Title: The Ghost (The 13th Floor series, #6)
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: paranormal romance
Release date: July 13th, 2013
Black lives with six supernatural tenants in a haunted building's mysterious
thirteenth floor. Of course, no one knows she's there except the cats. Being a
ghost can be a bit frustrating and lonely, but it isn't as bad as her mother
made it out to be.
Until another ghost intrudes on her territory. Jeremy Emerson wants revenge on
the vampire that killed him and won't stop until he has it. To top it off, a
nightmarish shade sneaks in and leeches the energy from the building's
residents before setting its sights on Chiharo and the thirteenth floor. She
can't decide which one is more frightening: the one wanting to eat her soul or
the one who might win her heart.
Chiharo must convince Jeremy to stand with her against the hellish parasite. If
they cannot work together, the greedy fiend will not only drain their energy
but everything that supports the thirteenth floor's existence.
He stepped toward her.
“Look. Maybe we got off on the wrong foot.” He held out his hand. “Hi, I'm
Jeremy Emerson. What's your name?”
She hesitated. The last
time they touched, the sensations were more than she remembered in life. It was
probably best she didn't go near him. Her mother would surely never like him.
She didn't even think she approved of him.
Her hand clasped his
much to her surprise. “Chiharo Black.”
The chill tingled
through her palm and fingers, but it was more than that. Invigorating didn't
seem quite the right way to say it. Her imaginary heart quickened. Her eyes
widened, unable to disguise the thrill. Meeting Jeremy wasn't like meeting
anyone else. He was the first ghost she'd met, but there was something more.
Chiharo yanked her hand
away. Their souls. They were ghosts. Spirits. They were touching each other's
No way. That was too
personal for her.
“Okay.” Jeremy didn't
pursue her runaway hand. “Nice to meet you, Chiharo. Can I call you Chi?”
“No.” She wrapped her
arms around herself. She felt naked. Running away seemed like a good idea.
“Okay.” He drew out the
word. “So, yeah, weird being a ghost, eh? How did you die?”
“What kind of question
is that?” Chiharo snapped and clamped her jaws shut after she did. Anger never
did anyone good. She turned and exited the apartment. Walking away was the best
choice. She'd find a way to be rid of Jeremy soon.
“Sorry. Really, I am. I
know it can be a sore spot. Or a great big hollow aching spot.” Jeremy followed
her down the hall and into the stairwell. “Look, I'm not trying to be mean. I
just want to talk. I've seen a few other ghosts, but they were faded, barely
there. They didn't do much of anything. I really, really don't want to become
like them. And then I meet you. You were standing there in living color. And
the energy, it's just bursting out of you. Like you're stuffed full of a
thousand little suns.”
It was that poetic last
sentence that stopped her. Chiharo knew how it felt to be alone and the fear of
becoming nothing. Standing by the rail, she pointed upward. “I was pushed from
behind over the rail on the eighteenth floor. It was dark. The light was out. I
thought I was alone.”
Her hand fell to her
side. “My head hit the concrete edge here by the thirteenth floor. I was dead
before I reached the bottom. Whoever killed me did an evil thing. I won't
commit the same deed. If you promise you'll stop wanting to kill Kiral, we can
talk. I can tell you what I know. Maybe there's another way.”
“I can't make that
promise.” Jeremy stared down toward the ground floor.
With a single nod,
Chiharo let herself fall through the floor. A simple matter of will for her.
She counted six floors and stopped on the seventh. Darting over into the first
apartment, she hurried into the one beside it. He'd never find her in this
building. She knew every inch. This was her territory. And she would see him
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.
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