Monthly Recommendations: Monster Mash

A year has gone by since my Creepy Reads recommendations post and I have a few new books and series to add with the Monster Mash theme for October.

I’m guessing that, if you have been following my blog for a while, you won’t be surprised that I’m posting this last minute and that there is a decided lack of books, with one exception, that would be directly classified as Horror.  I limited myself to one book or series for each category (Picture Book, Intermediate/MG, YA, Adult), or else there would be two Adult books in the Horror genre: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger and My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (I just posted a review of his previous book that I enjoyed even more, Horrorstör).

So, here is October’s Monthly Recommendations for Monster Mash books.  As a bonus, most of these books can serve as inspiration for great Halloween costumes or year-round cos-play:

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Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix (review)

horrorstor_hendrix_quirkbooksAmy is drowning in student loan debt and trying desperately to keep her retail job, while waiting to hear back about a transfer request. Her supervisor, Basil, seems to have it in for her and she has no actual friends among her co-workers at Orsk’s Cuyahoga County, Ohio store. To help pay her bills, she becomes part of a group of employees who stay overnight to discover who, or what, is causing the mysterious damage in the parody of an IKEA store. There is Basil, the manager who can quote store policy, Ruth Anne, the 47 year old complacent long-term employee, Trinity, the energetic and sometimes annoying Continue reading

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

thebeautifulpretender_dickerson_tnzFrom the Cover:

After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Continue reading

A Love Made New by Kathleen Fuller (review)

alovemadenew_tnzFrom the cover:

Abigail Schrock knows God can make all things new, but does that include her broken heart?

It seems as if everyone is falling in love in Birch Creek, including Abigail Schrock. But when heartbreak descends on her already fragile world, she can’t help but feel that if she’d only been a little prettier, she could be on her way down the aisle. To make matters worse, Abigail’s two sisters have found love, and all Abigail can seem to find is the chocolate she has stashed away in the pantry.

Asa Bontrager has never had trouble with the ladies in his Amish community—his good looks have always gotten him far. Which is why he’s baffled by the call he’s received from God to pursue Abigail, a woman who seems determined to turn him away.

Can Abigail find the peace and joy she so desperately desires? Will she allow herself to stop running and melt into the embrace of unforeseen comfort? If she does, she may discover a love powerful enough to restore her hope in a promising future. Continue reading

The California Gold Rush Romance Collection, 9 Novellas by 9 Authors (review)

cagoldrushcollection_barbourThe Price of Love by Amanda Barratt

The Best Man in Brookside by Angela Bell

Civilizing Clementine by Dianne Christner

The Marriage Broker & the Mortician by Anne Greene

The Lye Water Bride by Linda Farmer Harris

A Sketch of Gold by Cynthia Hickey

Love is a Puzzle by Pam Hillman

The Golden Cross by Jennifer Rogers Spinola

Gold Haven Heiress by Jaime Jo Wright

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