Despite the fact that Ghosts in the Wind is a thriller, where the main characters Dean and Andrei are hunting down a murderer, and there are elements of horror in it as well with the ghosts and the dangers of remaining in limbo, primarily the book is about love in all of its amazing and wonderful forms.
It’s about the love between friends, when Justin breaks his own rules to support a grieving Andrei. It’s about the love between siblings, with the way Ileana stays behind has a ghost so her little brother won’t be alone and how Andrei supports her still even after he grows up and leaves behind childhood games. It’s about the love of family, both the family that one is born into and the family that is created. Dean’s parents became a surrogate family to Andrei when he was a teenager abandoned on the streets and remained with him, supporting him even after Dean’s murder. There is the love of a grandmother not willing to give up hope for her missing grandchildren and the love of a matriarch for her descendents even if she cannot comprehend their choices. It’s about the love that Andrei has for all the abandoned kids in the world and his drive to see them safe no matter what it takes.
Most of all it’s about the love between best friends and soul mates, Dean and Andrei were inseparable for years before they became lovers and then partners. When Dean is murdered, Andrei is shattered. But death doesn’t stop Dean from returning to help his partner grieve and it doesn’t stop Dean’s need to find the children who were kidnapped when he was killed. It doesn’t stop Andrei from being willing to set aside his own sorrow to let Dean move on for his own safety. And despite his own grief and heartache, Andrei is as unable to leave kids in danger as well.
Ghosts in the Wind may make you jump at shadows in some parts or reach for the tissue box at other times, but I think in the end it will leave you smiling and you won’t be sorry you dove right into the tale with me. Out of all of the stories I’ve written, this is the one I’m most proud of and I’m sure Dean and Andrei’s deep love and commitment will touch you as much as it touched me.
Blurb: Andrei Cuza and Dean Marshall celebrated their tenth anniversary only to have their happiness shattered by a random, insane event: On his way home from closing a business deal, Dean stops on the parkway to help a young mother with her flat tire, and her ex arrives, murders them, and takes off with his two kids.
Ghosts have haunted Andrei all his life. He bears the guilt for his sister being stuck in limbo, because ghosts are frozen at the moment they died, unable to adapt to the changes in their living loved ones. When Dean returns to Andrei as a ghost, the double punch of losing him and having to watch him founder if he doesn’t move on is almost more than Andrei can bear.
Despite dangers in limbo—Jackal Wraiths that devour souls are hunting him—Dean isn’t going anywhere until he helps Andrei track down the missing children. Andrei is in danger as well when he pays dearly to feel Dean’s touch one last time. Time is slowly running out as Dean and Andrei try to say good-bye while they track a killer who’s more than happy to kill again.
A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.
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