Mary Castillo

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Mary Castillo's novels have turned romance and mystery readers into dedicated fans. She is the author of The Dori O. Paranormal Mysteries starting with Lost in the Light and Girl in the Mist. Her romantic comedies include Switchcraft, In Between Men and Hot Tamara and novellas featured in the anthologies, Orange County Noir, Names I Call My Sister and Friday Night Chicas.

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Mary Castillo Was my childhood home really haunted, or was it my imagination?

I prefer the first possibility especially considering that we not only had anecdotal…more
Was my childhood home really haunted, or was it my imagination?

I prefer the first possibility especially considering that we not only had anecdotal evidence, but real proof that the woman who called our names, slammed doors and windows and appeared at the foot of the bed, was earthbound.

Those experiences were great fodder for the experiences of my reluctant psychic, Dori Orihuela in Lost in the Light and Girl in the Mist.

The real proof came when I was 17 years old and our ghost started acting up. Lights wouldn't just switch off; we would see the switch turning! My mom and I decided to look for her burial place and bring her flowers in the hopes that she'd calm down. I called every cemetery with her name - we knew she was the previous owner of the house. When I confirmed her location, we clipped roses and lilies from the yard and jumped in the car. Following the directions from the cemetery staff, there she was buried alongside her husband under a tree. But what made us stop cold was her photo: I had seen her at the age of four when she told me she would always be my friend but I wouldn't see her any more. My dad had seen her standing at the foot of his bed when he woke up in the middle of the night.

My parents no longer live in the house but since that day, our ghost only made herself known when she didn't like a paint color my mom was considering or wanted to say hi.(less)
Mary Castillo When I bump against a scene or dialogue, I now know that it's not working. Rather than force it, I'll either try coming at a scene from another…moreWhen I bump against a scene or dialogue, I now know that it's not working. Rather than force it, I'll either try coming at a scene from another character's point of view or just start writing the dialogue. If that doesn't work, I'll skip ahead to another scene and see if that mysterious part of my brain figures it out in the background! (less)
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I just posted the first chapter excerpt of GIRL IN THE MIST Girl in the Mist (Dori Orihuela, #1.5) by Mary Castillo, a paranormal romantic suspense short in the Dori O. series.

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Girl in the Mist (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:37PM
Description: When we last saw Dori Orihuela, she received a shocking message slipped to by her high school flame, Gavin Salazar. Girl in the Mist picks up where we left these two lovers as Gavin sweeps Dori off to a romantic weekend in Carmel, California. Their charming cottage, hidden in the cypress trees, holds a dark secret. A young woman appears in the mist, not knowing her name or how long she's been dead. When Dori tries to find out what happened to this broken young spirit, everyone she encounters refuse to speak of what happened. Dori also has a few secrets of her own that she's hoping never to tell Gavin ... even if holding onto them could destroy the best thing that's ever happened to her. Sexy, surprising and touching, Mary continues the Dori Orihuela paranormal mystery series. Please note that this continues Lost in the Light and reveals certain aspects of the plot. If you haven't read the first book, get it now!
Chapter two of Lost in the Light (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: A SOUL HELD CAPTIVE… One October morning in 1932, Vicente Sorolla entered the white house on the hill and was never seen again. Now, Detective Dori Orihuela witnesses his brutal murder in her nightmares. Drawn to this tough but tender woman, Vicente materializes out of her butler's pantry and asks her to find his lost love, Anna. Dori wonders if she's not only about to lose her badge, but also her sanity. Instead, she learns how to live and love again from a dead man who becomes her friend. A finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Paranormal Mystery, LOST IN THE LIGHT takes us back to the wild days of Prohibition when whiskey could turn a poor boy into a king. Mary Castillo's latest novel weaves romance, history and mystery into an unforgettable tale of ghosts, romance and mystery.
Lost in the Light (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Paranormal Mystery A SOUL HELD CAPTIVE… One October morning in 1932, Vicente Sorolla entered the white house on the hill and was never seen again. Now, Detective Dori Orihuela witnesses his brutal murder in her nightmares. Drawn to this tough but tender woman, Vicente materializes out of her butler's pantry and asks her to find his lost love, Anna. Dori wonders if she's not only about to lose her badge, but also her sanity. Instead, she learns how to live and love again from a dead man who becomes her friend. LOST IN THE LIGHT takes us back to the wild days of Prohibition when whiskey could make a poor kid into a king, and turn a nice girl into a woman who can stand on her own feet. Mary Castillo's latest novel weaves romance, history and mystery into an ghostly, humorous, touching and unforgettable tale.
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Do you believe in spooks? My last book is based partly on my experience growin gup in a haunted house. Yes, really I grew up with a ghost. Just ask my mom and dad. Anyway, I'm curious what you all have experienced!
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Yes, I believe in ghosts and I've seen one , too!
 
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I'm open to the possibility.
 
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I do believe in spooks but I've never seen, heard or felt one.
 
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message 3: by Liane

Liane Spicer Hi Mary! Greetings from the Caribbean! Thank you for accepting my friendship invitation. I'm looking forward to your recommendations and reviews!


Andrea Kulman Hi Mary. Thanks for being a friend on Good Reads. Good luck with all of your literary arts!!! Andrea M. Kulman, Author of The Drama Unfolds.


message 1: by Daniel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:37PM)

Daniel May you have good luck with your books, Mary. I think Chica lit is neat. I thank the Chandler family for pouring all those millions into these fast servers so we can all utilize this site. I've added Hot Tamara and your other 4 books to my to-read list.


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