Release Day for VERMILION LIES!

It’s finally the long-awaited release day for VERMILION LIES!

I really hope you all love reading this story as much as I loved writing it. ❤

VERMILION LIES

Giving in to temptation won’t be his only sin.

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Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.

As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems.

Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires.

Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm?

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(Sexy!) SNIPPET:

Cursing, he turned on the shower, cranked it to hot, testing the water with his hands. Once the spray reached a tolerable temperature, he climbed in, nearly groaning as the spray buffeted his sore muscles, soothing his aches and pains. Bruises covered him in a patchwork quilt of mottled color with various shapes and sizes, the largest spanning his entire left flank.

If he started pissing blood, then he’d fret.

Dax closed his eyes, exhaustion enveloping him like the steam along his skin. He’d hardly slept in the past week, and after fighting monsters for days on end, he felt like roadkill.

Never mind the mental tango he’d danced through.

Somehow this short trip brought out pieces of him he didn’t want to face, stirred parts of him he didn’t want to feel, showed him exactly who and what he was; a half-breed leech with a reflection, a fanged murderer with emotions, a monster just like her, and he couldn’t handle it. This gothic sorceress took everything he ever believed in and flipped it upside down, turned it inside out, warped it and sculpted it into something he could no longer recognize. She made him weak, made him stupid, and she made him feel alive again.

And if he didn’t end this soon, she was going to be the end of him.

Grabbing the soap, he lathered himself up, ensconced in sweet, flowery musk, when the tang of her ripe cherry scent sideswiped him. Convinced he’d imagined it, he stilled, pulse leaping in his throat as he tilted his head and drew in a deep breath.

Nope. Definitely not hallucinating.

Something shifted in the hallway and he abruptly pulled open the shower curtain, exposing himself as steam escaped the stall in a rush.

Cindy sprang back a few feet, shock flooding her face before it flamed into embarrassment, her bloodless cheeks blushing a faint pink. She hovered by the door he’d unintentionally left ajar, her eyes raking over him as she worried her bottom lip with the tips of her white incisors.

His skin prickled, goosebumps rising over every inch of him from more than the cold air. Her scent intensified, her eyes growing impossibly darker, before she tore them away. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to—”

“What are you doing here?”

“I . . .” Her voice failed her and she cleared her throat, looking at the floor. “I’m just . . .”

“Cindy.” The single word was rough, husky, ensnaring her gaze. “Come here.”

Her breath left her in a soft whoosh as she ventured closer, hesitantly, cautiously, and he spurred her toward him with a curl of his fingers. When she reached the edge of the tub, her eyes smoldering with fear and desire, his galloping heart trampled all logic as he leaned forward and cupped her face.

“What do you want?” he murmured, his tone pitching deeper.

Gently, he lifted her chin, staring into midnight skies that held far too many secrets, veiling the answers he desperately wanted to find.

“I want to forget,” she whispered, lush mouth quivering. “Make me forget.”

Temptation beat under his skin with its own pulse.

Then he dipped his head and kissed her.

A brush of lips, a bit of pressure; he tried to take it slow, to keep it chaste, but when she moaned against him, he could no longer rein himself in. Her lips parted and he plunged his tongue between them, his piercing grazing the soft recesses of her mouth as he dragged her into the shower with him.

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What readers are saying…

An addictive, intense, dark, deeply sensual read filled with characters I fell in love with from the minute they walked onto the page. Freakin’ AH-MAZING! Dark paranormal romance at its best. – Mg, The Bookishmedialite

Dark, gritty, sweet and smexy and filled with character ~ the good, the bad and the ugly ~ that kept me turning the pages until the very end and has me wanting more. – Kahea, Books N Wine

Vermilion Lies completely blew me away. The push-pull of temptation was absolutely delicious. Adrenaline just oozed from each page. If you’re searching for romantic suspense that amps up the heat and leaves you grasping to reality with the ends of your fingertips, you’re going to want to read this book AKA devour. – Michaelene, The Librarian’s Corner

This book was perfection! Dark, edgy, raw, engaging, compelling and addictive. – Heather, Lady Heather’s Reviews

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Until next time…

Happy Easter for those who celebrate! And enjoy the start of Spring! ❤

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RELEASING THE DEMONS is FREE on Amazon for a limited time!

Surprise FREEBIE!

It’s almost release day for VERMILION LIES, but I wanted to share my surprise freebie with you all! RELEASING THE DEMONS, the first book in my Order of the Senary series, is FREE from April 13-15 on Amazon. 😀

Download your copy today and get started! ❤

RELEASING THE DEMONS

He’s out to set the world on fire.

She’s the only one who can tame him.

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Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren’t over yet.

Five years after being maimed and tortured by vampires, Blaze is still picking up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered hybrid mercenary, his mission is to protect what’s left of humanity. When his tormentors return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze’s blood, he’s 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’s life goal is to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. She has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she 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 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.

*2016 PRISM Contest First Place WINNER in Dark Paranormal and FINALIST in Best First Book*

“This exciting post-apocalyptic paranormal thriller produces shock and awe like no other. This is one blazing-hot read that shouldn’t be missed!” – InD’tale Magazine

“L.D. Rose’s vision of a shattered Manhattan where humans and vampires wage war every night is eerily real for a fantasy novel. A must read.” – The Romance Reviews

“Emotional and action-packed, it will have you anxiously turning pages.” – Uncaged Book Reviews

SNIPPET

His body hardened, his heart thudding in his chest. If that wasn’t enough, the stirring low in his belly sure as hell was.

He wanted her. Badly.

And so did the leech inside him.

“Blaze?” She peered at him with concern, taking a step closer.

He snapped out of it, realizing she’d asked him something he completely missed. “Huh?”

“Do you want some coffee? Something to drink? Eat?”

Yeah, you. He swallowed his saliva, straightening. “I should get going.”

“Oh.” She tried to hide her disappointment but she was bad at it. She wants you to stay. “Where are you heading?”

“Probably home for a few hours. Rest up a bit.” And drink about a gallon of blood while thinking of you. “You know.”

Valerie set what he assumed was the bag of coffee on the counter. She took another step toward him as a wave of jasmine swept over him, tugging him in places he shouldn’t be tugged.

He took a reflexive step back. Goddamn it, he was fine. He’d been fine right up until now. What the hell just happened?

Bad idea, Blaze. Bad fucking idea to starve yourself and walk into her apartment at dusk, with that body, and that face, and those eyes, and that smell . . .

“I’ll show myself out.”

She looked entirely confused as he turned away and headed for the door. Christ, he was acting like he’d never been in a woman’s apartment before, and God knew he’d been in many. But he’d never been this hungry around a woman before—at least, not in ordinary circumstances. And he wasn’t famous for his control.

He could feel it, that ugly darkness inside him spreading through his veins, making his lips and toes tingle. The leech opened its jaws and yawned, sucking down what was left of his civility. His gums tightened, squeezing his canines, urging them to grow, to elongate.

To spring free.

“Blaze—”

He needed to get out. Now.


“I’ll see you in the morning,” he ground out, his voice a near growl. “Good night, Val.”

He slammed the door behind him and managed to stagger ten paces down the hall before his limbs stopped working. Sweat dripped down the sides of his face and trickled down his spine. His hands shook and he clenched them into fists. He stood there, chest heaving, heart pounding, fangs pulsing, cock throbbing. He closed his eyes and lifted his face toward the ceiling, trying to wrestle the monster down, trying to beat it back into submission.

But it was already too late.

Through the din in his head, Blaze heard a door click behind him, disengaging from its frame. It creaked open slowly as jasmine slithered through the hallway toward him, rising up and striking at his senses, delivering the final blow. He craned his neck and spotted her.

Valerie’s blond hair fell in a curtain as she peeked out, looking for him. Her eyes widened when she found him, still standing in the corridor, and she quickly retreated.

“Sorry,” she murmured, but before she could close the door, he was already there, his hand propped against it.

She looked at him in pleasant surprise. “Blaze, I—”

He didn’t give her a chance to finish. He seized her mouth with his before he slammed the door behind him and locked it shut.

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What readers are saying…

The passion and love between Dax and Cindel are intense. You will ache and burn for them. They will leave you breathless. I devoured it and I’m already craving a reread. Out of this world! – Veronica, BellaOrev Books

Vermilion Lies left me reeling and has ruined me for all other vampire themed books. If you’re looking for a super fast paced, gut punching novel, this is the one for you. – Aleen, The Lampshade Reader

L.D. Rose has a gift for storytelling that brings fantasy to life with a gritty flare that is both dark and sinister and engaging and addictive. This is one of the most mesmerizing, adult paranormal series I have read in a while with characters that are vibrantly colored and real to the imagination! – Dianne, Tome Tender Book Blog

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Until next time…

Release day is April 17th and I CAN’T WAIT! Stay tuned for more teasers and an excerpt reveal! ❤

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Cover Reveal and Preorder for VERMILION LIES!

It’s finally here! Check it out! 😀

VERMILION LIES

Giving in to temptation won’t be his only sin.

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Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.

As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems.

Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires.

Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm?

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EXCERPT:

Slipping his SIG into the back of his waistband and his switchblade in his back pocket, Dax quietly descended the stairs on bare feet. The sun was about to set and he wanted to be downstairs when the great jailer in the sky made its exit.

The leech remained tied to the chair at the corner of the kitchen, head propped against the wall. She sat still, lifeless, her heartbeat a slow, thready rhythm and her respirations just about absent. Her scent was faint, merely a trace in the air now that she was unconscious.

She was fast asleep. Good.

Dax opened the fridge and chose one of three Macintosh apples next to his blood supply. Then he rounded the table, taking a seat at the far end so he’d be the first thing she’d see on waking. He pulled the chair out and palmed his gun, but he stopped mid-motion when he took in her face.

Crimson trails smeared her cheeks from eyelids to chin, dribbles of it down her neck, splotches on her chest. The blood had dried into rust, leaving marks behind, tainted with mascara.

She’d been crying. All night, probably.

His breath deserted him. He’d never seen a vampire cry, never witnessed the bloody evidence of their emotions. Now here it was, right in front of him, and he didn’t want to believe it.

Keep your head straight. She’s manipulating you.

Setting the chair down, he sat and laid the gun on the table, eyes absorbing every detail of her face. She looked incredibly tragic, painfully beautiful. Her raven hair hung in tangles around her blood-marred face, her ivory skin dusted with salt, her body uncomfortably angled in order to rest her head. Guilt stabbed him like a blade to the belly, but he yanked it out and held in his guts.

He would not feel sympathy for her. He could not feel sympathy for her. The lure still festered in his brain, making him stupid.

She’s the enemy. You remember that.

Leaning back in his seat, he tried to make himself comfortable as he bit into the apple. He no longer had an appetite but he forced himself to chew and swallow anyway, silently berating himself for feeling anything for this leech. If he didn’t snap out of it, she would win, and God knew what that meant.

The monster in him sensed the last of the sun’s rays descend into darkness. The visceral tug left as quickly as it came, barely giving him pause as he sank his teeth into the fruit again. As if on cue, her long, clumped lashes fluttered against her high cheekbones like butterflies with broken wings, hardly opening as she shifted her weight. She grimaced, somehow making the expression look lovely as she lifted her head with what seemed like immense effort.

When she finally straightened, her eyes split open as he tore off another piece of the apple’s flesh.

They stared at each other across the dining table for an eternity, the only sounds the crushing of fruit between his jaws and her vitals amplifying in his ears. The tension was electric, charged with lust and misgivings. Rogue strands of her hair fell over her face as she watched him with those black diamond eyes, framed with desperation and misery.

Few men could resist the sight of a pretty girl crying.

Even if she was crying blood.

She broke the silence first, her voice silken, low, a seduction in the growing dark. “What does it taste like?”

He’d ceased chewing. And he wasn’t breathing again.

Snap out of it, Dax. Stop thinking with your dick.

Forcing himself to inhale deeply, he filled his lungs then exhaled in a smooth, slow stream through his nostrils. He tried to ignore her scent, but it had intensified upon her waking, stroking his senses.

“Sour,” he replied. “Sweet.”

“Sweet,” she repeated, her eyes settling on his mouth. He wasn’t any better, staring blatantly at hers. The tips of her pearly white fangs flashed every time she spoke, and God, he was supposed to be disgusted, but he was far from it.

Focus.

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The Soul Mate Tree Box Set, now available!

Enjoy the full collection of The Soul Mate Tree novellas for one low price!

Book One, Realm of The Dragon, CiCi Cordelia: Hurtled into an unfathomable world, Lily faces her destiny.

Book Two, Can’t Stop the Music, C.D. Hersh: Woodstock connected them, misunderstandings separated them.

Book Three, Between Venus and Mars, S.C. Mitchell: A rollicking, intergalactic adventure to Old Earth.

Book Four, The Trail to Love, Tina Susedik: Two lost souls find love on the Oregon Trail.

Book Five, Make Me a Match, Mackenzie Lucas: Your perfect match is closer than you think.

Book Six, A Promise Remembered, Erin S. Riley: A broken promise separates two souls entangled since the dawn of time.

Book Seven, Never Give Up on Love, Maggie Mundy: Vincent finds his love, a vampire hunter who could kill him.

Book Eight, Once Upon a Lady, Addie Jo Ryleigh: Bound by duty . . . tempted by desire.

Book Nine, Sweet Sacrifice, L.D. Rose: Heaven is hell without her.

Book Ten, Soul Song, Mikea Howard: Two people from different worlds reach for love.

Book Eleven, The Storm Within, Cerian Hebert: Her love offered salvation, if she can heal his heart.

Book Twelve, Finding Faith, April A. Luna: A leap of faith catapults a time-traveling gargoyle into a parallel world.

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Until next time…

Next up, VERMILION LIES teasers. 😉 Stay tuned! ❤

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Series Rebranding Reveal!

Happy Almost Spring!

Loves! I can finally reveal the new covers for both RELEASING THE DEMONS and BLACK BULLET in my Order of the Senary series!

I love these covers so much and I’m excited to finally share them with you. 😀 The paperback versions will also be updated and I’ll reveal the new flats once they’re available. The cover for VERMILION LIES looks just as awesome and hopefully I can share it in the coming week or so.

Anywho, check them out and let me know what you think! ❤

 

RELEASING THE DEMONS

He’s out to set the world on fire.

She’s the only one who can tame him.

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Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren’t over yet.

Five years after being maimed and tortured by vampires, Blaze is still picking up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered hybrid mercenary, his mission is to protect what’s left of humanity. When his tormentors return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze’s blood, he’s 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’s life goal is to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. She has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she 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 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.

*2016 PRISM Contest First Place WINNER in Dark Paranormal and FINALIST in Best First Book*

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BLACK BULLET

He had everything under control until she crashed into his afterlife.

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Fledgling vampire Jonathan Kerr has just met his match.

Not even his past life as a former Marine and FBI agent could prepare him for the battle against the monster inside him, struggling to take hold. After an old nemesis of the Senary surfaces in Brooklyn, unleashing chaos and terror in the battered borough, Jon sets out to take him down. Instead, he ends up with far more than he bargained for when he clashes with the beautiful half-vampire hybrid, Lawan Knight.

After escaping near death and suffering unspeakable horror at the hands of vampires, Lawan trusts no one, regardless of species. In between bouts of drunken stupor, her only goal is to exterminate all those who’ve wronged her, including every member of Jon’s vampire bloodline. But Jon’s soulful eyes and quick smile crawls under her skin, transforming her black and white world into a hazy shade of gray.

As the days rapidly grow darker, Jon and Lawan turn to one another, but their inner demons threaten to tear them apart. The only way either of them will survive is if they overcome their greatest fear—love.

*First Place WINNER of the 2017 RWA Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for Paranormal and Fantasy*

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VERMILION LIES ARC Team Sign-up!

Are you a book blogger, bookstagrammer, or ARC reviewer? Do you enjoy dark paranormal romance with a heavy dose of urban fantasy? Lots of action, chaos, and bloodshed? Enemies-to-lovers? Forbidden love?

I’ve teamed up with Social Butterfly PR to bring you the next (looong awaited) installment of the Order of the Senary series! This story is written as a standalone, however your reading experience will be far more enriched if you’re familiar with the prior books. 😉

Time is limited so sign-up today!

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The Soul Mate Tree Series is on tour with Goddess Fish!

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Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing a Virtual Tour for THE SOUL MATE TREE SERIES, a fantasy series available now from Soul Mate Publishing (which includes my archangel PNR novella, SWEET SACRIFICE).

The tour will run every Tuesday and Thursday for 15 weeks starting on March 5. A randomly drawn commenter will receive a $50 Amazon/BN Gift Card, so stop in and check us out!

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Until next time…

Next up is the cover reveal and preorder for VERMILION LIES! ❤ Stay tuned!

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Happy New Year!

Better late than never, I suppose. 😉

I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for winter to be over.

I’ve been combating the winter blues and it’s been a hell of a battle this year. The end of January until the beginning of March is a rough time for this here writer doc. My hubby’s birthday marks the end of the dark season for me (March 6) and I can’t wait until then. Not to mention I’ll finally be on staycation!

But in lighter news, I have some updates on VERMILION LIES! Onward and upward…

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Calling all book bloggers and reviewers!

Are you a book blogger, bookstagrammer, or ARC reviewer? Do you love dark paranormal romance? How about an edge-of-your-seat rollercoaster of a story with loads of action, twists and turns, and an ending you won’t see coming (hopefully, haha)? Forbidden love? Enemies to lovers? CHAOS AND BLOODSHED?

Then this book is for you!

The sign-up for the VERMILION LIES blog tour and ARC distribution is here!

I’ve teamed up with Social Butterfly PR to bring you the next (looong awaited) installment of the Order of the Senary series. This story is written as a standalone, however your reading experience will be far more enriched if you’re familiar with the prior books. I highly recommend you check them out beforehand (SHAMELESS PLUG, sorry). 😉 And there’s plenty of time to catch up!

COVER REVEAL coming soon! ❤

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Hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤ Until next time…

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NEVER LET ME FALL by Abbie Roads

My fab author friend, Abbie Roads, has a new release today! Check out this awesome paranormal romantic suspense in her FATAL DREAMS series. ❤

Today we have the release of NEVER LET ME FALL by Abbie Roads. NEVER LET ME FALL is a psychological thriller in the Fatal Dreams Series and available for purchase on all retail outlets!

Title: NEVER LET ME FALL
Series: Fatal Dreams
Author: Abbie Roads
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release: November 6th

About NEVER LET ME FALL

Seeing is believing…
Thomas Brown can’t see color, but he can see people’s true souls. His abilities allow him to work with criminal investigators and deliver justice to families of the wronged. And he’s starting to accept that his life will forever be in black and white…

Then he encounters Helena Grayse, and everything changes. She brings vibrant color to his world, and he brings acceptance and belief to hers. But Helena’s past is quickly catching up with her, and Thomas is in the crosshairs.

As an enemy hidden in plain sight threatens their every move, they’ll have to rely on their love to beat the darkness.

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Abbie Roads loves Snickers Parfaits and acrylic pour painting. It’s her new obsession. The pour painting. Not the parfaits. Though the parfaits would qualify as an obsession too. She spends her days a mental health counselor always looking on the brightside, but at night she likes to write dark and dangerous things—with kissing and sexy times. She loves reading inspirational quotes and stories about serial killers. She is married to her favorite fellow and they have two cranky old rescue dogs that are not spoiled. Not at all. Okay. Maybe a little. Alright, the dogs are terribly spoiled, but they do give lots of cuddles and kisses in return.

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Happy October! Here’s a haunted tale from yours truly. 👻

Happy October!

My favorite month of the year! My birthday is October 28th and Halloween follows shortly after, so can’t beat that. 😉 Not to mention I’m on vacation starting this Friday night. YAY!

A few personal notes: I recently signed a contract with an amazing practice in New England and I’M SO EXCITED (and terrified)! Life is definitely going to get interesting next July, LOL, but I’m looking forward to getting out there and doing my thing. Also, I’ll finally be getting back to first round edits on VERMILION LIES so you’ll have it on time in the Spring.

Have you watched THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE on Netflix? I am absolutely loving it so far (currently three episodes in), so I figured I’d share my own (TRUE LIFE) haunted house story for your reading pleasure. 😀

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A Haunting in Southeastern Massachusetts

So I grew up in a haunted house as a child.

And I thought it was completely normal.

My family moved into a little cape in southeastern Massachusetts (in the same city where the infamous Lizzie Borden hacked her parents to death) when I was around five years old. They were quite excited to finally have their own home after immigrating from the Azores, Portugal and apartment hopping since I’d been born. The house wasn’t in the greatest condition, but my dad planned to renovate both the interior and exterior over the next few years.

Too bad he couldn’t get rid of the ghosts!

Let me get one thing out in the open first: I’m not super sensitive to the paranormal (certainly not like my sister, who experienced far more in this house than I). Since my family moved out of this house when I was in high school, I’ve literally never experienced another supernatural occurrence. The ghostly presences in this home were so strong even others sensed it. I do think there’s a gradation when it comes to these things, but I’m no expert, so that’s that.

It all started with the persistent pacing. I didn’t notice it at first, since my sister and I were kids running around making noise all day, but it was most obvious at night—someone kept walking up and down the stairs. The house was over a hundred years old, and yes it was creaky and constantly settling, but these sounds were just a little too rhythmic. If I was downstairs, I could hear people walking around upstairs when no one was up there. It was constant, back and forth, then it would stop for a period of time. My mom kept pawning it off as an old house, but I wasn’t convinced.

Also, the entire upper level of the house was always cold, especially the upstairs bathroom, no matter the time of year. One of my cousins (also only a child at the time) would completely flip out if he was left alone upstairs, screaming about the evil up there. Even though I didn’t think my ghosts were evil, I knew they were real, although I poked fun at him a little.

My sister and I would often hear voices at night. We both shared the same room and sometimes someone would whisper right along with us. We would both shut up immediately, holding our breaths and listening hard. The voices weren’t loud at all, barely audible really, and usually in different languages we couldn’t understand. One night, we heard a baby persistently crying. It terrified my sister so much, she dragged my mom into the room, and yes, even my mother heard it. She checked all the windows, and although it was the middle of winter, she told us it came from a neighbor’s house down the street. Bullshit! But she seemed entirely unsettled before she went back to bed.

Our ghostly residents liked to play tricks on us, too. Again, this all happened on the upper floor, where the blinds randomly dropped with a terrifying crack. This happened constantly. My mom kept saying it was because the blinds were old, but c’mon, really?! I think not. I used to sit at my computer, listening to a cassette tape on the radio, when suddenly it would shut off. I would hit play again and literally stare at it, waiting. Right before my eyes, the “stop” button was pushed, as if by an invisible hand. I guess my spectral roommates didn’t care for the music!

What else? My father (a believer) later told me he once heard a tremendous crash downstairs one night, as if someone had knocked over the hutch filled with glasses and porcelain dishes. Terrified, he went downstairs to investigate, thinking someone had broken into the house. To his relief, he found nothing—everything was in its place and all was silent. He was positive he hadn’t imagined it, and it still stumps him until this day.

And last, but certainly not least, when I was ten we adopted an adorable German Shepard named Legend. She was sweet, playful, and loved to run around the house, like any happy dog. However, she often leapt over the front gate (a standard chain-link fence) and would do so if riled up enough. She lived five glorious years before she one day leapt over that fence, chasing a motorcycle, and ended up struck by a car.

I was fifteen at the time and devastated. My dad was even moreso, because he loved Legend very much. There were a few days of silence after her death, but then we started to hear it.

Her running.

It would always happen randomly at sundown. We’d be sitting downstairs in the basement, watching TV or playing video games, when a loud gallop would suddenly resonate all around the house from outside. The noise was thunderous in the basement, and it sounded just like Legend running circles around the perimeter–the way she used to when she was alive and well. This went on for weeks. My dad was stunned and a little scared, but soon it stopped. Oddly enough, my mom never experienced it.

My sister also had an incident with the ghostly Legend, where she was folding laundry upstairs (where else?) and sensed something four-legged racing at her. When she looked up, something pushed her, like a dog’s front paws and she fell back. Of course, nothing was there, but she sought me out, terrified and in tears. At first, I didn’t believe her—none of us had ever been physically touched by anything preternatural in the house. But her tears quickly convinced me otherwise—why would she lie about something like that?

So that’s a quick overview of my haunted house experience (although looking back at this blurb, maybe not so quick, ha!). My sister later saw a psychic medium who told her a young boy of about eight and an elderly woman were our ghostly residents. The elderly woman died in the upstairs bathroom (where else?) but the psychic wasn’t quite sure about the young boy. The medium believed the pacing and cold patches were thanks to grandma, while the blinds/radio stints were the little boy’s shenanigans. The medium apparently knew all about it, which is a curiosity in itself, but hell, I could believe that.

Why not? After living in this house, anything seems possible!

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Linda

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