by Carole Ann Moleti
Thanks so much for hosting me today. Storm Watch is the third book in the series, which I started writing asshort story I called Unfinished Business, back in 2006. That initial piece was published in Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts. Truly unfinished, it was the middle of the story, and I was encouraged to “novelize” it by adding the backstory for Liz and Elisabeth, which became Breakwater Beach. Then I wrote forward to expand on Mike and Jared’s stories. Storm Watch brings all the characters and their ghosts back onstage together.
I’m excited, but a little sad because this is the last book in the series, at least with Mike and Liz as the hero and heroine. I’ve toyed with the idea of writing two more books, one focused on Mae and Kevin, and one based on Sandra. Based on past experience, once I’m sitting on Breakwater or Paine’s Creek Beach this summer, or walking the Brewster Flats, I’ll be dictating scenes from Book Four into my Dragon app. Good thing I go walking alone early in the morning else people would think I was nuts.
All these books have strong autobiographical themes, though most people will not pick up on those unless they know me very well. Sure, the birth scene harkens back to my work at the North Shore Birth Center. But the characters are composites of people I know, put into situations I’ve encountered when on the Cape or wandering around Boston, my adopted city where I lived during my midwifery internship. I’ve put up some of my favorite images on Pinterest boards for the Unfinished Business series https://www.pinterest.com/caroleannmoleti/the-unfinished-business-series/ , Storm Watch, https://www.pinterest.com/caroleannmoleti/storm-watch/ and Liz’s Boston https://www.pinterest.com/caroleannmoleti/lizs-boston/
There is so much I’d love to talk about, but I’d really rather answer questions readers might have about the series, or the individual books. So, read the blurbs and the excerpts on my website http://www.caroleannmoleti.com/the-unfinished-business-series/ to get a feel and ask away. Better yet, subscribe to my newsletter http://eepurl.com/bfNver All new subscribers get a free PDF of Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, plus special announcements, bonus content, and all my tour information, including sales.
Storm Watch: Book Three
Mike and Liz thought they’d gotten control of the specters haunting the Barrett Inn. But things get very complicated when they’re the ghosts from your past life. The Category Five Hurricane bearing down on Cape Cod appears to be headed directly for them–or has it been spawned from inside them? Knowing it’s their last chance to end the hauntings, Mike and Liz must decide whether to run or to defy evacuation orders. Will they survive the storm?
Liz Levine is convinced her recently deceased husband is engineering the sequence of events that propels her into a new life. But it’s sea captain Edward Barrett, the husband that died over a century ago, who has returned to complete their unfinished business. Edward’s lingering presence complicates all her plans and jeopardizes a new relationship that reawakens her passion for life and love. What are Captain Barrett’s plans for his wife, and for the man who is the new object of her affections?
Mike and Liz Keeny are newlyweds, new parents, and the proprietors of the Barrett Inn, an 1875 Victorian on Cape Cod, which just happens to be haunted. By their own ghosts. The Inn had become an annex of Purgatory, putting Mike, Liz, and their infant son in danger. Selling the historic seaside bed and breakfast was the only answer, one that Liz and her own tortured specter refused to consider. Were they doomed to follow the same path that led to disaster in their previous lives? Was getting out, getting away, enough?
The gate squeaked open, then banged shut. Footsteps crunched on gravel. Liz shielded her eyes from the glare.
“Hey, girlfriend.” Marti strode in, a vision in a cream and rose sundress and gold sandals.
Now fully back in her present life, Liz clambered to her feet. “How did you know I was here?”
“Where else would you be? We sat here together over the years, in some pretty awful times. But I prefer to remember the really great times when we were young and invincible and gorgeous and glorious and all powerful.” Marti laughed, that deep, sultry, confident warble that never wavered. “We’re still invincible and gorgeous and glorious, but we’ve had to let the ‘all powerful’ part go and roll with the surf instead of trying to swim out of the undertow.”
Liz burst into tears. “Marti, I think I’m going crazy.”
“Of course you are, with the storm, and the barometric pressure, and Mae’s illness, and relationship issues, and kids.”
“The parallel lives are collapsing in on me.” Liz watched he son prancing without a care, while she struggled to contain the forces at odds both inside and outside of her.
Marti shrugged. “Parallel lives. You got them, I’ve got them, everybody has them.” She took Liz’s hands. “This place is full with a century of fragments from millions of people’s happy moments. They’re like the middle finger of the collective unconscious in the face of life’s miseries. You’re not the only one who escapes into your memories.”
“How did you put all my feelings into such perfect words? And how did you know I was here?”
“Jungian psychotherapy. And you’re my best friend. Let’s get back for dinner before Mae and Kevin even know I’m gone.”
She scooped up Eddie and carried him out despite the protests. “Car’s over there, and I don’t want to get a ticket.”
Carole Ann Moleti lives and works as a nurse-midwife in New York City, thus explaining her fascination with all things paranormal, urban fantasy, and space opera. Her nonfiction focuses on health care, politics, and women’s issues. But her first love is writing science fiction and fantasy because walking through walls is less painful than running into them.
Urban fantasies set in the world of Carole’s novels have been featured in Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Seers: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance, Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft, and Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires.
Carole also writes nonfiction that ranges from sweet and sentimental in This Path and Thanksgiving to Christmas to edgy and irreverent in the Not Your Mother’s Books: On Being a Mother and On Being a Parent.