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Product Details

  • Series: America's Haunted Road Trip
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clerisy Press (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578605091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578605095
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Ambrose takes hold of readers from the first page, blending history and legend together seamlessly as she leads them through the plentiful spiritual landscape that is New Orleans. If you only read one book about the supernatural this fall, make it this one." - Chic Darling


"Let Kala Ambrose be your tour guide to the ghosts, spirits, and revenants of New Orleans. As someone who has read virtually every book about hauntings in my beloved Crescent City, I can attest that Spirits of New Orleans by Kala Ambrose ranks among the best. What so distinguishes Spirits of New Orleans from the rest of the contenders is the respect with which Ambrose treats spiritual topics—something that is indeed rare. She writes about New Orleans with love, offering practical travel advice, alongside chilling tales of ghosts and vampires. Ambrose’s writing is evocative and her eye for truth is sharp: just read her chapter on Madame LaLaurie. Highly recommended!" --- Judika Illes, author of The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells; The Encyclopedia of Spirits; and the Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints, and Sages.

"New Orleans, a city with an almost palpable mystique of the supernatural, the unknown, the unexplained. A city of Voodoo, Zombies, haunted mansions, vampires, and moldering crypts. Imagine visiting this iconic city with a trusted guide who can not only inform about the extensive ethereal population of ghosts earthbound in their old haunts, but one who can actually speak to the spirits themselves and relay their fascinating stories. In Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead, spiritual teacher, priestess, and oracle Kala Ambrose has written a fascinating book that is bound to become a paranormal classic." - Brad Steiger, author, Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places.

"Kala Ambrose's Spirits of New Orleans shows us how New Orleans is a magical city filled with hidden spiritual secrets - it is a practical, entertaining, and expert guide to its other side." - Bradford P. Keeney, Ph.D. & Hillary Keeney, Ph.D., authors, professors, and internationally renowned spiritual teachers. The Mojo Doctors, New Orleans

"Once again, Kala Ambrose delivers the supernatural goods and takes us on a wild ride as we discover the truth about the paranormal entities of one of the nation's most mysterious of all places: New Orleans." - Nick Redfern, author, Monster Diary.

"I found it to be nearly impossible to pull myself away from reading Spirits of New Orleans, as it introduced me to an unknown local history and folklore. The tips within the book were detailed and are curious enough for me to consider visiting the places mentioned in the book when I have time to spare." - Aidy Reviews

"From the moment I picked up Kala Ambrose’s Sprits of New Orleans I couldn’t put it down. Not just because it’s a well written book of spooky stories from the Big Easy, (which it is) but because it’s also an extremely practical tourist’s guide to navigating the places where they occurred. Complete, of course, with all the juicy history behind them and the author’s first hand (aka psychic) experience of them. And that’s what makes this book a must read.

With a writing style that is as engaging as her stories are compelling, Kala not only introduces you to places in this mystical city that you never knew existed, she brings you up close and personal to the intensely occult side of it that most of us never believed could. But then, as a native of Louisiana herself, what better guide could anyone have to the spiritual underbelly of New Orleans than the one written by this extremely talented spiritual intuitive.

Buy this book and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Besides, when you find yourself on a plane for New Orleans in the very near future (and, believe me, you will) you’ll be glad you did." - Marguerite Manning, Bestselling author, Cosmic Karma, Understanding Your Contract with the Universe and Sign Language, Decoding Your Contract with the Universe.

"Spirits of New Orleans, it turns out, provides a guide for the psychically gifted on where and how to approach the people of the past, but it also is a well-thought out guide even for non-believers, explaining voodoo, for instance, and the difference between real voodoo and tourist voodoo...but the best thing about it [Spirits of New Orleans] is the tips that follow each chapter-only a few of them are aimed at her fellow 'intuitives.' Many of her tips will lead you to lesser-known sites in the enchanting city and equip you with trivia answers to stump everyone at the bar." - Vera Marie Badertscher, A Traveler's Library

"Each chapter [in Spirits of New Orleans offers a detailed history of its alleged hauntedness, along with photos and travel tips from Ambrose, such as it’s safest to visit the cemeteries with a tour group during the day, what’s best at Antoine’s and Arnaud’s, and that Reverend Zombie’s House of Voodoo is a good place to have a reading. Ambrose is a psychic as well, and does include some of her eerie, extrasensory experiences at these locations." --Judy Bergeron, The Advocate

"Spirits of New Orleans is a delightful read. Chock full of fascinating stories and information about New Orleans and its history, this is a must have book for anyone drawn to the romantic, fascinating culture of that city.

Kala Ambrose shows herself to be a wonderfully imaginative writer in the best southern style. The book reads as if it were a friendly conversation. Kala Ambrose knows New Orleans like the palm of her hand, and she clearly loves the city for all of its uniqueness. The book makes the reader want to visit the place and explore everything that that she talks so engagingly about. The city as seen through the eyes of Ambrose offers a rich experience of old stories and legends, and tips on some fascinating places to go. The city with all of its spirits just comes to life in this book.

With work like this coming from the pen of Kala Ambrose, it is clear that we have a wonderful writer in our midst." - Raphael Simons, International best selling author and astrologist

From the Author

"Seeing a ghost in New Orleans is as common as having a bowl of gumbo. The question is not when, but where best to savor them both. Each person who lives or visits the city of New Orleans quickly finds their favorite haunts, which they return to time and time again." - Kala Ambrose

For more information, visit ExploreYourSpirit.com
Kala Ambrose has seen and felt ghosts and restless spirits her entire life. Through her many experiences with the supernatural and paranormal realms, she has interacted with powerful beings of light, faced encounters with beings from the dark side and seen ghosts from every walk of life. Her new book Spirits of New Orleans shares historical information so that travelers can enjoy learning about the history of New Orleans while exploring the sites around the city in a unique way.

Join me on this magical mystery tour as I become your "Travel Guide to the Other Side".  As your travel guide, I'll point out the history, mystery and legends of the city that you may have passed by before without knowing what lay in wait inside. I'll also share with you which ghosts are still actively haunting the city and why.  By the end of this journey, you may also find yourself enchanted and charmed by the spirit of Louisiana and New Orleans.

For those of you who have never been to the city, I'm going to introduce you to the lady and beguile you into falling in love with her and for those of you have been to NOLA and haven't been back in a while, I'm going to help you fall in love all over again.

In my book, Spirits of New Orleans, we will explore the history of the city and those who decided to make it their eternal home as a resting place for some and a point of revenge for others.  As the legendary Bette Davis once said, "Fasten your seatbelts, we're in for a bumpy ride" as we delve into voodoo curses, vampire legends, lost souls, and the "Cities of the Dead."

Once the romance of the city is fully in bloom, I'll be your guide into the dark side of the city, where ghosts haunt the streets and every corner.  I'll show you where I've run into ghosts and other supernatural entities in broad daylight and on foggy nights and share with you some of the most haunted sites in the city.

At the end of this ride, you'll come away knowing a great deal about the history of New Orleans and her people as well as the ghosts who decided they never wanted to leave.

More About the Author

Award winning author, national columnist, inspirational speaker, and host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Radio and TV Show, Kala Ambrose's teachings are described as discerning, empowering and inspiring. Whether she's speaking with world-renowned experts on the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, writing about empowering lifestyle choices, reporting on new discoveries in the scientific and spiritual arenas or teaching to groups around the country, fans around the world tune in daily for her inspirational musings and lively thought-provoking conversations.

A highly interactive teacher on a mission to educate, entertain and inspire, Kala teaches and writes about ancient wisdom teachings and how their techniques can be used in modern day living. Her books, The Awakened Aura: Experiencing the Evolution of Your Energy Body and 9 Life Altering Lessons: Secrets of the Mystery Schools Unveiled both cover these topics.

In addition, Kala shares her love of history, travel and the spirit world in her books Spirits of New Orleans and Ghosthunting North Carolina. Her books are designed to explore the history of cities in an entertaining manner while sharing haunted stories and offering travel tips on how to best see the cities to shop, dine, stay, and visit the haunted sites.

Kala writes for the Huffington Post, the Examiner, AOL, Yahoo and Fate Magazine and presents workshops nationally on the Mind/Body/Spirit connection including Auras and Energy Fields, Developing Business Intuition, Haunted History, and Wisdom Teachings at the Omega Institute, John Edward Presents Infinite Quest, the Learning Annex, LilyDale Assembly, and Daily Om. More at www.ExploreYourSpirit.com

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All of her books are written in a format that is comfortable to read.
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If you haven't been to new Orleans, and I think everyone should experience the city you will definitely be planning a trip after reading this book.
Laura
This book was places & events that I found very interesting, Kala has great insight and feel for the city and it shows in her writing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KOHara on October 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was so much more than expected! I loved the way Ambrose weaves history with her observations - then throw in her gift to see what most of us do not- and you have a powerful true GUIDE to all things New Orleans. This book was written so well, and I could not put it down, and I just hope the author will write more about this city and the spirits and legends she knows and sees - IT IS A MUST HAVE book for anyone who is interested in history, travel and the "other side". A MUST!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebel Regan on December 7, 2012
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If I ever make it to New Orleans (as I have planned in my life sometime, I want to look you up and have you be my real life tour guide. As a paranormal investigator, I found this book to be a great guide in and around the dark sides of New Orleans.

This book is filled with so much; ghosts, death, and voodoo. it was a great road map of solid information for someone who's into taking dark tours or investigates the unknown. The book is well written. This is saying A LOT; a huge plus for someone who has read a ton of paranormal based guides. The grammar, spelling and outline of the stories had an easy to follow flow to them. Kala is articulate and portrays that in the way she's composed this book.

I enjoyed the fact that she puts a personal take on some of the stories, leaves it more personable over dry textbook style as other paranormal road map books have been.

If you're into the paranormal, ghost hunting, historical events or spooky ghost stories read this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vicky VINE VOICE on April 2, 2013
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This book could of been filled with a lot more info if it didn't review/tell you about so many hotels. Yes they are haunted but so are so many other places in New Orleans that it seems it was wasted. Also this book said it would guide you, guide you into taking haunted tours maybe that's about it....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra R Spotleson on November 24, 2012
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I took the tours in New Orleans and this book brought the memories back. I felt as though I was
physically seeing them all again. The cemerities made you feel the spirits and walking down
Bourbon Street made you feel alive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By APR on April 21, 2013
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I enjoyed this book ... wish I'd had it when I visited New Orleans. I did wonder about the dates given re the Ursuline convent - it sounds like the French nuns came to New Orleans during the troubled times shortly before the French Revolution, but the convent was established in 1727, per the book, and a timeline found for the French Revolution seems to begin that period in 1788. Still, a good read. and plan to read more of Kala's books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott on February 1, 2013
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My girlfriend and I visited New Orleans for the first time during the summer of 2011, and I was instantly hooked. The city is steeped in such rich history, and there's this feeling about the place that's hard to explain if you haven't been there...one of my favorite cities, for sure, and not just because of Bourbon Street. We took a 'ghost tour' through the French Quarter on our last night there (which was actually good and not corny), and the experience has stuck with me ever since. I read this book in hopes of somehow rekindling some of those memories or at least gaining more insight into some of the places we visited, such as the LaLaurie Mansion (imposing and creepy in person), and having a couple beers at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar. But alas, you just have to be there... To the author's credit, the book is well written and does draw you in, but the chapters I was most interested in (such as the chapters on the LaLaurie Mansion and the Blacksmith Shop) didn't deliver as expected because I already knew those details (although the author definitely did her research here). The author basically said she couldn't sense much activity at either location - the LaLaurie Mansion in particular gave me goosbumps just being on the other side of the street from it! The Blacksmith Shop was also pretty eerie and unsettling, even while surrounded by drunk people... I guess it was the time of day she visited both places. The book is worth a shot if you're interested in reading about the history and mystery of New Orleans. Parts of it became a little too 'new age' for my taste, and nothing compares to actually being there, but it's a pretty good guide if you're planning a trip. 3.5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NicholeCase on September 24, 2012
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I've been to New Orleans many times and can't wait to go back with Kala's book in hand. The level of detail on where to go and what to expect is truly spectacular. And I love that ALL my favorite New Orleans hot spots are here with great stories and history. My favorite thing about this book is that as I read through it, I'm right back in one of my favorite cities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura on September 16, 2012
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I loved Spirts of New Orleans. Growing up in Louisiana part of my life I felt that Kala truly expressed the city
I know and love. The book has something for everyone, the history, the food, the ghosts. She really makes you feel
like you are there walking with her as she writes. If you haven't been to new Orleans, and I think everyone should
experience the city you will definitely be planning a trip after reading this book.
Thank you so much Kala for writing and letting the world know what a very special place this is.

LauraSpirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead (America's Haunted Road Trip)
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