Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Haunted Hotels

Happy Halloween!
I promised I would tell you about
my ghostly experiences. First, I should
tell you I am a huge chicken.
When I was young I would make up scary
stories while washing my hair.
(Sign of a future suspense writer) I was
afraid to put my head under the faucet,
but did because I had to get the soap out.
When I left the bathroom, I ran down
the hall, then casually walked into the family
room like nothing was wrong.
I still can't believe no one ever caught
me. Not that I couldn't come up with a
good excuse.
Anyway, my fascination
with ghosts outweighed my fear.
(Sort of) Five years ago I joined the Valley
of the Sun Chapter of RWA and quickly
turned their writer's retreat into a haunted one.
Every October we stay at a haunted hotel.
The first two years we stayed in Prescott, AZ. Eighteen wild and crazy-
okay - mostly middle aged and bored women, invaded this
bed and breakfast armed with laptops and liquor. We laughed, brainstormed, shopped, and shared ghostly stories. I'm convinced some of those were made up-Not mine, of course.
Every year I take my secret weapon; my sister. She is ten years younger and a whole lot braver. Most of our ghostly experiences happen to her, so we can keep going year after year. When we stayed in Prescott, about 15 of us were talking in the haunted room and the closet door suddenly closed by itself. You would think we would have been afraid. Mostly we looked at each other, trying to figure out how that happened. While in my room, I felt something push off my bed, like a cat. I turned, expecting my sister to be standing there. Nope. She was in her bed on the other side of the room. I can handle a ghostly cat, so I did manage to get some sleep. At least thirty minutes.
The last two years we stayed at the Grand Hotel in Jerome. It was once a thriving mining town. Now it's Arizona's infamous ghost town. The Grand is reported to have a lot of paranormal activity. One of our writers woke up to an apparition of a man standing at the foot of her bed. Too bad it wasn't George Clooney.
Last year a ghost pushed down on my sister's head during her sleep. We think it was because a worker there died when the elevator landed on his head. Talk about a migraine! This year, a ghost played with my sister's hair. She moved to the couch, hoping it would leave her alone, but it didn't. I snored through the whole thing. My sister brought a tape recorder to capture ghostly voices and soon realized that was pointless. The ghost would have to scream and basically throw a tantrum to be heard over my snoring.
My most fascinating ghostly moment happened to someone else. (Couldn't have planned it better.) Young teen aged boys were hanging around taking pictures with their cell phones. In one of the pictures, a ghost was standing next to one of the boys. At first, I thought I was seeing a man standing next to the boy. I did a double take when I realized I could see through the man. I walked around with my cell phone for hours, but couldn't capture any ghosts.
I spoke to a young lady who worked at the hotel restaurant. (She knows my daughter) She said she saw an apparition of a woman several times, and the ghosts constantly locked her in the dry storage room. She worked there a lot longer than I would have.
At the end of the weekend we all agreed it was another successful trip and we booked our rooms for next October. I'm ready. I have my camera, my nose strips and my younger sister.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Friends 10 - 500 Friends

Friends 10 is dedicated
to Halloween.
I love watching
ghostly movies
and staying
at haunted hotels.
I'll post my latest
adventure on
Halloween night.
Need a quick, easy spooky recipe?
Check my group blog at
Also, Kim Watters posted her third BEBO list for
those of you collecting friends there.
With Friends 10, there are now 500 Romance Readers, Writers, Reviewers, and Booksellers linked to Myspace. They agreed to be added to the lists because they want to be your "friend."
Want to be added, leave a comment or add me as your friend on Myspace and I'll send you a message.
Friends 10 begins with Lisa Plumley and a reader/reviewer, who has offered to edit or read your manuscript for free. What a huge heart!! (Will edit or Beta read for free)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Three Chances to Win!!

Want to be contacted whenever I post another Friends List? Can't wait to read another episode of The Neurotic Writer
Dying to hear when you can order a print copy of Liquid Hypnosis?
Join my Yahoo Newsletter Group at
Or click on the Yahoo link on the left side of the blog.
I promise all newsletter announcements will be short and to the point. I'm busy working on Desperate Homeowners. You can read the first scene at my website under the Books link.
All members of my Yahoo Newsletter Group will automatically be included in drawings for a $30 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble, which can be used in the store or online. Drawings will be held on Nov. 11, Dec. 9, and Jan. 13. You can win more than once! Good luck.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Friends 9

With Friends 9, we now have 450 Myspace links posted. These romance readers, writers, reviewers and booksellers want to be your "friend"on Myspace. Add them today.

If you would like your Myspace link added, please leave a comment below, OR add me as a friend and I'll contact you. Already my friend? Send me a message. You don't have to do anything other than say you'd like to be added to the lists.


Friends 9 introduces you to The Essence of Romance.

"The Essence of Romance is an online comprehensive searchable database of Romance titles released since the early 1900’s. Considered 'The Bible of the Romance Industry' for over a decade, the Essence of Romance lists Authors, Websites, Titles, Series, Anthologies, Genres, Publishers, Release Dates, Cover Images, Blurbs and more, and is used by libraries, bookstores and readers worldwide. Members have the ability to create an unlimited amount of personal booklists to keep track of their favorite authors and books, which can be printed to use on shopping excursions. Membership rates are $5.00 per month or $50.00 per year, and we offer a 10-day free trial and various referral packages where you can continue to receive membership for free or at a discounted price! To try a free trial and have full access to hundreds of thousands of Romance titles, please visit Feel free to email us at with any questions, and please drop by and say hi at We welcome your comments and suggestions and look forward to hearing from you. If you are a Romance Author, please contact us to make sure you are listed in the Essence of Romance."


Friends 9 begins with author, Ann Jacobs. YA

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Fantastic Review for Liquid Hypnosis

5 Book Review from The Long and The Short of It

Sunflower says, “Liquid Hypnosis serves up a powerful brew of suspense, blazing sensuality, and the paranormal…”

“The twists and turns are constant; the reader is delightfully thrown off-balance again and again. Each new twist is imaginative and serves to further the plot. LaVon’s characters, too, are revealed in bits and pieces – nothing feels forced or out of place. And they are characters that we care about deeply – LaVon has a true gift for writing sympathetically and insightfully. Even her villains are compelling and three-dimensional, a quality that I often find lacking in suspense novels.”

“This book will be offered in print in March, and I, for one, would be the first in line to buy a copy…”

What does Sunflower have to say about the sexual tension between the hero and heroine? Read the full review at

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Friends 8

With Friends 8 posted, there are now
400 romance readers, writers,
reviewers and booksellers linked on
this site. They want to be your "friend"
on Myspace.

If you would like your Myspace link added,
please leave a comment below, OR email me at
suspensebytina @ (no spaces) and send me your Myspace URL (listed on your
profile page), OR if you add me as a friend, I'll send you a message asking if you want to
be added.

Also, if you would like to be contacted whenever I post another Friends list, you can join my Yahoo newsletter group at
I promise all announcements will be short and to the point. All members of the group will automatically be included in a December 1st drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble.

This week I want to introduce you to Page One, another resource available for writers who want to promote their books.

"PAGEONELIT.COM is ranked #4 out of over 16 million Google searches for author interviews and #1 Google search for literary newsletters - Very HUGE considering this is the world we are talking about. Site gets a mill hits a day - That's serious traffic. , (a Writer's Digest, USA Today & Chicago Tribune featured literary site), is offering authors a place to sell their books online -- Only a few spots remain. and

Interview Offer: For only $250 -- You get: -- A full personal interview page at and with your photo, bio, book summary, short book review, etc...This is a one time fee for long range promotional goals. Note: Your interview page will stay up forever. Note: Your interview page will stay up forever. This is your interview page to market your book as you like."

Friends 8 starts with Avon Romances and Susan Kearney: (YA audience only)

Monday, October 8, 2007


Don't miss my first episode of
Also, Kim Watters has posted BEBO
links for those of you looking for BEBO friends.
If you want your link added, you can leave a comment for her at the bottom
of her list.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Friends 7

With Friends 7, we now have 350 romance readers, writers, reviewers,
and booksellers who want to be your friend on Myspace.

Don't have time to add friends? Can't figure out how to create a Myspace
profile? ScrapFairy Designs is the place for you.

ScrapFairy Designs offers author focused MySpace designs showcasing you as an author and your books. They also have promotional packages where they send out messages, invitations or comments on your new releases. They offer custom "Thanks for the Add" graphics which can feature your new release or several of your books.

Email them at for a complete list of services and/or check out their profile at

Friends 7 begins with Harlequin/Silhouette writers.

Top Ten Reasons to Live in Arizona

Just for Laughs. The Top Ten Reasons to Live in Arizona:

10. If you stand on your tiptoes, you can touch the sun.

9. Wildlife frolics around you; bunnies run through your yard, baby quail follow their mother through the golf course, and coyotes follow your cat everywhere it goes.

8. Arizonians love to inner tube down flash floods. Do a headcount ahead of time, so you’ll know who to report missing.

7. Arizona is the new Hollywood. That car free falling from the freeway ramp is being driven by a stuntman or Lindsey Lohan.

6. Arizona is so close to Vegas and Mexico; you can sing with Wayne Newton, gamble with a transvestite hooker named Brandy Twotits and wake up in Nogales between a mule and a bottle of Jose Cuervo.

5. When you discover your wallet is missing and you sneak back across the border, you can meet our infamous sheriff, Joe Arpaio. He might toss you in tent city, dress you in pretty pink underwear, and feed you green baloney. If you’re sitting next to a well-known boxer who has bitten off an ear or two, confess to anything and get yourself moved to death row. (You should have never gone to Vegas.)

4. Phoenicians will be able to float in their pools and watch the alien invasion. (Not the one at the border, the other one.) The Air Force never explained away those lights hovering over the city to my satisfaction. Do aliens have a Myspace page?

3. The red rocks of Sedona are inspiring. I hear you can stand in one of the vortexes and the spirits will speak to you. Of course, spending too much time with liquid spirits will make you see vortexes and rocks will speak to you.

2. Every year, Glendale has the Chocolate Affair. We dip everything in chocolate and watch you eat it. The city invited Fabio for 2008. If he comes, we’ll dip him in chocolate and…

The Number One Reason to Live in Arizona is…

1. You can now walk out over the Grand Canyon without a parachute. A glass “horseshoe” juts out over the canyon so you can walk out and look down. Don’t worry about erosion or earthquakes: this overpriced fair ride cost millions of dollars, so it has to be safe. I wonder if they sell gift certificates. My old boyfriend needs a vacation.


Friends 6

Friends 6 is dedicated to Tessa Rae, who invited me to park on her
Myspace page and contact her friends. Thank you for your
generous offer. Santa has something big in his stocking for you.
To find out more about her naughty Santa book, go to
We now have 300 romance readers, writers, reviewers and
booksellers on the Friends Lists. They want to be your friend on
If you would like your link added, please leave a comment below.
I will not add a link unless I have been given permission to do so.
Friends 6 starts with a book reviewer: