Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Peppertree Press announces the release of Haunted Echoes by Julie Ann Howell

The Peppertree Press announces the release of Haunted Echoes by Julie Ann Howell. Haunted Echoes (ISBN: 978-1-936051-69-4, Hardcover, 202 pages, $19.95) is now available wherever fine books are sold.

In Haunted Echoes, Howell introduces protagonist Sarah Reddington. Fresh on the heels of her first book release, Sarah, a Chicago-based novelist, should be having the time of her life, having just signed a contract for two more books. But Sarah hits a brick wall when struck with a paralyzing bout of writer’s block. On her publisher’s suggestion that a change of scenery might do Sarah good, Sarah and her faithful canine companion, Dickens, leave the Windy City to travel to the Cape Elizabeth, Maine, a quiet town on the Atlantic’s craggy shore. Leaving her bustling Windy City home for a slow, sleepy New England town is certainly a novel concept for finishing her novel, but this journey could prove stranger than fiction.

As the only registered guest at the quaint but elegant Otter Cove Inn, Sarah is sure that this trip will be just the ticket to breaking free of the writer’s block to which she’d become a prisoner. But Sarah is about to become a prisoner to something far greater—and much more sinister.

To her dismay and horror, Sarah soon realizes that she may be the only registered guest at this enchanting inn, but she is anything but alone—and escaping writer’s block is about to become the least of Sarah’s worries.

From strange voices in the night, to haunting cries, to the eerie spirits that inhabit this haunted hotel, the Otter Cove Inn is full to capacity with bizarre forces intent on getting Sarah’s attention. Unable to differentiate between fact and fiction, Sarah is thrust into extraordinary circumstances when she discovers a key that could unlock a centuries-old secret. As the story unfolds, Sarah is propelled into a pulse-quickening quest to solve a mesmerizing 200-year-old mystery. Can Sarah piece together the clues before it’s too late? Or is this novelist about to be written off for good?

Alternately charming and chilling, spooky and spellbinding, Haunted Echoes is a suspenseful—and supremely spirited—tale. An inventive and wildly entertaining ghost story, Haunted Echoes will keep readers riveted until the very last page.

Julie Ann Howell is an avid speaker and author who authored her first book at the age of 10. Julie Ann’s passion for words inspired her to plant literary seeds enthusiastically all over the world. In 2003, she founded Pepper Tree Magazine, a literary magazine based in Sarasota, Florida, and later founded The Pepper Tree Press. Julie Ann is a member of the Florida Writers Association and the American Business Women Association. A longtime Sarasota resident, Julie Ann Howell is also the author of Finnigan the Dragon, Mrs. Owl’s Nest of Rhymes, and The Pepper Tree: How the Seeds Were Planted. She is currently at work on her next novel, Irish Jewel, which is slated for a Summer 2011 release.

The Peppertree Press is an independent book publisher based in Florida. Members of the news media wishing to request a review copy of Haunted Echoes or more information are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email – maryglenn@maryglenn.com.

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