Translate

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Conceiving by Thomas S. Flowers [4 stars]

 
 
From the Description

 

Dark things are dwelling in Jotham, Texas. Malicious forces are seen emerging from the sinister house on Oak Lee Road…

With little memory of the events that took the lives of his friends, Bobby Weeks tries to move on with his life, and finds a job at a warehouse on Galveston Island. The evil in Jotham won’t leave him behind, though. Strangers from the cursed town find him, offering information about what happened to his friends. It all leads back to Baelo University…back to Jotham.

Luna Blanche has always been gifted, but now she must use those gifts to save Bobby…

Luna goes to the Mississippi Delta to take care of her dying grandmother. She misses Bobby, and when she attempts to see Bobby through her mind, all she finds is a deadly future. Fearing his life is in danger, she leaves the Delta and searches for him in Jotham.

Neville and Boris Petry want nothing more than the picturesque American Dream…

After Boris accepts a new job teaching at Baelo University, the Petrys move to Jotham to finally live out their dream. Following a drunken faculty party, Neville discovers she is pregnant. She should be ecstatic, but dreadful dreams lead her to feel as if something is wrong with the baby, her husband…and the school.

Four destinies bound on a collision course, a plot conceived in the shadows of Jotham…and an evil biding its time…waiting for them all.

 

 
Publication Date: November 29, 2016

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Publication Length: 277 pages

 
 

I received a copy of this book as part of the Conceiving publicity tour for review purposes. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this anthology. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review. For more fun or info follow along with the tour over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you’re a media site, blogger, or radio/podcast host, and you’d like to feature Thomas S Flowers or review Conceiving please contact the always fabulous Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook@hotmail.com.
 

 



Conceiving is part three of the Subdue series, since I hadn't read the first two books I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. This story has so much going on, it has a cult of crazies, bizarre insectoid creatures, voodoo, a zombie-ish golem, and werewolves. It should have been a hot mess,,, but somehow it works. Think Rosemary's Baby meets An American Werewolf In London with creepy, nasty bug things. Luna, Bobby, Boris and Neville are engaging characters. I enjoyed getting to know them on their twisting journey to the small town of Jotham. The story draws you in with just the right amount of heart to balance out the bloody and somewhat gruesome action leading up to a fiery conclusion. An entertaining 4 star read.

 

 
Buy the Book

 

Amazon       Barnes & Noble


Limitless Publishing will be offering all three books in one boxed set coming late December 2016! You can pre-order NOW though for an exclusive price of only .99 cents!


 
 

About the Author
 

 
 
Thomas S. Flowers is the published author of several character-driven stories of dark fiction. He resides in Houston, Texas, with his wife and daughter.
 

He is published with The Sinister Horror Company’s horror anthology The Black Room Manuscripts. His debut novel, Reinheit, is published with Shadow Work Publishing, along with The Incredible Zilch Von Whitstein and Apocalypse Meow. His military/paranormal thriller series, The Subdue Books, Dwelling, Emerging and Conceiving, are published with Limitless Publishing, LLC.
 

In 2008, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army where he served for seven years, with three tours serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 

In 2014, Thomas graduated from University of Houston Clear Lake with a BA in History.

 
You can learn more about Thomas and all his strange writings at machinemean.org, where he does author interviews and reviews on a wide range of strange yet oddly related topics, or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads
 



Praise

 

 
"Thomas S Flowers is a fantastic writer. There is no other way of putting it. He writes a single book but has so many different writing styles within that single book that all come together beautifully to present you with a story that totally engrosses you." – Confessions of a Reviewer
 
"Thomas S. Flowers has allowed this story to brew slowly, allowing the mystery and horror of the house on Oak Lee Road to reveal itself bit by bit. The author is a master of taking an everyday, normal object and twisting it into a horrific monstrosity —Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
 
"A page-turning, emotional book with shades of Stephen King’s IT and the best parts of Peter Straub’s KOKO. Thomas Flowers has written an extremely personal book of friendship, loss, and trauma that deserves praise not just for its sharp characterization but also its brutal honesty." – Duncan Ralston, author of Salvage, on Dwelling