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Grave Refrain: A Love/Ghost Story

Grave Refrain: A Love/Ghost Story [Kindle Edition]

Sarah M. Glover
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“This is a book you don't want to miss! It has everything a Novel should have and more!” – Tigris Eden, The Order of the Smut Vixens

“If you enjoy séances, ghost stories, danger lurking around the corner, romance and intrigue then Grave Refrain: A Love/Ghost Story is the book for you.” - 4 HEARTS, Sizzling Hot Books

“This book really blew me away because it so much more than just a love/romance story.” – Cozy Up With a Good Read

Andrew Hayes, a brilliant but troubled musician, has been haunted since childhood by memories of his muse. One night from a San Francisco stage, he spots her, but before he can reach her, she vanishes from sight. Desperate to find the woman, he accepts a curious offer to stay in the city, moving into a dilapidated Victorian under going renovations that stir up far more than dust.

Andrew’s life soon becomes even more chaotic with the arrival of martini-swilling ghosts and a troupe of flesh-and-blood stoner spiritualists bringing bad tidings from the Great Beyond. The dark side of his obsession creates visions both thrilling and menacing, and as he struggles to solve the mysteries threatening him, Andrew discovers his life is repeating a refrain more deadly than he’d ever imagined.

Inspired by the sexy noirs and comedies of the past, Grave Refrain transports the reader to a place where the things that go bump in the night not only thrill you, but might just take your breath away for good.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 911 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Omnific Publishing; 1st edition (10 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078ISF7W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #349,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting of the Heart 27 April 2013
By Squally
Format:Kindle Edition
If you've found this locked box of treasure then you had better find the key.

Smart, twisting ghost tale, full of fate and flirting fun. Set around a young couple destined to love a lifetime (however long that is). The next big thing is the band known as The Lost Boys. Nothing but love could slow the juggernaut of the climb to fame, oh and possibly a ghost or two.

Fabulous quirky secondary characters really fill the story with a breath of light humour. It's an adventure and a joy. Not to be read in the dark.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant story 20 Mar 2012
Firstly, as a rule I disagree with publishing former fanfiction, it goes against the principles that go along with writing fic. However....

This is a wonderful story. The writing is just brilliant, the characters are very much themselves, and in this case I don't feel like I'm reading disguised fanfiction at all.

This book has a compelling romance, intriguing ghost story and a sense of humour! What more could you want?

Quite honestly, I can't recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pack your bags! You're going to San Francisco to chase ghosts and fall in love... 17 Feb 2012
By Wendy aka L.M. - Published on
"It's always about a girl, isn't it?" pg.47

Well no Andrew a matter of fact it isn't! This story is about a girl, a boy, their quirky crazy friends and an entourage of characters...some alive and some not.
Grave Refrain transported me to San Francisco, wearing a flowing bohemian skirt and vintage cardigan, traipsing the city as well as the coastal country side with my British musician man chasing history and ghosts and battling a curse. Did I mention the British musician hottie by my side? Yeah, he's crazy about me.
Ok, he is crazy about Emily Thomas, but while I am reading the story...I am Emily Thomas (minus the ominous curse and a slew of ghosts wanting me dead).
There are parts of this book that are so romantic that I actually audibly sighed. There are parts that had me laugh so hard I spit my drink on the page.And there are parts of this book that are so intense that I might have bounced up and down in bed at a God forsaken time of night and woke up my husband...more than once.
The worse part of the book?
Page 469 "THE END"
Why does it always have to end???

Sarah Glover is an incredibly talented author and her debut novel is a captivating, funny, ROMANTIC, unique, intense adventure. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us in the future!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get out the martini glasses and the cocktail shaker; forties noir has never been more intoxicating 17 Feb 2012
By Sara Beth - Published on
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Sarah Glover's kinetic prose leaps from the page and carries you along; the reader is transported through the passionate twists of Andrew and Emily's very current and alive San Francisco club-scene love story, and the sentimental martini glasses and cocktail shaker turns of Nick and Nora's noir ghost story. It's an intoxicating read with memorable characters and endearing ghosts that you won't want to say goodbye to, and, in Nora's words, "Take no prisoners." If you love a good read this is it. San Francisco has never been more appealing -- I wanted to visit and I live there. Warning: if you need your beauty sleep better save this love/ghost story for another night.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive Read 16 Feb 2012
By mom2gboys - Published on
This book has it all - a terrific love story, a compelling mystery, humor, suspense and believable characters who are fully fleshed out. Make sure you've got some time to spend with this one, because you won't want to put it down until the very end!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab a martini and start reading... 18 Feb 2012
By Carrie - Published on
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Sarah Glover's words paint a picture so descriptive you feel like you've been dropped right into the scene with her characters. While the story introduces us to two main characters (Andrew and Emily) who love with as much desperation as they do passion, we're treated to a quirky and endearing supporting cast of characters--most with pulses, a few without.

A nearly life-long search for the muse that has lived in his mind since he was a child, Andrew Hayes finds her in San Fransisco. Under the same roof. They are immediately thrust into the world of the supernatural finding themselves both targets and saviors while trying to establish their relationship--a relationship put to the test early and often by forces human and paranormal. With their friends at their side and a team of stoner spiritualists, they set out to solve the mystery of Nick and Nora. It doesn't take long before they realize this mission is much more personal (and significantly more dangerous) than simply reuniting two lovers separated in the afterlife.

Reading the book you learn quickly that this isn't just a romance. It isn't just a ghost story. And it isn't just a mystery. All of these threads are woven together and very much dependent on each other, serving to heighten the emotion of each facet of the story.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A romance that defies the test of time 14 Feb 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Andrew and his friends, Simon and Christian, a trio that make up a band called The Lost Boys. One night a legendary music producer, Neil St. John, offers them the chance to go state side (the boys have been playing pubs in London) to San Fran and live in an old Victorian house he is renovating. The boys could use a break so they agree.

Did I mention the house is haunted? Oh, yeah, it is. By these two, Nicholas and Noreen chamberlain. Inspired by dashiell hammett's, The Thin Man; A fictitious detective team known for their witty banter and love for a good martini. See, Nick and Nora are both dead, but they can't be together. Even in the afterlife, something is holding them back from spending all of eternity together.

More on that later.

Regardless, Andrew and his friends take up residence in the house and before you know it, Nick and Nora aren't the only two they are sharing it with.

Enter, Emily, Zoey and Margot. They are in need of a place to live as well since the lease on their apartment is up. Zoey has to have good light for her art work, Margot just wants enough room to be comfortable, and Emily likes the charm of good house. Just so happens that the house the boys live in is more like a duplex and soon, the girls move in.

But see, it's so much more complicated than that. For Andrew's whole life he's been plagued by his "muse". Most everyone thought, or thinks, he has lost his mind. That he's imagined this woman and she doesn't exist. Whatever the case, The Lost Boys don't care because she has been the drive behind some of their best songs.

Imagine Andrew's surprise when he sees this muse, in the flesh and blood, at one of his shows. You'd think it's be all sunshine and roses. Wrong! He comes across a little too harsh and Emily flees the club convinced he hates her. Little does she know, he lives in the flat below her.


But the boys do their best to welcome the ladies by throwing a dinner party. Instant attraction, like lovers spanning across several lifetimes, for Andrew and Emily. Their connection is undeniable. They both feel this pull to one another like they've known each other forever. And Andrew, right from the get go is very protective of his muse. Especially when it comes to a certain college professor of Emily's, who is like scum.

Dr. Vandin.

Even the name sends chills down my spine.

Forgetting the bad doctor for a second, let's focus back on those martini drinking ghosts. See, they need some help and it seems only Andrew and Emily can help them. They need to be reunited. They truly can't be at peace until they are back together.

And this is where the story picks up. Emily is determined to reunite the lost lovers. Andrew...not so much. He just wants to spend time with Emily. And he gets his wish as they all load up and held up the coast to find Nick. Yeap! They have Nora's ashes, they just need to find Nick's.

I won't go any further with the details of the story, for fear that I'll spoil it all for you, but know that Vandin isn't the only thing these young lovers fear. There is so much more waiting for them on their journey.

With a group of people who have become a family of sorts, and with the help of some spiritualistic ghost hunting stoners and their van, RIP- Big Doobie. You are missed.

'Andrew and Emily face much more than they ever bargained for. But two questions remain. One, will true love- an all encompassing, fire breathing, passionate love- be enough to stand the test of time? That is, if they don't run out of it before it's too late.

And two, what was his answer?! Will poor Herschel get the help he needs?

If you love a love story that takes you on a roller coaster ride down the coast of California with an electric cast of supporting characters and throws a mystery in- not to mention a few surprise twists- then you'll love Grave Refrain.
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