Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Book Blast & Giveaway: Haunting in Old Tailem by Janice Tremayne

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will award a print copy of the book to two randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter. Please click the tour banner at the top of the page to see the other stops on the tour.

An Australian Ghost town. A resident demon and a local Shaman. A confrontation with evil awaits.

Clarisse realizes that running from evil is not a bad idea until you figure out you can't hide. When some ghosts get tired of hanging around, they latch onto you. At the centre of the war on evil is a historic Church that carries dark secrets within its walls. After she meets with the local Shaman, Clarisse discovers secrets with evil consequences by digging too deep into the town’s past. When matters become complicated, she visits a circus of young performers on the outskirts of town triggering unexpected paranormal events and unleashing memories of a one-hundred-year curse. After being caught in the crossfire of a battle for evil supremacy, Clarisse confronts Little Charlie as he rallies the town's ghosts into an impeccable evil stronghold.

Can the local Shaman and townsfolk rally in her quest to defeat the evil incarnate or will the town succumb to Little Charlie and his evil crew? Haunting in Old Tailem is the third book of the Haunting Clarisse Series. If you like spine-tingling, chilling, creepy and spooky supernatural thrillers, then you will love this story by 2020 USA Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Finalist in Supernatural Fiction, Janice Tremayne.

Pick up your copy today and follow Clarisse through her battles with evil!

Read an Excerpt

As he got closer to the shrub, in the direction of the voice, a Raggedy Ann doll ducked its head out of the bush and bounced about, trying to get his attention. It looked like an old-style doll and something his grandparents would have played with as children. It had curly red hair, blue trousers, and a big, greedy smile.

A puppet show, he thought.

Archie wanted to touch the doll. It was so lifelike that it had him mesmerized, like a spell had been cast on him. He walked another foot to get a better look, more curious.

“Psst, psst … Want to play with me?” asked the Raggedy Ann. It was alive! Its mouth moved in a synchronized motion, but there was no ventriloquist behind it.

When Archie was at arm’s length from the doll, something grabbed his ankles and started to drag him. It pierced into his skin like long nails, penetrating and scratching. He screamed and kicked as panic set in, fighting back with all his might.

“Cecilia! Cecelia! Help me! Help me!” Archie yelled toward the other children where his sister looked on in horror. His waved his hands while being dragged facedown, scraping the soil and trying to grab onto anything he could.

With one hand on each ankle, the evil beneath the shrub latched onto him with painted black fingernails on white hands that looked dead as they continued to clutch onto him and pull him.

Archie managed to grab ahold of a log with both arms curled around it, holding as tightly as he could, like his life depended on it, which it did.

Janice Tremayne is an Amazon bestselling and award-winning ghost and supernatural writer. Janice is a finalist in the Readers' Favorite 2020 International Book Awards in Fiction-Supernatural.

She is an emerging Australian author who lives with her family in Melbourne. Her recent publication, Haunting in Hartley, reached number one on the Amazon kindle ranking for Occult, Supernatural, and Ghosts and Haunted Houses categories, for hot new releases and bestsellers.

Janice is well-versed in her cultural superstitions and how they influence daily life and customs. She has developed a passion and style for writing ghost and supernatural novels for new adult readers.

The concept of writing the Haunting Clarisse series was spawned over a cup of coffee many years ago, and she has not looked back since. Her books contain heart-thumping, bone-chilling, and thought-provoking ghost and paranormal experiences that deliver a new twist to every tale.


Buy the series: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HGPL2G5
Buy Haunting in Old Tailem: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B524JNW

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Monday, November 30, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday and Top 5 Tuesday

Because of my hectic schedule this week, I am going to skip Top Ten Tuesday and Top 5 Tuesday. That doesn't mean you shouldn't check them out and participate.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is Books I Want to Read Again. You can check in with Jana at www.thatartsyreadergirl.com

Over at MeeghanReads, you can read about and share Top 5 Books with Disability Representation. Love this topic!!! You can find Meeghan at https://meeghanreads.com

Have fun!

Sunday, November 29, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - Nov 30

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

We have made it to the end of November. Hope my friends in the States had a nice Thanksgiving weekend. Anyone else put up their Christmas tree? Ours is up and mostly decorated. We will finish tomorrow. Then I need to get the rest of the decorations up over the next few weeks. 

As far as books go, my review of this one appeared here on Friday.

I started this one yesterday.

Next up are these three. 

Then I am probably moving on to these two.

Who knows what will happen after that. 

Hope you'll share some of your great reads this week. 

Friday, November 27, 2020

Looking Ahead


I am a planner. Spontaneous actions make me uncomfortable. Odd since I am a total panster when I write. As I am contemplating 2021 and what my personal, professional (real estate), and writing goals might look like, I am working on a plan for success. 

Items like: buy another bookshelf to help with my overflow of books that I want to keep, a new desk for the office, one-day planner sheets for my to-do list based off my goals, switching to an online calendar, and a plan to consolidate blogs are all on my list to review before the end of the year. 

What does your 2021 success plan look like? Will you create a vision board? Do you journal or use daily planners?

Book Review: Around the World in More Than 80 Days by Larry Alex Taunton

In this engaging and thought-provoking political travel memoir, author, columnist, and cultural commentator Larry Alex Taunton seeks to answer the question: is America truly great when measured against the rest of the world?

To answer this question--and others related to it--he and his son Zachary travel to six continents and twenty-six countries. From the hyper-capitalistic countries to the hyper-security conscious countries, from those steeped in occult practices to modern and prosperous countries and more, this provides a glimpse into these countries from the comfort of your own home. 

Each chapter of Around the World in More Than 80 Days opens with a quote, the most meaningful for me as a reader headlining the Epilogue, "America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." This quote is from Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. An excellent selection considering how it continues to resonate today as much as it did when it was originally stated. 

A glossy, full color insert includes over two dozen photographs from the author's near two-year journey to explore national greatness. I am so glad this was included, as it puts faces to these travels.

In the end, you will need to decide if you believe, as the author does, that America is the greatest country in the world.

I found much to enjoy in Around the World in More Than 80 Days. As a lover of history, this exploration reminds the reader of many of the truths about how America and its society has developed as a result of historical events; events that cannot be wiped out by apologizing for them or by trying to eradicate evidence from public view. This book focuses on the freedoms America provides its citizens, even those that we aren't always responsible with, as compared to what others experience around the world. As the author states, he can't ignore America's sins nor airbrush them out, but there are countries out there that don't acknowledge wrongdoings because they don't believe in the unalienable rights of their citizens. America, warts and all, is still a place people yearn to immigrate to. 

Around the World in More Than 80 Days by Larry Alex Taunton is a fascinating story surrounding one journalist's desire to answer a question the nation has been struggling with for decades. His travels provide a fresh and much-needed perspective. 

Hardcover : 336 pages
ISBN-10 : 1642935921
ISBN-13 : 978-1642935929
Publisher : Fidelis Books (October 27, 2020) 

I received a copy this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Top 5 Tuesday - Top 5... Friend Recommendations

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme that explores different topics. Originally created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, it is now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads. For a list of November topics you can click here. To participate, link your post back to the weekly post.

I have a lot of reader friends. So, this should be easy, right? Umm... we will see.

Top 5... Friend Recommendations

Ever since I represented the 20th anniversary edition of this book for it's virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book, bloggers have been telling me to read it. Have I? No, but it will happen. It just might take a few more years.

By the time the fourth book in the Left Behind series came out (1998, if I recall correctly), several of my family members were reading the series. I borrowed the first three books and was totally hooked. I waited impatiently for each new release and felt devastated when I read the last word of the last book. 

Recommended by an author friend of mine. I like Civil War fiction, but the reviews aren't phenomenal. 

My husband and daughter enjoy this show, so he recommended I read the book. It is 1962 in an America occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan after the United States lost World War II. The show is too violent for me, but I don't know how it compares to the book.

A good friend of mine has been recommending this series for years. I really just need to sit down and read it one day.

Hope you like my list. What are some good book recommendations from your friends? 

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Things I'm Thankful for in 2020

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week, Top Ten Tuesday is featuring a Thanksgiving/I'm Thankful for freebie. Considering how so many of us would like to put 2020 behind us--including me--it's nice to reflect on the things that happened this year I can be thankful for. 

  1. Our family's health - We only lost one family member to this crazy COVID stuff, and that was enough. We have been as vigilant as possible about staying safe. 
  2. Working from home - My husband was able to start working from home in March, and it is doubtful he will be back in the office before next March. Companies across the nation are realizing that people can work from home and be productive. In the future, I think more work from home opportunities will be available and companies will be more open to hybrid schedules. 
  3. Essential workers, healthcare providers, teachers, etc. - While we have been able to work mostly from home, not everyone is so lucky. There are tons of hometown heroes putting themselves in harm's way to care for and help others. God bless you all.
  4. Opportunity to work - I'm an independent contractor who meets strangers in their home or helps them view homes for a living. I've spent a lot of time home this year, which messed with many of the goals I had set in January. Therefore, I am thankful for the opportunities I have to work with great people when I can. 
  5. Technology to keep us connected - Where would we be without Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, FaceTime, Skype, etc.? Some of this technology has made a real difference in keeping us connected. The only way my mother-in-law got to see her husband before he died was thanks to FaceTime, so I'm happy it exists. 
  6. Real estate advocacy - I don't talk about this a lot, but our local, state, and national associations advocate on our behalf and on the behalf of property owners across the country. In many states, real estate wasn't considered essential during the pandemic at the beginning. In some places, it still isn't. Big deal, right? Well, if you had to relocate for personal or professional reasons and you couldn't, that might make things tough. What if you couldn't finalize the sale of your home because the fire department wasn't allowed to perform their mandatory inspection of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors? The state association helped us work with cities and towns to come up with a solution. 
  7. Technology to keep us safe - From online shopping to contactless food delivery, from remote notarization to virtual home tours, and more the pandemic has created new ways of doing business or expanded options for those of us who already used these tools. 
  8. Getting outdoors - Many of us maintained a hectic pace of moving from one thing to the next every day without taking the time to appreciate the outdoors. The pandemic has created a slower pace for many of us. Not for all (thank you, again, essential workers), but for many. The isolation of lockdowns has drawn us outside to work on home improvement projects, walk or cycle through our neighborhoods, visit parks, or hike local trails. 
  9. Books - Where would we be without books right about now? If for no other reason than to remember what the world was like before the pandemic, books are a great source of entertainment. I've already completed my 2020 Goodreads challenge. I've read more books this year than I have the last five or six years. 
  10. Blogging - Blogging continues to keep us connected. We talk about things that are important to us. We share our thoughts. We share books and television shows we enjoy. No matter how busy I get, I hope I'll always be able to maintain at least one blog.

I hope you like my list. I look forward to reading yours.