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Haunting memories lurk in the dark corners of this mysterious walk from the past.
When Dr. Marc St. Clair inherits his eccentric aunt Miriam’s old Victorian house in Wisconsin, her Will states that he and his invalid wife, Summer, must live in the house for one year before they can own it. Despite the fact that Calico Acres is rumored to be haunted, Marc accepts Miriam’s generous offer without telling Summer, who would prefer to remain at her parents’ comfortable estate in Iowa.
Summer grew up the spoiled daughter of a Chemistry professor who’d stop at nothing to grant her every wish. Then along came Dr. Marc St. Clair with his special brand of hot chemistry, hoping to match the young woman’s own desires. But although he was educated in the art of healing human bodies, Marc finds he is lost when it comes to curing his wife’s emotions. After a disastrous honeymoon and a riding accident that left his beautiful wife confined to a wheelchair—bitter and full of self-pity—Marc knows that for their marriage to work, he must get her away from her family.
Summer hates the “moldy gingerbread house” with eleven-foot ceilings and dark hallways when she arrives at Calico Acres with Marc and their elderly housekeeper, Josephina, on a cold, snowy day in January. She’s infuriated that her husband has brought her to an area of Wisconsin noted for ghostly hauntings, a place far from her doting parents.
After a tour of the house, the women’s imaginations run wild: the ruins of an old, burned-out barn resemble “Stonehenge”; ghostly apparitions appear on a balcony, an upstairs storage room is so creepy they sense something sinister. It’s a good thing Summer doesn’t know there’s a family cemetery on the property—if she met Aunt Miriam’s ghost face to face while confined to her wheelchair, she’d probably die of fright!
As unexplained events occur throughout the year, even their gossipy neighbors try to make them leave. But Marc is determined to stay. He made a deal, and he desperately wants the house. He feels a strong connection with his late aunt, although he had never met the woman and his family never discussed her except to say she was crazy.
When Marc hires Raven Bear as his wife’s therapist—a Chippewa girl who arrives one day on a black stallion—every aspect of his life is thrown into turmoil. Raven is certainly competent at her profession, as well as having an innate talent with horses. The young woman is full of mystery … and desire for Dr. Marc. Frustrated beyond belief by Summer’s frigidity, Marc’s attraction to Raven is unnerving and exasperating as she wastes no time trying to entice him into her bed.
As Marc struggles with his physical urges, he searches the house for details of Miriam’s life, while his wife is forced to confront certain issues from her own past. Marc tries to resist Raven’s advances as she literally throws herself at him, and he blows up when she washes her personal laundry in his bathroom and dries her underwear on the shower rod. She’s entirely too tempting, this attractive female who can’t keep her hands to herself.
Marc St. Clair must find answers to their problems before the year is up, or risk losing the house and the woman he loves. Little does he realize how close he is to losing both.
Targeted Age Group: Adults
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I can’t tell the difference. A story is either “there” or it isn’t. I approach all my novels the same way: with an interesting character who has a specific problem to handle.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
I would tell aspiring writers not to share their work before the first draft is done. People who talk out their stories seldom finish them. I’m a right-brain writer who lets my subconscious do the work.
I was born on Halloween at the height of the Great Depression, in Independence, Missouri (Harry Truman’s home town), and I’ve always loved the written word. I currently live in De Pere, Wisconsin, have grown children, a handful of grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Plus, I have a feisty tortoiseshell cat named Jazzbaby who dances on my keyboard and sits on my computer mouse. And when the weather’s cold, she plants herself smack up against the warm monitor so I can’t see what I’m doing.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love ghost stories and I love romance, and since I live in Wisconsin, I wanted a story to feature both. There are also horses in the story (which I love), plus psychological problems with one of the main characters, who is confined to a wheelchair. If I say more, there would be no need for anyone to read the story. I actually wrote this novel thirty years ago and recently revised it.