Welcome to my website! My name is Rhetta Akamatsu and I am an author.
I write mostly about ghosts and haunted places, but I also write about history and blues music.
I have a new book, just out October 28, 2010!
The Irish Slaves is a non-fiction account of a little-known part of world history, the story of the enslavement of the Irish, first literally and then as indentured servants and contract labor.
You can order it directly from the publisher at the link below,or on Amazon and other online bookstores and at quality independent bookstores everywhere.
I am proud to say that the Kindle version of The irish Slaves recently reached the top twenty in Amazon's Hot New Releases in Irish History!
The statistics update daily, so this result will vary.
They came in the holds of overcrowded ships, packed in among cargo and animals. They were sold to others to work as hard and under as dismal conditions as their owners chose. They were taken to the West Indies, to Barbados, to the American colonies, and beyond.
A familiar story, is it not? But these immigrants, derived of all personal freedom, were Irish, and their servitude started long before African slavery was common.
Even among those not enslaved, many were treated nearly the same as indentured servants, or later as contract labor on the railroads, mines,and other dangerous tasks.
Your eyes will be opened by this book if you dare to allow them to be, as you learn more of this nearly forgotten part of world history.
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My next most recent book is Haunted Marietta, published by the History Press as part of the Haunted America Series:
From the back cover:
(Click to hear this read by Tami Scheinman)
"Few places have continued to grow, prosper and maintain a small-town atmosphere and sense of history like Marietta, Georgia.
Of course, a sense of community is not the only preserved presence from the past...
Paranormal specialist and Marietta resident Rhetta Akamatsu combines her research with a passion for history to deliver a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the area's rich and, in some cases, undying spirit. Hear the whispers of Confederate generals still echoing in the Kolb farmhouse; cozy up with the unsettled spirits of the 1848 House; meet the phantoms lurking throughout Marietta Square; and brush up on your local history if you dare summon the ghosts of Marietta. "
In writing about Haunted Marietta, I combined my own knowledge of "ghost hunting" or paranormal investigation and that of many of my friends. I also did research in the Geneology section of the library, consulted other books about ghosts and haunted places, collected stories from my friends, family, and long-time Marietta residents, and did extensive research on the Internet. My husband and I, along with my friend Crystal Pinson and my daughter Rose Gillespie, visited many cemeteries, historical places, and allegedly haunted houses to take photos and gather information. It was fun, and the resulting book has got great reviews and was listed on Amazon.com's Hot New Releases in Georgia History over several months. Look in my photos to see photos of some of the haunted places which did not make it into the book, and use the publicity link to see some other people's comments about Haunted Marietta.
Haunted Marietta is available at major bookstores on and offline.
If your bookstore does not have it, order it! ISBN: 1596297379
As well as Haunted Marietta, I have other paranormal books, websites, and edit a journal!
Click here to learn about my other books and sites.
But I am not just interested in the paranormal. I also love music, especially the blues. I have a blues book,titled T'ain't Nobody's Business: Blues Women Past and Present.
T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do chronicles the lives of seventeen blues women, including Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Sippie Wallace, Irma Thomas, Ruth Brown, Saffire, Bonnie Raitt, Maricia Ball, Saffire, Francine Reed, Janis Joplin, and others. You will learn the details of their lives and careers and find extensive discographies as well. These women were the Blues Queens in the past, and in the present they are a vital and continuing influence on contemporary music and women's history.
In addition to the books, I am the Atlanta Blues Examiner for Examiner.com.I write several columns weekly dealing with the Atlanta blues scene, covering blues concerts and events, Atlanta blues historyand blues singers , and blues news. Follow me here:
I have a Blue News Directory to offer you all the news of concerts, festivals, articles, and more at http://bluesnews.boomja.com
BluesATL has a Twitter page of its own. Follow it here for the best blues news :
In addition to all this, I am the Associate Managing Editor and a frequent contirbutor to The Journal of Anomolous Sciences, now housed at the beautiful Dimension Zone website.