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Dreaming a Little Florida History
By Juli D. Revezzo

Living in Florida is an odd mix of modernity and past. The history of the state goes back 12,000 years when our first human population were hunter-gatherers, then again in 1513 when Ponce De León came and officially claimed the state for Spain. He was followed in the 1550s by Hernando de Soto and Tristán de Luna who settled Pensacola.

The state boasts quite a few military forts, but one in particular became the focal point of my novel The Artist’s Inheritance: Fort Pickens, on Santa Rosa Island in Pensacola Bay. The fort was built in the early 1800s, but during the Civil War, the fort fell under Union occupation and thus, began the stand off that some folks say rivaled Fort Sumter as the first battle of the Civil War.*

A lot of people, even residents here in my home state, don’t know about this first shot of the war business. I can’t tell you how many people are surprised when they ask me why I picked Pickens. They all connect it to Geronimo and though he was held there, the fort had a history before his arrest. So, I thought, herm…what else could that little fort be hiding?

This soldier (he goes by the name of Roland) then walked into my dreams one night, and said, “Hey, You know that fort you’re reading about? I have a story for you.”

Of course, I’m not sure he’s telling me the truth. Number one, he’s a ghost; number two, he’s cursed and, more importantly, certifiably crazy. ;)

But I’d wanted to connect the Civil War into one of my Florida-based stories for years, and just never found the right way to do it. That is, until Roland started talking about his military record and how he came up through time 150 years to help his descendants beat a curse they’ve been trying centuries to break.

I hope you enjoy his little story of Fort Pickens and the artist who inherited Roland’s familial curse.

The Artist’s Inheritance:

Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving.

When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?

Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

If you’d like to try it out, The Artist’s Inheritance is currently available for Kindle at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at Smashwords and in paperback at Createspace.

Buy links:

http://www.amazon.com/Artists-Inheritance-Antique-Magic-ebook/dp/B008XL82IU/ref=la_B008AHVTLO_1_4
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-artists-inheritance-juli-d-revezzo/1113215283
https://www.createspace.com/3976218
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/220457

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About Juli D. Revezzo

Juli D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly. She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Independent Author Network. The Artist’s Inheritance is her first novel.

 

 

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Stirling is one of Scotland’s great castles, architecturally and historically. It dates back at least a thousand years, with reports as early as the 1100′s of Alexander I endowing a chapel there. Standing at a crossroads, it has been the site of many battles, and has associations with such great figures in history as Robert the Bruce, several Jameses, and Mary, Queen of Scots. A tour of the castle includes the beautiful Unicorn tapestries, the chapel, palace, regimental museum, the Douglas gardens, and more.

But perhaps the most intriguing stories of all are not the greats who once dwelt there, but those lesser known, who refuse to leave. Stirling has several, at least. (One site says there are over 1,000.) Most often mentioned are the Green Lady, the Pink Lady, and the Highland Ghost, who likes to pose as a tour guide.

Most famous among them is the Green Lady. She has haunted Stirling for several hundred years, and seems at times to become quite engrossed in, almost entranced by, watching the daily activities of people now living, but at other times appears sad.

She has a habit of appearing at unexpected times, in unexpected places. In one famous incident, dinner failed to arrive for the army officers then stationed at Stirling. Apparently, the Green Lady was fascinated with watching the chef prepare dinner. Sensing he was being watched, he turned and saw her, a misty green figure, engrossed in his cooking, and he promptly fainted.

It is not known who she was in life, but two theories are put forth. Some believe she was the daughter of Stirling’s governor, betrothed to an army officer stationed at the castle. In an accident which is not described, her father killed the officer. She, in turn, threw herself from the battlements, and died on the rocks 250 feet below.

A more detailed story tells of an attendant of Mary, Queen of Scots. One night, the attendant dreamed that the queen was in danger. She jolted awake and rushed to the queen’s chamber to find the bed curtains on fire, and Mary sleeping soundly inside. She rescued the queen who later recalled a prophecy that she would be endangered by fire while at Stirling. It is suggested that this attendant remains at the castle as the misty green figure still seen today.

Tales from the Stirling Ghost Walk elaborates on the story, saying that the maid died of injuries received in rescuing her queen, and that she wore a green gown that night.

Today, she is often feared, as her appearances, in particular, the ones in which she appears sad, frequently precede some kind of disaster, including several fires. As a result, reports of her appearances are taken seriously and all documented. If this is indeed the ghost of the brave attendant, I prefer to think that she is offering warning, and still trying to save people.

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