The Ten Most Haunted Places….

Okay, so there’s way more than ten. But here’s a list of ten that stood out the most.

1. Screaming Tunnel in Ontario, Canada. This creepy, arched stone way tunnel runs underneath railroad lines, those connecting Niagara Falls to Toronto and New York City. The legend goes that if you enter the tunnel at midnight armed with a match, you’d best bring along a healthy dose of courage. The match will go out and a girl’s screams will surround you, echoing in the dark.

2. Going off to college? Want to add a little spice to the adventure? Ohio University is your destination. Located in Athens, Ohio, the campus is surrounded by five cemeteries in a perfect pentagram pattern, and the administration building sits right at the center. Jefferson Hall is famous for ghost sightings.

3. How about a trip abroad? Edinburgh, Scotland offers a spectacular medieval castle where ghosts still linger, trapped in prison cells. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Mary’s King Close, once a busy street, has fallen into disuse since spirits claimed it as their own. Victims of the plague were quarantined here, and eventually entombed as well. Edinburgh offers a little variety in apparitions too, including ghostly dogs and a headless drummer.

4. Next we’ll take a trip down under to Whepstead House in Wellington Point, Queensland. Numerous ghosts inhabit this old building, which served as a private hospital for decades. Not everyone was discharged, including a boy with a withered leg who haunts the staircase, and an elderly gentleman sporting a suit and bowler hat.

5. The Forbidden City in Beijing, China, is not only home to the Palace Museum, but also a steady stream of ghosts who parade in groups: sometimes ladies, other times eunuchs.

6. Now on to Germany, where we’ll visit Wolfsegg Castle in Bavaria. This 14th century structure is home to a ghostly “White Woman” who still inhabits the ancient stone walls.

7. Wikipedia claims that Renyle House Hotel in Galway, Ireland is “haunted by former anonymous remaining guests.” Hmm. Wonder how many ghosts actually rise above the identification status of anonymous?

8. Let’s head to South Africa next to the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. The Dutch East India Company inhabited this 17th C. battlement, where soldiers still pace the towers, including one who ended his own life there, hanging himself in the bell tower.

9. The last two hauntings describe my favorite settings for my ghostly novels: libraries and mental asylums. One of the most famous is right here in the U.S. – Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana. A classic Gothic Victorian, the library has been the focus of numerous paranormal investigations, all trying to snap a shot of The Grey Lady. Ghost cams are actually set up throughout the building, and you can hope for a glimpse of her yourself here:

10. Our final destination is the site of my next ghostly romance, Spirits of the Heart. Talcott Hall is now abandoned, enclosed by chain link fence on the grounds of the defunct Middletown Psychiatric Hospital in Middletown, N.Y. Although there are no documented ghost sightings I could locate, this video shows the building in all its ghoulish glory: Is Talcott Hall haunted? You’ll have to wait to find out in Spirits of the Heart, coming later this year.


Erin’s in the House! Please Welcome Erin Bevan to the Blogathon!

Erin’s novel, Cupid’s Angels, was the perfect choice to take with me on vacation!

Erin BevanToday I have Erin Bevan at the Blogathon! Erin, tell us all about you! What would you most like your readers to know?

There isn’t a ton of fun stuff to tell. I’m a mother of three children. I stay at home with my two youngest, workout at the gym every morning for sanity, and sit in my sweaty workout clothes all day! By the time I get my sons fed lunch and down for their naps, I have a limited amount of time to write. I don’t waste it on a shower!

Are you one of those writers born with a pen in your hand and ideas flitting through your mind, or did your interest develop later?

Definitely later in life. Mid twenties actually. When I was a child I hated reading. I didn’t develop a love for it until I was twenty.

When did you become serious about…

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My Guest Today: Author Angela Scavone

Today I’m pleased to welcome Angela Scavone, author of A Journey Home.
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About the book:

Stephanie Tyler’s sole job is to fly overseas to war torn areas of the world to retrieve and escort the bodies of fallen soldiers back home to the United States. It is a tough and emotional job but she is honored for the privilege. Her duty also helps her to escape her past and her failed marriage.

But those flights have become increasingly more dangerous and she is forced to have a partner accompany her. Much to Stephanie’s surprise and dismay, she is partnered up with her ex-husband, Captain “D.A.” Douglas Aston.

From the moment Captain D.A. enters the scene, he irritates her. It could have something to do with the fact he slept with her best friend while they were married. As they go on several missions together, Stephanie is forced to be courteous and professional with D.A. even though the very sight of him irritates her beyond comprehension.

Then, Stephanie’s cheating, husband stealing, ex-best friend is killed in Afghanistan and Stephanie and D.A. must escort her body home. While executing this difficult duty, a myriad of conflicting emotions makes Stephanie ponder how short life really is . . . and to question her own ability to forgive.

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Now for a little bit about Angela:

Please tell us a little about yourself.

When did you discover you were a writer? What was that initial spark that made you type “Chapter One”?
I always wrote stories as a child, just short stories or poems but I always dreamed of being a published writer. Then life took over for many years but then in 2011 on New Year’s Day someone asked me what my New Years resolution was and I immediately answered “to write and publish a book”. The person inadvertently laughed but by August the book was written and under contract with the wonderful SoulMate publishing and it was released on December 7th 🙂

Are you a plotter or a pantser (i.e., do you outline or write spontaneously)?
Totally a pantser! I love watching where the characters are going to take me. I have milestones that I plot out for them that they must hit but they get themselves there.

Do you write your first draft longhand or on a computer?
Right now my computer is dead so I will have to say this new wip will be done longhand ha! Normally I like to write on the computer but under the current circumstances looks like we will be going old school for the next little while.

What is the most exciting moment, so far, in your writing career?
Getting published, there is no greater feeling in the writing world.

How do you feel about marketing? Is it a love or hate relationship?
I find it easier to market other people rather than myself. I don’t know why. I can market every one else’s books and say how great they are and you should buy them but when it comes to marketing my own I become quite shy and reserved. It’s really a strange phenomenon 🙂

Describe your writing routine – what time of day is best? Where do you get the best words down?
The best time for me to write is either first thing in the morning before six or after seven at night. It’s either before the day begins or after the day time routines are complete and I can completely relax.

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?
Reading! I love to read to new things. Opening a new book is so invigorating … I love it!

What’s your snack of choice while writing?
Used to be chocolate covered berries but I’m no longer allowed to eat chocolate (the humanity!!) so now I tend to either munch on chips or fruit.

Any advice for new writers just starting out?
Write. Don’t think about it just write. Don’t worry about whether or not someone will like the story or if it’s any good, simply get it on paper then you can play with the details.

What genre or genres do you write?
I write contemporary romance but I really really want to write a mystery. I love the complicated plots of a mystery and would love to try my hand at that 🙂

Author Bio
Angela lives in Ontario, Canada sharing her home with her father and much-loved trio of pups (and one evil cat). She currently works for the Board of Education behind the scenes supporting and analyzing student data, however, in her spare time, apart from her avid love of story telling, she likes to read, spend time with family and friends and concoct dairy free recipes from scratch. Sometimes she wins some and sometimes she loses some – tofu, banana and peanut butter pudding we are looking at you.

You can always find Angela at the following: