Author: mfred loves to read

nitratediva: Ingrid Pitt in The House That Dr…


Ingrid Pitt in The House That Dripped Blood (1971).

Got a new candy dish for my office! https://w…

Got a new candy dish for my office!



These two come as a pair, so I thought I’d upload them together. Just 9 more pages to go and then the book can be sent off to print!



“Raising Spirits” pattern for you! Feel free to save as your phone lock screen. *For Personal Use Only (PRO TIP: For phone background, edit & darken the design with your photo editor and your icons will be easy to see.) Enjoy!



How to start every morning. 

I mixed Trader Joe’s strawberry rhubarb …

I mixed Trader Joe’s strawberry rhubarb soda with pinot grigio. I am a flavor genius!



Aw yuss, it’s that spooky time of year! Ghosts…

Aw yuss, it’s that spooky time of year! Ghosts and goblins and ghouls, oh my! And what says Halloween better than a romance between a werewolf and the huntress sworn to kill him?

Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert is a perfect crisp bite of Halloween goodness. It’s got action, danger, hot hot hot sexy times, fist fights, a supportive and surprisingly tenderhearted hero who can rip you apart with his claws, and a badass heroine who really does want to murder him. I mean, c’mon. 

Chastity just wants to prove to her family of monster hunters that she can kill monsters too. And what better way than to kill the werewolf guy that keeps hanging around her family’s coffee shop, making eyes at her? Luke is a socially awkward werewolf who doesn’t know how to ask out a girl, even when she’s his fated mate (like Chastity). How excited is he when he finally strikes up a conversation with Chastity and even asks her out? It’s gonna be a great date!

I really had a lot of fun reading this novella. Chastity kicked some ass and Luke appreciated the hell out of her for it. 4 stars.

I read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein a long, lon…

I read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein a long, long time ago, so my memory of it is rather dim. However, I’ve seen Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein quite a few times. I’m not entirely unfamiliar with the source material, but it’s mainly through a pop culture lens.

But thankfully, you don’t have to be a Frankenstein scholar to enjoy The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kierstin White. No, you just have to be willing to be intrigued, horrified yet fascinated, spooked and maybe even scared, and to be left emotionally bereft. Because this book is a roller coaster. So much happens! And there are so many feelings along the way!

I really wasn’t expecting the emotional punch this book landed. The narrator is Elizabeth Frankenstein, a morally gray character and a somewhat unreliable point of view. I love a good anti-hero and with Elizabeth, White deftly runs a fine line between a character you love to hate and someone you actively root for. Through Elizabeth, White interrogates what makes a monster monstrous and what makes someone human and fallible. I really loved, loved, loved how White explores the precarious position of women in society during the nineteenth century and how that impacts Elizabeth’s choices.    

This isn’t a particularly gory or visceral book, but it is spooky and dreadful. It’s a little slow to start, but once things get going, whoa does the book take off. Some plot twists took my breath away and others I kinda saw coming. And I’m a gullible reader– so if I saw it coming, it must be pretty obvious. Overall, I was enthralled while reading this book, turning the pages late into the night. 4 stars.

Ahhh so good…

Ahhh so good