To the Lady Born AudiobookTitle: To The Lady Born The Lord of De Royans
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: 1388, Hedingham Castle
Pages: 242
Published by: Dragonbalde Publishing
Published Date: December 15, 2013
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B0084UQB1U

Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
Length: 10 hours, 52 minutes
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Published by: Kathrybn Le Veque Novels

 

Publisher’s Summary:

1388 A.D. – The Lady Amalie de Vere is the sister to the Robert De Vere, Duke of Ireland, Earl of Oxford, and personal confident and lover to Richard II. When trouble arises between the king and Henry of Bolingbroke, the Duke of Ireland flees for his life, leaving his sister behind and at the mercy of his enemies. Bolingbroke confiscates Hedingham Castle, the duke’s seat, and Lady Amalie along with it.

Enter Sir Weston de Royans. A powerful, pious knight from a good Yorkshire family, his first introduction to Lady Amalie is a shocking one. But he eventually comes to know a beautiful, intelligent and humorous young woman who is in great torment and harbors a terrible secret. However, Weston harbors secrets of his own, deep family secrets that he has tried to run from for all of these years.

As Weston and Amalie fall deeply in love, the two of them must reconcile themselves to these secrets and find understanding and forgiveness. For four years, they live happily and peacefully. Then, the situation changes and Weston’s demons resurface again when his grandfather dies and Weston inherits a baronetcy. Weston and Amalie find a new life with Weston’s new title that leads them into danger, vengeance, murder, and a brutal showdown on the tournament fields of Yorkshire where Weston risks his life seeking justice for his beloved Amalie.

©2012 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque

My Thoughts: Enjoyed?  Of course, I did.  I do see a difference in how the author currently pens and how she penned four years ago, at least in this story.  That is to say, Le Veque’s writing style has matured and is more compelling than ever, but even four years ago, she wrote a mean story.

I quickly warmed to Le Veque’s characters, Lady Amalie and Sir Weston.  When Weston becomes the garrison commander of Hedingham Castle, he has to gain the respect of those stationed there. He is one of those knight’s who still hold honor above all else, and women as sacred. He is a man of quiet nature, wanting always to do things perfectly and with honor, slow to react quickly, unless circumstances demand it. He seems to be a religious man and looks for purity in all things, with himself and those he associates with. Sometimes, when the narrator speaks Sir Weston’s lines, his dialogue seems too measured, too monotone, as if there is little emotion in the man.  We find this not to be the case, however, as the storyline progresses.

He meets Lady Amalie when she is at her wit’s end. She is ready to kill herself.  Her shame can not be greater.  She’s been used, and abused in one night’s horror, stamped for all time.  Pregnant with an unwanted child, she is ready to commit the ultimate sin—death by her own hands. Lady Amalie de Vere is a woman of strength, left to fend for herself in a world where men use women to dominate and to feel powerful. But the world is too cruel.  Her brother leaves her in the enemy’s hands.

Sir Weston saves Amalie from her attempts to kill herself.  His careful, quiet ways is balm to Amalie’s senses.  He doesn’t know about the rape, therefore grows attached to the woman, for she exemplifies all he knows to be good.

I was pulled into the story.  It is sorrowful and tragic in a unbelivable situation, yet believable in its possibility. It is apparent through all the pain and suffering, love is the greatest thing of all. It has the power to heal a tortured heart and to accept imperfection.

The narrator, Sean Patrick Hopkins, didn’t power up the story as I usually enjoy with Le Veque’s writing. His cool manner in the voice of Sir Weston, lacked the vitality of my idea of this hero, being too mild-mannered where emotion really never creeps into his tone.

That being said, the voice and pain which is put into the voice of Sir Weston’s mother is completely believable and had my heart ache, along with the unbelievable tragedy of her death.

Don’t miss this story from Le Veque.  You will weep with the tragedy of the situation and warm when wrapped up in true love.

4-star-review

 

 

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Review: I DARED THE DUKE by Anna Bennett ~ feisty women, and desperate duke makes a humorous, engaging read!

30199416Title: I Dared the Duke A Wayward Wallflowers Novel, Book 2
Author: Anna Bennett
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 365
Published by: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Published Date: April 4, 2017
Sold by: Macmillan
ASIN: B01LZFMMCQ

 

Wayward Wallflowers Series:

My Brown-Eyed Earl
I Dared the Duke
The Rogue is Back in Town
on pre-order

 

 

Publisher’s Summary:

DARE TO FALL IN LOVE

Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is known throughout the ton for three things: the burn scars on his neck, his ornery disposition, and the trail of broken hearts behind him. None of which would concern Miss Elizabeth Lacey in the least—if she weren’t living under his roof. As his grandmother’s companion, Beth is all too concerned with the moody and compelling duke. Incensed by his plans to banish the sweet dowager duchess to the country, Beth refuses to do his bidding. If Alex wants her help, he’s going to have to take her dare…and grant her three wishes.

Alex adores his grandmother, which is precisely why she must leave. A string of unfortunate incidents has him worried for the safety of everyone around him—including the dowager’s loyal and lovely companion, Beth. But the notorious wallflower isn’t as meek as she appears, and as their battle of wills heats up, so does Alex’s desire. He’s dangerously close to falling in love with her…and revealing secrets he’d rather keep hidden. How can he convince her that his darkest days are behind him—and that, for the first time in forever, his heart is true?

I Dared the Duke continues Anna Bennett’s Regency-era romance series, The Wayward Wallflowers.

 

My Thoughts: The tone of the story is set from the outset.  I’m prepared to laugh and enjoy!

Elizabeth Lacey, Beth that is, is a terribly kind woman who wants to make everything right, certainly right wrongs and restore harmony between people.  She is companion to Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire’s mother, Dowager Duchess of Blackshire.  The Dowager is a little bit of a match maker which I find endearing.  She also has lots of spunk and totally lovable and quick-witted. Beth feels very protective of the women and works against Blackshire’s desire to have them both out of his townhouse.

Beth, dragging her feet as much as possible, makes a bargain with the duke to allow three wishes to his grandmother.  She then will acquit the residence wondering how she will convince the dowager since she loves the active life of London.

Not informed of the truth of the situation, Beth assumes so much about the relationship between Blackshire and his grandmother.  She puts herself between what she perceives as a wrong done to his grandmother and Blackshire’s seemingly selfish motives.

The dowager is happy with her new companion and Beth found it isn’t difficult to make her happy.  Older people want the same as anyone – to be heard and respected.

Beth is the middle sister of the women known as the Wilting Wallflowers – known for three years as such and coined so by none other than Blackshire.  Would the duke dare tell Beth, especially when his feeling for her are deepening?

The duke is one of those duke’s with the ‘better than thou attitude’, yes, the typical duke.  What is it about power anyway?  But his redeeming quality is he truly wants to keep his grandmother safe.  Someone is out to kill him.  But who? Will they also try to harm his grandmother and even Beth?

Beth has spunk and she doesn’t let him get away with it.  And that my dear reader, is what catches the fellow.  But not before he puts his foot in his mouth when he tries to explain why he should feign interest in Beth to try to capture the killer.

She shook her head, incredulous. “You think that your interest in me will cause other gentleman to hold me in esteem?”

“A dog always wants another dog’s bone.”

Miss Lacey gasped, clearly horrified by his attempt to explain. “How dare you compare me to a dog? She snapped.

For the love of—“I’m the dog. You’re the bone.”

“Your charming little metaphor was not entirely beyond me, your grace.”

He shrugged. “Apparently, it was.”

Narrowing her eyes to slits, she stepped toward him. Close enough for him to see the subtle rise and fall of her chest.

“I followed your meaning. Now allow me to explain something to you.” She spoke slowly, anger dripping for each word. “I am not the bone. But if I were, I wouldn’t be caught dead in your mouth.”

Alex is a good duke, his grandmother’s protection tantamount.  He’s unable to convince Beth without telling her the complete story.  This lends to a rather funny story until the situation is laced with nail-biting fear.

Author Anna Bennet is an author I haven’t read.  I enjoyed the story and recommend the series to those who enjoy Regency reads with danger, humor, feisty heroines and dukes way beyond their depth!.

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Interview with Karilyn Bentley, an author who enjoys killing demons and minions with a smile on her face!

I’ve just recently started reading this author.  Karilyn Bentley’s books  in the Demon Huntress Series keep me laughing and on edge at the same time. When she comes out with a new one, I’m thrilled.  All three of these I’ve read, and simply loved her world of demons, minions, mages and a magic bracelet that gives lip!  Gin Crawford is a character you will come to love, along with her mage protector, Aidan Symthe.

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Product DetailsDemon Cursed: A Demon Huntress Novel

 

 

 

 

 

Karilyn, thank you for joining us here at Booktalk with Eileen and giving your fans an inside seat to what makes you the writer you are.  This interview will hopefully let other readers see the kind of books you write. 

KarilynBentley[1198]Thank you for having me on today Eileen! I’m glad to be here!

Before we get to the nitty-gritty questions, can you tell us something about your other series the Draconia Tales?  Lots of my blog readers love dragons, as do I.

Dragons are wonderful, aren’t they? They were a lot of fun to write! The Draconia Tales was the first series I wrote that I meant to be a series. I had a novella published (I later wrote another novella in that world, more on this coming up), but Magical Lover (the first book in the Draconia Tales series) was the first novel I had published. It took several attempts before my editor would accept it (yep, I was a newbie writer then and looking back, don’t blame her in the least for not wanting the original manuscript. It was awful!). The books take place in the fantasy land of Draconia and was originally written as a trilogy (in reading order: Magical Lover, Warrior Lover and Dragon Lover). I later took the young boy from that trilogy and gave him his own story (The Detective’s Dragon), which means the trilogy is now a 4 book series.

 

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Would you say your books can be read by both young adults and adults?

It depends on the age of the  young adult. I’d say age 16 and up. My dragon and werewolf stories are racier than my urban fantasy.

 

Do you have any other books you’ve written?

Product DetailsI do! The story that launched my writing career was Werewolves in London, a novella that won a contest and became part of an anthology. The anthology is no longer in print, but the story is. I wrote another novella in the werewolf world, Wolf Mates. Both of those novellas can be found on their own, but my publisher also put them together in one anthology: After the Moon Rises.

I want to now shift gears and discuss your writing path. What is your preferred genre to write in?  What sparks that interest?

I got my start in paranormal and fantasy romance and then shifted into urban fantasy. I like this sub-genre because it combines my love of a HEA (happily ever after) with my love of (almost) all things paranormal.

Do you ever think of writing in another genre?

I would love to be able to write mysteries. Those were my favorites to read as a child but I have yet to be able to write one.

When you begin a story, the seed of the story if you will, does it grow from a character’s personality, certain outside forces or a time and place? 

So far all my books have grown from a what if. What if these two people fell in love? What if an ER nurse, who was also an empath (there’s that paranormal thing edging in!) found a bracelet that gave her demon-killing powers? I guess that means I grow a story seed from outside forces.

Are you methodical in your writing, certain hours of the day, certain rituals you may perform before you sit down? Or are you one of those writers who binge write when the mood is upon you?

I like to drink hot tea while I write. The muse fails to show up if I don’t have a cup of tea next to my laptop. As far as writing at certain times, I tend to write whenever I can squeeze in a minute. When I used to work FT at the day job, that meant my writing hours were between 8 and 10 at night. I don’t function if I don’t have enough sleep, so waking up early was out of the question. I am more of a slow (make that extremely slow), plodding writer as opposed to one who binges when the muse strikes.

Are you comfortable weaving any of your personal experiences into a story? Is there one story you’ve written which is emotionally closer to your heart than others?

I try not to put in characteristics of people I know in my stories. Nor have I taken an entire personal experience and put it in a story. That said, I have put in some nursing experiences of my friends and used my sole experience as a patient in the ER as one of Gin’s patients. Those are the funny stories.

I would say Gin is closer to my heart than my other stories. I really enjoy writing about her!

Are there particular tropes you are fond of using?

Not to my knowledge. If they are in my books, it’s not a conscious decision.

What is important to you when creating characters?  Is your story more plot driven or character driven?

The characters have to be believable within their world. They don’t necessarily have to be likeable. But if they aren’t believable, your reader will chunk the book across the room. J I would say my stories are more plot driven, but the characters also have to go through changes that are hopefully for the better.

I’ve enjoyed our time together, Karilyn.  I hope the readers out there have enjoyed it, too.

It was a pleasure.  I always enjoy connecting to readers.

 

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Audiobook Review: DEVIL’S DOMINION by Kathryn Le Veque ~ be prepared to lose yourself to the Devil

Title: Devil’s Dominion
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Historical Medieval Romance
Story Setting: 1179, 1205 A.D. Welsh Marshes
Pages: 406
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, 2 edition
Published Date: October 11, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B00NPE4TEQ

Devil's Dominion AudiobookNarrated by: Brad Wills
Length:
13 hours, 3 minutes
Release Date:
April 23, 2015
Published by:
Kathryn Le Veque Novels

 

Publisher’s Summary:
From number-one best-selling and Amazon All-Star Author Kathryn Le Veque comes a dark Medieval romance of hatred, revenge, and, ultimately, redemption. Enter the Devil’s Dominion….

AD 1205 – it’s years after The Dark Lord Jax de Velt tore through the Welsh marches and captured several castles. Still he holds lands that do not belong to him. Out of the ashes from this dark and lawless time rises the son of one of the men Jax de Velt put to the stake. Bent on revenge against The Dark Lord, Bretton de Llion has grown up in obscurity, hidden from de Velt’s rage, and has learned to hate the very world around him. His sense of vengeance against de Velt has been his guiding force for years. Gathering a powerful mercenary army, Bretton rages through Wales, emulating de Velt’s reign of terror, killing and destroying, moving toward a target he has long planned for — abducting one of Jax de Velt’s children in order to lure Jax into his trap. Discovering that Jax’s eldest daughter is a novice nun at Alberbury Priory, he burns down the priory in his quest to abduct Lady Allaston de Velt. Successful in his endeavor, he sends word to de Velt: Come to me, or your daughter will suffer. His perfect revenge is planned.

But it is not so perfect when this warrior, who has never known love or kindness, discovers feelings for the daughter of the man he has hated his entire life. Join Bretton and Allaston in a very complex journey of terror, sadness, and the ultimate conquest – love. Old friends such as Christopher de Lohr and Keller de Poyer join Jax de Velt as integral parts of this riveting Medieval tale.

Can Allaston prevent Bretton from killing her father? Or do old hatreds burn too deep? Enter the Devil’s Dominion at your own risk.

©2014 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2015 Kathryn Le Veque

 

My Thoughts: If you’ve followed my reviews and blog, you’ll know how much I love what and how Kathryn Le Veque writes.  As I read her books, I find no matter what series I’m reading I re-acquaint myself with characters from previous books.  It’s like reading one huge series which never ends and I hope it never does!  Yes, I’m in love with this author.

Her books are full of suspense, danger and passion.  This one is no different.  Coupled with the darling of narrators, Brad Wills, I weep with pure delight in the listen.  Narrator Wills’s various voices for the young, old, whether woman, man or child’s, he will take you into the most wonderful world of all – the Le Veque novels.  A narrator, seriously, can make or break even a good read.  He’ll take a wonderful story and power it up ten-fold.  Did I say how much I enjoy this narrator?

We all know the power of these huge knights of old.  Bretton de Llion has the right to be embittered, seeking revenge. What Jax De Velt did all those years ago haunts many a knight’s mind.  I read Dark Lord whose main character is a man who reigns with a vicious fist.  Then love happened and Jax changed.  We all know love changes people.   He no longer picks up his sword and for 25 years he’s lived quietly and private with his family.

Even though Jax De Velt is good at killing everyone when he takes a castle, apparently, he misses a few and this particular case, a five-year-old boy who loses his parents. In consequence, he led a disgustingly ugly life and blames all that happened in his youth on Jax De Velt. He has layed his plans well.  He will make Jax De Velt wish he were never born.  He seeks revenge with a vengeance.

Bretton de Llion grows into a mighty warrior, systematically taking back all the castles which De Velt took all those years ago.  What is worse, he uses the same methods – running a stake through their bodies, men, women alike, leaving them staked just outside the castle to die an agonizingly painful death. Can we learn to forgive this man?  Can Bretton forgive Jax De Velt?

Bretton finds his path to revenge. He captures Allaston, Jax’s daughter, from a nunnery.  He puts her into a dank, dark dungeon for close to three weeks.  Her health is failing but he needs her alive so he pulls her out.  Allaston is a strong woman, not one mean bone in her body.  She’s also very wise.  Perhaps, destiny chose this woman to heal a lost soul. For surely, Bretton is lost.

Can she reach Bretton’s heart before he kills her father?  Does he even have a heart?  Can he undo the man he has become?

Emotive, heart-breaking, poignant scenes, reduce me to tears.  However, Le Veque never leaves the reader without a happy ever after.  I hope you love this story as much as I do.  Remember, if you purchase the Kindle book, you have access to the audio for practically free.  Take the audio because you cannot miss this story as Narrator Wills tells it. Marvelous! I applaud them both.

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Audiobook Review: HIS RECKLESS BARGAIN by Cynthia Wright ~ meet the minx Adrienne and marvel she’s still alive!

His Reckless Bargain: (The Raveneau Novels, Book 3) AudiobookTitle: His Reckless Bargain Rakes and Rebels, Book 5
Author: Cynthia Wright
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 400
Published by: Boxwood Manor Books
Published Date: November 8, 2013
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B005KVJGAO

Narrated by: Emily Beresford
Length: 12 hours, 28 minutes
Release Date: December 5, 2014
Published by: Cynthia Wright

 

Rakes & Rebels: The Raveneau Family series ecopy purchase links:
1 – Silver Storm (André & Devon)
2 – Smuggler’s Moon (Sebastian & Julia)
3 – The Secret of Love (Gabriel & Isabella)
4 – Surrender the Stars (Ryan & Lindsay)
~ coming in August, 2017 ~ His Make-Believe Bride (Justin & Mouette)
5 – His Reckless Bargain (Nathan & Adrienne)
6 – Tempest (Adam & Cathy)

 

Publisher’s Summary:

A Daring Masquerade…

Nathan Raveneau, son of Andre & Devon (Silver Storm), is known as “The Scapegrace” in Regency London for his rakish exploits and devastating good looks. He is also a sea captain with an estate on Barbados. To gain land near his enemy, Xavier Crowe, Raveneau agrees to act as protector to headstrong Adrienne Beauvisage – and keep her chaste until her 21st birthday.

Adrienne is both outraged and intrigued by the man who calls himself Nathan Essex. She knows little of the threats that lurk at the English castle of eccentric Lady Thomasina Harms… or of the daring that Raveneau, in his guise as Nathan Essex, must employ to keep her out of harm’s way.

A Reckless Abduction…As the powerful attraction between them builds, Nathan is forced to abduct an unwilling Adrienne, boldly spiriting her away to his ship. In a rousing adventure that carries them from Regency England across the sea to magical Barbados, Nathan and Adrienne struggle against a compelling and passionate love while caught in a growing web of danger.

Don’t miss this enchanting novel that unites the Raveneau and Beauvisage families!

©1995, 2012 Cynthia Challed (P)2014 Cynthia Challed

 

My Thoughts: Adrienne is quite the handful – full of life, quick-tempered and believes she can take care of herself and direct her future. NOT!  Her father, who wants her to feel independent, is quite concerned about her work as a governess (she is set upon by her employer) and now companion to an elder woman, Lady Thomasina Harms.

He has requested Nathan Raveneau, son of his old friends Andre and Devon, to be her protector, a guard, of sorts, to keep ill from her door.  (Is that possible with this girl?) Her father reads a menacing missive from her last employer, which Adrienne had carelessly torn up and trashed. Her father pieced it together. How can he give his daughter her head and protect her at the same time?

Nathan would rather have nothing to do with the chit, but Adrienne’s father sweetens the pot by telling him if he could protect her and keep her chaste until she’s 21, he’ll give him some very vital land in Barbados.  The land abuts next to his own and more importantly provides him a clever means to keep an eye on Xavier Crowe, a land pirate and dirty trickster, doing immeasurable harm, living on the east side of the island. Under guise, as Nathan Essex, he begins his employment attaching himself to Adrienne, and the fun begins!  Not for him, not for her, but for us!

Adrienne is such a soft-hearted individual.  She’s concerned about Lady Thomasina once she gets over her peculiar ways of organizing her library books. Books are not organized by author, nor title, but by color. Her son has his eye on Adrienne, thinking she might be a good catch for him – she certainly treats his mother well, and will keep her from brow-beating him with her eccentric ways.  I’m not sure just how evil he is, but I know he’s weak-kneed and is hoping to enjoy his mother’s wealth, along with Adrienne’s vibrant beauty.

Angus is a little dog belonging to Lady Thomasina, whom she dotes on and seemingly he, her.  He plays an important role in this story by exposing Lady Thomasina’s eccentricity and her son’s mean spiritedness. It’s obvious there is more to Angus than meets the eye.

Narrator Emily Beresford does an admiral job in playing the voice of Adrienne.  I can fairly see Adrienne darting here and there with her buoyant personality.  Lady Thomasina is well-played, too, with her somewhat cantankerous and selfish spirit.  The voice of Lord Harms, in my opinion, was too drawling—it made the voice not quite believable.  But one thing it did do, was make me dislike him.  Maybe that was the narrators ploy all along. Nathan’s voice also didn’t quite ring true.  His inner good is well hidden, where I felt it should show itself more.

I’m glad I listened to the read.  I enjoyed the character-driven plot with many a scene full of emotions.  I loved Nathan’s secret identity and his efforts to keep it hidden and Adrienne’s silliness.  She lost sight of her intelligence several times!

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Do you believe there are ghosts? Get an inside look by reading true ghost stories, READ WITH THE LIGHTS ON from author Kathleen Rothenberger — a paranormal investigator, or if you prefer, a ghost huntress (not so correct)

How many of you enjoy ghost stories?  I know I do (waving my hand)!  Why else would we read all these thrillers about ghosts who are revengeful, vindictive, pranksters, miserable, etc.? But is there any truth behind the trappings of a good novel?

In fact, many of us just love the paranormal and those things that spook us, go knock in the night. Author Kathleen Rothenberger KNOWS there are ghosts out there and in her first book, recently published, to tells us all.

Here is a book I found informative, in that yes, there really are ghosts, for want of a better word, surrounding us.  Some people feel them, some do not.

Kathleen Rothenberger, a first-time author, has worked among authors for many years as editor and proofreader of fictional work.   There’s another side of this lady, however. Her book, Read With The Lights On, is her direct experiences, or those of people she knows well, with spirits.  Can she make a believer out of you?

The book is factual, almost like a journal.  It is not fictional, therefore doesn’t read like one.  Author Rothenberger shares short stories, laid out in a simple direct manner with actual dialogue taking place.

Anyone who really is interested in ‘the other side’, would enjoy reading this and getting the facts.  I did.  I understand the author is planning on writing another book in the series.  What will she reveal next?

If you wish to read more about what the author says about the spirits, link up here to an interview she recently gave right here at Booktalk with Eileen.  She has fascinating answers!

31552268Title:  Read With The Lights On
Author: Kathleen Rothenberger
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Ghost Stories/Anthology, non-fiction
Pages: 41
Published by: Kathleen Rothenberger
Published Date: August 16, 2016
ASIN: B01KKWKVBK
Print ISBN: 978-1537187914    $6.99

 

Publisher’s Summary: Prepare to be frightened… A paranormal investigator (ghost hunter) sees and experiences many things that other people do not. Kathleen Rothenberger and her husband did investigations and Halloween hauntings tours in small southern towns. Many people still don’t believe in ghosts or spirits, but, when you look around and see empty space, the author sees so much more: people going about their daily lives, not realizing that they are no longer among the living. The stories in this book are some of the things that have happened either to the author, or to her friends. She hopes that you enjoy them, and learn a little about how life is “on the other side.”

Quote from Ms. Rothenberger

Believe it or not, we share this earth with many spirits who have not crossed over at their death. There are thousands of spirits going about their daily lives in their own reality, in a plain most people don’t have access to. But I do.

Excerpt: Read With the Lights On

From:  THE HAUNTED HEARSE

As a paranormal investigator, I find myself “accidentally” doing investigations quite often. One such investigation happened when we were invited to a friend’s house for dinner, around Thanksgiving, several years ago.

He is a car wiring expert, and since my husband used to be a mechanic a long time ago, and is an expert at all things electrical, our friend asked for his help diagnosing a car that he could not get running. At this point, I need to add that this family is atheist, and does not believe in ghosts, spirits or anything otherworldly.

So, we were having a good time, talking, laughing and before long, it got to be late.

As we were leaving, our friend said, “Oh! Joe, you didn’t get a chance to look at this car! Give me a few more minutes will you?”

It was about 11:30pm at this time, so we went into his garage/shop on our way to our car. This beautiful 1938 Cadillac hearse stood there, in perfect condition, except it would not stay running.

Craig opened the driver’s door, and said, “Check this out, this is weird. This part of the car is warm, same as the outside air. But look at this! Stick your head in here, ” and he opened the rear door, where the coffins are transported, and it was freezing cold. It was easily 30-40 degrees colder than the outside ambient air.

Of course, as “ghost hunters”, we knew why, as spirits will suck the heat out of the air to use the energy to manifest, so I explained how that works, and he, as a non-believer, wasn’t convinced.

So I said, “Let’s get your camera and take some pictures, and I’ll take some with mine. I am telling you, we will get spirit activity on camera.”

He didn’t believe it, and went into his house to get his camera, while I got mine out of the car. We got very clear evidence of spirit activity, and I counted one hundred twenty-six spirits in the back of the hearse, they were literally jumping on board the car as it was towed to my friend’s house, because they knew we would be there to help them.

Now, these friends are atheist, and don’t believe in this stuff. You should have heard him when he saw the photos he took, himself.

Over and over, he said, “If I wasn’t taking these pictures myself, I’d swear this is all fake. But I’m doing it, and I am seeing stuff that has no reason to be there! Holy shit!”

He was completely blown away. His wife was very skeptical, and no matter what showed up in the photos, she didn’t believe.

She would say, “I see it, but I don’t believe it.”

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Interview with a ghost hunter. Yes, that’s right, a ghost hunter, but the politically correct words may be paranormal investigator. May I present Kathleen Rothenberger?

My next blog after this one, dear readers,  will be a review of Read With the Light On: True Ghost Stories by Kathleen Rothenberger.  The writer and the stories intrigue me both, so I asked Kathleen Rothenberger to pop on over to talk about how she got involved in writing these stories and some other juicy stuff about her. 

kathleen RothenbergerThanks, Kathleen, for sharing with us today.  I’ve never been this close to a ghost hunter!

It’s wonderful to be asked on your blog. I hope the audience would feel free to ask me any questions which come to mind about my profession.

What brought you to this point in your life?  

My family has always been psychic and mediums, going back many generations. In my generation, it’s just myself and my sister who inherited the abilities.

She was only a medium, and I started out only a psychic. There is a difference, as all mediums are psychic, but not all psychics are mediums, with the ability to speak with the other side.

I guess what brought me to this point is a combination of things. My husband and I used to own our own company and the economy knocked us down. A friend of mine, also a psychic, suggested that I actually work as a psychic, as she felt I was very talented at it. So, I’ve been working as a psychic and medium since the 1990s. The book came as a result of two conversations on the same day with different friends, each said I should really write a book, so I sat down and did it.

When did you start feeling the spirit world?

I’d have to say that was very early on, probably about eight years old or so, when a bunch of my friends were all playing on the swingset, and my friend decided to try something stupid, and I heard in my head “Don’t let her do that, she’ll get hurt.”

I tried to stop her but she almost broke her ankle, trying to stop the glider swing with five kids on it, by dragging her foot. That was probably the first time I remember hearing or feeling the spirit world. It was kind of weird, but I didn’t realize that everyone didn’t have the same abilities.

mother to Kathleen

Can you remember the first time you saw a ghost? 

I’d have to say that it was the appearance of my mother, a week after she died. It was like her passing flipped a switch in me, so that I could see her, and be at peace that she was fine, healthy and happy. I didn’t dare tell my dad, as he didn’t believe in this stuff, even though his wife and two daughters could communicate with the spirit world, he disregarded it.

However, after a while, he’d call me and say “Kathy, I think I’m going crazy, I just felt like your mother was here with me.” So, I’d tell him he wasn’t crazy, that my mom was there with him, and it brought him comfort. They were married 38 years and he missed her so, after she died.

Do the ghosts expect anything from you?  Are you able to put them at rest, so to speak?  

Most of the spirits I’ve spoken to over the years have wanted to let their families and loved ones know that they are at peace on the other side/in Heaven, whatever you want to call it.

I have had spirits tell me where their wills are, or where investment papers are, so their wives don’t have to worry about money, or just to pop in and say “Hi, I love you! I’m still around!”

The story in my book about the Haunted Hearse is when a medium friend and I had to send 126 spirits to the other side, so that they were at peace.

I’m so glad you circled the spirits in the back of his hearse.  I see them, a woman, a man and the top of little boy’s head.  Yikes! I’ll make sure to put this picture into my review!
Jack, Jackie and Bernadette red line

One story that I’m writing for my next book is about a man who passed away and was relieved that he didn’t have to deal with his nagging wife anymore. She came to me to talk to him, and he appeared to me, begging me NOT to tell her that he was there, as he said it was so peaceful without her, he hoped she lived another 20+ years! So, in accordance with his wishes, I did not tell his wife that he was there with us.

Do any ghosts actually talk with you, telling you of their problem? 

Some do, yes. If they want to tell their family certain information, such as if the family wonders if it’s a suicide or other cause of death, the spirits will tell me that it was totally accidental, or once, it was actually a suicide, but the spirit changed his mind immediately, but too late, so he asked me to tell his family it was an accident, which it sort of was. The spirit’s wife was so relieved, saying “I KNEW he wouldn’t KILL himself.” The ghost said “Yeah, love, I did, but I know it was a mistake. But I’m ok with it now.” He did not want me to tell her that part, so I didn’t.

I hear a lot of  “shoulda, woulda, coulda” from the other side, when it’s too late to fix it.

One of my favorite connections with the spirit world was a woman who wanted to talk to her deceased fiance, who had gone into the hospital for an operation and didn’t make it. When he came through, I heard Frank Sinatra singing “Fly Me To The Moon”, and when  I asked her if that had any significance, she started crying her eyes out. That was the song he would sing to her all the time, so she was certain that he was really there, letting her know it was him. By the time that reading was over, I was in tears right along with her.

How often do you go a-ghost-hunting?  I understand your husband joins you.  

For about three years, my husband and I led a Halloween History and Hauntings tour in Belleview, Florida, with a friend who was the historian part of the tour, showing interested people the haunted homes and buildings in the area. When we were really going on a lot of investigations, we probably did it twice a month or more.  We haven’t gone very often lately, because of time constraints, and because my husband has a bad knee.

creepyLast weekend I did go on a short investigation  at a very interesting house, it was all boarded up, and haunted by a very malevolent evil spirit. I wasn’t planning on going into the house but when we got there, the spirit was saying “Come here, come on, you know you want to!” So I did. Wow, the energy in there was e-v-i-l. As I wandered around part of the house, I felt horrible energy, and the man that was with me asked where I felt it coming from. I pointed to one particular room, and said “whoever it is, he was in there, and they kept him there.” Then the man showed me something I’d missed. Over my head, on the door and door jamb was both sides of a lock hasp, and a padlock. The evil person had been LOCKED in that room. No wonder I felt such awful energy. They were protecting themselves from whoever that was.

 

Does each person who feels the spirit world, feel it in the same way? 

No, we don’t. I have been on investigations with other mediums who pick up things that I don’t, and I’ve picked up things that they don’t. It’s kind of like watching a movie or reading a book, everyone has different takes on things.

Some mediums can see spirits as clear as they see live people, others just can hear or sense them. I am able to see, hear and feel them, sometimes as clear as live people, sometimes just as energy, it depends on how well the spirit is able to project their energy to me.

A friend of mine had to get a bluetooth headset, as she can see them as clear as day, and her daughter felt her mom looked weird carrying on entire conversations out loud with “invisible people”, so now it just looks like she’s on her phone. I can hear them either out loud or in my head, and see them in various ways.

That sounds really interesting!  I thought that only happened in movies.  Can you expand on this thought? 

Actually, there are two movies that depict hauntings pretty well-Ghost, with Patrick Swayze, and Sixth Sense, with Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. Those are pretty realistic depictions of what hauntings are like, from both sides, the spirit side and the still alive side.  A certain segment of the population can indeed hear, see and feel spirits, and it’s kind of like  a “secret club”, as we can “sense” each other.

We hear from a lot of people “Oh, man, I wish I could do what you do, I’d love to talk to ghosts.” Nope, you wouldn’t. It is a big responsibility to have, with spirits trying to get you to give messages to their loved ones all the time. In the mediumship sessions I’ve done, I’ve acted like the telephone line, to bring together the living and the dead so that both sides have closure.But it does take a lot out of you, and you end up having to put “walls” up, so you aren’t constantly bombarded by spirit.

Tell us a little about your writing career.

I’d have to say ghost stories, as Read With the Lights On: True Ghost Stories is my first book, and it’s a collection of true paranormal investigations. It was sitting in the back of my mind for ages, and then one day, two friends suggested that I write them down in book form. I’ve always believed in “signs”, so when both of these women suggested it on the same day, I decided “okay, it’s time.” So, I sat down and wrote them all out in a notebook, and then typed them up. I write best in a notebook, it’s easier for me to organize my thoughts with pen in my hand.

They say “write what you know”, so the genre of paranormal investigations and tales from the other side is what I know. My husband wants me to write a book about our dogs, and another one about his 40+ years in the television industry, but I’m afraid working on that with him would be very difficult, so I’m sticking to ghosts for now.

When I write a story, it comes from my memory of events that happened, whether to me, or people I know, so it grows from my personal experiences. I am constantly amazed at how other authors can create entire worlds and populate them with imaginary people. I am more comfortable writing about things I know.

So really, your writing is more a journal of events, right? 

Yes, it is, pretty much. This book, Read With the Lights On: True Ghost Stories was written in bits and pieces, as each short story came to mind. Then, when I thought I had a suitable number of stories for a book, I put them in some sort of order, that made sense at the time. I am currently working another book of ghost stories, which will also be based on my personal experiences. The next book may include some stories of psychic and medium readings that I have been involved in.

Most of my stories are personal. My family has had psychic abilities for generations,  and in my generation, my sister and I inherited these abilities.  The one story that means the most to me emotionally, is the story about my mother.  I’m getting tears in my eyes just thinking about her. She was an amazing woman, and my best friend. She battled cancer from the time I was four years old, till she passed away when I was 38.  I miss her to this day, we would talk on the phone every day and no matter what, she was always upbeat and positive.

Once an investigation is in my head, it’s like the spirits are saying “Write my story, I don’t want to be forgotten!” With a request like that, how could I refuse?

Thank you so much for coming on, Kathleen.  Readers, if you have questions, ask away.  Tomorrow I’ll post my review of her book.

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