First, I am pleased to welcome, Dena Garson and Katie Ward, the heroine from Dena’s newest release Ghostly Persuasion. Congratulations on the book Dena. I’m so glad you ladies could visit with me today.
Dena, why don’t you provide us with a setup of the story?
When American-born Katie takes her mother’s ashes home to Ireland, she finds hunky but spellbound Seamus loitering in her suite at Castle Tullamore. Seamus is surprised Katie can see and hear him because he was turned into a spirit three hundred years earlier. He acts as her personal tour guide, not only showing her the historical sights but introducing her to voyeurism and a variety of other carnal delights. As frustrating as it is for them to not be able to touch each other, they push the limits as far as possible.
Katie is determined to help Seamus break the spell cast on him by the wife of a previous lord, a woman he refused to take as a lover. With help from a few castle ghosts and the local witch, the two of them aim to free him and find a way to be together in the flesh.
Now, Dena, I have a couple of questions for you first. How did you two meet and what made you decide to tell this particular story?
I was invited to Tullamore by a group of writer friends. While I was finding my way around the castle, I ran into Katie. Being a fellow Americans in a foreign country, we chatted for a while.
Katie’s adventures fascinated and amused me. I’m flattered she felt comfortable enough to share her story with me.
This story has supernatural elements that some people don’t necessarily believe in. Were there any parts of Katie’s story you disagreed on or had a difficult time believing yourself?
Not really. Myths and legends have always appealed to me. And Ireland is full of them. If something is odd or unusual, it will catch my attention.
The only thing I had trouble wrapping my head around was with as many sexual encounters as Katie and Seamus had together, what happened when Seamus, er… well, how he finished. I mean, most guys make a mess when they cum. What happens when ghosts do? Do they just spurt dust??
*Anne laughing* OMG. You’re so right. I hadn’t even thought of that. Good question!
Katie asked Seamus about it, so you’ll have to read the book to find out what he said. I’m not telling!
Ooh! Shoot. *snicker* Interesting image though, I have to admit. I think I’ll be watching for little dust bombs next time I’m in a haunted house. LOL.
Katie, let me just say it’s so nice to meet you and I’m very happy that you could join us today. Tell me, what drew you to visit Tullamore Castle in particular?
Actually, I went to fulfill a last request for my mother. She was Irish and wanted her ashes taken home. Specifically, she wanted them scattered on a beach on Tullamore land where she had met my father.
Oh my. That’s so sweet.
Now, I understand you have some special abilities. Can you tell us about those?
My mother came from a long line of gifted women, the Mac au Bhairds. She had the sight. I’ve always been able to see and hear ghosts.
My cousin, Riona, whom I met during my stay at Tullamore, has many amazing gifts. She’s been teaching me about our heritage and how to channel more of my abilities.
Hmm. I’m thinking you and I need to sit down for private tête à tête. I’m really intrigued to learn more about that…but another time
Now, for the juicy part. Tell us about Seamus? How did you meet him and what’s he like?
Actually, Seamus showed up in my room right after I had checked in. He was laying on the bed like he owned the place. I thought he was in the wrong room. He didn’t look like a ghost, so I threw something at him to get his attention and it went sailing into his body. Needless to say, he was just as surprised I could see him.
No kidding. I’m thinking, a beautiful woman like you, he was there to do some spying thinking he was in the clear. (oh, funny lol!)
We starting talking and next thing I knew he was showing me around the castle. Although, some of the things he showed me were meant for an over-18 crowd!
Hmm. I think we need to talk a little more about that.
Seamus is wonderful. He’s patient and adventurous and I am so thankful to have met him. Did I mention he’s really good with his hands?
*Anne shakes head and chuckles* And how did he become a ghost?
He’s not technically a ghost. He didn’t die. A crazy woman cast a spell on him about 700 years ago and turned his body to spirit form.
But he’s still invisible right? So, can’t he just drop in on you without you knowing? I’m thinking I’d be worried about having an invisible peeping Seamus while I was in the shower. Or, maybe that’s not such a bad thing
Apparently you should be worried about that! There are quite a few ghosts running around Tullamore. Seamus admits to having watched many guests at the castle over the last 700 years.
When they built The Dungeon, a BDSM club in what used to be the castle’s dungeon, a decade ago he had even more interesting things watch! I didn’t know what I was getting into when Seamus led me there for the first time. Wow!
Okay, honey, we really, really need to talk. Do you have time for a coffee after this?
Now, I’ve done some homework, how in the world does a ghost and a human have fun in the shower, or the bedroom, when you can’t touch each other? At least I’m assuming you couldn’t touch each other. I’m envisioning some very interesting possibilities though.
You know, great sex is half in your head. And there are a lot of things you can do without physical contact.
Mmm, okay. *personally, I prefer a personal touch, right, down…* Oops, sorry, got a little distracted. *clears throat and takes sip of water*
Seamus and I were both able to feel sensations when we touched from the very beginning. I felt a cool tingle and he said he felt warmth. It was rather interesting, actually.
Then, thanks to a short ride on the enchanted elevator in the castle, we were able to do bit more than watch each other.
So everyone is going to want to know – can Seamus become a flesh and blood man? Where is he right now?
Right now he’s the brooding man standing over in the corner waiting for me. He said he would go shopping for curtains if he got to stop at the lumber yard on the way home. He loves to do woodwork.
Poor guy. Maybe he can come for coffee with us. *waves over to Seamus*
Dena, while you were writing their story, how difficult was it to work with a man you couldn’t see or hear?
That was a challenge, actually. Katie had to relate everything he did and said. I worried about missing out on his perspective of things but he told me later he was fine with telling the story through Katie’s eyes.
I have to say, Katie’s story really intrigues me. Dena, how about sharing a sample of Ghostly Persuasion for us?
Katie took a moment to memorize the door they had come through in case she needed to find it again. From the corner of her mouth she whispered to Seamus, “What the hell have you gotten me into?”
“Just exploring your darker side.”
She walked along the outer edge of the large, central room, looking at the furnishings and the people milling about. “What dark side? I’m not aware that I have one.”
“Everyone does. Some are just darker than others,” Seamus replied. “I’m curious about yours.”
“I suspect you’re going to be disappointed.”
“I doubt it, Little Katie.”
Katie turned to look at him. Even with the lower lighting she could see the sincerity and even a touch of admiration in his expression.
Heat warmed her cheeks. “Thank you.” She continued her stroll along the perimeter. When she passed one of the doorways she slowed her pace and looked down the darkened passage.
She could hear voices but not well enough to know what they were saying. A crack echoed in the small area, startling Katie. Her gaze flew to Seamus. “What was that?”
“What did it sound like?” he asked.
“A whip,” she whispered harshly.
“It probably was.”
“Seriously?” Katie’s voice squeaked.
“Hard to say. I’d have to look to be sure.”
“I’d say that was a very noticeable sound, wouldn’t you?” she asked, somewhat offended.
“Normally, yes, but that sound could have also been a leather-encased hand making contact with a bare arse.”
Katie’s mouth fell open. She blinked to clear the image from her mind. “What?”
“It’s very possible down here.”
She put one hand on her hip and held up the other one in a “stop” gesture. “Okay. Where exactly is here?”
“The Dungeon,” he said without inflection.
“And what exactly is the Dungeon?”
He smiled that smile that made Katie think he knew something she probably needed to know.
“It’s a place for people with similar interests to get together in a safe environment.”
Katie had the feeling there was more to what he was telling her.
“The woman who led us in here said something about engaging in play. What did she mean by play?” she asked.
“She meant sexual play.”
“Sex?” Her eyes nearly bugged out of her head.
“No. Sexual play.”
“There’s a difference?” she asked.
“In here? Absolutely.”
“I’m still confused,” Katie admitted.
With a jerk of his head, he said, “Come on. It’ll be easier to show you than to explain.”
“I think a drink is in order first,” she said.
“As you wish.”
Katie found the bar and ordered her favorite mixed drink. The familiar warmth in her stomach helped settle her nerves. She was a little out of her element and had no idea what to expect. The only thing keeping her from running out of the room was the necklace the woman said would keep anyone from approaching her.
“Are you okay?” Seamus asked.
“Um, yeah. I think.”
“You don’t have to stay if you’re not comfortable. But I promise you are perfectly safe here. They do not tolerate harassment of guests or violation of any rules.”
She took a deep breath. “Okay.”
“If you get uncomfortable, just tell me and I will show you the fastest way out.”
“Thanks,” she said with a smile. “That helps.”
Okay, I have to admit. I’m running out right now to get this book. Well, after our coffee.
Thank you so much Dena and Katie. It’s been an absolute pleasure to visit with both of you today. Hmm, what are the chances of getting Seamus to sit down and talk with me? Any chance you could bring him by some time, Dena?
Maybe. He’s been busy working on their cottage lately though. I have it from a reliable source that their family will be expanding in the near future.
Oh my! That’s fantastic! Can I congratulate them or is it a secret? They’re not getting a bird are they?
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