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Revel in mystery, monsters, & love — enter my GIVEAWAY!

I'm a huge fan of Maurissa Guibord. Her debut novel Warped, the story of two young lovers from very different places and times, captivated me with its romance and suspense. I've been waiting with great anticipation for her new novel, Revel.Check out the official...

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Love is in the air . . . and in my books, and on my TV!

I was inspired by Carrie at Stalking the Bookshelves--and, of course, by Valentine's Day--to talk about my favorite romantic pairings from literature (with links to film adaptations).Top Five Literary Couples:--Jane Eyre & Edward Rochester from Charlotte Bronte's...

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Another reading resolution…& tangentially-related swooning

I chose one of the easiest of the resolutions discussed earlier: "I will reread a book I loved as a child."I remember finding Knight's Castle in the North Stewart Elementary library in . . . 5th grade, maybe? Our librarian never made recommendations, but she let us...

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The Jane Austen cure

For the first time in a while, I woke with the itch to blog! And it's all Jane Austen's doing.First, some context: For the past week, I've been dealing with flu. That's right -- I didn't get my flu shot. In fact, I've never had one. But after days of pain, sweats,...

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One reading resolution fulfilled

Without quite meaning to, I managed to strike off one of the reading resolutions I mentioned earlier -- reading a book written the year I was born. I first read about Antonia Barber's The Ghosts at my agent's blog, where she mentioned it as an example of the sort of...

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On kindness

One of the 12 Things Happy People Do Differently is to practice acts of kindness: Performing an act of kindness releases serotonin in your brain. (Serotonin is a substance that has TREMENDOUS health benefits, including making us feel more blissful.) Selflessly helping...

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Friday Flashback: New Year’s Resolutions?

Rather than maunder about my failed resolutions of 2012 (be less neurotic? HA!), I think I'll revisit this list -- 12 Things Happy People Do Differently. In fact, I've printed it out and posted it behind my computer, right next to Caroline Starr Rose's "I will...I...

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Happy holiday things — a photo recap

Sweet nieces!A cozy cabin in the Ozarks.Gently falling snow.And a Christmas wagon ride! (Aren't Gus and Woodrow handsome?)Tonight we'll be snuggled up at home with our kitty, and I doubt we'll stay up until midnight. But that's okay! Happy New Year!

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Notable books for 2012

For a few years now I've written a monthly book review for Book End Babes. Actually, "review" isn't quite accurate--since I always feature a book that I loved, it's more a monthly book recommendation. I thought it would be nice to collect all my '12 recs into one blog...

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Clinging to Christmas cheer

This past Friday was horrifying, I know. Others have shared wisdom and comfort much more eloquently that I ever could (including my friend Dr. Lisa Marotta, who offers thoughts on helping your child weather the storm of tragedy at her blog). My own form of coping is...

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A tea for November

This month's post is inspired more by the tea treat than the tea itself. I was keen to make pumpkin scones from scratch, and for me a very flavorful scone pairs well with a traditional black tea. And thus I chose Adagio's Assam Harmony.From the website: Bold, powerful...

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Movie Monday: THE HAUNTING (1963)

My final ghostly offering from Martin Scorsese's 11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time is the unforgettable and endlessly re-watchable The Haunting, directed by Robert Wise (who made the film between directing West Side Story and The Sound of Music -- not too...

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A tea for October

I had dreams of doing a fancy photo shoot for this month's featured tea. With so much going on, however, what I really needed was a simple and comforting cuppa. So today I'm featuring my go-to tea for days when I need some sweetness and warmth to drive away the...

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Movie Monday: The Uninvited (1944)

My second ghostly recommendation from Scorsese's 11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time is The Uninvited, based on a novel by Dorothy Macardie, featuring a screenplay by Dodie Smith (I Capture the Castle! 101 Dalmations!) and Frank Partos.What Scorsese has to...

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Friday Flashback — Ontology in the Bathtub

Years before I had this blog, I kept a (mostly) friends-locked diary at Livejournal. I was teaching high school back then and thus had lots of stress to vent, but I also had occasional moments of joy and triumph to celebrate. I still blog at Livejournal, and very...

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