October 30, 2014

Harry Potter Re-Read/Readalong

"May I have your attention please?" 

"As a member of the House of Ravenclaw and a participant in the Harry Potter Re-Read, I am thereby obliged to make an announcement. If you are a fan of all things Harry Potter, and wish to visit your favorite characters at Hogwarts again then you are especially invited to participate. Starting in November, the lovely lady over @Book Journey, (her name is Sheila) will be hosting a fun and exciting readalong of the Harry Potter books with promises of prizes and opportunities to gain House Points." You will also get to choose which house to join OR let the sorting hat do it for you. How cool is tha hat?

The Schedule is as follows . . .

Nov 1 – Nov. 16 – The Sorcerer’s Stone
Nov 17 – Dec. 6th – Chamber Of Secrets
Dec. 7 – Dec. 29th –  The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Dec 30th – Jan 20th – The Goblet Of Fire
Jan. 21st – Feb 13th – Order Of The Phoenix
Feb. 14th – March 7th – The Half Blood Prince
March 8th – March 31st – The Deathly Hallows

As I have already read all the Harry Potter books I am considered a seventh-year student. However, I still haven't learned how to be as witty and clever as those Weasley twins. I am up for the challenge though , and I do hope it will be more of a fun and relaxing way to spend the long winter months. I will be dreaming of Hogsmeade and Honeydukes Sherbert lemons. So, are you in? Sign up HERE

October 26, 2014

Lily Harper Series #1 - Better Off Dead


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I am of the opinion that Lily was Better Off Dead because. . .she gets to choose anywhere in the world she wants to live. She chose Edinburgh Scotland. The kind of body she inhabits is 5'8", hair color red, bra size 34D and 140 lbs, and for her new name she chose Lily O'Shaughnessy instead of Harper. Compared to her real life that was a vast improvement AND she had a fully loaded, never empty, bank account complete with credit card, and a car! She also accepts the job of being a Soul Retriever, which means she gets to live again, but as an employee of Afterlife Enterprises.
Death in the Afterlife Enterprises is a light and humorous concept. Nothing in the real world had changed since Y2K, only in the afterlife. Their was a glitch in their systems that somehow misplaced some souls. Now it is Lily's job to go and "retrieve" them from either earth, hell or heaven and bring them back to their rightful place because you can't have bad people in heaven and good people in hell.

Lily has to travel to the underground city with her very obnoxious and incompetent guardian angel as her guide. He carries a copy of Dante's Inferno with him but he has never read it himself. Admittedly I have never read Dante's inferno but I've heard of the River Styx and the levels of hell. In Better Off Dead they call Hell the Underground City. My favorite character is the undeniable Celtic Warrior Druid they meet while they are in the Dark Woods. His name is Tallis Black who is quite the enigma, and Charon, their guide who takes them on the river styx.

About the Author

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I started my writing career as a self-published author and basically became an overnight success with my Jolie Wilkins and Dulcie O’Neil series. Since then, I’ve decided to become a traditionally published author but I will always maintain my indie roots by keeping a foot in each camp. I’m both a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author which means I’ve been able to cross off a couple of line items on my bucket list! I’m a huge fan of anything paranormal and I always have been. I get super excited whenever they have those Twilight Zone Marathon days and anything ghost or vampire related will always attract my attention. My interests are varied but aside from writing, I’m most excited about traveling. I’m extremely fortunate to have been able to live in England and Scotland, both places really having a profound effect on my books.

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.