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Available for Preorder: Nurse Blood by Rebecca Besser

Published August 19, 2016 by admin

I’ve got a nice, bloody title for horror fans today written by the lovely Rebecca Besser, so check it out! Nurse Blood is on preorder at Limitless Publishing  and Amazon with a release date of August 23rd.

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Sonya Garret roams the bar scene hoping to steal the heart of an unsuspecting victim—literally…

Sonya, better known as Nurse Blood, is part of a team of lethal organ harvesters who seek out the weak to seduce, kill, and part out for profit on the black market. When Sonya meets Daniel McCoy, a young man recovering from a broken engagement, he’s just another kill to line her pockets with quick cash.

Agent David McCoy vows to find out how and why his twin brother Daniel disappeared…

Daniel’s body hasn’t been found, and the leads are slim to none, but it won’t stop David from dedicating his life to solving his brother’s case. When the evidence finally uncovers the shocking truth that Daniel’s disappearance is linked to organ harvesters, David knows his brother is most likely dead. But he’s determined to stop the villains’ killing spree before they strike again.

One last harvest is all Sonya and her team need to put their murderous past behind them…

A family with the rarest blood type in the world is the only thing standing between Sonya and retirement. David McCoy and the FBI are hot on their trail, though, and multiple targets make this the most complicated harvest yet. Will David unravel Sonya’s wicked plans in time to avenge his brother and save an innocent family? Or will Sonya cash in her final kill and escape for good?

Murder for profit stops for no man when you’re Nurse Blood.

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Prologue

The air inside the nightclub was hazy from smoke machines. Flashes of colored light cut through the swirls in beat with the pulsing music that shook the walls and the floor. The atmosphere was alive with movement―a mass of hot, swaying bodies bent on enjoying the moment. A monster waited in the depths of the darkness to bat her pretty eyes at someone and make them her prey.

The door of the establishment swung open to give way to three eager young men looking to have a good time and celebrate. The trio was instantly surrounded by dancing women. They made their way through the press of bodies to reach the bar.

Daniel forced himself not to scan the crowd for his ex-fiancée, April. But she was the least of his worries, as the real danger was a face he wouldn’t recognize.

Roy got their drinks while Hank and Daniel stood at a balcony that overlooked an even larger dance floor below. The smoke was thicker down there, and there were more lights. The dancers looked like they were paying sensual homage to their deity. The air was tainted with the aroma of perfume and alcohol; it burned the men’s nostrils and fueled their excitement for the revelry to come.

Daniel took a moment to text his twin brother, David, to let him know where they would be celebrating their shared birthday. He received a text back from David saying he was still an hour away.

Roy joined them with three shots and three cold bottles of beer, passing one of each to his friends. They downed the shots in one swallow before turning their attention to their beers.

“Dave will be here in an hour or so,” Daniel announced after downing his shot.

“Awesome—we’re gonna have a great time!” Hank yelled over the music.

As Roy took a drink of his beer, a petite, slim blonde grabbed his waist from behind. He jumped in surprise and turned, recognizing the young woman.

She tucked a finger into the front of his jeans, smiled at him, and tugged him away from his friends toward a table with another girl.

Roy looked back over his shoulder at his friends and shrugged.

“That’s Lynn,” Hank yelled to Daniel. “They’ve been seeing each other for a while. And that’s her cousin Trisha—you don’t want to go there.”

Daniel nodded and looked around. The warming effect of the shot was spreading through his body, relaxing him. He felt less paranoid about running into April.

While he was looking over the crowd, a woman caught his eye. She was a tall, slim brunette, and she was beautiful. She was standing alone at the end of the bar. He watched her for a few moments, and when she looked around, their eyes met.

He smiled and looked away.

Hank noticed Daniel’s mild interest. He knew what his friend had been through recently and why he was gun-shy with women.

“Go for it!” he yelled, nudging Daniel. “Have some fun!”

Daniel looked at his friend, took another swallow of beer, glanced at the woman—noticing she was still alone—and shrugged.

Hank laughed and gave Daniel a shove toward the bar, causing him to slam into two people who happened to be walking past. When he turned to them to apologize, he came face to face

with the very woman he was hoping not to run into: April. The man she was with was leaning on her with all his weight while she struggled to hold him up.

Daniel’s heart clenched in his chest and his lungs seized up for a moment. He felt his hand tighten around the neck of his beer bottle. He wanted to slam it over the other man’s head, but he managed to restrain himself. He didn’t want her to know how much the sight of her with another man hurt him, so he put on a brave front.

“Excuse the fuck out of me,” he said with a sadistic smile, raised the bottle in the air like he was toasting them, and then took a big swig of the brew. He was pleased with the shocked expression that spread across April’s face at his harsh greeting.

They didn’t say anything to Daniel, but focused back on each other and moved around him and deeper into the establishment.

Daniel glanced over to Hank, who was grinning from ear to ear.

He smiled at his friend, nodded, and forced himself to put one foot in front of the other until he made it over to the woman at the bar. While he walked he pretended not to notice that April had glanced back at him several times as she guided her drunken man to a table where he could sit down. He was determined to show April she wasn’t the only woman in the world. He was going to prove to himself and her that he was over the breakup.

“Hi, I’m Daniel!” he yelled when he reached the woman, leaning toward her a little so she could hear him as a new song started to play.

“Grace!” she yelled back.

They smiled at each other.

The couple chatted for a while about nothing important, since it was too loud to carry on a serious conversation, and ordered drink after drink as they stood at the bar. Daniel’s emotional tension eased little by little with every drink. He became more and more relaxed, and friendlier and friendlier with Grace. Before he knew what was happening, they were pressed up against each other while they conversed so they could hear each other better.

“Let’s get out of here,” Grace said. She kissed him and reached down between them to rub his crotch.

Normally Daniel would be shocked and uneasy by such a gesture so soon after meeting a woman, but he’d had enough drinks not to care about how respectable she was or wasn’t being.

He nodded in agreement and looked around for his friends, frowning.

“I have to tell my friends I’m leaving,” he said, taking a step away from Grace.

“Oh, don’t worry about it,” Grace said, rubbing his crotch again. “They’ll figure it out. Besides, you can call them later and they can pick you up from my place.”

That sounded reasonable so he followed her out to the parking lot. The night was clear and felt cool after the heat from the population of patrons inside the nightclub.

They stumbled together through the parking lot and paused to make out, pressed against the side of her car for a couple minutes before they finally separated their bodies to get in.

Daniel had the passenger’s side door open and was about to climb inside when his cell phone beeped, notifying him of a text. He stopped, stood up straight beside the car, and pulled his wallet out of his back pocket by mistake. He reached into his other back pocket and extracted his cell phone. He frowned and squinted to focus on the tiny, bright screen that said David was only a block away.

“What are you doing?” Grace asked.

“I can’t go with you,” he said with a sigh. “Sorry. I—”

He felt a sharp pain in the side of his neck. He reached up to figure out what had hurt him and spun around at the same time, dropping his cell phone and wallet to the asphalt parking lot.

Grace was standing behind him holding an empty syringe.

“I’m sorry,” she said, “but you have to come with me.”

He tried to shove her away, but his limbs wouldn’t do what he wanted them to. His legs gave out from beneath him as the world blurred into a black blob of nothing.

***

Grace shoved Daniel’s tall frame into the passenger seat when he started to fall, smacking his head on the door frame. She quickly picked his feet up from the ground and spun him so she could get him all the way into the car.

She heard laughing as a couple made their way through the parking lot a few rows over, so she didn’t take the time to pick up what Daniel had dropped.

Grace shut the passenger door and ran around to the driver’s side of her car. She scanned the parking lot as she pulled out, not seeing anyone close-by. She’d been careful, watching for people as they’d headed outside, but the distant couple had snuck up on them. Luckily they hadn’t come close enough to see what she was up to. She tensed slightly when she had to pass another vehicle as she pulled from the lot out onto the street, but the man was looking in the opposite direction and didn’t even glance their way.

Once she was out of the parking lot and a couple blocks away, she pulled out her cell phone and called Roger.

“Hey,” she said into the phone. “I have fresh meat…”

©Rebecca Besser & Limitless Publishing, 2016. All rights reserved.

Rebecca Besser 2016

Rebecca Besser resides in Ohio with her wonderful husband and amazing son. They’ve come to accept her quirks as normal while she writes anything and everything that makes her inner demons squeal with delight. She’s best known for her work in adult horror, but has been published in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for a variety of age groups and genres. She’s entirely too cute to be scary in person, so she turns to the page to instill fear into the hearts of the masses.

To learn more about Rebecca visit her Website, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, and/or follow her Blog!

 

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SJ Reads: Bradbury is My Horror Hero #amreading

Published October 30, 2015 by admin

So one of my big author influences is Ray Bradbury. For me, his books are emotional, elegant, unique in plot, and true in characterizations. He’s also a master at literary horror, so I wanted to highlight a few of my favorites of his today. Granted, a lot of his work is short stories, so I’m looking at the books/collections instead that are primarily horror. Those who like the psychological and literary will probably like Bradbury because he generally doesn’t do gore. Granted, he can get disturbing and visceral emotionally, but man, he’s always so elegant about it!

Something Wicked This Way Comes – A classic and probably one of the reasons I’ve fallen in love with creepy carnivals. I love the concept of the two neighbor boys born on each side of Halloween, though the dark/light dichotomy is fairly subtle until the ending climax. From the appearance of the lightning rod salesman to the carnival itself, from strange Mr.Dark and Mr. Electrico to the Dust Witch and the magical carousel, this book is hypnotic. The movie really doesn’t do it justice and almost subverts the lessons by slapping on a happy ending for everyone. There are a few sequences here that made me hold my breath the first time I read it in college – it was one of the few books I took the time to read for fun at the time, and I fell in love with it.

From the Dust Returned – This is actually a collection of shorts masterfully formed into a narrative arc. I love this technique and Bradbury truly made it his own. While you can find a lot of the stories in other collections, this really lets each piece shine, and you’ll generally find that these versions are a little different than how you’ll see them in other formats. From Cecy the slumberer to Uncle Einar with wings, from vampire parents and killed cousins who have to share a host to a mummy grandmother, right down to Timothy, the one mortal boy who calls this strange family his own and the odd house his home…this book is odd, unnerving, and emotional. ‘Homecoming’ always gets me, ‘The April Witch’ has made me feel a thousand things as I’ve read it through the years, and the ending just…yeah. Think of it like a very literary Addams’ family, and you will have a blast. As always, Bradbury’s beautiful prose and attention to small town detail make this book.

The October Country – a collection of unconnected shorts, this book really has some chilling components. It has its own version of ‘Homecoming,’ but the stories here generally opt to the creepy side, like they do in ‘The Jar,’ ‘The Wind,’ and other tales. ‘The Next in Line’ is one that always has gotten me, because he just masters the claustrophobic feeling of the catacombs and the slow, building distrust and anxiety of the wife. Particularly in this volume, he’s very good at giving you just enough ending to make you fumble, then jolt once everything connects.

The Halloween Tree – I try to at least get through most of this every year, or at least watch the cartoon version. Truly, the book is the best, though I like that the cartoon adds in a female character who can hold her own (also, Bradbury narrates it and Leonard Nimoy plays Moundshroud!). To be fair, it doesn’t take away from the book to be an all-boy cast for me, because of the general time period it’s set, and it feels so true to life as a group of kids. This is one of those stories that deals with uncomfortable concepts but immerses you so much that you don’t care. When a group of friends has to time travel to save the soul of their dying friend Pipkin under the tutelage of mysterious Mr. Moundshroud, they end up learning the entire history of Halloween. While okay, there is a little historical discrepancy in the Samhain chapter and I wish some things were as fleshed out as others, honestly it’s done so well and the tension is built so tightly that I don’t care.Through it all, the friendship shines through, and this really drives home why humans cling to Halloween. The one place where this really, really excels over the cartoon is the ending – it subtly hints to Mr. Moundshround’s nature in a bittersweet, autumnal epilogue where Tom Skelton thinks over the events of the evening.

Calling All Book Bloggers/Reviewers!

Published July 20, 2015 by admin

Tomorrow Comes Media/Seventh Star Press are looking for a few good bloggers and/or reviewers for hosts in six upcoming tours! Each title is linked to the sign-up form.

Nocturne Infernum by Elizabeth Donald (Three Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance titles in one volume – reviewers have the choice of reviewing one title)

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About Nocturne Infernum: Nocturne Infernum includes the original three chapters in the Nocturnal Urges series, an alternate version of present-day Memphis in which vampires walk among us, but are not treated as our equals. They work the night shift, the jobs no one else wants, and they’re not too happy about it. Meanwhile, humans take advantage of the pleasures vampires can provide, but call them friends? Lovers? The gap between human and vampire stretches wide as death rises in the streets of Memphis.

Darkness with a Chance of Whimsy by RJ Sullivan – if short stories are more your thing, be sure to check out this diverse collection!

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About Darkness With a Chance of Whimsy: Collected for the first time since their initial publications, Darkness with a Chance of Whimsy presents ten tales from the imagination of R.J. Sullivan. Thrills and chills await you, but you may also get blindsided by the absurd. This volume includes a pair of stories featuring Rebecca Burton, the mysterious investigator of R.J.’s acclaimed paranormal thriller series

Hunt for the Fallen by Peter Welmerink (Military/Horror)

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Captain Jacob Billet
Journal Entry – Sunday April 5, 2026

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the undead are roaring…

Amassed at the UCRA east end enclosure, the dead strain the fence line while soldiers keep watchful eyes, the survivors on the opposite side of the rising river about to lose their minds.

It’s a crazy time: nonstop precipitation; everyone’s up in arms; paranoid city council members with an asshat City Treasurer. Water, water everywhere. Zees dropping into the churning drink. Troops afraid of being stitched up and thrown back into the fray as Zombie Troopers. Tank commanders getting itchy to head out on their own after drug-laden shamblers. Reganshire insurgents trying to extract our west side civvies for some unknown reason, possibly pushing the city into taking heavy-handed action against them.

Then there’s some black-haired dead dude staring at me through the fence, grinning like he’s off his meds.

And I thought Lettner was a headache.

All this sh*t might give me a heart attack.

Hunt for the Fallen is Transport Book Two

Shadows Out of the Sky by Brick Marlin (horror)

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About Shadow Out of the Sky: A scarecrow crucified on a wooden cross made from a pair of two-by-fours sits in a field of corn, placed there to frighten away birds and protect the crops. Under its straw hat large buttons pose as its eyes, placed there by child’s fingers, view something sinister in the grave sky, appearing in front of the full moon.

Twisting, it forms into a sleek black mass, peering down upon the town of Woodbury. Four demons called The Reckoning has pulled this shadow, this urban legend from the past, out of an unmarked grave to bring terror across the planet, shoving it toward an apocalypse.

Now it cuts through the air, as if it were opening wounds in flesh, peering down at the first house that it hovers over…

Shadow Out of the Sky is Book One of the Transitional Delusions Series

Blue Spirit by E Chris Garrison (Paranormal/Contemporary Fantasy)

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About Blue Spirit: Gamer girl Skye MacLeod can see fairies, but only when she’s tipsy. More Grimm than enchanting, some of these fairies are out to ruin her life, wreaking havoc with her job, her home, and her relationships.

With the help of her tiny fairy friend Minnie, Skye has to protect her vampire wannabe gamer friends from all-too-real supernatural threats only she can see. Can she keep it together and hold fast against a wicked fairy Queen’s plot?

Blue Spirit is the first book of A Tipsy Fairy Tale series!

Silver Tongue by AshleyRose Sullivan (Alt History)

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About Silver Tongue: The Colonies lost the Revolutionary War. Now it’s 1839 and the North American continent is divided into three territories: New Britannia, Nueva Espana, and Nouvelle France where seventeen-year-old Claire Poissant lives.

Claire has a magical way with words-literally. But a mystical power of persuasion isn’t the only thing that makes her different. Half-French and half-Indian, Claire doesn’t feel at home in either world. Maybe that’s why she’s bonded so tightly with her fellow outcasts and best friends: Phileas, a young man whose towering intellect and sexuality have always made him the target of bullies, and Sam, a descendant of George Washington who shares the disgraced general’s terrible, secret curse.

But when Sam’s family is murdered, these bonds are tested and Claire’s special ability is strained to its limits as the three hunt the men responsible into dangerous lands. Along the way they cross paths with P.T. Barnum, William Frankenstein and other characters from both history and fantasy as they learn the hard way that man is often the most horrific monster and that growing up sometimes means learning to let go of the things you hold most dear.

Reading with SJ: Fiction (at last!)

Published July 12, 2015 by admin

Don’t be too shocked, but this time I’m actually going to talk about fiction I’ve read.

I KNOW!

Deep breaths, people! We’ll get through it together, I swear. Thankfully, I’ve got two really good titles to recommend today.

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman – I’ve been wanting to read this for a while and hadn’t gotten the chance until now. I’m really glad I did make time for this, though. I think you either love short stories or you don’t, and I’m definitely in the former group. I also really love Gaiman’s collections because he makes a point of discussing where each story comes from, which is always fascinating and endearing. I loved his introduction on why he gave the book the title he did, his thoughts on the phrase, and a lot of other things. After slogging through what felt like a creative drought and a swamp of market frustrations, his introduction made me sit down and cry because it reminded me why I love stories so much. Likewise, his piece Making a Chair is a wonderful reminder that I don’t have to be “on” all the time. I can be a person, it’s not the worst thing in the world if I’m not art-ing 24/7.

I don’t think there’s a weak story in this book. All have their moments and all of them really run the gamut of themes and emotions. A Lunar Labyrinth, Feminine Endings and My Last Landlady are enthralling and chilling in their own ways. Orange is fun and plays with form a little bit, which I love. and Diamonds and Pearls and The Sleeper and the Spindle are two very different and intriguing takes on fairy tales. Return of the Thin White Duke and The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury please me for the obvious reasons, but I was also really taken with these stories because they draw the reader in so well. The former is really good at world-building while staying true to Bowie without delving into fanfic, and the latter is so emotional,, so obviously passionate that it feels like a moment is being shared since I’m such a massive Bradbury fan, myself. In some ways Jerusalem almost feels a little like a Bradbury story – not one of his obvious genre pieces, but one of his more literary oddities. A Calendar of Tales gets major props for taking me by surprise and delighting me so much. I love the format of how this story came about, and I just love all the individual tales that form this quirky, unusual piece. It’s fabulous. Also, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains is a masterpiece. The voice on this is so strong, the storytelling so clear and clean, the descriptions of the environment so complimentary to the action…this is how you write, plain and simple. I got this from the library, but now I actually really want this book, because I can see myself returning to it the same way I keep going back to my Bradbury collection when I’m feeling in need of a certain feeling or two.

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker – I love Barker’s work, though I haven’t read it all, so I think I have a somewhat unique perspective on this one. I’ve been reading over reviews, people feeling cheated that apparently the original 1000 + page version got condensed to 360 or so, some even wondering if Barker wrote this book.

I loved this thing. Plain and simple, I honestly think Barker did write it, I do think the editing could have been done better, but I am pretty dandy with the book we got. Now, I’m not familiar with the character of Harry D’Amour before now, so that may color things. Fan reaction and what actually happens in the book really intrigues me here.

I will agree that the prologue is perfection. You can tell it’s written by someone who’s directed film because the pacing is phenomenal, and the action, the tension, and the intensity just does not let up. Straight out of the gate we are shown that this is going to be a brutal book and Pinhead/Hell Priest is not a force to mess with.

It really intrigues me the direction Barker went with this character. You can definitely tell he’s taking it back for himself. I like the concept that Pinhead was a demeaning nickname and not one the demon likes. I like that he has his own agenda, and that he has the balls to seek and eventually challenge Lucifer.

I do agree some of the humor was forced, but it wasn’t something that was over the top for me. I do think the pacing was pretty fast in the second half of the book compared to a lot of Barker’s work, though I don’t necessarily feel that the characters were dragged through Hell with nothing to do. If anything, they were led on a quest to find Norma and are at the mercy of Pinhead’s machinations and the consequences of them. Those who prefer Barker for straight horror or noir will probably prefer the first half of the book or so. The second half reads more like a very streamlined, insanely dark variation of Imajica set in Hell. And the settings work. I don’t know what people were expecting, but he’s written fairly civilized versions of Hell before, and this felt like an expansion on that. Honestly, with how casually the damned souls and tortures and things were mentioned and the focus kept on politics or the demon people in the streets, that’s a little unsettling, isn’t it? That torture and the like are so day-to-day to not even have to go into detail on it.

I loved it. The world building in this is awesome. And for those who feel like this version of Hell doesn’t match what Barker would do…uh, this fits pretty well with his work in Mister B Gone. It would make sense for that version of Hell to modernize into what’s in this book, even. I like that he gives Hell a religious order with the Cenobites, that it has its rulers, its own problems and machinations, and that the demons look upon Lucifer as their version of God gone away.

Obviously if you are traditionally religious this probably isn’t for you. Likewise, this is also a really graphic book and has a lot of language, so keep that in mind. Also, if you weren’t aware, Barker writes characters of all ethnicities and lifestyle choices, so I’m sure that presses some people’s buttons, as well.

Pinhead as a character is…well he’s his own thing. He’s not like the films, he’s not even completely like the version in Hellbound Heart, but that would make sense because he’s spent all this time obtaining magic and building toward his goal. It is stated quite a bit how much of himself he’s disfigured, how much he’s given up to obtain knowledge of magic and to get closer to his one goal, the one thing that drives him, even more than his own religious pursuits. Plus, he is cruel, he is badass, he is uncompromising. The character of his lackey is traditional Barker, and is fairly squirm-worthy in parts.  With the other characters, the protagonist group,I felt like the characterizations were just enough. Granted, I was unfamiliar with them, but I like Harry, I like Norma, I don’t mind the others. Dale can be a little bit much, but we’ve all known people like that, so it didn’t wear on me the way it seemed to on some people. I really don’t know that going hugely in-depth on anyone else would have really worked in the context of this storyline. Honestly, I love Barker, and I love Imajica, but I don’t know if I would’ve wanted to read over a thousand pages of context for this kind of story. It is more urban fantasy than straight horror, to be fair. Those hoping for a return to the Books of Blood will be sorely disappointed. I would have liked things a little slower paced in places with maybe a little bit more time spent taking in parts of Hell instead of just plowing through it,but that would have taken away from the goal, which was for Harry et al to get back their dying friend.

I like Harry, too. I like the background context, I like how he was drawn to watch all the horrible things going on, I don’t mind the direction his character was taken and where he ended up. It felt like a nice cap to the things you learn at beginning of the book, though maybe I’d feel different if I was more familiar with the character. I love Norma, love his interaction with Norma, love that the main group of protagonists are fairly ragtag and not the typical group of adventurers or pretty people that usually you find in a lot dark urban fantasy titles.

I understand that this isn’t going to be everyone’s cuppa. Hell, it won’t be every Barker fan’s thing. For me, though, it reads as the streamlined work of a mature writer trying to balance a hell of a lot in one story. This thing was built up so much, it would be impossible to please everyone. I like that it combines his particular take on horror with his particular take on world-building. It’s unapologetic in its goriness and its take on religion in the world of the book. It’s fascinating, riveting in parts, even. Would I have liked more? Sure, I’d have taken it, but I honestly don’t know that it would have added anything except more stuff. Any more challenges for Harry to get to Pinhead would have slowed things down unless there were just epic scenes that we’re missing. And I’m sure Mr. Barker’s back story on everything is insane and incredible, but I don’t know that it was completely needed here. Some stuff to fill in just a little in places, maybe, but another two books’ worth of pages more? I just don’t know what that would add unless the whole plot was turned around.

Story-wise, it had me by the throat and kept me reading way later than I should have been most nights, and I loved the new take on what has become such a huge figure in horror. Because every part definitely reflects Barker’s work at one point or another, I’m going to probably incite wrath and say yeah, he wrote this, he’s changing things up, streamlining and all that. And it works. It may not be what everyone had in their heads,, but it’s his book, and it works, and I, for one, loved it and am so happy I got to read it so soon.

Fun stuff round up!

Published June 29, 2015 by admin

I wanted to touch on a few new releases, titles of note, upcoming things today. It’s always fun to see what everyone is up to, and I know some insanely talented people.

jackolanternAlex is one of my favorite people. We co-host our eps of Star Chamber together, we’re looking at developing panels together,we enjoy similar things. He just rocks, okay? He’s also an amazing horror author, and I appreciate anyone who writes about Halloween. This is actually a series, so I’ll give you the links to all four, because hi, they’re each 99 cents and that is worth gearing up for Halloween, isn’t it? As soon as a figure out my Nook, I’ll be getting these, myself.

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Halloween. A holiday that inspires memories, excitement, and a little bit of fear in everyone. A single day where all the ghosts and ghoulies come out to play and sometimes its hard to tell which of the creepy crawlies are human and which ones truly rise from beyond seeking unsuspecting souls. Author Alexander S. Brown explores all the wonderfully terrifying possibilities Halloween has to offer in his Pro Se Single Shot Signature Series- The Night The Jack O’ Lantern Went Out! Each month Brown delivers a new short story of terror laced with just enough nostalgia that makes us all hope Halloween comes sooner…and stays far enough away that the monsters don’t get us!

The Night the Jack O’Lantern Went Out    Lord of the Garden    Outhouse    Faceless

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If you’re into alt history, unusual titles, or YA, you need to check this out. AshleyRose is a unique talent, and this is definitely a unique title!

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The Colonies lost the Revolutionary War. Now it’s 1839 and the North American continent is divided into three territories: New Britannia, Nueva Espana, and Nouvelle France where seventeen-year-old Claire Poissant lives. Claire has a magical way with words-literally. But a mystical power of persuasion isn’t the only thing that makes her different. Half-French and half-Indian, Claire doesn’t feel at home in either world. Maybe that’s why she’s bonded so tightly with her fellow outcasts and best friends: Phileas, a young man whose towering intellect and sexuality have always made him the target of bullies, and Sam, a descendant of George Washington who shares the disgraced general’s terrible, secret curse. But when Sam’s family is murdered, these bonds are tested and Claire’s special ability is strained to its limits as the three hunt the men responsible into dangerous lands. Along the way they cross paths with P.T. Barnum, William Frankenstein and other characters from both history and fantasy as they learn the hard way that man is often the most horrific monster and that growing up sometimes means learning to let go of the things you hold most dear.

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RJ always has an interesting take on things. This collection of short stories is no exception. Plus, the beauty of collections like this is that they can really give you a well-rounded feel for an author, especially one you’re just discovering.

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Collected for the first time since their initial publications, Darkness with a Chance of Whimsy presents ten tales from the imagination of R.J. Sullivan. Thrills and chills await you, but you may also get blindsided by the absurd. This volume includes a pair of stories featuring Rebecca Burton, the mysterious investigator of R.J.’s acclaimed paranormal thriller series. Among the ten stories, you’ll find:

“The Assurance Salesman” shows five strangers more about themselves than they ever guessed.

You don’t want to venture into Daddy’s basement in “Fade.”

Rebecca Burton tries to talk someone out of a bad idea in “Backstage Pass.”

A bullied police detective finally defeats his rival in “Able-Bodied.”

A desperate father finds the “Inner Strength” to save his young daughter, “Becky” Burton.

A child seeds his aquarium with a most unusual “Starter Kit.”

A brilliant robotics engineer creates a “Robot Vampire.”

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Also, don’t miss this week’s episode of The Star Chamber! Hosts Stephen Zimmer and Michael West are cooking up some fun topics to talk about, so be sure to check it out. You can also stream or download the eps after they initially air, so you also have a whole archive to peruse!

Juniper Grove Presents: Legacy by Ellery A. Kane

Published April 21, 2015 by admin

I’ve got some treats for you today! If you like YA fiction and are into futuristic/post-apoc type literature, than have I got a title for you…

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Title:  Legacy

Author:  Ellery A. Kane

Published:  September 17th, 2014

Publisher:  Balboa Press

Genre:  YA

Recommended Age:  13+

Synopsis:

How do you want to feel today?

In 2041, the choice is yours.

San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.

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Ellery is here today with a guest post about the book, so let’s get to it! I had given her a prompt, so I’ll put that in italics, and we’ll see how she replied.

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How do you go about developing your world when it obviously takes place in the real world, but in a very different type of reality than what we’re experiencing now?

 I think that what intrigues and draws most readers into a dystopian world is actually the sense that it is not so different than our own, that a few, strategic events could catapult us into a dark and disturbing place. After all, is our modern world more utopian than dystopian? Some of the most haunting and riveting dystopians—The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Giver, play on our fears as a society that we are one step away from chaos. 

In creating the world of Legacy, I was inspired by my “real” job as a psychologist, where I am often face to face with individuals who are eager to change their emotional state. Just as Lex observes—“It seemed that almost everyone was eager to feel or not to feel something”—words that are as true today as ever. For many years, pharmaceutical companies have been cashing in on our desire to quickly and easily alter our emotions, so it wasn’t a stretch to imagine Zenigenic, an up and coming pharmaceutical company, creating a line of Emotion Altering Medications (EAMs).

In 2041, EAMs are widely available, dispended in vending machines operated by biometric identification; mental illness is not a prerequisite, only a desire to alter one’s feelings. With a catchy slogan, “How do you want to feel today?” and a promise of no side effects, who could resist?

Legacy explores the devastating impact of EAMs on society and the individuals that created them, used them, and witnessed their effects. After all, a quick fix always comes at a price…

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I love this premise, plus it’s so fascinating to see a YA book taking on something so huge. Thanks for coming on and

sharing your expertise and thoughts, Ellery!

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In her non-fiction life, Ellery Kane works as a forensic psychologist. Evaluating violent criminals and treating victims of trauma has afforded her a unique perspective on the past and its indelible influence on the individual. An avid short story writer in adolescence, Ellery only recently began writing for enjoyment again, and Legacy was born.

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There is also a tour-wide giveaway, and you can win one of ten signed print copies by entering the Rafflecopter here!

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Juniper Grove presents Maia and the Secrets of Zagran

Published January 5, 2015 by admin

Happy New Year, everyone! I have a lot of thoughts and news on the matter, but today I want to lend some blogspace to a title that really has piqued my interest.

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  Maia and the Secrets of Zagran

The Lightbound Saga #2

S. G. Basu

 YA Sci-Fi Fantasy

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Thirteen year old Maia thinks she has seen it all.

She has survived an assassination attempt, she has been threatened by a chancellor, and she has faced off with saboteurs trying to bring down a nation. She lets nothing get to her anymore-not the ominous nightmares she has been having lately, not the fear of being targeted for another soul extraction, not even the memories of her dead mother’s terrifying communique.

More than ever, Maia wants the Initiative to resume. She longs to visit Zagran-the undersea capital of the Jjord. She wants to ride the underwater transport lines, learn about the Jjordic energy farms and most of all-she wants to goof off with her friends. But, around the charming city of Zagran, evil is gathering. Maia and her friends do not know it yet, this is just the beginning of a terrifying end.

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G. Basu is a telecommunications engineer by profession, but she likes to call herself a dreamer. Imagination, fueled by a voracious appetite for books, has been her steady friend since childhood. She discovered her passion for writing quite by chance and there has been no stopping her since then.

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There’s also a tour wide giveaway going on! Prizes include the following:

One signed copy of  Maia and the Secrets of Zagran

 Giveaway is open to the US, UK, and Canada.

 You can enter using the Rafflecopter Widget Link

 

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