My story The Spirit of Love is featured in my new release "Second Time Around Anthology" with five other authors and their fabulous tales.
The setting for my story takes place aboard the historical Queen Mary docked in Long Beach, California. The museum/hotel is a personal favorite of mine. Perhaps it's the art deco decor or the atmosphere of the place that draws me back time and again. Both give a person a glimpse of days long past. Along with the exhibits and the special events, they also offer a ghost tour. In honor of The Spirit of Love, I would like to offer a tour of my own.
The Queen Mary is known to have "hot" spots or places where spirits have appeared to guests and employees.
Our first stop will be in the pool room where Travis and Brynna set up their equipment to find a ghost of their own. The dim lighting and empty pool are an
eerie reminder of what the pool room once looked like in its heyday. There's no shallow end and the deepest point of the pool is fourteen feet deep.
The dressing room is noted as being a "vortex of energy" where psychics have felt a negative energy. The picture to the right is the my digital photo of the room lighted by my flash, but the room was dark on our tour. The dressing room line both sides of the room. The doors are no longer attached, leaving each tiled room open for view. We were asked to step into one of the rooms while we waited to see if anyone sensed a presence. I didn't feel a hostile entity, but I did have an experience. A dark shadow stood in front of me, blinding what little vision I had in the room. I thought at first the dim lights were turned off, making it impossible to see anything. Then scent of a woman's perfume hit my nostrils. By the time I voiced what happened, both had vanished. Did I experience a visit from a ghost? Perhaps, who's to say for sure. To my disappointment, my photos didn't catch the ghostly encounter.
In front of the dressing room, wet footprints have been seen. Also the gate has opened and shut without anyone being there. An apparition of a woman in a bathing suit and a little girl have also appeared, transparent but still able to make out the old time bathing suit and the little girl's dress. A psychic believes the little girl's name is Jackie.
On the tour, we used the dowsing rods to see if the Jackie would communicate with us, but she didn't want to cooperate that night. The dowsing rods had worked in other areas of the ship, moving with a quick movement to answer yes and no questions. I was skeptical about the rods and volunteered to hold the rods myself in the engine room. When we asked the yes and no questions, the rods moved in a direction with a quick movement to respond. I had no control of the movement whatsoever. Very strange to say the least.
Our tour guide for the evening, Erika Frost is a paranormal personality and psychic. She's been on the Sci Fi Channel with the Ghost Hunters and the National Geographic Discovery's "Haunted Ships." She's also been on Coast to Coast with AM with George Norry. We also had Erika's good friend, Jack Rourke with us as well. He's a Psychical researcher and psychic consultant who preforms readings in LA. (Erika Frost is on the far right and Jack Rourke is standing on the stairs.)
I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of where my tale, The Spirit of Love, will unfold.
If you would like to be entered in the contest to win a copy of the anthology featuring The Spirit of Love, please leave a comment about your favorite place to visit. Tell me why you're drawn to the place.
All names will be put into a hat and my daughter will have the honor of drawing the lucky winner.
Contest begins Nov. 9th and ends Nov. 29th. Winner to be announced on November 30th.
*Note: Only US and Canadian residence are eligible for print or pdf version of Second Time Around. All other countries are eligible for pdf version only.
Second Time around is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
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