We've surpassed the half-way mark for November. How's that holiday thing working out for you? Planning for the next one? This time of year they all start to run together depending on where you live. Time to put your feet up and read for a while. We've got a new one for you today. It's THE HAUNTING OF HOTEL LaBELLE by Sharon Buch binder. It falls into the Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy category.Here's the cover:
If that short and to the point description isn't enough for you, here's the longer version:When hotel inspector, Tallulah Thompson, is called in along with her pug, Franny, to investigate renovation delays, she meets an extremely annoyed and dapper turn-of-the-century innkeeper. The only problem is he’s in limbo, neither dead nor alive, and Tallulah and the pug are the first to see him in a hundred years.
Cursed by a medicine woman, “Love ‘em and Leave ‘em Lucius” Stewart is stuck between worlds until he finds his true love and gives her his heart. When he first sees Tallulah, he doesn’t know what he’s feeling. Yet, her stunning beauty, and feisty attitude pull him in.
With the fate of Hotel LaBelle on the line, Tallulah with the help of a powerful medicine woman turns Lucius back into a flesh and blood man. She and Lucius team up to save the hotel, but Tallulah can't help but wonder if he will ever let go of his past love and learn to love again.
And ooh-la-la we've got a book trailer for you. We love book trailers here at Supernatural Central:
Sharon stopped by Supernatural Central to answer our fave questions. Here's what she had to say:
SC: Tell me a little bit about your main character of this book.SB: Dashing and dapper innkeeper, Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em Lucius Stewart is cursed by a powerful Medicine Woman when she believes he has wronged her daughter. Stuck in limbo, neither dead nor alive, Lucius cannot escape until he finds a woman he loves more than his hotel—and who loves him back. For over a century, he’s watched as new owners have come and gone. The latest owner is making changes he doesn’t like but can’t control, that is until Tallulah Thompson arrives and can see him. Thunderstruck, he can’t believe this woman has the sight and he resists falling in love because he’s still in love with a woman who died a hundred years ago. Torn between the past and the present, a lost love and new opportunity for love, Lucius has some decisions to make--but will he relinquish his hold on his past?
SC: You have to watch out for those Medicine Women. They can be kind of spooky. Do you believe in the paranormal and if so, do you have an experience you can share?
SB:Yes, I do. I’ve had many experiences. Here is one that had a lot of witnesses and still stands out in my mind..When I was in college, I shared a duplex with four other women. The day I moved into my attic room, as I unpacked my boxes, I heard my roommate shout, “Sharon!” I ran downstairs, only to find Cindy in the shower. When she came out, I asked if there had been a problem.
She smiled. “Oh, I forgot to tell you. We have a ghost.” This ghost moved things around, knocked things off shelves and mimicked other roommates’ and even boyfriends’ voices to get attention. She also paced a hallway that ran from the kitchen to the bedroom on the main floor.One night I pulled an all-nighter for an Organic Chemistry exam (not my best subject!). I had a little dachshund, named Bisou, who went everywhere with me. That night I studied in the kitchen, drinking gallons of coffee, memorizing benzene rings. I decided to take a little nap. I cuddled on the couch with Bisou and closed my eyes. The doxie started shaking and whining and I heard the footsteps. They came closer and the dog became more agitated. The ghost was standing right next to the couch and the dog was in a frenzy.
“Please,” I said, “I need to get some rest, this exam is really important to me. And you’re making my dog crazy. Could you please go away?”The ghost’s footsteps receded from the side of the couch, down the hall and then stopped. I aced the exam (a miracle).
After I had been living in the haunted duplex in for a few months, I invited my sister-in-law and brother over for dinner to meet my new boyfriend, my roommates, and see the place. My room was in the attic, and at $25 a month for rent (5 women, $125 total!) I wasn’t complaining about my space. I was very happy to be there and grateful to have such a bargain. The ghost was almost an added value at that point.We had appetizers, did not really get to dinner, when my brother, a Vietnam vet and Green Beret who to this day keeps in touch with buddies from the 82nd Airborne, said, “Why don’t you show us the place?”
My then boyfriend had already been repeating all the strange events (with embellishments) that I had told him about and was making Twilight Zone music.As I led my brother and sister-in-law up the stairs to my room in the attic, the now very annoying boyfriend said, “Ooooooo! Can yooooou feeeeeel the spiriiiiit?”
“Yes, I can,” my brother said. “She’s right next to me, has shoulder length brown hair, and is wearing a brown print dress. She’s very lonely.”My brother turned on his heel without even reaching the attic and raced down the stairs. At the bottom of the stairwell he said, “I have to go! She’s all over me. It’s like she’s so happy I can see her, she’s trying to get under my skin.”
My brother and astonished sister-in-law ran out the door. The dinner party was over and so was my relationship with that idiot boyfriend.PostScript: Ever since that night, my brother literally “sees dead people.” I always thought it was interesting that I heard them. It’s as if each of us got one part of the psychic abilities, but not the whole package!
SC: That's a great story, especially the part where you dumped the dud. Seem like you're a woman who gets things done. What titles are you working on now that you can tell us about?SB: I am working on two books and have a novella on the backburner. In Bury My Heart: Book Two of the Hotel LaBelle Series, Emma Horserider, a horse whisperer and secondary character in the Haunting of Hotel LaBelle, gets her man in the form of a tattooed biker and remote viewer named Bronco who works for her brother. In Kiss of the Burmese Prince: Book Three of the Kiss of the Jinni Hunter Series, a new jinni hunter inherits her dotty old grandmother’s estate and discovers she was employed by the OSS, the precursor to the CIA and was not the least bit crazy. The novella is tentatively titled The Billionaire Cowboy Baron’s Surprise Baby, and as you can tell from the title, there’s a rich cowboy, a surprise baby and an unexpected romance.
SC: That was fun! Thanks for the engaging responses, Sharon.
Sharon Buchbinder has been writing fiction since middle school and has the rejection slips to prove it. An RN, she provided health care delivery, became a researcher, association executive, and obtained a PhD in Public Health. When not teaching or writing, she can be found fishing, walking her dogs, or breaking bread and laughing with family and friends in Baltimore, MD and Punta Gorda, FL.
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Goodreads author page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4417344.Sharon_BuchbinderSharon came to us today via Bewitching Book Tours.