Halloween Blogfest: Dena Garson

Have you ever seen a ghost?

I have. Or, at least, I think I have. And it wasn’t as scary as you’d think.

My maternal grandmother died about fifteen years ago. I was quite close to her and felt the loss rather keenly. To the point that I fell ill during the 14-hour drive to get to her home and be with my mother and attend the funeral. I don’t remember ever being so sick before. It was like having the flu but no one else had been sick, nor did they come down with anything after. Thankfully I recovered enough to attend the funeral and by the time we headed home I was pretty much well again.

A few weeks after we returned home, I remember waking up to a particularly bright, sunny morning. When I opened my eyes, there beside the bed, was a hazy figure of a woman. She looked at me and seemed to say something, but I didn’t hear anything. Then she patted my feet and turned and walked around the end of the bed toward the door and disappeared.

While I don’t remember what the figure looked like in detail as far as her clothes or her face, I remember it being a woman and I remember immediately thinking of my grandmother.

Now… before you go discounting my story you should know that no, I had not been drinking the night before, nor was I taking any medications. Yes, I am a morning person. I’m alert almost immediately upon waking. My highest energy levels are around 7 and 8 am (I know… I’ve been told I’m weird and very annoying in the morning to the night owls of my family). And, no, I hadn’t been watching horror movies or TV shows.

By the time that incident occurred, we had been living in our house for several years. I never experienced anything like and I don’t think the house was “haunted”. I am convinced the hazy figure was my grandmother, coming to check on me and perhaps tell me goodbye. After seeing her, I had a greater sense of closure than I did even at her funeral. Once my heartbeat settled down again, that is.

If that was a bit too much for you, how about a fictional ghost story?

My newest book, Ghostly Persuasion, is set in Ireland at Tullamore Castle where erotic enchantment lurks around every corner. There are witches, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, selkies and a drop-dead gorgeous handy-man. What more could you ask for?

ghostlypersuasion_msrWhen American-born Katie Ward takes her mother’s ashes home to Ireland, she finds hunky but spell-bound Seamus MacDonhnaill loitering in her suite at Tullamore Castle. Seamus is surprised Katie can see and hear him because he was turned into a spirit three hundred years earlier.

Seamus acts as her personal tour guide around the castle and estate. Not only does he show her the historical sights but Seamus introduces her to voyeurism and a variety of other cardinal delights. As frustrating as it is for them to not be able to touch each other, they push the limits as far possible.

Katie is determined to help Seamus break the spell cast on him by the wife of one of the previous lords. A woman he refused to take as a lover. Seamus only knows the spell will not be broken until he finds and claims his one true love. With help from a few castle ghosts and the local witch, Katie’s cousin, they break the spell.

Katie and Seamus fulfill her mother’s last request by spreading her ashes along the shoreline then begin their life together.

Get it now:

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I’m giving away an electronic copy of Ghostly Persuasion along with a swag pack to one randomly selected winner. Just leave a comment along with your email address to be entered to win. I’d be very interested in hearing if any of you have ever experienced something like that before.

Dena Garson

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  1. I believe you. We don’t know everything.

    • We sure don’t! But I suppose that’s part of the adventure – figuring out a few of life’s mysteries.
      Thanks for stopping by, Patty!

  2. amy bowens says:

    I believe in ghosts and that probably explains many strange occurrences. I have never had anything happen to me or around me that would lead me to believe I have had this experience but I do believe that you had one and how nice that it would be that it was your grandmother. I like to think that my grandmother looks over me sometimes. Thanks and I enjoyed reading your post!

  3. The book sounds interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    • Thanks! I’m glad it caught your attention!
      The whole Emerald Isle Fantasies series is worth looking into. We were fortunate to have so many talented authors working together to bring Castle Tullamore to life.

  4. I just seen this book the other day! I already have it on my wishlist! It sounds so good! I love ghosts in books! There always so mysterious, haunting and good! lol Your characters sound intriguing! I cant wait to read it!

    • Thanks Shadow!
      It was a fun book to write. And I loved working with the other authors in the series. We bounced ideas off each other until we had a picture of Castle Tullamore in our heads. But it was interesting to read the other books and REALLY see how each of us saw things.

  5. Clearly your grandmother knew how upset you were. I love that she gave you a pat before she walked away…

    mnark111 AT gmail DOT com

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