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The House of Secrets by Terry Lynn Thomas - Book Tour


The House of Secrets

Sarah Bennett has two secrets: she sees ghosts, and she is in love with a spy.


 

When Sarah takes a job with occult expert Dr Matthew Geisler, he promises to help her understand the sorrowful spirit that seems to have attached itself to her.
As Sarah struggles to cope with the ghostly presence, she runs into Zeke, the man who left her six months earlier and is recovering from injuries suffered in an alleged accident. But Zeke has secrets of his own, and when an attempt is made on Geisler’s life, Sarah finds herself caught in a struggle between the living and the dead.
Unsure who she can trust, Sarah must solve the mystery of the soul determined to haunt her, and save Dr Geisler and herself from an unknown threat.
This book was previously published as WEEPING IN THE WINGS
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The House of Secrets is 99p throughout June as part of the June Kindle Monthly deal.   The Spirit of Grace, book 1 in the series is also .99 throughout June.

 

Let’s talk about the romance in romantic suspense.
The House of Secrets stars Sarah Bennett, a young woman who – by virtue of her parent’s position in society – has lived a very sequestered life. Educated by a governess and tended to by her devoted maid, Anca, Sarah’s family kept Sarah sequestered from the children wo lived in the tiny California beach town where she was raised. Sarah is a medium, and the underlying character arc in The House of Secrets shows Sarah’s struggle as she comes to terms with her psychic ability.
            Zeke had secrets, especially around his mysterious and dangerous job. Sarah knew that when she fell in love with him. But he had disappeared from her life and she was doing her best to get on without him. When she takes a job working for The Geisler Institute, a psychiatric hospital, she is surprised to discover that Zeke is in residence, recovering from severe injuries received during his last mission. Now that Sarah is learning what she is – a medium, who can see spirits – she has to decide how much of her personal story to share with Zeke. She loves him, but she also knows that if he doesn’t embrace her gift, they can’t be together.
            The excerpt below comes from Sarah’s job interview, when Dr Geisler tells Sarah that Zeke in residence. I hope you enjoy it. 

Excerpt
“Zeke is here, Sarah.” Dr. Geisler watched me as he spoke.
Time stopped. The mug slipped out of my hand and onto the rug. Hot coffee burned my legs. A dark stain spread on the carpet near my feet. My mind raced back to the previous October, and the circumstances that had thrown Zeke and me together. He had saved me then, and I liked to think that I had helped him in some small way. I thought we had fallen in love and that our feelings for each other were mutual.
Zeke had been honest about himself. He had a job that he couldn’t discuss with me, a job that took him to unknown places for long periods of time. At least he had left me a note explaining why he had to leave. I, in my naïvety, had accepted his conditions, thinking that I could love him and move on with my life when his mysterious job took away to places unknown. I had been wrong. I had spent six months trying to forget him, making a practice of pushing all thoughts of him to the back of my mind. My efforts had been in vain. One mention of his name, and all the emotions came rushing back. “I’m sorry.” I reached down to pick up the broken mug.
“Don’t worry,” Bethany said. “We’ll get that cleaned up. My husband didn’t mean to startle you.”
“Forgive me for being blunt, my dear,” Dr. Geisler said.
Zeke. Here. Tears welled in my eyes. I wiped them away just as they threatened to spill over onto my cheeks. I cursed the desperation that drove me to be here. I needed a job. I needed Dr. Geisler.
Bethany stacked the broken pieces of porcelain on the coffee tray.
“You need to know that he’s been in an accident,” Dr. Geisler said. “He came here to recuperate.”
“What kind of an accident?”
“It’s complicated.” Dr. Geisler hesitated, as if measuring his words, careful not to say too much.
“He’s hurt his knee badly, and he has two broken ribs, which are healing,” Bethany said, with a quick glance at her husband. “He’s got a nasty cut across his face, and another cut on his arm that may have caused some nerve damage.”
“We can treat Zeke’s injuries with rest, diet, and exercise,” Dr. Geisler said. “He’ll be fine, Sarah. But he’s weak and tired. I don’t want you to panic when you see him.” He picked up one of the notebooks that were stacked on the table next to him. He thumbed through it, as if looking for something important about Zeke. I knew that Dr. Geisler was allowing me the time necessary to compose myself.
               
   

Author Bio –
Terry Lynn Thomas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which explains her love of foggy beaches and Gothic mysteries. When her husband promised to buy Terry a horse and the time to write if she moved to Mississippi with him, she jumped at the chance. Although she had written several novels and screenplays prior to 2006, after she relocated to the South she set out to write in earnest and has never looked back.
Terry Lynn writes the Sarah Bennett Mysteries, set on the California coast during the 1940s, which feature a misunderstood medium in love with a spy. The Drowned Woman is a recipient of the IndieBRAG Medallion. She also writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II. The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, came out in April 2018 and has since become a USA TODAY bestseller. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn riding her horse, walking in the woods with her dogs, or visiting old cemeteries in search of story ideas.

Social Media Links – https://twitter.com/TLThomasBooks

 

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