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Her General in Gray
by Linda Nightingale
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Releasing: April 7th, 2017
Autumn Hartley purchases Allen Hall at a steal, but the northern lass gets far more than a beautiful plantation in the South Carolina Low Country. The house comes complete with its own ghost, a handsome and charming Civil War General—for the Confederacy. The stage is set for another civil conflict.
John Sibley Allen died in battle from a wound in the back, the bullet fired by the turncoat, Beauregard Dudley. The traitor’s reincarnation is Autumn the Interloper’s first dinner guest. Sib bedevils her date and annoys her with fleeting, phantom touches, certain he can frighten her away as he did previous purchasers. As time marches on, her resident ghost becomes more appealing while her suitor, Beau, pales in comparison. Autumn finds her ability to love didn’t perish in the divorce that sent her south seeking a fresh start.
After over a century in the hereafter, Sib discovers he is falling for none other than the feisty Yankee girl, but what future could a modern woman and an old-fashioned ghost possibly hope for?
“Stand aside, spook.” Dudley marched into the room, made as if to push past him, but Sib stood his ground. Folding his hands in supplication, he begged the woman he’d wounded to understand. “God knows, Autumn, I didn’t mean to hurt you. The whole ugly thing is his fault.” His finger jutted at Sib. “If he hadn’t challenged me to a duel—”
Grabbing the other man by his knit shirt, Sib prepared to frog march him back the way he’d just come. “She doesn’t want to see you, Dudley. Your very presence is disturbing and harmful.”
“Let her be the judge of that.” Dudley tried to wrest free.
From the bed came a weak cry that froze them in place. “Stop it. You’re both upsetting me. The two of you in one room mix as well as oil and water. Sib, leave. Beau, stay.”
Sib freed Dudley, turning to gape at Autumn. Why was she ordering him out, siding with, the traitor? The redhead dusted off his clothing and straightened his shirt. His triumphant expression tempted Sib to smash a fist into his mouth, wiping away his gloating smile. Instead, he offered Autumn a quick bow.
“I’ll be outside the door if you need me.” Why had he given this stranger the power to so damage his feelings? Because she can call me into corporeality? Perhaps, being a ghost wasn’t as bad as he’d thought. That she should take his killer’s side hurt more than he believed possible.
She nodded, refusing to meet the question in his eyes. He spun on his heel, walked calmly across the room, and closed the door without looking back.
But Sib left a vital part of his heart in that sickroom.
Please tell us a little bit about your book. What inspired the themes in your story?
Her General in Gray is a different story than I’ve written before. I always liked the movie The Ghost & Mrs. Muir and that theme is the theme for Her General. I knew nothing of the New England coast, so I set it in a part of the country I love—near Charleston, South Carolina—in the moss-strewn oaks of the Low Country. And the hero, I knew, was a ghost, a Civil War General for the Confederacy. The heroine came naturally. She had to be from north of the Mason-Dixon line. They have to inhabit the same his, which he feels is his by right, and she feels is hers by virtue of a purchase. He can’t scare off the feisty Yankee girl as he did the ones who came before.
Do you outline before you write? or just dive right in?
I do not outline. I’d get tripped up, and the story would never turn out the way I planned. I write by the seat of my pants, always beginning with one character, usually the hero, but this time, the heroine jumped on stage to denounce the hero.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I love Oscar Wilde. I used to read Anne Rice until she took a turn I couldn’t follow. I read for Beth Trissel (The Wild Rose Press) and she reads my drafts as well. I enjoy Beth’s writing very much. What are you currently reading? The first in Beth’s new series, The White Lady.
If you could visit any setting from one of your books, which one would it be and why?
I’d like to live in Charleston, South Carolina. Just driving along the Battery with its beautiful house or taking a drive in the country where Autumn’s and Sib’s before her plantation would have been.
Who are your celebrity inspirations?
I don’t really have any. I watch TV rarely, like: Lucifer, Humans, Lethal Weapon, and Poldark. I love Johnny Depp. If you were to cast your characters, which actors would you choose? For Sib (the hero), I don’t know. Probably Johnny Depp. For Autumn, most likely Michelle Pfeiffer if she were young enough, but let’s think…I don’t know.
How do you come up with the names of your characters?
John Sibley Allen (the hero) is my grandfather’s real name. Autumn Hartley just was an Autumn and Hartley, I guess the same.
Name one item you can’t live without.
A car. I love cars, and in Houston, you almost have to have one. But I like sports cars—roadsters with drop-tops. I need to write.
What are some of your hobbies?
I like to attend events with my car club. I love to dress up and have formal dinner parties for my friends, and don’t even mind washing the good crystal and china by hand. I love to travel and am spending the month of May in England.
If you were presented with the opportunity to travel through time, which period would you choose and why?
Restoration England. No contest. Ooops, well maybe the late 1800s when the Duke of Windsor, then Edward VIII, King of England, was a single man. I think he is really handsome, but I’d have to be a lot shorter.
What’s next for you?
A Dark Fantasy from the Black Rose line of The Wild Rose Press, still in the galley phases, is about the most famous fallen angel of all and his journey to forgiveness—or making the wrong throw of the dice. Title: Gylded Wings.