The Awakening & Other Stories

by Emma Meade

Book Blurb 

Put on the kettle, close the curtains and curl up by the fire. Dive into 8 short tales, each with a slice of the paranormal.

Ghost Story – Who is the shadow in the window of the abandoned house, and what or who is he waiting for?
The Awakening – It’s time for Sabrina to wake up and face the light.
End of the Line – Cassie wants to die. When midnight rolls around, she stands on the tracks waiting for the train to come.
Milsa Loris – The once magnificent kingdom of Milsa Loris comes alive one night each winter. The King’s witch is brewing up a little magic, sure to make the soup all the tastier.
The Old Vampire – Hailey spent her life dreaming of a dark prince falling in love with her. He never showed up, until now.
The Knocking – Alison’s grandfather has one eye on the next life. After all, he’s heard a lot of rapping at his door lately.
The Boy on the Beach – Kate’s grandmother warns her about the boy with the green eyes. Will she pay heed?
Snowglobes – It’s busy at Calvin’s Cabins this Christmas. Eddie and Maggie are a young couple in trouble. Not to fear, Calvin is always ready to lend a hand.

My Review

Owl rating:

I really enjoyed reading & reviewing Emma Meade’s YA paranormal Under the Desert Moon so when she asked me to review her short story collection, The Awakening & Other Stories, I immediately replied to her email with a yes!

And thankfully her short story collection did not disappoint me.  It was short & sweet with a bit of a spooky edge.  I easily devoured the collection in one sitting.  The stories while able to stand on their own connect to one another with a sort of eerie paranormal thread that weaves all of the stories together.

I especially like “Ghost Story” it really appealed to my adventurous & curious side.  It was also held the perfect amount of bittersweet”ness”.

I also enjoyed “End of the Line”  a train + a death wish…such a spooky thriller.

So a huge congrats to Emma Meade for really finding your niche in the paranormal field.  If you want to buy they collection visit Emma Meade’s website for more information.  For $1.99 it is the perfect treat for anyone who loves anything with a paranormal or spooky twist.

 

Interview with Paranormal Author Emma Meade

Excerpt of “End of the Line” from The Awakening & Other Stories

 

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

 

The Weekly Fashionista: Holiday Edition

ugly holiday sweater

The holiday season is a great time to wear those wonderfully hideous holiday sweaters, and if you are one of those people, that’s great but for those of us who don’t have ugly sweaters/act like we lost the one given to us last holiday season (and the year before and so on)…this post if for you 🙂

Sequins

Sequins have always been an in and out fashion trend however this holiday season has seen more and more outfits with a “shimmery pzazz”.

lauren conrad khols sequin

One of my personal favorites is a Sequin Sheath dress by Lauren Conrad (Kohl’s, $40)…I recently bought it and am in love with it!

Gold

gold dresses

Almost anyone can work gold, a gold dress can be the perfect outfit for any holiday party.  

Below are two of my favorite gold dresses from ASOS:

TFNC Dress Sequin Bandeau - HiLo SkirtTFNC Dress Sequin Bandeau with Hi Lo Skirt – $96.75

TFNC Dress Scalloped Sequin Dress

 TFNC Dress In Scalloped Sequin – $58.05

Burgundy

Last but not least there is burgundy, the color of the season

Instead of a little black dress why not try a little burgundy dress…it’s simple and gorgeous:

ax paris sleeveless shift burgundy dressThen there’s my personal favorite this burgundy suit set from Nordstrom ($34.50)…I could definitely see Chuck Bass wearing something similar to this 🙂

topman skinny cotton fitted blazerTopman Skinny Fit Blazer – $280

Topman Skinny Cotton TrousersTopman Skinny Fit Blazer – $120

What are your 2012 holiday picks…do you rebel from ugly holiday sweaters???

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

Happy Wednesday – 12/12/12

mean girls wednesday pinkHappy Wednesday – 12/12/12!!!

As the end of the year approaches, so has come the day 12/12/12…the last of the last “repetitive dates”.  In honor of this finale I bring you some 12/12/12 humor, enjoy!

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And last but definitely not least…words from Ellen 🙂

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Upcoming on Whimsically Yours:

12/13/12 – The Weekly Fashionista: Holiday Edition 

12/14/12 – Review of The Awakening & Other Stories: A paranormal short story collection by Emma Meade

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

Continue reading

Writer’s Block?

writers block

Writer’s Block aka The Enemy.  Does it truly exist, and if so how do we defeat it?

Currently I think I’m having a writer’s block of sorts, or maybe a creativity block would be a better term.  It’s as if writing, editing, revising and eventually completing my first manuscript has drained the life out of me.  I can’t write.  I ‘m having the hardest time coming up with new story ideas as well as finishing my WIPs (work-in-progress).

Any advice? What do you do to come up with new story ideas and/or to motivate yourself to finish WIPs?

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

P.S. Speaking of draining…did you know vampires exist???

^if you ever need a laugh this should do the trick 🙂

P.P.S. Check back tomorrow for The Weekly Fashionista: Holiday Edition

–Patrice