Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Morticians Wife

I want to tell you a ghost story.  And the thing about this ghost story is that it is absolutely true.  It happened to the people who currently own, and live in Dunsmuir, California’s Old Mortuary; the building that I used as a backdrop for my book, The Mortician’s Wife.
            Brad and Nancy Warner bought the old Victorian building with the idea of bringing it back to its former beauty and turn it into an inn. What happened to them the first night they stayed in the house made them wonder if they might have made the mistake of a lifetime.
Throughout the day several unexplained things had happened which the couple told themselves that, considering how tired they both were, must have been caused by their overly active imaginations.
By the time all the furniture had been brought into the house the Warners were too tired to even think of setting up their bed.  Instead, they placed their mattress on the floor of the main room of the first floor—the room where perhaps hundreds of funerals had been held.  A fire burned brightly in the wood burning fireplace, several lamps had been turned on and the couple was enjoying a DVD on their laptop computer. 
Suddenly, all of the lamps turned off, the computer screen went black and the fire in the fireplace went out.  They sat there in the blackness in utter silence for a few moments.  Finally, Brad decided he’d had enough.  Breaking the silence, he said, “Look, this is our home now. We have no plans on leaving. You’re welcome to stay here, but we need to live together in harmony.  That’s all we ask, that we are all able to live together with respect for each other.”
Suddenly the lights came back on, the DVD began playing on the computer and…the fire in the fireplace abruptly flamed up.
Brad and Nancy have lived at the Old Mortuary for a little over a year now, during which time the haunting has continued, although, for the most part at a milder pace than on that first day.  The renovation is very nearly done, and they are looking forward to opening their inn in the near future.
And I am looking forward to completing the sequel to The Mortician’s Wife.  How can I resist, given all the material the old mortuary continues to give me.

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The Morticians Wife
Maralee Lowder

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Taylor Street Books

ISBN: 13: 978-1480011229

Number of pages:194
Word Count: 71000

Cover Artist: Tim Hewtson

Book Description:  

“I have spent the night in supposedly some of the most haunted buildings in America. I have met people who could fairly be described as evil incarnate. I have been to the Old Mortuary in Dunsmuir. It is gorgeous but I wouldn't spend a single night there.” Kathleen McKenna, author of horror novels 'The Wedding Gift' and 'Family Matters'.

Five miles from the new age Mt. Shasta City, the sleepy Northern California town of Dunsmuir plays host to a nightmarish house – the Old Mortuary – where the mortician's wife spent four decades alone, and some say insane, sleeping in an alcove off one bedroom where she believed the evil spirits of the house could not get to her, harboring terrible secrets.

With the steady flow of dead bodies through the basement and the murderous events upstairs, this is the story of how the Old Mortuary of Dunsmuir became one of the most haunted houses in America as a result of the personality and misdeeds of one man, Horace Carpenter, whose eternal soul most certainly does not rest in peace, as many will attest, and probably never will.

About the Author:

Maralee Lowder found so much pleasure in reading such a wide spectrum of romance genres, she has never been able to write in just one.  Her novels run the gamut of contemporary, historical, humorous, horror, paranormal and suspense. 

Look for the sequel to "The Morticians Wife"  coming soon

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