Morning my lovelies. Today I’m on the blog blitz for The Unquiet Spirit by Penny Hampson, and am delighted to bring you an extract…..Enjoy!
book blurb & info
A new beginning. A house with a past. A man with secrets.
It was a dream come true…that turned into a nightmare.
Kate Wilson thinks moving back to Cornwall might be the answer to her prayers. But it isn’t long before she begins to have doubts. Is the house she inherited from her godmother haunted? Or is she going out of her mind? With a stalker, threats, and attempted break-ins, Kate’s troubles multiply.
Then there’s her enigmatic neighbour, the brooding Tom Carbis; a man with secrets he doesn’t wish to share. Can she trust him when he says he wants to help?
In her quest to unravel the mysteries surrounding her, will Kate uncover more than she bargains for?
Set in beautiful Cornwall, The Unquiet Spirit is a gripping suspense with paranormal and romantic elements. Fans of Barbara Erskine will enjoy this tale.
Published: Independently on 20th July 2020
Formats available: Paperback & eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
Kate has just moved down to Falmouth, Cornwall to take up residence in the house she’s recently inherited. Unable to get the keys straightaway, she’s stayed overnight in her parents’ empty holiday apartment and has just had her breakfast in a local town centre cafe.
Plate cleared, she sipped her coffee and scrolled through her emails – it would be another fifteen minutes until the solicitors’ office opened – when she became aware of a warm, hairy presence under the table pressing against her bare leg. She looked down to see a pair of chocolate brown eyes gazing back up at her. She froze. It looked alarmingly like the dog she’d encountered the previous evening. She comforted herself with the thought that it wasn’t barking. A pink tongue poked out and gently licked her leg. Kate’s eyes darted round for its owner. Was that horrible guy somewhere near? She really wasn’t feeling up to a confrontation. A commotion at the door caught her attention.
“Where is she? Oh bugger! Jenny, did you see anyone untying Sal’s lead?”
Kate’s heart sank. Framed in the open doorway, head turning this way and that, was the impressive form of the guy from the previous evening. She watched apprehensively as he spun round and stalked to the counter, his face like thunder. He’d be drop-dead gorgeous if only he’d lose that frown, she thought, and wondered fleetingly what might induce him to smile. Dismissing these frivolous thoughts, she steeled herself. Setting her cup down, she cleared her throat – despite the liquid, her mouth had dried.
“Excuse me. Hello?” She tried to make herself heard over the hissing of the espresso machine and the loud, agitated conversation taking place at the counter. It didn’t work. The dog was now running a damp nose over her calf.
Kate tried again, louder. “Excuse me? Are you looking for a dog?”
This time the guy’s head swivelled round in her direction. “You again?” So he had remembered her, but his frown indicated that he wasn’t filled with delight. “Yes. Have you seen her?” His voice was deep and not unpleasant, even though his words were terse. He scrutinised her through narrowed eyes… Eyes that were dark and filled with suspicion.
Kate squirmed involuntarily. Did he think she went round deliberately luring dogs? She gestured to the mutt at her feet. “Is this who you’re looking for?”
The transformation was instantaneous. He was indeed handsome when he smiled, though he was smiling at his dog, not her. Never mind.
about the author
Some time ago Penny Hampson decided to follow her passion for history by studying with the Open University. She graduated with honours and went on to complete a post-graduate degree.
Penny then landed her dream role, working in an environment where she was surrounded by rare books and historical manuscripts. Flash forward nineteen years, and the opportunity came along to indulge her other main passion – writing. Penny joined the New Writers’ Scheme of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and three years later published her debut novel, A Gentleman’s Promise, a historical mystery/romance. Other books in the same genre soon followed.
But never happy in a rut, Penny also writes contemporary suspense with paranormal and romantic elements. Her first book in this genre is The Unquiet Spirit, published by Darkstroke.
Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).
For more on Penny’s writing, visit her blog: https://pennyhampson.co.uk/blog/
Organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Penny for sharing an extract with us.
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