Welcome to the “BLOOD/CRIMSON” Blog Tour! @OverbeckRandy @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #RRBC

Hello, dear friends!  Welcome to day 2 of the “BLOOD/CRIMSON” Blog tour!  Please, sit back and enjoy this post by my guest, Author, Randy Overbeck, and after reading, take the time to learn more about him below.  

My guest will be giving away (by random draw)…

(1) e-book copy of either of his books listed below

(1) $10 Amazon gift card. 

For your chance to win, please merely leave him a comment below.

Take it away, Randy!

DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?

During my author talks and book signings for my new ghost story/mystery, BLOOD ON THE CHEASAPEAKEat least, before the pandemic—this is the most common question I’d receive from participants, sometimes offered with an inflection that conveyed the speakers’ incredulity. It was almost as if the person were saying, “Only children and idiots believe in ghosts.”

            The short answer to that question is yes, but I prefer Shakespeare’s eloquence, “There is more to heaven and earth, Horatio, than is dreamt of in your philosophy.” (That’s from Hamlet, by the way.) For those not fluent in Shakespearian English, he is simply saying there are just a great many things we simply can’t explain…and ghosts are one of these.

            My skeptics are surprised to learn that the belief in ghosts is quite widespread among Americans. According to two studies conducted in the last few years (Harris Poll, 2003 and Huntington Post, 2017) approximately half of Americans report that they believe in ghosts (48%). And an amazing one in five confirm they’ve experienced an actual encounter with a spirit from the other side.

            In fact, if you are born into a faith community anywhere across the globe, your belief system includes a belief in ghosts and spirits of the dead. For example, Catholics preach that ghosts are “evil spirits that lead you to sin.” Judaism includes the belief in several ghosts including the “dybbuk,” a ghost of a dead person who can possess another for malevolent reasons. Muslims believe in mischievous ghosts called “jinns”—which are better known in the Western world as genies.  Buddhists subscribe to the belief in “hungry ghosts” who exist on another plane, and should be treated with compassion rather than feared. The religions of all Native American tribes include the belief in ghosts such as the evil “Skinwalkers”  of Navaho mythology. Of course, this is a partial list, but you get the idea.

            These skeptics are even more surprised to learn that a number of famous scientists, inventors, statesmen and celebrities openly profess their belief in ghosts.  Marie Curie, the only woman to win two Nobel prizes for her work with radioactive elements—and was the subject of the recent Netflix film, Radioactive—also believed in ghosts and attended seances. Thomas Edison, who holds more pattens than any other American, confided to a reporter he was working on a “spirit phone” so he could talk to the dead. Dale Earnhardt, Jr, (known in racing circles as simply Junior) has won more NASCAR races than I could name, but almost died more than fifteen years ago. In 2004, he wrecked in the LeMans Race in Sonoma, CA and was trapped inside a burning car. He says a ghost pulled him from the wreck and saved his life. Also, Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan were very candid about their belief in ghosts. These are merely a few examples.

Overall, I’d say I was in pretty good company.

So as I imagined, drafted, and created the novels in my new series, the Haunted Shores Mysteries, I was intrigued enough about the possibilities of the spirit world to wrap each  cold case murder mystery inside an eerie ghost story. Of course, readers don’t need to believe in ghosts to enjoy these narratives as there is so much more to savor. In each novel, they  encounter a perplexing whodunit, a captivating romance, spectacular scenery and a compelling social issue—all this in addition to an eerie ghost story. The first entry in the series, BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE, was published last year by the Wild Rose Press and earned rave reviews and even picked up two national awards. 

The second installment in the series, CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY, was released this summer and it quickly garnered two ★★★★★ reviews and a national award, the Gold Award from Literary Titan. CRIMSON follows our hero, Darrell Henshaw—teacher, coach and paranormal sensitive—to the incredible resort town at the tip of New Jersey. There, he is stalked by the Haunted Bride, who is desperate for him to seek justice for her, and many more victimized girls. 

 

AUTHOR BIO…

Dr. Randy Overbeck is a veteran educator who has served children as a teacher and school leader. For more than three decades, his educational experiences have included responsibilities ranging from coach and yearbook advisor to principal and superintendent and he’s lived the roles of many of the characters in his stories. An accomplished writer, he has been published in trade journals, professional texts and newspapers as well as in fiction, with his third published novel. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop. When he’s not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Twitter: @OverbeckRandy

Facebook:  Author Randy Overbeck

Website:  Author, Randy Overbeck

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46 Comments

  1. Hi Nonnie, Hi Randy,
    Randy, I truly believe we only see a small shadow of what really is. Your Books in this Series sound engaging, and I look forward to reading one of them.

    Nonnie, thank you for hosting Randy.

    Shalom aleichem

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    • Randy Overbeck

      And I look forward to hearing what you think of my novel

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  2. What a great post about ghosts, Randy. I didn’t know these facts about Marie Curie and these other scientists. Your books sounds fascinating.

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    • Randy Overbeck

      Thanks for the kudos, Roberta. When I did the research, I was really surprised by how many famous, intelligent, successful people believe in ghosts.

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      • It is interesting. I’ve never had an encounter with a ghost but I’ve read some very interesting literature about paranormal experiences.

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  3. Sandra Dailey

    I believe ghosts exist. I’ve been married to my husband for 40 years. He’s a ghost magnet. Where ever he goes they show up. It’s been that way all his life. I don’t see them, but I can often smell them – flowers, perfume, piper tobacco, etc… They sometimes leave coins for my husband. Usually at night on the bedroom floor and sometimes in the bed. You get used to it after a while. We don’t even mention it anymore.

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    • Sandra, thanks for supporting Randy!

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    • Randy Overbeck

      That is quite the testimony. I’ve talked with several people who’ve had encounters but not very many like your husband.

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter

      Wow! What an experience.

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  4. roxburkey

    I, like Karen, do believe in ghosts and spirits. I am fascinated by these books and your perspective, Randy. Thanks for hosting Nonnie. Looks great!

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    • Randy Overbeck

      Glad to receive your comments and hope my writing lives up to your expectations.

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    • Thanks for supporting Randy, Rox! I believe in spirits, ghosts – but, are they considered the same?

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    • Randy Overbeck

      In both novels, tried to stay close to what has been documented about ghosts–with some literary license, of course. I’d love to hear what you think after you’ve read them.

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  5. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Hello Randy.

    You have an interesting take on ghosts and I like it.

    Thanks and Congratulations!

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    • Randy Overbeck

      I think you might enjoy my take on ghosts in the novels–as close to reality as I could do in a fiction.

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    • So glad you like Randy’s story, Shirley! Thanks for supporting his tour!

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  6. Randy Overbeck

    Thanks for hosting me, Nonnie. It came out well.

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    • You are so very welcome, Randy! The crowd loves your story, so I guess it did!

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  7. Hi, Randy. I have no doubt that ghosts exist. Whether they are visible to everyone is debatable. I’m not certain if it’s a matter of ability or open mindedness. In any event, I enjoyed your post and will look forward to reading your book.

    Nonnie, thank you for the introduction to Dr. Overbeck and for your usual gracious hosting!

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    • Karen, I’ve been very surprised by the interesting response not the ghost aspect of the books. I’ll be looking forward to hearing what you think of the novel.

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    • Awwwww, Karen, you’re always so sweet! Thank you and thanks for supporting Randy!

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  8. Please enjoy your tour, Randy! I’ve already purchased Blood on the Chesapeake and I look forward to reading it. Thanks for hosting, Nonnie!

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    • Randy Overbeck

      Thanks Linda! Let me know what you think of the first novel in the Haunted Shores Mysteries series,

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      • I’ll be happy to!

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    • Way to go, Linda! Thanks for supporting Randy!

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  9. Hi Randy, what an interesting post! As fate would have it, I’m that “1 in 5” who’s experienced some out-of-this-world phenomena. All I can say is once it happened, it really changed my perspective on a lot of things. Randy, please accept my sincere congratulations and best wishes for your continued success. Nonnie, thanks for sharing this with all of us.

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    • Randy Overbeck

      Isn’t is interesting how many people have shared your experience? One reason the response to my novels have been good, I think.

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    • You’re welcome, Donna!

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  10. Hi, Randy. I’ve had quite a few experiences with ‘ghosts’ and am a firm believer that there are many more mysteries and dimensions than will ever be fully understood. Or even partially understood. I am excited about reading your books. Thank, you, Nonnie, for hosting Randy today!

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    • Thanks for supporting Randy, Patty!

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    • Randy Overbeck

      Thanks for your interest. Please be sure to let me know what you think of my fictional take on ghosts.

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  11. Hi, Randy. Great insight into the demographics of people and their belief in ghosts. I am one of those 5 who has had a direct experience with seeing an apparition and it was not at all frightening. In fact, it felt rather comforting. I just finished “Blood on the Chesapeake” and it garnered a 5-star review from me! Great storytelling and the romance thrown in was the perfect combination for me! Enjoy your tour!

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    • Randy Overbeck

      Thanks so much for your kind words.

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    • I’m sure Randy really appreciates that review, Jan! Thanks!

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  12. Most interesting, Randy! Enjoy your tour. Thanks Nonnie for hosting.

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  13. Robert Fear

    Thanks for hosting today Nonnie.
    Hi Randy, a very interesting piece on ghosts – thanks for sharing all this info. I have certainly learnt something new today!

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    • Randy Overbeck

      Robert, Glad you found something interesting. I love sharing.

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    • Robert, they say the more we learn, the more we earn but, that doesn’t apply to your comment now does it? Hahaha! Thanks for supporting Randy!

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  14. Great post, Randy! I enjoy believing in ghosts/spirits/lingering energy… whatever one wants to call it. I look forward to reading these books. I’ve already got the first one on my kindle. Thanks for hosting, Nonnie! 🙂

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    • Randy Overbeck

      I’ll be anxious to hear what you think of my ghost story/mystery

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    • Yvette, I love that, lingering energy – now, there is something I do believe to be true even with the living. I don’t welcome certain people into my home because I sense their energy and I don’t want it around my family. Energy does linger – in the living and the dead.

      Thanks for supporting, Randy!

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      • Randy, I agree completely. I am an empath, so I feel people’s energy all the time. I choose my circle by the energy each of them holds within them. 🙂

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  15. Hi Randy, I’ve always been fascinated by ‘unexplained mysteries’ which are great fodder for an author’s imagination!

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    • Randy Overbeck

      Contact with the other side made an interesting part of the narrative. I think you’ll like it.

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    • Somehow I knew you’d enjoy this, Wendy! Hahaha! Thanks for supporting Randy!

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