For this week's Sneak Peek Sunday, I'm sharing a sample of my new release, Shadows of Serenity. The main character, Joyce, is the owner of a yoga studio. In this scene, she comes face to face with the ghost who's haunting her studio.
Joyce leaned forward and peered at her reflection. Waterfowl friends had helped her visualize positive images in undulating waves, so she wondered what they’d show her in the pond now. Her strengths shined back at her: determination, perseverance, and courage. She did need to show these and her purvadista to her students. As she gazed, she thought of how she’d organize her staff to be more open with their own gifts. They each brought unique lights, which needed to shine on the students.Suddenly, the calm surface broke into ripples. An arm thrust up and clamped onto Joyce’s shoulder. Brown slime and algae hung from the finger joints and fabric of the sleeve, gathered at the white wrist.Joyce pulled away, but the hand wrenched her upper arm bone from its socket. Clutching the injured joint, she grimaced and scooted backward, bracing herself with her feet against the rock.The body of a bedraggled woman broke the surface. Matted light brown hair hung long to the waist of her dinghy nightgown. The dark burgundy of dried blood stained the lower front of the garment. Her translucent skin reflected sunlight, like headlights on dense fog.Joyce gasped and tried to scream but only a whisper came out.A flock of screeching gulls shielded the ghost.
Shadows of Serenity
Genre: women's fiction paranormal fantasy/magical realism
Joyce Runsey spends her life savings to open a yoga studio in an historic Victorian St Augustine house, only to discover the property is haunted. A female ghost’s abusive and very much alive husband still tortures her by using dark witchcraft. The disruptive energy thwarts Joyce’s ambition to create a special environment to train students to become yoga teachers.
Joyce engages in a deadly battle with not only the tormented spirit, but also the dangerous husband. To protect her students from harm, she must overcome mounting obstacles. An unknown swami pays an unexpected visit to give advice on how to free the anguished ghost. Can Joyce comprehend and follow the wise man’s guidance in time to save everyone who depends on her?
Read a longer excerpt on my website.
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