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THE PSS CHRONICLES is a Young Adult Paranormal Thriller Series appropriate for teens and adults. 



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Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she’s a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia’s calculus class, stares at her like she’s a freak, Olivia doesn’t like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.

Published November 2012 by Ripley Patton. Available in e-book and paperback

GHOST HAND was a semi-finalist for The Kindle Book Review 2013 Best Indie Book Awards in the YA category and a 2013 Cybil Award Nominee.

The GHOST HAND e-book is FREE on Kindle, Kobo, and Google Play, and only 99 cents on B&N. 






Olivia Black is back. 

Only this time she’s not the one in need of rescue. 

Samantha James, rich, popular, and an award-winning composer at age seventeen, is the next target on the CAMFers’ list. In order to convince Samantha to come with them, Olivia and Passion must pose as cousins, blend into the most affluent high school in Indianapolis, and infiltrate a mysterious cult known as The Hold. 

Olivia doesn’t expect it to be easy, even with the PSS guys backing them up. But what she discovers over the course of the mission will call into question everything she ever believed about herself, her family, and especially about Marcus, the guy she is undoubtedly falling in love with.

Published September 2013 by Ripley Patton. Available in e-book and paperback.







In the aftermath of a brutal tragedy, Jason and Passion are on the run. Marcus is lost beyond reach, and The Hold is in shambles. If that weren’t enough, Olivia Black has been taken by the CAMFers to be used as Dr. Fineman’s personal lab rat in his merciless quest to uncover the mysteries of Psyche Sans Soma once and for all. But only if he can break her.

They are scattered.
They are devastated.
They are ruined. 

Their only hope is Olivia’s stubborn determination to thwart her captors and unlock the secrets of her ghost hand before Dr. Fineman can. Will she finally find the strength within herself to embrace the full power of her PSS?

And will it even matter if Marcus has already betrayed her?






Coming FALL 2015

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36 Responses to “THE PSS CHRONICLES”

  • Interesting. I must admit I’m curious to find out more.

  • Judith Wallace:

    Looking forward to reading more.

    I’m a friend of Angie M.

  • Tierney Reardon:

    Wow, this sounds great! I can’t wait to read more. The bit about the ghost hand certainly gave me chills. I am thirteen, so I will hopefully be entering the short story competition. I love writing short stories, so this should be fun. I haven’t really tried science fiction before. Thank you for these chapters, they have left me intrigued.

  • Ripley:

    Great to hear from you and I LOVE your name. I’m so glad you enjoyed the first chapters of Ghost Hand. Tell all the young writers you know because I want to get swamped with entries. Can’t wait to see yours.

  • Ripley:

    So glad you found your way here (thank you Angie:) and sorry for the delayed response. We are right on track for a mid-November release, so it shouldn’t be too much longer before you can read more.

  • Tierney Reardon:

    Thanks Ripley. My name is a Gaelic name. Does it sound like the sort of name you would use in one of your books?

  • Ripley:

    It might be a name I’d use for a magical realism story, or fantasy, or even a historical fiction piece. It has that kind of unique and ancient feel to it.

  • Tierney Reardon:


  • Arabidian:

    I’ve just heard the first chapter on starship sofa and bought the ebook version. Can’t wait to read it tonight!!

  • Ripley:

    So glad you liked the first Chapter and enjoy the book. I’m told once you start reading it you can’t put it down until the last page so have a great night.

  • Hannah:

    I’m a student of Leadership and Entrepreneurship High school and I have read this book and loved it. I found that I could not put the book down till I had read the last page. This is a great book for teens and young adults.

  • Ripley:

    So glad you loved Ghost Hand and thanks for letting me know. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list for extras and previews of the series.

  • Mel Crothers:

    This is a book review I made for you, and I have no other clue how to let you see it than this.

    Imagine being able to reach into a person and take something from their soul, with just your hand. Olivia Black is just a normal gothic girl with one problem… PSS. Instead of a hand, she’s got a ghost hand! There is danger in the form of men waiting for her at the cemetery, expecting to take her and extract her PSS and she isn’t ready. Marcus, a boy who knows all the answers that Olivia carries to ask, is there to take her away and survive every obstacle that comes. This book comes from Olivia’s point of view, so you get to experience what she goes through and feel all the exhilaration. It all goes at a slower rate, what do you expect? Danger takes time to rise, the suspense and urge to know WHAT’S GOING ON, it leaves you on the edge of your seat.

    Ghost hand is suspenseful, adventurous, scary, and purely fascinating. It was fun to read and I felt like I could connect to Olivia. The author’s writing is really spot on with teenagers, she makes them seem smart! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes danger and adrenaline with some cute steamy love. Ghost Hand is an outstanding book.

  • Covinaca:

    I’m a 53 year old young adult and I loved Ghost Hand! Good read for any age.

  • nae:

    you should put the whole book online

  • Yvonne:

    I have read Ghost Hand and Ghost Hold this week a and would like to know when in 2014
    The next one will be available.

  • Jamie:

    I read both books over the weekend! I couldn’t get enough! I hope the next one is coming out soon!!

  • Gregory:

    Read Ghost Hand due to Jan’s Paperbacks having it as Local Author.
    Question. How do you have a PSS butt? what sort of leg deformity allows you to be born without a butt? if not that, how do you survive an accident that severs your butt and leaves you alive? Yale never showed his PSS butt, but the idea was clearly presented that it was his butt that was the PSS.

    Thinking too much,

  • Ripley:

    Gregory, great question. And I like it when people think about my books. The fact is, there are random genetic mutations that cause people to be born without all kinds of things, including butts. Just a quick search of the internet turns up several articles about people born without butts. For Yale, I envision it being mainly an exterior issue. In other words, his cheeks and crack. The anomaly doesn’t go through his entire torso. Hope that answers your question and thanks for posting it. Be sure to pick up Ghost Hold at Jan’s and I hope you’ll leave a review of Ghost Hand.

  • Gregory:

    It did make me think. and I added to the idea one I will call Tele Psyche Sans Soma. Imagine if Olivia could pick up objects from across the room with her ghost hand? Slap Jason when he’s being rude? Caress Marcus when she’s feeling loving? grab the neck of a CAMFer when he’s being dangerous? (or pistol out of the hand of a violent CAMFer?

  • Nathan:

    Hello Ripley,

    I just finished reading Ghost Hand, I downloaded the book because it was free on Kobo, and I really enjoyed it. I’m going to read Ghost Hold right now and hope that it is as good as Ghost Hand.
    English is not my mother tounge, but I really enjoyed it.

    Keep up the good work!
    I’ll also try to write a review :)

  • Ripley:

    Nathan, so glad you enjoyed the free read and are on to book two. And thanks for stopping by to comment. I’m vigorously working on book three, Ghost Heart, now and the cover is being designed this week.

  • Ripley:

    Gregory, I think if Olivia had PSS and The Force, she’d be nearly unstoppable :)

  • nathan:

    Hi, its me again, just finished book 2 and can’t wait for book three now :o, i want to know what happed to Marcus now, and to Olivia’s mom … These CAMFers are real ***** :s

  • hope blair:

    I just finished ghost hold and would like to know when the next book is going to come out and the CAMFers are
    freaking idiots (the only reason I’m not cursing is cause I’m 11)

  • Ripley:

    Hope, Ghost Heart, book three of the PSS Chronicles is coming out August 2014 in e-book and paperback. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series and those CAMFers make me want to cuss too.

  • hope:

    OMG I read divergent and saw the movie and I got thinking that the PSS Chronicles would masks an AWESOME movie. Do you think it would be possible

  • hope:

    Is Marcus really a CAMFer or is that just a lie

  • katelyn:

    is ghost heart the last book or is there going to be more

  • Ripley:

    Katelyn, there will be one more book in the series after Ghost Heart :) I haven’t announced the title yet, but the book should be out next year, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter for info about it.

  • Ripley:

    Hope, what does your heart tell you?

  • Ripley:

    Hope, I can see my books becoming movies for sure. Thanks for thinking its a great idea.

  • hope:

    I think that Marcus is not a CAMFer but the CAMFers are just saying he is to mess with Olivia and Marcuss sister is dead and that fotege is an old security tape

  • Shannon:

    Just curious when book 3 will be released? My daughter loves this series and is dying for the next one. :-)

  • Ripley:

    Shannon, Ghost Heart will be released on October 14th in e-book and paperback through Amazon, B&N, and in local bookstores throughout Portland. I’m so glad your daughter is enjoying the series so much. Thanks for letting me know.

  • Gregory:

    One question. If Psyche San Soma is the effect of Amputees dealing with Ghost limbs, Why then are all the characters in all three books Born without their PSS appendages? Seems to me these are all Birth defects, rather than amputations. Do actual Amputees in these books regain PSS limbs?

    Was glad to meet you at Jan’s Paperbacks. discovered one thing. after you have your kobo signed, put some protection on it. or the signatures will wear off.

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Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a YA paranormal thriller series.

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