That Paranormal Time of Year…

Okay, Halloween is almost here and the spooky is in full force.

It gets dark earlier and cool, as though a spirit has brushed past you at times. This is when I think about my experiences with the paranormal. I’ll relate one here and save some for other blogs.

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I remember one from shortly after my Grandmother, Mama Corey, who lived with us passed away. After going to bed I kept hearing something in the formal living room. That wasn’t a room I was welcome in most of the year (only after the Christmas tree went up) but my grandmother watched TV in there alone most of the time. Since she was deaf, she turned it up to a painful volume and the rest of the family watched TV on the other side of the house. (Yes, we had two TVs before the rest of the world, because Daddy sold them). I finally got up to find Daddy and have him look around. He did because he trusted my hearing, but he found nothing. I went back to bed and closed my eyes, but something made me open them again and there stood Mama Corey at the foot of the bed. Yes, I panicked and raced down the hall to get Daddy.

Now that was one smart man. He looked right at me and said, “What’s the problem? She came in to check on you every night.” Those simple words put it all in perspective for me.

I never saw her again, but I knew it would be okay if I did. She wasn’t a scary spirit, just a grandma making sure I was covered up and not cold.

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One more – there is a story I’m working on but have put aside for now. Why? Because whenever I wrote on it, a book would fall from one of my bookcases. Not a book that was badly balanced on an edge, or even the same bookcase. But something always fell when I was writing on it. Haven’t worked on it since moving to the condo after we downsized, but I’ll let you know if it followed me.

What about you? Any unexplained phenomena happen around your house? I’d love to hear about it, so please share.

Remember to check out my stories – Wraith’s Heart or Before You – for your spooky pleasure!

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The Coming Fall

We’re heading toward my favorite time of year. Not quite to Halloween yet, but the heat of the summer is broken and cool evenings are finally returning. The dark comes earlier and the spookiness re-enters the world.  Man walking on a path in a dark forest with fog

It’s time for a touch of the paranormal. This term is so wide spread I always have to read the book description to find out where I’m going. It can mean anything from vampires, werewolves and gods to psychic children. Me, I’m more on the side of the kids, just a touch of the weird, something that makes you slightly uneasy but you want to keep going. And it might be real.

That’s what I write, that little twist that’s not apparent immediately. In Learning Trust, Becca Brandywine has been a psychic her whole life, but has never flaunted it, most people don’t even know. In Small Changes, Emma appears to be a normal little girl, unless you look too closely, and in Before You, everything looks ordinary, until they look below the surface.

I really enjoy that kind of story. Stephen King is the master of it, everything seems commonplace until . . . What’s your favorite flavor of paranormal? I’d love to hear from you.

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Family Ties

I’m from a large family, not the immediate, I only have one sister (who also writes as PK Corey though not supernatural) but Daddy’s family was large – seven boys and one girl and they were fairly prolific. Therefore I have a lot of cousins and know them all. Can’t say I know their spouses and children as well, though I do in many cases.  (The author Carolyn Stoor Steele is one of us – check her stuff out!)

Last month was our 34th annual Cousins’ Reunion (yes 34!) and getting together with them kept sparking ideas to continue writing in the Before You world I created.

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Before You is definitely considered supernatural, through different from many I’ve read. I don’t as a rule write suspense or mystery but, hey, you have to break out occasionally and this story took me in that direction.

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Here’s the blurb –

When Jocelyn decides to take a two-week vacation away from the chaos of the city and work, she expects to just relax and enjoy. Instead, after taking an impromptu exit off the highway the car quits and she’s stuck in some Podunk town in nowhere North Carolina. But the scenery is great – especially the guy who tows in her car.

Noah is helping his cousin out for the afternoon at the garage and is more than pleasantly surprised when the city girl shows up needing help.

Neither can foresee what drew her to that exit or what they will uncover trying to discover what has frightened her so. But they will do it, together.

Do spooky things happen in your family? Could your grandmother see things others couldn’t? Both of mine could and it led to jokes and some uneasy glances occasionally. I’d love to hear about your experiences with the weird – who knows what it might spark!

New Paranormal for July

I’m excited about several new paranormal books out recently. These are stories that draw me and it’s been a boon month for me. I don’t write vampires but I love reading about them. (I am dipping my toe into shifter fic later this year or early next year).

Earlier in the month Awaken the Darkness (Book 8 in the Immortal Guardians) by Awaken the Darkness Dianne Duvall
Dianne Duvall released. I’ve followed this series from the beginning when I realized her guardians were protecting students from vampires on North Carolina campuses. I worked at UNCG for 22 years and this just explained so much . . .

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Also released this month is Heaven Sent Warrior by our own Nancy Lee Badger. This one’s a little hard to describe, but it’s next up in my reading queue so I’ll have to get back to you.

 

For me the second book in my Melting Series, The Progression will be out August 1 – following a pandemic that wiped out most of Book two 6x9humanity from a virus that thawed out with the melting of the glaciers, the people that remain are . . . changed. I love reading and writing this stuff!

And just like that you’ve got three totally different books, all paranormal and each can take you to a different place, depending on your preferences. And you can always try something new. The possibilities are endless!!

Why Paranormal?

Okay, I talked about sci fi, now the other side. For me it starts with revealing my little secret – I wrote fanfic for X-Files for ten years (10!!). Like I said, I’ve always written. What I didn’t mention was I never allowed anyone to read anything I wrote – it was just for me.

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Then I stumbled across a fanfic story that popped up on my feed. I didn’t know any such thing existed. I dived in headfirst. I wrote over 500 short stories, including a 60 chapter novel – After the Future – which got a chapter a month. You do the math, I wrote that thing for five years with monthly installments! Fanfic has no formal editors and quite often it shows, but we had fun!

That led me to writing about those little changes that make someone “different”. Again, as with sci fi, the possibilities are endless and you can create your own rules about whatever abilities your hero and/or heroine have. So now I’ve written psychics, ghosts, supernatural children . . . Having to follow the rules of physics isn’t necessary and the imagination can soar.  Small Changes, Before You, Learning Trust,  Wraith’s Heart

Talk to me, what abilities would you want to read about (or have yourself)?

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Why Science Fiction

Well, for me it came naturally. Both of my parents read extensively – Daddy, sci fi and Momma, Harlequin (I still remember those boxes arriving.).

In third grade my teacher, Mrs. Hickman, allowed us to bring in books to read when we’d finished our work to keep quiet while she helped someone who wasn’t finished. One of the books I chose came from Daddy’s paperbacks in the basement – Slan Slan new coverby A. E. van Vogt. Okay maybe that wasn’t what most third graders would read, but it was about a young boy who was an alien, and I was fascinated. Then Momma found the book in my bag and took it away. I was told that I couldn’t take that book to school because, and I quote here, girls don’t read science fiction. Well, that sealed my fate. If I wasn’t supposed to read it because of my lesser gender, it was the only thing I wanted to read.

I’ve been at it ever since. The freedom of possibilities has always drawn me in. The fact that women could be the heroes and anything could be achieved kept me going long before #MeToo came along. I’ve added my own to the mix now and added a little romance to them (hey, that’s what was missing!) and am enjoying it immensely. Below are some of my sci fi covers. Anyone want to guess what’s in the distance of the one with forest – Rth Rising.  Alien Embrace

Do you remember what led you to the love of reading? Please share – you never know what will inspire someone to pick up a book!

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Let me introduce myself

Hi! I’m Donna Steele and I’ll be visiting with you here at Supernatural Superlatives now. A little about me – I’ve been writing my whole life, and I can state that with reassurance now. When Hubby and I downsized and moved to our condo, I found a manuscript I wrote when I was seven! It’s never going to see the light of day, but I wrote it, so I’ve been at this awhile.Time banner copy

I’m celebrating right now. My 23rd book came out June 20. A Different Time is the second in the Guardians of Now series that I’m writing for Soul Mate Publishing. The first in the series, Another Time came out last year and the third, A New Time, is half written. I hadn’t written a time travel before so this led to some fun research – medical practices, women’s rights, and green energy in 1891. In this second book, they’re back but things are not the way they remember them.

Back in a futuristic present following their time travel, Dusty and Dee have a lot to catch up on in their new reality. Things have improved, but people still have their issues. With their child on the way, they think everything will be smoother sailing.

The other influences have different ideas. The Guardians are watching as the offspring heralds monumental changes, and The Malveks plot to discover why a planet they had planned to invade is no longer viable.

I’d love to hear from you!