HARGROVE HOUSE by Allie Harrison is a suspenseful, haunting tale that will capture you…heart and soul. Despite her terror, Torrie has no choice but to once again enter the haunted Hargrove House. When she discovers the graves in the cellar, she’ll find that there are things more frightening than ghosts. The house is waiting for her… They are waiting for her… If you enjoyed THE LAST VICTIM by Karen Robards, Hargrove House will warm your heart, and chill you to the bone.
Join Allie Harrison and the Killion Group as we celebrate the release of Hargrove House with this 15 stop Book Blast from November 16th to 20th. Included in this book blast is exclusive content, guest posts from Allie, a spotlight of the book, and a giveaway. One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card!
Follow the blast to these participating blogs for new content each day:
Title: Hargrove House
Author: Allie Harrison
Series: The Haunted #1
Genre: Paranormal Suspense w/ Romantic Elements
Release Date: October 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 216 pages
Digital ISBN: 978-0-9969048-0-3
As a child, Torrie Reynolds entered the haunted Hargrove House on a dare. Terrified by what she’d heard while inside Hargrove House, she avoided it since. Now fifteen years later, Torrie is an interior decorator. When Will Dalton buys the infamous Hargrove House and offers Torrie the job of refurbishing it, she has no choice but to take the offer to keep her business afloat. As the house is restored and rooms come alive with character and color Torrie brings to them, her fear of the house fades. Hargrove House begins to even feel like home to her. With each finished renovation project, it is harder for Torrie to leave. It is even harder for her to leave the comfort of Will Dalton’s arms. But she discovers there are things more terrifying than ghosts when she learns why Will is digging in the dark, frightening cellar.
The door knob was cold in her palm. Surely the door wouldn’t be unlocked. The old creepy house had been vacant forever.
It wasn’t locked. In fact, the knob turned easily and the door opened. The eerie thought that the house wanted her to come in slipped through her.
The light from the street filtered into the foyer, but only a little. Everything else was nothing more than a mixture of gray shadows. Still it was enough for Torrie to see elegance in the wide, beautiful circular staircase. Above her head a huge chandelier hung haphazardly. What was left of its crystal decoration reflected the small amount of light from the street.
It was beautiful.
How anyone could leave this house, she wondered.
Outside, the wind blew the leaves and branches of the trees in the front yard, and the shadows danced.
Torrie took a step back. She’d stayed long enough to fulfill the dare. Besides, she’d heard her father say often enough the place was probably rotten through. She’d break her leg if she fell through the floor. She could see the headline in the Liberty Banner now: Mayor’s Daughter Breaks Leg in Haunted Hargrove House.
Amanda Litchfield was going to owe her big time, she thought.
The moonlight reflected on something on the floor a few feet away. Was it a piece of glass from one of the several broken windows? No, it was a single crystal obviously from the chandelier above her. Her hand itched with the need to touch it, to hold it. She took a few steps forward, weary of the possibly rotted floor.
Then she had it in her hand, an elegantly carved crystal, beautiful and perfect, a prize for a scary dare like a blue ribbon for winning a race. She turned to go back out the door. It was then she heard the voice.
It was really nothing more than a moan, a painful moan.
Yet, it said her name—“Victoria…”
A Female on Top: What it Takes to Create a Heroine
While yes, I love the female leading ladies—after all, who doesn’t love Scarlett O’Hara— I tend to generally root for the quieter, usually secondary, female character. Sometimes she’s the character who works behind the scenes and saves the day in the end. Other times, she’s as typical as the girl behind the counter or the receptionist whose job is just to answer the phone. I loved Melanie more than Scarlett (and so did Ashley!).
One thing I have always noticed in books, movies, and sometimes in real life, the quiet protagonists are usually relatively smart, and I think that’s what makes a great character. Even if my favorite protagonist isn’t quiet, she still has to be smart, spunky, adventurous and instinctive. She can’t be afraid to try. She can’t let anything stop her from reaching her goal. I can usually stick with a scary movie until my heroine or one of her friends does something stupid. Then I’m glad when they get killed. I hate when in scary movies the killer calls the heroine on the phone and she doesn’t take him seriously.
A few of my favorite female protagonists are:
- Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovich’s series
- Carol on The Walking Dead – she smiles, bakes cookies for kids, then disguises herself and goes after the bad guys.
- Dr. Charlotte Stone from Karen Robards’ series
- Verity Long from Angie Fox’s series
- Private Vasquez in the movie Aliens. She was smart, tough and fearless.
- Ziva on NCIS
- Garcia on Criminal Minds
- And of course, Torrie Reynolds, the protagonist in Hargrove House
These are just to name a few. Torrie, the protagonist in Hargrove House is smart and strong…and caring. While her fear of Hargrove House stems for her childhood, she has to overcome it in order to step back through the door. While some people may think it’s not smart to once again enter a haunted house, she really has no choice. And while she at first is afraid to be in the house, she soon grows to love it and it becomes harder and harder for her to leave it. She absolutely falls in love with the house and is determined to restore it to its original grandeur. She falls in love with Will Dalton, too, even though his work in the cellar scares her more than the house did. I hope you meet her soon. I hope you aren’t afraid to enter Hargrove House…
About Allie Harrison:
Allie Harrison lives with her husband in Southern Illinois. By day, Allie works in the medical field, but when she clocks out, she hits the keyboard, crafting stories readers will love. When she isn’t enjoying fun family time, games with friends, reading, crafts, music, camping, biking, and hiking, she’s working to build fictional worlds and unforgettable characters.