Authors Showcase: Ghosts in the Shadows

The Book: Shadows of Truth

The Author: Gale Minchew

The Story: Analise Michaels isn’t like other teenagers…   She travels in her sleep. She talks to angels. Spirits are drawn to her pureness of heart. She can see and hear what others cannot, or perhaps that which they simply refuse to acknowledge.

The spirit of a young woman is awakened in the dark of night as Analise travels the downtown streets of Jefferson on a carriage drawn ghost tour. She is intrigued by the tragic tale of this lonely soul for reasons she doesn’t understand.

But one local tragedy isn’t enough… She struggles to understand the deaths of two women separated by more than a century… one a student at her high school and the other a young woman who died in the early 1900s.

Just when she thought the tangled web of drama and hysterics at school had ended a new crisis rears its ugly head. With Nicholas gone, it’s anyone’s game now as one enemy becomes a friend and the battle among adversaries rages on. Between the spirits that haunt her, those who want her help, and the strange energy surging throughout her high school campus, Analise is in a race to release the spirits unjustly bound to this world and finally uncover the Shadows of Truth.

Gale Minchew is a licensed psychologist who resides in East Texas with her husband and two children. In her professional practice, Dr. Minchew specializes in issues related to children and families. However, over the past couple of years, she has consulted with adults and children who have experienced a broad range of paranormal phenomena, as well.

The Book: Hidden Voices

The Author: Deborah J. Hughes.

The Story:  When medium Tess Schafer hears of a tombstone marked with images of a witch’s curse, she feels compelled to go there and check out the supernatural legend herself.

From the moment of her arrival into the small town of Bucksport, Maine, Tess knows she has stumbled into a paranormal treasure trove. It isn’t long before she’s fully ensconced in solving the mystery surrounding town founder Jonathan Buck and his cursed graveside monument. Hindering things, however, is the spirit of an imposing Native American Indian. Who is he, what does he want and how in the world is he connected to the curse?

He’s not her only problem, however, for her presence hasn’t gone unnoticed among the rest of Bucksport’s ghosts. It isn’t long before she’s getting chased around by a pack of spirits and learning enough of the town’s peppered history to become fully engage in all the paranormal activity occurring there.

Although she’s getting more than she bargained for, Tess reasons the place is haunted for a reason and she means to find out what it is. One thing for sure, the town has secrets and its ghosts have decided it’s time to bring those secrets to light.

From the first book in the series, Be Still, My Love to this second adventure in Hidden Voices, Tess is learning to hone her medium skills and converse effectively with the dead.

Deborah Hughes was a normal kid living a normal life when she moved into a haunted house at the age of seven. Suddenly she was sharing space with dead people and experiencing the bizarre world of the unknown and the uncanny. An over-active imagination did not, at first, serve her well for she feared what she did not understand. Learning to read opened her to the world of books and she read everything she could find about supernatural and paranormal phenomena.

The more she read, the more she learned and the more she realized how little she knew. This has led to a lifelong search for knowledge, truth and enlightenment. Constantly inspired to write, from the age of eight she began telling the stories streaming like movies through her mind. Although determined to grow up and become a writer, her sense of adventure led to a career in the United States Air Force.

Despite a busy and demanding life, Deborah continued writing the stories that came to her in flashes of inspiration and her quest for knowledge continued. Her military career now behind her, she is focused on her lifelong dream of being an author and sharing the stories she’s been so compelled to write.


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