We’re excited to bring a lover of unsolved mysteries to the Highlighted Author this week! Tifani Clarks’ books are based on real events in history — ones that spark questions and beg for answers. Missing people, missing relics, and (of course) ghost sightings. After reading the book blurbs and watching the attached trailers, I immediately added Shadow of a Life and Haven Waiting to my own TBR list. I’m such a sucker for unsolved mysteries myself. Sigh… Enjoy the feature!
SHADOW OF A LIFE
Jamie Peters plans to spend the summer before her junior year with her nose stuck in a book—not saving lost souls. Usually the girl that blends into the crowd, Jamie’s world is turned upside down when a mysterious ghost begins to follow her.
But Sophia isn’t just any ghost.
A hundred years earlier, Sophia’s disappearance sparked a national mystery that remained unsolved. Jamie knows the legends surrounding Sophia’s disappearance, but she never dreamed she would find out what really happened . . . or that her family might have had something to do with Sophia’s disappearance.
Determined to set Sophia free, Jamie blows the dust off her family’s past and unearths clues to discover what she must do to save Sophia’s soul. She enlists the help of childhood friend—and secret crush—Peter Ashby as she sets off on a dangerous quest to find a missing map. Spending the night in a graveyard, crawling through a dilapidated barn, and staring down the barrel of a gun aren’t enough to deter Jamie from helping Sophia. But can she find the answers she needs before another ghost gets revenge on her and Sophia?
“Jamie, I know this is odd and it’s a lot to take in, but I really want you to hear me out. I’m thinking the only way to convince you is to just show you. I’ve never shown anyone that I was a ghost before so don’t freak out, okay?”
I didn’t respond.
[Sophia] stood up again, breathed in and out a couple of times, and said in a sing-song voice, “Now you see me . . .”
With her words, she vanished before my eyes and the world around me was completely silent, except for the sound of my heart that pounded so hard it threatened to burst through my chest. I sat motionless, not knowing what to do, until I heard a whisper in my ear, “. . . now you don’t.”
Fifteen-year-old Jamie Peters is a Soul Saver. She helps ghosts finish their business and move on. When a mysterious map comes into her possession, she knows a new adventure is waiting. With the help of her friends, Peter and Camille, she follows the map. Her friends hope to find treasure, but Jamie suspects there is more to the map than riches. She never imagined the map would lead her to Haven—and a book of spells.
Haven Mills was accused of practicing witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. Unlike the other women hung during the trials, Haven wasn’t as innocent as she claimed to be. In one moment of weakness and desperation, she did something sinister—something that has been bringing evil to the world for centuries.
Jamie promises to help Haven, but the reality of what that promise entails comes back to haunt her as she fights not only for Haven’s soul, but for her own as well.
I leaned in, close enough to examine my face, but as I stared at my image I began to feel uncomfortable.
And then it happened.
As I gazed into the mirror I saw a shadow cross behind me, moving from the window across the room toward my bedroom door. It moved too fast for me to completely see it, but it had an almost human form . . . and it seemed to be red. I whirled around, but the shadow had passed.
“Haven? Is that you?”
“Haven? Please. This isn’t funny anymore.”
My hands trembled as I lifted them to my chest. I could feel my heart pounding through my shirt and I had to work to keep the knot in my throat from erupting into a scream. Breathing heavily, I slowly walked toward my bedroom door, taking one cautious step after another until my trembling hand reached out and turned the knob. I threw the door open and looked out. The hall appeared to be empty and so was the staircase leading down to the rest of the house.
I quickly shut the door again and flipped on my lights. I peered into the closet and under my bed. I even looked behind my curtains. Nothing was there. I had not explanation for the shadow.
A Note from Tifani
I grew up on a potato farm in southeastern Idaho with two brothers and two sisters. Because of our location, I had a lot of space to imagine and daydream, and I often pretended to be a character in a book. More than once I fashioned a hula hoop and fabric into a hoop skirt so I could be Scarlet O’Hara. I’m married to the love of my life and am the mother to four fabulous children. When not writing, I enjoy playing the violin and piano and traveling to new places on my quest to see all fifty states.
I’ve always loves mysteries and I hate it when one goes unsolved. That’s how the Soul Saver series was born. Each book takes on a real event from history. Shadow of a Life revolves around the 1800s, Haven Waiting the 1600s, and the third book—which is nearly complete—will be centered around the beginning of the Revolutionary War.