Check out the book trailer for my first paranormal mystery novel, The Ancient Ones.
Here is a review by Debe Branning, Arizona Haunted Sites Examiner, of the Ancient Ones.
There is a limited amount of copies of my first paranormal mystery novel, The Ancient Ones, available for sale at The Astrology Store in Glendale!
The Astrology Store
5731 W. Glendale Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301
Main Tel #: (623) 463-6286
I am working on getting it into other bookstores in the valley. If you are in the area, feel free to stop by and ask for a copy!
Lori Hines, author
What: Book signing for The Ancient Ones with Author, Lori Hines (see cover blurb below), and ghost hunt of the ranch with Sonoran Paranormal Investigations. The co-founder of this group is Paul Bradford from Ghost Hunters International
When: Saturday, May 28th, 2011
Where: Triangle T Ranch in Dragoon, Arizona
Join me and paranormal investigators from SPI, a TAPS family member, for an afternoon book signing and a ghost hunt on Saturday, May 28th.
The book signing and ghost hunt will be held at the Triangle T Ranch, which has been featured on an episode of Psychic Kids. Guests, visitors and staff have all experienced unusual phenomena, including three men playing poker in the dining hall, an Indian princess riding through the property on a horse, a Hohokam woman, and the spirits of Cochise and Geronimo.
Dining, lodging and camping will available at the ranch.
There will also be live music provided until 10:00 P.M. with the ghost tour of the ranch, led by Sonoran Paranormal Investigations, starting at 11:00 p.m.
The ghost hunting tour will last about an hour.
Since this is over Memorial Day weekend, there will be a lot of sightseeing in the area, including Tombstone, Bisbee and the Amerind Museum.
Click this link to visit the Triangle T Ranch for reservations and information.
http://www.azretreatcenter.com/. Contact Linda Kelly, owner of the ranch, to ask about special packages for those attending the book signing and ghost hunt.
If you plan on attending, please send an RSVP to Lori Hines’ email address
which is email@example.com.
The Ancient Ones is scheduled for release early spring. You can check out my bio at http://www.aberdeenbay.com/author.list.aspx.
Hope to see you there!
Lori Hines, Author
The Ancient Ones cover blurb
Lorelei Lanier is adjusting to the powerful connections she has to spirits. Unfortunately, her medium abilities are only the beginning. While working a dark arts case with the FBI and the Arizona-Irish Paranormal Research Society, she discovers she is the reincarnation of Annie O’Shea, the original owner of the Texas Canyon Ranch where the mystery unfolds. And Lorelei’s astral abilities that saved her from a mine three years ago are becoming stronger upon discovery of an extinct, ancient race of people.
Underground tunnels, Stonehenge-like monuments, petroglyphs of the solar system, an alternate dimension and hidden Indian ruins—clues discovered in Southeast Arizona pertaining to the ancient ones existence. But Lorelei has much more to worry about than the supernatural. She is struggling with her feelings for fellow investigator Ian Healy. Pagan and Wiccan, it is Ian’s ability to heal with his eyes that captures her heart.
Two mysteries, one in Southeast Arizona and the other north of Flagstaff, soon culminate into a new reality for Lorelei Lanier. Will she be prepared for what the ancient ones have in store?
The excursion started out as a means for writing inspiration, fun, and adventure. But my three-day vacation turned out to be so much more.
My haunted vacation was initially prompted by a ghost hunt with Brandy Green from Scy-Fy’s Ghost Hunter International series, held at the Catfish Plantation in Waxahachie, Texas on a Saturday night. Though I didn’t come across any ghosts that reside in and around the restaurant, I did meet some fascinating people and had some great food, including fried catfish and hush puppies!
After a few hours of sleep, I drove three hours to Jefferson, Texas! Why? Because my vacation wouldn’t have been complete without spending some time in the most haunted town in Texas!
This small city of only 2,000 people is full of historic homes in Greek Revival, Victorian, English Tudor and Arts and Crafts style. Homes, bed and breakfasts, downtown hotels and restaurants all claim quite a bit of activity from visitors, owners and employees.
This included the place where I stayed, the Delta Street Inn.
The owners mentioned they had quite a bit of spirit activity during renovation of this prairie style 1920 home. It has four very charming rooms and is a quiet, romantic place to stay.
My first experience occurred as I laid down to take a nap before dinner. I started to fall asleep and a deep male voice whispered something in my ear that I couldn’t comprehend. Apparently, this entity didn’t like that I ignored it, because the next thing I heard was a growl. I also heard some other strange sounds within a few feet of where I slept during the night. I wasn’t sure if it was the bathroom door trying to open or close, or maybe it was something sitting in the chair next to my bed. But as soon as I turned on the light, it stopped.
Other hauntings in Jefferson include a perfumed lady in the Excelsior House, white ghostly figures in and around the Haywood House, sweet scents and unexplainable music at the Twin Oaks Plantation, and a myriad of activity at the Jefferson Hotel; footsteps on the stairs, bright orbs following guests around in room 21, the ghost of an elderly woman placing a blanket over a chilled guest in room 5, and reports of children’s laughter in room 7.
However, these are only a FEW accounts of the things that go in Jefferson. If you’re interested in reading about more of the history and haunts of Jefferson and East Texas, check out Mitchel Whitington’s Grove Emporium.
If you go, be sure to spend time talking to the residents of this amazing town to discover more about the history and haunts! You won’t be disappointed!
Historic Home Tours
Mitchel Whitington and his wife Tami lead daily tours through their Greek Revival style home called The Grove, or Stilley-Young House. This guided tour is only $6.00 for an hour of fascinating history, ghost stories and a glimpse into the architecture and interior designs of the past (this is a must see).
There are many other interesting tours of homes built in the 1800’s including Ruth Lester Memorial and Jefferson Playhouse, Scarlett O’Hardy’s, House of the Seasons, the Benefield House, Singleton’s Virginia Cross as well as the Jefferson Hotel and the Excelsior Hotel downtown.
Historic Oakwood Cemetery
Mitchel and Tami took me out to lunch, then drove me around town and down to the historic Oakwood Cemetery. Located at the end of Alley Street off of Highway 49, it contains exquisite ironwork, tombstone art, grave markers and fascinating epitaphs.
It has the tomb of Diamond Bessie, daughter of a shoe store owner and a wayward girl who was murdered by Abraham Rothschild in 1877, the son of a wealthy Cincinnati jeweler named Meyer Rothschild, and a relative of the prominent European Rothschild banking family. Within this place of peace and rest you will also find Confederate and Union soldiers, early settlers, murder victims and murderers, outlaws, lawmen, businessmen and many others from the bygone riverboat days.
Walking around downtown on a Sunday evening was a tranquil, refreshing experience! I had dinner at LaMache’s Italian Restaurant, and had a fantastic pasta dish with cream sauce, mushrooms and clams, and finished with the most decadent tiramusu. Then I strolled through the very quiet streets and took pictures of the Jay Gould Railroad Car, the lobby of the Excelsior and the attached gardens, and the Jefferson Historical Museum.
There aren’t many chain restaurants in Jefferson, Texas. But there is a drug store with an old-fashioned soda counter. What it lacks in culture, the town makes up for in scenery and the mystery of the past. And a small motor boat tour through the canals of Caddo Lake only 20 minutes from town will leave you breathless with white ibis and great blue heron soaring across the water, ancient cypress trees adorned with Spanish moss, and the beautiful white water hyacinth and giant Salvinia floating serenely on the surface.
Traffic congestion for quiet streets. Air pollution for small town charm. Cramped neighborhoods for green, wide open, quaint lots. And the uncaring attitudes of those ensconced in big city life for people who take the time to learn more about you.
For the spirits that resided in this once thriving riverboat town so long ago, their eternal peace is to hang out in the very place they did when they were alive. Whether they roam the streets or nearby woods, sit quietly unseen on porch swings, or hang out in the very rooms where they used to live, they have no desire to move on. And I definitely don’t blame them. I didn’t want to leave either.