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My Little Vampire Dog

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z6 Hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend!

To the left are a couple of pictures of my dog Toto who was the inspiration for my ‘vampire dog’ Charlie in my book, The King’s Vampire. (and yes, our couch looked like the one used on the “Roseanne” show) I chose to make Toto my vampire dog because I missed him so much when he died at fourteen-years-old. Our daughter Tiff was away at the Air Force Academy at the time and it was very hard to tell her our dog had died, and we were all pretty heartbroken about it. For me, it was a comfort to put him in the book and make him a vampire dog who might live forever. Sometimes it’s fun to use someone familiar in my writing. Elizabeth’s husband, Sir Michael Horbury, was the one who made her a vampire, but Michael Horbury is also a very dear friend of ours who lives in England, and certainly no vampire, at least as far as I know. LOL!

I know there have been many studies done on ‘psychic’ animals. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2084017/A-Cambridge-scientist-believes-seen-beginning-animals-telepathic-powers.html  Personally I have never had any experience with a pet that I would call a psychic or who had an intuitive moment. When we went through the Loma Prieta/1989 earthquake in California, my mom and I were taking Toto for a walk and when the sidewalk started rolling, he gave us a look of total surprise and terror that I must confess I totally reciprocated.

I guess I’m curious if anyone that I know has actually experienced a psychic moment between themselves and their pet. I’ve been on trips where people have taken their dogs on ships or other places because they are ‘service’ animals and can detect early onset symptoms of a seizure for the person before it actually happens, giving them time to take their medication sooner rather than later. Again, I wonder if anyone knows of someone who has such a service dog.

I’ve had very ‘willful’ pets, particularly cats, but none that seemed psychic. One cat, Caesar, used to unplug the refrigerator if we didn’t feed him when he thought we should. I guess we should never have named him ‘Caesar’! Another cat, sorry it’s always the cats, Cicero, used to come down the chimney when he wanted in the house when we were gone. Luckily, we lived in California and the fireplace was never going! Did anyone else have a peculiar or determined pet, even though not exactly psychic? I’d love to hear about it.

I’m also totally excited about The Romance Review’s Sizzling Summer Reads party starting June lst.  TRR is giving away 400 prizes and there’s a grand prize gift certificate for $100! To participate, just register with TRR at http://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php It’s free and easy to register. Lots of publishers and authors are showcasing  books and there are plenty of opportunities to win free books & stuff. Check it out!

Bren

Paranormal Rocks!

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Hi! Thanks again for stopping by.

I’ve been thinking a great deal about paranormal experiences lately. In THE KING’S VAMPIRE, Elizabeth’s husband Sir Michael Horbury makes her a vampire and steals her soul. While vampires and shape-shifters are a part of the paranormal that doesn’t truly exist, I believe there are many aspects of the paranormal that are quite real. I think for many of us who are fascinated with vampires and other magical creatures, we like  clear lines to be drawn between good and evil and we want good to always triumph. One of my best friends from childhood, Linda, compared the bloodlust of the vampires to our private battles with our own personal demons and I thought it was a great metaphor. Linda is a handwriting analyst, or a graphologist, to be more precise, and she has a great handle on the human psyche. I hope to have her as a guest soon.

There’s a great link by Katheryn Orzech, author, from the Nights of Passion blog that describes a lot of paranormal experiences that people from around the world have had at: http://www.dreamwatch.com/index.html  Nights of Passion: http://nightsofpassion.wordpress.com is a great blog written by six authors who all happen to be fabulous writers as well as incredibly interesting women.

I remember a few days before my mother died  she told me that the night before she’d had a dream about her sister, Joyce, who had died of cancer about ten years earlier. My mother described a beautiful field of wildflowers and my Aunt Joyce was with her, and they were both amazed about the beauty of this field of flowers. My mother told me how these flowers smelled of jasmine and honeysuckle. This memory came to her because I had brought Mom some flowers for Valentine’s Day that very day and she had clasped my face between her palms and said, “Pretty, pretty.” I was never quite sure if she’d meant me or the flowers, but I always hoped she’d meant me.

Four days later my mother died after we had left her sleeping peacefully in her bed in the assisted living facility where she resided. I always imagine that she’s now reunited with her sister. I feel her sister was preparing a place for her. Sometimes, even now, I feel as though my mother is taking my hand and saying, “Don’t worry, I’ll help you now.”

Below is my aunt.

z7This is my mom.

If you have any paranormal experiences to share I’d love to hear from you, just leave a message. Have a great day!

Bren

 

 

The King’s Vampire

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The King’s Vampire by Brenda Stinnett

The King’s Vampire

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The King's Vampire

Elizabeth Curran would move heaven and earth to cast aside the bondage of being a vampire. Turned into a vampire by her husband nearly one hundred years ago, she knows that in two months time, her fate will be sealed and she’ll no longer be able to recapture her soul. She can’t believe it’s her destiny to remain a vampire forever.

Darius Einhard, once a vampire, has been proclaimed a demon slayer by his former liege, Charlemagne. He’ll fight any battle to protect Elizabeth from the psychic vampire demons who want to use her in order to turn Charles II of England into a vampire who will serve them for eternity. These psychic vampires are demons come from the abyss of hell. They’ll use Charles’s weakness for beautiful women to entrap him into vampirism and rule the world through him.

In order for Elizabeth to recapture her soul, her forgiveness and redemption must transcend time, and she and Darius must depend on faith and love to battle evil and forever slam shut the abyss opened by the psychic vampire demons.

 

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