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SPIRITED: No Rest for the Wicked

Haunted houses. Haunted hearts.

And a past that refuses to die.

Leap Books has summoned best-selling paranormal and dreadfully talented debut authors to conjure up SPIRITED, a haunting collection of 13 tales guaranteed to keep you up all night.

Get entombed in stories of Egyptian treasures, shudder at tales of malevolent spirits, and become enthralled with the adventures of witch-hunters, ghost seekers, and lost souls. From steampunk to cyberpunk, our collection spans past, present, and future hauntings. One story actually leaps off the page with 3-D augmented reality.

With this celebration of things that go bump in the night, Spirited authors hope to slay the specter of illiteracy that plague our youth. All proceeds from Spirited will be donated to 826 National, a non-profit organization that offers free after-school tutoring, workshops, and in-school programs because “strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.”

Go ahead. Turn the page if you dare. We won’t tell if you sleep with the light on. Because after all, there’s no rest for the wicked.

Anthology edited by Kat O’Shea.

Contributing authors include: Maria V. Snyder, Candace Havens, Shannon Delany, Jill Williamson, Linda Joy Singleton, Heather Kenealy, Judith Graves, Kitty Keswick, Dawn Dalton, Carmen Tudor, John W. Otte, Halli Dee Lilburn, and Mark Finnemore

THREAD OF THE PAST by Dawn Dalton:
Letitia Hawke is used to feeling invisible and the only thing that makes her senior dance bearable is the location—one of the most haunted houses in the country. Then Tish makes an unexpected connection with Elijah, and it’s bye-bye wallflower, hello gothic rose. Too bad the Franklin House is a jealous host.

SPIRITED is available from Amazon and Leap Books.


This anthology is definitely a double dose of delicious. Some of the top authors around, Candy Havens (One of my fav’s) and the money goes to a worthy cause. This is a delightful treat for short story lovers and this is the perfect time of the year. A must read. – Reader Review


Dawn Dalton wrote her first monster book at the age of eight when she discovered writing about them was way less scary than looking for the beasties under her bed. Since then, she’s still leery of things that go bump in the night, but she’d like to think her creepy storytelling skills have improved. After earning a degree in Journalism, Dawn ventured into communications, marketing, and public relations. But her heart has always belonged to fiction.

Though she’ll forever be a BC, girl, Dawn now lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband, teenage stepdaughter and three bullmastiff hounds. You know, just skulking around. When she isn’t working on her latest paranormal story, you can find her reading, watching The Princess Bride (again), or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to (Ian Somerhalder) reality TV.

Dawn also writes adult thriller and paranormal romance under the last name IUS, and is co-editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, a publication celebrating the vignette.

Twitter: dawn_dalton or dawnmius