other authors and illustrators from southeast Michigan at this lovely, historic venue. The event runs from 6:00 pm through 9:00 pm. Wine, cheese, and other nibbles will be served. This is a great opportunity to pick up gifts for readers and book-lovers of all ages.  

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