PRETTY MARYS ALL IN A ROW: A Novella of Ghosts by GWENDOLYN KISTE will challenge everything you thought you knew about ghosts. 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Title: PRETTY MARYS ALL IN A ROW

Author: GWENDOLYN KISTE

Genre: URBAN FANTASY, ADULT FICTION

Length: 94 PAGES

Publisher: BROKEN EYE BOOKS

Release Date: NOVEMBER 28, 2017

Rating: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐

PRETTY MARYS ALL IN A ROW: A Novella of Ghosts

New weird urban fantasy novella, Pretty Marys All in a Row by Gwendolyn Kiste, follows the (after)lives and times of five ghosts and their haunts, combining contemporary fairy tale and urban legend in a story that shows that being dead isn’t always a bed of roses.

Releases November 28, 2017, from Broken Eye Books.

Mary, Mary: Always hitchhiking the same lonely highway, she calls herself Rhee, but everyone else knows her as Resurrection Mary. And when she’s transported home each night to the same decrepit, nowhere mansion, she’s always got her sisters.

Call her name three times, and Bloody Mary appears. In the poisoned garden, Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary. Downstairs, Mary Mack, forever building her own coffin. And brooding with her horse skull, the restless Mari Lwyd.

They are the Marys, embodiments of urban legend and what goes bump in the night, every child’s nightmare. But as the walls between their realities start to crack, the shadows threaten oblivion. To save herself and her sisters, Rhee must unravel who the Marys are before the darkness claims them.

MY REVIEW:

In a dilapidated country house with “… trim around the windows the shade of old urine, the faded stonework as dejected as first love” resides a very unusual family.”

“We’re a house brimming with Mary’s, the mortar bursting at the seams with urban legends and deranged nursery rhymes. We don’t know how we got here, and we don’t know how to leave.”

Thrust together in an afterlife that not a single one of them asked for, are five women, all named Mary.

Each Mary is a ghost and each has their own mystique. For example, most readers have heard of the legend of Bloody Mary and that if you look into a mirror and say “BLOODY MARY” three times, she will appear; dripping blood.

Each night the Marys separate and head out to haunt people in the style required by their respective legends.

The Marys return home after haunting each night, they gather together around the dining room table and share the night’s adventures, just like families everywhere sit together at their kitchen table for supper every night.

The Marys are reasonably happy – as happy as five dead women can be, but their happiness won’t last much longer. Something is coming for them and unless they find a way to fight it, they are doomed to an existence where no one can see or hear them – a fate much worse than death.

The storyline is spectacular. Although this novella is only 94 pages long, or perhaps because of its length, no unnecessary scenes are included. This means the action is non-stop and readers will not want to put this book down – they will feel compelled to find out what happens next.

The author has done a superior job of character development and it becomes impossible for the reader to feel negatively toward the Marys. In fact, they become sympathetic characters. Readers will be rooting for the Marys. It may seem strange to empathize with a ghost, but you will understand when you read this book.

Those who enjoy tales of ghosts and of unrequited love will enjoy this book.

I rate PRETTY MARYS ALL IN A ROW as 5 out of 5 Stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

QUOTES:

“… he looks real now. Real and wicked as heartache.”

“… leans in close, and I taste his breath, all jagged ice and coffin dirt and winters that never end.”

**Thank you to Broken Eye Books for providing me with a free copy of this novella.**

COMMENTS FROM THE AUTHOR:

“Folklore and fairy tales have always been a huge inspiration for me, both for their whimsy and their remarkably dark underpinnings. As a horror writer, there’s nothing as familiar and unsettling as many of the original fairy tales most of us grew up reading.”

“In that vein, Pretty Marys All in a Row started from a conversation I had with my husband, who is a fellow devotee of folklore. He and I went through all the Marys who appear in fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and other legends. It’s astounding when you list them all, how often the name appears in different incarnations (ditto for the Jacks, though he’ll have to wait for another story).

“That conversation led me to a series of questions that immediately unnerved me. What if these Marys know they’re storybook legends—and what if they want no part of it? If the choice to be in our folklore was never theirs to make, then what if we’re perpetuating their torment by continually retelling these tales? And if the Marys, like Resurrection Mary and Bloody Mary in particular, are the embodiment of nightmares, then what kind of powerful force controls the nightmares? That last question terrified me most of all—the notion of something else, something unknown to them, controlling the Marys—and from there, Pretty Marys All in a Row was born.”

“Ultimately, the story became one about loss and identity and finding yourself and your home and family, even when all other choices have been ripped away from you. To have Pretty Marys join the incredible roster of releases at Broken Eye Books is beyond thrilling and humbling. This is a journey that’s been a wonderful one to take as a writer, and I hope that readers feel the same way.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gwendolyn Kiste is a speculative fiction author based in Pennsylvania. Her short stories have appeared in Nightmare, Shimmer, Interzone, Black Static, and Three-Lobed Burning Eye, among other outlets.

Her debut fiction collection, And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, is available now from JournalStone.

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Broken Eye Books is an independent press, here to bring you the odd, strange, and offbeat side of speculative fiction.

Their stories tend to blend genres, highlighting the weird and blurring boundaries with horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.

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HAVEN by Mary Lindsey Blog Tour & Giveaway – Win an Amazon Gift Card



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Mary Lindsey
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: November 7th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

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Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.

Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 “pet” Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the “pet” roaches found a home… somewhere else.

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IFOA and Dundurn Press invite you to the release of The Toronto Book of The Dead by Adam Bunch as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.

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“Toronto has witnessed countless lives lived and lost as it grew from a muddy little frontier town into a booming metropolis of concrete and glass. The Toronto Book of the Dead tells the tale of the ever-changing city through the lives and deaths of those who made it their final resting place.”

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    Adam Bunch is the creator of The Toronto Dreams Project, and has written about the history of the city for Spacing Magazine, Torontoist and the Huffington Post. In 2012, he earned an honourable mention for a Governor General’s History Award. Adam lives in Toronto.

EVERY LITTLE EVIL by DC Farmer is an entertaining and often hilarious romp through urban fantasy fiction.  

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Title: EVERY LITTLE EVIL

Series: THE HIPPOSYNC ARCHIVES – BOOK 0

Author: D.C. FARMER    

Type of Book: EBOOK

Genre: HUMOROUS URBAN FANTASY FICTION

Length: 66 PAGES

Publisher: WYRMWOOD BOOKS

Release Date: MAY 29, 2016 

ISBN: 9780993273469

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Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 


FROM THE INTRODUCTION:

On the banks of the canal in Jericho, Oxford, sits a very ordinary-looking commercial property with a sign that says, “Hipposync Enterprises, Dealers in Rare Books & Manuscripts.”

Many people have read that sign and moved on, pausing only to wonder if such a shabby concern is still in business. But behind that careworn facade lives something else altogether. Something strange and arcane and vital to the security of the country and…yes, very probably the world.

So what do they really do in Hipposync Enterprises?

This book is the first in a series recounting  the cases plucked from their archives.

Ready?

Then buckle up. 


MY REVIEW: 


This book is the first of a series called HIPPOSYNC ENTERPRISES.

This novella is a wonderful introduction to the author’s world. In the real world (the one us humans inhabit) the Minister for Internal Affairs, Sebastian O’Hoy (known to the tabloids as SoHo) has disappeared from his highly secure home and seems to have vanished into thin air. “They are certain he did not leave the premises last night, but there is no sign of him this morning … There were symbols scrawled on the bedroom wall in what appears to be blood…”

Because of the strange symbols on the wall, the Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland decides that he needs to call the DOF – The Department of Fimmigration. “The DOF’s real function, of course, was to monitor the comings and goings of their own people, those Fae (Homo Elementus) who wanted to try their luck in a world where their own toned-down supernatural skills might be of some use.”

Captain Kylah Porter is a Fae and she is put in charge of finding the wayward Minister. The local police liason assigned to work with her thinks the DOF is a joke and that the regular police do not need their help. Kylah is sure that the disappearance has something to do with the Fae.

To that end, she travels to the hidden realm that most humans do not believe exists. It is a place where “Self-Stacking cutlery, bottomless drinking mugs, stay-warm toilet seats – all were a reality of daily life.”

What follows is part mystery, part comedy, part thriller and even part love story. All these parts add up to one highly entertaining read.

My favorite line in the novella is the author’s description of the facade of the building that houses Hipposync Enterprises, Dealers in Rare Books & Manuscripts (which is actually the Headquarters of the DOF).


“Its roots were exemplified by ornate signage: a hanging board with more calligraphic curlicues than a Christina Aguilera wig.”

There is also a character in the story named Mr. Viarga, who “… stood beneath them with a wooden ruler pointing hither and thither.” Get it? Viarga – wood? Ha ha!

I enjoyed this quick read and it has piqued my interest in the Hipposync Enterprises Series. I am not usually a fan of urban fantasy as it all seems the same to me, but EVERY LITTLE EVIL breaks the mold and creates its own niche genre.

I rate this book as 5 out of 5 Stars for pure ingenuity and uniqueness. I am now a fan of author D.C. Farmer.

I recommend this book to people who enjoy such reads as Piers Anthony’s Xanth series. Plus, the book is FREE, so you have nothing to lose.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 


Once a successful doctor of medicine, DC Farmer now works two days a week for the NHS and, thanks to the wonders of Krudian physics, the other nine days a week for Hipposync Enterprises, as a scribe.

Hipposync was established in the early fourteenth century as a purveyor and publisher of rare books, the sort of stuff you are not able to get elsewhere and which contains information as varied as how to guard your castle against the Hordes of Maltasub using Harpie blood and tar, and how to change a beetle into a useful toothpick.

DC’s role in documenting the work of the Fimmigration Service  has, over the years, led to the realization that the world needs to know. Moreover, if he doesn’t tell someone soon he is going to burst. So, within the pages of his books  you will find actual accounts of the splendid work of the Fimmigration Service, beginning with The 400 Lb Gorilla.

DC Farmer is alive and well in darkest Wales.

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THE SHATTERED SEAM BLOG TOUR and KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY

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 Tour: The Shattered Seam by Kathleen Groger


The Shattered Seam
Kathleen Groger
(Seam Stalkers, #1)
Publication date: September 13th 2016
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Young AdultGoodreads     B&N     Amazon

Spending spring break on an isolated island rumored to be haunted is not sixteen-year-old Sam’s idea of fun. Spending spring break with her uncle and his ghost-hunting film crew on an isolated island is even worse.

Way worse.

Her family’s secrets—and a genetic ability she can no longer deny—surface, along with the ghost of a rich serial killer who left behind a trail of trapped souls.

And he’s not through yet.

With only one chance for escape, Sam must embrace her family’s curse and close the Seam between the living and the dead. Or be lost, forever.

About the Author

Kathleen wrote her first story in elementary school about a pegasus named Sir Lancelot. It had no plot or conflict, but it sparked a dream. After serving a fifteen-year sentence in retail management, the bulk in big box bookstores, she turned her love of reading into a full-time career writing dark and haunting characters and stories. She writes paranormal, fantasy, suspense, horror YA books. She is a contributing member of READerlicious, writers who love readers. Check out her blogs here.

She lives by the mantra that a day is not complete without tea. Lots of tea. Kathleen lives in Ohio with her husband, two boys, and two attention-demanding dogs. When not writing or editing or revising, you can find her reading, cooking, spending time with her family, or photographing abandoned buildings.

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MayaTheBookExplorer >> Review
Never Too Many To Read >> Review
Bibliobibuli YA >> Review

September 27th
Movies, Shows & Books >> Excerpt
Amie’s Book Reviews >> Review  ——> YOU ARE HERE
Whatever You Can Still Betray  >> Guest post
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September 28th
Book Sniffers Anonymous >> Excerpt
The Best Books Ever >> Review
We Do Write >> Interview

September 29th
Eru Books and Recs >> Review
Book Lovers Life >> Review
The Avid Reader >> Review
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium >> Top 10 List
between folded pages >> Review

September 30th
Smada’s Book Smack >> Review
English Blonde >> Review
BooksChatter >> Interview
The book slayer >> Review

 

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MY REVIEW

RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 Stars

This book has all the elements required to tell a creepy tale. A teenager who believes she is sick because she seems to see things that others can’t see, a super-creepy locale, familial secrets, and lots of mystery.

 

Sam is sixteen years old and is spending Spring Break with her Uncle who films his ghost-hunting activities. She has absolutely zero interest in spending her vacation with her Uncle, and who can blame her. She is sixteen after-all and would rather spend time with kids her own age.

I do not want to give way too much of the story, but suffice it to say that this series debut will have young adult readers on the edge of their seats. At only 206 pages, it is a quick read which I believe appeals to the younger teen readers.

My only criticism is that I would have liked a bit more character development, but since this is the first book in a series, I am sure that readers will learn more and more about Sam as the series continues.

I rate THE SHATTERED SEAM as 4 out of 5 stars.

 

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LITTLE KILLERS A TO Z by Howard Odentz rates a Creep Factor of 15 out of 10. Love Horror? You HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!!

Title: LITTLE KILLERS A TO Z

Author: HOWARD ODENTZ

Type of Book: EBOOK

Genre: HORROR, SHORT STORIES

Length: 182 PAGES

Publisher: BELL BRIDGE BOOKS  
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Cover Design: DEBRA DIXON

Release Date: JUNE 15, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-61194-725-0 (EBOOK)
ISBN: 978-1-61194-705-2 (PRINT)

Price: (EBOOK) $4.16 CDN / $3.16 USD

Rating: 6 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 

* I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dark and twisted. These stories will make you look twice at every child you see. Is he/she just a regular kid? Or, is there a monster hidden behind that seemingly innocent face?

Howard Odentz has crafted a book filled with short stories – one for every letter of the alphabet (26 in all), that will stay with you even long after you finish reading this book.

Starting with “A IS FOR ANDY – WHO WATCHES HIS DAD” and ending with ” Z IS FOR ZINA – WHO SUFFERS STARVATION” every single story is truly creepy and extremely disturbing. On a scale of 1 to 10, this book has a creepiness factor of 13.

What I enjoyed the most about this book and the stories it contains is that it reminds me of the writing of Stephen King in his early writing career – when ge wrote such works as Cujo and Carrie.

Haven’t yet heard of Howard Odentz? Neither had I before receiving this book from Netgalley, but I know I will be hearing more and more about him in the near future. He has published two other books prior to LITTLE KILLERS, and I will be adding both of them to my TBR (To Be Read) list immediately.

I believe that with the proper marketing, this book is destined for the Bestseller list. Everything about this book, including the amazingly macabre cover screams “BUY ME” to those who love horror fiction. I know that as soon as I saw the cover of this book I just had to know what it contained and I was not disappointed.

I rate this collection of truly terrifying tales as 6 out of 5 Stars and I recommend it to everyone who likes horror.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  

Howard Odentz is an author and a playwright. He is a lifelong resident of the gray area between Western Massachusetts and North Central Connecticut.

His love of that region is evident in his writing as he often incorporates the foothills of the Berkshires and the small towns of the Bay and Nutmeg states into his stories.

“LITTLE KILLERS A to Z, a full-blown alphabet of murderers, psychopaths, monsters and second graders, is his third work with Bell Bridge Books.”

“Previous novels include the horrifically humorous DEAD (A LOT) and the thriller BLOODY BLOODY APPLE.”

Howard’s fascination with the psychological aspects of those who are thrown into thrilling or mysterious circumstances is reflected in his writing.

“I like writing about my dark little corner of the world,” he says. “After all, this is New England. There’s more than enough creepiness here to keep me inspired for years to come.”

To learn more about Howard Odentz and his other books, visit him online:

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IN SICKNESS AND IN ELF – BOOK BLITZ & GIVEAWAY

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In Sickness and in Elf
by A.E. Jones
Paranormal Wedding Planners #1
Publication Date: May 2, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Paranormal

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First in a new series from RWA Golden Heart® Winner and RITA® Finalist, AE Jones.

Meet Alex Bennett—wedding phobic in a family of wedding planners. Not the best combination, but being left at the altar can wreak havoc on one’s self-esteem. When Alex’s grandmother requests her help with a high-profile wedding, Alex sets aside her fears to attend. But when the bride runs away, and her grandmother’s business faces ruin, Alex will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth. Even when the truth leads to sabotaged weddings and a runaway bride who isn’t human. The last thing Alex needs to deal with is the overbearingly handsome man brought in to lead the investigation.

Meet Devin Cole—a paranormal with no powers. Guilty until proven innocent, his powers have been rescinded until his upcoming trial, which he should be preparing for. He doesn’t have time for a runaway bride case. But the bride is a supermodel who also happens to be supernatural, so he and his team must handle damage control. The last thing Devin needs to deal with is a tempting woman who insists on being part of the investigation…and has half the horny supernatural male population chasing after her.

But with humans and supernaturals bent on destroying each other, Alex and Devin must put aside their differences and work together. Can Devin protect Alex and defeat the enemy without his powers? And now that Alex knows supernaturals do exist, can she once again believe in a fairy-tale happily ever after?

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About A.E. Jones

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Growing up a TV junkie, award winning author AE Jones oftentimes rewrote endings of episodes in her head when she didn’t like the outcome. She immersed herself in sci-fi and soap operas. But when Buffy hit the little screen she knew her true love was paranormal. Now she spends her nights weaving stories about all variation of supernatural—their angst and their humor. After all life is about both…whether you sport fangs or not.

AE lives in Ohio with her eclectic family and friends who in no way resembles any characters in her books. Honest. Now her two cats are another story altogether.

AE won RWA’s 2013 Golden Heart ® Award for her paranormal manuscript, MIND SWEEPER. She is also a 2015 RITA® finalist for Mind Sweeper for both First Book and Paranormal Romance. AE is a member of Romance Writers of America ® (RWA), North East Ohio Romance Writers of America (NEORWA), The Golden Network, and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal (FF&P).

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4 Stars for THE SKELETON SONG by Angela Kulig – BOOK REVIEW

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Title: THE SKELETON SONG

Series: SKELETON LAKE

Author: ANGELA KULIG

Type of Book: eBook

Length: 91 pages

Genre: Young Adult Horror

Release Date: 2012

Rating: 4 out of 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Before I begin writing my review of the content of this book, I feel that I must comment on the stunning cover of this novella. It is absolutely gorgeous. It does exactly what a good cover should – it draws your eye. Kudos go to the cover artist.

Now, on to the book:

Skeleton Lake certainly lives up to its name. I feel the need to mention that the beginning is a bit traumatic, but it is certainly memorable.

“Though drowning isn’t the way that most adventures start, it is the only way at Skeleton Lake.”

At only 91 pages, this novella can be read in a single afternoon. The author, Angela Kulig, has come up with a truly strange yet interesting concept.

Skeleton Lake is a place to which certain people are called. Once they are called, they come. There is no way to refuse. Once they arrive at the lake, there is no going back to their old lives.

That siren call compels them to enter the lake which is where their human bodies die. But, the soul remains. They become animated skeletons and they “grow up”. Once they reach puberty they are told who their soulmate is.

Imagine how amazing it must feel to meet the other half of yourself; to feel a sense of utter contentment. It would be pure bliss!

But, what if you wanted to be able to choose? What happened to free will? Is it really love if you had no say in the choosing of your soulmate?

You need to read THE SKELETON SONG to find out. I have to admit that the huge number of typos drove me crazy, but that is because I am a perfectionist and I expect a high level of quality from a published book.

I enjoyed this book. At times I found it strange and confusing, but I believe that was the author’s intention. It mirrors the way the main character feels throughout much of the story.

I recommend reading this book if you are a fan of the weird and the macabre.

I rate THE SKELETON SONG as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The next book in The Skeleton Lake series is already available and I have added it to my TBR (To Be Read) list.

My favourite quote from this book is: “The sight and smell was so intense, I wondered if heaven had begun to leak into the real world.”

~ I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: (Information copied from www.angelakulig.com )

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I wrote my first novel just shy of my thirteenth birthday, and at twenty-nine I still haven’t stopped. Many times, I write about dark, tragic, and beautiful things. Sometimes, I write about love. Love in it’s various forms; as love isn’t all peanut butter cups and roses, usually it’s dreadful. Often it’s cataclysmic.

All I ever wanted to do was write books, but that was the dream of a little girl and it was surprisingly easily fulfilled. Now I want to write books people read, different books, about unique places and things; shocking books, books that make you feel alive, and characters you sometimes wish weren’t dead.

5 Massive Stars for NINE FINGERS by Tony Bowman – BOOK REVIEW

  

Title: NINE FINGERS

Author: Tony Bowman 

Type of Book: Autographed Paperback

Length: 291 pages

Genre: Thriller, Paranormal Fiction, Horror

Release Date: 2014 

Publisher: http://www.darkalleypublishing.com 

ISBN: 978-1502861860 

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

~ I received a free copy of this book from the author.

*** WARNING ***

This book contains scenes that are violent and graphic. It also contains sexual situations. This book is NOT suitable for readers under the age of eighteen.

I was pleasantly surprised the other day when I opened my mailbox and found three books by author TONY BOWMAN inside. Not only was I surprised, but I was also excited. I have previously read three of his books and had loved every single one of them. In fact, all three were given well-deserved 5 Star ratings and I had added the rest of his books to my “To Be Read” list. 

Although I was already reading a couple other books when Tony’s books arrived at my house, I quickly put the other books to the side and started reading “Nine Fingers” immediately. And I am very glad I did. 

This story begins with the novella entitled “Nine Fingers: The Tucson Ripper” (which is currently being offered for free on Amazon) but it is not necessary to read the books in order to follow the storyline. However, why would you not when the novella is free?

Anyway, this book grabs your attention from the very beginning and doesn’t let go until long after the last page has been read. 

My advice to potential readers? Don’t let the fact that this book contains werewolves discourage you from reading it. It is a far cry from the sappy and predictable Young Adult werewolf stories that seem to be dominating bookstore shelves on an alarmingly regular basis. This book is gritty, it’s fast-paced. It’s thrilling and terrifying in equal measure and the characters are both believable and compelling. In short, this book is FANTASTIC. 

I only discovered Tony Bowman’s books this year. Initially I had entered to win a copy of one of his book’s through the Goodreads Giveaway program. This giveaway win turned out to be the beginning of a love affair with Tony Bowman’s books and has led to him earning a place on my list of all-time favourite authors.  

One of the things that astounds me about Tony Bowman is that he writes whatever he wants and does not limit himself to a single genre. He has written Science Fiction, Horror, Thrillers, Paranormal Fiction and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction. 

I have to admit that I generally do not like werewolf tales. They all seem to be the same or at least similar. This book may contain werewolves, but is UNIQUE. And, it is easily the best werewolf book I have ever read.

I love the fact that the author has not followed anyone else’s view or belief of what a werewolf is. He has created an entire history and this book will scare the pants off its readers. Why? One word = PLAUSIBILITY. 

Character Building = 5 Stars 

Plot = 5 Stars

Originality = 5 Stars

Readability = 5 Stars

OVERALL, I RATE THIS BOOK AS 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

If you choose only one book in the paranormal fiction/werewolf/horror category to read this year or next, YOU MUST CHOOSE “NINE FINGERS”. 

Check out my reviews of other Tony Bowman books by searching “Tony Bowman” here on my blog. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

  
Tony Bowman is the author of four full-length novels as well as many short stories. His short story collection entitled “Morgue Dreams and Curiouser Things” is an amazingly well written collection of seventeen short horror stories. 

Tony currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, Laurie, his daughter, Sara and a hundred pound Catahoula Leopard dog. 

To learn more about Tony Bowman and his books, visit https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8080065.Tony_Bowman 

Check out his blog at:
http://thattonybowman.blogspot.ca

4 Stars for PROTECT HER: Part One by Ivy Sinclair – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

 

Title: PROTECT HER: Part One

Author: Ivy Sinclair 

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged 

Narrators: Angel Clark and Robert Neil DeVoe 

Length: 2 hours and 21 minutes 

Genre: Paranormal Fiction 

Release Date: May 29, 2015

Publisher: Ivy Sinclair 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

~ I received a free copy of this audiobook through http://www.audiobookblast.com in exchange for an honest review. 

~ Due to strong language this audiobook is NOT suitable for listeners under the age of 18. 

Riley Stone is a Necromancer. He has a fearsome reputation amongst the Demon population. Paige Matthews is a regular young woman who knows nothing about demons and who, like most of the population does not believe in the supernatural. 

Calamata Island is a declared demon-free zone and is under the protection of the Archangel Benjamin. So, when Paige is attacked on Calamata Island by what she sees as a shadow with fiery eyes and is saved by Riley, she has no idea what is happening. 

Riley is perplexed as well. Why would a Demon risk Benjamin’s wrath just to attack a normal human? 

This is the first audiobook in a series and ends with no resolution at all which I found frustrating. Of course, it ended with a cliffhanger which will make listeners want to purchase the next audiobook in the series to find out what happens next. 

The cliffhanger ending is a terrific marketing strategy, but is frustrating for audiobook listeners. However, in author, Ivy Sinclair’s defence, it is obvious that this book is only part of a series since the title is ” PROTECT HER: Part One”. 

The characters of Riley Stone and Paige Matthews are only beginning to discover who they are in this book. I am sure that they will develop further over the course of the next ten episodes. One thing that comes across quite clearly is the fact that Riley Stone is gorgeous. I was reading the author’s blog and came across a picture of Riley and WOW, he is definitely eye candy:

  
The best thing about this audiobook was the decision to use two different narrators. I really liked having a female (Angel Clark) performing the part of Paige and a male (Robert Neil DeVoe) performing the part of Riley. It made the changes in perspective much more effective. 

Angel Clark has a terrific voice for audiobook narration. She speaks clearly and uses exactly the right inflection for her part. 

Robert Neil DeVoe was an inspired choice for the part of Riley Stone. He makes the character come alive and uses the perfect mix of emotion and cynicism to portray the jaded character of Riley Stone. I do not think I would have rated this audiobook as highly as I did if it weren’t for the amazing narration. The narrators both deserve a 5 star rating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

PROTECT HER: Part One is only two hours and twenty-one minutes long which makes it an easy listening experience.

I enjoyed his audiobook and my only complaint is that it didn’t contain more of the story. It would be nice to have a single audiobook containing all episodes of this story. 

I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

  
Ivy Sinclair cut her romance teeth on classics like Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An Affair to Remember, and Sabrina. She is a firm believer in true love, a happily ever after ending, and the medicinal use of chocolate to cure any ailment of the heart. Ivy’s guilty pleasures include sushi, endless Starbucks lattes, and wine. Readers of Ivy’s stories can expect smoldering sweet stories of romance that tug at the heartstrings.

Ivy Sinclair has both a blog at http://www.ivysinclair.com and a private Facebook reader’s group called “Ivy’s Front Porch” 

  • ABOUT THE NARRATORS:

ROBERT NEIL DeVOE: 

  

Robert Neil DeVoe was born in New York and raised in Washington state. He now lives in Shanghai where he is pursuing acting, directing and of course, audiobook narration. 

More information about Robert Neil DeVoe can be found on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/Robert-DeVoe 

ANGEL CLARK: 

  

Angel Clark hosts her own online radio show in addition to narrating audiobooks. 

Follow her on Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/sussexangelc 

Listen to her radio show at: 

https://www.spreaker.com/show/the_angel_clark_show_1 

Follow her on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/AngelClarkShow/