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The Excerpt …
We meet Kate on her first morning in Falmouth; she’s just finishing her breakfast in a cafe when she discovers she’s got an admirer… A four-legged one.
“Sal! You naughty girl. What have I told you about scrounging for scraps?” His voice had lost the growl. Kate, despite her inclination to dislike him, felt herself soften. Anybody who spoke so warmly to their dog couldn’t be all bad. The dog’s tail began to swish backwards and forwards across the floor, but she didn’t budge from Kate’s feet.
The guy came towards her. “Seems like Sal’s taken a shine to you…or more likely, your breakfast.” His voice had a gruff edge, as if he was reluctant to come across as too friendly. “She knows she’s not allowed in here.” Thudding down in the seat opposite, he scrabbled under the table to find the dog’s lead, giving the strong impression that he did not wish to linger.
“Not a problem,” said Kate. “I’m quite nervous around dogs and she gave me quite a fright last night.” Might as well let him know how upset she’d been. Not that she expected him to apologise. “But she’s quite sweet really, isn’t she? Sal, did you say? That’s a nice name.” Kate cautiously patted Sal’s head and was rewarded with another wet lick. “I’m Kate, by the way.” There was no harm in giving him her first name, and she might even discover his. Not that she wanted to get to know him better – unless he lost the scowl and smiled at her instead of his dog.
His head jerked up, and she felt herself being scrutinised again. Disappointingly, his frown reappeared. “Do I know you?”
“I don’t think so,” she replied. “I’ve only just moved here.”
“Hmmm…” He was still frowning, but it was a frown of puzzlement, as if he was trying to figure something out, rather than an angry frown. “I’ll buy you a coffee as an apology for last night,” he said at last.
“Oh there’s no need, honestly.”
“I insist.” He turned towards the counter and signed to the barista that another coffee was required. Then – abandoning his attempts to persuade Sal to move – he leaned down and scooped the reluctant dog into his arms. “Bye.” He’d turned on his heels, picked up his own coffee from the counter, and headed out the door, before Kate had time to thank him for the drink. Slightly dazed by the encounter, she watched as the door of the shop closed behind him.
About the Book
A new beginning. A house with a past. A man with secrets.
It was a dream come true…that turned into a nightmare.
Kate Wilson thinks moving back to Cornwall might be the answer to her prayers. But it isn’t long before she begins to have doubts. Is the house she inherited from her godmother haunted? Or is she going out of her mind? With a stalker, threats, and attempted break-ins, Kate’s troubles multiply.
Then there’s her enigmatic neighbour, the brooding Tom Carbis; a man with secrets he doesn’t wish to share. Can she trust him when he says he wants to help?
In her quest to unravel the mysteries surrounding her, will Kate uncover more than she bargains for?
Set in beautiful Cornwall, The Unquiet Spirit is a gripping suspense with paranormal and romantic elements. Fans of Barbara Erskine will enjoy this tale.
About the Author
Some time ago Penny Hampson decided to follow her passion for history by studying with the Open University. She graduated with honours and went on to complete a post-graduate degree.
Penny then landed her dream role, working in an environment where she was surrounded by rare books and historical manuscripts. Flash forward nineteen years, and the opportunity came along to indulge her other main passion – writing. Penny joined the New Writers’ Scheme of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and three years later published her debut novel, A Gentleman’s Promise, a historical mystery/romance. Other books in the same genre soon followed.
But never happy in a rut, Penny also writes contemporary suspense with paranormal and romantic elements. Her first book in this genre is The Unquiet Spirit, published by Darkstroke.
Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).
Happy Reading, x