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Contact: Molly Ringle
Email: writerofirony at earthlink dot net


April 3, 2009 - Seattle, WA (USA) - West Seattle author Molly Ringle debuts in paperback this month with The Ghost Downstairs, a paranormal romance novel depicting an unusual workplace relationship in a house whose spirits refuse to rest.

The idea of setting the story in a former sorority house stemmed from Ringle's college days. She was a Tri-Delta in a huge old house that was, according to some members, haunted.

"The idea of who would be haunting a sorority and why stuck in my mind," Ringle says. Her house position as recording secretary led her to the file archives one day, where she discovered meeting minutes from the early twentieth century. She was intrigued by the strict rules the house once had regarding houseboys, college men who work in sorority kitchens. "The girls were expressly forbidden to interact with them, but I'm sure they did anyway," says Ringle. "So I took that, plus the ghost idea, and made up a story."

Though Ringle's sorority was at the University of Oregon in Eugene, she relocated the story to her adopted hometown of Seattle, and gave the fictional former sorority new life as a nursing home. Into this facility arrives the main character, Lina, a nurse moving in to assist the elderly residents.

Lina finds anything but peace. She soon hears of ghosts haunting the house, and of two tragic deaths that took place in the 1930s, when the house was still a sorority. Unexplained events lead her to ask questions of a handsome younger coworker named Ren. But Ren holds his own secrets, and the closer Lina gets to him, the worse the paranormal activity grows.

"In my own mind it's like a modern, supernatural Jane Eyre," Ringle says. "But others have told me it's like Twilight for grown-ups--with ghosts instead of vampires."

And at that old sorority house in Eugene, did Ringle herself ever see any ghosts or mysteriously levitating books? She smiles. "None. I apparently don't have the sixth sense. That's fine with me. My imagination's enough."

More about Ringle and her writing can be found at her site, http://www.mollyringle.com.

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Ordering information for The Ghost Downstairs:
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
ISBN-10: 1601544472 ISBN-13: 978-1601544476
Available through Ingrams, Baker & Taylor, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other distributors.


( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 3rd, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
YAYYYYYY !!! Hon, you're PUBLISHED! *fangirly squee*
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! At long last, hurray!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Got the last one from Amazon!
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Sweet! You can wave it everyone else and say, "Neener, neener." Hmm, now Amazon says it's "in stock" again. I wonder if they just do that "only X left in stock--order now!" thing to snap up buyers...
Apr. 3rd, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)

Congrats Molly!
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
Congrats! I think I have to talk to my local family owned bookshop today.

Apr. 5th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Ooh, that would be great. Let me know if you need any more info!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
This is so awesome - congrats!!
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It does feel pretty cool.
Apr. 4th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
You are quite cute!
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks, you too!
...I assume. :)
Apr. 4th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Eeeee! *fangirls* How exciting! :-) I plan on ordering my book this weekend! *hugs* Congratulations, honey!
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Cool, thank you! *grins giddily along with Lorelai and Sukie*
Apr. 4th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Hope your book is a great success. I live in WS as well and will definitely buy it and post it on Romance Author Buzz blogspot!


Marilyn Shoemaker
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats
How excellent of you! Thank you, Marilyn. West Seattleites unite!
Apr. 8th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
The Ghost Downstairs
Molly, you hooked me on your website with that first chapter and I had to go buy a copy today! I've got so much of my own writing stuff to get done, but it's going to be REALLY hard not to open up the file and keep reading. Maybe as a reward...and there's no good TV shows on tonight...:)

Stacey Joy Netzel
Apr. 9th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
Re: The Ghost Downstairs
Stacey, thank you so much! I'm checking out your works on the site now too, and choosing just one to start with is going to be tough. I love your smart style. Congrats on the new release for you as well!

Will let you know what I eventually choose... :)

Apr. 9th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Congrats! That's a nice photo of you, too.
Apr. 10th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's one of the first photos of myself I've liked in a while.
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