Sunday, April 29, 2012


Well, I'm in the home stretch with book #3, the editing at my end.Yay!

Also, I have settled on a title. But I think I'll wait to reveal it for another time.

Meanwhile, I've decided I do want to go and see the new Johnny Depp movie "Dark Shadows". I'd like to see how the other cast members did their characters.

And I'm running a poll here again, this week, do stop over to my left sidebar and let me know if you are or are not going to go to the new Dark Shadows movie with Johnny Depp. I'd really like to see more people vote on this one. Doesn't matter your reasons. Mine is: Yes. I am Johnny Depp fan. I would like to see how/what they did with this movie, and how other actors played all the parts. It's really hard to determine the whole film from bits and pieces.

So, what are you up to today or this week? Anything new, anything going on in your lives you want to tell me about? You know I keep my eyes open for what you all are doing, and try to stop by at some point in the week.

See you out there in Blogger Land!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Poll Results In on Nicolas Cage/vampire poll & new poll on Dark Shadows movie

Hello, my pretties. How are you this weekend? I do hope you were able to stop by and visit me. I've had a poll up on Nicolas Cage this week, and it went into a three-way tie. Mainly because only 11 people voted. Shameful results. However I thank each and everyone of those of you who did partake. It was fun, wasn't it? I hope for a larger result on this next one.

Anyway, these are the results:
3 said Yes, I believe in vampires!
3 said No. But this is a good likeness
2 said Yep, he's totally a vampire (I think I voted on this one for giggles)
3 said: No. Just someone who looks like him...

Because the new movie with Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows is coming out next week, I thought I would do another poll. This one is simple, not as many answers. Just yes or no. It's over on the left hand side below the picture of Barnabas Collins played by Jonathan Frid, the original soap opera star, and Johnny Depp.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mid-Week Check In ~ Tribute to Dark Shadows/Jonathan Frid

Hello, my pretties. Just to keep you guys up-dated, I have a post over on Bloody Good Vampires, along with my blogger Buddie, Carole Gill. Together we did a tribute to Dark Shadows, marking the passing of Jonathan Frid who played the original Barnabas Collins on Dark Shadows (1966-1971). My post is first and Carole's is under it. If you are any sort of fan of the Dark Shadows original show, or are curious, you'll want to check this link out. We've both posted some links there that will definitely be worth your while.

And come on back weekly for more of our take on vampires, and anything to do with vampires, and dark Gothic horror!

And lastly, I want to thank those of you who have voted in my lame (but fun) poll "Is Nicolas Cage a Vampire?" If you have not voted, well, what are you waiting for. Poll ends in 2 days! I have only 10 votes so far and I will post the results next week.

I have finished the first draft of the short story, "Mother Knows Best", and I'm going back to edits on my 3rd novel. But I wanted to drop in and say hi to everyone and leave my messages and where to find me.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday Teaser ~ Jeanie Woodbine

This week's tribute to the women of my book is Jeanie Woodbine, Sabrina's best friend-turned vampire (in the first book). This is a selection from when they go shopping together.

We agreed to meet at Macy's, so as I walked into the store and surveyed the clothing areas, I hoped that Heath and Jeanie were already here. Within a few steps of the front door, I spied Heath right away checking out a mannequin dressed in a stunning, flamingo-pink halter-top and jeans. If he stood still he might be mistaken for a mannequin himself, dressed down in jeans and a black shirt that read, 'I love humans ... they're yummy!' in gold with a vampire happy-face with red fangs below it. A good thing he had a worn a brown corduroy jacket over it, someone might get the wrong idea. As I strode in, I watched as a woman pulled up a few feet from him and took secret glances at him. I hoped Jeanie hadn't seen it. She wasn't a jealous woman as a human, but I didn't know what she was like as a vampire.
I nearly chuckled with the knowledge that most humans couldn't resist a vampire, whether or not he was trying to enthrall them.
How's this one?” Jeanie's voice brought my attention around to see the devastating blond in a beautiful red dress, displaying it for Heath to see. Against her paper-white skin, with her dark red lipstick, and the red, open-toed, hurt-me heels showing off her crimson-painted toenails - the contrast was startling. If I'd been a guy, I think I would have drooled.
Nice.” Gaze flicking up at me he turned and thrust a hand toward me. “Here's the blushing bride now.”
Jeanie twirled to face me, that huge smile of hers more brilliant than ever. She padded toward me. “Look! I've found the perfect dress to wear at your wedding!” She twirled for me.
I was a little shocked with the words. Wedding. Bride. Panic. Now.
Me. Right?” Jeanie grasped the dress in her fingers and stuck one red-heel-clad foot out. “The shoes are on sale, and they match!”
Nice,” I said, easing within a few feet of the both of them. If Jeanie were human, I would have hugged her. Her being a vampire meant the touchy-feely thing had to remain as part of our history.

And tomorrow I will be doing a dedication to Jonathan Frid, who died last week, on my shared blog with Carole Gill. I will throw the link up in here and share it all over for anyone who are Dark Shadow fans.

Monday, April 23, 2012

COFFEE KLATCH MONDAY - What do small dogs and Coffee Cups have in common?

Hola! What are you people looking at? I am trying to get some sleep here. This is my casa. I feel save here.

No, you cannot pick me up and squeeze me to death! Paws to yourself!

Oh, you wanted a  &*%$#*&## post? Hah! Go drink your cafe and leave me alone! Adios!

Yeah, Poncho is a little out of sorts today. Sorry. I tried.

Oh, and vote on my Nicolas Cage poll  to the left side bar. Thank you! Have a good day!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday ~ Ilona Tremayne

Once again, it's Teaser Tuesday. I'm bringing you the different women in Vampire's Trill. This is Ilona Tremayne. She was Erik Tremayne's wife, and she isn't the nicest person in the room. Take a long look because this character is Sabrina's nemisis, and she meets her for the very first time here.

There was a flurry of movement and voices from the entry. Two women and three men composed Mrs. Tremayne's entourage, and all but one was human. They stepped along smartly behind the woman at the center of the bustling group. The entourage stopped before they reached the main area as though not allowed past a certain point.
A tall, svelte, beautiful woman strode from the center of the little clique. Back straight as a board, shoulders pronounced with the exaggerated shoulder pads on her shell-pink jacket. Ilona Tremayne — the most powerful female vampire in America. Her blond hair was up in some sort of complicated twist, with black tendrils running through it. Striking, sapphire blue eyes fringed in black lashes that looked too long and lush to be real, swept the room, and then latched onto me. If they had been lasers, I'd have been a crispy critter. Her expression had gone from cagey to unadulterated, absolute hate as two lines burrowed folds between her perfectly plucked eyebrows, on a face that had never seen the age of forty. Her strong presence was like that of a well-known actress' on stage. Everyone's breath abated as she strode slowly forward, all of us awaiting her opening line — or, in my case, dreading it.
I clutched the gold chain of my crucifix expectantly. There was about to be a showdown, and I had a feeling I was going to be sideswiped.
Suddenly, almost as though she'd thrown a switch, her hateful expression smoothed out, her eyes fell off me and onto Nicolas — as though I was the unwanted child and he the favored one. Her hands went out toward Nicolas in a greeting, trilling in dulcet tones, “Nicolas, darling. Why didn't your secretary let me at once? You should reprimand her severely.”
She is new, but I shall, of course, explain that she erred.” Nicolas' gaze darted away from her and briefly lit on to me and said, “At any rate, may I present Ms. Strong.”
I didn’t miss her look of surprise. It didn't take much on my part to realize that she had not expected me to be there. Not tonight, and not any other night.
As though her emotions were like the color phases of a chameleon, Ilona swooped toward me, her long neck seemed to arch somewhat like a heron's about to snag a fish in its beak. “Ms. Strong.” She stared down her nose at me. A meticulously plucked brow curved.
Gaining my feet, I made a polite bow while biting my tongue. This was what she expected from a groveling human such as me.
Ms. Strong, Mrs. Tremayne,” Nicolas made the introductions.
Pleased to meet you ma'am, and my condolences,” I tried to sound sincere while doing my best not to meet her eyes. I, of course, wouldn't shake her hand with gloves on, whether she was a vampire or human. She wanted me dead, after all, and looked decidedly disappointed that I wasn't.
Of course, Bjorn's trollop,” she sneered, a tight smile curved her red lips.
Anger struck me no less than if she'd slapped me. My glare rose to engage her gaze.
Ilona's eyes locked on mine, and, at nearly the same time, Nicolas' thrall froze me. I couldn't move. Double-teamed by two extremely dangerous vampires, I felt a definite invasion in my head. Unlike most other vampiric invasions, this one had a feel, a texture, almost like a sharp stick tracing patterns in the sand, and my brain was the sand. Then it became more invasive. It was more like fingers plunging in and sifting through the sand, looking for some hidden treasure buried just beneath the surface.
Mentally, I pushed the invader out.

Monday, April 16, 2012


This is how my husband and I felt yesterday when we had no electricity until after 8 a.m., and were so desperate, we got out the camping stove to set up outside for boiling water for instant. Thank GODS OF COFFEE the lights came back on!

I've posted this early last evening, just in case things go awry again.

Hopefully all is well with you guys!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Power Outage & Smart Tornadoes?

There's nothing like a power outage to make you realize just how much you depend on electricity. We've had no rain for weeks, and finally this large weather system came in last night. And we got our rain! We had the usual lightning storm--nothing major. At 12:39 a.m. the lights/power went out after something went BOOM!. We got up, I made sure everything was alright with my computer. I even unplugged it. I still don't trust my surge protector 100%. Anyway, we didn't have power come back on until 8:20 a.m. which means we were out for 8 hours. We even went out in the park and pumped water into pails--not an easy task, believe me! And were about to put the camp stove outside to make ourselves some instant coffee--and TADA!--ELECTRICITY!

We made coffee (OMG! it was so good!), and some breakfast. And we put things back into refrigerator, having packed them into the coolers.

When the ComEd truck came by this morning around 6:00a.m., and we saw that the guy was checking the transformer and things in our yard, we at least knew they were looking for the problem. It wasn't here, but obviously they found the problem. Outages were all over the county. 30 people in our area were affected by it.

The news from the mid-section of the U.S. was much worse. Five people died when a tornado hit the town. The tornado actually hit the tower, which supplies the electricity for the sirens. It was almost as if it aimed for it--I know that's impossible, but the sirens didn't go off to warn people. I sometimes think these storms/tornadoes have become smarter, and more ruthless these days.

Tonight will be our turn as the cold front advances after the warm front that will boost our temperatures to at least 80. Things will get rather "dicey" according to meteorologist.

I actually wanted to bring you something more interesting, and will, once I'm able to work on this (research it), about Nicolas Cage possibly being a vampire from the Civil War era (tell me if you've heard this one). I'll try and get my post set up for later in the week so please keep checking in. Hopefully a tornado won't end my ability to do this for ever. If you are concerned, thanks. And if you see me posting both my Monday Coffee Klatch and Tuesday Teasers, you can rest assured we have been spared. These have been some deadly tornadoes lately.

And I'm joining forces with author Carole Gill on her blog Bloody Good Vampires. Once we get things figured out, my books and links will be on the side bar, and we will both make posts on it, plus we plan on a corresponding group on facebook where people can join up--for both authors and readers of vampire, horror/Gothic horror, and the supernatural. More on that as we get things built up.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Friday, April 13, 2012

J.K. Rowling writing a new Adult book?

It has come to my attention that Rowling is working on a new book for adults. I saw the scrawl on my news station. She has settled with publisher Little Brown & Co.  for this next book which rumor has it is one geared more toward the adults.

The title according to U.S.A. Today is called "The Casual Vacancy". And that the story will be set in an English town called Pagford.

She said she wants to work at her own pace. Smart woman. She doesn't have to worry about public demand on this one (or does she?). She wanted to go with a different publisher--because she can. Good for her for her!

I will update this as I find more about this. I can't wait to see what she has to offer. I'm a big fan.

What do you think?

After checking this out, I've learned that "The Casual Vacancy" will be out in September of this year, and you can pre-order it. But here's the kicker, and the whole business of these Traditional publishers trying to hike the price of ebooks--the price of the ebook is $19.99!

I don't know about you, but I'm gonna wait until the paperback... or the movie, whichever comes first.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Happy Friday The Thirteenth

So, go and walk under a ladder, make sure a black cat crosses your path, and *scratching head*, whatever else there is to bring yourself bad luck.

Bah humbug!
I was never a believer, and I think it's plain silly to believe in this one day of the year to be afraid of it.

Have a good day!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Teaser Tuesday from Vampire's Trill Chapter 8

Hi, everyone. Well, it's Teaser Tuesday. Today I'm taking this from Vampire's Trill from chapter 8

When it was over, as I lay there catching my breath and trying to focus my eyes, I heard a man's voice anxiously asking me if I was all right. He was hovering over me, and he sounded scared, half out of his mind.
Should I call someone? Should I call the paramedics?” he was demanding with panic in his voice and a cell phone in his hand.
Yeah. What happens to me when I go into a full trance is genuinely scary. I didn't blame him for that look on his face.
I shook the cobwebs out of my head — at least partially. “What? No. No, don't call anyone. They don't know how to treat my form of affliction.”
Jesus,” he said. I was glad to see, however, that he had pulled on some jeans while I had been out of it. Tattooed heavily on the upper body and both arms, I saw some wild-looking scenes on his chest that I didn't want to linger on.
Are you—”
I'm alright. I... My face was wet. I wiped it, wondering what it was. I gaped at my hand. Spit? Realizing my hands were uncovered—and at the same time I was still naked—I said, “Where are my clothes?”
Babe, you came that way,” he said. “Don't you remember? You went into your creature. You came to me. We were together the whole night.”
What?” I was trying to make sense of it all. Here I was, naked as the day I was born, in a strange man's house with him telling me that we'd spent the night together. Then it came to me: he had been a wolf, and I was — whatever I became. “Oh. Shit.” I'd forgotten because of what had just happened to me. I had been totally out.
We stared at one another for a few heartbeats.
Do you usually babble like that?” he asked, pointing at me with the cell phone.
Babble?” I asked.
Yeah. It was really freaky,” he said. “It was like you had a seizure or something. I didn't know what to do, but I knew that I didn't want you to bump into anything while you were under that spell, whatever you call it.”
I'm a clairvoyant. Sometimes I black out, sometimes I talk about what I see, and sometimes I speak in tongues.” I knew that when I did that, no one could understand me, except, apparently, vampires. Who knew?
The blacking out part I can handle, but whatever else you just did was scary.”
You mean going into a trance and babbling?” I pulled the blanket up as I gathered my legs underneath me and sat up.
I guess. It was all nonsense,” he said. “I couldn't make heads or tails of it.”
I really, really need to go home, if that's okay with you,” I said soberly, changing the subject. (I didn't want to be here, and I didn't want to spend one more minute with Hobart than I had to, but I needed clothes.) "Do you have something I can wear?"
Huh? Oh. Yeah, sure, sure.” He seemed distracted.
I twisted my mouth with his lack of moving. “Is there something wrong?”
He looked up at me then. “No. Just... memories.” I felt his sadness. He seemed so despondent I had to ask.
What's wrong? What happened?”
Gazing at me, he took a deep breath and let it out on a sigh, his shoulders going limp. “Frank was really bummed by his old lady being killed and all. I thought that he might go off the deep end, but... ”
Okay, old lady meaning his girlfriend or wife?”
Yeah, his woman. She was run over by a semi.”
Run over!” I was shocked.
She was a wolf at the time. Semi got her, just missed him. He was really depressed afterward. Blamed himself for it. So, him biting you, well, that might be something that maybe Frank did to try and find himself someone else. He marked you for himself. Tonight, if he'd been out there, he would have called to you. And you would have come to him just like you did to me.”
Okay, I'm sick of you people biting and marking me for future lays or whatever you have in mind.” Holding the blanket around myself, I leapt to my feet, and he jumped up too.
What are you talking about? I didn't bite you.”
I strode off, but it was hard to storm out of the room naked with only a ratty blanket around myself. I had nowhere to go, so I stood with my back to him, arms crossed around the blanket. “I was bitten when I was ten by a rogue master vampire.”

Monday, April 9, 2012

Coffee Klatch Monday ~ April Showers???

Hi my pretties. A little sampling of my art work done on a long-dead computer via "paints". The poem within is mine as well. "This morning's coffee reveals no remorse for deeds done" This was an old one-liner poem I wrote possibly 3 decades ago, although I can't remember now. But I do remember that line popping into my head and I wrote it down. Poignant, don't you think? Especially if you did some deeds the night before you're not exactly proud of, but then again, you are in denial. I think that's what I was reaching for, anyway.

April is supposed to be rainy. If you recall the old saying "April showers bring May flowers"? Well, we ain't getting the rain. We are in a dangerous dry period. I believe the weather service has put up a "red flag" meaning that open fires of any kind could spark a fire. Living in a forest preserve you worry about such things. And the farmers are equally worried. We have not had much moisture all winter and very little this spring, and I'm sure this will not bode well for the planting season.

I'm debating just how much flowers I might plant, seeing that I may have to water every day. But I want to have my usual pretty petunias and marigolds and I might just plant some gladiolas as well.

What will you be planting this spring? Or have you already, depending upon where you live. Let me know. I'd love to hear from all of you who stop by.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Lorelei's Small Adventure

Myrtle Warbler courtesy of Darrell Coquillette
of Friends of Afton
Hi guys. Well, I have had a day. I needed to get outside because this weather is just too fabulous to pass up.

And since I live within the forest preserve, I wanted to get out there and do a little birdwatching. My husband and I had gone out in the park earlier, and did our "managing" duties of cleaning up after people. Discovered some maniacs actually tried to start a fire! The fire danger is very high right now and we have alot of long grass that wasn't burned this spring. Not a good idea!

After being out on the wetlands, and seeing different waterfowl, I wanted to get back out there after lunch, by myself and identify a few birds.

The wind kicked up after lunch. So, that limited me to staying close by, which was fine. I wanted to just get out there by myself. I hauled a backpack with everything I needed, and a fold-up chair that I could carry too.

Once I got close enough to the water I got rewarded by spying two water birds walking around in the shallows. This is a wetlands, and since they've built it we have had a lot of different types of birds flock to the waterways. Mainly Canadian geese, and the malards, but other birds come here too. So, I hunkered down, got out my spy-glasses and zoomed my feathered friends in. I believe they were Yellowlegs, but don't know if they were the Lesser or Greater. They look almost the same and their habitats over-lap.

Across the water, I saw a couple of people making their way down the path that lead to a levee. I knew they wouldn't be able to get very far, as there is no bridge there. I was surprised to see anyone out in the park at around noon on Easter Sunday. *shrugs*

I packed up and hiked a little further, following a path into the wooded area. They had cleared out some areas, but had left the woods to the west edge. This pathway skirted the old nursery. (see picture below)

I found a nice spot, slipped my folding chair out of its bag, got my binoculars out, bird book ready and again was rewarded by spotting in a maple tree that was just putting out leaves, a Myrtle  warbler. Very pretty. with yellow, black and white markings (picture above/credit). I had not yet seen this warbler (or any really, this spring), this season. So, pat myself on the back. I then saw two males together, flitting through boughs and branches hunting for bugs.

And then I had to make lemonade--bad!

So, I hiked back up to the house. Did my business and got back out, but I went into the old nursery. I had discovered this spot behind all the sheds and realized I could sit there, no one would know where I was if I didn't tell them. I got comfy and jotted down things in my journal. Wanting to get back to nature and enjoy the outdoors again, I felt that this would be the spot to do it.

And then I started thinking if I were to cut some low-growing branches on a few trees and clean up fallen branches here and there, I'd have a clear pathway further in. Where I was the finest, thinnest grass grows. A little further in and to the right a bunch of raspberries grow wild. I could pick till the cows came home. While sitting there I felt like I was a million miles away. I could ponder a lot just sitting there.

But, my desire to clear out the area took over. I strode further in, where the white pine trees made an impenetrable wall of sweet-smelling pine, and under the line of walnuts and considered walking up to the garage and grabbing a few tools to cut and saw.

Then, my husband made his whistle to me. There he was standing on the perimeter. I told him "C'mon in!" I showed him what I wanted to do. He got excited and wanted to help me--actually didn't want me to do all that cutting and lifting all by myself (worried for me, as always).

So he helped me with the sawing and cutting and lugging branches over to a spot where we made a wall so no one would be able to see in once things grew in and greened up. He even suggested that he could take the small mower inside one spot and mow down the grass so that I could sit there.

He didn't do that today. He did plenty of work over the weekend. This wasn't something he really needed to add to his busy weekend. In fact this morning while we were out at the spillway, looking at where they've proposed to put in a bridge, I turned around, and he wasn't there. I looked down. There he was on the ground. He'd stepped into a big hole! He was okay, but worried about jarring his neck and he did get a headache right after.

barn on Afton Forest Preserve property - to the
right is a portion of wetlands (after a controlled burn)
to the far right, beside barn is the old nursery
our house sits behind the barn.
So, that's how I spent my afternoon. And we came back up--exhausted (in a good way), and had ice cream with the strawberries we bought, and ate that. Our dinner was cooking away in the crock pot: Swiss steak. Yum!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Good Friday!

I think that could be considered a double positive... But Happy Friday to everyone!

I don't recall a more beautiful Spring in a long, long time. Everything is still in blossom. The crab apples are brilliant and smell wonderful, as are the lilacs out around our yard. I may have to cut some more soon.

Had a short day at work, and now that I'm home I've sluffed that memory away, and I'll be back at my edits. I should be done with this run-through early this weekend. Once I am I will take a break from it and do some other things, give a few things attention that I've wanted to and get more caught up on things.

Just wanted to make this a short post and hope you all have a great weekend, whatever your plans.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sleepless Nights

It is bad enough that some nights I find myself worrying over stuff and can't sleep, but when the full moon is peeking in, and even when I cover my windows and do all sorts of things... I still can't sleep.

Well, it doesn't help that I've got Internet problems. The thing is I have a separate Internet Provider from my phone company. Just recently the provider sent me a note saying that my phone company rejected their billing. I had to send off a separate check to them. Since I didn't want this to go on indefinitely--or have my Internet go down--which happened once before--I called my phone company to complain. I was told they really didn't know why this was happening. However it has much to do with the fact that this phone company finally made the conversion from the last company that was here. Long story short, they may have lost my needs for Internet in the transfer.

And as you know, whenever anyone has you on line and they have some better service, they will try and talk you into it. Well they had a pretty good deal going. Free hook up. And they said it cost less. Well, it really didn't, but it wasn't that much more. (Yes. They lied, of course)

Sounds good. I didn't jump on it right away. I know better.

There are a few issues that I tried to explain to the young lady on the other side that my inside modem on my computer was fried, and I had to buy an outside one. I had been told it would cost more for them to add something--this was more than a year ago--for an outside modem (I have no idea why). Now I'm being told that it could be hooked up free. Someone has to come into the house. I'd have to set up an appointment. The bigger problem is I'd have to bring this up to my husband. Which I did. It went okay. But nothing was set up at this point which means I'd have to bring this up again. I hate doing that. It never goes well.

Tonight I tossed and turned and realized I had not even gotten assurance that the original problem I had called about was resolved on their end. I could loose my Internet! So, I got up at 2 a.m. and emailed her. I really don't want to have a new conversation about this with a different person. That also gives me sleepless nights.

And as much as I'd like to switch, the unknown haunts me. What if I set this all up, the person comes in here and looks at my computer and tells me they need to do something else and that will cost more. I live in constant fear that someone might tell me that what I thought was going to happen isn't. I don't trust anything. Never have. If something bad can happen, it usually does.

So, going along with the whole I-hate-change thing, I'm going to try and just keep what I've got. I really hate the idea of getting in touch with everyone on my other emailing address (including publisher), and tell them I'm switching--and then it doesn't happen.

Okay, that's off my chest. You all can go to sleep. It's now almost 3 a.m. I'll lie back down, but doubt that I'll sleep. I have to get up at 4 a.m.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

TEASER TUESDAY ~ Mrs. Bench, the witch

Hey, and hi to all my fans out there! Since I've been bringing you sections of my books, I realzied I've been posting the men in the books. I think it's time to give equal time to the female characters of the books. Today I'm giving you a short segment involving Mrs. Bench, Sabrina's neighbor who happens to be a witch and damned good medium.


Bill led me into the same cozy room where Dante and I had gathered that first night. The power or magic I had been feeling intensified here dramatically. It was like a thin wall, but a wall nonetheless. My skin crawled, the hairs on my arms rose. Objects in the room were actually floating and slowly swirling around the room, not furnishings, or anything heavy, but pictures, magazines, glass or porcelain pieces, small things like that. It was as though I'd stepped into a place where gravity, as I knew it, was struggling to maintain its hold.
Over at the couch, Mrs. Bench, who was dressed in powder blue sweats, was floating too. She was in a seated position, hovering maybe six inches off the couch. Her snowy white hair was moving around as if someone had both a fan and a vacuum trained on her headher hair went out at all angles, all floaty. She had her eyes closed and her hands outstretched over her crystal ball it too was floating about a foot off the table. Other than all this hocus-pocus, she looked fine.

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