Mirabella and the Faded Phantom

Brick Cave Books
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A middle grade paranormal adventure from author Sharon Skinner.

“Something hissed and a wet chill wrapped around Mirabella’s wrist
and crawled toward her shoulder. She whipped around and glimpsed the
outline of someone sitting on the edge of her bed. But as she stared,
the image faded to a blur.”


When twelve-year old Mirabella and her mother move into Great Aunt
Clovinia’s old house, Mirabella discovers they aren’t the only ones
living there. A mysterious faded specter haunts the place.


When the house is scheduled for demolition, Mirabella must unravel
the mystery of the ghost’s identity, and free it from the old house
before it’s too late.

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About the author

Sharon Skinner holds a B.A. In English, an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Poetic License. She has worked as a landscaper, a cashier, a maid, a waitress, a communications specialist, a videographer, a technical writer, a project management consultant and a biomedical field service engineer and served aboard the USS Jason as one of the first women assigned to a US Navy ship. Her poetry and fiction have been published in myriad local, national and international publications. Sharon is an active member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and serves as the Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI AZ.

Her recent publishing credits include In Case You Didn’t hear Me the First Time (2010), The Healer’s Legacy (2012), The Nelig Stones (2013), Mirabella and the Faded Phantom (March 2014). The highly anticipated sequel to The Healer’s Legacy, The Matriarch’s Devise, is due for release in Fall 2015. 

Website: http://www.sharonskinner.com
Twitter: sharonskinner56
Facebook: Facebook profile

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Publisher
Brick Cave Books
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Published on
Mar 15, 2014
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Pages
244
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ISBN
9781938190186
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal
Fiction / Ghost
Juvenile Fiction / Paranormal
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This content is DRM protected.
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"Vegan vampires, Shakespearean actors, food–co-op aficionados and serious runners face off against old-school bloodsuckers and rapacious, forest-devouring builders in this follow-up to Out of Breath (2011) set in—where else?—Lithia…Spunky Kat is good company; Alex and Roman are better defined this time around, but most vivid character honors go to the setting, whose tall evergreens and babbling brooks, shadowed by brooding mountains, enhance the sturdy plot. Thoroughly entertaining." 
—Kirkus Reviews

"[A] fast-paced trilogy…The Ghost Runner perfectly captures its setting while adding in engaging characters and a dose of the supernatural."
—Ashland Daily Tidings

Introducing Book Two in the Lithia Trilogy…

In The Ghost Runner, Kat is still in Lithia, trying not to see Roman’s face everywhere she looks. It’s not easy, but she tries to move on: She starts taking classes at the local college, keeps up with her job at the running store, and is beginning a relationship with Alex.

Yet Kat’s past is never far behind, and as old ghosts begin to catch up with her, she finds herself fighting to defend the things she believes in, from the hope of a new family to the deeply wooded forests that she has begun to call home. As her relationship with Alex begins to crumble, a new secret from her past emerges, and she is once again torn between those she loves as she struggles to reconcile her dark past with her hopes for a brighter future.

The Ghost Runner, continuing Kat's adventures in Out of Breath, brings us further into the mysterious town of Lithia, where the old traditions of logging and gold mining—and the new traditions of development—collide with conservation. Meanwhile, the spirits of the town keep watch over everything—and occasionally find it necessary to intervene…

The Lithia Trilogy, which blends adventure and the paranormal with environmental awareness and Shakespeare, offers an exciting new series in young adult fiction.
There stood atop a desolated hilltop, a funeral parlor by the name of Sunny Hills Funeral Parlor, with some terrifying tales from the dead. Jeramiah Hill, the owner of Sunny Hills Funeral Parlor, would invite some of his closest friends in town to come and hear how people that were brought to his funeral parlor died. Sunny Hills Funeral Parlor was built in 1816 by the Hills family. Soon after construction was complete on the funeral parlor bad things started happening. One of the Hill's brothers got into a fight with the other brother over a girl, and in a jealous rage Jim Hill fell out of the two story window in the funeral parlor to his death. Since there were no witnesses, Jim's death was declared an accident. Just weeks after Jim's death, his brother Daryl was found dead in one of the coffins in the funeral parlor. Daryl's father Jeramiah told the lawmen that from the look on his son's face he was frightened to death. Just as if he saw something so terrible he thought hiding in the coffin would keep him safe.


After Jeramiah's bizarre death in 1825, the funeral parlor was sold to the Jasperson family which prospered until 1860. One by one the Jasperson's either died of unexplained circumstances or by natural causes.


During the Civil War between the years 1861-1865, Sunny Hills Funeral Parlor housed wounded Confederate soldiers. After the Civil War was over, the abandoned funeral parlor sat unoccupied for the next thirty-five years, until a wealthy doctor by the name of Richard Thorton III decided to restore the abandoned funeral parlor. During restoration there were sightings of Confederate soldiers walking through the halls of the funeral parlor and other ghostly apparitions. 

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