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Sarita Leone Tells a Ghostly Tale

October 14, 2016

I’m delighted to welcome my friend, Sarita Leone, to Birth of a Novel. Sarita is one of the sarita-leonereasons I love the internet. We’ve never actually met face to face, but have been friends since we both wrote for Avalon Books – more than a few years ago. I don’t remember exactly how we connected, but I’m grateful that we did. We share our lives, cheer each other on, and, when necessary, reach out with sympathy and encouragement – all via emails and, of course, Facebook. What can I tell you about Sarita except she’s a good friend? I could say a lot, but I’ll stick to a couple of things. First of all, she loves books – both reading them and writing them. Secondly, she loves travel – visiting new places and meeting new people – all kinds of people. Never one to stand still, now she’s reaching out in another way. She’s writing in a new genre, but I’ll let her tell you about that.

Sarita …

Paranormal romance novels incorporate fantasy worlds, paranormal elements, or science fiction as an integral part of the plot. It’s a new writing endeavor for me, this paranormal romance gig—but I’ve got to tell you, one book in, and I’m hooked!

Shelby’s Ghost releases today. It is, I am excited to say, my first paranormal romance. I shelbysghost_w10961_300loved writing it, and am tickled that this new direction is getting such a positive response. I hope readers will embrace this new season as much as I have, because the next few books scheduled for release are paranormals.

But about Shelby, her ghost, and the hot car…

Shelby is in college, dedicated to her sorority, finding her way to a new normal after losing her mother. She’s floundering a bit, but her sisters are holding her up—and all she wants is some happiness. Some fun. You know, the usual collegiate stuff.  She receives a killer car for her birthday, a vintage Shelby, but she absolutely does not like the car one bit—that is, until she finds it comes with a hot, sexy ghost named Joey.

Joey? He’s stuck in limbo. Dead, but not in heaven. Or, the other place. He’s tethered to the car he loves so much, and has no idea how he’s supposed to move along. But when he meets Shelby, he forgets about heaven, hell, how he died, why he’s stuck—she’s so amazing, she makes the ghost wish he were still alive!

But the path of true love never runs smoothly, does it? A horrible ex who kidnaps Shelby and a familiar face at the Pearly Gates gives this fast, fun, steamy paranormal a few unexpected twists. As I said, I loved writing it, and I hope readers enjoy it, too.

Thank you, Sandy, for allowing me to visit today and chat about this new writing season in my life. I’m so grateful!

The pleasure is mine, Sarita. Thanks for telling us about your latest writing venture. I can’t wait to read Shelby’s Ghost. Good luck with it.

Shelby’s Ghost is published by The Wild Rose Press, and is available in both print and ebook formats. Buy links:

15 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2016 8:22 AM

    Sandy, thank you for welcoming me to your blog! I’m so excited about this book, it’s fun to share Shelby and her ghost.

    I hope visitors say hello — one random commenter will receive a copy from my backlist so I hope everyone comments!

    Thank you! 🙂

  2. October 14, 2016 1:23 PM

    Sarita, I loved reading about your first intriguing paranormal romance, plus getting to know you better. Another fellow Avalon author! Pretty cool! And good luck with this new release. I hope it sells very well.

    • October 14, 2016 2:04 PM

      Thanks for stopping by. You’re another of my valued internet friends. You always say something to lift other people up.

    • Sarita Leone permalink
      October 15, 2016 11:51 AM

      Thank you, Sydell!

  3. October 14, 2016 2:21 PM

    Shelby’s Ghost sounds like a fun read, Sarita. Best of luck with it! (I’m a former Avalon author, too – always nice to discover what the old gang is writing now.) Cheers!

    • October 15, 2016 5:45 AM

      Good to see you here, Cheryl. Like you, I always enjoy knowing what my Avalon friends are up to. Thanks for leaving a comment.

    • Sarita Leone permalink
      October 15, 2016 11:52 AM

      Thank you! Yes, it’s so great to meet Avalon authors, and cheer them on in their new endeavors. I hope you’re well–thanks for stopping by!

  4. October 15, 2016 8:27 AM

    Another former Avalon author peeking out of the writing dungeon. The book sounds very intriguing. I love paranormal stories, especially ghost stories. Very appropriate for this month, too.

    • Sarita Leone permalink
      October 15, 2016 11:54 AM

      Karen, thank you for taking time out to visit! I love paranormal stories, too. I think that’s part of the reason I’m drawn to finally write them. I hope your writing dungeon time is going well! Looking forward to learning about what you’re working on. 🙂

      • October 17, 2016 2:12 PM

        Karen, good to hear from you. I agree. Shelby’s Ghost is perfect for October.

  5. October 16, 2016 6:28 PM

    Hi Sarita–
    I’m yet another former Avalon author stopping by to wish you mega sales with your new book. It sounds intriguing. I’ll have to get me a copy to snuggle up with.

    • October 17, 2016 2:13 PM

      Hi Victoria. Snuggling up with a book – my idea of the perfect date. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. October 17, 2016 2:17 PM

    Hi Sarita, Best of luck with your paranormal romance career!

    • October 17, 2016 8:18 PM

      Thanks for stopping by, Carmen. I guess your The King in the Stone is also a paranormal romance. Have to agree it’s an interesting category – a combination of two genres that gives a new twist to both.

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