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The inspiration behind her book series

by

Carole Ann Moleti

My family has vacationed on Cape Cod since I was very young, and I have always been intrigued by the history of the Brewster sea captains and their wives

I had the sudden inspiration to write a story about a woman who finds a trunk of old clothes and learns sad truths about the person who they once belonged to. The Unfinished Business series begins with a ghost story (Breakwater Beach: Book One) and continues with how past life experiences influence our fears, fantasies, and choices (The Widow’s Walk: Book Two).

The inspiration for Storm Watch: Book Three came when I was siting on the real Breakwater Beach in Brewster, Massachusetts on the Cape and there was a fisherman in his beached boat, waiting for the tide to come in. Just like the hero Mike would have been. But one of my most favorite of secondary characters in Storm Watch is Harley, a hermit that lives in on Wing’s Island, which is cut off from the mainland at high tide.

I met Harley (not his real name) at a book sale. Tall and shockingly thin, he was wandering around the festival in the park barefoot and stopped to chat. About two hours into the conversation I learned that this 90ish year old gentleman had grown up in Brewster and lived in a yurt on a nearby beach. He told me about his adventures and experiences as child finding the ribs of an abandoned boat on the Brewster Flats at high tide. And his memories of serving in the Merchant Marine during World War II before he returned to the Cape.

I bought him lunch, and he invited me to come visit him. He directed me to turn right at the rusty mailbox with the crooked pole off a local road. I passed by it many times, but it was clearly marked as private and I was reluctant to wander in there unannounced. The mailbox disappeared last year, so my invitation expired. But that gentleman is immortalized as Harley–and I have a very soft spot for both of them in my heart.

I’ve hunkered down during many hurricanes myself. And if you think this excerpt foreshadows a terrifying, realistic, and characteristic scene you are correct.

Sandra retrieved her bike. “I need to get to Harley.” She was always alone, and had never once mentioned any friends or family.


“Who’s that?”


“My friend. He lives in a Mooncusser’s cottage on Wing’s Island. Ninety-six years old and been there longer than anyone can remember. And he says he’s not leaving no matter what comes along.”


“What’s a Mooncusser?” How could she not have heard about these cottages—and Harley—before this?


Sandra’s spaced out stare returned. “One room fisherman’s shacks built at the turn of the twentieth century. When Harley’s father and grandfather died, he just stayed there with no plumbing or heat other than a rain barrel and a coal stove. The bay practically laps at his door on moon tides.”


“Ah, that’s why they cuss at the moon.” How, in the midst of preparing for a Category 5 Hurricane approaching could this distract her?


“I’m going over there now to see if I can convince him to come stay with me until this whole thing blows over.”


“You’re not going to evacuate?” Liz’s gut roiled.


“Goddess no. Cape Codders are tougher than that.” Sandra bowed like she was wishing Namaste after a yoga class and hopped onto her bike.


Author Bio:

Carole Ann Moleti lives and works as a nurse-midwife in New York City, thus explaining her fascination with all things paranormal, urban fantasy, and space opera. Her nonfiction focuses on health care, politics, and women’s issues. But her first love is writing science fiction and fantasy because walking through walls is less painful than running into them.

The Unfinished Business series, Carole’s Cape Cod paranormal romance novels, Breakwater Beach, The Widow’s Walk, and Storm Watch were published by Soulmate. Boulevard of Bad Spells and Broken Dreams: Void of Course is forthcoming.

Urban fantasies set in the world of Carole’s novels have been featured several of the Ten Tales Series: Haunted, Seers, Beltane, and Bites as well as in the short horror anthologies Hell’s Kitties, Hell’s Heart and Hell’s Mall.

Excerpts of her memoirs, ranging from sweet and sentimental to edgy and irreverent, have been published in a variety of literary venues. Carole was awarded the Oasis Journal award for best nonfiction in 2009. She has a piece in the acclaimed Shifts and Impact feminist anthologies.

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Friday Feature

BOOK THREE IN THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS SERIES

STORM WATCH

By

Carole Ann Moleti

Thanks so much for hosting me today. Storm Watch is the third book in the series, which I started writing as short story I called Unfinished Business, back in 2006. That initial piece was published in Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts. Truly unfinished, it was the middle of the story, and I was encouraged to “novelize” it by adding the backstory for Liz and Elisabeth, which became Breakwater Beach. Then I wrote forward to expand on Mike and Jared’s stories. Storm Watch brings all the characters and their ghosts back onstage together.

I’m excited, but a little sad because this is the last book in the series, at least with Mike and Liz as the hero and heroine. I’ve toyed with the idea of writing two more books, one focused on Mae and Kevin, and one based on Sandra. Based on past experience, once I’m sitting on Breakwater or Paine’s Creek Beach this summer, or walking the Brewster Flats, I’ll be dictating scenes from Book Four into my Dragon app. Good thing I go walking alone early in the morning else people would think I was nuts.

All these books have strong autobiographical themes, though most people will not pick up on those unless they know me very well. Sure, the birth scene harkens back to my work at the North Shore Birth Center. But the characters are composites of people I know, put into situations I’ve encountered when on the Cape or wandering around Boston, my adopted city where I lived during my midwifery internship. I’ve put up some of my favorite images on Pinterest boards for the Unfinished Business series, Storm Watch, and Liz’s Boston.

There is so much I’d love to talk about, but I’d really rather answer questions readers might have about the series, or the individual books. So, read the blurbs and the excerpts on my website to get a feel and ask away. Better yet, subscribe to my newsletter. All new subscribers get a free PDF of Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, plus special announcements, bonus content, and all my tour information , including sales.

Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter by July 5 for a chance to win an ebook copy of one of the books in the series.

Preorder link for Storm Watch is https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073DJZLD3

Go to my Goodreads Author Profile where the book is previewed.

Link to my blog so guests can enter the Rafflecopter at bottom of the page.

http://www.caroleannmoleti.com/appearances/storm-watch-cover-reveal-and-rafflecopter/

Blurbs:

Storm Watch: Book Three

Mike and Liz thought they’d gotten control of the specters haunting the Barrett Inn. But things get very complicated when they’re the ghosts from your past life. The Category Five Hurricane bearing down on Cape Cod appears to be headed directly for them–or has it been spawned from inside them? Knowing it’s their last chance to end the hauntings, Mike and Liz must decide whether to run or to defy evacuation orders. Will they survive the storm?

Breakwater Beach: Book One

Liz Levine is convinced her recently deceased husband is engineering the sequence of events that propels her into a new life. But it’s sea captain Edward Barrett, the husband that died over a century ago, who has returned to complete their unfinished business. Edward’s lingering presence complicates all her plans and jeopardizes a new relationship that reawakens her passion for life and love. What are Captain Barrett’s plans for his wife, and for the man who is the new object of her affections?

The Widow’s Walk: Book Two

Mike and Liz Keeny are newlyweds, new parents, and the proprietors of the Barrett Inn, an 1875 Victorian on Cape Cod, which just happens to be haunted. By their own ghosts. The Inn had become an annex of Purgatory, putting Mike, Liz, and their infant son in danger. Selling the historic seaside bed and breakfast was the only answer, one that Liz and her own tortured specter refused to consider. Were they doomed to follow the same path that led to disaster in their previous lives? Was getting out, getting away, enough?

Excerpt of Storm Watch:

Mike passed the living room where the flashback of an emaciated Mary, in a hospital bed, being tended to by a hospice nurse, wiped all the good feelings away. He pushed past it, into the kitchen.

Mary stood at the stove, stirring and filling bowls with noodles and dumplings and gravy. He smelled lily of the valley, her favorite perfume. Wine-tinged bile rose into his throat. The light dimmed, and all the other voices in the room went silent as she hummed some catchy 80’s tune. The glass fell from his hand and shattered, but he didn’t hear the glass breaking or feel the blood-red wine soaking his feet.

“Dad! You okay?” Allison ran toward him.

The room brightened. “Yeah, my hands were still wet.” He eased himself down to the floor to pick up the glass shards.

“Careful, don’t cut yourself.” Mary knelt beside him. Her hair smelled like lily of the valley as it brushed his cheek.

Mike reached for her, and tumbled into the void when she vanished. He landed on the heel of his hand, miraculously avoiding the splintered glass, coughed, and shook it off. “Get me a paper towel. Damn. Waste of good wine.”

Jay stared. Dana brought a roll of paper towels.

Allison mopped up the spill. Concern etched her face. “Dad, you’re exhausted!”

His cheeks burned, and his hear raced. Mike tried to act nonchalant and hauled himself up. “Yeah, I’m tired. And hungry. Let’s eat.”

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