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Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween 2015! My Top Ten Favorite Horror Novels




My Top Ten Favorite Horror Novels



The month of October always puts me in the mood for a good thriller, chiller, ghost , or haunted house story.
 
   Every year I begin combing through my books looking for an old favorite and if I have the chance I try to read a recently published horror  novel  for Halloween.
 
  This year my schedule left me with little time for chills or thrills, but I have been thinking about all those books I would have read if I had had the time. So, I decided to compile a list of MY top ten favorite horror novels. 

 
 
So without further ado...



MY TOP TEN LIST OF FAVORITE HORROR NOVELS



10- House of Many Shadows by Barbara Michaels
 

Barbara Michaels was the queen of Gothic horror novels.  House of Many Shadows is one  of her oldest titles but one of most suspenseful.  Most of her novels are still in print, many of which are also available in digital format.





9- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James



I have read this book countless times and it never fails to leave me with chills.  No list of ghost stories or tales of suspense would be complete without this classic Henry James story.



8- Dracula- by Bram Stoker


What more can I say about this classic horror novel?  Pure genius or the vulgar fictions of a demented Irishman? ( * wink, wink* for Anne Rice fans)





7- The House Next Door by Anne River Siddons
 
 

While there are many classic haunted house stories out there, such as The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson,  this one ranks right up there with other, and perhaps more well known titles.   I read this book when I was a teenager and it scared the crap out of me!





6- The Fall of the House of Usher- Edgar Allan Poe

 
 
It goes without saying that Edgar Allan Poe was the master of the macabre.  The Fall of the House of Usher is his masterpiece, in my humble opinion.
 
 
 
 
 
 


5- Ghost by Noel Hynd

 
Probably best known for his spy and espionage novels, Noel Hynd can also weave a great ghost story and has a nice backlist of scary stories.  This one is not for everyone, mainly because it's so understated and the build up is a little slow.  But , the pay off is worth the wait.   I also want to give an honorable mention to another one of Hynd's ghost stories:  Cementery of Angels.
 
 
 
 


4- Ghost Story by Peter Straub

 
 
 
This is one of the most atmospheric ghost stories I've ever read, delivered at a tantalizing pace, with the tension becoming almost unbearable.  Riveting and spine tingling from start to finish. Every once in awhile I have to take this one out and re-read it.   One of the best ghost stories around.







3- The Woman in Black- Susan Hill
 
 
 

No list could be complete without adding The Woman in Black by Susan Hill.  This classic horror/ghost story is chock full of shivery chills.  For those who have only watched the movie, be aware  this book doesn't have a 'Hollywood' ending, proving once again, the book is always better.

2- Misery- Stephen King

 
 
You knew a Stephen King novel would make the list.  How could it not?   While this one is not of the supernatural persuasion,  it still counts.  Why?  Because to this date, this is the only book that gave me a full on panic attack.   I literally broke out in a cold sweat, and experienced shortness of breath.  No ghost, monsters, or vampires have ever gotten that kind of physical response from me.   Just thinking about it makes me uncomfortable.





1- House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
 
 
 

Arguably one of the best and scariest haunted house novels ever written.   This book scared me to death. It took me a long time to read it because I couldn't take the suspense, and kept having to put it aside and catch my breath.   It is unique, atmospheric, stunning!   A real classic  and one that is so far ahead of any other novels written in this genre, I wonder if there will ever be another one that could ever even come close to this one.



 





As you can tell, I am big on ghost and haunted houses, preferring the subtle and understated goosebumps over blood and gore. What are YOUR favorite scary novels?
 
 
 
 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Song of Shadows by John Connolly - A Book Review



Still recovering from his life-threatening wounds, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.

Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to regain his strength. There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. But Ruth has her secrets. Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins. Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for her.

His enemies believe him to be vulnerable. Fearful. Solitary.

But they are wrong. Parker is far from afraid, and far from alone.

For something is emerging from the shadows . . .



MY REVIEW:




A Song of Shadows (Charlie Parker, #13)A Song of Shadows by John Connolly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Song of Shadows by John Connelly is a 2015 Atria publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I kept putting this one off until I was more in the mood for a little supernatural tone with my detective stories, and there's no better time than in the month of October for a good ghost story. So, I settled in on a dark and stormy night, hoping Charlie was still the guy I have come to know and love.

I have to say, this story was absolutely incredible. A small community in Maine with a large German community is where Charlie has moved temporarily in order to continue his long physical, mental and emotional healing. It's just his luck that a couple of Nazi war criminals have recently made headlines, and a body has washed up on the shore, a case that is all but screaming at Charlie to get involved. It seems, for Charlie at least, there is no rest for the weary.




Charlie's daughter, Sam, is staying with him for a while, and reveals her own talent for seeing dead people, and maybe a little more than that, which has Charlie worried sick. But, thankfully, he has Rachel, and his old friends Angel and Louis are there to watch his back.

This story is sort of like a 'time out' for Charlie, who is outside of his usual elements here, and is hampered by his injuries. The plot is intricate and there were some rather long winded passages here and there concerning the history of the town, the war, and the reminder that some people who committed atrocities during world war two managed to escape justice, and have been living quite comfortably to boot. There were several heart stopping twist along the way with some shocking developments I never saw coming. I was completely immersed in the story involving war crimes and the puzzling mystery behind why certain people were now being targeted.

But, the storyline with Sam and her 'dead sister' was one that literally had the hair standing up on the back of my neck and chills running down my spine! The dark and sinister undertones here are going to have you on the very edge of your seat.





One thing about long running series is that the stories go through peaks and valleys, with some installments either falling flat or just barely managing to break even, while others are simply mind blowing. With thirteen books in a this series, I would say Charlie was due to take stumble, especially after the climatic conclusion of book twelve. But, this was one of the best of the lot, in my opinion. The plot was crisp and fresh, very clever, intense and sharp, offset by some humor and poignancy.

I highly recommend this book for fans of this series for sure, but even if you haven't followed the series, you can still enjoy the detective story is this one and I know once you get a taste of Charlie's otherworldly life you will want to know more. Just be sure not read it alone on a dark and stormy night!

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A Song of Shadows (Charlie Parker, #13)



John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute.

He is based in Dublin but divides his time between his native city and the United States.

This page is administered by John's assistant, Clair, on John's behalf. If you'd like to communicate with John directly, you can do so by writing to contact-at-johnconnollybooks.com, or by following him on Twitter at @JConnollyBooks.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Soul of a Man by Jamie Begley- Re- Release Sale Blitz- October 28th- 30th- Only 99 cents


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SOUL OF A MAN
Dark Souls #1
Jamie Begley
Re-Released Oct 28th, 2015
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Cara, a powerful Moirae, finds herself stranded on Earth made human by an enemy of her mother, Fate. Lost and alone, she is forced to accept the reluctant help of Jericho Hawk. Jericho is determined not to become involved with Cara, even as their sexual attraction for each other cannot keep them apart. When Cara's Cousin Grimm appears and proves Cara's crazy stories are actually true, he must overcome the horrors her mother is responsible for to gain an eternity with the woman he has come to love. 

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"I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.
Taking after my mother, I've always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.
For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.
Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.
All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”




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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Wishes for Christmas by Fern Michaels- Release Blast + Giveaway


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WISHES FOR CHRISTMAS
Fern Michaels
Releasing Oct 27th, 2015
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New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels brings together the beloved heroines from two celebrated series—the Sisterhood and the Godmothers—for a holiday to remember…

This Christmas, instead of finding and punishing bad guys, all Maggie Spritzer wants is to bring a little more joy to the world—especially to a beloved teacher from her past. And as the Sisterhood unites to find her, they learn that no holiday treat is as fulfilling as giving to others…

Meanwhile, with a little help from the other Godmothers, Toots Loudenberry is preparing for Charleston’s annual holiday showcase of historic homes. But when the Godmothers sense trouble with one of the decorators, they must tackle a mystery and hope for a happy ending…


When Sisters and Godmothers unite, the result is a warm and wonderful holiday—with a special touch of magic…

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FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood and Godmothers series, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy-five million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret. Visit her website at www.fernmichaels.com


Vivid by Jessica Wilde- Blog Tour- Feature and Spotlight

 

Title: Vivid 
Author: Jessica Wilde 
Release Date: Oct 11, 2015 
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Merrick Thatcher went through a hell that no one could possibly imagine. He fought to protect his country, his family, and the men standing at his side, but it wasn't just being a soldier overseas that changed him. He watched his friends die in front of him, felt indescribable pain, and lost his sight in the very same moment.
Badly injured, blind, and angry, he's done with war, but now he’s fighting his own battle. So, he’s waiting for it to end, spending his days and nights in a thick darkness no light can penetrate. Until Grace walks into his life and his broken eyes open to a woman that changes everything for him. A story about two flawed souls finding love amidst the grief. A love that shines vividly, even in the dark, and discovering that sometimes being broken is how the light gets in.
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Like many other foundations, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides assistance to injured soldiers as well as their families. SOWF also focuses on one of the most important challenges those families face; 'getting to their hospitalized loved ones as quickly as possible'. With grants immediately provided to the family, they can travel to be bedside with their loved one, especially for those crucial first days. SOWF also provides a scholarship program, family services (including clinical social workers, scholarship counselors, and family services counselors). With on-going support and helpful counseling to all families of fallen members in every branch of the military, they are able to help in all the ways that count. The SOWF was highly recommended to me by a recent veteran who served in Iraq. Therefore, I am thrilled to be able to help them in any way possible. Every little bit counts.
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Grace moved closer, shifting her body so she could reach my face more easily. She ended up practically standing between my legs, brushing up against my injured one whenever she rinsed off the razor.
"Take a breath, Merrick. I haven't cut you. Not yet," she chuckled.
I breathed in her sweet scent, my head swimming with arousal. She had no idea what she was doing to me. All those months shaving with a tiny mirror stuck to the wall in my CHU had been frustrating as hell. I couldn't see shit in that thing. Now I very literally couldn't see shit and she was in front of me smelling like she did, being as gentle as she was, and all those memories didn't seem like such a horrible thing.
Because now I was experiencing something even more torturous.
She positioned the razor under my nose and expertly removed the coarse hair above my lip. What would she do if I just leaned in and devoured her mouth? Would I miss her lips completely or would she meet me halfway?
She gently turned my face and started on the other side. I didn't think having her shave my face would be this intimate. In fact, I was planning on it being annoying as hell since I thought she wouldn't really know what she was doing. Asking my mother had been an option, but I didn't want her leaving Mitch either.
"Almost there. You need a haircut, too." Her voice was rough and sexy, and I had to hold back a groan when it sent blood rushing straight to my groin. "I can style it for you so it stays out of your face, but I'm no good with cutting hair."
"That sounds good," I replied. God, if she didn't finish soon, I was going to do something stupid.
She raised my chin and carefully shaved my neck. When her fingers stroked my skin to check for any areas she missed, I swallowed thickly and lost the battle completely.
My injured and stiff hand found her wrist, slowly pulling the razor away from my skin. Her gasp sent my semi-erection shooting straight up to painfully hard. The skin of her wrist was like silk under my fingers, the tiny bones so fragile. I worried that if I was too insistent, I would hurt her with just a touch.
"Merrick?" she breathed, her sweet breath caressing my chin.
"Grace ..."
I felt her racing pulse under my fingers and pulled her forward until I could feel the heat of her face so close to mine. I raised my other hand to her waist and made a cautious path up, until I gripped the back of her neck. She didn't struggle or protest, and I hoped her accelerated breaths were telling me that she was feeling the same intense pull I was.
My dry throat finally found the strength to speak, even if it was just a whisper. "I would give anything to be able to see you right now." I pulled her face closer, until the tip of her nose touched mine. The sound of the razor falling to the floor, briefly registered in my mind.


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I live in Morgan, Utah with my husband, beautiful daughter, and a couple of spoiled pups. If I'm not deeply involved in writing my next book, then I'm probably reading in the safety and quiet of my closet. I love yoga – which I now practice regularly – playing hide and seek with my daughter (only to have my hiding spots revealed by one of the pups), and I love Fruit by the Foot, Twizzlers and Peace Tea. These are great ways to bribe me into revealing secrets about what's to come.
I have an unhealthy obsession with Supernatural, The Walking Dead, and The Big Bang Theory. I also enjoy talking about them, so if you like them, too, come find me.
Writing has become an enormous part of my life and every book I write holds a special place in my heart.  If you read one of my books, I hope you have the same experience.


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