Release Date: 1/27/13
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Tagline: Do you believe in second chances?
Synopsis: Recently divorced author MacKenzie Dillon has lost her writing mojo. When she inherits her great aunt’s haunted house in Virginia, she is determined to make a new start. The creepy old house provides inspiration but at what cost?
Successful architect and paranormal skeptic Justin Kent returns to Penny Hollow to fulfill his father’s dying wish of revitalizing their small town. To do that, he needs the allegedly haunted estate at Summerfield. Mac, the new owner, may be gorgeous and spunky, but she refuses to sell.
These two have a dangerous history that spans the ages, but will they discover the truth in time to save their lives?
National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—her characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.
I would like to thank author Heather Long for stopping by today to tell us a little about herself and Haunt Me.
What is your favorite part of the story, Haunt Me?
I think my favorite scenes include the Firefly Festival, the night Justin brings pizza, and one of the really big scenes that happens at the end that I don’t want to spoil. All of the scenes actually played out like a movie in my head as I wrote them. Oh, and any scene that had Jock.
How long did it take you to write Haunt Me?
Six days for the first draft.
If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?
Justin. He’s very handy in a crisis, and he could probably build a house out of coconuts.
What is your favorite book that you wrote?
I love them all, but there is something about the books in the Going Royal series. Every single one felt like magic as I wrote it. The first one, Some Like It Royal, released this January.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here’s an excerpt from Haunt Me:
Mac waited on the porch until Justin showed up, a burly, spotlight- sized flashlight in his hand. Fortunately, she’d found a pair of shorts on the washer, or she’d have been standing out there in her tank top and panties.
“Hey,” he said, sweeping his gaze over her.
Laughter gleamed in his eyes, but she couldn’t fault him for making fun of her. She hopped from foot to foot. “Thanks for coming.”
“Sure thing.” He turned the beam from the flashlight toward the darkened house. Lightning flashed in the distance, illuminating his amused face. “Ghost chase you out?”
“The power went out and the door is stuck.” She crossed her arms, mallet in one hand and phone in the other. She wasn’t letting go of either. Her heart continued to race, and she tried hard to keep the sob catching in the back of her throat from making an appearance.
Justin paused and turned the flashlight back on her. “Hey,” he said, taking a step toward her. His humor sobered to concern. “It’s an old house. We’ve got a storm coming. Chances are it’s just a blown fuse. I’ll fix it, okay?”
Not trusting herself to speak, she simply nodded.
“Mac.” Justin gave her arm a squeeze. “Really. Happens all the time. You want to come with? Or go wait in my truck?”
At least he’d managed the offer without making fun of her. Stop being a chicken... But she couldn’t resist staring up at the dark house. It seemed so much more ominous in the occasional flash of lightning. “I’ll go with.”
“Okay.” He held out his hand, and she passed him the mallet.
To his credit, he simply nodded and took the lead. She followed him and fought the urge to grab his shirt and hang on. He went to the fuse box first, but a few minutes of fiddling didn’t earn them any results. When he would have left the mallet behind to head out to his truck, she picked it up.
Justin glanced at the mallet but didn’t say a word. He put a hand on her arm, and the contact soothed the nerves doing jumping jacks in her belly. Supplies in hand, he went back to the kitchen, but the lights still wouldn’t come on. “All right, chances are it’s something at the power station’s end. I’ll make a couple of calls. Let’s check the door next.” Halfway down the hall, he motioned for her to stop. “Watch your feet.”
She glanced down at the shards of lightbulb glittering under the powerful beam of his flashlight.
“Stay right there,” he told her. Glass crunched as he made it to her door. It opened the moment he twisted the knob.
Mac wanted to cry. “I swear it wouldn’t open.”
I would like to thankJustin Kent and MacKenzie Dillon from Heather Long's Haunt Me for stopping by today to talk with us.
What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
Justin Kent. No…but I do have one brother that calls me Captain America.
Where were you born? Where have you lived since then? Where do you currently call home?
Right here in Penny Hollow. I grew up here. I left for a few years, but I’m home again. I purchased the Caretaker’s Cottage out near Summerfield and renovated it.
Who are the people you are closest to?
My family. I have two brothers—Nathanial and Elijah. One sister, Jock. And then there’s my best friend, Clint. I’d like to be closer to Mac, though.
What is the greatest love of your life?
Reclaiming the beautiful old houses…they have history and they should be treated like the grand dames they are.
What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
MacKenzie Dillon, though my friends call me Mac. I have a pen name, too. But let’s not worry about that here.
What is your favorite journey?
As difficult as it was, moving to Summerfield here in Penny Hollow. It feels right.
What is your greatest regret?
Not believing in myself sooner.
What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty, fidelity, and honesty.
Which living person do you most admire?
Don’t tell him, but Justin Kent. The man is persistent, stubborn, and really talented
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