Happy Halloween! Everyone at the Evil Day Job was required to costume today, and my attic crew and myself (all women) are going as the Witches of the Dark Tower. I’ll post a photo later :-). And if you have a Kindle and are so inclined, ROYAL STREET
is on sale today for the scary (and bizarre) price of $1.20 as part of a fantasy promotion. I have no idea how long that price will last and it seems to be only for Kindle.
Today, please help me welcome authors Rebecca Thomas and Melinda B. Pierce to Preternatura. Rebecca and Melinda have stopped by, on Halloween, of course, to talk about haunted places near and around where they live. What an amazingly appropriate and spooky conversation to have on this day!
enjoys a love-hate relationship with Alaska. She lives there with her husband and two teen-aged sons where she appreciates all the unique things the last frontier has to offer. When she isn’t reading, writing, or playing board games, she is cheering for her sons at their hockey games and tennis matches. She loves to talk about books on twitter
You can also learn more about Rebecca by visiting her website
Melinda B. Pierce
is an author hobbyist, mother of two, and Membership Director for Savvy Authors.
When she has time she writes in almost every sub-genre of romance and refuses to follow the path of most resistance.
Connect with her on twitter
Coming Soon from Rebecca Thomas on November 25th, 2013:
The Blacksmith’s Son
Captain Quentin Drake returns home after his naval commission ends to find a young groom being beaten in the village stables. Weary from his travels, he only wants a good night’s sleep, but refuses to turn a blind eye to the lad’s mistreatment. He intervenes, taking the lad to his room, only to discover the boy…is a woman. After Ally Lockwood witnesses an earl murdering another man, she’s in fear for her life. She flees his estate and masquerades as a boy while assisting the local blacksmith. Her ruse is up when a handsome stranger tending to her wounds disrobes her. Involvement with the Captain lures Ally into believing she can return to life as a woman, but it may also draw the killer back on her trail.
And now, let’s hear from Melinda and Rebecca…
Hauntings From Alaska To Florida: A Tale of Two Chickens
Melinda B. Pierce
Happy Halloween! First, let me thank our most gracious host for allowing Rebecca and I to guest post today.
And second, let’s get spooky-ish. Rebecca and I are writing partners who challenge each other on a weekly, if not daily, basis.. To celebrate Halloween, I wanted a little different challenge. I was thinking something that would take us out of our comfort zone – find the closest thing haunted to where you live and take a picture. Go inside if you can, and give the readers some history on the place.
Not the kind of gals to back down, we Googled, mapped and gave a drive by to our little haunted corners of the world. Read on, and at the end, tell us the closest haunted place to where you live and if you would go inside.
Residing in the Sunshine State, it’s not often I think of the darker side of where I live. Sure, there are always a few famous haunted cemeteries and hotels, but I wanted something out of the norm, a little less heard of.
I came across the website Haunted Places
and was stunned to find a local place I’ve visited often, and with my children, was said to be haunted.
The Center Place is a pretty little brick building attached to our local library.
It holds small gatherings for plays and art exhibits. My challenge was going to be a piece of cake.
I packed up my one year old and set off to take a pic at 10 a.m. (We had to be back home by nap time!) The story goes that a young girl named Matilda haunts the main gallery.
The comments say she’s artsy and just likes to hang around.
The pictures will move by themselves and the lights will flicker when she’s near.
The center was open when I arrived and I took a few pics of the outside before going in. (Yes, with my 1 yr old in tow.) I didn’t see anything spooky, but I was in the gallery by myself. The exhibit for this week was very old black and white photographs of local people from about the 1850s to early 1900s. The pics added to my unease. It was then I did the most mature thing I could think of – I whispered Matilda’s name, waited about 10 secs, and when nothing odd happened, I bolted out the door to my car. Haunted? Maybe, maybe not. But knowing a place you’ve been in several times is believed to be haunted sure gives it a whole new perspective.
I admit, I have a thing for haunted hotels. In fact, I’ve recently submitted a proposal to my editor where much of the story takes place in a haunted hotel. One thing I never realized before doing a little internet research on haunted hotels is the fact that many people seek them out as vacation destinations! Who knew?
If you search the internet for haunted hotels and specifically request Alaska you will likely find The Northern Lights Hotel in Fairbanks, Alaska.
The story of the now abandoned building is that a little girl died on the third floor. The hotel reportedly closed off that part of the hotel, but would get repeated phone calls from room #303. A little girl says she’s looking for her mother and then hangs up. No one was on the third floor when the phone call was made.
I would like to investigate the rumors myself, but the building is condemned, so I have to rely upon eyewitness accounts, in this case, teenagers who have explored the hotel themselves. Not wanting to implicate said teenagers, I’ll just say some climbing and crawling through boarded up windows is involved to get inside. My eyewitnesses said when they were on the lower levels of the hotel, they could hear footsteps on the upper floors. No one else was in the hotel but them. Needless to say, they quickly exited the building.
Halloween is the time of year when we think about spooky things; ghosts and haunted buildings being amongst them. I personally have no experience with anything paranormal, but I absolutely believe the paranormal realm exists.
Thanks for stopping by! And don’t forget to tell us about the spooky-ish places near you and if you are willing to visit.
Also, we’d like to give you a treat for stopping in – leave us a comment and we’ll put you in the running for a $15.00 gift card from Amazon.
Thanks Melinda and Rebecca!
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