How to Date Dead Guys
by Ann M Noser
sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice: “don’t
sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see
ghosts”. But when charming Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river
under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.
Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to
bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a
pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell. The invoked river
rages up against her, but she escapes its fury. As she stumbles back to
the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home.
And he isn't the only one.
Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists
the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off
the bridge, a desperate victim determined to solve his own murder, and a
frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first. More comfortable with the dead
than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows.
Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her
against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.
by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will
ignite the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.
Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task. I work out plot holes during runs. Instead of meditating, I type madly during yoga stretches. I find inspiration in everyday things: a beautiful smile, a heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory. For example, a long drive in the dark listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my satisfaction.
I’d love to have more time to write (and run, read, and sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger’s time turner, I will juggle real life with the half-written stories in my head. Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.
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