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Ghost Diary Entry #1

November 1st 2012

I feel like I am going crazy. It has to be the stress of moving into a new house or the divorce. Something. No sooner had I laid down in bed; things start to happen. 

It’s an old house and at first I put the knocking and the creaking down to the wind and rain outside, but the door handle rattled inside my bedroom. It was like someone could not get into a locked door and would repeatedly try to turn the handle. 

On the third try the door opened and a slither of grey moonlight crept into my room and over my bed. I remember looking from beneath my threadbare blanket and seeing only the outline of my door. And then… then the light was slightly blocked by something. I could make it out beneath my blanket, but the fear was sending shivers up my spine. I couldn’t move. I was frozen. 

I shut my eyes, pretending that this wasn’t happening. I remember thinking that I should just turn over onto my stomach and go to sleep, but somehow that made me feel vulnerable. 

All of a sudden the blanket was ripped from my hands and the bed, and was laid in a pool at the bottom of the floor. I glanced up at the door to see what was blocking the light. I could make out a dark silhouette of a tall woman. I couldn’t see her face, or what she was wearing but as if by instinct I knew it was a woman. 

“Who are you?” my voice was cracking in fear. 

She didn’t speak, but I felt a pair of eyes that I couldn’t see, look straight through me. She turned her head sharply, as if she heard a noise and walked towards the noise, and disappeared from the crack of light. I wanted to feel relieved but the pressure in the room seemed to close in. I felt that someone was sitting on my chest. Something heavy and constricting. I looked around the room. Nothing was out of place. Nothing was there. 

Out of the corner of my eyes I saw something. The women was back. She was pacing in the hallway. Back and forth. Back and forth. I couldn’t hear any footsteps, but she began to pace more furiously. 
Back and forth. Back and Forth. 

Then she stopped. Turned and looked straight at me. This time I could see her face. It was grey and gaunt. With a small, thin mouth and black eyes. She stared at me for what seemed like minutes, but could have only been a few seconds. She opened her mouth, wide and let out a piercing, high-pitched scream. 

I closed my eyes and held my hands over my ears to protect them from the noise, but it was like she was screaming in my head. I couldn’t block her out, so I screamed as well. Over the scream I heard a loud bang to my right. My eyes flew open and swiped towards the window, where I heard the noise. The window was open, and the wind flew across the room with such a large force, that the door closed. The screaming stopped. The door had slammed shut with another large bang!

Everything had gone quiet. I couldn’t even hear the wind or rain outside. It was a deathly silence. I lifted my hands up off of my ears. My mouth wide open with shock. I turned towards the clock on my night stand and it was 3am. My hand shaking, I reached over to the glass on the nightstand and drunk the glass of water. I collapsed back onto the bed with a thump, staring up at the ceiling. 

The next thing I remember was waking up the next morning, listening to the birds telling the world that they had survived the night. Well, so did I. 

Tonight I will have to sleep in that bed, in that room. Will she return? 

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Vampire October

It’s my favourite time of the year!! I am super excited for Cozy evenings in reading and drinking hot chocolate in my onesie. In the UK at the moment the weather is still quite warm, but still some of the leaves are changing from green to their gorgeous golds.

October is the spookiest month of the year, and my favourite Paranormal creature is the Vampire. I have adored Vampire novels since I first read ‘The Last Vampire’ by Christopher Pike.

Vampire fiction sure has changed over the last 20 years. For a while they were the enemy, but now they are the eternal lover. There are so many adaptions with countless changes in the Vampires abilities and appearance. People are still as ever in Love with Vampires.

My reason for Picking Vampires for October is because I am super pumped for the release of a new Young Adult Vampire Novel called The Beautiful By Renee Ahdieh. It will be released on the 8th October 2019.

New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful

This month I am posting a Bookstagram Challenge. Obviously I am only posting Vampire themed books but it’s not compulsory. I’m also hoping to keep with the Red and Black theme as much as I can.

AND I am completing a Bingo challenge..

Finally, I just found out that FairyLoot’s October theme is Love at first bite and EVERYTHING is Vampire themed… Look at the amazing artwork…

Be still my Vampire Heart!!!

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My Top 5 Sci-Fi Novels

With the conclusion of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Week on Goodreads, I thought I would do a quick list post on my favourite Sci-Fi novels.

1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

AMY
has left the life she loves
for a world 300 years away.

Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she’s due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy’s lost on board and nothing makes sense – she’s never felt so alone.

Yet someone is waiting for her.
He wants to protect her – 
and more if she’ll let him

But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies?
A killer is out there – and Amy has nowhere to hide…

2.Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all. Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption . . .

Command Assassin Nykyrian Quikiades once turned his back on the League—and has been hunted by them ever since. Though many have tried, none can kill him or stop him from completing his current mission: to protect Kiara Zamir, a woman whose father’s political alliance has made her a target. 

As her world becomes even deadlier, Kiara must entrust her life to the same kind of beast who once killed her mother and left her for dead. Old enemies and new threaten them both and the only way they can survive is to overcome their suspicions and learn to trust in the very ones who threaten them the most: each other. 

3. Claimed by Evangeline Anderson

Olivia Waterhouse has just graduated from nursing school and has her whole life ahead of her—until she gets drafted. Problem is, she isn’t being forced into the Army, she’s been chosen as a Kindred bride. 

The Kindred are huge alien warriors—a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward—the right to find brides among the population. The chances of being chosen are about the same as those of winning the lottery—guess it’s just Liv’s lucky day. 

Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture at the hands of the malevolent Scourge. Through the torment and pain only one thing kept him sane—the thought of finding and claiming his bride—Olivia. His need to possess her is a burning intensity that threatens to consume them both.

Angry at having her future and her family taken away from her, Liv vows to fight back the only way she can—by resisting. She has one month on the Kindred Mothership with Baird—their claiming period. If she can keep from having bonding sex with him during that time, she can go home and get on with her life on Earth. 

But Baird isn’t going to make it easy for her. Every week he is allowed to touch Liv more and more intimately and according to the contract she signed, she has to let him. She’s determined to resist him but his touch sets her on fire. And just as she thinks she knows what she wants, a twist of fate and an attack by the faceless Scourge AllFather changes everything…

4. Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair


The universe isn’t what it used to be. With the new Alliance between the Triad and the United Coalition, Captain Tasha “Sass” Sebastian finds herself serving under her former nemesis, biocybe Admiral Branden Kel-Paten–and doing her best to hide a deadly past. But when an injured mercenary winds up in their ship’s sick bay–and in the hands of her best friend, Dr. Eden Fynn–Sass’s efforts may be wasted.

Wanted rebel Jace Serafino has information that could expose all of Sass’s secrets, tear the fragile Alliance apart–and end Sass’s career if Kel-Paten discovers them. But the biocybe has something to hide as well, something once thought impossible for his kind to possess: feelings . . . for Sass. Soon it’s clear that their prisoner could bring down everything they once believed was worth dying for–and everything they now have to live for.

5.Awaken me Darkly by Gena Showalter

RIDDING THE WORLD OF EVIL, ONE ALIEN AT A TIME: THAT’S MIA SNOW’S MISSION.

Snow is in the forecast.

In a time and place not too far away, Mia Snow is an alien huntress for the New Chicago Police Department. Heading up her expert team of Alien Investigation and Removal agents, Mia’s unmatched at battling the elusive enemy among us, and she’s the perfect girl for the job. She’s seen her brother die at the hands of aliens. She’s earned each of her scars. And she’ll die before she cries. Now, a series of killings have Mia and her partner Dallas tracking alien suspects—but a sudden blast of violence leaves Dallas fighting for his life.

They are ice and fire.

The chance to save Dallas appears in the form of a tall, erotic stranger. An alien. A murder suspect. Kyrin en Arr, of the deadly Arcadian species, holds the power to heal the injured agent but not without a price. For Mia Snow, that price is surrendering to Kyrin’s forbidden seduction…and embracing their electric attraction. She’s walking a knife’s edge, risking her badge and even her life. The closer she gets to Kyrin, the more Mia learns about her own heart, her human needs—and the shocking secret that will shatter everything she’s ever believed.

Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the Comments

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Reading Habits Book Tag

This is my first ever Book Tag. I’ve seen these on Blogs before, and I thought I would give it a go. Below are just the questions if you want to Copy and paste in your own blog. Don’t forget to credit me.

What do you read?

I read an awful lot of Spooky books. Witches, vampires, werewolves oh my! . However, recently I have discovered crime novels.

Where do you read?

Everywhere and anywhere. I read a lot in bed, and in my reading chair. I also read at work, cafes, during dinner.. anywhere.

Do you use Bookmarks?

Only magnetic ones.

Do you listen to anything whilst reading?

I have created several playlist on Spotify of classical music scores. These are often from TV/Movies adapted from books.

Do you listen to Audiobooks?

Yes, I love them, every Friday I listen to relax after a long week at work.

Paperbacks or eBooks?

I love reading the ‘real thing’. The smell, the weight in my hands gives the whole experience more muchness. BUT, some of my favourite novels are only available in eBook, so I enjoy them both.

TBR shelf or Cart?

I recently just brought a Pink cart. I LOVE it, I don’t know how I organised my reading before.

Bookstagram?

Yes, I love Instagram, and the book community on their is brilliant. Everyone is so nice, and supportive.

Do you keep a Journal?

I do keep a reading journal. You can purchase it here from Amazon.

Do you use any Apps to help you read?

Two. Bookly is an amazing time app. It times how long you read for, plus it’ll help you reach goals. I also use Goodreads when I’m book shopping. I tend to lose count of how many novels I have!!

Finally, Do you read Fanfiction?

I use to read Harry Potter Fanfiction, years ago. I always read Draco & Hermione Romances!

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Book App Spotlight: Bookly

Attention Bookworms!!!!

I have found the Mecca for Book Goals.. The ultimate App designed to help you smash your reading goals once and for all!! – and even more perfect, now available on Andriod!!

** I have not been paid to provide this review, I just think the app is amazing and want to share that!

*** this is the review for the Andriod Version

What does it do??

LOADS!!!

  • Searches online for the book you want to read
  • Let you manually add a quote from your book or snap a picture of the page.
  • Lets you add thoughts/word as you go along
  • Countdown option
  • Allows you to create a Monthly/yearly Goals. – Yearly= Number of Books and Monthly = Number of Hours
  • Overall Reading Stats, including; pages read, reading speed, Reading streak.
  • Badges!!
  • Room to organize your books into collections.

Have a look at the screenshots if you don’t believe me!! 

How much?

You can add up to 10 books and use all the features completely FREE, however for £4.99 a month you can totally add as many as you like. In my eyes, this is totally worth it!!

To Conclude:

Its a really great app, and its still pretty new. There are some features that are on the iOS version that are not on Andriod, such as levels of reading etc. Which I am really hoping will be updated soon, as this is another great way to challeng youself to use the app more. I adore this app and genuinly wouldnt know how to read and write reviews without it.

Rating:

4 Knocked off one cat for the difference in iOS and Andriod.