Erin Hart is a theater critic and former administrator at the Minnesota State Arts Board. A lifelong interest in Irish traditional music led her to cofound Minnesota’s Irish Music and Dance Association. She and her husband, musician Paddy O’Brien, live in St. Paul, Minnesota, and frequently visit Ireland. Erin Hart was nominated for the Agatha and Anthony Awards for her debut novel, Haunted Ground, and won the Friends of American Writers Award in 2004. Visit her website at ErinHart.com.
What if the figure that haunted your nightmares as a child was real?
Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find the supposed home of the Bone Keeper. Only three returned.
Now, a woman is found wandering the streets, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the evil urban myth.
And then a body turns up.
Notre Dame was where Austin befriended and also betrayed the trust of his roommate Tommy O’Shea. Tommy was also a farm lad, but on a different scale, the O’Shea’s were a wealthy aristocratic family from Ireland.
All was well until Tommy confided in Austin and revealed a secret only known by a select few families or clans in Europe and parts of the Christian community in the Middle East.
The “secret” is an unwritten lore of great biblical significance, revealing a priceless gift of unbelievable beauty, and mysterious powers. However you will find out this beauty was not meant to be seen by all eyes. Little did Tommy know that his trusted secret would end up in print, get Austin in hot water with the University and end the boys’ friendship.
The betrayed roommate would leave his American counterpart and return to his homeland, little did Tommy know that the secret lore he shared with Austin would come back to haunt his Irish family.
Austin would go to Ireland a few years later to find Tommy, not as a friend, but as a United States Navy Seal; he would be working in conjunction with the C.I.A. and British intelligence.
Apparently, Austin wasn’t the only one who found out about Tommy’s Irish lore. According to secret intelligence one wealthy treasure hunter is willing to fund terror groups in return for finding and retrieving this priceless bounty. Worse yet, some intelligence suggest that reward for this treasure will be paid not in currency or bonds, but something much worse.
The “much worse” part is why the United States and England are frantically searching as well.
So it’s a race to find the “Tears of Mary”. Would they be able to find them in time before the bad guys?
Austin has several mysterious encounters with both good and evil forces, falls in love and in the end saves the day. Or does he?
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Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back...
Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own.
Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.