Authors Showcase: No Matter What by Deborah J. Hughes


The Book: No Matter What

The Author: Deborah J. Hughes

The Story: Past Lives, Reincarnation and Ghostly intrigue all play a part in this creepy supernatural drama!

When Robert and Mary Michaels buy an historical estate in Paddington, Massachusetts, they are hopeful it will give them what they need…solace for their troubled young daughter Lynn. Unfortunately, they weren’t told that the house has a troubled history and is haunted by young Clara Mallory. Lynn, however, soon discovers this well-known secret and the two girls form a quick bond. But they are meant to be much more than friends and once Lynn’s parents find out what’s going on, things get really messy.

Although Robert, a psychiatrist, wants to help his little girl, he can’t do that without suspending his disbelief and accepting what he always thought to be impossible. For it seems that his new psychiatric patients are involved in what is going on in his house! Their troubles, he soon learns, stem not from this life, but another, one in which they committed a horrendous crime. And now everyone is in place to make right what went horribly wrong before. But at what cost?

About Deborah J. Hughes:

Deborah J. Hughes
Deborah J. Hughes

Deborah Hughes grew up in and around the small New England town of Bucksport, Maine. When she was seven, she and her family moved into a haunted old farmhouse and there they lived for seven long, spook-filled years.

The experiences she encountered there triggered an intense interest in the paranormal, making her pursue a life-long quest to learn what she can about the spirit world and interacting with it. Though she started writing stories at the age of eight and decided early on to be an author, she joined the U.S. Air Force after high school and stuck with it for twenty years.

Instead of writing books she was building bombs. Not exactly what she had planned for her life but she sure did experience some amazing adventures.

Although her writing career took a backseat to work demands and a growing family, she continued to write the stories filling her head and demanding to be told. Deborah retired from the Air Force in 2003 and though life continues to be full of demands, she is now very focused on her writing career and creating books that satisfy her paranormal interests.

Review by Kim:

The story and the characters are very well developed. Some of the characters are a bit predictable/typical, but they are charming and endearing. Great development.

The story itself is multifaceted and full. So much history begins to crank out, page after page. Descriptions are vivid and its easy to visualize the story as you read.

Its a great read if you love ghost stories, haunted houses, small town life, gossip, uncovered secrets, self-discovery, and history.

Review by Schirmer:

This book takes in all directions. The life before, present and future. It has paranormal and ghostly haunts. Not what I expected but it kept me reading till the end. I enjoyed it as much as Mrs. Hughes other books. I did not expect the ending which for me is great. I read so much I can usually figure out the ending before I’m half way through. Can’t wait to read more from Mrs. Hughes.


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  • Deborah J. Hughes

    At the risk of committing a faux pas by commenting on a post featuring my book, I feel compelled to express my thanks for this honor and compliment! When authors bring into creation a story, it is not only for their own pleasure, but it is hoped that others will enjoy it as well. Every book is begun with a dream, massive amounts of hard work and high hopes. So whenever our stories are featured, shared, read and talked about, our dreams become reality, our hard work appreciated and recognized and our high hopes surpassed! This particular story is so special to me for many reasons and to have it featured here…wow. I am truly honored. I am also excited that others might be drawn to read it. This site is a great place for readers and writers alike and I am so glad to be part of it!

    • Caleb Pirtle

      Deborah, I’m always on the lookout for good books, and when i find one of yours, I know it is definitely worth showcasing. Your novels explore a world that fascinates us all.

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