Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway with Maralee Lowder

I hope you will all help me in welcoming Maralee to Spooking The Spine Today!

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The Mortician’s Wife is about as good a book for Halloween as it gets. First of all, it has an evil mortician. And it has his beleaguered wife. Along with a little girl who sees and hears things other people don’t. And, oh yeah, it has the old building itself—which just happens to be very haunted!
Although the story is fiction, the building is not. And the haunting is about as real as a haunting can get. Yes, it is still going on—quite actively, I might add. Here are some of the things that are absolutely true about Dunsmuir’s Old Mortuary.
Yes, there was actually a mortician’s wife. And she did continue living a solitary life in the old building for four decades after her husband’s death. And, according to her, there were ghosts that haunted the house. In fact, she was so frightened of the ghosts she slept in a tiny alcove that was only large enough for her single sized bed. It was her belief that this was the only place where the ghosts would not get her during the night. She continued living this way until she had become completely mentally unhinged and was ultimately removed against her own wishes.
The book, The Mortician’s Wife, came about by my wondering why a woman would force such a life upon herself. What compelled the woman to live alone in a building that she believed contained evil spirits? Had she done something so vile that she believed she must be punished by imprisoning herself there for all those years?
And, if there were evil spirits then, are they still there today? I don’t have a lot of answers to the mysteries surrounding the old mortuary, but I do know that there are still spirits living (or “un” living?) there. But it does seem that they are more playful than evil. At least the current owners, who are living in the house, believe to be true. But lately, they have begun to wonder…

More about The Mortician’s Wife and Maralee Lowder:

clip_image002The Morticians Wife
Maralee Lowder

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Taylor Street Books
ISBN: 13: 978-1480011229
Number of pages:194
Word Count: 71000
Cover Artist: Tim Hewtson
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Book Description:
“I have spent the night in supposedly some of the most haunted buildings in America. I have met people who could fairly be described as evil incarnate. I have been to the Old Mortuary in Dunsmuir. It is gorgeous but I wouldn't spend a single night there.” Kathleen McKenna, author of horror novels 'The Wedding Gift' and 'Family Matters'.
Five miles from the new age Mt. Shasta City, the sleepy Northern California town of Dunsmuir plays host to a nightmarish house – the Old Mortuary – where the mortician's wife spent four decades alone, and some say insane, sleeping in an alcove off one bedroom where she believed the evil spirits of the house could not get to her, harboring terrible secrets.
With the steady flow of dead bodies through the basement and the murderous events upstairs, this is the story of how the Old Mortuary of Dunsmuir became one of the most haunted houses in America as a result of the personality and misdeeds of one man, Horace Carpenter, whose eternal soul most certainly does not rest in peace, as many will attest, and probably never will.


Maralee Lowder found so much pleasure in reading such a wide spectrum of romance genres, she has never been able to write in just one. Her novels run the gamut of contemporary, historical, humorous, horror, paranormal and suspense.
Look for the sequel to "The Morticians Wife" coming soon

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Happy Reading and Good Luck!!!


  1. This book seems like an awesome spooky reading! A morgue, already dead bodies, haunted places, mystery! I love that!
    Thanks for the giveaway xD

  2. i normally read romance, so this is book is going to be a big change for me. looking forward to the read. thank you for the opportunity! :D

  3. THE MORTICIAN'S WIFE does sound like the perfect read for a chill.

  4. Haunted Houses are my thing!! I used to be part of a ghost hunting group. Fun times =D I really do need to read this book =D


  5. This book seems really creepy, which I love. The title first caught my eye, and the cover just sets it off. Love the synopsis of a haunted house. Definitely want to read this one!

  6. I love creepy books and this one sounds amazing:)


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