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The latest in Regge's series of Endless Mountains ghost stories is available on Amazon:

The Boy in the Toy Room: An Endless Mountains Ghost Story

Nora is haunted. She's haunted by the past, haunted by the future, and haunted by the boy in the toy room. Wanting desperately to fall back in love with her husband, Nora moves back to the country to work on building their dream home. Building dreams isn't easy, though: she'll have to fend off a drunken ex, contend with an interfering mother-in-law, and try to keep a battered rental house from falling down around her.

Meanwhile, someone has been breaking into the house, and her daughter's imaginary friend, the boy in the toy room, seems to be trying to burn the place down. While the men around her rage and bluster, it's Nora's job to hold things together and keep her daughter safe, whatever the cost. 

 

And don't forget Waking Up Dead: An Endless Mountains Ghost Story

If Deidra Shay had known she was dead, she might have made other choices -- but she didn't. When her best friend, Jesse, finds her body and is pulled away screaming and crying, Deidra follows her home and all hell breaks loose! Friends and family are pulled into a maze of love and sex, revenge and redemption as Jesse and Deidra struggle to figure out how to go on living after waking up dead. 

This is romance, a testimony to friendship, and one answer to what life might be like beyond the grave for both the person moving on and the people left behind.

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Waking Up Dead: An Endless Mountains Ghost Story was originally released in paperback, published through CreateSpace and sold on Amazon on Feb 1, 2012. Feb 22 it became available on Kindle. A release on Nook and iBook are anticipated for May 2012. It is now available in paperback at From the Heart, Public Ave, Montrose, PA and Pure Pennsylvania, Route 11, Hallstead/Great Bend, PA.

"If Deidra Shay had known she was dead she might have made different choices. But that's the nice thing about not knowing you're dead -- it doesn't really bother you that much -- not at first, anyway." When her best friend, Jesse, finds Deidra's body and is pulled away screaming and crying, Deidra follows her home and all hell breaks loose. Friends and family are pulled into a maze of love and sex, revenge an redemption, as Jesse and Deidra struggle to figure out how to go on living after waking up dead.

This is a ghost story, but not a horror story.  It is the story of a journey from life to death to life for best friends, Jesse and Deidra. If you've ever had a friend who knows you better than anyone else does and loves you anyway, you'll understand this book.

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Sample Chapter:

 

Chapter 1

 

            Later, much later, Jesse would look back and wonder how that day could have seemed so normal right up until the moment it exploded. She would search for signs, for premonitions, but there were none. It was just another day until it wasn’t.

            Brian followed Jesse’s diminutive form around the liquor store with his hands in his pockets, the bored look on his face speaking volumes. Jesse did her best to ignore him but couldn’t deny her hurt and aggravation. She was sorry she’d asked him along. Any chance that he’d be sociable and make an attempt to get to know Deidra better was obviously out of the question.

            “You could at least try to enjoy your time with me,” she suggested. To her own disgust her voice came out in a whine rather than the bantering tone she was going for. She sighed and gave up the attempt. “I’ll finish up here and buy you dinner and a drink as a consolation prize,” she snapped. “At least with Deidra in town you won’t be stuck with me anymore this week.”

            Brian raised his eyebrows and sent a sideways glance at her, a smile that bordered on a smirk tilting his lips just the slightest. “I take it I’m being a jerk.”

            “Oh really? I hadn’t noticed,” she quipped but as always a smile on his lips put a smile on hers and she relaxed. “I just don’t understand what you dislike so much about Deidra. She’s my best friend.”

            “She’s just … never mind. I am being a jerk; probably jealous that she’s going to get all of your time while she’s here. I’ll be nice, okay? Dinner is on me if you promise to stop being pissed off.”

            Jesse had to stretch in order to get her hands around his neck so she could pull his face down to hers. “Lobster,” she said, “at Coopers.”

            “Stiff price,” he groaned but the quick kiss and full smile told Jesse he was over his funk.  

           

            Deidra answered yet another curtain call to hoots and wolf-whistles. She sauntered back onto the stage of “Achilles Heel” and curtsied as low as she dared in order to give the audience yet another long look at the generous bosom her character, Adele, had used to lure all kinds of men into romantic dalliances throughout the play.

            As she straightened up, Deidra tossed her head, sending long black curls flying. It was a move she knew looked sexual but which really served to hide the perspiration that wanted to matt her hair down flat. The stage lights were unbearably hot.

            She watched for signs that people were getting bored—tired of waiting for the finale they had heard so much about. At the very moment some started to reach for their coats she turned away from them, sauntered toward the back of the stage, smiled back over her shoulder and mooned the audience.

            Her black dress flipped up to expose three inch heels, impossibly long legs and an ample butt covered in black lace panties. On one generous cheek a large red heart flashed on and off. Deidra/Adele smiled, licked her top lip, crooked her finger as if beckoning someone and watched men’s faces flush while they adjusted coats or programs or anything they could find to cover their collective crotch. The audience roared their appreciation as the applause started all over again.

            Deidra would have taken another bow but the last bus to Scranton left at eleven PM and she had promised Jesse she’d catch it. She grabbed her coat and raced for the door, nearly running over her agent. “Deidra, just a minute …”

            “Gotta run—really.”

            Sandy pushed a large manila envelope into her hands before waving her on. “For the bus ride,” she said. “It’s a script with your name on it.”

            Deidra nodded that she understood and ran. She spun through the door and danced down the steps into Connor’s arms. As tall as she was, he was even taller. He lifted her into the air and spun her around. She struggled back to her feet as she pushed him away, but not before she felt a ring slide on to her left hand.

            Connor backed away and popped the cork from a bottle of champagne. She grabbed his arm as she waved down the nearest taxi. “Port Authority—I’m late!” she told the driver.

            Connor sighed in exasperation. “Could you at least look at your left hand? Say yes or no? Maybe you can postpone your trip?”

            Deidra squealed as she held her hand up to the city lights. She climbed onto Connor’s lap and pulled him close. “Of course I’m saying ‘yes’! Oh, Connor, this is just too much!” She reached inside his suit jacket and pulled up his shirt, crushing her chest against his bare chest and giggling. Connor caught the taxi driver’s eyes in the rearview mirror and grinned. The driver turned his face back to the road.

            “I wish you weren’t going,” Connor groaned into her neck.

            “But you’re joining me in three days, right? Think of all the fun we’ll have when you’ve had a chance to miss me.” Deidra ran her tongue up the sensitive muscle of his neck and jumped out of his reach when he grabbed for her. “It’s a promise,” she laughed.

            At Port Authority, Deidra ran down the three sets of steps and waved her ticket under the nose of the startled bus driver. “I can’t wait to tell Jesse!” She swung up the steps and onto the bus, stopping to throw a kiss in Connor’s direction.

            “I’m going to hate your Jesse!” Connor called after her. “I am officially jealous!”

            She slipped into a seat, pulled the window open and blew him kisses, which he caught and blew back to her until the rest of the passengers were staring—some with frowns of disapproval or discomfort and others with suggestive grins.

            Deidra fell asleep, grateful for the air rushing through the window, her large diamond flashing on her long fingers, which trailed the bus floor.

            She didn’t know she was sleeping. She didn’t know when a stray bullet, fired as a warning over the head of a fleeing suspect by a part-time police officer in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, entered the open window. She didn’t know when it entered her heart and stopped it, immediately and completely.

            At one-thirty AM, Jesse jerked awake in the car, a knife-like pain startling a scream from her. Next to her, Brian startled awake. “What’s wrong?”

            The pain left as suddenly as it had arrived. “Nothing. Go back to sleep. She won’t be here for another half-hour.” Brian patted her hand and dozed, his head propped against the window.

            Jesse waited for Deidra’s bus to arrive, a nagging worry at the back of her mind. Fog was settling in. She absently rubbed at the spot where pain had exploded so suddenly and then disappeared. A bottle of champagne and a liter of Jack Daniels waited in the back seat. Jack Daniels was Deidra’s drink; no celebration would be complete without it.

            The bus was late, crawling through fog and into the terminal at two o’clock. Jesse jumped from the car and paced back and forth while late-night passengers inched down the steps, collected their luggage and disappeared. Jesse knew Deidra would be the last one off; she hated being jostled. Minutes dragged by until the platform was empty, but still no Deidra. While the bus drivers chatted comfortably under the station lights, Jesse went searching. She walked the length of the bus, hopping up to peer through the windows over her head.

            “Miss, please step away from the bus.” Jesse startled.

            “Sorry. I’m just looking for my friend. This is the last bus from New York, right?”

            The driver sighed loudly and disengaged himself from his friends. “The next one comes in at three-ten,” he said as he walked toward her. For a moment Jesse thought he might grab her arm and drag her away. “All of the passengers for this stop have gotten off.”

            “No, they haven’t,” Jesse insisted. “Maybe she’s asleep.” She turned away from him and sped up, walking briskly next to the bus and hopping up to see through the windows. She certainly hoped Deidra hadn’t missed the eleven o’clock bus, but stranger things had happened.

            “Then we’ll find her when we do the check,” the driver said sharply. “You can’t be here right now.”

            Jesse continued to walk, the driver sighing in exasperation behind her.

            “Please …,” he repeated.

            But Jesse could see Deidra and pointed, laughing. “I’ll just wake her up and be gone. She’s a heavy sleeper.”

            “You can’t board the bus!” but Jesse had already hurried up the few steps to the door and scampered down the aisle.

            “Deidra! Wake up! You’re getting me in trouble!” Jesse reached out to shake Deidra’s shoulder. “Come on, Lazy Bones! You’re here!” Deidra’s body fell awkwardly forward, her head striking against the back of the seat in front of her. “Deidra?”

            Jesse knew right then, just like that, that Deidra wasn’t going to wake up. A long shuddering cry flew from her throat as the bus driver reached her and put a hand on her shoulder. “Miss, please step back.”

            “No!” Jesse screamed. “Deidra! Deidra, wake up!” She grabbed Deidra’s hand, that long beautiful hand that hung over the side of the seat and sparkled with the new diamond. She pulled hard. “Deidra, stop scaring me! Wake up!”

            Jesse hung on to Deidra’s hand and sobbed. The driver put his arm around her shoulders and pulled, at first gently and then more urgently as another driver came to his aid. “No! No! No!” she screamed over and over.

            Her screams mingled with and were lost in the wail of sirens, as police cars streamed into the area around the station. Two officers grabbed Jesse on either side and pulled her away, giving up on gentle urging and simply jerking her back until she lost contact with Deidra’s fingers.

            “You have to leave!” one shouted. Jesse clung to Deidra. As the officer pulled her away, the diamond ring slipped off of Deidra’s finger and stayed in Jesse’s clutched fist.  

             If Deidra Shay had known she was dead, she might have made different choices. But that’s the nice thing about not knowing you’re dead—it doesn’t really worry you that much—not at first, anyway. She felt the ring slip away and grabbed for it. “Jesse? What are you doing? Hey!” But Jesse was pulled from the bus, unknowingly taking the diamond with her, and taking Deidra, too.