Friday, 26 October 2012

Guest post by Kiki Howell + Giveaway

Guest Post: So, How Do You Feel About Orbs?
by Kiki Howell

When I visited Salem, MA in 2010 to do research for a novel, our cameras, and those of some people around us, captured a lot of orbs. Some say these circles that mysteriously show up in pictures are merely caused by dust in the atmosphere or on a camera lens. I can see how this is an easy explanation, but this gift I have for reading energy in places told me that a little more was going on in Salem. So, guess I’m not as convinced by the dust explanation, but et me give you a little more as to the why of that in pictures.

When you go on the Haunted Footsteps tour, they ask that if you capture any orbs or even ghostly images that you send them into the company. Oddly, my camera seemed to catch the most that night. Others had some, but I got quite a few. And, again, the dust explanation, well the orbs, they moved. If you look at the photos in sequence, two of the orbs grew, even changed colors from pale white to orange, and started to distort my pictures the closer they got to me. Now, at the time, I could not see these with my naked eye, but as we go along, that changed too.

The weirdest orb picture we got though, I was in the room, just showered and ready for bed when I felt someone in the room with us. You know, that sixth sense you get sometimes that you are not alone. But, I wasn’t scared of the presence. This time, I saw the orb, not just the camera. I pointed him out to my aunt who grabbed her camera. I continued to show her where the orb went from the corner of the room, to the wall. Then I think I sort of screamed as the orb started at me.

Sorry, the pic is pretty bad, but you can see in it me turning my face because I felt it would hit me, and the orb right by my face. My aunt never saw the orb though, just the camera and I did. But, I got the name Thomas as it passed, and that became the name for my only real ghost in my Hidden Salem novel.

So, what do you think? Dust, ghosts… what?

Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell has loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do. To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She then followed in a Master’s program in Creative Writing.

She has now had over thirty stories published between eleven different publishers. She could not be more thrilled or grateful to see her creations polished and out in the real world. In May, 2011, Kiki was chosen as an Ohioana Book Festival author for her novel, Torn Asunder.

Connect with Kiki at her website / Facebook / Twitter / Blog

Intuition alone brought Makayla to Salem, Ma in search of a story, but her research has her confronting more than she bargained for. With her empathic gifts stronger in Witch City, she physically suffers, landing her literally unconscious in the arms of both Noah Ayers, local cop and Dylan Baines, local history teacher. Yet, it is Lauri, a witch who owns a local shop, who teaches Makayla about who she is and what she can do.

Unfortunately for all of them, Makayla also stumbles upon a coven in the woods practicing a dark magic ritual. Now they are after her, threatening her life and the lives of those she has quickly come to care about. Immersed in things she never expected, like an old legend and necromancy due to residual hauntings, the race is on to stay safe from the coven and protect her heart from a certain sexy cop.

But, is Lauri correct in thinking Makayla might just have encountered the only real witch in Salem in 1692? And, do they share the same bloodline? View book trailer


Kiki has four pieces of jewelry purchased from The Official Witch Shoppe in Salem, MA which was still open when she visited Salem in August 2010. Each week, throughout the month tour, a winner will be chosen from one of the tour stops.

Giveaway is open to US shipping only!

All who enter will also be put into a final drawing for a $25.00 Gift Card from the winner’s choice of several retailers from Barnes & Noble to Starbucks (list will be provided to winner).

To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below:
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Giveaway ends on 12 November 2012!

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