Friday, October 25, 2013

The House by Lindsay Downs @ldowns2966 @KMNbooks #flashfictionbash #giveaway #free

KAREN: Lindsay Downs is a best-selling author of regency tales, where the reader will experience both mystery and romance. In Lindsay's flash fiction story, The House, his character Sidney admires the life size lawn ornaments with interest. Beware: Gnomes are so not the rage in this neighborhood. 

You'll have a chance to win Don't Cross the Countess by Lindsay Downs if you enter the Rafflecpter for the grand prize! Winners will be chosen on Oct. 31st and announced on November 1st. Make sure to stop by and find out if you are a winner!!

The House by Lindsay Downs
Sidney couldn’t believe what had happened in the few minutes she’d been inside her grandparent’s house. As a paranormal debunker seeing the sky only above the Victorian mansion change to the strangest shade of deep purple was something worth investigating.
Before going to her grandparents she’d made inquiries around town but to no avail. As far as the new owners were concerned, the police, post office even the school nor anyone at City Hall knew that much about them. Even the city building inspector only vaguely remembered visiting to certify the house. Sidney did find out the building had been purchased through a holding company and was paid for in full.
She did learn the house had been purchased by a unique group of people right before it was to be condemned by the city. Then, within the period of a few weeks, not months, it had been restored to its original beauty.
Stepping outside onto the front porch of her grandparents Sidney took several pictures not only of the Victorian house but the sky above. These she’d evaluate when she got home and probably send copies to a meteorologist friend for his take. Once done she walked down to the street and looked up and down the road.
“Grams, I see that several of the neighbors moved.”
“Yes darlin’, seems though it only happens once a year. Right about now,” Grandfather replied from the doorway.
Interesting that all this should be happening around All Hallows Eve, Sidney thought, not wanting to upset her grandparents.
Wanting a closer look at the seemingly out of place decorations surrounding the mansion she walked over. Examining several of the statues she felt a chill slide down her spine when she realized why they looked so lifelike.
These figurines used to be people.

The End 

 About Spy Catcher:
While acting as chaperone to Lady Aleece at a house party, little does lady’s maid Debbi realize how her life will change. Not prepared to fall in love nor see a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to her, Debbi’s world begins to turn upside down. After several attempts on her life, and a run-in with yet another look-alike, she uncovers her true heritage, as the unknown daughter of a countess. Having been raised and trained as a lady's maid, but educated alongside her employer, Debbi begins to wonder in which world she truly belongs. Only when her new love's life is threatened does Debbie claim her rightful place and do what’s necessary to save him.  


About Don't Cross the Countess:
When someone tries to kill Lady Sophia Gardner, Countess of Modbury, James becomes her appointed protector. Little does she realize he’s not who he says he is.

After they find evidence of something sinister, they realize the answer can only be found in London. Once there, events became even more complicated as James’ true identity is made known.

When several more attempts to kill Sophia fail, they return to Modbury but later to slip back into London. Hidden, but in plain sight, they ferret out who and why someone wants her dead. What they learn and the individuals involved turn out to be part of something that could shake the foundation of the Crown to its core. But first, this information has to be put into the proper hands.

Risking everything, Sophia and James are determined to bring the persons involved to justice.


About the Author:
What does it take to be a bestselling author? Determination, skill, talent, luck or taking a risk with a venture into a totally new genre. For me it was a little of some and a lot of the others.
In 2008 when I got two books published I thought it was due to skill; little did I know it was more luck than anything. Over the next three years I wrote, submitted, got rejected. I then did what I tell everyone who asks; I wrote some more. I didn’t give up.
More on a dare than anything I tried my hand at a regency, one of the most difficult genres because of the rules, which I might add I broke almost every one. Within two days of its release the book was on a bestseller list and stayed there for two months.
Turns out it is all of the aforementioned.
After two failed marriages, one from divorce while with the other died unexpectedly I decided upon retirement to move. That opportunity came in September 2012 when I migrated to Texas.

For me, as a multipublished author, it was one of the best things I’ve done to date. Now, every day I can write, creating stories to take my readers to places they can only dream about.
I’m also a member of the Published Authors Network (PAN) by the Romance Writers of America (RWA). 

Where you can find the author-
Twitter- @ldowns2966

11 comments:

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Lindsay,

Thanks for participating in the bash! Your story was a perfect addition to creepy tales for Halloween!

Congrats on your new release. What do you have planned for the future? Do you have the next story in the works?

maeclair.net said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved the flash fiction! And the books sound fab, especially Don't Cross the Countess. Definitely going on my TBR list!

Jean MP said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved that flash fiction, makes my flesh crawl.
Putting Don't Cross the Countess and Spy Catcher on my to buy list.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Lindsay said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for letting me be a part of this event

Rosemary Gemmell said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the gnomes idea!

J Bur said... Best Blogger Tips

Enjoyed the story. Thanks for the giveaway!

Celtic Chick said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved this creepy story. I always feel like lawn gnomes are looking at me. lol Now I know why.

Kelley

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice story

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Lindsay,

Creepy story! Regency stories are my favorite! I'll have to check out your books. :)

Cara Marsi said... Best Blogger Tips

Great read. Got all the scariness into a few words. Well done! I too love Regencies.

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, creepy story. Thanks for sharing!

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