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Shaking Off the Dust
by Rhianna Samuels   

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Publisher:  Samhain Publishing ISBN-10:  1599988518/Ebook Type: 


Copyright:  January 1, 2008 ISBN-13:  9781599989990/Print

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Shaking off the Dust is currently available E-book at Samhain Pusblishing. It will be available in print November, 2008 at all book outlets.

Paranormal Romantic Suspense. Dr. Tom Mecurio, an arrogant dead nuerosurgeon: Hannah Campbell, a smart mouthed emergency room nurse: and Takeshi Shimodo,a quiet disciplined research nuerologist come together to form an odd alliance. Thier goal is to find the terrorists that bombed the plane on which Tom died coming home from a medical convention in Madrid.

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When Hannah Campbell attends a memorial service for the neurosurgeon who once saved her life, the last thing she expects is a lightning strike that knocks her out cold and blasts her lungs full of the departed's ashes. Things only get weirder when she wakes up to find the deceased standing over her hospital bed, insisting she help him track down the terrorists who blew up his plane. Professor Takeshi Shimodo doesn’t know what to believe when smart mouthed Hannah appears on his doorstep, claiming to be haunted by the ghost of his best friend. Yet she exhibits some extraordinary psychic abilities. And her determination to find justice for the crash victims, in spite of her fragile health, touches his heart. Takeshi's acupressure techniques are meant to calm Hannah's erratic heartbeat, but the longer they are together, the more his magic fingers have the opposite effect. Soon, their passion flares hotter than any lightning strike. But now the terrorist they seek is hunting them. And the FBI is suspicious Hannah knows just a little too much. Without some "spiritual" help, they haven't a ghost of a chance.    


I looked over at my ghost. The dogs jumped up on the couch and were overlapping him. Shimodo ignored the animals. The crazy woman across from him won the moment. I took a breath and decided to jump in.

“Since I woke up at the memorial service, I can see, hear and talk to Tom Mecurio. I could be hallucinating and need medication. Believe me, I have a fertile imagination, so it’s possible. My fantasy physician insisted I come to you. Despite the fact you are very attractive and have been kind to me, even I would not be so bold as to bring you into my psychosis. Tom tells me that he can answer questions only you and he might know the answers to. That way he can prove that he continues to exist.” I turned to look Tom. “Does that cover it all?”

“Yes, I might have explained it better, but it covers the essentials.”

“You can truly be obnoxious.”

“I’m never obnoxious.” He sounded like he believed it.

I shook my head and curled my lip at him. I faced Shimodo again and smiled. “Sorry, I’m not at my best today. And well, Tom’s kinda gotten on my nerves. So please ask some questions that I can’t possibly know the answers to so we can be done.”

“Is Tom on the couch? You were speaking in that direction.”

“Yes, Prizzi and Bette Lou are trying hard to sit in his lap.”

Shimodo expression became wary. “Were you dating Tom?”

“Heavens no!”

“God no,” Tom said simultaneously.

I glared at Tom. “No. We know each other as nurse and doctor, and as patient and doctor.”

“And yet you know the names of his dogs. He always called them P and B,” Shimodo informed me.

“Yeah, that’s why I was laughing when you opened the front door.” I couldn’t stop the grin that those names brought to my face. The dogs whined as if they knew we were talking about them. When my attention returned to Shimodo, he was still watching me like I would give him a clue I’d not shared yet. I didn’t flinch away from those eyes. “Have you thought of some questions yet?”

“I’m sorry, I haven’t. Give me a moment.”

“How about you?” I asked Tom.

“Sure, I’ve been trying to think of some obscure bits of information that only Takeshi or I would know. I thought of a couple.” He looked at his friend.

“Well, spit it out.” Bitchy me. I needed to go home, and now I had to go to the emergency room first.

“We had a code phrase that we put on the dorm door when either of us had company and didn’t want to be disturbed. ‘Studying with a lab partner.’ I nicknamed his Uncle Myamoto. I called him Mo.” Tom shrugged.
Shimodo stared back at me, curious.

“Tom’s telling me about your dorm code, which was studying with a lab partner. His nickname for your uncle was Mo.”

Shimodo’s gaze never left my face. He was disappointed with me.

“What? Believe me when I tell you, those are things I didn’t know.”

“Often in an intimate relationship lovers will share amusing stories out of our past. I am not convinced that you didn’t have a deeper relationship with Tom. I admit, you are not his usual type, but people in love will do strange things. I would have thought he would not hide such a relationship, but he might have.”

I must have appeared stunned. Tom bordered on outrage.

Shimodo held up his hand. “You yourself admit this may be a hallucination. I must be sure. I know from personal experience that there are things said in private that would otherwise not be shared.”

“That soul-sucking bitch, Kim, has ruined him for life,” Tom muttered. “I can understand him not trusting you, but I’m his best friend.”

“Then prove it,” I snapped back at Tom.

“What?” Shimodo asked.

“He’s ranting about a person named Kim and he called her—”

“Quiet, woman, she was Takeshi’s fiancée,” Tom shouted.

I shut my mouth.

Shimodo’s eyes went cold. “Please continue, Miss Campbell.”

“Hannah, call me Hannah. Sorry, he mentioned her and now he’s mad at me for repeating it. I can’t catch a break here.”

“Your involvement must have been very intimate for him to have ever discussed my past with you. Was your relationship with Tom new?” His words implied something unspoken. “Tell me the truth, Miss Campbell. I am surprised I found no evidence of your association in his home. If you have left something of yours here, all you need do is ask and I shall return it to you.”

Professional Reviews

Coffee Time Romance
ISBN #1-59998-851-8
January 1, 2008
Samhain Publishing
283 pages
Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5/5 Cups

Hannah Campbell was an emergency room nurse having one of the worst days of her life. She’d been attending a funeral of a colleague; while scattering his ashes the wind blew them back into her face. After inhaling some she gets hit by lighting. When she regains consciousness she starts seeing the ghost of Thomas Mecurio, the dead man the funeral was for.

Takeshi Shimodo is a neural researcher whose best friend, Thomas Mecurio, has just died. When Hannah is electrocuted by the lighting, Takeshi feels it is his duty to stay with her until she was out of danger. Once she is doing fine he returns to Thomas’s house to deal with his estate. With no family, Takeshi is left to deal with Thomas’s house and belongings.

Hannah finds the dead Thomas bothering her since she is the only person who can see and hear him. She goes to Thomas’s home to convince Takeshi to help her figure out why Thomas cannot move on. Hannah and Takeshi find they have a budding passion growing between them while in the middle of a mixed up crazy plot that involves terrorists, the FBI and Spanish authorities. But can this new found attraction survive the mystery surrounding them about the death of their friend?

This was such an amazing tale of love, mystery, murder and suspense. The author blended this story together so completely that as a reader you were drawn right in. It was funny, sad, exciting and romantic all at the same time. I fell in love with the hero in this story wishing he was mine. The characters were written so believably that you had no trouble thinking they could actually exist. This book is one you will read again and again.

Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance

Romantic Times Magazine
by Rhianna Samuels

RT Rating:****½
Published: May 2008
Type: Paranormal (E-book)


Samuels' first-person paranormal will grab your interest and not let go until the last page. The unique plot--involving employment of ghosts, a terrorist attack and an awesome heroine and hero--makes this a book that will leap onto your keeper stack.


Summary: Hannah's good deed to help distribute the ashes of an ER colleague turns into a living nightmare when she's struck by lightning at the ceremony. She inadvertently inhales the ashes and is suddenly living with a real live ghost.

Tom needs her help to prove that terrorists caused the plane crash that killed him. This leads Hannah to Dr. Shimodo, Tom's real-life friend, and straight into sexual tension. Conflict abounds when they go to the FBI for help and Hannah becomes a target. When Shimodo is almost killed, Hannah discovers that the ghosts surrounding her can help. (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, dl $6.50) HOT

—Faith V. Smith, Romantic Times Magazine

Literary Nymphs
Book Title: Shaking off the Dust
Author: Rhianna Samuels
Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd
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ISBN: 1-59998-851-8
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Golden Blush Recommended Read
Your Literary Nymph: Midnight Minx

While Hannah Campbell attends the funeral of one of the surgeons that she worked with, a freak storm hits while they are disbursing the deceased's ashes, a strong wind blows the ashes back into Hannah’s face and as she stumbles back lightening hits the tree beside her, the next thing Hannah knows she is waking up in hospital with a slight problem, she can now see Tom, the man who’s funeral she was just at.

Hannah is convinced she is having a psychotic episode and needs to see a Psychiatrist but Tom talks her into visiting his best friend Takeshi Shimodo, if he tells one of Takeshi’s secrets then this will confirm to them both that she is in fact sane.

After convincing Takeshi that she was legitimate, they both want to help Tom find the terrorists that bombed his plane so he can go into the light and pass on peacefully. Takeshi contacts an old FBI buddy that he went to school with, thinking that was the best thing to do but it soon leads to trouble.

Now they are closely guarded by the FBI and Spanish Agents, everyone wants them to help solve old homicide cases and they have the Spanish mob and terrorists after them. Their very survival depends on Tom and the other ghosts that died in the plane crash, but you are left wondering will that be enough to save them all.

This is one of the best books I’ve read in awhile. All I can think of when I describe this book is it’s so much more. More humorous, more sexy, more emotional gripping, more action packed, I can’t recommend it enough. The author was so good I felt like the story was real; I had to keep reminding myself that this was not a true story but fiction.

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