Good Riddance to 2017 and Hello to 2018

What a year 2017 has been, The world seemed to go a little crazy this year, but I have a feeling 2018 is going to be magical. I personally have a lot to look forward to this coming year, however 2017 isn’t passing without leaving a couple great things behind.

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One thing wonderful that happened was the end of my reading funk. Ever since I started writing the Sweet Treats books, I found it very difficult to get into a book and that went on for almost two years. Then I found K. Webster’s Dirty Ugly Toy and that broke the spell. Since then I have read some incredible books and found some amazing authors.

Top 5 reads of 2017: 

1. Whispers and the Roars by K. Webster

2. The Complicated Hearts Duet by Ashley Jade

3. Inferno by Yolanda Olson

4. Pretty Little Dolls series by Ker Dukey and K. Webster

5. Touched by Death by T. L. Martin

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Coming in 2018:

The Sweet Treats Trilogy is my main focus of 2018. That series consists of Candy Coated Chaos coming in February, Sweetened Suffering coming in April, and Cupcakes and Crooked Spoons coming in June. I do have another title that I am working on, but I can’t guarantee I’ll have it out by the end of the year. I like to give each story and it’s characters my undivided attention until the final completion, so at the moment, I only work on one story at a time.
Toward the middle of the year I will be doing a “Beta Search”. Meaning, I will be looking for people that would like to be involved in the beta process of my upcoming books. So keep an eye out for that if that sounds like something you’d be interested in.
There are definitely more things in the works, but I don’t want to speak to soon, i just know I am so excited for this year.
I hope you all have a fun and safe New Year!


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“Inferno” By: Yolanda Olson – Book Review

Whoa… I’m not really sure how to review this book. I went into it blind and I really think that’s probably the best way to do it, but I will give a few of my thoughts while trying to keep the main plot out, so this will be short.

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What drew me to this was of course, the cover. I instantly wanted it on my shelf. I also really liked the formatting and the writing was so great. The description is fairly vague, but I will say heed the forward which really serves more as a warning and should be taken seriously.

I agreed to be this empty marionette to do his will and now, after all this time, I find myself rejecting the idea, even though it’s too damn late.

I really loved Jocelyn. The book is told primarily from her point of view, except the last chapter. I really felt for this girl and I understood her thoughts and fears. My heart broke for her. It’s rare that I enjoy a female lead as much as I did her.
Pater on the other hand, is among the worst villains that I have read, if not the worst. He was such a sick character and his actions turned my stomach on multiple occasions (which is rarely something that happens). I don’t mind my book boyfriends being a little psycho, but Pater is not book boyfriend material.

“My God. If you only knew how beautiful you are when you just stand there with your mouth shut.”

Truthfully, I like books that are so messed up that you’re left reeling and this book did that for sure. I almost got to the point that I had to put it down for a bit just because it got a little intense to read and definitely tested me. I always thought I didn’t have any hard limits, but there was one specific part toward the end that almost got there for me.

Monstrous acts beget monsters, and we’ll both get what we deserve in the end, but not all of us. I won’t allow it.

It’s a pretty quick read and I flew through this thing. Dark just doesn’t really seem to cover it. I absolutely adored this book for pushing me to my limits and making me feel a little gritty. There is sexual content that is detailed, but it’s not meant to be sexy or hot. I’m still recovering from this read. Yolanda Olson is officially a fave author of mine and I will read anything she writes so be prepared for more reviews on her books in the near future.

In a way, I feel like I’m clawing my way out of hell, and to be quite honest, maybe I am. The darkness no longer wants me because I’m no longer pure of heart.

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Genre: Horror

 Stars: 5

Sexual Content: 3- Explicit

Book Link: Inferno on Amazon

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On Christmas Eve, the temperature skyrockets, leading Amber to investigate the problem. Restricted access elevators leave her locked in the basement with nothing but a bottle of Fireball and a plastic cup full of red hots. Will Amber be destined to spend the night alone or will a sexy janitor be in for one hot Christmas surprise?

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“Complicated Hearts” (Part 2) By: Ashley Jade – Book Review

Ohhhh the things this book did to me… I loved every second of it even when it made me angry. This series could not be more aptly named either. I was a huge fan of book one and I was dead with that cliffhanger, so I was more than excited for this book and it honestly was perfect in every single way for me. I love all the main characters and felt bad for each of them at some point during the story as well as pissed at each of them during the story, and I love when a book can make me feel that way.

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***Disclaimer: If you have not read part 1, this review may contain spoilers***

The story picks up right where book one leaves off with Breslin ready to apologize and commit to Landon only to find him naked with Asher, who she hasn’t seen since he told her he was gay and he cheated on her with her high school nemesis. Seeing Asher again is tough on her and as much as she wants to deny she still feels for him, she does. She just hates him for what he did to her and she wants him to leave.

“Breslin–”
I hold up my hand, cutting him off. “Did you ever really care about me?”
His face twists. “Of course, I did. I love you. I have always loved you. It never went away, and it’snever going to. You were the one that walked away from us, not me.”
I shake my head, because I can’t bear to hear him try to rationalize everything and put his own spin on it when I know the truth. Because I live with the painful reminder every day.
And contrary to what he thinks—I didn’t walk away because I wanted to. I walked away because he ripped us apart with dishonesty and betrayal.
I should have been the first person he went to when he had feelings for anyone other than me. And Kyle should have been the last person he acted those feelings out with.
I raise my chin “I don’t know why you’re here and I don’t care to know. But if you ever really loved me like you claim…you’ll do the right thing and leave Woodside.”
Obviously Asher can’t do that because of the deal to protect his brother, but she doesn’t know about any of that. get little crazy with both Landon and Asher being angry and jealous of the other. When Landon begins to hop between them, he knows something has to change. He doesn’t know what to do. He loves them both and he doesn’t want to hurt either of them. It’s the same with Asher. He loves them both. Breslin though, she can’t get past the pain and anger from what Asher did to her to forgive him. And she doesn’t even know the truth about what went down.
His eyes find mine first. “The other day I had sex with you.”
I blink. This conversation, or rather, this long-winded confession is getting stranger by the second. I thought he invited me here because he made a decision.
Instead he’s spinning me round and round in circles.
He turns to Asher next. “And then I had sex with you.”
I blink again, rapidly this time…and then an inferno slides up my esophagus as I take in his words. Asher’s eyes turn hard and he grips his knee, appearing to be just as angry as I am. “Is there a point to this shit, Landon?”
The low rumble in his voice reverberates through me and I hate it.
Landon’s gaze turns inward. “Yeah. My point is that I don’t want to keep having sex with the both of you unless you’re aware of it.”

 

This book was perfect for me. I loved the main story and I’ve enjoyed the way Ashley Jade writes through this series. I love that the motives and thoughts of the characters felt real to me. People aren’t perfect, so I prefer the characters in the books I read not be either. It was fast paced and even had some dark themes. Not to mention, the covers on these books are beautiful. I am not a huge fan of spin off series, but I am beyond pumped for Complicated Parts.
“When I left for Europe it was only halfway done but now–” She visibly gulps and I’d give all the pennies in the world for her thoughts right now…because the look on her face tells me she not only heard but understood every lyric of the song I wrote about her and Asher.
“What’s it called?” Her voice is barely above a whisper.
“Complicated Hearts.”
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Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Stars: 5
Heat Level: 3-Explicit

Candy Coated Chaos: Cover/Excerpt Reveal

I have been dreaming about this cover for so long and it’s more than I ever imagined. I am so excited to share it with you and I hope you adore it as much as I do. 
Title: Candy Coated Chaos (Sweet Treats #1)
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: 2/15/18
Cover Design: Murphy Rae

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**Front**

Description: 

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Being with Tavin is like eating those candies that start out sweet and then turn so sour, your eyes water. When she’s happy, her radiance is stunning, but her glow is dimmed by her dark secrets. I knew from the moment I laid eyes on her, sucking on that lollipop, that there was something unique about her. I was right in more ways than one, and while I don’t know the extent of suffering that her life entails, I’ll do whatever I need to, to convince her she can trust me. I just need to hang on to her long enough to do that.

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When he wraps his arms around me, and his warmth makes me feel safe, it’s easy to pretend that this is real. I knew going out with him was a bad idea, I just never imagined it would go this far. It was only supposed to be one night. One night to feel like a normal girl. I didn’t plan for this and now, every day that passes puts us deeper in danger. All I can do is make the most of every moment with him, so when the time comes for this to end, then at least we’ll be left with beautiful memories.
***Trigger Warning: This novel contains drug use, explicit sexual content, violence, and sensitive subject matter which may be triggering to some readers.
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                “What do you say we hit another bar? There are a ton of them on this street.” I don’t know why I suggest it. All I really want to do is go home and hear that voice moaning my name.
                She smiles and nods. “Let’s go.”
                I hold her hand as we walk down the street and look for a promising bar. Flashing lights in my peripheral make me turn, and I see a street carnival. When I look down at her, she’s gawking. Her eyes are all lit up and it’s painfully obvious that she is dying to go.
                “What do you say we go check that out?” I offer.
                For the first time she smiles a genuine, full on smile. She clasps her hands together and I swear her eyes get bigger.
                “Really?!”
                Her comical enthusiasm forces me to chuckle. “Of course.”
                After nearly getting my arm yanked from its socket, she pulls me to the ticket counter while her eyes scan feverishly.
                I gesture to our many choices. “Where to?”
                Even as I ask, I know she has no idea. You would think she’s never seen a carnival in her life. She’s about to burst. As she starts to head in one direction, something else will catch her eye, changing her trajectory.
                “I- uh. Well, um…”
                I take her hand to lace my fingers between hers. “We’ll get to all of it, I promise. How about we start with the tilt-a-whirl?” I point next to the fresh squeezed lemonade stand. “That was always my favorite as a kid.”
                She has the sweetest little dimple on her right cheek that appears with her grin and she nods. I don’t know her well enough to tease her when she walks past the ‘You must be this tall to ride this ride’ sign, but I chuckle at the fact she is passable by less than two inches.
                She picks the pink cart and we climb inside. Bouncing with anticipation, she grips my hand while the technician locks the bar. Once the ride begins to really get going, our cart makes its first fast spin and she throws her head back and laughs. It is such a pretty sound, a true laugh filled with abandon. She giggles the entire time, squealing at every spin. Her excitement is contagious and after it’s over, I run right along with her, hand in hand to the big slide.
                We race down a few times, although the word ‘race’ is a bit of a stretch. She is too light and can’t gain enough speed. She wants to beat me so bad, it’s just never going to happen.
                “Will you ride with me?” I think she’s talking to me, until I see she is looking up at the idiot in line with her. My initial reaction is to get pissed and immediately I chastise myself because that’s absolutely ridiculous. She grins at me. “I want to win.”
                 Well of course I can’t deny her that, even if the asshole she asks is a bit too happy to oblige.
                  Once she finally gets her wish, I take her to the carousel. She’s been staring at it since we got here.
                We choose a decorative carriage seat, slowly moving up and down next to intricately carved horses as the ride circles. I look down and her thighs are so sexy, barely parted, with the hems of her stockings peeking over her knees. “It’s been so long since I’ve been to one of these places,” I tell her as I take the initiative and place my hand on her thigh. She doesn’t flinch or acknowledge that I’m touching her at all.
                “I’ve never been.” Her eyes are still absorbing the scene around us, apparently for the first time.
                “Never?” She shakes her head and I move my hand a little higher. “So how do you know Eric?”
                Her face pales before she blinks a few times and chews on her lip. “Oh… um, he’s just… an acquaintance.”
                Another blanket response. I don’t want to push the subject because tonight is going so well, incredible, actually. Nevertheless, at some point I’m going to need to find out what she’s doing with him in my building.
                I tuck a curled piece of hair behind her ear to see her stunning profile. The ride begins to slow so I change the subject.
                “Do you like cotton candy?”
                 She snaps her head up to look at me as her entire face brightens. “Cotton candy? I’ve never tried it.”
                What a deprived life to have never had cotton candy. “Do you want to?”
                Not that I need to ask, she clearly does.
                “Very much.”
                We watch as the carnie turns the sugary strings into a fluffy pink ball. When it’s finished, he hands it to her and she tilts her head as she pokes at it.
                “Take a bite,” I urge her.
                She pulls off a piece and the moment the flavor hits her tongue, her face is hilarious. Her eyes go wide and she rips away another large piece and shoves it into her open mouth. I laugh at her enthusiasm as I order a lemonade from the carnie. When I turn around to offer her a drink, the paper handle is bare and she is licking the cotton candy remnants off her fingers.
                Good thing I didn’t want any.
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**Full Wrap**

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                He hovers over me, his blond hair soft beneath my fingers as I brush it away from his face. His strong and gorgeous face. I touch his cheeks so softly I wonder if he feels it.
                “Can’t we just enjoy this? The right now? I don’t want to think about anything past tonight.”
                His eyebrows narrow as his jaw ticks and it’s like he thinks if he looks into my eyes deep enough, he’ll get the answers he thinks he wants.
                “That’s what I’m talking about. Whenever you say stuff like that it feels like every moment with you could be my last. You have this way about you, as if you see something the rest of the world can’t. Sometimes you feel almost… magical.” He presses his forehead against mine and laces our fingers together before pulling our hands above our heads. “Please don’t disappear,” he whispers against my lips.

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Author Bio:

Charity B. lives in Salem Oregon with her husband and ornery little boy. Candy Coated Chaos is her debut novel and has more titles preparing for release in 2018. She has always loved to read and write, but began her love affair with dark romance when she read C.J. Robert’s The Dark Duet. She has a passion for the disturbing and sexy and wants nothing more than to give her readers the ultimate book hangover. In her spare time when she’s not chasing her son, she enjoys reading, the occasional TV show binge, and is deeply inspired by music.

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“Mad Sea” By: K. Webster – Book Review

Oh my gosh this book was ADORABLE. I absolutely loved it. I’m usually not a huge fan of short stories and novellas, but my obsession with mermaids and being a K. Webster fangirl trumps that hang up. Not to mention, the cover is just too cute. With shorter stories I’m usually left feeling a little cheated and this wasn’t like that. While I definitely wish it could have been longer with the details more expanded upon, I adored the ending and was felt as though I read a complete story. And what a sweet and fun story it was.Mad Sea cover

Madden Finn is a big, rough and tough president of a biker gang who sneaks off every Sunday to get a pink froyo and see Hali, a girl that works there that he’s infatuated with. He doesn’t ever really talk to her and he’s sure that she doesn’t even know he exists. On one of his visits, a nosy patron points out that he should just ask her out and he’s a little mortified. It gives Hali a nudge though, because as he’s leaving she meets him outside.

“All you have to do is ask, you know. I won’t bite,” a sweet voice says with a chuckle from behind me as I straddle my machine. “Well, I won’t bite that hard.”

                I snap my head to the vision gracefully making her way over to me. “Ask what?” I grunt.  

                Unafraid of my gruff exterior, she sashays right up to me and invades my personal space. I’m about three seconds from hauling her onto this bike with me and taking her home.

                “Ask in the next five seconds, and the answer will be yes. Ask me after, and it will be no.”

                With her out of the yuppie froyo shop, I’m a little more in my element. I flash her a smug grin. “Will you marry me?”

                Her green eyes widen with surprise, and she giggles. “Oooh, you’re a sly one, Madden Finn. Here I thought you were shy but no, you knew exactly what you were doing!”

                I can’t help but laugh with her—it’s infectious and I want to be tainted by her. “We’ll deal with that answer later. Can I take you to dinner one night?”

                “I suppose so,” she says, “a girl has to eat.” She hands me a green napkin with her phone number written in pretty flourish across the front. “Text me and let me know when.”

                With a wave, she turns and starts away from me, but I’m quick and snatch her wrist. It’s tiny in my massive hand and I easily bring her toward me. I don’t say anything but press a soft kiss to her palm that smells like dessert toppings.

                “I’ve been waiting twelve Sundays to do that.”

That first encounter had me grinning so big. When we see into Hali’s life, she clearly has some secrets. She ran from a controlling father and a when she came here she met her roommate Steffan who has a weird stalkery obsession with her. Over time, her and Madden see each other more and more and her roommate loses it one night. She calls Madden to come over and he takes her back to his place. Madden has always kept his life in compartments and separated, but it’s getting harder to do that with Hali. He wants to leave this town and start over with her somewhere. First though, he wants to tell her something. He doesn’t want there to be any secrets. This makes her nervous because she knows he will be expecting her reveal secrets of her own.

                His arms wrap around me and he tugs me to him. Our lips connect for a hurried, hungry kiss before he pushes away just a little. Water rivulets run down his temples, his dark hair hangs down past his brows, and his lips are pulled into a frown. Whatever it is that’s upsetting him is upsetting me too. I’m on the verge of tears.

                “So you know I’m adopted right?”

                Chewing on my bottom lip I nod.

                I don’t know where I came from or anything. My adopted mother says there isn’t much to know, just that she took care of me. Truth is, I don’t think she legally adopted me. You see…”

                “Yes?”

                He kisses me once more, as if I might disappear simply from him thinking about what it is he wants to tell me. Surely, it can’t be that bad can it?

                “I don’t think I’m human.

I just had such a fun time reading this adorable little book. It was a perfect little fairy tale with the sweetest happily ever after. I usually go for dark and disturbing books, but this really pulled out the romantic lover of fantasy out of me. Fantasy used to be all I read before I got sucked into dark romance and I have to say, the erotic factor in this book was so different and fun. I really enjoyed that part. If you want a short, unique, naughty little fairy tale that’s so sweet it’ll make your teeth hurt, you will adore this just as much as I did. I would recommend this to all romance readers and that very rarely happens.  Five stars for sure on this one.

“Little cherub of the sea, come play with me.

Come and play with me, dearest cherub of the sea.

Please come play with me,

In the mad, mad sea.”

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Genre: Fantasy Romance

Stars: 5

Heat Detail: 3- Explicit

               

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                -Charity B.

Book Link : Mad Sea on Amazon

“We Were Memories” By: Brandi Aga – Book Review

My word, I don’t know if I’ve ever had such extreme mixed emotions about a book. This was quite the ride, let me tell you. The first thing I loved about this book was the cover. I think the colors are so pretty and I like that it’s sexy while simultaneously showing us part of the story.  The second thing that I really enjoyed was the writing style. I was a little shocked that this was a debut and this was absolutely not a conventional romance. As always, I will do my best to leave out spoilers, but I felt so strongly about certain aspects of this book that it may be a little difficult.

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Now, I love a flawed character. Nothing bores me more than a perfect character that does all the right things all the time, so I appreciated that aspect, and believe me, Leylah is about as flawed as they come. This girl drove me crazy half the time. She was married to her husband, Ryan for nearly a decade and for the last couple of years, their marriage had been going south. Ryan was neglectful and refused to talk about what is wrong in their marriage. I felt bad for her on this aspect.

One day, she meets up with her best friend, Erin for their weekly hang out. Erin tells her about this guy she met on a dating site and wants to know if he’s a good guy, so she downloads the app on Leylah’s phone and creates her a profile so she can talk to the guy and see if he’s sleazy. Turns out he is, but Leylah doesn’t delete the app right away and gets gross messages from a bunch of guys. One is different and it stands out. It’s from a man named Roman telling her that she’s beautiful. That’s probably the first time she had been told that in a while.

     Too late to back out now, I click on his profile and find more pictures of his tattoos. He has full sleeves on both arms all the way down to his hands and two more tattoos that wrap around the back of his legs. Why the hell is he on here when he could obviously have any woman he wanted? I decide to be polite and type out a quick thank-you. Being nice never hurt anyone… right?

As Ryan continues to ignore her and focus on his work, she begins to build a relationship with Roman through messages since she lives in Texas and he lives in California. (As you can probably tell at this point, if cheating is a hard limit for you, this is probably not a book you want to read.) Eventually he asks her to come visit him. When Ryan lets her down yet again, she agrees. Personally I understand why she clung onto Roman. She had been hurting for years and was starving for someone to make her feel wanted. Ryan has no idea that she flew to California and slept with Roman. That part really bothered me, that she didn’t feel a shred of remorse. I thought for sure once she saw Ryan again, she would be consumed by guilt, but it never happened.  After a while though, she knows she can’t continue with her marriage.

               I sit and stare at him for I don’t even know how long, making sure this is what I want. There is no turning back after this. And I know, deep down I know, I can’t be with Ryan if my heart isn’t fully invested. Roman or no Roman, it’s not fair to make Ryan wait while I figure it out.

                “Ryan, I met someone.” There. It’s out. At least I think I said it. It sounded more along the lines of all one word: RyanImetsomeone.

Silence. I can hear the clock ticking.

                “You… met someone.” His brows are furrowed together. It’s  not a question, but more of a statement, like he’s tasting the words on his tongue, the words bitter and ugly.

 This scene was the first time I saw any real emotion from Ryan and to her, it was too little too late. I just had really mixed emotions because while I understood why she felt the way she did, it was like she was letting her marriage die without mourning it. Another thing that drove me crazy was that she never told Roman she was married. Ever. He had to find out for himself by having his best friend Blaze look into her and he never once mentioned knowing about it. Communication issues from day one with those two.

I liked Roman, I honestly felt bad for the guy for a large part of this book. The way he spoke took some getting used to, but he was a good guy. He just had a dangerous past with some dangerous people. He’s had a vendetta out for the man that killed his sister long before he met Leylah and he never lost sight of that. However, he decides to leave Leylah in the dark about this whole thing, so in the process of trying to protect her, he ends up pushing her away.

                 “Hey, beautiful.” She stares back at me, searching for answers, no doubt. Answers for where I’ve been, what I’m doing.

                “I heard your bike, but I was just about to leave. Supposed to be meeting Erin.” She tries to be strong, but I can see right through it. I’m hurting my girl, and it kills me. She looks up at me, squintin’ from the sun in her eyes. I pull her closer to me, grabbing on to the holes in her shorts, lacin’ my fingers through the rips at her thighs. “Roman.”

                “Don’t babe,” I say in warning. I take the risk and lean down to kiss her.

This book did not go the direction I expected and honestly left me feeling a little sad. Ryan made a complete turn-around for me and Leylah had pretty great character development. I felt she was incredibly immature in the beginning, but by the end, she had grown a lot. To be honest, I felt this book was more of a “drama” type book more so than a romance. I admire that this went well outside the realm of normal romance and definitely made me feel something. I had a VERY hard time rating this book, but the ending, specifically the very last sentence was fantastic and made me hope for a sequel so I landed on the four star rating. If you don’t mind cheating or love triangles and enjoy imperfect characters, I would definitely give this one a read.

 I wish I would have fuckin’ died that day ‘cause every part of my soul did.

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Stars: 4

Heat Detail: 3- Explicit 

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-Charity B.

Book Link: We Were Memories on Amazon

 

10 Reasons Halloween is the Best Holiday

Just a warning, this post has nothing to do with books or writing, just my obsession with Halloween. Halloween wasn’t a huge deal in my house growing up, but I’ve always loved it so now that I’m grown, it’s now the biggest holiday for me. In my excitement, I decided to do a Halloween giveaway on my Facebook page. I asked people what their favorite thing about the holiday was and it got me so pumped, I decided to make a Halloween post and list the top 10 things that make Halloween the best holiday. 

Halloween post

10. Pumpkins.

I’m all about the pumpkins. They are so delicious and smell amazing. I love everything from lattes to pie, candles to car fresheners. Even the seeds are yummy. While I haven’t been able to have much of a successful Jack-o-lantern in the past, I find the process of it to be so fun.

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9. The Weather. 

It’s usually lovely this time of year (depending on where you live), while there’s usually a bit of nip in the air, it’s not frigid. Besides, who doesn’t love busting out those cute sweaters? The colors of the falling leaves are beautiful and it smells fantastic.

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8. Stress-free Holiday.

Don’t get me wrong, even though Christmas absolutely has its charm, it’s so stressful shopping for gifts and making sure you are able to spend the holidays with everyone. Halloween has none of that. It’s more of a ‘friend’ holiday as opposed to a family so there isn’t as much pressure to fit it all it. Plus, it’s celebrated at night, so most people are able to enjoy the holiday regardless of work schedule.

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7. Killer Style.

Every other time of the year, if you wear black, skulls, or anything creepy, you’re “goth” or “emo”, but during Halloween, you’re in the holiday spirit.

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6. Movies.

Some of the best movies ever made are Halloween movies. Hocus Pocus, Nightmare Before Christmas, all the horror classics, I could go on. I love binging on Halloween movies all through the month of October.

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5. Awesome History.

The idea of dressing up on Samhain was to protect the living from the dead. The veil is considered to be at its thinnest on this night and putting on costumes would blend people and monsters together. Also, the fact that trick-or-treaters used to be called “Soulers” is freaking awesome and I vote the term gets put back into use.

Halloween is cool

4. Little Smiles.

The infectious joy in children is a favorite part for me. While I’ll admit, I didn’t really appreciate this until I had my own child, the excitement is so apparent in all their faces when you ask about their costumes or bring up trick-or-treating. It’s just so sweet and adorable.

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3. Costumes.

If you want to be a unicorn princess, be a unicorn princess. Nobody will bat an eye. In fact, they may even comment on your creativity. It’s fun to see ourselves as someone else, and for one night we get to do it without ridicule.

Bad costume

2. Being Scared. 

It’s fun when the threat isn’t real. That’s the beauty of Halloween. There’s no malice or danger behind it. The adrenaline rush is the fun part and you know you will remain safe once it’s all over.

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1. Candy.

People give away free candy. This alone makes it the best holiday in my book. Now that I’m older, my child has become the middle man, but still, FREE CANDY.

Free Candy

 

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween 2017!!

-Charity B.

It’s Live! Happy Release Day to K. Larsen!!!

TITLE: The Brother

PUBLICATION DATE: October 2, 2017

GENRE: Dark Romantic Suspense

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Description:

Liam Lockwood stumbled across a photo in a magazine of his long-forgotten brother causing buried secrets, heartache and obsession to bubble to the surface. When Liam sees something he wants, he takes it. He always has and this time will be no different despite his father’s warning.

Payback for a dark and broken childhood now has a name, Nora Robertson.

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Excerpt:

Six Months Ago
I saw the headline first. The Tutor Captive Speaks Out For First Time Exclusive!
I admit I was curious. I’d heard the news reports. Seen the reporters trying to get the meek redhead to talk to them last year. I was waiting in line at the grocery store- a task normally done by my assistant- when I picked up the rag and flipped it open to the article. Immediately nostalgia sucker punched me. One of the featured pictures showed the redhead, a young girl and…my brother. I slammed the magazine shut and slapped it on the conveyor belt with my groceries. Fucking Holden.
When I slip into my car, I yank the magazine out and read the article. Held captive. Cuts. Love. Emotional abuse. Scars. Moving on. Single. Raise awareness about abuse and PTSD. Blah blah.
“Dammit,” I mutter. Although I don’t recall an awful lot from my childhood I do remember my mother and her specific brand of abuse and my brother’s. I pull my cell phone from my back pocket and dial my father.
“Liam,” he answers.
“Sir.”
“Burn through the money already?” His voice is tight.
I groan. “No. Have you seen the latest edition of,” I flip the magazine over, “People Weekly?”
“Why would I have son? You in it?” His voice grates my nerves. He has two tones of voice, condescending and stern.
“No, but your other son is,” I say. I run a hand through my hair. It’s just long enough to consider scheduling a hair cut. My father would prefer it cropped close to the scalp, but I’ve always kept it longer.
“Excuse me?” He barks into my ear.
“Holden Douglas Lockwood, remember him? He’s featured in the magazine.” I wait for his retort. His slew of curses but only silence greets me. “Dad?”
“I’m here. Come to the house now.”
“Yes, Sir,” I say.
I end the call and toss the magazine on the passenger seat. I start the car while pulling up Carol’s contact to send her a quick text that I won’t need her tonight. She texts me back immediately to let me know she left dinner in the fridge for me.
The drive to my father’s house isn’t long but it gives me too much time to focus on my the short movie clips that play in my mind from my former life. Mountain life. Memories of Holden screaming and my father shouting. Holden coming into our room with blood dripping down his torso as I cowered in the corner. Holden covering my mouth in the middle of the night and drawing thin slices along my scalp. What Ma did to him, he did to me, but less so. And hidden. When I told Dad what was happening he snapped. Without warning, he threw me in his truck and drove us away. He told me to never speak of our cabin. To never speak of Holden or baby Laura or Ma again. Nightmares kept me up most nights until Dad started to beat them out of me of with his belt.
We started fresh four hours south of that damned mountain. He created an empire for us. Sent me to the best schools and now I run the business he started. We have wanted for nothing. I have no idea how Holden or Ma or Laura faired. Except now- I do. I know they are all dead from that damned article.
I pull into Dad’s gated driveway and leave the car running at the front door. His valet takes my keys as I pass by him. I don’t bother knocking on my way inside. Dad sits behind his oak desk. He hand carved it. Sanded it for days. Stained it and had his security detail move the enormous hunk of wood into his office. Two fingers of whiskey reside in a glass to his left.
“Sit,” he says. I do. He does not offer me a drink.
“Show me this article.” I lean forward and toss the magazine on his desk. He flips to the article and reads silently. When he finishes, he grunts and slaps the magazine closed.
“We don’t have anything to worry about. They got his last name wrong.”
“But Dad, what about the cabin? There could be things there that lead back to us. Pictures or, I don’t know?”
“There’s nothing Liam. Holden’s dead. Laura’s dead and your mother is dead. Good riddance. It sounds like Holden took up her ‘art’. He was destined to get caught.”
“That’s all you have to say? Laura and Holden were your children too.”
“I let them go a long time ago and you should have too.”
“Don’t you care at all?”
“No. Your Mother was bat shit crazy. Love made me do stupid things for that woman. Move that damned mountain to commune with nature. Live off grid to aid her art. I gave her enough years. I have nothing left for her-not even curiosity.”
“But Holden, Laura?” I say. “I couldn’t care for an infant on my own and Holden was too far gone by then. I could however, save you. Are you not grateful for that?” Save me. The words sound sincere rolling off his tongue but saving me from Ma and my siblings didn’t spare me his abuse. I cannot say this however.
“Of course I am. I just…”
“Don’t over think it Liam and don’t tell anyone about this article. Understood?”
“Yes Sir,” I answer.
“Good,” he says while lifting his glass to his mouth. I watch the amber liquid slosh back and forth and yearn for a glass of my own. The first time I’ve heard of, or seen my brother since we left was in a magazine for being a psychopath and my father wants to simply sweep it under the rug with no explanation. It baffles me and irritates me simultaneously. I say nothing to my father because is not the kind of man you push.

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