The Specter (Waxwood Series: Book 1)

Title: The Specter (Waxwood Series: Book 1)
Series: Waxwood Series #1
Published by: Dreambook Press
Release Date: 2019
Contributors: Tam May
Genre: , , , ,
Pages: 310
ISBN13: 978-0998197944
ASIN: B07RLVX7NW

To exorcise a specter, one must go back to the past…

 

In 1892 San Francisco, Nob Hill’s finest gather to mourn the death of Penelope Alderdice. When an uninvited guest shows up claiming to have known Mrs. Alderdice under another name, the Alderdices are shocked. Bertha Ross insists she knew “Grace” in the small coastal town of Waxwood in the 1850s and hints at Penelope’s adventures there, including a love affair and exile to an artist’s colony.

 

Vivian, Penelope’s nineteen-year-old granddaughter, never heard of Grace or Waxwood. Is it possible her grandmother had another identity beyond the generous philanthropist and celebrated socialite?

 

Against her family’s wishes, Vivian journeys to Waxwood to discover the secrets of her grandmother’s past.

 

But are some family truths better left hidden?

 

Follow Vivian’s journey in the first book of this family saga set in San Francisco’s Gilded Age by the author of the bestseller LESSONS FROM MY MOTHER’S LIFE, which debuted at #1 on the Amazon Historical Short Stories charts.

 

Get The Specter today and put yourself in the shoes of a Gilded Age belle who takes time away from her parties and flirtations to follow the ghosts of the past.

 

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THE WAXWOOD SERIES

False Fathers (Waxwood Series: Book 2)

Pathfinding Women (Waxwood Series: Book 3) - coming in September 2020

Dandelion Children (Waxwood Series: Book 4) - coming in December 2020

 

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Front Cover Photo Credit: Portrait of Sonya Knips, Gustav Klimt, 1898, oil on canvas, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria: Aavindraa/ Wikimedia Commons/PD Old 100

 

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Larissa patted her head. “You’ve done all I asked of you thus far, Vivian. But lately, you’ve forgotten your position.”

“My position?”

“You’re the granddaughter of Malcolm Alderdice,” her mother said in a firm voice. “That means something in San Francisco.”

“I was the granddaughter of Penelope Alderdice too,” Vivian said. “Doesn’t that mean something?”

“In so far as she was Mrs. Malcolm Alderdice, dear.” Her mother sighed.

“A door has opened,” Vivian said. “Mrs. Ross opened it, whether we wanted her to or not.”

Her mother gave her a rueful look. “One need not walk through every open door, especially if a madwoman holds the key.”

“Mrs. Ross wasn’t mad,” Jake murmured. “Confused, but not mad.”

His mother gave him a look. Then, in a more congenial voice, she said to her daughter, “Not every door is the door to heaven, dear.”

“Let it be the door to hell, then,” Vivian declared.

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Author: tammayauthor

Tam May grew up in the United States and earned her B.A. and M.A in English. She worked as an English college instructor and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher before she became a full-time writer. She started writing when she was 14, and writing became her voice. She writes characters who examine their past in order to move into their future and are influenced by the time in which they live. Her first book, a collection of contemporary short stories titled Gnarled Bones And Other Stories, was nominated for a 2017 Summer Indie Book Award. She is currently working on a Gilded Age family saga. The first book, The Specter, is now available, and the second book will be out in December, 2019. She is also working on a historical mystery series featuring a turn-of-the-century New Woman sleuth. Both series take place in Northern California. She lives in Texas but calls San Francisco and the Bay Area “home”. When she’s not writing, she’s reading classic literature and historical fiction, watching classic films, or cooking up awesome vegetarian dishes.