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Spiritus, a Paranormal Romance (Spiritus Series, Book #1) by [Burnett, Dana Michelle]
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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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005V02FD4
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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.

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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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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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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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This book was ok. Of course, it's continuing to the next book. Becca and her dad move to his family home and Becca and couple of her new friends end up raising a ghost in her home. She's supposed to be his wife reincarnated from civil war time. She loves him right off, but to me the story was more wishy washy! If I can read the other books free, I might check them out.
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I like it a bit more than "don't like" but not enough to give it an "it's ok." The story has potential.

Civil war hero comes home and goes crazy almost killing his wife; then wife defends herself killing him with his own gun. He is haunting the house where he died but is not stuck there... why doesn't he go to the ghost of his wife? He haunts Becca, a teen relative, instead. Besides being dead, the crazy ghost is jealous and attacks without remorse even going as far as trying to kill Becca.

To top it off it is a cliff hanger... I hate those, so it is a delete for this book also
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After Becca's Mom dies her Father moves her into his ancestral home in a little bitty town in the middle of nowhere.
As with any other move for a school age teenager Becca is worried about fitting in and finding a "clique" to be a part of.
She soon finds out that small town schools are much different than the one she is used to.
After the first day at school she brings home a couple of girls that she met and they try to perform a seance in her bedroom before calling it a night.
Little did they know that they opened up a channel to the other side in order to allow Becca's EXTREMELY long lost relative.
As Becca begins to communicate with the resident ghost she soon learns more about the history of the house she is living in but also the little town that her father dragged her to.
Just as she begins to enjoy having the ghost around things in her life begin to get complicated and Becca she tried find some common ground but it is difficult.

From start to finish this book reels you in and keeps you bobbing right along until you are so deep into the book that you have forgotten to even come up for air!
Dana has a wonderful way with words that make you believe you are right there with Becca and Allister.
She has an amazing gift that she has shared with all of us and I for one am extremely grateful.
If you need to get lost in a book for awhile I would recommend this one in a heartbeat!
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