My fondest memories from childhood are of the family vacations we took each summer. Full of excitement, we would pack our suitcases, grab a few favorite toys, then cram everything into the station wagon and get out of the city (and the state), leaving behind the familiar flat landscape as we headed for the mountains. The trip itself wasn’t the fun part, although I admit I loved leaving the sweltering heat behind in favor of cooler temperatures, as well as the challenge of entertaining myself for hours in the car without risking motion sickness. No, the true fun began once we reached our destination.
We managed to find quite a few of them. Most were small mining towns constructed, then abandoned during the 19th century and consisted of only a handful of crumbling structures that attempted to warn us away with dark, vacant eyes. My dad, of course, preceded us inside, ensuring the buildings were sound before he turned us loose on them. There was such a solemn creepy feel to the places. A palpable sadness that contradicted their bright, beautiful surroundings. Since this is a “true scary stories post”, I would love to tell you that, while stealing through this house or that with careful steps, marveling that some still contained hand-hewn furniture, I encountered a nineteenth century phantom. But I didn’t. Any shifting of shadows I’m sure were figments of my overactive imagination. Any scuffling sounds I’m equally sure were made by whatever creatures had taken up residence long after the humans had gone. Creatures that, ironically, probably would have scared me more than an actual ghost.
While I never encountered ghosts on those adventurous trips, memories of the ghost towns and the eerie feeling they exuded inspired me to include a ghost or two in my Immortal Guardians series. I hope you’ll enjoy the encounters! :-)
Dianne, thanks for sharing your story with everyone. It's always a pleasure to have you here on my blog and you are more than welcome back anytime!
Author: Dianne Duvall
Publisher: Zebra, 390 Pages (October 2nd, 2012)
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NOTE: This is an adult title intended for readers 18 years and older.
Synopsis: Dr. Melanie Lipton is no stranger to the supernatural. She knows immortals better than they know themselves, right down to their stubborn little genes. So although a handsome rogue immortal seems suspicious to her colleagues, Sebastien Newcombe intrigues Melanie. His history is checkered, his scars are impressive, and his ideas are daring. But it's not his ideas that have Melanie fighting off surges of desire. . .
Bastien is used to being the bad guy. In fact, he can't remember the last time he had an ally he could trust. But Melanie is different--and under her calm, professional exterior he senses a passion beyond anything in his centuries of experience. Giving in to temptation is out of the question--he can't put her in danger. But she isn't asking him. . .
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