Doreen Hayward Writes Haunting New Novel, ‘Portrait in Stone’

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Protagonist discovers former life while living in haunted house.

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A haunted house and a cursed pendant cause a wicked series of events in author Doreen Hayward’s spooky new novel, “Portrait in Stone".

A haunted house and a cursed pendant cause a wicked series of events in author Doreen Hayward’s spooky new novel, “Portrait in Stone” (published by AuthorHouse).

In a tiny village in Buckinghamshire, England, Charlotte Woods looks to rebuild a destroyed house. A local, Adam, tells her about the house’s mysterious, haunted past. She dismisses these stories as old wives’ tales. Charlotte and Adam begin to spend more time together and eventually, fall in love.

In an old junk shop, Charlotte finds a curious-looking stone pendant with a figure painted on it. Adam tells her the local legend of the pendant, which was supposedly cursed by a witch. Charlotte purchases the pendant anyway. Then Charlotte begins having nightmares. Nightly, she dreams she is the subject of a witch hunt at the hands of Oliver Cromwell’s men. Disturbed by these dreams, Charlotte begins unfolding the truth of her existence – an existence more than 300 years in the making.

An excerpt from “Portrait in Stone”:

“In one of the boxes filled with bric-a-brac, she found what appeared to be some kind of locket or pendant. It seemed interesting, so she took it to the rosy woman at the counter and bought it for fifty pence, which the lady put in the charity box. ‘I believe that is supposed to be a lucky charm,’ the woman told her. ‘It needs a good clean up. It’s quite grubby.’”

“Portrait in Stone”
By Doreen Hayward
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 214 pages | ISBN 9781491896013
E-Book | 214 pages | ISBN 9781496978653
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author
Doreen Hayward was born in Luton, England, in 1932. Born blind, Hayward never let her disability prevent her from living a full and active life. Hayward, a mother of four, now lives in Aylesbury, England. She is also the author of “Me and My Shadows,” “Memoirs of a Guide Dog Owner” and “The Beast of Bracksley Wood.”

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 0800 1974150. For the latest, follow @AuthorHouseUK on Twitter.

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