Title: Twelve Spirits of Christmas
Author: Kathryn M Hearst
Series: Tessa Lamar Novels #2
Release Date: November 8th 2016
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Two amazing men. A serial killer. A Christmas to remember.
Tessa Lamar is dreading her first Christmas without her beloved grandfather. They say the holiday season brings out the best and the worst in people. This year, it’s brought out a serial killer, who chooses his victims based on the carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
As Tessa comes to terms with her life as a Nunnehi, the Cherokee equivalent to fairy, she finds herself in cahoots with a ghost to stop the Christmas Killer before he strikes again. She must wrangle her magic, manage family responsibilities, juggle the men in her life, and discover the person she was meant to be, in order to save…
Seven Swans a Swimming
Eight Maids a Milking
Nine Ladies Dancing
Ten Lords a Leaping
Eleven Pipers Piping
Twelve Drummers Drumming
Twelve Spirits of Christmas is the second of the Tessa Lamar Novels, Paranormal Romances with a Southern twist. If you like Southern humor, supernatural creatures, and a healthy dose of romance, then you’ll love this series. Be sure to check out Kindle Scout winner, The Spirit Tree, to read the beginning of Tessa’s journey.
**GUEST POST – WRITING FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE by KATHRYN M. HEARST***
Hi, I’m Kathryn M. Hearst, or Kate, and the author of “Twelve Spirits of Christmas,” Book 2 in the Tessa Lamar Novels, a paranormal romance series with a Southern twist. I had no idea what I signed up for when I decided to write these stories in which some of the characters and parts of the story come from my childhood memories.
To protect the guilty, or to maintain some mystery, I won’t tell you which of the events are true. Instead, I’d like to share the inspiration for three of my characters. Most people have experienced the loss of a beloved grandparent or family member. We remember bits and pieces of events and fill in the gaps with family lore, rumor, or wishful thinking. As time passes, reality fades into something closer to myth. The setting and characters in “The Spirit Tree” and “Twelve Spirits of Christmas” were born from a woman’s recollections of a little girl’s memories.
Gram Mae is based on my Great-Grandmother Mae. She was old for as long as I can remember, and the most loving person I’ve ever met. She lived in a little pink house on my great-aunt and uncle’s property, slept with a pistol under her pillow, and was four-foot nothing of a spit-fire Southern Lady. Sadly, she passed away my freshmen year of high school.
I believe that our loved ones are never far from us. I am reminded of Mae in the most unexpected places, Yankee Candle, for instance. I had smelled a dozen scented candles, mostly earthy or food scents. I’m not overly fond of floral scents, but was drawn to a gaudy pink candle labeled rose-something-or-another. Instantly, I was five years-old sitting in Mae’s bathtub. The small rose shaped soap had melted, leaving the water murky.
Tastes also bring her back to me. Watermelon with a sprinkle of salt, iced tea sweetened with the old-fashioned sugar-free syrup after her “sugar diabetes” diagnosis, cookies with a hint of cherry—all conjure memories of her weathered hands and mischievous eyes.
Kathryn and her Uncle Charlie
Dottie and Charlie are based on my great-aunt and uncle. Charlie, a full-blooded Cherokee, was quick to smile and had a baritone laugh that could rattle the walls. Dottie whose real name is Bette, is as wise as she is strong. She inspires me with her ability to exhibit grace under pressure. Her losses have been tremendous, and still she loves with her whole heart. (I love you, Aunt Bet!)
As an adult, I don’t have a lot of spare time to sit and remember my childhood and the people who made it magical. Writing this series allowed me to dig into the experiences and role models that shaped me. My sincere wish is that readers will enjoy my characters, and perhaps see some of their own childhood and family in the novels.
Thank you. I hope you enjoyed learning a little about my family. I write paranormal and contemporary romance with characters who are as quirky as I am. Born and raised in the South, my stories have down-home humor, old-fashioned manners, and families that will make you cringe.
About the Author
Kathryn M. Hearst is a southern girl with a love of the dark and strange. She has been a storyteller her entire life, as a child, she took people watching to new heights by creating back stories of complete strangers. Besides writing, she has a passion for shoes, vintage clothing, antique British cars, music, musicians and all things musical (including theater). Kate lives in central Florida with her chocolate lab, Jolene; and two rescue pups, Jagger and Roxanne. She is a self-proclaimed nerd, raising a nerdling.
The Order of the Sinistra Dei is her first series and includes titles, Feast of the Epiphany and Feast of Mercy. Kate’s novel, The Spirit Tree, won a publishing contract with Kindle Press through the Kindle Scout contest. Her short stories have been published in various anthologies.
Want to know more? My website is the best place to learn more about my books. I’ve included the first chapter of each of my published novels on my blog.