August 27, 2014

Romancing September Across the World Tour

Romancing September #RomancingSeptember  

Just days away from the start.

Romancing September Across the World Tour

Romance September 2014 cover (1)
Romancing September Across the World is giving Romance authors the chance to promote their work on both sides of the Atlantic during the month of September. Romance author Stephanie Hurt from Georgia (USA) And Author Rosie Amber from Hampshire UK are joining forces in a double blogging event.
Here is the line-up for the 2014 Tour:
Sept 1st – Caroline Storer – The Roman
Sept 2nd – Sonya Loveday – The Summer I Fell
Sept 3rd Terry Tyler – Round and Round
Sept 4th – Lizzie Lamb – Boot Camp Bride
Sept 5th – Carmen Stefanescu – Shadows Of The Past
Sept 6th – Jill Steeples – Lets’ Call The Whole Thing Off
Sept 7th – V. Steele – As My Heart Beats – Beckoning
Sept 8th – Cecily Gates – An Imaginary House By The Sea
Sept 9th – Debbie Peterson -
Sept 10th – June Kearns – The 20’s Girl. The Ghost And All That Jazz
Sept 11th – Pamela Beckford – Love: Lost And Found
Sept 12th – Adrienne Vaughan – The Hollow Heart
Sept 13th – D.E.L Connor – Spirit Warriors: The Concealing
Sept 14th – Jane Godman – Echoes In The Darkness
Sept 15th – Laura E James – FollowMe, Follow You
Sept 16th – Mary M Forbes – One Dance With A Stranger
Sept 17th – Monica La Porta – The Lost Centurion
Sept 18th – E.L. Lindley – Dare To Lose
Sept 19th – Nicky Wells – Fallen For Rock
Sept 20th – Susan Buchanan – The Dating Game
Sept 21st – Nic Tatano – It Girl
Sept 22nd – Lynn Montagano – Catch My Breath
Sept 23rd – Mandy Baggot – Made In Nashville
Sept 24th – Georgina Troy – A Jersey Affair
Sept 25th – Michelle Betham – Striker
Sept 26th – Dani-Lyn Alexander – Anonymous
Sept 27th – Romy Sommer – To Catch A Star
Sept 28th – Liz Everly – Like Honey
Sept 29th – Rae Rivers – The Keepers:Declan
Sept 30th – Jane Linfoot – High Heels and Bicycle Wheels
Join us to celebrate Romance everyday in September with this wonderful line up of authors and books.

August 24, 2014

Mysterious Romania (V) Spooks in Dracula's Country

  Ghosts - reality or imagination
Let me ask you something. Do you believe in ghosts, phantoms? Is science able to explain them?

Ghosts belong to the most mysterious phenomena studied by parapsychology. Objects that are moved from their places by unseen forces, knocks in walls, sounds of footsteps made by invisible beings, misty human figures. All these are usually explained by scientists as a form of psychokinesis. There's also mention of a "memory of objects". The most interesting explanations come from the field of  quantum physics. Modern physics has dematerialized matter. What we call the "other world” is nothing but a world beyond our perceptions, but not beyond our reality.
Ancients had meals with the dead
 There are numerous references to ghosts in the Hebrew Bible, in Mesopotamian religions as well as in ancient Egyptian culture. The belief that we are visited by the ghosts of the deceased friends and relatives was common among those peoples. In  ancient Athens, Greece, the end of February was dedicated to deceased relatives, as Greeks believed that ghosts came from Hades and mingled with the inhabitants on earth. For three days in a row, there were rich meals with special dishes served to the dead. There are all kind of traditions similar to this one. I can compare it to Romanian 'parastas'or 'pomenire' when relatives of a deceased person give food to other people, especially poor ones, with the belief that the dead person will eat from it too.
 Message from the other world
 They say that a ghost comes with a message for the relatives left behind on earth, a piece of info to help the dear ones who are alive, or to appease their suffering.
The people involved in studying the phenomenon speak about two types of apparitions: ghosts linked to people and ghosts linked to places. The former last only for a few weeks. With the latter type of ghosts, things are more complicated. Haunted locations are usually old castles or houses.The ghosts are noticed in the same location for generations."The Gray Lady", the British ghost, is a perfect example. The author Conan Doyle was very interested in this phenomenon and his book "The Edge of the Unknown" is dedicated to it, though he couldn't find an explanation.
Frequently, the apparition of a ghost is preceded or announced by a feeling of cold, by a freezing drought. This confirms the theory that ghosts use energy to take shape. They absorb the ambient energy and the temperature drops down. Creepy, isn't it? 
Haunted Romania
My country, Romania, known to many as Dracula's country,  has its haunted places too. It has, in fact, according to all kind of reports, a long tradition of haunted places, of houses regularly visited by ghosts and tragic stories that lead to dark legends. Paranormal is at home in Romania. Chiajna Monastery in Bucharest, the Parliament House in Bucharest,
Hotel Cismigiu in Bucharest, Hoia Baciu Forest near Cluj, Poenari Castle and many others; the places have included reports of ghostly apparitions, poltergeist activity, shadowy figures, orbs, spirit possessions, EVP's, and other unusual phenomena.

  Ghosts with exquisite taste for accommodation 

The image posted  here stirred the enthusiasts’ imagination. It was taken in Romania, at Herculane Bai, at a hotel by a guest spending the vacation there. The image is that of a woman dressed in white. Decebal Hotel is one hundred and fifty years old and many say that deep down, at its foundations, Dacian and Roman treasures wait to be discovered. The hotel was closed for five years for renovations. It seems that some people tried during this time to dig and find the awesome ancient treasures. The ghost – that according to some would belong to a Dacian priest, appeared to protect the alleged treasure and to drive the looters away. I don’t know what credit can be given to the picture but in 2008 it was the headline in newspapers and television news.
 Passion crime leads to haunting
 Braila, my town, has its haunted places too. Bellow is the image of the famous "house with ghosts" in Braila, situated on Aslan street.
They say the house belonged to an old wealthy Greek trademan, Nicolachi Mavrocordulas, who married a young  beautiful woman, Voica, the daughter of a peasant from Insuratei village. The sixty year old Greek bought Voica  from her family, and had a large mansion built for her. The Greek had no idea or ignored the fact he'd bought Voica but not her heart that was given to a young man from her village. She didn’t love him and, one day, when he returned home, found her in the arms of her young lover. Nicolachi shot Voica, buried her in the wall of the house and left Romania, after selling the house. None of the people who bought the house could stay there for long. Soon the rumor that the house was haunted  by Voica’s  ghost spread in the town.The house was turned into an old people's home as no willing customer appeared any more.
 Weeping apparition frightens residents
Even nowadays the elderly people living  in this house or the nursing staff speak of a nightly apparition. A woman, heavily veiled, passes from room to room, crying and calling what they take to be her lover’s name. Witnesses say it  always happens at the time of the year when Nicolachi killed Voica. The  ghost harms nobody, yet people are distressed  and frightened by her wails and sobs.
 Touching ghost story
I do believe that ghosts exist. They are souls that haven't fulfilled their mission on earth and are still haunting the places they lived in. If you read my paranormal Shadows of the Past you'll find out why Genevieve's ghost haunts the forest where Anne and Neil get lost. Tell me what you think, then!
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