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After a demonire plague ravaged the mountainside of Meadow’s Creek, Natalie did the unimaginable and came clean about it all—vampires, her job, and the reality of the supernatural.

It has thrust her into a world of spotlight where she is both revered and ridiculed.

With fan clubs, television specials, and a talk show on the horizon, Natalie and her friends are caught up in celebrity as the undead move against Natalie to send her to an early grave.

And their ally? The people Natalie sought to protect the most—the survivors of the vampire curse.

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About the Author

jillcooperI could write this in the third person. I could tell you what I like, where I was born, and what my favorite things are.

But instead, I’ll say I don’t want to write like everyone else. I don’t want to craft stories you’ve read a thousand times before. I want my novels to be a cinematic experience, blending themes, genres, and situations unlike any you’ve ever read.

I want to break the rules. I want you to break out in a cold sweat as you read my books out of fear, love, and excitement. I want my books to be an experience. When you finish, I want you to feel something. Good or bad.

If you do, then I’ll have succeeded. If not, I’ll keep trying.

She can be contacted at http://www.jillacooper.com. Please like her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to keep up to date on new releases and appearances.

 


 

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(HORROR/ZOMBIES) Great Bitten: Outbreak – Review!

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Great Bitten: Outbreak by Warren Fielding

Great Bitten Series #1

 

Synopsis:

The UK is infected and Warren is going to be a hero, whether he likes it or not. Life used to be simple; a journalist addicted to his work, Warren’s world has been a simple process of annoying friends, shunning family, and doing only what Warren wants.

As a virulent plague of unknown origin spreads rapidly across the UK, all of that is about to change. The only person Warren doesn’t question is himself as his natural curiosity and world-weary cynicism come to the fore in his clumsy attempts at survival.

With the UK in chaos and the government in hiding, will Warren even be able to survive long enough to start finding the answers to the questions eating away inside him? And when he finally realises that there are people in this blighted world that he actually loves, will he be able to do what needs to be done to keep them safe before it is too late?

 

Where to Find:  Goodreads  |  Amazon.com  |  Amazon.ca  |  Amazon.uk  |  B&N  |  Kobo  |

 

 

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Four-Five Horror

 

There were certainly horrific moments during the “Great Bitten”. There’s gore, violence, dark humor and awesome references to the movies that we zombie-fans all know and love. I found the book played out a bit like a movie. It’s fast paced and the characters are learning as they go, meaning they don’t know everything right off the bat. My reasonings behind four out of five was because I wanted to learn more about why it was happening. The Lemmings and the Jumpers was an interesting concept and I liked how the author created these new versions in the outbreak.

MyTwoBitsGreat Britain has gone to the zombies.

The fall isn’t drawn out, it’s quite sudden and with enough zombie pop culture out there, the main character, Warren Fielding is prepared to run straight for his only living relative and sister, Carla. These two characters made the book for me. Their back and forth was so believable and highly entertaining and that I didn’t realized how much time had passed. It was like being a fly on the wall for real people, not the just people that should be in the world.

The author is from the UK, making the jargon fun to read (Tyre = Tire, for example). There’s also the classic dry and sometimes bitter, British humor which I’ve always loved. The characters are vocal, colorful and hardcore survivors.

Their struggles (beyond zombies) begins with, of course, other people. The zombies, however, are different than the traditional idea. I don’t want to give it all away but the mystery behind them was well played out and I really liked the originality that went into them.

At first, I thought it might mirror 28 Days Later but once I’d read the book I can say that it has the basic idea of isolation on an island but beyond that, the story is it’s own independent concept. The characters are magnificent, humorous, hateful and loveable. Being a fan of characters and their development I can honestly say that Warren Fielding would be someone I’d love to hate. He had the pessimistic point of view of a realist during the unusual circumstances he’d found himself in. Like I said, I could have read hours of just him and his sister arguing.

Conclusion

Five-Five Overall
The book ends on a note that made me a little antsy. I’d wished for a bit more of a conclusion but if I’m correct, the author has the second book in the wings.

Overall, I wasn’t disappointed. The book had everything a good horror should have: Gore, Believable Characters, Intense Situations & Vengeance.

There’s tragedy for these “waiting dead” which was once described as the “survivors”. Warren Fielding is also a complex character that logically, I agree with and emotionally I want to scream at. He’s the perfect survivor and I can’t wait to find out how he continues to make it in the Z- Apocalypse.

 

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(THRILLER) Dark Pantheon Series – Interview

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“Fresh. Fast. Innovative. A cyberpunk revival of 1950’s hardboiled crime.”
-Mav Skye, Pulp Metal Magazine

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Dark Pantheon Series #1

 

Synopsis:

LA Private Investigator Chalk is hired to find three adult sons a Hollywood mogul fathered through a sperm bank many years before. United, the three half brothers discover they share a desire to be warriors. They plan a heist to prove they are worthy of enlisting with a paramilitary leader who has taken both a name and a mad inspiration from Kubrick’s dark satire Dr. Strangelove. General Ripper’s forces begin by robbing pharmaceutical warehouses and then mailing the stolen prescription drugs to America’s veterans. They escalate to kidnapping video game designers and broadcasting their deaths. The ensuing chaos builds toward a culminating drone attack that will forever prove Ripper’s warning that graphics have made warriors terrorists.

Where to Find:  Amazon  |  Amazon.ca  |  Goodreads

Interview

The man is to-the-point so I can only imagine his writing is just as quick and truthful. It’s perfect combination for a Thriller!

Join me as I’ve been given the opportunity to interview Canadian author, Carac Allison!

I want to thank Mr. Allison for answering my questions and being part of the blog today. 

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Tell us about the first book: “Dark Digital Sky”.

“Dark Digital Sky” is the first book in the Dark Pantheon Series starring LA Private Investigator Chalk. It’s contemporary pulp with a tech sensibility. It’s geek noir. It’s a hard boiled thriller.

What made you want to become a writer?

I don’t know that I ever decided to become a writer. I’ve always just made time for writing and tried to get better.

What kind of research did you do for “Dark Digital Sky”?

The required research took me all over the internet and through many different aisles of the library. I’ve worked in IT for years but I wanted the tech to be as cutting edge as possible and that required a lot of reading.

Where can we find you? 

Caracallison.com

Is this your first book? What were some of the challenges when writing it?

I’ve written a lot of plays, many screenplays, and far too many novels. They were all practice to get to this point.

If your book could be a movie, who would play Chalk?

Denzel Washington or Edward Norton.

How many books are planned for the “Dark Pantheon” series?

Ten.

What advice could you give fellow/aspiring writers?

None. It’s taken me so long to reach this point that I must have done almost everything wrong.

What books/authors have influenced your writing?

I grew up on science fiction. Crime fiction is my favorite genre, the more hard-boiled the better: Chandler, Leonard, Thompson, McBain, Connelly, Thomas Harris. I have a special fondness for HP Lovecraft. I constantly reread Patrick O’Brian, Cormac McCarthy and John Steinbeck. And I have always enjoyed reading plays: Mamet, Kushner, Williams, Fraser.

What is your favorite Thriller or Mystery movie?

“Pulp Fiction.”

What is your favorite Thriller or Mystery book?

“The Long Goodbye.”

Pen, Pencil, phone, tablet or computer?

All of them—you got to be ready with the tools available.

What does your writing sanctuary look like?

It’s dark, it’s quiet and the music in my earphones is loud.

Do you prefer paperback or e-books to read?

E-books all the way.

If you could be any character of any book (including your own), who would it be and why?

I would love to be Jack Aubrey in the Patrick O’Brian novels.

Is there an author out there that you’d really like to meet?

I’d like to meet Cormac McCarthy but I wouldn’t know what to say to him.

What book could you read over and over?

“Trainspotting.”

Is there anyone you’d like to thank?

My wife Beth.

About the Author

Carac AllisonCarac started playing with PET and Tandy computers when he was a young teen. He learned to write on a Commodore 64 but he was never much of a programmer. It was the connections the computers made possible that interested him: the connections between people alone in the dark listening to the strange music of modems, the pirated games they shared and the bulletin boards they chatted on before the internet. At York University Carac studied English Literature. He read modernist and contemporary novelists but his main interest was always the detective genre. He wrote about the works of Raymond Chandler, H.P. Lovecraft and William Gibson. While studying in Toronto he fell in love with the theater. Unable to afford the ticket prices as an impoverished undergrad he became a reviewer for a small magazine called Scene. This made it possible for him to see almost everything that came to the stage. His first play, Luck is a Lady, was produced in his freshmen year at Calumet College. Finished his undergraduate degree, Carac started working for the University of Western Ontario as a low level clerk. Soon after he began transforming paper forms into web forms. This streamlined service delivery and brought an office still dependent on microfiche and stamps into the right century. He went on to found the Web and IT Team in Student Services. He has directed projects on database security, electronic data interchange, mobile devices and distributed online identity. For too many years following the performance of his first play, Carac had amateur workshops and small productions of his dramatic works. These titles were always focused on adult relationships in the blossoming age of the internet—hidden love, secretive lust and virtual sex. He was a finalist in Theatre BC’s national playwriting competition with Cardboard Boxes. But professional success on the stage never came for him. For his Masters in the Philosophy of Education Carac studied the psychology of crime in the HBO prison drama Oz. And he wrote about how technology is changing concepts of value in higher education. Carac now lives in London Canada with his wife Beth and their children.

Where to Find:  Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads

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Praise for “Dark Digital Sky”:

“The next generation of PI has arrived and his name is Chalk.”
-Crime Thriller Hound

“Fresh. Fast. Innovative. A cyberpunk revival of 1950’s hardboiled crime.”
-Mav Skye, Pulp Metal Magazine

“. . . I kept reading without stopping. Reading while eating breakfast, lunch and in bed before turning in to sleep. . . . A geeky technothriller for the 21st Century.”
-Marika, Mystery Sequels

“‘Dark Digital Sky’ is entertaining and suspenseful, with 3-D characters and a fascinating protagonist. I’m looking forward to future instalments in this promising series!”
-BV Lawson, Mysteries in Crime Time

“A twisted and intense tale of violence, hacking, and the complex life of a PI in search of a mastermind killer and a Dark Pantheon, ‘Dark Digital Sky’ is a fast-paced read that explores the vast opportunities and threats of the digital world, and leaves you wanting more.”
-Digital Pubbing

“‘Dark Digital Sky’ is a compelling, intense read offering a darkly modern twist on vintage noir.”
-Elizabeth S. Craig, Mystery Writing is Murder

“‘Dark Digital Sky’ is a book that’s too good to spoil, with a plot that runs like clockwork, characters that feel fully formed, and an atmosphere that simply envelops the reader. It also does what other favorite authors like Spillane, Robert B. Parker, and Jim Thompson do best – make me wish the next installment were out already. . . . ‘Dark Digital Sky’ is probably the closest we’ll ever get to a model of ‘geek noir.’ It’s a must-read for anyone looking for a distinctive, unique literary voice.”
-Blog THIS Pal

 

Where to Find:  Amazon  |  Amazon.ca  |  Goodreads

$25 GC & Ebooks! – Left Turn at Paradise (Mystery) REVIEW

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I was able to read the first book that flung Michael Bevan into the world of mystery. If you’d like to see the Review for “The Dirty Book Murder”, check it out HERE!

In the meantime, check out the second book, my review and giveaway!

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Left Turn at Paradise

  • Publisher: Alibi (August 26, 2014)
  • Pages:  208

The author of The Dirty Book Murder returns to the surprisingly lethal world of rare books with a second enthralling novel featuring a most unlikely hero—antiquarian bookseller Michael Bevan.

Michael Bevan is barely scraping by with his used bookstore and rare book collection when he discovers a timeworn journal that may change everything. Dating back to 1768, the tattered diary appears to be a chronicle kept during the first of legendary seafarer Captain James Cook’s three epic voyages through the Pacific islands. If it’s as valuable as Mike thinks it is, its sale may just bring enough to keep his faltering used bookstore afloat for another year.

Then he meets a pair of London dealers with startling news: Adrian Hart and Penelope Wilkes claim to possess the journal of Cook’s second voyage. Is it possible a third diary exists? One which might detail Cook’s explosive final voyage—and his death at the hands of native Hawaiians? Together, all three would be the holy grail of Pacific exploration. But before Mike can act, the two journals are stolen.

Chasing them down will sweep Michael, Adrian, and Penelope across the globe—past a dead body or two—and into a very sinister slice of paradise. High in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, in a remote and secretive Maori compound, a secret rests in the hands in of a man daring enough to rewrite history . . . and desperate enough to kill.

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The Mystery, though a fun ride, wasn’t exactly the kind I was expecting having read the first book. The storyline is interesting and the scenery and culture is rich but when it comes to this genre I found it lacking in the big, almighty mystery aka, something I didn’t see coming. Once stable on what we were to be focusing on, it was easy to see where it was going and where it’d end up. The big question I had was how it would end up there and the author’s tricks in getting Michael to where he needed to be. That was where the fun began.

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The first book “Dirty Book Murder” was humorous with a fun mystery and action-packed where it counted. This one has a few of those qualities and goes beyond in others.

To begin, Mike finds himself as a crossroads. His store “Riverrun” isn’t as profitable as he’d hoped after all the years he’d put into an antiquarian bookstore. He has an opportunity to return to the life of a lawyer though you can tell it’s not a decision he is eager to make. With a fumbling relationship, Mike is urged by his significant other to journey to New Zealand where an Amazonian-like woman is asking for his help in locating a third and very valuable ledger by a man who sailed alongside the famous Captain James Cook.

Note: Captain Cook was the man who’d mapped and scaled places like New Zealand and Hawaii throughout his three voyages until his death in 1779. For more details here’s a few links: Biography.com  |  Wikipedia  |  BBC History  |

Now, within these journals (which would be an antiquarian booksellers dream) it’s been suggested that Cook could have started the series of events leading to his death in a way that history hasn’t discovered. Mike has the second journal, the Amazonian-like woman who’s ironically named Pillow has the first. The problem will be getting the third.

The author, Thomas Shawver, transports the reader to a different culture in wonderful detail making the cultural differences tangible for an average person who’d otherwise have never known of the Maori’s existence. The culture, history and adventure were well played out, though Mike Bevan, the main character, easily tweaked my nerves. He’s by no means a “good” guy but it’s hard to appreciate a character who switches ideals and morals so easily because it suits his state of mind at the time. This is not to say he’s a “bad” guy either, he finds a line to stop at but by then his deeds were far too damning and I didn’t really believe he would stick to his convictions. This made him untrustworthy to me as a reader. Not to the other characters to watch out for him, but for me to believe in him. Also, the idea of a self-confident, tough-as-nails woman named Pillow was a forehead-smacker. Especially when she picked the nick-name for herself. Lordy.

Conclusion

Four-Five Overall

I can’t say I enjoyed this quite as much as “Dirty Book Murder” but I really did like the adventure taking place in a different and real culture. The research that went into it was amazingly detailed and enchanting. I appreciate the author’s impressive resume and I believe it’s what made Michael Bevan so believable in the first book.

My twitch was with the characters. They didn’t seem as stable as I’d like this round. Their choices sometimes confused me or seemed out of place. Mike is still the fun fellow I remembered from the first book but he’s also someone I wouldn’t mind putting on a hit list for all the erratic changes in his moral compass. That being said, there were still a few great characters and the fact that Mike managed to make me angry was where I gave points to the author. I don’t feel much if the main character isn’t as well developed.

 

About the Author

Thomas Shawver is a former marine officer, lawyer, and journalist with American City Business Journals. An avid rugby player and international traveler, Shawver owned Bloomsday Books, an antiquarian bookstore in Kansas City. He’s at work on the third Rare Book mystery.

Where to Find:

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To Make a Witch – Cover Reveal!

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Oh my goodness, it’s so good to be back. I admit, going back to the day job was problematic but getting back to this blog was something I looked forward too. Here’s a cover reveal to kick off September!
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to make a witch cover reveal copyTo Make a Witch by Heather Hamilton-Senter
(Sword of Elements #1.5)
Publication date: October 1st 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Cover Artist: Book Cover Artistry

Synopsis:
At her old school, Lacey found herself on the wrong side of a conflict between Celtic gods. Making a new start in an exclusive boarding school in New Orleans, she hopes to forget that she was once on the verge of becoming a powerful witch—and everything she has lost since then.

When a gruesome murder occurs in the very heart of Westover Academy, Lacey senses a connection between it and the desecration of the tomb of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo queen. Haunted by a trauma in her past and the resulting OCD, Lacey must solve the mystery before she becomes the killer’s next target.

Circumstances beyond her control may once again make Lacey McInnis—cheerleader, scholar, and all-around good girl—a witch.

Where to Find:  Goodreads
About the Author

Heather grew up in a family where books of myth and legend were used to teach the ABCs and Irish uncles still believed in fairies. Raised with tall tales, she has always told stories too- first as an actor and singer, then as a photographer, and now as a writer.

Heather lives in rural Ontario, Canada happily raising three children ranging in age from 6 to 18 with her biggest fan, her husband Steve.

Where to Find:  Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

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Hello!

Just a quick message to let everyone know that I’ll be on a three week absence.

I wish you all the best and hope you read plenty of good books! I know I hope to.

I look forward to seeing you all again.

HAPPY READING!

Sincerely,

The Reader’s Hollow

(Horror) Braineater Jones – Review!

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Braineater-Jones-800-Cover-Reveal-and-PromotionalPrint Length: 234 Pages
13-Digit ISBN: 978-1-940215-18-1
10-Digit ISBN: 1-940215-18-8

Synopsis:

Braineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he’s now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto to solve his own murder.

But Jones’s investigation is complicated by his crippling addiction to human flesh. Like all walking corpses, he discovers that only a stiff drink can soothe his cravings. Unfortunately, finding liquor during Prohibition is costly and dangerous. From his Mason jar, the cantankerous Old Man rules the only speakeasy in the city that caters to the postmortem crowd.

As the booze, blood, and clues coagulate, Jones gets closer to discovering the identity of his killer and the secrets behind the city’s stranglehold on liquid spirits. Death couldn’t stop him, but if the liquor dries up, the entire city will be plunged into an orgy of cannibalism.

Cracking this case is a tall order. Braineater Jones won’t get out alive, but if he plays his cards right, he might manage to salvage the last scraps of his humanity.

Where to Find:  Red Adapt Publishing  |  Amazon  |  Goodreads  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Audible.com  |  Google Play

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Five-Five Horror

I admit, I was conflicted with this one. I had a variety of choices when it came to genre. There was historical, mystery, horror and even noir and each one was amazingly executed!

In the end, I picked horror for the obvious undead reason though that mystery was one of the better ones I’ve read.

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This book is rife with ‘punny’ wit. This is one of my favorite sources of humor and the book is loaded with that when it’s not action…ok, maybe even then at times.

It begins when a man wakes up face down and naked in a swimming pool. In his torso is a hole where a bullet passed through. How did he wake up? He’s a walked dead, of course. The difference here is that he’s coherent, can speak, engage others and move around. His pain tolerance isn’t quite what it was and he has a penchant for the liquor, but he’s alive.

Braineater Jones gets his name through a variety of clever encounters as a newborn zombie. Zombies in this world wake up with a clean slate. There’s no memories of their previous life at first – these come back slowly. For Mr. Jones, they’re really taking their time. So for now, he’s essentially clear of all past sins and we get to tag along while he discovers clues to solving his own murder and the mysteries of this ghoulish world.

He ends up at the Welcome Mat, a part of town that is anything but welcoming. There he finds himself a job as a detective, a bodiless Watson-esque sidekick, plenty of “Death Becomes Her” dames and an underground criminal network. Kozeniewski doesn’t allow mystery-fan enough time to breathe. It was really hard to put this one down. I found Braineater Jones to be highly entertaining. He almost had a Harry Dresden quality to his quips and outlook on the craziness around him. By craziness I mean things like the Whorehouse having zombie girls that you can mix and match body parts to. I think Mr. Jones was as shocked as I. The difference is that I started laughing afterward. That is just one example of the absolutely quirky world that’s been created.

Each new case brings Jones closer to the truth and each new case brings about new problems. I loved the story, how it was told. I’m totally a fan of this author’s undead stories and look forward to buying a few.

Conclusion

Best Stars

I had such an entertaining time reading Braineater Jones. It was funny, had classic noir dialogue and 30’s jargon. It had an intricate mystery that kept me guessing and plenty of unique characters. There was every kind of person and undead personality to be had and not one fell flat. The adventure and renewed self-discovery was a non-stop ride and it was definitely entertaining in the horror department.

About the Author

Stephen Kozeniewski (pronounced “causin’ ooze key”) lives with his wife and two cats in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie.  During his time as a Field Artillery officer, he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star.  He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor’s degree is in German.

Where to Find:  Facebook  |  Twitter (@outfortune)  |  Website  | Goodreads

 

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