Story Inspiration: Love Letter

This is the second post in my inspiration series. If you missed the first post, head here to find out what inspired Restless Spirits!

loveletter-1400x2100The inspiration for Love Letter was initially the inspiration for the original draft of the upcoming Kindred Spirits. When I first began work on that book, I’d had the idea to introduce the ghost du jour by bringing a haunted object into the house. Originally, the haunted object was a rare comic book, and the ghost was a teenage boy. The teenager stuck around for the final draft, but the comic book as means of bringing him into the lives of Ron, Joe and Chris didn’t survive past the first partial exploratory draft.

Still, I thought using a haunted object to introduce a new ghost into Ron’s life was a fun idea, so when the time came to write a novella to help promote turning Restless Spirits into a series, it seemed like a natural place to start.

I came along this desk during an unrelated online search and I thought it looked like something Ron and Chris would both fall in love with for Chris’s new home office (which doubles as Ron’s ghost-writing space). I started thinking about the kind of person who might have owned it previously, and suddenly I had my ghost.

As I started writing Love Letter, I thought it was going to be more horror and mystery than anything, but as Brandon’s story came out I realized that I was dealing with a tragic love story. There aren’t really any horror or mystery elements in this one, but there’s plenty of humor to balance the tragedy, thanks to Ron’s quirky outlook on life and death. There’s also plenty of banter between her and both her sister and Joe, which is always fun to write.

Love Letter is now available wherever e-books are sold. Head over to Vinspire Publishing for all of the links to grab your copy today!

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I Did an Interview and Other Announcements

Here are various and sundry news-ish items you might like to know about:

  • I was interviewed by author H. Shussman for her blog. Among other things, I discuss who my favorite (of my own) characters are, which authors inspired and shaped my own writing, and my advice about both traditional and self-publishing. Head here to check it out.
  • Yesterday I sat down and started plotting the next entry in the Restless Spirits series, which I’m tentatively calling Bound Spirits. I still need to flesh out the subplots and put everything into outline form before I begin the first draft, but I think the main plot is pretty well hammered out.
  • Lastly, this doesn’t really have anything to do with my books, but I want to offer congrats to my pal Erin Palette for making it to the 10th bloggiversary of Lurking Rhythmically, which has featured a couple of my short stories in recent years. Erin is a vastly talented writer in her own right. If you’ve never read her blog, head over there to see what you’ve been missing for the last decade.

And hey, don’t forget that Love Letter (a Restless Spirits novella) is now available for 99 cents wherever e-books are sold! Here’s the Amazon link, and here’s the Vinspire page with all of the links to buy.

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Today’s the Day! Love Letter is Here!

loveletter-1400x2100Restless Spirits: Love Letter (the updated version from Vinspire Publishing) officially launches today! If you pre-ordered it it should have been delivered to your e-reader overnight, so sync up your devices and make sure it’s there. And if you haven’t ordered it yet, head here to see all the places where it’s available.

In this standalone novelette set one year following the events of Restless Spirits, sisters Ron and Chris Wilson find a new challenge when a tortured spirit suddenly appears in the house Ron is haunting alongside her ghostly paramour, Joe.

After paranormal investigator and medium Chris Wilson buys an antique desk for her new office in the renovated house she shares with Ron and Joe, Ron discovers the desk came with an unexpected bonus: a failed author who died of a heart attack in the middle of a nasty argument with his wife over that very desk.

With Chris’s help, can Ron and Joe help this tortured spirit make contact with his wife and find the peace he needs to move on to his final rest? Or will they be stuck sharing their home — and Ron’s ghost-writing space — for the foreseeable future?

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Frequently Asked Questions

(Or rather, questions I made up that I imagine some people might be wondering about)

Q: Is this the sequel you’ve been working on and talking about forever?

A: No. This is a novelette-length (a little under 10,000 words) short piece I wrote to promote the Kickstarter campaign I ran to garner interest in a sequel back in 2015. It’s set about a year after the events of Restless Spirits, so it can be considered a mini-sequel. The full, novel-length sequel, Kindred Spirits, is recently completed and will likely come out later this year.

Q: Do I need to read Restless Spirits before I can follow this story?

A: Nope. This is a stand-alone. You don’t need to have read Restless Spirits in order to understand what’s going on, nor will you need to have read Love Letter in order to keep up with Kindred Spirits. Of course, reading them all in order will fill in some small blanks and provide a richer experience, but it’s not necessary. If you want to check out this shorter story to decide whether this series might be up your alley, it’s not a bad starting place.

Q: Where does Love Letter fit in to the series timeline?

A: Love Letter bridges the gap between Restless Spirits and the forthcoming sequel, Kindred Spirits.

Q: Restless Spirits is available in paperback. Why is Love Letter only available as an e-book?

A: Because it’s under 10,000 words in length. That would be a pretty thin paperback.

Got any other questions? Fire away in the comments!

Restless Spirits 2 is off to the publisher – AND it has a title!

At long, long last, I’m pleased to tell you that the full-length sequel to Restless Spirits that I spent all last year (and then some) working on is FINALLY finished and turned in to my publisher. No word yet on when they plan to release it, but I’m guessing we’ll be looking at another Halloween-adjacent launch.

Of course I had to give it a real title before turning it in. After a lot of deliberation and highly scientific online polling, I settled on Kindred Spirits. That’s not officially official until my editor approves it, but seeing as how I believe that was one of her suggestions back when she rejected calling it “Ghost of a Chance,” I feel pretty good about its chances of survival.

Stay tuned to this space over the coming months (or better yet, head here to sign up to my newsletter) for updates on things like an official release date announcement, excerpts and the eventual cover reveal!

And don’t forget — the mini-sequel novella, Love Letter, set about a year after the events of Restless Spirits, comes out next Tuesday! Head here to pre-order your copy!

Love Letter: A Restless Spirits Novella by Jean Marie Bauhaus

 

Restless Spirits: Love Letter Available to Pre-Order!

loveletter-1400x2100Good news, ghost fans! Love Letter, my mini-sequel to Restless Spirits, is available to pre-order!

In this standalone novelette set one year following the events of Restless Spirits, sisters Ron and Chris Wilson find a new challenge when a tortured spirit suddenly appears in the house Ron is haunting alongside her ghostly paramour, Joe.

After paranormal investigator and medium Chris Wilson buys an antique desk for her new office in the renovated house she shares with Ron and Joe, Ron discovers the desk came with an unexpected bonus: a failed author who died of a heart attack in the middle of a nasty argument with his wife over that very desk.

With Chris’s help, can Ron and Joe help this tortured spirit make contact with his wife and find the peace he needs to move on to his final rest? Or will they be stuck sharing their home — and Ron’s ghost-writing space — for the foreseeable future?

Pre-order Love Letter so it will be automatically sent to your device as soon as it launches on January 31st! Click here to get it for Kindle, or click here to get it for your Epub device!

Haven’t read Restless Spirits yet? Here’s where you can get a copy!

 

Restless Spirits: Love Letter Cover Reveal!

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Here it is, for those who missed it (i.e., for those who aren’t signed up to my mailing list and who didn’t come to my virtual launch party–if you’re in those groups then this is old news): Vinspire Publishing’s brand new cover for Love Letter, the Restless Spirits mini-sequel novella!

Love Letter bridges the gap between the end of Restless Spirits and the beginning of the forthcoming full-length sequel. It’s scheduled to be released exclusively in e-book format on January 31st, 2017.

And ICYMI, here are links to all of the excerpts from Restless Spirits I’ve posted here over the last couple of months, and here is where to get your copy of Restless Spirits.

Restless Spirits: Love Letter Cover Teaser!

loveletter-teaserVinspire knocked it out of the park again with another great cover for my Restless Spirits mini-sequel novella, Love Letter! Here’s a teaser of the new cover.

Those who came to my Facebook launch party got to be the very first to lay eyes on the whole, undistorted cover, but for those who couldn’t make it to the party can still be among the first when I send out the official Love Letter cover reveal to my mailing list later this week! Be sure you’re signed up to my author newsletter so you don’t miss it!

Newsy Bits about the Restless Spirits Series

Just a few updates about this long road to publication . . .

  • Restless Spirits is up on my publisher’s website, and I’m told that pre-ordering will open up soon. In anticipation of this, I’ve gone ahead and put a button on the home page. I’ll send out a newsletter to announce when pre-ordering is available.
  • I have decided not to hold a local launch party for Restless Spirits, because life is just too crazy at the moment and the timing is terrible. With the help of a friend, though, I’m looking into the possibility of doing some bookstore signings locally, and some Tulsa-area indie bookstores have expressed interest in carrying it.
  • I WILL be doing a Facebook launch event, but I don’t have any details on that yet. Stay tuned.
  • Restless Spirits: Love Letter has been turned in to Vinspire and has a release date of January 31, 2017!
  • Edits of Restless Spirits 2 (formerly known as Ghost of a Chance, actual title TBD) are coming along, albeit more slowly than I’d like, because of said craziness of life. But things are progressing, and progress is good.

6 weeks, y’all! Squee!

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So this happened, and now the RESTLESS SPIRITS series is going to happen.

So I can finally tell you what I’ve been working on this past six weeks or so: a little something entitled GHOST OF A CHANCE.

“…wait, what?” you might be asking. “Isn’t that the sequel to RESTLESS SPIRITS? Didn’t you say that after the Kickstarter campaign failed to reach funding that you weren’t going to be writing that?”

Yes, it is, and yes, I did say that.

“So why are you writing it now, Jean? And why were you being so dang secretive and coy about it?”

Well, my good reader, there is a good reason for that, on both counts. And that reason is this:

*ahem*

I’ve signed a multi-book publishing contract to do a RESTLESS SPIRITS series.

Let’s all just hold hands and jump up and down and go EEEEEEEEEEEE! for a bit (something I’ve been doing at regular intervals for the last two months ever since I got the offer).

All good? Okay, then. Now let me tell you a story. And fair warning to my secular-minded readers, this story has a lot of God-stuff in it, because it’s impossible to tell it accurately without it. If you don’t like it, just go back to EEEEE-ing some more.

This story actually begins some time last year, when I first decided to write a sequel. I began drafting it, and made a lot of progress on that draft, but it was going in a rather steamy romance novely direction that I wasn’t entirely comfortable with. So I set it aside, and thought a lot about whether I was telling the story I actually wanted to tell, and prayed a lot about the direction it should take.

Fast forward to this summer. I knew that doing a series based on RS was probably a sound business decision, but I still wasn’t sure about the book I had started. I was still praying and asking for direction as I tossed out that original draft and did a new outline. And with several other things to write on my TO DO list, I still wasn’t sure whether this series was the best thing for me to be focusing on.

So I got the idea to do a Kickstarter, to not just cover the production costs and buy me the time to write the book quickly, but also to gauge whether there was enough interest to justify it. And I told God that I was leaving the future of this series in His more-than-capable hands–that if the Kickstarter campaign didn’t have His blessing, I would accept that and move on.

Well, it didn’t. So I did, completely unaware of the fact that God had other plans. Better plans.

Fast forward to October. With the Kickstarter in the rear-view mirror, I had moved on to outlining and planning another go at RADIUM TOWN. I was getting myself all set to start drafting it during NaNoWriMo when I received an e-mail from one Dawn Carrington, the lead editor at Vinspire Publishing.

She had read RESTLESS SPIRITS, and she loved it. She loved it so much that she did some investigating and found that it was self-published and that I had recently scrapped plans to write and publish a series.

Would I still be interested in writing a series if her company published it?

So we had a phone call, and more e-mails, and then there was a contract, and some back-and-forth negotiations, and now I’m officially signed on with Vinspire Publishing to release new editions of both RESTLESS SPIRITS and RESTLESS SPIRITS: LOVE LETTER, and to write GHOST OF A CHANCE as well as a third, un-named sequel.

I don’t yet know the publishing schedule, beyond the fact that I’ve got until August of next year to get GHOST completed and turned in. Meanwhile, I’ve had to pull the indie editions of both RS and LOVE LETTER and eradicate all advertisements for them from this site. I’ve got a lot of paperwork ahead of me, and I’ve got to make some minor revisions to the first two books and put them in a format that conforms to the publisher’s guidelines.

I’ll be doing another post discussing in detail why I decided to go the traditional publishing route with these books. For now I just want to say how grateful I am, both to God and to Dawn Carrington and Vinspire, for opening this door, and how excited I am to see where it will take me. And if you’d like to hear more about how my faith played a roll in bringing this about, I’ll be writing about that in more detail over at Daydream Believer.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Now Available! Restless Spirits: Love Letter

Restless Spirits: Love LetterRestless Spirits: Love Letter, the mini-sequel to Restless Spirits, officially launches today — and it’s FREE for the Kindle! Get it here!

Not sure? Here’s the description:

In this standalone novelette set one year following the events of Restless Spirits, sisters Ron and Chris Wilson find a new challenge when a tortured spirit suddenly appears in the house Ron is haunting alongside her ghostly paramour, Joe.

After paranormal investigator and medium Chris Wilson buys an antique desk for her new office in the renovated house she shares with Ron and Joe, Ron discovers the desk came with an unexpected bonus: a failed author who died of a heart attack in the middle of a nasty argument with his wife over that very desk.

With Chris’s help, can Ron and Joe help this tortured spirit make contact with his wife and find the peace he needs to move on to his final rest? Or will they be stuck sharing their home — and Ron’s writing space — for the foreseeable future?

Prefer Epub? It’s also currently free to download from these retailers:

Barnes & Noble
iTunes
Kobo
Scribd
Oyster
Inktera

…and international readers can also find it free on Tolino.

Happy reading!