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Month: November 2015

Review of Bite Me (London Undead)

Or, My Thoughts On PJ Schnyder’s Paranormal Romance
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Author’s Back Cover Blurb:

Few people walk the streets of London since the zombie outbreak, but that’s not an issue for Seth. As a werewolf, he can handle himself and save humans reckless enough to take a nighttime stroll. While on patrol he comes across a group of people under attack. The one woman brave enough to take a stand against the zombies catches his eye—and not just because of her way with a gun. Learning the beautiful woman is homeless and fends for herself only intensifies his urge to protect and care for her.

Maisie can’t help but admit that she’s attracted to her werewolf rescuer. She’s drawn to Seth’s strength and ferocity, and finds herself opening up to him in ways she never imagined, even though she’s determined to not rely on Seth or anyone else. She doesn’t want another person to get hurt—or die—for her sake. She has enough scars, physical and emotional, from the last time…

But when Seth realizes something is drawing the zombies to Maisie, there may be nothing he can do to save her…

My Review:

First, this is a novella, so it’s a very quick slice of a larger world, but it’s a world I really enjoyed. Maisie is a wounded young woman with inner strength and survival skills to spare. Running into Seth, a giant werewolf, during a zombie fight is either the best or the worst thing to ever happen to her.

I loved this story. I’m a sucker for anything to do with zombies, so I enjoyed the fact that London is infested with them and normal people are simply trying to survive the best they can. The characters were both strong and sexy, and I cared about the situation Schnyder put them in. I’d love to read more by this author.

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Sisters Never Left Haunted Staten Island Mansion

Or, Enter Gustav Mayer’s Haunted Mansion

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Haunted Staten Island Mansion Can be Yours for $2 Million

Written by Jennifer Keil and Sophia Rosenbaum, Feb 2015

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These won’t be cheap thrills.

A 10-bedroom Staten Island mansion, which local legend says is haunted by the spirits of the former owner and his daughters, has hit the market for $2.31 million.

The 7,700-square-foot Italianate villa-style home — at 2475 Richmond Road — was once owned by Gustav A. Mayer, a 19th-century inventor whose sugar-cookie recipe later became Nabisco’s Nilla Wafers.

He died in 1918, but his two daughters stayed there until beyond their 100th birthdays and never went outside.

In fact, the Mayer girls, Paula and Emilie, never even walked down the stairs — holing up in just two bedrooms of the “Grey Gardens of Staten Island” for the better part of a century.

They used an elaborate pulley system that brought in their groceries, mail and any other outside-world needs.

Their ghosts are said to still roam the hallways — but Mark Anthony, who’s known as the “psychic lawyer,” said the family’s presence is “positive.”

“It’s the fear and superstition attached to spirit communication which makes people think that encountering a spirit is spooky,” he said.

A red-haired Mary-Kate Olsen did a chic Bohemian-themed shoot for Harper’s Bazaar inside.

Model Amber Heard felt right at home in one of the mansion’s two bathtubs, posing in a skimpy lace getup with a whip in her hands for V magazine.

The spooky tales and largely untouched interior have made the home popular for photo shoots.

Part of the house’s allure for photographers is that it appears frozen in time. Built in 1855, it still has hidden electrical outlets, a dilapidated exterior and the original marble fireplace.

The exterior, which includes a front porch, is currently undergoing an extensive, $570,000 restoration.

The listing agent writes that the renovation value will be applied to the asking price as a “bonus” for the buyer — bringing down the final cost to $1.74 million.

Owner Bob Troiano is trying to dispel any talk of paranormal activity as he looks to unload the home.

“The owner is super-touchy about people calling it haunted,” a source said.

But the source added that even Troiano admits the Egbertville estate, which sits on half an acre, is “creepy and eerie.”

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1st Week NaNoWriMo Update

Or, How I Slacked Off A Lot

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This first week of NaNoWriMo was tough for me. I started a new job recently, and I’m still exhausted from that so I didn’t have a lot of time to write. I did force myself to get up every morning at 5 am (boo!) and write for a solid 30 minutes before I had to get ready for work. That way, at least my daily totals weren’t zero.

Saturday I had my best day yet. With a lot of downtime I was able to crank out about 4,000 words. I was so happy! …Until I realized even with that burst I’m still behind.

How are your NaNo journeys coming along?

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Flirty Friday (Teen Wolf)

Or, I’m Sharing My Fave Romantic Montages With You!

I’m posting nothing but Teen Wolf clips this November. Enjoy this sweet and short Lydia+Parrish video!

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Tuesday Teaser (Spell of Shattering #4)

Or, Take A Peek At The Final Book In The Dark Caster Series

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Yell If You See A Ghost!

Or, Shetland’s Most Haunted Castle

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Shetland’s Most Haunted House Goes Back on the Market

Written by Gabriella Bennett in Feb. 2015

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It’s rumoured to be one of Britain’s most haunted houses, but that’s something for its next owners to ascertain because Windhouse, on Yell, is back on the market.

The ruined former Laird’s house, set in walled grounds of around half an acre, enjoys an elevated position just outside the village of Mid Yell, with vistas over the surrounding countryside and to the head of the Whalefirth Voe.

A Grade C listed building believed to be built by the Neven family in the 18th century, Windhouse received restorative planning permission in 2001, which has now lapsed, but preparatory work was carried out a number of years ago to secure permission for a four bedroom property.

Understood to have been occupied until the 1920s, Windhouse comprises many original features including crowstep gable walls, a projecting porch with armorial panel and crenellated wings.

In 2003 the property was bought by Andrew Taylor and his partner Caron Reeves, from Cheshire, with plans to renovate which were not realised.

The Shetland ruin’s ghostly reputation is derived from a 1800s folklore tale. The story dictates that every Christmas Eve a great noise and whirlwind shook the house and by the morning a death had taken place. The householder of the time was preparing to leave when a shipwrecked sailor appeared and faced a trow (troll) at midnight, before slaying the creature with an axe.

Spectral occupants are said to include a servant girl who mounts invisible steps, a man in a top hat, and a ghost dog.

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It’s NaNoWriMo Time Again!

Or, My Favorite Month Of The Year

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That high-pitched squeal you hear is me being super excited about November first rolling around!

November is my favorite month of the year because, thanks to the National Novel Writing Month, I get to obsess about writing for thirty straight days.

If you’ve ever considered writing a novel of your own, join me this month in all the fun. You’ll be asked to crank out 50,000 words in 30 days, but there are local write-ins all the time where you can meet other creative types in coffee houses and talk writing while sipping lattes.

If you register with NaNoWriMo, let me know. We’ll keep each other on the right track.

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P.S. This year, I’m writing a YA paranormal in the same world as my Red Plague series about the 212R zombie virus and the people who struggle to survive it. 🙂

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