I’d like to thank Donna for having me to her blog today. The Victorian Lure (Calum’s Curse: Ultima Bellum) is the first of three in my Calum’s Curse Trilogy. While I’ll give you a quick rundown about this trilogy, I thought it might be fun to share why I decided to write novels like this. That means sharing with you my own personal ghost stories. If you don’t believe in the paranormal, this blog post probably won’t interest you. But if you do… then hold on tight. Things are going to heat up!
Here’s a brief rundown about this trilogy…
It all began hundreds of years ago when Calum, a young man who had inherited magic, decided he could better provide for his family through the use of dark magic. Eventually, he became overly arrogant and abandoned his coven. Furious with his behavior, they cursed him and sent three creatures of the night out into the world to destroy his descendants. Yet Calum was both powerful and clever. Through the use of time-travel, he built and trapped all three creatures in various New England homes. But as all curses have a tendency to do, this curse eventually unraveled.
Enter three paranormal investigators...Calum's descendants. Leathan, Devin and Seth never could've imagined what Calum's curse would mean for them. Action-packed, this series will take you on a time-traveling, paranormal romance ride you won't soon forget. Leathan's story, The Victorian Lure, starts the series then it's on to Devin's tale, The Georgian Embrace. Read the grand finale, Seth's story in, The Tudor Revival
As I said, there’s a reason I become infatuated with the paranormal. So, even though it’s not Halloween, are you ready for a ghost story? This event took place in the house in which I currently live. A house I remember driving by when I was a small child. Let me tell you about this house…
Construction began in 1901. In 1903 my husband’s great grandfather walked his wife into her brand new Victorian home for the first time (For the sake of the family's privacy, I will not be providing names). Yes, this house has been in my husband’s family since its birth over a century ago.
I still try to envision what it must have been like for her to walk into this house for the first time. How she must have been in awe by its grandeur and charm. By its oval handmade windows and sliding pocket doorways. The charm she must’ve felt as she strolled through the house, her long dress swooshing over the gleaming hardwood floors, finding all the wonderful little nooks and crannies her husband had built into the rooms.
I’ll never forget the first time I walked into this house 100 years later. The way I felt when I first entered the foyer and looked at the arched doorways and elegant balustrade lining the stairs. I was instantly, irrevocably in love. The feeling was almost…surreal. Even as a writer, I can’t convey how powerful that first moment was. Perhaps I was always meant to walk through the front door. Perhaps I was always meant to live here. It’s ten years later and I love this house as much as I did that very first moment.
As well as all its ghosts.
Oh yes, this is one very, very haunted house. In fact, my husband went to the store the other day. The cashier saw his home address and her eyes widened. She promptly asked, “Do you live here?” He said yes. (This house was rented out for many years in between) She responded, “I used to live there when I was a kid. Wow, that house is so haunted! I tell all my friends when we drive by about how haunted it is!”
How right she is.
By far, one of my favorite events took place a week before Christmas of 2003. For some reason, this house becomes super active during late November straight through December. My thought on that? My husband’s great-grandfather liked the holidays and he makes a point of visiting his house.
Anyways, this particular afternoon I had my sister and Dad visiting. The three of us were sitting in the living room chatting when the radio turned on. I ignored it thinking it must’ve been set on a timer or something. We all kept talking. A few minutes later it turned up. Loud enough that we all stopped conversing and looked at the radio. The Christmas song, “Do You Hear What I Hear,” was playing. So I got up, walked over and turned it down. (Turn nob volume control folks. Pretty big turn dial on this radio.) I had just sat down when the volume turned up again.
By this point, the radio had everyone’s undivided attention. I got up and turned it down again and sat. We all watched the radio for several seconds. Sure as heck it turned up again. The spooky part? We watched the nob turn on its own this time! I was getting up to turn off the radio when my Dad shook his head, grinned and said, “Don’t. Obviously somebody likes this song.”
So we listened to the rest of the song. After that I was able to successfully turn it down. The cool part? As I later discovered, ‘Do You Hear What I Hear’ was my husband’s grandfather’s favorite Christmas song. He’d lived in this house until he was old enough to move out. I ended up writing my free read around that song because of this very event.
This story is one of many that inspired me to write my Calum’s Curse Trilogy. After all, I know that something exists beyond what we can see. Writing about three paranormal investigators and the haunted houses they’d face just made sense. I intend to share more true ghost stories along my Bewitching Book Tour. Be sure to visit me at my website, Sky@Skypurington.com and click on Book Tours to discover where I’ll be next!
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Best-selling author, Sky Purington lives in southern New Hampshire with her son and husband. The written word has been her obsession from the very beginning. Purington writes time-travel paranormal/fantasy romance heavily influenced by history.
From Irish Druids to Scottish Highlanders many of her novels possess strong Celtic elements. More recently, her vampire stories take the reader to medieval England and ancient Italy.
Enjoy strictly paranormal romance? Sky's latest novels follow three haunted houses in New England and the sexy ghost hunters determined to make sense of them. Make no mistake, in each and every tale told you'll travel back to another time and revisit the romanticism history holds at its heart.
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