Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Just in Time for Halloween ~ New Release ~ The Phantom Series ~ All Three Books in One Volume

Are you like me, do you love a ghost story, especially at Halloween?  One of my favorite memories of teaching 5th and 6th graders was choosing the class novels -- especially at Halloween.  RL Stine was always in demand!  That's probably why I wrote these ghost stories.  Because I love reading them.
Just for the record, I still love ghost stories.  Joyland, by Stephen King, was quite a treat.  Now, I'm on Doctor Sleep (and loving it).  And aside from reading about them, writing about Stevie's ghosts was a blast.  Scary?  Yep, sometimes -- check out the first meeting with the Phantom Pilot in book one, or the little mirror-phantom in book two.  Better yet, crawl in the tent with Stevie and the babydoll in book three -- if you're feeling brave!  What have you got to lose, except for a few hours reading time, and maybe a loss of sleep . . . and when you've finished the trio, send me an email.  Tell me which ghost was your favorite.

A trio of ghostly tales all in one book ~ The Phantom Series ~ just in time for Halloween http://tinyurl.com/mjslkax  $2.99

 OR if you've already read one or more of the tales, you can pick up the others for only .99 each ~ links below!

Title: The Phantom Series (3 books)
Author: Ann Swann
Genre(s): Ghost stories, MG, YA, mystery

Book One: Stevie-girl and the Phantom Pilot

No matter who dares you, no matter what lures you, do not go in the spooky old house…

When a small planes crashes behind Jase's rural home, strange things begin to happen. But no one believes him. After all, there's no such thing as a ghost, right?  Then he sees his pretty, quiet schoolmate, Stevie-girl, about to enter the legendary haunted house, and he knows if anyone can help him solve the mystery, she's the one.  
Book Two: Stevie-girl and the Phantom Student

Bullies, freaks, and phantoms inhabit the abandoned elementary school.  Would you go inside to help out a friend?

Stevie asks Jase to help her find out why the ghost of a girl keeps appearing in her mirror. They think it has something to do with the new student at their school, a boy who has Tourette syndrome.  Both the new kid and the new phantom seem to need some kind of help. When the new kid falls prey to the school bullies, Stevie knows they must act. But will they be too late, or will a tragic moment in their school's history be repeated on Halloween night?
Book Three: Stevie-girl and the Phantom of Crybaby Bridge

Stevie-girl and her best friend, Jase, are phantom magnets. Whenever they are together, the doorway between this world and the next swings slightly open.

The summer his parents treat them to a camping trip in New Mexico, the two friends can’t wait to visit the legendary Crybaby Bridge.  Right away, they hear the crying baby.  Is it a phantom, or is someone playing tricks on them?

As the two friends scour the campgrounds for answers, they discover that phantoms are not the only secrets the nearby town has kept hidden for over 60 years.  They also discover things about each other, and about Stevie’s family history, that will force their relationship to a whole new level—a level from which there may be no return.

The Interview

1. I got the idea for this book late one night when a small plane flew over my house and then went silent.  I jumped up from the computer and ran outside to see if it had crashed.  It had not.  I didn’t see a thing.  But I dashed back inside and wrote a short story, which I called The Escort.  It won several awards for short fiction, and then I turned it into a novella, which is now Stevie-girl and the Phantom Pilot.  The short story is included in the novella—except now, it belongs to Jase.

2. I wrote the story in one evening.  Then, when it became successful, I went back and lengthened it in just a few days.  The thing seemed to write itself.  Appropriate for a ghost story, wouldn’t you say?  Books two and three went almost as fast.  It seems that Stevie girl isn’t through with me yet.  I pretty sure there will be a book four, and possibly more.

3. When I wrote the short story, I had no target audience.  It just came out onto the page.  Later, when I wrote the rest of the story, I intentionally aimed it at tweens because I taught that age group for many years—and I know how they love anything spooky!

4. A couple of different reviewers have compared this series to The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. I’m quite flattered by the comparisons!  In truth though, I’ve tried to incorporate a bit of reality into the books.  In book one, for example, there is the underlying theme of loneliness.  In book two, school bullying and being different takes center stage, and in book three, jealousy is examined.  Furthermore, due to the 1960s-1970s time period, the Vietnam War wraps around the entire series like an invisible blanket.

5. Is there anyone in the book like me?  Well, yes.  Stevie is my idealistic self.  I only wish I were half as brave!  I will admit that her hometown is based on the one where I grew up.  Even the brick streets are the same—and the music store?  It was my home away from home. 

Stevie-girl and the Phantom Pilot (Book One)

“ A touching tale with just enough fright!”

Ann Swann took me back in time! The characters were so easy to identify with. As a retired Jr high reading teacher, I would have loved using The Phantom Pilot as a class novel. So many teaching and learning activities could be used with this novel. I loved it and cannot wait for the sequel.”

“I loved this book and so did my daughter!”

Stevie-girl and the Phantom Student (Book Two)

“A must read sequel!”

“A captivating series . . .”

“Ann Swann does it again. Rarely does a sequel measure up to the first, but The Phantom Student is a gleaming exception!”

Stevie-girl and the Phantom of Crybaby Bridge (Book Three)

“An enchanting mystery!”

“Book #3 is as good as the rest.  Bring on #4!”

“Teenage ghost hunters!”

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