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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Strange Brew by David W. Landrum [3.5 stars]



From the Description:

When a witch is in love with you, the magic can get serious.

Andrew Cabot’s successful career as a rock star is disrupted in an expected way when he encounters Lybecca, the most powerful witch in England, who declares she is in love with him. A captive to her affection, he travels time and space with her in search of a cure for the damage she has done to her mind. Magic and danger lie at every turn—and love as well, even in the strange brew of their relationship.

When I received this book I thought to myself "Oh no,,, I don't like romance books, at least it's short (coming in at 55 pages). While it is a paranormal romance there is also magic, witches, time travel, and some really great music. Even though romances aren't my cup of tea, this story was well written and entertaining. I enjoyed the story enough that I would read another book by David W. Landrum. I loved that David included one of my favorite blues legends, Robert Johnson, in the story. If you like paranormal romances or erotica I would recommend this short book as an enjoyable read. 3.5 stars.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Forever Bound by C.L. Scott [4 stars]




From the Description:

Kyra doesn't believe in fate. She hates the idea that her life has been pre-planned, but when she returns to the small, coastal town of Sutton she finds herself on a path that was written long before she existed. It is a journey that will rest the fate of the world upon her shoulders.

For Kyra Summers there is nothing worse than living in one place for too long. She has spent her whole life on the road, running from herself, hiding from the world, existing rather than living. So when Gran announces an unexpected trip back to Sutton Bay, back to the family home Kyra is not happy. Even worse for the first time in her life she will be going to school, but it's only for a year...right?

Descended from an ancient race that is destined to guard the gateways between our world and the next. It is up to Kyra and her new friends to stop the evil that threatens to consume our world. Which isn't easy when you find out that monsters really do exist and you are at the top of their "most wanted" list. With a demon and a hellhound stealing her heart will Kyra walk away or be forever bound?

A really great YA paranormal! I enjoyed getting to know Kyra and her friends a lot more than with most series in this genre that feature a female lead. Kyra is NOT a little milquetoast airhead that can't function without the help of her boyfriend but a strong young woman learning who she really is. With a fast paced and engaging story I can't wait to see what happens next!

A Shiver Of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton [ 5 stars]



From the Description:

I am Princess Meredith NicEssus. Legal name Meredith Gentry, because “Princess” looks so pretentious on a driver’s license. I was the first faerie princess born on American soil, but I wouldn’t be the only one for much longer...
Merry Gentry, ex–private detective, now full-time princess, knew she was descended from fertility goddesses, but when she learned she was about to have triplets, she began to understand what that might mean. Infertility has plagued the high ranks of faerie for centuries. Now nobles of both courts of faerie are coming to court Merry and her men, at their home in exile in the Western Lands of Los Angeles, because they will do anything to have babies of their own.

Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, is a more dangerous problem. He tried to seduce Merry and, failing that, raped her. He’s using the human courts to sue for visitation rights, claiming that one of the babies is his. And though Merry knows she was already pregnant when he took her, she can’t prove it.

To save herself and her babies from Taranis she will use the most dangerous powers in all of faerie: a god of death, a warrior known as the Darkness, the Killing Frost, and a king of nightmares. They are her lovers, and her dearest loves, and they will face down the might of the high courts of faerie—while trying to keep the war from spreading to innocent humans in Los Angeles, who are in danger of becoming collateral damage.

Laurell K. Hamilton has done it again! A great read!! In this, the ninth book in the Merry Gentry series, we get to revisit old friends and meet the newest members of Merry's family. As if giving birth to triplets wasn't hard enough, Merry also has to face the threat of her Uncle. Be prepared for a thrill ride when you pick up this fast paced book, a great 5 star read. And as a fair warning, the end made me cry ,,,,,


Dog Days by Joe McKinney [4 stars]



From the Description:


Winner of the Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a YA Novel. It's the summer of 1983 and the suburbs of Houston are reeling from a disastrous hurricane. But the storm brought more than wind and floodwaters. In the swamps that surround Clear Lake a brutal and possibly supernatural killer is gathering strength, and waiting for the full moon. The focus of his bloodlust is fifteen year old Mark Eckert. Reckless to a fault, with a knack for making spectacularly bad decisions, Mark had planned to spend that last summer before high school wandering the swamps with his friends and his beloved dog Max. But after a chance encounter with the lunatic, Mark's summer becomes a time of terror and tragedy. With his life on the line, Mark's courage will be tested to his limits and beyond as he struggles to survive the hottest days of summer: the dog days.

A new look at an old legend. Joe McKinney has managed to breathe new life into the coming of age tale, and an interesting take on the werewolf legend. With great characters and a fast paced story line this novella is a very enjoyable read. A solid 4 stars.

The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison [ 5 stars]



From the Description:


It’s Rachel Morgan’s ultimate adventure . . . and anything can happen in this final book in the New York Times bestselling Hollows series.
Rachel Morgan has come a long way from her early days as an inexperienced bounty hunter. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has unexpectedly become something much more.
But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. Rachel has known that this day would come—and now it is here.
To save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything. . . .

I have followed this series, The Hollows, from the very first book. This novel was very bittersweet for me. It was great to see how it all worked out but sad to say goodbye to characters that seemed like old friends. Full of great characters that were believable, and solid plots this was a fabulous series. In this, the thirteenth, book Kim Harrison once again delivers a fast paced, fun read. Grab this whole series! A solid 5 star read.


Jason by Laurell K. Hamilton [3 stars]



From the Description:


"Enjoying pain with your pleasure is something you either get, or you don't. If you get it, then you don't really need it explained, because you know how good it feels, and if you don't get it then no amount of talking is going to convince you it makes sense."
But sometimes you have to explain the unexplainable, especially if the love of your life needs to understand, or she'll leave you. Jason Schuyler is one of Anita Blake's best friends and favorite werewolves, with benefits. J.J. is his lady love, an old flame from childhood who dances at one of the top ballet companies in New York. She's accomplished, beautiful, and she's crazy about him, too. Neither of them wants to be monogamous, so what could go wrong?

J.J. is enthusiastically bisexual, with an emphasis on the female side of things. She plans to keep sleeping with women, because Jason can't meet that need, just like she can't meet Jason's need for rough sex and bondage. J.J. doesn't understand why Jason isn’t content to go elsewhere for a need she can’t fulfil, so Jason asks Anita to help him explain.

Anita is having her own relationship growing pains with her only female lover ever, Jade. Jason suggests that J.J. might be able to help Anita with her girl problem, while she helps him with his kinky explanations. With some encouragement from a few other lovers in Anita's life she reluctantly agrees, and J. J. makes plans to fly into town for an experience that none of them will ever forget.

I normally really like Laurell K. Hamilton's books. Her Anita Blake, Vampire series is great, and the Merry Gentry series is wonderful too. But every once in a while she releases what is usually termed 'mommy porn'. Jason falls into this category. While most of her books do feature a good deal of sex, it's in the context of the story. After all Anita Blake is a succubus, and Merry Gentry is trying to save the entire fae race by getting pregnant by one of her guards (or several). Jason is part of the Anita Blake series. The whole story is sex. Talking about it and having it. The writing is great as always but I prefer a little more plot. 3 stars.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Coyote: The Clockwork Dragonfly by Chantal Noordeloos [4.5 stars]



From the Description:


A mysterious circus comes to town, dazzling the crowd with astonishing feats of magic and mechanics.However, when Coyote, Caesar and their new companion take a closer look, they find things are not as innocent as the posters suggest. A dark secret hides behind the brightly colored tents, one that may force good friends to grow apart.

Caesar stands at a crossroad, where he has to make a difficult choice, and, for the first time, Coyote finds herself wondering who her allies really are, as she takes on the most dangerous foes she has ever faced. 

Move over Jonah Hex, there's a new gun in town! Coyote, along with her partner Caesar, are bounty hunters that only takes on the most difficult jobs. With The Clockwork Dragonfly we get to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. The characters are believable and it's easy to care about what happens to them. A solid and engaging storyline draws you in and doesn't let go until the very last page and leaves you wanting more. At times funny and at others heartbreaking. Another amazing book from Ms. Noordeloos! This is part two in the Coyote series and part three can't get here fast enough for me!  Do yourself a favor and grab this 4.5 star read!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Coyote The Outlander by Chantal Noordeloos [4.5 stars]



From the Description:

''Being a female bounty hunter, Coyote made men nervous. Being an official, she made them wary. But being the best gunman, or in her case, gunwoman around, Coyote made them downright anxious. The popular consensus was that women shouldn’t be allowed to be bounty hunters, but no one dared say this out loud when Coyote was around.''

~Coyote: The Outlander

No one knows where or when the rips will appear, but they do, and from them, Outlanders walk the earth. Coyote travels the territories with Caesar, her mysterious partner in the bounty hunter business, and together they confront these alien threats to humanity. Along the way, Coyote discovers a secret that threatens to shatter everything she believes about herself, her father, and her sworn enemy, James Westwood. Whether Outlander or inner demons, some things can't be solved with a six shooter.

Chantal has crafted an amazing story of intrigue and adventure set in the wild west. I instantly fell in love with her protagonist, Coyote. In fact all the characters came alive in this adventure. I can't wait for the next installment to her series. This is REALLY good!

~Charles Day, Bram Stoker Award® nominated author of LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF and THE HUNT FOR THE GHOULISH BARTENDER

About the FREE Second Screen:
Reading itself is a favorite pastime, but with ‘Coyote: The Outlander’ we wanted to add a little extra by offering you a free second screen experience. Within the book you’ll find four icons of a safe. Each of these will come with the secret code for that part of the book. Simply go to the website ‘www.coyotethebooks.com’ and unlock the corresponding safe.

You will find FREE content, such as extra storylines, background music, selected for that part of the story. We advise you not to read ahead of the story, because the extra content may contain spoilers.

~The Tip My Hat team, Publishers of Coyote: The Outlander


What a book!! This steampunk western had me hooked from the very first page. With most westerns women are at best the sidekicks. In this novel we get a kickass heroine instead! Coyote is a woman ahead of her time. A bounty hunter fighting for equality both for herself and her partner, Caesar (a former slave) one battle at a time while saving people from outlanders. I adored these characters! It was very easy to get pulled into their world and care about what happened to them. Inside the story you will find four safes. These lead you to free content that enhances the story. There are music downloads and short stories for you to have even more of a world that is fun and exciting. This made for a truly interactive experience that kept me up all night unable to put down my kindle. The ending had a twist that makes me very glad I have part two waiting. A fun and fast paced thrill ride that you should grab today! 4.5 stars.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hell Hole by Hunter Shea [4 stars]




From the Description:

Deep in a Wyoming mine, hell awaits.



Former cattle driver, Rough Rider and current New York City cop Nat Blackburn is given an offer he can’t refuse by President Teddy Roosevelt. Tales of gold in the abandoned mining town of Hecla, in the Deep Rock Hills, abound. The only problem–those who go seeking their fortune never return.

Along with his constant companion, Teta, a hired gun with a thirst for adventure, Nat travels to a barren land where even animals dare not tread. But the remnants of Hecla are far from empty. Black-eyed children, strange lights and ferocious wild men venture from the deep, dark mine...as well as a force so sinister Nat’s and Teta’s very souls are in jeopardy.

There’s a mystery in Hecla thousands of years old. Solving it could spell the end of the world.

This weird western is a rip-roaring fun fest that has it all! It has everything from black eyed kids and ghosts to djinn and bigfoot. Even the Devil makes an appearance or two as our heroes Nat and Teta with a few unexpected friends try to solve the mystery of the ghost town of Hecla for the President. I have to say that Teta was my favorite character. A cowboy who can quote Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells and is still a crack shot! Some parts of this fast paced story made me laugh out loud and other parts were genuinely creepy. So mosey on over to your book seller and grab a copy of this fun read! 4 stars.

Revival by Stephen King [ 4.5 stars ]




From the Description:

A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Anyone who knows me knows that I adore Stephen King. When I was a kid 'Salem's Lot terrified me and I've been hooked on his work ever since. With Revival we get to know Jamie Morton and his fifth business, Charlie Jacobs. Charlie's hobby is electricity and when he loses his family it turns into an obsession. Jamie is a drug addicted guitar player who is cured by one of Charlie's experiments. But there are side-effects. And when he gets a chance to see Charlie again he finds that some have much worse ones than he was left with. When Jamie tries to stop the experiments he finds that Charlie's goal is more terrifying than he could have ever imagined. While this book was a great read it wasn't as scary as I had expected. Fast paced and fun! A solid 4.5 star read.

Matt Manochio Interview





I was introduced to Matt's work by Erin Al-Mehairi. I was sent a copy of his first novel The Dark Servant and was hooked. Matt was nice enough to give me an interview so sit back and get to know this fabulous new writer and after the interview there is a chance for you to win some really great prizes. You can also find my review here link

1. Tell me a little about yourself.
I’m 39, married with a 3-year-old son, and I live in New Jersey where I was born and raised. I graduated from the University of Delaware in 1997 with a history/journalism degree. I’m a huge AC/DC fan and am excited about their upcoming new album, Rock or Bust, but am also bummed their drummer is self-destructing.
2. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Right now I’m very limited as to what I can do during my spare time because of my little guy. He does a great job of making sure I can’t do anything I want to do (readers with kids will know what I’m talking about). I actually enjoy reading, but haven’t had much time to do that either. In theory I enjoy traveling and last did so when my wife and I escaped to Florida for a nice long weekend (with grandma and grampa watching the boy).
3. How long have you been writing?
Professionally, I was a newspaper reporter in New Jersey from 1999 to 2011, and even got a chance to write about my beloved AC/DC for USA Today in 2008 and 2011. I began my foray into authorship in 2007 and in 2010 actually sold the first book I ever wrote. That’s a long and frustrating story, but it led to good things, including my debut supernatural thriller, The Dark Servant, and you can read the entire account on the Writer’s Digest website.
4. Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
I’ve wanted to write a book, in general, ever since high school. I’d browse bookstore shelves and wondered what it would be like to see my name on one of them. I never read any particular author as a kid. I of course read Stephen King, JRR Tolkien, Michael Crichton, but didn’t have a favorite writer, per se. I joined the University of Delaware’s student newspaper, The Review, not because I wanted to be a reporter, but because it provided an outlet to write (and become better at it). The best thing I did in college was work at the school newspaper.
5. What do you find most challenging and enjoyable as an author?
Without a doubt the most challenging part about being an author is finding the time to write while juggling a fulltime job, being a dad, and the like. I get at least one hour and fifteen minutes of precious writing time a day after work—before I pick up my son from day care. I try to squeeze in more when I can at night (when my wife looks after our son), and on the weekend. The enjoyable part, at this moment, is realizing I can call myself an author, actually being able to hold the book in my hands and see my name on it, and know that someone out there liked what I did enough to take a chance on me and publish it.
6. What books do you enjoy in your free time?
Non-fiction: WWII history.
Fiction: Being a writer for Samhain Publishing has introduced me to numerous talented authors (Jonathan Janz, John Everson, Brian Moreland—there are too many to list) and I’ve got a stack of their books, and others, that are on my list.
7. Who is your favorite author/book and why?
Author: Dave Barry. I enjoy humor and was first introduced to him back in college with this Year in Review column. I have more of his books than any other author out there. Book: I don’t have a single favorite, but the following top my list: Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot, Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, and JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Why do I like those books? The Hobbit’s probably the first novel I remember reading—and finishing—as a kid. That made me proud. I loved dinosaurs as a kid (what little boy doesn’t?) and it was only natural that I read Jurassic Park, and that introduced me to Crichton. And I read ‘Salem’s Lot in a 24-hour period while on a college break—that’s how much it engrossed me. Those are books I go back and re-read, ‘Salem’s Lot especially.
8. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I still think of myself as an aspiring writer. The one thing I’ve learned through all these ups and downs is to never stop writing. And if you’re getting rejections, and not even sniffs, then you’re likely doing something wrong. The book that helped guide my path and make me a better novelist is Don’t Sabotage Your Submission, by Chris Roerden. Regardless of genre, you will not go wrong reading it.
9. Can you tell us about any of your new work?
I’m waiting to hear back from my editor on a second book I hope to have published through Samhain Horror. It’s a supernatural western—if there is such a thing—set in South Carolina. (So it’s not exactly a Western, but you get my drift.) I’ll feel comfortable saying more when I’m confident we can iron out a deal.
10. What question do you wish someone would ask and what is the answer?
I just blogged about this very same subject! Whenever you get interviewed, people are bound to ask you the same (or similar) questions, and not ones you sometimes wish you’d get. So let’s see:
Q. Are you nervous about your first-ever book signing? (It’s a launch party at the Barnes & Noble in Bridgewater, NJ, on Saturday, November 22, at 6 p.m. [you’re invited].)
A. Yes! Even though I know family and friends will be in attendance, I’m still worried I might end up like the Spinal Tap guys, who appear at a record store for a signing and nobody shows up. I think they’re even mistaken for clerks. I’m certain that won’t happen to me, but it’s a very uneasy feeling when you’re not used to putting yourself out there, and then suddenly you need to start promoting your work. Hopefully it’ll be a fun time.
Photo Credit: Eric Schnare
See more about Matt and his book on his website: www.mattmanochio.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter (@mattmanochio), Pinterest.
Tour Giveaway!
For everyone! CREATE a PINTEREST board by choosing one of the following themes: Krampus, Old World Legends, Vintage Holiday, Old World Christmas, Christmas Around the World, Traditions and Legends, Myths, Monsters, and Horror, or something very similar.
Second rule: You must pin Matt's book cover and Amazon purchase link or Samhain Horror Purchase link. Third Rule: Follow Matt Manochio and Erin Al-Mehairi.
Third Recommendation: Extra points for pinning extra things about Matt, such as tour page, articles, etc.
Your board will be judged on the above PLUS your creativity and effort in the project! Send Erin at hookofabook@hotmail.com your Pinterest page to enter by Dec. 8. Of course you can continue to use it through the Holiday if you wish!
Prize: A "Santa Checked His List and I'm on the Naughty Side" package. This will include your choice of Krampus themed apparel (t-shirt or sweatshirt, men or women, visuals to come) and a signed paperback of the book.

 

The Dark Servant by Matt Manochio [4.5 stars]



From the Description:

Santa's not the only one coming to town ...
It's older than Christ and has tormented European children for centuries. Now America faces its wrath. Unsuspecting kids vanish as a blizzard crushes New Jersey. All that remains are signs of destruction—and bloody hoof prints stomped in snow. Seventeen-year-old Billy Schweitzer awakes December 5 feeling depressed. Already feuding with his police chief father and golden boy older brother, Billy's devastated when his dream girl rejects him. When an unrelenting creature infiltrates his town, imperiling his family and friends, Billy must overcome his own demons to understand why his supposedly innocent high school peers have been snatched, and how to rescue them from a famous saint's ruthless companion—that cannot be stopped.


I received The Dark Servant for review and as part of a blog tour. When the book arrived I wasn’t really sure if it would be a dark fantasy or a horror story, I was sure that the premise sounded intriguing. I was happy to find that it was a great horror story! With characters that you can identify with and care for and a monster straight out of European folklore. This fast paces novel is perfect if you like old-school horror or are just in the mood for a Christmas horror tale that will leave you shivering with fear and delight. Have you been good this year??? A solid 4.5 star read.

See more about Matt and his book on his website: www.mattmanochio.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter (@mattmanochio), Pinterest. And check out my interview with Matt here link

Tour Giveaway!

For everyone! CREATE a PINTEREST board by choosing one of the following themes: Krampus, Old World Legends, Vintage Holiday, Old World Christmas, Christmas Around the World, Traditions and Legends, Myths, Monsters, and Horror, or something very similar.
Second rule: You must pin Matt's book cover and Amazon purchase link or Samhain Horror Purchase link. Third Rule: Follow Matt Manochio and Erin Al-Mehairi.
Third Recommendation: Extra points for pinning extra things about Matt, such as tour page, articles, etc.
Your board will be judged on the above PLUS your creativity and effort in the project! Send Erin at hookofabook@hotmail.com your Pinterest page to enter by Dec. 8. Of course you can continue to use it through the Holiday if you wish!
Prize: A "Santa Checked His List and I'm on the Naughty Side" package. This will include your choice of Krampus themed apparel (t-shirt or sweatshirt, men or women, visuals to come) and a signed paperback of the book.
There might be shipping limitations. Check back to tour page before entering if you live outside the U.S. for updated information.
Example:
www.pinterest.com/erinalmehairi/its-old-world-christmas/
And a board about Matt:
www.pinterest.com/erinalmehairi/the-dark-servant-matt-manochio/
Giveaway for Reviewers!
Anyone on the tour, or outside the tour, who reviews The Dark Servant on Amazon and GoodReads and sends their review link into Erin (Publicist for Matt Manochio) at hookofabook@hotmail.com, now through Dec. 31, 2014, will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Angel Manor by Chantal Noordeloos [ 5 stars ]



From the Description:

A beautiful house – with a dark and deadly secret.

When Freya inherits her mother's childhood home, she sees it as an opportunity. A chance for a new life with her best friends, as they convert the crumbling mansion into an exclusive hotel.

Instead, they'll be lucky to escape with their lives.

As the first hammers tear through the bricked up entrances, a dark, terrible and ancient evil stirs beneath the house. An evil that has already laid claim to Freya and her companions' souls.

The Shining. Hell House. The Haunting Of Hill House. It's only once in awhile you come across a great haunted house book. I'm happy to tell you that Angel Manor has joined the ranks of these wonderfully terrifying novels. The characters are so believable that they draw you into the world of Lucifer Falls and leave you hoping that they make it out alive. There were parts that made my heart break and parts that left me cringing with horror, and a twist that left my heart in my throat. With a fast paced storyline that wouldn't let me put it down Angel Manor is a must read for horror fans everywhere. This was my first book by Chantal Noordeloos but it definitely won't be my last! You can grab this 5 star read on November 14, 2014.

Slush by Glenn Rolfe [ 4 stars ]




From the Description:

A collection of shorts stories, flash fiction and micro works. Slush will include previously published stories "Skull of Snakes", "Jackie Boy", and "Sweet 16", alongside a fresh batch of terrifying stories to help you sleep at night.

This is Glenn Rolfe's first collection. His debut novel, The Haunted Halls, was published by James Ward Kirk Publishing in July of 2014.

I was sent this collection of twelve stories for review. It was my first time reading anything by Glenn Rolfe but it definitely won't be my last! Some of these stories are disturbing and some touch your heart, all are really good! I loved Skull Of Snakes. It reminded me of the kind of horror I grew up on in the 70's and 80's. Sort of Stand By Me mixed with Tales From The Crypt, great story. While others definitely made me shudder with the disturbed nature of the characters or grossness. Something Lost touched my heart and I'm In Here was a true nightmare. Do yourself a favor and read this book! A solid 4 star read.

Savage by Jeremy Robinson with Sean Ellis [ 5 stars ]




From the Description:

For more than a hundred million years, the Dark Continent has kept a savage secret.

While on the trail of a stolen tactical nuclear weapon, Jack Sigler, callsign: King, and his black ops Chess Team, answer a cry for help. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is on the verge of exploding into another bloody civil war that will engulf all of Africa and put millions at risk, a crisis too politically volatile for any outside nation to touch. As the team, unfettered by political constraints, deploys across the globe, the threats spin out of control.

A search for the Congo’s missing president becomes a quest to solve a century old mystery, and uncover a secret that powerful men will kill to protect. A mission to rescue a team of scientists from violent revolutionaries devolves into a desperate run through the jungle, pursued by both modern man and ancient beast. And the effort to stop a revolution becomes a brutal contest, pitting King against the most cunning and sadistic foe he has ever faced—a deadly mercenary known as the Red Queen.

King has traveled around the globe and across time to protect the people he loves. Now, he must face a harsh truth: he cannot save everyone.

Jeremy Robinson and Sean Ellis, the bestselling team of The Brainstorm Trilogy and Prime return with an action-packed tale rivaling the best of Matthew Reilly and James Rollins. Savage is a fresh re-launch for Jack Sigler and the Chess Team, so if you've never tried a Jack Sigler thriller, this is the perfect point to jump in and enjoy the chaos. And if you're a long time fan, welcome back, and prepare yourself...

I have been a huge Chess Team fan since I read the first book in the series. Savage has the Team spread out trying to save the lives of millions in the Congo from a megalomaniac called the Red Queen. The story is fast paced and leaves the reader holding their breath on the edge of their seat. With nods to Jules Verne and Jurassic Park this book is full of all the things I've come to love about a Jeremy Robinson thriller. There are soo many things I want to say about this book but I don't want to give anything away!! I finished the last page by exclaiming out loud NO! I can't wait for the next thrill ride! Do yourself a giant favor and grab this and the rest of the Chess Team books today. A thrilling, breathless 5 star read.


Abomination by Bragi Schut [ 4 stars ]




From the Description:

The year is 1942 and Sgt. Harry Wilkins has been sent back from the front in disgrace. He is being sent to the coldest, most brutal and inhospitable place on the planet... the Arctic. A place where the sun only rises for a few scant hours each day and darkness reigns. A place where myth and legend are as real as the biting cold. Here, at the ends of the earth, Harry Wilkins will face an unspeakable terror that will bring him either death... or redemption.

I don't normally read graphic novels but decided to take a chance on this one when I won a copy in a goodreads giveaway. Based on an Inuit legend the story is told in the form of journal entries. The storyline grabbed me right away and made you feel as though you were there and the artwork was dark and well done. A good book even for those who don't normally get into graphic novels. A fun adventure into the unknown at the top of the world. A solid 4 stars.

Halfway House by Weston Ochse [ 4.5 stars ]



From the Description:

The Halfway House...a place shrouded in mystery...standing shunned and ignored...yet seeming to devour the souls of everyone who dies in San Pedro. Bobby Dupree...an epileptic loner from a Memphis orphanage who is on a journey to find out if he truly is...the son of the King of Rock and Roll. When Bobby's quest becomes entwined with an old surf bum and his estranged daughter, the 8th Street Angels, and a dicey porn director, he discovers that Los Angeles holds more opportunities and dangers than he could have imagined. Discovering he's at ground zero to a seventy-year-old spiritual curse, all the chaotic events in Bobby's life begin to circle back to the inscrutable force of the Halfway House...

I went into this story expecting a typical haunted house tale,,, I was so wrong! Bobby Dupree, an epileptic orphan has come to the small town of San Pedro looking for his father and a place to belong. He finds that love and belonging can come in some unexpected forms. Now he and his new family must save the souls of their loved ones from the evil that lives and hides in the Halfway House. Great characters and a tightly woven storyline make this a great read. Grab this 4.5 star read and enjoy!


Edge Of The End by Suren Fant [ 1 stars ]




From the Description:

Jonathan wakes up in a desert, his past wiped from his head. He’s alone having no clue who and what he is, where he has come from and where he should go. There is only one way – forward when he spots a little town in the distance.

Empty streets, old houses, the town seems abandoned. There’s no one to ask for help, there’s nowhere to go. Jonathan wanders the town in search of any sign of life trying to bring his lost memories back, but odd visions haunt him from time to time. Soon Jonathan comes to the realization that he’s moments from death as absolutely evil dwells in the town seeking fresh souls to suck up. The seemingly dead town is only outwardly empty.

Grey skies, no sun, no days and no nights. The town is stuck in time. With only one entrance and one exit, but the way leading to the exit is filled with creations that Jonathan has never envisioned, even in his worst nightmares.

Who is he? Who brought him here? With a female resident – Elizabeth, Jonathan has to work his way through the horrendous town, figure out his past and find the exit.

Let me start off by saying that I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I spent a good bit of this book wondering wait, what? Every time I thought I knew what was going on the main character received a new superpower and had to rescue the damsel in distress. Because evidently the only strong women in this town were demons. I found the storyline hard to follow and when I could follow it it was condescending and preachy. And if you hadn't figured out that we are all sinners destined for hell by the end, there is a handy authors note to let you know. I just can't recommend this one to anyone. 1 star.

Fall Of Night by Jonathan Maberry [ 5 stars ]



From the Description:

Stebbins Little School is full of bodies. It's unthinkable to Desdemona Fox. Children are sobbing as panicked teachers and neighbors beat down their family members outside of the school...or the things that used to be their family members. Parents don't eat their children do they?

Officers Fox and Hammond, along with journalist Billy Trout, are calling it the beginning of the end. This is the zombie apocalypse. An insane escaped serial killer is infecting Stebbins County with a deadly virus, and now the whole world is watching while Fox, Trout, and the remaining inhabitants of Stebbins fight for their life against...what? The undead? The President and the National Guard are ready to nuke Stebbins, PA off the map and cut their losses. But the infection is spreading and fast. Worse, the scientist who created the virus is missing. It's a numbers game as the body count rises; Fox has to contain the infected and evacuate the living before it's too late, and the clock is ticking...

Fall of Night, Maberry's nail-biting sequel to Dead of Night, picks up where the first novel left off—on a wild goose chase for a madman and the missing scientist who gave him new "un"-life. Chilling, gory, and hair-raisingly scary, Maberry fans won't be able to read this fast-paced thriller with the lights off.

What a story!! I have been a long time fan of Jonathan Maberry and with Fall Of Night I got hook even more. In a world full of zombie books and movies this stands out above the rest. The plot is character driven with people you can actually care about. And if you've read the Rot & Ruin series you get a glimpse of some old friends at the beginning of the apocalypse. A fast paced, edge of your seat thrill ride! Grab this fabulous book now! A great 5 star read!

Reign Of Evil (SEAL Team 666) by Weston Ochse [4.5 stars]



From The Description:

Reign of Evil, the third installment in Weston Ochse's series starring the Navy SEALs who handle supernatural threats, with film rights optioned by MGM

Legend holds that when Britain is in its darkest hour, King Arthur will return to save the country, if not the world. That legend is dead wrong. When a Grove of Druids sacrifice the lives of a group of innocents, including the fiancée of a member of SEAL Team 666, the ancient king is brought back from the dead and sets his sight on subjugating humanity and cleansing his land of all who are not true Britons. Because of political sensitivities, Triple 6 is ordered to stand down, but that order is ignored by one of them seeking his own vengeance. Now, the members of America's elite supernatural-hunting team must decide what is more important: their orders or their loyalty to their own team member.

When I was offered an advanced reading copy of Reign Of Evil I jumped on it! Having read the previous books in this series I knew it would be a fun ride. In this book the members of Seal Team 666 have to help one of their own find out why his fiancé was killed and in doing so also help the few remaining members of Section 9 and a lone witch save England from the forces that want to restore it to it's former glory through ethnic cleansing. At times heart-breaking at others action packed this is one hell of a ride. A fun and fast paced story for anyone looking for a great read. I have only one question for Mr. Ochse, When is the next part coming out??? Reign Evil will be out on October 14,2014. A solid 4.5 star read.



Bigfoot Tracks by Steve Vernon [5 stars]



From the Description:

Everything that you have read about Bigfoot is a lie.

Everything that you have HEARD about Bigfoot is the truth!

Enjoy three stories from the files of The Creep Squad - that pack of cryptids, legends, and nondescript rumors who fight crime and misjustice anywhere that you aren't looking.

What if ALL the stories were true?

What if Bigfoot really did exist? What if he depended upon people's belief in him for his very existence?

What if he needed a job and the only he was suited for was keeping the other legends in their place?

What if he joined the Creep Squad?

If you enjoy these stories be sure to hunt up Steve Vernon's full-length Creep Squad novel, BIG HAIRY DEAL. If you pre-order the novel before Oct. 1, 2014 it is available for only 99 cents - only on Kindle.

This book was the introduction to Steve Vernon's Creep Squad. Made up of ghosts, tall-tales and legends they work for the SOB's, the Spiritual Operations Branch, a semi-official para-mystical working division of the Canadian Royal Mounted Police. The people and creatures are only around if enough people believe in them. Their job is to take care of problems that are supernatural in nature. The first story in this collection opens with two of the best opening lines I have ever read. Filled with both loveable monsters and horrific bad guys these stories are like Lay's potato chips, you can't stop at just one. All of them are at times funny and touching. A great way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon! Steve Vernon is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers and you should do yourself a favor and pick up one of his books. I liked this book so much that I've already pre-ordered part two. A solid 5 star read.



Mountain Dead edited by Eugene Johnson & Jason Sizemore [ 4 stars]




From the Description:

Mountain Dead takes a look at the dark side of Appalachia, where the Undead walk, driven by old magic and worse, their hunger for us.

Almost Heaven…or is it?

The mountain's enduring beauty holds something dark. Something dreadful. Something hungry for our flesh, our brains. Something dead yet not quite dead, driven by magic as old as the coal seams and the hills.

This chapbook is supplemental material from the anthology Appalachian Undead edited by Eugene Johnson and Jason Sizemore. For more great stories like the four below, check out Appalachian Undead.

Table of Contents

Deep Underground -- Sara M. Harvey

Unto the Lord a New Song -- Geoffrey Girard

Let Me Come In -- Lesley Conner

And It'll Haunt Me (For Long Days to Come) -- K. Allen Wood

The stories in this chapbook were really enjoyable. Let Me Come In was a great new take on the three little pigs. Deep Underground poses the question of what might be buried under the town cemetery. Unto The Lord A New Song makes you look at the church choir in a new way. And It'll Haunt Me (For Long Days To Come) gives you a look at the evidence found on a cell phone video. My only complaint was that the book was too short! I'll be checking out the Appalachian Undead soon! Go grab this 4 star read!


Desolation Game:Wolf Creek by Greg McLean&Brett McBean [4.5 stars]



From the Description:

Mick's learning, and his schoolroom is a war
When sharpshooter and killer Mick Taylor searches for a place to keep a low profile, he finds somewhere where his peculiar talents are appreciated: a war. And in Vietnam, an out-of-control sergeant takes the amateur murderer and turns him into a pro.
Back home, Mick makes use of the sick lessons the army taught him, when hapless tour operators bring a Kombi-load of sightseers out his way into the Western Australian desert. Two suspicious flat tyres deliver an engaged Japanese couple, a father and son, a US army vet and his girlfriend, and a couple of cute girls to Mick's lair. Middle of nowhere, population one. The group finds themselves in hell, as Mick makes sure their once-in-a-lifetime tour stays that way. And though one of the drivers escapes and goes for help, Mick sees no reason to stop the killing spree.
In the second Wolf Creek prequel novel, the cult film's writer/director Greg Mclean and horror writer Brett McBean get to the heart of Australian horror's most terrifying psycho killer. Is Mick Taylor possessed by some dark power in the landscape itself? Something ancient? Does the Red Centre demand blood?

This book is so much fun!! Even though I knew that this was a prequel to the movies I still found myself hoping that someone would get out alive. Great characters and a fast paced storyline make this book a super fun way to spend an afternoon. Grab this 4.5 star read and enjoy!



Origin: Wolf Creek by Greg McLean & Aaron Sterns [4 stars]




From the Description:

Nature vs nurture turns out to be a bloodbath
The wide open outback offers plenty of space for someone to hide. Or to hide a body.
When wiry youngster Mick Taylor starts as a jackaroo at a remote Western Australian sheep station, he tries to keep his head down among the rough company of the farmhands. But he can't keep the devils inside him hidden for long.
It turns out he's not the only one with the killer impulse - and the other psychopaths don't appreciate competition. Is Cutter, the station's surly shooter, on to him? And what are the cops really up to as they follow the trail of the dead?
In the first of a blood-soaked series of Wolf Creek prequel novels, the cult film's writer/director Greg Mclean and horror writer Aaron Sterns take us back to the beginning, when Mick was a scrawny boy, the only witness to the grisly death of his little sister. Origin provides an unforgettably bloody answer to the question of nature vs nurture. What made Mick Taylor Australian horror's most terrifying psycho killer?

I have been a fan of Wolf Creek for a long time so when I heard that there was a set of books to go with the movie I was excited. Origins tells the story of how Mick Taylor got his start in a life of serial killing. A small warning though,,, DON"T get attached to any of the characters! While not as funny as the movies it was still a good read. Fast paced and gruesome, a solid 4 star read.

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy [ 4 stars ]




From the Description:

"A werewolf epic. Can't stop thinking about it."--Stephen King

They live among us.

They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.

They change.

When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is.

Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero.

Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy.

So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge...and the battle for humanity will begin.

The descriptions in Red Moon are beautiful, the characters are realistic and the story line good. It takes the werewolves we know and love and creates a society that is marginalized and ready for rebellion. An interesting story that made me want to read more work by Benjamin Percy. A solid 4 star read.


Not Just Any Old Ghost Story,,, by Steve Vernon [4 stars]




From the Description:

Tommy has come home from the city to visit his Dad for one last time. He is determined to get to the bottom of all of the secrets that his Dad has kept for hidden behind a smokescreen of storytelling and charm.

It turns out that some secrets are best left untold.

NOT JUST ANY OLD GHOST STORY is a quiet little story about coming home and ghosts that you can never escape and a love that never dies. It is a story that will take you to the very heart of storytelling itself.

"If Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and Robert Bloch had a three-way sex romp in a hot tub and then a team of scientists came in and filtered out the water and mixed the leftover DNA into a test tube, the resulting genetic experiment would most likely grow up into Steve Vernon." - BOOKGASM

"Steve Vernon was born to write. He's the real deal and we are lucky to have him." - Richard Chizmar, CEMETERY DANCE

"This genre needs new blood and Steve Vernon is quite a transfusion." - Edward Lee, author of THE GOON and HEADER

It seems like every time I read one of Steve Vernon's Sea Tales I get hooked on his writing style all over again. In this story you get to meet a family that doesn't really know how to talk to each other. The tales of their lives are told in stories of a haunted shore that prove you don't need blood and guts in a story for it to be scary. Just like the young man in the story I was hooked before I knew it. An insidious little ghost story! A solid 4 star read.

Lucky's Girl by William Holloway [ 4.5 stars]




From the Description:

Something has awakened on Grove Island. Something that, even in sleep, has held Elton Township in its black embrace. Something old, wise and patient. Something that walked the ancient forests and howled beneath black skies.

Kenny McCord had a good life - his own slice of the American Dream. But all of that is over, so he is heading home to the small town he left behind so many years ago. However Kenny is not the only son that has returned to Elton Township. His childhood friend, and worst enemy, has come back to settle old scores and, quite literally, raise a little hell.

If Charles Manson or Jim Jones had had the power to call up the ancient god of the Windigo he would have been Lucky. A great new take on the werewolf tale that has it's roots sunk deep in Native American folklore. Fast paced and full of great characters I couldn't put it down! I hope that there is a sequel!! I'll be looking for more books by William Holloway in the future. A solid 4.5 star read.

Tatterdemon by Steve Vernon [4.5 stars]




From the Description:

In 1691 the town of Crossfall taught the witch Thessaly how to die. They beat her, they shot her, they hung her - but nothing worked. When they finally tried to bury her alive Thessaly set the field against them. The first man died as a gust of wind harrowed the meat from his bones. A root,flung like a dirty javelin, cut a second man down. Many more deaths followed. The Preacher Fell impaled the witch upon her very own broom but she dragged him down into the field to wait for three more centuries.

Three hundred years later Maddy Harker will murder her bullying husband Vic. She will bury him in the field as she buried her abusive father years before that. The very same field where the revenant spirit of Thessaly Cross lies waiting.

In three days Vic will rise again - a thing of dirt, bone and hatred.

Men will call him the Tatterdemon.

And hell - and Thessaly - will follow.

PRAISE FOR STEVE VERNON:

"This genre needs new blood and Steve Vernon is quite a transfusion." - Ed Lee

"Steve Vernon was born to write. He's the real deal and we're lucky to have him." - Richard Chizmar

"Armed with a bizarre sense of humor, a huge amount of originality, a flair for taking risks and a strong grasp of characterization - Steve's got the
chops for sure." - Dark Discoveries

"This book is EVIL!" - Keith Blackwood


I can sum up this book in two hilarious words for you: Redneck Zombies. Now let that marinate for a few seconds. What does it bring to mind?? Whatever it is it won't be as funny and perverse as the thrill ride that is Tatterdemon. Full of funny characters and fun this book had me laughing out loud one minute and groaning with the ickiness of it the next. I guarantee this is the only book I've ever read that has one of the main characters praying to Lorena Bobbitt the patron saint of castrations. Steve Vernon is a great writer and I recommend you grab one of his books quickly! A fast paced perverse thrill ride that well deserves the 4.5 stars.

Invasive Species by Joseph Wallace [5 stars]



From the Description:

There can only be one dominant life form on Earth.

In the remote African wilderness, a rainforest is dying. But something else has come to life: A newly evolved predator that has survived the depredations of mankind, only to emerge from its natural habitat faster, stronger, and deadlier than anything humanity has ever faced.

And it is no longer man.

The massive swarm is moving across the globe and breeding at a cataclysmic rate, using humans as hosts in a seemingly unstoppable wave of death. Humanity's only hope lies with a small band of scientists, doctors, and adventurers who must find a weapon to battle a living killing force before it can conquer the world.

This book had me hooked from the first page! Great story line and believable characters make this an awesome read. Insects are scary to most people so that helps with the creep factor in this novel. My first thought as I finished the last page was that I really hoped that there would be a sequel. A fast paced thrill ride. Curl up with your DDT spray for this 5 star read.

Monster Hunter Nemesis by Larry Correia [4.5 stars]



From The Description:

#5 in multiple New York Times bestseller Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter series.

Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts—parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself.

Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

Sworn to serve and protect the United States of America from all monsters by one of the country’s founding fathers, Franks has only one condition to the agreement: no matter what the government learns of him, no matter what is discovered concerning his odd physiology or the alchemy behind the elixir that made him, the government is never, ever allowed to try and make more like him. Such is absolutely forbidden and should the powers-that-be do so, then the agreement is null and void.

Project Nemesis: in a secret location, using sophisticated technology and advanced genetic engineering, the director of the very agency Franks works for is making more like him. And the director is not content with making one. Nope, he’s making thirteen.

Now all bets are off, and Hell hath no fury like a monster betrayed. Particularly if that monster happens to be an undying killing machine capable of taking out vampires and werewolves with one hand tied behind his back.

The Monster Hunter Series
Monster Hunter International
Monster Hunter Vendetta
Monster Hunter Alpha
Monster Hunter Legion
Monster Hunter Nemesis

The Monster Hunters
(Omnibus contains Monster Hunter International, Monster Hunter Vendetta, and Monster Hunter Alpha)

I have been following this series from the beginning. Most of the books have focused on the MHI team of Owen Pitt but with this new novel we get to peek inside MCB and the always fascinating Agent Franks. If you have been reading these novels then you already know that Franks is Frankenstein's Monster but here you find out that he is so much more. As with the other novels this is a super fast paced thrill ride filled with both old and new friends and monsters. I can't wait for part six!! A fun read! A solid 4.5 stars.



Dead Bones The Ultimate Zombie Collection by Ian Woodhead [4 stars]



From the Description:

BOOK ONE: THE UNWASHED DEAD

The few law-abiding citizens left alive in Breakspear Gardens have locked their doors and shut the curtains on this Friday night. They dare not venture out after the sun goes down. The druggies, drunks, and feral kids rule the streets in the roughest housing project in northern England - a place where anything can be had, at a low price - the neighborhood you never want to live in.

Tonight, the streets are strangely quiet. Headaches, nausea, and sickness are targeting criminals and residents alike. The untainted soon discover the horror of their plight, as their friends, families, and neighbors begin to die ... and are reborn as voracious, ravening beasts!

A small group of desperate survivors battle their way through hordes of blood-crazed zombies, trying to reach help just beyond the boundary of the estate, only to find soldiers at every exit, shooting anything that moves.

Can this dwindling group of terrified survivors avoid the newly-dead and win their way to freedom? They need to find a way out, and fast, before the authorities' weapons vaporize the area, transforming Breakspear into Hell on Earth!



BOOK TWO: WALKING WITH ZOMBIES

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Stockholm Club.

Have we got a special treat for you tonight! We're privileged to have with us, a highly talented county and western singer, all the way from exotic Birmingham. I know that you'll give the lad a fantastic Yorkshire welcome.

Don't forget, the first drink is on the house.

Now before all you geriatric parasites slouch over to the bar and start making your way through my alcohol, I'd just also like to mention that there is a chance that some of my staff may turn into flesh eating zombies as the night wears on.

In fact, I think I can confidently predict that most of you will resemble jackal stripped zebra carcasses before the dawn sun makes an appearance.

So please enjoy tonight's live entertainment and drink like there's no tomorrow. Let's face it; you ain't going to be seeing it.

BOOK THREE: INFECTED BODIES

Welcome to Greenacre Rise, a development of 135 apartments, set in the serene atmosphere of a traditional canal side Victorian mill.

Fully renovated and conveniently located just two miles from the motorway, Greenacre Rise offers a vibrant mix of residential and business facilities, including a variety of retail outlets, a bar and an exclusive gym.



At least, that's what the brochure says. What it doesn't say is that the Breakspear estate, one of the roughest housing estates in England, lays a couple of miles to the west of the converted mill.

Deep within the estate an infection rages through the locals, turning the terrified residents into flesh eating zombies.

It doesn't take long before the infection spreads...

Before it reaches Greenacre Rise.





BOOK FOUR: DEAD VEIL

Ernest has settled in to an abandoned supermarket. Aliza and her baby, Diane have found safe haven in the Tower Block group.

Everyone seems to have found their places, one year after the initial outbreak.

But, are they safe?

Zombies are not the only threat in this new society. Sometimes the living have more sinister motives than the dead.

As the dead begin to mutate, only the strongest will survive.

New powers arise and new alliances are formed.

The key to survival may reside within one person. But which one?

BOOK FIVE: DEAD REAPING

The shivering remnants of Britain's plague survivors hide behind the last fortified settlement, surrounded by the ravenous hordes of the dead. The Settlement's Defence Force guard their borders, desperately trying to keep the dead out.

Their town has a new enemy though, THE TAINTED hide amongst them, humans infected with the virus who haven't completely succumb to the full virus. They have their own agenda, a plan of their own.


BOOK SIX: HUMAN FILTH

Flesh eating thieves roam the ruined land of kings and queens, picking off the emaciated remnants stubborn enough not to die, one by one. One more game will be played in the once great capital. Newcomers from overseas and nature's experiments are caught between new life, continued existence and final death.

The outcome could mean a new hope but in hope, hides extinction.


The first two books in the Zombie Armageddon series by Ian Woodhead were a fun, fast paced read.

Book One The Unwashed Dead was fast paced and fun. While most of the characters are unlikable, a few stand out. This book took a page from George R.R. Martin, my favorite characters were dropping like flies. Good start to the series. 3.5 stars.

Book Two Walking With Zombies was fast paced and fun also. The characters were a little more sympathetic than in part one. Loved Dominic, a great character that bakes a mean pie! I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. A solid 4 star read.

BOOK THREE: INFECTED BODIES was more of a novella than a novel. Fast paced but the ending was very abrupt, and a cliffhanger (which drives me crazy!). It was a good story with some memorable characters that I hope to see again in later parts of the series. 3.5 stars.

In BOOK FOUR: DEAD VEIL we get to revisit Ernest from part one. He has gone a little mad from the loss of his son and being alone, so is a great character. Along with the mystery of Diane, and what's happening to the hunters, this fast read leaves my anxious to read more. 3.5 stars.

Dead Reaping - I have enjoyed this series of zombie books and number 5 was no exception. The virus is mutating and true to human nature the people surviving are not always the good guys. I loved the return of Dominic, a fun character! Fast paced and fun, 3.5 stars.

Human Filth - A fun finale to this series. 3.5 stars.



Hunter Shea Interview






I was lucky enough to get an interview with Hunter and be part of the blog tour for The Montauk Monster a great read!



1. Tell me a little about yourself.

When I’m not writing, I enjoy nature walks and rescuing cats. Okay, not exactly, although I do have a rescue cat that enjoys peeing in my tub every morning. I’m a native New Yorker and part time Mainer. I ride the line between responsible adult/father and overgrown kid, which I now get to tell my wife is all part of the creative process. I do have a day job, working at the same company for 14 years now, which is like 75 years for the previous generation. I’ve always been a big reader, which is what got me interested in becoming a writer. I’m still celebrating the Seahawks Super Bowl victory. And before you ask, I’m not a bandwagon fan. The ‘Hawks have been my team since Jim Zorn was chucking it to Steve Largent.

2. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I spend as much free time as I can with my family. My girls are teens now and it feels like I was just taking them to the park and hustling them through bath time. I don’t know where the years went! Now we go to concerts and malls and I get to hear all about the boyfriend du jour. I also read a lot. Sometimes I feel like Burgess Meredith from the Twilight Zone, bemoaning that there’s never enough time to read.

3. How long have you been writing?

Wow, just thinking about that made me realize how long it’s actually been. I didn’t have aspirations to become a writer until I was in my mid-20s. Well, that’s been 20 years ago this year. I started with short stories and worked my way up to full-length novels and novellas. There were a ton of pitfalls along the way but I never gave up. I have a Cool Hand Luke streak of stubbornness that served me well.

4. Who or what inspired you to be a writer?

That’s easy. It was my friend and fellow author, Norm Hendricks. We both worked absolute crap jobs at the phone company and one day I peered over his shoulder and saw he was writing a book. If Norm thought it was a cool thing to do, I was on board. Once I started, I simply couldn’t stop, not matter how bad the writing or the number of rejections.

5. What do you find most challenging and enjoyable as an author?

The most challenging thing is all of the marketing you have to do as an author in today’s world. Writing a book is less than half the battle. If you want to succeed, you have to get your name and your work out there for everyone to see. It’s a ton of work! Thank God I now have a publicist who helps me with blogs tours and publicity. Without her, I’d go mad.
The best part is just getting to that last sentence of a manuscript. Writing a book is filled with highs and lows. There is no greater feeling than knowing you’ve finished what you started.

6. What books do you enjoy in your free time?

I’ll read anything. Naturally, I love horror books and thrillers. But I’m also a big fan of mysteries, classics, non-fiction and lately, westerns. Who knew there were so many new western novels coming out every month?

7. Who is your favorite author/book and why?

Hemingway is the man for me. As a human being, he was flawed, which makes his work all the more appealing. Imagine being the person who changed the way people write and read! Just incredible. Studying his work has greatly helped me hone my own craft, but I know I’ll never measure up to his accomplishments. Every year, I read A Moveable Feast to recharge my writing batteries. It’s a great glimpse into not only a life surrounded by legends, but the creative process of a master.

8. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

The first rule I have for any aspiring writer is simple. READ. You’d be surprised at the number of people who tell me they want to write a book but hate reading them. It leaves me speechless every time. The second thing to do is WRITE. Carve out the time every day to write something. Everyone has free time. Turn off the TV and you’ll be amazed by how much you find. And finally, FINISH. Don’t be one of those people who carts their book to every critique group in their city and spends a lifetime editing. Polish it as best you can and submit it. Then start the whole process all over again.

9. Can you tell us about any of your new work?

My latest book, a thriller called The Montauk Monster, was recently selected by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the best reads of the summer. A fan recently came up to me at a conference and said, “It’s like Jaws…on land!” It’s about the New York town of Montauk being overrun by deadly creatures washing up on the beaches and terrorizing the town. They may be coming from a government run secret facility off the coast. If they bite you, you’re dead. When the night comes, they rule.
The craziest part of it all is that a lot of what’s in that book is true. People in Montauk have seen and taken pictures of bizarre animals and there is a crazy lab on an island nearby that was once run by an actual Nazi. If you read it, keep assuring yourself that it’s just a story.

10. What question do you wish someone would ask and what is the answer?

If you could be anything other than a writer, what would it be? For me, starting pitcher for the Mets. I’ve always wanted to be a baseball player. Instead of a rubber arm, I was blessed with one made of glass. Some day soon I’m going to write a book about baseball. It’s the closest I’ll get to the majors at this point!

You can check out the review of The Montauk Monster here:

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The Montauk Monster by Hunter Shea [4.5 stars]


From the Description:

Publisher’s Weekly named the upcoming thriller, THE MONTAUK MONSTER, one of the best summer books of 2014! Not only that, they gave it an awesome review. Here’s a snippet:

The urban mythologies of the Montauk Monster and the government labs on Plum Island unite to cause staggering levels of mayhem when mutant animals with toxic blood descend on a Long Island town. This wholly enthralling hulk of a summer beach read is redolent of sunscreen and nostalgia, recalling mass market horror tales of yore by John Saul, Dean Koontz, and Peter Benchley. — PW

"Shea combines ancient evil, old school horror, and modern style." --Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author

It Kills. . .

On a hot summer night in Montauk, the bodies of two local bar patrons are discovered in the dunes, torn to shreds, their identities unrecognizable. . .

It Breeds. . .

In another part of town, a woman's backyard is invaded by four terrifying creatures that defy any kind of description. What's clear is that they're hostile--and they're ravenous. . .

It Spreads. . .

With every sunset the terror rises again, infecting residents with a virus no one can cure. The CDC can't help them;FEMA can't save them. But each savage attack brings Suffolk County Police Officer Gray Dalton one step closer to the shocking source of these unholy creations. Hidden on nearby Plum Island, a U.S. research facility has been running top-secret experiments. What they created was never meant to see the light of day. Now, a vacation paradise is going straight to hell.

"Hunter Shea is the real deal.. . .intense." --Gord Rollo, author of Valley of the Scarecrow and Crimson

"Shea delves deep into the unknown. A thrill-ride of a read!" --Alexandra Holzer, author of Growing Up Haunted

Called “Most Anticipated Summer Read of 2014” by The Horror Bookshelf along with Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes and Brian Moreland’s The Vagrants.

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Raves for Hunter Shea:

Forest of Shadows

"A frightening, gripping story that left me too frightened to sleep with the lights off. This novel scared the hell out of me and it is definitely a creepy ghost story I won't soon forget." --Night Owl Reviews
Sinister Entity

"This is the real deal. The fear is palpable. Horror novels don't get much better than this." --Literal Remains

". . .Culminates in a climactic showdown between human and spirit that keeps you glued to the pages!" --Horror Novel Reviews
Evil Eternal

"Hunter Shea has crafted another knockout. At turns epic and intimate, both savage and elegant. . .a harrowing, blood-soaked nightmare." --Jonathan Janz, author of The Sorrows
Swamp Monster Massacre

"If you're craving an old-school creature-feature that has excessive gore. . .B-horror movie fans rejoice, Hunter Shea is here to bring you the ultimate tale of terror!" --Horror Novel Reviews

Hunter Shea, Biography:

Hunter Shea is the author of paranormal and horror novels Forest of Shadows, Swamp Monster Massacre, Evil Eternal, Sinister Entity, which are all published by Samhain Horror. The June 3, 2014 release of his horrifying thriller Montauk Monster is published by Kensington/Pinnacle.
He has also written a short story to be read prior to Sinister Entity, called The Graveyard Speaks (it’s free, go download!), and a book of stories called Asylum Scrawls. His next book from Samhain Horror, titled HellHole, came out July 1, 2014, and is his first western horror. As you read this, he has a few more books in the works from both Kensington and Samhain and release dates should be announced soon.
His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales, and the upcoming anthology, Shocklines : Fresh Voices in Terror. His obsession with all things horrific has led him to real life exploration of the paranormal, interviews with exorcists, and other things that would keep most people awake with the lights on.
He is also half of the two men show, Monster Men, which is a video podcast that takes a fun look at the world of horror. You can read about his latest travails and communicate with him at www.huntershea.com, on Twitter @huntershea1, Facebook fan page at Hunter Shea or the Monster Men 13 channel on YouTube.

Montauk Monster Truth or Fiction:

Is the Montauk Monster made up for the book or an urban myth? Is there some truth that propels the story? You can find out more about the real Montauk Monster story here:

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What a book! Super fast paced (two people are eaten in the first fifteen pages), and loads of fun. You start off with a cryptid, and then add some conspiracy theories to the mix (Plum Island), add some great characters, and finish off the recipe with a writer who knows his stuff and the results are pure pulp magic. A throwback to the books and movies I loved in the misspent days of my youth. The creatures are straight out of a nightmare, and even if you escape your probably doomed. The characters are easy to care about. I was really rooting for Gray, Meredith, and Can Man to get out alive and save their town. And the evil government departments are fun to hate. The plot is tightly woven and full of twists. A great summer read. A solid 4.5 stars.

Art by Matt Shaw & Michael Bray [4.5 stars]



From the Description:

WARNING: The following book has some scenes which some readers may find distressing. This novel is intended for a mature audience only.

Martin Andrews is in a rut. Tired of the daily grind of life as a police officer and with a heavily pregnant wife, he is disillusioned, desperate to give his unborn child a chance in a world in which he has lost all faith.

Little does Andrews know that amid the petty crimes and muggings, robbery and prostitution, a new threat is looming, one which will push Andrews to the very edges of his sanity.

His nemesis is a man without limits. A man with a grand idea for a great work; a masterpiece which will give him the recognition he craves, no matter the cost.

From the minds of Matt Shaw (Sick B*stards, Happy Ever After, The Cabin) & Michael Bray (Whisper, Funhouse, MEAT) comes ART. Told from the viewpoint of both killer (Shaw) and Detective (Bray), ART is a journey into the darkest, most twisted part of the human psyche.

Two authors. One ending.


When I was invited to join the group reading of Art on Goodreads in exchange for a free book I thought I knew what to expect. Having read and reviewed books for both of the authors previously I thought I had a handle on what I would find in this work. All I can say is I was so wrong!! This book is so much bleaker and more disturbing than what I expected. This book sank to new levels of intense depravity than any I had read by either writer. Great Job!! I may have nightmares from this one. If you enjoy your horror extreme GRAB THIS BOOK! Not for the squeamish!! A solid 4.5 stars!



Limbo by Fatman Butter [4.5 stars]



From the Description:

LIMBO is a novelette by Fatman Butter: For 20 years Sherman Kane had nothing to look forward to but death. When it arrived it came with a need for vengeance. A need that would be satisfied even from beyond the grave…

An interesting look at religion, Heaven, Hell, and yes LIMBO. I loved Sherman, a fun character who died for a crime he didn't commit, and Pete!! A super fun read, 4.5 stars.



In The Dark And The Deep by Steve Vernon [ 5 stars ]




From The Description:

There are stories that are told of the sea.

This is one of them.

It was Billy McTavish's first sea voyage.

He had signed on to the serve as convoy escort on the THISTLE a Royal Canadian Navy corvette.

Through U-Boat attack and Luftwaffe bombing runs, Billy had thought he had seen all the horror that the Atlantic could offer a young Canadian sailor.

But Big Jimmy Noonan had other ideas...


Wow!! Living by the ocean I love stories about ghost ships. Rarely have I read one done so well. I loved the characters Taffy and Big Jim! My heart was in my throat and tears were in my eyes by the last line of this fabulous sea tale. A great story!! 5 stars.


Ghosts Of Our Fathers by Michael Richan [ 4 stars ]



From the Description:

Steven is scared – he’s awakened in the middle of the night by a mysterious figure that threatens to kill him. Is it a ghost, or some other evil creature?

Steven’s determined to figure out what it is and how to stop it. He would normally turn to his father, Roy, who is educating him on how to use “the gift” to deal with ghosts and other threats, but Roy isn't available. Steven turns instead to his “gifted” friends Eliza and Daniel. Daniel’s an expert on time, and they all soon discover the true nature of the threat: it comes from the past and it’s worse than any of them realized.

Strange ghosts and creatures stand between them and the solution. Time is running out as Steven, Roy, Daniel and Eliza dig into the past to learn of half-finished business that is coming back to haunt them all.

Ghosts of Our Fathers is a fast-paced horror-thriller where Steven and Roy confront a ghostly history that is determined to take revenge upon their entire family.

Ghosts of Our Fathers is the third book in The River series.

Starts off in the same vein as part 1 & 2 with some creepy ghost action, but then carries you off in new and exciting directions. Along with the return of some favorite characters we are also introduced to some new friends as well as some creepy new ghosts. It could take a large sacrifice for things to work out for Roy and Steven this time,,,, A solid 4 star read.

A Haunting In Oregon by Michael Richan [ 4 stars ]




From the Description:

Mason Manor, tucked away in the forests of Oregon – historic, beautiful, and completely haunted. The estate, built in 1850, is now a bed and breakfast run by Pete and Sarah. Once a wonderful place to stay, now it’s not so great – guests don’t survive the night, and are found the next morning in bed, in a pool of blood. Pete and Sarah turn to an old friend, Roy, who has “the gift,” but are they too late to stop whatever malevolent force is prowling the halls at night?

Roy and Steven jump into the mystery and find things are much worse than they appear. They endure horrific encounters with the ghosts of the manor and discover a sinister force at work. Roy and Steven will need to use Roy’s gift and marshal the help of others to save Mason Manor from the terrors within.

A Haunting in Oregon is the second book in The River series.


As we all know sequels are rarely as good as the original, but that is not the case with Haunting. It was just as fun as the original! I love the way it shows the paranormal community as real people, not kooks. Some of the ghosts are genuinely creepy and others are sympathetic. The treatment of native myths and rituals was also well done. A good plot with a few twists thrown in made this a really enjoyable book to read. Loved the characters Roy and his son, Steven. A great book to spend the afternoon with and I look forward to part three. A solid 4 star read.