... this post has been interrupted by an urgent message from E.J. Copperman.
Sorry to bother you. I realize this is December 31 (possibly New Year's Eve in your region), and you're expecting some grandiose statement from the blowhard who usually posts here on Mondays, about the passage of time and the meaning of life, blah, blah, blah.
I'll bet you're really sorry you didn't get that.
But see, I have a problem. My latest effort is a special ebook novella, A WILD GHOST CHASE, which takes place in the Haunted Guesthouse universe and is told from the point of view of Paul Harrison, the resident ghost gumshoe who died in the house before the series began. And he's got quite the corker of a problem about to face him, too.
I know. New Year's Eve. Time stops (sort of). People are out buying Champagne and in dressing up to go out for a night on the town. Some sorry souls might even be planning to fill Times Square for what appears to be a night of standing around in the freezing cold but is apparently a ton of fun. The point is, everybody has plans for this date, usually for some time in advance.
And I'm asking you to stay in and read. Or at least, to stay in and upload A WILD GHOST CHASE so you can read it later. It's much like asking a nation of Caligulas about to hit the local orgy whether they wouldn't really prefer to stay in and have a nice cup of cocoa.
So let me make my plea and then you can go on your way. I don't want to stand in the way of your revelrie.
A WILD GHOST CHASE takes Paul and many of the other Haunted Guesthouse characters on, well, a certain kind of pursuit. A young ghost, only nine years old, appears in the guesthouse at 123 Seafront Avenue in Harbor Haven, NJ--and perhaps this is the place to note that the story was written and takes place before Hurricane Sandy--and asks Paul, Maxie and Melissa to find his mother. The boy, who calls himself Eagle of the Sun, says he is a member of the Lenni Lenape nation, and both he and his mother have been dead, separately, for over 200 years.
A stumper, for sure. But that's just the beginning.
This story, an eSpecial from Berkley Prime Crime, is fun and fast, and available only for ereaders, including Kindle, Nook and whatever else you might use to download books. If you don't have an ereader, there are programs that will allow you to read A WILD GHOST CHASE on your Mac or PC--and the programs are free.
The story will set you back $2.99.
I won't take up much more of your time, just to note that 2013 will begin literally any moment, and you might want something to read in the early days when the cold winds are blowing (they are blowing like the Dickens as I write this). Hey, what's three bucks compared to all the money you just spend on gifts, and are the holidays over now? They are!
Besides, A WILD GHOST CHASE, in addition to being a fun mystery in the Haunted Guesthouse series, also offers a sneak peek (that is, the first chapter) of CHANCE OF A GHOST, the next full Haunted Guesthouse novel--available on ebook AND paper, and everything!--which will be on its way in only five weeks, on February 5!
So let's sum up. Yeah, you can go out and drink your way into a stupor tonight, but before you do, you might want to give some thought--and only about 30 seconds--toward A WILD GHOST CHASE, which is available today! You'll get a new perspective, a fun mystery, and a preview of CHANCE OF A GHOST five weeks in advance.
In the meantime, if you are going out tonight, please be careful and have a great time. The regulars here at DEAD GUY look forward to seeing you all through 2013!