Friday, October 30, 2015

#Read a #Poem #Friday #amreading

The Witches’ Spell

Act IV, Scene 1  Shakespeare's Macbeth
A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron boiling. Thunder.

Enter the three Witches.
1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.
2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d.
3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time!
1 WITCH. Round about the caldron go;
In the poison’d entrails throw.—
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
3 WITCH. Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;
Witches’ mummy; maw and gulf
Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock digg’d i the dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,—
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
For the ingrediants of our caldron.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October #Blog #FAIL

So this month, I tried to celebrate my love for October, by making an A to Z blog list of all the things I love about October. Unfortunately, I only made it to "G". FOR SHAME!

It isn't because I don't love October, of course. I'm about to provide a list of all the things I love about the month, but life simply got in in the way.

I'm teaching, writing, and publishing (Book 4- Dying Light comes out Monday!). I also am still putting the new house together. To top it off, I got ENGAGED! ;)

***LEVEL UP***

Anyway, so this is sort of my apology for my absence for the last two weeks, rolled up in a celebration.

So here are all the things I love about October:

1. Fall food: caramel corn, caramel apples, halloween candy, pumpkin treats (though NOT coffee), warm drinks, cider and hot cocoa. All the yummy things!
2. Witches and the magic in the air
3. Costumes--who doesn't like to dress up.
4. Demons and scary stuff
5. Scary movies
6. The Fall itself--it's my favorite season.
7. Cool weather and beautiful fall days
8. Ghosts
9. Ghouls and the cemeteries that wander
10. Halloween!
11. Carving Pumpkins
12. Beautiful leaves
13. The smell of hay
14. Monster Music
15. Dancing to Thriller
16. Pies (I guess this goes with number 1, but pie gets its own mention...right, Dean?)
17. Roasting marshmellows over the open fire
18. Scary stories and unsolved mysteries.
19. Trick 'r Treating
20. Vampires
21. Werewolves
22. And all the other things that go bump in the night
23. Longer, darker nights
24. The excuse to wear boots all the time
25. Zombies
26. Soft sweaters
27. Cute scarves
28. That my pug is extra cuddly this time of year
29. Hayrides
30. Haunted houses
31. warm blankets
32. Visiting the orchards here in Michigan
33. Going on long fall walks
34. That it'll come every year!

What's your favorite thing about Fall/October?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

#Book #Review Death Wish by @Angela Roquet

Let's begin with the obvious:

Death Wish is the fifth book in the Lana Harvey series and a fantastic edition to the chronicle of Eternity. If you've read books 1-4 and enjoyed them, I think you'll definitely enjoy Book 5.

Less obvious:

I have had the pleasure of seeing Angela's work grow over time and I really enjoyed this latest edition. Her earliest books (starting with the FREE Graveyard Shift) received an A+++ for originality and cleverness, if nothing else. But as I finished the fifth book, I'm beginning to see real writer fangs. That is to say, Roquet has definitely cut her teeth and is producing well-written, quality verse befitting the full-time, professional writer that she is.

The plot is interesting, pacing good, characterizations deep and when I finished I was ready for more. And the fact that Roquet seems to get better with every book, I'm sure Book 6 will be worth the wait.

You can grab your copy of Death Wish on Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and more. Or learn more about Angela Roquet on her website

Saturday, October 10, 2015

#October AtoZ #Blog challenge: G is for Ghosts

Ghosts freak me the &^$% out. I watched Sixth Sense and many people argue it's not even a great ghost story, but I couldn't sleep for days. 

But since they are an ooky spooky part of Halloween, I've included a post to honor the ghosts out there. Here are my top 5 "ghost" picks by category:

Top 5 Ghost Books
The Shining by Stephen King
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
A Woman in Black by Susan Hill
A Christmas Carol by Dickens

Top 5 Ghost Movies
Thirteen Ghosts
Nightmare Before Christmas

Top 5 Haunted Places

The Stanley Hotel
West Virginia State Penitentiary
Waverly Hills Sanitorium
Alcatraz Prison
New Orleans!...

...which brings me to my very own ghost story. I haven't told many people this story, so sharing it here on the blog is sort of like "coming out" in a way. But here is my ghost story nonetheless. A few years ago, I went to New Orleans with some friends. We did the ghost tour, like many tourists do and saw the numerous haunted places around the French Quarter.

Near the end of our tour, we stopped in a bar for a bathroom break, but the tour guide warned us "be careful of the bathroom. The original owner used to live upstairs until one night he was clubbed in the head with a crowbar and died. Now he hides out in the ladies' bathroom and pinches all the pretty girls."

I wasn't impressed. But my attractiveness aside, I did go into the bathroom and I SWEAR ON MY PARTNER'S LIFE that I DID feel a pinch just before I was about to sit down and use the toilet. If I hadn't been struggling with my belt, I may not have noticed, but I was. And I felt the pinch on my right side and turned slowly, expecting to find a glory hole or something, where some partner in crime pinches people for added effect.

When I saw NO ONE, I burst from the bathroom stall, holding my pants up and shrieking, much to the confusion of my friends who were waiting in the bathroom for me.

Needless to say, I did not pee alone for the rest of the trip.

Do you have a favorite ghost story, movie or haunted place? I'd love to know it! :)


Friday, October 9, 2015

#Read a #poem #Friday

Continuing the October A to Z blog challenge, today we have F is for Fall. Fall is my favorite season. I love cool weather, wearing boots, pumpkins and the smell of hay. Apple cider, pies, and bread. All the seasonal root vegetables and the ooky spooky vibe of Halloween on the wind and longer, darker nights.

To combine Read a Poem Friday with the blog challenge, here is a list of poems about fall from some of the world's greatest poets.

Enjoy! :)

Autumn moonlight by Matsuo Basho
SONNET OF AUTUMN by Charles Baudelaire
Autumn Movement by Carl Sandburg
To Autumn by William Blake
Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson
Autumn in the Garden by Henry Van Dyke
Autumn Song by Katherine Mansfield
Autumn Perspective by Erica Jong
An Autumn Evening by Lucy Maud Montgomery
By an Autumn Fire by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Autumn by William Morris
Autumn by Thomas Hood
A Song of Autumn by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Autumnal Sonnet by William Allingham
Late Autumn by William Allingham
Autumn Song by Sarojini Naidu
The Autumn by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
An Autumn Reverie by William Topaz McGonagall
Autumn Birds by John Clare
As Summer into Autumn slips by Emily Dickinson
Autumn Love by Li Ching Chao
Elegy IX: The Autumnal by John Donne
Besides the Autumn poets sing by Emily Dickinson
No Autumn's intercepting Chill by Emily Dickinson
AUTUMN FEELINGS. by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
An Autumn Rain-Scene by Thomas Hardy
Autumn And Winter by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Autumn by Stevie Smith
Autumn: A Dirge by Percy Bysshe Shelley
To Autumn by John Keats
Ode To Autumn by John Keats
Autumn by Walter Savage Landor
Dolor of Autumn by David Herbert Lawrence
Merry Autumn by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Autumn by P. K. Page
Autumn Day by Rainer Maria Rilke
Autumn by Siegfried Sassoon
Underwater Autumn by Richard Hugo
An Autumn Sunset by Edith Wharton
I am the autumnal sun by Henry David Thoreau
Hornworm: Autumn Lamentation by Stanley Kunitz
Late Autumn In Venice by Delmore Schwartz
Frog Autumn by Sylvia Plath
Autumn Valentine by Dorothy Parker
AUTUMN by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
AUTUMN by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Autumn Within by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Autumn Daybreak by Edna St. Vincent Millay
The Death Of Autumn by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Autumnal Diorama by Raymond A. Foss
When it was autumn in Eden by Ian Emberson
Smell of Autumn by Raymond A. Foss

Thursday, October 8, 2015

#October AtoZ blog challenge: E is for Exorcism #Recipe

Piggy-backing off yesterday's post about demons, comes the inevitable exorcism. I must say, few things frighten me more than the idea of having to perform an exorcism on someone I love. Assuming possessions were possible, it would mean that someone I love was in the clutches of an evil force and if I couldn't free them, they would be lost forever. 

The word exorcism comes from the Greek ἐξορκισμός, exorkismos which means "binding by oath" and you can find beliefs regarding demons and the necessity of exorcism in all major religions, though Christian exorcisms are likely the most popular/well known, in America at least.

Famous people who have been on the receiving end (allegedly) of an exorcism include the artist Salvador Dali, Mother Teresa, and a boy named  Robbie Mannheim, who became the inspiration for the popular film The Exorcist.

And while I personally hope demon exorcisms are a thing of fiction, should I feel I might need one, I'll make this cocktail while waiting for John Constantine or the Winchesters to arrive.

Exorcist Cocktail Recipe

The measurements are per serving:

1 1/2 oz tequila
3/4 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
3/4 oz lime juice

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

Read more: Exorcist Cocktail recipe

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

#October AtoZ challenge: D is for #Demons and #Dean

I love Dean Winchester.

Look at this face:

Don't you just want to squeeze his cheeks and kiss his nose? I sure do.

The fact that he hunts demons is just a bonus. 

In celebration of Dean of the Demons, here is a youtube playlist of some fun Supernatural moments.

Runner Up demonhunter:

John Constantine. Love his attitude, love his I-give-zero-f#%&s approach to the world and his style is interesting to say the least.

Do you have a favorite demon or demonhunter? I must admit I found a serious lack of ladies who hunted demons--not to be confused with vampire slayers, etc, but purely demons. If you know of some ladies, let me know! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Happy Release Day @AngelaRoquet! #amreading

Bum ba ba ba Bum

Dah Dah da dum!


Congratulations to Angela Roquet for the release of Death Wish, the fifth book in her Lana Harvey, Reapers, Inc. Series.

If you are unfamilar with this series, for shame! You can read Book 1 for free on Amazon, Nook, Kobo, ibooks and more.

Book 1, Graveyard Shift
Book 5, Death Wish

For those of you with the program, Book 5 is available now on Amazon and coming soon to the other online retailers.

My review coming soon!


#October AtoZ challenge: C is for #Costumes

I love playing dress up. Can't you tell?

It's my understanding that we dress up every year so that the demons and whatnot that come out on Halloween Night don't realize we are human, and prey on something else. Don't quote me on this as I learned this from Trick 'R Treat.

My personal all time favorite costume is:

Sam from Trick 'R Treat

From what I can tell, all you need is an orange onesie and burlap sack and presto! You have a pumpkin-headed demon child costume.

I might also aspire to be LeeLoo Dallas one Halloween--if I can convince myself I won't freeze to death wearing ONLY white tape.

According to NBC, here are the most popular costumes by category:

Adult Costumes
1. Witch
2. Animal
3. “Batman” Character
4. Zombie
5. “Star Wars” Character
6. Pirate
7. Vampire
8. Action/Superhero 
9. Doctor/Nurse
10. Slasher Movie Character
11. (Tied) Political Figure, Vixen, or Minion

Children Costumes1. Princess
2. “Batman” Character
3. Action/Superhero
4. Animal
5. Disney’s “Frozen” Character
6. “Star Wars” Character
7. Zombie
8. Witch
9. Pumpkin
10. Minion

1. Pumpkin
2. Hot Dog
3. “Batman” Character
4. Devil
5. Bumble Bee
6. Dog
7. Cat
8. “Star Wars” Character
9. Bowtie/Bandanas/Fancy Collar
10. Shark
11. Princess
12. Minion

What do you plan to dress up (yourself, your child or pet) this year?

Monday, October 5, 2015

#Mondayblogs: B is for Bewitching #witches


The ultimate badasses. They are usually women who aren't afraid to take charge and get it done. They are strong, capable and have fancy powers to boot.

Here are my favorite witches from TV/books in no particular order:

Hermione, Minerva McGonagall, and all the lovely ladies from Hogwarts (except Dolores Umbridge)

Rowling did an amazing job crafting dynamic and powerful ladies. There is plenty to love about the witches of Hogwarts, but my favorite is their resourcefulness, their wit, and the fact they aren't portrayed as subservient to male wizards. The only witch I hate of course is Umbridge. F*&^ Umbridge.

Maharet and Mekare
Maharet and Mekare are like skorts--are they pants or are they skirts. Or sporks--spoons or forks? Or tomatoes--fruit or vegetable? In this case, vampires or witches?

If you are a purist who read the books and was appalled by the movie, you'd know that Maharet and Mekare were actually witches long before they were turned into vampires. And their harrowing tale, including Maharet's loss of her eyes and Mekare's loss of her tongue, is one of the best written tales I've ever come across.

Serafina Pekkala
You'd have to be familiar with Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy in order to recognize this name. But if you do, you'll remember the amazing and complex woman that she was and the important part she played in Lyra's adventure.

Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman
Say what you want about Stewart and her twitchiness, but Charlize was AMAZING (as always) in this movie. Her emotional depth, the complexity of her history and her powers make her one of my favorite witches of all time.

Those *^$^$ from The Craft

Okay, what 14-16 year old girl wouldn't have suffered two periods a month for the chance to be one of these ladies. They were the epitamy of cool. 

The Halliwells (Charmed)
The power of 3! Who didn't want to wake up one day and find out that they could move things with their minds or freeze time or...okay, no I didn't want the preminision crap, but the active powers were cool. As well as that amazing book and the opportunity to be raised by Grams--who seemed like an amazing witch herself.

Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
What's more adorable than a nerdy, lesbian who plays sidekick to the slayer? A nerdy, lesbian witch. I loved Willow throughout the entire show with all of her various love interests and storylines.

The Sanderson Sisters (Hocus Pocus)
As seasonal favorite that I must watch every year, Hocus Pocus and its leading ladies never get old. The humor, the wit, Winifred's palpable irritation with the goldfish brains around her (preach!)--it all comes together perfectly. And while I may not want to BE these ladies, I certainly can't help up like them.

Friday, October 2, 2015

#Read a #poem #Friday

It's October, my favorite month! For lovers of the ooky spooky like me, this week's poem is by Coleridge. For those of you unfamiliar with the story of Christabel, you're in for a treat.

It's too long of a poem to post here in its full glory, but here is a faithful replication:

Christabel by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I've also been hunting for a great reading of this poem on YouTube or the like. If you come across it, please share! 

Enjoy! :)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

#October Love and #Recipe

It's October! 

I love October. It's my favorite month for a million bagillion reasons. Instead of listing out all the million bagillion reasons why I love October and fall, I've just decided to do an A to Z blog challenge this month. I know April is the month that most bloggers do this, but I'm a bit offbeat, so why not! 

So on to the first reason why October is amazing:

A is for Apples

Here in Michigan, fall is apple season. The orchards here become a popular place to spend a sunny weekend. Apple picking, apple cider and apple donuts are givens.

So in honor of one of fall's favorite fruits, here are my favorite apple recipes, especially the spiced cider! :)

Kory's favorite apple cider (I leave out the cardamom)

Kory's favorite apple pie 1 (with nutmeg)
                           apple pie #2

Kory's favorite apple crumb cake

Enjoy! :)