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The HOLIDAYS are here and we’ve decided to do something a little different. Over the next few weeks, we’re featuring some of our favorite authors and finding out what they like best about the HOLIDAYS. We’ll also find out what their latest project is.
Laura Spinella is an East Coast author, originally from Long Island, New York. She is a two-time RITA finalist, RT Book Reviews finalist. The first novel in her highly successful paranormal trilogy, GHOST GIFTS is a Audie winner for Best Paranormal Audio Recording. Amazon Editors named her sequel, FORETOLD one of their Best Books of October!
All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn’t include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also makes for an unsettling childhood that might end up destroying her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden—until she is unexpectedly assigned the story of a decades-old murder.
Rocked by the discovery of a young woman’s skeletal remains, the New England town of Surrey wants answers. Hard-nosed investigative reporter Levi St John is determined to get them. Aubrey has no choice but to get involved, even at the terrifying risk of stirring spirits connected to a dead woman’s demise and piquing her new reporting partner’s suspicions.
As Aubrey and Levi delve further into the mystery, secrets are revealed and passion ignites. It seems that Aubrey’s ghost gifts are poised to deliver everything but a normal life.
The Ghost Gifts trilogy continues as Aubrey’s otherworldly talents—and a visit from a former lover—threaten to tear apart her family.
A mysterious death in a muddy swamp, missing children in different states… psychic Aubrey Ellis and her partner, investigative reporter Levi St John, have their hands full. The added strain of raising their son, Pete—who struggles with his own psychic gift—pushes life to the brink of collapse.
Enter Zeke Dublin—Aubrey’s first love from her carnival past. Tensions escalate when it’s clear that an old attraction is alive and well. But as Levi discovers disturbing clues about the body pulled from the swamp, he begins to suspect Zeke’s sudden presence is more than coincidence.
As Aubrey’s uncanny abilities take an unsettling turn, she fears that this time her own child is in danger. Who can Aubrey trust to help solve the unknowns surrounding her life—the father of her son, or a man who’s always understood the deepest secrets of her psychic gift?
COMING IN MAY. PART THREE of the TRILOGY!
Aubrey Ellis’s son thinks a lot about murder. In fact, it’s an obsession.
When Peter St John returns home after a two-year absence, the life he’s been running from catches up. For years, his psychic gift has triggered visits to 1917, where he fought in the Great War. Far more disturbing, Pete relives a violent scene in which he kills Esme—a turn-of-the-century songstress who he loves, both then and now.
A startling encounter with Esme’s spirit finally forces Pete to confront her murder. The tale unfolds as ghost gifts materialize, mementoes from the life he once lived—things Pete recalls, proof that appears to validate his crime.
Tensions build when he meets quirky fledgling actress, Ailish Montague. The two clash in every way but one, and Pete is stunned when Ailish offers evidence that she connects to his past life. Dark prophecies multiply when they learn Esme’s fate and Ailish’s may be one and the same. Will the hourglass run out before Pete can unravel a mystery, or is his murderous past destined to repeat in the present?
“Thoughts on This ‘n That” has declared Laura Spinella, The Queen of Paranormal. Lucky us. She gave us some insight into her writing process and the genre.
CR: How did you get into writing paranormal?
LS: Ooo, how much time you got? That’s a multifaceted question. I’ll go with the one that’s most intriguing. I live in a 130-year old house outside Boston. I always felt the house has a “good ghostly vibe.” But it wasn’t until after the first GHOST GIFTS novel was published that I discovered that the house was originally owned by a woman who was an artist and writer. How I found this out is a little mind-boggling – an author acquaintance, who’s also known to have a psychic gift, called one day. (This was very odd, in that we’d never spoken on the phone.) She said a spirit had been hammering at her for days, and that “Anna” wanted me to know how happy she was someone was doing something creative in the house. She (Anna) went on to say I “wasn’t supposed to find the photos until now.” What photos?
Not long after this, via a different friend, a photo album from the Boston museum was brought to my attention. It featured early 20th Century photos of my house. From there it took only a little Google search to come up with the original owner’s name, Anna Rathbun. True story. So, I think that Anna has certainly influenced my affinity for the paranormal.
We asked Laura about the holidays and here’s what she shared.
CR: Favorite Holiday?
LS: Oh, I didn’t know we’d start with such a toughie – it’s a tossup between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ultimately, I think Thanksgiving though, because, aside from the food, it’s less pressure than Christmas with all the gifts and décor. It’s also more about my family just being in one place, and I like that.
CR: Favorite present you’ve given?
LS: It’s a big one. My dad passed away last year. About three years before that he’d bought himself a yellow Volkswagen Bug – not exactly what you’d expect a man in his eighties to be driving. But the car amused my dad, and he’d never owned anything like it. My father had a pretty close relationship with my son, Grant. In fact, they have a lot of similar personality traits. For Christmas last year, we were able to give my son the car as a gift. That morning, Grant and I took a ride around the block in the bug. I opened the console between the seats. There was tube of Poligrip. I’m pretty certain that tube of denture adhesive will remain there as long as my son owns the car.
CR: Favorite gift you’ve received?
LS: Tickets to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a night at the Eliot Hotel. My eldest daughter is a very thoughtful gift giver. This gift combined my need the do some symphony research, plus my husband loves the orchestra and that particular hotel, so the Boston trip was a win-win.
CR: Favorite Holiday music?
LS: Trans Siberian Orchestra, Christmas Canon and Carol of the Bells. Or Straight No Chaser, Twelve Days of Christmas Mash Up.
CR: Favorite holiday meal and/or dessert?
LS: Sorry, it’s such a non-health conscious, carnivorous choice! But it’s the holidays, right? Bring me a medium rare prime rib on a leash with a side of the Pioneer Woman’s heart attack inspired, cream cheese laden mashed potatoes! If you have a nice dry Bordeaux to go with it, so much the better.
CR: Message/wishes for 2018?
LS: Wishing everyone a spectacular 2018 with nothing but good things for all.
Thanks Laura. We can’t wait to read ECHO MOON in May. www.lauraspinella.net
We’re giving away a few journals to some of our blog followers for the holidays. Just tell us what your message/wishes are for 2018! We’ll announce winners in a couple of weeks.