Romance, Mystery & Thrillers

By Karen Bell

Publisher : KSB Press

ABOUT Karen Bell

Karen Bell



A love story of loss and redemption and the ghosts that haunt our lives and our houses

Aurora Goldberg Stein is lost in grief. Her beloved husband, Jake Stein, has just died in a tragic car accident and her sorrow is overwhelming. But is this really the end? Perhaps, perhaps not. She hears his voice. She sees his ghostly presence. She travels back in time to another life with Jake. What is going on? What is the message?

Jake Stein, a dashing Texan, sweeps Aurora off her feet and changes her life. A Brooklyn born actress, she moved to NYC and does temporary work to pay her bills. On this particular assignment, she accidentally meets Jake Stein, who is her dance with destiny. Leaving everything she knows, she marries him and moves to Austin, Texas. No longer struggling to make ends meet, Aurora wiles away her time bored and lonely, and trying to recapture the excitement she once had with this man. And then suddenly, it's all over, her life, her future is gone. Vanished are all her hopes and dreams.

But destiny comes in many forms, and when Aurora moves to a new house, she discovers that the previous owner has never left. The ghostly presence of Viola Parker looms large and becomes Aurora's guide through time revealing to her the mistakes she's made with Jake Stein through the centuries. This time, maybe this time, Aurora can get it right.

Sunspots is personal. A personal journey of grieving, a personal journey of self-discovery, and a personal journey geographically. A young woman from Brooklyn, Aurora, a man from Austin, Texas, Jake, meet accidentally in NYC and it changes the trajectory of their lives. Aurora decides to grab on to what she perceives may be her only chance at the comfy married existence that has so far eluded her. It is also no hardship to leave NYC and her stalled acting career for this apparently wealthy, dynamic, handsome lover who whisks her off her feet. But after the honeymoon, reality sets in and she realizes that marriage can be isolating, and that the socio-economic differences between her and Jake can become a wedge. How can Aurora adjust to these changes? How can she regain the independent personality she had before Jake became her only focus in life? Fast forward two years, and Aurora finds herself a widow. An accident. Unexpected. And then her journey becomes one of accepting the harsh reality of encounters with Jake's ghost, the real nature of her time travel experiences, and Jake's true character. Viola Parker is her guide through these episodes not of this world. Viola, a ghost who has a connection with Aurora's past lives, leads her to find, Cliff, her true soulmate, her true love in this life erasing the pain of her mistakes with Jake Stein through the centuries. Sometimes from the ashes, sometimes from blackness awaits the brilliant light of a life of happiness.

Sunspots is a moving, beautifully-written mystery about the devastating consequences of obsessive love.--Five Stars Awesome Indies

It's a love story that is obsessive, secretive, gripping, grieving and trying to move on.--review by Harlie's Books

I was honestly sad when I read the last sentence. I didn't want it to come to an end. I just cannot praise this book enough. There really isn't much more I can say about it, except READ IT! READ IT NOW! I guarantee you will not be disappointed.--reviewer Jessica H. 

"...a well-written, fully formed romantic adventure suffused with mystery and a whiff of the paranormal."--Florida Times Union

Bell wrote beautifully about a woman's journey through grief and acceptance.--Lisa Lambson Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Nov 15 Indie book of the Day!!

If you like the work of Nicolas Sparks, you will likely enjoy "Sunspots."--Rabid Readers Reviews

Sunspots is a heart-wrenching, beautiful story that any romance reader will fall in love with. The characters are well-developed and I especially liked the book even more for being able to question the reader's beliefs about love and the paranormal. The author's descriptions are spot on and most times as a new scene starts, you're sucked into it with ease.--Five Stars--George Edwards Quality Reads UK Book Club Member

Character interaction was a big deal in this book. Every basic instinct to primary emotion was brought to the forefront as Aurora rediscovers her past and prepares for the future. Highly recommended. ---Five Stars--Erin Plante Quality Reads UK Book Club Member

Awarded the IndiePENdents' Seal of Approval