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Monday, October 31, 2011

Guest Post and Giveaway: Coral Russell

HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone!! This is one of my favorite times of the year. For a reader of the horror and paranormal books this is the day that we get to celebrate all our favorite characters (and dress up like them!). Today I have the perfect guest post from Coral Russell. I was originally working with her to schedule something in November but when I read this I thought this would be absolutely perfect for a Halloween post (gave me goosebumps!).  Coral is also gracious enough and is going to giveaway two e-copies of her book, Amador Lockdown (more information below).

I Believe in Ghosts 
by Coral Russell

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I have had strange experiences in my life that has led me to believe that there is 'something' beyond this life. One of the most memorable experiences was with my husband. We bought a one hundred year old house. It was 2400 square feet. The upstairs and downstairs consisted of a wide room at least thirty feet long with two ceiling fans. The foyer of the house was done in oak and had three flights of stairs. My husband worked during the day and I worked part-time at night and would get home about 11pm.

Our house was on the corner and for a weeks now I had been driving up to a house ablaze with light. My husband had turned every single light in the house on and there were many windows so you could see it from a couple of blocks away. I begged him to think of the electricity and please turn off the lights. Surely he didn't need every light in the house on when it got dark.

He mumbled something or other and I still came home to find the house all lit up. It was welcoming, but I dreaded receiving the electric bill.

One night we were watching TV downstairs. The TV was in front of a big picture window at one end of the big room downstairs. We had a loveseat in front of the TV and to our left was the foyer. I'm not sure when we became aware of footsteps overhead, but they were at least twenty to twenty-five feet behind where we were sitting. My husband and I both turned and looked up. The footsteps were walking straight down the middle of the room and the ceiling fan directly behind us shook a little as they passed.

Then the footsteps proceeded down the stairs. The staircase was old and every step creaked loudly. As the footsteps continued down the three flights of stairs, my husband and I leaned forward and looked into the foyer fully expecting to see a person enter the foyer. The footsteps stopped. Only there was no one there.

For the first time my husband and I looked at each other. We had been speechless this entire time. Then my husband jumped up, turned to me and said, “See, that's the same #$%* that's been going on every night in this house!”

I never asked him to turn off the lights again.

Coral Russell won the 2003 McCaleb Peace Initiative which produced the non-fiction articles Peace on the Peninsula about South Korean's view on reunification. You can also find various articles written by her on Technorati and BlogCritics. After winning a fiction writing contest (a fluke), she caught the fiction bug. An encounter with something paranormal on a local ghost tour inspired her to start writing the ghost hunter series.

Her titles include Peace on the Peninsula, Twelve Worlds, Playing with Fire, The DIY Guide to Social Media Marketing and eBook Publishing, and Amador Lockdown.

Something has moved into the Amador Hotel. Hector, Marcos, Bev, and Tony of the Paranormal Posse are called in to either debunk the haunting or get rid of whatever is causing the problems. With the surprise arrival of Hector's son, he tries to keep his professional and personal lives separate, but whatever is haunting the Amador Hotel has other plans.

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Coral Russell said...

Thanks Kelsey for having me.

I'm so excited to see who's going to win the giveaway!

If you want to share your own paranormal experience or have questions, I'll be checking in periodically to chat.

ML said...

My paranormal experience is sort of secondhand as I was too young to remember. My brother and I had bunk beds and shared a room when we were small. One night, my mom said she'd heard us jumping up and down on our beds and chattering away but when she got up to tell us to knock it off but we were sound asleep. She went back to her room and the noise started up again so she walked back and we were still asleep. When she questioned us the next morning neither of us had any recollection of it and I only had remembered sleeping all night. Later she's said that I'd also mentioned at another time playing with the two kids that came with the antique hutch she'd purchased. Freaked her out!

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Coral Russell said...

Oh that's a good one ML! Was that the only incident?