Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Haunted Garden Halloween Hop

Welcome to my contribution to The Wild Rose Press' Haunted Garden Halloween Hop! I know you have a lot of blogs to hit, so I've kept my post on the short side.

     It’s October, and in Northeastern Pennsylvania it’s that time of the year for cool, crisp nights, wind blowing through the trees and fallen leaves scattered across sidewalks, streets and yards. The beauty isn’t lost on this warm, weather person. Nor is the pull to watch scary movies or ghost hunting reality TV. Yep, you read right. I watch ghost hunting shows. I find them both, entertaining and intriguing. Some are pure bull, but a few leave me wondering.   
     Just recently, I attended a lecture at a local university given by paranormal investigators. They shared some interesting stories and compelling evidence, confirming my belief that there are groups out there who take their investigating serious and help people with unusual problems. Do you remember the story of the Smurls? I live about seven minutes from their old house. Yeah, that’s a bit scary.
     Last year, my son, and his then fiance, took one of those haunted ghost tours at Gettysburg and snapped this photo. If you look close, you can see several orbs. While I need much more convincing than something like this, it is interesting. The orbs were in a few photos where another 'light' source wasn't involved, and they were also absent in similar shots. Camera malfunction? Lighting? Maybe...maybe not...

     Given the chance, would you hunt?
     I think you can tell I would. I’m open-minded and curious, but I also realize it is something not to be taken lightly. You need to be prepared both, mentally and spiritually, before you go anywhere near a haunt. As much as I would love to do this, my career doesn’t allow the time and effort required, so I’ll have to leave ghost hunting to the professionals, and perhaps...a future heroine?
     While my latest release COWBOY-SEXY doesn’t have ghost hunters, it does have a former Navy SEAL hero and Marine heroine who are both forces to be reckoned with, and of course, they butt heads at every turn.

Finn Brennan was used to his brother playing practical jokes, but this time he’d gone too far--sending him a woman as a ranch hand, and not just a woman, but a Marine.
When Lt. Camilla Walker's CO asks her to help out at his family's dude ranch until he returns from deployment, she never expected to be thrust into a mistaken engagement to his sexy, cowboy twin--a former Navy SEAL who hates the Corps.
The Corps took Finn’s father, his girlfriend and threatened his naval career. He’s worked hard for another shot at getting back to active duty and won’t let his brother’s prank interfere. The last thing he needs is the temptation of a headstrong, unyielding, hot Marine getting in the way.

     COWBOY-SEXY's official release isn’t until January, but it is available right now exclusively on Amazon, and for a few days it’ll be FREE. That’s right! Yeehaaw!  Starting on Halloween thru Nov. 3, then again on Nov. 5th Amazon is offering my book for FREE. I hope you’ll all take advantage and spread the word! Finn wants you to download him, honest, he does. lol

Cowboy-Sexy available now, but FREE   Oct. 31st  - Nov 3rd  + Nov. 5th!

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Do you have a ghost story? I’d love to hear it. Please tell me about it in a comment and you’ll be entered for a chance to win my Halloween contest.
Since you can get COWBOY-SEXY for FREE, I’m not going to offer it up as a prize, but I will draw a random Trick or Treat winner by the end of the day on Nov. 1 and give them an eBook of their choice from any of my releases! Winner will be announced here on Nov. 1, so make sure you check back.
You can view my backlist here:
Make sure you keep the HAUNTED HALLOWWEN HOP going! Head to the following participating blogs:

Thanks so much for stopping by, don't forget to leave a comment, and good luck!



Beckey said...

I live in a haunted house, at times you can hear at least two children running thru the house laughing or things are being moved around the house, lights being turned on or other wierd creepy things happen

Happy Halloween


Donna Michaels said...

Good morning, Beckey.
Wow, sounds like things are never dull around your place. There might be some interesting history to your house.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Hi Donna,

I love ghost hunting and ghost hunting shows! I took a ghost tour in Gettysburg. What a wonderful place that is--not just for the ghost, but for the history.

Pamela Fryer said...

I would -not- hunt. I don't believe in messing with stuff I wouldn't want messing with me!

Donna Michaels said...

Hi Karen,

I haven't done the Gettysburg ghost tour yet. It's on my todo list!

Thanks for your support!
Good luck!

Donna Michaels said...

Hi Pamela,

You do have a good point!

Thanks for participating. Good luck!

Joy Keeney said...

We have a friendly ghost in our house...opens & closes drawers and curtains from time to time. I also went on a ghost hunt at an old asylum....let's just say WOW what an experience that was.


bn100 said...

Congrats on the book! No ghost story to share.


bn100 said...

Congrats on the book! No ghost story to share.


Mackenzie Crowne said...

Hiya Donna,

I'll leave the ghost hunting to others, thank you very much. Yeehaw on your release of Cowboy Sexy. This series has produced some great reads. I can't wait to add yours to my collection.

By the way, I want to live in your banner photo. ;-)


JeanMP said...

Would love to do a ghost hunt sometime. I don't have a ghost story to share.
Have a Happy Halloween.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Donna Michaels said...

Oh wow, Joy, I'd love to do the asylum hunt!

Thanks, BN!

I agree, Mac, THTH series is great, and I'd also LOVE to live in my banner photo!!!

Thanks, Jean. Hope you have a happy halloween, too!

Christine Elaine Black said...

I've mentioned on a few other blogs that theater in my city has a ghost who appears on opening night if the production will be a success. He's a quiet sort who now has a facebook page and I friended him. He once owned the theater, so I guess nobody minds his presence. :)

Donna Michaels said...

Wow, Christine, I'd love to see a show there, and 'friend' him. What's the FB page?

Kathryn Knight said...

My sister used to live near Gettysburg, said it was one of the most haunted places in the country!

D said...

Hi, Kathryn.
Yes, that's what I've always heard about Gettysburg. It is certainly understandable with it's history.

Thanks for stopping by. Good luck!

Adila Mammadova said...

Just been to Amazon to get the book. ;)

Thanks for being so generous.

Wish You All the Best,
Adila (from Azerbaijan)

Donna Michaels said...

Thanks, Adila!

Hope you enjoy!