Annie's in trouble at work, her ex-boyfriend is stalking her, and she's just inherited her late mother's dilapidated Victorian home in Denver. The last thing she needs in her life is a man ... but when handyman Mike Tolbert comes to fix her dishwasher, all that changes.
Mike doesn't exactly need the distraction of a relationship himself. A combat veteran of the Iraq war, Mike suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. His wife left him, and he's struggling to make ends meet while still providing for his young daughter. Yet something about Annie snags his heart and he finds he cannot walk away from her.
As Mike and Annie build a relationship, they discover Annie's late mother hasn't exactly left the house – and she's certainly not leaving them alone. In fact, she's more than willing to cross the barrier between the worlds to control her daughter's life.
With the ghost of her mother haunting them, Mike and Annie face his PTSD, her troubles at work, legal battles over the house, and a deadly plot to force Annie out of her childhood home as they fight to keep their love alive.
B.T. Clearwater started writing at the age of fourteen, and completed a first novel by seventeen. B.T. edited the literary magazine of Lake George Central High School in upstate New York, and was awarded Literary Student of the Year in 1984. Following high school, B.T. earned a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Western State Colorado University, specializing in popular genre fiction. B.T. has traveled the world, from Europe to Asia and all over North America, studying both cultures and languages. Having studied German, Korean, and Japanese gives B.T. a unique outlook on the power of language, and the differences in storytelling around the world. B.T. has published stories under various pen names in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, western, and paranormal romance. B.T. Clearwater currently lives in Colorado.
As the future prima, or head witch of her clan, Angela McAllister is expected to bond with her consort, her soul mate, during her twenty-first year, thus ensuring that she will come into her full powers at the appointed time. The clock is ticking down, and her consort has yet to make an appearance. Instead, her dreams are haunted by a man she’s never seen, the one she believes must be her intended match.
But with time running out, and dark forces attempting to seize her powers for their own, Angela is faced with a terrible choice: give up her dreams of the man she may never meet and take the safer path, or risk leaving her clan and everyone in it at the mercy of those who seek their ruin.
Kidnapped by a rival witch clan, Angela McAllister envisions a dark future for herself until she discovers her captor’s brother is the unknown man who has haunted her dreams since she was a child.
Forced to re-evaluate everything she’s ever known about the Wilcox witches, Angela begins to explore the powerful connection that binds her to Connor Wilcox, despite the generations of hostility between their families and the disapproval of those closest to her. And when a dark, malignant force arises, Angela knows she must draw on her growing powers as prima to protect enemies and allies alike...even if her choice threatens to tear her new and fragile love apart.
One hundred and fifty years ago, a terrible curse descended on the Wilcox clan, dooming generations of women to an early death should they bear a child to the bloodline of Jeremiah Wilcox. Now Angela McAllister is carrying Connor Wilcox’s child, and if she can’t find a way to break the curse, that same doom will fall upon her.
The solution to her dilemma lies somewhere in the past—her own, and that of the woman who cast the curse so many years before. Angela’s quest to find the answers she needs will transform the lives of everyone she knows, Wilcox and McAllister alike, and will forever change everything she has ever believed about herself.
The Witches of Cleopatra Hill is a paranormal romance series set in the ghost town of Jerome, Arizona.