Spotlight on a Spook

The Ghostess & MISTER Muir

By J.L. Salter

Imagine being a beautiful ghostess – around 19 years old when you died tragically … 100 years ago. All that time basically trapped between two worlds and confined in the old hotel where your family resided at the time of your death.

You’ve chased away all the spook-hunters and terrified all the workmen who were renovating the first and second floors. You remember your boyfriend, run off by your fearsome, controlling father. You recall the insufferable creep Father betrothed you to in 1914.

Suddenly, into the suite you’ve called home for a century, walks a man who doesn’t believe in spirits and isn’t afraid of anything (except his own feelings). Why can’t you scare Levi Muir away?

But if he won’t be frightened off, can he be helpful in some way?

What would happen if Mr. Muir could inadvertently assist you in getting to the “other side” finally? But to get that close to him, is there a chance one of you might fall in love?

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No self-respecting Southern girl takes second place to a spook.


The first novel in
The Heart of Magnolia Series
by Astraea Press

Though he doesn’t even believe in spirits, it takes only one haunting for Levi Muir to become entranced with the beautiful ghostess.

A young veteran recovering from a wrecked relationship, Muir moves to Magnolia for his first year teaching high school English and resides in the renovated old hotel, which everyone knows is haunted.

Despite his skepticism, Muir senses a presence, then smells a unique perfume. Later, he locates an old portrait of beautiful Danielle Gregg, who lived in that suite a century ago, but experienced a tragic death.

His lovely new colleague, Lucy – science teacher and dedicated Spirit-Chaser – tries to convince Muir that the supernatural is real… and not to be taken lightly. Though Muir has been attracted to Lucy since the first day he spotted her, something begins to jam his thoughts whenever she enters his mind.

Intrigued by the beauty and sensuality of the mysterious woman in the portrait, Muir tries to learn more about the ghostess and her untimely demise. Though still skeptical of ghosts and hauntings, Muir can’t shake the feeling there could be more to Danielle’s mysterious 1914 death than the locals believe.

The more Muir encounters the lovely ghostess, the stronger his desire for even more contact! But Lucy’s willing to fight for Levi’s heart, because no self-respecting Southern girl takes second place to a spook.

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About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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20 Responses to Spotlight on a Spook

  1. I seriously have to make sure I take the time soon for this one, Jeff! I wish you the best of luck with it.


  2. Now that I am back to reading this is the one that I am reading. I can’t wait to see what happens.


  3. jeff7salter says:

    Very cool. What part are you on now?


  4. jbrayweber says:

    As always, you are so witty. I know I will enjoy this one. It’s sitting squarely on my TBR list that I am ever-so slowly whittling away at.


  5. pjharjo says:

    Great story outline, Jeff! I’ve gotta READ this!



  6. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I loved the television show, and I love your writing, so I know I’ll love this one, too. Congrats, and hope the Magnolia series continues!


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