Free Read!!! The Awakening – Chapters 11 and 12

Took me long enough but here are the next chapters!  I’ll try to do a couple more this weekend.

Chapter 11 and 12


Monique O’Connor James

Author of The Keepers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu, and The Mulligan Man

Coming Soon:  Becoming Jolie


Free Read! The Awakening – Chapters 3 & 4

I promised you chapters 3 & 4 today, so here you go!  Hope you enjoy!

Chapters 3 & 4



Monique O’Connor James

Author of The Keepers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu & The Mulligan Man from Astraea Press

Coming May 2012 – Becoming Jolie from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing

Ghost Stories Part 1 – The Myrtles

I’ve decided to insert a series of ghost stories into my blog purely for your enjoyment.  I’ve gathered these from here and there, and as far as I know they are told in earnest.  If you’re like me the thrill comes just as much from speculation as seeing or hearing something!

I’ll start with one of my favorite places in the world, The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana.  The Myrtles websites touts it as one of America’s most haunted homes.  Here in Louisiana, it’s a popular place to spend Halloween night, if you have the cojones. 

The home was built circa 1796 and the stories about the ongoing hauntings have websites dedicated to both debunking and proving their validity.  Whatever you believe, visitors and paranormal investigators alike claim to have witnessed the sights and sounds of a truly haunted house.

Here are some of the ghost who haunt The Myrtles:

1.  Chloe – A slave who allegedly poisoned two children and was subsequently hung on the property.

2.  The ghost of those children have been seen playing on the Veranda.

3.  William Drew Winter – lived at the Myrtles in the Mid 1800’s.  It was reported that he was shot on the porch by a stranger.  William left the porch just after the shooting and began to make his way to the second floor.  It is said that he died on the 17th step and that the sound of his footsteps can still be heard.

4.  The ghosts of several slaves have approached visitors asking if there is any work for them.

5.  People have reported that the grand piano in the home often plays by itself.

Even with all the spooks who hang around, The Myrtles is one of the most beautiful plantation homes in South Louisiana. Put this one on your list of must see locations should you find yourself in this neck of the woods!


Monique O’Connor James author of The Keepers, Jamais Vu and The Mulligan Man available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Coming Early 2012:  Deja Vu; Coming Summer 2012:  Becoming Jolie

A Web of Dreams

I don’ know about you, but dreams have always been of huge interest to me.  Maybe, it’s because as a child I suffered from night terrors and nightmares.  That’s probably where I gained interest in delving into those visions and finding out exactly what was going on in my brain.  Then when my son was born, he followed in my footsteps and not only awakened us with night terrors, but also became a chronic sleepwalker. 

It’s fascinating the way our subconscious takes everything that has occurred within a given time frame and dumps it into a dream.  The dreams seldom make sense and usually run together further confusing the meaning.  The idea that our mind comes to terms with our experiences through dreams has been of such interest to me that I wrote an entire novel about it.  In Jamais Vu, Darby struggles with the idea that by tweaking her dreams, she can alter her reality and bring back the dead. 

I thought I’d share with you some of the more common symbols in dreams and provide you with the opportunity to reflect on your own night visions and what they mean.  Hope you enjoy.

1.  Animals – Instinctual actions and emotions.  The personality traits that come to mind when you think of the animal in your dream may be ones that you are repressing.

2.  Blood – Emotional upheaval.  You probably feel like there are people in your life who are black holes of need, who suck the wind from your sails.

3.  Cars – Freedom or being in control.

4.  Death – Death rarely represents someone dying.  It is usually the reflection of some change in your life or the lives of those around you.

5.  Fire – Arousing passion or sexuality.  Fire can also represent a cleansing of emotions.

6.  Naked – Suggests feeling vulnerable or perhaps afraid some action you were trying to hide will be exposed to others.

7.  Ocean – The subconscious itself.  If the water is calm so is your mind, but if its turbulent you may be under stress.

8.  People – usually projections of ourselves and in them we see aspects of our own personalities.

9.  Tree – A symbol of knowledge and learning

10.  Weather – usually the weather in your dream reflects your general emotional state.

Have you ever researched the meaning of a dream?  Have you ever had the same dream more than once?

Dreams play a huge roll in our mind’s ability to come to terms with our problems and goals.  Next time you are off in your own dreamland, try to make note of the symbols and see if you can figure out what they mean about your life and the current state of your emotional well-being.


Monique O’Connor James

Author of:  The Keepers, Jamais Vu, The Mulligan Man all available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Coming in Early 2012:  Deja Vu;  Coming Summer 2012:  Becoming Jolie