To Stand Alone or Not To Stand Alone...

Sequel to the award-winning Beaudry's GhostThat was the question while I was writing my latest release, A Ghost of a Chance: Legends, Book 2.

Not wanting to frustrate readers who might happen across book 2 first, I tried my best to make AGOAC, the sequel to Beaudry’s Ghost, a book that would make perfect sense no matter what order in which the books were read.

But when you’ve got a hero & heroine from book 1 who haven’t quite played out the very end of their story yet – and insist on sticking their noses into the plot of book 2, thus becoming inextricable players in it – what’s a writer to do?

Put hands to the keyboard and hang on for the ride.

The result was a book that could be read first, but the reader’s enjoyment will be deeper if she reads book 1 first. Then you’ll know why the emotional arc of the starts out at such a high point and goes up from there. While book 1 ended in a HEA for the main characters, there were three secondary characters left dangling.

Book 2, A Ghost of a Chance, definitely ends in another HEA. It’s a romance, right? But there are still two characters hanging out there in the breeze. Not the least of which, a mysterious younger brother who has only shown his face once but persistently haunts my dreams.


Only one way to find out who this shadowy figure is. Put my hands on the keyboard.

Following is the blurb and links to an excerpt for my latest release, A Ghost of a Chance: Legends, Book 2. Happy reading!

One life hangs on the thread of her imagination…

Legends, Book 2: Sequel to the award-winning Beaudry’s Ghost.

Troy Brannon is a ghost with no time for heaven. Thanks to his well-intentioned meddling, he’s got a missing soul on his hands. Fortunately he’s learned a skill no well-behaved spirit should have—the ability to zip through time and space.

A side trip to revive a drowning woman should’ve been simple. But the moment he locks lips with Carey Magennis, she generates an inner fire he’s never felt before, alive or dead—and his ability to time travel disappears.

When the rising tide closes over Carey’s head, it’s the end—but only of life as she knows it. She wakes up haunted by the idea she no longer fits in, and by the sexy, lion-hearted ghost of the man who saved her. No one wants to hear about the strange things that have been happening to her since her near-death experience, least of all her image-conscious fiancé.

Troy realizes Carey accidentally stole his gift—and she has no idea the danger she’s in. Wherever her imagination takes her, she goes with it. Literally. Plus, that fiancé of hers has an agenda that doesn’t include her survival.

Saving her will be as dangerous to his mission as she is to his heart.

This title contains some gratuitous bad language; the sex of your dreams with a professional bad-ass hero; bloody Civil War battles; astral joy rides; and a heroine who “gets it” in more ways than one!

Read an excerpt


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4 Responses to To Stand Alone or Not To Stand Alone…

  1. brainwave

    True, but that’s not the be all and end all involving this is it? Life isn’t a closed book after all.

  2. Craig Hill

    Is there an RSS feed I can sign up to to get updates?

  3. Kristina Enevold

    Most of the time as a reader I don’t want to read the first book to
    understand what is happening in the second.
    I tend to read them in order, but I don’t want to have to.
    I love ghost stories and these sound great.

  4. Jacqueline Seewald


    I agree with you totally! Novels that develop in a series are more interesting because the author gets an opportunity to deepen and develop characters. Your books sound great and I will look for them.


    Jacqueline Seewald
    THE INFERNO COLLECTION, romantic suspense/mystery from Five Star/Gale,
    Wheeler large print
    coming in February: THE DROWNING POOL, Five Star/Gale
    request your local library to order it!

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