The Family Guardian

Highlighting Historical Romance: A ghostly change of pace from Anita Philmar

Every family has traditions. The things they do that define them as a family, a unit that stands together to face both the good times and bad.

Some look at the holiday traditions of food and decoration as the symbol of how they come together to share these special moments. Others look at the day to day activities of having meals together, going to events that bond their love of nature, the arts, or music. It doesn’t matter what a family does together. It is the bond in which they form that is important.

McKeesGhost-246x300 Author's Blog Guest Author As a special guardian of the McKee family, I took on the task of making sure that my descendants chose the right spouse. Some call me the resident family ghost. I make noise and rattle around the house. Normally, I’m quiet, but I don’t care for people or behavior that can damage the family unit.

So I am sure you can see how watching my future daughter-in-law stealing the family silver might upset me. After all, my descendants have displayed these special prize pieces with honor during our family gatherings. Yes, they are only objects, but these items have transcended their original value and have become the embodiment of who we are as a family.

My objective since taking on the task of being the family spirit is to protect. Therefore, I cannot stand by and watch my grandson make a terrible mistake by marrying such an unfit woman.

Now tell me why this should upset anyone? I am doing what every self-respecting mother would do to safeguard her children.

Yes, I’m a ghost. Which when you think about it limits what I can do. I can make some noise, turn the area around into an icy cell and throw around a few things. Luckily, these things drive home my point that I’m not happy.

Remember if Momma or Grandma are not happy, no one is happy.

Now see, shouldn’t having a devoted ghost be a welcome addition to any family?

About McKee’s Ghost

His fiancée called off their engagement after be accosted by a ghost in his house. Now, a beautiful ghost detective has shown up at his ranch, saying his brother has hired her to take care of the unwanted spirit.

Konnor McKee is more than happy with PSI Agent Ruth Oliva Wilson. One look and he was hooked. Now, if he can only get some help from a ghost, he might be able to secure himself a bride after all.

With the return of his ex-fiancee, his life is turn upside down by an angry ghost, a vindictive woman and a sexy medium. Konnor doesn’t know which way to turn.

Can he get everyone out of this alive and marry the PSI Agent? Or has he lost all hope of a happy future because of the ruthless ghost of one of his ancestors?

 ~an excerpt~

The hands he’d dropped to her waist shifted. One drew Ruth deeper into his embrace while the other nudged her chin up with a knuckle until their eyes met. His searing gaze lit a fire, heating her core and arousing every cell in her body.

“No. The gentleman in me heads south whenever you enter the room. All I can think about is getting my hands on you.” Konnor sprayed his palms over her back and tugged her deeper against his chest. “I want you in a way I’ve never wanted a woman before, under me screaming while I make you completely mine.”

She gasped. “But you don’t even know me.”

“You’re wrong. Some instinct inside me knew the moment we met you belong to me. Now, all I need to do is convince you of that fact.” He dropped his mouth over hers. His kisses were gentle and sweet one moment, demanding and urgent the next.

The crisp flavor of the apple he’d just eaten played over her taste buds. Pleasure overruled the sound logic of keeping him at a distance. Instead, she gave into the tempestuous assault to her senses and slid her arms around his neck. Minutes passed. The hunger inside her growing until she couldn’t catch her breath.

He tore his mouth from hers, and she gasped for air. “Please, sweetheart, I’m not a patient man, especially when I’ve waited so long for you. I need—”

“Don’t say it,” she whispered and lowered her head to avoid eye contact. She’d tempted him, let him think if he asked for more, she’d willingly give him whatever he wanted.

Realizing how much she already cared for him, she rebelled against the likelihood of losing her heart to another man. More than once, she’d fallen into the trap of believing a man would love her no matter what.

Every time, she paid with a broken heart. This time, she needed to give him a day or two to come to terms with the true nature of her abilities. Once he saw her in action, he’d change. The desire he felt would wilt until he had no feeling for her at all.

“I’m sorry, but we need to take this slow.” She lowered her hands and pressed them against his chest. “Now, you should tend to your horses.”

Konnor studied her for a long moment before he slowly released his grip. “Make yourself at home. I’ll be back as soon as I’ve finished my nightly chores.”

She nodded, and he turned for the door with a sigh.

The light click of the latch falling into place felt like a shot through her heart. She’d come here determined to do her job and leave. However, Konnor had blindsided her with his charm. She’d broken her new rule of not becoming involved with a client.

Now, she had to figure out a way to keep her heart safe when everything inside her wanted to give in to Konnor’s demands.

TGTBTGFInalCover-200x300 Author's Blog Guest Author About The Book

What do you get when you mix cowboys with ghosts? A collection of eight (stand-alone) amazing stories from the Old West with haunts of every variety.

Get your love of alpha cowboys on and feed your addiction for the bizarre (and sometimes spooky) world when you download The Good, The Bad and The Ghostly.

Bestselling and Award-winning authors are pleased to save you more than 75% on this fantastic boxed set! (Price if books sold separately)

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A Ghostly Wager by Blaire Edens

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How the Ghost Was Won by Erin Hayes

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McKee’s Ghost by Anita Philmar

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AAnitaPhilmarPP-184x300 Author's Blog Guest Author bout Anita Philmar

Anita Philmar likes to create stories that push the limit. A writer by day and a dreamer by night she wants her readers to see the world in a new way.

Influenced by old movies, she likes to develop places where anything can happen and where special moments come to life in a great read.

Naughty or Nice? Read her books and decide.

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5 thoughts on “The Family Guardian

  1. Caroline, thanks so much for sharing Anita’s post here and showcasing The Good, The Bad and The Ghostly. We all had such a great time writing our stories, as Halloween draws near we’re sure your readers will get out a kick out of them, too.

  2. I really appreciate you hosting McKee’s Ghost. I love this story. It was fun to write and it’s with some awesome other stories in The Good, the Bad, and the Ghostly.

  3. Hello, Caroline! Thanks for hosting Anita, who was a pleasure to work with on this anthology. This time of year I’m on the lookout for ghostly tales and this anthology is a good one to curl up with. I loved Anita’s story!

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