In my Lynlee Lincoln series, our favorite snarky witch lives in a strange sort of place that she affectionately refers to as “the mafia house.” If you’ve ever wondered about that, the truth is that the mafia house really does exist… or at least it did at one time. The hubby and I looked at it about fifteen years ago when we were looking for a home in the Houston area. That house needed lots of love but I absolutely adored all the weird aspects of it. I mean, how cool would it be to have a bathroom with a hidden door to a crawl area with a floor safe, a peep-through window between rooms plus a huge bedroom-sized cedar closet? It was much bigger than we needed and already had a contract on it, so it wasn’t meant to be. Still, that crazy house remained in my mind until I had the dream that led to this story.
As a Catholic-girl, I was raised to know that the day after Halloween was All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation for us to venerate the saints. The day following was All Souls Day, which was to remember our departed loved ones and to pray for their passage into heaven. Later, I studied Spanish and also Aztec history and I was fascinated by Día de los Muertos: the day of the dead. Today Mexico still celebrates this day by decorating graves and even leaving food for the departed to feast upon when they cross over into the realm of the living.
In this Trolling for Trouble I took a little dramatic license and chose to apply some of the beliefs about that day to All Souls Day.
And if you read Trolling for Trouble, you’ll also find out about PMS… but not the PMS you might be thinking. I was already dating the hubby when I decided to audit one of the history classes he taught at the local university. I will never forget the day he lectured about PMS; the common aspect of many Native American tribes to be Polytheistic, Matrilineal and to have Sex-linked traits. I explain the basics of what that means here in the story itself, but I just wanted you guys to know that I didn’t make it up. The college professor who swept me off my feet about twenty-one years ago used that in all of his United States History courses.
In that same story, Lynlee comments about the football score 222-0. I wrote 100-0 in my first draft, but when I mentioned it to hubby, he proceeded to tell me about the Cumberland vs Georgia Tech game that ended with a score of 222-0. He thought he recalled the year of that game to be 1915, but in actuality it was 1916–still, pretty impressive that his brain can hold such “useless” information.
According to what I was able to find, it appears that Cumberland College discontinued its football program, but weren’t allowed to cancel this particular game against Georgia Tech. The internet provides lots of myths about the game, some of which have been debunked. But I have to say the quote from the Atlanta Journal pretty much sums up what the game must have been like:
“As a general rule, the only thing necessary for a touchdown was to give a Tech back the ball and holler, ‘Here he comes’ and ‘There he goes.’”
Oh, and one more fun fact. The coach for Georgia Tech that year? None other than John Heisman.
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Author: Vi Carter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Dates: 25th of October
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Grace knows that the only way she can survive life is to bury her past.
But nothing stays buried forever…
It’s been two years since she lost so much. Two years since she started a new life, in a new college, with a new group of friends. Two years, and now her troubles are rushing back.
When Derek walks into Grace’s life, he makes her feel things she’d hoped never to feel again. The box she hid all her secrets in is opening, and Grace might not be able to keep it shut this time.
As each of her traumas resurfaces, Grace isn’t sure having Derek at her side is enough to save her. And if he’s not, Grace isn’t sure she’ll come out the other side fully intact.
If you like “The Problem with Forever” by Jennifer L Armentrout or “Hopeless” by Colleen Hoover, then Saving Grace will feed your addiction for a romance with real-life struggles.
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I grew up across the street from my high school. There was an open lot adjacent to the baseball field and directly opposite our place… and at one time there had been a house there. I have no idea what happened to the house, but the old concrete steps still remained when we were kids. The Girls – that’s a descriptor for my 2 sisters and I; we were always just “The Girls” – anyway, The Girls and I along with some friends created this entire story about how the house had burned down and that a young lady had died in the fire. When we walked along in the woods behind that vacant lot we found some shards of a mirror. Well obviously the girl’s spirit was trapped in that mirror and so we couldn’t dare look into the glass because if she saw us she’d pull us in with her!
There was also this tiny little building out behind our neighbor’s home. I remember one day The Girls and I snuck over there and went into that little “house.” We weren’t supposed to be there, probably because the thing was falling apart and we could have killed ourselves playing in it. However, in our minds we weren’t supposed to be in there because it was haunted. In that little decrepit building we found a small piece of “Egyptian” artwork made of little stones glued together. We were certain it was possessed of some power and we all ran from that little house in terror when we dropped it and a piece of it broke off. We were convinced we were going to be “cursed” forever!
I can also fondly remember the year The Girls and I were going to make our very own haunted house. I remember us stringing cobwebs along the front deck and going to all sorts of extremes. But what I remember most was the look of absolute horror on my mothers face when she saw the little babydoll we had “tortured.” We dripped fake blood all over the poor little thing and then drove a nail into her body. I’m surprised we weren’t all put up for adoption shortly thereafter.
Needless to say, it never took much to spark up our imaginations and I guess its any wonder my imagination remains as twisted as it is to this day!
“Gremlin” was a slang word coined by the Royal Air Force during the 1920s and its usage really picked up steam during the Second World War when the imaginary creatures became the scapegoats for all manners of mechanical problems and sabotage in aircraft. Interestingly enough, the term was even used by the German military indicating these fantastical critters weren’t necessarily for one side or the other.
In September of 1940 a Royal Air Force pilot crashed his Gladiator plane in the desert of North Africa, sustaining serious injuries, including a concussion. He took about six months to recover from his wounds and eventually went back to the front, even taking part in the Battle of Athens. After the war that pilot went to the United States where he met writer C.S. Forester. In 1943 the pilot published his first children’s book, The Gremlins. You might better recognize that pilot’s later books some of which were my childhood favorites: James and the Giant Peach, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Willie Wonka and the Great Glass Elevator among others.
The pilot’s name was Roald Dahl. He credits his WWII plane crash with his becoming a writer, not only because his first published work was an account of his experience but also because he believed the injuries awakened a creative part of his brain.
After Dahl published The Gremlins he entered into talks with Walt Disney about making the story into a film project. While that never happened, the gremlins continued to expand into pop culture. The fictional creature made appearances in cartoons as well an episode of The Twilight Zone entitled “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” featuring William Shatner. And of course most of us remember them best from the movies Gremlins and Gremlins 2.