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#AtoZChallenge – N – Vladimir Nabokov Quote

Vladimir Nabokov quotation A to Z Blogging Challenge

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#AtoZChallenge – L – Madeleine L’Engle Quote

Madeleine L'Engle quotation A to Z Blogging Challenge

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#AtoZChallenge – J – James Baldwin Quote

A to Z Blogging Challenge James Baldwin Quotation

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#AtoZChallenge – F – Sigmund Freud Quote

words of wisdom a to z blogging challenge

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Things That Make You Go “Hmm” – and Happy Green Beer Day!

I recently took an AcentryDNA test and got my results (click the link to take a peek at my ethnicity makeup).

Was I surprised.

Instead of being more Italian than anything else, I discovered….

Ten Percent Irish St Patricks Day 2017

This comes at quite the timely time, doesn’t it? After all, today is St. Patrick’s Day!

Shamrocks - St Patricks Day 2017

Here are some worthy reads on Irish authors, the history of the day, and a few other St. Patrick’s Day goodies:

I hope your holiday is filled with lots of happiness (and reading, if possible). This is what I’ll be having for dinner:

Green Beer St Patricks Day 2017

Drink responsibly, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 



#FridayBookShare – ‘Vampire Forensics’

Welcome to another edition of Friday Book Share.

#fridaybookshare readers books recommendation

The Book: Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend by Mark Collins Jenkins

I’m in the research stage for a story involving vampires, and this is the first book on my large to-be-read vampire-research pile.

First line of the book

You open the door.

Not terribly enticing.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb

 

Take a journey into the macabre in search of those ultimate creatures of the night: the immortal beings who defy death by feeding on teh lifeblood of others–vampires. Generation after generation has found vampire lore–printed in old books, inscribed in medieval manuscripts, whispered by firelight in chimney corners, or written in moldering tombs and ancient bones–to be as fascinating as it is frightening. Yet its origins have always been shrouded in mystery.

Where did vampires first arise? Was Dracula really inspired by a 15th-century nobleman with the bloodcurdling name of Vlad the Impaler? Why are vampires so closely associated with epidemic disease and bats? What can we learn from the amazing recent discovery by national Geographic grantee Dr. Matteo Borrini of the buried remains of a 16th-century Venetian plague victim and suspected vampire? And what is it about graveyards that made people believe that the dead could prey on the living?

In Vampire Forensics, historian Mark Jenkins probes vampire legend and shows how modern forensics, anthropology, and archaeology have helped to dig up historical truths enshrined in these gruesome tales.

Introduce the main characters using only three words

  • Bloodthirsty
  • Legendary
  • Mythical

Delightful Design (the book’s cover image)

vampire-forensics-front-cover

vampire-forensics-back-cover

Audience appeal (who would enjoy this book?)

Anyone interested in the legends and myths involving vampires–beyond Dracula or (god forbid) Twilight.

Your favorite line/scene

Learning about Fritz Haarmann. Very interesting and disturbed individual.

 

 

What are you currently reading?

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*


The First Book Haul of 2017! Are You Stoked?

I know I’ve been doing #FridayBookShare this month, but the truth is–I haven’t been reading much the past week because I have an editing deadline coming up.

So instead of Friday Book Share, I’m going to do something some of you may think is even better:

THE FIRST BOOK HAUL OF THE YEAR!

The following were purchased from Abebooks, Uncommon Goods, Urban Outfitters (I’m only a little bit ashamed), Amazon, and Zulily. And a good many of them were Christmas presents (books being the best kind of presents, in my opinion).

There are a lot of them, so I won’t be adding much commentary. Enjoy.

A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf

book haul a room of ones own

Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert

The Little Book of Confidence, Tiddy Rowan

I may seem like a damn confident person to some, but the truth is, I lack confidence. Quite a bit. So I got this little guy, and it can come with me anywhere so I can pull it out if I need a boost.

book haul confidence reading sneak peek

Dark Moon Digest, Issue #25

I’m most excited about reading my friend Andrew Novak‘s story:

dark moon digest story book haul

The Dreamday Pattern Journal: Renaissance

book haul reading recommendations notebooks

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, Salman Rushdie

book haul salman rushdie

The Alienist, Caleb Carr

book haul reading recommendations

I’ve been meaning to read this book for years, ever since my brother recommended it to me when I was in college. Now I have a copy! (But when will I read it?!)

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

book haul reading recommendations

The Little PrinceAntoine de Saint-Exupéry

Can you believe I’ve never read this?

The Time Keeper, Mitch Albom

book haul reading recommendations

Well-Read Women: A Reader’s Journal

Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression, Nell Casey

book haul reading recommendations

Since I struggle with depression and I’m a writer, this one seemed like a no-brainer.

2017 is going to be a kickass reading year. Don’t you think?

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*



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