Archive for January 30th, 2009


In the small town of Duvall, Texas, the only thing more troublesome than gossip — is magic.

The family magic seems to have skipped Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets in the way of the supernatural are a few untimely visits from the long dead, smart-mouthed family ghost, Edie. But when her locket—an heirloom that happens to hold Edie’s soul—is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it’s time for Tammy to find her inner witch.

After a few experiences in dysfunctional magic, Tammy turns to the only one who can help; the very rich and highly magical, Bryn Lyons. He might have all the answers-and a 007 savoir faire to boot-but the locket isn’t the only legacy passed down in Tammy’s family. She also inherited a warning…to stay away from anyone named Lyons.

Tammy Jo grew up with the ghost of her great-great grandmother’s twin sister, Edie, as a constant fixture in the family. Here’s a snippet of an exchange between Tammy and Edie from early in Would-Be Witch.


I stole a glance at Edie’s exquisite face. With porcelain skin and high cheekbones, she was prettier than a china doll. She wore her sleek black hair bobbed, either straight or waved, depending on her mood and her outfit. Her lips were painted a provocative cherry red today. Rumor had it that Edie had inspired men to diamonds…and suicide. It was generally accepted in my family that one of her jilted beaus had murdered her, but she never shared the details of the 1926 unsolved New York homicide of which she’d been the star.

“How are you?” I asked.

“I’m dead. How would you be?”

I opened my mouth and closed it again. I had no idea. Was it hard being a ghost? Was it boring? She was very secretive about her life, er, afterlife.

So I have a couple of questions for you. Please answer one (or both) in the comments section for a chance to win a pair of autographed novels: Would-Be Witch and The Undead Next Door (a paranormal romantic comedy by NYT bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks.)

1) Have you or has anyone you know ever encountered a ghost?


2) What’s the best or most unusual thing you’ve heard about being passed down in a family?

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