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Book Birthday & Giveaway: Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr

     Happy Book Birthday to Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr.

“Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments, dark and light, by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from under the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly.

From the gentle tones of a story-teller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with . . . or to fear.

Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it.”

I kind of have a love/hate relationship with the short story genre. For me it’s usually because short stories if they are well written…simply leave me wanting more. I want to know what will happen next, how it will end or just more depth in general from my reading material.

That was surely the case with most of the tales in Melissa Marr’s newest collection of stories filled with a plethora of unforgettable characters, differing styles and even what at times felt like a range of  time periods. Inside you will find a little bit of something for everyone from stories containing the characters of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series to the occasional vampire and even the almost folk tale-ish “Winter’s Kiss” which happened to be my personal favorite within the collection. In the end the volume is a array of stories  filled with variety of every kind, snippets of the darker side and tastes of true terror at times. It’s the perfect book to read straight through from beginning to end or to parcel out each night before bed. I can only hope we may see some of these stories later developed into much more by the very talented Marr in the future. Also if you haven’t- make sure to check out Marr’s most recent and only adult novel  Graveminder which I truly enjoyed a short while ago.

Super Book Giveaway

In celebration of the release of Faery Tales and Nightmares Stiletto Storytime is excited to be able to offer a special giveaway from author Melissa Marr herself. One lucky reader will win a personalized copy of Faery Tale and Nightmares along with a personalized copy of the recently released A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton. Giveaway ends midnight EST March 1, 2012. US addresses only please for this giveaway. Winner will be contacted by e-mail.

To enter simply comment below telling me why you want to win this great prize pack. Are you a Melissa Marr fan or a newbie who is intrigued? Do you love short stories or simply crave a taste of the dark side? Just let us know for a chance to win both great books.

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Blog Tour: Paranormal by Raymond Moody M.D. & Paul Perry

    Who hasn’t wondered about what happens right after death or about the possibility of an after-life? Most may occasionally think upon the subject but for Raymond Moody it has been somewhat of a life-long obsession and a true quest for answers to one of life’s most mysterious events- he has tried to solve it by searching through everything from modern day personal accounts to the literature left behind by ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Socrates. Moody is known somewhat as the expert on what he termed “Near Death Experiences” or (NDE). At one point in his research he was even nicknamed “Dr. Death”. He is now considered a world recognized expert on NDE. His first interest in death and what happens afterwards began at a young age which then lead him into a fascination with philosophy and psychiatry which he links closely with the idea of an after-life.

As to what to expect from this book at first I found the title somewhat misleading. I expected more of the paranormal or testimony there of. Turns out that happened much earlier on in Moody’s famous book Life After Life. This book is more about Raymond Moody’s life as the second part of the title suggests. In the end it winds up being somewhat of a memoir, autobiography and record of his work and life all tied together which may disappoint some readers who were looking for more of that paranormal experience.

However for what the book is, it is well written and not too technical in it’s scientific aspects. I found it to be a good read for those interested in the topic however I think I may go back to read his first book to get more of the informational type look at the after-life that I was more interested in. If you are interested in Raymond Moody however and his life and studies of NDE and the after-life, I think this is the perfect book for you. Just expect it to be more about him than the actual topic at hand. As with most books we usually find them more enjoyable when they are what we expected them to be. So that would be my only warning on going into this book for readers and their expectations. Make sure to continue this TLC Book Tour with other great bloggers here and see what they had to say about this book as well.

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Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

 The mysterious settlement of Near is on the edge of the wilderness; it sleeps beside the neverending moors. The moors that are occupied by the Near Witch—or so the ancient story recounts. But that was so long ago it’s become a fable, a mere children’s rhyme.

 Until the night the children start to go missing. The wind whips up in a frenzy, the windows open, and the children are gone without a trace.

Who is taking the children of Near? Is it the resident witches who have lived in peace with the villagers for as long as any can remember? Or is the new young stranger in town to blame? Strangers are rare in Near, and Cole does not seem to fit in; in fact his unnamable uniqueness seems to surround him, visible to anyone who bothers to look. And young Lexi sees this unamable something—drawn in like a moth to a flame.

 However, while attracted to the newness of the young stranger, the teenage Lexi fears for each child as they slip into the night and disappear. After the death of her father, Lexi feels it is up to her to protect her family and sees herself as the strongest link to their survival. After all, she fears for her younger sister, Wren, who seems defenseless against this unseen enemy.

 A product of her deceased father’s love of nature, appreciation for the ways of creation, and respectful of the power of witches, Lexi seems to speak the language of the moors.

 They say witches are born not made, but Lexi and her father share an uncanny ability to track animals and identify with the natural world that surrounds them in the tiny village of Near—so much so that her father was once known as “The Protector” of the community and its surrounding moors. And yet can Lexi help locate a kidnapper who seems to ride the wind, leaving no trace behind?

 In this fascinating tale of nature and lore, author Victoria Schwab has dazzled with her debut novel. Dotted with historical references and an ancient sensibility, yet taking place in a time unspecified, this story about a strong young girl who embraces her surroundings and talents will appeal to young adult readers. Creating a strong central character and a deeply rooted sense of context, Ms. Schwab has evoked a story that will have readers reading into the night, hungry to solve the mystery of the witch of Near.

 The Near Witch is a story that seems to unfold as organically as the wilderness it is set in. It is destined to become a classic.

The Near Witch will be released on August 2, 2011.

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Review: Graveminder by Melissa Marr

  Every town may have a pastor or priest, a funeral home and a cemetery to help the transition of the living into death but not many have a Graveminder like Claysville.  Then again most small towns do not also have a deal with the underworld regarding its citizens and their mortality.

Currently life long resident Maylene is in charge of continuing the Barrow family’s duty of keeping the dead of the town in the ground. However when one of the town’s dead is neglected in a heinous crime everything will soon change. The teenage girl Daisha is dead. Daisha is also hungry for both peace in her no longer living state and for mortal flesh. After an unfortunate “accident” a new Graveminder will have to come forth and be chosen as another chapter in the saga of Claysville and its deal with the devil begins.

Trying to unlock the key to the town’s secrets and the loss of a loved one, Rebekkah stumbles unaware upon a destiny that will take her and life long love interest Byron on a journey of unimaginable proportions. A successor must rid the town of a creature no longer living but still inflicting death in her search for peace. At her side will be the Undertaker to see her through to a place she could never imagine. A whole other world that exists beyond our own that is fanciful and yet eerie and perverse all at once.

In Melissa Marr’s latest book readers get a peek into the modern world of zombies that manages to be a combination of both sophisticated and traditional storytelling with a zombie twist.  The imaginative weaving of folk tale and horror story come together to create a story of unique and unending possibility.

Secrets are hidden all over the town of Claysville but they are only six feet deep in many places and some have trouble “staying where you put them”. Get ready for an interesting take on the dead that won’t remain that way from the bestselling young adult author of The Wicked Lovely series.

Adult readers will find they are in for a true treat as author Melissa Marr steps into the world of adult literature with a greatly unexpectedly one of a kind debut.

Graveminder by Melissa Marr will be released on May 17, 2011.

As a special offer you can pre-order Graveminder by Melissa Marr from BookPerk  by May 16th and get a free “Graveminder” themed engraved flask.

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