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Spiritus, a Paranormal Romance (Spiritus Series, Book #1) Kindle Edition

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"With a spoon full of romance and a dash of suspense, Spiritus is a wonderful treat."-Jaskirat, See It Or Read It

"If you like romantic and haunting novels, with characters and a plot that completely draws you in, then I would definitely recommend that you pick up Spiritus." ~ Ink Puddle

"The romantic tension, the tenderness, the bittersweet moments...These are all the things that really caught me attention." ~ Alexa Loves Books

"The writing is beautiful, the scenery is gorgeous.  The emotions in the book...They are heartfelt and sometimes just heart wrenching." ~ Fictional Candy

From the Author

Interview with Dana Michelle Burnett

Q:  What made you want to write a ghost romance?
A: I didn't want to write a ghost romance, that was just the story that came out. Once I saw where the story was going, I loved the idea of a ghost being haunting the reincarnation of his wife, it got even better when I decided that it should be his wife that killed him.

Q:  What inspired you to write Spiritus?
A: I actually live pretty close to Corydon, so I would pass all of these amazing old houses and I couldn't help but think about the people that had lived there over the years and what their lives must have been like.  Little by little, I started getting this idea for a Civil War hero that came back from the war changed and bitter.  It wasn't long after that I came up with his wife who was also changed by the war that ended up in her own back yard.  I tried to imagine these two people, trying to return to normal life, and how it could lead to tragedy.

Q:  What is your favorite ghost story? What about favorite ghost movie?
A:  Without a doubt, my favorite ghost story is Lasher by Anne Rice!  Her words are like poetry and the story is just amazing.  I don't really have a favorite ghost movie, but my Spiritus novels deal with a love that can survive beyond death and one of my favorite movies of all time, Bram Stoker's Dracula, has that same theme.

Q:  What other authors do you read?
A: I love all things Anne Rice, but I'm also a fan of J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and so many of the new indie authors!  There is so much talent out there now!

Q:  If you were stranded on a desert island with only one book, one CD, and one DVD...What would they be?
A:  For the book, I would have to say The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. For the CD, it could be anything from P!nk. As far as the DVD, I would have to say Gone With The Wind. Now I have a question, if I'm on a deserted island, how am I going to listen to the CD or watch the DVD?

Q:  Describe your writing in 3 words.
A:  Dark. Romantic. Horror.

Q:  How do you come up with characters names?
A: As crazy as it sounds, my character names are just meant to be, even if I don't realize it at the time.  For my heroine, I needed a name that would be possible in the Civil War era and today.  I played around with a few and settled on Becca, so no big story there, but for Alastor, I just always loved that name.  I was over halfway through the first book before I learned that Alastor means "vengeful spirit"...How great is that?  

Q:  Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
A:  I am so in love with Alastor.  A ghost with a temper that speaks so beautifully...What's not to love?

Product Details

  • File Size: 979 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005V02FD4
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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 include in The Best of Foliate Oak 2006.

Dana Michelle's Spiritus Series introduced the idea of a ghostly romance and became a Kindle bestselling series. She's an avid reader of anything dark and romantic. Dana Michelle lives in Southern Indiana with her dancing diva daughter and an assortment of pets.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The Book Runner on December 2, 2011
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This story was so not for me! I downloaded the free chapters and enjoyed meeting Becca and her new friends Ally and Billie, but when I downloaded the whole story and kept reading, the romance became disappointing and the ending - tragic.


Becca and her friends unknowingly call a ghost named Alastor into Becca's new home. Alastor was killed by his wife 100 years ago after returning from war mentally scarred and drowning his memories in alcohol and women. Becca discovers that she looks like Alastor's wife and can remember their courting and murdering him. She falls in love with his ghost and her feelings for Alastor prevent her from falling for a real boy named Jonah from school.

This romance is dysfunctional on so many levels that it really was agony to read. Even though Jonah's character was not flushed out very well, I was still wanting Becca to choose him and for Alastor to give her up. Although Becca's longing for Alastor was romantic at times, the pure weirdness of loving a ghost she could never touch and Alastor's obsessive behavior over her was not. Really, I thought that maybe Alastor's ghost just needed to be forgiven by Becca's body and he would find peace in death. Then Becca would be able to refocus her own feelings on to Jonah, who seems like a great guy, and live her own life. After all, it has been 100 years, she is not the same Becca that Alastor feel in love with anyways. Not. What. Happens. In the end, I just felt sorry for Jonah who was going to be hurt again by these two dysfunctional people that I really don't even like.

This story had many misspelled words (ex: take for talk)that do lend to some momentary confusion. I never take off for editing, just warning those who can't take bad editing.

Would I/Did I buy it? Yes (.99)
Would I read it again? No
Would I recommend it to friends? No
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne @ The Shadow Realm on April 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Really sorry to say that I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. I hate writing bad reviews so I'm going to keep this short. The book had so much potential. The concept of the story sounded really interesting but sadly it let itself down. I found that the writing didn't flow and I didn't connect to the characters. They seemed very 2-dimensional. There was also a lot of grammatical mistakes. Normally I can overlook a mistake here and there but there was too many here to ignore. Finally, the love story annoyed me. I can't say too much about it because that would spoil the story for those who plan on reading this book but I'll just say this: Becca really needs to grow up and decide what she wants. She came across as very immature in her attitude towards love and her reaction to the hot guy at school. She fell in love with Alastor so quickly that it wasn't believable. I know there is a backstory (which i won't mention) that is meant to justify the whole insta-love thing but I just didn't get it. I''m not sure whether I will read the next book but I'll see when it comes out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ava Renee on April 7, 2012
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Fun enjoyable YA read that's good from start to finish!

Becca unhappily moves with her dad to new house, to a place on the map that she has never been and has to attend a new school. This move was decided by her dad as a fresh start to live a dream that he has always had and once shared with his deceased wife. Becca takes it all with stride and continues to hold her head up high. That is until strange things happen and she starts seeing a handsome man (named Alastor) in her dreams. Or is it?

It's a funny thing when fate is involved. You never see what's happening and you just cannot stop it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RomParty on March 11, 2012
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**4.5 Stars**

Spirits. Something that some people believe to have seen and to walk among us. Now imagine that you move in to an old home and see one of a handsome *cough* Sexy..young man who claims that he is your true love from the past. Well that's what Author Dana Michelle Burnett gives her readers in Spiritus.

Becca is just trying to find her place at her new school, when she invites some new friends over to her home and they have a séance in her room for fun. Little do they know that they have caught someone's attention. From the moment Becca meets her ghost Alastor, she feels a connection to him. At first she is doubtful that he is real, but she starts to remember things. Memories from another time. As Becca struggles to separate past from present. She also struggles with the love Alastor claims he has for her and a question... Does he love her or the one from the past??

The characters were great! I think I loved Alastor a little more than Becca, but I just have a thing for sexy, tortured heros! Alastor is protective, loyal, sexy and still completely in love with his Becca after all those years. At times, I got annoyed with him because even though Becca does remember him and their memories together, she isn't the same one! They may look the same but they are two different people. His anger would frighten me. I wanted to say ITS NOT PAST BECCA!!!! LOL but what can you expect from a ghost who at last believes he has been given a 2nd chance with his long lost love?!?

Spritus was great! I loved it!! This is only the beginning and I am waiting for book 2, Haunted, to come out later this year. You can feel the desperate need of the characters to be together while knowing they can't physically touch!! Check it out and find out what happens!

~Originally posted on The ParaNormal Romance Party~
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