Excerpt from The Crimson Tree
Carly tried to focus on what she could see rather than what she felt. The woman had long, silver-streaked black hair which fell loosely down her back. Small wrinkles near the corners of her eyes did little to enhance her placid expression. Her loose fitting top was a crisp blue with small blue circles embroidered into the cloth. A long necklace made of wooden beads hung from the woman’s long neck. The many metal bangles and rings she wore looked like they weighed down her wrists and hands.
“You may call me Kara.” The woman spoke in a voice as clear as the crystals on her table. “I sensed a troubled soul had entered my dwelling.”
“You could sense us?” Carly was sure the woman must have heard them come in, but she remembered that the door had been surprisingly quiet and they made very little noise when they entered.
“No. Not you,” Kara shook her head. “But the soul you bring with you.”
The Crimson Tree
Strange occurrences are happening with increased intensity and Carly cannot escape what is tormenting her. With little proof and little support, she is losing everything in her life: her fiancé, friendships, and her sanity.
Can Carly uncover what caused the supernatural derailing of her life? Can she ever get rid of her ghostly tormentor, or is she doomed to be haunted indefinitely? Determined to stop these frightening events, she has to do whatever she can to regain control of her life before things take a deadly turn.
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Valerie Puri – Author Bio
Valerie Puri has always had a lifelong interest in all forms of artistic expression. She has tried her hand at many things, yet she always finds her way back to reading and writing. With inspiration everywhere, Valerie finally put pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard) with the intent of publishing her stories.
Writing has always come naturally to Valerie, and for a time she even worked as a technical writer. This experience and her current day job of project manager helps Valerie continue to hone her writing skills. Her true passion lies in the freedom that comes with writing the stories that pour from her imagination and real life inspiration.
Valerie believes that the experiences we have in life are just stories waiting to be written.