Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Double Barrel Horror: Highway Hunger / Motel Madness by Calvin Demmer


Double Barrel Horror
Highway Hunger / Motel Madness
by Calvin Demmer

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher : Pint Bottle Press (October 11, 2020)
Genre: Horror short stories
Print Length : 28 pages
Available from: Amazon

 

Two Twisted Tales from author Calvin Demmer.


"Highway Hunger" pits a young road worker against an urban legend with a taste for living flesh.


"Motel Madness" is the last stop on the way to another world, where they'll be expecting you.

Double Barrel Horror

Highway Hunger / Motel Madness by Calvin Demmer


Ahh, looking for a quick read that has all the warm and fuzzy feels? Turn back now because this is Calvin Demmer we are talking about! These two short tales are dark, dark, dark and perfect fodder for Halloween or an eerie campfire tale…so, grab a flashlight, just in case the power goes out…

DOUBLE BARREL HORROR: HIGHWAY HUNGER/MOTEL MADNESS maybe short, but they pack a punch that hits readers right in their imaginations! (Which are bound to run amok.) From roadkill disposal to that motel with something “extra,” these two dark tales are the edgy proof of this author’s ability to create creepy reads that are gloriously grizzly and fascinating.

What goes on in Calvin Demmer’s mind? Whatever it is, he does a remarkable job of putting pen to paper and sucking his readers in!

I received a complimentary copy from Calvin Demmer! This is my honest and voluntary review.


The Gifts Of Happiness by Oliver Smuhar (Colours of Humanity #2)


The Gifts Of Happiness
by Oliver Smuhar

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Colours of Humanity - Book 2
Publisher : Mountain Blue Publishing; 1st Edition (November 20, 2020)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length : 499 pages
Available from: Amazon 

 

What are the Gifts of Happiness?


Inside this book hides a magical town of tents that have found something special. After their struggles in Everbreen, Faith discovers an old friend. And although he survived the attacks in Kelton Whide, something tragic haunts his past.


Inside their town, Bailey keeps the peace between the talking animals, the townsfolk and the spirits. However, when receiving the news of the melting boy, he is swept on another journey.


Inside Central City, Perry discovers an assassin. A man who wears a paper cloak with two katanas and a deadly eye. This Papercut will kill anything that gets in his way, including the White Wolf.


Along the train tracks, the group is in shambles. Perry and Faith must save the Blue City from the menacing Masked Ones. But the world is different once under the summit of the ocean.


From the waterways of the Orange City to the dark depths of Drewmora, political intrigue has reached its peak. Only those with open eyes can see the truth. And in the end, when happiness is sacrificed inside this book, the world will be left in darkness.

The Gifts Of Happiness by Oliver Smuhar

(Colours of Humanity #2)


Political intrigue, truths hidden in plain sight for those who will look and darkness threatening to suck away any happiness to be found. Welcome back to Oliver Smuhar’s world with THE GIFTS OF HAPPINESS where young heroes fight an uphill battle against evil.

Magic users, talking animals, and a ragtag group determined to set their world right, one city at a time, if necessary. Heroes are made and if becoming a hero means returning happiness to the land, this group is willing to take any journey necessary. A fascinating adventure filled with so many subplots and stories, this young adult read is the perfect follow-up to THE GIFTS OF LIFE.

Oliver Smuhar has an imagination rich with color and descriptions, wonderfully endearing characters and best of all, it is told in a smooth and flowing way, even with all that is going on!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Oliver Smuhar! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Christmas Rings (Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge #6) by Tess Thompson


Christmas Rings
by Tess Thompson

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge - Book 6
Publication Date : October 29, 2020
Publisher: Tess Thompson
Genre: Holiday Romance
Print Length : 125 pages
Available from:  Amazon

Random circumstances brought them together. Love made them family.


Kind, funny, successful, and adoring, Jed Marsh is the man of Alissa Mann’s dreams. But Jed’s parents don’t think Alissa, who supplements her kindergarten teacher’s salary as a cocktail waitress at a gentlemen's club, is good enough for their son. And his controlling mother will stop at nothing to keep them from getting married.



When Mrs. Marsh threatens to reveal Alissa’s secret side job to the school administration and the meddling moms who run the PTA, Jed and Alissa reluctantly call off their intimate mountain wedding. But even after the nuptials are canceled, Alissa agrees to meet her sisters and mother at the beautiful Cedar Mountain Lodge. And in the loving arms of her own family, Alissa just might figure out how to move forward -- with or without Jed.

Christmas Rings (Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge #6)

by Tess Thompson


Finally, the rest of the story behind Alissa and Jed’s Christmas wedding that almost wasn’t, proof that if one heart needs another, nothing and no one can stop them from being together. Heartwarming, emotional and sooooo revealing, this tale of love and marriage is one that is made even more magical by how Alissa became part of her special family and the love and support they all shared.

CHRISTMAS RINGS by Tess Thompson is the delicate bow on the top of this special holiday series about love, family and sharing and caring! Even Alissa’s “dirty little secret” wasn’t so bad when it came into the light! Oh, and money can’t buy a heart that is true. Beautiful, heartfelt reading that will melt a romantic’s heart!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Tess Thompson and Ev Bishop! This is my honest and voluntary review.

A Rainforest Adventure by Sharon C. Williams (Jasper- Amazon Parrot, #1)


A Rainforest Adventure
by Sharon C. Williams

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Jasper - Amazon Parrot - Book 1
Publisher : Peculiar Possum Books - A Next Chapter Imprint; 3rd Edition (July 9, 2019)
Genre: Children's Adventures
Print Length : 48 pages
Available from: Amazon

 

Jasper is no ordinary parrot. 


He lives in the rainforest, which secrets he’s eager to explore. Jasper loves his home and his family, and he's also in charge of his younger brother Willie - a responsibility Jasper takes very seriously.


When he meets Charlie - a spider monkey with a penchant for food and a laid back attitude - he realizes he’s in for an adventure he never thought possible.   Even if this means getting into danger and worrying his mother to no end.


Exploring the boundaries of the forest, Jasper understands that there is more to the world around him. Who are the strange new creatures that have come there? With Willie and Charlie by his side, he will soon find out.

A Rainforest Adventure by Sharon C. Williams

(Jasper- Amazon Parrot, #1)


From the cheery, bright colors on the cover to the delightful tale of two young parrots learning to spread their wings in their rainforest home, Sharon C. Williams’ A RAINFOREST ADVENTURE is the perfect tale for young/future readers!

Jasper and his younger brother Willie are finally grown up enough to see the world, or so they think. Like any child, their foray into the beginnings of independence may just be a little too much for them to handle, and quite worrisome for their mother…but there is a whole world to explore and patience is not one of his strong points!

Sweet, warm and so easy to relate to, this tale is perfect for family reading and discussion after as children can see themselves in Jasper and Willie, because, really, the younger we are, the more we want to grow up quickly! Wonderful reading, short, easy to understand and simply magical! This bite-sized chapter book makes a fabulous gift! Definitely a hidden gem for younger readers to enjoy!

I received a complimentary copy from Sharon C. Williams! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Eye for Eye Trilogy by J.K. Franko Tour & #Giveaway

Eye for Eye Trilogy

by JK Franko

October 19 - December 31, 2020 Tour

Eye for Eye Trilogy by JK Franko

 

If you like smart, fast-paced thrillers with unexpected twists, then you’ll love J.K. Franko's Eye for Eye Trilogy!

 

“REALISTIC & CHILLING!” - Mystery Thriller Week

 

 

 

Eye for Eye

"NEW TWIST ON STRANGERS ON A TRAIN"
~ THE SUNDAY TIMES

Roy and Susie are on a skiing holiday, trying to take a break from the constant reminders of their daughter, tragically killed by a careless driver. Out of the blue they meet Deb and Tom, another couple with a tragic past and a shocking proposal to put things right.

As the bodies accumulate, secrets are revealed and alliances crumble. Ultimate survival depends on following the rules for a perfect murder. And the first rule is… leave no singing bones.

 

 

The Trial of Joe Harlan Junior

A college Halloween party. A night of fun, dress-up, and laughter. But for Kristy Wise, it quickly became a night of horror.

Now, Joe Harlan Junior, entrepreneur and son of a prominent senator, is at risk of losing everything as he stands accused of a crime he insists he did not commit.

Yet the facts are undisputed: Kristy was drugged, and she did have sex with Joe.

But was it consensual?

Read the story. Listen to the testimony. Is everything that happens next justified?

YOU decide.

 

Tooth for Tooth

What would YOU do?

What would you do if you got away with murder? Would you stop there? Could you?

Susie and Roy thought that they committed the perfect crime.

Their planning was meticulous. Their execution flawless.

But, there is always a loose end, isn’t there? Always a singing bone.

Now, while enemies multiply and suspicions abound, their perfect world begins to crumble.

The hunters have become the hunted.

 

 

Life for Life

What would YOU do if someone threatened your family?

Roy Cruise and his pregnant wife Susie barely survived an assassination attempt in their own home. The police now have them under surveillance. Meanwhile, Kristy Wise is a loose cannon—she knows too much and is trying to “set things right.”

What goes around comes around. And in this case, Roy and Susie may have pushed things too far. There are too many dead bodies. Too many foes plotting against them.

Roy and Susie must outwit the police and neutralize their enemies once and for all. If not, their days of retribution may end behind bars... or six feet under.

 

 

Eye for Eye Trilogy Details:

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Legal
Published by: Talion Publishing
Publication Date: October 5, 2020
Number of Pages: 1050
ASIN: B08KSCHTRX
Series: Talion Trilogy #1
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Read an excerpt from Eye for Eye:

When I try to piece together how this whole mess began, a part of me thinks it may have started over thirty years ago. At least the seeds were planted that far back, in the early 1980s. What happened then, at that summer camp in Texas, set the stage for everything that was to come.

Odd, how something so remote in time and geography continues to impact me here, today.

Sometimes I try to imagine her, how she felt—that eleven year-old girl—as she ran, stumbling and tripping through the woods that night. I try to put myself in her shoes. When I do, I wonder if she was frightened.

Did she understand the consequences of what she’d gotten herself into? I imagine it felt otherworldly to her, like a dream. But not a good dream. No, one of the bad ones—the ones that make your heart machine-gun as you try to outrun some dark thing that’s chasing you. But the faster you try to run, the slower you go, your legs feeling leaden, clumsy, useless.

Panic sets in. Tears of frustration form. Fear takes hold and won’t let go. You open your mouth to scream but realize, to your horror, that you’re paralyzed. It’s not that you can’t scream; you can’t even breathe. Not a dream—a nightmare.

Then again, all that may simply be my imagination. It could just be me projecting what I might have felt onto Joan. Maybe she wasn’t scared at all.

True, it was dark out. The night smelled of rain, but there was no lightning, only the far-off rumble of thunder hinting at a distant storm. There were no trail lights, no visibility but for the moon peeking out intermittently from behind a patchwork of clouds. But, Joan had been down this trail before. She was running toward the main cabin.

She had been at Camp Willow for almost two full weeks. She had been up and down that trail at least ten times a day, every day. Of course, that was during the day, and always with her buddy, or a camp counselor (the children called them troop leaders). Joan had never been on the trail at night. And never alone.

Maybe I imagine Joan was scared because, as an adult, I believe that she should have been. I would have been terrified.

***

Excerpt from Eye For Eye by JK Franko. Copyright © 2019 by JK Franko. Reproduced with permission from JK Franko. All rights reserved.

 

 

Author Bio:

JK Franko

J.K. FRANKO was born and raised in Texas. His Cuban-American parents agreed there were only three acceptable options for a male child: doctor, lawyer, and architect. After a disastrous first year of college pre-Med, he ended up getting a BA in philosophy (not acceptable), then he went to law school (salvaging the family name) and spent many years climbing the big law firm ladder. After ten years, he decided that law and family life weren’t compatible. He went back to school where he got an MBA and pursued a Ph.D. He left law for corporate America, with long stints in Europe and Asia.

His passion was always to be a writer. After publishing a number of non-fiction works, thousands of hours writing, and seven or eight abandoned fictional works over the course of eighteen years, EYE FOR EYE became his first published novel.

J.K. Franko now lives with his wife and children in Florida.


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Sunday, October 18, 2020

A Wind From the Rift (The Price of Magic #2) by Bonnie Wynne


A Wind From the Rift
by Bonnie Wynne

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Price of Magic - Book 2
Publisher: Talem Press 
Release Date: November 19th, 2020
Genre: Fantasy

The sorceress has broken free of her shackles.


Months of imprisonment have forged Gwyn into something new; something dangerous. Eight dead sorceresses whisper in her ear, hungry for blood and vengeance – and after unleashing the red magic to make her escape, she fears she won’t be able to stop.


All Gwyn really wants is to go home. But as she soon discovers, escaping the Clockwork City may prove an impossible task. The wizards of the Syndicate wage a silent, bloody war over her fate, and to survive, she must play their deadly game.


As strange storms ravage the city and wizards start turning up dead, Gwyn finds herself in more danger than ever. With enemies on every side, the immortal Scions massing their armies, and the dark power inside her growing stronger, she must make a choice... To save everything she loves, is she willing to become the monster the Syndicate fears?

A Wind From the Rift (The Price of Magic #2)

by Bonnie Wynne 


Imprisonment hasn’t cowed Gwyn. Instead it has honed her into something “more,” something to be feared, justification for the fears that imprisoned her in the first place, but does she have the magic under control or is it controlling her?

The wizards of the Syndicate are determined not to let her get free of the Clockwork City, but they have no idea how far her magic and that of the sorceresses before her will go to beat them at their own game. With few she can trust, and even fewer she can count as allies, she is alone, terrified and not fully aware of the darkness that rages within her. How many deaths will it take to turn her into the monster they believe she is? The will to survive is strong, but her love for those she must keep safe is even stronger…

Bonnie Wynne’s A WIND FROM THE RIFT continues Gwyn’s tale as this young woman struggles against the world she never asked to be part of and the powers that rage within her. Dark, grim and yet, still spell binding, this addition to the series is just as emotionally taut, richly detailed and raw as book one, but this time out, Ms. Wynne has stepped up her game and enriched the story into a finely woven fantasy with an ever stronger heroine.

Gwyn comes alive, one can feel her desperation to be free, to survive and to understand the darkness she possesses. Her anger seems real, yet not hers, more like someone else’s, but her fears seems to come from her alone. Brilliant creative writing has gone into this tale and the author has done an amazing job of letting readers become part of the story. Highly recommended fantasy for all ages.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Talem Press! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Forget Me Not by Alexandra Oliva


Forget Me Not
by Alexandra Oliva

My rating: 3 stars

Publisher : Ballantine Books (March 2, 2021)
Genre: Dark Suspense Fiction
Print Length : 352 pages
Available from: 

 

She was born for all the wrong reasons. But her search for the truth reveals answers she wishes she could forget in this suspenseful and deeply moving novel from the author of The Last One.


What if your past wasn’t what you thought?


As a child, Linda Russell was left to raise herself in a 20-acre walled-off property in rural Washington. The woods were her home, and for twelve years she lived oblivious to a stark and terrible truth: Her mother had birthed her only to replace another daughter who died in a tragic accident years before.

And then one day Linda witnesses something she wasn’t meant to see. Terrified and alone, she climbs the wall and abandons her home, but her escape becomes a different kind of trap when she is thrust into the modern world—a world for which she is not only entirely unprepared, but which is unprepared to accept her.

And you couldn’t see a future for yourself?

Years later, Linda is living in Seattle and immersed in technology intended to connect, but she has never felt more alone. Social media continually brings her past back to haunt her, and she is hounded by the society she is now forced to inhabit. But when Linda meets a fascinating new neighbor who introduces her to the potential and escapism of virtual reality, she begins to allow herself to hope for more.

What would it take to reclaim your life?

Then an unexplained fire at her infamous childhood home prompts Linda to return to the property for the first time since she was a girl, unleashing a chain of events that will not only endanger her life but challenge her understanding of family, memory, and the world itself. 

Forget Me Not by Alexandra Oliva


Written in a stark and distant fashion, FORGET ME NOT by Alexandra Oliva is certainly a uniquely drawn story. Of a young woman who never had a chance at familial love, never experienced the warmth of a mother or even how to socialize properly.

The story is about adult Linda, with only varied references planted as to what her past was like. I think I would have liked more of her past and less of her dysfunctional present. I’m really not sure if I liked the choppy styling of this tale, although I do suppose it fits with Linda’s story. When push came to shove, I can’t say I could identify with ANY of the characters or really feel a connection to them. Of course, Linda evokes sympathy, but, there was just something missing for me in spite of the talent this author clearly has. She succeeded in making me feel depressed when I finished this one.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Ballantine Books! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Virtually Timeless (High-Tech Crime Solvers #5) by Casi McLean


Virtually Timeless
by Casi McLean

My rating: 5 stars

Series: High-Tech Crime Solvers - Book 5 (A multi-author series)
Publication Date : May 29, 2020
Publisher: Casi McLean
Genre: Thriller
Print Length : 199 pages
Available from: Amazon

 

When Atlanta-based twins, Sydney and Noah Monaco, mysteriously inherit property eight-hundred miles away, their curiosity prompts them to investigate the bequest.


Noah flies to Connecticut to check out the estate and stumbles upon a confused woman wandering through the forest. His medical instincts kick-in, but helping her spirals him into the crosshairs of dangerous criminals out for revenge.


When he fails to connect at the specified time, Sydney’s private-eye impulse slides into gear. She finds her brother, but the search exposes a hidden chamber, an ancient artifact, and a decade-old crime, thrusting them down a rabbit-hole of mayhem, medical mystery, and murder.


To solve the case, characters from other volumes of this high-tech series come in to lend a hand. In order to get answers before the villains catch up to them, the twins must use cutting-edge technology to unravel the mysteries before the murderers strike again.

From USA Today Bestselling Author, Casi McLean, comes a gripping techno-thriller, part of a multi-author series tied together by an interlocking cast of characters, all centered around the fantastic new promise of high technology and the endless possibilities for crime that technology offers, in a world where getting away with murder can be not only plausible, but easy…if you just know how.

Another gripping thriller from Casi McLean, Virtually Timeless casts a fascinating spin on crime suspense.

Virtually Timeless (High-Tech Crime Solvers #5)

by Casi McLean 


High tech, crime and a fascinating take on the genre comes from Casi McLean, who NEVER fails to hold me captive from start to finish! This time out, as part of a multi-author series, Ms. McLean offers up her signature suspense with a twist in VIRTUALLY TIMELESS and it is fabulous!

We’ve all heard about the special bond between twins, having twins myself, I can tell you it’s true and Casi McLean has nailed that connection as twins Noah and Sydney Monaco discover there is more than meets the eye when they inherit an estate from a relative they never knew existed. A lost and confused woman, hidden chambers and ancient artifacts lead the twins into a tsunami of secrets, deaths and together with the help of hi-tech, they are in a race against time to prevent further murders, while discovering just who the unknown woman is.

Don’t expect an easy solution, because this thriller is chock full of suspense, twists, and the unexpected! Once again, Casi McLean has played to her strengths, creating a powerful mystery, well-drawn characters and edge-of-your seat storytelling that packs a punch, all while keeping up a rapid-fire pace!

I received a complimentary copy from Casi McLean! This is my honest and voluntary review.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

Poison in the Pills by August Raine


Poison in the Pills
by August Raine

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date : July 31, 2020
Publisher: August Raine
Genre: Medical Thriller
Print Length : 262 pages
Available from: Amazon

A mysterious illness is ravaging the nation. Those suffering from the dreaded sickness are in so much pain that some victims have peeled the flesh from their bones in a desperate attempt to relieve their symptoms.


Set in and around Manchester, the novel follows Jack Bright, a scientist working to cure the sickness. Whilst investigating a clinical trial that went tragically wrong, he realises there has been a terrible mistake. But before he can find out more, he is framed.


Desperate, not only to clear his name but also to find the cause of the sickness, Jack is forced to resort to increasingly questionable methods. Breaking and entering. Blackmail. Kidnapping. With every decision, his morals are tested but he perseveres, motivated by a tragedy in his past.


Jack’s luck is constantly dwindling, until he finds himself racing against more than just the people who are after him.

 Poison in the Pills by August Raine


Jack Bright lost his job when he attempted to uncover the truth behind deaths in the research trials of a large pharmaceutical company. People were dying horribly, the new drug was dangerous, but money talks and now he has become a target, himself. Can he uncover the truth before it’s too late? The country is dying in a ghoulish way, yet no one will listen…and now he is on the run, desperate to survive.

POISON IN THE PILLS by August Raine is a rapid-fire medical thriller that is as plausible as it is horrific. Daring, well-written and edgy, with today’s climate, the wariness of the public to trust that big pharma has their best interests in mind, we can’t help but root for a man who seems to be just an average guy with the guts to dare to stand up, making himself a target for injustice.

A great way to spend a few hours, often on the edge of your seat!

I received a complimentary copy from August Raine! This is my honest and voluntary review.