Sunday, April 21, 2024

Appalachian Nights

 I shine my light toward the deep thicket that borders the backyard of our cabin. On a night like this with the moon hanging brightly the forest would normally erupt in a chaotic choir of frogs, insects, and night birds all seemingly competing for my attention. That isn’t the case tonight. Tonight, every natural-born creature fell silent at once as though someone just flicked a switch and shut them off.

I inch closer to the fence line and hear it again. The sound sends me stumbling backward and I nearly lose my footing on the dewy grass.

“it’s a pig. It must be a wild pig,” I whisper to no one.

The low groaning continues followed by the muted sound of footfalls.

I shake off the chill that runs up my neck and step closer again. This time shining the light straight down at the leaf-littered ground beneath the trees. At first, nothing, then a shadow. Something is tucked away behind a tree.

“Too long to be a pig,” I whisper as I measure the shadow with my eyes and try to imagine the creature that made it. “Hello? Come out so I can see you,” I shout giving away my position.

The air is stiff and silent. I don’t even know if my heart is beating and then, “Hello?”. A tiny voice calls back to me from the darkness.

“Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit,” I wasn’t expecting that. It sounds like a child.

I don’t know what to do now. I pause, slow my breathing, and begin convincing myself that I didn’t hear what I know I heard.

“Hello?” the voice calls out again.

“Who are you? Why are you back there? You need to come out, now!” I shout trying to assert my dominance and hide the fact that my legs are shaking.

“I need help. Come and help me,” the voice responds followed by the sounds of a little girl weeping.

“Fuck,” I can’t just walk away. What if there’s really a kid hurt out there? If anything happens to her I won’t be able to live with myself.

“Can you step out into the light?” I shout.

“Please, help me,” the voice calls back.

I shine my light on the old rusty gate. I don’t know why it’s here or when it was used last. I don’t even know if it will open but I tug on the latch until it creeks and lifts off the post that secures it. The gate scrapes the ground that’s grown over its path and I open it as far as I can. With just enough room for me to slip through the opening sideways, I step into the forest.

“You have to show me where you are. I’m not coming any closer until I see you,” I demand but the tiny voice just sobs harder and louder, “Can you talk to me? What’s your name? How did you get out here?”

All of my questions go unanswered and I take another step into the darkness. The pine straw is slippery beneath my feet and I wonder if I could run on it should I need to make a hasty retreat. I begin brushing it away as I walk exposing the dirt beneath it.

Almost there. Her sobs are so loud I know that she’s right in front of me. I reach the tree where I saw the shadow and step around it. I gasp as my light reveals the tangle of thorns and shrubbery at the base of the tree. There’s no little girl in distress and no sign that anyone has been here. The sounds have stopped, too, and I’m standing alone and bewildered.

I turn to make my way back home and a rush of air stops me in my tracks.

“You’re it!” I voice whispers into my right ear and my feet take flight. I run until I trip up the cabin steps and throw my body into the back door.

Once inside my trembling hand fumbles to lock the door and I step backward through the kitchen. I can’t take my eyes off the door as I’m certain that, at any second, it will burst from its hinges and the devil will rush through.

Hours pass with me seated, motionless on the kitchen floor. Then, I summon the nerve to look outside. I open the door carefully and peer out into the night. The moon is still high and my ears are assaulted by the choir of creatures that have resumed their nightly performance.

Days pass and I begin to think this was all some crazy fever dream. Then, by chance, I meet one of my neighbors at the local market.

“You’re not from around here, are you?” the old man asks me.

“No, Sir. I’m new to the area.”

He looks deeply into my eyes and says, “Do yourself a favor and learn the rules. You don’t go into the woods after sundown and if you hear anything out there, well, no you didn’t.” He winks at me and saunters off.

Now, I close all the curtains and lock the doors each night when the sun goes down.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Available now in paperback or free with Kindle Unlimited

 In an enchanting realm where the skies are adorned with the flight of doves and the crows rule the shadows, unfolds the tale of "The Unlikely Queen" Ava, the ethereal Princess of Doves, finds her heart entwined with Lonan, the enigmatic King of Crows, in a love deemed forbidden by the ancient laws of their lands.

As their love blossoms amidst whispers of intrigue and longing glances, tensions escalate between the factions of the land and sky, igniting the flames of conflict. Their romance becomes the catalyst for a war that threatens to tear their world asunder.

Yet, despite the chaos, Ava and Lonan dare to defy the odds, forging a secret pact with factions across the treacherous Forbidden Sea, determined to unite their divided world and preserve their love against all odds. "The Unlikely Queen" is a spellbinding saga of passion, sacrifice, and the enduring power of love to transcend boundaries and reshape destinies.

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Exciting new releases

 The Haunted Collection Book One is now available in digital and free with Kindle Unlimited! Five original ghost stories,plus a terrifying novella packed into one ebook! 


The Wisodom of Coyotes has had a re-release!

This paranormal fated mate romance with a twist is your entry into another chapter of the Not Forgotten Universe. Spicy and packed with mystery, Wisdom resolves it's primary plot but ends with the discovery of a new and more powerful villain. Not so much a cliffhanger as n introduction to the antagonist of book two, The Lure of the Priestess which is coming soon.


Saturday, January 20, 2024

Coming Soon exclusively to Tiktok- NOT FORGOTTEN BOOKS

As the TikTok community has grown to the largest social media audience in the United States, it opens up an opportunity to reach readers in new and unprecedented ways. 

With this extended reach, I will open a TikTok Shop to sell TikTok-exclusive content.

The Not Forgotten Series will be sold as an exclusive package that includes:

Signed copies of:

Book One Lilly's Story 

Book Two At Second Sight

Book Three Zac's Guitar

An exclusive bookmark, stickers, and character cards

Coming Soon: The Haunted Collection

10-story anthology chronicling the cases of the Highgate Paranormal Research Society

If you still need to follow ghostgirlbonnie on Tiktok I welcome you! Let's engage together!