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Archive for November 22nd, 2010

On the run, in each other’s arms, with one last chance to survive.

A rugged Navy SEAL, Zane Scott was part of a failed mission to rescue Dr. Olivia Strohm from abduction by the terrorist group Dead Man’s Hand (DMH)—and her anguished screams have haunted him ever since. So when he gets word that the beautiful physician has escaped from her captors in Africa, he’s got personal reasons to storm the continent and save her.

Like her would-be liberator, Olivia carries the burden of a dark secret from her past. Ruthless and relentless, the DMH has threatened to hunt her down – and to systematically hurt anyone she’s close to. The last thing she wants is to be rescued—even by someone as shockingly handsome as Zane. Yet the hot-headed special ops hero has come for her, and together she and Zane just might have a shot at not only stopping DMH’s reign of terror, but also saving what’s left of their souls.

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I write a lot about men and women who are haunted by the ghosts of their pasts.  And, as Sydney Croft, I write Creed, my tattooed, pierced, ghost hunter extraordinaire.  And last night, I watched a Paranormal State marathon and thought – oh, a blog topic!

So yes, I’m obsessed with ghost hunting.  I mean, I obviously love Paranormal State, but even before that, I’ve always enjoyed a good ghost story / haunting.  In my area, there’s a famous road (Buckout Road, anyone?) where you’re supposed to pull up to a red house, honk three times and get attacked by a family of cannibal albino midgets.

Dude, you can’t make this stuff up.  Around here, it’s a rite of passage to go there and get scared out of your mind.  It’s also supposedly the area where three witches were hung, a woman committed suicide and walks around in a white dress at night…and around that area is the former home of a famous serial killer.

And, let’s not forget, the albinos.  I don’t know when the midget part was added.  I just know that my neighbor called me up a few years ago when she was a senior and said, “Hey, have you ever heard of a place around here where there are supposedly these albinos midgets who come out to attack you?”

Of course, I gave her the directions.

The thing is, you go and you freak yourself out because someone DOES come out when you honk.  But I think it’s the guy who owns the house who probably gets really annoyed at kids pulling up and honking.  Not so fun for him, I’m guessing.

So anyway, I’ve talked about this on my own blog a little bit, but last year, I had a ghost in my own house.  A friendly ghost, I believe, because I was never scared when I heard the footsteps walking upstairs when no one else was home but me and my kids.  He never came around when my husband was home – but he would walk around when my daughter was home with her nurse and I was out running errands.  Maybe the ghost was protecting us while Zoo was out?

I never even thought to ask anyone else about it until one day, I was talking to my daughter’s nurse (Patricia) and I said, “I want to get the house blessed.  Not that I think anything’s here…”

And she looked at me funny and she said, “Have you ever heard the footsteps?” And she pointed to exactly where I always heard them.

Yeah, so, very odd.   It continued for both of us for the better part of a year,  and then one night I walked up the stairs and smelled cigar smoke and I yelled, “You CANNOT smoke in here.”

And then I never heard the ghost again and neither did Patricia.  Until about two weeks ago – things were dropping upstairs (in my office, I might add) in a spot that’s heavily carpeted and nothing should make sounds like that.  So, um, yeah, either the same ghost is back or there’s a new one.

Guess I’ll have to wait and see.  But the no smoking rule still applies.

So…do you believe in ghosts?  Have  you ever had an experience with the paranormal that freaked you out or comforted you?  Do you watch Paranormal State?  Do you think I’ve lost my mind?

All you have to do is comment on any of the above to be eligible to win a copy of my upcoming release, Promises in the Dark – I’m giving away two copies of Zane today!

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Many thanks to Steph for joining us today! To find out more about her and all her books, visit her website at www.stephanietyler.com.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win PROMISES IN THE DARK. Good luck! 😀 SEALs!!!!

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