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Welcome to my stop on the Pub Crawl (Blog Hop) and welcome to The Lodge. You should count yourself lucky because very few outsiders, especially norms such as yourselves, are allowed entry to the Werewolf Pack’s party headquarters.

For newcomers to my blog, I would like to invite you into the world of Harry Russo, a twenty-something witch with a peculiar affinity for the dead that gets her into all sorts of trouble.

The Lodge figures prominently in book one, Dead and Kicking, when Harry and her friends are invited to the infamous bar and, at first, it’s not quite what they expected:

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But there’s a secret hidden behind the tired facade of The Lodge, which it turns out is merely a front for the real party central – the Ice House.  A place where you can let your proverbial hair down and party like an animal, the Ice House has something for everyone: Cheap booze, top forty dance tunes, billiards, darts, and a clientele that just wants to party.

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So, step into Harry’s world and enjoy her adventures. There are four books currently available in the series (number five is in the works). And, while you’re visiting The Lodge don’t forget to try the famous stew and to drink, I’d recommend the Blood Red Moon (recipe below).

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Hell to Pay, the newest release in the Harry Russo Diaries, and all of Harry’s other adventures are available at your favourite online retailer.

Amazon   Kobo   Apple iBooks   Barnes & Noble

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Don’t forget to leave your comment below and JOIN THE TOUR by visiting the rafflecopter page.

April 24th: Romarin Demetri– Seven’s Pub and Plundery
April 25th: Lesley Donaldson— Bath and Barrel in London of The Queen’s Viper
April 26th: Debbie Manber Kupfer– Victor’s Dining Hall in London P.A.W.S.
April 27th: K. L Roth– K.L.’s Pub in The world of Royal Lies
April 28th: Lisa Emme– The Lodge and Ice House
April 29th: Lilly Luchesi– Crowley’s Pub in the Paranormal Detectives Series

VISIT THE EVENT PAGE for more information.

Join me on the Facebook event page on April 30th for the Hangover Party. I’ll be taking over the page between 12:30pm and 1pm (EST).

You can send tweets through the rafflecopter form every day until the contest closes for extra entries. Any link you need will be posted in the description of the main image in the Facebook event. You have until May 1st to visit all of the daily stops. Hope to see you there!

Join the Pub Crawl

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Join me as I help fellow author, Romarin Demetri, celebrate the release of Wanions of the Wicked, the third book in her Supernatural London Underground series, with a virtual pub crawl/blog hop.

There are six great stops, a new one each day, including one with Harry and the gang. Romarin is also giving you the chance to win a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card so make sure to maximize your entries.

The tour starts today so make sure to JOIN THE TOUR by visiting the rafflecopter page and then stop by the first pub on the tour. And don’t forget to check back here on April 28th for my stop on the hop!

April 24th: Romarin Demetri– Seven’s Pub and Plundery
April 25th: Lesley Donaldson— Bath and Barrel in London of The Queen’s Viper
April 26th: Debbie Manber Kupfer– Victor’s Dining Hall in London P.A.W.S.
April 27th: K. L Roth– K.L.’s Pub in The world of Royal Lies
April 28th: Lisa Emme– The Lodge and Ice House
April 29th: Lilly Luchesi– Crowley’s Pub in the Paranormal Detectives Series

VISIT THE EVENT PAGE for more information.

You can send tweets through the rafflecopter form every day until the contest closes for extra entries. Any link you need will be posted in the description of the main image in the Facebook event. You have until May 1st to visit all of the daily stops! Hope to see you there!

Tsundoku

No, you don’t have to say “Bless you” or “Gesundheit!” I didn’t just sneeze. I’m not sick. I’m just a book-a-holic, or as I prefer, a bibliophile. Turns out the Japanese, being the civilized people that they are, actually have a word for it: Tsundoku, the act of stockpiling more books than can be consumed. Read the full article here.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Top of the morning to you and a Happy St. Paddy’s Day. A few years ago I was lucky enough to do a whirlwind road trip around the beautiful country of Ireland and I thought I would share some pictures with you to celebrate the day.

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As you can see, we covered a lot of ground, sticking mainly to the coast roads. While I’m not as well-travelled as I would like, I have seen a lot of countryside, including a lot of Canada (some of the most beautiful scenery around), but nothing beats this road trip. (Click on the pictures below to see a larger view)

We started and finished in Dublin where there is plenty to see and do. Next we headed south to Cork and its surrounds including Cobh and Kinsale. If you ever get to Kinsale, I’d highly recommend stopping by Jim Edwards for a bite to eat and don’t forget to order the Banoffee pie for dessert (OMG it is to die for).

From Cork we continued to follow the coast and after a few false starts found our way to Mizen Head, the southernmost (and I’d hazard to say windiest) point in Ireland. The Ring of Kerry led us into Killarney and then it was on to the sandy beaches and stellar seafood chowder of Dingle (one of my favourite stops).

From Dingle we hit the road and headed to Galway and then on to Mulranny and the 42kms of biking/hiking trails that make up the Great Western Greenway. The walled city of Londonderry took us out of Ireland and into the U.K. and Northern Ireland. Rich in a history both ancient and modern, Derry, as it is also called, was the scene of many civil uprisings associated with the IRA and the Troubles.

From Derry, we headed back to the coast and some of the most spectacular vistas I have ever seen along the Causeway and Ocean roads that lead to and from the Giant’s Causeway.

Highlights in Belfast included seeing the murals dedicated to the Troubles as well as the huge Titanic museum (definitely worth a look).

Our final stop before heading back to Dublin was Newgrange and the 5200 year old (that’s older that Stonehenge and the pyramids) passage tomb.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane. Now hoist a green beer and dish yourself up another bowl of Irish Stew and have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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Beware the Ides of March

Most people know that March 15 is called the Ides of March and it is notorious for being the day that Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C., so I thought I’d talk about Caesar.

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No, not that Caesar, this Caesar, Canada’s favourite cocktail.

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Invented in Calgary, Alberta in 1969, the Caesar is a vodka based drink that combines clam juice, tomato juice, and Worcestershire sauce with a blend of herbs and spices to create a drink that is similar to a Bloody Mary, but with a uniquely spicy flavour.  It’s also pretty unique to Canada (or so I’m told), so if you are ever visiting the Great White North be sure to give it a try. Or if you want to try one at home, here’s a handy video:

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You don’t have to be clairvoyant to take a look into my thought process for Hell to Pay.

As our countdown to release day continues (just three weeks!), why not take a look at my Pinterest Hell to Pay Prop Gallery? I’ve pinned some of the clothes, props and other items relevant to Harry’s latest adventure there.

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Don’t forget to check out the galleries for all of Harry’s other books as well as recipes for some of the delicious, decadent treats on offer at the Full Fat Coffee Company.

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