Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Louisa Bacio’s Haunting New Year & BlogHop

Take one mistress of young adult paranormal fiction, Marley Gibson; her fiancé (now husband) Patrick Burns of TruTV’s Haunting Evidence and a recurring judge on Travel Channel’s Paranormal Challenge; a few psychics, mediums, believers and a sprinkling of skeptics, and toss them into a documented haunted lodge on New Year’s Eve. What do you get?

One kick-ass, memorable night!

End of the year, 2010, saw my family and I trekking from Southern California to Sierra Sky Ranch, located near the southern entrance of Yosemite. While growing up, my husband, his parents and his grandparents used to frequent the lodge. My mother-in-law first visited more than 60 years prior. When we saw the information on an overnight paranormal adventure, we quickly signed up.

While I write primarily erotic fiction, I’ve been told on more than one occasion that my writing can be quite dark. It’s that paranormal side, and fascination with the unknown. That evening, spirits spoke from the darkness, and an unseen entity squeezed between me and another woman sitting on the couch. You know the feeling when someone sits next to you and brushes your thigh with theirs? We both got it, as it “pushed” its way between us.

At the end of the night, we returned to our rooms and I stopped at the door. I thanked the spirits for their welcome, but let them know that they were not invited into my room. Since my mother-in-law was watching our sleeping children inside, I didn’t want any darkness coming with us. As I shut and locked the door, no one was outside in the hallway. The moment the door closed, a loud, resounding BANG hit the outside of the wood.

Someone or something was unhappy about being excluded.

How’s that for a haunting New Year’s memory?

Here’s the info on this Blog Hop Contest:

More than 60 authors and reviewers joined together – and pooled our monies. Grand prize is a Kindle Fire and another winner will take home an $80 Amazon gift card. Enter to win by leaving a comment on any of the blogs on the tour … the more stops you visit, the more times you can be entered. Plus, each individual stop is offering their own prizes!

Make sure to leave an email address so the winner(s) can be contacted!

On my blog, one winner will take home a $10 GC to Ravenous Romance, and another can choose a .pdf copy of an ebook!
Here's a look at my holiday release!

The Vampire & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Christmas
Vampires and werewolves don’t mix … or do they?

Before there were three, there were two. When a vampire swoops in to save Trevor from a rogue gang’s blood sport, the werewolf must fight his own inhibitions. The magic of New Orleans and the holiday season bring together these two unlikely lovers. 

Now, don't forget to leave a comment, email address and get hopping!


  1. Oh man, you gave me goosebumps with that story, Louise. I was safe and cozy, home with my hubby, watching a comedy on tv.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  2. Cathy -- I totally understand. Despite being so recent in history, it's definitely memorable!

  3. Thank you for the great contest.

    I hope you have a happy and prosperous new year.

    orelukjp0 at gmail dot com

  4. That was a good story. My new year's was just spent safe & at home with with my sister and 2 of her kids. We rang in the new year watching a zombie marathon on tv.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo .com

  5. I spent my New Year's at home with a good book. I was nice and safe and warm.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  6. I spent new years with the husband. We went out to dinner and got home around 10. We live in Vegas and it gets crazy here so we figured it was better to play it safe.


  7. That certainly sounded spooky! Nothing that memorable for me, just spent it with family, watching TV, eating snacks and chatting. :)


  8. Spooky. :)


  9. wow that would be spooky ty for sharing your books are awesome

    notta memrable for me this year was sick

    cuddles on the couch thens pent teh rets the evening with my fiancee

    tyf or the chance


  10. Happy New Year my friend! Hope this is the best year yet. : )

  11. I was home and on the computer checking email. The cats barely looked up as the clocked turned over and the neighborhood set off all manner of thinks that went boom.
    linze_e at hotmail.com

  12. That was a spooky New Years for you, but sounded so cool being on a paranomral adventure. I would love to do something like that. I spent mine at home with my family.

    amysmith98 @ gmail.com

  13. I've heard of mystery train rides, but not paranormal adventures. Sounds rather interesting! richnkathy718 (at) msn (dot) com

  14. I spent New Years home watching tv and fell asleep before midnight. Yours sounds spooky.


  15. Wow...that's a pretty interesting New Year's Eve!
    I have never been on a "paranormal adventure"...I'm too chicken.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    ringpop2010 at gmail dot com

  16. Oh wow, your story gave me chills! lol

    Happy new year!

    mihoxli at gmail dot com

  17. Cool story and a spooky new year's. Thaks for the chance.


  18. I spent new years with some great friends playing an intense game of beer pong.. haha I lost of course


  19. I got chills reading your post. I am very happy just spending the evening at home with my husband and dog.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  20. That memory sounds like the great beginning to a book!


  21. What a great story! And like Anne says, it sounds like a great beginning to a book :)


  22. Wow, what a great memory. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. thanks for the giveaway. The book sounds great
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

  24. Sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

    christinetoney (at) hotmail.com

  25. What a book that story would make! Omigosh, I've got goosebumps, lol.
    Thank you so much for participating in this hop and for the giveaway chance!

    Gena Robertson

  26. All my favorite new years memories are the same; it doesn't matter were I was as long as i'm with friends and family :)



  27. Oh wow! That brought cold chills to my arms! Thanks for sharing! & Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

    May God bless,
    Trisha Wilson

  28. Thanks for sharing! and for the chance to win! Happy new year

  29. That's one wicked story! Love it! Thank you for the chance at your giveaway!
    Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot com

  30. Oh that is haunting Louisa! Thanks for the story


  31. What a cool NYE Louisa! I fell asleep reading on NYE. Hopefully next year will be more exciting.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  32. Great story but unnerving. Thanks for participating.

    musicalfrog at comcast.net

  33. Thanks so much for sharing! And thanks for the contest! Wicked story!

  34. Thanks for sharing! Your memory does sound like a good opening for a book. I like it quiet on New Year's Eve and day too.

  35. Thanks for the contest!


  36. Wow! Thats some New Years! Thanks for sharing it with us! My family just stayed home and watch movies and ate snacks. It was nice. :) Thank you! Happy new years!

  37. Oh, wow -- we are REALLY hopping here, and it's great to see some familiar names. Let's hope a grand prize winner comes from my blog, hee-hee. The spirits are with us!

    And that's just a sample of what happened that night!

  38. Happy New Year!
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  39. I loved the story. Thanks for the opportunity to win your book. Happy New Year!

  40. We were boring this year because we had just driven over 1400 miles. I actually went to bed before the new year hit. First time ever. I think I'm old. Noooooo! Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

    geschumann at live dot com

  41. Thanks for the giveaway and have a Happy New Year!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  42. Wow! That's freaky! I would be afraid yet excited to stay in a haunted house.
    Happy New Year and thanks for a chance to win.
    mcv111 at hotmail(dot)com

  43. Ooooo, AWESOME!

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

    thewildtwo @ sbcglobal (dot) net

  44. Thank you for the great giveaway Love blog hops and Werewolves :)Your books sound really good can't wait to read more of them! Thanks again and Happy New Year!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  45. This is awesome...lol! It was quiet with family for me though. That was just fine with me.

  46. Wow! Great memory!

    Thanks for the chance to win. *smiles*


  47. My birthday is NYE and one of my sisters is NYD so we have a combined birthday party at midnight.
    snulfers at hotmail dot com

  48. WHOA...that's some story! Kinda glad it's not mine :) We usually spend the evening inside with family and friends, lots of good eats...playing cards (poker) and listening to music until the ball's about to drop. Then the wine is poured, toasts made, kisses shared...and then the party usually continues for a little while longer. Those that drank a little too much, or came without a designated driver snuggle in for the night...that's just how we play. Better safe than sorry. :) Happy 2012!


  49. What a great memory

    Congrats on your holiday release looking forward to reading it

    Sarah S


  50. Great stoty, than you for sharing! I loved the first book in your Vampire, Witch, Werewolf series. Looking forward to reading more!! Spent this year with family and friends, eating, drinking , playing games, and a whole lot of laughing!


  51. My mom would make shirley temples and snacks for new years eve celebration- loved it!


  52. Now that is good NYE story.
    My favorite NYE memory is the one I spend with my now husband. We went out with my best friend and her (then) husband. It was horrible. They fought the whole night but at one point during all that craziness he leaned over and told me that he loved me.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  53. thank you so much for being part of this giveaway!!! Happy New Year!

    yankeedragon4 at gmail dotcom

  54. Thanks for being part of the blog hop! Happy New Year!

  55. Happy New Year! Thanks for being part of the blog hop.

    The husband and I spent a quiet night hat home this year. I had to get up early on the 1st to drive my elder son back to college.


    knitrix29 at gmail dot com

  56. My favorite New Year's memory is when I was around 7 year's old and my best friend and I stayed up through the New Year all the way up until around 4am. We were the happiest 7 year old's ever! Our parents were too wasted to even notice! lol



  57. That sounds like a cool New Years!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  58. Thanks for sharing your memory

  59. A haunted lodge on New Year's Eve! That sounds like great fun and adventure.


  60. I have yet to encounter any haunted locations, maybe one day i'll be able to share such interesting stories! Hope you have a wonderful new year! n.dematos@gmail.com

  61. Wow that's definitely a creepy new years!


  62. thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway.
    my favorite memory is the year my husband asked me to marry him.

    tammy ramey

  63. This year Dick clark.

  64. My family parties at home with lots of good food and we watch the ball drop in Times Square.

    Thank you for the wonderful contest.

    I hope you have a very prosperous New Year.

    orelukjp0 at gmail dot com

  65. My favorite new year's eve memory is from my childhood, when my parents took my sister and me to the capital just to see the firework. I was so happy - I hadn't traveled that much before and we all liked it.
    Thanks for the giveaway and happy new year!

  66. The grand prize winners are:

    #192 from Malia Mallory’s site – Lilaz won the Kindle Fire! She’s been contacted, and her new Kindle should be on its way soon.

    #2436 from VK Syke’s site – June won the $80 Amazon GC. Already sent to her!

    Who both also posted here!
    Now for the winners on my page. They are:

    $10 Ravenous Certificate – Joanne (e.balinski(at)att(dot)net)

    Backlist Book – Elizabeth (elizabeth @ bookattict . com)

    A message will be sent out to both of them. FYI – I’ll be turning off the comments on the Hop page, so there’s no misunderstanding on entry dates.

    Congratulations to all the winners!