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Guest Author: Dianne K. Salerni (Guest Post & Giveaway)

I’m pleased to welcome Dianne Salerni here today to Dark Faerie Tales to talk about We Hear the Dead, which was recently released on May 1, 2010.

One lucky commenter has a chance to win a copy of We Hear the Dead.  Details are listed at the end of the post.

Spiritualism and Séances

by Dianne K. Salerni

When I first began my research for We Hear the Dead, I thought that séances were all about communicating with dead relatives.  After all, isn’t that what we expect? A person attends a séance to contact a beloved spouse – or to make amends with a departed brother – or to find out where crazy Uncle Ed hid his will.  Based on the historical record, this seems to have been the initial purpose of the Fox sisters’ séances, which they called “spirit circles.”

Yet, we all know that any new enterprise requires funding and marketing.  So, perhaps it’s not very surprising that once the Fox sisters began to establish themselves as spirit mediums, another element crept into their spirit circles — politics.

In the beginning, it might have been just happenstance. The Fox sisters were already acquainted with several well-known abolitionists; the Fox family had even boarded for a time in the home of Amy Post, a progressive Quaker known for her work in both the abolitionist and feminist movements.  Whether it was Amy Post who first saw the potential of the spirit circles — or Leah Fox Fish, the eldest of the Fox sisters — the fact is that a number of important social reformers soon converged upon Rochester, New York. These included Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass, who all wanted to hear the spirit rapping for themselves.  After their visits, the spirit circles took a surprising turn toward political and social reform.

Consider that women were taking a greater interest in politics in the mid-19th century, but had no real power or authority.  Women’s attempts to redefine themselves often resulted in ridicule by the public (bloomers were sneered and scoffed at) and sometimes even civic punishment (suffragettes were arrested).  No one particularly cared whether or not the young Fox girls supported abolition – however, if they could raise the spirit of Benjamin Franklin to promise “great changes” on the horizon, their messages carried more weight.  The Fox girls even produced raps from Senator John Calhoun, an ardent pro-slavery supporter who claimed that he’d been converted to the abolitionist cause in the afterlife!

This arrangement (if there was one) worked to the mutual benefit of both spiritualists and reformers.  The endorsement of prominent leaders such as Douglass and Post increased the credibility of spiritualism and brought new, higher class clients to the Fox sisters.  Moreover, the reform leaders were able to back their own beliefs with the support of “A Higher Authority.”  Participants at the Seneca Falls Convention for Women’s Rights in 1848 reported hearing raps at the very table where Stanton and Mott drafted their resolutions.  They concluded that Heaven itself supported this cause.

The blending of spiritualism with reform and the use of séances as a social media was, perhaps, inevitable.  Still, you have to feel a pang of sympathy for those poor grieving souls who paid a dollar to attend a spirit circle in the hopes of speaking to Grandma Nellie, only to sit through a paid political announcement first!

Author Bio:

Dianne K. Salerni lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania with her husband Bob and two daughters, Gabrielle (13) and Gina (9).  She graduated from St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington, Delaware and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Delaware.  She subsequently earned a Master’s in Language Arts Education at the University of Pennsylvania before taking a job teaching in the Avon Grove School District.  She has now been teaching fourth and fifth grade at Avon Grove for 20 years.

You can visit Dianne around the web here: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Synopsis (Product Description):

Maggie:
I began the deception when I was too young to know right from wrong. Only with the passing of time did I come to understand the consequences of my actions.

Kate:
I do not believe that I have ever intentionally deceived anyone. Maggie has a different understanding of the events that have happened. To her the spirits were always a game. For me they were my life’s calling. I have no regrets.

It starts as a harmless prank…then one lie quickly grows into another. Soon Kate and Maggie Fox are swept into a dizzying flurry of national attention for their abilities to communicate with the dead. But living a lie is sometimes too much to handle, even if you have the best intentions. Based on a true story, We Hear the Dead reveals how secrets and lies can sometimes lead you to what’s real and what’s right. And how sometimes talking with the dead is easier than talking with the people around you.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of We Hear the Dead.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

Would you participate in a séance? If yes, what would you expect to happen? If no, why?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to everyone.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Thursday, July 1st at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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33 Responses to “Guest Author: Dianne K. Salerni (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I would participate in a seance, but I wouldn’t expect anything to happen for real.
    We Hear the Dead sounds like an interesting book, I’d love to read it.
    I’m a blog follower.
    Barbed1951(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. Carol ThompsonNo Gravatar
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    +1 – For commentYes I would participate in a seance and I even think that it is possible that some seances may actually turn out to be real however I think there are a lot more charlatans out there conducting seances than real physics so I would take anything that happens or is said with a large pinch of salt.

    +2 I am a Follower.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  3. Eva SBNo Gravatar
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    +1 I might attend a seance out of curiousity and only if the other participants were aware why I was there.

    +2 I’m a follower of this blog and on Twitter @EVA_n_essence

    +3 I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/EVA_n_essence/status/15834244860
    I posted in my sidebar
    http://evasblackspot.blogspot.com

    eva.s.black[@]gmail[.]com

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  4. sRy_No Gravatar
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    +1 I would participate in a seance, but I don’t know what could happen. Maybe moving objects, energy flow, … like in the movies, but not all is true :)

    +2 follower blog and Twitter (sRy_)

    +3 tweeting: http://twitter.com/sRy_/status/15838362510

    thanks for the contest :)
    paraelisa21 (AT) hotmail(dot)com

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  5. AdelinaNo Gravatar
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    I would because I wouldn’t think anything would happen but I know I’d probably freak myself out anyways.

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  6. Mizz YasminNo Gravatar
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    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).
    – I would but I don’t really expect anything. I just like to try things and this would be one of it.

    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.
    – Yes I am a follower of this blog and on twitter
    Blog: http://www.blogger.com/profile/08458682287864937167
    Twitter: @MizzYasmin

    3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).
    – Tweeted: http://twitter.com/MizzYasmin/status/15849465054
    – Sidebar: http://ireadnireview.blogspot.com/

    ym.moc.evilnull@59znimsaya

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  7. Wicked WalkerNo Gravatar
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    +1 I would definitely participate to see what it is like..but honestly…i don’t think anything “real” would happen.

    +2 follower of blog and on twitter

    +3 tweet: http://twitter.com/wicked_walker/statuses/15852232855

    booknerdd(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. debpNo Gravatar
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    No, I wouldn’t. I already have enough annoying relatives, I don’t need to hear from the dead ones,too.LOL
    I would love to read this book, it sounds good.
    1+ for answering the question.
    moc.oohaynull@21dnikafoowt

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  9. Teresa WarnerNo Gravatar
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    I would love to participate in a seance, with the hopes of being able to comntact somebody who has passed on! moc.loanull@914renraWt

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  10. EmilyNo Gravatar
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    +1 I wouldn’t be opposed to participating in a seance necessarily but I wouldn’t really be expecting anything to happen. I think the reactions of the other people there would be a lot more interesting.

    +3 tweet: http://twitter.com/heynocupcake/status/15884493772

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  11. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    Yes, I think I would. I’m not sure what would happen. I’d probably end up laughing, knowing me.

    I follow both the blog and at twitter.
    I blogged it on my giveaways page: http://melissawatercolor.blogspot.com/p/contestsgiveaways.html
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  12. FeliciaNo Gravatar
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    I have actually participated in a seance though at the time I had no idea what we were doing. We weren’t told until later…

    thehistorychic @ Gmail . com

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  13. JessicaNo Gravatar
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    +1 I would participate in a séance, I would go into it with no expectations and an open mind because that seems to be the best for any type of experience.
    +2 follower of blog & Twitter
    +3 entries for tweeting about this contest http://twitter.com/booksake/status/15892704182

    booksake(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. SharliNo Gravatar
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    Would you participate in a séance? If yes, what would you expect to happen? If no, why?

    +1 I probably wouldn’t participate. I’m scared of that sort of thing, calling evil spirits… I’d rather read abour them :)
    +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.
    +3 tweet: http://twitter.com/Entre_Libros/status/15894533815

    Thank you!
    entrelibros_blog at hotmail.com

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  15. SiNnNo Gravatar
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    yes id go to a seance and have and it was awesome then again im all for it if u respect nature and such then its fine go for it but really its not something people should mess with with out respecting nature

    i been a follower

    moc.oohaynull@nnislatrom

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  16. ThrouthehazeNo Gravatar
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    +1 I wouldn’t participate because I don’t believe in an afterlife.

    +2 follow here and on twitter @throuthehaze

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  17. GraceNo Gravatar
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    +1 I would absolutely not participate. I have no interest in talking to anything that might answer back!!

    *3 link in sidebar @ http://www.simplygrace2.blogspot.com

    grace9979(at)live(dot)com

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  18. DarlynNo Gravatar
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    +1 will NOT participate becouse I think i’m not that brave..i thinks it’s creepy. ;p

    +2 follow the blog and twitter @darlyn5

    +3 twitted http://twitter.com/darlyn5/status/15915277722

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

    thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. BeckyNo Gravatar
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    +1 I would participate; and I wouldn’t be surprised if something did happen.

    +2 follow the blog and twitter @beckylynn83

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  20. Kelli NashNo Gravatar
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    No,I would not participate because I’m a scaredy-cat about those kinds of things.
    +1

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  22. KayaNo Gravatar
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    ku.oc.liamtohnull@nona_k
    I wouldn’t participate in a seance because I don’t think it works, also, I’m kinda scared (but we’ll just stick with the first reason, ‘kay;)

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  23. Anna ?No Gravatar
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    +1 I would definitely participate, I’d love to see what would happen. I’m not sure what I would expect though, I’d probably just keep an open mind and see what happens instead of expecting anything. Since I have no clue what would happen, I don’t think I can expect anything to happen. :P

    +2 Blog follower and twitter follower (@thegoodgonegirl)

    +3 Sidebar: http://goodgonegirl.blogspot.com

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  24. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    +1 Yes, I would expect lots of noise and drama.
    +2 I follow.

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  25. katiaNo Gravatar
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    No. The idea itself is way too creepy for me.

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  26. RedButterflyNo Gravatar
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    +1 I wouldbe dead curious to know how a séance works, what happens there but… no I wouldnt participate in it, the why?? Simply because it makes me shiver just to think about it, if while there I heard any sound I would probably faint (pretty much a coward) ^_~

    +2 blog follower

    +3 blogged about the contest (http://redbutterflyreviews.blogspot.com/2010/06/contest-dark-faerietales.html)

    lalafran(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. JustineNo Gravatar
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    +1 I’d participate in a seance, without a doubt. I mean, you can’t tell me it wouldn’t be awesome to talk to some long dead spirit. When I think of seances, I think of communicating with the dead. I’m not sure what I would expect to happen exactly, it could be outright talking, noises, visuals, etc. But I’d definitely try it.

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  28. YelaniaNo Gravatar
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    +1 entry for answering the question:
    “Yes, of course. It´s amazing!
    However, I don´t think could happen, in the real world, see phantoms or spirits. But, for curiousity, I would love participate”.

    +2 I follow this blog

    +3 Link the contest in the post “other contests” in my blog:
    http://the-itzel-library.blogspot.com/p/concursos-blogosfericos.html

    E-mail: moc.liamtohnull@yrarbil_lezti

    Best regards

    ~Yelania

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  29. Ambar EdithNo Gravatar
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    Would you participate in a séance? If yes, what would you expect to happen? If no, why?

    well maybe killers, hate, betrayed, blood, you know fiction! a great story with bad and crazy people or maybe some more realistic but intriguing.

    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

    simply_haku

    3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, linking via your sidebar.

    http://simplyhaku.splinder.com/

    http://twitter.com/simplyhaku/status/17310573005

    5. Include your email address in your comment.

    moc.liamtohnull@ukah_ylpmis

    Thanks!

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  30. sandraNo Gravatar
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    Hello!

    I wouldn’t participate in a seance because i think that i believe too much in these things to try it in reality, but I love reading about it!! =D

    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

    2. I’m a follower but i don’t have twitter

    3. +3 entries for blogging about it (http://manga-shojo.blogspot.com/2010/06/we-hear-dead-giveaway.html)

    5. Please include your email address in your comment. (se.liamtohnull@agnamydnas)

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  31. NathanNo Gravatar
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    +1 I would participate in a séance, I’d like to make contact with a kind of elemental essence
    +2 follower of blog (Nathan) & Twitter (Lestat1203)
    +3 entries for tweeting about this contest
    http://twitter.com/Lestat1203/status/17414944958

    Email: moc.liamgnull@30.21.tatseL

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  32. Stella (Ex Libris)No Gravatar
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    I would love to participate in a séance, I think it would be an interesting experience. And if I could choose whom to speak to, I would like to speak with my grandma, she died when I was 9 only, and I still miss her.

    +1 entry for answering the question
    +2 I’m an old blog follower of the blog
    +2 old Twitter follower too (@Stella_ExLibris)
    +3 posted on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000899165880&v=wall&story_fbid=134635319897219
    +3 tweeted: http://twitter.com/Stella_ExLibris/status/17501190996

    Thank you! We Hear the Dead sounds like a fantastic read, would love to read it!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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  33. Frances BartlettNo Gravatar
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    I have always wanted to participate in a seance! Even if nothing occured I think it would still be a neat experience.
    fbartlett20 at aol dot com

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