It’s true. A real life one. One that is long overdue to be told, in fact (you’ll see part one and part two of that author signing trip here – part 2 gets spookier 😉 ), but it’s part three (THIS post) that had the real spook-factor.
The evidence, if you will. Now of course, there will be some non-believers and skeptics that say “WHAT?? I don’t believe you and that photo shows nothing!!” but the fact that I caught something that I saw with my own eyes? I KNOW I had my own ghostly encounter at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas Texas. And it was awesome!
Okay so here’s how it went. It involved my BFF Sherry, author Amber L. Johnson and me (and almost a couple of chickens. Er… not real chickens. Just a couple of friends that totally chickened out on us.) *ahem* sideeyes authors Mary Elizabeth, J.B. Salsbury and her bff, Evelyn Johnson. *pok pok* 😉 Yeah I sold y’all out! 😛
Anyway, so it’s our last night in Dallas, our last night at the Adolphus, and we’d been telling our fun ghost-hunting story to everyone that would listen, and we almost amassed another group. But our trio was good enough (and brave!!).
We head right back up to the creepy and forbidden 19th floor. All three of us. At night, alone up there, it’s dark, and nobody knows where we are. Well, I mean, Mary Elizabeth and J.B. Salsbury knew, so if we went missing, I’m sure they would have sent someone up there after us. 😉
So we go up there… searching around and giggling, but we head right to the area around HER room. The dead bride’s room.
It’s DARK, and as Sherry and Amber roam further down the hall, I enter her lights-out-dark room. I’m looking around, trying to see as best as I can (from the little bit of light coming in through the windows from outside lighting), and I hear a door slam further away. I hear the girls gasp, freak out a bit and giggle, but I can’t hear what they’re saying. I know I’m going to head where they are soon enough and find out what they’re playing with.
I’m listening to them wondering what they just got into, while I lift my iPhone and take a random photo of HER room (I can’t see anything so I’m not actually looking at my phone screen).
As I do, the flash on my phone activates ’cause it’s so dark and I can’t see anything. I snap the photo, and suddenly I see, with my very own eyes, right there in front of me… a small sort of… glowing white (light?)… ball.
It JOLTS from right in front of me, to the right side of the room… and disappears. It MOVED with purpose. Almost as if I startled it!!! As if the flash of my camera startled it.
And it was gone.
I realized… it was an actual orb!!! I was in AWE. This was not some flash-reflection off a mirror (there were no mirrors).
This was a perfect sphere, small and obvious… light, that practically FLEW away from me. I was thrilled. Elated. Freaked out, but strangely not scared at all. I almost felt bad for disturbing it. Her?
After taking a few more photos really quickly, I ran out of the room, only to be met by my fellow ghost hunters that caught that door slam on audio!! Sherry was recording with her Kindle… and while she didn’t catch the image of the door, she caught the sound of that door slamming ON OUR FLOOR, and then of course, their own freaked-out reactions. We were the ONLY ones on that floor. It was a ghost-town (maybe quite literally!). No rooms were occupied, the doors to the rooms didn’t even lock anymore. All the furniture was upside down, and covered. We knew it was just us. Who would have slammed that door? Our eyes bugging wide, I told them about what I had just seen.
And as I scrolled through the photos I had just taken… I see that in one photo, the first one of the series (that “activated” her)… I caught the orb.
Top left of the photo below, going to the right… in front of the head board. Open it BIG!! You actually see (in larger format) a secondary movement-glow coming off that obvious one going to the right. I didn’t do that, you guys. No retouching. I SWEAR. This is from my iPhone with nothing else added.
And that’s it. That’s my story. 😉
Okay now you go!!! :D!!
*rubs hands together hoping for some creepy stories*
P.S. Here we are, reminiscing about that moment (JB started us off) 😉 :
P.S. I still am. Oh yes. I hope she doesn’t read this, because I’m worried she’s still fuming.
Okay, so… this one time… I went to the MEGA RT Book Lovers Convention and it was my VERY first book signing EVER. I had JUST gotten back into hard core reading because of Twilight, and had JUST started my blog, and it just so happened that RT was in Orlando that year, so close to me and just a few months after I went live with my blog.
It was KISMET! I was meant to become a part of the book world, and here was my chance to meet my very favorites and LEARN LEARN LEARN!!!!
You guys! There’s more!! More memories keep coming to us, and since I have a bunch more awesome photos to post, I thought I’d add some funny stuff, here. 😉 Part TWO (this part), AND part 3 (which is all about Angstfest – coming next). Don’t forget to check out part one (if you missed it) —> This one time, at Book Bash… 2014 Edition!
Okay, so I’ll start up the “memories” again!
This one time, at Book Bash, after Angstfest, as many were sleeping, “someone” (let’s call them a brat!!!) pulled the fire alarm, forcing many to evacuate their floor. GAH! But in the process, I got to meet a fun group of girls in the lobby, and while most grabbed their necessities (you know… purse, ID, keys), what made me laugh is what “Sharon” considered her most important necessity. That’s right. She SAVED HER BOOKS!!! LOL!!!
Audra: Hey there post-fire-alarm-lobby-buddy! Just wanted to say thanks again for the great work you did this past weekend!
Maryse: Audra, right off the bat… are you the one that “saved” her books (in case of fire)? LOL!!!
Audra: lol – NO, I’m the pregnant one… Sharon Melone was the one that SAVED her books… And if the hotel burned down, at least we’d have reading material thanks to her!
LOVE it! P.S. Hi Audra and Sharon!! I’m so glad I captured that memory!
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Hi all! So… guess what I did this weekend? Guess!!! YES!!! Book Bash… how did you know?! 😛 *snort* I think I’m funny. Well not really, but you know… *giggle*
So it was six months in the making and it all came to a head (for me) on Thursday June 26th, at roughly 8pm as I walked into the huge hotel lobby and saw four of my favorite authors at once. Colleen Hoover, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Kristen Ashley and Karina Halle. *gasp* I couldn’t believe it! And that’s when I realized, Book Bash had officially started. The hotel bar was already hopping with readers, bloggers, cover models and authors, and everyone was excited. The energy was electrifying, and I was both frozen in awe and just ecstatic.
WINNER UPDATE!! Congratulations to these confirmed winners!!
- Nancy F
- Jacie O
- jovana s
I just met the fabulous R.L. Mathewson yesterday and what a treat it was! A nice intimate crowd of fans, gathered around as she answered some questions and we laughed over some of the “situations” that inspired a few of her scenes. AND! We met her faithful assistant “Christi” who regaled us with tidbits of her own fun friendship with the author. Wanna know some of the inside scoop? I have a some goodies right here!