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Released: August 2013

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Ghosts of Fire

Caught in a fiery web of danger and desire…

Graphic designer Rachel Calloway is devastated when her father’s popular restaurant is torched by an arsonist. Just when she thinks the nightmare can’t get any worse, her father is charged with the unspeakable crime. Rachel knows he’s innocent and she’ll do anything to prove it. Little does she know how soon her loyalty will be tested when she crosses paths with Nicholas Hunter, the notoriously ruthless attorney prosecuting her father’s case…

Nick Hunter is hungry for justice, a man made cynical by the horrors he experienced in childhood. He believes in the absolute guilt of each criminal he prosecutes and shows mercy to no one…until he encounters Rachel Calloway, the first woman ever to make him question his convictions. From the moment they meet, a forbidden attraction sizzles between them that neither can ignore.

But danger lurks in the shadows. Suddenly nothing in Rachel’s world is as it seems, and it isn’t long before she finds herself in the biggest fight for her heart…and her life.


Ghosts of Fire is an exciting, quick moving story that does not allow for interruptions of any sort. Nick is a wonderful hero and Rachel is a perfect match for him. The mystery will keep you guessing until the near end. If you enjoy a baffling mystery skillfully mixed with an excellent romance, don’t miss Ghosts of Fire.

—Romantic Times Magazine, Four Stars

Ghosts of Fire by Maureen Morah Smith is the suspenseful story of arson, and a man accused of a horrific crime. Zealously persecuted by a mad dog prosecutor, Robert Calloway is trapped on all sides and only his daughter Rachel can struggle to save him, even as she risks losing her heart to a new love, the cynical, justice-driven Nick Hunter. Meanwhile, a malefic stranger in the darkness has further evil plans in store. A haunting, suspenseful story, Ghosts of Fire is confidently recommended reading and documents Maureen Morah Smith as a writer of considerable promise and ability.

—Midwest Book Review

Ghosts of Fire is a riveting tale that will keep you turning the pages. Nick’s difficult childhood has made him into a harsh man, and sometimes it can be hard to like him completely, but as Rachel learns more about him, she understands just how his life was shaped by those long ago events. Rachel is a strong woman who shoulders the problems in her life and her father’s, sometimes at her own expense. There are several possible suspects that will keep you guessing as to who might be trying to hurt Rachel and Robert, and a surprise twist at the end.

The strong suspense element and well-written plot are only a few of the reasons why you don’t want to miss Ghosts of Fire.”
—Jennifer BishopRomance Reviews Today


Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Award Nominee for Best Small Press Romance

Emma Award Nominee for Favorite New Author

Romance in Color Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner for Romantic Suspense of the Year and New Author of the Year

Featured in iUniverse’s national advertising campaign (which included appearances in New York Times, The Writer Magazine, Black Issues Book Review)

Selected for iUniverse’s STAR™ Program

Shades of Romance Magazine’s “I Want the Next Page!” Contest Winner


After Ghosts of Fire was published, I learned that the fictional investigation depicted in the novel mirrors an actual arson court case that occurred many years ago in my hometown of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Truth is stranger than fiction!