Bolder Guilt-Edged



Bolder Guilt-Edged

by Janice Tremayne

Supernatural Suspense/Thriller

A demon hell-bent on playing psychological games to torment its victims. A guilt-edged past comes to the fore to be relived again. Can Bolder overcome his mental suffering and destroy the voracious demon?

In the Australian ghost town of Ravenswood in North Queensland, a gruesome suicide occurs after the famous annual Halloween ball. Bolder is called in by Detective Wellock to help track the evil incarnate responsible.

However, has Zack Bolder met his match? Can a trained parapsychologist by the Church withstand the guilt-edged torments of the demon? This poltergeist dangles psychology as its weapon by tempering that frail part of the mind to those that get in its way. Bolder is taken back to relive dark secrets—ridden and guilt-edged.

Can Bolder overcome this tempest of the mind and save the town before more people take their lives?


Bolder handed him the book of prayers and marked out the section containing the love of worship. “We plan to compel the negative energy to leave her body and direct it to another place—to cross over to the other side. We are lightworkers, remember? Not exorcists.”

I can at least bless her with holy ointment … can’t I?”

Bolder nodded and said, “Well, why don’t you start with that first?”

Father Brennan walked toward Kelly as the old rustic timber floors creaked underneath. He opened his small container with holy ointment and brushed his index finger across it. Then he gently marked her forehead with the sign of the cross.

In the name of the father, and the son, and the holy spirit … amen.”

Kelly jolted as though something had bitten her and her body trembled for a few seconds. She was still sleeping but aware of what was going on around her.

What was that?” said Bolder.

What was what?”

You mean you didn’t see it? The dark shadow that was standing beside her.”

I didn’t see it ... but I felt something gripping my hand.” Father Brennan was perplexed.

An ominous image of a woman in a faint white dress glided across the bed—motionless and stoic but holding her stomach with both hands in hurtful prose. Within seconds it was gone with barely enough time for Bolder to capture a glimpse of it.

I sense something else in the room,” Bolder said.

A pulsating wave of energy screeched from within, penetrating the bodies of Father Brennan and Bolder. They shook from the sensation—there was no movement or breeze, and the windows to Kelly’s room shut. But it still required they hold their balance as the snappy spiritedness vibrated their eardrums with a ringing noise.

Whatever is in here is not going to give up with prayers of love,” said Father Brennan. He was ready to launch into a full-blown exorcism.

About the Author

Janice Tremayne is an Amazon bestselling and award-winning ghost and supernatural writer. Janice is a finalist in the Readers' Favorite 2020 International Book Awards in fiction-supernatural and was awarded the distinguished favorite prize for paranormal horror at the New York City Big Book Awards 2020.

She is an emerging Australian author who lives with her family in Melbourne. Her recent publications, Haunting in Hartley and Bolder Blindsided, reached number one in the Amazon kindle ranking for Occult Supernatural, Ghosts and Haunted Houses categories hot new releases and bestseller. Janice is well-versed in her cultural superstitions and how they influence daily life and customs. She has developed a passion and style for writing ghost and supernatural novels for new adult readers.

Q&A With the Author:

Are you a Plotter (one who plans or plots out every detail of the writing process) or Pantser (one who writes by the seat of his/her pants)?

I'm semi-structured in my writing because I plan every scene with a conflict, choice, and consequence. I evaluate the effectiveness of each scene before I move onto the next one. I sort off to know where I am heading in advance. However, my creative instincts allow me to write freely so I can be a plotter also.

What advice do you have for a new writer?

When I first started writing my first book, I didn't know anything. I thought if I completed a writing course, wrote a good story with an exciting plot, I would be on my way to writing success. Because everyone is just waiting for the release of your book. Right? Until reality set in. Seven books later, I realized how naïve I was, and I learned some hard lessons along the way. So, If I went back in time, what would I do differently?

No matter how educated you are and a literary expert you claim to be, if the premise of your story does not connect immediately with the reader, you're going to struggle to sell books. One sentence describing the storyline is the emotional attachment the reader will have to your precious work—the wow factor. If your writing is stilted with terrible dialogue and your character development is insufficient—you're going to get negative feedback and question yourself as a writer. And believe me, there are horrible reviewers out there that will have no problem giving you a one-star result—some of them get a kick out of it!

What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?

The easiest part of writing is the creative thought process of developing the storyline and plot. I seem to have an abundance of ideas, and I don't suffer from writer's block. I suppose it's because I know how to extract those ideas by tapping into suitable environments, i.e., where I choose to write and the times of day, for example. I enjoy the creative element of writing and creating characters, and investigating the settings. I write under the backdrop of Australian ghost towns, so I learn a lot about our rich past!

What is your favorite part of this story?

I like the evil confrontations with the antagonist, who happens to be a master demon. But I like the scene where the devil attempts a conversation with Bolder. It's an exchange of dialogue that presents the demon's character in a different light—a conversationalist with a British cockney accent. He tries to conjure and play mind games with Bolder to weaken his mental toughness. It's not often a demon becomes a character, usually playing the part of a treacherous dark soul. But this demon, John Stable, is as influential as the main protagonist.

Which character was the most fun to write about? Why?

There is a character called Jonesy. He is the owner of the Imperial Hotel, and he's a local with his family spanning several generations. There is an element of larrikinism in his character, and he speaks with an Australian accent. He can be flippant with a carefree attitude, laid back, and taking everything in his stride. He's trying hard to build up the ghost town of Ravenswood into a tourist attraction and can be entrepreneurial. He comes in and out of the story, but he has an important part to play.

Which character was the hardest to write about? Why?

Demons with personality are hard to write. Because they are not human and live in the spirit world, the same rules do not apply to writing earthly characters with souls. It would be best if you found a middle ground in their character development to make them distinctive. In this book, I manage to do that. John Stable, the demon, has a unique personality but not enough to make him a mortal. I had to step into the dark world of John Stable while at the same time appreciating his British mannerisms—polite and well-spoken with a level of charm and persuasiveness—the typical English gentleman of his time.





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