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Hanging Around the Blogs: News & Reviews You May Have Missed (11)

I love Chuckles Book Cave's feature "Around the Blogs with Chuckles" so much that I'm going to do one too. There are never enough hours in the day to be a creeper on all the blogs and social media outlets so here's a recap of some great posts, articles and news tidbits you may have missed while you were out living your life.

I haven't had a chance to do nearly as much blog hopping as I'd like to but here's a little news I discovered on my snooping expeditions.

Ladies of Horror Fiction NewsWe now have a Goodreads group! We'll be talking about all the things, including discussing our quarterly community reads. Everyone is welcome. That includes men, women and tentacle monsters, of course. Come join us here:
Ania Ahlborn's Latest Book Is In LimboAs reported on her Facebook page, Amazon is holding up the release of her latest work because they have an issues with the cover. Curse you, Amazon!

There's b…

The Oh-So-Sad DNF Collection: Take 2

I don't like to DNF but I also don't like the idea of struggling through a book that doesn't get along with me. Here is a little collection of books I had to give up on because I am a quitter and I have entirely too many books in my tbr pile.

Our Frail Disordered Lives by Mary M. Schmidt
I requested this title from Netgalley thinking it was a horror novel because it was in the horror category. I must be more careful about hitting that request button without doing a little research first.

This book is a comedy about a demon gone rogue because his boss Satan is an unappreciative pain in the bum. Satan sends all of his bounty hunters out to drag the demon’s sorry butt back to Hell. But this is not a horror novel. At least not the first 25%. It is written in the sarcastic spirit of Christopher Moore and Clive Barker’s Mister B. Gone which is a book that did not get along with me and I normally adore Barker so you can see how this going to go, can’t you?

Not well, if you were wo…

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu Book Review

I read this for the first time a little bit ago and I liked it 💗  What's not to like about dark love?!

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le FanuReleased 1872 (!)
Horror Fiction |  Goodreads | Amazon

Source: Audible Freebie A classic Victorian vampire novella, which influenced Bram Stoker's later treatment of the vampire mythos in Dracula.
These Are My Thoughts This was my first reading of this classic tale of dark secrets written in 1872. 1872?! That fact stuns me after finally giving this a novella read. There is a quite a surprising amount of sexuality for such an ancient tome or did the world get ever more prudish as the years went by? There were lesbian kisses and touches and I think I even detected a wee bit of some non-consensual touchy-feely too! But, man, is it ever flowery in its telling. The purple prose is oh-so-strong but it really does throw one back in time and allow the atmosphere to drip off the page so I’m not complaining. Just prepare yourself for some unrestrained writin…

Pound of Flesh by Jessa Kane Book Review

I pressed my sarcasm button and this spewed out.

Pound of Flesh by Jessa Kane
Erotica Released December 2016
Goodreads | I Know You Want To Buy A Copy So Do It Here

Source: Purchased With My Own $
Beast saw Beauty. And the hunt was on. 

A beast has just kicked down my front door. 
He’s massive, scarred, just out of prison and refuses to budge. 
Unless I go with him. 

He’s made it clear what he wants—my untouched body beneath his giant, damaged one. 
If I run, he’ll hunt me down and take it. 

But when he slips and shows me his desperation… 
I’m no longer sure whether I want to run to him or away from him. 
These Are My Thoughts I read this a little while ago but someone told me my blog has been boring lately and they are probably right. I figured this review might perk up your eyeballs or send you running screaming as far away from me and my blog as possible. I aim to do both but apparently have been failing. Sorry, life has been sucking the joy and sarcasm right out of me. 
This little story is ab…

April's Mini Horror Reviews

Here's all the horror I've been reading recently with mini reviews and links to the Horror After Dark full reviews (if I didn't DNF).

We Are Wormwood by Autumn Christian This book is gorgeously written but it might not be for everyone. The author creates a world filled with disturbing imagery and a protagonist who is unsure herself what is real and what isn't. I LOVED it and gobbled it up but you all know I have peculiar taste, lol.  4 1/2 Stars
My full review is at Horror After Dark:
The Invited by Jennifer McMahon I read roughly half of this story before throwing in the towel. I don't do this lightly but I've come to the conclusion that life is far too short to struggle with a book that doesn't mesh with me. It started off on the wrong foot and never improved. I have worked in the construction industry most of my entire working life and found the fact that two teachers buil…

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire Review

I haven't read the others (I know, I know!) but this one stands alone just fine.

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
Audiobook , 4+ Hours Released January 2019
Goodreads | Buy A Copy Here

Source: Library Borrow
This is the story of a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.

When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she's found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.

For anyone . . .
These Are My Thoughts In An Absent Dream is a prequel to a series of books I have not read so I’m walking in cold here.
The tale begins when a young girl spots a tree where previously there wasn’t one. The tree does some twists and contortions and a little door appears. On that door it says only, “Be Sure”.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann Audiobook Review

This book tells a horrible story that is so awful because it's true.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Audiobook , 9+ Hours Released April 2017
Goodreads | Buy A Copy Here

Source: Library Borrow

From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. One Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, watched as her family was murdered. Her older sister was shot. Her mother was then slowly poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances. 

In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. G…