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

Many of our ancestors during the Ice Age believed that underground caves connected with the spiritual realm, and they buried their dead inside them. Might some of them have remained behind for one reason or another? 

In the United States, in the state of Kentucky there exists the largest cave complex in the world known as Mammoth Cave.  Ancient burials have been located throughout the complex. During the Civil War the caves were worked for their saltpeter deposits.  Slaves perished through accidents, and some say their spirits linger. We also have reports of Native Americans and cave explorers who entered the cave and never returned.

Mammoth Cave: Photograph by Navin75

The most famous apparition is Melissa, who supposedly lured her tutor to his death inside the cave.  The story goes that she was in love with him. Unfortunately he didn't return her affections. In fact, he was dating another girl. In a fit of jealousy, she lured him into the caves and abandoned him there. He never found his way out of it. She didn't mean him any real harm, or so she said. However, Mister Beverleigh was never seen again and no one but Melissa knew why.

Dying of tuberculosis, Melissa confessed her crime from her deathbed. After her demise, the sightings began. Witnesses told a story of a girl that roams the depths of Mammoth Caves in search of her lost love. Though melodramatic perhaps, other “experiences” tend to give credence to support the story. Several people have said they hear voices of a girl who they think is trying to find someone. She has the most dreadful cough...

Other stuff happens inside there, usually in the dark. Strange lights, phantom footsteps, and apparitions dressed in a wide variety of clothing and from various ages are a common sight.

So if you are planning a trip to the Mammoth Caves--or any cave for that matter--you just may have unseen friends accompanying you. Happy spelunking...

So tell me, have you ever visited a cave or a mine?


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
!


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!


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Strong As Death, by M.S. Kaye...

I am happy to welcome M.S. Kaye to my blog today as she tells us a little bit about her new release, the first of her dark paranormal, young adult series published by Inkspell Publishing!



Strong as Death
Born from Death book one
by M.S. Kaye

Ilona discovers what it means to have a mother who is a modern woman and a father who is a 19th-century gentleman ghost.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Ghost Ship Joyita...


Every now and then I have the pleasure of inviting a guest--who loves the paranormal as much as I do--to contribute a post. Today is one of those days. I am excited to welcome Summer Siquian, who will tell us a little bit about the Pacific ghost ship known as Joyita! 


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There is a great deal of mystery surrounding Joyita, a missing ship found partially afloat and void of any crew members. In time she became known as the Pacific’s ghost ship.




Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Who Inspired Me to Write? Not Who You Might Think...

Normally we deal with the paranormal around here, especially during a book tour. However, every now and again, I'll venture off on something else.

Today is one of those days.

One of the questions I'm often asked during interviews is: What author or authors inspired you to write? My answer is always the same. The person who must take the credit, or the blame -- according to your perspective -- is not an author. He is my beloved husband. He encouraged--and gave me the courage--to write down my stories and submit them for publication. When I finally received my first contract, no one celebrated my success more than he didand that's when it started!

What, you might ask, am I talking about? I'm talking about the thoughtful, special little gifts I received in commemoration of each book I wrote and published.