Recent #Paranormal Happenings…

Hello, bloggers!

As the title suggests, I’m writing today to update you on my paranormal happenings. Many of you have asked, so here you go!!

You know the drill. Any questions, any thoughts…

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Incident 1

Imagine an uneventful evening at home, playing video games. Just the two of us.

There was a movement in the hallway. A shadow.

I saw it, but stayed silent. It was typical for me. Not for him, though. The shadow immediately caught his attention. He stopped what he was doing and stared down the hallway. There was a hesitation, him being a nonbeliever. But we both saw it. We were sure of it.

The shadow moved across the wall, and, just as quickly as it appeared, it disappeared. That was it.

Silence engulfed the room.

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Incident 2

A typical night at home, watching television. Dinner had already been cleaned up. All the fur babies were taken care of. All that was left was to relax.

A shock of pain came across me. Feelings of a headache.

I walk the few feet to the doorway, inches from the restroom where the medicine is kept. To my shock, I find the door closed. I froze in my steps. I questioned what I found, only to learn that neither of us had closed the door.

I tested some possible ideas, but nothing could have caused it. It didn’t make sense. Nothing was out of place. No other oddities. There weren’t even any noises, even though the door always squeaks.

Simply another mystery of my paranormal life.

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Incident 3

This occurred several months back. I’ve just hesitated telling the story. It was too real.

It was late in the night. There were three of us in the house this time. The usual two, plus his little. I was the only one awake, barely, but awake. The television was on, slightly giving light to the room.

I’m not sure what, but something made me sit up and look at the doorway. I don’t remember a noise. Just a feeling.

There was someone peering into our room. I could only see half the figure. The rest, including the face, was blocked. I could see what looked like a long-sleeve nightgown, on a short frame. Light blue. Flowers.

I blinked, and it was gone. Vanished.

I wasn’t scared. Wasn’t too sure of what I saw. I shrugged it off and let myself drift into sleep.

The following morning, as I was getting ready for church, the little caught my attention. I noticed what she was wearing. Short-sleeve. A dark purple. My Little Ponies, I believe.

It wasn’t long-sleeve. It wasn’t light blue. And there were definitely no flowers.

It wasn’t her I saw the night before. In that moment, the realization hit me. Tears filled my eyes. The night before, I saw my great-grandmother. I knew this was true to the core of my being.

See, my great-grandmother wore long-sleeve nightgowns because she was always cold. And she was such a petite lady.

The house I’m living in was my grandmother’s. My great-grandmother lived with her for some time, in her final days.

This home has so many memories. I feel the life in the house. I hear the noises. I know we’re not alone. Of that I’m sure.

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Why am I sharing this today?

I’ve never feared what I felt in my house. The noises only intrigued me. The shadows, the clothed figures… I felt almost a peace.

This morning, I felt I wasn’t alone. There were noises. The feeling of being watched.

Only this time, for the first time, I was scared. There was no peace. It was fear.

I’m not sure what this means. I don’t know what any of it means.

What I do know is this… We are not alone.

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My Paranormal Life…

Feelings of being constantly watched. Noises and bumps through the night. Shimmers of a shadow across the hall. Many have experienced it. Most are too scared to let anyone else know.

Not me. No, I’m here to share my story with you. The real story, the truth.

For me, the cycle is never-ending. It never stops. I don’t even think that’s a possibility…

It all started one night, as a teenager, when I was home alone. I was doing my usual thing, researching on the computer. (Even back then, I was a nerd for computer work.) Enjoying some quiet time. The topic of research is irrelevant. What is important is what I saw.

That night, so long ago, I had my first glimpse into the paranormal world when a shadow crossed the far wall. It was a large shadow, but the shape was undeniable. It was very human-like, even in its movement. Yet at that young age, I wasn’t afraid. Instead, I was curious. I tried to come up with a reasonable explanation for what I saw. Perhaps a shadow from my desk lamp? Or a reflection from the window? But nothing had the same effect. What I saw could simply not be explained.

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From that day, I was a believer. From that day, my eyes were opened to a new world. And there’s no going back.

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Fast forward 15 or so years and the activity, the odd occurrences have increased with each passing year. Recently, it was brought to my attention that I could be a sensitive and the more I think about it, the more I feel that’s true. Since that first incident, that first unexplainable shadow, I’ve been able to hear, see, and feel things that others can’t. And as I get older, the feelings have gotten more intense, more noticeable.

Let’s reflect back to the earlier part of last year.

Things began as usual in a new home, with little noises here and there. The typical squeaks and creaks… Only these seemed to be more frequent than any I’ve previously heard. And louder.

On this one particular day, I was home alone when I saw movement in the room directly across from me. It was an orb. A solid, white orb, the size of a football. Similar shape, too. It moved quickly across the floor and just as quickly, disappeared, but I knew what I had witnessed. I even ran a few tests, trying to debunk what I had witnessed. (Just because I’m a believer, doesn’t mean I jump straight to every weird and unusual thing being a paranormal entity. I’m still a realist.) Despite my efforts, I couldn’t make it happen. I wasn’t able to recreate what I had saw minutes before.

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After that short moment and encounter with something unknown, the activity increased even more. The noises became louder, more frequent and more definite. I even caught the occasional glimpse of what I thought could only be another orb, but nothing quite like that first one. Nothing could compare to that one.

I wasn’t the only one that witnessed these occurrences, although there were a lot of incidents where I was the only observer.

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Allow me to share one more story with you…

There was this one night, where it got serious for the better half. We were fast asleep and had been for a few hours probably. Between the two of us, I’m the light sleeper. This particular night, though, he was awakened by the sound of someone being in the kitchen. The sounds were distinctive. There was definite commotion coming from the direction of that room. He was so sure of what he had heard, that there was, in fact, an intruder in our home, that he grabbed his pistol and went to investigate. Of course, I stayed on his tail as we walked the path to the kitchen. We found nothing. Absolutely no evidence of someone being there. Doors were still locked. Windows were secure. There was nothing out of place. Once relieved of finding no intruder, we returned to bed and fell fast asleep.

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So there you have it. The latest details of my crazy life of unknown happenings. Want to read more? Stick around, it’s always an adventure! And, boy, do have a lot of stories to share with you!

Until next time…………………… Love & Blessings!!

 

 

Author’s Note:  The images attached to this post are not of my own. They are simply used as an example. Thanks goes to Google Images.

Introducing #Author Fiona Glass – @F_Glass_Author

Good morning, bloggers!

I am so happy to see you on this beautiful day! (Even if it’s an unfortunate day outside, you can still greet the day with the most positive attitude! ;)  )

Today, I have a lovely guest for you to meet, Fiona Glass. If you enjoy spooky reads and things of the supernatural world, then you’re going to enjoy what she has to share…


 

If Heyer did horror…?

You could say Georgette Heyer is one of my guilty pleasures. These days she’s not rated as highly as many other writers of her generation, either for her Regency romances or her crime novels. Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers are far more likely to be raved over; Heyer seems to have rather fallen through the cracks.

But I’ve always loved her books, and have read dozens over the years. And whilst I lapped up both the romances (Frederica, These Old Shades) and the more serious crime like Penhallow, my absolute favourites are actually some of her more lighthearted books, like Why Shoot a Butler, Death in the Stocks, and in particular, Footsteps in the Dark.

All of these are full of breathless action, sarcastic characters, flippant humour, numerous interwoven plot threads, and sheer fun. Although they still have a strong crime element, they mostly lack the psychological themes of her darker crime books. And Footsteps in the Dark, in particular, is a riot, with a sinister baddie called The Monk, lots of dashing around in secret passages, and even – you guessed it! – spooky footsteps in the dark.

In Heyer’s case the book veers away from actual supernatural to a more logical outcome. But when I started writing Got Ghosts? a couple of years ago, I wanted to capture that same zany, breathless sense of madcap action and fun. In my book there really are ghosts, lots of them in fact, who inhabit an ancient English manor house called Greystones Hall, and act as unofficial guardians to its young artist owner Emily. But when a TV company come to film those ghosts, their resident medium stirs up something she shouldn’t, and chaos ensues. It’s not so much lights – camera – action, as lights – camera – inaction, as everyone bumps into something scary and all of them try to run away in different directions at once!

Even though my plot involves the sort of Gothic horror Heyer herself never went in for, I’m hoping I managed to bring some of her wonderful quirky atmosphere to my ‘haunted house’ story. You could say it’s my tribute to her, for giving me so many happy hours reading her books over the years.

If you’ve never read Footsteps in the Dark I can thoroughly recommend it, as long as you park your disbelief at the door. And if you’d like more information on Got Ghosts? then please head to my website where I have a whole page with the full blurb, an excerpt, links to various guest (ghost?) blog posts, and of course, that all-important information on where you can buy a copy!

And a big thank you to Marlena for giving me the opportunity to waffle on about myself, and making me feel so welcome.

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Fiona_teaFiona lives within stone-throwing distance (never a good idea in Glass houses…) of England’s largest lake. When she isn’t being a pane in the glass, she writes dark contemporary and paranormal fiction. This is mostly in the shape of short stories, but she’s also had two paranormal romance novels and two novellas published so far. Her latest book, Got Ghosts?, a ghostly romp involving a TV production crew in a haunted English manor house, has just been published by Fox Spirit Books. You can find Fiona lurking on the internet at her website or Twitter. Please come and say hello!

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Thank you so much for joining us today. Please help me in supporting today’s featured guest with likes, shares and comments. And don’t forget to check out her links and her book!

Until next time……………………… Love & Blessings!!!

Meet Mae Clair…

Hello, bloggers!!

I am pleased to share my blog today with fellow RRBC MemberAuthor Mae Clair! Mae is on an exciting blog tour, presented by 4WillsPublishing. We are celebrating her book, A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS.

Please join me today in showering Mae with some incredible support, that is so deserving!! (Because she’s kind of an awesome RRBC Supporter!  ;)


Old Hotels and Ghosts by Mae Clair

Although I am a huge fan of folklore and urban legends, things of the supernatural variety freak me out. When it comes to ghosts, I keep my distance. You’ll never catch me taking ghost tours, engaging in séances or consulting mediums. Somehow though, I’ve ended up staying at a haunted hotel—twice. The first time was on a trip to Nevada. I later discovered the hotel was haunted by a ghost named Mary. Fortunately, she didn’t make an appearance.

The second time was just last year. My husband and spent a long weekend in Point Pleasant, West Virginia so I could gather additional research for my Point Pleasant Series. It was our second visit to the town in two years, and we booked a suite at the Historic Lowe Hotel. This is a very old four-story behemoth built in 1904. With its long halls, old stairways, elaborate moldings and woodwork, there were times I felt like I stepped into the Overlook from Stephen King’s The Shining.

Our last night there I learned the hotel was supposedly haunted. According to one of the owners, a phantom had occasionally been seen on the third floor. Nothing much appeared to be known about this ghost, but someone had managed to snap a photo. We found the picture in the hallway on the second floor. I tried to grab a shot of it with my cell phone. There definitely appears to be an image of someone in the bottom right hand corner. Can you see the ghost?

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Hubby and I left the next morning without having encountered any spirits or experiencing anything that went bump-in-the-night.  The Mothman kept his distance, too. You can, however, learn about the winged humanoid that once plagued the town of Point Pleasant in my new mystery/suspense release A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS. Combining urban legend, historical fact and fiction, I’ve created a tale that I hope readers will find engaging:

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A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS

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Behind a legend lies the truth…

As a child, Eve Parrish lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in a tragic bridge collapse. Fifteen years later, she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Though much has changed about the once thriving river community, the ghost of tragedy still weighs heavily on the town, as do rumors and sightings of the Mothman, a local legend. When Eve uncovers startling information about her aunt’s death, that legend is in danger of becoming all too real…

Caden Flynn is one of the few lucky survivors of the bridge collapse, but blames himself for coercing his younger sister out that night. He’s carried that guilt for fifteen years, unaware of darker currents haunting the town. It isn’t long before Eve’s arrival unravels an old secret—one that places her and Caden in the crosshairs of a deadly killer…

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New York Times bestselling author Kevin O’Brien had this to say about A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS: 

A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS is masterful, bone-chilling fiction that begins with a real-life tragedy on December 15, 1967: the Silver Bridge collapse in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.  46 people died.   Author Mae Clair has seamlessly woven fact, fiction and creepy urban folklore into one intense thriller.  The gripping story focuses on two witnesses to the disaster—fifteen years later.  Both Eve Parrish and Caden Flynn lost loved ones in the catastrophe and still carry the emotional scars.  After a long absence, Eve returns to Point Pleasant to bury her recently-deceased aunt, face some old ghosts, and reunite with her one-time “impossible-crush,” Caden.  But when Eve begins to investigate her aunt’s death, she’s plunged into danger and a nightmare world where scary urban legends are very real.  Full of suspense, A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS will keep you guessing, gasping and turning the pages for more.”

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Intrigued?

A THOUSAND YESTERYEARS is available from:

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Thousand-Yesteryears-Point-Pleasant-ebook/dp/B0138NHJ4A

B & N
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-thousand-yesteryears-mae-clair/1122454905?ean=9781601837776

Kobo
https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/a-thousand-yesteryears

Google Play
https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Mae_Clair_A_Thousand_Yesteryears?id=kY9KCgAAQBAJ&hl=en

iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-thousand-yesteryears/id1050516745?mt=11

Kensington Publishing
http://www.ekensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/32298

 

Author Bio:

Mae Clair

Mae Clair has been chasing myth, monsters and folklore through research and reading since she was a child. In 2013 and 2015, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who factors into her latest release.

Mae pens tales of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and numbers cats, history and exploring old graveyards among her passions. Look for Mae on her website at MaeClair.net where you can sign-up for her newsletter.

 

Connect with Mae Clair at the following haunts:
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Thank you so much for joining us today. You can join Mae on the rest of her tour by visiting the 4WillsPublishing website.

Until next time……… Happy Reading & Reviewing!!!

Weekly Update #38

Good morning, bloggers!!

I hope today finds you well, happy and feeling accomplished! I have been a busy little bee!

Have you seen my recent posts? I’ve had some exciting things to share! Author Sherry Soule came by for a visit, to promote her new YA Paranormal/Sci-Fi series. You can check it out here. And, just so you know, she’ll be coming back in a couple weeks! I also participated in TWO blog tours (#7things and Meet My Main Character). They were so much fun and I do hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!

Ready to jump down to business?? Let me catch you up to my *crazy* and *awesome* life!!  :)

1) A Haunted House: Remember my Do you believe in ghosts? post? (That’s a mouthful! lol) Well, things calmed down after that, but over the last few weeks, have started up again! I keep hearing odd noises throughout the house. Hubby swears I’m crazy and hearing things, but I occasionally catch him with a questionable look after said noise. I have attempted to investigate, but nothing!

One day this week, I was alone at home. (MIL went to visit Granny.) I often will block the outside world by listening to #SlackerRadio via headphones. This particular day, I was doing just that. I thought I heard a noise and when I took my headphones off, I heard a man’s voice. He sounded like he was right outside my door, but when I looked out…nothing. And again, Harli (my four-legged baby) was having a fit about something outside, but I saw nothing.

Now, this is the SECOND time I’ve heard a voice, but couldn’t find the person. I am not a fan of this recurrence. To make matters worse, let me share something else with you.

We have an alarm system, installed at the end of last year. This is one of those that will report whenever  doors open. Well, hubby and I were just getting settled for bed, finishing our nightly prayers, when “Back door ajar.” (Please know the alarm had not been set yet.) Now, MIL is in bed because we had to help her get settled. We’re the only other people in the house. I immediately panic, afraid someone is breaking in.

Hubby and I slowly walk to the kitchen, where the back door is and what do we find……it’s CLOSED! Yes, the door is closed but the alarm system is still showing it is open. So we fiddle with the door, turn down the sounds and go back to bed. The same thing happened two nights later. Weird?? I’d like to blame it on a faulty system, but I just don’t know. It doesn’t happen often, just twice now actually. What are your thoughts?

2) A Momentary Glance: I had SO much fun introducing my main character for the blog tour. I’m so thankful that A.R. Rivera invited me along. I insist you check out her page, by the way!  :)  I know many of you are writers and a lot of the process that goes into your novel is second nature. You don’t think about some of the elements that might baffle a non-writer. (No, I’m not bringing up the fact that we, writers, talk to ourselves and have real conversations in our head, sometimes out loud. I wouldn’t embarrass us like that!) Like how thorough we are with our characters. We see them, we hear them, we know how they feel, how they’ll react in certain situations. We envision our story, as if it were already a movie. We either know what’s going to happen before it’s even on paper or the story will simply flow through our fingertips with barely a thought. It is truly amazing to have that kind of creativity. 

((I say this because I am a writer. It’s my passion. I use my words. You may use paint or music or something entirely different. Everyone’s different. Everyone has their own passion and creativity.))

3) Book Reviews: Below you will find two reviews that I have recently posted on Amazon & Goodreads. The authors of these books both belong to that awesome book club I’m always going on about. RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB. Wonderful authors, great books, incredible perks and an inspiring Governing Board. What more could you ask for in a book club??

4) Speaking of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB. We have a new writing contest going on for our members: A Day in the Life of a Writer. The first prize is awesome!! Another fab thing we have going on…we are planning for our first WRITER’S CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO. I am so very excited about this! Getting to meet face to face with my RRBC family? Yes, please!! AND what could be better than involving our incredible members in the planning, by way of survey. So you know some of the great things we have going/planned at RRBC and you’re still not a member? I know, I’m shaking my head too.  ;)

 


SO THE FEELING SHOWS by Jo Jenner

SO THE FEELING SHOWS is an anthology, where we get to read about modern relationships and what means some people will go to in those relationships. Lessens are learned, mistakes are made, but, for some, life does go on.

The characters you are introduced to are quite believable. Their emotions are real and raw. The stories and the situations that some of these people experience will make you think…make you wonder what you would do. There are twists and surprise endings, and even some endings you’ll think came too soon.

Overall, the author does a splendid job of revealing human emotion, pulling the reader in from the very beginning.


PLAIN DEALING by Shelley Young

PLAIN DEALING is a small rural town where everyone knows everything about everybody. And the rumor mill is constantly on over-drive. The small town is turned upside down when a murder occurs. It doesn’t take long for the rumors to start and, despite the lack of evidence, all fingers point to one person.

Newcomer Dr. Tell and town outcast Alison Saunders find themselves thrown together in a twist of fate. The events that transpire from that one murder bring these two together in a way no one could have expected.

The small town life of PLAIN DEALING is evident, not just in the story itself, but also in the characters. The characters are intriguing, each having their own personality. I especially enjoyed the unlikely pairing of Alison and Dr. Tell. Alison has lived her life alone and unwanted and completely unaware of the fact that something is missing from her life. Dr. Tell is rumored to have a dark side, but often shows that he can be very compassionate and caring. They have an amazing chemistry, which leads to some rather steamy “adult” moments. (Definitely not for the kiddos!)

PLAIN DEALING is quite the suspenseful read, full of twists and surprises, almost everywhere you turn! You are often left on the edge of your seat, anxious to see what happens next. This is a great book that has a lot to offer, which is why it was difficult to put down at times. Suspense, humor, hope and love…all make for a great read!

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s Weekly Review. Can’t wait to see what next week has in store for us!!

 

Until next time………………………………………………love & blessings!!!