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There are so many wonderful "haunted" sites to visit--it's truly hard to narrow down. But . . . .
Want a little sun and fun involved? Key West, Florida. We have some of the most fantastic ghosts in the world walking around down in Key West, from pirates to Civil War soldiers to a poor girl who died of tuberculosis to be dug up an X-Ray technician and "married." Carl Tazler, self-titled Count Von Cosel, lived with his beloved Elena in every sense until he was discovered with her corpse seven years after he stole her from her grave. There's still a hanging tree and some say you can see Hemmingway walking down Duval Street when it gets a little misty. Duval Street is also famous for its bars, so . . . well, as my Irish grandmom liked to say, there are spirits, and then there are spirits! Several bed and breakfasts are haunted. The beautiful Artist's House was home to Robert the Doll. The tower the doll enjoyed when he moved and was seen by children in the street is available. The management doesn't set much stock in the stories; one way or the other, the bed and breakfast is beautiful. But, there are many more, too! (Don't forget to visit the graveyard. One stone reads, "I told you I was sick!" You can also check out youtube, Heather Graham Doll Story, and hear a few tales.)
Northward to more of the South--in the state of Louisiana--and almost a sister city, is New Orleans. Key West has Duval Street (great music down in my home state, too) while New Orleans has Bourbon Street. Both offer fantastic architecture, tremendous history, more pirates . . . and all kinds of magical wonders. The "cities of the dead" are amazing, as are the fantastic legends. Once again, you can stay in a haunted bed and breakfast. Many are wonderful. Stroll the streets and enjoy the voodoo shops, The Vampyr Boutique, and Hex, for the unusual treasure or gift. Tours are abundant. I love the Hotel Monteleone--subject of many a travel program--and the Cornstalk, but again, there are many more haunted "haunts" is this city with its many layers of history. Then again, you can head out of the city--I have had absolutely amazing times staying at Oak Alley and Myrtles. (Youtube: Ghost Walk with Heather Graham.)
Far to the Northeast is Salem, Massachusetts. The history alone wraps a hand around your heart; the tragic executions of the Salem "witches" are beyond a doubt a "haunting" lesson in tolerance, justice, and law. Many places will help you with the history, but there are more ghosts to be found at the House of the Seven Gables, down on Dead Horse Beach, and along Essex Street. Have you ever played the game of "Clue?" Did Colonel Mustard do it? He might have. There's a terrific "ghost" that concerns the Parker Bros. game. Visit the Witch Dungeon--great overview of what happened in very little time. But the Essex/Peabody museum is fantastic in many ways. The Hawthorne Hotel is naturally haunted, as are, of course, many of the centuries-old bed and breakfasts. One of my best tours was a Segway tour but again, there are many tours to choose from and I haven't found one yet that I didn't like. No one really needs to make up tales for this town; the truth of history is haunted enough.
Wow . . . St. Augustine--your pick of incredible bed and breakfast places! The Queen Mary--what a cool stay overnight, but don't forget to take the ghost tour. I really loved my stay there! The Peace River Ghost Trackers arranged for a private tour into the bowels of the ship, to the pool, the infirmary . . . and right next to it, a submarine!
There are so many . . . !
Let the Dead Sleep - Cafferty and QuinnAn object of desire? or of fear?
It was stolen from a New Orleans grave-the centuries-old bust of an evil man, a demonic man. It's an object desired by collectors-and by those with wickedness in their hearts.
One day, its current owner shows up at Danni Cafferty's antiques shop on Royal Street, the shop she inherited from her father. But before Danni can buy the statue, it disappears, the owner is found dead...and Danni discovers that she's inherited much more than she realized. In the store is a book filled with secret writing: instructions for defeating evil entities. She'd dismissed it as a curiosity...until the arrival of this statue, with its long history of evil and even longer trail of death.
Michael Quinn, former cop and now private investigator, is a man with an unusual past. He believes that doing the right thing isn't a job-it's a way of life. And the right thing to do is find and destroy this object weighted with malevolent powers. He and Danni are drawn together in their search for the missing statue, following it through sultry New Orleans nights to hidden places in the French Quarter and secret ceremonies on abandoned plantations.
Cafferty and Quinn already know that trust in others can be misplaced, that love can be temporary. And yet their connection is primal. Mesmerizing. They also know that their story won't end when this case is closed and the dead rest in peace once again.
Full Prize Package:
-A copy of LET THE DEAD SLEEP, Heather's new hardcover novel;
-The complete Season 7 DVD's of "Supernatural," Heather's favorite paranormal series;
-A copy of THE GHOST HUNTER'S FIELD GUIDE: OVER 1000 HAUNTED PLACES YOU CAN EXPERIENCE by Rich Newman, a five-star rated guide to haunted sites in all 50 states.
Heather Graham * Shannon Drake * Heather Graham Pozzessere
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some trial and error, she sold her first book, WHEN NEXT WE LOVE, in 1982 and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. She wrote the launch books for the Dell's Ecstasy Supreme line, Silhouette's Shadows, and for Harlequin's mainstream fiction imprint, Mira Books.
Heather was a founding member of the Florida Romance Writers chapter of RWA and, since 1999, has hosted the Romantic Times Vampire Ball, with all revenues going directly to children's charity.
She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages, and to have been honored with awards from Waldenbooks. B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including local television and Entertainment Tonight.
Heather loves travel and anything have to do with the water, and is a certitified scuba diver.Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.