I love writing romantic fiction! Love is an integral part of our lives. Sharing in the magic of that emotion is worth the risks we take when we peel back the layers masking our most personal of personas to open up to someone we love intimately. But of course our relationship with someone we love is not everything in our lives. We interact with many other people and handle a variety of issues every day. So I write stories that delve into how people resolve conflicts and work through problems, often with the help of someone special.
I write both historical and contemporary stories that feature strong, loving women and brave, compassionate men. No matter whether the stories are set in the past or the present, I love to include a touch of the inexplicable (i.e., supernatural or paranormal). We’ve all had experiences, coincidences, or occurrences we can’t readily explain away. The mysterious aspects of the world and the universe fascinate me and I want to explore them with my readers.
Having graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in English and then from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with an M.A. in English, I have a deep appreciation for classic literature. That influence is probably felt in my writing as well, especially in the “supernatural” tales I plan to write. After all, my master’s thesis focused on the stylistic choices of Henry James and Edgar Allen Poe, so some of those devices and tropes they employed are alluded to in my stories. It’s my nod to their greatness.
Inspiration for my fiction stems from the news, from people I’ve met or encountered on my travels, and from research into events and times of interest to me. I’ve been addicted to all things related to the birth of this great nation of the United States of America since high school and a visit with my parents to the Cowpens Battlefield in South Carolina. The fight for our independence prompted discussions and actions that reverberated around the world. The men and women who started this country are my heroes and heroines in many ways! I hope my historical romances set during the American Revolution will not only entertain but also shed a bit of light on the way people thought and acted during the late eighteenth century. You’ll also find references to the outdoors: forests and beaches, mountains and rivers. I love hiking through the woods and walking along hot sandy beaches with my loving hubby. Animals also have a role in my stories as I love cats, dogs, and horses as well as the big cats and wolves that roam wild.
Love is never lost … it haunts the heart. Architect Meredith Reed is determined to bury her grief by demolishing her family’s ancestral home. But her conniving sister, a hunky lawyer, and a spectral lady all have other ideas. Will she be able to carry out her plan before they have the time to teach her the lessons of family and love she so desperately needs? Betty Bolté presents Traces, Book 1 of her new paranormal romance series, Ghosts of Roseville.
Meredith Reed, a forty-year-old architect turned demolition expert, desperately searches for the means to bury her grief. When she inherits her family’s historic plantation home in Tennessee, she decides to start anew by razing the antebellum house and replacing it with a memorial garden. A plan met with outrage from her family and her grandmother's estate lawyer.
James Maximillian “Max” Chandler needs two things to complete his life plan: become a senior partner and find his soul mate. He's been promised a promotion once his proposed legislation to protect all of the county’s historic properties is approved. The wife part he finds more challenging, having never met the right woman in all of his forty-six years. If only the talented and attractive Meredith weren’t so aloof toward him and didn’t want to destroy the very property he’s grown to cherish.
Meanwhile, Meredith's estranged sister moves in and refuses to leave. The memories of their childhood spent there causes turmoil between them. And while Meredith struggles to reconcile her past and her future, she learns a lesson from the spectral Lady in Blue that may save both her family and the family home from destruction.
Content Notes: Sweet, Contemporary, Paranormal, Ghosts, Spirits, Hauntings, Suspense