Born from Death series – Haunted Blog Tour
Ghost stories—what better inspiration for character names can there be? Follow this tour to learn the background for the character names of the Born from Death series.
Ms. Estes is Ilona’s foster mother. The term “mother” is used loosely with her. Although she is abusive to Ilona, Ilona protects her from being hurt, as well as from knowledge of things she can’t handle.
The inspiration of the name:
“The Stanley Hotel has hosted many “famous” guests including The Unsinkable Molly Brown, John Philip Sousa, Theodore Roosevelt, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and a variety of Hollywood personalities. And, of course, the Stanley Hotel hosted Stephen King, whose experience inspired his book, The Shining.
“In addition to its regular guests, the hotel is also said to play host to a number of other worldly visitors. The most notable is F.O. Stanley himself who is most often seen in the lobby and the Billiard Room, which was his favorite room when he was still alive. On one such occasion, he was said to have appeared during a tour group’s visit to the Billiard Room, materializing behind a member of the tour. Bartenders at the old hotel also report having seen F.O. stroll through the bar, disappearing when they try to cut him off at the kitchen.
“Not to be left out, Flora Stanley also haunts the hotel, continuing to entertain guests with her piano playing in the ballroom.
“Employees and guests have reported hearing music coming from the room, and when they take a peek in there, they can see the piano keys moving. However, as soon as someone walks across the thresh-hold to investigate further, the music stops and no more movement can be seen upon the keys of the piano.
“There are several rooms in the hotel that seem to be particularly haunted. One is Room 407, which is said to sometimes be occupied by Lord Dunraven, who owned the land prior to F.O. Stanley. Reportedly, he likes to stand in the corner of the room near the bathroom door. On one such account, witnesses reported that a light in that corner kept turning on and off. While the light was off, they told the ghost that they knew that he was there, they would only be staying two nights, and would he please turn the light back on. The light turned back on. However, later when the lights were turned off and they were trying to sleep, noises were constantly heard from the nearby elevator during a time when the elevator was not in use. At other times, a ghostly face has been reported to be looking out the window of Room 407, when the room is not booked.
“Room 418 gets the most reports of haunting activity apparently from children’s spirits. Cleaning crews report having heard many strange noises from the room, as well as seeing impressions on the bed when the room has been empty. When guests stay in the room, they often report that they hear children playing in the hallway at night. One couple reportedly checked out of the hotel very early in the morning, complaining that the children in the hallway kept them up all night. However, there were no children booked in the hotel at the time.
“Tour guides tell a story of the ghost of a small child who has been seen by many of the staff in various areas of the old hotel. Reportedly, Stephen King also saw the child, who was calling out to his nanny on the second floor.” http://www.legendsofamerica.com/co-estesparkhaunting.html
Awaken from Death
Book 2 of the Born from Death series
The only emotion Ilona can muster is anger for the death of her mother. Barely engaged in life, she focuses all of her energy on finding and punishing her mother’s killer.
Since Ilona can see ghosts, Archer has to find unique ways to hide while watching over her. When Ilona is in danger of being mauled by a dog, he desperately tries something that shouldn’t be possible. And yet he succeeds. This is just the beginning of his discovery of who—what—he truly is.
Lettie continues to interact with Ilona, her one friend, even when a Messenger warns her. Eventually, Lettie remembers the ancient connection Archer and Ilona share, as well as her part in the punishment Archer bore as a result of that connection.
Strong as Death
Book 1 in the Born from Death Series
Ilona runs from her sheltering mother in order to find the truth, why she’s seeing people who are invisible to everyone else. A mysterious boy named Archer guides her through Brooklyn and introduces her to Hendrick, the man who claims to be her father—though he died in 1890. Ilona must discover not only what she must do to rid the city of Soll, a sadistic and powerful spirit, but also what it means to be half ghost. She proves what her mother told her—love is stronger than death.
M.S. Kaye has several published books under her black belt. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband Corey in Jacksonville, Florida, where she tries not to melt in the sun. Find suspense and the unusual at www.BooksByMSK.com.
Haunted Blog Tour schedule:
10/1/15 – Anna Durand – haunted blog tour Hendrick http://www.annadurand.com/born-from-death-series-haunted-blog-tour-guest-post-by-m-s-kaye/
10/5/15 – Colleen Laughlin – haunted blog tour Estes http://www.csmyersmusings.com/
10/6/15 – JM Maurer – haunted blog tour Mary http://www.jmmaurer.com/blog.html?m
10/8/15 – Judy Reynolds – haunted blog tour http://janarichards.blogspot.com/2015/10/haunted-blog-tour-with-ms-kaye.html
10/9/15 – Calisa Selfridge – haunted blog tour Marwell Hall http://wp.me/p1tz0T-1nQ
10/14/15 – Rachael Kosinski – haunted blog tour Balete http://rachaelkosinski.weebly.com
10/16/15 – Jessica Cale – haunted blog tour Casper http://www.authorjessicacale.com/?m=1
10/19/15 – James DiBenedetto – haunted blog tour Turner Ingersoll http://writingdreams.net/blog/
10/24/15 – Angela Scavone – haunted blog tour Dorothy Walpole http://angelascavone.com/
10/27/15 – Helena Fairfax – haunted blog tour Archer Lane http://www.helenafairfax.com/
10/29/16 – Alisha Robinson – haunted blog tour Mr. Clifton http://alisharobinson.com/born-from-death-series-haunted-blog-tour
10/30/15 Tina Gayle – haunted blog tour non-ghost http://www.tinagayle.blogspot.com/
10/31/15 – Rosanna Leo – haunted blog tour Ilona Raynham https://rosannaleoauthor.wordpress.com