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MY SWEET HAUNT
Baker City: Hearts & Haunts Book 1
BY JOSIE MALONE
Cobwebs, eerie sounds and creaky floorboards greet Cat O’Leary McTavish and her twin daughters when they move to their new home, a dilapidated dude ranch near Baker City in the Cascade foothills of Washington State. Her plan to restore the destination resort to its former glory hits a snag when she learns she has the ‘O’Leary Gift’ and can talk to the dead man who still resides in her house.
Former Army Ranger, Rob Williams always planned to run the family guest ranch after completing his military service. Instead, he “bought the farm with his life” when he died in Vietnam, but being dead doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere. Encountering someone who “sees” and “hears” him is a welcome change.
Cat’s determination leads her into danger, when they discover an adversary wants to turn the one-time dude ranch into a gravel pit.
Will a woman with a dream and a man who’s had his dreams cut short, manage to save a ranch and each other when the biggest surprise of all is love?
CATRIONA ROSE O’LEARY McTAVISH
1. What is your name?
Catriona Rose O’Leary McTavish – I don’t use my husband’s last name – which is Hendrickson.
2. Do you have a nickname?
3. Who is your best friend?
I really don’t have one because my soon-to-be ex-husband and I have moved around a lot during the past ten years, but I’m determined to put down roots in Baker City.
4. What kinds of things do you do when you’re together?
I interned with a natural horse trainer back in the day and one of the other women was a college student. Ann Madison was the closest I had to a best friend. We rode together, mucked stalls, trained horses and occasionally went to a movie or shopping when we had a day off from the barns. I’m training a horse she rescued right now and hope to reconnect with her when she returns from Army duty in Afghanistan.
5. If you have a family, how do you get along with them?
My mother loves to shop, not my thing but she buys great ‘girly’ presents for my twins who’d really rather have another puppy and don’t hesitate to say so. I’d like to be more estranged from my father who punished me as a child for talking to ‘people who weren’t there’ because he was afraid, I shared my grandmother’s talent as a ‘medium’.
6. If you don’t, are there people in your life that you consider family? How do you get along with them?
Moving to Baker City, Washington and the Cedar Creek Guest Ranch is like coming home. Yes, it’s a small town but almost everyone makes me feel so welcome. I know they have an agenda. They want someone with the O’Leary Giftto sort out the former residents who continue to haunt the town.
7. Do you have a birthmark? No Scars? Where is it/are they? Only emotional ones. How did you get it/them?
Again, my parents had issues with my talent as a medium and taught me to suppress it which wasn’t very helpful when I moved into a house that still had a tenant, Rob Williams who died at Hamburger Hill during the Vietnam War.
8. When you’re angry, what do you do? Where do you go? How do you deal with your anger?
I usually suppress it or count to ten. My parents didn’t encourage self-expression. My soon to be ex-husband always said he couldn’t deal with it when I became angry or sarcastic and hurried off to the local casino where he worked as a ‘pit boss’. Of course, training horses isn’t successful if I throw a fit around them.
9. If you had to make me a meal right now, without going to the store, what would you find in your refrigerator to feed us?
I’d make French toast, bacon and fresh fruit – my daughters’ favorite thing which is breakfast for supper.
10. What’s the one thing you’re afraid of losing?
The two people I’m most afraid of losing are my eight-year-old daughters.
11. What makes you laugh out loud?
My girls who are so funny when they talk to animals and are sure their ponies talk back.
12. Has anyone broken your heart? Who was he?
Frazer Hendrickson, my soon to be ex-husband. He promised me the world, the moon and the stars, but he couldn’t or wouldn’t deliver. He cheated on me on our honeymoon.
13. What’s the one thing you want out of life that you don’t think you can have? Why can’t you have it?
Love. Because I’m holding out for a hero and I’m done settling for less.
Josie Malone lives and works at her family business, Horse Country Farm, just outside of Granite Falls in Washington State. Teaching kids to ride and know about horses since 1967, she finds in many cases, she’s taught three generations of families. Her life experiences span adventures from dealing cards in a casino, attending graduate school to get her Masters in Teaching degree, being a substitute teacher, and serving in the Army Reserve – all leading to her second career as a published author. Visit her at her website,www.josiemalone.comto learn about her books.
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