My Real Life Ghost Story
I told Pam I would talk about the locally famous haunted house (McPike Mansion, Alton IL) down the street from where I live, but I changed my mind.
Instead, since I write romance and am celebrating the release of my debut book, The Bull Rider’s Brother, I’m telling you the story of the ghost who tried to save me from a bad marriage.
I was just eighteen, summer between freshmen and sophomore year at college. Living at home, I was working swing shift at a local factory making plastic milk bottles. (As a side note, if you want to make sure your college age child returns to school after summer break, get them a job watching a machine make plastic bottles. I ran back to school after that summer.)
One day, I met the man who would become my first husband. He worked days at the same factory. We started dating, mistake number one.
Later that week, I saw one of the jokesters who worked my shift sitting on top of the pop machine right outside the door that lead to my workstation. I pulled aside the plastic strips to tell them they weren’t scaring me, and no one was on the top of the machine.
I figured it was my imagination.
That weekend, I was sleeping over at this guy’s house. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a woman sitting on the window sill. Her face sad. I sat straight up in bed, but again, no one was there.
I screamed, waking the still sleeping boyfriend. He turned on the lights and held me until I fell back into a fitful sleep. The next morning over coffee, he told me the history of the house. How he’d been told that a woman committed suicide in the house after finding out her husband had been unfaithful.
I swore I’d never enter the house again.
The boyfriend moved in with me, renting the house to a young couple. The renter husband robbed a small grocery store a few months later, killing the local owner with a single shot to the head.
Coincidence? Maybe. But the house had a dark energy, a bad feel. The boyfriend winded up losing the house back to the bank. Years later, we were married.
Fast forward a couple of decades, after finally divorcing the man who’d made my life miserable, I thought about the sad woman on the window sill. Had she been trying to keep me from making the same mistake she had, trusting the wrong man?
I’d like to think so.
So tell me your personal ghost story if you have one. If not, when was the last time you were scared?
Growing up in the middle of cowboy country, Lynn Cahoon was destined to fall in love with a tall, cool glass of water. Now, she enjoys writing about small town America, the cowboys who ride the range, and the women who love them. Contact her at her website – www.lynncahoon.wordpress.com
Blurb for The Bull Rider’s Brother
Rodeo weekend is the start of the summer the entire town of Shawnee, Idaho. On a girl's night out, Lizzie Hudson finds herself comparing her life as a single mom with her best friend's successful career when James Sullivan, the cowboy who got away, walks his Justin Ropers back into her life. Seeing him shakes Lizzie's world but James is in for an even more eventful weekend, learning he has a son. James has enough on his plate trying to manage his brother's bull riding career. Can he learn to redefine family and become part of Lizzie's life before she gives up on him and marries another?
The Bull Rider’s Brother is a series contemporary romance about Lizzie Hudson, a single mom who wants to keep her life just the way it is, thank you. The problems you know are less scary than the problems you don’t.
When James Sullivan comes back for the town’s rodeo weekend and finds out that his high school sweetheart had his child, six years ago, Lizzie’s world is thrown into turmoil and she must decide if safety and certainty are worth giving up on a chance for love. A love that an emotionally damaged James may never be able to return, breaking her and her son’s heart in the process.
WARNING: My current release The Bull Rider’s Brother from Crimson Romance – doesn’t have a touch of paranormal or high heat level, but if you like a sweet, emotional, small town romance, check it out.
My Lyrical Press release in November, A Member of the Council, is a hot, paranormal romance.