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Texas has no shortage of interesting stories, but few are as bizarre as the mysterious “Lady in Blue.” Her story begins as a young girl in seventeenth century Spain, in a convent – her home – that she would never physically leave during her sixty three years. María Jesus de Ágreda was a devout Spanish nun who dedicated her life to the Catholic faith. She would become a legend in areas of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas without ever stepping foot outside of her country, or her own hometown.

At the age of eighteen, Maria experienced the first of what would become many mystical transitions from the physical world into the spiritual. One day during prayer in the convent, Maria reportedly went into a trance-like state. A beggar who had come to the convent to pray witnessed the event and reported that a blue light suddenly enveloped the young nun as she knelt. The light was said to have lifted her several feet above the floor as she remained unmoving and seemingly still in prayer.

As time went on, Maria began to experience these trances during her daily routine. She said that she was blessed with visions in which she saw dark-colored people in the wilderness of the Southwestern United States. She said she often spoke with them and shared her faith with them in hopes that they would seek out the word of God. It is believed she made over 500 of these visits in a process known as bi-location, teleportation, or as astral projection – the ability to physically be in one place and spiritually in another at the same time.

Maria would often visit the Jumano Indian people of Texas, which resulted in their desire to receive instruction in the Catholic Faith. During her visitations, it is said that she came to them speaking their native tongue, though she had never learned their language. When asked about this peculiarity she said that she simply traveled to deliver a message and God provided her a way to communicate with the Indians. Five years after her death in 1665, a book she authored titled The Mystical City of God was published. It outlined her extraordinary views and experiences and is said to be one of the most controversial texts in the history of the church.

Throughout the recent centuries many people have often reported seeing the spirit of the Lady in Blue visit them in times of need, sickness, or desperation. In the 1840s it is reported that she appeared in Sabinetown to care for those afflicted by a “black tongue” epidemic, and suddenly disappeared when the illness was finally under control. Her legend lives on in Southwestern Texas where many believe she is constantly watching over them, still performing in death the work she loved in life.
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Product Details

  • Series: America's Haunted Road Trip
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clerisy Press (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578603595
  • ASIN: B0058M79EA
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,740,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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April Slaughter is the author of two books and numerous articles on ghosts, hauntings, psychical research and the unexplained. As an active paranormal researcher for nearly twenty years, she has delved into almost every facet of the unknown from spirits and psychic phenomena to UFO's, Cryptozoology and more. She is one of America's leading researchers into the study of Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP), Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC), and is the first to introduce her personal experiences with Induced After Death Communication (IADC) to the paranormal field.

She began her journalism career in 2006 writing and working for TAPS Paramagazine - published by the SyFy channel's Ghost Hunters. In 2008, she co-founded The Paranormal Source, Inc., a non-profit research and education corporation. April is also the author of the popular traveler's series book Ghosthunting Texas, and she continues to write articles for various paranormal publications. When she isn't traveling around the country for research and numerous speaking engagements, she and her twin daughters enjoy a quiet existence among family and friends (both seen and unseen) in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ~ S ~ on September 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
"If you take three of my favorite things - cemeteries, ghost stories and thunderstorms - and roll them all together into one experience, you'd have my definition of a perfect day." ~ April Slaughter

Chances are, if you found your way to reading a review of this book, then you're someone who can fully identify with this personal revelation made by the author, April Slaughter (and yes, she also happens to have one of the most enviable surnames one can carry in the paranormal field...lucky lady indeed). I've yet to find many truly passionate enthusiasts of the field that didn't prefer a cemetery to a playground, a horror flick to a romantic comedy or a stormy day to a sunny one...and if that's the case for you too, then immersing yourself in the adventures of Ghosthunting Texas will be like taking a road trip with your best friend.

My solitary experience with Texas has been driving straight through it and spending perhaps twenty minutes at a rest stop (and it was the nicest rest stop I've yet to see, ever, no joke) while on a long distance move across the country. Now I can safely say I have at least thirty-one solid reasons to visit the state...investigating the thirty locations disclosed in this book and convincing Ms. Slaughter to swap stories with me over coffee. (Not to mention the additional twenty-two locations she lists at the back of the book bringing the grand total to fifty-two reputedly haunted locales, score!). Many of the locations are well known and considered a `no-brainer' for any investigator to visit such as the Majestic Theatre, the Oaklea Mansion Bed & Breakfast, the Driskill Hotel and of course, The Alamo (right now I'm biting my fingers not to quote or make reference to a movie about a stolen bicycle...ok, I guess I just halfway failed).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kala Ambrose on February 26, 2010
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As host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, I've interviewed April to discuss her personal experiences with the paranormal, her work with TAPS, and her book - Ghosthunting Texas. I've lived in Texas before and it's a state full of rich history with a wide variety of haunted sites and unexplained phenomena.

Are you interested in exploring the paranormal haunted world of Texas? If so, then April is your go to guide! When I'm in Texas conducting paranormal research, April is who I want by my side for the journey and if she's not available, her book, GhostHunting Texas is the next best thing, packed with all the best places to explore with detailed information on each site. As the saying goes, Don't Mess with Texas, plenty of people have tried and their ghosts remain to share their stories. With April's GhostHunting Texas as your guide, you'll explore the biggest and spookiest places across the state! A great resource for a paranormal research group or enthusiast and a unique way to have some vacation fun if you're traveling through the state and want to bring the family to some of the sites to check them out. Guaranteed to be a vacation to remember for a lifetime and as a bonus, a unique way to learn more about the history of the state.

Love all the America's Haunted Road Trip series, I've had several of the authors on the show from various states and plan to have lots more as they cover all 50 haunted states.

Kala Ambrose - author, intuitive, paranormal researcher and host of Explore Your Spirit radio [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Norton on September 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have been waiting a long time for a book like this. I've been interested in the paranormal for years, and want to see and experience as much as I can. But how do I find the places to investigate? How do you separate the legitimate haunts from the legends? Do I need special permission to visit certain places? Well, this book will help you with that. The places were visited by April, or people she knows, and the experiences are legitimate. The best part of all, is that they are places that are open to the public. You don't have to worry about getting permission or special access. You can just go stay in that hotel or bed and breakfast, visit that store, eat at that restaurant! This book has basically given me a check list of all the places I need to visit and try to have some experiences of my own.

The book is also just very well written and entertaining. Even if you have no interest in visiting or investigating any of the locations on your own, it's still a great read and will entertain you for several hours reading about the history of the places and the experiences others have had there.

I whole heartedly recommend this book. I will also be putting April Slaughter on my list of authors to watch so I can purchase her future projects as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Melchior on September 25, 2009
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The topic and genre of the Paranormal has always interested me, I have purchased a lot of books on the subject and enjoyed about 2. In a lot of the books the author rushes through thinking the amount of experiences, places or events is what makes a good book. Its not, especially in this genre. I travel a lot and try to pick up local ghost books in each area I visit, I stumbled on this book here on the Amazon site and I must say I picked it up and enjoyed every page. What makes a great ghost story or hunting book? Sure the places add a lot especially ones you can actually travel to or ones you even have been to and didn't know it was supposed to be haunted. But its the stories, its how personal the author makes it to their own experiences and taking the time to understand that a good ghost story or ghosthunting story is just that...a ghost story. This book brings to life places you can put on your to-do list, go see and experience for your self. This is the kind of book that after you read and viit one of these places, whether you experience anything or not you will get chills remembering what you had read from the book. If you have any interest in this genre at all, this book belongs in your library. Period.
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