Welcome to Radley's Hollow. Once a bucolic small town nestled in the rolling hills of Northern California, Radley's Hollow became the epicenter of an apocalyptic ghost war that breaks time and turns the world into a wasteland. Join the men and women of the Hollow as they battle the resurrected dead, fight to survive and thrive in a devastated world, and travel back in time in a bold attempt to fix it all.
Unlike most series, which progress in a linear timeline, the HAUNTED HOLLOW is all about jumping through time in search of the pivotal temporal events that broke time with the goal of creating new outcomes.
The first novel, Bring Me to Ruin, starts at the very end of time, in 2147 when the Earth is just a few years away from total destruction. It sets the tone for the series, invites the reader into the hearts and minds of the heroine, Thea Maloney, and her true love, Gerard Wyatt, a.k.a. The General, and introduces the major conflicts as well as the series arch villain, the witch queen of the Haunted Hollow.
The second novel, Before My World Turned Blue, follows one of the time travelers from the first book as he negotiates his latest mission in the year 1942. His job is to ensure that the young Ruby Radley never becomes the deadly witch destined to destroy the world.
The third book, Howling for You (currently in production), returns to 2147 and picks up right after Bring Me to Ruin and Before My World Turned Blue leave off. It ties both stories together and delves into the hopes and dreams of a new pair of lovers whose love affair may well have been what shattered time.
Subsequent books in the series will similarly weave through 300 years of Radley’s Hollow’s history as Thea, the General and their allies fight to save humanity’s future.
As a work of small town urban fantasy romance with paranormal, historical and sci-fi elements, this series is eclectic to say the least. It includes armies of clockwork zombies, ghost hunters, witchcraft, magic and spirituality, the Fae, Sonoma county, dark matter, steam/diesel/cyberpunk, time traveling detectives, and a whole lot of love. I took some of my inspiration from the contemporary BBC TV series Dr. Who, Caribbean religions, the study of dreams and the history of California. To find out more about what inspires me, go to http://www.tessrider.com/the-world.html.
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Happy holidays to one and all! This is my husband's favorite time of year, after Halloween and Thanksgiving, that is. We've put up our tree and we're getting ready to wrap up this year's crop of presents. I'm more of a Nightmare Before Christmas gal myself and love Halloween best of all holidays, but I do enjoy the good company and tasty food of the holiday season. I also like giving gifts that make people smile. So below I've got a few gifts for you just for stopping by. Then let me know what's the best gift you've ever given or received.
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plus a copy of Before My World Turned Blue, book two in the Haunted Hollow series (ebook).
All you have to do to enter is join the mailing list for my monthly newsletter, The Life Romantic. I'll send periodic news about my latest books and adventures and you can unsubcribe at any time.
After that, keep scrolling down to read an excerpt from my current work in progress, Howling for You, book three of the Haunted Hollow .
*Pendant prize is open to US residents only. eBook prize is open worldwide.
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writes romance at the crossroads of the paranormal, science fiction, and fantasy. She lives with her wonderfully eccentric husband in an equally quirky Victorian in the San Francisco Bay Area. An avid cat lover in search of her next cat, Tess is a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Doctor Who. She’s an accountant by day, a novelist by night, and an artist at heart 24/7.
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