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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.

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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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Friday Feature


The Widow’s Walk


Carole Ann Moleti

Today we are going to learn about the origins of Carole Ann Moleti’s book The Widow’s Walk the second book in her series Unfinished Business.


     Thanks so much to C D Hersh for hosting me today. I started writing the Unfinished Business series almost ten years ago. Most of my story ideas come from real life situations, and this was no exception. As a memoirist and essayist, I am always seized by a particular experience or moment in time and become obsessed with writing about it. And it is not uncommon for me to be writing about the same themes at the same time in both my fiction and nonfiction.

     In this case, I was opening up a summer cottage, pulling dustcovers off furniture and vacuuming up dead flies. I was seized by the idea of a woman opening a trunk of old clothing she’d found in the attic, and trying on the delicious Victorian dresses, shoes and hats. That was Saturday of a long July 4 weekend, and by the time we headed home on Monday, Unfinished Business totaled 15,000 words. My husband and kids were very angry, since I had missed almost all of the festivities. But writers know that when seized with the inspiration, you have to indulge. My critique partners loved it, but all said the same thing, “It’s not finished.” So I wrote forward and got up to about 25,000 words. It still wasn’t “done.” So I wrote backwards. Then the critique partners wanted to know more about what had happened to Mike and Liz in their past lives. A devout panster, I was really writing an outline for three separate books. So I went back to the beginning and wrote forward.

     The first book in the series, Breakwater Beach, was published in Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts in 2012. Written as a novelette, it is now being novelized and is almost ready to see the light of day. It introduces the star-crossed lovers, Edward and Elisabeth Barrett, and reveals why their ghosts are haunting their 1875 Victorian mansion. The Widow’s Walk, is the second book, and follows Liz and Mike, proprietors of the Barrett Inn, how they deal with their ghosts from past lives, and how Edward Barrett’s specter fits into the mix. The third book is still developing, but involves a storm literally and metaphorically sweeping across the Cape, threatening the historic inn and its living inhabitants. The series is full of sexy, colorful characters that defy the stereotypes of middle age. And it’s set in the historic Cape Cod sea captain’s town of Brewster, which is in my opinion, the prettiest place on the Cape.

     Where did all this come from? Like everything else I write a conglomeration of imagination and real life. I’ve vacationed on Cape Cod all my life. I grew up living on the waterfront, on motorboats and sailboats, and am the happiest sitting on a beach or combing the shores on nature walks. I am so obsessed with Victoriana, I believe I must have lived at least one past life at the turn of the nineteenth century. I write about that in a memoir piece Endless Possibilities, which was published in This Path). So, the characters remind me of composites of my beloved grandfather, father and uncle, who taught me how to swim, fish, and sail. And of great grandmothers I only knew from talking to my grandmothers and mother—all feisty and opinionated ladies who never really conformed to the conventions of their times.

     I’d love to answer your questions or chat about past lives other paranormal experiences.


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?20150206 Finalwidowswalk_200


     Silk rustled as she ran her hands over the dress. The lavender scent deepened as Elisabeth swirled around inside, Her mind went numb as the ghost took control. She slipped out of her clothes and stood naked in front of the mirror. She put up her hair, preening for her husband, before she stepped into the middle of the deep green skirts and pulled them up over her waist, slipped her arms into the sleeves, and twisted them behind her back to fasten the buttons. She used the buttonhook to do up the shoes, then peered out into the hallway.

     Liz bundled the sweat suit into her arms, along with the soap and paper goods, and hurried to the attic door. It wasn’t until she placed her hand on the banister and started up the steep staircase to the roof that Elisabeth’s needling eased. Like an addict in the throes of withdrawal, just the promise of being up there, her spirit communing with the long lost sea captain, offered relief.

Author Bio

Carole Ann Moleti lives and works as a nurse-midwife in New York City, thus explaining20150206 ColorreservedTN 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.

Carole’s Cape Cod paranormal romance novel, The Widow’s Walk, was published by Soulmate. Her urban fantasy short stories have appeared in the Toil, Trouble and Temptation Anthology and Haunted, Bites, Beltane, and Seers, all part of the Ten Tales series. Her review and commentary, memoir excerpts and creative non-fiction have been published in a variety of literary venues.


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