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Ghost Stories And Psychic Phenomenon At LIAG Book Discussion

Originally Posted: February 12, 2010

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

The book titles that were discussed at the Long Island Authors Group "First Wednesday: series. (Douglas Harrington)

Hauppauge - As the weather turned cold and scary at the start of the month, so too did the conversation as two writers from the Long Island Authors Group (LIAG), whose subject matter is ghosts and psychic phenomenon, addressed a gathering at the Sheraton Hotel.

Writer/photographer Kerriann Flanagan Brodsky is the author of two volumes that deal with paranormal activity specific to Long Island. "Ghost of Long Island" and "Ghosts of Long Island II: More Tales of the Paranormal" are two critically acclaimed titles with brisk sales that reveal and explain the haunted homes and tales in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Several of the homes in both volumes are set in the Hamptons including the Rogers Mansion in Southampton, which is the location of the Southampton Historical Society, and the home called "East Wind" in Hampton Bays in the recently release second volume.

Psychic Cindi Sansone-Braff and ghost hunter Kerriann Flanagan Brodsky.

The event was part of the LIAG's "First Wednesdays Author Series." The organization's mission is to "encourage, support and promote authorship, primarily in the Long Island, New York area." To that end Brodsky not only spoke about her books, ghost hunting and other related topics, she gave a brief primer on publishing, marketing and networking. Brodsky also has an Italian cookbook in her title list and is presently at work on a documentary related to her paranormal expertise.

Brodsky was joined by renowned Long Island psychic and tarot card reader Cindi Sansone-Braffwho is the author of "Grant Me a Higher Love." Her book is a highly spiritual and deeply emotional How-To title that explains how to "go from the relationship from hell to one that is heaven sent by scaling the ladder of love."

Named the 2010 Psychic of the Year by the LI Press, Sansone-Braff shared the process of her gift and specific, albeit appropriately anonymous, details of numerous readings she has given over the years, which total more than 10,000. Sansone-Braff noted that her clients "include both the Nassau and Suffolk County Police Departments" and many of her stories about contact with those who have "crossed over" raised goose bumps on the attendees.

Guests in attendance at the LIAG First Wednesday Author's Series have the opportunity to order cocktails and dinner during the event. It was an interesting and illuminating evening presented by two charming and articulate Long Island authors.

Next up in the series is a March 3 talk by Patrick Astre, author of "This Is Not Your Parents Retirement." Astre will advise attendees on how to live long and prosper in layman's terms. The presentation will also include a discussion of tax advantages for writers.

For more information go to www.longislandauthorsgroup.org.

Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com Hamptons HamptonsOnline HamptonsOnline

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