Out of the corner of your eye have you ever caught a glimpse of something, and then when you turn it’s gone?
Have you heard creaks and bangs that can’t be explained?
Has the temperature around you suddenly become chilled?
Do you believe in ghosts?
Since ghosts play a significant part in my new book, The Silver Crescent, I thought I would share some of my ghostly encounters with you.
Ghost and witches have to be the most fun and versatile creatures to write about. Your ghost can be solid or transparent, look perfectly normal or hideous, be nasty or nice, helpful or mischievous.
I’ve personally experienced a few incidents that can’t be explained. The one that stands out the most is the time I was zapped by the voodoo queen Marie Laveau. My husband and I were in New Orleans touring St. Louis Cemetery #1. We were with a group, and when we stopped in front of Marie’s tomb the strangest sensation came over me. I became dizzy and had to sit down. I felt so bad we had to leave the tour. The further we got from the cemetery the better I felt. Now, my husband will tell you it was heat exhaustion, but it wasn’t that hot and I felt fine until we stopped in front of the tomb.
The second was when I was having afternoon tea at an old house with three of my friends. The house had been converted into a combination B&B/tea room. The house is listed as one of the most haunted houses in Ohio and has had numerous ghostly sightings. I told the owner I was an author and was planning on using a haunted historic home in my next book. She was gracious enough to let us tour the bedrooms upstairs. I felt absolutely nothing until we stopped in the doorway of one bedroom. What happened next was one of the scariest things I’ve ever experienced. I was standing next to my girlfriend and suddenly I was hit with a force so hard I grabbed her arm for support. I began to tremble uncontrollably and a sensation of extreme sadness came over me. All I could say was “Get me out of here.” My one friend, who believes in ghosts about as much as my husband does, said I turned white and that the look of fear on my face made a believer out of her.
My uncle’s house in Michigan is located in the Irish Hills. The house, which sits on a hill overlooking Sand Lake, was built in the late nineteenth century. As old houses do, it has its creaks and groans. But in this case it hasn’t only been me who’s heard the footsteps when there’s no one there, doors banging shut when nobody is coming in or going out, and seeing the hair on the back of the Labrador retriever stand on end as he stares into an empty corner and growls.
One night while we were visiting and everyone had gone to bed, my husband was reading on the couch when he began to hear bumps and bangs coming from the kitchen. The skeptic that he is, he couldn’t resist getting up to take a look. He figured it was as good a time as ever to meet his first ghost. He didn’t see anything, but he had to admit he heard something.
If you’ve ever had any ghostly experiences, I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment.
The Silver Crescent by Debby Grahl
Published by The Writer's Coffee Shop on Jan 30,2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Betrayal, murder and a stolen fortune bring Elise Baxter to Cedar Bend, Michigan, on a quest to solve a family mystery—and recover the missing treasure.
Max Holt impulsively buys a crumbling Victorian mansion and fulfills his dream of restoring it as a restaurant and inn. Aware of its reputation for being haunted, he adds to the mystique by building a garden path of old tombstones, one of which belongs to the original owner of the house, Cyrus Mosby—the man whose legacy Elise has traced, and who allegedly stole her ancestral share of a Colorado silver mine over a century ago.
Following clues gleaned from old diaries and a visit from the spirit of her great-great-grandmother, Elise seeks out Max and his inn. Not knowing if she can trust Max with her family secret, Elise pretends her interest is in researching Cyrus, whose own violent death remains a mystery.
An intense attraction between Max and Elise leads him to believe she may be the girl of his dreams. But when he discovers her true interest in him and his inn, memories of a past betrayal threaten to end their passionate relationship. Elise, finding herself falling in love with Max, fears her deception may cost her more than she is willing to lose.
Once persuaded the stolen silver is hidden somewhere in the inn, and captivated by the idea of a treasure hunt, Max and Elise begin the search together, aided by the resident ghosts, Cyrus and Virginia.
The treasure hunt seems like a harmless adventure until someone tries to steal the diaries. Unknown to Max and Elise, there are others—including an evil presence—who are driven by greed and will stop at nothing to unlock the mystery of the Silver Crescent.
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