Hello blog friends,
We've much to celebrate!
Writers Mae Clair and Staci Troilo worked together this year to co-write a new mystery entitled, The Haunting of Chatham Hollow.
It was released two weeks ago, and it has already earned fantastic reviews. I've purchased my copy, and I'm flying through the chapters. It is a must-read.
Today Mae and Staci will share a bit of the back story with us.
Welcome, Mae and Staci!
For now, we hope others will enjoy our supernatural mystery which includes dual timelines, ghostly happenings, a town curse, murder, and rumors of buried gold. During our short promo tour, you’ll meet several characters who populate the book. Today, I’d like to introduce sisters Elayne and Shelley Orrman from the 1888 timeline. Spiritualism is a key thread in the book, so Staci and I thought we’d have each character sit down with a medium as a way of introduction.
Let’s listen in.
ELAYNE: Mother suggested we come.
SPIRTUALIST: Why is that?
ELAYNE: Who can say? It’s often her way—to meddle.
SHELLEY: (lightly touching her sister’s arm) You know she means well, Elayne. You’re just upset about the way she handled the problem in New York.
SPIRTUALIST: Mrs. Orrman did mention an embarrassing situation prompting her visit to Chatham Hollow, though she didn’t elaborate.
ELAYNE: Thank heavens. But then she wouldn’t for fear the matter should reflect unfavorably on her. Never mind I was the aggrieved party.
SPIRTUALIST: You have me curious, but I would never pry.
ELAYNE: Thank you for that. It’s best left in the past. Initially, I dreaded coming here, but Chatham Hollow has been an unexpected pleasure.
SHELLEY: (giggling) I think a certain spiritualist has something to do with that. Namely, Victor Rowe.
SPIRTUALIST: Naturally, I’ve heard of him. (allows his gaze to linger on Elayne) Perhaps I speak out of turn, but I’m led to believe Mr. Rowe is a man in his early forties. You appear much younger.
ELAYNE: Perhaps you should stick to your earlier conviction and not pry in matters that don’t concern you.
SPIRTUALIST: Pardon. My observation was inappropriate.
SHELLEY: Well, I certainly have no qualms admitting I find Mr. Rowe’s rival, Benedict Fletcher a charismatic and intriguing man.
ELAYNE: (frowning slightly) He certainly fawns over you at every opportunity. You need to be on your guard, Shelley. I’m not certain Mr. fletcher is all he presents himself to be.
SPIRTUALIST: I sense protective concern in that statement.
ELAYNE: Shelley is the younger sister, and somewhat still impressionable.
SHELLEY: (shifting to face her sister) And you are not, simply because…
ELAYNE: What happened in New York has left me with a jaded outlook on life.
SHELLEY: But not Victor Rowe?
ELAYNE: (standing) I think perhaps we should go.
SPIRTUALIST: I’m sorry if you’ve soured on the discussion, Miss Orrman. You are welcome to remain for a reading.
ELAYNE: No thank you. I prefer to discover the future for myself—but if I was to consult a medium, I know just the man for the task.
SHELLEY: (grins broadly) Mr. Fletcher?
Elayne rolls her eyes and heads for the door.
One founding father.
One deathbed curse.
A town haunted for generations.
Ward Chatham, founder of Chatham Hollow, is infamous for two things—hidden treasure and a curse upon anyone bold enough to seek it. Since his passing in 1793, no one has discovered his riches, though his legend has only grown stronger.
In 1888, charlatan Benedict Fletcher holds a séance to determine the location of Chatham’s fortune. It’s all a hoax so he can search for the gold, but he doesn’t count on two things—Victor Rowe, a true spiritualist who sees through his ruse, and Chatham’s ghost wreaking havoc on the town.
More than a century later, the citizens of the Hollow gather for the annual Founder’s Day celebration. A paranormal research team intends to film a special at Chatham Manor, where the original séance will be re-enacted Reporter and skeptic Aiden Hale resents being assigned the story, but even he can’t deny the sudden outbreak of strange happenings. When he sets out to discover who or what is threatening the Hollow—supernatural or not— his investigation uncovers decades-old conflicts, bitter rivalries, and ruthless murders.
This time, solving the mystery isn’t about meeting his deadline. It’s about not ending up dead.
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