DEVIL’S HARVEST by Amazing Author JAMIE THORNTON captures the imagination and won’t let go. 5 STARS.

Title: DEVIL’S HARVEST

Series: DOORMAKER SERIES – PREQUEL – BOOK 0.5

Author: JAMIE THORNTON

Genre: FICTION, YOUNG ADULT FICTION, SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

Length: 36 PAGES

Publisher: IGNEOUS BOOKS

Type of Book: EBOOK

Received From: FREE FROM THE AUTHOR

Release Date: DECEMBER 19, 2017

ASIN: B078J23LLM

Price: CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FREE FROM THE AUTHOR’S NEWSLETTER

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

DESCRIPTION:

From New York Times bestselling author Jamie Thornton, enter the dark and mysterious worlds of the Doormakers. For fans of Sarah J Maas, Jeff Wheeler, and Rachel E. Carter.

TWO HOURS. ONE INTERSTELLAR DRUG DEAL. BUT HE’S ONLY 13-YEARS-OLD.

One family rule has shaped Esson’s life: never open a door. Esson comes from a family of doormakers—people who unleash otherworldly violence when they open something even as simple as a refrigerator door.

Esson’s family lied to him.
Esson didn’t die when he opened a door.

But if Esson doesn’t track down some magical drugs within the next two hours, the drug dealer he got involved with might just kill him anyway.

MY REVIEW:

Jamie Thornton is one of my favorite authors. Her FEAST OF WEEDS series is a phenomenal read and was what cemented the name JAMIE THORNTON in my mind as a a writer with a rare talent for creating worlds and characters that are not only believable, but also intriguing and entertaining.

In this prequel to her new DOORMAKER SERIES, she has once again crafted a story that pulls the reader in and does not let them go – even after the final page. Once you finish this novella you will immediately want to read the first book in the Doormaker series. DEVIL’S HARVEST is just that good.

Imagine not being able to open a door without mistakenly opening a portal to another world. It might sound glamourous to some people, but this “gift/curse” occurs whenever any type of door is opened, even a refrigerator. Talk about inconvenient!!!

This prequel introduces readers to Esson’s family. Every member of the family is afflicted with the same “gift.” Esson is the eldest son and feels a responsibility to help his parents pay the bills, even though he is only thirteen.

It is the desire to help his family that gets Esson into a situation that is well over his head; he has been stealing drugs through a portal he opened. He is in too deep now and even if he wanted to stop using his gift to steal drugs, the drug dealer he has been supplying will never let him go.

So, will Esson find a way out of his current situation? Or will he resign himself to being a 13 year old drug dealer? Will the cash potential be too much of a lure to keep him from getting out? Or will he try to escape and be killed in the attempt?

You need to read DEVIL’S HARVEST to find out!!!

Once again Jamie Thornton has created a winner. I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series. If past books and this prequel are anything to judge by, the rest of the trilogy will also be 5 Star worthy.

I rate DEVIL’S HARVEST as an enthusiastic 5 out of 5 Stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jamie Thornton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Feast of Weeds series, which has recently been optioned for TV. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two dogs, a garden, lots of chickens, a viola, and a bicycle.

Jamie writes stories that take place halfway around the world, in an apocalyptic future, in a parallel universe—her books don’t always stick to one genre, but they always take the reader on a dark adventure.

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This book is one of my contributions to the GingermomReads #2018AtoZChallenge

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TERROR OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER by PERRIN BRIAR is FREE on Amazon right now & well worth reading

Title: TERROR OF THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER

Author: PERRIN BRIAR

Genre: FICTION, HORROR

Length: 60 PAGES

Publisher: AMAZON DIGITAL SERVCES

Type of Book: EBOOK

Release Date: JANUARY 4, 2018

Price: CURRENTLY FREE ON AMAZON

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

DESCRIPTION:

Athlete Beth once ran for glory, now she runs for her own survival.

The undead can run, and run fast. They do not tire, do not slow, do not rest. And they never stop. Ever.

Beth is alone on a quiet country road, a zombie on her tail. With an injured knee and safety more than ten miles away, can she make it? Or will she be the zombie’s victory dinner?

Second place is dead last…

MY REVIEW:

Before the EMP pulse that crippled humanity, and the zombie virus that flourished in its aftermath, Beth was a long-distance runner, and a damned good one.

Ha! Ha! “Damned,” how appropriate for this story.

The story begins with Beth running down a country road. Chasing her is a zombie, a very fast zombie.

Beth’s philosophy had always been: “The second you showed weakness to your opponent was the moment you were doomed.” She is determined to outrun the zombie, but is hampered by an injured knee.

This race has dire consequences if she loses.

Even though this is only a short story, I enjoyed it very much. The ending will surprise most readers which I think is awesome.

I rate this story as 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Perrin Briar was born in Huntingdon, in the UK. He has worked as a bookie, salesman, factory hand and stock counter. He eventually got into TV and worked on various shows in the production and development departments. He currently teaches English in South Korea.

The Blood Memory books involve a group surviving at sea in a zombie-infested post-apocalyptic world. The first book follows Jordan Grant, who wakes up knowing nothing about the virus or the world as it now is. During the first season Jordan unlocks key memories in his past that have a dramatic effect on the world now.

The Z-Minus Trilogy follows Chris and Maisie, a father and daughter with a bad relationship. Unlike other zombie books, in this series the virus takes eight hours to spread throughout the host’s body. In the first book Chris uses this time to get his daughter somewhere safe. In the second book Maisie is infected and Chris must get her to the cure. The final episode sees Chris taking Maisie to the research vessel where they can harvest the cure from her.

The Swiss Family RobinZOM series is a tongue-in-cheek zombie apocalypse based on the original Johann Wyss stories.

He now lives in South Korea.

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5 Stars for Melanie Karsak’s Steampunk short story: CHASING CHRISTMAS PAST ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Title: CHASING CHRISTMAS PAST

Subtitle: An Airship Racing Chronicles Short Story

Author: MELANIE KARSAK

Genre: FICTION, SCI-FI, CHRISTMAS, STEAMPUNK

Length: 41 PAGES

Publisher: CLOCKPUNK PRESS

Type of Book: EBOOK

Received From: FREE FROM THE AUTHOR

Release Date: 2014

ASIN: B00RA6ZA1Q

Price: $1.02 on Amazon

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

MY REVIEW:

The main character is a young woman named Lily. She is the captain of the airship “Stargazer.” Lily has entered the Yuletide Airship Race ever since she was young, and last year she had almost won. This year – 1820 – Lily was determined to win.

Lily would never admit it to anyone, but she is lonely and Christmas being the next day amplified her loneliness.

Will Lily finally be able to beat out all the other airship captains? And what will she do about her loneliness?

Melanie Karsak’s world-building is superb. The Steampunk version of London where the story takes place is highlighted by vivid imagery.

What a gift! Melanie Karsak has the ability to describe a scene so well that you can visualize it easily in your mind. For example:

The rooftops were covered with a powdering of crystalline snow. The gaslamp light made everything sparkle. The waves on the Thames twinkled with golden light.”

I rate this short story as 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I highly recommend this wonderful Steampunk Christmas tale.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy of this story.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, and The Celtic Blood Series.

She is a steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne.

Melanie currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children.

She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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5 Stars for MORGUE DREAMS AND CURIOUSER THINGS by Tony Bowman – BOOK REVIEW

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MORGUE DREAMS and CURIOUSER THINGS

Author: Tony Bowman

Type of Book: Autographed Softcover

Genre: Short Stories, Horror

Length: 111 pages

Release Date: April 2014

ISBN: 9781499230794

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free softcover copy of “Morgue Dreams and Curiouser Things’ from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a collection of short horror fiction stories. Some of the stories were published previously in various magazines, but this is the first time they have been published as a collection.

It always amazes me how much a talented writer can pack into just a few pages of text. The seventeen stories in this collection are all exceptionally well written and even though most of them are not more than a couple pages long, somehow the author is able to suck the reader into the story.

Stories such as “Everybody’s Doing It” show the dangers of modern technology as well as the vanity and folly of people in today’s superficial world and the lengths people will go to despite the potential cost to themselves.

The story “CRITICISM” begins with: “I hate stories about vampires. No, that’s not quite strong enough. I loathe and despise stories about vampires. God knows that the bookshelves are packed full of the damnable things these days, and I loathe and despise every single one.” I love this beginning. Even though the author gives away some of the plot by making this statement, I was drawn into the story. It takes talent to say so much, with such few words and talent is something that author Tony Bowman has in abundance.

Morlocks, vampires, witches, private investigators, sexy neighbors, and much more can be found in this superbly written collection of horror themed short stories.

“These are very special low fat brownies I made for the local Weight Watchers group, Ray. Each little square has over eight thousand calories and is just as addictive as a syringe full of heroin…”

With lines like the one above, readers will enjoy the author’s delightfully wicked sense of humor that goes hand-in-hand with his diabolical mind.

I rate this collection as 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ and I highly recommend buying this book.

This is my first experience with reading anything by author, Tony Bowman, but after devouring these stories I can assure you that I will be looking to read more works by this author.

In fact, I am about to start reading VALKYRIE: THE ROAD which is a “Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Horror” which is also written by Tony Bowman.

QUOTES:

“Think about it, I just downed a gallon and a half of your pal’s blood – it’s gotta go somewhere. I don’t have a wooden leg.”

“I used the lid of a garbage can to cut off her head.”

“You wouldn’t believe how many body parts I dispose of on a daily basis. Fingers, eyes… hell, in lawn mowing season I must incinerate thirty toes a day.”

“Hilda had never liked cell phones. Leashes and leeches she would say: they tied you down and sucked away your money. What she wouldn’t have given for one of the little plastic boxes now.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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

DYING TO LIVE AGAIN by D.M. Raver – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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DYING TO LIVE AGAIN

Author: D.M. Raver

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: D, Gaunt

Length: 36 minutes

Genre: Fantasy & Science Fiction

Release Date: July 10, 2015

Publisher: Danielle Raver

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

Since listening to the entire audiobook only took 36 minutes to complete, I was not expecting a story with a lot of depth. However, I should know by now that judging a book (or audiobook, in this case) by it’s cover or it’s length is never a good idea.

I absolutely loved this story.

DESCRIPTION FROM AUDIBLE:
It is amazing how little it takes to sell away your soul. Ten dollars and 50 cents. That’s all it took to purchase some graphics and bold fonts and 200 neon fliers from the copy store. Each invites the regulars and tourists alike to the community stage to the east of the market. There, at sundown, they are promised a show beyond their imagination.
I hand out the fliers to passersby on the street. Da would be furious. All his efforts to hide me all these years, I will destroy in one afternoon.

MY THOUGHTS:

What would you be willing to do to protect your only child?

What anguish and pain would you be willing to go through to keep that child away from harm?

What would you be willing to do to save your child’s life?

This audiobook takes a mere 36 minutes to listen to, but I guarantee you will still be thinking about it long after those 36 minutes have passed.

I do not want to ruin the story for potential listeners, so I will keep this review short. BUT, I also want to mention that the description does not do this audiobook justice.

THIS IS A MUST LISTEN. If listening to this audiobook does not cause the listener to want to talk about it with others, I would be surprised. One topic could be Quality vs. Quantity of life.

The narration is excellent. D. Gaunt was the perfect choice to narrate this book. Her tone of voice, pacing and her ability to convey emotion create a wonderful listening experience.

I heartily rate this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author photo obtained from www.amazon.com

Author photo obtained from http://www.amazon.com

D. M. Raver is a fantasy and science fiction author from America. Her first novel, BROTHER BETRAYED, was published in 2011. Hitting #1 best seller on Amazon, BROTHER BETRAYED is the story of three princes fighting to save their kingdom, and themselves. Other stories by D. M. Raver include CITY OF SILVER, a dystopian novella, and THE ENCHANTRESS, an arabian fantasy.

FIRE BORN is first in the Flight Moon Series, that follows the journey of a dragon and a young girl named Fornala.

Her next book FATE OF FIRE is scheduled to be released in 2016.

GRANDMA’S MAGIC CUP by Lynda Cordova – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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GRANDMA’S MAGIC CUP

Author: Lynda Cordova

Type of Book: Audiobook

Narrator: Tina Strong

Length: 12 minutes

Genre: Children’s Books – Ages 8-10

Release Date: July 7, 2015

Publisher: Lynda Cordova

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

Lenny lives with his father and Grandmother. His grandmother had moved in after Lenny’s mother died.

Lenny’s grandma has a magic cup and this is the story of that cup. Because this is such a short audiobook I don’t want to give any of the story away.

This book is geared towards children from the ages of 8 and 10 years old. It is also a story with a moral. Grandma’s magic cup has the ability to do many things, including healing the sick or injured. Grandma must teach Ned to use the cup only for helping others and never to harm.

The narrator does a good job of telling the story. It feels like someone reading the story to a child while the child is in bed getting ready to sleep for the night. I think both kids and adults alike will enjoy this short audiobook.

I rate it as 5 out of 5 stars.

The only complaint I have is the bland cover.

ANGEL SONGS by Dona Watson – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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ANGEL SONGS: Short Stories and Poems

Author: Dona Watson

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Dora Gaunt

Length: 3 hours, 3 minutes

Release Date: June 23, 2015

Publisher: Dona Watson

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

This is a collection of twenty Christmas themed short stories and poems.

Moving from town to town can make it hard for young children to make friends. But a school Christmas party hosted by her Mom might change all that.

A mall filled with Christmas shoppers. A lost child. A mysterious soldier who watches over the child.

The poems and stories that are part of this audiobook all have a Christmas theme and a theme of family, forgiveness, home and hearth.

The narrator does a wonderful job of telling each story. The only complaint I have about this audiobook is the sound quality. It isn’t horrible, but at times it sounds like the narrator is located in an enclosed space – not quite an echo, but similar.

I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Dona Watson grew up with a book in one hand, dreaming about imaginary worlds of mystery and adventure. In high school, she found an old copy of Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff in a used bookstore, fell in love with fantasy fiction and never looked back.

She earned a Bachelor’s in English from Vanguard University and now works fulltime as a writer and editor. Her stories can be found online and in print, including Angel Songs, 20 Christmas Short Stories and Poems, plus Recipes. Look for her award-winning fantasy novel The Lightstone of Perlan, soon to be published, as well as short stories online, in ebook format, and in print.

With an unbridled love for reading and writing fiction, Dona lives surrounded by way too many books in Southern California with a wonderful husband, son and daughter, and a precocious little dog.

To learn more about this author visit http://donawatson.com/

TREATING HYSTERIA by Jamie Klaire – BOOK REVIEW

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TREATING HYSTERIA: An Erotic Short Story

Author: Jamie Klaire

Type of Book: eBook

Length: 18 pages

Genre: Erotica, Historical Fiction

Release Date: June 7, 2014

Publisher: Alter Ego Publishing

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I downloaded this short story free on Amazon

** This story contains sexual situations and is not suitable for anyone under the age of eighteen.**

In the 1900s the vibrator was created to help doctors treat women who were diagnosed with “hysteria”.

Doctors would give their female hysteria patients an orgasm and suddenly the women were cured.

This short story is the author’s version of what one of these doctor visits would have been like.

There are a few grammatical errors in this story, but it is what it is … a work of historical erotic fiction.

If a doctor in today’s society treated a woman with “hysteria” by stimulating her sexually by hand, he would be thrown out of the medical profession and charged with sexual misconduct. However, in the 1900s this was actually thought to be a valid medical treatment. It makes you wonder…

I rate this as 4 out of 5 stars.⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

This is how the author describes herself: “I’m a classy, prim and proper married mother on the outside, and on the inside (and in my younger years) I’m kicked back in tight jeans and a cinched corset, playing poker with one hand and holding a whiskey in the other. A mouth only a sailor would love, a two-step that just won’t quit, and a raunchy imagination to top it all off.”

To find out more about her visit:
http://www.jamieklaire.com

SPINE by Steven Jenkins – BOOK REVIEW

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SPINE: A Collection of Twisted Tales

Author: Steven Jenkins

Type of Book: eBook

Length: 104 pages

Genre: Horror, Short Stories

Release Date: April 7, 2015

Publisher: Different Cloud Publishing

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book is currently being offered for FREE by visiting the author’s webpage.

The cover of this book is especially creepy. It is the perfect cover for an anthology of short horror stories.

“This collection of eight stories go beyond the realm of terror to an entirely different kind of creepiness.”

THE OUR-SIDE – A scientist finally provides definitive proof of the existence of ghosts. He invents a device that holds a spirit in place long enough to weaken it.

CRAWL SPACE – Fourteen year old Henry can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep. He hears scratching, rustling and scraping within the walls of his attic bedroom in their new (old) house.

ALL EYES ON ME – Mark is visiting his psychiatrist – Doctor Caswell. Mark tells him that everyone is staring at him everywhere he goes. He says that even animals act differently around him. At first he thought he was just being paranoid, now he’s not so sure.

IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH –
Standing on a rusty old bridge into the dark water below, a woman sees a demon beside her encouraging her to jump. “It is now standing on the ledge next to me, glaring, waiting for me to make the giant leap. The leap that I never thought I could make. But here I am, about to leave the man I love, about to leave my friends, my family, job, because of some figment of my imagination.”

THE DEVIL’S APPRENTICE – After serving as the Devil’s Apprentice in Hell for three thousand years he is cast out of Hell. What will he do now?

WATCH OVER ME – Colin Turner is dying. Coughing up blood and being stuck in a hospital bed is starting to seriously annoy him.

THE HOME – Nancy works the night shift at a nursing home, but lack of sleep is getting to her. She starts to see the ghost of a dead resident. Is it real? Or is she hallucinating?

ONE PILL FOR PERFECT VISION – He had avoided drugs in college and even afterward. “Then After-Eye came along. And everything changed.” This drug was legal, so why not try it? This is one drug that I hope never comes to be a reality.

This is one of the best horror short story collections that I have ever come across. Usually I like only a couple of stories in any collection, but this collection was the exception. I can honestly say that I enjoyed every story in SPINE. It is for that reason that I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Steven was born in the small Welsh town of Llanelli and he started writing stories at age eight. He was inspired by the horror movies of the 1980s and the fiction writings of Richard Matheson.

Steven is now a husband and father as well as the author of several short stories and a novel entitled FOURTEEN DAYS.

To find out more about him go to
http://www.steven-jenkins.com

SHELTER DOWN by Simone Pond – BOOK REVIEW

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SHELTER DOWN: A Short Story

Author: Simone Pond

Series: Voices of the Apocalypse Series – #7

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Type of Book: eBook

Length: 15 pages

Release Date: May 11, 2015

Publisher: Ktown Waters

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this story through the author’s promo on Amazon.com. I was made aware of this promo by being a recipient of Simone Pond’s email newsletter. To sign up to get great deals like this, visit http://www.simonepond.com

This short story was inspired by the New Agenda book series which is one of my favorite series. If you have not had the pleasure of reading ‘The City Center,’ ‘The New Agenda,’ or ‘The Mainframe’ I suggest you add these books to your MUST READ list immediately. You will not be disappointed.

Nothing like an apocalypse to put your life in perspective.

Suzanne was using alcohol to get through her days. After an ultimatum from her husband she gave up her wine and their marriage improved dramatically.

After losing their home in the Repatterning a pregnant Suzanne and her husband move into the Austin Library where they hope to live in relative safety.

This short story proves that there is not always a happy ending for all those who have been displaced by the Repatterning. It also shines a light on just what a person will do to ensure their own survival.

I loved the characters in this story.

I only discovered Simone Pond’s books this past year and she has quickly become one of my all-time favorite authors.

Her characters are vivid and believable. Whether she is writing full-length novels or short stories, she has the ability to draw the reader into her world. This is an especially difficult feat in a short story, but Simone Pond makes it seem easy.

I rate SHELTER DOWN as 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

THE AUTHOR – SIMONE POND

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VOICES OF THE APOCALYPSE SERIES:

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AMAZING FULL LENGTH NOVELS – A TERRIFIC SERIES AND A MUST READ:

Book Four is set for release in July 2015 Find out more at www.simonepond.com

Book Four is set for release in July 2015
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