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Helicopter, snowplow or free range – what's your parenting style?

It used to be said that the difficulty with parenting is that no-one gives you a manual, but you could argue that adage is no longer true.From “tiger mums” to “attachment parents”, countless manifestos…...
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What's your parenting style?  So many things to consider!

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10 Classic Horror Movies

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I admit it. I am a closet horror buff. If I'm alone and flipping through the channels, almost every time I'll stop at a scary movie of some sort. Over the years, I've found a few favorites that I could sit and watch again and again.
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Why We Love A Good Ghost Story

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There is nothing like a good ghost story to keep you glued to the page and reading into to the wee hours of the night!
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Would You Take A Haunted Vacation?

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I love the paranormal and all things dark and creepy. I read paranormal romances (because just straight romances don't cut it), watch paranormal television, and can't watch enough scary movies....
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What Is Wicca?

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I'm still deep in my research for The Soul of the Witch , and now I'm getting into articles that mention the religion of Wicca. My brain sort of flipped through the things I knew about witchcraft and...
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Best Horror Novels of All Time

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I published a post on Ezine Articles last week, 10 Best Horror Novels of All Time , where I shared some of my favorite scary stories. For some reason though, picking just ten books was so hard! I...
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Do You Believe In Fate? Is Our Destiny Set?

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I have the habit of telling myself not to stress about things, that what is meant to be is meant to be, but do I really believe that?
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Missing the Books of My Childhood

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When I was younger, much younger, back in the days of Walden Books, I had a collection of beautifully illustrated books. These were glorious "leather" bound hardbacks with gold leafing. They each had...
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Why I'll Never Grow Up...

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Okay, I'll admit it, being an adult sucks. I hate all the responsibility, the huge list of "have to's" that get in the way of my "want to's", the high blood preassure, the creaking of all my joints,...
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Seize the Day...By Grabbing It By The Throat and Choking The Sh#t Out Of It

Seize the Day...By Grabbing It By The Throat and Choking The Sh#t Out Of It | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it
I can remember watching Dead Poets Society and then for weeks afterward repeating the words Carpi Diem over and over. It lead me to do many a stupid thing. In the movie Robin Williams tells his...
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Do You Believe In Fate?

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Do you believe in fate? It is something that I've been thinking about lately with the release of Possessed . With Possessed, everything was centered around Alastor and his belief that Becca was his...
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Review:  The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

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I've long been a fan of Anne Rice's work. Through her gothic tales, I fell in love with my first vampire, had my first taste of a romantic spirit, and now she's made werewolves sexy and poetic at the...
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The Stuff of Nightmares: My Two Least Favorite Horror Movies

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Okay, so with Halloween just around the corner, I thought I'd share two of my all time least favorite horror movies.  Yes, this is the stuff the nightmares are made of, both for acting careers and...
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Cover Envy: Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

Cover Envy: Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz | This Writer's Life | Scoop.it
Okay, I'm going to fess up to something I hate.  I'll admit it, I haven't read Witches of East End by Mellisa de la Cruz yet.  I saw the first episode of the new Lifetime series and then I went...
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5 Real Hauntings in America

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We've all heard the stories around the campfire of ghosts and haunted houses, but is there a chance that it is all more than just stories? Could it be that there really are spirits that haven't moved on?
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Witch Trials Around the World

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Do you think that Salem had the market cornered for witchcraft and witch trials? I sure did, but boy was I wrong! There were many other famous witch trials around the world, some in places I'd never even heard of.
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Reincarnation Stories

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As many of you know, I am fascinated by the idea of reincarnation. My Spiritus Series centered around the idea of a love being so strong that it could cross the line between life and death. Well,...
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What Is Witchcraft?

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So while editing Ever After (Gypsy Fairy Tale Book Three) , I'm still doing research for The Soul of the Witch .  The largest aspect of the book will be about the occult, which brings to mind the...
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American Horror Story: Coven - More Frightening Because It's Based in Truth?

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I am a huge American Horror Story: Coven fan. I love the supernatural elements mixed with the mean spirited female characters, but to me, the part that makes it even more frightening is that some of...
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Happiness Is...Apparently a Doctor Who Marathon

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So yesterday I finally felt all the strain I had put my body through in the weeks leading up to Christmas, my back ached and my knee swelled up nicely.  FINE!  I stretched out in my chair with my...
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My Latest Project...Think The Witches of Eastwick Meets Stephen King

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So, a few people have asked me about my next project.  I try to explain, but how to you explain something that is still just a mere germ of an idea? At first I was saying things like "it's a story...
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Don’t Be Creepy...Don’t Be Creepy

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So, that is my mantra for life. I walk around like R from Warm Bodies , telling myself not to be creepy because I might scare the normal people. See, I have a lot of twisted creativity.  I laugh at...
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Movie Review: Legend

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So my daughter is starting to like the same television shows and movies as me. She's always on the lookout for a new dark and creepy favorite which means sometimes we go back to older movies. While...
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My Favorite Book Boyfriend:  Lasher from the Mayfair Witches Novels

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Okay, I'm going to take a break from talking about the release of Possessed (a great book by the way...lol) to talk about my favorite book boyfriend! We all have them, those fictitious men that we...
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Gearing Up for the Release of Possessed with True Stories of Indiana Hauntings

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I am all about ghosts and spirits. I can't get enough of ghost stories and tales of hauntings, maybe that is why I wrote Possessed and the Spiritus Series. I just love a good ghost story! Since my...
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Why I Use Dreams So Often...My Own Recurring Dream Craziness

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It's odd, one thing that I so often read in all sorts of writing books, is that you shouldn't use dreams. Now to me, that's just crazy because so often my dreams reflect what's going on in my life....
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