A haunted plantation . . . I thought it would be a great place to set another of my Haunted Voices novels, especially since I actually visited one in Alabama several years ago. The house was 19th century vintage and had been empty quite a long time. The entire time my husband and I walked through it, I had a funny feeling I was being watched . . . thus the seeds of the story, CIVIL HEARTS.
A ghost story and a love story, the book is fiction, yes. But a little research turned up the fact that there are a number of antebellum homes in the South that are truly considered haunted. Here are a few:
All of these haunted plantations and their stories gave me inspiration in writing Civil Hearts, a great book to get you in the mood for one of my favorite holidays, Halloween!
He’s a sexy Southern gentleman—with epilepsy. She’s a widow scarred from her late husband’s brain cancer. Her new home, an abandoned antebellum mansion, is haunted by a Confederate soldier—and she’s a Yankee.
A widow with no family, web designer Liv Larson yearns for big change. After all, she can work from anywhere, right? Why not throw a dart at the map? She heads out of the big city for the rural South and falls in love as soon as she arrives—with the Belle Bride, an abandoned antebellum mansion.
Heath Barrow loves his country life, managing his antiques store in sleepy Camellia. But he’s lonely, and his condition—epilepsy—makes life uncertain. It’s already cost him a marriage. A new medication and the new girl in town have his heart hopeful again.
Sparks fly between Heath and Liv. But his first seizure sends Liv into a tailspin. Its mimics those her husband suffered before he died . . .
To make matters worse, Liv discovers she’s not living alone. Her challenge? Dealing with a Confederate soldier, one who clearly resents his Yankee roommate—even though he’s been dead for over a hundred and fifty years.
Claire Gem writes contemporary romance and supernatural suspense. Her Haunted Voices series’ books have been recognized by numerous competitions, including Hearts Unloched, a winner in the New York Book Festival. You can find out more about Claire at www.clairegem.com.
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