October 2016 Dewey’s 24 hour Read-a-thon


It is that time of year again for the Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon.  While my post is getting a late start, I didn’t get a late start with my reading/listening.  We had a few things to take care of this morning so we listened while we took care of them.  This is where you will find my updates.  They may be pretty erratic due to a Marching Band Competition for my oldest son.  I am looking forward to this year’s read-a-thon.

First Update 11 AM – Hour 3
Hours Listened: 2 hours
Pages Read: 62
Food: Dunkin Donuts: Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Croissant
Drinks: Iced Coffee and Lady Grey Tea
Books Read/Listen to: Mistletoe Games by Jaci Burton and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
Books Finished: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am reading from Oxford, Michigan
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Mistletoe Games by Jaci Burton
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I have not planned any snacks for the day.  We have things around here but nothing specific
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am a mom of 2 teenaged boys.  I have been blogging for years.  I adore penguins.  I love to plan and Bullet Journal
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I have done many of these.  Like the last few years, we have a Marching Band Competition so I will be in and out. My goal is just to read as much as I can.


Second Update  4 PM – Hour 9

Hours Listened since last update: 2 hours
Total Hours Listened: 4 hours
Pages read since last update: 112
Total Pages Read: 174
Food Since Last Update: None
All Food: Dunkin Donuts: Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Croissant
Drinks Since Last Update: Water
Drinks: Iced Coffee and Lady Grey Tea
Books Read/Listen to: Mistletoe Games by Jaci Burton and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper
Books Finished: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Comments: Marching Band Competition Done and back to full time reading.  I thought it would be pretty rude to listen or read during the performance so I lost a few hours but it was well worth it to support my son.

Third Update  7 PM – Hour 12

Hours Listened since last update: 45 minutes
Total Hours Listened: 4 hours 45 minutes
Pages read since last update: 200
Total Pages Read: 374
Food Since Last Update: Pot Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, pumpkin pie
All Food: Dunkin Donuts: Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Croissant
Drinks Since Last Update: Water
Drinks: Iced Coffee and Lady Grey Tea, Water
Books Read/Listen to: Mistletoe Games by Jaci Burton and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper, Listen to Me by Kirsten Proby
Books Finished: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, Mistletoe Games by Jaci Burton

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now? Listen to Me by Kristen Proby
2. How many books have you read so far? Finished 1 audio I had already started and finished 1
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Nothing in particular
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? A bunch.  Always do.  Just read when I can
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? nothing

Last Update Update  8 AM – Hour 24

Hours Listened since last update: 0 minutes
Total Hours Listened: 4 hours 45 minutes
Pages read since last update: 440
Total Pages Read: 814
Food Since Last Update: nothing
All Food: Dunkin Donuts: Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Croissant, Pot Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, pumpkin pie
Drinks Since Last Update: Water
Drinks: Iced Coffee and Lady Grey Tea, Water
Books Read/Listen to: Mistletoe Games by Jaci Burton and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper, Listen to Me by Kirsten Proby, Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne
Books Finished: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, Mistletoe Games by Jaci Burton, Listen to Me by Kirsten Proby

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? All of the night is I am getting old and my work schedule doesnt help.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I enjoyed Mistletoe Games
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? Nope
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I was not around alot
  5. How many books did you read? In some capacity 5
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Mistletoe Games by Jaci Burton and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper, Listen to Me by Kirsten Proby, Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Mistletoe Games by Jaci Burton
  8. Which did you enjoy least? none
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I will totally do it again. and hopefully read more.

Release Day Blitz Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign


The rust scented liquid oozes from my nostrils as I focus my thoughts on the rustic

aperture. There’s a tiny ping inside of my throbbing head, as if something has recoiled. My

oxygen supply is cut off, and my body convulses violently. I resist the ictal attack but my sight

and hearing simultaneously abandon me. I’m trapped inside of an electrical storm. I wait

ambivalently for it to pass and I lose track of time. Regaining my ability to swallow, the taste of

copper invades my mouth.

The sound of my bedroom window slamming closed startles me. Bolting upright against

the headboard, I scan for any movement inside of the eerily silent darkness. Seeing none, I walk

over and slide the pane vertically upward. I’m not sure if I had anything to do with the closure.

Probably not.

A foreign degree of heat rapidly spreads throughout my limbs, traveling into my chest. I

cough. My breath is like steam rising from a teapot just before it begins to boil — but somehow

it doesn’t burn me. Groaning, I completely undress and stand naked in front of the window.

Bathing in the crisp air, and hoping to cool myself.

It’s too hot for covers so I sprawl out naked on the bed, with my manhood facing the

ceiling and my hands underneath the back of my head. Wanting her. Deserving her. Growing

angrier by the second. My unembellished room is dark. Lit only by the supermoon. My cell

phone illuminates with a text notification. I angrily glance out of the corner of my left eye, but I

don’t bother turning my head. It doesn’t matter who it is because I know who it isn’t.

My thoughts begin their inevitable descent. I recognize that my Creator has set me apart.

It just seems nonsensical to set one apart only to watch their forceful and painful conformity.

My eyes itch so I close them and converse with my immortal. My every extremity tingles

as if I’m being electrocuted, and there’s a very noticeable rumbling inside of my thorax that

grows until my breathing catches. The wind howls, as if in response to my anatomical anomalies.

The spirit attempts to dissuade my thoughts with partial, believable hope that my torturous

suffocation is self-inflicted and completely voluntary. A debate ensues and my immortal departs.

I open my eyes as the itching subsides. My vision is distorted and my eyeballs are warm.

I blink rapidly to abate the calefaction until my sight normalizes. The wind fights with the trees

and they fight back. The wind — always the victor. I desperately wish the psithurism would

drown out the torturous sounds wafting with invasion from their bedroom. The soft moans

escaping her throat. What an actress. Their mattress squeaking. Offbeat. Quite naturally. Lame

ass animal. He can’t even do that right.

I should be inside of her. I will be soon. But for now, sleep will save lives and ensure a

perfect plan. I close my eyes in torturous anger, and the metallic scented sludge regathers to

block my sinuses, before dripping down my face — onto my cheeks.

The Scion Saga
Book One
Calix Leigh-Reign
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Nnylluc Book Group LLC                       
Date of Publication: 10/22/2016
ISBN: 9780997923988
ASIN: 0997923989
Number of pages: 256
Word Count: 96,910
Cover Artist: Calix Leigh-Reign
and Joshua Jadon
Book Description:
“Her crimson limbal ring glows and I focus my sight as the incandescence dims. I clearly see it for sure this time. There’s no denying it. Carly isn’t human. She’s something more – and if she isn’t human, neither am I.”
For those craving an untapped Sci-Fi niche – Opaque delivers in this gripping page-turner involving mutated Limbal rings, biokenretic anomalies, mental dysfunction, perplexing Russian ancestry & romance.
Cālix takes us on an adventure that begins when 16 year old misanthropic Adam unknowingly reaches biokenretic puberty, and his supernatural abilities awaken to save him from his murderous intentions. His every thought revolves around the extinction of the human race until mysterious Afro-Russian Carly Wit stumbles into his English class one morning. Adam notices something otherworldly about her immediately but denies the bio-synch taking place inside of him. As he resists their blossoming love, he battles with unnatural thoughts of his mother.
Discovering his origin isn’t what he’d thought, he becomes determined to peel back the layers of his lineage and unmasks a multitude of mind-bending secrets along the way.
Amazon    BN    Kobo
About the Author:
Cālix is the published author of the Russian-mutant, psychological Sci-Fi fantasy novel, Opaque. She’s a certified paralegal and has studied creative writing under English teacher, script writer and published author Larry Strauss. Her earliest literary inspirations include Alice Walker, Larry Strauss, VC Andrews and Stephen King. She spent a majority of her childhood in libraries and developed an intense relationship with words. She’s a member of YARWA and RWA and is currently serving as a judge for YARWA’s 2016 Rosemary Contest. She enjoys prayer, discovering the minds of those who rebel against social programming, listening to music, a great cup of coffee, exquisite ethnic cuisine, spending time with family & friends, attending movie premieres, traveling and the arts. She spends her free time in the gym, fantasizing about story plots and different ways of changing the world.

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/54011366-c-lix-leigh-reign  

Haven of Evil by Melvin Rivers



He turned to walk back home. A woman in a black dress stood a few paces in front of

him. The woman’s eyes were black marbles embedded in a sunken face. Her white hair hung

down over her shoulders like spaghetti strings, and there were more cracks in her face than there

were on a broken sidewalk. A foul stench seemed to follow her around – the scent of rotting


Kevin grimaced and held his nose. The horrid odor clung to him like stench on a

decomposed corpse. “What in the –”

“Leave that place now,” the woman’s voice gurgled.

He took a step back, fanned his nose, and spat. “You’re the woman I almost hit on the

road.” He narrowed his eyes and scratched his head. “How – I mean, what in the –”

“Don’t give in to the dreams or listen to him. You can’t defeat it.” She turned and pushed

her way through a hedge of high bushes to the right of the highway.

“Miss, what are you talking about?” He pinched his nose to keep the woman’s stench at

bay and followed her through a stretch of woods, coming to an open field. A steep hill was not

far away. “Hey, Miss, where are you?” he called, looking around. She was nowhere in sight.

She’s obviously crazy. I wonder if her family knows she’s out here. If she has family at

all… he fanned his face and blew out a breath. That smell… how did it get on her?

Squawking came from somewhere above him. Kevin looked up to see hawks circling the

area as if they owned it.

Kevin started up the hill when a hawk swooped down. He ducked. The bird soared past

him and came up squawking, wings flapping and beak open. Kevin covered his face with his

arms and ran. The animal’s talons, long and sharp, reached for his arms. Kevin sidestepped to the

right and caught hold of a wing. He hurled the hawk with all his strength. The bird fluttered

wildly before flying away.

He sat and breathed heavily while watching the sky in case the hawk came back. After resting, he

climbed the hill and surveyed the view. There was, on the other side of the hill, a cemetery – the

biggest he had ever seen. Headstones, grave markers, and crosses spread out over at least five-hundred

acres. He descended the hill for a better view. Something snapped and he fell.

“Oh, shit!” he screamed. He clenched his jaw against the pain and fought to keep back

tears. He pried the mouth of an animal trap from his leg and staggered to his feet, managing to

limp a few feet before falling again. He winced in pain.

A hawk flew down and perched on a headstone.

I’m going to die only a few yards from a cemetery. At least they won’t have to carry me


The bird raised a wing as if it was ready to attack.

“No, I’m going to fight. I refuse to die out here,” Kevin said under his breath. He

struggled to his feet. A knife-stabbing ache went through his leg. He went down on one knee. He

slowly shook his head back and forth. “Must go on.” He got to his feet and glanced at the

headstone. The hawk was gone. He hobbled to the hill.

I can make it if I crawl. A shadow loomed and covered the area in front of him. He heard

heavy breathing from somewhere nearby. He stood still, balancing his weight on the uninjured

leg. Something began snarling. He turned around slowly. Two menacing black eyes stared into



Haven of Evil
Melvin Rivers
Genre: Horror
Re-release date 10/25/16
ISBN: 978-1494317461
ASIN: B01384ES70
Number of pages: 265
Word Count: 41,200 words
Cover Artist: Artrocity
Book Description:
Haven of Evil, a book of supernatural terror, contains bone-chilling terror that is unleashed on an unsuspecting couple who moves into their new home after a flood had destroyed the old one.
When Kevin and Sandra Wilson’s home and personal possessions were destroyed by flood waters, the couple relocated to a town called Havenville. Things started out rough when they avoided hitting a mysterious woman on the road. Later Kevin was attacked by hawks in a cemetery where a stranger rescued him. Kevin and the stranger become fast friends, but later the stranger wasn’t who he had appeared to be.
After some tragic and terrifying events Sandra goes into a murderous rage not long after Kevin finds out about an evil that dwelled inside their house–an evil that will change their lives forever.
In this tale of horror, some will live and others will not.


 About the Author:
Melvin Rivers was inspired to write horror by imitating the writers of his favorite horror comics many years ago. As he grew older the works of Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and of course Stephen King grabbed his attention.
Melvin Rivers was born in the town of Luxora, Arkansas, and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He received a degree in Journalism from the University of Iowa. He lives in Cedar Rapids Iowa with his wife, dog and two cats. When he is not writing or surfing the web, he enjoys having a hot bowl of popcorn while watching his favorite horror flick on TV.