First, a blurb:
P.S.I. Agent Burke Jameson travels to Eagle Gulch, Colorado to investigate a report of ghost activity at a house where a murder took place in 1881. When his vehicle carrying his P.S.I. equipment dies, and a riderless mare appears, he mounts up, hoping the horse will lead him to her fallen rider. What he finds is a whole new life beyond his imagination.
Clorinda Halstead believes she’s a widow. After all, she was the one who shot her husband, Horace, on a violent night in 1881. He deserved it, the jury concluded. Living with the town marshal and his wife, all Clori wants is to be left alone. Then a stranger, Burke James, joins the household and nothing is ever the same again.
How did Burke find his way through time to the year 1881, and who is haunting the lovely but distant Widow Halstead? Can Burke find the ghost of Eagle Gulch without his P.S.I. equipment? And how will he ever choose between going home to his own time and a life of love and happiness with Clorinda?
As usual, we'll begin with author Charlene's favorite character, Burke Jameson.
Where are you from? Denver, Colorado, but I grew up in Eagle Gulch.
What did you think the first time you saw Clori Halstead? Wow! She was pretty, mysterious and intriguing. Because she didn’t seem to like me, I had to win her over.
What was your second thought? She was afraid of men.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? No, but close.
What do you like most about Clori? That she had been strong enough to stand up for herself and do what was necessary to save her own life.
How would you describe her? Delicate but strong, introverted, fearful, unconfident.
How would Chlori describe you? Probably as a busy body who wouldn’t leave her alone.
What made you choose Psychic Specters Investigations as a career? I’ve been fascinated with ghosts since I was a teenager. I visited a haunted house and was chased away by a terrifying specter. Ever since, I wanted to go back and teach that ghost a lesson.
What is your biggest fear? That I’ll let Clori down and fail to exorcise her husband who is haunting her.
How do you relax? I like to fish but rarely have time for it. My work is my recreation.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Sherlock Holmes because his methods were so clever and ahead of their time.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Never let a specter see that you are afraid.
We thank you, Burke, for taking time away from your work to visit with us. We'd like to chat with Charlene now.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? Give Your Heart to The Hawks by Win Blevens gave me a fascination for heroes of the past when it took everything a person has to survive day to day. Ride The Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson because of her use of detail, and A. B. Guthrie, whose wonderful stories of the old west inspired me to write my own.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? In my novel, Tender Touch, I used experiences from my first marriage which was abusive. In To Have and To Hold, I used stories my mother told me of living in a dugout.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I’m self-published now. I started with Kensington Books, then Tirgearr Publishing, but decided to try it on my own.
What project[s] are you working on now? A novella for another sort of anthology.
What's up next for you? I have a book nagging me to get going on it about a lady heart surgeon who gives up her profession and retires to a ranch in Montana. She explores a ghost town on the property and finds she can go back and forth into the past there.
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