What I’m Reading

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There are so many great classic books it is hard to know what one to read first. I recently realized that I had not yet read the original classic horror book Dracula by Bram Stoker. I’ve seen many movies based on this famous vampire character but had not read the actual book.

I’m actually not a horror movie/book fan but thought I’d give this one a try. (confession – I am a total chicken when it comes to horror movies so I wasn’t sure if I could handle Dracula). I was pleasantly surprised while reading the original Bram Stoker story of Dracula how much I really enjoyed the story.

The story is mainly told through letters and personal journal entries by the characters as they encounter Count Dracula. Here is a quick synopsis of the story:

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“There was one great tomb more lordly than all the rest; huge it was, and nobly proportioned. On it was but one word, DRACULA.” ― Bram Stoker, Dracula

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The story unfolds during the late 19th century as Jonathan Harker, a young English legal practitioner, travels to the castle of Count Dracula, in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania, to finalize the sale of England’s Carfax Abbey to Count Dracula. Harker upon meeting Count Dracula finds him a strange and eerie man – with a dark secret. Through a series of personal journal entries and letters, Jonathan Harker, Lucy Westenra, Mina Murray, and Dr. Von Helsing learn of Dracula’s secret – that he is a dangerous and powerful creature who’s lived for hundreds of years and possesses powers no mortal can claim and is planning to find new blood in populous London in order to spread the curse of the undead. One thing is for sure, Dracula must be stopped – but how?

This edition includes an author’s biographical account and listing of novels and short stories written by Bram Stoker.

If you are looking for a great classic novel with a “horror” story theme this is the book for you. Also, the ebook includes the author biography and a bonus story “Dracula’s Guest” by Bram Stoker.

This version is available here on Kindle and Nook.

 

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DRACULA by Bram Stoker & Dracula’s Guest

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The story unfolds during the late 19th century as Jonathan Harker, a young English legal practitioner, travels to the castle of Count Dracula, in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania, to finalize the sale of England’s Carfax Abbey to Count Dracula. Harker upon meeting Count Dracula finds him a strange and eerie man – with a dark secret. Through a series of personal journal entries and letters, Jonathan Harker, Lucy Westenra, Mina Murray, and Dr. Von Helsing learn of Dracula’s secret – that he is a dangerous and powerful creature who’s lived for hundreds of years and possesses powers no mortal can claim and is planning to find new blood in populous London in order to spread the curse of the undead. One thing is for sure, Dracula must be stopped – but how?

This edition includes an author’s biographical account and listing of novels and short stories written by Bram Stoker.

Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories:

“Dracula’s Guest” follows an Englishman on a visit to Munich before leaving for Transylvania. It is Walpurgis Night, and in spite of the hotelier’s warning to not be late back, the young man later leaves his carriage and wanders toward the direction of an abandoned “unholy” village. An intense storm forces the Englishman to seek shelter whereupon he finds himself seeking shelter in the doorway of a tomb. As he does so, the bronze door of the tomb opens under his weight and a flash of forked lightning shows the interior – and a “beautiful woman with rounded cheeks and red lips, seemingly sleeping on a bier”. The force of the following thunder peal throws the Englishman from the doorway as another lightning bolt strikes the iron spike, destroying the tomb and the now screaming woman inside.

The Englishman’s troubles are not quite over, as he discovers that his rescuers were forewarned by their employer, Dracula of the dangers from snow and wolves at night.

“There was one great tomb more lordly than all the rest; huge it was, and nobly proportioned. On it was but one word, DRACULA.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula

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Pick up a copy of this ebook to read for Halloween or an upcoming vacation (or anytime really!). You won’t be disappointed. This ebook contains a brief author biography and a bonus book – Dracula’s Guest, also written by Bram Stoker.

Get your ebook copy of Dracula today on Amazon.

The Best Sleepover Guide For Girls

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** Get a free copy of this ebook starting May 18-May 22, 2017 for Kindle on Amazon. Click here to find out more!

The Best Sleepover Guide For Girls

by – E.M. Evans

Plan the sleepover of your dreams! The only thing more exciting than a sleepover is planning one! Filled with awesome slumber party ideas for girls, this book guides party hosts from planning to clean up. Inside, you’ll find tons of ideas for crafts, activities, yummy foods and snacks to help you with your totally unique and super fun sleepover. This book includes examples of themed sleepover invitations, 3 detailed DIY craft projects and a big list of games and how to play them. You’ll even find the most amazing pancake recipe to make for breakfast the next day!

Whether you want to have a simple pajama party or go all-out with a theme party, this guide has all you need to plan the epic party you and your friends will never forget!

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This handy guide will provide you with tons of ideas to help you throw the best sleepover party ever! Maybe you are a single father trying to help your daughter host her first sleepover – no worries, this book will help you to make sure your daughter’s sleepover is the best ever.

As a mother of 4 kids I have a lot of experience with sleepovers. I love to host parties and have been helping teach my two oldest daughters how to throw a great bash with their friends.

I hope you enjoy the book – if you do please leave a review so others can hear what you have to say about this book!

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Ultimate Anne of Green Gables Collection

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Ultimate Anne of Green Gables Collection

Anne of Green Gables fan get ready – the Ultimate Collection of Anne stories + many more great works written by L.M. Montgomery, the author of the Anne books are now available exclusively on Amazon.

The timeless stories, unforgettable characters and beautifully written prose are what make the Anne stories and other books by L.M. Montgomery so memorable. Maybe your first time reading them you were in middle school and became lost in the story – dreaming of being Anne’s best friend Diana? Or you felt angered by the taunting and teasing Gilbert Blythe poured out onto Anne? This is a common occurrence – once you read the Anne books you can’t help but be drawn into the story!

** BONUS **  Included with the Anne collection is a free e-book just for you if your purchase through Amazon! The free ebook, Secret Garden Crafts, 10 Nature Inspired Crafts, provides readers with an inspiring craft project that uses natural materials to enhance the stories they read in classical literature. For example, Anne is often referred to as “Carrots” by Gilbert Blythe in the Anne books – the free craft book has a fun project where you make a carrot bunting! I find that this method is a great way to engage young readers so that the stories they read are brought to life through simple crafts projects.

Get your copy of the Ultimate Anne of Green Gables Collection today – only on Amazon!

 

 

Secret Garden Craft Book

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10 Nature Inspired Craft Projects

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Secret Garden Crafts, 10 Nature Inspired Craft Projects

Inspired by nature and characters from classical literature this craft e-book is inspiring and fun for anyone! Ten projects including step by step instructions and a picture of the finished craft help you create something special.  As you read books like The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables or maybe Alice in Wonderland and do the crafts in this e-book the stories are sure to become more memorable and truly come alive!

Click here to get your copy from Amazon today!

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

 

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Alice In Wonderland Collection

“Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?” Down the rabbit hole you go into the magical, curious and very strange place called Wonderland. Follow Alice as she meets some of the most unforgettable characters in literature including; the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Caterpillar, the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, the White Rabbit and the loathsome Jabberwocky.

Included in this great collection are three separate works by Lewis Carroll, each elegantly formatted for ease of use and enjoyment on your e-reader device. Illustrations included in the collection are by Sir John Tenniel and as Alice says “what is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?”

Each book has an individual Table of Contents that is easily accessible from the main Table of Contents.

**BONUS MATERIAL** The Secret Garden Craft Book by E.M. Evans. This special craft book encourages you to explore the Alice books further through fun creative arts and craft projects.

Get your copy of this great collection on Amazon

The Adventures Of Captain Horn

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Adventure, Pirates, Gold and Romance! Set Sail with Captain Horn on this exciting adventure

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The Adventures of Captain Horn

Now available on Amazon and as a Nook Book e-book! This is a wonderful story full of adventure, hidden treasure, pirates and romance. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do.

Adventure begins in the spring of 1884 as Castor, the three-masted schooner from San Francisco, slams into a storm off the coast of Peru on its way to Valparaiso. The fierce storm rose with frightful suddenness leaving the Castor a helpless wreck. The helpless vessel is left rolling in the trough of the violent sea with her snapped-off masts, shattered rudder-post and spars thumping and pounding her sides. Grave danger lurks at every turn for the survivors who soon learn they are not alone on this unsettled coast of Peru. The discovery of hidden Inca gold quickly turns this desperate situation into one the greatest treasure hunts of all time!

** Bonus Material Included** (with purchase)

Included at the beginning of the book is a detailed author’s biography. At the end of the book there is an informational study guide to assist the modern reader in grasping the importance of the unique settings and other era specific happenings that were relevant then but have little to no relevance today. It may help you enjoy this book more if you read the informational study guide prior to starting the story.

Shop for the book at Barnes & Noble here: The Adventures Of Captain Horn (Annotated) by E.M. Evans, Frank R. Stockton | | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble®

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