Joyce Runsey spends her life savings to open a yoga studio in an historic Victorian St Augustine house, only to discover the property is haunted. A female ghost’s abusive and very much alive husband still tortures her by using dark witchcraft. The disruptive energy thwarts Joyce’s ambition to create a special environment to train students to become yoga teachers.
Joyce engages in a deadly battle with not only the tormented spirit, but also the dangerous husband. To protect her students from harm, she must overcome mounting obstacles. An unknown swami pays an unexpected visit to give advice on how to free the anguished ghost. Can Joyce comprehend and follow the wise man’s guidance in time to save everyone who depends on her?
“Such a unique idea for a plot line.”
“Moore has a knack for drawing me into the action, allowing me to feel the emotions.”
“I found the world of Yoga engaging while the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat!”
CIR: What gave you the idea for a yoga-based paranormal thriller?
MOORE: Shadows of Serenity was inspired by my experiences while completing a yoga teacher training program. I was overcome with joy seeing the incredible, positive transformations of my classmates. I wanted to create a story that would show this amazing growth. To do so, I created a force of evil that the power of yoga must overcome. The negative energy manifested through a ghost who haunted the yoga studio and was tormented by her former husband, a man capable of dark witchcraft.
CIR: How did you transform that into a story?
MOORE: It was different for me to write because I used five point-of-view characters in order to more clearly show the students’ feelings as they grew during the training program. As a result, each seems like a dear friend while you read their account.
CIR: What would you compare this story to?
MOORE: This book is women’s fiction with paranormal fantasy. It is similar to the style of magical realism written by Sarah Addison Allen and some of Alice Hoffman’s works, both among my favorite authors.
CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
MOORE: I would like readers to feel intrigued by the positive energy of yoga and reassured that goodness in mankind can overcome darkness.
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