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Haunted [NOOK Book]

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When does a gift become a curse?

Matt Stone doesn't believe in ghosts. But there are those who are convinced his home, a historic Virginia estate that dates back to the Revolutionary War, is haunted. Pressured to get at the truth about some strange happenings at Melody House, he agrees to let Harrison Investigations explore the house.

But he isn't ready for beautiful, intriguing Darcy Tremayne. As a paranormal investigator, Darcy has learned to...

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Overview

When does a gift become a curse?

Matt Stone doesn't believe in ghosts. But there are those who are convinced his home, a historic Virginia estate that dates back to the Revolutionary War, is haunted. Pressured to get at the truth about some strange happenings at Melody House, he agrees to let Harrison Investigations explore the house.

But he isn't ready for beautiful, intriguing Darcy Tremayne. As a paranormal investigator, Darcy has learned to believe in the unbelievable. And she's given Matt fair warning: sometimes people don't like the skeletons she finds. She never dreamed that warning would apply to herself. For she's about to discover that Melody House holds much more than a simple mystery from the distant past. What it holds is a very real and lethal danger, one that will cast her into a struggle against the worlds of both the living and the dead.

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Editorial Reviews

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A gorgeous psychic and a skeptical small-town sheriff overcome their initial dislike and fall in love in this uninspired offering from veteran romance writer Graham (aka Shannon Drake). Sheriff Matt Stone doesn't believe in ghosts and scorns anyone who does. But after several people flee his historic mansion, claiming to have seen a menacing spirit, Matt calls in Harrison Investigations. From the moment he lays eyes on psychic Darcy Tremayne, a former make-up model turned paranormal investigator, he treats her like dirt; indeed, Matt's redeeming qualities are few. Nevertheless, Darcy doesn't let his hostility disrupt her investigation or her burgeoning attraction to him. Despite the overblown imagery Graham (Night Heat; The Awakening) uses when Darcy and Matt are together ("the energy within her [was] a lightning storm that catapulted around him"), their intimacy feels contrived and superficial, largely because the protagonists themselves are one-dimensional. It's never clear how or why Darcy can sense things about people and ghosts; she just can-when it's convenient. Graham uses italics for Darcy's ghostly visions as well as for characters' thoughts, which may confuse some readers. Most, however, will be simply baffled by this established author's substandard effort. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426849565
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 24,646
  • File size: 716 KB

Meet the Author

Heather Graham


Heather grew up in Dade County, Florida, and attended the University of South Florida at Tampa, majoring in theater arts and touring Europe and parts of Asia and Africa as part of her studies. After college, she acted in dinner theaters, modeled, waitressed, and tended bar. After the birth of her third child, she was determined to devote her efforts to her writing: her dream. She sold her first book in 1982.

Today, this author's success is reflected not just by reader response and the over 20 million copies of her books in print, but in many other ways. In addition to being a New York Times bestselling author, Heather has received numerous awards for her novels, including over 20 trade awards from magazines such as Romantic Times and Affaire de Coeur, bestseller awards from B. Dalton, Waldenbooks, and BookRak, and several Reviewers' Choice and People's Choice awards.

Heather has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Romantically Speaking, a TV talk show that aired nationwide on the Romance Classics cable channel, and CBS Sunday News. She has been quoted in People and USA Today, been profiled in The Nation, and featured in Good Housekeeping. Her books have been selections for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. She has been published across the world in more than 15 languages and has published over 70 titles, including anthologies and short stories.

Somehow, this prolific author manages to juggle it all--family, career, and marriage--while reaching a level of success to which few can aspire.
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Haunted




By Heather Graham


Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.



Copyright © 2003

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.



ISBN: 1-55166-750-9






Chapter One


Darcy Tremayne hadn't expected her senior prom to be a dream evening. But neither had she expected it to be the
beginning of a lifelong nightmare.

It started with Hunter being a total jerk.

She wasn't sure what started their argument, only that it escalated into him saying that he didn't intend to speak to
her again until she apologized. She told him he'd better not plan on speaking to her again ever then, because she
hadn't the least intention of apologizing. She hadn't done anything, other than suggest that despite the fact that he
had been given an award in drama club, he hadn't needed to kiss his leading lady quite so long, or so deeply, in the
auditorium, in front of the world. Or their small part of it anyway - the entire high school. When he left her house
that afternoon, she assumed that he'd call her and be the one to say that he was sorry.

The call never came. She heard the next morning that he had invited his leading lady, Cindy Lee, to the prom.

She avoided her friends, and allowed herself to indulge in some well-earned tears. She argued with herself all
afternoon. Hunter was going to head straight out to California after graduation and try to make it big in Hollywood.
She was heading to NYU, and she had been ecstatic about her acceptance there and the small scholarship that would allow
her to go. Eventually, living across the country from one another, she and Hunter would have most probably fallen
apart. She should have accepted the fact long ago that Hunter had an eye for other girls. He was young. So was she.
They should spend some time without commitment.

But she didn't really want to split. She had been in love with Hunter since ninth grade. They had shared the years
since. Very long, good years, or so it had seemed.

In the end, Hunter did call her. He was so sorry. He'd ruined everything, but he couldn't get out of going to their
prom with Cindy Lee.

She accepted his apology with a maturity her mother assured her was beyond her years. And it was her mother who
suggested that she ask her friend, Josh.

"Josh!" she'd said with surprise.

But it was only momentary. Josh was a loner. He was a genius with computers, math, and science. He was painfully shy
himself, but delighted when she wanted to try out a song, a dance move, or a monologue on him. They had lived down the
street from one another in their rather rural area for years, and had long ago become friends. They didn't run in the
same social circles, but Darcy had steadfastly maintained her friendship with him, no matter what anyone else thought.
Over the years, some of her friends had accepted him.

And amazingly, Josh had been able to warn her about many of the pratfalls she might have encountered in life. Go
with Hunter tonight for ice cream
, he had urged her once. Don't let him go alone. And she had done so, and
Cindy Lee had been there, flirting with Hunter, until she had realized that Darcy was with him. There were other
things. He'd made her stop her father from driving to the store one day when it turned out that his brakes were bad.
Both her folks listened to Josh. She had learned to do so, too.

Other people, she knew, were frightened by some of his predictions. He had known when Mrs. Shumacher down the street
was about to die of cancer. He had known when Brad Taylor was going to break his leg during a football game. A lot of
the kids called him a freak. But despite her little spat with Hunter, she had always held her own in school. She could
bring Josh to the prom, and he'd be accepted, because he'd be with her. Oh, they'd talk about her - and him - behind
their backs, but what did she care? Hunter had already hurt her just about as badly as she could be hurt; she was cut
right to her eighteen-year-old heart.

And besides, the whole high school thing was over. A new life was about to begin.

Josh hemmed and hawed at first, skeptical. "Darcy, I'll just look like the geek you dressed up and brought along."

But she'd laughed and assured him, "Josh, honestly, you're a good-looking guy. Tall, lean, great eyes, and if you don't
mind, we'll shop together. But if you'd feel uncomfortable, we won't go. We'll just see a movie or something that
night. I mean, if you're willing to keep me company."

He'd smiled at that. "I'd rather be in your company than anyone else's, that's for sure. But you don't have to take
me. Half the school would go with you."

"That's doubtful and it doesn't matter. If you don't want to go, I don't want to go."

At that, Josh had given her a strange smile. "If you want to go to the prom with the class nerd, lady, I wouldn't dream
of stopping you."

To her amazement, the planning was fun. Although he usually dressed like a couch potato himself, Josh had a good eye
for clothes. Hand in hand they went shopping together. They ran into a number of her friends at the mall, and she was
delighted to see their eyes widen at first, and then seem to focus more deeply on Josh. He was able to help Cissy
Miller with a math problem she'd been dragging around for days, and over tacos at the food court, he found a new friend
in Brenda Greeley, a really beautiful girl, and the head cheerleader.

When they got back to shopping, he made Darcy try on a dress she hated on the rack, and loved once she slipped into it.
It turned out that one of Josh's computer buddies worked in the store, and he was able to give her his employee
discount, so she could afford the gown. The young man's name was Riley O'Hare, and he told Darcy he was actually in her
auditorium class. She apologized sincerely for never having met him, and when they left the shop, she thoughtfully
told Josh that she had never known that she could be so rude or careless herself.

"Darcy, you? Never," he told her devoutly. "Rude and careless is when you don't acknowledge someone when they talk to
you, when you can't even lift your hand for a wave. Or when you push over a thin guy just 'cause he's not on the
football team, or can't really join in on a jam with a guitar. Darcy, you know that I love you, and it's one hell of an
overused term, but you're a special kind of girl, you know?" He looked embarrassed suddenly. "Hey, come on, we've got
to find something for me. I can't take out a girl like you looking the way I usually do."

So next came Josh's turn, and when she advised him on a shirt and suit, somewhat funky and retro, he, too was
delighted, thinking that he looked something like a New Age Mozart.

There was only one fly in the ointment that day.

Mike Van Dam.

He was friends with Hunter, and dating Brenda. Darcy realized later that he must have seen them in the food court, and
seen Brenda talking to Josh. When they were leaving the mall, the door suddenly swung back on Josh, who was carrying
the bags filled with their purchases. Mike, broad shoulders thrusting forward, was suddenly there, standing over Josh,
who had wound up on the floor. "Hey, there, geek-boy, having a problem standing?" He reached a hand down, which was
accepted by Josh, except that as soon as Josh was halfway up, Mike released him. Josh fell again, hard, on his
tailbone.

"Mike, what the hell is the matter with you?" Darcy demanded, infuriated, reaching down to give Josh a hand herself.
Mike caught her by the shoulders, spinning her around.

"What the hell is the matter with you, Darcy? Trying to make fools of us all by taking up with the riffraff, the scum
of the school?"

(Continues...)




Excerpted from Haunted
by Heather Graham
Copyright © 2003 by Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd..
Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Incredible

    This was the first book I read from Heather Graham, I was worried it would be all romance and not interest me one bit. However once I started reading it I couldn't put it down, Its my 2nd Favorite book ever (as of May 1st 2009). It had a great story with suspense, Mystery and a romance that doesn't make the non-romance fans hate it. This made me pick up other books from her and I'm glad i did.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

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    Does not disappoint

    I was already a Heather Graham fan that went searching for my first nook book by her. As usual her characters were unique, entertaining and believable. In fact I went in search of a second book with the two main characters. Hint, hint Ms. Graham. I am as a rule not a romance novel reader yet I like how Graham has a romance as part of most of her plots. This one was no different. I enjoyed the southern setting, the historical ghost stories and a twist in the who dun it. I was entertained. More importantly, for me at least, I was not grossed out. As a fan of old mysteries for me the journey is as important as the destination. If you are looking for a well written and enjoyable story do what I do with a Heather Graham. Relax and enjoy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2008

    Great Book

    This was such a great book. Read it in about a day. It was a very good page turner. I just coudn't put it down. :'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    2

    I can sum up this book in one word BORING. I strugggled to get thru the first 50 pages, it improved some after that giving it 2stars rather than 1.
    There is just to much useless dialogue and observations, they have the feel of space fillers.
    I very much regret 7$ spent on it, and will no longer be reading this author until the next book of her newest series somes out. That series is worth reading.

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    Posted December 24, 2013

    Princess Luna

    Flies in, past her weaponry room and intoth ebasement/lab and makes something...

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Just read sample

    I just read the sample and i love it i want to buy the book which im going to do anyway it was very interesting to me even though im a teen but i want to read the other books if there as good as this one i like the beginning :()

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    Posted July 10, 2013

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    Posted July 10, 2013

    Jane

    Thanks. They're asses. They don't care. :/

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    Posted July 10, 2013

    Smile Dog

    Walks in. Waits.

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    Posted July 10, 2013

    Sonic

    Sighs "why isnt there anyone around to kill?"

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    Posted August 2, 2013

    Rainbow Dash

    *Growls.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Idiott to Queenie

    Found you!!!

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    Posted June 22, 2013

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    Hiiiiii!!!!!:)

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    Posted August 25, 2013

    Pinkamena

    She eats a cupcake and then goes to kill more fillies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    THRILLING READ!

    I have actually read this one more than once, and it still grabs me every time! Interesting, scarey, romantic! One of my favorites out of many by a great author!

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    In keeping with her intriguing plots.

    In keeping with her intriguing plots.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Liked this story!

    A good quick read, kept me guessing to he end. My only complaint is she kind of goes on and on on some parts- just a little here and there. For the most part a fun read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    A quick read but a good story.

    It wasn't a very long book - quite short actually, but it was a good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Wow!!

    In my opinion, this is her best book yet, and i have read most of them!!

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