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Torch Songs cover

  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-918920-1
    • 5.0 x 8.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 246 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-918921-8
    • 5.0 x 8.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 246 pages
  • Keywords
    • Supernatural Romance,
    • Supernatural ghost fiction,
    • Murder mystery,
    • Autistic representation,
    • Sydenham,
    • Scary Mary,
    • Arson mystery

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Torch Songs
by KJ Johns

When recently widowed Kay Gates moves to Sydenham, Ontario to start a new chapter in her life, she is hoping for some peace after a difficult year. However, what she finds instead is anything but idyllic. Shortly after she realizes her home is haunted by a ghost with an agenda, the house across the road is destroyed by arson, and Kay stumbles upon a murder scene next door. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to go through all of this alone. Her best friend Jules moves in after splitting with her wife, and Jo, a local baker and volunteer firefighter, quickly becomes her roomie’s plus one. Her weeks fill up with visits from her disabled adult son, Ben, and the handsome Detective Jack Murphy suddenly seems to be around an awful lot. With Kay’s supernatural encounters increasing and her own personal safety threatened, she struggles to make sense of seemingly unconnected events. And while the torch songs of potential love keep getting louder, Kay begins to realize that she needs to examine the past to make sense of the present because if she doesn’t figure it all out fast, she might be the next one burned.

KJ Johns is a communications professional with two English lit degrees, which is an elegant way of saying that she loves words. Although she has been writing since she was a child, Torch Songs is her first published book. This book is also the start of the Chosen Family Mysteries, and readers will be delighted to know she is already working on the further adventures of Kay and Jules. The tiny spark of inspiration for this story was the light at the end of a difficult time in her life, and she credits Kay with stoking her passion for the English language again. She currently lives in a hundred-year-old house in a southern Ontario village with her husband and son. Though warmly welcomed, her house ghost count steadfastly remains at zero.


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