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Augustina Van Hoven: Ghosts
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Have you ever walked into a room and known you were not alone?  Have you ever thought you were by yourself only to catch a movement in the corner of your eye?

Throughout history there have been sightings of the spirits people and animals that have long ago passed away.  Every language spoken on earth has a word for ghost and every culture has ghost stories.  It is part of the human psyche to both fear and be fascinated by thoughts of the afterlife and those who have gone there before us.  There have been opinion polls taken that show approximately one third of the population believe in the existence of ghosts.

People have reported seeing spirits in graveyards, old buildings or any number of outdoor locations.  Sightings have been reported ranging from the mere sense of a presence to seeing apparitions of people or animals, sitting, standing or walking about.  There are often reports of a mist surrounding these figures and a notable drop in temperature when they are present.

There are many people who actually hunt for ghosts.  They call themselves paranormal investigators.  These ghost hunters often use electronic equipment to help them find and record spirits.   The equipment can range from audio or video recorders to digital thermometers, night vision scopes and EMF meters.  The SyFy channel has had a television show for many years called ‘Ghost Hunters’ that follows a team of paranormal investigators to various sights in hopes of finding ghosts.

My debut novel, THE KISS OF A ROSE, is at its heart a ghost story.  The chorus of the song, “Kissed by a Rose” sung by Seal was my inspiration to write it.  I heard the lyrics of the chorus one day and had a flash of a grave stone partially buried in snow and a blood red rose lying at its base.  The rest of the story developed from that point.

Belief in ghosts is a very personal and emotional matter.  How among us hasn’t lost a loved one for whom we would give almost anything to see and speak to just one more time.

I believe there are spirits who walk the earth among the living.  I have had the experience of being alone in a room and feeling a hand brush my arm.  So I ask you, have you ever seen a ghost?

Augustina Van Hoven
Proving Love is Strange
THE KISS OF A ROSE – Now available



In 1882, Rose Van Buren loved the wrong man and paid for it with her life. Now, more than a century later, the angel Gabriel has granted her another shot at living. In exchange, she must convince a smart, handsome, up-and-coming lawyer to set aside his lofty ambitions.


Stephen Winship is headed straight for the governor’s chair. He has a brilliant career, solid allies, and a seemingly perfect girlfriend. But night after night he finds himself dreaming of a heavenly beauty, a luminous but long-dead girl. Like some altered Ghost of Christmas Past, she shows him her own tragic tale in order to “save him.” And he’s beginning to see Rose is risking her heart as much as baring her soul. Yet falling for her will cost him everything—and open him up to a happiness he never imagined.


6 comments to “Augustina Van Hoven: Ghosts”

  1. Rebecca Zanetti
    · November 23rd, 2014 at 8:47 pm · Link

    I think the idea of ghosts is fascinating! I like the idea of politics and ghosts combining – sounds both intriguing and funny. Good luck with your new release. 🙂

  2. Asa Maria Bradley
    · November 23rd, 2014 at 8:52 pm · Link

    I haven’t seen a ghost, but the night my grandmother past away, I dreamed about her and in the dream she told me goodbye. We were very close and I’d like to think it was her spirit visiting me.

    I love ghost stories and especially romantic ones, so your book is right up my alley. 🙂

  3. Christine Ashworth
    · November 23rd, 2014 at 11:06 pm · Link

    I totally believe in ghosts-spirits. My brother had passed away in March, in my old bedroom in our parents’ house. In June, we were there for a visit. I was napping (pregnant with son #2), and I woke up – the entire bed was shaking. Not the house – not an earthquake. Just my brother saying “hi”. He’s still there, keeping watch over our Dad.

  4. Adele Downs
    · November 23rd, 2014 at 11:22 pm · Link

    I love ghost stories! Your book sounds fascinating. Congrats on your release!


  5. Emily Mims
    · November 24th, 2014 at 10:49 am · Link

    My husband’s great-great-great grandmother was actually awakened by a ghost and told to save Josiah in the Josiah Wilbarger ghost story, so my family does believe in them, at least to some extent!

  6. Debra Elise
    · November 24th, 2014 at 11:30 pm · Link

    I definitely believe in ghosts. I really enjoyed your first novel Augustina and am looking forward to the next book in the series 🙂

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