Summer's Growthby Tina Gayle
Mattie Winston, sober, sensible, and steady, has served as Keeper to the family for decades. Amber Harrison, hovering on the edge of flunking out of college, unsure what she wants out of life, has barely even heard
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In the spirit-haunted Winston estate in Ohio, rooted in time and occupied by the lingering ghosts of a great family, the torch is about to pass...
Mattie Winston, sober, sensible, and steady, has served as Keeper to the family for decades. Amber Harrison, hovering on the edge of flunking out of college, unsure what she wants out of life, has barely even heard of the Winston estate. The family, however, has decided that it's time for the changing of the guard. These two exceptional women soon find themselves dealing with violence, murder attempts, and old family mysteries while each finding the love of her life. Two romances and a growing friendship, all twined around a brooding family tragedy, make for an outstanding paranormal mystery offering depth and charm beyond the commonplace. The growing love of Amber and Carter and of Mattie and Quincy offer readers a tender and engaging first novel in a winning new paranormal series.
Adrenaline pumped through Mattie Winston's veins. Her feet pounded the treadmill. The resounding thud of her sneakers rang through the room. Under her black spandex, her breasts tingled with sweat that trickled between them. She loved to run, but for the last few days her pace was off, her stride stuck in an awkward beat.
"We've found a new keeper." The family council's declaration rocked Mattie's world.
She balked at the changes the decision would create. No longer could she hide behind the walls of Winston Manor. Her solitude for the last twenty-eight years shattered by the threat of someone else ruling her domain.
Mattie caught a brief glimpse of Beth's iridescent figure.
"Jonathan wants to see you in the basement right now." Her words floated through the air moments before the spirit disappeared.
Mattie slapped her hand against the stop button and hurried to the door. She hated it when Jonathan altered her morning routine. At the main staircase she paused and forced her breathing into a steady rhythm.
The soft red carpet absorbed her footsteps as she descended the stairs. Her hand caressed the elegant oak curved railing.
In the entryway, the crystal chandelier reflected a rainbow of light off the white marble floor. Painful spears shot through Mattie's heart at the idea of losing her home.
She rounded the corner and rushed to the basement door. Her habit of adjusting the ugly landscape hanging on the wall stopped her for a second. The painting, her aunt's favorite, was estimated to be worth a fortune someday.
Her aunt had enjoyed decorating her home. The thrill of picking out carpet and selecting colors had excited her for months. Even after twenty plus years, Mattie hadn't altered the main design of the house.
What kind of changes would the new keeper make?
The narrow steps which led to the basement slowed her pace. Jonathan, the head of the family, hated to wait. His plans always overruled hers, regardless of what she might have scheduled.
Frustrated, she grumbled. For heaven sakes, I'm still in my workout clothes. Why can't he plan ahead for these meetings, or at least give me some warning?
Not dressed in her usual professional attire, she felt out of sync with her role as the Winston's family keeper. The façade provided her with the appearance of having some control. Her job, after all, included handling the business concerns for the family.
Inhaling several deep breaths, Mattie prepared herself for the meeting. Jonathan liked to assign chores. Without a doubt, he'd dictate a long list for the next few weeks.
Nothing new, I can handle this.
An extra part of her job stemmed from the various requests from the other council members. No matter what, they were never satisfied.
Why did she continually try to please them?
Stifling humidity greeted her when she opened the door to the main section of the basement. She eyed the man seated behind a long oak table. The air conditioner hummed. The soothing whine didn't calm her fears or cool the subterranean room.
Dressed in an eighteenth century colonial suit and stuck at the perpetual age of thirty, Jonathan resembled George Washington ready to command his troops. His eagle-eye glare nailed her.
A drop of sweat trickled down her back. Apprehension raised goose bumps. She shivered.
"I press earnestly for you to take a seat, Mattie, so we can start." In a regal colonial voice, Jonathan's words thundered off the walls.
Mattie walked to the end of the table and sat across from him. Dread threatened like a storm on the horizon. She surveyed both sides of the table. None of the other council members were in attendance.
Mattie wiped her sweaty palms along the length of her thighs. What did he want?
Meet the Author
Tina Gayle grew up a dreamer and loved to escape into the world of books.
After years of working in the business world doing a variety of jobs, she decided to try her hand at writing and hope to incorporate the joy of being a mother into her books.
Currently working on a series about four executive wives, she is excited about combining elements of women fiction with the passion of romance. The first three books have been released and the last one is coming out in 2014.
Married twenty-five years, she and her husband love to travel and play golf. She can’t wait for Mike to retire so they can do more of both.
Read the first chapter of any of her books by visiting her website.
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Other Titles by Tina Gayle:
Executive Wives Series: (Romance with strong women fiction elements)
Marketing Exec’s Widow
IT Exec’s Baby
Dilemma of the CEO’s Widow (coming out in 2014)
Family Tree Series:
Summer’s Growth -
Fallen Leaves – coming out in 2013
Winter’s Wonders – coming out in 2014
Spring’s Rebirth – coming out in 2014
Other Romance titles available:
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