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Summer’s Growth by @AuthorTinaGayle (Excerpt 2)

Family Tree Series

Family spiritual guides who guide the future generations.



Blurb for Summer’s Growth.

In the spirit-haunted Winston estate in Ohio, rooted in time and occupied by the lingering ghosts of a great family, the torch is about to pass…

Mattie Winston, sober, sensible, and steady, has served as Keeper to the family for decades. Amber Harrison, hovering on the edge of flunking out of college, unsure what she wants out of life, has barely even heard of the Winston estate. The family, however, has decided that it’s time for the changing of the guard. These two exceptional women soon find themselves dealing with violence, murder attempts, and old family mysteries while each finding the love of her life. Two romances and a growing friendship, all twined around a brooding family tragedy, make for an outstanding paranormal mystery offering depth and charm beyond the commonplace. The growing love of Amber and Carter and of Mattie and Quincy offer readers a tender and engaging first novel in a winning new paranormal series.



Amber studied her hostess for the first time. She’d been distracted by the house earlier. The tall slender woman of about the same height as herself didn’t appear to be a relative.

In a stark white shirt, straight black skirt and flat black shoes, her appearance resembled the headmistress of a correctional school. Her dark brown hair, pulled back into a tight granny bun, distracted from the lady’s fine features.

Given her dull clothes, old fashion hairstyle, lack of makeup, and total disregard for self-image, the lady appeared not to care much about fashion or the world around her.

Unable to rein in her inquisitive mind about the reason for her visit, Amber blurted out, “I don’t think I know your name.”

The woman blinked in surprise and sank onto the couch.

“I’m sorry. The letter I received didn’t mention anything about you. A man named Jonathan signed it. My dad, I believe, talked to you. But I don’t remember him giving me your name.”

“Yes, I spoke to your father. My name is Mattie Winston. I’m the present keeper of the Winston Estate. It’s my job to show you how to be the new keeper.”

The term puzzled Amber. “Keeper? Keeper of what?”

“Why of the estate!” The woman appeared shocked by the question.

“Keeper of the estate? What does that mean?”


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