by Dana Michelle Burnett


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468016444
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/28/2011
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Dana Michelle Burnett spent most of her life writing short stories and sharing them with family and friends. Over the years, her work was published in numerous commercial and literary magazines including Just Labs, Mindprints: A Literary Journal, Foliate Oak, and many more. Her short story John Lennon and the Chicken Holocaust was included in The Best of Foliate Oak in 2006.

In 2010, Burnett's first novel, Ghost Country, was released. Based on her own Cherokee heritage, the novel marked her return to the literary world after a four year hiatus. She followed that with the release of her romance novel, Two Out of Three in the summer of 2011.

Spiritus is the first novel in her new paranormal romance series by the same name. The second book, Haunted, is expected in the spring of 2012.

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Spiritus 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
MurryLindal More than 1 year ago
After Becca's Mom dies her Father moves her into his ancestral home in a little bitty town in the middle of nowhere. As with any other move for a school age teenager Becca is worried about fitting in and finding a "clique" to be a part of. She soon finds out that small town schools are much different than the one she is used to. After the first day at school she brings home a couple of girls that she met and they try to perform a seance in her bedroom before calling it a night. Little did they know that they opened up a channel to the other side in order to allow Becca's EXTREMELY long lost relative. As Becca begins to communicate with the resident ghost she soon learns more about the history of the house she is living in but also the little town that her father dragged her to. Just as she begins to enjoy having the ghost around things in her life begin to get complicated and Becca she tried find some common ground but it is difficult. From start to finish this book reels you in and keeps you bobbing right along until you are so deep into the book that you have forgotten to even come up for air! Dana has a wonderful way with words that make you believe you are right there with Becca and Allister. She has an amazing gift that she has shared with all of us and I for one am extremely grateful. If you need to get lost in a book for awhile I would recommend this one in a heartbeat!
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
There were a lot of things that i really liked about Spiritus, but the fact that i HATED Alastor i just couldn't stay positive about the book. Alastor was too controlling and too violent for me to ever get past and accept. I do not condone abusive relationships and i just couldn't get past his terrible character to cherish this book the way it should be. With that being said, if it would have ended differently or if Becca woke up and realized how Alastor was and got rid of him i would have liked this novel a lot more, but that just didn't happen. I wish it could have ended differently. Although, i didn't like that one aspect of the book i don't discourage Burnett at all. She is an amazing writer and she had me hooked the whole time reading. Her writing style is very brilliant and keeps you reading to find out what is going to happen next. Again, i wish that one negative wasn't in there, but it was, and maybe the series will take a turn in my favor =]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazinggg ihope this book cones back wo i can buy it
Valca85 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, quick read that is classic young adult fare. A paranormal love triangle that has a nice edge of frightening moments. It is a quick paced book, which is a nice change from some of the more long-winded ones out there. Becca, the protagonist, is pleasant to read about, and we do get to see her mature a bit as the book progresses, which is always a plus. The idea of making Alastor a ghost, someone she can’t really touch, was nicely chosen. It creates a number of interesting, romantic moments. He is a bit too domineering for my taste, but I guess since he is supposed to be from the Civil War era, that’s to be expected. One thing that did bug me a bit was the Jonah’s description. His perfection was a bit overstated, to the point where it got repetitive, especially at the beginning. As the book progresses, this does improve, however. If you’re looking for a fun read, this one is definitely a good choice. I’ll be looking forward to the next book in the series.
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SKiM88 More than 1 year ago
Becca and Alastor meet by what seems to be pure chance in her ancient family home. He appears to her as a vision she’s not all too certain she’s actually seen but night after night he visits her and it doesn’t take long before she discovers that this isn’t their first encounter. His life may have been lost many years ago but his love for her remains just as true as it was the day he met her…over a hundred years ago. In another life, in another world it seems, they found a love that was destined to last until death…and beyond it. This story was an easy and interesting read. I found the concept very intriguing and a few aspects reminded me of other books I’ve read and enjoyed in the past. Being that it’s a shorter story the detail isn’t as heavy but it’s still compelling. For me, the two things I might have liked to see change a bit would be the repetition and the dry dialogue. I felt that a few facts were expressed a bit more often than need be and might have been better substituted with more variation. I might have liked to see a bit more happen. The story became a little repetitive at times, making it feel slow. I might have also liked to see some light humor or a larger back story to contribute to the full picture. Though I understand that with shorter stories you’re not as likely to get to know secondary characters as completely or venture too far off the main topic. Still I am curious about what else might have gone on in the world that Burnett created.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fell in love with this book. I cant wait to find out what happens with Becca and Alastor in the next book. Def worth reading.
FictionalCandy More than 1 year ago
The story opens with teenage Becca and her dad driving to their new home, a house that's been in the family for generations. There has been a tragic loss in the family, and they are trying to make it in a new place, a new life. Becca seems to be the average awkward teen, a bit shy and self-conscious. Alastor is a ghost, barely older than Becca, who died a century ago. My first chapter impression (as taken from my notes): I love the attention to detail, right down to the doorknobs. It really makes me feel as if this house, this town, is another character in the story. Becca seems to be a teenager that you could easily relate to. Her sadness and fears are conveyed so well, I feel great empathy for her. In the beginning of this book Becca is meeting all of her new classmates, and she makes some new friends. One of them being the high school hottie, Jonah. At first I was torn between Jonah and his beautiful good looks and Alastor. But that all changed once Alastor started showing his deep and true emotions. "I have loved you in life and beyond" *sigh* Who doesn't dream of that kind of everlasting devotion? I can tell you one thing, Alastor may have been dead for a century, but that man has some lines and moves that could make the toughest of girls swoon. I was Team Vampire, then Team Wolf...this novel could nudge me to Team Ghost! And speaking of ghosts... I was very nervous about this book when I received it for review. How could a modern girl fall in love with a century old ghost? How could he love her back? Dana Michelle Burnett effortlessly makes this a seamless transition. There were times I could actually forget Alastor was a ghost. But then those simple reminders would pop up, and you wonder "How is this going to work???" I had to stay up late reading, I couldn't put the book down - I had to know. This book went by entirely too fast for me, I want it to go on and on. The writing is beautiful, the scenery is gorgeous. The emotions in the book... they are heartfelt and sometimes just heart wrenching. They are strong. And they will leave you hungry for the next book, I'm sure of that. Ebook received from author for review.
Mother_Gamer_Writer More than 1 year ago
Spiritus is the type of book you read that leaves you in a state of panic when it's over. You want more, you crave more, and you have to know what is coming next. The characters are well written and it's easy to sympathize with both Becca and Alastor's situation. On the one hand, you want Becca and Alastor to fall madly and passionately in love and live happily ever after, but on the other, you know it is relatively impossible because Alastor is a ghost and there is no way around that fact. The tension Burnett created between the two was smoking hot. Even though they could not "be together", I was still rooting for them to somehow come together as a couple. As far as characters go Becca is a pretty average teenager. She experiences the same kind of new kid syndrome that most students would if they suddenly changed schools before their senior year. She was likable, witty, strong, and it was impossible to escape her torment as she tried to deal with Alastor. Don't get me wrong I am now an Alastor fangirl, but at the same time having someone in your head whose emotions could flip like a switch had to be draining, and rather annoying. But I think Becca handled the situation well in the decisions that she made with Alastor and her choice to have a normal life. If I was in her situation I am not sure what I would have done, so I admire her having the courage to say, no more. Alastor, the gorgeous ghost from the story, is definitely a force to be reckoned with. He's charming, sweet, overly protective, and has a way with words that left me breathlessly panting, page after page. I was soaking up every scene he was in with wide-eyes and drool hanging from my chin. I couldn't get enough of him, even with his explosive temper and his ability to harm others. It didn't matter. He is the soul of the story, literally. He's the reason you need to read Spiritus, and he will be the reason you read the sequel, Haunted. Despite the books fascinating story, there were several things I thought could have been better and hopefully will be in the next installment. First, I didn't particularly like Becca's dad. You know he reminded me of Charlie, Bella's dad, from Twilight, only I liked Charlie better. Both were suddenly taking care of a teenager by themselves and neither knew quite how to going about doing it. I thought Becca's father was a little bit more one-dimensional than Charlie, and could have been more enhanced as a character or at least had something to do in the story other than sit around and watch television. I am not saying he's a terrible character; he was just the least developed out of the rest of the cast. Another thing was the editing. Small instances of sentence structure and grammatical errors were sprinkled throughout, but it is not something that should stop anyone from reading the book. It definitely won't stop me from recommending it. Overall, Spiritus is a wonderful YA novel. It completely surprised me and was not what I expected. It has a lot of charm, history, mystery and substance. Becca and Alastor are phenomenal and I think Burnett can only improve them in the next book, which I can not wait to get my hands on. If you are looking to have a fast-paced adventure and entangle yourself in a love story that will make you sweat, I highly recommend giving this book and new series a try. Originally Reviewed at: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Cecilia11 More than 1 year ago
WOW! This book was so captivating and it was impossible to put it down. I didn´t want it to end but unfortunately as every book it did end but it will be a sequel and I just can´t wait for it to be released! This was a love story that defied time, space and even death. It was a truly amazing book with a lot of suspense between Becca and Alastor I mean love but without being able to touch each other? That can not be very easy. I love the character of this book but especially Alastor! Wow I mean he is just..... Well there are no words really, you just have to read and found out for your self. He is captivating all in himself. The difficulties they face with their love is great and it gets a lot more complicated when Alastor gets some competition by a boy that is alive and someone Becca can actually touch. There is a lot of love but also jealousy between them. But the biggest question is: Why is he there exactly? An awesome book but it was to short, I didn´t want it to end yet and there is much more to this book and it ended really dramatically I think. I get this feeling that the sequel to this book will be completely awesome! I recommend this book to everyone. This is a must read in my list and it is definitely one of the best books I´ve read this year!
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Spiritus is the first book in an exciting new young adult, paranormal series, by author Dana Michelle Burnett. I enjoyed this suspenseful and romantic read. I loved the characters Burnett created and the history of the home she placed them in. Spiritus is the type of book that captures your attention from page one, while the rest of the world slips away. The tale is about seventeen year old, Becca McAllister, who moves with her father back to his ancestral home in Corydon, Indiana. She and her new friends perform a unsuccessful séance in her home. Later that same evening, she awakes to feel a presence in the corner of her room. It¿s the ghost of a young man, named Alastor Sinclair. Unsure of the ghost's intentions and her own dreams, Becca researches the ghost and her home. At the library she finds a startling connection to herself. The story that unfolds is romantic, sad, and mysterious.The romance in this novel is sweet, innocent, dark and dangerous. The ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger and will leave you wanting more. Becca is a strong character, who fights to maintain a balance between her life and her time with Alastor. She is a bit of a loner, but finds herself suddenly with friends. She isn't very confident about her appearance and is shocked when the school jock shows interest in her. Alastor is handsome with gorgeous blue eyes and a devastating smile. You feel for him, but are never really sure of his intentions. He wants to keep Becca all to himself, feels guilt regarding the past and is extremely jealous. I highly recommend Spiritus, to fans of YA, paranormal romances and ghosts stories. Burnett¿s shares a tale about a love that survives beyond death. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot of this novel and look forward to reading the next book entitled the Haunting. I am hoping that her second novel is longer in length and more detailed. This was a quick, fast paced read, which is sure to please. This novel is currently only available as an eBook. I want to thank the author for this ARC, in exchange for my unbiased review.
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Shana_SizzingReads More than 1 year ago
4/5 STARS! FAVORITE QUOTE: "I cried against his nothingness as he held me. I felt trapped, caught in the wrong time and cheated by fate." This story is about Becca, who from her knowledge at first is a normal teenage girl... until she moves into her fathers ancestral home after the death of her mother, and everything changes. Her and her two new friends do a séance in her room for fun. What they don't know is that they caught the attention of a ghost named Alastor. Becca begins to slowly unravel her deep dark and romantic connection with Alastor while fighting to hold onto the present and dying to go back to the past. I loved Becca's personality and I felt for her. After losing her mother she's forced into this entirely foreign situation and expected to keep up. That's a lot to ask from anyone. At first I will admit I didn't agree with everything she did, my biggest complaint being Jonah. I despise jocks, and all he did was smile and look "perfect." I'm only thankful for him because he gave Alastor a body for the dance, which was one of my favorite scenes. I also agreed with her need to have a normal life and a say over her own life. Alastor expected her to love him the way she did when they first met, but he failed to realize that where she looked the same and shared the same memories, Becca was also a different person. My FAVORITE character was Alastor. He was sexy, desperately loyal, and still completely in love with his Becca after all those years. I loved the concept that he could hear her thoughts, and the thoughts of others, because it gave Becca a chance to communicate with him even when in public. His fierce protectiveness was charming, I will admit, but sometimes his anger scared me. Especially toward the end when he ended up really hurting her. Sometimes his lack of a physical presence frustrated me, because whereas other couples could touch and kiss, he could barely make himself visible, let alone touch her. Their desperation and loyalty to each other saturated every page. Overall there was a deliciously creepy feel about this novel, mixed with a love that reached beyond years and generations, with an interesting dusting of the paranormal. I loved the Civil War aspects and the rich history of Corydon. YA Paranormal romance readers will get sucked into Spiritus's history and romance, and will be aching for the next book as much as I am.
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