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Cold Heart

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Cold Heart by Chandler McGrew

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The shooting has started. For the next four hours a killer will stalk the inhabitants of a remote Alaskan village hidden in a wilderness of awesome beauty. And Micky Ascherfeld, a burned-out ex-cop, is the only person who can stop him. Without a gun, cut off from the outside world, Micky plays a deadly game of hide-and-seek with a man on a killing rampage.

Moving from cabin to cabin, she finds her once-familiar world turned into a landscape of sheer horror. To survive, she must confront the demons in her own past, even as she becomes the focus of a madman’s sick obsession and a terrified girl’s only hope. With another life to save besides her own, Micky has found a new reason to endure…if only she can.

The story starts with a deadly shoot out with robbery gone wrong. Micky barely survives but her partner/lover getting killed. This and other events in her past has Micky going to Alaska to spend some down time with her friend. The town of McRay is very small, very secluded, almost all transportation is done by foot, and there is only one phone. What better setting for a psychopath to start killing his neighbors.

Micky will have to use her police training to stop the killer and save the residents of McRay. But she has more baggage than just loosing her partner/lover. She is fighting against time and her memories. The real challenge will be if she can hold out long enough for help to get to her.

This story starts out with a bang and just keeps going. I felt for Micky, she had been through so much but she didn’t give up. I also liked who the killer was, I didn’t expect that one. The story was fast paced and I had a hard time putting the book down.

This is a great mystery that you need to read. I can’t wait to read other books by Chandler McGrew.

To purchase Cold Heart or for more information be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Chandler’s website.

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Descent of the Gods by Mark Cosman

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In their self-indulgent realm, the gods know no suffering until the end of their time. Compassion is the only portal through which they can escape the self and its eventual demise, but without suffering, compassion cannot be recognized. Thus they seek compassion in the human domain where happiness and sorrow abound.

Once there, they engineer a superior humanoid race and are soon distracted by the delight they find in the daughters of men. The gods become the extraterrestrial visitors of our collective memory.

The ageless story follows the adventures of the god Quay, his love of Daya, a humanoid, and their entanglement in the eternal web of impermanence, unrelenting consequences and death amidst a background of war, famine and geologic cataclysm.

Mark Cosman

Author

Mark Cosman’s writing began when his daughter, Berlyn, was murdered at her high school prom party. His book, “A Flower in the Snow” contains the searing personal account of his daughter’s murder and its heart wrenching aftermath. His odyssey in search of answers to the most profound questions we ask ourselves brought Mark to also write “Descent of the Gods” and “The Kids from the River.” Fiction novels, the works dramatize the hidden consequences of our actions we unknowingly enter.

Excerpt

Then, to my surprise, she gently placed her lips against my cheek. A tingling feeling where her lips touched ran all the way down to my toes. There was something special about her kiss. It reminded me I am her very best friend. I guessed it was what a kiss was supposed to do.

She looked down again before glancing up at me with a grin. I could tell she was happy again. Happiness is what best friends give each other. She taught me that, too.

*****

I thought of how pitifully tragic these humans are, trying to survive in a universe that seems not to want them.

Saddened by the cruelty their persistence brought to them, it could be I was feeling compassion once again. I looked up at Father from a lowered brow. His face was eclipsed the sun, creating a halo of blinding white light.

“Are you searching for compassion or spectacle? Which is it, Quay?” I could not behold Father’s face for the intense light. His voice seemed to thunder from the sun.

Perhaps I really did not have compassion for the human after all. Maybe feeling important by rescuing him was what I really wanted. Frightened into honoring Father’s warning, I submissively prostrated on the sand.

*****

Gradually, my brothers and I became conditioned by material nature, he wrote. We found it ruled the domain of happiness and sorrow. Our senses, spurred by concoctions of our minds, became attached to the gratification we found here. These senses of ours took us by surprise. They were so strong they carried our minds away. Now, I realize why Father was adamant about avoiding the lure of sense gratification.

“When one’s mind fixates upon the objects of the senses,” he told me once, “one develops attachment for them. From such attachment, desire is born. When impermanence prevents desire from being fulfilled, anger visits to take its place.”

 Review

5 stars

The gods are beings that can perish in one of two ways. They can let their dark sides take control which will destroy them. Or they can learn compassion from humans to survive. Descent of the Gods follows Quay, a god that has descended to earth. He is paired with Daya, a humanoid that is designed to serve the gods. The book follows their adventures through different events.

I really liked this book. It combined several different religions, mythology, and even aliens. I also liked how both Quay and Daya grew through their travels. Quay started to understand the human suffering and Daya great from a naive young lady to a strong woman. I loved all the different religions and myths. It really added to the story and was so fun trying to figure out where they came from.

I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next with Quay and Daya. I don’t want to give too much away because it will spoil the book but I will say make sure to check out this book, you won’t be disappointed.

For more information on Descent of the Gods or to purchase the book, be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Mark Cosman’s Facebook page.

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 23281918Dry Bones (Walt Longmire – 11) by Craig Johnson

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When the largest, most complete fossil of a Tyrannosaurus Rex is discovered in Absaroka County, it would appear to have nothing to do with Walt. That is, until the Cheyenne rancher who finds her is found face down in a turtle pond. As a number of parties vie for ownership of the priceless remains, including rancher Danny Lone Elk’s family, the Cheyenne tribe, the Deputy Attorney General, and a cadre of FBI men, Walt must recruit undersheriff Victoria Moretti, Henry Standing Bear, and Dog to investigate a sixty-six million year-old cold case that’s starting to heat up fast.

Review

5 stars

We start the story with the discovery of a mostly complete T-Rex fossil. The problem is who has rights to it. Danny Lone Elk seems to be that person until he ends up dead in a turtle pond and no paperwork to back that claim. Now the town is over run with everyone from the FBI, the Cheyenne tribe, and more are on the fight to get their hands on the fossil. Then it seems like Skip Trost just has to jump in a cause more problems for Walt.

And if that wasn’t enough, Walt has family coming into town and this doesn’t look like it going to be solved by the time they get there. He also has the past chiming in to keep things even more interesting. You just learn a little of Walt’s past and although short it makes you feel for the guy.

I have watched Longmire on TV but not all of the episodes. I have always wanted to read the books and couldn’t pass up this opportunity. All I can say is Wow!!. Now I’m going to have to get the other books in this series. Just like the TV series, I got sucked in at the beginning and couldn’t put the book down. There are lots of twists and turns and I didn’t know who killed Danny Lone Elk.

This is a great series, both TV and print. Make sure to get this book, it’s the 11th in the series and I had no problem figuring out what was going on. Now I’m off to get The Cold Dish.

For more information on this series or to purchase Dry Bones be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Craig Johnson’s website.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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And now, what you have all been waiting for. I am having a giveaway for Any Other Name, book 10 in the Longmire series. It will start today and run until May 19th. Just leave your name and email address and I will draw a winner on Wednesday, May 20. The print book will then be mailed to you.

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The Wraith of Carter’s Mill by C. Evenfall

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The Wraith of Carter’s Mill continues the saga of the Carter women. In addition to the three original tales, Sensitives, The Guardians and The Forgotten, this assembly contains a fourth, shocking segment. Carter’s Mill answers questions about the origin of the Wraith and explains its bond to the Carter family. It reveals the shameful truth behind the curse that plagues them.

An extremely cruel act by a family patriarch brings a terrible curse, an insidious wraith upon his family. It haunts the Carter women for five generations until finally; Shyanne is born with remarkable and uncanny abilities. It will be up to her to uncover a shocking, long-buried family secret. She faces the daunting task of setting a century old wrong back to rights. Will she find a way to lift the curse and banish the wraith back to the spirit world? If Shyanne fails, she risks losing her little girl to the dark entity forever.

Author

C. Evenfall grew up in a small fishing village in Eastern North Carolina. The area was rich with history, ghost stories and unexplained phenomenon; all fodder for the vivid imaginings of a young girl. She began “collecting” stories at a young age. At aged six, C. Evenfall experienced the paranormal firsthand and has been seeking answers ever since. Her fascination with the unexplainable and her love for old family ghost stories inspired her to write a collection of novellas. Each inspired by the experiences passed down through her family for generations. C. Evenfall resides on the Carolina Coast with her husband, a self-proclaimed skeptic. She loves him anyway and the two complement each other perfectly.

Review

5 stars

The Carter women have been plagued with a curse involving a dark man. This story follows them through several generations. Sensitives is about Libby and her brother Jack. She sees and is haunted by a dark figure. Unfortunately her mother, Julia, basically hates her kids and refuses to help Libby. In The Guardians Libby’s story is continued. Libby is married and has a small daughter Shyanne. Shyanne is introduced to the dark man and Julia learns more about the curse.

The Forgotten has Shyanne grown up with her own daughter, Melody. The dark man has gotten worse but Shyanne has the key to breaking the curse. Carter’s Mill goes back to the very beginning and explains where the curse started.

This is a really good series of stories. I love how you follow the family and the curse but you learn how it started. All of the characters were well described. I felt for poor Liddy and her awful mother. I really liked how the curse started but I felt for both families. It’s sad to know that although this is a story, events like this happen all the time.

This is a great story and I recommend it to anyone that likes paranormal, thrillers. Make sure to get your copy, you won’t be disappointed.

For more information on The Wraith of Carter’s Mill or C. Evenfall be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and her website.

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Aoleon Part 5:

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Aoleon Part 5: The Great Pyramid of Cydonia

by Brett LeVasseur

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Aoléon, Gilbert, Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot make it to their final destination – Cydonia where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive. They infiltrate a secret underground base and are confronted by a small army of sentrybots.

Bizwat lends Aoléon and Gilbert some of his advanced combat skills via a psionic brain dump. However, this may not be enough to save them from overwhelming hostile forces that will do anything to stop them.

They finally meet Pax – the Martian who originally set them out on the mission to discover the truth about the Luminon and his plans to invade Earth. However Pax is not who he seems to be, and through a turn of events, they uncover the true power behind all that has been happening on Mars.

Will they be able to rescue Aoléon’s parents and save Earth from invasion?

Brent LeVasseurAbout Brett LeVasseur

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Review

5 stars

It’s time for the end of this series. Aoleon, Gilbert, Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot are on the way to break into Cydonia. The goal is to rescue Aoleon’s parents before blowing up the pyramid. After fighting with robots they get through and then they realize that there are many more Martian’s held captive than just Aoleon’s parents. Then they finally meet Pax, the one that sent them on this quest to begin with.

Then they will have to sneak into the mother ship to stop the Luminon. The invasion of Earth is underway and cows all around the world are disappearing. But will Aoleon, Gilbert and the gang be able to stop Luminon and the invasion? What was the real reason behind the Luminon and this invasion? There is more going on than they know.

I’m sad to admit this but I ended up late reading this story. It’s not bad, far from it, but it’s that I was hesitant to finish this great series. There is a lot of action and great twists to this story that I didn’t expect. I loved the bits with the President of the United States. I could see that really happening. But in the end, everything works out.

This is a great series for any age. I have come to love following Aoleon and Gilbert’s adventures and I hope there will be more in the future. Make sure to add Aoleon The Martian Girl to you reading list. You won’t be disappointed.

For more information on Brett LeVasseur or the Aoleon series be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and Brett’s website.

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Kidnap (Part 1 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire)

by Sally Ann Melia

(Excerpt from Goodreads) I don’t want to go… Do I have to go?

13-year-old Prince Teodor of Freyne knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom. Always, he must help those less fortunate than himself. Yet a frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must do – into the Dome.

13-year-old Guy Erma lives in the shadow of the Dome, he has no father and no mother and his future is uncertain, he must start earning a living when he turns 14. He knows not where he will live or even how he will eat, and his only dream is to enter the military academy – at the heart of the Dome.

Two boys as different as any two boys might be. One act of cruelty will throw their lives together, but who dare they trust?

Sally Ann Melia

Author

Sally Ann Melia is life-long Science Fiction fan. She was Star Wars as a child and has loved Space Opera fiction and tales of huge Galactic Empires such as Frank Herbert’s Dune series and Iain M. Banks Culture. Guy Erma and the Son of Empire is her first full-length novel to be published.

She lives in Farnham, Surrey with husband David, and has two children and 3 gerbils.

Review

5 stars

Prince Teodor, Teo, would rather racve groans, giant cats, and practice with the blades that the Dome Guards use than perform official duties. Teo lives in the shadow of the Dome, a facility for training and teaching young children to be Dome Guards, a special force that is used to protect Teo and his family. But Teo has has a nightmare about the Dome and is really worried about it.

Guy is basically an orphan from one of the fashion houses that specialize in overly expensive clothing for the rich of the universe. Guy has a dream of being a Dome Guard but because of his questionable parentage he faces the risk that he may not get in. Guy is performs in odd jobs to make money.

These boys are going to be thrown together when Dome Cyborgs attack a rehearsal and kidnap Teo. But this is not just a simple kidnapping. There are many different political players that can benefit or lose from the kidnapping. It seems that powers are going to try and use Teo against his mother’s rule to get their way. The key factor seems to be if they find Teo in time for elections.

This takes place in an alternate universe that took me a little to get figured out. But once I did I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. I felt bad for Teo losing part of his family but I could understand his difficult time doing the princely tasks that he doesn’t want to do. I admit at first I didn’t like Guy, he seems a bit arrogant and rubbed me the wrong way. But once I got to know him and his situation I could understand his actions.

This is a great story that leaves you at one heck of a cliff hanger. I can’t wait to see what happens in Part 2: Hunter.

For more information on Kidnap or Sally Ann Melia, be sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads, and Sally’s website.

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Occult .45

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Occult .45: Four Tales of Gunrunning in the Weird West

by Nick Caracano

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Preston Cobb is always looking to make a quick buck selling any kind of gun he can get his hands on, but when the denizens of the weird west get in the way, Preston’s his own best customer. Join Preston as he faces an ancient evil in the snowy Sierra Nevadas in ABOMINABLE, finds romance and bloody mystery in Nevada mining country in SILVER MOON, and squares off with the undead south of the border in DEAD TO RITES. Finally, Cobb finds retirement more exciting than he’d like in an exclusive bonus short story: GUNRUNNER TO THE STARS.

Excerpt

“Reminds me of my first wedding!” I said.

The lock on the chapel doors gave a long, ear-curdling screech and shattered. The doors burst open, knocking the stacked pews aside. In a haze of dust, the undead appeared, swarming through the opening, groans rising in triumph.

I turned the hand-crank and fire spewed out of the barrel of the Gatling gun. I swept it back and forth across the opening of the church doors. Skulls exploded, bodies jerked and limbs separated as hundreds of bullets shredded through the mass. The first rank of the ghouls disappeared in a pink haze and I kept firing at the vague silhouettes behind them. Bullet casings rained down on the adobe floor and I cursed and shook my leg as a smoking cartridge landed in my shoe.

Over the thunder of the gun firing round after round, Sister Cardona asked, “Emilio Vega and Ana Lucia Ana Lucia, have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage? Will you love and honor-”

“Get to the I-Do’s!” I yelled, turning the crank faster while the undead shambled over their fallen brethren. The Gatling cut through the undead like a sawmill through a log, but there was a whole forest of corpses shambling through the double doors. Sister Ruiz and Sister Ybarra loaded as fast as possible, but the gun began to sputter when the feeds ran dry. The undead spread out from the edge of the door and I turned the gun in wider arcs.

“Do you Emilio Vega, take Ana Lucia Ana Lucia to be your wife? Do you promise to be true-”

“Faster!” I yelled. The nuns fired their shotguns at the ghouls I was missing. Sister Purificación sat with her back against one wall of the church, firing her rifle again and again. She shot a corpse through the eye and it fell onto her shattered legs. She screamed.

Author

Nick Carcano spent his childhood pulling cactus out of his feet and listening to coyotes howl in the California high desert. He speaks rusty Mandarin and Spanish. When he’s not writing his day job involves literally saving the world, which sometimes involves shooting zombies, but usually involves a lot of e-mail.  If you like dim sum, RPGs, sci-fi, or corgis, you should be his friend.  He’s currently working on The Big Weird One a series of sci-fi/horror short stories set during WWII and will release his first novel, Boom: A Wild West Heist, in fall 2015.

Review

5 stars

This is a compilation of four stories: Silver Moon, Abominable, Dead to Rites, and Gunrunner to the Stars. Preston Cobb makes his living running guns with a paranormal twist.

In Silver Moon he finds himself in Virginia City, NV. There is a little werewolf problem and he is the man to help stop it. Among the murders and silver mines he finds himself a wife too.

Abominable has Preston trying to get a shipment of guns to Elko, NV but he finds himself caught in the mountains in the middle of a blizzard. But things get interesting when Preston and an Indian youth are the only ones to stop the si-te-cah, Indian trolls.

The Devil temps Preston in Dead to Rites. Preston is in Mexico bringing guns to both the government and the rebels when he gets into a zombie rising. The Devil has his sights set on a cross in the local church and it’s up to Preston and the nuns to keep it safe.

Finally in Gunrunner to the Stars Preston is an elderly man. One night while sitting on his porch a UFO crashed into his barn followed close behind by another one. The aliens are having a battle to the death but their guns are not working, in steps Preston to give them a little helping hand.

I like westerns and love the paranormal so this was a great book for me. Also, the first two stories are from towns in Nevada, I live by Virginia City and really enjoy reading stories based around the state.

Preston Cobb is not the most likable guy; he is the snake oil salesman of guns. But when things get tough you can count on him to do whatever it takes to get out alive. But in the way he does have to step up and help. Out of all of the stories I think I’m partial to Dead to Rites. I’m a zombie fan and love the concept behind the story.

This is a great little compilation of weird western stories that many will like. This is one that you will want to check out.

For more information on Occult .45 be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads.

 

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