Guest Post First Contact – Kat Green (Kat de Falla and guest Rachel Green)
            Do you believe in ghosts?
            That there could be restless spirits walking among the living that only a few can see or feel.
 RACHEL: I don’t consider myself a paranormal expert. I don’t even consider myself a sensitive but I believe. I’ve even seen a ghost. It was in the basement at an old movie theater I worked at in college. It was a bald man in an old fashioned tux carrying a trumpet down a hallway. I left by the only exit and my manager couldn’t find him down there a minute later. I also heard a trumpet being played late one night when I was closing the theater. Since then, I’ve been sure there are things that go bump in the night.

KAT: I lived in a crazy scarey haunted house. Seriously, we had two sets of paranormal investigators through the place and they STILL recommended we leave. I am a believer. I recommend to anyone who wants an "old house" to ask the previous owners if anything strange happened, because if you're buying a haunted house...don't you want to know?


On to the blog post!

            Rachel and I co-wrote First Contact, book one in the Sloane Osborne Haunts for Sale Series. This book takes place in Waukesha, Wisconsin which is a city about twenty minutes west of Milwaukee. The haunted house Sloane finds in Waukesha is fictional, but here are a three of the most haunted houses in Wisconsin.
1.  The Octagon House – Fond du Lac

This eight sided house was built in 1856 and contains twelve rooms and nine secret passageways. There’s also a tunnel that connects the house to the woodshed and a small storage room beneath the front door both of which were used to hide runaway slaves as part of the Underground Railroad.
People have reported a variety of different paranormal manifestations at the house from items moved and doors slamming by themselves to footfalls and cold hands on their shoulders. There are cold spots in the house and often the sounds of children laughing and playing. Today the house has been restored and is used for haunted house tours. The docents report there are strange sightings almost every week.
2.  Summerwind (Formerly Lamont Mansion) – Land O’Lakes

The ruins of Summerwind lie along the shores of West Bay Lake in northeastern Wisconsin. Even though it burned down after being struck several times by lightning in 1988, it is still one of the scariest haunted houses in the state.
It was built as a summer house for the Lamont family in 1916. Though some say the house was haunted even when the Lamonts lived there, the first reported sighting was when Mr. Lamont himself fired a gun at a ghost he thought was an intruder. The family left the house just after the incident and didn’t return.
After Lamonts death the house was sold a few times with no reports of paranormal activity until the 1970s when the Hinshaw family lived there for six months. The parents and children all reported vague shapes and shadows, mumbled voices in darkened rooms and the ghost of a woman floating near the dining room. When the family tried to make some renovations, a human corpse was found in a secret compartment in a closet. They left the corpse where it was but things deteriorated after that until Mr. Hinshaw had a mental breakdown and his wife attempted suicide.
3.  Brumder Mansion – Milwaukee

This red brick house is now used as a Bed and Breakfast but was also used as a boarding house, a speak-easy during the Prohibition, a youth chapel, a Christian coffee house and as a private residence. The diversity of ownership may be way so many ghosts haunt the building today.
For the most part, the hauntings at this house are benevolent. Guests have reported doors that slam by themselves, phantom footsteps, and breakable objects falling from the walls but remaining whole. An older woman haunts the Gold Room, while a young girl’s spirit roams the third floor. Most of the time things move about on their own, doors lock by themselves, and there’s a playful ghost who will wake you at night, jumping on the bed.
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Warmest of Welcome to J.C. McKenzie! Author of SHIFT HAPPENS and THE SHUCKER'S BOOKTIQUE

Welcome, WELCOME to J.C. McKenzie today! I'm a HUGH Carus Fan and hope you all will check out BOTH her books, too. Let's start with a get-to-know-you. Take it away J.C....

1. How would your mother describe you in one word?


2. What is your favorite flower?


3. What is the most insane question you’ve ever been asked?

From someone on Facebook: “Will you teach me your sexy ways?”

4. What word in the English language do you wish you had invented?


5. Where would you like to live?

Back on the West Coast of Canada

6. What is the first quote that comes to your mind?

“Octopus, octopus, tell me, I begs. Is those things arms or is they legs?” (Ogden Nash)

7. What animal best describes the kind of boy you’d be interested in?


8. What do you miss about your childhood?

Freedom from responsibilities and endless possibilities

9. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

I wouldn’t change it. I’ve got a pretty good one.

10. What is the main fault in your character?

Trust issues

12. Describe how you kiss in one word.





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Book Specs:
Title: The Shucker’s Booktique
Series Name: Lobster Cove
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press          
Editor: Lara Parker
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor of DCA Graphics
Theme(s): Shapeshifters, supernatural
SubGenre(s): Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Rating: Spicy (PG13)
Keywords: Shifter, Paranormal, Fae, Urban Fantasy

Page Count: 115
Word Count: 27346
Digital Price: 2.99
Digital ISBN 978-1-62830-659-0
COPYRIGHT © 2014 by J. C. McKenzie

After her fiancé dumps her and her beloved Aunt Jenny goes missing, Willa Eklund travels to Lobster Cove with a broken heart to search for Jenny while running her bookstore. When a mysterious man visits the Shucker's Booktique on a stormy night drenched in rain and covered in mud, Willa's heart melts under his stormy gaze. She wants Lon and the answers he may have, but he also has a secret. Can Willa trust him?

Lon Devlin is a Tempest, a water sprite who can only take a human form during stormy nights. He rides the waves, lives by the tides, and nothing can hold him down, not even a beautiful woman. When he visits his mortal friend, he discovers she's missing and her intriguing niece has taken her place. He wants Willa, but he also wants answers. What happened to Jenny?


Thump! Thump! Thump!
No! She gasped. It couldn’t be. The banging on the front door of the booktique had to be a figment of her imagination. She couldn’t will Lon into existence. Why would he come back? Especially if he was involved. Unless…cold ice prickled up her spine…unless he needed to eliminate her to take care of loose ends.
No. Crazy thoughts, Willa. He could’ve taken care of her the night before. No, her heart hammered against her chest for a different reason. But it didn’t matter. The knocking on the door wouldn’t, couldn’t be him.
Thump! Thump! Thump!
Could it? She clutched her hot mug in both hands and turned toward the doorway leading to the bookstore. From the kitchen in the back room, she had a clear view through the store to the front door, but not who stood on the other side.
“Willa!” Lon growled. “Wake up and let me in!”
Willa gasped and almost dropped her cup. The tea sloshed around and some spilled over her hands. It burned, but she didn’t move. She couldn’t breathe. Somehow the air got trapped inside her throat. Why was he here? What did he want?
Oh God, let it be me!

Sorry, J.C. - I can't resist giving a plug for CARUS!




Andrea McNelly's job as a government agent is not asking questions, but then a routine assignment turns into a botched assassination of a Master Vampire's human servant. Answers become a priority. Her search to discover the truth is riddled with obstacles, the largest being an oversized Werewolf who resembles a Norse god. Andy can't afford the distraction he offers, because if she fails, she faces eternal enslavement.

Wick's job is to monitor Andy, but he prefers more intimate activities, none of them G-Rated. His choices, however, are often not his own. His ability to help Andy is limited by his bond to the Master Vampire.

Facing many trials and challenges along her path to redemption, Andy learns the value of her freedom might be set too high.

A large black wolf trotted into the clearing to confront me. He had a white-tipped snout, white boots and mitts and would have looked cute had he not been the most intimidating Werewolf I’d ever seen. Standing tall and solid, power rolled off of his body. His eyes bore into mine. I sniffed the air. The strong Werewolf scent of rosemary swirled around me, strong and seductive, laced with sugar. A weird fuzzy sensation spread out from my chest. Whoa.
My other form growled low, demanding release, straining against my skin. The energy of the wolves built—layers upon layers of excitement and impatience. The air pulsated with anticipation. They could sense the imminent kill.
Let me out! My other form repeated, throwing her power against my built up walls, howling in defiance.
When the energy of the Werewolves surged, I finally released her. My wolf form flowed out fast, wiping out the feline in little more than a heartbeat. Smaller, weaker and the size of a natural wolf, a Shifter in this form was no match for a Werewolf, especially a dominant one. I had time to meet the eyes of the Alpha for only an instant before the pack leapt forward. My limbs shook. It went against every instinct ingrained within me, but I rolled onto my back—submissive.

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About the Author:
Born and raised on the Haida Gwaii, off the West Coast of Canada, J.C. McKenzie grew up in a pristine wilderness that inspired her to dream. She writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

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