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When you get a great review, you can't help but share it, so here's a review for my current horror anthology (in which I have 2 tales), by a Pulitzer nominated author!
“I Bring the Storms.” What a galvanizing title. A little like thunder (with lightning sure to follow). And you don’t have to forecast the weather to know that will happen when you turn the cover of Tell-Tale Publishing’s 6th Annual Horror Anthology. Their well-established debuts of prior collections delivered fully on chills and things that go bump in the night. I BRING THE STORMS & OTHER TALES evokes something subliminal about the thin line between a rational universe and what lies beyond. Get to know the characters and their human passions, their fears and desires, then awaken to the eerie crumbling of sanity as subtle as an unexpected breath on the back of your neck.
– Thomas Sullivan, USA best-selling author of CASE WHITE
Available on Halloween Wherever Books are Sold
Looking for Mr. Right? If he's too good to be true, he is. Know a college student who's looking forward to holiday break? Better hope they're not alone in the dorms. Not college aged? Then be careful you don't spend too much time home alone. Your memories may be all you have left. It still may be better than being stuck in the wilderness with a hungry pack stalking you. And if you think the devil made you do it, he probably did. You may have killed your best friend. But even the dead have tales to tell. Be sure you stock plenty of candles to illuminate their way. You'll need them. You won't want to sleep with the lights off, if you can even get to sleep.
Halloween is my absolute favorite Holiday! I love the decorated houses, and stores--every year my hubbs and I have fun visiting our local Halloween Spirits store. Yes, I'm that irritating person who pushes every single button on their displays and laughs every time at how corny they are. It's fun!
I used to love going to Haunted Houses, Haunted Rides at Amusement Parks, and I still take a Ghost Tour whenever I go on vacation. It's a really fun way to learn about a new city. I've taken ghost tours all over the country. For example: San Diego, New Orleans and Charleston, They were all fun in their own way.
What's also fun is the Halloween Horror Party my Publisher has every year. They also publish a horror story anthology, and I add to that as well. I'll tell you more about that soon, for now, be sure to catch this year's horror party and be sure to check out Beetlejuice's special cocktail recipe! www.halloweenhorrorparty.org
Not everyone lives in the desert, but everyone needs to be aware of the importance of good skin care. There are several reasons I became hypersensitive to skin care. First, I moved to the desert from the Midwest. The dry climate and hot sun sucked the moisture from my skin, hair, and nails. Next, I had skin cancer on my face. The doctor informed me it was from sun exposure in my teens and twenties (in the Midwest). Finally, I got older.
Over 5 1/5 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. Pretty surprising, I know. The sun can really damage your skin. That includes sunshine that’s reflected off snow or water, because both heat and cold are hard on your skin. The cold winter winds or hot, dusty summer breezes can also damage the sensitive skin of your face and hands, your neck, or any skin that’s exposed.
Although many adults pay more attention to skin care as they age, many young people don’t notice the abuse they subject their skin to, but that’s when proper skin care should begin, in our youth. Teens are more likely to use skin care products for acne, and often experience oily skin so don’t consider using moisturizers with sunscreen or even using sunscreen itself, in either the summer or winter months.
Year-round skin care is essential for a more youthful, bright-looking skin, whatever your age. I know most people know this, but they sure don’t take good care of their skin. Several skin care products are available and carry different formulas for different skin types, such as sensitive, oily, dry and aging. Just a few choices include: CeraVe, Aveeno, Eucerin, Gold Bond, OGY, Neocurtis and Jergens. These are all over body lotions. Special care should be taken with the delicate skin of face, neck and chest areas. Some of the most affordable skin creams with SPF protection are Oil of Olay, Loreal, Ponds, Jergens, and Kiehl’s, Elizabeth Arden, Clinique and others. The point is to do your research, find the skin care products that best fits your needs and budget, and use them every day for the rest of your life. The sooner the better!
Enjoy that summer glow!
My contribution to this year's anthology is Bride of Bazel. Linnea is a new bride, and she's on her honeymoon, but her husband's name is Mehmet. She has a Siamese cat named Sabrina, too. You'll have to read her story to discover why the title is appropriate.
Also contained in perhaps the best ever anthology are:
The grey-suit guys portray a great rat race, but if you think that’s scary get to know the burbs. They’re a real jungle.
Prepare to look at your modern home a little closer and be sure you’re wearing protective eye gear.
This year’s anthology will take you back to to the Wild Wild West and the Salem that nightmares are made of.
It'll teach you some white magic learned by children at their mother’s knee from the time of the Celts.
You can travel through time but be careful not to become a sacrifice in a secret ritual or a player in a not-so-fun game in which only the jinn know the rules.
"Now in its fifth incarnation, Tell-Tale's horror anthologies have become an annual benchmark of emerging talent and well-told stories. The select seven featured here will yank you backward and forward again in time, visiting the exotic and the seemingly mundane, at a pace and a pulse calibrated for Halloween chills. Beware of a cat named Sabrina and a Celtic goddess with a passport to Salem – yes, that Salem. An old farmhouse could hold more vivid memories than just its mortal foundations, and think twice about rescuing the sister of a young boy if you find yourself in a desert. Twins may not be what they seem, so hang onto your hat (and your head). For that matter, hang on to your whole body unless you want to risk permanent eviction. Also, you may never use steak knives again. Trick or treat! " –Thomas Sullivan--USA Today best-selling novelist (https://thomassullivanauthor.com)
Max and Charlotte return for the explosive conclusion of the “By Moonlight” series . . . and the stakes have never been higher!
He’s the Promised One
A Mobster’s attack dog turned legitimate business powerhouse, Max Savoie is the reluctant leader of New Orleans’ shapeshifter clan. They’ve kept to anonymous shadows, working and living unnoticed by the human world until their new Shifter King’s past draws dangerous outsiders who threaten all.
She’s the Protector
A fiercely determined NOPD detective, Charlotte Caissie has sworn to defend her beloved city and her unborn child from both criminals and otherworldly factions at war. While standing boldly at the side of her mate/husband, secrets from the past return to shake the foundation of her beliefs.
They have a Problem
Walking a marital tightrope between opposite worlds, Max and Cee Cee’s paths place truth and trust at odds when outside threats force enemies to become allies. The time to take a stand for their family and their future is at hand. Time to rise together for the survival of all they love!
“Every delicious word on the page exhilarates with a sensuous ferocity. Hopelessly addicted.” – NYT bestselling author, Darynda Jones
Elizabeth, thanks for hosting a stop on my new release, RISE BY MOONLIGHT’s blog tour!!
I also have to thank you for that shared love of the otherworldly that’s taken us several times to New Orleans, the city that inspired my “By Moonlight” series, and for my fascination with Tarot which found its way into the series via one of its heroines, a French Quarter psychic.
Being on sites where my books take place helped add an incomparable depth to the stories. While on our week-long visit to NOLA back in 2010, what fun to have written my promo articles for Book 1, MASKED BY MOONLIGHT, in the Quarter House where Silas and Nica will later reside. To take swamp boat tours on Max’s bayous, ride the street cars, enjoy Haunted History tours through the Bradys’ Garden District and Colin and Mia’s Quarter, take plantation visits to homes like Kip and Ophelia’s, and embark on an enthusiastic quest to sample all the authentic cuisine we could find along the way. Then be lucky enough to return last year for a special event (Happy Anniversary to you and Kenton!) for another chance to explore more settings for RISE BY MOONLIGHT, the final book in the series.
We soaked it all up, from Court of the Two Sisters and the Old Absinthe House to taking an hour-long post-vow renewal carriage tour through the neighborhoods and having fortunes told in Chartres Street shops and on the Square while serenaded by the sounds of my favorite city. How else could I have incorporated those tiny details like the broken sidewalks (banquettes!) CeeCee and Babineau travel that are still wet after being swept clean of party debris every morning, the fortuneteller tables like Phe’s surrounding the Square, the Sunday bells from the cathedral, the constant movement of cargo along the Mississippi, and awe of that epic view CeeCee and Max must share from their penthouse high above the rooftops? Add the scent of the city—old and worn, rich and spicy, damp and soul-deep hot. And the sounds—music from every doorway and street corner, accents from every corner of the globe, the jingle of carriage harnesses and honks from the steady stream of cabs and tour buses. The taste—powdered sugar beignets, sweet crawfish, tangy BBQ, rich gumbo, right from the Gulf to the table seafood, and Hurricanes in plastic cups while walking. The sights—exotic dancers through open doorways in the middle of the day, mimes and living statues, streetcars and lines of weary carriage horses and mules flicking off flies while they doze by the square.
Those things are the heart of this unique place called home to my shapeshifter outcasts who search for the promised leader who’ll save them from surrounding threat. Max Savoie’s city. My favorite city for you to enjoy as you travel the pages of RISE BY MOONLIGHT.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Nancy Gideon is the award-winning, bestselling author of 68 romances ranging from historical, regency and series contemporary suspense to paranormal, with a couple of horror screenplays tossed into the mix. She’s also published under the pen names Dana Ransom, Rosalyn West and Lauren Giddings. She recently retired after 20 years as a legal assistant and, when not at the keyboard, feeds a Netflix addiction along with all things fur, fin and fowl. For more information on the author, her books, or the “House of Terriot” and “By Moonlight” series, visit Nancy on the web.
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It’s hot out, just about everywhere in the country right now. Really hot! So, I thought it might be a good idea to offer some ideas on how to stay safe and have fun while cooling off. Safety? Hydrate, and don’t let yourself get overheated, even if a shower is all you have to cool down. With that in mind, you might want to try one or more of the following.
You Can Use a Real Disaster to Create a Disaster in Your Story, or My Neighborhood has Literally Gone to Hell!
During the Coronavirus Pandemic we've all heard a lot of information (and misinformation) about face masks. One fact seems indisputable: medical personnel are in dire need of face masks. There is such a shortage, nurses are making face guards from pop bottles, and asking citizens who sew to make masks.
Seniors are at such risk they are on lockdown, not allowing visitors in nursing homes. Living in a senior community that's right next door to another one that is condos rather than single family homes, it's something I have paid a lot of attention to. I have also noted that the virus has spread from those with no symptons who are carriers, and that it is highly, highly contagious and can be spread by sneazing, coughing or even breathing and talking from one person to another, whether contact is commuted via the air through the eyes, nose or mouth, or from touching a surface upon which the virus has settled and then touching your mouth, nose, or rubbing your eyes, etc.
Now at first they said, and still in some cases still do say that citizens don't need face masks unless they are sick. [Recall that carriers may have no symptoms for up to 2 weeks if at all, so who is sick?] They were trying to keep the t.p. hoarders from siphoning all remaining face masks that could be used by front line responders and medical personnel, and rightly so. However, they are claiming that Korea was able to keep their infection rate down because many citizens were wearing face masks and blocking the virus and preventing themselves from touching their faces. Best defense against that? Wash your hands, right? Washing hands removes germs. Hand sanitizers only kill some of the germs. Better than nothing when a sink isn't handy, but never as good as a good scrub as soon as you get home. [Fastest spread right now, according to the experts? Gas pumps.]
Since I'm the head of our community's Neighborhood Watch Patrol, and all our patrol volunteers are seniors, I felt I needed to do something. They spend a lot of selfless hours (especially once the snowbirds leave and nearly half our neighborhood is vacant), keeping our community safe, so I felt I needed to do something to keep them safe. I also worried about my hubby who's a senior and works in a service industry job and is still working. Decision made: I don't want to take masks from the medical personnel, but I feel my hubby (who sees clients every day) and patrol folk needed masks when they are so often approached by neighbors who are out exercising and getting some air--and especially when they have to go to the store.
So I went on the search for the perfect, most protective mask I could make at home, knowing even then they wouldn't be N95 professsional masks. There were masks that accordian like the 'real' surgical masks, some that tied with fabric ties or had elastic straps. There were more conelike masks that provided space for the nose without accordian folds. They were also made from a variety of materials from simple cotton to flannel, to interfacing and even bras or maxi pads. Here's an interesting link: https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/homemade-masks-coronavirus-do-they-work-how-to-make-them-20200324.html
After extensive research, several sample trial and error attempts, more research from government sites to medical sites and youtube how-to videos, I came up with the following conclusions. Keep in mind that it's my personal opinion, gleaned from the information of experts and home diy folks.
I decided to go with the face-contoured cone-shaped pattern. I used cotton (mostly remnents from quilts and other projects I had made) material for the mask. I incorporated a filter slot in the back, and that pocket was lined with non-woven fusible interfacing, which is a fairly good filter itself, similar to the material of medical masks (washable, which is why they are washing/disinfecting and reusing hospital masks). I also, and this seems to be very, very important, add a piece of wire at the top so air can't escape above, at the bridge of the nose, which makes the mask pretty much useless when you consider breathing in contaminants, though it would still block fairly large mucus-laden globules. People have used bag ties, pipe cleaners and many other 'wire' alternatives. I used florist wire. I tried to keep the ends protected by adding a dab of hot glue to seal the end. Some used duct tape, but I'm not sure if that would wash off or not. The glue gob could come off in the wash too, I suppose.
So what filter to put in the filter pocket? It seems most sites that actually did any research on diy masks agreed that vacuum bags are best. Why? Well the ones I had were double-layered and have microbial stopping power. So I sewed the two layers together in the oval shape I needed for the pocket. This gives my masks 3 layers of cotton, 1 layer of fusible interface, and a 2 layers of microbial filter, so 6 layers of protection in total. Breathable? Yup. And that's important. Flannel, BTW, seemed rather difficult to breath through when double layered, though it's comfy against the face. Personal choices.
I decided that sewing ties takes much longer so played around with the elastic ties and moved from the over the ears, one loop of elastic on each side of the mask to one piece of elastic that loops through each side and behind the head. It takes the same amount of elastic. The behind the head types seem to fit more securely, and make the mask fit the face better, as well as being more comfortable to wear.
So I have made masks for all my neighborhood watch, family members (some who life in Cali and are very high risk), and a few requested by a doctor my husband knows. Now I am going to make some to donate to the front-liners. No matter what you think of the pandemic, these are handy. One of the watch people told me they immediately used it to use bug spray so wanted to make sure they could wash it for reuse! And let's not forget they said we need to prepare for a second wave.... If you want to try some for your family and friends this is the pattern for sewing I used: https://ithinksew.com/FreePatterns/2781_FACIALMASKWITHFILTERPOCKET_UTB.pdf
Who else thinks my mask choice is better protection, even without the hepa filter? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnVk12sFRkY
Why do I add a hepa filter layer from a vacuum bag? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6d3twpHwis&feature=emb_rel_pause
And here's the video I watched to learn how, though I alter it a bit, by making the pocket interface layer the size of the pattern, and the other 2 cotton layers about 1/2 inch longer so as the last step I can fold them over and make a casing for the elastic (I use 28" of 1/4" elastic). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlrSNFC4DLs
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Elizabeth Alsobrooks's books on Goodreads
Illuminati - The Book of Life
ratings: 12 (avg rating 4.33)
Illuminati: The Book of Life
ratings: 5 (avg rating 4.80)
The Keeper's Secret: Tell-Tale Publishing's Annual Horror Anthology
ratings: 2 (avg rating 5.00)
2016 NaNoWriMo Winner!
My Newest Release
An Amazon Bestseller!
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