Something Wicked This Way Comes... 10/09/2019The Autumn Supporter Giveaway! Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway! The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere . and... A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop: The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum. I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…
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I cannot for the life of me remember the name of this book nor the author. I loved the book and it really stuck in my memory as an excellent book but not the title nor author apparently. I ended reading the book and instantly wished there was more but now my memory has failed me. This is a book about two girl friends who are pre-teens or teenagers. One of them lives in a magical house that changes it’s rooms and hallways. The two girls go exploring in the house and they find a room with a music box that opens a portal to another world. It is a fantasy realm where there is a bridge that goes from one world to the other. They enter and find all kinds of magical creatures. There is a town full of circus type people and they are all getting ready for a huge parade. Everyone is dressing up in fancy dresses. The girls are warned that they must make it back to the portal at a certain time to return to their world. The girl from the magic house has a magic pin that comes to life as a little fairy type creature who is snarky and gives them each little bits of info about the world they are in. The girls go to a store to try dresses on and have to hide from some evil queen or something who is out to get them. They run and cause a huge commotion at the store. The evil queen rides a magical creature like a dragon or something along those lines (a magical chariot maybe?) and eventually finds them. They fight her and win. Lots of other exciting things happen to them but these are the key ones I could most remember. They return to the house at the precise moment they left and it’s as if they never left. The girl’s aunt or grandma or some other relative who is her guardian tells her that she has been marked since birth as having some special place within this magical world but she has been hiding her from it all to keep her safe. The house had several portal entries and an enemy found one in the basement and they all had to deal with that after they returned to the magical house. The basement had all kinds of antiques and statues and mirrors in it with fabric coverings over many bundles. Can anyone please help? Does this sound familiar to anyone? Thank you! Marisa