October 23, 2014

Salem's Lot ReadALong Epilogue

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Ben keeps a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about 'Salem's Lot. One article reports that a family who just bought a farm in 'Salem's Lot is leaving as they hear funny noises. Another article is about a car crash in 'Salem's Lot. The people who were in the car are all missing. A third article talks about a missing woman, and a fourth reports a man dyng of unknown causes. An article dated May 20, 1976 talks about some mutilated sheep. A May article reports an entire family who has come up missing. Another article dated a few days later says that their neighbor is in the hospital from a heart attack after seeing a face grinning in through her window.

In September, Ben and Mark return to Maine and stay in a hotel for a few weeks. They drive to 'Salem's Lot, get out of the car, and walk through the woods for a while. When they stop, Ben tells Mark that this is where the big fire that destroyed half the town started back in 1951. He lights a cigarette and explains that a fire would chase some of the vampires out of their hiding places, making them easier for people to find. It has not rained in 'Salem's Lot for weeks, and the fire index is high, so Ben deliberately drops his cigarette into some dead brush, and it begins to burn. They watch it until it burns a little stronger, and then they leave.

I thought it was a very optimistic end to Salem's Lot assuming that the town would be purified. Overall I didn't think Salem's Lot was "scary" . What did you think? 

October 22, 2014

Before You #1

Before You (Before You, #1)

Before You by Lisa Cardiff

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When you've known a person for so long it's hard to cut strings without the risk of losing everything and that is exactly the position Bre finds herself in with Camden halfway through the book. Unfortunately Cam doesn't consider Bre his first priority.

When the new lead singer comes along he knows better than to mess around with Cam's girlfriend Aubrey, but from the moment he met Bre, he wanted her. Jax doesn't like how Cam takes Aubrey for granted. She's beautiful and anyone would be crazy not to want her.

So why are things so complicated?! Nobody likes to get hurt really?

Before You is the first book in Lisa Cardiffs hot new series and I really liked the three main characters even though Cam was an idiot, in the end it all worked out for the best. I could relate to Bre and I am a sucker for a HEA especially when it involves Jax Carmichael.

Before You Series #2,#3

Redeeming You (Before You, #2) Wrong for You (Before You, #3)

About the Author

After spending years practicing law and a million other things, Lisa decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer and she must confess that inventing characters is so much more fun than writing contracts and legal briefs. A native of Colorado, she lives with her husband and three children in Denver. When she isn’t managing the chaos of raising three children and owning her own business, she can be found reading or writing a book.

Salem's Lot ReadALong Chapter 15: Ben and Mark

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Mark and Ben leave town and spend the night in a hotel several towns away.
Ben returns to Jerusalem's Lot where he burns his book and destroys a souvenir he took from the Marsten House as a child.
Ben buries Jimmy and the Petries in the backyard of the Petrie home.
When Ben burns the manuscript and breaks the paperweight, he is breaking his connections to 'Salem's Lot. By burying the bodies, he is tying up what he believes are his own personal loose ends in town before leaving again. He wants to be able to leave everything behind him.

October 21, 2014

Salem's Lot ReadALong Chapter 14: The Lot (IV)

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* Many families in Jerusalem's Lot, including the Crocketts, have been turned into vampires.
*Sheriff Homer McCaslin had gone out to the Norton's house when Susan, who is now a vampire, didn't come home.
*Mark had gone to tell Ben what'd happened to Susan at Eva's boardinghouse.
*Ben finds Susan's car parked on the side of the road empty and the sheriff's gun lying on the ground next to it.
*Matt, Mark, Jimmy, and Ben decide they should go to Marsten House and kill Barlow.
 * The vampire hunters go to Marsten House. Straker is dead, but Barlow is not there. They find Susan and Ben kills her with a stake in the heart.
 * Father Callahan and Mark go to Mark's house where they try to tell Mark's parents about the vampires, but they do not believe.
 * Barlow comes to the Petrie home and kills Mark's parents. Barlow threatens Mark, but releases him when Father Callahan agrees to fight him on faith alone.
 * Father Callahan refuses to drop his cross, giving Barlow the power to control him. Barlow forces Callahan to drink his blood.
 * Callahan can no longer enter his own church, so he takes a bus out of town.
 * Anne Norton attempts to kill Matt, but is overpowered. She later dies.
 * Ben, Mark, and Jimmy begin searching the town for Barlow.
 * Jimmy and Mark go to the boarding house to find Barlow. Jimmy is killed when he falls down a booby trap prepared by the vampires.
 * Ben and Mark return to the boarding house after learning Matt has died and wash in holy water. Ben is able to kill Barlow with a stake through the heart.

October 20, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Heat (Vol #2)


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What started as attraction has turned into obsession. When Bobby and Lilly's tryst turns into something more, fate intervenes with heavy consequences that may forever tear them apart. Lilly has made up her mind to return to the convent for peace, only to find that her life as she knew it was far darker than she had ever imagined, and that she had a strange connection to Errol King that would threaten everything.

  HEAT 2 is for age 18 and up due to sexual and adult themes  

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Bobby Cummings went to Paris to study at the same international culinary institute as his sister Taryn Cummings. Instead of taking it seriously as she did, he wanted to sample all the goods in Paris, especially the pretty girls there. Why not? He was 19 and the world was his oyster. He wanted to be just like Errol King, a Master Chef, who taught at the Institute and was a notorious bad boy chef.
The only thing was someone was going to walk into his life and put a wrench into his plans...someone with eyes like violets and hair like chocolate silk, and a smoldering passion that consumes him whenever they're together. He didn't think she would be his type at all. He didn't think he would be hot for Lily, his teacher at the Culinary Institute. Now what would Taryn think? What would Errol think? Whatever they thought...there's one thing he knew for certain, things with Lily and at the Institute had just gotten heated.

 This is a 4 book serial.  

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Kailin Gow's life is sometimes more fascinating and stranger than fiction, which is being chronicled in a feature film based on a treatment optioned and in development for a release date of 2018. (IMDB.com - The Colorful Worlds of Kailin Gow 2018). Her true life experiences as a world traveler where she has traveled to over 25 countries, logging hundreds of thousands of miles, absorbing the cultures and collecting stories relating to places and the romance of the land, and incidents in her personal life, has inspired her to write and publish over 170 books with over 30 series.

She is noted as an indie pioneer, as one of the first to publish in 2001. Breaking stereotypes, her books has crossed traditional and indie lines, gaining recognition in schools and libraries, as well as the indie community. Her action adventure young adult fantasy series, The Frost Series, an ALA YALSA Reader's Choice Nominated book series - had been optioned by an international film company and is currently in development as a game and a film at http://www.facebook.com/thefrostseries. Five of her fantasy/action adventure series have been optioned to be made into worldwide games.

Kailin Gow has been known in The World Journal, an international newspaper, to be a phenomenon. She was profiled on the homepage of Amazon.com as an Author Success Story who overcame personal obstacles to become a bestselling author, appeared as one of Amazon's top authors for the Kindle Fire launch release, and is one of the earliest indie authors who have sold over a million books. She writes for Fast Company as a publishing expert, had appeared on a major network Television News as a bestselling author who writes fiction and non-fiction with a social conscious, and has made speeches and appearances across the U.S. and on top 15 national radio regarding self-esteem and issues relating to women.

Kailin Gow was an invited speaker and signing author at Book Expo America (BEA)2014.

Having experienced bullying firsthand and slander as a woman, Kailin Gow is an active advocate against bullying in the workplace and in schools. She has written Shy Girls Social Club Handbook Against Bullying and has helped launch Stories for Amanda where all proceeds go towards the Amanda Todd Foundation against bullying. She has written several books with the theme of abuse towards women and children, especially the steamy international bestselling The Protégé Series, which launched a book club initiative in battered women's shelters and won The Indie Excellence Awards at NIEA for Erotica in 2014.

She holds a Masters Degree in Communications Management from The University of Southern California, and degrees in Drama and Social Ecology.

She resides in the American West with her husband and daughter, but had lived for a decade in Texas, and briefly in England. Besides being a full-time author, she volunteers for many organizations, is active in church helping build homes for the homeless and visit orphanages. A voracious reader, when she is not writing, she loves reading an entire series in one sitting! She spends way too much time on Facebook than she is supposed to at http://www.facebook.com/kailingowbooks, but loves meeting new people from all walks of life.

She has over 30 Series, written under Kailin Gow, and more under her middle grade, women's fiction, and mystery pen names:

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  • The Frost Series - COMPLETED. Bitter Frost Series Consists of 8 full-length novels. 
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SHADES - 2015 NEW SERIES. This is a high concept psychological thriller.

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  • Saving You Saving Me (You & Me Trilogy)- COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels. 
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  • Rock Hard Love Hard - 1st book, Rock Hard Love Hard is now Available.

Sawyer House Chronicles (Spin-off of You & Me Trilogy) - Coming in 2015 Canvas - Coming in 2015

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  • The Protege - COMPLETED. 3 Full-length novels. 
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Salem's Lot Read-A-Long PART THREE- The Deserted Village

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“Susan Norton is one of them," the boy said. "Barlow got her at the house. But I killed Straker. At least, I think I did." – Mark to Ben about his experience at the Marsten House with Susan.

October 19, 2014

Salem's Lot ReadALong Chapter Thirteen

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Chapter Thirteen

This is a short chapter about Matt asking Fr. Callahan for his help in destroying the evil that has been terrorizing their town. They both discuss the high fatality rates in Salem's Lot and Matt's plan to include Fr. Callahan works. The priest might've thought Matt was experiencing symptoms of depression from having almost died but he believes Matt, since he'd heard a story of an incubus before from a fellow priest. Anyway Fr. Callahan never felt better about finally being able to fight in the battle against Evil and for the first time he doesn't feel the need to drink. A-ma-zing.