Book Spotlight – “Ghostly Writes Anthology” by Ghostly Writers

Book Blurb

ENTER IF YOU DARE. A new Ghostly Writes Anthology for 2017, gives you sixteen authors from around the world with ghostly stories and poems for you to read. Each short story will take you to a new place, be it the future, present or past.

Plaisted Publishing House is happy to present this book to you – our readers. Please note that all stories are written in the English of the country the Author resides in.

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From the Author

Ghostly Writers are a group of Indie Authors from all over the world who come together to write short stories to thrill and scare you during Halloween. Each year we put together a FREE eBook Anthology with scary tales.

This is our 2nd Anthology and our thrid book (we put together a ghostly anthology for Valentines as well.

Where To Find Ghostly Writers

Facebook, E-mail, Website, Newsletter (Indie Publishing News)

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Author Spotlight – Patricia Josephine

Introducing Patricia Josephine

Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head and began learning all she could about writing. That was the start of it, and she hasn’t regretted a moment. She writes Young Adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

I am a born and raised Michigander, meaning I can easily use my hands to indicate where in the state of Michigan I live. Creativity has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. It started with my grandpa’s oil paintings. I loved watching him and that eventually led to me wanting to be an artist as well. The first story I ever wrote was because I was bored. It was also awful and will not see the light of day, but it opened me up to a new way of creativity and I haven’t looked back.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

My latest release is called Mistakes of the Past. It’s about two people dealing with their pasts and having to face them in order to move forward. The main character is also someone who is usually the bad guy in novels. I’ve always wanted to write a story where someone who is usually the villain gets to be the good guy and hero.

Who is your intended readership?

This is a question I always freeze on. LOL In all honestly, since I like to read to escape, my writing is the same, so if you’re a reader who likes to escape the real world for a while, I have some book recommendations. 😉 Also vampire lover or werewolf lover. Basically monster lovers. I do dabble in sci-fi too, so anyone who enjoys sci-fi stories. If you have picked up one of my books, expect something supernatural or sci-fi to happen.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I thought I sucked at writing for the longest time and it wasn’t even on my radar until I got bored one day. Then when the idea for my YA novel, Being Human, was almost written, it struck me as something other people might enjoy too. I started researching and learning more about writing, hired an editor because I am hopeless when it comes to commas, and trying to improve. Now, it’s hard to imagine not writing. I get tons of ideas and always have something in the works. Whether or not it is developed enough to finish is another story.

Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

My two favorite authors are Kerrelyne Sparks and Zac Brewer. Both have written amazing vampire stories and I love all things vampires.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

Learn your own routine. There’s a ton of advice out there, and a lot of guilt tripping over not writing every day. Not every writer can write every day and that is okay. You’re better off finding what works best for YOU other than struggling with something that works best for someone else.

Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?

When I was in college, I had to take an English class and on a writing paper, I got a D. The profession didn’t really give much advice, but now I know what she wanted was more show not tell, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why she didn’t just say that.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

When I’m not writing, I like to knit, paint, and make jewelry. I also have a serious obsession with Doctor Who and serial killers (not connected in anyway.)

What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?

I’m bouncing around a few different projects and different stages, and getting distracted easily. I’m like Dug the dog. SQUIRREL. Makes it hard to answer this because I don’t know which one to talk about.

Mistakes of the Past


Luc seeks atonement for the actions that banished him from his home. Living as a priest in a small town, he strives to show how much he’s changed with the hope that one day he can return to his family.

Haunted by the guilt that destroyed her family, Rose has shut her heart off. She vows to never let anyone near again lest she hurt them. When she meets Luc, she can’t deny the draw she feels to him.

But the past is not easily forgotten. When Luc’s past finds him, Rose is caught in the middle. Forced to face who he used to be, Luc must decide if he’s willing to give up his chance at redemption to save Rose. But doing so means he won’t be able to hide who he is. Will Rose be able to reconcile the man she knows with the devil he used to be? Or are the mistakes of the past too damning?

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Author Pages:

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords

Where to find Patricia Josephine:

Website (Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine), Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Book Spotlight – “Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #1)” by Timothy Bateson

Book Blurb

Richard Parsons is a lupine, one of the many breeds of shape-shifters living in Seattle. Mortal legends of his kind call them werewolves.
When a traveling exhibition returns to Seattle, Richard takes a night time visit, with plans that go beyond seeing a particular display. However he is unprepared for the memories and emotions that come flooding back.

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“Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #1)”

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From the Author

Timothy Bateson is a writer who broke into the market in 2014, with three short stories being featured in Halloween and science-fiction anthologies. In 2016, Bateson self-published a re-release of “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, the first of a several stories set in the “Shadows Over Seattle” world, which he co-writes with his wife, Sandi.
Bateson is also a blogger who often spotlights books and fellow indie authors, alongside his other interests, such as the Brain to Books Cyber Convention events, falconry, journaling, quotes, and reading.

Where To Find Timothy Bateson

Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, Pinterest, Blog (Ramblings of an Author), Website, Newsletter

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Trick-Or-Treat Book Blog Hop

Hop on over to the Trick-Or-Treat Book Blog Hop, and discover how to collect some other great reads that authors will be giving away free.

Here’s the link to my guest slot on Patricia’s site.

Then take some time, and check out the rest of Patricia Lynne’s blog posts.

Halloween Week on “Are You Afraid Of The Dark”

I’d also like to thank Anita Stewart (A.F. Stewart) for hosting me over on “Are You Afraid Of The Dark”.

Drop in on my guest slot, then take some time to check out the rest of Anita’s tour.

Interview with a Werewolf – with A.L. Mabry

In preparation for putting together this Halloween event, I reached out to a number of independent authors, trying to get ideas for posts. The wonderful A.L. Mabry (who was the subject of yesterday’s Author Spotlight) agreed to sit down and do a live interview with one of her latest creations, Miranda Spencer.

I’ve always enjoyed interviewing my own characters as part of the writing process, and this interview proved to be just as much fun. In the process of doing this interview we went from a brief character idea to an entire plot outline for “Blood Moon: The Hunt”, so keep your eyes open, because this shaped up to be a very interesting story. Of course, we hashed out some details after the interview was over, but I’m not going to put those discussions here, because they’re very definitely potential spoilers.

I’d like to thank both A.L. and Miranda for their time, and without further delay, here’s that interview…

Introducing Miranda Spencer

Miranda Spencer, 25. Born in Huntsville, Alabama. Raised by her adopted father after the mysterious death of her mother when she was four. Miranda currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her daughter, Remy and her live in girlfriend,Morygaine. She is a stewardess which gives her access to many cities across the world and aids her side gig, Werewolf hunter.

“Hello, Timothy. My name is Miranda and I am a werewolf. I don’t know much about being a werewolf because I was raised by a Vampire. I know, you’re scratching your head. You see, my mother was human and my father was a monster apparently. When my mother was killed, Rupert, a vampire who was desperately in love with Mother, took me in as his own. He did it out of love for her but his despisal of my father overshadowed my childhood. Profile me?”

“I have to admit to being curious now, especially since I’ve met my share of shapeshifters since I started writing about the Seattle supernatural community. When did you discover you were a werewolf?”

“I was six. I fell asleep in my bed, as per usual and I woke up chained in the basement. My dad showed me the video but I still didn’t understand. Apparently he was waiting for it and had been tracking my growth every full moon. I didn’t really “get” it until I was about 12 and he started showing me all the research and information he had collected over the years.”

“So when you say your dad was expecting this to happen, you mean Rupert, the vampire who adopted you? Or your birth father? And would I be right in assuming your birth father was a werewolf too, or were you bitten by a werewolf?”

“When I say my dad, I do mean Rupert. He’s a bastard but he’s the only dad I ever knew. My bio dad was a monster and he’s the reason my mom is dead.”

“Do you talking about how your mom died, or is it too painful? And what happened to your birth dad?”

“I don’t mind talking about her but it’s all what I have been told by others. I can’t even remember her anymore. What happened to my birth dad? Nothing…yet.”

“I asked because you said he WAS a monster, as if someone had decided to do something about him. What happened between him and your mom that ended in her death? And where is he now?”

“He mated outside of the pack and broke the rules. When his alpha found out he had my mom killed.My bio didn’t even TRY to protect her. Or me. Rupert barely got there in time to save me and my bio disappeared. He thinks he’s in hiding but I know where he is now.”

“Having got to know Richard as well as I have, I know a little about the dymanics of wolf shifter society. Did you ever consider the dynamics of a wolf pack? I’m not trying to defend him, but finding love outside the pack doesn’t necessarily make him a monster. Defending his mate or child, however, would mean challenging the Alpha for control of the pack, and it’s rare for a challenger to succeed.”

“Okay, I’m going to be frank. I’m not the angry discarded daughter I play myself to be. Looking like a victim keeps other people’s guard’s down. The fact is I have kid now. She’s five and I’m running out of time. I found a way to reverse the lycanthropy gene but, I need his blood. All of it.”

“Ever thought about trying to talk to him about it? After all, you’ve only got Rupert’s perspective on what happened. As much as Rupert loved you and your mother, it’s possible his view are more than a little skewed. There’s a chance your birth dad might not be the monster you’ve been lead to believe.”

“Oh, my info on this matter didn’t come from Rupert. I’ll be needing his blood as well. You see, I met a witch. She’s this beautiful, dazzling woman and she is completely in love with my little Remy. She wants to save her from this awful lifestyle, it’s already too late for me. It took her almost a year to find the right spell and it calls for the blood of the line and the blood of the undead. Which, seems odd to me…but she knows her stuff.”

“The blood of a shifter, and the blood of the undead? Sounds like we’re getting into serious Underworld territory here.”

*shrugs* “I’m just a hunter, trying to save her kid. And I will do anything to do so.”

“Sounds like Remy’s lucky to have you in her life. Does she know what’s in store for her?”

“No. I have gone to great lengths to protect Remy from the things that go bump in the night. Morygaine is the only supernatural person besides myself she has ever met but she doesn’t know that. I don’t want this life, this world, for her. Hiding her from Rupert has been the hardest. He’s such a damn busybody.”

“Hiding a child for five years can’t have been easy. I mean, I know a lot of people in the supernatural community spend so much effort to remain hidden already, without hiding from each other. How’ve you been explaining your absences around the full moon to Remy?”

“Morygaine locks me up and then she has special slumber parties with Remy. They have so much fun!”

“I hate to sound sceptical, but this is the same witch who thinks blood magic can cure Remy of lycanthropy? Is lycanthropy always passed on to the children? Richard always give me the impression that only happened when both parents were shifters, and not in every instance. He said the chances were a lot lower when only one of the parents was a shifter.”

“Is this in an interview or an interrogation? *nervous laughter* Remy’s dad…he was shifter too…”

“Sorry. I’m just curious about these things. Every time I think I have a handle on how things work in the supernatural world, something jumps out and surprises me.”

“Or kills you.”
 

“True enough. Though I consider myself lucky so far in that respect.”
 

“So it would seem.”
 

“So, what are your plans going forward?”
 

“I plan to kill my father and kill every werewolf that gets in my way. I’ll cure Remy and keep her with me as long as I can.”

“Well, from what you’ve told me, it doesn’t sound like too many will be standing up for him.”

“That’s what I thought but dogs are surprising loyal to each other.”
 

“And if any of them get wind that you’re trying to cure Remy’s lycanthropy, they might be afraid you’ll try the same thing with them.”

“From what I understand, the spell only works if it is performed before the first shift. Once the gene has been activated, so to speak…there’s no turning back. I was six. Rupert’s research shows that to be pretty consistent. I need to get this done before Remy’s next birthday.”

“What if she discovers what she is, or the price of her cure?”
 
 

“She’ll understand I did it for her…won’t she? Maybe I’ll just have to make sure she never knows…”

“I can’t talk for everyone, but Richard grew up knowing about the shifter world, even before he showed any signs of being one. If his mother hadn’t hidden her abilities from her husband, he might never have left them, driving Richard’s mother to drink, and her eventual death. Sometimes keeping these secrets can do more harm than good.”

“I suppose so. I just want to protect her. How do we know when we’re doing it right or not? I don’t want to wait until she’s already hurt…”

“I suppose so. I just want to protect her. How do we know when we’re doing it right or not? I don’t want to wait until she’s already hurt…”

“Thank you. I trust you will not allow this information to fall into the wrong hands? I’d hate to have to add you to my list…”

“Trust me, I’m used to keeping secrets. I’m probably one of the few mortals who can navigate the ins and out of Seattle’s supernatural world. Sure I’ve made a few enemies in the process, but I know too much for certain people to risk removing me from the picture.”

“Good to know. I’ll keep your number, in case.”
 

“If you decide to learn more about the shifter communities, I’ll setup a meeting with the Seattle pack for you. Until then, happy hunting”

Introducing A.L. Mabry

A.L. Mabry is a publisher and multi-genre author. She is currently working on several projects, including a short story collection, Darker Daze: The Storms Within (dark fiction) and the first book in her Chthonian Guardian trilogy, Soul Purge (fantasy). Darker Daze is being released exclusively on Patreon while Soul Purge will be published in 2018 by OWS Ink, llc. She has a sci-fi project in the works, Vivamus (science fiction), which will be released in early 2019.

Where to find A.L. Mabry:

Website (A.L. Mabry), Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog (Our Write Side), Facebook

Author Spotlight – A.L. Mabry

Introducing A.L. Mabry

A.L. Mabry is a publisher and multi-genre author. She is currently working on several projects, including a short story collection, Darker Daze: The Storms Within (dark fiction) and the first book in her Chthonian Guardian trilogy, Soul Purge (fantasy). Darker Daze is being released exclusively on Patreon while Soul Purge will be published in 2018 by OWS Ink, llc. She has a sci-fi project in the works, Vivamus (science fiction), which will be released in early 2019.

Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

Hello, I am Amanda aka A.L. Mabry aka the Sassy Scorpio Scribe. I am I domestic abuse survivor, a special needs mom, an Air Force mom, and a wife with questionable domestic capabilities. I am also one of the owners of the OWS Ink, LLC empire with Stephanie Ayers and Heidi Angell. Stephanie and I were random partnered up in a writing group over eight years ago and we became best friend instantly. We founded OWS in 2015 and have been growing ever since. It is our goal to become a one stop hub for writers at all points of the journey while fostering a constant focus on community.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

My “big debut” is coming soon. Soul Purge is the first book in my Chthonian Guardian trilogy and it has been a labor of love. I began working on this story over seven years ago and I have continued to craft and recraft as my writing skills improved. This biggest lesson I have learned from the project is the laborious process involved in creating incredibly complex characters.
I have worked hard to make these characters flowing singularly and among each other in such a way that their interactions are unexpected but naturally evolving.

Who is your intended readership?

My words are intended for anyone who seeks refuge from the real world if only briefly. A dark and snarky sense of humor is required and please, suspend your belief at the door.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was about four and reading One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Or, maybe it was Hop on Pop? All I know is I have been consuming stories since the first day I learned to sound out letters phonetically and knew I wanted to create stories of my own. I joined the Young Authors club in school and stayed with it. As an adult, I wrote lesson plans for preschoolers and made up songs and stories for my students. When I struggled with parenting, I turned to “mommy blogs” and it’s all history from there.

Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

I have several favorite authors and several inspirational people. But, one who wears both hats? That would be Neil Gaiman. I know, that is *so* pop culture of me to say. I especially love listening to him read his own work but I will jump into his worlds in any medium available. Gaiman’s work enthralls the reader in me and when I finish reading anything of his, the writer in me is ready to set this keyboard on FIRE.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

Find your tribe. Seriously. I could give you technical advice all day but writing is isolating and consuming. Find your people and make honest to goodness connections with them. They will pick you up when you fall, push you down when you’re being stupid, and cheer for you all the time.

Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?

This was hard. Humor is my coping mechanism of choice so there are many stories I could share. I will tell you this; as I read through my drafts I leave notes to myself. Sometimes they are funny or self deprecating. And sometimes? I forget to delete them before passing the draft off to a beta or editor.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I love art. I love to paint and draw and create. I don’t always end up with something beautiful, but I love the process and just disappearing into it. Much like writing…I also love traveling with my husband, exploring mountains and rivers and such.

What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?

I am eagerly finishing up Soul Purge so I can finish up the first book in another series, Vivamus.

In a dystopian society that is masquerading as a Utopian society we will learn to question everything.

Our number 1 question is: Are we real?

Meet the replacement kids from C.I.R.F. (Child Insurance Replacement Facility) and follow along as we learn what it’s like to grow up as a back-up kid. Can we conform and become exact copies of genetic donors or will we struggle with who it is we are really meant to be?

We are vivamus, and these are our stories.

Ambrosia

*Delight in the nectar of the gods. Feed your mind with Ambrosia*

Whispers to the gods are like honey from a poet’s lips. When several poets raise their voices together, it’s a sacred feast of memories and dreams. Poetry is divine food for the soul, full of emotional and celestial feeling. Join us in our longing, our pain and passion, heartache, logic and insanity, fear, faith, confusion, hope, unity, solitude, daily life, political strife, and more.

From the creative minds of Eric Keizer, A.L. Mabry, Sam DeLoach, Alyssa Trivett, Mello Sakia, Stacy Overby, Phillip Matthew Roberts, Veronica Falletta and Stephanie Ayers.

The Poets of this project have partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and all royalties will be donated to this charity.

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Author Pages:

Amazon, Smashwords

Where to find A.L. Mabry:

Website (A.L. Mabry), Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog (Our Write Side), Facebook

Come back tomorrow for – “Interview With A Werewolf”

A.L. Mabry and I also sat down to do an interview with one of her latest characters, Miranda Spencer – werewolf hunter. Miranda has a little secret that makes her choice of occupation an interesting one…

 

Author Spotlight – Toi Thomas

Introducing Toi Thomas

I’ve been at this for about 10 years. I’ve entertained paranormal fans with my Eternal Curse series, an angels, demons, and others tale with a Christian world view. I stretch minds and imaginations with my short story collection, Legend of the Boy…, featuring works of science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, romance, and suspense. Glorie Townson, my pen name, brings along a bit of romance and comedy in the first book of my Sayings Series, It’s Like the Full Moon. I’ve even delved into the world of educational children’s books to enlighten and entertain little minds. Something for the whole family, here.

Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

A self-proclaimed techie and foodie, I was born in Texas, but consider Virginia, USA to be home. I enjoy reading, cooking, painting, geek culture, collecting vinyl records, and spending time with my family. Currently working as a special education teacher’s assistant while blogging and writing full-time, I find comfort and peace of mind in chocolate, green tea, and naps. My husband and I have been married for twelve years and share our home with a tortoise named Betty and a Redbone Coonhound named Margie, who’s sure to inspire future publications.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

I’m currently working on two different sequels, but the one that’s pulling me the most is for my Eternal Curse Series. When I first wrote Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel it was a pivotal moment in my life. I had no idea I was writing a book. I just thought I was piecing together remnants of a reoccurring dream so it would finally go away.
As I developed the story, I realized that I didn’t want it to end. I’d grown attached to the gray man, who later became Giovanni. Giovanni was a sad and secluded character, and it was my job to fill his world with purpose, wonder, and even a few companions. What I created, still to this day, blows my mind. I don’t think it’s the greatest story ever conceived, but the fact that it came from me, humbles me.
Giovanni’s story makes me laugh and cry and wonder; what if? By the time I finished the first draft, I realized it was a book and had finally decided to share it with a small few for feedback while starting a blog to help me plan out the developmental details. It was amazing to see Giovanni’s tale of literal and emotional transformation evolve and develop into the story it is now.

Who is your intended readership?

Most of my work is written for adults, but is suitable for teens. I write adult fiction, mostly in the speculative genres, which is why I took on the pen name, Glorie Townson, when I decided to delve into romantic comedy.  Recently, I allowed my day job to influence my writing by developing four educational children’s books. For those, I saw no need to take on another pen name; it’s simply an extension, another part of my writing spectrum.  Most of my promotion is split between catering to adult readers of speculative fiction or readers of contemporary or romantic fiction. The children’s books tend to be bonuses discovered by satisfied moms or dads.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I look back in retrospect, it’s clear that I’ve always been a writer. I’ve found old notebooks filled with stories, drawings, bad poetry, character ideas, and more. For me, though, writing was never something I considered as a career. I’ve also loved technology since I was a kid and got my degree in computers, even interning for a short time with N.A.S.A Langley. When I begin to crave a creative outlet beyond my amateurish paintings and baking from scratch, I began to develop a love of reading and writing that I’d let slip away from me.
When a reoccurring dream began to haunt my days with figments of a story that made no sense, I began to write it down until I had something to base a whole book on. Once I completed that story, I knew writing was the one thing missing from my life. I’ve never stopped since. I may not always pursue publication, but I will always write.

Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

This question requires two answers, sort of. When I look back at the many stories I read in my youth, before school work tainted my love of reading, there were so many authors who made me feel like I could do anything. There was one, however, who brought out my creativity. What would now be considered fanfiction, as a kid, I paid homage to J.M.Barrie with by writing my own tales of Neverland with me as one of the many lost boys. That story, at the time, made we want to create new worlds and characters.
As an adult, I’m influence by everything around me; of course, that includes what I read. I try not to take what I’m reading too seriously, unless it’s nonfiction. I’ve rekindled my love of reading simply for pleasure and try not to let my writer’s mind get in the way. At the moment, I’d say my favorite authors are Stacey Rourke, Marissa Mayer, Deborah Harkness, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and Tricia Drammeh.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

For a young or aspiring writer, I’d say it’s important to know why you are writing.  I think the why is one of the most overlooked, yet powerful, struggles a writer faces. Are you writing for pleasure? Are you writing for therapy or understanding? Are you writing for publication, just to put something out there? Are you writing for money? Are you writing for fame? The why will determine the course of action you take in your writing life. It will decide if or how much research and effort will go into the development of your work. It will decide if or how much time and or money will be spent on promotion, and so much more.

Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?

I once wrote a short story about a gray cat who stalked me and my sister around the little town in Texas, where we lived at the time. Everyone thought it was a good and creepy story I wrote for the Halloween season, but in reality, it was a true story. Yes, there were some exaggerations, but it really happened.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I’m a geekgirl. I collect comic books and action figures (guess that makes me a bit of a collector too). I also collect vinyl records. I love the cinema and taking pictures of my family and my dog, Margie. I like to bake and cook, from scratch when I can, but it’s not required. I’ve been struggling to find the right balance between my faith and all my other interests, and since I’m still seeking, I feel like I’m on the right path (I don’t feel lost and I haven’t given up).

What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?

I have a ridiculously long list of WIPs at the moment. Because of this, I’m taking a year off from attending major live events and am scaling back on my blogging. Aside from the sequels in the works for the Eternal Curse Series and my Saying Series, I have a new fantasy I hope to release soon. It’s set in a world were magic is tied to the land and should be used, but is being suppressed. A garden hidden in a library and an unknowing young mage are about to change this world forever.

Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel


“You have plenty of time to change your mind. You have not yet seen the monster I can be.”
Giovanni has been waiting his whole life to meet someone like Mira, someone from the outside world who might be able to help him. He wonders if there really is help for him as he continues to hold tightly onto dark secrets and even darker memories. Giovanni wants to be hopeful and he wants to accept Mira’s help, but first he has to look himself in the mirror and face what he truly is- and that is a reality no one is quite ready to accept.
Searching for new purpose and meaning in her life, Mira meets Giovanni online and an exciting and, in some ways, scary friendship is developed. Mira decides one day to meet Giovanni in person, at his secluded country home, in order to aid him on his journey of self-discovery. What these two are able to discover will not only test their strength and will, but it will stretch the limits of their minds and catapult them into a world where earth, Heaven, and Hell collide.
Giovanni’s Angel is the story of a man who may just be the answer to a spiritual war swiftly heading his way- but for now, he just wants to be a man.

Buy Now: Paperback, E-Book

Author Pages:

Amazon

Where to find Toi Thomas:

Website & Blog (The ToiBox of Words), Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook

My Top 10 Haunted Locations

No Halloween event is complete without a trip to the local Haunted House. For this reason I’ve scoured the internet trying to find some of the most iconic, and most haunted locations around the world.

Even though the number of places I found was huge, I selected my top 10, and present it (in no real order) for your reading pleasure.

#1 – The Catacombs of Paris (France)

The Paris Catacombs are built in the remains tunnels that connect the old stone mines. The tunnels head south from the Barrière d’Enfer and they were converted into a series of ossuaries to help alleviate the overcrowding of the Parisian cemeteries.

Work began in 1774, and by 1786 remains were being transferred to the catacombs on an almost nightly basis. After a while, it became almost forgotten, before being rediscovered and becoming a venue for private events and concerts.

In 1874 the catacombs opened to the public, and now see over a million visitors a year. With all those visitors and guides walking around, surrounded by the dead, is it any wonder that there are reports of encounters with ghosts?

#2 – Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp (Poland)

There are few names that inspire as much horror and trepidation as those of the concentration and extermination camps built during the Nazi rise to power. Auschwitz-Birkenau was a complex of camps established to initially extend the prisoner holding capability of local prisons in Poland, and received it’s first prisoners in June 1940.

The main camp, Auschwitz I, held anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 prisoners at any one time, and was built on the grounds of a Polish barracks.

Construction on the second camp, Birkenau (aka. Auschwitz II), was started in 1941 on the site of the Brzezinka village. The villagers were all evicted to make way for the camp, and it was here that the greatest part of the extermination machine was enacted, with the majority of deaths occurring within it’s walls.

When the Soviet troops approached the walls in January 1945, most of the prisoner population was west on a death march. Even those who visit the camps today can’t imagine the horrors that must have occurred on these grounds, with estimates of the dead from 630,000 to 900,000. With so many prisoners going unregistered, it’s almost impossible to guess at how many souls still wander the grounds.

#3 – Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon (England)

Berry Pomeroy is a Tudor-period mansion that was built within the walls of an older castle in Totness, England. It was built in the 15th century, on land owned by the Pomeroy family since the 11th century, before passing into the hands of the Seymore family in 1547.

There are two very famous ghosts that haunt these halls… However, there are often overlaps between the stories, and the truth behind them is often blurred by time and retelling.

The White Lady is said to be the spirit of Lady Margaret Pomeroy, who apparently starved to death while imprisoned by her jealous sister.

The Blue Lady apparently also walks the hall and grounds, luring people into following her to her tower. Those who follow her are said to plummet to their deaths from the tower.

#4 – Underground  Vaults, Edinburgh (Scotland)

Edinburgh Castle sits atop the remains of a volcanic plug, overlooking the city from it’s highest point. The current structures are built on a site that has been occupied by one form of settlement since the 2nd century.

Over the years it has grown from a small settlement to the imposing fortress we see today. It served as a formidable stronghold throughout it’s 1100 year history, including at least 26 sieges, the Wars of Scottish Independence and the Jacobite Revolution.

While few of the current structures pre-date the 16th century, there are underground vaults that were rediscovered during the 1980’s. These vaults had lain abandoned for almost 200 years beneath the South Bridge, and had once been used as cellars, workshops, and even residences for the businesses that operated on the bridge. Unfortunately flooding started almost as soon as construction began on these vaults, and now the South Bridge is said to be among the many sites where hauntings have occurred. Some visitors even report being attacked, or nausea and vomiting when passing over the vaults.

#5 – Coliseum, Rome (Italy)

The Coliseum (aka Colloseum) is one of the most impressive landmarks to dominate the skyline of Rome. It dominates an area 620 feet by 510 feet,  and rises almost 160 feet over the crowds that come to visit it every year.

Construction was started by Emperor Vespasian sometime around AD 70, and it was officially opened in AD 80 by his son Titus. The event was celebrated with 100 days of games, gladiatorial contests and wild animal fights. And that was just the start of the history that bathes the amphitheater in the blood of those who fought for the entertainment of 50,000-80,000 spectators at any one time.

The complex boasts a number of cells, tunnels where slaves, prisoners and animals would be housed between fights. And fights and other entertainments continued to be held here right through to the middle of the 6th century, until it fell into.

With so much blood being shed within it’s walls, over such an extended period of time, is it any wonder that some visitors report seeing ghosts, or feelings of disquiet while making their way through the grounds?

#6 – Whitechappel/Spittalfields, London (England)

The streets of Whitechapel and Spittalfields are part of the famous London East End, and among those that became associated with the classic Dickensian London.

During the 1800s they were an overcrowded warren of poverty-stricken streets, alleyways that saw a large population increase from immigrants in the 1880s and onward. Even today, the East End is considered one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the London area.

Having already been made famous in the stories of Charles Dickens, it became infamous in 1888 for a string of murders that have baffled even modern investigators. Five murders occurred over the space of four months before the killing stopped, and all within a few blocks of each other.

Why were these deaths so significant? Because the killer struck without warning, with apparent surgical precision, and was given a name that struck terror into people’s hearts… After the fifth, and most brutal killing, he never struck again, was never caught, and his real identity has become the subject of hundreds of theories.

Just who was Jack the Ripper? And why did he stop killing? Maybe we’ll never know.

#7 – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (USA)

In 1863, a tiny town in Pennsylvania played host to what has been described as the deadliest battle of the American Civil War. Over the course of three days, with the Union soldiers low on ammunition, and losing the fight against the Confederates, over 8,000 men died on the fields of this town.

However, the men weren’t the only ones to die during the fighting, 3,000 horses, and one woman were also killed, and it is said that the ghost of Jenny Wade haunts the apothecary at the center of town. But she’s not alone in haunting the town and fields. Visitors report seeing ghosts all over the battlefield, and some have even told tales of seeing parts of the battle replayed around them.

With such a huge loss of life, and the emotions that are stirred by the events of the battle, is it any wonder this is considered one of the most haunted places (acre-for-acre) in the USA.

#8 – Dominican Hill, Baguio City (Philippines)

Built the early 1900s, the Diplomat Hotel is one of several locations in the Philippines where refuges fled from the Japanese forces during World War II. That is until the location was bombed, causing severe damage to the building.

Over the years, the property has passed through several hands, starting life as a vacation house, seminary, and eventually a hotel.  A number of people are said to have died on the site, despite having come in the hopes of being cured of whatever terminal conditions they had.

The last known death was in 1987 when the owner of the property died of a heart attack. Ever since then the property has been off limits to the public.

Over the years, stories have circulated that the property was the site of a number of beheadings of priests and nuns, and that headless ghosts have been seen roaming the grounds. Considering the current dilapidated state of the property, it’s not hard to see why people experience periods of dead silence, when not a single sound can be heard.

#9 – Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire (England)

This former pub is currently listed as one of the most haunted hotels in England. Built back in 1145, and said to have been owned by St Mary’s Church, this property is now under private ownership, having passed through a number of hands since it’s construction.

Over the years it has been investigated by a number of paranormal research groups, and featured on many shows centered around investigating hauntings and paranormal activities.

If local stories are to be believed, the inn is built on the intersection of two ley lines, and over an ancient burial ground from 5,000 years ago. It has apparently also been host to child sacrifice and devil worship. People who have stayed at the hotel have reported everything from a young ghostly girl (called Rosie), and objects being moved by unseen presences, to being physically pushed by forces they couldn’t identify.

Whatever is really going on here has been enough to terrify some guests into jumping out of windows to escape their experiences.

#10 – Highgate Cemetery, North London (England)

This is quite possibly one of the most famous cemetery in England, because of the size of the site, and the list of famous people who are buried here. It’s not just the people who have been buried here, but the architecture, and grave markers of the 170,000 people buried in 53,000 graves.

I’ve personally walked through sections of this cemetery in search of the graves of Karl Marx, Douglas Adams, and George Eliot. What struck me most is just how much architecture plays a part in the atmosphere of the site. Huge terraces at the top of the hill rest upon the catacombs beneath, Gothic architecture dominates large portions of the site, and there is even an area where Ancient Egypt seems to have taken root.

What I can’t easily describe is just how different this place feels and looks between daytime and night. But I was leaving the site just as the sun went down, and it’s easy for the mind and emotions to become ensnared by the creepy feeling that you’re not alone.

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