Urban Fantasy Originals

Strout swag

I won a giveaway myself from an urban fantasy author Anton Strout.

dead to me

Nothing keeps you reading like free stuff!

A friend lent me the first in the Simon Canderous series that got me hooked. Here’s a guy who has the power of psychometry – the ability to touch objects and get information on its history that can not only determine the item’s value, but help trace people and events attached to it. (Imagine if John Zaffis had the ability to “read” the haunted antiques he’s unearthed.) A former thief, he now works for a secret law enforcement department that deals with pesky paranormal crime.

What I love about this series it that it explores all kinds of paranormal phenomena through the life of an ordinary guy with mundane problems, while he employs his unusual talent for his job. This series has magic, intrigue, battle of good and evil, and a whole lot of strangeness that ends up feeling completely normal. Simon works weird in a wonderful way.

So check out Dead to Me, the first in the Dead series.


He sent me a copy of Alchemystic, the first in the Spellmason Chronicles. I’ve been waiting to dig into this one. I understand it involves a stone gargoyle coming to life to protect a member of the family who created him. I’m curious to see how a city girl in the art community rolls with a gargoyle bodyguard.



WS 2


Warning Signs is officially a year old. I’m celebrating by giving away signed copies to five people who email me with their most intriguing personal account of a paranormal experience.

Email your story, including your full name and mailing address, to:

I will only share those stories with your permission.



Meta Stuff

Skeptics go at reincarnation

Shirley MacLaine

Can everything be proven?

Scientists seem to think everything should be. But I don’t think beliefs can.

According to my dictionary, belief is defined as “confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof.” (This comes from a book written by people who somewhere deep in history created the English language and therefore, constructed and assigned a meaning to each word.)

Do you believe in the possibility that you get to live more than one lifetime? Or is this it? (Shirley MacLaine has written extensively on this, among other things she believes.)

Do you believe there is a Heaven or Hell? Or do you believe that death is the big dirt nap?

Most religious beliefs are based on text written by a person they believed was directly connected to the divine. The Browne family from the TLC show Sister Wives believes their plural lifestyle brings them closer to God and Heaven. There is no science that can prove or disprove that belief any more than it can the belief in reincarnation.

Science cannot prove or disprove the existence of a Heaven or a Hell or a God or Bigfoot….Oh, the list is endless.  But just because it cannot be proven doesn’t mean it isn’t real to believers. Believing means you don’t require proof.

Here’s the article:


No UFO love for Joe


Last night on Joe Rogan Questions Everything he set about finding proof that aliens not only exist, but made contact with us, and the US Government covered it up.

He got a lot of people to tell him third and fourth generation stories, yet the actual sources of those stories were either dead or unavailable for further comment. The only guy with anything physical produced tiny BB like spheres that had come out of human body – in a sneeze. When Joe took one of those spheres for scientific analysis, they were composed of gold and silver, not an unidentifiable metal not found on Earth. One woman showed photos of her scar she thought came from an invasive alien procedure on her ovaries.

No one had physical proof that anything came from aliens. Just like Bigfoot, no one has found enough physical evidence to provide proof that aliens have been here and interacted with us.

But do we really need proof? Most people don’t seem to require proof of God to be believers.

When I was nine, I saw two gigantic UFO’s. In fact, my parents and I jumped in the family pickup and followed them about seven miles to the edge of the next town where they stopped to hover silently over a hay field. It was summer in western NY. Skies were cloudless and blue. No weather balloons, no planes, nothing but two snow white, oblong things staring down from the sky. I’ll guess they were 5,000 feet in the air, so the size was difficult to determine, but they looked to me a couple football fields in length.

They hung there, motionless and soundless, for about twenty minutes before rising, getting smaller and vanishing very quickly like the space shuttle does when it leaves our atmosphere. One moment they were there, and by the count of three they were gone.

Now, you might say, “But you were nine. You’re memory has got to be pretty unreliable.” I’ll give you that, but I wasn’t the only witness. There were at least thirty others who followed them to that hayfield. It made the front page of the local paper. No one had any explanation and surprisingly, no military or weather comments were offered to explain them away. I have since tried to access their archives to find that story, but alas, cannot, almost as if it never happened.

I don’t require proof. I saw what I saw, and was not influenced by exaggerated stories of adults.

But eyewitness accounts are, as Joe says, not proof, but stories. I believe aliens have made contact. That’s my story.



Day in the life, Meta Stuff


I’ve met Michelle Whitedove and read a couple of her books. Although I can’t say I’ve ever been a “God’s Plan” person, I do agree with her general perspective. But I think we plan our own lives out prior to coming here, including the possibility of early exits. Those create huge ripples in the lives of those left behind.

Her article does not cover the idea of “assisted suicide” where  the already dying chose to seek assistance to end their pain. Pet owners feel it humane to assist our pets by putting them out of their misery, but I fail to see how humane it is to allow terminally ill people to languish in agony. Would that person really be rejected from Heaven because they couldn’t take the pain any longer? Controversial topic for any believer, to be sure.

Let me know what you think. Does suicide render us inadmissible to Heaven?