Having a Whaley of a Time (2012)ESCONDIDO, Calif. /Publishers Newswire/ — DKeeley Press has announced the publication of the first book in a new Paranormal Mystery series, “Having a Whaley of a Time” (ISBN: 978-0578104836) by Donna Keeley. By using the history and “documented ghosts” from the Whaley House in San Diego, Calif., the book weaves an “enjoyable, fictional mystery with real facts.”

“I wanted to do something different with the mystery genre,” says author and publisher Keeley. “By pairing a fictional story with a real, haunted location I can fulfill my love of research with the fun of writing.”

The central character in the series is Shannon MacIntyre, an investigative journalist who discovers she can see and talk to ghosts following a near-death experience. Challenged to help the spirits, she heads to San Diego to discover why the famous Whaley House is closed to tourists during the busy summer season.

Written in the first person, Shannon narrates the story with plenty of acerbic wit and dry humor. A sarcastic tone permeates the writing, but always with a sense of fun. The book tells a complete story with no continuation in upcoming books. Each book in the series is expected to be a stand-alone adventure.

“I didn’t want to write a 600-page door-stop,” Keeley explains. “I feel cheated as a reader when I get through a huge book only to find the story doesn’t end for two or three more books.”

Seeing a trend of adult readers buying Young Adult fiction, Ms. Keeley knew she wasn’t the only one interested in smaller, single-story books.

The opening line of the first book (“It’s amazing how death can really screw up your life.”) sets the tone for the entire series as protagonist Shannon must adjust her no-nonsense, fact-based personality to living a life that is anything but normal. No murder required – as most of the characters are already deceased.

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About DKeeley Press:
Based in Escondido, Calif. (San Diego County), DKeeley Press is the name used by self-publisher Donna Keeley for her Paranormal Mystery series. She firmly believes that technology and the internet are changing the publishing world by allowing authors to sell directly to their audience with e-books, digital print on demand (POD), and Amazon and Barnes & Noble web sites.

Each book in the new Paranormal Mystery series features a real haunted location as the backdrop for each mystery. The ghosts documented at these locations become characters in the book and help the fictional main character Shannon MacIntyre solve her mystery.

Book Summary:
Title: “Having a Whaley of a Time.”
Author: Donna Keeley.
Publisher: DKeeley Press.
ISBN-13: 978-0578104836 (paperback, 94 pages; Sept. 2012).
Kindle Edition also available.