What a Contest! Cheers for the Knights! HUZZAH!
What an exciting battle!
The standings after the second day of grueling battles: Ghost Knight 40, Knight Aidensdein 25, Knight of the Whispering Woods 20, Knight of Uber 18, Knight McSquee 17, Knight Light and Stormy Knight 16, Knight of the Fae Forest 15, and Gibberish Knight of the Triangle Ottoman 11.
On Facebook the Knights have challenged each other to a verbal joust as well, using all their assigned Ren words in the comments. No easy task, for I make the sad attempt everyday myself.
If you missed the rules: you may cheer for more than one knight, you may cheer up to three times a day, the knights score points by you cheering for them. One point for using the knight’s name (ie, Stormy Knight) and one point for using the knight’s special Renaissance word. Each day you cheer, your names gets put into the drawing to win a free ebook of The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear.
Stormy Knight, special word is wherefore (meaning, ‘why’)
Knight of the Whispering Woods, word is S’wounds (meaning ‘wow’)
Ghost Knight, word is hark (meaning ‘hey, listen up’)
Knight of Uber, word is prithee (meaning ‘please’)
Knight McSqee, Protector of Fandom, word is tosspot (meaning ‘drunkard’)
Knight Aidensdein, word is poppet (meaning, ‘child, doll’)
Knight of Fae Forest, word is cutpurse (meaning ‘thief’)
Knight Light, word is pray tell (meaning ‘please tell me’)
Gibberish Knight of the Triangle Ottoman, word is forsooth (meaning ‘indeed’)
Keeping Your Name in Readers’ Minds
I’m over at the Carol Kilgore’s Tiki Hut today, talking about things we can do to keep our names in our readers’ minds between book releases.
Paranormal Research with Gwen Gardner
I’m excited about the arrival of YA paranormal cozy mystery writer, Gwen Gardner, today. She recently published her first novel, Giving up the Ghost. She’s also jousting as Stormy Knight. Huzzah! Show her some love in the comments.
Hi Gwen! Welcome to Spacedock 19! Can I get you a drink?
GG: Got any holy water? No? Okay, I don’t think you’re supposed to drink that stuff anyway. It’s just that I thought I saw something dark lurking in the shadows over there. You can’t be too careful, you know? But regular water is fine, thanks.
MP: Actually, one of my local crit partners is a priest, so I can get some holy water. I did see a ghost once. I’d never believed in them before. One of my cats, Mr. Sox, was hit by a car, and I’d hear him at the window every night, clawing the screen like he’d do. Then one afternoon a black shape ran over my foot as I went to close the sliding glass door. My husband saw it too. It was so strange. After that, Mr. Sox didn’t visit anymore. Have you ever seen one?
GG: That’s funny you mention your cat, because the same thing happened when our cat died. We had him for nineteen years and losing him was devastating. We used to hear clawing at the kitchen window screen, just like when he was alive. I didn’t see him, though. As far as seeing an actual ghost, I’ve never seen one. But I’ve had some strange experiences. My daughter and I were sitting on our deck one evening and the motion light from the corner of the house came on. We both saw a human shadow pass through it. This was a rural area and nobody else was around. An Indian friend of mine said our property used to belong to the Kumeyaay nation, which was now about a mile away, and that the Indian spirits were probably still there.
MP: OK, that’s really odd that we had the same thing happen with cats. Mr. Sox clawed at the kitchen window, too.
I used some ghosts and a haunting in my latest book and did research. I watched a lot of Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters. Maybe watching a TV show for information is cheating, but it was fun. How did you go about researching your topics for Giving Up the Ghost?
GG: I did a lot of research from watching TV, also. Ghost Whisperer and Psychic Children, mostly. But I used to read Sylvia Brown religiously. I think I read her first ten books before I realized that she was repeating herself a lot. Still, I learned a lot about her childhood and how she was treated when people learned of her psychic abilities. Supposedly she was tested to be 80% accurate. I kept that in mind when I was writing Givin’ Up The Ghost. No psychic is 100% accurate. So to make it more interesting, I made my MC’s (Indigo Eady) psychic abilities backfire at nearly every turn. For every accuracy, there’s a corresponding oopsie. It keeps things interesting, and I’ve been told it makes my MC more endearing to be so clumsy, er, human. Indigo has complained to me about it, though. She wants to be less vertically challenged, so she doesn’t alienate her love interest, er, new friend Badger. But I just call it as I see it J
MP: LOL Psychic abilities are fascinating. Did Sylvia explain how it worked? Are there different types of abilities?
GG: I find psychics and their abilities so fascinating. Not everyone believes in it, and I don’t blame them. If you think about it, it just sounds crazy. And of course there are the frauds that give the legitimate psychics a bad rep.
I don’t think anyone really knows how it works, it just does. It’s a gift from God. And yes, there are different types of psychic abilities. What most people are familiar with is Clairsentience, the ability to receive a silent thought or message from another dimension. There’s also Clairvoyance – the ability to see things that originate in another dimension, like ghosts. And then there’s Clairaudience, the ability to hear things originating from another dimension – something I’ve experienced myself. My main character in GUTG experiences all three, in addition to Psychometry – the ability to read the energy or history of an object or person through touch.
MP: Very intriguing. Thanks for sharing what you learned and your insights, Gwen. Come back some time and we’ll chat about your experiences. I’d love to hear about those.
GG: Thanks so much for hosting me today, Mary! It’s been fun being here at Spacedock 19. We’re not in danger of blasting off into space are we? Well, I’d better go now. *dashes off at the speed of light*
Giving up the Ghost by Gwen Gardner
Friend or Foe? Murder victim Bart Bagley is not content to merely roll over in his grave. He wants his murderer caught and he wants teenage ghost whisperer, Indigo Eady, to help him.
It becomes obvious that Bart’s temper lead to more than one disagreement, but is it enough to want him dead? With nothing but a cold trail and a hot list of “friendly” suspects, Indigo and her friends race to find the killer before they become the next victims.
Indigo Eady is not clumsy. At least, that’s what she keeps telling everyone. Can she help that the overactive spirit community of Sabrina Shores causes her psychic abilities to short-circuit? It’s unfortunate that her cute new friend Badger is often on the receiving end of her mishaps. At times, she is positively hazardous to his health. Even so, sparks start to fly in more than one direction…
Available from Amazon
More about Gwen
Running, writing and reading are my favorite things.
I am also a dreamer.
Have you ever told yourself that “someday” I’m going to travel or write or whatever it is that you are passionate about but can’t do right now for whatever reason? You can go for years and years and keep telling yourself that “someday” you’ll do it. Too often “someday” never comes. But mine did. I am a former Administrative Manager and Vice President of a successful swimming pool plastering company – until I woke up one day and realized that my “someday” had arrived. I quit my job, moved to the mountains and began to write. Crazy, I know. But even crazier? Is when you get to the end of your life and realize that your “someday” is too late. Life is much too short for that! So the adventure has begun.
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Did you hear Hetty Locklear was written for geek girls? Insecure? Weight and food issues? Hetty’s just like you.
A New Adult Urban Fantasy, The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear is the first book in a new series. And it’s now out! My main character, Hetty, is a twenty-two-year-old stumbling about in an effort to become a full-fledged adult. She struggles with self-esteem, weight, relationships, and making the transition between college and the real world.
Graduation from community college isn’t the magic elixir Hetty Locklear counts on for becoming an adult. Her parents, who work the Renaissance fair circuit, insist she spend part of the summer with them. Hetty doubts pretending to live in the Middle Ages will help her find her way.
To make it worse, an entity haunts her at her dead-end job, warning her of a dangerous man she doesn’t know. The ghost leads her to a lover who has a lot of secrets. He pulls her farther into peril and into a strange, hidden world of genetic experimentation.
New Adult Urban Fantasy with a contemporary sci-fi twist. Mature content.
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