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Cries In The Night By Lori Roberts

Cries In The Night

A Lowcountry Ghost Story

by Lori Roberts

 

Today, we have Lori Roberts on BTB to talk about herself and her amazing book, Cries In The

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I loved meeting Lori at the SOKY Book Fest with Esther, my doll.

Night. I got the opportunity to meet Lori in Bowling Green Kentucky during the 2016 Southern Kentucky Book Fest. Hers was one of the books I actually sought out before I even got there. I love researching the authors before I go and when I saw this book, I knew I had to meet her and grab this book up. Before this, I had never heard of her or her books. Now, I can’t imagine not knowing about her.

Booth Talks Books:  First of all, I am so excited to get to talk with you about your book and life.  I have been stalking your pages and have to say that you live a fascinating life.  Tell me what you do in your spare time and what’s up with all the period costumes I always see you wearing.

Lori Roberts: When I’m not teaching 8th graders, I spend a good deal of time with my grandchildren. My husband and I love camping in our RV. We love traveling, and those travels often involve a trip to the south. I love getting in research time when we are on a trip. I have dragged him along on several adventures, and if I can experience or see something, it makes the books all the more believable.

In addition to writing, I’m a speaker and reenactor. I portray Mrs. Anna Morrison Jackson, widow of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Ann Jennings, wife of Indiana’s first Governor, and Corrie Ten Boom, Dutch Concentration Camp survivor. The dresses I wear are part of those personas. Between book events and speaking events, I enjoy squeezing in time with family and friends. We also have two Golden Retrievers that we are pretty crazy about, Gracie and Maggie, and our cat, Jerry Lee.

BTB: Let’s talk about Cries In The Night.  Without giving too much away, this is a haunted house story that takes place in Charleston South Carolina.  Is there is there a particular reason for the story to take place here?

LR: I’ve spent many years traveling to South Carolina…first, the beach, Myrtle Beach. My sister/brother-in-law moved to Charleston 4 years ago. The idea for Cries in the Night came during the walks while there. I took pictures of houses, and the one that I used for the setting and cover drew me to it. The story came to me before we left the city. I have since made three other trips,­­­­­­ spending time with sources and new friends, researching and taking pictures. I have even shadowed my friend, Dr. Suzanne Abel, forensic anthropologist, who was the real Dr. Brooke Armstrong in the book.

BTB: The authenticity of this book and the hunt for these ghosts echo so closely the true stories of those who have had issues with paranormal activity in true life in their homes.  Have you or do you know of someone who has had unexplained phenomenon in their home they attributed to spirits?

LR: Yes. I have experienced things as well as friends/family.

BTB: There is a huge amount of history, research and time spent by the character exploring libraries and government offices.  Is this something you have done or do on a regular basis? 

LR: When I write a novel, the research takes more time than the actual writing. I want my work to be factual, albeit fiction. A writer is able to take artistic license when doing a story, however the history teacher comes out and I immerse myself in whatever the story is about. Family history (genealogy) is a love of mine, so I tend to bring out family and family history in all of my books.

BTB:  There is one object, an antique toy which is dominant in the story.  Did a real object inspire this piece? 

LR: Yes, a family member had a child’s ball sail through the air as they stood at the top of the stairs. They had other sounds and unexplained things happen.

BTB:  What plans to you have for this family or Carly and Austin Tabor or their friend, Delaney Warrick?  Will we ever see them again?

LR: Oh yes. I love these girls! Carly is the protagonist in the book I’m writing at the moment, Where the Sweetgrass Grows. Delaney will be there to lend a hand too. Carly will use her gift in this book to help with a string of cold cases.

BTB:  What are you currently working on?  Anything else you would like to tell your readers?

LR: At the moment, I’m working on two books. Where the Sweetgrass Grows takes place in Charleston/Johns Island, and Carly and Delaney will be back to try and solve a string of cold case abductions. The second is my first attempt at a YA historical fiction titled This Dark and Bloody Ground. As a Kentuckian, you’ll appreciate the synopsis. It takes place in 1775 with a young girl and her family from Maryland who travel on the Daniel Boone trail into Kentucky. This is the first of a two book series.

Review:

I will admit, I am a haunted house and paranormal show junky. As in, I watch them, I follow them on social media and I even love visiting the locations. I have discovered that there is so much more going on around us than meets the eye and ear.

Imagine my delight when I am researching the authors coming to the Southern Kentucky Book Fest (SOKY) in my hometown of Bowling Green Kentucky earlier this year and I find a promising book about a haunted house. The description read more like an actual event than fiction. So, I put it on my list and prepared myself to meet this Lori Roberts and give her my $16.

Fast forward three months later and I am finally able to read “Cries In The Night” and I have absorbed even more episodes of Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures and Kindred Spirits. I might have even done some EVP work and talked to a small girl spirit at a local Civil War home. Think what you want, but they are for real!

We meet Carly and Austin Tabor and they have purchased a Civil War era home in Charleston South Carolina. So far, your run of the mill set up for a ghost story, right? Well, the creep factor starts off right at the beginning and doesn’t let up until the end. We usually have slow portions through paranormal stories so the reader isn’t “over ghosted” as I call it but not this book. You are on that roller-coaster, roaming the halls, investigating and fearing for the next occurrence right with the residences. Lori does not give up, nor do the spirits of their home. These spirits are talking, walking and freaking everyone out trying to get their message across. This is so true to real life manifestations. When a spirit wants your attention and you’re in their space, they will keep going until you do something.

Lori goes one step further as though this is a secret guide on how to investigate a haunting in your home hidden as a work of fiction (I’m on to ya). She takes her characters on a historical search for the past owners of the house, researches the antiques and even hires paranormal investigators. We go with Carly and her “sensitive” friend, Delaney as they explore courthouse documents, old newspapers and land deeds to finally solve an ancient murder that occurred in their home.

I was chilled, I was inspired and I was sobbing throughout the book. Like a wondering spirit, I attached myself to the characters and fell in love with the Tabors, Delaney and the Pettigrew family. There was no stone unturned in this book when it came to getting to the bottom of the mystery. The determination of the Tabors to stay together, support each other and choose the path they did really spoke to their relationship.

I only hope that if I ever move into a haunted residence, that I can be as awesome as this fictional couple. How on earth did a fictional couple just inspire me? Well, they did. I guess couples that ghost hunt together, stay together.

About The Author

lori-robertsCries in the Night, a paranormal suspense novel, is her first novel with Canterbury House Publishing. She and her husband, Doug, have three children and five grandchildren. They make their home in rural southern Indiana. She has published two Civil War era novels: Lost Letters and Willow.

Lori Roberts is an author, educator, historian and presenter for historical events and workshops. Lori as a living historian, often portrays Mrs. Mary Anna Morrison Jackson, wife of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.  She has spoken at Civil War events in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Virginia. Lori has been an educator for more than twenty years, currently teaching United States History at the Middle School level.

Lori has been presenting Anna Jackson to the public since 2009.  Some of the groups that have spent “An Afternoon With Anna” include : The Living History Fellowship workshop, Princeton Civil War Days, Princeton, IN; Civil War  Living History, Owensboro, KY; Lawrence County Living History Festival, Bedford, IN.;  Living History Fellowship Grant Workshop, Huntingburg, IN; Journey Through Hallowed Ground Conference, George Mason University, Manassas, VA.

 

Author Links

Website: http://stonewallswife.com/

Blog:  http://authorloriroberts.blogspot.com/

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Stonewallswife/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stonewallswife

 

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New Release and Giveaway! Weeping In The Wings by Terry Lynn Thomas

The highly anticipated follow up to Terry Lynn Thomas’ The Spirit of Grace is here.  Are you ready for more  secrets?  And don’t forget to enter to win one of several amazing prizes at the end of this blog.

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Published by Black Opal Books

An Excerpt from “Weeping In the Wings”

After he left, I worked straight through until 11:30 and had just put my completed work on Dr. Geisler’s desk when a scream pierced the quietude of my office. I ran out into the corridor and followed the hysterical sounds toward the foyer. Bethany and I met in the hallway. Together we raced toward the noise.

The screaming turned into a hysterical incantation. “No, no. Please. No.”

Minna. She stood near the front door, a black dressing gown flowing over her bony frame like a witch’s cloak. Her hair hung in wild curls the color of spun silver. She looked as though she could have raised her arms and cast a spell or hopped on a broom and flown away. Instead she held a piece of paper in her trembling hand. Scattered around her feet were the petals and stems of a desiccated bouquet of roses, a flower box from Podesta Baldocchi lay on its side, tossed away in the chaos.

Chloe sat at her desk, observing everything, missing nothing, her eyes huge. The maid, a young girl in a uniform two sizes too big, froze, holding the dust rag suspended in midair.

I moved toward Minna, desperate to help her, but Bethany waved me off.

“Minna, what’s wrong?”

“Sarah. Bethany.” She waved the paper she held in her hand through the air. “It’s Gregory. He’s alive.” Her breathing became heavy and deep. She tore the letter up, threw the pieces on the floor, covered her face with her hands, and wept. Deep racking sobs coursed through her body, threatening to topple her.

Bethany swept in and put a comforting arm around Minna’s shoulder. She spoke to her in the same sweet, disarming voice she had used on Mr. Collins. “Come on, dear. Let’s get you someplace safe. We’ll lock the house and make sure that Gregory isn’t here. I’ll see to it personally.” She spoke to the maid. “It’s all right, young lady. Go see Mrs. McDougal for a cup of hot cocoa. There’s a good girl.”

“You’ll protect me, won’t you, Bethany? And Matthew. He’ll come for Matthew.”

“Of course.” Bethany spoke in a soothing voice. “I’ll take care of everything.” Minna allowed herself to be led away. The two women made their way toward the staircase, while Bethany muttered comforting words in Minna’s ear.

Just as they were about to reach the first landing and slip out of sight, Bethany called to me. “Find my husband. Tell him to hurry.”

Before heading off to search for Dr. Geisler, I picked up the torn pieces of paper that Minna had thrown on the floor and tucked them into my pocket. I had every intention of finding out the truth about Gregory Geisler.

 

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Author Terry Lynn Thomas

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Terry Lynn Thomas married the love of her life, who promised to buy her a horse if she relocated to Mississippi with him. Now that she has relocated, she has discovered that she can be happy anywhere as long as she has her man, her horse and time to write. Terry Lynn devoured novels by Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, and Daphne Du Maurier as a child. These gothic mysteries captured her imagination, never let go, and influence her writing today. When she is not writing or riding her horse, she visits historical houses and cemeteries, hunting for story ideas.

 

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Second-Hand Murder by Blair Merrin; Interview and Review

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Booth Talks Books: What inspired you to make your first book, Second-Hand Murder, a paranormal cozy? Would you define it as a paranormal cozy?

Blair Merrin: I don’t actually define it as a paranormal cozy, but I think it definitely has a foot in both worlds (pun fully intended, lol). Cozy readers will probably enjoy the tight-knit relationships and positive/funny interactions between characters. Bandit Hills has some decidedly different folks in town, and they all try to accept each others differences without making a fuss over them. Paranormal readers will hopefully appreciate the strange and creepy things that happen in Bandit Hills. If someone is strictly a paranormal/occult/horror reader, this book probably won’t scare them a bit, but Cozy readers can get a kick out of it, without having to double check the locks on the doors and windows.

I like to think outside of the box, and I think this flexible interpretation of the genre will illustrate that pretty well. If I had to invent a name for the genre that I think it falls into, it’d probably be “Creepy Cozies.”

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BTB: What kind of research did you need to do for your first book?

BM: I happen to love ghost stories, and have always been fascinated by voodoo and other creepy or mysterious things, so, much of what came out in the book, I already knew. I did research some of the specifics regarding witches and voodoo dolls, though, as well as looking into the topography and climate in Tennessee – I’ve been through that beautiful state, but have never lived there.

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BTB: What inspired the town of Bandit Hills? To most people it seems like a creepy place but the residents seem to be pretty cool with it.

BM: My mind wanders sometimes (occupational hazard, lol), and one day, I just started thinking…”What if I took a bunch of interesting people, some of whom had unusual habits and abilities, and put them in a secluded town, where weird was normal?” Yes, this is exactly the kind of thing that keeps me awake at night…and Bandit Hills was born.

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BTB: Have you ever personally been to New Orleans? What did you like most about it if you have?

BM: I love N’awlins! The beignets and coffee, crawfish etouffee, and the voodoo shops like Marie Laveau’s. I admire the magnificent architecture, priceless antiques – the colorful creativity of the French Quarter of course, and the Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulez attitude of this “laid-back, anything goes” city.

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BTB: Which character was the most challenging to write about? Do you have a favorite?

BM: Actually, these folks are so fun, that it’s an absolute blast creating their world! I think it’ll probably be a bit more challenging in Book 3, because there will be some complicated relationships that are dealt with (teaser!).

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BTB: Will we be able to visit Bandit Hills again in the future? If so, is there anything fun you can bate us with about book two?

BM: Oh goodness yes, I’m already working on book tow, and loving every minute of it! I think that there will be several ladies swooning about a particular character in the second book.

 

 

Review of Second-Hand Murder

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If you like paranormal stories like I do, then you’ve often thought if would be pretty cool if there was a place you could visit that was almost like a para-vacation location. You know, where you could go and actually see real stuff going on, hear actual voices and interact with the spirits and it’s completely normal. No judgment from anyone and people actually believe you without that weird look after you tell them that you hear voices in your attic. Well, Blair Merrin has created that place, Bandit Hills, Tennessee. When something strange happens in Bandit Hills, they have a saying, “ That’s Bandit Hills for ya!”

We meet Cassie and her mom in their antique shop, Miss Miscellanea, which sells other people’s castaway treasures. Some items are junk but others are down right fascinating. On this particular day, one of the most interesting finds of all shows up in a box. In an unmarked box, sitting along with other boxes full of uninteresting items, is a small, roughly made burlap doll with button eyes and yellow hair and a photo of a recently deceased woman. Cue creepy music, right? For this town however, just another Tuesday. Well, things are about to change.

Cassie begins to wonder why someone would place a photo of a recently deceased woman with a voodoo doll and more than that, who the woman was. So, she begins looking into it out of pure curiosity. She then calls her old high-school friend turned investigator, Dash to see if he could help find out more about who she now knows is Stephanie Marshall after a quick look at recent obits on the internet. The woman has been dead all of a week.

Their investigation uncovers a lot; too much in fact. They discover an ominous note, speak to a spirit from beyond the grave, break into this deceased Stephanie’s home, find a photo of her with a mystery man which leads Cassie to take a trip to New Orleans in search of said mystery man and there, encounter evil magic beyond her imagination. Let’s just say she comes home with a doll that looks like her.  I will leave it at that.  The ending is heart stopping and leads one with more questions than answers. Glad to know book two is in the works.

Second-Hand Murder is an amazing premier paranormal book for author, Blair Merrin. She has hit upon several aspects that some authors have not yet explored. I love the theme, the characters and the constant action throughout the book. This is a town I would not only love to visit, but live in. I could see me visiting this little shop every week and being perfectly content with the crazy things that happen there on a regular basis, saying right along with the town folk, “That’s Bandit Hills for ya!”

 

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