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Synopsis * Reviews


Sweet Romantic Comedy Thriller with paranormal elements. Minor fantasy violence proving a good prevails over evil theme.




RWA Golden Heart Award WINNER “. . . chillingly fun ghost romance.” Junior tennis champion and popular cheerleader Ele O’Neill loved her teen queen life in Seattle. Then her parents got crazy and moved the family to a haunted theatre in the ghost capital of Montana where Ele becomes an instant nobody in a tiny high school of mean country girls and loser guys. Now her serially depraved little brother Eugene focuses his wicked powers on making his sister’s life hell. No one cares about Ele except the theatre’s caretaker, an uncool but handsome young cowboy who admits to a big personal problem—he’s dead, like for a 150 years and eternally condemned to guard a locked portal in the theatre’s basement that prevents murderous ghosts from entering this reality. When Eugene accidentally blows open the portal and the world’s about to go full on ghoul apocalypse, Ele’s ghost boyfriend is forced to brave hell itself—and her parents—to save them all from marauding evil spirits and their GHOSTLY ACTS.

Romance Writers of America GOLDEN HEART Award Winner

Best Young Adult Romance




Calico Trails Book Reviews

“Ms. Haynes writes an intriguing story of an angry teenage girl who, with the help of her ghostly sweetheart, comes to terms with what life hands her. GHOSTLY ACTS is a rip-snorting adventure and a tender lover story, as well as a fascinating slice of Virginia City’s colorful history.”

Ghostly Acts Rating: 4 Crowns

“In search of a good young adult romance brimming with thrills and chills of the paranormal kind? If so, grab a front row seat to GHOSTLY ACTS by Melinda Rucker Haynes. This award-winning novel is an entertaining and insightful read for teens and adults alike. GHOSTLY ACTS is a funny, scary and heart-warming book with a charming cast of very human characters.”

Scribes World Reviews

“When you read GHOSTLY ACTS, you’ll see why Melinda Rucker Haynes is a Golden Heart Winner. This is a sweet story of first love for young adults, but I think moms will enjoy this story too. Although a “first love” story, this novel moves along at a brisk pace, and adds enough excitement and adventure to keep readers hooked. Ele has problems every teenager can understand and relate to, and her character growth by the end of the novel is a model every teenager can follow and emulate. A very enjoyable read.”

My Shelf On-Line Books and Book Reviews

“This a wonderful book. You definitely will not be able to stop once you start. It’s a must for readers who like paranormal stories with a little romance. I highly recommend it for those in their late teens and adults.”  

The Genrezone Reviews

“An entertaining book for the younger romance reader. This is a nice little romance appropriate for the younger set and . . . even for adults.”

CompuServe Romance Reviews

“Melinda Rucker Haynes is a writer who can show even grown-ups what it’s like to be a young person these days. She has more e-novels lined up for release later in the year. If they are half as entertaining and insightful as GHOSTLY ACTS, they’re well worth looking up.”

Writers Club Romance Group

“Young readers will identify with the trials and tribulations of Electra and Steven as they try to show the world that they really do know what’s going on. GHOSTLY ACTS is an engaging and entertaining read for the preteen set and their parents. In fact, their parents may find aspects of Mr. and Mrs. O’Neill as uncomfortably close to home as their daughters find Electra’s mood swings.”

Crescent Blues Book Reviews

“I read GHOSTLY ACTS with my twelve-year-old daughter, Marisa, who gave it two thumbs up. Marisa declared the story “very well written,” and would definitely recommend it. And we both liked the way the epilogue resolved the love affair. It’s always nice to think that love transcends time and space.”

Romance Communications Reviews

“Melinda Rucker Haynes is a very accomplished teacher, author, and educator. Her uncomplicated and easily-read manuscript shows her extensive background in its emotional and exciting rendering. Her vibrant and unique characters capture the reader. Humorous moments abound when Steven tries to take in the modern world of tight jeans and outspoken young ladies. This refreshing story makes you feel the young characters’ conflicts and insecurities. GHOSTLY ACTS is meant for young adults, but should be enjoyed by any fan of good, sweet romance. I look forward to reading more of this talented author with her upcoming releases.”

Author Recommendations:


“Melinda Rucker Haynes brings kids and their parents a wonderfully fun read in GHOSTLY ACTS, with the right mix of romance, danger and humor. If you are 10 or 110, you’ll love and understand Ele’s frustrations with a brother who gives bratty new dimensions, and celebrate in her excitement at meeting her true love in the ghost capitol of Montana.”


“The world is ending … or so it seems for Ele O’Neil. How can she face life in a Montana ghost town after Seattle? The answer is simple–a 150 year old gorgeous ghost named Steven who has a mystery to solve to save them both. GHOSTLY ACTS is a wonderful book for both youth and adult. A delight to read for all.”