Cursed be the Wicked
by J.R. Richardson
Genre – Paranormal Mystery Romance
Release Date: March 5, 2014
Cooper Shaw lives his life under a pen name and enjoys the anonymity it provides during his journeys across the globe as a seasoned writer for a travel magazine. When his job lands him in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts to cover the famous Festival of the Dead, he soon realizes that he can’t stay invisible forever as he faces ghosts from a past he’s been trying to forget ever since he left.
The city holds nothing but bad memories for Coop until he meets a quirky young woman with an old soul and curious insights by the name of Finnley Pierce. While she acts as his tour guide through a town he thought he knew, Finn helps him unearth the truth of his childhood and might even begin to open up his heart.
By unraveling the mystery of his father’s murder, Coop may finally accept who he is, where he came from, and perhaps even realize what he wants for his future.
“I forgot to pay you today,” I blurt out, and Finn finally turns to me.
“Is that why you came tonight?” she asks. There’s disappointment in her eyes. It’s in that moment, when she’s looking up at me, that I decide to be honest with myself as well as Finn.
“Good,” she says. “Because I don’t’ want your money.”
She stares and waits for me to say something. Although there isn’t anything we’ve done together that I want to forget, I do want to start over on some level. So I put a hand out and attempt to re-introduce myself.
She takes my hand and when she does, my entire body sighs a breath of contentment. I take another swig of my alcohol and begin to explain my actions.
“I didn’t exactly leave Salem on the best of terms. I created Cole Stone so I could write and not be recognized as the son of a murderer. I just thought it would be easier to keep up the charade here.” I trail off and check her reaction. She seems to be studying me awfully hard.
“It’s called a Penn name.”
She’s still silent. I take that, mistakenly, to mean I need to explain a little further. So I do. Like an idiot.
“I know what it is Mr. Shaw.”.”
I have to laugh. I don’t know if it’s the nerves or just that she’s so damn cute when she’s ticked off.
“Of course you do.”
She waits patiently while I regroup.
“I never expected to interact with anyone on a personal lever while I was here, Finn. I thought I’d be in and out of here before anyone I used to know knew and then I could get back to my life and forget about Salem again.”
“So, what happened?” she asks and I tell her plainly.
“. . . it was wonderful to read a story that touched on the true history without leaning on it too heavily or attempting to rewrite it. It could have gone horribly wrong, but instead it simply added a layer of authenticity and new interest to the whole mystery.” – 4.5 hearts from Ysar at Fic Central
“. . . the story evolved in such an effortless way, I found I spent an entire evening reading without putting the book down.” – 4 star review from Cosmo at Fic Fare
“. . . well written, funny and thoroughly entertaining. The humor is witty, and its solid story line flowed smoothly. This story was very suspenseful, and J. R. Richardson masterfully handled the element of mystery by providing sumptuous morsels of information that continuously piqued my interest.” – 4 of 4 stars from miztree46 at the Online Book Club
A writer of stories and lover of life.
Jo grew up in Maryland with four siblings, three parents and an endless number of cousins within the vicinity. Today she lives in Florida with her two girls and a husband that shares her same sense of humor and basic take on life as we know it.
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She’s always loved writing, and always enjoys a good mystery, so in 2012, Jo wrote a novel that was picked up by the good people at Soul Mate Publishing.
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