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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Oliver watches through gleaming eyes as Victoria Rodder winds her way up the path to the haunted mansion, garbed in her blood-stained nightgown. Blood glistens under the glow of a hunter’s moon. A coyote howls, its piercing yip cutting through the night.

The candles flicker as Victoria takes a seat in the parlor and stares into the house across the lane. WHY?

Oliver’s laughter bubbles from deep in his throat. "Allow Vicky to explain while I muster up some refreshments."

            What can cause the hair on your arms to rise?  Is it a sense of being watched? Seeing a shadow out of the corner of your eye?  Perhaps, it’s a sound that shouldn’t be there but is.   A residual haunt is a continual playback of a past event.  The ghost will repeat an action over and over, but not interact with people.  An intelligent haunt is a ghost that can attempt to communicate or interact with us.
My paranormal romance, The Dream House Visions and Nightmares received the highest rating of BEST BOOK on The Long and Short of it Reviews.  It is a murder mystery wrapped in a paranormal ghost story.  Recurring dreams of a house Hope Graham's family rented when she was a child, taunt her nights with images of a woman in a bloody nightgown pleading for help.  Dream sequences of children metamorphosing into rats, blood spewing out of windows, and walking across decaying bones, foretell of sins of the past and forewarn of danger in the present.  In an attempt to end the agony of her sleep deprivation, Hope travels to her hometown...only to discover that the truth can be more frightening than a nightmare.

*The main character Hope Graham is sitting in a living room watching the house across the street.

The house instantly transformed.
Instead of the deserted, falling down state, it had a fresh coat of white paint and the groomed lawn held children’s toys.  Riveted I watched a red ball roll off the intact porch, bounce down the steps and continue down the sidewalk, depositing red blotches in its wake.  Tearing my eyes away from the ball, I glanced back at the house.

Before my eyes it reverted to total dilapidation, but the vision didn’t end.  The frame that had once held the downstairs bedroom window began to fill with a red liquid.  I soon realized it was blood.  The blood oozed out of the window frame onto the weathered boards and ran down to the now neglected grass.  Terror filled me and I lifted my feet off the floor.  Fear that the blood would flow into Ida’s house to drown me irrationally gripped me.
The Dream House Visions and Nightmares is available at and also at Amazon

My published work includes a paranormal romance novel, The Dream House: Visions and Nightmares Asylett Press July 2009, a mystery suspense, Bolt Action, Champagne Books April 2010, short stories A Gift Among Sisters appeared in Chicken Soup for the Coffee Lover’s Soul, and Why I Believe In Angels appeared in A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families.   My picture book, What if a Zebra had Triangles? will be published by Vinspire Publishing, and I just received a contract for my children’s book, The Curse of King Ramesses II from Wild Child Publishing.  I have had several articles published in REAL Canadian Kids Magazine, Guide Magazine, Pockets Magazine, Farm Life Magazine, Lifelines, One Way Street, and The Highground.


Victoria Roder said...

Thanks for hosting me on your site, Sharon and thanks to Oliver for the wonderful service.

Hywela Lyn said...

Hello Victoria

What a wondefully creepy excerpt, and very intriguing.

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Vicky, welcomte. Oliver is always happy to oblige. What can he bring you from the bar? The Dream House is a must read.

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Lyn, grab a seat if you dare. What can Oliver bring you to drink Great decorations, my witch's hat is off to you for sprinkling your magic, my friend.

tealady said...

Absolutly a fantstic read!Don't read at night by yourself,it keeps you wondering until the very last moment.

I can not wait to read what else this author has up her sleeve.

My favorite author to date,plan on being a fan for a long time.

Tiffany Green said...

Wow, sounds like a great book! Although I wouldn't be able to read it alone at night. Best wishes and happy sales.

Debra St. John said...

Hi Victoria,

Congrats on your great review.

It's the unexpected sounds (the little subtle ones) that get me...oooh...*shiver*

Sharon Donovan said...

Welcome Tealady, Tiffany and Debra. I agree, a must read. Best of luck, Victoria.

Mary Ricksen said...

What an exciting blog ladies! I'd absolutely love it if I was frightened by a story like this one. It's a mush have. Good luck Victoria.

Hi Sharon!!

Mary Ricksen said...

And Oliver, yes how are you dear fellow. Could I please have the usual. What do you mean you don't know my usual?
Mmmmmmmm I'll bet Sharon knows. Ask your boss. :0)

Sharon Donovan said...

Sharon tells Oliver to get with the program and mix a a strawberry fruit smoothie for Mary, just like the strawberry colada at Duncan Donut

Victoria Roder said...

Lyn, I'm glad you like the excerpt. There's a different one on my website if you want to check it out.

Thanks for the encouragement Tea Lady! Always wonderful to hear.

Victoria Roder said...

Thanks for stopping Tiffany. I promise there are tension breaks with a sweet romance in The Dream House Visions and Nightmares.

Hey, Mary. Glad you stopped in!