Autumn Moon (Horror) – Review

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Autumn MoonPublished: September 30th 2014

Publisher: Permuted Press

Series: Alpha Wolf #1

Book Description:

Tanneheuk, Montana, a seemingly idyllic small town, is overseen by “the elders,” a tribe of people who have watched over Tanneheuk for hundreds of years. The elders are shapeshifters – werewolves – and they protect the townspeople from the corrupting influence of outsiders. In return for their protection, they only require one thing:

Every year, on the first day of Autumn, they want to hunt a human…

Drake Burroughs, a young minister with a checkered past and newly assigned to the Tanneheuk Church, knows there’s something dark going on beneath the surface of the seemingly perfect little town. When he discovers the truth about the elders, he convinces the townspeople that the hunt is a sin against God and to break their pact with the werewolves.

Roman, the Alpha Wolf and leader of the elders, struggles to keep his pack together and his leadership unquestioned. Roman knows the annual hunt is archaic, but also understands the importance of tradition for a race of beings who live on the cusp of extinction. But the growing dissension between the townspeople and his pack is not Roman’s only reason to hate Drake Burroughs:

Diana, Roman’s sister, is sexually drawn to the new minister, and is willing to do anything to act on it. Even kill, if necessary.

Add to this volatile mix a family of con artists, a female pot-smoking deputy, a young girl determined to be the next chosen for the hunt, a restored 1970 Dodge Charger, Karaoke night, lots and lots of guns…

It might Judgment Day for Tanneheuk.

Where to Find:

Amazon.com  |  Amazon.ca  |  Goodreads  |  B&N

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For me, this one spoke volumes in the horror genre. It’s psychological, gory, mysterious and with plenty of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I think that’s what I love so much about this genre: You never see it coming. The horrors that the town had to face when it came to the tradition spanning back hundreds of years made some of them willing to hurt their own children to save their lives. That in itself is quite frightening.

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The story begins with a plethora of addictive characters. There’s everything from the troubled minister to a pot-head sheriff’s deputy to con-artists and of course, shape shifters. Some of which are quite insane.

Once a year, the town has a lottery. One person between the ages of 18-21 will be asked to participate in “the hunt” which basically equates to a death sentence. The chosen are sent off in the woods with no weapons and told to run year after year. If they make it to the river, they’re safe. This is exactly what Maryam wants to do. It’s her destiny and she trains day in and day out to be a survivor.

A new minister is in town and he’s about to get a reality check like no other. He struggles with his own demons while at the same time confronting, what he thinks, are real ones. Though he’s not the only one with inner demons. Each character has a confession and a change to make in their lives before the ending takes the reader for a wild ride.

Character driven it was hard to predict how the story would go. Tanneheuk was home to a diverse group of people. On the outside it looked peaceful, almost perfect. People were happy to be away from the evils of the world but it trapped them with the evils of a several hundred-year-old pact. In no time at all I was getting to know them, loving their quirks and fearing for them as Grayson has no problem killing folks.

Conclusion

Five-Five Overall

Overall, this was plotted out beautifully. I kept trying to guess the next twist and failed miserably.

The novel built itself up to a 100 page crescendo and wouldn’t let me go. I should’ve been sleeping but this ending couldn’t wait and I was glaring at anyone who tried to interrupt. It was a page turner as each character that I’d come to know was faced with harder and harder situations. This being book one, I look forward to book two.

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About the Author

Slade GraysonSlade Grayson is a reformed supervillain and author of BLAKE TWENTY-THREE (it only looks like a spy novel) and AUTUMN MOON, coming September 30, 2014 from Permuted Press. The sequel, I AM THE NIGHT, will be published in 2015.

Where to Find:

Amazon Author Page  |   Twitter

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Land of Dreams (Historical) – Review

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land of dreams• Paperback: 336 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (October 7, 2014)

Set in 1940s Los Angeles, the compelling final installment in New York Times bestselling author Ellie Hogan’s sweeping immigrant trilogy begun in Ellis Island and City of Hope—a story of family, love, danger, and ambition in Hollywood during World War II.

Irish immigrant Ellie Hogan has finally achieved the American Dream. But her comfortable bohemian life on Fire Island, New York, is shattered when her eldest adopted son, Leo, runs away, lured by the promise of fortune and fame in Hollywood. Determined to keep her family intact, Ellie follows him west, uprooting her youngest son and long-time friend Bridie.

In Los Angeles, Ellie creates a fashionable new home among the city’s celebrities, artists, and movie moguls. She is also drawn into intense new friendships, including talented film composer Stan, a man far different from any she has ever met, and Suri, a beautiful Japanese woman and kindred spirit, who opens Ellie’s eyes to the injustices of her country.

While Leo is dazzled by Hollywood’s glitz, Ellie quickly sees that the golden glamour masks a world of vanity and greed. Though she tries to navigate them around the dangers of their new home, she will not be able protect them from an even more terrifying threat: war.

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GenreRating

Three of Five Historical2

Historical wise, this was a bit low. Not because the author didn’t do her homework, but because I wanted more about the era. Call me greedy. There was plenty to still sink your teeth into though. There was mention of the Irish War of Independence and I think I should have read the first book. The second world war is in full force but it’s background compared to the main storyline which takes place mostly in L.A. I did enjoy the Hollywood aspect and seeing Ellie’s point of view was both entertaining and heartbreaking.

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The story revolves around a practical woman named Eileen Hogan. She’s been through quite a bit by the time I met her in the third book of this trilogy.

That’s right, I did it again. I started a book later in a series without realizing. That being said, this wasn’t a problem in the slightest. The author has the reader caught up in no time, stringing me along with Ellie’s interesting life and plunging me directly into her next chapter.

Ellie is a woman beyond her time. She’s headstrong which is both her strength and weakness. She doesn’t rely on people and is a mother to the core. Her adoration for her adopted children is unrelenting, steely and impenetrable. She’s also going through a life transition where plenty of realizations and readjustments are rubbing her raw. I found she adjusted to outward change easily enough though change in herself was a harder process (as it should be). She was a humbling character with a sound mind and a sensitive heart despite her wanting otherwise.

We get to follow the story from New York to L.A. where Ellie finds her runaway son who’s trying to break into the movie industry. I was introduced to realistic, heartwarming characters. I’m certain I’m not the only one who favours Bridie and her sometimes crass nature. That woman can sling an insult and not for an instant could it be considered offensive. Los Angeles introduces new people in Ellie’s life and from there the story begins. I loved how the author pulled us into Hollywood of the 1940’s. As a collector of vintage cinema myself I grinned at the name dropping. But as the cover suggests, not all that glitters is gold.

Conclusion

Five-Five Overall

Despite the fact that I’m just diving into the trilogy now, I thought this third instalment was excellent. I wasn’t lost as a newbie to Ellie’s world and it made me want to backtrack and check out the other two novels. I was introduced to a world within a fantasy world (Hollywood) that took place in American during WWII. There was self-discovery, heartache, triumph and love to be had. I found myself addicted to these pages and the characters.

About the AuthorKate Kerrigan

Kate Kerrigan is the author of three previous novels. She lives in Ireland with her husband and their two sons.

Visit Kate’s website at www.katekerrigan.ie and follow her on Twitter: @katekerrigan.

All the Pretty Bones (Paranormal Thriller)

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23201655Title: All The Pretty Bones

Author: Camela Thompson

Genre: Paranormal Thriller

After ten years of living in the shadow of her stalker, a diagnosis of terminal cancer pushes Olivia Kardos to take matters into her own hands. Her final days will not be spent isolated from the world nor hiding like a hunted animal. It’s time for Mark Porter to die. Going against a trained killer alone would be foolish, but the handsome arms dealer who offers to help her has a dark secret of his own.

Homicide Detective Sean Howard has tried to push his ex out of his mind, but his next case brings her crashing back into his life. A woman is found exsanguinated and brutally stabbed in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood and she could be Olivia’s doppelganger. As more women are murdered and the similarities grow, Sean can’t shake the feeling that Olivia is next.

In a world where demons and vampires lurk just beneath the surface, what you don’t know can kill you.

Where to Find: Amazon and B&N

About the Author

3403042When I was a little girl, I loved writing stories about animals doing amazing things. Ducks could speak with humans, and hamsters had a suspicious tendency to follow plot lines that were strikingly similar to Indiana Jones. I grew up, found a career, and got married, forgetting the need to tell stories. A week cooped up in my house with an illness resulted in a random decision to write a novel. That first novel will probably never see the light of day, but it woke up something that had been dormant for years.

Despite dabbling in many genres, there is a driving force behind my stories. I love writing about women who shine in difficult circumstances. I will back them up against the wall and sit amazed as they manage to come out on the other side stronger than ever.

Where to Find: Website  |  Goodreads |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Linkedin  |  Google  |  Pinterest

US Book Giveaways – “Katerina’s Hope” (NA Urban Fantasy)

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Title: Katerina’s Hope

Series: A Four Realms Novel #2

Author: Sabrina Rawson

Published: September 23rd, 2014

Word Count: 100,000

Genre: NA Urban Fantasy

Content Warning: Non-graphic sexual content and minor violence

Age Recommendation: 16+
Synopsis:

Lady Katerina Kastekanos believes Striker Wells is the other half of her heart. Assisting the High Council in talks of peace she struggles with deep rooted fears of abandonment, but can she be true to the man she has fallen in love with before her darkest secret can destroy any hope for a future with him? Before anyone can embark on the quest for the Firing Sword Katerina is kidnapped.

Striker Wells is son to Queen Briksanna and knowing Katerina is her best friend he does not feel ashamed of his love or his commitment to pledge his life to her. Before their lives can begin Katerina is kidnapped. Devastated, Striker searches for his lost love sworn not to stop until she is found. The woman he finds is not the same woman when she was taken. Will Striker be able to overcome his personal demons of abandonment to accept the man Katerina will need him to be for them to have a lifetime of happily ever after?

Where to Find:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Although Sabrina Rawson had been physically writing for two years the ideas that conceived her first novel had been percolating in her mind for many years. In many ways she found life experiences had influenced her story although written in fantasy format.

Nelson Mandela’s words inspired her:

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

No truer words could have been said. After her first cancer battle four years ago, she was in the mindset to survive, get back to my swing of things. Problem was she couldn’t. She wasn’t the same person anymore. She relapsed by the end of the first year. She survived that experience exhausted and has had multiple tumors pop up ever since. To say her health presented a mental and physical challenge was putting it mildly. She wanted to be more, do more, and was determined to reinvent herself along the way.

What she left behind after that first surgery, was her passion for life. Cancer didn’t take that away, she put buried it along with her drive and ambition. Her creative muse happily skipped right along with the rest of her dreams leaving her disconnected. She had to rediscover herself and it was a slow personal process. Four years post her first surgery and even if she had to do it all over again tomorrow, so what! She refused to settle for a life less than what she could create for herself.

Sabrina has published works with Survivor’s Review Online Magazine and Titan InKorp Online eMag. She published the two novels within a New Adult Urban Fantasy Romance called A Novel of Four Realms, titled Briksanna’s Sacrifice (Book One) and Katerina’s Hope (Book Two). Book three is due to publish early spring 2015.

Sabrina lives in Sonoma County heart of the wine country of California enjoying life in the rural land happily married to a wonderful supportive husband. You can always find her reading a book or cooking a meal for her multitude of children.

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2 Signed copies of “Briksanna’s Sacrifice”

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$15 Amazon Giveaway “Midnight Magick” (Paranormal/Romance/Mystery)

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Katerina Martinez

Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Paranormal Mystery

ISBN-13: 978-0958303200

ISBN-10:0958303207

ASIN: B00NS3LXPM

Number of pages: 149

Word Count: 51,643

Cover Artist: Katerina Martinez

Book Description:

“Lonely witches get up to no good.”

Amber Lee has a decent life: she lives in a great house, she’s about to start school again, her best friend Eliza is pregnant, and the pair of them are Wiccans with a healthy bond. But ever since Eliza moved out of Amber’s house and in with her boyfriend Evan, Amber’s been feeling a growing pang of loneliness in her chest.

When Damien, a stranger to her town, mysteriously comes into her life bringing with him all manner of strangeness, everything changes. Damien shows Amber a side of her she never knew existed, and ignites in her a spark she hadn’t felt in a long time, but he’s haunted by a dark secret and a purpose which may prove fatal to them both – and by the time she realizes it, there’s no turning back.

Midnight Magick will take you deep into a world of witchcraft and mystery, where bonds are tested, hearts broken and lives lost.

Where to Find:  Amazon   |  Amazon UK   |  Amazon CA

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Chapter One of “Midnight Magick”:

I was sitting cross-legged on the main counter of a bookstore on Rosella Avenue one cool autumn afternoon. As blades of orange light from the setting sun cut through the gaps in buildings across the street I somberly thumbed a silver Triquetra—a three cornered trefoil knot with a circle around it—not much bigger than a quarter.

Angular shadows crept across the floor growing larger and more predominant with each passing minute. Copper dust motes hung in the air, twinkling without a care in the world. Even though I’d been fiddling with my mom’s old charm for a good half hour, the metal was still cool on my fingers. After years of having it hanging around my neck I couldn’t believe I’d just broken it.

“—don’t you think?” asked Eliza.

Huh?” I pocketed the pendant and came back down from my thoughts.

Are you even listening to me, Amber?”

Totally… what did you say?”

Eliza sighed. “That girl? The one who drowned in her pool?”

What about her?”

They closed the case today. They say it isn’t suspicious anymore, writing it off as an accident.”

Accidental? I thought they had a suspect and everything.”

They did, but they didn’t have enough evidence to convict. Don’t you think it’s all a bit weird?”

I shrugged and feigned disinterest, but the grim topic gave me jitters. People didn’t normally die suspiciously in my neck of the woods, but this was the second one this year. The first was another girl. She hung herself from a withered birch at the heart of the forest. I saw the pictures. God how I wish I hadn’t.

Can we talk about something else?” I asked, “How’d that fight with Evan go last night?”

The fight?” Eliza planted a copy of Jules Verne’s ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’ on my lap. I wasn’t expecting it. “Go put this on the shelf, will you?”

Yes, master,” I said. I hopped off the counter and wiped my hand on my grey dress as I searched for the book’s proper home among the shelves. “So? What happened with Evan?” I asked through the aisles.

Eliza grunted. “It’s this thing with Mordecai.” Mordecai was her tabby cat. “He’s been wheezing a lot. I asked Evan to take him to the vet yesterday for a check-up and he didn’t do it, so we had a big stupid fight.”

How does that turn into an argument?” I slotted the book between a pristine copy of Moby Dick—a personal favorite—and A Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Because! It just does,” said Eliza.

I walked around the aisle and caught her stacking books from a box marked “OLD” on a high shelf. Her tank top crept up her stomach exposing her flat belly as she stretched. No bump yet. Evan and Eliza always fought over silly things but it’d gotten worse ever since she found out she was pregnant. I could never say that to her face, though; she might charge at me with a step ladder!

You guys will be fine,” I said, “You’re fighting because of the baby. Babies bring stress.”

Eliza shot me a scowl. “When did you become Doctor Phil?”

I smiled. “I’m just saying, you guys never used to fight about stuff and now you are. What’s changed? You’re pregnant.”

Eliza closed the box. A puff of dust exploded forth in defiance. “And he’s still a jackass sometimes,” she said.

Oh come on, a little ice cream and a kiss in just the right spot and the fight will be history.”

Eliza moved the box into a small closet nearby and smiled to herself. “Yeah, okay, I’ll give you that. Anyway, let’s get finished up so we can get out of here.”

The doorbell tinkled. Evan’s silhouette broke the faint sunlight and crept into the store as quiet as a mouse, eyes to the floor. I smiled as he arrived and gave him a light peck on the cheek.

Hey Evan,” I said, “How’s the cat?”

On meds,” he replied, though he wasn’t looking at me, but rather at the visage of annoyance itself glaring from; behind me. “But he’ll be okay.”

Eliza had black, poker-straight hair which fell to about the small of her back. Her pale skin and cobalt eyes gave her an Ice Queen kind of air, but her round face and button nose gave away her heart of gold. Evan, meanwhile, was tall—taller than Eliza—and nicely put together. She’d get on her tiptoes to kiss him. It was cute.

That’s great! Eliza was just telling me. I hope he gets better soon.” I gave the pair a winning smile. “Eliza, I’m gonna go through the new stock and whatnot. I’ll be in the back. Let me know when you’re ready to lock up,” I said.

Eliza nodded at me and then glanced at her man. He approached her like someone would advance on a stray cat they wanted to pet; slowly and cautiously. They started to speak as I disappeared into the back room.

We didn’t get any new stock today; I simply figured they needed to talk. Besides, I knew she’d appreciate the space. Luckily I wasn’t stuck in a tiny room entirely without purpose. Inside my backpack I had a bunch of brand new textbooks and more stationary than a girl knew what to do with, ready for my first day back at the Raven Hall University.

Lost in the plethora of pens and notepads my back to school kit comprised of, I almost didn’t notice the sore thumb on the oaken desk. I had to double-take before the words written on its spine, and the image on the front, struck a chilling chord.

The giant squid on the cover of Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues stared back at me from atop the table. An old copy, just like the one I’d placed on the shelves moments ago. Why did we own two of them?

I plucked the book from the desk and advanced toward the door to the main room. Evan and Eliza were still there. Their muffled voices told me the discussion still hadn’t finished. At least they weren’t shouting. No one wants to be caught in between these two when they shout. It’s like watching cats fight. I’d know.

I slid out of the back room and snaked my way silently down the closest aisle. The lovebirds went quiet as I approached my destination. I’d slip the book in next to its sister so they can spend time together before someone buys one and separates them again. When I found the nook where I’d placed the original copy, I froze. The two books flanking Mr. Verne were still there, but the absence of a book between them made them slant into each other like tired lovers.

Dammit,” I said, under my breath. I wish I could’ve dismissed the strange event, pretended like I’d imagined the whole thing, but in truth this kind of thing had happened before.

With the delicacy of someone trying not to disturb sleeping children, I slotted Jules Verne into its rightful place and decided that this time I would be cleverer than whatever specter enjoyed playing tricks on me. I snapped a shot of the books with my smartphone and double checked the image to confirm, smiling smugly at the triumph of technology.

Making my way back, I wondered if our repository of books was haunted. It’s an old building built on an old street in an old town. And I’m sure a lot of old people live in the apartment block above. I could ask Mrs. Peters on the second floor. She’s probably as old as the building itself, or at least that’s what her musky perfume suggests.

A sudden pleasurable moan made me dart back into the aisle just as I was about to waltz into the open. I peered around the corner and was met with a scene like something out of a fantasy. My heart raced. Eliza would’ve easily spotted me if I hadn’t any wits about me.

Eliza sat on the counter, her legs wrapped around Evan’s waist. Their lips locked in a passionate kiss. I glanced toward the front door, which they were in full view of, and hoped for their sake no one would come in.

Evan picked Eliza up by her thighs and carried her out of sight, to the back of the historical section which accumulated the most dust. The bookstore already smelt of lust, and listening to Eliza’s giggles brought a flush of warmth to my cheeks. I thought about that night a few months ago when the three of us called down the Moon Goddess and experienced each other intimately. It was my first time with two other partners, but I was glad they were my best friends.

The door to the office was only a few feet from where I stood, backed up against an aisle. The store had been quieter when they were talking. Now that Eliza’s moans rang off the walls I entered the safety of the back room without being spotted. I emerged a few moments later into the middle of a warm embrace between true soul mates.

Look guys, why don’t you go home?” I asked, “I can lock up.”

Are you sure?” asked Eliza.

Absolutely. Get out of here.”

I’d grown used to hiding my green eyes from them. They had something I’d always wanted to share with someone else; a connection. Happy for them though I was, lonely people will yearn, and lonely Witches will get up to no good; ask my ex-boyfriend.

About the Author

KaterinaMy name is Katerina. I love to read and write, and until now I’ve been cooped up in a desk job with nothing to do but drift away on a sea of corporate bull until I do what is expected of me (marriage, kids, etc).

Eventually I decided that enough was enough, so I took a chance and wrote a book; my first book. Then I mulled over my options and chose to self-publish with Amazon, panicked over the “Publish” button for a few hours, and waited patiently for my book to show up on the listing.

Now I’m here, part of this big, wide world, trying to meet other people like me – folks starting out in the self-publishing business or just fellow authors/ readers who share my kinds of interests!

For those of you starting out, I can tell you, it’s a rollercoaster. None of it is easy. And even if your work doesn’t sell, at least you can be proud that you put yourself out there and took that step!

Where to Find:  Facebook |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  |  Blog  |  Amazon Author Page

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$15 Amazon Gift Card

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Horrific Book Giveaway!! – “And They All Lived Happily Ever After!” – Review!!

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Title:  And They All Lived Happily Ever After!
Author:   Crystal Connor
Published:  August 28th, 2012
Word Count:  approx. 65,000
Genre:  Horror, Sci-Fi, Dark Fantasy
Recommended Age:  13+
Synopsis:
Once upon a time, in a dark & scary place, in a frightening land way too close to home…
Crystal Connor’s …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! is a collection of short fables not meant for children; but for those who enjoy the madness of nightmares.
In the ‘Queen’s Pawn’ you’ll visit a magical kingdom full of wonder and splendor only to come to the sickening realization that when the Queen had a message…she sends her pawns.
The perils of eating forbidden fruit have been cautioned against since the Book of Genesis, but will our urban princess in ‘The Apple’ heed those warnings?
Embark on a mystical and treacherous quest to reach ‘The Ruins’, located in place so sacred that is should never be visited by mortal man.
These are just a few of the adventures you’ll have as you explore the dark imagination of Crystal Connor. Fourteen short stories of horror, science fiction, and fantasy; 65,306 words of terror by a single author who clearly intends to one day be known as a Master in the genre.
Monsters, Women, and Villains (oh my)!

Where to Find:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

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Five-Five Horror
This is a labelled as a horror and true to form, it provided me with many different types of horror stories. There were disturbing, horrifying, dark humor, and classic stories. Though under the umbrella (and obviously sarcastic) title of “And They All Lived Happily Ever After”, I have to say that at least someone or something in each story has a satisfying ending, you just never know which one.
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I’d like to note first that I listened to the audio book as read by K. Richardson. When I downloaded this book, the stories were free samples on iTunes but I cannot say if they still are. I even downloaded the podcast app because I’m a newb to all this. Please check out the link: iTunes Audio Book and if you do, provide a review for the author. It’s indie after all! This kept me company on my way to work for nearly three days and I was entertained.
I was told that stories may vary whether you read the book or listen to the podcast, so here is my podcast review:
My favorite stories include, “The Lazarus Antidote” because of the intricacy of the post zombie world. It did get a bit wordy when describing everything as there was a lot to take in for a short story but this was luckily one of the longer stories and the first to sample.
Best Friends Forever” is true to the horror genre. I won’t give away anything but it’s short, sweet and made me smile by the end.
The Christmas Wish” keeps sticking in my mind despite the fact that I didn’t want it to. It was a disturbing experience that reminded me of that awful Supernatural episode. They weren’t similar to each other but there’s a twist to the Christmas ideas regarding Santa.
The Monster” was amazing with the imagery. The ending was nail-biting and a bit evil. I wanted more!
“Amber’s New Friend” is another great story, this one is more on the paranormal side. I’m not talking vampires and zombies but actual paranormal activity, like ghostly entities. The characters in this one were charming, believable and fallible. I think this one was my favorite out of them all. I could have read 80,000 words on this one particular story. It was like a movie going through my head and it was addictive.
Conclusion
Four-Five Overall
The endings were brutal, happy, unpredictable and twisted. I liked that she didn’t have a pattern when it came to her endings. There’s a vivid imagination when it came to the southern lore, apocalyptic versions of the future and the logic planted behind each of them is convincing. It was like reading about a real doctor with their jargon and analytical minds.
My tweak, and this is a small one, is how detailed the stories became. “Lazarus” for example felt like 80% explanation of the setting and 20% of actual story. This happened only a few times when it came to medically inspired stories. Each story was unique with it’s ending and I appreciated that I couldn’t predict a single one. This isn’t a book of gore-horror, but rather psychological and there’s something more frightening in that.
  
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There’s a whole host of benefits allotted to those, who like myself, possess these very specialized set of skills. One of the benefits is, that afterward, you sleep really good at night and I mean really good.

What?

Well, it’s true, it’s hard to believe I know, but trust me it’s true. Sam, my uncle, sent me to this exotic land that used to smell of frankincense and myrrh. He sent us there, my brothers-in-arms and me, so that we could become proficient in the art of death. We were good at what we did too, because now it only smells of gunpowder, burnt oil, and death. That’s a hellofa predicament you’ve found
yourself in, isn’t it?

Well, at least now you know I’m good with a gun and thanks to my Uncle Sam I am also very comfortable with a blade. This ten inch beauty here is a staple, it’s sharp enough to be use as machete. But this one, with the gut hook, is my all
time favorite and I’ll show you why here in a minute. Now, I can understand why you broke into my home, these are tough times, and a guys gotta eat I get that. I do.

Maybe I would have let you live if you had simply demanded my money and jewels, but, then again, I was never known for being charitable.

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Prism (Short Stories) – Review!!

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Prism-200x300• Paperback: 282 pages
• Publisher: All Things That Matter Press (July 3, 2014)

Prism presents the best of Roland Allnach’s newest stories together with his most acclaimed published short fiction. These selected stories fracture the reader’s perceptions among a dazzling array of genres and styles to illuminate the mysterious aspects of the human experience. Roland Allnach has been described as a ‘star on the rise’ (ForeWord Clarion), ‘a master storyteller with a powerful pen’ (Cynthia Brian, NY Times Bestselling author), with writing that is ‘smart, elegant, and addicting’ (San Francisco Review).

Prism collects seventeen stories into one volume, following a trail of diverse genres and narrative forms. From literary fiction to speculative fiction, from humor to horror, from tragedy to mythical poetry, Prism represents a wide ranging journey united by contemplations on the human condition. Including Allnach’s award winning published fiction (“Conquest’s End” and “The City of Never”), a Pushcart Prize nominated story (“Creep”), Prism also consists of the previously unpublished pieces “Titalis” (a tragedy along the lines of Shakespeare and Greek theatre), “Of Typhon and Aerina” (a tribute to epic verse), “Tumbleweed” (a humorous ditty), and “Dissociated”, a surreal short to cap off the collection.

Praise for Prism

5 Stars – “Roland Allnach delivers a wonderful collection of stories in ‘Prism’…I would recommend this book to all.  It brings an air of mystery along with witty and wonderfully delivered tales.”  Lisa Jones, Readers’ Favorite

Where to Find:  Amazon.com  |  Goodreads

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GenreRating

I reviewed Roland Allnach’s first collection of short stories Oddities & Entities as “Horror”, but this new batch is an eclectic mix. There are 17 very different, very unique stories so I’m waiving this usual feature in my reviews. There’s everything from horror, sci-fi to poetry. That’s a big stretch between stories. So if you’re looking for a diverse collection, this would be it!

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Like the previous book of short stories by Roland Allnach, no two stories are the same. There’s contemplative stories, horror stories and stories written in different formats such as an overly dramatic Greek Tragedy or a poetic verse.

This series of short stories didn’t quite reach my expectations. “Oddities & Entities” was mainly sci-fi/horror and this was more of a muddy mix of everything. If you’re a fan of all genres and want to be surprised, I’d recommend this book as each story has a different take, a different prose and unique re-telling of stories you may be familiar with.

There’s stories of misunderstood characters. People we’d either avoid, pity or fear. There’s sci-fi situations and questions exploring the cosmos but the heart of most of them is the misunderstanding of human nature and how it relates to each other. I noticed a particular draw to childhood fears for a few of them, or a child’s point of view. These were the ones that made the most impact on me as the emotions were raw, not forced. Though there was also the story of “Flowers for Colleen” that I found interesting. If you liked the TV show Dexter, this could be a good one for you.

Conclusion

Four-Five Overall

This isn’t a small read. There’s 17 short stories and a few are meatier than others. There are different worlds and new adventures to be explored. I think, for me, it was the fact that there was no theme for the whole collection. If it were a book of dramatic tragedies or horror stories or sci-fi/fantasy maybe I’d be more attracted to it. That being said, I think someone who wants to be surprised with the variety of stories will be very pleased.

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About the Author

Roland AllnachRoland Allnach, after working twenty years on the night shift in a hospital, has witnessed life from a slightly different angle. He has been working to develop his writing career, drawing creatively from literary classics, history, and mythology. His short stories, one of which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, have appeared in many publications. His first anthology, Remnant, blending science fiction and speculative fiction, saw publication in 2010. Remnant was followed in 2012 by Oddities & Entities, a collection spanning horror, supernatural, paranormal, and speculative genres. Both books have received unanimous critical praise and have been honored with a combined total of twelve national book awards, including honors from National Indie Excellence, Foreword Reviews, and Readers’ Favorite. Prism marks Roland’s third stand alone publication.

When not immersed in his imagination, Roland can be found at his website, rolandallnach.com, along with a wealth of information about his stories and experiences as an author. Writing aside, his joy in life is the time he spends with his family.

You can also find Roland on Facebook.