Today is release day for the fourth serial in my Delia Daugherty series, “The Haunted Dunes.” I’ve so enjoyed writing these fun little stories!
About the story:
**This is a 5600 word gothic romance serial. You can jump in reading the set anywhere. The others in the collection are
#1 Menace at Mistwood
#2 Lady of the Lighthouse
#3 Whispers beneath the Waves
And coming in August of 2012–Ghosts of the Past.
Here’s the fabulous cover art by Barrymore Tebbs. He’s an author of psychological gothic fiction, and he really knows how to capture the mood I’m going for with the font he uses and other touches:
The other serials in the series also have covers by Barrymore:
Since I have a new release today and it’s a spooky, historical gothic romance that kicks off a set of like serials, the idea of what scares people has been in my head. What makes your heart beat faster and your skin crawl? When do you sleep with the light on?
I tried to come up with a short list of things and situations that scare me. Here’s it is, in no particular order:
spiders, snakes, bugs, clowns, ghosts (yes, I do believe in them after coming into contact with more than one), isolated places, the woods at night, empty buildings after dark (alone), being alone (some nights when hubby is traveling), cemeteries after dusk (I love them during the day!), being locked into a mausoleum or other place of the dead.
Now you know I’m nuts. You might just have suspected before.
And then there are life events that scare me like being in an accident that takes away my current ability to live as I do or some harm coming to someone I love. Or death. That one doesn’t scare me these days, but some people have a huge fear of it.
Whew. This is getting a bit deep. Big, scary life events aside, I don’t think it’s surprising that snakes, ghosts, locked mausoleums, and other elements make their way into gothic romance or my gothic romances in general. These are common fears of humankind, and some are quite logical. After all, snakes and spiders can kill, and so can clowns. Joking–sort of. So, what are you afraid of? I’d love to know.
Buy serial 1 from the Publisher (click on the image for Musa’s page) or Amazon and other retailers: