Book Title: Loose Ends (Badlands Book 4)
Author: Morgan Brice
Cover Artist: Natania Barron
Release Date: December 30, 2019
Genre/s: Urban Fantasy, MM paranormal romance
Trope/s: Spooky supernatural suspense, hurt/comfort, dark magic.
Themes: Trust, loyalty, commitment, partnership
Heat Rating: 4 flames
It is part of a series but can be read as a standalone and
features an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels.
Intended for readers 18 years of age and older.
Length: 62 000 words/ 220 pages
As a deadly trap closes around them, can Simon and Vic tie up the loose ends to stop the threat, or will they become the newest ghosts of the Grand Strand?
Cold cases, old enemies, ex-lovers, and vengeful spirits are making life dangerous for psychic medium Simon Kincaide and his boyfriend, homicide detective Vic D’Amato.
The ghosts of Myrtle Beach are restless, trapped by love, secrets, scandals, and spells, keeping Simon busy protecting the living from the unhappy dead. Someone from Vic’s past is out to destroy him and everyone he holds dear, and the high-profile trial of the first case Simon and Vic worked together puts them in the spotlight—and put a target on their backs. As a deadly trap closes around them, can Simon and Vic tie up the loose ends to stop the threat, or will they become the newest ghosts of the Grand Strand?
Loose Ends is an urban fantasy MM paranormal romance with spooky supernatural suspense, hot sex, hurt/comfort, feisty friends, found family, ghosts galore, and dark magic. It is part of a series but can be read as a standalone and features an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels. Intended for readers 18 years of age and older.
“I’ve been poking around on the Buccaneer story since the place shut down,” Josh said. “My team’s visited probably a dozen times. Plus, I knew people who worked on the construction and dismantling, and who ran the rides when it was open.” He leaned forward, dropping his voice. “They won’t talk on the record, or to the police, but I’ve heard all their stories. And the rumors that got out? They’re just a fraction of how fucked up that place was.”
Simon sat back in his chair, settling his lanky body and long legs as best he could. He warmed his hands on the hot paper cup and tucked a strand of long chestnut hair behind one ear. “Tell me.”
“One of my sources was a crane operator when they were installing the Riptide Roll steel coaster,” Josh confided. “He saw one of the workmen fall from the top of the first hill when they were assembling the ride. Says the guy died on impact. The company paid to hush it up. Same thing happened when another worker was crushed to death. A load of steel pipe shifted, and he ended up underneath it.”
“That’s not all of it. The place was only open for barely two seasons, but the ride operators had stories that would curl your hair. Riders got whiplash, one girl lost a couple of fingers, and a kid died from head injuries when his ride car came loose and crashed. Not to mention the operator who got electrocuted when he had to run his ride in the rain.”
“If the owners had to cover all that up, no wonder they went bankrupt,” Simon said, shaking his head. “I can’t believe they didn’t get shut down.”
“Their rides continued to pass inspections from the state office—or maybe someone got paid off. Still, they closed suddenly before the end of their last season,” Josh said. “Whistleblowers went to the media. The situation was going to be ugly. But then it turned out to be even worse.”
Simon remembered the end of the story. Investors clamored for their money back when the park abruptly shut down, only to find out that the accounts were empty, the books had been cooked, and the profits were never real. Before it could turn into a media circus and authorities asked for serious jail time, Ellington killed himself, and Stevens skipped town.
“Any clue about who’s haunting the place?”
Josh chewed on his lip and looked at Simon. “I was hoping you’d come over with us this afternoon and help me figure that out. I’m doing my best to learn, but my skills aren’t as powerful as yours, and I don’t know how to really use them. I can sense when spirits are nearby, and I see them better than the average person, but having a conversation is beyond what I can do.”
My Writing Influences
By Morgan Brice
Before we were writers, we were readers. So it’s only natural that the books we end up writing are influenced by what we’ve read—but also by what we watch, where we travel, and what we like in the non-writing world.
I’ve always loved fantasy—magic, ghosts, vampires, spooky places and scary monsters. I’ve been reading ghost stories since I was a kid, along with tales of haunted places and restless spirits. My other favorites were mysteries—Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Meg, Trixie Belden and so many others. Later on, I discovered paranormal cozy mysteries, which had both spooks and sleuths. And I plowed through spooky fantasy series like Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden books and Simon R. Green’s Nightside and Secret Histories.
My taste in TV shows also certainly shaped the kind of books I write. When I was a kid, the old gothic soap opera Dark Shadows (about a cursed family and a vampire who wanted to become human again) absolutely became an obsession. I loved shows like ScoobyDoo, Night Gallery, Tales from Crypt, and other spooky shows, as well as more detective series than I can name. More recently, I’ve become a die-hard Supernatural fan, and enjoy shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stranger Things, etc.
Places I’ve lived or travel definitely influence my writing. My Badlands series is set in Myrtle Beach, where I’ve vacationed for years. Other series and books are set in Charleston SC, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Northwestern Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and the Adirondack Mountains—all places I’ve either lived or visited frequently. Whenever I travel, I’m always looking for something in local landmarks, lore or history that will make a good hook for a book.
Things I like outside of writing always find their way back into my books. I’m not a big sports person, so that’s an unlikely topic for me (never say never), but I’ve drawn on life experiences that range from cleaning out my parents’ house to collecting Christmas ornaments to Yoga. Nothing is ever wasted!
I’m always surprised when some odd experience or interest turns out to be exactly what’s needed for a particular book, but it also makes me happy to be able to match just the right little fact or memory to make a book come alive. Although I’m not an exact match with any of my characters, I always say that if you know me well enough, you can tell which pieces of me contributed to which books!
About the Author
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Series include Witchbane, Badlands, and Treasure Trail. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!
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