Friday, November 30, 2012

Book Trailer & Giveaway! - The Witch's Dream, by Victoria Danann - an FMB Blog Tour Stop!




Welcome to our stop of "The Witch's Dream" FMB Blog Tour! This is Book 2 of 'The Order of the Black Swan' Series, so make sure to grab Book 1 first! And while you are here, don't miss a chance to win the first book in the series by entering the contest at the end of this post! Good luck!



Title: The Witch's Dream
Series: The Order of the Black Swan, Book 2
Author: Victoria Danann
Genre: Paranormal Romance,
Publisher: 7th House
Ebook/Paperback
Pages: 280

Release Date: October 14th, 2012

Purchase:

Book Description:

READING THE SERIES IN ORDER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  My Familiar Stranger, BOOK ONE.

From New York to Ireland to Edinburgh to Siena to the Texas Hill Country to Napa Valley, a secret society, a witch, a demon, a psychic, a berserker, an ex-vampire, modern day knights, heroes, werewolves, elves and fae come together where emotions intersect. The story maps a trail from rages to epiphanies, but, in the end, proves that true love can find you in the strangest places, when you're least expecting it, even when you're far, far from home.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Supagurl Blog Tour Stop - Barely Alive, by Bonnie R. Paulson - A Dual Review


Welcome to one of four (!!!) stops on the 'Barely Alive' tour. Our tour stop today will feature a double review of 'Barely Alive', by Bonnie R. Paulson. We were both really excited to read the first book in this collection, Erin included, who never reads anything zombie! Cool huh? 

Join us Dec. 7th for review of Book #2, Dec. 11th for Book #3 of the series, and Dec. 15th for an interview with Bonnie herself!

In twelve weeks, seventeen-year-old Paul Ledger will be dead. At least he hopes so.

Paul is trapped in the worst cult the United States has ever seen. Infected with a zombie virus, symptoms culminate in a dead body but thriving mind over a course of twelve weeks. If he doesn’t earn the final death he longs for, he’ll be chained in a basement facility, moaning for human flesh for eternity.


Sent out to kidnap girls for food, toys, or whatever the boss wants, Paul nabs Heather McCain. He’s not a fan of humans as a general rule, but even his graying skin and insatiable hunger for her flesh don’t stop her from reaching out to him. Give him the second chance he doesn’t know he needs.


Overcome by his cravings, Paul bites her delectable skin. Amazingly, she doesn’t develop the zombie-like side effects. When the boss discovers Heather’s immunity, he gives Paul an ultimatum – deliver up Heather and her family to continue the research or watch as Paul’s brother suffers the zombie fate.


Paul has a chance to endure his short zombie existence knowing his brother is safe. But he’ll have to sacrifice Heather to do it.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Review of Nightscapes, by Erik VanBezooijen

Nightscapes: Tales of Dark Fantasy

A collection of seven short stories spanning a wide gamut of styles and genres, from ghost stories to historical fantasies to surrealist horror to contemporary fantasies. 

For blurbs on each short story, check this book out on Goodreads. 

Kindle Edition
Published July 6th 2012 by Hazardous Press 

Lily's Rating:

Review:
So I quickly determined that it is difficult to award a rating to a book that is a compilation of different short stories. Some of which I liked, others that I didn't like quite so much. So to make it easier on myself, I individually rated each story, then calculated the average rating. And that is how I came up with the 3 star rating for 'Nightscapes'.

Individual Ratings:

The Woman On the Stair: didn't like it (my current rating) it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing
The Martyr and the Whore: didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
The Coldest Blood: didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Orpheus: didn't like it it was ok (my current rating) liked it really liked it it was amazing
The Seasonal Man: didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Between Two Rivers: didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing   

Every story is different from one another, and obviously different plots attracted me over others. All of them had a definite darkness, a mark of sadness, and a couple of them had a lot of confusion, both for the main characters, and myself as a reader. 

Erik VanBezooijen most certainly writes with passion, with a dark tone and style that is original and difficult to forget. My two favorites 'The Martyr and the Whore', and 'Between Two Rivers' felt like parables (which I really enjoy), that were thought provoking and reminded me of Paulo Coelho, an author that I very much enjoy. Though VanBezooijen's tales read considerably darker, I found in these two, especially, a personal deeper meaning and inspiration.

I commend the author on a job well done with his first publication and encourage him to continue writing. I would definitely read other works by him.  My individual story ratings are not due to lack of writing skill, story or character development which was all well done, but preferences in the actual plots that I read, some of which I enjoyed a lot more than others. I would recommend this collection to fans of dark fantasy and horror fiction. 

Purchase Links:
Amazon Kindle

About this Author:
(pic & bio from Goodreads.com)

Erik VanBezooijen is a writer of fantasy, horror and experimental fiction. He currently divides his time between Brookfield, Connecticut, his home town, and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studies dramatic writing. His short fiction and poetry have appeared in "Abandoned Towers" and "Alienskin" Magazine, respectively. "Nightscapes" is his first published book. Most of it was written when he was 17. He counts Sarah Kane, David Lynch, Robert E. Howard, William S. Burroughs, Thomas Merton and Ian Curtis prominently among his many diverse artistic influences. When he's not busy writing, editing or being a student, he enjoys reading books of all varieties, tracking down cult horror movies and making noise with his guitar.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Book Release! - Escape, by Kenya Wright



Congratulations Kenya, for the release of your new novella today! Can't wait to read this!



Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Genre: Vampire Romance Novella
 
Book Summary: A domina’s only purpose is to birth vampire children for the Quiet King. Brie has been a domina for two years. After witnessing the slaughter of babies, she plans to escape and seeks help from Samuel, a vampire known for aiding many out of slavery.
However, Samuel has only one policy. He won’t help dominas run away from the king. The penalty is too high and their blood triggers powers in him that he doesn’t want released. So Brie is forced to lie and Samuel is lured in by her blood. Something emerges within them that they can’t deny, overwhelming their every cell and igniting an all-consuming hunger that neither can escape.

Goodreads Book Link: Add it to your list!
 
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Lily's Review of A Part to Play, by Jennifer L. Fry


A Part to Play

When fifteen-year-old actress Lucy Carter loses her older sister in a car accident, her mother shuts down and her father can’t hold the family together. Their only choice is to ship Lucy off to the Edmond School for Performing Arts. But boarding school is no cure for Lucy’s grief. With failing grades, wooden stage performances, and curfew violations, Lucy is threatened with expulsion. For the once talented Lucy, it feels as though she has nowhere to turn.

One night, Lucy hears mysterious music drifting through the school’s old heating system. The music leads her to a troubled but passionate songwriter whose brilliance gives her the strength to perform like never before. Yet their intense relationship puts Lucy in a precarious position: if she follows her muse, will she lose herself? And if she breaks it off, can she stand on her own again?


Paperback, 267 pages
Published August 10th 2012 by Rogue Phoenix Press 

Lily's Rating: 

Review:
 
At the beginning of this novel, I was thrilled. This book reminded me of the Phantom of the Opera, one of my most favorite of all stories. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Vampire's Hope, by Danica Winters Excerpt! - an FMB Blog Tour



Welcome to our blog stop in 'The Vampire's Hope' blog tour! We are happy to post a sneak peek into this short novella by Danica Winters.




Title: The Vampire's Hope
Series: The Vampire's Hope Book One
Author: Danica Winters
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense,
Publisher: BTGN
Ebooks
Words: 11k
Pages: 40

Purchase:


Book Description:
Ellie Smith, an emotionally stunted dancer, finds more than she bargains for after her human life is taken by the vampire, Master Liam.  Once inside the Vampire’s underground lair, the Keres Den, she meets Ian, an immortal Viking warrior, who is infiltrating the soulless prison.  (New Paragraph) As Ellie begins her training, she learns that the dark tunnels around her are filled with even darker secrets.  As the truth of her existence come to light, she is faced with a choice—does she let her past dictate her future, or can she begin to feel again?

Excerpt:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ittie Bitties! Short Story Reviews


Welcome to November's Ittie Bitty post, where we take the opportunity to review short stories that we have read this month. This month I picked up a couple of freebies on Amazon, and took on a third short story from Untreed Reads Publishing for a review.

 
Clouds (Modern Tales of Horror) 

Book Blurb From: Amazon
Author: Matt McAvoy
Publication Date: Jan 25, 2012 by MJV Publishing
Kindle Edition: 10 pages

Imagine you're falling; flipping over and over through the sky - not in a dream, but in startling reality. A loud bang then nothing... nothing but the wind rushing past you and the sound of your own terrified screaming.
You pray, desperately pray for salvation - death, madness, or a miracle in that welcoming bed of clouds.
Scream and pray - you have nothing else.

 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Lily's Review of Beautiful Disaster, by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)

INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.


Kindle Edition, 437 pages
Published May 26th 2011 by Jamie McGuire 
Lily's Rating: 

Review:

A fellow reader said to me, "Lily, this book is going to feel like a heroin addiction. Like it or hate it, you won't be able to put it down."

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Lily's Review of Chalk Valley, by D. L. Johnstone


Chalk Valley


In a remote mountain valley in British Columbia, a human monster preys on innocent lives. After teenagers discover the body of a missing girl in Chalk Valley, searchers find the remains of two more victims secreted deep in the woods. A serial killer is at work.

Chalk Valley police detective John McCarty is picked to lead a task force to find the murderer. But inexperience, politics and McCarty’s own inner demons quickly overwhelm him and the investigation falters.

Meanwhile, on a dark, lonely highway many miles from Chalk Valley, RCMP Sergeant Dave Kreaver comes across a van crashed at the side of the road. The driver is anxious to leave the scene. But Kreaver discovers an unconscious teenaged girl in the van. Kreaver feels in his gut that the driver could be the serial killer everyone’s looking for, but his inquiries are ignored. The task force is in well over its head, buried by thousands of leads and potential suspects. His supervisors tell him to back off and let the task force do its job.

Kreaver is in a deadly cat and mouse game with a murderous psychopath, a race against time with innocent victims in play. Operating alone and without official sanction, can he stop the Chalk Valley Killer before he claims more lives?

Kindle Edition, 363 pages
Published July 15th 2012 by Amazon Kindle 
 
Lily's Rating:  4 of 5 stars false 
 
Review:
 
If some creepy dude approaches you and offers you a job that sounds too good to be true, it's probably too good to be true.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Erin's Itty Bitty Review of After the Rain, by C.S. Vance


Serial killer Martin Thanos takes one last life...


My Rating:

This was a creepy little short story that I found on Smashwords for free.  I always like reading books that catch my attention when they are from Indie Authors.  Give the unknown a chance.

The synopsis of this book doesn't really tell you a whole lot which is why I wanted to read it.  I love reading about serial killers, almost as much as I love watching Dexter!!

I thought this book was good, it could have been better had the characters been developed a bit more. But like any short story there is only so much the author can tell you in 8 pages. 

Without getting into spoilers I really liked how this one ended.  I have yet to read a short story about a serial killer that ended this way.

If you enjoy being kept on the edge of your seat for a few minutes then I suggest you pick this one up.  It definitely didn't feel like I wasted the 5 minutes it took for me to read it.

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