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Thursday Ghost Story!

[For those new to 'ghost story thursday' on Ger's blog, there are only 2 rules if you wish to tell a story of your own, 1- It must be your story, or that of a valid source (ex: your best friend, but not your "friend's neighbor's cousin's ex-fiance was once told that his college roommate . . .") who has granted permission for their story to be shared. 2- It must be truthful. Your tale can be shared either by posting it in a comment on Thursday's blog post, or you can email it to me and I'll tell your story on the following Thursday (GerilynMarin@gmail.com). You are welcome to ask to remain anonymous, and at no time will I ever claim that another person's experience is my own.]

This story was emailed to me by my friend, sound-boarder, test-reader and fellow author, Ariel Flynn last week, and given the creepy-factor of last week's tale, I thought the sweet, light nature of Ariel's experience would make for a wonderful balance…

Wednesday Movie Review: The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black, released Feb. 3, 2012 by Cross Creek Pictures, Hammer Film Productions & Alliance Films.

Personal Rating:
4 out of 5*'s. My opinion on this and films like it is skewed when compared with other people because I look for different things in my films than your usual American 'horror lover'.

Synopsis:
Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is a young lawyer who is depressed by the loss of his beautiful wife after giving birth to a son. His son, now grown to a toddler, draws pictures of him with a sad face. He is assigned to prepare a large house for sale on a marsh and travels to an obscure village where he is shunned by most of the townspeople. He visits the Eel Marsh House, the estate of the late Alice Drabow, to look it over, but finds his job has grown more perilous as it is haunted by the ghost of a woman scorned. He learns from the villagers that the ghost of the woman in black seeks revenge against their children because her child was taken away from…

Update a day late and no brainstorming

So yesterday was kind of a bust, had a bunch of household crap to tend to, and really no one to help, so it shot the whole day to hell. I think I got one paragraph written. There was no brainstorming today, either, as the person I normally brainstorm with has recently suffered a loss, so I'm not going to pester her until she tells me she's pester-ready again. Today, I got to finish chapter 8 on Buried, hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to not only start chapter 9, but get some more editing work done on The Summoned, Part II. For movie review tomorrow, I've got The Woman in Black. I have started reading fellow Curiosity Quills Press author (the very sweet and talented) Krystal Wade's book, Wilde's Fire (Darkness Falls, Book One). Thursday I will be sharing a ghost story that was sent to me via email. Friday's book review will be Haunted on Bourbon Street (A Jade Calhoun Novel, Book One)by Deanna Chase. Sigh. I don't know how my life can be so dull …

Friday the 13th "One Ghost Per Serving" Give Away

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Direct from the blog of the lovely and wonderful Sharon Bayliss:

Nervous about Friday the 13th? Want to make sure your luck stays good? I have a solution. Enter the One Ghost Per Serving Good Luck Giveaway. The more entries you have, the more good luck you are guaranteed. The luckiest THIRTEEN entrants will win a free digital copy of One Ghost Per Serving by Nina Post.
Possessed by Rex, a mischievous spirit, Eric Snackerge’s life has careened out of control. Losing his scholarship and getting blacklisted from the legal profession are just the start – now his best-friend-turned-enemy is in danger of stealing away his family, too. An unusual contest may be his last chance to make his daughter’s dreams come true. But he’ll have to overcome his own self-doubt — not to mention the seemingly impossible odds — in order to achieve that goal. As Eric and his ghostly companion soon learn, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill sweepstakes. When the sponsors begin dispatching spy cameras, at…

It's Thursday, Time for another Ghost Story.

[For those new to 'ghost story thursday' on Ger's blog, there are only 2 rules if you wish to tell a story of your own, 1- It must be your story, or that of a valid source (ex: your best friend, but not your "friend's neighbor's cousin's ex-fiance was once told that his college roommate . . .") who has granted permission for their story to be shared. 2- It must be truthful. Your tale can be shared either by posting it in a comment on Thursday's blog post, or you can email it to me and I'll tell your story on the following Thursday (GerilynMarin@gmail.com). You are welcome to ask to remain anonymous, and at no time will I ever claim that another person's experience is my own.]

The Thing in the Corner
This occurred when I was about 18 years old.

I won't go into heavy backstory on the thing that was witnessed, but it should be known that this was not my first time seeing 'it', so perhaps that I did not put much thought into the eve…

Wednesday Movie Review: Chronicle

Chronicle, released early 2012 by 20th Century Fox, Davis Entertainment, Dune Entertainment

My Personal Rating: 4 out of 5 *'s(bear in mind, my ratings for books and movies are based on enjoyment factor, not cinematography, power of musical score, or other such artsy nonsense. I either enjoyed the movie, or I didn't, I leave the nit-picky critiques to the art film buffs and columnists).

Synopsis: Andrew is a troubled but creative teen with a keen visual eye and a high-quality HD camera. He is introverted and socially awkward. Along with his friends, Matt and Steve, they make a discovery that leads them all to acquire powerful telekinetic abilities. They're now capable of, well, almost anything. But things take a dark turn. (As per 'anonymously' written blurb on IMDB.com)

Opinion: I'm going to start this by saying that this movie wasn't 'great', or 'spectacular', and, as explained, I don't have an artsy, film-critic point of view of most thi…

Monday Makeup & Tuesday Brainstorming

Monday:
Okay, so no 'Monday' 'cause yesterday was my hubby's b-day, so he stayed home, thereby making it more like an extra Sunday. 

Updates: Buried- did edits on chapters 1-6 & sent back to Mary, completed and sent in chapter 7, started chapter 8.  The Summoned- *sigh* still editing Part I & no progress yet on Part II (maybe I should just scrap what I have for chapter 7 and rewrite it from scratch :/).  Spent nearly all of 'actual' Sunday kicking stock photos back and forth with Verity for Buried's cover art, but it was worth it :). Working out kinks on an already written out, bare-bones plot for inclusion something Ariel Flynn is creating.
Tuesday:
All right!! Brainstorming day! Now, not much has happened yet, this morning.  However, over the weekend, I was talking with Ariel some about a possible off-shoot/sequel to the story she's working on for contribution into my Phantom Court series and she gets frustrated from time to time because she&#…

Friday Book Review

Beautiful Demons (Peachville High Demons, Book One) by Sarra Canon

Rate:  4& 1/2 out of 5 Stars

Basic Summary:  Troubled teen named Harper who's had a history of 'strange episodes' is shuffled off to a half-way house for girls in her deceased mother's long-ago home town.  After only a short time, she realizes that she's not the only person in Peachville who's 'strange', but her belated acceptance and sudden, bizarre rise to popularity as a Peachville High Demons cheerleader comes at a price.

Opinion: No matter how old I get, it seems I'll always enjoy a good paranormal fiction geared toward the YA crowd. Though this was a quick read, I didn't find it to be lacking for much in the way of storyline or depth of the characters. I, personally, felt a little more of the magick could have been delved into, but in all honesty, I'm only in the middle of the second book of this series, so I can't say that this is an issue throughout.

In my re…

Thursday= Ghost Stories!

Well, clearly yesterday was a complete bust- no movie review 'cause I was far away from my computer, celebrating the 4th at my sister's house in the Boonies.  Next Wednesday will be the movie Chronicle, and Book Review tomorrow will be Beautiful Demons,(Peachville High Demons: Book One) by Sarra Canon.

Actually, I'm in the middle of doing edits on the first 6-chapter chunk of Buried, but my eyes were starting to cross, so when Curiosity Quills tweeted about my blog a few minutes ago, I figured it was as good a time as any to get around to the Thursday post.  Now, as I stated on Tuesday, readers are invited to share their own stories, as well.  There is no requirement for it to be spooky, creepy or scary (because not all brushes with the paranormal are), but it is required that it be a truthful telling and that, if you are relating someone else's story, you trust the validity of the individual AND that person is okay with you sharing the tale.

Here's one to start of…

Tuesday: Brain-storming day!

So, since I didn't have anything set for this day and my morning started off with my contributing author on the Phantom Court series, who is also my test-reader (and one of my very best-est friends in the world) Ariel Flynn asking me about how the protagonist from The Summoned, Bri, was going to reply/react/respond in the scenes in her Book, in which Bri and her faithful, always-pretty Demon Kai-Yun make what could be described as prolonged cameos.  I don't feel secure referring to their appearance in Ariel's contributed story as 'supporting' characters, because they're not, but they're also slightly more involved in at least part of the story than background characters.

Ariel and I frequently soundboard for each other, so that's when it came to mind that we could set Tuesday for that.  An idea which she told me she is completely behind, so there we go.  :D

As stated, today we're conferring on her work for the Tales of the Phantom Court (or, as we m…

Monday Update

Editing for The Summoned (Tales of the Phantom Court: Book One, Part I).  5 chapters down, 16 to go.Completing chapter 7 on Buried (Book One of The Paranormalville Trilogy)Beginning work on The Summoned, Part II (already a handful of chapters in on this one, so hopefully finishing it in a timely fashion will not be too challenging. Received word yesterday about when Buried will begin it's serial run- August 7th, updated every Tuesday.  Serial Release Dates from Curiosity Quills Press

Blog Post Schedule (potential)

So while Friday saw me all happy, today . . . not so much.  Nothing's actually wrong, emotion-wise, but I was up half the night with what might be either food poisoning, or the effects of simply eating something that didn't agree with me (which could have been anything, since it was Mathias' birthday weekend and there was junk all over the place).  And while it seems that I'm okay when I'm stationary, when I'm walking around I get severe stomach cramps.  I can't stay stationary, 'cause I have 3 boys and a baby girl, so there we have why I'm just a touch bit grumpy today, BUT, I shall not bother you any longer with my complaining.  Well, my complaining about this, anyway ;D

I am going to attempt to set up a schedule for this blog, so that, say those that only want to check back when I'm posting a review of a book can just check in on that day and ignore my nonsense the whole rest of the week XD.

Monday- What the upcoming week looks like (as per ch…