Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Witching Hour Blog Hop! [Giveaways and My Halloween themed "cocktail"! :)]

Thanks for stopping by for The Witching Hour Blog Hop!
What better way to celebrate Halloween than with witch and magical themed books? And a chance to win an $50 Amazon Gift Card?

 Discoveries can be dangerous. Discoveries can be deadly. Nine months ago, Teagan Matthews' boyfriend disappeared and took her sense of stability with him. But when the opportunity to live with her aging grandmother in Salem arises, she decides it's time to get on with her life. A new home, new job, and new friends are adding up to a beautiful summer... ...until a young girl's body shows up one night in town, wearing a pentagram necklace exactly like Teagan's. Now a guy looking remarkably like her missing boyfriend has arrived in Salem along with a mysterious stranger who may have some answers that Teagan has desperately been searching for. Teagan must now decide who to trust. It's a matter of life... and her death. 

 I'm disfigured. Scarred. Ugly. When I look in the mirror, I see a stranger. When I look over my shoulder, no one's there… Yet I feel watched. Hunted. Afraid. And then he tells me I’m beautiful. He tells me I’m safe. I believe him. Until someone tries to kill me. Secrets abound, danger is near, and still… my heart desires a boy with whiskey-colored eyes and far too many secrets. Secrets that could cost me my life. To stay alive I have to look deep, beneath the masks everyone wears, to find the truth. To find myself.   

 t’s only the end of the world at stake … Nathan’s job for the past three thousand years has been to clean up supernatural messes. Jaded, ruthlessly effective and selfless, he’s seen it all and can handle anything - demons, homicidal angels, even bad bosses. His latest challenge: A creature named Shadowman is seeking out the three keys it believes will open portals between earth and hell. Nathan must eliminate the human host guiding Shadowman to the keys. Except Nathan isn’t expecting the woman anchoring Shadowman to the human world to be beautiful, witty, innocent and completely unaware of the creature manipulating her. Worse, she makes him feel alive for the first time in his long existence, and he haphazardly discovers she’s meant to become the love of his life. Life becomes more complicated when Nathan helps rescue one of the key holders, a deaf girl charged with protecting the secret of who Shadowman really is: the first of four demons headed to the human world, intent on bringing about the Apocalypse. They will succeed, unless Nathan kills the woman he loves, and sends the demon back to Hell. 

 A young adult epic fantasy set in a colourful medieval world. Embark on a treacherous journey into the unknown. Unseen (Book 2) and Unleashed (Book 3) also available. ***** One prophecy...Two seekers...A journey into the UNKNOWN. ***** Darkness is covering the land. As the city of Mezrah grows with power and greed, the rest of the world can only stand by and wait for their inevitable destruction. The only hope against this growing power is an ancient prophecy that people have stopped believing in. Then a star begins to fall. Princess Kyla of Taramon stopped trusting in the power of light the day her father died. Trapped in a city she does not care for, under the watchful glare of her mother, the queen, she struggles to accept her fate. Then a star begins to fall. Jethro has loved Kyla for as long as he can remember. Learning that she was to marry his cousin drove a wedge between him and the feisty princess. Watching her from a distance is a torture he is unable to free himself from. Then a star begins to fall, sparking an ember of hope and sending these two seekers on a treacherous journey into the unknown. 

Young Adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy novel.
Two Seattle 16-year-olds, Jatred and Jasmira, are not your typical star-crossed lovers. They are not even your typical Shape Shifters. Sure, they try to live an ordinary life. At least, as ordinary as the Prince and the Princess of the rivaling ancient Races--the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards--can live. But eventually they learn that not much about their existence can be normal. Especially when the Races' two commanding Goddesses are involved.
One of the Goddesses is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means kicking Jatred and Jasmira's love to the curb. Nothing is off limits, including removing Jatred's memories of Jasmira. To complicate things even more, there are the Universe's powers to consider. They are trapped in an ancient Amulet in order to protect the stability of the world. But the Universe has a mind of its own, and when the powers are unleashed, the forces of nature are disturbed; earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions shake the Earth. All Shifters of both Races are summoned by their respective Goddesses to fight in the name of, or against, the normalcy of the world. 

 Joclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn't know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn't want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won't let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to. The scar is the reason she is being hunted. If only she knew that she was. If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air. Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; only he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.
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My Halloween themed cocktail...

I believe I am suppose to share an "adult" Halloween beverage with you guys, but since my days are filled with kiddos, I thought this drink best showed what I do everyday. :)  Well... my blog name is
**Credit for this drink and pictures goes to THE HOUSE OF SMITHS**

These drinks are a bit on the sugary side, so the smaller jars or cups work better for each serving. And if you want to cut back on the sugar, you can also use club soda, instead of lemon-lime soda.

Here's what you'll need: 
Small canning jars (mine had texture, but I recommend smooth ones)
Vinyl pumpkin face decals or black paper cutouts w/ glue
Orange Juice
Lemon-lime Soda
Pineapple Juice
and Orange Sherbet

Step 1: Apply your vinyl stickers onto your jar to make whatever pumpkin face you choose. Textured jars are a bit trickier to work with, because there are bumps and grooves, so you might want to pick a jar with a smooth finish. (this is just what I had on hand). I've also seen simple black paper cutouts used for this project, with a bit of hot glue dabbed on the back to adhere them to the cups/glass.

Step 2: Mix 2 cups of orange juice and 1 cup of pineapple juice together in a pitcher.

Step 3: Scoop the orange sherbet into your jars, filling them up about 3/4ths of the way.

Step 4: Fill your jars halfway with the orange juice/pineapple mixture.

Step 5: Top the rest of your drink with lemon-lime soda, attach lids and add a green straw for the "stem" and you're done!

- See more at: THE HOUSE OF SMITHS


Unknown said...

Favorite Scary Movie By far is The Shinning

Unknown said...

Favorite Scary Movie By far is The Shinning

Stormy Vixen said...

My favorite scary movie is Salem's Lot (the original) Happy Halloween! Thanks for sharing the drink, the kids will love it. Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

Janhvi said...

Paranormal Activity.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Kat said...

I loved The Cabin in the Woods (Joss Whedon's horror movie).
Thanks for the giveaway and sharing a delicious looking drink! :)

Sarah said...

My favorite scary movie is probably IT even though it creeps me out (that clown ugh). Thank you for the giveaway and sharing that drink, it sounds delicious!

nurmawati djuhawan said...


Anonymous said...

The Shining!

Natasha said...

House of 1000 Corpses.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Unknown said...

I like nightmare on elm street.