Thursday, August 29, 2013

Gothic September and The Arrow Chest Read-a-Long starts Sunday...Are you in?

The Arrow Chest by Robert Parry Read-a-Long schedule

  • September 1 (or before) - start reading
  • Week One reading is Chapter 1 - 6, ending on page 82
  • Week One discussion post will go up Friday, September 6
  • Week Two reading is Chapter 7 - 12, ending on page 167
  • Week Two discussion post will go up Friday, September 13
  • Week Three reading is Chapter 13 - 17, ending on page 251
  • Week Three discussion post will go up Friday, September 20
  • Week Four reading is Chapter 18 - end of book
  • Week Four discussion/final thoughts post will go up Monday, September 30

The Arrow Chest is available in paperback or eBook formats on Amazon Kindle for $2.99AmazonAmazon UKIndiebound

Hope you will join me!

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Happy Birthday, Castle Macabre! Celebrating two years with my Fall events Announcement

Two years ago, in order to distance my other favorite genres...horror and speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.)...from the more serious historical fiction/literary slant of The True Book Addict, I launched Castle Macabre. I wanted to showcase movies as well, as horror films are my most favorite. However, I tend to neglect poor CM more than I intend to so I try to remedy that by hosting events that happen around the scariest time of year...Fall and Halloween. So, Happy Birthday, Castle Macabre. You are loved!

And now, without further ado....

 In September, we will have Gothic September! A month of reading gothic lit. I'm hoping to get some guest bloggers who love the gothic in literature, whether it's a guest post or a guest review. If you're interested, leave me a comment below. Check out these lists on Goodreads for some gothic inspiration: Best Gothic Books of All TimeThe best gothic novels, ghost stories and early horror 1764-1937, and Best Gothic Novels/Suspense Novels.

Also, in conjunction with Gothic September, I'm hosting a read-a-long of the gothic historical fiction novel The Arrow Chest by Robert Parry. In addition, the author will be stopping by as a guest during Gothic September and offering a giveaway of the book! Grab a copy (you can get it on Amazon Kindle for $2.99, Amazon UK, Indiebound) and join me! I will post the reading schedule soon.

About the book
London, 1876. The painter Amos Roselli is in love with his life-long friend and model, the beautiful Daphne - and she with him - until one day she is discovered by another man, a powerful and wealthy industrialist. What will happen when Daphne realises she has sacrificed her happiness to a loveless marriage? What will happen when the artist realises he has lost his most cherished source of inspiration? And how will they negotiate the ever-increasing frequency of strange and bizarre events that seem to be driving them inexorably towards self-destruction. 

Here, amid the extravagant Neo-Gothic culture of Victorian England, the iconic poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’ blends with mysterious and ghostly glimpses of Tudor history. Romantic, atmospheric and deeply dark.

About the author
Robert Parry is a UK writer of historical fiction with special interests in Tudor and Georgian England, Victorian Gothic and Pre-Raphaelite art. His debut novel, ‘Virgin and the Crab’ appeared in 2009, and his 2nd, ‘The Arrow Chest,’ in 2011. His latest, entitled WILDISH, has just been published, March 2013.

A fresh and original voice in historical fiction, his work spans the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian eras, and combines reality, mystery and imagination within a well-researched and vivid historical setting.

Details, plus news, competitions and more can be found at  Also, various articles by Robert Parry can be found at

In October, Season of the Witch is back for another season! This year, I'm once again going to try to read some witch related books during October, but the event is really to focus on anything scary. I will be participating in my FrightFall Read-a-Thon from here during the event as well. Again, I would love some guest bloggers so if you'd like to participate by writing a guest post or being a guest reviewer, let me know. I hope you will join me and share your witchy or scary reads with me in October!

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