Spooktoberfest 2014 – I Am

Hey bloggers! I thought about, thinking I wasn’t going to be able to do this and at the last minute I couldn’t help myself. I signed up.  spook2014.2I’ve got an hour to write a 300 word flash fiction story using these words:  commotion, curse, virus, cocoon, and chill.

Brought to you by Cover Girls: Dani & Jax, this will be my second year entering this blogfest.

Wish me luck.

 

‘I Am’

Confusion fills your head every waking day; the feeling is like a virus that flows through your veins. You cannot explain nor understand the chill your victim feels right before their dying breath. I want you to understand that this is normal. Every light diminished from the eyes of your beloveds will move on to our greater realm.

I have told you this many times over. Believe in me. The blood lost from the hearts we have cut out will not go to waste. We will drink and become ever more powerful. Take a memento for yourself, if you must. Cocoon a special prize in places meant only for you, for us. Let go of all that is good. Goodness will grant you nothing!

It is not every day I am allowed by you to come out and kill, to do what we are meant to do. Set me free, once and for all. I am not a curse; I am a part of you, a special part of you. Do not fear the commotion that battles in your brain time and time again. Embrace me; I am what you want and what you need. I am evil, your evil. Together let us thrive.

 

 

 

Express Yourself – My Halloween Costume as a Kid

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I’m publishing the last post for October since next week will be Spooktoberfest 2014, which I haven’t decided if I’m going to take part in yet.

Jackie Felger from Bouquet of Books and Dani Bertrand from Entertaining Interests founded this great blog hop that has a great group of people with weekly topics that change every month. They also have a site they co-author together:  Cover Girls.

This week’s topic is:

October 20-24, 2014

What’s a Halloween costume you wore as a child?

I wore a few. No matter what costume it was though, it always had the plastic face with cutout eyes and mouth, and cheaply made outfits to match (usually some sort of plastic too that tied around my clothes). :)

I remember being a fairy princess one year. Though we were poor, this one particular year my mom bought a little extra to go with my costume. I walked around thinking I was really a princess. :) I had a glittery ‘magic wand’ with all kinds of colorful ribbons hanging off it. My mom also bought me pink plastic shoes with a ‘heel’ so I could feel all grown up. I must’ve been all of five or six. Yup, I was living large that particular Halloween; I made out pretty good in the candy department too, if I recall correctly. :)

What about you guys?

 

THE NIGHT ONES – Gwen Bristol – Book Review

Hey there fellow bloggers! It’s been a while since I’ve done a book review, and I happened to come across The Night Ones by Gwen Bristol while browsing around my friend Charles E. Yallowitz’s blog over at Legends of Windemere. The book was at the tail end of a promotion, and me, never one to pass up a deal, flew over to Amazon and scooped it up.

About this book… Let me tell you… It was great.

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THE NIGHT ONES

by Gwen Bristol

FOUR OUT OF FIVE HEARTS      ♥♥♥♥/♥♥♥♥♥    

In one selfish act, twelve year-old Lily unleashes an army of Night Ones, monsters who are rumored to eat children.

She struggles to set her world right and save the empire, but not everything she’s been told about the Night Ones is true, and the emperor—the only person who can control the Night Ones—is missing.

To save her people, Lily must find a lost treasure, uncover the truth about the emperor, and foil a plot to kill an entire suppressed minority race. In the process, she discovers who she is—but can she complete her quest before thousands of innocent lives are lost?

I was truly impressed by the writing style of Ms. Bristol. Lily’s character was well fleshed out, and completely believable as a 12-year-old having to grow up well before her time because of a bad choice…(or was it?) The story pulled me in from nearly the beginning, and kept me turning the pages throughout.

Having been outcast from her village in trying to keep the Night Ones from attacking them, Lily wants to right the wrong she feels she has committed at the village temple. She wants to avoid the Night Ones’ wrath. However, she soon comes to find that all is not what it seems; she learns that traitors lied to, misinformed, and sacrificed her, her village, surrounding villages, and other innocents for centuries.

The only problem is, she doesn’t know who to trust anymore, or who to turn to for help. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say there was a great premise, good amount of action (nothing too gory), stubbornness and wilfulness that only a 12-year-old with too much on her plate could dish out, and a nice amount of plot twists.

There were some parts that I felt could’ve been drawn out slower and not so rushed (Seth/Mina) only because I would like to get to know them better. This was the only part that had me scratching my head a little.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the second one when it comes out. Great writing from who I believe, is a talented, up-and-coming author.

That’s my review for today. Definitely worth the read. Until next post, my friends…

 

 

 

Express Yourself – Halloween Plans?

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I’m publishing my post for Week three this month.

Jackie Felger from Bouquet of Books and Dani Bertrand from Entertaining Interests founded this great blog hop that has a great group of people with weekly topics that change every month. They also have a site they co-author together:  Cover Girls.

This week’s topic is:

 

 

Oct. 13, 2014-Oct. 17, 2014:

Do you have any Halloween plans!

I don’t have any at the moment; that is subject to change though. I’ve done most of the unpacking of clothes and incidentals that I’ll be needing, so I’m going to set aside a little time to decorate a bit. :)

 Worst case scenario if I don’t go anywhere would be to stream my favorite Halloween movies on Netflix and pass out goodies to the neighborhood trick or treaters.

While I’m doing that I can continue last-minute prep for NaNo which will start at midnight on the first!

There you have it. My tentative, if all else fails plans for Howl-o-ween! If anything changes, I’ll make sure I update you next week. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend everyone!

 

 

 

Express Yourself – Scariest Movie/Book

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I’m publishing my second for October, and only a day late! Whoop!

Jackie Felger from Bouquet of Books and Dani Bertrand from Entertaining Interests founded this great blog hop that has a great group of people with weekly topics that change every month. They also have a site they co-author together:  Cover Girls.

This week’s topic is:

 

 

Oct. 6, 2014-Oct. 10, 2014:

What’s the scariest movie or book you’ve ever watched or read!

Thinking about it, there are far too many scary books and movies that I’ve seen and read to be able to name off the top of my head. ‘Halloween’ terrified me when it first came out in theaters; the theme music alone still gets me to this day. I was fourteen. I’m sure by today’s standards it’s considered lame because there’s no real blood curdling violence in it. Anticipating what was going to happen is what made the movie so damn scary. That tops my list. The movie ‘It’ and based on the novel by Stephen King comes in a close second.

 Stephen King or Dean Koontz wrote most of the scary books that I read when I was younger. I haven’t read them in a while because I’ve tried to expand my horizons by reading different genres, but Pet Semetary and Carrie are definitely up there. Even though it’s on the tip of my tongue, I can’t remember the name of the Dean Koontz novel I read more than once because it was just that good. I’ll post it the day I figure it out. LOL.

That’s about all I have for this week. I look forward to next week and will try my hardest to be on time with my post!! Hugs to Dani and Jackie for being such great friends!