Monday, October 14, 2013

Tuesday's Terrifying Tales

All three frightfully wonderful books recapped today will have you sleeping with the lights on tonight. If you haven't read "It" or "Phantoms" in a while, dust them off and relive the terror. "Bad Games" is a new release and the first in a frightening series that I'm sure you'll enjoy.
It by Stephen King :
You can’t really have a Halloween list of scary books without listing “It.” My favorite Stephen King novel is usually whichever one I happen to be reading at the time. "It" is truly one of my all-time favorites. If you weren’t afraid of clowns as a child, you probably became deathly afraid of them after reading this classic. Set in the town of Derry, Maine the story brings together a group of childhood friends. Reuniting, they are forced to confront a terror they thought they’d killed 28 years earlier. Fulfilling a childhood promise that was sealed in blood, they face old secrets, terror, and discover the strength of friendships made to endure the test of time.
Phantoms by Dean Koontz:
Phantoms is a suspense-filled ride from the very first sentence. When Dr. Jenny Paige and her sister return to the beautiful ski town of Snowfield, California their welcome is deadly silent. There are no cars or people out in the town. The drama escalates when they arrive at their deceased mother’s home to discover the housekeeper dead and her body covered with strange bruises. They soon discover that death has visited almost everyone in the small resort town leaving no answers as to the cause of their demise. Seeking help from the sheriff’s office in the next town they discover their best help may come from the man being questioned for murder. Together, the group battle unseen forces in this white-knuckle novel that will leave you thankful for nightlights! Koontz states in the afterword that he regrets this book being the reason he gained the title of “horror writer.”
Bad Games by Jeff Menapace: Patrick and Amy are taking a quiet family getaway to the family’s vacation cabin in Pennsylvania with the children. What could possibly go wrong? Well, if you add in a mixture of bad luck, bad timing, and the sadistic Fannelli brothers, plenty! When the brothers decide it is time to play a “game” where they make the rules, a dream vacation becomes a nightmare. A fantastic debut novel! This is the first book in a series and you will be anxious to start the second book Vengeful Games.

**Recipes You'll Hate to Know**

Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies


•1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
•1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
•1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp brown sugar
•1/2 tsp vanilla
•1 egg
•1/2 tsp salt
•1/2 tsp baking soda
•1 1/2 cups flour
•3/4 cup stick pretzels, broken into thirds
•1/2 cup caramel bits
•1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1.In a stand mixer, cream butter with sugars. Add vanilla & egg. Incorporate & scrape bowl.
2.Combine salt, baking soda, & flour. Gradually add to wet mixture. Mix until combined.
3.Fold in broken pretzels, caramel bits, & chocolate chips with a spatula.
4.Spoon onto a baking sheet with parchment paper.
5.Bake at 350*F for 11-12 minutes.
*Makes around 2 dozen cookies.

Report Animal Cruelty
Most people simply cannot imagine abusing an innocent animal and yet all too frequently we see horrific examples of how inhumane humans can act. Animals are not able to speak for themselves so it is up to those of us who can, to speak on their behalf. Just as you would if you suspect a child is being abused, please call and report animal abuse. Listed below are signs provided on the ASPCA website to look for if you suspect animal abuse. It is important to document incidents and contact authorities before it’s too late.
Physical Signs
•Collar so tight that it has caused a neck wound or has become embedded in the pet's neck. •Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds or an ongoing injury or illness that isn't being treated.
•Untreated skin conditions that have caused loss of hair, scaly skin, bumps or rashes.
•Extreme thinness or emaciation—bones may be visible.
•Fur infested with fleas, ticks or other parasites.
•Patches of bumpy, scaly skin rashes.
•Signs of inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails and dirty coat.
•Weakness, limping or the inability to stand or walk normally.
•Heavy discharge from eyes or nose.
•An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
•Visible signs of confusion or extreme drowsiness.
Environmental Signs
•Pets are tied up alone outside for long periods of time without adequate food or water, or with food or water that is unsanitary.
•Pets are kept outside in inclement weather without access to adequate shelter.
•Pets are kept in an area littered with feces, garbage, broken glass or other objects that could harm them.
•Animals are housed in kennels or cages (very often crowded in with other animals) that are too small to allow them to stand, turn around and make normal movements possibly with too many other animals.

These are the ONLY marks anyone should ever leave on a dog!

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