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Scary Things I Did This Weekend

Wrote a lot. (Eeeeeeee ... the horror, the horror ... of first drafts ... eeeeeeee ...)

Got my photo taken. (Aaaaaiiiiiieeeee ... nooo, not the camera! ... aaaiiiiieee ...)

Watched “Night of the Living Dead” in honor of World Zombie Day. It was made in 1968, so it's in black-and-white, but believe me, it stands the test of time for HORROR, both psychological and visual! (Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh!)

Read an ARC of Saundra Mitchell’s Shadowed Summer, a mesmerizing ghost story. “Nothing ever happened in Ondine, Louisisana, not even the summer Elijah Landry disappeared,” is the opening line of the book. But the summer fourteen-year-old Iris and her best friend Collette decide to call up a ghost, too much happens in Ondine. Buried secrets come to light, old wounds are reopened, and a persistent ghost will not leave Iris in peace.

Shadowed Summer is not just a straightforward ghost story. It is a novel full of treasures – glinting humor, shimmering descriptions, and a beautifully realized exploration of that aching time in the lives of girls, when they are poised between childhood and adolescence.

I loved the book, and I highly recommend it. Look for it in bookstores in February. I can't wait to have my own copy, so I can visit Iris again.

In the spirit of Halloween giveaway goodness, visit the Feast of Awesome - we're giving stuff away right now. (ooooOOOOOoooo ...)


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Oct. 27th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
So glad you loved Shadowed Summer--Saundra is a stunning writer and storyteller.
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Oct. 27th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
Every bit as horrifying as you could imagine.
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