I'm excited to have Lee Nichols on the blog today! I love her Haunting Emma series. I love good ghost stories and these are some really great ones.
About the Book
When Emma Vaile’s parents go missing while away on a mysterious business trip, she’s left all alone in her creepy old house. But her brother’s very cute best friend, Bennett Stern—Emma’s knight in J. Crew armor—arrives unexpectedly to whisk her away to New England. There, Emma settles into his family’s museum-like mansion and enrolls at an old-fashioned private school. She quickly finds friends in the popular legacy crowd at Thatcher and spends her free time crushing on Bennett. But the eerie visions she’s been hiding from everyone have gotten worse. Emma has memories of Thatcher that she can’t explain—it’s as if she’s returning home to a place she’s never been. Finally, Emma confides in Bennett and learns she is a ghostkeeper, a person who can communicate with ghosts. Bennett brought Emma to Thatcher to protect her, but now he needs her help tracking an other-worldly murderer.A rich New England setting filled with mystery, tradition, and prep-school intrigue make Deception the perfect choice for fans of series like Kate Brian’s Private, as well as all those paranormal fans. The shocking ending will leave readers desperate for book two.
Lee Nichols was kind enough to do a guest post! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
When I chose to write about ghosts in Deception, I knew it had to be fall in New England. It had to be getting colder, had to be getting dark earlier, and Emma Vaile had to go to a Halloween party.
The party's in a mansion on the coast of Massachusetts and it's at once both tense and romantic for Emma. Her date is a hot boy who's dressed up as a rock star, and yet she's already fallen for a different guy who has the power to see and control ghosts like she can.
To top it off, really evil, scary ghosts, called wraiths, threaten the party and Emma—who doesn't really have any clue what she's doing as a ghostkeeper—has to fight them off or let them feed on the kids from school.
I don't think this scene would've worked if it hadn't been Halloween. That atmosphere of scary things that go bump in the night, costumed people you don't recognize, and the air of thrilling danger and menace that permeates on Halloween really added to the mix.
Just thinking about it, is making me excited for Halloween this year. Candles flickering in jack o' lanterns, neighbors and children unrecognizable in their frightening (or adorable) costumes, and candy. I love it all.
Happy Halloween. And watch out for ghosts!
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Lee Nichols is generously giving away a copy of Deception! To Enter, leave a comment below with your email address and tell us what your favorite ghost story is! US only. Contest ends Nov 5th at Midnight.