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Lynne Connolly Rendezvous at Midnight.


Welcome Lynne Connolly and her ghosts!

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Thank you so much for having me, Victoria!

I write paranormal romance, and although I’ve written ghost stories before, I hadn’t tried to incorporate one into the paranormal world that is common to all my romances.

Rendezvous at Midnight” changed that for me. A fan of ghost-hunting series on TV, I came across an old episode of “Most Haunted” which they spent on the “Queen Mary,” which is now a luxury hotel moored at San Francisco. They encountered a series of ghosts, including a series of wet, bare footprints outside the old plunge pool, which hadn’t been in use for years. Scary!

The program stayed in my mind, and when I wanted to create a ghost story, I remembered it, and decided to use it. Since I wanted to fictionalise the story and use it as a springboard, I fictionalised the liner, too, although I kept the basics in place.

In my story, the footprints belong to the ghost of the mother of Lisa Perez. Lisa’s mother died violently aboard the “Gem of the Sea” in mysterious circumstances, and Lisa wants to discover what happened to her.

It’s helped that Lisa is a presenter for the program “Ghosts at Home,” which tours haunted and romantic locations. However, she knows that Michael Scott, the resident medium for the program, is genuine, but she doesn’t know that he is the child of a vampire, and all children of vampires have the ability to talk to ghosts.

Michael wants to help disturbed spirits find rest, by reconciling their problems, or resolving issues they still have. He also wants Lisa. Badly. He’s watched her affair with cameraman Carlos falter and die, and at last she’s free and he can approach her. He doesn’t want a casual relationship, he wants Lisa for life. This weekend is his chance.
Hot sex is definitely on the cards. But so is deadly danger, from the living and the dead. The ghost of her mother will stop at nothing to avenge herself for her murder thirty years before, and Carlos doesn’t want Michael and Lisa to find their happy ending.

It’s a recipe that leads to extreme danger, and Michael and Lisa have to fight the obstacles together. When one night of explosive, passionate sex makes them realize they want to take their affair as far as it will go, they have even more to fight for.

As I wrote the story, I could see Michael and Lisa very clearly in my mind’s eye. In a way, it’s like seeing ghosts, living with them, to spend all that time with such a vital couple!

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A haunted ocean liner, a woman with a family mystery to solve, and a man who can talk to ghosts—what do they have in common? A timeless love and the very real threat of murder, that’s what.

Lisa, a host for the TV program Ghost at Home, and Michael, a medium also for the program, share a past together. But it remains to be seen if they have a future….

When the program gets offered to spend a weekend of ghost-hunting on The Gem of the Sea, Lisa sees her chance to discover what really happened to her mother the day she died on the great ocean liner. But over the course of one passion-filled weekend, Lisa and Michael must fight a malevolence the likes of which neither has encountered before.

Will they win or become two more of the unquiet spirits haunting the old ship?

Rendezvous at Midnight is published by Decadent Publishing, and is available from Amazon UK, Amazon US, All Romance eBooks and all other good eBook retailers.

I was born in Leicester, England, and lived in our cobbler’s shop with my parents and sister. It was an old house and most definitely haunted, but I didn’t find out until I left that my great uncle had hung himself in the living room! But I think our ghost might have been older than that. It was built on the site of the old Roman cemetery, and the land had been constantly inhabited, being in the centre of town. Then, when the council bought the house from us to build a road, my grandfather retired and my father went and worked for the Post Office. My mother was a sample machinist; that is, she worked with designers on the prototypes (models or samples) of garments. So I was very well dressed! We bought a relatively modern house in the country, and my mother was blissfully happy. It’s all very well living in a large old house, but it’s a dreadful task to keep it clean and warm!

My mother’s side of the family are Romany gypsies, although sadly we haven’t any of the old trailers that are so astonishingly beautiful. I was taught to read the Tarot cards, and I usually use two packs; the Rider pack for simple readings and the Crowley Thoth pack for the complex stuff.

I’ve always had an interest in the paranormal and it’s been a delight to be able to put some of this into my novels.

Website: http://lynneconnolly.com

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