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Month: October 2014

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop: Get Your Goodies Here!

Halloween is a Big Deal at Castle Azle I must confess that after living all over the place, including Belgium, Italy, and a tiny island with a population of 7, Texas gave me a hefty dose of culture shock. In fact, every time I remember my first Texan-style Halloween, I laugh. The year was 2009 and I had just moved in with my then-boyfriend-now-husband, Larry. We were out shopping when Larry mentioned needing candy for trick-or-treaters. I promptly spotted a bag of mini candy bars and tossed it in our cart. It was a big bag, too, 5 pounds, which…

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Hey Authors: Sign Up for a Halloween Blog Hop to Gain New Readers

Trick-or-Treating for Books! Have you ever wanted to go trick-or-treating for books instead of candy? Well, now you can! A couple weeks ago my friend, Patricia Lynne had a brainstorm and devised a clever way for authors to give out books and book-related goodies on Halloween. Last I checked, 20 authors had signed up for her Trick-or-Treat Book Blog Hop, and I bet more will be added as the big day approaches. That’s a whole lot of sugar-free fun! (Oh, and as you may have guessed, it was Patty’s blog hop that inspired my own Paranormal Texas Book Release Trick-or-Treat…

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Paranormal Texas Book Release Trick-or-Treat Giveaway!

Book Release Trick-or-Treat Giveaway! To celebrate the recent release of Paranormal Texas , a travel guide to haunted places, I’m hosting a Book Release Trick-or-Treat Giveaway now through October 31, 2014. Since I can’t have you all over for homemade skeleton gingerbread cookies, I had to get a little creative: 99 Cents eBook Sale through Halloween For starters, I’ve lowered the price on the Kindle version of Paranormal Texas to a mere 99 cents during the Book Release Trick-or-Treat Giveaway. On November 1st, the price pops back up to $4.99. I know some of you already own a copy of…

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Is there Paranormal Evidence in Paranormal Texas?

Paranormal Activity While Researching Paranormal Texas Since my latest book, Paranormal Texas, is a travel guide to haunted places, readers often ask if I saw any ghosts, or had any paranormal experiences while researching it. I visited a lot of real life haunted places while researching Paranormal Texas. I went to seances and ghost hunts, I roamed through haunted cemeteries and parks, I stayed at haunted hotels, and even dined at haunted restaurants. While I certainly had some subjective experiences while investigating all these paranormal hot spots here in the Dallas – Fort Worth region of Texas, I can’t claim…

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To be free, or not to be free? That is the book marketing question!

I’m an Angsty Little Hamlet! “To be free, or not to be free, that is the book marketing question— Whether ’tis Nobler for indie authors to suffer The Slings and Arrows of Amazon’s algorithm, Or to take Arms against a Sea of freebies, And by opposing, end them? To download, to sell— No more; and by sell, to say we end The Heart-ache, and the thousand Marketing shocks Authors are heir to? ‘Tis an extroversion, Devoutly to be wished. To buy, to sell, To write, perchance to Sell; Aye, there’s the rub, For in that point of sale, what reviews…

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What’s in Tui Snider’s Book, Paranormal Texas?

What’s in Paranormal Texas? Paranormal Texas is an entertaining travel guide to real haunted places near Dallas and Fort Worth. It includes the haunted history behind these true ghost stories, as well as directions for those who want to see them in person. While Paranormal Texas is chock full of well-known Texas ghost stories, it also includes a bunch of haunted places in Texas that are not in most other books. As with my first book, Unexpected Texas, I went out of my way (often, literally!) to find quirky, offbeat and overlooked sites to share with readers, including: *Serial Killer’s…

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Real Ghost Photo in a Historic Victorian Home, or…?

Is This a Real Ghost Photo? See that mist in the photo above? Do you think it could be a ghost? Folks often tell me they see a ghost in that picture, but interpretations vary. Some see a woman in a gown. Others see a woman’s face peering out from beneath a veil. Depending on which monitor I view the photo on, I see different things, too! About this Ghost Photo I snapped this picture a few years ago during a tea party at a historic Victorian home in Port Townsend, Washington. No one was smoking, but I had a…

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Ghosts of Denton: Haunted History Tours & a Spooky Book, Too!

The following is an adapted excerpt from Unexpected Texas,my travel guide to quirky, offbeat and overlooked places near Dallas and Fort Worth. Check it out if you are looking for fun road trips in north Texas. Also, for a *FREE* 50-page guide to ghost hunting groups and haunted history tours in north Texas, click here Historic Ghost Tours Led by a Professional Storyteller “Sometimes folks come to Denton and never want to leave – ever!” – Shelly Tucker, tour guide for the Ghosts of Denton, Texas: Haunted History Tours Last summer, my husband, Larry, and I popped over to Denton,…

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How to Visit the Munster Mansion Replica in Waxahachie, Texas

The following is an adapted excerpt from Unexpected Texas – my best-selling travel guide to quirky, offbeat and overlooked places near Dallas and Fort Worth. Check it out if you enjoy learning quirky facts, or are looking for offbeat road trip ideas in north Texas. Munster Mansion Replica While there is no official address for, “1313 Mockingbird Lane,” in north Texas, there is an excellent replica of the Munster family home over in the town of Waxahachie where, in 2001, Sandra and Charles McKee built a replica of the house depicted in the classic TV sitcom. Since it’s a fictional house, the pair watched and…

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Why Read Paranormal Texas?

Why read Paranormal Texas? Sure, there are other books about real haunted places in Texas – I should know, my bookshelves are crowded with them! So, what makes Paranormal Texas different? Overlooked Haunted Places First off, Paranormal Texas includes a bunch of haunted places in Texas that are not in most other books. As with my first book, Unexpected Texas, I went out of my way (often, literally!) to find quirky, offbeat and overlooked sites. For instance, I haven’t seen Moxley Manor (a haunted attraction that may truly be haunted) mentioned in any other books about real haunted places in…

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Spam Folder Mishaps

Is Gmail going senile? I’ve been happily using Gmail for years, but lately it’s been wonky. I wasn’t thrilled when they introduced the tabs feature a while back, but I got used to it. What’s got me troubled now is that all of a sudden, Gmail is tossing perfectly good emails into my spam folder! I know, I know… It’s a good idea to check your spam folder every now and then. Thing is, Gmail did such a great job for soooooo long that I fell out of that habit. Missed opportunities! It wouldn’t be such a big deal except…

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