Friday, September 17, 2021

THE LIGHTS ON KNOCKBRIDGE LANE by Roan Parrish

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THE LIGHTS ON KNOCKBRIDGE LANE 

September 28,2021


Buy The Lights on Knockbridge Lane by Roan Parrish

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Can one man’s crowded, messy life fill another man’s empty heart?


Raising a family was always Adam Mills’ dream, although solo parenting and moving back to tiny Garnet Run certainly were not. After a messy breakup, Adam is doing his best to give his young daughter the life she deserves—including accepting help from their new, reclusive neighbor to fulfill her Christmas wish.


Though the little house may not have “the most lights ever,” the Mills home begins to brighten as handsome Wes Mobray spends more time there and slowly sheds his protective layers. But when the eye-catching house ends up in the news, Wes has to make a choice: hide from the darkness of his unusual past or embrace the light of a future—and a family—with Adam.

Excerpt of The Lights on Knockbridge Lane by Roan Parrish

Everyone on Knockbridge Lane had a different theory about Westley Mobray. It was the first thing Adam Mills heard about as he introduced himself around last week, when he and August moved in.
The eight-year-old McKinnon twins next door said he was a vampire. Their parents, Darren and Rose McKinnon, scoffed at that, but said he could be a witch. Marisol Gutierrez three doors down insisted she’d seen him skulking around the neighborhood at night, hunting for animals to sacrifice to the devil. A teenager at the end of the street reported that anyone who looked him in the eyes would be hypnotized, and anyone who touched him would turn to stone. Mr. Montgomery on the corner just said freak.
Westley Mobray was never seen before sunset, though mysterious packages arrived on his doorstep often. He never spoke to anyone and never waved hello. And late at night, the windows of his run-down house glowed an eerie green.
At least, that’s what they told Adam.
So when he saw the man in question through the twilit haze of his own front window—with his daughter in tow—he was understandably startled. Especially since he’d thought she was playing quietly in her room.
He’d slammed two coffees to prevent it, but he’d been asleep. The kind of light, unsatisfying sleep he often fell into when he had a moment of quiet. Which was something that didn’t happen that often as the newly single parent of an eight-year-old.
His insomnia had been pretty bad since the divorce, and worse since they moved back to Garnet Run, where he was the only one responsible for Gus.
The knock at the door jerked him out of that strange sleep, and he scrambled for the door, stubbing his toe in the process, so that when he yanked it open he was biting back the kind of words that he tried with varying degrees of success not to say in front of Gus.
He focused on Gus first. She was all in one piece and was even smiling. It was her I did something bad and delightful smile, but a smile was good—at least when on a child who seemed to have been forcibly dragged home by an irate stranger.
“Where is your coat?” is what came out of Adam’s mouth.
Sometimes he tried to remember what it was like when he talked about things like the composition of his next shot, which restaurant’s tiramisu he preferred, or the latest cozy mystery he was reading.
Now he said things like “Where is your coat” and “Don’t take that apart” and “If you don’t stop making that sound I might have to throttle you.” Okay, he didn’t say the last one so much as think it. Often.
“It’s not that cold,” his wonderful, brilliant daughter said, her lips only vaguely blue.
Adam counseled himself to breathe.
Once he’d determined that Gus was all in one piece and frostbite wasn’t imminent, he turned his attention to the man who’d brought her home.
“Um,” he said intelligently.
Westley Mobray was tall and severe, with shaved dark hair and strong dark eyebrows over piercing blue eyes. Those eyes were narrowed slightly, either in anger or—if the neighborhood rumors were to be believed—because he never went outside when there was the slightest bit of light still in the sky, as it would, of course, burn him to ash.
“She broke into my house,” he said. His voice was low and rough with disuse.
“She’s eight.”









About the Author

Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia, where she’s gradually attempting to

write love stories in every genre. When not writing, she can be found cutting

her friends’ hair,

meandering through the city while listening to

torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals.

She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing.

One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then

thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.



Connect with the Author 

Website: https://www.roanparrish.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/roanparrish/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoanParrish 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roanparrish/

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Halloween Bingo


Its time once again for a Halloween Bingo update





 What works for this square : any type of monsters that are not vampires, werewolves, zombies or demons.

Read / Not Called

Book I used for this was : 

Title: The Hatching 
Author: Ezekiel Boone
Rating:5 
A re read 



An astonishingly inventive and terrifying debut novel about the emergence of an ancient species, dormant for over a thousand years, and now on the march.

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, D.C. laboratory. Something wants out.

The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake

my notes on it:

five stars

chilled me to the bone and gave me goosebumps

and it literally creeps up on you

literally had me checking my bedroom and bathroom for spiders ,think goodness I didn't find any , had me feel like there was something crawling on me, if I wasn't afraid of Spiders before now, after reading this I can say that I am now, Plus I could see this as a movie if they did it the right way, because its intense, creepy, scary and disgusting ,and it'll have you setting at the edge of your set and jumping when every something toughs you at lest it had me jumping . With that said I can't wait to pick up a copy when I can. , and a big thinks to Netgalley for letting me read this and founding a great book to add to my library

Updated:

This was a re read for me ,and it's still a five star book , it was even better this time around and still give me the same creepy feel like before even more creepy since the weather where I live is stormy and cold perfect weather to read this type of book in. 

The Hunted


 Book I'm reviewing today is 

Title: The Hunted 
Series : Black Carbon #1
Author: A.J.Scudiere
Genre: Horror
Kindle book
Rating :4

The Hunted 
By A.J.Scudiere 
Rating :4 
Something like Stephen King might write.
Don't go out at night or get cought been out at night because your never see daylight again.
Turn off all the lights in the house and don't make a sound, keep all the windows covered so they can't see in.
Tell your family that you love them .
Kiss your beloved pets goodbye because after this start your never see them again ' alive that is'
As for your neighbors will the smart ones might make it out alive , while others will you might be lucky to find during the daylight  pieces of them that is .

What the book is about :

First they noticed the pets were missing, then the neighborhood of Rowena Heights started losing…people.


It was only later that they actually saw the packs of creatures stalking the streets at night. As the Mazurs get close to the truth about the night hunters, they discover the hunters aren’t what they thought at all. With the ravages of climate change altering the world as they watch, there’s nowhere to escape to. They’ll have to fight the night hunters to be the dominant species.


Though the Mazur family is brilliant and ready to fight back, they might not make it out alive.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

My Sweet Girl

 Welcome to my blog blitz for My Sweet Girl which is been hosted by Berkley Publishing Group


MY SWEET GIRL by Amanda Jayatissa

Berkley Hardcover | On Sale September 14, 2021

Excerpt

Ratmalana, Sri Lanka

2002

The shadows from the torch Maya held under her chin made her smile look evil, like the devil mask hung in the assembly hall to ward off the evil eye.

We were all too excited to sleep, so Maya called all the girls to her bunk to tell us ghost stories. I didn't really want to listen. I'm too old to believe in ghosts. But I didn't want to be the only one in bed when everyone else was all the way on the other side of the dormitory.

Lihini grabbed my hand and squeezed it. I gave it a squeeze back. She loved ghost stories, which I didn't really understand. Why would anyone want to be afraid on purpose?

"Relax, Paloma," she mouthed. I usually got annoyed when people told me to relax. Like saying the words was enough to make me forget what was upsetting me in the first place. As though ghosts and demons would just go away if we simply relaxed. But Lihini was my best friend. I could never get angry with her. I scooted a little closer to her on the floor. There was no such thing as ghosts. It just made me feel safe to be near her.

Maya needed to hurry up. If we got caught out of our beds, we would definitely be scolded. Maybe even punished. They might even cancel the visit tomorrow.

I took a deep breath and shook my head. They would never do that. We hadn't gotten many visitors to the orphanage in a few months now. Tomorrow was important. Everyone told us so-our headmaster Perera sir, Miss Chandra, even Miss Sarah, our English teacher. We were to be on our best behaviour and make sure we knew exactly what we were supposed to do or say. Miss Chandra supervised the rehearsal today. Everything had to be perfect, and we were so excited that none of us could sleep.

Of course Maya would decide this was the best time to make it all about her. Sometimes I wondered if she even wanted to be adopted. She needed to be more responsible than this. She was twelve now, same as me. It's not like we were little children anymore.

"She walks slowly. Her feet are bare and dirty and covered in scratches. She wears a long, white dress." Maya purposely made her voice into a throaty whisper so every one of us leaned forward, barely breathing.

I knew this story. Vana-Mohini, or Mohini, as we call it. We've all heard it a million times. We've all told it a million times. But I still held tight to Maya's words.

"There's blood under her nails, and they are long and sharp, like talons." She made a sudden clawing motion, and Lihini leaped back, her hands over her mouth.

We all giggled nervously.

"And her long, black hair hangs over her face, like this." The torch flickered as Maya messed her hair over her face so just her eyes glinted through in the dim yellow light.

"Mohini walks only in the night, revealing herself to people who are all by themselves. Help me. Help me, she begs." Maya made her voice high and raspy now, like when the chalk slips when you're writing on a blackboard.

"Some people say Mohini's eyes are red. Red as blood. And when you look into them, you can see straight into hell. And if you stop to help her, she smiles, and before you know it-"

Maya dropped the torch and lunged forward, wrapping her hands around Lihini's throat. Lihini couldn't help it this time. Her small scream rang like an alarm through the dormitory.

I pulled Lihini away from Maya and put my arms around her. If I could have slapped Maya, I definitely would, but there wasn't time.

"Haiyyo! Quickly, everyone, to bed before we get caught," I hissed, getting Lihini to her feet and pushing her into her bunk.

Thankfully, the other girls followed.

We all lay very, very still for a few minutes. I could hear nervous panting echoing through the dormitory. Maya really did give everyone a shock. But thankfully none of the matrons came.

What on earth was she thinking? Getting us into trouble the night before Mr. and Mrs. Evans got here. Those were their names. Mr. and Mrs. Evans. Perera sir told us so we could memorise them. Evans-like when Miss Sarah told us about Mary Ann Evans, who went by George Eliot, who wrote The Mill on the Floss. I suppose I could understand why you would want to pretend to be someone else. But I could never, ever understand why someone wouldn't want to go by the name Evans. It was beautiful.

I whispered it out loud.

Mr. and Mrs. Evans. I hoped they liked us. And me. I really hoped they like me.


Description

A Most Anticipated Novel of Fall 2021 by Entertainment Weekly, New York Post, The Boston Globe, Fortune, Buzzfeed, Goodreads, Shondaland, PopSugar, Bustle, Crime Reads, BookRiot, Crime by the Book, The Nerd Daily, The Every Girl, and more!


Paloma thought her perfect life would begin once she was adopted and made it to America, but she’s about to find out that no matter how far you run, your past always catches up to you…


Ever since she was adopted from a Sri Lankan orphanage, Paloma has had the best of everything—schools, money, and parents so perfect that she fears she'll never live up to them.


Now at thirty years old and recently cut off from her parents’ funds, she decides to sublet the second bedroom of her overpriced San Francisco apartment to Arun, who recently moved from India. Paloma has to admit, it feels good helping someone find their way in America—that is until Arun discovers Paloma's darkest secret, one that could jeopardize her own fragile place in this country.


Before Paloma can pay Arun off, she finds him face down in a pool of blood. She flees the apartment but by the time the police arrive, there's no body—and no evidence that Arun ever even existed in the first place.

 

Paloma is terrified this is all somehow tangled up in the desperate actions she took to escape Sri Lanka so many years ago. Did Paloma’s secret die with Arun or is she now in greater danger than ever before?



Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Halloween Bingo


 







Read /Not called 

Psychological thrillers, plot twists and suspense, unreliable narrators and other mind-fuckery. And, as an aside, any Halloween Bingo book that takes place within or related to an insane asylum, haunted or otherwise, would qualify!



Title: The Woman They Could Not Silence
Author: Kate Moore
Rating: 5
Link to review: https://spookysmaze.blogspot.com/2021/09/the-woman-they-could-not-silence.html

The Crying House

 Wecome t my blog to stop for the Cying House which is been hosted by Bookouture


Book: The Crying House
Author: B.R. Spangler
Pub Day: August 3rd 2021 






Title: The Crying House

Series: Detective Casey White Book 4

Author: B. R. Spangler

Rating:5

Would I recommend it ?Yes

Would I read more of this series?Yes

Would I read more by this author?Yes

Now on to my thoughts

First off  like always I  want to say a  huge  thank you to the publisher Bookouture  , the author  B. R. Spangler , and to NetGalley for the invite to join this blog tour as well as letting me read and review it.This one is a book that I couldn't stop talking about to my friends and telling them that they had to pick it up , it was one of those that  as soon as you start reading it , it has you hooked, and all you can do is just set back and read. The characters jumped off the page and the way that the author used the Mummification of the body's of the victims give it a creepy vibe that was perfect for the setting of the story . 




Buy Links 

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About the Book: 

Strands of blonde hair escape from beneath the sheet and catch the dawn light creeping through the window. Silence falls as the fabric is drawn back to reveal the body of a young girl, her hands folded on her chest, her long lashes resting on her cold, pale cheeks.

When Detective Casey White finds the body of a teenager perfectly preserved in salt in an abandoned beach vacation home, her heart shatters. Tina Somners has been missing since she set off to meet her friends for spring break. With her own daughter missing too, Casey knows how devastated the girl’s parents will be at this tragic end to their search.

Pushing her pain aside, Casey delves into old files and gets her first lead: years ago, a man murdered his wife and left her the same way. But he’s been locked up in prison all this time…

Interviewing him, Casey is certain the now frail and elderly prisoner couldn’t have hurt Tina himself. But is he somehow pulling strings from behind bars?

Then another perfectly preserved body is found, a threatening note addressed to Casey herself clutched in the girl’s hand. Running out of time and leads, Casey is hit with a realization that turns her blood to ice: her own daughter could be next…

An absolutely unputdownable read that will have you reading late into the night and gasping at the shocking twists. Perfect for fans of Kendra Elliot, Robert Dugoni and Melinda Leigh.




Social Media

B.R. Spangler is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Mysteries and Crime Thrillers.

A resident of Virginia with a wonderful family, including five cats, two birds and a lizard. During the day, the hours are filled with engineering work. Off hours, time is spent writing, editing, and thinking up the next great story.

With too many stories to write, books are split across pen names, writing crime thrillers, science fiction, horrors, paranormal and contemporary fiction.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The Woman They Could Not Silence


 To day's book we're going to be reviewing is 


Title: The Woman They Could Not Silence

Author:Kate Moore

Nonfiction

Publisher : Sourcebooks ( Nonfiction)

Rating 5

Would I recommend it? Yes in fact I've been tell my friends they have to check this one out if they read her other book The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

Would I read more by this author? Yes.

First off a really big thank you to Sourcebooks ( Nonfiction), Madeleine Brown ( marketing assistant),and to the author Kate Moore for graciously reaching out to me and offering to send me a copy of this to read and review as well as to talk about on my social media pages .And I'm so glad that I said yes, for those who might not know or if you read some of my other reviews you'll know that one of my favorite genre to read is nonfiction, and that once I find an author that I like they have my backing 100% , but there's shorting things that I go in looking for its the same when I read historical fiction WW 2 based stories and that are these simple questions:

1: author has done their research

2: they bring their characters and their settings to life 

3: they make you feel everything that the characters feel 

4: and by the end of the book your a emotional wreck. 

But with this  author I already knew the answer would be yes , because as I stated in the question up above would I recommend it and I said yes , its because I read not once but twice her book The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women and its one  of my all time favorite books to read and recommend it. How I found out about this one is I saw it on NetGalley and as soon as I saw the author , I knew that I wanted to see if I could get to read, plus it was on a topic that I knew non thing about , a part of our history that I never read about or even heard about and that's one of the biggest reasons I love reading nonfiction when it comes to something that catches my eye is because it teaches me something new . Plus I knew that Kate Moore wasn't going to let me down and I was right. I remember telling my friends that this book was going to be a very emotional type reading and man was I spot on its was upsetting, inspiring, and such an important part of women's history that's not even talked about , it also shows how far we've come when it comes to mental health and what at that time was considered to be mental health ( like for instance one of the things that could get us  women sent to an Asylum was novel reading) as soon as I saw that my month dropped open. It  also goes into detail of how even parts of our own body would be use as a sing of mental illness. As for my emotions they was all over the place , from wanting to break down and cry , to feeling like I was wanted to scream, and my heart broke for the main character Elizabeth. And it showed just how strong she was doing all of this as well as her her courage in frighting for what she thought was right especially doing a time where a woman should be seen and not heard. As for the story itself it came to life and brought the characters to life , there was times it felt like I could reach out and touch them . So with that said this is a book that needs to be read, its part of out history that helped make woman's right what they are today . 

THE LIGHTS ON KNOCKBRIDGE LANE by Roan Parrish

 Welcome to my spot light for THE LIGHTS ON KNOCKBRIDGE LANE  which been hosted by Harlequin Special Edition-HARLEQUIN - Romance (U.S. &...