Sunday, August 26, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday Part 2 of 4

Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday! :D

Here is part two of a four part arc from of Glow in the Dark, on sale now!

“Yeah, I had a feeling.” Jake examined Corey’s movements as she laughed with her friend. He could understand where Charlie was coming from to a point. Corey was officially his girlfriend and had been for some time. That made her off-limits.

“You’re not worried?”

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Fall is on the way

Fall is on the way.

You know me as either Dawn Binkley, executive editor at Hellfire Publishing or as one extreme to another (romance to horror) writer, Keira Kroft.

I would like to talk about my favorite season of all…fall.

Football: There is already a cool crispness in the air, here in Oak Lawn. I was able to kill the air conditioning over the last few days and pre-season football started. Now, I will wait patiently for our first official Sunday game of the Chicago Bears game (da Bears!) Late August begins with preseason football my favorite sport of all and then goes on to the full season in September—yeah baby!

Autumn Television: My fall preview (because it only comes to me, lol) TV guide comes in the mail and I actually take their pre-printed schedule out and sit with the family and highlight what shows we will watch. Big Bang Theory and the new Chicago Fire will be on that list for sure. Then I will fill up the DVR for those moments we can spend together watching a little TV, it’s usually only an hour at dinner each day, but we enjoy it. And let us not forget the hot release of all those Christmas romances, squee.

Like: I love the fall season and all that entails and all of the above mentioned bliss is followed by pumpkin (I love anything pumpkin flavored) season, Affy Tapples and the leaves changing. Then comes Halloween, my favorite time of year. It’s not too hot, nor too cold, is it just right. I absolutely adore the costumes, the parties and the horror stories. I have loved that since I was kid. As an adult I have come to be infatuated with the deep lure of Halloween, as have many of you. We are into another century where people are fascinated by ghost, goblins and all the other creatures that go howl in the night.

Love: My two businesses, my writing career and my family and friends. I am anxious to hear what you love most during the fall season and all year long.

Two lucky commenters will win the Hellfire Hot Reads Collection, volume one.

Happy fall!

Dawn Binkley
Executive editor
Hellfire Publishing

Also known as:
Keira Kroft,

Monday, August 20, 2012

Switching to Fanpage

ATTENTION: I will no longer be using the regular Keira Kroft page. Come to Keira Kroft’s fan page where I will be posting my daily q and interacting with my awesome FB friends. I will be using the fan page just the same :) TIP: A like and friend take up the same room on your friend list, so feel free to unfriend and like :) Thank you.!/pages/Keira-Kroft/171750936213533

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday Part 1 of 4

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Here is part one of a four part arc from of Glow in the Dark, on sale now!

“Should we go find him?” Boyd asked.

“Nah.” Jake sipped his sugar-polluted coffee.

“You know, I think he has a thing for Corey.”

I knew it, Jake thought.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday

Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday! :D

Here are six more sentences of Glow in the Dark, on sale now!

 Tears filling her eyes, Corey laced her arm around Charlie’s and they walked out.

 Emptiness filled him, but he made no move to chase after her as their forms disappeared through the crowd. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. But she’d hurt him first, right?

      He caught everyone’s glare and knew he’d been the jerk in the first place. God, I’m just a jealous idiot.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bloody Mary

Some people that I have talked to on the subject think that Resurrection Mary and Bloody Mary are the same person. They are not. I am here to tell you the story of Mary Worth, so that you can compare it to yesterday’s blog and see that there is a difference. But I don’t mind, both are very interesting stories. The first difference is that Bloody a drink... :)

Bloody Mary Recipe

Nothing is better in the morning (as a brunch cocktail or hangover cure) or on a cold day than the spicy tomato flavor of a Bloody Mary. You can make it as spicy or mild as you want, using either more or less hot sauce, or (better yet) add the spice of tequila by making a Bloody Maria. Bloody Marys are often garnished with a celery stalk, but many will either use a pickle spear or both. For a non-alcoholic version try a Virgin Mary and you can also make a pitcher-sized batch by using a Bloody Mary mix like this one.

•3 oz tomato juice or I prefer V8, especially a spicy one
•1 1/2 oz vodka
•1 dash of Worcestershire sauce or I prefer Louisiana Hot Sauce
•celery salt
•celery stalk for garnish
•lime wedge for garnish

1. Build the liquid ingredients in a highball glass over ice cubes.
2. Mix well.
3. Add the seasonings to taste.
4. Squeeze lime, drop in and Garnish with celery stalk.

Read below and then prepare the drink from above, rather quickly, to calm your nerves.

The other Bloody Mary~ The Scary One.

Historically, the ritual encouraged young women to walk up a flight of stairs backwards while holding a candle and a hand mirror, in a darkened house. As they gazed into the mirror, they were supposed to be able to catch a view of their future husband's face. There was, however, a chance that they would see a skull (or the face of the Grim Reaper) instead, indicating that they were destined to die before they married.

In the present day, the summoning ritual requires that the lead participant must not look directly for Bloody Mary, but at their own image in the mirror. Variations of the incantation ritual involves: the number of times Bloody Mary's name is called; spinning (or not) after every repetition of the name; and the adding of the phrase "I've got your baby." The modern ritual addition of taunting Bloody Mary regarding her baby indicates the legendary figure's tenuous connection to Queen Mary I, also known as "Bloody Mary", whose life was marked by a number of miscarriages or false pregnancies

Bloody Mary allegedly appears as a corpse, a witch or a ghost; sometimes covered in blood. The lore surrounding the ritual (if she is summoned properly) states that participants may endure the apparition screaming at them, cursing them, strangling them, stealing their body or soul, or drinking their blood.

Troxler's fading and self hypnosis have been posited as explanations for the Bloody Mary phenomena.

In popular culture
The legend of Bloody Mary has served as inspiration for a number of movies and television shows dealing with the supernatural.

Description according to the TV Show Supernatural
In suburban Nebraska, a group of partying high school teens jokingly dare their friend Charlie (guest star Marnette Patterson) to look into the mirror and repeat 'Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary," not knowing this will unleash a series of mysterious murders. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) realize that Bloody Mary has the power to travel through all reflective surfaces when she is hunting a victim. Worried that teens are accidentally summoning Bloody Mary, Sam and Dean race to destroy the violent spirit before she can kill again.  add in website.

Full Synopsis
Toledo, Ohio: House: Focusing in on a girl party, three young girls are having a slumber party and playing "Truth or Dare". One girls asks another girl, Lilly, an embarassing "would you want to make out with..." question. Lilly doesn't answer it and is forced to do a dare. The dare was to say "Bloody Mary" 3 times in the bathroom, which Lilly does and is scared when her 2 friends shake the door in order to scare her. Then Lilly's dad, Steven Shoemaker, asks them to quiet down, then he goes into the bathroom, looks in a mirror and his eyes start to bleed. An older sister walks in "past curfew" and goes upstairs and sees her father on the floor, dead. Read More


I was at a party once and we played the Bloody Mary game. I went into the bathroom, turned off the light and said bloody Mary, three times...suddenly there was this face behind my shoulder and I could see it in the pitch black. Everyone else that went in the bathroom ran out screaming, with the same claims. Was it real? Or were our minds playing tricks on us? They say that groups of people drinking can invoke group paranoia. Did the owners of the apartment have something rigged up in the bathroom?  I will never know, because I won’t be doing that again.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Six Sentence Sunday.

 Have an awesome Saturday!
Cheers and Hugs,

Friday, August 10, 2012

Resurrection Mary

Good Morning and welcome to the tie-in to today’s daily Facebook question.

 Daily GTKY question: What spooky legend have you grown up, hearing about, perhaps even believing?

My answer is Resurrection Mary. I grew up not too far away from Resurrection Cemetery and have gone down Archer road on many spooky nights and swearing to God, that I have seen her.

Do you think that, me and the thousands of other Chicagoans that believe, are crazy? Tell us what you think. And tell us about your spooky local legend.

Disbelievers say that this pictures like these are fake. Experiencing it first-hand myself, I’s probably the real deal.

The following Information is provided by the Internet.
Resurrection Mary is a well-known Chicago area ghost story. Of the "vanishing hitchhiker" type, the story takes place outside Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois, a few miles southwest of Chicago.

Since the 1930s, several men driving northeast along Archer Avenue between the Willowbrook Ballroom and Resurrection Cemetery have reported picking up a young female hitchhiker. This young woman is dressed somewhat formally in a white party dress and is said to have light blond hair and blue eyes. There are other reports that she wore a thin shawl, dancing shoes, that she carried a small clutch purse, and/or that she was very quiet. When the driver nears the Resurrection Cemetery, the young woman asked to be let out, whereupon she disappeared into the cemetery. According to the Chicago Tribune, "full-time ghost hunter" Richard Crowe has collected "three dozen . . . substantiated" reports of Mary from the 1930s to the present.

Mary’s Story
The story goes that Mary had spent the evening dancing with a boyfriend at the Oh Henry Ballroom. At some point, they got into an argument and Mary stormed out. Even though it was a cold winter’s night, she thought she would rather face a cold walk home than spend another minute with her boyfriend.

She left the ballroom and started walking up Archer Avenue. She had not gotten very far when she was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, who fled the scene leaving Mary to die. Her parents found her and were grief-stricken at the sight of her dead body. They buried her in Resurrection Cemetery, wearing a beautiful white dancing dress and matching dancing shoes. The hit-and-run driver was never found.

 Reported sightings
Jerry Palus, a Chicago southsider, reported that in 1939 he met a person who he came to believe was Resurrection Mary at the Liberty Grove and Hall at 47th and Mozart (and not the Oh Henry/Willowbrook Ballroom). They danced and even kissed and she asked him to drive her home along Archer Avenue, exiting the car and disappearing in front of Resurrection Cemetery.

Burned section of the front gate bars.
In 1973, Resurrection Mary was said to have shown up at Harlow's nightclub, on Cicero Avenue on Chicago's southwest side. That same year, a cab driver came into Chet's Melody Lounge, across the street from Resurrection Cemetery, to inquire about a young lady who had left without paying her fare.

There were said to be sightings in 1976, 1978, 1980, and 1989, which involved cars striking, or nearly striking, Mary outside Resurrection Cemetery. Mary disappears, however, by the time the motorist exits the car.

She also reportedly burned her handprints into the wrought iron fence around the cemetery, in August 1976, although officials at the cemetery have stated that a truck had damaged the fence and that there is no evidence of a ghost.

In a January 31, 1979 article in the Suburban Trib, columnist Bill Geist detailed the story of a cab driver, Ralph, who picked up a young woman – "a looker. A blonde. . .she was young enough to be my daughter - 21 tops" – near a small shopping center on Archer Avenue.

 "A couple miles up Archer there, she jumped with a start like a horse and said 'Here! Here!' I hit the brakes. I looked around and didn't see no kind of house. 'Where?' I said. And then she sticks out her arm and points across the road to my left and says 'There!' And that's when it happened. I looked to my left, like this, at this little shack. And when I turned she was gone. Vanished! And the car door never opened. May the good Lord strike me dead, it never opened."

Geist described Ralph as "neither an idiot nor a maniac, but rather [in Ralph's own words] 'a typical 52-year-old working guy, a veteran, father, Little League baseball coach, churchgoer, the whole shot'. Geist goes on to say: "The simple explanation, Ralph, is that you picked up the Chicago area's preeminent ghost: Resurrection Mary."

There was a movie a few years ago based on the so-called “legend”.

For those of you that need more information, here is website dedicated to the subject of “Resurrection Mary.”

Our recent cool, Halloween like weather has inspired my spooky side. So I decided to add in another blog or too, feating the supernatural and other scary subjects. Many people think that Bloody Mary and Resurrection Mary are the same person, but in fact they are not. Come back tomorrow to see the difference.

To catch a great scary story in the meantime...check out Hellfire Publishing...where the “Scary and Supernatural” are always “in”.

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday

Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday! :D

Here are six more sentences of Glow in the Dark, on sale now!

He whirled around and strode out of the office. Corey Nolan sat at a bar table in the back, wrapped in a blanket. With each footstep he took, tension rose along his spine.

He couldn’t deny it any longer. Something was going on here. He watched as her body shook, fingers trembling as she clutched the blanket around her tighter.

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