EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
by Jessica Frances
Haunted Love is available for only $0.99. This book blitz and giveaway is brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours.
My name is Thea Bell and I was murdered.
I always assumed that death was the end. So when my life was cruelly taken away from me, I never thought I would get a second chance to say what I needed to.
But then I was given a choice, a choice that allowed me to see the people I had left behind, and I knew I had to take it.
I wanted to say a proper goodbye. I needed justice for what happened to me.
But even in death, things rarely go to plan.
I never expected to meet him. I didn’t anticipate falling in love. I hadn’t considered the repercussions of coming back. I never realized I would put another person in danger.
I didn’t know my actions were going to haunt us forever.
My name is Detective Aiden Mercer, and I think I have gone insane.
I am seeing the murder victim of my current case alive and in the flesh, and that is simply not possible.
I can see her, hear her, touch her. She’s real to me, however I know this cannot be real. Right?
But try telling my heart that, because as I grow closer to catching Thea’s killer, I also fall deeper into trouble.
Because love is rarely anything but trouble and I know this love will haunt me forever.
Note: Recommended for readers 17+ due to adult themes, sexual situations, violence and occasional swearing.
I leave Aiden scanning over the boxes, moving back through my house and taking time to look over the photos I have hanging up. It’s strange how I had them along my walls, in my eye line for years yet never took the time to look at them. I used the photos as decoration instead of a reminder of the good times I shared with friends and family as well as the few amazing places I got to visit.
I take my time now, smiling at the memories sparked of Flynn, laughing at the reminders of the fun times we shared and yearning for the places I will never get to visit. I had a list of countries and activities I wanted to do for my summer vacation. I wanted to take at least one trip every summer and slowly work away at the list. Now I’ll never get to see any of those places, never have the chance to skydive in New Zealand, eat gelato in Italy, or go skiing in Switzerland. The most exciting thing I managed is a school field trip to New Orleans where we toured the main tourist destinations, and I ate beignets and gumbo.
I shake my head, slowly moving through the lower level of my house, checking over the mess made from the forensics people who appear to have coated every surface looking for foreign fingerprints. I don’t find anything suspicious here or out of place. There is nothing I can see that is missing, and nothing screams to me that there is a clue here. While I’m disheartened to still have nothing to give Aiden to go on, I stare up my staircase, knowing I will need to check up there, too.
With each step, my legs grow heavier. Soon, I’m dragging my feet. I purposely check every other room, leaving my bedroom for last. I’m dreading what will happen when I glance back inside that room. I feel ill as I approach the still ajar door.
I know I need to get this over with. I might remember something about the murderer in there. If anything is going to be amiss that might help us figure out who my killer is, it will be in my bedroom.
But how am I supposed to enter the room where I lost my life?
The room where I was beaten and violated?
Even if it means catching my killer, can I face what I might see in there? Do I really want that memory etched into my brain? Isn’t already having a good idea what I went through bad enough?
Then again, what if he is out there right now, terrorizing other women? What if my reluctance to walk into this room means another person will lose their life?
I take a deep breath, my hand reaching out to push the door open.
“You don’t have to go in there,” Aiden tells me.
I glance over my shoulder, seeing both worry and fury in his eyes. “I do.” I sound more sure then I feel, but I force my feet forward. Within two steps, I am standing inside my bedroom.
Praise for the Book
"When I started Haunted Love by Jessica Frances, I thought I knew what it was going to be about by reading the synopsis. Let me tell you, I was not prepared for this book. Jessica Frances, you have done it again with this one. Just Wow! This book has humor and gripping suspense, but mostly, for me anyway, this was a love story. [...] This book completely floored me. I loved the impact Thea had on Aiden’s life. She completely turned his life around, making him re-evaluate what was important to him. As they work together to unravel the mystery of her death, love blooms and their lives are forever changed. The ending is beautiful. You will shed a tear. Aiden and Thea will be in my head for a long time to come. [...] I loved every single page." ~ Carol
"Haunted Love is an incredible new book by one of my favorite authors, Jessica Frances. Ms. Frances’ books have always been amazing and I have yet to find one that did not keep me completely engrossed while reading. This new stand-alone novel is no exception ... " ~ Tamara @ The Avid Book Collector
"Haunted Love is a beautiful, heartbreaking love story that is unlike anything I've read before. I laughed, I cried, and I'm so glad I decided to give this one a try." ~ DanielleLW2B
"I believe the title to be completely accurate, as this love story is haunting. I cried throughout the end, having my own version made up, yet satisfied with the author's version best. I highly recommend this story! It is sweet, smart, compelling, and at times, very heart-wrenching." ~ oktravelchick
"This story is completely original. I’ve never read a story written from a ghost’s point of view. It’s fresh, engaging, and heart wrenching at times. Yes, I cried. Aiden and Thea are well developed characters and I fell for them both, and their story will tug at your heartstrings. Add suspense and mystery and this author has written a story I loved. I look forward to reading more from this author." ~ SK
About the Author
Jessica Frances lives in Adelaide, South Australia. When she is not writing, you can find her reading, napping or watching excessive amounts of TV.
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