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Chiang Mai, Thailand. Jan 2014

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Into This River I Drown by TJ Klune

Dreamspinner Press, March 2013

ISBN 9781623804091 ebook

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Cover Artist: Kyle Thompson

Copyright © 2013 TJ Klune

  

Five years ago, Benji Green lost his beloved father, Big Eddie, when his truck crashed into a river. Everyone called it an accident, but Benji knows it was more. Even years later, he’s buried in his grief, throwing himself into managing Big Eddie’s convenience store in the small-town of Roseland, Oregon. Surrounded by his mother and three aunts, he lives day to day, struggling to keep his head above water.

 

But Roseland is no ordinary place.

 

With ever more frequent dreams of his father’s death and waking visions of feathers on the river’s surface, Benji finds his definition of reality bending. He thinks himself haunted; by ghosts or memories, he can no longer tell. Not until a man falls from the sky, leaving the burning imprint of wings on the ground, does Benji begin to understand that the world is more mysterious than he ever imagined — and more dangerous. As uncontrollable forces descend on Roseland, they reveal long-hidden truths about friends, family, and the stranger Calliel — a man Benji can no longer live without.

Young adult paranormal romance

For TOTW : Inspired by literature

   

These past few weeks I've just been sitting around at home and reading whatever books I could get my hands on. I discovered that I really enjoy urban fantasies and paranormal romance. I didn't even know those two genres existed until a few weeks ago. My current favorites are the Vampire Academy series (which you probably already know, seeing as I've mentioned it a number of times already) and the Georgina Kincaid series, both by Richelle Mead.

 

Anyway, I figured I'd do something book-related for my SP this week. I shot this earlier today in front of our garage. (I was actually planning to do the shoot in our garden but the heat was killer today so I decided to go somewhere with a bit more shade.) The book I'm holding is one I've never read before. It's called "Slaves of Mastery" and it's the second book from the Wind on Fire Trilogy by William Nicholson. I've never heard of it before but I found it at a booksale for P99 (~$2) and I bought it, not realizing that it's part of a set. (I love booksales and whenever I see one, I usually end up walking away with a few purchases. Most of them end up collecting dust on my bookshelf because I'm too busy to read them. Ezra tells me that I should stop buying new books, at least until I've read all the other ones I've bought, but I just can't help myself. Anyway I promised myself that I will get around to reading them all someday.)

  

As for the falling books in the picture, don't worry, I didn't actually start throwing my books in the air. They came from the following stock artists on deviantart:

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And the quote in the title is by Jessamyn West

 

German postcard by Krüger, nr. 902/255.

 

Glamorous Elsa Martinelli (1932) is an Italian actress and former fashion model. She showed her beautiful curves in many European and Hollywood productions of the 1950’s and 1960’s, but somehow never became the star she was destined to become in the mid-1950’s.

 

Elsa Martinelli was born Elsa Tia , in Grosseto, Tuscany, in 1932, according to All Movie Guide, or 1935, according to IMDb. With her family she moved to Rome. In 1953 , while working as a barmaid, she was discovered by designer Roberto Capucci who introduced her to the world of fashion. She became a model and began playing small roles in films. She appeared in Le Rouge et le noir/Scarlet and Black (1954, Claude Autant-Lara), but her first important film role came the following year with the American western The Indian Fighter (1955, André De Toth), in which she played the Native American heroine opposite Kirk Douglas. Douglas claims to have spotted her on a magazine cover and hired her for his production company, Bryna Productions. In 1956 she won the Silver Berlin Bear Award for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival for playing the title role in the comedy Donatella (1956, Mario Monicelli). Since then, she divided her time between Europe and the USA and has appeared in such films as Four Girls in Town (1956, Jack Sher) with George Nader, Manuela/The Stowaway Girl (1957, Guy Hamilton) with Trevor Howard, the historical drama I Battellieri del Volga/Prisoner of the Volga (1959, Victor Tourjansky) with John Derek, the excellent drama La notte brava/The Big Night (1959, Mauro Bolognini) scripted by Pier Paolo Pasolini, the romance Un amore a Roma/Love in Rome (1960, Dino Risi) and the haunting and surreal horrorfilm Et mourir de plaisir/Blood and Roses (1960, Roger Vadim), an attempt to retell the classic Sheridan Le Fanu vampire tale Carmilla, starring Annette Vadim (or Annette Stroyberg).

 

One of Elsa Martinelli’s most interesting films is Orson Welles’ adaptation of Kafka's The Trial, Le Procès (1962, Orson Welles). Anthony Perkins played Joseph K, a man condemned for an unnamed crime in an unnamed country. Seeking justice, he is sucked into a labyrinth of bureaucracy. Along the way, he becomes involved with three women -- Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider and Martinelli - who in their own individual ways are functions of the System that persecutes him. In the action and adventure comedy Hatari! (1962, Howard Hawks) Martinelli was the eye candy in a cast with John Wayne, Gerard Blain, Red Buttons and Hardy Krüger. Wayne's men-only contingent is reduced to jello when Elsa enters the scene, but in tried and true Howard Hawks fashion, she quickly becomes ‘one of the guys’. In the comedy The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962, Melville Shavelson) she starred opposite Charlton Heston, and in The V.I.P.’s (1963, Anthony Asquith) she was the protegee of Orson Welles; in the South Seas adventure Rampage (1963, Phil Karlson) she co-starred with Robert Mitchum, in the stylish science fiction film La Decima Vittima/The 10th Victim (1965, Elio Petri) with Ursula Andress and Marcello Mastroianni, and in the episodic sex comedy Sette Volte Donna/Woman Times Seven (1967, Vittorio De Sica) with Lex Barker. In the big-budget adaptation of Terry Southern's satiric sex farce Candy (1968, Christian Marquand), she played Candy’s mother in a cast with Charles Aznavour, Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, James Coburn, Walter Matthau and Ringo Starr. In Italy she made the near-surrealistic western Il mio corpo per un poker/Belle Starr (1968, Piero Cristofani, Lina Wertmuller), and a stylish erotic thriller, Una sull'altra/ One on Top of the Other (1969, Lucio Fulci), with Marisa Mell and Jean Sorel.

 

In the 1970’s the film career of Elsa Martinelli halted. She only appeared incidentally in European films. She starred opposite Charles Aznavour in the French caper film, La Part des Lions/ The Lions' Share (1971, Jean Larriaga) and played a supporting part in the political drama Garofano Rosso/The Red Carnation (1976, Luigi Faccini). On tv she appeared as a guest star in The Return of the Saint (1979) with Ian Ogilvy as Simon Templar. After Sono Un Fenomeno Paranormale/I'm a Paranormal Phenomenon (1985, Sergio Corbucci) with Alberto Sordi she made an unheralded international return appearances in Arrivederci Roma (1990, Clive Donner) and the inconsequential all-star comedy Once Upon a Crime (1992, Eugene Levy). Meanwhile she had started a new, successful career as an interior designer. Most recently she was seen in the short film Cabiria, Priscilla e le altre/Cabiria, Priscilla and the Others (1999, Fabrizio Celestini) and the tv-series Orgoglio (2005). Elsa Martinelli was married from 1957 till 1964 to Count Franco Mancinelli Scotti di San Vito, by whom she has a daughter, actress Cristiana Mancinelli (1958). In 1968 she married Paris Match photographer and 1970’s furniture designer Willy Rizzo, with whom she has a son.

 

Sources: Hal Erickson (All Movie Guide), Kimberly Lindbergs (Cinebeats), Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen, Wikipedia, and IMDb.

PHOTOGRAPHY CHANGES THE WAY WE PERCEIVE THE PARANORMAL

 

On August 3, 1965, just a few miles from where I live in Tustin, California, one of the most famous and still unexplained sequences of UFO pictures was shot near a local marine base by Rex Heflin, a maintenance highway engineer. The series of four Polaroid photos is unique because the pictures show the movement of the object in time, with size reference to telephone poles in the foreground, giving these photos physical perspective and the status of substantial evidence of unidentified flying objects according to respected UFO studies:

See: www.scientificexploration.org/journal/jse_14_4_druffel.pdf

See: <a href="http://ufocasebook.com/2009d/heflinphotos.html"

These pictures are often referred to as the “straw hat” UFO photos, because at first glance they look like a straw hat thrown aloft by a fellow conspirator. Thus continues the debate over the authenticity of UFO sightings which began in 1947 with an Idaho businessman and pilot named Kenneth Arnold, who spotted a formation of nine silvery crescent-shaped objects flying in tight formation, while flying near Mount Rainier, Washington.

My own romance with UFO’s began as a teenager with the famous neighborhood Heflin photos. Such local phenomena lends credibility to UFOs, as does the photographic documentation, which is the only tangible evidence we have of unidentified flying objects, although much of it is fraudulent and suspect, the work of darkroom tampering and Photoshop manipulation. Nevertheless UFOs are a modern mythology, which would not be possible without the camera, film, or pixels. Photography in this way changes the way we see the paranormal, giving documentation, whether authentic or doctored up, to a modern myth that continues to fascinate us—paranormal phenomena that seems to defy all physical law!

I did not have a camera with me the night I saw my one and only UFO, which no one believed, not even the person who was with me. Yet I continue searching the sky for signs of intelligent life. I have never doubted the reality of the saucer shaped object I saw that night, which was as bright as the moon, yet I have come to doubt many photographs of UFOs, although I am charmed by the fact that someone would actually take the time to fake them. When I tried to fake my own UFO photos, I found it wasn’t easy to make an interesting shot. A friend tossed Frisbees, pie pans and trashcan lids, while I snapped the shutter. My photos all looked like Frisbees, pie pans, and trashcan lids thrown across the camera’s field of vision. I finally settled on the fakest of all, a vegetable colander, because it had the dramatic flair that we expect from a good UFO photograph. I named it “UFO Disguised as a Vegetable Colander,” to give it some credibility. For the sake of doubters, one might also rename the famous Rex Heflin photos “UFO Disguised as a Straw Hat.” In both cases we see the world differently because of the collusion of the camera and the paranormal, whether real or imagined.

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blaargh, no way that i'm putting photos of myself, so here's EDDIE STARING AT YOUR SOUL

   

1- I hate insects in overall, especially bees, butterflies and cockroaches.

2- I'm from Brazil, but the weather here is more hot than Satan's ass, so i hate it. I'd love to live on somewhere else absurdly cold, like Alaska.

3- I have a boyfriend, we met when i was 13 and he 14 while playing Ragnarok Online, lmfao.

4- I'm so shy, to the point of bordelining Sociophobia at times.

5- Rarely i do get my ass working into answering comments and etc, but i always read them all, lubb you guys <3

6- I got into bjds after first seeing a photo of a DOC Petsha and i thought that was the prettiest thing ever uguuu

7- I'm an artschool kid that never smoked or drank alcoholic beverage. I guess that's more rare than being an albino cockroach.

8- I hate programs about paranormal stuff, aliens or snakes.

9- Romance or comedy movies are rarely appealing to me.

10- My boss said that i'm very absent-minded and i have a puppy's stare on my face in 60% of the time.

11- I get some severe nausea if eat chocolate or read inside a moving car.

12- Joanídea Sodret isn't my real name, but rather some nickname that a college professor gave to me.

13- I'm Cancer with ascendant on Pisces. Yes, i believe on that stuff. Just not on daily horoscopes.

14- I have anemia and due to that, no freaking stamina. I'm almost fainting from just climbing 3 sets of stairs in a hurry, lols

15- I prefer cats over dogs.

16- Playing console games and roleplaying bjd characters on internet improved my english much more than any paid english course would have ever done to me.

17- I have this mania of asking you to repeat everything that you say to me at least twice, and that drives everyone nuts.

18- It's 4am right now and i'm not even sleepy, dude.

19- All these bjd characters are recycled versions of some characters i had while 13 old or so, being Eddie the oldest.

20- My keyboard has the "Ç" type letter and yours probably doesn't, hurr hurr.

 

TOO LAZY TO TAG anyone else, ok.

Victoria Danann

 

2013 – Reviewer’s Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild

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Her Tiger Twins: A Paranormal Menage Romance (Unabridged) is finally available for free download at freeaudibles.com/romance/her-tiger-twins-a-paranormal-men.... And you might want to check out freeaudibles.com to discover many other awesome audio books !

So This is Poolbeg Lighthouse

 

What a walk it took to finally get up to it!

 

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I went to see Paranormal activity on Monday, and well.. it wasn't great! Have you seen it? What do you think of it?

 

On Tuesday I went to the Monster Ball (Lady Gaga)! It was... once again, amazing!

 

I'm getting things ready for the Manifesto of the Weirder: November

 

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("do you like my dots! there pretty cool!")

 

I'VE GOT A WEBSITE! I forgot to tell you this on my last upload!

 

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If your looking to build up an online portfolio choose www.paspartout.com I found it really good and easy to use!

 

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I was thinking of doing a charity project next year, I was thinking that maybe I could do a month project with a photograph every week and I'll try and raise funds for an animal cruelty charity, then all the people that donate will be in a draw to win a 2012 calender of some of my best work!

 

Opinions on that?

 

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EDIT: Sorry! I deleted the first version of this, I thought I went a bit OTT with the editing, this is more original!

 

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A couple of rascals at Old Abilene Town, a wonderful living history site in Abilene, Kansas, one of Wild Bill Hickok's old haunts. These two characters were a trove of information, and super nice to boot. I was in Kansas and Nebraska recently, researching my next novel, "Ghost Marshal," a paranormal romance Western. Fun stuff.

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire,

One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones and sits at the centre of the densest complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. Archaeologists had believed that the iconic stone monument was erected around 2500 BC. However one recent theory has suggested that the first stones were not erected until 2400-2200 BC,whilst another suggests that bluestones may have been erected at the site as early as 3000 BC . The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1986.

 

Stonehenge has been subjected to many theories about its origin, ranging from the academic worlds of archaeology to explanations from mythology and the paranormal.

Some legends held that a giant helps Merlin build Stonehenge. .Many early historians were influenced by supernatural folktales in their explanations. Some legends held that Merlin had a giant build the structure for him or that he had magically transported it from Mount Killaraus in Ireland, while others held the Devil responsible. Henry of Huntingdon was the first to write of the monument around 1130 soon followed by Geoffrey of Monmouth who was the first to record fanciful associations with King Arthur which led the monument to be incorporated into the wider cycle of European medieval romance

 

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This was supposed to be my submission for TOTW's "vintage" week. Unfortunately I could't find time to edit it earlier.

 

As you probably already know (since I've mentioned it several times now) I've recently just graduated. But what I haven't told you is that as soon as I got my certificate of graduation (since my diploma isn't available yet) I reapplied for my old teaching job at the university and they agreed to take me back :D Since I already have my Masters degree, I will be returning as assistant professor. Can you believe it? Me! A professor! "Assistant" professor, but a professor nonetheless :D I don't know about you but when I hear people say "professor" I always imagine a distinguished old man wearing a suit and a bowtie, sitting on some fancy armchair in his office while reading a classic novel and smoking a pipe. Certainly not a tiny little girl who spends her days reading paranormal romance novels and lurking around on the internet.

 

Anyway, I'm thrilled to be back. My first class will be on Friday, I can't wait :D

 

(The camera I'm holding in this picture is a Yashica rangefinder. It belonged to my adviser - he collects all sorts of vintage cameras. When he left the university he gave all his advisees a camera to remember him by. He told us they were all in working condition, but we've never really tried to use them XD)

 

Wallpaper texture came from HERE.

 

"I see."

 

('Ichabod Crane' by McFarlane Toys)

I have recently been introduced to a new series of Paranormal Romance books, the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. They are something to keep my mind off other things, especially at bedtime when I often struggle with nightmares.  One of the most brilliantly written groups in these books are the Valkyrie, a group of petite but fierce women of Lore, that fight hard but with power and grace. After a visit to the new round of We Heart Role-Play!

yesterday, I knew I had to go full Valkyrie and have a little Role-Play fun. It all started when I spotted these amazeballs pants called Rogue, by -Pixicat-, and yes the shoes are part of them! I may never take them off, and you will want them even if you don't RP, they are perfect for the every curvy girl, and they go perfectly with this amazing We Heart Role-PlayExclusive Nyoki Hair from ~Tableau Vivant~, a hella sexy style for both guys and girls. The Rogue pants are available in 5 color choices, while the hair is available in dozens and dozens of tones. The poses, also a brilliant score from the We Heart Role-PlayEvent are by !Musa!, and were great fun to play with. Don't wait to visit this great event, the lag is low and the shopping is fierce.

Get All The Details, Credits and SLurls, including poses and location details at Second Life Fashion Addict:

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Aren't all teen romances paranormal?

I have recently been introduced to a new series of Paranormal Romance books, the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. They are something to keep my mind off other things, especially at bedtime when I often struggle with nightmares.  One of the most brilliantly written groups in these books are the Valkyrie, a group of petite but fierce women of Lore, that fight hard but with power and grace. After a visit to the new round of We Heart Role-Play!

yesterday, I knew I had to go full Valkyrie and have a little Role-Play fun. It all started when I spotted these amazeballs pants called Rogue, by -Pixicat-, and yes the shoes are part of them! I may never take them off, and you will want them even if you don't RP, they are perfect for the every curvy girl, and they go perfectly with this amazing We Heart Role-PlayExclusive Nyoki Hair from ~Tableau Vivant~, a hella sexy style for both guys and girls. The Rogue pants are available in 5 color choices, while the hair is available in dozens and dozens of tones. The poses, also a brilliant score from the We Heart Role-PlayEvent are by !Musa!, and were great fun to play with. Don't wait to visit this great event, the lag is low and the shopping is fierce.

Get All The Details, Credits and SLurls, including poses and location details at Second Life Fashion Addict:

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"The heads are ... gone ?"

"Taken. Taken by the Headless Horseman. Taken back to hell."

 

('Headless Horseman ' by McFarlane Toys)

 

Diorama by RK

Debut novel coming soon from Decadent Publishing by Shayne Leighton.

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In a world of love bonds, rituals, dark magic, ancient enemies and immortals, nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted.

 

Seventeen-year-old Amber enters the paranormal world by chance when her brother, Dallas, sets her up with a summer job in Scotland. Dallas has spied something in the woods he thinks could make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. But instead of finding riches, Amber unknowingly enters a paranormal race—and promptly wins the first prize—a prize for which many would kill. Soon, she discovers her new boss, Aidan, didn’t employ her for her astounding housekeeping skills and he isn't who he claims to be either.

 

As the dark forces slowly conspire against Amber, her naivety and love for Aidan catapults her into a calamitous series of otherworldly events. With every immortal creature hunting for her, whom can she trust with her life?

I have recently been introduced to a new series of Paranormal Romance books, the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. They are something to keep my mind off other things, especially at bedtime when I often struggle with nightmares.  One of the most brilliantly written groups in these books are the Valkyrie, a group of petite but fierce women of Lore, that fight hard but with power and grace. After a visit to the new round of We Heart Role-Play!

yesterday, I knew I had to go full Valkyrie and have a little Role-Play fun. It all started when I spotted these amazeballs pants called Rogue, by -Pixicat-, and yes the shoes are part of them! I may never take them off, and you will want them even if you don't RP, they are perfect for the every curvy girl, and they go perfectly with this amazing We Heart Role-PlayExclusive Nyoki Hair from ~Tableau Vivant~, a hella sexy style for both guys and girls. The Rogue pants are available in 5 color choices, while the hair is available in dozens and dozens of tones. The poses, also a brilliant score from the We Heart Role-PlayEvent are by !Musa!, and were great fun to play with. Don't wait to visit this great event, the lag is low and the shopping is fierce.

Get All The Details, Credits and SLurls, including poses and location details at Second Life Fashion Addict:

slfashionaddict.blogspot.ca/2014/08/valkyrie-in-mist.html

 

Bueno este es mi mas reciente trabajo, una vez mas trabajando con Mandy Moore que es una de las mejores cantantes subvaloradas del medio a mi gusto, espero les guste tanto como a mi :)

 

Mandy Moore

"Wild Desire"

By SantiagoM

2009

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Signs of Destiny, Paranormal Romance

 

A D Koboah is the author of an exciting new paranormal romance series. It was important to her, that the unique and inventive take on the genre be properly showcased in the cover. She also wanted a compelling design, which drew reader attention in a crowded marketplace.

 

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The Samuel Taylor Suit Cottage, also known as the Berkeley Castle, is located on a hill above Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The castle-like house was built for Colonel Samuel Taylor Suit of Washington, D.C. as a personal retreat near the spa town, beginning in 1885. It was not complete by the time of his death in 1888 and was finished in the early 1890s for his widow, Rosa Pelham Suit, whom Suit had first met at Berkeley Springs. The post 1888 work is of noticeably inferior quality.

 

The fifteen-room interior features a ballroom 50 feet (15.2 m) wide and 40 ft (12.2 m) long. The design is attributed to Washington architect Alfred B. Mullett, who is alleged to have drawn a rough sketch of the plan on a tablecloth at the Berkeley Springs Hotel. The design may have been based on elements of Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Detailed design and construction supervision was carried out by Snowden Ashford, who designed Washington's Eastern Market. Mrs. Suit entertained lavishly at the house until her money ran out and the property was sold in 1913.

 

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In 1885, Colonel Samuel Taylor Suit of Maryland began “laying the foundation of his cottage,” according to the local News, on a lot along Warm Springs Ridge that he purchased from H.H. Boyd. It was part of the original Fruit Hill Farm owned before the Civil War by John Strother of the Berkeley Hotel. Two years earlier, Suit had married Rosa Pelham, daughter of an Alabama Congressman and 30 years his junior. Work progressed on what the paper called “one of the finest residences in the state,” and it was occupied by Suit, Rosa and their three young children in late August 1887. It was one of more than two dozen splendid structures in the chic “cottage” community of Berkeley Springs.

 

The first description of Suit’s cottage as a castle was made in the local Mercury in 1886 when it was described while under construction as “giving one the impression of a handsome castle nestled among the rocks and cliffs of the mountain.” The description was repeated again in the April 5, 1888 edition of the Martinsburg Independent: “The residence of Mr. S.T. Suit on the side of Warm Springs Ridge is a novelty in this section and strikingly handsome. It is of stone and a regular castle in appearance.” It has remained known as the castle ever since.

 

By September 1888, after a brief illness, Suit was dead. According to his local obituary, Suit was “a leading Republican in Prince George’s County who served in the Maryland legislature. He was for some time extensively engaged in the liquor business and was connected with the Washington City & Point Lookout Railroad Company.” Suit’s popular whiskey was marketed nationally in little brown jugs.

 

A year later Rosa’s castle was under siege by local hooligans. “Robert Roach and Champ Miller broke the window of Colonel S.T. Suit’s stone castle on Warm Springs Mountain and stole two cases of wine. Some was taken to Joshua Barney’s for a big dance Friday night,” reported the News. By fall, Rosa was throwing her own parties and a report of an October ball said, “Her beautiful residence was illuminated from base to turret with innumerable Chinese lanterns and the terraces were ablaze with beacon fires. The immense hall was decorated with shields and handsome engravings set in masses of evergreens and fall flowers.” There was dancing to a coronet band and then a march to the supper room at 11:30pm “for a bountiful repast.” The ball closed with a Virginia Reel.

 

Throughout the 1890s, Rosa’s many comings and goings from Washington to Berkeley Springs and back were faithfully reported in the local paper along with her wardrobe and descriptions of more parties including several in 1893 at which Professor Anton Kaspar’s Bohemian orchestra performed. They were favorite performers at the summer season of the Berkeley Hotel during the 1890s. During much of her party phase, local gossip had Rosa engaged in an ongoing romance with Malcolm Crichton, accomplished horseman and owner of Ravenswood, a large estate that extended from today’s Rockwell Circle down to WV9 east.

 

By 1895, water and electricity were put in the castle. Rosa and the children lived there that winter although monthly trips to Washington were reported. Soon after, financial difficulties and lawsuits were plaguing Rosa and in 1898 she began renting the castle. First residents were C.P. Jack and family driven from their home in the Berkeley Hotel when it burned. Two years later, Rosa was reported in town for a day or two renting “the Suit property known as the Castle to C.W. Johnson who will shortly move into it.” By 1902, the Castle was initially reported to be rented for the summer to New York millionaire Howard Gould. In fact, the rental report was discovered to be“an advertising dodge to bring Berkeley into the public eye and to attract attention to several projects looking to Berkeley’s development.” Whatever was occurring at her castle that year, Rosa was not there. In May, she was building a small house for the summer at Kesecker’s Ford on Sleepy Creek halfway between Berkeley Springs and Hedgesville. Her children were there with her. A 1904 advertisement has Miss M.S. Mahan offering lodging and meals at the Castle.

 

Auction sales of the castle were announced more than once and in 1916 it was sold to the Bank of Morgan County. After being offered and withdrawn from sale several times in 1923, local businessman George Cunningham finally bought it and owned the castle through 1938. Initially, Cunningham gave up his lease on the Dunn Hotel and claimed he would operate the castle as a hotel once it was expanded. Other than a brief stint as a lodging place in 1932, there is no indication this ever happened. Instead, the castle became the site of a variety of uses including Pastime Club dances in 1924, a shop and retreat for artists and writers in 1929 and Friday night dances at “The Old Castle Club” in 1936. Ward Kesecker bought the property from Cunningham and did extensive repairs eventually building the two-story addition in the rear that still exists. During the Kesecker years, the castle served as site of a two-week antique and hobby fair in 1939 and as base for the Monte Vista Boys Camp.

 

Berkeley Castle became a prime tourism attraction for nearly half a century when Walter Bird purchased it in 1954 and began conducting house tours and spinning tall tales about its history. Eventually it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Unsubstantiated rumors that the castle is haunted gained credence with the auction in 2000 when a group of Leesburg investors bought it to establish an institute for the study of paranormal activity -- a type of ghostbuster college -- based on claims of “electromagnetic anomalies.” The idea lasted about two weeks, perhaps because there are no ghosts there. The investors did necessary repairs and renovation, floating a variety of ideas then offered it for sale at auction again in 2002. Enter Andrew Gosline, a central casting vision of a Castle owner.

 

“ I try to do different things on my birthday,” said Gosline. “I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about a castle for sale in West Virginia. I was surprised, A castle in West Virginia? I came to Berkeley Springs, a placed I’d never heard of, to see it.” A month later Gosline returned for the auction with his two sons. He never planend to buy the property but got caught up in the bidding.“My oldest son turned to me and said ‘Dad, I think you just bought a castle’.” Gosline smiles warmly and explains “I’ve fallen in love with it. I like the Castle. I like the people.”

 

One of Gosline’s personal touches are the gargoyles which crouch on parapets and battlements. “I like them,” said Gosline when asked their meaning. As for ghosts -- “Rosa’s never joined me in the suite,” he said.

I have recently been introduced to a new series of Paranormal Romance books, the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. They are something to keep my mind off other things, especially at bedtime when I often struggle with nightmares.  One of the most brilliantly written groups in these books are the Valkyrie, a group of petite but fierce women of Lore, that fight hard but with power and grace. After a visit to the new round of We Heart Role-Play!

yesterday, I knew I had to go full Valkyrie and have a little Role-Play fun. It all started when I spotted these amazeballs pants called Rogue, by -Pixicat-, and yes the shoes are part of them! I may never take them off, and you will want them even if you don't RP, they are perfect for the every curvy girl, and they go perfectly with this amazing We Heart Role-PlayExclusive Nyoki Hair from ~Tableau Vivant~, a hella sexy style for both guys and girls. The Rogue pants are available in 5 color choices, while the hair is available in dozens and dozens of tones. The poses, also a brilliant score from the We Heart Role-PlayEvent are by !Musa!, and were great fun to play with. Don't wait to visit this great event, the lag is low and the shopping is fierce.

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Actually it's a *paranormal* romance novel.

Teen Haunted House Mysteries Bundle contains two complete YA ghost mystery novels by bestselling author R. Barri Flowers, including Ghost Girl in Shadow Bay and Teen Ghost at Dead Lake.

  

Ghost Girl in Shadow Bay

  

Three years after her father was killed, sixteen-year-old Peyton Delaney, her mother, Melody, and new stepfather, Vance McIntyre, relocate to Shadow Bay, Minnesota and move into an old Victorian. They are unaware of the house's dark history--fifty years ago, a jealous husband snapped, murdering his wife, her lover, and sixteen-year-old daughter before killing himself.

  

But when Peyton begins to have nightmares about the crime and is haunted by a ghostly teenage girl named Caitlyn, she begins to investigate with the help of the caretaker's cute son, Bryant. As the two delve into the supernatural mystery surrounding the house, they discover that the events that led to the tragedy of fifty years ago are somehow intertwined with the present. In other words, history is repeating itself and Peyton, Bryant, and their parents are being drawn into a disturbing case of jealousy, possession, revenge, and murder, while seemingly powerless to prevent the inevitable from taking place all over again.

  

Caitlyn is a ghost who has had to relive the nightmare of being murdered by her father for half a century. When Peyton and her family arrive at the house where Caitlyn’s spirit has remained trapped, she feels a connection to Peyton and knows instinctively that it will take the two of them to not only free Caitlyn at long last, but to prevent her tragedy from becoming one that Peyton too must endure.

  

Teen Ghost at Dead Lake

  

When sixteen-year-old Paige Preston and her mother relocated to Dead Lake, Michigan, they were unaware that a seventeen-year-old previous resident of their house had killed himself by jumping off a cliff into the lake six months earlier. But was it really suicide?

  

Noah Snyder is a ghost. At least he thinks so. Only he's not sure how he died. He recruits the attractive Paige to help him get to the bottom of the mystery so he can move on. Before he died, Noah was the captain of the boys swim team and popular at Dead Lake High School. He had also suffered from depression after losing his father when Noah was just a boy.

  

Paige, who had initially believed she was dealing with an imposter Noah, is stunned to find out that he is a real ghost and that there were more than a few people who may have wanted him dead. Being attracted to a cute teen ghost is no small feat as Paige tries to adjust to life in a new town and help unravel the mystery of his death. In the process, she soon finds herself in danger, as someone wants to keep a deadly secret at all costs.

  

Praise for R. Barri Flowers

  

“Great mystery and I loved the narration. The narrator really brought the story to life! I will highly recommend this mystery to my friends and family!” – Amazon reviewer on Ghost Girl in Shadow Bay

  

"This was like 'Sweet Valley High' meets 'True Blood'.... Fans of the 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' series will enjoy this series. Great for young readers!" - Jessica's Reviews on Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter

  

“This book has some serious potential with a really unique idea!... I think my students would really love this book.” -- Brittany Elsen, Book Reviewer on Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter

  

“The story was fast paced and had a lot of twist and turns... I would recommend this book for people who enjoy a good vampire YA book, its packed with teenage drama and triangles that will keep you turning the pages.” -- Ordinary Girlz Book Reviews on Out for Blood

  

“A very interesting concept and world that Flowers has written....I see some real potential in the future of the series.” -- Hot Off the Shelves on Out for Blood

  

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Book cover for my first release, a paranormal romance from Evernight Publishing!

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