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About Kim Beall
She sincerely believes every adult still yearns, not so deep inside, to find real magic in everyday life.
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Everyone keeps telling Callaghan McCarthy she needs to have a wish prepared when Santa visits Vale House on Christmas Eve. She doesn’t believe in Santa or in wishes anymore, but she is beginning to suspect she knows the identity of the body that was found under the ice in the pond two days ago.
When she checks into Vale House, a bed and breakfast the internet claims is haunted, she hopes to find inspiration for a sequel to her once-popular ghost story. She quickly finds more inspiration than she bargained for, but any evil haunting Vale House does not emanate from its ghosts. As Cally comes to know and love the eccentric denizens of the run-down Southern town, she realizes she has wandered into the midst of a host of secrets nobody will talk about in front of people who are Not From Around Here.
While a disembodied internet entity, the ghost of a teenage Taino pirate, and a mysterious gentleman who is not quite human, himself, try to help her cope with her new reality, she begins to understand that saving Vale House and saving herself are one and the same.
She is supremely content with her lot, until one of the town’s most beloved citizens dies, turning her weird but happy little world upside down.
In the midst of the tumult, a famous television ghost-hunter offers to cleanse Vale House of its resident spirits. Naturally, Cally and the other staff flatly refuse this offer. After the obnoxious guest leaves, however, the ghosts seem to disappear with them.
Cally is determined to rescue her spectral friends and bring them home, though she begins to understand she must travel to a very dark place to find them. In order to succeed, she must do something that frightens her even more: she must learn to trust those who claim to love her.
Callaghan McCarthy first came to Vale House, a haunted B&B on the edge of a faerie meadow, seeking inspiration for her ghost stories. She found more inspiration than she bargained for, and now the ghosts and other spirits of Woodley, USA are some of her best friends.
In Moonlight and Moss, Cally continues to explore her relationships with the spirits of Vale House, as well as with Ben Dawes, who is not quite 100% human, himself.
When a brutal murder rocks the serenity of the peaceful southern town, the caretaker of Vale House is wrongly charged with the crime. Cally's attempts to clear his good name soon lead to evidence the real killer may not have been human. If her investigations reveal that faerie hand has spilled human blood, repercussions could bring the tenuous truce between the human and faerie worlds crashing down.
As the son of the faerie queen, Ben is in a position to help her enlist the aid of the local faerie court, but Cally doesn't feel she's ready for a serious relationship again – if she ever will be. Especially one with a man who must spend half his life in a shadowy otherworld. If she is to solve this mystery and keep Vale House intact, she must figure out on which side of the fence her heart truly lies.
While I was writing "Moonlight and Moss," I was confused about a couple of plot elements, and interviewing a side character always helps me figure these things out. This time, I decided to ask Luke to tell me the story from his point of view. Not only did he help me iron out the plot, but he had a lot of other things to say, as well!
I have also included a map of Woodley and a floor plan of Vale House. I hope you enjoy this extra little peek into what makes Woodley tick.
In an unassuming small town that just happens to lie on the border between two worlds, ghosts can be people, too. Faeries can be good or bad, and monsters can be all too real. In a small town with a big secret, anything can happen.
Do you believe?