ON Tour! MP Author Nancy Lynn Jarvis
On Tour February 10th-14th
AUTHOR Nancy Lynn Jarvis
Nancy Lynn Jarvis was a Santa Cruz, California, Realtor® for more than twenty five years, but writing has proven to be so much fun that she officially retired and relinquished her license on May 5th. After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, she worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager for Shakespeare Santa Cruz at UCSC. Nancy’s work history reflects her philosophy: people should try something radically different every few years.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Murder House
Blurb: Every community has a house that people walk by hurriedly, nervously peeking at it out of the corner of their eye. Bonny Doon is no exception. A bloody double homicide occurred in the Murder House almost twenty years ago and the killer has eluded capture ever since. Recently the house was inherited and the new owner wants to sell.
The problem is no one wants to buy a house with a reputation and reports that it’s home to ghosts. The seller thinks Realtor Regan McHenry would make a perfect listing agent ― after all; with her penchant for playing amateur sleuth, she’s no stranger to murder.
This is the perfect book for you to read if you don’t believe in ghosts — and an even better book to read if you do.
Nancy Lynn Jarvis
Can a house be haunted by its past?
Writing The Murder House was especially fun for me because the book is about a house — every community seems to have one — that is rumored to be haunted. I had a great time playing with protagonist Regan McHenry’s ambivalence about whether or not she believes in ghosts.
As an added complication for her, the story is set in Santa Cruz, California and Regan is a Realtor. Never mind her own beliefs; California is a highly litigious state. Deciding what to do about the reported ghost sightings becomes a matter of ethics for her. The Murder House, as it is called by locals, certainly has a history of murder and mayhem, but can it really be haunted by more than its past?
During my time as a Realtor, I remember walking into a house and having to leave at once. I felt a cold presence I could only describe a pure evil; no way was I going to show the house to clients. Other Realtors have told me about having experienced similar phenomena.
While writing, I started asking people if they believed in ghosts. The answers I got were fascinating. Believer or skeptic, almost everyone reported having had some sort of interaction with what they called a ghost or a presence.
I’ve had my own experiences with “something.” The first was seeing a blue ball of light moving rapidly through the woods outside of The Wayside Inn in Massachusetts. It wasn’t until I read the pamphlet they distributed describing ghost sightings at the Inn that I discovered my blue glowing globe was one of the alleged ghosts spotted by many visitors.
Years ago my then six-year-old son and his friend talked about Georgie, the ghost in their play space in the attic. I assumed they were influenced by Robert Bright’s children’s book Georgie the Ghost which I had recently read to them. I thought no more of Georgie until I sold the house years later and the house inspector said some frayed electrical wires were touching flammable material. He said by rights the wires should have started a fire.
The inspector told me he had seen a mustachioed man in the attic who he dubbed our fire-preventing guardian spirit. I was intrigued and couldn’t resist asking my then grown son if he remembered Georgie. “You mean the guy with the big mustache who lives in the attic?” he asked.
I used the blue ball of light in The Murder House and used my favorite ghost story in the book’s dedication. You can read it if you like by going to Amazon and using the “look inside” tool on the book’s page http://www.amazon.com/Murder-House-McHenry-Estate-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00HO114IA/ref=sr_1_3_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389572534&sr=1-3&keywords=Nancy+Lynn+Jarvis
If you happen to buy the book after that, the book’s ghosts thank you…that is if you believe in them.
Promotion February 10th-14th
Mon. 10th-30 minute Book Chat w/ Michelle Cornwell-Jordan- IndieReview Behind The Scenes Internet Radio
Tues. 11th-Guest Post Promo at IndieWritersReview
Wed. 12th- Spotlight promo at Write Indie:Musings of a WriterGeek
Thurs. 13th- Video Chat aired at IndieReview Behind The Scenes TV (Web Video Content Host)
Fri.7th -Ten Minute Twitter View chat w/ Host Michelle Cornwell-Jordan (Follow Hastag#MPTour