The Forgotten Child
Melissa Erin Jackson
Publication date: October 10th 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery,
Ever since Riley Thomas, reluctant medium
extraordinaire, accidentally released a malevolent spirit from a Ouija board when she
was thirteen, she’s taken a hard pass on scary movies, haunted houses, and
cemeteries. So when her best friend pressures her into spending a paranormal
investigation weekend at the infamous Jordanville Ranch—former home of deceased
serial killer Orin Jacobs—Riley is one-hundred-percent not ready.
Shortly after their arrival at the ranch, the spirit of a little boy contacts Riley; a child
who went missing—and was never found—in 1973.
In order to put the young boy’s spirit to rest, she has to come to grips with her ability.
But how can she solve a mystery that happened a decade before she was born?
Especially when someone who knows Orin’s secrets wants to keep the truth buried—no
matter the cost.
Melissa has had a love of stories for as long as she can remember, but only started
penning her own during her freshman year of college. She majored in Wildlife, Fish, and
Conservation Biology at UCDavis. Yet, while she was neck-deep in organic chemistry
and physics, she kept finding herself writing stories in the back of the classroom about
fairies and trolls and magic. She finished her degree, but it never captured her heart the
way writing did.
Now she owns her own dog walking business (that’s sort of wildlife related, right?)
by day…and afternoon and night…and writes whenever she gets a spare moment. The
Microsoft Word app is a gift from the gods!
She alternates mostly between fantasy and mystery (often with a paranormal twist).
All her books have some element of “other” to them…witches, ghosts, UFOs. There’s no
better way to escape the real world than getting lost in a fictional one.
She lives in Northern California with her very patient boyfriend and way too many
The Forgotten Child is her debut, the first in a paranormal mystery series.