Monday, October 29, 2012

Author Interview-Sandie La Nae

How did you become involved in this line of work?
 I was blessed since birth with Psychic awareness. Throughout my life I have had visions of what was to come. I devised a fun method of giving intuitive Readings by using stones: jaspers, quartz, agates, etc. and have read publicly since 1984.
 One of my extra psychic gifts is the ability to see those who are deceased.  During my life I've been requested to communicate with those on the other side, but I started to publically advertise this ability just a few years ago.  Now, many clients are those who would like a communication Reading, or, Spirit Reading with a loved one on the other side.
 Because of being a psychic and spirit communicator, in 2005 I was asked to join a brand new Paranormal Investigative team, Thin Veil Investigators. Being able to see the spirits is a nice edge for our team as then we can communicate with a particular ghost in a certain building.
 Our team members are psychics and sensitives and so we all have our special ways of knowing where a spirit is. But it is fun for me to be able to see a ghost as they were while amongst the living. I see them just as if I were seeing a live person: clothing, hair styles, facial features, etc.

Is psychic ability a trait that is underdeveloped in most people or is it simply a rare trait?
I believe that each person has a psychic trait/ability within them. Some, like myself, hone the gift to the use in helping others. Some may be very aware of their gift, but don't want to or like to use it, as it may be an annoyance or is fearful for them. Some feel they don't have any ability at all.
But, I believe that at particular times in our lives we have all felt just what psychic ability is: we knew who was going to call on the phone, or sensed when Uncle George passed away, or had a hunch that we would win a prize.

You use stones and crystals in your readings, could you tell us more about how they're used?
 I have 117 stones (and a couple of earth's elements such as a sea shell, feather and Manzanita stick). They are "programmed" with their own, general, meaning. For example, if you chose my finance stone, I then intuit from your energies that you will be receiving a nice raise at work, or,  you might want to stop gambling because bills are over due. The stones give me an idea of what the client is asking about/looking for. I then speak of what is in their present time frame or future dates in regards to those concerns.
  I also listen to what messages their Spirit Guides want me to relay about other factors in their life.

For an intuitive Reading, I ask my client to choose a certain amount of stones. (4, for a Mini Reading. 9, for a Full Reading.) They pick the stones that appeal to them and lay them down in any manner on a mat before them. Stone placement is another factor in how I intuit the stones. For example, if a client puts the stones in a straight line, I know they are on a special life journey and speak to them of future happenings. If they form a square with the stones, I know they feel trapped or boxed in, and then offer guidance on how to break free of those barriers.
  I strive to give encouraging and helpful Readings. I don’t believe in scaring a client. If there is an unpleasant situation coming up, I speak of it in a way to make you aware, and also relay that if you so choose, you need not have it in your life. I feel if you know of a situation – good or bad -  you can embrace it or make sure it stays away. The options are up to you.

Are certain locations more prone to being haunted than others?
 The consensus believes that a particular older building which has more history than a newer structure, houses more spirits that can/usually 'live' within.
 But, I've been in brand new buildings and discovered many spirits residing already. Perhaps ghosts from a building that once stood on that spot move into their new digs. I've discovered accidental deaths happened at a site where a new structure was built which led to hauntings. I've seen spirits in a new office building due to a fatal accident that occurred on the street right outside the doors. Many scenarios can lead to new buildings being just as haunted as the older dwellings.
  Also, I believe that the land surrounding a building has a lot to do with hauntings. Many things: accidents, cruelty, deaths, war, etc., which happened around a building can lend to a structure, or land, being haunted.
  I have been asked to investigate several pieces of property that are reported to be haunted. Researching the land, it was discovered horrendous acts were taken place there. Atrocious attitudes or severe fear can also contribute to the hauntings of property. Those are negative energies, which, negative spirits like to thrive in.
   Mother earth herself with earthquakes and volcano's and such can create unbalanced energies at a particular place(s), where then, I believe, negative forces can reside, thus creating haunted pieces of land.

Tell us more about your "Thin Veil Investigations" Book
 I was co-host of an online radio show called "Notes From A Ghost Writer." My co-host and producer suggested that I write a book about Thin Veiler's paranormal investigations, as, we had talked about many of our team's experiences on the show.
  This is my first book, published in 2007, and I'm very proud to share with those interested twenty-seven stories of our team's first investigations together which we experienced in the northern Nevada area. These stories are our reports turned story form. Also scripted are many of our spirit communications with a particular spirit at a certain place, and pictures that we have captured of the ghosts we encountered.

Is there anything you'd like to add?
I co-authored a book with renowned and pioneer paranormal investigator Richard Senate. The book is titled "Silver Ghosts Haunted Places and Phantom Encounters in Northern Nevada."  Like the Thin Veil Investigation's book, this has forty-four stories of haunted places we have investigated around the northern Nevada region.

Our ghost hunting team presents "Back To Basics of Paranormal Investigations 101" classes, which I have written a text book entitled "A Ghost Hunter's Guide Book." Inside are lots of tips, how-to's and information for the beginner ghost hunter, as well as the experienced investigator.

I have a website where all my Reading stones can be viewed, and a stone or spirit Reading can be purchased. Also, the site has pages with information, articles, photos, EVP and videos about some of Thin Veil Investigators’ investigations.  My books can be purchased there and also items from my online metaphysical store: Sandie’s Psychic STUFF. The URL for the website is:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Author Interview-Sarah Grimm

What inspired you to become a writer?
My overactive imagination? The voices in my head? Honestly, I’m not certain I can pin down exactly what got me interested in writing, as it seems like I’ve been writing since I was in utero. Okay, so maybe that’s a stretch, but I know I’ve been reading and writing since the age of five, when my older sister taught me to read and write.
If I were to hazard a guess, I would have to say my love of reading is what got me interested in writing. I’ve never been able to read a book without picking out parts that I would have written differently, or without rewriting the ending in my head.
Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)
The hero and heroine of whatever I’m currently reading.  I get sucked into the story – falling a little bit in love with the hero along the way – and up until I close the book on their happily-ever-after, they are my favorite romance characters.
Tell me what inspired this story.
Teenage fantasies about meeting and marrying a rock star, combined with the maturity to know that a twenty-something musician is not happily-ever-after material. Add to that the picture in my mind of a woman alone in a bar, playing the piano. That picture spawned a series of 'what if' questions which led to After Midnight.
How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?
Balance? What’s that? LOL  Lately, I've been putting in 55+ hour weeks at the day job, and then coming home to help with bookkeeping and invoicing for my husband's business, so balance is not something I’m very familiar with. However, both my husband's business and my day job are seasonal, so once the snow flies, which in Michigan can be as early as October, I'll have a lot more time to write.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? 
She wants to forget her past. 
He wants to reclaim his
Sometimes the moment that changes everything comes After Midnight.
AFTER MIDNIGHT is a story that is near and dear to me. The story of Isabeau, owner of Izzy’s Bar, child prodigy, piano phenom—a woman who is hiding behind a lie of her own making. Here is the official blurb:
Thirteen years—that's how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother's life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar...
Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal—one that doesn't include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won't be easy, but he can't get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wicked Haunt-O-Ween

Today, I'm visiting Karen Michelle Nutt's Wicked Haunt-O-Ween celebration.  I'm chatting about goblins and how  James Whitcomb Riley's poem inspired my love of scary, shadowy things.  Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Howl.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Author Interview-Kathryn Knight

What inspired you to become a writer?
Thanks for having me, Mariposa!  My passion for the written word was the biggest factor.  I’ve been an avid reader since I was very young, and eventually I got into the habit of imagining my own characters and plots.  I always wanted to write a novel, and by the time I found the motivation to sit down and begin Silver Lake, I had almost the entire story worked out in my head!
Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)
Oh I love this question – there are so many!  Claire and Jamie of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, Whitney and Clayton from Judith McNaught’s Whitney, My Love, and although not technically a romance in terms of Happily Ever After, Scarlett and Rhett from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind.

Tell me what inspired this story.
That’s a tough question for me, because it’s hard to remember exactly how I came up with the idea.  As I mentioned, I actually had Silver Lake almost completely written in my head for years before I even typed a single word.  My inspiration was really my genuine love for ghost stories mixed with romance.  For me, a mysterious and spooky paranormal element combined with a tension-filled romantic relationship is the perfect recipe for an exciting read.  Basically, I created my favorite type of novel!

How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?
I’m an excellent multi-tasker.  Usually my mind is working, turning over potential scenes, while I’m taking care of responsibilities around the house.  I carry pads of paper everywhere I go in case inspiration strikes.  And thankfully my kids and husband are very understanding when I’m “in the zone” and can’t focus on anything but writing.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
My second paranormal romance, Gull Harbor, was recently contracted by The Wild Rose Press.  We’ve just approved the blurb and I’m excited to begin edits soon.  And I love to hear from readers, so drop me a line anytime via my website or FB!

Rain Anderson can't decide which is more unsettling—encountering the ghost of her missing friend, or reuniting with the man whose love she foolishly rejected. But one thing is certain: the past has come back to haunt her, quite literally.

Rain Anderson can't decide which is more unsettling—encountering the ghost of her missing friend, or reuniting with the man whose love she foolishly rejected. But one thing is certain: the past has come back to haunt her, quite literally.

Five years ago, Rain's tight-knit group of high school friends unraveled when one vanished during their senior year. Now, a parent's deathbed request has reunited the friends at Silver Lake, including Jason Lansing, the man Rain discarded. Rain and Jason discover the powerful attraction between them has survived, but though Jason is willing to forgive, he can't let himself forget. The possibility of falling for Rain again is too risky.

Slamming doors, crashing objects, flaring fires—clearly the ghost has a message to share. As Rain and Jason struggle to unravel the truth, they must face a desperate spirit in need of help…and a burning passion that refuses to die.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Little Shop of Horrors

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
  At what point does ambition become an insatiable monster?  Poor Seymour Krelboyne—his carnivorous hybrid becomes his ticket to fame and ultimately his undoing.   Much like a teenager, the plant Audrey Junior comes alive at night demanding food.  Seymour accidently discovers his plant’s desire for human blood and through a series unfortunate events provides victims for Audrey Jr.  Seymour’s boss is horrified at the plant’s diet, but is reluctant to relinquish the steady stream of customers drawn to his flower shop by the monster plant.
The 1960 film is populated with quirky characters and incorporates elements of black comedy and farce.   It features an early glimpse of young Jack Nicholson’s killer smile in a cameo role as a masochistic dental patient.  The film gained cult status as a double feature and later became an off-Broadway musical  which became the basis for the 1986 remake.  Even with its unique style of humor, the 1960 film is not light-hearted romp and is much darker than the 1986 musical version.
Fast facts:
Screenwriter Charles B. Griffith also provided the voice of Audrey Junior as well portraying some of the minor roles including a flower shop burglar.
Most of the photography for the film was shot in two days and one night.