I rarely talk about my life outside of books, but on All Hallows Eve I wanted to do a special post about my childhood.
You see I grew up living in the house attached to the Funeral Home. My grandparents owned and operated the Taylor Funeral Home for over 40 years.
So it should come as no suprise that I was exposed to death, embolming and all it’s glory from a young age. (This is why I’m morbid sometimes. See I’m not just weird)
As children my cousins and I used the Funeral Home as a means of entertainment. We played in the caskets and ran through the embolming room like we were on adventures.
The only beating I got as a child, came after we jumped out of a casket and almost killed my mother. We weren’t allowed in the Casket Room after that.
My grandfather loved Halloween. He was just as crazy as the rest of us. He would stand in front of the Funeral Home and dress as a clown every year. Children brave enough to go to the door were amazed at the prizes he would hand out.
So I wanted a special book to promote for my favorite day of the year.
The Morticians Wife
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Taylor Street Books
ISBN: 13: 978-1480011229
Number of pages:194
Word Count: 71000
Cover Artist: Tim Hewtson
“I have spent the night in supposedly some of the most haunted buildings in America. I have met people who could fairly be described as evil incarnate. I have been to the Old Mortuary in Dunsmuir. It is gorgeous but I wouldn’t spend a single night there.” Kathleen McKenna, author of horror novels ‘The Wedding Gift’ and ‘Family Matters’.
Five miles from the new age Mt. Shasta City, the sleepy Northern California town of Dunsmuir plays host to a nightmarish house – the Old Mortuary – where the mortician’s wife spent four decades alone, and some say insane, sleeping in an alcove off one bedroom where she believed the evil spirits of the house could not get to her, harboring terrible secrets.
With the steady flow of dead bodies through the basement and the murderous events upstairs, this is the story of how the Old Mortuary of Dunsmuir became one of the most haunted houses in America as a result of the personality and misdeeds of one man, Horace Carpenter, whose eternal soul most certainly does not rest in peace, as many will attest, and probably never will.
Maralee Lowder found so much pleasure in reading such a wide spectrum of romance genres, she has never been able to write in just one. Her novels run the gamut of contemporary, historical, humorous, horror, paranormal and suspense.
Look for the sequel to “The Morticians Wife” coming soon
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