Roberta Smith is the author of six novels, one book of short stories, a children’s book, and a non-fiction book about her two-times great grandfather’s experience in the American Civil War. Her preferred genre is paranormal mystery and her young adult novel in that vein, Simone’s Ghosts, won the top prize at the 2017 Hollywood Book Festival, beating all books in all genres.
Roberta will do Zoom presentations
Roberta Smith will present the story of her great-great grandfather’s Civil War experience based upon his 1864 diary and research she did on his regiment, the 124th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
Ghosts have captured the imagination of many a writer: Shakespeare, Poe, Henry James, Charles Dickens, Toni Morrison, Susanna Kearsley, Stephen King to name a few. Smith’s presentation is an overview of some well-known ghost stories and how her ghost-inspired novels came to be.
Prequel to the Mickey McCoy Mysteries
In 1944 Denver, twenty-six year-old Franklin Powell helps clients with his psychic gift. Then a memory Frank has kept buried since the age of six surfaces and his life is turned upside-down. He must prove that what he remembers is true or his mother may spend the rest of her life in prison. But, even if he succeeds, it appears there is a powerful someone behind the scenes who could care less if she is innocent because of a seething hatred for Frank. To make matters worse, the woman he loves needs his help with a serious problem of her own—a problem that could get Frank killed. As Frank works to make things right, his psychic gift doesn’t seem to be doing him any favors; so it’s a good thing a couple of newly-acquired ghosts appear to be on his side.
Book 1 Mickey McCoy Mysteries
While on assignment in Virginia City, Nevada, veteran newspaper reporter Mickey McCoy crosses paths with the ghost of Lucianne Dove, a beautiful, young prostitute hanged in 1881 for a murder she didn't commit. As Mickey delves into the mystery of who she was and what happened to her, he comes to terms with his own secret pain. This is the story of two souls who transcend time to help each other find the redemption they need.
Book 2 Mickey McCoy Mysteries
Psychic sleuth, Mickey McCoy, is drawn to the University of Brookdale where he must unravel the mysteries surrounding an abandoned, haunted theater if he’s to save the life of nineteen-year-old coed, Casia Winfred. Events that took place long before she was born have put her in jeopardy. Using every psychic gift in his arsenal, Mickey races against the clock to sort rumor from truth.
Is the ghost that haunts the theater really a threat? Or is Casia’s predator the human variety?
Book 3 Mickey McCoy Mysteries
Eternity isn't exactly going as planned for Renaissance artist Lavinia Rossi Zanetti and that means all bets are off. If she can't have what she wants, then why shouldn't people die? Haunting Gallery 17 of an L.A. art museum, she has plenty of victims to choose from. Psychic Medium Mickey McCoy may be over his head dealing with Lavinia, but with his wife’s life at stake, as well as his own, he must give it all he's got.
Available on Kindle, the three books in the Mickey McCoy Paranormal Mystery Series (The Secret of Lucianne Dove, Chapel Playhouse, and The Accordo) are combined into one volume. Mickey McCoy is a retired, veteran reporter with psychic abilities. In The Secret of Lucianne Dove he uses those abilities to help the spirit of a beautiful prostitute hanged in 1881 for a murder she didn't commit. If he can learn her secret, it will change the legacy of her life and help Mickey come to terms with his own secret pain. In Chapel Playhouse, Mickey must learn the identity of the ghost that haunts a university's abandoned theatre in order to save the life of a young co-ed. In The Accordo, Mickey receives a mysterious warning that he needs to act before men are murdered at an LA Art Museum where the evil soul of Renaissance artist Lavinia Rossi Zanetti roams.
Fifteen-year-old Simone is not your typical California teenage girl—although she’d like to be. She believes her secret abilities make her weird. While it might be cool to move things with your mind, see ghosts, and sometimes read other people’s thoughts, it isn’t when those things get you into trouble and turn people against you, including the Dean of Girls. Ultimately Simone must learn to accept herself if she’s to shut down her enemies as well as solve a mystery surrounding the death of a ghost named Kim who attended the school back in the 1960s.
Five weird tales where life takes a walk on the strange side.
Bed of Thorns - She's rich. She's bored. Time for some excitement. Little does she know where her latest relationship with someone a tad too young and handsome will lead.
In His Shoes - How do you get even when justice isn't served? And if you succeed, what then? In the end life seems to have a way of working these things out for all concerned.
R.I.P. Katherine Colton - A screen siren who committed suicide in 1970 is celebrated even today. But the question lingers. Did she kill herself? This movie star's greatest fan just has to know.
The Miracle - If you want something bad enough -- like being the person you've always admired -- can your wish come true? Maybe so. But not necessarily in the way you think.
Skyglow Undercover - He's sent undercover in what used to be one of New York City's grandest hotels. Problem is, he knows nothing more than that. He'll find out why, all in good time.
Two wealthy sisters, as opposite as can be, must deal with their father’s murder. Lacey Bouquet is wealthy, wild, and greatly misunderstood. Growing up with an emotionally distant father, a malicious grandfather, and no mother, she coped by never taking life or love too seriously. But all that changes when three things happen: A man she would never think was her type steals her heart. An ex-boyfriend charms his way into her fragile baby sister’s life, turning the once-close sibling against her. Their father is murdered. Lacey doesn’t trust her ex, nor does she believe the police are doing enough to solve her father’s murder. Determined to restore her sister’s affection, as well as learn the identity of the killer, she must use every trick in her impetuous nature to set things right, even if that means putting her life in danger and alienating the man she’s come to love. .
Corporal Frank Steinbaugh penned a succinct and unemotional account of his time as a Union soldier in the American Civil War. In this book, Frank’s great-great granddaughter compares his daily account of 1864 to Chaplain R. L. Howard’s History of the 124th Illinois Regiment, allowing a more complete picture to emerge of Frank’s character and experience. The 124th Illinois was an exemplary regiment that saw action at the Siege of Vicksburg and other important battles. Frank’s diary is presented along with what happened after he was gone.
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