Monday, October 31, 2016

Mondayblogs: One-Day #Halloween #Sale #amreading

Happy Halloween, guys and ghouls!

In order to celebrate one of my favorite days all year, the Jesse Sullivan books are on sale today.  And just in time for you to catch up before the release of Dying Breath, Book 6 next month.

*Insert witchy cackle*

So go ahead and pick your poison:

Dying for a Living: Free
Dying by the Hour: $0.99
Dying for Her: A Companion Novel $0.99
Dying Light: $0.99
Worth Dying For: $0.99

...or get them all, if you dare!



Friday, October 28, 2016

#Fridayreads: Autumn Song by Katherine Mansfield #poetry

Autumn Song by Katherine Mansfield

Now's the time when children's noses
All become as red as roses
And the colour of their faces
Makes me think of orchard places
Where the juicy apples grow,
And tomatoes in a row.

And to-day the hardened sinner
Never could be late for dinner,
But will jump up to the table
Just as soon as he is able,
Ask for three times hot roast mutton--
Oh! the shocking little glutton.

Come then, find your ball and racket,
Pop into your winter jacket,
With the lovely bear-skin lining.
While the sun is brightly shining,
Let us run and play together
And just love the autumn weather. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October Love: 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 21, 2016

#Fridayreads: To Autumn by William Blake #poetry

To Autumn  b y William Blake

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stained

With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou mayst rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

“The narrow bud opens her beauties to
The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;
Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and
Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
Till clust’ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
And feather’d clouds strew flowers round her head.

“The spirits of the air live on the smells
Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round
The gardens, or sits singing in the trees.”
Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat;
Then rose, girded himself, and o’er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October Love: Witches

So I got married last Friday and for that reason, I haven't been able to splatter your internet space with my incessant I LOVE OCTOBER I LOVE FALL posts. But I've still got a couple weeks left so watch me squeeze some in!

I'm going to start guessed it! 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.


Any witches I missed? Your own favorites? Please share! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A New Lana Harvey Novel. Happy Book Birthday, @AngelaRoquet!

 Happy book birthday, Ms. Roquet! Today the 7th (and final!) novel in the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series was released.

                     Woooo! (It's here!)
                     *Sobs* (Last one? Really?) 

Here's the details for those of you who haven't heard:

Look at this pretty cover! 

The end is nigh...

Lana Harvey is on top of the world—the underworld, that is. With the war fallout tapering off, she finds herself reduced back to mundane soul harvesting. It’s not a fancy gig, and the pay isn’t thrilling, but that hardly matters now that she’s shacking up with her retired demon consort, Beelzebub. 

The afterlives have stabilized, and all seems well, until an average day on the job crosses Lana’s path with not one but two ghosts she thought were long gone. The startling revelation rips open old wounds and sends her on a quest to discover the truth behind her mentor’s mysterious death, and what it could mean for the fate of Eternity

You can get your copy of Hellfire and Brimstone Amazon, Smashwords, or directly from the author!


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Take a Deep Breath. It Will Be Your Last

"I always knew I was going to die. I just didn’t know it was going to be today."

Maisie won’t live to see her seventeenth birthday. Her mother and sister are locked in a war over the world, and Maisie is stuck between them. She must decide if she will join her sister’s cause, or defend her mother. In the face of her mother’s demands, Maisie doubts herself and what she truly wants. But her only alternative is to be murdered by the person she loves most.

Jesse wants to find her father’s body and finish him before he can resurrect. If she succeeds she will save millions, if not billions, of lives. But first, Jesse must defeat the woman protecting him.

Will Maisie stand with her? Or fight by her mother’s side?

One decision will make all the difference in the world.

Dying Breath is the 6th novel in my Dying for a Living fantasy series. You can preorder it on Amazon today. Don't have a kindle? No worries. Soon it will be available through all other major retailers, too. Book 1, Dying for a Living, is always free on Amazon, iTunes, Nook, Kobo, and elsewhere.

Kory M. Shrum lives in Michigan with her partner Kim and her ferocious guard pug Josephine. She is very fond of naps and foods made of sugar, which is, as you can imagine, a deadly combination. But she tries to compensate for her extreme physical laziness with her overactive imagination. She's an active member of SFWA, HWA, and the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse, where she's known as Conquest. She's the author of six contemporary (and somewhat dark) fantasy novels in the Dying for a Living series: Dying for a Living, Dying by the Hour, Dying for Her: A Companion Novel, Dying Light, and Worth Dying For. Dying Breath will be released November 29, 2016.