GHOST IN THE RAIN ~ A World of Gothic: Scotland by Marie Treanor

I am very, very excited to introduce today’s guest and share her new release. Several months ago, I decided to put together a group of authors from various countries to collaborate on a novella series, with each story set in a different country. I love gothic mystery romances, so I decided that would be a fun genre for our series. I put out a few feelers, and Marie was one of the authors who came on board. Marie is the launch author for our series of stand-alone novellas. Her story, Ghost in the Rain, released today, and it is awesome!!! And, guess what? It’s on sale for only 99 cents!

Welcome, Marie…

Tell us a fun fact about you: 

When I first met my husband, he told me he played in a band and was going to be a rock star. It was Halloween. 🙂

What did you like about writing as a group effort?

I really liked the way ideas bounced around – how one author’s suggestion would set me thinking and spark another notion. Besides which, writing is a very solitary profession and it’s a lovely change to be part of a project that still lets you follow your own story.

What was the most difficult part of writing as a group effort?

To be honest, I don’t think I found any of it very difficult! I suppose I was very aware that if my story didn’t work, I would be letting the whole group down. I couldn’t just slide the manuscript under the bed and forget about it. So I worried that it wasn’t right for the series. But then again, the nice thing about a group effort is that other authors are there to give their opinion, and I was very glad this group’s was favourable!

Thank you for joining me today, Marie. It has been a pleasure getting to know you and working with you on our series!

Marie is giving away a FREE copy of Ghost in the Rain to once lucky commenter…a name will be drawn on Sunday.

(Isn’t this cover gorgeous?)


A haunted Highland house, battered by storms and murder…

Notorious rocker Dan Stewart isn’t anything like Dr. Kate Yorke imagined. Arriving at his remote home in the Scottish Highlands to research some valuable letters – only to discover he’s forgotten their appointment – Kate soaks up the Gothic atmosphere of Invershiel House. But it’s the owner who truly fascinates her.

Reclusive and abrupt, Dan is haunted by the deaths of his fellow band members, especially his one time lover Islay Lamont, whose shade seems to flit around the grounds in the rain. But the ghost is not the only mystery Kate encounters. Light bulbs disappear around her – and only Dan knows she’s scared of the dark. Then she trips over a dead body which inexplicably vanishes.

It becomes a race against time to find the identity of the body and the killer. And to discover if she and Danny have any kind of future together. Or even at all…


I had to acknowledge that my peace was churned up by his unexpected presence here. It wasn’t even an unpleasant feeling; in fact it felt rather…exciting. But it was disturbing.

I took off my glasses and rubbed my eyes. I suspected Dan Stewart carried such disturbance wherever he went. If I thought about it, the whole house felt different now. As if its peace had gone too; as if it had sprung to life, eager, waiting.

Mocking my own silly fantasy, I stood abruptly and paced around the room, trying to recover my lost concentration. I suspected I was just tired and would work much faster and much better after a good night’s sleep.

I paused by the window to watch the storm. Although the thunder had stopped, the wind and rain were still blasting the trees and rattling the window. Close-up, I could feel the draught through my thick sweater. On impulse, I retrieved my phone from my bag and tried to capture the raging storm on its camera. But it looked too tame on the screen, not deep or dark enough, no real movement in those black clouds still scudding and swirling across the sky. I wished I could paint. For a moment, I even wished I could be part of it, to go outside in it again. There was nothing to stop me, except common sense.

I smiled to myself and lowered the phone, just as a movement in the garden below caught my eye. Someone was out in this. Someone not remotely dressed for it either. Through the darkness and the almost opaque mist of rain, I could make out only that it seemed to be a woman wearing only some kind of floating, white, wispy garment, more like the loungewear of wealthy women of past centuries than anything anyone would wear today for any purpose. The odd garment shimmered as the figure glided across the lawn, impossibly graceful.

On impulse, I raised my phone again and snapped.

Perhaps she moved too quickly. Nothing of her showed on the screen except an indistinct blur of light against blackness. Frowning, I looked again out of the window, but the woman had gone. Vanished.


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A World of Gothic is a Gothic Mystery Romance Series of stand-alone novellas by authors from all over the world. For information on other titles, check out A World of Gothic Facebook page:

Author Bio:

Marie Treanor lives in Scotland, in a chaotic house by the sea, together with her eccentric husband, three much too smart children and a small dog who rules them all. Most days, she avoids both housekeeping and evil day jobs by writing stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.

Marie is the award winning author of over forty steamy paranormal romances – Indie, New York and E-published.

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26 responses to “GHOST IN THE RAIN ~ A World of Gothic: Scotland by Marie Treanor

  1. Enjoyed the excerpt! Having been stationed in Holland, South and across the channel from Scotland, I remember the dark clouds racing above those often storm tossed seas. Thanks for bring back memories of those days.


  2. Loved the excerpt and the cover. Both look and feel very atmospheric! All the best with the release.

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  3. MM Jaye

    Congratulations, Marie! I’ve been waiting for this one and can’t wait to devour it! Here’s to much success! Thanks for sharing, Alicia!

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  4. Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Alicia! I feel very honoured to be the launch author for this fabulous series and look forward to EVEN MORE fun in the coming months as the other novellas are released 🙂 Waving hello to Alicia’s readers!


  5. coryellsusan

    Ohhhh–this sounds yummy and right down my little ol’ Southern Gothic alley. Scotland makes for an exotic setting and Dan wounds marvelously creepy. Best wishes for success.

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  6. pamelasthibodeaux

    Great interview!
    Love your cover and the book sounds wonderful.
    Good luck and God’s blessings.

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  7. Your cover is fabulous, Marie! I’m so delighted your book has launched. I’ve always loved Gothics, and your story kept me turning pages long after I should have gone to bed. It’s a real winner. Wishing you lots of success!

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  8. Ashantay Peters

    Wow! What an excerpt! And the cover is fabulous. This story combines two of my favorite elements – rock stars and mysteries. Yum! Best wishes on this newest book release!

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  9. I love books with the Scotland backdrop. My ancestors are from Scotland (Monteith family, a.k.a. Menteith) and were reportedly, Highlanders. I would love to someday visit, but for now I soak up the books 🙂

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  10. Great cover. Great excerpt. Can’t wait to read. Best of luck with your new release.

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  11. Ghosts! Oh, gosh. That was eerie. Loved the excerpt. Good luck to you.


  12. Love this concept and this story idea! Scotland seems like a magical place to me. I’d love to visit some day. Wishing you much success with the book!

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  13. That cover IS stunning! And I love the idea of a rock star and a ghost. Not your usual setup! And Scotland intrigues me because of the whole Outlander thing. Got my copy! Thanks for sharing. And best wishes for the entire series!

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