Life Really is Stranger than Fiction — Guest blog by Darlene Gardner

Darlene Gardner headshot - CopyOn one of the saddest days of her life, my sister was crying while she climbed the stairs to her apartment after a beloved family friend had died of cancer. Suddenly, she heard a familiar voice.

“Don’t worry about me,” our late friend said loudly and clearly. “I’ll be all right.”

The message repeated while my sister unlocked the door and went into her apartment. This was in the days when phone answering machines had tapes. Somehow the tape had rewound to a message our friend had left for my sister weeks before. Somehow the tape had snagged and kept repeating the affirmation.

“I’ll be all right.”

Since then, I’ve been more open-minded.

The same sister, for example, claims to have psychic ability. She says she’s more of a sender than a receiver. The way she explains it, senders can transmit messages through the psychic airwaves. Receivers get the messages.

Once while I was visiting her in Florida, she suggested we go to the drum circle at the beach that celebrates sunset with music and dancing. A Native American woman in a buckskin dress was at the center of the action.

“I can send that woman a message,” my sister said. “I can make her look at me and smile.”

There were maybe two hundred people on the beach. While I might be open minded, I’m not gullible.

“Prove it,” I said.

My sister stared hard at the woman, putting up a finger so I wouldn’t interrupt her concentration. After a few moments, the Native American woman stopped dancing. Her head slowly swiveled one hundred eighty degrees until she looked straight at my sister. Holding eye contact, she smiled.

Now I’m not certain my sister has psychic ability, but I can’t entirely discount it, either. That’s not to say everybody who claims to have power does. Take the palm reader who put a curse on me years ago. This was when I was working as a newspaper features writer. A colleague considering writing a story about the palm reader asked if I’d visit her and give him my opinion.

I thought the palm reader was a fraud. My colleague didn’t do the story. The palm reader cursed me. And I’ve lived pretty happily ever after.

With such strange happenings in my own life, it’s no wonder that psychics play a major part in Dead Ringers, my paranormal mystery serial. A bunch of other weird things are going on in Dead Ringers, not the least of which is body switching.

The first boxed set of the serial is FREE wherever eBooks are sold. You can find retail links for Dead Ringers: Volumes 1-3 on my website at

About Dead Ringers:

Dead Ringers Box Set 123A paranormal mystery serial for young adults on up. All nine 25,000-word volumes now available individually and in boxed sets!

Jade Greene remembers nothing from the time she went missing except a blinding headache and an evil clown with a syringe. Not exactly the stuff to convince others of her sanity.

Nobody at the summer carnival believes Jade was even in danger except her secretive co-worker Max Harper, a stranger she can neither trust nor resist. But things about Max don’t add up. Like why does he turn up wherever Jade is? Why is he so evasive? And why do people around him keep ending up dead?

Only two things are certain: People in town aren’t who they seem. And things for Jade are about to get much, much worse.

About Darlene:

Darlene Gardner left her life as a newspaper sportswriter behind for love and romance. She’s the author of more than 35 books, from single-title romantic comedies to emotionally charged family dramas. She’s also written the paranormal mystery serial Dead Ringers for young adults on up.

Connect with Darlene:
Twitter: @DarleneGardner

QUESTION FOR BLOG READERS: Has anything unexplainable happened to you or someone you know?

This entry was posted in Guest Posts, Zoe's Posts and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Life Really is Stranger than Fiction — Guest blog by Darlene Gardner

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Welcome, Darlene! What a fascinating story of your sister. I’m more of a proof person too, but I’m also aware there’s more to reality than we know 🙂 Dead Ringers sounds awesome. I look forward to getting the word out!

    I had one rather strange event. I dreamed I was singing Happy Birthday, but on the last “you” the pitch went up isinstead of down. Years later at the museum of Science and Industry, I was picked for a demo of a sound booth and asked to sing Happy Birthday. You guessed it, the booth modulated what came out of my mouth to go up instead of down 😀

  2. Interesting story about your sister. One strange thing that happened to me was after my grandfather had passed away. My grandmother and I were sitting in her kitchen, and she said something about my grandfather. As soon as she did, the wind howled around the house for a few seconds, almost like he had heard her.

    Your book sounds really interesting. Good luck with everything!
    Jennifer Estep`s last blog was …Free Comic Book Day coming up on May 2 …

  3. Edie Ramer says:

    Darlene, thanks for sharing the stories with us. The only thing psychic I’ve had is that I can think of someone I know who has passed – especially my mom – and I can feel her smiling down at me, sending love.

    Love the premise of your book. I’m going to check it out!

Comments are closed.