A Valentine’s Dream- A Cass and Ivy side story -The Ghost From Nowhere

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There is a place that separates the living from the dead. Some call it the veil.  I call it “in between.” In the in between, the dead can sometimes walk alongside the living. Not everyone in the in between is dead, some are just lost, trying to fight their way back to their living self. Much like the dead can reach into the living world, certain people can cross into the in between.

Today was Valentine’s Day, but the spirits that lingered inside The Walker Ames House didn’t seem to notice. I only knew because Mollie, Pete’s wife had decorated the house for the ghost walk later. I sat alone in the oval room, surrounded by paper hearts and tiny cupids, wondering if I could remain hidden. I was in too sour a mood to listen to the grinding sound of the spirit boxes and beeping of the EMF readers that the paranormal enthusiasts always brought hoping to contact us.

I knew where I wanted to be, but I couldn’t, not today. Today was a day for lovers. For me, today was a reminder of what I could never have. I wanted to be with Ivy, but seeing her face would just remind me that we could never be together.  Ivy said she didn’t care that I was a ghost and she is alive, but we both knew it wasn’t fair to her and could only end badly.  I had to stay away from her.  Anytime I got near her, our feelings betrayed us.

As we got closer to unraveling my past, I knew the time would come when I had to choose. Cross over, leaving Ivy behind with a broken heart, or remain stuck in the in between, forever haunting her until the day she died.  We had no way to know what her afterlife held for her.  More importantly, I wanted her to live a normal life, have a living, breathing man to love her the way I couldn’t.

I couldn’t bear it. I’d have to leave her alone. I decided to tell Ivy to forget about me. We were close to retrieving my memories, I could go it alone from now own. Yes, that would be best for her.  Once I crossed over, I’d just be a memory that would fade away.

As the daylight dwindled, Pete readied the house for his tours.  I told him that I was going to leave Ivy, and that I’d find a new place to linger until I could find a way to cross over.  He agreed that it was for the best, even though he would miss me. I bid farewell to the rest of the ghosts in the house and traveled to Ivy’s.

Ivy was in her room asleep.  Her golden red hair fanned out over her pillow like a halo of gold. I hated to disturb her sleep, so I sat down and rehearsed what I would say to her.

I’m not sure if ghosts sleep.  At least, I don’t think we do, but time passes differently sometimes in the in-between.  I’ve lost stretches of time, with no idea where it went.  I imagined that’s when I would sleep if I did.  I don’t know how long I sat by Ivy’s bed, but one moment I was going over how to say goodbye, and the next she was next to me, stroking my hair.

Stroking my hair? I had managed light physical touch with Ivy, but she couldn’t really feel me.  When I kissed her, she said it was like electrical energy coursing through her, but she didn’t really feel my lips touching hers.  I’d held her in my arms, but she thought because she knew I was touching her made her think she could feel me.  Now I felt her fingers gliding through my hair as if she were here in the in-between with me.

NO!

“Ivy, what’s happened, are you-”

“Dead? No, but I’m in the in-between with you.” She said.

“H-How?”

“I’m probably dreaming, but who cares, I can touch you!” She said and climbed into my lap.

I thought about stopping her, but lost all sense of right and wrong.  I felt alive, and I didn’t want it to stop.  Besides, this was probably some sort of dream.

“I’ll probably go straight to hell for this,” I said and pulled her close.

I stared deep into her emerald green eyes and brushed my fingers against her cheek that slowly turned crimson. I smiled at her before leaning in.  I steadied my other hand that shook slightly.  A voice in my head was repeating the same thing over and over “Don’t do this…don’t do this.” The sound of Ivy’s heart was beating so loudly, I no longer heard that voice.

Finally, my lips touched hers. The world around us slowly faded away, along with every worry and fear we had. Sparks flew with intensity, as her lips met mine. Our kiss started small, and I felt the warmth from her breath.  Her lips moved in perfect sync with mine, so intimate and electrifying.  My hands moved to her waist and I pulled her closer, the kiss was deeper now, more passionate. Ivy’s hands moved up to the back of my neck and dug her fingers into my hair.  A smile grew on my face and finally, we pulled apart.

Ivy and I stayed wrapped in each other’s arms, switching from kissing to talking about the things we would do if I were alive until the morning light peeked through the window.  I lost another bit of time and found myself once again sitting next to her bed watching her sleep.

The tiniest curve of her lips told me she was smiling.  Her lashes twitched as she slowly opened her eyes.

“Morning Cass”, she mumbled in a sleepy whisper. “What are you doing here so early?”

I smiled and whispered “Happy Valentine’s day.”

“Uh, Cass, It’s November.”

I looked up, confusion spilling into my head as I remembered the Valentine decorations in the house.  I knew then that our night together had all been one beautiful dream. Did my subconscious play out this amazing dream night because I was going to say goodbye to Ivy for good? I didn’t know, but I decided that whatever it was, I was going to listen to it.  I was not saying Goodbye to Ivy today. I simply smiled and kept my mouth shut.

“Cass?”

“Yes, Ivy?”

I had the most amazing dream last night.”

Me too Ivy, me too.”

 

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Whisper Update!

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I’ve been busy writing up a storm, (literally, it’s really windy today!) I’m working on the sequel to The Ghost From Nowhere, I’m calling it Whisper for now. I always think of the title before I write the story. Whisper will have more mystery, and things will start to heat up for Cass and Ivy as well.
 
Anyways, I’m working hard, and I’ve given myself a deadline of June 1. We’ll see how that goes.
 
In other news, I’ve recently had another paranormal experience I’d like to share with you all. As some of you know, my Great-Grandpa Reddick likes to hang around from time to time. However, recently, I’ve felt someone else, and I think it’s a woman. I also think she is somehow attached to my grandsons.
I can’t see or talk to ghosts like my characters Cass and Ivy can, for me it’s more of a feeling I get, thoughts in my head (no I’m not schizophrenic). I can’t really explain it, it’s just there. Anyways, she can come around as often as she wants to, because I always feel warmth from whoever she is.
 
I’d like to hear some of your paranormal experiences! Share them with me, and who knows maybe I’ll write about it! 

Christmas, The Movie available on Amazon and Kindle

Christmas, The Movie

51ffethi5zl__sx331_bo1204203200_Alex Atkins, an ambitious writer would rather skip the holiday season than work on one of the cookie-cutter Christmas movies her network makes every year. All they do is remind her that she has nobody to share the holiday with. Alex’s attitude toward the movies changes when she is asked to step in and rewrite the network’s next big Christmas movie. Her dream of being published will come true if she can get it finished in time. Her plans to seclude herself in her father’s mountain cabin to work derail when her car skids off the road, and she is stranded in a ski village. Alex soon finds herself surrounded by holiday cheer, the town’s handsome doctor, his charming son, and of course, his scheming ex-wife who wants him back. When Alex realizes that her time in this town is turning into her own real life Christmas movie, she’ll need to decide if she wants her own happy ending, or if she needs to re-write her life as well…

Thanksgiving, It’s more than giving thanks.-A personal memory from me.

12278809_1201531846539951_7345311800701682150_nAs Thanksgiving grows near, I’m always taken back through the past, to the holidays of my youth, and early adulthood.  The years have been kind to me, and I’m thankful for the life I have been blessed with.

Today, I was thinking about how thankful I am for my memories. The holidays always bring out the best times from my past. I was thinking of my Grandparents, who I affectionately nicknamed “Meema” and “Peepa” when I was a toddler.  I was thinking of how much they affected my life, even to this day.

This year, I’m hosting Thanksgiving, and I’m excited for the smell of the turkey to fill the house, the laughter from us girls in the kitchen, and the sound of the guys grumbling over the Cowboys game. We won’t have everyone this year, but I’m happy that I get to make new memories and traditions with my kids and grandkids to get me through the day.

 

 

Fancy a tour? A Paranormal Tour?

If you’re ever in the great state of Washington, stop by Port Gamble for a Tour.  A guided ghostly Tour, led by Pete Orbea, Paranormal Investigator of Port Gamble highlighting the town’s history of the paranormal. Includes tours of the more active buildings in town. Must be 16+ to attend. Tours cost $25 per person and reservations are required.  Tours start at the Port Gamble Historic Museum at 7:00 PM.  Click below for dates and information.

Don’t forget your flashlight and warm weather clothing!

CAMERAS, METERS, etc. ARE WELCOME

Portgambleparanormal.com

 

My Ghost Story, Walker Ames House

Watch My Ghost Story here (Walker-Ames episode)

The Walker-Ames House was featured on  My Ghost Story (click above to watch.)

Below is my own personal ghost story, the event that inspired The Ghost From Nowhere.

Now let me tell you my own ghost story…

Port Gamble is one of Washington State’s top tourist destinations. The Walker-Ames house has become a local hotspot for those interested in the paranormal, and it’s known as one of the most haunted buildings in Washington.

Almost every building in the town is haunted, just ask Pete Orbea, Port Gamble’s town Paranormal Investigator, and my brother. Pete leads Ghost Walks, and conducts investigations with paranormal enthusiasts, investigators, and psychics. He also hosts an annual paranormal conference every October.

It was during my first paranormal conference in 2014, that The Ghost From Nowhere was inspired. I had an experience inside the Walker-Ames house that I still can’t explain. My brother Pete is also in the book, as himself, along with William Becker, of Paranormal Insights, who’s class “Finding Your Inner Psychic” inspired me as well.

The first time I was in the Walker-Ames house, my family was taken on a tour by my brother Pete. There wasn’t a lot of activity that night, however while up in the attic in what is known as the “time out corner,” something tickled the back of my leg, and my niece who was standing a couple feet away from me felt the same thing. No one was behind us…Other than that, the most excitement we had was when my husband kicked a wall accidently, and scaring the crap out of my dad. (Dad still says Jeff owes him a new pair of drawers for that one ha-ha!)

Something about that house has me both yearning to go inside, and wanting to stay far away. I don’t know if it’s the shear magnificence of the old Victorian mansion, or just the pull of the paranormal enthusiast in me, but I love that house. So when the paranormal conference came up, we were excited to go, and even more excited to get back into that house.

As my husband Jeff and I wandered throughout the house with our tiny digital recorder and flashlight we saw nothing out of the ordinary, save for one woman dressed up like a ghostbuster, and another wearing a magnificent velvet cloak, getting into the spirit of the conference.

Our investigation was full, people were upstairs, downstairs, and a few brave souls like my husband ventured into the basement. Personally, after my first visit to the house, I stayed far away from the basement, it gave me the creeps. I wandered by myself up to the second floor. I went into the master bedroom and into the bathroom, and held up my little digital recorder and asked the standard investigating questions: “Is anyone in here? Is it ok that I’m in here? etc. etc. That is where everything went for lack of a better word, wonky for a moment.

It started with a shimmer in the air, as if the area in front of me were being twisted. I could still see the rusted bathtub through it, though slightly out of focus. The air shimmered again and slowly began to take form. At first I thought something was wrong with my eyes, and I blinked to refocus, but the form was still there, just standing in front of me. The form took the shape of a woman, wearing what looked like a white dress, or a dress with an apron, I couldn’t really tell. I couldn’t make out her facial features, they were a blur.

For a moment I stood frozen in place. I didn’t want to move, nor could I, if I tried. I was locked onto the apparition, and she was locked onto me. After what seemed like minutes, but was probably only seconds, I tried to speak, but couldn’t find my voice. The form flickered, and moved toward me (or so I thought), but really she just disappeared. My fight or flight instincts chose that moment to kick in sending me walk/running down the stairs and into the safety of the kitchen.

My brother took one look at me and new something was up. He whispered “don’t scream, just breathe!” and shook his head, with a sly grin on his face. What he really meant “please sis, don’t embarrass me!” He couldn’t, as the investigator have his sister running out of the house screaming.

I kept my cool, and looked around for Jeff. When I say looked around, I mean, I stayed in the kitchen with the guy who was monitoring the screens for the cameras set up around the house, safely away from the spooky stuff. He came and found me and got the recorder from me and went to look around some more. I checked the screens and saw him up on the second floor going into the same room I had seen the ghost in.

“Godspeed babe, Godspeed” I whispered to the monitor while the guy laughed.

After a bit, Jeff found me down in the kitchen where I told him, Pete, and a couple of other people about my encounter upstairs, and then the investigation was over.

I don’t think Jeff truly believed I saw anything, and maybe I didn’t. Maybe I wanted to see something so badly that any trick of the eye had my imagination running wild. After all, I’m a writer, I have a spectacular imagination. Who knows.

But wait. This is where things get weird.

Jeff and I returned to our hotel. We were anxious to listen to our recordings to see if we picked up any Electronic Voice Phenomenon, or EVP. I plugged it into my laptop and started listening. Luckily, we had each stated on the recorder which room we were in, and who we were with at the time we recorded.

We got to my recording of the second floor bathroom.

There’s me saying where I was, I was alone, this room is creeping me out, etc.

Then just standard white noise, if you will.

Then it started. Chanting. Softly at first, then it grew louder. To this day I still have no idea what it was saying. I tried to play it off as background noise, a car going by, people outside, but I couldn’t. I knew it was something, I just didn’t know what.

Jeff and I played it over and over and looked at each other in awe. “We got something!”

We listened to the rest of the recordings until we got to one of Jeff’s. He didn’t announce this where he was in the house on this particular recording, at least not at the beginning. It played for about 10 seconds and then we heard it. The chanting.

The same exact sound, chant, voice, identical to mine.

And at the end of the recording, Jeff says “I’m here on the second floor in the bathroom.”

He was in the same room I was when I: A) saw a ghost B) captured EVP chanting.

We were freaked out, excited, and completely wound up for the rest of the night.

Later that night, I still couldn’t sleep. My mind was racing. Who was that ghost? What was her story? I wondered then if the ghosts in that house, or ghosts in general really can hear us? For example, what if we just asked them how they’re doing? What are they up to? Do they want help crossing over? Or how about would you like to just be left alone?

I imagined myself having such a conversation with a ghost. How would they answer? The next thing I knew, I had my laptop open and beginning of my outline for “The Ghost From Nowhere.

 

 

 

 

Hey it’s been awhile!

Things are on the up and up.  The Ghost From Nowhere has been accepted by Snow Leopard Publishing, and is currently in the editing process. As soon as I know the release date, I’ll let you know.

I’m going to write the sequel to The Ghost From Nowhere, Cass and Ivy will be back in action working as teen ghost whisperers, but I’ve had some issues getting motivated, so I’ll have to visit my favorite haunt, Port Gamble, WA and also spend some time with my little brother picking his paranormal brain.

In the meantime, I’ve started a new work in progress.  It’s about Phoenix Stone, a teen girl with dyslexia. Phoenix is looking forward too is spending Junior year with her two best friends, Everleigh and Kenna. The latter two turn up missing, and Phoenix wants nothing more than to find them. Her dyslexia will come into play when certain clues are left that only someone who sees the world through dyslexic eyes will understand.

I know that doesn’t give you much to go on yet, but I’ve literally just started this, so stay tuned.  I wanted to write a dyslexic character for so long.  My daughter McKenna has dyslexia, and with tutoring and hard work, she has overcome so many issues related to it.  I’m very proud of how hard she has worked and look forward to writing about how she sees the world through dyslexic eyes.

Happy Reading, Happy Writing!