Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Welcome to Anna

Hello and welcome to JoAnne's Blog. For this weeks Paranormal Love Wednesdays Blog Hop, I am posting about "Welcome to Anna".  One fantasy tale in my anthology, "Loves, Myths, and Monsters." Enjoy!

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Blurb:  Little does 17 year old Zoe, realize, but the Chupracabra followed her to Ohio from South America. What happens next is a series of chilling mysteries, and unsuspecting friendships and love.

Excerpt:  As we rode by the scene, we heard Jake conversing with the sheriff and veterinarian. “Did ya’ find something?” Jake asked.

“Look at these huge strange footprints,” said the vet. “They lead only to the animals, not away from them.” Those words should have warned me.

Once at the cliffs, we were joined by Dennis’s friend Nate and his twin sister Maggie, who had the needed climbing equipment. Both were tall, slender, and beautiful.

While the guys sorted the gear, Annette gave me the “lowdown” on the sheriff and second deputy. The stocky twenty-nine-year-old Jim Darrell, was a church-going family man who served four years in the National Guard. He and his wife regularly dished out free food at the soup kitchen twice a week.

The sheriff, Orville Snoke was short, pudgy and baldheaded, wore glasses, chewed tobacco, and gambled on anything and everything. He buddied with Jake and the vet.

I was glad I came. The cliffs were tall and close to the lake, I saw from Teresa’s back deck. Pine trees surrounded the entire body of water.

I frowned. “This is state-owned land, isn’t it?”

“Yes,” said Dennis, “but your mom and her boyfriend are friends with the law, right?”

Aha! Now I knew why Dennis invited me. “Yeah, I guess so.”

“Great! Now let’s teach this virgin how to climb.” Dennis laughed, and all eyes focused on me.

Oh, how embarrassing I thought. How do they know I am a virgin? I felt my face turn scarlet.

Nate handed me a climbing harness, while Annette explained, “Don’t sweat it, Zoe. You said you’d never climbed before, so you are the virgin of the bunch…which means you go last.”

Laughing awkwardly, I tried to recover. “Oh, yeah! I get it. No sweat.”

Maggie the pro, strapped me into my safety harness and up they went, with my trailing. From the top, I saw Teresa’s house. The view was “awesome”, from that height. The clouds looked close enough to touch.

“This is amazing,” I said. “Panama is mostly flat lands and I lived near the ocean, but the country here is great.” Maybe moving here was not so bad after all, I thought.

“It’s the Navy for me,” said Nate resting on a nearby boulder. “As soon as I graduate, I’m gone.”

“What did you mean when you asked Teresa, if the people and goats were killed the same way?” I asked Dennis.

“I heard a news report stating all the victims were killed the same way and no weapons were used,” he said.

“You mean the killer used his bare hands?” Maggie asked. “How creepy.”

“Do police suspect a serial killer?” I asked. Dennis shrugged his shoulders. “That’s peculiar for this area, isn’t it?” I asked. “I mean don’t psychopaths hunt in big cities?”

“Nothing is strange for the Chupacabra,” Nate said then laughed.

Author Bio:

JoAnne has been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of her life. Besides having several novels under her belt, JoAnne canvas paints. When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, JoAnne spends time with relatives, and volunteers her time within the community. JoAnne is a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill's Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. JoAnne believes in family values and following your dreams. JoAnne’s original canvas paintings, can be found at:
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Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery

Wicked Intentions-7 bone chilling paranormal tales

The Crime of the Century-a biography true crime

Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between

Twisted Love-a biography true crime anthology

Flagitious-a crime/mystery anthology

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