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If Tombstones Could Talk

If Tombstones Could Talk

4.5 10
by Stacey Joy Netzel
A short paranormal romance...

Had someone asked Melanie Sparks if she believed in ghosts, she'd have laughed before voicing an emphatic "No."

Then she takes a walking tour of the cemetery in her new hometown of Lindeman's Crossing, Colorado and meets one of the residents face to face. The story behind Andrew Lindeman's tragic death after the Pike's


A short paranormal romance...

Had someone asked Melanie Sparks if she believed in ghosts, she'd have laughed before voicing an emphatic "No."

Then she takes a walking tour of the cemetery in her new hometown of Lindeman's Crossing, Colorado and meets one of the residents face to face. The story behind Andrew Lindeman's tragic death after the Pike's Peak Gold Rush in 1859 triggers dreams in which she relives his last moments.

Drawn to the handsome ghost, attraction builds, and she resolves to clear his tarnished name. A passionate kiss sets his spirit free, but will Melanie lose her heart forever?

**This book contains excerpts of the author's other works at the end.
She started with the trail next to the river behind her cottage. The walk along the South Platte River settled her nerves until she realized it'd looped through the park and led her back to the cemetery. Her feet rooted to the spot outside the gate as she stared intently at that one specific shaded gravesite.

Everything looked normal. No shadow figures. No shimmering air. No voices in her head.
Most likely her subconscious had been playing with her yesterday. Her imagination had been in overdrive after all the wonderful history she'd learned.

Still hesitant, Melanie entered the deserted grounds and followed the path John had led the senior group along the day before. Every so often she snuck a glance toward the black granite, until at the end, she once again stood in front of the stone.

Deep breath. Let it out slow. Everything's fine.

Squatting down, she reached to touch the old, worn stone sunk in the earth.

Cold. As it should be.

Her gaze rose to the other one looming in front of her. Nervous anticipation mixed with dread, raising goose bumps on her arms like yesterday. Much as she didn't want to touch its smooth surface, she had to make sure. Her hand trembled slightly as she extended her arm.


Relief tingled through her entire body.

With one finger, she traced the A in Andrew, then flattened her palm over the name.

In a single instant, the granite warmed, almost to the point of burning her flesh. She yanked her hand back with a gasp, then nearly jumped out of her skin when a male figure materialized out of thin air right before her eyes.

Dark, glittering eyes locked on her. A scream froze in her throat and she found she couldn't breathe.

If she stayed still, would it go away?

Her lungs burned. She needed oxygen or she'd faint. Rising slowly, she drew in a deep breath of air, then concentrated on repeating the process until her legs steadied. All the while, her mind registered details.

The man of her dreams. Tall. Dark, wavy hair, worn long enough to hang over his forehead and brush the collar of his black shirt. Eyes that at first glance appeared black but now she saw were a sexy slate gray. His thick eyebrows shadowed them, making them seem darker. A hint of a five o'clock shadow lent a sinister air, yet she wasn't truly afraid of him.

"You can see me." The husky accusation washed over her.

Editorial Reviews

Romance Junkies - Amanda Haffery
"IF TOMBSTONES COULD TALK is sweet, sensual and one of the most romantic stories I've ever read. This story had an incredible storyline that kept me intrigued until the very end. The ending brought tears to my eyes, which doesn't happen very often."
. - Becky Gaede
"The plot was brilliant and well played out. I enjoyed every aspect of the story. The ending left me smiling and happy."

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Meet the Author

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. An avid reader and fan of movies with a happily ever after, she is thrilled to call herself a full-time writer after 20 years as a travel agent. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and the occasional paranormal romance. Colorado is a favorite locale for her books, followed closely by Wisconsin and Italy.

She lives in her native Wisconsin with her husband and children, a couple horses and some barn cats. In her limited free time she enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at the family cabin on the lake.

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If Tombstones Could Talk 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
katididdidnt More than 1 year ago
I have read this story now about 3 times and I intend to read it another 3 times. I am a avid reader of Louis L'Amour and I enjoy some paranormal stories. I think "If Tombstomes Could Talk" is a great combination of both. The ending was quite different than I expected but it eas delightful.
MalOlson More than 1 year ago
Stacey Joy Netzel has a way with words that will draw you in, delight you, and keep your turning pages. In If Tombstones Could Talk, Melanie Sparks longs to connect with her past as much as she longs to find lasting love with the right man. Then one day she meets a hero in a wide-brimmed hat. Real or fantasy? Hero or villian? Her search of the town's historical records leaves her wondering, as does the chance encounters with this handsome man about whom she makes miraculous discoveries--not only his past connection to her family but the way he touches her soul. A must read that is indeed intriguing. It will touch your heart and make you want to grab every Stacey Joy Netzel book you can get your hands on. Mal Olson - A Wisconsin romance fan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is really cute! I totally loved it and recommend it!!
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
If Tombstones Could Talk by Stacey Joy Netzel Melanie Sparks moves to the town of Lindeman’s Crossing, Colorado. The town her grandmother had lived in and loved. Her grandmother had always told her all the tales of the old mining town, but she never told her about the connection of their family to the town founder. On a tour through the cemetery something odd happens. She hears a voice during the tour. The simple words spoken that only she could hear, makes her question the tales of Andrew Lindeman. Tales that started over one hundred and fifty years ago about the man the town is named after. Was he a hero or a villain?  This is a fairly quick read, but not short on a great story line. I really enjoyed it. It is told from a couple points of view, which I always enjoy. Being it was short, I’m keeping my review short, so as not to give anything away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very light short romance. Didn't feel like it was worth the money. I enjoy paranormal stories but didn't think this one was very good. A little interesting to follow the twist to find out the causes, but other than that not much to recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was well written, even it is was only 38 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What would they tell us about being dead or alive!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started off great, interestingly plotted, interesting characters. Unfortunately, just when I got immersed in the story, the author condensed the rest and rushed the ending. Would have made a good book. I also do not like that almost half the book consists of exerpts from other books by the author, an unwelcome marketing ploy. It would not be so annoying if the pages were not included as part of the book; about 100 pages were "advertising".
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