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Thursday, May 17, 2012

MAY We Tell You Something About...Jaime Reed (and a CONTEST!)!!

Reading Song of the Day: "People Are Strange" by The Doors

So we've been rather absent to our lovely blog. Instead of giving you a LONG boring list of excuses, we decided to treat you all with a CONTEST!

We're giving away TWO copies of Jaime Reed's Burning Emerald, Book Two of The Cambion Chronicles. If you haven't checked out Living Violet (Book One)--umm, what are you waiting for?
Taken from dearteenme.com

As a special treat, Jaime wrote about a real life supernatural occurrence in her quaint town:

Strange Encounter by Jaime Reed




I can say that I’m a bit like the character, Sam in the respect that nothing much happens in my quiet town. With little to do, the imagination runs wild and we dream of cool stuff happening and if lucky, make a career of writing about it.


Williamsburg, VA is rich with history and everyone has at least one ghost story to share. Some of those stories have been passed down and have become a test of courage to explore on a dare. I personally don’t believe in ghosts, and I’ve never had any encounters of the paranormal except one.


When I was seventeen, a friend of mine whose father had died took me to the grave site to pay her respects. I agreed, under the assumption that this visitation would occur in the daytime, not at twelve o’clock at night. This made less sense at seventeen than it does now, but there I was, riding shotgun in her car, trekking through the more rural areas of Virginia with no streetlights or cell phone.


When we finally got to the cemetery, she kept the headlights on in the car so we could see our way through the maze of graves. She lit some candles and knelt in front of her father’s headstone. While I kept a look out for police and creepy groundskeepers, I noticed her talking to the grave. Not just a simple prayer or some fond farewell, but a full-on conversation, answering questions only she could hear and nodding her head in confirmation. Suffice to say I was thoroughly freaked out and was ready to leave. She lingered a few more minutes before we walked back to the car.


When I asked her who she was talking to, she just shrugged and said her dad. As she pulled out of the parking spot, the headlights hit the cemetery, outlining trees, grave stones and surrounding buildings. Then the lights fell on something black and almost flat against the scenery. This dark silhouette took the shape of a man and stood directly behind a headstone, the same one my friend was kneeling in front of moments ago. It didn’t move, but things that stand still can be just as frightening as things that don’t. The car turned and the headlights swept away from the grave toward the road leading out of the cemetery. Though I couldn’t see the shape any more or was even sure if what I saw had eyes, I knew beyond all logic that it was watching us leave.


I never told my friend what I saw nor did I ever return to the cemetery. It doesn’t take much to spook me, but that event was sufficient to where I now avoid cemeteries at all costs. And I sure as hell would never go there at night. Some people run toward the bazaar and crave the excitement that comes with the unexplained, but I’d rather write about it in the safety of my home…with the lights on.

 
Spooky stuff, Jaime!
 
On to the contest...all you have to do is leave your name and email address in the comments. That's it. We'll pick one winner at random.
 
BUT--
 
We'll choose ANOTHER winner if you leave a comment with your own real life, spooky tale. The comment that creeps us out the most wins the other copy. Oh, yeah, AND BOTH COPIES WILL BE SIGNED!!! You have until Tuesday May 22nd at MIDNIGHT EST!
 
Again, TWO winners. Spooky comments. Let's do this! :) 

8 comments:

Jess said...

You want spooky? I think I can help you out. ;)

When I was in AmeriCorps*NCCC, my team was assigned to a project near Savannah, GA. Our housing consisted of two empty rooms in a gorgeous brick building with a storied history. It was originally built as a retirement home, but the government had used it as a public hospital during WWII. All sorts of unethical practices were said to have happened there, but they have no proof thanks to a "mysterious fire" back in the 70's. (Totally thought those things only happen in movies and books...)

We had heard rumors that it was haunted, and while our project supervisor assured us that it wasn't, there were enough strange occurances in the 9 weeks we lived there to make me question my non-belief in ghosts. Strange noises at night, doors slamming when no one was there, voices upstairs. *shudder*

We lived on the first floor and the second floor had been partially converted into offices. The part that wasn't converted had been left virtually untouched. We're talking, hospital rooms that looked like someone had just disappeared--soap and straight razor on the sink, bed sheets still turned down, that sort of thing.

Three of my teammates claimed to have an experience up there where 1 heard a little girl singing and the other two saw her go skipping into a room down the hall.

The 3rd floor was off limits and no one gave us an explanation why. So those same teammates went exploring and came down screaming. They were so shaken that they would not tell us what they had seen. To my knowledge, they still haven't told anyone.

The place felt harmless during the day, but there was many a night when I was there alone--or was I? DUN DUN DUN.

Jess said...

You want spooky? I think I can help you out. ;)

When I was in AmeriCorps*NCCC, my team was assigned to a project near Savannah, GA. Our housing consisted of two empty rooms in a gorgeous brick building with a storied history. It was originally built as a retirement home, but the government had used it as a public hospital during WWII. All sorts of unethical practices were said to have happened there, but they have no proof thanks to a "mysterious fire" back in the 70's. (Totally thought those things only happen in movies and books...)

We had heard rumors that it was haunted, and while our project supervisor assured us that it wasn't, there were enough strange occurances in the 9 weeks we lived there to make me question my non-belief in ghosts. Strange noises at night, doors slamming when no one was there, voices upstairs. *shudder*

We lived on the first floor and the second floor had been partially converted into offices. The part that wasn't converted had been left virtually untouched. We're talking, hospital rooms that looked like someone had just disappeared--soap and straight razor on the sink, bed sheets still turned down, that sort of thing.

Three of my teammates claimed to have an experience up there where 1 heard a little girl singing and the other two saw her go skipping into a room down the hall.

The 3rd floor was off limits and no one gave us an explanation why. So those same teammates went exploring and came down screaming. They were so shaken that they would not tell us what they had seen. To my knowledge, they still haven't told anyone.

The place felt harmless during the day, but there was many a night when I was there alone--or was I? DUN DUN DUN.

Jess said...

You want spooky? I think I can help you out. ;)

When I was in AmeriCorps*NCCC, my team was assigned to a project near Savannah, GA. Our housing consisted of two empty rooms in a gorgeous brick building with a storied history. It was originally built as a retirement home, but the government had used it as a public hospital during WWII. All sorts of unethical practices were said to have happened there, but they have no proof thanks to a "mysterious fire" back in the 70's. (Totally thought those things only happen in movies and books...)

We had heard rumors that it was haunted, and while our project supervisor assured us that it wasn't, there were enough strange occurances in the 9 weeks we lived there to make me question my non-belief in ghosts. Strange noises at night, doors slamming when no one was there, voices upstairs. *shudder*

We lived on the first floor and the second floor had been partially converted into offices. The part that wasn't converted had been left virtually untouched. We're talking, hospital rooms that looked like someone had just disappeared--soap and straight razor on the sink, bed sheets still turned down, that sort of thing.

Three of my teammates claimed to have an experience up there where 1 heard a little girl singing and the other two saw her go skipping into a room down the hall.

The 3rd floor was off limits and no one gave us an explanation why. So those same teammates went exploring and came down screaming. They were so shaken that they would not tell us what they had seen. To my knowledge, they still haven't told anyone.

The place felt harmless during the day, but there was many a night when I was there alone--or was I? DUN DUN DUN.

Jess said...

You want spooky? I think I can help you out. ;)

When I was in AmeriCorps*NCCC, my team was assigned to a project near Savannah, GA. Our housing consisted of two empty rooms in a gorgeous brick building with a storied history. It was originally built as a retirement home, but the government had used it as a public hospital during WWII. All sorts of unethical practices were said to have happened there, but they have no proof thanks to a "mysterious fire" back in the 70's. (Totally thought those things only happen in movies and books...)

We had heard rumors that it was haunted, and while our project supervisor assured us that it wasn't, there were enough strange occurances in the 9 weeks we lived there to make me question my non-belief in ghosts. Strange noises at night, doors slamming when no one was there, voices upstairs. *shudder*

We lived on the first floor and the second floor had been partially converted into offices. The part that wasn't converted had been left virtually untouched. We're talking, hospital rooms that looked like someone had just disappeared--soap and straight razor on the sink, bed sheets still turned down, that sort of thing.

Three of my teammates claimed to have an experience up there where 1 heard a little girl singing and the other two saw her go skipping into a room down the hall.

The 3rd floor was off limits and no one gave us an explanation why. So those same teammates went exploring and came down screaming. They were so shaken that they would not tell us what they had seen. To my knowledge, they still haven't told anyone.

The place felt harmless during the day, but there was many a night when I was there alone--or was I? DUN DUN DUN.

Jess said...

Whoa there, Jess... I don't know why that posted 4 times! So sorry! :/

Melanie said...

I loved Living Violet and can't wait to see what happens next.

Thanks for the opportunity.

xmelaniexthomasx(at)aim(dot)com

A.J. said...

Sadly, I don't have any spooky stories. lol
But, I would love to enter because I loved the first book. Thank you for the giveaway!

naruto_and_hinata(at)hotmail(dot)com

Grigory said...

Thanks for doing this giveaway! :) If I win, my email is grigory99 at yahoo dot com

*crosses fingers* ;)