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) 😉 :
romantic times convention
Hey! I have a funny memory to tell you guys about! Once upon a time, in 2009, when I went to the Romantic Times Convention in Orlando, I was strictly a paranormal romance/urban fantasy fan. Had no real clue about the other erotica & romance genres out there (as I had been a “horror” fan before that). But boy was I in for an awakening!
As I was walking around the signing tables, approaching my favorite authors, and getting to know some knew ones, I was handed a trinket (I had been given cute bookmarks, pens, buttons and all sorts of great promotional goodies from the various authors I spoke with). So as I was about to inspect the cold metal item in my hand, I looked at the author’s name tag, looked down at her display table and asked what she wrote. She smiled sweetly and said “BDSM” with a slight mischievous tilt of her head. I blinked, looked down at my trinket, and *blushed* furiously as I realized what I was holding.
Single White Vampire (Argeneau)
I am getting the impression that this was the first published book in the series, despite it being #3 in the actual reading order. It seems this is the one that introduced the readers to the Argeneau clan, and was certainly quite a hit. I agree with the fans! It was extremely witty, and I fell in love with Lucern’s grumpy edge, and chuckled at Kate’s insistence in getting her way with Lucern, despite his extreme resistance. Subtlety is not part of Lucern’s manner, and he has no shame in not wanting to please those around him.
It was Saturday morning, and I was up much too early considering how late I had gotten to bed, but my excitement for the book fair was enough to keep me wide awake and ready to go.
I arrived right on time, and couldn’t wait to seek out my favorite authors. As I walked into the large ballroom, setup with rows upon rows of tables, fully loaded with books, and an author behind each pile, I felt like a kid in a candy store.
Suddenly, that overwhelming feeling took hold of me again, as I turned in circles trying to decide where to head to first. All authors were seated in alphabetical order, and the public was even provided an author seating plan to help us find our favorites faster, but my mind literally went blank! Who was I looking for again? My absolute favorites that I knew by heart (including all of their titles) escaped me, as I realized I couldn’t even put two words together (this happens to me everytime I walk into a bookstore, too!)
Ok, two events under my belt, and you’d think my nerves would be starting to settle. No way! I was eagerly looking forward to the Vampire Ball (which was coming up at 8pm), still completely disoriented due to my anxiety (you know, when you are excited and overwhelmed at the same time). It was all good, though, I managed to keep my wits about me, while I walked in a stupor with a silly grin on my face.
I made some friends with others that seemed to be in the same position as me (single at a HUGE party, where it seems everyone knows each other…) Who do you talk to, when you walk smack-dab into the middle of it?