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The Bonfire of Destiny

Hello, everyone! It’s freezing here in New Jersey, which means it’s time to binge read and watch until I can go outside without 64 layers on. So between my usual book reviews, I’ll be sharing shows I think you should be watching. And if it’s based on true events, I’ll give you the real deal.

The first show? The Bonfire of Destiny.

Genre: Historical Drama

Where to Watch: Netflix

In 1897 Paris, the aristocracy has descended on an annual charity bazaar to see the moving picture show, shop with all their wealthy friends, and generally be seen. It’s just one of the many social functions for the French elite who have no idea, tragedy will strike.

Adrienne is the unhappy wife of a politician who mistreats her terribly. Although he has just sent their daughter away to boarding school to punish Adrienne, she must still make an appearance at the bazaar. As soon as she shows her face, she slips back outside and into a waiting carriage, safe from the impending flames. But she’s not free from danger.

Alice, Adrienne’s niece, is thrilled to go out on the town with her maid Rose, both to do some shopping and to see a man she’s had her eye on. Wide eyed and wealthy, she’s has a good heart and doesn’t expect one small fire to destroy everything. And as those around her being sifting through the rubble, she sees everything in a new light.

Rose the maid is gearing up to sail to a new life with her husband Jean. She’s fiercely dedicated to Alice, and even goes back into the building to se if she can save her mistress before the fire gets out of hand. She enters the bazaar a nobody, and like a Phoenix, rises from the ashes.

The mood is electric and stories are intertwined as a fire both destroys lives and gives the chance for new ones. As the show goes on, murder, intrigue, and secret affairs are revealed with death in the background.

Even if historical shows aren’t usually your deal, the soapy dramas and lovable, and hatable, characters pull you in. The voiceovers are immaculate, and every episode leaves you wondering when the other shoe will drop.


Onto the facts! Starting in 1885, the Catholic aristocracy of Paris held the annual charity bazaar. It was a chance for the wealthy women and their maids to socialize while giving back to a good cause. But in 1897, everything would literally come crashing down.

The bazaar that year was held in a wooden building, where the inside was transformed into a medieval Paris street with the use of wood, papier-mâché, canvas for a roof, and other various other flammable things. Scheduled to last for four days, it was expected to be a hit.

More than 1,500 people were in attendance on the second day of the bazaar. Even Americans and other Europeans came to see the sites. One of the most notable was Duchess Sophie, the sister of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. At around four thirty, the projector in the small cinema caught on fire. The fire burned hot and fast, rapidly engulfing the building in flames and setting the cloth ceiling alight.

There were several exits, but none of them were clearly marked, and some were hidden behind the decorations. Many ran for the main doors, which were soon clogged with people. There were men in attendance, who were faster and stronger than the women, who struggled to move quickly in their mass of skirts. There were reports of men pushing women and children out of the way to escape first.

This was before the idea of modern fire safety. There was a fire brigade, but no contemporary hydrants or way for them to really put out the flames. People escaped though some of the exits, though many of the doors opened inwards and jammed when frantic people pushed against them. Those outside broke out windows to help people climb to the streets. Most notably, the cook and manager of the Hotel du Palais broke bars off a window and saved over 150 women while also poring water down on the flaming bazaar from the hotel.

But the fire moved quickly and soon it became too risky to try to save anyone else. People, mostly women, were still trapped inside. Their skirts were flammable, many had been trampled, and the walls and ceiling were beginning to fall. The fireman continued to spray the building as those inside screamed until the only sound that was left was the crackle of fire.

In the end, 126 people were confirmed dead while around 200 were injured. Many were so badly burned, they could only be identified by their jewelry. Some dentists were even called on to identify their patients by their teeth, one of the first uses of dental records in the identification of a body.

The aristocracy, and the Parisians at large, we’re shocked and demanded both an explanation and justice. In the end, it was officially noted to be an accident. But the public still wanted someone to answer for the tragedy.

The President of the Charity Bazaar Committee Ange-Ferdinand-Armand, the Baron of Mackau was the first. His charge was negligence, as he didn’t hire enough staff or ensure the doors were clearly marked. Then came the cinema operator Victor Bailac and his assistant Gregoire Bagrachow. Apparently, the light for the projector went out and the cinema staff had to hurry to relight the small flame. But in their haste, a mistake was made as the match they used lit the ether gasses that surrounded them. Soon, the drapery caught fire and the damage was done.

In the end, all charged were set to pay fines, and Bailac and Bagrachow were sentenced to short prison terms. Items found in the bazaar’s rubble were auctioned off and the lessons learned from the tragedy resulted in better fire safety laws in France.


I hope you enjoyed this little look into The Bonfire of Destiny. Check back soon for similar posts on shows like Vikings, You, Daybreakers, Banished, and more.

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Which Claire Are You?

We’ve given you many quizzes (that you can see by clicking HERE) but we haven’t given you this! Claire lives many lives, a WWII nurse, dutiful wife, feisty wife, Scottish lady, French court member, and so many more we won’t name because many of you lovely readers are still traveling though the books.

So pick some numbers and find out which of Claire’s lives you would live! Do you belong in high society France? As lady of Lallybroch? In the 1940s in post-war Europe? Or maybe in the season 3 location? (PS if you don’t know where the cast of characters go in season 3, this quiz will contain a teensy bit of spoilers)

Remember, take note of each number you choose and choose honestly!

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1. Which of the above outfits would you wear for a first date?

  1. #1 since I expect to be wined and dined.
  2. #2 so I can have something comfortable for a night on the town.
  3. #3 since I’m a fan of functional fashion and want to be active on my date.
  4. #4 because I want to be cozy and cute.

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2. It’s time to pack a bag and go on vacation! What luxurious place will you go?

  1. Florence, Italy. The food and architecture are to die for!
  2. New York City, USA. Shows, dancing, music…it has it all!
  3. A cruise around the Mediterranean. Lots to see and do!
  4. Switzerland. There’s culture and some killer mountains to tackle!

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3. Which of these is your dream job?

  1. Fashion Designer
  2. Musician
  3. Some Kind of Scientist
  4. Animal Rescue Specialist

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4. Time for a stiff drink!  Pick something that packs a punch.

  1. Champagne in a gold-rimmed glass
  2. Between the Sheets-a refreshing, citrus brandy and rum concoction
  3. A Pina Colata with fresh fruits
  4. Blue Blazer-a form of hot toddy that’s meant to be sipped

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5. Now, how about a drink to hydrate after last night?

  1. Hot Chocolate is always tasty
  2. Just a soda, thanks
  3. Fruit juice would be nice
  4. Just a cup of tea, please

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6. You’re shopping for a house, which one speaks to you?

  1. A lovely chateau with lots of character
  2. A perfect suburban home in a good school district
  3. A house on the water, complete with a dock
  4. A charming historic home with a garden

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7. It’s raining out, so you pick out a book to read. Which do you choose?

  1. The Counte of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Odyssey by Homer
  4. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

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8. Which dog would you like to adopt?

  1. A fluffy spaniel
  2. A playful beagle
  3. A golden retriever
  4. A border collie

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9. Pick an above pair of shoes for summer!

  1. #1. Those classic lace ones!
  2. #2. Those pretty blue pair!
  3. #3. The brown ones for daily wear!
  4. #4. The stitched set for adorable comfort!

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10. What kind of flower would you most like to receive?

  1. Pale pink dog roses
  2. White gardenias
  3. Yellow Gorses
  4. Colorful hibiscus

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11. Finally, pick the qualities you’d like in a man!

  1. A great sense of style and some cash to back it up!
  2. A stable fellow with a good job and a mind for family.
  3. A strong man who’s good with his hands.
  4. A love of adventure and great sense of direction.

All done! Now match up what numbers you got the most of with the key below. If you have a tie, I guess you get two live two lives!

Mostly #1s-You Belong in France

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They don’t call it “French Kissing” for nothing! So pucker up and get your corset on for a French adventure that may involve more than a few assassination attempts.

Mostly #2s-You Belong in the 1940’s

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With your timeless taste and fondness for the classics, you belong in the 1940s. Who doesn’t love those flowing dresses and the old school ways of courtship?

Mostly #3s-You Belong in Jamaica

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Set sail for romance and warmer seas because you belong in Jamaica! Prepare for fancy parties, voodoo curses, and a long voyage. Hope you don’t get sea sick!

Mostly #4s-You Belong in Scotland

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Turns out you’re a fan of the great outdoors and amazing accents! Much like Claire, you’re about to live a life full of kilts, whisky, and castles. Cheers to you!

Like this quiz? Head over to our Outlander Saturday page HERE for more!

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PS-if you like my Outlander posts, you’ll love my books! I have a Scottish historical romance series titled The Scottish Stone Series. Book one, Queen of Emeralds, is the thrilling tale of a British lady’s fight for freedom and the Scot who will either save or ruin her and you can get that HERE. BTW it’s now on sale for 99cents!! The Amethyst Bride, book two which is available HERE, follows a woman’s life as she decides between the British gentleman who can offer her the world and the Scottish warrior who can offer her passion.

But if contemporary romances are more your thing, Sarah and I will deliver!

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The Non-Disclosure Agreement is available HERE

Craving Bad is available HERE

Elton Hall Chronicles: First Semester is available HERE

Elton Hall Chronicles: Second Snowfall is available HERE

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Top Jamie Fraser Moments

With Father’s Day coming up, we thought it would be a good time to talk about Jamie Fraser…Okay, it’s always time to talk about Jamie Fraser. But I think it’s safe to say we would all like him to be our “daddy.” Bad Joke? Anyway! Let’s have some fun and talk about the glory that is Jamie Fraser and his top moments according to me…

Let’s start with the beginning.

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We didn’t know him very well yet, but I really like this scene for a number of reasons. Jamie just fought with a hurt shoulder and his ruggedness became obvious. He set himself as a strong and masculine man, taking his woman and suggesting he’d throw her over his shoulder. But the difference between this and other people (Black Jack) is that he doesn’t get forceful with her. He doesn’t know who she is, or anything else about her, and this was not exactly the most chivalrous time period, especially with the redcoats after you. He wraps his plaid around her on the horse because he doesn’t want her to get cold and I think it is safe to say we all started falling in love with him then…that and we all saw his knees.

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Jamie Fraser was a virgin. When was the last time you read or watched a virgin male character with this much sex appeal? The beautiful thing about Jamie Fraser is that he knows what he is doing. Who else was excited about the wedding night scene? But again, he isn’t a brute about it. Jamie is gentle with her, he goes slow, and he then rocks her world…well, then he gets her food. I like his priorities: sex and food.

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How could we not include this moment? I love the passion between the two of them. After all, in Scotland, there isn’t exactly a motel or public bathroom on every corner. What’s a girl to do when your man has needs and that man is Jamie Fraser? Yes, we’re just looking at this moment because obviously, it is rudely interrupted, but let’s just pretend what happens next doesn’t happen.

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Oh man! It does not get much better than your stallion of a husband rushing to save you from the crazy man. But we need to get into more detail to talk about why this scene is so amazing. He scaled a wall…but the gun isn’t loaded. Why does he do this? He’s a little crazy and a lot in love. In case your heart wasn’t beating fast enough for this man, just imagine how you’d thank him for such an act.

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How could we talk about Jamie’s moments and not talk about the mill. Let’s appreciate a man who can get a little dirty and fix things when you need him to. This is a skill that excites me about all men. But then let’s add that he’s naked and hiding. The excitement is crazy and I know I wasn’t the only one panting a little bit. I’m just going to pretend the water isn’t cold.

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I think it is pretty sage to say that this lady is one of the most hated in television/literature (I’d put her up there with Dolores Umbridge). But our feelings about her aside, this scene is so vital to the entire series, the entire story, everything. It shows his loyalty to Claire, his respect for her, and his amazing restraint. He turns her down! No one would know. No one is even around. But Jamie Fraser turns down easy and sexy for commitment and love.

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I love the way that Jamie reacts to Claire in the red dress. He turns into the jealous beast and I kinda like it. We would all be lying if we didn’t appreciate it when our man get’s a little jealous. It makes us feel appreciated, beautiful and loved. But the important thing here is that he doesn’t force her upstairs to change, he doesn’t get upset when she insists this is the style. He could have thrown a fit or done anything else but this is one moment where Jamie shows how amazing he is. He lets his wild woman be who she is and appreciates her for it.

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So let’s break out of the Claire and Jamie thing for a moment. His relationship with Fergus is such a nice one to watch and I decided to break my own rules and talk about them together as a whole. Yes, it’s true they aren’t technically related, but look at those matching curls! It got to the point where Jamie would have done anything for that kid and he would have done anything for Jamie. I loved watching their dynamic because Jamie owed him nothing and Fergus didn’t have to listen, but they formed a bond that started with respect and grew into love. If this doesn’t warm your heart, I don’t know what will.

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Jamie took Claire back to the rocks when he realized she was pregnant and when he thought he was going to die. This is both amazing and heart wrenching. I cannot believe he was able to keep track of her “cycle.” I can’t even keep track of my own and they have apps for that. He cares so much about her and the baby that he is going to give them up. At the same time, he is fighting for what he believes in, his people, and his land.

Finally, the best Jamie moment will be when he comes back in September. It’s been a long droughtlander and we still have a lot of time left. So, let’s keep the party going. What are your favorite Jamie moments? Obviously I could not include them all.

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Thank you for taking the time to stop by our blog and we hope you enjoy it. If you’re looking for other Outlander articles, quizzes, history lessons, or sexy pictures of Jamie and Claire, check out our Outlander page. It can be found by clicking HERE

Looking for something else to read? While I don’t write historical like Kelsey, I do write some steamy romance. My book, First Semester can be seen HERE. Book 2 is coming out at the end of this month so it’s your chance to enroll in the series that makes you wish you were back in college and your professor had a British accent.

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Kelsey and I are also in a short story anthology called Craving Bad. It’s all about those bad boys. It can be seen HERE.

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If you want something else, then feel free to check out a list of some of our favorite books that we think other Outlander fans would enjoy. Click HERE

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Craving Bad? We Are…

Most people think Kelsey and I (Sarah) are one person. We are, in fact, two different authors. However, we decided it was time we do something together. We are apart of an anthology, Craving Bad: An Anthology of Bad Boys and Wicked Girls.

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It is 11 stories by 11 fabulous authors about the good girls who need the bad boys and the naughty girls affected by the sweet guys.

Kelsey’s story is called Ironside Sinners. It is a motorcycle club romance. Her old man, as in her father, is big into the MC scene. She was always fascinated by the world and the culture of the relationships. Then she watched Sons of Anarchy and realized just how sexy they could be. As a result, she wrote this story. Here is the trailer for it…

My story, (Sarah), is about what happens when the bad boy you want is your twin brother’s best friend. Twins always share a special bond. I know because I have a twin brother. Now, I’ve never dated one of his best friends (that I’ll admit to) but I won’t say the temptation wasn’t there. I added that idea with one of my true loves, heist movies. Here is the trailer…

 

The book is available for pre-order and will be live on May 23rd. Kelsey and I will be doing a live video that day. Stay tuned for details about that. The anthology can be seen

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In the meantime, my college romantic suspense, First Semester, is available now. Fans of Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl will get lost in this book. It can be seen

HERE

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Kelsey’s historical romance, Queen of Emeralds, is on sale for 99 cents. Outlander fans will love it! But don’t worry, it is definitely not a copy cat! It can be seen

HERE 

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Her contemporary romance, The Non-Disclosure Agreement, is live now! Fans of the tv show The Arrangement will worship it. It can be seen

HERE

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Thank you for all the support you have given us so far. We have enjoyed reading, reviewing, and chatting with all of you. Enjoy the books and let us know what you think!

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Do You Know the Stars of PLL?

My love affair with Pretty Little Liars began well before the TV show came out. I discovered the books and quickly devoured them, waiting on baited breath for the next one to come out. However, when the TV show started, I got excited for a whole other reason. Holly Marie Combs was in it! She was in Charmed which is, to this day, my favorite TV show. But upon watching the show, I began to realize that there are other amazing actors gracing us with their presence. So, let’s see how well you know the actors. 

Troian Bellisario

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                    1. What age did Troian make her film debut?

                          A. 7

                          B. 20

                         C. 14

                         D. 4

                    2.  Troian wanted Spencer to die, why?

    A. She and Lucy didn’t get along

    B. The hours were negatively affecting her relationship with Patrick 

     C. She felt the show would be more interesting if one of the main four died since A seemed to put them in danger and then save them 

     D. She was unhappy with the way her story line was going and was offered a role in a different TV show

     3. Troian has always been an activist and has recently teamed up with who? (Hint: #SelflessSelfies)

     A. Shutterfly

    B. Burt’s Bees 

    C. Apple 

    D. Revlon 

Ashley Benson 

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    4. Ashley is a big fangirl. Which fandom did she dress up to see the movie?

     A. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1

     B. Breaking Dawn Part 2 

     C. Mockingjay Part 2 

     D. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

                    5. What was her first acting job?

                          A. Lil Romeo music video

                          B. Domino’s Commercial 

                          C. Day’s of Our Lives 

                          D. Community Theater with Vanessa Hudgens 

                   6. What did Ashley consider her “dream job”?

                          A. A guest role on The OC

                         B. A guest role on How I Met Your Mother

                         C. A guest role in Supernatural

                         D. A guest role on Zoey 101

Lucy Hale

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                   7. Lucy has an obsession with something on the darker side… What is it?

                        A. Horror Movies 

                        B. Unsolved Murders 

                        C. The paranormal 

                        D. BDSM books like 50 Shades

                  8. Which PLL character did Lucy initially audition for?

                       A. Spencer

                       B. Emily

                       C. Mona

                       D. Hannah  

                 9. Who was her first celebrity crush?

                      A. Zac Hansen

                      B. Nick Carter

                      C. Justin Timberlake

                      D. Zac Efron   

Shay Mitchell 

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              10. What is her food obsession?

                    A. Tacos

                    B. Chocolate 

                    C. Pizza 

                    D. Sandwiches

            11. She co-wrote a book. What’s it called?

                   A. Bliss  

                   B. Blame 

                   C. Blind 

                   D. Black

           12. What age did she begin modeling? 

                    A. 11

                    B. 15

                    C. 9

                    D. 20

Ian Harding

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          13. Everyone has a fear, what’s Ian’s?

                  A. The Ocean 

                  B. Heights

                  C. Spiders 

                  D. Snakes 

         14. Ian has a reputation for something around the set, what is it? 

                  A. Sleeping 

                 B. Flirting 

                 C. Pranking 

                 D. Eating       

        15.  Ian and one of his female costars are super close. Which one is it? 

                A. Shay

                B. Sasha 

                C. Ashely

                D.  Lucy

Sasha Pieterse

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         16. Performing seems to be hereditary. What do her parents do?

               A. Singers

               B. Dancers 

               C. Actors 

               D. Write screen plays 

       17. She is a creative person. Sasha has her own jewelry line called what? 

            A. Rigid Accessories 

            B. Righteous Accessories 

            C. Rigid Creations 

            D. Righteous Creations  

     18. She, like Cady Haring from Mean Girls, lived in Africa and was homeschooled. But she graduated early. What age did Sasha finish school?

           A. 14

           B. 16

           C. 17

           D. 13 

Keegan Allen 

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   19. Keegan write poetry, acts, and is super into photography. But his real talent is dancing.

         A. True 

          B. False  

 20. He did not have his first kiss on camera. How old was he when it happened? 

        A. 10

        B. 15

        C. 18

        D. 12

21. Keegan has a close connection to a certain family member…who is it?

        A. His mom

        B. His dad

        C. His brother

        D. His dog 

Janel Parrish 

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22. She also sings! Janel was on the soundtrack for one of the TV Shows or Movies she acted in. Which was it? 

        A. Pretty Little Liars 

        B. Bratz 

        C. Zoey 101 with Jamie Lynn Spears 

        D. High School Possession 

23. Janel is also a broadway baby. What show was she in?

        A. Annie 

        B. Matilda 

        C. Les Miserable 

        D. Mary Poppins 

24. Janel likes her ink but do you know how many tattoos she has?

       A. 3

       B. 6

       C. 11

      D. 17

Bonus Question 

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How did Holly Marie Combs get the scar above her eye?

     A. She walked into a marble table as a child

     B. She got hit with a tennis racket 

     C. Horseback riding accident 

     D. Car crash

Correct Answers

  1. D                11. A                        21. A
  2. C                12. B                         22. B
  3. B                13. A                         23. C
  4. A                14. C                         24. C
  5. B                15. D                         25. A
  6. A                16. B
  7. C                17. C
  8. D                18. A
  9. A                19. B
  10. C                20. D

In case you’re looking on your phone and this is annoying, the questions with the correct answers in red are at the bottom of this post 

 

So, How Did You Do?

1-9 Correct: Do you even stalk?

10-19: Correct- I’m becoming impressed

20- 25: You probably already know who AD is, don’t you

About Me

My name is Sarah Fischer and I am a romance novelist. My books feature girls in college dealing with relationships, friendships, and of course…danger

First Semester can be seen on Amazon HERE

Troian Bellisario

 1. What age did Troian make her film debut?

               A. 7

               B. 20

               C. 14

               D. 4

2.  Troian wanted Spencer to die, why?

    A. She and Lucy didn’t get along

    B. The hours were negatively affecting her relationship with Patrick

     C. She felt the show would be more interesting if one of the main four died since A seemed to put them in danger and then save them 

     D. She was unhappy with the way her story line was going and was offered a role in a different TV show

3. Troian has always been an activist and has recently teamed up with who? (Hint: #SelflessSelfies)

     A. Shutterfly

    B. Burt’s Bees 

    C. Apple

    D. Revlon

Ashley Benson

4. Ashley is a big fangirl. Which fandom did she dress up to see the movie?

     A. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1

     B. Breaking Dawn Part 2

     C. Mockingjay Part 2

     D. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

                    5. What was her first acting job?

                          A. Lil Romeo music video

                          B. Domino’s Commercial 

                          C. Day’s of Our Lives

                          D. Community Theater with Vanessa Hudgens

                   6. What did Ashley consider her “dream job”?

                          A. A guest role on The OC

                         B. A guest role on How I Met Your Mother

                         C. A guest role in Supernatural

                         D. A guest role on Zoey 101

Lucy Hale

                   7. Lucy has an obsession with something on the darker side… What is it?

                        A. Horror Movies

                        B. Unsolved Murders

                        C. The paranormal 

                        D. BDSM books like 50 Shades

                  8. Which PLL character did Lucy initially audition for?

                       A. Spencer

                       B. Emily

                       C. Mona

                       D. Hannah

                 9. Who was her first celebrity crush?

                      A. Zac Hansen

                      B. Nick Carter

                      C. Justin Timberlake

                      D. Zac Efron

Shay Mitchell

              10. What is her food obsession?

                    A. Tacos

                    B. Chocolate

                    C. Pizza

                    D. Sandwiches

            11. She co-wrote a book. What’s it called?

                   A. Bliss  

                   B. Blame

                   C. Blind

                   D. Black

           12. What age did she begin modeling?

                    A. 11

                    B. 15

                    C. 9

                    D. 20

Ian Harding

          13. Everyone has a fear, what’s Ian’s?

                  A. The Ocean 

                  B. Heights

                  C. Spiders

                  D. Snakes

         14. Ian has a reputation for something around the set, what is it?

                  A. Sleeping

                 B. Flirting

                 C. Pranking 

                 D. Eating

        15.  Ian and one of his female costars are super close. Which one is it?

                A. Shay

                B. Sasha

                C. Ashely

                D.  Lucy

Sasha Pieterse

         16. Performing seems to be hereditary. What do her parents do?

               A. Singers

               B. Dancers 

               C. Actors

               D. Write screen plays

       17. She is a creative person. Sasha has her own jewelry line called what?

            A. Rigid Accessories

            B. Righteous Accessories

            C. Rigid Creations 

            D. Righteous Creations

     18. She, like Cady Haring from Mean Girls, lived in Africa and was homeschooled. But she graduated early. What age did Sasha finish school?

           A. 14

           B. 16

           C. 17

           D. 13

Keegan Allen

   19. Keegan write poetry, acts, and is super into photography. But his real talent is dancing.

         A. True

          B. False 

 20. He did not have his first kiss on camera. How old was he when it happened?

        A. 10

        B. 15

        C. 18

        D. 12

21. Keegan has a close connection to a certain family member…who is it?

        A. His mom

        B. His dad

        C. His brother

        D. His dog

Janel Parrish

22. She also sings! Janel was on the soundtrack for one of the TV Shows or Movies she acted in. Which was it?

        A. Pretty Little Liars

        B. Bratz 

        C. Zoey 101 with Jamie Lynn Spears

        D. High School Possession

23. Janel is also a broadway baby. What show was she in?

        A. Annie

        B. Matilda

        C. Les Miserable 

        D. Mary Poppins

24. Janel likes her ink but do you know how many tattoos she has?

       A. 3

       B. 6

       C. 11

      D. 17

Bonus Question

How did Holly Marie Combs get the scar above her eye?

     A. She walked into a marble table as a child

     B. She got hit with a tennis racket

     C. Horseback riding accident

     D. Car crash

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Ultimate Dragonfly in Amber Quiz

We’ve offered many fun quizes, which you can read on our Outlander page here, but sometimes we like to challenge you. We tripped a few of you up in our Ultimate Outlander Book Quiz, here, so let’s see how you do with  quiz that tests your knowledge on Dragonfly in Amber! This quiz doesn’t have any spoilers for the show, but if you want to read the book, then be careful!

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  1. Who painted all the royal portraits in the Great Gallery?
  • Frances Cotes
  • Jacob DeWitt
  • Charles Brooking
  • Samuel Scott

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2.What did Reverend Wakefield do every night before bed?

  • Wrote in his journal
  • Read part of Frank Randall’s history books
  • Sang ‘The Skye Boat Song’ to Roger
  • Had a glass of sherry and listened to the radio

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3. How did Claire keep her teeth so clean?

  • She used toothpaste she made herself from cloves and mint
  • She chewed “gum” made from Spruce resin
  • She washed her mouth out with whiskey to kill bacteria
  • She brushed them with the twig from a willow tree

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4. What did Prince Charles always carry with him?

  • A letter from his father, reminding him he is king
  • A miniature portrait of Louise
  • A cross that belonged to his mother
  • A stone taken from the cairn of a great Scottish king

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5. What nickname does Young Simon say Claire is known by?

  • The White Witch
  • Lady Long Legs
  • Sassanach Sorceress
  • Mistress Honeylips

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6. What famous artist’s work did Claire say the wise woman Mairsi resembled?

  • Sandro Botticelli
  • Amedeo Modigliani
  • Johannes Vermeer
  • Francisco Goya

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7. What was the main ingredient in Monsieyr Forez’s salve?

  • Hanged-men’s grease
  • The blood of a virgin
  • Powdered human skull
  • A guillotined woman’s tears

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8. What jeweled thing was hanging from Madame Nesle de la Tourelle’s pierced nipples?

  • Colorful peacocks
  • Golden mermaids
  • Graceful swans
  • Pale Roses

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9. What relative did Uncle Jared most resemble?

  • Dougal
  • Murtagh
  • Cullom
  • Jamie’s father, Brian

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10. What was the necklace that Jamie gave Claire made of when they went back to Scotland?

  • Amber
  • Cotter Pins
  • Carved stones from a French cave
  • The links of chain from a British wagon

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11. What street was Master Raymond’s shop on and what animal did Claire think he resembled?

  • Rue de Sein and a gorilla
  • Rue de Rivoli and a lizard
  • Rue de Varennes and a toad
  • Rue de Richelieu and a bull dog

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12. What is the last verbal phrase spoken at the end of the book?

  • “He meant to die on Culloden Field…But he didn’t.”
  • “I have to go back.”
  • “Jamie escaped…he’s alive.”
  • “Help me find him. Help me find your father.”

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13. What instrument does Mother Hildegarde play?

  • The harpsichord
  • The clavichord
  • The fortepiano
  • The virginal

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14. What animal does Jamie think he resembles at times?

  • An orangutang
  • A fox
  • A hedgehog
  • A tiger

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15. What occupation did Jamie say he wanted to be when he was a child?

  • A blacksmith
  • A politician
  • A pirate
  • A horse breeder

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16. What saint did Claire think of before her meeting with the king?

  • Saint Nicholas, the savior of prostitutes
  • Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland
  • Saint Joan of Arc, the warrior woman saint
  • Saint Mary Magdalene, the fallen follower of Jesus

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17. What did Jamie give Claire as a belated gift for their first wedding anniversary?

  • Hair ribbons
  • A dapple grey pony
  • A piece of amber
  • His mother’s crucifix

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18. Which Cameron lead 300 clansmen to join Prince Charlie?

  • Jenny Cameron
  • Jacob Cameron
  • Janet Cameron
  • James Cameron

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19. Murtagh wasn’t pure Scottish. What country did his grandmother hail from?

  • England
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Spain

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20. What did Claire do with the money gotten from the sale of her pearl necklace?

  • Se bought blankets for some men imprisoned in Tolbooth
  • She purchased medicinal herbs to help Alex Randall
  • She sent it to Jenny to help her feed Jamie’s tenants
  • She sent it to Jared for safekeeping

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21. BONUS: How did you react to Claire retuning to Frank and her previous life?

  • Ugly sobs à la Kim Kardashian
  • A moment of careful contemplation in which you reevaluated your entire life
  • You ran to book three, hoping for Claire and Jamie to find a way to reunite
  • All of the above

You’ve now finished! Check your answers with those below the naked Scot and see how many you got right. Each right answer is worth 1 point.

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  1. Jacob DeWitt
  2. Journal
  3. Willow (willow was also used as a brushing tool in the movie Shakespeare in Love)
  4. Portrait of Louise
  5. Mistress honeylips (There are worse things to be called, I guess)
  6. Amadeo Modigliani
  7. Hanged Men’s Grease
  8. Swans (ouch)
  9. Murtagh
  10. Cotter pins
  11. Rue de Varenes and a toad
  12. “He meant to die on Culloden Field…But he didn’t.” (*sob*)
  13. Harpsichord
  14. Orangutang
  15. Pirate (Must have been before he discovered his seasickness!)
  16. St. Mary Magdalene
  17. A piece of amber
  18. Jenny
  19. Ireland
  20. She bought blankets
  21. All of the above…unless you have no soul

Now, let’s see what level book master you are!

0-7: Time to reread the book!

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8-15: Not too shabby! You know your way about France, for sure.

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16-21: You are the Outlandish page master!

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Let us know how you did on the quiz! And check out our Outlander page here for more Jamie and Claire goodness to see you through the Droughtlander. And if you’re into organic beauty that Claire would have made, check out Face Affection HERE or Bellissima Bain HERE!

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Sarah and I both have books out now, so if you like our posts, you’ll probably love our books! First Semester is a thrilling college romance that you can get HERE. Queen of Emeralds is a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE.

 

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Ultimate Fandom Gift Guide

As we said yesterday, when we posted the Outlander Gift Guide, the holidays are almost here and the time to order your presents are slowly coming to an end! So, we’ve giving you out ultimate fandom gift guide that isn’t full of the usual stuff, but some unique pieces we’ve pored over and hand selected. Unlike our Outlander post, we haven’t tried these products, and can’t vouch for the awesomeness like we could yesterday! Nonetheless, we think these things look rad and if they end up in your stocking, we’d love to hear about it!

♥Harry Potter♥

Butterbeer Lip Balm

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Um, hello, how tasty does this all-natural lip balm look? At $3 for one or $10 for a 4 pack, it’s a total steal. Snag one here.

A Magical Starry Night

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Love art and want to decorate your place with a subtle nod to Hogwarts? This Etsy print gives you a beautifully done piece that blends two worlds together. They come in many different sizes, so you can find one to fit your needs. Head here to get your own.

Harry Potter Candles

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Ever wanted to step onto the quidditch field an take a big whiff? Or have a cup of tea with Hargrid and take in the scents of his magical creatures? Get a pack of themed candles here that will fill your home with some magical smells.

For the Healer

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Know a doctor? Love a nurse? Have a cousin studying psychology? This store offers a St. Mungos mug that only Potterheads can appreciate. BTW, it comes in a few different colors.

Show Your Team Spirit

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Who doesn’t love a good sports sweater? This shop has a line of Hogwarts hoodies to keep you cozy on the pitch. Fun fact: Kelsey is a Slytherin and Sarah is a Ravenclaw.

♥Gilmore Girls♥

Luke’s Coffee Mug

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Get a reusable Luke’s Diner mug here as a subtle and functional nod to your favorite show.

Quote Bookmarks

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Get a 4 pack of bookmarks for $6.53 here so you can keep your place when you’re going through books like Rory.

These BFF Mugs

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Looking like they’re straight from the Dragonfly Inn, these mugs are just the thing to get you and your best friends; one for you and one for them! Grab a set here.

Themed Candles

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Feel like you live in Stars Hollow all year with this four pack of candles. Each one represents a new season with a spread of delicious smells. Get yours at this shop today. BTW they come pre-wrapped, so you can give it right over, straight out of the mailbox.

This Dainty Necklace

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Remind your love that you go where they go with this little necklace from this shop!

Bonus Fact: Sarah watched the new season and had a lot of thought. Read them here and watch them here!

♥Sailor Moon♥

Hair Bows

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Be a Sailor Scout with these great accessories. With each only being $8, getting one for every day of the week is totally doable! Get one, or all six, here!

Decals

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Channel your inner Sailor Moon and harness that power to get all your schoolwork done. for $5, you get get one here!

Sailor Scout Backpack

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These mini backpacks are the epitome of versatile. Perfect for school or to use as a purse. Made to order, you can get your own here and show your planetary pride!

A Simple Keychain

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This charming chain will keep all your keys in check, while not being over the top. Get one here, now! BTW, they come in a cute box, so the job of wrapping is already done!

THE Compact

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What little girl didn’t want this cosmic compact? This shop has them!

♥Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them♥

This Laptop Case

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Disguise your laptop as a Hogwarts textbook here and keep your tech cozy and safe.

Your Own Luggage

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Look at this glorious phone case from this shop! You can even customize it with your name, so all the muggles know whose cellphone it is.

A Wise Necklace

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Remind yourself to overlook the little stresses and take a deep breath with this little necklace. Starting at $12, this shop offers it in different metals, to suit every no-maj.

This Fantastic Ornament

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Picture this fancy piece on your Christmas tree this year! At only $15, this store promises to make your holidays a bit more magical.

A Mini Niffler

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Nifflers are known for finding treasure. Maybe this little one will give you luck! Order yours here in time for the holidays!

Bonus Facts: Sarah’s written two posts about this new movie! One without spoilers and one with allll the nitty gritty feelings!

♥Supernatural♥

Dean’s Box of Tricks

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Be ready to hunt your pray with this handy mini kit. You can get yours from this shop and get ready for action

BFF Keychains

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For $13, this shop is offering to let you get a little something for yourself and your partner in crime.

These Nail Decals

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If you, or someone you love, likes to do their own nails, you can get a set of nail decals here for the low price of $4!

An Awesome Journal!

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Handmade and full of blank pages, this notebook is perfect for the new year. Snag one here!

Castiel’s Grace Necklace

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Look at this magical, glowing necklace! Get one from this shop soon, before they’re all gone.

♥Doctor Who♥

This Delicate Clip

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A subtle nod to your obsession, this classy piece could be worn all day, at a wedding, out to dinner, or traveling as the new companion. Get yours here.

A Customizable Gallifreyan

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Build your own Gallifreyan from the chain down from this shop now!

Dr. Who Key Chain

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Gotta keep your keys together while you’re traveling time! Get one here!

For the Artsy Whovian

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For some reason, watercolor makes everything prettier. This shop has tons of phone cases that highlight this classy print.

A Charm Bracelet

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All these charms were carefully selected by this store for the Whovian in your life that loves some bling.

♥Game of Thrones♥

This Perfect Glass

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Get this cup here and let everyone know what you’re the Hand of the Queen.

A Set of Mugs

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For the Khal and Khalessi in your life, you can get a matching set of mugs with a romantic meeting. Order yours now here!

Your Own Winterfell

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This ring is a beautiful homage to the King in the North. As this is made in Russia, you might have to order fast in time to get it. Check it out here!

This Classy Map

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Want to decorate your pad like a true Westerosian? Look no further than this store.

For Your Tea Sipping Friend

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For $9 you can have the perfect accessory for the person who binge watches GOT and enjoys a hot beverage. Make an order here!

♥Star Wars♥

A Millennium Falcon Mug

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Look at the detail on this cup. It’s a perfect technical nod to Starwars without literally being a lightsaber…not that we don’t still want one of those! Get yours here.

Death Star Earrings

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These little gems are made from laser cut wood. Order a set here for $9!

This Fun Decal

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This Boba Fett laptop decal is a total steal at $3. I love when those little stickers really take advantage of the apple light and this store agrees.

Bff Necklaces

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This store offers a chance for you and your friend to get a cute gift at a great price!

A Personalized Present

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Let someone special know how much you care with this cute, personalized, key chain. Grab one here!

♥Middle Earth♥

A Vintage Map

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Nothing better than a map from Tolkien’s design. This print comes in many sizes, so you can pick your own adventure.

A Traveling Token

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Probably one of the most famous Tolkien book quote, what better place for this decal than your car, or that of an adventurous friend? Get one here and start wandering!

Hobbit Door Necklace

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How adorable is this? When you open the door, there’s even a special surprise. For $6.24, this shop offers such a deal, I might even get one for myself.

A Candle Set

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Geek Nest is on fire with these fandom candles! This LOTR package offers scents from Rivendell and the Shire, and a special Gandalf blend. Get the set here and split them up to give to three loved ones, or offer someone the whole package.

For Your Friend Who Loves to Drink

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This shop offers a charming flask that’s a great deal at $23! You can get it in different finishes, and even in a gift pack.

♥Stranger Things♥

This Xmas Sweater

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While it’s perfect for Christmas, true fans can rock this piece all year. Get one, of more, here.

Squad Goals Mug

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This shop offers a fun mug with cute characters of the whole Stranger Things group. Btw, the other side says “Squad Goals”.

An Eleven Candle

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Don’t worry, it smells less like a powerful child and more like a delicious breakfast. Get a kosher soy candle here.

♥Once Upon a Time♥

A Magical Keychain

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Remind yourself of the rules in Storybrooke  with this cluster of themed charms. Grab one here for $10 and never lose your keys again!

A Real Locket

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These cute lockets really open and have two slots for pictures! At only $8, this store helps you show your obsession in an adorable and miniature way.

Hook’s Rum Lip Balm

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These all-natural lip balms are sure to please, and all orders come with a free sample of another product! That’s basically two gifts for the price of one. Order some here.

♥Hunger Games♥

Snowy Mug

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President Snow was a terrible guy, but he’s got some awesome one liners. Snag this mug here.

This Dainty Arrow

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For $8, you can get a delicate arrow here that Katniss would be proud to wear. Are you in a trio of friends? These would be perfect gifts for all of you.

Your Own Compass

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Be as good at Katniss in the wilderness with this useful necklace. This shop will even add additional charms, if you’d want them.

A Ring Dish Fit for a Tribute

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Put all of your District One jewels in this little dish. Like it? You get get yours here for $7.

A Phone Cover

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Always have a reminder that we’re all rooting for you with a phone case from this etsy shop.

♥Vampire Diaries♥

Elena’s Necklace

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Get your own medallion here with some lovely, and useful, vervain to stick inside. You can even get the back engraved!

Sarah and her cousins went to one of the Vampire Diaries conventions and they bought this. It’s very pretty in real life, the vervain smells good, and the chain was sturdy. We’d recommend it!

Vervain Elixar Soap

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This vegan soap comes from this little shop that takes their good seriously. Good for the skin, calming, and keeps unwanted vampires away! Perfect gift for your favorite cousin.

A Masquerade Mask

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Be ready for any masked ball with Damon with this delicate piece. For how sturdy and flawless it is, $15 if a steal! Get one here.

Bonus Fact: Did you know Sarah Went to meet the cast? Read about it here.

♥The Walking Dead♥

A Special Map

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Call me a romantic, but this personalized Terminus map is an awesome gift for the newlyweds in your life. May we all find a love like Maggie and Glenn. Order one here.

This Mug

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This shop has a sick sense of humor, but this quote makes sense. Get one for the Negan in your life.

This Steamy Cup

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There are two people in this world; people that love Daryl and dirty liars. Get your honest loved ones this festive mug here for $14.

This Delicate Piece

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Here’s a nice bangle to remind you to appreciate the little things…or to never turn your back on Carol. Get some here.

Saint Glenn

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The loss of Glenn was a hard one, and this store understands that. Get a Saint Glenn candle for your saddest friend today.

Bonus Fact: Kelsey has a lot of feels regarding Glenn’s death. Sob along with her here.

♥Mermaids♥

This Magical Necklace

You guys, I’m in love. This dainty seashell glows in the dark, highlighting your mermaid power. Order some for the whole squad here!

Mermaid Makeup

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Here’s a cute bag for all your mermaid beauty needs. Get one here for $12.

A Darling Notebook

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A new year calls for a new notebook to make your grocery lists and appointments a little more whimsical. Get one for yourself, or for the mom in your life, here!

This Awesome Tank That Kelsey Owns!

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This lovely little number is a keeper. Machine washable, Kelsey got it as a large for optimal comfort. A bit wide in the arm (on purpose), so she wears cute bras with it! Get one here and be her twin.

Ursula’s Necklace

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This shop offers a necklace that’s perfect for your singing friend! Or the one who barters for souls. We don’t judge.

♥Sherlock♥

This Charming Keychain

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Your fav fandom will help you never lose your keys again. It even comes with a 221B key! Get one here for your Watson.

A Delectable Candle

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Ever wondered what Sherlock smelled like? Apparently like mahogany and leather. Get one here and bask in some British glory.

The Iconic Necklace

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This shop has the perfect necklace for the Sherlock fan in your life. Dainty, delicate, and a steal at $7.

BFF Bangles

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This store gives you a great way to showcase the love between you and your partner in crime!

♥DC♥

Superman Laptop Sticker

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How cool is it that his chest can be lit by your Mac apple? This store has Superman and a ton of other characters to please everyone on your list.

This Cute Bow

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Look at this adorable homage to Arrow? This shop even offers different style, in case you want something a bit flashier!

BFF Necklaces

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Is there an Ivy to your Harley? Let everyone know with these friendship necklaces. Order yours here!

♥Marvel♥

Thor’s Hammer

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Harness the power of the gods with a minimalist bracelet from this store.

This Strange Necklace

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This Eye of Agamotto necklace is sure to please any Doctor Strange fan. Order one here!

For the Proud Parent in Your Life

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This shop offers every mom and dad the chance to show their school pride!

We hope that gave you a little inspiration as you scramble to finish your holiday shopping! Obviously, there are many beloved shows, books, and movies that didn’t make the cut, but only because then this list would be endless! Now, remember that we posted a giveaway yesterday for a beautiful Outlander necklace, so hurry and enter before it’s too late!

Sarah and I both have books out now, so if you like our posts, you’ll probably love our books! First Semester is a thrilling college romance that you can get HERE. Queen of Emeralds is a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE.