Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

 

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR! You can also just share what you are currently reading. It’s very easy to play along, as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

 

  • -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Aki's GiftIt wasn’t that he was afraid of what would happen to him; Clarence was more worried about what he might do to the intruder, whoever it was, should they find him and corner him. Whatever was taking him over, inch by inch… it was an animal, just waiting to be let out of it’s cage.

~Aki’s Gift by Howard Scarrow

Music Monday

Music Monday

Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

My choice for today is:

Don’t Give Up On Me

Andy Grammer


I will fight
I will fight for you
I always do until my heart
Is black and blue

And I will stay
I will stay with you
We’ll make it to the other side
Like lovers do

I’ll reach my hands out in the dark
And wait for yours to interlock
I’ll wait for you
I’ll wait for you

I’m not givin’ up
I’m not givin’ up, givin’ up
No not yet
Even when I’m down to my last breath
Even when they say there’s nothin’ left
So don’t give up on…

I’m not givin’ up
I’m not givin’ up, givin’ up
No not me
Even when nobody else believes
I’m not goin’ down that easily
So don’t give up on me

And I will hold
I’ll hold onto you
No matter what this world’ll throw
I won’t shake me loose

I’ll reach my hands out in the dark
And wait for yours to interlock
I’ll wait for you
I’ll wait for you

I’m not givin’ up
I’m not givin’ up, givin’ up
No not yet
Even when I’m down to my last breath
Even when they say there’s nothin’ left
So don’t give up on…

I’m not givin’ up
I’m not givin’ up, givin’ up
No not me
Even when nobody else believes
I’m not goin’ down that easily
So don’t give up on me

Whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa
Yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

I will fight
I will fight for you
I always do until my heart
Is black and blue

Sunday Shelfies – Ty Mini Boos

Mini BoosLast Sunday saw the final book shelfie, and I could stop there, but I thought I’d share a few of my non-book shelves with you. After all this blog isn’t just a book blog.

The first shelf I’m sharing is the one above my Bowie Shelf. It houses my Mini Boo collection.

Mini Boos are small, hand-painted figurines. There are 4 series of Mini Boos plus a set of Paw Patrol Mini Boos. There are 13 Mini Boos in the first three series, eleven in the fourth and 6 Paw Patrol figurines. I have Mini Boos from the first three series, but none from series 4 or the Paw Patrol set.

There is a Mystery Chaser in each series, which is produced in fewer numbers and harder to find.

duplicates

The Mini Boos are sold individually in “blind” boxes and you have to open the box to discover which figurine is inside.

The downside of buying them blind is the number of duplicate figurines… I have quite a few.

 

 

Series One

Have

  • Slush – husky
  • Fantasia – unicorn
  • Bamboo – panda
  • Leona – leopard
  • Safari – giraffe
  • Duke – dog
  • Dotty – leopard (Mystery Chaser)

 


Missing

Waddles – penguin / Coconut – monkey / Pinky – owl / Kiki – cat / Sammy – owl / Icy – seal

 

Series Two

Have

  • Boom Boom – panda
  • Gilbert – giraffe
  • Blueberry – monkey
  • Ice Cube – penguin
  • Skylar – husky
  • Squirt – seal
  • Tundra – tiger
  • Tabitha – cat

 


Missing

Glitter – unicorn / Tasha – leopard / Owlette – owl / Precious – dog / Glitz – unicorn (Mystery Chaser)

 

Series Three

Have

  • Glider – penguin
  • Amethyst – unicorn
  • Speckles – leopard
  • Cracker – bear
  • Muffin – cat
  • Bubblegum – unicorn
  • Gilda – flamingo
  • Saffire – dragon (Mystery Chaser)

 


Missing

Neal – seal / Cherry – monkey / Oscar – owl / Patsy – poodle / Fetch – dalmatian

 

Saturday Spotlight

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Kurtain Motel by A.I. Nasser

“Confess!”

Kurtain MotelPatrick Lahm is down on his luck. Late for his book signing, out of gas and stuck in a storm. He hitches a ride to the Kurtain Motel where he is forced to spend the night. The small motel seems harmless enough at first, but as the night drags on, Patrick and the other guests slowly begin to realize there is a lot more to their temporary lodging than meets the eye.

Something evil is at work at the Kurtain Motel; something that creeps into the deepest, darkest corners of your mind and tugs at the chords of sanity until they finally break. On the longest night of his life, Patrick soon finds out that there is a reason why skeletons are kept in closets. He realizes that your sins always find a way to catch up with you, no matter how hard you try to run.

Welcome to the Kurtain Motel, where all your nightmares come true.

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My Review:

A rundown motel, a storm and a group of stranded strangers… a good setting for a fairly creepy story.

Hitchhiking after running out of gas, Author, Patrick Lahm, is picked up and taken to the motel by a priest. The storm prevents him from making any phone calls and leaves them both stranded at the motel with several other travellers.
As it turns out, most of the guests have something in common, they have all ‘sinned’, and something at the motel wants them to confess. The guests hear and see things connected to their sins, and no-one is able to leave.

Some characters had good background stories and were fleshed out, however not all of them. I would have liked to know more about the people and their sins. That, and the fact that some characters were killed ‘off-screen’, along with an ending that left me with more questions than answers, let the book down.

 

The Author:

A.I. NasserAt the age of four, Ahmed I. Nasser’s parents decided that the best way to keep a hyperactive child occupied was to teach him how to read and constantly bombard him with books. Since then, the world of imagination has constantly consumed him. He quickly decided that the only way to feel fulfilled was to spend his time writing one story after the other, even opting out of a career as a pediatrician, despite ten years of struggling through med-school.

Influenced by Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, he has been writing since the age of 12 while travelling the world with his family. Now, finally settled in Egypt, he divides his time between teaching Middle School English Literature and finding the best ways to scare his family and friends.

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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

 

Five reads for November

 
These five books are on my to-read list this month.
The first two are for blog tours over on Just Books. The third was offered to me by the author, and the other two I requested from Voracious Readers Only.

I have already read two of the books for this month, and will probably fit in a few more, although I’m spending a good bit of my free time making Christmas cards.

 

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Honor Among Vampires
by Elizabeth Guizzetti

Honor Among Vampires

Principality of Moldovia, 1509

While her beloved husband is away at war, Agata manages their estate and dairy. One night, she is called to assist a first-year heifer. She does not know a vampire lurks in the darkness. Agata wakes in the birthing barn disoriented, wounded, bitten, and defiled. Her son is injured, but alive. The herdsman is discovered with his throat gnawed open. Several cows are missing.

Plunged into a strange existence of monstrous cravings, she moves to secure her children’s futures before the details of the attack is known. News spreads quickly in her village. With the conviction she might regain her honor by defeating the vampire, Agata leaves her parish. Unaided, she crosses the mountains to an ancient crumbling Roman fort where it is said the vampire resides. However, the vampire doesn’t live alone.

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The Moon Hunters
by Anya Pavelle

The Moon Hunters

 
The Pestilence sweeps the globe with terrifying speed. A group of survivors finds an island sanctuary.

Three generations later, no one has heard from the outside world in years. The old radio only crackles with static. The Pestilence either finished its job or the world tore itself apart.

In the Village of Lehom, Leilani has been called to court as a Virtue by the King. Going to court means losing her independence and self-respect. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have a choice.

Leilani decides to take a stand; the King be damned. She plans a daring escape and sets in motion a series of events that will shake the foundation of her village and the island to its core.

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Knowing Rogan
by Valarie Savage Kinney

Knowing Rogan

 
Knowing Rogan.

Unwanted. Neglected. Unloved. The proverbial luck o’ the Irish had never smiled much on Rogan O’Connor. After losing his parents to a heroin overdose, Rogan aches for a sense of stability. Though his childhood left much to be desired, it’s even worse floundering along with no family at all. Unsure how to manage his burgeoning psychic ability or his increasingly problematic temper, he struggles to grasp his place in the world. In the midst of it all, he meets someone who changes his life forever… but will the scars of his past sabotage his chance for a future with the woman he loves?

Knowing Rogan is the fifth book in the Secrets of Windy Springs series. Grab your copy today and find out what mysteries await within the magical forest at Windy Springs.

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Mortom
by Erik Therme

Mortom

Andy Crowl barely knew his recently deceased cousin, Craig Moore, so he’s especially surprised to be named as the sole beneficiary in Craig’s will. Not that there’s much to inherit: just an empty bank account and a run-down house.

Once Andy arrives in the town of Mortom, however, he’s drawn into his puzzle-obsessed cousin’s true legacy: a twisted and ominous treasure hunt. Beckoned by macabre clues of dead rats and cemetery keys, Andy jumps into the game, hoping to discover untold wealth. But unsavory secrets—and unanswered questions about Craig’s untimely demise—arise at every turn, leading Andy to wonder if he’s playing the game…or if the game is playing him.

Something’s rotten in Mortom. And this dead man’s game might not be all that Andy is doomed to lose.

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Aki’s Gift
by Howard Scarrow

Aki's Gift

 

Clarence Stodden will never forget the day he received that package. Aki’s Gift follows Clarence and his oldest friend, Maggie Bauer, as they attempt to rid Clarence of Aki’s terrible curse before it takes him over completely. Inspired by classic horror, Aki’s Gift takes place in a small Southern Ontario town where things like this aren’t supposed to happen. Clarence must learn to finish something for the first time in his life before he is consumed by Aki’s curse.

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Lie To Me by Samantha Calcott

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4 boys. 3 broken hearts. 2 soulmates. 1 story.
An MM, BDSM romance novel.

 
Lie to meIt started with detention. After all, where else are a Goth, a jock, a nerd, and a loner going to meet, let alone strike up a friendship?

Frankie didn’t mean to get detention. He had no idea his mumbled comments about the teacher’s attitude could be heard by everyone.

Taylor only wanted a quick snog with a boy in a broom closet. He didn’t expect the boy to turn tail and run, leaving him to take the punishment.

Allen pushed Joe into a locker. Joe gave him a kick in the pants. And so they both wound up in trouble.

Four disparate boys. Eight hours of forced camaraderie. And a friendship to last a lifetime. Until, of course, their hearts get involved…

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Excerpt:

      Frankie stood up and turned Taylor to face him. His face was red, eyes bright with wide pupils. He was gorgeous. So gorgeous. Frankie bent his head and swept him into his arms, kissing both of their breaths away.
      Taylor wound his arms around Frankie’s neck and kissed back, not as soft and pliant as he usually was. This kiss came from somewhere deep in both their souls, and Frankie didn’t ever want it to end.
      When it did, he pressed his forehead to Taylor’s, still holding him close.
      “Tay?”
      “Hmm?”
      “I was thinking … this summer … I don’t want us to be ‘friends who play’,” Frankie said. “I don’t want to keep doing this. I want you, Taylor. I want to be more than a friend, more than a Master. I want to be your boyfriend. Just you and me. Exclusive.”
      He had been thinking about that ever since his birthday surprise. The sex was great, but he didn’t want to play anymore. He was ready to be serious. He wanted Taylor, only Taylor. And he wanted Taylor to want only him just as much. It was a risk he was taking. If Taylor said no, it would break his heart.
      “I — I want that, too,” Taylor said, his voice soft. “I want you, Frankie. Only you.” His hand came to Frankie’s cheek, and he could feel it trembling.

      I love you, he thought but didn’t say. Instead he leaned down and kissed his boyfriend, feeling electricity spark beneath his skin. Nothing in his life had ever felt so right, so perfect, or so wonderful before.
      “This summer, no more hiding,” he whispered. “The world will know that you’re mine … and I am yours.”

 

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About the Author:

Samantha Calcott

Samantha Calcott is a secret lover of romance when it’s done right, and after years of writing under another pen name in the horror and paranormal genres, she decided to dip her toe into a brand-new genre.

She’s a Chicago native who spent nearly a decade in the gritty heart of Los Angeles, where sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll reign. When not writing, she’s reading, at a concert, or cooking.

She currently lives in Arizona and also writes horror and paranormal books as USA Today bestselling author Lily Luchesi.

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