Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Coffin Hop ~ Episode 8

There are several of us in the Coffin Hop Tour. Visit all of us for spooks, chills and candy galore! Okay, maybe you won’t get any candy, but it’s Halloween and this Coffin Hop is guaranteed to put you in the spirit for a ghoulish 31st!  

To go back to the list of participating 
Coffin Hoppers, click HERE.

Since it’s the final day of the hop, I’m going to make this one sentimental. When my youngest son was born, I gave him the middle name of my favorite uncle who was like my grandfather—Avery. Uncle Avery wasn’t blood related, but he was married to my Aunt. I loved that man and have the fondest memories of him. He was a huge part of my life and I spent ever afternoon with him after school. We did things together. Fished, drew, he read me stories and sometimes he’d tell me stories. Other times I’d cuddle in his lap and watch TV, or we’d bake a cake.

Then just after I turned 10 in October, he died suddenly in November. It was the first time I’d ever been impacted by death. And his passing altered my life dramatically. Suddenly, I had to find a different place to stay after school.

I have one photo of him from when I was around 5 years old. Other than that, all I have are the memories of him in my head. It’s a photo of me on the sofa with him and his wife, Aunt Net, and we all look grumpy as hell. I clearly remember being irritated that my mother wanted a photo of us when I just wanted to spend time with them. I’m so glad I have it now!

(L-R) Aunt Net, Me and Uncle Avery

Like I said I gave my youngest son—he’s nicknamed NoNo—Uncle Avery’s name as his middle name. Just after NoNo was born, I had him on the changing table putting his pajamas on him. I felt the presence of someone come up behind me and wrap his arms around me. I didn’t have to ask who it was because he let me know who he was immediately. I knew it was his way of saying thank you for honoring him this way. I’ve felt him off and on over the almost 11 years of NoNo’s life.

I hope y’all have enjoyed my 8 Episodes of the Coffin Hop. Hope I didn’t scare any of you too bad, or maybe all of you just believe I’m crazy now. ;-) In any event, good luck to all of you on winning the signed Road to Hell series books, Pandora’s Box and Hell’s Phoenix. I’m leaving to go out of town today, but I’ll draw the winner tomorrow. However, I’ll be unable to mail the books until next Monday. I hope everyone has a very Happy and safe Halloween!


Return here each day of the Coffin Hop for a new episode of "Haunted Gracen" and for extra chances to win!! Note: Links will be posted at the top of the blog for each Episode for ease of locating the post.

To be taken back to the main hop link, click here ---> COFFIN HOP


Where you can stalk me—not really!—but I would love to meet and interact with you:


No hop is the same without a contest!
NOTE: Rafflecopter has been kind of screwy the last couple of days. So, if you're having difficulties with the Rafflecopter, please tell me in the comment section and I'll physically add you to the rafflecopter. However, by clicking on "a Rafflecopter giveaway" below, it should take you directly to the Rafflecopter link so you can participate. A rule that is still valid is that you must leave a comment on each day's blog post or your entries will be eliminated.

To go back to the list of participating 
Coffin Hoppers, click HERE.

Book 1 Road to Hell series

BLURB (horromance - a mix of horror and romance):

Where does the road to Hell begin?

What happens when your son turns homicidal overnight and your husband disappears on his way to work? Do you cower in fear or fight for your life? Madison Wescott fights against the odds. Distrustful of a God she doesn't believe in, she finds herself face-to-face with a world she didn't know existed and discovers her own soul is darkened with demonic connections.

With good intentions? Or by demonic design?

Phoenix Birmingham bursts into Madison’s life in a whirlwind of sarcasm and sexual appeal. A hero for the masses—and for her jaded heart—but few will ever know the sacrifices he has made or the sacrifices to come. Discovering her entire life has been influenced by multifaceted paranormal beings, Madison is determined to defeat the apocalyptic blueprint fate has decreed, but only one man dares to challenge the supernatural forces manipulating them. Even with Phoenix's aid, can destiny be denied? Or will demonic design prevail while they pay the crucial price with their souls?

In a small, sleepy Alabama town the battle for mankind's liberty has begun...

Pandora’s Box Buy Links:

Book 2 Road to Hell series


Hell’s become more than just a playground for the wicked…

Going to Hell was supposed to save Madison, but knowing she’s dead because of his failure leaves Nix with only one thing to live for. Revenge. With Micah’s help he learns to use his Messianic power. Anything for Mads has become his mantra, even if it means killing innocents to gather the power he needs to succeed. A tsunami he unleashes on a Gulf Coast city is stopped with magical interference, and Nix is more than surprised to feel Madison in the opposing magic. Can he and Micah set a trap to lure her out?

Pandora’s Box…once you open it, there’s no turning back!

Madison has done the unthinkable, opened Pandora’s Box to save Nix from Hell. And failed. She’s willing to risk her own life to rescue Nix, but she worries about the welfare of her accomplice in the mission and leaving her son behind. Following up on a lead, she’s ambushed by Nix and Micah. Shocked and hurt to discover Nix has become a willing participant of Hell, she’s more certain than ever she won’t escape the demonic fate her husband outlined for her. While in Hell, she discovers denying the emergence of her succubus is futile, which means getting Nix out of Hell after embracing her inner demon just became a very real dilemma…



wilwaren said...

Thanks for the spooky tales. I enjoyed them very much!

Amanda W. said...

What a perfect way to honor your Uncle. I regret every day not naming my daughter as I wanted. My grandmother forbade it. I managed to get around it a little, but since her passing there is not a day that goes by that I don't regret following my first choice.

You have told some very spooky tales this week, hopefully there will be more to come...

Diana said...

NoNo is very beautiful name! It was great week, thank you for sharing your experience and the giveaway.

Happy Halloween!!!

Donna said...

That is a beautiful story... And hits so close to my heart. It makes me wonder if your uncle reading to you might've influenced you towards writing?

Candace said...

Everyone one of these were amazing. Thank you so much for taking the time to share bits and pieces of your story! <3

Michelle said...

I know at a young age we never think of the memories that photos may have for us later in life. I wish I had sat still more for them when I was young now that my grandmother has passed. I have very few with her since I was never one to have a picture taken, still don't often but have made sure to have a few with my kids and husband. It's amazing when we can feel those we have lost in the past and such a comfort to know that while they have passed on they still watch over us. Have enjoyed your blog posts this week thanks for telling your stories.

Gracen Miller said...

I'm headed to draw a winner for you 6! I'll be back in a moment to announce the winner. Good luck and thanks to all of you for participating!!


Gracen Miller said...

The winner is Candace. I'm sending you an email that was provided through rafflecopter. Congrats!!!