The Dead of Haggard Hall (Darke of Night Book 1) by Marie Treanor

Date of Publication: July 26, 2016


Spirit possession is easy to remedy. Possession of the heart is another matter.

Darke of Night, Book 1

After vicar’s widow and natural medium Barbara Darke loses her respectable teaching position, she reluctantly agrees to become companion to her former pupil Emily, now the bride of young Sir Arthur Haggard.

Once settled at Haggard Hall, Barbara finds her friend is beset by ghostly voices and unexplained deaths. In a maelstrom of dark spirits and wicked emotions, Barbara battles to lay Emily’s ghosts to rest-both hampered and helped by Arthur’s skeptical cousin Patrick, who provokes and attracts her in equal measure.

It would be a mistake to trust a secretive, guilt-ridden man suspected of driving his wife to suicide, if not outright murdering her. And it could well be lethal to give in to her own desires, confused as they often are with the lusts of the dead.

But Arthur and Emily are in genuine physical danger, and suspicion is falling closer and closer to Patrick-the man who haunts Barbara’s sensual dreams. The man who stands to inherit Haggard Hall.

Warning: Contains a medium whose body is open season for spirit possession, and a scandal-ridden journalist who only believes what he can see-and touch.

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About Marie Treanor

Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband, three much-too-smart children and a small puppy who rules them all. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and urban fantasy – with a bit of science fiction and time travel thrown in.

Marie is the award winning author of over forty sexy paranormal romances – Indie, New York and E-published. Since childhood, she has always written stories, at first secretly and for her own amusement, later with more serious intention to earn a living by writing. After working as a researcher and a librarian, she was lucky enough to have her first romances, GHOST UNLAID and QUEEN’S GAMBIT, immediately accepted by an e-publisher in 2004. Since then, she has published continuously, most notably with NAL, Samhain, Changeling Press, Ellora’s Cave and The Wild Rose Press. She now writes full time.

In 2010, she made her New York publishing debut with BLOOD ON SILK, first of the award winning Awakened by Blood vampire romance trilogy. Reviewers have described her undead anti-hero Saloman as the best vampire in the genre. Most recently, she has been trying her hand at self-publishing, with three new paranormal romance series, Serafina’s, The Gifted, and Blood Hunters (a sequel series to Awakened by Blood).

When not writing, Marie can generally be found among the chaos of her family, or walking the dog on the beach in all weathers. She loves to travel and meet new people. – See more at:


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So without further ado, welcome Maggie!

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Welcome Maggie!!
MBA&M: Please give our readers some insight into Maggie Tideswell?
I live in Johannesburg, South Africa with my husband, Gareth. When I started writing, my children were in junior school. They didn’t know what I was doing, always scribbling and hogging the only pc we had in those days. Now my three kids are grown and there are two grandchildren in the Tideswell family. The cat is of course the most important person in the house. His name was Phoenix when I inherited him, but as a cat that name just didn’t seem right, and I changed it to Felix. But mostly he is just Cat to us. He doesn’t seem to mind.
MBA&M: What is the appeal of Ghosts, and paranormal romance in today’s readers?
People love to be scared, and what is scarier than things that can’t be explained and that doesn’t seem ‘real’? Everybody has a story to tell about things that just happened, be that mysterious or doors opening and closing by themselves. The space around is is filled with ‘things’ and some people are just better equipped to ‘see’ them. Those who can’t love to hear about it in books and movies. Everybody loves things that go bump in the night.   
MBA&M: What was your inspiration for “Moragh,Holly’s Ghost”?
Romantic love and my favorite theme of ‘nothing is as it seems’ inspired Moragh, Holly’s Ghost. I started writing it in my ‘soppy love story’ phase and at first it was titled An Absolute Bargain – I mean, that says it all! But the ghost kept intruding and the story developed over time around her.
MBA&M: Which scene was the biggest challenging to write? Why?
The ending. There were so many threads to resolve and I had to be careful not to confuse the reader instead of trying the novel together in a cohesive whole. But I think the ending is always the biggest challenge for any author.
MBA&M: Which was your favorite character to write in “Moragh,Holly’s Ghost” and why?
Nicole, because she was such a spoilt brat, yet one could sympathize with her too because of the wobbly start she had in life.
MBA&M: If you where a character in a novel, which genre would you be in, what type of character (male,female,real or fiction) and which author would you have write your story?
I would be a female paranormal investigator. I love creep and trying to prove that there are logical explanations for most of the things that scare us. It is the things that can’t be explained that is truly scary.
MBA&M: How hard is it to get published in the United States?
Getting a debut novel published is pretty hard. Getting a publisher to take a chance on an unknown writer is next to impossible. But if it is your dream to be a published author and you have a good story to tell, there is a publisher out there for you. All you need to do is to develop a thik skin and refuse to let a ‘no’ get you down.
MBA&M: Give us three words you would use to describe your novel?
Haunting, romance and deceit

MBA&M: Thank you for spending your time with us and our readers today! Last but not least what is your next project?
My 3rd paranormal romance, Roxanne’s Ghost is nearly finished. This is a very complicated story about family betrayal and love, misplaced and real, and it sometimes confuses even me. But I hope to have it finished before the end of the year. There will also be a sequel to Moragh, Holly’s Ghost. I have the outline and first few chapters done. The working title is Poppet Nicole and it might change, but so far I think it is cute.

Thank you,Maggie for spending time with us and our readers today! What an intriguing and interesting story “Moragh Holly’s Ghost” was!

Thank you for sharing it, I look forward to the sequel.


maggie tideswellA bit about the author: Maggie Tideswell

South African born and bred, Maggie loves all things paranormal. She is married with 3 grown-up kids and 2 grandchildren. Maggie’s first book, Dark Moon, was published by All Things That Matter Press in 2011 and the second, Moragh, Holly’s Ghost will be published later this year. Her stories reflect her interest of things unexplained. Maggie loves books (the smell of paper), tea, wine, and her cat Felix is her constant companion.


Twitter: @lunamags



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moragh, holly's ghostFINAL_FINAL_COVERA bit about the book: Moragh, Holly’s Ghost

A marriage of convenience, helpful fey friends, a custody battle that cannot be won and a haunting – could love blossom?

Set in the beautiful winelands of the southern Cape in South Africa, strange things start happening from the moment Holly accepted Joshua’s offer of marriage. Holly and Joshua met for the first time on the steps of the chapel in which they were getting married. Back at Joshua’s estate, she suspects that the ghost was somehow linked to Joshua.


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