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Hounded

Hounded
by Ellie Douglas
Genre: Horror, Post-Apocalypse
 When Calloway Foster woke up that morning, he never expected it to be a deathblow to life on earth.

Nothing can prepare him for one of the world’s most loved species to turn into the undead. Four-legged zombies now run rampant-hungry and intelligent, they are merciless to those still struggling to survive.

Follow Cal on a turbulent journey filled with horrific loss, new love, and unbelievably terrifying events.

Will he find his twin brother in time? Can he keep his family safe?

A terrifying surprise twist will test the survivors to the brink of humanity’s very existence.

**Previously published as Zombie dogs SB-16**

  

My Review

5 stars

A virus is starting to go around that is turning dogs into zombies. These dogs have an insatiable taste for human flesh. Then the virus gets transferred to humans and starts putting them into comas. As everything breaks down, we follow several people as they navigate this new world.

This is a horror story at its finest. You don’t normally see zombie creatures so thinking that man’s best friend could turn into a zombie was a great idea. Just the simple thought of when does your dog stop being sick and need to be put down is hard under normal circumstances. But in this case if you don’t put them down you become lunch.

Then the virus gets transferred to humans putting them into comas. Of course everything is going to break down as people panic with the dawning apocalypse. We follow along as people are trying to get to their loved ones but find themselves in danger from dogs and other humans alike.

This is a great horror story. I love how you could follow the progression of the virus which you don’t normally get. I loved the blood and gore, very bloody and very realistic. You will have front row seats to mauling’s and the evil that one person does to another.

This is a great story. If you like zombies this is a fresh take on them and one book that you need to check out. It does end on a cliff hanger so be sure to have the second book handy.

Hounded 2

Bellamy Foster leads his group of survivors on a perilous journey. Not only must he find a sanctuary for them all, but he is also on a quest to find his twin brother, Calloway.

Currently being stalked by raging, hungry, vicious zombie dogs, they become aware of a new, more sinister, threat. The infected SB-16 coma patients are now becoming vile, ravenous, and monstrous human zombies.

Will the survivors find a new sanctuary in time to save themselves and what remains of the shattered world around them?

Hounded 2 is an explicit horror – full of spattered slaughter, love and loss, fast-moving action, and a maze of unexpected destruction, that is sure to keep you turning pages late into the night. In this, her second novel, Ellie Douglas proves there’s plenty of rot to ooze out of the zombie genre.

**Previously published as Zombie dogs SB-16 Book 2**

My Review

5 stars

If it was not bad enough worried about zombie dogs hunting you down and either mauling you or turning you into a coma patient things just got worse. The coma patients have risen as zombies themselves. It’s going to be tough for Bellamy Foster to keep his little group of survivors safe while they try to find a new home and he tries to get back to his brother.

Bellamy is trying to find a safe haven for his little group. But they are kept on the run from the zombie dogs. Then a fresh horror surfaces as the coma patients have now become zombies. It seems that no matter where they go they are being hunted. But then there is Calloway. Bellamy is determined to get to him but at what cost?

I loved Hounded and this is a great sequel. There is a fresh level of horror as human zombies have now risen to the plague the world. I love how Bellamy is determined to find a safe place for his group but it just seems that it will never happen. Of course there is the horror and gore as zombies make snacks of the surviving humans.

If you love zombie I recommend this book, you will love it. Mind you I recommend reading the Hounded before you dig into book 2.

I’m Ellie Douglas, and like you, I love horror, everything about horror, the goriest and most gruesome of horrors is the ultimate. I can’t get enough. So much so that I write horror. That need to be graphic,  and explicit with my horror scenes makes me stand out. I give what I want to read to others, so now they can enjoy a true horror story.

I’m not all about just being graphic, I also build characters that the readers will love and or hate, so they can feel pulled right inside of the story that they are reading. It gives me so much enjoyment when I hear remarks like, ‘You made me want to puke,’ ‘I have nightmares every damned night –thanks,’ and ‘Quentin Tarantino and Steven King made a baby, YOU!’ when I hear comments like that, I know then I’ve succeeded, that also pushes me into writing more and becoming even better.

I’m fun loving, generous and very mysterious. I enjoy spending time with my family, and have four children to keep the horror writing alive. I enjoy helping others and volunteer my services to help Autistic children, I love cosplay and the chance to dress up as a monster, zombie or some other gritty character is fun, oh so much fun.

I love summer, and well…I hate winter. I live in New Zealand and feel often too far away from all the cool stuff going on in the world. I love helping people all the time. I’ve got my hands dipped in a few things, I write books, but I also make professional book covers for other authors, I also create adult coloring books and I have a gambling app that I designed on the apple store 🙂 I’ve always got a project going, be it writing or creating, that is who I am and I love it 🙂

My ultimate aim is to give back, paying it forward, to constantly better myself and give the audience amazing stories. Let me scare you…

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Seven Threads

Book Details:

Book Title: Seven Threads: A Book of Short Stories
Author: Jason Atkinson
Category: Adult Fiction, 151 pages
Genre: Thriller and Suspense
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: July 4 , 2017
Tour dates: July 10 to 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG

Book Description:

In this collection of seven short stories from Jason Atkinson, follow a man accused of murder, a runaway girl on a train, a scientist at the heart of a government conspiracy, and more! Full of twists and turns, Seven Threads offers a selection of fast-paced stories full of heart and excitement.

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Meet the Author:

Jason Atkinson lives in the Midwest with his wife and son. With a love of writing, this is his 3rd book, but first book in the fiction category. Short stories are easy to digest, and yet, this book still provides all the joys for the long haul reader. Jason write for everyone in mind when creating this piece and hopes you will enjoy it as much as he did when writing it.

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Author: Jason Atkinson

Book: Seven Threads

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So what makes my book, Seven Threads, so different that you just HAVE to pick it up for yourself? Everything…

That’s a big claim, so allow me to explain.

It does not matter to me if you are a small time reader, or sit and swallow the entire shelf of books in a weekend – reader. This book was written for both. I like short stories because it allows someone to escape for a shorter amount of time, but then you can do it over and over again – 7 times to be exact, in my book of short stories.

Each type of reader can choose 3 to read a little, or a lot. I didn’t write Chapters, I wrote “Parts”. Each part is a bite out of the main story. So if you only have time for a quick read and you just need to see what happens next without having to commit, no problem. Each part is roughly the same length so it’s easy to sink your teeth in, or just nibble away.

And let’s not forget the stories themselves. They are all unique! Not one story is anything like the other. The only thing that you will find that “feels” similar is the fact that I woven in between the pages, a glimmer of hope for humanity. There is way too much negativity in the world and it’s seen more than books are read. So I knew with these stories I had to make them exciting with twists and turns (which they have), but I also needed to make sure that the goodness of humanity can be seen throughout.

This is a reminder to everyone that reads my stories in Seven Threads that people can be good. They can be kind and caring, and you don’t need to wear a red cape to do it

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The Smallest Thing

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The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield

The very last thing 17-year-old Emmott Syddall wants is to turn out like her dad. She’s descended from ten generations who never left their dull English village, and there’s no way she’s going to waste a perfectly good life that way. She’s moving to London and she swears she is never coming back.

But when the unexplained deaths of her neighbors force the government to quarantine the village, Em learns what it truly means to be trapped. Now, she must choose. Will she pursue her desire for freedom, at all costs, or do what’s best for the people she loves: her dad, her best friend Deb, and, to her surprise, the mysterious man in the HAZMAT suit?

Inspired by the historical story of the plague village of Eyam, this contemporary tale of friendship, community, and impossible love weaves the horrors of recent news headlines with the intimate details of how it feels to become an adult—and fall in love—in the midst of tragedy.

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 Lisa Manterfield

Author’s Bio

I’m Lisa Manterfield and I love telling stories.

I’m a curious cat and I’m fascinated by human behavior and what makes people tick.

I love fish-out-of-water stories of ordinary people in extraordinary situations, especially if those situations delve into the unexplained.

I love digging up nuggets of history—not the vast sweeping stories of events that changed the world, but the personal stories of people making their way through life while history happened around them.

Like many of my characters, I grew up in the north of England. Although my hometown of Sheffield is a big city, I fell head-over-heels in love with the surrounding countryside and spent most of my early years outdoors.

In school, I became my county’s orienteering champion, which means I was a whizz at navigating with a map and compass, and thrashing my way through mud and brambles.

These days, you’re more likely to find me riding my bike at the beach or running (slowly) the trails near my home in California.

I’ve always loved adventure. My first expedition happened when I was two years old and I escaped through a gap in the fence around my family’s house. Ever since, I’ve loved exploring, whether that means heading into the woods for a hike, traveling to new countries, learning a new skill, or escaping into a great book.

Some of my favorite adventures include hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, climbing a via ferrata in Italy, feeding a rhinoceros at the zoo, seeing elephants in the wild, performing in a play, teaching myself to play the bagpipes, learning to cook Indian food, canoeing down a river, and bicycling around Ireland.

Despite my love of adventure, most days you’ll find me in slippers, writing.

In my house, I am the fixer of all things broken and guardian of the bathtub spiders. I’m lucky enough to share my home with my lovely husband, and Felicity, my seriously over-indulged (and very curious) cat.

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My Review

5 stars

Emmott Syddall is seventeen and stuck in a small fishing village that she hates. All she wants to do is move to London with her boyfriend Ro and his family. She despises the little village and plans in secret how she is going to leave. But just before she can make her break for freedom and virus starts affecting the elderly then the healthy in the village. Em doesn’t see and/or doesn’t care as she sees her neighbors start dying around her. But when the village is placed in quarantined she starts realizing that there is so much more to the people in the village.

Em wants nothing more than to escape. Yes she is selfish and self-centered but she is also seventeen and doesn’t see the big picture. Even when the elderly start dying all she sees is herself. But then she is forced to look around and realizes that things and not how she believed. I loved watching her relationship with her father grown. And although she gets her crush on Aiden I’m glad with how that turned out too.

I can relate to Em. I grew up in a small farming town. I didn’t fit in but I had no place else to go. And although it looked like a great place to grow up with very friendly people, trust me, there was a dark side to the area that has ruined my opinions of small towns.

This is a great story based on the plague of the village of Eyam, which I want to read now. Just knowing that gives this story a new level of creepy. But it’s a great story of love, loss, and realizing that there is so much more to your world than you can see.

I received The Smallest Thing from eBooks for Review for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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