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The Bacchanal: And Other Horrific Tales

An artist whose love for his wife has horrific results.

A babysitting job gone horribly wrong.

A talent agency that promises success no matter what; even if you are the one standing in the way.

This chilling collection of modern horror stories is sure to have you peeking warily around corners and walking just a bit faster down dark streets. Full of both creepy events and morbid humor, The Bacchanal stands as a testament to humanity’s love of being afraid and of frightening others.

Humanity’s fear of the unknown and fascination with the supernatural are masterfully depicted in these eleven stories. Though the supernatural elements are the centerpiece of the collection, it is the believable actions of the ordinary humans, both evil and well-meaning, that will send shivers down readers’ spines.
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My Review

5 stars

I admit that I don’t usually read short stories, usually because you might get one or two good stories but the rest don’t really catch my attention. But since I love horror and thrillers I was excited to review The Bacchanal: And Other Horrific Tales. There are twelve tales that will thrill you with supernatural creatures and the depravity of human nature.

All of the stories were really good but I will agree with other reviewers, my favorite was TS Hall’s The Encouragement Specialists. This is definitely a story about an offer too good to be true.

If you like good horror stories look no further. This collection will be one that you keep.

To purchase The Bacchanal: And Other Horrific Tales make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received The Bacchanal: And Other Horrific Stories for free from Dream Big Publications in exchange for an honest review.

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Onyx Webb: Book Two

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Onyx Webb: Book Two – Episodes 4, 5 & 6 (Onyx Webb – 2) by Richard Fenton

The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times. Written like a book version of a supernatural soap opera, each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer And this is especially true in Book Two. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.

In Book Two… It’s the 30’s and Declan Mulvaney and best friend Tommy Bilazzo learrn to survive at the Open Arms Orphange despite the adults who run the place. It’s 2010, and Koda Mulvaney is insane trying to see the girl in the mirror again. Onyx Webb is finds herself living all over the country married to the crazy German, Ulrich, with no way out.

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My Review

5 stars

The story of Onyx Webb is getting clearer and clearer the more we read. Koda Mulvaney is still obsessed with the girl in the mirror. He ends up having a bad encounter with a psychic and gets an ultimatum about getting back to work.

We learn more about the Open Arms Orphanage and the suffering that happens there. Declan Mulvaney and his friend Tommy Bilazzo are going to be facing worse things. But Sister Mary Margaret will try to protect them and punish the wicked with the help of God.

And finally there is Onyx and her horrible husband Ulrich. Onyx fears being alone more than a horrible marriage and you start to see how bad it really is. You can’t help but feel bad for Onyx in the past or even as she is breaking a rule to touch the mirror for the color. But I will say that I loved her role with the haunted piano.

This story is so intertwined that the description of a spider web viewed up close is very accurate. We are slowly stepping back from that web and starting to see how things are connecting. I loved when Onyx and Katherine meet and remember their past. I love seeing the connections and was surprised by some of them. They were right there and I didn’t put two and two together until the last minute.

This is an amazing series and just keeps getting better with each book. I can’t wait to read the next book to find out how everyone is connected.

To purchase Onyx Webb: Book Two Make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Richard Fenton’s website.

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I received a copy of Onyx Webb: Book Two for free from both the author and Premier Virtual Author Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Excerpt

Onyx Webb: Book Two

 By Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz

Koda entered the living room and looked around to find that everything was different—the sofas, tables, art, everything. Each and every stitch of furniture gone—replaced—even the carpeting had been changed.

“What in the hell?” Koda yelled over the juicer’s noise.

Mika looked up and saw him standing there. She hit the pause button on the juicer and came around the kitchen counter into the living area and kissed him on the cheek. “What do you think? Fabulous, huh?” she asked, flinging her arms open wide for dramatic effect.

Koda felt a sudden wave of nausea wash over him.

Oh, dear God.

Mika knew Koda was going to be upset when he realized what she’d done. “It’s gone,” she said, determined not to dance around the question.

A feeling of panic began to rise in Koda’s chest. “Gone? What do you mean by gone?”

“What can I say, honey,” Mika said, returning her attention to the juicer. “The mirror thing was starting to get on my nerves. And face it—sitting in front of an old piece of glass for days on end, waiting for a girl that doesn’t exist to show up? It just isn’t healthy.”

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Beneath the Fall

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Beneath the Fall (Sunborn Rising – 1)

“Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall is the best vivid fantasy YA book of the year.” –Entrada Publishing

On a distant world of forests floating on an ocean around a star,

a blight threatens to plunge all life into darkness.

But three friends seek the light.

Together, they will Fall and be lost.

And at the very Root of darkness, they will find themselves.

But will it be enough to help them find their way home?

The world of Cerulean

Light and water flow from the ocean into the roots of the Great Trees, up through the boughs, and out over the lush canopy. But the once vibrant treescape has grown dim over generations of arboreal life, and the creatures of the forest have forgotten the light.

Barra, a young, willful Listlespur, finds her late father’s hidden journal, and reads about the old world and the mysterious plague her father believed destroyed it. He wrote that he warned the Elders. He urged them to take action. Those were his last words.

Together with her two best friends, Barra will explore every bark, wood, and leaf of the Great Forest to relight her world and complete her father’s story, even if she has to travel beneath the Fall.

Buy the book:   Amazon ~ Author Website

Author’s Bio:

Aaron Safronoff is author of the Discovery Award winning science fiction novel, Spire. Since his debut, he’s published a sequel, Fallen Spire, and a novella of literary fiction, Evening Breezes.

Safronoff’s diverse background includes the formal study of computer science, bio-chemistry, and culinary arts. However, most of his career has been in the videogame industry in quality, production, and design.

Today, Safronoff is the co-founder and Chief Storyteller of Neoglyphic Entertainment, and is busy writing his fifth novel, the second installment of the Sunborn Rising series.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

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My Review

5 stars

Cerulean is a world that has a sun at its center, surrounded by an ocean, with trees on the outer edge. Barra Swiftspur lives in the Loft of the Great Tree. She misses her adventurer father and decides to get to know him better by sneaking his journal. But she discovers that her father has found the Creepervine, a fungus that is slowly killing the Great Trees. He had trouble getting the elders to believe him and Barra is finding that she cannot get her mother to listen to her. So Barra meets up with her friends Tory and Plicks to find out more about the Creepervine. But instead of staying around the tops of the trees, they find themselves at the roots with the Creeperville and evil creatures.

Barra is strong willed and that gets her in trouble with her friends and on their adventures. Thankfully Plicks is there to keep Barra and Tory for getting into too much trouble. I loved how they stuck together through the whole adventure, even when things got tough for them.

Then there are the illustrations. The writing is beautiful but there are several sketches and pictures throughout the book that add so much to the story. I just sucked me in and left me wanting to keep reading into the early hours of the night. The artwork is absolutely beautiful and makes this story just that much better.

This is a wonderful adventure story. It is written for mid grade readers but it will easily appeal to any age. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.

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I received Beneath the Fall for free from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Fall From Grace

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Fall From Grace (David Raker – 5) by Tim Weaver

No Goodbye

When Leonard Franks and his wife, Ellie, leave London for their dream retirement in the seclusion of Dartmoor, everything seems perfect. But then their new life is shattered. Leonard heads outside to fetch firewood from the back of the house – and never returns.

No Trace

Nine months later, with the police investigation at a dead end, Leonard’s family turn to David Raker – a missing persons investigator with a gift for finding the lost. But nothing can prepare Raker for what he’s about to uncover.

Nowhere to Hide

Because at the heart of this disappearance lies a devastating secret. And by the time Raker realizes what it is, and how deep the lies go, it’s not just him in danger – it’s everyone he cares about.

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My Review

5 stars

Leonard and Ellie Franks have decided to retire and move to the moors of Dartmoor. But one night in January Leonard goes to get more wood behind the house and just disappears. David Raker is asked by Melanie Craw, a police officer and daughter to Leonard Franks, to investigate Leonard’s disappearance when the investigation has reached a stand still. But the deeper David digs, the more secrets he finds and learns there was a lot more going on with Leonard. Those secrets are also going to come back to haunt David for stirring them up.

I love mysteries that let you try to figure out what is happening. And Fall From Grace is exceptional with all the twists and turns. There is no much happening that I missed a couple of the clues and had no idea what the ending was going to be.

This is my first David Raker story but it will not be my last. If you are looking for a great mystery and thriller that will keep you on your toes, look no further.

To purchase Fall From Grace make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Tim Weaver’s website.

I received Fall From Grace for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Tail & Trouble

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Tail & Trouble by Victor Catano

When Gabriel’s witch girlfriend doesn’t return from her latest trip, he gets on the road and heads out to find her. Sheila’s coven is secretive and distrustful of Gabriel, so the only help he has is Sheila’s familiar, a bulldog named Orson, who is psychically linked to both of them.

In Florida, they walk right into an elaborate plan to steal Orson. A mysterious wizard named Yareth is behind the plot, and he may also know where Sheila is.

Gabriel and Orson will have to fight for their lives as they navigate around all the magical roadblocks to force Yareth’s hand. They won’t give up until Sheila is safe.

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My Review

5 stars

Gabriel’s girlfriend Sheila is a witch that has been sent on errands for her coven that have increasingly bothered her. Now it’s been two weeks since Gabriel and Orson, Sheila’s bull dog familiar, have heard from her. It’s especially worrisome sine Orson cannot sense Sheila any more. So Gabriel and Orson go on a road trip to Florida, the last place they have heard from Sheila. But it’s not going to be easy to find her and when there is a plot to dognap Orson things get really serious.

Gabriel is a regular guy that cares about Sheila and plans on saving her from whatever trouble has found her. I loved Orson, he is so snarky and I can see any dog acting the same way. I’m a total sucker for animals. But the part I really liked was how Sheila got herself out of trouble, you don’t usually see that in stories.

This is a cute cozy mystery with lots of Orson snark and a wonderful plot. I loved each character and how they stood out on their own. If you like paranormal cozy mysteries make sure to check out Tail & Trouble. As for me, I can’t wait to read other books by Victor Catano.

To purchase Tail & Trouble make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received Tail & Trouble for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Caged Lightning

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Caged Lightning (Wyatt Striker – 1) by Brent Rock Russell

Like an arrow in the hand of a warrior, so are the sons of those who have been shaken. Hurl lightning bolts and scatter them. Shoot your arrows and rout them. King David, circa 1000 BC

When ex-Navy Seal, Wyatt Striker, returns from a trip to Mexico, where he had nearly taken a bullet to the head during a seemingly common break-in, he discovers his sister-in-law tied to a chair in the kitchen, his son gone, and a ransom note. His intuition and training lead the way as he tries to outsmart the captor, who, unknown to Wyatt, is a deadly assassin bent on luring him into a weak position.

In this fast-paced action adventure, Brent Russell weaves a tapestry of mystery, suspense, and good-old-fashioned fight scenes described in a uniquely thrilling voice.”

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My Review

5 stars

Wyatt Striker returns from Mexico and an attempt on his life. He finds his son kidnapped. But this doctor and ex-Navy Seal are not just going to follow directions on a silly ransom note. Wyatt creates his own plan to hunt down and take out everyone that has messed with his family. He will use all of his skills as an ER doctor and SEAL training to find out where his son is, why Wyatt is being targeted, stopping a drug cartel, and saving a senator.

This story starts with and bang and doesn’t stop until the end. Wyatt is quick witted and had experience that helps him through this tangled maze. I love how his is willing to do whatever it takes to get to that next step. It’s not always pretty but it definitely has results. I really enjoyed how there is way more happening than you first see.

If you are looking for an action packed thriller/mystery make sure to pick up this book. You will not be disappointed. Now I just hope Brent Rock Russell is quick to write the second book in this series.

To purchase Caged Lightning make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received Caged Lightning for free from Elevate Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Phantasma

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Phantasma by Efthalia

Carissa Alkippes is the daughter of a god but she doesn’t know it. As a cop she’s seen her fair share of bad but nothing prepared her for the horror of the world she has been plunged into.

Xen Lyson is the head of the Phi Athanatoi, a group of immortals who have been protecting man for over 2,000 years from the Kakodiamones–demons who want nothing more than to feast on humanity.

Thrown face to face with Xen during a skirmish with the demons, Carissa becomes a pawn in the deadly game of a demi-god who seeks godly powers.

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My Review

5 stars

Carissa works for the police and one day she finds herself in a warehouse at the wrong time and her partner and her are attacked by demons. Xen is a vampire that has spent his years protecting humans from a distance. But when he sees Carissa he realizes that she is his mate. Although he tries to take Carissa’s memories of the warehouse, she still remembers bits and pieces. Then she learns that she is a demi-god. Carissa needs to learn how to use her abilities since a rouge vampire wants to sacrifice her to become a god.

This book is heavy on Greek everything, especially words. Just so you know, there is a glossary at the end. Carissa is a strong and independent person but she can make huge mistakes that risk her life. I did like Xen, he is not the typical brooding, possessive male lead that you get in most paranormal stories.

This is a good, paranormal romance with Greek gods and the usual paranormal characters. The world building was wonderful and drew me in. There is a cliffhanger ending that will leave you wanting the next book.

To purchase Phantasma make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Efthalia’s website.

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I received Phantasma for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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