Sharing: Working On A TV Series

Hey all! I thought I’d do a drive by posting and share one simple tidbit I’m working on with the fantabulous (yes I spelled it that way) Marie D. Jones (Producer/Writer at Where’s Lucy? Productions) and Producer/Writer Brian Keith Ellis. Can’t tell you how exiting this is! This is a preliminary poster and things change. So stay tuned for updates!

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All The Things: Movies, TV Series & Horror Best Seller

Hello everyone. My writing world runneth over. Just a few little updates! To find details on the books mentioned, stop by here.

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NIGHTMARES & ECHOES III CHARITY ANTHOLOGY #2 BEST SELLER!

Gorillas With Scissors Press introduces a yearly horror anthology with 50% of the proceeds going toward a charity every year. This year the contributions go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. I’m happy to say that I’m included in this year’s anthology with my spooky story Comeuppance. Just recently I learned the anthology has zipped to #2 on the Horror Anthology bestseller list at Amazon. How amazing is that?

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MOVIES/TV SERIES NEWS

In other quick catch up news, my story Blackout is still in development for television, and recently I started working on another TV series with producer/writer Marie D. Jones (Where’s Lucy Productions) and producer/writer Brian Keith Ellis. Exciting writing times. When I can reveal more on these projects I’ll be sure to let you know.

ZOMBIES AND HORROR

I finished writing my zombie series of books and I’m slowly working through revisions in between participating in NANOWRIMO in November. Although I won’t finish NANOWRIMO this year, I’m perfectly okay with that. I still achieved a lot of writing. I think December might be a good time to take a chill pill and relax a little before the new year starts.

Until next time, live, love and dream.

 

Love Under Fire Trilogy: Romance, Suspense & Danger. Oh my!

My Love Under Fire Trilogy is rebooted today! This trilogy was out a few years ago with a publisher, and I rebooted it after a few tweaks and new covers. Let me introduce you to the three couples who are interconnected in all three stories. You can find all the links for where you can get the trilogy here.

Love Under Fire Trilogy

Men bound to serve, to protect, and to love…

Where do you yearn to be in the face of danger? In the arms of men like these…

When Matt, Jake and Rick Frasier come home for Thanksgiving and a wedding, they don’t expect that violence will throw them together with three extraordinary women.

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Sudden Heat

Librarian Melanie Falconer knows too well the horrors of war—she lost her father to severe issues with PTSD. Military men, as far as she’s concerned, are off the marriage menu. As maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding, she makes a mall run and lands straight into the arms of seriously hot marine Matt Frasier, the best man. Matt has seen too much violence during his time in war, and his attraction to Melanie promises to soothe his soul and set his body on fire. Gunfire erupts, the game is on, and Melanie and Matt fight for their lives and the sudden heat exploding between them.

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Under Fire

Kathleen McSwain truly understood the saying of always the bridesmaid never the bride. Was she nuts the day she agreed to be a bridesmaid for the eighth time? Especially when it means she’ll be in proximity to rugged Army Major Jake Frasier. Jake is too handsome, too disturbing, too stirring for her blood. Being out of control is the last thing she wants, and Jake temps her to be the wild woman she was before. Yet when the stakes are high, there’s only one man she’ll trust when danger rips apart her world.

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Double Threat

As a therapist Lena Williams has worked with damaged vets and never wants a relationship with one. So her lust at first sight with sexy Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Rick Frasier is off the menu. Rick has never shied from danger or risk taking, but the overwhelming attraction he feels for Lena sends him into a tailspin. As they battle their feelings and escape a gunman intent on mayhem, they’ll find there’s a firestorm of desire inside them as furious and intense as any threat.

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

 

Horror Literature, Inspiration & Hostility

Welcome to a new month! Glad to have you here and hope you’re having a fantastic day. My latest horror effort is a story I called Hostility. How did this story come about and what inspired me to write it?  One day I was reading a book on horror writing and they discussed an anthology written in the 1990’s based solely on people’s greatest fears. The editor of the anthology had asked each author to tap into those overwhelming fears to create their stories. I thought this was a great idea.

When I pondered my own fears, I dove deep into psychology. When you think of it, that is difficult for most of us to do. We don’t want to examine fear too closely. I realized, though, that one of my lifelong apprehensions is losing control of my anger. And with that I was off to the races and created Hostility.

Hostility releases on November 11, but you can preorder it now right here. Here’s the blurb to get you started:

Myra Harrington is tired. And sick. And sick and tired. Once a therapist, now a life coach, Myra hasn’t accomplished the goals she set out for herself two years ago when she left the insanity of psychology for coaching. One day she rips off the bandage and lets her hostility roar. Isolated in her office by a severe storm, she discovers a new side of herself. What her anger creates will tear apart her world and she may never get it back again.

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You can still get the amazing Nightmares & Echoes III charity anthology and Eclipse, my erotic paranormal romance. Click here to get the details!

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Happy Halloween/Samhain Spooktacular Contest!

Hey everyone! So glad you spent time with me during my favorite month of the year when I celebrate all that is spooky. Well, many of you know I celebrate the spooky all year long. This year I’m showcasing Nightmares and Echoes III, which is a horror anthology. My short story, Comeuppance is in the collection. It’s been fabulous working with Gorilla’s With Scissors Press and being a part of the anthology was a real thrill.

How would you like to win a free ebook? One lucky winner will receive a copy of my romantic suspense Within His Sight (Heart of Justice Book 1) and another commenter will win a copy of Sewn by Olivia Rivard. All you need to do is comment below. I’m giving this contest a week to percolate so even though it’s for Halloween, we’ll pick winners on November 4. So be sure to stop by!!!

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Fifty percent of the proceeds from this collection will be donated to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Not only will you be sampling some awesome horror, but you’ll be helping out a great cause. This anthology is available in ebook and print editions.

Amazon US: http://ow.ly/MGNm303MvUy
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Sewn by Olivia Rivard

Emily and her father move to a house in the country to get away from the stress of his job and his regular panic attacks. The trouble is that the country doesn’t turn out to be terribly peaceful. 

When Emily finds a peculiar rag doll inside a closet that keeps inexplicably growing in size, everything starts to go in the exact opposite direction of peaceful. The deeper the closet gets, the more Emily loses pieces of her sanity. Both Emily and her father desperately cling to reality as she slowly turns into a doll herself.

This title is in the Kindle Unlimited Program

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I46EFD4

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01I46EFD4

Astrology Halloween Costumes

Please welcome David Zunker to my blog! Today David is giving us a quick run down about what astrology says you should wear for a Halloween costume. Watch out…humor ahead! Hmmmm….

Aries

You are impulsive and aggressive. Your ever changing desires are paramount. You make a typical Axe Murderer. The weapon feature of your costume will help when you get into a fight.

Taurus

You are resentful of change. You are sensual, but prefer a fancy meal to sex. Happy in luxury, you think ethics and spirituality are a waste of time. You make a typical Troll or Royal.

Gemini

You are flighty and shallow. Others see this and that makes it hard to have any influence on them. You make a fine Ghost.

Cancer

Moody and morose, you enjoy finding like minded folks with whom to complain together. Just be your Goth-Emo Self because it is hard to dress up as a Suicide.

Leo

You are bossy and demanding of praise and adulation. You back that up by being vacant and hot. Just wear your Dom outfit and find a couple slaves to crawl after you.

Virgo

You are passive aggressive to the extreme. If you are not crawling behind a Leo, wear a big Furry Teddy Bear costume. Then you can be a happy wall-flower and wait patiently for someone/anyone to dry-hump you.

Libra

Annoyingly positive and social, your desire to please others makes it impossible to be sincere. You make a good Pirate, just because they are popular now, and it gives you an excuse to rip people off.

Scorpio

You are manipulative and self-centered, and generally feed off others. Be honest and dress as a Vampire.

Sagittarius

You are impatient, ill-mannered, and cannot focus. You see yourself as adventurous, but you are too fearful to take real risks. You make a good current Movie Character, such as Indiana Jones or Batman, so you may pretend to be someone interesting.

Capricorn

You are ambitious and mean to people. Dress up Military or as a politician.

Aquarius

You think you are smart, but that is true only in your own odd reality. Dress up as a Demon and maybe one of the ones presently influencing your life will come through and empower you.

Pisces

You are adrift upon the collective consciousness and easily controlled. A Zombie, mindlessly following the crowd, would work, or dress up Old-Fashioned, so you are less likely to be a slut.

Nicole Strickland & Researching The Paranormal

Please welcome Nicole Strickland to my blog today as she gives us a fascinating look into her experiences as a paranormal researcher.

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Photos Credit: Joe Bartoldo

Researching the paranormal has been an ongoing quest since my childhood. Along with many others in the field, I have experienced the unexplained for many years, meeting the first anomalous encounter when I was just three-years-old. In my high school days, I sought out books and articles on the subject. Once the internet was born, I perused websites for anything pertaining to ghosts and hauntings.

In 2001, I had a profound and compelling encounter with the spirit of my grandmother, Helen Lopinto, while I was attending college. She was 96-years-old. The day prior to her passing, Helen called me on a quiet Tuesday afternoon. Always being the caring grandmother to her family, she just wanted to see how I was doing and make sure I was okay. I talked with her about ten minutes not knowing that it would be the last phone call I would have with her.

The following afternoon, almost to the exact time that Helen called me the day prior, my mom phoned me. When I answered her call, I immediately felt her sadness as she echoed the following words, “Hi, sweetie. I want to let you know how much I love you. Grandma passed away this morning.” No amount of written language can describe the utter sorrow and emptiness I felt as I fell to the floor intensively weeping for my dear Helen.

A few days after her services, I started experiencing some odd activity in my apartment. The door knobs on both my front and bedroom doors rattled of their own volition. As I was studying for a midterm one night, I felt the disembodied hand caress my face and it felt as though it emanated from someone I knew and loved. A couple of nights later, as I was working on my studies, I noticed movement from my peripheral vision. As I looked directly at what I was seeing, I saw my grandmother’s spirit form adorned in one of her favorite blue and white house dresses. She looked to be about ten years younger than when she passed away. Intriguingly, there was a bright light behind her, almost acting as a spotlight. For the next few nights, Helen’s apparition appeared to me.

At this point, I was concerned for my loving grandmother, so I called my mom, (Helen’s daughter) Norma Strickland, and shared with her what I was experiencing. Norma shared my concerns that Helen had not moved on to where she needed to go; hence, why she was making appearances in my apartment. Surprisingly, I was the only family member at the time to endure these experiences with her ethereal form.

Anyways, my mom and I simultaneously talked to Helen, telling her how much we love her and letting her know that she has the freedom to move on. Perhaps, this is what Helen needed, as the experiences completely stopped after our earnest conversation with her. I do believe that she has moved on into the light and now has the free will to come visit whenever she so pleases. I have had experiences with Helen from time to time, but nothing as powerful as in 2001 after she passed away from congestive heart failure.

To this day, I have always wondered why I was the only family member to experience her ethereal presence within days of her passing. Was it because I am sensitive to spiritual energy? Or, was it because of the lovingly strong bond we had (still have) when she was alive? Perhaps, as a mortal being, I am not meant to know the reasons why she appeared to me. Questions aside, I will say that this encounter with my grandmother’s spirit has changed my life, allowing me to have an even greater appreciation for the spiritual realm.

The profound experience with my grandmother’s spirit absolutely catapulted me into active research and investigation of the unknown. Since then, I have been actively exploring private residences, historic locales and commercial businesses for spirit activity. I am proud to have worked with several California-based investigation teams prior to founding the San Diego Paranormal Research Society (SDPRS) in 2009.

I strongly feel that my experience with Helen’s spirit was not only the start of an incredible journey into paranormal research but has also led me to where I am supposed to be as a field researcher. Perhaps, I would have never had the amazing experiences I have had so far if it wasn’t for my intense encounter with her ethereal presence in 2001.

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To date, the SDPRS has conducted many paranormal investigations at known historic sites, including the RMS Queen Mary historic ship. In fact, I have participated in approximately 60 ghost research projects in various areas of the legendary liner. The RMS Queen Mary, without a doubt, is my favorite place to visit and conduct ghost research.

There are very few ships still in existence that compare to the innate beauty and rich history of the RMS Queen Mary. She is perhaps, the most legendary vessel to ever sail the oceans. A testament to British shipbuilding, the Mary is currently moored in Long Beach, California, where it has ebbed and flowed with the tide there since 1967. When I step aboard the ship’s decks, I am instantly entranced by her innate beauty, innocent aura and historical significance.

September 26, 1934 marked the official day of the RMS Queen Mary’s launching. More than 200,000 eager people came to watch her meet the waters.  Children even had a day off of school to witness this majestic event. No one knew the ship’s new title. Interestingly, there were 101 suggested titles for Job 534. People assumed the liner would be named Queen Victoria and keep up with the tradition of titles ending in “ia.” However, as H.M. Queen Mary cut the satin cord and crashed a bottle of Australian wine against the ship’s bow, she said, “I am happy to name this ship, Queen Mary.”  She went on to say, “I wish success to her and to all who sail in her.”

The Queen Mary began her maiden voyage as a luxury cruise liner on May 27, 1936, completing successful pre-WWII and post-WWII round trip voyages from Southampton to New York City. Many notable people, such as business moguls, entertainers and actors, have traveled aboard the Queen Mary. While sailing on the Queen Mary, passengers had the opportunities to exchange viewpoints, political beliefs and ideas, while further enjoying various amenities catering to a broad range of interests. Furthermore, Art-Deco brilliance can still be seen throughout its inner walls. Even in retirement, the Queen Mary historic ship still remains as popular as she was the day she sailed.

On August 30, 1939, the Queen Mary anxiously sailed from Southampton to New York, as war was nearly imminent. In September of 1939, war was officially declared between Britain and Germany, ultimately placing the Queen Mary in a precarious situation. Both the RMS Queen Mary and her sister liner, RMS Queen Elizabeth, were therefore requisitioned for service in World War II.   In March of 1940, the British Government informed Cunard that the Queen Mary would be outfitted for troopship duties, lasting the length of combat.

In fact, due to the liner’s fast speeds, she was able to carry numerous servicemen from all walks of life to and from their destinations. Adolf Hitler even had a ripe award of $250,000 out to any skipper who could sink the massive liner. Of course, Hitler’s plan never succeeded, as The Grey Ghost consistently outsmarted the enemy. The ship’s crew and servicemen should be remembered for their diligence in keeping its hull and inner walls afloat.

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The RMS Queen Mary, alongside her sister ship, the RMS Queen Elizabeth, have contributed to the World War II allied forces in so many unimaginable ways. Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill said, “Built for the arts of peace and to link the old world with the new, the Queens challenged the fury of Hitlerism in the battle of the Atlantic. Without their aid, the day of final victory must have unquestionably been postponed.”

Post World War II, the RMS Queen Mary returned to luxury as an extravagant cruise vessel, where many people could relax, vacation and enjoy her ornate and gorgeous ambience, as well as the abundance of onboard activities. As previously mentioned, quite a few celebrity names have touched upon her decks during her reigning days on the seas.   Long Beach, California has been Queen Mary’s docked home since December 9, 1967. Thousands of visitors flock from all over the world each year to visit her in Southern California. Today, the Queen Mary is noted as the 6th most haunted location on our planet.

It has always been a dream of mine to write about my favorite historically haunted location. Thus, in 2010, I published The Haunted Queen of the Seas: The Living Legend of the RMS Queen Mary, which gives a thorough overview of the ship’s history and paranormal events. In 2015, I published Spirited Queen Mary: Her Haunted Legend, which concentrates more on the spiritual phenomena occurring inside the liner. By writing both books, my goal was to honor and connect the people of the vessel’s past with those of the present.

I have often surmised whether the entire ship is a portal to the afterlife. As moths are to a flame, spirits are to the Queen Mary. Anyone can have a paranormal experience in any part of the liner; however, there are known hot spots, including the former first and third class pool, after engine room, boiler rooms, hotel decks, forward cargo holds, R Deck Forward, etc.

The vessel has a beautiful spiritual aura. Known as the 8th Wonder of the World, people travel to the ship and immediately feel a strong soul-like connection to the liner. When I first stepped aboard the Mary, I remember saying to myself, “I have been here before” as I felt the ship reaching the depths of my soul.

When you are planning your next outing, I strongly suggest visiting this magnificent historical ship as she and her spirits are waiting for you.

To find out more about Nicole, her research, and her books:

http://www.authornicolestrickland.com

http://www.sandiegoparanormalresearch.com

http://www.spiritedqueenmary.com

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Facebook.com/nicolepisd

 

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My Spirit Realm – My Rules

Please welcome Bonnie Sue Brandvik to my blog today!!! Be sure to read all the way through. She’s having an awesome contest. 🙂

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First of all, I’d like to thank Denise for allowing me to participate in her annual Halloween Spooktacular event. For those of you don’t know me, I’m currently writing a series of novels set in the haunted Belleview Biltmore Hotel. Writing the “Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore” novels has allowed me to combine my passion for local history with my belief that there are countless lessons to be learned from those who came before us; and that women are always stronger when they band together to help one another achieve their goals. Also, I hope to convince readers that the spirit realm really does exist.

ENCOUNTERS WITH THE SPIRIT REALM: I’ve always found it interesting that people use eerily similar terms to describe encounters with the spirit realm.

  • Initially, a spine-tingling sensation is felt. Goosebumps might rise up.
  • There is an instant awareness that something is present which doesn’t fit into normal frames of reference.
  • There is a rush of adrenaline as the fight or flight instinct is awakened.
  • The surrounding air changes abruptly, often becoming cold or wet or breezy.
  • The ghost sighting or paranormal encounter occurs in an instant and often ends just as quickly.
  • The memory of the encounter remains crystal clear, even long afterward.
  • Logic and rational thought cannot make the lingering, uneasy feelings go away

THE BELLEVIEW BILTMORE HOTEL: Before I tell you more about the spirit realm, let me introduce you to the setting for my novel series – the Belleview Biltmore Hotel, located in Belleair, FL, near Clearwater Beach. It was built in 1895 as a winter paradise for wealthy travelers, by Henry B. Plant and his second wife, Margaret Loughman Plant. Over time, additions to the hotel increased its size to a mammoth 820,000 sq. ft. – arguably the largest occupied wooden structure in the entire United States. Unfortunately, preservationists recently lost the battle to save this magnificent hotel, and so a developer is demolishing the majority of the structure to replace it with condo towers. A tiny portion of the hotel will be incorporated into a small inn on the property, but the vast majority of the majestic hotel, along with its history, will only live on in my “Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore” novels.

INSPIRATION: I was first inspired to write about the hotel several years ago, when a different developer wanted to demolish the historic structure. Up until then, I’d only been there for special events, like weddings, or to enjoy the incredible Sunday brunch. I decided to explore the hotel, to see if I could figure out what all the fuss was about.

As always, I was impressed by the hotel’s architectural details, including its 30-inch wide crown molding and intricately carved corbels. High, carved arches and chandeliers lined the Promenade corridor, which was built wide enough that two ladies wearing hoopskirts could pass one another comfortably. The walls were covered with enormous historic photographs, depicting the evolution of hotel, its amenities and pastime diversions, along with a few of its most famous guests. There were three incredible ballrooms, each elaborately furnished with unique decor. At both ends of the Promenade, amazing, boxed-spiral staircases wound their way out of sight, leading to guestrooms far above. Another wide staircase led to the downstairs pub. In contrast to these elegant staircases, several extremely narrow employee-access doors revealed worn, wooden steps and hidden passages, leading down to the dimly-lit basement work areas and access tunnels.

But this was the first time I ever noticed a sense of history seemed to permeate the walls. Not only did past generations make physical changes to this elegant hotel, but many left echoes of themselves here as well. I could actually feel some of them there with me. I thought, “If only these walls could talk, what stories they would tell!” And that’s when it hit me. I could tell their stories by combining the actual history of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel with fictional spirits from past, notable generations.

I also wanted to demonstrate that a lot of the lessons learned by past generations are still relevant today. To do this, I decided that each book in the “Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore” series would contain two, separate stories that are able to tie the generations together. What I wound up with are stories that encompass multiple genres, including paranormal, historic, romance, woman’s literary fiction – and even some aspects of time-travel.

COMBINING HISTORY AND FANTASY: It’s a challenge to combine historic facts with fantasy and build a world full of characters that spans 120 years, while also describing the hotel in a way that readers will be able to visualize it and its guests and workers, regardless of the time frame. Before I started writing, I did an enormous amount of research. I took several guided tours of the Belleview Biltmore and asked dozens of questions. I also studied local historic archives, and read everything I could find about the Plant family and about the Hotel.

I learned that:

  • Before the advent of the passenger elevator, the higher the floor in a hotel, the less desirable it was, so the fifth floor was deemed suitable only for servants and nannies who were traveling with hotel guests.
  • Henry Plant built railroad tracks to the hotel to provide transportation in comfort and tunnels throughout the basement to accommodate the needs of workers without inconveniencing the hotel guests.
  • There were three electric lights and a fireplace in every room, most rooms had a semi-private bath, electricity was generated by a steam plant next to the hotel, an underground freshwater spring provided water, and a150-room dormitory housed workers.
  • The hotel served as the fire department, post office, telegraph office, and telephone switchboard, for the town of Belleair and for nearby Clearwater.

I also took myself on some, shall we say, ‘unsanctioned’ tours of the fifth floor, which was off-limits to the public, imagining what it would have been like to stay there as a worker. Then I spent time exploring every inch of the underground tunnels, which were also off-limits.

  • I examined the railroad tracks and pictured how many thousands of loads of luggage, supplies and even illegal liquor, workers had wheeled in and out on those tracks.
  • I examined the old stone ovens and thought about how dozens of baked goods were made every single day down there. How wonderful it must have smelled!
  • I sat by the giant ice keep in the basement, which was the size of an indoor swimming pool, and pictured men unloading huge blocks of ice from rail cars and then cutting it into manageable sizes that would fit into the ice boxes in the kitchens upstairs.
  • I stared at the old wooden stairs inside the hidden servant’s staircases and wondered how many feet had to climb them, before they began to actually wear grooves in the steps. How many sheets had been washed in the massive laundry and carried up and down these very stairs?
  • In the St Andrews Pub downstairs, I wished I could have been a fly on the wall, listening to the men discuss the issues of the day as they played cards, drank Caribbean rum, and smoked fine Cuban Cigars.
  • I climbed up into the attic and wondered how long it had been since someone had been up there, oiling the wheels of the freight lift, moving things in and out of storage, stuffing newspaper in between the heart pine beams to serve as insulation.

I took thousands of photos and became familiar with every inch of the place. Many, many times, I got caught and kicked-out of the hotel’s ‘off-limits to the public’ areas, but I also became recognized as an expert on the history of the hotel.

FINALLY, I WAS READY TO BUILD MY SPIRIT REALM. Other than Henry, Margaret, and Morton Plant, all of the characters in my books are a product of my imagination. But before I could create my characters, I had to first build a fantasy world for them to inhabit. Personally, I find world-building fun and empowering. I mean, I get to make all the rules in the whole world! How cool is that?

But it can also be tricky. I can’t write that spirits do something one way in one book and then write that they do it completely differently in another book. I had to create a framework of believable and consistent rules that the spirit characters must follow in all four books. Otherwise readers would get ticked-off at me and I couldn’t blame them! Here are a few rules in the world I created for my “Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore” series:

  • The spirit realm exists in between the land of the living and the lighted path, which leads to the next step on the eternal journey of the soul.
  • Sometimes when people die, they don’t travel the lighted path right away, but instead choose to remain behind, where they sometimes interact with the living and affect outcomes.
  • In my world, ghosts and spirits are not the same thing. A spirit’s memories and personality are intact, while a ghost is just a fragment of a spirit that broke away and stayed behind when the rest of the spirit traveled into the light.
  • Spirits can travel anywhere they went while they were alive, as well as wherever their bodies are buried or ashes were scattered. They can also choose to remain with a personal belonging… but they can go nowhere else.
  • When a spirit forms a connection with a hotel guest, the spirit can enter the guest’s dreams to share memories and wisdom from past generations.
  • No one – human or spirit – knows what lies at the end of the lighted path because no one has ever returned.

There are many other rules, of course, a few of which are revealed in each subsequent novel. Also, because each book in the series introduces a new present-day hotel guest (who is dealing a unique set of personal issues) it stands to reason that each guest’s problems resonate with different spirits. This is how I’m able to introduce spirit characters from different decades in each novel.

THE REAL GHOSTS: When I first decided to write the “Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore” novels, I didn’t do so because I thought the hotel was haunted. I just loved the place and wanted to tell some stories that would encompass its fascinating history while pointing out that we can still benefit from lessons learned by generations that have passed before.

My theory about historic, haunted hotels is that guests and workers leave echoes of themselves behind that become a part of the hotel. When these echoes can be heard (or seen, or felt, or photographed) by people who visit the hotel several decades, or even centuries, later, the hotel is said to be haunted. And whenever someone experiences this phenomenon, it’s called a paranormal encounter or a ghost sighting.

But once my website was up and running, I started hearing from people from around the world, who wanted to know if I was going to write about the ghost they had seen when they visited the Belleview Biltmore Hotel. After a while, I realized a few of these ghost sighting claims were quite similar to other reports I had received. When I started comparing them, I was amazed to discover that several people had unknowingly reported almost identical paranormal encounters. In other words, these strangers had experienced the same echoes of the past – or “paranormal encounters.” To date, my collection contains stories about twenty ghosts that have been reported to me multiple times by individuals who stayed at the Belleview Biltmore over the years. I decided to incorporate some of these stories into each of my novels, starting with Book 2.

THE SPIRITS OF THE BELLEVIEW BILTMORE SERIES: Each book begins when a troubled woman checks into the Belleview Biltmore and her problems resonate with spirits at the Hotel, forming a connection that links the two generations together. The half of the story which takes place in the present is told from the perspective of the troubled woman, while the historic part of the story is told via glimpses into the spirit’s memories.

The first two novels in this four-book series are currently available in print, e-book and audio download formats and can be purchased from most online retailers. Just search your favorite site for: BonSue Brandvik.

  • Book 1: “Pearls, Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore,” features spirits from the Victorian Era, when the Belleview Hotel opened for its first winter season in 1897.
  • Book 2: “Ripples, Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore,” introduces spirits from the Prohibition Era, when bootlegging was big business in Florida and the Belleview Biltmore was in the thick of it.
  • Book 3: “Redemption” – available in 2017, is about spirits from WWII, when more than 3,000 Army Air Corps soldiers used the hotel’s two golf courses for marching practice and watched the coastal waters not for pleasure, but for signs of lurking enemy submarines.
  • Book 4: “Nails,” will introduce some of the spirits who built the original Belleview Hotel and, in the present-day story, those overseeing its demolition.

ONE SPECIAL GHOST STORY: One of the twenty ghost stories that has been reported to me several times, takes place in the section of the hotel that originally served as the hotel lobby, and was later transformed into a cocktail lounge. Guests report that when they entered the Lobby Lounge through the doors that used to be the hotel’s main entrance, they felt a sudden chill and sensed that someone was standing on the right side of the entry, as if waiting to speak with them. They said they all stopped talking and turned in unison, expecting someone to be standing there, but found no one. Yet they all insist that someone had been there, attempting to get their attention.

When Henry and Margaret Plant first opened the hotel, Margaret would often stand to the right of the doors to greet people as they disembarked from the train and entered the grand hotel. Because Margaret is the only spirit that appears in all four of my novels, I like to think she still enjoys greeting people there. But what’s really crazy is that this tiny section – the old lobby – is also the only part of the hotel that the developer plans to save and incorporate into a small inn on the property. How about that? The exact part of the hotel that Margaret Plant is said to haunt will be saved. Although I don’t know what will become of the other ghosts, I’m quite happy Margaret can stay at the Belleview Biltmore for as long as she wants to!

THE TWENTY REAL GHOSTS OF THE BELLEVIEW BILTMORE:

Here’s a list of spirits/ghost encounters people have reported to me. 1) Henry Plant opens a window on the 4th fl to look out at the water. 2)Margaret Plant wanders the old lobby, welcoming people 3) Morton Plant wanders around in the St Andrews Pub 4) Maisie Plant wanders everywhere, searching for her pearls 5) A young boy who drown haunts primarily the 1st fl 6) A soldier who fell down the elevator shaft haunts the nearby corridors on all floors 7) A Nanny who likes her privacy shoos people from the 5th fl 8) Children run laughing in the 1st fl hallway 9) A young girl watches people on the 4th fl 10) A Victorian couple dances in the Starlight Room 11) A kitchen supervisor still looks over the shoulder of kitchen workers & often lets them feel her disapproval 12) A prankster opens drawers and removes doorknobs on the 4th fl 13) A young starlet hangs around back stage in the Starlight Room 14) A suicidal bride haunts the 4th fl 15) An angry man haunts the basement 16) A large wolf/dog/Indian spirit haunts the basement 17) An evil man haunts the 5th fl 18) Children play hide & seek in the basement 19) woman in white stares out 4th fl window 20) white banshee scares sleeping couples and shrieks, flying out window or through wall.

CONTEST/RAFFLE: Two winners will each receive an autographed copy of the first book in the “Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore” series. To enter:

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  3. Valid entries must be submitted by the last day of the Halloween Spooktacular (October 31, 2016)

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New Horror Story Cover Reveal — Hostility

I thought while the Halloween season is upon us I’d share a brand new cover I received for my November 11 release Hostility. I love this cover! Hostility is on preorder right now. You can find it at:

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Here’s the blurb to get you started!

Myra Harrington is tired. And sick. And sick and tired. Once a therapist, now a life coach, Myra hasn’t accomplished the goals she set out for herself two years ago when she left the insanity of psychology for coaching. One day she rips off the bandage and lets her hostility roar. Isolated in her office by a severe storm, she discovers a new side of herself. What her anger creates will tear apart her world and she may never get it back again.

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Eclipse: Paranormal, New Orleans & Halloween

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Hey everyone! Welcome to the release day for Eclipse, my Halloween novella. I’m rebooting this novel with Gorilla’s With Scissors Press with a new cover! This story is paranormal erotic romance, so if you like some of your scary stories super sexy, this might be one for you! Here’s the blurb and an excerpt to wet your appetite.

Eclipse

New Orleans.

Halloween.

A blood red eclipse will cover this night…

Dawn went to the Den of Wolves, certain she could save her wayward sister from immortality. She knew only one man could help her—Niall Machaire. The man her sister had loved and left ten years ago.

Something isn’t quite right about Niall, but she isn’t certain what it is…

What is he?

Dawn feared the primal, unstoppable craving she experienced for the gorgeous man. When he saves her life, and she awakens naked in his bed, she discovers his help may cost an immortal price

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Dawn Chartrier sat in her parked car and held her breath, certain she might walk into the Den of Wolves tonight and meet her death if things didn’t go as planned. Tonight she might discover the mystery of what happened beyond the darkness between death and rebirth.

She looked out at the New Orleans night, with its foggy nuance and mysterious layers that spoke of fatal consequences. She felt the chill down to her marrow. She’d seen costume-clad revelers around the streets, but once she’d arrived at the club, fundamental change brought a deathly hush over the street. Edginess prickled her skin, her stomach uneasy and her heart throbbing a little too fast. Dawn had never experienced a panic attack, but she fought with rising anxiety to keep her heart steady and trembling at bay. She’d always been the brave one in the family, willing to take chances to get things done. Now that she was here, reluctance dogged at her heels.

What insanity lurked around this single street and caused Halloween partygoers to avoid this area? Did the reputation of the club keep them away? Her heart pounded, and fear threatened to smash her resolve. She could start the car and escape.

But her family would never forgive her, even if she forgave herself.

Taking time off from her financial analyst job in Denver hadn’t gone over well with her ‘work-fourteen-hours-a-day’ boss. He’d grudgingly given her a week off when she explained her sister could be in grave danger. The boss from hell might use this trip as a reason to mark her down on her evaluation coming up next month. If so, she’d decided it might be time to start looking for another job, or another career all together.

“Shit.” Cursing came easy to her now—she’d never been a potty mouth, but circumstances and stress made her do things she didn’t think she would.

If she didn’t watch out, she’d follow her sister Maureen’s destructive path. She could still hear her Maureen’s prophetic words when she’d called. Immortality is a bitch.

 

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