Cool off with a Yuletide ghost story this summer! SUMMER OF MAGIC BLOG HOP


It's soooooo hot outside --- but you can cool off with some supernatural shivers, walk a winter wonderland with a sexy ghost, then chill out with a shower scene that'll have you reaching for a towel. And it's all wrapped up in a Yuletide romance! 

Say what?

No, really, it's Christmas in July over in Dani Harper Land! And the story is my paranormal romance, THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT
Human beings LOVE to have their spines tingled!
When I wrote THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT, a lot of people (mostly non-readers) asked "Why on EARTH would you want to mix ghosts with Christmas?" Turns out that they're a natural fit. The telling of ghost stories during the holidays was a very popular Victorian tradition -- especially on Christmas Eve! (and if you think that's creepy, you should check out some popular nineteenth century parlor games that claimed to predict cheerful things like who's going to die soon...)

But hey, isn't that just like our present day campfire traditions? Come on, admit it ... you've watched someone shine a flashlight under their chin and tell a creepy tale or two. Human beings LOVE to have their spines tingled! (And if anything else happens to get tingled too, so much the better! Especially when you're reading a paranormal romance!)

Want to win a Kindle ebook of THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT? I'm giving away TWO of them on this blog. To enter, just leave a comment on the subject of scary stories in general, or about ghosts, Christmas, or frightening camping experiences! (Frankly, I find camping to be MUCH scarier than ghosts... No internet? No TV? Noooooo!) 

Winner will be chosen at random and announced on July 10th, 2016. (Open to USA only)

CONTEST IS NOW OVER - see winners below

https://www.amazon.com/Holiday-Spirit-wants-Christmas-ghost/dp/1517247314/
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About THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT by Dani Harper ~

Writer Kerri Tollbrook spends her free time counseling the newly departed, but the tall, dark and handsome spirit she meets at the shopping mall claims he’s not dead. Is he just in denial? Or is something more sinister at work?

Firefighter Galen McAllister has felt like The Invisible Man ever since a malicious spell separated him from his still-living body. Kerri is the first person he's met who can actually see him. Now if only he can get her to listen … because the nightmare creature that trapped him between two worlds isn't finished!

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Don't forget to head on over to the HERE BE MAGIC BLOG 
12 authors are participating in this hop, and you can enter to win a prize at each of their blogs. PLUS if you leave a comment at the HERE BE MAGIC blog, you're entered to win the GRAND PRIZE of a $75 Amazon Gift Card! 

http://herebemagic.blogspot.com/2016/07/come-join-us-for-summer-of-magic-blog.html

CONTEST IS NOW OVER:

Congrats to Shannon Coley and Book Attict. They've each won a Kindle ebook of THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT from this blog post. 

Also, congrats to the winner on the host blog HERE BE MAGIC, whose name was drawn for the grand prize: Missy G.

62 comments:

  1. I lived in a house that was haunted by the previous owner. I had unloaded the dishwasher midnight, and was watching TV. Around 2 or 3 in the morning I heard what sounded like a kitchen cabinet open. Mind you I was freaked out, ( at home with my kids and husband was at work). I walked into the kitchen and seen the tiny cabinet that I kept the baby bottles in, (because it really small and doesn't fit anything else in it). I was freaked out, because I was sure I had closed all the cabinets after unloading the dishwasher..... I think it was about a week later that I was having a yard sale, the previous owner of the house, their daughter came by looking for something they might have left in the garage and said that her father had passed away that day around that time. I told them what happened to me and she said her dad was a big cookie fanatic and that is where he kept all his goodies.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your story! I think some people visit familiar places after death -- and I can totally picture someone checking out their goody stash (hey, it would be important to ME, LOL).

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  2. I have lived with ghosts all my life. I love ghost stories and Christmas. Some ghosts are scary if they died violently or if þey were evil or violent in life. The current ghost in my apartment breaks my dishwasher and the burners on my stove. My dog barks at the ghost and will refuse to go in the kitchen if the ghost appear to him. I don't think its a nice ghost but has not caused real harm yet.

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    1. We had a ghost that was particularly attached to our old pug Scooby. My daughter woke up one night to discover a ghost petting him --- and the dog was loving it! You can bet that helped inspire a scene in The Holiday Spirit!

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  3. like Christmas

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. I see you in my comment threads frequently. You're a person of few words, LOL. I like Christmas too.

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  4. When I first started working at a small hospital that was really old, the wards and clinic area were on the second floor, while the first floor was storage, maintenance, etc., including the ice machine. I soon learned when I was working night shift that several staff members absolutely refused to go get the ice when we were providing fresh pitchers to patients just before day shift started, because they felt the hospital ghosts were down there. I myself never saw anything untoward, although any dark area can definitely be creepy. A few years later, we moved into a new hospital and the old one was razed and the area turned into the parking lot. Always wondered what supposedly happened to the ghosts--nobody ever mentioned them moving with us!

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    1. I've heard this type of thing from many people who work in institutions. And that's a really good question --- where did the ghosts go?

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  5. I will try to keep this short, but do know this is a true story and yes it happened to me, not once but many times,. I have seen spirits or ghost since I was a little girl, nothing too bad but just never understood what I was seeing or why. This one day I was make by bed and I notice that this man was standing in my doorway, for some reason I felt so secure and relaxed, I even smirked and smiled,I looked up again and said why such the face, why you look sad, did something happen.. but then I realized that no man lives with me and I lived alone lol I began getting closer to this man but he went into anther room and I followed and followed being shaken a bit I kept on turning all the lights on and realized I was visited by someone again..
    @tisonlyme143
    tisme143@comcast,net

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    1. We had one ghost in particular in the house we bought when my kids were older teenagers. He was very benign (and attached to our dog). The history of the house revealed nothing, but I got the feeling that some ghosts just enjoy interacting with someone who can see them. And we have family members who can.

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  6. I worked as a camp counselor for several summers and I found it was not the ghost stories that got to me, it was all the kids and other camp counselors that kept playing scary pranks non-stop! Ever try sitting at a picnic table thinking you were going to have a quiet dinner just to feel something slither across your leg? I lost a lot of dinners ( flipping up tables) from stuff like that. I do not do camping EVER because of that!

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    1. I totally understand! It's part of the horrors of camping for me (what WAS that just tickled my arm?)

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  7. I've had ghosts but never bad ones.At one house the ghost would throw some small carved buddas. off the shelf.My son never believed me he had given them to me.Until he stayed when I was on vacation.He said the ghost flung them across the room and scared him so bad he hollered out in the name of Jesus.He was around 22 and he never doubts when I say I have a ghost anymore.

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    1. I wonder why the ghost didn't like those particular figurines.

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  8. I see ghosts often. When I was in the hospital, I woke up in the same room my mom died in, with her doctor standing next to my bed saying, "I'm so sorry.". In the corner of my room I see the ghosts of my mom and my aunt. This didn't freak me out. I was quite comforted by their presence.

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    1. My dad saw several of his friends who had passed on. It was comforting for the rest of us after he also passed because we knew he'd be with his buddies.

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  9. Ghosts are why I am deathly afraid of the dark. When I was younger we grew up on this 100 year old farm house that had been built on over the years but I was the lucky one to have a bedroom in the upstairs which was part of the original structure. The doors had skeleton keys and were made of some sort of heavy metal and there was only original ventilation so it was always deathly hot or freezing cold. My sister and I had the genius idea of being foolish children and playing with ouiji board a few times...that's when it all started and I will never forget what happened. This story is too long to tell in the comments but needless to say my stepmom made us burn the oiuji board and we moved out of the house about a year later!

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    1. I've heard a lot about ouija board "incidents" - and had one myself as one of a group of teens. I wonder if using one accidentally issues an invitation to the unknown or makes US more susceptible to impressions and feelings we would otherwise ignore.

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  10. I used to go to Girl Scout camp in the Catskill Mountains (upstate N.Y.) every summer when I was younger. One night, someone thought it would be a great idea to sit around and tell ghost stories in this really old graveyard behind the Arts & Crafts building. I was sitting with two of my friends in front of these three identical tombstones for triplets that had died within a few days of each other when they were 10. One of the counselors was telling a story when my friends and I got REALLY cold (we had goosebumps and everyone else was sweating and looking at us like we were crazy). Then we started to feel like someone was standing right behind us....we were glancing over our shoulders and stumbled forward towards the center of the "story circle" (and away from the 3 gravestones)...then the whole group heard little girls giggling from behind us and everyone swore they saw a white mist. Of course there was much freaking out, followed by some serious Nancy Drew moments as a bunch of us “investigated.”

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    1. Wow - what a fascinating experience! I'd be too chicken to tell ghost stories in a graveyard but I do like visiting them.

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    2. Congratulations! Your name came up as one of my winners! I have a Kindle ebook of THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT for you!

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  11. Hi! Happy 4th! The house i grew up in was very hunted. We ended having it cleansed and blessed. We sage the house every few months just to make sure it wont come back. The ghost would throw open and slam shut doors, once threw a knife at me, dishes would literally explode, my glass dolls moved, things disappeared then reappeared,the phone would answer itself, it hurt our dogs a few times. There was so much! When leaving the house or pulling up, sometimes, youd see a black shape of a man watching from one of the upstairs windows. I used to have horrible nightmares, every night about the same creature. My room used to get so cold, youd see your breath. I hate, absolutely hate, closets. It used to mess with me. I hated this house. We moved in when i was 6 and things didnt stop till i was about 16 or 17. My parents used to think it was my imagination. Until it got really active and started messing with everyone else. Sometimes when i woke up after having a nightmare, theyd be a thing standing next to my bed, at the bottom of it or floating above me. This thing loved tormenting me. So glad its gone now!
    Thank you for the awesome hop!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yuck - so glad you got out of that house! It's really hard to be a child and not have adults believe you.

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  12. I don't have any truly scary stories... or frightening camping experiences. I LOVED when I went camping though and a raccoon got up on our picnic table and started eating our friend's cookie!!!! It was so funny and adorable. My last camping trip that my husband and I went on, we had a skunk and a possum run up to us and then run away. LOL. I love animals. I am also very interested in your book. Thanks for this opportunity.

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    1. I love animals too. There's always at least one in my stories.

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  13. I love Christmas movies! I watch the popular ones, but I also watch all the made for TV ones too! And I don't just watch them once, I watch them multiple times every year!

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    1. CONGRATS SHANNON! You're one of my winners. I have a Kindle ebook of THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT for you!

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  14. I already have this so I'm not entering but good luck

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  15. After seeing Blair Witch and Evil Dead, I think camping is much scarier!

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  16. I love Christmas Movies and Ghost stories... Put them together and they are a perfect mix!! :)

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    1. I couldn't agree more! And I'll bet Charles Dickens would agree too!

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  17. My favorite genre is Paranormal/Thriller/Horror, so I really hope to read Holiday Spirit! There's also something about Paranormal Romance that just fits so well too :) Scary stories always excited me...I'm a big Stephen King fan!

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    1. Stephen King is my hero. I learned a lot about writing from him. When I open one of his books, the writer part of me is oohing and aahing over how things are put together, how the story is set up, etc.

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  18. We moved into our house when my kids were 3 and 4. About a year later my son tells me a story about seeing a lady in white upstairs that talked to him. She told him not to be afraid,she was here to protect them from the others.
    Bei g that i am spirital and beleive in ghosts,i did a blessing on our house. Its been about 20 yrs now and we started feeling a presence in the house again. No one will go in the basement alone, even in the daytime!
    So i guess i live in a house filled with spirits!

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    1. I wonder if it's the house or the location? Interesting!

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  19. I agree with you about camping. I went camping one time many years ago with my husband and did not think I was going to survive it!!!! That is something I can't handle. I don't like ghost stories either, but I have known a couple people who have seen something. I think my mind is too closed to allow or understand things like that!!!

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    1. Camping is my ultimate nightmare. And as for the ghosts, I think it's usually people who are open to it that have the experiences. And that works out well for those who'd rather not see things!

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  20. Some good books on this site.
    Great giveaway.

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  21. I've never been afraid of ghosts. Until we invited one into our home through a Ouija board. I'm not kidding & I'm hear to tell you...if you invite them in, they're going to come, especially if your soul is depressed. Me and my little sister unwittingly unleashed a vile and angry spirit into our home while experimenting with the Quija board. Freddy, as he eventually was known as, entered my room the night we played with the board. However, he didnt make his presence known until a week later. Mind you, I was not a child when I played (for fun) with my younger sister. I was 32. Lauren was 14. My youngest child had recently passed away and my state of mind was not good. My spirit was broken and I believe this entity took advantage of my weakness. Freddy appeared one night at the foot of my bed. He glared at me through hollow eyes. He looked at me with sheer disgust and like a vapor, vanished as quickly as he appeared. He was tall and resembled a dark shadow but in complete outlined form. I was traumatized by this encounter. Within months, our home had a somber, heavy, depressing feel. Yes! I'd lost a child but it was more than that. Freddy latched on to me and dragged me down until I was nothing like my former self. It was the darkest time in my life. One night, as I lay sleeping, I felt someone pulling on me. My husband worked offshore and I was alone. When I woke and rolled from my side to my back to see who had awakened me, I was staring up at Freddy, who was stretched out on the ceiling with his shadowy arms extended. I leapt out of bed and ran to grab my keys. I left immediately for my parents who insisted I'd had a nightmare. No! I didn't return until my husband came home. I'm not sure he believed me either. He kind of laughed it off. Odd things began to happen at our home w/out explanation. Smoke started coming through our vents. We called the fire dept, who clearly witnessed the smoke AND SMELLED the smoke. Four firefighters climbed into the attic but found NOTHING! Another time, we came home to find our living room and hall submerged in an inch of water but the repairman could find nothing wrong with a/c. The plumber found nothing wrong. Items around the house would disappear and show up months later in the same spot they'd disappeared from. The shower would turn on by itself. I'd wash dishes and feel someone breathing down my neck. I began to fear sleep. Freddy was most active at night when I was in bed. He'd stand on my side of bed constantly trying to touch me. I developed poor sleeping habits and was eventually hospitalized for exhaustion and severe depression. Our home was in chaos. Finally, we decided to move. There was a dark cloud over that house. We moved 45 mins away to a small town that I adored. It was instant change. I felt free, like someone had flipped a switch and the light finally restored. The Quija board did NOT come with us and I've had no further experiences with the shadowed figure of Freddy. Honestly, I would never have believed a Quija board could unleash such a thing but I do believe it was the portal for an evil I will never forget.

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    1. What a terrifying experience! I'm so glad you found peace and happiness in another home.

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  22. My Mother passed away while I was 8 mths pregnant with My 2nd child and after he was born she came to visit him I felt her sit at the end of my bed. at 1st I woke up to see who was sitting on the end of my bed because it woke me up and My Hubby was an OTR truck Driver so I thought he got home early then a calm came over me and I cried myself back to sleep. She passed away on Valentines Day and 6 yrs later on Valentines Day I had my 3rd child My only daughter though I never felt her visiting again I felt she had something to do with it.

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    1. I've had family come to "check up" on me. It's a nice experience, though a little disconcerting if you're not expecting it.

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  23. rofl your comment about camping being scarier than ghosts tickled me.

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    1. My mountain man hubs is a camping enthusiast. My argument is that after we've worked so hard for years to have our own house, why would I want to go out in the wilderness and pretend that I DON'T have a house?

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  24. I was telling ghost stories to kids with a flashlight under my chin they looked at me like I was nuts!

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    1. Apparently we have an entire generation that's missed out on this critical pop culture reference.... maybe if you used your cell phone instead of a flashlight? LOL

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  25. I saw an older lady in a light blue dress when I was younger. She was standing in the kitchen doorway. I wasn't scared because she only smiled at me. My grandmother told me that her mom was buried in a light blue dress. Every so often the scent of roses will waft through the house. My GG's favorite perfume was rose scented.
    mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

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    1. My Welsh grandmother favored lilacs. The scent of lilacs filled the house once in the middle of winter and I heard her familiar chuckle.

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  26. Hate camping, don't like scary, and LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!!

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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    1. THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT has scary --- does it help that it has a happy ending and NO CAMPING?

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    2. Yes it does help...lol
      I'll read any of your books, no matter the scary.

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  27. I love Christmas ghost stories! I went to this estate sale held at this old hotel in town. Wherever I went, I was followed by this cold spot. Later I learned that the hotel is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a little girl who drowned there.

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    1. Wow! That would give you shivers for sure!

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  28. Whoops. Forgot my email addy. blueirishmoon at Hotmail dot com

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  29. THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by my blog. I really enjoyed your comments and stories -- thank you for sharing them with me!

    Congrats to the winners of my giveaway: Shannon Coley and Book Attict. Both will receive a Kindle ebook of THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT.

    Also BIG congrats to the grand prize winner, Missy G., over on the host blog, HERE BE MAGIC.

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