Binge on The McKenna Curse

I don’t know about you, but age and pre-existing conditions have made a virtual prisoner of me for the last nine weeks since I went in self-isolation, so I have sought virtual ways of entertaining myself. Movies, streaming television series, books. How ironic that I had scheduled a 5 book series of novels with a hundred year old curse as its center for this very new normal time. That phrase “new normal” makes me clench my teeth. I want my old normal back and realize I may never get it. I fear we’ve been cursed by this virus. Which makes me seek more new virtual entertainment.

If you’re doing the same, let me tell you about The McKenna Curse. These are McKenna second cousins to the McKennas in The McKenna Legacy. They were previously published a decade ago. My editor made them part of the Legacy because the series was so well read. Only these McKennas don’t have a loving grandmother leaving them her legacy of love and danger. These McKennas are cursed to lose their true loves permanently.

I spent months rewriting and updating and creating new covers for the series. In doing so, I fell in love with these McKennas all over again. It’s amazing how much I forgot about my stories. After all, I hadn’t read them in a decade or more. I even had to guess who the villains were.

So, if you’re looking for a new binge-read series, know that all 5 books are on pre-order now. Actually today is publishing day for Stealing Thunder, and another book will be published every two weeks through July 7.

http://getbook.at/TheMcKennaCurse

June 22, 1919
Donal McKenna,
Ye might have found happiness with another woman, but yer progeny will pay for this betrayal of me. I call on my faerie blood and my powers as a witch to give yers only sorrow in love, for should they act on their feelings, they will put their loved ones in mortal danger.
So be it,
Sheelin O’Keefe

Stealing Thunder (The McKenna Curse 1) 99c pre-order price
Nothing can stop Tiernan McKenna from rescuing Ella Thunder, fearful of tapping into her shaman abilities, even as evil begins to spread. But when Tiernan realizes he loves Ella, will the curse claim her?

Freeing Grace (The McKenna Curse 2) $1.99 pre-order price
Grace Broussard shut down her psychic visions and vowed never to trust another man until she meets New Orleans P.I. Declan McKenna. Every touch ignites a powerful passion between them, making Declan wonder if he can save the woman he loves.

Resisting Siobhan (The McKenna Curse 3) $2.99 pre-order price
Widow Siobhan McKenna pushed Clay Salazar away to save him and married another man. With their connection severed, she thinks his life should be safe if he works to help stop the attacks on her ranch. Or will the McKenna curse claim another victim?

Defending Hailey (The McKenna Curse 4) $3.99
Bryce McKenna needs a wife to secure a business deal–and childhood friend Hailey Wright marries him for the money to save her brother’s life. Hailey is drawn to solve an old mystery, but will her pursuing ghosts lead to the curse or salvation?

Guarding Cat (The McKenna Curse 5) $3.99
Horse trainer Aidan McKenna dreams about breeder Cat Clarke, but he knows the dangers of falling in love. When Cat’s missing stable manager turns up dead, they have more to lose than races. Can Aidan defeat the curse to save the woman of his dreams?

Please leave a comment about how you are getting through this crisis, and I will give you a free read from another series.

Happy reading,

Patricia Rosemoor

Celebration, Superstition and Ghosts

Halloween originated with Samhain, the ancient Celtic festival of bonfires and costumes meant to ward off roaming ghosts. It was the time of the year when the veil between the living and the dead lifted so spirits could walk on Earth. (Celts appeased them with treats.) Later in Ireland and Britain, on All Hallows Eve, Christians prayed for protection from evil in the world.

November 1 is All Saints Day, meant to remind us how we’re supposed to live. On November 2 , All Souls Day, people pray for the dead trapped between heaven and hell.

Throughout the Middle Ages, this three-day period was celebrated. The Pagan tradition of appeasing the spirits of the dead remained, including the practice of lighting candles for  souls waiting to go to heaven.

To remember the departed, many cultures prepare meals for the souls of the dead, light candles or leave flowers on relatives’ graves. Each celebration touches on cultural beliefs about the spirit world, honoring the dead.

Day of the Dead in Mexico combines the ancient Aztec custom of celebrating ancestors with All Souls’ Day. Celebrated on November 1 and 2, Day of the Dead is joyful inthat  it helps people remember the deceased with candlelit altars so spirits can find their way back to their relatives. The altars are set with the deceased’s favorite foods — in case they’re hungry — and personal items they favored. Papier-mâché skeletons and small plastic or clay skeletons represent Day of the Dead.

Halloween and Christmas have always been my favorite holidays, and creating the series RETURN TO JENKINS COVE with Rebecca York and Ann Voss Peterson added some fun Halloween scare via ghosts into the Christmas season. By why is Jenkins Cove haunted? Why can’t the ghosts move on …

Christmas… Ghosts… Mystery… Romance…
Something evil lurks in the charming town of Jenkins Cove. When Sophie Caldwell devotes a room in her B&B to communicate with spirits, dangerous secrets rise to the surface, and the lives of three couples will never be the same.

But why is Jenkins Cove haunted? Why do the ghosts remain behind? What justice must be served before they can move on?

Christmas Delivery (Return to Jenkins Cove Book 3)
Haunted by ghosts, Jenkins Cove will now have to deal with Simon Shea who has “returned from the dead” seeking revenge…only to reconnect with Lexie Thornton, the girl he loved, and the daughter they conceived thirteen years ago.

Excerpt from Christmas Delivery:

The fog was lighter here, the chill greater, and once past the fence’s wooden gate, which had been left open, Simon realized where he was. The cemetery. Why had the spirit brought him here?

Following the curving redbrick path lined by boxwood on both sides, Simon kept track of the mop of pale hair, which appeared on the other side of the hedge, then lost him altogether. When he came to the open area dotted with gravestones and markers, Simon only half hoped he would actually find him again. He gazed around, past a couple of large willow oaks and a magnolia tree in the center of the graveyard, then spotted the ghostly figure at a far gravesite, touching the stone that identified its occupant.

Again, he looked up with hollow eyes and gestured that he should come.

Reluctantly, Simon did. Not wanting to cross anyone’s grave — he’d had enough of that in his former life — he stayed on the brick path, keeping his gaze locked on the figure still summoning him.

One minute the fog seemed to circle the kid, the next he seemed to fade away into the mists. “Wait! Don’t go!” But the demand came too late. He was already gone. And Simon was moving to the headstone he’d touched, had obviously wanted Simon to see.

A deep, arctic cold suddenly surrounded Simon and then the breath was knocked out of him as he stopped in the spot where the wraith had disappeared. Looking down, Simon understood why Lexie believed he was dead and buried. The headstone bore his name and the dates of his birth and of his supposed death on Christmas Eve thirteen years before.

Not a man who easily believed in what he couldn’t see, Simon had no doubts about who had led him here. Or who was buried in his grave. He was certain the kid he’d seen shot had taken his place. Thirteen years ago and his ghost still wandered, unable to rest, Simon thought. How many ghosts inhabited this area? How many souls were denied eternal rest?

Of one thing he was certain. The boy he’d seen shot had been buried in his stead. How had they pulled that one off? They looked nothing alike. A closed coffin, then? How had he supposedly died so that no one would have raised the alarm? Who had been in on his supposed death? More questions that needed answering. Another reason for him to stay undercover awhile.

Did ghosts seek retribution? he wondered. Considering the evil that had stalked the town unchecked, probably not.

But now the town had to deal with him.

99c each through November 7

Christmas Spirit by Rebecca York
Christmas Awakening by Ann Voss Peterson
Christmas Delivery by Patricia Rosemoor

 

Christmas Spirit …Christmas Awakening …Christmas Delivery
Each of these stories are complete novels, but only the full series will get to the bottom of all the ghostly happenings in Jenkins Cove.