Friday, October 30, 2020

Halloween Reads for Spooks in Need!

I won't lie, just like Scrooge vowed to keep Christmas in his heart the whole year long, I made it my personal mission to do the same with Halloween! I write not only about witches and vampires, ghosts and death, but skeletons and mummies too. 

So it should come as no surprise that my Halloween Reads list of 2020 ranges from poetic early readers to my YA Urban Fantasy first love and is a carefully curated curious thing indeed. 

Say that three times fast! Then try and say this:

Moundshroud's the name, Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud.

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury is a must read for me every Halloween season. It follows eight trick-or-treating friends as they have an adventure to save their friend Pipkin, while learning the true meaning of Halloween. 

There is also a 90's animated film version with the cast cut in half—but a fun edition to any Halloween TV bender. You can see about the film here

Call in the spirits, wherever they're at!

You might not know this about me, but I have a serious thing with the Haunted Mansion! I've got a half completed Haunted Mansion Office (don't ask me about it, no doubt, you'll see it when I'm done), and it's the first and last ride I do everytime I am at Disney. I've got cool Haunted Mansion merch, art, and even clothing. 

I've also got this ridiculously cute book of the song Grim Grinning Ghosts (which by the way can be heard at my house every 3rd song on Halloween night). 

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Being a YA book lover such as I am, I spend a lot of time with books that have Holly Black's name on the cover. Still there's something special about the The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Set in a sort of Vampire Apocalypse, there is a ton of really great world building here. 

For a book about vampires, it was wholly original. Dark and bloody for sure, with a mad as rabbits love interest and a few unexpected twists. Read it if you love YA. You can get it on Kindle and binge it with me tonight. (Seriously, I am doing that as soon as I finish this!)

Don't have a Kindle? You can read Kindle books on almost every device. 

Friday, March 6, 2020

Crescent City Giveaway!

It's that time again, I am giving away a weekend read! It's one of my few international giveaways a year and runs through the end of the month. I have been patiently waiting for this book for some time, how about you?

If you to read more about the book, or want to get your hands on it right now click here to see it on Amazon.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

How to Read Ebooks without an E-Reader

I don't know who needs to hear this, but you don't need to own a Kindle, Kobo, or Nook device to read ebooks. Chances are, whatever you are using to read this blog post—has a FREE Amazon Kindle app that will allow you to shop in the massive Amazon ebook library. Some other retailers offer similar apps, but I'm really only familiar with the Kindle app because I own more Kindles than I can shake a stick at and still have that app on my phone, Macbook, PC, and Tablet.

Why am I telling you this? Because the dear lady behind me in line for coffee today, said she'd love to support me, but doesn't own an e-reader. First of all, some of my books like The Dark Unicorn can be purchased in paperback (she had been admiring the cover of the said book on my phone screen), but the ability to read ebooks even when you prefer physical books is practically a necessity for the extreme book lover. That's because authors have so many more options when creating content for the ebook market. Say an author wants to write some bonus short stories, in a world you love with characters you can't get out of your head! How do they deliver those little slices of heaven? They might not be long enough to turn into a book by themselves, and waiting until you have enough to bind up a paperback volume of them can take years in some cases.  I for one, am all for instant gratification when it comes to my OTPs, and as. an author I like the flexibility ebooks offer for publication.

Of course, I just smiled and said thanks. Mostly because that was in the real world and this is this internet, I am way smoother on the internet, but maybe that woman from Starbucks will see this blog and I know it was for her. ;)