Coming August 2020- Pumpkins and Party Themes

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Pumpkins and Party Themes
50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life
By Roxanne Rhoads

Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Skyhorse 

Release Date: August 4, 2020

ISBN-10: 1510751165

ISBN-13: 978-1510751163

Bring your Halloween party theme to life with these quick tips and tricks!

Pumpkins and Party Themes features ten unique party themes with five do-it-yourself pumpkin designs for each theme. The pumpkin projects have a variety of decorating ideas that include carving, painting, and mixed media craftiness and easy-to-follow steps on each creation. Author Roxanne Rhoads also includes quick ideas on how to bring the theme to life through décor, costumes, and activities. These fun party themes range from gothic elegance to Edgar Allan Poe, under the sea, let's get literary, and more!


With beautiful full-color images to illustrate the tools needed, steps to follow, and final products, this book makes for the perfect gift for Halloween enthusiasts and party hosts alike!

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Death and the City: A Haunted Flint Presentation by Roxanne Rhoads #HauntedFlint



In case you missed my Death and the City Presentation at Witchtober Fest at the Good Beans Cafe on October 12, here it is. 



Flint is a city plagued with extremely high numbers of violent deaths. More so than your average small city.  Flint’s murder rates have made headlines in the past several years but the truth is, murder is nothing new here.

My Haunted Flint co-author Joe, has a weekly column here on the blog called Freaky Flint History, which recounts tales of weird deaths from the early 20th Century. Stories of jealousy, rage, and strange accidents abound. What is it about this land that turns normal people into murderous monsters?

Flint is filled with ghost stories. Are the multitudes of violent deaths to blame? Or is there something else lurking underneath it all, causing the murders and the hauntings?

Is there something sinister attached to the land itself? An ancient curse, perhaps?

Read Haunted Flint to learn more about Flint's curse.

Today I’m going to talk about some of the death haunts in and around the Flint area. Old mortuaries, funeral homes, and cemeteries.

Spencer House Photo by Joe Schipani

Spencer House of Mortuary

Places that have housed the dead are always filled with strong energy but is it spirits or imprints of grief from the living people left behind?

Built in 1910, the Spencer House of Mortuary had many incarnations. In 1955 Dr. Merrill Spencer and his wife, Edith, converted the home into the Spencer House of Mortuary for African Americans. It closed in 1997 and was boarded up for years which fueled more rumors of the building being haunted. Spencer House had its fair share of whispered tales of shadowy figures in the windows and sounds of distant screams filling the night.

Mrs. Spencer donated Spencer House of Mortuary to the Historic Carriage Town Neighborhood Association. In 2012 The Flint Public Art Project turned the mortuary into a center for the arts.

On a cold and dreary May evening in 2016 my co-author, Joe Schipani, had the chance to participate in a paranormal investigation with the Haunt Investigators of Michigan. After a slow start Joe was ready to give up hope of anything interesting happening. Then a shadowy figure appeared on a sensor in a small hallway upstairs. As they approached he disappeared, then reappeared farther down the hallway, then again at the top of the stairs. Poof he disappeared again. They continued searching for him.  When he finally appeared again he was ready to play. The investigators interacted with him and discovered his name was George Kepler and that another spirit named Rose was with him. Later on that evening the group encountered two more spirits downstairs. One of the spirits was a child that liked to dance.

In November 2018 the building was torn down but that didn’t stop the spooky occurrences. Neighbors are often awakened in the middle of the night by moans and screams coming from the property where the mortuary once stood.

Abandoned funeral homes and mortuaries are always rumored to be haunted and there are usually rumors about human remains being left behind.

In 99 percent of the cases, there is no truth to the rumors.

However, in 2006, human ashes were found in the shuttered Collins Memorial Funeral Home on Clio Road.

In 2017 the State of Michigan revoked the mortuary license of Swanson Funeral Home on Martin Luther King Avenue after discovering stacks of un-refrigerated bodies and numerous other violations. They also found 300 sets of unclaimed cremains which were eventually laid to rest at New Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

The sad thing is that it took the state over 2 years to investigate and shut them down. Claims were made in 2015 that there were stacks of rotting bodies and other unsanitary conditions. But the state didn’t close them down until 2017.

It’s shameful the way these two funeral homes neglected the remains of the dead.

Other locations in Flint have suffered as well. Reports have been coming in that several cemeteries in Genesee County are severely neglected. One of them is Avondale.   

Avondale Photo by Ari Napolitano

Avondale Cemetery is one of Flint’s oldest remaining burial grounds. Not as well kept as Glenwood but still a favorite destination for local explorers. Full of crumbling tombstones and ancient mausoleums, the cemetery is filled with history…and spirits.

Disturbed spirits are a popular trope for horror movies and ghost stories. Often combined with a tale of the house or building being built on top of an old cemetery, where bodies were left behind.

Avondale Photo by Ari Napolitano

In Flint this frightening tale is more than just a spooky story.

The Flint City Cemetery was established in 1842 when Flint was still just a village. By the 1950s trash and overgrown weeds had taken over.

The city decided to redevelop the land.

Around 1200 remains were reinterred at the Flint City Cemetery at the corner of Linden Rd and Pasadena Avenue. Around 925 of the remains were unknowns. Bodies had been buried on top of each other. Some of the remains exhumed were wearing buckskins.

The property was sold to Albert J Koerts in 1958, who owned Koerts Glass and Paint.

The remaining residents of the old City Cemetery were reburied in Avondale along with 122 grave markers.

Or were they?

The section where the gravestones were moved to inside Avondale is called Pioneer’s Row. The stones are arranged in two rows, very close together, in a way that suggests stones and bones are probably not buried together.

In 1985 the remains of more than 24 bodies were found during construction in the basement of the Holiday Inn Express at 1150 Longway Boulevard and I-475. They were eventually reburied at the Flint City Cemetery.

Rumors swirl that Albert J Koerts, who purchased the old cemetery property, just moved the grave markers to Avondale which means the remains of some of Flint's earliest residents may still be lost under Flint buildings and parking lots. Unfortunately Koerts is long dead and took that secret to his grave.

Holiday Inn Photo by Joe Schipani

Those remains found under the hotel? Do they belong to grave markers in Avondale or do they belong in the Flint City Cemetery?

Both the Holiday Inn and Avondale Cemetery have numerous reports of haunting encounters.

Several psychic mediums say that Avondale is filled with spirits, they see them clearly...everywhere. The cemetery is a popular destination for both vandals and ghost hunters in Flint. Orbs and strange noises have been reported along with numerous sightings. More than one dead body has been discovered right outside the perimeter.

Are angry spirits lurking because their final resting place was disturbed?

Do ghosts linger when they do not receive a proper burial?

Marcella Burnard's Halloween Playlist




Bring on the Creepy Music!!

My Halloween PlayList features NOX ARCANA (even the Christmas albums are creepy, y'all. I love these guys), DESIDERII MARGINIS, CITIES LAST BROADCAST, MUSICA CTHULHIANA




Enemy Games
Chronicles of the Empire
Book Two
Marcella Burnard
                           
Genre: SFR/SciFiRom
                                      
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.

Date of Publication: 10/16/19

Number of pages: 425
Word Count: 95k

Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor

Tagline: Different species from different worlds make reluctant allies.

Book Description:

While combating a plague, scientist Jayleia Durante becomes a pawn in a greater game. With her father missing and intergalactic mercenaries on her trail, her decision to cooperate with Major Damen Sindrivik may prove advantageous...if she can control her attraction to the officer who abducted her.Some secrets aren't worth keeping...Damen, a spy from a rival government, will use anything, including his predatory instincts, to achieve his mission...locating Jayleia's father.

She reacts to Damen's charm and seductive power, so why does he question her motivation?Conflicted loyalties and enemies abound...Traitors and the alien enemies threaten to destroy the galaxy. Jayleia must choose.

Betray her father, risk her friends, and lose Damen, or prevent an Interstellar war?


Excerpt:

Damen, fully dressed, left the tiny chamber by stalking straight up to her and glaring at her, a knot in his jaw. If she backed up, she’d collide with the bed. His bed. Muscles low in her abdomen clenched tight. Confusion rocked her. What had happened to make her react to the man? She sidled away, circling toward the open shower door. He leaned in, his gaze holding hers. Rational thought evaporated. She stumbled into the sanitizer. “What aren’t you telling me?” he murmured, his gaze fixed on her mouth. The air left her lungs and she struggled to recall that she had no business hoping Damen would make good his implied threat to kiss her. Pressing her lips tight, trapped by his gaze, she nudged the button to activate the system. The door shut in his face.

About the Author:

Marcella Burnard graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a degree in acting. Yes, there have been a few paying gigs here and there, but writing is her true love. Marcella writes science fiction romance, urban fantasy, paranormal, and fantasy. If a story brings the weird, Marcella’s right there for it. She lives in Florida, where she and her husband are outnumbered by cats. Marcella is actively involved in feline rescue in the Tampa Bay area, and you can always find cat photos and videos on her Facebook page or on her Instagram account.
                                                

Twitter: @marcellaburnard

Instagram: @marcellaburnard

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Hex and the Single Witch 
Vehicle City Vampires Book One

Anwyn Rose is descended from a long line of powerful witches yet she can barely cast spells young witchlings have mastered.

She has one functioning witch gift, the power of knowing, which she puts to good use as a Detective on Flint?s Preternatural Investigation Team.It?s a new era in Vehicle City, supernaturals are running the town.

The P.I.T has their hands full with paranormal crimes. Top priority is a serial killer, who appears to be a vampire, draining young women in the city.

Anwyn is on the case with her sexy partner Detective Mike Malone.

Complicating things is her relationship Galen, a vampire who looks more guilty than innocent, although Anwyn trusts her instincts even if her power is on the fritz.

Mysterious spells, compromising situations, and a possible demon on the loose make it hard to focus on the case, but Anwyn has to make things right before the human police execute the wrong vampire.


Hex and the Single Witch contains magick, a little bit of mystery, a lot of supernatural mayhem, and a sexy love triangle that will leave you wanting more.



Eternal Desire 
Desire Series Book One

Halloween in New Orleans, anything can happen…including love and magick.

Paranormal researcher Liz Beth's dreams are haunted by a sensual vampire.

She arrives in New Orleans the week of Halloween in search of her elusive dream lover, but instead finds a handsome stranger.

They begin a passionate affair. Soon she is torn between dreams and reality, lost somewhere in the middle trying to regain reason.


She aches to find the vampire of her dreams but can't seem to break free of the spell her sexy stranger has her tangled in.





Haunting Desire
Desire Series Book Two

Welcome to the Inn of Amorous Apparitions where your every libidinous longing can be fulfilled by sensual spirits.

LizBeth has been hired to use her ghost whispering skills on the specters at the Castle Inn, but instead of banishing the seductive spooks Barbara, the Inn Keeper, wants them to "come out and play" with her special guests. 

The Castle Inn is set to become the destination for the ghost sex fetish crowd. But first LizBeth has to convince the voluptuous visions that it is alright to participate in spectrophilia fun with the guests. 

LizBeth has a special talent for seeing and communicating with ghosts but these enchanting ethereals are not cooperating with her, or her vampire boyfriend. Something odd is fueling the raunchy wraiths and they have to discover the power source or risk leaving a customer unsatisfied.


There’s more to this haunting than the average ghost. Will LizBeth be able uncover the mystery of this sexy haunted mansion?




A Halloween to Remember

There are two things Chrissy and Martin really love besides each other—sex and Halloween. They even bought a spooky old Victorian house with a graveyard in the back. Could they have a better place to throw a lavish Halloween party?

Adena's not much for the crazy orgies that happen at Chrissy's parties but she can't say no to her best friend's Halloween-housewarming party either. So she dresses up, arrives late and stays away from most of the swinging people and wild activities at the party. At least until she encounters the man of her dreams at midnight. Dimitri is everything Adena has always dreamed of in a man: dark, handsome, smart…but there’s something a little off about him.


When she discovers just what makes Dimitri different, Adena decides to find a way for them to be together. But will love and faith, along with Halloween magic, be enough to bring Adena's darkly handsome lover, Dimitri, back to her before it’s too late?




Halloween Surprise

Alcina and Estra are ready to enjoy everything Halloween has to offer them – food, fun, and, most of all – the pleasures of the flesh. 

After enjoying each other’s bodies for hours they decide it’s time to find a man. Luckily for Michael he’s the one that happens to cross their path. After quickly deciding that he is exactly what they were looking for, they convince him to take them back to his place for a wild Halloween ménage ‘a trios. 


He ends up getting more than he bargained for with a sexy, but shocking, Halloween surprise...


Upcoming Haunted Flint Events


Hello Halloween Lovers,

The spooky season is officially here! 

September sure got away from me. The release of Haunted Flint was incredible. 

We were a #1 New Release in 5 categories on Amazon. We bounced around in the top ten bestseller's list for those those categories for a couple weeks. It was awesome. At one point the kindle version and paperbook version were #1 and #2 bestsellers side by side. It was amazing. We're sold out on a bunch of other websites including our publisher website (wow).

Thank you everyone who purchased the book and came out to our release party and signings. 

We have signed so many books! 

On the night of our release party we had to have signed at least 160 books. Totem was packed and the signing line continuous. 

If you missed the release party don't worry. We have more events coming up where you can grab a signed copy.


Friday, October 11, 2019 at 5 PM – 7 PM
Fenton's Open Book
105 W Shiawassee Ave, Fenton, Michigan 48430

On October 11, as part of Fenton's Witches Night Out, Roxanne will be at Fenton's Open Book from 5-7 PM signing copies of Haunted Flint

Haunted Flint 
Haunted America Series
by Roxanne Rhoads and Joe Schipani

Release Date: September 2, 2019

Publisher: The History Press

Home to ancient burial grounds, unsolved murders, economic depression and a water crisis, Flint emits an unholy energy rife with ghostly encounters.

Colonel Thomas Stockton's ever-vigilant ghost keeps a watchful eye over his family home at Spring Grove, where guests occasionally hear the thump of his heavy boots.

Restless spirits long separated from their graves lurk among the ancient stones at Avondale Cemetery. Carriage maker W.A. Paterson's spirit continuously wanders the halls of the Dryden Building, and something sinister and unnamed resides in a Knob Hill mansion waiting to prey on impressionable young men.

Join authors Roxanne Rhoads and Joe Schipani on a chilling tour of Flint's most haunted locations.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11 AM – 4 PM
The Good Beans Cafe
328 N Grand Traverse St, Flint, Michigan 48503


Have a bewitching time at the first ever Witchtober Fest in Flint! 

Local Authors will be on hand telling stories from their books, Live Presentations, children’s crafts, spooky artists and vendors and so much more! 

See you at Good Beans on October 12th from 11am - 4pm! Admission is $5 and benefits the YWCA of Greater Flint.  Dress in your Witchy Best and get $2 off admission!


Authors Schedule
11:15 - 11:45 Serafina Bersonage “A Witches Education”

12:15 - 12:45 Martha Allard “Dust”, “Black Light” and more 

1:15 - 1:45 Melodie Bolt “Incarceration”, “Hoofbeats”, “In the Garden Of the Crow” and more 

2:15 - 2:45 Avonelle Morley “Dead Obsession” & “Body Hunters” 

3:15 - 3:45 Roxanne Rhoads “Haunted Flint”, “Hex and the Single Witch”, and more 

Presenters 

11:50 - 12:10 Davonna Wallace 
“As the Pendulum Swings”  - a fun & educational presentation and storytelling on pendulums and their history. 

1:50 - 2:10 Leanne Kellett “The Astrology of Halloween”  - when little witches and the Stars come out to play, it makes for an interesting evening. 

2:50 - 3:10 Melissa Kurtz “In the Graveyard” - graveyard practices: what to do, what not to do, and how to honor the blessed dead. 



Explore Ghosts in Flint & Genesee

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 6 PM – 11 PM
Explore Flint & Genesee
519 S Saginaw St, Ste 200, Flint, Michigan 48502

Friday, October 18 from 6 p.m. - ??? 
Tickets are $20. 
Pre-registration is required. 
To register visit: https://bit.ly/2l9xEIl

Join the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Haunted Flint, for a creepy crawl on Friday, October 18th as we Explore the Ghosts of Flint and Genesee! 

In coordination with the book Haunted Flint we shall take terrifying tours of several of Flint’s notoriously haunted attractions – The Capitol Theater, Avondale Cemetery, The Durant-Dort Carriage Company Building, and the Stockton Center. Mark your calendars for a night of freaky fun that will be sure to give you a shiver.

Meet in Brush Park for registration and resource tables. Purchase a copy of Haunted Flint before the tour begins!

A lot of walking will be taking place on this tour.  This tour requires that you take the bus to all locations. Each bus will go to all stops on the tour.


Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 10 AM – 6 PM
Holiday Inn Flint 
5353 Gateway Centre, Flint, Michigan 48507


TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!
$5 Admission (FREE With $50 #MidMichParaCon Ticket)

Walk the Haunted Halls of our Psychic Fair and browse our Magickal Marketplace! Over 60+ Unique Vendors! 

🔮 Psychics/Mediums/Astrologers
✨ Healing Sessions/Reiki
👻Paranormal Books/Authors/Artists/Items 
✨ Paranormal Investigators & Teams 
🔮 Unique items, Oddities, & Jewelry
✨ Metaphysical Supplies, Crystals & More!!!!

Scottish Halloween Traditions with Jennifer Allis Provost



Scottish Halloween Traditions

The day we call Halloween has its origins in the Celtic holiday Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The ancient Celts believed that on Samhain the veil between this world and the Otherworld grew thin, thus allowing humans to interact with the spirit world. This thinning of the veil not only made contact with spirits easier, it also allowed monsters to enter our world.

Celts would leave offerings outside their doors, such as a bowl of milk or a loaf of bread, to appease the fae. Some creatures, such as the impish puka, took their offerings directly from the fields. And some creatures were a death sentence to all who saw them, as were the Dullahan. They were headless men who rode horses with fire in their eyes, and if you saw one death was imminent.

Also on horseback were The Sluagh, or Faery Host, was made up of the spirits of the restless dead. They came from the west on Samhain, their mission to steal souls. Celts would keep all western-facing windows and doors shut on Samhain to keep the Sluagh from entering their homes.

With all these monsters afoot, folk devised several ways to ward off evil spirits. Large bonfires were set to ward off malevolent entities, and lanterns bearing scary faces were carved from neeps, what we Americans call turnips.  Of course, this custom gave rise to the pumpkin jack o’ lantern we still see today.

Our custom of trick or treating also has roots in the Scots tradition of guising, in which children would disguise themselves as evil spirits. This way, they could venture out on Halloween without being detected by ghouls and monsters. However, guisers couldn’t simply knock on their neighbor’s door and expect candy. They first had to perform a trick, such as reciting a poem or joke, and candy was their reward.

Other traditional customs still practiced today, in one form or another, include dookin’ for apples. Much like the modern game of bobbing for apples, this game involved trying to grab apples from a tub of water using your mouth, or a fork clenched between your teeth. Children would also try to bit treacle scones suspended from ropes, while their hands were tied behind their backs. If you were recently engaged you might throw a nut on the fire. If it quietly burned amid the embers your union would be good, but if those nuts hissed and crackled it foretold of discord in the house.

Does your family still practice traditional Halloween customs? Let us know in the comments!





Gallowglass
Book One
Jennifer Allis Provost

Genre: urban fantasy

Publisher: Bellatrix Press

Date of Publication: June 6, 2017

ISBN: 978-1622510320
ASIN: B06XXQCPFB

Number of pages: 271
Word Count: 75k

Cover Artist: Deranged Doctor Designs

Tagline: Karina didn’t set out to free the Seelie Queen’s gallowglass. Now she’ll do anything to keep him.

Book Description:

After Karina and her brother, Chris’s, lives fall apart in separate yet equally spectacular ways, they leave New York behind and head to the UK. Karina buries herself in research for her doctoral thesis, all the while studiously not thinking about the man who broke her heart, while Chris—who’d been a best-selling author before his ex-fiancée sued him for plagiarism—drinks his way across the British Isles.

In Scotland, they visit the grave of Robert Kirk, a seventeenth- century minister who was kidnapped by fairies. No one is more shocked than Karina when a handsome man with a Scottish brogue appears, claiming to be the Robert Kirk of legend. What’s more, he says he spent the last few hundred years as the Gallowglass, the Seelie Queen’s personal assassin. When they’re attacked by demons, Karina understands how dearly the queen wants him back.

As Karina and Robert grow closer, Chris’s attempts to drown his sorrows lead him to a pub, and a woman called Sorcha. Chris is instantly smitten with her, so much so he spends days with Sorcha and lies to his sister about his whereabouts. When Chris comes home covered in fey kisses, Karina realizes that the Seelie Queen isn’t just after Robert.

Can Karina outsmart the Seelie Queen, or is Robert doomed to forever be the Gallowglass?

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Excerpt:

My jaw dropped, and if I hadn’t already been on the ground I would have fallen. As it was, my arm went out from under me, and my shoulder bumped into Robert. “Are ye all right, lass?” Robert asked.
“Yes,” I lied. There was nothing all right about this. “Why did the queen take you?”
“She fancied me,” he replied. “Offered me an apple, ye ken. I said no, it angered her, she cursed me. And here we are today.”
I looked up at him. He still had his head tipped back against the tree, his eyes closed. “That sounds like the ridiculously oversimplified version.”
At that, he opened his eyes and speared me with his gaze. “Would ye be likin’ all the details, then, lass?”
I swallowed. “Um, maybe not just yet.” My gaze moved from Robert’s face to the quartz in my hand. “What makes you think I freed you?”
“Ye made contact wi’ the tree, wishin’ to rescue me. Wishes are powerful things, ye ken.” Robert leaned over and touched the quartz. “Then ye dropped your stone, and a door opened for me. I ha’ been waitin’ for ye ever since.”
“Wishes are powerful things,” I repeated. “Why do you want to leave with me? You don’t even know me.”
“I know ye freed me, and that is no small thing,” Robert replied. “I also know that as soon as Nicneven kens I’ve left me post, she will send her creatures to retrieve me.”
“Creatures?”                                                          
“Aye. And I do no’ want to be here when they arrive.”
I took a deep breath and got to my feet, Robert following suit. Once we were standing I looked into his clear blue eyes, his guileless face, and sighed. He was either telling the truth, or he was the greatest actor in the world. Or I was the world’s biggest idiot; the jury was still out on that.
“Well, let’s go.”
“Go?” he repeated hopefully.
“If you’re telling the truth—and I’m not saying that you are—I can’t just leave you here. And, if you’re not telling the truth, I’ll drop you at the nearest police station,” I added, trying to act tough in front of the armored man with the sword.
Robert inclined his head, and took both of my hands in his. “Lass, soon enough ye will ken that I only speak what’s true.” He once again brought my knuckles to his lips; this time, I let him kiss me. It was nice, having one’s hand kissed by a dark, handsome man. “Karina Siobhan Stewart, I am now your charge, and I shall follow your every command.”
“Okay. Um.” I looked him over and issued my first command. “First of all, you can’t tromp around Aberfoyle wearing chain mail. You’re going to have to take off your armor.”
                                                  

About the Author:

Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library.) An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.










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