Claire Gem © 2016

Turning forty, for research tech Lannie Marvin, is rough. She discovers her husband is leaving her. Then a crazed lab mouse brutally bites her. So Lannie snaps.

She heads out to chase an old dream—a music career—and a new crush: the drummer of a heavy metal band.

Drummer Tristan Allard holds a benefit every year in memory of his late wife. He’s beginning to doubt his ability to write the band’s music without his wife’s inspiration – she was also his muse. Plus, he’s damn lonely. So when Lannie literally plows into him at the backstage reception, Tristan is ready to learn more about her – and her long-buried interest in musical composition.

The two head off for a wild ride of a weekend, but reality catches up. Tristan is headed back to the UK to audition his next album. And Lannie learns that an elevated libido isn’t the only side-effect of that experimental drug.

To her horror, she discovers the treated mice have gone deaf.

A psychic interior designer reluctantly agrees to renovate a sexy investor's abandoned hotel on Loch Sheldrake, a lake rumored to have once been the mob's body dumping ground.


      Interior designer Kate Bardach loves her single girl's lifestyle, living in Manhattan and spending weekends at her lake house. She's passionate about her career, too--reinventing old buildings. But there are some projects she can't take on because of the spirits trapped inside. Kate is psychic--she sees dead people.


      Marco Lareci is one of Wall Street's most successful--and sexy--investment brokers who's achieved all of his life's goals. Except for finding his soulmate. His latest project, an abandoned resort on Loch Sheldrake, needs a savvy designer to transform the crumbling complex into a boutique hotel. When Marco meets Kate, he can't believe his luck. She's the perfect match for his business and his heart.


      Marco's body excites Kate even more than does his renovation project. But he wants more than a casual relationship, and she's not willing to give up her freedom. Plus, the haunting at Marco's resort, a bonafide poltergeist, affects her on an intensely personal level. Kate's aunt disappeared from the place fifty years ago.


      If you love intense romantic novels, and elements of romantic suspense and paranormal romance, you will love Hearts Unloched.

"...a beautifully written, tightly plotted gem."


"...something for everyone...ghosts, love, humor, history, and drama."


"There are layers of mystery about everything in this story, revealed one by one, that surprise and delight..."



2016 New York Book festival winner


"...a great combination of romance, adventure and the paranormal!"


"...had me reading through blurry, tear filled eyes one moment and sitting on the edge of my chair, holding my breath the next."


"...such descriptive writing that it makes the characters and places come ALIVE."



Reboot, restore to an earlier time.


That’s the advice from city-girl Zoe Anderson’s therapist. Her career as a domestic violence counselor is floundering. Before she can move on, help other women, Zoe needs to heal herself. Her glass slipper shattered three years ago one fateful night, leaving her a scarred young widow. So Zoe heads upstate to picturesque Lake George, N.Y. to claim the treasured family cottage she recently inherited.


What she finds is a rundown shack.

The neighboring resort mogul, Jason Rolland, whisks in to her rescue, insisting Zoe stay at his upscale Lakeview Lodge. The rich, handsome bachelor is confident of his playboy reputation and figures he can seduce the sexy redheaded stranger. Then, he’ll convince her to give up the crumbling eye-sore next door. Jason’s been trying to buy the cabin—and demolish it—for years: the last reminder of his own tragic childhood.

Zoe can’t deny her attraction to the tall, dark-haired Jason, but is she ready for a fling? Can she move past those flashbacks from the night everything changed?

Jason doesn’t know what hit him when Zoe melts the ice around his heart. But with his reputation, can he ever win her trust & love?

Or will their pasts come back to bite them both?

A history professor in a tweed jacket, a cheeky Goth chick, and a pipe-smoking, book-hurling ghost. Put them all together in an antiquated library and, well…

Professor Jack Wood’s silver-streaked hair definitely ages him, and he can thank Killer Dawn for that. He won’t be falling into the love trap again anytime real soon. But this new librarian has him curious, with her head-to-toe black Goth garb, piercings, and a defiant attitude to match. Definitely not his type of girl, but still…

Abigail Stryker’s got her work cut out for her. The last two librarians didn’t last a month before airborne books chased them off. But Abby’s determined to make her new life a go–and to stay as far away from older men as possible. Once was enough. Might be tough to do when the library’s best patron is none other than dreamy-eyed Jack Wood. And it seems the eccentric ghost may have taken a shine to her as well.

An addiction counselor & a security guard struggle to free two, lost spirits trapped inside an abandoned mental asylum.

Laura Horton returns from college to move in with an old friend & start her career. But her homecoming is jarring. Her friend’s moved out, leaving Laura alone with the gorgeous but intimidating ex-boyfriend—in a house that snugs up to an ancient graveyard.

Officer Miller Stanford is a man with a shattered past. His alcoholic dad destroyed their family, a weakness Miller is terrified will consume him too. The last thing he needs is a sexy, blonde addiction counselor watching his every move. When he begins to see specters in the dark, he starts questioning his own stability.

But Laura sees her too—a pathetic child-spirit searching for her father. Can they unravel the mysteries of Talcott Hall without jeopardizing their love—and lives—in the process?

". . . emotional moments, some funny moments, true friendship, family traditions and romance. I never pass up the chance to read a book by this author."


"Claire Gem writes characters with depth and poignancy, and the beauty of the setting is a nice bonus."


"I loved this book, all it's characters and the beautiful setting of Lake George!"

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