Ghosts Are Real by Coral Russell

October 12th, 2013 kimbacaffeinate Giveaway, Guest Post 41 Comments

12th Oct

As part of “Things that Go Bump in the Night” here at Caffeinated Book Reviewer we have a special guest post from Coral Russell author of Amador Lockdown, a paranormal tale filled with ghostly encounters. Carol is going to share her ghosts encounters, and a giveaway. Grab a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage, enjoy the post and be sure to check out the cover and synopsis of Amador Lockdown!


Amador Lockdown
Amador Lockdown
by Coral Russell
Publication date: October 6, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Purchase: Amazon

Something has moved into the Amador Hotel. Hector, Marcos, Bev, and Tony of the Paranormal Posse are called in to either debunk the haunting or get rid of whatever is causing the problems. With the surprise arrival of Hector’s son, he tries to keep his professional and personal lives separate, but whatever is haunting the Amador Hotel has other plans.

Sounds spooky right? Not sure about you but I am not checking into that hotel anytime soon!

Guest Post

Ghost are Real

Nature abhors a vacuum. You might remember that saying from high school science class and I believe it holds true for spirits. Vacant spaces will be occupied. I’m going to share a couple of experiences I’ve had in the past and you decide.

My stepfather’s uncle was living with his grandmother when he passed away from a massive heart attack. He died instantly. The grandmother was then transfered to a nursing home and my stepfather bought the house. I only visited on weekends because of my work schedule. It was a tiny house my mother painted in bright, garish colors, as is her style and it had two bedrooms, bathroom, living room, kitchen. The living room was oddly shaped so they turned the bedroom (the one his uncle had died in) into a TV room.

I showed up to eat and watch TV one night. Now my stepfather is a smoker but my mother and her family have never allowed smoking in the house. He always, and I do mean always, had to smoke outside. This house was no exception. He and my mom were sitting on a couch directly across from the TV and I was lounging on the loveseat to the left.

Totally engrossed in the program I froze for a second when the smell of someone covering my nose with their mouth and blowing cigarette smoke directly into my face overcame me. Without thinking further, since no one was standing over me and there was no lingering cloudy smoke floating above me, I reached back with my right arm and smacked my stepfather.

He stared at me in shock. “What?”

I ranted and fumed about how it was not cool to blow smoke in someone’s face and you shouldn’t be smoking in the house anyway.

He looked at my mother for confirmation that he was not smoking nor had he moved. My mother giggling and said, “That must be what your uncle thinks of non-smokers.”

My husband and I bought a huge 2400 square foot home. It was a duplex that we shared with my family, but they moved away. We were getting ready to start a family ourselves so all was well. The house was a hundred years old. It had been remodeled several times and had two thirty feet long rooms on the first and second floors with two ceiling fans on the first floor.

I worked part-time at a late shift which meant I didn’t get home until 11pm at night. Returning from work my first week, I noticed the house glowed from several blocks away. Every light in the house was on. Now we were a young couple and money was tight and I was trying to be energy conscious since we now had to pay all expenses instead of splitting the bill with my family.

“Honey, you cannot leave all the lights on. The electricity bill will be outrageous.”

“Honey, just pick a couple of rooms to be in at night and leave the rest of the house dark.”

“Honey, you are not using the entire house at night. Turn off some lights!”

To all my patient explanations every time I returned home the house glowed from twenty-four windows. He would not turn the lights off until I got home.

One evening we sat downstairs at one end of the long downstairs room watching TV. Immediately to our left was the foyer with all original oak door, oak paneling, and three flights of stairs leading up to the second floor. It was a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

Engrossed in the show my husband and I became aware of heavy footsteps above and behind us. We looked at each other then turned around to look behind us just in time to see the first ceiling fan shake slightly. The footsteps got louder heading our way. Definitely heavy, like a man’s, and wearing boots with a heel-to-toe gait. The foot falls of someone passed over the ceiling fan directly behind us making it visibly vibrate. My husband and I tracked it with our eyes.

The footsteps didn’t pause as they continued down the creaky three flights of stairs. We leaned over, staring to our left at the base of the staircase waiting for someone to appear. We were too stunned to even be alarmed. The last step creaked and then nothing. There was no one there.

My husband jumped up, turned to me and yelled, “See! That’s the same shit I’ve been hearing every night in this place!”

The lights stayed on. ~Carol

About the Author

Coral Russell won the 2003 McCaleb Peace Initiative which produced the non-fiction articles Peace on the Peninsula about South Korean’s view on reunification. After winning a fiction writing contest (a fluke), she caught the fiction bug. An encounter with something paranormal on a local ghost tour inspired her to start writing the ghost hunter series. Amador Lockdown as a Finalist in the Orangeberry Hall of Fame 2013 Best in Horror picked by the UK Quality Reading Book Club.
Her titles include: Sacrifice, Amador Lockdown, Devil of a Ghost Tour, Key to a Haunting, The DIY Guide to Social Media Marketing and eBook Publishing. Upcoming releases are: Possession and two new novels. You can contact Ms. Russell through her blog.


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41 Responses to “Ghosts Are Real by Coral Russell”

  1. Alicia Lopez

    The turning all the lights is something that i have done when I have felt something weird is going on but I’m really terrified that one day they will flicker off and on.

  2. A Voracious Reader

    I love ghost stories. So creepy and fascinating. I believe in ghosts because I think they are residual energy that gets stuck, for whatever reason, on our plane of existence when someone dies.
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  3. Berls

    LOL- love the story about the lights! I think it’s funny that your husband didn’t tell you that he was leaving the lights on because he was hearing ghosts. Fun story – and I would have left the lights on too!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh Kristen, if the cat or dog was afraid…I would freak out! Glad you survived!!

  4. Jenea

    I love ghost stories. I haven’t had any experiences with anything like that though. Thanks for sharing the guest post.

  5. braine

    I am petrified of ghosts. I so believe in them and I think I’ll have a heart attack if I get a close encounter with one. They’re more terrifying than weres, vamps or any other creature ive read. Cool creepy post!
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  6. Terrie Fulk

    Both of Coral’s experiences are eerie and humorous and I do believe. When my siblings and I were younger we lived down the lane from an old rundown house. We would have to go to this house to catch the bus for school. The kids at school told us the house at the end of our lane was haunted by an elderly lady. We were new to the area and coming from the city and being transplanted to the sticks we were skeptical of the stories. One night our parents hosted a bond fire. We kids played games and running around. We ended up at the end of the lane at the “haunted” house. In one of the downstairs windows…and mind you the windows have been broken out for years…we saw an elderly lady with flowing, silvery hair and wearing a translucent nightgown rocking in a rocking chair. Every kid who witnessed “Granny Spectral” became believers that night.

  7. Mary Preston

    My Mother has seen a ghost, which makes me a believer. She awoke one night to see a child in a long nightgown standing beside the bed. My Mother says she was not afraid & in the blink of an eye it was gone.

    Often when I walk down the corridor I just know there is something there.

  8. desiree

    yes i been been talking to them and seeing them since i was 12 and then been hosue were there at and they get pissed some were nice i have some on my time line

  9. Jennifer

    When I was 15, I had a friend staying the night. I had a dream a white mist was swirling around my dining room window, filling it up by circling around it. When it reached the middle and had filled up the window, the mist took on the shape of a hand and beckoned me. I lifted my hand toward it, and when I woke up, I was standing by the dining room window. I used to sleep walk all the time. O.O
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  10. Melissa

    I haven’t had any ghostly experiences myself. However, when we moved into a new house three years ago my seven year old (4 at the time) got spooked. He said he woke up and an old man with a hat on his head was in his room. A day later he screamed in the bathroom and said he seen the same guy in the shower. He hasn’t seen him since, but he still refuses to sleep in his room without a light on and then he is only in there for an hour before coming in my room.

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