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review 2016-11-12 01:10
The Polar Express
The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg

Written by: Chris Van Allsburg


This book is about a boy who lies patiently in his bed awaiting to hear the bells of Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve, even after he was told that Santa does not exist, causing the boy to question his own beliefs. Later that night he awakes to see a train outside his window and a conductor inviting him to board the Polar Express train. This is a magic train with dancing and children laughing and having fun. The children on the train are all taken to the North Pole, where Santa is giving away the first gift of Christmas! One of the boy's on the train got picked to receive the first gift, in which he chose a bell off of Santa's reindeer collar. Unfortunately, when the boy returned home, the bell was missing from his pocket. When he awoke the next morning, he found the bell under his tree with a note from Santa himself saying that he had dropped it on the sleigh as he was going back home. 


This is a book my family has always read on Christmas Eve! I love it and the message it brings along with it. I would read this book to K-3rd graders before Christmas break. I think the message of staying true to what you believe is a good lesson students need to learn. They should never let others tell them what to believe in! As an activity, I would have the students all write and draw a picture of what gift they would ask for from Santa if they got chosen to receive the first gift of Christmas! 

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review 2015-09-08 15:25
Seeing Evil by Jason Parent (Review)
Seeing Evil - Jason Parent

Truth be told I have been done with this book for a few weeks, but I wanted to hold on to this posted review until today, Jason Parent's birthday.

So here is said review. If you haven't read this yet, maybe you could find it in your heart to pick this up today to help celebrate Jason's birthday.

Imagine what your life would be like if you saw bad things happening to everyone you touch. Now imagine your closest friend is the detective who found you at a murder scene, your parent's murder scene. Jason Parent's Seeing Evil is an edgy thriller with a good bit of the supernatural sprinkled in for a little extra spice. This is my third thriller in the past month and I felt a little more in my horror element with this one. Parent really poured a good bit of his heart and soul into this title and it  shows. I really felt for our young protagonist, Michael, and his situation of being bullied every day. One day, his bully grabs hold of him and, with that touch, Michael sees the future unfold for the bully, and it is horrific. Michael, although scared by his "vision" has the general goodness of heart to try to stop it. Does he? Buy Seeing Evil and see for yourself. A lightning fast book that was not a disappointment for this reader.

There was a good amount of depth put into his two main protagonists. Jason Parent really writes the hell out of Michael and Sam, a hard as nails detective and close confidant of Michael. She has nerves of steel and a heart of gold. She helped Michael at a very young age and has stayed close to him through the years.

The plot to this story is solid. It flows like blood from a wound. There is a killer loose and Michael keeps touching the victims predeath. Can he convince Sam that his visions are real and can they find and stop him before he kills again? Especially when he touches Sam and sees her death at his hand as well. 

Pick up Seeing Evil and enjoy this searing hot thriller from the mind of Jason Parent. Enjoy the ride and race to its exciting conclusion. 

Here is the link for Seeing Evil.

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review 2015-05-11 20:15
Seeing Jake through Tor's eyes...
Seeing Is Believing - Chris Owen Seeing Is Believing - Chris Owen

This one takes place shortly after the events of Bareback and like the other short stories it's not crucial to the main story line of the books but it's a good glimpse into the relationship and personalities of these two men. Seeing Is Believing shows us a bit of Jakes insecurity about himself and Tor's desire to have Jake see what he does during their most intimate moments. Originally I had given this short story 3 stars but upon re-reading it I find it is definitely one of my favs and having a bit more depth to it I bumped it up to 4 stars.

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review 2014-11-10 00:00
Seeing Is Believing
Seeing Is Believing - Chris Owen Seeing Is Believing - Chris Owen HOT HOT HOT!!!
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text 2014-10-29 15:48
Beyond: Contemporary Romance with Ghosts
Trouble in Mudbug - Jana Deleon
A Wish for Love - Gina Wilkins
Body and Soul - Susan Krinard
Seeing is Believing - Erin McCarthy
Haunted Warrior - Allie Mackay
Freudian Slip - Erica Orloff
Dream Lake - Lisa Kleypas
Crazy for the Cowboy (Love at the Crazy H) - Cindy Spencer Pape
The Ghost and Cheri - Jacqueline Diamond
Haunted Chemistry - Lindsey R. Loucks


Pumpkin patches, haunted houses, and ghosts...fun! Here are more ghost romances for your spooky pleasure! These romances have ghost as leads, haunts, or secondary characters in an otherwise normal contemporary world. 


1. Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon 


Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law’s death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana.

Unfortunately, death doesn’t slow down Helena one bit.

DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into – especially as it seems someone wants her dead. Keeping his secrets while protecting Maryse proves to be easier than fighting his attraction for the brainy beauty.


2. A Wish for Love by Gina Wilkins


Bailey Gates is tired of picking guys loaded down with emotional baggage—her "Dear Bailey" days are through. But one look at the fascinating, sexy Ian Cameron and she can't help falling hopelessly in love. However, Ian has a problem that even Bailey isn't ready to take on. Because seventy-five years ago Ian Cameron was shot down in cold blood….


3. Body and Soul by Susan Krinard


Jesse Copeland, an expert in mountain rescues, has returned to Manzanita after years in the Peace Corps. Despite an indomitable courage that sent her rappelling down cliffs, she is haunted by the nightmares and shadowy half-memories surrounding her mother's mysterious death. Now she is determined to find out if her mother's "accident" was murder. What she finds instead is a man as transparent as air--sensual, muscular, his blue eyes burning into hers as she cries out one word from a place deep within her: David.

David Ventris, Lord Ashthorpe, late of His Majesty's Light Dragoons, is, simply put, a ghost. He's waited two centuries to be called back to earth by the woman he wronged. He knew her as "Sophie," a wondrous lady who sparked a passion so blazing that time could not dim the flames. Now he is being given the chance to guard her from danger and get back his soul--if only she will believe him real and not madness. If only she will love him enough to create a miracle...and give him life again.


4. Seeing is Believing by Erin McCarthy 


Ever since Piper Tucker was young she wanted to be like everyone else, but her uncanny ability to see ghosts always put her on the other side of normal. And the apparitions are showing up now more than ever, desperately seeking help. But what can she possibly do for them? They’ve already been dead for years. Besides, she has a personal concern of her own right now. A real flesh and blood concern—named Brady.

He’s Piper’s childhood crush, and no sooner is he back in town than sparks start giving off heat. For Brady, it’s hard not to notice the sexy young woman Piper’s become, or forget the special gift she had as a girl. And right now it could come in handy, because a long-forgotten murder has been keeping a restless spirit from finding peace. All Piper and Brady have to do is solve the crime to put the specter to rest. But the passion brewing between them is just as restless, and could prove twice as dangerous.


5. Haunted Warrior by Allie Mackay


Kendra Chase is exhausted from her work as a ghost whisperer, so she's been looking forward to her vacation in Edinburgh. But work awaits her as the tiny fishing village is being excavated, and supernatural uprisings have been reported.

Graeme MacGrath knows the source of the psychic trouble. The excavation is disrupting the protective veil between this world and darker, more ancient ones. He hates to admit it but he will need the fetching Kendra and her paranormal abilities to save the town he loves from unspeakable evil.


6. Freudian Slip by Erica Orloff


Everyone loves shock jock Julian Shaw…except the guy who shot him.

The raunchy radio DJ expects the dark tunnel, white lights—even his late grandmother greeting him at the pearly gates. Instead, he gets a coma, a spirit guide named Gus and a pushy demon with a deal. His assignment: Katie Darby.

Katie Darby's best friend just stole her guy! Now she's losing her mind.

All she really wants to do is stay in mope mode, but it feels as if someone is watching her, whispering strange thoughts into her head, making her say and do things she would never normally consider. And it's actually making her life better!

Now Julian wants another chance to prove he's a good guy. But he just might have to sell his soul to the devil to get it….


7. Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas


Alex Nolan is about as bitter and cynical as they come. One of three Nolan brothers who call Friday Harbor home, he’s nothing like Sam or Mark. They actually believe in love; they think the risk of pain is worth the chance of happiness. But Alex battles his demons with the help of a whiskey bottle, and he lives in his own private hell. And then, a ghost shows up. Only Alex can see him. Has Alex finally crossed over the threshold to insanity?


Zoë Hoffman is as gentle and romantic as they come. When she meets the startlingly gorgeous Alex Nolan, all her instincts tell her to run. Even Alex tells her to run. But something in him calls to Zoë, and she forces him to take a look at his life with a clear eye and to open his mind to the possibility that love isn’t for the foolish.


The ghost has been existing in the half-light of this world for decades. He doesn’t know who he is, or why he is stuck in the Nolans’ Victorian house. All he knows is that he loved a girl once. And Alex and Zoë hold the key to unlocking a mystery that keeps him trapped here.

Zoë and Alex are oil and water, fire and ice, sunshine and shadow. But sometimes it takes only a glimmer of light to chase away the dark, and sometimes love can reach beyond time, space, and reason to take hold of hearts that yearn for it. .


8. Crazy For The Cowboy by Cindy Spencer Pape


Tough-as-nails Sheriff Fitz Hall has learned the hard way that transplanted city girls are not to be trusted, so he plans to steer clear of the new arrival in town. Rhiannon Jakobowski has lived a staid, regimented life. Inheriting a bookstore in Shirley, Wyoming, is her first chance at independence, and she?s determined to make the most of it. Within days of arriving, however, she wakes up to find the handsome sheriff in her bed. Pretty soon she?s talking to ghosts. Is she losing her mind? Or is she just crazy for the cowboy?


9. The Ghost and Cheri by Jacqueline Diamond 


Former child star Cheri Louette, who retreated from the world to raise her orphaned nephew, wants to help the seven-year-old recover from his parents' deaths, but now he's hearing voices in the night. Is it possible that their old house came with resident ghosts?

Then handsome Sky Welton appears on her doorstep, ready and eager to assist. But a reality show paranormal investigator--also known as a ghostbuster--isn't what Cheri has in mind, either to relieve her nephew's fears or to tempt her vulnerable heart.
After the crash of her career and a painfully public romantic breakup, Cheri views her new home as a refuge. But her ectoplasmic houseguests need help from her and Sky to lift an old curse. Maybe it's time to take a risk so Cheri, and the ghosts, can enjoy their own happily ever after.
10. Haunted Chemistry by Lindsey Louck


When bookish college co-ed Alexis heads to the laundry room in her new apartment, she runs into Ian Reese, the chem lab partner she crushed on all last semester. And the guy who stood her up on their first date. But she’s down for an awkward reunion, and no better place than her creepy laundry room.


Ian has every intention of making amends, but just when Alexis begins to trust him again, a new threat calls more than their future together into question. A ghost from the apartment’s past is hellbent on revenge, and if he wants to get his girl, he’ll have to get the ghost first.



Let me know your favorites on this list and if any didn't make it!


To vote for the best of the best go to the Goodreads list: Beyond: Contemporary Romance with Ghosts. 




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