Oct 08

Blogtoberfest – Dark Country Songs – The Legend of Wooley Swamp

Blogtoberfest 2015More Dark Country for your October.  Who doesn’t like a good ghost story? The South carries a rich history of legends and tales of the supernatural and revenge.  Charlie Daniels tells one such tale in this song,  “The Legend of Wooley Swamp.”


“Well, if you ever go back into Wooley Swamp
Well, you better not go at night
There’s things out there in the middle of them woods
That make a strong man die from fright…”

The song is set to a great southern rock groove that sets the scene for a scary story from the swamp.  As always, Charlie’s voice gives you the chills as he narrates the story of a greedy hermit who loves nothing but money and the robbers who try to take his stash.



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Oct 06

Blogtoberfest – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Good Lord.

Good Lord.

In another life, I was an elementary school teacher, which meant nearly every holiday was a par-tay.  Valentine’s Day parties were the most stressful, because, as a teacher, you really had to sit on the “who likes whom” bit and keep it all nice and friendly.  Christmas was nice, but the overabundance of cookies was a little much.  The party that hit the perfect spot (besides the end of school party) was Halloween.

Between the Halloween-themed worksheets, coloring sheets, Halloween parade and Charlie Brown, the whole day was a whirlwind of costumes and candy.  The best part for me, and I hope the class, was when I read from Scary Stories to Read in the Dark.  First of all, take a look at this cover.  It’s the stuff of nightmares, sorry.  I’d keep the book face down on the desk if I had a softcover, and remove the dustjacket if I were using a hardcover that year.



Note.  Yes, I do write about zombies, but only before 2 pm. I’ll tell you a little story – when I was editing Loving Among the Dead, my first zombie book, I stayed up late at night, making sure everything was super scary and ended up giving myself nightmares!  So now, yeah, early afternoon is as far as I”ll go with working, watching or reading scary stuff!

Back to the the main story.  There is a story in the book called “The Big Toe” and it ends with a jump scare.  The story goes like this:  A boy digs in the garden and finds a big toe. He takes it to his father and the father cuts the toe up into three pieces so the family can have something to eat.  Later in the evening, a voice comes ’round saying “Who’s got my toooooooe?  Who’s got my tooooooooe?”



I would walk around the classroom repeating Who’s got my toooooooe? in a spooky voice until I jumped at one child and yell:  “YOU’VE GOT IT!”  The resounding screams, well, now I know a little of how satisfied Alfred Hitchcock felt when audience screamed during the shower scene in Psycho.

So, pick up the book.  There are three of them, but the first one has the best stories and weirdest drawings.  Like this one:



She cut off her nose to….SPIDERFACE!!!


Pleasant dreams!



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Oct 05

Blogtoberfest – Cocktails – Dracula’s Kiss

Nothing says Blogtoberfest, at least on this blog, without the inclusion of something alcoholic. This drink recipe looked good and sounded better, so I decided to share. You’re welcome.

Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham
Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham


  • 1 ounce black cherry vodka

  • 1/2 ounce grenadine

  • Cola

  • Maraschino cherries for garnish

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Oct 03

Blogtoberfest – Dark Country Songs – Lincoln Durham

LincolnCombining music and Halloween isn’t that hard – there’s plenty of scary music to go around.  However, in my Internet search, I was fortunate enough to stumble upon Lincoln Durham a country (?) artist.

I say “country artist” because that’s the easiest category to drop him in.  In reality, he’s a combination of Gothic, dark country, blues, gospel….but in all, he makes some damn good music.  Even the title of one of his albums “Exodus of the Deemed Unrighteous” is enough to give you the down-home chills. Check him out.


Exodus of the Deemed Unrighteous – Ballad of a Prodigal Son


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Oct 01

Blogtoberfest – It’s Back!!

Hang with me for …..



Blogtoberfest 2015


Terrible, isn’t it? But fun, right?

The month of October is special to me. It’s not because of Halloween, although that’s part of it. October marks the month in which I had my first e-book, “Kitty Wishes” published with Evernight Publishing.

In honor of this occasion as well as a personal challenge, I will be posting something Halloween related every single day of the month.  If I get frisky, I might post some snippets of the sequel to “Loving Among the Dead”…..”Among the Dead: One More for the Road”.

I certainly hope that you will join me for Blogtoberfest – keep me honest with these posts! Leave a comment!  Share!  Above all, read and have fun!


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Sep 04

Horror Movie Review: Unfriended

unfriendedTitle: Unfriended
Genre:  Horror, Thriller, Drama
Director: Levan Gabriadze (as Leo Gabriadze)
IMDB link:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3713166/

Synopsis according to IMDB:
A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.

I might be getting too old for this, I admit this up front.  I did not enjoy this movie on any level. Though I thought the story and the premise was excellent, the thirty year olds playing high schoolers did nothing to elicit my sympathy.  I couldn’t even enjoy it on the “so bad it’s good” level because there was little to no physical action. You couldn’t say “don’t go in there” or “stay out of the basement”.  Nope.  The entire movie took place on a laptop screen.

As I said, this was an interesting concept and on some level, it was well executed.  Since I watched the movie on a laptop, it was easy watching and some intriguing things happened.

The actors themselves were annoying.  The screaming, crying, cursing and yelling did nothing for the movie.  I won’t spoil it here, but in the end the viewer is left unsatisfied.

I’d say see it once, just to experience it.

As always….YMMV.

Grade: D

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Jul 27

Her Dakota Summer – Pre Order

Her Dakota Summer Cover

When you have a male nanny as sexy as Celeste’s, it’s hard to remember you’re supposed to be the boss.

While the actual book isn’t releasing until August 18, feel free to preorder so it’s ready and waiting on your Kindle for a hot summer read!

Click on the cover to preorder!

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Jul 14

Tuneful Tuesday: My Top Songs of the 60s

the road of successAnother week is started and once again I try to revive this old blog.  Each time I declare that I’m going to post regularly, but you know what?  I’m going to take it easy and post when I can.

Today’s post is inspired by the break I was taking to day from writing.  As I surveyed new and old music on youtube.com, I realized how many old-time songs (I.e. songs before my time) that I enjoyed.  I decided to gather my top five songs of the 60s.  So get out your soul beads, your round glasses and your  knitted shawls, sit back and enjoy.


5. Stand by Me – Ben E. King


4. House of the Rising Sun, The Animals



3. Sounds of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel




2.   Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles




1. I Heard it Through the Grapevine

Of course, I’m always curious to know what’s your favorite song or songs from the sixties decade.  Let me know in the comments!


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Jul 09

Horror Movie Review: Død Snø


Zombies, oh Zombies.  Nazi Zombies. Nazi Zombies who are after their stolen treasure.  What could be better?

Title: Død Snø
Genre: Horror – Zombies…Nazi Zombies!!
Director: Tommy Wirkola
IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1278340/

deadsnowHow have I not reviewed this movie yet? For goodness sake, I’m slacking off.


Here is the synopsis according to IMDB:

A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.

I gave this movie an A. I went into it knowing what I was going to get…a B grade zombie popcorn flick. This movie did not to pretend to be anything more than that. And they succeeded in a grand fashion.

First of all, we have the so-called Ice Monster prologue…a scary chase through the woods set to Edvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, which is awesome stuff in and of itself (spoken like a true band geek, lol), but when included in the movie was just…choice.

Then we have your motley group of med students on vacation in a cabin that is literally in the middle of nowhere, that is lacking….say it with me now….cell service.

What a ride this movie was! It was gross, funny and thoroughly entertaining. I laughed out loud at some parts and covered my eyes at others.

I’d totally watch this again…..at nine in the morning, of course.

Note: Please, I beg of you, watch it in Norwegian with the English subtitles. The dubbed version is distracting. Plus, you get to hear what the actors’ voices really sound like.

Grade: A


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Jun 29

Horror Movie Review: The Frozen

Hey all!  I know I’ve been away for a bit.  With three little ones, the end of school week can a be a bit of a blur.  Between the graduations, the teacher’s gifts and the parties, it is a miracle I was able to take a breath.  But I’m back with another review for you.


Though I titled this a horror, it could easily be classified as a thriller.  It’s a little strange and confusing at times, but I enjoyed it…though I would not watch it again.


Title: The Frozen
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Andrew Hyatt
IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2363439/

The Frozen Movie PosterNo, this is not the Disney movie that took the world by storm. Look, I’m a huge sucker for going into the woods and bad things happening movies. Here is the synopsis according to IMDB:

After a harrowing snowmobile accident, a young couple is stranded in the woods and must survive while waiting for help to arrive. Events take a turn for the worse after the disappearance of Emma’s boyfriend, leaving her on her own not only to battle the elements, but also to elude a mysterious hunter who is tracking her through the forest.

I’m a simple chick. I like movies that scare, surprise and make me think. I’m not that kind of gal who tries to second guess the movie or make predictions on where the movie is going to go. No. Nope, not me. I just sit back and enjoy the narrative as laid out by the director and actors.

It’s such a simple movie and the backdrop of the cold, unforgiving wilderness serves to put a telling chill into the setting. What would you do if you were in an accident and your companion goes off to get help, leaving you alone in a tent? Then, you start to hear things…..

There is a lot of good camera work and convincing acting by the lead actress. The atmosphere was tense, especially when the pursuing bad guy was introduced. And the pervasive snow in the movie made me feel cold!

I see most of the folks on IMDB gave it a 4 out of 10. I say give the movie a chance. Go into it with fresh eyes and no expectations/predictions of what will happen. I’m not trying to say it’s a masterpiece and it’s nothing new and different, but somehow this quiet little movie endeared itself to me.
Grade: B-

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