Although I have always believed in ghosts, Laurel’s Gift is my first attempt at writing a story containing one. And it proved fun to write something with a paranormal element. Of course it wouldn’t be one of my books if it didn’t have romance at its heart. My couple, Laurel and Eli, are also a bit different to your usual romantic couple too, both being psychic and strong-minded. Oh, and there are also some animals (as there usually is in my stories) a dear King Charles spaniel plus a pair of extraordinary cats.
Here’s the blurb:
The plaintive singing of a ghostly child in the night sets off a chain of events that lead to Laurel learning the dark secrets that dwell in her Great Aunt Maggie’s house in a Melbourne suburb. When Eli comes into Laurel’s life, instead of instantly uncovering the secrets that have been buried in this house for many years, their joint efforts lead them to discover even greater mysteries.
Eli’s past is tied up with the ghost of the child who haunts the house, and there are many hurdles to cross before he discovers just why he also sensed strange vibes in the old house as soon as he entered.
In their search for the answers to an extraordinary mystery they uncover a passionate love affair shared by the people dear to them or those who dwelt in the house at one time of another. Despite their shared psychic abilities can the couple also find such a love?
And a short, short excerpt:
Laurel awoke with a start, sat up, and stared around the darkened room. Where was she? A furry lump at the bottom of the bed made a snuffling sound in its throat, did a quick turn, then settled back to snoring.
Laurel lay back down. Of course—she was in Great Aunt Maggie’s bedroom. The noise that awakened her must have been the dog. Aunt Maggie’s King Charles spaniel woke Laurel every night since she moved in here a week ago. She glanced at the bedside clock. Three ten.
A tingling up her spine alerted her to the presence of someone or something. The sensation didn’t unduly worry her—she’d experienced such feelings since she first felt the presence of a spirit at the age of five. What did worry her was that she couldn’t recognise this visitor or its reason for demanding her attention. Well, it didn’t exactly worry her—more like confused her. Usually her spirit visitors made themselves known straight away.
The cat was sitting up now and staring at the door. But then the other cat jumped onto the bed and Laurel sighed. That’s what had drawn its interest.
The dog whimpered again. Perhaps it was unkind of her to leave the animal downstairs in the kitchen—but two cats sharing her bed was more than considerate as far as she could see.
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A few blurbs from some of my other books:
Mystic Mountains (Settlers Book 1)
In the early 1800s the penal colony of Botany Bay was an unforgiving and harsh place. Isabella O’Shea is transported to New South Wales for wounding a member of the British aristocracy who raped her, so it is understandable that she loathes members of the upper class and the system that punished her; sentenced her to seven years transportation.
Tiger Carstairs is rich, ambitious and English-so is it any wonder she is determined to hate her new master. Tiger dreams of making a new life beyond the aptly named Blue Mountains, so called because of the perpetual haze of blue surrounding them.
Mystic Mountains is a story of courage and persistence-traits that were essential for the settlers who carved out a new life in a raw land where suffering and heartbreak were commonplace.
Isabella and Tiger face tragedy and many hardships in their quest for a new life in this untamed land.
“Couldn’t put this book down- a very good read and I shall certainly be reading more from this author.”
Distant Mountains (Settlers Book 2)
Even in the prospering colony of New South Wales, it would be far-fetched to think a convicted man could consider marrying the daughter of a wealthy property owner.
But Remy has larger problems to contend with than Sara’s bigoted father. Forced to leave the woman he loves behind, Remy faces overwhelming odds and an ordeal that threatens to strip him of everything; his pride, his strength, his health—even his life.
Sara has many struggles of her own and when Remy finally thinks he has a future with Sara within his grasp, he is sent to a place where pain and suffering are everyday occurrences. Will the lovers ever find true happiness?
5 stars By KC book lover on 25 April 2016
“This is the follow up to Mystic Mountains, following the story of the early settlers in Australia in the 1800s…I loved this book just as much as I did the first. I couldn’t guess how the book was going to end there were that many twists and turns on Rem’s journey…Highly recommended.”
Amethyst (Contemporary Romance)
Love comes in many guises. Although Amy cares for Tony, and in the small country town where they live they are considered a couple, Amy still carries a torch for Tony’s older brother who spurned her adolescent avowals of love. When Andrew returns home, now a wealthy, prosperous man, Amy’s whole world is in turmoil. Because of his rejection in the past, how can Amy trust this man who proposes to settle down in the small town he walked away from years ago? Amy has no doubt that he will soon long to be back in the bustling world he has become accustomed to in the city, and is determined to keep her head and not let her heart divulge its secrets this time around.
“A delightful read of second chances. Andrew threw it all away when Amy was younger but she was giving him another chance. Andrew made sacrifices of his own to win the woman he loves… If you like to read about second chances then you’ll enjoy this story.” Pam at A Romance Review
A Call Through Time (Time Travel)
The Lord of Castlegrove Manor, heir to a vast fortune, is a studious History buff who loves reading about the years following the Roman occupation of Britain. Dissatisfied with running his extensive estate, a distraction from Bart’s boredom is his erotic dreams. No woman but his dream lover will ever offer him the satisfaction he craves.
During one of these dreams Bart wakes up miles from his comfortable existence and in the year 450AD. When he comes face to face with Haesal, he knows instantly this is the woman who has shared so many of his heated fantasies.
Most Celts have fled west to escape invaders from over the seas. Haesal and her brother have been captured by an evil barbarian and Bart comes to realise that his mission is to rescue them and return them safely to their home in Cornwall. Haesal’s belief in shapeshifters and the fairy folk helps her better understand the sudden appearance of this handsome stranger in her life who claims to have a deep knowledge of her. But can the love they find with each other survive through time and treachery?
“This is a wonderfully complex tale about a man in another time. Ms. Mc Gill is at her best describing the settings and making us feel as if we’re in ancient times, with the good and the bad – the deep forest and roman villages, the clothes and food are all brought to life for the reader. The characters are real and their story captivates… Interwoven with treachery and violence, the magic of the Celts, shape shifters and the old songs and legends, this story will sweep you into another time – one that you won’t want to leave!” 5 stars by Jennifer Macaire