Monday, June 1, 2020

Now Available: 'The Ghosts of St. Grimald Priory' (Book 1 of the 'Ghosts and Tea' Series)

Here it is! The first book of a new series about a cynical, grumpy, and filthy rich widow who attracts supernatural trouble when she opens her heart and her door to a disowned gay nephew, who also turns out to be a powerful medium with zero training.

It's my first attempt at writing a full-on epistolary novel, which includes not only journal entries, but letters between characters as well. But first, the blurb:
Prudence Honeysett is a wealthy, aging widow who's also quite done with the world. A hopeless curmudgeon, she withdraws from Victorian society by purchasing an old priory reputed to be haunted, convinced that her desire for peace and quiet would be perfectly met regardless. Fortune, however, has different plans for her, her hapless servants, and her trio of monstrous cats.
The sudden appearance of a heartbroken nephew at her doorstep stirs the ghostly waters even more after Frederick confesses to being a medium, and before Prudence knows it, the long-dead residents of St. Grimald priory emerge from the shadows. And they all come with garbled warnings of a murdered girl and the door to the underworld on its way to being torn down.
Through a collection of humorous journal entries and letters, the supernatural misadventures of Prudence and Frederick unfold—filled with sordid family drama, swoony romantic entanglements, dodgy attempts at questionable magic, and restless ghosts a-plenty.
This was definitely a pretty intense exercise in head-hopping because everything's written in first person PoV, which means each voice should be at least a little distinctive from the rest. But I also needed those distinctions to be subtle considering the social and economic backgrounds of the different PoV characters. That subtlety is also something that needed to shape the humor of the plot and the character interactions, and I hope Prudence's more blunt and almost nihilistic expressions work with Frederick's quieter and more naive entries and letters.

Amazon tends to lag with their listing. The book page should be up soon.

As always, thank you for sticking around with me and for your support. I really hope you enjoy the book, and feel free to leave a comment on my blog or email me / fill out the contact form on the sidebar. Happy reading!

Update: Amazon link is up. Here ya go.

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