Ghosts

I’ve been seeing ghosts for nearly forty years. It started when I was caving in Kentucky. When I got really tired, I’d start seeing a very friendly small dog trotting along with me off to the side at the edge of my vision. When I turned to look directly, it would be gone. Moments later it would be back, running, jumping, smiling, happy as only a puppy can be.

Eighteen years ago, when I worked the graveyard shift at the Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee I saw several ghosts. Once there was a woman gliding along beside a balcony banister.  Another time, at one of the haunted rooms, I became convinced that there was someone behind me. I whirled around and watched her figure fade into a potted plant.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a ghost but lately they’ve begun appearing in the evening off in the corner of my vision. I see mice darting and scurrying.  Other times it’s an animal the size of a cat or squirrel. They’re always at the edge of vision, always shy because they disappear when I look directly at them. They’re no longer friendly like the puppy was, not happy, but not threatening either.

What can it mean?

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3 Corners Blog Tour: Veronica Cronin

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I would like to introduce you to Veronica Cronin

  • How long have you been writing? Since I was a young child.
  • What’s your favorite part of writing? Finishing!
  • What’s the title of your favorite book that you wrote? She’s so Bipolar
  • What book are you talking about today? She’s So Bipolar
  • What’s it about? Follows me in my life as a Bipolar patient
  • Do you have a link to buy it on Amazon? Yes! https://www.amazon.com/Shes-So-Bipolar-Veronica-Cronin-ebook/dp/B00CO6DK3C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526486475&sr=8-1&keywords=She%27s+so+bipolar&dpID=41wHsUqb8oL&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
  • Do you have any social media sites we should know about? Yes!  FB, Linkedin, Author page on FB
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3 Corners Blog Tour: Rick L. Barker

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I would like to introduce you to Rick L Barker

  • How long have you been writing? Almost 40 years. I really kicked it into gear in Grade 12 through a Creative Writing class, which led me to doing Work Experience at a local newspaper. The Newspaper hired me right out of graduation and I started into a career in Journalism. I went in and out of Journalism for a few years before moving full-time into ministry as a youth worker. The writing never stopped though due to sermon preparation. My first book, Kiss the Bear, was autobiographical and published in 2006.
  • What’s your favorite part of writing? Getting thoughts, imaginative bubbles, ‘what if? Questions, and wonderments down onto paper or screen in a story format that ‘lives’.
  • What’s the title of your favorite book that you wrote? Hmmm, I guess my first book will be my first love in terms of books. Kiss the Bear, seems to have that “favourite” tag to it, though like siblings, I love them all exactly the same, but different.
  • What book are you talking about today? A Gentile Jester in the King’s Court.
  • What’s it about? This 233-page book is about walking through what it is like to experience Israel for the first time, including going through the shadowy depths of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust History Museum, the beauty of the Galilee, to the heights of the Mt. of Olives and the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea. It is a blend of historical facts, Biblical insight and imaginative story to inspire the heart. This year was my 11th trip to the Middle East and there is a lot to write about!
  • Do you have a link to buy it on Amazon? Yes. Click Here.
  • Do you have any social media sites we should know about? Search R.L. Barker on Facebook and of course, the WordPress site Here
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3 Corners Blog Tour: Doug Hocking

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I would like to introduce you to Doug Hocking

  • How long have you been writing? In one sense since I was 14 and attended an Ivy League Prep School where they convinced me I couldn’t write. In the Army I found out that I was the only one who could. I’ve been writing fulltime since 2009. I’ve been researching since at my Cornish grandmother’s knee I learned all sorts of fantastic things from her background. I learned more growing up on an Indian reservation and began researching their lives in person and in books.
  • What’s your favorite part of writing? I enjoy researching and using an understanding of business and government structures to understand where records might be kept. More than anything, I enjoy sinking back into the 19th century, using my knowledge of the times, terrain, the people, and their tools and cultures to be able to tell history as if it were a novel. I like to make history as palatable as novels.
  • What’s the title of your favorite book that you wrote? Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise is my favorite and most recent. It brought in a Spur Award Finalist from Western Writers of America. That’s sort of like getting the Silver Medal and it’s nice to be recognized by one’s peer, even to be accepted as a peer.
  • What book are you talking about today? Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise the first biography of Tom Jeffords. Think Jimmy Stewart in the movie Broken Arrow riding alone into Cochise’s camp to make the peace.
  • What’s it about? It’s about how Tom came to be a man who could accept Apaches as people and win their trust. It’s about two men whose mutual friendship and trust made it possible to end an eleven-year war.

 

  • Do you have a link to buy it on Amazon? https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Jeffords-Cochise-Doug-Hocking/dp/1493026372/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526492267&sr=8-1&keywords=doug+hocking

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/Doug-Hocking-Author-Page-264649760252852/

 

https://www.facebook.com/TomJeffordsUSARMYSCOUT/

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3 Corners Blog Tour: Terri Kovalcik

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I would like to introduce you to Terri Kovalcik

  • How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing for about 15 years
  • What’s your favorite part of writing? My favorite part is outlining and coming up with the ideas.
  • What’s the title of your favorite book that you wrote? Junior Hunters at Large
  • What book are you talking about today? The Prophecy
  • What’s it about? Man and beast fight for their lives. An ancient prophecy reveals that a king that will be reborn. An evil sorcerer seeks revenge on his namesake. Malvin, the just & powerful wizard of Camelot, commands armies in the name of purity. He keeps harmony and balance while on his quest to fulfill his deepest desire; the return of his king.
  • Do you have a link to buy it on Amazon? www.amazon.com/Prophecy-Age-Dawn-1/dp/1497530563/
  • Do you have any social media sites we should know about? I have a couple and they are on Facebook Terri_Kovalcik and my website which is www.tlctouchedwithfire.wordpress.com
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3 Corners Blog Tour – Mandi Mae

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Hi my name is Mandi Mae and I am an author of fantasy books with an inspirational, religious twist.

  • How long have you been writing? I have been writing since I was a teen which is about twenty years now.
  • What’s your favorite part of writing? I love coing up with interesting plots and my favourite part is when the ideas are flowing and your hand can’t type fast enough. lol
  • What’s the title of your favorite book that you wrote? The Sleeping Magician is my favorite book I worked on it for a long time and it was also my first book I wrote.
  • What book are you talking about today? The Sleeping Magician
  • What’s it about? The Sleeping Magician is a heartfelt fairytale for YA, filled with romance, magic, action and wonder. Abby stares out her attic window and looks at Jacob’s house. She knows that he lies inside, boarded up, where no one will come to him. The curse had put him to sleep, only to be woken by true love’s kiss and all others would die. That’s why he lay there never to be touched. But Abby longed for him. She wanted to be the one to break his curse, even though she knew that if she did the witch who cast it on him would come back. But as the tears rolled down her cheeks she knew that she couldn’t live without him. That’s why she did it. That’s why she kissed him. This is a fantasy between good and evil with angels, magical battles, books and potions, golden dream lands and a deep love that can never die.
  • Do you have a link to buy it on Amazon? https://www.amazon.com/Sleeping-Magician-Mandi-Mae/dp/1508766576/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515880396&sr=8-1&keywords=mandi+mae
  • Do you have any social media sites we should know about? The one I’m most active with is my Facebook account at facebook.com.mandimaeauthor, but I also have my website at http://mandimaeofficial.wixsite.com/author
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# Corners Blog Tour: Judith White

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I would like to introduce to you Judith White.

  • How long have you been writing?

I’ve actually been dreaming of writing as far back as I can remember, however, I started getting serious about it 7 years ago and my first novel was published 6 years ago.

 

  • What’s your favorite part of writing?

Definitely creating characters. I love giving them an appearance and a personality. And I must admit that an absolutely wonderful feeling is having a story completed and debuting. It’s very exciting. Of course, reading individual reviews is always a big thrill for authors…me included.

 

  • What’s the title of your favorite book that you wrote?

I honestly feel with each novel, and I’ve written four plus one short story, I get better. But I’m not sure it would be easy to list a favorite. I believe (and I hope my readers do, too) that each story is unique and there are lively characters in all of them. I write 1940’s mysteries set in the city of Detroit, Michigan. The one character whom I have heard most of my readers rave about is my detective’s Great Uncle Derwood Flanagan. He’s an 88-year-old gentleman with an Irish brogue.  I believe they feel he’s been the most endearing. He was in my second novel, “Sins of the Father: The Case Files of Sam Flanagan.”

 

  • What book are you talking about today?

I think I will discuss my latest novel. “Drowning in Deception: The Case Files of Sam Flanagan” was released in early August of 2017.

 

  • What’s it about?

My detective, Sam Flanagan, worked for a time on the Detroit police force, but due to some butting of heads with his superiors…which he hasn’t divulged the exact nature of…he branched out on his own, opening “Flanagan Investigations”. In September of 1943, he is contacted by a gentleman who wants him to look into a matter. His wife drowned in their backyard six weeks prior. He feels uneasy as to how it happened. It seems she was an excellent swimmer, having won trophies for the sport while in school years ago. She was a lady that always used caution. So why did she end up dead in the water while he was away? As Sam delves into the case, and views the pool and lounging area, he doesn’t see how it could be an accident; which is what the Wayne County Coroner is calling it. It’s from there he begins to question her state of mind. Was this intentional on her part? Yet, why? She had everything going for her. If not an accident or suicide, dare he entertain a murder theory? But who would want to kill her? What Sam finds out even startles him.  I am most proud of my epilogue in this story. It’s a bit of an added surprise for my readers. And I believe it’s quite powerful.

 

  • Do you have a link to buy it on Amazon?

Readers can view all of my novels at my Amazon Author Page:  http://tinyurl.com/l5zc92b

 

  • Do you have any social media sites we should know about?

Yes, I have a Facebook Author Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJudithWhite/

And I put out a really fun monthly newsletter. It’s filled with history, mystery, and book information. And I throw in games and a bit of trivia. The sign-up link is:

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJudithWhite/app/100265896690345/

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The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise, Yuma

Doug Hocking will speak on The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise, at the Sanguinetti Gardens in Yuma, AZ at 7 p.m. on January 17, 2017 and again at 10 a.m. on the 18th. Tom Jeffords learned important lessons as a sea captain on the Great Lakes that stood him in good stead when he met Cochise and quickly earned his trust and respect. Tom fearlessly rode alone into Cochise’s camp to make the peace and friendship blossomed through the months that Cochise spent near the Canada Alamosa Reservation. At Cochise’s side when the chief lay dying, the Chiricahua said they would meet again “up there.” Tom went on to more adventures including sinking the wells for Tucson’s first water company, owning the famed Brunckow Mine and a 1/9th share of the Copper Queen. Doug’s biography of Jeffords is due in the spring of 2017 from TwoDot Books. Continue reading

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The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Prescott

Doug Hocking will speak on The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise, at the Prescott Public Library at 5 p.m. on January 5, 2017. Tom Jeffords learned important lessons as a sea captain on the Great Lakes that stood him in good stead when he met Cochise and quickly earned his trust and respect. Tom fearlessly rode alone into Cochise’s camp to make the peace and friendship blossomed through the months that Cochise spent near the Canada Alamosa Reservation. At Cochise’s side when the chief lay dying, the Chiricahua said they would meet again “up there.” Tom went on to more adventures including sinking the wells for Tucson’s first water company, owning the famed Brunckow Mine and a 1/9th share of the Copper Queen. Doug’s biography of Jeffords is due in the spring of 2017 from TwoDot Books. Continue reading

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The Graves at Dragoon Springs, Pathfinders

Doug Hocking will speak on The Graves at Dragoon Springs, at 6 P.M. Friday, November 4, to the Pathfinders at the Arizona Historical Society Museum on 2nd St. in Tucson. There are four graves at the Overland Mail Station at Dragoon Springs. Forest Service signage says they are the graves of four Confederate soldiers killed May 5, 1862. However, two of the graves have been there since 1858. Who really lies buried there? What are the exciting stories behind their demise? Continue reading

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