My good friend Marcia has published another book, Swamp Ghosts, currently available as an ebook.

swamp ghosts

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Disclaimer: I edited this book, so I will strive for impartiality, but not necessarily achieve it.

5 star

Boat captain Maggie Devlin is a bit of a loner—independent, temperamental, and stubborn. Though she’s cheerful on her boat tours on the St. Johns River, where she takes tourists out into the swamps of central Florida, showing them the rich plants and varied wildlife that lives in or near the water. She loves the peace and beauty of the river, but beauty doesn’t pay her bills. 

Which is why she even contemplates saying yes when photographer Gunnar “Gunn” Wolfe asks her to take him to remote—and photographic—areas. Though Gunn is popular with women, and charming and sincere to all, Maggie prefers to be by herself—and she doesn’t trust strangers easily. Determined to wear down her defenses, Gunn does his best to get to know the prickly Maggie when she finally agrees to guide him.

Life isn’t moving smoothly for either of them, however, when they discover something terrible hidden in the swamps. When a dangerous secret like this is brought to light, the consequences can be far reaching—for the whole town of Riverbend, but especially Maggie and Gunn.

The scenery is described in lush detail, so you can almost smell the cool damp air, hear the birds singing as they flit through the trees, and see the bright flowers blooming along the banks of the shallow, leaf-stained waters. But the book doesn’t rely on the gorgeous description, populated as it is with realistic, flawed, interesting, and complex characters, not cardboard stereotypes, action that sweeps you up and has you turning pages waiting tensely for the solution, and unexpected moments of humor. A classic whodunit with romance for good measure, this story will leave you guessing at each twist—prepare to be surprised as all the clues fall into place.

Recommended for fans of sweet, tender romances, beautiful nature settings, and clever mystery plots—but not for people who run screaming from the mere mention of snakes or other reptiles. After all, you never know what’s lurking in that dark river water!

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I’ll share when she has a special on her book, for people whose book-buying wishes exceed their budget. If you do read it, I know Marcia would appreciate a review–even a short one. 🙂


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

3 responses »

  1. Marcia says:

    Aw, Caitlin, thanks so much for sharing your lovely review on your blog. I appreciate it so much. Working with you is a joy, and I’m looking forward to our sessions with the Wake-Robin Ridge sequel. I’m still trying to make myself believe I can do two books at once. I keep seeing where other authors are doing it, but I’m not sure I can switch my mind back and forth between two different worlds. I’m having trouble getting back to my mountains, after my time on the river with Maggie & Gunn. 🙂 But the sequel to Swamp Ghosts is clamoring in my head, too. Oh, the voices! They never stop! :O

    Thanks again for sharing my book with your followers. You are a wonderful editor and friend!

    • caitlinstern says:

      Well, if you can’t work on two at once, don’t worry about it–I’ve heard other authors mention issues switching from one world to the next.

      But hey, if you can–more power to you!

      • Marcia says:

        It was very hard for me to leave certain characters behind and go back to the mountains, so I haven’t totally given up on the idea. I’m thinking if a certain scene is speaking to me, perhaps I should stop what I’m doing and get it down while it is playing out in my mind. Then I wouldn’t maybe feel such a disconnect with the good folks of Riverbend. I miss them. 😦 I could focus on WRR2 and just take little vacations in Riverbend now and then, I suppose. That might work. There’s a certain oddball character who just doesn’t want to get out of my head. He and the little boy are fighting it out. 😀

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