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10 Cringe-worthy Reads That’ll Make you Scream (with delight)

Vampires, Witches, and Ghosts…oh my!! Are you looking forward to Halloween as much as I am? Beyond consuming copious amounts of fun-size chocolate (don’t judge me, it’s Halloween), I always love to get in the spirit by reading a creepy story. For the blog today, I’ve pulled together some of my new favorites as well as a few of my usual October re-reads. Enjoy.

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Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

A jaw-dropping mystery about a woman whose life is turned upside down when she finds out that her husband is a serial killer. She and her kids must go into hiding to protect themselves from the cyber trolls that think she knew about his sinister hobby all along.

Lots of creepy cyberspace stalking, an abundance of interesting characters/suspects, and a soccer mom turned survivalist (reminiscent of Terminator’s Sarah Connor), make me love this new series from one of my all-time favorite authors. The next book in the series, Killman Creek, comes out December 12, 2017.

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Frenzy by Casey Bond

Vampires verses zombies in an unsettling dystopia where there are more secrets than you can shake a stake at. Frenzy is the first book in the completed series of the same name.

I listened to these on Audible and found myself shouting out loud at almost every chapter end. Relentless thrills, unforeseen twists (how does she dream up this stuff), and drama that makes you cry one moment and laugh the next make Frenzy a must read.

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The Vampire Wish by Michelle Madow

Original twist on the usual vampire stories. The vampire kingdom is separated from our own in a magically protected valley. A girl is kidnapped and pulled into the vampire kingdom to spend the rest of her days as a human slave. A chance encounter, changes her circumstances and brings her closer to her only wish, to become a vampire so that she can escape. The Vampire Wish is the first book in the Dark World series. The fifth book, The Vampire War, is slated to release in December/January.

Reminded me so much of my own Midnight Guardian series with the idea of a world of baddies separated from our world by only a thin layer of magic. A great meshing of contemporary and old world. This fresh take on vampires is a new favorite.

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Dark & Deadly Things by Kelly Martin

Things go really, really wrong on the Dark & Deadly Things reality ghosthunter TV show’s live episode. The lead ghosthunter’s daughter and the last remaining survivor of the doomed episode pair up to solve the mystery of what really happened that night. Dark & Deadly Things is the first book of the completed Dark Things series.

Fans of Supernatural and The Conjuring/Annabelle movies will love this ghosthunting series. Don’t read it when home alone (trust me). Seriously creepy and imaginative, Dark & Deadly Things is the perfect Halloween read.

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Halfway Dead by Terry Maggert

A loveable witch in a cozy, small town meets a stranger looking for some rare trees in the woods (so they say). In the search, the young witch uncovers and rights the wrongs of the past. Halfway Dead is the first book in the Halfway Witchy series. Halfway Drowned is the recently released fourth book in the series.

Forget Glinda and Elphaba, Carlie is my favorite witch. Ever. There I said it. Girl is powerful and smart, while sometimes vulnerable, and she makes waffles. Amazing descriptions make you feel like you are really there with her. Carlie plus a perfect mix of spooky adventure, cozy mystery, and comedy makes this a well-loved book.

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Witch Hearts by Liz Long

Before I met Carlie, I met Ruby. Ruby isn’t all-in when it comes to the creepiness, but she is always there for her friends. When her roommate is killed by something that is apparently hunting witches, Ruby sets off to unravel the mystery. Witch Hearts is a standalone novel, even though I’ve personally begged the author for a second one. Many times.

One of my all-time favorite creepy mysteries, Witch Hearts delivers. Ruby is a very realistic character, so well-developed that I felt like I knew her. I found myself forgetting to breath during the suspenseful parts, and the mystery wraps around your brain and has you thinking of it long after you’ve left the page. Always a favorite re-read for October.

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Bait by Kasi Blake

It’s not Bay-Lee’s fault that she is classified as “bait”, the lowest cadet level, at the Van Helsing School. Everyone has to start at the bottom. Secrets abound in this great, paranormal coming-of-age story. Bait is the first book in the Order of Spirit Realm complete series.

Fast action, the Van Helsing connection, and Nick and Bay-Lee’s dramatic relationship had me from the start. A monster mash-up with a strong female lead makes Bait a Halloween tradition.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Haunting prose about a boy that grows up in a cemetery filled with ghosts. My recommendation, don’t read it. Well, no, read it, but then also listen to the audiobook narrated by Neil Gaiman. Neil’s voice brings an all new dimension to the entrancing story. One of the most well-worn paperbacks in my personal library, The Graveyard Book is perhaps my favorite book of all time.

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Grave Peril (Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher

I absolutely adore the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher, which I first picked up on recommendation of another one of my favorite authors, Charlaine Harris. As part of my own Halloween tradition, every October, I make it a point to listen to a Dresden Files book narrated by James Marsters (Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). This year, I chose the audiobook for Grave Peril, remembering its super creepy villain, the Nightmare, and its equally creepy spell that wrapped ghostly barbed wire around its victims. More Charlaine Harris Recommendations (always good)

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Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Coyote skinwalker Mercedes Thompson is tough. She had to be, being raised by werewolves. The Mercedes Thompson series is one of my most loved. Each book is an intense, action-packed mystery wrought with shifter testosterone, faerie magic, and snarky Mercedes. Moon Called is the first book in the ongoing series.

Those are my top 10 for this year. Have any more to add? Do it in the comments below. As for the creepiest one of my books, check out Shadows Rising.

Featured Spooky Woods Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash

 

 

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Morganville Vampires Series is here!

See if you can spot my book, Of Sun & Moon, in episode 6 or any of the other Midnight Guardian books in the Glass house throughout the season 1.

YouTube orders the playlist by date they were posted, so click on the list icon in the top left corner to change to episode 1 and start from the beginning.

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My Complete Morganville Geek Out!

This week I’ve been eagerly watching — well, let’s just call it what it really is, I’ve been obsessed — with coverage of the first week of shooting for the new Morganville Web Series. The series will air online on the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel, joining the likes of The Guild. Oh yes, we’ve just entered Felicia Day-level geekdom.

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posted to twitter by @TheJordanFarris (aka Shane Collins)

Why am I geeking out?

The series is based on books which I absolutely adore, the Morganville Vampire series written by Rachel Caine. I’ve collected tons of fab stuff all week long, and now I’m ready to share them with you in one jam-packed post. Everything’s marked with the source, so you’ll know where to go to give some love and get the scoop. Here we go…

Cast & Crew

Cast list from the official Morganville Web Series Site

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Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager) as Oliver @robertpicardo

Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Amelie @amber_benson

Pic posted on Twitter by Robert; Both have already wrapped on filming

 

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Above pics posted to Twitter by @_trapdoorspider

Lindsay Seidel as Claire Danvers @severelylindsay

Jordan Farris as Shane Collins @thejordanfarris 

Ben Easter as Michael Glass @beaster1

Haileigh Todd as Eve Rosser @TenBlueRoses

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Nikki Donley as Hannah Moses @NikkiDonley pic posted to twitter by Nikki, she’s already wrapped filming too

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Chase Ryan Jeffrey as Myrnin, @ChaseNit57, Pic posted by @MV_the_series

No on-set pics that I could find yet for Afomia Hailemeskel who will be playing Monica Morrell.

Don’t forget to follow Rachel Caine (@rachelcaine) and director Blake Calhoun (@blake_calhoun).

Photos from Set

Outside of filming, the cast and crew are heavily tweeting and instagramming (is that a word?) with pics and interacting with fans. It’s like living in Morganville (except for the whole fearing for your life thing).

There’s a Gallery on the official Morganville series site, but until it gets going, I’d recommend following the Series official twitter @MV_the_series, Morganville Vampires @_trapdoorspider, Rachel @rachelcaine, and the cast.

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Common Grounds posted by @_trapdoorspider

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Glass House posted by @MV_the_series

 

Questions Answered

When will the series be released?

Rachel Caine tweeted earlier today that no release date has been announced yet, but soon.

How much longer will they be shooting?

Shooting will continue through next week according to tweets from Caine and Calhoun.

How closely will the series follow the books?

Tweets from Caine indicate that season one is basically book one, Glass Houses. Evidently some events will be combined or slightly tweaked to better accommodate filming.

Where are they filming?

In Texas, duh.

Who’s hotter, Michael or Shane?

Myrnin.

Will Bob the Spider make an appearance?

Rachel let it slip that he may not, at least not in the first season. But who knows, she is the master of plot twists.

I’m a #Morganville re-tweeting fiend right now, so for more, you can follow me too – @mogdocnews!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amelie’s calling…

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vampslipEvery once in a while, pure awesomeness occurs that forces me to set my writer’s pen aside and just be the card-holding, vampire bunny slipper wearin’, geek fangirl that I truly am. Once in a while happened last week with the announcement of the Morganville Kickstarter project.

For those of you that haven’t heard of the Morganville Vampire series, you should slap the back of your hand for being so clueless, then you should use said hand to immediately order the first in the series, Glass Houses by Rachel Caine. Read More

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