Hello all, please help me welcome back Claire Gem, to my blog with her story, Hearts Unloched.
Thank you, Constance Bretes, for inviting me to your blog. The book I’d like talk about today is my first Haunted Voices novel, Hearts Unloched.
Okay, ask me how many times I’ve had to go back and correct the spelling of this novel! Autocorrect just won’t let me spell it “right,” which is, just as you see it, with an “h” and not a “k” in Unloched. My editors, my beta readers, my family members all had to timidly ask: isn’t that word spelled wrong? Except for my eldest son, Justin, because he’s the one who came up with the title.
The book takes place in a tiny burg in upstate New York named after its lake, Loch Sheldrake. The loch is a small but very deep lake and has its own macabre urban legend.
It’s rumored that the Mafia, back in the 1950s, chose Loch Sheldrake as their dumping ground—for bodies of their “hits.”
My husband grew up in the area and told me of the legend years ago. One day as we drove around the lake, the idea hit me: why not put a fictional hotel on the loch’s shores—and of course, make it haunted?
I was struggling to come up with a title that would include the word “loch” in it. My son wandered into my office, plopped down in a chair and said, “Why not Hearts Unloched? And so, Hearts Unloched was born.
Winner of the 2016 NY Book Festival, it’s on sale for a limited time only for .99.
I have to admit that when I was typing in the title above for this blog, I had to check the spelling a couple of times to make sure I had it right. LOL
Tell us a little about the story...
A psychic interior designer reluctantly agrees to renovate a sexy investor’s abandoned hotel on Loch Sheldrake, a lake rumored to have once been the mob’s body dumping ground.
Interior designer Kate Bardach loves her single girl's lifestyle, living in Manhattan and spending weekends at her lake house. She's passionate about her career, too—reinventing old buildings. But there are some projects she can't take on because of the spirits trapped inside. Kate is psychic—she sees dead people.
Marco Lareci is one of Wall Street's most successful investment brokers who's achieved all of his life's goals—except for finding his soulmate. His latest project, an abandoned resort on Loch Sheldrake, needs a savvy designer to transform the crumbling complex into a boutique hotel. When Marco meets Kate, he can't believe his luck. She's the perfect match for his business and his heart.
Marco's body excites Kate even more than does his renovation project. But he wants more than a casual relationship, and she's not willing to give up her freedom. Plus, the haunting at Marco's resort, a bonafide poltergeist, affects her on an intensely personal level. Kate's aunt disappeared from the place fifty years ago.
Will the spirit doom Kate and Marco's love, or drive them closer together?
Links: Hearts Unloched
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/cZOY6VHx-nU
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Wow, this sounds very mysterious and intriguing. I'll be adding this to my TBR list!
Let's find out more about the author, Claire Gem!
Contemporary, Romantic, Soul-Freeing
Claire is an award winning-author of supernatural suspense, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction. She also writes Author Resource guide books and presents seminars on writing craft and marketing. Her supernatural suspense, Hearts Unloched, won the 2016 New York Book Festival, and was a finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards.
Claire loves exploring the paranormal and holds a certificate in Parapsychology from Duke University’s Rhine Research Center. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Lesley University.
A New York native, Claire now lives in Massachusetts with her husband of 40 years. When she’s not writing, she works for Tufts University in the field of scientific research. She is available for seminars and media interviews and loves to travel for book promotional events.
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2nabvbm
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO-vB7WDZhEQ8U4YpC937ng
Thank you so much, Claire, for stopping by and sharing this story with us. I hope you have great success with it.
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