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Finders Keepers

An Almost Gothic Love Affair

Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place

A bride is sent off into the unknown to marry a stranger on All Hallows Eve, October 31, 1749. What she finds on her arrival is enough to make her skin crawl.
Limping footsteps, blood-curdling screams, smoking torches, and a house on a cliff… A man she only sees in the dark, his breathing labored behind a mask.
“A betrothal is as good as the wedding vows. You cannot leave.”
“Am I your prisoner?” “You shall stay here until you bear me a child. Then you can stay or go, the choice shall be mine!”

The how and why behind Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers was my contribution to the Soul’s Day Boxset, which released on October 20th, 2020. The Boxset achieved No 1 bestseller status on Amazon. After running its course, it has now been disbanded, and the rights reverted to the authors. I thought 22 December 2020 a good date for a relaunch, after another round of edits, and sporting a new cover. The old one is on the left. 

Then the Boxset came up. I sat down with all my notes for Darkest Midnight. It didn’t take much to change the theme from Christmas to Halloween, and so Finders Keepers came about.

About me

I am an international bestselling author of spooky paranormal romance. The ghost stories had not been planned – I wanted to write an ordinary romance – you know the kind – boy meets girl, they fall in love, then boy loses girl and wants her back, bla bla bla. But that was not to be. Before I knew it, there was a persistent ghost on the page. But if he wanted to be part of my story, he was going to have to work for it, so I gave him a job.

The trick is to combine things that can’t be explained, sweaty bodies and rumpled beds in a way that will make the reader’s toes curl and hair stand on end.

The Other Me

I love cooking – being married to a chef, the passion for food must have rubbed off. The result is that I am nearly as passionate about creating new dishes as I am about creating alpha heroes for every woman to fall in love with, just like I do, every time. 

My Cats

And I love cats. At one time, I had eleven! Now my husband, Gareth, and I have only two as we’re living in an apartment. The black and white cat, Thom, was a Tuxedo cat, but he was killed by a car. His sister, pure black – unfortunately I don’t have a picture of her handy – is called Nightshade. Get it? The tabby is my baby, 14 years old, called Felix.

How I became a Bestseller

I have several books published, but my WIP pile is growing instead of getting smaller. Sometimes I worry that I won’t have enough time to publish them all. 

All my books feature ghosts, and they have varying levels of heat. There is the Bridesmaids, Weddings and Honeymoons series, 3 out of 5 published so far. Then there is the Moragh Saga trilogy. The first 2 books are out, and the last and final one coming mid-2021. Roxanne’s Ghost duology is a complex ghost story of identical twin sisters’ love for the same man. Have a look here:

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Finders Keepers

Teaser Tuesday sneak peek: Naomi


Teaser Tuesday! Naomi- a paranormal mystery coming soon by Mya O’Malley…
“What is it?” Bryce came to her side, pulling her up from her chair.
It was her worst fear. Bryce was such a prideful, stubborn man.

“Promise me that you won’t be placing yourself in danger. It’s one thing for me, I have to do this…“
“I’m not leaving alone you to scrap it out with an evil spirit. What are you saying here?”
“I’m saying that if something happens to you, Holly will be without her father. I won’t have that on my hands.”
She watched him clench his jaw and knew he was battling this out in his head.
“Damn you,” he conceded. ” But, hell, will you just get rid of him already?”