Jane has spent her entire life hiding. Hiding under bulky clothing. Hiding behind books. Hiding behind glasses. Abandoned in an emergency room at the age of four with her name written on her forehead in Sharpie and a mysterious tattoo of a door on her back, Jane grew up in foster care and learned early on that blending in with normal people was the only way to survive.
Now, at the age of 16, Jane is hoping to get a fresh start at a prestigious college on a full scholarship. With limited resources and no family to help her, Jane takes a job as a live-in companion to a wealthy old woman who lives near the school. Jane grows to care for Miss Adele and loves her new home, the magnificent Thornfield Hall, even though everyone says it’s haunted. She doesn’t even mind Adele’s brooding grandson, Edward Rochester, who the locals believe murdered his first girlfriend. At first Jane tries to stay away from Edward, but she can’t help being drawn to him. As her attraction grows, so do the whispers about the dark secrets that Edward is hiding. After Jane witnesses several improbably accidents, she realizes that any sensible girl should run away in terror. She realizes that only a fool would stay, yet she can’t make herself leave no matter how dark the shadows grow and how real the ghosts become. As her fears escalate, her tattoo begins to change and spread across her back. Jane knows something wicked lurks at Thornfield and she knows it’s connected to her. She knows the only way to stop the darkness is to run, but somehow, she can’t seem to find the strength to leave the only person she’s ever loved.
About the Author:
Jessica Penot is a therapist and writer who lives in Alabama. Jessica is the owner of Tree of Life Behavioral Health and connoisseur of ghost stories and all things that go bump in the night. She is the Author of Haunted North Alabama, Haunted Chattanooga, and Amazon bestseller, The Accidental Witch.
Jane of Air
Can you tell us about your book, Jane of Air, in 45 words or less? Jane of Air is a mixture of the classic gothic romance, Jane Eyre, and H.P. Lovecraft. It is the story of a young orphan who is abandoned in a hospital with a tattoo of a door on her back. When she comes to work at the notoriously haunted Thornfield Hall she is drawn to its owner, Edward Rochester, and the door on her back begins to change.
What was your favorite scene to write? My favorite scenes to write are the scenes are that blend horror and romance. If there were such a genre, I would think of myself as a horror romance author. I love the fear that brings the two protagonists together.
What was the hardest scene to edit out? In this particular book, there was nothing I regret editing out. There are other books I would change, but I feel like my editor Joanna D’Angelo had an excellent feel for my book and her editing only helped make the novel stronger. I feel like everything she removed made the book much stronger and I am grateful for her help.
Series or Standalone? This is definitely a series. The series will continue blending elements of classic romances and HP Lovecraft stories. The next book is set in Innsmouth. The next book in the series is Jane of Fire and then Jane of Water.
What else are you currently working on? I am currently working on the rest of this series and another series I am in the middle of, The Accidental Witch series.
What was your favorite quote from Jane of Air? Each chapter of Jane of Air opens with a quote from Lovecraft or Bronte. It is my way of paying homage to my inspirations and my favorite quote in my novel comes from Lovecraft. It is, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
What is the best book you’ve read recently? I read a lot and this is a hard question to answer. I really enjoyed reading The Bone Witch. I am also rereading all of Anne Rice’s work right now and I always love The Vampire Lestat. That is one of my favorite novels.
What is currently in your TBR pile? My TBR pile right now includes everything Rin Chupeco has written and all of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. I decided that I read those books when I was very young and they are worth I reread.
Give Away Details
Submit a description of your favorite ghost story to me at my email Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org and enter to win a new kindle fire. Best ghost story wins. All stories eligible to be places on my website, www.hauntingdarkness.com. This giveaway is open to everyone!
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