Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tour Giveaway & Guest Post: Donna Shields

 

 
Donna Shields 
The Swan Cove Murders
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Publisher:  Soul Mate Publishing http://soulmatepublishing.com
Content Rating:  Between a 3 and 4. Two sex scenes with detail. Nothing is left to the imagination.
Page Counts:72 pages
 
 
Blurb
As if the violent murder of Lena Dixon’s fiancé hadn’t been bad enough, now his brother, Nicholas Hunter, is court ordered to live with her for the next thirty days. And to top it off, the murderer’s ghost is asserting his innocence and refuses to leave until Lena and Nicholas prove it.
 
The skeptic in Nicholas believes Lena has lost her mind until he witnesses some unexplainable events and is forced to believe in her psychic abilities and his heart’s desire.
 
As their sexual chemistry heats up, so do their guilt levels. Can they make their newfound relationship work, or will it be too late when the real killer comes calling for her?
 
 
Guest Post
 
My bucket List-Paranormal Stops
 
I’ve never much thought about having a bucket list. I’d been too busy raising my children to really be bothered with it. But, as I get older and having turned forty this year, questions like ‘What have I accomplished so far?’ and ‘What do I want to do and see before I can’t?’ creep up upon me. So, yes I have begun a bucket list. And I like to keep it realistic. Like I’m pretty sure I will never go see Africa. However, seeing Scotland, England and Ireland aren’t totally out of my realm.
 
Also only my list is places with paranormal happenings. I whole-heartedly believe there are spiritual beings, or ghosts. I’ve never seen one. However, I’ve been around enough paranormal activity to be convinced. There are a number of local ‘hot’ spots here around Greenville, SC and those places are on my list. However, the three cities I’m listing here are rich in history and have some pretty famous hauntings.
 
The first city I want to check out is New Orleans. I’m sure everyone can agree there are tons of paranormal activities here. One of the places I intend to visit is St. Louis Cemetery Number One. The reason is simple. Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau is buried here and is said to walk the graveyard chanting a curse to trespassers. People who visit leave her offerings (candles, candy, etc) in hope of receiving blessings from her. There are a few other spirits who haunt this cemetery also including one who is looking for his tomb. Another stop I’d like to make is the LaLaurie House on Royal Street. Madame LaLaurie reportedly abused her slaves. After a fire broke out in the home, they’d discovered men, women, and children in the attic, some dead, some alive yet all tortured, their bodies either severely contorted in various ways or missing limbs or eyes gouged out, etc. And it’s said their souls roam the house. There are other stops I’d like to make while I’m there, but they are too numerous to list here. I’m looking at going in late November or early December.
 
The second city I would like to visit is Gettysburg. Here is a place so rich in history within the Civil War era. So many Confederate and Union soldiers lost their lives here on the battlefield and many more injured. Sachs Bridge has been known to have cannon sounds, red lights shooting into the air from the ground and landing back down, and men’s voices in the distant field across from the bridge. Then there’s Devil’s Den – an outcropping of rock on the battlefield. There have been several dozen ghost sightings there. Also there’s the Ghost Train, which is the only tour that takes you across the battlefield. Again, just like New Orleans, there are plenty more sites to check out there.
 
The third city on my list is Charleston. Place number one on the list is the Dock Street Theatre where Junius Brutis Booth, father to John Wilkes Booth, reportedly haunts the balcony. Another ghost is Nettie, the ‘working girl’, who’d been struck by lighting while standing on the porch and died. There’s also the Battery Carriage House Inn, where a little girl, a headless Civil War era torso, and a gentleman caller haunt their rooms. Another place is Battery Park where twenty-nine pirates were hung and left for four days.
 
These are only a few of the haunted places I have on my bucket list. Maybe I will get to them all. And maybe – just maybe – I will see one.





Excerpt

The door slowly opened, and she slid through the slim opening. The purple smudges under her beautiful hazel eyes spoke volumes to him, crushing his heart. Be strong.
 
“What do you want? The sheriff already delivered the papers.” The glare radiating from her hazel eyes spoke of wanting to set him on fire, burning him alive. She’d been crying.
 
“I know.”
 
She crossed her arms over her chest. “Well, you also know Earl left me the house.”
 
“A small technicality which will be fixed the day after tomorrow in court.”
 
She sighed. “Then what do you want today of all days?”
 
“I would like to get into my attic.” When she didn’t answer, he smiled. “Please.”
 
Suspicion crept into the fiery gaze. “Why should I let you?”
 
“I have a key. I can come and go anytime I please.” Vixen. “I thought I’d be nice and ask, before forcing my way in.”
 
“You certainly aren’t winning me over.”
 
He put his hands together as if in prayer. “Please. I just need the trunk.” His and Earl’s trunk. After the funeral, Lena had insisted Nicholas take the treasure trove with him, but the memories inside had
been too much to handle at the time.
 
Her swollen eyes softened a little. “Well...” She pushed open the door and waved him in.
 
He made his way through the foyer, pausing when he spotted the family photos hanging on the wall.
 
“I see you haven’t changed anything.” He hadn’t been inside the house since Earl’s death.
 
“Why would I?”
 
His eyes caught the flower arrangement on the side table near the staircase along with the card sticking up in the middle. “Secret admirer?”
 
Her face flushed. “How about none of your business? Do you want time with the trunk or what?”




 

Author Bio
 
I live in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina with my husband, our children, and some great haunts. Besides being a busy bee with my writing, I'm a Mom, a Grandmom, a co-owner of a motorcycle shop and an avid reader. And we love traveling to Mexico and Jamaica.

I have two books published with Soul Mate Publishing: The Swan Cove Murders, a paranormal romantic suspense, and Secrets of Jenkins Bridge, a romantic suspense. I like writing about things that go bump in the night and finding a new twist to include in my stories.





`~ Giveaway~`
PDF Copy of The Swan Cove Murders and a $15 gift card
 

1 comment:

Donna Shields said...

Thank you so much for having me on your blog :)