Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Linkups: Dead Bolt

















It's Friday so I'm linking up with Book Blogger Hop from Coffee Addicted Writer, Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader, and the Friday 56 from Freda's Voice.

First up - the Book Blogger Hop Question:
Do you have a pet peeve about when someone posts a comment on your blog?

Answer:  I don't really have any pet peeves because I absolutely love comments.  That being said the comments that only say "Thanks for visiting my blog" aren't really my favorite.  While I like that they did take the time to visit I do wish that the comment would be a little more personal.  It doesn't really happen very often though.



This is the 2nd book in Juliet Blackwell's Haunted Home Renovations series.  I really enjoyed the first one but for some reason I kept putting off the 2nd one.  I read the first in Blackwell's other series about a consignment store but found it too paranormal for me at the time.  My reading range has expanded considerably since then so if I enjoy this one as much as I've enjoyed the little bit I've read I'll be giving it another try!

The Beginning:
"My father always used to say: There's nothing quite like a protracted remodel to test a person's sanity.  Still, one thing was very clear to me: The handprints on the ceiling were real, not a product of my imaginations."

From page 56 of my paperback:
"After another moment of hesitation, I reached up, grabbed the string, and pulled open the attic access door.  The whispers grew louder.  Was it...could it be calling me"

So what do you think?  Would you keep reading?

35 comments:

  1. I tried one of her books and it wasn't for me but I do like these snippets so maybe I should try again.

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    1. I really didn't care for her consignment store witchcraft series so I was reluctant to pick the first one in this series but I flew through it. So if you didn't try this series you may want to try again.

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  2. I like both the beginning and the 56. I haven't heard of this one but plan to add it to my wishlist. I do love paranormal. Happy reading!

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    1. This one seems to be straight up ghosts though she has another series that is broader paranormal. I really enjoyed the first one so I'm hoping this one is as good. So far I'm enjoying it!

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  3. Ooh, great excerpts! Now you have piqued my interest....thanks for sharing.

    Here's mine: “BELZHAR”

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    1. It did lend itself to some fun teasers! So far I'm really enjoying it.

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  4. I so would not go up into that attic...but boy would I be gobbling up a book that had that kind if mystery and nail biting tension to it.

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    1. Going into attics is really a terrible idea though I haven't found out what happened yet! I really wish I could sit down and just gobble it up but life is working against me!

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  5. Attics kind of freak me out. Maybe it's because I've never lived in a house with one, or that I watch too many scary movies...or if there was some freaky ghost anywhere it would certainly be in the attic.
    My Friday 56

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    1. I've never lived in a house with a full attic though I've always thought it seemed kind of fun. The attic in my house is the unfinished kind where you have to walk on the beams and so far I've yet to hear whispers from it. Ghosts definitely do seem to like to spend time in the attic!

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  6. Ohh...It sounds like a horror/ghost story. I get so freaked out by them because I am secretly afraid of ghosts. Well, i guess the secret is out now.

    About comments: I wish that people would make a comment when they visit my blog, even if they just said something like "I dropped by and had a look around your blog." Even when I participate in bog hops like Book Beginnings or Friday 56 I notice that lots of people come and visit and don't leave comments. I know this by my statistics. So, I always leave a little comment at least if I visit a blog.

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    1. I can understand the fear of ghosts. The whole appearing out of thin air kind of freaks me out so I'm with you! This one has enough humor mixed in to keep it in the cozy genre!

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  7. I do prefer it as well when people actually take the time to read the post, although I also know it can be really difficult to get through all the blogs in a meme! I love the idea of haunted renovated houses, it sounds like an interesting spin on the haunted house idea, adding something new to the mix. And the beginning sounds like fun! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. I enjoyed the first book in this series so I'm hoping this one is as good. I love anything involving old houses.

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  8. I agree about personal comments instead of generic ones. And especially the SAME one every week. Now that is insulting. :)

    I don't like paranormal either. This one hopefully will focus on the handprints on the ceiling and be a good murder mystery. :)

    In answer to your question, I definitely would keep reading.

    ENJOY your weekend. Both of my links are below.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

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    1. I've been reading more paranormal and slowly warming up to it but I definitely prefer a straight up ghost story. The beginning so far has been pretty good so I'm hoping it keeps going at that level.

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  9. I've never heard of Juliet Blackwell before, but the snippets you posted are really good, so I might look into some of her works.

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    1. She has at least 2 different series going. This one is more just ghosts while the other is a broader paranormal type. I really enjoyed the first one in the series.

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  10. I've had this series on my list to read for a long time. It looks so good and I love the teasers you posted.

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    1. Read it! I really enjoyed the first one in this series and the beginning of this one has been great.

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  11. Looks like a fun cozy series!

    Happy weekend!

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  12. I adore cozy mysteries. They have such quirky titles and cute cover art. I'm wondering 'what' caused the prints on the ceiling. Thanks for a new author. I'll be checking this out.
    Here is my 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/08/08/the-friday-56-31-bones-the-complete-apocalypse-saga-by-mark-wheaton/

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! I love a good cozy too and I've definitely been enjoying this series.

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  13. I've read one from this series, and it was very good! Spooky! I need to go back and read the first books.

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    1. I read the first one and liked it so I'm hoping this one holds up. I love a good ghost story!

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  14. Sounds like a good series. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I'm enjoying it. If you like ghost stories and cozy mysteries it's definitely one to try.

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  15. I've heard of this author, but have yet to read her. I would keep reading. There is another home repair series out there, but it's not paranormal like this one. I should think about reading it. I'm trying to tuck a cozy in between my darker and more violent detective books.

    About comments, I wish people whose blogs I visit and comment on--on a regular basis-- would leave a comment just once in a while in response to me. There are folks (a small number) who have never left me a response comment on their own blog (it's a bummer).

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    1. I've read a few home repair series and enjoyed them - Jennie Bentley is probably my favorite. I've heard Kate Carlisle is coming out with one which I'm excited about because I love her Bibliophile Mystery series. A good cozy is definitely a good breath of fresh air between darker books!

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  16. Summertime is a great time for cozy mysteries. This sounds good to me.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I definitely find myself reaching for cozies and contemporary romances in the summer. This is a pretty fun one so far!

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  17. I want to read Juliet Blackwell's series. Someday. I always am saying that. :-( So many books . . .

    I think your thoughts about commenting mirror my own. Just a simple "thanks for visiting my blog" with nothing else said makes me doubt the person took the time to read the post but is just going through the motions.

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    1. I know right! My list of books I want to read someday is insane. There's no way I'll ever get to them all because it's constantly growing. This is a pretty fun series though and a fairly quick read.

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  18. I am stopping by - courtesy of a blog hop via Jemima Pett. Couldn't have been a better day to do so because I love mysteries and love attics, so I might just have to read this book! Just finished The House at Riverton - it's an upstairs-downstairs sort of book, a Downton Abbey with a murder mystery.

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