Free Ebook for the Spooky Season

Front cover of Don't Lose Your Head. A suit and tie without a head above it, and a background of black drips on a gray wall.

With Halloween around the corner, I thought this would be a good time to offer my ghost-story novella for free. The ebook of Don’t Lose Your Head won’t cost you a dime — or a trade of some candy that you’ve bought to hand out to trick-or-treaters. (Although I wouldn’t say no to a Kit Kat or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.)

The ebook is available at Amazon. It’ll be free through Tuesday, November 2.

Here’s a little about the book:

When you leave for a trip, who knows you’re gone from your house? Family and friends, sure. Neighbors, perhaps.

So does the chauffeur who drove you to the airport. Alan Burris takes advantage of working for a car service to know when clients will be away from their houses for several nights. Some houses are easier, since they don’t have a security system — and these houses are on his list for a night visit to steal valuables.

The Resnick house has been on Alan’s list for a while, and now it will be empty for a few nights, since Mr. and Mrs. Resnick are spending a long weekend in Chicago.

But is the house really empty? Alan’s about to find out what it’s like to not be alone in the house, his car, his apartment, and his head. And with another person hanging around, to what length will Alan go to get rid of them?

If you’d like to tip-toe into the metaphorical tulips of this story, an excerpt of the first chapter is here.

Book Review: Seeing Things

Seeing Things, by Sonora Taylor

Middle school is difficult anyway, and it must be much worse when you see blood coming out of a locker, and when you get closer, you see a bloody-faced girl stuck inside the locker. And nobody else in the school can see those things.

Abby has started to see ghosts. It’s a lot for this thirteen-year-old girl. So is the fact that the other students, teachers, the principal, her parents — all of them don’t believe Abby when she claims she sees the poor girl in locker 751.

The locker girl isn’t the only ghost who pops up. There are a handful of others in the school, around town, and seen when Abby visits Uncle Keith at the Massachusetts shore during summer.

That visit brings more drama, since Uncle Keith recently lost his job as a high school English teacher, his long-term girlfriend left him, and there’s a missing student — whom Keith had tutored after school.

Sonora Taylor raises these mysteries and offers information in bits. Abby discovers more as she seeks information on Uncle Keith’s role in the missing student, as well as details of murders on Blueberry Island. And all along, Abby has to deal with seeing blood flowing in different places, and those ghosts.

I liked Abby’s character for her persistence to keep pushing to find out more. She’s understandably scared of her new ability to see ghosts, and understandably frustrated with adults not being more open to sharing info with her. She’s at the age where adults can treat her as if she’s still a child, and they have to stretch to treat her as the young adult she’s becoming.

This is a good story of growing up and trying to navigate more for yourself.

Also, I liked how Sonora Taylor didn’t come up with an antagonist who’s easily definable as just evil. There’s nuance to make for interesting characters.