The Secretary and the Ghost cover, a gay gothic romance: A handsome young man in Victorian garb rests against the back of a chair, looking pensively into the distance. In the background, a full moon breaks through the windows of a library, complete with candles and books.

The Secretary and the Ghost, Read by Candlelight #1 (print)

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Pip Leighton is in a fix. 

His sister’s marriage hinges on him staving off the family’s impending financial ruin by taking the job of secretary to Lord Cross, a reclusive man with a temper befitting his name. Developing a passion for his employer was not on the cards. Neither was getting caught up in the deep mystery surrounding Foxwood Court and its resident ghost, but Pip has never been one to shirk a duty.


As Pip delves deeper into the past, he discovers that his only hope for a future with Cross may depend on a man long dead—a man with a curious resemblance to himself.

Written for lovers of gothic romance and ghost stories, The Ghost and the Secretary is the first in the Read by Candlelight series of novellas. A historical May-December romance with supernatural elements. The print version is 8.5' by 5.5' and produced via Lulu.com