June 25, 2012

AAD Featured Author: Cynthia Eden -- Guest Post & Giveaway! (18+)





Let’s Talk Haunted Hotspots…

Hi, everyone! 

I’m excited to be here today—and, of course, I’m always eager to talk about some haunted places. ;) 

I’ll be heading over to New Orleans in a few weeks for the Authors’ After Dark event, and, since the Big Easy is such a haunted city, I thought I’d share a few of those infamous sites with you.

First up…

The LaLaurie House. Seriously, this place gives me nightmares.  The old stories say that a doctor and his wife once lived in this house. The doctor and his missus decided to play Frankenstein on some of their slaves and servants, stitching up mouths, attaching appendages in places that they didn’t belong.  When a fire broke out at the house, the fire fighters were horrified by the people that they found in that torture zone.  Um, yes, if any place deserves to be haunted, it’s this house.  


Do you have the stomach to handle another story? How about we do one that is a lot less gory?
Arnaud’s Restaurant. Okay, this is the only place I know where a ghost always has a table waiting. Inside of Arnaud’s (the restaurant is located near Jackson Square), the managers leave a table set up for the ghost.  Most folks believe that the main ghost who visits the restaurant is former owner Arnaud himself, but, either way, the ghost seems friendly enough. And the restaurant is awesome.  


Finally, let’s talk about…

The Saint Louis Cemetery (number 1).  I’ve visited this cemetery many times, and I’ve never seen any ghosts. But, actually, I’ve never seen any ghosts, any place, so don’t take that as proof for anything!  This cemetery is just plain cool with all of its old monuments, and most folks say that Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau has a tomb in this cemetery (though I’ve heard tales that the tomb is empty and Marie’s final resting place is elsewhere).  Still, this is a great stop for your haunted tour.  I love this cemetery so much that I had to use it as a location in several of my Fallen novels. 

Now, tell me…have you ever visited a haunted spot?  Share!  One winner will be selected to win a copy of ANGEL BETRAYED (set in New Orleans).

Best,

Cynthia Eden
ANGEL BETRAYED—Available 6/26/12 from Kensington Brava
When you betray an angel, there’s all hell to pay…


About Angel Betrayed...

A LITTLE BIT OF ANGEL LUST.

Sammael – call him Sam – was an angel once. An angel of death. But the dispassionate, watch-from-above thing just wasn’t working for him when it meant watching evil torture innocent souls day in and day out. It might have cost him his wings, but these days, he gets to apply the direct method on the bad guys. Problem is, what’s making his life difficult is a bad girl…

Seline O’Shaw needs protection, and with the hounds of hell on her tail, she’s not going to quibble too hard about where she gets it. Sam’s virtue is questionable, but he’s smoking hot, massively powerful, and owes her a favor. So what if she’s getting a little case of angel lust? There are some damn deadly sins after her hide…



64 comments:

  1. Hi Cynthia - I have been to places that "felt" like there was something there but not known as "haunted."
    Congratulations on the release of Angel Betrayed tomorrow. It's a fantastic read!
    Don't enter me ;).

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    1. Victoria, I'm jealous! I want to get one of those haunted feelings. I feel like my ghost radar is just dead! ;) And thank you for the congrats!

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  3. Hi Cynthia, I actually lived in a house that was on an old Indian burial ground. It use to be the location of a California mission, but they moved the mission to a new location after an earthquake in the 1800s. My dad's family swear they seen a ghost there. Plus, La Purisma Mission is one of most haunted places. We went out there to try to see a ghost; I can honestly say we never saw anything out there. Who knows.
    countessofmar@yahoo.com

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    1. Melody, that house sounds spooky! And now I have to go and google La Purisma Mission b/c that just sounds cool. ;)

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    2. It was on one of those shows that had ghost hunters. My friends and I just laugh, because we've never seen anything weird there.

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  5. Congrats Cynthia on your new release.It sounds really good.
    I haven't been anywhere that was haunted.But I do know people that have lived in haunted houses.(I never visited) :)

    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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    1. Thank you! ;) I don't know that I'd ever be able to live in a haunted house--I don't think I'd ever sleep!

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  6. Hi Cynthia!

    Congratulations on the new release. I don't have any particular haunted spots to talk about, but that's probably because I avoid those like the plague. Yep, I'm a huge 'fraidy cat. This probably stems from my childhood fear of being taken away by a big tree monster. Seems silly thinking about it now, but when you're 5 and you live across an open field where there were tons of tall trees, it SO could happen! LOL!

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    1. Suzie, I had that same childhood fear--I totally blame it on Poltergiest! That one scene where the tree broke through the window to get the little boy--gah, it terrified me!

      And thanks so much for the congrats!

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  7. Congrats on the new release! I went to New Orleans but I avoid supernatural things in real life since I get scared by things like that! I prefer my supernatural in books.

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    1. I like the supernatural to stay in my books, too, May. If I actually saw a real supernatural event, I'd probably faint. ;) Thank you for the congrats!

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  8. I stayed in a hotel in Tucson, AZ (where I live) once, Hotel Congress, that is supposedly haunted but I never experienced anything there. Part of me would love to stay somewhere haunted but on the same hand I would be too terrified!

    PatriciasParticularity@hotmail.com

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    1. Totally understand! I don't think I'd make it through a full night in a haunted place.

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  9. Congrats on the newest release!

    Sadly, I've never visited any place that was "haunted". I think that I would, just to see if my skepticism holds up against the real thing :)

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Erin, I think you and I need to go on a ghost hunt together!

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  10. The most haunted place I've ever been is the Chapel of Bones in Evora, Portugal. It consists of three rooms, joined together and decorated with the bones of 5000 monks and nuns that are set into cement in the walls, archways, window frames and even the ceiling. It's a very spooky place, you're not allowed to take photos in there and even talking seems sacrilegious. I actually traveled all the way to this town to see the place but only spent a few minutes inside when I finally got there.

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    1. Wow, I had goosebumps just at the name of the place. Chapel of Bones? I am going to google for more info right now!

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  11. I've never consciously visited a haunted spot, but I may have visited such spots without knowing that they're haunted!

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    1. Excellent point, Justine! Wonder how many times we've all crossed "haunted" spots?

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  12. I haven't been to any haunted houses even the ones put up for Halloween!!!

    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

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    1. The ones at Halloween are the scariest to me! I hate it when someone dressed like Michael Myers comes running out at me!

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  13. I have been on several ghost tours cause we have a lot of them here in NM where I live. I have long ago begged and pleased to take the Dracula tour but I haven't made it there yet. I love a good scare as long as it's not clowns. LMAO I don't go to many haunted houses though, cuase my flight or fight resonse is fight and I punched a guy onces and then felt really bad. LMAO

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  14. I have visited a few. In New Orleans we did the ghost tour of the French Quarter. And in Chicago we did the tour there as well. Also in Chicago I was at the theatre where Dillinger was shot and the alley. As well as the site of the St Valentines Day Massacre and the hotel where Capone had his office on Michigan Ave to name a few.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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    1. Now I am jealous! I wish I'd visited some of those awesome spots in Chicago!

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  15. I've done the ghost tours in Newport, R.I., and in Colonial Williamsburg. I find the thought of spirits hanging around very intriguing and wouldn't mind a friendly spirit contacting me at all.

    NoraAdrienne(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I'd love to do the tour in Williamsburg! How fun!

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  16. I visited Savannah, Georgia a couple of years ago and my kids and I went on a haunted tour, which was really cool!!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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    1. I've heard great things about the Savannah tours!

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  17. One of the things on my bucket list is definitely to visit a haunted spot and go ghost-hunting. I'm not sure if I would want to encounter one though and if I did I would like to not be alone or have it happen at night! I do believe in ghosts and often like reading stories about other people's experiences.

    Cambonified{at}yahoo{dot}com

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    1. I also really enjoy hearing about other people's experiences. I'm starting to think that when ghosts see me, they run away!

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  18. I've been to many, but never experienced anything there. We have more paranormal experiences here, at home, like strange voices, feeling of someone going by...It's scary sometimes, but I'm getting used to it :D

    journalivyacz(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I would be such a scaredy cat at your place!

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  19. I've never really visited a Haunted house or gone looking for ghosts because I figure if I don't look for them they won't know about me. lol
    But I have always been sensitive when going into certain places and had the hair raise on the back of my neck and the feeling to just leave. Congrats on your newest release Cynthia. I'm really looking forward to reading it.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thank you for the congrats!! ;) And I love your line about the ghosts not knowing about you--that was awesome!

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  20. I love reading about angels. I can't wait to read this book. It sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway. Congratulations. Please enter me. Tore923@aol.com

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    1. Thank you, Tore! So happy you enjoy angel stories!

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  21. Unfortunately I have never visited any "haunted" place other than a "haunted house" type thing that was outdoors in a field during Halloween. I've come close a couple of times - want to visit a haunted house where they have a dinner theater but my friends keep cancelling on me and I don't want to do it alone.
    Congratulations on the new release!

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

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    1. I can totally respect you not wanting to do it alone--there's safety in numbers!

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  22. No I have never been to a haunted place, hopefully someday though. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for entering the giveaway, Natasha!

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  23. When I was a teenager i saw a figure standing by my bed looked a lot like my dad i kept speaking but he didn't answer or move i called out and my mom came and said dad was in bed asleep all the time.. this figure became a regular visitor in that house My mom said it was my grandmother, my dads mom checking on me i must have been feeling sick or something.. I also went to the Senath lights but i really didn't see much but a flash.. I have to agree that's a place boys take girls to make out LOL it wasn't scary at all.
    I love your Books and cant wait to read this.
    sugar_n_spice63830@yahoo.com

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    1. I would have been so scared, Cathy! But if it was your grandmother--how cool that she was watching over you!

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  24. I've never visited a haunted spot, but I've been to Savannah, Ga. It's supposed to be one of the most haunted cities in the US. Savannah was beautiful, but I didn't see any ghosties.

    molly(dot)frenzel(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Now I've just added Savannah to my "must visit" list!

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  25. Thanks so much for all of the great comments today!

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  26. Hi Cynthia
    I once worked at shop in Colonial Williamsburg. While getting some stock from the basement I felt a rush of cold air brush past me. I did not see anything but I felt it. I was NOT alone. After I explained this to co-workers I found out it had happened to a few others as well.
    Love your books, thanks fir the offer!

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  27. The only place I've been that might have been haunted is Key West. We stayed on the key a couple of days, but ran out of time to do the haunted tour. I guess I don't get out from under the rock very often. I'd love to win Angel Betrayed. I read Angel of Darkness so I gotta read the next book.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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  28. Yes, when my husband and I were dating we visited this old hospital that was closed. It was supposed to be haunted. It was so eerie. We didn't see any ghosts, but the hospital was left as if everyone just walked out.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  29. I've never visited a haunted spot that I noticed, but I did visit an old plantation and if there were ghosts, that would have been the place to see them. It was kind of spooky, but I didn't see any apparitions.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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  30. Congratulations on the book! I've never visited a haunted spot.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. I've never visited a haunted spot. Too chicken I think.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  32. i'm a to scared to ever visit haunted spots, that's why i try my best to avoid them. but i have experienced that creepy feeling associated with the 'otherworld'

    smile_1773@yahoo.com

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  33. I've been able to see spirits since I was a young child - so just about any place could be considered haunted to me. But, I would LOVE to go to New Orleans - I've read about all of the places that you talked about.

    Jacki
    shelby15(at)clearwire(dot)net

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  34. I grew up in a haunted house. No joke. Sometimes at night you could hear the plates rattling or chairs moving back and forth. At times you just felt like you were not alone. The night that scared me the most was I was in bed and I felt like something was there but it was dark and then my blinds behind my head started moving up and down. Creepy! Ugh! Congrats on your book!

    rachel at thejeepdiva dot com

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  35. Congratulaions on your release it sounds like an amazing read .The house I grew up in had a ghost I saw him,heard him on another occasion , my little sister had encounters with him as well as my parents.It was scary at first but we got used to him and after awhile he just stoppped .Have a great week.!!!
    flanagan@mebtel.net

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  36. The house I grew up in was haunted - or so my mother told me. Apparently when I was a toddler, I regularly used to point and laugh at thin air. I was too young to remember, of course, but a few years ago my sister told me that she sometimes saw an old man sitting in the corner of the kitchen. We did a little research and found out that it was almost certainly the original owner of the house.

    endofmissc[at]gmail[dot]com

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  37. When we were in Williamsburg there was a haunted places tour but we weren't able to take it because of the timing.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  38. I've never been to a place, that was considered haunted. I would love to tour a haunted castle.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I don't seek out haunted landmarks. My family does believe there is something supernatural about a room in my Great Aunt's Victorian mansion. There is one bedroom that is only used for storage. No one will sleep there. The energy is bad/weird. They converted the study downstairs into a bedroom instead of making someone sleep there.

    Congrats on the new release, Cynthia!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. I work at a mountain for the Girl Scouts' Resident Camp during the summer and that weird/bad feeling you are talking about is in one area of the camp. I hate going there and sleeping there. Isn't that weird how such a feeling can really affect you ?

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