Truly, is there anything better than a story of love so strong it never dies - of obsession, possession. Of being haunted by the ghost of a former love - of being consumed by it, unable (and unwilling) to break free? All of this and more is coming in HOLD MY PLACE (Black Spot Books, January 2022) from award-winning poet and novelist Cassondra Windwalker, and I'm pleased to share the cover reveal.
Obsession never dies.
When librarian Sigrun falls head-over-heels for the sophisticated and very married Edgar Leyward, she never expects to find herself in his bed—or his heart. Nevertheless, when his enigmatic wife Octavia dies from a sudden illness, Sigrun finds herself caught up in a whirlwind romance worthy of the most lurid novels on her bookshelves. Sigrun soon discovers Octavia wasn’t Edgar’s first lost love, or even his second. Three women Edgar has loved met early deaths. As she delves into her beloved’s past through a trove of discovered letters, the edges of Sigrun identity begin to disappear, fading into the women of the past.
Sigrun tells herself it’s impossible for any dark magic to be at play—that the dead can’t possibly inhabit the bodies of the living—but something shadowy stalks the halls of the Leyward house and the lines between the love of the present and the obsessions of the past become increasingly blurred—and bloody.
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Lindy Miller Ryan is an author, editor, and spooky things enthusiast who occasionally makes crafty things and bakes.