Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Review: Stillwell @michaelpcash

Stillwell: A Haunting on Long IslandTitle: Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island
Author: Michael Phillip Cash
Release Date:
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher: Red Feather Publishing
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

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Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife's spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife's soul free.
Michael Phillip CashBorn and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author.
He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.


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Stillwell is the story of a grieving man. A man who has to deal with losing his wife, raising his kids alone and a strange presence who haunts his dreams and daily life.

It's only been a couple of days since Paul and his three kids had to burry their mother. He then realizes that in order to move on and help the children he needs to get his life back on track.

Paul's sorrow and grief is well described. The author does an outstanding job creating a character that feels human and real. All the characters are great but Paul being the protagonist is even better. His internal struggle is palpable, the way he debates between grieving and giving up opposite to healing is amazing. It's easy to understand him and all the choices he makes.

This story has a strong paranormal element. When Paul is asked to help "a friend" to sell an old mansion, the evil force takes full control of the story. The book takes elements from the local history to create a solid explanation about the events. An ancient tragedy will be the key to solve the big puzzle.

The book has a fast rhythm and the writing style makes it easy to read.

Overall, this book is a good light horror story with a strong main character and a short length.



Monday, April 27, 2015

Review: The Dark Rider @iamcritch



The Dark Rider (Fading Light, #1)
Title: The Dark Rider
Author:
Andrew Critchell
Series: Fading Light #1 
Release Date: August 19th 2012
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher:
self-published
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

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Years ago a secret was shared between a woman and a young boy. Now she is dying and the time has come. The secret must be revealed, and the boy awakened to realise a prophecy that has lain unfulfilled for nearly two millennia. But something is wrong. As the eve of his awakening approaches, nothing is happening as it should. Then he meets someone and everything changes...

She is on holiday in Cornwall, a young woman plagued by visions of a mysterious warrior on horseback. As the rider steps from her dreams and into reality, two worlds collide and the nightmare begins. Pursued by sinister agents, she finds herself in a race against time, yet it is unclear who is a friend and who is the enemy. With evil closing in on all sides she must choose well, for the fate of a world hangs in the balance. Failure will cost much more than just her life.

Andrew CritchellI started writing 'The Dark Rider' when I was 14, the first scenes coming out in one go in the half light of a summer evening. However, it took another 24 years before I actually finished, so I am looking to make an improvement on that timeframe for the next book in the series!!
I was born in Kent, England, in 1974, and have always been inspired and awed by the magic of being outside in nature at sunrise or sunset. It is time when anything seems possible, when the total domination of our modern world can be countered by light and shadow. For me, it is also when I have had my most magical experiences of nature, inspiring my writing and a lifelong interest and passion for landscape photography.
Since leaving school I have had a meandering educational and career path taking in banking, environmental campaigning, professional commercial photography and teaching. However, my heart always brings me back to writing and I hope you enjoy the results.
Keep up to date with The Dark Rider and more at www.facebook.com/FadingLightDarkRider

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The Dark Rider is an intriguing, well thought fantasy that drags you into it only to leave you waiting for the next book. If you enjoy fantasy, fast stories and likeable characters you should give this book a try.

The book presents three parallel stories that will eventually converge into only one. We have Paul, whose aunt has just died and all his life has been told about a prophecy and another world. Then we have Nicola, this young woman who is not happy with her life as it is. And finally we have two siblings who have just move in to town. The narration jumps from character to character giving us a complete view of where everyone is standing. As we read we can build in our heads a bigger world and little by little we see how their path will cross.

Paul and Nicola can be called the main characters. Is interesting to witness how they enter each other's life and how fast they get involved in an “exciting adventure”. I don’t want to get into details because their story is what makes the book worth reading but I liked how they evolved and the fact they sound quite real.

I really like the fantasy element because it is easy to understand, there are no complex or intricate theories. The author created a solid, easy to comprehend and interesting world. Every new revelation sounds believable and expand the world even more.

The action comes in great quantities. There are moments of tension and drama, chasing and adrenaline pumping through the pages. The writing allows you to follow everything and despite the changing scenario you always know where you are.

Overall, The Dark Rider is a good book and you can see why the author took all the time he did to create a story that fantasy lovers would enjoy. I hope to read book two sometime soon.



Saturday, April 25, 2015

Cover reveal: The Gatherers @AEhlersWrites

Title: The Gatherers
Author: Ashley Ehlers
Series: Harvesting #0.5
Release Date: April 25th 2015
Genres: Horror, Young Adult

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Ashley and Jason weren't the only ones to have an encounter with The Harvesters that day....
Coleen hasn’t been the happiest with her father remarrying, especially to the mother that gave birth to her enemy, Virginia. Bleach blonde bimbo as Coleen thought the moment they started high school. But since they’ve graduated, their parents married for a year now, Coleen has seen a whole new side of Virginia and the girls have gotten closer than ever. However the parents don’t see it, as the girls put up a front, so they plan a getaway to the family’s cabin before the girls go off to college.

Being away from the city is exactly what the girls wanted. Virginia even has something special planned for Coleen on this holiday and being out in the woods is the perfect setting for it. Though things get put on hold when their family dog Trudy runs away and Coleen’s step mother insists she goes out and find her. So as Coleen walks into the woods she gets a chilling sign from her step mother, Tori, which starts a domino effect of bloody unforgettable events.

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Newly married Ashley Ehlers now resides in San Diego with her husband who is currently stationed there. There in their cozy two bedroom apartment she finds the peace she’s been looking for.
As they settle into the new chapters of their lives Ashley’s Muses are growing stronger than ever as inspiration is around every corner in her latest adventure.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: Starblind @DTDyllin


Starblind (The Jane Sevis Chronicles #1)
Title: Starblind
Author: D.T. Dyllin
Series: The Jane Sevis Chronicles #1
Release Date: January 26th 2015
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher: Tik Tok Press
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

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Owner of the Chimay grade starship dubbed The Pittsburgh; Captain Jane Sevis is one of the best bounty hunters in the galaxy. Except for the occasional problematic hunt, her life is pretty uncomplicated.
When a particularly slippery target reveals the real reason for being in her database, her world is turned upside down in more ways than one.
Will she follow her gut and look the other way for the man she may be falling for?
Or will their love fall prey to her mercenary heart before it gets a real chance to ignite?

D.T. DyllinD.T. Dyllin is a bestselling author who writes both New Adult and Adult Romance. As a romance junkie, anything with a love story is her kryptonite and her obsession is what first drove her to begin twisting her own tales of scorching romance.

D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband and two spoiled German Shepherds.

(Author photo credit: Stephanie Saujon of La Photographie Nashville) 







Starblind presents us a universe where humans are not the only species on it. In this universe Jane Sevis, a bounty hunter, is looking for a place to belong. Missing an Earth she never knew, she surrounds herself with old antics from a no longer existing planet.

Jane’s life changes when she meets Ash, altering her and her crew destination. Attracted to him on a primal level she has to decide either hand him over or give in to the attraction. Duty and passion will mix only to unravel well hidden secrets not only about her but about the system ruling the universe.

As every book by D.T. Dyllin this one is a wild ride where there's no rest. Action kicks in every time we turn to the next page, passion and tension is always present when the main couple is together. And every time you think you figure something out the author comes and blows your mind with a new surprise.

Jane is the kind of heroin we are accustomed from Dara, she is stubborn, fearless, strong but also vulnerable. She is loyal to her friends and it's not afraid to fight for what she thinks is right.

I really liked the universe created by the author. The different species are well described, the ships and the space travel is believable. I'm a sci-fi fan and I loved it!

Another thing I liked was the role given to sex. Usually sex scenes are built upon tension and they are something you start to wait. This is not a bad thing but when you start to anticipate the heated scenes you might forget about the story. Here sex is just something that happens, and I really think it was smart. This is a sci-fi romance with sex on it and it is used as a resource that helps characters get closer and bond in a more intimate way.

Starblind is really exciting, funny and entertaining. I can’t wait to read more about Jane Sevis and her friends.




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Review & Interview: The Ghosts of Petroglyph Canyon


The Number One Goal of any Writer is to Find Your Genre and Then Write Your Story 
Interview with middle-grade novelist Christopher Cloud 

So many authors begin in one genre and then bounce to another one, each time recreating stories, character and plots before they settle on the genre that’s feels most comfortable for them. Author Christopher Cloud is not exception, writing in different genres until he felt that his writing was tailored for the middle-grade and young adult readers. 

He once stated that during an interview that a writer’s number one goal is to find a genre with which you are comfortable. Create some interesting characters, write smart narrative, keep the tension high throughout your story, and give it hell. A good story will always find a home.
Read more in our interview with this award winning author.



Q:  What is a typical writing day for you?  Tell us about a day in the life of you the writer, what’s your writing day like. Do you balance family and writing, or writing and a job outside the house, or writing, a job and family? What was it like for you to write this book along with your busy life?

A:  I typically write four or five hours a day, six days a week. I am retired, which means simply that I can devote more time to writing than if I held a fulltime job. I admire writers who can hold down a 40-hour-week job and still find time to write…and share their time with a family. That’s a tall order. I’ve often said that if I had to write a novel on a manual typewriter—I worked in newsrooms years ago when manual typewriters were standard fare—that I probably wouldn’t write. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but PCs have certainly made writing easier. Also, I find myself conducting research for every novel I write. The wealth of knowledge found on the Internet makes life so much easier for writers like me who research their stories. I can’t imagine spending hours a day in a library conducting research.  It’s a brave new world of technology, and I love it.     

Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?
A: It took some time to find the genre with which I was most comfortable. Finding the genre has been a big step forward.

Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?
A: Film director.



The Ghosts of Petroglyph Canyon

Title: The Ghosts of Petroglyph Canyon 
Author: Christopher Cloud
Release Date: August 29th 2014
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

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School is out for the summer and Pablo Perez, his sister, Pia, and their cousin, Kiki Flores, visit the Bar-7 ranch in New Mexico. The young Missourians have come to help their Uncle Antonio with the annual cattle roundup.
Uncle Antonio introduces his nephew and nieces to hundreds of primitive petroglyphs that have been chiseled into the walls of a nearby canyon—Petroglyph Canyon. The primitive rock drawings are part of Uncle Antonio’s sprawling cattle ranch. Sadly, looters are routinely excavating the ancient drawings with high-tech rock saws. Uncle Antonio believes the looters are selling the glyphs.
Pablo, Pia, and Kiki are determined to put a stop to the looting, and that’s when the adventure begins.


Author Christopher Cloud is back with the sequel to his popular middle grade novel, A Boy Called Duct Tape. Once again the summertime adventures continue for Pablo and his sister Pia. Along with their cousin Kiki they set out for more action and adventure in The Ghosts of Petroglyph Canyon.
Take a sneak peak of The Ghosts of Petroglyph Canyon here.

 
Award winning author Christopher Cloud began writing fiction full time after a long career in journalism and public relations. He writes middle-grade and young adult novels. 
Cloud graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by a Fortune 100 company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency.
Cloud attended high school in Japan, and lives in Joplin, Missouri. 

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The Ghost of Petroglyph Canyon is the story of three kids and their summer adventure. Everything start after Pablo, Pia and Kiki are introduced to some old petroglyphs on the walls near a canyon. These works of art are part of their Uncle's ranch; however, they suspect someone is stealing them.

The story has a fast rhythm brought by the choices made by the kids in their quest to discover who is cutting out the glyphs. With a mix of action, Indian American legends and the bravery of the three young kids, the story results being an exciting tale for people of all ages.

This one is the perfect example of middle grade-early YA because it has a simple but engaging writing style. The dialogues are short and real. The characters are innocent but determined at the same time and due to their vision of a righteous world they are not afraid of facing the bad guys.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I think that no matter how old are you the book offers a lot of things for you to enjoy: great characters, beautiful scenarios, easy to read language and a good doses of action.


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