This is not going to be the typical book review, because this book has not come back from the printer's yet. However, I thought it would be worthwhile to spread the news about this book, since my job here is to spotlight books and authors that may not be well-known.
Amelia Cotter is a writer and translator who, according to her website, "has a day job, too." This House is her first published novel, and she's currently working on writing other novels, poetry, and short fiction.
This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost is a "based on a true story" tale of a house haunted by a ghost named Walter. According to Cotter, the story is as true to history as she could make it, with artistic license taken where the historical facts didn't quite match up, her memory failed her, or the story needed help to keep it flowing smoothly. However, she firmly states that the story is grounded in real life - "that is, if you believe in ghosts in the first place!" she says on her website.
The story takes place in Monkton, Maryland, the site of Walter's house. Other buildings featured in the story are still standing on that site, but the main focus is the house where Walter lived. Because of the story's unusual length, it is technically a novella, rather than a novel, and Cotter decided to go with self-publishing. The release date is set at the latest for Feb. 1.
Anyone interested in ghosts, the paranormal, historical fiction, or romance should definitely pick up a copy. According to Cotter's website, her book will be available on Amazon.com and some bookstores, especially those in the Maryland area. Also, it will be available as an ebook.
When this book comes out, I will certainly write an actual review of it - but I thought This House deserved to be in the spotlight now, so that those of you who are interested have something to look forward to - and, of course, I am always glad to support my fellow authors, especially those who have chosen to self-publish. Good luck to you, Amelia Cotter, and thank you in advance for giving us all such a wonderful-sounding story to look forward to!