Halloween in New Orleans

14725615_10207772380936109_4982261725266056866_n“Look at all this. Isn’t it delightfully vulgar?” Ivy gestured to the Halloween decorations. Skeletons wrapped in fake cobwebs were adorned in black and orange Carnival beads and top hats. The party never stopped in New Orleans. Not even when you were dead.–“Dream a Little Dream of Me”

I love New Orleans. In fact, I’m not sure the word “love” adequately describes the emotion that I feel for this town. There’s just something about the way the town simply vibrates with life that appeals to my soul. I can spend hours walking through the French Quarter. The sounds of the street musicians, the sights along Bourbon Street, the smells of the awesome food, all awaken my spirit. 🙂

14713569_10207778512529395_3778491770161948992_nSpeaking of spirits, one of my favorite times to visit this amazing town is during Halloween. New Orleans goes all out for this spooky holiday. Bourbon Street decorates with witches, goblins, ghouls, and of course, vampires. The Krewe of Boo is a parade with floats that throw beads (of course), candy, and other treats to people on the streets. I have been lucky enough to attend a couple of times, and it’s always a blast.

It’s no wonder that I would start a paranormal series set in NOLA. The writing possibilities are endless. That Voodoo That You Do, set in a haunted hotel in New Orleans, is the first in the Chateau Rouge series. This collection of novellas is set during Halloween weekend and has many enchanting surprises.

I’m very excited to say that the next novella, “Casting My Spell”, will be included in the Shadows and Sorcery boxed set that will release in May. In this story, we will meet Mina who was returned to the Chateau Rouge for one reason; to win the heart of the man who stole hers over two hundred years ago. Come Hell or high magic. 🙂

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Dream (2)Josey Jacobsen has survived losing her true love…twice. When Archer Grayson walks into her life a third time, Josey must choose between letting him go or taking one more chance on love.

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SeDream (2)veral years ago, I started writing my first paranormal romance book. I’m in love with all things New Orleans, and the town and ghosts go hand in hand. I started writing, or playing around with an idea that I called That Voodoo That You Do. I even entered it into the same contest that Crossroads (later to become Tangled up in You) won first place in. I won again in the paranormal category so I decided to keep it going.

I signed with Limitless Publishing to publish Tangled up in You. Then Running on Empty. Then Catch and Release. You see a trend? Voodoo got pushed to the back room of the voodoo shop.

I never forgot about it though, and sometimes when I would hit a wall with writing, or simply need a break from the serious story lines, I’d pick it back up and write a few lines, or an idea or two.

A few months ago, I decided to try my hand at self-publishing. And I knew just the project I wanted to put out there. My paranormal. I dusted it off, did some research, and decided to release the books as a series of novellas that will eventually be combined into a single book.

Dream a Little Dream of Me is the first installment that will release next month. I hired the awesome Ashley Byland from Redbird Designs to create this simply stunning cover. What do you guys think? Gorgeous, huh? Makes me want to don a little black dress and dance the Charleston.

The Jolie St. Amant? That’s still me, just a little spicier. 🙂

It’s been an exciting and scary journey so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product. I’m even more thrilled to see what the readers have to say about it. It’s such a different tone, story, and theme than the Boonie books. Speaking of the Boonies, I have some news on those characters, but you’ll have to wait until next time. 🙂

For now, here’s to new projects!

Peace,

I’m out!

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Paranormal State

“Did you see that?”

“Did you hear that?”

“&%&(())*$%”

If you are a fan of shows like Extreme Paranormal or Paranormal State like I am, these are phrases you hear on a regular basis. There’s something strange going on in someone’s house, business, on their land or something, and they’ll call in one of the paranormal research groups. They’ll be in this house at ‘dead time’ talking to spirits, poltergeists, or worse dark spirits, and then something will make a noise in the quiet. Sometimes it’ll be a bang, sometimes a scary sounding growl, sometimes it’ll be a phrase like, “GET OUT!”

This would never be me. I’m waaayyyyy too jumpy. This could be because my son and my boyfriend think it’s extremely amusing to be waiting for me to come out of the bathroom to jump out at me. Or because they get a big laugh out of coming up behind me and grabbing me.

Of course things have slowed down a bit with that after I told both of them that one of these days they were going to scare me and I would enter “flight or flight” and punch them in the face.  An empty threat, but it’s been enough to make them both stop and think before scaring the beejesus out of me again.

Ironic, isn’t it, that someone so jumpy is so fascinated with ghosts.

I was reading a post the other day on a discussion board “Do you believe in ghosts?” I never read the responses, but I thought of what an interesting question that is.

Is there such thing as ghosts?

And why are people so afraid of ghosts? Is it the unknown? Because I’m telling you, if you watch the news there’s good reason for us to be more afraid of people BEFORE they become ghosts. There haven’t been a lot of stories about ghosts killing people, but there sure are a lot of stories about PEOPLE killing people.

When I first moved out of my parent’s house and into my ex-husband’s house, I can tell you that something was definitely wrong with that house.  I hated being alone in that house. I was always uneasy all the time.  The nightmares I had in that house were so vivid I can still remember some of them today, over fifteen years later.

I remember one night after waking up from one of these nightmares and seeing someone standing in the corner. He was just shadowy enough for me to realize he wasn’t a real person, but clear enough for me to see what he looked like.

I wasn’t scared when I saw him. I was merely curious.

I never saw him again after that. Just that one time.

Later, my ex-husband told me that he had messed around with some occult stuff in the house before I moved in.

Were there ghosts there?

I don’t know. Other than those experiences, I never saw anything else or heard anything. Maybe it was just my anxiety over living somewhere other than my parent’s manifesting itself in my psyche or something. Again, I don’t know. I DO know that I’ve never had experiences quite like that again. No matter what new curveball life had thrown at me.

Do I think there was something there?

Most definitely.

On one of the Paranormal State episodes recently, there was a couple who’s roommate had dabbled in the occult, and they ended up (according to the show), inviting something not very nice into their home. I think that’s what my ex had done. I think with his experimenting he’d done something that left its imprint on that house.

Who knows? I’m not a paranormal investigator. I just watch them on TV.

But to say, “There’s no such thing as ghosts”? How do we know there’s NOT?

Good questions. What do you guys think? Feel free to share your experiences too. We’ll have our very own Ghostly Gab.

For now, I’m off to work on my never-ending to do list.

Peace! I’m out!