A PARANORMAL VALENTINE -- 5 GHOST STORIES (Follower Love Giveaway Blog Hop)

Ghost stories aren’t just for Halloween, and happy endings don’t produce restless spirits. 

Love lost, love spurned, love betrayed – such things produce powerful emotions that just might be strong enough to cause spirits to linger instead of moving on. 

The following are five tragic tales of love gone terribly wrong....

The Missing Lovers
The Castillo de San Marcos is a fortress in St. Augustine, Florida. Built by the Spanish in 1695, it has a long history of ghostly manifestations. Many of these center around a woman, Dolores, who was the young wife of the fortress commander, Colonel Garcia Marti. The couple arrived at the fort in 1784. As the story goes, it was an arranged marriage and the harsh and ill-humored Colonel ignored his bride. It wasn’t long before Dolores took notice of the Colonel’s handsome and charming assistant, Captain Manuel Abela.

Actual dungeon where the fake wall was discovered.
Dolores wore a distinctive perfume, and one day the Colonel smelled it on Abela’s uniform! Shortly afterwards, both Manuel and Dolores disappeared, never to be seen again. The Colonel explained to the soldiers that Manuel was on special assignment to Cuba. To Dolores’ many friends, he claimed she had returned to Spain because the Florida climate was having a detrimental effect on her health.

The truth wasn’t discovered for 50 years, after the fort was in American hands. An anomaly was noticed in a dungeon wall and the bricks were removed – revealing a hidden room and a pair of skeletons, male and female, chained to the wall. Since that time, many people have reported cold spots, floating orbs of light and the sudden overpowering scent of sweet perfume in the dungeon area!

Ghosts in Paris
The Eiffel Tower is the site of many tales, and it's no surprise that one of them is a ghost story. A young couple who had been dating for a while agreed to meet at the top of the Eiffel Tower to talk. The woman wanted to end the relationship, while the man was intent on proposing. The man became so enraged that he threatened to kill her if she didn't marry him. She refused and he pushed her from the tower. It's said that the ghost of the young woman haunts the site, and her screams can sometimes still be heard.

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France
The Arc de Triomphe in Paris has several ghosts, one of which is named Rose. After quarreling with her lover on Bastille Day (July 14) in 1914, it's said that she climbed the 284 steps to the top of this stone monument and threw herself off, narrowly missing the throngs of people below who had gathered for the holiday festivities. Sightings of Rose repeating this sad act have been reported, usually when there's a crowd gathered for a parade or other event. 

The Rejected Suitor
During the War of 1812, a Canadian lieutenant named Muir had fallen in love with Marie McIntosh, daughter of a local trader who lived near the Detroit River. She was very fond of the handsome young soldier, but he was terribly shy and the girl became annoyed with his timid wooing. He visited her every week without ever expressing his feelings for her until the very day he was leaving on a dangerous assignment, when he asked for her hand. To his shock, she laughed and teased him. Her expectation was that he would try even harder to win her and she would eventually relent and say yes.

Muir, however, thought she didn't love him and he was heartbroken. He rode off to his regiment without another word and Marie regretted her cruel actions. During the night, she was terrified by a visit from the young man's ghost. Muir told her he had died honorably but wanted his body brought back to the settlement. Then the spirit seized her hand, causing her to scream and faint.

Marie rode the next day and secured help from her father's friends at Fort Malden. Together they found the body where the spirit had said it was, and took it back to be buried at the Canadian settlement.

After that experience, it was said that Marie was no longer a carefree young girl but had aged into a serious woman. The story also says that she forever wore a black glove on the hand that the ghost had touched because the spirit had left a mark upon it. As for Lt. Muir, his ghost has been sighted many times over the years, particularly around the date of his death, August 9th.

The White Lady
Huntly Castle in Scotland is famous for its legend of a woman in white. The apparition has been reported wandering both the rooms of the castle and the grounds of the estate since the 17th century.

Huntly Castle today
The castle was owned by the Lyon family at the time and one of their daughters had an affair with a servant. She was imprisoned in the bedchamber in the high castle tower, but was so distraught at being separated from her lover, she leapt from the window. At least that’s what the family said -- it was widely rumored that she was pushed because the family wished to minimize the scandal!

The Bride on the Bridge
"Emily's Bridge" in Stowe, Vermont
In Stowe, Vermont, a woman in a bridal gown is said to have haunted the covered bridge there since the 1800s. The woman, named Emily, was left waiting at the altar for a groom who never came. She left the church and took her carriage, intending to go to the groom’s home. When she arrived at the bridge, something spooked her horse and she was killed in the ensuing accident. Ever since, sightings of a woman driving a carriage have been reported in the hours after midnight. Those who have seen the ghost, say that she looks extremely angry and many believe she is still hunting for her would-be groom. 

Another version of the story says that Emily and her lover intended to elope and they were to meet at the bridge. She waited there for many hours with her bridal clothes in a suitcase, but her intended never came. Heartbroken, she hung herself from the bridge. It’s rumored that crossing the bridge at night will cause Emily’s ghost to leave long scratches on the car!


Here's the fun part.  
From February 7th to 14th, 2012, it's the
"Follower Love Giveaway Hop ".


Congratulations to Proserpine whose name was drawn as the winner of my giveaway. 

Don't forget there'll be a BRAND NEW BLOG HOP beginning on Feb. 17th!


  1. I have been wanting to read the changling series. I love the setting on these.

  2. It wasn't until I read Shift and Shade by Jeri Ready-Smith that I decided I loved to read ghost romances. Those two books are so touching...I cried.

    I've never seen a ghost myself...but I believe they exist in one form or another.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Kristin (klaragon73@gmail.com)

  3. I don't particularly care for the ghost hunting shows but any books about ghosts, I'll read in a minute.
    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  4. You always find the most wonderful things to share. Thank you Dani!

  5. Thanks for your giveaway.

    I love ghost stories, books, and movies. At the movies, I sometimes have to hide my eyes. I know, I am a chicken.


  6. I love shows about ghosts. I've always believed in them and so does the rest of my family.

  7. I am not a huge fan of ghost stories BUT I like when ghosts are featured in stories if that makes sense. When they are a character in a series like Jeaniene Frost does in her Night Huntress series.

    wayfaringwriter at gmail dot com

  8. I love ghost stories and watch all of the ghost hunter type shows on TV!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I believe. I love reading ghost stories and watching movies or shows on TV about them.


  10. OMG I love ghost stories. I watch ghost hunter shows all the time. Plus, I love books with ghose in it, like Jeaniene Frost and Karen Chance books.


  11. I totally believe in ghosts and I love to watch & read anything that has to do with them!


  12. I love ghost stories and believe in ghosts as well!


  13. I love reading ghost stories, especially 'true' ones :)
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  14. Ghost stories are both interesting & sad - I always read them when I come across them & have bought several collections of ghost stories in my travels.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  15. Yes i believe in ghost and only read ghost stories during the day..:0/....Thanks for the giveaway.


  16. Thank you so much for this great giveaway! I do believe in ghosts! I can't wait to read this book thanks for the chance!
    tishajean@ charter.net

  17. I am a huge chicken about ghosts. I was particularly taken by your 1812 soldier story since this is where I live and have toured Ft. Malden. Glad I didn't know about the ghost and nobody has mentioned it to me.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity for one of your wonderful books!

  18. I like romantic ghost stories otherwise I'm a big baby when it comes to ghosts


  19. I love anything to do with ghosts, the show Ghost Adventures is my favorite!

  20. I love ghost stuff! Ghost movies, little video clips, EVP's all that fun stuff :D I totally believe in ghosts!


  21. I have never had any encounters with ghosts, but my boyfriend swears his aunt's house is haunted! He has had many freaky experiences there sleeping in the attic, like objects moving or doors locking..
    thanks for the giveaway ! :)
    email subscriber

  22. Ooo, great stories! I don't generally like ghost stories (maybe because they're a bit too easy for me to believe in ;) ), but all the ghost stories I've heard from family and friends have been more positive in nature.

    contact (at) jamigold (dot) com

  23. My girlfriend is so afraid of ghosts that I have to go behind her back to watch ghost movies.

  24. I LOVE ghost stories. Nothing else ever scares me, but I have a weakness for the things that go bump in the night.


  25. I believe in ghost but I am not a big fan of watching the ghost hunting shows.
    When I was in college I lived in an old house. One night I woke up and thought I saw a child standing in front of me,there were no children living in the house. I was half asleep and my vision was blurry so I am not really sure what I saw or if I saw anything.



  26. I enjoy watching the ghost hunting shows, I find them quite interesting. Enjoyed reading all the stories on your post.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  27. I do believe in ghosts and visits from the deceased. My father has spoken briefly with me twice since his death...the night of his death and then he came to me in the hospital while I was recovering from emergency surgery. It was not a scary situation but was comforting to know that he is still watching out for me.

  28. I love, Love, LOVE Ghost Hunters!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  29. Hi! I watch TAPS every week-ends! LOL I love ghost story and ghost tv show! Thanks for this giveaway!


    1. Congrats Proserpine! Your name was drawn out of the big red mixing bowl as the winner of my giveaway. I'll be emailing you soon!

  30. I like the ghost hunting tv shows although sometimes they scare me. Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. I do enjoy books and tv shows on ghosts. I really liked Secrets of the Dead which originally covered ghosts and ghostly events then expanded to cover other death related topics.


  32. I LOVE ghost stories!

    GFC Stephanie

    thaliansmhc at yahoo dot com

  33. I love ghost stories and shows. Ive lately discovered quite a few good ones on the BIO channel. I have never heard the Arc de Triomphe story before. Thanks for sharing!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  34. I love anything to do with ghosts. I am actually watching Ghost Hunters(TAPS) on tv right now while I inter to win this giveaway!
    I get freaked out but I love it. My best friends, my sister and I love doing our own ghost hunting. Thanks for this great giveaway!

    mararob80 at gmail dot com

  35. So many ghost sightings can be explained away very easily. I have to see something for myself to believe in it. But I do love ghost stories. Go figure!


  36. Thanks for the giveaway!
    prettyhaydengurl at yahoo dot com

  37. Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway.
    A good ghost story sounds pretty good.
    cindymacbeth at gmail dot com

  38. I don't believe in ghosts, but I love reading ghost stories. Thanks so much!


  39. When I was younger I would barricade my bed (the upper bunk) with pillows so I couldn't see out and no one could see in because I was positive ghosts could and could come to get me if they saw me :P


  40. I'm a geek for ghosts. I know it's so not cool, and my boyfriend makes fun of me, but I believe in ghosts and I really want to believe in ghost hunting tv shows! lol


  41. I love a good ghost story! A romantic one is even better!

    AmethystDaydreams at zoho dot com

  42. I love reading ghost stories. I never get tired of them.

  43. Ghost stories are fun to read. Unless they're spooky and then it's fun to get spooked. Yes, I'm rambling, but I do like a good ghost story or movie.

    lisaisabookworm at gmail dot com

  44. I am addicted to everything paranormal! It fascinates me! Tv shows, books, personal stories, I love it all! :D
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    laurynweigold at gmail dot com

  45. When I was younger a girlfriend had a ghost at her house. One of the best times was when a pair of flip flips disappeared during the summer, and then the next winter when her family came home at night (after it had snowed) the flipflops were sitting on the front steps!

    wihockeycall at yahoo dot com

  46. Thanks for the giveaway. I love ghost stories and I believe that I can see them every once in awhile. I love the shows that have to do with ghosts on TV.

    wingedpersephone at gmail dot com

  47. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! I find ghost stories to be very interesting and I love hearing them, but they tend to make me paranoid. I also like having ghosts as characters in the books I read like in Night Huntress.

    longmichelle15 (at) gmail (dot) com.

  48. I truely believe in ghosts, because I know the house I grew up in was haunted by a little girl. She use to play the piano all the time, and sometimes you could hear her giggling on the stairs.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    unabridgedbookshelf at gmail dot com

  49. I like to scare people with ghost stories on camping trips ^_^


  50. When my nephew was really young (like 2-4), he would often
    "see" people that were not there. I never could explain it considering how young he was. One time, we were sitting in the living room and he kept glancing in the kitchen. He was holding a ball (he has always been ball crazy), and shook his head no. We (his mom/my sister and I) asked him what was wrong. He said there was a man in the kitchen and he wanted the ball. This went on for a while and was only one example of odd things with him during that time.
    Thank you for the giveway.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  51. I have gone ghost hunting before and it's fun, but really I dont need to go anywhere. My attic is very haunted. No one sleeps up there anymore even though there is a comfortable couch up there. Too many things have gone on.
    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  52. Love ghost stories

    Colleen at myartsite dot com

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  54. I'm not sure if I believe in ghosts. I enjoy watching the ghost hunters shows, though.


    Thanks for offering!

  55. The only ghost I've seen (so far) has been my great grandmother! Hopefully I won't see anymore because I am the BIGGEST chicken!

    Ty for the entry!
    Brandi Gilvaja

  56. I love ghost stories their so intresting...


  57. no, but i like stories and movies about them

  58. I follow on google friend .... dor
    I love ghost stories and Yes ... I believe in ghosts.

    dorcontest at gmail . com

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    2. Blogger Vinci said...
      sorry here is my email as
      dayleb at telus dot net
      thanks for the great book hop.
      follow your blog as dayleb gfc
      thanks for the all the spooky stories.
      As a Canadian, was very interested in the

      The Rejected Suitor
      During the War of 1812, will look it up
      Well, I am not sure if I believe in ghosts,
      per say but there is something that just can no
      be explained. When, I was traveling with my hubby staying in a old hotel in Hamburg German. We settled in for the night, and around 2 am. we were awaken by footsteps and our door knob to the room was turning.
      There was a open window above the door to the hallway. My hubby did not see anyone there. but WE STILL heard footsteps all night long.. SO spooky, we did not sleep at all that night. and was so happy to get out of there in the morning light. We still think that it was ghost??? you tell me eh.

      February 12, 2012 4:39 PM

  59. Thanks for the chance!

    Yes I do believe in ghosts, and I enjoy reading about them too.


  60. Ghost def make for interesting stories! I like how you an spin it any way you want, and still come up with something beautiful and spooky! Thanks for the giveaway!


  61. One of my friends saw a ghost when she was younger... her mom saw it too! I believe in them and am freaked out by them!!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)


  62. Im a total wimp when it comes to ghosts but they fascinate me lol i love to watch the ghost whisperer and lots of other shows :)

  63. I DO believe. Thx for this giveaway op...Happy Valentines Day <3

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

  64. Supernatural TV show!!! <3 Castiel! cathingashootingstar at hotmail dot ca

  65. One book invovling ghost that I really loved was "I heart you, you haunt me". It was poetic and to the point.

    As for a TV show, just like FireSrarBooks mentioned above, Supernatural is a great show about hunting the supernatural creatures. It is one of my favourite show and plus there are 2 hot guuys playing the leads. ;)


  66. I love ghost stories, but not all the time. I have to be in the right mood. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

    geschumann at live dot com

  67. Thanks for the giveaway! I like watching Ghost Hunters. But I love Supernatural. Sam and Dean swoon!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  68. Drooooooollll.... I would love to read your book and a signed copy is freaking awesome!!! I LOVE ghost stories, horror stories and everything in between!

    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

  69. Ghost stories always make me interesting. Nice article !


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