It’s been a super hectic week around this house. Most of which I’ll wait until Monday’s normal post to share with you. LOL!
Today, I’m honored to host a new Solstice author, Margo Bond Collins! (No relation that we know of LOL). Her debut novel with Solstice, a paranormal thriller titled “Waking Up Dead”, is releasing on October 8th! Take it away, Margo!
Hi, everyone! First I want to thank KateMarie Collins (no relation—honest!) for hosting today’s stop on my pre-release teaser tour. I’m discussing my new paranormal mystery Waking Up Dead. It’s forthcoming from Solstice Publishing and available via Amazon on October 8, and I’m pretty excited!
Be sure to add Waking Up Dead to your Goodreads bookshelves: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18428064-waking-up-dead
When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to Heaven, or maybe Hell. Instead, she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex. Now she’s witnessed another murder, and she’s not about to let this one go. She’s determined to help solve it before an innocent man goes to prison. And to answer the biggest question of all: why the hell did she wake up in Alabama?
Ghosts don’t really sleep. This one doesn’t, anyway. Never having met another ghost, I can’t speak for anyone but myself. I do, however, just sort of drift. It’s a little like daydreaming–I’m aware of what’s going on around me, but I don’t really pay attention to it. If I wanted to, I could spend days and days like that. In fact, sometimes I did.
This time I didn’t seem to have a choice. I had probably expended too much of my spook energy–or whatever it is–keeping Rick out of trouble.
Or so I thought.
I think I drifted for about three days. In that time, I have a vague recollection of police officers moving through the house periodically. Crime scene techs vacuumed up everything that might be on the floors and took all the trash bins with them.
When I finally regained full consciousness, the house was empty. I realized that Rick had never come home.
That worried me.
So I put my hand on the television and concentrated until it came on, then worked at flipping through the channels until I found the Birmingham news station.
I didn’t have to wait long. A gruesome murder like this one was big news, not only in Abramsville, but in all the nearby towns and cities. It might even hit the national news soon. A still photo of Rick flashed across the screen, then a picture of Molly, taken at her wedding. The photo receded to a corner of the screen, replaced by a moving image of Rick, in handcuffs, being shoved into a police car.
“. . . Rick McClatchey, indicted today for the strangling murder of his wife, Molly McClatchey,” the blonde newscaster was saying, “due to the presence of his DNA on the piano wire used to kill her.”
I turned the television off. I didn’t want to hear any more.
All my hard work, for nothing.
Had the crime lab even tested the blood drop from the real killer?
Apparently the evidence I had arranged wasn’t going to be enough.
I know it wasn’t my problem. Not really.
It’s not like I’m some sort of guardian angel or anything. Ugh. Just the thought of all that responsibility gives me the creeps.
But Rick hadn’t done it. Some other scumbag had. And that scumbag was walking around having a grand life while Rick was going to jail.
That just wasn’t right.
I went back and forth, considering.
I wasn’t sure what, if anything, I should do.
But the McClatcheys were the closest thing I had to friends in Abramsville.
Not that I could help. I could barely turn on a television.
Not alone, anyway.
In the end, I made up my mind.
I needed help.
About the Author
Margo Bond Collins lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, several spoiled cats, and a ridiculous turtle. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters. Waking Up Dead is her first published novel. Her second novel, Legally Undead, is an urban fantasy, forthcoming in 2014 from World Weaver Press.
Connect with Margo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoBondCollin @MargoBondCollin
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MargoBondCollins
Facebook Novel Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waking-Up-Dead/502076076537575