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It’s been a while since I updated! Time to do so, and I’ll begin with a Halloween piece I worked on recently. The main piece and closeups are below. I can always add and tweak, but there is a time to call an illustration “Done!” Happy Halloween, everyone!
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Author Andi Buchanan worked with a Swedish musician and YouTube star to craft original music for her upcoming enhanced eBook.
Here’s more from the release: “Andi had written more than 40 percent of the book when she contacted and started collaborating with Swedish musician and YouTube sensation FreddeGredde. Together they developed the book’s soundtrack including two original songs: ‘Don’t Look Back’ and ‘This Falling World,’ lyrics written by Andi and music composed by Fredde.”
The book will be Open Road Integrated Media’s first original young-adult enhanced eBook. Buchanan’s Gift comes out on March 27th, priced at $16.99.
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Last year I was invited to contribute a short story with a paranormal them to an anthology from Leap Books titled SPIRITED. I was super excited, especially when I found out that some fantastic authors would be joining me.
Since my THE SEER has some amazing fans, I wanted to give them a new story with favorite characters Sabine and Dominic. So I wrote PHANTOM OF THE PROM; a ghost, prom, romance.
SPIRITED is out now online and in March a paperback comes out, too.
This book is split up in three different genres of stories: PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE. My story is in the PRESENT category. I thought it would be fun to share the titles and authors for each story:
SPIRITED paranormal Anthology, edited by Kat O'Shea
1. Strangeways vs. the Wraith by Judith Graves
2. The Senet Box by Jill Williamson
3. Stained by Mark Finnemore
4. Thread of the Past by Dawn Dalton
5. The Cold One by Candace Havens
6. Death becomes Her by Kitty Keswick
7. Oast House by Carmen Tudor
8. The New Girl by Maria V. Synder
9. Aftermath by Halli Dee Liburn
10.Phantom of the Prom by Linda Joy Singleton
11. Night Queen by John W. Otte
12. To Hell and Back by Shannon Delany
13. The Story of Late by Heather Kenealy
Hope you check out our stories!
I’d like to welcome as my guest author today Marie Dees! Read on about her fun ghost hunting adventure!
I went ghost hunting this weekend at Ashley’s of Rockledge, a Florida restaurant with a long history of being haunted. I car pooled with two young ladies who lived near me, one who had never been ghost hunting and one who is now the newest member of the team. Mostly because Mike didn’t see what we were getting up to on the investigation. (If you read this, don’t tell him.)
Ghost hunts are interesting things, and they all work a little differently. Mike, who leads the team, is as serious as the guys you see on Ghost Hunters on TV. (Serious like Jason Hawes from TAPS, not Zak from Ghost Adventurers.) This investigation ran very late because we had to wait for the restaurant to shut down. (Thanks to the folks at Ashley’s for giving us the run of the place.) But this meant by the time we got going it was late at night and perhaps that influenced the events and why my table was like the bad girls who sit in the back of the classroom and don’t pay attention to the teacher.
When we ghost hunt, the team brings tons of equipment. (Yes, like the stuff on Ghost Hunters.) But since we were in a restaurant, we had the equipment on Mike’s table while the rest of us sat at the other tables. Mike led the sessions and we all let him know when we were getting responses. This worked fine upstairs. Then we moved to the area that was booths.
So, the three of us found ourselves sitting in a booth where we couldn’t really see what was going on in the main part of the investigation. And we discovered there were four of us, because we seemed to have picked up a ghost who was more interested in hanging out with us than having a serious question and answer session with Mike.
See, ghosts can be like that. They may not be interested in the serious questions the investigator is asking like “can you tell us how you died?” Especially if three teams of investigators have been looking into the same area. The ghost might be floating around thinking “look, I told the last guy how I died. Do you have anything more interesting?”
For this ghost, what was more interesting was a flashlight a collection of crystals. The restaurant was dark and we spent about 20 minutes putting various shiny objects – from jewelry to a large quartz crystal – in front of the flashlight so the ghost would turn the light on and off. At one point, I picked out one of Cara’s crystals, trying to see in the dark if it was perhaps a piece of ametrine. Then I put it in front of the maglite flashlight and whispered a request for the ghost to turn the flashlight up as much as possible so I could see the crystal. The maglite came on and kept getting brighter until we could all see the crystal.
The interesting part was that by then, we’d all become so used to the ghost cooperating, it didn’t even surprise us. Instead we were all more worried that Mike would notice we weren’t paying attention to the main investigation and ask us to behave more appropriately. All of us, including the ghost. But sometimes girls, and apparently ghosts, just wanna have fun.
If you’re interested in the paranormal, check out my blog and my books over at http://Mariedees.com. My current ghost hunting research will soon figure into both the Cassadaga Mystery series and Lucifer’s Boys M/M erotica series.
Last year I picked up a couple of vintage dresses that needed some serious altering before I could wear them. Recently I decided to take a break from fall sewing to make the necessary changes; I don’t buy vintage to simply admire or learn from them but to actually use them and these were hanging in the to-do section of my closet for too long! They are somewhat delicate but I don’t mind, I’ll wear clothes until they fall apart (much to my mom’s chagrin).
One of the frocks mentioned I’ll share with you here. Post-alterations it’s now my favorite vintage dress! Once a 1930s floor-length gown it’s now a saucy, ethereal thing. It has its original hem; I just moved the whole skirt up to preserve the ruffle whilst moving up the waistline too. The waist before was more fitted (with a side snap closure) but now I can just slip it over my head. (Yay.) Lately I’ve been making or altering dresses/skirts to make them hit above my knees–a more flattering length for me–but I didn’t want this to be too short. Since the dress is sheer, my solution was to wear a slip underneath that was quite a bit shorter. And don’t you love the capelet? That tie!
Oh, yes, I added some thread belt loops so I can wear a ribbon when it suits my fancy. (I just read on Coletterie a great post about how to make such belt loops by machine although I make mine by hand.)
I love the look of winter white or cream during the cooler months. There is almost celebratory about it, especially when contrasted with dark or jewel tones. (The starry stockings, by the way, are J.Crew tights from the girls’ section that I refashioned. I no longer have a garter belt and for now they are staying up by sheer willpower.)
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meet alex and his friend andy...they are ready for a little "tricking and treating"!
i thought this piece fit illustration friday's theme of 'disguise'. it's an older piece, but it's definitely appropriate. besides...it's never too early for cute halloween art. in my opinion anyway...;)
Reviewed by: Chris Singer
About the author:
Scott Neumyer has ten years experience in online marketing and publicity and has spent the last three years as a media buyer for a major national film distributor. He has a BA in English and Cinema Studies from Rutgers University. Like many of us, Scott is also a pop culture junkie, and he’s still suffering withdrawals as a result of the cancellation of great shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Veronica Mars. His top ten favorite films of all time change daily but always include The Silence of the Lambs, Il Conformista, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Once Were Warriors. A Jersey Boy through and through, Scott also loves everything Kevin Smith touches (and, yes, that includes Jersey Girl).
About the book:
For Jimmy Stone, life in “Boredsylvania” has been pretty tough. His mom’s died, his dad’s completely checked out, and he spends his days running from the Coogan Boys, the local bullies. It isn’t long, however, before “Boredsylvania” gets a lot more exciting. With his new friend, David and his dog, Trex, by his side, Jimmy discovers that the woods beyond his backyard hold the key to a world he could never even imagine. Soon, he ends up in Ghost Town, where he’s greeted by his ghost guide, Gasp, and receives an ominous prophecy.
“Seven things you must find.
One thing for each day.
Seven things you must find.
Or else they all will pay!”
Suddenly Ghost Town becomes as scary as it sounds, and Jimmy Stone realizes that he’s in way over his head.
My take on the book:
Let me start off by saying Jimmy Stone’s Ghost Town is the first book I read on my new Nook. Since it was going to be my first read on the Nook, I had high expectations and I’m pleased to say that Scott Neumyer’s suspenseful story packed quite a punch and left me very much looking forward to the next book in the series. (More on that later…)
This is quite an entertaining and fast moving read, which I can really see being enjoyed by reluctant readers, especially boys in the 10-12 year old range. It’s very well written and I think Neumyer captured the persona of a 5th grade boy very nicely. Although the title might suggest the book would be scary, I didn’t find it to be and doubt kids would be spooked by what’s in the book. I do think the book could be enjoyed by younger readers, but there are some pretty heavy issues which come out in the first half of the book such as the death of Jimmy’s mother and Jimmy’s drunkard father. There is some foul language in the book. If you know any or have worked with 5th grade boys, that might not be too much of a surprise. Like I mentioned above, Neumyer does capture the characterizatiDisplay Comments Add a Comment
Is There Life After Death- A Ghost Story “Hon, I promise I am not gonna do anything to ya. I won’t try to scare ya.” “I swear to God, Richie,” she persisted. “if you touch me…” she let the words hang as she usually did. That was enough of a threat for him not to [...]Add a Comment
With this week's theme, I was reminded of my son's toddler years of him putting a sheet or blanket over his head and saying "boo" to try and scare people. Usually it just made them giggle. And he has always loved dragons. Now he is about to start college in less than a week....
Current word count: 39,107 New words written: 354 Words til goal: 893 / 60 words a day til the end of September
After two days off, my writing was a bit slower this morning, but I’m trying to get back up to speed and finish this book by the end of the week. I’m now so close to my 40K goal, but I still have two chapters to go, so I know the book will be over. That’s ok. Trimming will come in the revision.
I had my critique group last night (got some great advice about the beginning of this novel) and learned about the passing of Patrick Swayze. So sad, although he had suffered from cancer for a while. My critique friend Sara and I remembered Swayze’s movies, especially Road House (buff Swayze) and Dirty Dancing (sexy dancing Swayze) and that oh so memorable line: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
Us writers strive to write clever, fun lines in books and movies, and when they are in movies, we need actors to make them memorable. Patrick Swayze did that for Baby, as well as “Ditto” in Ghost. Oh, Ghost.
Thank you, Patrick Swayze. You’ll be missed.
What’s your favorite Patrick Swayze movie line?
Happy October - fun topics this month :) I’m in a Halloweeny kind of mood already! Here's my pumpkin madness painting. It's mostly watercolor, with a bit of acrylic and pencil too.
Poster design in honor of the 30th anniversary of Namco's classic 8-bit game Pac-Man.
Sevensheaven images and prints are for sale at sevensheaven.nl
In Chinese tradition, this month, the seventh month in the lunar calendar is Ghost Month, in which ghosts and spirits come out from the lower realm.
We'll celebrate the Ghost Festival on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month which fall on 24th August this year!
Learn more about this festival HERE!