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Blogtober Day 16

What were you reading this time last year?

I couldn’t find anything to the date but I remember reading these books for #FraterfestRAT AND Blogoween!

41003129f4ce685af3bde745d2df3e21Oct. 11th Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron

A witch is a “woman practicing sorcery.” The Oxford English Dictionary explains that sorcery is the “supposed art of influencing [the] course of events by occult control of nature or of spirits, witchcraft.” By definition a witch, differs from a sorcerer, in that they do not use physical tools or actions to curse; their maleficium, is perceived as extending from some intangible inner quality, and the person may be unaware that they are a witch or may have been convinced of their own evil nature by the suggestion of others. So a witch’s magic comes from within him or herself, and she may not even know she is a witch!

With that said, the first Tale from the Cauldron, Stray Magic, is about a dog who lost his master in a terrible car accident. The dogs’ name is Goneril. He was separated at the scene of the accident and was taken to the dog pound. He will die unless he is reunited with his master, who is a wizard and is able to cure him alone. He’s a very old dog and his master is very good to him. But little does anyone know, Goneril’s master likewise is suffering in ICU in the hospital and the only one who can make it better is his dog. Aww, people and their pets 🙂 It’s a cute story and I recommend it to animal lovers.

8834e09fe3cf1372e344e02c9c5d66edOctober 13th. In Darkness We Must Abide by Rhiannon Frater. The Complete First Season

It was Halloween 2007 that broke the last straw for Vanora Socoli. Alisha and Roman were bitten with the vampire curse but would never hurt their sister, still, Vanora felt she had to leave her vampire family after what she saw.

Vanora was young but very naïve and had unrealistic expectations regarding the true nature of vampirism, but so did Roman although they fed off of animal blood and were doing a pretty good job of it until…well.

There was some other terrible evil brewing in the background to which a very handsome and mysterious Armando was involved. dun duh dun dun

32516150Halloween Frost by Jennifer Estep on Oct. 22

I didn’t know anything about the world of Mythos Academy because I have never read the first installment but it sounds like the protagonist Gwen Frost, is training to be a kickass warrior. I like it a lot. I picked it up because it is near Halloween.
Gwen’s friend wants to dress up and go trick or treating but their fun was lost on a monster and that is just how it is at Mythos Academy. Fight and kill as many of those things as possible. However, the one she has a crush on saves her, yet again. O be still my heart. Her sword, Vic, can talk and has a mouth on him. It was a gift from some god. I need to work out the details guys so don’t @ me. It looks like their bags of treats was lost on someone playing a mean trick on them.

I also listened to an audiobook about The Vampire Stories of Nancy Kilpatrick. I remember I didn’t like the sex. It was dirty.

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Guys, what happens when I don’t renew my domain?  Will I be able to keep my blog @ jackiesforgetmenots.wordpress.com?
I just want everyone to know that if you can’t see my blog anymore it’s because the domain with the lousy .me at the end has expired. It won’t work if you land on

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Please know I have not abandoned U. I am still here. Try checking my free WordPress address @ jackiesforgetmenots.wordpress.com and if this doesn’t work than I don’t know what to say but that I’m an idiot? It has always been a struggle to navigate WordPress and for the life of me why OH WHY can’t my blog be redirected from .ME to .COM!? So much for small favours
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Yes, I am panicking. Can’t you tell? I took a screenshot of what my life has become. MAKE IT STOP!

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Blogtober Challenge Day 15 
- Characters with bad luck

11264999A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, by George RR Martin)

Theon Greyjoy. As a young boy, he was made a ward to Eddard Stark and later was disowned by his own father Balon Greyjoy. He fought for an alliance between the Ironborn and the Starks but was betrayed and captured by Lord Bolton’s bastard Ramsay. He never was lucky with women either. He lost his manhood and other body parts and was renamed, Reek. His sister Yara tries to rehabilitate him to fight with a sword again but he fails to protect her and it crushes him. Resigned to an honourable death, he gives up his life for Brandon Stark in the War of Winterfell against the White Walkers.

33(Lord of the Rings).

Smeagol was so unlucky to not be the finder of the ring, but takes it as a birthday gift for himself. Deagol didn’t even give it to him as a birthday present! Then he murders Deagol out of greed only to be possessed by it for the rest of his life. The more insane he got the more unrecognizable he was not having a stitch of humanity left. I swear the only one to possess The Ring has got to be the unluckiest person ever!!! Out of everybody in Middle Earth??!! He is destroyed with the ring falling into the fires of Mount Doom.


Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban.

Sirius Black. He was framed for murders he didn’t commit by Peter Pettigrew and sentenced to Azkaban where he was seen as a dangerous criminal. Even his nephew is wary of him being a madman. When he transforms himself into a black dog and escapes prison, he appears to Harry who thinks he is a grim omen.
He was eventually cleared of all charges but he never was able to enjoy his life because he was murdered by his cousin Bellatrix Lestrange.

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Today Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving. If being grateful is a sign of a noble soul then allow me to tell you what I am grateful for.

I ♥ Pumpkin Pie.

I ♥ pumpkin spice lattes

I ♥ Fall eyeshadow

I ♥ October

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I ♥ books about witches


I ♥ fall decorations

I ♥ a bonfire

I ♥ Snow

Favourite Quotes for Autumn

I’ve always liked the song by Green Day ♫Wake me up when September ends♪♫ . I suppose it reminds me of catching the last rays of the warmth of summer on my face surrounded by yellow and gold coloured leaves. I love that weather. I could sleep forever there.

 

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Anniekslibrary and Hâf@The Library Looter have teamed up and created thirty-one exciting blog prompts for a Halloween themed Blogtober! I am linking up with them today.


The Vampire Knitting Club (Vampire Knitting Club #1)

The Vampire Knitting Club

(Vampire Knitting Club #1)
by Nancy Warren
Kindle Edition, 219 pages
Published October 4th, 2018 by Ambleside Publishing
Buy on Amazon

Hoping to spend some time with her Grandmother and mend her broken heart Lucy arrives in Oxford only to discover Agnes Bartlet’s knitting shop is closed and her grandmother is dead. Cardinal Woolsey’s knitting shop was one of four shops that were targeted to sell. Her grandmother never wanted to sell her shop. So, someone murdered her because they needed the money.

With her grandmother’s knitting shop now belonging to Lucy, it means she has a great responsibility to keep it. Her world is turned upside down when she is introduced to strange people who occupy the space in the back of her shop and that is one main reason why she needs to protect the shop and its secrets.

Out of all the supernatural things that were revealed, she couldn’t have been less enthusiastic about knowing she was a witch. I mean she took solace in her cat familiar now that her grandma was dead but using magic could have solved many problems in helping her solve crimes.

I thought the story moved slower than molasses but with great magic comes great responsibility and Agnes Bartlet’s knitting shop held many secrets.
The Vampire Knitting Club is only the beginning so I hope to be hearing more about this rag-tag club of knitting vampires.

Quotes

  • Sherlock Holmes had his Baker Street irregulars, and I had my Harrington Street immortals.
  • What did it say about me that knitting spells were easier than crafting a simple scarf?
  • Everything I tried, whether it was a sweater, a pair of socks or a simple scarf ended up looking like a scrunched-up hedgehog.

 

Goodreads Summary

Vampires who knit
A troublemaking witch
Who killed Granny — and is she really dead?
At a crossroads between a cringe-worthy past (Todd the Toad) and an uncertain future (she’s not exactly homeless, but it’s close), Lucy Swift travels to Oxford to visit her grandmother. With Gran’s undying love to count on and Cardinal Woolsey’s, Gran’s knitting shop, to keep her busy, Lucy can catch her breath and figure out what she’s going to do.

Except it turns out that Gran is the undying. Or at least, the undead. But there’s a death certificate. And a will, leaving the knitting shop to Lucy. And a lot of people going in and out who never use the door—including Gran, who is just as loving as ever, and prone to knitting sweaters at warp speed, late at night. What exactly is going on?

When Lucy discovers that Gran did not die peacefully in her sleep, but was murdered, she has to bring the killer to justice without tipping off the law that there’s no body in the grave. Between a hot 600-year-old vampire and a dishy detective inspector, both of whom always seem to be there for her, Lucy finds her life getting more complicated than a triple cable cardigan.
The only one who seems to know what’s going on is her cat … or is it … her familiar?

About the author

The USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty novels, Nancy is known for her funny, sexy and suspenseful tales.

She’s an avid hiker, often tramping the hills with her Border Collie, Max. Nancy recently completed her MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, UK.

Nancy is a three-time Rita Awards finalist, a winner of the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Award, and was featured on the front cover of the New York Times for her Harlequin Nascar series.

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Blogtober Day 12

-Three books you meant to read last year

The Bear and the Nightingale
(Winternight Trilogy #1)
by Katherine Arden
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind–she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed–this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

Zenith
(The Androma Saga #1)
by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Tiger’s Dream
(The Tiger Saga #5)
by Colleen Houck
A tiger left behind.

A goddess in need of an ally.

Stranded in a time and place he never wished for, Kishan Rajaram must carry out his destiny of assisting the beautiful yet extremely irritable goddess Durga. This daunting task is not made easy by the fact that he must also face the truth about the girl he loves and the brother who stole her away.

When the wily shaman Phet appears and tells Kishan that Kelsey needs him, he jumps at the chance to see her again. In his efforts to save her, Kishan discovers that the curse he thought was over is just beginning. As time unravels around him, Kishan realizes that the fates of all those he holds dear lie in hands.

The goddess’s power hangs in the balance. Kishan has no choice but to sacrifice the unthinkable to fight the dark forces swirling around the woman he’s charged to protect. As he does, he discovers that love and loyalty create their own magic and accepts that he must decide his destiny once and for all.

Tiger’s Dream is the conclusion to the epic Tiger’s Curse fantasy romance series that left you breathless.

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Day 11- Witchy YA

“You should never assume. You know what happens when you assume. You make an ass out of you and me because that’s how it’s spelled.”― Ellen DeGeneres

I don’t read that much YA anymore because I can’t stand school! Every YA book that I have ever read (more or less), forced me to relive my terrible teens in school again! Did I mention that I hated school? Being in that environment triggers me and I’m so over it. blah. I’m not talking about Harry Potter. Don’t get me wrong. I love love love Hogwarts where the difference is mind-altering drugs lol j/k, magic obviously.
So with that in mind, let’s just say fantasy paranormal is the new YA.  There are some pretty decent Witchy books to be discovered I’m sure. This is where I probably should mention some of them…

H.P.Mallory author of the Jolie Wilkins series, Dulcie O’Neil, Lily Harper, Peyton Clarke and Bryn and Sinjin. I adore her Witchy Woo and all of them have to do with witches! They are spooktastic IMO.
Genevieve Jack is the author of The Knight Games  and The Treasure of Paragon
Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy but you know; it’s far from YA.
Debora Geary’s Witch series I haven’t read.
Molly Harper writes fun witchy stuff in her Sorcery and Society series.
M.R Merrick and his Protector series involves some witch action
Dakota Cassidy Witchless in Seattle
Maria Snyder Poison Study
Kami Garcia Beautiful Creatures series
Ya so check out H.P. Mallory if you haven’t yet because I say so!

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Friday Face-Off is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy
and run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This weeks theme:

11th October – “And, though there should be a world of difference between the smile of a man and the bared fangs of a wolf, with Joss Merlyn they were one and the same.” – a cover featuring an Inn/Hotel

Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper doesn’t have many different covers but I chose it because it is written by J.L Bryan, the author of the Jenny Pox (Paranormals series). If you haven’t heard of this author before then what have you been doing? j/k. In all honesty, I feel his books are underrated so I just wanted to make those who may NOT have heard of him aware, that’s all. On the cover, is an old mansion in which some new owners are trying to establish as a Bed & Breakfast. so there’s that. It’s sort of an inn/hotel/bed and breakfast :p but it used to be a brothel of sorts owned by an evil man and yes, it is haunted which is why Ellie Jordan is called to get rid of the ghost(s).

(I like #1) Which cover do you like? (not much of a choice but the story is spooktastic!)

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, #1)

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper

(Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #1)
by J.L. Bryan
My Review
Ellie Jordan’s job is to catch and remove unwanted ghosts. Part detective/part paranormal exterminator, Ellie operates out of Savannah, Georgia, one of the oldest and most haunted cities in North America.

When a family contacts her to deal with a disturbing presence in the old mansion they’ve recently purchased, Ellie first believes it to be a typical, by-the-book spectre, a residual haunting by a restless spirit. Instead, she finds herself confronting an evil older and more powerful than she’d ever expected, rooted in the house’s long and sordid history of luxury, sin, and murder. The dangerous entity seems particularly interested in her clients’ ten-year-old daughter.

Soon her own life is in danger, and Ellie must find a way to exorcise the darkness of the house before it can kill her, her clients, or their frightened young child.

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  • Day 10 – Reading challenge update

Today is the first day of Fraterfest Readathon where I’ll be reading cozy mysteries and spooky books for the next 5 days. The name Fraterfest is inspired by Rhiannon Frater whose zombies, vampires and necromancers offer thrills and chills.
My list of books will also be contributing to Spooktastic Reads 2019 hosted @Wyrdandwonder

 

‘It’ can “Go, Float Itself”

I had planned on doing a month-long read-along but I realized I didn’t like what I was reading. Therefore I DNF’d it because of topics relating to child abuse, domestic violence, murder, and bullying. I regret even buying the book now. Oh well. I, however, liked the “It” 2017 film a lot more, so I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything by not reading the book. I had a blast watching It: Chapter 2 in theatre as well.

That is about the only updates I have to share other than my normal reading schedule; which hasn’t been too exciting.

I finished reviewing Dead Meat by Nick Clausen
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Dead Meat is about three children who get stuck in the basement of a house that is overrun by zombies. The prospect of survival is very grim for Thomas, Dan and Jennie but if there is any hope to stay alive, they need to make sure all of the zombies are dead.

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  • Favourite Vampire or Werewolf

I actually like both Vampires and Werewolves in paranormal fantasy/romance but the werewolves in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series stand out as being the most memorable to any other. I miss them.
Admittingly, why I like them so much is because Kresley Cole can write! She is a brilliant author who writes paranormal romance. I also think it could be possible my favourite book hasn’t been written yet? Idk.
There are so many books about werewolves that it’s just hard to remember them all. Yes, Twilight has its own shapeshifting clan and Harry Dresden has his but the one that stands out to me the most is A Hunger like no other -Immortals After Dark #1 and MacRieve #13. Check it.

In Immortals After Dark, they are called The Lykae Clan whose leader is Lachlain MacRieve.

“A proud, strapping warrior of the Keltoi People (or Hidden People, later known as Celts) was taken in his prime by a maddened wolf. The warrior rose from the dead, now an immortal, with the spirit of the beast latent within him. He displayed the wolf’s traits: the need for touch, an intense loyalty to its kind, an animal craving for the delights of the flesh. Sometimes the beast rises …”

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