Happy Birthday Highdown Hall!

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The 25th April – what a day! It’s not just MY birthday, it’s the day when Crooked Cat Publishing launched Psychic Surveys Book One: The Haunting of Highdown Hall onto an unsuspecting world! Yep, 2 years ago today, Highdown Hall was made available on Amazon to buy in both ebook and paperback format. Getting off to a good start, it climbed all the way into the top 2,000 books on Amazon and stayed there for the best part of a year, nestled beside the likes of Stephen King, James Herbert and Peter James -a dream come true! In 2015, it got to No,70 overall in the US Amazon Kindle charts and roughly the same in the UK Amazon Kindle charts and No.1 in several genre charts across the globe. It’s also acquired a prequel (Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story), Book Two (Rise to Me) and the soon-t0-be-published (May 27th) Book Three: 44 Gilmore Street. I envisage there’ll be six books in the series in total, but you never know, I might squeak in one or two more…

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Centred round a team of psychics and the cases they investigate, it’s been a pleasure working with Ruby, Cash, Theo, Ness, Corinna and Jed, the ghost dog (everybody’s favourite). I’ve based a lot of cases around real life events (those I’ve been involved with and those that have been told to me) and have included, where I can, the work of famous Occultists such as Aleister Crowley, Dion Fortune and Alexandra David Neel (amongst others). A lot of research has gone into the books and I’ve surprised myself with all the things I’ve learnt – the mystical world is indeed a fascinating world!

I’ve had a ton of fantastic reviews – over 300 between the UK and US and most of them have been 5 and 4 star. There have, of course, been the odd 1 or 2 stars but hey, that’s par for the course – and some of them have made me smile, i.e. the one who said ‘she seems to make it up as she goes along’ – I love that, partly because it’s true! But it’s also been called the ‘best ghost story ever’ and many times ‘unputdownable’. To anyone who’s ever taken the time to review a huge thank you – it means (and helps) such a lot!

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If you haven’t read Highdown Hall yet, let me know in the comments below. I’ve got a few e-copies to GIVE AWAY. If you’ve got a Kindle, I can send it to your email address so you can send it to your Kindle. If you fancy it, you can also sign up to my occasional newsletter, where I’ll keep you informed of any new releases, competitions and giveaways. http://eepurl.com/beoHLv

Thank you again for all your support and congratulations again to Highdown Hall, who’d have known we’d have shared a birthday too!

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Rumer Haven’s New Release!

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On moving to London several years ago, I immediately stumbled upon Brompton Cemetery, and it’s been my favorite spot ever since. One of London’s “Magnificent Seven” cemeteries established in the 19th century, Brompton stretches for nearly forty acres and is my urban oasis. Much like Margot, the protagonist of What the Clocks Know, I felt quite lost when I first relocated from the States. Having moved for my husband’s job, I found myself without one of my own for a while, and without family and friends around either, my life felt rather isolated and aimless during that initial stretch.But Brompton was one place where peace and reflection came easily, so I chose to send Margot there as well in this story. The cemetery both heals and heightens her anxieties and, either way, compels her to return time and again. She isn’t certain if what she’s experiencing is paranormal or psychological, though, and Brompton becomes a key place for finding the answers.

The following excerpt originated somewhere between journal pages and coffee shop napkins, which I scribbled on during my early visits to the cemetery. The gravestones, statues, flora, and even fauna all triggered random thoughts that eventually gelled into this scene and others. And, yes, there really is a Charlotte Pidgeon.

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Margot edged closer to a tomb that echoed loudly with buzzing insects; when she peered into its blackness, a cool, ancient scent wafted to her face. Continuing to idle along, she scanned the moss and vines that clung to and devoured the markers sprouting all throughout this garden of marble and granite, the Gothic juxtaposed with the Romanesque, Celtic crosses with Grecian urns.

Stopping at another grave, she saw Christmas décor rotting away by her feet. A depressing sight in summer, the winter wreath made her fancy how the cemetery’s atmosphere must change with the seasons. She wouldn’t be in London long enough to see it burn in rust and gold, the falling leaves mimicking the footfall of a pursuing stranger and the plucked trees revealing more of the sky and buildings beyond. Yet she could imagine how, on one chilled day that would paint the scene gray, someone would kneel again at a name of diminishing meaning to the present world and place another wreath of scarlet ribbon and silver baubles. Only for it to waste away during another sunny spring and rainy summer as the cycle continued: lather, rinse, repeat.

The effect of time would be noticeable enough, and somehow she felt she’d already seen it all before and would again, her grandest déjà-vu yet. To preserve its enchantment, she didn’t analyze the reasons why this site had come to matter so much. She felt whole here. That was all to know.
But her bladder waited for no man, living or dead. Picking up her pace, Margot hightailed it to the cemetery’s rear exit until a shiver clenched the muscles between her shoulder blades. Despite
her urgency to get back home, she slowed to a full stop in front of a gabled gravestone. An ornate sprig of acacia crowned an inscription she hadn’t seen yet.

READER, STAY.
UNDERNEATH THIS STONE DOTH LIE
AS MUCH BEAUTY AS COULD DIE;
WHICH IN LIFE DID HARBOR GIVE
TO MORE VIRTUE THAN DOTH LIVE.
IF AT ALL SHE HAD A FAULT,
LEAVE IT BURIED IN THIS VAULT.

Rather than grab her pen and napkin to write the poem down, Margot just stood there, rereading it. Contemplating it. If there was an afterlife, could people really leave their failings behind to putrefy in the dirt, safe from anyone’s memory? She liked to think so.

Her gaze rose to the name chiseled in the stone.

CHARLOTTE PIDGEON

It so happened that Charlotte Pidgeon was born on the same day as Margot, but her year of birth was 1848 and year of death 1874. Despite all the other gravestones she’d recorded onto her napkin, copying anything down from this one somehow seemed blasphemous. So she just kept standing, with gravity fastening her in place. Gawking, until a weight on her breastbone made it more difficult to breathe.

The sensation was strange, no question. Margot had never felt anything like it. But she’d taken enough psychology courses as an advertising major to peg it for what it was: a psychosomatic response. The conditions were ideal for something like that. For one, the general creepy-factor of standing above hundreds of corpses as black birds crowed their ‘Evermores’ left and right. And now this moving inscription that kicked in her sympathies.

There was otherwise no meaning in it – even if, go figure, the given name should be Charlotte. A decent coincidence to add to her diary, but it wasn’t surprising that such a popular Victorian name would find its way on an English grave or the spine of an English book. She must have seen a dozen Charlottes in that lot alone by now, along with all the Alices, Emmas, and Janes.

And so what if their birthdays were the same? The ratio of 365 days to the billions of people ever born on Earth was basically nil. She had to stop pandering to what the human brain did naturally: form correlations when it noted them. Only this and nothing more.

Exhausted with her overactive imagination and fantastically bored with herself, she didn’t want to stand there anymore. But she didn’t want to walk anywhere else either. Breathing heavily through her nose as a numbness dulled her, she didn’t want to be anywhere in that moment, not even in her own skin. The effort and futility of life bore down on her as she considered all the bodies underground, all those who’d borne the burden of existence and thought it mattered until they didn’t exist or matter anymore – just rotted in boxes under her feet.

She had to go back to Rand’s. She didn’t want to; she needed to. Not for the toilet any longer, but a bath sounded nice – something that could warm her against the nip of her fears, wash away the soil she felt falling over her. Drown the thuds each shovelful made on the lid of her inner casket. That sounded purposeful enough.

Forgive my intrusion, Miss Pidgeon. I will leave you to rest in peace.

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About What the Clocks Know:
Finding a ghost isn’t what Margot had in mind when she went ‘soul searching’, but somehow her future may depend on Charlotte’s past.

Woven between 21st-century and Victorian London, What the Clocks Know is a haunting story of love and identity. A paranormal women’s fiction, this title is available as of March 18, 2016 from Crooked Cat Publishing.

“A unique tale of the paranormal – as beautiful as it is haunting.”
~ Shani Struthers, author of Jessamine and the Psychic Surveys series

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Rumer Haven is probably the most social recluse you could ever meet. When she’s not babbling her fool head off among friends and family, she’s pacified with a good story that she’s reading, writing, or revising—or binge-watching something on Netflix. A former teacher hailing from Chicago, she presently lives in London with her husband and probably a ghost or two. Rumer has always had a penchant for the past and paranormal, which inspires her writing to explore dimensions of time, love, and the soul. She debuted in 2014 with Seven for a Secret (in which a Jazz Age tragedy haunts a modern woman’s love life), and her award-winning short story “Four Somethings & a Sixpence” (about a bride who gets a little something she didn’t register for) was released in 2015. What the Clocks Know is her second novel.

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Psychic Surveys: The Inspiration…

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You hear it so many times; the great horror movies of our time – Poltergeist, The Amityville Horror and Texas Chainsaw Massacre for example – are inspired by true events. So many times, in fact, you begin to take it with a pinch of salt, doubt it even. After all, these are ‘horrors’, hyped up for an audience who love nothing more than to be scared witless. But since becoming a paranormal writer myself, I give that claim more credence. Hyped up they may be but truth is always stranger than fiction.

a950ef28f5965f1463ffe2356bca771eThe Haunting of Highdown Hall has its roots firmly in truth. Not only with regard to the main case where movie star, Cynthia Hart, still resides within her hallowed four walls, despite having died in 1958, but in all the ‘mini’ cases scattered around it. Cynthia’s story is based on a tale I heard years ago. I can’t say who the movie star is but she was one of the cinematic greats. Some years after her death, her house was inherited by a friend of a friend, only for him to discover she was still very much ‘in’ it. As for her bedroom, still kept as a shrine to her – he couldn’t even enter it. It was as though invisible hands were pushing him out and he got the sensation of a voice ‘screaming’ at him. He called in a team of psychics and they dealt with it (or should I say ‘her’) and he lived there happily for many years afterwards. Hearing this story, I couldn’t help but wonder: what was holding her there, fear, despair or something darker, much darker? Transfer that story to fiction and that’s what the Psychic Surveys team have to find out.

The ‘mini’ cases too are drawn from real life, for example, the little boy that ‘haunts’ his bedroom, taking an active dislike to the new child that has moved in there and the tormented young man in Paul Ashworth’s flat that is hell bent on driving him out. Both were based on psychic cleansings I took part in (I rung the bells in dark corners to break down negative energy!). Although the owners were terrified, when you find out the history of the spirit, when you can ‘communicate’ with them, you realise that tormented is exactly what they are and often just need some understanding, validation even and gentle encouragement to ‘move on’. Happily, both cleansings were successful and the owners reported no more paranormal activity occurring afterwards.

Aside from the cases, the ‘business’ of Psychic Surveys is rooted in truth. Imagine if you didn’t have to hunt around for this service, if domestic spiritual clearance was widely available – we’re talking high a street presence here, alongside estate agents, solicitors and travel agents. An idea considered in reality, we decided the business was better off in fiction – the aim of it to put the normal into paranormal, to remove the taboo. Young psychic, Ruby Davis, heads up the team and, suffice to say, business is booming!

The Haunting of Highdown Hall is available on Amazon and all good bookshops. It’s sequel, Psychic Surveys Book Two: Rise to Me is also available. Book Three: 44 Gilmore Street is due out in early 2016. All published by Crooked Cat Publishing. The Prequel to the Psychic Surveys series – Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story is also available.

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Putting the ‘normal’ into the Paranormal

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Horror is my favourite genre – it always has been, always will be, but it can become tiresome. The reason? Horror is often dealt with by authors and filmmakers gratuitously – therefore, the gorier, the more outrageous, the more ‘in your face’ the material, the better. Well, yeah, every now and then, one of those is fun but I thought it was time for something a little more down-to-earth. And before you scream ‘but surely that defeats the object’ – I don’t think it does.

imagesFor me, the best ghost stories are the ones that deal with the spiritual world more subtly. The Haunting with Claire Bloom is a great example – all through the film the suspense is built but you don’t actually see anything frightening – it’s all left to the imagination, and mine ran riot after that one! The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, not the film but the book, was also very subtle, building suspense beautifully right up until the end. The Others with Nicole Kidman springs to mind too, which relied on a good story rather than effects.

Haunting of Highdown Hall Cover MEDIUM WEBInspired by these I wanted to write a paranormal that largely dispenses with theatrics and relies on characterisation, plot and mystery instead. Ruby Davis, who owns Psychic Surveys, a high street consultancy specialising in domestic spiritual clearance, is young, modern and accessible. She doesn’t go round in tie-dye clothes or smelling of incense, she wouldn’t stand out in a crowd. It’s only her job that’s out of the ordinary – to make contact with grounded spirits in your home (ghosts to the layman!) and encourage them towards the light – or ‘home’ as she and her team call it. Her team, too, are down-to-earth, there is the young and vibrant Corinna (a sensitive rather than a psychic) and more mature ladies, Theo and Ness, the latter who also works as a psychic for Sussex Police and Brighton and Hove Council. Throw in IT Consultant, Cash Wilks and an attachment in the shape of ghost dog, Jed, and you’ve got the dream team. Keenly aware of how people feel towards ‘psychics’ – sceptical at best, frightened at worst, they deal with ‘assignments’ in a no-nonsense and practical way – charging a sliding scale of fees depending on the client and the problem.

Their reputation is spreading, largely via word-of-mouth, and cases come flooding in. The team may want to play it cool, sometimes, however, the ghosts don’t…

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Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Ailsa Abraham!

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TWO DAYS ONLY! 

YULE LOVE THIS IDEA!

We celebrate the Winter Solstice or Yule so as my gift to you readers I would like to present – for the two days of 22nd and 23rd December only…..Both books in the Alchemy series at 99p or cents each for an e-book. Come on, less than a cup of coffee? Lasts longer and keeps you awake better!

Click on the link below to see them on Amazon in YOUR country.

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Plenty of five star reviews and the third one is on the way – grab them while they’re this price!

WHAT DO YOU GET?

AlchemyBook 1 ALCHEMY  A world without war? Professor Sawhele Fielding stumbles across an invention that would change the world; something so monumental, it could spell theAlchemy end of environmental disaster and conflict. With the help of her father, a shadowy figure in the world of international banking, she begins to set into motion the biggest upheaval the planet has seen. But in a changed world, dark forces are threatening the fragile peace. Where modern technology is proving useless, old magic from a bygone era might just save the day. Adrian Oliver, expert in ancient religions is skeptical until faced with incontrovertible proof that ancient evil is abroad once again. How could a Utopian dream of free fuel and peaceful co-existence turn into a nightmare? Iamo, a priest of the Mother Goddess and Riga, a Black Shaman assassin captain, are thrown together – reluctantly at first – to face a threat that nobody could have imagined before “The Changes”. ALCHEMY is the prequel to Shaman’s Drum which features the adventures of Iamo and Riga through their world in the near future, where the established religions of our own days had been banned.

shamanShamans DrumBook 2 SHAMAN’S DRUM  England in the near future. Mainstream religions have been outlawed, and the old gods rule again. Iamo has been a priest of the Great Mother and is sworn to celibacy, but his love for Riga, a Black Shaman, a magical assassin, caused him to break his vows. After being imprisoned apart from each other for three years, Iamo accepts an offer to earn them both a pardon and the possibility of marriage. If they survive. Iamo and Riga must discover why demons are breaking through from the other side. Which of the cults are renegades who allow the demons through? Who can they trust? Combining their powers, they face the ordeal with the help of a band of eclectic pagans, spirit creatures, Riga’s Black Shaman brothers, an undercover Christian granny, and three unusually energetic Goths. It’s a tough assignment, but the hope of a life together keeps them fighting.

The Highs and the Highs!


Haunting of Highdown Hall Cover MEDIUM WEB 2Two years after publication, an incredible thing happened – Psychic Surveys Book One: The Haunting of Highdown Hall, on a Black Friday promotion, smashed through the Amazon barriers to make it into the top 100 in the USA, Australia and Canada. In the UK it faired extremely well too and went to No.1 in several genres. As a consequence other books in my paranormal series shot up the charts also – it was certainly a Monday morning to remember! At one point I was the 85th Most Popular Author in the Genre Literature & Fiction on Amazon.Com – just 7 places behind J.K. Rowling! Now that is mad and left me wondering whether Universal Studios Orlando might be persuaded to open a Psychic Surveys Land to sit alongside Harry Potter World.  A ghost ride to end all ghost rides. Ah, a girl can dream…

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As with all things, sales have stabilised but it was wonderful hitting the highs for a wee while. To celebrate, we’re keeping my range of paranormal books, published by Crooked Cat, at 99p for a couple more weeks, so, if you fancy a good scare, grab them  now at a bargain price. Click on the pictures on the right hand side or on the links below and they’ll take you all the way to Amazon. Spooky reading y’all!


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Black Friday at Crooked Cat!

It’s Black Friday fever hereabouts and joining in the fun, my publisher, Crooked Cat Publishing have reduced their entire range of e-books to 99p for one day only, including my paranormal novels. Now’s a great time to stock up on a variety of titles, ready for Christmas and the New Year.

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Check us out on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. There’s loads of wonderful authors at Crooked Cat, writing across a variety of genres,  from crime to romance, supernatural to comedy. I’ve several favourites amongst them, and always look forward to what’s next on offer.

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I’m heading over to Amazon now – maybe see you there!

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Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story – She’s Live!!!

final-new-smallerFinally it’s live! Prequel to the Psychic Surveys series – Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story is now available on Amazon – a month exactly before the biggest Eve of them all. More paranormal than horror, it’s a novella rather than a horror – something that was a challenge to write as it forced me to be more focussed – there’s no room for waffle in a novella! Featuring two members of the Psychic Surveys team – Theo Lawson and Vanessa Patterson (Ness) – long before they’ve met Ruby and co, it also gave me a chance to explore their characters more fully.

Eve is based on a true event – one that took place in Calumet, Michigan, USA in 1913. I’ve heavily fictionalised it (of course!) but it’s fair to say that all my paranormal books are based on events that have actually happened, some to me personally. It was my dear American friend, Lindy Stem, who first mooted the idea to me during a discussion we were having and she even came up with the title – I hope I’ve done her proud with my rendition.

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Here’s the blurb and a few teasers, the buy links are at the end of the page if you fancy a read. I’ve also got a Facebook launch party going on as I type with prizes to be won, so pop in if you can. I’ll post the link to the party at the end of the post too.

Massive thanks to all my readers, for your continued and generous support and also thanks to my publishers too, Laurence and Steph at Crooked Cat Publishing. A massive thanks too to Jeff Gardiner, my editor, who works so hard on the books and also to Tracy Smith Comerford for the wonderful teasers she makes up for me.  It’s a real team effort!

Eve – A Christmas Ghost Story

What do you do when a whole town is haunted? 

In 1899, in the North Yorkshire market town of Thorpe Morton, a tragedy occurred; 59 people died at the market hall whilst celebrating Christmas Eve, many of them children. One hundred years on and the spirits of the deceased are restless still, ‘haunting’ the community, refusing to let them forget.

In 1999, psychic investigators Theo Lawson and Ness Patterson are called in to help, sensing immediately on arrival how weighed down the town is. Quickly they discover there’s no safe haven. The past taints everything.

Hurtling towards the anniversary as well as a new millennium, their aim is to move the spirits on, to cleanse the atmosphere so everyone – the living and the dead – can start again. But the spirits prove resistant and soon Theo and Ness are caught up in battle, fighting against something that knows their deepest fears and can twist them in the most dangerous of ways.

They’ll need all their courage to succeed and the help of a little girl too – a spirit who didn’t die at the hall, who shouldn’t even be there…

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Delve into the World of Incarnate Justice!

PyschicCID_wordsToday I’m interviewing author Juliet B Madison about her new book, Incarnate Justice, which is due to be released on Monday 23rd November 2015 and is currently available to pre-order. Juliet is the author of the traditional police procedural series, The DI Frank Lyle Mysteries, but the Psychic CID series is something rather different.

SHANI: Welcome to my blog, Juliet. I know you enjoy my Psychic Surveys series so  thanks for your interest in that. Perhaps you’d begin by telling us a bit about yourself.

JULIET: I was born in Reading, United Kingdom, in 1975. I am single and don’t have any children by choice, although I have several author friends who are parents so they can help me if I get stuck with parent-child scenes in my books or anything to do with pregnancy. I also have Type 1 Diabetes and this often finds its way into my books as thirty-six years of living with the condition definitely qualifies me to write about it. I am a huge fan of traditional crime books, as well as Psychological thrillers, and I love the Sherlock Holmes stories. I have done a variety of extremely dull jobs and am currently trying to find a way out of my rubbish paid mind-numbing office cleaning job.

SHANI: I know your DI Lyle Series is set in the past, when there was more scope for forensic error. Did you choose to set the Psychic CID series in the future to be different?

JULIET: None of us know what life will be like twenty-five years from now. Incarnate Justice is set in 2040. At the present time police tend to dismiss help from psychics and people generally tar genuine ones with the same brush as fakes. I’m trying to challenge that perception. I want to create an alternate future where psychics and their special abilities will be respected. It’s more interesting to write stuff set in the future as people can’t openly rubbish you because they have no idea what may be forensically possible by then. I’ve done a lot of research into forensics for my previous books, but the Psychic CID series is more based on the use of psychic powers to solve crime than traditional police procedure.

SHANI: What psychic powers do your characters possess?

JULIET: The five Psychic CID officers are all mediums and they have other psychic abilities such as automatic writing and Psychometry (ability to pick up spirit messages through inanimate objects). One of them is an Empath. Saying more would give too much away.

SHANI: Do you have any psychic abilities?

JULIET: I’m a sensitive, which means I can sense spirits although I can’t see them. I also get spirit messages in the form of thoughts. Sadly I’m not able to get to the Open circle at my local spiritualist church nearly often enough; one of the banes of working evenings.
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SHANI: What is Incarnate Justice actually about? What’s the story?

JULIET: Here’s the blurb

In 2015 thirteen-year-old Ellen Shaw disappeared without a trace. No traces of her alive or dead were ever found and the police dismissed a Psychic’s help.

In 2040 the recently formed Psychic CID are called in to investigate when decomposed human remains are found. The original Missing Person case files yield no clues

Newly promoted DS Joe Lamont has been plagued by disturbing dreams since his early teens and he feels a connection to Ellen that he can’t explain.

Will Lamont’s intuition prove to be a hindrance or a help and can Psychic CID solve the case and get to the truth about what really happened to Ellen?

SHANI: Do you have any characters that are totally closed off to the paranormal?

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JULIET: Yes I do. Dr Monica Kaufman, the forensic pathologist, is totally closed off to the psychic world. She doesn’t get on with DI Lynch because of this. Kaufman believes that medicine and science can explain everything, but of course they can’t. Also DCI John Silva’s 19 year old daughter, Hayley, is closed off, but we will meet her in a future Psychic CID book.

SHANI: How do you think the book will be received?

JULIET: I’ve no idea as yet, Shani. I like to think it’s a bit different to both normal police procedurals and paranormal books. The market is over-saturated with paranormal books featuring witches, shifters, vampires and zombies so I decided to do cops with psychic powers for a change and there’s not a vampire or werewolf in sight.

SHANI: Can you give us a short excerpt from Incarnate Justice?

JULIET: I’ve found a different excerpt from the one I’ve used up until now. It can be hard deciding which ones to use without giving stuff away.

This is from the prologue which takes place in 2015.

It was already getting dark; the golden hues of a spectacular sunset had deepened to twilight and the rain hammered down.

Moira Hart sat in the window of Caffe Nero staring out into the dark street. The crowds had thinned since the rain had started. She sipped her latte and nibbled on the piece of chocolate caramel shortbread on the plate beside her. The feelings of unease that had plagued her for most of the day were relentless.

She felt the hairs on the back of her neck bristle and a shiver ran through her. It was not cold in the coffee shop, the chill was otherworldly. She saw a young girl, not more than thirteen or fourteen, walking past. The girl turned and stared into the window and for a moment her green eyes met Moira’s hazel ones. Then she was gone into the darkness.

 SHANI: Where can people get their own copy of Incarnate Justice and where can we find Psychic CID online?

JULIET: You can pre-order your own copy of Incarnate Justice on Kindle, Kobo, itunes, and Nook

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Something for HALLOWEEN Weekend – with Jennifer C Wilson.

KS-ToL-HighResCoverWelcome to Jennifer C Wilson, who has just published her debut novel with Crooked Cat Publishing – Kindred Spirits: Tower of London.  She’s someone who knows her history as well as her spirits – so have a read then head on over to Amazon to grab the book. That’s Halloween reading sorted! Take it away, Jennifer…

I think most of us, despite what we believe, are a little bit obsessed by ghosts, be it the spirit of a beloved relative that we want to feel close to after they’ve left us, or that of a historical ‘celebrity’, one of the great movers or shakers of their day. Every one of them has their tale to tell: of love lost, a tragic end, or a miscarriage of justice. And this makes them incredibly interesting characters to set a story around.

I am largely a coward, but have always been intrigued by the tales which focus around our major historical sites and buildings. So many castles have their grey or blue ladies, often the poor young women of the household, forbidden to follow their hearts, or the focuses of their affections, cut down by angry fathers, brothers or would-be husbands. And if anywhere has more than its fair share of spirits hanging around, it has to be the Tower of London.

TowerOfLondonDespite being at the heart of English, and subsequently British, history since the earliest days of the Conquest, the Tower had never truly captured my imagination, but at some point, several years ago now, Richard III cropped up in a book I was reading, and I became fascinated by him and his life. It occurred to me that he and Anne Boleyn would probably have enough in common for their ghosts to be friends, and that the most sensible place for those ghosts to ‘live’ was probably the Tower of London.

After writing a truly awful poem for a competition, the idea kept nagging away at me, and eventually became my project for NaNoWriMo 2013. A lot has changed in the editing process, but the opening lines are still broadly the same…

“You’re late.”

“You’re dead.”

Anne sighed. “We’ve been through this before, Richard. It wasn’t funny then, and it isn’t funny now.”

“Well, it’s this lot. All these years, and I could swear they’re getting worse.” He leaned back against the cool brick, and shaded his eyes as he scanned a group of already-bored teenagers being herded by an increasingly frustrated tour guide.

“Perhaps we are simply getting jaded. Come on, I know you love your school trips.”

“Anne…”

“Come along!”

She gave him no choice, pulling him away from the wall. He sighed. Anne was right; he did enjoy independent tours like this one, although he would enjoy them so much more if they got their facts right. He watched her as she wandered around the back of the group, looking for targets.

“Shall we give them the full works?” she called over to him.

I loved reading so much material about the Tower, before finally getting to explore it for real. My main problem was being selective about which ghosts to pick – even now, I read a new book and find somebody else who could have been there!

Throughout the writing of the novel, I wanted to portray the camaraderie which I’d hope would exist, as well as the obvious conflicts which might arise between the ‘residents’ of the Tower. Mainly though, I wanted to capture a sense of fun, because I certainly had fun writing it, and hope people have fun reading it too.

Here’s the blurb to whet your appetite…

A King, three Queens, a handful of nobles and a host of former courtiers…


In the Tower of London, the dead outnumber the living, with the likes of Tudor Queens Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard rubbing shoulders with one man who has made his way back from his place of death at Bosworth Field to discover the truth about the disappearance of his famous nephews.

Amidst the chaos of daily life, with political and personal tensions running high, Richard III takes control, as each ghostly resident looks for their own peace in the former palace – where privacy was always a limited luxury.

With so many characters haunting the Tower of London, will they all find the calm they crave? But foremost – will the young Plantagenet Princes join them?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kindred-Spirits-London-Jennifer-Wilson-ebook/dp/B016TRKU2A/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1445413372&sr=1-1

JCW in Leicester CathedralAbout me

Jennifer is a marine biologist by training, who developed an equal passion for history whilst stalking Mary, Queen of Scots of childhood holidays (she has since moved on to Richard III). She completed her BSc and MSc at the University of Hull, and has worked as a marine environmental consultant since graduating.

Enrolling on an adult edication workshop on her return to the north-east reignited Jennifer’s pastime of creative writing, and she has been filling notebooks ever since. In 2014, Jennifer won the Story Tyne short story competition, and also continues to work on developing her poetic voice, reading at a number of events, and with several pieces available online.

Jennifer blogs at https://jennifercwilsonwriter.wordpress.com/ and can be found on Twitter as @inkjunkie1984.