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5 Books Ripped Straight from the Headlines

There’s nothing as bone-chillingly terrifying as reading a book that seems to have been ripped straight from the headlines of a news story. Sure, they may be devoid of ghosts and other “scary” things, but there’s so much truth in the words and stories that the haunting tales stay long after you wish you could forget them. These are the stories that stay with you because they’re 100% possible. They make you question everything about yourself and your future.

The Gold Digger (True Colors Book 9) by Liz Tolsma Men Are Disappearing in LaPorte, Indiana… In 1907, shy but loyal Ingrid Storset travels from Norway to support her grieving sister, Belle Gunness, who owns a farm in LaPorte, Indiana. Well-to-do widow Belle, who has lost two husbands and several children, provides Ingrid with enough money to start a small business. But Ingrid is confused by the string of men Belle claims to be interviewing for her next husband. When Nils Lindherud comes to town looking for his missing brother, who said he was going to marry Belle, Ingrid has a sinking feeling her sister is up to no good. Amazon Goodreads

The Last Laugh: A Haunting Ghost Story Based On True Events by Michelle Dorey Some secrets should have stayed buried… Finding the century home in the idyllic lakeside town of Westport was the best thing that could have happened to Sharon. She’d turn it into a B&B and finally run her own business. Who said that it was all downhill at fifty? This is a change of life all right—a change for the better. She and Peter could slide right into being empty nesters. Except…the Victorian era place isn’t quite as vacant as they thought. It begins with puzzling events like a TV set turning on by itself…then some flickering lights…nothing big, just new house jitters, right? The house was just a new home Sharon would get used to. They’d get an electrician in, and that would be that. Or is it something else? Years ago, Liam Gallagher, a hard-working man who loved practical jokes and pranks died in a tragic accident. Or was it an accident? Amazon Goodreads

Life with the Afterlife: 13 Truths I Learned about Ghosts by Amy Bruni Amy Bruni, co-star of Kindred Spirits and one of the world's leading paranormal investigators, has learned a lot about ghosts over her years of research and first-hand experience. Now, in Life with the Afterlife, she shares the insight she has gleaned and how it has shaped her unique approach to interacting with the spirits of the dead and those who encounter them. Amazon Goodreads

Strange Things In The Woods: A Collection of Terrifying Tales by Steve Stockton SOMETHING STRANGE LURKS JUST BEYOND THE WOODLINE… The woods and forests can be a true dichotomy of experiences. For many, they offer a peaceful connection to nature, but for some, they have been a source of terror. In the shadows of towering trees and hidden in the brush, these unlucky few have encountered creatures or monsters that most think only inhabit our nightmares. Steve Stockton, a veteran outdoorsman, and paranormal researcher has put together a vast collection of over eighty terrifying, odd and strange encounters. These chilling tales may leave you questioning whether you ever want to journey into the woods again. Amazon Goodreads

True Tales of Unexplained Mysteries by Steph Young Please join me for some true tales of unexplained mysteries of the most cryptic kind. Is there a Time Machine in Brompton Cemetery? What was ‘The Beast of Mons? Who was Ingrid Cold? Who or what was ‘Subject C?’ What was the real secret between Queen Victoria and John Brown? Who was the Vampire of Brompton Cemetery? The Mystery at Arthur’s Seat, The Doppelganger of Percy Shelley, plus many more mysterious true tales...Mysteries which yearn to be solved. Some of these tales can also be heard on my podcast on iTunes: Tales of Mystery Unexplained, and on Steph Young Podcast. Who doesn’t love cryptic and beguiling mysteries? Amazon Goodreads

Sweet Potato Casserole Ingredients 5 large, sweet potatoes 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling 1 1/4 cup almond milk, more if necessary 1 teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon sea salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper ½ cup fresh sage leaves Crumble Topping ⅓ cup whole rolled oats ¼ cup pecans, more for garnish ¼ cup walnuts, more for garnish ½ garlic clove 2 teaspoons maple syrup 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil ¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves ¼ teaspoon minced fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper Instructions -Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and brush an 8x11-inch baking dish, or similar, with olive oil. -Use a fork to poke a few holes into the sweet potatoes. Place on the baking sheet and roast until very tender, about 60 minutes. -Make the crumble topping: In a food processor, place the oats, pecans, walnuts, garlic, maple syrup, olive oil, thyme, rosemary, and salt and pulse until just combined. Remove and set aside. -Scoop the cooked sweet potato flesh out of the skins and place in a food processor. Add the olive oil, almond milk, ginger, salt, and several grinds of pepper and process to combine. Spread the mixture into the baking dish. -Sprinkle with the crumble topping, additional nuts, and sage. Drizzle with olive oil and bake 20 minutes or until the topping is browned and crisp.

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