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.

Did you know there have only been about 10 full moons on Friday the 13th between 1903 to June of 2014? Today will mark the eleventh.  Actually the official full moon was yesterday, but we are still in the full moon phase. But the next time a full moon and Friday the 13th actually coincide on the exact same day will be August 13th 2049.  A lot of us probably won’t be here to see it though, perhaps due to that zombie apocalypse or something like age... ;D

So, how often do we experience the unlucky and dreaded 13th day of the month falling on a Friday?  Well let’s check beginning with August of 2010, which is the only Friday the 13th fell in that year. The final tally is 12, through May of 2016 with two occurring this past year.

Paraskavedekatriaphobia, (a major nightmare in any spelling bee) is the name given to those who fear Friday the 13th.  Paraskavedekatriaphobia  is a scary word in its own right, and I'm not even going attempt to say it out loud.

Friday the 13th is considered the unluckiest day(s) of the year on the Gregorian calendar. The fearsome reputation of this day probably came from the middle ages. Many believe that the possible origins came from the Bible. Regardless of origin, there are those who are quick to point out that on Friday the 13th:

Philip IV of France ordered the arrest and dissolution of the Knight's Templar in October of 1307. The execution of the Templar Grandmaster occurred on Friday the 13th as well. At this time he cursed his prosecutors, the Pope, and King of France. Friday, November 13, 1970 the deadliest tropical cyclone in recorded history made its appearance. Then we have the Friday the 13th blizzard that dumped 22 inches of snow in New York in OCTOBER... How about the Friday the 13th in Suffolk England, when a 13 year old boy was struck by lightning? Or that awful Friday the 13th in 1996 when Tupac Shakur was murdered in Las Vegas? The list does go on.

Full moons occur every 29.5 days, and when it occurs twice in a month it is a blue moon. The weird and strange attached to the full moon probably has its origins in folklore and myth. Strange behavior noted on full moons may date back to early interpretation of pagan activities during this phase of the moon.

As most of us know, many pagan beliefs center on the full moon. Stories in folklore and myth attribute the full moon to unearthly and terrifying events, as well as weird animal and human behavior.  After all the full-moon and werewolves just seem to belong together, right?

Alex Stevens Dark Shadows Public Domain

Anyway enjoy today's  Friday the 13th, the first of 2017. While you're at it, keep an eye out for zombies and werewolves. because--you know--the full moon thing. And do let me know if you see any...


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.



However, did you know about the mirror? Reports say the home houses a mirror that contains the spirits of Sara and her two murdered children. I don't have a clue as to why you can see them inside the mirror...

If that isn't enough to make you shiver, we have one wedding dress, circa 1849 that Anna Baker would've worn on her wedding day--except her father made sure the wedding never took place. Eventually another bride was destined to wear the dress. Decades later, the dress was given to a historical society. Then, when the Baker home in Pennsylvania was turned into a museum, the dress was placed in a glass case in an upstairs bedroom, reported to have been Anna's. Many visitors claim to see the dress dance as it sways from side to side, especially when the moon is full. No source for an inadvertent draft has been found. 

Artist Bill Stoneham created a painting entitled “The Hands Resist Him." Various buyers reported the characters within the painting would move around or disappear. Those that viewed the painting reported feeling sick and experience weakness.  Younger children would run from the room screaming and adults would report “hands” that were grabbing them. For others it was a blast of very hot air.

What about “the Goddess of Death” a stature carved in limestone dating to 3500 BC and found on Cypress in 1878? Reports say that the original owner and six succeeding family members who inherited the piece all died within six years.  All from unexplained and mysterious causes. Right or wrong, fingers point directly at "the Goddess of death."

Last but not least, there is a story of a piano, bought at an antique shop for an unbelievably low price. The man proudly brought it into his home and gave it a place of honor. Within days the piano began playing all by itself (and no, it wasn't a player piano). Scared out of his mind, the owner returned it at once to the antique store. The proprietor wasn't at all surprised. You see, it had been returned many, many times before....

Welcome to the dark side of the paranormal. Sweet dreams...



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.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Starr Fall Cover Reveal!


I am happy to take part in the Cover Reveal for Starr Fall, Book One, a Young Adult Romance Series by my Inkspell Sister, Kim Briggs. Published by Inkspell Publishing, this book will release on November 4, 2016.





Starr Fall 

Book One of the Starr Fall Series 

By Kim Briggs 

Release date: November 4, 2016 

Publisher: Inkspell Publishing 

ISBN: 978-1-939590-94-7 



Pre-Order Buy Links:

Amazon

Kobo



About the Book:

On the run from the Organization, Starr never planned on falling in love.

Starr Bishop’s the complete package. A perfect smile, brains to match, and a winning attitude. Boys want to date her and girls want to be her. She’s the type of girl you want to hate, if only she wasn’t so damn likable. But don’t worry, she’s not interested in your boyfriend. Boys are one complication she can live without.

When the Organization decides she’s not only the model student but the ideal assassin, Starr’ll need a lot more than high test scores and extracurricular involvement to get herself out of that commitment.

Dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood is the last person she’d expect—or even want— to come to her rescue. From opposite ends of Webster High’s social hierarchy, their lives collide in one electrifying moment. Christian isn’t the Goth loner he pretends to be, he’s a part Cherokee, All-American boy who wants to be a hero, Starr’s hero. Christian makes Starr forget that the Organization is after her, but nothing will stop the Organization from collecting their top recruit.

By the way, the spot for junior class president just became available.



Book Excerpt:

I glance up just before plowing into a tall, muscular frame. As our bodies collide, time stops for one brief moment. Strong arms pull me into his black Ramones t-shirt. He shifts his body under mine, drawing me in closer to his chest. His heart races against my cheek; it matches the sprint of my own.

In a tight embrace, we fall as if someone hit slow motion and we drop frame by frame without ever hitting the bottom. Nothing exists in the entire universe except for our plunging bodies pressed against each other. When we finally hit the hard tile floor, he takes most of the impact because I’m cocooned in his arms. Something tightens just below my belly button—a nervous kind of flip-floppy feeling, and I finally understand what Sami and Jody always talk about.

“You,” he murmurs. I gaze into Christian’s black lined eyes with newfound shyness. I never noticed just how blue his eyes are. A blue so deep and pure and clear I’m tempted to swim in them for hours, but the catcalls “Get a room” and rowdy laughter remind me we’re in the middle of the cafeteria with our food deprived classmates, and we’re fresh bait. A burn creeps into my cheeks.

He pushes himself up beside me. Whatever emotion was in his eyes a moment ago vanishes as quickly as it appeared. Two sharp, unforgiving vertical lines form between his eyebrows. Without even a grunt of acknowledgement, he stalks away. I stare after his black t-shirt, wondering what just happened and did he feel it too?

“Starr, are you okay?” someone asks, but I’m lost in my own world. “Starr, are you okay?” A hand grips my shoulder.

If there was any electricity coursing through my veins, it’s gone now.

I shake my head to clear it before turning to Frank. “Yeah..., yeah, I’m fine.”

I think.

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About the Author

Kim once smashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are way more interesting than just slipping on the ice. 





An unhealthy obsession with conspiracy theories combined with a love of travel and happily ever afters led Kim to write her YA novel, Starr Fall, where a secret organization decides Starr Bishop would make the ideal assassin. While in hiding, Starr meets dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood. Cue the swoon worthy music. But it’s not all happily ever afters for Kim, her NA novel, And Then He, explores the dark and scary corners of the human psyche. Following a night of innocent flirting with a handsome stranger, Tiffani finds herself in the midst of a nightmare she can’t escape. And Then He is available now through Amazon and other major book retailers. Starr Fall will debut November 2016 with Inkspell Publishing.



When she’s not doing something writerly, Kim can be found jumping into snow drifts with her three kids, husband, and dog. She’s careful to avoid trees.



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Giveaway Details

To celebrate Starr Fall’s cover release, Kim wants to give away some fun swag!

One lucky winner will receive a bag of Starr Fall swag including bookmarks, all the fixings for s’mores (once you read the book, you’ll know why), and this…



See that little metal tag? It says “Me to We.” Cool huh? You know what else is cool, the purchase of the bracelet bought one month of clean water to a child in a community overseas. Starr’s all about water and making an impact. Kim is too, and she can’t wait to give this bracelet to one lucky recipient. All you need to do is pre-order Starr Fall, then email a copy of the proof of purchase (a screenshot works) to KimBriggsAuthor @ gmail.com (Don’t forget to remove the spaces;)

Winner will be announced on Kim’s Website Monday, October 3, 2016.

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I don’t know about you, but I love the cover and the premise of the book! What about you? Let Kim know your thoughts. I’m sure she would appreciate them
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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hell Hath No Fury by Tamela Miles!


I am so excited to take part in the cover reveal for Hell Hath No Fury, Tamela Miles' upcoming release! Isn't it gorgeous?  Let her know what you think! 



Coming soon in 2016!

Tamela MIles' Words of Wisdom:


Uh-oh. It's happened again, hasn't it? In fact, this is the third time this week that you can't type out a single word of your glorious WIP, in fear because it feels like you're writing crap that no one will ever read and enjoy. Fear not - you're not alone. Many of us authors are, by far, our own worst critics. My first bit of acquired wisdom is to not let fear cripple you to the point you're tempted to get up from your PC and escape into a good movie. No. Don't make that mistake. Keep your bottom in that chair and keep going. What reads like crap now just needs a little tweaking during revision. Another bit of acquired wisdom is this: Let it go sometimes, for the moment. Forget your current WIP and focus on another writing project. Shift gears to that other piece of work and lose yourself in it. One WIP often inspires another. Writing two or more WIP concurrently doesn't work for everybody but if you have the spirit of a multitasker, give it a try. Imagine your joy when you complete both projects a whole lot sooner!