Struggling to balance a career with obligations to her family, a musician's life is suddenly complicated by the return of an old boyfriend, one who died twenty years ago.
At 24, Tilda Parish had it all; her own band and a man she knew was 'the one' but fate had other plans. A fatal car crash took her boyfriend's life and sent Tilda into a spiral of grief.
Seventeen years later, Tilda is married with a 13-year old daughter but her career as a singer-songwriter has been turbulent and unstable. Unable to balance her volatile career with her obligations to her family, Tilda makes a life-changing decision to walk away from music forever. Yet, after burning her guitar in a ritual bonfire, Tilda discovers that the past isn't done with her. Hints of her old life pop up mysteriously and ghosts of her past haunt her present.
Alone one night, Tilda confronts an intruder she believes to be a stalker but the figure that steps from the shadows almost stops her heart. Her old beau appears, the one who died all those years ago.
He hasn't aged a day. He says that he never stopped loving her and that he wants her back. Despite his death and the intervening seventeen years, Tilda realizes that she never stopped loving him either.
And now Tilda Parish is caught between two worlds; the everyday world of her husband and family and this new spooky world of an old lover who has returned from the shadow of death to find her.
What's an ex-musician to do?
Tim McGregor is a novelist, screenwriter and refugee from the realm of DIY comic books. His films include the apocalyptic thriller 'Final Storm' and the comedy-horror 'Bitten', which was recently retitled in the UK as, get this, 'Vampire Apocalypse'. It's sooo not that, go figure. His first produced feature is... wait for it.... UKM: the Ultimate Killing Machine. No word of a lie, that's the title the producers gave it. This may have precipitated his step back from the rarified air of film-making.
A former cartoonist, Tim began putting out his own comic books in the heyday of do-it-yourself zines. Frustrated at his narrative deficits, a friend suggested studying screenwriting as a way to learn basic storytelling. This lead to an interest in writing for the screen and a stint at the Canadian Film Centre. Chafing at the collaborative mind-meld of filmmaking, Tim swung his focus into writing books. Embracing the new world of self-publishing and ebooks, he's come full circle back to the gritty realm of do-it-yourself shazam. Tim lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.
Quarter finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award