Monday, July 23, 2012

Spirit In the Trees Blog Tour

Spirits in the Trees
by Morgan Hannah MacDonald


An abandoned house, a psychotic killer, and a victim reaching out from the grave. A woman must unearth deadly family secrets before she becomes a ghost herself.

Madeline Anderson goes to Isabelle Island, Washington, to sell a family home abandoned over forty years before. Bizarre things occur the moment she steps on the property. Inside the dilapidated old house, items move about of their own accord. Strange noises come from empty rooms. She has a vivid, recurring dream of a woman running for her life. The wind rustling through the trees sounds like urgent, murmuring voices. When the cacophony dies down, one single word emerges:


At first, Doug Lindstrom, the hot fireman helping Maddy restore the old home, doesn't believe anything  is going on. He’s certain Maddy is jumping at shadows because she heard the local kids call the house haunted. That is, until he witnesses horrific violence himself that he can't explain away. After Maddy’s life is threatened not once, but twice, Doug vows there will not be a third time.


While searching for answers, Maddy uncovers astonishing secrets about her aunt's past. Finding more questions then answers, she digs deeper until she stumbles across evidence of a cold case involving a serial killer nicknamed The Seaside Strangler. Together, Doug and Maddy must unmask a killer. The lives they save just might be their own.

WARNING: This book contains mild language, explicit sex and graphic violence.



“And your brilliant idea would be?” Maddy asked, smiling.

     Angie got off the floor, sat on the ottoman across from her and leaned over clasping her hands. “We’re going to have a séance, ask the spirits why they’re here.”

     Maddy jerked her hands back. “No way, you have no idea how scary this is. Believe me.”

     “Exactly. I’ve always wanted to see a ghost, now here’s my chance!” Angie tried to grab her hands again, but Maddy held them out of her reach.

     “No, you don’t understand, this is not a game.”

     “Don’t be silly, I’ve seen this done on TV hundreds of times.”

     “This could be dangerous, something could go wrong. When I was a kid I remember hearing stories of people conjuring up ghosts with the Ouija board. Ghosts that killed and maimed!”

     “Those are just urban legends. Besides, we already have the ghosts, and we’re not using a Ouija board.” Insistently she shook her open hands at Maddy and waited for her to comply.

     Maddy stared at her new friend a moment. “I don’t know, Ang, what did you say about malevolent beings?”

     “Those are rare. Besides, if you had one of those, you would be dead already. Now shush and give me your hands.”

     “Great, I feel so much better.” Her voice dripped with sarcasm. Reluctantly Maddy relinquished her hands.

     “Okay, close your eyes and I’ll do the rest.”

     Angie was quiet a moment, then said, “We are addressing the spirits that live in this house, tell us why you are here.”

     The women sat in silence, waiting.

     Maddy squinted with one eye. “It’s not working, maybe we should give up.” She pulled her hands back.

     “Shh!” Angie opened her eyes and snatched Maddy’s hands back impatiently. “We are addressing the spirits that live in this house. Show us a sign!” Angie  spoke a little louder this time.

     Again, nothing. The women sat in silence looking around the room, then at each other.

     Suddenly the fire in the hearth flared up twice its size, reaching out toward them, knocking the screen down with its force. They screamed and jumped out of the way. A door slammed upstairs, then another. Doors all over the house slammed one at a time.

     Maddy swallowed hard. “Ang,” she whispered.

     “Shh,” When all was silent again, Angie yelled at the ceiling. “Tell us why you are here?”

     “Angie, please. Don’t make them mad!”  Maddy pleaded in a hushed tone while she held tight to her friend’s arm.

     “It’s okay. They’re just acknowledging our presence.” Angie assured her, patting her hand.

     A crash came from behind.

     They spun around.

     A lamp from the end table smashed against the opposite wall.

     Maddy gasped.

     Out of nowhere, a book flew toward Angie, she ducked just in time. 

     Maddy screamed, her head jerked backward.

     “What?” Angie turned in time to see Maddy’s hair floating in the air.

     “Someone just yanked my hair, hard!”  Maddy answered rubbing the back of her head.

What I Liked:

This book took off from the first page and didn't let me go. Maddy has had some hard times with the death of her family and now to move into a house where a psycho is after her and is haunted, well, lets just say that the action doesn't stop. If you read the above excerpt you can see the author knows how to do action, have convincing dialogue and have enough plot twists and turns to keep me focused on her book. Some days, with my reading schedule, that  can be challenging. I usually can tell a few pages in if the book is going to hold me. This one did. I love a great ghost story!!

What I Didn't:

More!!! More!!! Double darn. It had to end. *sad*


If you love a great suspenseful story with a character that gets into your head and your heart, give this book a try. Some scenes will make you laugh out loud and others will have you looking under the bed to make sure there is nothing lurking. A woman grieving over the senseless death of her family, a psycho on the loose, ghosts and mayhem abound. Loved it. Morgan Hannah MacDonald just landed on my favorite authors list. I think she will be on yours too. 

1. What first attracted you to ghosts and the paranormal?

Well, I did spend a summer in Massachusetts when I was sixteen and that place is steeped in the paranormal, especially Salem.  I also  read Stephen King's The Shining while I was there.

2. Do you watch true crime TV or read any authors that really bring it to life?

I do watch shows on serial killers and I'd have to say Stephen King does spin a good yarn.

3. What is your favorite thing about Spirits in the Trees?

I like that it takes place on an island in the Pacific Northwest and that it's creepy, but I'd have to say the title. I just woke up one day with it in my head.

4. What about paranormal shows? Are you a fan of one in particular?

 I like the show A Haunting. It has real ghost stories dramatized from beginning to end so you can actually see the ghosts. I also like Paranormal State. It's short and only shows the good stuff.

5. What is one ghost story that to this day gives you the case of the willies?

    I can't think of an actual ghost story, but the movie The Exorcist still does it to me.

6. Do you write to music?

Right now I don't have that available to me, but I'm in the process of moving and my new office will have stereo. I'm planning on getting some French music since that's where my next book takes place.

7. Are you a plotter or a seat of your pants writer?

Pantser for sure. I never know where my characters will take me. LOL

8. What is your current writing project?

I'm working on book two of The Spirits Trilogy,;  Spirits Among Us.

Thanks for having me on your blog!





SPOOKY!!!, By Terri Camp -

GRIPPING! By bella200



FANTASTIC!, By Lori Petticrew


I read the first book by Ms. MacDonald and found it a very excellent read, so that when this book came along I was excited to dig into it. I wasn't sure what the book was about and when I found it was a paranormal, I hesitated as I do not read those kinds of books, but continued because of "Sandman". I have to say I was not disappointed. I was laughing so hard in parts of the book that I began snorting (terribly embarrassing at work, I was on my lunch break) and my cat thinks I'm crazy. Other parts will have you biting your nails.

I truly love the way Ms. MacDonald writes; she doesn't bog you down with a lot of detail, allowing your mind to wonder and imagine and if there are ghosts around, well, it becomes a rollercoaster of a ride!

The hero in this was exciting and I too, would have been drooling over him. I like the fact that the heroine was able to overcome tragedy, live through strange occurrences, and welcome love.

This is one author to watch for; her mysteries are exactly that, and to also to tell your friends about, I know I have!

Great work, can't wait for your next book. A trilogy? Brilliant!

BUCKLE UP FOR AN AMAZING RIDE!,By Skye Doggett (Oklahoma City, OK) Morgan Hannah MacDonald does it again! When I read "Sandman", I thought it can't get any better than this but Spirits in The Trees does just that! I know, "I couldn't put it down" is highly overused but it is the truth. I started reading it first thing in the morning, and literally got nothing done until I finished it (thank goodness it was my day off)! It has the best of everything; edge of your seat suspense, a mystery that deepens with each page, a nail biting ghost story, and a passionate love story. Ms. MacDonald breathes flesh and life into characters that are deep and whom you come to care about very quickly. I love that the main character Maddie, though she endures more than your average woman in a mystery story (not giving away any spoilers!), still comes across as having strength. I highly recommend this book to anyone loving a good mystery/suspense/ghost story with a healthy dose of romance.

About the Author

Morgan Hannah MacDonald writes Romantic Thrillers that are NOT for the faint of heart. She has always been interested in writing and serial killers, but it wasn’t until she found she had dated one herself that a true writer was born. She belongs to Romance Writers of America, the San Diego Chapter, as well as the Kiss of Death Chapter. She resides in San Diego, California where she is busy working on her next novel.  

She can be found at 


  1. Hey Dana! Just wanted to let you know I've nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and the One Lovely Blog Award:

  2. Dana,
    Thank you for that fantastic review and for having me on your blog!
    Take care,

  3. Hi i am going to amazon now to look for this book after reading the review i have to start reading and if you know of any other ghost stories please send me a list.. I am disabled so sometimes its hard to search on the pc for a long length of time to find good books. thanks joannie jscddmj[at]aol[dot]com

  4. Looks like a definite must read, hopping over to check out more. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share with us today :)