Last week was a combination of beautiful weather and excessive exercise. I spent four days in London almost continually walking (shopping, London Zoo, meeting people at far-flung tube stations) and then spent Saturday at the Waddington Air Show getting sunburnt and watching planes. So it was a pleasure on Sunday, when I finally had time to sit down and relax, to find the cover art for my Lust Bites piece Sleepwalker in my inbox.
Sleepwalker was originally planned for the Bayou Heat line back when I was still blogging for Red Lipstick Diaries. After a visit to a haunted hotel last year I relocated the plot from a plantation to the very British (and made-up) Madigan Hall and created the character of Tally Haslam, an aromatherapist and herbalist whose ghost-hunting weekend is turned upside down when she sleepwalks on the first night and finds herself outside the open bedroom door of an attractive stranger.
It’s the third story I will have out this year and I can’t wait!
Tally Haslam has too much to deal with. A herbalist and aromatherapist, her latest creation - an aphrodisiac potion - remains in unsaleable condition as she has nobody to test it with. And, much to her annoyance, she sleepwalks.
Hoping to get away from it all for a weekend, Tally travels to nearby Madigan Hall for their yearly Paranormal Evening - but on the first night she wakes up outside the bedroom of another guest: Kyle Hunter, who has chosen to pleasure himself with the door open. Tally escapes without being seen, but is unable to get Kyle out of her head - especially when she finds herself at the same table at him the following evening.
However, Tally's world is turned upside down when, at the paranormal dinner, she encounters the ghost of the Blue Lady, who seems determined not to leave her alone - and shows a disturbing penchant, when Tally sleepwalks again, for leading her astray...