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Ahead of their live video chat for BingeBooks Book Club this October 26, psychological thriller author Sarah A Denzil and paranormal fantasy author Steffanie Holmes – joined by horror author Darcy Coates – talk horror and Halloween.

 

BingeBooks(BB): Sarah, Steff and Darcy, can you tell us about writing and reading scary/creepy/horror books – with your own books in mind of course.

Sarah:

I love to create atmosphere with the location of my books. My favourite creepy books are from Gothic fiction where the buildings are tall and creepy, or the main characters live on the wild moors.

In my books, I have two buildings that stand out to me. In The Housemaid, Highwood Hall, a Tudor mansion, is full of secret passages and nooks. And in You Are Invited, Sfantul Mihail, the old Romanian monas…

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October is my bookiversary, head on over to my bookiversary blog post, where you can download some free first-in-series ebooks so you can test out a new series!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

It probably doesn’t surprise you that I read a good number of cozy mysteries. They’re fun, easy to read, and keep me thinking about new plots for my own. You see a lot of similar plots and situations across cozy mystery series. Readers like the tropes. I just read Beaches, Bungalows & Burglaries by Tonya Kappes, and she has inverted one of the usual tropes with great results.

Many cozy mystery series begin with the sleuth inheriting a store or home, sometimes from a previously unknown relative, so that she is a…

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Hope you had a chance to pick up some freebies this weekend. If not, you can still get the first three books in the Parks Pat Mysteries series for one low price. And a few of these freebies might still be available.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

Stop at Nothing is the first book in Michael Ledwidge’s Michael Gannon series, and it starts off with a splash. A Gulfstream jet ends up in the drink in the Bahamas, with only one witness (and one who cannot call for help, due to a recent fishing mishap involving his radio antennae.) Fisherman Michael Gannon checks out the wreck, and you might think that would be the end of it, especially when he decides to do a little property recovery from the luggage that…

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HOW TO GET A JOB - by Mark Twain — I love this story.
 
Higbie was the first person to profit by my great and infallible scheme for finding work for the unemployed. I have tried that scheme now and then for forty-four years. So far as I am aware it has always succeeded and it is one of my high prides that I invented it.
 
I said, “What kind of a job do you want?”
 
He said, “Why, laborer. They get five dollars a day.”
 
I said, “If that’s all you want I can arrange it for you. If you will do as I tell you to do and don’t try to improve on my instructions you shall have the job before night.”
 
He said eagerly, “I’ll obey the instructions, I don’t care what they are.”
 
“Well,” I said, “go there and say that you want work as a laborer; that you are tir…

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I am so freaking excited to share this with you girls today!!!!!!! We've waited three years for this book and I can't wait for you all to read it!!

A cocky movie star who wants the love of his life back.
A sassy heroine who refuses to make it easy for him.
A second chance romance filled with heat, snark, and characters who will have you laughing, swooning, and cheering for their HEA.


Blurb –

Drugs.
Alcohol.
Fame.
Just a few of my addictions.
It’s time to kick every last one of them because they’re slowly killing me.
I flush the drugs.
Empty the bottles of booze.
Quit the movie I’m supposed to begin filming next week.
I commit career suicide and head to the middle of nowhere to get clean.
They send me a sober companion to hold my hand.
Only problem is, they send my greatest weakness.
Jes…

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Many people seem to think that single parent families and blended families were a rarity until the increased prevalence of divorce in recent decades. Genealogy tells a different story. In researching my ancestors and those of other people, I have indeed found very few that were divorced, but I have also found very few children who grew up with both parents, and many who grew up in blended families.


People tended to die much younger in previous eras, and the surviving spouse often remarried. Many women died in childbirth or as a result of complications from it. The combination of fewer safety protections and lesser medical knowledge meant people were much more likely to die from accidents and common diseases, even well into the twentieth century. People do tend to be aware of these facts,…

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If you missed my sweet post on National S’more Day last week, you might want to check it out for some variations on your favourite fireside treat, including gluten-free graham crackers. And of course… more books.

Without Foresight, book #12 in the Reg Rawlins Psychic Investigator series releases this Friday! Be sure to check back here for more about Without Foresight and other new releases! You can preorder Without Foresight from me or most online retailers now.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

My book for this week is Dead in Dublin by Catie Murphy. With the very Irish name of Catie Murphy writing an Irish cozy mystery, I am not sure whether this is the author’s real name or a pen name. I checked out…

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My explorations in genealogy have led me to question a lot of conventional wisdom about the lives of people in earlier eras. One of the assumptions I had was that until fairly recently, most people married before age 30. There might have been the occasional confirmed bachelor or spinster aunt, but they were unusual. In the course of my research, however, I have come across many, many people who did not fit that mold.

Among the siblings of my great grandparents, for example, there are very few who fit the stereotype. Eliminating all who died as children or became priests or nuns, and all those for whom I am not certain whether or not they ever married, there are 22, 14 women and 8 men. All were born between 1865 and 1900, most in the 1870s or 1880s. Of those 22, only 5, 3 women and 2 men,…

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Well, book #2 in this series definitely did not let me down! If anything, I think I loved it even a little bit more than the first book! Shattered Worldpicks up right where Broken World left off, and the gang is rescued and allowed into the shelter – by a movie star!

What I LOVED:

The zombies.
The zombie apocalypse is now in high gear!! Like the synopsis says, the safety of shelter life doesn’t last long. Vivian and the others have to go out into Las Vegas to get supplies – food and fuel – and the trips are full of zombie action and near-death experiences (and some actual death experiences!). If you thought there weren’t enough zombies in the first book, you won’t be disappointed again!

New characters and relationships.
There were quite a few new characters introduced – both people who were …

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Drea lives in a perfect world, except for the wall. The fifteen-foot barrier is there to keep her safe, just like the Protectors patrolling her clean and orderly little world. There is no crime, no violence, and no strife, but Drea can feel the wrongness in every perfectly timed aspect of her life, right down to the wristwatch that logs her every movement. All the perfection in the world can’t save her from the all-consuming question—what’s out there? Jerrick hasn’t had the same upbringing as the rest of his age group. None of them had to face losing their parents and being lied to by the Protectors. Jerrick has seen behind the untruths that hold their perfect community together. He knows about the rebellion—and he has a plan. Can he leave behind the only girl that might understand him? O…

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