National Ghost Hunting Day!

Melissa Snark

Mystery and romance go naturally together. Victoria Storm, the heroine of my paranormal urban fantasy series, is a spiritualist and often plays at psychic detective. Originally, I wrote Hunter’s Mark for an All Hallow’s Eve anthology. What better crime for my heroine to solve than a decades old murder?

While researching, I read a great deal about various haunted locations in Arizona. The state’s tumultuous history is just full of colorful tales of the spooky supernatural.

Ultimately, I chose the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott Arizona as the perfect setting for my tale of intertwined historical and modern intrigue. The Grand Balcony Suite on the fourth floor is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young widow, Faith, whose husband mysteriously vanished in 1927 while they were on their honeymoon.  I changed the names and the places, but Faith’s story became the inspiration for Hunter’s Mark.

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ER Nurse Victoria Storm anticipates a joyous Winter Nights ceremony with her wolf-shifter pack, but a determined hunter upsets all her plans. Daniel Barrett wants her help because he suspects a ghost is behind his friend’s disappearance. As a pagan priestess and spirit-speaker, she can discover things he can’t. He’s as sexy as he is persistent–she finds him impossible to refuse. Throw in a trip to a remote Arizona town, a haunted hotel, and a lost gold mine, and their evening is about to get interesting.

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 Author Melissa Snark lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband, three children, and a glaring of litigious felines. She reads and writes fantasy and romance, and is published with The Wild Rose Press & Nordic Lights Press. She is a coffeeoholic, chocoholic, and a serious geek girl. Her Loki’s Wolves series stems from her fascination with wolves and mythology.

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  • My mother has seen a ghost and this is NOT a woman given to flights of fancy.

    She awoke one night sensing someone near. It was not one of her young children as she had first thought, but it was a child. A young girl of about 7 or 8 years old. She wore a long nightgown and flowing hair. My mother said she was not afraid at all and then in the blink of an eye the child was gone.

    We were living in an old house at the time, but research indicated that no girls matching her description had ever lived there. Who was she?

  • Nope – no sure if I believe in them but glad I’ve never had to put it to the test! Lol

  • Have never seen a ghost myself, but with the way things disappear around here all the time and all the odd sounds at night, one may be hanging around.


  • Yes, absolutely; grew up in a house that had at least one incorporeal “guest” in it (house was built in the 1800’s). Often heard knocks and footsteps, even when no one else was around. Would hear muffled talking and music when there was no TV or radio turned on. Every time you would call out, or go looking, the sounds would stop and you would find yourself alone. We believed it was a Civil War soldier; when it appeared, it was wearing a gray/green uniform; it would only appear for a moment, then was gone. Any time that happened, something catastrophic would follow (a bad accident, fire, even death). Several times items would go missing, or turn up in the most unlikely of places (my mom’s sewing thimble disappeared off her chair, and re-appeared several weeks later, in a folded pillow case in the linen cupboard).
    My father moved to assisted living in the last six months of his life, so had the power and water shut off. After he passed, my husband and son were out there one day picking up some furniture. They were in the 1st upstairs (this house had two; the other was the old servants’ quarters. There was NO connecting room or door between the two; you had to enter each separately, and NO power or water). While my husband and son were moving the furniture, they heard music playing. When they told me about it, I told them there was a music box, in the 2nd upstairs, in a closed dresser drawer. I retrieved it, and turned it on (it was shut off). The same melody played. My son turned several shades of white, and swore he would never go back.
    The last time I was there, as I walked around from the front door to the back, something…. gray and formless, darted out in front of me, as if it had exited the side of the house (from a boarded up doorway). It was small and low to the ground, and resembled a cloud. It wasn’t a cat or dog or coon. I saw it, and it was gone before I could even react.
    The house is gone now; bulldozed down and buried.I often wonder; if it WAS haunted, did the ghosts finally move on, or did they move “in” with someone else?

  • Yes; it looked like a small cloud or patch of fog. It appeared and disappeared so fast I didn’t have a chance to react. It was at the house where I grew up.

  • no I haven’t ever seen a ghost

  • No No, but I’d love to…as long as it wasn’t a poltergeist.

  • Hi Snarky Mom,
    Thank you so much for having me as your guest for Snarktember!

  • I haven’t really seen one but We have one in the house. It messes with the blinds, changes the temperature and basically just does little nuisances.

  • Lea Ann Edwards

    I haven’t seen a ghost, but my grandmother told a story about something that happened to her. She was asleep and someone started pulling on her covers. She hung onto them and yelled at my grandfather to stop. Turns out, he was asleep. He woke up and turned the light on and no one was there! She always said it was the angel of death and if she had let go of her covers she would have died. I had nightmares after she told that story!

  • Yes, I have seen many ghosts. Although, most people would probably call me crazy.

  • Yes I have seen a ghost. I saw my grandmother’s ghost visit me a lot after she pass away. I guess she was letting me know that she was happy in heaven