Haunting Refrain

When my daughter was in college in Milledgeville, Georgia, we bought a house for her. She would rent some of the bedrooms and cover the house payments. As we were signing the papers for the sale of that house, which was at least 150 years old, the daughter of the woman selling the old house mentioned ghosts. 

I was hooked, even though I didn’t have time to get more than the names of the ghosts. For the two-hour drive home, the ghosts took over my imagination and the story of Haunting Refrain unfolded.  I hope you enjoy it.


When music teacher Sarah Overby finds ghosts in her attic, she hesitates to tell her best friend, William McKeown. She doesn’t think he’ll understand. He has looked after her for as long as she can remember. Telling him he lived a previous life as her husband will make him think she is crazy.

William has adored Sarah forever, he just doesn’t realize this isn’t the first time he has loved her. His feelings for his best friend are changing, but he doesn’t believe in ghosts, reincarnation, or lasting romantic relationships. He is a psychologist and he believes in things he can prove.

Sarah’s guardian ghosts are facilitators who renew their relationships with their charge.


William awoke slowly, as though he’d been drugged. The clock read 5:45. Remnants of his dream hung on the edges of his consciousness. Sarah in boy’s clothes. Sarah, but not Sarah. He punched his pillow and tried to go back to sleep for the hour and a half ‘til his alarm would go off. Sleep would not come. The dream and its meaning haunted him. The man in his dream had wanted the woman so badly he hurt.

Rolling out of bed he made his way to his back porch. At times like this he wished he smoked. He stayed for the sunrise.

 How in God’s name do we act now? How could he take the chance of ruining his friendship with Sarah by giving in to his libido? Seven years difference in their ages was too much for a romantic relationship. Besides, he’d never seen himself as a marrying man. His Sarah deserved a man who would give her a home and children, not just an affair.

Some protector he was!


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17 Responses to Haunting Refrain

  1. cajy says:

    Beautiful Cover–and the story sounds super! I FBed and Twittered, etc….hope you sell bunches of this one!

  2. marymarvella says:

    Thanks! I fell in love with that cover, too. I hope you love the story as much as I loved writing it.

  3. Jill James says:

    What a haunting tale. (pun intended) Off to shop.

  4. marymarvella says:

    Thanks, Jill! It wouldn’t let me rest until I finished the book. Pesky ghosts!

  5. bethtrissel says:

    MM, you have been one busy author. Wow. Yes, lovely cover. The story sounds wonderful too and I understand what you mean about the pesky ghosts. We have real ones too here in the valley. Apparently we’ve a paranormal hot spot.

  6. Mary Ricksen says:

    I really don’t want to see, feel, or hear, gulp, any kinda ghost!
    But, I love ghost stories. Great book jacket too!!

  7. marymarvella says:

    Thanks, Beth! You have all the luck, I never actually saw the ghosts in the house.

  8. marymarvella says:

    Thanks, Mary R. You would like my ghosts! Such sweet ladies!

  9. Stories where the writer is possessed and positively forced to write them are such fun!:)

  10. Bianca Swan says:

    This is both a fun read and a touching story. I highly recommend it.

  11. Joanne says:

    I’m intrigued by ghosts and ghost stories, MM. Love the cover, too.

  12. Scarlet says:

    Love a good ghost story. MM’s ghost have more life to them than a lot of living people. This is a gotta read type of story.

  13. marymarvella says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Joanne. Ghost stories make wonder “What if?”

  14. marymarvella says:

    Hey, Scarlet. I was enjoying my ghosts! Some days I was stalled and I just asked the ghosts to tell me what to do next. They always had ideas.

  15. maxinedavis says:

    Mary, I’m off to get the book now. Ghosts! I love ’em and have to read about them. And, you tell a great story!

  16. marymarvella says:

    Thanks, Maxine! I hope you love these ghostly ladies.

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