My name is Sarah J. McNeal and I am the author of several paranormal, time travel and western novels and short stories at Publishing by Rebecca Vickery and the imprints of Victory Tales Press and Western Trail Blazers. Among my books are:
The Violin, time travel, 1927 historical/paranormal
Harmonica Joe’s Reluctant Bride, time travel/1910 historical western/paranormal
For Love of Banjo, a western/WWI historical and sequel to Harmonica Joe
Gifts from the Afterlife, contemporary paranormal short also included in the 2011 Christmas Anthology
Heart Song, contemporary/paranormal short
The Curse of the Amber Tomb, contemporary/paranormal included in the 2012 Fall/Paranormal Collection.
Just under contract is my upcoming paranormal, The Light of Valmora.
I live in North Carolina with my Golden Retriever, Lily and my cat, Liberty.
It’s such an honor to be a guest blogger at Petticoats and Pistols.
Haunted Sheridan Inn
Settle in and let me tell you about a haunted hotel, The Sheridan Inn. The Sheridan Is an historic inn in the National Register of Historic Places, but once it was the finest hotel between Chicago and San Francisco. From its planning stage to the opening of its doors on May 27, 1893, Buffalo Bill Cody was involved and led the grand celebration into the dining room on June 27, 1893. It even had electric lights thanks to the electricity supplied by abundant coal in the area and the coal-fired threshing machine engine.
George and Lucy Canfield, the first managers, catered to big game hunters, people of notoriety, people who stayed there while their homes were built and ranchers who would spend weekends there. The price of a room was $1.00 A DAY, breakfast cost $.25, lunch and dinner $.50 and, for the stagecoach that made regular stops, it cost $7.00 for 21 meals.
Bill Cody bought the business but not the building and ran the stagecoach that ran from the inn to Deadwood, South Dakota. Although he later built his own hotel in Cody, Wyoming, Cody still visited the Sheridan often.
Now comes the good part.
In 1901, Miss Catherine B. Arnold, known as Miss Kate, came to the Sheridan at age 22 with her parents and decided to stay there working as hostess, babysitter, seamstress, housekeeper and desk clerk. Everybody loved her, both the staff and the guests. The flowers she grew in her garden decorated the dining room table every day. She lived and worked there for 64 years until 1965 when it was closed and sold to a developer who planned to tear it down. The inn was saved by the Save the Sheridan Inn Society after an exhausting 2 years of campaigning. Ms. Neltje purchased the inn in 1967 and used it for dining and dancing for the next twenty years. One year after it reopened, in 1968, Miss Kate died. Her last request was to return to the Sheridan Inn and remain there. (Here comes the creepy part.) She was cremated and her ashes were placed in the wall of the room where she lived all those years on the third floor. After the inn was saved from bankruptcy and the Preceptor of Tau Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority renovated Miss Kate’s room and placed her favorite chair in front of the wall where her ashes remain in the wall. It is said by some that Miss Kate is still the guardian of the inn and the staff often say they can feel her presence. She turns the lights on and off and opens and shuts doors from time to time. Cold spots and footsteps can be heard on the third floor, in the ballroom by the windows and sometimes throughout the inn. One person reported driving by the old inn at 2:00 AM and saw shadows moving past the windows on the third floor. Of course, the inn is closed at night so no one could be there during the wee hours of the night. Now who could that be walking the silent halls of the Sheridan Inn except the lovely spirit of Miss Kate.
The Sheridan reopened in 1997 but does not have overnight guests, but there are plans to open twenty rooms to guests for overnight lodging. (I wonder if they’ll be visited by Miss Kate.) The inn has certainly had its glory days with guests like Earnest Hemingway, Bob Hope, President Hoover and Will Rogers and maybe it will again.
Recently, I found out that, as of September 6, 2012, the Sheridan has closed its doors. I guess Miss Kate will be wondering the rooms and corridors all alone now.
The Historic Sheridan Inn can be accessed from I-90, exit #23 (Fifth Street). Travel one mile west on Fifth Street, just past the railroad tracks and you’ll be there. The town of Sheridan is in northern Wyoming at the junction of I-90 and U.S. Hwy 14.
I have a new release just out this month, The Curse of the Amber Tomb, presented as one of the stories in the 2012 Fall/Paranormal Collection, an anthology published by Victory Tales Press.
Love is Eternal by Cate Abbott
Falling in love with a man from work is dangerous enough. What could Angelique possibly be thinking when she goes on a weekend trip – over Halloween, no less – with this dark haired, mysterious male?
Shattered Illusions by Karen Michelle Nutt
Blood stained floors appear and disappear, low whispering voices greet her as a storm causes the lights to flicker. Brona must put her fears behind her and unravel the mystery that haunts the house.
Night of Magic by Stephanie Burkhart
It’s 800 A.D. on the Emerald Isle. Samhain. Dark. Dangerous. Powerful. Dare Finn brave the bonfires to bring Aithne home?
Magic Words by Gerald Costlow
Hundreds of years ago, Felipe was cursed to be an immortal frog. Now only the lovely Evelyn can break his curse – if he can convince her that the handsome man she met just this morning is not crazy.
The Curse of the Amber Tomb by Sarah J. McNeal
Edward, a handsome photographer who is afraid of heights and Kate, a lady archeologist afraid to love, must face their fears when they discover a deadly secret in an ancient tomb.
Buy Links: (available in multiple formats for ebooks and in paperback)
It will soon be available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and most other online bookstores.
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