THE BASEMENT by Dianne Hartsock

GENRE: Paranormal Horror
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About the Book

Alex is haunted by visions of the dying, but now it seems the ghosts he’s seeing are real as well.

In this sequel to ALEX and THE SHED, Alex wonders if he’s seeing ghosts. His friend Justin has bought the Fulton place, a beautiful old mansion on the edge of Oakton. But something’s wrong in the house. Alex has visions of a small boy, trapped in the basement, and a man at the top of the stairs who won’t let him leave.

And Logan Fulton has come to town, Helen Kramer’s cousin, a psychic medium who wants something from Helen, whatever the cost. He and Helen had spent time in the Fulton house as children and Alex suspects Logan has something to do with the spirits now awakening in the old mansion. But whether Logan is calling them forth or if something else is controlling them, Alex can’t be sure.

The child’s spirit calls to Alex, as do others trapped in the house. There is a dark entity holding them there, keeping the child forever in the basement, the others for his amusement. But Alex has never believed in ghosts, so what is really going on? As he strives to learn the boy’s secret, his friends are one by one pulled to the Fulton place and put in danger while Logan works against Alex, having an agenda of his own. Will Alex be able to solve the haunting of the old house, or will he and his friends be taken one by one, doomed to walk the dark hallways forever?

Read an Excerpt

“So, Alex… What’s up?” he drawled, shaking his head when Alex gave him a confused look. He waved his hand at Alex’s clothing and Alex glanced down. Dark color flooded his face, and he plucked at his shirt, coughing as dust rose up around him.

“I’m sorry. I wasn’t thinking,” Alex said quietly. He sounded humiliated, not meeting Justin’s gaze. Justin could have kicked himself. He hadn’t meant to make him feel self-conscious.

“Not a problem,” he hastened to say. “Just wondering what you’re doing under my house.”

Alex glanced at him, eyes dark with emotion, definitely troubled. “I had to get in…” He covered his face with his dirty hands, voice catching on a ragged breath. “Give me a minute. This one’s hard. He’s so scared…”

He began to shake, obviously fighting for control. A sob escaped him, and Angie flung an arm around his waist despite the dust. “Hey, we’re here. Everything’s okay.”

They waited, and Justin unclenched the fists he hadn’t known he’d made, his hands sore.

Taking a deep breath, Alex looked up at them, and his expression turned puzzled. “What’s going on? Justin, you look like you’ve seen a…ghost.”

“I think he has, but he won’t tell me,” Angie said, frowning at Justin.

He tried to shrug it off. “I thought I saw something… A little girl.”

“Oh, her.” Alex looked unimpressed. “She’s just residual, a memory of a girl who once lived here. No consciousness. Nothing to be afraid of.”

“Oh really?” Justin said dryly. “Well, she scared the crap out of me.”

About the Author

Dianne grew up in one of the older homes in the middle of Los Angeles, a place of hardwood floors and secret closets and back staircases. A house where ghosts lurk in the basement and the faces in the paintings watch you walk up the front stairs. Rooms where you keep the closet doors closed tight at night. It’s where her love of the mysterious and wonderful came from. Dianne is the author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy adventure, m/m romance, the occasional thriller, and anything else that comes to mind.

She now lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play. Dianne says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house with a fire crackling on the hearth and a cup of hot coffee in her hands, which kindles her imagination.

Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.

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A Giveaway

Dianne Hartsock will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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April 1:
1: Casey’s Corner
2: Christine Young
3: Danita Minnis
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5: fundinmental
7: Readeropolis
8: Andi’s Book Reviews

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2: Wake Up Your Wild Side
3: Edgar’s Books
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2: Jazzy Book Reviews
3: Kit ‘N Kabookle
4: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
5: The Avid Reader
6: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart

April 4:
1: Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews
2: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
3: It’s Raining Books
4: Long and Short Reviews
5: Welcome to My World of Dreams
6: wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race

April 5:
1: Iron Canuck REVIEW
2: Just Books REVIEW
3: T’s Stuff REVIEW
4: Blog of Author Jacey Holbrand
5: JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder
6: Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters
7: Independent Authors

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Dianne for this stop on her tour. Please come back again later in the week for my Friday Friend’s feature and then again all next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.


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4 Responses to THE BASEMENT by Dianne Hartsock

  1. Lavender says:

    Oh my gosh, this sounds like such a gritty *nail-biting* read! 😮
    This is a new genre for me.
    Also the cover, reminds me of Night Crawler from the X-Men. ^__^

  2. Thanks so much Nancy for hosting me today!

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