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This is a “romantic interlude” in the Dori Orihuela paranormal mystery series and currently available as an ebook for just $1.99.
From the back cover:
When we last left Dori Orihuela, she received a shocking message slipped to by her high school flame, Gavin Salazar.
Girl in the Mist picks up where we left these two lovers as Gavin sweeps Dori off to a romantic weekend in Carmel, California. Their charming cottage, hidden in the cypress trees, holds a dark secret. A young woman appears in the mist, not knowing her name or how long she’s been dead. When Dori tries to find out what happened to this broken young spirit, everyone she encounters refuse to speak of what happened.
Dori also has a few secrets of her own that she’s hoping never to tell Gavin … even if holding onto them could destroy the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
Haven’t read Lost in the Light? Get it book today because the short story contains references to the plot.
Q&A with Mary:
What should we expect with Girl in the Mist?
It’s sexy, surprising and spooky. This short story is about trust and the secrets we keep that wind up chipping away at trust. It takes place three months after Lost in the Light and Dori hasn’t quite ‘fessed everything up to Gavin about her abilities to interact with the dead. Also, he hasn’t introduced her to his young daughter, Bella. What is supposed to be a romantic weekend becomes a showdown between these two and definitely sets the tone for their relationship going forward.
Will Vicente be back?
You know, he did earn his happily-ever-after so it would be cruel to bring him back. But you never know.
What inspired you to write a short story?
I was in Carmel, CA with my family during the New Year and Dori and Gavin just wouldn’t get out of my head. My husband and I were talking about a spooky cottage that we stayed in six years ago and the idea came to life. When we returned home, I wrote the draft in three days and then focused on refining and editing the story. I had to cut out the first five pages because with short stories, you have to get to the point and keep the narrative streamlined. My worst fear is not bad reviews but that I’ll bore readers! I really miss them now that the story is finished and in your hands. In fact, I’m now outlining the next book.
When will the second book be released?
Lost in Whispers is not yet written but my goal is late 2013 or early 2014. Most likely late 2014! It will be based on a real case that a retired officer shared with me, and I’m excited but also scared. I don’t want to screw it up, nor disrespect the dead! My plan with this series to is to write novels and short stories for who knows how long.
What is it about Dori that has captured your imagination?
She and I are a lot alike. I’m not as tough as her. One sign of trouble and I’m out the door! So in that way, I really admire her courage. We’re similar in our stoicism. I will not always speak my mind and when I do, those who know me understand that circumstances have really pushed me to the edge! I also admire Dori’s willingness to help people, especially the dead who are trapped and have no way out.