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#OTBHorrorOctober | Schedule of Events & Bookish Delights of a Cosy Horror Girl! {1st Year Participant}

Posted Saturday, 18 October, 2014 by jorielov , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Horror October 2014

Calendar of Events on Oh! the Books Host Site

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{ Reading Selections for Horror October 2014 }

 Focus One: Psychological Suspense | Thriller:

(note: all book synopsis links re-direct to Riffle>

  1. A Stitch in Time by Amanda James <synopsis> (moving to 1st November for SFN)
  2. The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber <synopsis>
  3. Mortal Arts by Anna Lee Huber <synopsis> (moved to November)
  4. A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber <synopsis> (moved to November)
  5. The Rose in the Wheel by S.K. Rizzolo <synopsis> (moved to #IndieWriterMonth)
  6. Somewhere Beyond the Sea by Amanda James <synopsis(moved to #IndieWriterMonth)
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronté <synopsis> (on hold)
  8. Up Close by Henriette Gyland <synopsis> (moved to #IndieWriterMonth)
  9. Blood for Blood by S.K. Rizzolo <synopsis(moved to #IndieWriterMonth)
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronté (Part II of my journalling) <synopsis> (on hold)
  11. The Ripper’s Wife by Brandy Purdy <synopsis>
  12. Category 5 by Paul Mark Tag (synopsis) (previously read(moved to #IndieWriterMonth)
  13. Prophecy by Paul Mark Tag <synopsis>(moved to #IndieWriterMonth)
  14. White Thaw: The Helheim Conspiracy by Paul Mark Tag <synopsis>(moved to #IndieWriterMonth)

Focus Two: Cosy Horror | Cosy Horror Suspense (including ghosts):

  1. Night of the Living Deed by E.J. Copperman <synopsis>
  2. An Uninvited Ghost by E.J. Copperman <synopsis>
  3. Old Haunts by E.J. Copperman <synopsis>
  4. Sinking Down by E. Chris Garrison <synopsis> (moved to SFN)
  5. The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull <synopsis> (moved to #IndieWriterMonth)
  6. Dance Until Dawn by Berni Stevens <synopsis> (moved to SFN)
  7. Dracula by Bram Stroker <synopsis> (moved to SFN)
  8. The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James <synopsis> (moving to November)
  9. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill <synopsis> (re-scheduled for 2015)
  10. Ghost Stories by Edith Wharton <synopsis>
  11. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson <synopsis> (re-scheduled for 2015)
  12. The Door through Washington Square by Elaine Bergstrom <synopsis(re-scheduled for 2015)

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The following is the tentative schedule for my 1st Participation in Horror October. Most of the schedule should remain as it is seen, however, there could be spontaneous changes to the line-up &/or I might include a few extras as I go through the fortnight!

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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Horror October Bingo

Posted Saturday, 18 October, 2014 by jorielov in #HorrorOctober, Anthology Collection of Stories, Blog Hop, Blogosphere Events & Happenings, Blogs I Regularly Read, Book Blogosphere Regular Haunts, Classic Horror, Cosy Horror, Cosy Horror Suspense, Cosy Mystery, Crime Fiction, Ghost Story, Ghosts & the Supernatural, Good vs. Evil, Haunting & Ethereal, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller Suspense, Horror, Horror October Bingo, Horror-Lite, Indie Author, Inspirational Fiction & Non-Fiction, Library Find, Light vs Dark, Local Libraries | Research Libraries, Psychological Suspense, Reading Challenges, Supernatural Fiction, Suspense

Day 3 of the #BoutofBooks readathon, and Jorie is happily entrenched into the life of Richard Brooks!

Posted Thursday, 15 May, 2014 by jorielov , , , , 0 Comments

I am never certain what I will find inside of a story, nor how my excitement to read a new & emerging voice in Inspirational Fiction will sit with me. I most often find that I will appreciate several titles by any particular author that enters my reading life; but to find the authors of whom I would have the absolute honour & conviction of knowing I could read EACH & EVERY title they create — that is a booklover’s dream! As soon as I first started to turn the pages inside “Chain of Mercy”, I knew I had found my next Inspirational Author of whom I will spend a lifetime enjoying reading their works!

Books I am Reading:

  • Chain of Mercy by Brenda S. Anderson

Books I am Blogging About:

Blogs I am Visiting (including non-bouter blogs):

Twitterverse Events I Attended:

  • #LitChat: Author Q&A with Hazel Gaynor whose début novel “The Girl Who Came Home” is a time slip about Titanic! After the conversation, I was so inspired by what I learnt I simply had to properly catch Mum & Da up on this new story out of the Titanic canon of knowledge! They in turn surprised me by adding this novel to my birthday queue! I was over the moon in joy!
  • #boutofbooks: the tweetchat & reader Q&A
  • A happy random joy convo spun out of #boutofbooks tweetchat was meeting Cari Lamperski! (a fellow #Hearties & #POstables!) Which simply means we love Hallmark Channel series like When Calls The Heart & Signed, Sealed, & Delivered! I was pleasantly surprised by how much we shared in common & I am most looking forward to seeing her alight on my blog as time allows! As much as I hope we get to randomly meet-up on Twitter again! :)


Truly, a joyful day for literature and reading for me all the way around! :) I was happily engaged with the pace, setting, and style of Anderon’s novel as much as I knew that I was on the verge of settling into a new-to-me author’s first body of work which would launch her writing career! I happily found ways to tweet about the Interview I had posted for her already, as well as found out that another Winslet Press author was visiting her blog! I never had the proper chance to drop by & engage on the post about Unraveled but hope to do so on the morrow!

I did not have a lot of time to read as there were flickering thunderstorms throughout the afternoon & early evening hours, to where it made it a bit dicey to blog!! I kept working on editing Brandy Purdy’s Interview as best as I could in-between the lightning strikes! When the post finally went live I was rather chuffed for having the determined grit to work around the storm & still manage to get my thoughts properly into place! :) I love interviewing authors as you might have noticed dear hearts, and to host two interviews in one week was simply sweet bliss!! I also found it incredible I could add-on a Book Spotlight for “The Ripper’s Wife” as that was one title that took me by complete surprise!

I am enjoying finding a balance between reading, blogging, tweeting, and supporting not only the authors I am interacting with through conversational chats, blog tours, book reviews, or blog hops — but to reach out to other Bout’ers who need a lift of spirits in the bout of books feeds! I love that part of the Bout the most! Random tweets, random conversations, and the genuine spirit of sisterhood through bookish joy! There are a few blokes in the Bout too, but I am not sure how else best to express this sentiment?!

In the back of my mind, I am also starting to think about how to compose my questions for an Editor’s Interview posting over the weekend; when to start The Boleyn Bride as well as the ChocLit novels and the fantasy anthology! I am thankful that I have been able to strike the balance I have thus far along, and am quite happy my blog is also being brought current by my readings during the Bout! One book I am going to add to my Bout 10.0 TBR is Getting Waisted!

What do you find feeling grateful for during this Bout of Books!?

Are you wrapped up in the arms of an author you are happily discovering like me!?

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Bout of Books Readathon

{SOURCE: Bout of Books Badge provided for all readers who participate in the readathon to help promote its existence and therefore increasing the mystery & lore surrounding it!}

Copyright © Jorie Loves A Story, 2014.


Posted Thursday, 15 May, 2014 by jorielov in Biographical Fiction & Non-Fiction, Blog Hop, Blogs I Regularly Read, Bout of Books, Brenda S. Anderson's Blog, Elizabeth Howard Boleyn, Jack the Ripper, RALs | Thons via Blogs, Readerly Musings

The hunt is afoot for wicked sweet treasurements of books and bookish bliss!

Posted Friday, 17 May, 2013 by jorielov 0 Comments

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt hosted by Lisa Tawn Bergren

17th of May – 19th of May, 2013
{annual event! 2012 was the début!}

Hosted by: Lisa Tawn Bergren

A curious little blog hop whereupon you can visit or meet authors who pen the inspirational fiction stories that captivate us as they endear our hearts to their characters and stories. I cannot remember exactly which blog I regularly read that alerted me to this Hunt, which is why I gave credit to “The Cross and Cutlass”, MaryLu Tyndall’s blog as I do remember visiting her blog this week, and seeing the reminder of the Hunt posted! Although, it could have readily been read on “Writes of Passage” which is an author group blog that features Robin Lee Hatcher, who is also taking part of the Hunt!

The Grand Prize: 31 books by 31 authors! Ooh, my how I would find it incredible to win such a smashing piece of scavenger hunt treasure! I’d have to opt for the ‘printed’ copies, as anyone whose read *My Bookish Life* knows which types of books I read! I’d not hesitate to pass the ‘win’ on to someone else if perchance my name is drawn to receive these in e-book format on an iPad mini! Afterall, it’s a game, err, hunt of chance!  Estimated value is: $300! for the 31 books in printed format!

The 31 books are as follows:

  1. Grave Consequences by Lisa T. Bergren
  2. Trouble in Store by Carol Cox
  3. Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble
  4. The Face of the Earth by Deborah Raney
  5. Captives by Jill Williamson
  6. Fall State Legends by John W. Otte
  7. Adoring Addie by Leslie Gould
  8. Love At Any Cost by Julie Lessman
  9. When Love Calls by Lorna Steilstad
  10. A Lady of Quality by Louise M. Gouge
  11. When A Secret Kills by Lynette Eason
  12. All in Good Time by Maureen Lang
  13. Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall
  14. Scorned Justice by Margaret Daley
  15. Once Upon A Prince by Rachel Hauck
  16. King by R.J. Larson
  17. Georgia Sweethearts by Missy Tippens
  18. A Bride for All Seasons by Robin Lee Hatcher
  19. Mountain Homecoming by Sandra Robbins
  20. Stress Test by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.
  21. Talon by Ronie Kendig
  22. The Message on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson
  23. Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell
  24. So Shines the Night by Tracy L. Higley
  25. No Way Out by Susan Sleeman
  26. Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock
  27. Tiny Dancer by Patricia Hickman
  28. Whispers on the Prairie by Vickie McDonough
  29. The Bride Next Door by Winnie Griggs
  30. Lydia’s Hope by Marta Perry
  31. Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

The Hunt Hop Route: {32 stops to complete the loop of the hop!}

Each blog along the Hunt , features the next author to be found as you make your way around the stops! Therefore, each blog you visit is hosted by a different author than the one being featured, yet the one being featured is a bit of a clue of what you will find on the next stop you will click-through too! It’s a bit like an unsuspecting rail ticket to chart through sleepy hamlets and rambling scenery as you shift through the countryside in the comfort of your seat by the window!

{NOTE: I began this hunt on Friday, the 17th of May 2013 and completed it forty minutes shy of midnight, Sunday, the 19th of May 2013, being inches of minutes still on the Saturday, the 18th of May side of things! Whilst I made my rounds to each blog, I must confess, that initially I could only gloss over and make my extra entries as I jotted down the words in order to have built the winning phrase in time before the deadline! There simply wasn’t enough time for me to drink in the content as I normally would prefer whilst visiting blogs, which is why I went back as I formulated this listing!}

  1. Lisa Tawn Bergren* – Where the hunt is happily underfoot! The Hunt begins with an introduction to Rachel Hauck
  2. Rachel Hauck* – One of the authors who has residency on Southern Belle View Daily, and of whom, I enjoy conversing with through their weekly topics of conversation! Similar to the other Belles, I have not yet had the pleasure of reading her novels. She is featuring the author: Stephanie Grace Whitson, of whom I haven’t realised pens books on quilting in a similar vein as Jennifer Chiaverini, as she writes my beloved Elm Creek series!! I was so engrossed into the interview today, that I promptly started to write a lengthy email to accompany the request to receive the poem, “The Patchwork Quilt” which she offered to give to those who personally email her! I was quite enthused with everything that I learnt, that I promptly subscribed to her NL as well!
  3. Stephanie Grace WhitsonAs you may have noticed the next author on the blog hop is the one that is featured on the previous stop! Ms. McDonough shared a scene from her July 2013 release Whispers on the Prairie. She was attempting to sort out how to give a character a severe asthma attack given that they didn’t have the same treatments in 1873 as they do today to make the attacks easier to manage!
  4. Vickie McDonoughOne of the authors I was enjoying getting to know through the Society+ {February, March, and part of April 2013}, until of course, due to needing to make a reduction in spam, the Name/URL option was removed. I could not start to use my blog through OpenID, until I was ready to ‘launch’, so I’ve been reading from the sidelines! Oh, how I miss making comments!
  5. Colleen Coble{unfortunately I took too long to compose my thoughts and the posting was already down!}
  6. Julie LessmanMs. Lessman hosted Ms. Raney, who spoke about her book “The Face of the Earth”. Ms. Raney shared a link for her Pin(terest) board of inspiration for the novel.  I can understand where she is coming from by creating fiction settings anchored in reality, as I tend to do that myself!
  7. Deborah Raney{unfortunately I took too long to compose my thoughts and the posting was already down!} I can say, that I loved the look of her blog/website, and the fact she’s a fan of Tom Selleck’s Jesse Stone was alright by me!
  8. Maureen Lang* – Ms. Daley spoke highly of the Texas Rangers which she focuses on in her series: The Men of the Texas Rangers. Ms. Lang offered an additional prize but I think it was one that I couldn’t enter. I have appreciated the Texas Rangers ever since they came alive in the series: Walker, Texas Ranger as well as The Lone Ranger.
  9. Margaret DaleyMs. Tyndall is one author I’ve been following for most of the year, as in late Winter 2012 and early Spring of 2013, she was on blog tours for her latest release “Forsaken Dreams”. I sort of garnished a proper sense about the novel due to all the conversations that sparked out of the tours! Including, how would it feel to leave everything that you had ever known behind to embark of an incredible change of lifestyle as you emigrated to a new country!
  10. MaryLu Tyndall* – Ms. Axtell spoke about the difficulty in writing about spies and deciphering codes. She even provided a code sampler which would reveal the names of her characters in “Moonlight Masquerade”.
  11. Ruth Axtell* – Ms. Sleeman spoke about how characters are conceived and written into stories. Focusing on her Love Inspired Suspense “No Way Out”. I haven’t picked up a lot of Love Inspired stories in the past, although I have a few on my shelf that I found at a used book shoppe!
  12. Susan Sleeman –  Ms. Blackstock shared her process for building a new series, focusing on her Moonlighter series. She talked the process of attaching which character to which book in the series and how using pictures helps her paint the characters features in her mind’s eye.
  13. Terri BlackstockMr. Mabry spoke about his hero from Stress Test, who suffers from a similar condition as writers where he never feels as though he’s worthy or succesful in life. About how our inner voices can play havoc on our overall well being and that we need to learn to silence them in order to realise our full potential. Having doubt is one thing, but to allow ourselves to be talked out of doing something OR out of believing in our abilities is quite another!
  14. Richard MabryMs. Larson delved into the complexities of creating an entire world out of a writer’s imagination borrowing on cartography that is available of ancient worlds. She had an artist render her world on parchment set in ink to give it a more realistic touch.  Adding in fantastical creatures and beasts set the stage for the characters that would populate the newly created world. Everything she spoke about is how she pulled together the setting behind “King” her Biblical-fantasy release.
  15. RJ LarsonMs. Higley spoke of a first-hand account of travelling to conduct research to bring a pulsing realism to your story. She travelled to Ephesus for her book “So Shines the Night”. She provided written commentary as well as a video!
  16. Tracy Higley* – Ms. Eason talks about how you can go from short sentences to a full-on novel! This is something I can directly appreciate because one of my last manuscripts was based on five short plot directing points of interest! You’d be surprised how far you can go with only a little bit of inspiration to carry you forward! She was asking for people to email her directly after they had the chance to read “When a Secret Kills”. The title to me should be a forewarning not to hold secrets!
  17. Lynette EasonMs. Cox spoke about how you can unexpectedly dip into a well of creative musings that lead you down a writing path you might not have thought you’d take OR at the very least, have the ability to uncover a piece of your travels that might have eluded you!
  18. Carol Cox* – Ms. Seilstad posted an article about the operator girls in the 1900s, including facts about the industry. Her novel “When Love Calls” is one of the ones I am looking forward to reading one day!
  19. Lorna Seilstad* – Ms. Perry shared a scene from her new book “Lydia’s Hope”. She’s on my 70 Authors Challenge due to the fact that I am attempting to branch out into more Amish & Mennonite fiction!
  20. Marta Perry* – Ms. Gould cross referenced Shakespeare with the Amish., where she proposed the question if you thought your favourite Shakespearian play could be turned into an Amish story?! She gave examples of how “Courting Cate” is based on “The Taming of the Shrew” and how “Adoring Addie” is based on “Romeo & Juliet”!! I am a Shakespearian scholar, so I must say, this perked my interest!
  21. Leslie Gould* – Ms. Hatcher bespoke of what she would have carried with her whilst travelling as a mail-order-bride! I must confess, that mail-order bride stories are some of my most favourite to read! There is something about the freedom of attempting to direct your stars and better the life you’ve been given.
  22. Robin Lee HatcherMs. Kendig writes military fiction stories that not only involve soldiers who are deployed but the MWDs as well! {ie: Military Working Dogs} Being a volunteer with Soldiers’ Angels, giving back to deployed servicemen and women each year by sending uplifting mail, I can attest to the need for inspiring and positive stories about our dedicated men and women who serve!  I think the best thing that I learnt by her post was that you can *adopt!* MWDs!!
  23. Ronie Kendig* – Ms. Stengl wrote about how you can take a seemingly normal and unextraordinary plot and turn it into something rather fantastic!
  24. Anne Elisabeth StenglMr. Otte’s post I must admit did not captivate me as much, because I do not read comics. Although I do appreciate comics and the readers who enjoy them! One thing I can say, is that I appreciate the art that is set between the words to bring the worlds alive!
  25. John OtteMs. Williamson spoke about the intricacies of creating a ‘future’ setting whilst building the world by which your writing. Complete with cartography, and the realistic issues of making it a fully lived world realised for the reader who finds your stories.
  26. Jill WilliamsonMs. Hickman introduced us to “Tiny Dancer” which was releasing in mid-June.
  27. Patricia Hickman{unfortunately I took too long to compose my thoughts and the posting was already down!}
  28. Sandra RobbinsMs. Tippens shared an essay entitled: Meaningful Gifts.
  29. Missy TippensMs. Griggs shared a sneak peek of “A Family for Christmas”.
  30. Winnie GriggsMs. Gouge wrote an essay about Regency romances and why they have such a hearty following. Considering that I duck into the Regency quite often myself, I can attest that there is something that pulls a reader into that era!
  31. Louise M. GougeMs. Bergren wrote about what to do whilst in Venice, complete with a video! Her “Grave Consequences” novel has me most interested!
  32. Lisa Tawn Bergren – The Hunt ended where it began!

{*KEY: * denotes the authors who are listed in my *70 Authors Challenge 2013-14. It was quite exciting in the end after I had participated to realise how many of the authors I had chosen were taking part in the Hunt! + denotes my endearing name for the Christian Fiction Historical Society; ie: the Society! NL refers to ‘newsletter’ that an author promotes to keep readers in touch about their latest releases and bookish news. Unless I said the post was taken down, you can still read and view the stops along the Hop!}

Whilst your visiting each blog, you were meant to ‘pick’ up a clue to reveal the *secret phrase* by which you give to Ms. Bergren if perchance your name is drawn at the conclusion of the Hunt! Being that my blog will not go ‘live’ until well after the winner’s circle is announced, I am safe to relay to you that this is the phrase that was collected by each entrant:

 * to be added*

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Posted Friday, 17 May, 2013 by jorielov in 70 Authors Challenge 2013-19, Author Blog Tour, Blog Hop, Blog Scavenger Hunt, The Cross and Cutlass, Writes of Passage