Cooper Shaw lives his life under a pen name and enjoys the anonymity it provides during his journeys across the globe as a seasoned writer for a travel magazine. When his job lands him in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts to cover the famous Festival of the Dead, he soon realizes that he can’t stay invisible forever as he faces ghosts from a past he’s been trying to forget ever since he left.
The city holds nothing but bad memories for Coop until he meets a quirky young woman with an old soul and curious insights by the name of Finnley Pierce. While she acts as his tour guide through a town he thought he knew, Finn helps him unearth the truth of his childhood and might even begin to open up his heart.
By unraveling the mystery of his father’s murder, Coop may finally accept who he is, where he came from, and perhaps even realize what he wants for his future.
Jo grew up in Maryland with four siblings, three parents and an endless number of cousins within the vicinity – but it was too cold up North for this thin blooded girl. So today, she lives in Florida with her two girls and a husband that shares her same sense of humor and basic take on life as we know it.
Life is too short to put dreams on the back burner.
She’s always loved writing and always will. Jo tells contemporary stories with romance, humor, the supernatural, the paranormal, suspense, mystery, action and anything else she can think up.
In 2012, she wrote Cursed be the Wicked, a character driven, paranormal mystery romance that was picked up by Soul Mate Publishing and released in March of 2014. It hit #40 in its category on amazon.com on day one. Since publishing Cursed, Jo has also written a couple of short stories and is currently editing a romantic comedy that she hopes to get out to the public soon.
One word: Amazing! JR Richardson knocks this one out of the park. This book is full of mystery, intrigue, and some major spine tingling moments. Cooper Shaw ran away from his past long ago, but as we all know, our past tends to catch up with us. As fate would have it, Cooper is sent home on an assignment to write an article on the town of Salem after the death of one of its most famous witches. What is unknown to everyone outside of Salem is that witch just happens to be Cooper’s mother. Determined to write the article and get the hell out of town as fast as possible, Cooper is drawn in by the secrets his mother kept from him while he was growing up. Magic leads Cooper through his family history, revealing the truths of what really happened to his family on that fateful night.
I personally loved this book. Ms. Richardson does an amazing job keeping us guessing until the last minute. Written in her unique style, she weaves a world that is vivid and mysterious while making us fall in love with even the minorest of characters. If you want a great romance filled with a paranormal twist, I would strongly recommend this book.