My addiction to ghost stories happened at a young age. I was the kid who could never get enough of reading, watching, or talking about ghostly apparitions. Just the idea that there was something out there, something unknown, something spooky wandering around in the dark thrilled and excited me.
My love for ghost stories hasn’t diminished as I’ve grown older. I watch every ghost hunting show I can find on TV, I scour the bookstores for stories of spooks, and admittedly, I jump excitedly in my chair every time a commercial comes on for a ghost themed movie.
Have I seen a ghost? No. I’ve never seen one, but I have entered an old building and felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I’ve crept through an old house and I could have sworn I saw a shadow move in a dark corner. Was that a ghost or my imagination? And more than a few times I’ve thought I’ve heard snippets of conversation late at night, in a spooky house, when no one was around.
But I often wonder what would I do if a full bodied apparition just appeared in front of me? Probably run for the hills! And then later I would not be able to contain my excitement as I told everyone all about my spook sighting.
Have you ever seen a ghost? Have you ever felt the sensation like someone was standing behind you when there was no one there? Have you ever felt a chill in the air as you walked through an old house?
I would love to hear about it. I seriously can’t get enough stories about ghosts. I guess it isn’t surprising that I wrote a young adult series that has many spirits in it. In the Dark Rituals, my four book paranormal YA series, you get to watch banshees attack. And you will meet my heroine Colina, as she tries to learn all the difficult magic that comes along with becoming a death dealer. What’s a death dealer, you ask. Read to find out… 😉 http://fullfathomfive.com/writers/catrina-burgess/the-dark-rituals/
In Awakening, the first installment in the Dark Rituals series, a former healer turns to the Death Arts to seek revenge.
Seventeen-year-old Colina was born a healer. But after a horrific event forces her to leave her clan, she becomes desperate to learn the dark magic of the death dealers, mages who draw their power from the spirits of the dead. Colina was taught to fear and hate death dealers, but becoming one of them is the only way for her to get the revenge she seeks—and the only way for her to survive.
Colina asks a young death dealer named Luke to help her, but he’s reluctant to train her in the Death Arts. Little does she know convincing him to teach her will be the easiest part of her journey. To become a death dealer, Colina will need to undergo three dark rituals, each more terrifying than the last. At the same time, she’ll have to deal with her growing feelings for her mentor. Too bad the first ritual involves him strangling her to death.
As Colina undergoes the trials, she discovers an untapped darkness within herself. If she survives the horrific rituals and gains dark power, what will she become?
Catrina Burgess’ Dark Rituals series originally appeared on Wattpad with over three million reads. Awakening is the first book of four and was named Wattpad’s Best Suspense Story of 2014.
Catrina’s giving away a paranormal readers survival kit….
I write because it helps keeps the darkness away and reminds me that there is magic in the world. I live with one husband, two dogs, and a cat named Shitty Kitty in a small mining town in Arizona. At night this place is definitely spooky. I swear I’ve heard the wind giggle, and sometimes there’s a very odd breeze. Luckily, I love all things that go bump in the night. I adore old movies. I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan.
I’ve been known to eat pizza and cold Chinese food for breakfast, and I’m the queen of the board game Stratego. I’ve never been beaten. NEVER!