I’m happy to welcome Soul Mate author Carole Ann Moleti. Today, Carole shares the three novels in the Unfinished Business series.
It’s hard to believe that the Unfinished Business series turns seven this year! My family has vacationed on Cape Cod for as long as I can remember. One year, as I was pulling dustcovers off furniture and vacuuming up dead flies while opening up a summer cottage, I had the sudden inspiration to write a story about a woman who finds an old trunk in the attic and is transfixed by the clothes she finds inside.
I spent much of that July 4 weekend writing 13,000 words of what would become The Widow’s Walk and thought the short story was done. But my critique partners wanted to know what came before that. After I wrote 23,000 more words (Breakwater Beach), they wanted to know what came after, which was Storm Watch.
Thankfully, Debbie Gilbert of Soulmate Publishing loved the concept and published The Widow’s Walk in 2014, Breakwater Beach in 2016, and finally Storm Watch in 2017. This paranormal, ghost story series follows the parallel lives of the characters.
In 2018, my family bought a cottage just steps from Paine’s Creek Beach in the historic sea captain’s town of Brewster, Massachusetts where much of the action in the novels takes place. I had been celebrating the series with an annual “beach reads” bookstore/library tour on Cape Cod until the pandemic hit, but Debbie has just renewed the contract for The Widow’s Walk so I’ve got a few more years left to continue the celebration.
The Widow’s Walk: Book Two
Was getting out, getting away, enough?
Mike and Liz Keeny are newlyweds, new parents, and the proprietors of the Barrett Inn, an 1875 Victorian on Cape Cod, which just happens to be haunted. By their own ghosts. The Inn had become an annex of Purgatory, putting Mike, Liz, and their infant son in danger. Selling the historic seaside bed and breakfast was the only answer, one that Liz and her own tortured specter refused to consider. Were they doomed to follow the same path that led to disaster in their previous lives?
An excerpt from The Widow’s Walk: Book Two in the Unfinished Business
Silk rustled as she ran her hands over the dress. The lavender scent deepened as Elisabeth swirled around inside, Her mind went numb as the ghost took control. She slipped out of her clothes and stood naked in front of the mirror. She put up her hair, preening for her husband, before she stepped into the middle of the deep green skirts and pulled them up over her waist, slipped her arms into the sleeves, and twisted them behind her back to fasten the buttons. She used the buttonhook to do up the shoes, then peered out into the hallway.
Liz bundled the sweat suit into her arms, along with the soap and paper goods, and hurried to the attic door. It wasn’t until she placed her hand on the banister and started up the steep staircase to the roof that Elisabeth’s needling eased. Like an addict in the throes of withdrawal, just the promise of being up there, her spirit communing with the long lost sea captain, offered relief.
Breakwater Beach: Book One
Would you take a second chance?
Liz Levine is convinced her recently deceased husband is engineering the sequence of events that propels her into a new life. But it’s sea captain Edward Barrett, the husband that died over a century ago, who has returned to complete their unfinished business. Edward’s lingering presence complicates all her plans and jeopardizes a new relationship that reawakens her passion for life and love. What are Captain Barrett’s plans for his wife, and for the man who is the new object of her affections?
Storm Watch: Book Three
One last chance, their only choice.
Mike and Liz thought they’d gotten control of the specters haunting the Barrett Inn. But things get very complicated when they’re the ghosts from your past life. The Category Five Hurricane bearing down on Cape Cod appears to be headed directly for them–or has it been spawned from inside them? Knowing it’s their last chance to end the hauntings, they face an impossible choice. Will they survive the storm?
Carole Ann Moleti lives and works as a nurse-midwife in New York City, thus explaining her fascination with all things paranormal, urban fantasy, and space opera. Her nonfiction focuses on health care, politics, and women’s issues. But her first love is writing science fiction and fantasy because walking through walls is less painful than running into them.
Carole’s Cape Cod paranormal Unfinished Business Series novels have been published by Soulmate. He short stories have been featured in several of the Ten Tales fantasy anthologies, and her darker fiction has appeared in the Hell’s Kitties, Hell’s Heart and Hell’s Mall anthologies.
She won the Oasis Journal 2009 Prize for best nonfiction, and two timely pieces of her memoir have been published in the acclaimed Shifts and Impact anthologies.
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