Friday, October 13, 2017

Scary October: Hermitage Hotel

It's October, which means every Friday, I bring you a new spooky story! This is my scary ghost picture to go with this month's posts:



Opened in 1910, the Hermitage Hotel was the third skyscraper to be built in downtown Nashville. The interior design remains breathtaking to this day, but one thing they won't tell you at check-in is that this upscale hotel is haunted.



The most interesting story involves a crying infant. Legend says that a baby died in the hotel and the baby's spirit remains to this day. The sound happens in Room 912, which once was Room 910. When someone gets up to find the source of the sound, it stops. Sometimes the ghost of a woman is seen trying to soothe the baby.



Guests have also reported seeing a lady in white in different areas of the hotel, as well as a woman dressed in Victorian clothing on the first floor. Others have reported seeing a young girl standing on one of the balconies on the top floor:



Another interesting story involves a mirror in the lobby. Guests have reported seeing a crack form at the top of the mirror, only to mend itself as they watched.

Check out last week's post on The Gray Man. And be sure to come back next week for the next stop on my ghost tour:


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Introducing Molly in the Middle by Ronni Arno AND The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

It's another multi-book birthday. Today two great books release on the same day, and I'm so excited, I've already read one of them! Can you guess which one?

First up is this one from the very lovable Ronni Arno. The cover of this one makes you wish you were in middle school again! The blurb is every bit as adorable as the cover.





Blurb:

A girl finds herself in the middle of a big decision—follow the crowd or follow her heart—in this hilarious M!X novel.

Twelve-year-old Molly Mahoney is in the middle of everything. She’s in the middle of her parent’s impending divorce. She’s in the middle of her rebellious older sister and her lazy younger sister. She’s in the middle of her class, ranked at exactly 143 out of 286. Even her name (first and last!) places her right in the middle of the alphabet. And after a morning where her parents forget to drive her to school, and the field trip she was supposed to be on leaves without her, Molly decides it’s time to figure out how she can finally be in the spotlight—and stop being invisible.

But her new, outlandish ways put her in a different middle altogether. She now finds herself in the middle of her new, popular group of friends, who think the New Molly is amazing and bold, while her old BFF, Kellan thinks the New Molly is mean and aloof and headed for trouble. What’s worse, Kellan doesn’t hide his feelings. Faced with a probable future in a wheelchair, Kellan doesn’t understand why Molly would risk getting in trouble just to be popular. So when Molly has to choose between going to the year’s biggest party with her new pals, or participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Walk with Kellan, she’s stuck in the middle once again. Can Molly reconcile the Old Molly with New Molly—and figure out the best way to make her mark?


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Bio:


Ronni Arno Blaisdell is the author of Ruby Reinvented. She has written for several magazines, blogs, and websites. In a previous life she worked as a publicist in Hollywood, and eventually built a home in Maine. She is a keen SCBWI member and contributor to the KidLiterati.com blog.







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The second book today is from Lindsay Currie, who writes children's and young adult books. I've been waiting a while for this one. It seems so fun and spooky! Scroll down to read all about it and buy your copy.




Blurb:


A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful mystery.

Tessa Woodward isn’t exactly thrilled to move to rainy, cold Chicago from her home in sunny Florida. But homesickness turns to icy fear when unexplainable things start happening in her new house. Things like flickering lights, mysterious drawings appearing out of nowhere, and a crackling noise she can feel in her bones.



When her little brother’s doll starts crying real tears, Tessa realizes that someone—or something—is trying to communicate with her. And it involves a secret that’s been shrouded in mystery for more than one hundred years.



With the help of three new friends, Tessa begins unraveling the mystery of what happened in the house on Shady Street—and more importantly, what it has to do with her!


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Bio:


Lindsay Currie lives in Chicago, Illinois, with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids, and a 160-pound lap dog named Sam. She’s fond of tea, Halloween, Disney World, and things that go bump in the night!




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Monday, October 09, 2017

Mystery Monday: Arlis Perry

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...



In celebration of October, my favorite month, I'm tackling especially spooky mysteries. Today's mystery has a bit of a Satanic theme to it.




Arlis K. Perry was a 19-year-old newlywed who had recently moved to California to be with her husband, a pre-med student at Stanford. Just before midnight on October 12, 1974, Arlis and her husband got into an argument about their car's tire pressure. She exited the car and entered the nearby Stanford Memorial Church, saying she wanted alone time to pray.


Stanford Memorial Church

Arlis's husband, Bruce, became concerned when she hadn't come home by 3 a.m. He reported her missing to the police, who checked the church's doors and found everything locked. Just before 6 a.m., a church security guard found Arlis's body near the altar.


Arlis Perry
Her body was positioned in a way that led many to speculate her killing may have been related to Satanism. Her jeans were removed and placed over her legs in the below design:



According to the security guard, soon after Arlis entered the church, he locked the doors. He reported seven people having entered the church that night. One of those seven has never been identified. He was described as a young man, approximately 5'10" in height and medium in build.



Although Arlis's killer was never found, some believe the Son of Sam (David Berkowitz) was responsible somehow. Berkowitz mentioned Arlis's murders in some letters. However, investigators interviewed him in prison and said he had nothing to contribute. Arlis's husband was also cleared. Unknown DNA was found near Arlis's body.



Arlis's husband has gone on to an esteemed career working with children who have suffered trauma. He has gained attention for saying ADHD is not a real disease.

Do you think the Son of Sam was connected to Arlis's murder? Or is there another explanation?