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Malevolent Sadness

Urban Fantasy

Date Published: June 2017 (Second edition – April 2018)
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 ***Contains Graphic Violence/Adult Content***
Can a detective save a prophet from a monster?
Harry is an Army veteran who survived a childhood tragedy and tough years in foster care. Today, he’s a pragmatic and no-nonsense Homicide detective investigating the Victor Adamson kidnapping. As he digs for leads, Harry realizes he’s in the middle of a dark conspiracy, and his life is in jeopardy. His only option is to save Victor. But to do that, he must embrace the supernatural. He has to believe monsters are real. If he doesn’t, then both he and Victor may die.
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A new terror nibbled as she caught her reflection in the bathroom mirror. Horror crept down her spine and twisted her guts into knots. She wasn’t smiling, so why was her reflection? And the eyes were wrong. The pupils looked like they were on fire.

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Through narrow eye slits, he could see her studying his features. Harry found her vigil unsettling. She brushed her cheek against his and made a soft purr. He was offended by her tenderness. If only he could bring himself to full alertness. But with agonizing frustration, he could only lay as still as a corpse and endure her arms around his shoulders, her heart beating against his chest, and the feel of her skin on his face.
Julian Coleman
About the Author
I’m a Paranormal/Supernatural Award Winning author who grew up in Richmond, Virginia. As a child I suffered from night terrors. Sleep paralysis leaves me with the inability to move or speak, but I sometimes see and hear unnatural things. Who wants to have nightmares about demons or ghosts? My nightmare demons aren’t always hideous. To this day, I believe true evil is seductive, even beautiful. I managed to accept my nightmare world by writing about demons who would sip your soul while giving you a kiss.
I’m just a humble writer trying to be a novelist. I’ve been compared to Stephen King. That’s no accident. I didn’t grow up trying to copy him. I wouldn’t dare. I just read most of his books and adopted his style. But seriously, if you’re going to learn, why not learn from one of the best?
Am I right? Or should I say, am I write? Yeah, I know…sad humor.
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My Review
5 stars

We start this story out with a very eye catching scene that will make you wonder what kind of book you just started reading. From there we meet up with detective Harry looking into a suicide. But something is going on and he learns that the victim has something to do with the kidnapping of a son that he never knew he had. He also learns that his life has been manipulated by those with paranormal abilities.

But as he tries to find his son, he also has to deal with the baby mama, Evelyn. Evie has some serious powers and has tried to step away from them. But with the disappearance of her son she is jumping head long into those powers. This kidnapping is going to take Harry to the brink of the unknown but also may just kill the last trace of humanity in Evie.

So I have not read the first book in this series but I had no trouble figuring out what was going on. Harry is a great guy and I only wanted him to find his son. You can’t blame him when he learns that the paranormal has been messing with him for the last ten years. But how is he supposed to feel when his own partner seems to have that missing information that he really needed.

There was action, paranormal abilities, and good old horror thrown in. This is a great read and one that I recommend checking out. I can’t wait to see what I missed with book one and to see what trouble Harry is going to find next.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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The Flower Girl Murder

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Publisher: Keith Hirshland (February 15, 2018)
Category: Mystery Thriller, Detective/Police Procedural
Tour dates: May/June, 2018
ISBN: 978-0692046685
Available in Print and ebook,256 pages

Flower Girl Murder

Daisy Burns was a likable, devoted wife and mother who spent her spare time volunteering at school events. Everyone loved Daisy. So why would someone shoot her three times and dump her body behind a Planned Parenthood chapter in North Carolina?

With no witnesses and few leads, Raleigh detective Marc Allen turns to the press for help—specifically, veteran news anchor Lancaster Heart. Heart agrees to broadcast the police department’s plea for information in his nightly newscasts.

Elderly viewer and longtime social worker Blanche Avery is positive she recognizes the photograph on the television as an older version of her friend Daisy— the young, heavily pregnant girl she met years before who made the decision to give her child up for adoption.

When Tanner Goochly Jr.—a member of a notorious crime family—becomes the victim of another point-blank shooting, Allen races to discover the connection between the murders. Could it be that Daisy was somehow involved with an illegal enterprise, or was she hiding something else, another secret to be discovered?

The body count is rising, and the suspect pool is widening. As Allen’s investigation reaches a fever pitch, he realizes that a mother’s choice could have killer consequences.

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Praise Flower Girl Murder by Keith Hirshland

“Keith Hirshland gets better with each book. A wonderful crime mystery with fun twists. And if you have ever spent time in Carolina or Northern Nevada there are quite a few local tidbits to enjoy mixed in. I look forward to more from the media guy turned novelist! This is his best book yet!”-Bruce, Amazon Review

Praise Big Flies by Keith Hirshland

“Big Flies by Keith Hirshland is a great read. I found myself intrigued by this talented writer’s style. A mystery woven into another mystery. The suspense was great. I enjoyed following the characters throughout the book. This novel was realistic, stunning, and one that all readers can easily connect to in one or more ways. Brilliant, clever, and mysterious. Keith Hirshland has a way that lured me in deep. I couldn’t stop reading it. ‘Big Flies’ is one mystery I highly recommend to all. 5 Stars.”-Danielle, Urban Book Reviews

“Mr. Hirshland’s style is both engaging and entertaining. He has written and delivered a thoroughly wonderful tale of mystery and intrigue. Will the author continue to write fiction? If this first novel is any indication, I certainly hope so!”-LuAnn, Back Porchervations

“Get ready, sit back, and enjoy this book, because the author really has a way with words as well as a fun and fascinating plot at hand. If you love action and surprises, you will get your fill here. If you enjoy things on the humorous and witty side, this book will fit the bill that way as well. Big Flies has plenty of great characters (both past and present), good buddies to enjoy you’ll want to be pals with too, a bit of mystifying romance, and some vivid and marvelous scenes. There will be mystery stacked upon mystery, some cool 8 track tapes with great choices in music thrown in, and fantastic, detailed twists. Get swept up in this fabulous, fun mystery by Keith Hirshland!”-Jean, Snap Out Of It Jean

“I really enjoyed following along with each person as you discover more about each one along with how four unsolved mysteries may be linked to everything. I admit that the beginning was a touch slow as you start learning about Chester and Leland, but then the story takes off like a flash. This is a great adventure and one that I recommend you check out. You will not be disappointed. 5 Stars.”-Jessica, J Bronder Book Reviews

About Keith HirshlandFlower Girl Murder by Keith Hirshland

Award winning author, Keith Hirshland is an Emmy Award–winning sports television producer with more than three decades of experience producing shows that aired on ESPN and ESPN2. Among the first forty people to be hired by the Golf Channel in 1994, Hirshland was in the middle of the action when it premiered in 1995. He provided his talents for the golf network for close to two decades.

The Flower Girl Murder is Hirshland’s second novel and third book. Big Flies, his first mystery novel, was published in 2016. It is the winner of the New Apple Awards: Solo Medalist Award and runner up for the 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book of the Year. Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In: Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat is a memoir about his experiences in the television industry. It was Book Talk Radio Club’s Memoir of the Year”.

Hirshland lives in New Jersey with his wife and Bernese mountain dog.

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My Review

5 stars

Daisy Burns is you typical wife and mother that cared about her family and volunteered. Until her body is discovered with three bullet holes behind a Planned Parenthood in North Carolina. No clues are found so the police turn to the news to look for tips. An elderly woman thinks she recognizes Daisy. Then a gangster turns up killed in the same manor. How can these two be related?

I read Big Flies and I was very excited to read The Flower Girl Murder. I have to admit that I had a hard time getting into this book. But once things starting rolling I couldn’t put the book down. This book does have a good mystery for who killed Daisy, Tanner, and the rest. But there is so much more in regards to family and secrets.

This is a great story and one that after I got into it I couldn’t put it down. I like how the deaths were linked. There were lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing along the way. This is one mystery I would recommend checking out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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This Little Piggy by Rob Ashman

Kevin Palmer is a regular sort of guy, or he was until his life fell apart. His wife, his money, his business and his reputation are all taken away from him. He tries to fight back and ends up in prison.

There he concocts elaborate fantasies to wreak vengeance. He is sent to work in an abattoir and the final piece of the jigsaw falls into place with chilling consequences. Then a cruel twist of fate changes everything.

DI Rosalind Kray is battling her own demons having returned to work following a brutal attack. She finds herself on the trail of a sick and twisted killer and cracks the macabre pattern of murders. But her boss is unconvinced.

Kray has Palmer squarely in her sights. But he has other ideas …

Can Kray break him in time to save the final victim?

Time is running out.

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Author’s Bio

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob published the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books in 2017 and will be releasing three new books during 2018. These are titled: Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution.

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Writing This Little Piggy was a journey of discovery for me. Anyone who has read my previous four books will realise that my villains are psychotic individuals with a pre-disposed urge to kill. But when I wrote about Kevin Palmer, the protagonist in This Little Piggy, he was nothing like that and it threw me completely.

I found when I sat down to write about him I could not find his voice. I had the story that wrapped around his character but not him. So, I did what I normally do when faced with a writing problem, I shared it with my long-suffering wife. Having first poured her a large glass of wine.

I described the situation to Karen and she said, ‘Well, maybe he’s not who you think he is.’ And that was it. That was the sum total of her wisdom. Rubbish advice I thought and took back the wine – joke, that’s a dangerous thing to attempt.

The following week we were out with friends and out of the blue Kevin started talking to me. His first words were, ‘This is not a story about a psycho, Rob, this is a story about revenge.’

As usual my wife was right, Kevin was not the guy I was trying to portray. His motivations were different to anyone I had ever written about before.

Once I had that straight in my head Kevin came to life and did some eye watering things, some of which even made me wince.

Kevin Palmer stretched me as a writer and I hope readers will enjoy his character.

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Dig Two Graves

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Dig Two Graves by Hend Salah

In the blurred lines between good and evil – who will win?

Jezebel White is a court-appointed psychologist who runs an underground human trafficking empire.

In order to justify her nefarious actions to her conscience, she selects victims based solely upon whom she deems immoral.
Now, she finds herself being framed for a crime she had only intended to commit.

A detective has placed a target on Jezebel’s back, and the time to catch her predator is quickly running out

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My Review

4 Stars

Jezebel White is a court-appointed psychologist that is supposed to be helping people. But her real job is as a human trafficker and she uses her patients. But to justify it in her mind, Jezebel only picks those that really deserve it and won’t be missed. But then Detective Asher Wilson shows up looking for a missing girl, Athena Elias. He has Jezebel in his sights and is trying to prove she killed Athena. Jezebel on the other hand is being framed for Athena’s death and must figure out who I after her.

This is a cold and brutal story. Jezebel clearly has issues and is not a likable character at all, I mean she is a human trafficker. But there is way more to this story than just Jezebel getting framed or Athena’s death. Jezebel is cold and manipulative and clearly doesn’t care for anyone but herself. But she has her own past and will make you question her behaviors.

This was a good yet brutal psychological thriller. It makes you question that fine line of if Jezebel is really a brutal killer when she is taking care of those that have clearly done wrong.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Sherri Rosen Publicity for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Astounding Antagonists by Rafael Chandler

Dr. Agon, a megalomaniacal inventor with an arsenal of lethal gadgets. Motley, a wisecracking jewel thief with nothing left to lose. Chillpill, a cryogenic drug lord who just wants a normal life. Baelphegor, a demonic psychopath with an ugly score to settle.

They’re the most dangerous supervillains on Earth, and they’re about to pull off the perfect crime. There’s just one catch: if they succeed, they might accidentally save the world.

From the skyscrapers of Apex City to the gates of Hell itself, the Antagonists are pursued by violent superheroes and billionaire vigilantes. But as loyalties are tested and old hatreds are rekindled, the line between friend and foe begins to blur…

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“The writing in the book is superb… It’s a beautiful thing when a writer can pull together humor, sadness, euphoria, and dismay all into one book, and Chandler does just that.” (Fanboycomics.net)

“It was fun, it was deep, it was snarky, it was diverse, it was complex, it was poignant and it was epic and horrific and amazing.” (Fangs For The Fantasy)

“It all culminates in a brutal street brawl with lots of accusations, recriminations, and payback. It’s like a giant crossover event scribbled on a napkin by James Robinson and Marv Wolfman.” (Superheronovels.com)

“I appreciate a book that can bring some knowledge and insight to their plots while keeping the characters believable. It is hard to do, and this book does it well… I completely recommend this book.” (Black Nerd Problems)

“This is an ensemble piece with a large cast so unique, so different from each other and all so loveable flawed in their own way that every single person who appears is memorable.” (Ghouls, Gryphons, and Gadgets)

“The best capepunk novel since Soon I Will Be Invincible. I’ve read a lot of books in this genre in the past few years, and discovered many gems among the dross, but Chandler’s is the first since Grossman’s to give me this much of a visceral, emotional and literary thrill. His characters are so strong, uniquely voiced, understandably motivated, and genuinely engaging I found myself fearing for their lives and well-being with every turn of the page.” (Stephen T. Brophy, author of The Villain’s Sidekick)

  

Author’s Bio

Rafael Chandler writes novels (Mask Beneath Her Face, Hexcommunicated), video games (Dark District, SOCOM 4, Final Eden, MAG), and tabletop role-playing games (Teratic Tome, Lusus Naturae, ViewScream). He’s a metalhead, a kaijuphile, and a gorehound.

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My Review

5 Stars

This is a super hero story told from the villain’s view point. Doctor Agon, a super inventory learns that the super heroes are going to be launching a satellite into space that can track everyone on Earth. With the help of other villains, he plans on stopping the little, pompous twerps in their tracks.

With super heroes and comics/graphic novels becoming so popular, we are starting to see more super hero stories. And where there are heroes, there are villains. But what really defines a villain? What if they are the hero of their own stories? Are the heroes really heroes? This story makes you think twice about the typical villain.

Now, there are a couple things that did annoy me about the story. The whole political and economic views did make this story drag. They just kept going and drug away from my enjoyment of the story.

I loved the stories that twist the approach and make you think twice about the norms. I previously read Renegades by Marissa Meyer and enjoyed that book. I could see some of that in The Astounding Antagonists. If you like the super hero stories you should check this one out. You might enjoy it too.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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Out of Time

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Book Title: Out of Time (A ray Lafayette Novel) by Thomas William Lowrie
Category: Adult Fiction, 264 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Military and War
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: December 4, 2017
Tour dates: May 28 to June 22, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13

Book Description:

Well, here I go again. All alone except for this suitcase of mine. I’m headed for a new place with new people. Not so bad considering it’s 1944. Lots of guys are in my shoes. We’re in the middle of World War II. Still not so bad. I’m a fireman in the Army Air Corps whatever they’re calling themselves these days. Once again, not bad at all. But I was born in 1963. There’s the bad part.

I was not born with the name Ray Lafayette, but that’s what they call me. I didn’t have kids or smoke a pipe. Hell, I didn’t even like coffee. I do now.

I was born into a different life than this, one with a lot of attachments. Now I carry my life in one bag. One really important bag.

In this time, people call me pal or buddy or sir, good lord they call me sir all the time.

I have friends in this time, and they are the best but do they know me like they think they do? Simply put, NO! Would they die for me? Every bit as much as I would die for them.

To say these folks are tough or strong is an understatement. Superhumans? I don’t think so. They were ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. I didn’t have heroes before this. I didn’t understand them until now.

Since this event has started, I have experienced many things I can’t explain. There is only one other person who has any knowledge of my situation, and I can’t find him. The last words from him were vos non unum, you are not alone.

There was a time I missed all the things that made my life easier as I thought. Here I have no cell phone, no internet, no rock music, no almost anything. As bad as that sounds, I’m not sure if I want to leave here.

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Thomas William Lowrie is a WWII writer and author who has published two military novels, He Was and Out of Time.He has lived outside of Las Vegas most of his life, but his best memories are of the days fishing in South Texas. Summer vacations were the best. That is also where he found his best friend and wife, Tina. He could not have done any of this without her. Of course, Ray pecking at his brain for years had something to do with it too.

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Writing and Publishing

Two, I have only written two books so far. I have 3 others in the works. One is a comedy, the second is a no-nonsense approach to RV’s and the third is the continuation of the Ray Lafayette series. All different and all need to be written and read.

The first book I ever wrote was called He was. This book was tough to get started. Since I had never written anything I simply thought it was a cool suitcase full of what I thought were treasures.

There was really no treasure, at least nothing you could sell for millions or anything like that. There was, however, something no amount of money could buy. The hand drawn sketches, the old photos, the books and even the pipes had created a man in my mind. The man was and is still called Ray Lafayette.

All of these old faded things don’t mean much to most people, but for some reason I can still connect with everything I touch from this old suitcase.

I have been asked why I wrote these books in the first person. It’s because I start writing and that is just how things come out. Was I there? No, there is nothing to prove that. Do these things bring back memories of those days? I haven’t figured that one out yet.

I’m not the same as Ray, he is far tougher and stronger than I could ever be. Everybody from that time is/was that way. I have tried to find people in my life that are like Rizzo and Harley from the first book and can come close but no one is a match. Ian in book two is larger than any life I know today but it would be some kind of fun to meet someone like him.

There are some of the others that I’m not so sure I want to meet but I have opened my mind to attempt to see the world through their eyes. I have met some wound up Henrys, some mean old Nurse Hellhounds that were actually very kind people and even some Smokey’s that still need a bath.

If none of this makes sense then one should be able to understand what I went through. The Ray Lafayette series can explain it all.

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Archaeopteryx

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Archaeopteryx (The Albuquerque Trilogy – 1) by Dan Darling

John Stick, zoo keeper and giant, just wants to sit alone in a dark room with his pet tarantula. However, when ten thousand birds fall dead from the New Mexican sky, the woman he loves, an ornithologist with severe facial deformity, begs him to decipher the cause. He grudgingly agrees, a decision that plunges him into a tangle of weirdness as old as the American Southwest.

Stick’s investigation reveals that the birds’ mass death is an offshoot of a much larger conflict. On one side, the Good Friends, an underground railroad for undocumented immigrants, wants Stick to oust the man they believe responsible for killing the birds and persecuting immigrants. This same man leads The Minutemen Militia, which covets Stick’s expertise in handling their genetically mutated immigrant-tracking monsters. Meanwhile, a beautiful animal theologian tries to seduce Stick into believing his existence is key to balancing an off-kilter universe. Shady characters whisper of chupacabras loose in the desert. The exsanguinated corpses of strange beasts begin to turn up, some of them Stick’s close pals. At the center of it all lurks an enigmatic antagonist who, so they say, has harnessed the power of God in an ancient hot springs and is using it to herald doomsday.

Stick’s journey upends his stable life, shakes apart his fragile relationships, and sets him on a collision course with his family’s secret ancestry. Ultimately, as chupacabra-like monsters, Minutemen, and Good Friends head toward a final showdown, Stick must make a hard choice about his own identity and values.

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Author’s Bio

Dan Darling is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Before becoming a writer, he was a comet, rocketing around the world in long, haphazard, parabolas. While traveling through twenty countries and many states, Dan made a living as a circus performer, bartender, café manager, IRS agent, graphic designer, and magician. In his prime, he spoke Swedish, Spanish, and Mandarin and has studied half a dozen other languages. Dan received his BA in English from the College of Wooster and his Master of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico.

Gravity having reined him in, Dan settled in Minnesota, where he labors over novels that fuse the language of noire detective fiction with the imagination of magical realism. His greatest influences are Haruki Murakami, Salman Rushdie, and Raymond Chandler. Besides working on novels, he teaches writing and literature at Normandale Community College and is an avid bowler. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and daughter.

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5 stars

John Stick is a zoologist and suffers from gigantism. His close friend, Melodia is an ornithologist that suffers from half her face being covered in tumors. Both lead a very private life but Melodia asks John to get samples from a strange even in New Mexico. Ten thousand birds mysteriously fall from the sky. But after getting the samples, John finds himself in some serious trouble. The Minutemen Militia would love his help patrolling the Mexican border. The Good Friends, anti-Minutemen, want him on their side. Creatures, normal and genetically engineered love the smell of him. An apocalypse is coming and John is in the middle of it.

This book is filled with a little bit of everything wrapped up in beautiful description and some snarky humor. Ironically the misfits of our world are going to be the ones to keep it going. I really loved all the zoology facts that you learn along the way.

I love how you find solace in the individual yet they have to learn to work together to save the world. This books is beautifully written and quickly draws you in. It’s one that I recommend checking out. I can’t wait to see where this series goes from here. For a first book I absolutely loved it!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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Night Home

Night Home
By Rose Titus
Genre: Fantasy/Vampire

When Muriel Aubrey inherits an old house in a small town, she imagines that moving into the rural community will be deathly dull.  But the old house once belonged to her eccentric granduncle, a professor who was said to be researching something very mysterious and unusual before his untimely death.  While exploring the slightly rundown Victorian age home, she finds the research notes that had been hidden away, and discovers that the professor was researching vampires.

It isn’t long before Muriel meets residents of the small town who knew the professor almost a century ago, and that everything he wrote in the notes he kept is true…   And she suddenly finds herself stalked by a vampire hunter.

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 Why is this series of books different?

In the past most vampire books were basically horror novels in which the plot was driven by an evil creature, and the evil creature is defeated by the hero, who in the end rescues the girl.  And today many vampire novels are romance driven plots:  girl meets vampire, girl falls in love with vampire, and then happily ever after forever…

This trilogy of books, which I like to call the Vampire Next Door series, and in which Night Home is the first in the series, involves neither romance nor “hero defeating an evil creature and recuing the girl.”
In my work I use stories about vampires to discuss problems in our society: bigotry against those who are considered different, against those who live at the fringes of society, and also to bring awareness of poverty, homelessness, violence, and other social problems we still endure today.

In Night Home, the main character, Muriel Aubrey, discovers that her neighbors are vampires.  When she gets to know them, she realizes they have been wrongly persecuted for centuries.  She suddenly finds herself needing to protect them from a vampire hunter who shows up unexpectedly.

In the second book, After Dark, another community of vampires on the west coast realizes that a serial killer is terrorizing the city in which they inhabit, and they must work to stop this serial killer before they are blamed for his atrocities.

In the third book, All the Way to the Moon, the two communities of vampires decide to communicate with each other, but while doing so, they also become involved with defeating an evil billionaire and his hired hit man.  Fortunately they have help from an environmentally concerned werewolf.

 

Author’s Bio

Rose Titus works two jobs to support her writing habit.  She exists somewhere in cold, dreary New England, with two manipulative cats and a very out of date Macintosh with which she creates horror and fantasy fiction.  She also has a restored classic car to ride around while in search of adventure.

For travel she has stayed for the night in an allegedly haunted castle, has taken a boat ride on Loch Ness, and has visited the fabled Bermuda Triangle, without getting lost.

Her work has previously appeared in Lost Worlds, Lynx Eye, Bog Gob, Mausoleum, Midnight Times, Blood Moon Rising Magazine, The Bugle, Weird Terrain, Descend, Wicked Wheels, Carnival of Aces, The Dead River Review, Fortean Times, and other literary magazines.
When she’s not writing or working or messing around with her old Buick, she waits by her mailbox for the next issue of Fortean Times to arrive.

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My Review

5 Stars

Muriel Aubrey has just inherited her Granduncles old house. While exploring she discovers some old notebooks of Professor Aubrey. They contain a history of vampires and she thinks that this is a great story that he wrote. But after meeting her neighbors she learns the stories are true. Vampires do exist although not like the myths. But just as there are vampires, there are hunters that are trying to kill them all.

This is a quick read that sucked me in and had me wanting to learn more about Titus’ vampires. I love how they could kind of be a distant cousin of vampire myths yet a more realistic approach to them.

This is a great story and one that I recommend checking out. I see that this is supposed to be a series and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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Catharsis

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Fantasy, Adventure
Date Published:  December 2016
The Unleashing of the Unconscious Conflicts of Michael Anthony
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
 
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Catharsis is a story about a young black man trying to escape life in the United States of America and finding himself, love, and purpose in the wonderland of his mind. Michael Anthony, the main character, evolves from a most naive to a man of the world who is lost and alone. Along the way, he journeys to many places of wonder, meeting many people of color and temperament, and learning a lot about himself and life and living and love.

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About the Author

 photo Catharsis Author Michael Tyler_zpsiwj6fzgs.jpgMr. Michael Tyler was born in Richmond, VA, on the twelfth of March in the 1950 (he was only nine months old). He was reared in an environment full of racial and geopolitical fear. Black people were afraid of and hated White people, White people feared and hated Black people, and everyone was afraid that the USSR was going to blow up the world. Thus, life was tense and everyone was angry and trying to escape via God, the movies, vacationing, or drugs or alcohol or both. The cheapest escape was the church. Mr. Tyler took the cheapest route when he was baptized in the Cedar Street Memorial Baptist Church at the young age of twelve. At the age of eighteen, he graduated from Armstrong High School in June of 1968 and continued his post secondary education at the University of Science, Music, and Culture (USMC, campus of Vietnam). In 1972, Mr. Tyler attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and graduated with a baccalaureate in 1975. That same year, Mr. Tyler furthered his education by attending the University of Science and Agriculture (USA, campus of Europa). He acquired his Master of Arts degree in 2003 from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC, DC campus). Mr. Tyler, a handsome young, mature, and intelligent man is presently employed as an academician in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Catharsis is Mr. Tyler’s attempt at capturing some of his thoughts and experiences during the early years of his life.

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Moonlight Burns

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Moonlight Burns (Daughters of Hectate – 2) by Meredith Medina

My name is Maia Hickson, and fire seems to follow me everywhere I go. It took my parents, it took my foster home (good riddance), and now I was on my own again. No big deal, I like it better that way anyway. Nothing important ever seems to happen to me, but after twenty years on hiatus, my favourite punk band is finally releasing a new album. They’re not touring and I’ve got just enough cash to get me to New York. Seems like fate, right?

With her best friend trying to come to terms with being a newly minted vampire, and her boss pressuring her to take a management position at the coffee shop, not to mention the approach of her boyfriend’s new album release party, Ophelia Turner has enough on her plate right now… and she definitely doesn’t have time to deal with anything else, but she might not have a choice.

Moonlight Burns is a standalone Urban Fantasy novel featuring witchcraft, ancient witches and a healthy dose of attitude. Follow Opheila Turner’s adventures with the Daughters of Hecate.

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Meredith Medina is a new author of Urban Fantasy and Supernatural Thriller novels. She loves writing (and reading!) about badass heroines using mind-bending magic to make the world a better place, or at least one that has more pumpkin spice lattes. She currently lives in New Zealand in a little witchy cottage with her husband and three cats, including a little Suki of her own ❤

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My Review

5 stars

Opheila Turner, Fee is a 330+ year old witch and a daughter of Hectate. She lives with a newly turned vampire, Lacey. We also meet Maia Hickson that has a past of fire and foster care. Her favorite band has not released anything new in twenty years but they are going to be releasing a new album. Maia takes her savings and heads to New York for this release but finds herself crossing paths with Malleus, witch hunters.

Fee has spent most of her years avoiding everything. But now she has her friend that is freshly turned into a vampire and then the addition of a new, headstrong witch. That is enough to keep her busy but then you have to add in the Malleus. Lacey keeps everything light with her snarkiness, I just loved her. Then you have Maia, you can’t help but feel for her being bounced around in foster care. Fee has her hands full but I love how the three women become fast friends. I really liked the background for the Daughters of Hectate.

I have not read other books in this series but I will definitely be catching up. Moonlight Burns is a great story that could be read as a standalone. But I think you would get more out of it if you read the rest of the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Ari at Candid Book Reviews for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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