by Ginny Baird
GENRE: Contemporary Paranormal Romance
THE HOUSE AT HOMECOMING COVE
Seeking out solitude in which to work, New York City music composer Melissa Carter rents a century-old farmhouse on the Virginia Eastern Shore. There, she meets a loner with rugged good looks and smoldering gray eyes, who has long-term ties to the property. When strange things start occurring at the historic home, the handsome groundskeeper comes to her aid, but is Melissa really safer in his arms?
When Stone Thomas meets a pretty northerner with a musical gift, he's immediately drawn to her. He's also determined to protect her from the increasingly odd happenings at the fifty-acre farm where he's employed. Soon, Stone finds himself wondering whether he and beautiful Melissa might share a future. Yet the secrets of Homecoming Cove threaten to drive them apart.Excerpt :
Melissa set her feet on the floor, her head foggy. It was still Friday, wasn’t it? She’d worked a full and productive day, and tomorrow evening she’d be seeing Stone. But her deep slumber had been disturbed only seconds ago. She’d been awakened by a haunting tune. But how on earth could that be? She sat on the edge of the bed, her eyes adjusting to the dim light. Moonlight angled through the windows stretching long across the carpet and shimmering against the hardwood floor. It was the middle of the night, and yet she’d heard it. Someone was in the house playing the piano downstairs. Melissa shakily got to her feet, glancing around for something—anything—to take with her. She settled for the hefty flashlight that sat on her nightstand. Captain Bill had left in for her in the kitchen that first day, along with a note suggesting she keep it by her bedside for emergencies. Of course, he’d been thinking of the house losing power during a storm. Not of something like this.
Melissa laid a trembling hand on the doorknob and pushed open the door leading to the hall. Music spilled up the stairs and curved round toward her room, nearly blasting her with its force. She didn’t know whether she should call out, or try to catch the intruder unawares. Deciding the element of surprise might work in her favor, she opted to creep down the stairs, grimacing tightly as each one creaked. Though no one could surely hear her above the loud torrents of music. Fear coursed through her veins but Melissa propelled herself onward. Needing to confront it, least it confront her first. She descended the final riser and inched toward the parlor, as music crashed toward her in sonic waves. Melissa’s mouth felt dry and her heart struck violently against her ribcage, slamming like a jackhammer. She stepped around the corner, and her heart rose in her throat. The room was empty and the piano was still. Yet the music cascaded toward her from another room. The Victrola!
Melissa raced through the kitchen and into the living room, beholding the eerie sight: the old record player spinning around and around on its final track, music pouring from its fluted horn at high volume.
Moonlight glinted on the cove outside as the flashlight dropped from Melissa’s grasp. Then she raced for the porch and out the back door, and tore like a banshee for Stone’s cabin.AUTHOR Bio and Links:
NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Ginny Baird has published novels in print and online and received screenplay options from Hollywood for her family and romantic comedy scripts. She writes touching, often humorous, contemporary romance about single women facing everyday challenges. Known for featuring holidays and family themes in her work, Ginny frequently portrays the struggles of single parents or others who've given up on finding true love.
Ginny has two novella series, The Holiday Brides Series (holiday romance) and The Summer Grooms Series (summer romance), as well as additional single titles available. She is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, a Top 10 Best Seller on Kindle, NOOK and iBooks, and a #1 Best Seller in several Romance and Women's Fiction categories. Visit Ginny's website www.ginnybairdromance.com to learn more about her and her books.
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