Book Review: Corrosion by Jon Bassoff

18456552Title: Corrosion

Author: Jon Bassof

Genre: Dark Fiction, Horror

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 5stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A mysterious Iraq war veteran with a horribly scarred face…A disturbed young man in a strange mountain town…A masked preacher with a terrible secret… Amidst a firestorm of violence, betrayal and horror, their three worlds will eventually collide in an old mining shack buried deep in the mountains. CORROSION, the shattering debut novel by Jon Bassoff, is equal parts Jim Thompson, Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner, and an unforgettable journey into the underbelly of crime and passion. Drawn from the darkest corners of the human experience, it is sure to haunt readers for years to come.

What impressed me the most about Corrosion is the bleak, lifeless world author Jon Bassoff creates in his novel. The world is made of small, run-down, damaged towns filled with the most despicable of characters: the low-lifes, people without goals or imagination, the ones destroyed by society. In a few descriptive sentences, Mr. Bassoff makes this world come to life, giving his book a very depressing setting, and positioning an even more depressing characters in the middle of it.

The first part focuses on a mysterious Iraq war veteran, Joseph Downs. His face is horribly scared, and he falls head over heels for a girl who saved from her abusive husband in a local pub. They begin an affair, and the veteran falls for her. But the girl may be more than she seems like, and betrayal lurks around every corner…

The second part talks about a young boy, who’s father has travelled deep down the alley of mental illness. His mother has become ill, and her father hides her for the outside world, and for the boy as well, until they make a horrific discovery. The young boy, Benton, slowsly descends into madness, like his father before him, and falls for an older woman who wants nothing to do with him.

I figured out what was going on about halfway through, but nevertheless, it was an amazing experience to see how it all played out. In some ways, this book is a masterpiece. It’s well-crafted, has an amazing plot, and offers a bleak yet fascinating world.

The writing is relentless, fast-paced, and simply beautiful. There’s horror behind the horror, like a silent spectator behind the events, and who will only reveal the real, full story in bits and pieces, torturing the reader a little along the way.

A most impressive novel. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Release Day Party The Legend of the Firewalker

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We’re thrilled to celebrate the release for young adult paranormal fantasy novel “The Legend of the Firewalker” today. Come join in the fun, and participate in an awesome giveaway for a Kindle!

About the Book

LOTFW_GRAPHIC_300_DPITitle: The Legend of the Firewalker

Author: Steve Bevil

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy / Action Adventure

A black hooded figure suddenly appeared behind her. She gasped and her brown eyes grew wide. Nathan watched helplessly as a small trickle of blood fell from her mouth.

Other hooded figures appeared; their silver swords clutched upright against their chests. Nathan held tight to her lifeless body while trying to fight back the tears that swelled in his eyes. “No,” he cried. “No!”

Nineteen-year-old Nathan Urye is supposed to be having a relaxing summer as a camp counselor but ever since he started having nightmares about a beautiful girl being hunted by flesh-clawing monsters, his life has been anything but normal.

Soon, Nathan discovers that the sleepy college town of Cahokia Falls is far from ordinary when two unexplained deaths rock the town and campus. Who or what is behind the murders? Does it have anything to do with the newly-discovered cave symbol? And what about the spine-chilling campfire stories about ancient tribal beliefs and mystical legends?

For Nathan Urye, things just keep getting creepier and creepier, and now it appears that everyone at camp is in danger…

What the reviewers are saying…

“Starting with chapter one this book held my attention. The legends in the book told around the campfire gave me goose bumps and the supernatural creatures; Necrocritters, dark hooded guards with swords and red hooded priests added a lot of layers to this story. Not to mention the Fallen Ones!

At times I wasn’t sure how things would play out because there were so many challenges facing Nathan and his friends. I really enjoyed the climax of the book and could easily see this book adapted as a movie. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Nathan and his friends…but you have to read the book to see if they all make it out” ~Reviewer

“It’s terrific! I love your wise-cracking hero, who finds himself thrust into these bizarre circumstances with no real guide. And I love the set up of the supernatural world and these well-defined characters. The supernatural conflict and the relationships that took root here will be able to take you through book after book. That eerie, spirit realm where everything is gray except for the people – sound doesn’t behave as it should – and objects are frozen in place, is really imaginative and creepy. It’s got a strong cinematic feel and it creates tremendous atmosphere. In short, you’ve done some terrific world building here that’s highly imaginative and peopled with appealing, interesting characters we can care about.” ~Reviewer

 

Author Bio

(RGB)SteveBevil_FacebookSteve Bevil, the author of The Legend of the Firewalker series, recalls vividly as a child running to the library to check-out and read the latest The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books. He started writing short stories at a young age, but never took writing seriously, and as an adult, would only write to jot down the many storylines and mystical characters he would often fantasize in his head.

It wasn’t until he was inspired by the story of author Stephanie Meyer, a stay-at-home mother of three and Christopher Paolini, the author of the Inheritance Cycle, that he entertained the idea of writing a book. Steve recalls sitting at his computer one day, after reading promotional emails announcing the latest books, daydreaming a dialogue between two people.

“It was just so Harry Potter-esque as far as the classic story of good versus evil. I just kept getting more and more detail; it was like the story wanted to be written, there were so many layers to it. I had first and last names, character back history, and everything. Immediately, I started writing.”

After months and months of developing the plot and writing, the end result was his first book in the series, The Legend of the Firewalker. The daydream, a dialogue between two of the main characters; Nathan Urye and Stephen Malick, ended up appearing in Chapters 11 and 16.

Steve Bevil graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Master’s degree in Communication. He is a native of Chicago, Illinois and when he isn’t writing, enjoys music, watching movies, fitness, and walks with his little Westie, Wyatt.

To learn more you can follow him on Twitter – http://twitter.com/steve_bevil
or visit his blog – http://stevebevil.blogspot.com/
or find out news at his Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/stevebevilwriting

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Goddess and The Great Beast

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I’m hosting the starter day party for supernatural thriller “The Goddess and the Great Beast”. Lots of tour stops during this one! I’ll review the book on November 14th and host a guest post for the tour on December 15th. Stay tuned for the review and, in the mena time, visit the other blogs!

Tour Schedule

October 31st: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

October 31st: Book Excerpt @ Stories of Romance

November 2nd: Author Interview @ Bookish Madness

November 4th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

November 6th: Book Review @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

November 7th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

November 10th: Book Excerpt @ The Single Librarian

November 12th: Guest Post @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

November 14th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

November 16th: Book Excerpt @ Forever Book Lover

November 18th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

November 20th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

November 22nd: Guest Post @ Bookaholic Ramblings

November 24th: Book Excerpt @ 365 Days of Reading

November 26th: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

November 28th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

November 30th:  Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

December 1st: Book Excerpt @ Sylv Jenkins’ Blog

December 3rd: Guest Post @ Endazzled Reading

December 5th: Book Excerpt @ Pressed Up in a Book

December 7th: Book Review @ Hollow Readers

December 9th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Gazette

December 11th:  Author Interview @ Endazzled Reading

December 13th: Book Excerpt @ Book Suburbia

December 15th: Guest Post @ I Heart Reading

December 17th: Book Excerpt @ The Reading Guru

December 19th: Book Review @ Endazzled Reading

December 21st: Book Excerpt @ Editor Charlene

December 23rd: Author Interview @ The Book Daily

December 25th: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

December 27th: Guest Post @ Editor Charlene

December 29th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

December 31st:  Book Review @ The Book Gazette

The Goddess and the Great Beast

TG&TGBeyesslim2Title: The Goddess and the Great Beast

Author: Adrian Gross

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

1942: a bored British soldier in Baghdad; a beautiful Babylonian Goddess; a sacred marriage unconsummated.

Five years later, in a dreary post-war London, the Goddess must be satisfied.

Can anyone save her demobbed consort from eternal torment?

Or eternal bliss?

Can he save himself?

Does he even want to be saved?

And what’s it got to do with the ‘wickedest man in the world’?

Author Bio

Author NorwayAdrian Gross is a British writer. Some bits of him used to be Irish and some others were once Hungarian. He lives close to Glastonbury and likes to bang his little heavy metal head whilst drinking chewy real ale!

He has endured many terrible jobs, including adrenaline-junkie motorcycle courier, record shop dude-with-bad-attitude, and air traffic control disaster limitation assistant.

When his aching bones and throbbing hangover allow, he plays football (soccer) and rides bicycles up and down the Mendip Hills.

Links

Website: www.adriangross.co.uk

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Goddess-Great-Beast-ebook/dp/B00D7EJOMG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1370721031&sr=1-1&keywords=adrian+gross

Amazon (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Goddess-Great-Beast-ebook/dp/B00D7EJOMG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1370720382&sr=1-1&keywords=adrian+gross

Book Review: Something Wicked by Renée Harrell

11125433Title: Something Wicked

Author: Renée Harrell

Genre: Horror, Young Adult, Paranormal

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

What if a man loved so deeply and so selfishly, he was willing to do whatever it took – including murder — to reincarnate his lost lover? And what would happen if he thought his true love had returned to this earth, without any knowledge of who she truly was?

What would happen next? High school student Ann Lippens is about to find out….

Cody said, “You were innocent when I met you. Innocent when I lost you. You’re innocent now.”
“I’m not exactly innocent.”
“You’re pure.”
Pure? Ann questioned. What’s that supposed to mean? I’m a virgin?
Then she thought, What if I wasn’t?

When Ann meets Cody and his band in a local club, she agrees the band has some weird attraction, but she’s not interested, having just broken up with her boyfriend. Her best friend Kim, however, is more than willing to dive head over heels into a relationship with lead singer Cody. But the more Kim hangs out with him, the more she starts to change, and Ann suspects something may be wrong.

Ann does some research into Cody, and his odd resemblance with Bobby Winters, a musician who passed away ages ago. She finds out what happened to Bobby and his band, the Reapers, and the story is more than a little terrifying. If Cody is completely obsessed with the singer, than he may even be dangerous.

But what if it goes even further? The more Ann finds out about Cody, the more she grows convinced something supernatural and eerie is going on…

By the third-or-so chapter, I was so sucked into the story that I couldn’t finish reading. The book pulled me in. The characters were intriguing, and I wanted to find out who Cody was and what exactly he was upto.

But then, the appeal greatly diminished. Halfway through, the book gets a little jumpy, moving from one scene to the next, and characters lack consistency. On top of that, the “big reveal” is kind of anticlimatic. I’d expected horror, since the book was labeled as such, but instead I got something closer to paranormal romance. Not bad, just not what I’d expected.

I did like Ann though. She doesn’t give up, she’s stubborn when needs be, and she’s brave, even in the face of real danger.

The author has a great writing style, and the plot was decent, I was just a little disappointed it’s not actually horror. The book had a lot of potential to throw in some original elements, but it stayed too close to well-known tropes for me.

Book Review: The Ghost House by Helen Phifer

17981829Title: The Ghost House

Author: Helen Phifer

Genre: Paranormal Mystery, Horror

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

There’s not much that scares Annie Graham. Not even the horrors she has witnessed during her years on the police force. But when she agrees to look after her brother’s farmhouse, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the crumbling old mansion in the woods nearby. But an innocent exploration of the empty ruin and the discovery of the diary of former resident Alice leaves her more than a little spooked. She knows it holds the secrets to a dark past, and she has to find out more. What was the terrible truth that Alice uncovered? And how could what happened to her over 100 years ago help solve the murders of young women in the town?
Annie needs to stop the serial killer before she becomes his next victim –- but the past comes back to haunt her in ways she could never have expected.

When I started reading, I was immediately pulled into the story. The Ghost House offers a relatable heroine, Annie, who unwillingly gets thrown in the middle of a horror movie when she promises to take care of her brother’s farmhouse, near a dilipidated, crumbling old mansion. The mansion calls for her, but the moment she walks inside, strange things happen. She finds the diary of a former resident of the house, Alice, which she brings along to the farmhouse. She starts reading the diary and discovers more and more horrific clues about the mansion’s troubled past…

But in the present day, the mansion isn’t safe from perils either. A serial killer out to destroy young women has made the mansion his working area. The ghost of the mansion has found a tool to do his bidding…And now he’s seen Annie, he has got his eyes set on her. He will destroy her, no matter what it takes.

I loved the premise, the idea of the past interacting with the present, of reincarnation, of vengeance. I kind of wished that the guy who Alice fell for would’ve sort of loved her back, even if it was in some twisted, weird way. I thought so at first, what with him taunting her – this could be some strange way of showing he actually liked her – but when it was revealed it was money he was after all along, that was a bit of a let-down for me. Sick, twisted love is more intriguing and unique than money issues.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed the story, the characters and the plot. Unfortunately, there seemed to be some plotholes. Like: what really happened to Alice? Maybe we’re not meant to find out, but I would’ve wanted to know.

Apart from that, I liked the book. It was an atmospheric, spooky read, ideal for the season. I could’ve done with a bit more ghosts and a bit less crime novel though.

Book Tours: Book Excerpt Jack Canon’s American Destiny

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I’m hosting an excerpt today from political thriller “Jack Canon’s American Destiny”. Enjoy the snippet!

Book Excerpt

“Sandy, come here a minute. We haven’t had a chance to just sit and talk for a while.” She came over and sat close enough I could smell her perfume.

“What is it, Jack?”

“That’s a nice scent; what is it?”

“Oh you noticed. It’s Clive Christian; I got it at Neiman Marcus. I just thought I needed to treat myself.”

Taking off one of her gold hoop earrings she laid her head sideways, on the couch back cushion, “I thought of you when I picked it out.”

“Sandy, it’s going to get crazy around here.”

“That’s nothing new, Jack. That’s part of your charm; it’s always a Three Ring Circus around you.”

Sandy turned to look up at me, her big eyes enhanced by a smoky eye shadow, “Jack, I feel like I don’t belong anywhere but with you.”

I felt guilty – she was so perfect, so deserving of love. “This can’t be everything you had planned for your life, what did you want? I mean when you were younger?”

Sandy looked straight into my eyes and without her saying a word, I imagined what she was thinking. If our lips so much as grazed a passing touch, would that ignite a fire of passion that would have us tearing at each other’s clothes?

She looked away and spoke in a whisper, “People who love us as friends would never forgive us as lovers.”

“Sandy, you know I need you to keep an eye on the Senate staff when I’m on the road.”

“You can always count on me, but don’t think it’s not going to cost you. I’m still going to tease you every time you’re back in town!”

I laughed and Sandy shot me a look, like… “You just wait mister!”

“Tell me honestly, Jack. On the road, have you ever had any close calls?”

I took a deep breath. “I was weak many years ago and might have fooled around a bit, but never a relationship. None of the women had any substance. That’s why I need you so much; you understand. Be my friend; look out for me. We’re a team and we care for each other.”

Sandy emboldened, “How can you be so strong, Jack, aren’t you ever tempted, I mean with us?”

“Sandy, you’re beautiful and talented and I love everything you are to me, but I think of my wife and my girls and pray not to be.”

No longer able to contain her feelings, teary eyed, “Can you imagine? I love my work because you’re here and I get to be with you…”

I leaned to her and spoke into her hair, “I promise you’ll find someone. We’ll always be best friends. I’ll always care for you.”

We just sat there for five minutes. Then breaking the silence, Sandy asked, “Jack, do you remember the day we first met?”

“Sure I do…close your eyes… imagine this girl pops in through the door of a rented store front, our eyes met and my heart stopped… I remember she reminded me of Marilyn Monroe the way she looked in the early years in soft focus. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her.”

Sandy moved towards me and gently rested her head on my chest, “That was me, Jack.”

“Yes and I remember a black and white pencil skirt and a white blouse. I thought, ‘this girl must have her own personal designer creating clothes just for her.’”

Sandy never tanned and her soft white cleavage overflowed whatever she wore. It wasn’t a stretch to tell her a designer could be so inspired.

There was a knock on the office door, the door opened slightly. Tip was calling in through the opening, “Jack, may I have a word?”

“Sure Tip, come on in.” Tip walked into the office, came around the corner and took a seat in the chair nearest the couch where I was sitting. Sandy adjusted herself, quickly moving her head to my shoulder.

“Jack, I didn’t realize you were busy, I apologize, this subject matter may not be something…”

I said, “Tip anything you need to say can be said in front of Sandy.”

“He’s right, Tip,” Sandy said, “Jack could pull his gun from the wall safe and blow your brains out right in front of me. I’d stuff your dead corpse into a sack and clean up the mess. Jack is my life and I’m alone in this world without him.”

Tip said, “I like that about you. But really, Jack, what I’m going to say is sensitive.”

Jack Canon’s American Destiny

6065346[1]Title: Jack Canon’s American Destiny

Author: Greg Sandora

Genre: Political Thriller

It’s the steamy summer of 2016 in Washington, D.C. just days before the Democratic National Convention. A long and painful recession has left ordinary Americans suffering, spawning the hottest Presidential Contest in history. Jack Canon, a man born into privilege, a witness to great social injustice is going to be President of the United States–no matter what! Desperate and corrupt, the leader of the free world orders a hit to slow him down. The plan backfires–the wrong people are dead–a manhunt points to the unthinkable–The President of the United States.
Rewind one year, Jack’s focus on redistribution of wealth and energy has made him powerful enemies. Once his friends, Rogue Billionaires, Oil Sheiks, the Mob, all want him gone. The current President wants him alive–thinking he can win against an unabridged liberal. A Universal Raw Nerve of wealth vs. poverty is exposed becoming a thrill ride as deep machinations of espionage, geo-politics and deception, even murder play out. Kind and charismatic, Jack’s just naughty enough to have you falling for him like one of his loving circle of loyal friends. Of course he’s flawed, a dedicated family man, faithful to one woman, but in love with two. Is it his fault his best friend is impossibly jaw dropping beautiful? Think the crime and passion of the Godfather meets the romance and innocence of Camelot. A story that could spark a movement, a book that can seed a revolution. A heart thumping climax so shocking you’ll pull the covers and draw the shades! One things for sure, through all the drama and suspense, you’ll be pulling for Jack!

Author Bio

3929240[1]_optI’m originally from the Portland, Maine area and lived and worked there for years before moving to Southwest Florida. I am currently working on the sequel to Jack Canon’s American Destiny – which will be titled Jack Canon Clean Sweep. The sequel will be available in about three months.

My Dad and Mom were artists, my father painted and my mother wrote poetry and loved to garden. Most Saturdays we loaded up the 1970 Chevy Impala to trek to a one man show somewhere or other. I took a different track graduating with a business degree; owning and operating an Award Winning Franchise Fitness Center. Currently a professional manager I am living in Florida with my beautiful wife and children, and following my passion.

Some of my other projects include a children’s book called Sammy the Sea Turtle – about an infant sea turtle taken from his nest the night he was to find his way to the sea. Sammy lives with the family until their son – the boy who took him, graduates from high school. On that day Sammy, backpack in tow – begins the long journey home.

My second project in the works involves angels – a man during a visit to Bar Harbor Maine encounters an angel; quite accidentally, he is told – she was not supposed to make him aware of her existence. Only three others have ever seen the real thing. Naturally he falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful creature.

Links for purchase

http://amzn.com/B00BOE5KW4     for kindle

http://amzn.com/1939383250        for paperback

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jack-canons-american-destiny-greg-sandora/1114757963?ean=9781939383259  Barnes and Noble

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Shelf Life

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I’m hosting a starter day party today for contemporary romance novel “Shelf Life”. I’ll be reviewing the book on my blog on November 20th. Stay tuned for the review, and in the mean time, visit the other tour stops!

Tour Schedule

October 28th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

October 28th: Book Excerpt @ Stories of Romance

October 30th: Guest Post @ Editor Charlene

November 1st: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

November 3rd: Book Review @ Renee Entress’ Blog

November 5th: Book Excerpt @  Bookaholic Ramblings

November 7th: Guest Post @ The Single Librarian

November 9th: Book Review @ Books, Books and More Books

November 10th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Gazette

November 12th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

November 13th: Book Review @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

November 16th:  Guest Post @ The Book Daily

November 17th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

November 20th: Book Review @  I Heart Reading

November 21st:  Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

November 23rd: Book Excerpt @ Book Suburbia

November 25th: Guest Post @ Endazzled Reading

November 27th:  Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

About Shelf Life

18068418Title: Shelf Life (The Publicist Book Two)

Author: Christina George

Genre: Contemporary Romance

“…this book grabbed my interest from page one. I’m sure Ms. George has more than a few industry insiders chuckling at her stories and cringing at how close to home they hit.”

Scandalicious Book Reviews

Shelf Life:

The Publicist Book Two

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The story only an insider could tell.

Publishing: An industry of out-of-control of egos, unrealistic expectations, and books with the shelf life of milk.

This is Kate’s world, but for how long?

When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, she thinks it’s only the beginning of her troubles. As her world crumbles around her, Kate desperately looks for anyone to hold onto but finds that happy endings are truly works of fiction. When her career and love affair hit their expiration date, Kate sets off on a new adventure….

Starting over in California is easy, but Kate soon learns that leaving her old life behind isn’t. Nicholas Lavigne is eager to help her forget, but two things still own her heart, the dream of discovering the next great American novel, and MacDermott Ellis.

As Kate tries to rebuild her life she finds a surprising gift that reboots her career in a new and unexpected direction. Suddenly her name becomes synonymous with one of the biggest bestsellers publishing has seen in ages and she’s welcomed back with open arms. At the height of her success the ghosts of her past come back to remind her of the world she’d been trying to forget and the man who never let go of her heart.

Behind the book, there’s always more to the story.

 

Welcome to Publishing, the ego has landed.

“The Publicist is great chick lit!” Elizabeth Barbarick, Stuffed Shelves

“Very well written with a great cast of characters.” Kindles & Wine Book Blog

Author Bio

Christina GeorgeI’ve worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn’t. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, hell it’s more fun to guess, right? I continue to work in publicity and help authors because at the end of the day I do love books, I love publishing, and I love authors. I hope you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Find our more at: www.thepublicistnovel.com

Buy at: Amazon

Book Review: Sacrifice Island by Kristin Dearborn

18456574Title: Sacrifice Island

Author: Kristin Dearborn

Genre: Horror, Dark Fiction

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A tropical paradise…
Jemma and Alex are paranormal investigators, writing a book on hauntings around the world. When Jemma begins researching a cryptic diary written by a young woman who committed suicide on a supposedly haunted island in the Philippines years earlier, they think they’ve found their next chapter.
A tragic past…
It doesn’t take long for the pair to learn that the island harbors long-buried secrets, while savagely mutilated bodies turn its cerulean seas bloodred around them.
An ancient legend…
For the sprits here are demanding, and Jemma must confront her own demons while attempting to save herself and Alex from taking a permanent vacation to Sacrifice Island.

The idea behind Sacrifice Island is a pretty well-known trope. Jemma and Alex are paranormal investigators, writing about hauntings all across the globe. They travel to a secluded place in the Philippines where, apparently, lots of people have gone missing on a haunted island nearby. On the island, Jemma finds a diary of a young woman who committed suicide there ages ago, and she begins reading all about the woman’s day-to-day life. The longer she spends there, the more she is drawn to the island, and the terrible secrets it holds.

Jemma was an interesting character, especially since she refused to get close to anyone. At first I thought she was just shy, or she’d gone through something terrible in the past, but the more the story evolved, the more I thought it had to be something more sinister than that. When it is finally revealed, I was amazed at the originality of the author.

Same goes for the haunted island. The author managed to incorporate a little-known myth with well-known horror elements and turn it into a refreshing, breathtaking story. The writing was excellent, the setting atmospheric and haunting, and the monster on the island was very intriguing.

I absolutely loved this book, and would recommend it to all fans of the genre. It’s a perfect Halloween read.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party When Dreamers Wake

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I’m thrilled to host the starter day party today for a tour for post-apocalyptic scifi novel “When Dreamers Wake”. I’ll review the book later on during this tour. Meanwhile, stay tuned and visit the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

October 27th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

October 27th: Book Excerpt @ Stories of Romance

October 28th: Book Review @ Bookaholic Ramblings

October 29th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

October 30st: Book Excerpt @ Orion Publishing House

November 1st: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

November 3rd: Book Review @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

November 4th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Gazette

 November 5th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

November 6th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

November 8th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

November 10th: Author Interview @ Pressed up in a Book

November 12th: Book Excerpt @ The Reading Guru

November 14th: Book Review @ Bookish Madness

November 16th: Book Excerpt @ Book Suburbia

November 18th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene

November 20th: Book Excerpt @ 365 Days of Reading

November 22nd: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

November 23rd: Author Interview @ Endazzled Reading

November 24th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

November 26th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

November 27th: Book Excerpt @ Sylv Jenkins’ Blog

About When Dreamers Wake

When Dreamers WakeTitle: When Dreamers Wake

Author: J.E. and M. Keep

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic SciFi

The Old Gods have risen and moved on, leaving Earth in ruins.

Leon liked that just fine.

He got along better after the collapse of society, and has his own vision for how things should be run: with him in charge of his own fate, with many lovers beneath him.

Yet when he has a run-in with a beautiful and mysterious woman, his life will never be the same.

 

Author Bio

J.E. & M. Keep love to combine fantasy, scifi, horror, romance and mystery into exciting and titillating novels.

They are long term, loving partners in a very happy relationship and because of this, they love to torture their characters. Dark romance touches all of their stories in one way or another, from elicit trysts to forbidden love.

Some of their work contains dubious consent and erotic pain, so it’s not for the faint of heart. Their stories are often called twisted and arousing — at the same time.

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Book Review: This House is Haunted by John Boyne

17307162Title: This House is Haunted

Author: John Boyne

Genre: Horror, Supernatural Horror

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

1867. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor.

When she finally arrives, shaken, at the hall she is greeted by the two children in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There are no parents, no adults at all, and no one to represent her mysterious employer. The children offer no explanation. Later that night in her room, a second terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong.

From the moment she rises the following morning, her every step seems dogged by a malign presence which lives within Gaudlin’s walls. Eliza realises that if she and the children are to survive its violent attentions, she must first uncover the hall’s long-buried secrets and confront the demons of its past.

What I liked most about This House is Haunted, is how it combines elements from a lot of classics from The Turn of The Screw to Rebecca, and mixes them in a new, original book that is reminiscent of old gothic horror reads but has an unique element added. The story is gothic horror, my favorite genre, but unfortunately it doesn’t stir away enough from the well-known elements to turn into something completely unique and original.

After her father’s dead, Eliza Caine moves to Norfolk to become a governess at Gaudlin Hall. She finds no parents, but just a young boy and girl in the large mansion, Isabella and Eustace. While she finds it strange, she suspects to meet the parents in the morning. At night, a strange occurence terrifies her, but she’s determined not to be scared off by it. However, when by morning there’s no sign of any parents, she decides to dig deeper into the mystery and find out what’s going on.

Her quest for the truth leads her to the revelation that several governesses have died before her in freak accident. When strange things happen all around her, and her life gets threatened, Eliza must make a choice: stay and get to the bottom of the mystery, even if it means she may end up dead, or flee back to London.

So we got a bunch of known tropes: the hidden presence in the house, the madwoman, the governess, the scary children, the large mansion, ghosts, a town refusing to speak about a town secret, dreary atmosphere.

The lack of original elements bothered me a bit, and brought the rating down for me. I wanted something original, not just a blatant rip-off of the old classics. Not to saying this is just a rip-off – it has a great premise, the writing is excellent, and the children were deliciously scary – but it felt too much like something I’d already read to be truly intriguing. In that context it reminded me of The Secrets of Crickley Hall by James Herbert, except that the latter had a lot more original elements woven in, which made it more entertaining for me.

A great read if you’re a fan of ghost stories, like I am.