Sunday, July 25, 2010

Marilyn Meredith - 'Lingering Spirit' - Review, Giveaway & Character Naming Contest

Marilyn Meredith captures the essence of an untimely death in her paranormal romance, Lingering Spirit. Police officer Steve Ainsworth is gunned down during a routine traffic stop. His 28-year-old widow, Nicole, is left alone with their two daughters, first grader Kimberly and 4-year-old Sarah. However, hearing the doorbell ring at 3 a.m. wasn't entirely unexpected.

Four months earlier, Steve had experienced a premonition. He foresaw his death on the job. To escape this fate, he moved the family from the heavily populated city of Channel Harbor to the secluded wilderness of Quail Meadow. But he never anticipated that the violence he envisioned would become his destiny regardless of location.

Meredith does an excellent job depicting the series of events that family members endure immediately following the loss of a loved one. Co-workers and neighbors filling the house. The funeral home negotiations. The lack of sleep. The mental fog. The arrival of out-of-town relatives. The bending to the point of breaking. Yet Nicole's grief isn't limited to burial preparations and the acceptance of condolences. She is visited by Steve from beyond the grave.

Nicole experiences moments with Steve, similar to Sandra Bullock's character in the movie, Premonition. Finally, she drifted off into a troubled sleep. "Nicky." Steve nuzzled her neck. Good. He was home. She turned over and he kissed her, his lips warm and sweet - the kiss a promise of lovemaking to come. "Mmmm, Steve." She held out her arms to him, but nothing was there. And then she remembered, Steve was dead. But it had seemed so real. She heard his voice, felt him touch her, kiss her. But it wasn't possible.

The incidents increase in frequency. Dresser drawers open and close. Books fall to the floor. Lights are turned off and on. While in their beds, the children see their father bend down and kiss them. After Nicole shares what is going on with her father, they both witness an armchair move. Her father goes on to say, "Unless he's trying to tell you something, trying to get you to do something. Maybe he just can't leave until he can make you understand what it is he wants you to do." This explanation is similar to the cult classic Ghost starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze.

Nicole decides to move back to Channel Harbor. Though she didn't know what it meant, the rappings, bangings, and furniture moving ceased. She no longer felt as though someone followed her. Hopefully, whatever had been holding Steve back had released him. But she couldn't help wondering if the feverish energy she expended in the packing had driven him away. Maybe he was upset with her decision.

Purchasing an older home, she slowly tries to rebuild her life for the sake of her children. However, things don't go smoothly. Longing for Steve had become a part of her existence. Neither time nor activity lessened the ache. She heard a bang, and raised up her elbow. Frowning she listened intently. It happened again, a noise she recognized. Staring into the shadowed corner of the room, she watched as the big highboy that had once been Steve's but now held her sweaters, T-shirts, and jeans, rocked violently back and forth. That hadn't happened since she'd moved back to Channel Harbor. This would definitely be a case for Jason and Grant of the SyFy Channel's Ghost Hunters.

Nicole's father offers an alternate possibility. "Because you haven't experienced any of these goings on since moving here, perhaps it's another ghost making itself known ... a ghost of someone who used to live in this house." But Nicole disagrees with his assessment. "Because, I'm not frightened. If it was a ghost I didn't know, surely I'd get some bad vibes ... but I didn't. It was just like all the times things happened in Quail Meadow." Yet her father persists saying, "But it isn't natural for a spirit to hang around this world for such a long time." But Nicole responds, "I don't know. I guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens. Maybe eventually he'll do something that will help me understand."

Steve is trying to tell Nicole something. This final message upends the life she thought she would lead after his death. A connection is established to someone who recently entered her life. A person who will reshape the outlook of her future in a way she never imagined.

Meredith is a master of characterization. She fully rounds out the facets of her protagonists' personalities and richly develops the details of the supporting cast. She does not hit any false notes with her dialogue and builds strong relationships among her characters. She realistically describes what a young widow would go through following the tragic death of her husband.

Overall, uncovering why this spirit lingers is an incredibly moving experience.

Lingering Spirit by Marilyn Meredith is available for $12.95 at and at

A complimentary review copy was provided by Pump Up Your Book Promotion.

Enter to win a FREE copy of Lingering Spirit .

(1) Go to Tribute Books online shop and take a look at our titles.
(2) Leave a comment with your email address and the Tribute Books title that most interests you.

A winner will be chosen on August 2, 2010.

Congratulations to our winner: Debbie D.!


Character Naming Contest

Have you ever dreamed of being immortalized in print? Well, here’s your chance! Award-winning author Marilyn Meredith is running a contest during her Lingering Spirit Virtual Book Tour, which runs from July 6 through July 30. Marilyn will name a character in her next Rocky Bluff P.D. book after the person who comments at the most Pump Up Your Book Promotion blog stops during her tour who will be immortalized in print in her next Rocky Bluff P.D. book. This book is currently scheduled to be released in 2012. Leave a comment and get your name in Marilyn’s next Rocky Bluff P.D. book!


  1. The book I am interested in is Call Me Sonja Grey. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Debbie D

  2. First off...this book sounds so awesome. What a trip to feel the presence of a lost loved one. I also would love to read
    Call Me Sonya Grey. I love poetry and don't get a chance to read it too often. But, life will be slowing down soon lucky me will have more time to read. Thanks.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  3. I would like to read the journey along the D L & W railroad.

  4. I think But Then Again I Could Be Wrong, sounds interesting and hilarious.


  5. Call Me Kate sounds great. As a teen myself, I really love to learn more about a young girl struggling in an Irish-American society in the 19th century! :)

    You can reach me at

  6. No need to enter me. Just wanted to say that I love your post!! Great review. I loved this book as well. Marilyn is such an amazing talent!

  7. I truly loved this review. Thank you so much for having me on your blog.


  8. Thanks for the detailed review of Marilyn's book. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    One correction to the contest: it is the person who comments at the most blog stops during her tour who will be immortalized in print in her next Rocky Bluff P.D. book. I'm sorry for the confusion. I sent an updated contest blurb, but it appears you didn't receive it. Sorry about that.

    Thanks again for hosting Marilyn today. It was nice to see the trailer for the book displayed with the review.

    All my best,


  9. April, thank you so much for your kind words.