Title: Merry’s Ghost - Romantic Hauntings book 1
Author: Peggy Jaeger
Genre: PNR, Ghosts, Contemporary
When writer and paranormal investigator Chase Seacort comes to spend a few weeks at a friend’s Hampton getaway, all he wants is to be alone, finish his current book about East Coast hauntings, and try to put the horrid events of his past year behind him.
All thoughts about a quiet respite alone vanish when he meets his quirky, gorgeous neighbor. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty captivates him with her perpetual smile and free and easy personality.
Merry June lives a quiet life in her beach house, devoting herself to her two loves – art and photography. Once she discovers Chase’s identity, she can’t wait to introduce him to her great-grandaunt Davinia. But Davinia rarely shows herself to others. You wouldn’t either if you were a ghost trapped between this world and the next.
With Chase’s help, he and Merry investigate the mystery that’s kept Davinia’s spirit prisoner in the house for over 100 years, and in so doing discover a history of infidelity, heartache, and murder.
When a face from Chase’s past puts Merry’s life in danger, he must fight two battles for the woman he loves – one on the spiritual plane and one in the physical world.
Chase watched her reload the camera and move the tripod to a new location, a few feet forward of where she'd been. All around her on the ground stood bags of what he assumed to be photographic supplies.
But it was to the woman his gaze strayed to and stayed. She was dressed as she'd been when they’d met, her feet still barefoot even though the concrete had to be scorching. With the sun shining full force down upon her head, her blonde hair seemed white in the bright light. Her face was free, no sunglasses to bar the glare of the sun. She stepped back from the camera, made a rectangular lens with her index fingers and thumbs, and peered into it. Chase saw her nod, once, then go back to the camera.
In rapid succession, she took numerous photographs of the aging town gazebo. It stood foursquare in the center of Main Street in front of the City Hall and courthouse. Against the fading red brick of both official edifices, the Victorian-spiraled, circular gazebo stood out, contrasting against them with its newly painted white facade. Hundreds of purple, pink and white Impatiens circled the outer edge of the building.
In all, the scene was beautiful to his untrained eye. He wondered how it would look captured on film from her viewpoint.
His breathing quickened as he found himself walking over to her. He hadn't planned this, he told himself. Didn’t know if he wanted to see her again so soon. But he had no choice as his body took over his mind and propelled him towards her.
She was changing film again, securing one of the other cameras to the tripod.
"So you're a photographer as well as a seashell collector," he said.
Her smile came first, as she folded the film into the camera. "Among other things."
The cannonball that shot into his midsection when she stared up at him made his stomach muscles tighten into tangled knots.
Switching the cameras, she turned the tripod away from the gazebo, aiming it straight in his direction. While he stood, watching her, she bent and winked into the viewfinder.
"Going to take my picture?" he asked.
She stood up, hands on hips, and angled her head to one side. "Not unless you want me to. I'm trying to get the Post Office before the sun moves."
"Don't let me disturb you, then." He turned, intent on walking away.
"You don't have to go," she said, squatting down again. "I don't mind being watched when I work."
"Being watched?" he came towards her, hands in his pockets.
"Hmmm." Hands in place, she clicked the shutter. "You were watching me photograph Sam, weren't you?"
Damn. She’d seen him. His embarrassment made him silent.
Merry clicked a few more shots then straightened and turned to him. "It's okay," she said, smiling. "Like I said, I don't mind. Sometimes an audience is good for me. Keeps me on my toes."
Why did he want to drag her against his body and cover her mouth with his own every time she smiled? Where had this desire come from? And why was it directed at her, a woman he didn't know and couldn't make up his mind if he even wanted to?
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What makes your featured book a must-read?
If you enjoy likable heroines and a good murder/mystery, MERRY’S GHOST is for you. The historical murder is a good one for the sleuth in all of us, plus: A GHOST!
The spirit in the boom is a major character and it’s her mystery that propels the hero and heroine forward.
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Peggy Jaeger writes contemporary romances and rom coms about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.
Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all aspects of life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness, and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go "What??!"
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