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ICYMI: Story Inspiration for Restless Spirits

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Restless Spirits is one of the few books or stories of mine that I can pinpoint the exact moment of inspiration.

It was Halloween night, 2004, and my friends and I went to see The Grudge (this was exactly two nights after I had met the man who would become my husband on a semi-blind date, which might be why it stands out so well in my memory). Afterwards, I was pondering the mechanics of the curse, and I had questions.

Questions like, if someone dies a violent death and becomes a vengeful, murderous spirit, then what happens to their victims, who are also violently murdered? Do they also become cursed vengeful spirits? What if the original spirit kills enough people that those spirits decide to turn around and gang up on the original spirit who killed them?

And thus the main plot of Restless Spirits was born.

So by the time I actually started writing Restless Spirits for Nanowrimo in 2008, it had evolved a bit. It’s funny how your subconscious keeps working on a story and shaping it into what it’s supposed to be even when you think it’s the last thing on your mind. I can’t even tell you where my protagonist, Ron, came from (although I’ll try to make a few guesses in my next post, when I talk about character inspiration). I just know that the moment I started writing in her voice, she just sort of took over and told me the story. That was the first and, so far, only time I’ve ever successfully pantsed a novel, as well as the first time I’d won Nanowrimo, mainly because Ron simply wouldn’t stop talking to me until her story was told.

It actually took a few more years–four, to be exact–before I started writing the book. In the mean time I was working on my first post-fanfiction novel, the Cyperpunk Faeries in Hollywood tale I

was calling Hero Factor,which has since become lost before I could make it fit for public consumption, and it’s probably just as well. I was also falling in love with that aforementioned blind date, planning a wedding and settling into married life, among other things.

I wish all of my narrators could be so chatty. It certainly makes my job easier.

The Spirits Are Back!

Bound Spirits, the 3rd book in the Restless Spirits series, is now available, and it’s bringing more spirits with it!

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When her dad and his annoying girlfriend announce their engagement, Chris Wilson isn’t exactly thrilled. As if getting roped into bridesmaid duty for a future step-mom she can’t stand isn’t bad enough, Chris is stunned when Marsha accuses Chris’s deceased mother of trying to ruin the wedding.

Certain their mother moved on to the Great Beyond long ago, the Wilson sisters investigate who—or what—is really out to get Marsha. With marriage fever making everyone crazy, can the sisters get to the bottom of this haunting in time to save the wedding? And do they even want to?

Available now from your favorite retailer! Find out more at www.vinspirepublishing.com.



Tourist Season In Savannah

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 My soon to be released YA paranormal book, Dead Man’s Fingers, takes place in Savannah Georgia. Savannah is an interesting place to visit and to live.


The month of May is the beginning of Tourist Season. I don’t know why they call it Tourist Season, it’s not like you can shoot them or anything like that. In Savannah we love our out-of-town guests. We greet them with a sincere southern greeting and say, “Welcome to our fine city. Where y’all from?”


I must have one of those friendly Savannah faces because tourists often approach me for information and directions. I find many visitors are looking for the same things: a good restaurant, the statue from the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and the bench Forrest Gump sat on with his box of chocolates.


There are many good restaurants in Savannah and each one is unique with diverse menu choices, ambience, and sometimes even a resident ghost. My favorite places are: The Pink House, Local 11ten, Leoci’s, NobleFare, and a bunch of others.


The Bird Girl Statue from The Book is in The Telfair Museum. After the success of the book, they moved the statue from Bonaventure Cemetery to protect it. Now visitors pay to see the Bird Girl, and photos are not permitted.


The bench Forrest Gump sat on was a movie prop. It is in The History Museum in the Visitors Center. His suitcase is also on display, but I think someone ate the chocolates.


There are many other interesting things about Savannah that are too many to mention, but visitors to our fine city will most defiantly not miss our genuine southern hospitality.


And I don care if it is Tourists Season in Savannah I could never shoot one. They are just too darn cute.

JK Bovi


THE PASSENGER, an excerpt


The musky scent of skin, a brush on the shoulder, a gust of bitter air – all forewarn Elizabeth a spirit will soon seek her help to pass from this world to the next. Yet a living man’s wounded soul offers her the challenge of a lifetime.

With Halloween just days away, I wanted to drop by and treat everyone to an excerpt from my 1940’s ghost story, THE PASSENGER.

 The set-up:  Elizabeth Reilly has a gift. She can communicate with the dead. The ghosts appear to her as if alive in the condition they were at the time of their death.

At other times she can experience the moments that led up to their death. The passage below is one such time…

Gio veered the truck down a dirt road. “What do you do…in Boston?”

His voice was nice, almost soothing to Elizabeth’s emotional state, when it wasn’t so accusatory or threatening. “What do I do?” she asked.

Impatient with her again, he said, “Yes. How do you make a living?”

“Well, I don’t…at the moment. I live with my family.” She rubbed her arms to smooth the hair that stood on end. Utter panic swept her body. The sudden sensation of flight assaulted her. Someone chased her, and she ran for her life…

A woman ran into the middle of the road, glancing over her shoulder at something behind her. The long tattered dress she wore had rips at the hem and revealed dirty, bare feet.

“Hobby then,” Gio said. His voice reminded her where she was – in the truck with him.

Then pain shot through her head.

“Gio!” she screamed and grabbed his arm at the same moment the woman ran into the truck’s path.

“What are you doing?” He twisted the wheel sharply. The truck spun to the left and passed through the woman.

“No – no,” Elizabeth chanted on the edge of a sob. Her body grew ice-cold with a shiver that climbed her spine. The woman ran past the passenger side window. Her crushed skull exposed jagged, bloody bone. Dried blood covered one side of her dress. “You hit—” she groaned. The woman fled down the empty road then vanished out of sight.

To learn more about me and THE PASSENGER, please visit me at any of the following:

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Have a happy and safe Halloween! ~Joie

Joie Lesin

~Discover Love’s Haunting Journey Home~

Time for All Hallow’s Eve!

A spider’s web on a witch’s hat is all that you will see that relates to spiders today! Rusty is ready for Halloween! Isn’t she cute??? She’s lost her witch’s broom. But she really looks like she needs a cuddle. She’s one of the bears I make in my Wilde & Woolly Bear collection.
 Are you ready for Halloween?

The sun was trying to come up in the fog! We often don’t have much fog. But one morning, it was thick as the proverbial pea soup surrounding the house. I ran back inside to get my camera before it disappeared!

More of a view of the fog on a nice Halloweenish day, albeit a bit early. This was a view of my neighbor’s yard that normally you can see clearly. I’m always looking for neat foggy backgrounds for a vampire book cover, well, I had it!!!

Perfectly spooky, right?

All the ghosts and witches and wait, black and white kitties and a black and white panda bear? Oh well, they wanted to be part of the plan! My mother gave me the black and white kittens and panda. Except panda is distracted. Hey, look at the camera, this way!!

I had a black and white cat, Trixie, who was full of the devil and my baby for years. So I have a collection of black and white cats! Just pretend they are all black. 🙂

In Central Texas, we don’t have much in the line of fall colors. But one of my shrubs is really the showiest of all for changing colors. The first picture was taken of the pyracantha on Oct 1. As you can see the berries are just beginning to turn. I love them because for fall and pumpkin time, they change from green to…

…orange in the second picture. That was taken on Oct 4, the berries on top are even a brighter orange than the ones down below. We’re desperate down here for fall colors. So this is it!  And then in winter for Christmas, the berries turn red. Now how can you not love a tree that changes color to decorate itself for the holidays and you don’t have to do a thing???

And isn’t he cute? He’s taking his black standard poodle for a walk with a Count Dracula Bear.

If you have a chance and love something a little paranormal–the heroine in Winning the Highlander’s Heart has future visions which could brand her as a witch in Medieval times.

Book Of The Day – Winning The Highlander’s Heart
by Greg on July 17, 2012

Today’s Book of the Day is a highly rated Historical Highland Romance by bestselling and award-winning author, Terry Spear. Winning The Highlander’s Heart has an impressive 4.3 star rating and is $6.99!
“Terry Spear has crafted a masterpiece in Winning the Highlander’s Heart. Fans of Scottish medieval romance will delight in this page-turner which sweeps the reader back to England and Scotland during the reign of King Henry I. I highly recommend this book, brimming in lush historical details, set in vivid locations, and peopled with true-to-life, lovable characters.” NV – Amazon Reviewer

Winning The Highlander’s Heart
by Terry Spear
Rating: 4.3 Stars
Category: Historical Highland Romance
Price: $6.99

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Determined to avoid King Henry I’s randy advances, Lady Anice of Brecken attempts escape, wishing to find a Highlander to escort her home to her castle in Glen Affric where she will rule until she can find a laird worthy of her hand. Laird Malcolm MacNeill desires an English bride to improve his standing with those in power. But rescuing the Scottish lass from an escape attempt casts him into deadly political intrigue when the king sends Malcolm and his brothers to escort the lady home and investigate the disappearance of some of her staff. Now he must protect the king’s ward without losing his heart to the willful lass, or he could very well earn His Majesty’s wrath…and lose far more.

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The Accidental Highland Hero followed and this is James MacNeill’s story, eldest of the brothers.

Woohoo, Susan S gave a brilliant review of The Accidental Highland Hero!!! Thanks so much to Susan of Love Romance Passion.
This spicy historical will steal your breath and capture your heart.

The Accidental Highland Hero–Book 2
Lady Eilis Dunbarton’s life undergoes a drastic change with the death of her cousin, Agnes. Now she’s faced with the disagreeable prospect of marrying the man who was to be her cousin’s husband. Not by a change of contract, though. Instead, by deceit—pretending to be her cousin. But if her husband-to-be discovers she’s not really Agnes, her life is forfeit. So what choice does Eilis have but to flee?

When Laird James MacNeill’s clan rescues a half-drowned lass from the sea, there is speculation she is of the enemy clan, especially since she doesn’t remember her own name. James is immediately enticed with the lady, but his focus must remain on finding the proper bride. For if he does not wed soon, he must give up his holdings to one of his younger brothers.

Focus slips away with each day Eilis is close, and James finds himself contemplating the thought of taking her to wife without knowing her true identity.

But how dangerous would the end result be?

And what will happen if Eilis’s husband-to-be comes looking for her only to find her in the arms of another man?



B & N

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And of course there’s Dougald! He’s coming. Truly! 🙂 I’m at 87,000 on the story and still working on “ending” it. 🙂 This one has ghosts, with a fun humorous twist!


Highland Rake, book 3

Dougald MacNeill is searching for Cameron raiders on the MacNeill’s land, but what he finds instead is Lady Alana Cameron, Laird Cameron’s niece, betrothed to someone else, which means the world of trouble for him.

Alana has been sent on a mission–take care of a shepherdess, who is ill, living on the border of the MacNeill lands. But the woman explains a man she loves has a sick niece and he’s just across the border.  What Alana finds instead is one rakish Highlander, enemy of her kin, who takes custody of her to protect her from any other unscrupulous knave. Now she must face his brother and what he decides concerning her disposition, all the while dealing with her ghostly brother, and now Dougald’s dead sister–who instantly clashes with her own deceased brother!

Mystery abounds as the truth must be revealed concerning her own brother’s death and her father’s years earlier before whoever was behind it claims another life.

Coming by Thanksgiving!
And then, for a ghostly time travel western story, A Ghost of a Chance at Love will fit the bill.

All just perfect for Halloween!

Lisa Welsh only wishes to leave a messy divorce behind for a couple of days stay in Salado, Texas but wakes to nightmares and a cowboy in her bed, and she has no earthly idea how he got there. But the situation gets worse when she learns she’s now living in 19th Century Salado. Even more worrisome is the tall dark stranger, and everyone else in town believes she’s some woman named Josephine Rogers who is supposed to be dead.

Jack Stanton can’t believe the clerk gave him an occupied room at the Shady Villa Inn, but worse, he was ready to ravage the woman in that bed—until he realized his mistake. Now the woman he thinks is Josephine claims to be some other woman—and though he could never abide by Josephine’s fickle ways, this Lisa Welsh intrigues him like no other. Still, if she isn’t Josephine, he figures he best help her find her way back to where she really belongs no matter how much he wants to keep her with him.

Together, Lisa and Jack must solve the mysteries and face the troubles in their worlds or they will never be free to share the love that binds them across the ages.

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Have a wonderful day today!!!

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