Christine Rains is not only one of my critique partners and a good friend, but is the author of the awesome 13th Floor series. I have enjoyed every story she’s written in this series and have been excitedly anticipating the launch of her final instalment; The Ghost. I don’t want to give away too much, but with everything that has happened in the previous stories, we now learn there’s been someone watching from the shadows.
Myths of ghosts stretch back to pre-literate cultures. There are so many names we know them by: spooks, spirits, souls of the dead, specters, apparitions, phantoms, and shades. And those are only a few. In every culture, there are beliefs about ghosts, and more particularly, the human spirit and afterlife.
Most people believe ghosts to be the spirits of people who have died. The souls linger on for whatever reason be it revenge or to watch over a loved one. Some haunt places, objects, or people. There are those that wander. In a few cultures, ghosts can travel between the world of the living and the dead to carry messages or preform acts for the gods. They can be good or evil, but most people see the phantoms as frightening no matter their intentions.
Chiharo Black is the protagonist of the final book in the 13th Floor series. She’s the spirit of a young woman who was murdered in the building. She doesn’t know why she’s still around, and she cannot leave the property, but she’s learned a lot about being a ghost over the years. She can touch inanimate objects and move them. Jeremy Emerson a ghost tied to a person, and he believes it’s because he needs to take revenge on his murderer. He’s not as powerful as Chiharo, but he can at least travel where he wants to go.
Jeremy and Chiharo must battle a demonic phantom. There are those that believe ghosts are demons in disguise or that the spirits of evil people turn into demons. Either way, it’s bad news when one sets its sights on you. For the heroes of THE GHOST, it’s their own souls and those in the building at stake.
Do you believe in ghosts? What do you think they are if you do?
The Ghost is available to buy from:
Title: The Ghost (The 13th Floor series, #6)
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: July 13th, 2013
Blurb: Chiharo Black lives with six supernatural tenants in a haunted building’s mysterious thirteenth floor. Of course, no one knows she’s there except the cats. Being a ghost can be a bit frustrating and lonely, but it isn’t as bad as her mother made it out to be.Until another ghost intrudes on her territory. Jeremy Emerson wants revenge on the vampire that killed him and won’t stop until he has it. To top it off, a nightmarish shade sneaks in and leeches the energy from the building’s residents before setting its sights on Chiharo and the thirteenth floor. She can’t decide which one is more frightening: the one wanting to eat her soul or the one who might win her heart. Chiharo must convince Jeremy to stand with her against the hellish parasite. If they cannot work together, the greedy fiend will not only drain their energy but everything that supports the thirteenth floor’s existence.
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Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she’s not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She’s a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.