Monday, October 20, 2014

Howloween and Ghosts




Holly Miller blogs

for the Paws & Claws Mysteries

by Krista Davis









There's a legend in Wagtail about Becca Wraith, whose raven locks tumbled down her back, and whose eyes were said to be bluer than the twilight sky of the harvest moon. In the 1800s, Becca had two suitors, and it didn't end well for either of them. They're said to haunt the abandoned Wagtail Springs Hotel. Loads of people in Wagtail claim to have seen their ghosts.

When my cousin Josh and I visited our grandmother, Oma, at the Sugar Maple Inn as kids, Josh was always spooked by the legend. He refused to sleep by himself! But I never believed in ghosts. I'm not sure why. I guess you could call me a "show me" type of person.

Wagtail goes all out for Howloween. Skeletons, vampires, mummies, spiders, and witches are just everywhere. There's a hayride through haunted woods, a bonfire, apple bobbing for dogs and people, canine and feline trick-or-treating, ghostly feather agility games for cats, a celebration in the creepy old cemetery, and a costume ball! It's all in good fun, but I can barely keep up with the events.

This week, the Sugar Maple Inn is hosting the Apparition Apprehenders, who are here to see Becca's ghost for themselves. They brought along a ghost debunker, whom I like a lot. She's very sensible and grounded.

I'm trying not to poo-poo the ghost hunters. We have to be respectful of our guests. Besides, this is the time of year when it's fun to pretend that ghosts and goblins exist. Right?

But the ghost hunters are some pretty well-educated guys. I'm surprised that they think ghosts are real. My grandmother and her best friend believe in ghosts, too. They're sharp ladies, which makes me wonder if I'm overlooking something.

What do you think? Are ghosts real? Have you seen one?


 

The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer won't be in stores until December 2nd, but I have one advance review copy with an ugly orange cover to give away today. To enter, leave a comment here by midnight October 21st with your email address so I can contact you if you win. Good luck!



79 comments:

  1. I love the title of this book, and I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  2. I've never seen a ghost, but have "felt" things, something there. I love the cover and the title! (I loved watching The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, long ago, when I was young.) :)


    patucker54 at aol dot com

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  3. I have added this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Raquel36m(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I love both Krista Davis's series, wish I could live in Wagtail!

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  5. Thank you for the chance! I so love your books! rockergoddess2002@yahoo.com

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  6. looking forward to reading your books jchizmar01@windstream.net

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  7. Candace7399@aol.com. this book sounds great

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  8. I loved the first book in this series so I'm looking forward to reading this one. alyssa_mcneil@yahoo.com

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  9. The book sounds great. I would love to win. scarlet_may@yahoo.com

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  10. I believe that there are still so many things we can't comprehend that I don't discount the possibility of the existence of ghosts. I've had some unexplained experiences so my mind is open. harbingerdc(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I can't wait to read the newest book by Krista Davis! The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer sounds perfect for the Halloween season. :)
    I haven't seen or felt a ghost but Halloween is the great time to enjoy a book about them.

    Please enter me in the contest. myrifraf (at) gmail.com

    Thank you.

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  12. This book sounds really great. Plan on reading it. sclickner at juno dot com

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  13. Thanks for the potential opportunity to read the book during the Halloween season! Can't wait to read it now...or then!!! :) gkcrewsie@gmail.com

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  14. I love animals,mysteries and food. I train to be a foster for pets tomorrow and would love to read the book. Thank you for the opportunity! Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  16. Ghosthunters in Wagtail? This should be a really fun mystery. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  17. This sounds like a great book and I look forward to reading it.

    rjprazak6@gmail.com

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  18. This is definitely on my "To Read" list but would love an early copy. Benglish@whro.net Thaks

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  19. This would be nice. Would love to read. Thanks for the chance to win. paddydee54@hotmail.com

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  20. Apparition Apprehenders is so funny, but doesn't stick in my head as Ghostbusters did, which is a good thing. LOL! Silly movie! Cover is cute, but an ugly orange one would be wonderful. bobbipad@gmail.com

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  21. Thank you for the chance to win. miller1563@tx.rr.com Sandra

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  22. Love the play on words in this title! The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is one of my favorite movies and tv series! Will read this even if I do not win! :) misstree1963@gmail.com

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  23. Oh my gosh! I loved the first and can't wait to read "the Ghost and Mrs. Mewer"! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy! I love your Diva series too! herbdogs123@outlook.com

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  24. I'm looking forward to reading it and would love to win a copy!

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  25. Would love to win! Yes, ghosts are real, I have seen one.
    Dnrocker@yahoo.com

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  26. I've felt a ghost presence before. Believe they're definitely real too. Ty for a chance to win. Honeybunny195863@gmail.com

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  27. I loved the first book in this series and can't wait to read this! I have experienced some unexplainable things but I'm not sure there are really ghosts. Thanks fir the opportunity to win.
    dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  28. Sounds like an excellent read!

    leilani_hauge@hotmail.com

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  29. would like to read

    pwtish171@gmail.com

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  30. I guess my comment didn't post but I was to a restaurant near hmb,ca that was haunted and didn't see anything but in my foster home years ago I felt the presence of my foster mom that passed a few years before and that gave me the shivers that is for sure as I felt it several times. Would love to read your new book and I would love to post in several sites.

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  31. I read the first book and loved it. I would love to have the 2nd one.

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  32. Would love to win a copy! Loved the first book in the series and can't wait for the release of this one. Thanks!

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  33. already a fan of this author and I can't wait to read this one. Kuzlin at aol.com

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  34. I have seen a ghost in my house (a scottish bagpiper), found orbs on my photos and felt a ghost on the Queen Mary in the pool room. oh and my phone usually goes crazy after a ghost tour. Yeah they are real!

    idlivru1@gmail.com

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  35. Love all of Krista Davis' books and can't wait to read this one. : )

    deebow2003-1@yahoo.com

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  36. I love all of your books! I would love to win one! masteinbrink@msn.com

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  38. Okay forgot my email in 1st post so here goes again: I have never seen a ghost but my mom has. I do love ghost stories and spooky mysteries. jody.714@hotmail.com

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  39. I have never seen a ghost, but have had things happen to make me believe.
    a.connolley@gmail.com

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  41. Oops, forgot my email.

    I haven't seen a ghost and don't believe in them specifically but I do believe that the spirits of people we have (or sometimes haven't) lost can still come around.

    lauraalbert@hotmail.com

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  42. I once to lived in a for real haunted house. Saw and heard things I'll never forget. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  43. I have never believed in ghosts but that doesn't keep me from reading ghost stories or watching scary movies. I would love to wind this ARC.

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  44. I have never seen anything really paranormal but i do believe in ghosts and i love reading about anything paranormal :)
    amy2read@yahoo.com

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  45. I've always been interested in the paranormal and do believe in ghosts and angels. Love the title! Lorraine at monstercreed@yahoo.com.

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  46. Looks like a great cozy mystery.

    xzjh04@ gmail.com

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  47. I love your books. I look forward to the Ghost & Mrs. Mewer. Looks like fun.

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  48. Your books are FANTASTIC!!!! Can not wait for this one! Rachael rachaelabrams317@gmail.com

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  49. Loved the first book and can't wait for the second book.
    Cmkeck311@aol.com

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  50. I would love to read it.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  51. I have read all of your books, and can't wait to read this one! I love how descriptive you are, it makes me feel as if I'm right there in the story. The little town is so quaint and cozy and all of the characters are perfect! Please never stop writing! teresa.guess@yahoo.com

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  53. Great new title to add to my reading list. Zeta@iwon.com

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  54. Seen apparition twice and I can feel 'something' sometimes ☺.
    Hope I can win this time.

    Uniquas at ymail dot com

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  55. I haven't seen a ghost yet but jave been convinced that I've heard my late favorite cat more than once since she's been gone. O would love to read this,has been on my Kindle wish list for many weeks!

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  56. Love the title. I've never seen a ghost, but I've felt like someone, human or cat, was close by.

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  57. Ghosts and cats. The perfect combination. Thereadmaster@me.com

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  58. I can't wait to read (and review) this book! B-)

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  59. It's orange and this month that makes it Beautiful! Super fun giveaway, thanks. - lavendersbluegreen@yahoo.com

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  60. When I lived in an apartment in Piscataway before I got married, I had a ghost cat (or dog). I would catch sight of a shadow something running from the living room across the hall into the closet. I also would have jewelry items go missing for a short period and then reappear in the jewelry box...I lived alone! Kuzlin at aol.com

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  61. Okay, this is almost too weird. My husband was just telling me today he had the hair on his arms stand up. We have a ghost. Not a mean one at all. Probably a loved one. I have smelled cigarette smoke when no one is the house, he has hard footsteps on the stairs, see things out of the corner of your eye, etc. Agan, we're not scared. When I was very little, about 6 years old, I saw a figure by our Christmas tree, which was about 2 weeks after our dad died. So I'm almost hoping it is him with us here. So yes, I do believe, but it's sometimes a nice visit.

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  62. Cool! Just in time for Halloween, a ghost story. Love it!

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  63. Not sure if I believe in ghosts but I do believe in good and bad energy in places. I live in an old house that I think had happy spirits in it.
    gibsonbk at hiwaay.net

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  64. My favorite author. I am so looking forward to reading this book. I have re-read all of the Diva books over and over, now I am enjoying the new series just as much. Actually I am half way through the third time reading "Murder, She Barked" right now. Years ago I started reading myself to sleep to help me get the work day out of my head (only works with books I have already read, new ones keep me up ALL night!). I have slept like a baby since starting this routine. Thanks so much for writing such great stories! suzannegabriau@gmail.com

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  65. I am not sure if ghosts are real or not. I have never seen one so who knows? Thanks for the chance to win your book.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  66. I do not believe in ghosts.
    CABWNANA1@bellsouth.net

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  67. I have never seen a ghost, but have felt that someone whom I loved and has passed is near me.

    Also, am looking forward to reading this book!

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  68. Thanks for the chance to win it ahead of time! Jill Kerns JillNFilm@aol.com

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  69. I have always had ghosts around me, we lost 12 people in our family in 8 years when I was a child. Many of them appear to me over the years in a ghost form and others I have one that lives in my back seat and watches over my safety when I am in the car, several that come and go in my home. They are all very welcome and I tell them they are welcome as long as they are nice. I do a welcome good spirits cleanse in my home and have always had the most peaceful loving home feeling with them here. I adore this series, looking forward to the new release with great anticipation.

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  70. seascapelife@gmail.com thanks for the opportunity.

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  71. I'm partial to ugly orange covers........just sayin'............

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  72. The cover is inviting (or enticing). Can't wait to read the book! servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  73. Not sure if my entry went through........would love to win this! Lisa aka keizerfire@aol.com

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  74. I already have the Ghost and Mrs. Mewer pre ordered and can not wait to read it. I will, however wait until next Fall to dig in, but I know it will be worth the wait. I am a fan of your Domestic Diva Mysteries and always look forward to another book, so I knew I would enjoy this new series. Congratulations, Krista for the great new series and I am so happy the series are so different from each other. Great job, keep them comming and happy writing. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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