Elizabeth Carr and her friend Kimberly Henson are psychically gifted and have worked together for years to help unfortunate souls find peace and go into the Light, a calling which has brought them much joy and adventure—and trouble and heartache.
When John Carter, internationally acclaimed screen actor, meets Liz and Kim at a party and tells them of McCann’s Manor, they accept the invitation to live at the Manor for a year try to help its restless spirits.
They soon find themselves in the midst of a puzzle that could prove too much for even their honed paranormal skills. Nothing is what it seems. The doors Liz and Kim open may not be so easily closed, should they change their minds about the endeavor they have taken upon themselves, and a secret more sinister than they can imagine is waiting for them inside the passages of McCann’s two hundred-year-old Manor . . .
Now available in eBook and print from http://www.gypsyshadow.com, as well as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online distributors. McCann's Manor: Portal is the first of the Actor's Guild Paranormal Mystery Series. The second in the series, The Bakery Murders: Challenge, will be available in eBook form soon. Whispers From the Past: Vendetta in process. The Actor's Guild series combines elements of fantasy, mystery, paranormal and gothic genres to produce a haunting and spellbinding story of possession, love and betrayal.
Kim arrived as a corpse was being hauled outside in a body bag. Two men were maneuvering an ambulance gurney down the beautiful stone walkway. Pulling her car around to the parking area, she saw more police cars. What was going on? She was stricken—could something have happened to Liz? She watched all the people dressed in uniforms and street clothes going about their various jobs, none of them paid any attention to her at all.
What had happened? The weight of what she was seeing replaced her initial shock and she hurried to the entrance, but was denied access by one of the deputies, who stepped in front of her and spoke.
“I am sorry, ma’am, but you can’t go in there just now. We are here on official business.”
“The hell I can’t go in!” She spat at the deputy, leaning forward, trying to see who was inside. “I live here. Where is Liz?”
“Over here, Kim!” came a familiar voice from the hallway, right inside the door. “It is okay; she does live here.”
Kim walked to her friend’s side, took one look at her and added more questions to the barrage that were battling to be first from her mouth. “What happened to your head? Who did they take out in that horrible body bag?” Her best friend looked dazed and had a growing bruise on her forehead.
Liz reached up and touched her head, found the knot was quite large. “I am fine. I fell and hit my head. The body bag is Ben McCann—and Timothy.” She turned to go down the hall and into the library. “Come sit and talk to me.”
To Kim’s hearing, Liz sounded much too calm for the information she was conveying. “You are kidding!” she exclaimed. “I am gone for the afternoon and when I come back you have found McCann’s body? Where?” Kim, still shell-shocked, sat in one of the high-backed chairs by the windows, close to Liz and spoke in exasperation, “You scared the you-know-what out of me—I thought it was you in that body bag.”
Liz felt her friend’s dismay, but answered with a smart-ass barb, “How do you think I would have gotten into that kind of shape all by myself?” She squeezed her friend’s hand and sat back again.
huntressreviews.com by Amanda Kilgore
Soul sisters Liz and Kim have no idea what they are letting themselves in for when they accept the challenge to live in McCann's Manor for a year and during that time heal the profound psychic wounds that have made life impossible for any living being who tries to inhabit it and sheer torture for the spirits trapped there.
The two young women have dealt with ghosts and so forth all their lives; that bond has cemented their friendship into something as profound as a family tie, or better, but they have never faced anything like this. Tortured souls, ancient grudges, reincarnation, and evil from the Pit itself lie in wait for them. If they are not careful, Liz and Kim might not be rewarded for their efforts but condemned to something that makes death look tame. Yet, if they can vanquish the source of the disturbances, they will not only be rich, but perhaps find love.
* * * * Seldom have I read such a complex novel. Ms. Holley has done a fantastic job of world building here. The ghosts are not mere cameo phantoms, but fully realized individuals. The feature that has a platinum star is her use of relationships. Such strong bonds of friendship are not incorporated often enough in fiction, much less life. It's refreshing to see and should keep this series a winner. * * * *
nightowlromance.com by Diana Coyle
This story written by Charlotte Holley was absolutely fantastic. From the very first paragraph I was hooked. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to continue on Liz and Kim’s paranormal journey through McCann’s estate.
Ms. Holley told quite an impressive story within these pages. The storyline was intriguing from the very beginning and I loved the twists and turns the author created for her readers. I loved this book because it had the perfect elements of mystery, romance and paranormal activity all rolled into one. I loved how the characters were portrayed and their interaction with one another was extremely believable. I was transported into the McCann’s estate seeing the story through my eyes as if I was another character who was trying to make sense out of all the paranormal occurrences. I honestly loved this story and thoroughly enjoyed the ride Ms. Holley took me on.
Without a doubt, not only will I read more stories by her, but also I will highly recommend this story to all readers. This story is a perfect Halloween read, but rest assured, you will love it anytime of year!
Anne K. Edwards for http://www.Mysteryfiction.net
If you are one of the fans of old mansions that are haunted, you will love this tale of mysterious disappearances, an old house's history, romance, murder and all the other genres that blend to tell a great tale as crafted by talented author Charlotte Holley. Join Kim and Liz as they undertake to heal the house with several surprises in store for them and you, dear reader.
Liz and Kim are approached by actor John Carter to take on the task of healing an old house as part of an estate he is a lawyer for. Seeing no reason against it, the two women agree and soon move into the house. It isn't long before things start to happen.
A brooding atmosphere, secret passages, ghosts, hidden rooms, even a bit of time travel keep the ladies on their toes as they come to grips with the depth of the problems they face and the number of ghosts in residence in the house. They aren't so sure they can handle the task set to them.
These aren't ordinary ghosts who say 'boo' and retreat, they are spirits with personal vendettas and unfinished business. You'll find them as interesting as the characters in their actions and interactions with people and each other.
A fun read altogether and one you will not want to put down until the end. I'm pleased to highly recommend this as a tale that will have you feeling like one of the characters. You'll start to jump at unexpected noises and beware, not all hauntings take place in the dark. So if you live in a creaky old house, read with the lights on.