Ghosts on the Sand

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Ghosts on the Sand  (Art by Kara Boulden)Strangers emerged from thin air, running toward the fire, shouting to one another in a language I didn’t understand. The watery inferno illuminated their fear-stricken faces. Shadowy figures floated slowly toward the shore, bobbing up and down grotesquely in the shallow water.

Trembling, I closed my eyes and prayed. Was this a nightmare?

Kara Boulden is an exceptional artist and she has agreed to produce a fabulous book cover for me. This is where we are so far. What do you think? I LOVE it.

Juggling work, home, chores and life with my next book release is tough, but I can do it.

Ghosts on the Sand (and other chilling tales) will be released late 2017 or early 2018. It will be a compilation of three or four short stories at the bargain price of $99 for the eBook.

I’m excited for you to read my next venture, and encourage feedback (good or bad), its how I become a better writer. As I head down the road to retirement I realize I’ll never truly retire, so writing will be my new and very pleasurable job.

Toodles, pop back soon!

Ghosts on the Sand

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The sun slid behind a cloak of darkness while I cowered on the sand terrified and alone. A flaming ball of fire burned a path through the darkened sky tumbling towards me. Closing my eyes, I waited to die. An earth-shattering explosion rocked the beach. A volcano of hot gushing water erupted from the waves. Angry flames reached out hungrily, looking for something to devour. Strangers emerged from thin air, running towards the fire, shouting to one another in a language I didn’t understand. The watery inferno illuminated their fear stricken faces. Shadowy figures floated slowly towards the shore, bobbing up and down grotesquely in the shallow water. Trembling I closed my eyes and prayed. Was this a nightmare?

My new book is almost ready for the first round of editing. Here’s a small preview from “Ghosts on the Sand”

This story will feature in a compilation with three other short stories. I’m aiming to release it at the end of the year.

 

Fire and Darkness

Fire and Darkness, is almost ready for my copy editor. This book was originally published back in 2009 as Girl on the Beach. It was my second short story, but the first one I released. Now, it is completely re-edited and I think attractive to a much wider audience. If you like Ghost Stories set in England, this book is for you. It doesn’t fall into any particular genre, but I think would be a light enjoyable read for almost anyone, young and old alike. Have you ever been to Blackpool? Let me give you a taste of my book.

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Alone and terrified I watched the beach come to life. Strangers appeared, born from thin air. They spoke quickly in a different language as they ran towards the water. I looked in the direction they ran and saw something burning ferociously, flames emerging from the waves.

“Hey, what’s happening?” I shouted to a young man close by, but he ignored me. People gathered at the water’s edge, some wading towards the flames, but not getting far, it was too hot. A tiny hand slipped into mine and I looked down to see the tearful dirty face of a young child looking up at me.

And now let me give you a taste of Blackpool.

Blackpool Beach and Tower

Blackpool Beach and Tower

A 99 and a lime-split please

A 99 and a lime-split please

My current book is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

Dead of July – A German Ghost Story (Amazon)

Dead of July – A German Ghost Story (Smashwords)

Dead of July by Sandra Thompson

Hallelujah – The Sun Sets on the Girl on the Beach

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Just in time, one day before my Fiction Writers Conference, I managed to finish the final edit of the final re-write of my first book Girl on the Beach.

It will be a while before its published because the next step is the content edit, followed by the copy-edit, followed by the lay out, then the front and back cover and finally the proof reader. It’s such a great achievement to get this far though. I am so excited. I am re-launching this book in the genre ‘Young Adult’. Are there any young adults out there who would like to be my beta readers?

Exhausted, but happy, I’m going to bed.

My novel Dead of July is available on Amazon and sells at $3.99 for the Kindle edition and $9.99 for the print version.

Girl on the Beach, should be available around Christmas time. Watch out for it.

A Young Girl, A Beach, and a Premonition

My very first book was called Girl on the Beach. It’s loosely based on my own life, and yes I’ve had some very strange experiences. As a newbie to writing, I put this book on Amazon and Smashwords five years ago. It was free for a while. As I became more experienced, I realized that although I got some great feedback on the story, the book needed to be re-written. For the past six months, I have been working on the re-write and I think I’m almost there. I need help with the title though because I’m not sure Girl on the Beach, does it justice.

Set in 1964, this young adult book is about a seven-year old who has a terrifying experience on the beach in the British seaside resort of Blackpool. She appears to be having a nightmare in the middle of the day, and is surrounded by darkness and death. The nightmare haunts her, even after her vacation is over.

Sheila is only seven years old, but has already come to terms with the fact that death isn’t the end of everything. A young cousin, who died of leukemia, visits her often. She is sensitive to wandering spirits, who tend to seek her out. A huge burden to bear for a youngster.

Back to titles. Here are some new ones I’m thinking of.

Nightmare on the Beach

Fear in the Sand

Bad Dreams in Blackpool

It’s probably hard to decide when you haven’t read the story, but any help is appreciated. When I re-launch the book do I change the cover too?

Girl on the Beach by Sandra Thompson

Demons be Gone – A Ghost Story (the end)

Blackpool Beach“Yes mum, I remember Blackpool Beach, I got lost and you came and collected me from the ‘Lost Children’s Van. I had to eat your ice cream because it was melting.  I thought I would never see you again. I had a nightmare which seemed so real. I was scared, but you came back and made everything right.”

It was more than a nightmare, I thought to myself, it was a premonition of a plane crash, a crash that made the news a week later. A crash that killed someone my mother loved.

“We had a lovely time in Blackpool didn’t we? You were a good girl, you saw way too many things a child should never see.”

Did my mum mean the regular beatings my fist dad gave her, or did she know about my premonition on Blackpool beach?

“You and I were close, we did lots together. We struggled through life on a hope and a prayer until I met your step dad.” she continued.

She’s right. I thought, We lived on very little other than love and the clothes on our back. 

“Mum, I wasn’t very nice to my step dad was I”

“You were a teenager, he understood. He never stopped loving you.”

“How do I put things right? How do I feel good about myself again?”

“Live for the future,” she said “like who you see in the mirror. Treat people well and live a good life. If you do this, you will reap what you sow.”

I smelled Lilly of the Valley again, my mother’s favorite perfume. I was surrounded by warmth and love, but I felt my mother pull away. I wanted her to stay, but knew she must leave. 

“Mum, I love you. I’m sorry for all I put you through. Are you happy?”

I couldn’t see her smile, but I felt it. “Your dad says hello. His heart is strong now and we go for long walks together. Don’t grieve for us because we are with you all of the time.”

She faded away and all I saw was the sun, golden and beautiful, shining through the trees. A new day was dawning and with it a new me. The demons were gone and I had my whole life ahead of me. 

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My first novel DEAD OF JULY is available on Amazon by clicking on the link below.

A German Ghost Story

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Rehab for ‘Guy at the Bar’

It’s time!

My first short story describes the events that happened after a young girl met a stranger in her local pub. He was called Guy, hence the name ‘Guy at the Bar’.

I had a lot of fun writing and then publishing this story, but now, with three stories under my belt, I know it needs some work. I re-read it a couple of weeks ago, editing it as I went along. There was a lot of editing which tells me that it’s time to send Guy to Re-hab.

Re-hab means spending time with Amy Eye my trusted and patient editor. I didn’t know much about editing when I released my first story. I just wanted to be a writer.

‘Guy at the Bar’ will be back next year, and it will be the story I intended it to be.

This story is set in the early seventies in a small village called Brompton-on-Swale in North Yorkshire.

 

 

 

 

‘Dead of July’

What can I say other than I am proud of this book, which will be published in March 2013. Almost there!

‘Dead of July’ happened in Dortmund, Germany. It is set in the early eighties and is and exciting story with a paranormal twist.

 

 

 

 

 

This book has had some great reviews and will remain on Amazon for a little while longer before I take it down and have my editor do her magic with it.

Girl on the Beach (UK)

Girl on the Beach (US)

Below is one of the reviews I received for this book. Not bad for a novice.

A good story, told very well. Sort of a ghost story, without being macabre or creepy. As another reviewer mentioned, you can see early on what’s going to happen, but you don’t mind because it is so well-crafted and paints such a vivid picture of the author’s childhood. I highly recommend it.

‘Girl on the Beach’ starts in Blackpool, Lancashire and then moves to ‘Summerhouse’ county Durham. Time period is the mid sixties.

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Writing is a hobby, which I would like to turn into a career. Since 2009, when I started publishing my books, I have learned a great deal and when ‘Dead of July’ is published, I will be proud to put my name to it.

All about the Girl – Sandra Thompson

Welcome to my blog. If you have visited before, you will know that I write short ghost stories, which have more truth to them than I care to think about. I am never alone, and constantly talk to my late mother. I don’t see here, but I know she is here.

Hi Mum!

My first published short story ‘Girl on the Beach’ is a tribute to my mother. She struggled to raise me and gave me all she could afford, Being a single mum was tough in the sixties, but it made us very close. I have many stories to tell about how we struggled. One day, when the time is right, I may share them.

‘Girl on the Beach’ is about the vacation I spent with my mother in Blackpool. When I talk about my mum ‘putting her face on’ it brings tears to my eyes. I remember watching her as she sat at the dressing table and carefully applied her make-up. She was beautiful without it.

Girl on the Beach (UK)

Girl on the Beach (US)

 

 

 

 

 

My second short story, is actually the first one I wrote. ‘Guy at the Bar’ is about my life as a troubled teen who lived in a small village in North Yorkshire. It is also about the relationship with my stepfather, who was a good man and tried hard to win my trust and affection. I resented him for a long time, not because he wasn’t my ‘real dad’ but because I was jealous of the attention my mother gave him. My stepfather was good to me and eventually we got along. ‘Guy at the Bar’ reflects our relationship and how patient he was.

Both stories have a ghostly, paranormal and mystical thread running through them, as does my life.

Guy at the Bar Amazon

Guy at the Bar Amazon UK

 

‘Dead of July’ is my first full length novel and I am proud of this book. It is currently with my editor and will be published in March of 2013. ‘Dead of July’ is about a young lady who lives with her British Military husband in Dortmund, Germany. She really does get herself into trouble. As well as the ‘usual suspects’ from beyond the grave, she also manages to get entangled with the Russian Mafia.

As I wait for ‘Dead of July’ to be edited I am working on my fourth book, ‘September Souls’, which was started in 1940 by my stepfather. He started writing ‘September Souls’ whilst serving in the army in the World War II and unfortunate enough to be in London during the Blitz. Fearing he may die, he mailed the first couple of chapters of this story to his father. These chapters lay in a drawer, forgotten, until after my dad died. When I found them, I cried, but knew I had to finish the story in his honor.

It is tough to finish something that was started over seventy years ago, but I want to make him proud. I believe that with the help of my wonderful editor, Amy Eye, I will.

So now you know about me. If you like you can Follow me on Facebook

As well as this blog I have a very humble website Words From Beyond

I love photography and travelling. You can follow my adventures, photographs and general ramblings on Travel Tales and Mishaps

I hope you feel like you know me now. Yes, I do still have premonitions, usually when I am least expecting them. I also have dreams that quite often come true. I have been excited about something for quite some time now. Maybe it is my upcoming novel, but I know something really good is going to happen soon.

It helps to know the author of the book you are reading. I feel like Stephen King is an old friend, even though I have never met him.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ghost Story Reviews

As I wondered what to blog about on this sunny Sunday morning,  I looked through my files for inspiration. Look what I found. 

I launched my first short story a little over a year ago. I was proud of my book, but also a little naive. This modest short story could have been better edited, but I was still learning the ropes. Editing is the MOST important part of being a writer, I know that now. 

Below are just a few of the wonderful reviews I received on Amazon. I thank these lovely readers for taking the time to write these reviews. Their kind words gave me encouragement and I am now in the process of having my first full length novel ‘Dead of July’ professionally edited.  It will be released later this year.

The following reviews were kindly written about my first short story ‘Girl on the Beach’

1.     This is a pleasant journey through a few ordinary days with a not-so-ordinary 7-year-old girl. It starts with an unusual incident she has on a beach during her last day of summer vacation, and you spend the rest of the book waiting for the other shoe to drop. When it does, towards the end, you won’t necessarily be surprised but it is very well done and will leave you feeling satisfied with the hour you’ve spent listening to her tell you her tale.

M. Weisbeck – Blackhawk

2.     A good story, told very well. Sort of a ghost story, without being macabre or creepy. As another reviewer mentioned, you can see early on what’s going to happen, but you don’t mind because it is so well-crafted and paints such a vivid picture of the author’s childhood. I highly recommend it.

(Buglady)

3.     I really enjoyed this story, its supernatural feel, its sense of mood and foreboding, and I loved this special little girl who broke my heart. I really felt I got to know Sheila, everything about her, and I found her charming and endearing. The author completely put me into the mindset of this seven-year-old child. And several times, Sheila actually had me tearing up. I knew what she would soon be facing, and it’s always heartbreaking to see a small child face tragedy.

This story is written in such a gentle and natural way, every word smoothly and easily flowing to the next, never sounding forced or hurried. With well-chosen words, this author made me a picture of summer and sand and of a little girl so happy on her holiday. The author then breaks this idyll with feelings of dread, juxtaposing the brightness of summer with the dark foreboding of death.

Told in first-person from Sheila’s point of view, this story is well-written and thoughtful, with the author showing and never telling the story, allowing the reader to experience all that Sheila feels. And you will feel many different emotions, from sadness to happiness, from dread to hope. Even suspecting the outcome of the story, I still felt the chilling beauty of it.

S. Richards – Deep South

4.     This is a very short book and it isn’t so complicated you won’t be able to pick it up and put it down frequently without losing track of what is going on in the story. I wouldn’t call it a thriller or a mystery or a horror story, I am not sure what genre this has been placed in but it’s just a nice little story.

I think what I enjoyed most about it was that it was written from the point of view of the little girl. I enjoyed seeing things through her eyes. It was descriptive and simple but effective.

SurprisingWoman Utah

5.     This short little book was very enjoyable. A seven-year old girl narrates the story of her vacation to Blackpool. The Amazon book summary may give you a different impression. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a tragedy that was dark and depressing or a mystery… It deals a bit with the subject of death and souls, but I viewed that as a secondary storyline. The main part was more a story of a young Irish girl and her mother during a brief part of her life. It has parts that were touching and others that were funny. All told, the author allows you a glimpse into her life, both her joys and her difficulties. 

One review gave it 1 star saying it was too easy to figure out what was going on. I don’t think this book is meant to be a mystery. I recommend reading it for the story and let it unfold naturally.

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6.     This was a book that I couldn’t put down. It kept me in suspense. I loved the main character and the supporting characters as well. I guess the little girl had a special gift and she could see deceased people and have premonitions. I really enjoyed it!

Nicole

7.     I really liked this story. It was well written and even though I knew pretty early on what was going to happen, I still couldn’t put it down.

Steph

8.     This was a well written short read. With the author’s power of description, I felt as if I was there. Good characters, good atmosphere and just the right length. If you want a well written short read, I recommend this.

Lucy PA

Below are links to my two short stories as well as previews. You can also  Follow me on Facebook  for updates.

(Preview) Dead of July

(Preview) Girl on the Beach

(Preview) Guy at the Bar

Girl on the Beach (UK)

Girl on the Beach (US)

Guy at the Bar Amazon

Guy at the Bar Amazon UK