Book Tours: Starter Day Party I Believe…A Ghost Story


I’m happy to host a starter day party for “I Believe…A Ghost Story”, a magical realism novella today. I’ll be reviewing the book on December 15. Stay tuned for the review and meanwhile, check out the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

December 2nd: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

December 4th: Book Excerpt @ Adrienne Woods’ Blog

December 5th: Book Review @ Emm’s Wonderland

December  7th: Author Interview and Excerpt @ Michael SciFan

December 7th: Book Excerpt @ Annette Gisby’s Blog

December 9th: Book Excerpt @ The Readers Hollow

December 10th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

December 13th:  Book Review and Excerpt @ Readers Writers Connect

December 15th:  Book Review @ I Heart Reading

December 16th: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

I Believe…A Ghost Story for the Holidays

16300676Title: I Believe…A Ghost Story for the Holidays

Author: Valerie C. Woods

Genre: Magical Realism, Novella

Was Marley & Scrooge the only ghost-to-human intervention ever? This is the question. Marley’s haunting, and the arrangement he made for Scrooge had a far-reaching and beneficial effect.

Surely, poor Jacob Marley’s ghost found some peace for being such a compassionate medium. Further, it would be nice to believe that attempts at interventions like this occur with some frequency among unfulfilled spirits. Even now.

“I Believe… A Ghost Story for the Holidays” is a contemporary holiday romp through a Los Angeles neighborhood that invites the reader to join three wandering spirits hoping to transition to the light by New Year’s Eve. But it will only happen if each of them can cure a human heart of their Scrooge-like tendencies to become more loving and charitable citizens of the planet.

Author Bio

An avid reader while growing up on Chicago’s South Side, Ms. Woods began writing when, as a struggling actress in New York, she couldn’t find suitable audition material for women of color. This led her to write a book of audition monologues, Something for Everyone (50 Original Monologues). The book was initially self-published and is now published by renowned theatrical play publisher, Samuel French, Inc. (

After adapting an average play into a better screenplay, Ms. Woods was awarded a Walt Disney Screenwriting Fellowship and followed that up with writing and producing on network and cable drama series such as Under One Roof, Touched By An Angel, Promised Land, Any Day Now and Soul Food.

But fiction, her first love, compelled her to enter the world of prose. She had always written bits of fiction, short stories and a little poetry here and there.

In November 2012, Ms. Woods founded a micro-press: BooksEndependent, LLC ( to support her work and the work of other new, independent authors of fiction and non-fiction.

The first title was Ms. Woods’ novella, I Believe… A Ghost Story for the Holidays. ( Then, what began as a gift became her second publication.

Several years ago, needing a birthday present for her sister Ms. Woods wrote a short story about a girl detective — a highly fictionalized autobiography of the adventures she and her sister experienced in childhood. Another story was written for Christmas, then one for Mother’s Day. That’s when Ms. Woods realized she was writing the kind of novel she and her sister would have loved to read as children, but which didn’t exist – the adventures of African-American Girl Detectives!

The result, Katrin’s Chronicles: The Canon of Jacqueléne Dyanne, Vol. 1 is now available in paperback and Kindle edition at


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