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Freak Show by Patti Larsen – Review

Blurb:

When transsexual starlet Aisling is murdered, Detective Geraldine Meyers is assigned the case. With help from medical examiner Dr. Rachel Hunter, Gerri realizes this is no ordinary killing. While she might not want to call in over-eager anthropologist Dr. Kinsey DanAllart, the detective is forced to trust her friend’s expertise in symbology, even though doing so means admitting “weird” things might be happening in Silver City. As the three friends unravel the mystery of the dancer’s death, one thing is made absolutely apparent–something isn’t right in their new hometown. And someone is doing everything they can to make sure the truth doesn’t come out.

In Silver City, sometimes friendship can be murder.

My Review:

First up, I hope Jackson gets shot in the face, and soon.

Now, this is a story that brings thought to mind. From working out who the killer was (didn’t see it coming), to the idea of six races of paranormals (I think I know what the unrevealed four are), to a cri-fi story shielding the truth of a paranormal romp. Well-written and covered in enough racism (as in, of paranormal races), sexism, homophobia and self-denial that I wonder why every character hasn’t been slogged in the face at least once.

Definitely a story to read, one that will keep you entertained, for a few hours at least.

4.5/5

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October 20, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kentucky Bestiary by Joseph Hirsch – Review

Blurb:

It has been quite a long time since Officer Peter Silone has been back to Tipple Hollow, the small Appalachian town where he spent many childhood summers with his uncle and his now-deceased younger brother. So when a job opens up in neighboring Gilchrist, Kentucky, Pete naturally jumps at the chance to escape big city police work, and spend some time taking it easy in the country.

Nothing in rural Appalachia is as it seems, however. A meth amphetamine epidemic is sweeping the land, and Pete hears pray tell that monsters roam the hillsides and coalmines where no man has ventured in quite a long time. That all changes, however, when a reclusive and mysterious billionaire named Rufus Petulengro sets up camp in Tipple Hollow, and begins to conduct research in the long-dormant mines. He claims he wants only to help the environment, and to undo the damage he wreaked as a commodities trader exploiting the world for its natural resources. As Pete’s curiosity leads him on, deeper into the country and finally into the mine, he discovers a dark secret, hiding within the black bowels of the coalmine.

My Review:

This book is pegged as a ‘Supernatural Mystery’, but the only thing mysterious that happens in it, really only happens in the last 30-40 pages. It’s closer to a police procedural/crime-fiction with a couple of weird things thrown in. Meth is everywhere, explaining pretty much everything.

The book is written well, if not especially horrifying or mysterious. The first 2/3rds of the book bring you into the area, get you knowing the people involved, the history of the town. But there are still parts of the story I don’t understand their connection (or maybe I’m just dense), like the storey of Joe C. and his mother, or the history of Jerry Silone and his friends in the mine.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed the thrill of watching Pete fumble his way through the small-town beat, only to end up facing hell, in the worst possible way. Can say I wasn’t really expecting the ending. I mean, he went to the Inn? Really??

Ugh, so annoyed at that.

Anyway, I look forward to the next Hirsch installment.

4.5/5

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October 7, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

Fallen by Laury Falter – Review Pending

Blurb:

Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.

As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived.

My Review:

 

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September 2, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

Abomination by Audra Middleton – Review Pending

Blurb:

The seeds are planted. Which will take root, change or destruction?

A seed of destruction is sprouting in Forest End, but the kingdom is in too much of an uproar trying to locate their missing princess to notice. Princess Willow has been kidnapped by the enemy. Her mother, the Fauna Queen known as Watcher, is the only one who can reach Luminar and rescue Willow before the winter snows come. While the queen finds a way to save her daughter, the princess is able to plant seeds of change in the enemy kingdom. But if Watcher doesn’t make it back in time to stop the abomination that has been growing in Forest End, Willow’s seeds will never take root.

My Review:

 

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Interview:

1. Why didn’t you become a policeman instead of a writer?

While handcuffs and donuts have a certain appeal, driving around arresting criminals would require an alertness that daydreamers like me don’t possess. I’d be so preoccupied imagining myself solving crimes, I’d probably miss an actual robbery in progress.

2. If you could only tell one story in your life, what would it be?

I want more than anything to be able to tell the story of my son’s victory over Leukemia. He was recently diagnosed and it’s the only story that matters to me right now.

3. Apples or pears?

Apples. Adam & Eve, Snow White, Johnny Appleseed. What stories ever centered around a pear?

4. Which of your own characters would you like to meet and why?

Right now I could use the counsel of the holy man, Goran. His spirituality, wisdom, and perspective would be comforting. Plus he’s got a bit of sarcasm to him, so I think we’d get along quite well.

5. How would you like the world to end?

In a metamorphic way, in which the old gives way to something new and improved. (After humans have colonized the moons of Jupiter, of course. What good is new and improved if we aren’t around to enjoy it?)

6. Which genre do you wish you could write, and why?

I’ve got a horror story floating around in my head. I think it would be a challenging genre to write, crafting something truly scary without being hokey. And if I were good at it, I’d scare myself so bad I’d have to sleep with the lights on for months.

7. You’re stuck on an island with only three things: A knife, a match and a stick. What would you do to survive?

I’d have to put all my eggs in the ‘building a signal fire and hope for rescue’ basket. If that didn’t work I supposed I’d have to whittle myself a miniature Les Stroud to talk me through survival techniques.

8. Which of the following would you rather have stalking you through the night: A vampire, a werewolf, or Stephen King?

Stephen King, of course. I’d much rather have my blood curdled with a good scary story than have it devoured by some supernatural creature.

9. Who is the best villain you’ve ever read, and why?

Rowling’s Snape comes to mind. We hated him throughout the series for his bullying nature, but in the end we discovered the true depth and complexity of his character. The best villains are ones who aren’t necessarily evil after all.

September 1, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Afterglow by Ute Carbone – Review Pending

Blurb:
India Othmar isn’t having a great year. Her husband of thirty-one years has left her for their son’s ex-girlfriend. Her grown children have moved home. Her best friend Eva seems determined to set her up with every oddball in their small Massachusetts town. And her most significant relationship these days is with Cherry Garcia.

But India is more resilient than she thinks. And though it will take a broken arm, a lawn littered with engine parts, some creative uses for shoes, and a scandalous love affair of her own, she learns, much to her surprise, that her life hasn’t ended with her marriage.

My Review:
Pending

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August 31, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

Crowdfunding a Comic

Hey guys, 

While Matt’s down-and-out, he’s decided it’s time for him to create one of his favourite things – a comic book – and he’s using one of my books to do it! So, if you have a spare $2-3 in the budget this month (or more, we’re not fussy), head over to the Kickstarter page and pledge.

What book are we converting? Blood Moon. We’re calling it “The Battle of the Blood Moon”, the book’s original title. Look, we even have a cover(ish): 

Cover Concept!

Cover Concept!

 

Two things to keep in mind though:

1. It’s in Australian Dollars which means my US friends will (at writing) only be paying 93c to every dollar they pledge. Make you feel good? You’re saving money AND helping us out!

2. If we don’t get the $2,500 we’re asking, you don’t pay anything at all. I can’t stress that enough. If we don’t hit our goal, we don’t get anything – meaning you don’t spend any money at all!

3. You can elect to receive stuff for pledging to us! Everything from a simple ‘thank you’ email, to copies of the comic, and even an appearance in one! If we get funded, you get the goods! How awesome is that?

So go on, what’s $2 worth to you? It could be the difference between getting this comic together…or not. Hitch a ride over and pledge. Make a little boy’s dreams come true.

August 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Mirror Mirror by Jeremy Terry – Review Pending

Blurb:

There is a darkness residing in the Pendelton family’s new dream home and it’s hungry for their souls…

My Review:

Pending

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August 25, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

Stolen Dreams by Christine Amsden – Review

20564056Blurb:

Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have despised one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood’s grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie’s father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own? Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.

My Review:

A stunning ending to the series. Finally freed from her shell, Cassie is free to take on the world at large, with Evan by her side. I hate that this has to end, and that I have to say goodbye to the characters.

I’m going to stop there before I let go of any spoilers – but hell’s bells, you only read one series a year, go read this series!

5.5/5

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August 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Matt Archer: Redemption by Kendra C. Highley – Reviews Pending

Blurb:
“There’s more to me than you know…”

When Matt Archer’s sister, Mamie, said those words to him three years ago, he had no idea how prophetic they were, or what this would mean for his family.

Now, he knows. And it changes everything, bringing the war right to Matt’s doorstep.

In the epic conclusion to the Matt Archer series, the endgame is near. Betrayed by an enemy, the wielders have been called off the hunt by their own government, despite increasing reports of paranormal activity—and deaths—worldwide. Matt is forced to sit on the sidelines, knowing that proving monsters exist means revealing who—and what—he is. Soon the world will know his name…which will only make his job harder.

Matt’s only hope resides with a man he barely knows—his father. If Erik Archer can put together the final puzzle before the monsters do, maybe they’ll have a chance. Maybe.

Mystery, tragedy and the power of family combine as Matt races to win the war and save the people he loves. There’s just one thing he’s afraid of…

It might already be too late.

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August 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

Blind Redemption by Violetta Rand – Review

Blurb:

The past is something he’d sooner forget…

Aaron McNally hates his past. Banished from his home for betrayal, he trades his tartan for a Norwegian title and sword to win back his honor.

She has a warrior’s heart…

It’s difficult for Kara Dalgaard to act like a lady, even when her father demands it. After the handsome Jarl Aaron McNally arrives at her home recruiting for the king’s army, she’s forced to participate in a cruel deception to humiliate him.

Drawn to his strength and passion, she quickly regrets what she’s done. But duty comes before happiness.

Aaron wants a second chance at life—and Kara is everything he’s dreamed of. But the past always has a way of catching up with you. Will Kara trust him or condemn him to a life of loneliness?

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August 13, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

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