Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Soldier's Premonition of Death...Imagined or is it Real After all?

As we celebrate the release of Love Letters from Heaven I thought I would share part of the inspiration behind the story with a couple of examples. Keep in mind though, I have more! Lots more...



During America’s Civil War, at the Battle of South Mountain, Maryland, Private George Miles died. The month was September, and the year was 1861. He had enlisted with Company A of the 6th Wisconsin infantry just a few months earlier—May 10th, 1861 to be precise. That morning he had grown unusually quiet. This was not like him at all. By nature he was a man of good cheer and joviality, a thing which boosted the spirits of all the men in his company. When they asked him for the reason of his melancholy, he simply said, “You fellows would be quiet too, if you knew you would be killed tonight.”

Though the men laughed, they must’ve taken him seriously, for later that afternoon, when an unexpected battle presented itself, the men asked the Captain to give him a duty elsewhere. The Captain, having a fondness for the private as well, complied. However, George would have none of it. “I came here to do my duty and although I know I shall be killed I shall go in,” he said.

Alongside his comrades George proceeded to climb the mountain. Fighting was intense. About half-way up, he was struck by a bullet. Just as he said, the bullet took his life.

And then we have William St Leger, a lieutenant serving with the 2nd Coldstream Guards during World War I. He had two dreams that foretold his impending death. In one dream he saw himself mingling with the officers and men of his regiment who had been killed. In the second dream he was struggling in hand to hand combat with a very large and overpowering German soldier. As he awoke he had the impression he would not live past the spring. He died at the battle of the Lys in the spring of the following year.

My Uncle Robert Buskirk served his country during World War II. There were many stories told of men in his regiment who knew they wouldn’t be coming home. One in particular was a young man by the name of Private Forbes. One day, just behind enemy lines, they were tasked with digging yet another foxhole. He asked one of his companions in another squad if they could swap places for the night. “I’d be glad too, he said, “as long as the lieutenant gives us permission.”

As the day wore on, the lieutenant had failed to return from a previous duty. When Forbes’ companion alerted him of this fact, Forbes simply shrugged. He said not to worry, that is was okay and just to forget about asking for the favor. “It’s not going to matter if I’m in your foxhole or mine. I’m not going to live through the night,” he said. He didn’t.


There are many such stories out there and each one tugs at the heart. In my latest novel, Love Letters from Heaven, our ghostly hero, Sergeant William Malloy Griffin, also knew he wouldn't come home from his service during World War II. This, of course, is going to make it all the more difficult for him to win his very mortal soul mate...


So, do you think soldiers who are destined to die on the battlefield are given some kind of advanced notice? Let me know what you think! I'd love to hear it.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cover Reveal... Love Letters from Heaven

Exactly seventy-three years, two months and eleven days ago, on the shores of Normandy, an Invasion known as Operation Overlord took place. We know that day better as D-Day...

On that day, countless soldiers lost their lives. Many of these heroes are buried in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.

Photo taken by  Bjarki Sigursveinsson 2003
Among them, is William Malloy Griffin, the fictional hero of "Love Letters from Heaven," my newest novel, soon to be published by the Wild Rose Press!

As Always, Debbie Taylor did an AWESOME job of creating the cover. Thank you so very much Debbie!



Blurb:

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday the 13th in Full Moon Phase...

So, it's Friday the 13th and we are in Full Moon phase...

Public Domain Photograph
If there is any connection between a full moon and the date, we should be entertained as the day wears on.  I mean really, if there's going to be a zombie apocalypse, what better day to start one than right now?

Of course, our esteemed scientists will tell you there's no correlation between the weird and frantic during a full moon. However, my husband mentioned on more than one occasion--while working graveyard patrol at the police department--the presence of a full moon seemed far more chaotic and people behaved in a more irrational manner than on any other day of the lunar month. Hospitals can fall victim to the bizarre as well.

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Things of Nightmares...Real or imagined?

Speaking of things that are not quite right... (See Carnival attractions via Red Rock Theater)



Did you ever pick up an item at an antique shop, flea market, or even in grandma's attic or basement and feel like you've suddenly trespassed where you are not welcome?  Somehow the otherwise innocent object feels all wrong. Perhaps it emanates a weird vibe or makes your skin crawl. I think we all know about Chucky (a movie I have never watched and never will--thank you ever so much) but what about things other than the plentiful stories of sinister dolls? Do you think these things only live in the minds of those who write horror fiction?

Did you know that on eBay there are numerous sites dedicated to possessed objects?  Pictures, jewelry, of course a doll or two can also be found.  Hmm... There is a story of a Dibbuk Box sold on eBay and based upon Jewish folklore.  A bibbuk box is a wine cabinet that is haunted by a restless evil spirit. They say it is responsible for haunting or even possession of the living. "Hog wash," you say? Maybe.

We also have the story of the Myrtle Plantation. Most everyone knows about the servant girl named Chloe who had a liaison with the master of the manor. She feared she would be removed from the house after he grew tired of her, so she began to poison Sara (his wife) and their kids. She intended, she said, to nurse them back to health and thus in gratitude, would forever be a prized member of the household. Unfortunately it didn't work out that way. She accidently killed them instead. Chloe, they say, has never left the mansion.



Friday, December 16, 2016

The old Red Rock Theaters - Something wicked this way comes...

Have you entered a building and something about it just doesn't seem quite right?  You can’t put a finger on it, or even define it exactly, but everything is just kind of "off."  Like...maybe...just maybe you’re being watched by something who's notice you'd rather escape?  Years ago in Las Vegas, Nevada such a place once existed, but it wasn't always so. Red Rock 11 Theaters--located in what is now, west central Las Vegas--was only a couple of blocks from the home in which I spent all of my teenage years. My family and friends watched a ton of movies there without fuss or incident...  



But then...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Haunted Mammoth Caves...

I feel like it's been forever since I've written a blog and I have truly missed it. There are a million and one reasons for that, mostly life and the people who are most important in it... like my family. If I waxed poetic over the events of the past several months that kept me away from writing, I'd need a book, not a blog. Anyway, enough of that. Suffice it to say I'm back (hopefully)!

So without further ado...

Have you ever been inside a dank, dark, dusty, cave or mine?  If you haven't, let me be the first one to tell you that it's really, really dark in there. In fact, the darkness is total. If that doesn't put a shiver down your spine, know that caves are also full of sounds as well. There are echoes along with spooky and unexplained noises. Whispers are not uncommon. You feel the walls closing in around you, and not everything is “comfortably” right.

Cave south Australia: by Andrew McMillan

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Awaken from Death...Born from Death book 2 by M.S. Kaye!

I am really happy to share with all of you, M.S.Kaye's newest release, Awaken From Death!




Will they discover the truth of their ancient connection before it destroys them both?

Ilona continues to struggle with loss, as well as trying to find where she fits in with other people, if she ever really will. She starts taking dangerous risks.
Archer is desperate to protect Illona and discovers more about himself in the progress. When Ilona is in danger of being mauled by a dog, he desperately tries something that shouldn’t be possible. And yet he succeeds.
This is just the beginning of his discovery of who—what—he truly is.