Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Welcome to my first time blogging. I’m a little nervous. You just never know what to say, but I’m glad you’re here. Thanks for coming.
I have a ghost protecting me. At least that is what my aunt from Cuba says. She’s like a thousand years old, so who am I to argue. Whenever I’m in trouble this dark shadowy figure shows up. Even though my husband’s a good guy he claims he’s seen it a few times. My aunt said the spirit doesn’t like him. So maybe I have a jealous ghost.
When I wrote Immortal Love I took it to another level. The spirit in my story is the tormented soul of the heroine’s mother, Isolde. The hero, Dominick the Immortal has never known defeat. Some believed he couldn’t be killed. He is haunted by the spirit world but tries desperately to shut them out. The heroine, Eleanor, mother’s spirit is too strong and breaks through the wall he’s put up against ghostly apparitions.
Dominick and Eleanor are forced to marry by the king to secure Godwin’s lands. Neither are happy about it, but it would mean treason to deny the royal decree.
McPhearson is a man obsessed with Eleanor and her land and will stop at nothing to obtain them both. Isolde warns Dominick whenever Eleanor is in trouble, and he comes to her rescue, which brings the two of them together.
Here is just a sample of the ghostly adventure:
Suddenly a chill ran up Dominick’s spine like a cold finger of ice. Sensing a presence close to him he drew his sword as he turned to the forest.
Randolf drew his own sword in readiness. “What is it?”
Scanning the trees, Dominick approached the woods. “I’m not sure.”
“Spirit or man?”
“Spirit, but she will not show herself to me.” He looked deeper into the tree line. “I sense she’s waiting.”
“Waiting for what?”
“I don’t know.”
Victoria Craven was born to tell stories. Throughout her childhood she was a daydreamer. Growing up she told the most outrageous tales to her friends that got her in trouble now and then. She escaped the mundane to live in her fantasies: She was a mermaid, a princess, a spy, and an explorer trekking across the tundra in Antarctica. Even as an adult she saved just a little part of herself to drift into her dream world.
Then one day she said to herself “I’m going to write a book,” and that’s what she did. She had no idea what it took to be a writer, thinking all you had to do was add some words and ideas to a page and ‘poof,’ a book, and every word was golden. What a rude awakening when her writer friends took her into the light and showed her just how much she had to learn. That process is still going on today!
Victoria has published the first two books in a historical paranormal series with the third one coming out in 2017.
Currently, she resides in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area with her wonderful husband who spoils her rotten. And from time to time is her critique buddy. She is the mother of three beautiful daughters, and grandmother to four wonderful grandchildren.
When she isn’t writing, she doting on her grandchildren, or curled up on the couch with her husband, or having a sleepover with her best friends.
And she still saves just a little bit of her life for those daydreams.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Everyone has a ghost story or can spin one that they’ve heard and can swear is true. My oldest sister lives in a haunted house, and I didn’t know we shared a ghost story until we were randomly discussing our childhood home and she mentioned how she’d always get scolded for tripping and falling on the stairs (those stairs we had to drag our dog up and he wouldn’t stay unless we had him on a leash). Funny, my most vivid memory of our old house was the sensation of being able to float down the stairs – without ever touching one – even when my family members were in the living room below. I can still remember that feeling to this day. We compared notes. Third step from the top? Third step. Turns out my parents bought the home after the elderly previous owner fell down those steps and lay at the bottom for some time before she died alone. Ooo, goosebumps!
My sister’s house scared off the first realtor when she was in the home alone and the upstairs toilet flushed, the door opened and closed and she heard footsteps on the stairs. Undaunted by the disclosure, my sister and her family moved into the historic home where deadbolts unlock leaving outside doors standing open, the gas burners come on at random times on the stove (quickly replaced by electric!), sounds of party conversations from the oldest part of the house rise up at night, where my sister would find her big dogs crouched on the floor outside that upstairs bathroom door growling at nothing, and both her son, when a little boy, and mine when he and a friend spent the night saw apparitions of the same man in period clothing. The man they deduced was the owner who’d expanded the home and died in a fire in the basement. The activity on the front stairs, a maid who’d hung herself in the open stairwell. Would I go any farther into that house alone than reaching in to deposit the mail just inside the door when I was picking it up for them . . . oh, hell no!
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Though I’ve never put a ghost into any of my books, I do have my favorite things that go bump in the night:
- Ghostbusters (the original movies just for fun)
- Ghost (most romantic movie ever!)
- The Woman in Black w Daniel Radcliffe (made me leave the lights on)
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (scariest book ever!!)
- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (which spawned Ghoststory by Peter Straub)
- American Horror Story – Season One (lights on, again!)
For the past few years I’ve opened the doors to my own Haunted Open House in October. Still trying to decide if I want to throw off the drop clothes and get that party started for 2016. I’ll keep you posted . . .
Until then, have a Spooktacular fall season!! And happy reading!
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by obtaining a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.
Friday, September 16, 2016
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Diane Burton writes science fiction romance, romantic suspense, and mysteries. She blogs here on the 13th of each month. She is also a contributor to The Roses of Prose blog, posting there on the 30th. On Mondays, she muses about various topics on her own blog.
Friday, September 9, 2016
In fact, ghosts that do interact with the physical world are not called spirits so much as poltergeists. And spirits are not necessarily ghosts, insomuch as a ghost is the remnant of a living being where the spirit may always have been a spirit.
So why then are we so afraid of them?
Head over to Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, and we discover the effect that four potent ghosts have on Ebenezer Scrooge. The first is Jacob Marley, who appears to Scrooge all wrapped in chains and dragging his past regrets along with him. While Marley does not actually physically hurt Scrooge, he does warn him that he faces a similar fate. No one wants to imagine that they will pass away and wake up to an afterlife in which they suffer.
It can be argued that a ghost's greatest threat is psychological.
After Marley's visit, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future. Of these three only the ghost of Christmas future is scary, for the spirit says nothing. Yet, he points to Scrooge's future…a lonely death. The benefit of this visitation or "haunting" is Scrooge's chance to change.
In fiction, ghosts are guideposts or catalysts for change. They may also be a punishment to torment the wicked. Still in other tales, ghosts or spirits linger behind because their work or their lives are left unfinished… they either have some task that needs to be completed or they're unwilling to abandon their loved ones.
Whether you're sitting around the campfire, staying in an old hotel, or visiting a notorious location, the idea of ghosts lingering to share their tales is provocative. So much so, that people make a living of searching for or hunting for ghosts.
Do you believe in ghosts?
Recently divorced author MacKenzie Dillon has lost her writing mojo. When she inherits her great aunt's haunted house in Virginia, she is determined to make a new start. The creepy old house provides inspiration but at what cost?
Successful architect and paranormal skeptic Justin Kent returns to Penny Hollow to fulfill his father's dying wish of revitalizing their small town. To do that, he needs the allegedly haunted estate at Summerfield. Mac, the new owner, may be gorgeous and spunky, but she refuses to sell.
These two have a dangerous history that spans the ages, but will they discover the truth in time to save their lives?
Monday, September 5, 2016
I've been busy writing and hope you've noticed! My latest series about vampires are all multicultural/interracial with MM and MMF storylines which started as one book. However, when characters begin conversing among themselves - that often changes. One wants a story, then another, and another... With them all, romance comes in many colors!
The Triumvirate started out as WHITE BLOOD, Cayson Covett and Jackson Reynold's story written for Nightshade Collections in honor of Loving Day in June of this year. I didn't see I WON'T STOP coming until Layne Indigo smacked me on the head and said: "Really? Did you expect I'd sit by quietly and let those other guys have all the sex...umm, I meant fun!" I'm glad he complained because I enjoyed writing his story. It was even better getting to know Julius Talmane in TWICE THE BURN. He kind of needled everyone in the first two stories and plain just screwed around living on the fringes of life but when he finds his mate, Isaiah 'Ice' Sims, and then falls for Layne's mother, things get pretty sticky considering Juls and Layne were once together! Watching him find happiness made me feel good and Julius' story has become my favorite.
They are all at All Romance Ebooks and Amazon.
Here's a bit from TWICE THE BURN:
They are all at All Romance Ebooks and Amazon.
Sunday, September 4, 2016
by Maureen L. Bonatch
I believe the house we used to live in was haunted.
|Unsplash Image courtesy of Tertia Van Rensburg|
Hey, I’m Here
Our otherworldly guest left little clues that ‘she’ was still hanging around like…
- The stove burner turned on
- The door to the garage slowly opening
- The dog staring into an empty room, growling at something unseen
- A radio (which initially resisted turning off) blaring on in the basement while I slept
- A Christmas decoration, long packed away, beginning to play when I approached the box
- Every night when I watched my favorite show she’d change the channel. (I’m guessing she didn’t approve of my choice in sitcom.)
What Happens in the Fiction World, Stays in the Fiction World
Bad things only happen at night
Blankets can protect you from anything
Killers never run
Start to worry if it gets too quiet
The music is your first clue
So tell me, what do you do when something goes bump in the night?
Get ready to be enchanted by mythical beasts, magical creatures, and moonlit nights.
Enjoy your favorite author, and perhaps discover someone new, in these five fantastic tales of paranormal romance woven with moon, mist, and magic…
Featuring Stories by
Maureen L. Bonatch, Abigail Owen,
J.C. McKenzie, Sharon Saracino & L.A. Kelley
Maureen writes stories in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania that boast laughter, light suspense and something magical in the hope of sharing her love of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary world. She writes Paranormal Romance and Fantasy.
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