LOVE, MURDER & MAYHEM ANTHOLOGY RELEASE DAY BLOG BLITZ

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Love, Murder & Mayhem



About the Book

Love science fiction stories that all include
elements of Love, Murder & Mayhem 

Then welcome to the latest anthology from Crazy 8 Press! This amazing collection from 15 all-star authors will delight you with superheros and supervillains. AIs, off-worlders, and space cruisers. We’ve also got private eyes, sleep surrogates, time travelers, aliens and monsters—and one
DuckBob!

With tales ranging from wild and wacky to dark and gritty to heartbreaking and fun, take the deadly leap with authors Meriah Crawford, Paige Daniels, Peter David, Mary Fan, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert
Greenberger, Glenn Hauman Paul Kupperberg, Karissa Laurel, Kelly Meding, Aaron Rosenberg, Hildy Silverman, Lois Spangler, Patrick Thomas, and editor Russ
Colchamiro.

You’ll never look at Love,
Murder & Mayhem
 the
same way again—and that’s just the way we like it.


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About the Editor

Russ Colchamiro is the author of
the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the hilarious sci-fi backpacking
comedy series, Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor
of the new anthology, Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.

Russ lives in New Jersey with his
wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself.
Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the
Crimson Keep, Pangaea, and Altered States of the Union, and TV Gods 2. He is
now at work on a top-secret project, and a Finders Keepers spin-off.

As a matter of full disclosure,
readers should not be surprised if Russ spontaneously teleports in a blast of
white light followed by screaming fluorescent color and the feeling of being
sucked through a tornado. It’s just how he gets around — windier than the bus,
for sure, but much quicker.


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4 Stars for the Speculative fiction short story LEVIATHAN by SAUL TANPEPPER. 

Title: LEVIATHAN – A SHORT STORY 

Author: SAUL TANPEPPER  

Genre: SPECULATIVE FICTION

Length: 31 PAGES

Publisher: BRINESTONE PRESS

Type of Book: EBOOK

Received From: THE AUTHOR

Release Date: FEBRUARY 11, 2017

Rating: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟


OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION:


Earth is dying.

On a barren, windless shore of a dead sea, two people, a father and his child, eke out a meager existence. They eat what little they can find. They are tormented by memories and tales of what the world once was.

Then, on a day no different than the thousands of others they have lived, the child hears the ghostly call of a sea creature presumed extinct for decades. Was it real? Or was it the last gasp of planet nearing death?

Leviathan is a short, dark, and haunting post-apocalyptic story (6500 words) written in stream-of-consciousness. Fans of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, which inspired this story, will recognize similarities.


Appropriate for readers of all ages. 


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MY REVIEW
:

As the world nears its end, a father and his child are tormented by the ghostly call of a sea creature presumed extinct for decades.

Is it the last gasp of a dying planet? Or a reason to hope?

This is an thought-provoking and extremely interesting story. It may have been short, but it packed a punch. It is worth reading.

I rate LEVIATHAN as 4 out of 5 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Saul Tanpepper is the speculative fiction pen name for Ken J. Howe, a retired PhD molecular biologist and biotech entrepreneur who writes full time in multiple genres. The pen name honors the memory of his high school buddy, who passed away at age 27. “Salt and Pepper” was a favorite epithet, given the author’s premature graying.

After a childhood in a small town in Upstate New York, he entered the U.S. Army and was trained as a combat medic. He did a tour in West Germany before the wall came down, working as both a medic in an armored infantry unit in Mannheim and a hospital attendant in Frankfurt. After returning Stateside, he did a tour as a trauma specialist in the emergency room at Walter Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and at Lawrence General Hospital in Massachusetts.

He attended university in Santa Barbara, CA, majoring in biology and creative studies while working as a medical assistant. He studied molecular biology and genetics as a graduate student, then completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Berkeley.
Prior to entering the work force, he and his wife spent six months traveling through the Middle East and Africa, logging over 50,000 miles in a refurbished garbage truck.

He spent 10 years in biotech, working his way from bench scientist to Director of R&D and site manager of a major pharma company. He then formed his own company, Collabria BioSciences, and was VP of R&D of another startup.

He retired from the business in 2011 to write and publish full time. Under his real name, he writes literary young adult, middle grade, and children’s picture books. As Saul Tanpepper, he writes and publishes speculative fiction (scifi, horror, fantasy).

​He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, children, and many pets and farm animals.

To learn more about this author visit the following links:

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OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION 

The future is bright…or is it?

Step into a high-tech vision of the future with the author of Quantum Confessions and Fluence, Stephen Oram.

Featuring health-monitoring mirrors, tele-empathic romances and limb-repossessing bailiffs, Eating Robots explores the collision of utopian dreams and twisted realities in a world where humanity and technology are becoming ever more intertwined.

Sometimes funny, often unsettling, and always with a word of warning, these thirty sci-fi shorts will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

MY REVIEW 

This book of sci-fi stories will hold you mesmerized from the first story to the last. 

Told with intelligence and imagination, these stories will make you think. Author Stephen Oram raises the question of how much reliance on technology is too much.

Encourage your friends, coworkers  and families to each grab a copy of this short story collection. You will be able to discuss what each person thought of each story. This would be a terrific book to share with a book club. 

I rate this collection as 4 out of 5 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Stephen Oram writes thought provoking stories that mix science fiction with social comment, mainly in a recognisable near-future. He is the Author in Residence at Virtual Futures’, once described as the ‘Glastonbury of cyberculture’. He has collaborated with scientists and future-tech people to write short stories that create debate about potential futures, most recently with the Human Brain Project and Bristol Robotics Laboratory as part of the Bristol Literature Festival. 

As a teenager he was heavily influenced by the ethos of punk. In his early twenties he embraced the squatter scene and was part of a religious cult, briefly. He did some computer stuff in what became London’s silicon roundabout and is now a civil servant with a gentle attraction to anarchism.

He has two published novels – Quantum Confessions and Fluence – and several shorter pieces.

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK IN THE WORLD by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt is a collection of eight novellas that focus on the darkness within us all & the ability for redemption.

Title: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK IN THE WORLD: Eight Novellas


Translated from the French by: ALISON ANDERSON   

Author: ERIC-EMMANUEL SCHMITT 

Type of Book: SOFTCOVER  

Genre: NOVELLAS, SHORT STORIES

Length: 181 PAGES   

Publisher: EUROPA EDITIONS   

Release Date: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-9933372-74-7 

Price: $15.00 USD / $18.00 CAN

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟


MY REVIEW:


STORY # 1 – WINNIPEG WANDA

“Wanda had already figured out that she would make it on her own … Wanda concluded that it was through men that she would make her way in life.”

Seemingly cold and calculated, Wanda Winnipeg is a thrice-divorced multimillionaire. She both demands and commands attention and respect wherever she goes. Disdain is her go-to emotion.


STORY # 2 – FINE RAINY DAY

“Hėlène could not remember having ever experienced a perfect moment.”

No one and nothing was ever good enough for her. That is, until she met Antoine, whose love for her  changes everything. Or does it?


STORY 3 – THE INTRUDER  

Odile Versini is sure that she has just seen a woman in her apartment and not only that, but that the intruder stared right at her. Odile calls the police and stays on the phone until they arrive. However, by the time they get there the woman has somehow slipped out of the apartment.

This happens several times and Odile cannot fathom what this woman wants, why she keeps returning and exactly how she is able to get away each time. But she is determined to put a stop to it once and for all.

 STORY #4 – THE FORGERY

This story, although it might not seem so at first, is all about perceptions.

 

STORY # 5 – EVERY REASON TO BE HAPPY


Just because all your friends and acquaintances say that you every reason to be happy, does not guarantee that you are.


STORY # 6 – THE BAREFOOT PRINCESS

Appearances can be deceiving.


STORY # 7 – ODETTE TOULEMOND

Perhaps happiness and fulfillment can come from unexpected places.


STORY # 8 – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK IN THE WORLD

This story is the best one out of the eight and is set in a Russian gulag housing female political dissidents in the 1950s.


OVERALL

This collection of novellas is full of stories that prove that author Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt is a supremely talented writer who is able to connect with readers all over the world. He has his finger firmly placed on the pulse of the human condition which enables his stories to mean different things to different people.

I have read many short story anthologies but this one is the most unique. I recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys literary fiction.

The novellas were originally written in French and have been translated into English by the gifted translator Alison Anderson. She has used her impressive talents to allow the reader to still experience the richness of a foreign culture while being able to stay true to the author’s vision.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars and I encourage everyone to pick up a copy of this book. In fact, it would make a unique Christmas gift for the book lover in your life. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

ERIC-EMMANUEL SCHMITT –  playwright, novelist, and author of short stories, was awarded the French Academy’s Grand Prix du Théâtre in 2001.

He is one of Europe’s most popular authors. His many novels and story collections include The Most Beautiful Book in the World (Europa Editions 2009) and The Woman with the Bouquet (Europa Editions 2010). 


Visit the author’s official web site

    


ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:

ALISON ANDERSON  is the author of the forthcoming novel The Summer Guest.

She spent many years in California; she now lives in a Swiss village and works as a literary translator.

Her translations include The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, and works by Nobel laureate J. M. G. Le Clézio. She has also written two previous novels and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literary Translation Fellowship.

She has lived in Greece and Croatia, and speaks several European languages, including Russian.

Visit her official website HERE.  

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  
http://www.BelleBooks.com


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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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THE JOY OF NURSING by JULIANA ADAMS is a fascinating look inside the real world of nursing. 4 Stars.

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Title: THE JOY OF NURSING: RECLAIMING OUR NOBILITY

Author: JULIANA ADAMS, BSN, MSN, MA

Type of Book: Softcover

Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir, Inspirational, Health Care, Nursing, Management

Length: 239 pages

Release Date: May 1, 2016

Publisher: Steamboat Springs Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-9972003-0-0 (Softcover)
ISBN: 978-0-9972003-2-4 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0-9972003-1-7 (EBook)

Cover Price: $19.95 USD (Softcover)

Cover Painting: Kimberly Conrad

Rating: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟 

* I received a free copy of this book from Angelle Barbazon of JKS COMMUNICATIONS in exchange for an honest review.

This book was written by JULIANA ADAMS who has dedicated over 50 (yes, 50) years of her life to nursing and taking care of patients.

In her introduction she states: “Much of what nurses do remains unclear to those outside the profession… This book… is intended for those considering becoming a nurse and nurses presently practicing who may have become disillusioned along the way.”

Although I am neither a nurse, nor an aspiring nurse, I still think this book has value in it for myself as well as for other adults.

I have (unfortunately) had dealings with hospitals and nurses on multiple occasions both as a patient myself, and as a concerned loved one.

I have dealt with nurses from a variety of specialties and departments and I can personally attest to the fact that the majority of caregiving in any hospital is done by the nurses, NOT the doctors.

Reading this book reminded me of how helpless I felt while sitting at my husband’s bedside while he was in a coma battling for his life. It was not the doctor’s in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) that patiently explained the numerous tubes and drains attached to my husband’s body. It was not a doctor that offered me comfort or encouragement. It was the nurses.

“In the most helpless moments of our lives, we must truly rely upon the kindness of strangers.” – Daniel F. Chambliss (Author)

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I cannot imagine the stresses placed upon nurses on a daily basis and I truly believe that having word “nobility” in the title of this book is appropriate. I believe that nursing truly is a noble profession and one that is often underpaid and under appreciated. According to the author: “Nobility is a word that you don’t hear that often today in regards to many professions.” She is correct.

In her 50 years of experience, Juliana has accumulated a vast array of knowledge as well as many stories and anecdotes. She is acutely aware that nurses can become overwhelmed by the politics and the lack of resources that they face on a daily basis.

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I believe that this book is an important one, since it reminds people that while there are discouraging moments in any profession, there are also moments of amazement and unparalleled kindness and connection. This is especially true in the nursing profession.

Imagine having to change a homeless person’s clothes that are so grime covered that the smell alone would repel most people, then having to clean up after a baby with the flu and having to do all this with a smile on your face. Then, imagine that mere minutes later, you are needed to hold the hand of an elderly patient as their spirit leaves their body and they pass on in death. The emotional  (and physical) toll must be almost more than one person can bear. Most people (myself included) would not be able to do these things day in and day out.

The stories in this book are sometimes sad, sometimes happy, and always awe-inspiring. They remind the reader of the importance of nursing and nurses to the patients they serve and to the health care system as a whole.

Without nurses our health care system would collapse. Juliana Adams does a wonderful job of reminding readers just how important nurses are. I love the chapter titles she chose. Each one is unique and most made me smile. For example, chapter two’s title is “It All Started with a Lie to a Nun and chapter five’s title is “Oops, Maybe I Wasn’t as Smart as I Thought I Was.”

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This book should be required reading for all current and aspiring nurses. I believe it should be added to the nursing student’s syllabus so that they can learn from Juliana’s many years of experience.

I also firmly believe that this book will appeal to many other people as well. It is a fascinating glimpse into the inner world of real nursing (not the sanitized view of nurses that we all see on television.)

If you know anyone who is a nurse or who is going into nursing, you need to buy them a copy of this book.

Poignant and thought-provoking. This is an excellent read.

For the reasons listed above I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The only reason that I did not rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars is that it contains a few proof-reading and editing errors that I found distracting.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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JULIANA ADAMS, BSN, MSN, MA is part of a unique number of nurses who have dedicated more than a half a century to the care of patients… and to the advancement of the nursing profession. She remains actively engaged in how nursing care is delivered.

She is an author, speaker and film maker. In 2012, she produced a documentary film, Exposure, Reclaiming the Nobility of Nursing. The focus of her film began by highlighting the excitement of the nurses working in the inner-city emergency room that Eugene Richard’s made famous by his controversial book, The Knife and Gun Club. Where the film ended … what it exposed … led her to further explore her own journey of moving from novice to expert.

Juliana divides her time between Englewood, Colorado and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She and her husband, along with pets left by their two children who are pursuing their own admirable dreams, have chosen to work in their respective fields, for many years to come.

To learn more about Juliana Adams, she can be reached by email at JulianaAdamsInc@gmail.com or visit her online at the following links:

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HOW HE KNEW by Lynda Cordova – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

  
Title: HOW HE KNEW: Short Stories For the Young and Old

Author: Lynda Cordova

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged 

Narrator: Tina Strong 

Length: 1 hour and 5 minutes

Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

Release Date: June 22, 2015

Publisher: Lynda Cordova 

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. 

I actually struggled to listen to this audiobook in its entirety. The only reason that I didn’t just abandon this audiobook was because it was given to me in exchange for an honest review and I wanted to keep my word. 

However, I am glad I listened to the entire audiobook as I did enjoy a few of the stories. 

I think short story anthologies are difficult to rate because while some of the stories deserve a 4 or 5 star rating, others were not as highly enjoyable. That said, just because these stories did not strike a chord with me does not mean that other listeners will feel the same.

I suggest that if you like short stories then you should give this audiobook a try and form your own opinion. 

The narration was done well. Tina Strong was articulate and easy to understand with no distinguishable accent. I rate the narration as 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Overall I rate this audiobook as 3 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

EINSTEIN’S BEACH HOUSE: Stories by Jacob M Appel – BOOK REVIEW

Cover image obtained from www.amazon.ca

Cover image obtained from http://www.amazon.ca

EINSTEIN’S BEACH HOUSE: Stories

Author: Jacob M Appel

Type of Book: Paperback

Genre: Short Story Collection, Fiction, Literary Fiction

Publisher: Pressgang http://pressgang.butler.edu

Publication Date: 2014

Length: 179 pages

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free paperback copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is a collection of short storied. I never used to be a fan of short fiction. Short stories always left me with a vague but very real feeling of dissatisfaction. Not so with Jacob Appel’s “Einstein’s Beach House”. In fact his collection is one of the very few that I have rated as deserving five stars.

In the story “Hue and Cry” readers are forced to confront a controversial and yet very real modern day issue. Your response to this story might surprise you. The author has done an amazing job of presenting opposing viewpoints without forcing the reader to choose which one to believe. He skillfully leaves the ultimate decision up to each individual reader.

When reading “La Tristesse Des Herissons” I literally laughed out loud, not once but multiple times. It illustrates just exactly how far people will go to please the person they love.

“Strings” and “Limerence” contain characters that all grown-ups can relate to. Almost everyone has either a “Lena Limpetti” or a “Jacques Krentz” in their past. Sometimes it takes looking back on the influence that certain people (who seemed to have very little significance at the time) have had on our lives to realize just how great our lives really are. We can view these people as lost chances or we can view them as people who helped shaped who we have become.

“Einstein’s Beach House” could be construed as a “Be careful what you wish for” cautionary tale about the value of the truth. This story examines both morality and ethics.

“The Rod of Asclepius” – Looking back on her memories, a woman remembers being a six year old girl visiting the hospital where her mother died. Her father wears a lab coat and has a stethoscope draped over his neck. She remembers being asked if she is “…ready to change the world, princess?” She remembers that
“At that moment, I am suddenly persuaded that the world does indeed require changing, that the entire cosmos yearns for radical transformation.”
For the next year or more she continues to attend various hospitals in various cities with her father – all in her father’s pursuit of “changing the world.”
Of course, as a six or seven year old child, she had no idea why her father visited the hospitals or exactly what he was doing.
Twenty years later when she applies to medical school it is perhaps those memories that set her on her chosen career path.
This story highlights how memories can be distorted, how both people and events can seem to be one thing when in fact they are quite another.

“Sharing The Hostage” is about a separated couple sharing custody and visitation of their pet turtle. The sad thing is that I can see this actually happening in “real life.”

“Paracosmos” is the final story in the collection. Imagine having a stranger arrive on your doorstep and announcing that he is the father of your daughter’s imaginary friend. What would you do? How would you react?

Jacob Appel has a true gift. His vivid descriptions of place are minimal in length but are still somehow able to paint an exact picture in the reader’s mind. His genius shines through mostly with his uncanny ability to get inside the heads of the characters in his stories and to take his readers with him. His writing makes each character seem less fictional and more real.

He has taken the mundane and made it feel incredibly relevant and of great importance. His stories skillfully examine issues of morality while also being highly entertaining.

These stories will stay with you long after you finish reading them. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. This is a MUST READ collection. I have become an instant fan of this author and I look forward to reading more stories by him in the future. If you haven’t yet purchased ‘Einstein’s Beach House : Stories’ I suggest you buy a copy right away. You’ll be glad you did.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Image obtained from www.jacobmappel.com

Image obtained from http://www.jacobmappel.com

Jacob M. Appel has published short fiction in more than 200 literary journals. His first novel, ‘The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up’ won the Dundee International Book Award in 2012. His short story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the 2012 Hudson Prize and will be published by Black Lawrence in November 2013.

For more information visit http://www.jacobmappel.com

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TALES FROM THE BEAUMONT HOUSE by D.F. Holland – BOOK REVIEW

TALES FROM THE BEAUMONT HOUSE

Author: D.F. Holland

Genre: Horror, Short Stories

Publication Date: 2014

Length: 112 pages

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Beaumont House is an apartment building that has been around for a very long time. As with any old building it is full of stories. It just happens that the Beaumont House has more than it’s fair share of ghost stories.

MOONGLOW introduces readers to Nathaniel, a ghost who predates the building of Beaumont House. After watching the tenants for many lonely years, a young computer programmer senses Nathaniel’s presence. The video game he is creating may never be the same.

In AWAKEN TO THE NIGHTMARE a young man just beginning his adult life is forced to face an incident from his past.

GATHERING OF SOULS reminded me of a ‘Twilight Zone’ episode. Holly has only been living in Beaumont House for six months, but she loves it. She is an interior decorator and is thrilled to stumble on an eclectic antique shop in town. She finds the perfect painting for her new apartment and hangs it up proudly. But the painting may include more than just paint.

THE 1940s was a cute story about love and the fact that we don’t always choose who we love. My only complaint about this story is that it should have been at the beginning of the collection to make the timeline of Beaumont House flow better.

CYBERSPACE tells of the tale of Beaumont House’s own version of the “The Long Island Medium”. Mike Andrews was a psychic medium who had a booming business passing on messages from those who had passed away to the loved ones they left behind. Searching for someone to talk to online he connects with someone very far away who has a message to pass on; a message like nothing he has ever dealt with before.

HEIR TO A NEW WORLD is a much longer story than the previous five. Beth and Sam’s daughter had been having nightmares for weeks. Ella dreamed that she was going to be “taken away”. Beth did her best to reassure her daughter of her safety and to assure her that nightmares are not real. However, she starts to question her approach when Ella disappears one day while at school. What happened to Ella? Where did she go? Who took her? Could Beth have prevented it? Will they ever see Ella alive again?

When they learn that other children have also been abducted and the facts start to become clear, they realize that this is no ordinary abduction.

OUTRO – Wraps up all the previous stories.

These stories are reminiscent of old ‘Twilight Zone’ episodes and are well written. Using an old gothic looking apartment complex to tie all the stories together was a terrific idea and opens up the possibility of a second collection of stories.

I found quite a few editing errors in HEIR TO A NEW WORLD. It is due to these errors that this book will receive a 4 star rather than a five star rating from me.

HEIR TO A NEW WORLD is the longest story and arguably the best of the bunch. I can easily see this story being expanded into a full length novel and in fact I think it would be even better as a novel. It would give the author the chance to build more on the theme and delve more deeply into exactly what happens to the abducted children. I do not want to give too much detail because I do not want to include any spoilers with this review.

If you enjoy tales of the strange, the unusual and stories of the supernatural you will definitely enjoy TALES FROM BEAUMONT HOUSE. It is very much worth reading and it’s short length of only 112 pages allows the reader to complete it in a single afternoon.

I recommend this book. My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

TALES FROM BEAUMONT HOUSE is author D.F. Holland’s first book. She currently resides in New York and is working on her next project.

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