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Debbie's Spurts

Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.


Currently reading

A Dance of Blades
David Dalglish
Progress: 10 %
For Love of Mother-Not (Pip and Flinx Adventure Series #1)
Alan Dean Foster
By a Thread (Elemental Assassin #6)
Jennifer Estep
Biting Cold
Chloe Neill
The Unyielding
Shelly Laurenston
Progress: 100 %
Wings of Fire
Alma Alexander
Progress: 100 %

Favorite Book Quotes

"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold







Barnes and Noble Readouts: Free ebooks (some suitable for Halloween BINGO 2017)

I need more freebies downloaded like I need more cat fur on their favorite chair -- but, I'm snagging some as backup because might be useful for BINGO squares.


Don't forget to also check the booklikes deals by genre category for potential freebies.  (Like http://booklikes.com/dailydeals/free/178/horror and http://booklikes.com/dailydeals/free/374/romantic-suspense ) And, of course, please support booklikes if buying new books from Amazon by using the link on the booklikes book page.


I downloaded (not read, not familiar with authors) these that fit one or more squares:


Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Ghost Story) - Lyla Payne Out of Time Series Box Set (Books 1-3) - Monique Martin  Runes - Ednah Walters  Better Off Wed (Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery Book 1) - Laura  Durham,Laura Durham  


Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Ghost Story) - Lyla Payne 

Out of Time Series Box Set (Books 1-3) - Monique Martin 

Runes - Ednah Walters 

Better Off Wed (Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery Book 1) - Laura Durham


I would have downloaded this free mystery one except I boycott books (unless an already fave author) whose Amazon descriptions are buried by quoted praises:


Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery--Book #1) - Blake Pierce  Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery--Book #1) - Blake Pierce  

Source: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/readouts/category/free-ebooks

Barnes and Noble Readouts: BLT with Fried Green Tomatoes and Shrimp RĂ©moulade recipe

Emeril's Kicked-Up Sandwiches: Stacked with Flavor - Emeril Lagasse

Sharing the Friday link (I'm allergic to shellfish myself).

Source: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/readouts/emerils-kicked-up-sandwiches-stacked-with-flavor

"Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like."

—Lemony Snicket

Reading progress: read 50%.

The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston

I could highlight and quote this one to death, LOL.


It's Erin-focused; predictably kick-ass and smart-mouthed with everyone else "they started it."


I'm really enjoying the read.


I'm also delighted to report the goat is still happily with us, now named Hilda or Daphne (depending on who you ask), and quite spoilt rotten.

Reading progress: 50%.

Wings of Fire - Alma Alexander

This is still giving off a very gothic air.


I know, the heroine is currently in New Zealand and a huge wealth of folklore, faiths, and myths are being mixed in with supernaturals from Celtic, Maori and even Russian lore.


But, it's quite gothic in tone.  Maybe because the "damsel in distress" runs right into probably the wrong place and person.

Hmmmm...gothic and supernaturals ... should have saved for a Halloween BINGO 2017 square.


(Just kidding, I like reading anything I win and quickly reviewing; I very seldom enter to win anything.)


I'm enjoying it.  But, I wasn't sure (still am not) exactly what I was getting into.  I like other books by the author so entered/won a Librarything giveaway of this one.


Bookclubs on Booklikes -- some September group reads that fit Halloween BINGO 2017 squares

The Germanicus Mosaic - Rosemary Rowe Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany See How They Run - Ally Carter The Tar-Aiym Krang (Pip & Flinx Adventures, #1) - Alan Dean Foster

Just from the bookclubs I've joined, some September group reads that could also work for Halloweeen BINGO 2017 squares.


 ? - whatever classic mystery gets selected (nominations currently underway here) for the Booklikes Bookish BINGO Club.


 The Germanicus Mosaic - Rosemary Rowe  for the More Historical than Fiction bookclub.


 Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany (spot on for magical realism and other squares) for the Virtual Speculation bookclub.


 See How They Run - Ally Carter  for the YA BOOK CLUB.


 The Tar-Aiym Krang - Alan Dean Foster  for the Adventures with Pip & Flinx book club.

Review of "Within the Hollow Crown" by Margaret Campbell Barnes

Within the Hollow Crown - Margaret Campbell Barnes

The subtitle for this book is "A Valiant King's Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty and His Love."

And valiant he is. The author is setting forth a clearly heroic tale. Interesting times making potentially for a good story.  I am feeling kinda force-fed what a valiant -- if naive -- young man he is. Author doesn't need to try quite so hard.


Overall, a decent tale of a little covered period of history that I would have liked much better if less sappy and slanted.  And if more atmospheric of the period -- meaning some very modern viewpoints crept in, not that I had major issues with the history or historical details.

"You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children."

—Madeleine L'Engle

Yay! I have my custom card for Halloween BINGO 2017

Source: http://booklikes.com/thread/3124/halloween-bingo-2017-rules-and-other-important-information

Reading progress: 31%.


Source:  Caressed By Ice - Nalini Singh  

Caressed By Ice - Nalini Singh  

One bad thing about Halloween BINGO ...

...is not wanting to start a book yet in case it will fit a BINGO square in September.

Source: http://booklikes.com/thread/3124/halloween-bingo-2017-rules-and-other-important-information

Reading progress: 26%.

Caressed By Ice  - Nalini Singh

Oh boy does this series develop in intriguing ways.  Sure, the usual for PNR/UF romance with a couple.  But, I'm loving the "what-if" developments of the Silence, the Psy, the Psy net, the "ghost in the machine," the backstory, et. al.


This one has more about Judd and the "Arrows" (aka the enforcers for the Silence), Brenna's aftermath and an ominous whiff of the powers that be trying to actually turn the net to ... well, spoilers.

Halloween bingo 2017: the spaces


This is the bingo card I created for myself, by way of example. Each card has 24 spaces, with a free space in the middle. Readers can fill the free space with any book that qualifies for any of the 31 squares listed below. You don't have to wait for the call to fill that space!


The 31 spaces:


  1. Locked room mystery: A subgenre of detective fiction in which a crime—almost always murder—is committed under circumstances which it was seemingly impossible for the perpetrator to commit the crime and/or evade detection in the course of getting in and out of the crime scene.
  2. Country house mystery: A closed circle mystery, occurring at a gathering like a house party. 
  3. Classic noir: A subgenre of mystery that includes authors such as Dashiell Hammett, James Cain, Raymond Chandler and Cornell Woolrich. Anything that also qualifies as "hard-boiled" will work for this square.
  4. Murder most foul: any murder mystery!
  5. Amateur sleuth: this mystery will have a main character who is not a member of law enforcement.
  6. Romantic suspense: any romance which has a significant sub-plot that involves mystery, thriller or suspense.
  7. Serial/spree killer: any book that involves a serial killer or a spree killer, no matter what genre/sub-genre it involves.
  8. Cozy mystery: a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.
  9. American horror story: horror, set in the USA.
  10. Genre: horror: this seems obvious.
  11. Gothic: any book with significant: a genre or mode of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance.  
  12. Darkest London: any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book set in London.
  13. Modern Masters of Horror: horror published in or after 2000.
  14. Supernatural: mystery, suspense or horror books which include elements that defy current understanding of the natural world, including magic, witchcraft and/or crypto-zoological aspects.
  15. Ghost: any mystery, suspense or horror which involves a ghost, or a character who believes that the events involve a ghost.
  16. Haunted houses: any structure or location that is, or is believed to be, "haunted" qualifies - it doesn't need to be a house.
  17. Vampires
  18. Werewolves
  19. Witches
  20. Demons
  21. Classic horror: horror that was published prior to 1980
  22. Chilling children: any book tagged horror, YA horror or MG horror that includes a child or children as a main character.
  23. Aliens: beings from outer space.
  24. Monsters: any crytpozoological or mythological creature that isn't a vampire, werewolf, or demon. Or zombie.
  25. The dead will walk: basically, zombies.
  26. 80's horror: any horror published between 1980 and 1989, or which is set in that time period.
  27. In the dark, dark woods: a mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book in which a forest/woods plays a significant role, or which has a forest/woods on the cover.
  28. Terror in a small town: horror set in a small town.
  29. Magical realism: a genre which  expresses a primarily realistic view of the real world while also adding or revealing magical elements.
  30. Terrifying women: horror written by a female author.
  31. Diverse voices: any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book written by an author of color.


All card requests will be taken on the "card requests" thread in the bingo group, which you can find here. I will be posting the spaces on that thread once I get up - this scheduled to drop at 5:00 a.m. my time, since I am the west coast.


You can identify up to 7 squares that you don't want to have included on your card. If you want to be surprised, let me know, and I will create an individual card by randomly excluding 7 squares.

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader

Halloween bingo: game format


Game Format Changes!


We're going to be playing our game a bit differently this year!


The first difference is that all of the players will play with a different bingo card! OB & I have come up with 31 reading "squares" that are focused in four broad categories: mystery/murder, horror, Stranger Things (the television show) and supernatural/creature feature. Each card will have a combination of 24 squares, with a free space!


Custom Cards!


So, how do you get your card? You ask me to create you one! I'll be announcing all of the categories in tomorrow's post, and you will be able to request your card with as much or as little specificity as you desire! You can give me the list of 24 squares that you want, you can identify specific squares that you don't want, you can ask for a focus on one or two of the four broad categories, or you can just let me surprise you! The easiest way to request your card will be in the bingo group, where there will be a thread created for just this purpose!


Bingo Calls!


Next - we're adding bingo calls to the game! Every other day, starting on September 1, 2017, OB or I will post the "square" that we are calling for the day. You do not need to finish the book before the next call & books can be read in any order. However, to "fill" a square, two events must both have occurred - the square must be called & you must have finished the book! Every square will eventually get called, so everyone will be able to "black out" their card by the end of the game!


Group Reads!


Group reads are optional, but are a lot of fun! We'll be doing two group reads this year, one in September & one in October. The September read will be a classic noir mystery & the October read will be classic horror. Further details will be announced on this later - but the good news is that the group reads will operate as universal matches. You can fill any square with the group read if you participate by reading the book and posting in the group discussion at least once!


Bragging Rights!


This game is just for fun - so no prizes. But the winners get full bragging rights, and reading and playing is its own reward!

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader

Reading progress: 84%.

Killer in High Heels - Gemma Halliday

Of course, another TSTL moment given that the article just published was about an ongoing undercover investigation by Feds and police:



Still fun, still enjoying the read — I'm getting disenchanted with the love interest's he-man rhetoric though and wish she'd put on some shade of lipstick other than Raspberry (and a coat of mascara 'cuz all she needs and is good to go -- nothing wrong with that beyond the repetition could get wearing or could just stay a running gag).

Reading progress: 77%

Killer in High Heels - Gemma Halliday

Yes, Maddie is quite TSTL. But, that's partly the point of the books so it's just funny.