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Happy Haunts - January 2022

Briana Morgan
Briana Morgan
Hey, friends! It’s January!
Happy, happy new year! Some quick book news before we get into it. My story “A Tricker-Treater Christmas” is now in paperback, and my novella Mouth Full of Ashes has gone wide (so you can get it places besides Amazon). Now, on to the good stuff.
Here’s what you might want to watch, read, and play this month, based on everything I loved in December:
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) - With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
  • Red Notice (2021) - An Interpol agent tracks the world’s most wanted art thief. This action-packed romp left me guessing, and I don’t want to give too much away. It’s a whole lot of fun.
  • Free Guy (2021) - I guess I was on a Ryan Reynolds kick this month. Anyway, this movie wasn’t groundbreaking, but I also had fun watching it. In this one, a bank teller discovers that he’s actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.
  • “A Tricker-Treater Christmas: A Holiday Horror Story” by Briana Morgan (2021) - Okay, I had to do it. If you like The Tricker-Treater and Other Stories, you’ll want to grab this short and spooky spinoff.
  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (2021) - I will continue to devour everything this woman puts out. Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, the family drama that ensues will change their lives will change forever. Malibu: August 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer Mick Riva. The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud—because it is long past time for him to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth. Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there. And Kit has a couple secrets of her own—including a guest she invited without consulting anyone. By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come rising to the surface. Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them … and what they will leave behind.
  • What Remains of Edith Finch (2017) - What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state. As Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she’s the last one in her family left alive. (Fun fact: the MC is voiced by the Livingston Girls audiobook narrator, Valerie Lohman!)
  • Life is Strange: True Colors (2021) - Alex Chen hides her ‘curse’: the psychic power of Empathy, the ability to absorb the emotions of others. When her brother dies in a so-called accident, Alex must embrace her power to find the truth.
What media did you enjoy last month? Hit “reply” and let me know!
Until next time,
P.S. I have some books in upcoming promotions! Check them out and show support for the other indie authors involved. Best of all, grab some free or discount books.

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