Title: HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS
Author: Ann M. Noser
Age group: NA
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Word count: 92,000
College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice: don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts.
When Mike Carlson’s family blames Emma for his drowning, she turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, Emma lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell:
“Oh moon, upon me shine—
Give back his life, instead take mine.
Send back his heart, return his breath.
Please release him from his death…”
The river rages up to claim her, but she escapes its fury. As she stumbles back to the dorm, a young man drags himself from the water and follows her home.
But it’s not Mike. Instead, Emma accidentally raises other drowning victims from the dead: Sam,a pre-med student who jumped from the bridge; Steve, a young father determined to solve his own murder; and Jake, a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first. Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows, and her powers grow. But the river is stronger, reclaiming Sam and ripping Jake away just as her heart finally wakes up. More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma uses her newfound talents to help the others, not realizing that every time she casts a spell she places herself in danger.
Emma is a cross between Whoopi Goldberg’s psychic in Ghost and Willow’s transformation from bookworm to witch in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders theory, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS should appeal to paranormal fans of all ages.