Thursday, October 3, 2013

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Guest-blogging with me today as part of her blog tour is my old friend, Marilyn Meredith. Marilyn is the author of over thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series. She borrows a lot from where she lives in the Southern Sierra for the town of Bear Creek and the surrounding area, including the nearby Tule River Indian Reservation. She does like to remind everyone that she is writing fiction. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Visit her at and follow her blog at  Read to the end for news of her blog tour contest and a link to where you can buy Spirit Shapes.

Kris and I have known each other for a long time. I’ve done several talks at her wonderful book store, The Well Red Coyote in Sedona Arizona.

In my opinion, Sedona is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. The town is also known for all of its artists and craftsmen and for its intriguing mystical and spiritual leanings. Because of the latter, I thought it might be fun to discuss some of the mystical and spiritual things in Spirit Shapes.

Because a lot of the story in Spirit Shapes, my latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, takes place in a haunted house, of course there are ghosts. Do I believe in ghosts? Sure, I even live in a haunted house. Haunted by whom? I have no idea. I only know that doors open and shut on their own and our two cats see things we can’t. I don’t know why our ghosts don’t move on, but in Spirit Shapes Tempe finds out the answers.

Evil spirits play a big part in Spirit Shapes and yes, I do believe in evil spirits. I don’t see how anyone can live in our world today and not see evil spirits at work. All you need do is turn on the evening news to see what horror evil spirits have done or prompted people to do.

And the most spiritual of all characters in this book are angels. Their appearance is brief but mighty. Once more my answer is I do believe in angels. I think they are present in our world and busy protecting us. Unfortunately, the news doesn’t give as much attention to miracles angels are responsible for.

As an author, I enjoyed adding these mystical and spiritual creatures to Spirit Shapes and I hope you’ll enjoy reading about them.


The person who comments on the most blogs on this blog tour will have the opportunity to have a character named after him or her in the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.

Tomorrow I’ll be visiting at

Blurb for Spirit Shapes:

Ghost hunters stumble upon a murdered teen in a haunted house. Deputy Tempe Crabtree's investigation pulls her into a whirlwind of restless spirits, good and evil, intertwined with the past and the present, and demons and angels at war.

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    1. It's great having you here, Marilyn! Congrats on your new publication! My cat seems to see spirits, too. We always say he sees dead people, because he sure talks to someone at night when we're asleep. I also believe in angels. Welcome, and thanks for blogging.

  2. Hi Marilyn,
    I'm looking forward to reading your book. Sedona is one of the places on my to-visit list. From what I've heard, it is a perfect setting for a "spirit" mystery.

    1. Hi Kathleen, I'm headed to Portland. Thanks for visiting. The book is not set in Sedona, I'm just visiting here today.

  3. I'm hooked on your books now Marilyn. I enjoy the stories and at the same time I wouldn't be hesitant to give them to my Aunties as gifts. Great stories and no potty mouth.

  4. Marilyn, You took on a mighty big topic for your new book and I'm looking forward to it.
    Marja McGraw

  5. Hi, Marilyn, More and more I'm interested in reading SPIRIT SHAPES. I also have writer friends living in Sedona who really feel the spiritual atmosphere there. You're really getting around these days. Enjoy! Paul

    1. I love Sedona, Paul, but my book is set in the So. Cal. Sierra.

  6. Hi Marilyn! Can't wait to see you at Branches in Oakhurst, Nov. 1. I agree with your comments about the supernatural. I too believe in good, evil and lost spirits. Looking forward to another good read.

  7. I'm looking forward to seeing you there, Virginia. It's been too long.

  8. Looking forward to reading you series!

  9. The more I read about this book, the more I have to read it. Can't wait.

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