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About Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
Prior to writing fiction, Carolyn was a freelance journalist covering local and national affairs from social events to drug busts in the metro Atlanta area.
Now an empty-nester, Carolyn lives in the Atlanta suburbs with her husband, two Pit Bull-Boxer mix dogs and two cantankerous cats, but you'll often find her at a local coffee shop people watching and listening, plotting her next novel.
Watch for Carolyn's upcoming crime thriller series releasing in fall 2020.
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"An entertaining read.” Katelyn Hensel, Readers’ Favorite
WHEN THE UNIVERSE PITCHES YOU A SOFTBALL, IT'LL MAKE SURE YOU CATCH IT.
Stay at home wife and mother Angela Panther has a gift: she can talk to the dead. She just doesn’t know it. Yet. Long suppressed and forgotten, her gift resurfaces with the death of her mother. Angela considers it a curse, preferring to spend her life with the living, not dealing with the unfinished business of the dead. But the dead, they couldn’t care less. They know she can resolve their unfinished business, and when they need help, it’s Angela they haunt. As Angela reluctantly obliges the dead, her mother stays earthbound, refusing to go until her own unfinished business is handled; business she won’t discuss with her daughter. Business that involves Angela. Can Angela discover the truth behind her mother’s decision to stay, and if she does, will her heart survive?
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Working as a personal assistant to the busiest realtor in the small Southern town of Swan Hallow always kept me plenty busy, but then my boss’s partner died and I got a promotion... Just without the extra pay.
Now I’m showing old homes, and every single one of them is haunted. As a witch, I’m not supposed to be able to see ghosts. But I do. And they know I do. And I know they know I do. And, oh boy.
Worse yet, an apparition that looks an awful lot like my boss’s dead partner has come knocking, and demanding I solve her murder. I’ve been given an ultimatum: help or die.
It looks like I can’t really trust anyone any more. Will my cat, mouse familiar, and a new shapeshifter friend be enough to help me get the job done in what little time I have left?
Welcome to Castleberry, Georgia!
Settle in with a cup of sweet tea and let me tell you a ghost story.
I’ve got a secret. I see ghosts.
I haven’t always seen the dead. It happened after I took a tumble down a flight of stairs and bumped my head on an expensive marble floor. Since then, apparitions keep popping up in the strangest places, and they’re pretty demanding.
Take the ghost at our local BBQ restaurant. Rumor has it she’s been dangling from a rafter there ever since her father found her. I’d yet to meet anyone that actually saw her, other than me, of course, and I had the toughest time figuring out what she needed. But when the owner of that restaurant wound up dead, and I was the last person with him, I needed my new ghost buddy to help me find the real killer. And the only way to get her help was to get to the truth surrounding her death.
Now I split my time between my son, my job at the local historical society, and ghosts.
Oh, and the police detective who gets my heart rate up every time I see him? He gets a little of my time too.
I’m Chantilly Adair, and I’m your connection to the dead. Welcome to my world.
If you like Southern or paranormal cozy mysteries, you’ll love this first book in the Chantilly Adair Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series.
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“A delightfully funny, slightly irreverent paranormal romp!” InD'tale Magazine
WATCH WHAT YOU WISH FOR BECAUSE THE UNIVERSE HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR.
Reluctant psychic medium Angela Panther didn’t want her gift, so to teach her a lesson, the Universe cut her off. The dead still find ways to communicate; only Angela isn’t sure what the messages mean or whom they’re from. When her best friend suspects her husband of cheating, she comes to Angela for help. The two concoct the perfect plan, but to make it work, they'll need help from Angela's mother. There’s only one problem. Her mother is dead. As the duo works to catch the cheater, Angela struggles to decipher messages she assumes are from her mother—messages that intensify in their urgency, and make Angela long for the gift she once hated. Only the messages aren’t from Fran. When she figures out the ghost’s identity, Angela realizes if she tells the truth, she’ll out herself and hurt her own family. But if she doesn’t, she’ll lose her connection to her mother forever. Now Angela must choose between the happiness of the spirit’s family and her fears of damaging her own.
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The cops don't even know if there’s a case, but Angela knows the young mother is dead. With the help of her best friend and celestial super sleuth mother, Angela sets out to find the truth but soon realizes things aren’t as they appear.
Now Angela must choose between trusting her instincts or following the clues.
If she chooses wrong, she won’t be crossing the dead over to the other side; she’ll be one of them.
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Welcome to Holiday Hills, where the coffee’s fresh and there’s magic in the air…
I have a perfect life. I recently rented the most adorable little apartment on top of my favorite bookstore coffee shop on Main Street in Holiday Hills, the charmingest of charming small southern towns. I spend my days ghostwriting a cozy mystery series for a well-known author, and maybe just a minute or two crushing on the town’s police chief. But of course, I’d never let that cat out of the bag. I'm still dealing with my recent divorce, and no matter what my bestie says, I'm so not ready for anything in the romance department.
Speaking of cats, my little Burmese, Cooper, follows me around like he’s my guard dog. Thankfully, Holiday Hills is animal friendly. Everyone’s got a cat or dog, and that crazy old woman on the back end of town has the funniest talking parrot.
Oh, that crazy old woman, she’s a local celebrity, which can be a lot of trouble for her daughter. How do I know? Because that’s me. I’m the crazy old woman’s daughter.
The good news is everyone loves my mother, including me. The bad news is she recently died, and when she did, she opened up a whole new world for me, one I’d always thought was fictional. The magical world.
Now I have witchy powers, a talking cat, and a knack for finding dead bodies in my quaint little town.
Ones that haven't died by accident.
My name is Abby Odell and I’m a witch.
Who knew? I sure didn’t. Thanks for that, Mom.
There's a New Witch in Town is the first book in the Holiday Hills Witch Cozy Mystery series by bestselling author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
When an unidentified fourteen-year-old boy takes a dive off an interstate overpass, to solve the case, Atlanta area detective Aaron Banner calls Angela to get the truth about his junior John Doe.
Was it suicide or murder?
The problem is, the spirit can't remember who he was, or the night he died, and prefers Angela focus on an unknown energy.
Bright lights and the big city mean exciting times for Angela and her BFF Mel, but soon the duo ventures into the dark underbelly of Atlanta and come face-to-face with a gang of saggy-pantsed hoodlums ready to take them out.
Will Angela and Mel discover the truth about the boy’s death and the unknown energy, and make it home alive, or wind up DOA on the slabs next to the junior John Doe?
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Grab a latté, a box of Kleenex and a clean pair of panties. Carolyn Ridder Aspenson has done it again.
--Lynn/Two Girls & a Book
I’d sell more homes if the dead bodies didn’t get in the way.
"...the supporting characters are a hoot!" —Caroline Fardig, USA Today Bestselling Author
I made a promise, multiple times, actually, to my husband, the Bramblett County Sheriff. I promised I wouldn’t put my life at risk doing his job. But…
When I find my potential client’s son standing over her dead body, all bets are off. I just can’t let it go, no matter how hard I try.
Truth be told, I’d put myself up against a murderer any day if it kept me from taking sides between Henrietta and Bonnie, besties currently on the outs. Risking my life is one thing, but getting between those two is something no person in their right mind should do.
Who am I kidding? I can’t stop myself from trying to help them too. I just hope I come out of this alive.
If you like charming Southern cozy mysteries, you’ll love the Lily Sprayberry series.
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Welcome to Holiday Hills, where there is magic & mystery in the air...
I wear many hats:
I'm a friend.
A sort-of girlfriend.
A ghostwriter, and…
...oh yeah, a witch.
My editor always tells me to “write what you know.” Unfortunately, that’s what’s happening...literally.
When the main character in my latest novel—a witch herself—takes a new job with the Magical Bureau of Investigators, she stumbles upon a threat so big, it could destroy everything she holds dear.
For reasons beyond my witchy sixth sense, everything I write is now happening to me in real life!
Did I mention my character gets into REALLY bad situations? Now I’ve got to figure out who’s cast this awkward spell and find a way to reverse it.
And if I don’t do it soon, I might just wind up the "dead" in my deadline.
If you like paranormal cozies, you’ll love this series!
Welcome to Castleberry, Georgia where the tea is sweet and ghosts are everywhere.
There’s nothing like a surprise reunion with your best friend!
But the bag full of cash she brings along and her husband’s corpse sure put a damper on the celebration.
Now I’m stuck solving a murder for which said bestie’s been accused. I know she’s innocent, but I’ve got to figure out a way to prove that without letting my detective love interest discover my secret.
I see dead people.
I hope I can do this without becoming the real killer’s next victim.
If you like Southern paranormal cozy mysteries, you’ll love the Chantilly Adair series!
There’s money buried in Bramblett County, Georgia, and people are dying to find it. Literally.
I made a promise to my cranky client, Myrtle Redbecker. I swore I’d sell her house to the highest commercial bidder no matter what.
And when I found her dead on her kitchen floor, I vowed to keep that promise, and find her killer.
But there’s a catch—or two.
The new sheriff in town is my ex-boyfriend, and the last thing I want to do is deal with him. I’m also not big on putting myself in dangerous situations, but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do.
Now I’m stuck in the middle of a murder investigation, and if I’m not careful... I just might end up the next victim.
If you like charming, small town, Southern cozy mysteries, you'll love book one in the Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery Series.
Talking to ghosts can be killer.
Castleberry, Georgia is a small Southern town with a ton of history, and that history includes a lot of ghosts.
How do I know? Because I can see them.
And trust me, that’s not always a good thing.
As the city’s historical society manager, I spend a lot of time in old buildings, and old buildings are filled with dead people. Take the Baptist church on the outskirts of town. I’m in the process of certifying it as a historical building.
And not only is it full of ghosts, but... surprise!... there’s a body in the basement. And I’m the one who found it.
Now I’ve got to pick through the history of a long ago fire and decipher the clues I’m getting from some very stubborn spirits, all while dodging someone—dead or alive—who wants me to mind my own business...
And will do whatever’s necessary to keep me quiet.
If you like Southern paranormal cozy mysteries, you’ll love this stand-alone story!