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After the Dark Caster series ends in Spring ’15, I’ll be writing a new paranormal romance series. If you know me, you know I love zombies. I’m kicking around an idea to include zombies as the villains’ mindless attack dogs.

What do you think? Do you enjoy zombies in your paranormal series?

Thanks!

<3 Anna

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Ghosts and Hauntings in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley

HAUNTED: The Civic Theater, Hunter Street

The Civic Theatre is said to be haunted by ghosts, and the best known ghost is Joe.

Joe once, apparently, had a long conversation with former Newcastle deputy lord mayor Frank Rigby.

The Civic Theatre stalls.

The Civic Theatre stalls.

The story goes, Mr Rigby was sitting alone in the theatre stalls one evening pondering the shortfall of funds required to renovate the rundown theatre.

That’s when Joe seated himself down next to Mr Rigby and insisted on talking.

Mr Rigby told Joe that there was not enough money in the budget to cover the cost of refurbishing the orchestra pit.

The ghost turned, smiled and told him not to worry about it and that everything would turn out alright.

Not long after, Newcastle was struck by an earthquake. Miraculously the Civic Theatre was spared its destruction, except for one place – the orchestra pit. Insurance covered the cost of its replacement with a new and better pit.

HAUNTED: Miss Porter’s House, King Street

Miss Porter’s House in King Street, Newcastle West, is a heritage listed building. Built in the early 1900s it was the home of the Porter family.

Sisters Ella and Hazel, both spinsters, lived in the house their entire lives.Many visitors to the house, which was bequeathed to the National Trust, claim to have seen the ghosts of the sisters.

It is said the sisters still reside over the home, which the longest surviving sister, Hazel, requested remain untouched after her death. Everything in the home is just as the sisters left it, complete with their clothes, furniture and even teaspoons.

Visitors have reported seeing apparitions of the sisters dressed in slippers and a skirt. There have also been claims the furniture moves around in the house, seemingly all by itself.

HAUNTED: The Old Hunter Street Police Lock-up

The old Newcastle Police Station in Hunter Street operated from 1861 until 1982. And those who believe in ghostly entities say its lock-up is haunted by many, but its best known is the spirit child named Mary.

Ghostly figure captured during an overnight paranormal investigation in the lock-up at the old Newcastle Police Station in Hunter St, Newcastle.

Ghostly figure captured during an overnight paranormal investigation in the lock-up at the old Newcastle Police Station in Hunter St, Newcastle.

Mary walks the jail looking for her parents and a Sydney based team of paranormal investigators claim to have made contact with her and have even recorded her voice.

But Mary is not the only ghost of the lock-up.

Paranormal investigators claim to have photographed what they believe is a ghost (pictured above), possibly a police officer, during one of their overnight camp-outs in the lock-up in 2012.

HAUNTED: Newcastle Court House, Church Street

Newcastle Court House is one of the most ghostly places in town.

There have been many ghost sightings in the Church St building. Jurors have reported feeling as though there were being watched from the upstairs public gallery during trials, claiming that even though they try to concentrate on the trial before them, their attention is repeatedly drawn to the fourth row of seats on the left hand side.

Jurors have also reported hearing the rattling of doors, cold spots throughout the building and the constant feeling of being watched.

One juror described a ghost in a pillbox hat and gloves sitting in the gallery with her hands folded in her lap.

HAUNTED: The Royal Newcastle Hospital, Pacific Street

The Royal Newcastle Hospital operated for almost 190 years. Built by convicts in 1817 it has a rich history of ghost sightings.

Some of the sightings were of the ghosts of patients who died in the hospital – including one woman who continued to set off the buzzer in her hospital room after her death.

Nurses have reported seeing bright lights shining above the beds of recently deceased patients, full bodied aparitions in ward hallways, ghostly workmen walking into lifts and the unsettling appearance of ghost nurses.

There is even a story of a matron who still came to work, years after her death.

<3 Anna

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SiMPLiREAD’s review of Spell of Vanishing:

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This book is brilliant! It is thoroughly gripping and keeps the reader on the edge of the seat. I enjoyed it, needless to say. The plot beautifully blends the paranormal world of the White Wraith, Dark Caster and Cole with the earthly world. It’s a pretty tough job to create a world of where such fantasies are abound.The book combines many genres at one go – drama, suspense, action and dark fantasy. The author is also an excellent story-teller, having conjoined the suspense and thrills in the lives of the protagonists with the ambience. The characters are perky, witty and mentally strong, all at once. If you love reading books that are fascinating and electrifying, with memorable characters, you would love this one as much as I did! 5 out of 5 stars. –RC Bean

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Or, Paranormal Activity Forced Family From Their Home

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Family Moves Out Because House is Haunted

Written by Corinne Clements (Sept. 2014)

Family moves out of haunted house

The family currently renting the home formerly owned by Josh and Susan Powell says they have moved out.

Joanna Aeosana says since she and her family moved in two months ago numerous mysterious events have occurred inside the home. She says the company who leased the house to her never shared the history of the home.

In 2009, Susan Cox Powell disappeared from the home and was never seen again. Her husband, Josh Powell, was the only person of interest in the case. He later ended up killing himself and the couple’s two sons in a house fire in Washington State.

Aeosana says she was unaware of the Powells’ story and says, almost from the moment her family moved in, strange things have been happening.

“I hear people crying when I’m showering,” she told 2News.

Aeosana also says the garage door opens and closes on its own. Most recently, she said her 1-year-old son was talking to an empty swing in the front yard and saying, “Go away, leave me alone.”

Aoesana says she didn’t know about the history of the home until a neighbor told her. In the last few days, she said her family has moved out and is asking that the company who leased out the home, American Homes 4 Rent, help them find a different place to live or allow them to get out of the lease. The home is being held in a trust as the details of the estate are being worked out.

Real estate agents are not required to disclose the personal history of the home, but Aeosana says they should have a moral or ethical obligation to do so.

“I believe they should have told me,” said Aoesana. “I just don’t want to be in there.”

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Or, My Thoughts On The Illustrated Case Of H.H. Holmes

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Usually, I restrict myself to unsolved murder cases from history, but reading about Jack the Ripper led me to the horrific crimes of H.H. Holmes. Maybe I was so interested because we still know so little about his crimes, even how many people (mostly women) he actually killed in his “castle.” The fact that this upstanding businessman had a castle full of torture chambers is astonishing in itself.

Rick Geary’s illustrated casebook, The Beast of Chicago: the Murderous Career of H.H. Holmes, is a wonderful introduction to the subject, and I feel like I don’t need to read anymore about this man. The book gives all the pertinent information and accompanies it with incredibly detailed line drawings, from Holmes’ little known childhood to his execution. It’s a quick read. I read it in one sitting. I was also relieved the drawings aren’t too gory. No detailed sketches of torture or the bodies found, which I was glad for since some of his victims were children.

Geary’s volume is a wonderful mash-up of a true crime paperback and a graphic novel. I will be looking for the other books in his Treasury of Victorian Murder series.

<3 Anna

Or, What Happens When You Use Stock Photos For Your Cover

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During my recent book tour for Spell of Vanishing a reader pointed out the male model on the cover of Spell of Summoning is the same as on the cover of HP Mallory’s Sinjin. And then during the same tour I found an almost identical cover for Vanessa Waltz’s High Stakes as the Spell of Vanishing cover I paid a designer to put together for me.

Insert forehead smack.

But what’s an indie author to do? I can’t afford to photograph my own models or hire artists to create covers from scratch, so I have to use stock photos. Just like almost every other indie author. I suppose, with only a few stock photo sites, it’s inevitable that two authors will choose the same model or graphics. But it still stings when I see it happen.

Are you feeling my pain? lol

<3 Anna

 

Or, Spell of Summoning On Sale Now

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Between Dec. 1, 2014 and January 15, 2015 the first novel in the Dark Caster series is on sale at Amazon for $.99.

Cover Blurb:

Holden Clark walks into Rebecca Powell’s life, a tall, blue-eyed stranger who stirs long forgotten desires. But nothing, including this man, is what it seems. A dark necromancer is targeting Becca for a full-blown demonic possession. She is thrust into a world she never knew existed—a world where dark casters create chaos and necromancers talk to the dead.

Holden has no faith in his power. A necromancer, he communicates with the dead, but he has never embraced his gifts. Now, he has no choice. He must stop the dark caster attacking Rebecca, but accepting this mission means he’ll be delving into dangerous magics he’s never used before.

Under the protection of the damaged and mysterious Holden, Rebecca will question everything …

If you read it, please leave an honest review at Amazon and GoodReads. I would love to hear what you think!

<3 Anna

Or, Spirits Still Linger In This Orland Park, Illinois Home

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Senator John Humphrey House in Orland Park, Illinois:

Haunted Historic Home and Family Spirits

Written by Edward Shanahan (Sep. 2014)

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The Senator John Humphrey House in Orland Park, Illinois is not only a historic location, but also a rare haunted location in Illinois for the fact in all this time, only one family has lived in the home. The John Humphrey family.

A historic family at that and one that kept the home in the family until it was turned over to the Orland Historical Society in 1987 with the death of the youngest Humphrey family member, John. That is why this haunted historic home is more special, as some location owners claim to have what they call ‘a haunted house family’ with out the true knowledge of who the family consists of in the home as there were more then one family that occupied the other homes.

The home was built in 1881 by John Humphrey and was the 2nd house built in Orland Park. I was drawn to the Humphrey House in 2007 and until then it was not know to the public as a haunted location. Walking in to the home I knew it was active, how active, I did not know. I did learn one thing that no one in the paranormal field knew at the time or until I made it public, is that Senator John Humphrey House has a major tie to Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery.

The Senator John Humphrey Family consisted of: John Humphrey and first wife Amelia and children: Libby (died within 11 months), Wilt (oldest child and lawyer), Lillian (died as a child), Thomas (died as a child), Clara, Mable (died as a child), and Maude. Amelia (1st wife) died in 1894.

Senator Humphrey then married in the same year the secretary and assistant in his law office, her name was Ida. Senator John Humphrey and Ida had one child, his name is John and he is the one that willed the Senator Humphrey House to the Historical Society.

The house has paranormal activity.  I have had three paranormal teams and another Spirit Feeler with one team at the location and they confirmed what I already knew, that spirits are there and active. A couple of other teams have done their own investigations at the location and the paranormal activity held up without any questions about it.

See the ghostly reflection in the glass of a man and woman?

See the ghostly reflection in the glass of a man and woman?

There was one team of three men I was told about by the Historical Society President. The three guys making up the team came running down from the second floor screaming like young teenage girls seeing a mouse. That was kind of the last of the investigation teams being allowed to investigate the home on their own. It has been proven to have activity by investigation teams in the past and the hundreds of experiences by individuals during my Supernatural and Paranormal Nights held during all these years at the location.

Senator John Humphrey died in 1914, Ida lived until the 1950’s and something rare for that time frame was done when she died. John the youngest child had her waked at the home. Being waked in the home was a practice of the past and a few of the Humphrey family members were waked in the house, in the location that I have always held my ‘Circle of Energy’ Spirit Communication Sessions. Ida being waked in the home in the 1950’s was something that was very rare.

But baby John as I call him, do to the fact he was the youngest child, he had a practice of his own that was a bit on the unusual. He owned the coffin he was going to be buried in when he died and kept it at the Humphrey House when he moved back there after his mother’s death.

Baby John while alive, found comfort in sleeping in the coffin that one day would be his final resting place. Also as one explores the home, they will come across an old rocking horse in the children’s bed room, that was baby John’s horse. There is a photo of John on it when he was a child in the book ‘The Orland Story’.

I will get in to the Bachelor’s Grove in a moment, as I want to say that the house is the one most active ‘private residence homes’ that I have been in. I been in one that was a farm up in North West IL and a couple others out of state that are open to the public. As I stated earlier, there is no doubts of who the family is providing the activity in the Senator John Humphrey House.

At one time I was holding paranormal nights at the location, this year (2014), I have been holding what I call ‘Supernatural Nights, Workshops and Spirit Communications all done on the same night. In 2014 I have been allowed access to an empty room known as the playroom, a room that was a storage area in the past. This has become the most active room at the location and is the room I now use to help open individuals open up to feeling the emotions of the spirits or those emotions that have remained in the room by the children of the past.

he Senator John Humphrey family has a couple major ties to the haunted Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery and I was happy to be the able to let the Chicago paranormal field know of the connection and at times I wonder if it was a mistake due to the behavior of some individuals.

John Humphrey and first wife Amelia’s first child ‘Libby’ died at 11 months old. Mrs. Humphrey’s family (Patrick), had a family plot and family buried at Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey had Libby buried with Mrs. Humphrey’s family members at Bachelor’s Grove, as the Humphrey family did not own a family plot.

The question even asked by some of the officials of the Historical Society, is Mrs. Amelia Humphrey who was found dead in the house in March of 1898 and buried at a different cemetery then her first child Libby and is buried at Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery. Could Mrs. Humphrey be the woman and child seen at Bachelor’s Grove?

Bachelor's Grove Cemetery

Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery

There is almost no doubt that she is, as I and others have used a specific paranormal tool for communication that has stated the fact that Amelia is the Madonna of Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery.

<3 Anna

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