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The Blurb :Haunted guesthouse owner Alison Kerby may have only recently discovered her ability to communicate with ghosts, but for her mother Loretta, it’s been a lifelong gift. As Alison prepares her Jersey Shore guesthouse for what pro...
The Blurb :Haunted guesthouse owner Alison Kerby may have only recently discovered her ability to communicate with ghosts, but for her mother Loretta, it’s been a lifelong gift. As Alison prepares her Jersey Shore guesthouse for what promises to be a huge storm, Loretta helps out by tackling a different issue when the winds blow in an unexpected visitor: the ghost of Sgt. Robert Elliot. His request? Help him find the POW bracelet from the Vietnam War that bears his name. But no sooner does Elliot make his appeal than he suddenly disappears, cutting off contact, and leaving Loretta to wonder...why here? Why now? And why the vanishing act?My Thoughts :The Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries is a series I have been following since it first came out. So when I saw this novella coming out I had to pre-order it. I admit I wasn't too impressed by the previous novella but I hoped this one would be better. It can't be easy to fit a story into a smaller format and I was interested to see if the author managed it this time around.It became clear almost immediately that the author was going to do the novella justice this time around. Her plot with a huge storm coming in and a ghost looking for a lost POW bracelet was not only interesting but educational. However what clinched this one for me was that this time around the story was being told from the perspective of Alison's mother Loretta. A nice twist and a big reason this story was a great read.I won't go into the plot details because it will most definitely ruin this short story. However I can say it is a nice addition to the series and really left me wanting more. I can't wait for the next Haunted Guesthouse installment and look forward to another spooky mystery. Amazon.com Widgets ? Grab this Headline Animator
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HEISENBERG’S UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLEWhat it means to a provocative witch of the 21st century who dares travel to a brawny Scottish mathematician of the early 18th.SPYING ON THE ELITEFor four years, Dawn Jameson, studying toward her doctora...
HEISENBERG’S UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLEWhat it means to a provocative witch of the 21st century who dares travel to a brawny Scottish mathematician of the early 18th.SPYING ON THE ELITEFor four years, Dawn Jameson, studying toward her doctorate at the University, has been posing as an unemotional and self-disciplined upper-class psychology major.Now that she’s this close to earning a degree that would permit her membership in the collegiate upper classes, her attraction to Taylor Stephenson, an Olympic-class weight lifter, threatens to expose her as an emotional member of the underground hacker class.SPYING ON THE DOWNTRODDENWhen Taylor is coerced by his revered upper-class brother to spy on Dawn’s past life regression classes, he risks his exposure as a less-than-objective academic. One second too many of Dawn’s mesmerizing regression techniques and he’s dreaming himself into the past, entangled with the smart and beautiful young woman in both the present and a past life he never knew he had.Can Dawn be sure Taylor is more attracted to her than the unreserved Lily, her past life? Is he a typical upper-class jock to whom love is a word of convenience, rather than an emotion traveling to the very core of his existence?Dawn and Taylor become the epicenter of a time quake, unable to escape their sexually obsessive past, until Taylor’s brother, a celebrity physicist (think Stephen Hawking), rescues them in his quantum computer.With three ways into the past—past life regression, lucid dreaming, and the quantum computer—their timeline is in knots. Outside the tangled loops of time, one or the other might never have existed. For their love to survive, against all his beliefs, Taylor must allow the town of Musselburgh, Scotland to burn Lily as a witch.Might there be a fourth and safer way out of the past?Additional teaser: It’s out there . . . if you want to know the truth.Ever wonder why we only hear about great male scientists from the past?Check out who did their funding and who did their alchemist grunt work.Move over Mileva Einstein, you may not be the only great female scientist robbed of recognition.Deleted scenesOnce upon a time, I wanted to write a prologue or first chapter that would grab the reader and place them in the middle of the class war between those who followed the philosophies of Rene Descarte, the Cartesians, the upper class, and those who followed the philosophies of David Hume, the Hume'ns, the lower class. Neither of the characters are the hero or heroine, but Frederick does show up later on the heroine's past life regression team.21st Century, Boston, MassachusettsWhat was she saying? Why should he care. She felt to good, that part of her constricting around him.“Don’t stop,” he said, as she sat on him, moving her hips vigorously up and down. This sure beat self-imposed hand jobs, and tearful nights slaving away at his computer—alone—completing one gig or another for some secret hoity-toity, hypocritical Cartesian organization. Making half as much as a Cartesian for the same job.And this know-it-all, his latest of girlfriends from the enemy camp—riding his cock—didn’t she know when to shut up? Oh, he liked her just fine. She might even be the one, but her constant blathering was killing the mood.No, don’t do it. He attempted to hold back his body’s intensifying reaction to her, but he wasn’t trained to keep as quietly disinterested as Cartesian men. His emotions would get the best of him. And she’d know. She’d know he wasn’t one of them.She’d made him come, and he wouldn’t be distracted by her newfound lecture on the turgidity of his penis, how the muscles within it became engorged with blood, and how after his ejaculation, he’d statistically be ready to do it again within fifteen minutes.How Cartesian women thought constant blabbering was a turn-on, he couldn’t fathom. If he could focus only on her sheath tightening down upon him over and over, that might be enough to take his mind off her elitist drivel.But then
about 5 hours ago
In many ways, Chance's journey from first draft to first release was a challenging one. One full draft of the book was lost to a hard drive failure and another to a computer virus. Four times I rewrote the book from scratch, but each rew...
In many ways, Chance's journey from first draft to first release was a challenging one. One full draft of the book was lost to a hard drive failure and another to a computer virus. Four times I rewrote the book from scratch, but each rewriting made the book stronger. In late 2008, a publisher finally took a chance on the book and it was released as Prime Evil. A little over a year later, the second book was released--Seismic Evil. I'd written the third book and contracted it, but before we could really press forward, the publisher closed. To say I was heartbroken to have to pull down the Chance books is an understatement. In the meanwhile, I'd contracted my first Marines, released the first Fevered Hearts and embarked on what I would call my second genesis as a writer. But I never forgot Chance or what she meant to me. Fortunately, I had readers who were as enthusiastic about her as I was. In late 2012, I resubmitted all three books--the two previously published and the unpublished third book to a new publisher. Champagne Group took a chance on them and one by one, we've edited them, tightened them up and added to the stories and re-released them with new titles beginning with Earth Witches Aren't Easy in January of 2013. Plan Witch from Out of Town released in May and today, I am over the moon to bring to you Bad Witch Rising--this third book is the culmination of Chance's adventures in the first two and was a thrill for me to write. That I wrote it nearly three years ago and haven't been able to share it with you has been hard, but I think you will find it ultimately worth it. So take a moment, and head to Virginia with Chance, Jaime, Sydney, Callanport, Jack, and Romeo--discover magic, mystery, suspense and friendship. Chance Monroe's long-awaited and highly anticipated third adventure! All Romance eBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Bookstrand | Champagne Book Group Some evils will not stay buried... An ancient evil is hunting her best friend... Evil exists. It lives. It breathes. It hunts. And it has a body count. A dangerous secret haunts her dearest ally… War changes people. Life changes them. Sometimes, they become something else entirely. An internal investigation threatens her lover… Life is about the choices made, the decisions reached, and the actions taken. What Jack did to protect her could cost them everything. Betrayal lurks around every corner… When one of their own turns on them, this earth witch will dig deep to become the rock holding them together—and the hammer to split the darkness. For Chance Monroe, this will be a long summer… Excerpt Dead bodies erupting from the earth was so not the way I wanted to start a Tuesday, or any day for that matter. The knees of my jeans soaked up morning dew as I knelt on the grassy, northwest corner of the field, my fingers buried into the damp, spring-soaked earth. My blood rushed in my ears and my heart throbbed with the pulse of so many bodies straining against their internment. Kneeling in the opposite corner, a little over a hundred yards away, waited my guardian and friend, Jaime. His bowed head mirrored my own posture. Like me, his fingers pushed into the earth. Power arced between us, a wavering, effervescent line of force. It vibrated with energy, reverberating in ping-pong fashion. The earth burbled, muddy puddles of fester burping into the air as bony arms clawed for purchase. I tried not to think of the dead. They were dead. The animated corpses were not ensouled. They weren’t people anymore. No matter how desperately the hands clawed at the air and the land, fighting for purchase. They are dead. D. E. D. Dead. Focus! I shook off the distracting thoughts. So much twisted and abused land remained where Ava Thorndon—an insane, broken hedge witch—tried to sever my connection to the earth. She’d attacked the whole area, disrupting the balance and leaving it vulnerable
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The Heavens Rise, by Christopher RiceRelease Date: October 15th, 2013Book Description:"It’s been a decade since the Delongpre family vanished near Bayou Rabineaux, and still no one can explain the events of that dark and sweltering nig...
The Heavens Rise, by Christopher RiceRelease Date: October 15th, 2013Book Description:"It’s been a decade since the Delongpre family vanished near Bayou Rabineaux, and still no one can explain the events of that dark and sweltering night. No one except Niquette Delongpre, the survivor who ran away from the mangled stretch of guardrail on Highway 22 where the impossible occurred…and kept on running. Who left behind her best friends, Ben and Anthem, to save them from her newfound capacity for destruction…and who alone knows the source of her very bizarre—and very deadly—abilities: an isolated strip of swampland called Elysium.An accomplished surgeon, Niquette’s father dreamed of transforming the dense acreage surrounded by murky waters into a palatial compound befitting the name his beloved wife gave to it, Elysium: “the final resting place for the heroic and virtuous.” Then, ten years ago, construction workers dug into a long-hidden well, one that snaked down into the deep, black waters of the Louisiana swamp and stirred something that had been there for centuries—a microscopic parasite that perverts the mind and corrupts the body.Niquette is living proof that things done can’t be undone. Nothing will put her family back together again. And nothing can save her. But as Niquette, Ben, and Anthem uncover the truth of a devastating parasite that has the potential to alter the future of humankind, Niquette grasps the most chilling truths of all: someone else has been infected too. And unlike her, this man is not content to live in the shadows. He is intent to use his newfound powers for one reason only: revenge."Angie's Review: Christopher Rice has created a mythical story here- a book that examines love and friendship, yes, but also a book that explores the darkness of the human heart. The story begins in Nikki's home- Elysium. In mythology, Elysium is the home given to those heroes that the gods have decided to bestow immortality upon. The story follows Nikki, Ben and Anthem, who were high school friends, as they undergo a literal transformation from human into something more. They encounter a parasite that has dwelt under the city of New Orleans for ages, and has the power to create monsters or angels of those who come into contact with it. This theme is what the book centers around. New Orleans is a battleground between the forces of light and darkness, and this is played out in both the characters' struggle against an evil adversary, and in Ben's struggle to expose the corruption of the rich and powerful elite who control his beloved city and keep in place an unjust staus quo.But beyond the deeper themes of the book, there is also a fun, suspenseful story that kept me turning pages. Marshall Ferriot is a "bad guy" who is fantastic as a person you will love to hate. The friendship between Nikki and Ben is very touching as is the romance between Nikki and Anthem. If I have any criticisms of the book, I would say that the "mind monsters" were a bit of an imaginative stretch for me, but even that is one I am willing to forgive because I feel that they are used so well as a metaphorical expression of the evil that comes from fear, and the beauty that can come when we change our hearts. I love books that make me think. I've said that here before. I love stories that have deeper meanings, and allow you not only to be entertained for a time, but also to discover the layers within, that tell us something more powerful about life and the human condition. This is one of those books for me.
about 8 hours ago
A new episode of The Originals airs tonight on the CW at 8 pm. The episode is called House of the Rising Son. Head on over to our episode guide to see stills and synopsis for the episode. Head on over to our brand new fansite for the sho...
A new episode of The Originals airs tonight on the CW at 8 pm. The episode is called House of the Rising Son. Head on over to our episode guide to see stills and synopsis for the episode. Head on over to our brand new fansite for the show called The Originals Guide to stay up to date on all The Orignals news! Click on the links below to check out some of our most recent news posts: 1. More Stills for Episode 2.03 of The Originals: Tangled Up In Blue 2. Clip for Episode 2.02 of The Originals: House Of The Rising Son 3. Video: CW Ford Fiesta Missions – The Originals Sweeps 4. Another Clip for Episode 2.02 of The Originals: House Of The Rising Son 5. Claire Holt, Leah Pipes and Daniel Gillies Talk The Originals 6. Charles Michael Davis Talks Flashbacks, Marcel, and More 7. Scans of Joseph Morgan For Bello Mag 8. Synopsis for Episode 2.04 of The Originals: Girl in New Orleans
about 21 hours ago
Candice Accola chatted with EW about the wardrobe on The Vampire Diaries. See what she has to say about the trendy budget friendly clothes here. Below is an excerpt: “What I love about the wardrobe on The Vampire Diaries is that i...
Candice Accola chatted with EW about the wardrobe on The Vampire Diaries. See what she has to say about the trendy budget friendly clothes here. Below is an excerpt: “What I love about the wardrobe on The Vampire Diaries is that it’s hip, youthful, fun, and flirty, but it’s also true to the idea of keeping these characters in a small town,” says Candice Accola, who plays Caroline. The former Miss Mystic Falls often wears baby doll tops and denim jackets from affordable brands like Guess, Free People, Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters. ”[The characters] aren’t walking around in designer duds all the time. We’re still on trend, but they’re more wearable trends than [you see on] other shows.” The clothes aren’t just wearable, they’re covetable. Fashion-obsessed Vampire Diaries fans turn to sites like Worn On TV, Possesionista, Shop Your TV, and TVD Style to track down clothes and accessories they’ve seen on the show.
about 22 hours ago
Ian Somerhalder graces the cover of Icon Magazine for it’s 2013 Men’s Issue. Wetpaint posted the scans from the magazine spread which you can check out in the gallery below. Enjoy his hotness
Ian Somerhalder graces the cover of Icon Magazine for it’s 2013 Men’s Issue. Wetpaint posted the scans from the magazine spread which you can check out in the gallery below. Enjoy his hotness
about 22 hours ago
Arielle Kebbel, Lexi, recaps “I Know What You Did Last Summer” on TVD Rehash!
Arielle Kebbel, Lexi, recaps “I Know What You Did Last Summer” on TVD Rehash!
about 23 hours ago
The CW has posted another clip from Thursdays all new episode of The Vampire Diaries titled, True Lies.
The CW has posted another clip from Thursdays all new episode of The Vampire Diaries titled, True Lies.
about 23 hours ago
My current author guest is Melissa Eskue Ousley! If you haven't already read the excerpt and guest blog then you should really go and check it out!There is also a contest included in the guest spot and you could win a $15 Amazon Gift Ce...
My current author guest is Melissa Eskue Ousley! If you haven't already read the excerpt and guest blog then you should really go and check it out!There is also a contest included in the guest spot and you could win a $15 Amazon Gift Certificate or a signed copy of Sign of the Throne! So make sure you go and enter! The Rafflecopter widget is below if you want to add your name to the hat.About the BookAbby is an ordinary girl haunted by dreams of an ivory castle, blood-thirsty monsters, and a striking stranger. Working as a babysitter for a family of mythology lovers in wealthy Newcastle Beach, California, she struggles to define herself among the elite class while trying to make sense of her strange visions. Upon meeting David, the doppelgänger of the mysterious young man in her dreams, Abby’s life is changed forever.Encountering the queen of Cai Terenmare, a magical kingdom in a parallel world, Abby learns of an evil lord hell-bent on usurping the throne, the murder of Cai Terenmare’s king, the Solas Beir, and the kidnapping of the Solas Beir’s infant son.As the kingdom struggles to endure, the queen shows Abby the full extent of her destiny. She must convince her mysterious crush, David, that he is the lost heir. While braving attacks from the dark lord’s sadistic minions, David must realize his true identity and return to Cai Terenmare to claim his throne before time runs out, lest the evil that was temporarily locked away be unleashed, threatening to destroy both the kingdom and all of humanity. Amazon.com WidgetsThe Contesta Rafflecopter giveaway
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