We have moved AGAIN! To our permanednt house: creepyshelby.com.Go check it out!

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So finally I took the plunge and ventured into self-hosted territory. I can tell you, it feels weird and I am missing my reader.  I am going to keep this blog up for a while though so that people visiting will know where to find me now. I am sorry wordpress.com I have moved on.

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Feeling Watched

Are the neighbors watching me?

Is there a ghost?

Maybe it’s time to call the doctor or a ghost hunter. I have no idea what is going on but I must say that something definitely is! It could have something to do with me being alone in a strange town where I have never been before, living in an apartment on my own. I just feel like a fish out of water and I swear to God I’m being watched all the time. It doesn’t help that my large windows, as lovely as they are with an exceptional view of the river, came without any curtains or blinds.

Also, a guilty conscience might be at play. source

For the past few weeks since I’ve moved to Windsor I wouldn’t call myself the ideal neighbor, tenant, or even citizen. I’m pretty sure the people in the other buildings have caught me having sex once or smoking weed and cigarettes out my window. It is not hard to see straight into my bachelor suite at in the night when I have my lights on. And if you happen see two silhouettes positioned closely together it is not difficult to put two and two together. Literally! There are also the dreaded binoculars. I wasn’t all that paranoid about that because I thought no one really bought binoculars. Then one of many hook up buddies joked about how he and his buddy had spied on a girl so many times using them and how that is probably what was happening to me!

And it is not just the townspeople I am worried about…

Late last night or I should really say, in the wee hours of the morning, I had this very puzzling feeling. It was actually much less of a feeling than an intuition. I couldn’t help but peer through the darkness at the kitchen. I was fixated on a specific spot by the wall where there was the white outline of the kettle.

A little voice was telling me that there was something standing there. I couldn’t see it but I could feel it for certain. Then I told myself I was crazy, but then I wondered if someone had died here in the apartment on one of the floors. He or she didn’t have to die in my room exactly, but maybe they had wandered into my space looking for company as I am sure everyone else was sleeping.

I was actually shaking. I’ll admit I took a Xanax and when that didn’t help I had some comfort food of potatoes and shredded spinach and beans. I even included some calming delta wave music in my emergency self-soothing session.

But are any of my paranoias valid or should I sue my psychologist?  What about you guys. Have you ever felt sure that someone was watching you even if you couldn’t exactly prove it? And do you believe in the paranormal?

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5 Romance Books to Read This Year

This blog post is going to be weird coming from Creepy Shelby, I know. I get it, even I admittedly feel weird writing it.

Truthfully, in the past, I hated reading happy-ending romance books. Maybe it was a self-esteem issue. Maybe I didn’t like reading about the perfect husband or boyfriend because I was sensitive and didn’t like putting those ideals in my head as I thought I would never be able to have that guy. So I am just really getting on the romance thing. I mean it is a thing, right? It is a thingy. XD

For some strange reason, people like to sniffle or drool over sexy boys or put themselves into Anastasia Steele’s shoes. Strange, I know.

Okay, it is time to confess something. I might be becoming one of those strange people. I am a horror chick at heart but there is something deeply satisfying about my latest fascination: ROMANCE BOOKS. Both reading and writing them I am guiltily having a lot of fun.

I don’t want to be a sell-out. And believe me, my brand Creepy Shelby will always be that. I will always write horror or at least weird books. But there is definitely something to say about romance.

Let’s face it, reading in itself is already a romantic thing. That shy girl by the river, knees folded, holding a book in her hand while the wind stirs her hair. The local heartthrob, joking around with his buddies until he’s caught off guard at seeing this mystical “unworldly” creature in the distance. He comes up. Askes what book she’s reading… That book will be displayed at their wedding. The name of that book’s author will be the name of their child. 😀 okay, I think you get my point.

 

So in saying that. There is a hit list of books I need to devour this year and that I think you might like. They just seem like awesome books and it helps that I already have them on my Kindle, hot and ready to be read.

#1

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Firstly, obviously, you must read Her. I had hesitations about sneaking my book in but seriously if you want both that happy ending but something that is true to life with a character you want to root for, then I do suggest this little bullet.

Blurb:

Tinsley had always been a free spirit, until one side of her face and body got badly disfigured in an accident that killed her best friend. She has always blamed herself for Becky’s death, as she had been the one behind the wheel. Now twenty-five, she’s down and out, most of her past friends are married or engaged, and she hardly leaves the house.

Then everything changes when she meets Jax.

Jax is sexy, tall, dark and handsome, and a dream all wrapped in one. He fills her with more hope than she’d ever imagined. But Tinsley is not used to feeling so close to someone and she’s going to need all of Becky’s help to be true to her heart.

Luckily, Becky is all around. She’s in the trees, the grass, the earth. Becky is the only outside love Tinsley’s ever known, and she’s saying it’s time to discover something new.

But can and should Tinsley really let go of her?

#2

 

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I have heard only good things about this book. I think it is time I get with the program and give it a try.

Blurb:

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

#3

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This is not a romance novel in the old fashion sense but more of a memoir from a reality tv-star turn socialite. Still, I read her first book Drinking and Tweeting and it was phenomenal. She is hilarious and so raw, honest, and personal. And she loves drinking which is a plus. I am a wine-aholic myself and I can remember what I loved most about reading her work was sipping champagne with it, and how it felt like we were just two old friends gossiping over drinks. Because crazy chicks understand each other!

Blurb:

America’s favorite hashtagger has gone through hell, but now she’s back, hilariously sharing what she’s learned—why a man would wear his hat during sex, why you should close your legs when you get out of a car, and why yes is the new no.

#4

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It should be illegal that I haven’t read this book yet. Enough said.

Blurb:

Charlotte Brontë’s impassioned novel is the love story of Jane Eyre, a plain yet spirited governess, and her employer, the arrogant, brooding Mr. Rochester. Published in 1847 under the pseudonym Currer Bell, the book heralded a new kind of heroine—one whose virtuous integrity, keen intellect, and tireless perseverance broke through class barriers to win equal stature with the man she loved. Hailed by William Makepeace Thackeray as “the masterwork of a great genius,” Jane Eyre is still regarded, over a century later, as one of the finest novels in English literature.

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Okay, I know what you are thinking, this is so yesterday right? But there are seriously people out there who have not read the Christian Grey books yet. Or who have just watched the movies. Personally, I feel like they should be better written but since they’ve basically exploded the industry ever since they hit the shelves, there is a level of respect I have for them. I have yet to read the third one but have seen all the movies. I am definitely going to try to be normal and finish the 3rd in the series. Isn’t reading them a kind of rite of passage now? No?

Blurb:

You know what the ducking blurb is!

I ❤️ Weird People

Mad Matter: “Have I gone mad?”
Alice: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
― Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland

Maybe it is not so much them I love but the fact that I am looking into a mirror. I might just be less sweet for saying I love weird people then. Who knows, it could be that I am self infatuated, and that’s all. Because I am no normal gal. Darling I am as weird as they come. Just ask all my exes. Wait, ew, never mind. Forget them.

If you haven’t read my debut book Something (Wisteria 1) then you might think I am just being overdramatic. But if you have you would know just how weird, messed up, and creepy I am. In fact I am not even obvious about it which I think just makes me more weird and creepy. I am one of those girls who gets a sparkly pink nail polish job while casually talking demons with the esthetician. This is not a joke. I just returned to my apartment after an hour of doing so. The nails are fantastic, The stories would scare you.

At first I was worried that I was talking too much. But I quickly discovered that the woman doing my nails–even though she wearing blue eyeshadow and a girlie pink shirt–had a dark inside. We spoke about our love of horror, how it frustrates us sometimes because everyone else are chickens and would rather watch corny romance movies. I gently revealed myself as being an author of creepy books and she was very much impressed. Casually speaking about voices laughing in my basement and listening as she told me of her Ouija board experiments was like drinking a cold glass of water. I felt like I was back in elementary school again where anyone can become your friend in two seconds because we were a lot less judgemental back then. And I just thought, I love this chick. She’s as weird as me! Or at least close enough.

Seriously thinking to make that a requirement now for new people wanting to get to know me. Not like I have anything against normal people. Well, okay, actually I do.

In closing, I give you:

Ouija Board Rules…

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Love weird  stuff and people too? Check out this crazy little bullet of a book, my LGBT thriller based in California. You don’t want to miss it.

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Kirsten and Ally
were meant for each other.
They go on a mission
to kill Kirsten’s ex-lover.
They enter one night,
the lavish home of Makayla Dunn,
her siblings, her dad, and her mother.
And under the stark moon
there is a grizzly encounter.
No one is spared,
not even the pet dog named Sammy.
But Dunn’s boyfriend and buddies appear,
and are not very happy.
There is yet a grizzlier encounter,
and this one must confess sadly.
For after it’s done
there’s no more Kirsten and Ally.

*Told from four points of views.*

AVAILABLE AT MAJOR EBOOK STORES.

Book Review: Writing Away Tragedies by Christy Aldridge

 

“Poetry is nothing more than pretty words telling ugly truths”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And so the journey begins into Writing Away Tragedies. Reading this book was like being on a roller coaster ride while catching glimpses of your own life. I felt like I was reading through a very personal memoir. Christy is witty, honest, and raw. I wasn’t expecting to feel so connected to the poems and finding so much truth and meaning in them. And it was such a great surprise. The poems touches on a lot of subject matters like love, heartache, family, self-harm, writing, and bullying. Most of all it is darkly romantic and a letter to writers everywhere. It is about things every young girl have probably went through or heard their friends going through. It will make you look at life in a new way and quite honestly leave you breathless.

I Needed to Get Away

First of all, happy Friday! Hope you all are spending it with friends or love ones. I am just an hour and a half away from heading into town.

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And… I am baaaaaack!

*slides into room on knees with arms wide open*

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There are a lot of instinctual forces that pull a person toward writing. And in my many observations, the most sensitive of us are the readers and writers, not necessarily the smartest but the people with the most emotional depth and intellect.

This same emotional depth is usually the driving force we tap into to write, read, and come up with amazing ideas. But it can also be the roadblock that hinders our creativity and productivity.

Maybe we are going through so much in our outer worlds (I like to call anything off paper the outer world). The inner world (the characters, and all our other imaginings) sometimes get jeopardized by the outer world. If you are like me and still have a part-time job outside your writing and have family issues to tend to (not necessarily speaking of kids and SO’s but just drama, period), this can especially relate to you.

I am childless and unmarried but my parents and I clash a lot. I am embarrassed to say it because I know how really bad it can get sometimes and it makes me wonder if I am just a shitty daughter. Anyway, for the past three months, my outer world had me stuck in quicksand. I just couldn’t think clearly and when I could I just wanted that time to relax.

Not only was there family feuds but I was dealing with an unprofessional landlord, relationship drama, and even health issues. So I needed to get away. And I ran far far away and yielded to some unsavoury lifestyles that I am not necessarily proud of or shameful of. It has nothing to do with drugs but I will like to keep it from this blog for the time being. Let’s just say that all the adult content in Something (Wisteria 1) could never measure up to the naughty things that I’ve been up to in the past month.

My place of refuge? Windsor… and I can literally see America from my sofa.

Never did I imagine I would be four hours away from my closest friends and family, completely alone in a strange town. Needless to say, the picturesque view of the Detroit River and waterfront properties from my window is all the inspiration I needed to begin writing again. Just take a look for yourself.

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Taking a leave of Absence Until An Unknown Time

Hello creepies, I always hate to disappoint. And it breaks my heart to say this, but due to some personal things that have come up recently in my life, I have to step away from this blog for a few weeks to a few months. I will be back as soon as I can though.

Shelby

My Poem for #blackhistorymonth

You called me your sweetheart

I called you my kite

I sail you to the moon

Where you find me

Floating over the night

But people don’t accept us

Some things never change

They want you to hate me

So we vanish out of sight

Yet even through the darkness

Even through the plights

No flood can put out

A love so burning bright

“Conspicuous”

– Shelby Lamb

Book Review Time: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Reading words written from J.K Rowling’s pen is a truly magical experience. Her language coils and flares like a beautiful plant that wildly twists around you. Harry, now at his second year at Hogwarts, must find out who is behind very mysterious and dark occurrences. And he must do so fast; the life of his friends are at stake!

I felt desperate riding along with Harry on his broom to unbury the truth in all the madness taking place. Before you know it, you are swept across England in a car that soon lands in a very angry, flailing tree, and into the Forbidden Forest where you meet spiders as big as houses.

The questions at hand are 1) Where is the chamber of secrets? 2) Who is opening it? And 3) What monster lurks inside?

Brave and determined to set things right again, Harry follows a sketchy trail of clues and past secrets to save his friends and put an end to the reign of terror.  4/5 glasses of wine!4 STAR