Add A Little Scare To Your Romance

Halloween is creeping up on us so in the spirit of the season, let’s add a little scare to our romances.

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4 Books To Terrorize The Romance Out Of You:

  • Darkhouse by Karina Halle – There’s always been something a bit off about Perry Palomino. Though she’s been dealing with a quarter-life crisis and post-college syndrome like any other twenty-something, she’s still not what you would call “ordinary.” For one thing, there’s her past which she likes to pretend never happened, and then there’s the fact that she sees ghosts.
    Luckily for her, that all comes in handy when she stumbles across Dex Foray, an eccentric producer for an upcoming webcast on ghost hunters. Even though the show’s budget is non-existent and Dex himself is a maddening enigma, Perry is instantly drawn into a world that both threatens her life and seduces her with a sense of importance.
    Her uncle’s haunted lighthouse provides the perfect catalyst and backdrop for a horrific mystery that unravels the threads of Perry’s fragile sanity and causes her to fall for a man, who, like the most dangerous of ghosts, may not be all that he seems.
  • The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James – London, 1925. Glamorous medium Gloria Sutter made her fortune helping the bereaved contact loved ones killed during the Great War. Now she’s been murdered at one of her own séances, after leaving a message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter.
    Ellie doesn’t contact the dead—at least, not anymore. She specializes in miraculously finding lost items. Still, she can’t refuse the final request of the only other true psychic she has known. Now Ellie must delve into Gloria’s secrets and plunge back into the world of hucksters, lowlifes, and fakes. Worse, she cannot shake the attentions of handsome James Hawley, a damaged war veteran who has dedicated himself to debunking psychics.
    As Ellie and James uncover the sinister mysteries of Gloria’s life and death, Ellie is tormented by nightmarish visions that herald the grisly murders of those in Gloria’s circle. And as Ellie’s uneasy partnership with James turns dangerously intimate, an insidious evil force begins to undermine their quest for clues, a force determined to bury the truth, and whoever seeks to expose it…
  • The Hollow by Nora Roberts – In the small village of Hawkins Hollow, three best friends who share the same birthday sneak off into the woods for a sleepover the evening before turning 10. But a night of pre-pubescent celebration turns into a night of horror as their blood brother oath unleashes a three-hundred year curse.
    Twenty-one years later, Fox O’Dell and his friends have seen their town plagued by a week of unexplainable evil events two more times – every seven years. With the clock winding down on the third set of seven years, someone else has taken an interest in the town’s folklore.
    A boutique manager from New York, Layla Darnell was drawn to Hawkins Hollow for reasons she can’t explain – but the recent attacks on her life make it clear that it is personal. And though Fox tries to keep his professional distance, his interests in Layla have become personal too.
  • Seduced By A Stranger by Eve Silver – Destitute and desperate, Catherine Weston accepts the summons from her childhood friend Madeline St. Aubyn to attend her at Cairncroft Abbey, a place of secrets, lies and murder. Madeline’s health is in a poor state and she is terrified of her cousin, Gabriel. But Gabriel has quite a different effect on Catherine, stirring longings and desires she believed long-buried.
    Gabriel St. Aubyn is haunted by the horrors of both his past and his present, horrors he conceals behind a remote, unapproachable facade. He is drawn to Catherine, but is determined to protect her from the tragedies that yet have claws sunk deep in his soul.
    Then a young woman is found dead, and Madeline’s ravings point to a link between this horrific crime and Gabriel—and Catherine must decide if he is a man worthy of her love or a sinister stranger determined to make her his next victim.

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4 Movies To Watch With Your Loved One:

  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • A Chinese’s Ghost Story – In this martial arts film, Ning Choi-san (Leslie Cheung), a traveling tax collector, takes shelter for the night in an abandoned temple. When he meets the lovely maiden Nip Siu-sin (Tsu-hsien Wang), Ning immediately falls for her. Unfortunately, Ning later discovers that she is a ghost who is forced to serve a cruel demon, and he resolves to save her from the evil spirit. Enlisting the aid of Taoist warrior Yin Chik-hsia (Ma Wu), Ning ventures into a supernatural realm to save Nip’s soul.
  • Crimson Peak – After marrying the charming and seductive Sir Thomas Sharpe, young Edith (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself swept away to his remote gothic mansion in the English hills. Also living there is Lady Lucille, Thomas’ alluring sister and protector of her family’s dark secrets. Able to communicate with the dead, Edith tries to decipher the mystery behind the ghostly visions that haunt her new home. As she comes closer to the truth, Edith may learn that true monsters are made of flesh and blood.
  • The Mummy with Boris Karloff – A team of British archaeologists led by Sir Joseph Whemple (Arthur Byron) discover the mummified remains of the ancient Egyptian prince Imhotep (Boris Karloff), along with the legendary scroll of Thoth. When one of the archaeologists recites the scroll aloud, Imhotep returns to life, but escapes. Several years later, Imhotep has taken on the guise of a wealthy man, as he searches Egypt for his lost love, who he believes has been reincarnated as the lovely Helen Grosvenor (Zita Johann).

This is just a taste of what’s available. What books or movies would you add to the list?

Here’s wishing you all a very romantic, scary Halloween!

*Book blurbs courtesy of Amazon.com & movie blurbs courtesy of Google and http://www.imdb.com

 

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Do You Like Your Tea Loosey Goosey?

Tea is consumed in about 80% of all U.S. households, either hot or iced. I personally love both hot and iced tea, but this post is not about the temperature of the tea you drink, rather the form of your tea. Tea comes in loose leaf style or packed in handy little tea bags.

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Which form do you use? Loosey goosey or handy-dandy tea bags? Whatever’s in the cupboard at the time?

Turns out there are benefits to using loose tea over tea bags:

  • Vitamins, Antioxidants & Minerals Broken and crushed tea leaves packaged into tea bags have already lost most of their goodness before you even dunk them into the water. Steeping whole leaf tea allows the water to flow through the whole leaf extracting the valuable vitamins, minerals, essential oils, antioxidants, flavors and aromas.
  • Flavors Generally, standard tea bags are mixed of lower grade teas from around the world so the flavors remain basically the same year after year. However, loose teas are generally more specialized teas from specific areas of the world. These teas vary in aromas and flavors from season to season.
  • Freshness Good quality loose tea will be fresher than the standard tea bags stocked on the grocery store shelves for months if not years.

Whatever you use, tea can be very nutritious, calming and delicious. I prefer green, white and red teas over the black teas. How about you? Which teas do you enjoy?

Check out my other posts about tea:

5 Uses For Used Tea Bags

What Could Be Better Than Cats With Your Tea

Tea is For Beauty-Inside and Out