Christmas Countdown with @lovingthebook
Day 1 The Remains in the Pond by @ann_swann
Ann lives in Texas with her husband and rescue pets. She taught reading and other subjects for a number of years before leaving to devote more time to her first love—writing. Reading with children was always her favorite part of teaching.
Cool Well Press published her ghostly series for the young at heart, Stevie-girl and the Phantom Pilot, Stevie-girl and The Phantom Student, and Stevie-girl and The Phantom of Crybaby Bridge.
Her adult novels—All For Love, women’s fiction, and the suspense trilogy Stutter Creek, Lilac Lane, and Copper Lake, are all published by 5 Prince Publishing.
Takers, Ann’s foray into speculative fiction, was released earlier this year.
She has won several awards for fiction since her college days and has had short stories and essays published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, The Binnacle, Timeless, an anthology, Seasonal Sweet, and Suspenseful, an anthology, Jitter Press, Fictionterrifica, The Rusty Nail, The Sandstorm, Reflections, an anthology, and Blue Mountain Review.
life. Her crush has just revealed that he is every bit as infatuated with her
as she is with him. When he has a car wreck and is transported to the hospital
in a coma, Gabi feels as if she’s taken a knife to the heart. But his jealous
cousin, Rose, sees her chance to give the knife an even harder twist. She
convinces Gabi to meet her at a local parking spot outside town. It’s a night
that will change several lives forever. One of the girls will return, and one will
become known as the remains in the pond.
A branch cracked, a shadow moved, and panic slid between my ribs like a
blade. The figure turned toward my headlights, definitely female. She
wore her long hair lose and flowing. Under the moonlight, I couldn’t be certain
if the woman’s hair was red or light brown. “Rose,” I called.
“Is that you?”