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Friday Reads | A Frost of Cares

Sometimes all you want is a good ghost story and A Frost of Cares is that. I’ve read about 70% and I really like where Amy Rae Durreson is going.  A little while ago I read Spindrift and I enjoyed it plenty but this is better. Usually, a story is told as if the MCs are unaware of there being a reader. Here you are addressed at times, and Luke (the narrator) talks to his husband through the text. I haven’t really made up my mind about what I think about it, if you’re a romantic you’ll probably think it’s a nice touch, though.

Usually, a story is told as if the MCs are unaware of there being a reader. Here you are addressed at times, and Luke (the narrator) talks to his husband through the text. I haven’t really made up my mind about what I think about it, if you’re a romantic you’ll probably think it’s a nice touch.

Luke is a military historian, which normally would have scared me off—I usually stay away from military dudes, I’m married to one that’s enough—but here it’s perfect. Just thinking about empty halls in old military buildings has me trembling.

In RL I’m a teacher and staying late at work always scare the crap out of me. Mind you, schools can be scary too. There is something about the dark study halls, the automatic light coming on as I walk by, my steps echoing in the empty corridors that send shivers down my spine. You never think of it during the days when there are students everywhere but once the dark creeps in and the rooms turn quiet *shudder*.

Anyway, A Frost of Cares is definitely the best purchase I’ve made this week and if you like ghosts you should check it out!


Military historian Luke Alcott leaps at the chance to live in the seventeenth-century country mansion of Eelmoor Hall, home of the Royal Military School of Medicine, after being offered a job cataloging the school’s archives. Luke believes he chose the perfect place to start a new life and put his broken past behind him. But soon after settling into the old house, he hears strange noises—like footsteps—and he begins to suffer from terrible nightmares.

The only person Luke can turn to for help is the taciturn caretaker, Jay, a veteran of the Afghanistan war who carries an old battle wound. Together they try to understand Eelmoor Hall’s history and decipher what could be causing the haunting. As the weather grows colder and snow dusts the countryside, a child goes missing. Luke needs to deal with his own demons and learn to trust in love again if he hopes to face down the angry spirit and find the missing girl.

Friday Reads | Soulless

I’ll be brief today. I’m on my way to pick up a new kitty, but it’s Friday and we all have to read, right?

I’m reading Soulless by T. Baggins. I’ve read T. Baggins before both as T. Baggins and S.A. Reid. The first story I read was Thirst and, while maybe not the most logical story out there, it sure made an impression. There is so much blood dripping evil in just a few short pages that T. Baggins was endeared to me forever.

Soulless, like Thirst, is a creepy  vampire story. I like evil vampires, I like reading about the dark and gritty. I’m not usually into historicals, though, but I’m enjoying this one. T. Baggins language is enthralling, the worldbuilding is great, and if you fear the creature in the shadows, know that there is something far worse in the basement. It’s a long read and I’m pretty sure some will hate it—torture, rape, and lots of blood. This is not a time for sparkly vamps!


Book cover Soulless by T. Bagginds S.A. ReidA Man of Science

Nicholas Robinson is a chemist decades ahead of his time. Crippled by a riding accident and embittered by his injuries, he shuns the world, focusing on his laboratory and experiments. But when the sale of his country estate, Grantley, leads to an encounter with a vampire, Nicholas realizes there is more in heaven and earth than he ever dreamed possible.

A Creature of Darkness

Although three hundred years old, Bancroft Ulwin is young by supernatural standards. Enslaved by his cruel, deformed maker, Ban is forbidden from relations with mortal men unless it ends in death. But his liaison with Nicholas, expressly against his master’s wishes, soon expands beyond mere lust to something more.

A Love Predestined

Long ago while still mortal, Ban met Serafino, the only true love of his life. When death separated them, Ban accepted his role as an enemy of human kind. But as he comes to suspect Nicholas is Serafino reincarnated, Ban begins to question everything he once believed. Including his own damnation.