Mission Canyon Secrets is now published to Smashwords and Amazon, and should be live soon! Many thanks to my patient sister Karen for her edits and comments; they were more helpful than I can say.
This fictional book is set in Santa Barbara my hometown, in Mission Canyon. While the area does exist, characters, places etc. are fictional. This area is also the home of the SB Botanical gardens, a wonderful place to visit and one of my personal favorites.
I’ve wanted to write this story ever since I wrote A Murder At Mimi’s, where in one scene she is almost killed while dedicating a memorial to her late husband Red in Mission Canyon. I used to take my grandmother and great-aunt (no, not Iris in the book) there often to enjoy the changing seasons. The character Iris in the book is loosely based on my actual great-grandmother who was a Spiritualistic Medium.
And so, now on to Sonoma county, where my favorite character Mimi Griffin will rise again, in Strangled in Sonoma, hopefully early next year. Here is the description of Mission Canyon Secrets:
Fresh from a broken relationship Nina leaves her life in the San Francisco Bay Area and returns home to Mission Canyon in Santa Barbara, and her great-aunt Iris’s lavish estate. This homecoming presents an opportunity for Nina to use her online business savvy to help Iris grow her herbal Internet business and try to create a new life.
Soon Nina finds all is not as idyllic as it seems and she is caught up in an ancient mystery. Centuries ago, according to legend, an early California mission priest driven by a lust for gold betrayed his church causing a loyal servant to be punished and murdered in his place; and now that servant’s spirit is asking for Iris’s help; the help of a renown psychic medium.
Decades earlier Iris’s philandering husband Brad had discovered clues to the legendary lost treasure but he and his lover Jennifer both died before they could locate the gold; leaving a trail of misery for Iris and their love child who now, as an adult, must deal with the consequences of their affair.
During a séance, Iris unravels the hidden secrets of Mission Canyon but finds the truth will cost her dearly. Old spirits are on the move and are demanding justice, but will this justice destroy the living or bring them the answers to ancient deceptions?