Ghosts of Kingston Cottage
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mystery
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Date of Publication: November 13, 2015
Number of pages: 85
Word Count: 25,335
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Medium and paranormal investigator Arabella Pierce is sent with her crew to Kingston Cottage, a haunted Maine seafarer’s cottage on an isolated island. For this investigation, her boss has stuck them with skeptical reporter Lucas Brown. Though he’s hot as they come, Arabella can’t trust a man whose sole job is to discredit her and the work she does. Not after what happened with the last few skeptics…
All Lucas may want is the truth, but that doesn't change her feelings towards him. And when the ghosts appear, she and Lucas must work together—in tight quarters—to convince the resident ghosts to move on before a storm strands the entire crew on the island. Can Arabella put aside her prejudices long enough to see what the ghosts are trying to tell her? And if she does, will she and Lucas have a shot at a lifetime?
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“And what investigation are we doing? You didn’t say.”
Arabella stared at him, shocked. “Are you serious?”
He nodded. “The owners contacted me last week, and informed me they need to sell the house as soon as possible. They want to put it on the market this month, due to personal reasons. In order to do that, they need to know what’s inside … and how to get rid of it.”
“No one has ever been allowed to investigate it…” she trailed off in awe.
Folger smiled. “Until now.”
She couldn’t help but return his smile. The feeling of a fresh, no-one-else-has-done-it kind of hunt was too much of a thrill to pass up. Historic Kingston Cottage was located on a small island, all by itself, and had been rumored to be haunted since before Arabella was born. She had seen pictures and taken boat rides past the island, but she’d never set foot on the private property.
“When do we have to be at the docks?” she inquired as she stood, grabbing her coat off the back of the chair.
“Seven o’clock tomorrow morning. Don’t be late. Dustin is taking you over. But, Arabella—” She looked at him, knowing that tone. “It’s just going to be you, the reporter, Nick, and Lena. I need the rest of the crew on a different hunt.”
She paused at the door. Nick was one of their tech guys, and Lena was a lead investigator, like Arabella. Five more investigators rounded off the team. But the more she thought about Folger’s decision to use a small crew, the more it made sense, especially within the limited space of the cottage. “Nick and Lena,” she began, “do they know about the … ‘reporter’?”
Folger rolled his eyes, clearly hearing the quotation marks in her tone.
“Yes. I asked them not to speak of it until I talked to you myself. I think that was best, don’t you?”
Arabella chose to ignore the rolling eyes. “And the reporter?”
“He’ll be there at seven sharp as well. His name’s Lucas Brown, and he’s a serious reporter.”
She nodded slowly, not really believing him. “I’ll check in when we get there.”
“Please do, and be sure to pack extra clothes. You know how storms brew up suddenly here. I don’t want you all stranded without necessities. The owners left you some food. Expect to be on the island at least three days, maybe four. Oh, and there’s also a generator in the basement if you lose power.”
“Good to know, and it was nice of them to leave some food.”
“Yes. They’re good people.”
She found it a bit strange that the crew wasn’t going to meet the owners before the investigation, and stranger still that she had never met them. Noble was a small town along the central Maine coast—it was pretty rare not to put a name to a face.
“Oh, and Arabella,” Folger called as she left his office. “Try not to push him into the bay.”
Where are you from?
Tell us your latest news?
Books two and three of the Revenant Investigations series should be out in the next couple of months!
When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote my first story when I was five, and haven’t stopped writing since. I love reading—I read voraciously—and that love led to my desire to write and share my own stories.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The moment I wrote that first story when I was five. It was about rabbits :)
What inspired you to write your first book?
The first book I wrote that I considered publishing was inspired by my love of vampires and werewolves. I wanted to write something different than what I was reading. That story got trunked, but I am working on revising it so I can share it with the world.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really, no.
How did you come up with the title?
Ghosts of Kingston Cottage takes place on an isolated island. That island is named after the Kingston family, who lived on the island in a small cottage. So the title reflects that history.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I just want readers to enjoy the story, and if they get something out of the love stories within that helps them in some way that’s just an extra bonus.
How much of the book is realistic?
I think the issues that both my heroine and hero, plus the ghosts they encounter, are dealing with are very real issues that a great deal of people have faced. And I hope that helps my readers connect to my characters.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
What books have most influenced your life most?
There have been many books that have touched my life in some way—we’ll be here all day if I try to name them all. But some of them are: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice, Dracula by Bram Stoker, the Shannara series by Terry Brooks, and The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
That’s a hard one! I actually don’t think I can answer it.
What book are you reading now?
I am reading Autumn Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Victoria Davies. She’s not a new author, but a new-to-me author. I just got hooked on her Fated Match series.
What are your current projects?
I am currently getting ready for edits for Revenant Investigations books two and three. I just signed a contract for book two in my Green Mountain Shifters series. I have a story in an anthology coming out in February, and a full length paranormal romance coming out towards the end of May.
What would you like my readers to know?
If you enjoy ghosts and shifter love stories, my books should be right up your alley! Many of them are novellas and Romance on the Go stories—quick, sizzling, delightful reads that you can enjoy when you’re short on time.
About the Author:
Libby Bishop is a paranormal romance/erotic romance author.
She loves reading, movies, Lindt dark chocolate, autumn, the SyFy Channel (Haven and Bitten!), and spending time with friends and family. She has one fat, fluffy cat who thinks she’s queen of the house…and really, she is.
She also writer dark fantasy/horror under the name October Weeks.
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