An Excerpt from “Mr. Nash’s Wedding Ghost” by Emmy Z. Madrigal

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And here is an excerpt from my story:

Mr. Nash’s Wedding Ghost

by Emmy Z. Madrigal

Lady Mercy Harrington hummed happily as she adjusted the flower arrangement in the hall at Denwood Manor. She wanted everything to be perfect for her best friend’s wedding weekend. Although Mercy had no control over the ever-present rain, thanks to the estate’s conservatory, she could be sure the inside bespoke of flowers and love. Cecelia Montague and her betrothed, Grayson Nash, would arrive any moment and Mercy could hardly contain her excitement.

Arms from behind wrapped around her waist and her husband’s body pressed up against her back.

“Are you rearranging the flowers again, love?” His deep voice sent a ripple of pleasure through her. He kissed her neck and it did even more to excite her.

“Alex, we should have guests any moment.”

“What does one have servants for if not…”

The sound of horse hooves and a barouche coming up the drive stopped him mid-sentence.

“Is that they?” Mercy arched to look out the window.

“It is Nash,” Alexander said in a disappointed tone.

“You don’t wish to see your friend?” Mercy turned to her husband, placing her hands on his lapels and looking up at him.

“I’d much rather see you, and in our room upstairs, where I can see much more than what polite society would allow.”

“Shh…” Mercy placed a finger over her husband’s lips. He scowled, but she stood on her tiptoes and whispered in his ear. “Save this talk for tonight, for I’m sure to be exhausted from the wedding preparations and can retire early.”

A low growl emitted from Alexander and his gaze fixed on her with anticipation. He kissed her once and unwillingly let her go as she left to meet the coach.

By the time Mercy made it to the porch, Mr. Nash had exited his carriage and with the aid of an umbrella, helped a young girl out of the carriage.

“Lady Harrington, allow me to introduce my niece Miss Lucy, lately of Surrey.” Mr. Nash led the young girl up the stairs to Mercy’s side.

“A pleasure Miss Lucy, you may call me Mercy.” They curtsied to one another.

“Thank you.” Miss Lucy blushed when Mercy spoke to her. She looked to be just a year from her season and as shy as young ladies not yet out tended to be.

“Why don’t you go on into the sitting room? There are tea and cakes for your refreshment.”

“Thank you,” Miss Lucy said and went inside.

“I’m dreadfully sorry to bring an alternate without warning,” Mr. Nash said. “My late wife’s mother suddenly took ill and my brother-in-law asked if she could come to the wedding in his stead. I could hardly say no.”

“No trouble at all. I’ll just make sure her room is switched to one a little more comfortable for a girl her age.”

“You have my undying gratitude,” Mr. Nash said.

Mercy gave a petite curtsy as her husband called out behind her.

“Nash!” Alexander greeted his friend as he entered the foyer.

“Harrington, old boy, how do you do?”

“Very well, and you?”

“I’ll be glad when this weekend is over and I can begin my life again.”

Alexander chuckled, slapping Mr. Nash on the back.

“Brandy, then?”

“Aye.”

Mercy smiled as the men disappeared down the hall to the study. She was glad to finally see a smile from Alexander’s friend. What a happy weekend it would be.

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Settling in his room, Nash placed his valise onto the dresser top and his ring knocked against the mahogany. That had been happening an awful lot since he had asked Cecelia’s father for her hand in marriage. It wasn’t his wedding ring. That had gone in the attic chest some time ago with the rest of his deceased wife’s things. Yet, the ring in question might mean more to his late wife than the wedding band, bought without thought at a jeweler in Bath. The ring he wore was a symbol of their understanding and connection before they were married.

He removed the ring and inspected the face. The greyhound ring his wife had given him—symbolizing his family crest—bore no damage. It was well made and he wore it without notice most of the time, but the last few weeks it had caught on every stray thread, knocked against every door frame, and even had him caught in his horse’s reins once—with his gloves on no less! Was it trying to tell him something? No matter if it was, he was going to tell it something.

“I’m sorry, dear,” he spoke aloud despite his voice cracking with emotion. “But it’s time I’ve said goodbye and welcomed a new love.”

A knock came to the door.

“Mr. Nash?” a servant called.

“Yes?”

“The Montague’s coach approaches.”

“Thank you, I’ll be right down.” He placed the ring to his lips, giving it a final kiss, before putting it in an inside pocket of his valise and leaving his room.

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She hadn’t seen him in so long, it was a dream come true. She’d disappeared from his life as quickly as he had from hers. Where she’d been all this time, heaven knows. All she could think of was the funeral and how strong he’d been, standing so erect in his crisp, black suit. Grief surrounded him like a dark cloud, but those who didn’t know him would only see his stern expression. She knew him as no one else did and could sense the sadness from within, although no tears were shed in public.

 And now, he was marrying again. She should be happy for him, but all she could feel was betrayal. No. She wouldn’t allow herself to hate him. She adored him beyond all others but perhaps she could linger and inspect his new bride. Someone had to look out for him.

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Meant to Be Press Presents: Meant to Be…MYSTIFIED!

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Meant to Be Press, the press which brings you the best in romance fiction, announces the release of Meant to Be…MYSTIFIED, the fifth volume in the Love Notes Series.

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November 5, 2021 – Meant to Be Press is proud to present the anthology, Meant to Be…MYSTIFIED, edited by Naching T. Kassa. Every romance begins with an element of mystery, and these five tales are no exception. Cozy up with a whodunnit at a ski resort, a scandalous nuptial theft, the secret held by an antique table, supernatural murders in a small town, and a ghostly encounter at a Regency wedding. Can you solve these puzzles before the amorous sleuths? Or are you…MEANT TO BE…MYSTIFIED!

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NEW BOOK from Emmy Z! Northanger

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Kat is a horror fan. She loves to read, watch, and listen to ghostly, frightening things most people shy away from. When she meets her perfect match, Henry, she knows he’s made just for her, but finding out his father may be a murderer, puts a different spin on their relationship. Is Henry’s dad out for blood or just a misunderstood introvert who’s lost his wife? Only a trip to the famed murder house, Northanger, will reveal the truth.

Northanger is a contemporary rewrite of Jane Austen’s least rebooted classic novel, Northanger Abbey. The Clueless version, Northanger explores the fish out of water story of gothy teen Kat, as she’s introduced to the high-society scene of New York City. What would happen if Beetlejuice’s Lydia was plopped into Gossip Girl New York City?

“Emmy Z. Madrigal has crafted a delightful story based on Jane Austen’s classic, Northanger Abbey. She has spun it into a modern story that suits Miss Austen’s novel perfectly. Her modern heroine, Katherine Moorland (Kat), is a young girl who has lived a simple life on a farm, but has a vivid imagination that has been heavily influenced by the horror books she reads, the spooky music she listens to, and the macabre films she watches. It is a book that will appeal to both Jane Austen fans and lovers of the gothic novel, having fun elements of both.” ~ Kara Louise, author of Pirates and Prejudice a variation of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice.


Emmy Z. Madrigal’s love affair with Jane Austen may have started late, but her belief that true love can overcome prejudices, differences, and adversity started very early on. Northanger is her modern take on Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Emmy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

Northanger coming soon!

Northanger

by Emmy Z. Madrigal

COMING WINTER 2021

3dKat is a horror fan. She loves to read, watch, and listen to ghostly, frightening things most people shy away from. When she meets her perfect match, Henry, she knows he’s made just for her, but finding out his father may be a murderer, puts a different spin on their relationship. Is Henry’s dad out for blood or just a misunderstood introvert who’s lost his wife? Only a trip to the famed murder house, Northanger, will reveal the truth.

Northanger is a contemporary rewrite of Jane Austen’s least rebooted classic novel, Northanger Abbey. The Clueless version, Northanger explores the fish out of water story of gothy teen Kat, as she’s introduced to the high-society scene of New York City. What would happen if Beetlejuice’s Lydia was plopped into Gossip Girl New York City?

“Emmy Z. Madrigal has crafted a delightful story based on Jane Austen’s classic, Northanger Abbey. She has spun it into a modern story that suits Miss Austen’s novel perfectly. Her modern heroine, Katherine Moorland (Kat), is a young girl who has lived a simple life on a farm, but has a vivid imagination that has been heavily influenced by the horror books she reads, the spooky music she listens to, and the macabre films she watches. It is a book that will appeal to both Jane Austen fans and lovers of the gothic novel, having fun elements of both.” ~ Kara Louise, author of Pirates and Prejudice a variation of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice.


Emmy Z. Madrigal’s love affair with Jane Austen may have started late, but her belief that true love can overcome prejudices, differences, and adversity started very early on. Northanger is her modern take on Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Emmy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

New fiction coming in November!

weddinghostComing in November! A new story in Lord Harrington’s world.

After losing his wife in childbirth, Mr. Nash finally has another chance at love with the beautiful Cecelia Montague. But someone has come to their wedding weekend that wasn’t invited. Is it the ghost of his deceased wife? Or is someone else trying to ruin their perfect day?

Mr. Nash’s Wedding Ghost by Emmy Z. Madrigal

Coming in November 2021

#HauntsandHellions: The Inspiration Behind “Hungry Masses.”

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The Inspiration Behind “Hungry Masses.”

By Emmy Z. Madrigal

SS_WaratahMy story in Haunts and Hellions, “Hungry Masses” was based upon a real ship that was lost at sea. The SS Waratah (named after an Australian flower) was a passenger and cargo ship built in 1908 by the Blue Anchor Line. Its route was from England to Australia, and then back to Europe via Cape Town, South Africa. In July of 1909, it vanished with 211 passengers and crew aboard. It has never been found.

During my research of the SS Waratah, I discovered a lot of history. I combed through passenger lists and descriptions. I looked at the ports it stopped in and what type of people it may have picked up. Where did they come from? Where might they be going? Some of the characters in my story are based (loosely) on characters I read…

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Meant to Be Press Podcast: Episode 019, Haunts and Hellions Gothic Romance

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019 Meant to Be… Haunts and Hellions
Hosted by Emmy Z. Madrigal
Theme Music: Mr. Darcy’s Minuet by Michele Roger

A special presentation of Haunts and Hellions.

With audio stories by Emmy Z. Madrigal, Naching T. Kassa, and Emerian Rich

Harkening back to the glory days of gothic romance that had us up reading all night, HorrorAddicts.net Press Presents:

Haunts & Hellions edited by Emerian Rich
13 stories of horror, romance, and that perfect moment when the two worlds collide. Vengeful spirits attacking the living, undead lovers revealing their true nature, and supernatural monsters seeking love, await you. Pull the blinds closed, light your candle, and cuddle up in your reading nook for some chilling—and romantic—tales.
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Haunts and Hellions Emmy Z. Madrigal Excerpt

Harkening back to the glory days of gothic romance that had us up reading all night, HorrorAddicts.net Press Presents:

Haunts & Hellions edited by Emerian Rich

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13 stories of horror, romance, and that perfect moment when the two worlds collide. Vengeful spirits attacking the living, undead lovers revealing their true nature, and supernatural monsters seeking love, await you. Pull the blinds closed, light your candle, and cuddle up in your reading nook for some chilling—and romantic—tales.

With stories by: Emily Blue, Lucy Blue, Kevin Ground, Rowan Hill, Naching T. Kassa, Emmy Z. Madrigal, R.L. Merrill, N.C. Northcott, Emerian Rich, Daniel R. Robichaud, Daphne Strasert, Tara Vanflower, and B.F. Vega.

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An excerpt from Haunts & Hellions

 

Hungry Masses

Emmy Z. Madrigal

1909

HH3DPromoOff the Coast of Australia, aboard ship

“Miss Smith! Miss Smith, my word! Would you slow down, girl?” Mrs. Linden called after her as she entered the corridor.

“What is it?” Vivienne paused, taking in Mrs. Linden’s flushed cheeks and heavy intake of breath.

“Such news!” Mrs. Linden took hold of her forearm, holding a little tighter than she would like as the older woman led her to a couple of chairs by the window. “Haven’t you heard? The most dreadful thing!”

“No, what is it?”

“Seven more passengers are ill. Seven! And all from the upper-class cabins.”

“No!” Vivienne covered her mouth as she felt faint. How could an illness spread so fast?

“The young Dr. Radley has been called in to service as even the ship doctor himself has been feeling under the weather.”

“But are you sure? Seven? Seven overnight? Surely that must include the maid and…”

“No, I’m afraid not, sweet girl. It is on top of. There are now five passed on and…oh!” Mrs. Linden pressed her handkerchief to her mouth, her watery eyes speaking of fear and uncertainty. “I must go… I’ve only come to tell you, my husband and I will be dining in our cabin for the remainder of the trip. We’ll be leaving as soon as we come to port and booking passage elsewhere. I advise you to do the same.”

“Yes, that is wise. Thank you for telling me.” Vivienne helped the lady from her chair and took her side to walk her back.

“No, now, you must return to your room. I won’t have you sick because of me. Fare thee well, young Miss.” Mrs. Linden waved her hanky to her as she passed and hurried down the corridor as quickly as her little stubby legs could take her.

Vivienne’s heart thudded hard in her chest. What could she do? Should she see Charles? Was there a cure?

Noticing some commotion out on deck, she peeked out and saw several crewmen lifting a large flat object, covered in dark cloth, up on the railing. It almost looked like a…body. The captain was up above them on the steps, crossing himself.

She couldn’t help drawing nearer.

“Heave…ho!” the crewmen called and the form slid from the flat plank of wood, into the water below with a splash.

As the crewmen pulled yet another body onto the wooden slab, one of the shipmates saw her.

“Oh, now this isn’t the place for a lady. Please go back inside, Miss.” His words melted into nothingness as she locked eyes with the captain and saw the shame and disgust in his eyes.

“Miss Smith!” She turned to see Dr. Radley without a jacket and his shirt-sleeves rolled up. His eyes held concern and he came to her side, gently touching her on the elbow.

“Charles?”

“I think you should be in your room.”

“Yes…”

Charles gently grasped her arm and led her away from the most disturbing thing she’d witnessed in her young life. He held her as she wilted into him and led her down the hall to her cabin.

Once seated inside her stateroom, Charles fetched her a cool glass of water and stood against the doorframe, studying her. After a period of silence, she looked up at him.

“Charles… Mr. Smithe, he….” She touched again the place where he’d placed a kiss.

“What did he do to you? Are you alright?”

“Yes, but he was coughing and coughing and he kissed me… Right here on the cheek.”

“I see.” Relief washed over his face. He retrieved a washcloth and brought out a small vial from his pocket, dabbing the cloth. “I’m sorry, but you won’t have to worry about him anymore. He is… Well, he’s sure to be laid up the rest of the trip.” He smoothed the cloth over her cheek and the smell of rubbing alcohol caused her nose to tingle.

“But I’m sure to get it now.”

“No.” He shook his head, brushing back her hair and looking into her eyes. “The chances of that are…and besides, I’ve just disinfected you.”

She smiled weakly, hoping he was right.

“How many?” she asked. Mrs. Linden had said seven, but the bodies coming out of the hall seemed in the dozens and she wondered if there were more to come.

“Twenty-six in total.”

“Twenty… Why are they being dumped into the sea? Won’t their families want to—”

“The captain doesn’t want to take the chance. With how quickly it spread, he fears… He wants to protect the other passengers.”

“Who…were they? Anyone I…” She gulped back tears. Having not been on the boat long, she didn’t particularly have feelings for any of her shipmates especially, but she still didn’t want to see them die.

“Mostly below deck crew.” Charles kneeled before her and took her hand in his. “Try not to worry, Vivienne. You are safe here in your room.” He leaned in and she could not help but touch her lips to his. They kissed and she felt so safe in those moments.

“I should get back.” He stood, kissing her once more before taking his leave.

“Charles…” she called as he opened her door.

“Yes?”

“Will you come back this evening?”

“I shall try.”

To read more, read Haunts and Hellions at: Amazon.com

Haunts and Hellions, A Gothic Romance Anthology

Harkening back to the glory days of gothic romance that had us up reading all night, HorrorAddicts.net Press Presents:

Haunts & Hellions edited by Emerian Rich

HH3DPromo13 stories of horror, romance, and that perfect moment when the two worlds collide. Vengeful spirits attacking the living, undead lovers revealing their true nature, and supernatural monsters seeking love, await you. Pull the blinds closed, light your candle, and cuddle up in your reading nook for some chilling—and romantic—tales.

With stories by: Emily Blue, Lucy Blue, Kevin Ground, Rowan Hill, Naching T. Kassa, Emmy Z. Madrigal, R.L. Merrill, N.C. Northcott, Emerian Rich, Daniel R. Robichaud, Daphne Strasert, Tara Vanflower, and B.F. Vega.

Meant to Be Press Podcast: Episode 018, Austen, Northanger Abbey Chap 04

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018 Meant to Be… Austen, Northanger Abbey Chap 04
Hosted by Emmy Z. Madrigal
Theme Music: Mr. Darcy’s Minuet by Michele Roger

Meant to Be… Austen, Northanger Abbey Chap 04

Author Emmy Z. Madrigal reads Jane Austen’sNorthanger Abbey, Chapter 04

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