Mr. Grinch!


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One of the best Christmas stories, and songs. Enjoy :D

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Artist Spotlight: Brittany Hanks Twist On A Classic


1368911_568370913210660_1775824226_nAs always, Brittany Hanks continues to amaze me with her artistic vision. How cool is this gothic interpretation of Princess Belle?

Wow.

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Feel The Christmas Spirit In Edmonton


Christmas-spiritEdmonton, Alberta has TONS of Christmas festivities each year to put you in the holiday spirit.

Edmonton Legislature grounds.

Edmonton Legislature grounds.

Wherever you are in the city, there is something breathtaking to take in.

CP Holiday train made a stop in Edmonton while making it's way across Canada and the US.

CP Holiday train made a stop in Edmonton while making it’s way across Canada and the US.

Enjoy the holiday season, and take in some of the beautiful sights.

Devonian Botanic Garden Luminara.

Devonian Botanic Garden Luminara.

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Gift-A-Book: Wolfsbane and Mistletoe


booksWolfsbane and Mistletoe edited by Charlaine Harris

The editors of “Many Bloody Returns” deliver the perfect howl-iday gift, with new tales from Patricia Briggs, Carrie Vaughn, and many more.2871250

“New York Times” bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Keri Arthur, and Carrie Vaughn—along with eleven other masters of the genre—offer all-new stories on werewolves and the holidays, a fresh variation on the concept that worked so well with birthdays and vampires in “Many Bloody Returns.”

The holidays can bring out the beast in anyone. They are particularly hard for lycanthropes. Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner have harvested the scariest, funniest and saddest werewolf tales by an outstanding pack of authors, best read by the light of a full moon with a silver bullet close at hand.

Whether wolfing down a holiday feast (use your imagination) or craving some hair of the dog on New Year’s morning, the werewolves in these frighteningly original stories will surprise, delight, amuse, and scare the pants off readers who love a little wolfsbane with their mistletoe.

Contents:
Introduction by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner
Gift Wrap by Charlaine Harris
The Haire of the Beast by Donna Andrews
Lucy, at Christmastime by Simon R. Green
The Night Things Changed by Dana Cameron
The Werewolf before Christmas by Kat Richardson
Fresh Meat by Alan Gordon
Il est né by Carrie Vaughn
The Perfect Gift by Dana Stabenow
Christmas Past by Keri Arthur
SA by J.A. Konrath
The Star of David by Patricia Briggs
You’d Better Not Pyout by Nancy Pickard
Rogue Elements by Karen Chance
Milk and Cookies by Rob Thurman
Keeping Watch over His Flock by Toni L.P. Kelner

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Lunar Passing Blog Tour


Lunar Passing BannerBook Title: Lunar Passing (Book 2 of the Caged Moon Series) by Rachel Deagan
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lunar-Passing-Caged-Moon-Series-ebook/dp/B00L05RTXU

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17335483-lunar-passing

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As if in slow motion, the world spun. The front fender of the truck slammed into us from behind, and everything lurched forward. Bags, arms, clothes, sailed by my head. The muffled sound of screams were lost somewhere in a tumultuous roar as the van hit a pothole, and we began to roll. Cold metal crushed in on me, and the splintering sound of gunshots echoed in my ears…

Several months had passed since the murders in the old farmhouse and secrets had been revealed. Too bad a cover up in this day and age, hadn’t been exactly so easy.

About the Author:

Rachel Deagan

Rachel grew up in small town Massachusetts where she spent most of her time writing about strange paranormal creatures instead of paying attention in class. She has always been considered the ‘dreamy’ one with her head in the clouds, but it has all been worth it. Rachel, now, is YA Author of both The Caged Moon Series, and The Prophecy.

Website: http://moonlightprose.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @racheldeagan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rachel.deagan

Book Excerpt:

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“What are you doing here?” Aaron asked, standing in the doorway at the side of the room marked Staff Only. I hadn’t heard the main door open behind me, nor had I felt the cold draft of air that would have been pulled in with him. So he was already here, before me. The thought sent goose bumps down my spine. “Liam said for everyone to stay put, so we wouldn’t be seen.”
“I should be asking you the same thing,” I said, trying to front an air of self-confident bravery. “Why are you here then?”
A devious smile rose across his lips. “I don’t take orders from my brother. Apparently, you don’t either. I admire that.”
My stomach felt sick. How could he think that I would ever be on his side about anything, especially in defiance of Liam? “He loves you,” I blurted out, trying to refrain from shaking. I was so upset. “How dare you.”
“Oh, please. Don’t go getting your panties all in a bunch. You really need to learn how to relax.” He shook his head, and closed the staff door behind him. “I was teasing, Charlotte, but that aside, what are you doing out here?”
My wolf wanted to claw and scratch him. He had some nerve. “I don’t need to be telling you anything,” I said, slipping the envelope into my pocket while he closed the staff door behind him.
“Well, good then.” He smiled in a way that made me want to growl. “Then I don’t have to tell you, what I’m doing either.” He winked, moving past me to the main door leading to the curb outside. “We have a truce.”
“Wait,” I said, and he paused, lifting a brow. “What are you talking about? Why were you in the office? That’s staff only.”
“Now, come on, Charlotte. I thought we had a deal.”
“I never agreed to anything, and you don’t exactly have a great track record. Did you do something to the guy who works here? Where is he?”
Aaron shrugged, extending his arms with mocked innocence.
I sighed. “Fine, I was going to mail a letter to my parents to tell them I was okay. I didn’t want them to worry.”
“Thank you,” he said with a smile. “That’s all I wanted to know.” He turned back to the door, swinging it wide. The cool air nipped at my skin, making me shiver.
“Hey,” I said, stomping up to him, “that’s not fair. I told you what I was doing. Now you have to.”
“Why?” he asked with a chuckle. “You really are fun to mess with though,” he teased with a grin. “The look on your face is great.”
God, I hated him. I tried to stay calm.
“Did you do something to the man who works here?” I demanded through my teeth, barely containing the coiling fury building inside me.
He licked his lip and then leaned in close to me, his breath tickling my ear. “I ate him.”

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Gift-A-Book: Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual


booksBobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro by Bobbi Brown

10568008_10152636103980908_450754996_nThis is the book that Bobbi Brown’s fans have been waiting for: her 25-plus years of makeup styling experience distilled into one complete, gorgeous book. Bobbi looks at everything from skincare basics to every aspect of facial makeup–from how to find the right color and type of foundation for any skin tone to how to apply every detail of eye makeup (Brows, Eye Liner, Eye Shadow, and Eye Lashes) no matter your eye color and shape.

The perfect gift for every make-up lover on your list!

The perfect gift for every make-up lover on your list!

Of course there are never-before-seen tips on blush, bronzer, lip liners, lipstick, etc. And Bobbi looks beyond the face with informative chapters on “Hands and Feet” and “Body Skin Care.” Each chapter has thorough step-by-step basic directions for makeup application and easy-to-follow photographs and line drawings, along with Bobbi’s expert, yet assuring, advice. Plus, there’s a groundbreaking section of the book that will be of special interest to women who’ve wanted to know how makeup stylists do what they do: the top beauty secrets only these artists know, essential equipment to keep on hand, how to break into the business, and how to work with photographers and celebrities.

Breathtaking photos of the finished faces-from everyday looks to exotic runway style-along with advice on putting it all together for every woman, make this a book like no other.

BOBBI BROWN’S MAKEUP MANUAL will be the only book any woman will need to look absolutely fabulous.

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Book Review: The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson


The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson18634726

Published: July 1st by Harper Teen

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Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter’s come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I’ve watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I’m the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I’m tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I’m tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don’t know why. I think it’s because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

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Initially I was very intrigued, this story held so many components that would make it brilliant: a ghost story, creepy, murder-mystery.

While reading the book, I realized it wasn’t what I had expected. Not necessarily in a negative way, it was simply just very different from what I expected.

I am always intrigued by ghost stories, and mysteries. I have always been the one to flock to the ‘spooky’ stories. Whilst reading the first few chapters, fear was the farthest thing from my mind, instead I kept thinking, wow, the author must have had a fantastic playlist going while writing this story.

The characters were very intriguing. Certainly kept the reader on edge, never knowing what characters are actually the good-guys, and bad-guys. Not knowing their true intentions kept the interest piqued.

The constant switch in narration, the ‘ever-seeing eyes’ of the spirit is just as compelling as the protagonist engaging in the world of the living. Seeing the world from someone no longer part of it, was very interesting. In my opinion, it was the strongest part of the story. I kept wanting to know more and see more from this perspective.

Mystery does play a huge role in the development of the story, but the main focus is on the relationships between the main characters. The murder mystery plot is sort of switched off to the side-lines and meets a very blasé conclusion.

This book had moments of greatness and in others, it fell short of expectation. It definitely tugs at your depressions. It encompasses Winter perfectly—a cold, and lonely book. Many chapters read as though they were poetry. While the story may have not been what I expected, it was certainly an enjoyable and beautiful read. It definitely stirred questions and emotions for me.

Another selling point–this was a very short read, and it is definitely worth picking up!

Thank you, Harper Collins Canada for providing a review copy.

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