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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Queen of the Hill by Genevieve Jack

Awesome!



My Review:
Its always harder for me to continue reviews with books further in the series. This series started out as one I completely enjoyed and still do. The characters are fun, the storyline is suspenseful and the plot is growing deeper.

I hate to give away anything because you need to listen or read yourself but Grateful is given an ultimatum by a witch, her spiritual sister, that she has to give up the graveyard. She can't do that. Logan gets involved with the wrong person and puts Grateful on nonspeaking terms. To top everything off Rick leaves hr at the altar. I've said enough.


I love this series and can't wait to listen to the next book!

Amazon/Audible

Fight Like a Man by L.L. Akers

Excitement, Suspense and Action



My Review:
The story starts out with Grayson being rather passive. He's home alone as his wife and her sisters took a trip to the beach and his daughter is away at college. Its just him and the dog when the electricity goes out. Now he's a bit prepared as he's spent a couple years putting away food and supllies for such an event.

The story follows Grayson, his wife and sisters and daugter as they work to reunite. Each meets aadventures and calamities of their own. Its pretty realistic and exciting all the way. When they get out of one pickle there's another to take its place. 

The characters are three dimensional and the story is nicely put together and flows smoothly.


Excitement, suspense and action filled!

Amazon/Audible

Deadlocked 3 by A.R. Wise

A little bit slower pace but liked the character.



My Review:
This is an action packed zombie thriller. This segment is as angsty as volume 2. That's a good thing. This book follows Billy and introduces some new characters. He's on a search for his mother. Little more is learned about what caused the zombie apocalypse but breadcrumbs are dropped.


The excitement and action true to this series is non stop as Billy goes into the city leaving the family he recently met behind. I hate to give anything away but this is the best in the series yet.

Amazon/Audible

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

An absolutely delightful ghost story!



My Review:
A ghost story and so delightfuly unique. The Canterville Ghost has been haunting successfully for hundreds of years and is more than proud of his scares. He even relishes and shares many of them in the story as he ponders why he can't seem to scare the current family. They are completely unscarable. He doesn't give up even after they throw pillows at him and other things. He is determined.

The inability of this ghost to haunt the family is ridiculous. The situations had me rolling in laughter and in some respects feeling bad for this ghost. The story is short and flows at a quick pace.


Delightful!

Amazon/Audible

Mistress of Death

Mistress of Death may be strong language but it's a title that describes my thriller/horror books well. Today I'm celebrating the release of Scarlett, Book 1 in the Evan's Girls series.
The writing that comes easiest to me is dark, demented and terrifying. Scarlett is a girl who under other circumstances might be quite normal. She seeks that balance anyways but life has something else in store for her. She is surrounded by death. It follows her and yes many people die.

At one point in the story she goes to Mystics and Broomsticks a metaphysical store and buys mateials to protect her from malicious spirits. I guess I forgot to mention not only do lots of people die but she see's spirits. She buys a bracelet made with a dark stone. It isn't specified in the book but my research led me to magnetite. 

This doesn't end the drama in her life because it only wards off evil spirits, not evil people and her life is filled with them. Scarlett faces more than her fair share of weirdo's , one after another, while she fights for normalcy. At some point she just accepts the strange and wicked but not after her most terrifying ordeal.

Reading the reviews I'm a proud Mama. There are two points they all agree on. 1. The book is seriously twisted. 2. There are some very high points and really low points. I encourange you to read them. Click here.

The best news is the book will remain .99 for the first few days of its release!
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Vanishing Twins

It's almost always necessary to research something when writing a book. Scarlett took me into some very interesting research and I delved a little beyond it into the unknown. Scarlett has heterochromia or different colored eyes. One is amber the other green. Hetero meaning different and chrom meaning color.


This is a real condition and can happen for a variety of reasons which are generally genetic. In Scarlett's case its caused by having a vanishing twin. So what is a vanishing twin?

A vanishing twin is a twin that dies in the womb because of a miscarriage and the other twin absorbs the fetal tissue. This was first discovered sometime in the mid twentieth century. Scarlett's story begins in 1961 when she's five. There wasn't much known about it at the time. Recent research and studies disclose much more than would have been known then.

When the surviving twin absorbs the other gets a mix of DNA which can cause heterochromia. In Scarlett's case having a vanishing twins is genetic. Now if its truly genetic I'm not positive. I didn't find anything to back that up but I think its completely plausible; having twins can be genetic and discrepancies in reading DNA, producing proteins and much more can all be passed from parent to offspring. If research in the area continues we may find that in some cases vanishing twins is genetic.

In most cases a twin miscarries in the womb because of a defect and the mother rarely notices until she goes back to the doctor and suddenly has one baby instead of two.

I added a mystical paranormal twist to vanishing twin syndrome in which Scarlett's twin whom she absorbed is still hanging around in ghost form. He ages with her and if she becomes pregnant his spirit can enter the baby.

Scarlett aware of her twin, visits a metaphysical store and purchases a book and other materials to keep ghosts away. The book also contains other information about vanishing twins in the spiritual realm. Of course this stuff is completely fictional.

If you'd like to read about vanishing twin ghost experiences click the link:


Mid-way through the story Scarlett is nick-named Chimera and aptly so. She has different colored eyes and two sets of DNA -- her vanished twins and her own.

More research:

Those are most of the websites I used to dig up research. What is most interesting to me is that I did the research after I wrote the pages in the book. That's not unusual for me though. All the astrology in the Ruthless Storm Trilogy was done at the end of each book not before. It gives me chills and I firmly believe the characters created have energy.

Scarlett releases 11/12 and will be .99 until 11/19.





Monday, October 16, 2017

Infected Freaks Volume 3 by Jason Borrego

You can't call yourself a zombie book whore until you read this series!




My Review:

I'm really enjoying this series. I listen to a ton of books and find a lot of authors in varying parts of their career and I have to say this series should be a best seller in place of half the horible books on those lists. This story has all the elements of greatness.

The author is talented. The story is captivating, full of action, suspenseful -- as full bodied as freshly brewed quality coffee. I'm attached to the characters and cringe most of the way through the book as they manage through obstacles that threaten their lives. I also am really into how the story is based loosely on an actual fungal disease that affects bugs.


Onto book 4!

Amazon/Audible

Hollow's End by Marianne Morea

After the last couple books I  listened to that you find on my blog this book fit the bill! It is wonderful.



My Review:

This book was refreshing. I love a great YA story and this one was just right for my mood. Rowen is a witch from a line of witches and pretty much a normal wall flower type kid. She has her best friend and would rather a night at home than a football game. When she starts dating a popular football jock that starts to change and she finds herself having fun doing activities she never would have done.

There's layers to this story and not as simple as my previous paragraph. Rowen's been having nightmares and strange visions which grow in the presence of Hunter (hunky jock boyfriend). Once they figure it out the plot thickens. The characters are fun, believable and three dimensional. The plot grows steady with plenty of surprises and twists.

To make this story even creepier it takes place and is loosely based on Sleepy Hollow and its past. That's all explained at the end. Overall, a fabulous story that I'm positive I'll listen to again.


Amazon/Audible

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Forest by Ambrose Ibsen

Love this author/narrator combination



My Review:

This series grabbed my attention from the start, actuallt the narrator/author combination grabbed my attention from the start. In this series there's this rather pathetic college adjunct professor who's unfullfilled in life until he gets involved with a paranormal group on campus. His life changes drastically.

Some new characters are added and a secret about an original character is revealed. It's a good one too and has me edging for the next book. He's seeking and exploring this strange being encountered in the first book and more is revealed along with its possible motive and the crazy doctors motive. The characters are full and interesting. The story is intense and suspenseful. The plot continues to thicken and draw me in.


Excellent!

Amazon/Audible

Deadman on Campus by E.M. Kaplan

As soon as I started listening I recognized the unforgettable character.



My Review:


I recognized the character as soon as I started listening but not the authors name. Years ago I read one of her Josie Tucker mysteries. They're fun, light-hearted and entertaining. Josie is a blogger with a food obsession and a penchant for solving mysteries. She's brought in to solve a mystery on a college campus as a student. 

Josie is a memorable character and a spit fire.Her life and mind revolve around food which oddly enough it what helps her solve the mystery. While posing as a student she meets a variety of students who add a colorful array to the cast. The story is fast paced and an easy listen that kept me laughing.


Amazon/Audible

Jason Boreggo's Infected Freaks Volume 2

Absolutely enjoying this thrilling series!



My Review:
I'm absolutely enjoying this series! The main character an older man with heart problems will do anything to save his family. In this segment they're heading to Denver but run into a little problem with the low lives of humanity. 

The granddaughter learns her hearing aids give her an edge. I really like her character. She's tough yet girlie and pretty clever. She is easily my favorite. The suspense factor in this series is off the chain! The plot is unique with humans becoming infected from a fungus, one that really exits mind you, and becoming zombies hungry for a delicious human meal. The action is start to finish and keeps me on the edge of my seat.

The books are short which I love because I don't have to pit the story down for mundane activities like cooking yet when the story ends I want more!


Onto the next book.

Amazon/Audible

Deadlocked 2 A.R. wise

Another zomnie series definitely worth checking out!



My Review:

I adored the first book in the series and love how the author is writing a different character each book as the story progresses but I wasn't fond of this book and truly dislike the character.


She's whiney one second than kicking butt the next. On her last leg she's fighting zombies and making some horribly stupid choices. I almost inclined to say but I won't spoil it. The action is non stop and the descriptions are vivid and not for those with a weak stomach. I'm interested in the character in book 3 because I already like him so I wil move on and listen to it.

Amazon/Audible

Monday, October 9, 2017

Something Wicked Comes This Way Giveaway!

It's the season for thrillers and horror. It's also the season for my latest release, Scarlett.

You can get Part 1 of Scarlett, The Purple Mask along with many other books here for free by entering the giveaway. Click here.

Scarlett is the first book in the Evan's Girls series spawned from the Ruthless Storm Trilogy. Scarlett is an egnimatic character introduced in Volume 2 and throughout Volume 3 its hard to decipher her motives. Her story reveals all.

She leads an interesting life. Read the blurb:

I was Evan O’Conner’s first victim. Nov. 5, 1954, at 7:01 p.m. I entered the world, unwanted and uncherished. My mother was raped at 15 by Evan’s grandfather. Distraught and full of hate. A hate I now understand. She gave me up and I spent my tender years in foster care.

At age 17, I met my biological sister, Philmonia, born from the same father. Young and na├»ve I thought I’d finally found family. She was married to a wealthy man, Evan O’Conner Sr. They promised me a fairy tale life. I swooned and fell into their trap. My princess life was stopped short and became my prison.

They perpetrated unspeakable crimes against me. The worst was inseminating me with the sperm that gave life to a monster that grew inside me. I tried to abort the fetus but he clung to my uterus like a leech. The demonic seed grew and grew inside my womb for nine months. The monster’s fingers clawed against my insides. His feet kicked against my bladder and his soul ate at my heart, turning it black with hate. The little demon ball of cells clung inside me, refusing my wishes until he was ready. He was in control even then. My hate deepened each day for the devil inside me.

A child created by lust and scientific experimentation developed into a monster so cruel, so vile he’ll never be forgotten.

When my contractions started I pushed with everything I had to force him out of me. Finally I shed the little beast. My sister and her husband took the screaming, bald creature and held him with amazement while I shivered in relief. The little beast became the most renowned serial killer in history – The Hurricane Killer.

My name is Scarlett Jones and this is my story.

That's only a brief description. Scarlett is a deep person with talents and secrets she only reveals in her story.

I have to thank the fans and readers of the Ruthless Storm Trilogy for their insistance in writing these girls stories because they need to be heard.

It isn't necessary to read the trilogy first before starting the new series but you may want to.


Amazon - all three books
They can also be found at Kobo, Nook, iTunes and are available in Audio.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Kick the Candle: Knight Games Book 2 by Genevieve Jack

Love, love, love this series!




My Review:


I listened to book 1 a few weeks ago and came back for book 2. I'll be onto book 3 soon. Grateful is learning more about her powers and building a data bank she can carry with her on her phone for all the spells. I think that modern day touch is cute.

As she's settling into being a witch she finds she's being evicted from the house. The one she abhorred at first but now loves. It's the place she has to be to send souls away. The story quickly builds and the plot thickens. She and Rick have problems, leaving her alone.She adores him, is connected to him on a level that exceeds the physical realm but she can't commit.

This series is quick paced and witty. I adore Grateful. I'm not so crazy about Rick. I liked her ghost beau better but now in a human body her feelings for him have settled and they're good friends. She finds many reasons to call him, some that simply cracked me up.


A fun series!

Amazon/Audible

Z-Day: Day of the Zombies by Mark Cusco Ailes

Beware of zombies, they're everywhere.



My Review:

The zombie apocalypse is here and this town and running wild as the occupants work to get out of town without being eaten. There's always a zombie around the corner, behind the door and their backs. And not only human zombies but animals. 

The town harbors a zombie park. When they get out, everything goes wild. The action alone kept me on the edge. The story includes several characters and jumped quite a bit from one group to the next. At first that was a bit confusing and I didn't feel as much connection with the characters as I like but there;s enough gore and action I enjoyed it.

I loved the opening with  all the zombie growling but wasn't so much fond of all the voices. The female's didn't sound female and there were so many characters it was hard to tell them apart by voice alone.


It's a solid story, gory, and suspenseful! 

Sweet Nightmares: The Damned Series Book 1 by Zizi Cole

Cool concept, fun book!



My Review:
Lexi moves back home after a bad relationship. Her parents die soon after and she blames herself nut not in the way most people do. She saw herself do it and can remember details of doing it. She reunited with a cousin who lives in town Mia and her high school sweetheart Jake. What she see's isn't really her killing her parents but a dream of it and she see's other dreams, horrible dreams and there's a man who visits her dreams.

The story is fast-paced, plot directed and includes strong characters. It's an easy book to sink into and listen in one shot. Mia and Lexi soon learn they aren't everyday people but have special and unique abilities passed on from their parents and heritage. Mia knew but Lexi didn't. After all the dreams and other wild things that start happening she soon learns.


A paranormal romance with crazy plot twists and excitement!

Amazon/Audible

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Relief Efforts for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

As many of you know I live in north Florida. When Hurricane Irma blew through Florida I was relatively safely tucked away in the western panhandle in Destin Fl.

I didn't see much of the storm there except tropical storm force winds and rain Monday Sept. 11. On our drive to Destin we passed rest stops filled with evacuees and soon the hotel we were in filled with more evacuees from the eastern and western coastal regions and Tampa.


Finding gas was a challenge since so many stations were out but the gas buddy app was a huge help and I was sure at each we stopped at to update whether gas was available or not. Some of my family evacuated and only recently gained electricity again. Other members of my family and friends stayed put and waited it out.

When we returned home Tuesday it was like a ghost town. Gas stations had no power. Saran wrap was around the pumps, few restaurants were open. Those open had lines wrapping the building and into the street. 

In twenty years of living in the Jacksonville area of Florida this is the worst I've seen. The flooding was extensive and helicopters were out in search of survivors, many roads were impassable and so many lost their homes or can't live in them until they're repaired. Houston is just as bad after Hurricane Harvey and their suffering continues.

My heart breaks for these people and I already donated half my earning made in Destin Fl but it's simply not enough so I'm donating all the royalties until 10/14 from the sales of my St. Augustine Novellas, the Bloodseeker series.


I chose this series because it takes place in north Florida. St. Augustine wasn't only affected by Hurricane Irma but also Hurricane Matthew last year. The series cover designer has also decided to donate royalties from her book Winter Thrillz. Together we hope to donate a nice chunk of money to Red Cross for disaster relief.  


The series on Amazon 
The Vampires Next Door Book 1
The Monster Upstairs Book 2

Winter Thrillz (includes page reads as part of KU)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Serenity by Craig A Hart

A bit cliche but still entertaining!



My Review: 
Shelby is a retired divorced gentleman involved with a much younger woman. I really disliked his daughter. She was far too whiny but I liked Shelby OK. He finds himself involved in a mystery.

There is a good bit of suspense in the story, enough to keep me entertained. The author builds character and the relationships of those characters. The pace is steady, building as the plot comes to finality.

One of my favorite characters is Shelby's girlfriend. Loved her! I could see this being a very successful series based on the characters alone!

Amazon/Audible

A Field of Red by Greg Enslen

The jury's still out on this one.



My Review:
This book had a slower pace. Frank is an ex-cop who specialized in missing children yet he refuses tvbvo assist in a local case when girl's start disappearing. He's an alcoholic who'd rather have his lips to a bottle than help.

I didn't like Frank much. He seemed pretty worthless to me, eventually he helps. I hope that's not a spoiler but I think any reader who starts the story will figure that out on their own.
The mystery in the story was solid and kept me listening. There's sufficient suspense most of the way through.


The plot stalls at times but is easy to follow. It's a decent book and those who love cozy mystery will most likely enjoy the story.

Amazon/Audible

Death by Honeymoon by Jaden Skye

Started slow but got better!



My Review:
The first chapters dragged on and on. They weren't too exciting but there was enough mystery I didn't quit. Glad I didn't the story gets very intriguing.

Cindy marries Clint, the man of her dreams and they honeymoon in Barbados. He turns up dead. For weeks she's depressed and falls in on herself. Her sister comes to visit ad takes care of her until she's injured when the brakes in Cindy's car fail.

After that is where it gets good. Clint's family is horrible and treat Cindy as though she's guilty of something. But more people associated with Clint and his company begin dying which sends Cindy packing and back to Barbados.

Once there the plot thickens and she's in peril yet doesn't back down and the story takes on a faster pace.

All and all an entertaining mystery!

Amazon/Audible

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Prison of the Past is out!

Released Tuesday I'm a bit late in announcing this. My apologies. 



The final book is complete with all the suspense and excitement of the other books. Cleo wraps up loose ends and discovers more about herself in the process and finds a couple accomplices that join her in the final journey.





All the other books in the series are .99 right now!
The entire series on Amazon!

All the books are available at iTunes, Kobo and Nook.







Friday, September 1, 2017

How do you buy your books?

Serious question, how do you buy books?

As of the past couple years I've gone almost exclusively to audiobooks. My writing time as an author eats up any time I might have used for paperbacks and ebooks. This year I've currently released 4 books with another, a Gothic horror, to be released in November and hopefully the final book in the Zombie Girl trilogy. All that doesn't equal much time to read, so I listen to audios while I'm driving and at night, instead of TV.

Taking all that into consideration and the fact that audible has increased audio upgrade (whispersync) prices I've gone to downloading free books and upgrading to audio.

First, I don't agree with the sudden increase in audio upgrades. They were $1.99 and $2.99 now they are $7.49. This effects me as a reader and an author. As a reader I download the free kindle. If the audio upgrade is still priced at $1.99 I upgrade. If it's at $7.49 I wait. It's discouraging. In the past, I'd pay for a kindle now I go with only free. As an author I hate it even more.

So I should love it, more money per book but that's not the case and I've voiced my opinion to audible. I'd much prefer at the very least that a customer could download the audio upgrade for the first book in the series for $1.99 or $2.99. My request wasn't ignored but I was told we have no control and will pass this along. For future audiobooks I'm considering other options and probably won't use ACX again. It's not just their unreasonable pricing terms but the lack of revenue when my audiobooks sell. Believe it or not I get roughly 20% from the entire sale.

Readers don't necessarily know that but what you pay for doesn't all go to the author and narrator. Everyone else gets paid first then the author and narrator so they bank very little. I've had statements selling hundreds of dollars in audio and received so little of it that I couldn't even buy a tank of gasoline.

I'm looking at my options as an author. As a reader I refuse to subscribe and pay monthly fees anywhere. It goes against my grain for someone to take money from my account. I prefer having full control over my bank accounts. That has a lot to do with my sordid past. I pay, no credit. That's me.

What I do now is grab free kindle books that have the audio upgrade. Audible can price what they want when they want. I get the freebie and upgrade when I'm ready to read it. I'm subscribed to several ebook newsletters. I truly hate this because I want my money to pay the author and narrator not all the middle men (there's quite a few). 

What to do? As an author I'm done with ACX and looking at my options. As a reader I wish more books were available on MP3. This all needs to change. If you're an audio reader don't hesitate to contact Audible/ACX if that's who you use and voice your opinion. It will take thousands if not millions for them to make any changes. In the mean time authors are hurt, their minute sales after all the middlemen drop even more  and you're paying more money.

So how do you buy your books?

My Amazon page

Deadlocked by A.R. Wise

The cover may not look like much but looks can be deceiving. Great story!



My Review:

Another action packed, suspense laden listen. David's an average guy at work when he see's a gruesome sight on the news. Children on a school bus eating other children. Horrified he and his co-workers check out early.There's more backstory given about the break out and illness infecting everyone.

All he wants to do is get home to his wife and girls but the odds are against him. One terrifying moment after the next it seems he will perish. Luck isn't with him and fights tooth and nail. Hes an office guy gone zombie vigilante to get home to his family. As unrealistic as that seems I think under the circumstances most people would find the strength to accomplish heroic acts.

The plot is simple, the story progresses quickly and as a bonus the first couple chapters of the second book are available at the end. Even I cringed throughout this story and I really enjoyed the little things the author thought of and put into this.

Infected Freaks by Jason Borrego

Plenty of science and horror!



My Review:

All kinds of good stuff here! Red Dead plummeted to Earth sending it into chaos and a new civil war has sprouted. Abraham feels somewhat safe isolated with most of his family in the mountains of Colorado. Two of his grown children left and he makes a weekly radio call at a local abandoned place in hopes they'll hear and find him. It's one of those missions that sparks the story.

This author uses a real illness caused by a fungus that infects insects to make zombies out of. Who knows it could happen. I loved the science. The zombies are ruthless and come out at night. The red sky caused by Red Dead feeds them energy in the late hours when they come out of their hiding places.

This is a clever story chalk full of action and suspense. Not a single dull moment as Abraham and company fight off the evil, disgusting zombies as they try and make it back to the mountain home.

Amazon/Audible

Rest Haven by Erik Therme

Spooky young adult thriller!



My Review:

Great story that kept me hooked from start to finish! Kaylee's mom forces her to hang out with a group of other kids. She's more of a homebody and prefers safe activities but that's not on the order for this night. She's invited to a scavenger hunt in a closed retirement home while there she faces all types of horrors.

One of the girls is a real piece of work and they get into an argument the next thing the mean girl is gone and all the others including Kaylee are locked into the retirement. All the doors are boarded and there's no way out. They get separated at various points, chased by a stray dog, a creepy old man and Kaylee finds a boy she tricks into coming with her. It's important to her that she get him out.

Banter between the kids is realistic and so are their ideas and actions making them dimensional. There's enough creepy stuff to make this story a real nail-biter. The story moves quickly. I loved that, one moment to the next the story kept moving and intensifying. I was a little disappointed when it ended.

Amazon/Audible