Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Welcome Back Author Catherine Cavendish!

 I'm so happy to welcome author Catherine Cavendish back to the blog today to discuss her newest novella The Second Wife.  I am reading and loving this right now and personally highly recommend it!  Take it away Cat...

My latest paranormal novella – The Second Wife – is a ghost story. In it, a photograph of Emily Marchant – the deceased first wife of my main character’s husband, features prominently. There is just something about that photograph. Something haunted and deadly, as Chrissie is about to discover.

Recently, I came across some famous photographs that, so far, have failed to be exposed as fakes. See what you think:

Here is a photograph of Freddy Jackson. The late Freddy Jackson to be precise. You can see him, standing behind one of his comrades in this group photograph taken in 1919. Freddy was a mechanic, serving in the Royal Air Force aboard HMS Daedalus. Sadly, he was killed when an aircraft propeller hit him. Yet here he is, two days later, smiling and recognized by his comrades in this photograph. How did he get there?

This photograph was taken in Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery in Illinois by a respected paranormal investigator in August 1991. Several people were present at the time and all swore there was no one there when the photo was taken. Yet, you can clearly see a woman, dressed in white, sitting alone on a tombstone. Parts of her are almost transparent and she is dressed in a style more reminiscent of the 1920s than the 1990s. Bachelor’s Grove has been the site of a whole range of paranormal phenomena including ghosts, strange lights and sounds. Is this doctored? It is certainly very clear, but, so far, no tampering has been proved (to the best of my knowledge)

Finally, here’s a curiosity. The chair in this photograph belonged to Lord Combermere, who died in 1891. While the staff attended his funeral, a photographer set up his camera in the library and left the shutter open for an hour. When the photographer developed the plate, the image of a man’s head and arm appeared and he seemed to be sitting in the chair. Members of the household said the figure closely resembled the deceased lord. And the chair just happened to be his favourite.

Now I’ve got you in the mood for ghostly tales, here’s the blurb for The Second Wife:

Emily Marchant died on Valentine’s Day. If only she’d stayed dead...

When Chrissie Marchant first sets eyes on Barton Grove, she feels as if the house doesn’t want her. But it’s her new husband’s home, so now it’s her home as well. Sumptuous and exquisitely appointed, the house is filled with treasures that had belonged to Joe’s first wife, the perfect Emily, whom the villagers still consider the real mistress of Barton Grove.

A stunning photograph of the first Mrs. Marchant hangs in the living room, an unblemished rose in her hand. There’s something unnerving and impossibly alive about that portrait, but it’s not the only piece of Emily still in the house. And as Chrissie’s marriage unravels around her, she learns that Emily never intended for Joe to take a second wife…

Thank you so much for joining us today, Cat.  I absolutely love the photos you've brought to us!  

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