Ghost of a Chance (Requiem Inc. #1) by Kris T. Bethke
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host Kris T. Bethke on tour for her story Ghost of a Chance (Requiem Inc. #1). Welcome, Kris!
Hi there! I’m Kris T. Bethke, and a great big thanks for spending a little time with me today. Thanks to the gang here at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words for hosting me!
My newest release, Ghost of a Chance, is out now, and there’s a lot I love about this story. But the truth is, it almost didn’t happen. I’d started a version of this story several years ago and almost immediately shelved it, knowing it wasn’t working. But when I saw the submission call for this new line, I knew it was time to bring it out and dust it off again.
The original premise wasn’t mine to begin with. It was, in fact, and idea my brother had. He told me about this idea a dozen or so years ago and it stuck with me. The picture he painted with that scene he shared with me haunted me for a decade. I thought about it off and on throughout the intervening years. And then I asked him if I could have it, because I wanted to write a story around it.
So I started to, but as I said, it just wasn’t working. So I put it away and tried to forget about it. Except, just like the original idea, it wouldn’t leave me alone. When I decided to write trying writing it again, just about everything changed. Except the most important details. A man’s job requires him to die, he doesn’t want a new partner, and he helps lost souls cross over.
Blake Jones emerged from the ashes of that failed first draft, and Derek Scott stepped in to pick up the pieces. Once I had these two MCs, everything else fell into place. That’s not to say this story wasn’t a lot of work. It was, but the most enjoyable kind. I needed to figure out the world, how it worked, and how these guys were going to fall in love while doing their job.
Especially because the salient details weren’t something I’d ever seen before.
I loved writing this story, and I loved creating the world in which they lived. The first try wasn’t right, but I’m so glad I didn’t give up on my instincts that this was a story that needed telling. If I’ve done my job, you’ll enjoy reading it just as much.
I hope you get a chance to check it out.
Only love makes life worth living—over and over again.
Ghostwalker Blake Jones dies every day. It’s his job and how he helps trapped souls cross over. But to return to life, he needs an anchor. His new partner, Derek Scott, is a surprise. Not only is he male, but his appearance belies a caring and gentle heart underneath. Despite attraction and a strengthening relationship, they know they shouldn’t take things further.
But there’s a big difference between knowing and doing.
Their growing love presents a problem, though not the one they expect. Blake and Derek have to decide if they should take their relationship to the most permanent level—an unbreakable metaphysical bond. Doing so offers both risk and unimaginable reward. Can Blake let go of his fears and put his complete trust in Derek in order to have the happily ever after he’s always craved?
About the Author
Kris T. Bethke has been a voracious reader for pretty much her entire life and has been writing stories for nearly as long. An avid and prolific daydreamer, she always has a story in her head. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, or knitting/crocheting her latest project. Her biggest desire is to find a way to accomplish all three tasks at one time. A classic muscle car will always turn her head, and naps on the weekend are one of her greatest guilty pleasures. She lives in a converted attic with a way too fluffy cat and the voices in her head. She’ll tell you she thinks that’s a pretty good deal. Kris believes that love is love, no matter the gender of people involved, and that all love deserves to be celebrated.
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