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Immortal House

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Paranormal Comedy
Date Published: September 28, 2018
Publisher: ZB Publications
 
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Laurence Roch might be the worst vampire in Seattle. He adores peppermint mochas. He follows the Seahawks and Mariners religiously. He never wears black or sleeps in a coffin. However, coffin or not, a vampire needs a safe place to rest their head, or they will go insane.
After his mortal love died, Laurence found himself alone and without a home. With the booming tech industry, the city’s population keeps growing. The hunting is good, but the affordable real estate is hard to find.

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About the Author
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Much to her chagrin, Elizabeth Guizzetti discovered she was not a cyborg and growing up to be an otter would be impractical, so began writing stories at age twelve.
Three decades later, Guizzetti is an illustrator and author best known for her demon-poodle based comedy, Out for Souls & Cookies. She is also the creator of Faminelands and Lure and collaborated with authors on several projects including A is for Apex and The Prince of Artemis V. 
To explore a different aspect of her creativity, she writes science fiction and fantasy. Her debut novel, Other Systems, was a 2015 Finalist for the Canopus Award for excellence in Interstellar Fiction. Her short work has appeared in anthologies such as Wee Folk and The Wise and Beyond the Hedge. Between long projects, she works on a ten-part novella series, The Chronicles of the Martlet, following the life of an elfin assassin turned necromancer just for funsies. Immortal House is her seventh written book.
Guizzetti lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs. When not writing or illustrating, she loves hiking and birdwatching.
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My Review

5 stars

Laurence Roch is not your stereotypical vampire. He cuts his hair short, trims his nails, wears blue jeans, and loves peppermint mochas. He recently lost the love of his life, Rob and because he was not around when he died he also lost the house that the two of them made a home. Right now he is living in a basement apartment but he needs to get a secure house ASAP before his daymares of being drug into the light come true.

This is not the typical vampire story. Laurence is just trying to survive the best he can as we follow through flashbacks at the things that he has had to endure. But it’s watching him navigate a world that is continually changing. I love his lament over not buying stocks in Microsoft. But to learn that he makes his money hand painting book covers was completely unexpected.

This is a great short story that had me laughing and hoping Laurence could get over Rob, find someone else to love, and just generally survive in the new world.

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

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Red Harvest

Red Harvest
The Haunted Hollow Chronicles #1
by Patrick C. Greene
Genre: Horror
In the epic tradition of
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Jonathan Maberry, a chilling new
masterwork of small-town evil, centuries-old traditions, and
newly-risen terror…
Red Harvest
Every year at harvest
time, something strange and wonderful happens in the sleepy farm
community of Ember Hollow. It comes alive. Truckloads
of pumpkins are sent off to be carved into lanterns. Children
scramble to create the creepiest, scariest costumes. Parents stock up
on candy and prepare for the town’s celebrated Pumpkin Parade. And
then there is Devil’s Night . . .
But this year, something
is different. Some of the citizens are experiencing dark, disturbing
visions. Others are beginning to wonder if they’re losing their
minds, or maybe their souls. One newly sober singer with the voice of
a fallen angel is tempted to make a deal that will seal his fate. And
one very odd boy is kept locked in a shed by his family—for reasons
too horrible to imagine . . .
Whatever is happening to
this town, they’re going to make it through this Halloween.
Even if it kills them . . .
Patrick C. Greene is
a lifelong horror fan who lives in the mountains of western North
Carolina. He is the author of the novels Progeny and The
Crimson Calling
, as well as numerous short stories featured in
collections and anthologies.
My Review

3 Stars

Ember Hollow is a small town that goes to the extreme when it comes to Halloween. But this year there is more than normal. This town harbors some people with some serious issues. But as good or bad as those issues are, this Halloween is going to turn them on their head in the most disturbing kind of way.

So this town is small and secluded and similar to any little town that doesn’t have computers or cell phone and the paranormal is true and strong. We have a musician that is trying to make his little band go big. His little brother loves following him around especially when it means he can impress the girl he has a crush on.

Then you have a seriously disturbed young man that has an unhealthy obsession with all things Halloween including the blood, guts, and gore. And where there is evil, you will also find a woman that has taken her vows to God overly seriously and has planned to end the pagan/satanic Halloween at all costs.

This story definitely has blood and gore in it but I felt that it wandered away from the story. There were some interesting story branches but they got all caught up and lost the thread that they were on. But I will say that everyone in this town shows how messed up people can be and that there really are no true heroes or villains. People tend to dance the line between the two.

Red Harvest is a decent read and will appeal to anyone that likes lots of blood and gore.

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

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Murder by Perfection

Audiobook Details:

Book Title: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3)
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: Aug 28, 2018
Narrator: Mike Alger
Length: 8 hours, 32 minutes, unabridged
Tour dates: Oct 8 to Nov 2, 2018
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

Book Description:

Perfection can be a fatal endeavor.

Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night. The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and business.

When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.

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Meet the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

My Review

5 stars

Jessica Faraday has been going to school to be a doctor. Her husband Murphy Thornton is in the Navy. Both are finding that they are having a hard time having some quality time together. Jessica suggests Date Night and they are about ready for a steamy night in when Murphy gets a new case. A former officer has had a lead relating to Chef Natalie Stepford but is killed before anyone can figure out what was going on.

Murphy suggests date night happen at Natalie’s kitchen studio. There the couple finds that Natalie is drop dead gorgeous and has several couples in attendance. But after the class Natalie is discovered dead. Murphy and Jessica learn that there is a lot more to Natalie than just her cooking class and blog. But then Murphy is kidnapped putting Jessica into a panic. We still don’t know the connection to Sex Kitty and time is running out to save Murphy and catch the murderer.

This is another great mystery from Lauren Carr. Things are getting strained between Jessica and Murphy but date night should save the day, well until a murder happens. I loved the whole Sex Kitty side of the story with the great twist of Murphy being kidnapped. I didn’t expect how that ended. But to find out why the retired officer was killed, so sad. I don’t want to give too much away, you just have to read/listen to this book.

And speaking of listening to this book, Mike Alger does an amazing job at narrating this book. I have come to think of him as part of Lauren’s books and can’t wait to hear him narrate the next book.

This is a killer, Ha, series and one I recommend for any mystery lover. I adore Lauren Carr’s books and can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on the next one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to listen and share this book.

Five Best Tips for Authors

By Lauren Carr

“What advice would you give to a budding writer?”

Without any doubt, this is the question I am most often asked. Depending on my mood, or what may be on my mind at that moment, I may not always give the same answer. So, here, I have comprised my most FA (Frequent Answers)!

1) Write every day. Even if you aren’t feeling like it or don’t think the words you are typing on your laptop are literary gems–write. Athletes have to train every day. Even though you may only be exercising your mental and creative muscles, you are training to. Also, just like athletes, you can’t kick back and let yourself go after having “made it.” You need to continue training even after you have finished writing your masterpiece—and getting it released.

Just like with athletes, the more writing you do, the better you will get. Also, you will be surprised when you go back to read stuff that you had thought was less than adequate at the time you wrote it. Out of that pile of rocky words, you could find a shiny gem!

Several years ago, I wrote the rough draft of a book that I knew I would not be publishing before I even got halfway through it. The mystery and plotline were good, but there was a problem with the characters. Years later, after completing Shades of Murder, I realized that this book was the perfect vehicle for the first Lovers in Crime Mystery. In a matter of days, I edited the rough draft I had written and released it as Dead on Ice.

2) Read. It is easy for writers to want to spend every spare moment they have creating their own literary masterpieces. Yet, the truth of the matter is that there is no better way to learn how to be a great writer than to read what has already been written—whether that writing is good or bad.

As an editor, I once worked with a writer who had a serious issue with stopping everything when she introduced a new character to tell her readers that character’s entire backstory. I explained her problem to her many times but she failed to understand what I was trying to tell her until she read a book in which another writer did the exact same thing. Seeing her mistake made by another writer showed her what she was doing wrong and she’s never had this issue again.

3) Write what you want to write, not what’s hot right now. When you write what you know and are passionate about, the words will come naturally, which will make for easy reading for your readers. However, if you write what is selling right now, or what you think will get you a big publisher or agent or movie deal, then the words will not come so easily because—wait for it—those words aren’t yours. They’re the words of publishers, agents, and movie producers. This is one sure way to get writer’s block!

4) Live Life. By nature, writers are introverts. That’s why self-promotion is so hard for us. It is extremely easy for us to retreat into our literary world. While you may be churning out great work, you also risk getting out of touch with the world around you—which contains a wealth of inspiration for your current and future work-in-progress.

My greatest story ideas have come from getting out there, meeting people, and learning things about the world around me. My plotline for Murder by Perfection was inspired by a conversation with a friend about everyone’s quest for perfection. The idea for my current work in progress (upcoming Lovers in Crime mystery) hit me like a ton of bricks during a discussion about family secrets revealed as a result of genealogy research.

5) If you want a career in writing, treat your writing like a career. That means embracing my tips above and then some. If you have a day job, make time to write in the evening—just like you would if you had a second job. Approach your writing as a second job that you want to make your primary career. That means embracing all those little unpleasant tasks that come with any career—like self-promotion, learning new writing techniques, and taking advice from those who have gone before you—even if you may not like it.

This last tip may seem like a “duh, yeah!” piece of advice, but I can’t tell you how many talented writers I have worked with who were in positions that I would have killed for when I graduated from high school and/or college and wanted to be an author. More than one protégé were in positions in which they had parents, grandparents, or spouses bank rolling them while they pursued their dreams—only to have them play around on social media, write a few pages of their work-in-progress and then invite me to meet them for lunch to ask why their careers are going nowhere.

The difference between a hobby and a career is in the attitude. The writer who dives into the world of writing and publishing, learning how to identify his own darlings so that he can slay them before they go to the editor (even though it’s not pretty and fun!) and investing the time in learning the ins and outs of the ever-changing world of book publishing will end up with a career as an author—and loving it!

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Lullaby Road

Book Details:

Book Title: Lullaby Road by James Anderson

Category: Adult Fiction, 305 pages
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Release date: October 16, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 22 to Nov 2, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 + M (No explicit sex scenes or bad language)Book Description:

Winter has come to Route 117, a remote road through the high desert of Utah trafficked only by those looking to escape the world and those the world has rejected. Local truck driver Jones, still in mourning over the devastating murder of his lover Claire, is trying to get through another season of his job navigating treacherous roads and sudden snowfall without accident when a mute Hispanic child is placed in Jones’s path at a seedy truck stop along his route bearing a note that simply reads “Please, Ben. Bad trouble. My son. Take him today. His name is Juan. Trust you only. Tell no one. Pedro.” From that moment forward, nothing will ever be the same. Not for Ben. Not for the child. And not for anyone along the seemingly empty stretch of road known as Route 117.

Despite deep misgivings, and without any hint of who the child is or the grave danger he’s facing, Jones takes the child with him and sets out into a landscape that is as dangerous as it is beautiful and silent. With the help of his eccentric neighbors—Phyllis, who turned up one day in her Rolls-Royce with two children in tow and the FBI on her tail; Andy, a Utah State Trooper who is on or off duty depending on if his hat is on or off his head; and Roy, an ex–coal miner who has lived in Rockmuse, off Highway 117, his whole life and survives on odd jobs and the kindness of his neighbors—Jones uncovers buried secrets of the desert that are far more painful than he could have imagined.

In LULLABY ROAD, readers will find themselves enthralled by Anderson’s vivid sense of place and his beautiful and heartbreaking narrative.

Praise for Lullaby Road:

Atmospheric…Arresting desert vistas and distinctive characters leave a lasting impression.”
– Publishers Weekly

Anderson’s lyrical prose brings a forgotten corner of the world to life, and the authentic narrative does the same for Jones. Recommended for fans of William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor and Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire.”
– BookList

…a delicious cast of colorful characters…Lullaby Road is a triumphant mix of landscape, character, wit and sagacity wrapped in a noir thriller.
– Shelf Awareness

The action is nonstop, and the plot twists are heart-pounding. Anderson’s vivid prose gives a sense of vastness that is the desert he so brilliantly describes – it is an amazing use of language to create a mood and feeling…Fans of Anderson’s first installment of this series will devour this book and long for another visit with the residents along Route 117.
– Library Journal Starred Review

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JAMES ANDERSON was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of Reed College and received his MFA in creative writing from Pine Manor College. His first novel was The Never-Open Desert Diner. His short fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines, including The Bloomsbury Review, New Letters, Solstice, Northwest Review, Southern Humanities Review, and others. He currently divides his time between Colorado and Oregon.

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My Review

4 Stars

Ben Jones is back and on his normal truck route when he stops for some diesel and is told that there is something left for him. He discovers the truck stops tire man has left his child and a very protective dog for him. It seems something bad is happening to Pedro and he only trusts Ben. There is no time to really think about this so Ben takes them on his route. But there seems to be something off on his route. The people seem different toward him and it seems danger is going to come knocking soon.

Lullaby Road is the sequel to The Never-Open Desert Diner. I do recommend reading that before getting into Lullaby Road, there is a lot referenced that will make more sense if you do. Ben is one of several residents on Highway 117 that have moved to the desert to get away. They all have their perks and quirks but they have made 117 their home.

Ben is thrown off by having Pedro’s daughter. When he gets her he tries to find out more about what is going on but no one will talk to him. Then his 17 year old neighbor dumps her infant on him so she can go to school. Ben being Ben decides to pile everyone in his truck and heads into a snow storm for deliveries. But he is going to quickly find himself in the middle of some serious trouble.

This is a good story and a great sequel to The Never-Open Desert Diner. There is a great, diverse group of characters and a good thriller. I hope that there will be another sequel.

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

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Alycat and the Friendship Friday will be on sale for $1.99 today Saturday, Oct 27 only!
Book Description:

 

It’s finally Friday, and Alycat is excited to go on a field trip with her friends. But when she doesn’t have anyone to sit with on the bus, Alycat feels left out. Can she use her creativity and imagination to help everyone feel included?
Alycat and the Friendship Friday will teach readers that making new friends isn’t as scary as you might think.
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Lost in the Lake

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Lost in the Lake (Samantha Willerby – 2) by AJ Waines

She came at first for answers…now she’s back for you

Amateur viola player Rosie Chandler is the sole survivor of a crash which sends a group of musicians plunging into a lake. Convinced the accident was deliberate, but unable to recall what happened, she is determined to recover her lost memories and seeks out clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby.

But Rosie is hiding something…

Sam is immediately drawn to the tragic Rosie and as she helps her piece the fragments together, the police find disturbing new evidence which raises further questions. Why is Rosie so desperate to recover her worthless viola?

When Rosie insists they return to the lake to relive the fatal incident, the truth about Rosie finally emerges. Now Sam is the one seriously out of her depth…

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 A.J. Waines

Author’s Bio

AJ Waines writes Psychological Thrillers with *nearly half-a-million* copies sold worldwide. She’s a #1 Bestselling Author: GIRL ON A TRAIN topped the full UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 & 2016.

Coming soon: PERFECT BONES (November 2018)

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All her books can be read in any order:
The Evil Beneath, Girl on a Train, Dark Place to Hide, No Longer Safe, Inside the Whispers, Lost in the Lake, Don’t you Dare Find them all at: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Formerly a Psychotherapist for fifteen years, she has worked with ex-offenders from high-security institutions, giving her a rare insight into abnormal psychology. She is fascinated by secrets and lies, crimes of passion, devious motives and anything hidden under floorboards.

*A Kindle (KDP) TOP 10 ‘MOST-READ AUTHOR’ in UK (2016)*

AJ has book deals in UK, France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and Canada (audiobooks). She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband.

My Review

5 stars

Rosie Chandler is the only survivor of the crash where the vehicle they were in plunged into a lake. She has lost her memory of the event and has lost her Viola and is desperate to get both back so she goes to Dr. Samantha Willerby. But Sam quickly sees that Rosie is hiding something and has become possessive of Sam. When Sam agrees to take Rosie back to where the crash happened he truth comes out and Sam realizes she is in more trouble than she thought.

Sam is a therapist for traumatic accident survivors so it is natural that she would be asked to help Rosie. Rosie has some serious issues from a young age. When she comes to Sam you can just tell that something is up but not what. She starts to see Rosie relying on her more and more but wants to help her find her lost memories.

This is a great thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. You can’t help but feel sorry for everything Rosie has gone through but at the same time you know something if off and don’t trust her. Although Sam has a set of rules she follows to stay safe from potential troubled patients she disregards them to help Rosie, big mistake. But Sam also has to worry about her sister and what she is up to. I think this is why she dropped her guard so much for Rosie.

I loved Inside the Whispers and was excited to Read Lost in the Lake. This is a great series that will draw you in, leave you guessing, and thrilled at the unexpected ending. Lost in the Lake could easily be read as a standalone novel but I think reading them in order adds to the story. I recommend checking this book out.

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