This Week’s Read: Claire Gem!!!

Today I am hosting Claire Gem and her book Phantom Traces. I can honestly say that this is one book I will be picking up to read. It has everything: mystery, romance, ghosts, and best of all-BOOKS and LIBRARIES!! I hope that you all will check this book out. I am sure that it will be an amazing read. Enjoy!

PHANTOM TRACES_805x1275                  Claire Gem

Phantom Traces
Claire Gem
Release date Feb. 19 from SMP
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.
Coming Soon:
From High Hill Press, a memoir of discovery – Maternal Threads
From Soul Mate Publishing, Phantom Traces
From Lachesis Publishing, A Taming Season

Milk Jug Ghosts

Don’t throw away all of those empty milk jugs! Make a gaggle of ghosts instead!



  • Milk Jugs (the clearer ones work the best)
  • Black Magic Marker
  • Scissors
  • Clear Christmas Lights (or glow sticks for a more colorful effect)

With the magic marker, draw faces on the flat side of the milk jug.

Cut out a small section on the backside of the milk jug.

Insert white Christmas lights or colored glow sticks and enjoy!


Ghost Garland

These little guys are fun, easy, and cute! What could be better than that?



  • Cotton Balls
  • Tissue
  • Black Magic Marker
  • Twine

Wrap a cotton ball inside the tissue, making the ghost’s head.

Tie with twine and add the eyes.

After you have made as many ghosts as you want, string them all together with twine.