Finding Friday – Legends by paranormal author Carmen Stefanescu

Welcome Carmen –  a paranormal romance writer.  Carmen lives in mysterious Romania, or as most know it – Dracula country. I want to thank Carmen for participating in my Finding Friday blog as my guest blogger.shadowsofthepastbk

Romanian Ghost-lore by Carmen Stefanescu

Let me ask you something. Do you believe in ghosts, phantoms? Is science able to explain them? Ghosts belong to the most mysterious phenomena studied by parapsychology. Objects that are moved from their places by unseen forces, knocks in walls, sounds of footsteps coming from invisible beings, misty human figures. All these are usually explained by scientists as a form of psychokinesis. There’s also mention of a “memory of objects”. The most interesting explanations come from the field of  quantum physics. Modern physics has dematerialized matter. What we call the “other world” is nothing but a world beyond our perceptions, but not beyond our reality. Well, as a rule, they say that a ghost comes with a message for the relatives left behind on earth, a piece of info to help the dear ones who are alive, or to appease their suffering. Those involved in studying the phenomenon speak about two types of apparitions: ghosts linked to people and ghosts linked to places. The former last only for a few weeks. With the latter type of ghosts, things are more complicated. Haunted locations are usually old castles or houses. Frequently, the apparition of a ghost is preceded or announced by a feeling of cold, by a freezing draft. This confirms the theory that ghosts use energy to take shape and so they absorb the ambient energy and the temperature drops down. My country, Romania, better known as Dracula’s country, has its haunted places too. It has, in fact, a long tradition of haunted places, of houses regularly visited by ghosts, and tragic events that led to dark legends. Paranormal is at home in Romania. Chiajna Monastery in Bucharest, the Parliament House in Bucharest, Hotel Cismigiu in Bucharest, Hoia Baciu Forest near Cluj, Poenari Castle and many others; the places have included reports of ghostly apparitions, poltergeist activity, shadowy figures, orbs, spirit possessions, EVP’s, and other unusual phenomena.

Even Braila, my town, has its haunted places. Bellow is the image of the famous “house with ghosts” in Braila, situated on Aslan street. They say the house belonged to an old wealthy Greek trademan, Nicolachi Mavrocordulas, who married a young  beautiful woman, Voica, the daughter of a peasant from Insuratei village. The sixty year old Greek bought Voica  from her family, and had a large mansion built for her. The Greek had no idea or ignored the fact he’d bought Voica, but not her heart that was given to a young man from her village.  She didn’t love Nicolachi and, one day, when he returned home, found her in the arms of her young lover. Nicolachi shot Voica, buried her in the wall of the house and left Romania, after selling the house. None of the people who bought the house could stay there for long. Soon the rumor that the house was haunted  by Voica’s  ghost spread in the town.braila haunted houseThe house was turned into an old people’s home as no willing customer appeared any more. Even nowadays old people living there or the nursing staff speak of a nightly apparition. A woman, heavily veiled, passes from room to room crying and calling what they take to be her lover’s name. Witnesses say it happens at the time of the year when Nicolachi killed Voica. The  ghost harms nobody, yet people are distressed by her wails and sobs. I do believe that ghosts exist. They are souls that haven’t fulfilled their mission on earth and are still haunting the places they lived in.

                      Shadows of the Past

Publish date: 4th December 2012                                                                                         Publisher:    Wild Child Publishing                                                                                       Genre:        paranormal/light romance/light horror.

Anne’s relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.                                                                                                                                                      The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world–one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil’s vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve’s soul from its torment.

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest?

A touching, compelling story of tragedy, loss and the power of endless love and good magic.

The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.

If you read my paranormal romance Shadows of the Past, you’ll find out why Genevieve’s ghost haunts the forest where Anne and Neil get lost. Tell me what you think, then!

Excerpt of Shadows of the Past

   “Come, we should leave at once,” she said and glanced nervously over her shoulder. “Something terrible happened after you left for town. I think the Abbess found out about us. Our meeting in Uncle Ryan’s cabin is no longer a secret. We have been overheard. For all I know someone spies on us even as we speak. I think the Abbess, or one of her ‘friends,’ is hovering somewhere nearby and listening to every word.”                                                  Andrew pulled Genevieve to his chest. “Do you regret you’ve come with me?”                      Passion smothered Genevieve’s doubt and guilt. “Never,” she answered, aware of her body’s response to his touch, and she succumbed to his embrace.                              Calming the gnawing unease in her mind and the thought of Sister Dominica guessing she was the dough of a sinner, Genevieve repeated, “Never.”                                             With her eyes closed and their bodies touching she became, for the very first time, simply a woman. She melted in his embrace in spite of the invisible vicious threat breathing around them. Aware they might never be alone again, she fought hard to silence the voice of conscience berating her.                                                                                   “Oh, God. Please forgive me,” Andrew muttered under his breath when he bowed his head to kiss her. Their lips met in a passionate first kiss.                                      Genevieve’s spirits fell and her heart skipped a beat when, a couple of seconds later, she opened her eyes and her gaze fell on a knot strangers.

Tears welled in Anne’s eyes, blurring her vision. She couldn’t explain them, or the sudden sadness seeping into her heart. This should’ve been a moment of happiness or, at least, contentment. She was with Neil again, and the outcome of their trip together should, very likely, bring their reconciliation. Why then did she seem detached from where she stood?     Anne shivered. Why the deep feeling of having seen this place, this forest before? And why the eerie sensation of being present here only in the body, while her mind was far away?                                                                                                                                 Away from the forest.                                                                                                               Away from Neil, the man who’d betrayed her trust and her love.                                       An onrush of sensations unfamiliar to her followed. Dizziness and a malevolent feeling of unreality suffocated her.                                                                                                     Anne edged cautiously closer to the rim of the bare cliff. Her foot tapped the edge. It seemed solid. She stared into the darkness of the abyss at her feet. It echoed the shadows in her heart.  An unusual curiosity took hold of her. Should she step ahead? What was down there? Other human bones? Another mystery? The presence of evil, creeping up and enveloping her, became almost palpable. The vines of fog folded around her, dragging her to the depth. Her throat turned dry, and she gasped for air.                           Megan’s face contorted, the voice no longer pleasant. A hoarse gurgle, spluttering distorted words, “Yes, come… I’m waiting… I’ve been waiting for you for such a long time…”


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Author Blog Hop – Who I am.

Thank you Sherri Hayes –  for letting me participate in this Blog Hop

Never Pick a Pretty Woman

What I am working on now: –  I am doing another contemporary romance, Never Pick a Pretty Woman – using my imagination to think of what obstacles and stereotypes they might encounter if they are so beautiful people might have no interest in looking below the surface.

I am also working on another project – a story of abuse, losing all trust, grief and trying to escape. This project is more difficult and I have put it aside a few times.  At this point I don’t know whether the title will be ‘Seraphim‘ or ‘Our Darkest Hour‘. Opinions would be greatly appreciated.

How my work differs from others: –  There is always my settings which are quite unique.  I have heard  that Canadian History and even Canadian life is not interesting. I know that’s not true.  I love the rich interesting history of the west and I love living in Calgary, The New West.  I also work hard at developing characters who are consistent and sometimes fun.  After extensive reading, I think there are many characters who forget to have fun in their story.

Why I write what I do: –  I have so many stories floating around in my head it can be confusing.  Writing the story down helps me focus  – then I release it so it isn’t clogging up my head and start another. I suppose I write like many others – because I have to. I write Romance because I love stories of hope and people being happy not depressed.  If I’m depressed myself,  I want to read something that doesn’t depress me further and many stories do.

One Dance with a Stranger by Mary M. ForbesHow my writing process works – After much procrastination (checking Facebook page, or e-mails) and after a few smart steps (setting up my coffee the night before – so I don’t need to wait long for the magic brew) I will sit down and write.  I try to put challenges on myself – things like writing a 1000 words a day to writing a chapter a day.  I try to have the research done – a very rough outline (one sentence chapter prompts) but mainly I write what is in my head and dreams.  Those sentences seem to help me keep the story in line in case I drift off course, which I’m apt to do.

Check out my website to see more  ‘In Dreams we can be anyone we want’

Next Friday check out these authors as they share their writing process

Mahrie.Mahrie G Reid – writes mystery/romance fiction. As Mahrie Glab she is also a freelance non-fiction writer and instructor/facilitator for creative writing courses.After a hectic real estate appraising career in Calgary, Alberta, she enjoys the slower pace of her writing career and her activities in the writing community. She resides in central Alberta near the alluring rural Alberta foothills.
Her training and public speaking experiences include:

  • A general novel writing course, a creative writing workshop and an awakening your talent workshop for Powerhouse, Pembina Consortium in Drayton Valley.
  • A mystery writing course at Metro Community College in Edmonton
  • Workshops for international writing conferences as well as writers groups throughout the province teaching creative-writing, writing-craft and motivational/goal setting topics:
    • ARWA Romance Writers’ Conferences
    • Victoria Romance Writers’ Conference
    • 1999 University of Calgary, Journalism Conference

Check out her blog here

Glass People ImageJumbled Writer  – has a book dealing with the troubles young people have to deal with in a modern, chaotic world.  A failed comedian named Fred Isaac hopes to resurrect his image by starting a support group for those considering suicide. With a dark past of his own, Fred gathers together a group of four strangers: America (a fierce businesswoman and mother), Ruth (America’s quiet and depressed daughter), Meredith (a costume designer with a guilty conscience), and Len (a theatrical teenager trying to understand his world). Using multiple narrators, each group member exposes the secrets that have been holding them hostage as they look to turn their life around in this dark comedy-drama.

Check out his blog here

The Romance Reviews – Fall into Romance Hop

September 13th to September 21st. 2013


Devin’s Second Chance – by Lorraine Paton

Devin's Second Chance

– Join in the fun and contact me for a chance to win an e-book of Devin’s Second Chance  –   FREE.

Devin’s Second Chance was a must read when I saw it was another of my beloved cowboy stories.  Paton did not disappoint me as she produced my perfect man with the cowboy attitude which ensures he will be easy to love even with flaws. I did fall in love with Devin and so does Claire, a good, strong heroine with her own problems.

Devin, a struggling rancher, has trouble dealing with his past as a rodeo star and his own selfishness causing him to neglect his beautiful wife.  When his wife dies he knows his own actions are the major reason she  suffered needlessly.  His guilt overrides his belief that anyone can or should love him.

 When Claire meets the real Devin she is confused. He appears nothing like her friend, his wife, insinuated.   There is such a strong attraction she must fight.  How could she possibly be attracted to a man who caused nothing but grief to his wife?

Lorraine Paton does an excellent job of creating believable, loveable characters.  Their lives intertwine to create a wonderful romance story.  I think every romance reader will love Devin’s Second Chance. Visit Lorraine’s website at: to learn more.

Click on The Romance Reviews – Fall into Romance Hop to discover more wonderful romance stories readers are searching for.

 Fall into Romance Hop September 13th to 21, 2013

An Interview with Dan Baron

Dan Baron (my human compassion)  is author of  Looking Glass Shattered, an insightful look at coping in today’s world.  He is available on goodreads/facebook or his website. To learn more just click on the links.

Looking Glass Shattered by Dan Baron

I want to thank Dan for giving me this opportunity to interview him and wish him continued success in all his endeavors. To read Dan’s interview click here.

An Interview with Daniel Blanchard

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Daniel Blanchard.  His encouragement for teens is an extraordinary task of helping them.  Please visit my interview with him to learn more. Daniel’s website is

Thank you Daniel for the opportunity and I wish you all the best with your endeavors.

Granddaddy's Secrets by Daniel BlanchardFeeling Lucky by Daniel BlanchardThey sound exactly what teens might need to build confidence and self-esteem.

An Interview with Debra Borys


I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Debra. She has written two suspense novels using her experiences working with the homeless combined with her lively imagination. Please visit my interview with her to learn more on her fascinating novels. 

I wish Debra all the best in her endeavors and thank her for giving me the opportunity to read about her books.

Nick Orsini – An Interview

Nick OrsiniNick Orsini is a young-adult fiction writer.

Tell us a little about yourself: I’m a writer, a grower of a half beard, from New Jersey. My favorite Star Wars character is Boba Fett even though he didn’t really DO anything throughout all the films. I am a fan of Attitude-era pro wrestling, slip-on shoes, and tattoos. I am the self-proclaimed king of Netflix Instant and a consumer of pop culture.

Tell us about your novel:  Fingerless Gloves is a story that takes place over 24-hours. Anton, a 20-something looking for some direction, is faced with one of the most difficult situations of his young life when he best friend, James, collapses and is rushed to the hospital. It’s a journey about discovering the mile-markers throughout your life … about letting old romances and habits go. It’s a story about what it feels like, stretching beyond comfort levels, to really grow up.

What are your experiences in publishing?  My experience with publishing, an industry I had previously known nothing about, has been absolutely positive. I’m excited to now work with Apostrophe Books, an e-publishing company that really has an ear to the future of the industry. I self-published much of my early work, so I was art directing books and working with editors and understanding each bit of the process. It helped me learn all the different factors that go in to creating published work.

Were there any authors who influenced or helped you?  No famous authors really helped me. I have some really talented friends – they are musicians and writers, painters and photographers, just real thinkers. They all have a very swift sense of humor and are the most engaging people to talk to. They inspire my work. The times we’ve had together and memories forged are really the elements that go into my characters and stories.

What advice would you give new authors?  Observe. Young authors want to sit down and type out a book … and they write and rewrite and talk themselves out of stories. I was speaking at a high school and I told an English class to pick a scene (they picked “prom” of course) … and to give me every possible detail of that scene: the music playing, the dresses, the flasks hidden, the teachers, the food, the king and queen … Being a good writer is allowing a story to tell itself. You have to be comfortable with your own imagination and allow things to happen organically inside of that world of fiction.

What was your best experience in writing?  The first and last sentence of my books.

What is your worst experience when writing?  Feeling like a story is coming close to ending. When a story is over, it feels odd, like a piece of your imagination has been removed and you have to wait to fill that tank again.

Credentials:  Articles on Tellmesomething and ThoughtCatalog  …over 2000 published poems on Adorkablelife, two novels, tours, speaking engagements.

Fingerless Gloves is out now, published on 1st October 2012.

My goal is to have Fingerless Gloves be the most downloaded YA title out in 2013.

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Good luck Nick Orsini and I hope you reach the goal of the most downloaded YA title in 2013.

Thank you for the opportunity to do this interview.