My mother used to live close to Gettysburg, PA. near the old battlefield. I talked to her every day on the phone and she’d tell me about her previous night’s experiences. A few of these stories, I experienced when I was visiting.
Here is one I remember.
One night Mother had trouble sleeping and saw a parade of people walking through her bedroom. They were all dressed from different eras, and all were different ages. She slowly rolled over to look at her clock to make sure she was awake. There were men and boys dressed in Civil War military clothes and also women that looked about her age and were badly beaten. These women wore long dresses and aprons. There were bruised and battered children passing through in their short pants and calico dresses. Besides these older eras, there were others dressed in World War I, II or later dressed in camouflage uniforms. Some were missing limbs and some had half of their faces blown off. Some people were in one piece with not a bruise or cut on them. All of these ghosts walked into her room through the bedroom door (which was closed), across the room, and out the wall facing the front yard.
She told my brother and sister-in-law about it the next morning at breakfast. At the time, my brother worked at a college. At work, he talked to a professor of the paranormal and asked what was happening. He said that my mother’s bedroom was a portal from this world to the next and that these spirits were just passing through.
That year, I stayed there over Christmas. It was a nice vacation for me. Since my brother hadn’t any pets at the time, he asked me to bring my cat with me. Against all of my objections, I slept in Mom’s room, and she slept on the living room couch. I had the high light on since I was reading with my cat curled up at the bottom of the bed. I glance at the cat once. Not a hair on her body was moving. but her head was following something (or someone?) from the bedroom door to the wall that faces the front yard. I couldn’t see them. I suppose it was because the light was on, but I felt the presence. My cat and I weren’t alone in that room!
Thank you, Deb, for this exciting tale. You'll have to tell us more another day.
In downtown McKinney stands a tribute to North Texas history. When a new Collin County Courthouse was built, the old one became the home of the McKinney Performing Arts Center, and now provides live entertainment. Last year, the wonderful ladies that oversee MPAC provided me with a tour of the building.
The old courthouse, by order of the judicial system, belongs to the people of Collin County. Since it can never be closed off to its owners, the east door remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Its called the People's Entrance. An iron gate separates the foyer from the rest of the building when MPAC offices or theatre are closed, but the foyer with a water fountain, restrooms, literature, and media board are never closed to the public.
Ghost legends abound in many downtown McKinney buildings. Self-guided tours will take place during the McKinney Ghost Walk on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 25 in 2014. During that time, the tale will be told of the sightings of the lady in white at the old courthouse. The courthouse was the site of the last public hanging. That, in itself, raises the eye of paranormal enthusiasts.
During my private tour, I learned the story propagated by local people of the lady in white. Frequent sightings keep the story alive. In 1890, a young divorcee, last name Winslow, was found hung in the courthouse. It was never proven whether she was murdered or if she hung herself. She lived as an outsider with the pain of isolation because of her divorce. She was known to play the organ.
At night, organ music has been heard coming from the second floor. The theatre is located there and houses a mighty Wurlitzer - Vintage theatre pipe organ. Different ones have spotted a woman leaving the organ as they entered the theatre, but when they follow her down the hall, she disappears.
Others claim a view of the lady in white overlooking the eagle on the east side. Back in 1890 when Ms. Winslow died, the courthouse had a clear view of her home site to the east near the cotton mill. Now the bank with an eagle statue on top hides where she used to live.
The second book in my YA ghost series will be released soon by 4RV Publishing. The title is A Ghost for Shelley. Shelley, the mean, all-country girl in the first book, Victoria and the Ghost, moves to Dallas. She and her dad clean the old Collin County Courthouse. Ridden with bitterness and guilt, Shelley adds fear to her list of emotions when she is visited by the "lady in white."
Online friend meets real-life person. Today, I have a rare treat. My decision to ask Angie Brashear to allow me to reveal the cover of her new book began with her as an online friend. While we conversed back and forth by e-mail, we discovered a new facet to our relationship. Angie and my daughter, Christie, are friends. Their husbands, coaching for competing high schools, met each other on the field a few years ago.
Angie's debut novel will release in June. I'm so proud for her and excited to be one of the first to reveal the cover of her book. Angie, it sounds exciting. Thanks for letting us preview this exciting venture.
Angie writes Christian fantasy. Some of my Christian friends don't correlate those two things. Today, we talk with Angie about her thoughts on Christian fantasy. She calls it a life-saving genre. Tell us your feelings, Angie.
Definitions of literary genres can be…well, complex. Even
tricky. Attempts to define Christian fantasy vary, though I’ve spent little
time fretting over an official definition. I mean, Christian fiction typically
illustrates a Christian world view within its plot, characters, or both. And
the fantasy genre commonly uses myths and legends as a primary plot element,
theme, or setting. So, in my opinion, Christian fantasy embodies fantastical
elements in an internally consistent setting all the while reflecting aspects
of the Christian world view.
But the debate (at least for some) surrounds who writes Christian fantasy. Writers who
are Christians, writers who claim to be Christians, or writers who believe
Christianity is a fantasy to begin with? It’s not a debate I choose to enter,
for the truth lies outside the discussion: the genre influences nonbelievers. My
path to salvation began with a classic fantasy, told to me in the midst of my
When I was in the fifth grade, my teacher read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by
C.S. Lewis aloud to my class. In doing so, she opened my eyes to adventure and
possibilities, all the while helping me escape a world of darkness for a short
time. At its conclusion, I wondered, Is
God real? He couldn’t be, right? For if He existed, innocent young girls
wouldn’t suffer the wrath of drunken addicts, or the torment of abandonment.
I continued to speculate. Each time God placed believers in
my path—a high school teacher, a college friend, and a college coach—my
fascination with the possibility grew stronger until the truth stunned me like
a slap to the face. God indeed lives in
the form of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He rescues. He saves.
And He waited for me. Then He embraced me. It all started with a little seed,
planted in the empty heart of the girl I once was. A love for reading expanded
to a love for writing. A desire to know God became a desire to serve Him, to
And Never Let Go
In all things, I’m grateful to my Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ for embracing a lost, lonely girl. That He died for me…there is no
greater gift. My prayer is that I’ll never let go of His truth.
I love your perspective. I write Christian paranormal YA and have been criticized for it because Christians shouldn't believe in ghosts. God specializes in supernatural. Who better than God to use the unexpected, the unusual, the impossible to touch our lives? Thank you so much for a lovely testimony of how God "slapped you in the face."
Now, tell us a bit about your new book, Never Let Go.
Captured by the Rendow Clan, who seek to slaughter those
with faith in the Maker, Laila Pennedy awaits death. Moments before her
execution, she is rescued from the gallows by Lars Landre and his dragon.
Marked as The Chosen by his blue eyes, Lars is destined to lead the Faithful
out of persecution.
Lars guides Laila on a harrowing race across The Woodlands
to Tuveil, where the Faithful are preparing to fight a rebellion. But the
secret location of the village is betrayed and the Rendow Clan’s army will soon
be at the gates. Faced with this impeding peril, Laila trains for battle, but
the struggles in her mind and heart may be as overwhelming as the war to come.
Will she prove herself an asset or is she condemned to forever be a burden to
those she loves?
Okay, now tell us a little about yourself and where we can contact you.
When Angie Brashear isn’t working or taking care of her
family, she writes. Usually at night after her kids fall asleep. She’s an avid
reader and runner, both of which perplex her husband. Saved in her early
twenties, Angie is grateful for the Lord’s presence in all aspects of her life.
She is originally from Rockland, Maine and currently resides in Cameron, Texas
with her husband and three children. Follow her at http://facebook.com/AngieBrashearAuthor, https://twitter.com/AngieBrashear, and http://angiebrashear.com.
Thanks for being my guest today, Angie. I can't wait to read the book