Release day: The Silent Touch of Shadows
Today is the official release of The Silent Touch of Shadows by Christina Courtenay (paperback, Choc Lit). Here’s the blurb:
Professional genealogist Melissa Grantham receives an invitation to visit her family’s ancestral home, Ashleigh Manor. From the moment she arrives, life-like dreams and visions haunt her. The spiritual connection to a medieval young woman and her forbidden lover have her questioning her sanity, but Melissa is determined to solve the mystery.
Jake Precy, owner of a nearby cottage, has disturbing dreams too, but it’s not until he meets Melissa that they begin to make sense. He hires her to research his family’s history, unaware their lives are already entwined. Is the mutual attraction real or the result of ghostly interference?
A haunting love story set partly in the present and partly in fifteenth century Kent.
Christina dropped by today to tell us a bit about this book:
I first started writing this story many years ago, after I’d stayed at an old manor house, which was reputedly haunted. The owners told me they’d seen the ghost, a handsome man who looked as though he’d been there since the house was built some time during the late fifteenth century. This intrigued me and I started to wonder what would make someone’s soul hang around a place for that length of time–it had to be something fairly traumatic! I began to make up a story to account for this, and being a huge admirer of time slips, where the present and the past are interwoven, I decided that was what I wanted to write. I’m also a fan of genealogy and have been researching my own family tree for a long time, so I thought I would make my heroine a professional genealogist as this would put her in the best possible position to research the history of the ghost who is haunting her and the old manor house she’s living in. The Silent Touch of Shadows slowly evolved from there–I do hope readers will like it!
All ARRA members who leave a comment on this post will go in the draw to win a copy of the book. Giveaway closes on 22 September 2012. (the winner is Louisa)