Happy Halloween Passionate readers! To celebrate Nights of Passion 2015 Spooktacular, I have on paranormal author L.D. Rose. L.D is one of the most interesting people I know—she is a full time doctor, as well as a writer of dark romance. Her ability to perform well in two impossibly difficulty professions is… well, spooky! Read on to learn all about the uncanny L.D. Rose, and a chance to win one of her ebooks!
OUIJA: An innocent game or a direct link to the underworld?
Wikipedia defines Ouija as the following:
“The ouija, also known as a spirit board or talking board, is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0–9, the words “yes”, “no”, “hello” (occasionally), and “goodbye”, along with various symbols and graphics. It uses a planchette (small heart-shaped piece of wood or plastic) as a movable indicator to indicate a spirit’s message by spelling it out on the board during a séance. Participants place their fingers on the planchette, and it is moved about the board to spell out words.”
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I didn’t discover Ouija until around late middle/early high school when I really started to get into the paranormal. My mother would never purchase such a silly board for my sister and I, so we surfed the net and created one of our own. Using a white posterboard, we mapped out the letters and numbers in black Sharpie marker, very plain and simple, no magnets, no nothing. I read that glass should be used for the planchette, since glass is somehow a better “conductor” to the spiritual realm, so I stole one of my dad’s brandy snifters. Flipping it upside down, we placed our fingers on the base in order to work its magic.
Disclaimer: I grew up in a haunted house (link: http://www.debbiechristiana.com/blog/welcome-to-curiosities-with-author-linda-rose). For realsies. And I wasn’t satisfied with my ghostly interactions—I wanted to talk to these spirits, to learn where they came from, how they died, what the afterlife was like. So my sister and I took it upon ourselves to create our own comm link to the underworld and perform séances because why the heck not?
It started out pretty innocent, just the two of us playing on the tiled floor of our basement. We had a lot of garbled junk initially, nothing that really made sense. Some say if you don’t believe in it, nothing happens. Maybe we were still uncertain, hence the spiritual “static.” But the more we played, the clearer the conversations became and we interacted with a lot more than a few innocent ghosts.
A LOT more.
And not only did it happen in my haunted house but it worked wherever we took the board.
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Frankly, I don’t remember a single name of the spirits we interacted with since there were so many. They would literally come in and out of the board, talking to us for a few minutes then leaving the snifter still for a while. We would first ask if anyone was there (what a cliché!) and most would say “yes.” Some would even have a sense of humor and say “no.” Sometimes they would give us their name, sometimes they wouldn’t, sometimes they would tell us to [CENSORED] off. We asked how they died and they replied with a variety of answers, from drownings to fires to murders. Those who were murdered were always angry. Those who committed suicide were always sad and expressed their regrets. Some were happy in the afterlife, others weren’t. It almost seemed as if they lived in a world parallel to ours, with the same memories, fears, and sorrows.
Of course, we would both constantly accuse each other of moving the snifter, especially in the beginning, when we still weren’t sure if it was real. Over time though, we became more and more convinced, and we never questioned one another again.
So what made us stop? Well, the spirits became aggressive—and they started to reach through the board.
While playing one evening (we literally made this an every weekend and sometimes weekday event), we were chatting with a particularly sketchy spirit. We kept asking him/her questions and he/she would often give us the silent treatment. Then it suddenly said “purple.”
We had four candles lit at either corner of the board, now worn and dull from our frequent use. I’d been staring at one of the purple candles moments before. I looked across the board at my sister and whispered, “I was just looking at that purple candle.” Her jaw dropped and I asked her to think of something random. The board said, “carpet,” and her eyes bulged. This went back and forth a few more times and my sister thought of the candle again. Without warning, each candle went out, one right after the other. Then her phone suddenly rang, and the board correctly told us who was on the other line. We gaped at each other, stunned and terrified, and the snifter began to whip back and forth between the letters “H” and “A”, saying “HAHAHAHAHA”.
That’s when we decided to freak the [CENSORED] out!
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It was the first (and last) time something like that ever happened and we didn’t pick up the board again for a long time. We did end up playing once more at my cousin’s house (how could we resist?) and her home was never the same after that (she suddenly had a few unwelcome ghostly visitors). So we stopped permanently, since we were doing far more damage than good.
I’ve got to confess, even now in my thirties, I’m still tempted to make a new board and see if I still have the “touch.” But then I remember all the chaos it caused and it’s probably safer to leave it alone.
For now. 😉
RELEASING THE DEMONS Book Blurb:
Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren’t over yet.
Five years after Blaze was maimed by Cyrus Chimola, a powerful vampire with a penchant for torture, he’s still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered mercenary with the ability to bend fire to his will and to see in infrared, Blaze’s mission is to protect what’s left of humanity. When Chimola and his crew return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze’s blood, Blaze is forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one.
Motivated by her sister’s gruesome death, Valerie has made it her life’s goal to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. When she brings in Blaze Knight for suspected murder, she discovers he’s not only innocent, he isn’t a man at all—he’s a half-vampire hybrid working with a band of brothers for the U.S. military. Valerie has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she quickly falls headlong into Blaze’s life, a life full of darkness and horror she can’t even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can’t seem to let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion unlike anything she’s ever known.
In a world where the line between good and evil is blurred, Blaze and Valerie will find danger at every turn, risking everything they’ve come to know and love, including one another.
Amazon Buy Link for Releasing the Demons
Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B013GVCC7I
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013GVCC7I
Bio for L.D. Rose
L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she’s been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. L.D. Rose is a member of the RWA, FF&P, NEC-RWA and CoLoNY. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive boxer, and her two devious cats.
Where to find L.D. Rose
Author page: facebook.com/ldroseauthorpage
GIVEAWAY: An eBook copy of RELEASING THE DEMONS to one lucky commenter! Simply leave a comment before the time of the drawing and you will be automatically entered. Drawing will be on October 30th, 8PM EST. Winner will be randomly selected, and notified by L.D. Rose in a posting in the comment section. (Void where prohibited by law.)
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