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Haunted Texas

Posted by [email protected] on February 3, 2015 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

In our Gable Cove book series, Laura Hamby and I created a fictional Texas bayside town which is rife with spectral activity, courtesy of rough and gritty pioneering lifestyles in the late 1800’s, to the proximity to the Gulf coast and its history of devastating hurricanes.


 

Houston Paranormal Research Team has compiled a website listing haunted locations in Texas - http://www.hprt.org/hauntedlocations.htm I was curious to know whether I’ve been in any reportedly haunted locations. I was surprised to see just how many places I have visited over the years that were on HPRT’s very extensive list. Combing through HPRT’s site, I extracted the specific locations that I’ve been a guest of, and hadn’t known at the time of my visit of their alleged haunted history. I wonder if I’d known at the time if my knees would have knocked—just a little.


Haunted Texas

http://www.hprt.org/hauntedlocations.htm

 


Galveston - The Hotel Galvez - It's on Seawall Blvd. and is the oldest hotel on the island. One room, room 505, is supposed to be haunted and most people who stay in that room, do not stay overnight. Most just feel incredibly uncomfortable there. You can also smell Gardenias in and around the room at times. There are two other ghosts there but no one seems to know much about them. There are several locations in Galveston that are haunted including the Tremont House hotel on Mechanic's Street and the Peanut Butter Warehouse to name a few.

 

Houston - Spring - The Wunche Bros Cafe - Spring is really a portion of Houston on its north side. The building has served many purposes including rail station, brothel and restaurant. Many have seen an apparition of "Old Man Wunche" on the upstairs balcony. Several waitresses claimed to have seen him.

 

Kerrville - Y.O. Ranch Hotel - Apparitions of cowboys walking around the courtyard after 3am in the morning near the swimming pool and vanish.

 

Kerrville - Y.O. Ranch Hotel - The Sam Houston Café - A phantom patron has been known to ask to use the bathroom.

 

San Antonio - The Alamo - Cold spots and a feeling of melancholy can be felt throughout the Fort. 189 Alamo defenders and at least 1200 Mexican soldiers fought and died here in San Antonio, many without the benefit of a proper burial leaving a lot of lost souls in search of an eternal resting place, thus making San Antonio one of the most haunted cities in America.

 

San Antonio - The Emily Morgan Hotel – [As reported by a guest] Floor nine is a very active floor. Having been unaware that the building housed wounded soldiers during the battle of the Alamo, we stayed there on floor nine in room 902. We were the only ones on the floor yet doors opened and closed all night long. At one point the toilet seat slammed itself up and down about ten times while we were in the adjacent room. A bottle of wine slid off of the counter by itself as did the coffee pot the next morning and the elevator would not take us to the floor we wanted. Once we did get moving the doors would open and shut about ten times before standing still long enough to let us out. Management had responded to earlier complaints of the same but the motor was fine.

 

San Antonio - Menger Hotel - This hotel, located adjacent to the Alamo, is home to a wide variety of ghostly guests: polite ones, who murmur "Pardon me" as they pass; rude ones, who puff on cigars in non-smoking rooms; tidy ones, who smooth the covers on your bed (while you're in it!); and even a hungry ghost who cries out for room service. Also haunted by the spirit of a chambermaid who was killed there by her husband. Other ghosts include "Buckskin" and "the Ghost of the King Room."

 

The Woodlands - Walgreen's, 485 Sawdust Rd - The store is haunted by the ghost of John Cedars, a manager who was killed execution style during a robbery in 1996. Though it wasn't at the time, the location is now 24 hours and employees say that at nights Mr. Cedars can be heard walking the store or playing jokes (he likes to knock over the stacks of diapers like he did when he was alive). Several people have reported incidents while alone in the stockroom at night, such as toys turning themselves on and off. Occasionally things have been known to fly off shelves and break without anyone nearby. The activity calmed after the convictions of the perpetrators in 1998, but he is still a presence in the store.

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There are many, many more reported haunted sites listed other than these specific locations, but this seems plenty to me!

Someday, Laura and I want to take a haunted ghost tour and even go on an overnight ghost hunt. *quake*shiver*giggle*

 

Have you ever visited a haunted location? Maybe you live in a haunted home. I love a good story. Tell me yours!

 

 

 

 

 

Time Flies.....

Posted by [email protected] on January 25, 2015 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Wow. Where does the time go?


I'm shaking my head because once again, it seems that Life has rolled over the top of me and buried me.  I've just excavated to the surface.


I've missed each and every one of you.  It's been too long.


What I've managed to get myself into since last we talked:

1.  New day job.  Love, love, love it!  I'm a very fortunate person.

2.  New haircut.  Thank you, Loni at TGF Haircutters!

3.  New haircolor.  Thank you again, Loni!  I absolutely adore the new peacock blue peek-a-boo hair streaks.  Might toss in a little bit of turquoise on the ends next time.

4.  NEW BOOK!  Yes, I said it!  It's out and available on Amazon.  

GHOST HUNTER

Book 1 - Gable Cove Haunted Series


Sheylynn and Laura - Writer Trivia

Posted by [email protected] on June 2, 2014 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Laura Hamby and I have been best friends for over 12 years. Through thick and thin, health issues (pesky surgeries), divorce (mine), and moves (both of us), we've been there for each other. What you may not know, however, is that we met online those 12+ years ago and have met in person exactly 4 times!  Distance notwithstanding, we 'talk' online everyday by instant messager. Friendship, like love, knows no distance.


So we've cried together, crafted together, written together, and someday, we'll even ghost hunt together -- cuz we ain't afraid of no ghosts! Much.


Over the years Laura and I have gotten to know each other very well. Here's your chance to get to know a little about us as well.


Writer Trivia

 Pay attention, there will be a quiz afterwards. Just kidding!

Maybe.


 What would you like to ask your favorite author, but were too afraid to ask? Laura and Sheylynn have lists for their favorite authors. Here are 5 factoids each about Laura and Sheylynn. Laura is odd, Sheylynn is even - and no, since we live in two different states, we didn’t arm wrestle for the privilege of being the odd one, but rest assured if we did live near each other, arm wrestling would’ve been involved. ;)


 

1. Laura: Loves to craft, especially birdhouses, earrings, anything wood, mixed media...

 

2. Sheylynn: Loves to craft as well, decoupage wood crafts, beaded bookmarks that Laura named ‘book undies’ because there should be no naked books, mixed media. I love scrapbook paper. And stickers. Lots and lots of stickers.


 3. Laura: Worked at a used book store while in college. Also, Woolworth’s, and a mall shop called Cartoon Junction. In a totally romance novel sort of arc, one of the guys I dated (while in college), brought me a Dear Jane letter while at work at Woolworth’s. Knowledge of this dastardly deed spread amongst my co-workers like lightning (because we were clearly there to gossip about one another, rather than work), and the personnel manager gave me a bit of advice I’ve never forgotten: “I’ll tell you what I tell my granddaughters. Next time you see that asshole, run him over with your car.” Yes, this is going to eventually make it into a novel. Hey! Maybe even one of my Gable Cove: Gladiolus Garden House novels...I’m leaning towards Book 3. *Runs off to make a note to remember to use this in that one.


 4. Sheylynn: Has a tiny toy poodle named Teddy who wears a bandana ‘speedo’ to prevent him from marking his territory in the house. His speedos tend to coordinate with the season and holidays. He thinks he looks fabulous as poodles do.


 5. Laura: Doesn’t drink nearly as much vodka as my family thinks I do.


 6. Sheylynn: Doesn’t drink nearly as much vodka as her family probably wishes she would do.


 7. Laura: Has 3 sons, one of whom is mildly autistic, 2 of whom are Eagle Scouts, and all 3 of whom are, in my probably slanted perspective, handsome and funny young men. All three should shave their mustaches, too.


 8. Sheylynn: Probably knows more about FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) than she should and she hopes to never need it, or discuss it ever again. So don’t ask. Seriously.


9. Laura: Really wanted dark blue highlights last time I got my hair “did.” However, I couldn’t find any place that did blue, so went for red instead.

 

10: Sheylynn: One of my favorite quotes is credited to Morticia Addams: Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.


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Where to Find Us Online


 We’re on Twitter, individually, and as Best Friends…Writing Heartfelt Romance. Follow us on Twitter for updates about #GableCove (#GableCoveSeries), as well as updates for our other publications. Our Twitter handles: @LauraHamby1 @SheylynnJones @BestFriendsWri ~ We love to chat, but please direct tweet us, as we simply cannot keep up with DMs. We appreciate all retweets and do work to return the favor. Thanks for following us!


 

We have author pages on Facebook. Like us, and we will like yours in return (be sure to leave us a ‘Hello’ message with a link to your FB author page!)   Sheylynn ~  Best Friends ~ Laura


 

You’re reading Sheylynn's blog right now – thank you! THIS is Laura's blog.


 

Laura’s Webbie ~ Sheylynn’s Webbie ~ Best Friends’ Webbie


 

Gable Cove - Interesting and Obscure Lighthouse Facts

Posted by [email protected] on May 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Our fictional town of Gable Cove, Texas boasts a landlocked, fictional lighthouse. Called Deacon’s Folly, the school children of Gable Cove – at the urging of the town deacons – did a Save Your Pennies fundraiser in the 1950s, to save the landmark lighthouse. Originally located on the bay, no one realized the funds were to cover the expenses incurred for moving the lighthouse to a new location. Town deacons donated a tract of land originally set aside for a housing tract just outside town limits as the new home for the lighthouse.


 

Over the years, Deacon’s Folly has been refurbished on the lower two stories by the Rotary Club so that the lighthouse could be rented out for wedding receptions, retirement parties, and Christmas parties. A couple of Boy Scouts did Eagle projects that provided fencing around the property and landscaping, and a covered picnic area. The Kiwanis Club hosts pancake breakfasts every other Saturday from April through August, with the proceeds going into their Paint the Lighthouse fund. The townsfolk of Gable Cove are understandably proud of Deacon’s Folly, as it’s turned out to not only be a unique sort of community center, but it’s also a boon to their tourist economy. On the Fourth of July, the lamp in Deacon’s Folly announces the beginning of the fireworks show, giving town residents a ten minute lead to tuning their radios for the accompanying music for the fireworks and assembling to watch the display.


 

Side by Side, the first book in my Gable Cove: Gladiolus Garden House series, and Sheylynn Jones’ Ghost Hunter (the first book of her Gable Cove: Haunted series) will be available in June, 2014!


 

Lighthouse Facts


 

1. In 1776, when the US declared its independence, there were 12 lighthouses.


 

2. Cape Hatteras is the tallest lighthouse. It’s 196 feet tall and was built in 1872. Obscure fact: My two oldest sons and I climbed the Cape Hatteras lighthouse on a family trip down the Eastern Sideboard. My husband and youngest son (who wasn’t tall enough to go up in the lighthouse) stayed on the ground, much to the little guy’s disgusted dismay. He continually told his Daddy, “I am big. I can stomp.” And I got to hear about how big he was and got demonstrations of his stomping ability when I returned to the ground.


 

3. The patterns painted on the towers of the lighthouses – the stripes, diamonds, and the different colors used are to help distinguish lighthouses from one another.


 

4. Sandy Hook, NJ has the oldest lighthouse in the country, which is has been in operation since 1764.


 

5. Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes.


 

6. Ocracoke Lighthouse is totally white.


 

7. Montauk Point Lighthouse, NY, first became operational in 1797, George Washington commissioned it, and it’s the first lighthouse built by the federal government.


 

8. The Statue of Liberty is the first US lighthouse to use electricity. It became operational November 22, 1886. Obscure fact: My Hubby took pictures up Lady Liberty’s skirt when they visited Liberty Island on a family trip and got to tour the inside (at the base). The torch was still closed (after 9/11) when they went, so they didn’t get to go up there.


 

9. Boston Harbor Light was occupied by the British during the Revolutionary War. The Americans set fire to it twice. The British blew it up in 1776 as they left. It was rebuilt in 1783 or 1784.


 

10. Robbin’s Reef Light, NJ, AKA “Kate’s Light” for the first keeper’s wife, who kept the lighthouse after her husband’s (Jacob Walker) death (1886-1919). She rowed her children to school in Staten Island. Kate’s Light was first lit in 1883.


 

11. Old Scituate Light in Massachusetts: Rebecca and Abigail Bates took refuge there during the War of 1812, and by playing Yankee Doodle on fife and drum, made enough noise to dissuade the British commander approaching in the fog against landing, thinking there was a local militia making all that noise.


 

12. Concord Point Light is the longest continually operational lighthouse in Maryland, and had a member of the O’Neill family as lighthouse keeper from 1827 to the early 20th century.


 

13. Marcus Hanna is the only person to win the Medal of Honor and the Gold Lifesaving Medal. He served in the Civil War with the 50th Massachusetts Infantry, and received the Medal of Honor for valor at Port Hudson, LA. In 1885, he earned the Gold Lifesaving Medal for rescuing several stranded sailors at Cape Elizabeth. He served as lighthouse keeper at Cape Elizabeth and Pemaquid lighthouse, both located in Maine.


 

14. St. George Reef Lighthouse, CA, was the most expensive lighthouse built in the USA. Started in 1882 and completed 10 years later, it cost $715K to built. In 1972, the Coast Guard abandoned it.


 

15. Makapuu Point, Oahu, HI boasts the largest lens in a lighthouse in the States.


 

16. Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse in Maryland, is the last screw-pile on the Chesapeake Bay.


 

17. Point Pinos in California not only has the original 3rd order lens, but is also the oldest continuous lighthouse on the West Coast.


 

18. The first Congress, with its 9th Act, created the Lighthouse Service in 1789.


 

Where to Find Us Online


 

We’re on Twitter, individually, and as Best Friends…Writing Heartfelt Romance. Follow us on Twitter for updates about #GableCove (#GableCoveSeries), as well as updates for our other publications. Our Twitter handles: @LauraHamby1 @SheylynnJones @BestFriendsWri ~ We love to chat, but please direct tweet us, as we simply cannot keep up with DMs. We appreciate all retweets and do work to return the favor. Thanks for following us!


 

We have author pages on Facebook. Like us, and we will like yours in return (be sure to leave us a ‘Hello’ message with a link to your FB author page!)  Laura ~ Sheylynn ~ Best Friends


You’re reading Sheylynn’s blog right now – thank you! THIS is Laura's blog.


 

Laura’s Webbie ~ Sheylynn’s Webbie ~ Best Friends’ Webbie


Gable Cove - Ghost Facts or Fiction

Posted by [email protected] on May 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Gable Cove – Ghost Facts or Fiction

 

Our fictional bayside town Gable Cove is rife with spirit presence and characters with varying degrees of psychic abilities or even just strong, unshakable belief in the afterlife. And like every other community there are believers and non-believers on each side of the question—do ghosts exist?

 

Harry Houdini was a strong debunker of spiritualists and psychic mediums. He and his wife Bess devised a secret code word that he would reveal to her if he was able to return from the afterlife. Bess held an annual séance for ten years after his death. Harry Houdini never reappeared.

 

On the other side of the question, many Hollywood celebrities admit to their belief in otherworldly experiences such as Lady Gaga, Keanu Reeves, Kate Hudson, and even former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


 The Galveston Island 1900 storm, which came at a cost of an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 dead, remains the worst natural disaster in U.S. history for loss of life. For 2010-2011, Haunted America Tours ranks Galveston as the second most haunted city in the country after New Orleans. In 2012, USA Today ranked Galveston third after Baltimore and New Orleans. Among the believed ghost sighting are of children playing in the yard where 10 victims of the devastating 1900 storm were buried, The Lovelorn Lady, who reportedly hanged herself in a historic hotel, and many of the historic homes that survived the 1900 Storm, report ghostly activity which occurs to this day.


 In Gable Cove – Haunted Series Book One, Caleb ‘Ghost’ Hunter believes he must turn away from love to prevent any ‘unfinished business’ from trapping him or his loved ones in the spirit world, unable to move on. Psychic Serenity Davis challenges his belief.


In Gable Cove – Gladiolus Garden House Series Book One, Abbie Black doesn’t believe in ghosts, but appears to have one in the third floor flat she shares with her stepdaughter, Lily.

 

Below is a list that show a precedence for small(ish) town hauntings. Enjoy our spooky list! Our Gable Cove series debuts in June, with Laura Hamby's Side by Side and my Ghost Hunter. 


 Small Town Hauntings

Athens, Ohio: “Athens, Ohio is a small town that is home to the Ohio University as well as some downright strange ghost stories. This small, otherwise peaceful community has inspired stories of hauntings that include everything from a headless train conductor to pagan cults and the violent murders of livestock.” The Athens Lunatic Asylum is purported to be very haunted: “There’s nothing creepier than a good old-fashioned insane asylum, and Athens has one of the most famous in the form of the Athens Lunatic Asylum, which operated from 1874 until 1993. The hospital held many violent patients, and is notorious for being the site of hundreds of lobotomies. Since closing, the hospital has been the at the center of numerous ghost stories, most of which are kept alive by the students at the university, which now owns the asylum grounds.” SOURCE


 Gettysburg, PA: “In July of 1863, the small college town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was the site of the biggest military clash of the Civil War, which to this day remains the bloodiest event to ever occur on American soil. Over 150,000 total soldiers converged on the scene, and when the battle was over as many as 50,000 were killed, wounded, or missing. The shadow of the battle still stands over the town today, and many claim the ghosts of dead soldiers haunt the battlefields. What’s unique about Gettysburg is the sheer amount and frequency of its ghost sightings. Some places in the town, like the home of Jenny Wade, a woman who was killed by a stray bullet from the battle, supposedly experience paranormal activity on a daily basis. Elsewhere, there have even been reports of lone visitors to the battlefield park stumbling across what they assume to be a battle reenactment, only to later learn that none took place that day.” The Devil’s Den: “The Devil’s Den is a rocky outcropping of boulders and shrubs that was the site of one of the clashes of the second day of the battle. The spot is famous for being the location of a small skirmish that took place when a Union artillery unit returned fire on a Confederate sharpshooter who was taking shots at them from behind the rocks. They later found a body, and photographer Alexander Gardner took a photo of it that has since become one of the most iconic images of the battle. But recent evidence suggests that the body in the photo was not the man responsible, and some even claim that Gardner dragged the corpse of another man to the spot in order to stage the picture. Supposedly, this man’s ghost now haunts the Devil’s Den, and to this day visitors to the park often have a great deal of trouble trying to take photos anywhere near the site. Pictures often come out blurry and unusable, and cameras have a strange way of suddenly dying whenever they are turned on in the area.” SOURCE

 

Salem, Massachusetts: “In 1692, Salem, Mass. became the sight of a series of infamous trials after three local women were accused of using witchcraft to terrorize a trio of young girls. The trials soon escalated into mass hysteria, with townspeople vehemently accusing neighbors and acquaintances, almost all of them unmarried women, of being witches. Over 150 people were arrested and charged, and as may as 19 were eventually executed by hanging. Today, the town of Salem encourages its reputation as “Witch City, USA” and has one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in the country. Alongside the tourist shops and museums, though, stand several infamous ghost stories related to the witch trials. One in particular concerns Gallows Hill, the site of several hangings, which is said to be haunted by the spirits of the 19 people lynched for being witches.” The Joshua Ward House: “Known as one of the most haunted houses in America, Joshua Ward House is built on the foundation of the home of George Corwin, the man who served as Sheriff during the Salem witch trials. Corwin is infamous for his role in the death of Giles Corey, a local man who was charged with witchcraft. When Corey refused to enter a plea in court, Corwin used an old English legal precedent and placed him under a board piled with rocks in order to coerce him into talking. Corey never relented, and was eventually crushed to death under the massive weight. To this day, many claim that Corey and Corwin, who is rumored to be buried beneath the foundation of his old home, haunt the Joshua Ward House.” SOURCE


 To read the full Top Tenz Top 10 Most Haunted Cities in the U.S. click HERE. It’s a great list, great reading! You really should read it. :)


 Do you believe?

 

Personal Experience of Laura Hamby:   Several years ago, I visited Washington D.C. when my husband was on a work detail there. While he worked, I played tourist. Heh. I happened to visit Ford’s Theater at just the right season, they let us go up to see the Presidential box where President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. There was quite a line, and I struck up a conversation with the lady in front of me in line. We agreed we both felt a bit morbid standing there in line to take a look at where a man was fatally shot. The closer I got to the Presidential box, the worse I felt. The hair on the back of my neck stood on end and I had the chills. I didn’t see anything spooky, but I sure could feel President Lincoln’s presence. Later, I walked over to the Peterson House, where he was taken and where he died. I felt the same unsettled feeling, but to a lesser degree. I don’t know if I managed to spook myself or not, but I’ve also been to Gettysburg, which as noted above is very haunted, and didn’t get that same feeling, so who knows? But yes, if you were to ask me if I believe in ghosts/hauntings, the answer is definitely YES.

 

Where to Find Us Online


 We’re on Twitter, individually, and as Best Friends…Writing Heartfelt Romance. Follow us on Twitter for updates about #GableCove (#GableCoveSeries), as well as updates for our other publications.


Our Twitter handles: @LauraHamby1 @SheylynnJones @BestFriendsWri ~ We love to chat, but please direct tweet us, as we simply cannot keep up with DMs. We appreciate all retweets and do work to return the favor. Thanks for following us!

 

We have author pages on Facebook. Like us, and we will like yours in return (be sure to leave us a ‘Hello’ message with a link to your FB author page!) Sheylynn ~ Best Friends ~ Laura


 You’re reading Sheylynn's blog right now – thank you! THIS is Laura's blog.


Sheylynn’s Webbie ~ Laura’s Webbie ~ Best Friends’ Webbie

 


 

Why, oh why?

Posted by [email protected] on May 15, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Writing is sometimes a comical, torturous thing. A weird and twisted exercise. Such a buzz getting new ideas, naming characters, world building--we're all aglow. *type*type*happness*type*


And the next day....


We're trying to drag the Muse out of her beachside hammock, pry the booze-filled coconut shell from her hand,  chain her reluctant ass to the chair and prepare to spew massive quantities of prose onto the writing screen. Where's the glow? Why the fight? It's a GREAT story! *sigh*


We love it. We dread it. We're challenged by it. Chastened. Exhuberant. Despairing. And that's just in the first five minutes.


I had a great writing day yesterday. Made a double goal--word count and finished a chapter. Plus, I'm wriing about ghosts, and reluctant psychics, and hot sexy men. Aaaah... there's that glow. *ehem*


And yet today I'm more this:  



than this:



Writing is a fickle pursuit.  I love it so. 

The World Building of Gable Cove: Landlocked Lighthouses

Posted by [email protected] on May 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

LANDLOCKED LIGHTHOUSES

 

 


Our fictional town of Gable Cove, Texas boasts a landlocked lighthouse. Called Deacon’s Folly, the school children of Gable Cove - at the urging of the town deacons - did a Save Your Pennies fundraiser in the 1950s, to save the landmark lighthouse. Originally located on the bay, no one realized the funds were to cover the expenses incurred for moving the lighthouse to a new location. Town deacons donated a tract of land originally set aside for a housing tract just outside town limits as the new home for the lighthouse.


Over the years, Deacon’s Folly has been refurbished on the lower two stories by the Rotary Club so that the lighthouse could be rented out for wedding receptions, retirement parties, and Christmas parties. A couple of Boy Scouts did Eagle projects that provided fencing around the property and landscaping, and a covered picnic area. The Kiwanis Club hosts pancake breakfasts every other Saturday from April through August, with the proceeds going into their Paint the Lighthouse fund. The townsfolk of Gable Cove are understandably proud of Deacon’s Folly, as it’s turned out to not only be a unique sort of community center, but it’s also a boon to their tourist economy. On the Fourth of July, the lamp in Deacon’s Folly announces the beginning of the fireworks show, giving town residents a ten minute lead to tuning their radios for the accompanying music for the fireworks and assembling to watch the display.


Deacon’s Folly is fictional, as is the town of Gable Cove, but there are other towns across the United States that boast their own landlocked lighthouses. Unlike ours, many of these weren’t ever working lighthouses.

 

1. Salinas, Kansas has a lighthouse replica near a former golf course.

2. Cedar City, Utah. Located just off the freeway, it is not open to the public.

3. Storm Lake, Iowa has a lighthouse that marks the entrance to their community.

4. Rockwood Pentecostal Lighthouse Church in Rockwood, Tennessee is 25 feet tall. It’s a church.

5. Atlantic-Brigantine Blvd. Lighthouse, New Jersey. It’s in a traffic circle between Atlantic-Brigantine Blvd. and Bayshore Avenue.

6. Lighthouse Pointe Lighthouse, Frankfort, Illinois marks the entrance to an upscale neighborhood.

7. A Hershey, PA lighthouse is all that remains of a swimming pool complex that operated from 1929 to 1967.

8. The 1871 Colchester Reef Lighthouse - Shelbourne Museum was relocated and preserved in Vermont.


So, there it is. Lighthouses across the United States, and a teaser glimpse into our fictional town of Gable Cove, Texas, home of our Gable Cove series. Sheylynn’s Ghost Hunter first book of her GC series, and Laura’s Side by Side, the 1st book of her GC series will be available in June, 2014. ~Laura and Sheylynn


Where to Find us Online

We’re on Twitter, individually, and as Best Friends…Writing Heartfelt Romance. Follow us on Twitter for updates about #GableCove (#GableCoveSeries), as well as updates for our other publications.


Our Twitter handles: @LauraHamby1  @SheylynnJones  @BestFriendsWri ~ We love to chat, but please direct tweet us, as we simply cannot keep up with DMs. We appreciate all retweets and do work to return the favor. Thanks for following us!


We have author pages on Facebook. Like us, and we will like yours in return (be sure to leave us a ‘Hello’ message with a link to your FB author page!) Sheylynn ~ Best Friends ~ Laura

You’re reading Sheylynn's blog right now – thank you! THIS is Laura's blog.

Sheylynn’s Webbie ~ Laura’s Webbie ~ Best Friends’ Webbie

 

Image courtesy of Clare Bloomfield / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

Gable Cove Interview with Sheylynn and Laura

Posted by [email protected] on May 8, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Best friends Laura Hamby and Sheylynn Jones are no strangers to continuity stories, having begun their decade-long friendship over planning a continuity series they wrote (along with Meg Allison, and Sheylynn writing as Shara Jones then) for their epublisher way back in the day. Their epublisher has since closed doors, but Laura and Sheylynn haven’t lost their love for creating worlds together and writing together.

 

The Gable Cove series is, they believe, a unique twist on romantic series in that both Laura and Sheylynn use Gable Cove as the setting for their novels, but are each writing a 3 book series that will stand alone. Laura and Sheylynn share their experiences in world-building of Gable Cove, in this interview, as well as other fun tidbits and facts.


1. Who came up with the idea of writing two stand-alone series in a shared setting, and what did the other think initially?

Sheylynn: I’d created a haunted coastal town and named it Gable Cove and planned a series. Laura immediately popped up and said, “Hey, what if we share the fictional town and both write series based on it?” And then we squee’ed at the brilliance and it was done.

Laura: What Sheylynn said. Okay, I was vacuuming my bedroom when I had the brainstorm to share Gable Cove, so I immediately stopped vacuuming and raced to the computer to PM Sheylynn to see what she thought. Yes. We did squee. And giggle. And got right down to work building Gable Cove.

 

2. How did Gable Cove get its name?

Sheylynn: I wanted a coastal area that had seen tragic events such as hurricanes to support a very haunted present. Laura suggested that Galveston Island might serve in some ways as a model.

Laura: Yep. Sheylynn named it. I loved the name sooooo much, I was sad I hadn’t thought of it first. Sooo thrilled Sheylynn was agreeable to the brainstorm I had while vacuuming (see above).


3. Sheylynn writes ghosty-paranormal-y stories, while Laura writes romantic comedies that often incorporate family. How do the two mesh for the Gable Cove series? Will Sheylynn and Laura be sticking with their preferred sub-genres?

Sheylynn: Laura and I have written together for years and know how well our writing voices mesh although they are very different. I love to write paranormal romance with emotional punch.

Laura: We first bonded over writing a continuity series together - even though we approach writing very differently, and write different romance sub-genres, we think remarkably alike, which makes a project like this perfect for us, and oh, so very fun. I love letting humor into my stories - it rather happens organically, and families can be a tremendous source of emotions and great for oddball situations.

 

4. Describe Gable Cove and how the businesses on the charming Main Street came to be, and how does that all tie in to the planned 6 novels set there.

Sheylynn: Gable Cove was always planned as a tourist town and as such, a bit of quirkiness, colorful secondary characters and interesting locations spring from that. The businesses created are sometimes secondary character themselves.

Laura: One of the business on Main Street, a bath shop called Bubbles, was inspired by a lovely bath shop I found downtown in my new hometown. I’ve sent Sheylynn several messages along the lines of, “Hehe...Gable Cove now has a ___” <---Fill in the blank for a business. I’m sure Main Street, Gable Cove will grow as our novels are written, becoming richer and more real as we write.

 

5. Laura’s 3 novels share the common element of the Gladiolus Garden House, a majestic three-story Victorian home since divided into three apartments (one on each floor), and an apartment on the second floor of the adjoining Carriage House. Laura, how was the Gladiolus Garden House born?

Sheylynn and I had been discussion writing a series - separately and together with our Best Friends brand. The first thing I wanted was a common setting for my series, and as I’ve always loved Victorian homes, it was a natural ‘go-to.’ I got to look at pictures online of Victorian homes and call it “research.” I wanted the old home to have a stunning garden, so I also googled flowers and settled on the gladiolus flowers because they’re so beautiful. And viola! Gladiolus Garden House (AKA “the GGH”;) was born.


6. Sheylynn’s 3 novels share a paranormal element. What can you tell us about each novel? Each novel features strong paranormal elements such as ghosts and psychics, and the couples who are sometimes united in pursuit of paranormal enlightenment, or vehemently opposed and resistant to what their eyes and their heart tells them.

 

7. You say each series (GC GGH Series and GC - Haunted Series) are stand alone, not dependent on the novels of the other author’s series’ to weave the stories. How much crossover is there, then, and how do you handle the crossover of characters?

Sheylynn: The secondary characters and locations have been entered into the series master notes or bible, as it were. Crossover of locations is a constant and we refer to the master notes for the descriptions already created. Character crossover is a bit different. The character’s ‘voice’, attitude, style which was created by a different author has to be incorporated into your own story true to form. I will cut and paste a section in question for Laura to see to ensure I’ve gotten the character drawn correctly.

Laura: Our series and the novels that make up our separate series are stand alone. You don’t *hafta* read my series and Sheylynn’s, but of course, we hope you do. I have drawn on one of Sheylynn’s heroines in my first *Gable Cove: Gladiolus Garden House* novel, Side by Side. We have the town, the Main Street and the businesses and people that inhabit Gable Cove and Main Street. The important thing is that those secondary characters we use are uniform across both our series. It’s a good thing Sheylynn copy/pastes stuff into the bible for future reference.


8. Laura calls herself a “seat of the pants, organic” writer. Sheylynn is a plotter. How does this affect the writing of your books in this series?

Sheylynn: We twit each other about our divergent writing styles but in the end, it works. We both arrive at our intended destinations and the flavor and basic characterizations are in line. I need to have my basic plot and in mind and Laura gives me grief about white boards, dry erase markers and post-it notes. Yes, please!

Laura: Sheylynn threatens to send me a white board, and yes, I do twit her about her propensity for sniffing dry erase markers. What’s hilarious is our discussions on our writing styles. She says I should try plotting. I say I have, and when I’ve done that, the Muse thinks we’ve written the story and we’re done - NEXT! Yes, as I get into the story, I can often see ahead as to what’s coming, but no, I won’t ever white board it or write it down anywhere until I’m actually writing it in my work-in-progress. It’s a great joy to discover what I have to say every time I sit down to write.

 

9. Describe a day in the life of writing the first books of each of your series, Laura and Sheylynn. What’s it like to write together?

Sheylynn: Some days, its 100 words the hard way and sometimes we just fly and have a 2k + writing day. Laura and I have been writing together (by way of instant messaging) for years! Most writers need solitude and silence and no distractions. We tend to spur each on. It’s more fun to share writing tidbits, get opinions and just chat while we write. It works for us.

Laura: What Sheylynn said! I love having her on hand to run a passage past, especially one that’s been hard-won, or one I need to make sure the humor is spot-on and not hinky. I tend to be more productive when I’m writing with Sheylynn. Love it, every single bit of it.

 

10. Would you ladies do this again?

Sheylynn: Absolutely! And we may or may not be in the planning stages for more. Stay tuned!

Laura: Absolutely is right! Best Friends, writing heartfelt romance together...until we’re so old we can no longer see the words, instant message, and our fingers are too bent with arthritis! And then we’ll figure out a way to continue writing together around all those obstacles.

 

 

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Ghosts--Keepin' me awake at night..

Posted by [email protected] on April 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I've always been back and forth on the whole ghost, supernatural issue.  I'm certainly drawn to it. I question it, shiver at it, wonder about it.

I tend to write stories with some sort of paranormal edge. The fictional town of Gable Cove was created with just that in mind. 

But what is a ghost? Is it an unexplainable sudden buzz of energy?  The inexplicable drain of energy? Shadows? Transparent shapes?  

I've been researching online and have gone to so many websites, read so many articles to find a consensus of what constitues 'ghost' and the consensus is that there isn't one.  This person believes in floating orbs while this person doesn't.  Spirit photography is factual to many but a hoax to others.

Curious, maddening, frustrating, interesting, and vastly entertaining.

I love hearing firsthand stories from people that have experienced such events.  Tell me a story.

Do you believe?

This is how you do it....

Posted by [email protected] on March 4, 2014 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)


As he says--just that easy, and that hard.

Continuing my 100+ word days and I racked up nearly 1000 for the day.  *throws confetti*  But all that means is that after today,  it doesn't count.  The writing meter will be reset and tomorrow will still be 100+ words.  


From small daily victories, this book will be written.  Then another.  And another.  And those will likely start the same way--100+ and counting. 

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