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Mid Week Tease: Echoes of the Past is Back!

MWTease15Good morning, and welcome to another hot, sunny, September morning. It’s 23, but feels like 30 or 86 for my American friends. I love the heat, but the humidity? Not so much.

Last week was an emotional rollercoaster ride for me. Losing a publisher is never easy, but saying a final goodbye to a beloved piece of writing and a co-writer who’s given up on her dream of being an author was even harder. I was determined not to allow that to happen to me or to Echoes of the Past, one of my own favorite books.  With the advent of my rights reversal and the help of my good friend, colleague, and cover artist, Danielle Doolittle, I was able to re-release Echoes of the Past as a KDP selection on Amazon. Since the former publisher allowed us to keep the final edits, I made two slight changes to the story to fit its new cover and voila! We’re back up and running.

So, here is a short tease to whet your appetites and show off my lovely new cover.

EchoesEbookFinalMichelle Thomas awoke in tears as she had so many nights since arriving in Thunder Bay. Bathed in sweat, she shivered with need and a bone-deep cold invaded her body. The strange birthmark on her right ankle throbbed as it often did after the dreams. The nightmares, usually terrifying, realistic visions of her watery death, exhausted her. Recently the dreams which had plagued her most of her life had changed, and these new ones in which she was both participant and witness, frustrated and grieved her. She preferred those old night terrors to these out of body erotic fantasies with a man whose face she never saw, but loved with every ounce of her being. Tonight, the thought of his capture and death made the pain of loss worse than ever. How could she go on like this?

Her wild weeping slowed to sobbing. She got out of bed and padded into the motel room’s washroom. She turned on the light and gasped at the mirror’s reflection. The face of a woman who closely resembled her—the Mohawk woman in braids she’d been seeing off and on for weeks now—glared accusingly at her.

“What do you want from me?” She yelled at the face in the mirror, anguish loud in her tear-filled voice. “You’re dead. He’s dead. I don’t have any answers for you. Go away. Leave me in peace.”

She’d be glad to leave this cursed place in the morning and get back to her own neglected apartment in Toronto. With luck, the ghost would stay here and let her get on with her life. Tonight, as it did every time it manifested itself, the spirit stared reproachfully at her, tears running down its cheeks. The specter had first appeared shortly after her arrival in Thunder Bay. As much as she’d like to ignore the manifestation, she couldn’t.

Michelle turned on the tap, and the image vanished replaced by her own. With trembling hand, she held a glass under the spigot and filled it with water. She opened her cosmetic case and took out two acetaminophen tablets to ease the headache pounding in her skull.

She returned to the bedroom, turned up the heat, sat on the bed, and wrapped herself in the comforter, searching for solace, knowing she’d find none. Ghosts didn’t frighten her, but something about this manifestation unsettled her. Madam Mohawk, as she referred to the spirit, represented her past, an ancestry she denied vigorously. Her birth mother may have been Mohawk, but those people had tossed her away as an infant. She’d been “reborn white” to kind and loving adoptive parents she missed terribly, and by God, she’d stay “white” no matter what.

She’d recently investigated reincarnation, and while skeptical about what she’d read, there were aspects of the haunting which fit the pattern more than she’d like to believe. She’d also taken time to study mental illnesses, which might present the same way. She didn’t have Multiple Personality Disorder, but the ghostly presence and her increased aversion to water disconcerted her. Something was wrong, and she needed to fix it before it drove her crazy.

The revised and re-released Echoes of the Past is available from all Amazon outlets.

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Finally retired after more than 30 years as a teacher! Now, I get to spend my time gardening, enjoying my grandchildren, and writing. I finally completed the number one item in my bucket list and Crimson Romance published my first novel, Fire Angel, in April 2013. Since then I have published 24 manuscripts to date and don't plan to quit writing for a long time yet.

12 thoughts on “Mid Week Tease: Echoes of the Past is Back!

  1. Woot for Canadians! I know where Thunder Bay is. 🙂 A great tease, Susanne! And a wonderful cover! Congratulations on the re-release!

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