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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Blogfest: Dianne Hartsock


Ready for Some Real Life Ghost Stories?

We have a ghost haunting the gift store where I work. Faucets will turn on when no one’s near them. Things will fall off shelves. A co-worker says a pair of scissors flew off a table and landed in the middle of the room in front of her eyes. I know she seemed shaken up when she came running over to tell me about it. Actually, I would consider this to be the work of a poltergeist, but since we don’t have an angst-ridden teenager working with us, it’s unlikely. But it does give me the shivers to imagine a specter creeping around the store trying to convey some sort of message.

About a year after I was first married, I was fast asleep one night, lost in dreams, when my husband suddenly shook my shoulder, waking me. I blinked in the darkness. What was going on? He climbed from the bed and quickly went into the other room. He returned a few minutes later and told me he had woken up and saw me standing beside the bed, not saying anything, just standing there. He called my name and the figure disappeared! That’s when he shook me. Imagine his surprise and confusion when he found me in bed. The apartment was empty when he searched it.

When my daughter was four years old, I woke up one night to see her standing by the bed. Only she was a grown woman and began screaming at me, shrill and hateful words, full of anger. I couldn’t understand what she was saying, and then the woman simply vanished. To this day I don’t like sleeping facing the door just in case the woman returns.

Can both instances be simple dreams? Perhaps, but my older sister tells the story of one night waking up when we were just kids to see a woman walking from bed to bed, looking down at the children sleeping. Then the woman vanished.

I’m left wondering why this woman is in my life. To me, the paranormal adds a spice of the unknown and thrill of danger to the mundane. I’m fascinated by psychic phenomenon. The thought of telekinesis and mind reading, the power of the mind over matter, fills my world with wonder. What if it is true? What if there are people whose visions are real and dreams foretell the future? It’s this feeling of amazing possibility I try to capture in my writing.

Prize Time! This Halloween I’d love to give away a PDF copy of any book on my backlist to a commenter who tells me if they believe in the paranormal or not. Don’t forget your contact info! Prize will be awarded November 3rd.

About the Author: After growing up in California and spending the first ten years of marriage in Colorado, I now live in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with my incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours I spend hunched over the keyboard letting my characters play.

I have to say, Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write my slightly twisted tales. There’s something about being cooped up in the house while it pours rain outside, a fire crackles on the hearth inside, and a cup of hot coffee warms my hands which kindles my imagination.

Currently, I work as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for me. When not writing, I can express myself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.


From the moment Taden rescues Nathaniel from the Sutherlin soldiers' torture, he finds himself caught in the gaze of the most beautiful eyes he's ever seen; amazing eyes that hold him thrilled and confused. The Sutherlins are planning to invade the beautiful Tahon Valley, but as Taden secrets Nathaniel from their reach, he finds himself drawn to the young man. Not only does he feel the urge to protect him, but he feels an ache he hasn't felt in many long years.

Nathaniel claims to be a traveler from a distant continent, saying he comes in peace. True or not, the youth has powers beyond anything Taden has seen—control over men and animals and the very weather. Taden falls hard for the strange traveler, protecting him not only from the Sutherlins but from his own mistrustful people, who don't understand Nathaniel's powers and accuse him of being a witch...

Darkness is spreading in the world with only the powerful Agenor family to oppose it. In the guise of a stone gargoyle atop the castle walls, Adrian has protected Philip, the young heir, since birth, watching him grow from childhood into a strong but lonely man without love.

When the clan chief, Philip’s father, is murdered by those he trusted, Adrian resumes his human form to better protect his beloved Philip. And finds his love returned. As lovers, their passion is all-consuming, but as they fight against treachery from within, will their love be enough to stem the dark tide sweeping the land? And will it be enough to keep Adrian’s heart alive…


diannehartsock said...

Thanks for having me as your guest today!

Anonymous said...

With all the crazy coincidences and unexplainable things that happen in life, I certainly couldn't rule the paranormal out!


Jean MP said...

Enjoyed reading your post. I believe in the paranormal, too many things out there that can't be explained.
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SheriV said...

I definitely believe in the paranormal. there is just too much that happens we can't explain.

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Debby said...

Weird happening. I would be spooked.
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gigi said...

Great post! Please count me in. Thanks!


Urb said...

The woman standing over the bed stories give me chills! I believe that there are more things in heaven and earth than we can usually see, but we get an occasional peek. Yes!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I believe very much in the Paranormal. My daughter-in-law is on the Paranormal team in Denver and they just Visited the old Firehouse Museum. She had contact in the basement- a black shadow went through her and they did pick up on some noises. Sometimes I sense my mother is with me- so I do believe.

Loveless3173 said...

Oh of course I believe in the paranormal.
There are just too many unexplained things in this world for there not to be something else... something beyond, out there. Just because we can't see or feel it doesn't mean it's not real.
I believe it would be too... naive if not pompous for someone to EVER say that FOR SURE 'ghosts' don't exist.
I am so fascinated at the prospect but at the same time terrified of finding out. As they say, Careful what you wish for. But I hope that if I ever do come across some kind of paranormal event... That this entity isn't malicious.

;) Enjoyed the post!


diannehartsock said...

gigi is my winner! Thanks everyone for playing!!