Rumors of a ghostly presence haunt Julianne’s Cornish autumn in the series’ charming fourth installment.
What began as a bit of teenage mischief in the village quickly became stories of spooky lights and ghost sightings in the wood. Being sensible, Julianne is more worried about whether she can finish her kids’ costumes in time for the annual Halloween contest—and whether husband Matt and his eager assistants will be selected for the exclusive Brookshire Garden Design Competition. So when everyone in town begins flocking to the local ‘ghost walk’ tours Julianne assures her wide-eyed children it’s just a case of imagination run wild…until she experiences her own brush with the supernatural, that is.
Real or imagined, Julianne can’t shrug off what she saw, or even bring herself to confide in sympathetic Matt for advice. Best friend Kitty is on hand to help, despite her usual family battles, including that of her cousins’ shady new scheme to profit from the town’s ghost mania. But even Julianne’s friends can’t fully understand her need to find a solution this time, one that leads her on a quirky quest from local lore, to meetings with the village’s ragtag paranormal club, and even a creepy abandoned cottage hiding secrets in the woods.
Fun Facts about Cornish Gold at Summer’s End
Thanks so much to Els for letting me drop by and share about my newest romance read. It’s book four in my Cornish series about event planner Julianne’s life in a cozy village where there’s never a dull moment. From digging for ancient artifacts to helping coordinate a reality baking show, Julianne has seen it all—or so she thought. But as Halloween approaches, bringing with it rumors of a ghost haunting the village woods, Julianne finds herself facing some rather unexpected fears. It’s among her most unusual experiences since arriving on Cornish shores, and I thought readers might enjoy a glimpse of some of the more ‘spooktacular’ facts behind its creation (sorry, sorry…couldn’t resist!). So here’s a bit of trivia, and I do hope it gets you curious about the story.
1) It’s no secret that I love to binge watch episodes of Midsomer Murders when I’m working on a new manuscript. One of my all-time favorites is the creepy and atmospheric ‘The Silent Land’, which makes use of such beloved horror tropes as a supposedly haunted sanatorium and a murder in a graveyard. It also features a spooky ghost walk tour, which very much helped to inspire the one in Julianne’s village that draws locals and tourists alike—only without any grisly murders to interrupt this one, of course.
2) Speaking of Midsomer Murders, the derelict cottage that Julianne and Kitty visit in the old wood is every bit as foreboding as ones you’ll find in certain classic episodes of the British mystery show. It also owes a bit of its inspiration to the even creepier old house described in Agatha Christie’s By the Pricking of My Thumbs. This would include the resident jackdaw that gives Julianne quite a fright while she’s searching its rooms, much as Tuppence is startled by the sound of one in the chimney in Christie’s book.
3) Finally, the Youtube vidoes made by the local paranormal club Julianne visits following her ‘ghostly encounter’ are a nod to such popular reality shows as Ghost Hunters and Buzzfeed Unsolved Supernatural. Of course, Ceffylgwyn’s version is lot less successful when it comes to documenting the village’s so-called haunted spots…but maybe their passion makes up for their lack of professionalism. Whatever their shortcomings, Julianne hopes they’ll help her shed some light on her own experience, as well as the other mysterious happenings plaguing the town’s Halloween season.
If all that peaks your curiosity, I hope you’ll be sure to check out Julianne’s latest adventure (and maybe her previous ones too!). Books one through four in the series are now available at major eBook retailers, with book five already on pre-order.
Thank you, Laura Briggs and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
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