Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Reveal from Stacey Rourke


Title: Descent
Author: Stacey Rourke
Genre: YA Fantasy
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: 
It's been two years since the lion roared ... the eagle flew ... and the fated Celtic warrior embraced her destiny. Now, with an unknown darkness swirling and the body count rising, the world needs a hero more than ever. A new battle is brewing. Who will answer the call to war? The time has come. The stage is set. And the Garretts are back in a brand new novella. Descent; The Gryphon Series Resurrection, Coming in Spring 2016. It's hard to keep a bad pirate down...  




RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 
Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Little Unexpected Magic For The Holidays








 When who's your daddy is a multiple choice question...

Paranormal Psychologist Matilda Schmidt is one client away from fa-la-la-la-losing it. Holiday cheer is in the air, gun-toting fruitcakes are in her office, and she's spinning through mood swings fast enough to make her toss her cookies--even without the morning sickness.

When Ol' Kris Kringle goes AWOL after a nervous breakdown, his disgruntled elf is convinced that only Matilda can get him back on his sleigh in time to keep humans from tearing each other apart quicker than couponeers at a Black Friday sale.

But their efforts hit the skids when the men in Matilda's life show up and demand to know which of them is responsible for the bun in her oven: the hot hit man who's likely to stuff her stocking with ammunition, or the delicious demigod who's made Santa's naughty list a couple centuries running.







I like gravy.
This has nothing to do with the rest of my bio, but I thought you ought to know.
About the writing thing...
I wrote my first play when I was six and made my brothers perform it for my parents. I charged gum wrappers for admission (a steal, in my opinion, considering I had handed out the gum wrappers ahead of time). While I seriously doubt you'll be seeing any of my formative work on Broadway anytime soon, I can credit these early experiments with the first of many important lessons I learned about writing: no matter how brilliant your manuscript is, some kid can go streaking butt-ass nekkid across the living room, and totally undermine your vision.

Everyone watches the naked kid because running across the living room with your cheeks flapping in the breeze is friggin' hilarious.
Cue the lightbulb moment. People like funny stuff!
I never quite gave up on the writing thing, even as I tried my hand at being a dusty academic turned Executive Assistant (they paid me to nag! How cool is that?), but in those quiet moments when expense reports had been filed and to-do items checked off, the funny people in my head kept talking to me.
Yes, I know they have medication for that. It's called vodka.
Since they discourage drinking at work, I started writing instead. What came out was an amalgamation (vocabulary!) of all the things I love: funny stuff, art, psychology, food, people, and paranormal critters!
Et voila! The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist were born.

When I'm not sitting in my office watching cat videos and pretending to write, I like cooking, knitting (badly), and reading anything that makes me laugh (like my bank statements).
I live in Colorado with my brilliant husband and three surly cats.

  
Want to catch up on the rest of this Amazing Series?  Well here is your chance!














Thursday, December 4, 2014

GothicKids Movie of the Month: December 2014


It's once again time for Nessa to pick the movie/book of the month, and once again she's late! Lol. Awe, Spawns these days. She has picked a classic that we watch year round, and is our official Christmas movie. For the book well...she was a tad indecisive. So she will be back next month on that topic! 



The Nightmare Before Christmas is a classic tale in my household, one that proves every holiday has its own mastermind for a reason. Also that just because you are known for one holiday in particular, does not mean you can't at least enjoy the others, in your own way, as well.

In the words of my Spawn: Its about a skeleton king named Jack who wants to give up his title.  If only he knew someone knew how he felt.  Guess  who? I'M NOT TELLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                                                                                        BY:Nessa







Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Very Bloodthirsty Christmas

What if Santa was really a vampire who came to take his fill of unsuspecting people's blood one night out of every 365 days to sustain him throughout the entire year, and the presents were just a way of saying thank you? And his reason for wearing red was just in case he spilled a drop or two and didn't want to alert any sleepy-headed children who may awaken as he does his nefarious deeds? Yes, I have a very sick and twisted mind, but so do others. This post is filled with  reads I found that have Vampires within their pages, and this list is but a tip of the very large iceberg. Some I have read, others I have not. The ones I have, and recommend, I will add a sidenote/link to the review if one is available. More than just good lil girls and boys deserve a Merry Christmas. Muahahahaha!!

Synopsis -

This holiday season has bite.

Ben Prescott hates Christmas—he’s a vampire, and to him, there’s certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season. While the humans are running around being merry, he’s hunting in the shadows. Ben plans to spend the holidays his way…by stalking deadly prey. 

But fate has other plans for Ben.

Three visitors are coming Ben’s way…A demon who will force Ben to face his past, a ghost who will show Ben the present he could have, and a shifter who will reveal the darkness that waits in Ben’s future. Unless Ben can change his ways, he may just turn into a real monster, one who can’t be saved by anyone or anything.

’Tis the season…to be undead.

Ben’s redemption rests in the hands of the one woman he loved and lost—Simone Laurent. If Ben is going to have a chance at being more than just the beast in the darkness, he has to prove himself to the lovely Simone. A very hard task, considering that, once upon a Christmas Eve, Simone died in Ben’s arms… 
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Warning: This book features one very tortured vampire, a sexy ghost from his past, and hot scenes designed to melt the winter snow. Plenty of action, adult situations, and steamy times are ahead. Happy holidays!

Approximately 23,000 words (Goodreads) (Review)


Synopsis -

Connie, the eight-year-old daughter of Eile and Sunny of Team Girl, is fed up. Her parents pay more attention to her sister Liza than they do her. She concludes they don't love her anymore and she decides to run away. She wants to become special, to teach them all a lesson, so she goes to Giovanna Borgia, a vampire and one of Team Girl's best friends, and asks her to make her a vampire.

Giovanna invites her to attend a vampire Christmas party in a nearby cemetery, and there she meets Angela, a child vampire her same age. They strike up an unlikely friendship, and Connie learns what it means to be a vampire, the bad as well as the good.

However, a group of vampire hunters decides to crash the party, and they have targeted Connie and Angela for extermination. (Goodreads)


Synopsis -

In Lynsay Sands' "The Gift," Katricia Argeneau knows grey-eyed cop Teddy Brunswick is her life mate. She just needs to convince him they belong together, and being snowbound in a secluded cabin will make this a Christmas neither will forget. 

It's "Home for the Holidays" in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones may long to wrap presents and set up a tree, but this Christmas, an evil vampire and long-buried family secrets will threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer.

***Read it, loved it. Short, sweet, just wish it had a tad bit more blood.***



Synopsis -

With his blonde hair, ice blue eyes, and sculpted physique, Marcus Scott immediately turns the heads of everyone he encounters upon his arrival in London at Christmas time. Unbeknownst to all the women and men who fall under his spell with just once glance, Marcus is a vampire with a desperate need to feed from the young and the beautiful. When he unexpectedly encounters the Lady Amelia Richmond, the vampire instrumental in his own transition, the two begin to plan a holiday feast to satisfy their deep hunger. 

You can find Catherine on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CatherineGreenAuthor 
And her Twitter page is: https://twitter.com/SpookyMrsGreen (Goodreads)


Synopsis -

Toni Davis's Christmas wish list

1. Springing my best friend from the psych ward.
2. Living somewhere that doesn't have coffins in the basement. Occupied coffins.
3. Finding Mr. Right. Please make him tall, dark, handsome, and alive.

This Christmas isn't so merry for Toni. Her best friend's been locked up in a mental hospital ever since she told the police she was attacked by vampires, and the only way for Toni to get her out is to prove that bloodsuckers really do exist. So she's taken a job as a bodyguard for the Undead, but she gets more than she bargained for, especially when she meets Ian MacPhie, a Scottish rascal looking for Ms. Right.

Although Ian's nearly five centuries old, he looks and acts like a twenty-seven-year-old hunk.

How can a dead man be so damn sexy? Could Mr. Wrong be Mr. Right? One forbidden kiss could lead to an eternity of passion—and all it takes is one moment under the mistletoe . . . (Goodreads)

***Hilariously good read, with a some blood to fill ur vampy needs.***





Synopsis -

It’s the holiday season and vampire Glory St. Clair finally sets a wedding date. But will a hit ordered on a dear friend ruin Glory’s chance for an eternity of wedded bliss? Find out in Real Vampires Take a Bite out of Christmas, a novella featuring the gang from the best-selling Real Vampires series by Gerry Bartlett. (Goodreads)










Synopsis -

TWO WICKED AND WONDROUS HOLIDAY NOVELLAS

AFTER THE MUSIC by CHRISTINE FEEHAN
Terrified by mysterious threats, Jessica Fitzpatrick spirits away her twin wards, Tara and Trevor, to the remote island mansion of their estranged father, world-famous musician Dillon Wentworth. Ever since the fire that claimed his troubled wife's life and left him horribly disfigured, Dillon has shut out the world. With Christmas approaching, the spark between him and Jessica might light the future, but there are those who shared Dillon's wife's love of the occult . . . and their evil machinations may plunge the family into darkness -- unless a Christmas miracle occurs. . . .

LADY OF THE LOCKET by MELANIE GEORGE
The echoes of history and romance lure Rachel Hudson to Glengarren, the Scottish castle where her parents met many Christmases ago. But it is the portrait of fierce Highlander Duncan MacGregor that sparks an inexplicable yearning inside her. On a storm-tossed night, as lightning cracks across the castle's turrets, Rachel finds herself face-to-face with MacGregor himself, astride a mighty stallion. Now, stepping into Rachel's time -- and her heart -- the warrior from the past is pursued by an ancient, evil enemy. . . .  (Goodreads)


Synopsis -

Love and magic triumph over evil in two sizzling holiday novellas.

CHRISTINE FEEHAN — "Rocky Mountain Miracle"

When Cole Steele, a womanizer rumored to have killed his father, meets Maia Armstrong, a veterinarian rumored to practice magic, the sparks that fly could melt all the snow on his Wyoming ranch. And when an injured horse brings them together, Cole can't help but believe that Maia casts spells on animals and men. What else could explain the burning passion he feels for her and the thawing of his heart around the holidays?

SUSAN SIZEMORE — "A Touch of Harry"

When the injured wolf Dr. Marjorie Piper takes back to her kennel turns into a man, Marj is stunned, and keeps his subsequent escape a secret. The only thing more difficult to hide is the burning desire she feels for Harrison Blethyin, a stranger in town who brings out her animal instincts. But when Marj and Harry join forces to find a pack of runaway teens before Christmas, truths are revealed that will bind their souls together forever. (Goodreads)



Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

More Gift Ideas!!


Dear GothicMoms,

Please keep in mind this season, even if you don't have anyone to buy you anything, you can ALWAYS treat yourself, I do......




Remember, drinking alone is okay.  But, if you feel uncomfortable doing so, here's a lovely skull to drink with.  I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to.  To find a store near you click here.  To order online click here.






Saturday, December 14, 2013

GothicKids Gift Ideas

Apple White and Raven Queen
This just in, there are more dolls!! ARGH!! Ever After High featuring the Royals and the Rebels.  Of course, my daughter loves the Rebels.  These are NOT the same as Monster High, whole 'nother category all together.  As opposed to Monster High being the children of the monster's most of us grew up with and loved, these are the children of all the fairytale characters' the other kids loved, PLUS the children of the "bad guys", who I still say were just misunderstood, characters' as well.  Click here to visit the site. 


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

More Gift Ideas

Most GothicMoms are like me, they have to stay conservative on the outside for their teenage kids' and/or for work.  Well, not on the inside they don't; i.e. inside their car, bedroom or beneath their clothes......


Corsets



Corset-story has not only some very unique corsets and ALL sizeds, but at very reasonable prices as well.  And hint, if you want to gift this as a surprise, peak at her bra back size, and get it 2 sizes below that.  Corsets are SUPPOSED to be snug.






Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Gift Ideas For The PNR Lover On Your Christmas or Soltice List

Looking for that perfect gift is never easy, most times impossible.  Here's one hint: NEVER buy a book lover a book not in the genre they read! I.e., a PNR lover will NOT enjoy a self-help book, or a book with sparkly vampires; except for kids.  Here are a few suggestions.  What would help you out even more would be to feign interest in what series he/she is into, and by the next book due out, pre-order it, or by buying paraphernalia in relation to it.  Or something new that is similar to what they watch/read.


TRUE BLOOD FANS:
Best I have seen, by far, is on Ebay.  Seasons 1-5 for only $99.99.  But hurry! they only have 5 left!  Season 6 is not yet out...
Click here for Ebay link




Monday, November 25, 2013

Ten Vampy Reads To Help Get You Into The Holiday Spirit

Holidays Are Hell by Kim Harrison



This holiday, spend quality time with family and loved ones—living and dead . . .



There's no place like home for the horrordays—unless you'd prefer a romantic midnight walk through a ghost-infested graveyard . . . or a haunted house candlelight dinner with the sexy vampire of your dreams. The (black) magical season is here—and whether it's a solstice séance gone demonically wrong with the incomparable Kim Harrison, a grossly misshapen Christmas with the remarkable Lynsay Sands, a blood-chilling-and-spilling New Year's with the wonderful Marjorie M. Liu, or a super-powered Thanksgiving with the phenomenal Vicki Pettersson, one thing is for certain: in the able hands of these exceptional dark side explorers, the holidays are going to be deliciously hellish!


Friday, November 22, 2013

A Vampire's Christmas Carol

A Vampire's Christmas Carol by Cynthia Eden
Self-Published November 11, 2013
5 BLOODY FANGS!!!

"Move over Ebeneezer, Vampire Ben's story will be told in a whole new light."


Synopsis -.

This holiday season has bite.

Ben Prescott hates Christmas—he’s a vampire, and to him, there’s certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season. While the humans are running around being merry, he’s hunting in the shadows. Ben plans to spend the holidays his way…by stalking deadly prey.

But fate has other plans for Ben.

Three visitors are coming Ben’s way…A demon who will force Ben to face his past, a ghost who will show Ben the present he could have, and a shifter who will reveal the darkness that waits in Ben’s future. Unless Ben can change his ways, he may just turn into a real monster, one who can’t be saved by anyone or anything.

’Tis the season…to be undead.

Ben’s redemption rests in the hands of the one woman he loved and lost—Simone Laurent. If Ben is going to have a chance at being more than just the beast in the darkness, he has to prove himself to the lovely Simone. A very hard task, considering that, once upon a Christmas Eve, Simone died in Ben’s arms…
_________________

Warning: This book features one very tortured vampire, a sexy ghost from his past, and hot scenes designed to melt the winter snow. Plenty of action, adult situations, and steamy times are ahead. Happy holidays!

Approximately 23,000 words (Goodreads)


Review -

I don't think there are enough toes and/or fingers in the world to count off just how many times A Christmas Carol has been retold, or rewritten.  In many cases leaving the reader/movie watcher left wondering, why?  Except for very few occasions, in which I can happily say, this is definitely one that makes one look at the tale in a whole new light!

Many, especially those who read this blog, see the traditional tale as a boring waste of time, like a record that been stuck on repeat for far too long.  Eden puts a spin on it to make paranormal readers everywhere fall in love with this retold classic.  What better way to tell the tale than with a Demon from Christmas Past, an Angel from Christmas Present and a Shifter from Christmas yet to come?  All to save the truly tortured soul of a Vampire, Ben.  This story is beyond excellent, and told in such a way that readers will feel as though they are watching the events unfold right before their very eyes.   And though it is a short Novella readers will feel for all of these characters, especially Ben and his fate.

This gripping story is full of action, compassion, love, humor and not one dull moment.  The play on names is excellent as well; Ben as apposed to Ebeneezer Scrooge, William Marley as apposed to Jacob Marley.  So if you are bored to death looking at all the Christmas shows that are coming on T.V., pick up this A Vampire's Christmas Carol, it just may do the trick of putting you in that Christmas spirit.


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