I am Henri de Montmorency, originally Grand Marshal of France and Governor of Languedoc, but now...I am...a ghost.
I was beheaded on the day before All Hallow's Eve in 1632 by the order of Richelieu, a man who I didn't quite see eye to eye with concerning my religious beliefs.
However, that's in the past. I do not regret standing up for my own beliefs and have accepted my untimely death, but truth be known, the afterlife is as they say in my native land of Paris, France, plus d'amusement.
If you have never been a ghost, I must tell you that we have certain charismatic qualities about us.
Before I was beheaded, I wasn't what you'd call easy to look at. For, you see, I was also a hump back. However, in the afterlife, I have become what I always knew was inside of me all along - verile, handsome and quite the lady's man, much to my surprise and delight.
I have roamed the earth for many centuries, but there was one home I finally attached myself to and it wasn't because I was ready to settle down because now that I was free of the torment of my disgusted appearance, I felt like a free bird ready to take flight at a moment's notice, but this one home was the home of Ezra Anne Thornberry.
And it wasn't because of anything romantic-related; it was because of a beverage she kept stocked in her ice box by the wonderful name of Coors Light.
I'd always loved fine wine in the past, but in a pinch, a case of Coors Light took the edge off mighty fine. Oooh la la! A ghost can't be too picky living in the 21st century, you know.
I also must mention Juicy (she'll get ballistic if I don't). Juicy wasn't always her name. She has had many names as she's been reincarnated several times but Juicy is what I call her. Now Juicy usually is a mild-tempered spirit unless she gets a burr up her ectoplasm and that usually happens when she finds out I'm over to Ezra Ann's. See, Juicy has this belief that we used to be lovers in another life. I think I would have known it but as I've not escaped from this realm, I have no idea and who to say she is wrong?
And I'd like to mention my best friend in all the realms, Boo. Boo is great. He helps me with my problems and I help him with his, especially when Maxine (that's Boo's wife in this realm) goes on a rampage when he's been out to Boo Drop Inn and got himself smackered. Boo spends a lot of his time in the dog house. Literally. The dog loves it.
So, back to my story, there I was kicking back, tossing back a can or two or six Coors Lites at Ezra Ann's and she finds out about a man looking for ghosts and, of course, my ears perked up.
It seems the man's name was Rodger Hawthorne III and he lived in a mansion in the mountains of North Carolina. Rodger was on a ghost hunt for a woman with whom he was married and who also died an untimely death. Sarah was her name and by what we gathered at the time, her spirit was hard to reach. I could have told them she was there all along, but they had to go and find out for themselves.
Plus, if they did it on their own without my help, they would each share the bounty of $1,000,000. Not chicken feed even in these times. Back in my time, it would have bought a whole continent.
Never one to turn down finding one of my own kind, I jumped at the chance to tag along. I couldn't remember a Sarah Hawthorne in the realm I had been in, but as the realms are all so divided and segregated according to what you were up there for, it would have been easy to miss her. But, still, the name rang a bell.
So, this is my story of how six women and one ghost go on a search to find the million dollar ghost.
The full story can be read in our new upcoming book, Romancing the Million $$$ Ghost which will be coming out soon.
I hope you will continue to visit my blog and, for now, I bid you adieu.