It’s Release Day! Under the Willows by Pamela McCord ~ #Excerpt

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Under the Willows
by Pamela McCord
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: May 15th 2020
Genres: Adult, Mystery

After her husband is killed by a drunk driver, Kelly Harris and her son TJ move into a sprawling Victorian house in Ohio that her husband inherited from his grandmother. Dealing with her overwhelming grief is a struggle as she adjusts to life in a small town. And, just as she’s beginning to feel more comfortable, life takes another unexpected turn.

The Alexa unit in her son’s bedroom starts to cry, and a little girl’s voice comes out of it asking for help.

At first Kelly is unnerved by the presence of the voice. After ruling out all the other likely possibilities, she begins to put the pieces together, and suspects the girl is a ghost. Unwilling to be uprooted from another home, she decides to find out what the child wants. Maybe she can help.

Kelly isn’t the only one interested in the voice. Detective Rob Porter is investigating the disappearance of a child named Marilee. As the two cross paths, Porter is taken aback when Kelly’s ghost mentions Marilee’s name. In fact, the ghost says “Marilee’s with me.”

Whether that means the child is a ghost as well is a question Rob and Kelly hope to answer.



Turbulent emotions kept me awake. At 2:30, I gave up trying to sleep and padded downstairs to make myself a cup of tea. I sat in the dark kitchen, moonlight streaming in the window over the sink my only companion. I sipped and contemplated. Eventually the warm comfort of the tea calmed my shaky nerves and I headed back upstairs. I poked my head in TJ’s door, tiptoed in and sat at the foot of his bed watching him sleep.

A chill came out of nowhere. I glanced at his window, but it was closed and locked. I bent over him and pulled the covers up around his shoulders. That’s when I heard sobs that seemed to echo around the room. I whirled my head around but no one was there. I started for the door, but it slammed shut as I approached. A small cry escaped me and my hand flew to my mouth. My hair lifted around my face as if a wind swirled through the room, and I froze. And, then, something impossible to believe happened. Alexa said Help us and a child’s eerie crying filled the room.

“What the hell?” I turned the doorknob and pulled, but the door wouldn’t open.

“Mom?” TJ sat up in bed. I could see his wide, startled eyes in the light from his nightlight, and rushed to his side.

“We have to get out of here,” I whispered, a tinge of urgency coloring my voice as I helped him out of bed.

Please, the disembodied voice said. Help us.

The door banged open. Grabbing TJ’s hand, I pulled him out of the room. We flew down the stairs and huddled in the living room.


Born in Arkansas and raised in Southern California, Pamela McCord started writing later in life when she was challenged by a friend to create a book out of his story idea. Since then, she’s become an internationally published author. Pam has spent over 40 years working as a legal secretary at a law firm in Orange County, California. Aside from writing, she follows the stock market, buying, selling and trading stocks and options. In contrast to that, she loves trips to Las Vegas where she can spend many happy hours at the Pai Gow tables. She shares a condo with her very own My Cat From Hell TV star, Allie, who manages to exude just enough affection to make her scary feral ways tolerable.

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May 20, 2020 3:46 pm

My daughter would enjoy this book

Cynthia C
Cynthia C
May 20, 2020 11:39 am

Thank you for sharing the excerpt. I enjoy mysteries.

Cynthia C
Cynthia C
May 20, 2020 11:38 am

Mysteries are my favorite genre. This sounds good to me.

Debbi Wellenstein
Debbi Wellenstein
May 19, 2020 5:25 pm

I do love ghost stories. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jodi Hunter
Jodi Hunter
May 19, 2020 4:12 pm

This book sounds amazing.

Ann Fantom
Ann Fantom
May 19, 2020 1:37 pm

I like the cover. It has a beautiful drawing

Margaret Smith
Margaret Smith
May 19, 2020 7:12 am

The excerpt sounds wonderful. I also love the cover.

Mya Murphy
Mya Murphy
May 18, 2020 9:40 pm

I would love to know who’s got Marilee and about these ghosts.. This sounds seriously awesome!!

Daniel M
Daniel M
May 18, 2020 1:44 pm

sounds like a fun one

May 17, 2020 11:19 pm

Sounds interesting! Thank you for sharing!

Debra Branigan
Debra Branigan
May 16, 2020 6:19 am

I love the atmospheric cover and the storyline sounds like a great read. Best wishes to the author on the new release.

May 15, 2020 3:10 pm

Congrats on the new release! It sounds fascinating. Great excerpt and cover too.

Cali W.
Cali W.
May 15, 2020 10:22 am

Great giveaway and excerpt. 🙂

Ellen Stafford
Ellen Stafford
May 15, 2020 10:20 am

Sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

May 15, 2020 10:09 am

This sounds really good

sherry c5hSs
May 15, 2020 9:19 am

everything about it appeals to me
sherry @ fundinmental

Kate Sarsfield
Kate Sarsfield
May 15, 2020 7:20 am

Sounds spooky!

May 15, 2020 4:28 am

oh what a pretty cover

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